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One of Talor Caldwell's greatest novels, written in 1959.

One of the great benefits of living a long life is that one develops a deep understanding of history and how it shaped the present, as well as a humble appreciation of the people who helped make that history, both in the distant past and into the modern era.  It is one of the latter, a “titan” of literature, and a dedicated American patriot, whose long life I want to explore with you.  Her birth name was Janet Taylor, but we knew her better by her “pen name” that she used when writing:  TAYLOR CALDWELL (1900-1985)

I’ve written many times here in The Times Examiner that my wife and I have been members of The John Birch Society since 1963, 59 years of associating with some of the finest Christians and patriots I’ve ever known.  For many years, until her death, Taylor Caldwell was also aproud and dedicated member of The John Birch Society, and through her writing and in her sometimes hectic life she did what she could to help Americanists pursue the goal stated from the very beginning of the JBS by our Founder, Robert Welch:  “Less government—more responsibility—and with God’s help, a better world”.  Birchers still strive to accomplish Mr. Welch’s dream, and Taylor Caldwell did also.

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The Pilgrims boarding the Mayflower for their voyage to the new world. (by artist Bernard Gribble). Plymouth, England, September 1620.
The Pilgrims boarding the Mayflower for their voyage to the new world in Plymouth, England, September 1620. (by artist Bernard Gribble).

That is a question for the ages, isn’t it?  Most of us, I’m sure, have heard that term used  our entire lives as Christians and as Constitutional Patriots.  But what is “Divine Providence”, really, and has it changed the course of mankind’s history over the ages?  The Christian blog, “GOT QUESTIONS”, answers the question, “What is Divine Providence?” as follows:

“Divine Providence is the governance of God by which He, with wisdom and love, cares for and directs all things in the universe.  The Doctrine of Divine Providence asserts that God is in complete control of ALL things.  He is sovereign over the universe as a whole (Psalm 103-19), the physical world (Matthew 5:45), the affairs of nations (Psalm 66:7), human destiny (Galatians 1:15), human successes and failures (Luke 1:52), and the protection of His people (Psalm 4:8).  This doctrine stands in direct opposition to the idea that the universe is governed by chance or fate.”

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An Appeal to Divine Providence
An appeal to Divine Providence. A bronze sculpture of founding fathers John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, by sculptor Stan Watts.

Last time I began a discussion centered on a sermon that one of our great “Heroes of the Faith”—and a personal hero of mine—delivered many years ago while he was Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  I refer, of course, to Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy (1930-2007), one of the finest examples of Christian patriots our nation ever produced, and one of God’s great and devoted servants his entire life after his Christian conversion.  (Just for information:  the “D” in Dr. Kennedy’s name stands for “Dennis”; and yes, Dennis J. Kennedy was a dance instructor for a time for Arthur Murray Dance Studio).  I’ll remind you again that I’ll be  using my own words as much as possible in this article, but I will refer to his words or paraphrase them when I must, to clarify the point he was trying to make in his sermon titled: REMEMBER.  I’ll do my best to communicate his thoughts from that memorable message he delivered to his congregation at Coral Ridge Church so long ago.

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“O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” - Psalm 107:1-2  (KJV)

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe.” - Psalm 107:1-2  (NIV)

Rev. D. James Kennedy )1930-2007). Christian Patriot Extraordinaire!
Rev. D. James Kennedy )1930-2007). Christian Patriot Extraordinaire!

One of my great “Heroes of the Christian Faith”—a man who I admired for decades--was the late Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy (1930-2007), Founder and long time Pastor of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Founder of Evangelism Explosion International (the first Bible ministry to be established in EVERY nation and territory on the planet).  For many years he was Chancellor of Knox Theological Seminary, and was the Founder of the Center For Christian Statesmanship in Washington, D.C.  He was also the Founder of theCenter For Reclaiming America, a nationwide network of Christian activists and Bible believers  whose goal was to restore virtue to American culture.

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God will "Bless America" once again when Americans determine to "Bless God" once again. Pray for our Nation!

One of the benefits of living a long time is that a person can mentally retrieve many recollections of people and places and events that were significant to him and to many others, once upon a time.  More and more I find myself drawn to an era and its unique remembrances that has just about disappeared from our people’s mental histories,  a time that is almost as unknown to today’s younger Americans as the time of our great-grandparents was unknown to us.  That time, for me, was the World War 11 era, from the late 1930’s up through the late-1950’s.  That was my “golden age”, and those who shared those end-of-depression and war-ravaged, yet in so many ways, halcyon years with me know that in many respects it was a much different, and far better, country then compared to the one in which we live today

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The original Bible, first published in Geneva, Switzerland in 1560. It was the Bible used by the Pilgrims and the Puritans.
The original Bible, first published in Geneva, Switzerland in 1560. It was the Bible used by the Pilgrims and the Puritans.

For the past 70 or more years, ever since the “modern” translations of God’s Word, our Holy Bible, began to appear on the scene, there have been dire predictions that “the Apocalypse” was about to come upon us, that the moon would turn to blood, and that the “end of the world” was imminent.  We still hear many of these same unfounded fears.  What has prompted these warnings from otherwise rational believers with their concerns regarding the affect that newer or more modern Bible translations will have upon the world of Protestant Christendom?  What has caused this “doom scenario” on the part of a portion of today’s Christian people? Some of the hysteria centers on what I believe to be “false teaching” found within certain Christian denominations, but that’s a discussion I’m not interested in pursuing.   

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"No one can serve two masters.  Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  Luke 16:13.

Teddy was correct - In the US, we have room for but one flag, one language, and one loyalty to the American People!
Teddy was correct - In the US, we have room for but one flag, one language, and one loyalty to the American People!

Back in the “ancient times”, in February of 2001, I wrote an article for the print version of The Times Examiner titled: “The Growing Curse of Hyphenated Americans.”  I felt strongly about this problem of “divided loyalty” among Americans then, and I haven’t changed my opinion one bit since.  If anything, I’m more disturbed over the “curse” of hyphenated Americans today than I was then, when it was an irritating problem, rather than the impending catastrophe it has become.  If you are blind to this potential nation-shattering problem, you really need to read this article carefully.  If you revel in being a “hyphenated” American and/or you express divided loyalties to some other nation, you need to reconsider the error of your ways!

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Grasshopper and the Ant
"You silly ants. The government will 'take care' of you! Eat, drink, and be merry!"

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise.” - Proverbs 6:6 N.I.V.

I’ve written a couple of versions of this tale over the years, but considering the possible “existential importance” of the soon-to-be-upon us November, 2022 mid-term elections, a re-examination of the ‘moral’ of this hoary tale is in order. The original “story” is ancient, and probably goes back to the Greek poet, Aesop (ca. 620 B.C-560 B.C.).  It has been republished and “modernized” over the centuries by various writers. A version of this was sent to me several years ago without attribution, but from my research it appears to have originated in a very abbreviated form  on The Federalist Papers.org, in an article by Steve Straub back in 2015.  I’ve amplified it quite a bit and changed it some to reflect our current “dilemma” caused by despicable anti-American Dumbocrats and cowardly RINOS, but the message remains the same.

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We all claim to admire people who persevere despite handicaps, hardships, family, health or financial difficulties, etc., until they reach their goal.  Let’s define “Perseverance”. According to Webster’s dictionary, it is defined as: “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failures, or oppositions.”  That definition is pretty straightforward, and most of us can agree with it.  However, there is much “blood, sweat, and tears” between the dictionary definition and the actual following through to the end goal of one’s perseverance.  The key words of the definition are: ‘continued effort’, often for years, and sometimes under severe stress or in great pain!

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Annie Moore (Age 17) with her two younger brothers, Phillip (7) and Anthony (11). They are departing from Cobh, an Irish port, in late 1891. They were on their way to America.
Annie Moore (Age 17) with her two younger brothers, Phillip (7) and Anthony (11). They are departing from Cobh, an Irish port, in late 1891. They were on their way to America.

One of the most divisive issues facing Americans today is the issue of immigration into the U.S. – most especially the truly troubling ILLEGAL variety of immigration!  For decades, and probably much longer, we have been faced with the specter of hordes of “undocumented” invaders crossing over our borders, or overstaying their visas, for sundry purposes --  ostensibly to seek a better life for themselves and their children-- and become “WARDS OF THE STATE” far too often, and in some cases to infiltrate their poisonous hatred of our relatively free American culture into our body politic, as they seek to extend  their insane and Satanically-induced Islamic or Chinese Communist Party beliefs and violence from their own despotic nests of snakes into our freedom-oriented land. 

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I’ve used the following sources to tell this true tale of almost unspeakable heroism, from which I learned of this story and from which I quote freely and paraphrase in my own words:  1) Transcript of a 2010 report about Witold Pilecki by National Public Radio; 2) Wikipedia; 3) Jewish Virtual Library.

Witold Pilecki (1900-1948). Pictured in his Polish Army uniform, and also in his prisoner's uniform in front of the infamous Ausch Witz Concentration Camp in Polan where he had voluntarily let himself be imprisoned from 1940-1943. The sign over the front entrance of Aushc Witz reads in German:
Witold Pilecki (1901-1948). Pictured in his Polish Army uniform, and also in his prisoner's uniform in front of the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland where he had voluntarily let himself be imprisoned from 1940-1943. The sign over the front entrance of Auschwitz reads in German: "Work Sets You Free." In Ausch Witz only death "sets you free."

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The enemies of our Constitutional freedoms are building their soon-to-be-completed wall of tyranny. American Patriots need to
The enemies of our Constitutional freedoms are building their soon-to-be-completed wall of tyranny. American Patriots need to "Tear Down This Wall!"

Getting the U.S.A. out of the Marxist dominated and controlled United Nations Organization is the question posed in the title to this series.  Well, is it possible to extract ourselves at this time in history from an organization that was conceived as a tyrannous world government from its inception (even though many good and patriotic people at that time would not have believed it), considering that more and more Americans now understand that the slow but steady erosion of personal freedom and our nation’s independence was the U.N.’s goal from the beginning?  Considering that the main target of the sinister Marxists who set up the U.N. was always to end the SOVEREIGNTY of our nation, that IS the most pertinent question to consider, isn’t it?  The U.N.’s decades long battle against the constitutional rights of Americans—especially our rights to free speech, freedom of the press, and most of all—our 2nd Amendment rights to “keep and bear arms” (which the collectivists fear the most)—is wrapped up in their one main goal:  The destruction of the SOVEREIGNTY—the independence--of the United States and its merging into their “Borg-like” hive of a one-world government! 

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Barry Goldwater warned us long ago that the US should withdraw as a member of the United Nations. We should have headed his warning!
Barry Goldwater warned us long ago that the US should withdraw as a member of the United Nations. We should have heeded his warning!

John McManus, retired long-time CEO of The John Birch Society, usually has a section in the monthly “Bulletin” of the JBS dedicated to “GETTING US OUT! OF THE UNITED NATIONS”, and provides needed information for both members, prospective members, and all dedicated patriots on the devious and sovereignty-destroying machinations emanating from that den of Marxist mendacity that has occupied some of the most valuable real estate in New York City since 1945.  (The final sale from the original land developer was arranged by Nelson Rockefeller, globalist supreme, and financed by his father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  The 18 acre site reportedly cost Rockefeller $8.5 million).

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From its inception in 1948 the UN has been contrary to the best interests of the American people. It is time to
From its inception in 1945 the UN has been contrary to the best interests of the American people. It is time to "GET OUT!"

“It has been the dream of many people for over 200 years to create a one-world government over the entire planet to bring people together, thereby preventing war between nations and peoples—universal peace.

“It is a grand ideal, and many have been convinced that such an entity would indeed create universal peace.  There is only one thing wrong with it, and that is that human nature and the nature of government get in the way.  It recalls to mind the adage of the British Lord Acton: ‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’.

“The nature of government is to take  unto itself more and more power, and with that power a level of corruption.  There is no exception to this natural process in history, ancient or modern, because it is based on human nature and the nature of government itself.”

Art Thompson, ‘The United Nations: Unity Through Tyranny’, published by The John Birch Society through Western Islands, Appleton, Wisconsin, 2020, p. vii.

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Good advice for God's people, because in this age we often do seem to doubt what God told us in both the darkness and light!
Good advice for God's people, because in this age we often do seem to doubt what God told us in both the darkness and light!

Those of you who have read my “ancient” columns in the now “extinct” print copy version of The Times Examiner (from 1999 to July, 2018), and in its digital version since July of 2018, know how much I love classical music.  But as I’ve said several times, I also enjoy other genres of music, particularly the “Big Band” music of the 1930’s and 1940’s (Glenn Miller—oh yeah), Dixie Land jazz, the music and songs of George and Ira Gershwin, the music of Sigmund Romberg, and especially much of the wonderful music of Rogers and Hammerstein from their great Broadway musicals over many years; and I adore the “old-timey” music of George M. Cohan, that “Yankee Doodle Dandy” who wrote hundreds of great songs for his musicals over the decades that stretched over the first half of the 20th century.  And I love the music of the Christian Church, which is a musical genre all its own.  All of this glorious music was written during “the good old days when music was musical”.  Too bad that it isn’t so in our day and age.

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Hail to the State

"Hail to the State," or "Sieg Heil" to "The Fuehrer!" The Italian Fascists and the German Nazis were brothers under the skin. Left Wing extremists who tried to spread their poison over the world. Their descendants are doing the same today! It's called "The New World Order" or "The Great Reset." But it's the same old totalitarianism!

“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools!” - PLATO (427 B.C.-347 B.C.)

Most Americans have heard the word “fascistbandied about quite a lot in recent years.  Every so-called “mainstream media” outlet is proclaiming that fascists are evil racists (they are both), noxious “right wing extremists” (nope) who are in league with former President Trump (not true) and his “bad, bad, bad” conservative/populist/Republican allies in the ranks of “The Basket of Deplorables”, as that truly despicable Deep Stater, Comrade Hillary Clinton, labeled us.  (Before his untimely death, no less an authority than Rush Limbaugh said that Hillary was a communist, so I’m just using her appropriate title).

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