Mark Caserta: Should I or shouldn’t I take the COVID-19 Vaccine?

13 Sep

Here are some things to consider…

Mark Caserta is an opinion columnist and editor for Free State Patriot

September 13, 2021

Should I or shouldn’t I take the COVID-19 vaccine?  It’s arguably the question paramount to our times and potentially to this century. As a Christian conservative, it’s certainly one I’m being asked most regularly by friends, relatives, and acquaintances.

Now, I’m not going to cite scientific studies or medical dissertation, because frankly I don’t know who to believe anymore.  As with nearly all the information we are force-fed daily by an irresponsible, negligent, liberally complicit media, the facts will be skewed by the degree of skin they have in the game and to whom they serve – money or man. 

They can’t serve both, so history compels me to believe it’s money, nearly 99 percent of the time.

To support my disbelief in the unprincipled media, I’ve chosen to take a sabbatical from the 24-hour, vomitous mass of so-called journalism designed to persuade rather than inform.  My decisions are made and validated by what I see happening around me and the unction I feel from the Spirit that dwells within me.  That is all I trust.

Conspiracy theories aside, I don’t trust government to do the job of protecting my family.  Historically, government fails at most everything.   Abe Lincoln assured us that, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” I hope he was right. But it’s certainly on life-support, with failing vital signs, under our current administration. 

While I respect our form of government; I loathe the actions of the individuals responsible for it right now. “Why we continue to re-elect vermin to represent us” in government may supersede even the query of taking the COVID vaccine – it’s close. The old saying which asserts that a fool is someone who represents themselves, should also include those who hire another fool to do so!

I’m burdened over the number of COVID deaths in America.  I’m distraught over the number of individuals in our region who have lost their lives.  I’m devastated over the number of friends and loved ones who have lost their lives to this disease. 

Is this disease man-made or is it an anomaly of genetic research?  Is the COVID Delta-Variant an intentional perpetuation of the original virus or is it a random mutation?

I don’t much care at this point. I’m not in a position to research, investigate and determine the facts on my own and it serves no purpose for me to grasp to some television pundit’s view as my own.   

All I know, for sure, is that it’s my responsibility to make the right choices in life for my family. 

For me, there are criterion on which I make my decision:

  1. I absolutely will not allow my disdain for an administration or government to influence my decision to take the COVID vaccine or allow my family members to do the same.  Grandma called that, “cutting off you nose to spite your face”. 
  2. I will gather as much information as I possibly can regarding events confirmed by facts.  It’s too important of a decision to rely upon hearsay or opinion.  It’s my responsibility to do the work.  I’m not going to allow radio talk show hosts, Fox News or CNN to persuade me – period!
  3. I’m not willing to risk losing a family member simply to make a political point.  If you disagree, fine.  I don’t much care. I have other ways to fight for our Republic, the most important of which happens at the polls.
  4. I will have faith in my God, but I am not willing to test my faith with the lives of my family.  I also have faith that God has given us wisdom and a free will.  I believe He will honor our actions if we honor Him in all that we do, regardless of outcome.
  5. If we love God, and are called according to His purpose, all things work together for good.  I’ve been in situations where I try to “over think” an outcome.  I have learned God simply wants me to trust Him, even if it appears my prayer did not get answered the way I wanted it to be answered.  That’s faith.  God will prosper our efforts and perseverance in Jesus’ Name.
  6. Finally, I will seek God for the right answer.  I don’t need a burning bush or miracle. I just need fervent prayer and a relationship with my Heavenly Father. 

Anyone who attempts to tell you to either take the vaccine or not, turn and walk away. While they may be well-meaning, they don’t have a stake in the safety of your loved ones.  If it’s “freedom” you want to protect, then vote!

At the end of the day, the choice must be yours and made for the right reasons.  Anyone who tells you differently is likely selling something.

Godspeed.

Mark Caserta: We must not allow crisis to bring about Arbitrary Rule and destruction

11 Sep

Mark Caserta is an opinion columnist and editor for Free State Patriot

September 11, 2021

Shortly after Barack Hussein Obama won the 2008 presidential election, the man who would later become his chief of staff spoke at a Wall Street Journal corporate CEO conference.

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”, regurgitated then Congressman Rahm Emanuel. “And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you could not do before.”

Every society needs a set of rules by which to live to prevent chaos and ultimate destruction. Our U.S. Constitution was established to do just that!

In existence for more than two centuries, our Constitution establishes and maintains the relationship between our government, the states, and our people.  Over time, the Constitution has been amended infrequently, but always in a manner designed to guarantee the basic protections of the people.  Thousands of amendments have been proposed over the years, but only seventeen have been ratified.

It’s imperative all Americans have a clear understanding of the intent of the Constitution.  Like the Bible, (yet not nearly as exhaustive) it provides rules by which should live. It guarantees every American’s fundamental right for the protection of life, liberty, and property.

Besides creating a national government with a system of checks and balances among three branches and separating the powers of federal and state governments, our Constitution is predominantly designed to protect the individual liberties of American citizens.

Also, like the Bible, it’s a Divinely inspired document progressive liberals have committed their lives to mitigating and removing from society. While liberals have nothing profitable to offer in terms of morality and principled conduct, they are consistent in their devotion to remove boundaries. Whether a border, a wall or and a traditionally accepted behavior, behavioral limitations have no place in a radically permissive America.

I refer to my opening line in this column to describe what has been happening to the world around us. 

One must understand progressivism.  The progressive movement is a tenacious attack against all things Biblical or conservative in nature.  For example, television programming just twenty years ago was dramatically less suggestive and permissive than it is now!  Utilizing a long-range plan, liberal television executives gradually desensitized viewers to sex, violence and foul language, primarily focusing on young people.  Over time, they persistently pushed the envelope and tilted their sliding scale of morality to the left.  They didn’t do it overnight, they did it “progressively”, hence their moniker.

Currently, progressives are leveraging fear to institute an ideology of “Arbitrary Rule” which empowers leftist leaders to abuse emotional shifts in society to manipulate and irradicate traditional standards. Supported by a complicit media we are witnessing the advocacy of a leftist’s cancel culture that ostracizes anyone failing to align with a new world order which despises America’s traditional belief system, afforded by the U.S. Constitution and pre-imminent to the success of our great nation.

Per the modus operandi of liberals, promoting the idea of socialism is a major part of their plan to destroy our infrastructure of entrepreneurialism.  The success of socialism is the biggest lie of the twentieth century.  It has never worked!  While it promises equality and prosperity, it always delivers poverty and tyranny.  The only equality it propagates is that everyone is equally poor! 

I have a dear friend who escaped the tyranny of his nation years ago who told me, “Mark, the only people who support communism are those who have never lived under it!”  He is a great American.

I’ve studied and written about progressivism for over twenty years. I can say without hesitation liberals have sustained a disturbingly successful attack on America.

Believe me when I say COVID-19 is the best thing that ever happened to the progressive movement!  It is their gold at the end of the liberal rainbow.

Progressives are using a pandemic to manipulate Americans to willingly hand over their constitutional rights and entrepreneurial spirit so the government can “save” them from destruction and provide all their needs – as the government defines them.

And once we’ve handed them over, we will never have them again.  Liberal politicians will make “constitutional” changes to ensure patriots may never again successfully rise against tyrannical rule.  Laws will change. Rights will be trampled upon under the guise of protecting others.

Americans will have no choice, monetarily or otherwise, but to succumb to the demands of government.  It’s happening right now, before our very eyes.  And sadly, we are allowing it.

Brave men and women have died to see our Constitution live. We owe it to our past and our future to honor their gift of freedom to us. Don’t be fooled into allowing crisis to bring about destruction.

It’s time for another American Revolution, this time at the polls.

Mark Caserta: Five things we must do now to save America.

12 Aug

Since February 2021, I haven’t written a single column.  Frankly, I haven’t had the stomach for it.

Following the successful liberal inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, words seemed to elude me, as did reason.

I’ve avoided news cycles, talk radio and conversations on the topic.  Not only did I lose faith in the electoral process, I lost faith in here-to-fore political prognosticators and prophets.  I suppose the worst involves an understanding that we still don’t know exactly what happened or what to do to prevent it from happening again.

My wife and family chastised me to a degree for the apparent “180” I had made in engagement.  I had been a conservative columnist for nearly 20 years and was avidly on the front lines. It was my passion, my relief valve, my mission.  Then, enough was enough.  I turned off the switch.

Last week, I decided to slightly open the floodgate of information.  Test the water.  What had I missed?

Absolutely nothing.  It took all of 3 minutes to realize nothing had changed.  Liberal Democrats were still working to control every move of the American people and stopping at nothing to do so.  Republicans were still whining about socialist tactics and the shattering of the American dream while doing very little to stop it – except talk and volley shots across the bow. 

Talk is now cheaper, then cheap.  It’s become a crutch – a one liner for future reference, intended to protect rather than promulgate change.

Media, accuracy and integrity in reporting have died a vehement death, yet the misinformed still cling to it like a piece of buoyant wood while treading in the waters of ignorance – surrounded by sharks eagerly awaiting anyone attempting to swim ashore.

Alas, there remain a few, just a few, principled politicians, easily muted by media or politically motivated rigmarole. 

Liberal politicians and media have necessarily changed their modus operandi. The election of Donald Trump convinced them they absolutely cannot win in the theater of ideas or convince Americans to align with their ideology.

 Rather than “convince” you to align with their socialist agenda, they’ve figured a way to “force” you to do so. 

The goal is to make everything totally unattainable without government support – period.  Food, healthcare, housing, energy, safety, you name it, they want to control it.

Remember the liberal Democrats are masters at “never allowing a crisis to go to waste”.  Covid is a political dream come true for liberals.  Did they create it?  I don’t know.  But I do know they created a way to use it to their benefit. 

We had a commander-in-chief with the intestinal fortitude to rise above the swamp vermin.  He was so successful no sacrifice was to large to remove him and keep him removed from office. 

Yes, the vermin won that war.  But they don’t have to win again.  Stopping them won’t be easy.

 We have 5 things we must do – now, to save America, literally from becoming something akin to a third-world country.

  1. Figure our how they stole the 2020 election and prevent it from happening again.  If it means Republicans place drop boxes in heavy conservative markets and push mail in votes, then do it now!
  2. We must restore faith in the electoral process and ignite a fire beneath conservative voters, to include Christians.  Christians are the only demographic liberal Democrats don’t own.  Pastors must get those bones rattlin!  Tax exempt status won’t mean much is we lose the right to religious freedom!
  3. We must define a 2024 ticket that rise above the fray and speak to the hearts of patriots, to include young people. 
  4. Support media that reports to inform, not to influence.  Turn off garbage.  Garbage in – garbage out.
  5. Seek first God’s Will, not our own.  Winning this war will take more than a man.  It will take God.

I recommend writing these down and doing every single thing you can to foster their success.

Blessings.

Mark Caserta: Trump supporters, it’s time for the “eye of the tiger”.

28 Feb

Mark Caserta is an opinion columnist and editor for Free State Patriot.

February 28, 2021


Biden advisor:  “Mr. President, we need to discuss our position and action on a situation regarding the security and prosperity of the American people.  Do you have a moment?”

Biden: “What was Trump’s position?”

Biden advisor:  “He was for it.”

Biden:  “Well, we’re against it.”

Biden advisor:  “But, Mr. President, it may severely impact the lives of millions.  Shouldn’t we review it and discuss it based on its merit?”

Biden:  “Ask Kamala, for God’s sake! Leave me alone and bring my Geritol and slippers.”

Folks, while satirical in nature, this isn’t far from what’s happening in the Oval Office right now.

Just over 5 weeks after the inauguration of Joe Biden to the U.S. presidency it’s clear “Sleep Joe” intends to continue his Democrat predecessor’s strategy of “fundamentally changing America”. 

But before he can pick up where Obama left off, He must first nullify the successes of President Trump.

And it appears, he is attempting to surge his nullification of the Trump’s wins at the rate they were established – light speed!

As President Trump so masterfully negated the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, Joe Biden and his liberal “chieftains” will absolutely “not’ be focused on being the commander-in-chief of our country, but rather on returning the United States to the disrespected, jobless nation it was under Barack and Michelle.

In other words, it’s “pay back” time for the reprobates who defied all the political postulates and elected an outsider – Donald J. Trump.

And so, it’s begun.  Borders are being re-opened.  Well-negotiated deals are being eradicated. Resources that made us energy independent for the first time in our nation’s history are being shut down.  And attacks against all things conservative, have been deployed!

And we find ourselves on the field of battle in the absence of the greatest strategic mind in history – the father of conservatism, Rush Limbaugh.  We love and miss you, Rush.  Godspeed.

What would Rush tell us?  I believe He would say, “Return to your roots – get the “eye of the tiger!”

That means understanding liberals and the progressive movement, as it is indeed a movement that’s “progressive” in nature.

Example? Roe v. Wade wasn’t always abortion on demand.  Initially, it had restrictions based on the viability of the baby and the health of the mother.  But liberals “progressively” challenged the status quo, winning baby step victories, until they achieved their goal – infanticide at the whim of the mother and the will of the state.

That’s the progressive modus operandi!  They never stop! They never give up!  If it involves restrictions, it isn’t liberal enough!  If it involves morality, principles, or convictions it’s not progressive enough. 

If it involves God…shut it down!

But we have questions – understandably so!

If the Democrats truly stole the 2020 election, why couldn’t it be exposed and properly expunged?  More importantly, what have we been able to deduce that will prevent it from happening again?

The fact that Democrats are so emboldened right now should give us all pause.  What do they know that we don’t?  Have they developed an algorithm giving them the power to influence an election? 

All we know, for sure, is the there is a doddering, frail liberal in the White House masquerading as the commander-in-chief, with an activist VP by his side chomping at the bits to advance progressivism in a manner unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed.

Friends, during this “unpleasant” political period of time, I’ve taken a sabbatical from writing.  Frankly, it’s been exceedingly difficult (as I’m sure it’s been for other patriots) to engage in the news of the day when so much had apparently gone extraordinarily wrong.

But, today, something prompted me to move forward.  I believe it was Divine in nature.  I believe many others heard it, as well.

I am convinced God is calling us to make a choice, to employ the free will He’s given each of us.  In the face of a giant, how do we react?  Do we cower in fear of the enemy or rise with boldness knowing God has never forsaken us? 

After all, David took a stone to a sword fight and was victorious.  Even after witnessing failure after failure, He chose to persevere in God’s Will.  He made a choice to win!

It is this choice that each of us must make that will determine U.S. history moving forward.

It is this choice that will determine what sort of a world our children and grandchildren will inherit. 

It is this choice that will remind God we have the wherewithal to be “His” servants or servants of the state.  He created us in His image – the image of a winner!

As hard as it may be – As cheated as we may feel – As disheartened and angry we may be – what are Democrats hoping to accomplish?  What would they have Trump supporters do?

Drop your weapons.  Lay down and be subservient to liberal rule.

Subservience is not within me.  I cannot acquiesce to the path of least resistance.  I will not allow my disgust and outrage to silence me. I plan to win.

I plan to continue writing and influencing on behalf of conservatism as never before.  If we lose, we’ve been defeated valiantly.

But if we win, God’s got our backs and our future.

“E pluribus Unum” or “Out of many – One”

Together, as one, is the only way we win.  Let’s make these next four years the most difficult liberals have ever witnessed, but let’s take the high road.  Let’s do it legally and with conviction.

That’s a strategy they don’t understand.

James Caserta: The Simplicity of Walking by Faith

1 Jan

https://jamescaserta.wordpress.com/2020/12/30/the-simplicity-of-walking-by-faith/?fbclid=IwAR0yQfM-LBCAFtpEcmwJ89X5e5o1BUPhDtRxIrkH71bKAkuuKP1V7P25yIk

Levin: On Jan. 6, we learn whether our Constitution will hold – TheBlaze

30 Dec

And whether congressional Republicans care
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Mark Caserta: Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” offers timely perspective for us all!

17 Dec

Just a few days away from the most magical day of the year, I find myself reflecting on the lyrics from the first stanza of John Lennon’s 1971 Christmas song, “So this is Christmas.”

“So, this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over. And a new one just begun.”

This question is particularly thought-provoking for those who’ve been engaged this year in the state of our country, our city and our fellow man. Regardless of your political or religious persuasion, I think most would agree we’ve seen an unparalleled level of quarreling and animosity among people this year.

A few years back I wrote a Christmas column entitled, “Perhaps we should reflect on the chains we’ve forged.” I keep a copy with our Christmas decorations. Each year, when my wife has me carry the decorations upstairs for her to magically transform our home for the holidays, I’m greeted by the newspaper clipping resting in “mechanical” Santa’s lap!

Here’s a modified excerpt from my 2013 column.

The brilliance and imagery of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” offers a timeless reflection of the magical consequences of human kindness.

Of his tale, Dickens wrote, “I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.”

And “haunt” us it has for over 170 years with its sustained relevance for mankind and its sobering look at the sanctity and opportunity of life.

Ebenezer Scrooge was a man, lost within his own maize of anxiety, stripped of his compassion for others whose significance diminished as his wealth grew.

Yet, while unworthy of his journey of recompense, Scrooge was given an opportunity to witness the chains he forged in life from the third person as he was led on a journey by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

I can only surmise Dickens chose Christmas as the setting of his tale of repentance because of the depth of purpose he envisioned it had for his fellow man and the opportunity it offered for reflecting upon one’s life choices.

I believe, however, Dickens is prompting us to invoke similar introspection.

How would your journey fare with the three apparitions? What chains have you forged?

Life’s choices in today’s world are exceedingly complex and follow a path dimly lit and laden with distractions unique to our times.

Ebenezer Scrooge had some ghostly mentors to influence change in his life and Dickens ensured his tale allowed Scrooge to alter his future.

Unfortunately, none of us have Dickens’ script guaranteeing our life tomorrow. And all too often we find ourselves wishing we’d made better choices or extended unselfish, random gifts of kindness to others.

I suggest using Christmas, as Dickens did, to reflect upon the chains we may have forged in life and begin working toward reducing the links.

Before we find it’s too late to impact our legacy and future.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Doug Smith: To govern or to rule?

14 Dec
Doug Smith is an opinion columnist, historian and associate editor for Free State Patriot

December 14, 2020

This is a distinction which many do not recognize, but is one of great importance. Most people, except for anarchists, accept that societies must be governed lest they fall into chaos. Many accept that premise, and consent to be governed (a supremely important condition: consent of the governed) in return for the stability of those around them being governed as well, and by the same laws.

Men will accept that they cannot break in and take their neighbors’ property because they desire it, with the implicit corollary that their neighbors, or the passing stranger, will be subject to the same restraint. The implied social contract is that we accept governance, and grant part of our authority to certain people to govern, enact, and enforce laws, under which we all agree to live. The express and written contract, the US Constitution, establishes clearly rules for conducting and governing ourselves, subject to those whom we will elect to exercise the authority under which we agree to live. In case you slept through or never attended 7th grade Civics, that is the Representative Republic under which we have lived since 1789.

We the people, constituted this republic in a written document of our laws and structure, and agreed that these were the laws under which our citizens would live. So then, our officials govern with the consent of the governed, as expressed in that constitution, establishing our form of government, the methods for selecting who would govern, and, vitally, establishing the limits to which we would accept said governance.

We accept a Congress which may levy taxes and declare war. We do not accept Prima Nocte.

Citizens who wish to stand for election to public office do so in order to govern, as accepted by that contract under which we, as citizens, agree to live, and by our choice. Elected officials are expected to, and should expect to, govern.

Then there are those who wish to rule. One who rules over others does so on a simple basis: because I said so. A ruler backs up such pronouncements with the threat of force. William the Conqueror ruled England because he raised and kept an army and used it to force his rule on the Saxons on England. “By right of conquest” is an ancient justification for ruling a people. The Saxons may not appreciate being ruled by the Normans, or the Chinese by the Mongols, or the Lithuanians by the Russians. Such people are often called subjects, because they are subject to the power, and whim, of their rulers. A ruler may also govern well, as in the case of Bernadotte in Sweden. The problem is that the supply of benevolent dictators is rather sparse. More often they govern poorly, placing their own needs and hungers above that of the people they rule. Hence common soldiers bleed to expand the demesnes of a Duke or Prince, and the rewards of their exertions are not their own. What they are given for their blood is out of noblesse oblige, their Lord granting what he chooses, in return for their forced service.

Henry’s “band of brothers” speech notwithstanding, it is usually not a very good bargain to be a subject. Just by the implication of the word, you are subject to power and a person who is greater than yourself. You worth is only what your ruler chooses to attach to you.

A citizen of a republic, on the other hand, is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and may develop worth based on his abilities and willingness to work and sacrifice. If he chooses to fight and defend his land, it is because of the value he places on it, and his place in it. It is not so his Prince can call himself the Duke of Aquitaine.

The United States was formed as a Republic of citizens who were subjects and determined that they would be free citizens, and subjects no more, regardless the cost. Citizens, as we know, are not always governed well. But they can “Throw the bums out” every few years, and not take down the King when things get really bad. It is a much better thing to be governed than to be ruled.  Rulers do so by their own whim, and are not obligated to abide by their orders to their subjects. Representatives of citizens who enact or enforce laws are subject to the same laws and the guy waiting tables or stacking shelves.

We eat at the same table, sit in the same boat, and walk on the same road. There is no royal road to geometry. In a Republic, there is no Royal road to anywhere. Governors and Senators, Presidents and Vice Presidents, are subject to the same laws and the rest of us. There is, or should be, no Royal road for the children of elected officials to establish them into a dynasty.

That was the heritage and legacy the founders left for this new nation, and new experiment in self-governance. We, the people, would elect our leaders. They in turn, would govern, not rule, in accordance with laws under which we agreed to be governed. They left us “a Republic, if we could keep it.

So, with that brief history synopsis, look around. Do we have leaders faithful to that vision and the laws to which we have consented? Do we have officials who wish to rule by fiat: Because I said so, you must do what I say but must not do? You may not do what I may do.

Do they wish to govern, or to rule? We live in a Republic which rejected the Divine Right of Kings, loudly. If we have petit kings who wish to rule free citizens, it’s time to throw the Bums out.

Reject Rulers. Elect leaders. Establish justice. Hold on to the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ourselves and our posterity.

Fox News: Trump Team moves forward with election challenges.

6 Dec

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Dr. Jerome Corsi: How the 2020 Election ends in a Trump victory

6 Dec

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