Mark Caserta: God (not the world) defines the Church as essential service

23 May

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

May 23, 2020


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“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…”

Did you ever wonder what “weapons” the Apostle Paul was referencing? For that matter, what “warfare” was Paul’s addressing in his letter to the Corinthians?

I’m inclined to believe the warfare we face in the 21st century is not altogether different from the battles Paul fought in the 1st century. One must surmise that poverty, crime, lascivious behavior, government, apathy, slovenly demeanors, greed, and narcissisms were not proprietary to Jesus’ time.

They may be more amplified in 2020 – but evil is evil.

The difference is the degree to which God’s Word is applied in addressing it!

The heart of man has not changed; it has just been desensitized to respond differently. We face the same warfare resulting from poor behavioral responses as Christians have faced throughout history, it’s just that our choice to apply God’s Word as the defining standard has succumb to the evolving progressive views of the world.

Liberals have obfuscated the term “progress” beyond its general application to technology to what they’ve pre-determined to be “progress” in religion. They’ve pursued making worship more “sensible” and applicable to our changing times, hence the progressive movement.

Our weapons have not changed either. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” the heavenly arsenal was opened to those who believe and follow Him. Sadly, many Christians have found it easier to “surrender” to the world, rather than surrender to the Almighty.

Unfortunately, this apathetic response by Christians in the recent years is arguably the reason the progressive movement has been so successful. Understand, if Christians united and voted every election cycle according to God’s Word, we would never lose an election. So, who is to blame?

Frankly, Christians have been given the ability to be the “problem-solvers” of the world! No, we do not profess to have all the answers, but we know a God who does! God is not looking for our ability. He’s looking for our availability! Unfortunately, many hide behind circumstance.

So, understanding the degree to which we are responsible for applying the Gospel to the world around us, where are Christians during the current COVID-19 crisis?

Let me be clear. God has not executed some sort of “divine punishment” upon the earth. He is not to blame! The Bible is clear. All good and perfect gifts” come from God! Satan is the thief, who comes to steal, kill and destroy.

But both God and the enemy have plans for you during this pandemic. God wants to take what the enemy meant for evil and make it good. The enemy simply wants you dead.

Look around you. The truth is there are more people than you can imagine that want to profit from COVID-19. But none so demonic as those who would do so at the expense of Christians being able to exercise their faith, for doing so would inevitably cripple our society.

Liberals within the progressive movement understand God’s Word is the only barrier in their way of achieving the ultimate goal of placing morality on a sliding scale commensurate with the times.

Jesus called the Word, the “rock” upon which I will build my Church” He knew an immovable faith would be prerequisite to healing a dying world.

Jesus also knew our faith and strength would be challenged. Paul, thought to author much of the New Testament, reminded Christians we should not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is but exhort one another”. In fact, we should exhort “much more” during troubling times!

During COVID-19, the world’s wisdom sees abortion clinics, liquor stores and bars as essential services. They do not see God’s people worshipping together as an essential service, at least not in their model. But beyond that, they see it as the “dismantling” of a movement!

Trust me when I tell you this shelter-in-place mandate has absolutely nothing to do with protecting your health. It’s about damaging your spiritual well-being and resolve as a Christian.

Yes, the Bible tells us we should obey the laws around us. But it does not say we have to like it!

We can darn sure be the loudest voice in the room and show our disdain for this type of leadership during the upcoming election. I am simply amazed at how the same, feckless, inept politicians keep getting re-elected year after year. I’ve no doubt, it’s the result of Christians allowing themselves to be taken out of the game, rather than fight for their rights and fulfill the calling on their lives.

It’s OK for Christians to take advantage of this pandemic, only in a much “nobler” manner than others.

Let 2020, be the year Christians used COVID-19, the plague the enemy meant to destroy, as the catalyst for returning the Christian Voice to America!

If Christians unite and vote God’s Word, we will not fail. We can keep our country safe from the wiles of the enemy. Let’s do exactly the opposite the enemy would have us do.

Don’t succumb – but overcome. Make the Church the essential service God intended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Biden struggles badly during virtual round table as gaffes pile up.

16 May

So, this is the presumptive Democrat nominee for president?

Liberals will give up EVERYTHING YOU OWN to see Trump fail.

Believe it!

 

Doug Smith: Forgive our New York “arrogance”!

11 May

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Doug Smith is an opinion columnist, historian and Associate editor for Free State Patriot

May 11, 2020

 


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“Forgive our New York “arrogance”!

This was a line Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), NY used when minimizing the CV outbreak and urging, along with fellow Democrat Bill DeBlasio, Hizzoner the Mayor, people to continue doing what they do. Go to Chinatown and the New Year’s parades. Ride the Subways. See a show. Play Frank Sinatra. This, even as infections were showing up by the hundreds in New York city.

Early on, New York Nursing Homes asked urgently that CV positive patients not be returned to their facilities, but hospitalized, or sent to some temporary facility such as the Javits Center, geared to handle isolation and treatment. Cuomo refused, and ordered , Ordered, that hospitals send elderly infected patients to nursing homes and that the nursing homes take them, stating “ It is not the state’s job to provide nursing homes with PPE, and they do not have the right to object to the regulation ordering them to take the patients. It is their fiduciary responsibility. “

As a result, a large percentage of the deaths in NY were people who could not isolate or get away, because they were old people trapped in a nursing home. Thousands have died in NY nursing homes, a large percentage of the totals in the US. In his NY arrogance, Gov Cuomo stuck with an order that condemned thousands to preventable deaths in recent months.

As the New York Times now reports, in March, after hundreds of cases in NYC, Cuomo and DeBlasio were continuing to downplay the outbreak and urging people to come to New York. This follows the advice of NY Health officials urging people to congregate in huge crowds in Chinatown for Chinese New Year’s in February, as our way of “showing the Coronavirus” and refusing to stigmatize anyone. Tracing of the virus across the US, by the Times own reporting, shows that travel to and from NYC, far more than from China and Italy, was the primary vector spreading it across the US. With Cuomo s strong rhetoric about the hard steps he took, and how long he may keep his state locked down, he overlooks one vital piece of information, reports the Times. The horse was already out of the barn before the Governor slammed the door, put in his thumb, pulled out a plum, and said what a good boy am I. The missteps, and arrogance of the Governor and the NYC Mayor are largely responsible for the extent of the pandemic in the rest of the country, aside from the fact that in raw numbers, far and away most of the infections took place in New York. Even, as the Times notes, the large numbers in Louisiana, tied to Mardi Gras, are traceable back to NY.

Now that it is becoming apparent that even with Cuomo s rhetoric, things were never as dire, by orders of magnitude, as he tried to paint it, while shifting blame from himself. Ventilator need was off by orders of magnitude, as was the urgent need for hospital beds. As it becomes apparent, the NY arrogance is on display once again. Samaritans Purse, who set up field hospitals previously in Ebola hotspots and other crises, set up a hospital and treated CV patients in cooperation with Mt Sinai Hospital. Now that the need is winding down , NY city council has made it  clear that the ( free, I should note) Doctors and equipment provided by this ministry, is not welcome because they disagree in principle with the NY stance on LGBTXYZ issues. They have no place in New York. They did not, by the way, examine the beliefs or lifestyles of the patients they treated, they simply treated them. But now? The old New York arrogance: disagree with me, then get thee hence! That, of course, does not come from Cuomo himself, but neither does he use his considerable bully pulpit to say “New York thanks and welcomes all who have come to help us in our hour of need”

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Cuomo has also stated that volunteers who come to New York, and were there at least 14 days, will have to pay NY State income tax (the highest in the nation). When asked if he would waive that for people who came to help, at great personal sacrifice and risk, he said “I cannot give them money when we have a $ 13 billion deficit. Give them money? Cuomo plans to extort money from volunteers who came at his call to help. I wonder, now, does that include the Navy crew of the USNS Comfort? As for the 13 billion deficit, that is not as a result of the last few months. We can detail it at another time, but who was the Governor of New York for the last 8 years as they grew that deficit? Here’s a hint: it was not the volunteers who came to help New York. It was, by some accounts, the most eligible bachelor in New York.

Now there is a part of me that is outraged and offended by Cuomo ‘s “New York Arrogance”. There is a part of me that say, No, Governor, I will Not forgive your arrogance. I will not forgive it because you don’t learn from it, and your arrogant choices and mistakes have cost your state and our nation greatly. Images of the movie Escape from New York come to mind, with the entire arrogant island turned into a maximum-security prison. (Call me Snake.)

But no, I suspect that for all your arrogance, humble men like Franklin Graham will still come at your hour of need, not because you are worthy. It is a common thing for Leftist and non-Christians to criticize the actions of Christians by sneering at them, Well, what would Jesus do? Jesus would heal the ear of a man who was there to arrest him and take him to his death. Franklin Graham and Samaritans Purse did what Jesus would do.

Jesus would even forgive your arrogance, more easily than I.

He would also say, now, Go and sin no more.

Work on that arrogance, Andrew.  You might try the humility of Franklin Graham. New York may not deserve better, but maybe we can give them better anyway.

 

Mark Caserta: Scott Caserta will take back the city of Huntington from deep-state liberals who stole it from you.

16 Apr

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

April 16, 2020


 

In just a little over 3 years, with incredible fortitude and leadership, President Donald J. Trump has essentially negated the ultra-liberal presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.  Our economy, (prior COVID-19) our military, jobs, and American exceptionalism are all on the rise!

And liberals hate him for it! In fact, they hate him much more than they love our country!

If Barack Hussein Obama had experienced a portion of the success in his eight feckless years as president, he would have been hailed as the greatest president in history by Democrats!

The hypocrisy is overwhelmingly obvious!

Can you even imagine what shape our economy would be in right now if we hadn’t bolstered it with the Trump presidency!  And he’s doing it with conservative ideology and Biblically sound principles.

Now, can you imagine what could happen in The Jewel City with the same type of leadership!

We have an opportunity to do the very same thing here in Huntington, WV. by electing a mayor who will use conservative policies and Biblical principles in his approach.  We need a mayor who will uproot the progressive value system Mayor Williams has forced upon the good citizens of Huntington.

We need a true leader who will face down the deep state that’s enveloped our city in the darkness of dilapidation and destitution.

Brother or not…the facts have been weighed. 

There is a conservative candidate who will take back the city of Huntington, WV. from the hands of the deep-state liberals. 

We need Scott Caserta as mayor of Huntington.

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I find it extremely amusing, disingenuous and even a bit ignorant for Scott’s opponents to be leveling a negative campaign against him for being a Democrat for 12 years.

Scott’s opposition should study their history!

The “Great Communicator”, sometimes referred to as the “father of conservatism” was a Democrat 33 years, before switching to the Republican Party in 1962.  Ronald Reagan was instrumental in the demise of communism and was one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history!  But, do you know why Reagan switched parties?

“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party.  They left me,” Reagan said of his departure. Ronald Reagan “bravely” made the choice to represent his constituents over a “party”!

And with the Democrat Party moving further to the left, the same could not be truer for today’s politics!

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The Democrat Party left Scott Caserta and many others in our state. It’s no longer the party of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman or John F. Kennedy.  It’s become the party of avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Steve Williams!

And that’s not the America or the Huntington we want – period.  Scott’s opponents are attacking him for the bravery he exhibited in deciding “people” over “party”.  He’s not interested in prospering the Democrat Party or even the Republican Party!

Scott’s interested in prospering the city of Huntington!

Based on the behaviors and actions of our current mayor and city officials, it’s fair to say (actually, an understatement) we have a city administration that aligns “unfavorably” with conservatism. Their inability to manage the city of Huntington has adversely impacted many people. And since they haven’t a clue as to how to bring in industry, create jobs or clean up our city, they are attempting to build an economic model on drug rehabilitation.

And trust me when I tell you, there are people profiting by attracting and at times, “delivering” addicts within our city limits for drug treatment. Our city, for all intents and purposes, has become a sanctuary for addiction.

Albeit at a local level, these policies couldn’t be more devastatingly liberal, perversely progressive and devastatingly detrimental to our city as, they were for our country!

If our city leaders worked as hard creating an environment conducive to industry and manufacturing as they do for becoming an addiction sanctuary, we’d be a very different city. The self-serving nature of our mayor and his minions is eroding our city’s very foundation.

Just as our nation needed a profoundly different type of leadership following the “fundamental change” of Barack Obama, the city of Huntington needs opposition leadership with the business acumen and intestinal fortitude to return our city to greatness.

We need someone with a proven record of unwavering commitment to public servitude. We need someone willing to make the unpopular decision, yet willing to always act in the best interest of the community. We need someone willing to adhere to Godly values in decision-making.

Scott Caserta is the most qualified candidate to make this happen.

It’s very simple. We need to drain the swamp in Huntington, expose the deep state and begin replacing those politicians who couldn’t care less about a viable future for the citizens of Huntington and returning our city to wealth and prosperity.

We need integrity in politics, not attacks using monikers based on pre-conceived notions and political aspirations.  Politics have become tired and irrelevant to many because of this approach.

Yes, Scott’s my brother and I love him.  But he’ll be the first to tell you, the future of the city of Huntington is more important than just seeing him elected.  We don’t agree on everything.  But we work together and listen to the other’s position. We learn from each other and have the other’s best interest at heart.

And we don’t try to build our own legacy by destroying the other’s.  That’s a sad eulogy for any politician.  “I built my legacy, by tearing yours down”.  That’s very sad, indeed.

Citizens of Huntington, I believe in you.  I trust you will make the right decision. You’re smarter than anyone gives you credit for.  You want our city to be a place people want to live and raise a family, not a place people can’t wait to leave.

You can make this happen! Get informed.  Get engaged.  Pray about it.  And then vote your heart.

Most importantly, go with God.

 

Mark Caserta: Tearing down one’s political opponent doesn’t improve one’s stature as a candidate.

10 Apr

Why do some candidates resort to this tactic?  There’s always a reason!

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

April 10th, 2020


 

It’s been said, all politics are local.  What a shame the mayoral race in Huntington is being tainted by attack and innuendo within the Republican Party.

Yes, sadly, the Huntington mayor race has become laden with disingenuous political attacks designed to manipulate citizens into voting “against” another candidate versus voting “for” the attacking candidate.

It’s very disappointing to me this is happening in the Huntington mayoral race, much less within the GOP. Tearing others down does not increase your stature as a candidate.

It’s truly disconcerting to see how the desire for power will cause good men to fall.

It’s an age-old trap, but one aptly set for aspiring politicians, baited with the local pomp and circumstance of the mayor’s office.

But, God’s Truth doesn’t need man’s help to be made manifest!

Character above reproach is what God equipped man to achieve. And character is what you do when no one is looking. Our city doesn’t need divisive politics. Politics have become derisive enough without flailing help from contenders in the Republican Party.

We are better than that.  Or, at least, we should be.

I’m not talking about standing up for one’s principles and values on the field of political battle.  We all want a representative who will fight for their constituents!

I’m talking about casting doubt on someone else’s values and commitment just to win an election! 

Some attacks have even gone as far as question a candidate’s Christianity and use of God’s Word.

That’s just not right.  And it’s not Biblical.

God’s Word is the Sword of the Spirit.  Try going to battle without it!  And giving thanks for His many blessings is a sweet aroma to Heaven.

Is this what you’re looking for in a mayor?  Is this the type behavior that will make our city proud?

We need someone to unify us in returning to “The Jewell City”, we once were.  We need someone who will facilitate pride in our people and a desire to rise from the ashes, as we’ve done in the past.  We need someone who will not only declare God’s Word, but live by it.

Be wary of politicians who spend more time disparaging other candidates than they do exalting their platform.  There’s always a reason.

Here’s a tip for you heading to the polls.

If your vote is prompted by someone urging you to submit a “retaliation vote” versus a vote derived from sound judgment, it’s probably the wrong thing to do.

Ignore political rant. Ignore political grandstanding. Ignore the left-wing, local media.

You have what it takes to make the right choice!

Become informed and seek God’s wisdom before voting. It’s too important not to.  He will always honor and prosper what you “set your hand and mind to”.

These words are truth, regardless of  mayoral candidates running locally, or presidential candidates in Washington.

They are simply postulates and truth in life.  They never fade away.

Go with God!

 

 

Mark Caserta: It’s time to prepare for the next wave of terrorism – Micro-warfare.

21 Mar

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

March 21, 2020


 

As each of us manages COVID-19 in our own way, please know we will get through this. As with plagues we’ve endured since the beginning of time, this too, shall pass.

But, beyond the tragedy of illness and death, equally tragic would be a scenario in which we fail to learn a lesson from this Corona pandemic.  We must be introspective and begin asking ourselves different types of questions, questions heretofore inadequately posed.

But, certainly, commensurate with the day and age in which we live, we can never afford to return to a “pre-COVID-19” mentality.

First, if an enemy country desired to bring the United States to her knees, how would they possibly do it?

It simply couldn’t be done militarily.  Frankly, we have the greatest military in the world.  Our weapons systems and military might remain virtually unmatched across the globe. A large-scale attack on the U.S. would be immediately met with a “shock and awe” only the American military could provide.

Even attacks involving chemical warfare, electromagnetic pulse or cyber-technology, while increasingly imminent, have yet to sustain an attack on the U.S. resulting in virtual socioeconomic collapse.

The U.S. is simply the most powerful, self-sufficient nation in the entire civilized world – period.

But what about an enemy, so stealth in its approach, we could never see it coming?

What about an attack, so far beneath our diagnostic radar, we wouldn’t even know of its presence until it was well within our shores?

What about an incapacitating virus?

Imagine a virus, that when exposed to a vibrant, fluid society, would gestate quickly and render populations around the country incapacitated with the fear and worry of possible death.

Certainly, with the gaps in our nation’s borders, even a negligible enemy force could infect a few individuals and plant them in densely populated areas, intentionally exposing host victims in magnanimous numbers.  The virus would then advance exponentially as individuals infect vast numbers of unsuspecting people around them.

This microscopic enemy would not be subject to our military prowess, only to the degree of social interaction.

Next, what if this form of “micro-terrorism” proves to succeed in crushing the mighty economy and infrastructure of the U.S., rendering it immobile and starving. What if the American people and government subsequently reveal they are not only vulnerable to such an attack, they are ill-prepared to deal with it effectively.

What if other enemies of the U.S. become cognizant of the fact that they, too, can effectively target America by simply leveraging our open borders to deploy an inexpensive, devastating virus upon our people?

Will U.S. officials respond, each time, as we are now responding to COVID-19?  Will we shelter-in-place until the coast is clear?  Will the only answer be “social distancing” and starving the virus?  Can we ever hope to contain and diffuse such an attack before it’s deployed?

I submit, our nation’s response, while timely and appropriate, is becoming widely observed and recorded throughout the world.  And frankly, the question as to whether COVID-19 was a socially-injected form of micro-terrorism is mute as this point.

The greater concern should be when will it happen again and how do we prevent it!

What do you think will happen when our enemies discover they can do more damage with a form of mutating virus than was accomplished with the greatest terrorist attack in U.S. history on 911?

Have we reached the point of no return?  In many ways, I believe we have.

There are liberal mindsets such as enabling open borders, illegitimate accusations of xenophobia, discrimination and catering to illegal immigration which if not dissolved, will leave our nation operating at perpetual risk.

These liberal, Democrat platform axioms must be crushed – now. These policies have enabled this type of attack.  We must act not only to protect our nation’s sovereignty but lives at risk of individuals engaging in micro-warfare.

Yes, micro-terrorism has truly changed America.  And our lives now depend on never returning to a “pre-COVID-19” mentality.

Finally, understand the city of Huntington is being led by a liberal, progressive administration which subscribes to be the antithesis of conservatism and common sense.

Question:  Where do you suppose Huntington, WV will be if we become inundated with a virus of this magnitude?  Do you feel our city’s infrastructure and policies could handle even an “ounce” of additional peril beyond our current level of self-inflicted demise?

How comfortable do you feel your family’s interest would be at the top of the list of priorities?

Preparation is the key.   And our electoral system is the only language politicians are willing to understand.

Waiting until you’re in the middle of the crisis, is too late.  That’s how people die.

It’s time to be proactive in our approach by placing competent leadership at the point.

Vote like your life depended on it –  because now, it does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Caserta: Voter registration for the homeless is bad idea for the city of Huntington.

4 Feb

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

February 4, 2020


 

Liberal Democrats seem willing to do or say absolutely anything to stay in power. Their actions are proving they are willing to compromise the very heart of the city of Huntington, WV. to advance their progressive agenda. Even if it means garnering illegitimate support from voters who will refuse to bite the hand that feeds them.

We’ve witnessed the rapid decay of our fair city under this current administration. The citizens of Huntington have watched from the sidelines as our mayor has marched our city down the field of degeneracy and economic decline.

I’ve written on the city administration’s feckless approach at building an economic model on drug rehabilitation. We know we have rehab facilities in our city that are actively soliciting addicts from outside our city and state to come to Huntington for rehab. Of course, all of this is being done under the guise of compassion.

Of course, the fact that these programs and salaries, supported by your tax dollars provided based on the supply and demand of the rehab process, couldn’t possibly factor into this equation.

In a pig’s eye!

I have no doubt there are a few genuinely concerned individuals in these programs who truly have a heart for the addict. I also have no doubt there are individuals prospering financially as the need for rehab grows in our area.

Everyone wants to see addiction conquered. We just adamantly disagree on the process. Enabling an addict is a poor method of rehab. We have to provide them hope for the future – not needles.

Common sense would also dictate it would behoove these rehab houses to support an administration that would continue to pave the way for the growth of the rehab industry.

Yes, I said industry. And it’s rapidly becoming Huntington’s number one business, if not already.

So, pursuant to acquiring voters willing to support the growth of this industry, there is currently a voter registration initiative for registering the homeless and felons to vote. A homeless person would simply use an “agent’s” address as noted in their flyer promoting the program.

“No address? No problem! Based on the flyer, just ask a staff member of Harmony House and they’ll gladly cut through the red tape of voter legitimacy! Just be sure you pull the lever on the left.

How far will we allow the city of Huntington to decline under liberal rule? As economically productive people are being pushed outside our city limits, we have institutions that are readily replacing them with non-productive, dependents.

And now, we are seeing a valid liberal “quid pro quo”! We’ll provide you all the amenities and benefits of citizenship in return for your allegiance and voter support.

How about the legality of such an offering?  The potential abuse of the process is obvious!

Certainly, there couldn’t possibly be any collaboration with city officials to support this process – could there?

I submit the mayor and the deep state lurking in the shadows of our dilapidating city realize Huntingtonians have had enough of the failing liberal policies under which we’ve incurred the rapid ruin of our city. They realize to win an election, they must build a new voter base. A voter base with no allegiance to the growth of a city, but to an administration that will cuddle and comfort them.

This is an absolute debacle and a slap in the face to the citizens of Huntington.

Folks, it’s time to step up for our city. This behavior is not designed to improve Huntington. It’s designed to dominate it with liberal policies. Our city is dying a slow death. How long before it takes it’s final breath?

Stop the insanity by draining the Huntington swamp.

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JOIN THE PRAYER VIGIL FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND OUR NATION!

18 Jan

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JOIN THE PRAYER WAVE NOW! Trump asks nation to pray over his impeachment, says he’s done nothing wrong – Prayer sweeps the nation!

18 Jan

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Mark Caserta: Huntington, WV – By every standard is ready for a change in leadership!

17 Jan

However, the collateral damage by the Williams administration will take time to repair.

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

April 1, 2020


 

In the city of Huntington, WV. we’ve allowed an administration of liberals to dictate the direction of our city. Progressives are rapidly converting our once, thriving community into the East coast hub for substance-abuse rehabilitation, crime and destitution.

Understand, this isn’t about compassion. Anyone with a heart cares about those bound by addiction, buried in poverty or impacted by crime. We are simply in deep disagreement as to how it should be addressed. And conservatives can certainly love people while not condoning their behavior.

This is in stark contrast to liberals, who have proven themselves incapable of this disciplined approach to life. They equate love with an unqualified acceptance of any lifestyle, regardless of the content. They prove it every time they lash out in disagreement immersed in hateful rhetoric.

I’m convinced the only way we are going to begin winning against the progressive movement is to do so at the local level. National change must begin with individual communities rising to the occasion and refusing to be overtaken by failing, enabling liberal policies.

And the citizens of Huntington, WV. are ready to make a change!

Several things must happen sequentially for our city to be returned to greatness. The first, arguably, is understanding the progressive movement and its modus operandi. It will be impossible to distinguish qualified leadership until we’re able to discern their heart and genuine intent. We must be able to hear beyond eloquent verbiage, which while “sweet to the ears”, is venomous to the body.

I’ve spent nearly two decades writing about the progressive movement and how it’s destroying our nation. And while it isn’t complicated, it is resilient. The progressive movement relies upon conservatives being either ignorant of the issues or disengaged from the solution. And frankly, they’ve been working diligently in the schools and in the media, to keep us that way.

And sadly, too often, we’ve accommodated them from the sidelines.

Liberals are in the business of creating controversy, very similar to how a pyromaniac starts a fire. First, they require some sort of accelerate to spark a flame. This is usually something by which they can trigger an emotional response by a segment of the population marinated in questionable behavior, usually outside of the Biblical values upon which our country was founded.

Once the flame of contention has been ignited, they are tenacious about “fanning the flame” by striving to be the voice heard above the fray. They understand that while many people in society lack engagement and knowledge about an issue, everyone has emotions. It’s the emotional response they seek to germinate in the soil of contrariety.

It’s a fact that people will respond more often to an emotional stimulation much more than to an intellectual one. Count on liberals to seize upon every opportunity to leverage “identity politics” to rally troops to the far left. They cannot win in the theater of ideas. Truth will never get in the way of a liberal.

Hence, the promulgation and success of the progressive movement.

There are timely examples of how liberals have used this technique. One example is how they’ve converted “illegal immigration” into an emotional issue about separating families at the border. Another would be how “abortion” is all about women’s health. Every time there is a shooting, liberals use emotions, rather than common sense, to suggest taking guns away from law abiding citizens will reduce gun crime. Still another would be how Christian conservatives “hate” the LGBTQ population simply because we don’t condone their behavior or give them additional “protected” status above and beyond the protections we are all allocated by the Constitution.

The list goes on and on.

Liberals have purchased and now “own” terms like “inclusion, acceptance or tolerance.” Sadly, with the complicity of the liberal media, Christian conservatives have allowed them to do so. With identity politics, they’ve also attempted to purchase African-Americans, woman, Hispanics, LGBTQ and illegal aliens.

The only segment of the population liberals have never been able to purchase is Christians.

The liberal infestation is never going to change on the national level, until states, cities and communities stand up against leaders hell-bent on inflicting their liberal policies at the local level.

I can’t think of a better city upon which to build this change than our own city of Huntington. We are better than this! But we’ll never succeed in our valiant efforts to return our city to greatness under the current leadership.

We must change leadership.

The empty recognition our city’s leadership has received for being at the “forefront” of the fight against opioid abuse is laughable, but it’s also very troubling. We keep doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.

Step outside your door and take off your blinders. Are things really getting better in the city of Huntington? Are their fewer drugs? Is there less crime? Are you making more money? Are you proud of your city? Anyone committed to intellectual honesty knows the answers.

Next steps? Turn the sound down on your television or be more discerning about what you hear. Use our local newspaper to line your bird cage. Begin relying on reliable sources for your information – but there aren’t many.

Beware of “wolves in sheep’s clothing” who outwardly appear sincere and forthright, but are inwardly laden with deception and greed.  And people have become savvy to politicians who try to make themselves look better by attacking the opposition.  They understand the effort is simply meant to invoke a vote “against” a candidate, versus a vote “for” themselves.

Tearing someone else down doesn’t increase one’s stature or integrity.  People are so tired of political hypocrisy and personal attacks.  They want to move on and support a better system.

And once you’ve gotten the facts, make sure your voice is heard above the fray. Be diligent, committed and prayerful in your actions.

We will make a difference this election.  And as a unified community, we’ll keep it going.

Huntington will, once again, become “The Jewell City.

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