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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.

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!

Mark Caserta: Electoral Call to Action – Stand on God’s Word.

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

November, 21, 2020


It was late Tuesday evening, November 8, 2016.

The liberal Democrat Party was in shock.  They had just lost the presidential election and their eight-year reign of power – to an outsider. 

It was unacceptable.  What just happened? 

Anger and tears fostered a demonstrable disdain for the American people.  It was those “freedom loving”, “flag waving”, “Bible thumping” basket of deplorables that did it!  How dare they challenge our power and attempt to control what we’ve worked so hard to accomplish!  Who do they think they are?

We’ll show them. We’ve got to make sure this never happens again.

Thus, subsequent to the inauguration of their worst nightmare, Donald J. Trump, the four-year nefarious plot to steal the 2020 presidential election and regain power began.

 As Trump’s wins and victories were applauded by the nation, the liberal hatred festered into a loathsome craze to extinguish conservatives at all cost. Socialist-minded politicians no longer cared if voters knew their intent was never to represent Americans. 

The liberal Democrat hatred for Trump began to far surpass any love they may have had for their country. 

Liberal Democrat allegiance to our country is contingent and relative to the portion of power they receive.  The more power they’re given, the more they will provide and care for you.

Joe Biden’s campaign slogan, “Build Back Better”, was the moniker for the greatest political heist in our nation’s history.  A masterful networking of complicit racketeers was constructed with the liberal media as a willing accomplice, to engage in a coup of the most powerful leader in the world.

 Yes, they would build an organizational structure that could empower and enable them to not only control the election, but the American people!

 Recruitment began at the highest levels of security for those with the adequate amount of disdain for Donald Trump required to undertake a massive ploy to undermine the presidency.  They initiated the distraction of Russian collusion to keep the administration’s eyes off the dirty little elves as they began to embed themselves in the nooks and crannies of the electoral process.

The spider web of activity spread across the nation, into all battleground states.  Outside interests from nation’s losing under Trump’s presidency were employed.  Criminal activities to manipulate the voting mechanisms, as needed, were engaged.  Preparations were made to subvert and overturn an overwhelming loss.  The enthusiasm from Trump supporters was too alarming, despite the fake news and polls designed to influence.

Four years later, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the votes began to pour in in record numbers.  Liberal Democrats were panic-stricken.

Battle stations! Engage the plan!

And engage they did.  Votes for Joe Biden began appearing from literally nowhere. Counting was even paused in some instances to allow teams on the ground to deploy forces and employ the battle plan.  There was so much odious activity, it couldn’t be disguised.  Lying, cheating, and stealing were nearly omnipresent!    

The American people were never given a clear line of sight.  Media outlets, to include heretofore conservative-leaning networks, had sold their souls to the socialist-leaning Democrat Party, Joe Biden and his attack dog minion, Kamala Harris.  The plan was working!  Revenge is a dish best served cold!

And the cold, hard truth we are being given is Biden/Harris won the election, even though many know in their hearts it couldn’t possibly be true. 

So, here we are.  It’s literally the age-old combat between good and evil.

Is our foundation strong enough?  Have our Founding Fathers prepared us for such a time as this?  Do the American people have enough power and tenacity to squelch the impending evil to the left of us?

Losing is not an option, but often we do not get to choose our options.  Sometimes we have to play the hand we’re dealt.  A win or two would be comforting.

Faith has taught us that when we’ve done all we can do – stand.  God operates best when His people realize they are powerless without Him.

 Answers?  I have none.

All I know to do is pray and stand on what I believe.  I trust God will take care of the rest.

Doug Smith: Diogenes and the search for a perfect man.

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

November 16, 2030


Diogenes and the search for a perfect man

Diogenes was an interesting Greek philosopher. Given the current state of public education, I despair that many know of him, but what some few may remember is the image of an old man carrying a lamp, looking for an honest man. It is worth noting that he did not carry a mirror.

He was among those who came to be known as cynics, (dog-like) for their philosophy. Curious that he went about with a lamp, so that when people asked why he could say “I am seeking an honest man”, then, looking at the questioner, sadly shaking his head, and walking away. Curious, because he was banished from his city of birth for debasing coins. He did it by reducing the silver content, rather than with a computer like our modern cynics, the Fed, but he was no more honest than they. (Reminds me of why I had to carry a coat hanger at my Chief’s initiation, but that is not suitable for a general audience. Other Chief Petty Officers will smile at the reference, and possibly remember. )

There are four reasons why the Cynics are so named.

First because of the indifference of their way of life, for they make a cult of indifference and, like dogs, eat and make love in public, go barefoot, and sleep in tubs and at crossroads.

The second reason is that the dog is a shameless animal, and they make a cult of shamelessness, not as being beneath modesty, but as superior to it.

The third reason is that the dog is a good guard, and they guard the tenets of their philosophy.

The fourth reason is that the dog is a discriminating animal which can distinguish between its friends and enemies. So do they recognize as friends those who are suited to philosophy, and receive them kindly, while those unfitted they drive away, like dogs, by barking at them.

(From: A History of Cynicism)

Diogenes, like many of our modern scolds, never worked, only begged, lived shamelessly, defecating in public and sleeping on the streets, and castigated those who did work, have money, and refused to give it to him. Blind or unconcerned with his own hypocrisy, he made a virtue of seeking in others what he did not find in himself. More likely unconcerned, for he was sure the Oracle at Delphi told him to debase the currency, and by extension, the values of the world in which he lived. Unconcerned that when he practiced business (coinage), he stole by deception, or that when he did not, he lived on the toils of others (begging).

But it is his supposed virtue of seeking and scolding in others for that which he lacked in his own right that makes him an object lesson for today. He, who was a cheat, justified his own dishonesty, while sneering at the failings of others, on whom he depended for his existence. He would be quite comfortable in some quarters today.

There is a closet industry or hobby of seeking perfection in leaders and innovators, both past and present. Perfection, that is, by the coffee house standards of people who haven’t a fraction of the accomplishments of those they feel qualified to castigate.

Dr James Watson was castigated and shunned by the professional community for asking, not stating, if there could be a genetic component to the history of African countries development. For asking the question, for suggesting it might be researched, he has been labelled a racist and a pariah.

But still, he and Dr Crick did discover DNA. Suppose we stripped out his accomplishments because by someone’s standards he falls short. Medicine takes a bit hit.

Magellan is roundly criticized for his character flaws and his treatment of primitive tribes he found. In fact, they did more than criticize him, they killed him. And he did not complete the journey he started.

But. He did find the way through the Straights that bear his name, and his surviving ships circumnavigated the world for the first time. Cut out those straights, and go back to Great Circle routes across the Atlantic, and the last 400 years of world history is very different.

I could go on, but you get the point. We have seen it over and over. People of little accomplishment criticize people of great accomplishment for not living up to the standards of an unemployed stand up philosopher.

It is part of the Utopian mindset from which Marx and the rest of the latter day socialists form their ideologies. And it is as old as man. Envy.

The socialist doesn’t want to work to improve his lot. He wants to share the wealth. And by that he means your wealth. Gaia forbid that he should work for it, save for it, and sacrifice for it. He is entitled to that $70,000 a year education. Nor should he have to pay for it! You should. Gladly, because now he is here to tell you how to think and act. And your society based on the work and sacrifice of you and many like you is evil. So give him his fair share of your evil money, and he will tell you how to live.

Envy and pride. It is a powerful combination.  And in history we see it play out back to Cain, the Tower of Babel, Agamemnon, and Robespierre.  It always brings misery, and poverty, and want. It never delivers its promises. It is always searching for that which it cannot find.

Like Diogenes, it misses the point. You want to find an honest man? Be an honest man.

Mark Caserta: It will take every single voter to save Huntington on Nov. 3rd.

8 Oct

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

October 8, 2020


“The devil went down to Georgia. He was looking for a vote to steal. He was in a bind, ‘cause he was way behind and willing to make a deal”.

This parody of the lyrics from Charlie Daniels’ legendary song seems to sum up the angle of most politicians today who seem willing to sell their soul for positional power.

The problem with positional power is that without wisdom and good intent, it’s very dangerous and negatively consequential for those subject to it.  It isn’t often that caring citizens have opportunity to literally save their city from such political embellishment.

 On November 3rd, local voters have an historic opportunity to participate in one of the “greatest comebacks in American history” in the healing of a city “ravaged by ruin.”

For 8 painful, arduous years, the city of Huntington has been on the decline. During that time, we’ve watched our city be overtaken by crime, drugs, and progressive ideology – all of which have a symbiotic relationship. 

What was once referenced as the Jewel City, is now one of the #1 crime and drug overdose cities in the nation.

Now, given the level of dissent among citizens and business owners remaining in Huntington, one would be compelled to expect a landslide victory was on the horizon for the conservative candidate, Scott Marshall Caserta, right?

Oh, but grandma, there’s a the fly in the buttermilk!

Mayor Williams and his complicit minions (which includes our share of fake news outlets) have focused the last 4 years on replacing hard-working, conservative voters who contribute to society, with downtrodden individuals caught in the liberal nets of benevolence and have little choice but to be beholden to the hand that feeds them.

It is a verifiable fact that some addiction facilities have gone outside our city and state to bring in addicts for treatment in Huntington rehab facilities.  I suppose we simply didn’t have enough of our own.  Supplemental to this madness has been an initiative to register the homeless to vote.

One might refer to it as election tampering through attrition.

What lies beneath the “spit shined” exterior of lifetime politicians who would feel emboldened to compromise the very heart of a city and her inhabitants simply to remain in power?

Would anyone who cared about our city and its citizens build an economic model around fewer jobs and a dependency upon government?

Only a liberal thinks that way.

And only a progressive aspiring to reign over disadvantaged subjects powerless to sustain themselves (much less contribute to an economy) would sell the jobs and futures of our citizens, simply to lavish longingly in the spotlight of spurious servitude.

I have nothing personal against Mayor Steve Williams. In fact, I’ve partially supported his decisions in the past, at the chagrin of those dear to me.

But the fact remains, his policies have crippled the city of Huntington in a devastating manner! Our city is now on life support emanating from the few remaining Huntingtonians willing to go down with their sinking ship as they struggle to correct her course.

Liberal larcenists stole the city of Huntington from us nearly 8 years ago.  It’s time to take her back.

But allow me to be perfectly and unapologetically clear.  It will take every single voter with the conviction of saving our city to get off their backsides and vote.  If you don’t vote – we lose – it’s that simple.

Not maybe!  Not if I have time!  Not if I can get off work!  If you don’t vote, you won’t have to worry about work!  It will be gone!

Understand, it will take more than a man to return our city to greatness.  It will take God.

Scott Caserta doesn’t have all the answers.  He will be the first to tell you that.  But He knows a God who does!  And I believe if we humble ourselves and seek God’s Face and Favor, He will heal our land and prosper our people. 

We can return to the city once known as a great place to live, work and raise a family.

The only conservative, Christian choice for mayor of Huntington is Scott Caserta.

Huntington won’t survive another term under our current mayor.  You know where to be on November 3rd

If you don’t…then ask someone.

  

Mark Caserta: Liberal Democrats are programmed as “Terminators”.

26 Sep

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

9.26.2020


Liberal Democrats have all become “Terminators”.

Just like the cyborg assassin sent by “Skynet” to kill Sarah Connor in 2015, they have been repurposed and reprogrammed with the sole mission of getting rid of the President of the United States – Donald J. Trump.

Come hell or high water – get out of the way – he must go.  And until that final “spark of entity” has been extinguished inside liberals, they will literally “crawl” toward removing him from office! 

Not only do they hate him, they loathe him. They are obsessed with every step he takes, every move he makes – even unto death.

On September 17, 2020, Marshall University assistant professor Jennifer Mosher horrifically wished a “COVID death” for all of President Trump’s supporters before the presidential election.

That’s not only treasonous, it’s demented and evil.

Leftist Democrats hate our president more than they love the nation of people for whom he is commander-in-chief.

So, given the level of disdain the left has for Donald Trump and his supporters, what “wouldn’t” they do to remove him from the Oval Office?

Would they create a factitious Russian Dossier to get approval from the Department of Justice to conduct a witch-hunt investigation hoping to find any tidbit of “evidence” worthy of impeaching the president?

Would they target his family and business in hopes of securing some small piece of evidence that Donald Trump was an evil man?

Would leftist, activist members of the FBI intentionally ruin the careers and personal lives of war heroes to blackmail them into testifying against the president in a totally fabricated investigation?

Would liberal Democrats be willing to return to a poor economy, fewer jobs, and increased poverty just to make the president look inept?

Would the left be willing to withhold economic aid to Americans during the COVID epidemic until after the presidential election, simply to create the false belief that voters must make a change?

Would the liberal media be willing to pre-empt truths with total falsehoods to create a narrative of distrust and hate for this president?

Given the level of impact each of these damnable acts against the citizens of the United States AND the fact that each of them is documented, proven history…ask yourself, “Is there anything on the table liberal Democrats WOULD NOT DO to rid our country of President Trump?”

If your answer is “No”, one must ask, “Would they be willing to cheat during the upcoming election”?

Without a shadow of doubt – absolutely!  I have reason to believe liberal Democrats have had a plan in place for years to disenfranchise Trump voters as well as emancipate liberal voters who favor their mission of removing Trump.

And frankly, my dear, they don’t give a *&^%$ if you, the American people, know about it or not!

They believe once they are back in power it’s no holds barred.  Redemption and retribution draweth nigh for liberals who plan to re-pay Trump supporters and conservatives for the pain and anguish they’ve caused the left the past 4 years!

So, watch closely, my friends.  It’s already happening.  Rest assured, the only way President Trump wins the 2020 presidential election is to win it SO OVERWHELMINGLY it negates the thousands of votes that will be adversely impacted by liberal, treasonous thieves who couldn’t care less about America.

Getting rid of President Trump is liberal Democrat’s mission, at any cost. 

And you will pay the price if they succeed.

Mark Caserta: Here’s why liberal Democrats want to “defund” the police.

1 Aug

mark at mic

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

August 1, 2020


wake up

It’s positively, unequivocally, and in every other way – moronic.

It’s analogous to removing traffic lights and stop signs because some don’t work properly.

The idea of “defunding” the police by the liberal Democrats is simply the largest leap toward removing boundaries for progressives in our country’s history.  While it is, undoubtedly, ludicrous on the surface, it aligns perfectly with liberal ideology.

Progressivism is exactly what the moniker portrays.  Liberals “progressively” advance their agenda by vehemently pronouncing their presence and being the loudest voice in the room.  Even huge failures often result in small victories by moving the needle of morality ever so slightly to the left.

One must understand liberals view principle and morality on a sliding scale of standards.  It varies with every movement.  It’s consistency lies in the fact that it’s always, always contrary to God’s Word and conservatism and is tenacious in its onslaught.

A perfect example is Roe v Wade.

In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman’s liberty right (in this instance, whether to be pregnant or not) was stronger than the state’s interest in the life of the baby “up to a certain point” in the pregnancy.

Per the Court’s ruling, at the point of “viability” or the baby’s ability to survive outside the womb, the woman’s right to choose an abortion was outweighed by the potential life of the child. At that point, the Court ruled a state could prohibit women from having abortions. The only caveat was if the birth presented a health risk to the mother.

Just under 50 years later, liberals have challenged case after case and successfully moved the standard for protecting life far to the left.  In 2020, it’s seemingly as easy to have an abortion as it is to have a tooth pulled.  Sadly, it’s become murder of inconvenience.

That, my friend, is the progressive movement.  And that is exactly what is happening with the so-called “defund the police” movement by liberal activists.

Now, the police will not be eliminated.  Intelligent minds will prevail.  But we are seeing those with the ability to do so, reduce police funding and place citizens at risk. This is an impactful victory for liberals and the first step toward achieving a greater goal.

The left’s determination to subvert Democracy should be very disturbing for everyone and be the catalyst for staunch opposition from the right.

What law-abiding citizen in our country would want to eliminate or even reduce law enforcement? Most would support further funding for the safety of our families!  I submit, the majority of those supporting defunding would be only those constrained from committing lawless acts.  It’s extremely important for us to realize the many in the liberal media are complicit in making this happen.

Higher ratings? Perhaps.  But there are those, to include the media, who place the sovereignty of our nation and the safety of our people far below propagating their progressive agenda.

We’ve seen what happens when bad people are left unrestrained!  It results in chaos, destruction, and death – period.  That’s what is transpiring in city’s with liberal leadership!

It’s simply amazing what liberal Democrats are willing to compromise simply to rid themselves of the Trump presidency. They have proven they hate Donald Trump more than they love America – if they even love America at all!

What to do?  I’m glad you asked. It’s a question more people must begin asking.

The absolute only way you can make a difference is vote.  It is the universal language of politicians and the mainstream media.  I often ask how the same derelict representatives get elected year after year.

It’s because good people allow it to happen by not becoming informed, engaged, and voting to advance our Republic. 

Believe me when I tell you it isn’t going to get any easier.  We are at a point where conservatives must win elections by wide margins to reduce the opportunity for fraud.

President Ronald Reagan once said, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to.  This is the last stand on earth.”

Who is going to make that stand?  If conservative Christians don’t vote, we lose.  We lose our nation, our freedom, our right to worship and protect our family.

We lose it all.  Because, that’s what the liberal Democrats want from you.  They want it all.

Don’t give it to them.

 

 

James Caserta: Trust the Way Maker

8 Jul
James Caserta is a vocalist, musician and writer.  He resides in Huntington, WV.

How many times do we get any given song stuck in our heads? Sometimes it’s the latest hit that we immediately add to our playlists, or more likely it’ll be the theme song to some preschool cartoon that you’re obligated to watch with your children. Music moves all of us in different ways, whether it’s in concert, vinyl collections, or a masterful composition for your favorite movie. It speaks to us on levels that people oftentimes cannot in mere spoken word.

Every so often, I’ll hear a certain song that resonates with me on such a level that I’ll hear it in my head, over and over. For me in this season, that song is “Way Maker” by Leeland.

From the very first three words, “You are here,” I think about how many times I’ve thought I had run so far from God that He wasn’t anywhere near me, that He couldn’t hear my cries for help. To think that even after all the years I’ve wasted serving only my selfish desires that God was always here, still loving me, still desiring for me to come back to Him and fulfill all that He has planned is sometimes hard to believe.

Then, as I’m belting out the chorus (alone in my car, of course), I’m dwelling on the words “promise keeper”. Now, throughout my adult life, I’ve made innumerable amounts of promises that I would lose the weight, go back to school, etc, and never fulfilled any of them. In fact, I would go as far as to say many of the positive changes to my life were made possible because of the constant loving determination of my family to see me succeed. Having all this weighing down on my heart for so long, I began to began to place limiting factors on God’s promises. I felt that by now I had squandered too much time and now I must live a life of mediocrity, just getting by like I always have. In this season, God wanted me to know He never gave up on me, and that His word never returns to Him void, so if He spoke it over my life through someone else or said it in the Bible, He is always working, and will make a way to bring His promises to pass.

The bridge of this song really brings it all home for me, saying, “Even when I don’t see it you’re working/Even when I don’t feel it you’re working/You never stop, you never stop working/You never stop, you never stop working.” I remember times when I was only in church physically, but my mind was always somewhere else. I was so focused on everything that was going on around me, all of struggles I was dealing with, that was all I could see. I no longer trusted that God was working in my life, or that He would ever rescue me from where I was.

When I was thinking about all this a moment ago, God showed me something that I just had to put into writing. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all heard the story of Peter walking on the water more times than we could ever count, but when you really stop and think about it, you begin to wonder about certain things. For me, I couldn’t help but think about that moment Peter looked away from Jesus, toward the raging storm around him, and he began to drown. I think about what went through his head in that split moment, when the storm tried to claim his life. We know he was afraid, because after taking his eyes off the one who helped him rise above the raging waters, his fear allowed his circumstances to overwhelm him. I really related to that idea of letting circumstances and fear control every aspect of my life, and completely lose sight of the way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, and the light in the darkness.

After Peter cried out for the Lord to save him, and Jesus immediately pulling him back up, he says to Peter, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31 NIV). That doubt and fear Peter almost succumbed to are my two biggest obstacles in my personal life. That’s why Leeland’s song is such an important message for me; when I truly start to trust that God never stops working even when I don’t see it or feel it, I get the motivation to go after His promises, and see them fulfilled in my life. I’ve felt the Lord reach into my storm and say to me, “why did you doubt me?”

I am learning more about the fierceness of God’s love and just how relentless he can be (I could probably write a whole other blog about You Won’t Relent by Misty Edwards) and I’m working daily to remove myself from the situation and let God be the Lord of my life. I know I have a long road yet to travel, but I know He will always be here with me, that He never stops working on me, and that I can always trust in Him to lead me through all the storms in my life.

 

Check out James’ blog, “Stepping into the Light” at:

https://jamescaserta.wordpress.com/

 

Doug Smith: Government, money, work and a wisdom deficit.

30 Jun

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

June 30, 2020


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Has the very entity instituted to protect our Republic become an obstacle to its efficacy?

Remember the big Government shutdown? And how you couldn’t find toilet paper or hamburger because Congress was not in session while several hundred people who had become millionaires in Congress argued about how much of your money they were going to take and how they were going to waste? uh… I mean spend it.

Of course, you don’t. When Government shuts down, little happens. Government produces nothing but more government. Government does not grow food, make cars, or toilet paper. It is rather refreshing at times when Government shuts down and Congress becomes more useless than usual, because they aren’t finding ways to put their hands in your pocket.

Government has no money. They have no food, medicine, PPE, vehicles, cell phones. They are broke. They only spend money or make pronouncements that force others to spend money.

Government is awfully expensive.

Indeed, one of our earliest meetings of congress voted for General Washington to raise an Army to fight for independence but provided little in the way of funding. It would be very illustrative for our current Congress to study the history of the 1st Continental Congress. Adams, Hancock, and Franklin could not pass bills into law and look to shopkeepers, farmers, and merchants to send them silver, at the threat of a gun, to pay for their desires. They must, of necessity, persuade a bunch of ornery, independent minded colonists, who were ready to break off from the rule of England, to pay a new Government to fight for that point of view. Franklin is credited, in the musical “1776” with asking “Why should I change one Tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants, one mile away?”. Whether he said it or not, it is an excellent point.

Those 56 men, met in congress, (We tend to capitalize that word and make it almost mystical, yet one of its meanings, and that most apropos to those 56 men, is “ met together in agreement”) pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors to the Declaration they signed. They persuaded other men who believed in their cause to finance it, and in many cases, the 56 paid exactly what they had pledged.

Our Congress has evolved to men and women who arrive penniless, stay forever, leave as millionaires, and depend on our powerlessness to back up whatever enriches them. Far from plead their case to us, they often ignore our expressed desires and instead coerce us into paying for their desires.

I should note, at this point, that another meeting of congress is coitus, which considering how our current Congress behaves, may be exactly apropos.

So then, from whence cometh money?

Businesses and people who work and produce have money, and produce food, medicine, PPE, etc. Government gets these things by taking money from business and people who work and purchasing it.  When they print money for it, they are taking out a loan, with nothing to back it up except the promise that business and employees, taxpayers, in short, YOU, will pay it back.

Eventually.

Or not. They will be retired and wealthy by the time the bill comes due – for your grandchildren.

If Government spends 5 Trillion dollars that they don’t have to address a crisis, they are committing you to pay it back.

Implied is that you will work. If the economy is shut down, then we consume all we have stored or saved, and when no one is working to produce food and medicine, people begin to starve, and no one is treated for disease.

Picture a refugee camp, with people sitting with nothing, waiting, and hoping for help. That help must, ultimately, come from people working. So, it is simplistic and wrong to say we must choose work or life. There is a reason we refer to working as “Making a living “.

Ever since we left Eden, we must work to survive. Even in the face of danger, we adapt and keep as safe as possible, and we work.

During the Blitz, Londoners went to work. They crowded into shelters when the Germans flew over, but they worked.

Art, music, philosophy, writing; all are things that we enjoy and enrich our lives. But we live, and have shelter, and clothes, and food, and medicine because people work. Work is how we live. Work is life. We cannot huddle for fear of death and not work. For if we do not work, in large numbers, we will not live as a people or as a civilization.

In the Middle Ages, as economies failed, life was, for millions, (as Thomas Hobbes said) nasty, brutish, and short. It is true that plagues kill people. It is just as true that poverty does, as well.

During the New Deal, FDR s administration came up with the National Recovery Administration. Its stated goal was to “eliminate cutthroat competition.” In practice, the NRA was in the business of picking winners and losers by setting prices and issuing a few regulations. Ten Million pages of them. In 1935, 2 years after it was enacted, SCOTUS  ruled it unconstitutional, because it attempted to regulate commerce that was not interstate in character, that the  industrial “codes of fair competition” which the NIRA enabled the President to issue violated the separation of powers, as an impermissible delegation of legislative power to the executive branch, and that the NIRA provisions were in excess of congressional power under the Commerce Clause.

Some of our current Governors, who, in the name of safety, have determined that citizens may purchase whiskey, but not vegetable seeds, lottery tickets, but not towels, may shop at Lowes but not at Uncle Joe’s hardware, and who have already been taken to task by State Supreme Courts, might take a lesson.

Neither economies, nor people, nor civilizations, exist in a vacuum.

One choice affects another. Government may make choices for the defense of its citizens that you may not start a campfire in the lobby of a theater. (Remember those?) It may not determine what color shirt you must wear today. There are, quite intentionally, limits on what government may do. Our founders, in their wisdom, and having lived under tyranny, made it difficult to govern us, believing the maxim that a government governs best which governs least.

Walking that tightrope of good governance is a challenge, requiring wisdom, humility, common sense, and restraint.

Clearly, the Governors of Michigan, California, and New York have failed that test dismally. Let us pray they learn from wiser and more humble counterparts.  Hubris and pettiness are poor standards of leadership.

If the primary function of government, as noted above, is to spend money and forbid people to produce the very money it desires and must spend, it is on a path which cannot end well.

It is the current state of our representation that’s opened the door for socio-political malfeasants to re-employ the misstated value of socialism as the solution.

But such is the wisdom of government.  And such is the folly of our leaders.

The only way our Republic thrives is through an effectual, fervent prayer – and a vote.

In that order!

 

 

 

Mark Caserta: Are you just watching or working to make a difference? The world needs to see our faith in action.

30 May

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

June 17, 2020


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Nothing good ever comes from hatred – nothing. 

 The world needs to see our faith in God in action. 

We must be able to discern right from wrong, good from evil and justice from injustice.  I’m afraid I don’t always have the wisdom to do so – without God.

Our country thrives on the rule of law.  I wish everyone followed the rules.  We would have far fewer problems.  But sometimes, people don’t.  We mustn’t strive to re-define Democracy and our very way of life every time someone fails to act in a fair and just manner.  We must leverage the freedom we’ve been given to make sound decisions to preserve and protect what makes America great.

But we can always be greater!

We literally owe police officers our lives. They risk their lives every day to protect ours. But as with any occupation, there are bad people.

Minneapolis is a tragic example of dereliction of duty, black, white or otherwise.

While absolutely not representative of all officers, these individuals deserve the full repercussions provided by the law.  I’m heartbroken every time I watch the horrific video.

George Floyd should be alive. People of all ethnicity should be outraged.

But the outrage must be peaceful. Looting and rioting are not honest methods of protest. Sadly, there are bad people who enjoy promoting anarchy during these times of unrest. They’re not interested in justice, just violence and destruction.

We are living in troubling times. The further we get away from God’s Word, the less stability we will have as a nation.

I have no doubt our Heavenly Father must be watching from His Throne contemplating the time He will send His Son to bring His children home.

One must wonder, if Jesus returned during an evening of rioting and looting and how much fear would overcome those left behind as they contemplated “what just happened?”

One must also wonder how Christians would answer when God asked them why we allowed the world to become so void of His love and compassion for others.  I don’t want to be grasping for words…

God’s Word is the only answer and the devil knows it.  The Bible says the demons “tremble” at the thought of His presence.

Thus, removing all semblance of God from society has been the progressive mantra for decades. The unrest and lack of wisdom from leadership we are witnessing in Minneapolis and across the nation is an example of the fruit this continued movement will produce.

We must unite as Christians. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” If we don’t act on God’s behalf – who will?

Jesus took 12 men and shook the world!

What greater things can the Body of Christ do now?

If Christians get engaged and vote, we can have a huge impact.

Love and the genuine intent to honor our brothers and sisters will always win in the end.

Now is not the time to stay on the sidelines. Now is not the time to wait for it to impact you personally.

Now is the time to get engaged!

God isn’t looking for ability, just availability.

Stop complaining about what you permit to happen with your inactivity!

Go make a difference. And if you aren’t willing, then get out of the way of those who are!

Jesus had little patience for apathy. But He greatly admired faith – especially faith in action!

Show the world your faith by your works!

Blessings

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