What is Authentic Faith?

To me, authentic faith is not:

  • Knowing I can be a good person.
  • Knowing I can help others in need.
  • Knowing I can keep my promises.
  • Knowing I can overcome when required.
  • Knowing I can admit when I am wrong.

No dear ones, authentic faith to me is none of these things.

Hear me when I say, authentic faith is knowing I WILL do all these things and so much more.

Diversity – A Political Illusion

 

Seems that everywhere I look today; I see diversity promoted as the panacea for all human ailments. I think I even saw a sign in a health foods store proclaiming; “Diversity: A Miraculous Cure for Acne!”

Yes, I bought an eight oz bottle. No, it did not work, but then I don’t have acne so that could explain it, right? Maybe I didn’t use enough? However, the label does not say how much diversity I need to use to cure anything, let alone acne.

I confess, I’m sarcastic, but I’m desperate.

What is Diversity?      It’s an impossible dream, a fantasy an illusion!

Being the good student I claim, I researched the concept of Diversity beginning with synonyms and antonyms. I found 367 synonyms and 91 antonyms. Whoa, talk about a percentage variance – I was amazed. Even more so, I was stunned by many of the antonyms such as equality, agreement, community, equivalency, harmony, understanding, and union. Almost seems to me that Diversity is the antithesis of the historical spirit of America.

America was built on a perceived idea of diversity with a premise of Freedom of Religion. The tragic part of that was, initially, there was no Freedom of Religion.

Freedom of Religion was not the law in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Puritans came to America so they could practice their religion as they pleased. However, they did not allow other settlers the same religious freedom. Settlers who did not follow the Puritan ways were not allowed to own land in the colony, and were often sent away.”  (Magliocca & Mele, n.d.)

Has the concept of Freedom of Religion improved since the Puritans? For the most part, yes it has, but I fear for its survival. Even now, a President who claims to espouse the Diversity of America’s Freedom of Religion is actively attacking that freedom by attempting to silence certain religious groups and promot\ing others.

There is Diversity in silencing Diversity.

Is there Diversity in Freedom of Speech?

“Freedom of speech is the right to articulate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.”  (“Freedom of speech,” 2016)

Since it’s inception, the U.S. Supreme Court has been challenged to define what “Freedom of Speech” entails.

Freedom of speech includes the right:

  • Not to speak (specifically, the right not to salute the flag).
    West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
  • Of students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”).
    Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • To use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages.
    Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).
  • To contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns.
    Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).
  • To advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions).
    Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).
  • To engage in symbolic speech, (e.g., burning the flag in protest).
    Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).

 

Freedom of speech does not include the right:

  • To incite actions that would harm others (e.g., “[S]hout[ing] ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”).
    Schenck v. the United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919).
  • To make or distribute obscene materials.
    Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957).
  • To burn draft cards as an anti-war protest.
    United States v. O’Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).
  • To permit students to print articles in a school newspaper over the objections of the school administration.
    Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).
  • Of students to make an obscene speech at a school-sponsored event.
    Bethel School District #43 v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).
  • Of students to advocate illegal drug use at a school-sponsored event.
    Morse v. Frederick, __ U.S. __ (2007).
  • (Federal Judiciary, n.d.)

Given the American penchant for lawsuits, I’m pretty sure this is a shortened version of a very long list of cases presented before the Supreme Court regarding Freedom of Speech. The problem for my old mind is the second portion of this list with its restrictions.

When one opinion of an argument mandates restrictions on another opinion, is that not censorship? Is that not suppression of Diversity?

I’m going to jump forward to the present time – fall, 2016, a time of major disruption in our world caused by Diversity? Yep, I said it, Diversity is a primary cause of all our ills – care for an explanation? Glad you asked.

Diversity, true Diversity does not exist – it’s an illusion.

Examples:

  1. Certain cultures (A) in our world feel pedophilia is an acceptable practice, however, many others (B) do not. Immigrants from culture A moving to culture B may wish to continue their practice while members of B culture refuse to allow it. Which culture is being more Diverse?
  2. Political party (A) believes in Freedom of Speech for everyone regardless of what may be said while party (B) believes in politically appropriate censorship. Which party is more Diverse?
  3. The mayor of City (A) believes in allowing illegal/undocumented immigrants to settle without fear of deportation while the Mayor of City (B) believes the exact opposite. Which city is more Diverse?
  4. A black, female Principal of an elementary school in Oregon determines that the Pledge of Allegiance will no longer be said in the school to aid in “Diversity.”

If only one child wants to say the Pledge, is he/she allowed to based on her “Diverse” request? Is the Principal teaching true “Diversity?”

Since the Principal is the only black, female principal at the school, is she truly “Diverse?”

Were I to continue this list of questionable “Diversities.”, I would most assuredly run out of printer ink and paper long before I ran out of examples. I believe the reason for this is “Diversity,” as claimed and declared by manipulative people is strictly an illusion meant to mislead the innocent and control a population.

Does the wind care about “Diversity” when it erodes the soil?

Does the weed in the garden fight against the flower for nutrients and water neither ceding to the others “Diversity.”

Do the predators show “Diversity” when hunting prey?

Do people habitually recognize and fully honor the “Diversity” of others?

Is the genuine recognition and acceptance of true “Diversity a common human endeavor, something we only address when the need arises or an illusionary political tool?

DIVERSITY

August 29, 2016

 

Diversity: Is thy name a lie?

 

America, a country built on diverse beliefs, cultures, religions and ethnicities once united as a people strong against the foes of freedom. Have we lost the dream?

 

Today, August 29, 2016, I read an article about a black elementary school principal in Oregon who is celebrating her decision to prohibit students from pledging allegiance to the flag of our great nation. Her reason, “diversity.”

 

If offered the chance, I would ask this principal how she defines “diversity.”

 

Does not the denial of one’s right to Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of United States of America also deny one’s right to be diverse?

 

Does she, as a black woman claim the right to be diverse in her culture, beliefs, and religion?

I would chance to guess her answer is yes.

 

Then why, dear principal do you feel it contingent upon you to deny others their right to diversity?

The Insanity of American Politics

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What has America become?

Each day, I rise, make my coffee, check my blood sugar (I am a type II diabetic), water my tomatoes and other plants, feed my birds and rabbits then sit down with a mug of coffee and read my e-mail.

Sound like you? Sound boring? I guess in a way it is, but once I get to Facebook things have a tendency to liven up.

Yes, I am a Facebook lunatic – I freely admit it. Yes, I know Facebook works against certain political agendas and for others. Yes, I understand I may only be beating my keyboard for exercise, yet there is always the hope that my words will touch someone.

American politics are at a crisis period in our evolving history. Faced with what appears to be the decay and demise of our corrupt two-party political system the average voters struggle in wonder – which might destroy tomorrow?

Tragically, we are confronted with one of the most histrionic, if not perverse choices in our long election history.Whether to vote for a female career politician accused of gross negligence, fabrications, distortion of facts and potential money laundering simply because she has an XY chromosome configuration or for a gruff, no-nonsense, predominantly factual business person who has an XX chromosome configuration?

Personally, I do my best to see both sides of the issue, but it is becoming a miserable fail for me.

Are these the best choices a country of over 300 million people has to offer us? I do not believe they are.

I believe that we, the American voter are being manipulated by career politicians and outside interests whose only agenda is POWER.

I think our two major political parties have lost every iota of common sense and loyalty their founders once hoped. I no longer feel either party has our best interests are heart.

We have been betrayed as sure as Sanders betrayed his followers.

If we wish to have our voices heard, we must cast our votes for the candidate we feel the least traitorous, not necessarily the most experience. We must choose carefully and wisely even if it goes against the grain of everything we were brainwashed to accept. We must hold true to our decision and, WE MUST ORGANIZE SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

Silence of the Jackals.

August 2016

 

Mr. Donald Trump

Republican Nominee for the Presidency of the United States of America
Dear Mr. Trump,

I have followed with interest, your rise to challenge the long-standing corrupt political parties currently in power here in America. I believe in you. I believe in your ability to take a broken country and mend it. I believe in your ability to macro-manage a complex system and, more importantly, pare it down. I believe you have the knowledge and skills to turn our economy around, rebuild our defense capabilities and return our nation to its rightful place in the world.

I also believe you are being foolish in seeing every verbal assault by the left as a challenge to your integrity. Does the wise man win by feeding the jackals?

You have been fortunate in life. You were given opportunities and challenges along with stability and love. You have won, and you have lost, but you have always come out ahead for the experience. You have shared your knowledge with your family and thousands of others in the hopes of improving their lives. I feel you have been successful.

It is time for you to share your knowledge with a nation in heavy laden by corruption, anarchy, and terrorism.

It is time for you to silence the jackals with your most powerful weapon – do not feed the jackals. Do not feed them with words, destroy them with silence!

Do not tell me what the jackals did, explain to me, the poor voter who is trying to survive on Social Security that is being given away to illegal immigrants, what will you do to help me?

Do not cater to the jackals who claim you incompetent, prove to me that you are competent to lead me, protect me and make my life better.

Do not foolishly follow the jackal’s parade of the wealthy who proclaim allegiance to a fraud. Show us those who will join you in your triumphal march to the rebuilding of America – let us know the strength of your legions, the real Americans ready to do battle against the corrupt.

Silence the jackals with your wisdom and leadership skills.

 

Papa Nyk

My Reply to Clinton

August 2016

 

Dear Ms. Clinton,

I received the election materials you sent sans my request and thought it appropriate I respond sans yours.

Since you took the time to use some of your foreign aid monies to have the materials printed and to send it via one of your underpaid (no $ 15.00 minimum in your camp) underlings to mail it, I thought it only fair I read and respond.

I must say, what I read was an incredibly well-written amalgam misrepresentations, fabrications, and deliberate deceptions designed to deceive the reader into thinking you mentally capable of leading the United States of America.

You lead an effective attack against your opponent, Mr. Trump by denigrating his indelicateness, his lack of political acumen and most importantly, to you at least, the beauty of his wife. You call him crass and vulgar for speaking his mind while you, in turn, live a fictional life where the truth is as fleeting as your youth.

What you do not do is prove to me that I can trust you enough even to allow you back in our White House, let alone the Oval Office.

Mr. Trump will be as different a president as were Reagan, Eisenhower and Washington, all men who led a nation with little or no political experience. They had a real vision, substantial followings and most importantly the will to stand against the establishment to make America Great.

You, Ms. Clinton, would be a president for a policy based on your predecessor’s failures and your own personal distorted reality. Your decisions would be centered on the demands of your foreign puppeteers. Your mistakes would be blamed on your enemies and if that didn’t work, on your employees, underlings child, and grandchildren.

I disagree with Mr. Trump’s assessment of you being “the Devil”. I refuse to give you that much talent. I think you are nothing more, nor less than a gold digging, political hack with a Fascist mentality. I believe you have sold your soul to the Devil who, as is fair, is going to collect when you lose the election, if not before.

Your history of treacheries is finally catching up with you. Hopefully, you will remain alive long enough to be arrested, tried, convicted, sentenced and sent to prison there to ponder the insanity of you.

 

PapaNyk