Culture

Border Crises Abound and The Children Suffer.

The border crises continue! Will they never end? Once again, please do not think I’m engaging the political gamesmanship regarding illegal immigration. Rather I’m begging and praying for the rescue of children.

Please, please read the USA Today article at the following link for the latest update on the long standing border crossing crisis regarding littles.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/05/25/immigration-children-separated-families-lost-column/643793002/

Spanning two administrations, government bureaucracies have failed hundreds upon hundreds of innocent border crossing children… miserably. I’m not speaking of dreamers or 19 year olds currently attempting to cross, but little tykes nestled in Mama’s arms or held by her hands. They are innocent. They are held in camps. They are often taken and separated from their family. Whatever any others motives may be, theirs are innocent. They just want their Moms, Dads, and peace. For the sake of the children, we should replace the broken cisterns of failed government intervention with a coalition of NPOs like Samaritan’s Purse and Sisters of Mercy. This long standing siege, through which thousands of children have been failed by our broken bureaucrats, will not end until “we the people” quietly, humbly, come together and stop allowing the two sided government to take turns being egotistical, self-absorbed, and wreckless. We need leaders who lean right who are other-centered enough to say “The right is not always correct,” and leaders who lean left who are other-centered enough to say “The left is not always correct.” We just can’t take much more of today’s left vs right warfare. The cost is too high. Neither do we need old-fashioned political compromise.We need leaders who embrace contrition. We need a 1000 Mother Teresa’s before we ever need another Barak Obama or Donald Trump, another Rachel Maddow or Sean Hannity, or even another Stephen Colbert or Dennis Miller. For the sake of the children we need revival.

P.S. Also, please see… https://rickileebrooks.com/2014/07/14/permission-to-help-children-in-need/

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Bible, Culture, Life's Moments

Memorial Day Thoughts…

Grandpa McGrath’s leggings: WW1

I am thankful I come from a long line of veterans. Some fortunate enough, like me, to never see combat. Others, not so fortunate. I am also thankful I have never had to suffer the ultimate loss of any of those who served in combat. However, for some, to whom I owe everything, the losses of those they fought with are staggering. From my Grandpa Micky on my Mom’s side in WW1, to my Dad and Father-in-law and my wife’s step-father, and uncles in WW2, to my brother-in-law and my cousins in Viet Nam, and my nephew in this long war against terrorism, the numbers are hard to even imagine. Dad and Earl stormed the beaches in WW2…Dad in the Pacific, Earl on D-Day. Both made it from basic training to the beaches, through multiple large battles, to mop-up patrols, and finally home. They literally lost 1000’s of their brothers…all around and very near them on their full assaults, behind their covers, in their fox-holes, and further to the rear and both flanks, but never their fronts…because both served with squads on point. Dad and Earl and Lee separated from service upon their returns home. Dad was recalled for Korea. He fought again. He was recalled for the Berlin Crisis. Thankfully resolution occurred before any fighting started. He was then called again. So he took up his weapon and his aid bag and fought and bandaged and splinted and removed dog-tags yet again in Viet Nam. His service spanned 35 years with 22 on active duty and 5 (possibly 6…we’re not sure) in combat. Through it all he grieved most the condition of his little brother who returned from the Korean War with what we now call PTSD. His little brother never really recovered. Family breakdown and alcohol became his partners until the alcohol consumed him and brought death far too soon. So, actually, I was wrong earlier when I said, “I am also thankful I have never had to suffer the ultimate loss of any of those who served in combat” for surely Uncle Jim’s death was the last fatality due to WW2 to strike so close to Dad’s heart.

So to those in my family who fight no more, to those still with me, to those now on active duty, call me to attention because I owe you my salute, my respect, my love, my freedom, indeed my life. To my dear Brat Family: the same salute, respect, and love do I extend to you and yours. Your Dads and your Moms, who served just as faithfully as their husbands, are just like mine. They are heroes, legends…ordinary people who rose to extraordinary heights. All my love.

Father, thank you for them all. Please honor them. For those gone by, attend them as no human hands ever could. For those still with us, encourage them, keep then, protect them, prosper them.

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Culture

The Eugenics of Down Syndrome

Iceland Downs Syndrome

“My God, oh my God, my Father, Savior, my Holy Spirit, forgive them.” This is not causing Down Syndrome to disappear, it’s eugenics.

While the story line is about Iceland, look further in the article for this paragraph, “Other countries aren’t lagging too far behind in Down syndrome termination rates. According to the most recent data available, the United States has an estimated termination rate for Down syndrome of 67 percent (1995-2011); in France it’s 77 percent (2015); and Denmark, 98 percent (2015). The law in Iceland permits abortion after 16 weeks if the fetus has a deformity — and Down syndrome is included in this category.”

Please, please, where are the social justice warriors now. Stop leaning left or right. Stop buying your party lines. See and receive the heart of Jesus. Save the children…

…all the children.

You can see this dreadful reality at…

CBS News

Youtube

 

 

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Bible, Culture

Maybe We Just Say No

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Quoted from a Fox news source:

“Earlier, Trump called the judge who issued the temporary restraining order a ‘so-called judge’ and vowed that the order would be ‘overturned!’

 Trump’s tweet about Robart also resulted in criticism from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

 ‘The president’s attack … shows a disdain for an independent judiciary that doesn’t always bend to his wishes and a continued lack of respect for the Constitution,’ the New York Democrat said.”

 This is a perfect example of what we’ve become. A President with poor public manors and a Senator who seems to manufacture Constitutional notions from thin air. We really must once again become an informed and modest citizenry. We need to read and study the founding documents in their historical and grammatical contexts. We must do our own fact checking: where possible, find and read original sources; discredit so-called news agencies; refuse to take up the offenses of others without first knowing true truth; and, perhaps above all, refuse to pass on anything for which we would not be absolutely willing to die to defend. Finally, until such time the right, the left, the libertarians, the greens, and all the rest (whether politicos, pundits, or pedagogues) cease their propagandistic ways and return to honorable and honest exchanges of ideas and ideals, we should stand shoulder to shoulder demanding our public institutions and public servants stand down…and until they do we should ignore them.

Maybe what we really need is a “Just Say No” campaign against bureaucracy.

  • Turn off the television.
  • Turn off all links from any and all bureaucracies posting anything at all on the internet.
  • Tell the permit profiteers they are no longer allowed to have their way with our property, our hopes, our dreams, and our futures.
  • Stop paying taxes.

I don’t know…maybe you can think of a few more…

Then how about we step out our front doors, start talking to our neighbors, and better than talking, start listening to our neighbors? How about we take the lead and make the insiders follow? Maybe it will help to detoxify ourselves from the clap-trap that passes as news and public discourse these days. Maybe it will strengthen our resolve to not be led into their histrionics.

Finally, on a personal note to my brothers and sisters in Christ, how about we remember…

…our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:21)?

…blessed is the (one whose) delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither (Psalm 1:1-3)?

…let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Colossians 4:6)?

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