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Politics and the Coronavirus

Posted by admin in May 13th, 2020 | 6 comments 
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In 1976, Dr. M. F. Weiner wrote an article for the Journal of Medical Economics entitled “Don’t Waste a Crisis.” What Weiner meant by this is that a medical crisis can be used to improve aspects of personality, mental health, or lifestyle. For example, your patient suffers a mild heart attack, use the crisis to get him on a healthier diet and exercise plan. Don’t play it down; use it for his good. But nowadays, this expression is applied to economic and political exploitation of a crisis to promote or advance manipulative agendas.

DON’T WASTE A CRISIS!

I think this is happening in our nation, and our world, with the coronavirus. Please know, I don’t think this virus is manmade; I’m not sure how it was loosed onto the world stage, but one thing I can speak definitively about is how it is being manipulated by the press and leftist political agents.

Yesterday, I received a message from Lenexa City Council where I live. It stated that absentee ballot applications will be sent to every person in our county. The message read,

“All Johnson County, KS, voters to receive vote-by-mail applications. Concerns about gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to an increased interest in voting by mail. The Johnson County Election office is sending advance voting by mail applications for both the August and November elections to all Johnson County residents in May.”

That is a political agenda. How do I know? Because Democrats have been pushing for mail-in votes since they lost the presidential election in 2016. What political advantage is there to mail-in votes?

They are easily adapted to voter fraud. In fact, it presents a very high risk of voter fraud – No ID, no proof of citizenship, no security for one vote-one person (aliases for example, can and are easily mistaken as another separate voter).

Mail-in voting would be a disaster for our November elections. For example, we live in a neighborhood of just over 300 homes—that’s just our neighborhood. Weekly, without exaggeration, we have mail delivery problems. I looked online and our post office in Shawnee, KS, had the highest complaints by customers of any other post office in the state of Kansas. The majority of the complaints were about mishandling of mail—lost, wrongly delivered, incorrect mail hold, and mistakenly returned to sender.

The US POSTAL service is the LAST agency on earth I’d EVER trust with MY vote.

In addition, mailing out absentee voter registration is costly. This is terribly expensive. Why not just let people ask for the applications rather than go to the expense to send them to everyone? Why do a mass distribution? It adds a cog in the machine that doesn’t need to be there.

And a bigger question is, if I’m safe to go to my local liquor store with less than 300 square feet; if I’m safe to go into a 7-11 or Quick Trip, without limiting numbers of customers—why in the world wouldn’t I be safe at a polling station?

I always say, “When something doesn’t make sense, corruption is involved.”

Political agendas? Yes. Why are churches to limit attendance, and in some states to remain closed, and yet Home Depot is allowed to stay open? One Home Depot employee told me recently, they can have up to 600 customers there at one time. Six hundred people gathered legally!

Again, when things don’t add up, when things are illogical – corruption is always involved. Every. Single. Time. I call it “smoke and mirrors.”

A new report out of Oxford, Great Britain, today says a surveillance rate of over 40 infected people per 10,000 is required for a disease to be declared an epidemic.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics place the current rate of COVID-19 at 24 infected persons in 10,000, while a separate study from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) found that the rate of infection could be as low as 3 confirmed/tested cases per 10,000 people.

Professors Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson, of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said that the low numbers may be attributable to asymptomatic people not getting tested, but added that the overall number of respiratory infections across the nation has dropped dramatically.

“The current community transmission of Covid is low, and not at epidemic levels,” the professors said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. “Rates of upper respiratory tract infections and lower respiratory tract infections have fallen, but a majority of  this decline would happen naturally at this time of year with the onset of spring and warmer weather.”

Professor Heneghan said that the current rate of infection “suggests that, at peak, we had more cases than we realized, but that the virus is less deadly than initially believed.” Wider spread infections perhaps, but not as lethal as anticipated.

On Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx, of the White House Covid-19 Task Force, said the CDC reports of cases and fatalities is inflated by about 25 percent. That means there are 25 percent LESS deaths than the CDC reports. The CDC reports are even lower rates than the WHO or Worldometer. So, if we go by Dr. Birx’s estimation, the number of deaths reported by the WHO and Worldometer are actually half of what they state. Half. So their current number of 84,000 deaths in the US would be more accurately– 42,000. Padding is a result of federal funding. Hospitals and doctors (unbelievable) are paid a bonus for every COVID-19 death as a part of the federal government’s stimulus package. It’s so bizarre.

So why? Why would a political party want to exploit this virus? Oddly, for many Democrat Party leaders, it may just seem like a God-send. What were the six most powerful positives President Trump had going for him as we neared November’s election?

  • The Economy
  • Low unemployment rates (lowest in history)
  • Tough and fair tariffs on China (canceled in April)
  • Massive Trump rallies
  • The Religious Freedom Act
  • Four million Americans lifted off food stamps since his election because of household economic upturns.

All that was destroyed by the illogical response to this virus and the nation-wide shutdown. Why would Trump’s opponents want that to go away?

See the inconsistencies? I would say over 90 percent of regulations put in to play as a response to the Wuhan Virus are irrelevant and unnecessary and certainly not backed up by science.

Please listen to my Coronavirus podcasts to see what I mean: https://truthmatterswithteri.podbean.com/e/the-pandemic-that-hasnt-panned-out/

In my lifetime, there was an actual deadly flu epidemic in the United States. The flu spread from Hong Kong to the US, arriving December, 1968, and peaking a year later. It ultimately killed over 100,000 Americans, the majority over the age of 65. Over one million lives were lost to this virus worldwide.

The population of the US in 1968 was 200 million as compared with 328 million today.

In terms of lethality, it was deadlier than COVID-19. But nothing happened. No schools closed; no events cancelled; shops remained open.

“In 1968/69,” according to researcher Nathaniel L. Moir, “the H3N2 pandemic killed more individuals in the United States than the combined total number of American fatalities during both the Vietnam and Korean Wars.”

And this happened in the lifetime of every American over the age of 52.

I was nine years old and have no memory of this at all. It’s mostly forgotten today. Why is that?

Well, nothing was closed by force. Schools stayed open. Businesses did too. You could go to the movies. You could go to churches and restaurants. Concerts like Woodstock went full force, though it took place at the peak of death. There was no thought given to the virus which, like today’s virus, was dangerous mainly for an aging demographic. Sadly, because each life is significant and important, the aging population is more vulnerable to all diseases and is the highest demographic of death annually in the US. People simply don’t live forever.

But during the 1968 virus, stock markets didn’t crash because of this flu. Congress passed no legislation. The Federal Reserve did nothing. Not a single governor acted to enforce social distancing, curve flattening (even though hundreds of thousands of people were hospitalized), or banning of crowds. No mothers were arrested for taking their kids to the playground. No surfers were arrested. No daycares were shut, even though with THE 1968 VIRUS there were infant deaths. No one under the age of 14 has died of COVID-19 in our nation. There were no suicides, no layoffs, no drug overdoses attributable to the social impact of the 1968 virus.

And yes, the Media covered the pandemic, but it never became a big issue.

The only actions governments took during that time was to collect data, watch and wait, encourage testing and vaccines. The medical community took the primary responsibility for disease mitigation, as one might expect. It was widely assumed that diseases require medical, not political responses.

It’s not as if we had governments unwilling to intervene in other matters. We had the Vietnam War, social welfare, public housing, urban renewal, and the rise of Medicare and Medicaid. We had a president swearing to cure all poverty, illiteracy, and disease. Government was the most intrusive it had ever been in our history. But for some reason, there was no thought given to shutdowns.

Which raises the question: Why was this different? We as a nation will be trying to figure this one out for decades to come.

Was the difference that we have mass media invading our lives with endless notifications? Was there some change in philosophy such that we now think politics is responsible for all existing aspects of life? Was there a political element here in that the media blew this wildly out of proportion as revenge against President Trump and all his deplorables?

Or did our excessive adoration of predictive modelling get out of control to the point that we let one inexperienced physicist with ridiculous models frighten the heck out of the world’s governments resulting in the violation of the human rights of billions of people?

Maybe all of these were factors. Or maybe there is something darker and nefarious at work, as the conspiracy theorists and OpenAmerica folks would have us believe.

By way of personal recollection, my own mom and dad were part of a generation that believed they had developed clear and more sophisticated views of viruses. They understood that less vulnerable people getting them not only strengthened their immune systems, but contributed to disease mitigation by reaching “herd immunity.” They had a whole protocol to make a child feel better about being sick. I got a cool cloth on my head, unlimited Popsicles, Vicks’ vapor rub on my chest, a humidifier in my room, and actually I was hardly ever sick.

My parents’ generation literally took us to other kids’ houses to expose us to disease so we could catch it while we were young. Anyone else remember that? Mumps in groups?

And there’s even harder questions to answer. Like how much prosperity, culture, technology, science, and lifetime memories have we lost, unregainable, during this quarantine? Moments forever gone and impossible to replace.

What happened between then and now? For COVID-19, we suddenly reverted back to medieval-style understandings and beliefs about diseases. Our policies weren’t even based on science or data. It’s all very strange.

The contrast between 1968 and 2020 couldn’t be more striking. My parents’ generation were smart, independent thinkers, not afraid, and knew their own voice—something that prevented them from being bullied by Big Government and small alike. They simply knew how to think for themselves.

Trying to bring this blog to a close, I’d like to ask one big fat question…The people, especially the social and political leaders of our time, who say this virus is catastrophic, who want the shut down ‘til next year, who want to restrict church going and beach going and work going and life – are they people who you’d respect on any other topic? Are they leaders that have ever lied to the public before? Or made false allegations? Are these the people you admire, respect, and most importantly TRUST? If you say no to any of these questions, then why on earth would we trust them now? What possible motives could there be behind their rhetoric?

I’ve lived under two totalitarian regimes, communist China and the USSR and both took away citizens’ rights “for their own good” and “for their safety.” Including mine.

It is always dangerous when bureaucrats think they know what is best for the general population. Remember they are frail human beings just like us, and have YOU EVER seen an efficiently run government program or service? No? Me neither.

Knowledge of facts empower us as a free people. The Freedom of Information Act and our Constitution invite us to think for ourselves and to make informed decisions based on facts, not on opinions or speculation. Also, as those of us who follow Christ believe that prayer changes things, information empowers us to pray with the understanding. Fear cripples us. Fear makes us mute. Fear causes us to doubt our own best instincts.

Catholic scholar Rusty Reno wrote last week from NYC, “Satan rules an empire in which death is announced as ultimate and all-powerful. He does not rule directly…he needs only that people fear suffering and death above all else. When this is so, he rules through those who are in positions of authority, no matter how noble and selfless their intentions may appear. Should authorities say, ‘We must save lives AT ANY COST,’ Satan is very pleased. Someone who believes that this earthly life is worth everything is ready to bargain away his very soul.” And I’d add to that, his freedom as well.

C.S. Lewis said, “Giving up freedom for security is a terrible bargain that is so tempting, we cannot blame men for making it. Yet we can hardly bear that they should. Despite the temptation, if people do make this bargain, the loss of freedom will lead to total frustration and disastrous results, both moral and psychological.

“The temptation to turn our destiny over to the state often ignores the realization that some people will take charge of others. These will simply be men and women–none perfect; some greedy, cruel, dishonest, and power hungry. The more that people in government control our lives, the more we have to ask ‘Why, this time, power should not corrupt as it always has before?’” Remember, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It’s sad that there is a whole generation of people in our nation that has not been taught these principles nor understand the benefit of critical thinking and carrying something out to its logical conclusion.

And to all those complacent folks who choose to remain silent, quarantined, and compliant, let me leave you with Edmund Burke’s words from 1770—you remember Edmund Burke? His writings laid the intellectual foundations for modern conservatism, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Peace.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/commentary-mail-in-ballots-make-voter-fraud-easy-i-know-because-i-did-it/ar-BB12heX1?ocid=st2&fbclid=IwAR0Jv8J5iGH-igd3v__BJYKj04Ob2t4RlknuHw-QJFlQt0PyPzVdO5hWb_w

Referenced Jeffrey A. Tucker from the American Institute of Economic Research.

 

Stephen King or the KING of Kings? How Russell Moore Has Failed The Church Once Again

Posted by admin in April 29th, 2020 | 3 comments 
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I like Twitter. I don’t post much on Twitter, but I do use it for a news source. A few days ago, one of my acquaintances on Twitter posted the latest from Russell Moore on my timeline with the question, “Have you seen this?” I hadn’t because I don’t follow Russell Moore on Twitter.

You remember Russell Moore, right? He’s the head of the ERLC, the Southern Baptist’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. This is an organization started by Southern Baptists to protect religious freedom back in the 1940s. Today it has morphed into a left-wing, anti-Trump, all-things-social-justice propaganda machine. I blame Russell Moore for the really big changes, but it’s all the powers that be that stand complacently by and watch a good thing go terribly wrong.

I’ll admit, I’ve done more than my fair share of complaining about Russell Moore. I’ve done podcasts and blogs describing and listing his extreme anti-biblical speeches and op-eds. After three years of Southern Baptist membership, my husband Daryl and I had to leave the denomination because we just couldn’t justify SBC’s required 3% giving from each member church. I couldn’t continue in good conscience to give a single dime to support the ERLC […] Continue Reading…

The Leftist Veer of JD Greear: Moral Insanity in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)

Posted by admin in March 10th, 2020 | 6 comments 
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I can’t know what’s in a man’s heart. Only God can. But I can know a lot about a man by the words of his mouth, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of,” (Luke 6:45).

I can also know a lot about a man by the fruit in his life – the causes he fights for, worldviews he promotes, and in the case of Christian leaders, sermons they preach, blogs they write, and events they participate in.

The Word tells us that we must be discerning. Colossians 2:8 says, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”

We are to be discerners and we’re to test the spirits, especially of those in leadership who are preaching and writing in the name of Christianity. The Bible makes it very clear that those who call themselves teachers and preachers are to be held to even a higher […] Continue Reading…

Marx: He’s Baaaack!

Posted by admin in March 5th, 2020 | 1 comment 
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Today, March 5, is Karl Marx’s birthday. He was born 202 years ago. Marx was evil. He created one of the most destructive and demonic ideologies in human history. Through communism and socialism (just look at Venezuela) Marxism is responsible for over 200 million deaths across time and continents.

Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Ze Deng, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Ho Chi Min–all imbibed Marx’s theory and destroyed their nations and human lives because of it. History proves that Marxism in practice simply doesn’t work, in fact, it only destroys.

Marxist-inspired communist regimes produced the greatest ideological carnage in human history, killing hundreds of millions of people–people made in God’s image. To say capitalism has a dark side, and that Marxism is its antidote is beyond my comprehension. Facts don’t back that up. Ever.

Capitalism has never left in its wake this kind of carnage or this kind of dictatorial insanity. While some Marxist apologists claim it is unfair to Marx to blame him for all of the death and destruction done in his name, reality tells us that the very seeds of tyranny were in Marx’s theory from the start and history proves this out. Marx is to blame. Marx is […] Continue Reading…

Dandelions Are Weeds, Aren’t They?

Posted by admin in February 28th, 2020 | 4 comments 
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You know, I always get a little nervous when I hear someone say, “The Lord told me this and that and such and such.”

I can’t resist saying, “Really? Did He call you on your cell?” I mean I wish it was that simple. I have never heard God’s voice. Not audibly anyway. And we’re human. We make mistakes. I know better than anyone how fallible human beings are. Hey, I am the worst case scenario. A pastor told me once, “When the Divine occurs there is always a little dirt mixed in.” In my case it is a whole lotta dirt!

So if the Lord doesn’t speak directly to me in an audible voice, or if He doesn’t send me a text message, then how do I know what His will is? Not just for my life, but for my daily operations? “Hey, God, whadaya want me to do today?” “What’s my assignment?”

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. The Bible tells us that God wants to communicate to His people: “My sheep hear My voice.” And believe me I am not from the dispensation that thinks God DOESN’T speak today. I believe. I do. No! I really DO believe God communicates […] Continue Reading…

Tim Keller’s Ungenerous Justice: Cultural Marxism and the New Branding of Liberation Theology

Posted by admin in February 23rd, 2020 | 1 comment 
Published in freedom, obedience, Politics, Social Issues

I believe Tim Keller is a Democratic Socialist and a Cultural Marxist. But it doesn’t really matter what I think. Let’s take a look at what Tim Keller says and we can come to a conclusion based on Keller’s own words.

In 2018, Tim Keller tweeted, “Do I really need to defend that I’m not a Marxist? Definitely not one.” Then Keller pastes a quote from Reason for God, “The…departments were socially radicalized and were heavily influenced by the new-Marxist critical theory…The social activism was particularly attractive, and the critique of American bourgeoisie society was compelling, but its philosophical underpinnings were confusing to me. I seemed to see two camps before me and there was something radically wrong with both of them.”

The two camps Keller is referring to here are orthodox Christianity and the Frankfurt School.

In this quote, Keller says of these two camps, “…something was radically wrong with BOTH of them.”

Something was radically wrong with orthodox Christianity?

Interesting too that Keller says, “confusing” rather than evil. I read the same heady stuff in college and found the philosophical underpinnings evil, destructive, and immoral. Okay, my parents were Birchers, but still, I came to these conclusions on my own.

But most disappointing […] Continue Reading…

The Deadly Costs of Transgendersim

Posted by admin in February 21st, 2020 | 3 comments 
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Last year, the UK approved a list of 63 specific genders and distributed it to all public schools in Great Britain requiring educators to follow these guidelines. ABC, here in the US, argued there were really only 58 genders, and then finally conceded to the 63 under pressure from the five genders feeling they were being ignored and discriminated against.

Of the 63 genders, three kinds of people can have menstrual cycles: women, in the traditional sense, women who are transitioning into men, but still have their periods, and the third category – men transitioning into women who carry feminine hygiene products in their purses to pretend they are indeed menstruating. I hate to say this, but any man that wants to pretend he’s having a period is truly bonkers.

This is a social pathology. This is a lie. Science tells us there are only two genders and only one of those is able to have a menstrual cycle – by definition; by agreed upon terms; by what is true.

There’s a lot of chatter these days about transgenderism. This term describes a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with his/her birth sex. More explicitly – how […] Continue Reading…

Russell Moore, the SBC, and the ERLC: Surprisingly Deceptive Agendas

Posted by admin in February 13th, 2020 | 1 comment 
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There’s a lot to process.

Today I’m sharing my concerns about the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). And if you’re not a Southern Baptist, you may ask, “Why should this matter to me?”

First of all, the SBC is the largest protestant denomination in the United States. The SBC has over 14 million members nation-wide.

That was in 2018. I give those numbers because I want to illustrate that the SBC is a force to be reckoned with.

The SBC is huge and it’s influence on our nation is huge. And believe it or not, what happens with the SBC has an impact on every American—especially politically, but in other ways as well.

Let me just start with their Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC was formed in 1945 to help the SBC articulate the church’s stand on controversial social issues. It’s mission statement today HOWEVER is far from its original purpose.

It started as the denomination’s public policy arm for the sole purpose of helping SBC members understand WHY politics matter and HOW to interpret those politics from a Christian worldview.

The new statement, rewritten under the leadership of Russell Moore, sounds okay, but beware of its language: “The vision statement […] Continue Reading…

Chariots Not-So-On Fire

Posted by admin in February 10th, 2020 | 4 comments 
Published in faith, Social Issues, Uncategorized

Remember the Academy-Award winning film, “Chariots of Fire”? It’s the true story of Olympic athlete and gold medalist Eric Liddell, known as the Flying Scotsman. Liddell had the eyes of the world on him when he refused to run his best event, the 100 meters, at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. He held the world record for that event and in global competitions, he’d never lost. But on a hot summer’s day in 1924, Eric Liddell refused to run. Why? Because the 100 meters race was held on a Sunday and Liddell wouldn’t run on the Lord’s Day. Eric Liddell was a true evangelical and the world took notice as he made a stand for his faith and refused to compete on the Sabbath. It was awesome! I still cry just thinking about it. After university and the Olympics, Liddell returned to his birth place of China, where he continued his parents’ missionary work in the northeast. Eric Liddel died in a Japanese concentration camp during WWII. He refused to be evacuated with other expats. As a result he was imprisoned and there he spent his life ministering to his fellow prisoners until his death in 1942. Eric […] Continue Reading…

Something is Rotten in Evangelicalism

Posted by admin in January 31st, 2020 | 2 comments 
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WOKE /wōk/ – adjective – [informal] alert to injustice in society, especially racism; referring to a perceived superior awareness of issues concerning social justice. A perceived recognition of social, racial, economic, and gender inequality.

If you’re a woke Christian in modern evangelicalism, you’re intimately familiar with the alphabet soup all the in crowd is consuming: SJW, #LOVEWINS, #WELCOMETHESTRANGER, LGBTQ, AFAB/AMAB, DACA, POC, #METOO, PC, and #BLM. There’s also an entire minefield out there on the environment, global warming, and even what we eat. Plant-based is the new term for, “if you eat meat, you’re a horrible person and I hate you.”

There is an elitism in modern-day evangelical circles that is starting to spread faster than any pandemic I’ve ever seen.

You’ve heard of body shaming, Trump shaming, and the fast rising virtue shaming or more commonly known as virtue signaling. This is when a person takes an obvious, but essentially useless action seemingly to support a good cause, but actually to show off how much more moral they are than you. It’s an odd kind of show-offy judgmentalism.

Virtue signaling is more popular in Christian circles, because there’s a trend among evangelical leaders to appear WOKE and hip enough to see that Jesus was nothing if He wasn’t a Social […] Continue Reading…

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