We know that we are to be thankful. The Lord’s will is for us to be thankful, 1 Thes 5:18. And this includes being thankful “always for all things,” Eph 5:20. One of the reasons that men stray so far from God, turn to idolatry and evolution, and get into really wicked sin is that they refuse to be thankful to God, Rom 1:21. Jesus referred to the generation that saw His earthly ministry as a “wicked and adulterous,” Matt 16:4. One of the reasons is that they were a thankless bunch of people. When Jesus healed the ten lepers only one of them thanked Him, Lk 17:12-19.
I’m aware that our society is also thankless. So, we need to stand apart from society and be thankful. Therefore, we need to know what to thank God for. We need to thank Him for:
His goodness – Ps 118:29 – God is good and His goodness and nature never change. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. Even when we are out of sorts with Him the Bible says that the goodness of God leads you to repentance. We can take great confidence in Rom 8:28 not because the circumstances are always good but because the God of the circumstances is always good. Hasn’t He been especially good to you?
His mercy – Ps 118:29 – If it weren’t for the mercy of the Lord we wouldn’t be here today. If He hadn’t had mercy on us we would have already been toast. God flooded out Noah’s generation for the same corruption that we have going on today. He would be justified to wipe us out as He wiped out Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet, because of His mercy, He has spared us. He surely has been merciful to us!!
His holiness – Ps 97:12 – 1 Chr 16:35 and His holy name. Thank God that He has never succumbed to iniquity. All exalted beings, in pride, fall. Our God has never done one thing wrong. He is perfectly holy and no legitimate accusation can be charged against Him. Jesus was proven faultless at His own trial. And as a result, His exalted name has the power to save and the power to heal.
His righteous judgment – Ps 119:62 – God justifies the innocent and punishes the wicked and He never gets it wrong. Thank God that His righteous judgment against sin allowed Him to pour out His wrath on His holy Son that through His mercy we might be saved. And since He has already punished His Son for our sins, He gives us an assurance that we will never spend even one second in hell.
His answered prayer – Dan 2:23 – This is one of the most common reasons we thank the Lord But be sure to thank Him. You don’t want to be like those lepers.
Jesus thanked His Father for answered prayer before His prayer was answered. His heart was so in tune with the heart of the Father that He could boldly ask knowing it was the will of God. In the same way, our Savior calls us to align our hearts with our Heavenly Father’s heart. His plan is for our desires to be His desires, our wants to be His wants, our goals to be His goals, our will to be His will, and our prayers to be His prayers. Hence, we can thank Him for answered prayers!
His grace – 1 Cor 1:4 – The great provision of His grace that strengthens us in our own weakness is one of the greatest gifts of God given to us. You can do without many of the things you and I consider “necessities” as long as we have His grace.
His victory – 1 Cor 15:57 – You aren’t going to get out of this world in the same shape you’re in right now. You’ll either die or be changed. But thank God that, because of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are going to get the victory over death and the grave.
His saints – Phil 1:3 – This is one of the most common reasons that Paul thanked the Lord. He was thankful to God for the people who had come to Jesus Christ through the preaching of the gospel. I am thankful for you!!
“The preservation of a free government requires, not merely that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained, but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great barrier which defends the rights of the people. The rulers who are guilty of such encroachment exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are TYRANTS. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them and are slaves…..”
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We won’t win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.
Brief touchdowns on a selection of current issues.
The Issue Of Kamala Harris’s Eligibility For Office
I’VE RECENTLY SEE CLAIMS that Kamala Harris, while born in the USA, is the child of non-citizens in America merely on student visas. If so then she is not qualifies to be vice-president, or even senator, for that matter.
A child of non-citizen parents does not acquire citizenship simply by being born on American soil– myths about so-called “birthright citizenship” notwithstanding. The law on this is perfectly clear and unambiguous; see it laid out and explained here.
AS NOTED IN THAT ABOVE-LINKED ARTICLE AND ANALYSIS, the Wong Kim Ark ruling by the Supreme Court in 1898 which is relied-upon by advocates of the mistaken “birthright citizenship” as supporting their notions, is wrongly decided. The court in that case failed to recognize the distinction between United States and state citizenship that is the heart of the 14th Amendment provision in question– perhaps due to poor briefing by the litigants in the case.
But even if Wong were soundly decided, it would not avail Harris in her claim, if indeed her parents were merely in America on student visas at the time of Harris’ birth.
The Wong court reached its conclusions in Wong’s favor based solely on the legal residency of Wong’s parents, who were found by the court to have been “permitted by the United States to reside here” and to, in fact, have “permanent domicil and residence in the United States”. The court reasoned that in seeking and establishing legal residency Wong’s parents had affirmatively and deliberately relinquished their former allegiances and become allegiant to the USA, thus– and only thus– bringing them under the relevant provisions of the 14th Amendment.
If Harris’s parents were in the country merely on visas, as I understand to be the case, this would not meet the standard laid down by the Wong court.
“Resident” is a condition of specific legal meaning, as stated here, in Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, 1856:
RESIDENT, persons. A person coming into a place with intention to establish his domicil or permanent residence, and who in consequence actually remains there. Time is not so essential as the intent, executed by making or beginning an actual establishment, though it be abandoned in a longer, or shorter period. See 6 Hall’s Law Journ. 68; 3 Hagg. Eccl. R. 373; 20 John. 211 2 Pet. Ad. R. 450; 2 Scamm. R. 377.
Obtaining or being in the country by virtue of a student visa is merely visiting on a deliberately and declared temporary basis, and not for purposes of, or with permission to, establish permanent residency. Entry into a country on a student visa involves no relinquishment of prior national allegiance and replacement of it with allegiance to the USA either affirmatively and deliberately or even casually and by accident, and being here on such a visa does not constitute legal residence.
In sum, even if it were not incorrect overall in its finding of a “birthright citizenship” right on behalf of Wong Kim Ark (as it is), on its terms the Wong ruling offers nothing on behalf of Kamala Harris’ claims. If the student visas thing is sound, the Senate should initiate proceedings to evict Harris (and I suppose it should consider examining its votes during the time she has been seated against the possibility that the outcomes of some of the squeakers should be reversed…).
The Minnesota Liberty Key
THE EXCELLENT TONY JACKSON has stepped up and produced a “Lockdown” Liberty and Accountability Key for Minnesota. Hats off to Tony!
Tony now lives in South Dakota, where no key is needed since its sensible and respectful governor did NOT presume to assume dictatorial powers and wreak havoc on the law, property and liberty rights and the economy. But he had occasion to travel into neighboring Minnesota last week, and so followed the models I have posted here for Michigan, Texas, Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, Georgia, Louisiana and Wisconsin to produce a version based on The North Star State’s Constitution.
Find the Minnesota Key here, and start doing your part to constrain Tim Waltz to the letter of the People’s law. If you live in a state not already equipped with a Liberty Key, follow Tony’s example and crank one out.
Seriously, it’s typically no more than a two-hour exercise. Considering what’s at stake, it would be well-worth the effort if a two-thousand hour exercise.
The CDC Quietly Makes A Significant Admission
LAST WEEK THE CDC posted, with no notice or discussion from the MSM of which I am aware, the following admission that a mere 6% of even its wildly over-puffed supposed C19 fatalities were actually attributable to the scary “novel coronavirus”:
Do you get this? Per the CDC, C19 could not be said to have been anything but merely present (or suspected to be present) in fully 94% of all deaths attributed to the “2020 plague”.
This means that per the national fatality figures reported by Johns Hopkins University as of Saturday, August 29, 2020, only 10,963 Americans have actually died from COVID-19, nationwide. At most, that disease is merely suspected or alleged to have been a contributing factor in other deaths.
In those other deaths 2.6 seriously-life-threatening conditions, on average, were already in play. One or more of those other morbidities are as likely as not to have been the actual cause of death in each such case, and as like as not would have brought about the death of the victim even without the presence of C19 (if it was present at all)!
And yet it is on the basis of that alleged horrific plague that the American economy and rule of law have been shitcanned.
It is on the basis of that alleged horrific plague that we’re all supposed to submit ourselves to a “new normal” of masks, isolation in other forms, tracking, and ultimately “vaccine passports” as requirements for being permitted to engage in the routine exercise of what used to be recognized as our unalienable rights.
OF COURSE, ALL OF THIS HAS long been known to anyone who has been paying attention to any real sources of information (such as the summary here), as opposed to MSM fear-porn pimps. But this admission is significant nonetheless, due to its source.
Americans should long-since have been storming statehouses across the country, pitchforks and torches in hand. Maybe this’ll do it.
“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
-Edward R. Murrow
P.S. Others are not so shy as Americans have become. See this (and disregard the obligatory MSM smear-references to a handful of unsavory types who showed up to take advantage of the cameras) and this. Pretty pathetic that we still have the brass to call America “leader of the free world”…
I’ll put it plainly, if a bit fancifully: My mother, who passed away a year ago today, was a proud Daughter of the American Revolution. She lies with my father, who, while a child of immigrants, commanded a tank under Patton in the 1940s putting down the same kind of collectivist fascism oozing forth from the purveyors and exploiters of this “pandemic” hoax.
I hesitate to visit my parents’ shared grave at this point. I fear the ground there would be burning hot from the friction of their furious spinning in response to the timidity of today’s Americans in the face of the systematic assault being made on their liberties since the beginning of this year.
P.P.S. Despite the admissions made by the CDC shown above, the truth of which must long have been known to people like those at John Hopkins University, they and other institutional fraudsters continue to announce scary big numbers of C19 deaths. And they do so without so much as a “possible” or “suspected” or “alleged” in sight.
Co-conspirators in the MSM parrot these big, scary numbers in turn, apparently in order to keep the panic– and the support it provides for their “new normal” agenda– alive. All these people need to be denounced for that “fake news” crime at every turn, and happily, now everyone is equipped with the evidence with which to do so in one concise little paragraph from the CDC.
(Revealingly, in my mind, at least one of the MSM culprits tips its hand by including a coy disclaimer in at least some of its presentations of the fake news. See the following “related”-equipped lead paragraphs from the Detroit News/Free Press reports on Michigan’s alleged plague progress for Thursday, August 27, 2020 and Friday, August 28, 200, respectively– with the latter including an interesting statement about the numbers being apparently derived by revision of previous conclusions:
Per the CDC’s admission discussed above, the total actual C19 deaths in Michigan all year is only 388… How shameless this all is, and how despicable.)
The Real Medical Threat Is Immune-System Compromise From Masks And Social Distancing
AMONG MANY OTHER PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES rampant in the America right now is the bizarre hostility on display from masked Kool-Aid consumers toward those who show a clear head and respect for the rule of law by refusing illegal orders from executive departments and agencies. The confused proposition behind this hostility is that the unmasked thereby endanger the community.
In fact, it is the wearing of masks, and the other “social distancing” practices, that endanger the community. These practices hamper or thwart the natural social interactions and the exchange of bio-resources by which immune systems are kept healthy (as discussed and documented here). Those NOT wearing masks and thereby showing sensible perspectives on the primacy of rule of law should be the ones blazing away at the selfishness of the mask-wearers whose effort to protect themselves by shameless impositions on everyone else are actually making the entire population more vulnerable to not only C19 but every other pathogen out there.
In short, it is the mask-wearers, and those who encourage the practice among all others, who are actual plague vectors. Those imposing mask mandates (whether from statehouses or at the doors of retail establishments and workplaces) are setting the country up for a real medical crisis under the pretext of addressing a hoax crisis.
And they do so by standing common-sense on its head.
Obviously if some folks are terrified of catching a disease, it is on them to inconvenience solely themselves, by self-isolating, donning PPE when venturing out into the hostile world, and disinfecting all that comes into their homes, and so forth. In this fashion they can protect themselves completely and, more importantly, appropriately– because these timid folk have no right to impose inconveniences upon the rest of us on behalf of their phobias.
AS AN EXTENSION OF THIS POINT, let’s anticipate the issue of vaccines. To the degree that those boosting the vaccine idea believe such a prophylactic will furnish protection, only their own embrace of the device is needed for their risks to be eliminated.
That is, those in fear can take the vaccine (if one is ever produced), and will afterward require nothing whatever from the rest of us to be safe from the disease. In no way is there any rational argument for everyone be required to take the vaccine, and more than it has ever been found necessary (or argued to be remotely lawful) to compel everyone to take the flu vaccine. Those needing (or wanting) special protection from the aliment get the vaccine, the rest of us make are own choices, unmolested.
This is simple common sense, and also simple consistency with American principles of liberty and law. But those behind the pandemic hoax want that vaccinations of everyone, by force if necessary, whether for the money it will bring them from participation in the creation of the treatment, or other reasons (some of which are briefly discussed here).
This push for universal vaccination needs to be strangled in its crib. A good way to accomplish that, or at least prepare the ground for it, is to denounce and debunk the “universal masking and social distancing” mandate nonsense which rests on the same assault on common sense.
By the same token, a failure to denounce and refuse the universal “mask”-mandates and the rest sets the stage for success of the universal vaccine argument.
Think ahead, people, and get on your feet.
BTW, Tom Woods has a good common-sense discussion of other considerations related to this mask madness here, which is well worth reading.
“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.”
-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson
All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.”
-I. F. Stone
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”