Constitution still as relevant today as ever

This week is Constitution Week with September 17th as Constitution Day. It’s an amazing document that still stands the test of time. Each day though, we see it being trampled and the rights it gives us stripped away. It can only happen if we allow it and unfortunately many give in to the craziness going on and will not push against the tyranny.
I ask myself why and there are many answers but one main one to me, is that people don’t know what the Constitution says and more importantly, what it means for us. It was taught when I was in school and we had to learn the preamble. Civics was also taught as was taking pride in our community and nation.
The Preamble outlines the Constitution’s purpose and guiding principles. It reads:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Our forefathers fought against tyranny and government intrusion into their lives. Freedom was so important to them, they were willing to die for it and continue to fight for it.
There is no mention of “democracy” in the Constitution. In fact, the United States of America isn’t a true democracy; it’s a republic, which is how the framers intended it.
In a pure democracy, the people make decisions directly. In a republic, the people make decisions indirectly, via representatives. The men at the Convention believed pure democracy to be a dangerous form of government
The Constitution of the United States established America’s national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens.
It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Under America’s first governing document, the Articles of Confederation, the national government was weak and states operated like independent countries. States having so much power lead to a poor economy and week national defense. It is interesting that during the American Revolution, there was rarely enough money to supply or pay the army.
At the 1787 convention, delegates devised a plan for a stronger federal government with three branches—executive, legislative and judicial—along with a system of checks and balances to ensure no single branch would have too much power. (How far wrong have we gone on that with partisan politics.)
The Bill of Rights were the first 10 amendments guaranteeing basic individual protections, such as freedom of speech and religion, that became part of the Constitution in 1791. The Bill of Rights is one of the most historical and treasured documents because it is the foundation of basic American liberties. Its laws specify the fundamental rights of American citizens. It protects our freedom of speech, press, assembly, petition and religion as well as protects people from “unreasonable searches”.
The Bill of Rights was added because many feared a strong federal government would abuse its citizens unless there were guarantees of basic rights and liberties included. Many of these limited the powers of the federal government. Though the Constitution protects against this, you can see we are far from that original intent as government controls many facets of daily life.
Though some didn’t think the Bill of Rights were needed because they couldn’t fathom such government control, to get the Constitution ratified they had to support it.
Here’s some facts I thought interesting and many many not know about the Constitution. Originally it contained 4,543 words which included signatures. With the 27 amendments it contains 7,591 words. This makes it the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world. Short and to the point and very powerful.
In spite of what some think, Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution. He was in France during the Convention where he served as the U. S. minister. John Adams was serving as the U. S. minister to Great Britain during the Constitutional Convention and did not attend either. George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents who signed the Constitution.
There was a proposal at the Convention to limit the standing army for the country to 5,000 men. Washington sarcastically agreed with this proposal as long as a stipulation was added that no invading army could number more than 3,000 troops.
Grammar nazis beware as the original draft of the Constitution contains multiple spelling errors including misspelling of Pennsylvania as one of the “n’s” was left out.
The constitution’s opening line was not included in early drafts of the document. The preamble originally started with individual states listed from north to south. The five-person Committee of Style is thought to be responsible for composing much of the final text, including the revised preamble.
A proclamation by President George Washing and a congressional resolution established the first national Thanksgiving Day on November 26, 1789 and the reason was to give thanks for the new Constitution.
Other than English, Latin was also used in various parts of the Constitution.
There were no amendments from 1804 to 1865 until the end of the Civil War when the 13th amendment was added to abolish slavery. This was the longest period in American history where there were no changes to our Constitution.
More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress. Thirty-three have gone to the states to be ratified and twenty-seven have actually received the necessary approval from the states to actually become amendments. The Constitution has only been changed seventeen times since 1791.
Several of the framers met with untimely deaths some with suspicious circumstances.
Governor Morris of Pennsylvania was nicknamed the Penman of the Constitution but Jacob Shallus wielded the quill that scrawled the final copy. He was an assistant clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly and was paid $30 and given just two days to write it.
Our founding fathers knew what they were doing and the U.S. Constitution passes the test of time and is perhaps even more relevant today. It is up to us to preserve and protect it. We owe it to ourselves and founders to do so for our republic to stand.

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:©2020

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Stand up for your rights before it’s too late

With all that’s going on, it is sometimes not so easy to stay calm and carry on when dealing with people. One thing I’ve noticed is that people seem to be more on edge than usual and I guess that’s understandable. Occasionally, I even find myself that way and have to remind myself who’s in control. Thankful for my wonderful friends who also remind me that I am a daughter of the King and help straighten my crown.
With the recent revolation by the CDC that numbers are nowhere near what they have been saying, it is my prayer people will begin to settle down. I will not gloat that what I said all along seems to be coming to light for the masses. I’m just thankful it wasn’t as bad as predicted.
However, it doesn’t make any sense what, we the people have allowed with the draconian and tyrannical government intrusions and restrictions on every facet of our lives.
New figures from the glorified CDC show only 9,683 deaths directly attributed to the China flu as the President calls it. While any death is sad, what has happened in our country is even sadder.
We shut down our country and people started living in fear over something that could have been easily treated first of all, and not as bad as they tried to say. Yes, I know people who have dealt with it and the majority of those that have the most problems have underlying health issues. That’s what the CDC is saying now as well. Hospitals were being paid more for COVID deaths and even more when the person is put on a ventilator.
It could be cured and lessened in days with the right medication, but those weren’t even allowed in many cases. It is a travesty.
Citizens with relatives and other loved ones in nursing homes have not been allowed to see them for months. Many of those patients do not understand all of this and many can’t understand it. If masks truly worked, then why can’t their relatives wear them and visit? People are dying without loved ones, not only in nursing homes but in hospitals who don’t allow anyone in with the patient.
If you don’t think this wrong on my levels, then you might need a heart check-up. It’s not about safety. Many more people are committing suicide and dealing with depression, anxiety and more since all of this started. Where’s the outrage about all of this and the compassion.
If you could but are not allowed to say goodbye to a loved one, you can’t really have closure. It’s something you will live with the rest of your life. You think the government cares? Not one iota.
New York’s governor put all those people in the nursing home to die, I believe. Nothing else explains his handling of this situation. A lawsuit has begun as well as an investigation and hopefully, people who lost their loved ones can at least know someone cared enough to get to the truth. It will never bring their loved ones back, but perhaps it can keep it from happening again.
Until people start pushing back and say enough is enough, it will continue. How you might ask? Call the governor, write emails, contact your representatives and senators; do it regularly not just once. Yes, vote, but that sometimes is not enough and that is the case in all of this chaos we are seeing right now around us.
When you are denied access places because you can’t wear a mask, file a discrimination complaint with the department of justice. They do investigate every complaint. File a complaint under the Americans with Disabilities act, starting with the state health department. Quit being silent while liberty is eroding. Stand up against tyranny. The government does not really care about you, it’s all about control.
We should be in control of our own health. I am. It’s one reason I seek out holistic and functional doctors. Yes, they cost more and no I can’t really afford it but can you put a price on your health? I’m a big proponent of herbal medicine and have even studied some of it. We have to be proactive where our health is concerned. Just because someone went to school and became a medical doctor doesn’t mean they have all the answers or you should totally listen to them. You should be asking questions. Remember the call it the practice of medicine.
Herd immunity is a real thing. Before all of the fear mongering, it was talked about and encouraged.
Here at the newspaper, we have been doing what we can to fight back, trying to educate the public, yet many still fall for the propaganda and don’t question anything. Sad, that people no longer stop and think for themselves.
We make phone calls and send emails weekly. We have filed complaints with the Justice Department, especially against mayor of Byron and exploring all options available. He doesn’t believe anyone can have a religious conviction against wearing a mask and doesn’t allow health exemptions. He has even mocked religious convictions on his social media page. He tries to use intimidation as his weapon of choice. First of all mocking someone’s relationship with Christ, is something I don’t think any of us can or should do. Each will answer for it one day to God.
Yet, he doesn’t wear a mask anywhere other than city hall and says he knows where everyone he comes in contact with has been so he’s not worried. Really? Well, I seriously doubt he knew where all those people in Waffle House he introduced himself to, had been. People try to justify things with the dumbest reasons and expect people to believe it.
Elected officials should never run for office if they can’t take criticism, first of all, but you should care about all of your citizens and not be so egotistical and power hungry that you aren’t even willing to listen. If you like many, have wondered, how he got elected, well, he waited until the last few minutes to make sure no one else was running to sign up. Hopefully, he will have opposition for the next election. There is a lot that could be exposed and perhaps it will be in the end.
If you’re not doing what you can, then don’t complain but if you don’t want to see these freedoms gone, you’d better start standing up before it’s too late. Otherwise, we will have no one to blame but ourselves. The one thing the powers that be are really afraid of, is a united people. So start uniting with others and let your voice be heard. ©2020

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Moving America forward is a priority

I just could not bring myself to do it. Watch the DNC that is. Why would I want to listen to a party that kills babies and wants to take away your second amendment rights. They will not condemn the rioting; blocked Trump every way they could when he was trying to do something about the pandemic, yet say it is all his fault. Last time I checked, he was nowhere near a China lab.

They have done nothing constructive the last four years but try and remove Trump from office. Makes no sense to me, except for the fact they hate Trump so much, they will destroy our country to stop him.

Just what little I did read about it and what others posted, was depressing and in these days and times, that’s certainly something I don’t need in my life. Taking God out of the pledge of allegiance is something they will be judged for. Yes, I realize the original version did not include it but it has been there since 1956 and should have been from the beginning in my opinion.

I will watch some of the RNC though. Just the opening was exciting and upbeat and I can use more of that in my life.  Some people have given me grief for my support of him, but it’s not really about him as a person. It’s what he as a leader has and continues to do for the American people. I vote for the person most closest to my  morals and ethics.

His past does not matter, just as yours or mine does not to God. I’m sure none of us would want our past to be brought up before the whole world. Regardless of what anyone thinks of him or whether or not you think he should quit tweeting, surely you have to realize he loves America above all else. He is not perfect and none of us are. 

But if you believe in God, you know that God places and disposes of people in positions of leadership. 

I cannot believe how much criticism and how many personal attacks he has faced and is still standing. I say I couldn’t do it, but if God puts you in that position, He is going to give you strength and everything else you  need to succeed.

What I see from Trump is a pride, boundless optimism and a certainly of America’s greatness. He never fails to say how great America is and if you don’t think that about our country, perhaps you shouldn’t be here. Regardless of the struggles and issues, America is the greatest country in the world, especially when it comes to freedoms.

Though attempts have been made to cripple the economy, those have failed. When elected, Trump sees a robust economic recovery and wants to create 10 million jobs in 10 months and one million new small businesses. 

He wants to cut taxes so that citizens have more take home pay and keep jobs in America. To do that he proposes Made in America Tax Credits and is rolling back regulations that cripple businesses.

He believes in the right to try experimental drugs as treatment for certain illnesses and that’s one of my pet peeves. I believe each of us personally responsible for our own health and we should have access to alternative treatments if that is our choice. Of course, Big Pharma will fight that will all of their money. 

The President hopes to have a vaccine by the end of the year which will allow everyone to return to normal next year.  He will not mandate the vaccine but it will be for those who wish to take it. He also wants America to be more prepared for any future pandemics with refilled stockpiles .

“Normal” is different for everyone though and is a word I don’t really like to use and I won’t take the vaccine, but it should be my choice. 

He has been vocal about ending our reliance on China. I saw a video where one family removed everything in their home that was not from China. Sadly, there was very little left. Trump wants that to change as it should. He would like to bring one million manufacturing jobs from China back to the United States and wants a ban on federal contracts for companies that outsource jobs to China. He also wants to hold China fully accountable for allowing the virus to spread around the world. In short, he wants to put America first.

He has already been working on price cuts for prescription drugs and will continue to do so in his next term, along with protecting Social Security and Medicare and end surprise billing in healthcare.

Trump wants to provide school choice to every child in America and ensure educators “teach American exceptionalism”.

One of his themes has been “drain the swamp” and if you are one of those who don’t believe it needs draining, well I don’t know what to say to you if you haven’t been watching the things that have been happening and still feel that way.

Trump wants Congressional term limits and I do too. We see too many career politicians becoming billionaires off the backs of the American people or making deals which puts money in their pockets and weakens our country.

He wants to expose Washington’s money trail and give power back to the people and the states. 

He like me, defends the police and is for protecting them.  He believes Americans should be first and that immigrants should come to our country legally, not illegally. 

The President would like to stop the endless wars and bring our troops home and get our allies to pay their fair share.  These are only a few of the things he is expected to highlight during the convention this week. All are items I can certainly get behind. 

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: ©2020

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How far do you allow government overreach?

Praying for students, teachers, parents and staff as school is back in session. I am amazed by the number of parents who are going off about schools opening back up. Yes, you can inspect more cases, just like anytime kids go back to school. They pass germs around and get sick from other kids. That’s life and it helps build up herd immunity.
I’m grateful I’m not the ones in charge of making decisions because I assure you I would make a lot of people mad. You just cannot please everyone and you just have to do the best that you can and pray more than ever.
There are studies out now which show we have an increase of depression, suicide and anxiety in children due to the current state of affairs. To what extent do you jeopardize your children’s health? Parents of course, have to do what they think is best for their children but make decisions on sound information not fabricated numbers and not the fear-mongering media. Again, I’m grateful I don’t have children young enough to be in school, but I do have plenty of grandchildren to think about.
I truly worry what we are teaching our children. First of all we are teaching them not to question whatever the government says do, you just do it. We are teaching them not to think for themselves but to let the government think for them.
So how easy do you think it will be for the next generation to give up whatever rights may be left by that time?
Education has gotten off on the wrong track as well, every since a federal department of education came into play. Yes, local schools use the money and many do need it, however, they have also given up some control on the local level. Personally, I feel all decisions should be based at a local level because that system knows what’s best for the students they serve.
Sooner or later, everyone is going to have to decide how far they will allow government overreach and what rights they will give up. Whether you think so or not, truth is you have already given up some of them. Anytime you go into a store with a mask and you are against them, you have given into the world’s madness.
Each of us has to take a stand on things and then stand and fight for it if necessary.
Government was supposed to be by the people and for the people. That is no longer the case because so many people do not try to rock the boat and they do not vote according to their morals and beliefs all the time. They believe what the politicians spoon feed them instead of actually investigating or researching what the candidate believes.
Our founding fathers did not include any kind of statement in the Constitution that would allow emergency orders to do away with our rights. They had witnessed plagues, pandemics, diseases, so they knew what could happen. They did not believe any of that should overshadow your rights. To do so would be tyrannical and they were all about freedom and rights of each individual.
We see governments telling us more and more each day what we can do and not do. Some states say no one can go to church or sing and if anyone does that they cut off electricity and water. If people have parties or large gatherings they do the same thing which means those people cannot have the basics of life and cannot cook, or even wash their hands. That is a huge overreach of government and we the people are the only ones who can put a stop to it.
It happens slowly, little by little and before you know it, all of your rights are gone. But you can only stop it if you strongly believe in individual freedoms, stand on the Constitution and protest infringement of government into your lives.
Agree with me or not, the government’s response to the pandemic has prompted the use of unprecedented, or at least rarely exercised, emergency powers. Some say this shows how the government can use its authority to solve problems, but in some cases, it is also a reminder of the truth of President Ronald Reagan’s “most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
The only ones most of them want to help, is themselves. Some of the examples are just absurd and hard to believe but they have been verified to be true.
California, of course has the most ridiculous rules and actions. One such is a person on a paddle-board was arrested for not vacating the ocean. Sounds ridiculous and you may laugh, but it happened and is sad. And of course, they use the excuse of safety which in truth they care nothing about.
A man in Colorado was arrested for playing catch with his daughter in a park where there were hardly any other people. A man in Philadelphia was dragged off a bus and arrested for not wearing a mask. And one of the most stupidest things is that prisons are being released in great numbers with the excuse of protecting them from the virus. If masks really work, then give them masks!!
A sign on a park with a trail, stated that walking was permitted but you could not ride your bike on the trail!
And these government officials have one standard for others and another for themselves. Even in our local communities. The Byron mayor has mandated masks to enter city hall and does not allow exceptions for those with religious or health issues which prevent them from wearing a mask. Even some of the employees who do wear the masks are not wearing them properly, some not at all. The mayor does not wear them when attending events. This is government overreach of your rights and in the mayor’s case, it seems to be a power thing, much like the DC mayor who said lawmakers didn’t have to wear them but everyone else does.
So the virus is so smart it knows who to attack and where to attack. If you haven’t woken up about this yet, you may be part of the problem. Making healthy people wear masks is tyranny. Asking sick people to, is another thing. Some sick people should have probably been wearing them before the media fear mongered everyone about the pandemic.
Other mayors closed places such as hair or nail salons but then went out and had those services. Again double standards.
If mayors and other officials are going to enact rules, they themselves should be willing to suffer along with their citizens by following the rules. If not, they have lost respect and hopefully votes in the next election.
Some politicians seem to think that emergency powers are an unlimited form of fiat that allows them to do virtually anything, especially when it allows them to weld power over others. These people encourage others to rat out their neighbors and others who are not following the rules that they themselves are not following. Do you now have a problem with this? I do.
We are relying on government to determine what businesses and activities are “essential” and what are not, and the results vary state by state. Those who sell food, most household supplies, gasoline and health-related goods generally make the cut. Liquor stores are generally considered essential, except in some states as gun stores, but not churches.
Truth is, every business is essential and so is every person working or owning them. The longer we allow the government to keep telling us what we can and cannot do, more and more businesses will close and people will lose their jobs. Is is really worth it for a virus that has a 98% of survival; and there is a drug which prevents and stops it in its track when given immediately?
We should not be relying on the government to solve our problems. Their track record shows they are not good at it, only placing more and more people as dependents on them.
Personally, I want my life back and I want to preserve my freedoms. Allowing the government overreach, denies not only the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness but your Constitutional rights. Let your voice be heard and let’s stop the madness and erosion of our rights. Write legislators, mayors and governors. Quit being silent, unless you’re okay giving up rights, which includes your right to bear arms, because that is coming next. Vote for those whose morals most closely line up with yours and pray before casting your ballot. But do vote. This next election will determine whether we remain free or become a socialist country. Vote wisely. ©2020

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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True communication becoming a lost art

Ironic, that today is the 13th of August, as I celebrated my 13th year at the Georgia Post this week. What a ride it’s been!

There have been days when computers and internet were issues and we pulled all nighters. Now, when there’s an election we sometimes still do 16 but thank the good Lord, those days are few and far between. 

UGA certainly didn’t prepare me for how things would really be with a journalism career. While I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world, things have certainly changed during the last 40 years.

Technology has made things a lot easier and cut down on amount of time spent in layout. Dealing with the people has definitely become more challenging. I’d like to go back to the days when people were respectful no matter what the circumstances. 

It contnues to be a challenge trying to get news out in a timely manner because before you can even get back to the office, it has been posted all over social media. Sometimes before anything has really been verified. Unfortunately, these days people don’t care so much about the truth or that what was posted was not the total truth.

The discussion pages make me want to throw up. Sometimes you get information or a heads up but for the most part it is a platform where people can complain about everything and don’t take the time to research or call the entity before they post a complaint. They post about wrecks and believe you me, that is not how a family wants to find out if it their loved ones. 

Social media allows us to not consider others when we post things. Oh, I’m up for a good debate, but debating is also a lost art as people become hateful when your opinion differs from theres.

Communication, in its purest form, is becoming a lost way of life. People only listen to respond and don’t really listen to what is being said in the first place. That is not communication.

While some may say we are more connected with phones, social media, etc. it actually makes you more isolated when you don’t know how to carry on a conversation. Posts and texts widen the gulf between personal feelings and what’s being said and loses the subtle nuance of body language. It’s kind of like a sanitized sound bite which is not reality.  Yes our devices may be less complicated than people but they certainly are less rewarding than human interaction.

We are so into the cell phones and aps these days that we aren’t even aware of the opportunities that present itself to have impromptu conversations with the people we encounter. 

In fact, case studies suggest children’s social abilities decline as they choose virtual contact over face-to-face interaction. One study found conversation between adults and children ages four to six, changes the way the brain forms and is critical to language development. 

I  mean really; when was the last time you had an actual really good conversation in person about something meaningful?

We can blame social media but in reality we have only our self to blame. Of course, the recent separation with the china flu, has made things even worse. We as humans, are meant for relationship. So being separated and not able to hug, affects our mental and emotional state. You can think whatever you like about it, but it’s not right and not being able to spent time with loved ones in nursing homes or hospitals is abuse to me, even more so when they don’t truly understand what’s going on. 

Diminished social contact leads to a negative impact on mental health and this in turn results in depression.  

Yes, real conversation takes time and we seem to be too busy to stop and actually talk. One of the most important things you can give someone is your attention and we need to try doing that more often and spent less time with technology. 

While it is becoming a lost art, when you start putting the phones down, your social skills return quickly.  We need to start asking questions and trying to get to know people better than just what we think we know because of social media posts.  Sometimes we think we are so busy communicating, but in reality we are communicating through messages that can be edited and changed at the expense of having a real conversation with a person you can see and touch. 

Such communication is superficial and makes us much like Siri and Alexa, which is devoid of any experience of human life. The road we are headed down also lets us expect more from technology and less from each other.

While I try to change with the times in my journalistic life, I am also trying to hold on to the human aspect of interaction with others. And there are many I’ve grown to know and love here over these last 13 years. Thank you all.

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: 

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Herman Cain was a genuine Patriot

The number of people dying lately can make your head spin. Maybe it’s just we are being told about it more and more and inundated with those reports.

I was taught not to speak ill of the dead and I am not doing that, I just don’t understand how it’s okay for so many people to attend some funerals because someone served in congress but we can’t visit or have all family when someone dies. Just makes me even more convinced that we are in a video game and being played.

And the mayor of DC is not requiring anyone who attended the funeral of John Lewis to self quarantine but others do. There is such a double standard and the hypocrisy is deafening. 

Sadly, you can hardly get away from any of the nonsense either as someone, somewhere has to act crazy if they disagree with you. Hey, but that’s okay, God is still in control and I do believe more and more people are seeing the hypocrisy every day. 

One death, Herman Cain, won’t get as much air time as others but he is just as worthy.  He won’t get several funerals nor lie in state. He probably wouldn’t won’t it that way either. There won’t be former presidents giving an eulegy or military honor guards and has been very little media coverage. 

I’ve never quite understood putting people on a pedestal and acting as if they are more important than someone else just because of a job or career path they chose. They got paid to do it and as my Dad always told me everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.

So many people say they met Herman Cain and I am in that group since he ran for President. That’s when I learned a lot about a humble man from Georgia who had made something of himself and never thought anything about his circumstances growing up.  I found him to be funny, caring and genuine just from a few minutes of conversation. 

His mother was a domestic worker (maid) and his father, who had grown up on a farm, was a barber and janitor. His father worked three jobs to build a house for his family. Cain described his life growing up once as “poor but happy”. 

Cain, who grew up in Georgia, graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He earned a master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University while working full time for the U. S. Department of the Navy.

In 1977, he joined the Pillsbury Company and later would become vice president. He was a successful business executive at Burger King in the 1980’s which prompted Pillsbury to appoint him as chair and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He served in that capacity from 1986 to 1996.

He was also chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kancas City, deputy chair until 1996. He was appointed to the Kemp Commission and served as senior economic adviser to Bob Dole’s presidential campaign. He served as president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association until 1999.

He announced he would be running in the 2012 presidential election and proposed a 9-9-9 tax plan (9% income tax; 9% corporate tax and 9% sales tax) and his performance in debates made him a serious contender for the Republican nomination. 

To me, Cain was a class act. No matter how much he was attacked or what anyone said about him, he smiled and kept on going forward. 

As his popularity with the people increased, claims arose about inappropriate behavior. People give Biden a pass even though the claims are substantiated, but people weren’t as forgiving with Cain. Rather than put his family through all of that, the gentleman that he was, he withdrew from the race and went back to broadcasting. His campaign was suspended in December of 2011.  Personally, I think he would of made a good President. He was interested in and wanting healthcare reform.

Herman Cain refused to be a victim and along with being conservative as well as a Trump supporter, others did not like him. They would rather he support BLM and other counterproductive efforts, but that was not who Cain was. In addition, he faced racism in his businesses but didn’t let that deter him one bit and he rose above it. 

He went on to host his own radio show and to write media columns for different organizations.  He was also a contributor to Fox News. He received many awards and honorary degrees over his lifetime. 

He was successful in practically everything he tried. He should be the role model put forth for black Americans to follow. Cain did not blame society for its ills and believed anything possible in America with the right attitude, work ethic and desire.

Yes, he did support Mitt Romney in his bid for the presidency but at that time Cain had stated the Republican party represented the conservatives and a legitimate third party was needed. Cain had been a Tea Party activist prior to running for president.

Cain and his wife, Gloria, had one daughter and one son and four grandchildren. He was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer which had mastecized to his liver. He was given a 30% chance of survival. After undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, the cancer was said to be in remission. He was diagnosed with Covid at the end of June and hospitalized for four weeks. Though people want to speculate or say he got it at the Tulsa rally, there is no way to know because Cain was constantly traveling and could have contacted it anywhere. For those who have said he deserved it because he did not always wear a mask, I say you need to have a come to Jesus meeting and check your heart. Decent and caring people do not say such things. 

The media will not recognize him as so, but Herman Cain was one of those rare national treasures, an American Patriot. He lived the American dream and got there will determination and hard work. Nothing had been given to him. May Herman Cain rest in peace.

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: 

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Lots of good things happening around us

Don’t know about you but I am so over all the nonsense going on around us. Let’s talk about some good things happening in our communities.

First off, I want to give kudos to the Crawford County Board of Education. They were one of if not the first system in this area to announce they had a plan for back to school. They didn’t wait until the last minute like neighboring systems. Yes, they said it could change or evolve but at least they had one. They are also allowing extra curricular activities for those involved in virtual learning, which kids need. Thank you for common sense leaders.

It was also announced that the sales tax received was around the same as it’s been the last few years during the pandemic. Thank you Lord for that.

 The tent revival saw many people led to Christ. Hallelujah and Thank you Jesus. I was able to watch some online and the pastor said several of the things I have told my Bible study group on a regular basis including the truth about the virus and masks. If only more churches took that same stance, we would witness great things and I believe we still will soon. Of course, we saw some satanic attacks with some people but God wins. The revival came to an end but is going to Washington, DC. and we pray for a moving of the Holy Spirit there. 

As a result of the revival, students, teachers and community members will hold a devotion every day, Monday through Friday, at the Crawford County High School Football field at 3 p.m. You are encouraged to join them. 

Food drives and school supply drives are being held all over the place and that’s a good thing.

The city and county have agreed on the split for T-SPLOST, if it gets approved. When approved, it will help with road projects throughout the county.

The fluoride referendum is going forward as well and hopefully will be passed by the citizens. We don’t need unnecessary additives in the water, especially don’t need it to be mandated by the government.

Welcome Marcus Early back to our community, twice a week for half a day. Marcus is with Central Georgia Technical College and was here then got transferred to Pulaski County. He’s still in Pulaski but Crawford and Peach counties have been added to his district. Marcus is one of the good guys and we are glad he’s back if only for two half days. 

We are thankful for all the businesses that have made it so far which includes your newspaper. God always provide when you trust Him to do so. Roberta, Crawford County businesses need all the support we can get. I’m thankful for the things we can get  here without having to go elsewhere. Of course, it could be better but let’s focus on the positive. 

City of Roberta is getting new water lines installed on East Agency, along with the new school we have to look forward to down the road. 

I enjoy working with people in the community. One of those is Brenda Peacock. She is always friendly and courteous and I can count on a hug. Thank you Mrs. Brenda. 

Of course, Patti is also a gem and a great help to us at times and we really appreciate her. 

Our community hasn’t brought the outside craziness inside and has remained united and civil as it should be. There are a lot of good people in this community and that in itself is a blessing. We should count our blessings every day.

It’s easy to get distracted and caught up in the madness and forget how blessed we are in our lives.  People can drive us crazy with their views, actions as well but we just have to pray for them and not overreact. Hard at times and I can personally say I dealt with one of those Monday morning. Because you don’t agree with them, you are a bad person, are prejudice or a number of other things they can come up with, which couldn’t be further from the truth. But we have to remember our faith is in God, not people. I always try to find some common ground, but that is not always possible with some people.

All that’s going on has made a lot of people less sociable and harder to get along with but that’s okay. God is still in control and this will all be over one day. 

I’m thankful that up until today, I’ve not really had anyone be really ugly about anything. No matter what I’m trying to stay positive and not let anyone steal my joy. It’s really about how you react to the things that are going on that can make a difference.

These are some ways to try and stay positive. Ask yourself what’s the good thing about each situation and what we can learn from it. What can we do to help solve the situation?

Make sure your environment is positive. That includes the people in it. Spend more time with the positive and those who encourage and lift you up. Also be careful about the information you let in. Don’t spend time on negative news or reading materials that are negative. Listen to inspirational music and motivational people. Music can change your mood really fast. 

Always be thankful for everything, even the unanswered prayers as they are actually answered. 

Don’t forget to take care of yourself.  Work on your immune system as well as your spiritual well being. Spend some time outside. Sunshine is good for you and helps your mood.

Don’t focus on the things you can’t change. Give it all to God. 

Don’t allow worry to cripple you. God tells us to not be anxious for anything and we need to not worry as it means we don’t trust God to handle it. 

Don’t let your emotions sidetrack you. Emotions can be fickle and change frequently so don’t be led by them.

What we say and what we think does matter so watch your words carefully and be mindful of those thoughts which are negative and self-productive. 

One of the best things to do, is to do something for someone else. Doing things for others takes your mind off yourself and your troubles. It also releases feel good endorphins. Do random acts of kindness every change you get. 

Close your eyes and just breathe and thank God. Talk with Him every day and release all your cares to Him before you go to sleep each night.

There is always something you can find for which to be thankful and having an attitude of gratitude affects those around you. It’s something to strive for every day. Blessings.

And if you know of something good happening, let us know. We like to highlight the good. 

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Who are you trusting other than God?

Georgia Governor Jack Kemp has specifically ordered that cities and counties can not mandate citizens wear masks. They can recommend but they cannot require or mandate. He is suing the Atlanta mayor for going against his order. He should also be suing, Savannah, Athens and now you can add Byron to the list.

Byron’s Mayor Michael Chidester has gone against that order in mandating masks in city hall. City hall is a public place and it actually belongs to the citizens of Byron. Mayors who do this in my opinion, do not care about all of their citizens, nor about Governor Kemp’s wishes. Byron Municipal Complex was paid for by taxes paid by citizens, therefor in essence, belongs to them.

They have spent much money putting up plexiglass and changing things around to make it safe at city hall. Kudos for that but now the mayor wants to tell citizens they can’t enter if they can’t wear a mask. It should be a citizen’s choice on whether or not they wear a mask. These mayors do not care about those with health problems who cannot wear a mask. They also don’t care their  action is tyrannical. An officer at city hall told Kristi if she had a problem to take it up with the mayor. I’m still waiting to hear back from Byron’s mayor on a request I made in January and he assured me at least three times or more he’s getting back with me. Hasn’t happened.

I am sure some pro-maskers will agree with him, but they aren’t taking into the consideration those who can’t medically wear a mask either, yet they call others selfish. I hope those citizens who are against this will remember it come re-election time. 

You may think it is just a mask but I personally do not trust any of the data. It has been proven to be wrong and inflated. Science even differs on whether masks work on not. I don’t care if you want to wear one, but don’t force your fear on healthy people. 

We all have a right to an opinion and we have a right to choose. Mayors who take away that choice have trampled on your constitutional rights. The Constitution does not say a national emergency whether real or politically planned takes away your rights. 

The mortality rate for the virus is lower than many other things in comparison. We are exposed to viruses every day and never worry about it because the media hasn’t told us to do so. 

So, if someone asks what is wearing a mask can save one person’s life? To that I say, what about the one abortion that is going to take place today? What about the one combat vet who will take his life today. What about the one cancer victim who will lose their fight today. What about the one drunk driver who will be cause of a death today. What about the one drug addict who will die from an overdose today.

Please don’t talk to me about that one when  if you were to really think about it, you know the narrative is driving you and not the reality of what’s going on.

Wear your mask if you want but don’t bully or oppose those who don’t. It’s your right and prerogative and I expect the same in return.

My heart goes out to those who have lost people whether or not it is labeled as Covid-19 as cause of death. Death is death and to me it doesn’t matter the cause for me to grieve over it. But I grieve for those I mentioned above as well. Don’t they matter just as much? They do to me. 

The mask issue has become political and about control and that’s why I am against them. When my constitutional rights and yours are trampled with unconstitutional mandates, I will not comply without a fight. If you choose to comply, that’s your right. 

It has become more than a virus. It is now a weapon against our freedoms and if you don’t see that, I will watch as you take the vaccine or are led into a boxcar without a fight. When you cannot purchase things unless you are masked up, that is a problem and if you don’t see that, I’ll pray for you.

We have laws, yes, we have to abide by and if given to the law of freedom, which is the law of Christ, then all pertinent and moral laws will be fulfilled and obeyed. However, I will not bow down out of fear nor will I give one inch to communism, socialism, marxism or any other ism threatening my freedom.

Last time I checked, I am a free American and too much blood has been spilled to keep our national free.

When you give an inch, they will come back to take a mile. I will not fear man, nor do I fear death. I will only fear God.

They have already “normalized” mask wearing for some and they will continue to narrow your thinking while our freedoms are being ebbed away little by little. 

They have used the media to help them in normalizing that which is not normal. Even if mainstream media covered  concerns about other topics we would be bent on fixing it because many are like sheep headed for the slaughter. 

I respect your decision to wear a mask. Please respect mine not to wear one. I will never ask anyone to take theirs off, so don’t try to guilt me into putting on one because of your fear. If you are that afraid, please just stay home. 

God tells me to not be afraid, do not fear, nor be dismayed because He is with me. He strengthens and helps me and protects me. I’m covered by His blood. I stand on His word and I am not afraid. It’s not just about saying you have faith. Anyone can claim that but unless your actions speak it, your words don’t matter. 

Don’t try to talk about wisdom, because yes He gives you wisdom, His wisdom not the world’s and He also gives you discernment. You can’t say you believe certain parts and not all of it or just use certain verses to try and prove your point. Either you believe all of it or none of it. Personally, I’m all in and have watched Him not only fight my battles but supply every need I have. That’s who my God is and when He tells me not to fear, I trust Him.

He took all our diseases, sicknesses and sins on His back at Calvary. It’s settled, it’s done and therefore I walk in faith and do not fear. He promised me life abundantly and again I take Him at His word. Living in fear is not living life abundantly. 

And do not tell me I haven’t been affected yet or otherwise I would change my mind. You’d be wrong on both counts. I will not be moved as on Christ the solid rock I stand.

He is looking for people to have faith like Daniel, Abraham, Moses and more in these days. He wants us to stand out from the crowd and to stand firm in that faith. Will you or will you succumb to the fear going on around you? When I stand in front of Him, I want to be able to say I stood firm, no matter the cost.

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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The world has a bully mentality

There is a book by Lewis Grizzard, whom I actually met at a seminar in Athens. It’s entitled, “Elvis is dead and I don’t feel so good myself”.

That’s kind of the way I felt hearing about the death of Charlie Daniels. 

Daniels was a true American patriot and he loved this country. If you haven’t read any of his blogs, do so, especially the one the day before he died. Until the end, he loved America and it was in some of his last thoughts. 

He was named to the country music hall of fame in 2018. You might not know that he also authored a couple of  books. One was his memoirs, “Never Look at the Empty Seats,” and another on inspirational quotes and stories. Over the years his political views have been kind of all over the place, but in the last few years have been more conservative. Last year he lamblasted New York’s Governor Cuomo for the governor’s bill which legalized abortion until birth.

He has also taken on Hollywood as he stood up for a Bush era policy. He also supported Jimmy Carter in his presidency bid and has been a staunch Trump supporter. Regardless, his views have always been toward saving America and standing up for her. 

 Daniel’s music hasn’t only been pop, but also Christian. Everyone remembers him more for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” which he played with various other artists. Many of his songs had patriotic lyrics.  He co-wrote songs with many which were sung by other artists including Elvis Presley.  He also performed a sequel, “The Devil Went Back to Georgia” with Mark O’Conner. 

Music certainly won’t be the same without the legendary Daniel. He was also vocal about his faith, so I’m sure he’s fiddling up in heaven. Rest in Peace Charlie Daniel. 


Whether you agree with masks or not, everyone should be appalled at the bullying which has ensued, mainly from the pro mask group. There definitely is no longer any common sense and I daresay some people have obviously lost their minds.

Many people it seems have so much anger in their heart and hatred, that it makes my heart grieve for them. Our nation is definitely in need of a mighty move of God. If you haven’t already been brought to your knees with all that’s going on, why not?

I do not understand why there is no outrage about the pedophilia which is being exposed. The media has everyone so focused on a virus where the death rate is dropping and has a 99% survival rate, that perhaps you haven’t heard anything about it.

With Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest, hopefully heads will role. This is so sickening to me, it makes me cry to even think about it. A lot of Hollywood people are involved, along with some politicians. Hopefully, she will stay alive long enough for them to be prosecuted. 

I realize that child sacrifice and trafficking has been around for a very long time, but this is the year 2020 and you would think we would have put a stop to as much as possible. These people have definitely sold their souls to the devil and we should be calling out for justice instead of debating whether to wear a mask or not. 

After doing some research, I believe some of you will be shocked at some of the people involved. If you’ve noticed how many CEO’s have stepped down and celebrities who have stopped their shows, then you have a clue to some who may be involved. Pay attention to who comes down with the virus and who kills themselves or dies mysteriously. 

I agree people are innocent until proven guilty but there are too many things which some say are coincidences. I personally don’t believe in coincidences. Too many things add up to their involvement — trips, symbols, posts and more. Many of these people worship satan though they pretend otherwise. Of course, we already know about the allocations against Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton. The list of people on the flights to Epstein island are long and from all walks of life.

Supposedly, there are videos of heinous acts, of which I don’t even want to think about. We may never know the whole truth or hear much about it because the media is focused on fear mongering.

We also have not heard about Hillary’s testimony in the Senate. Much of these things are smoke screens. Wake up to the truth of what’s going on and do the research. 

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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Remembering a friend, speaking up

This newspaper and I lost a friend last week. He fought a tough battle but is now in the presence of Jesus.

Charles Cook came in at least every week when he was in town. We’d share a cup of coffee and talk about what was going on in the community and as well as in the nation.

Sometimes he needed prayer which I was glad to offer. Other times he was off to an estate sale. If I happen to be looking for something, I could tell him and if he ran across it, he would send me a photo to make sure I wanted it. Once he brought me an album I had not asked for but in one of our conversations had mentioned mine had disappeared.

He brought us coffee which he had gotten at auction at times so we always had a supply on hand.

We shared the same view on politics and would sometimes ask each other what we thought about something.

Some days he would come in just to see if we knew about something going on in the community. 

I first met him when he was a city councilman. He always questioned things, not just taking them on the surface. He introduced himself after one meeting and asked if I had understood something he had mentioned. He was always forthcoming with information when Kristi or I asked him questions. 

He  made us laugh lots of time. He was proud of his family and talked about his sons’ and grandchildren’s accomplishments. 

Some days one of us had to help him with his phone or answer another technical question if we could. 

In the beginning he would occasionally write a column “Eagle View”. He was listed as a contributor on this page. Occasionally, he would cover a meeting for us when both of us had other meetings to attend. 

Once in a while he would bring Vera in with him.

He has served on many boards and in many capacities in the community. He was named the Chamber’s Individual of the Year.

He was a friend to the newspaper and kept us on our toes. When we made a mistake he would tease us about it.

I haven’t made a pot of coffee since the last time Charles was in the office. 

But if you know anything about Charles, you know he trusted in God and so we know where he is in spite of the void left. Our prayers are with his family. Always remember none of us are promised tomorrow so make the best of today.


None of what is going on in the world today, makes any sense but we know who holds tomorrow and whose side we are on. So if God is for us, no one else matters.

During this time it is important to hold onto your faith.  Don’t let anything including people steal your joy. Our joy in the Lord is our strength so be sure and let nothing steal it.

We just celebrated our nation’s birthday and the hate spewed forth by some, not only on the day but concerning the celebration breaks my heart. It’s easy to see that there are some in our country who hate it. Why they are still here, I do not know. If I hated the country I was in that bad, I believe I would go somewhere else. But they choose to try and destroy it. It is not about anything else but destroying us and setting the stage for socialism.

The silent majority is a lot to blame. We kept silent too long. Yes, we can do our part by going to the polls and voting, but there are times we need to voice those opinions publicly. We can be silent no more. 

Our faith is being tested and attacked on a daily basis. Of course the Bible tells us we will be persecuted. The leftists have been at war with America as founded for decades. It has made great progress in transforming our culture and institutions into the model they want. Leftists are activism-oriented and relentless. They pursue their goals 24/7, exhausting their less activist and less calculating opponents, and advance their agenda by sheer attrition.

They immediately weaponized the virus. The democratic party tried to bludgeon Trump with it and every other thing they can bring up. In the last four years they have done nothing at all for the American people, but have wasted time and money trying to unseat him. Instead of being mad for four years he was elected even though they tried to alter the election process, they should have been trying to work with him and get something done.

But they have not and in fact have showed where their hearts really lie. They only care about money and power. And they will lie, cheat and steal to keep Trump from being re-elected. Therefore, they do not care what the majority of the American people want. If so, they would have sat down, shut up and worked for the people who elected them.

But more than that, where are the Republicans? For the major part, the President has had to fight all these battles by himself. Oh, I know he has people around him, who believe and support him, but the Republicans in Congress should be standing up and defending him and doing everything they can to overcome the propaganda touted by the likes of Pelosi and her cronies. All of which for the most part have decades of serving in Congress.

I do not always vote Republican, in the past, I have gone on the person, but it has come down to whether you can really trust someone in whatever party they are in, to not continue the overall program of the party. It comes down to voting your morales. It comes down to choosing the more righteous of whomeever is running. Whoever we vote for shows were our hearts are. If you can support a party which believes killing babies is okay, giving taxpayer money to illegal aliens and who don’t put the safety and welfare of America a priority, it shows the condition of your heart.

Yes Trump drives the leftists crazy, makes them desperate and irrational. However, if you think without him things would go back to the way they were you are mistaken. Their goals are the same either way — undoing America. With him as president, their chances immeasurably decrease. 

We need to wake up and redetermine that we will prevent the destruction of the America, land that we love and fight for your children’s future. Don’t ever give up hope or fighting for your freedom. You are not alone.

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:

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