It could work, if we try

Some people say, we will never defeat racism until we are able to talk about it without anyone getting their dander up. Others say we need to quit talking about it so much. I’m not sure which is right, but the truth of the matter is probably somewhere in the middle of both of those beliefs.
It’s a tough subject to tackle, even tougher to talk about, depending on the parties involved. I won’t pretend to know the answers or solutions and I’m not sure which direction we need to go in but I do know we can’t continue down the same path.
Because “racism” has become the catch phrase of the day; because it incites so many people; some have taken to calling everything they encounter, racism. It’s not so. It’s really hard to say that we aren’t racist, either. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you are the minority and felt fear or uneasiness, that could be considered racist.
Wanting to preserve history is not racist. It happened, whether good, bad, indifferent or embarrassing and trying to get rid of everything that reminds you of it, is not the answer. Those who fail to remember the past (history) are condemned to repeat it. I do believe that to be true.
To me racism is sometimes in the eye of the beholder. If you perceive something to be that way, in other words, it usually becomes so. Racism and discrimination are two different things, but some people confuse the two.
At another newspaper I worked for, a woman in the community came by my office every week to inform me that week I only had a certain number of a particular ethnic group in a photo. This went on for about a month and she would not stop long enough for me to have a conversation with her about it. Just run in, say the number and leave.
I was floored. I never took a picture of any kind purposely including or excluding anyone or staging it to look a certain way. I wasn’t going to stop and count because doing so I felt would have been racist. One day she came in and I followed her out to the car, insisting she hear me out. I told her my perspective and how she was making me think negatively and that I did not want to do that at all. She was trying to get in her car but I was leaning against the door. She finally listened. We hugged and she never came back into my office with numbers of certain people in photos.
You can’t make a determination about anything without hearing both or all sides. In today’s world people want to have their say, but don’t care and don’t want to listen to what anyone else has to say unless it happens to agree with their way of thinking. That my friend, is not the way freedom works.
Politicians use the word “racism” more and more to divide and conquer us. It’s a volatile subject and they know it and know using it can evoke hate. Unfortunately, the mainstream media has jumped on that bandwagon and we need to wake up before it’s too late.
The wall the president is wanting to build is not racist, as some claim. He is not wanting to keep a certain race out, he is wanting to keep illegals out regardless of their race. What part of illegal people don’t get, I don’t understand.
We’ve got to start thinking for ourselves and quit listening to politicians and the mainstream media. We have to determine in our hearts and minds that we will not be divided by them and the untruths put forth.
God tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. We’ve got to start loving people.
We are forced to declare what race we are on countless forms and other paperwork. Supposedly for the sake of statistics, etc. The one take away from my college statistics class was that statistics can say whatever point you want to prove. Therefore, I don’t put any confidence in any of them.
Why can’t we all just state that we are human beings. We are you know. No matter the color of our skin, we all bleed the same, we all are born and we all are going to die one day. I believe we also just need to become “Americans” without any hyphenation indicating ethnicity. We are diverse nation and should be celebrating our differences instead of fighting about them but to become united in that, we need to all just be Americans.
If we are to overcome racism, everyone must quit playing the victim in all situations and quit blaming other people. It’s the 21st century for goodness sake and each of us are to blame for the choices we make and we suffer the consequences of bad or unhealthy choices. My great grandparents were Indians and my grandmother was a very poor farmer. She had to work hard every day of her life and I have not had it easy myself, so there is no “privilege” at all there.
We need to quit making everything racist and if you see things that way, perhaps you need to examine your heart. We have also got to quit voting for candidates because of skin color or gender. It has gotten us into messes we may never be able to get over. Vote for morals and those candidates who best reflect your values. Their skin color or gender has nothing to do with that whatsoever and doesn’t indicate whether they will be a good leader or not.. All people, regardless of skin color, can also be racist. It’s not just relegated to one race.
Let’s all just be humans and become pro-human. Quit letting politicians or the press divide us. We need to deconstruct the words black and white and forget about what either means. Let’s just be Americans, treating each other with love and respect and if we do so, I believe one day we will see racism go away. ©2019
VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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We must face the truth

We say we want to be told the truth and say we stand for truth, but as in the lines of the movie A Few Good Men, I wonder if we could really handle the truth if we knew it in totality.
Americans, true Americans — those who love our country and respect our freedoms and willing to fight for them and Christians — need to wake up. We need to seek the truth and not be afraid of it when we find it. If we don’t and start effecting change, our grandchildren don’t have a chance.
Make America Great Again, has somehow been turned into a racist idea by people who see everything as racist and are actually perpetrating it. Some want to say America is still great and I would agree, but America is not the country it once was in terms of values and ideals. Saying we want to make America great again, means we want to go back to that way of life where we weren’t offended by everything and everyone and we didn’t riot and point fingers or celebrate killing babies. It means we want a world where everyone can live in peace and have their individual rights without them being paraded across social media or on other media outlets in an “in your face” method.
We want an America where politicians don’t promote hate speech and they love as well as support whoever is in the office of the presidency because it is the respectful thing to do.
Our republic cannot permanently exist unless we change the mindset of voters who have discovered they can vote themselves handouts from the public treasury. Because of that fact, some now vote for the candidates promising the most benefits without costing voters. Democracies always fall over loose fiscal policies. Douglas MacArthur once said he was concerned for the security of our Nation because of the “insidious forces working from within”.
At that time, the communists had gained massive control over the media in our country. His statement was pretty much passed over and ignored just in case anyone would take heed of it and begin looking at their own government. While we were fighting fascist regimes threatening to take over the world, Marxist socialists were not only infiltrating our government, but were implanting themselves. Joseph McCarthy tried pointing this out but was labeled a lunatic. Years later, though it was discovered he was correct and FDR had communists in his administration. Of course, it was too late by then and thanks to the media controlled by them, they shunned the title of Marxist/Socialist Communists and became known as Liberals. Don’t misunderstand here: Marxists are not the same as liberals but Marxists knew liberals could be guided into any direction desired just by promising free stuff.
Liberals seem to have mental conditions which keeps them from embracing any true logic. Don’t believe me, just strike up a conversation with one and you’ll be convinced. Just look at Pelosi and a few others.
Liberals were also guided down the path of legalizing abortion which has prevented the birth of close to 60 million potential taxpayers. To top it off, taxpayers are paying for it. Not what I want my tax money to fund.
Liberals also birthed entitlement programs. Social Security is not an entitlement but it was forced upon us and then liberals got access to that money deposited into SS and used it for their own purposes. This was a way to open the door to destroy our country through programs like welfare, food stamps and many other entitlement programs which were designed to eventually totally drain the U. S. Treasury.
If you want to get down to it, the only people in our country owed anything are our Veterans.
Entitlement programs were created for no other reason than to make people dependent upon them. There are so many of these programs that with the present tax structure there is no way to fund them all so money has to be borrowed. No one should be getting money from the people who work for it day in and day out.
Relying on these programs strips people of their pride and takes away the desire to make something of themselves or be productive citizens. Why should you when you can make money by just sitting at home. Such programs in effect, make slaves of the people who have come to depend and demand them. Because they want to continue to receive this money from the sweat of others, they continue to vote for those who promise to keep handing it out.
Such programs make you totally dependent on the government. The Democratic party uses these programs for political gain by reminding people they could lose them if they don’t vote for them and say people are “entitled” to them. Thus has evolved the “entitlement mentality”.
We the people have actually caved in to the “whiners” of today, if for no other reason but to get them to shut up. But America is waking up and it’s past time. If we want change, we have to start working toward that change ourselves. If you haven’t written your Congressmen, do so. Don’t be swayed because the response is just a standard letter. If we bombard them, eventually they will take notice, even if only for a second. It’s time to quit being the silent majority and face the truth.©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Time to stand up and be counted

Darkness seems to be closing in around us with all the craziness in the world today. Concrete proof has been given that the mainstream media can’t be trusted and manipulates the news.
Congressmen and women won’t compromise and won’t approve anything that our president proposes. New York lights the Trade Center up in pink and representatives celebrate the abortion bill. Hate speech everywhere, including from our elected representatives in Washington, DC.
We just went through a partial government shutdown and the news in Washington is frustrating. In fact, if you start dwelling on it too much, you too will become very frustrated. We are in a battle of good vs. evil and I’m sorry but many in Washington, have sold their souls to the devil. Their actions shout it loud and clear.
Christianity is being attacked and the vice president’s wife was attacked because she works in a Christian school. Christians aren’t allowed to have their beliefs and live in peace. We are being attacked. Yet, the opposite side injects their beliefs into our society without repercussions and won’t allow us to say anything. We just have to accept it, take it and smile. Ugh no!
Believe it or not, I’m not a confrontational person. I’d much rather have a debate and part as friends in a disagreement. I’d choose peace any day of the week over drama and arguments.
We need a revival in our land and Christians need to get on their knees and face seeking God. We need to pray for our country and our leaders, even those we do not like. We also need to start speaking out and taking our rights back. There is a time to be still and quiet and a time to stand up and speak. That time is now, unless you are prepared to lose our country and our voice. Christians have been silent way too long.
We seem to think we aren’t supposed to stand up and say anything. Jesus took a lot of things, but there were times when He spoke up and put people in their places. There were times His words stung those to whom he was replying. There were even times when His words seem harsh to us. As Ecclesiastes tells us, there is a time for everything and that means a time to raise our voice and speak out against those attacking us.
Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and whether we realize it or not, we are always in a fight. We have to fight for our marriages, our children, to eat right, to be heard by our doctor, sometimes to keep our jobs and pay our bills. A spiritual battle is going on around us daily. Life as a Christian is not easy and we shouldn’t just be sitting around passively waiting for Christ to return.
Just as we fight for all the other things, there comes a time when Christians need to fight for our faith; a time to stand up and join in the battle between good and evil, truth and lies, light and darkness.
In the book of Jude, he appeals to Christians to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. (Jude 1:3). Contend means fight. That doesn’t mean we should go around looking for a fight. However, when godless ideas and agendas distort the truth of God and proclaim themselves “champions” for their cause, Christians should speak up and address the untruths.
Paul put is this way in 2 Corinthians 10:5: “We tear down arguments and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God.”
Just like any good fighter who steps into the boxing ring, we have to be prepared for such a battle. We have to know what we are talking about when confronting evil and lies. The way we do that is reading God’s word, praying and seeking his guidance. We need to be strong in our faith and our fighting spirit should come from the love of God and others. You see when love pushes us to fight we are fighting against those ideas, not the individuals. 1 Timothy 6:12 also tells us to fight the good fight of faith.
Yes, where possible we need to live in peace but as Paul says, we should put on the whole armor of God and fight those battles that we must concerning our faith. Prayer is a good first step in our fight. It’s something each of us can do. When called upon to speak up against evil, we should. As it has been said, evil happens when good people do nothing. Now is not the time to be lazy about our prayer life or our relationship with God.
Shortly before Jesus was arrested He instructed his disciples to defend themselves (Luke 22:36). He indicated to defend with swords if it came to that. For too long we have been held back because we are told to keep silent. When silence brings slaughtering the innocent, it’s time to end the silence. It is possible to be engaged in the fight without compromising our convictions. The Bible tells us to resist evil. That sometimes means taking a stand in order to preserve our freedoms, to defend innocent people and to keep evil from spreading. The day for taking a stand has come. ©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Differences in parties

1 Corinthians 13:11 tells us that when we are children, we act like children but when we grow up (become a man) we put the childish things of our childhood behind us.
Apparently some members of Congress haven’t grown up yet as they certainly are acting like spoiled children.
If you haven’t realized it now, the disagreement over building the wall is not about the wall itself, it’s about power and control. Nancy Pelosi and others want to blame our current standoff on President Trump. That’s kind of funny to me since Pelosi has been in Congress for about 40 years and Trump only President for two. In spite of compromises offered and proposals to pay employees like the Coast Guard, Pelosi and Schumer voted against it. Really?
The President did not create this latest fiasco and if you just do the research, even Pelosi was in favor of a secure border until Trump got elected.
I have never been one to declare for a party or vote strictly down party lines but how people can support someone like Pelosi is beyond my understanding. Everything she spouts is filled with hate and she is not looking out for the best interests of America.
Both parties are almost as old as our country. The Democratic party had a split over slavery and became the party we have today. Republications were against slavery then and President Abraham Lincoln catapulted the Republicans into a major force.
There are some major differences between both parties. Though both favor tax cuts, the Democratic party favors tax cuts only for the low to middle income while Republicans believe everyone of all income levels should get tax cuts.
A major difference for me is in the social issues. Republicans tend to be more conservative, pro-life, pro marriage between a man and a woman and support gun rights. Democrats on the other hand favor restricted gun laws and limited ownership, while many of them own guns themselves. They are also pro-abortion and gay marriage.
Republicans tend to favor keeping business costs low so businesses can prosper and because of this oppose minimum wage increases but their reasoning makes sense. Democrats are on the opposite end of this spectrum.
Democrats favor government controlled healthcare and government involvement in all areas of our life. They think it up to the government to control morality and that the government has a right to totally take over our lives. Republicans are opposite on this issue and believe too much government involvement in our lives not only drives up costs but restricts our freedoms.
Furthering that government involvement, Democrats support using your tax monies for social programs with very little oversight. Republicans do believe there is a need for social programs but on a more limited level with less government funding and tight controls. They favor private organizations that provide for people in need.
Democrats believe in spending unlimited amount of money on foreign aid and a watered down military. Republicans believe in a fully funded military and less foreign aid.
Democrats want to restrict drilling for oil in our country under the guise of protecting the environment. Republicans support expanded drilling to produce more energy at a lower cost. It’s one reason we see a decrease in gasoline prices.
Democrats and Republicans disagree over education as well. Democrats want more government involvement by handing our money for loans and they favor the Common Core System. Republicans are more conservative and favor more focused programs and having the private sector hand out loans, not the government.
Republicans generally believe in harsher punishment for crime than Democrats.
There is a wide difference in beliefs between the two parties where individual liberty is involved. Democrats believe people need to be protected from themselves and favor restricting some freedoms including the food we eat. Republicans support personal responsibility and that individuals should be able to choose for themselves what they do as long as it doesn’t break any laws.
Democrats of today push us toward a one world order and believe in globalism. Republicans are more focused on the American people and our country and nationalism.
Democrats don’t care if our country is overtaken by illegal aliens, mainly because they think it means more votes for them. Republicans see there is a real problem and want to try and control how many come here and personally it makes sense to me.
There are other differences and not all Republicans are good and completely agree, just as not all Democrats are bad.
But it is way past time for terms limits to do away with career politicians. They are acting like children and it wouldn’t matter if the President gave them everything they asked for, they would still find something wrong. They are still upset their candidate lost and can’t move past it because their agenda was interrupted.
Somehow, someway, we need to remind them they are elected to serve the people, not their own interests. Personally, I’m sick of it all. Like Trump or not, he’s actually trying to get things done and keeping campaign promises. He needs our prayers as does our country. We even need to pray for Pelosi and the others. ©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

If I make it through December without feeling meloncholy or sadness, it will always hit me in January.
January is one of those hard months for me. It’s not only my Dad’s birthday, but I lost my Dad in January. My late husband got sick in January on Dad’s birthday two years after Daddy had passed and died in February.
I struggle getting through the month. There are tons of memories to keep them alive and most are wonderful. But I find that I tend to be more of a hermit in January.
Since I am not a fan of cold weather, that only adds to wanting to stay inside. As I age, I don’t seem to tolerate the cold as well. I don’t like to wear heavy coats either because they restrict my movement.
January is also full of end of the year stuff to do, taxes, forms, etc. which can drive me crazy at times. Mainly because the printer isn’t crazy about the forms. Plus you have to purchase an overabundance of forms which you don’t really need. They need to have a package for smaller businesses.
Used to be you could kind of predict what kind of month you will have in business, but the last several years that has not been the case. Last January we had one of the best one’s yet but the previous year it was one of the worst. Depends a lot on the economy and what’s going on in the country. With things so crazy, you can’t really predict with any accuracy anyway. If you base things on the previous year, chances are you will be wrong.
We do try to set goals and strive to meet and surpass them, but you just never really know.
I really am trying not to complain, though I’m sure it doesn’t seem that way.
I’m working on getting goals met this year in different areas and having the blahs in January seems to put a damper on getting things accomplished.
Seems I am not the only one who gets the blahs in January though, as I have heard other people express the same things. Seems there’s actually a name for it, Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. I’m determined not to get too bogged down in the blahs this year though.
Januarys are great for building a fire in the fireplace and watching the flames as you sip on coffee or hot chocolate and contemplate life. Or, how about curling up with a good book under a warm blanket?
Some days I make myself get in the kitchen and cook — a pot of soup or chili or some other winter comfort food.
I’ve found myself wondering if men get the blahs as much as women, or even at all? I’m not sure but my hubby doesn’t seem to want to be as productive in January either, so maybe they do, just not to the extreme as women seem to do.
Having the blahs doesn’t mean I’m not happy, because I am. I’m very blessed as well. It’s just that I feel out of sorts, not quite myself. I told my hubby, I understand why bears hibernate in the winter.
I think that it’s a good thing I realize what’s happening and admit to it instead of sweeping it under the rug and denying it. I’ve started adding extra Vitamin D to my daily regime and it does help combat the blahs to a certain extent. I’ve come to understand that we go through different seasons, if you will, in our life and having the January blahs is just one of those. The key is to not get so bogged down with it that you slip into a state of depression. It’s all about balance and that sometimes is not easy.
During this month I also remind myself that I am a daughter of the King and need to straighten my crown and keep moving forward. That too, is not always easy but reminding myself of that fact, seems to propel me forward.
I used to journal all the time but have kind of gotten away from it. Seems I journal less when everything is right in my world, but I am making an effort to do it more. Writing things down helps to get the proper perspective. Feelings and emotions change and can sometimes be fickle. Talking with God about it helps more than anything and letting joy in Him truly be my strength, gets me through the blah period without it dragging on too long.
I know it will pass and that He is with me all the way. On those days when I feel a little more out of sorts than usual, I will rest and kind of chill. Sometimes that is what is needed, just to rest, relax and let go of the world around you.
I also use these times for inner reflection and deep thought. I’m not worried about the future because I know God’s got it all worked out but that doesn’t mean we aren’t supposed to move our feet and use our hands. Sometimes we have to make a course correction and inner reflection can help.
When warm enough I take a walk and count my blessings. A change of scenery always helps.
I also try to do things with and for other people to get my mind from overthinking. Friends are always a cure for the winter blahs and I’m blessed to have several good ones I can call and spend time with. Social media does not help SAD, as it can sometimes make you feel more isolated so I cut back on social media time. You’d be surprised how addicted you may be and how freeing it is to disconnect for even just a few hours.
Fortunately, spring is not that far away and will be here before you know it. I’m counting the days! ©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Socialism vs. nationalism

Though it is always good to have a few days off and be able to rest, I am always glad to get back into the swing and routine of things. We are creatures of habit and being on a schedule I think is good for you. Never mind that for me, it helps me get back into the right eating habits too.
If I am at home and doing things and some goodies are available like there always are during the holidays, I will snack more. At work, even if some are available, I don’t seem to grab any.
With the beginning of the new year, the craziness in Congress has started. How could they even think about electing Nancy Pelosi as speaker again? They might as well put the newly elected lady from New York who says something comical and ridiculous every time she opens her mouth. Do not understand how she got elected but then again, it’s New York.
Just look at Letitia James who is the new Attorney General for New York. She’s on the destroy Trump bandwagon and said they want to investigate anyone in his orbit. Isn’t there anyone there who is not so passive and willing to stand up instead of taking all this lying down? This to me constitutes police-state tactics and must be stopped.
Am I the only one who has a problem with identifying a person by name and then investigating them for the sole purpose of pinning a crime of them? Such judgeless actions are a threat to our Fourth Amendment to be free against unreasonable searches. Starting an investigation without a crime is ludicrous, but they get away with it because no one speaks up from fear or whatever.
New York’s` laws give broader powers to the Attorney General’s office than those held by the federal government. Let that sink in for a few minutes. This gives too much leeway and the chance that the given powers will be abused by politically driven extremists. That makes them and the office, dangerous because James doesn’t even have to have probable cause. There are hardly any guidelines for the office in New York. Hopefully, Trump will assemble a team of the best lawyers including one adept in Constitutional law.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, our country is becoming divided into the conservatives or patriots (nationalism) as some have called it and the globalists or progressives (socialism). Globalists prefer world-wide open borders and seek transferring all political power to international levels. That eventually means a one world government. It’s no longer the Republicans vs. the Democrats. Most of the Democratic party are globalists.
Patriots of course as you might suspect, prefer freedom from government interference and the Constitution as it was written. Kind of reminds me of the division in 1776 and we know how that turned out. While the globalists are embedded in our parties and national media, President Trump in his address to the United Nations last year that we reject the ideology of globalism and accept the doctrine of patriotism. He also said that America is governed by Americans.
Unlike past presidents, he was saying the U.S will not tell them how to live, work or worship but ask that you honor our sovereignty in return. You see national sovereignty is the enemy of the globalists. President Trump went further and said that we would never surrender America’s sovereignty to an un-elected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy. He did encourage other countries to protect their sovereignty too.
America is in essence, the principle reason that the United Nations can survive. United Nations We also have funded them more than our fair share and all presidents prior to Trump, with the exception of Reagan, have supported it. Patriots were ectastic when Reagan reduced U.S. funding. Most of them want us to leave the United Nations altogether and I for one am in support of that move.
There was little media coverage of this speech Trump made to the U.N. and I’m sure the globalists choked over his words.
We might even call this division evil vs. good. Had Hilary been elected we would probably be embedded into the new world order. Obama was for it and Hilary would have culminated it. Thank God she wasn’t elected.
There is no level to which globalists will not sink. They often accuse opponents of racism because they know it strikes a chord.
If you are one who likes to consult google on subjects, I must warn you that most of what you find is pro-globalism. As I said earlier globalists are embedded in our media. You need to decide for yourself which is best and which side you are on.
John Lennon’s song, Imagine, championed a world without countries and religion and could be the theme song for globalists. It is a naive and narrow minded view for those with money and power to stay in control and create great disparity among other people. It’s a utopian view and not reality.
I want to add something here about the government shut-down. It’s a misnomer really because the government doesn’t completely shut down. It should make you mad that while some do have to forgo getting paid, Congress still gets full salary. I believe Congress members should have to forego salary and that all laws made should pertain to them as well. Until we get term limits, that will never change but it’s desperately needed.©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Year ahead looks interesting

The last quarter of 2018 was one filled with rain. We complain when we have too much, and when there is too little. We seem to never be satisfied. I might not be ecstatic about it but I figure God knows what he’s doing and since He’s in control of the weather, I’m okay with whatever He sends us. He has His reasons for the rain and storms.
We shouldn’t be worried about what this year (2019) will bring either. God tells us to not worry about anything so this year let’s work on trusting Him more.
I do ponder over what to expect this year, though I don’t stress or become anxious about it. For our country, the attack from the left on President Trump will continue and probably escalate. No matter how good the country is doing, or how much things improve, the liberals which includes most Democrats, are totally against him and he can do nothing right. Even the things they say they wanted before he was elected, they are now against, just because Trump is president. It’s a sad state of affairs for our country when it is controlled by partisan politics.
Just two short years after we survived disastrous policies from the former administration, America is thriving again. I personally believe it is because of the solutions produced by conservatives which have given us a surge in economic growth; one of historic proportion.
The Democratic controlled House, which could be also called left progressives because they claim their agenda is progressive, in reality is an effort to give the government more control over your life. They want society to totally be dependent on them. Why? There are many reasons but it boils down to greed and power. They believe in a one-world order and are bent on getting us there.
If they really cared at all about our country, they would truly try to do what is in the best interest of the whole and not buck at everything Trump proposes just because it’s his idea.
If you really care about your country and are against socialism and a new world order, then we need to take a stand. We need to support our president. Many people are doing just that in different ways. Some people are still afraid of being bullied or retaliation from the left for taking a stand. Yes, this is the United States of America but it happens every day.
Some people laugh at Trump with his claims of fake news but I’ve found it to be true on many labels. If you go back in history, he was not the first one to call out the media and their coverage.
President John Adams actually signed an act known as the Sedition Act of 1798, which banned “false, scandalous and malicious” writing against Congress or the president. The act made it illegal to conspire “to oppose any measure of the government. The law expired in early 1801 and President Thomas Jefferson, leader of the Democratic-Republican Party, pardoned everyone convicted under the law which included a newspaper publisher.
Freedom of the press took a hit under President Lincoln as well. He might not have ordered the military to shut down newspapers which were pro-Confederate or anti-war but the Union army targeted them and the President did nothing about it.
Eventually the government and the military punished editorial opposition to the war by banning pro-peace newspapers from the mail, shutting down those newspaper offices and confiscating printing materials.
After we entered World War I, President Woodrow Wilson petitioned the Democrat-controlled House to allow censorship of the press in the interest of public safety. Congress turned him down so Wilson formed a Committee on Public Information. The agency was part of Wilson’s plan to control news coverage and also established a government-run national newspaper called the Official Bulletin.
FDR’s administration frequently targeted newspapers, publishers and journalists for tax audits. All of those targeted were against his new deal programs.
President Nixon used the Fairness Doctrine given by Johnson’s administration, to threaten TV stations. The doctrine required equal time for both sides of a controversial issue. He kept an enemy list which mainly consisted of journalists. President Reagan did away with the Fairness Doctrine.
According to the New York Times, the Obama administration’s Justice Department launched more leak investigations under the World War I-era Espionage Act than any other administration in history. The administration targeted NYT reporter James Risen. They seized phone records of reporters of the Associated Press and editors . This included their cell phone records we well.
The difference is, of course, the press gave President Obama good coverage and more leeway. They give none whatsoever to Trump. Because of Obama, Trump could actually throw a whistle-blower in jail for talking to a reporter and could have the FBI spy on a journalist. So far, he has only taken to making negative remarks, other than kicking one reporter out of the press conferences.
Perhaps Trump should take a page from FDR whose fireside chats were a successful political move for him. He sidestepped the press by going directly to the people, so there could be no question as to what he said, why he said it and what he intended to do. Though I don’t really do Twitter, I understand Trump posts something similar to fireside chats on there. That’s great for those who tweet regularly, but he needs to go further to reach the people, perhaps TV, etc.
Yes, 2019 will be interesting.©2019

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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