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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New year, new possibilities

Whether 2018 was the best year of your life or the worst, a new year can bring lots of emotions and memories.
If it was a really good year, you wonder if this year will be as good. If the year was filled with struggles and heartache, you do not want to go through it in the new year.
A new year can bring hope. Hope springs eternal.
After all we just celebrated the birth of our Savior and King. That thought alone should be a reminder to carry us into the fresh, new year. Our circumstances change. People may come and go in our lives, but God never changes. He is constant. He makes all things new, even you. May one of your goals be to keep Christ first and foremost in your life in 2019 and the coming years.
Personally, 2018 was not a banner year. It was one of struggles and trials and change. Professionally, 2018 was a decent year at the newspaper. It is always a challenge. Some months are better than others, but there is always a struggle to have enough advertisements to cover everything and to cover as much as is humanly possible without killing ourselves.
As a community newspaper, our resources are limited but I think we do a great job with the resources we do have on hand, especially employees and those in the communities who help us in one way or another. To our communities, we are grateful and we say thank you for your support, subscribing, advertising and reading. Every so often someone will come into our office and tell us they really like reading the newspaper and to keep up the good work. It’s something we savor and hold onto when we receive a complaint.
For those here who lost a loved one in 2018, we offer condolences. We go with many of you through those loses and when we lose someone we grieve as well. We miss subscribers when when we lose them.
Social media has tried to take some of our duties away, but really only adds to society’s anxiety. Social media doesn’t attend the meetings and report on government entities and they don’t cover the good stories about people in our communities. To us our newspaper is a living history and we especially like writing good stories of accomplishments, good samaritans and good changes going on around us.
When you go back and read previous newspapers, you can get a pretty good idea of the atmosphere in the community and the people. A newspaper tells the life and times of the communities they serve; a living history of sorts.
We like it when someone shares an item with us that will make a good story. We don’t always know things or hear about them so helping keep us up to date means a lot to us.
A community newspaper is like a partnership with the community. We rely on each other.
We don’t mind differing opinions and we don’t have a problem debating the issues in a friendly manner. We give you a forum to voice opinions in letters to the editor. Of course, they can’t be slanderous or libelous, but otherwise we only edit for grammar and misspelled words.
If you are one to make resolutions, don’t beat yourself up a few weeks later when you haven’t kept them. None of us is perfect. If you make goals, then remember it’s the end result that matters and life is a journey.
I’d like to challenge each of you to do a few things this new year. First, take stock of where you spend your time and the people you spend it with. Get rid of the negativity in your life. That can mean people who constantly drag you down.
Be a Christian witness. In today’s world there is much division and hate. Don’t join in with that group. Offer respect and love to the rest of the human race, regardless of whether you agree with them or not. We frequently disagree on issues in our office but we agree to disagree respectfully and move forward. It’s not about who has the last word, or even the best argument.
The season of giving may have just passed but don’t let it end there. Continue to give of yourself and help other people.
Henry Ward Beecher wrote “Every man should be born again on the first of January.”
If there are changes you need to make in life, do it; don’t keep putting it off. A new year always bring changes and challenges.
Keep your commitments and promises this year. Don’t make ones you can’t keep.
Do at least one thing that is out of your comfort zone this year. You’ll be amazed how it makes you feel. New beginnings can be valuable.
My staff and I look forward to the new year and wish you and yours the best, whether you are a supporter or a critic. We appreciate you all. Never forget to tell someone thank you. Happy New Year.

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com ©2018

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Dear Santa, please

Reading the Santa letters from the kiddos in the community, got me to thinking that adults should write letters to Santa as well. So here goes mine.
Dear Santa,
I know it is too much to ask but peace on earth would be nice. I’d actually like for those people who spew hate on social media to lose their social media privileges. In fact, Santa, I’d like for the family to get back to being family. Get them off those phones and actually enjoying each other and talking. Is that possible?
Yes, Santa, I’ve been pretty good this year. I’m sure you can overlook the couple of times when I almost lost my temper with folks who shortchanged me or themselves. My patience with people who have a lack of common sense wains shorter than usual, the older I get. I also had one argument with my husband this year over something which really is petty I guess, but communication is important to me. To him now, too, I think.
I also got really busy a couple of days in running late and forgot to do my daily Bible reading. God forgives me so I am sure that you can too.
In the way of presents Santa, I actually think that all of us have more than enough. Kids and adults get things throughout the year which tends to make Christmas presents not be so appreciated as in the past. We need a renewed sense of compassion for other people and a keen eye to see those people who need something from us. We also need to truly remember in our hearts what Christmas is all about, and it’s not those brightly wrapped packages under the tree or the holiday lights everywhere or even the tree. I guess you could call that a reality check.
Of course Santa, I’d like a cure for cancer and other diseases that debilitate people. I’d even like a cure for my autoimmune disease. So many people are devastated by diseases every year and it touches their entire families. Living with such diseases makes some days especially difficult.
Families are also torn apart from within by each other. I’d like healing and reconciliation for them. It’s really not that much to ask in the greater scheme of things is it?
I’d also like for people who tend to be alone, not to be alone this year. Send someone to brighten their day, Santa. I’d also like for all shelter animals to find a loving home. There seems to be too many of them in shelters these days and while I wish I could adopt them all, it’s just not possible.

Health, happiness and love. That’s what I wish for friends and family. The world definitely needs more love.
Anything you can do to speed up the process of packing, moving and building a new house is appreciated. All of this has left me feeling somewhat discombobblated and I’m ready to get things back in place, organized and move forward.
For those who have lost someone this past year, I want them to be comforted and to feel peace about their loved one. Help them keep the memories alive of their special loved one.
I’d like for the government to go back to being for the people and not self-serving. Seems they all have forgotten the reason those positions were created in the first place. Certainly not for them to become rich and greedy and forget about those who elected them.
If the media could just leave the president alone for a few months, that would be awesome. I’m sure, if he didn’t have all of those distractions, we would really see a big difference in our country. If you could delete his Twitter account, that would be great too.
Here in our communities, the city and county both need more money and ways to get it other than our hard earned tax money.
Local businesses need, well more business. If you could get people to support those local businesses more, I know that would be appreciated by all. That includes us at the newspaper. We need to have more of a sense of community pride, like back several years ago.
Gratitude is something everyone needs. Seems there is so much complaining these days. We actually have much for which to be thankful. When you start complaining and express gratitude, your whole demeanor changes. So, Santa, send everyone some gratitude or maybe some special glasses so they could see their blessings clearer and brighter.
Along with that gratitude goes a renewed perspective concerning our attitude. We shouldn’t be sweating the little stuff and usually, not the big stuff either.
We also need a sense of urgency where life is concerned. No one is promised tomorrow so we should love everyone in our lives and be kind to them. It costs nothing for us to be kind.
For those people who needs jobs, Santa, open some doors for them. Give them hope.
Send someone to help those children who have no one. Let them know someone cares. I’d also like shelter for all of the homeless people. Charity should begin at home, but we’ve forgotten that. Remind us.
Just about everything I want is for other people Santa. I am way more blessed than I could have ever imagined and I thank God for those blessings. But if you really want to give me something, I’ll take dark chocolate with nuts. Chocolate, you see makes everything better. And I promise that I will share it with others.©2018

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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Walking down memory lane

Sitting at Macon City Auditorium on my birthday last week at a concert, I was transported back in time to high school days. Days of skating to music at the skating rink. Days of dancing in my room with my mom as the stereo played.
Whatever other memories I have with my mom, those days we danced to music are some of the best. We laughed as we tried the latest dance moves and as we sang along with the record. Time seemed to stand still and it was always a good day when mom wanted to play the stereo and dance.
The concert was The Three Dog Night, a band which was formed in 1967 when I was still in grammar school. At that time vocalists where Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negrom. Also part of the band was Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards, Joe Schermie on bass, Michael Allsup on guitar and Floyd Sneed on drugs. Schermie died in 2002 and Greenspoon in 2015. Eddie Reasoner took over on keyboards but was replaced by Howard Laravea in 2017. Wells also died in 2015 and David Morgan joined the group on the road.
With the exception of the drummer, Paul Bautz, and Laravea on the keyboard the band members are in their 70s. Regardless of age, they rocked the house last week. The concert was actually much better than I anticipated. Of course they sang One, An Old Fashioned Love Song, Joy to the World and others everyone remembers.
One of the best things about the night, was that I was sharing it with ladies I have known for over 40 years; one of them longer since we went to grammar school together. All five of these ladies love the Lord and we had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday yes, but just being together.
I was reminded that it’s the quality of people in your life who make a big difference and can decide whether your life is peaceful or full of drama. I’m so blessed these days my life is mostly peaceful even in the middle of chaos. I have several good friends who help keep me encouraged on those days when I’m just not feeling it.
I had to take a semi-hiatus from social media. I used to post positive, encouraging things, mainly shared from elsewhere. I even got grief for being too upbeat all the time. Plus the hate spewed during the election was affecting my mental health which in turn can make you physically sick. I’m one of those let’s fix it, move forward and can’t we all just get along type of people and I saw no way to fix or stop the hate spewing. Therefore, I quit going on social media as much and it has made a difference. I don’t even really miss it.
Because of work I do check it but not just as much and when not working, hardly at all. I have a ministry page, A Light in the Darkness, which I try to post on every day, but other than that, not so much.
People have become addicted to social media and/or their phones. They have to constantly be on them or checking them. It’s not good for you emotionally or physically. I recently read something that said we are also causing more mental illness in our young people allowing them to have a phone at too young an age and letting them be on social media. I believe it because I witness it.
I don’t think you should post your business on social media, nor should you carry on back and forth in an unhealthy diatribe of remarks. A healthy debate is one thing but debating with someone who only wants to come back at you and not just for discussion sake, is unhealthy for all involved.
Social media is also causing us to be unsocial and greatly negatively impacts our social skills. Put down the phone and interact with your family. A real phone conversation is better than a text message. Reach out and touch someone with a phone call today.
Try this experiment: unhook from social media for a couple of weeks and see if your disposition doesn’t improve. You won’t feel as anxious either.
I’ve shied away from political posts as much as possible, even though I believe I’m entitled to my beliefs and opinions. Every single time I’ve posted something, it has come back to bite me. Just prior to my semi-hiatus, one of my cousins unfriended me because I agreed with stopping the caravan and not allowing them in the United States. They felt these people were hurting, underprivileged and needed asylum. I didn’t and still don’t. Most had cell phones, new clothes and shoes and I believe they should have tried to make a difference in their own country. I also believe they were paid to wreak havoc but that’s my opinion and you don’t have to agree. I’ll still love you even if you don’t agree with me.
Life is just way too short for all of this nonsense and in the bigger scheme of things, differences of opinion aren’t that big of a deal, unless you make it that way. I won’t.
Wishing you peace of mind and blessings.

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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A lesson from the Pilgrims

Thanksgiving for me is an every day occurrence because you can always find something for which to be thankful. I used to post those things for which I was thankful on social media every day in November. I decided we should be thankful every day. Yes, even in today’s wacky, upside down world we live in. We should take a page from the Pilgrim’s book on Thanksgiving.
They arrived in New England during late December, a few days before Christmas. The men went to work immediately building houses. Women, children and those who were ill, remained on the Mayflower for another two weeks.
That first winter, starvation, lack of shelter and scurvy took 45 of the 102 immigrants. There were 18 adult women and 13 of them died that winter and one more that May. That meant for the first Thanksgiving the following fall, there were only four adult women living. Yet, they were thankful. The next two years were still lean and starving days for the Pilgrims even though they celebrated that year with Thanksgiving for having made it through. Had they continued in the same way, the whole colony most likely would have starved to death.
You see they had decided to remain as one and to abide to common consent in determining what was best for the community. This was a new concept, a democracy as you will, which was the first step for what would eventually become a republic. This was established by the Mayflower Compact with everyone having a common voice and all obeying the decision of the majority. If they did not agree they could not go their own way.
The result of that was the end of the free market system. It gave them no reason to excel because everyone shared in everything, no matter if some had put more effort into it. This is the heart of socialism. Collective will (mandated share the wealth) corrupts into socialism, which destroys incentive to produce or excel. This in turn leads to shortages and the masses demanding an equal share of what is produced. Since production was lessened, there was not enough to share. This leads to a bankrupt society.
We have talked ourselves into and history has lead us to thinking the Pilgrims enjoyed an abundance of food that Thanksgiving. It was not their truth or reality.
Harvests were not bountiful for at least three years and nearly half of those arriving died. Plymouth also became besieged by laziness and thievery. To alleviate the hunger they were experiencing, many resorted to stealing food.
They did fill their bellies that first Thanksgiving, and though they were grateful, it was briefly lived.
It wasn’t until 1623 that the crops became bountiful, along with those that followed. Governor William Bradford stated that God had given them plenty and that changed the face of things. Their hearts rejoiced for which they blessed God.
What had made a difference for them? They deserted the notion of government owning the means and production and distribution of goods. Instead they chose for the individual to have property and being responsible for taking care of themselves.
Those who chose not to work were choosing to be poor and the government no longer confiscated from those who produced to give to those who did not.
In short, government handouts ended and you worked for what you had and became responsible for your own self. Had they not changed their philosophy, we might have never heard about the Pilgrims because all would have perished.
There’s a lesson in there for us today as well. I still firmly believe those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. Our country is edging closer and closer to socialism and if you don’t believe that, look no further than the recent midterm elections. Florida and Georgia both almost lost to socialists who have invaded and taken over the democratic party. They sell their wares under the guise of progress and it is bought by many who refuse to think for themselves or do any research into what is happening. This generation, including the media, doesn’t realize that these ideas are not new at all and are actually socialist notions.
There used to be a Socialist Party, but they knew that most Americans understood what socialism meant and would keep them out of our government. Therefore to further their cause, they decided to infiltrate one of the parties and the Democrats were the most likely candidates. They snuck quietly in over the past 30 or so years and no one was the wiser.
You see they understand that who controls the information, controls the world. So, they also infiltrated the media, the already liberal Hollywood and our universities. By taking over the media, they are taking over America and many in the media don’t even realize it so they don’t report it. Sadly, it is also infiltrating some churches.
Many in the older generation do recognize it but with each passing generation, our country falls deeper and deeper to socialism. These tactics have transformed society’s consciousness.
I am convinced there will eventually be a One World Order as the older generation dies out and the progress chant grows louder and louder with its hidden agenda.
But not now, and hopefully not on my watch. Those who know better must stand up and be counted. We must fight against the socialist takeover. My favorite form of warfare is on my knees as the results are endless. Let’s join together in prayer.

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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