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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This journalist agrees

As a journalist, I don’t particularly like taking other journalists to task. There used to be like a kindred club of sorts where we all felt like we belonged and we just didn’t say anything about the others. We all worked together in a spirit of cooperation. But that has long since changed as the mainstream media, has gotten away from everything I was taught at the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism.
One association of journalists has even told us we should be standing up for each other. I don’t have a problem with that until it becomes unethical and starts harming the public. Fake news harms the public and news for the sake of having a story does the same.
Journalists are to be unbiased as possible, not have opinions in stories and certainly not insert themselves into the story. Though Professor Chisolm instilled in us we are not to be biased, I once challenged her and said once you put a lead on a story, you have, in a sense biased it. She looked like she was in shock at first, then a smile came across her face and she said, yes I was right in a sense. We never did talk about what “in a sense” meant but I got the point about being non-biased in covering stories and meetings.
Unfortunately, as journalists, all of us are lumped in together when it comes to media bashing. There is a big difference in community journalism and mainstream journalism.
Mainstream journalism has taken the turn of including opinion in the stories, sometimes to get better ratings. It’s a shame when they care more about ratings than integrity.
People want to blast President Trump over the Jim Acosta incident. Well, personally, to me, Acosta was way out of line. First of all, as journalists, we should be showing respect to those people we are interviewing or asking questions of, especially the POTUS. Respect goes with the office to a certain extent.
Acosta and other mainstream media members have taken to “baiting” the president with questions they know he will over-react to so they can draw attention to themselves. Yes, I sometimes wish Trump would just not react at all and let it go, but he is getting attacked from all angles and can’t catch a break, so I kind of get his reactions. You feel like you have to defend yourself.
Being allowed in the White House briefings is a privilege and if you abuse it as Acosta has, then you no longer have that privilege.
Jim Acosta is an egotistical narcissist who not only inserts opinion, innuendos and bias into stories, he also injects himself into the story. That is deplorable and irresponsible as a journalist. He never should have touched the aid either and when asked to give up the microphone, you respectfully comply. I think I would have had him removed right then and there and would not have let him in either. I’m glad his press pass for the White House has been revoked. We don’t need journalists stirring up more hate and trouble every time we turn around. Mainstream media needs to get over itself. They poster themselves like many elitists as if it’s their right to say and do whatever they want in interviews.
Freedom has responsibility and when you throw that responsibility to the wind, then there are consequences.
I personally agree with the President’s assertion that the caravan is an invasion. Acosta wanted to take the President to task about that and then began lecturing him in an I know better than you tone of voice. Really! Who does Acosta think he is. Well, if you’ve followed him you would know he thinks the world revolves around him. More than once he has violated journalism’s oldest rule — don’t become part of the story.
It’s obvious to me that Acosta and some other mainstream media journalists don’t really care about the truth of a matter to report at all. They now wear their bias against Trump on their shirt sleeves like the Nazi’s wore their swastika on their sleeves. Professionalism for them has been thrown out the window.
Think back. Did any of them act that way toward even Clinton or Obama? No and if they had there would have been major backlash. Even if they didn’t agree with them, they never would have dared accuse them publicly of anything and certainly would argue with or interrupt them. They were respectful, regardless. By the way, Obama had a reporter physically removed from a press conference during his term.
Not only are they making the rest of us look bad, they are fueling the public’s declining trust of the media and resistance to the First Amendment. Is that what they really want? I think not, but I could be wrong.
Our country has serious problems and enemies which need to be solved and worked on together. Not only is the President having to fight with the likes of Pelosi and McConnell, he has to deal with vain, narcissist media personnel.
These narcissists chasing their own vanity have turned these press conferences into something they were never meant to be in the first place – a sideshow. They are adding fuel to the flames of disrespect in our country and should instead be trying to set an example and get on board with striving for unity in our nation. Acosta called for journalists to march in protest and shout “we aren’t the enemy of the people. Well, Jim, actions speak louder than words and from one journalist (I use than word loosely in your case) to another, your actions say otherwise. You want respect; then start acting respectful. Man up and quit whining.©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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Time to connect the dots

By the time you read this the mid-term elections will be over — thank you Jesus! I don’t think I could have taken another of those awful commercials and this year they were the worst ever, from all sides really.
It has been my prayer that we elect leaders who love God and country and will continue the progress being made. If you don’t realize how good the economy has been, you must be living in outer space. If you vote for someone who does not match your values and ethics and goes against God’s word, it might be a good time to get heavily back into the Word and ask God to show you the truth. Yes, we are held accountable for the choices we make, even in the election booth.
It’s been two years since Trump was elected and many Democrats are still crying over it and are so honed in on destroying him, they in effect, are destroying America instead.
I’m convinced, now more than ever, that the deep state, a shadow government, if you will, does exist. Do the homework; research everything that’s going on and you may come to the same conclusion, because otherwise, nothing else makes sense. Years ago, I laughed at this premise.
The deep state would be “a hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process”.
It truly makes sense because those who break the law, like the Clinton’s are not in jail. George Soros as well as the Rothschild family are part of this phenomenon.
The term, which emerged toward the end of the 20th century, was originally used to describe a shadow government in Turkey that disseminated propaganda and engaged in violence to undermine the governing party, often coordinating with people who were not part of the government. Sound familiar here these days?
There are questions which keep coming to mind like why does the government and pharmaceutical companies push so hard on immunizations, flu shots and other medications all the time. How can the democrats keep calling for violence and inciting hate and continue to keep their cushy jobs? How can someone vote for a person who spews hate and calls for violence against people?
There are internal forces influencing too many things. In fact, external forces seemed to have combined with these internal forces to advance particular agendas.
Yes, it is scary to think that a cabal outside the normal political realm is making decisions with no respect to what the American people want. But that seems to be the case with all that’s happening around us. Unfortunately, they seem to be making progress in working against our president.
Let’s regress a little and consider a few things. George Bush, during his presidency did face some resistance but he was able to operate a functional government. At no time were whole agencies working against him. That’s pretty typical though during a presidential administration. There may be one or two rogue individuals within agencies but never an entire agency.
That was not the case during Obama’s presidency though. He did not have any agencies working against him and they were a little too cooperative in fact. They attacked any political opposition as well. It’s just not normal to not have some opposition or some rogue individuals within agencies. Some might say this was a breach of ethics that borders on criminal behavior.
Now, here we are in the Trump administration. There are whole agencies leaking partial information which is designed to damage the president. They are engaging in costly, partisan investigations against him and colluding against him. Such widespread collusion is not the norm for administrations.
I could go on about the Mueller probe but it is just so ludicrous and is costing so much money, it blows one’s mind. I’m hoping in the end that Mueller himself is indicted and believe there are grounds for it.
Hitler’s propaganda minister said that propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own will. How that so applies to mainstream media. Instead of covering stories they should cover, they also take up the bash Trump mantle. Therefore, we hardly hear about any good that is being done or any progress being made. Yes, I agree with Trump, the mainstream media has become an enemy of the people. It’s how dictators control the people.
It has been proven that Clinton and the DNC colluded with the media inappropriately. We know this thanks to the WikiLeaks release of the DNC and podesta emails. Major outlets were in contact the Clinton campaign to ensure coverage of her was positive and they even coordinated stories. Only a fascist regime would direct the media on what to report and how to report during an election year.
Trump is getting bashed for doing or saying things that Clinton and Obama both previously agreed with and stated so publicly during their reign. In short the rich fund the politicians who appoint the officials who work against the opposition while the media ignores the scandals and the famous instruct the masses what to think and then tech companies control the flow of information. Sounds crazy and convoluted I know. But if you start connecting the dots, even if they don’t seem related, they are in one way or another. It’s time criminal behavior was exposed within government and arrests made. It’s something we the people should demand.
VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, motivational speaker, author, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

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Thinking for ourselves

If you haven’t already, you can still vote early through today (Friday). Then election day is November 6th so if you don’t do so early, go on that day. Your vote does matter. People staying home and not voting is how we get the undesirable elected. It’s not only your right, it’s a privilege. I realize with all the negativity and hate going around, it sometimes makes you not to even want to bother. But we must. Otherwise, we don’t have a right to complain about who gets elected.
I cannot stand to watch the ads on TV. They are just so hateful to me. Why can’t politicians just tell us what they are going to do and not lambaste the opponent? Turns me off for voting for them, but unfortunately these days, they all practically do it so you have to choose the lesser of two evils many times.
It is unbelievable the money spent by candidates trying to get elected. I have a problem with movie stars coming in to our state to try and influence how we should vote. They should stay in Hollywood and let us make up our own minds. Usually if one of them is for something, I am against it.
I also don’t believe politicians should be allowed to accept political contributions from outside of the state in which they are running. We don’t need other state’s telling us how to vote either. As Georgians we should know what’s best for us not someone living in another state with totally different issues and problems. It’s also not a level playing field in that department when you have a billionaire from another state backing a candidate.
Maybe there should just be more regulations in place concerning political donations and campaign spending. I don’t pretend to really know the answer but something does need to change I think.
I’m sorry but I also think former presidents should just sit down and be quiet. That’s what most of them do, but lately a couple are speaking up. They had their chance to get something done and they need to let the current president do his thing without interference. It’s kind of like a new preacher taking over and the former preacher still being in the congregation. This usually causes problems because some people still go to the former pastor.
People voting for those people who call for violence or use hate speech, I don’t get either. It’s a crazy world we live in these days that’s why I pray, pray, pray. God is truly our only help.
Voting along party lines just because you’ve always done that or your grandparents did it, doesn’t make sense to me either. We were given a brain and we need to use it to think for ourselves.
For government by the people, the people need to know what the government is doing. That doesn’t mean taking it at face value either or listening to the news. As much as I hate to admit it most of those news sources are biased, in fact I’m pretty sure all the national media sources are, unfortunately.
You have to do the research yourself and sift through all the nonsense. Yes, it takes time but it is so worth it. You can’t necessarily discount things that might seem far-fetched to you either. While I don’t give credence to all conspiracy theories, I have to say I believe that the deep state does exist and there is something going on there we don’t see or know. Nothing else makes much sense otherwise. There is definitely something going on behind the scenes and it boils down to good vs. evil.
When something is going on to stir the masses and then a shooting or something else happens to get your focused on something else, you have to wonder what really is going on.
Yes, I do believe George Soros funds politicians and is trying to destroy our country. He’s not alone as many others have become his cronies and the Rothchilds are included in this desire to destroy our country.  I don’t get it. Socialism hasn’t worked well in other countries. It only benefits those who are touting its the way to go. Just look at socialistic countries and you will get a pretty good  dismal picture.
You just can’t offer free programs for everyone because sooner or later someone has to pay for these programs; it is usually the working middle class who is hit the hardest. It may sound like a good idea, but in reality it’s not at all. Sooner or later the piper has to be paid. And sooner or later other people’s money runs out.
Usually, before the money does run out, citizens are hit with higher taxes, fees and wealth confiscation has already taken place. The economy tanks, unemployment rises and the downward spiral continues. All the while, government spending doesn’t stop.
America has always been about determination and grit. It made us great. It seems more and more of our young people are being lured into an existence where the state takes care of our needs relieving us from the need to get better, overcome adversity and to be great.
Socialism promises prosperity, equality and security. In reality it brings poverty, misery and tyranny. There might be equality but only in the sense that everyone becomes equal in their misery. Socialism just doesn’t work, literally.

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

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