Canceling the ‘Cancel Culture’, Part 1

BLM, Antifa, rioting, Leftists, historyOne of the more unfortunate phenomena that have come to fruition in modern society is the so-called ‘cancel culture.’ The main thrust of this Leftist effort is seen through the influence of social media minions and the main targets are leaders in society, politics, the media and, big business.

The power of ‘cancel culture’ has increased almost exponentially in 2020. The catalyst propelling this Leftist tactic was the murder of George Floyd and the immediate response with riots and by the impetus of Leftist organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

The main weapon of this moment that is employed to incite the mob, whether a human mob or a digital mob, against conservative pushback and solutions, is the slogan sword of ‘black lives matter.’ The use of this weapon is very attractive to the Left since it can be done through social media such as Twitter and Facebook and those who wield it do not have to go face-to-face with their target.

The targets of the Leftist attacks have two things in common. They are either conservative or have made statements or performed acts that support, or that the Leftist thought police think support, conservative principles or institutions, or even if they have not supported BLM enough!

The ‘Cancel Culture’ Method

cancel culture, Leftists, BLM, Antifa, riotsThe way ‘cancelation’ works for the Left slightly varies depending on their particular target, however, the object is the same in each case. It is to cause shame and effect silence or removal upon whoever or whatever may stand in opposition to their societal and political goals.

If one is a prominent figure in conservative media, such as Tucker Carlson on Fox News, then you are targeted on social media with attacks on sponsors of the program in an effort to get it ‘canceled,’ from the network. If one is a leader in the business community, you will be monitored through ordinary and social media and if found ‘offensive’ or ‘racist’ in some manner, boycotts and shaming will be used for intimidation to try and get the certain mogul to appease the Leftist demands.

As the ‘protests’ and violence has escalated the Leftist crowd, guided and emboldened by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, has also escalated their target base to private citizens whose social media is not in concert with their goals of domination. Moreover, make no mistake, domination is their goal.

If you doubt that assertion, let me provide a couple of examples. The first comes from the Seattle, Washington occupied zone that was known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ, but now call themselves the Capitol Hill Occupy Protest, or CHOP.

Jaiden Grayson, a CHOP ‘leader,’ made these statements while being interviewed by documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz,

“Every single day that I show up here, I’m not here to peacefully protest,” Grayson said. “I’m here to disrupt until my demands are met. You cannot rebuild until you break it all the way down.”…Respond to the demands of the people or prepare to be met with any means necessary,” she said. “By any means necessary. …“It’s not a slogan. It’s not even a warning. I’m letting people know what comes next.” …Grayson said that she lives by her own definition of violence. “A response to violence is not violence itself,” she said.

The method of ‘cancelation’ has now moved to include violence in an attempt to ‘cancel’ our entire current system of government and way of life. This is spelled out in graphic detail by another example from a New York City Black Lives Matter leader in an interview with Martha McCallum of FOX News.

During the interview, she asked him about his comments that he would burn the country down. He replied, “If this country doesn’t give us what we want then we will burn down the system and replace it,” Newsome replied. “And I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation.”

What do these mobocracy leaders want to put in place of the American system of government? The answer is a Marxist system akin to a “1984” scenario with people like them calling the shots, of course.

A critical step toward this nightmare world is to rid the nation of any record of any kind of troublesome reminders of historical facts on the pretext that these are ‘racist.’ This is an attempt to ‘cancel’ American history in order to remake the future in their Marxist model.

The Attempt to ‘Cancel’ History

Inset.2.6.28.20In recent weeks these calls for ‘cancelation’ have been amplified both in volume and scope to ranging from ordinary people losing their jobs to rage mobs destroying historical monuments, mostly statues, of any figure even perceived as racist even some who fought against slavery. In fact, statues of President Abraham Lincoln have been defaced and in one case there is a petition demand endorsed by the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts to remove the Emancipation Memorial featuring a statue of Abraham Lincoln and a newly freed slave.

It is interesting to note that the Emancipation Memorial was financed by former slaves who wished to commemorate the moment of their release from bondage. The fact that this actually dishonors the liberation of blacks seems irrelevant to the Leftist mob on their march to dominance.

Moreover, statues and monuments of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Grant, and Teddy Roosevelt are on the Left’s chopping block as well. One interesting fact is true about every name I have mentioned; none of them fought for the Confederacy.

Thus, those who would claim this rioting and monument toppling is simply a shot at racism are ignorant at best and malevolent at worst. That includes the surrogates of the Leftist BLM, the Democratic Party in America, whose leaders have already endorsed pulling down various statues and destroying monuments.

This is a critical move to attempt ‘canceling’ the American heritage and western civilization by lawlessness and brute force. It has gained momentum primarily as a result of frustration because of the phony pandemic panic ‘lockdowns,’ the incendiary spark of the George Floyd murder, and the racial and intellectual fraud of the “1619 Project” courtesy of the New York Times.

We are now seeing the fruit of seeds planted long ago and newly nurtured by public academia through this fraudulent history released in 2019. As this journal noted in August of 2019,

Rewriting history is always a perilous proposition because it paves the way for future tyranny. It has been used as a prominent tactic by all Socialist and Fascistic movements from Marxists to National Socialists, aka Nazis, in modern history.

While the road to tyranny is now opening up for the Left, there is on crucial societal obstacle still in the path of their complete domination. That obstacle is the existence of an increasingly fewer faithful Judeo-Christians remaining in western society.

Until that vanguard is defeated and forced into submission, the Left will not rest. The effort to do just that, as well as ways to counter the Leftists’ ambitions, will be the subject of part two.

Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. Psalm 13:3-5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Unraveling the Fabric of Civilization

Riots, George Floyd murder, BLM, Leftism

It is not necessary to recount the news in America today as, by this time, the entire world has witnessed the horrific murder of George Floyd on video, and seen the aftermath thus far. Perhaps by now most of the globe has already viewed Mr. Floyd being put to rest on every available media at hand.

The daytime peaceful protests concerning the death of Mr. Floyd in cities across the nation have almost inevitably degenerated into violent riots, looting, and wanton destruction as well as cost many other lives in the process. Media coverage of that development has swept the COVID-19 crisis off the headlines and it is now acceptable to  come outside in massive crowds despite the former hysteria concerning masks and ‘social distancing.’

The rioting that has exploded throughout America and in many other nations has also exposed the fragility of our civilization, and that, with the right impetus of a critical event or events, the Left will try with all their fervor to unravel the delicate fabric of society. Make no mistake about this, the Left isn’t interested in solving any problems that exist within America including racial bias.

The Left is simply and purely concerned with increasing their power and eliminating the American system of government even if it takes destroying both the lives and property of their fellow citizens to do so. It doesn’t matter if one is a minority who has to watch his entire life’s work burn to the ground or if a retired black policeman is killed in defense of his friends’ business because this is not and really has never been about racial justice for the Left.

The Left Encourages and Empowers the Violence in the Streets

George Floyd murder, rioting, Black Lives MatterThe rioting and looting has spread to multiple cities nationwide during these times of ‘protest’ organized by groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa, as well as other Leftist groups. Moreover, as the riots have spread, the violence has increased in murderous intensity.

The level of evil intent has also grown to proportions heretofore unthinkable as even children are becoming the victims. One such incident occurred in Richmond, Virginia as rioters tried to prevent firefighters from responding to a building that other rioters had set on fire, even though the life of a child was at stake.

Thanks to the police already on the scene the child was rescued from the inferno. Yet, even in the face of such evil, the Leftmedia and Leftist politicians have been encouraging and empowering the rioters in malevolent efforts to somehow justify this violence for which there is no justification.

One of the more outlandish examples of how the Leftmedia is enabling the violence and destruction comes by way of Chris aka ‘Fredo’ Cuomo of CNN on a June 2, 2020 broadcast. He rants about the anger of the protestors which somehow means that violent rioting is acceptable.

 please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful.

There is a very simple response to this supposedly educated commentator. It is written in the text of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution where the absolute right for Americans to “peaceably assemble” is declared.

Mayor Bill DeBlasio, riotingIn New York City, Mayor Bill DeBlasio responded to multiple incidents of violence directed at law enforcement during the rioting from May by stating that rioters should be treated with a “light touch,” by police. This was after he had stated that the city would “protect” the rights of those protesting, while still prohibiting the opening of businesses and other public gatherings because of COVID-19 concerns.

The New York City Police Department was understandably upset with the mayor’s declaration and the Sargeant’s Benevolent Association of NYPD responded on social media with this statement.

If Mayor DeBlasio wants a light touch then let him stand in front and take the first brick to the face. Or perhaps he can sit in a police vehicle and catch the Malatov Cocktail that’s thrown into it. Here’s the light touch, DeBlasio brain.

The incidents referred to in this statement weren’t fictitious predictions. Those acts in particular have occurred during police responses to rioting in NYC.

New York is one of several cities whose officials have helped empower the violence by calling on police to back off from violent rioters. However, the overall agenda has now been revealed in a specific demand from those such as the incorrectly named “Black Lives Matter” organization to defund and disband police departments in various cities.

BLM Aims for Anarchy and Control of America

Black Lives Matter, George Floyd death, rioting“Black Lives Matter” is not a slogan or even simply a mindless mantra repeated at protests and the riots that have followed them nationwide. BLM is a large organization on the level of a corporation and has a far more expansive agenda than simply racial justice and one completely oriented toward the Leftist-Socialist ideals.

This is easily confirmed by visiting their website and examining the “What We Believe,” statements therein. There are plenty of declarations that one would expect to see, however, there are also others that bear a strong resemblance to goals of the Socialist Left today.

We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts. …
We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).

Elsewhere in the document, BLM states that it is a “family-friendly” organization. However, in the next statement, we discover what the organization’s leadership considers to be a true “family.”

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

This past weekend BLM rocketed to a higher place of influence in culture and politics than any other movement in the nation and perhaps the world. They did so with one demand to defund and dismantle the police everywhere boldly presented and pushed at the demonstrations over George Floyd’s murder.

This power and influence are manifested within one particular video portraying the mayor of Minneapolis being humiliated at a protest because he would not agree to abolish the police department. This incident has been viewed millions of times on both social media and cable TV news programs and Mayor Jacob Frey was shouted down and they demanded he leave, a demand he immediately obeyed.

Despite the mayor’s stance, the City Council voted with a veto-proof majority to dissolve the Minneapolis Police Department. The speed with which this has happened is breathtaking!

In mere days since the murder of Mr. Floyd, a major city has begun the process of totally abolishing the local police department! Additionally, both the mayors of New York City and Los Angeles have agreed to severely defund their police departments.

What is uncertain for the moment is how and with what they intend to replace the police. However, make no mistake, they will eventually furnish replacement ‘enforcers’ who are in lock-step with their agenda.

Minneapolis has declared its plans according to City Council member Steve Fletcher to,

start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity.

Defund the police, George Floyd murder, Black Lives MatterIt stands to reason if this proposed ‘community public safety’ organization is to be specifically ‘non-violent’ that its personnel will be unarmed. I doubt that those committing the crimes will return that courtesy.

A reasonable question that most people would ask is this, “If there are no police, who do I call in case of a crime against me or my family?” An unofficial answer to this question is given via a tik-tok video that I viewed on Matt Walsh’s You Tube presentation of June 9th.

The video is set to music from the opening theme to the film “Ghostbusters,” and lists several suggestions should one find themselves in an emergency situation. Some would not normally involve the police except in a cursory role so here are the most pertinent examples.

In the case of domestic violence, rape, or assault you would call “social workers” and/or “trauma response psychotherapists.” In case of theft, you would call “social workers with defensive armor & training.”

Should you be faced with a physical threat to do violence against your person, the suggested course is to call “on-call community defenders.” Isn’t an “on-call community defender” what we could call a police officer now, with the big difference being that the “community defender” would not be armed?

This is a recipe for violent anarchy on a mammoth scale both in Minneapolis and any other city that tries to implement it. That is precisely what BLM and other Leftist sympathizers want to happen, and they are using the mantra of “defund the police” to achieve that result.

The anarchy will be allowed to continue for some time, in fact, I would predict that the Left, probably with BLM and Antifa, will try to keep it going until the November elections so that they can blame the disorder on President Trump. Should Joe Biden become elected, measures will be taken to reign in the criminals with new enforcers who will be armed and will suppress dissent as well as some crimes.

Should President Trump be re-elected, expect further and perhaps more brutal rioting and unrest to follow. The Left will not settle for not being in control and be sure they will redouble their efforts at creating chaos during the second term of President Trump.

In either case, we must also redouble our efforts to preserve liberty with order and ask for the LORD to show us how this battle must be fought.

But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry. And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.  Nehemiah 4:7-9 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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It Isn’t ‘Selfish’ to Advocate Against the Lockdowns [Video]

It Isn’t ‘Selfish’ to Advocate Against the Lockdowns [Video]There has been a rash of protests erupting against continuing the foolishness of “lockdown” in various states across America. In turn, there has also been a different bunch of people attempting to fearmonger and shame those who are engaged in such protests.

The battle has been waged across social media between the ‘pro-lockdown’ and ‘end the lockdown’ camps, and within the Leftmedia the universal opinion is that these draconian tyrannical ‘lockdowns’ must continue until “we” who know better, aka the Leftist elites, say they can end. In the turbulent sea of this battle, one phone call in particular to the Mark Levin radio show on May 22, 2020, sparked this author’s response/article.

The woman on the call was upset because she was being forced to remain unemployed as the authorities in California wouldn’t let her employer open. She decided this wasn’t right (after being locked down for a month) and became active in a movement to open up the state.

She was soon set upon by the pro-‘lockdown’ crowd especially via social media who accused her of being “selfish” because she wanted to go back to work and reclaim the liberty to which we as Americans are entitled by God, and that are secured by the Constitution. Not only is the claim she is “selfish” incorrect, the precise opposite is actually true.

It Is More than Selfish to Demand that Lockdowns Continue

Lock downs, coronavirus responseThe pro-lockdown Left doesn’t always use the word “selfish” to characterize those who wish to end living in our pandemic-panic-penitentiary. Sometimes one might read that we “don’t care” about anyone else, or more commonly that “you just want people to die!” in various social media and Leftmedia rants.

Either way, the Leftist claim is an impure and ‘selfish’ motive on the part of those who oppose the ‘lockdowns.’ So, let’s begin by examining the definition of the word itself. Dictionary.com gives what is a commonly accepted definition of the word ‘selfish.’

devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.

The claim from the pro-lockdown folks is that wanting the lockdown to end and wanting to go back to making a living is really “caring only for oneself.” That sentiment is ignorant of the fact that these ‘lockdowns’ have demonstrably failed and done far more harm than good in every area.

Moreover, a few days ago over 600 physicians sent a letter to President Trump pleading that he take steps to end the ‘lockdowns’ now. They presented solid evidence that the negative health effects of the ‘lockdowns’ far outweigh those created by the Chinese Communist facilitated coronavirus.

“Millions of Americans are already [in critical condition],” the letter argued. “These include 150,000 Americans per month who would have had a new cancer detected through routine screening that hasn’t happened, millions who have missed routine dental care to fix problems strongly linked to heart disease/death, and preventable cases of stroke, heart attack, and child abuse. Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%. “We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients,” the doctors added, noting real-life examples they have witnessed in their practices. “The downstream health effects … are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error.”

These facts make it clear that the ‘pro-lockdown’ Left isn’t concerned about over 100,000 small businesses that have gone under permanently, as well as the other millions of people who have lost their jobs. They are the ones who don’t care about the enormous health risks pointed out by the physicians in the letter above and exhibit a complete “lack of consideration for the future health” of millions of Americans.

However, the push to keep extending the ‘lockdowns’ is much more than simply selfish. It is also a political tactic designed to virtually ruin America economically and help to stop the re-election of President Trump.

This is apparent by the absolute terror high-level Democratic operatives are showing at the prospect of a rapid economic recovery should the nation be freed from the Leftist’s pandemic prison. An analysis and prediction by a former Obama economic advisor, Jason Furman, triggered the fears of Democrats that America’s rebound could boost the President to a runaway win in November.

Furman’s prediction highlights the possibility that the economic recovery could resemble a “V” shaped upward direction which would produce astonishingly good results for America. However, the Left is afraid of this possibility because of the political implications.

Furman’s counterintuitive pitch has caused some Democrats, especially Obama alumni, around Washington to panic. “This is my big worry,” said a former Obama White House official who is still close to the former president. Asked about the level of concern among top party officials, he said, “It’s high — high, high, high, high.”

It Is More than Selfish to Demand that People Wear Masks Everywhere

pandemic panic, masksThe case for wearing masks is not that they protect the wearer, rather they are supposed to protect others in case you have the virus. Demanding that everyone wear masks everywhere means that you are asking everyone else to do something that you want to save you from a disease with a 99.8% survivability rate!

Moreover, wearing masks is of extremely limited benefit. They are far less effective than most people give them credit for.

An excellent piece in The Federalist points this out, as well as adding an ominous tidbit.

Last week, a doctor in the Wall Street Journal pointed out that cloth masks—the type worn by the overwhelming majority of the population—are not very effective, echoing Fauci’s earlier admission. The WSJ author noted that even the N95 masks fall short: “They’re considered effective at blocking coronavirus particles only when they’re form fitted and tested to make sure there isn’t any leakage.” In short, cloth masks are largely symbolic. The science hasn’t changed, but the agenda has.

The author of this piece, Molly McCann, begins by discussing the new Mandatory Masking edict being put into place in Virginia on May 29th. Under that “order,” no one will be allowed outside of their home without wearing a mask.

Given the fact that we know masks are marginally effective at best, why would anyone in authority give this kind of order? McCann correctly identifies the motive behind it.

 To take our freedom from us, people with anti-American agendas have to mobilize some initial quorum of consent from the population. …Mandatory masking seeks to build that consent. In addition to extending the fiction that we are in an emergency sufficient to trigger the extra-constitutional authority of local and state executives, mandatory masking acts as a peer pressure-fueled signal that encourages conformity to our coming “new normal.”

This motive is what makes the requirement of mask-wearing much more than selfish. It is a Leftist attempt to gain control and make others conform to a culture that is alien to liberty.

Moreover, Virginia is not the only state with such executive mandates, in fact, they are late on the scene. As far back as April 8, 2020, New Jersey had a stringent policy in place requiring mask-wearing in public and authorizing denial of entry to any ‘essential’ business without wearing a face mask.

By April 20th, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Hawaii, Maryland, and Pennsylvania all had some form of mandatory mask-wearing order in operation. This indeed signals an effort to reshape American culture and render the populace easier to mold for Socialism to be accepted.

Incidentally, this strategy is putting pressure on many in the general public. This is confirmed by the various “mask-shaming” incidents recorded on video, including one where Leftist network MSNBC was caught in blatant hypocrisy on Memorial Day weekend.

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@edhenry Full video my husband, Andy, took of @CalNBC at Lake Geneva on Memorial Day! Hypocrites on full display! @MSNBC Cameraman and other crew NOT wearing masks while shaming others exercising their freedom not to! @IngrahamAngle @DonaldJTrumpJr @scrowder @greggutfeld

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It Is More than Selfish to Demand that Churches Remain Closed

The egregious demands of the government ‘lockdowns’ have included orders for the closing of religious gatherings in many places around America. This is a blatant denial of 1st Amendment rights as the vast majority of faiths in the nation require such gatherings on a regular basis, as well as during special celebrations each year.

churches reopening, coronavirus, lock downsRisking life and limb to secure religious freedom was what brought settlers such as the Pilgrims to America at the beginning. It was what drove those ministers who became known as the “black-robed regiment” to join in the battle against British tyranny during the Revolutionary War.

The sacrifices of people such as these were finally validated by victory in the war, and later by the adoption of the Bill of Rights as the first 10 amendments to the Constitution in 1787. As a result, American citizens have enjoyed the greatest period of freedom and prosperity in human history.

It is therefore rather remarkable that one of the prime targets for closure during these ‘lockdowns’ has been religious gatherings for worship. It is astounding that such gatherings in places of worship were determined to be “non-essential” activities in many states in over-reaction to the threat of the Chinese Communist Party facilitated pandemic.

That over-reactionary bent has been supported by over-zealous enforcement in more than one case when churches have defied the state overlords. One of the most recent examples is also one of the most extreme and comes courtesy of Chicago’s Mayor, Lori Lightfoot.

The following is from an official “Letter of Grievance” concerning an incident epitomizing the tyrannical mindset of the Left in this era of pandemic panic.

Dear US Attorney John Lausch,
Mayor Lightfoot today sent armed police officers to our small church (45 attendees today) to shut our services down today. They came with 3 squad cars two unmarked Durango’s and a Mayor representative’s car. Like the Soviet styled KGB they knocked on our locked doors; the only thing she hasn’t done “yet” is beat the doors down and arrest our members.
Thankfully our doors were locked as a normal safety precaution we take each service to protect our members from the escalating gun violence in Chicago. Mayor Lightfoot is defiant of the US Constitution and our freedom to worship. …She is one of few former US Prosecutors in the US to be censured by the 7th Circuit Judge Rovner and the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for defying their order.
Our church has gone out of its way to follow CDC Guidelines and we have cooperated fully having online services, outdoor services, and practicing all social distancing requirements. We are even taking members temperatures on the way in our church doors.
We are not allowing our elderly to attend services.
We are trying to follow the laws of man as much as reasonably possible but when the laws of man conflict with the laws of God I as a Pastor have a duty to follow the laws of God. We will not be intimidated by this overhanded government bully but we are requesting the assistance of our President and our justice department in correcting the grave miscarriage of the law. If it were not for a Chicago church practicing and reaching others I personally would be one of the people perpetuating the violence on the streets of Chicago as I grew up on the streets of Chicago until I was reached for Christ through a church meeting together not an online service.
Please contact me as soon as you can at 219-871-9255. Please help!
Sincerely,
Courtney Lewis
Pastor

President Trump understands that these are clear violations of freedom of religion, as well as harmful for America as a society, and has acted by putting the states on notice concerning the status of religious activities.

Trump on Friday (May 22) stressed the importance of churches in many communities and took issue with some of the businesses that had been allowed to reopen. “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential” but not churches, he said. “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.” “These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united. The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue, go to their mosque,” he said.

The President also declared that if the states refuse his request he will “override them.” Some might question whether or not he could do this, however, several avenues exist to possibly accomplish that result, including the Federal Courts.

The American people have graciously accepted the ‘lockdowns’ until now in a very selfless manner. The public must be allowed to work and live and play and worship again before there is no nation or liberty left to reclaim and it is terribly selfish to demand that we all stay caged in our homes to satiate the fears and feed the ambition of the Left.

It is past time to end these tyrannical practices and embrace these words from God’s Word that we may do what is right in His sight.

You recently repented and did what was right in my eyes by proclaiming liberty, each to his neighbor, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name  Jeremiah 34:15 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Futuregate Is Here

COVID-19, tyranny, SocialismThe following account is fictional but unfortunately is not as far-fetched as it might seem. There are already proposals for similar actions by the Democratic Governor of the state of Washington, Jay Inslee. This could migrate to national status should something akin to the ridiculous “Heroes Act,” aka H.R. 6666 [yes, that is the number] be passed into law.

Sometime in the not-so-distant future:

“Today’s the day, isn’t it?” Margaret Claybourne asked across the kitchen table to her husband, Henry.

Henry nodded and replied, “Yes, it is. Don’t worry Maggie, it’s all going to be ok.”

Those words meant to reassure his wife were as much to bolster Henry’s courage as well. He pretty-much knew that things were definitely not going to be “ok” in the foreseeable future, but he couldn’t think about that right now.

“I hope you’re right, Henry, but I’m still not convinced. They’re probably on their way here right now!”

Yes, Henry thought, They are on their way. ‘They’ won’t be placated by talking, we already know that. He was reminded of his co-worker and buddy Pete who initially tried to resist the authorities with his protestations. He remembered that Monday morning Pete wasn’t at work. He never returned to work and no real explanation was given. His supervisors told Henry that Pete had quit, but that wasn’t the friend he had known for the last 15 years. Pete had a wife and two kids and he walks away from his largest means of support?!  

“Yes babe, they are probably on their way, but we have a little time. So, we’re going to pray, and then we’re going to run.”

Maggie trusted her husband implicitly. She knew he had been planning something like this for a while but Henry hadn’t given her many details. Whenever she asked he would always say, “It’s better if you don’t know in case something happens and one of us gets caught.” But now that it was real, she wanted to know. Maggie looked Henry straight in the eyes and then bowed her head as he began praying aloud.

Coronavirus, lockdowns, tyranny“Lord, we come humbly to You, knowing that all things are in Your hands and nothing can take You by surprise. We rest our hope in You and believe You will lead us through this trial. Give us guidance, wisdom, and courage for what lies before us now. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Henry stood up from their kitchen table and started toward their bedroom. Before he could get three steps, Maggie said, “Ok Henry, it’s time I knew a little more about this. I know we’re running, and I know why we’re running. But where are we going? C’mon baby, fess up.”

Henry turned and gazed at his wife of 25 years. To him, she seemed hardly changed from their wedding day, though she often complained of carrying a few more pounds and the few wisps of gray that intermingled her raven hair.

He walked around the table and gently clasped her small hands as she stood. Her dark brown eyes stared up at him and Henry gave her a wry grin.

“Have I told you lately how beautiful you are?” He asked.

“Don’t try and charm me with compliments Henry Claybourne,” she shot back with a slight grin of her own. She wanted to sound firmer but in spite of herself inside she felt a flutter as his rugged face looked down on her. How can he still do this to me after all these years? 

“For now,” Henry replied, “We’re going to Dave and June’s place. I don’t know how long we can stay, but so far, that’s the next step. So go get our case and make sure to take your ‘dead’ phone and put it in the safe sleeve. I’ll take care of my phone here. Then meet me in the basement”

Maggie knew this part pretty much by heart. They had gone over the routine for “bugging out” many times. They had known months ago that they might have to escape both pursuit and detection. The only things she hadn’t known was when, where, and how it was going to happen.

9163272008_ed8c049ee6_wThey found out the “when” two days ago. Messages from the state authorities appeared on their computer and both cell phones. Since all phones and computers were now legally compliant, the state had access to them at any time.

Monday they were directed to, “appear at State Testing Center No. 64 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 7th at 2:00 pm. Failure to appear will result in a warrant for your arrest and law enforcement will take you into custody and bring you to the Testing Center.”

Last month new laws went into effect that established a ‘Mandatory Test Protocol’ or MTP for the entire nation. Everyone was subject to random testing at any time so as to ensure ‘fairness.’ Tests were to be administered to the entire populace and would be repeated for all every month thereafter.

At the first testing, each person would also be “tagged” for tracking. Their movements were to be followed, recorded, and reported to the authorities on a regular basis.

Before the passage of the nationwide law, various states across the country had been using similar systems, including New York and the close neighbor of Nevada, California. The small group of ranchers and others, mostly from their church, that the Claybournes associated with was prescient enough to begin preparing to disobey the new laws many months ago.

Henry remembered just when he committed to that same course of action. Pastor Jim preached on the text of Galatians 5:1

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery  Galatians 5:1 [NASB]

Pastor Jim spoke of how this spirit of freedom moved the early Americans to shake off British tyranny. How because of the biblical truth that all people are equal in the eyes of God the new nation endured a horrific Civil War to free our brothers and sisters from bondage and that we must not let our freedom be ravaged now.

Henry and Maggie owned a small ranch that was about 200 miles north of Vegas. It used to be that the closest law enforcement would have come from Tonapah, but it went under two years ago and was basically a ghost town. Henry thought.

Henry figured that any law enforcement officers would have to come from Vegas or Reno. Since the Testing Center was in Vegas, that’s where the LE would be sent from to find him and Maggie.

If his truck hadn’t left home by 9 am, Henry knew that LE wouldn’t wait till 2 pm to dispatch some officers. Almost all vehicles were tracked by the state, as well as phones, so they would be heading toward his place by 9:15 am at the latest.

Henry checked the time. It was 9 am, so they should get a 4 to 5-hour headstart on any LE.

tyranny, lockdowns, COVID-19Just then Maggie came down the stairs holding their ‘bug-out’ case. The case was slightly larger than a typical ‘carry-on’ bag for an airline, with a dull grey finish of burnished aluminum on the outer skin.

The case contained a change of clothes and some toiletries for each of them, a first-aid kit, some emergency rations, and various short-term survival basics. Maggie walked up to Henry and handed him the case.

“Last chance to back out babe. If you decide it’s too great a risk, I’ll stay here with you and we’ll face the music together.”

Maggie gently placed her hands on either side of her husband’s face. “We’ve already had this conversation. You know I couldn’t stay with any measure of good conscience. We’ve prayed about this more than once, and we know this is risky, but it is the right thing to do.”

Henry kissed her lightly on the lips. “Ok then. Now let me show you how we’re getting out of here.”

He strode toward the north wall of the basement. Maggie looked at the old plaster wall bordered by two concrete support beams and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. She saw Henry produce a small device similar to a laser pointer and aim it at the beam on the left.

A small vertical line began to form in the center of the wall. To her amazement, Maggie then saw the wall separate in the middle and slide open like an elevator door revealing an opening shrouded in darkness.

Henry pushed a second button on his ‘pointer’ and a row of overhead lights came to life. The lights receded back along the now visible tunnel until they faded from view.

Maggie’s jaw went slack as she looked at Henry with astonishment. “I know this didn’t come with the house, so…how?”

“This is what Dave, Pastor Jim, and I have been working on for three months. Well, mostly Dave and Pastor Jim, though I helped out a little with these doors and the connection of the tunnel to the mine shaft.”

“What…the mine shaft?!,” Maggie exclaimed.

“Dave discovered an old mine shaft vent a few months ago just inside his property line. He explored it and saw that it ran under our ranch and we managed to connect the shaft to the basement by boring an escape tunnel and here we are.”

“This is amazing!” shot Maggie as she stared wide-eyed into the lit underground space headed north.

“How far do we go inside this?”

“About half a mile straight north and descending 100 feet along the way and then into the abandoned mine for 5 miles and we come up and out just inside Dave and June’s fence. It’s lit like this all the way.”

They looked at each other and Henry took Maggie’s hand and stepped toward the entrance. He froze after a step and looked upward at the basement door.

“What’s wrong?”

Henry replied with his finger to his lips. “I heard something outside,” he whispered. He crept up the stairs and put his ear to the door.

Henry heard the sound of a firm and calm voice amplified with a bullhorn. “Mr. and Mrs. Claybourne, this is CDC Enforcement. We are here to take you into custody and escort you to the Testing Center for mandatory testing procedures. Please come with us peacefully or we will be forced to enter and obtain compliance with or without your cooperation.”

What?! How did they get here already? 

“Let’s go, babe, now!” Henry said as he grabbed her hand and they raced inside the doors. He pushed another button on his ‘pointer’ and the doors closed behind them as they began to run.

*  *  *

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The New American Standard Bible: Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, AMG International, 1990

The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, Fleming H. Revell Publishing, 1977

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Final Considerations for the Coming ‘New Normal’ [Video]

Chinese Communist Party, COVID-19, Leftism, Socialism

The last segment of the previous piece in this series cautioned preparation for further encroachments upon individual liberties in the continuing response to the threat of the Chinese Communist Party caused pandemic of COVID-19. The final part of this series focuses upon some large overall threats, not from the virus, but from the Left’s political ambition to gain even more power over the rest of us.

This may seem like an extreme claim to some, but it is not. In fact, the evidence easily supports such a claim and more, as will be seen. With that in mind, here are some final considerations concerning the Leftist government figures and media apparatus that supports them.

Beware of the Leftist push for continuing the ‘lockdowns’

Inset.1.5.10.2020The Left has been aggressively pushing for continuing the ‘lockdowns’ in various states. In some, the state authorities are merely declaring that these draconian “stay-at-home” orders must be extended without any end date in sight.

These mayors and governors and others are being supported by the Leftmedia machine who keep telling us, both in America and around the globe, that the ‘lockdowns’ must continue or else we are doomed. What began seemingly as a necessary short-term cessation of activity in the name of “following the science,” has become a grasping for power and control of the population.

The mantra of “following the science” is still mouthed by the Leftmedia and their allies, but the actual data that has been gathered over the last two months reveals that if we were really “following the science” the ‘lockdowns’ would have ended at least three weeks ago. You see, the actual data tells us many things contrary to what the public health officials have been claiming with one gratuitous exception.

We have known almost from the beginning of knowing about the pandemic that those in the greatest danger from this virus are the elderly. The numbers now show us that the failure to focus upon this aspect of “the science” has reaped a death toll that is approaching half of all the cases in America!

Moreover, the newest data from the state of New York reveal a startling fact, most startling to those advocates of continued ‘lockdowns’ in the country. Something strange has also been revealed specifically in New York. In his press briefing of May 6, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated that according to the hospital records, even though more than 90% of people are honoring the lockdown requirements, the numbers of people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 show that,

18% come from nursing homes, less than 1% came from jail or prison, 2% came from the homeless population, 2% from other congregate facilities but 66% of the people were at home…disproportionally older, but by the way, older starts at 51.

In other words, in the state of New York, two out of three cases of COVID-19 serious enough to be hospitalized came from the people who were staying at home in obedience to the state overlords! It is past time to abandon this strategy not only in New York but everywhere else as well.

It is now clear from studying the numbers around the world that the ‘lockdowns’ made little or no difference in the spread and certainly not in the lethality of the virus pandemic. Sweden is perhaps the best example of this as they never did the ‘lockdowns’ and the data show that they are no worse off than most of Europe and actually are in better shape than places such as Italy and the United Kingdom that did the ‘lockdowns.’

Dr. Neil Ferguson, the man upon whose model the world economy was virtually shut down has proved both horribly wrong with his death predictions, and a hypocritical liar who used his own ‘quarantine’ to hide his affair with a married woman. Oh and just by the way, he is also a hardcore Climate Change enthusiast befitting the profile of the typical Leftist ‘elitist.’

Beware of the Leftist promise that this is only to keep us safe

Inset.2.5.10.2020This pandemic panic began with the first promise fostered in America by the inaccurate predictions of the aforementioned Imperial College professor, the lockdown for 15 days to “flatten the curve” of the spread so that our hospitals and health care system would not be overwhelmed with cases of COVID-19. President Trump, under tremendous pressure by the “experts” both here and around the world, then extended the nationwide lockdown until April 30, leaving the states to determine their own timelines thereafter.

This attempt amounts to a quarantine of those who are not sick along with those who are ill. Reaching back to primitive civilization, it has always been the sick who were quarantined away from those who were well.

The biblical rule was a separation of the ill person from the camp for 14 days, not a lockdown of everyone in the camp [Lev. 13:1-6]. The promise from the Left that all this is necessary ‘to keep us safe’ from the virus runs literally contrary to everything we’ve known and practiced until two months ago!

Therefore, it should not be too surprising to discover that the continuation of the lockdowns is causing more harm than good, and endangering far more people than it saves if it is saving anyone at all! One need only examine the astronomical unemployment numbers to recognize that 30 million people without the means to support themselves or their loved ones are in immediate danger from the government policies and not from the pandemic.

Worse yet, these same people are not being allowed to leave their homes unless it is to go to places approved by the government. This fosters despair and discouragement accompanied by an increase in spousal and child abuse as well as suicides, and that problem will increase the death toll.

Moreover, what of our healthcare system in the wake of these extreme measures? Instead of being overwhelmed with virus cases, some hospitals are sitting almost empty, and even in the worst-hit state of New York, the need for hospital space is not nearly as critical as was predicted.

Yet, few are talking about the fact that this all-out push to make hospitals treatment centers for COVID-19 has resulted in fewer people getting procedures done to alleviate issues such as cardiac disease, cancer, and strokes, either because some of these have been declared “elective” procedures, or because the fear-mongering by the Leftmedia has persuaded them not to go to hospitals at all.

Neither the government nor the Leftmedia can keep anyone safe without someone or a lot of someones paying a severe price. If the Left has its way, that price will be paid by the common citizens and it will be the forfeiting of liberty in America and anywhere else this phony bargain of giving up freedom for security takes place.

Beware of the Leftist pursuit toward a totalitarian state

Inset.3.5.10.2020A very astute observer of the current situation in our culture writes the following from the website “Intercessors for America.”

A sense of social responsibility has entered our culture like I have never witnessed. Have you seen mask wearers at the grocery store look condescendingly at the non-mask wearers?  There seems to be a new breed developing of those who choose the good of the collective state and feel a sense of righteousness for their views and choices. If this choice of the collective over individual freedoms continues unstopped, we will be headlong into socialism and not even realize it! This super social responsibility is fueling a perceived obligation that government is our ONLY provider for safety.  Christians who have a biblical worldview (and many don’t) should question the unchecked willingness of people to obey any authority other than the God of the Bible.

A moral elevation of the “collective” over the “individual” is indeed a very dangerous path to trod. That attitude plays right into the Left’s agenda to convert us into a Socialist nation.

Moreover, the Left is united in this cause in the areas of the media, big business, and political power. Enormous pressure is being applied to ensure that the nation knows that the state alone can give or take away freedom and that they will brook no dissent against their plans.

This union of businesses, government, and the media from the Left means to transform the United States of America into a government much like, well, like China who gave us the pandemic plague. The media is especially hyped for this opportunity to tell us that our constitutional republic is wrong, immoral, and outdated.

The writers of The Atlantic article mentioned in the video are not the only media mouthpieces who believe and encourage this. The New York Times editors seem quite comfortable praising the Chinese Communist response to the virus and criticizing America’s response in turn.

However, those in the Leftmedia are not very eager to share some of the more grisly details that emerged from the “Chinese model” response that they embrace. A former dissident who escaped from China in 2012 reported on videos that he had obtained shot in February 2020, by some very courageous journalists.

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, a blind scholar and Nobel Peace Prize nominee who escaped from house arrest and found asylum with the United States in 2012, wrote about China’s authoritarian response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak at the Washington Post last week. One of the charges he leveled in the article is that people suspected of infection in Wuhan are being welded into their homes by the authorities, their doors and windows sealed with metal bars so they cannot escape.

The enthusiastic praise of the Chinese Communist Party also routinely fails to mention that once they discovered the danger of this virus they allowed travel from the epicenter in Wuhan to other countries, but not to other places in China! This is in addition to lying about the transmission of the disease from human-to-human contact through December of 2019 and January of 2020.

It almost seems as though a good portion of China’s strategy was to make sure the rest of the world got a hefty dose of the pandemic while they imprisoned their sick and punished those few brave souls who spoke out against them. This is totalitarian power on display and the Left is praising and practicing much the same in cities and states throughout America.

Our coming ‘new normal’ should bring back much of the old, pre-COVID-19 ‘normal’ and add extra precautions against the more dangerous virus of Marxist/Socialist thought the Left so cherishes. Lovers of liberty must beware of these purveyors and promoters of collectivism else the longest-running national government of, for, and by the people will indeed perish from the earth.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  Colossians 2:8 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Further Considerations for The Coming ‘New Normal’ [Video]

Chinese Communist Party, COVID-19, liberty,faith

In the previous article, we examined some of the changes that may await us as the cloud of pandemic panic and lockdown slowly lifts from the global atmosphere. We have seen that the reactions to the pandemic, such as the ‘lockdown’ are even more perilous than anything the Chinese Communist Party has inflicted upon the world with the coronavirus.

The colossal failure of the certified government ‘experts’ and the faulty policy of ‘lockdown or else disaster,’ are becoming more evident each day. However, those concerns are not the only thoughts that should be considered as this radical realignment of society forced upon most of us concludes, hopefully very soon.

Considerations for the National Election

Leftist, COVID-19, economy, electionsDespite the recent imaginings of former Vice President Joe Biden, the election in November of this year will happen and President Trump is not going to cancel the election. This national election is of paramount importance and the COVID-19 panic is already having an effect on what the shape of the voting will look like.

The Left is not letting this newest opportunity for election manipulation to fade into the ether. The largest push now from the Democrats is for “mail-in voting” as a way to vote and not be endangered by the CCP coronavirus.

The huge problem with voting by mail is that while it may be both convenient and safe for the voter, it is rife with fraud that makes the election results untrustworthy at best. What makes this more troubling is there is almost no way to prove that such election fraud is occurring even under the most suspicious of conditions.

Elections officials from all political stripes acknowledge that mail-in ballots are far more vulnerable to fraud. Stories of political operatives who routinely scam senior citizens out of their absentee ballots are so widespread that the term “granny farming” was coined.  Even the New York Times, when reporting on suspicions of election fraud in North Carolina last year, noted that “absentee ballots are especially susceptible to manipulation.”

One of the premier private organizations involved in assuring that our elections are ‘clean,’ is Judicial Watch. A very worrisome area JW discovered even before the Chinese Communist Party caused Coronavirus pandemic appeared was how many states had not cleaned up their voter rolls.

This wonderful organization has taken it upon themselves to do the work of the Department of Justice by pressuring states to abide by the legal requirement to update and clean voter rolls on a regular basis. Moreover, JW has even had to take some states to court over their refusal to obey the law.

The fight to keep voter rolls within states and counties honest continues to this day and has expanded to a nationwide battle for election integrity.

Judicial Watch announced in January that we found at least another 2.5 million extra names on voter rolls across the country. A Judicial Watch analysis of data released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission found that there are 378 counties in the U.S. that have more voter registrations than citizens old enough to vote. The 378 counties had a combined 2.5 million extra registrants over the 100%-registered mark. We’ve notified 19 counties in five states—California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, and Virginia—that we intended to sue unless they take steps to clean up their voter rolls. Stay tuned.

The Democratic Left has been using these tactics for many years. In the midst of this pandemic panic, they are sure to attempt election fraud with renewed vigor. The fact is that despite JW’s efforts, many of the lawsuits will not be acted on until after November of 2020 and extra vigilance will be needed at the polls for this crucial election.

Possibilities for the Future of Education

Leftist, COVID-19, economy, SocialismTwo particular education arenas in the public and private sectors have had some revealing light shed upon them during the national lockdown in America. One is the arena of education at home aka ‘homeschooling.’

The necessity to educate children at home during the primary through high school years because of the closure of public schools has enlightened many to just how difficult that task can prove to be. However, it may have also opened some parent’s eyes concerning what their children are learning, or not as the case may be, in the public school system.

The unintended benefit of this factor might be that more parents embrace the concept of school choice, including choosing homeschooling as an option. At the least, it should render them more willing to be involved at a greater level in their local public school system.

The second education arena has been at the level of the university, or “higher” education in America. One revelation for all to see has been the shameless greed of prestigious institutions like Harvard who clamored for ‘stimulus bailout’ money while holding a 40+ billion dollar endowment!

Of course, most of these high-dollar education establishments presumably provided video lessons for the students. However, I haven’t heard of any who have said they will offer a discount on tuition instead of keeping the full amount while their professors and administrators continue to receive their paychecks without a reduction.

However, perhaps a more lasting development might be some growth in online college-level courses that many students have no doubt taken advantage of during the lockdown. Some should discover that many of their in-person classes not measurably better than those online and that they can also get much more real education for a fraction of the cost by using the resources already available through the internet outside of the university system.

Prepare for More Encroachments Upon Freedom

COVID-19, freedom, economy, LeftismAs the shackles of lockdown are loosened, one would expect that politicians and government authorities at all levels would also loosen their grip upon the movements and freedom of their citizens. Yet, for the most part, this doesn’t appear to be the case.

In fact, the appearance being put forth by various state and local authorities reeks of tyranny and strongly implies these particular people desire permanent dictatorial power for themselves. Perhaps the most infamous to date has been Michigan Gov. Gretchen Witmer who has extended her lockdown orders until the end of May in direct response to protests against her earlier orders from on high.

A lesser-known star in the tyranny club of governors is Gov. J.B. Pritzker [D] of Illinois. A recording of his response to an important question reveals the Leftist attitude toward liberty for individuals.

He responded to a question from a reporter about his wife being allowed to engage in “non-essential” travel to Florida despite a mandatory ‘stay-at-home’ order that he had issued.

First of all, I want to say that in politics it used to be that we kept our families out of it. My official duties have nothing to do with my family. So, I’m just not going to answer that question. It’s inappropriate and I find it reprehensible, honestly, that uhh, that reporter wrote a story about it.

This is a very disturbing statement. Gov. Pritzker is demonstrating a dictatorial level of abuse of power, which is typical of the power-hungry Left in America. If anyone thinks that these tyrants are going to give back power to the electorate without a battle, you are seriously mistaken.

Witness the recent statement by failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She pined for government-run universal health care in light of the pandemic panic that would only extend the tyrannical claws of Socialism further thus gutting individual freedom.

it [the response to COVID-19] needs to be part of a much larger system that eventually — and quickly, I hope — gets us to universal health care. …So I can only say, “Amen,” to everything you’re saying, but also to, again, enlist people that this would be a terrible crisis to waste, as the old saying goes.

A crisis such as this pandemic is fodder for Leftist’s dreams of power and implementing Socialism as the means to obtain that power. Of course, true Socialism is incompatible with true faith, thus the most practiced faith in America is being attacked with new fervor in the name of helping people stay ‘safe’ from the virus.

Watch as this pastor is placed under house arrest for refusing to not preach to his congregation at church services in a clear violation of the 1st Amendment.

This targeting of Christianity, in particular, has one aim. It is to destroy any hope of deliverance from any crisis unless that deliverance comes from the government authorities.

Should that goal be reached, then the ultimate Leftist fantasy of a completely Socialist government will be at hand, and tyranny will soon follow. For only if the idol of the state is put in place of God can any kind of Socialism come to pass.

President Trump has repeatedly and rightly stated that in America, “We worship God, not government.” The Left wants to use the coming ‘new normal,’ as a way to turn that statement backward.

We must deliver the same answer to that effort that Peter and other apostles gave when punished and ordered not to speak the gospel in public by the government authorities of the time,

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”  Acts 5:29 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Considerations for The Coming ‘New Normal’

Chinese Communist Party, Coronavirus, COVID-19The White House has released its three-phase plan “Opening Up America Again,” to deal with the restarting of the economy nationwide after April 30, 2020. The plan is as detailed and precautionary as possible and commits to a very measured pace of the states coming online economically with the aid of the federal government.

The task of restarting everything that has been shutdown is perhaps the most difficult task America has ever attempted. After all, it is always much easier to destroy something than to rebuild it.

Moreover, in this instance, the nation has not simply shut down the majority of the economy. America has also created some very substantial new phenomena in the efforts to hinder the damage from the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, coronavirus.

Therefore, those who may be longing and calling for a “return to normal” are not going to see that longing fulfilled. To be clear, it is far, far too late to return to the pre-CCP coronavirus “normal” in any real sense.

We aren’t going to get back to “normal”

coronavirus, economyDuring the state-imposed national economic cessation, there have emerged a number of changes both cultural and political that could remain in practice after the threat of this latest pandemic has passed. These factors mean that we aren’t going to get back to what was considered ‘normal’ life in the future.

The most noticeable adjustments will come from the cultural side of the societal scale. Those will imprint our national psyche toward a new kind of ‘normal’ that will have both advantages and disadvantages attached.

These variations of cultural habits could range from no longer routinely greeting each other with a handshake or a hug to routinely glancing over our shoulders to determine if we are being watched by drones. After all, such overhead surveillance has already been used in more than one location in America.

When a drone identifies a group of people collected together, such as individuals quarantined in their backyard, it says, “you should not be congregating in groups.” Consequences for refusing to abide by the drones in Elizabeth, NJ include a court summons or a $1,000 fine. In Lewes, Delaware, the police department is using drones to fly over bike trails and beaches. According to a local news station, the Lewes PD Chief said the state may use the drones in the future to enforce out-of-state quarantine protocols. Anyone with an out-of-state license plate would be subject to the drone.

Another case of some rather oppressive measures comes from the great state of Montana. One county is now requiring people to wear armbands or wristbands to be able to go shopping!

In what might be one of the most over-the-top and draconian responses to coronavirus yet seen in Montana, Valley County is mandating that people wear government-issued pink arm bands in under to purchase products inside of stores. The measure, enforced by the Valley County Health Department, insists that store-owners keep customers out unless they have the pink arm-bands, which denote the customer has been in the area more than 14 days and submitted to quarantine protocol. According to the flier produced by the Valley County Health Department, out-of-towners who lack the government-issued armbands will be prohibited from stores and residents are notified to call law enforcement if they do not comply.

It is more than a little disturbing that state and local government officials feel free to violate basic constitutionally guaranteed human rights so easily. It is frightening to see how many individual citizens are willing to assist them by ratting out their neighbors.

One police officer I spoke with told me his department has gotten multiple calls reporting couples—couples!—for walking down a sidewalk without maintaining a six-foot distance. Leave aside that these couples sit on the same couches, eat at the same tables, and sleep in the same beds, presumably within six feet of each other. Assuming one of these couples actually had the virus, the responding officer who is forced to “investigate” their afternoon constitutional is likely to have contracted the virus from them, and will pass it on to whoever he interacts with for the rest of his shift.

coronavirus, economyIt seems there are always these kinds of people lurking in society who long to serve as the ‘hall monitors’ for the rest of us. Now they have been given some hopefully temporary power to be a serious nuisance for everyone else while they happily engage in restricting liberty.

However, not all the news is bad news concerning the responses to the CCP Coronavirus pandemic, whether by the government authorities or individuals in local neighborhoods. One example is that at least six states in America, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas are planning to begin ‘reopening’ on or before April 30, 2020.

The governors of these states realize that their citizens will act responsibly with proper precautions if they are able to go back to work and that delaying reopening any longer will cause more misery than the virus ever will. I believe the results of these actions will show that reopening the economy in all the states is essential and that it must be done very soon.

One of the more encouraging local stories comes from a small creamery  in Wisconsin.

Sassy Cow Creamery, located in Columbus, Wisconsin, and owned by brothers James Baerwolf and Robert Baerwolf, is keeping a refrigerator outside the creamery that is fully stocked with milk and other dairy products. The creamery has called this refrigerator “the kindness cooler” because it is available to anyone in need, and it is open until the end of the pandemic.

The idea of getting back to normal has a tremendous amount of appeal especially considering the condition of America before the pandemic panic. However, the ideal shouldn’t be a return to normal but a movement toward a better ‘new’ normal for the future.

We must learn our lessons and re-learn our liberty for a new and better ‘normal’

There are several lessons we must learn in the light of the pandemic’s damage both to life and to liberty. One of the lessons we should learn is not to place our trust in the government and global “experts.”

Perhaps the greatest example of this was the [intentional?] incompetence of the famed World Health Organization. The W.H.O. was warned as early as the end of December 2019, that the CCP Coronavirus was a serious danger, and they ignored it in favor of Chinese talking-points.

Taiwan officials say they alerted China and the WHO on Dec. 31 that suspected human-to-human transmission of the virus was taking place in China’s Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, according to NBC News. That is the same day China first officially notified the world that the virus existed.

economy, coronavirusHad the world been aware of this threat on Dec. 31, 2019, it is certain the massive destruction of life would have been largely avoided around the globe. Moreover, the economic devastation of America and many other nations need not have happened.

In fact, I believe that once this is examined reasonably, with the correct facts, the six-week shutdown of the American economy will prove to have been one of the worst policy decisions we could have made. President Trump, you may remember, was in favor of opening up after 15 days, a blow that our economy reasonably could have weathered.

Instead, because of the insistence of the public health ‘experts’ on Vice President Pence’s Coronavirus team, the President went against his own instincts and extended the lockdown to April 30th which has brought about terrible economic consequences for tens of millions of American workers and business owners. We are now in a full-fledged Depression, a self-induced economic coma, that the federal government will have to print money by the trillions to halt and reverse, the ultimate results of which nothing is known because it’s never been done before.

The public health experts within America have also been wildly inaccurate in their predictions about the spread and lethality of the virus primarily because Drs. Fauchi and Birx have been relying upon figures produced by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation [IHME] from the University of Washington. Perhaps using figures from an organization funded by China sympathizer Bill Gates was not such a wise idea.

In addition to learning important lessons from this state-imposed nightmare, we all need to re-learn our liberty as human beings. There are some indications that many Americans are realizing this and standing up against political tyrants in various states and localities around the nation.

Justin Caruso from The Daily Caller reports, Protesters gathered Thursday in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond demanding that the state be reopened. Virginians protesting stay-at-home orders due to CV are following the lead of other protesters around the country. This week, protests occurred outside state capitols in Michigan, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

Citizens must re-learn and stand up for constitutional rights especially the first and second Amendment guarantees in the Bill of Rights. Some churches are realizing this and have already been fighting local and state tinpots who wish to deny the right to assemble in worship, even while taking innovative steps, such as drive-in services for their worshippers.

Coronavirus, faith, economyThus we come to the most important liberty we must re-learn, our liberty from sin and despair through Christ. It is my hope and prayer that one of the few benefits of the lockdown has been a turn, or return for some, to a serious examination of faith in the LORD.

In the midst of this pandemic panic, fear drives many toward seeking security, but we will never find real security in the arms of the government. We cannot allow this crisis to push us to invest our total trust in the state for that road leads only to slavery.

We must instead be all the more driven toward embracing our liberty and security in Christ. Faith in His provision will carry us through any hardships that may surface in the coming ‘new’ normal and keep us free in every way.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 [ESV]

D. T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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The Darkness of Death and The Light of Life at Easter [Video]

Easter, CCP Coronavirus, Ressurection of JesusSunday, April 12, 2020, is the annual celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead within most of Christendom. It is safe to say that this Easter season is unlike any other in almost everyone’s lifetime around the world because of the global Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, Coronavirus pandemic.

However, this pandemic is also another example of the reality of death in our world. And Easter, or Resurrection Day,  shouts out the power of God to overcome death with life.

Though a virus rages across the planet and the specter of death seems to lurk around every corner in many places, the Resurrection still remains as the ultimate demonstration of God’s power and providence for us. The darkness may threaten to overwhelm us for a time, but the Life and Light of the Risen Christ will overcome the darkness of death in the end.

The Darkness of Death Surrounds Us

Crucifixion, Resurrection, JesusThe CCP Coronavirus pandemic has drawn renewed attention to the reality of physical death all around the globe. All over the world, there are people worried about exposure to the virus and the possible deaths of themselves and their loved ones.

However, worse than the presence of death among us is the fear of death that is taking hold of so many people and motivating some in authority to act as if human rights do not exist. The Leftmedia has decided to join in the fearful chorus and dampen any glimmer of hope such as the successes of certain treatments, i.e. hydroxychloroquine, the recent reduction in the predictions of deaths from the CCP Coronavirus, and the reduction in hospitalization rates in New York state and elsewhere.

Fear seems to be driving some government officials to act out delusions of power and attempt to squash constitutionally guaranteed individual rights, some of which were mentioned in the previous article. Perhaps the most egregious statement to date was made by the Hamilton County, Ohio prosecutor Joe Deiters a few days ago.

Michael Knowles in his video broadcast of April 8, 2020, quotes several outrageous statements made by this demagogue including the following,

 If I was the Governor, I would tell these churches [that wish to hold services within the CDC guidelines] the first attendees at your church is going to be the National Guard because we are stopping this right away…

It is evident that the enemies of Christ are pressing forward with an all-out assault against faithful believers who wish to gather and corporately worship, honor, and call upon God for hope and courage amidst the viral fear. However, those enemies, whether human or demonic, will find their efforts will fail as they did 2,000 years ago outside of Jerusalem at the empty tomb of Christ.

The Light of Life Overcomes the Darkness of Death

Crucifixion, Resurrection of ChristThe current pandemic has engulfed the world with its ominous shadow and the serious menace of death it carries. Yet it pales in comparison to the literal darkness that visited the planet upon the death of Jesus on the cross.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness all over the land, until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:45-46 [ESV]

That darkness signified the gathering of all the sin of the human race throughout all of our existence and having all that malice imprinted upon the pure soul of Jesus. Those three hours were the worst part of the tortures our Lord underwent at His crucifixion culminating in the greatest pain of all, the moment the Father turned away from His Son.

Abandonment by His Father was the final price Jesus paid for our sin on our behalf! Jesus’ cries to His Father were followed by a final call to God,

Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46 [ESV]

The death of the Incarnate Son of God was the aftermath of darkness that covered all the world physically and spiritually and was the most powerful blow the demonic forces could strike. Yet it was not nearly enough to prevail against the power of God who raised Jesus from the dead and broke the stranglehold of sin, death and, despair.

Resurrection, Easter, JesusThat same Divine power is much more than a match for the death stalking the land today. There is no better time to come to the LORD seeking His love and grace than now at this very moment and lift the burden of sin from our hearts.

Therefore, let us take heart in the knowledge that Jesus has risen and alive forever and His light and life can and will extinguish the darkness of sin and evil no matter its manifestation or seeming advance in the world even today!

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Freedom and Faith Must Not Be Cast Aside to Fight a Viral Foe [Video]

CCP CoronavirusThere is an old curse attributed to the Chinese that states, ‘May you live in interesting times.’ It is somewhat ironic that the entire globe is going through some very dangerous ‘interesting times’ because of the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP Coronavirus.

The obvious danger is the danger of death from the disease. The less obvious danger is what is happening within the government, particularly in America, at various levels in the name of combatting this virus.

The economic dangers were referred to in the previous piece. However, there is a far more insidious process in operation by the Leftist powers-that-be in America that holds devastating consequences for both faith and freedom worldwide should it succeed.

The Threat to Religious Faith

CCP CoronavirusThe threat to the basic 1st Amendment freedom of religion has so far been confined to various individual states that have issued “stay at home” orders to the citizenry. The order has included any gatherings of more than 10 or 5 people, and some orders are aimed at eliminating any assembly of people at all.

This means that gatherings for church services in a single building are basically forbidden by government authorities. This has come to a head especially in a couple of spots within America in the last few days.

The most publicized of these threats has come from the mayor of the most affected city in America, New York City. Mayor Bill DeBlasio directly threatened to close down places of worship, i.e. church buildings and synagogues, if they violated his orders.

…de Blasio singled out synagogues and churches saying he would shut them down if they continued to meet during the coronavirus outbreak. “[Law enforcement] will inform them they need to stop the services and disperse,” de Blasio, a Democrat, said at his March 27 press briefing. “If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently.”

It is the final word in the mayor’s statement that is tantamount to a direct violation of at least two parts of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the freedom to worship as one sees fit, and the right to peaceably assemble. Temporary closure for a determined amount of time is acceptable, but a permanent closure is not acceptable and no one has the authority to circumvent the Constitution least of all a local mayor.

Lest you believe that this is an empty threat, take note of the arrest of one pastor who was determined to hold services despite orders such as these in other places. Moreover, this happened while such orders allow other businesses to remain open, as was seen last week in Florida.

Florida megachurch pastor Rodney Howard-Browne is defending himself after he was arrested for holding services Sunday in defiance of government orders aimed at curbing coronavirus. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister charged him with “unlawful assembly” and “violation of public health emergency order,” but Howard-Browne’s conservative legal team, Liberty Counsel, …argued in a press release that Hillsborough County’s orders issued March 20 and 27 included exemptions and exceptions used by businesses that also should apply to the church. Staver said Howard-Browne and his Tampa church took “extra precautions” and went “above and beyond” to be in “full compliance with the administrative order which allows any business to operate under the 6-foot restriction,” [Liberty Counsel Presiedent] Staver argues. …In addition to following the 6-foot rule, the church staff wore gloves, gave every person hand sanitizer as they entered, and spent $100,000 on a hospital-grade system that provides “continuous infectious microbial reduction (CIMR) that is rated to kill microbes, including those in the coronavirus family.”

I would contend that this particular church assembly far exceeded the health requirements of Hillsborough County’s order and further I doubt any of the other businesses exempt from it could match those same precautions provided by the church. In reality, the church was in full compliance with the law except where the law forbade the assembly altogether.

Moreover, the church was also in compliance with biblical requirements. They were in submission to man’s law [Romans 13] except where that law violated the Word of God for His church.

Heb 10:23  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. [ESV]

Threats to Second Amendment Rights

CCP CoronavirusIn various locales, the Leftist opponents of the right to keep and bear arms are using the CCP Coronavirus to justify incursions upon the Second Amendment. The two most populous states in America are in the midst of lawsuits for their attempts to close down all gun stores in California and New York.

The Trump administration recently designated gun stores as ‘essential businesses’ that should be allowed to remain open during our ‘National Emergency’ because of the CCP Coronavirus. However, both the governors of California and New York are ignoring this designation using their authority to continue to keep gun stores shuttered.

Other states such as Maine, New Jersey, and Connecticut initially tried to close gun stores, however, they realized this was unwise and have backed off of those demands. The governors in those states either have received much better legal advice than the Chief Executives of California and New York or Govs Newsom and Cuomo believe their assessments and proclamations should overrule the U.S. Constitution.

There is a natural question that surfaces from those not familiar with the importance of gun stores to 2nd Amendment rights. Gun stores are not the same as any other retail business.

A firearms purchase of almost any kind must be accompanied by a background check of the individual making the purchase. Assuming there are no problems with the check, the purchaser must go to a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer, i.e. a gun store, to pick up his merchandise.

As writer Cam Edwards explains,

Once gun stores in a state are shut down, residents of those states lose the ability to acquire arms, and in some states, they may not have the ability to purchase ammunition either. You can’t ship a gun to your home, and you can’t download a gun to your e-reader. In states that require background checks on all firearms transfers, there’s simply no legal way to acquire a firearm without going to a gun store.

During these trying times, some places are letting some criminals out of prison and allowing even some violent crimes to be committed. It is reprehensible and dangerous to use this crisis for removing an individual’s right to defend himself and his family especially with the elevated risks of the situation today.

The Threat of Government Tracking

Perhaps the most insidious threat to liberty has come in the form of a portion of a strategy proposed to combat the CCP Coronavirus in America. The following video contains a lot that has already been covered in this article.

However, the potential for widespread government surveillance as a “phase” of the battle against CCP Coronavirus, and even worse, is revealed toward the conclusion of the video.

The danger of this effort to track citizens’ movements by whatever means should be apparent. The Orwellian implications of such measures pose a grave threat to both life and liberty in the not-so-distant future.

Understand that this tracking is to be accomplished without the permission of the individuals being tracked. As Laura alluded to in the video, this smacks of ‘big brother teaming up with big business,’ and poses some frightening scenarios if we continue in the current direction.

Moreover, if the state can monitor all your movements, they can also control your movements to a level and with a preciseness that would rival the current situation in China itself, via the efforts of the CCP.

CCP CoronavirusThis cannot abide. It will indeed turn us into a “nation of snitches” as the power of the state is employed to coerce people to turn others into the government. How long before that progresses and friends turn in other friends, and perhaps family members turn against each other?

It is one thing to speak of battling against this microscopic enemy with all our resources and determination, however, any liberty-denying measures must be used only with a guarantee that they are limited and very temporary.

The trials faced by the entire globe because of the CCP Coronavirus are monumental. America must not allow her heritage of liberty to be forfeited in the war against this pandemic, or the hopes for liberty everywhere will be dashed as well.

We must instead unite as one nation under God and call upon His grace and wisdom in this hour of need. Faith and hope in Him will bring us through stronger than ever before.

Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.      Romans 5:2-5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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The Price of Continuing An Economic Shutdown Is Too High [Video]

16319744852_a321475e85_kThe last few weeks of the virtual shut down all over the globe because of CCP virus has down more than simply keep most people confined to their homes. It has also brought the largest economic power in the world to a standstill.

In America, President Trump is voicing a strong desire for the economy to begin moving once again and the sooner the better. He is facing severe criticism for such sentiments from various outlets in the Leftmedia and all its incarnations on the internet.

These attacks are fueled by the fears of the CCP virus spreading and causing widespread death in America. However, as is increasingly becoming clear, the Left seems invested in ensuring that the level of panic over this disease is raised as high as possible and that America is kept under lockdown and out of business for many months to come.

Which option is the right one for our nation and for the world? The President has given the correct and truly only rational path to tread when he said,

We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem.

America Must Get Back to Business

Inset 1 3/29/2020During our self-shutdown in America, the amount of economic damage done by the inactivity is monumental, and without quick and decisive action, there may not be an economy left to rescue. It is imperative that America gets back to business as soon as possible.

The reasons for this are apparent. First of all, the workforce has already been devastated by the shutdown of businesses across the country. The following is an economic activity chart concerning the restaurant industry posted on Twitter by Andy Pudzer.

 

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This was put together about a week ago and clearly shows that the bottom has fallen out of the restaurant business in America. This means that a major industry employing millions of people has just ceased operations altogether.

Take note that this represents but one segment of the thousands upon thousands of businesses large and small across the nation which have entirely shut down in obedience to either state order or strong suggestions by government authorities. There is no guarantee that these jobs will still exist if a nationwide “restart” is delayed even two or three weeks.

Another factor amid all of this is the unprecedented act of literally shuttering the doors of American businesses while the economy was booming. Though it is not 100% of businesses, consider these that are not allowed to operate in California today.

Restaurants, auto dealers, real estate, most manufacturing, warehousing, bars, bowling alleys, construction, airlines, shipping, and many more are shut down and all have bills to pay as a business. Many small business owners still have rent or mortgage payments on the buildings and equipment they use for their operation that could be delayed but will still require payment or the business goes under.

The number of people this is affecting is reflected in the fact that last week 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. That smashed the previous record of 695,000 jobless claims for one week.

That pace would mean that another six weeks, there would be more than 12 million unemployed in the nation. Those who are panicking over wild predictions of death and doom are demanding at least a month longer and that would result in massive unemployment numbers approaching a 30% unemployment rate which is 5% higher than the Great Depression at its worst point.

The longer this continues, the greater the chance of an economic collapse in America, one which will rival, if not surpass the Great Depression era of nearly a century ago. The only solution is to end this forced lockdown quickly and get the economy going again, period.

What About the Risk?

Inset.2.3.29.2020The natural question becomes what is to be done about the risk of contracting the CCP virus when the nation is restarted economically? Here is where the Leftist fearmongers incite a panic both intentionally and out of ignorance.

The argument from the Left is that the risk of contracting and dying from the CCP virus is too great to allow any reopening of the country for several months. They say in many arenas that to speak of restarting the American economy in weeks instead of months is favoring ‘profits over people.’

These people on the Left seem to believe that there must be zero risks from the CCP virus before we contemplate returning to some semblance of normality in life and commerce and to suggest otherwise is tantamount to saying you want people to die. That kind of attitude sparks some to raise the level of fear with commentary like this from Chris Hayes a few days ago on MSNBC,

It’s not a question of if the economic shutdown is absolutely brutal for Americans…, of course it is. It’s just that those on the right and in the business world talking to Donald Trump are just misreading what the choices are right now. There is no option. If you just let everyone go back out and go back to normal if a pandemic rages across the country and infects 50% of the population and kills a percentage point at the low end of those infected and also melts down all the hospitals. What kind of economy do you think you’re going to have under those conditions?

These remarks are intentionally misleading half-truths pumped up with hyperbole to elevate the panic level as well as take another Leftmedia shot at President Trump. The figure of 50% infections in the country is, as Buck Sexton points out on his March, 24th podcast, a generous estimate over 3 flu seasons of the total who could be infected if we took no measures at all against the virus! 

Secondly, no one is suggesting, not even President Trump, that the nation should simply disregard this virus and go back to ‘normal’ as if nothing at all had happened. Proper precautions should be taken by individuals and businesses to reduce the risk of infection, however, as a society, we are going to have to accept a certain level of risk or expand the suffering to everyone else.

Inset.3.3.29.2020This is a true balancing act between the risk of infection and a probable increase in the number of people who will die and the risk of tens of millions of Americans becoming destitute and requiring government assistance for the foreseeable future. The Left, however, sees this as an opportunity to put into place a Socialist government on which all Americans are dependant.

One of the proofs of their intentions was the numerous delays in voting upon a relief package for Americans as the lockdown continues. After passing a smaller first relief bill on March 18th, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi [D. CA], refused a vote on further proposals and instead introduced another bill that provides funding for a plethora of Socialist policies.

“The country is burning and House Democrats would rather delay passage of direct relief to working families and small business so they can manipulate the way we conduct elections, bail out the postal service, impose greenhouse gas mandates on the airlines, and ensure diversity on corporate boards,” Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute told the Daily Caller. The bill also reportedly gives unprecedented collective bargaining powers for unions, increases fuel emissions standards for airlines and expands wind and solar tax credits.

That version of the bill mercifully failed, however, the bill which finally did pass both the House and Senate, and was signed into law still includes a lot of spending unrelated to the CCP virus crisis. It is certain that this extra spending will come back to haunt us in the future but for now, the level of fear and panic seems to require some unusual behavior.

However, it is very questionable that the current level of fear is justified. After wild predictions of millions of deaths in the early weeks of the CCP virus, we are beginning to get a clearer picture of reality, as this video by Dr. Birx, a member of the President’s task force, demonstrates.

A quick comparison to a normal flu season can show how shutting down the economy for more than a very brief period is an extreme over-reaction. Currently, there are 120,000 cases of CCP virus in the U.S. and almost 2,000 deaths as a result.

Here are the CDC figures for the last flu season of 2018-2019 in America.

CDC estimates that the burden of illness during the 2018–2019 season included an estimated 35.5 million people getting sick with influenza, 16.5 million people going to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths from influenza (Table 1). The number of influenza-associated illnesses that occurred last season was similar to the estimated number of influenza-associated illnesses during the 2012–2013 influenza season when an estimated 34 million people had symptomatic influenza illness6.  …34,200 deaths in the United States alone. And yet we didn’t shut down one single thing.

Not only that, but Americans weren’t even practicing “social distancing” or panic-buying during that flu season. We all went about our business as we normally do any other time.

The biggest difference with the CCP virus is that we are dealing with a new factor whose parameters are poorly understood. We often fear what we don’t understand and this causes extreme reactions that cause far more harm than good.

Yes, it is and will be difficult to endure this battle with a horrible disease, and there will be an increased risk of infection and death with the reopening of America. But the risk of waiting is far greater than anything this virus will inflict on the public.

Let us around the nation and the globe instead renew our trust and hope in the LORD for wise guidance, hope and the courage to risk living in His light today and every day. For there is nothing that can overcome His power and love.

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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