XMAS

Many at this time of year would like to cause confusion and division. They don’t specifically do this out of spite, but out of ignorance of the etymologies of words. I am speaking of the “Don’t take Christ out of Christmas” crowd.

Most of these people are well-meaning, but misinformed individuals. Xmas is not something new to the 20th century. The earliest use, “X’temmas” meaning Christmas, dates to around 1551 in English since shortened to Xmas. An even earlier reference to Christmas is Xp̄es mæsse in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle around 1100. This is an Anglicization of Greek.

X itself, in this context, refers to the letter chi in Greek, an abbreviation used by the early church for Christ. This abbreviation is still used by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant denominations to refer to Christ. In many manuscripts of the New Testament, Χ is an abbreviation for Χριστος (Christos in English), as is XC.

My biggest problem with this thinking is that people will blindly follow their pastor’s lead without checking to see if he even knows what he is saying. This is a case of the blind leading the blind. For when you look to find evil or whatever under every rock, you will surely find it or interpret it as such since that is what you seek.

And for those who would say that I am looking only on the Internet, I have known these things stated above for over 30 years. I first researched it in the late 70’s in a book, namely The Encyclopaedia Britannica. I’ve just used the Internet out of convenience for all those who read this.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas
http://www.cresourcei.org/symbols/xmasorigin.html
http://www.ligonier.org/blog/why-is-x-used-when-it-replaces-christ-in-christmas/

Potential Reform of the Electoral College

There have been several proposals to reform the electoral college.  The two fairest, I believe, would be Congressional District Apportionment (CDA) or a State Level Popular Vote Apportionment (SLPVA).  Each would award the 2 votes that would be equivalent to the number of Senators in the state to the overall state winner.  CDA would award an elector to the winner of each Congressional District.  SLPVA would award the electoral votes equal to the congressional district on a proportional basis.

Under CDA Mitt Romney would have lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College 272-266.  This proposal would give smaller rural states more clout but would result in possibly as many Presidents elected not winning the popular vote as before if not more.

Under SLPVA Barack Obama would have won the nationwide popular vote 276-255.  Other candidates would have won the remaining 7 votes. The vote percentages of 51.3%-47.4%-1.3% fairly closely mirror the actual percentages of 51.1-47.2-1.7.  Under this proposal, the states do not lose clout and, in a close election, can influence the results.  My personal choice would be this one.

I would therefore make 2 proposals.  The first, a State Compact to agree to apportioning electors per SLPVA. Or, the second, a Constitutional Amendment that would provide for this apportionment scheme.

 PROPOSED AMENDMENT

Section 1.

The apportionment of Electors for President and Vice-President shall be as follows:

Two Electors from each State, equal to the number of Senators from the state, shall be awarded to the winner of the statewide popular vote. The remaining Electors shall be apportioned among the various candidates proportional to the total votes that candidate received on Election Day.

 

Section 2.

Each State may set, by appropriate legislation, minimum limits on popular vote percentages needed before being awarded Electors and procedures relating to apportionment under these limits; which Electors are chosen according to the aforementioned procedures, but shall not deny any candidate’s Elector based on political affiliation, party or creed; and shall apportion said Electors as closely as possible to enacted procedures and actual proportional voting results.

 

Section 3.

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

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Conspiracies or, Do These Nuts Grow on Trees or Just Congregate on Social Media?

First I want to say I am conservative, Republican and God-fearing, but I believe that conspiracy theorists do a disservice to the Conservative movement.

Conservatism should foremost be mostly non-reactionary.  In the last decade, though, I have watched it devolve into a knee-jerk reactionary movement more akin to children not getting their way.  That is not to say that quick reaction is unnecessary.  In some instances it is paramount, but even then should be well reasoned and pragmatic.

I see posts on Facebook, other social media and websites devoted to the belief that the United States is going to hell in a hand basket.  From Obama is a communist, Islamic, non-citizen (points 1 and 2 are mutually exclusive theoretically) to FEMA concentration camps and death lists.  A major proponent of these theories is Barbara Hartwell (disclaimer: from what I find on the Internet).  A perusal of her website seems to show a well spoken person with inside knowledge of some sinister things.  But posts and copied emails by her (less polished) show a rambling disorganized mind that bounces all over.  I will admit to not having read any books, papers etc. that she has written, but I have met several people like this in my 46 years and in almost every instance the person was a nutcase to the extreme.

Most of these theories are presented as secondhand information from a “source” that is nameless and unverifiable but nevertheless we all would know and admire if we only knew who they were, at least so we are told. Interviews on the subject tend to move from the original topic to more bizarre and unverifiable topics if allowed to proceed long enough. Other times there is verifiable information that has been so distorted from the original that it supports the crazy theory that someone is espousing.  Mainly though these theorists speak from their gut, going with what will sell regardless of outlandishness or verifiable evidence to contrary.

The internet provides a bully pulpit for those who crave attention.  Bizarre theories, distorted facts, and bombastic rhetoric are the bread and butter of these “purveyors of truth.”  But this does not negate the fact that as long as it tickles our ears or falls in line with our beliefs or paranoias (depending on the person), we will lap it up and ask for even more bizarre things. Ephesians 4:14 says it best:  “We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming.”

This concludes today’s rant

The Agenda

“We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism, until they suddenly awake to find they have communism.”

The above quote has never been confirmed to have been said by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, but it does sum up what appears to be happening within the United States. While not confirmed, it would be consistent with how, in an era of cold war, the Soviet Union would have attempted to indoctrinate society in America in the 50’s and 60’s.  Being Premier he might also have known of Soviet plans doing just that in the United States.

The socialist movement in the United States has always been centered in academia.  Due to this the most logical way in which to indoctrinate the society is through education.  I am not saying that all educators are socialists, but what is taught slowly indoctrinates the minds of the educated.

The following is an excerpt from the Congressional Record from Thursday, January 10, 1963:

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

[From “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen]

CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

Accepted after the Cuban Missile Crisis

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

See #1 and #3

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

Never truly accepted and repudiated by the Reagan Administration resulting in
the fall of the Soviet Union and its satellite governments

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

Done with caveats

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

Done

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

Done with caveats

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

Done October 25, 1971

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

Done technically May 23, 1949 (West Germany) and October 7, 1949 (East Germany). Solidified with the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

Done

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

Done

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

Continuing

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

Done

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

Partial

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

Done

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

Technically, the Democratic Party supports a socialist agenda. Done.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

Continuing

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

Partial. Partial. Done. Done. Partial.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

Unverifiable

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

Ongoing

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

Partial

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

Partial

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

Never achieved

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

Never achieved

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

Easing through the late 50’s into the 70’s culminating in Miller v. California,
413 US 15

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

Ongoing

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

Ongoing

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

Ongoing

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of  church and state.”

Engel v. Vitale, 370 US 421 (October 8 1962); School Dist. of Abington Tp. v
Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (includes Murray v Cutlett) (June 17, 1963)

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

Ongoing

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

Partial

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

Has taken the form of apologizing for the United States

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

Ongoing

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

Done

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Done

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

Partial, never completed

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

Socialist leanings. Mainly support Democrats. See #15

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

Never done

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

Partial

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

Unverifiable

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

See it takes a village to raise a child

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

Separation of families under court order as unfit parents

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

The militia movement, secession petitions, etc. The latter 1960’s

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

Done

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

Control to Panama in 1999

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

Can not determine if it is in force, but appears to be. Senator
Tom Connally (D-TX, 1929-1953) recognized the fact that at some
future time the UN General Assembly could amend the UN Charter to allow the International Court of Justice to override national court decisions. This amendment to the treaty safeguards out national sovereignty.

 

Out of the 45 provisions, 38 have been completed wholly or in part or are ongoing.  This is 84.4%.

These provisions have put the United States on a path toward an oppressive socialist state.  An additional set of actions would be to increasingly add industries and markets under some form of government control.  This can take the form of laws or regulations issued by various departments and agencies.

Recent actions by the Obama Administration and Congress can be seen as a power grab to enact these.  Many Democratic presidents have shown a penchant for increasingly ceding our sovereignty to the United Nations with the Senate more or less being complicit in the action.

It’s time that we, the American people, say to Washington, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” and send people who will safeguard our interests instead of their own, who will enact our agenda and not a socialist power grab, and who will safeguard the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic as stated in their oath of office.

I do not advocate secession, outright civil war (although it might come to that), assassinations, riots or anything like that.  With over 200 years under our belt of actually electing a government to office peacefully, I believe that we can do what needs to be done without resorting to any of those.

Really???

I just read were LBGT’s were asked by their lobbying groups to stage a “Kiss-in” at Chick-Fil-A and then post a picture of it. 

Whose bright idea was this? Does the LBGT community want to be taken seriously???

Come on guys, this is typical, for lack of a better way of putting it, gay thinking.  You want to be taken seriously? Do what the Chick-Fil-A supporters did, but find yourself a company that supports your views and then have every LBGT person and your supporters go to that company and buy.  Show your economic muscle, not how good you are with your tongues.  Geez, at least use some common sense.  PDA’s are just that, a public display of affection.  If you want to fight a “war” at least try not to bring a knife to gunfight.