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THREATS AND INTIMIDATION

Have we become a country where our day to day behavior can be determined by threats and intimidation? It certainly appears that way.

The vote of the electors of the Electoral College which makes the nation’s president elect the official next president usually goes off without a hitch. It’s a formality which might take up a half-minute on the news.

This year, as we all know, was an exception. President Elect, Donald Trump, captured the most electoral votes and surpassed the required number to become the next president on election night, November 8, 2016. Even though Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton, conceded the election to Mr. Trump. Democrats, who could not fathom that Clinton could have lost the election, immediately fought back. There was rioting in the streets, crying on college campuses and elsewhere, the popping up of support groups for those who were experiencing severe angst and trauma from the election results, and so on and so forth.

Since the election night, the Democrats have stopped at nothing to de-legitimize the election results and the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump. First, they demanded recounts in states where the Trump campaign flipped from blue to red. Did the Democrats use threats and intimidation in over-seeing the re-counting of the votes? If they did, it didn’t work.

In a last-ditch effort to de-legitimize Donald Trump, and in their dreams, to maybe overturn the election, they attempted to get electors, especially in the states that Trump won, to re-consider and vote for Hillary. From various news sources, I learned that emails numbering more than 2000 were sent to each elector, even in Alabama where Trump received over 60% of the vote. Furthermore, I learned that electors in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania were receiving death threats in order to make them change their votes.

We live in the United States of America where any form of threats and intimidation by the government or any political party of law-abiding citizens should never take place under any circumstance. But sadly, threats and intimidation have become a popular tool of the Democrat party to get what they want.

I’ve been reading, mostly on social media, that many musicians and refusing to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Earlier today, I read an article about Andrea Bocelli, a friend of the president elect, had accepted an invitation to entertain, but had to back out because of the threats and intimidation he was receiving from the left. All the social media posts about this have come from the left. Could this be fake news? Be that as it may, I thought that maybe Mr. Trump could go the country music route. He could also invite second or third tier acts who might be looking for exposure. And what better way to get it that to perform at a presidential inauguration?

But wait. If a good local or regional singer or band who has aspirations of maybe one day getting to Hollywood, Chicago, New York, or maybe even Nashville were to perform for President Elect Trump’s inauguration, would they be branded for life by the Hollywood, Chicago, New York, or Nashville leftists (and there are some leftists in Nashville). Regardless of how good the individual or group is, would Hollywood automatically reject them for having performed for Donald Trump? The implication of threats and intimidation; could they possibly prevent young artists from accepting the “gig of their dreams?”

A Trump presidency should give this nation at least four relief from what has been the continuing progression of government taking over as many aspects of our lives as possible. If President Trump can get Obamacare repealed in its entirety or replaced with something much less insidious, maybe we can get a little relief on our health insurance premiums. If all those federal lands that Obama placed off limits to oil and natural gas exploration, can be re-opened for these activities, we could take some giant steps toward becoming energy independent, meaning our personal energy costs would decrease, and the fear of massive increases which were championed by the Obama administration would cease to exist.

The left, including the mainstream media, sadly has become an enemy of the United States of America. It is an enemy that will always be with us and will always use threats and intimidation to change our behavior, similar to the threats and intimidation used in the George Orwell novel, “1984.” Threats and intimidation includes not only threats to our health and property, but will include the hurling of false accusations at those of us who refuse to tow their line, in an effort to weaken us or brainwash us into assuming their way of thinking, again like what was written in the novel, “1984.”

Many of us, in church, with our families, or just by ourselves, have prayed for our country during the Obama administration because we were afraid of the results of the implementation of many of Obama’s policies. Prayers for our country cannot stop. In fact, prayer is going to be even more important. The threats and intimidation that will continue from the left will weaken us at times and may even tempt us to flip to the other side. Some say it’s easy to be a liberal. I wouldn’t know. So, please keep fighting the good fight because we now have a chance to take our country back.

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WHINY SNIVELING DEMOCRATS

Leading up to the presidential election held last week (November 8), all Americans were led to believe by the media, both main stream and alternative, that Hillary Clinton was a “shoe-in” to win the 2016 presidential election. Electoral college maps were displayed illustrating Clinton’s easy path to an electoral college victory and Donald Trump’s not so easy path to an electoral college victory.

As someone who wasn’t crazy about Donald Trump and supported other Republican candidates during the nomination process, I was fearful. This country couldn’t take four more years of ultra-left wing rule, and if we four more such years, the United States of America would be totally unrecognizable.

On the morning of the election, I predicted that Donald Trump would win the popular vote and Hillary Clinton would take the electoral college, thus winning the presidency. After all, the crowds at Trump/Pence rallies were much larger than those at Clinton/Kaine rallies. The states of Illinois, New York, and California are responsible for a vast number of electoral college votes. While most of the counties in these states tend to vote Republican, the highly-populated areas of Chicago, New York City, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco produce enough votes to turn these states blue.

Fast-forward to election night when the election results began to dribble in. It was announced that Trump had to win the states of Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina or he was finished. Losing one of those states would insure a Clinton win. But even if Trump did win those states, I would need to flip at least one traditionally blue state to win. Multiple scenarios were illustrated where each candidate could win 269 electoral votes. Then the tie would have to be broken by a vote in the House of Representatives. Given that the House had a Republican majority, Trump would win.

But it didn’t come to that because Trump was victorious in all three states that were a must for him. Trump was also ahead in the traditionally blue states of Pennsylvania and Michigan with Minnesota going back and forth. Even at this juncture, I didn’t have much hope, even though the talking heads were giving Trump a good chance to win. I didn’t think he would be able to flip a traditionally blue state. But well into the wee hours of the morning, the AP called Pennsylvania for Trump, soon the networks followed suit. Donald Trump had won the presidency.

On TV, the network would show a jubilant Trump headquarters and a woeful Clinton headquarters. On social media, I compared the Clinton supporters to football fans of the University of Georgia in 2008. Alabama, in its second year under head coach, Nick Saban, went to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs who were highly ranked. The Georgia fans were so sure they would be able to mop the floor with Alabama. They even declared the day a “black out” day and all fans were asked to wear black with the team wearing black on black uniforms. Well, guess what happened? Alabama jumped to an early lead in the first half and fended off a second half Georgia rally to win the game in convincing fashion. The TV cameras would show the Georgia fans, and I swear, I have never seen such a pitiful looking group of folks in my life. Clinton supporters reminded me of the Georgia fans.

Once the election results settled in, liberals, who were so smug and nasty to those who didn’t support Obama, had become whiny sniveling Democrats. College students who had, most likely, not been taught American history properly, were too devastated to go to class, much less take tests. So, they asked the heads of their respective institutions of higher learning to allow them to recuperate from such a trauma. And the heads of these institutions gave it to them.

As opposed to retreating to their safe spaces, some whiny sniveling Democrats took to the streets to protest the election results. They were upset that certain vote tallies were showing that Hillary Clinton received more of the popular vote than did Donald Trump. In my observations, it was going back and forth. Thus, the whiny sniveling Democrats were saying that Hillary should be president and would be if not for an obsolete arcane system that had been in place for generations. (I’ll have more on the electoral college in a futures post.) Whiny sniveling Democrats, I have news for you. We are a nation of laws, even Obama has said that once or twice.

In his acceptance speech, President Elect, Donald Trump, called for unity and indicated that he would be a president to all the people. He further indicated that he was aware that while many didn’t support him, he would be their president. Subsequently, social media, particularly Facebook, exploded with all these memes calling for unity. Some Republicans were expressing empathy with whiny sniveling Democrats, because they knew how devastating it was for them to lose.

I didn’t call for unity, nor did I express empathy with the whiny sniveling Democrats. Instead, I pointed out how those same whiny sniveling Democrats treated Republicans four and eight years ago. They told us that we lost and to get over it. They also told us that they didn’t care what we thought, they were going to do what they wanted to do.

Thus, I have no sympathy for whiny sniveling Democrats. They can deal with things just like we did four and eight years ago.

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WHY I’M CYNICAL ABOUT RACE

Growing up in a small north Alabama town where no blacks lived, I had little interaction with them until I started college at the University of Alabama. I was well aware that at this point in my life, I would certainly have a lot more interaction with blacks. I would be in class with them, I would be living close to them, if not having them as roommates, I would be socializing with them, and so on and so forth. While the term “new normal” was not used back then, this would be the “new normal” for me.

During my sophomore year, I lived next door to a black girl and we became the best of friends. I was the one who made the initial ice-breaking contact with her, and soon her black friends and my white friends were all friends. Even though we both moved out of the dormitory and into apartments my junior year and her sophomore year, we remained friends, had some great times together, and continued to remain friends until we were in our mid-twenties and life caused us to drift apart. Like all friends, we did have our “tiffs,” but that’s normal for everyone.

I’ve always lived according to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Now that the Civil Rights legislation of the mid-sixties had lifted the barriers, we can become a color-blind society.  The only reason I felt like skin color should be used would be for identification purposes and maybe marketing purposes. For example, if I owned a tanning salon, my core target market would not include blacks for obvious reasons, it’s not a service most really need.

I’ve always been against affirmative action programs because I feel they demean minorities. It’s telling minorities that you’re inferior and need help to achieve. That’s BS! As a Republican, I do feel that the Republican Party is the best party for anyone, including minorities and that the Democrat part is the real racist party. It’s the Democrats who think that minorities, including blacks, are inferior and need help from whites. Again, that’s BS!

There is a question that I have often put to blacks and whites: with Civil Rights Legislation, there was forced desegregation in most areas of our society. However, one area where there was not forced desegregation was our churches and houses of worship. And to this day, we have white churches and black churches with very little overlap. Why is this? You would think that churches would be the first places to desegregate, but no. But I think that may be beginning to change slightly, which I’m happy about.

I did ask a black friend to visit my church several times. One time she asked me what we did at my church. I said that we did what most people in church do. We sing hymns, pray, and the minister delivers the message which is directly from the Bible. Then the friend said she didn’t want to be the only African-American there. While there are no blacks who regularly attend my church, we do have the occasional visitors who are black. At my church, everyone is welcome. The black friend did hurt my feelings a bit. I was sincere about her visiting my church, and she seemed to flippantly dismiss my invitation.

One black friend that I often go out to eat with, will say that the waiter/waitress is prejudice if the service is slow and the waiter or waitress is white. Then if the service is a little fast, she says, “I wonder if they’re trying to rush us out.”  I’m so sick of hearing that.

I’ve been accused of being prejudiced because I don’t like turnip greens. And one time I asked a black friend what time she got out of church on Sunday so we could plan something for that afternoon. This friend responded in a somewhat snarky manner, “just when we get out.” Then I suggested that she get up and leave if the service goes a little long. I shouldn’t have said that, and ended the conversation telling her that if she couldn’t reasonably guarantee that she would be able to meet up and attend the matinee, let’s just forget about it. “Oh, no, no, no, we can do this, “she said. We did meet up at a designated time and went to the matinee. I’m pretty sure this person was just trying to give me a hard time.

Another time, I had arranged for a black friend of mine to pick up a white friend of mine and meet me somewhere. It was a little more detailed than this, but the details aren’t important. The black friend replied, “I don’t know, he might be prejudiced.” I lost it and told the black friend to get out of the fifties and sixties and into the second decade of the twenty-first century. She replied, “I guess I just made a bad joke.” I was mad and she knew it.

In some of the smaller cities and townships in the Birmingham area, your city address is “Birmingham, Alabama.” I think this is limited to those zip codes that begin with “352.” For example, the city of Homewood is a separate and distinct city with a city government. The zip code is 35209. If you’re in that zip code, you are Birmingham, Alabama, not Homewood, Alabama. In the suburb of Pelham, Alabama, the zip code is 35124 and your city address is Pelham, Alabama, not Birmingham, Alabama. Of course, people use do use Homewood, Alabama, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Hoover, Alabama, etc. as their city/state. While it’s technically wrong, mail does still get to them. I heard someone once say to use Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, was racist. Now how can you possibly, with a straight face, connect those dots?

These things are minor, but they seem to have happened happen to me a lot. Liberals now add to the definition of racism to fit whatever suits their needs at the moment.

You’re a racist if you rooted for the Denver Broncos with white quarterback Peyton Manning over the Carolina Panthers with black quarterback Cam Newton. You’re a racist if you don’t like Gangsta Rap. You’re racist if you like country music; the only reason you like Darius Rucker is because liking him makes you feel good about your racist self.  If you say “All Lives Matter” you’re a racist.

And then to the big one, if you don’t support Barak Obama and his policies, you’re a racist. I’ve addressed this many times and won’t re-hash it here.

I have folks telling me and everyone else that the “Black Lives Matter” movement is a righteous and peaceful movement, that the person who gunned down those police officers in Dallas was not a part of “Black Lives Matter.”

The “Black Lives Matter” movement arose out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. Before the investigation and the facts were complete, liberals, including black liberals, were shouting “hands up don’t shoot” then “black lives matter.” The “hands up don’t shoot” didn’t happen. It was a lie. Thus, “Black Lives Matter” was predicated upon a lie.

Then you have the “Black Lives Matter” movement holding demonstrations and chanting things like “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon, and “what do we want, dead cops, when do we want it, now.” I watched the video of the “Black Lives Matter” rally held in downtown Birmingham last night. While there was no rioting, looting, or destroying of property (we don’t do that down here), the tone was anti-white and anti-police. Also, demonstrators were chanting “hands up, don’t shoot.”

I don’t agree with those who say it’s a good, peaceful movement. Instead, I consider it a hate group. Can someone tell me why I should think differently?

I have often said that I didn’t understand why liberals, including black liberals, protest to the point of looting and rioting when someone black dies at the hands of someone white, which are isolated incidents; but do not appear to care about scenarios such as Chicago where multiple blacks are killed almost every night and certainly on weekend nights by other blacks. If the scenario in Chicago could be minimized, it would go a long way to saving black lives, especially young black lives. But I’m called a racist and other things for uttering such. Why am I such a horrible person for pointing out a scenario where more blacks are killed in gang-related incidents than isolated incidents? It sure looks to me like only some black lives matter.

Like everyone else, I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But I have tried, as a young college student and an adult, to reach out to blacks. Yes I have become cynical about race, particularly over the last 7-1/2 years and feel like I have been kicked in the teeth and in the stomach.  Why should I not feel this way? Please tell me.

Note: I do have many black friends who have not treated me in the ways that I described above. I don’t intend to stop trying to make black friends. While there are some things I will not put up with, I do not intend to give up on my efforts to make our society a color-blind one.

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