Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Renewed Declaration

Declaration_independence

Today isn’t the Fourth of July.  We don’t celebrate a date.  Today is Independence Day.  We celebrate the birth of the idea that is America.  That idea had enemies.  The British Crown and Parliament oppressed the Colonies to the point of violating our British constitution.  Our rebellion to tyranny did not begin at the point where we couldn’t take it anymore, but our principles emboldened us to rebel when we wouldn’t take it anymore.  We reached a point where our love of liberty told us “We have had enough.”  Because of our Christian faith, we had the moral courage to stand in the face of despotism.

“In God We Trust” became our motto, and in his trust we pledged to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.  We held God’s truths to be self-evident, that all men are BFRebelliontoTyrants1created equal, not in financial situation, not in talent, but in dignity.  The servant is created equal with his master.  Subjects are created equal with the king.  No longer are we slaves to be ruled by a cruel despot.  We realized our Christian duty is to free the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor.  We believed that “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”

We didn’t just believe.  We acted.  We didn’t misapply “Turn the other cheek.”  We stopped the hand of the tyrant from abusing us anymore.  We weren’t afraid of violence.  We weren’t conflict averse.  We didn’t relish the fight, but we did fight.  Through the godly use of violence we destroyed the power of those who oppressed the weak.

Ours is a noble beginning.  Ours is a godly foundation.  Imperfect in its application, but honorable nonetheless.  Our association as a people is not in a single ethnicity.  America is God’s idea, an idea of life, liberty, equality for all who cherish it.  We are a great nation because we believe in the God of that great idea.

We are not without enemies, though.  We have foreign and domestic enemies that want to fundamentally transform that sacred idea into a demonic tyranny.  These agents of tyranny live among us.  These tyrants give their allegiance to foreign gods.  They have fomented lawlessness and chaos.  They have orchestrated the murders of 57 million children.  They have confiscated our property.  They have introduced sexual confusion.  They have created crisis on the border.  They have required us to violate our consciences.  They have refused to enforce our laws.  They have abused governmental authority to torment and punish their political opponents.  They have refused to defend the righteous.

They have forfeited the privilege to govern free men.
Fredrick Douglass
We have suffered a long train of abuses and usurpations.  Those who govern us have demonstrated a plan to reduce us under absolute despotism.  Those who govern us have destroyed lives, liberty, and property.  It is our right.  It is our duty to oppose such tyranny.  To do any less would be disobedience to our God.

So, on this Independence Day, let us reaffirm our dependence on the Author of our liberty.  Let us pledge allegiance to our Sovereign King.  With our knees bowed to the King of heaven, we will have the courage to stand before tyrants.  If God be for us we are fighting a winnable war.  With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence we will once again celebrate our independence.

Advertisements

America the Beautiful

After the presidential election of 2012, my enthusiasm for America has been tempered.  Since my countrymen chose the subservient chains of a sheltered tyranny over the wild adventure of emancipating liberty the colors of the flag lost their luster.  The honor of service was stripped of its joy.  My countrymen are turning America into something ugly.  I didn’t love America anymore because America was no longer lovely.  But, I wanted to love America again.

This personal melancholy remained with me until yesterday.  Now, I have a renewed love for my country, and a resurrected sense of honor for our godly heritage.  This rebirthed patriotism began in an unlikely place.  I walked into a movie theatre where the choices included such movies like Tammy (one reviewer from the New York Observer gave it zero stars).  I placed my money on the counter and purchased a ticket to Dinesh D’Souza’s movie America: Imagine the World Without Her.  D’Souza refuted the arguments by Progressive ideologues that America is the epitome of evil in the world.  He highlighted the things that made this country admirable.  He exposed the lies and the liars, but the tone of the movie was hopeful.  He drew a portrait of America that is beautiful.

America has something for everyone to admire.  Blacks, Indians, immigrants, and patriots all willMadame_CJ_Walker find something to love about America.  One such example comes from the post-Civil War South.  The first female self-made millionaire was Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker.  This black woman was the daughter of Louisiana share croppers.  She saw a need in the community where poor diet caused women’s hair to fall out.   She adapted her knowledge of hair and hair care products to market cosmetics that allowed women to take care of their hair and their dignity.  Her entrepreneurial spirit generated wealth like no other black woman had done before her.  She was an admired philanthropist and trained many other women how to build and manage their own businesses.  She accomplished all this before Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson arrived on the scene to inform the Black community just how horribly they have it.

There are thousands, maybe millions, of beautiful stories like these in America just waiting to be told.  Write them.  Tell them.  Live them.
360-america-the-beautiful
America is beautiful, but she is beginning to believe the lies of the Left that she is ugly.  I encourage you to see the movie and gaze on the beauty of America.  Pray for her; protect her with your vote; hold her public servants accountable, and remember that we live in the greatest, most beautiful nation God has ever formed.

Please Don’t Pet the Peeves

What is a peeve?  A “peeve” is a source of annoyance or irritation.  “Peeve” has its origin in the early 20th Century in America.  It is taken from “peevish” which is a Middle English word from around the mid-14th Century.  “Peevish” is an adjective that means “showing annoyance, irritation, or bad mood,” or “cross, querulous, or fretful, as from vexation or discontent.”  Some Americans then took the adjective “peevish” and made it into a noun, “peeve.”  The phrase “pet peeve” appears to have its origin before 1920, as it is found in a 1919 dictionary.

This, possibly recurring, blog post on pet peeves is really just in fun.  I don’t want you to think I live my life in perpetual “stew” mode.  I do have several pet peeves, and they change often.  So, I decided to help my mental state by possibly educating the general public on the following peeves of mine:

1. A whole nother…
No matter where in the United States I go people use the phrase “A whole nother.”  The phrase could even be heard “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

“But it’s a whole nother year” Luke Skywalker protests when Uncle Owen vetoes Luke’s plans to go to the Academy this year.

What is a “nother?”  Has anyone seen a “nother?”  What do you do with a “nother?”  How did “nother” lose its “a”?

“Nother” is not a word.  From the research I’ve done, the phrase can be traced back to some time in the 1950s.  Apparently, the phrase simply divorces the word “another” and allows another word to interrupt the union of “a” and “nother.”  Although “a” can stand alone, “nother” requires its companion.  The origin of the phrase likely came from some psychologist who simply wanted “nother” to find its own identity outside of its dependency on “a”.

The best thing you can do with a “nother” is to mate it with an “a.”  And the two shall become a whole nother word.

1600-Genderbread-Person

These gender identity nuts are actually serious. Their irrationality is not bringing clarity to people’s identities. Instead they are fostering harmful confusion.

2. Using third person, plural pronouns (they, them, their) for third person, singular pronouns (he, him, his) when the sex of the individual is not identified.

I know we live in an age of post-modern political correctness.  There is no logic or reason in dialogue anymore.  People just prefer to feel and not think.  Feeling is easy.  Thinking is hard.

The nature of this grammar error stems from the unknown sex of the one being discussed.  Is it a he, or is it a she?  In the sexual confusion of our day where men who feel like they are women can use the ladies’ locker room, does it really matter?  The long-standing rule in English when the sex of the subject or object is unidentified or includes both men and women is to use the masculine gender pronoun.

Everyone needs to bring his notebook.

“Everyone” is singular in this sentence so the singular person, masculine pronoun is used.  “Everyone” doesn’t own a notebook collectively, but owns one separately.  “Everyone” can include both male and female.  Therefore, the masculine is used.  And before you get caught up in a spat of compromise with irrational gender-neutral activists, “his or her” is verbose and unnecessary because the use of “his” in this context implies “his or her.”

While doing a legal review of an incapacitation pay case I came across this grammatical gem: “Patient reports symptoms consistent with PTSD… extremely difficult for them and that they are receiving mental health services that meet their needs. Recommend further assessment.”

Apparently this patient is suffering from schizophrenia as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.  My “further assessment” would be for this doctor to learn some grammar.

3. Past History

I won’t dwell on this redundancy too much.  I just have one question.  How much of history is in the past?  I hope having brought this to your attention you will no longer use it.

Now, go out there and make future history!

4. Déjà vu all over again

As long as we’re on the subject of redundancy, I might as well go into this one.  This phrase has been attributed to American genius Yogi Berra.  The Yankee catcher also gave us these priceless pieces of wisdom:

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.
It ain’t over till it’s
over.

“Déjà vu” means “the experience of perceiving a new situation as if it had occurred before.”  Essentially, “déjà vu” means “all over again.”  Hearing so many people saying “It’s like déjà vu all over again” actually is like déjà vu all over again.

These are just some of the language pet peeves of mine.  Stay tuned as I get into some uncomfortable pet peeves.