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Richard Hood is a retired history teacher.

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Truth Derangement Syndrome and China

| Opinion | May 28, 2020

If slavery still existed in North Carolina, that state would be boycotted, and forced to change.  So why do some have no problem with expanding their own disposable incomes by exploiting modern slaves in China?

These same people call for boycotting Israel, the only democratic entity in their region, but not communist China.  The communistic Left here label themselves “democratic” socialists, because it sounds gentler while masking its totalitarian roots, while they give China a pass to brutalize and enslave their own citizens.  If you haven’t heard about China’s citizens being sentenced to slave labor camps, blame your democratic socialist media.

China’s slaves are forced to make much of the stuff we buy, due to belonging to religious or political minorities ruled by a God-hating regime. But if they were enslaved for being a racial minority, would there then, finally, be calls for boycotting?  One would hope so, but evidently communism lovers don’t consider being simply human as deserving God-given rights.

Brian Suits points out there’s more Chinese government agents stationed in California (aerospace and silicon valley) than there are FBI agents here to root them out.  Computer chips in our jet fighters are made in China.  What if they have a built-in backdoor?  China produces a vast amount of our pharmaceuticals and other necessities.  We need to start producing essentials we need in case supplies are cut off, or fail.

Christians in China are sentenced to labor camps simply for following their faith.  They help make low priced goods that stretch our paychecks.  China is also experimenting with, and planning for biological/germ warfare.  They secretly and illegally pay our university research staffs for their tech and chemistry research.  The leftist media doesn’t report all the arrests. This subterfuge has another name: treachery.

Before WWII, we sold another totalitarian state our metal and oil, the means of production of their war machine.  But China makes no attempt to hide their main target. Do we want to look down, like Aesop’s eagle, to see the arrow that killed us is feathered with our own plume?
China’s Marxist government considers Christianity an enemy, and has no problem “harvesting” their prisoner’s organs for sale.  Evidently it’s easy to get “so-called” Americans to look the other way – as evidenced by China’s partners like Google, and the NBA.  If China’s slaves were a group the NBA identified with, wouldn’t they boycott in outrage?  Which means they don’t see China’s slaves as being equally human.  Welcome to the one, shared, fallen human race, the broken family of man.  Those you don’t forgive you can become like.  Fortunately there is a redeemer, and He lives.

Compromising with slavery now may be as dangerous as it was during our Constitution’s ratification. Burying our heads in the sand will have predictable results, as doing so at our country’s founding resulted down the road in the War Between the States, our bloodiest war.  That war might have been prevented if we hadn’t put slavery on the back burner.  As Paul Simon sings, “silence like a cancer grows.”

North Carolina was boycotted by the NBA and the Left for not allowing biological males to use restrooms reserved for the privacy and protection of their daughters. Yet the Left send their daughters to colleges the Left claim to be rape centers.  Why would they do that?  Because they have Truth Derangement Syndrome.  It also causes them to remain blind to the torture and enslavement of China’s citizens, while producing a substitute theology needing ever more cheap goods to fill a God-shaped hole that can’t be filled that way.

As for the Church in America, we are to be known by our love for each other, particularly widows, orphans and prisoners of faith. So, what’s its excuse for ignoring their so-called family?

Herd Conscience

| Opinion | May 7, 2020

Our country’s leftist governors allow repeated drunk drivers to continue driving, even while using their “if it even saves one life” line to justify their fascistic decrees regarding this virus.  I’ve said that “sin makes stupid,” but the leftist’s possible delusion might be something else, namely a flat out lie – a lie to conceal a guilty conscience.

Respected scientists from institutions such as Stanford are ignored by mainstream (read leftist) media when they warn that discounting “herd immunity” will only prolong this virus.  This is because the Constitution-hating control mongers we so often elect use any crisis, any fear, as an opportunity to push their totalitarian agenda of control.

If there is herd immunity, there may also be herd guilt, because the spiritual follows the natural.
The spiritual and the earthly are connected, as in “On Earth as it is in Heaven” and “First the natural, then the spirit.”  Isn’t someone with a guilty conscience more likely to lie, as they haven’t yet confessed the guilt they wish to keep concealed?  But, as Lady Macbeth said: “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood from my hand? No…”  And Chaucer remarks “murder will out,” meaning it will become public, and perhaps by extension, the public then held accountable for their response.  The response will be correction or concealment.  If the latter, what follows will be founded on guilt, and therefore followed by covering up, with its resulting dread of disclosure.

Will the preserving “salt” and disinfecting “light” represented by believers, stop working when our underlying faith in God’s word is replaced by the idolatry of secular ideology?  I’m asking because this would be a violation of the first order, figuratively and literally, of the first and arguably prime commandment. Historically, things have never gone well anywhere for anyone, faithful or unfaithful, where God’s people have broken this commandment.

Have we gone way to the other side in the name of safety during this pandemic in a subconscious overreaction? In an attempt to counterbalance the mass murder, the ongoing genocide that has never really ended? While leftist governors justify their edicts with “if it even saves one life,” they simultaneously choose to ignore their conscience as well as the science of a beating heart, and the new life they must therefore lie about, and cover up its death, by labeling the human life a “tissue.”  Yet this “tissue” tries to move away from the pain of the scalpel. Not the first time humans have been labeled non-humans.

We say “never again,” but genocidal attempts go back interminably and have never stopped. The Armenian genocide began during WWI.  More current are the Muslim massacres against Christians in Sudan, Syria and elsewhere.  The numbers of citizens murdered by their own God hating (and so, God-denying) governments in China, the Soviet Union and Cambodia is literally unimaginable.

Nature abhors a vacuum.  When we childishly pretend to be answerable only to ourselves, we start to believe objective truth to be a fable, so fables and their resulting social movements will replace the truth.  Spit out the truth, and you’ll swallow lies.  And horrors will happen sure as day will follow night, spiritual will follow the natural, and guilt, fear and panic will follow a guilty, buried conscience. This includes a herd conscience. Causes always have their effects. Cause and effect – it’s science, which begins with observing, a power we’ve been gifted for reason’s sake.

Edicts from our elected totalitarians who utilize fear for control’s sake would like us to accept the Orwellian vision of 1984’s omnipresent Big Brother, and his claim that “resistance is futile.”  This is the idolatrous replacement religion from those who would try to “lord it” over us, while they simultaneously rebel against the true, immutable laws of nature and nature’s God.

With Our Boots On

| Opinion | April 30, 2020

We are told we are at war with an invisible enemy.  A virus.  Whether we have been attacked deliberately or not, these viruses seem to originate from the same unhygienic cause and area year after year.

What happens in a war?  You surrender or fight back.  If you don’t fight to win, you won’t, and then realize you might as well have surrendered.  Either way, you’ll have casualties, some innocent.  An adult realizes there is no way around this. It’s not a question of whether someone will die, but determining which values are more important than physical life.

Want to protect every single life? You can’t. But like the God hating and America hating left, you can soak yourself in sanitizer and yet illogically and hypocritically allow annual U.S. deaths by driving (37,000).  And using stairs (12,000).  And biking (1,024), swimming (7,000), and eating (5,000) – in short, all the risks that make up life, and take lives year round. You could die from anything, and someday, will.

If you listen to the mainstream hysteria, please stop. They spew vitriolic, immature nonsense while spreading their own fears, hatred and illogic. They respond to adult reasoning that dares contradict them with “you’re mean!” and “it’s not fair!” as they stamp their foot. Why choose to listen to those who couldn’t even pass an American citizenship test?

We’ve decided there are things worth fighting for, and things not. If you listen to mainstream media, you will learn to think (okay, feel) like them.  What you allow into your heart via your ears and eyes, affects how you interpret everything. I believe the unholy trinity of media/academia/entertainment to be spiritually deluded. Their actions are otherwise inexplicable. If you don’t think they’re under delusion, you have to conclude they were paid by those who want America dead, and therefore guilty of sedition at best. We are warned, if not ordered, to guard our hearts. Please don’t buy into their spiritually impaired foolishness.

Some say more may perish from media and leftist governor overreaction to this virus, than from the virus itself. Others say they won’t allow for “even one life” to be lost, (this from Gov. Cuomo who also said “America was never that great.”) Saving all life is not possible even when not at war.  Follow the money – leftist media has found a financial bounce via fear mongering, and to America’s detriment, will level more bogus charges against their President.

What happened to being the “home of the free and the brave?”  Maybe we’ve had it too good. Too many have become morally and intellectually bored, fat and lazy. We are passing the buck, rather than passing the baton, the torch, we were handed. We’ve let a socialist village tell us we’re not the people to educate our own kids (which we love, and they don’t) and which turns them against their own parents’ values, or perhaps their grandparents’, who actually paid a price for staying Americans.

Ben Franklin reportedly wrote that those who choose safety over liberty are unworthy of either. He also said we have a Republic, if we can keep it.  We are not keeping it.  We are not choosing liberty. We are not willing to risk anything, always choosing safety. Which means, I’m afraid, we are in imminent danger of losing everything – our historic American values and liberties our forefathers died for. We need an awakening. Another Great Awakening.  Otherwise, our Grand Experiment in self-government may die on our watch.  People will die either way – for liberty or for safety.  More important than physical life is the liberty that allows us to pursue the full lives we were given life for.

Watch for Richard’s upcoming “Angel of Marye’s Heights” episode on Our American Stories.

Christy Smith: Drilling Holes in our Life Boat

| Opinion | April 23, 2020

Our American Foundation: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. How can someone so Middle-American and fly-over state appearing, stomp on this? Out of the gallons of blood shed by U.S. soldiers, not one drop has ever been shed for the controlling, socialist fantasy promoted by Christy Smith.

The Pursuit of Happiness: This means the fulfillment of your own personal destiny to its greatest extent. The divine purpose in your being given life, plus your birthright as an American, are not guaranteed. If your liberties are not protected and nurtured, your very purpose in life – your destiny, may not be fulfilled. Your pursuing that fulfillment is the “happiness” part of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and the freedom to do that is what’s at risk by voting for left-wing America-haters. Don’t waste your life in wasting your vote.

Liberty: This is the ability to do, not what you want, but rather what you think is moral and helpful. Not the easy thing, but rather, often the hard but right thing. Smith is saying she’ll promote our district in the swamp. That’s ridiculous. She’ll be a tool like her leftist predecessor, just another newbie who will be “handled” by Peolsi and made to tow the party line, and be manipulated by her crew. Smith must knows this, so what does this say about her honesty, and therefore her ability to bring real harm to America? The left’s whole point is to undermine America’s founding principles, and they feel you should not have liberty as the Founders wanted, but rather they believe all your individual choices should be cancelled – they feel you need to be controlled, by them, in every area of your life. That’s the opposite of liberty, and supporting it shows one hates America.

Life: Being deprived of life itself deletes your God-given other inalienable rights – to the liberty needed to live a right and fulfilled life, and pursuing the course to happiness that He has set in your heart. That part of what “should have been” your life, will never become fulfilled if not given the liberty to pursue your destiny and God given desires. Death is the only choice promoted by Planned Parenthood, which supports Smith. So much for choice. Abortion was promised to be “rare” in America, but Planned Parenthood’s aborting 29,000 every month shows this to to be just another leftist lie. It makes you wonder about the thinking of leftists who claim to promote feminism while simultaneously promoting taking the lives of women in the womb, often chosen to die simply for being female. That’s evil, and it’s “inhumane” because, even if you call that baby with a beating heart and which feels pain a “fetus,” it’s still a “human” fetus, and to do to an animal what they do to a baby while exiting the womb would find you in jail and labeled a monster. By numbers, it’s the greatest human rights violation in history, but Smith and the left support it. Don’t be one of a new breed of holocaust deniers.

Smith has prospered due to the hard work of Americans before her whose values resulted in her and our liberties, the foundations of America that she seems motivated to betray. Why work so hard to get elected, only to work against the values that gave her the ability to prosper and get elected? A twisted, anti-American indoctrination.

Don’t drink Smith’s Cool-Aid, and don’t allow anyone to take away your destiny or your liberties which mean your chance for a full life. Not getting out and voting for true Americans is also irresponsible. Get up, get out and fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Vote for Mike Garcia, vote for America.

Richard Hood is a retired teacher of American history.

365 Reasons for Believers Not to Worry

| Opinion | April 16, 2020

Let’s face facts: we are all going to die. Someday, someway. Probably not from this virus, statistically speaking. It is great that people are seeking a cure, just as in the past, and future. Bringing relief and saving life is part of the Kingdom of God. But worrying? That’s an indicator that priorities need adjusting. While it is a worthy endeavor to hunt for cures like for a needle in a haystack, what’s the ultimate point if we aren’t seeking the directions of the maker of the stacks, and creator of the hay? Bringing the Kingdom of Heaven onto Earth is what we are about, but if the worst case scenario is death, and we are worried about being taken from this Earth, even right now, something is amiss.

Our maker tells us 365 times in His word not to fear or be anxious. So every day we can expect to have to recognize this temptation and defeat it, by using the authority He has given us and told us to use. If we love Him, we trust Him. If we trust Him, we don’t worry. If we worry, we need to apologize for our lack of relationship that results in such lack of trust. Worry and trust cannot occupy the same place at the same time. As we are free moral agents, we can choose to experience defeat in this area, or try the following. (Results may vary, as they are dependent on level of motivation._

Recognize the worries as fear. Some people are like fish swimming in a sea of fear and have a difficult time realizing they are surrounded by it – it is so much a part of their lives. Admit to God that you have worried, and ask for and start walking in greater trust. Then act on this recognition immediately by proclaiming your God-given authority in Jesus’ name, who told us to use both. He paid the highest price for your freedom over worry, and every other work of the enemy. Don’t disregard it. Everything bows before His name. Command the fear to go. Confession, repentance and proclamation – works great, as designed.

If you want to be concerned about something, be concerned enough to find out the concerns on your creator’s heart. What other things has He told us to do that we ignore? Now that’s a legitimate concern, rather than listening to government power addicts, haters in the media, or even good friends and family.

Rest assured, you can have assured rest both now and later, an eternity of peace without fear, and you can be on that path this second. Don’t miss the boat – the boat and journey you were designed to be on. It’s not too late, yet. Your heart and trust should be in Jesus. Your eternity of peace, purpose, meaning and victory for the Kingdom should start as soon as you are done reading this. It’s a choice, and I pray you choose wisely.

Richard Hood highly recommends Fathersloveletter.com

Thanksgiving’s Presidential Heritage – Our History from Washington to Trump

| Community | November 27, 2019

compiled by Richard Hood

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor … that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be . . . and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions.” — George Washington, 1789

“As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of the morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed.”
“Of his infinite Grace, through the redeemer of the world, freely to remit all our offenses, and to incline us, by his Holy Spirit, to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction.”
“The duties of humiliation and prayer be accompanied by fervent Thanksgiving to the bestower of every good gift.” — John Adams, 1798

“Whereas it becomes us humbly to approach the throne of Almighty God, with gratitude and praise . . . the glorious light of the gospel, whereby, through the merits of our gracious Redeemer, we may become the heirs of his eternal glory.  Therefore Resolved . . . a day of public and solemn THANKSGIVING to Almighty God, for his mercies, and of PRAYER, for the continuance of this favor and protection to these United States . . . and spread the light of Christian knowledge through the remotest corners of the earth… That he would in mercy look down upon us, pardon all our sins, and receive us into his favor; and finally, that he would establish the independence of these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue.”
— Thomas Jefferson,  1779

“To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the Source from which they come, others have been added which are so extraordinary in nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.”
“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”
“To set apart . . . a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” — Abraham Lincoln, 1863, 1864

“I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, do hereby recommend . . . a day of national thanksgiving to the Creator of the Universe for these great deliverances and blessings. And I do further recommend that on that occasion the whole people make confession of our national sins against His infinite goodness, and with one heart and one mind implore the divine guidance in the ways of national virtue and holiness.”
“. . . by whose everwatchful, merciful, and gracious providence alone states and nations, no less than families and individual men, do live and move and have their being.” — Andrew Johnson, 1865-1868

“It becomes a people thus favored to make acknowledgment to the Supreme Author from whom such blessings flow of their gratitude and their dependence, to render praise and thanksgiving for the same, and devoutly to implore a continuance of God’s mercies.”
“. . . public worship and to unite in the homage and praise due to the bountiful Father of All Mercies and in fervent prayer for the continuance of the manifold blessings he has vouchsafed to us as a people.” — Ulysses S. Grant, 1869

“The sentiments of sympathy and Christian charity by virtue of which we are one united people. . . . as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Him who holds the nations in the hollow of His hand. I recommend that they gather in their several places of worship and devoutly give Him thanks for the prosperity wherewith He has endowed us.” — William McKinley, 1900

“That our hearts may be roused to war steadfastly for good and against all the forces of evil, public and private. We pray for strength and light, so that in the coming years we may with cleanliness, fearlessness, and wisdom, do our allotted work on the earth in such manner as to show that we are not altogether unworthy of the blessings we have received.”
“We speak of what has been done by this nation in no spirit of boastfulness or vainglory, but with full and reverent realization that our strength is as nothing unless we are helped from above.”
“Our people should set apart a day for praise and thanksgiving to the Giver of Good, and at the same time that they express their thankfulness for the abundant mercies received should manfully acknowledge their shortcomings and pledge themselves solemnly and in good faith to strive to overcome them.”
“In material well-being we have thus abounded, we owe it to the Almighty to show equal progress in moral and spiritual things.”
“Nowhere else in the world is there such an opportunity for a free people to develop to the fullest extent all its powers of body, of mind, and of that which stands above body and mind – character. Much has been given us from on high, and much will rightly be expected of us in return.” — Theodore Roosevelt, 1903-1908

“Our country has many causes for thanksgiving. We have been blest with distinctive evidence of divine favor.” — Herbert Hoover, 1930

“More greatly have we turned our hearts and minds to things spiritual. We can truly say, ‘What profiteth it a nation if it gain the whole world and lose its own soul?’ With gratitude in our hearts for what has already been achieved, may we, with the help of God, dedicate ourselves anew to work for the betterment of mankind.”
“In our deepest natures, in our very souls, we, like all mankind since the earliest origin of mankind, turn to God in time of trouble and in time of happiness. ‘In God We Trust.’”
“In this year of liberation, which has seen so many millions freed from tyrannical rule, it is fitting that we give thanks with special fervor to our Heavenly Father for the mercies we have received individually and as a nation and for the blessings He has restored, through the victories of our arms and those of our allies, to His children in other lands.”
“That we may bear more earnest witness to our gratitude to Almighty God, I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures during the period from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1934-38

“Again I ask all my countrymen to appeal to the Most High, that the God of our Fathers who has blessed this land beyond all others will in His infinite mercy grant to all nations that peace which the world cannot give.” — Harry S. Truman, 1950

“For the courage and vision of our forebears . . . for the unity of spirit which has made our country strong; and for the continuing faith under His guidance that has kept us a religious people with freedom of worship for all, we should kneel in humble thanksgiving.”
“May we lift up our hearts in special prayers of gratitude for the abundance of our endowments . . . and for the religious faith which has wielded such a beneficent influence upon our destiny.”
“It is also fitting at this season that we should consider God’s providence to us throughout our entire history. . . .let us pray this year not only in the spirit of thanksgiving but also as suppliants for God’s guidance, to the end that we may follow the course of righteousness and be worthy of His favor. . . . give thanks to God and prayerful contemplation to those eternal truths and universal principles of Holy Scripture which have inspired such measure of true greatness as this Nation has achieved.”
“. . . recall that our leaders throughout the succeeding generations have relied upon Almighty God for vision and strength of purpose . . . . and let us ask God’s continuing help and guidance in our conduct, both as individuals and as a Nation.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1957

“Let us observe this day with reverence and with prayer that will rekindle in us the will and show us the way not only to preserve our blessings, but also extend them to the four corners of the earth.”
“Let us renew that spirit by offering our thanks for uncovenanted mercies, beyond our desert or merit, and by resolving to meet the responsibilities placed upon us.”
“Let us earnestly and humbly pray that He will continue to guide and sustain us.” — John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963

“From Moses at the Red Sea to Jesus preparing to feed the multitudes, the Scriptures summon us to words and deeds of gratitude, even before divine blessings are fully perceived. From Washington kneeling at Valley Forge to the prayer of an astronaut circling the moon, our own history repeats that summons and proves its practicality … ‘Take heart! Give thanks! To see clearly about us is to rejoice; and to rejoice is to worship the Father; and to worship Him is to receive more blessings still.’”
“Time has not dimmed, nor circumstance diminished the need for God’s hand in all that America may justly endeavor. In times of trial and of triumph that single truth reasserts itself, and a people who have never bowed before men go gladly to their knees in submission to divine power, and in thanks for divine sustenance.” — Richard Nixon, 1972-1973

“Thanksgiving … is a time when the differences of a diverse people are forgotten and all Americans join in giving thanks to God for the blessings we share — the blessings of freedom, opportunity and abundance that make America so unique.” — Gerald R. Ford, 1974

“A day when all Americans could join together and express their gratitude for God’s providence ‘with united hearts.’”
“I ask all Americans to give thanks on that day for the blessings Almighty God has bestowed upon us, and seek to be good stewards of what we have received.” — Jimmy Carter, 1977-1979

“Thanksgiving … has served as a singular expression of the transcending spiritual values that played an instrumental part in the founding of our country.”
“ ‘Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks,’ the Psalmist sang, praising God not only for the ‘wondrous works’ of His creation, but for loving guidance and deliverance from dangers.”
“Rooted deeply in our Judeo-Christian heritage, the practice of offering thanksgiving underscores our unshakable belief in God as the foundation of our Nation and our firm reliance upon Him from Whom all blessings flow. Both as individuals and as a people, we join with the Psalmist in song and praise: ‘Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.’”
“And let us ever be mindful of the faith and spiritual values that have made our Nation great and that alone can keep us great.”
“Acknowledgment of dependence on God’s favor was, in fact, our fledgling Nation’s very first order of business.” — Ronald Reagan, 1981-1987

“Sharing in God’s blessings is at the heart of Thanksgiving and at the core of the American spirit.” — William J. Clinton, 2000

“Our founders thanked the Almighty and humbly sought His wisdom and blessing. May we always live by that same trust, and may God continue to watch over and bless the United States of America.”
“On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge that all of these things and life itself, come from Almighty God.” — George W. Bush, 2003-2004

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 2018, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.” — Donald Trump, 2018

First Katie Hill, Now Christy Smith?

| Opinion | November 7, 2019

Isn’t it painful to watch an adult behave in a way that demonstrates their obvious emotional maturation delays? It’s also painful to realize that we elect representatives who are such horrible role models for the children we say we love. This isn’t to negate the pain Katie Hill must be going through, but that pain is the result of ignoring things that spread that painful defiling to the entire country.

Ms. Hill’s recent rant against President Trump, given on her way out the door, is indicative of failing to own one’s own choices. She was all about standing up for American women, and so she voted to impeach the president. Does she not realize that millions of American women voted for Trump, and will do so again? She is not their spokesperson. She has not represented many of the people who mistakenly voted for her. Does Ms. Hill think these voting women aren’t real women because they stand opposed to leftist immorality? I think she does, just as the left reviles, mocks or ignores blacks, Hispanics and anyone else who doesn’t agree with their radical agenda. Those women don’t count.

Katie Hill, while blaming Trump for everything, doesn’t seem to grasp the obvious fact that Trump did not take her clothes off. Trump did not direct the camera to be turned on, nor did he take the picture of her naked with her staff underling. Trump did not hand her the bong. These are all on her, and she needs to own them rather than act the spoiled brat. She doesn’t need to accuse her husband of trying to humiliate her; that’s on her too. However, since the left always projects its own faults, Trump must be responsible and is the inappropriate one. If Trump wasn’t president, they’d just find another boogeyman.

Perhaps Hill isn’t the best choice to be pointing fingers at those who exploit women. The biggest exploitation of women is making money off their dead bodies – profits going to the abortion industry, which is inspired by racial-minority-hating Margaret Sanger. Christy Smith is running to fill Hill’s vacant seat. Smith endorsed now-disgraced Hill. Smith, who has been endorsed by Governor Gavin Newsom (looking at a recall), is also pro-abortion, like Margaret Sanger. She would do well to remember that liberty and the pursuit of happiness require life to come before both of them.

Christy Smith also has tried to shut down her own constituent’s business for disagreeing with her views, demonstrating her contempt for all who died defending our Constitution and its First Amendment. It isn’t hard to predict that someone who ignores the Judeo-Christian ethic upon which our laws are based will have no problem shredding America’s man-made derivatives. Are we stupid enough to vote for another horrible role model for our kids? I literally pray not, and so should you.

Richard Hood is a retired history teacher.

Easier, Shorter Commandments for Smith, Hill and the Crew (An Abridged Guide for the Morally Challenged)

| Opinion | October 24, 2019

Do Unto Others/Do Not Bear False Witness

If you were accused of hate speech, you’d ask for proof, as the publisher of this paper, Doug Sutton, has. Since Christy Smith and her followers haven’t been able to produce that proof, or have refused to produce it, they could be seen as libelous, immoral liars, right? If Smith has apologized for her fascistic attempt to SHUT DOWN HER OWN CONSTITUENT’S PRESS BUSINESS due to objecting to Doug’s political views, I haven’t heard about it. As there’s no response, we’ll chalk it up to the Left’s continual projection of their bigotry. Her fellow deplorables also continue to libel Doug Sutton, and by extension, this paper and its readers. We’ve elected someone who doesn’t know her own Constitution, or holds it in contempt. If she had the decency, she would resign.

No Other Gods Before Me

Quit being easily led by what’s popular, transient and insipid. Do not follow false idols of consumerism, conservatism, leftism, environmentalism, socialism, social justice-ism, etc. Radicals put the cart before the horse, making a cult religion out of such things. As soon as you aren’t as religiously “progressive” enough in their view (and their progressivism has no end) they will turn on you and smear your reputation too. Stop voting your pocketbook, or Mao’s Little Red Book, and vote the Good Book. Only then will you make the world a better place.

Do Not Steal/Covet

Someone will always have more stuff than you, and if you can’t accept this or the fact that stuff won’t keep you happy, then you never will be happy – but you will be a drag on friends, family and society. If you aren’t content with what you have now, you will never be content with more, because there’ll always be more stuff to have. Penalizing others that have more than you is envy, and redistributing their earnings is theft. You never see immigrants begging – they’re too busy working and earning their livings. If you want more stuff, don’t vote to make others give it to you by political force, earn it yourself – a key to happiness.

Do Not Murder

If the baby wasn’t alive, the Left wouldn’t feel the need to take that life for the sake of convenience. Or for cult-politics. You have a God-given conscience for the purpose of conviction and repentance. Use it or lose it. Jesus said to love your neighbor, let alone your kid, as yourself. That includes not murdering reputations. And don’t think that Christ is left off your Left’s slander campaign – you’re just saving Him (and your worst libels) for last. The ethics of the Left is to say you can kill your child even after birth now, but you cannot put them in homeschool, nor be allowed parental choice via vouchers. And yet you think you know better than us.
Bonus Advice for the Crew

Lenin used the bitterness in those he termed “useful idiots” to bring untold misery and enslavement to hundreds of millions. Envy and bitterness, like happiness, are a choice. Grateful people are happy people, and those who aren’t grateful aren’t happy. Don’t lure the lives of others onto the rocks wrecking yours – and don’t wreck yourself to serve only as a parable of warning to others. May conviction, confession, repentance and redemption come to those now attempting to destroy the best experiment in self-government and freedom (and the best chance for prosperity and happiness for all) in all of human history. Don’t wreck it for yourself, and don’t selfishly wreck it for everyone else. Learn history – the wise learn from the mistakes of the past.

Richard Hood, retired public school history teacher, had his union dues diverted to Christian and pro-life charities of his choosing, and so can you.

The Huntington: Bored With Beauty

| Opinion | September 26, 2019

Our nearby Huntington Library is celebrating its centennial by showing how bored they are with their collections, perhaps because they were collected to celebrate the heights of Western arts. While communities like San Marino have enforceable standards to ensure neighborhoods aren’t sullied by non-complying properties, their Huntington is trashing its own grounds and collections. No wisdom is required to obtain a doctorate or curatorship, only political correctness. An example of leftism affecting the arts is a 28 foot statue of a dog urinating on the side of an Orange County museum.

You have no doubt heard of even more outrageous examples. So I’ll say it: the Emperors of the Huntington have no clothes, demonstrated by juxtaposing “paint by the numbers” paintings next to masterpieces, and putting creepy sculpture on their otherwise classically beautiful grounds. This degrades rather than enhances the entire property, and is a declaration of mistaken artistic equivalence.

I know how much the Huntington is changing having finally published a book after 55 years of photographing the grounds. I’m still grateful for the reader’s card I was given when I left their staff 40 years ago. At that time, when the public phoned, we took the call. Or if a message was taken or letter received, we called or wrote back, and we didn’t have a supercilious, passive-aggressive attitude about it. The public wasn’t considered a nuisance. We lived within our means. More money (social class) didn’t mean more class (acting classy). Times may change, but the golden rule doesn’t. The left just chooses to ignore that rule.

Not all art is equal. Experts may claim so but don’t mean it, as they don’t spend money framing their own kid’s refrigerator scribbles. Yet they jam their agendas down our throats. If you like art you could do yourself, great, but putting dribbled paint amidst a collection of classic masterpieces makes it appear you are looking for some kind – any kind, of attention. Modernity doesn’t equate to superiority, for as the years pass this “art” won’t even be called “modern” anymore. People don’t arrive at the Huntington seeking to be jarred or repelled. Putting sculptures that do so in the gardens is adolescent, and adolescents, despite leftist beliefs, don’t know best. Why not graffiti them too – isn’t graffiti art? This comes from the collection and the visitors being held in contempt. People come to enjoy what is beautiful, and to leave feeling enriched, not defiled.

The Huntington used to display Franklin’s autobiography and Jefferson’s polygraph. Not now, as our Founders aren’t considered important by the left, rather they are dismissed. What will be next on the left’s guillotine – the Shakespeare collection? (UCLA does not require a single class in Shakespeare to graduate as an English major.) The Gutenberg Bible? (It is a “Bible” after all.) The left wants to destroy the Founders for being males, of European decent, holding a Judeo-Christian value system, independence of thought, and other values of Western Civilization. The Huntington Mausoleum and Jefferson’s Memorial were designed by the same man – a connection the left must despise. Watch them get rid of Huntington too, as they have his dying wish to keep entrance free, rather than using grants and fees to build huge administrative edifices to ego. The Huntington needs to turn around or it will continue to degrade artistically and attitudinally. C.S. Lewis put it this way: “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road …. the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

Richard Hood, former Rare Book staff memeber and retired teacher recommends the documentary “My Kid Could Paint That”