Longstreet, and the lovely and gracious Mrs. Longstreet, are off to be with family today and enjoy the annual Thanksgiving Feast with the Grands!
Please remember your blessings today and take the time to offer thanks to God, the source of all those blessings.
We Gather Together
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!
We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
–Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn
(A translation by Theodore Baker: 1851-1934)
We leave you with this note from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
We’ll be back in the trenches tomorrow!
Happy Thanksgiving all!
By J. D. Longstreet
When you cut through all the smoke and mirrors and hot air this election is about whether the US will continue to exist as a proud, free, nation, or drop into socialist slavery. When historians look back on this day, they will say it was the day, the point in history, which changed America. Will America remain free, or will America retreat and surrender to the forces of socialism? The choice is ours, America.
When the great warrior leader of the Israelites, Joshua, had control handed to him upon Moses’ death, the tribes were bickering among themselves as they approached the very doorstep of the Promised Land. Finally, Joshua had had enough! He called them together and challenged them: “Choose you, this day, whom you will serve! As for me, and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
And so it is that today, Americans are called to choose whom they will serve. We will choose to commission certain, from among us, to have power over us. This is an awesome thing. It is voluntary submission. But, it is how a representative republic operates. We must be certain that those we elect are not shallow, empty suits, interested in power for power’s sake. That will defeat the purpose of our republic. It will also place this republic in immense danger.
Our enemies gather today… and watch. They pray for Americans to turn the power of this government over to those who will appease them. Their intention is to conquer the US and they will be happy if the electorate of the US makes it much easier for them to accomplish that mission by electing weak spined, naïve, people to fill the seats of power in our government.
If we choose today to turn this government over to those who cannot, for whatever reason, understand this nation is at war for it’s life, then there will be a heavy price to pay. Just as 9-11, and the two wars which followed, in my opinion, was the price we paid for electing the last democratic administration, we can expect an even heavier price for returning that element to power in the government of the US.
As I cast my ballot one week ago today, I thought of my family, of my wife, of my children and my grandchildren. I was reminded that I have a responsibility to ensure, as far as it is within my power, that they have a guaranteed future as a free people. I could not do that by voting for the Democratic Party. To vote for the freedom and security of my family I had no choice but to vote for the Republican candidates.
You see, I believe Americans have forgotten that for a free nation, national security comes first, above all things. Without the security of our nation, nothing else is possible. Without national security even that which has already been accomplished is in danger. An unsecure nation can only exist at the mercy of it’s enemies. And that mercy, once extended, and accepted, becomes the chain and the shackles that enslave entire nations.
I believe it was the Apostle Paul who once said: “It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of God!” He was, of course, correct. I am convinced this nation was created, by God, as a beacon for the people of this world. As such we Americans are answerable to God for our actions as a nation. We are also told, by the scriptures, that God punishes those he loves. When we act as a God fearing nation, this nation does well. When we fail, we pay the price. When we make the right decisions we prosper. When we make the wrong decisions we suffer.
We stand at the precipice of a decision today. Two choices are presented for us from which to choose. As agents of free will WE must make that decision. Paraphrasing the words of the ancient Israelite warrior prophet Joshua, “America, choose you, this day, whom you will serve”! Choose wisely, America, choose wisely.
J. D. Longstreet
Not Voting For Obama? Then, You’re Racist!
By J. D. Longstreet
Somewhere, sometime, somehow, somebody began the awful accusation that not voting for Obama is an act of racism. Now, we like to think of this site as “Family Oriented” so I cannot use the language I’d like to use to describe my disgust with anyone who would make such a statement.
I’M NOT VOTING FOR Obama and it has nothing to do with his race. It has everything to do with my personal belief, and the conclusion I reached after doing research into the man’s qualifications for the office, and his past record, and… the fact that, in my opinion, he is offering absolutely nothing but more trouble for America.
Look, I’m a Southern American. Many of my fellow Southern Americans have harkened back to their ancestral lineage and are now referring to themselves as “Confederate Americans” . There is even a movement afoot to have “Confederate Americans” declared a protected minority by the US Government. I kid you not! I’ve got the paper somewhere in my office. I think there is at least one copy in my briefcase.
Anyway, before I get to far a field here, being referred to as racists, just because one’s ancestry is “Southern American”, is old hat to us. Now, I’d LIKE to tell you that it doesn’t hurt. But, I’d be lying. It does hurt. If you doubt me, those of you who do not plan to vote for Obama, and have made your decision known publicly, and found that you have been called a racist… be honest, and admit that way down deep inside, where YOU live, you feel the hurt that comes from being referred to as one of the lowest dregs of any society.
Southern Americans have carried the blame for the sins of ALL of AMERICA for the awful practice of enslaving our fellowman. The entire country did it… yet we are the nation’s scapegoat for all the wrong things done under that terrible system.
So, now we come to a showdown between a white candidate and a half white candidate for the office of President of the United States. Support for the two candidates is much closer than those the polling numbers would lead us to believe. People who study these things tell us that Obama will need at least a ten-point lead in the polls to win. Two weeks out from Election Day and he doesn’t have that ten-point lead.
Many feel the polls are being skewed because Americans polled do not wish to be thought of as racist if they honestly report to the pollsters that they do not intend to vote for Obama… so they lie and indicate that they WILL support Obama on Election Day.
I am reading reports in the blogoshere about police departments and sheriff departments and even the National Guard, in some states, gearing up for riots on election night and for a few days afterwards if Obama loses his bid for the presidency. There are reports of gangland plans to assault law enforcement officers if Obama wins. How much of all these rumors is correct, or how little, is anybody’s guess. But, in my opinion, we American citizens would be wise to plan for the worse on Election Day night and be prepared for “civil disobedience” in our neighborhoods. I intend to be ready should such a thing occur in my community. (I happen to live in a majority “minority precinct”.)
Jacob Weisberg has written an article over at Slate titled: “If Obama Loses”… subtitled: “Racism is the only reason McCain might beat him”. You’ll find it at:
In my opinion, anyone who ever thought that an Obama presidency would rid America of racism must be from some planet far outside our universe. See, a racist has been redefined to mean anyone not agreeing with the Democratic Party’s platform and anyone not voting for Obama. They apparently thought it was a smart move. It was not. In fact, it shows every indication of blowing up in their faces. I predict they will rue the day they brought racism into the campaign for President of the United States.
Those of you who accuse those of us who have no intention of supporting Obama of racism have done yourselves immeasurable harm. It will not be easily forgotten, and frankly, I suspect it will be used against you and your candidates for many decades to come. You have needlessly insulted many millions of Americans who have based their decision to not vote for Obama on well thought out, well reasoned, conclusions gained after looking carefully at his naïve approach to foreign affairs, America’s place in the world, the redistribution of America’s wealth, and the undiluted socialism which he promises to use to replace America’s capitalist system that has served us well, and shot us to the top of the heap of all the nations on the globe, and kept us there even when times got tough.
No, I’m not supporting Obama because of the color of his skin. I’m not supporting Obama because I have a fundamental, and absolute, disagreement with his philosophy of government, politics, religion, and what I feel is his disconnect with the idea that is America. But, if you feel that you cannot accept an honest appraisal of candidate Obama by so many millions of Americans and you feel you must denigrate our decision by charging us with the vileness of racism, then go right ahead. But, understand this… the left’s accusation of “racists” toward us actually says far more about their own insecurity, their own inability to maintain a connection with reality, and their need to diminish another human being’s dignity and worth in order to feed their own desperate need for fulfillment and to squelch their own deep seated inferiority complex.
What a shame. You would have thought they would have grown up by now, and left the childish name calling on the kindergarten playground. But, there are those among us who simply cannot grow up. And it shows.
J. D. Longstreet
A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.
By J. D. Longstreet
“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand”. From the Bible, Matthew 12:25.
The schism that slices through America today has been widening since the 19th century. Little by little, decade-by-decade, year-by-year it has continued to get ever wider and ever deeper. It has nothing to do with geography. It has nothing to do with slavery… and, yet, it has everything to do with slavery.
What, you say? Didn’t we put the slavery issue to rest with a war in the 1860’s? The truthful answer is NO, we did not. We put to rest the issue of whether or not a man could hold another man in bondage in this country. What we did not put to rest, however, is the question of whether this country’s government could hold its citizens in bondage.
The founders of this country intended to set up a government with very little power. They intended the government to have only the power the citizens allowed it to have. Almost instantly the power struggle began between those who wanted a strong central government and those who wanted strong states and a weak central government. After all, it was The States that created the Federal Government… as a utility of the states. Not the other way around. Look it up.
In 1860 there were 33 states in the so-called United States of America. I do mean “so-called” because they were anything but UNITED. By the spring of 1861 thirteen of those states had had enough of being dictated to by a dictatorial federal government wielding powers the constitution did not grant it, so they waved goodbye and took their leave of the United States. They created a country of their own with a constitution (mostly copied from the original constitution of the US) and they became a separate country.
A few Americans today actually know what caused that split. A handful of Americans understand what the ensuing war was fought about
A few million Americans still feel the sting of being forced, at the point of a government bayonet, to be a part of a country their ancestors had forsaken in order to set up a government in the image of the government the Founding Fathers of America had given the United States.
A few million Americans who either live in, or hail from, the only portion of this country to ever be invaded, conquered, and occupied by a foreign power, understand what is happening in America today, not because we learned it in school, no… because we learned it from the stories our families have handed down from generation to generation and from our own research into what happened to a country which had, less than a hundred years before, won it’s Independence from the Mother Country. We are scattered all over America today. We see where America is headed… and we fear for our fellow Americans because they/we are not ready for the cost of what is about to happen to her. None of us are. What America is facing, in the next few years, will make the American Civil War seem like a Sunday School picnic.
Yes, I am referring to SLAVERY. Voluntary slavery to begin with… then involuntary slavery… when it is then too late. The socially accepted word for it these days is… SOCIALISM.
In just a few days Americans will go to the polls to exercise a right granted them by their states… not the federal government. The issue we will be voting for, or against, is slavery. Whether America should stay free, or whether America should give up the freedom so many have fought, bled, and died for, and assume the yoke and chains of slavery under socialism.
Make no mistake. SOCIALISM IS SLAVERY. Under socialism you will give up all your rights… all your freedom for security guaranteed by the Central Government. Believe me, if you think democracy is expensive; wait ‘til you have to pay for all those FREE programs.
All my instincts tell me that Americans are willing to give up everything for the promise of security. Of all things “un-American”… that is the MOST un-American. But, that is what I expect to happen on Election Day.
Do not expect the half of the country who stands solidly against socialism to go along, quietly, into the self inflicted slavery of this hell-spawned form of government we call socialism.
If the country votes in favor of socialism, on November 4th, all bets are off. The word “United” can be dropped from the country’s name. The country will be torn in two. And there will be no compromise. It cannot be healed, ever, again. Two peoples, this diametrically opposed, cannot share the same space. Only the most naive among us cannot understand where this argument over how we are to be governed will eventually wind up. Americans have been there before. More Americans died in the first American Civil War than in all the wars in which America has fought since her founding. And today, at least half of this country is deadly in earnest about their love of freedom and are willing to sacrifice, as their forefathers did, to preserve it.
Yes, we are in dangerous times. Extremely dangerous. If you have not taken the time to consider, seriously, how you will vote then may we suggest you do so, and do so prayerfully.
J. D. Longstreet
The Beauty of the Scriptures is Lost! … By: J. D. Longstreet
My favorite translation of the Bible is the Revised Standard… and second, the American Standard..
As a youth, in grammar school, I read the bible from cover to cover. The King James edition, I might add. I was enthralled with the beauty of the near poetical rhythm of the scripture as it flowed.
I was brought up in a church, which stressed knowledge of the scriptures. And so… I learned them. That scripture has served me well over some 65 years of life and I’m sure it will serve me until my death.
Now, having said all that, I have to tell you the new translations leave me cold. There is no beauty, there is no poetry, there is no rhythm, and there certainly is nothing to draw a reader to the pages. (Now there is the new GREEN BIBLE.)
For thirty years I made my living with the spoken, and written, word. I know a little something about words and stringing them together to create a visual image in minds of the listener or reader.
As my wife prepared the bulletins to be used in her church services, for the various Christmas services, she asked me to proof read them. I did. But as I read the scripture, which was from one of the new translations, I found myself left cold. There was no passion there… there was no life to the words on that page. I found myself interjecting words and phrases from the old King James Version of the Christmas Story. I simply could not help myself. My brain shifted gears, and before I was conscious of it, I was spouting that beautiful passage of scripture, which was burned indelibly into my consciousness as a child. There it was! The Christmas story I knew. The Christmas Story with the warmth,. The passion, the beauty, the inspiration, and yes, even something which resembles a soul.
Today, we read the modern day accounts of the events which transpired on Jesus’ birthday over 2000 and six years ago and they are, well, like reading a 6th grade student’s book report. DULL. Lifeless. Boring!
Now, I don’t recommend the King James Version of the Bible for accuracy. I DO, however, recommend it to you for a classic work of art. The Revised Standard and the American Standard are probably the most accurate translations to be found today. The Revised Standard, which I believe is now out of print, maintained some of the beauty of the old King James Version and added the accuracy.
It seems to me that the churches, which use the new translations of the scriture for their services, should consider using the King James Version for the two High Holy Days of the Christian Calendar, Easter and Christmas.
I taught myself to read as a child reading first the newspaper, and then Popular Mechanics, and then Popular Science, and then I discovered the Bible. I was hooked on reading from then on. Even then, I could see the difference between the language of the newspapers and magazines of the day as compared to the language of the old King James Version of the Bible.
I must tell you what I believe has happened. I believe the publishers of bibles have “dumbed the bible down” to around, roughly, the comprehension level of a 5th or 6th grader. In so doing, in my opinion, they have done great damage to the Christian faith, and to the literacy of the Christian community.
Now, this is all my personal opinion, mind you. If you find understanding in the modern translations of the Bible, then good for you. But, for me, reading the back of a cereal box has about as much meaning.