How was it that Donald Trump, when all the exit polls showed otherwise, was able to capture the Presidency of the United States?
I do not worry about the pursuit of earthly riches.
I do not fret about my status in life.
I have cast away my fears of failure.
I do not allow self doubt to consume me.
I have been relieved of all my worry.
What if I told you all of this is because:
I give my heart and soul unconditionally to the Lord.
I believe that through my faith the Lord forgives me of my sin and loves me unconditionally in return.
I am strengthened in the knowledge that I do not walk alone on this journey. That He is guiding me and protecting me each step of the way.
I believe that with the Lord all things are possible.
I am emboldened in the knowledge that through my prayers, praise and faith in Him. The Lord will rain down blessings upon me.
What if I told you that by setting aside your pride and allowing the spirit of the Lord to consume you that you too could be freed of self doubt, worry and the pursuit of earthly riches. Would you? Could you?
I recently asked a friend what was the secret to their success? They replied that they were unafraid to walk the path of the unknown. Many fear that path and avoid it but often at the end of that path there is an abundance of opportunities. That may be the case I replied but walking the path of the unknown is fraught with risk. While there may be opportunity to advance waiting at the end there is just as much chance that there will be perils that when encountered will set you back. This is true my friend replied but I have faith in the Lord and as such I have cast away my worry and I step fearlessly onto the path knowing that He will guide me and bless me with the courage to face and the strength to overcome any dangers that I may encounter along the way. You see they continued with faith I know that the path may be that of the unknown to me but I am not walking that path alone I am being protected and guided by the Lord and with Him there is nothing to fear and all things are possible.
America today seems to be more divided than ever. Hate for anything that is different from you is at an all time high. The current administration stokes this fire with a message of division. The exact opposite of what has made this country great, the contributions of so many from so many different races and cultures It is done so they can enrich themselves and maintain their power. They are skilled at tapping into your inner prejudices and making you believe they are on your side but the truth is the only side they are on is their own. As always this situation can best be summed up from the lessons Star Trek continues to teach us.
1. Why the current president strategy of division among people so he may maintain his power is flawed.
The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.
– Captain Kirk
2. How unity and not division is stronger for all of us
I am pleased to see that we have differences.
May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.
-Surak of Vulcan
3. Why our current President view of himself is flawed
Believing oneself to be perfect is often the sign of a delusional mind.
-Data, to Borg Queen
4. The strategy of our current President believes in maintaining power
Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth, or by misleading the innocent.
-Spock and McCoy
5. How many of the innocent who voted for our current feel today
After a time, you may find that “having” is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as “wanting.” It is not logical, but it is often true.
6. Why the thinking of many who defend the current president simply because he has an (R) after his name or are afraid of losing votes from his base is wrong
You cannot explain away a wantonly immoral act because you think it is connected to some higher purpose.
– Captain Picard
7. What the president walk-back of his statements in Russia showed us about him
It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted
-Yarnek of Excalbia,
8. Why we must act as a people not as republicans or democrats
Without followers, evil cannot spread.
9. Why we must act now both republicans, democrats and independents
Act, and you shall have dinner; wait, and you shall be dinner.
-Gowron, Klingon proverb
To lead by fear is fleeting because like children
people soon realize the boogeyman doesn’t really exist and is nothing to fear. Without the fear their imagined power disappears. A real leader doesn’t rely on fear rather they thrive on integrity, intelligence and truth. They inspire people rather than scaring them. They encourage people to embrace change and reach for greatness rather than remain stagnant by hiding behind a wall of fear.
There is a reason they disparage those who educate our youth, mock those who embrace intelligence and make higher education unaffordable to the masses. It is to ensure we remain easily mislead. It is to ensure that misinformation remains a way of life because
Misinformation leads to ignorance
Ignorance leads to fear
Fear leads to isolation
Isolation leads to mistrust
Mistrust leads to intolerance
Intolerance leads to hate
Hate leads to division
And division ensures we that we never band together as one but continue to fight each other over the crumbs they toss us. It is to ensure we remain victims. It is to ensure their way of life.
– Matthew 12:25 New King James Version (NKJV)
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. –
Come this November’s election get out and vote be it for Clinton or Trump because what really makes America great is the passing of executive power peacefully from one President to another based on the results of a democratic election.
With that said let us understand that this election more than any other is for the soul of America. Clinton may have her warts but really almost everyone who gets to this level does. But with Trump we have a candidate who has for all intents and purposes ran a campaign based on divisiveness, bigotry, racism and misogyny. He has advocated violence against those that oppose him and mocked the physical disabilities of others. The NYT ran an editorial today asking is he racist. His supporters will denounce it as the liberal media looking to take him down but the fact is when there is a 40 year trail of smoke there is likely some fire there as well.
America is unique in that above all other countries its identity is based on the contributions and cultures of the many not the one. America is a true melting pot. But with that comes the inherent problem of certain individuals always willing to pit one group against another to maintain their so-called position in society or to advance that position and it has happened to many groups. The Irish American people faced prejudice, racism and discrimination after their immigration to the United States because they were poor, uneducated, less skilled, considered disruptive and were Catholics in a land of Protestant dominance. The largest mass lynching in U.S. history took place in New Orleans in 1891 — and it wasn’t African-Americans who were lynched, as many of us might assume. It was Italian-Americans. The reaction of our country’s leaders to the lynchings? Teddy Roosevelt, not yet president, famously said they were “a rather good thing.” The response in The New York Times was worse. A March 16, 1891, editorial referred to the victims of the lynchings as “… sneaking and cowardly Sicilians, the descendants of bandits and assassins.” And John Parker, who helped organize the lynch mob, later went on to be governor of Louisiana. In 1911, he said of Italians that they were “just a little worse than the Negro, being if anything filthier in [their] habits, lawless, and treacherous.” I could write pages on the systematic discrimination of the African American in this country but it is well documented. From slavery to Jim Crow to on going racism the African American experience in America is one of perseverance and survival.
Now I am not naive enough to not acknowledge that In today’s world there is evil, groups of people who would kill others for a variety of reasons. But I do believe that it is for this precise reason that we need to come together as a people not pull apart. We are in a better position to combat evil together than apart. We can not look to those who only know how to prey on our fears for leadership. We can not look to those who spew hate to combat hate. We can not look to those who pine for a time when this country was full of division but rather we must continue to move forward toward a country of unity.
Come this November this election is for the soul of America.