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Shopping at the only store in town
I once lived in what could only be described as a gentle little town. It was middle class, safe, educated and just a wonderful place to live. A place where the people relied on their own hard work to provide for their families. I’ll never forget the one spot we all cherished most. It was the town’s only grocery store. A small, wooden structure, owned by an lovely, elderly couple named Phillips. The town not only depended on this store to feed their families, it was a place to visit with neighbors, catch up on local gossip, relax and just leave your cares behind. Life was good.
But, the day that everyone dreaded finally came. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips became too old and had to sell the store. We all began worrying about who would buy it, or if anyone would buy it. After all, it was over 30 miles to the next, nearest, grocery store. But we needn’t have worried. Soon, a wonderful young lady from New York City, purchased the business and promised everyone that nothing would change; in fact it would only get better. We were totally overjoyed.
Shortly thereafter, the woman posted a sign letting everyone know how happy she was with the welcome she had received and wanted to give something back to the community just to say thank you. What could it be, we asked ourselves. Free food was her answer.
This was a blessing, yet we all wondered how she could afford it. She told us not to worry, that she had everything under control. Day after day everyone showed up and day after day the food was free. This went on and on. We just couldn’t believe our luck. It was a miracle.
Then slowly something began to happen. Why work as hard since you didn’t need to pay for your food? Why work at all? We became lazy.
Then one day, I arrived at the store and found most of the town just standing around in the parking lot. In the window was a big sign that said, “Closed.” No one had a clue as to what had happened. Just then Mr. Goodman, the owner of the gas station, arrived and announced that the lady had gotten gas and left town. The reason she gave was that the wealthy individual, who had been providing all the money, went broke. As she drove off, Mr. Goodman said he yelled, “But what are we going to do?” Soon the food began running out and desperation set in. People started going through each other’s garbage cans. Children were heard crying because they were hungry. Fights broke out. Once happy neighbors had to start thinking only of themselves. The people became more like animals and the town ceased to exist as a community.
Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot to mention the name of the town. It was called Socialism, a town I hope no one else has the misfortune to live in.
Jeff Pritz – Franklin, N.C.
The hand of God?
The other day I went to another I.Q. enhancement session at McDonald’s. In the group that day was a respected local preacher. When the group had basically dispersed I asked him this question: Do you believe that Franklin Graham and Sara Huckabee Sanders really know what God wanted to happen in the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president? They both claim to have some inside scoop on that topic.
The preacher thought for a moment before he replied- “My kingdom is no part of this world.” Puzzled, I asked him to explain. He replied, “That short, clear statement from John 18:36 should be stuck in the minds of all Christians. I encourage my church members to focus their energy on the work suggested in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount rather than getting entangled in worldly political activities.”
Then that humble preacher got up and left, smiling at me as he went out the door. Those eight words stuck in my mind – “My kingdom is no part of this world.”
Dave Waldrop – Franklin, N.C.
Socialism comes with hefty price
In American history, we have all worked to benefit ourselves, families or our country but according to the Left, we were sinning all the time and all effort should have gone to the State.
Yes, we should have supported the State, including the average wage of a typical bureaucrat who earns $50,000 a year (lots more than many of us by the way) and sprinkled with some 200,000 bureaucrats who earn $250,000 a year.
Ordinary citizens have done some awful things such as inventing the light bulb, building railroads, including building huge companies such as Boeing, IBM, Ford Motor Company and other things people wanted. How dare someone build a farm when any farm should be collectively operated by the State. (Gummit)
Their sin, of course is having made lots of money and gotten rich providing all the things we wanted.
Capitalism is simply when someone provides or creates something that the public wants or need and that person gets rich. How horrible.
Under Socialism only the political elite get rich and create nothing.
However, Capitalism is now under attack by the extremist Left as seen in Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. They want a Socialist State where the bureaucrats create all the good stuff we want and need.
If the Government doesn’t create it, we probably don’t need it, right?
Who needs McDonald’s, Walmart, Ingles, cell phones, beauty shops, auto repair shops?
Ocasio-Cortez recently announced she plans to end all airline travel and shut down airlines. She also plans on paying people who do not want to work. Oh, goodie.
Bear in mind that America is already broke with some $22 trillion in debt and to finance all the proposed goodies, the State will have to make some changes. Higher taxes for just about everyone and the worst offenders will have to give up their multi-million dollar homes and give it to the State. Social Security will cost a lot more, if you croak, the State will take most of your kids’ inheritance. Inheritance taxes will wipe out your family farm, higher taxes not only on the rich but the middle class will be paying through the nose.
To quote Ronald Reagan, “if it moves, tax it.”
Ah, such a world we can have. Everyone works collectively to benefit the glorious federal bureaucracy.
Hmm, now what? Well, the free medical care will only cost $32 trillion over 10 years, free college (only if you qualify) maybe only a few trillion, gosh. Some tallies say the cost will actually come to around $84 trillion.
Unfortunately, it all comes at a price we may not be happy with such as the rich simply going to lower tax countries and moving their factories with them and taxing the heck out of those remaining.
Inflation will eat us alive. Few, if any new medical discoveries, little if any new high tech goodies, and generally a lackadaisical attitude of “who cares.” Oops, almost forgot; The State will become your new God.
Hey, it worked beautifully in Venezuela, didn’t it?
Well, Venezuela simply ran out of other people’s money.
Bob Wilson – Franklin, N.C.
Victory is possible when standing on principle
Last night, along with millions of Americans, I witnessed one of the greatest SOTU [State of the Union] addresses I have ever seen. Only a few times in history has a man been willing to take a stand against seemingly insurmountable opposition, and do what he believed was right. Martin Luther comes to mind. When he appeared to defend why he had written the stack of books before him, which were critical of the “powers that be,” he replied, “Since your majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of popes and councils for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise, God help me. Amen.”
Perhaps the most notable words spoken in the Reformation, this according to early printed reports was Luther’s reply at Worms when urged to recant. He uttered the memorable lines in German April 18, 1521, and then, upon request, repeated their gist in Latin for those who did not understand his native tongue. He was sweating, said witnesses. With a victory gesture he slipped out of the room. In today’s confused world, we would do well to immulate Luther’s courage and devotion to the plain teaching of the only unchangeable moral and ethical authority we have: the Bible.
Standing on principle, against powerful opposition, is a mark of greatness in men. For 28 years since Ronald Reagan, America has suffered under the leadership of globalist, New World Order puppets in the White House. Finally, we have a President with the courage to stand up and face down the elite planners in the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg group, who have been planning for America’s dissolution to make room for their global socialist dictatorship, which they had planned to fully implement by now. In Europe, where they have not had the benefit of a “Donald Trump,” they are crying out for help, as country after country is being overrun with criminal “migrants.” Some are trying to warn America not to fall for this globalization scheme.
I am grateful that our President was willing to set aside his own personal comfort, working for a salary of $1 per year, to try to save the country he loves from the clutches of 26 super-rich families, who own more than half of the world’s assets. These people have been using their vast wealth to foment “endless wars” to further weaken the U.S., so they can form their dreamed of Socialist state. They hate our president, because he is throwing a “monkey wrench” in their plans. Instead of going along with their agenda, he is systematically stripping them of their sources of funding, while preparing America to survive by rebuilding our industrial base. It is a monumental task, and without God’s help, it is impossible. But as history has shown us with Martin Luther, when a man stands on principle, with the authority of the One who “owns the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10), victory is possible. Let me end with the words of a little chorus I learned in Sunday School as a child:
“He owns the cattle on a thousand hills;
The wealth in every mine.
He owns the rivers and the rocks and rills;
The sun and stars that shine.
Wonderful riches more than tongue can tell:
He is my Father, so they’re mine as well.
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills;
I know that He will care for me.”
Ed Hill – Franklin, N.C.