Letters for July 9, 2020

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War was fought over political domination

In antebellum America, politics was the means by which large capitalists transferred other people’s money into their own pockets.  

In the halls of Congress, politicians who represented large agricultural landowners, voted against bills designed to plunder the country for the benefit of capitalists.  Capitalists and the people who depended upon them for jobs, wanted no more politicians like that in Congress.

Enslaved labor was the means by which large agricultural landowners were able to turn their land into large wealth.

So, politicians representing capitalists passed a law forbidding slaves in the territories.  No slaves—no means for large landowners to turn their land into large wealth.  No large, landed wealth—no additional politicians representing large, landed wealth in Congress when the territories became new states.

By 1850, politicians representing capitalists, controlled both chambers of Congress.  In 1850, Congress stopped transferring to the governments of new states that it admitted into the Union, the public lands within those states. They shortly started trying to pass a law that would limit the size of new farms made from the public lands.  They wished to have no more large agricultural landowners.  In 1862, they passed their law, but it did not stop them from transferring millions of acres of public land to capitalist industry—the railroads.

Was the War Between the States, a.k.a. the Civil War, fought to free African-Americans from slavery, or was it fought to free capitalists from opposition to their schemes for political plunder?

If slavery, then it would have been between slaves and masters. It was between social systems, so it was over political domination, not over slavery.  The planters wanted to be hegemonic in their own section. The capitalists wanted to be hegemonic throughout the country.  And that being the case, it ought to be called what it was, and not called the war over slavery, but called the War of Capitalist Ascension.

I cannot make the radical left and their capitalist manipulators stop lying, but I can foil their manipulation just this one little bit—I can refuse to believe or repeat that “slavery was a central cause for the Civil War.”

 George Crockett – Franklin, N.C.

Latest news casts an even darker cloud

Major news sources inform us that Russian operatives have paid mercenaries to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. What does the Commander in Chief have to say? His knee-jerk response is that he had not been briefed. Not responsible. Will Trump fire those officials who failed to call it to his attention? Should the Commander in Chief be held accountable? Or will Congressional Republicans blame it all on Putin? Does the buck not stop at The Resolute Desk anymore?

I have never been the president. Never boasted that I don’t need daily briefings. Never claimed to be the only person who can fix things. Never said I was “the chosen one.” Never said I know more than the generals. Never belittled an American war hero. Never dodged the draft with “bone spurs.”

This latest troubling news has cast an even darker cloud over Trump’s ability/intent to protect Americans. Indeed, what are his basic motives? Perhaps, it is now time for Republicans in Congress to listen to former National Security Advisor John Bolton says: Trump is “unfit for office.” Bolton is a staunch Republican.

 Dave Waldrop – Webster, N.C.

Future of America hinges on November election

Nathaniel “Natty” Grigsby was a 2ndLt. in the 10th Indiana Calvary during the Civil War. He died April 16, 1890, and, at his request, the following inscription was placed on his gravestone, “Through this inscription I wish to enter my dying protest against what is called the Democratic party. I have witnessed it closely since the days of Jackson and know that all the misfortune of our nation has come to it through this so called party, therefore beware of this party of treason.”

Let me first qualify what I am about to say. I have friends, relatives and acquaintances who are Democrats and I believe they love this country as much as I do, therefore I am speaking only of the leadership and certain governors and mayors of the Democrat party.

The actions of the Democrat party leadership over the past several months have proven that they are truly a treasonous party. They have openly endorsed the radical and destructive actions of BLM and Antifa, both of which are intent on not only destroying the foundation of our history but our nation as it exists today. They want to turn America into a Socialist country where they will have complete autonomous control.

I believe that there will be a war this November between the Republicans and Democrats. If the Republicans win, we will continue to have a free and productive nation, if the Democrats win, America, as we know it today, will no longer exist. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights will be rewritten and all the freedoms and prosperity that we now enjoy will be a thing of the past.

Marshall “Buck” Miller – Franklin, N.C.

We all have a GPS – Guiding Principles for Success

It is a joy for me to once again represent the great shipping company, United Parcel Service, this summer as a PVD (Personal Vehicle Delivery driver) in Wilmington, N.C. Delivering packages in an unfamiliar city in neighborhoods I’ve never seen before is not without challenges. The GPS mapping system with audible directions on my smartphone is an indispensable tool. It is accurate most of the time. Sometimes if two streets are too close together, it tells me I’ve arrived, when I have not. Occasionally, it gets right and left mixed up. But without it, the job would be much more difficult.

Likewise, in our lives, we have a “GPS” (Guiding Principles for Success as the great black American, Herman Cain, likes to call it) in the Bible. It tells us where we came from, why we are here, where we are going, and how to get there. Unlike the smartphone GPS, it is never wrong! That’s because the author is Divine. On the job, sometimes a flashlight is needed to find the correct address. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105) When we memorize the Bible, it can protect us from going down the wrong path. “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11)

I was so proud of our president, as I listened to his 4th of July speech at Mt. Rushmore. He summarized the contributions of the four great presidents portrayed there. He pointed out that all lives are important, including those in the womb, because they are “created in the holy image of Almighty God.”  That concept is found in Genesis 9:6. Our founding fathers, 56 of them, enshrined this principle in the Declaration of Independence 244 years ago, when they said that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. One of the presidents cast in stone on Mt. Rushmore, reiterated those words later in his famous Gettysburg Address. Lincoln said, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us ­– that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

This concept, called liberty, has caused a cultural blessing that allowed this nation to lift more human beings out of poverty than any other nation in the world’s history. President Trump said there are those who want to employ a political weapon called “cancel culture.” They want to tear down statues of our founders and indoctrinate our children so that they no longer know the history of how God used this idea of freedom to enrich the entire earth. He said they believe Americans are weak. But the president affirmed that Americans are strong and will never allow this to happen. 

Our founders established our national GPS based on the Divine GPS found in God’s Word. We would all do well to take the command God gave to His people Israel to heart. “Hear, O Israel (America): The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Before the president spoke, there was a Navy jet military fly-over. I’m sure it was impressive. But Psalm 33:12 and 17 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. The war horse (or jet) is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.” 

If America once again blesses God, then God will again bless America.

Ed Hill – Franklin, N.C.

Generational prejudices a foe to be conquered

My parents raised me to be a white racist. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t bad people. In fact, if you could have asked them, they would have told you that, yes, all people are created equal, that they don’t hate other groups of people. But growing up, I often heard racial slurs in my home. I also heard that many black people may just not be as smart or hard working as “other people.” My parents inherited these prejudices from my grandparents. This tradition of subtle hypocrisy goes back generations and I am not proud of that.

The church I grew up in preached the gospel of neighborly love and I never gave a second thought to the total whiteness of the congregation. Later in life I joined another large all-white church in a small town, much like Franklin, except that the town’s population was fairly evenly spilt between white and black citizens. The pastor, an ex-Army Chaplain who served in Vietnam, was very popular with the congregation. His powerful sermons were grounded in his war experiences. He preached of bravery, brotherhood, sacrifice, and the closeness to God that soldiers felt in the battlefield.

One Sunday, the preacher began his sermon exploring the trust and love soldiers felt for their comrades in arms, and how this camaraderie transcended religion, birthplace, and skin color. The congregation was hushed by the heartfelt compassion the preacher had for his fighting flock. But the all white congregation got very quiet indeed, when the pastor contrasted his observations of the colorblind friendships of these soldiers with the apparent lack of brotherhood he met in civilian life on his return from Vietnam. He wondered aloud why there were no black congregants in the church. He entreated the members to reach out to our black community. When the sermon was over and the service dismissed, the people filed out of the church in utter silence. Two weeks later, the pastor was gone, dismissed by the church elders, no reason given. But we all knew what happened. If the pastor and his “bad attitude” was not removed, many members would leave that church. I was shocked that my fellow members would take such a blatantly racist action. I could not, in good conscience, raise my young daughter in that church. We joined a growing, racially diverse church, and I started a serious reflection on the hypocrisy of my own thoughts and deeds.

Recently, the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement has reinvigorated my resolve to overcome my racism. I am not black, so I cannot assume to fully understand how black people feel as they face slights, condescension, and out-right racism every day. I see claims that there cannot be racism because separate unique races do not actually exist. These claims, made from a scientific or biblical perspective, are self-serving semantic quibbles. The fact is that people with black skin color face dehumanizing words and behavior daily, where ever they go. The movement does not claim that the lives of black people matter more than any other  people. The movement is about restoring the mantle of humanity to black people, by raising up the lives of black people up so their lives matter as much as any other group of people. The spectrum of racial victimization of black people face runs the gamut from social shunning to abuses in the criminal justice system.

My own struggles with my racial prejudices will continue for the rest of my life. If all people are equal in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of God, I am morally bound to  try in my own small way to make those truths real.

John Barry – Franklin, N.C.

Commander in Chief is a real coward

Seems what we have for a president of our Country is a real coward. He runs away from his responsibilitys of running our Country. He just had to reopen the back up, several doctors tried to tell him it was to early, but he doen’t care when it comes to money. Now its gotten worse that it was. Now just wear a mask, and it will just go away. He’s a real coward, by saying its China’s fault. No matter who’s fault it is, do something to try to stop it. Holding his big polilical rallys a crowd all close together and mask, sure isnt going to help. He cares about nothing, except keeping his power. He has such a warped mind He’s a one man ruler, he makes all the decisions, look at how many people he has fired. Oh yes, in reading one of the letters in The Macon County News May 21. It was brought out that the stimulus bill would eliminate the $10,000 limit on local and state tax deductions opening the way for billionaires who would no longer pay any taxes on multiple properties they own any where, could help billionares like George Soros Some how it was overlooked that President Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both real estate tycoons got a provision in the $2 trillion coronavirus releif package that will let them avoid an estimated $170 Billion in federal taxes over the next 10 years. Sure it was just an overlook. With no tax money comeing in except from the poor people trying just to make a living. Its no wonder if relected in Nov. He planes to cut our Soc. Sec. which was taken out of my paycheck all the years I worked. Also will make retirement to age 70. Also cut Medicare and Medicade. Millionaires are not paying their share in social security. 

Now it seems with his warped an unstable mind, how could any Commader a Cheif act like he didn’t know another country has a bounty on American troops. He is so full of lies. We used to have a Country of love, he has changed us to a Country of hate. How sad. Never seen Trump, when he didn’t look like a mad Bull.

Kathy Whitley – Franklin, N.C.

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