Saturday, November 21, 2015

Children beheaded in America

So easy
(by R.P.Edwards)

At will
As burdens
So easy
To kill

Beheaded. Yes, a loaded word; conveying images of middle-eastern fanatics doing the bidding of their god against infidels. 

We've seen it on the news and ad naseum on the cable channels. Evil ISIS, living out their twisted faith.

And, among the victims...little children. That really gets us. Sure, bad enough the adults get offed; but kids?

Well, this very morning I went down to the HUGE abortion facility in Granite City, IL and there, dear reader, beheadings were the order of the day. The difference here, OUR secular religion finds no offense.

It was unusually busy today and I suppose the holiday season is the reason. Pregnancies can be so inconvenient.The abortionist himself (usually in no rush) even he showed up early to attend to the overflow. AND, on the sidewalk, there were a few believers trying to dissuade; including one young lady who had been through the abortion process and warned of the consequences.

I'll not ramble on. But consider: in this one abortion clinic alone more Americans have died a violent death than expired in World War I, Korea, Vietnam and the recent mid-east happenings...COMBINED! In this one clinic.  And yet we're appalled at the barbarity of a few Muslims.  I think we need our "appaller" fixed.

Anyway, if my headline got you here; sorry...but not really. For, you see, it's time for us to rethink who we are as a people. Are we going to go the way of ISIS and continue in our selective barbarity? Or are we going to be truly civilized; recognizing the worth of EVERY individual, even those who are inconvenient. 


Friday, November 20, 2015

Of Evil

Of Evil
(by R.P.Edwards)

Evil in others
Recognize We
But perhaps we should start
"Is there me?"

It was one of those ultrasound pictures. You know, the silhouette of a pre-born youngster. Adorable. I know the mother; and she and the father are thrilled at the baby's existence and the soon reveal (as in birth). And, although we are many months from the separation, the child already has a name to go along with it's unique DNA and, in anticipation, preparations are ongoing to provide another protective womb, outside of the body.

And yet, some consider this obvious "human" (and those like her) as devoid of rights--slaves, if you will--and therefore legitimate targets for beheading.

Yeah, gruesome. Sorry.  But it brings me to the crux of this little scribble, namely, that EVIL is subjective and, without a solid basis for belief...anything goes.

You see, in the news of late are the doings of ISIS; the Muslim folk who want, really bad, for the whole world to be under the theocracy of their choosing. They consider killing non-believers as OK with their god. So, they kill. To them, since their holy book backs the barbarity (and it does, Qur'an [8:12]) they see themselves as legit. We westerners think otherwise. But why?

I think the answer is that although we have embraced (and have sometimes been FORCED to embrace) a secular belief system; there is still a remnant of the Judeo/Christian stuff in our culture that prefers "love thy neighbor" to "cut their head off."

So, we consider the antics of evil. However, let us understand that if there is indeed a divine standard with which to measure right and wrong; and if that standard is the same as was prevalent at our nation's founding (yes, I know they punted on the slavery issue [rectified later]), then, what say we strive to be in the "good zone" completely rather than partially? For, dear reader, in some ways even we tolerate, and even endorse...evil. And, if there is indeed a heavenly helper that Washington and Lincoln and our culture at large knew about; perhaps we should follow their lead and bend the knee, and then rise and do the works of repentance. For you see, one of the greatest errors of our time is that the collective "we" somehow think the greatness of the United States had an enabling and establishment by something other than Divine Providence. This is perhaps the greatest evil of all.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Harry Chapin and Mike Huckabee

Year by year
Our freedoms, dear
Are slowly stripped away
And then we hear
The voice from Hope
"It doesn't have to be this way!"

From the Song, "From Hope to Higher Ground" by R.P.Edwards

Songs are funny things. Something about the melody and the muse and this "message" can somehow find its way deep; deep into the heart and/or mind. Case in point: Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle. This short, simple melody has a way of stopping the goal-driven male dead in his tracks; hopefully to pause and remember one of the true treasures in this life...his child.

Anyway, a simple song was birthed last week. It's certainly not on par with Mr Chapin's work, but I hope it serves as a little inspiration for the faithful who are trying to benefit this troubled country by the election of a worthy presidential candidate, former Governor, Mike Huckabee. 

The gist: The campaign began with the link between Hope, Arkansas (Mike's birthplace) with a destination of a better America. Thus "From Hope to Higher Ground."  Incorporated in the song are many of Mr Huckabee's positions: Strong military, pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, less government entanglement, etc. They're there; but the words are few.

I wouldn't doubt there are many other worthy songs out there with the same theme and message. I hope this one adds, even just a little, to the mix.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Future Leaders (Part 2)

Future Leaders!
(by R.P.Edwards)

Youthful exuberance
Grasping the facts
More than just learners
Learning to act
Wholly committed 
They speak and then do
Hail future leaders!
We've been waiting...for you! 

Yeah, I know, this is quite a turnaround from the last post which, if you recall (or not) had to do with the misplaced discontent of collegiate youngsters. 

I must admit, I was rather miffed at their behavior; nearly rioting over perceptions and hurt feelings (boo boos). And, my sentiment for THESE hasn't really changed (I'm probably dredging up some regrets from my own "punk" stage), but, as I stood in front of the local abortion clinic this morning the thought occurred to me, "What if the tide of barely-adults actually had a tangible "cause" to sink their teeth into?"

Well, I'm sure some (most, perhaps) of their "professors" might take issue with my trivializing of their "issue" of PC feeling management. But, it begs for ridicule. This infinitely expanded definition of racism has little semblance to causes past: Vietnam War, Apartheid, Civil Rights (the real kind). But...but! what if they heard from their pony-tailed profs the facts about infanticide: i.e. abortion? How refreshing it would be to see our local slaughterhouse surrounded by exuberant youthful masses, enraged at the taking of innocent life. I dare say it wouldn't take much for the doors to permanently close.

But...that's a dream. No doubt the modern inspirers only add to the delusion. And, by doing so, they reap the wages of their apostasy; as do we all.



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Future Leaders?

Future Leaders?
(by R.P.Edwards)

Oh, our future leaders
Coddled in the class
Offering their wisdom
Fascist-like and brash
Wounded in their feelings
While parents pay the bill
I wonder when the grownups 
Will finally have their fill

In the news: students are upset at Missouri State University (Mizzou) over a perceived inadequacy of those in charge over racial issues of some sort (I guess). AND, at prestigious Yale, other young adults are really ticked that the overlords aren't as protective as they should be of "feeling hurting" activities. They, and the missourites, march, and scream, and shout down the opposition. Punks.

I'm not a big fan of Higher Education (see a  previous blog, Down on Brown ). Oh sure, I've got a degree from one of the lesser tiered institutions (whoopie!) but if my education there was any indication (and apparently it is/was) these "secular" sites add precious little to the stuff that "leaders" should be made of.

Consider these malcontents: Spoiled and roiled by the leftist swill that predominate in the professorships, they now turn on their masters and, having chewed them to pieces, they think their little armies of discontent can march into society and have their wet-nosed way. Delusional.

Oh, my, apparently a "hot button" has been pushed. Anyway, I think little of this children's crusade and, no doubt my ire towards these contains the baggage acquired by watching my precious America molded into the twisted mores of academia. 

On a lighter, but certainly a serious note; another "Huckabee endorsing" video has been produced. Enjoy...


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Slow down, already!

Slow down, already!
(by R.P.Edwards)

Tired of snippets and sound bites
Tired of headlines and blurbs
Sit down and loosen your tie, sir
Let's share some coffee...and words 

Not really familiar with Steve Crowder (sorry). But, via twitter I was linked to a recent interview in which this funny fellow exchanged words with my candidate of choice...Mike Huckabee.

You know, debates are fine; but the participants are usually all "studied up" and adrenaline juiced. It's a fencing match of sorts; either between candidates or (as is evidenced of late) with the moderators and, tallying the amount of "touches"...WE HAVE A WINNER! But, there's something to be said for the "let your hair down and loosen your tie" exchange that is offered here. Gives you a personal sense of the guy (or gal). Also, it helps if the "interviewee" has been long in the saddle; secure in their beliefs, and comfortable with their footing. And that, dear reader, is Mike Huckabee. Following is the clip. Not too long; but a cup of coffee's worth....


Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Job Interview

The Job Interview
(by R.P.Edwards)

And grace
Smooth of speech
And shining face
Our eyes were drawn
Emotions too
Then a background check
And, "Nope, not you."

"So, what do you think, ladies and gentlemen?"

The setting: the plush penthouse boardroom of a billion dollar corporation; on the brink of insolvency

"I like him," offered Jacqueline, the silver-haired matron of the group. A carry-over from the buyout two-decades past, she was known for tempering all her decisions with motherly compassion and also known for crocheting mittens during winter board meetings; this pair had white and red stripes.

"Polished, professional, convincing; I think he's just what we need." Reginald, closest to the chair stood during this brief oration and leaned, palms down, on the mahogany table and gazed briefly into the eyes of each as he made his point.

"Seems like the real deal, alright," offered Frederickson, who always seemed to use the phrase at least once, no matter what the topic.

There was a brief interruption as the large, gold-hinged door in the back swung open as Charley, the disheveled "information guy" scurried up to the front and handed the moderator a manila envelope and then, without comment or a slowing step he circled around and back out the still unsettled portal.

A minute later the conductor looked up from the "file" and declared. "No experience, ladies and gentlemen. Good intentions perhaps. Eloquent soliloquy skills, but no appreciable record. (slight pause) I say NO."

"Not again," offered Frederickson. 

"Definitely not," said Reginald, leaning on elbows and hanging his head slightly.

"Hell no," said Jacqueline without taking her eyes off the project. "Our last CEO almost killed this company. We need someone with a track-record."


Saw the recent debate. I like many of the candidates. ALL in one way or another. BUT, for the next POTUS (President of the United States) it seems to me that a former governor is a must! I like Cruz. I like Rubio. I like Fiorina. I like Trump. I like Carson. But they're ALL candidates for OJT and, we simply don't have time. And, of the talented governors represented; I remain a Huckabee fan.

Having said that, some of the others could still be of service. Cruz: Attorney General. Perhaps a future Supreme Court pick. Carson: Surgeon General. Maybe (reaching back to the lower tier) Lindsey Graham for Secretary of Defense. One of the other governors could fill the VP slot. Others could take on advisory rolls.

Serious business, this. I dearly hope the primary participants (talking about voters) snap out of it. 


A new Huckabee video is offered. A suggestion for GOP primary voters from the Fake Trio. Enjoy.