Patriot’s Farewell

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by Peter E. Schultz

History will plainly confirm the success of Donald J. Trump’s US presidency. As in his business legacy, sooner or later, Trump’s array of executive victories will be documented in a manner which will eclipse even the most hate filled, fabricated attacks against him.

Overshadowing any of his negligible missteps is the deficient intellect of those who are still believing and responding to the systemic dishonesty of people who simply didn’t want him to be our President.

Patriotic to his core, he has given us a glimpse of a truly healthy America. Following are excerpts from his farewell address on January 19, 2021:

“My fellow Americans, four years ago we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again for all Americans. As I conclude my term as the 45th President of the United States, I stand before you truly proud of what we have achieved together. We did what we came here to do, and so much more. This week we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous…

America had given me so much and I wanted to give something back. Together with millions of hardworking Patriots across this land, we built the greatest political movement in the history of our country. We also built the greatest economy in the history of the world. It was about America first because we all wanted to make America great again. We restored the principle that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Our agenda was not about right or left. It wasn’t about Republican or Democrat, but about the good of a nation, and that means the whole nation. With the support and prayers of the American people, we achieved more than anyone thought possible. Nobody thought we could even come close. We passed the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history. We slashed more job-killing regulations than any administration had ever done before…

We restored American strength at home and American leadership abroad. The world respects us again. Please don’t lose that respect. We reclaimed our sovereignty by standing up for America at the United Nations and withdrawing from the one-sided global deals that never served our interests. And NATO countries are now paying hundreds of billions of dollars more than when I arrived just a few years ago. It was very unfair. We were paying the cost for the world. Now the world is helping us.

And perhaps most importantly of all, with nearly $3 trillion, we fully rebuilt the American military, all made in the USA. We launched the first new branch of the United States Armed Forces in 75 years, the Space Force. And last spring, I stood at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and watched as American astronauts returned to space on American rockets for the first time in many, many years…

Above all, we have reasserted the sacred idea that in America the government answers to the people. Our guiding light, our North star, our unwavering conviction has been that we are here to serve the noble everyday citizens of America. Our allegiance is not to the special interests corporations or global entities, it’s to our children, our citizens, and to our nation itself. As president my top priority, my constant concern has always been the best interests of American workers and American families. I did not seek the easiest course. By far, it was actually the most difficult. I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism. I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices because that’s what you elected me to do. Your needs were my first and last unyielding focus. This, I hope, will be our greatest legacy.

Together, we put the American people back in charge of our country. We restored self-government. We restored the idea that in America no one is forgotten because everyone matters and everyone has a voice. We fought for the principle that every citizen is entitled to equal dignity, equal treatment, and equal rights because we are all made equal by God. Everyone is entitled to be treated with respect, to have their voice heard, and to have the government listen. You are loyal to your country and my administration was always loyal to you.

We worked to build a country in which every citizen could find a great job and support their wonderful families. We fought for the communities where every American could be safe and schools where every child could learn. We promoted a culture where our laws would be upheld, our heroes honored, our history preserved, and law-abiding citizens are never taken for granted. Americans should take tremendous satisfaction in all that we have achieved together. It’s incredible.

Now, as I leave the white house, I have been reflecting on the dangers that threaten the priceless inheritance we all share. As the world’s most powerful nation, America faces constant threats and challenges from abroad. But the greatest danger we face is a loss of confidence in ourselves, a loss of confidence in our national greatness. A nation is only as strong as its spirit. We are only as dynamic as our pride. We are only as vibrant as the faith that beats in the hearts of our people. No nation can long thrive that loses faith in its own values, history, and heroes for these are the very sources of our unity and our vitality.

What has always allowed America to prevail and triumph over the great challenges of the past has been an unyielding and unashamed conviction in the nobility of our country and its unique purpose in history. We must never lose this conviction. We must never forsake our belief in America. The key to national greatness lies in sustaining and instilling our shared national identity. That means focusing on what we have in common, the heritage that we all share. At the center of this heritage is also a robust belief in free expression, free speech, and open debate. Only if we forget who we are and how we got here could we ever allow political censorship and blacklisting to take place in America. It’s not even thinkable. Shutting down free and open debate violates our core values and most enduring traditions.

In America, we don’t insist on absolute conformity or enforce rigid orthodoxies and punitive speech codes. We just don’t do that. America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree. That’s not who we are. It will never be who we are. For nearly 250 years in the face of every challenge, Americans have always summoned our unmatched courage, confidence, and fierce independence. These are the miraculous traits that once led millions of everyday citizens to set out across a wild continent and carve out a new life in the great West. It was the same profound love of our God-given freedom that willed our soldiers into battle and our astronauts into space.

As I think back on the past four years, one image rises in my mind above all others. Whenever I traveled all along the motorcade route, there were thousands and thousands of people. They came out with their families so that they could stand as we passed and proudly wave our great American flag. It never failed to deeply move me. I knew that they did not just come out to show their support of me. They came out to show me their support and love for our country. This is a republic of proud citizens who are united by our common conviction, that America is the greatest nation in all of history.

We are and must always be a land of hope, of light, and of glory to all the world. This is the precious inheritance that we must safeguard at every single turn. For the past four years, I have worked to do just that. From a great hall of Muslim leaders in Riyadh to a great square of Polish people in Warsaw, from the floor of the Korean Assembly to the podium at the United Nations General Assembly, and from the forbidden city in Beijing to the shadow of Mount Rushmore, I fought for you. I fought for your family. I fought for our country. Above all, I fought for America and all it stands for, and that is safe, strong, proud, and free.

Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning. There’s never been anything like it. The belief that a nation must serve its citizens will not dwindle, but instead, only grows stronger by the day. As long as the American people hold in their hearts, deep and devoted love of country, then there is nothing that this nation can not achieve. Our communities will flourish. Our people will be prosperous. Our traditions will be cherished. Our faith will be strong and our future will be brighter than ever before. I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart, an optimistic spirit, and a supreme confidence that for our country and for our children, the best is yet to come. Thank you and farewell. God bless you. God bless the United States of America.”1

1 See the transcript of President Trump’s complete address at https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/president-donald-trump-farewell-address-speech-transcript

Blonde-Hair Brush

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by Peter E. Schultz

When I was thirteen, my uncle invited me to his wannabe farm where a couple of neglected horses and an army of woodchucks occupied the pastures. Hungry for some cash, I arrived charged up for whatever chores he had in mind. Summer jobs were scarce.

In a friendly voice he said, “Here, take this brush and clean out that tub. The hose is there somewhere.”

I waded through tall grass and discovered an old bathtub he used as a watering trough for the horses and any other wildlife that could reach the rim. Every speck of water inside was crystal clear.

As my uncle walked off I yelled, “It’s clean already!” He just waved, pointed to the tub, and simulated scrubbing motions with his arms.

Swatting the gnats away, I raked down the inside of the tub with my long-handled brush and discovered the world of algae. With every stroke of my stiff brush the unimaginable, creepy crud inside that tub transformed the clear water into a dark stagnant soup. I often skipped rocks across the water in nearby swamps, but the stench in that tub made me nauseous.

I found the hose and traced back to a hose bib buried in the grass. About two hours of scrubbing and flushing the contaminants with clear water revealed the white inside surface. In the summer heat, the temptation to take a quick dip in my clear private pool… Oh, never mind.

When President Trump vowed to drain the D.C. swamp, did he know how thick the scum had actually grown? Our blonde-hair brush faithfully uncovered the filth in America’s political tub.

History will prove he is not deserving of any impeachment or the false accusations of racist, incompetent, divisive, and reckless behavior. He is honest, generous, and respected by his loyal subordinates. His work in the USA and around the world is being recognized as brilliant, at least by those who have outgrown diapers.

Most significant among Trump’s victories is his exposure of today’s American political corruption. On stage is the lineup of political actors whose ambitions to grow private kingdoms dwarf their fake pledges to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

We plainly see their naked, puppet-like obedience on display. Arrays of mindless attacks will never fully cloak their own dereliction of duty as more and more of their crimes are uncovered.

In the months ahead, phony promises of free stuff will probably implode. For example, we already know the canceling of student debt might have hidden side effects. Any money borrowed from non-federal entities (private banks and other private sources) still needs to be repaid. And currently, federal debt relief is taxable! Our IRS will happily bump up the personal income tax on any federal student loan balance which magically goes way.

Another stark reality regarding healthcare might soon impact US citizens. UK’s revered socialized medical system is clogged. It’s choking to such a degree that future ICU services could be based on “an individual’s potential to contribute to maintenance of the critical infrastructure.” Hmmm, Medicare for all? Really?

As Patriots stand in awe before the tub of US political failures, we can be deeply thankful for the blonde-hair brush who courageously revealed their presence. He and his family deserve our profound national appreciation.

Then, we can follow through with our purifying water, determined to finish the job President Trump started. Without violence or division, our mature application of the Constitution will be enough. It’ll take more than the two hours I spent in my uncle’s pasture, and plenty of tenacity, but the results will be spectacular.

Safety Tool 1

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by Peter E. Schultz

You probably would not send a family member or friend out to shop for your shoes. So it is with your handgun purchase. When choosing the best gun, make your selection according to these attributes, in this order:

  1. Grip — Most important among a handgun’s features is its grip. In a defensive encounter you must have absolute control of the gun. With excellent control of the gun your speed and confidence will naturally develop with practice. If the fit of the gun, for you, is awkward and uncomfortable, every subsequent step in your skill development will be a discouraging struggle. Some pistols are made with interchangeable grip components. These are handy in changing the overall circumference, even the shape of the grip, to fit your hand. Many revolvers and semi-auto pistols have aftermarket grips available which are inexpensive and easily installed. Other handguns have grips which are not alterable. What’s the test? You should be able to operate the trigger and magazine release (or cylinder release) without substantially changing the position of your shooting hand.
  2. Trigger Squeeze — Your index finger should land on the trigger somewhere between the pad of the finger and the first joint. If the trigger is exceptionally heavy for you, then your accuracy will likely be difficult to perfect. If the trigger is exceptionally light, then your risk of an accidental discharge is high. Each modern handgun has a trigger which is carefully engineered for that gun. Most extremely heavy triggers are designed with your safety in mind. Be very reluctant to change the trigger weight that is set for the gun at the factory. You can test the trigger squeeze by borrowing a dummy (inert) round at the gun store.
  3. Sight Alignment — Your preference about how the sights align is as personal as your taste for color. Some sights are very easy to acquire with your eye. Others are more difficult to find quickly. You should be able to bring the gun up and align the sights fast. Try to stay with the sights that come from the manufacturer. If they are hard to align or they look ugly to you, the gun dealer can help you change them. Alternatively, select a different gun.

About those fuzzy eyes; not the geezer eyebrows bushy enough to shade your face. Age brings a widening array of body parts that don’t work perfectly. You might have considerable trouble getting clear focus on standard handgun sights. Quickly drawing a pair of bifocals during a fight won’t work. Instead, try a laser grip or a holographic sight. Both of these place the point of focus at the target, not at arm’s length.

Buy a revolver if you…

  • Can’t easily cycle the slide on a semi-automatic pistol
  • Are overwhelmed by the complexity of features on a semi-auto
  • Don’t want to take meticulous care of the semi-auto and its ammunition
  • Want a gun that’s very simple to operate overall

Buy a semi-auto pistol if you want…

  • A compact gun in a larger caliber
  • More shots per load
  • Fast loading
  • Fast shooting

What Caliber?

Defensive firepower must be balanced with your safety. Select the largest caliber you can control. If the recoil of your gun always scares you or hurts your hand, then shooting it with total confidence and proficiency will be impossible.

Deep in the bowels of gun lore, the debate over optimum self-defense caliber will continue to rage for many more decades. Most of our students buy 9mm semi-auto pistols and .357 Magnum revolvers. Recoil from the 9mm is very manageable and cartridges are economical. Revolvers built for the staggering .357 Magnum also shoot gentler .38 Special and mid-range .38 Special +P cartridges. In my humble opinion, .22 caliber is not adequate for self-defense against Villain; for rodents the caliber is wonderful, but not for violent human pests.

What Brand?

“You get what you pay for” is true with guns and ammunition. Most manufacturers offer limited lifetime warranties with their firearms. If you theoretically do a quick internet search for the “best ten-shot intergalactic phasonator,” you might find innumerable reviews, blog posts, and comments with many contradictions, pontifications, and baseless factoids all mixed together.

Do some intelligent homework. There are a lot of excellent handguns which will give you good service for many years. No gun is perfect. Narrow your choices by Grip, Trigger Squeeze, and Sight Alignment. Take your time. Make your best choice. Adapt to the gun, and don’t look back.1

1 Peter E. Schultz, Extreme Preemption (Old Julian Press, 2019) 62.

America’s Heart

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by Peter E. Schultz

“I was here centuries before you arrived in your New World. Early explorers and settlers kept me close. Without me they would have failed. I gave you the land to build a monument to my gift of freedom where all people can find refuge.

Your Founders knew me well, because they endured the restraints of tyranny. They spent time deeply pondering my gift of independence. They wrote into your Declaration a vow to sacrifice everything when they pledged, ‘to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Your Judeo-Christian heritage is the one I chose for you, because Jesus is the only leader of faith who overcame human death. Even though that act is the defeat of mankind’s ultimate bondage, always allow people to worship in their own ways.

Your Warriors have drawn wisdom and strength from me to achieve victories on every continent and in every ocean. Their oath to support and defend your Constitution with their lives is an extreme pledge to honor me. Honor them with respect and prayer.

Your prosperity is necessary to keep moving forward. All nations have benefited from your discoveries. America is the last best shelter from oppression. Don’t be fooled into lowering your standards. Encourage the rest of the world to raise theirs.

Your traditions should be preserved and shared. They magnify all of the important lessons you’ve learned. They illustrate the beauty of your destiny.

Your history is a story of success. No other people have manifested me in their lives as you have. That’s why many of them want to live with you, and others want to destroy you.

Your rule of law has shielded you not only from the control of monarchs, but also from the chaos of pure democracy. Zealously re-establish integrity in your representative government. All public servants are accountable to you.

Enemy actors are at work. You will always know their dangerous intentions by the false accusations they parrot. When they accuse you of hurting me, you can be sure they have already attacked me. Whatever offense they deceitfully place on you, they are trespassing in the same. They are entirely predictable.

Greed and power are driving some people to deprive you of my presence. When you look at others wisely, carefully, both your adversaries and friends will reveal themselves.

Attempts to chip away at me are futile. I am impenetrable. For centuries, mockery and disparagement have followed me as rabid pests. Sometimes their annoying voice is loud, but I am unaffected.

Your path forward is clear. Discover how to get the better of your personal challenges, and at the same time rout your nemesis from every corner of your nation.

If you protect me in every possible way, I will energize you in everything you do. Together, we will overwhelm the enemy’s rage as we have so many times before.

I am liberty, America’s heart. I will never be conquered or subdued. Let me show you the way in this new year.”


“We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8).

Christmas Gift

Christmas Gift

by Peter E. Schultz

Jesus’ birth marks the start of the Gregorian calendar, year zero, but His coming was foretold thousands of years earlier. In fact, God first promised the Messiah right after Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 3:15).

Although precise dating of Jesus’ birth still eludes experts, since about 400 AD December 25th is the agreed upon day for the celebration of mankind’s Savior. For centuries, cynics and atheists have tried to diminish the value of Christmas and its Christian roots by tagging on pagan attributes. They might continue this empty quest until they actually discover Him.

He gave His life to lift us from our bucket of mistakes. Whether our list of blunders is long or short, easily fixable or seemingly impossible to correct, Jesus still offers us the key to being truly forgiven with a fresh start. His solution of faith is available to everyone. It’s His best gift, the priceless one that we never outgrow.

Throughout human history, in our most desperate times, the power of Jesus’ mission has been a source of hope. “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine” (Isaiah 9:2).

His parents were traveling when He was born. There was no luxurious hotel suite for them, so He arrived among livestock in a cave with a feeding trough as His cradle.

Likewise, He exited Earth along a common road with only eleven students nearby. No fanfare. No glorious light show or a stadium filled with ecstatic groupies. He lived, died, and then overcame death in complete humility.

His indisputable place as our sole mediator with God can never be overstated. He is our ambassador to the Creator of all that exists.

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

Jesus was born on Earth to love you. There is always room for you in His heart. The King of all kings is extending His hand to you personally. Wherever you are He is there too, and He will never abandon you.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

No degree of sin is too big for your Savior. No matter what history you have, He’s ready to free you right now and fill your future with hope.

His gift will fit you this Christmas.

The Grating Reset

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by Peter E. Schultz

2020 was quite a year. We marveled at the worldwide launch of COVID. Radical fascists (against fascism) and rabid racists (opposing racism) brought neanderthal brutality back to our city streets. US elections unveiled nearly every form of lying, cheating, and otherwise dastardly behavior infecting that process. And, Chinese tentacles appeared all over America.

Nevertheless, working families are still trying to maintain shelter and food. Businesses are fighting to remain viable. Alleged victims of capitalist wealth are still craving free stuff. Students are trying to continue school. Healthy relationships are still elusive. Life goes on.

But there’s more! Piercing what’s left of our tranquility is the skanky squeal of… wait for it…

THE GREAT RESET !

That’s the utopia where humanity’s problems will be corrected by the year 2030, or so. In rational circles, we know it as the Grating Reset.

SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals1, are the latest buzz; the United Nations’ mantel for global salvation. Seventeen SDGs will purportedly heal the world of poverty, illiteracy, bias, sickness, climate change, and other maladies. Unless someone gets selfish, of course.

All of these goals appear admirable, honorable. Meeting only a few of them will certainly bring us an improved world. However, three important pieces are missing from the Grating Reset plan:

I – God. Mankind waded through a painful learning curve while uncovering the role of God in human lives. For a short time, we enjoyed His heaven on Earth. Then, we rejected Him. About 4,000 years later He returned to give us the tool to reunite with Him. Now, the GR crowd is attempting to remove God’s presence from our lives again.

To even imagine human intellect, technology, military power, or wealth so powerful that one or all of them can overcome the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists is, at best, a tomb of ignorance.

Human history, documented in the Bible or not, is filled with fools who thought they could outsmart God – right up to the moment of their destruction.

II – Our unyielding quest for freedom. We are born with the unquenchable drive to be independent. No one is naturally submissive to authority. Liberty is a built-in mechanism which drives us to be free. Life experiences might help us learn to comply with various types of rules, but the latent desire for freedom cannot ever be taken from anyone.

III – Our ability to make choices. Individuality is partly defined by our choices. Accompanying our thirst for freedom is our congruent capacity to choose. This God-given function keeps us from acting as mindless droids, preprogrammed exclusively for lifelong routines. Some of our choices are excellent, some are disastrous, but the ability to make them keeps us healthy and happy.2

What’s important about these three missing elements? Their involuntary forfeiture has historically provoked nations to war. Ask any rebel who ever fought against tyranny.

You might be thinking, “Come on, man! Be serious!” … We are. Grating advocates are not shy about clearly laying out their doctrine. Its attributes have been cited for years.

If you’ve been trying to make sense out of 2020’s seemingly bizarre behavior by politicians, educators, entertainers, media, and athletes, you’re not alone. There’s no good reason why any American would try to damage or destroy the core of the country they too live in. Or, maybe there is a reason, an especially juicy one. Global power.

America is in the way of the Grating Reset. Without the model of liberty shining in the face of the world, eradication of private ownership, wide open borders, unrestricted eugenics, and all other Grating components will be forced on us as easily as the most attractive banquet table of food to a hungry crowd.

We are the biggest obstacle in the journey to a world reorganization where everything is distributed equally. All the trendy, colorful metaphors will vanish as the darkness of restrictions takes over. COVID lockdowns are a prelude.

When America is neutered, mankind’s acceptance of Grating standards will work beautifully, until God and His people have had enough; when the penetrating sound of GR nails on our cultural blackboard will be too much. Then the masquerade of free provisions will be recognized as the world’s greatest orchestrated imposture.

Grating leaders have a carefully designed concept which just isn’t that great. At least in the USA we must emphatically reject it long before blood is shed. Everyone in the world is watching us, waiting to see how we lead.

For instance, climate change can actually be a point of profound enlightenment. Changing the world’s mental climate will definitely alter the planet. If the downtrodden embrace their reliance on God and His infinite gifts, everything will change.

If America continues to exemplify the fruits of independence, perhaps the rest of humanity will raise its standards, rather than try to diminish ours.

Yes, let’s really build back better.

1 UN Sustainable Development Goals: un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

2 Our editorial, Choices, by Erin D. Schultz.

Hanukkah’s Light

Hanukkah's Light
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by Peter E. Schultz

Hanukkah, or Chanukah, or the Festival of Lights celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during a courageous revolt by the Maccabees around 160 BC, and its origin is absolutely miraculous.

At that time, Judea was controlled by Syrian kings. Antiochus III the Great graciously allowed the conquered Jews to freely practice their faith. When Antiochus IV Epiphanes captured the monarchy in 175 BC, he issued a decree forbidding Jewish religious norms. Then, he entirely desecrated their temple in Jerusalem, another anti-Semitic tactic to annihilate the culture.

Judah Maccabee and his small rebel army successfully fought back. By early asymmetric warfare they defeated forces radically outnumbering them. They cleaned up the temple, then dedicated it again. Lamps in the temple were filled with fresh, pure oil – burning for eight days, even though the oil in them would normally last only one day.

Tradition includes lighting one candle of the menorah each day for eight days, honoring this extraordinary chain of events. Present day Hanukkah celebrations begin on the 25th day of the Hebrew calendar. This year it spans December 10th through the 18th.

Faith in God is the core of healthy living. America was founded by God-fearing Patriots. They constructed our First Amendment to emphasize, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” All flavors of faith are welcome in America.

We are world’s best haven for the independent exercise of religious freedom. This holiday is more living proof that all of our founding principles must be protected. Every portion of humanity has inherent rights which are especially numerated for people on American soil.

Hanukkah’s brilliance is simple and powerful:
  1. Keep going. History is filled with accounts of people who won amazing victories just by persevering when faced with daunting opposition. Shear tenacity is often enough to plough through obstacles which might appear to be unbeatable.
  2. Cherish tradition. No matter how much modernization might occur in a society, recognition of its roots is a necessary benchmark to measure historic progress. Our look back most often yields a deeper appreciation of the present.
  3. Expect miracles. God is capable of doing any good thing.

We wish you a joyful Festival of Lights !

Stuffed SARS

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by Peter E. Schultz

After almost one year of the pandemic, wild accusations of neglect and assurances of vaccines still swirl around us as a noisy swarm of bees. Vaccines appear to be inevitable, but when will they get to obscure homesteads in flyover country or our urban boroughs?

Through all of the chaos there is now a COVID message of reason which cannot be ignored.

Jay Bhattacharya (JB) is a Ph.D-level epidemiologist with Stanford University who collaborated with two others to construct what they call the Great Barrington Declaration1 (conceived in Great Barrington, MA). It’s a science-based strategy to help us climb out of the COVID quagmire.

In his October 9 address at a Hillsdale College Free Market Forum2, JB first presented a fresh statistical perspective by showing the actual calculation of “case fatality rate” has not been based on sick people; it’s been calculated on the number of people who have tested positive. “But the majority of people who are infected with COVID have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.”

He explained, “In other words, when the World Health Organization said back in early March [2020] that three percent of people who get COVID die from it, they were wrong by at least one order of magnitude. The COVID fatality rate is much closer to 0.2 or 0.3 percent.”

Translation: Deaths from COVID are about 2 to 3 people per 1,000, not 3 people per 100. Yes, any fatalities are too many. However, we’ve been responding to a presumed scope of the disease which is unreasonably high.

JB cited, “the fact is that for young children, this disease is less dangerous than the seasonal flu. This year, in the United States, more children have died from the seasonal flu than from COVID by a factor of two or three.”

He argued that lockdowns have “deadly effects” on our young people because of restricted socialization. “Keeping children out of school is a grave injustice.”

For others, the Declaration states, “lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health” are additional killers.

“Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.”

To avoid the popular allegation of “heartlessness,” JB and his colleagues intentionally ignored the additional catastrophic effects mandatory lockdowns are having on economies throughout the world.

So, what’s the solution? According to the Great Barrington Declaration we should immediately engage in Focused Protection:

“As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable [age 70+] – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e. the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.”

Is their strategy worthwhile? As of this writing 37,547 medical practitioners, 12,597 medical and public health scientists, and 677,317 concerned citizens all agree with them. On November 19, 2020, CDC Director Dr. Redfield declared, based on current data, K-12 schools are among “the safest places” for children. On December 2, he publicly re-emphasized the importance and viability of in-person instruction.

Likewise, the safest environment for businesses is OPEN.

“We have to learn to think in a new way.” – Albert Einstein, 1955

1 Great Barrington Declaration: gbdeclaration.org

2 Jay Bhattacharya, A Sensible and Compassionate Anti-COVID Strategy, Imprimis, (Hillsdale College, October 2020).

Thanksgiving

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by Peter E. Schultz

After enduring a deadly winter at Plymouth Colony, the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest with 90 Native Americans in 1621. Out of the 102 colonists who landed one year earlier, only 53 were still alive. Their obvious gratitude for life-saving help from the local, experienced native tribe must have been immense.

Even though other celebrations of thanks had occurred earlier in the New World, tradition holds the Pilgrims’ three-day event to be the launch of our US holiday.

George Washington first proclaimed November 26, 1789 as a National Day of Thanksgiving. On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day for all US states, and in 1941 Franklin Roosevelt set the holiday to be the 4th Thursday in November.

President Lincoln’s proclamation affirmed, ”The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. …I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next [1863] as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”1

Amid the devastation of the American Civil War (1861-1865), Lincoln’s focus was still clear enough for his deep gratitude that year. Perhaps it was his unshakeable resolve to keep our states united which enabled the honest, simple reminder of unimaginable blessings the Lord was showering on his warring nation.

Lincoln must have lived in a small circle where his incomparable popularity among citizens was soiled by rejection from social and political highbrows. His unyielding hand no doubt was nipped at often by so-called allies jockeying for their own power. Up to the moment of his assassination, he stood courageously at the helm of a country traveling through its worst storm.

One thing we can be certain about today is our American destiny, still filled with infinite blue skies. God is bigger than any geopolitical structure, and He promised to help us, with only one condition – obedience to Him.

“Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish. You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent. For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you’” (Isaiah 41:11-13).

We are the world’s last rampart shielding mankind from incalculable oppression. Current attacks on the core of American freedom should be enough evidence for even the most semi-conscious soul. Nevertheless, big money and obnoxious voices will not kill off our future as long we guard each other’s heart from the poison of discouragement.

This year’s Thanksgiving Day is overflowing with blessings as usual, but with one difference. Circumstances are calling us to actively protect those gifts with as much passion as we have silently appreciated them in the past.

May the Lord fill you with trust on this Day of Thanksgiving.

1 Library of Congress, “A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation”

Choices

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by Erin D. Schultz

Our freedom to choose is an amazing gift from God, one of the qualities which define human individuality.

We make choices every day. Some decisions are minor, others affect our lives dramatically. Family choices about marriage, divorce, adoption, pregnancy, and abortion have serious consequences for us and those we love. Job selection can be a confusing blur. There are many questions to answer and consider before deciding on a final solution. How do we know when it’s God’s way or ours?

Does your preference agree with God’s commands in the Bible? If not, don’t take that path no matter how much you think your way is better than the Lord’s. God loves you so much and wants you to have a good life walking with Him. That requires obedience and trust in the course He shows you, approaching Him as a child totally dependent on His guidance.

“Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:1-2 NLT).

It’s difficult to see the big picture that God sees, including all of the fine details. Faith is our reliance on His way.

“‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT).

God will never lead you in the wrong direction. He is good and His unfailing love and faithfulness last forever!

For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation” (Psalm 100:5 NLT).

Let’s look at Joshua’s life. He was one of twelve spies Moses sent to explore the “promised land” (c.1312 BC) that would become the nation of Israel’s homeland. He and Caleb were the only two spies who believed God and encouraged the Israelites to take the huge territory. The other ten spies reported that native inhabitants were too powerful, and discouragement overwhelmed the Israelites.

God sent Israel into the wilderness to wander around for forty years until the entire generation who refused to trust Him died in the wilderness – except Joshua and Caleb. They survived because of their trust in and faithfulness to God. There are always consequences for disobedience!

Even Moses and his brother Aaron were kept from entering the promised land as a result of some defiant behavior (Numbers 20). After they died, Joshua took over as leader of Israel. His most important response to God was simply fulfilling his role God’s way (Book of Joshua).

As Moses’ assistant for over forty years, Joshua observed his wise mentor’s relationship with God every day. He learned that obedience to God brings good results, and defiance brings correction. Moses was not a perfect man. Yet, his decisions must have astonished the young protege by obeying the Lord, often without knowing the outcome of his actions.

To enter the promised land, they needed to cross the flooded Jordan River. God showed Joshua the plan and he implemented it. When the priests stepped into the Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant,1 the water miraculously piled up and the children of Israel walked across on dry ground. When the priests carried the Ark to the other side after the crossing, the water returned to its normal flow. Their next job was to take Jericho using very unusual instructions from God, which Joshua followed exactly. They were successful due to his obedience.

The Bible is bursting with narratives about people facing difficult choices, including Esther, Ruth, David, Saul, Hannah, Samson, Moses, and the various Kings of Israel and Judah. Their submission or rebellion to God affected not only them but entire populations.

Our response to challenges in life is a measure of our trust. Stubbornly forcing our own way most often leads to disaster for us and those we love. On the other hand, seeking God’s solution, not ours, opens the door to unimaginable blessings.2

Instead of struggling with a mirage of our own choices, we can just relax while following the Lord’s single clear path. How do we find it? Ask Him, then listen and obey.

1 Sacred chest for the Ten Commandments carved in stone. See Chapter 3 of Joshua in the Bible.

2 Read about my personal experience with choices in My Forever Breath.

Armistice Illusion

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by Peter E. Schultz

I was already out of breath, struggling to get to the surface with the 400 pound rock.

Our last task to complete the Boy Scout Swimming Merit Badge was getting a big rock (ok, less than 400 pounds) from the bottom of the lake in about 10 feet of water. My BMI at that time might have been in the single digits. I was so skinny that I actually had to tread water to float.

As I gulped the fresh air and lifted the rock so the counselor could see it, my summer camp buddies cheered. I let the rock sink, glided to the ladder, and launched myself onto the dock with renewed exhilaration. What a victory! Far bigger, though, was the principle branded on my mind.

Armistice is an agreement between warring entities to stop fighting. On November 11, 1918 at 11:00 AM (11th month, 11th day, 11th hour) World War I participants agreed to an armistice — hence, Armistice Day. In 1954, we changed the name to Veterans Day to honor United States military veterans.

In our present condition, the rocks are keeping us down. Political lies, sassy insults by media talking heads, disregard of America’s sovereignty by big money holders, and violent tantrums by people who prefer to scream rather than work, together are keeping America under water.

We can see the sunlight and we know the fresh air will make things right, but we’re not there yet.

In the lake, I first learned we will always be lugging some type of rock. With enough effort we can overcome its weight, but the necessity to keep swimming upward will never go away. Excellence is most often the tenacious, continuing swim toward lifesaving air, when drowning is not an option.

By definition, armistice is not a permanent peace treaty, it’s only a ceasefire. Unfortunately, we will never have a treaty with America’s internal enemies, and armistice is only an illusion. They are assisted by America’s external enemies. Their voice is wealthy and loud, and we need to defeat their bad influence.

Our future is not a morbid fight in the muck of a lake bottom. Rather, it requires a modest effort to tread water. Holding the cold rock of resistance in sight while always breathing the warm fresh air, we will have a healthy future for several more centuries.

We can boldly demand honest election results, an effective COVID vaccine, reopening of small businesses, all educational options for children, preservation of our Constitution, and sustained expertise in our military.

America is a strong swimmer; 70 million of us can conquer any rock.

Veterans, thank you for your example.

One-Second Law

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by Peter E. Schultz

“In the enormous swampland of criminal activity, actions always trump reactions because of the inherent chronological sequence. Our challenges in preempting Villain’s [bad person’s] attack include the FAST defensive action by Innocent [good person] after the threat to safety is identified. We have already explored the need to train for, then detect every future breach of our Safety Bubbles that we can think of.

What’s next? Answer: SPEED.

You probably recall the SAFE memory aid in Chapter 1 — Speed Always Foils ‘Em. Great! How fast should we be? It is entirely possible for you to master use of your self-defense tools to get those tools into the fight with Villain in less than one second.

Remember, Villain has no concern for your safety. He or she is not going to wait politely while you ready your defense, because ambushing you is a highly successful tactic. Your best preemptive solution includes your own fast counter ambush.”1

Why is the One-Second Law so important? In the USA, violent encounters are usually finished in 3 to 5 seconds. To be safe, let’s assume a worst-case time of 3 seconds. Villain can generally draw a gun or knife from a waistband in about 1.3 seconds. So, Defender [Innocent with protection skills] needs to deliver a reliable defense in less than 1 second.

This amount of time is attainable for nearly everyone. If you choose to live a sub-second personal protection life, my compliments to you! SPEED saves. Apply the One-Second Law to your readiness with every defense tool.

Defenders who choose to carry a concealed handgun must master their handling in compliance with the One-Second Law. It takes a little more finesse to accomplish this goal with a gun. But, with the right practice, almost anyone can draw from concealment and fire the first unaimed shot in less than one second. We cover a detailed firearm training and practice regimen in our book Extreme Preemption (pp. 66-68). Do not begin practicing to meet the One-Second Law with live ammunition.

Handguns are exceptionally useful in defending ourselves at a moderate distance. As we face the dangerous quest of gunmuckers,2 there is an acute need for all Patriots [Defenders who love America] to understand and protect our right of self-defense.

Keep in mind, the One-Second Law applies to any self-defense tool, not just a firearm. Let’s say you carry pepper spray, flashlight, knife, tactical pen, or taser in an attache, purse, or pocket. If you honestly cannot employ that tool within one second, it’s time to:

  • Clean out the clutter.
  • Find a method to carry it with excellent access.
  • Practice your draw.

Most important in your training to meet the One-Second Law is to identify the exact series of torso, arm, and hand movements, then begin practicing veeeeery slooooowly. By rehearsing the same exact form with each repetition, your speed will fall into place naturally. Don’t rush the process!

How much practice is necessary? Plan on at least 1,500 repetitions. Spending just ten minutes per day will get you there in less than two months, an investment which might save your life.

One final thought. Just because you’re able to get your defense tool into the fight quickly doesn’t mean you have some requirement to use it. If the mere sight of your gun prompts Villain to run away, the law requires you to immediately stop counter attacking. In this case, don’t shoot. More details are ahead in our future editorial “ITOTR.”

In a violent encounter, self-defense is most often a reaction to Villain’s actions. We are immediately disadvantaged, forced to make up time. Small portions of seconds are critical. Use yours wisely.

1 Excerpt from our book Extreme Preemption (2nd edition, 2019) p. 138

2 gunmucker (n): one who mucks up the right of others to employ a firearm in self-defense

Got Wisdom?

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by Erin D. Schultz

Are you interested in being wiser? I sure am. Wisdom provides the good sense and judgment needed when life throws something at us which is confusing or even paralyzing. Do you want to be smarter in the way you live your life? Who doesn’t?! How about more understanding to solve a problem with what you already know? This is not instantaneous but very possible when we follow the Bible’s path to wisdom. Knowledge and understanding are the first necessary steps.

“For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and he will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe” (Proverbs 2:6-11 NLT).

Let’s look at knowledge, the first step in the process. Knowledge (facts or ideas) is acquired throughout our lifetimes. When very young, learning comes by observing and investigating our environment or experiencing something that teaches us about life choices. Touching a hot stove gets us burned. If we stick a toe into a hole in the ground, a bee might sting us (one of my learning experiences).

Studying in school or learning an instrument or new language expands our knowledge base. All this information is stored in our memory and available for use as it’s needed. Unfortunately, we can have all the facts, but still lack the understanding and wisdom to apply the facts to our lives.

Above all else, the most important knowledge we can assimilate is from God’s Word. Reading the Bible daily and memorizing verses help us stay close to God’s heart. He tells us in Matthew 7:24-27 that it is wise when the foundation of everyday life is built on the rock, that is, following the Word of God obediently. In 2 Timothy 3:16, the message is clear; all scripture is inspired by God, and it teaches us truth. As we listen carefully to God’s Word, He guides us along the path of His choosing.

Knowledge is temporary. It will become useless when we are finally with Jesus in Heaven, because then we will know everything perfectly (1 Corinthians 13:8-12). Today, knowledge is necessary because the world is defective. We need to use our knowledge to help the broken people around us while avoiding calamities in our own lives. Genuine godly knowledge allows the spiritual fruit of love to warm everyone who is nearby.

Now let’s consider the second step in the process, understanding. Making your experiential knowledge applicable to a current situation is the power of understanding. With understanding, we develop the skill to apply our knowledge to each situation confronting us. We’re able to look at all aspects of a problem and discover solutions by asking these simple questions:

  • What does the knowledge I have gathered mean here?
  • What principles apply?
  • What Bible verses point to a solution?

“To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them” (Matthew 13:12 NLT).

While paying attention to all that is shown in His Word, we can teach others how to apply knowledge to their challenges – reaping true understanding. We’re equipped to help others as God helps us. Everything snowballs as those people are able to apply God’s Word and, in turn, teach even more peeps!

Finally, let’s think about wisdom, which follows after the application of our knowledge and understanding. Wisdom might allude us without our search for knowledge in the Bible or our request to understand it. As we pray for wisdom, the Lord gives us the insight needed to resolve problems. Sometimes the brilliance of a God-given solution even exceeds the essence of normal knowledge and understanding.

No matter what, we need to be faithful doing our part, always seeking the meaning of His Word and then asking for wisdom in using that guidance sensibly with good judgment.

“A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger” (Proverbs 24:3-5 NLT).

As you grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom may the Lord’s blessings always surround you !

Honor

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by Peter E. Schultz

Honor is one of the critical adhesives in a civilized society. Doing the honorable thing means speaking and acting with great respect for something outside of oneself.

On November 3, America will embrace or reject honor. Could the differences between political parties be more profound?

We are born free, and we will stay free.” – Donald J. Trump“America was an idea.” – Joseph R. Biden
Honor American sovereignty by strengthening our domestic and foreign interests.Abandon American sovereignty by supporting domestic terrorism and globalist compromises.
Honor the life of every child and the millions of couples who desire to adopt.Promote abortion up to the moment of birth.
Honor the legacy of all people in spite of their flaws.Destroy memorials of American history – statues, monuments, and architecture.
Honor fair representation of all US states through the Electoral College.Manipulate presidential election results by abolishing the Electoral College.
Honor the dissenting views of every citizen, and welcome any dialogue to improve America.Silence the voices of those who disagree by any means, including assault and murder.
Honor the accomplishments of honest, hard-working people.Steal or destroy the achievements of others.
Honor American citizenship.Give away American citizenship.
Honor reduced taxation.Increase taxation.
Honor the infinite opportunities of free enterprise through capitalism.Invent endless government entitlements through socialism.
Honor America’s security by refusing to be bribed by foreign governments.Injure America’s security by accepting foreign money and its influence.
Honor responsible advances in technology, helping all nations respond to natural climate change.Erroneously blame and punish mankind and industry for natural climate change.
Honor Americans’ self-defense rights.Strangle Americans’ safety by abolishing self-defense by firearm.
Honor the design of representative government detailed in the US Constitution.Abuse and subvert the US Constitution.
Honor and cultivate the individual gifts and abilities of every person.Suppress the disadvantaged by shackling them to dependence on government.
Honor the need for excellent education of every child.Restrict access to home-schooling and charter schools.
Honor the family unit as a safe haven and primary element of social structure.Deprecate the family unit by government intrusion.
Honor America as God’s amazing gift of liberty.Belittle God’s presence in America’s institutions and citizens’ lives.
Honor truthful journalism.Embrace subversive journalism.
Honor the efficacy of prayer.Mock the efficacy of prayer.
Honor the beauty and importance of biological gender.Confuse children with the mirage of gender ambiguity.
Honor Americans’ choices for healthcare.Limit healthcare choices to government programs.
Honor law and order in all American communities.Encourage mayhem, intentionally bringing harm to our cities.
Honor law enforcement officers as our front line in America’s rule of law.Demonize, defund, and discredit all law enforcement.
Honor America’s legacy of economic brilliance.Reject America’s success by reverting to European-style markets.
Honor America’s colonies, founders, and the patriots who facilitated our independence.Teach false images of American imperialism and human rights violations.
Honor American capitalism and its inherent opportunities.Steer Americans into accepting the bondage of socialism.
Honor American military strength.Dismember America’s military.
Honor Americans’ freedom of worship.Suppress houses of worship.
Honor the USA in entertainment.Belittle the USA in entertainment.
Honor the health of all Americans.Allow widespread opioid addiction.
Honor the safety of Americans by enforcing border security.Support modern slavery by allowing epidemic human trafficking.
Honor the American people with responsible diligence in Congress.Abandon the American people through selfish obstruction in Congress.

“My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing: 🇺🇸 Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, 🇺🇸 From every mountainside let freedom ring!”

Samuel Francis Smith, 1831

Church & Politics

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by Peter E. Schultz

One of the most common deadly assumptions among American churchgoers is the notion that we should be absent from politics. Granted, the dirt-infused wrangling of the political world is antithetical to the loving peace found in church services.

However, we’re witnessing widespread ignorance about God in our cities, or at least among the most vocal urban representatives. They stream offensive, shrieking vulgarity without showing any actual desire for resolution of the issues they are protesting. We sit in bewilderment. How did we get in this condition?

You are probably aware of Thomas Jefferson’s letter to a group of Baptists in 1802 in which he reassured them the old oppression of the Anglican church would not overrun their right to freely worship. He wrote,

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” 1

There are no exclusions of faith in any US founding document.

American atheists have exploited Jefferson’s encouragement ever since his letter was written. Phony interpretation has derailed his intent, landing us in the quicksand where the Ten Commandments, Bible study, and prayer have been banned from schools and many other venues.

Destructive gremlins are restricting the Church’s presence, and at the same time trying to remove its tax exempt status, strangling its right of assembly, and even dictating the content of its sermons. Epidemic non-involvement of America’s church population is as detrimental to the USA as a hundred times more potent COVID-19.

Fortunately, there is an ally in Washington, D.C. who honors our First Amendment. On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” which includes,

“Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government. The executive branch will honor and enforce those protections.” 2

On January 16, 2020, President Trump reiterated,

“Our Founders understood that no right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions. …The Trump administration is taking action to further safeguard students’ constitutionally protected right to pray in school. …The Administration is issuing nine proposed rules to protect religious organizations from unfair and unequal treatment by the Federal government,” along with many other listed protections.3

We often think about Heaven. Being instantaneously scooped up then settling into our eternal place with the Lord is certainly an exhilarating vision, but what about today? What if we continue to allow God to be squeezed out of America’s institutions?

Charles Finney was a rock star minister during the 2nd Great Awakening (c. 1790-1840), a period of renewed hope and comfort. He offered us this reminder:

“The Church must take right ground in regard in regard to politics. …The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics. …God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as part of their duty to God. It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation were becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you, He does see it, and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course they take.” 4

In this season of discovery, there will be more rounds of unveiled corruption in our government. We can stand as confident Patriots who are not discouraged by this process. We can celebrate every step toward a healthier homeland.

State deadlines for voter registration are here now. Are you prepared to vote? Is there someone you can help to register and vote?

Lord, continue to shed your grace on America, awakening us again. Give us enlightened, energized hearts to defend against attacks on all citizens of faith and give us victory in preserving your gift of liberty in our lives.

1 loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

2 whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-promoting-free-speech-religious-liberty/

3 whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-safeguarding-right-religious-freedom-students-organizations/

4 The Founders’ Bible (Shiloh Road Publishers, 2018) 991.

American Socialist Tryouts

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by Peter E. Schultz

Politicians are once again dressing socialism in the most salacious outfits, hoping we buy their destructive plan. But it’s been pitched to us many times before. These are socialism’s most prominent tryouts:

Socialism’s 1st attempt in America was in the Jamestown colony, 1607. Required to share everything, their “Starving Time” peaked with famine, disease, many deaths – even cannibalism. After Governor Thomas Dale allowed private ownership of land in 1613, and the colonists formed the first crude representative government in 1619, conditions dramatically improved for everyone.

Socialism’s 2nd attempt in America was in the colony at Plymouth, 1620. Their prior agreement with British investors forced the colonists to share all labor and property for the first seven years. Signing the famous Mayflower Compact created a “civil body politic” for them, but only collective work/ownership was allowed. Without the incentive to strive for personal and family profit, many colonists immediately became lazy and unproductive. Facing certain starvation, in 1623, Governor Bradford directed changes in the tiny socialist economy, abandoning common ownership. With renewed freedom to profit from their individual crafts, colonists went to work successfully trading products in the early New England free-market economy.

Socialism’s 3rd attempt in America extended from 1651 to 1776. During those years, Britain piled regulations on the American colonies, taxing everything from wool, hats, glass, and paper to iron, sugar, and tea. Many oppressive infringements on civil rights, rolled altogether, sparked a fierce spirit of rebellion which boiled over into military battles in Lexington and Concord, April 19, 1775. America’s Revolutionary War mismatched colonial Patriots against European troops who were well-funded and well-trained. However, the Sons of Liberty were fighting for more than wealth. They fought and won with rabid conviction, sacrificing everything for freedom.

Socialism’s 4th attempt in America was in the early to middle 1800’s. Utopian zealots set up a few communes in the midwest with emphasis on the classic socialist ideals – shared housing with equal access to provisions and care. Some proportionate measures were available, such as trading labor hours for goods with similar hours of production. However, in many cases, the shared commodities included their wives. Adultery, sexual abuse, and polygamy put a serious damper on the communal spirit. Coupled with overtones of anarchism, America’s pure utopias eventually withered, but malignant socialist visions were not entirely eradicated.

Socialism’s 5th attempt in America was in the late 1800’s. Tied to early US organized labor, the Socialist Labor Party began in 1876. Knights of Labor, American Federation of Labor, and the Workingmen’s Party also gained popularity, energized by Marxist immigrants. Crossbreeding anarchist and communist ideologies, America’s early socialists turned to violence in their quest to grow a robust revolutionary labor movement. Chicago’s Haymarket Square bombing (1886) and subsequent executions typified the radical differences in posture between the socialist-anarchist-communist mindset and the American justice system.

Socialism’s 6th attempt in America was in the early 1900’s. Some of the themes spewed by those American socialists were collective ownership of industry, abolition of the US Senate, annulment of the Presidential veto, government control of radio systems, and strong opposition to US involvement in World War I. After Lenin’s deadly Russian Revolution in 1919, the Communist Party USA grew rapidly. But, at that time, a strong economy and government crackdowns kicked US socialism to the curb, although not for good.

Socialism’s 7th attempt in America was in the 1960’s. Class discrimination began to catch on among socialist followers who, from lofty university towers to city slums, envisioned the coup-de-gras for capitalist excesses. Finally, they reasoned, the extravagance of the West could be toppled, with corporate and government powers falling to the downtrodden citizenry. Most people didn’t take the threat seriously.

Today’s socialism is flaunting its hottest aggression ever to degrade and destroy our freedom, families, worship, schools, media, laws, economy, history, and government. In contrast, we have a legacy of God-given liberty and the power of independence by which we can defend ourselves, our families, and our nation.

Socialism screams for tolerance, but we see the veiled extreme intolerance by which it struggles to exist. Patriots know genuine freedom includes protecting our integrity and values which are inseparable elements of American independence.

In 1781, Samuel Adams expressed the seriousness of voting, “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not to do so; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”1

This year’s votes will decisively support either our heritage of freedom, or our rapid decline into socialist slavery.

1 David Barton, The Founders’ Bible, (Shiloh Road Publishers, 2018) 900.

Safety Bubbles

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by Peter E. Schultz

As street rioters launch bolder, more violent assaults on innocent people, many Americans are tuning up their self-defense skills.

Nearly everyone’s desire, of course, is to be ready with an effective personal defense while cherishing the hope of never needing to utilize that defense — ever. Any use of force against another person should only be employed as an absolutely last resort.

Media coverage of street riots over the last few months includes hundreds of senseless beatings and even murder. One common thread among many of the innocent victims is their failure to avoid being surrounded by villains prior to receiving unthinkable injury.

Enter SAFETY BUBBLES. This concept is extensively applied to real-life scenarios in our book Extreme Preemption. At the core of every Safety Bubble is the defender’s construction of a nested, virtual perimeter (bubble) in which he or she can maintain a safe environment. Some can be physical barriers, others are invisible; but all of them need to be planned.

“Bubble 1 — This is your innermost, sacred space. Bubble 1 has an approximate radius of 5 feet, or a little more than arm’s length. It is the critical zone where bare hand defenses, for example, need to be used. Applying the One-Second Law to this Bubble around you, stop here and determine what defenses you can honestly employ in this area [in one second]. Your options will be few. Most likely, it is within Bubble 1 that your final defenses will be needed to preempt imminent injury.

Bubble 2 — We define Bubble 2 as the distance up to 10 feet. Time is always your closest ally. Outside the reach of your arms, you might have the ability to move so that a simple barrier comes between you and Villain, such as a large chair or a post. You might find a door to escape from the room you’re in. Or, you might be in a vehicle. Possible defense tools increase in number within Bubble 2. They include your masterfully drawn gun or knife, objects you can throw at Villain, pepper spray, and the vehicle you’re driving.

Bubble 3 — This one resides at about 20 feet. Within Bubble 3, your quick retreat to safety, dodging around other people to run away, or adopted tools are all viable defenses. For many Defenders, dominating their One-Second Law will allow use of a concealed handgun within this Bubble, perhaps using the gun’s sights. Overconfidence in this Bubble can be fatal. Villain can close this distance in less than two seconds.

Bubbles 4, 5, etc. — Additional Bubbles are not defined by distance, per se. They are defined by objects, structures, or processes. So, if we want to develop a safety plan for a restaurant, Bubble 4 might be the perimeter of the dining room, and Bubble 5 might be the outside walls of the restaurant building. If we want a safety plan for a conference center, Bubble 4 might be the walls of a large banquet hall, and Bubble 5 might be the limit of coverage by the facility’s closed-circuit TV system. For a safety plan to be used at a residence, Bubble 4 could be outside walls or outside lighting around the home, and Bubble 5 could be a fence around the property. In a cyber security system, Safety Bubbles are the company’s series of virtual firewalls.”1

Considering the speed that charging Villain can reach you is critical. Folks who carry a concealed handgun sometimes believe they can draw and shoot their attacker successfully at any close range. This illusion has been a fatal mistake for lots of people. Empirical data shows Villain, with average fitness, can close 20 feet on an intended victim in less than 2 seconds.

This factor has worked against scores of innocent victims during the riots. Unfortunately, they were unprepared for the arranged circle of assailants staged at a distance of less than 10 feet, who waited until there was an opportunity to strike from behind.

Make sure your Safety Bubbles are designed realistically. Consider your physical ability. If you need several seconds to simply turn around, then your Bubble 1 should be extended from 5 feet to 40 feet or more. If you have no genuine defense at that distance, then make sure Villain can’t get close to you at all.

Today’s miscreants are pooling resources, learning to quickly take down harmless people with injurious or deadly force. Keep in mind, their rationale for inflicting harm on another person is often mob frenzy, dystopian fantasy, or deficient group mental health. Some of these actors are injuring others just for sport.

In the middle of their depraved venue, your eloquent diplomacy is not a worthwhile defense. Thinking and acting to preserve personal safety will be your preeminent need.

Ignite your safety — master your Safety Bubbles!

1 Peter E. Schultz, Extreme Preemption (Old Julian Press, 2019) 136.

Balancing Power

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by Peter E. Schultz

Imagine you’re an exceptionally talented artist. Your workspace is a corner office. One outside wall is a floor-to-ceiling glass window with a spectacular view of America. Her beauty and expanse are unlimited, giving you inspiration for a hundred paintings.

Near you is a magnificent park which changes color throughout the year. People of all types relax or play continuously among the open spaces and trees. In the distance are giant mountains which appear to transform as each hour passes. Your view of the sky is an unobstructed gaze at infinite blue freedom. On the other outside wall of your office is an operable window, giving you a constant supply of fresh air.

Entering your office one morning you find an electric fan near the open window. As the fan starts, its three aluminum blades silently bring stimulating air into your room — definitely a helpful addition to your office.

On the next remarkable morning, you find that your fan has grown in size, and one of the its light blades is now heavy cast iron which throws the fan completely out of balance. In addition to that trouble, your windows have become partially blocked by its bloated size.

Walking into the office on the third day, you discover two of the fan blades are now cast iron melded together, and the fan is as tall as the ceiling. It barely spins, emanating a loud grinding sound with every turn. Your ventilation is hardly detectable.

After a relaxing weekend, you come to work finding your fan’s blades have become one huge cast iron disc that doesn’t provide any fresh air, completely blocks your view, and has become so enormous that you have no place to work.

Outside, America is still the same, but you can’t see or enjoy her. Hey, this is an election year; anything is possible.

In his recent remarks at Hillsdale College, US Attorney General William Barr recently stated,

“The rule of law is the lynchpin of American freedom. And the critical guarantee of the rule of law comes from the Constitution’s structure of separated powers. The Framers recognized that by dividing the legislative, executive, and judicial powers — each significant, but each limited — they would minimize the risk of any form of tyranny. That is the real genius of the Constitution, and it is ultimately more important to securing liberty than the Bill of Rights. After all, the Bill of Rights is a set of amendments to the original Constitution, which the Framers did not think needed an express enumeration of rights.”

If we continue to allow any of our three branches of the federal government to be occupied by power-grabbing, seditious factions, we will not recover from their imbalanced control and desecration of our freedom. We are already patching wounds in our homeland caused by flawed congressional representation.

This year has to be the turning point when we stand vigorously for our constitutional republic, not allowing it to be stolen by contentious politicians and media mouths whose sole mission is destruction of institutions they hate.

In the spirit of separation of powers, we have effective cures for incitement to “blow up the entire system” or “burn it down!” Money (or the lack of it) has an astonishing impact on people. We can fully remove our votes, contributions, purchases, viewership, and social media posts from radicals who simply can’t tolerate the blessedness of healthy independence.

Even in her present condition, America is fit for everyone to realize happiness and prosperity here. She needs restoration, not reinvention. How exciting will be our strong return to her founding values and principles !

Constitution Day

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by Peter E. Schultz

September 17th is Constitution Day, commemorating the signing in 1787.

For 233 years, it has endured subtle and overt assaults. Delegates at the Constitutional Convention engaged in passionate debate about its content. They wisely drew ideas from ancient governments, coupling those concepts with brilliant innovation. This priceless document was not ratified by all 13 States until May 29, 1790, after years of continued and heated controversy.

With roots in the Bible’s Ten Commandments and British Common Law, America’s founding document still stands as the longest surviving written national charter in the world. Its 27 Amendments nurture resilience and profound relevance as the center of our rule of law, and its provisions give us timeless protections.

We’re not governed by either an inflexible, tyrannical monarchy or, at the other extreme, a mushy, malleable pure democracy. Our foundational law was designed to limit the role of government while exalting the rights of individual citizens. America is a true republic of states, requiring effective representation. Her core of independence is the manifestation of God-given liberty.

While our Constitution is the world’s best system of secured freedom, we also have the ability to choose. Today’s false images — so-called vast national divisions, centuries of defects, and justified violent crime — might appear to be valid reasons for us to lapse into anarchy. However, self-destruction will leave us with nothing.

Revolutionary chatter on city streets is only ruinous. On the contrary, standing firm in support of our improving legacy will give us every good thing. Our Constitution enumerates the structure of our governance and the sacred guardianship of our people.

America’s Founders knew from personal experience the valuable, yet fragile, nature of real liberty. In 1775, John Adams warned, ”But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.”

Scams allowing our Constitution to devolve with the times are not new. Enemies inside and outside the USA are floating their colorful arrays of filth to plant seeds of doubt about our legal bedrock.1 This lame trickery will never work. Anarchists are free to practice their noxious tantrums somewhere else.

When we feel starved for a taste of plain old virtue, there’s plenty of it to celebrate in our US Constitution. Let’s keep on protecting our freedom documents by first learning about them. Then, we must demand the most honorable treatment of their ideals.

1 Peter E. Schultz, Eternal Dem-Nation (Old Julian Press, 2020) 277.

Sidelines

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by Peter E. Schultz

Satan is busy. As the world’s master deceiver works his elaborate illusions, we remain perplexed by his temporary success.

Dichotomy is his current theme — those pairs of opposites that we struggle to reconcile. On a hot summer day we can either roll in a cool puddle of water or in a toasty patch of dirt. The water and the dirt are dichotomous in nature, opposites.

So it is with facets of our current culture. Anti-fascists ritually use classic fascist tactics to purge us of our fascism. Anti-racists use intensely racist brutality to cleanse us of our systemic racism.

Elected representatives disregard constituents’ desires and well-being, following their political party’s mono-minded, deviant goals as crazed lemmings.

Obscene attacks on the office of the US President resemble primary school I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I sniping. False claims of Trump’s dereliction of executive duty are parroted by members of Congress who have apparently misplaced their own job descriptions. Beside several years of obstruction, what have they really accomplished?

Law enforcement officers are being administratively handcuffed, enduring unjustified physical injuries and even murder, as they maintain the safety of their attackers.

Finally, we search for a vaccine to counter attack the pandemic, but what about our mental health? Amid an ocean of small business failures, psychiatric care has enormous potential.

In 2016, only 61.4% of eligible voters participated in the election, while the other 38.6% sat on the sidelines1 perhaps waiting for a mystical manifestation of their wishes. Or, they simply didn’t care enough about liberty.

Kindhearted Christian in my face: “You know, America isn’t mentioned in the Bible, so I guess this is just the way things are supposed to go.” Let’s thank the Lord the Founders didn’t believe that lie!

Every energized professional in white or blue collar work, sports, medicine, or the military who is involuntarily benched experiences some degree of frustration. Each one wants to get back into the fight as soon as possible.

Some of us have never realized our role in the defense of American independence. Wise selection of representatives and policies that gush with freedom is the tactic we need now.

Getting off the sidelines is our best start. There is no more satisfying activity than preserving and protecting America!

1 Erin D. Schultz, My Forever Breath, Suffocating From Politics? (Old Julian Press, 2020) 188.