HOW CAN WE AS GOOD CITIZENS ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS? — PART 1

Horns of a goat and a ram, goat’s fur and ears, nose and canines of a pig; a typical depiction of the devil in Christian art. The goat, ram and pig are consistently associated with the devil. Detail of a 16th-century painting by Jacob de Backer in the National Museum in Warsaw. (from Devil (en.wikipedia.org))

Why Is It Necessary To Ensure The Integrity Of Our Elections?

Are you concerned about election integrity? The subject has most certainly been in the news. Some of us have great concerns about whether we can trust the vote. Others think concerns about election integrity are a big hullabuloo about nothing.

Is there an issue? Well, consider how carefully most of us protect our personal property.

  • When we leave our homes, we lock the doors. Some of us even purchase expensive home monitoring services.
  • When we go to the gym, we lock our street clothes (including our car keys and wallets) in lockers.
  • When we park our cars on the street or in public lots, we lock them up.
  • When we establish a bank account, we need to provide a photo ID to take money out.
  • When we use a credit card, we need to use that card to ID ourselves to spend money with that card, and we may even use a pin.
  • And so forth.

Isn’t election integrity just as serious a matter as protecting our personal property? In addition to the power to make and/or enforce the law, whoever wins an election gains control over huge amounts of wealth. So, it is important that we elect honest people, but how do we know when we have elected someone who is not honest? A good clue is that that person strangely has much more money to spend on himself. For example, a few years after their election that person may have several expensive homes in their possession. Where did all that money come from? Can’t you guess?

We often fail to pay our elected officials appropriate salaries. Arguably, to make pilfering public funds less tempting, we should pay school board members, county board members, and members of the General Assembly much more than we do. Unfortunately, many of us are so miserly we won’t pay our elected officials respectable salaries, and that works to the advantage of the dishonest. BECAUSE they are unwillingly to take bribes, relatively honest people cannot afford to run for public offices that require a lot of work, but don’t pay well. Thus, the crooked have much less competition when they run for public office. However, that’s another subject for another time.

The fact we don’t pay our elected officials well is not the fundamental problem with our election system. Isn’t a devil always whispering in our ears? Why do we so often listen? The real problem is that none of us is good. Consider how the Apostle Paul put it.

Romans 3:9-18 New American Standard Bible

9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10 as it is written:

“There is no righteous person, not even one;

11 There is no one who understands,

There is no one who seeks out God;

12 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;

There is no one who does good,

There is not even one.”

13 “Their throat is an open grave,

With their tongues they keep deceiving,”

“The venom of asps is under their lips”;

14 “Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;

15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood,

16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,

17 And they have not known the way of peace.”

18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Almost all of us may try to vote for people more intelligent and gifted than ourselves, but we also tend to vote for people who promise us a personal benefit in return for our vote. In return for that promise of a personal benefit we sacrifice voting for someone we hope will be more honest than our self. We only get honest leaders when we exercise a little honesty ourselves. We only get honest leaders when we vote with an honest desire to further the welfare of our family, friends, and neighbors.

When we vote we must begin with the understanding that none of us is good. We must accept the fact we cannot even trust ourselves to do what is right. Once we accept our own potential for corruptibility, then we will understand why we cannot give our leaders any more power than absolutely necessary. Few of us, if any, can resist the temptations of great power.

Consider this example.

As the coronavirus pandemic raged, Uncle Sam was doing more than putting money in unemployed Americans’ pockets — the federal government was also shipping tens of billions of dollars overseas to fraudsters working with the country’s most prominent adversaries, such as China and Russia.

Haywood Talcove, CEO for LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ government division, says 40% of the more than $700 billion spent on unemployment went to fraudsters. 

Most of that ill-gotten money — $175 billion of it — went to overseas actors. And most of that, perhaps $140 billion, went to organizations that are state-sponsored.

Continued => Feds pay billions to fraudsters tied to China and Russia in COVID-19 schemes – Washington Times

When we allow our leaders to bribe us to obtain our votes — with “other people’s money” — we elect people like ourselves, people more concerned with enriching themselves than in serving or in protecting the rights and property of others. Therefore, when we complain about our political leaders, we must admit we have no one to blame except ourselves.

  • We simply cannot find an honest man or woman, someone to vote for we can trust with great power.
  • When someone promises to use the power of government to give us “other people’s money,” we must resist our own greed. Otherwise, we won’t even vote for the most honest candidate on the ballot.
  • For the sake of our family, friends, and neighbors, we must hold our leaders accountable. We must monitor what our elected officials are doing and work to replace the crooks and the incompetent.
  • To protect our ability to control those who lead us, we must protect the integrity of our election system. That is the subject of this series.

What is next?

  • How Do We Volunteer To Be An Election Officer?
  • What About Election Laws?
  • How Are The Political Parties Involved?
  • What About Early Voting?
  • What About Counting The Absentee Vote?
  • What Can We Do To Get The General Assembly To Strengthen The Integrity Of Our Elections?

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THANKSGIVING FOR THE TRUTH

Family saying grace before Thanksgiving dinner in Neffsville, Pennsylvania, 1942.
In 1942 our nation was experiencing the darkest days World War II.. In August of that year, ferocious battles had been fought at Stalingrad in Russia and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

This is day before Thanksgiving Day. Whenever we approach a big holiday, I wonder what I should post. Often I give up and don’t bother. Since I can think of nothing new to add, what would be the point? This morning, however, I read these words.

Certain truths should simply be left untouched and honored. Like a good wine, some concepts get better with age. They have stood the test of time. They have been defended by reason. They have been confirmed by revelation. They have been validated by experience. Some ideas have been so vigorously vetted and well stated that they should be left unedited and approached with humility and respect. Some things should just be conserved and not changed.

Conserving Thanksgiving (washingtontimes.com)

I suppose this is why so many just quote what those who went before us have already said so well. We need to remind ourselves and each other of the lessons we have received from the past.

Nevertheless, I still think each generation has something new to add. What can our generation add? What mistakes and grievous sins have we been punished for and learned hard lessons from? It seems we have lost a reverence for the truth. Now we are learning the cost of living immersed in a sea of lies.

Consider how this article begins.

When the Soviet Union existed — 1917 to 1991 — its hapless citizens resorted to dark humor in the face of constant lies. 

Open defiance could land them in the Siberian gulag or a KGB torture chamber in a dank basement near the Kremlin. So they learned to joke among themselves about absurd government claims, such as Pravda insisting that the economy was surging and the collective farms overflowing with food. 

Here are a couple of typical Soviet jests:

Q: How does every Russian joke start?
A: By looking over your shoulder.

Continued => Laughing at all of the Democrats’ lies (washingtontimes.com)

Life in a totalitarian state is grim. So, the humor is dark. Because a joke must point to the truth in order to be funny, even telling a joke entails risk. In order to rule, tyrants must suppress the truth. Otherwise, with one accord We the People will rise up and hang the tyrant on the nearest lamppost.

So, what does the truth have to do with this Thanksgiving Day? We are at the brink. For too long we have neglected to pass onto our children the truths that past generations fought and died to proclaim and live by. So now, like Russian peasants, we have begun to make fun of the endless lies told by our lords and masters. The jokes are funny, and we do well to enjoy and repeat them. However, we must each begin teaching our children the truths that pass generations fought and died for, and Thanksgiving Day would be a good day to begin.

The Bible speaks often of giving Thanks and calls for Thanksgiving appear in the Psalms. Here is a favorite example.

Psalm 118 New American Standard Bible

Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Saving Goodness.

118 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

For His mercy is everlasting.

Let Israel say,

“His mercy is everlasting.”

Oh let the house of Aaron say,

“His mercy is everlasting.”

Let those who fear the Lord say,

“His mercy is everlasting.”

From my distress I called upon the Lord;

The Lord answered me and put me in an open space.

The Lord is for me; I will not fear;

What can man do to me?

The Lord is for me among those who help me;

Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

Than to trust in people.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

Than to trust in noblemen.

10 All nations surrounded me;

In the name of the Lord I will certainly fend them off.

11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me;

In the name of the Lord I will certainly fend them off.

12 They surrounded me like bees;

They were extinguished like a fire of thorn bushes;

In the name of the Lord I will certainly fend them off.

13 You pushed me violently so that I was falling,

But the Lord helped me.

14 The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation.

15 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous;

The right hand of the Lord performs valiantly.

16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted;

The right hand of the Lord performs valiantly.

17 I will not die, but live,

And tell of the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,

But He has not turned me over to death.

19 Open the gates of righteousness to me;

I will enter through them, I will give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord;

The righteous will enter through it.

21 I will give thanks to You, for You have answered me,

And You have become my salvation.

22 A stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This came about from the Lord;

It is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the Lord has made;

Let’s rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Please, O Lord, do save us;

Please, O Lord, do send prosperity!

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;

We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.

27 The Lord is God, and He has given us light;

Bind the festival sacrifice to the horns of the altar with cords.

28 You are my God, and I give thanks to You;

You are my God, I exalt You.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

For His mercy is everlasting.

What truths should we begin with when we begin teaching our children the truths that pass generations fought and died for? These are found in the Bible. One of these truths is that we should always rejoice in the Lord and give Him our Thanks.

Psalm 100 New American Standard Bible

All People Exhorted to Praise God.

A Psalm for Thanksgiving.

100 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.

Serve the Lord with jubilation;

Come before Him with rejoicing.

Know that the Lord Himself is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving,

And His courtyards with praise.

Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

For the Lord is good;

His mercy is everlasting

And His faithfulness is to all generations.

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LGBTQ CLUBS OR GAY-STRAIGHT CLUBS!

According to a leaked source, The Epoch Times reports that teachers at a California Teachers’ Association conference in Palm Springs mocked parents who were concerned about homosexual and transgender indoctrination of their children at school (Leaked Audio Reveals How California Teachers Recruit Kids Into LGBTQ Clubs (theepochtimes.com).

On a secret audio recording, two middle school teachers tell other teachers how to recruit students into LGBTQ or “Gay-Straight Alliance” (GSA) clubs.

The covert purpose of the conference was to educate teachers on how to undermine the authority of parents and school administrators and hide from them activities related to gender inclusion and sexual orientation. Virtually all the teachers mocked parents about their concerns and expressed their beliefs that teachers are better equipped than parents to meet the needs of their students. According to the source, this has been happening for two years.

Folks, if they’re doing it in California, they’re doing it across our country. Be aware, Prince William County parents! If there’s talk of starting GSA clubs in your kids’ schools, be prepared to resist. The clubs’ titles may be disguised by other names like “You be You” or “Equity” clubs. Don’t be fooled. Investigate. Don’t wait for your students to bring up the subject. Ask them about clubs at school and be specific!

Incidentally, when parents threaten to move their kids to private schools, teachers count that as a win: Obviously, if kids aren’t in the public schools, their parents won’t attend the school board meetings and won’t complain about the curriculum. That assures teachers more freedom to indoctrinate remaining students without parental criticism.

If you decide to leave your children in the public school system with the probability of their being taught ideas and sexual orientation information you do not approve of, you must take a more active role in talking with your kids. Ask them about what they’re learning in school and discuss what their appropriate viewpoints should be.

Questions like “How was school today?” or “What did you learn in school today?” need to be more specific. “What did you learn in math today?” or “What did Mr. ?? talk about in social studies?” are ways to jog your kids’ memories and help them remember definite information. How about: “Do any of your friends belong to clubs at school?” If so, “Which one(s) do they attend? What do they do there?”

If teachers are hiding their deception, you need to be a detective and hunt for clues. Indoctrination of your children will not happen in the open. It will be subtle and kept under wraps as much as possible. So, you need to be equally as clever in finding out the truth and exposing what is happening to the public.

When area school administrators in California learned about the covert activities in their schools, they issued a letter with the following promised safeguards against future clubs and hidden agendas:

  1. Before being allowed to meet, all future clubs must first submit an outline of all activities and materials that will be used in the club meetings.
  2. The clubs will keep student sign-in sheets of attendance, so nothing is hidden.
  3. Prior to a student’s attendance at club meetings, parents must sign a permission slip so they are fully aware of their child’s participation.
  4. The principal will control and manage all morning announcements.
  5. Teachers are not permitted to monitor students’ on-line activities other than academics.

The same sort of safeguards needs to be adopted by the Prince William County Schools system before negative activities start!

Incidentally, though election of school board members is a few years away, please consider being a candidate. Perhaps you feel clueless about how to run for office. Be assured that training on how to conduct a campaign, raise funds, and win an election is available. The Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance stands ready to refer you to the right resources to make your candidacy a success.

Please contact us. Use one of the options on this webpage, Take A Stand. Send us an email, a letter, or use our Basic Contact Form.

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— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance

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