This month we celebrated the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on the 12th and George Washington on the 22nd. The federal holiday honoring George Washington was originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for government offices in Washington and expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices. It was always celebrated on his birthday — February 22nd. On January 1, 1971 when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect, the celebration rarely fell on Washington’s actual birthday. An early draft of this law would have renamed the holiday “Presidents’ Day” to honor the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln, but that failed in committee. Advertisers in the mid-1980’s began the push to use the term “Presidents’ Day” and it first appeared in print during this time.
Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, has been an artist for over 40 years. Her artistic talent is making floral arrangements. She serves everyone who walks into her shop and hires talented individuals, whether they identify as “gay” or “straight.” She had provided flowers for Robert Ingersoll for over a decade. Stutzman knew he was a homosexual and he knew she was a Christian.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has announced that organizations is ready to take the next step to be more “inclusive.” They are now ready to allow girls who simply think they are boys into their ranks — the politically correct term for these confused individuals is “transgender boys.” Let’s be perfectly honest here: except in extremely rare cases there is never any doubt whether a newborn baby is a boy or a girl. This is not something a doctor “assigns” at birth as the proponents of the “transgender” ideology (or more correctly idiocy) are proclaiming.
While the “Women’s March” concentrated on the desire to be able to fix “a mistake” that happened as a result of sexual activity and that “mistake” was going to interfere with a career or other future plans (abortion on demand), the “March for Life” concentrated on life and the holocaust that has occurred since the Supreme Court decisions of 1973.
Blog Post — The Day After According to the US Constitution (Amendment 20, Section 1), “The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th of January . . . .” That happened yesterday . . . another peaceful transition of power. Yesterday’s activities were truly unique and most people […]
The event is to take place in Washington Square Park. Just what is this park? It is where thousands of unknown Continental Army soldiers are buried in unmarked graves. These soldiers from George Washington’s army died from wounds and sickness during the War for Independence. The memorial itself bears a quote from President Washington’s 1794 Farewell Address, “The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts – of common dangers, sufferings and success.” An “Eternal Flame” is lit in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier.
The four stories that have been zeroed in on in these two blog posts only touch the surface of the troubling path our nation is headed down. We could add — allowing transgenders to serve openly in the military; opening frontline infantry combat to women, costing the lives of both female and male soldiers; allowing refugees into the country without proper vetting; ignoring immigration laws and allowing lawbreakers to go unpunished; the federal government’s overburdening regulations that stifle job growth and kill entire industries; attacks on religious freedom and the right of conscience, the government’s ever growing stranglehold into every aspect of our lives – something our Founding Fathers never intended.
There are more troubling stories from 2016 and even as I sat down to write this with the intention of only including two I quickly remembered a couple others. If I sat even longer I could easily think of others, but we’ll stop at four!
As we enter 2017, Americans must ask themselves these questions:
a.) Why is corporate America taking the wrong side in the culture war and how corporations can weld enough power to force states into submission in order to further their leftist views.
b.) When the congressional record is clear as to the original intent of a law, how can the Department of Justice and Department of Education completely reinterpret the law and threaten schools with withholding federal funds if they don’t adhere to this new interpretation? Since when was a “sex assigned at birth”?
Kaepernick’s protest was joined by players on other NFL teams and other sports teams. It has now filtered down to high school sports players and even cheerleaders as happened at Cornell High School in Coraopolis. Unfortunately, this time the National Anthem was being performed by a Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard. A school board member told a local news station that the cheerleaders had the right to take a knee. The superintendent acknowledged the timing of the cheerleaders’ protest was not appropriate considering the presence of the VFW Color Guard, but he stood by their right to free speech!
In September the US Commission on Civil Rights issued a 306 page briefing report entitled “Peaceful Co-Existence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties.” The report examined the balance struck by federal courts in claims for religious exemptions from nondiscrimination laws.