Justin Trudeau follows a progressive path in the treatment of heroin addicts. No longer do they have to buy heroin, he gives it to them three times a day for free. Is this an acceptable method to heal heroin addicts from their addiction?
The recidivism, the predictable behavior of heroin addicts clearly proves the addicts cannot break free from their addictions on their own. They need help, not something that will assure an early death.
Is heroin addiction impossible to break? Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No.
Bill Dinker’s compelling testimony of own addiction and recovery should be read by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
We know wife-beaters are addicted to family violence. Is the prescription to correct a wife-beater, give him liberty to beat his wife? No. By no means.
People who cannot control themselves must come under the control of someone else to aid their recovery.
Is recovery from addiction difficult? Yes, seemingly impossible for most. Recovery from life-threatening illness is naturally difficult, but not impossible.
Progressives like Mr. Trudeau undermine the foundations of society.
No doubt, Democrats are delighted. Hillary fans swoon as Beltway insiders and Texans we
have elected in the past betray our Republican Party.
This year’s race to the presidency started with a broad array of Republicans, narrowed down to two top contenders and, after the Indiana Primary polls closed, businessman Donald Trump was the presumed party nominee.
They all followed due process, working arduously through fifty states, and at the National GOP Convention, delegates dutifully chose Mr. Trump as our candidate for the Presidency.
Here in Texas, we Republicans voted 2:1 for Senator Ted Cruz. But, Ted wound up first runner-up. Personally, I was down, blue and uncertain the time I would have to invest at the Texas State convention was worth it. But, through Lance Wallnau who is a trainer and consultant whose students span the globe from Business to Foreign Governments I gained assurance Donald Trump is supposed to be our president number 45.
Leading up to the primaries, I thought high-profile Christian leaders had lost their sanity
The night the Indiana polls closed, in turmoil over the results that night, I looked through social media for answers. And, there it was. A ‘tweet’ from Lance Wallnau saying, “Remember what I told you?” In December 2015, it was revealed to Lance that Donald Trump was to be the 45th president. He is to be a type of Cyrus, as described in Isaiah 45:1-4. Hear Wallnau in a video posted December 3, 2015.
So far, our Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has not outright said he will not endorse Mr. Trump. Rather he says he is not ready to endorse him.
It’s a grand old tradition for the Grand Old Party to shoot down our own by means of the infamous ‘circular firing squad. But, this time, I see a different result. If God wishes for Donald Trump to be our next president, I think opposing his will very unwise.
But Mother Teresa’s impending canonization has prompted a remarkable amount of criticism. One prominent CNN piece was headlined, “‘Troubled individual:’ Mother Teresa no saint to her critics.” It includes an interview with “disillusioned former volunteer Hemley Gonzalez,” who in 2008 spent two months volunteering at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata [Calcutta]. Teresa had been dead for over a decade, but Gonzalez said he now suffers from the “horrific remnants of [Teresa’s] legacy.”
Gonzalez was “appalled” that there was little vetting of clinic volunteers and a shortage of trained doctors and nurses. He was taken aback by the poor hygiene he saw there. “It was a scene out of World War II concentration camp,” he said. What’s more, the sisters there seemed reluctant to change how things were done.”
REALITY CHECK – PERSONAL EXPERIENCES SERVING THE POOR
I’ve personally worked with missionary medical teams who served the poor without the convenience of clean water from faucets, sterile operating rooms or even operating rooms at all.
I’ve witnessed hundreds lined up, awaiting a turn for volunteer dentists to extract rotted teeth in an un-air-conditioned ‘clinic’ that was a tent with a dirt floor.
My experiences above were in El Salvador and Peru. My wife who has ministered in India tells me of the unimaginable poverty and stench she witnessed in India’s slums. She knows firsthand the dire poverty in which the lowest caste Indians live.
There are millions of elderly people, like the ‘ancianos cubanos’, who subsist on one meal a day, “if there is food”.
Author Henry Rollins said, “Spending time in Calcutta [India] really did a number on me. The way life and death are almost the same thing, the way poverty is dealt with, the sheer number of dead bodies you see, it’s all pretty overwhelming.”
AMERICANS DO NOT KNOW POVERTY
In May of this year, 43,478,196 Americans were recorded on food stamps. WIC (Women-Infants-Children), SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), School Lunch programs, regional food pantries and MEDICARE assure no American goes to bed hungry or without basic medical attention – for free. Public housing programs provide decent, air-conditioned homes with hot water and lockable doors. This I testify authoritatively as former chairman of a housing authority.
Mother Teresa sacrificed nothing to answer her calling. Acting on that divine calling wasn’t a sacrifice, it was obedience. It was the grace of God to which she responded.
What is grace? The simplest definition is ‘gift’, ‘charis’ in the Greek, the root of charismatic. Grace is a two-part gift of the power to will and the power to do. God’s grace implants God’s will in the form of desire and with the desire is given the ability, the power to accomplish that which God calls one to do.
Philippians 2:13 (NLT) says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
From Titus 2:11-14 (NLT), “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”
Mother Teresa simply obeyed God by acting on the grace given to her. In God’s economy, obedience is better than sacrifice.
What about you?
God’s grace is on you, calling you to obey him. God’s grace is neither voodoo nor magic; it’s simply God supernaturally leading you by his Holy Spirit to obey him.
Jack Ma says, so I presume he actually believes, that global trade ends wars. Let’s test his theory. Shall we?
As young people say, “It’s complicated.”
Looking back to the American revolution, Great Britain was our principle trading partner. How did that prevent two wars with our mother country?
At the outset of World War 1, Germany’s chief trading partners were Netherlands and Great Britain. How did that work out for the parties involved?
Liberal economists, philosophers, and politicians believe unrestricted global trade prevents wars. If true, why is China arming itself ‘to the teeth’ as it threatens the sovereignty of neighboring Asian nations? If true, why are we now threatened militarily by the Chinese government? Can’t we all be friends?
A one-world government prophesied thousands of years ago now appears to be coming together and doing so very rapidly.
The League of Nations, later renamed the United Nations, was the brainchild of liberal politicians. For most of its existence, the USA has been the chief contributor to the finances of the UN. In fact, UN headquarters resides on US soil, but it has come under the control of rogue nations that oppose all the liberal principles upon which the institution was founded.
By no means do I suggest a global trade treaty is a bad thing. Quite the contrary. The issue to understand is not global trade per se but the globalist ‘one-world’ treaties that threaten our national sovereignty. Barack Obama’s TPP surrenders labor and currency controls.
Globalization, as structured by liberal politicians, paves the way to that ominous one-world government. Liberals from as far back as Neville Chamberlain, all the way to Barack Obama firmly believe world peace can be realized through unrestricted trade agreements.
Chamberlain returned with a non-aggression pact between Britain and Germany that Hitler signed. That was on September 30, 1938. One year later on September 03, 1939, Great Britain declared war on Germany.
The only way we can assure our borders, preserve our sovereignty and protect American families is through superior military strength. President Ronald Reagan called for “peace through strength”. President Teddy Roosevelt stated it this way: “speak softly, and carry a big stick”.
President Barack Obama has labored throughout his two terms in office to weaken us militarily, monetarily, spiritually, and morally. As president, Donald Trump pledges global trade by applying “not protectionism but accountability”. He pledges to “give American workers a level playing field”. Trump pledges to restore military through revenues gained by fair trade.
Is it not the time to restore greatness to America?
Commissioner David Magness recently made the observation that Lake Ray Hubbard and Interstate 30 are extremely important to Rockwall County: We are defined by our beautiful lake – and if I-30 didn’t go through here, Rockwall County wouldn’t be what it is today.
…. TxDOT has announced plans to reconstruct I-30 through Rockwall County as the initial project for the planned upgrade of I-30 from downtown Dallas east to the state line.
I-30 currently carries approximately 100,000 vehicles per day into Rockwall and 50,000 vehicles per day through Fate and Royse City.
The project, which is estimated to cost $750 million, will have no toll components. The project will run from Bass Pro Drive eastward to FM 2642, which is just east of the Rockwall/Hunt County line. The highway will have four lanes each direction from Bass Pro Drive to SH 205 and will have three lane frontage roads each direction across the lake. The project calls for three main lanes each direction from SH 205 eastward to FM 2642, with new one way frontage roads across the county. The project scope includes a new westbound entrance ramp between Horizon and FM 740. A public meeting is expected to be held in November, and let date is projected for December 2021.
…..Currently under consideration is the potential to bring John King Blvd. up to state standards so it would become SH-205, thus taking it around the City of Rockwall and out of the center of our historic downtown. That would return Goliad Street, currently designated as SH-205, to the City of Rockwall.
The $200 million project would involve widening SH 205 from a two-lane rural to four lanes urban-divided with allowance for an ultimate six lanes. The project has been divided into two phases, with the southern phase running from SH 80 in Terrell to FM-549, and the northern phase from FM-549 to Lavon. The state is currently doing schematics and engineering for the project. Let date is anticipated to be February 2021.
Proposition 7, which was approved by voters in November 2015, is providing funding for work on these and other state road projects in our area and around the state.
We are proud that there is an incredible relationship between TxDOT and Rockwall County, and that we have worked together with officials from each city in Rockwall County to have a unified transportation plan. We’re also very proud of the vision and teamwork between the county and each one of its cities as we all act as one in prioritization of projects.
Over the next few months the county will work with engineering firms for the projects and discuss phasing. I-30 must be a user friendly improvement project – that is a priority. We expect any economic impacts to be minimal.
These two major projects will make a positive impact on this wonderful county along with several other road projects also scheduled. If you are interested in learning about any or all of the projects, please go to the county website, rockwallcountytexas.com, and follow the prompts to the road consortium.
My Two Cents
Widening of I-30 will be a mammoth project without which Rockwall will be strangled as dramatic increases in traffic flow bring tandem automobile collisions that send motorists scurrying to Rockwall streets.
Which transportation improvements benefit the people of Rockwall County? Answer: ALL of them, including the John King 205 bypass.
As our burgeoning population strains present roadways, let’s patiently endure roadway construction, keeping in mind the finished product and the manifold benefits of thoroughfares capable of handling high-volume traffic.
Looking beyond the widening of I-30, expect further transportation improvements that will come with the Outer Loop highway that will effectively bifurcate Rockwall County along a north-south route somewhere west of downtown Royse City.
I can think of no road construction that has ever happened without the naysayers resisting improvements. Personally, I am thankful for the long-range planning that keeps North Texas commerce and our people moving freely.
The ice is melting! The ice is melting!
As predictable as, well Summer in the northern hemisphere, the global-warming/climate-change histrionics arise. Summer brings forth reports of arctic ice and Greenland glaciers melting. Well, that’s what northern hemisphere glaciers and Arctic sea ice do when the weather warms: the ice melts.
The Obama administration has so politicized federal agencies as ‘propaganda ministries’ I scarce know where to start. But, let’s take into consideration a few facts.
First of all, reliable Arctic sea ice measurements have been ongoing only about 36 years. Second, the 2015 northern hemisphere winter turns global-warming claims on their heads. As reported by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) , “On September 11, 2015, sea ice extent dropped to 4.41 million square kilometers (1.70 million square miles), the fourth lowest minimum in the satellite record.”
We the American taxpayers spend billions of dollars for agencies like NOAA, NASA, and the EPA that are not working for our common good, but to support political aims of leftists who would destroy our democratic republic by nullifying our God-given natural rights that are protected by the Bill of Rights.
November 2016 elections draw nigh. Choose wisely, my friends.