It’s almost over

People have asked if I am disappointed about the election. When I think about my answer, I have to say honestly, that I am grateful—grateful to God that for the last four years He gave us a president who protected our religious liberties; grateful for a president who defended the lives of the unborn, standing publicly against abortion and the bloody smear it has made on our nation; grateful for a president who nominated conservative judges to the Supreme Court and to our federal courts; grateful for a president who built the strongest economy in 70 years with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years before the pandemic; grateful for a president who strengthened and supported our military; grateful for a president who stood against “the swamp” and the corruption in Washington; grateful for a president who supported law and order and defended our police. I’m grateful for a president and a vice president who recognized the importance of prayer and were not ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ. I’m thankful that the president stood against the secularists who wanted to take Christ out of Christmas and that he brought back the greeting “Merry Christmas!” So as we come to the end of this election season, I look back with a grateful heart and thank God for all of these things. It is unfortunate that many people got confused and made the election about personalities rather than the policies of the candidates. President Trump will go down in history as one of the great presidents of our nation, bringing peace and prosperity to millions here in the U.S. and around the world. May God bless him, Melania, and their family, as God leads him to the next chapter in his life.” – Franklin Graham Facebook statement

If you have spent anytime reading my blog you know that I am not a fan of Franklin Graham. As a North Carolina native the Graham family has been revered as royalty my entire life beginning with Billy and too a lesser extent Franklin.

My earliest memory of the Graham royal family was as a 10-year-old. In 1971 President Richard Nixon traveled to Charlotte to honor native son Billy Graham for some reason at the Charlotte Coliseum. My family was on the front row dressed in our Sunday best and the Graham herd, Billy, Ruth and all five kids were on the stage. I honestly don’t remember what the occasion was or why Dad drug us out of school to be there but for me it was the moment that politics and Christianity merged. The point that I “realized” that Jesus must have been a Republican.

I look at Graham’s statement above and laugh. Franklin sums up Trump’s “accomplishments” in four years with only 293 words. Honestly, I could sum up Trump’s feats in just four words: judges, tweets, noise, and golf.

My inclination is to take Graham’s statement above and break it down to show you just how ridiculous it is but what would that accomplish? 81,000,000 Americans already know how absurd it is. Why should I waste any more braincells on the Mango King or his acolyte Franklin Graham? I shouldn’t. It’s almost over.

The Trump experiment was a dismal failure, just ask the families of the 300,000 that have died from COVID. Just ask the millions of unemployed American waiting to get a food box for the first time in their lives. Just ask the newly homeless families living in their cars in our mall parking lot or the families opening the third and final evection notice wondering where they will go next.

It is easy for Trump and Graham and their like to sit on their high and mighty thrones and scan the landscape and conclude all is calm, all is bright because they don’t live in a world of reality. I see the reality everyday in my work and the truth is this, religious liberties, unborn babies, conservative judges and telling people Merry Christmas won’t fix what Trump and Graham have broken but fortunately it can be fixed, and it will be fixed without them. It’s almost over. The noise will persist but on January 20th it will once again just be noise.        

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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5 Responses to It’s almost over

  1. Sarada Gray says:

    As you say, there is much one could say but what’s the point? – but still, it never ceases to amaze me how people can get all steamed up about abortion and yet support gun rights and executions.

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  2. Neil Rickert says:

    Yes, it is almost over. But a lot of damage could happen in that remaining month.

    Growing up, I attended a conservative church. My pastor persuaded me to read the bible. The hardest part was becoming liberal enough to follow Jesus. I don’t know why so many so-called Christians are so conservative, but their conservatism did not come from the teachings of Jesus.

    Franklin Graham may be pleased with what has happened. But I suspect he has done serious damage to the church.

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    • cagjr says:

      It is a fact that the church does more to destroy its credibility than anything or anybody else.

      When I suffered under that affliction, I often contested Christians trying to live under the OT laws which by the NT scripture explains clearly that the Christ fulfilled by his life and death. I never received an acceptable explanation. The fact that people still suffer from Christianity and all the confusion it brings into their life is probably the greatest miracle of all. I don’t mean to be hypocritical; I came out of the same delusion, and I’m not very intelligent. Surely those who still practice can save themselves, too.

      Dawkins “The God Delusion”
      “…one of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.”

      People like Graham, Falwell, Hagy, Robinson have had a good life by their efficient fleecing of their credulous sheep. It is for the protection of their filthy lucre that they fight so desperately to have the taxpayers fund their enterprise. I’m sure they know there is no judgement to face. Eat, drink, and be merry.

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  3. Nan says:

    Interesting how Graham can remember how Trump recognized the importance of prayer and [was] not ashamed of the name of Jesus Christ, yet forgot all the filthy names and words he used to describe people he didn’t like.

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  4. RaPaR says:

    There is NO ONE more full of shit than an evangelical Christian and Graham is completely and totally at the top of that list! He once told a interviewer on CNN that he didn’t believe Trump EVER LIED! Ever! That’s what you call willful ignorance in extremis; not as if being a top notch snake oil salesmen protected by the ridiculous laws that protect religious conmen from ripping off their congregations doesn’t already involve major denial or willful ignorance. I’m so sick of hearing from Christians about how they’re being persecuted! What a laugh! They’re disgusting cretins and miscreants given a pass by their phony deity to fleece their ignorant minions for all they have and all they’ll give.

    the only bigger bullshit artist that’s Graham is Trump himself. A slimier conman never asked the earth.

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