Coronavirus and A History Lesson from Another Crisis – September 15, 2008

March 16, 2020

As I see panic gripping our nation and its rippling effect around the world, I ponder the question:

When was the last time I experienced a hysteria like the one I am witnessing in the United States?

The date was September 15, 2008, less than two months before the historic election that propelled Barak Hussein Obama from the relative obscurity of a junior U.S. Senator to become the President of the United States.

When the Federal Reserve refused to bail out Lehman Brothers and guarantee its loans, that giant financial investment bank filed for bankruptcy. Lehman Brother’s default set in motion a national and international economic crisis that experts suggested nearly plunged our nation and world into another Great Depression.

Bank failures, a plunging stock market, consumer default on home loans, and an eventual bail out of two of the big three automakers created instability and economic havoc.

For the Democratic Party and its socialist policies, the stage was set to take the White House in 2008, as well as, the House of Representatives, and Senate.

Dateline: March 2020 – A national crisis with seven months to the Presidential Election.

The news of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the public panic fed by a 24\7 news cycle has forced politicians to respond to perceptions over reality (death toll as of March 16, 2020 is 69 according to USA Today).

Federal and state governments are instituting harsh policies that politicians insist are necessary to curtail the spread of the virus. The Washington Post headline reads: “U.S. Life Shuts Down Due to Coronavirus.”

In a matter of days, we have witnessed something no one expected: the world’s strongest economy is in trouble, federal interest rates are at zero, and the great surge of support for the re-election of President Donald Trump is threatened as he and his administration grapple with the Coronavirus and the political fallout.

What do 2008 and 2020 have in common? 

A crisis that has set the stage pitting two political ideologies against one another: Republican vs. Socialist.

Like the wizard hiding behind the curtain on the Wizard of Oz, I wonder who is pulling the levers of power in the current crisis. Regardless of who or what is behind the turmoil, the power to decide our fate as a nation still rests with “We the People.”

As Americans, we have an opportunity to decide if we will live in a “nanny-state” and serve the government, or if we will accept nothing less than a government that serves “We the People.”

Let us not place our faith in men. Trust God knowing He is Sovereign.

Romans 8:38-39 – “38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Copyright – Travis D. Smith

PRINCIPLES AND PROMISES, NOT PERSONALITY, DIRECTED MY VOTE FOR TRUMP

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The rejoicing and the uproar over Donald Trump’s election in these post-election days is both amusing and heart-breaking.
I am amused that the media and liberal Democrats express outrage that “white evangelicals” voted for the president-elect and tout his “baggage” to justify their anger and resentment for the “basket of deplorables” who cast their vote for him in record numbers.  Be assured, like most conservative Republican voters, I am under no delusion that Donald Trump is a religious messiah or America’s political savior.   The administrations that precede the Trump administration have not been models of virtue and I will not be looking to Washington, DC for moral leadership.
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It is heart-breaking that there is a great divide in our nation between those who voted for Hillary Clinton and those who voted for Donald Trump.  The liberal media and Democrats have assailed Trump voters and suggested the root cause for the divide is race, gender, education, and “white prejudice\privilege”.  I don’t pretend to speak for all Trump voters; however, none of those insinuations are on my political radar screen.  My vote was fundamentally driven by principles derived from my Christian worldview and love for this nation.
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Donald Trump is the president-elect, not because he is a model of spiritual or moral virtue, but because the only other viable option was Hillary Clinton whose political platform was adversarial and diametrically opposed to my worldview.  
Hillary vowed to continue progressive policies that are destroying our nation; Trump promised to uphold Constitutional freedoms and appoint Supreme Court justices who will follow the founders’ intent in our nation’s founding documents.
Hillary’s desire to continue the erosion of our nation’s sovereignty and her opposition to securing our southern border was polar opposite to Trump’s commitment to “Build the Wall”, stop the flow of illegal immigrants, and establish a system of vetting.
Hillary’s embrace of radical groups that promote lawlessness, demean law enforcement, and risk anarchy gave law-abiding, patriotic Americans who respect the rule of law no choice other than Trump.
Hillary’s affirmation of “partial-birth abortion” in the third debate horrified many Democrats, while Trump championed a pro-life stance for the unborn.make-america-great
Hillary’s diminution of American exceptionalism and her globalist view of the world at the sacrifice of hard-working Americans was an unacceptable backdrop for Trump’s commitment and invitation to “Make America Great Again”.
No, I am not a poor, deluded, hate-filled, prejudiced, white evangelical who has abandoned spiritual and moral principles.  I am a color-blind, Bible-believing Christian who loves America and longs to see the spiritual and political virtues that made her great restored as guiding principles for our homes, churches, schools, and government.  I want our federal, state, and local governments, and the bureaucracies that oppress our freedoms, to get out-of-the-way and allow individual freedoms to ring once again.  I want to see political correctness vanquished and common sense restored.  I long for an unhyphenated-America that is “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.we-the-people
I long to see America great again and pray president-elect Donald Trump will keep his promises and prove worthy of my trust.
Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

ANTI-TRUMP RIOTS IN AMERICA’S CITIES

trump-riotI declared in an earlier post on my “Heart of a Shepherd” blog, that the election of Donald Trump is nothing more than a reprieve in an ongoing war for the heart and soul of our nation.

The SWAMP, the label President-elect Donald Trump aptly gave Washington, DC, is facing a change of administrations; however, the Left is not defeated nor has it retreated from their war against our democracy and the American people.

asleep-in-the-churchChristians must accept we cannot legislate a change of heart for this nation.  America needs a spiritual awakening, an old-fashioned revival that begins in hearts, homes and churches.  I fear churches and Bible believing Christians will, following Donald Trump’s successful run for the presidency, retreat to their lethargy and spiritual complacency only to face a greater assault on our Constitutional liberties, religious freedom, and moral values in four years.

Recent WikiLeaks emails exposed what we all suspected…the riots and attacks on law enforcement in our inner cities was a coordinated effort to disrupt and encourage lawlessness.  Already, we are witnessing a rise of anti-Trump demonstrations.  Encouraged and funded by the likes of billionaire George Soros, the Left, rather than retreat, is rallying its militant groups to disrupt the peace of our nation and foment anarchy. bloodied-trump-supporter The demographics of the militant groups differ; however, the leadership of Black Lives Matter (BLM), LGTBQ parties, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Communist Party, and sundry other groups share one passion… weakening this nation and silencing any who oppose them.

If we are to see America turn back from Political Correctness and its courtship with leftist anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-family, anti-marriage, anti-life, and anti-democracy policies, our churches, pastors, and homes must become bold in our faith and witness.  We do not have the luxury to retreat; we must take the high spiritual and moral ground of a God-fearing people and confess we have failed to be the pure salt and undiminished light Christ commanded His Church to be in this world of darkness.

* In my next posts I will suggest ways we can right our failure to be salt and light in the world.

salt-and-lightMatthew 5:13-16 – “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Copyright – Travis D. Smith

AMERICA IS ON THE BRINK OF SELF-DESTRUCTION and, if Hillary Clinton is Elected President, Working Americans Will Not Survive The Financial Holocaust That Is Coming

america-in-crisisThe politics in America and the rhetoric that dominates the news should awaken us all to the reality that America is not at a political crossroads; we are at the cliff’s edge of political and moral debacle.

I grieve for my country and countrymen because a rabid, socialist political class that crosses Democratic and Republican party lines has distorted the minds and hearts of our citizens.  I loathe media liberals who serve as the cover for a moral and political corruption that exceeds the average American’s imagination.  I fear…fear that the freedoms that made America the envy of the world is being lost by a generation so narcissistic and self-absorbed they are participants and supporters of their own enslavement.millenials

The spiritual, moral, and financial corruption in Washington, DC is so overwhelming and blatant that Americans have become cynical and desensitized to the sad reality we are on a trajectory of imminent self-destruction.  These United States were founded upon Christian principles, but we have rejected God, the sanctity of human life and marriage, and the principles of right and wrong embedded in our laws from the Bible.  The open-wickedness of our society is so great that the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah’s citizens is muted by our nation’s rush to its own judgment.

The ruling class has all but destroyed the American dream for the working class.  If Hillary Clinton is elected president and Americans are foolish enough to give Democrats a majority in the Senate, and open seats on the Supreme Court…we will forever lose the America the majority of us love and remember.   Consider the following realities we must all soon face:obamacare

1) The projected inflationary weight of ObamaCare has been suppressed throughout President Obama’s tenure; however, it is predicted some will soon bear the oppressive burden of 40% or more in premium increases in 2017.  Couple that nightmare with debilitating out-of-pocket deductibles and maximums and even the healthiest risk becoming impoverished by medical costs.

2) We have enjoyed the luxury of affordable energy; however, EPA regulations and presidential executive orders have destroyed the coal industry, forcing electrical companies to shut down and mothball coal-burning facilities making the nation dependent on power plants that burn “cheap” natural gas.  Given the law of “supply and demand”, it is only a matter of time before “cheap” natural gas combined with suppressive regulations on “fracking” will force upon our citizens unsustainable energy costs.

The abandoned and decaying Packard Motor Car Manufacturing plant, built in 1907 and designed by Albert Kahn, is seen near downtown Detroit, Michigan June 21, 2009. As communities from Buffalo to Milwaukee struggle with shuttered factories and vacant neighborhoods, some have turned abandoned properties into parks, gardens and other open space, even going so far as to plow under entire neighborhoods. In Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors, a pioneering program that allows local government to capture profits from tax foreclosures has generated funds to demolish over 1,000 abandoned homes in the past five years. Picture taken June 21. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES TRANSPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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3) The loss of hundreds of thousands of “blue-collar” manufacturing jobs over the last 20 years has cheated the average American citizen of the hope of an entry-level job and, through hard work and discipline, raising his or her standard of life while pursuing the American dream of home ownership and financial independence. You wonder why there is a cry for $15.00\hour entry-level jobs?  It is because Democratic and Republican policies on trade have destroyed traditional employment opportunities for average Americans.

4) Many other issues paint a dire economic picture for our nation; however, I close with one: I believe we will soon experience hyperinflation as the federal government grapples with a $20 trillion debt.  debtArtificially low-interest rates have economically suppressed the life-savings of the baby-boomer generation who, through hard work and discipline, saved for retirement.  Because banks have paid less than 1% interest on savings over the past 8 years, the “savers” have been robbed and millennial “spenders” have been rewarded with cheap money fueling unsustainable indebtedness.

I am not a prophet; however, I am a student of history and refuse to drink the Kool-Aid served up by liberal socialists.  Elect Hillary Clinton as president, embrace her socialist agenda, and our nation will drive over the cliff spiritually, morally, and economically to our own destruction.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

The Political Left’s Feigned Outrage Over Trump’s Words

Eagle - Freedom Isn't FreeThe following is a post from my Spiritual Minutemen Facebook Page, but one I also want to share with those who subscribe to this Spiritual Minutemen Blog.

STOP IT!  While so many of you are posturing outrage over Donald Trump’s words on a secret recording (and I agree, his words were a juvenile pig trough of Junior High locker room foolishness); threatening or assuming you have any other option is either political ignorance or stupidity. THE SAD REALITY IS–AMERICA IS ON THE POLITICAL CLIFF OF MORAL DEBACLE IF WE SUFFER 8 MORE YEARS OF LEFTIST DOCTRINE.

The only reason Trump is at the head of the Republican ticket is because our Washington politicians long ago betrayed Paul Ryanconservative values and principles. Paul Ryan, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and the Bush clan can protest Trump all they want…However, they are the problem that created a rebellion against the Republican establishment. 

Even Tea Party politicians betrayed us…Marco Rubio arrived in Washington and the first thing he did was hold hands with Chuck Schumer and the Gang of 8…

ClintoYes, I share your disgust; however, we have to deal with reality and not be divided the way Hillary and the Democrats are desperately wanting.

Hillary Clinton is no longer a political chameleon…she is a bold, in your face, leftwing socialist. She is an enemy of moral values and Constitutional liberties. Her agenda is fraught with godlessness and immorality. She is the antithesis of American liberty and her agenda for appointing left-wing Supreme Court justices should strike fear in the #NeverTrump#AntiTrump citizenry. Continue down this path and we will lose our nation forever!

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Copyright 2016 Travis D. Smith

Tim Kaine’s VP Debate Debacle

vp-debateMY OPINION: Last night’s VP debate pitted the “juvenile, emasculated [ready to be Hillary’s “right hand person”], Clinton water boy” Tim Kaine against a “strong, confident, ‘I’m not Donald’s boy'” Mike Pence.
kaineTim Kaine was obnoxious, robotic, and shallow. Seldom even attempting to answer a question, his playbook throughout the night revealed he was coached, as Mike Pence pointed out, to do one thing…Attack with smears, insinuations and name-calling while interrupting, dodging, and boldface lying. This man does not deserve to be on any national stage, let along be a VP.
penceMike Pence looked presidential and honest. He confessed what we all know that has made Trump attractive to so many…the Donald is a business man, not a career politician. Pence can be credited with choosing to not wrestle in the political sewer of Trump’s missteps and Tim Kaine’s pitiful assaults.  Pence is ready to be VP…and if called upon, President.hillary
Tim Kaine appeared to be what a “feminazi” like Hillary needs…a non-threatening, unassertive  clown, type-cast and ready to play a VP charade while the Clinton mafia machine declares war on US citizens and Constitutional liberties and  projects weakness that provokes World War III.
Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

A Tragic Conspiracy We Will All Live to Regret

sorosWhen you hear the shrill cries of American mothers whose children have become victims to “Refugee terrorists”, remember George Soros, the Democratic Party, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
If you wonder “Who” and “What” is behind the radical liberalism of the Democratic Left, you need look no further than George Soros, a tired old Billionaire bent on destroying America’s heritage with his damnable, all-inclusive, Globalistic agenda.
George Soros funds “Black Lives Matters” and its radical leadership that makes a full-time job for social activists who go into communities provoking riots. George Soros owns Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party and, as you will see in this article, he is also credited with influencing the Supreme Court’s decisions and indecisions that are turning America into a rotting shadow of her past greatness.Clinto
George Soros is also a big financier of the so-called “Refugee Immigration” flow through Europe, many of who are destined to end up in the USA; some of who are coming to eventually create havoc, death, and destruction.
Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

The Dilemma of Character Mediocrity: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton

VoteI had the joy of being with family in the Carolinas this past week and enjoyed a brief respite from Facebook, Blogs, and emails.  With both the Republican and Democratic Conventions behind us, I am tentatively stepping back into the dirty waters of politics and social media only to discover a debate raging over Donald Trump in “conservative\evangelical” circles (apparently fueled by noted evangelical authors and preachers Wayne Grudem and Albert Mohler).

Wayne Grudem is being eviscerated by some for his article, “Why Voting for Donald Trump is a Morally Good Choice”.  On the other hand, Albert Mohler contends he will use his vote to “write-in” the name of a third-party candidate and not vote for either the Republican or Democratic party candidates (many are arguing, and I agree, the effect of voting for a write-in or third-party candidate essentially relegates one’s vote to a “throw away” vote).

hillaryI believe it is a mistake to argue that a vote for Trump or Clinton is a “morally good choice” since both are incredibly flawed candidates.  If anything, our nation is faced with an unconscionable dilemma of identifying our own character flaws and moral failures as a people in the two candidates put forward by our citizenry to serve in the highest and most influential place of leadership…the President of the United States.  We, the American people, have guided this ship of state to the brink of a national disaster and face the reality our leadership is illustrative of our own rejection of God, His Law and Commandments.

Rather than argue who is most capable and qualified to serve as President, I believe the discussion must be which of the two candidates will do the least damage to our Constitutional rights and freedoms.  With at least three, if not four, Supreme Court appointments hanging in the balance, our only choice is the candidate who has proposed appointing only those nominees who will honor Constitutional principles.   Hillary Clinton has stated unequivocally her intent is to nominate justices to the Supreme Court who will legislate from the bench a liberal ideology that not only fundamentally changes America, but will assault conservative principles that have been the basis of our freedoms for 240 years.donald

Like it or not, we have two choices for president this fall and only one of the two offers us any hope of remaining a Constitutional Republic–Donald Trump.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

The Dirty Secret of the Democratic Party

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Americans growing up in today’s public education system haven’t a clue the Democratic party has been, in the words of liberal pontificators, “on the wrong side of history” for 150 years.
You are terribly mistaken if you are an ethnic or racial minority and believe the Democratic party is your champion; just the opposite is true!
clintonOne of the great failures of the Republican party for the last half-century has been its inability to state the true historical narrative that Republicans, not Democrats, have championed equal rights for ethnic and racial minorities.  For those who are not history buffs, Hillary’s public acknowledgement that it was the party of Abraham Lincoln, the Republican party, not the Democratic party that freed slaves my come as a shock.
It was Abraham Lincoln, a Republican President who declared the slaves free, not a Democrat.  It was the Democratic party of George Wallace, the four-time Governor of Alabama, who led the resistance against integration and fought to continue racial prejudice.wallace
When Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, championed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he had to turn to the Republican Party to pass the legislation (80% of Republicans and only 60% of Democrats in Congress were in favor of the bill).  Democrats continued the same pattern of prejudice in 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was passed with 82% of House Republicans voting in favor of the bill compared to 73% of Democrats.  The same was true in the Senate with 94% of Republicans vs. 73% of Democrats supporting extending the right to vote to minorities.civil rights act
The Democratic media machine and its political puppets have hijacked historical facts and positioned the party as the champion of minorities; however, history reveals the Democrats were the perpetrators of slavery and prejudice, and are the slave masters of  21st century welfare dependence.  A vote for Hillary Clinton and her party not only perpetuates the myth the Democrats are for the poor and down-trodden, but ultimately threatens to enslave us all should she become president and appoints future Supreme Court justices.
Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith

“The President Wears No Clothes”

ObamaI am sickened President Obama used the occasion of the memorial service in Dallas for five of that cities slain police to once again pontificate a distorted view of American history and a deceptive line of reasoning on racial divisions.  The president is either entirely self-deluded or is what I believe him to be, a 21st century Pharisaical politician who has used his own racist prejudices and views of the United States to enflame racial tensions.sharpton

None of us choose our birth family; however, everyone should understand our choice of friends reflect who and what we are.  President Obama’s network of friends and confidants (Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, and too many others to name) are racists, bigoted, provocative race baiters who threaten our communities, cities, and nation with anarchy. wright

The president’s rhetoric at Tuesday’s memorial service does not hide the reality that, when it comes to a love for this nation and using his platform to bring reconciliation and healing, “The emperor wears no clothes.”

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith