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Odds and Ends for the Year

By Lafe Tolliver, Esq
Guest Column

     When I write commentary, sometimes some things are just a mere too short as to compose a column length. So, I decided to place some thoughts, in passing, so that you can maybe run with them...or not.

      One:  There has been media commentary about some white evangelicals chafing at the bit about Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

They wrongly believe that such a move will trigger end-time events that will lead to the Battle of Armageddon and that battle will usher in the second coming of Christ.
 


Lafe Tolliver, Esq

      For those who are dancing in their pews about this move of the embassy to Jerusalem, they should maybe take about a half hour to read Biblical prophecy in context and they then will have to dash their dreams of seeing an imminent return of Jesus to planet Earth.

      A move of a US embassy to Jerusalem and also acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not remotely listed in the Bible as a trigger point for the Battle of Armageddon.

    That non-Biblical gibberish is an example of a brutal mis-contexualization of scriptures in order to serve a personal deviant belief.

     According to the Bible, Jesus' return is not based on such a geographical move but rather on a basketful of events that must gel together before such a return takes place.

     To single out this embassy move as the incipient move is sheer folly and only muddies up the water insofar as certain evangelicals placing undue emphasis on his return rather than their righteous living; and not cheerleading an immoral person in the White House who does not know their God.

Two:  If the Democrats do not wrest control of the House and the Senate in 2018 and present leadership remains intact, the GOP will feel embolden to gut and shred monies for both Social Security (privatize it) and Medicare and Medicaid.

     If that were to happen, I think that you will see the greatest outpouring of citizens both into the streets to protest this dismantling of the America's social safety net but also people being more political than ever before because they finally realize that being asleep while Trump tweets is dangerous to their finances and to their health.

Three:  Also, if the GOP fringe nuts try to oust Bob Mueller, there will be a constitutional crisis never before seen since the antics of prior President Richard Nixon.

Any attempted ouster of the person appointed to uncover the depth and scope of Trump's bromance with Putin and the rigging of the recent elections will cause this country to have momentous  upheavals that will rival the bitterness of the Civil War when brother was pitted against brother and a nation was tortuously divided....due to slavery.

Four:  When the full effect of the recently passed draconian tax laws are known and people experience its boot on their throat, many who were blinded by all things Trump will rue the day that they howled at the moon when he was elected because it will be too late to reconsider. The die has been cast.

Five:  With the gap between the haves and the have nots exponentially growing with each paycheck or record-paying dividend, the bottom one half of the country's working class population will start to understand why it is needed and necessary for a democracy to not have the top one per centers control the majority of the wealth in this country.

     The one per centers are not trickle downers who want to give away some of their hoard to those who are barely scraping by with life's necessities.

The richest of the rich are quite content to keep things as they are and to rely upon their bought and paid for politicos and police forces to maintain law and order while they while away their time in Monaco, Mar-A-Largo, Jupiter, Florida or Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

     Nothing short of a economic revolution brought on by a political upheaval will cause them to realize that it is in their best interest to share a few more crumbs with the "lower" classes rather than risk being forced to live in their gated communities for fear of reprisals.

     Six:  According to certain polls, about 70 percent of all black babies are now born out of wedlock. It would take a month of Sundays to even begin to explain the negative ramifications such statistics have on present and future family formations for the black community.

     You would have thought by now that young people between the ages of 13 and 30 would be hip to the boat load of problems that are a result of single family parenting and the obstacles that can attach to a single mom (let's face it...it is the mom that invariably raises the kid or kids when she is not married) trying to swim the ocean without a partner.

     It is not without wisdom that marriage was instituted to take place before one has kids and that the ideal model is two parents raising kids with norms, rules, respect for others and knowing right from wrong.

     Without those guard rails, everything goes wacky and society pays for it by more crime, more prisons being built, higher taxes to pay for social programs, domestic violence, poverty, drug usage and other ills that can be attributed to a lack of a stable loving home (black or white) that has rules and consequences for violating those house rules.

     The family unit is truly the incubator that trains a child, by both word and deed, as to what is acceptable behavior and which behavior should be shunned or eradicated.

     When the family falls, a nation trembles.

 

Contact Lafe Tolliver at tolliver@juno.com

 

 
   
   


Copyright 2017 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 12/29/17 01:24:13 -0800.


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