The first amendment to the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”   These were considered God-given rights by the Founders, as stated in the Declaration of Independence. The framers would be appalled to learn that men and women in government and the cancel culture are prohibiting the free exercise of religion and our right to free speech.  That they have distorted the phrase “to peaceably assemble,” and restricted our right to redress the government for our grievances.  The only thing that remains intact is the freedom of the press, but only if it prints a liberal view of the news.

I try to watch the liberal news, but it’s very difficult.  Having so much trouble following their reasoning, my wife recently said something that resonated. “We don’t speak democrat.”  I have visited many foreign countries and have lived in two.  It was difficult, but I learned in time to speak a little of the language where I lived.  As hard as I try, I have not learned to speak or understand democrat.  In order for me to speak democrat I have to suspend everything I’ve been taught and experienced about the goodness of America.

While stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army (1974–1977), I was assigned to travel from Nuremberg to West Berlin in order to give a briefing to the Berlin Brigade. While in West Berlin I was taken on a tour of East Berlin which was controlled by the Russians.  After that enlightening experience, I wanted to learn more about the history of the Nazi party, the fascists, the socialists and the communists.

As I watch the news today, I see parallels to the growth of Nazi Germany, the rise of the communist party in Russia, and the escalation of socialism throughout Europe. I see many of the tactics used to destroy freedom in the world being used today to destroy freedom in America.

We’ve heard it said, “all is fair in love and war and politics.”  This statement implies that dirty tricks are okay, that dirty tricks are condoned, unless of course you are on the receiving end. Knowing that knowledge is power, let’s discuss three dirty tricks being employed in this presidential election. I’ll leave it to you to decide which side is using these tactics the most effectively and/or the most underhandly.

The Big Lie:  This statement is attributed to Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”  When a lie is told by anyone, they are hoping that you are ignorant of the truth and counting on the fact that most people will not spend the time to learn the truth.

Projecting: Projection refers to taking undesirable facts, emotions, or traits you don’t like about yourself and attributing them to someone else. 

Gaslighting: Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse aimed at controlling a person by altering reality to the point where the person will doubt their own sanity.  This term comes from a 1930’s play called Gas Light (later a 1944 movie). The main character in the play literally tries to drive his wife crazy by gradually dimming the gas-powered lights in their home. When she notices the lights dimming, her husband not only denies that the lights are dimming, he convinces her that she is imagining it to the point where she questions her own sanity.

We see mobs of people looting stores, smashing windows, setting cars on fire and burning down buildings, but we have been told that these demonstrations are peaceful. When we call the destruction of our city’s riots, we are called racists. So, we ask ourselves, am I crazy? No, you’re being gaslighted.

As a retired police detective, I try to look at all the evidence presented.  This is the only way you can determine fact from fiction. I have also been a Boy Scout leader for more than 40 years.  The first point in the Scout Law is Trustworthy. Trustworthy is defined by the BSA as “A Scout tells the truth.  He is honest and he keeps his promises.”  Again, I leave it to you to decide who of our politicians are the MOST trustworthy.

The paragraph below was posted on Facebook, August 25th by Richard Greene.  He sums up in these few words why I feel this election is so important.

“To answer all of those of you who would say “I can’t believe you would vote for Trump.” Well folks listen up! I’m not just voting for him. I’m voting for the Second Amendment. I’m voting for the next Supreme Court justice. I’m voting for the electoral college, and the Republic we live in. I’m voting for the Police, and law and order. I’m voting for the military, and the veterans who fought for and died for this Country. I’m voting for the flag . . .  I’m voting for the right to speak my opinion and not be censored. I’m voting for secure borders. I’m voting for the right to praise my God without fear. I’m voting for every unborn soul the Democrats want to murder. I’m voting for freedom and the American Dream. I’m voting for good and against evil. I’m not just voting for one person; I’m voting for the future of my country! What are you voting for?”