Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | July 21, 2016

Vote Your Conscience

Morning has broken -July 21, 2016.  God makes all things new.

Morning has broken -July 21, 2016. God makes all things new.

Last night, Sen. Ted Cruz gave a great speech about the future vision that should be shared by Republicans.  He urged all Americans to vote in November.  On election day, we should vote up and down the ballot for candidates who will defend the Constitution.  We should vote our conscience.

Voting our conscience is great advice.  It supposes that voting involves thought.  Most voting is emotional.  The hysterical reaction of Trump supporters and many Establishment Republicans confirms this fevered aspect of politics.  The bile spewed speaks to the individuals slinging it.  Likewise, Cruz exercised his emotion, based on honorable principles to protect family, to not endorse someone who savaged his wife, marriage, and father.  Well done, Ted. Good man.

If Ted’s honorable defense of family costs him his political future, it was a worthy profile in courage.

After batting back and forth with the Cruz critics last night, I rested well.  Morning broke with the picture above.  God makes all things new every day.  His beauty fills my heart with happiness.

America can survive HRH Hillary the First or Trump.  It’ll be harder, more challenging, to come back after 4 years of institutionalized corruption – See Germany in the 1930s, the Soviet Union in the 1920s – with HRH.  It can be done.  Whether it will be done or not, depends on how many Americans share the values, principles and the courage of conviction of Ted Cruz.

It’s going to be a long four years ahead.  Either way.  We’ll need more sunrises like today to sustain us.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | June 14, 2016

Why the U.S. Army’s Birthday Matters

Happy Birthday to The United States Army.  Our Continental Army took the field on June 14th, 1775 – over a year before the Declaration of Independence.  The Army is 241 years young.  It stays young with the 18 year olds coming in every year.  It’s up to the leadership of the Army to be wise enough, knowing the lessons of generations of soldiers, to spend their lives sparingly and let them grow old someday, but spend their lives without reservation if the mission demands that awful price.

That life and death distinction is why the U.S. Army’s birthday matters.  Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coasties get injured and killed in training and combat, too, but upon the life and death of soldiers rests the fate of the American Nation.  All wars are ultimately decided on the ground.  Even obliteration without occupation isn’t decisive.

The one nuclear war, our bombing of Japan, without the threat of the imminent invasion might have been decided differently.  Lucky for us that the Japanese didn’t know we’d used our nuclear arsenal of two weapons.  The infantry is the decisive arm of Land Warfare.

As the Nation was born and borne on the bayonets of the Army, so will the Nation’s defense ultimately lie in the hands and skills of soldiers.  The Navy is necessary to get to any overseas conflict and to keep conflicts from getting to America.  The standing Navy is required by our Constitution.  The Air Force brings air and space power that enables victory, but doesn’t attain it.  The Marine Corps supports the Army in Land Warfare, but isn’t the Army.  Since America became a world power with the Spanish American War and started fighting overseas, Marines contribute, but don’t decide the outcome. (The exceptions are the small wars around the Caribbean in the early 20th Century and the shores of Tripoli in the early 19th Century.)

The scale of effort in our Land Warfare is clear.  WWI: 1 Marine Brigade in an Army Division/30 or so Army Divisions in France, WW II: 6 Marine Divisions/90 Army Divisions, Korea through OEF/OIF roughly 2 Marine Divisions or Brigades/10 Army Divisions or Brigades in every theater.  Yet, The Army is being cut to be smaller than it was before WW II, while the USMC is about 5 times larger than it was before WW II.  The Army sucks at politics.  It always has.

The culture of the Army – especially its senior leadership is “National Servant”.  The Army could be cut back, as it was after the Revolution, to Carlisle Barracks, PA and West Point, NY and the soldiers would salute smartly.  That’s precisely why Americans should care about the U.S. Army’s birthday.

Sooner or later, the Army will be called to fight and win another special operation, raid, battle, campaign or war in Land Warfare.  An Army that is too small, morally corrupted by political correctness, institutionally impotent with the political elevation of the National Guard and Special Operations (and Reserves next?), and paying the bills for a Marine Corps bigger than all the marine corps of the world put together – will pay another bitter price in the blood of young Americans and wasted national treasure.

The Army will live up to its motto – “This We’ll Defend”.  But, it will cost America dearly.  Again.

 

I hope The Army perseveres.  I was commissioned into an armed mob in June 1972.  The task of rebuilding the Army was a lot of hard work.  It paid off.

This was the last time we rebuilt the Army.

This was the last time we rebuilt the Army.

 

I regret that others might have to do it again.  I’m counting on the Regulars, Officer and Non-Commissioned Officers, to make it happen.  Just like America trusts the Regulars of the 3rd Infantry, The Old Guard, to keep doing their duty.

This We'll Defend.

This We’ll Defend.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | June 14, 2016

Cousin Susan Gone Home

Dear Cousin and wonderful woman - Sister in Christ.

Dear Cousin and wonderful woman – Sister in Christ.

I got to say good-bye to Susan Lee Bowden Taylor a few weeks before she died and became present in the Lord.  For many years, I’ve told my close kin on parting, “There’s nothing unsaid.  If something should happen and we don’t see each other again in this life, it’s all been said and done between us.  Love you and yours.”  When Susan and I chatted last she knew she had terminal illnesses – yes, plural.

Susan looked me straight in the eye and said, “I’m not afraid of dying.  I know where I’m going.  I don’t want to suffer needlessly.  I’ll do what I can to live as well as I can as long as I can.”  If you knew her voice, you could her the melodic cadence of her speech and the accent on each syllable as you read the words.  I read her eyes and body language. She was courageous.

Susan shared how she wished her Momma could be with her at this difficult time.  Her Mother, when told by her doctor she had about 6 months to live, said, “You don’t know that.  You’re not God.”  She lived another 5 or 6 years – and well.

Susan was given up to 10 months to live.  She passed in about 10 days.  Not from lack of will, but in God’s Providence, because she would have suffered awfully.

The last time I saw her she told me about her funeral arrangements.  She asked me to speak.  I wrote it up and planned one last visit for her to edit and me to tease her about it.  But, the last trip became the funeral time.

Her traditional service for a believing Christian

Her traditional service for a believing Christian

There was plenty of family there.  Cousins from Tennessee drove a long way.  One niece of mine could make it, and generously did, from California.  Made me proud and grateful to be their cousin and uncle.   Her brothers and one daughter spoke well.  I know what it takes to speak at your parent’s funeral.  And, of course, one of my daughters and my son who attended, relived their Mother’s funeral from two and a half years ago.

I prayed for strength and was given my voice to say my piece properly.

Susan Lee Bowden Taylor

I’m Susan’s cousin Bubba. Everyone should have a cousin or uncle Bubba.  I’m Susan’s third cousin who’s closer than first cousins. She is my dear friend. My sister in Christ.

Susan Lee Bowden Taylor.

Her name conjures that voice and those eyes. Susan’s voice was magnolias and honey. It was Southern and ladylike. It was a soft and rich as a summer night is hot and humid in West Tennessee.   Susan’s blue eyes were a bright light that would be blue ice – if ice could be as warm and loving as her eyes.

Susan was as gentle as her Father, Warner, and as courageous as her Mother, Jan. Those qualities are in the right order and legacy. Like both parents, she loved family, family, family. Friends, as adopted family, are included.

Her devotion to Phil was absolute. Her affections, protection and generosity to her daughters, Ginger and Amy, was boundless. Her joy in her grandsons was a heart overflowing. Her concern and kindness to other kin, friends and folks was genuine Christian love.

Susan lived gracefully, well and strong. She bore the sufferings of diseases for many years with true grit. She took the challenges and folly in life in stride and added her gentle laugh. She’d turn her head – shaking it gently – arch her eyebrows and laugh. It was a good benediction to all things not worth worrying about.

In my family’s annual pilgrimages home to Memphis and Covington with many trips to Germantown, it was great to see so many relatives. But, the fun began when Susan showed up. She never failed to light up the room. As pretty as she was as a girl and a woman, her inner beauty shined as brightly as those blue eyes.   My People, our Bowden-Maley Clan, which produces strong women and real matriarchs, is much poorer to not have her for another 20 years. Thank You, Lord Jesus, we know we’ll see her again in the sweet bye and bye. Bye, Susan.

Wish I had her young and mature pictures of her other beauty

Wish I had her young and mature pictures of her other beauty

The church had a long reception for her community.  We gathered at her daughter Ginger’s house for long hours afterwards.  It’s our West Tennessee, Scot-Irish family version of a wake.  Stories, laughter and tears, chatter and bonding with kin – but not as much drinking as other wakes.

I’m grateful for Susan.  I can’t believe she is gone.  Known her for as long as I have memory of knowing any relative.  We’ll miss her at the family reunion like we miss her Mother Jan and cousin Tootsie (Elizabeth).  I feel her absence in this life.

Susan Bowden Taylor and Nellie Katherine Kyle Bowden - both absent the body, present the Lord.

Susan Bowden Taylor and Nellie Katherine Kyle Bowden – both absent the body, present the Lord.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | May 22, 2016

Losing an Election

The wisdom philosophy of Ricky Bobby rivals the great Yogi Berra and Popeye.

The wisdom philosophy of Ricky Bobby rivals the great Yogi Berra and Popeye.

Yesterday, I lost my bid to be a delegate from 2 CD VA to the RNC Convention.

Congratulations to the winners.  Best wishes.

And, now, a short epistle on politics and self.

Politics.  The dynamics of the 2nd Congressional District, Virginia are different from the 1st Congressional District, Virginia – which was my political home for 25 years until the recent re-districting.

The behemoth. which is Virginia Beach in a district with parts of James City County, Hampton, and Norfolk and all of Williamsburg, York County, Eastern Shore, and Poquoson, presents a different picture.  The “elephant in the room” isn’t adequate to describe Va Beach’s girth politically.  Virginia Beach is 52% of the vote – anytime there is a vote.  The simple math to 50% plus 1 is = for every per cent a candidate goes below 50 per cent of Va Beach, the candidate must do a bit better than an additional per cent in ALL of the other cities and counties.  It can be done – Jeff Ryer won a seat on State Central – but it is much different math than winning in our old 1 CD.

The dynamics of how the Stolle Family Inc. and Towne Bank Assoc. operate in party politics is different. Busing in folks from their ethnic cultural center is fair play – and would make any old party boss proud – from Tweed to Tammany to Daley to Crump to Byrd, etc..   It’s just different to me in local politics.  The 1 CD was old Tidewater.  A unique political culture where authority is rarely challenged.  Elected officials are given more deference and respect quite differently than 50 miles west of I 95 or north of Aquia Creek.

The mechanics of how to win a convention are the same.  Bring your voters.  Know them by name.  Or, convert the delegates soon after they sign up and know them by name.  Or, you lose.

Personal. I’ve lost 2 elections since 1997.  My one run for public office, 7 weeks after Cong.  Jo Ann Davis died, was a loss in 2007.  I won all my runs for party office until yesterday.  Yesterday was interesting.

I signed up to be a RNC delegate to support Ted Cruz.  When Ted Cruz suspended his campaign, I thought about quitting.  A conference call with people I trust and support encouraged me to continue.  Then, I threw out a fleece in prayer.  “If it is meant to be, let me win.  If it isn’t, let me lose.  Let it be in Your Will.  I’ll praise either way.”

I got the delegate lists – eventually.  Sent emails to those with email addresses.  Virginia Beach had none.  I chose not to make the 900 phone calls to try to engage the VA Beach delegates individually.  Posted my flyer on Facebook.  Produced the flyer and handed it out at the Convention.  Picked up a few votes and lost many more with that.  Gave my little speech and have no clue what that did – if anything.

So, while I say I threw out a fleece, I didn’t do everything I could to win.

Unless lightning, or more accurately – a meteor, strikes and the RNC Convention goes to a second vote, it would have been a very awkward affair for me.  My lack of support for Trump would have make it awkward for the Trumpbots around me at the exultant Trumpfest of ecstatic  Trumpian euphoria.  It’d be fun to be with my fellow Conservatives from Virginia – who would vote Cruz on a second ballot.  My vote for the most Conservative platform and open, fair, transparent rules in 2020 would have been only one vote.

So, when I lost yesterday, I praised the Lord.  I was relieved and grateful.  I felt like I did my duty to run – and run openly.  The rejection was fair and square.  No harm, no foul, no problem.

But, my inner man – the sin of pride – still prods me about not doing everything possible to win.  I hate losing.  Even though I’ve lost and failed enough in life to get used to it, I don’t.  It’s in my Bubba-Atticus, or Bowden-Maley-Henderson-Holland-League, or Scot-Irish, or Southern, or Evangelical Christian, or whatever DNA to never quit.  Never, never, never, never, never, never – get the picture? – never quit.

I hope that is said in my eulogy to small crowd gathered – He never quit.

So, I’m sharing a little self so the Holy Spirit might nudge others to think about themselves.  I fight the sin of pride – wanting to win always – while serving the Risen Savior.  I’m not proud of that.

I’ll stay in the U.S. Culture War fight, which means staying somewhat involved in politics, until I can’t do anymore.  I’ll do what I see as my duty to the best of my ability.  I’ll do my best against my inner sin of pride – and desire to win always.

Of course, I’ll do what I was told to do on March 15th, 1987.  Read and write.

Now, I have to sort out what I will decide, say and do before the Great Election of 2016.  I just don’t know right now.  Need a lot more prayer – and counsel from good men and women.

Coach Harris, my Virginia HS wrestling coach, a college All-American, said this with vigor! Great speech.

Coach Harris, my Virginia HS wrestling coach, a college All-American, said this with vigor! Great speech. Winning in Him is everything.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | May 11, 2016

2 CD Virginia Convention, 21 May 2016

Helping Cynthia Dunbar become our Virginia National Committeewoman at RPV Convention

Helping Cynthia Dunbar become our Virginia National Committeewoman at RPV Convention

Dear Delegates,

Please vote for me, James Atticus Bowden, to be a 2 CD Virginia delegate to the RNC Convention in Cleveland.

I’ve lived my life as a man under authority, so I’ll vote as instructed by our 1 March primary results on the first ballot.  On a second and all subsequent ballots, should they happen, I’ll vote for Ted Cruz to be our Republican candidate for President.

I’ll never vote for a person who didn’t enter the Presidential race and compete for delegates – regardless of the pressure.  I’ll keep voting for Ted Cruz if there are multiple ballots.

Since Trump may win the nomination on the first ballot, I’m asking to represent you on votes to keep the platform Conservative and make the 2020 nomination and convention process more fair, open and transparent.   

I supported Cruz for his loyalty and devotion to the Constitution – more than any issue.  I am likewise committed to the Constitution. When I was 17, I left my home in Virginia and swore an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic at West Point, NY. I have never taken a step back.

I would be honored to represent you – our Conservative values – at the RNC Convention.

I served in 5 Divisions in the Army as an Airborne, Ranger, Infantry officer and as an assistant professor at West Point.  I joined the Republican Party in Poquoson the week I retired from active duty.  I worked in following years as a Defense contractor – mainly on ‘Futures’ and research and development.   I was elected and served as the Chairman of the Poquoson City Committee, 1 CD member of the State Central Committee, and Chairman of 1 CD.  I’ve taught Sunday School at my church since 1990.

In 2002, I was Vice-Chairman to Roger Pogge on the kNOw Campaign to defeat the Transportation scam referendum.  On April 15th, 2009 I gave one of the Tea Party speeches at Newport News in the cold rain.  I’ve written op eds and blog posts since 2001 on many Virginia and national issues. In short, I have been an activist for our conservative causes for years.

I’m a fiscal, social, national defense Conservative by choice and conviction.  My ancestors are from Isle of Wight County and Amelia County.  My family moved back when I was 6.  My military home of record is Virginia.  I raised 3 children with my late wife right here in Tidewater. 

I hold an abiding respect and deep love for our Commonwealth.  I believe in Virginia’s future for my 5 grandchildren, their generation and generations to come. 

I’d appreciate your vote very much.

Sincerely,

James Atticus Bowden

Poquoson

Before Cruz suspended his campaign.

Before Cruz suspended his campaign.

 

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | March 7, 2016

Virginia Voters Blind Rage

Sampson was blinded. His righteous anger was a deadly rage.

Sampson was blinded. His righteous anger was a deadly rage.

Trump won Virginia’s primary on the wave of a boiling rage. Blind rage.  The anger is against The Establishment. The anger is against the Republican Establishment as much as it’s against the Democrat/Progressive/Socialist/Commie/Nom de Jour establishment Establishment. I expected it – and called it a wildfire – a decade ago. I was wrong then, not on substance, but on timing. And, as we know from comedy to war, timing is everything.

I thought when Republicans brought us the largest tax increase in Virginia history in 2004, there would be a revolt at the polls. Then, Republicans passed HB 3202 – the spectacularly, unconstitutional, regional government transportation scam – the worst legislation since Massive Resistance. A few fat cats were killed in primaries and Republicans lost the long hard won majority in the General Assembly, but the whole fetid alley of feral Virginia Republicans wasn’t cleaned out. When our Republicans won the majority again, they passed a new largest tax increase in Virginia history in 2013.

The Establishment got their money man, Fast Eddie Gillespie to run as the stand out failure in the epochal, earth quake anti-Obama side of the Establishment election in 2014. There were no consequences, just excuses. In 2015, the few challenges to The Establishment in Virginia were swatted aside. When the Virginia Attorney General violated his oath of office, only one Republican, Bob Marshall, tried to impeach him. His courage to do his duty was summarily dismissed.

Last year, 2015, and this year Virginia’s Republican congressional delegation did nothing to stand up to abusive, unconstitutional Supreme Court rulings. Nothing. A few fellows got to vote against the Speaker of the House’s unconditional surrender to Obama, when their votes weren’t going to matter. No profiles in courage here.

So, is it any surprise that Trump took Virginia?

Other writers weave Trump’s triumphs as a tale of demographic voting blocs being squeezed as a class, losing privileges of race, hurting from challenges and mockery of their religion and culture, displaced by immigrants, and ignored by the very people and Party they voted to fix things. I see it in simple terms of inevitable, foreseeable corruption. Nothing a revolution can’t fix.

Our Republic is ruled – across all three branches of the Federal government – by an Establishment corrupted by politics as usual because politics is just a corrupt business. Not public service. It’s the business of power and money because of the status of the USA as a Super-Power – whether it’s in decline or not. Career politicians are the problem. Replacing them for a ‘revolutionary season’ of 12 to 20 years with people who don’t need the job and money, can’t be bought, and are passionate to restore the Constitution and Rule of Law is the best fix. Finding and electing such patriots is a lot of hard work.

Only a handful of incumbent Republicans can be trusted to what is right instead of what they are told.  Nationally, Ted Cruz is one such leader.

So, what I expected in 2005 and thought I saw in the Tea Party in 2009, may finally be happening in 2015-16 across Virginia. The wildfire, the storm, the tidal wave, the earthquake, the blind rage, whatever it is, is here. But, Trump isn’t the answer. He is riding a bubble that he is going to pop himself. Furthermore, no one, currently, is leading a fight to clean out and replace the Republican Establishment in Virginia.

Most of Trump’s success is the national failure and betrayal by Republicans.  Yet, some of the Trump and Cruz vote in Virginia is the responsibility of Virginia Republicans – the majority of those elected to party and public office.

Russ Moulton and allies work to influence Republican Party of Virginia elections – to exceed and consolidate the successes of 2012. Cynthia Dunbar is running for National Committeewoman. Yet, there isn’t a vision for what to do, when and how, about the whole R Establishment across the Commonwealth. Additionally, along with the absence of an achievable plan, there’s no champion. No Patrick Henry to give voice. No George Washington to lead. Yet.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | February 29, 2016

Why Virginians Should Vote Cruz

The Establishment (R& D) hates and fears Cruz more than Trump.  I trust Ted.

The Establishment (R & D) hates and fears Cruz more than Trump. I trust Ted.

Tuesday, March 1st Virginians vote in the primary for President of the United States of America. Virginians should vote for Ted Cruz. I’ve been looking for the grassfire revolution to reclaim our government from The Establishment for a decade.  Cruz gets what’s wrong and what needs to be done.   Virginians, please vote for Cruz. I beg you, as an old man who has loved this God’s Country, our Commonwealth of Virginia, since I was a little boy.

  1. Restore the Constitution. Cruz will restore the Rule of Law and the Constitution. Nothing is more important than this for the survival of our Republic. He will undo all of Barry Soetero’s Executive Orders on Day One. Rubio would do much, but not all, the same. Trump has an entertainer’s understanding of the Constitution.
  2. Beat Hillary. Cruz will crush HRH Hillary the First in the swing states where the election is determined and the cheating must be overcome. Rubio might win, too. Trump will lose ‘yugely’.
  3. Repeal Obamacare. Cruz will repeal every word. He’ll establish individual Health Savings Accounts, interstate portability, and other reforms to increase supply and quality of medical services and cut costs. Trump will replace with another statist, Federal-socialized medicine and individual (anti-Constitutional) mandate.
  4. Fix Illegal Immigration. Cruz and Trump will build walls. Rubio will build a wall in some places. Trump, somehow, says he will deport and re-admit 11 million people. Rubio will revert to the Amnesty he supported in the Gang of 8 bill. Cruz will start by deporting the illegal aliens with criminal records. Let’s see if that takes 8 years to determine who gets deported next.
  5. Rebuild the Economy. Cruz’s flat tax will make the economy so great, it will make the Reagan boom and Kennedy tax cuts look weak. Millions more jobs. Trillions more in tax revenue. Restore the freedom of opportunity. Rubio and Trump tinker with the Marxist graduated income tax and will get weaker results based on crony capitalism.
  6. Rebuild the Military. Everyone one says they will re-build, fight ISIS, and lead again.  I’d have to see who the senior military advisors are to evaluate how well they will. I’d trust Cruz or Rubio to deal with the bad guys who wish us harm.
  7. Protect Life. Cruz will open investigations on Planned Parenthood for trafficking in baby parts. Rubio might do something similar. Trump is still saying the abortion industry provides women’s health services. Trump’s tax returns will show how much he gives to Planned Parenthood.
  8. Reduce Government Spending. Cruz will eliminate whole Federal departments doing things not provided by the Constitution. He will stop Common Core. Not sure Rubio would actually eliminate the departments. Trump will do what is politically expedient and beneficial to the crony capitalism that counts – His.
  9. Change the Supreme Court. Cruz clerked there. He will nominate strict construction judges and change the lower courts with his appointments. Rubio will compromise to look good. Trump might nominate his sister, a serving judge he said who would be great, or another pro-abortion Liberal and tip the balance as badly as Hillary would.  The wrong appointments – from Hillary beating Trump or Trump himself will destroy our freedoms.
  10. Trust Character. Character counts. Especially in the White House. All candidates are flawed men. Cruz is the consistent, courageous, Constitutional Conservative. Rubio betrayed his voters by supporting Amnesty. No one can make the Conservative or Christian case for Trump – merely a political one leaning on thin reeds. No one can make the moral character case for this draft dodger, unrepentant serial adulterer, braggart, boorish, rich bully with a proud and haughty look. We can trust Ted that his “Yes” means Yes and his “No” means No.

    Please restore the Constitution, our liberty and freedoms, and our opportunities with Ted Cruz. Vote Cruz!  Our Commonwealth produced the ideas of our Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. We produced heroes that made our freedom happen from the very start of America at Jamestown to today. Our heritage is our guidance.

The best candidate since Reagan.

The best candidate since Reagan.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | February 26, 2016

Conservative and Christian Judas Goats for Trump

Judas goats lead sheep to the slaughter

Judas goats lead sheep to the slaughter

I know I’m calling out evil before the primaries finish, but it’s needed.

Every Conservative leader and Christian leader who endorses Donald Trump is a Judas goat.  The Christian pastors, heads of universities and professedly Christian organizations are charged by the Lord Jesus Christ to feed his lambs, care for his sheep, feed his sheep.  Supporting Donald Trump for President of the United States of America is leading his sheep to the slaughter – just like a Judas goat does.

The slaughter comes after HRH Hillary the First or whoever the Communists nominate as the Democrat candidate soundly beats Trump in the general election.  The change the Liberals will make in the Supreme Court means the Constitution will be shredded more than it already has.  And, since bullies always overplay their hand, the PC Totalitarians will try to crush Christians.  Don’t think so?  Preach that homosexuality is a Biblical sin in Canada or Western Europe and see what happens.  Speak against Islam and see what happens.

Or, let’s pretend Trump wins the election.  He will likely appoint the same dangerous Liberals to the Court.  He may not persecute Christians like the Liberal Puritans, but he will do serious damage to America.    He will do nothing to restore the Rule of Law and restore the Constitution.  Trump will try to bully and rule like Barry Soetero.  He is a wannabe Mussolini II, but isn’t as good an actor.

Fundamentally, Trump is a man of low or no character.  Character counts in the White House.  It matters in the great decisions that befall the most powerful man on temporal earth.   The Caesars never dreamed of having such power.   Yet, Christian leaders can’t use the spiritual gift of discernment to see what is wrong with Trump?  What is wrong with their vision – and the eyes of their heart?

Why would a Christian or Conservative leader ever chose Trump over Cruz?  What is their testimony – couched in their Christian or Conservative values – that leads them to Trump? If they say Trump has evolved from his pro-partial birth abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, unrepentant serial adultery, cowardly draft dodging, etc. – not to forget his proud and haughty look, his abounding personal pride and bragging, childish petulant personal attacks, etc. – chapter and verse litany of who not to endorse for any office ever, then they have been played as fools.

The Conservative and Christian leaders for Trump are as blindly hypocritical as the leaders of the Temple who condemned Christ.  They are as cynical as the leaders who led the crowd to shout for Barabas because of their anger against Rome was greater than their concern for condemning an innocent man.  They are as untrustworthy as the actual Judas who sold out for 30 pieces of silver.

It was fun to watch Trump mock the media last Summer.  I share Trump’s voters’ anger and contempt for The Establishment – Republican and Democrat.  But, now that voting has begun, it is too serious a time to nominate a carnival barker, a con man, an entertainer, and a rich man who couldn’t get through the eye of the needle. It is shameful for every Conservative and Christian person in any position of authority.

May God bless America and save us from such Judas goats among us, from the likes of Judas himself.  At least we know who you are.  I won’t forget – to my dying day.  You have lost my respect.

I wish I could be 30 years younger to fight for America to return to the Rule of Law and restore the Constitution.  To restore the Judeo-Christian culture to the states who want to be a safe place for Christians and Jews.

Christians who support Trump are like Judas himself.  They betray truth for coins of the realm.

Christians who support Trump are like Judas himself. They betray truth for coins of the realm.

Trump would be like Mussolini II.  Probably not as tough and a bigger bully.

Trump would be like Mussolini II. Probably not as tough and a bigger bully.

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | February 22, 2016

Evangelicals for Trump?

Christians are not supposed to be stumbling stones to weaker Christians and others.

Christians are not supposed to be stumbling stones to weaker Christians and others.

“Evangelicals for Trump” is like “Christians for the Lions or Gladiators”. It makes a loud clashing sound when you say it. It’s shocking. But it’s real – at least for Trump in South Carolina. In fact, it may be more like Ethiopians for Mussolini – the big man most like Trump. Yet, I think I know why so many Evangelicals voted for Trump. It’s the anger.

Anger trumps reason. Emotion overrides intellect in voting – always. The rage against Republicans, The Establishment (R and D), and the absence of a public presence on so many issues – made Trump the champion for millions of voiceless Americans. Including millions of Evangelicals. I get the rage. I feel its burning. But, Evangelicals shouldn’t let rage become blind rage.

Yes, I understand how much you hate the “Romans”. Hold true, righteous anger. But, it’s wrong to be in a mob screaming insanely to free Barabbas – so he might kill more Romans, when a better man stands ready to serve.

No, Cruz isn’t Jesus. But, Cruz will restore the Rule of Law and the Constitution. Trump will only be liberal, democrat, New York, showbiz Trump. Which is precisely why Evangelicals for Trump sounds so discordant.

Republicans for Trump doesn’t read rightly. What is Republican about Trump?

Conservatives for Trump. Or, Constitutionalists for Trump is wrong. What is Conservative or Constitutionalist about Trump?

Evangelicals for Trump begs – what is Evangelical about Trump? Seriously. Evangelicals believe in the Bible. Biblical wisdom should apply in all cases, so make one fit for Trump.

Put partial-birth abortion, Trump and Christian together in a sentence. Compose one that works. Trump supported partial-birth abortion. He still wants federal funding of Planned Parenthood – the abortion killing ground to harvest and sell baby parts.

Trump is a draft dodger. A moral coward. Peter was too, but Peter was ashamed.

Trump is a serial adulterer. David committed adultery, but David was broken-hearted in Psalm 51.

Trump’s attempted eviction of a widow isn’t “plead the case of the widow.” (Is 2:17)

Trump doesn’t tithe from his wealth.

Furthermore, “The Lord detests all the proud of heart.” (Prov 16:5)

“The proud and arrogant man – the “Mocker” is his name, he behaves with overweening pride.” (Prov 21:24)

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him.” (Prov 6:16) Including “haughty eyes”, “lying tongue”, “a heart that devises schemes”, and “a man who stirs up dissension among brothers”.

So, what is the Evangelical case for Trump?

There isn’t one. There’s just the blind rage.

All the Evangelical Christian leaders seeking Trump’s money or favor – like Falwell at Liberty University – need to be mindful. “Be careful, however, that your exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block for the weak.” (1 Cor 8:9 – First, not “One”, Corinthians!)

I beg Evangelicals-for-Trump to read The Word and let the scales fall from their eyes. If not, make the case for Trump from an Evangelical perspective. Much as you make the case for partial birth abortion from an Evangelical perspective – since Trump supported it.

Cruz will do far more, better, faster to support every issue Republicans, Conservatives and Evangelicals care about than Trump. He knows what to do, when and how. Trump barks, but Cruz has a bite.   Trump talks about fighting, but Cruz has fought and won while out-numbered. The Establishment hates Cruz – and fears him – far, far more than they care about the deal-making Donald. Don’t be an Evangelical for Trump, be an Evangelical to triumph with Cruz.

 

Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | February 21, 2016

Two Years to the Day

My daughter's friend, Amanda, painted this backyard view from a pic.

My daughter’s friend, Amanda, painted this backyard view from a pic.

Two years to the day from the burial service of my late wife, Nellie Katherine Kyle Bowden, this is the Bible reading in church today:

Psalm 63

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

View from dock at  Sanctuary, February 2016.

View from dock at Sanctuary, February 2016.

The week before her burial, I moved into the house I call ‘Sanctuary’.

How perfect that this is the Bible verse – two years later to the day.  Dr. Charles Stanley says there are no coincidences in life.  None.

I feel blessed.  I’m grateful for my Sanctuary – to be the caretaker for my time.

I remain deeply thankful for the family, friends and classmates – who gave their time to share Nellie’s funeral and fellowship afterwards in lovingkindness.

First page of Nellie's Bible - in her hand.

First page of Nellie’s Bible – in her hand.

 

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