Contrary to the revolutionary Leftist talking points, I’m here to tell you that America is truly an exceptional nation. We are an exceptional nation for the simple reason that we have an exceptional form of government.
The Constitutional Republic our founders gave us was a form of government that the world had never seen before. No more ruler kings and despots. Individual freedom (God-given rights) were elevated and protected. Overlapping layers of checks and balances were built into our government institutions. No one person or political entity could exert totalitarian domination over a free people with such a form of government.
But, as my recent post, The Republic is Lost, pointed out, our Constitutional Republic is dying on the vine. It’s not looking good for those who understand and love the traditional American ideal, as embodied in the Constitution.
There is no one reason for the ongoing loss of America’s exceptionalism. The Republic has been under attack and crumbling for years (I tend to think the moral decline is a major underlying factor). But the most recent loss of freedom of speech, as evidenced by the techno-censorship of conservative voices, and the ongoing cancel culture against such people, is an incredibly alarming anti-American development.
So, what now?
Well, I see only one option, and that option is the only truly American option. We who see the the downfall of our nation must fight it.
No, not with lawbreaking or force of arms. I’m certainly not advocating that. What I mean by fighting is to support the lawful resistance movement against the Leftist lies and continual attack on our legacy of American exceptionalism that is taking place on so many fronts.
Eventual victory against the current odds is not guaranteed. But that is beside the point. It is the ongoing fight that matters. Every person who sees the Republic crumbling should become better informed and push back. At this point, we who care, are part of the resistance movement.
Think of the Alamo. Think of the few hundred Spartans defending the narrow pass at Thermopylae against thousands of Persian soldiers. Think of landing on the beaches at Iwo Jima. When history gives you a just war, then you must fight. It’s that simple.
Unfortunately, only about 20% of the population will engage in this kind of battle. If you are not inclined to resistance against tyranny and the takedown of America, then stand aside. The least you can do is not criticize those who are willing to resist in an attempt to retake American exceptionalism.
If you have the fighting mindset (or even if you are on the sidelines) I recommend Steve Bannon’s War Room (link below). It’s a daily broadcast with great interviews of brave American patriots who are on the front lines of the resistance movement. Bannon and his guests have a positive, fighting spirit that I find endearing. Cancel-culture has not silenced them. I’ve been listening for several months now.
Today’s broadcast had some good interviews. One was with Cheryl K. Chumley, author of the book, Socialists Don’t Sleep: Christians Must Rise or America Will Fall. Is this book being discussed on the controlled Leftist media? I’m sure it isn’t. All dissenting voices against the Leftist agenda are now suppressed. But not on Steve Bannon’s War Room.
I also learned today that Cheryl K. Chumley has a podcast (CLICK HERE), which I’m going to check out.
It so happens that Scott Adams is a remarkably insightful person. I sometimes watch his YouTube channel: Real Coffee With Scott Adams. He has an uncanny ability to examine both sides of current issues, cut through the “loserthink” and come to conclusions that are closer to truth and reality than most everyone else. His conclusions are often unpopular, but he doesn’t seem to care.
That said, I should also point out that Scott Adams has a very different worldview than me. He’s a social liberal. But he’s an honest social liberal, not a revolutionary Leftist. Honest social liberals are okay with me. So, I chew the meat (of which there is much) and spit out the bones when I read his books, or listen to his vlogs.
Now that you have a little background, I want to tell you about a totally unexpected excerpt that that I read in Looserthink. Here it is:
“I was born with a condition called paruresis, also known as shy bladder. It means you can’t urinate if anyone else is in the room or even in listening distance. Perhaps 5 percent of the public has this condition. The thing you need to know about paruresis is that there is no way for someone who has it to simply “relax harder” to get past it. The sensation is that your body and your mind become temporarily disconnected. Your body “locks up” even when your mind is totally at ease. The name shy bladder is misleading because shyness is not the problem. It happens to people who are not shy in general. And it seems to have a genetic component. At around fifty, my brother Dave “came out” about his paruresis. At the time, I didn’t even know it had a name. And as hard as this is to imagine, I didn’t know my brother had it. Nor did he know I had it.”
“For half a century, my biggest problem in life was one that I believed was unique to me. I kept it private because I didn’t want to be seen as a freak. And I didn’t want to be judged or mocked for it. My knee-jerk preference for privacy made everything worse. It added fear of detection to the base problem. And the base problem was bad. Imagine traveling and not being able to use a public restroom except in rare instances when they are empty. Oh, and just to make things interesting, I also have a small bladder. It was a continuous nightmare for 50 years. School was a nightmare. My corporate jobs were a nightmare. Dating was difficult. I was becoming rich and successful with the Dilbert comic and at the same time, to be frank, my quality of life was poor.”
Reading that about Scott Adams was something of an epiphany for me. I’ve had paruresis for as long as I can remember. I never knew there was a name for it. I never knew it was a condition that affects approximately 5% of the population. There is some catharsis in knowing all this!
The good news is that my paruresis diagnosis is not a physical condition. It’s a mental condition… 🤣
I am posting this blog for the benefit of others, like myself, who have paruresis and who never knew it was a recognized condition with a medical name. You’re not alone. Scott Adams’ brother has a web site paruresis.org.
Noor bin Ladin’s father is Osama bin Laden’s brother. Her parents divorced when she was 8 months old. She lives in Switzerland. She has never been to Saudi Arabia in her life. She has no relationship with her father. She is 33 years old. She loves America.
In September of 2020 Noor wrote a letter to America. She warned that “a Biden/Harris administration would bring America to her knees.” It is worth reading and you can read it HERE.
In that YouTube interview Noor bin Ladin states that she believes Western civilization hangs in the balance. She believed Donald Trump was a remarkable leader. He did what needed to be done to protect the country. He started no wars and, in fact, brought unprecedented peace agreements in the Middle East.
Back in the summer of 2018 Marlene and I were going to garage sales (one of our favorite things to do) and stopped at a house in Scott, New York. Scott is a small, rural crossroads town not far from where we live.
Unbeknownst to us, it was actually an estate sale. The woman in charge was selling everything in the house. I wandered in and picked out a bunch of tools (my main interest), then found an old trunk full of papers. I sorted through the trunk and a box full of old photo negatives caught my eye.
I brought my finds to pay and the woman seemed relieved that I was taking the things off her hands. She didn’t ask for much. I was delighted with the deal.
When I got home and looked through the negatives, I discovered more than I expected. I used my flat bed scanner to electronically develop some of the photos. Here are a few of them…
I put 30 of the best photos from that Scott NY cache together into a YouTube montage back in 2018 but I talked too much in the beginning and I think that kept a lot of possible viewers from staying to see the pictures. So I recently removed that YouTube and made another one. Here it is..
I recently blogged here about Winston Churchill’s nanny after reading the Leaders in Action biography of his life. I have now read another biography in the series titled Carry a Big Stick, which is about the life and character of Theodore Roosevelt. The Roosevelt biography, by George Grant, is an absolute delight. Here is the first paragraph of Chapter 1…
At a campaign stop in Milwaukee on the evening of October 14, 1912, a deranged, out-of-work bartender emerged from a crowd and shot Theodore Roosevelt in the chest at point-blank range. Staggered by the impact of the bullet and the shock of the injury, the great man nevertheless righted himself.
Amazingly, after being shot, Roosevelt refused to go to the hospital until he gave a scheduled speech. He spoke for an hour and a half, while bleeding from the chest. Then he went to the hospital. The bullet broke a rib and lodged close to his right lung. It remained in his body for the rest of his days.
Theodore Roosevelt’s life history is one of the most inspiring that you’ll ever read. Carry a Big Stick is full of amazing anecdotal stories. This is one of my favorites…
Once while hiking and climbing in the Adirondacks, [Theodore Roosevelt] had a Secret Service agent lower him with a rope around his ankles into a wide gorge, so he could take a close-up photograph of a bird’s nest. But when the agent tried to pull the president up the cliff, he was unable to manage. Impatient, Roosevelt called to the man, “Just cut the rope.” Horrified, the agent refused—there was a thirty foot drop between the president and the rushing water below. “Cut the rope,” Roosevelt insisted. By this time the agent was panic stricken—but he could think of nothing to do. At last, the president took matters into his own hands and cut the rope himself. He plunged into the icy waters below. Terrified, the agent scrambled down a trail to the bottom of the gorge to discover the president lying at the water’s edge, half-conscious, cut, bruised, and soaked to the bone. The great man looked up at him, smiled a huge toothy grin, and said, “My, wasn’t that just bully!”
A harbinger is a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another. “Helicopter money” is the economic strategy of giving enormous sums of “free” money directly to citizens and corporate entities in an effort to stimulate a failing economy. Put them together and you have the “helicopter harbinger.”
Stimulus checks (one after another) are the helicopter harbinger. They are the surest indication that our current economic system is gasping it’s last, desperate breaths. One needn’t be an educated economist to see this.
The historical record is replete with failed economic systems. A recent example would be 1998 Russia. The 1998 financial crisis was a rough time for Russians, but the country and the people are still there. Life goes on.
There are people predicting when America’s economic system will fail, how bad the economic crisis will be for average Americans, and what kind of an economic system will replace the current one. There is no widespread agreement on any of the prognostications. There never is. Prophetic economics is not a dependable science.
Nevertheless, the general trend seems clear and unavoidable at this point. That being the case, there are bits of down-to-earth preparatory wisdom that can be gleaned from historical precedents. I discussed this wisdom in my 2016 essay titled, An Agrarian-Style Economic Self-Defense Plan. It can be found at the Abbeville Institute web site (CLICK HERE). The plan is more pertinent today than it was when I first wrote it. Abbeville Institute has also published some of my other essays (CLICK HERE).
If the historical pattern holds true, the extreme excess of government spending and giving will lead to hyperinflation. If the inflation rages out of control (Jurassic Park comes to mind), there are proven strategies for individuals to survive the economic chaos (to escape the velociraptors). I discussed this scenario and the strategies in a 6-part essay series (How To Get Through The Coming Hyperinflation) that I wrote back in 2013. In case you missed it…
All revolutionary movements in history have used fear and intimidation to silence their opposition. This is what’s happening in America now. First, there was “political correctness,” a relatively benign form of social speech control. Then came “hate speech,” a nebulous term with new laws to punish the so-called haters (Note: The 1st Amendment to the Constitution protected the right of Americans to express their “hateful” opinions for over 200 years). Now we have “cancel culture.” Technocratic cancel culture. Economic cancel culture. Social cancel culture. What comes next now that Leftists are about to take the reins of government? Answer: Nothing good.
Mnay years ago I listened to a conversation with Chuck Colson and he made the statement that America was a post-Christian nation. That thought had never occurred to me. I didn’t want to accept it, but I knew he was right. In time, I came to realize that America has moved beyond the post-Christian stage. We are now an anti-Christian nation.
It is the natural progression. If you remove the traditional Christian ethos that once permeated our civil an social institutions, another ethos will flow into the void.
Thus it is that the Christian ethic in America has been marginalized. A secular, pagan ethos has emerged. Unbridled by the moral restraints of the past, the new religious zealots are now actively tearing down the old, Christian-based society and working to create a new society based on their interpretations of “social justice” and “equality.”
This is our current reality. I’m probably not telling you something you don’t already know.
I’ve read enough about the history of America’s founding and the history of world revolutions to know that, barring something totally unexpected, the American Republic is lost. It is, as the saying goes, all over but the shouting. In due time, Christians who hold to the old ethos; who do not compromise their transcendent, Biblical-based convictions with the new zealots, will be severely persecuted. But I’ll save that discussion for another essay.
“We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by morality and Religion. Avarice, Ambition, Revenge or Galantry, would break the strongest Cords of our Constitution as a Whale goes through a Net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
John Adams (1778)
The 2016 election of Donald Trump to President of the United States, and the recent election controversy has brought the reality of our lost Republic to the forefront.
I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 for four simple reasons… First, he was not an establishment politician. Second, he was not a globalist. Third, he was not bought and paid for by any special interest group. Fourth, he was not a God-hater. I wasn’t sure what I was getting in 2016, but I knew what I wasn’t getting. President Trump proved to be a remarkable president. He is, without a doubt, a morally flawed man, but his qualities as a leader have been, to my way of thinking, powerfully endearing.
You should know that, though I am a registered Republican, I am no fan of the Republican establishment. My past involvement (for about 2 years) with Republican politics at the local committee level left me totally disillusioned. I realized that the Republican ship, so to speak, is steered and powered by higher-ups in the establishment. Lower minions are expected to go along with the choices and decisions of the higher-ups. Occasionally, a low-level committee will break with the higher-ups, but it makes no difference. It’s like a few people taking out their own paddles and trying to turn the ship.
Politics in the big picture is, of course, all about money and power. Ideology is only important to the higher-ups if it helps attain or maintain their power and access to money . That’s nothing new. But what was new in 2016 was that Donald Trump managed to get elected to the highest office in the land even though he was not the choice of the Republican establishment. They didn’t want him in 2016, and they didn’t want him in 2020.
You can bet your bottom dollar that the Republican establishment higher-ups were working behind the scene to defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 election, and they were likewise working to defeat him in the aftermath of the contested election results. The Republican establishment hates Donald Trump because he doesn’t take orders from them. They can not control him.
All of which now brings me to this recent election brouhaha. I feel compelled to point out the truth of the situation, which is that we don’t really know the truth of the situation.
There is prima facie evidence that Donald Trump actually won the election, and there is technical evidence of election fraud to back up that conclusion. But the supposed evidence has been suppressed. No court has allowed the case for election fraud to be presented and thoroughly litigated. Donald Trump was never given his day in court.
To add insult to injury, mainstream media outlets have refused to report on the fraud allegations. In a healthy Republic, the media would be investigating the claims of fraud. That hasn’t happened. The questions of election fraud have been ignored, or simply dismissed out of hand. Instead of transparency in the aftermath of the election, the media has served us a coordinated obfuscation of all evidence that does not support their anti-Trump bias.
Worst of all, social media has actively censored any serious discussion of election fraud. Which is to say, they have shut down the free speech of Americans who want to present their evidence and defend their opinions. This suppression of free speech alone is the most disturbing and dangerous aspect of our current situation.
Has there ever been a time in our history when all Americans agreed on anything? No. There has always been disagreement, and debate, and friction between opposing groups. But we have always had the protected right to disagree and hash it out in public. Constitutionally protected freedom of speech has been like a pressure release valve in our society. When you shut down the free expression of information and ideas, pressure builds. Anger escalates among those whose free speech is repressed. And anger in the face of this situation is the appropriate American response.
It was and is appropriate for hundreds of thousands of angry Trump supporters to demonstrate their anger in Washington. Lawlessness was and is, however, not appropriate. That should go without saying.
I watched Trump’s speech on January 6th, the day the Capitol in Wahington was breeched. It wasn’t a particularly rousing speech. He did not work the crowd into a lathered frenzy and send them off to storm the Capitol building. Claims of sedition and insurrection against Donald Trump and his supporters for what happened that day are absurd.
I watched the crowds. I watched the live coverage of the demonstration at the Capitol. Right Side Broadcasting had a reporter and a cameraman on the scene. It was something to see. But the fighting, the damage, and occupying of the Capitol building was done by a very small group. Subsequent videos and testimony from people at the scene indicate that the breech was instigated by people who were not Trump supporters. Is the mainstream press reporting and investigating this?
So, Donald Trump has now acknowledged that Joe Biden will be the next President, and he has pledged to an orderly transition. It’s now history. But tens of millions of Americans are left with unresolved suspicion and anger. Elections are an expression of free speech. To be fair, elections need to be transparent. Will there ever be a truly fair election in America again?
And, going forward, what will happen to free speech? If recent events are an indication (and they surely are) free speech will be even further suppressed in the Biden administration. A coordinated, tactical de-platforming of politically conservative people and organizations is now happening. The radicals and the Leftists are emboldened. This is a chilling portent of what lies ahead.
Suppression of free speech, coupled with intimidation and fear, are the most effective tools of Leftist revolutionaries. They don’t have to be a majority to exert their will and take power over the majority. The Leftist tools are working. The Leftists are winning. Our most trusted American institutions have failed us. The American Republic is lost. That is our current reality.
Can the Republic be regained? Well, John Adams had this to say about the subject in a letter to his wife, Abigail, in 1775.
“Your Description of the Distresses of the worthy Inhabitants of Boston, and the other Sea Port Towns, is enough to melt an Heart of stone. Our Consolation must be this, my dear, that Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty, may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.”
My new, improved Planet Whizbang international headquarters is now done! Well, I still have to paint the entrance door (it will be dark green) and re-shingle the roof, but that’s minor. The inside workspace is finished, and it’s a HUGE improvement. If you would like to take the tour, here it is….
Winston Churchill is widely considered to be the greatest leader of the 20th century. He was the one person most responsible for saving England and Western Europe from the domination of Hitler’s National Socialist juggernaut. At the time, Churchill believed he was defending Christian civilization from pagan barbarians, and he surely was.
Leaders like Churchill have been and will be studied and written about for generations. In addition to marveling at his early military exploits—including one of the last bloody British calvary charges in one war, and his capture, then daring escape in another—people want to understand what it was that shaped the conscience and character of this remarkable man?
I recently finished reading the book and enjoyed it immensely. The following excerpts are direct passages from the book (in italics) about Mrs. Everest, her influence on Churchill, and his lifelong devotion to her. It is powerfully endearing.
I should, however, first set the stage just a bit…. Winston Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace, his family’s ancestral home, in 1874. The palace (and surrounding land—a dukedom) was given as a gift by the British Queen Ann to Winston’s ancestor, John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, who defeated the French in the battle of Blenheim in Austria (in 1704). Winston’s grandfather was the 7th Duke of Marlborough. Winston’s father Lord Randolph Churchill, was the second son of the 7th Duke. Winston’s mother, Jennie Jerome Churchill, was an American-born socialite.
You would think that with that kind of heritage, a palace, and a duchy, Churchill’s family would be rich. But by the time Winston was born, the family fortunes had declined considerably. They were, however, still among the British aristocracy and not totally destitute, as evidenced by the fact that they hired a nanny to take care of Winston, and his younger brother (by 6 years), John Strange Spencer Churchill.
Now, let’s learn about Mrs. Everest, the nanny, and her important historical contribution from Stephen Mansfield’s book…
It would be nice to report that the Churchills shared a warmly intimate home life. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth and this is one of the most important factors in Winston’s early life and psychological make-up. Quite to the neglect of their son, Randolph and Jennie Churchill gave themselves completely to their social ambitions. True, Victorian parents maintained an astonishing distance from their children, receiving them only at prearranged times and under the watchful eye of servants, but the Churchills were remote even by those standards. Of his mother, Winston later wrote, “I loved her, but at a distance.” His father thought Winston was retarded, rarely talked to him, and regularly vented his mounting rage on the child. More than one historian has concluded that Lord Randolph simply loathed his son.
Fortunately, shortly after Winston was born he was given over to the care of his nanny, a Mrs. Elizabeth Anne Everest, and it is hard to overestimate her influence on him. She was everything the traditional image of the British nanny suggests: plump, jolly, full of stories, and unceasingly overprotective. While his parents neglected him in pursuit of their social and political dreams, Mrs. Everest- or “Woom,” as the boy called her- was the center of Winston’s existence. Violet Asquith wrote that in Churchill’s “solitary childhood and unhappy school days Mrs. Everest was his comforter, his strength and stay, his one source of unfailing human understanding. She was the fireside at which he dried his tears and warmed his heart. She was the night light by his bed. She was security.” She was also his first contact with genuine Christianity.
Mrs. Everest was a “low church” believer, meaning that she rejected “ornaments and ritual” and opposed all of the “popish trappings” in the Anglican Church. But she was also a passionate woman of prayer and she taught young Winston well. She helped him memorize his first Scriptures, knelt with him daily as he recited his prayers, and explained the world to him in simple but distinctively Christian terms. He, in turn, adored her and regarded her every word as on par with the law of God. … Years later, when he was under fire on some remote battlefield or entangled in the most troubling difficulties, he found himself praying the prayers he had learned at Mrs. Everest’s knee.
Winston Churchill’s parents sent him to various boarding schools. In 1895, at 20 years of age, he had graduated from The Royal Military Academy and was a cavalier in the Fourth Queen’s Own Hussars, yearning to achieve greatness on a battlefield. This is Churchill in 1895…
1895 was the year that Winston’s father died (at 45 years of age). Back to the book…
That same year, Winston’s aged nanny, Mrs. Everest, also died. The two maintained a tender correspondence throughout his school years, even after she left the Churchill’s employ. In the hot summer months of 1895 she lay suffering with peritonitis. Her sister wrote to Winston that Mrs. Everest was not well. He hurried to her side through a heavy rain shower only to find that she was more concerned about his wet jacket than about her own condition. He sat with her but soon had to return to Aldershot. While there he received another telegram warning that Woom’s end was near. He fetched a doctor and again hurried to her side. She recognized him briefly when he arrived but soon after sank into a coma. Winston remained by her side, tenderly holding her hand until she died at 2:15 the following morning. “Death came very easily to her,” he wrote later, “She had lived such an innocent and loving life of service to others and held such a simple faith, that she had no fears at all, and did not seem to mind very much.
He was not done tending to her, though. He organized the funeral and contacted the other families that she had served. Knowing how dearly his brother had loved Mrs. Everest, Winston took the time to go to his school to inform him of her death. Returning then, the two brothers purchased a wreath in the family name and paid for a headstone. At the funeral, he was surprised by the number of mourners and also by how deep his own mourning was. “I feel very low,” he wrote his mother, “and find that I never realized how much poor old Woom was to me.” His lasting devotion to her is evidenced by the picture of her that sat on his desk throughout his life and lay at his bedside when his own death came seventy years later.
Some biographers assert that Churchill was an atheist, or agnostic, but Stephen Mansfield isn’t one of them. He provides evidence in his biography that Churchill may have strayed from his Christian beliefs in his younger years, but not for long. He asserts that Churchill had an abiding Christian faith that defined his worldview and guided him all his life, and that faith was instilled in him by his devoted nanny, Mrs. Everest.
The veracity of Churchill’s personal faith aside, when you look at Churchill’s life history, you can see that God providentially protected, guided, and prepared him for the monumental task of defending England (and Christian civilization) during World War 2. Mrs. Everest was, without any doubt, a key player in the story.
It was the philosopher, Aristotle, who said, “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” Mrs. Everest became Winston Churchill’s nanny when he was one month old. She remained with the family for the next 18 years. What would Churchill have amounted to if he did not have Mrs. Everest’s loving Christian guidance in his formative years? I dare say, he would not have been the same man that he was.
Mrs. Everest was never married. The “Mrs.” was an honorific given to nannies in that era. She never had any children of her own. She was a poor woman. She was a devout Christian. Her faith sustained her. It guided her her as she taught, and nurtured, and loved the little boy who, unbeknownst to anyone at that time, would grow up to be the greatest leader of the 2oth Century.
Were it not for Churchill writing about Mrs. Everest, and honoring her memory, she would surely have been forgotten. As it is, little is known about her beyond what Churchill wrote. But, humble though it was, she played a critical role in the grand panorama of history, and she played her part well. I think it behoves us all to reflect on Mrs. Everest’s example. How might we be a blessing to others and, in so doing, play our part well in the short time we have on life’s stage?
My Grandfather Kimball was a great admirer of Winston Churchill. A large copy of the photo above was framed and hung in the foyer of my grandparents home for as long as I can remember. Nearby was a large bookcase filled with books. Most of them were history books. Several were written by or about Winston Churchill. It was about time I read a Churchill biography!
Never Give In, by Stephen Mansfield, is one in a series of books in the Leaders in Action series that was published by Cumberland House. I have read one other (on Teddy Rosevelt) and it was equally excellent. The books are small (easy reads) and very well done. I’ve gradually purchased the whole series (on EBAY, cheap) and plan to read them all in 2021. I recommend them to you.
The above clip is interesting. Churchill organized a church service on a ship in 1941. You can watch a longer version of it HERE. In that clip you can hear the assembly singing Onward Christian Soldiers. It’s an English hymn, written in 1865. Churchill chose the songs that would be sung. He later said this about his choice of Onward Christian Soldiers:
We sang “Onward, Christian Soldiers” indeed, and I felt that this was no vain presumption, but that we had the right to feel that we were serving a cause for the sake of which a trumpet has sounded from on high. When I looked upon that densely packed congregation of fighting men of the same language, of the same faith, of the same fundamental laws, of the same ideals … it swept across me that here was the only hope, but also the sure hope, of saving the world from measureless degradation.
That song has been removed from many modern church hymnals. It is rarely sung anymore. It is deemed too militant. Too controversial. Even hateful. I wonder… What does that tell us about Christian civilization these days?
At 14 years of age, the spiritual eyes of this blind boy were opened. I had heard a Christian minister preach a sermon from the Bible about sin, and hell, and heaven, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I realized the gravity of my situation as a human. I was convicted of my inherent sin nature. I understood that, in my natural state of sinfulness, I was wholly incapable of having a relationship with the holy God who created me. That being the case, I faced a bleak eternity.
But it was the gospel (the good news) of Jesus that offered hope. God, in His love and mercy, provided a way for me to escape the eternal penalty for my sins. A way to know Him. A way to have a relationship with Him. A way to come into His Kingdom. A way to become a beloved son of the King. Forever.
It was then that I humbled myself before the cross of Christ, repented of my sin, cried out for mercy, and received the salvation that the King of so freely gives to repentant sinners. In that instant, my whole worldview was transformed. My life had purpose and meaning. My eternal destiny in heaven was something to look forward to. But, in all honesty, I can’t say I was looking forward to it all that much.
Heaven was, without any doubt, a place I wanted to be when my life came to its God-ordained end. But heaven and eternity were something of a mystery to me. I don’t recall ever, in my decades of church-going, hearing a sermon preached specifically about heaven. My perception of the blessed eternity that awaited me was that of being a disembodied spirit in an ethereal, intangible, immaterial heavenly state, or something akin to that. It turns out that I was not alone in my ignorance.
Precious few modern-day Christian believers have much of an understanding about the eternity that awaits them. They understand that they will be with Jesus in a better place—a place without sin (or sickness, or pain) and the sorrow that accompanies sin in this earthly realm. That, in itself, is compelling enough. But, oh my goodness!… it so happens there is so much more to know and look forward to.
Which brings me to Randy Alcorn. When I first heard Randy Alcorn speak on the subject of heaven, as described in the Bible, I was enthralled. I listened to more of his YouTube videos. I bought his book, titled simply, Heaven. In so doing, my whole vision of the heaven that awaits me has been totally transformed, to say the least.
The fundamental vision for heaven, as explained by Pastor Alcorn, is nothing new. It is orthodox, Protestant teaching that was once much more clearly understood and widely embraced by Christians. It was a doctrinal understanding that encouraged generations of Christian believers to face extreme hardships, sicknesses and persecution with a hopeful inner strength and resolve that, from a secular perspective, is impossible to understand. With a proper perspective of heaven, the following verse from Hebrews had a much clearer meaning to Christians from the past…
“…[L]et us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross...”
If you are a Christian and your vision of heaven is muddled with vague generalities of disembodiment and eternal boredom, that is hardly a joy set before you. I encourage you to begin your journey to a more joyful expectation of eternity by first watching This YouTube Presentation by Randy Alcorn. There are others by him. They are all good. And his book is excellent. But I will take a moment to introduce you here to the aspects that excite me the most…
God’s people will have resurrected bodies, on a resurrected earth. Which is to say, our eternal heavenly destination will be on a physical earth with physical bodies. We will not be disembodied spirits. All things will be made new. The curse of sin that permeates this present earth will be gone. Jesus will rule on the earth. He will live and walk among us. It will be Eden 2.0
We will wear clothes. We will eat food. We will be busy working, learning, and experiencing amazing new things. Don’t worry about completing a “bucket list” of places to go on this old earth, because we will have an eternity of interesting places to go and things to be doing in the new earth, and the new heavens that come with it!
Did you ever wonder why it is it that we humans naturally love the outdoors and are refreshed by being in the natural world around us? It’s because that is the place where God made us to be. And it is where God’s people will be for eternity. We were created to live on this earth and care for it. In the new, redeemed earth, the original Edenic mandate will be reestablished and pursued with vigor and joy. God’s people will take dominion over creation, for His glory.
If you are unaware of the Biblical teaching on this subject of the new, redeemed earth, you are undoubtedly intrigued by what I’ve written, and you are curious to know more. If so, I encourage you to waste no time in pursuing the subject. Randy Alcorn’s YouTube videos (see the link above) are a great place to start. He provides the Biblical basis for his conclusions.
In the final analysis, God has not only saved those who follow Him from something (the consequences of their sin), he has saved us for something. That something is to have a relationship with King Jesus on the new earth, to enjoy the wonders he has for us, and to serve Him joyfully forever.
In the books of Ephesians and Philippians, the apostle Paul wrote an interesting little phrase, “World without end. Amen.” That statement takes on a whole new and exciting meaning when you become aware of the new earth doctrine.
I’m not the person to answer questions about biblical doctrine. I’m just the person who is introducing it here and directing you to the person (Randy Alcorn, for one) who can answer questions. Like, for example: Where do believers go before their resurrection and the new earth kingdom? Will we know everything when we are on the new earth/heaven? Will we become angelic creatures? Will there be animals on the new earth? Will there be private ownership? Will there be ethnic and national identities? Will we remember the old earth?
So many questions. So much to contemplate. And it is well worth contemplating.
Way back in March of 2009 (at this blog posting) I introduced my Whizbang wheel hoe design to the world. I had worked out the specification details the summer before. I had put my new tool idea through the paces in my garden. It was, without a doubt, a simple and inexpensive, yet remarkably effective cultivating tool.
Over the winter of 2008, into the early months of 2009, I had a local fabricator cut the components for 250 wheel hoe kits. I took the parts to a local machine shop to precisely drill all the holes. I bought a metal bender and figured out how to bend the “blade arms” into the proper U-shape. I found a supplier of spring steel to make the stirrup blades, then had the material cut to size and hole-punched, before hand-sharpening the blades and bending them to shape. It was a lotta work!
In retrospect, I don’t know how I managed it. I was putting in my days at a full time job while also making and selling Whizbang chicken plucker parts. I was, of course a decade younger then, and I had a powerfully strong desire to build up a successful home-based business. A business that would pay the bills, so I could leave my wage-slave job in the city. That was my dream.
In 2013 the dream became a reality. I left the security of my job and came home to operate Planet Whizbang full time.
Those first 250 wheel hoe kits sold surprisingly fast. I wrote down the customer name and number of each wheel hoe I sold up to #716, which was sold in early 2015. Sales had slowed down by then with the introduction of the HOSS wheel hoe. The HOSS people put a LOT of money into magazine and online advertising. My advertising budget was next to nothing. Readers of my blog, Google searches, and word-of-mouth were the source of my sales. It was good enough for me as a small-scale maker, with a lot of other irons in the fire.
Now, at 63 years of age, I’m looking to get a little more margin in my life. Which is to say, I need to eliminate some things I’ve been doing so I can have time for other things I want to do. As I noted in a previous blog post, I’ll be getting out of the chicken plucker parts business in 2021, and I’ll also be getting out of the Whizbang wheel hoe business in 2021.
As I write this, I am doing what I need to do to get the last of my wheel hoe kits together. Here’s a picture (taken yesterday) of me grinding a bevel on a spring steel stirrup blade…
My goal is to have all the kits ready for sale on January 30, 2021. All the kits amounts to only around 60. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis at This Web Page. There is no waiting list to get on. Just mark your calendar and show up on the morning of the 30th if you want one of the last Planet Whizbang wheel hoes.
I will continue to sell pdf specifications for people who want to make their own Whizbang wheel hoe. And I plan to continue making and selling the tempered, spring-steel stirrup blades. They will be available at that same web page link on and after January 30, 2021.
This is a sad closure for me. I created this tool. I love this tool. It’s my baby.
But there is a time and a season for everything, and just because I won’t be offering these kits any more doesn’t mean my wheel hoe will disappear. The design is so simple and sturdy that the hoes out there now will last a lifetime. I’m sure that people will be using my design to make wheel hoes long after I’ve departed this realm. There is some satisfaction in that. 😊
Let’s take a trip to a village in Romania… This is an endearing little YouTube video that I think many readers of this blog will appreciate. The videomaker’s final conclusions about the value of community life are right on. But the video is something of a tease; I would like to know more about family life in this rural community.