Reflections upon Juneteenth and “White Guilt”


Fanning the flames of racism (historical, institutionalized, or manufactured) keeps American citizens prisoners to the past

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Re-posted from the Canada Free Press By  —— Bio and ArchivesJune 20, 2020

Reflections upon Juneteenth and White Guilt, Tim Kaine

This past Tuesday, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) proved himself to be an utter embarrassment to the good people of Virginia in a speech he gave in the Senate by his claim that the United States “created” slavery and “didn’t inherit slavery from anybody.” Senator Kaine was giving a speech in support of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a bill that Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA.)  jointly introduced into the Senate. Tim Kaine may want to check reputable history books rather than relying primarily upon the pious propaganda from the New York Times’  “1619 Project,” which is an outright distortion of American history.

Kaine is a Virginian, yet historically challenged

Kaine recently urged fellow senators to “dismantle the structures of racism that our federal, state, and local governments carefully erected and maintained over centuries.” Kaine the anti-historian has explained:

The first African Americans sent into the English colonies…were slaves, they had been captured against their will, but they landed in colonies that didn’t have slavery — there were no laws about slavery in the colonies at that time… The United States didn’t inherit slavery from anybody. We created it. It got created by the Virginia General Assembly and the legislatures of other states. It got created by the court systems in colonial America that enforced fugitive slave laws.

What Kaine would be challenged to explain, either due to ignorance or deception, is the the “Virginia General Assembly” in 1619 consisted of the royal Governor appointed by the King of England, a Council of State appointed by the Virginia Company, as well as 22 local land owners, elected only by owners of land via the Virginia Company, via the permission from the King of England. That was how monarchy operated in 1619. Kaine could also be challenged to explain that the War for Independence from British tyranny did not simply end the slavery that had been implemented on the plantations. Kaine may do well to catch up by reading the Declaration of Independence that condemned the King for allowing colonies to be poisoned by slavery.

Kaine is a Virginian, yet historically challenged, and he would likely not be aware of the pains it took for another Virginian, former President George Washington, to free his slaves in that state, even after victory over the daunting British government. The laws supporting the “peculiar institution of African slavery” were established by the British government. George Washington did free his slaves, but revisionist historians omit this history. Yet, Washington’s actions of freeing his slaves were quite controversial in the time he lived. Despite fierce opposition and severe resistance, he made it happen.

With the help of former Virginia governor, Thomas Jefferson, Washington managed to repeal the old British law regarding manumission of slaves

Despite Washington’s misgivings about slavery after he helped win independence for the United States, Washington had to fight to change the laws of Virginia that would allow a slave owner to free his slaves. During the period prior to 1782, British colonial law in Virginia restricted slave owners in their efforts to free their slaves. A slave owner could only set a slave free for “meritorious service” and only with the approval of the Governor and his selected “council” (other landed slave owners). However, in 1782,  with the help of former Virginia governor, Thomas Jefferson, Washington managed to repeal the old British law regarding manumission of slaves. Emancipation of slaves under the new U.S. law was permitted through a split allocation in a deed from the sale of land, or through one’s last will and testament.

Washington had tried in vain to sell his property. Ultimately, a few months before he passed away, he drafted his last Will and testament that stipulated the freeing of all of his slaves upon Martha’s death. He had lamented that he wished he could free all the slaves at Mt. Vernon, but they did not all belong to him. Some belonged to Martha’s heirs, and they were not even hers to free under the state law.

Complicating this inheritance issue was the fact that over the years after their marriage, Washington’s slaves had intermarried with Martha’s slaves, and law required that they would have to be returned or taken in by the heirs of her first husband. If Washington freed his slaves without being able to free Martha’s slaves, it would have divided the various families, and that was something Washington did not want to do.

Washington also stipulated in his will that the elderly ex-slaves would be provided for, specifically clothed and fed, by his direct heirs, and the younger, freed children would be taught to read, to write, and some valuable trade in order to provide support for themselves. Martha Washington actually carried out her husband’s wishes to free the slaves within twelve months of his death and ultimately allowed them to stay on at Mt. Vernon if they had family members there.

Juneteenth was the outcome of the practical fulfillment of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

Indeed, former President George Washington was a man ahead of his time because his personal emancipation of his slaves set the precedent for another president to create another Emancipation Proclamation, but it proved as controversial as Washington’s emancipation.

Juneteenth was the outcome of the practical fulfillment of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth was initially celebrated upon announcement   of Union Army “General Order No. 3” in Galveston, Texas. However, this military order was a military mandate. The southern Democrats had preferred to fight to hold onto their “rights” to own other human beings. There was no intent to follow any precedent that had been set by George Washington or the northern states. The Democrat slave owners had to be forced by the Union military to emancipate their slaves.

Unfortunately, President Lincoln was murdered in April, less than a week after the Civil War ended, so any basis for his plans for freeing the slaves was handled by the Union Army. And unfortunately, over 620,000 men and boys died during the American Civil War. Americans just celebrated Memorial Day at the end of May, a holiday born from the ashes and loss during the Civil War. This Sunday, Americans celebrate Father’s Day, but consider this: over 300,000 boys and men died so that freedom could be extended to the former slaves. Among those who gave their lives for that freedom, there were so many fathers and would be fathers whose lives were cut short because the evil of slavery had to be rectified.

Juneteenth should be celebrated because liberation should be celebrated. Juneteenth should be celebrated without “white guilt.” 300,000 plus boys and men paid in blood for the sins of slavery in America owners. Their blood should wipe away any “white guilt” unless of course, like Tim Kaine and the Democrats, people get fixated upon it and want to displace their guilt upon their willing victims. Fanning the flames of racism (historical, institutionalized, or manufactured) keeps American citizens prisoners to the past.

Juneteenth should continue to be celebrated as Freedom Day for all people because a victory over tyranny should always be celebrated.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Celebrate Arbor Day With Tree Planting Ceremony – Video and Transcript…


Earlier today President Trump and First Lady Melania participated in a tree planting ceremony in recognition of Arbor Day (ie. Earth Day). [Video & Transcript below]

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Hi, Mike. Hi. David, hi. Please, thank you. Everyone is very far away from each other. That’s good. We’re learning, right? Hi, Kevin. That’s really nice. Well, this is great to be here. And we’re doing something I love doing: planting trees. I’ve always loved it. And we get great trees.

The First Lady and I are very grateful to be here on the South Lawn of the White House as we celebrate the 50th annual Earth Day, National Park Week, and the upcoming Arbor Day. And that’s going to be — tell me, David?

SECRETARY BERNHARDT: Friday.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right. Friday. Thank you.

As more than 180 nations around the world battle the vicious coronavirus, we continue to mourn the precious souls who have been lost — so sadly lost and so unnecessarily lost. It should’ve been stopped, and it should’ve been stopped right where it started. And everyone knows where it started. But in this time of trial, the beauty of springtime fills us with the peace and the hope of renewal.

We’re pleased to be joined by our great Vice President Mike Pence. Please, Mike, stand up. (Applause.) You have done such a great job on getting us open again. We’re opening again, Mike. It’s starting to move. A lot of states are in great shape and they’re starting to move it along.

And very importantly, Karen Pence, who has been so fantastic and done such a great job representing the country. Thank you, Karen. Beautiful job. (Applause.)

Also here are Secretaries David Bernhardt; Sonny Perdue; Administrator Wheeler — Andrew Wheeler, thank you; and Leader Kevin McCarthy. And what a job he has done. And good vote the other day, yesterday. That was good.

LEADER MCCARTHY: (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: How’s that — no, but previous to that. And when are you voting on the —

LEADER MCCARTHY: Thursday.

THE PRESIDENT: Thursday? Good. Is there — is that a guarantee or — there’s no guarantee.

LEADER MCCARTHY: (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: There’s never a guarantee when you’re dealing with people, right?

LEADER MCCARTHY: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: But anyway — but it’s in good shape, right? Yeah. Thank you, Kevin, very much.

On this special occasion, we are renewing our strong national commitment on conserving the wonder of God’s creation. One of the most important ways we uphold this tradition is by protecting our priceless national parks and our public lands. To support our all-out war against the virus, many of the places that we have here were temporarily closing. But we will — we will have them open quickly. As we said, we’re starting to open our country again.

Thanks to our significant progress against the invisible enemy, I am pleased to announce that, in line with my administration’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, we will begin to reopen our national parks and public lands for the American people to enjoy. So what is that? Now tell us about that, David.

SECRETARY BERNHARDT: We’ll roll out with the governors.

THE PRESIDENT: Right, roll out.

SECRETARY BERNHARDT: (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: Good.

SECRETARY BERNHARDT: We began to reopen facilities.

THE PRESIDENT: When will they start?

SECRETARY BERNHARDT: We’ll run right along the side of governors.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great. Okay. That’s going to be very exciting. That’s going to be very exciting. You have a lot of land to open up too, don’t you, huh? People are going to be very happy.

On this Earth Day, we celebrate that America leads the world in environmental stewardship, which is so, so true. I see it. I see the love and devotion that so many people, like — David, like you give — and that we continue to have among the cleanest air and cleanest water anywhere on the planet Earth.

We’re also honoring our country’s heritage of conservation, including through the support of One Trillion Trees — and that’s the One Trillion Tree Initiative, which is a very big deal. We’ll be planting, over a period of time, one trillion trees. That’s a lot of trees, Kevin. How do we do that, huh? Do you have any ideas? (Laughs.)

LEADER MCCARTHY: Yes, sir, we do. We even have a bill.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great. That’s great. That’s going to be exciting.

As a sign of our dedication, in a few moments, the First Lady and I will plant a maple tree right here on the South Lawn of the White House. Wherever the tree is — where is this tree now? That’s a beautiful straight trunk. That’s a triple-A tree. That’s great.

As our nation grows stronger and greater in the months and years to come — and we will. We will be bigger, better, stronger than ever before. You watch what’s happening. You see it happening already. There’s such spirit with the concept of the states starting to open. Such incredible spirit.

This tree will grow also and it will stand tall and beautiful. And the future generations will be looking at it, and they’ll say, “I wonder who planted that tree.” And we’ll say it was Kevin and David and Mike and Karen and a whole group of people. And we really appreciate it. But they’ll be admiring this tree and they’ll be admiring nine more trees. We’re planting 10 beautiful specimen trees. They’re specimens — all specimens. People may think that’s an exaggeration or that’s a Trump term; actually, they’re sold as specimens. And they cost more money, but they are better. I buy a lot of them.

And now I’d like to invite the Vice President up and Karen to say a few words, please. Thank you. (Applause.)

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Mr. President. And it is a great honor for us to be here on the South Lawn with you and the First Lady, to be able to plant a tree of promise and a tree of hope.

I know we are here, in the midst of National Park Week, just few days before Arbor Day, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, to plant and commemorate this beautiful maple tree. But as you said, Mr. President, we also — we also gather at a time of great challenge in the life of our nation. But it’s a — it’s a time that the American people have met the challenge. And as you’ve observed, Mr. President, that with your leadership, the American people are — are beginning to step forward and states around the country are beginning to put into practice the Guidelines to Open Up America Again. And you’re a President who knows that America works when America is working.

And, on — on behalf of the entire White House Coronavirus Task Force, I can assure the American people that we’re going to work very closely with your governors every day to get America safely and responsibly back to work.

But today, with the planting of this tree, Mr. President, you also renew your commitment to preserve and protect and allow for the enjoyment of the vast natural resources of this nation.

I’ve often thought that the three pillars of American greatness are our faith, our freedom, and our vast natural resources. And today we celebrate that with the planting of this new tree. And we also celebrate it with a word from — from the Secretary that, at your direction, in the days ahead, we’ll work closely with governors to reopen our national parks so that the American people can enjoy the blessings of those — those extraordinary — those extraordinary places that our family has traveled to so many different times.

Mr. President, I can tell you that Karen and I have so many fond memories of — of loading up in the minivan, driving across the country, making our way to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and to Yosemite. And I know the American people are anxious to see us, on this Earth Day 2020, a few days from Arbor Day, they’re — they’re anxious to get back to enjoying all of those — those beautiful parks. And we’ll greatly welcome your direction.

And so we thank you for your leadership during this challenging time, Mr. President. We want to thank the First Lady for her extraordinary compassion and the way she supported American families throughout this ordeal. And I’m absolutely convinced that with your continued leadership, with the strong leadership that we’ve — we have at states across the country, with the cooperation of the American people, that our — our nation will be growing again soon, just like this beautiful maple will for many years to come.

So thank you, Mr. President. God bless you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Mike. Thank you very much. Kevin, would you come up and say a few words? And why don’t you stay right there, Mike? Perfect.

LEADER MCCARTHY: Mr. President, First Lady, and Vice President, Karen — our Second Lady: I want to thank you for your work. I want to thank you for your commitment for the health and safety of every human.

Today, we’re witnessing the planting of the tree of the hope and dream that we know tomorrow will be better than today, that the Earth will be stronger with our health tomorrow than it was today.

This is the first of 1 trillion trees that will be planted around the world. Trees are the lungs of the Earth. They inhale carbon dioxide and they exhale oxygen. When 1 trillion trees are planted around this Earth, that will remove the equivalent of two thirds of all manmade carbon dioxide — or of all carbon — since the Industrial Revolution until today.

So as you continue to work for the health of every human, you show today you are working to make sure the health is even greater with this Earth. So I congratulate you on this. And the first of 1 trillion just proves that America will lead the way in every industry, in every part, making it environmentally sound and common sense, but also lead the world in an opportunity that tomorrow will be better.

Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Kevin. That’s beautiful. Thank you. He gave a lot of facts that a lot of people didn’t know, including me. I thought that — I just spoke with our great First Lady, and she said, “You know, it’d be wonderful for Karen Pence to say a few words.

People have no idea the incredible job Karen Pence does representing this nation. Everybody loves her. She’s special in every way. And, Karen, I’d like to have you say a few words, please. You — she didn’t know this, but I’d like — (laughter and applause).

THE SECOND LADY: Thank you, Mr. President. I — I do cherish the opportunity to speak because David and I were just talking about, while this tree makes the Earth better and stronger — we talked a lot about mental health. And that’s an issue that I know the First Lady has been dealing with her whole time that she’s been First Lady. But I just started doing a little bit with PREVENTS.

And we do want people to understand that, during this crisis, we need to also mitigate the effects that — on our mental health. And so we ask people to watch out for yourself, check in with yourself every day, check in with those you love. If there’s something that you like to do — for me, it’s painting; maybe it’s gardening, maybe it’s reading or cooking — we ask people to schedule that into your day so that you have a little bit of time that’s just for you each day. And then we also ask that you talk about the struggles, but also talk about the successes.

So as you have kids who are struggling with not having their graduation ceremony, or they’re not being able to go out and play sports, or they’re missing their friends or their teachers, it’s important to talk with them and let them get those issues out. But also talk about the successes, some of the great things that are happening while we’re having to stay at home — things you’re learning about your family, games you’re starting to play that maybe you didn’t play before.

And then, last of all, if you’re worried about somebody or you’re worried about yourself, please reach out. If you go to Facebook.com/WeArePREVENTS, there’s so much help out there. We don’t want anybody to feel like there isn’t help, because it’s okay to say, “I’m not okay.”

Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: That was very nice. Thank you, Karen. Wow.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: That was great.

THE PRESIDENT: That was beautiful.

So, Mike, let’s go over and do it.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Okay.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay? We’re ready?

(A tree planting ceremony is performed.)

END 12:18 P.M. EDT

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Often the Insanity of Trying to Draft Laws


The legal scandal in Spain after a court acquitted five men of raping (sexual assault) a 14-year old girl because she was unconscious has sparked international outrage and local protests. It is not that the men were freed. Since the girl was unconscious, technically she was not raped since she did not resist. Because she was in an “unconscious state,” the accused would not have had to use force to “rape” the girl even though she was a minor. According to Spanish law, one could only charge sexual assault (rape) if the victim is physically or psychologically forced to perform the sexual act. She did not resist because she had passed out because of alcohol and drugs.

The protesters were carrying signs “No Es No,” which translates to “No means no.” This is where the rule of law comes into play. What they did was obviously wrong on many levels. What if someone was drunk while driving and killed a pedestrian? Is that then murder with intent to kill? Law can be a fine line. Here the court acquitted the men of “rape” (sexual assault) and reduced the charge to sexual abuse. They were still sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison. A conviction for sexual assault would have carried a prison sentence between 15 and 20 years.

This is the problem with writing laws. There is always something that it does not quite fit. If you limited murder to people living together, qualifying that they must be a spouse, then are you innocent of murder because you were not married? In this case, there is no presumption that a minor cannot consent as there is in the United States. If the girl was 14 and agreed to have sex with all five, it would still be charged as if she did not give consent. Yet, it would not be regarded as a violent rape, but a statutory rape implying the minor cannot give consent legally being under age, which has been the case often with teachers. This has even resulted in varied prosecutions where the question then arises whether two minors can even have consensual sex if legally they are presumed not to be able to consent? A 15-year-old girl was raped by two 13-year-old boys. They were given 6 months probation because of this problem of consent being impossible for minors.

The rule of law is often not perfect. There are exceptions under the strict reading of the law, which can result in legal persecution or injustice in some cases

The First Sunday Of Advent


Believe-Sign-RSFirst Sunday of Advent

Reading 1 Is 2:1-5

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!

advent wreathThe word advent is derived from the Latin word for coming. During this season churches emphasize the history of God’s people, painting a backdrop against the birth of the Christ child, the fulfillment of the prophesies and promises foretold in the Old Testament scriptures. There is a duality about the season. While we joyously anticipate the birth of Mary’s baby, the Incarnate Son Of God, we are reminded by the readings and traditions of the season that we also prepare for and anticipate the return of the Lord in his glory.

We wish you the most joyous of holiday seasons, and hope that you and your loved ones find time to share the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season.

Thanksgiving planning and sharing !!


If you’ve been around the Tree with us for awhile, you know we do recipe threads for the holidays, and we get lots of requests for them. This year I am in the middle of a move, so I am sharing stella’s post.

You guys fire away, while people still have plenty of time to enjoy perusing the recipes and choosing the menu, as well as shopping for the ingredients.

Don’t be stingy. Go on over to stella’s and share some recipes over there too!

Stella’s Place

Planning for Thanksgiving? I have already ordered a free-range fresh turkey that will be delivered on the Tuesday before the big day, and I plan to roast it in pieces after an overnight dry brine. Here’s the process and recipe I will use:

I have NEVER cooked a turkey on Thanksgiving that isn’t whole and stuffed, so this is a complete departure for me. Turkey is delicious no matter what, so I have high expectations. I have spit roasted whole small turkeys on a gas grill before, and that is absolutely delicious, if you want to try something different, but when I did it, it was July or August.

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Happy Halloween from Martin Armstrong


 

Celtic Woman – Amazing Grace


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Celtic Woman – Bridge Over Troubled Water


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First Lady Melania Trump Celebrates Anniversary of “Be Best” Campaign…


First Lady Melania Trump delivers remarks in the Rose Garden to celebrate the anniversary of the Be Best campaign.

First Lady Melania Trump – Easter Egg Roll Reading Nook…


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