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Many of us immediately think of one person when we hear the poignant question, “What is truth?”: Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea who “washed his hands” of the MAN, our Lord Jesus Christ, whom Pilate had declared as innocent. Politics!

In recent months I did a self-study of immersion into the Roman Empire from before Julius Caesar through the Emperor Constantine who changed the political environment of Rome regarding Christianity. In all of my reading, one thought kept surfacing in my mind: technology changes over the centuries but—apart the transformation which accompanies faith in Jesus Christ—human nature does not!

Politics are politics, whether the setting is Ancient Rome or 21st Century U.S.A. A Roman Emperor requested the assassination of individuals who threatened him or his agenda; our newly-elected President, Joe Biden, simply sits in the Oval Office—signing orders with a pen.

Obviously, at this point our government is not so brutal as the Roman Empire was—although outright persecution may come. From my reading I surmised that literal “heads” were significant in the Roman Empire. An Emperor would order an assassination somewhere in the realm, and whomever carried out the dastardly deed would return to Rome with the severed head of the victim: proof of mission accomplished.

Today the “assassinations” are carried out with words by news media which do not deserved the title of JOURNALISM—egregiously biased publications such as THE NEW YORK TIMES and THE WASHINGTON POST, and TV News Networks such as CNN. These news sources only report what the FAR LEFT EMPERORS and their minions decree.

So, WHAT IS TRUTH? God’s WORD, the Bible is TRUTH! The Lord Jesus Christ, God Incarnate is TRUTH. The Holy Trinity, God in Three Persons, is TRUTH.

Without going into the details of all the various policies which our new president is signing into law, two issues of supreme importance cannot be ignored. Joe Biden IS NOT PRO-LIFE. He is authorizing policies which promote abortions here and elsewhere around the world.*

The agenda of Joe Biden IS NOT MORAL. He is authorizing deleterious policies which promote legality, tolerance, and acceptance of immoral sexual and gender issues.

God’s Word irrevocably proclaims the sanctity of human life. Killing unborn children is MURDER. PERIOD! Marriage is a sanctified union between ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN. God created man and woman. He did NOT give permission, or ever intend, for a person to change his or her gender.

In no uncertain terms, I denounce what happened in D.C. on January 6th. President Trump should never have held a rally in Washington on that day. Indeed January 6th, 2021 was a “day of infamy”. Meanwhile, I truly believe that President Trump did not intend for those events to occur; and those events do not in any way obscure the good he did for our nation. Trump is PR0-LIFE, and his policies protected our freedom to worship and obey our Lord—the Author of our Bible.

I have been horrified by what I have read of Qanon’s disgusting conspiracy theories and their projected “military coup”. And I have been especially horrified over the lootings, murders, and massive destruction of property by Antifa and Black Lives Matter in some of our nation’s cities for months—while grossly ignored by THE NEW YORK TIMES and other media of their ilk.

As an Evangelical Protestant Christian Believer, I have been blown away with admiration for the American Roman Catholic Bishops who have spoken out boldly against the policies of President Joe Biden. Without mincing words, these clerics have warned America that our new leaders do not regard the sanctity of the unborn babies’ lives—and our new leaders will promote (already are promoting) immorality and sins against Almighty God!

WHAT IS TRUTH? Those of us in the USA and around the world who know the answer to that question—the TRUTH of Holy Scripture—MUST speak out at every possible opportunity. And those of us with any possible avenue of peaceful public action MUST act! If our present national scene continues unchecked, the day may come when severed heads will replace biased and agenda-driven words! The Ancient Roman Empire revisited.

And above all, PRAY! Only God can heal our nation and set us back on a righteous path. Only God can heal our land through a return to His Word—preached, believed, and applied with our hearts, minds, and deeds. God is TRUTH!

Margaret L. Been — January 30th, 2021 — updated 2/1/21

NOTE: *Abortion IS NOT Health Care!

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The artist inside . . .

Until I turned 73, my “artist’s life” consisted of writing, fiber arts, and music. But for many of those years, I had a not-so-secret desire to paint. Then one day a VERY GOOD FRIEND said, “Why don’t you stop talking about it, and JUST DO IT?”

So I “just did it”—and have never looked back. Actually my drawing skills are pathetic. Color/color/color is my strength, and this is obvious to anyone acquainted with my art, my home, and my wardrobe.

For any who have not wandered there accidently or intentionally, I have an art blog which is a lot of fun. Just GOOGLE “Margaret L. Been Messy Palette”. You may be encouraged to join me in making a mess.

I’m convinced there is an artist in everyone. All that is needed to discover that artist is an unflagging desire– along with the self-discipline to work hard nearly every day, plus a willingness to buy good quality art materials in place of something else (outside of the area of pure survival).

If you are so led, I’ll see you at THE MESSY PALETTE. 🙂

Margaret L. Been — January 18, 2021

NOTE: The above painting is very Wisconsin–ish.

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I grew up in the GREAT DEPRESSION AND WWII–during which all Americans sacrificed something. Our sacrifices were relatively small compared to the sufferings in the rest of the world. Yet for some, the sacrifices were tragic!

I have seen good and not so good leadership, but have been thankful ever since I can remember for living in a true representative democracy.

But that has changed. We, the people, have been fed a huge and potentially lethal dose of KOOL-AID. At this moment our freedoms are being removed–specifically the Freedom of Speech. Soon, unless we act quickly, we will lose the Freedom to Worship.

During this time I know that–as Americans did in the 1930s and 40s–I must also “sacrifice” although mine will be by comparison miniscule!

What can I as an 87 year old citizen do? One thing. I have cancelled my pending Amazon orders, and will not order again from AMAZON until its recent ban on Free Speech has been rescinded.

AMAZON has cancelled the only remaining huge online platform for sharing pro-representative democracy and freedom of speech, PARLER. So my online shopping will be from sources other than THE BIG SMILE.

What will this mean for AMAZON, the largest “general store” in the history of the human race? Not even a dent, if I am the only one. But if several thousand, or much better a few million, were likewise motivated a statement would be made.

Every month for the last 7 years, Amazon has been my main shopping venue aside from the local supermarket. That covers gift shopping–massive in a family with 6 children, 14 grandchildren, and currently 20 great-grandchildren. Plus clothing (I am the proverbial “Clothes Horse), household essentials and decorating extras, some of my office supplies, all household cleaning products, laundering/dish washing and paper goods, electronic items, small appliances, carpets, lamps and ceiling lights, printer ink, cat food and litter, many food items, etc. Multiplied by a few more zeros, Jeff Bezos would take notice!

Actually, I have never used any social media. I am protesting the canceling of the one large conservative expression venue after thousands were thrown off Twitter and Facebook because I am a loyal American, and this Totalitarian Takeover is beyond horrible. It must be stopped!

I am not a political activist. I am not an extremist. I am a born again Christian. Decades ago, I WAS an activist, spending considerable time and energy in peaceful promotion of Civil Rights. When Martin Luther King was assassinated, I joined a massive Memorial March through the heart of Milwaukee.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in those activities, and I would do likewise today, if I could. But I would NOT be involved in the egregious demonstrations that rocked several American cities in the summer of 2020–the killing, burning, looting, and destruction of lives and livelihoods that took place affecting mainly my black fellow citizens.

Black Lives matter to ME! BUT quite categorically, BLACK LIVES DO NOT MATTER TO THE ORGANIZATION CALLED BLACK LIVES MATTER!

And I would NOT be involved in the horrendous scenario recently enacted at our nation’s capitol. Nor would the huge majority–the many millions of voters who supported our President Donald Trump because for four years he did an excellent job of making the USA a safer, more prosperous, and more equitable place to live!

The peaceful protest of “Goodbye Amazon” times 1 sounds almost ridiculous. But times a few million? It is certainly worth a try! SOS AMERICA!

Margaret L. Been — January 13, 2021

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