My skepticism began after the “2 weeks to flatten the curve” turned into preventing anyone from ever getting sick or dying again. Here is a tiny sampling on one narrow topic of why I, an educated person with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and over 20 years in healthcare, don’t buy into the rhetoric.
Me: We no longer recognize passive immunity, which is when a person develops immunity by becoming infected, then recovering from something.
Me: Wait, why are we still calling it a vaccine anyway? According to the CDC, (please note the use of the word immunity)
“Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.”
Me: With people delaying having medical concerns addressed, and avoiding routine medical care last year, combined with Covid, yes, hospitals are super full. Did you know this happens every flu season, and news outlets and the public never cared before? I actually wrote an an entire blog on this point. Except in 2020 there was NO flu season. 😏
Everyone: But there are no beds!
Me: Some places are having to transfer patients, reduce elective surgeries, and frantically search for staff to hire. Some places have beds, but no staff to open the bed.
Them: I see. Let’s fire healthcare workers for not taking the shot.
There are so many heated discussions lately about public schools. I have hesitated on sharing my thoughts on the matter because I am the type of person who wants to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings. I know many people who work for schools. That attitude does not fix things for my children though, and I can’t sit back and watch what is unfolding go without speaking up. I’m sure there are wonderful teachers in the public school systems, but their voices are alarmingly silent. What are our children facing in schools right now? And what can we do about it?
Teachers as babysitters?
Frequently, the comment has been made by teachers, “I am sick of parents acting like we are babysitters.” This always irritates me. Society has changed in such a way that both parents often have to work to support a family. Not to mention single parents who are trying to survive. Society has constructed average business days around our cultural norms. Schools are a part of our society. Do they think we should be anxiously sitting at home with phone in hand? We have to work to pay the property taxes on the homes we own, so that we can pay them to teach our children. I pay them. You pay them. As taxpayers, we pay their salaries. Our property taxes pay for their salaries. They are not giving a free community service. Teachers chose this career path, and willingly accept tax payer money to do their job. THEY WORK FOR US.
In this article, there is a video with a school board who thinks they are in a private setting, letting everyone see their real thoughts. One person says, “They want their babysitters back.” Their behavior is incredibly unprofessional. One parent responds:
You told me I have to put my kid in school eight hours a day! That is literally a law; it is a law that my kid has to be in school. And now you’re telling me that the expectation should also be that I am free for all of that time, even though I’m legally required to not have my kid here. So it’s odd that we’ve set up this whole system in which people are required to go to school and then we’re going to be, like, “Well, school’s not your child care.” You told me it has to be!”
The other part to this article is the pure disdain for a parent who thinks differently than they do. They demean, mock and laugh about parents who are standing up for their right to a public education for their child. They are elected by the public, and their true colors are shameful.
Peer Pressure on children
Let’s take a look for a moment at the actual definition of peer pressure.
Definition of peer pressure : a feeling that one must do the same things as other people of one’s age and social group in order to be liked or respected by them”
Can you see any peer pressure being placed on you by the school system? Can you see it being placed on your children? What about in society? It is everywhere. It used to be something that children were taught to resist. And now, the very people who have authority over your children in public schools are the worst perpetrators of peer pressure.
The remote learning circus that arose after Covid was discovered allowed parents an unobstructed view into the classrooms of their children. It was eye opening. Now that parents are aware of the damage being done to their kids, they are waking up and beginning to take action. Teachers do not like the fact that parents are more equipped now to fight for what their children are being taught. One school district had asked parents to sign a form saying they would basically stay out of it.
Kay added his chief concern was “conservative” parents overhearing his discussions with their children.
Sex education is being pushed on very young children. There are instances of secrecy in this type of education. This article discusses how children are taught how to get abortions, and keep it a secret from their parents. It has long been known that children should be taught that secrecy is bad. This helps protect children from grooming by a sexual predator.
Remind your child/tween/teen that if anyone asks them to keep a secret from their parents this is a red flag, bad secret. Exactly the type of secret you need to tell a trusted adult.
What can be done to restore schools to an educational system, and not an indoctrination center?
Run for positions and vote
We are watching the consequences of voting unfold every day. Not voting carries the same weight as voting. The non-voter simply has no say in the outcome. If you know someone who would be a good fit for school board, and they represent your values, encourage them to run! Support them in any way you can, including financially. It costs an unbelievable amount of money to run for elected positions.
For too long, we have been going about our lives, so busy with the mundane everyday tasks that we had no idea what was festering within our school systems. We must pay attention to the small things. The things we don’t think matter. We should talk with our children, in an open and interested manner. Ask questions, be present, be approachable, be available.
Our police officers are now wearing body cameras to document their work. Police officers are held accountable for how they treat our community members and loved ones during law enforcement encounters. We demand transparency from our officers.
We have cameras now in most daycare centers who care for our beloved babies. Many places allow parental access to cameras. They send home slips about what they did that day. There is open communication. We demand transparency for our babies.
Why, then, do we not demand the same transparency with our precious children in the school system? Teachers have private access to our kids during the most vulnerable stages of their developmental cycles. As parents, it is our job to protect them. It is OUR job to teach them. If we decide to use public education to carry out our task, we should be very well versed on what we are allowing into the heads of our children.
My family is leaning toward a homeschool education for our children who are currently 4 and almost 2. There is a Homeschool Resource Center in our area that is a fantastic place to have children attend supplemental classes and activities. We took our 4 year old for some classes this term to try it out. One thing I quickly noticed is that there are signs telling people that there are cameras in every room, and it is recorded. They also ask that a parent to stays on site while the child is in a class. They allow parents to be as involved as they wish. The transparency is comforting and fosters a good relationship.
I believe all public schools should have cameras in the classrooms. Parents should be allowed to access them, and also view curriculum in its entirety when requested. We have put too much trust, and given too much responsibility to government run educational facilities than ever should have been given.
Pull your children out of public education until this is resolved. Do not expect little ones to be the “salt and light” that the world of public education needs right now. For all of the above reasons and more, they can’t fight the pressure alone. If you think you are scared speaking out at a school board meeting, try to picture your little one standing up to a teacher and a bunch of peers. This is the front line of the battle, and they are not equipped. But even if you homeschool, don’t stop fighting for the public schools. There are children that don’t have parents willing or able to fight for them for many reasons.
If you are considering homeschooling, but it feels overwhelming, there are many ways and many resources on how to create a homeschool environment that works for your family. Teach them things. Teach them educational things. Teach them beautiful things. Teach them funny things. Teach them life lessons. Teach them the gospel. It is our job. This does not mean we have to be the only ones ever teaching our children, but we are ultimately responsible to vet the people and material they are being exposed to. We should monitor their growth, pay attention, and take action to change things when it is needed.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Put God back into our lives
Every time we remove the Lord from a place, something else will fill the void. And it will not be Godly. It will not be good. People are searching for an ideal world that can only be found when we get to heaven. This ideal world cannot exist on earth because it is a broken place filled with us as sinners… for now. That does not mean we shouldn’t try to make it a better place, but it does mean we will not succeed at making it a perfect place. To finally reach the ideal place, we must keep our eyes on God.
Do not be conformed to this world,3 but be transformed by dthe renewal of your mind, that by testing you may ediscern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
If we don’t stand up for our children, and put them on the correct the pathway to their future, someone else will guide them to a path of their choosing. Our children are our responsibility, our gift, and we should be strong for them.
I see people casually saying that they are ready for civil war. That they even want it. They want someone to just say the word, and it will be, “Go time!” I have not made the sacrifice to serve in a war. I am not a veteran, but I have spoken to them. I am grateful to them. I hear them when they say that war is not something we as humans, or as Christians should desire. Certainly, there are times when war is unavoidable and must be fought. War should be a last resort.
There have been conflicts in history that did not take place on an official battlefield. The Cold war, for example. This time we are in feels monumental. This is no ordinary era of conflict we are going through. As I was discussing this with my husband, and how we dread the thought of civil war happening in our country, it dawned on me, we are already at war. I believe we are in the middle of a Cold Civil War. The battle is being fought on many fronts. From something as seemingly insignificant as definitions of words, all the way to the presidency of the United States.
“… it dawned on me, we are already at war. I believe we are in the middle of a Cold Civil War.”
The Cold Civil War. This battle didn’t begin with one specific shot fired. It crept up slowly from the periphery of our awareness. It began as a slow burn, and the ramping up accelerated in 2020. “They” counted on changing things, small things, that are too insignificant seeming to really complain about. All these insignificant things have built up into a time bomb, and if it has not already exploded, it feels like the time is near.
Someone recently said that they don’t see how the two sides of the country can be united any longer. With sadness, I now think they are right. As time goes on, the divide feels greater than it did the day before. It feels like divides as great as these are generally only wiped away after suffering some great tragedy. Was the lockdown of 2020 the tragedy we will see as we look back in time? Or are we barreling toward a more significant event? Only time will tell.
Schools are a battlefield. The minds of our children go to the victor. From BLM at school, to comprehensive sexual education to social justice on all topics, the war continues on.
We as a society expect to drop our children off on the front lines at school, and expect them to be capable of resisting the bad and absorbing the good. Without guidance from parents because we are prevented from knowing what is really going on. They call a class health class, and what they really teach is how children should accept and affirm transgenderism, just to give one example. They start with the youngest learners who do not have the emotional capacity to process such ideas. They are taught they can have medical procedures and vaccines and medication without parental consent. Don’t worry, they school will take care of everything.
Science is a battlefield. From conflicting opinions on the “science” of covid, to new and experimental shots to prevent it, to lockdowns that destroy businesses and people. I have already written about masks, so I won’t go there again. Schools now offer healthcare to our children without parents knowing.
Yet science says we are born male or female. Science knows viruses are designed to survive by infecting. Science has studied mRNA vaccines for decades, and there has not yet been one approved. Science used to encourage questioning things, and open debate. Now, if you follow science that disagrees with the narrative, you are labeled a “science denier,” or a”cov-idiot,” or any other number of lively things.
Even social media is a battlefield. Something that began as entertainment and a way to casually pass the time, has turned into a propaganda machine where a few people are trying to alter the way we think. Censorship is rampant, and this also applies to mainstream media.
Our businesses are a battlefield. Our communities, our constitution, our vocabulary and definitions, and even our churches are all battlefields. I believe we will look back on this period of time, and see we were in a slowly building Cold Civil War. Until we stand together and boldly speak out against corrupt agendas, we will not win this war. Until we stand together, and put God back into all of the places we have allowed Him to be erased, this war will not end.
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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It came as a surprise to me that Pelosi decided to remove gender related terms from the house. It is now forbidden to use terms as mother, father, uncle, daughter in law, or anything else that hints at what gender someone might be.
This is complete insanity, and feels evil. God created us, his precious children, as male and as female. There are numerous references in the Bible to this point. Here is just one:
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Masculinity and femininity are beautiful, different, and should be celebrated! It is so wonderful to be feminine. I love the differences in the way I look, and in the things my body can do, like giving birth and feeding a baby. I like the way I think about things and respond to situations. I enjoy when a man holds a door for me, or pulls my chair out for me, and I can thank him for being a gentleman. I like to nurture my family and take care of my husband. The list goes on and on.
I desire and crave masculinity to balance me. It is wildly attractive to me. I sought that sort of personality in my past, and ended up in abusive relationships. Two of them. It is embarrassing to admit I fell for it twice, but there it is. Masculinity does not automatically equal abusive though. The two major differences between my past, and my husband are character, and being a Christian.
I now have found a protective, strong, Godly, intelligent, wise, and masculine husband. I look around at people now, and wonder how my two young girls will ever find such a husband for themselves among all the genderless, wimpy, social justice warrior, pronoun choosing, fluid people. My husband and I already pray for those little boys, who are probably already born somewhere, that our girls will grow up to marry. We pray for their upbringing, and for their parents.
There are so many things I cannot do as a woman that my husband helps me with. There are also many things that my husband cannot do without my help. We are two parts of a whole. We are helpers to one another. We are a team. We are one.
Speaking of my past relationship leads me to remember how mentally abusive it was, and it was forging ahead to becoming physical abuse. This was evident to me when he had begun throwing items at me in anger. This will be a blog for another time, but I wanted to point out that the way the “left” is treating the “right,” the way Democrats are treating Republicans, the way Liberals are treating Conservatives feels exactly like an emotionally abusive relationship. I have been telling my husband this for some time, and I consider myself an expert on that topic.
Take a look at this graphic. Do you see any connections that can be made to our current social climate? Of course, there will be differences because this wheel is about relationships. But there are many parallels I can draw at a glance.
We are being gaslighted, repeatedly. If you aren’t sure what ‘gaslighting’ is, I would encourage you to look it up. I will link an article here if you are interested.
It is so important we remember that God created us, with ALL of our differences, because we need one another. We are beautifully made, each individual one of us. Some are male and some are female. Any attempt to cancel that fact is abusive and goes against God.
If it is the job of our government to represent us, but some people believe Christians should stay out of politics… how will the needs of those of us who are Christians be met? God wants to be first in every part of our lives. Part of my life is being an American. If we as Christians don’t put God-honoring actions into place, nobody else will do it for us. Where God is banished, evil fills the void.
I keep hearing the phrase ‘Christian Nationalism’ thrown around like it is some negative concept when you combine being a Christian with liking America. It is possible to love God, and love our country. I think it is silly that people think being a Christian disqualifies you from being interested, active, and educated in politics.
My husband and I were discussing this, and he decided to make a podcast about it. Take a listen if you want to hear more…
How do people think that fighting racism with more racism will solve our problems? If it is racist if ‘white’ is used somewhere, then it is also racist if ‘black’ is used to determine who gets something. For this blog, I’m going to use black and white since that seems to be the current focus. Although you should be able to insert any race and get the same answer.
I want to be sure we are on the same page, so here is the definition of racism:
n.The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
n.Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
n.The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.
Allow me to share some examples…
Here is a headline that I saw yesterday, “After permit approved for whites-only church, small Minnesota town insists it isn’t racist”
Is it racist? Yes! Replace ‘white’ with ‘black’ in that headline. Is it still racist? Yup. Okay, that was am easy one. Let’s look at another example:
“New, $62 million fund for Black Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…”
Guys, that’s racist too. What if the headline read, “New, $62 million fund for White Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…” Racist. If it is racist with one color in it, it is racist for any color to be singled out.
My husband made a podcast discussing how we in America decided to vaccinate frontline caregivers first for Covid. It sounds noble. But a deeper look into the reasoning behind the decision is disturbing. The elderly are at greatest risk of dying to Covid. But it is mostly white people who live to be old. There are many reasons this could be true, but instead of trying to solve underlying issues that cause such things, we should just let the whites die off. It will give us an opportunity to level the field. This is not my opinion, it is the opinion of professor Herald Schmidt.
“Older populations are whiter, ” Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”
When Doug brought this up, I was skeptical. But, a quick search brought up many articles covering this topic. Not only is this racist, it is tiptoeing along the border of eugenics. If you want to listen to his podcast on this topic, you can find it below.
The Red House in Portland. If you have not heard of it – I would urge you to look it up and take a few moments to read about this situation.
What if you or I decided we didn’t want to pay our bills, and when eviction came, we put up barriers, closing off streets, recruited armed guards to set up booby traps for anyone who dates to enter our zone, and demanded to negotiate with officials?
Would we be viewed as innocent victims who are in need of help? As people who should be negotiated with at all?
We would be rooted out, arrested, evicted, and punished. That is what would and should happen. But not to ‘some’ people with the correct ideology who use all of the best buzzwords in the right city. They get to endanger their neighborhoods, the police and threaten other civilians. They expressed intent to cause harm to people who are not welcomed.
This just one example, out of SO many, of the double standards that are based on which side you belong to politically. Doug’s latest podcast talks about this. You can listen to it here:
Today the price for freedom is taking a toll in a different way than it has in the past. We aren’t at war with an outside enemy as we have been to defend our country and our freedom. The battle is being fought much closer to home. Some businesses in Washington are opening despite the mandates, and are being fined heavily for such defiance. The support from the community is ongoing, but the fines are building. In the podcast for today, Doug talks about the small businesses that are bravely fighting for freedom, and the mounting fines they are facing.