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California professor reprimanded after saying police “need to be killed”

The good professor…UC Davis Dept of English photo

He sounds like such a nice guy…

From Fox News: An English and comparative literature professor in California was reprimanded after an interview quoted him as saying police “need to be killed,” according to reports.

The California Aggie also reported the tweets of UC Davis professor Joshua Clover, who is also a poet:

I am thankful that every living cop will one day be dead, some by their own hand, some by others, too many of old age #letsnotmakemore” — tweeted on Nov. 27, 2014.

“I mean, it’s easier to shoot cops when their backs are turned, no?” — tweeted on Dec. 27, 2014.

“People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed.” — published in an interview on Jan. 31, 2016.

The university said in a statement: “The UC Davis administration condemns the statement of Professor Clover to which you refer. It does not reflect our institutional values, and we find it unconscionable that anyone would condone much less appear to advocate murder. … We support law enforcement, and the UC Davis Police Department and Chief Joe Farrow have been and remain critical partners to our community.”

Clover, whose work focuses on critical and political theory, political economy, poetry, poetics and Marxism, wrote to The Aggie, saying, “I think we can all agree that the most effective way to end any violence against officers is the complete and immediate abolition of the police.”

Clover added he would “direct any further questions to the family of Michael Brown.”

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Frontrunner to succeed Pope Benedict 16th had called for a World Political Authority

News came this morning that Pope Benedict 16th is resigning.
Nine names are said to be papabili (potential popes), frontrunners to succeed Benedict 16th. Among them is an ominous name — Peter Turkson of Ghana, Africa.
It is not just that his name “Peter” is evocative of St. Malachy’s (1094-1148) prophesy that the last pope would be one “Peter the Roman,” Peter Turkson was the person who, in 2011, had called for a “supranational world political Authority,” i.e., a one-world government.
I am therefore re-publishing this post, originally titled “About the Vatican’s Call for a World Political Authority,” which I had first published on October 26, 2011.
~Eowyn (Feb. 11, 2013)

Two days ago, on October 24, 2011, the Vatican issued a curious document calling for the creation of a “supranational global political Authority” and a central world bank to manage and cure the ills of the world’s economies.
The proposal, Note on the reform of the international financial and monetary systems in the context of global public authority” (henceforth, “The Note”), was not authored by the Pope but by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJP). Nevertheless, the PCJP is a part of the Roman Curia or the Holy See, the leaders of the PCJP are appointed by the Pope, and The Note liberally references and quotes past and present popes. Given all this, one can only conclude that The Note has Pope Benedict XVI‘s approval.
To read a translation of The Note, click here.
The Note begins by declaring:

“The economic and financial crisis which the world is going through calls everyone, individuals and peoples, to examine in depth the principles and the cultural and moral values at the basis of social coexistence. […] as Benedict XVI teaches, the crisis ‘obliges us to re-plan our journey, to set ourselves new rules and to discover new forms of commitment, to build on positive experiences and to reject negative ones. The crisis thus becomes an opportunity for discernment, in which to shape a new vision for the future. In this spirit, with confidence rather than resignation, it is appropriate to address the difficulties of the present time.'”

The author(s) of the Note attributes the global economic crisis to mainly two factors:

  • Economic liberalism, i.e., the free market;
  • Problems of personal and national ethics — of greed and unbridled “materialism.”

All of which, The Note maintains, has led to great inequalities, between/among nations and peoples, and a seemingly intractable global economic crisis.

The Note’s proposed remedy is contained in Section 3, titled “An Authority over Globalization.”
The Section begins by referring to Pope John XXIII’s teaching, in what The Note calls “the prophetic” Encyclical Pacem in Terris of 1963. In the encyclical, John XXIII observed that the world was heading towards ever greater unification, that a correspondence was lacking in the human community between the political organization “on a world level and the objective needs of the universal common good,” and expressed the hope that one day “a true world political authority” would be created.
The Note then urged that John XXIII’s teaching be implemented today “in view of the unification of the world engendered by…globalization, and of the importance of guaranteeing…a free, stable world economic and financial system.” Moreover, The Note insists, the present Pope Benedict XVI himself had “expressed the need to create a world political authority,” given the ever longer ” agenda of questions” that must “be dealt with globally” — questions of “peace and security; disarmament and arms control; promotion and protection of fundamental human rights; management of the economy and development policies; management of the migratory flows and food security, and protection of the environment.”
The Note then asserts that the answers to all these questions in an “increasingly interconnected and interdependent” world “are not just sectorial and isolated, but systematic and integrated,” and should be “geared to the universal common good.” To do otherwise is to consign ourselves to a world characterized not by “the common good” but dominated by only “the strongest nations.”
The Note then proposes that a “supranational world political Authority” be “set up gradually” to deal with all these problems. The Note recognizes that such a world political Authority (WPA) “cannot be imposed by force, coercion or violence, but should be the outcome of a free and shared agreement” and “a sincere dialogue”. Such an agreement can only come “from a process of progressive maturation of consciences and freedoms as well as the awareness of growing responsibilities.”
The Note then goes on to say that the WPA must recognize and respect the differences of the world’s many disparate cultures and civilizations. This WPA would be “subsidiary” to the world’s many governments: “Governments should not serve the world Authority unconditionally. Instead, it is the world Authority that should put itself at the service of the various member countries.”
Such a WPA would:

  • Make decisions “with a view to the global common good, which transcends national goods.” [Who decides what “the global common good” is?]
  • Create “the socio-economic, political and legal conditions” essential for “efficient and efficacious” markets that “are not over-protected by paternalistic national policies.” [Excuse me, but didn’t The Note just say that it was “economic liberalism” (i.e., the free market) that had caused global inequities and the global economic crisis, in the first place?]
  • At the same time, those “efficient and efficacious” markets must be well-financed, instead of being “weakened by systematic deficits in public finances and of the gross national products.” [“well-financed” by whom?]
  • At the same time as the WPA ensures there be “free and stable markets,” there would also be “a fair distribution of world wealth.” [No contradiction there!]

The Note then proposes it is “logical” that the creation of such a GPA should “proceed with the United Nations as its reference.”
To that, I can only ask: “And how well is that working?”
So the Vatican is proposing that we should begin the process toward creating this global welfare state of a World Political Authority by using the UN as our “reference” — whatever that means.
Is this the same United Nations, whose IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) — the world’s chief “climate change” institution — again and again has been caught issuing unsubstantiated and downright fraudulent claims about global warming? The same United Nations that is overrun with New Age occult mumbo-jumbo? (See my 4-part series on the UN here)
God help us.
So what is this Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJP) that issued The Note?
Wikipedia says the PCJP, founded in 1967 as part of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, is dedicated to “action-oriented studies” for the international promotion of justice, peace, and human rights from the perspective of the Roman Catholic Church. The Council’s objectives and mandate are the promotion of “justice and peace in the world, in the light of the Gospel and of the social teaching of the Church.”
The PCJP’s president is 63-year-old native of Ghana, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, who was appointed by none other than Pope Benedict XVI himself in 2009.

Cardinal Peter Turkson


Turkson also is a member of other important institutions in the Vatican: the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.
Turkson’s most recent appointment may be the most important. On 16 October 2010 Pope Benedict appointed him as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — the same institution that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had headed, before he was chosen to succeed Pope John Paul II, and so became Benedict XVI.
Clearly, Peter Turkson is being groomed for high office. Indeed, Wikipedia’s entry on him says that “Peter Turkson is considered papabile,” which means a cardinal of whom it is thought likely or possible that he will be elected pope. A literal English translation would be “popeable” or “one who might become pope”.
Wikipedia also identifies Peter Turkson him as being the source of The Note:

“In response to the global economic crisis started in 2008, Cardinal Turkson together with bishop Mario Toso elaborated a proposal to reform the International Financial System by creating a Global Public Authority and a Global Bank that consider the interest of all developing countries. The document of 40 pages was officially presented in October 2011….”

If The Note sounds familiar to some, that is not surprising. It is merely that neo-Marxist Liberation Theology in a new and global garb — the same liberation theology repudiated by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1984 and 1986.
In a speech, “Protecting Human Life and Dignity: Promoting a Just Economy,” which Turkson delivered at the Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C., February 13-16, 2011, the cardinal said the following:

The first step is surely to face the difficulties of the present time, not with ready-made answers or simplistic (/simplifying) ideologies, but with a realistic attitude and with discernment. […] In order to confront the problems of our world we must first study them, we must learn to SEE them clearly and recognize what constitutes injustice at every level. ‘Seeing’ demands more than a glance based on presumptions of ideology or prejudice (even political affiliation: Republican or Democrat). Rather, using the available scientific tools, we must conduct a rigorous analysis of social conditions, their causes and interconnections, their effects, especially on the poor and marginalized, and the contemporary experiences of the People of God who struggle. Beside an empirical analysis, we make use of biblical insight, the tradition of our Church’s social teaching, theological reflection to ‘judge’ the situation described. And out of this effort – which sometimes entails solitary research but which often is a collaborative task – emerges a way forward and proposals of what to do and how to ‘act’.”

I humbly suggest that the good Cardinal Peter Turkson should take his own admonishments to heart and refrain from prescribing to the world the “simplistic/simplifying ideology” and “presumptions” of Marxism.
I will now end this post with this last little nugget:
St. Malachy (1094-1148), the first Irish saint in the Catholic Church, prophesied that the last pope would be one “Peter the Roman”:

“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.” 

UPDATE (Nov. 21, 2011):

10 days after The Note was issued, the Vatican’s Secretariat of State convened a special meeting in which the Roman Catholic Church’s Secretary of the State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone effectively denounced The Note. For details, go to my post.
~Eowyn

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Straight From the “No Sh*t, Sherlock” File

Yeah, you could knock me over with a feather, too.

-Dave

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Stoopidism: Alive and Well in Amerika

Ever wondered why so many Americans continue to support a long discredited ideology that has left nothing but death, destruction, poverty, and misery everywhere it has ever been?
I have wondered about it for years, and the only conclusion I have reached is that there are some people living among us that are, frankly, just too stupid to exist in a truly free society – which is why are are not really a free society any longer.
In fact, we are becoming less free as each day passes, and I see nothing on the horizon that is going to reverse this very disturbing, not to mention rapidly accelerating trend.
I find it not a little frightening that, given what we have seen unfold since January 20, 2009, nearly half of the voters in this country appear to be poised to reelect the most radical left-wing president this nation has ever had – assuming the polls are even close to accurate.
Via americanthinker.com:
May 1, 2012
America’s Useful Idiots
By Steve McCann
Many years ago, a phrase was coined by the leaders of the Soviet Union to describe those in the West who naively promoted the cause of Russian Communism when in reality they were held in contempt and were being cynically used by the Soviet hierarchy. The term “useful idiot” more than ever applies to a vast swath of citizens in the United States who have been cynically used by the hardcore left for a cause they are unwilling to understand.
Among the mysteries confronting those of us who have immigrated to the United States from countries that have experienced the devastating outcome of socialist/Marxist ideology is why seemingly successful and educated people could be so easily swayed to support those whose end-game is to transform the country into a socialist “utopia” and to control the day-to-day lives of all Americans. Among these “useful idiots” are a seeming majority of the Jewish population as well as many in business, and nearly all in entertainment and the media.
The answer appears to be that despite the hardcore left accounting for less than 20% of the population, their influence extends far beyond thanks to the apparent inability of their peripheral supporters to use any modicum of reasoning — as the left in the United States has been able to identify and manipulate those susceptible to emotional arguments.
Traditionally, the age-old Marxist strategy of fomenting class warfare and demonizing capitalism has been an effective tactic with those in the lower-income and education strata, who can be easily swayed to blame others for their perceived misfortune. However, in a nation, such as the United States, which has experienced great peace and prosperity for nearly seven decades and whose population is overwhelmingly middle-class, this argument alone cannot sway a sufficient number to support the ascension of those dedicated to socialist/Marxist ideology.
The tactic of fomenting guilt for one’s success is a codicil to overt class warfare. The argument begins with the benign assertion that in a nation this wealthy, surely everyone can be guaranteed a minimal level of support at the taxpayers’ expense. Particularly wealthy taxpayers should be willing to part with a “fair share” of their income (as defined by the left) in order to assuage their guilt for living in a country that “facilitated” their becoming rich. Not desiring to be branded as insensitive or evil, many simply acquiesced to this not-so-subtle extortion. Further, in an attempt to buy peace, many contributed vast sums of money to the Democratic Party — now dominated by the far left.
You will find the rest of McCann’s article at this link.

As I have often said, this nation might actually survive an Obama presidency.
The question is, will it survive an electorate that would vote to put such a person into the highest office in the land?
I think not.
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Obama Drops Mask to Reveal the Communist Within

In classic Marxism, the economic system of “socialism” is defined as an equality of pay or income, whereas “communism” is the even more radical re-distribution of income and wealth, of —

“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”

Writing for Commentary magazine on July 12, 2011, John Steel Gordon notes that Obama’s July 11 press conference — “in which he only took questions from left-leaning reporters apparently–contained an amazing statement”:

And I do not want, and I will not accept, a deal in which I am asked to do nothing, in fact, I’m able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don’t need, while a parent out there who is struggling to figure out how to send their kid to college suddenly finds that they’ve got a couple thousand dollars less in grants or student loans.

So Obama thinks that whatever surplus income you and I have earned (“surplus” means the money that is left after you’ve provided and paid for the necessities of food, shelter, and clothing that keep you alive) are money we “don’t need” which should be re-distributed to those who are “struggling”.

That’s it, folks. All doubts are gone. The man’s a commie.

~Eowyn

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Leftwing Professor Convicted of Raping 13-Month-Old Baby

I’ve had this post in my draft folder for days because I couldn’t bring myself to finish it as the subject is so repugnant and evil.
Last week in San Francisco, a “Progressive” college professor pleaded guilty to charges of having sexually abused raped a 13-month-old baby — with the mother’s consent and facilitation — and was sentenced to federal prison for a term of at least 30 years.

Convicted pedophile, former California assistant professor Kenneth Kyle

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle’s ace crime reporter Henry K. Lee, May 26, 2011:

“Kenneth Kyle, 47, of San Francisco, who had been an assistant professor of  public affairs and administration at Cal State East Bay in Hayward for four  years, admitted in U.S. District Court that he crossed state lines in August 2009 to have sexual contact with a minor.

The federal grand jury indictment did not identify the minor. But another indictment in St. Louis accuses Kyle and Tessa VanVlerah, 21, of Ballwin, Mo., of molesting VanVlerah’s 13-month-old daughter, with the mother’s consent.

Kyle resigned from the university last year. VanVlerah is also facing state and federal child molestation and child pornography charges in California and Missouri.

Kyle’s plea agreement with prosecutors calls for a 30-year sentence, the  minimum set by law, said defense lawyer David Bigeleisen. U.S. District Judge  Jeffrey White will decide whether to accept that agreement at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Aug. 11.”

Metapedia, the alternative encyclopedia, provides more details:

Kenneth Kyle and Tessa Van Vlerah, 20, from Missouri were arrested for allegedly raping and sodomizing a 13-month-old girl and taking pictures of the acts. He is facing multiple felony charges; statutory rape in the first degree, first degree statutory sodomy and promoting child pornography in the first degree. Kyle was arrested Monday the 23 of March 2010 at San Francisco International Airport, after returning from Europe. Kyle made several trips to St. Louis over the past year to visit Van Vlerah. They would allegedly go to near by motels and engage in sex acts with the baby. This started when the baby was just five months old.

Then Metapedia gives an account of Kyle’s academic employment history.
I had thought it odd that a 47-year-old man could have an academic rank of “assistant professor,” which is a junior rank typical of young, fresh-out-of-grad-school Ph.D.s. (The more senior titles are “associate professor” and “full professor”.) Metapedia’s account, however, fills in the missing years.
Before Kyle came to his junior professorship at Cal State East Bay, he had held these positions:

  • Program coordinator for Arizona State University’s International Student Office.
  • Tenured Associate Professor of Sociology at Penn State University, Harrisburg.
  • Coordinator of the International Cultural Center and Acting Assistant Director of the International Student Office, Louisiana State University.

For Kyle to leave a tenured Associate Professorship at Penn State U. to step down to a non-tenured Assistant Professorship at Cal State East Bay suggests he was fired from Penn State. Tenured faculty get fired only for reasons that are extremely compelling — and those reasons, sadly, have little or nothing to do with their teaching competence or research productivity. Universities get rid of a tenured faculty member only for reasons of grave moral misconduct, such as being falling down drunk or sexual misconduct that makes the university legally liable.
In Kyle’s case, whatever the misconduct that got him dismissed from his tenured associate professorship at Penn State evidently was hushed up, because he then was hired by Cal State East Bay. Even if his records were sealed at Penn State, Cal State should not have hired him. I’ve sat on countless search committees in my academic career, and someone who left a tenured post for a non-tenured junior professorship would ring so many alarm bells, my head would still be ringing.
Now, to Kenneth Kyle’s Marxist political/ideological orientation.
Metapedia tells us that Kyle got his Ph.D. in Justice Studies (interdisciplinary program in law and the social sciences) and an M.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University, and that his specialty is “the application of critical theories such as Critical Literary Theory, Feminism, Frankfurt School, Critical Theory, and Marxism to specific social problems and public policy.”
Critical theory,” “Feminism,” “Frankfurt School” and, of course, “Marxism” are all academic code-words pointing to a decided left-wing orientation. To be certain that I’m not falsely characterizing him, I undertook some digging around on the net.
In 2005, when he was still an Associate Professor at Penn State, Kyle was the editor of Social Problems Forum, the official newsletter of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). In the Fall 2005 issue of Social Problems Forum, Kyle described himself as follows (p. 18):

“My research and teaching interests revolve around the application of critical social theory to address social injustices.”

“Social justice” is another of those code words that directly points to a Marxist leftwing orientation. If you need more confirmation, here is an excerpt from his “A Note From the Editor”:

“This issue of Social Problems Forum: The SSSP Newsletter marks a number of important changes for the SSSP and for society generally…. And at a more personal level, it marks the passing of New Orleans, my hometown, from a city rich in cultural heritage but racial and class-based inequality, and ambiguous sexual and gender relations, to something yet to be determined.”

Kyle’s rape and sodomy of a baby, beginning when the infant was only 5 months old, is so horrific that it defies any sane person’s comprehension.

Tessa Van Vlerah, the sodomized baby’s mother

How can an adult man find a 5-month-old baby the object of his lust? How can this be about sex? And to make matters even more horrifying, how can the mother, 20-year-old Tessa Van Vlerah, consent to and facilitate the rape of her own baby by this monster?

This is the kind of incomprehensible evil that makes accounts and claims of Satanic ritual abuse of children entirely credible….
Alas, Kenneth Kyle is but the overt symptom of a new perversity in academe. In his 2002 article for the Newhouse News Service, “Controversial Studies Push Change in Society’s View of Pedophilia,” Mark O’Keefe sounded this warning:

Sex between adults and children has been a societal taboo so strong that it’s considered one of our few unquestioned moral principles. But arguments have emerged in academic journals, books and online that at least some such sex should be acceptable, especially when children consent to it.

Those making the case aren’t just fringe groups, such as the North American Man-Boy Love Association, but a handful of academics at mainstream universities.

Members of this school of thought stress that they don’t condone coercing children into sex, and that they are not pro-pedophilia, as the term is commonly understood. But several contend that minors are capable of agreeing to and even initiating sex with adults.

These academics seek to change the language, moving away from “pedophilia,” which often evokes a charged negative response…. In its place would be more neutral terms such as “intergenerational sex” or “adult-child sex.”

With more research, some scholars say, it may be only a matter of time before modern society accepts adult-child sex, just as it has learned to accept premarital sex and homosexual sex.

“Children are the last bastion of the old sexual morality,” wrote one of the trailblazers for this view, Harris Mirkin, an associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City….

Mirkin, whose academic specialty is the politics of sex, wrote in a 1999 article published in The Journal of Homosexuality that society perceives youths as seduced, abused victims and not “partners or initiators or willing participants” in sex with adults, “even if they are hustlers.”

In an interview, Mirkin said the outrage surrounding the Roman Catholic Church’s pedophilia scandal illustrates how the public views acts of intergenerational contact as “one big blur” of child abuse when it’s likely “very, very mild stuff.”

“We say if someone touches or molests or diddles or whatever a kid it will ruin the rest of their life. I don’t believe it. I think kids are more likely to laugh at it more than anything else — unless the whole culture says this is the most horrible thing that can happen to you.”

Can America sink any lower? Sadly, the answer is yes.
God help us, please….
~Eowyn

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What the Pilgrims Learned About Socialism

The Left get insanely upset when anyone so much as suggest that liberalism=Progressivism=Marxism is a mental disorder. The most recent example of that on the Fellowship is a commenter on our “Leftwing Pathology” page.
Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Einstein also said “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” By those definitions, Leftism really is a mental disorder because humanity have attempted utopian socialism time and again, and time and again socialism is proved to be a dismal failure.
Let freedom ring!
H/t beloved Fellowship co-founder Steve for the article below!
~Eowyn
Thanksgiving: An Economics Lesson
by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson November 24, 2010

Every fall in my Econ 101 course, during the last class period before we part for Thanksgiving, I share a lesson from early American history. It is particularly timely, because it deals with those we credit with the first American Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony.
Upon arriving in New England, the Pilgrims shared “their meat, drink, apparel and all provisions” in common. As inevitably happens under collective ownership, the incentive to work disappeared. The grim result was food shortages, hunger, starvation; indeed, half of those who sailed on the Mayflower perished.
With the colony’s survival in question, the survivors reintroduced the principle of private property. Each family was assigned a plot of land. They adopted the apostle Paul’s dictum, “if any would not work, neither should he eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10). Thereafter, food production soared and the Pilgrims prospered.
The political-economic lesson here is obvious, and I won’t belabor it. Instead, let’s consider another important lesson imparted by this historical episode: We humans need to be challenged.
Without challenges, we lose the motivation to work, to grow, to produce. We become passive, weak, even infantile. The consequences, as the Pilgrims demonstrated, can be lethal.
There is an ominous tendency in American society today to shrink from challenges. For example:

  • Parents complain about teachers who, they believe, assign too much work or grade too hard. Yielding to such pressure, schools often focus on making children feel good about themselves while leaving intellectual potential untapped and important skills undeveloped.
  • 40 percent of Americans now believe that marriage is an outdated institution. This isn’t surprising after decades of soaring rates of divorce and illegitimacy. Millions opt for the easy way out, shunning the commitment, dedicated effort and self-giving that enable families to thrive.
  • A pastor recently wrote that many people want sermons to be short and entertaining. Pastors who dare to challenge the spiritual mettle of their flock often lose parishioners.

The common denominator in these trends is the desire for life to be easy. The message is loud and clear: Do not disturb our comfort zone! We find challenges inconvenient, so we protest them and avoid them. We are becoming an intellectually, morally, and spiritually flabby people—hardly the qualities of character that lead to national greatness.
It’s time for us to recognize and appreciate the value of challenges. We can start by acknowledging and being grateful for those who drive us out of our comfort zones and help us to grow.
This Thanksgiving Day, let us give thanks for the coaches who push us beyond the limits of endurance to make us stronger, better athletes. Let us be grateful for teachers who refuse to accept mediocrity and insist that we master tough problems. Let us salute the drill sergeants in our armed forces who drive young men and women to overcome old limits and mold greater character. Let us appreciate pastors who jolt us out of complacency and spur us on to higher purposes.
Let us especially give thanks that we don’t have to face challenges alone. Consider God’s marvelous promise as recorded in the Bible: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10).
The divine promises are collective as well as individual: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalms 33:12).
Today, our country faces major challenges. Instead of retreating from these challenges, let us embrace them. If we don’t handle them, national decline awaits. If we surmount them, America will attain new heights of greatness. In fact, triumphing over today’s challenges is the only way we can realize that greatness.
We tend to grumble about challenges, but we shouldn’t. They are opportunities—the necessary stepping-stones to meaningful progress.
With faith in God’s ever-present help, we can prevail over even the most formidable challenges. As we gather for Thanksgiving, let us honor and praise Him. “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:57). Amen.

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