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**Most Recent Newsletter***

“The Voice of the Common Man”

Issue #236 March 2, 2020 
Man's Destruction of Mankind - Part Two
 

Dear Pastors, Family, Friends, and Government Officials:

In the previous newsletter, Issue #235, dated February 13, 2020, we listed some of the things that man is doing to destroy mankind: Abortion, Homosexual-lifestyle, The War Against Christianity, and the global effort to discontinue using our God-given natural resources; i.e., coal, petroleum, natural gas, uranium (for nuclear energy), and even drinking water from artesian wells.

RACISM: Pitting one race against another, is one more, of the many ways, that man is trying to destroy mankind.  Claims of “racism” are more prevalent today than they’ve been in the last fifty years, and a lot of it is because of social media. 

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”  And in the 157 years since, numerous laws have been passed in an effort to make sure “discrimination because of race” no longer exists.

Did this effort put a stop to all discrimination because of race?  No.  Because man’s laws cannot control the evilness that dwells in the hearts of man . . . The law can only punish the perpetrator after the unlawful act is committed.

Just as in discrimination, there also are laws against murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, etc., but in spite of those laws, many people continue to do those evil things, because they have no respect for the law, nor do they respect the rights of other people. 

Some people are so determined to do whatever they want to do, whenever and wherever they want to do it, that they don’t even think about the consequences that are sure to follow.  And the same is true of racial discrimination.

In the days leading up to the 2008 presidential election, some people were claiming, “If we elect a black president, that will settle the race issue in America once and for all.” 

But under President Obama’s administration, the racial divide in America did not go away – it only grew more intense with the 2009 arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by the Cambridge, Massachusetts police department, the 2012 shooting of Treyvon Martin, the 2013 formation of Black Lives Matter, and the 2014 shooting of Mike Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. 

In fact, under the Obama administration, the racial divide in America spilled on over into the battle between the sexes (women versus men) and the Me Too Movement.

In the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election, some people were claiming, “If we elect a woman president, that will settle the woman issue in America once and for all.”  And Hillary Clinton was the woman chosen by the Washington insiders (the swamp), the federal government bureaucracy (the deep state), the mainstream media, social media, and the Democrat National Committee (DNC) to become the first woman president of the United States of America.

But American citizens thought differently, and voted for “the outsider” Donald Trump instead.  That completely turned the swamp, the deep state, the mainstream media and social media upside down . . . And to this day, they refuse to accept the fact that on November 8, 2016, American voters chose Donald Trump to be our 45th President.

And now, in the days leading up to the 2020 presidential election, some people are getting excited about Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.  Mayor Pete would be the youngest U.S. president ever – and – the first openly homosexual man, married to another man, to ever become the President of the United States of America.

People in the LGBTQ+ community are excited about the possibility of having “one of their own” sitting in the White House.  Mayor Pete says, “It is time for a new generation of leadership; it’s all about inclusion.”  And, he believes he is the one who can unite this nation and defeat President Trump in November 2020.

Some people are thinking: “Maybe if we elect a homosexual president who is married to another man . . . maybe that will satisfy the LGBTQ+ crowd, and this nation can return to normal.”  Don’t kid yourself!  The demands of the LGBTQ+ crowd will never be satisfied by appeasement.

This myriad of public expressions of “discontentment” are never going to go away.  Discontentment is defined as “unhappiness caused by the failure of one’s hopes, desires, or expectations: disappointment, discontent, disgruntlement, dissatisfaction, letdown, regret.” 

Choosing someone other than Donald Trump to be president is not going to bring happiness to these discontented people.  Happiness and contentment cannot be found in man alone – it only comes through God Almighty.
 
They will never find satisfaction – nor will they ever be at peace – as long as they continue to leave God out of the equation.  God is the only one, who can fill that empty void, that is hidden deep inside the heart and soul every person, who has rejected Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. 

That void, that craving, that emptiness can only be satisfied, by humbling yourself and prayerfully asking Jesus to come into your heart, forgive your sins, and help you live the life that God Almighty desires for you to live.  Until you do that, you will have no peace.

“There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked” (Isaiah 48:22).  “And they [the disciples] said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house’” (Acts 16:31).

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10).  “Humble ourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).

And Jesus said: “The thief [the devil] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

And Jesus said: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me . . . Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:1, 6, & 27).

Do You Know Jesus as Your Lord and Savior?
If you do not, today is the day for you to get right with God and be born again.  Invite Jesus to come into your heart right now, forgive your sins, and save your soul.  Believe in the Lord Jesus, and pray this simple prayer:

“Jesus, I am a sinner, and I am sorry.  Please forgive my sins and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I repent (turn away) from sin and I commit my life to you.  I will study your word, follow your teachings, and obey your commands.  And Lord, show me what you want me to do; what part I can play in furthering your kingdom.  Thank you, Lord, for saving me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”


Duane Collins
 

***News You May Have Missed***


Note:  The inclusion of these news articles is to make sure you are aware of the illogical thinking in our world today.  These articles bear evidence that people’s minds are being corrupted by demonic, perverted thinking; and this “thinking” is particularly pervasive in our younger generation.  We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope it will soon go away.  No!  We must take a stand and resist the evil-ones who are promoting this twisted thought process.  God’s Word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee.”

Congressman Not Paying Taxes 3/12/20
A California Democrat, Rep. T. J. Cox, owes nearly $145,000 in unpaid federal income taxes and the IRS filed a tax lien against him in January 2020.  The IRS is trying to collect $87,000 in unpaid federal income taxes from 2016 and $57,000 unpaid taxes from 2017 from the California Democrat.

In the meantime, U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) introduced legislation entitled “Members of Congress Tax Liability and Garnishment Accountability Act of 2020” which would require politicians to publicly reveal such liens – and allow the federal wages of elected officials to be garnished until the debt is resolved.

Kevin McCarthy’s bill came up for a full-house vote on March 11, 2020, and was promptly defeated by a party-line vote of 226-186 in the Democrat controlled U. S. House of Representative.  And yes, you guessed it . . . Rep. T. J. Cox was one of those Democrats who voted NO!  (www.freebeacon.com)

Comment:  We elect these people to represent our best interest.  But too often, they end up more interested in protecting and enriching themselves.  Hopefully, Republicans can take back the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2020, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy will replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.  Let us pray!

Democrats Not Cooperating 3/12/20
The Wuhan Virus has caused a shortage of surgical masks and people are complaining.  However, there is an ample quantity of industrial masks available, but manufacturers are refusing to give them out to medical providers because of it would expose them to frivolous lawsuits.

To allay those fears, House Republicans implemented language in the emergency-response supplemental package to protect industrial mask manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits and enabled industrial masks to be used in times of emergency. 

However, Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, stripped that language out of the bill $8.3 billion bill that President Trump signed into law on March 6.  When questioned about this by the New York Post on March 11, Pallone said, “The House will address N95 mask liability this week.”

Comment:  The Democrats would rather withhold protective masks from American citizens than to grant frivolous lawsuit protection to mask manufacturers.  But when the New York Post brought this deceit out into the open . . . the Democrats say “we will address it this week.” 

If they had left it in the original bill there would be no shortage of masks and citizens would not be complaining.  More and more of the evil deeds of these scheming Democrats are being exposed to the public.

The Wuhan Virus 3/11/20
When the coronavirus first appeared on the national scene, NBC called it the “Wuhan Coronavirus.”  They did that because this virus originated in Wuhan, China.  But now MSNBC personalities are telling us it is “racist” to call this virus the “Wuhan Virus” or even the “China Virus.”

China’s communist government has expressed outrage that anyone in the U.S. would blame China for this virus – even though it is true that the virus originated in Wuhan, which is known as “South China Seafood City.” 

Let this be a reminder to all Americans:  China is controlled by the Communist Party - and the Communist Party is known for spreading propaganda (telling lies) through their government-controlled media outlets.  China is also known for silencing anyone who dares to tell the truth about their Communist regime – and now they’re trying to silence Americans.

But today, America’s biggest concern with China is this:  Eighty to ninety percent of all our antibiotics are manufactured in China.  Even the ingredients for generic drugs used in blood pressure medicines and the treatment of Alzheimer, Parkinson, epilepsy and depression . . . They are all manufactured in China . . . even penicillin.  The last penicillin plant in the USA was closed in 2004.  (www.nbcnews.com September 12, 2019)

This all began on May 24, 2000, when President Bill Clinton led the way for China to become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  And now, after twenty years, China’s communist government has bought its way into all of our premier colleges and universities, and even into many of our congressional offices.  In addition, it is alleged that China invested $1.5 billion into Hunter Biden’s investment firm Rosemont Seneca (Hunter Biden is the son of former vice president Joe Biden). 

Back in 2000, President Bill Clinton said, “This is a good day for America.  In ten years from now, we will look back on this day and be glad we did this.  We will see that we have given ourselves a chance to build the kind of future we want.” 

However, U.S. labor unions were in opposition to this move, because they knew that China would flood the U.S. market with goods manufactured by poorly-paid Chinese government workers.  But American corporations gleefully supported it, because they saw it as an opportunity to move U.S. manufacturing facilities to China and capitalize on the cheap Chinese labor – and that is exactly what has happened.

Sam Walton is probably turning over in his grave, because when he was alive, he proudly proclaimed that “everything sold in a Wal-Mart store was made in the USA.” 

America needs to wake up and return to that “Made in the USA” philosophy before it’s too late.

FISA Court Scolds FBI 3/10/20
U.S. District Judge James A. Boasberg, the new chief of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), issued an order last week suspending all FBI and DOJ lawyers involved in the Russia “collusion” case from appearing before his court until it’s determined whether or not they engaged in misconduct.

Judge Boasberg said, “The frequency and seriousness of these [FBI & DOJ] errors in a case that, given its sensitive nature, had an unusually high level of review at both DOJ and the FBI have called into question the reliability of the information proffered in other FBI applications.”

Comment:  In case you’ve forgotten . . . Judge Boasberg is referring to the “spying” the FBI did on Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign – and even after his election.  This is what led up to Robert Mueller being appointed by the DOJ to investigate Donald Trump for alleged collusion with the Russians.  The Robert Mueller investigation went on for more than two years and concluded with the determination that “there was no evidence of a conspiracy (or collusion) between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

However, the Mueller investigation did lead to the revelation that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are the ones who paid British ex-spy Christopher Steele to initiate the phony anti-Trump “dossier” that was used to mislead the FISA court.  Will Hillary Clinton and the DNC be prosecuted?  I wouldn’t count on it.

Obama Administration Officials Indicted 3/6/20
The Federalist reports: Former Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Charles Edwards and his former aide Murali Yamazula Vankata were indicted Friday on charges of stealing government property to defraud the U.S. government.  Yamazula was also charged with destroying records.

The indictments handed down by the Justice Department allege Edwards and Venkata were working with others within the inspector general’s office to orchestrate a scheme to steal confidential and proprietary software that includes sensitive information on government employees.  Prosecutors say Edwards was attempting to resell a revamped package of the software as a product of his firm, Delta Business Solutions, to the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to the indictment, Venkata also assisted Edwards in setting up a testing server at his residence with the stolen software and databases – the scheme was operational from 2014 to 2017.  Edwards officially left the Department of Homeland Security in December 2013, but continued to leverage his relationship with Venkata and other employees thru 2017.

Comment:  The person who was hired to be the “watchdog” ended up being the “crook.”  Also note that Edwards had a private server set up in his residence . . . just like Hillary Clinton did . . . he is being prosecuted . . . Clinton is not.  Doesn’t seem fair does it?

Ukraine Investigates Joe Biden 3/4/20
World News Daily reports that Ukraine has launched a criminal case against former Vice President Joe Biden, alleging he pressured authorities to force the resignation of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.  The Interfax-Ukraine news agency, quoting Shokin’s lawyer, reported Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations opened the case under an appeal by Viktor Shokin.

You may recall Joe Biden bragging on TV how he told then-Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko to “fire Ukraine prosecutor Shokin, or you are not going to get the $1 billion in aid from the United States . . . And a few hours later, the prosecutor was fired.”

At the time, the prosecutor was investigating Burisma Holdings, a Ukraine natural gas firm, for alleged corruption.  Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was on the board of Burisma Holdings at that time and remained on the board until 2019.

Transgender School Teachers 2/27/20
A transgender school teacher in Madison, Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit against the Madison Metropolitan School District because she is not allowed to use the student’s bathroom.

The school, Allis Elementary, has provided “single-person restrooms” for teachers and school staff members – and they are not allowed to use student’s bathrooms – and students are not allowed to use teacher’s bathrooms.  Vica Steel, the transgender teacher, claims barring her from student bathrooms is “discrimination against transgender teachers.”  And the teacher’s labor union, Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI), is supporting Vica Steel’s claim.

Complaints from parents about teachers and students using the same bathrooms is what prompted the elementary school’s decision to provide separate facilities.  But in spite of that common-sense solution, the teacher’s union (MTI) is now demanding that “students and staff must be free from discrimination of any kind.” 

The union’s Equity and Diversity Committee, as well as the Madison Teachers Inc.’s board of directors, released a statement saying that they “stand with Vica Steel and all our transgender, gender non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied (LGBTQIA) staff.”

It’s been a rough week for the Madison Metropolitan School District.  The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit last Tuesday alleging district policies that enable children, at any age, to change their gender identity at school without parental notice or consent violate the U.S. Constitution.  (www.dailysignal.com)

Comment:  Is there no end to this LGBTQ+ madness?

Democrats Refuse to Protect Babies 2/26/20
As inconceivable as it may seem, on February 25, Senate Democrats refused to authorize life-saving medical assistance to babies who survive a botched abortion . . . Instead, they decided to let the baby lie unattended until their tiny heart stops beating.

Senate Republicans put forth Senate Bill S.311, entitled “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” making it mandatory that all health care practitioners “exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion – and to ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.”

However, forty-one Democrat senators voted to block the bill, and successfully filibustered the legislation and prevented it from receiving a final vote in the Senate.  Fifty-six senators voted in favor of the bill, including three Democrats: Bob Casey, Jr. (Pennsylvania), Doug Jones (Alabama), and Joe Manchin (West Virginia).

The three Democrat senators running for president – Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren – did not vote – but all three had voted against the legislation in February 2019 when it was first discussed.  According to long-established Senate rules, the bill required a supermajority of 60 votes to pass.

Comment: This exposes the hypocrisy of Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate.  Every Democrat proudly proclaims that every person is entitled to quality healthcare – but obviously, in their eyes, that entitlement does not include innocent babies who survive a botched abortion. 

If Democrats are unwilling to protect innocent little babies, what makes you think they will protect you and your family; particularly those who are unable to care for themselves; i.e., the elderly, sick or disabled?

Transgender School Teachers 2/21/20
A transgender school teacher in Madison, Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit against the Madison Metropolitan School District because she is not allowed to use the student’s bathroom.

The school, Allis Elementary, has provided “single-person restrooms” for teachers and school staff members – and they are not allowed to use student’s bathrooms – and students are not allowed to use teacher’s bathrooms.  Vica Steel, the transgender teacher, claims barring her from student bathrooms is “discrimination against transgender teachers.”  And the teacher’s labor union, Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI), is supporting Vica Steel’s claim.

Complaints from parents about teachers and students using the same bathrooms is what prompted the elementary school’s decision to provide separate facilities.  But in spite of that common-sense solution, the teacher’s union (MTI) is now demanding that “students and staff must be free from discrimination of any kind.” 

The union’s Equity and Diversity Committee, as well as the Madison Teachers Inc.’s board of directors, released a statement saying that they “stand with Vica Steel and all our transgender, gender non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied (LGBTQIA) staff.”

It’s been a rough week for the Madison Metropolitan School District.  The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit last Tuesday alleging district policies that enable children, at any age, to change their gender identity at school without parental notice or consent violate the U.S. Constitution.  (www.dailysignal.com)

Comment:  Is there no end to this LGBTQ+ madness?

Religious Liberty Under Assault 2/20/20
Religious liberty and life are under assault in Virginia.  The new Democrat majority in the Virginia legislature is moving quickly to pass laws that expand access to abortion and could negatively affect people of faith.  Progressives are praising this action and using Virginia as a model for other states across the country.

These majorities in the Virginia House and Senate, along with the Democrat Governor, are pushing bills that advocate for abortion, even after birth, and gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools; and yet, they are not allowing exceptions to protect the religious beliefs of churches and Christian schools.

In addition, they are also including some of the most-strict gun laws in the nation – laws which would severely limit your Constitutional rights to gun ownership.  Once these bills pass both chambers, Governor Ralph Northam—who very publicly supported infanticide last year—is expected to sign them.

If Virginia is successful in these “freedom killing” legislative actions, the radical left-wing progressives in other states will be strongly motivated to follow Virginia’s lead and pursue the same legislative agenda. 

If you are opposed to this attack on our personal freedoms and the American Way of Life, tell your elected representatives and sign the online petition.  Go to www.cbn.com/faithinaction and join with other religious, patriotic American citizens like yourself, and let your feelings be known.  Also, pray that these terrible legislative actions will fail.

Boy Scouts of America – Bankrupt 2/18/20
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which celebrated its 110th anniversary February 8, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware bankruptcy court on February 18.  The organization listed liabilities of $500 million to $1 billion, and assets of $1 billion to $10 billion.

The BSA is facing a wave of lawsuits over sexual abuse allegations and plans to use this period of reorganization to provide equitable compensation to all victims, according to Roger Mosby, the president and chief executive of BSA.  An investigator hired by the BSA last year has identified 12,254 victims and 7,819 perpetrators in internal documents from 1946 through 2016. 

Youth membership has declined more than 26% in the past decade.  This dramatic drop in numbers, coupled with the loss of a key partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church), has led the BSA struggling to find ways to remain relevant.  Last year, the BSA began accepting girls into its program, and changed the name from BSA to “Scouts.”  That set off a recruitment war and a legal battle from the Girl Scouts organization.

Comment:   In 2013, BSA began accepting openly homosexual boys, then in 2015, BSA lifted its ban on openly homosexual leaders and employees – and the  LGBTQ+ advocacy groups said “that change did not go far enough.”  Then in 2016, BSA gave in to the Unitarian Universalist Association and began accepting “humanism” as an acceptable form of spirituality.  Whereas in the past, every scout promised: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country.”

In 2017, BSA began accepting members based on whatever gender they chose to be, rather than “male or female” as designated on their Birth Certificate.  Trans-genders joined, and the BSA began to march in “Gay Pride” parades. 

These radical changes, and the growing number of sexual abuse allegations, has caused many parents to pull their children out of all scouting programs.  The BSA, a once highly respected organization, is now on the verge of total destruction.

Heterosexual Relationships to be Banned? 2/13/20
Media Research Center reports that Canadian politicians are describing heterosexual relationships as “violent.”  As a result, they are opposing any efforts underway to convert homosexual persons to heterosexual.  Unfortunately, there are some states in the U.S. that are also trying to stop anyone (including Christian ministers) from counseling and assisting a homosexual person, who desires to return to a normal heterosexual lifestyle.

Gabrielle Bouchard, the president of the “Federation des femmes du Quebecthe,” a Canadian feminist group that is funded $120,000 per year by Canadian taxpayers, had this to say: “Heterosexual couple relationships are really violent.  In addition, the vast majority are relationships based on religion.  It may be time to have a conversation about their ban and abolition.”

Comment: The LGBTQ+ community initially asked for tolerance and acceptance.  But now, they’re demanding that anyone who opposes the LGBTQ+ lifestyle be banned from society.  They came out of the closet – now –  they want to lock everybody else in the closet.  Their demands can never be satisfied. 

Climate Change 2/13/20
Despite being the scourge of the globalist community for daring to leave the Paris Climate Accord, the United States is leading the way in reducing its “carbon footprint.”  A report released on February 11, 2020 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) says, “The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis.” 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens’ access to affordable energy.  Our results speak for themselves: U.S. emissions of criteria air pollutants that impact human health and the environment declined by 74% between 1970 and 2018.  U.S. net greenhouse gas emission dropped 13% from 2005-2017, even as our economy grew over 19 percent.”  (www.mrctv.org)


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A Prayer for Protection - Psalm 140 NIV:
Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.  They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.  Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet.  The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.  I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”  Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.  Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.  Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed.


 

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