Monday, June 29, 2009

Faith Community / Breakpoint Churches

6/29/2009 6:02:35 AM


Yesterday I attended TWO church services, all at the same location, different times.

Both services were like 180 % different.

The first service I attended was Faith Community @ 10:00 AM
The second service was at 6:30 PM, Breakpoint church.

Both services have the same message, Jesus is the way to salvation.

But there’s different ways the message is presented.

The FCC church is more to my style.

The Breakpoint church is more to the hard rockers. I would like to compare them to the Apostolic holy rollers church from my childhood. These folks raise their hands in glory and even cry. I’ll have to confess I shed a little tear from one of their songs.


The band from MI played that again and again. You’d think once would have been enough.

But Mr. Groves, the guest speaker, kept singing and singing and I was touched.

Unfortunately, the acoustics at the Y are awful! I was unable to understand any of their speaking. ONE, I’m hard of hearing. OH WELL

For more info:

785-608-4979 or

All in all I had a spiritual uplifting day yesterday.

I’ll still attend church regularly at and be a member at Grace Lutheran, Bruce SD

Now get back to work.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

My 3-Legged Stool for Success

6/28/2009 4:25:54 PM

I have made a web page for my definition of success in life.

Feel free to print this out and share with one and all.


Sally Holter

6/28/2009 3:55:36 PM


Sally is my wife of many years.

The interview was taped using my camera and Sally sitting in her chair.

Thanks Hon



Sunday, June 21, 2009

Theodore "Ted" Corry

6/21/2009 7:28:03 AM


Today is the real Father’s Day. I’ve written about my father, Adolph, in my previous writings.

Today, I’d like to write a little about my father-in-law, Theodore “Ted” Corry, Sally’s DAD. Sally could write more about her father, as I just came on the scene when we were first married.

I remember Ted the most from the days we used to visit them back in the 1970’s. Ted and Gerry would always make us feel welcome. We used to play golf together. Ted and Gerry lived in Davenport IA, 503 W 31st to be exact. Ted loved to garden. He would have a small plot in their back yard. Ted could raise vegetables with loving care.

My father-in-law was also a war hero. At the Davenport IA museum is a photo of him returning from the war embracing Gerry. Pat (Sally’s sister) is in the background. We have that book somewhere.

Ted & Gerry gave birth to three children:

Pat (Corry) Garner
Robert Cork Corry
Sally (Holter) Corry

Cork is my only brother-in-law on Sally’s side of the family.
Pat passed away a couple of years ago.

I married my one and only wife of many years, Sally on 10/04/1969

There are many photos of the Corry family in our wedding book.

I remember Ted mostly by the way he cared for his wife. Ted loved ALL his family and wanted us all to be happy.

Ted died in the 1990’s .. I don’t recall the year.
Gerry passed away in 1978, I believe.

Somewhere I’ve need to research out Ted and Gerry’s obit.

RIP Ted.. you were a WONDERFUL DAD

See you in heaven.

Your loving son

My.. That’s the nickname Ted gave me.. “MY”

You can reach me online by calling up


Saturday, June 20, 2009


6/20/2009 8:01:42 AM


Tomorrow is Father’s Day. I’ll probably do what I do every day.. And that’s to do whatever I FREELY decide to do.

While the video is uploading, I’ll write a little bit about my father, Adolph G. Holter. DAD was born in Bruce SD Jan 07,1907. He died May ??, 1977 , I think.

I wrote a little bit about DAD in a previous blog.

6/20/2009 8:25:37 AM

Just finished watching my favorite TV program, Red/Green on PBS. The video about my DAD is finished also.

The Internet is a powerful tool of communication. Unfortunately, there are a lot of BAD people out there. Our website is a GOOD website.

John, please give a hug to our only grandchild from me. Print out my bucket list and reply accordingly.

Happy Father’s DAY all you Dad’s out there.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Glenn Beck Letter

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GLENN: I got a letter from a woman in Arizona. She writes an open letter to our nation's leadership: I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This isn't to be confused with legal immigration.

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Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don't you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why ‑‑ what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band‑Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try ‑‑ please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let's just slow down and get some input from some nonpoliticians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when hewill rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming.

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My Heritage

June 16, 2009 | By Nathaniel Ward

Iran's sham election
Last Friday's Iranian presidential election yielded a result that should surprise few who understand the regime's true nature: hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner, by a landslide.

Many Iranians had supported Mir Hossain Mousavi, whose foreign policy largely resembled Ahmadinejad's, albeit with less confrontational rhetoric. The apparent competition between incumbent Ahmadinejad and three other candidates led many foreign observers to believe that Iran's election would actually reflect the will of the voters.

Heritage Foundation Middle East expert Jim Phillips reminds us, however, that "Iran's government is not a true democracy but a theocratic dictatorship that cloaks the rule of the ayatollahs with a façade of representative government."

Heritage experts have called on President Obama to approach this abrogation of democracy by firmly "denouncing the elections and indicating U.S. support for the demonstrators."

"The president should be questioning the legitimacy of the elections," Heritage Vice President Kim Holmes tells the Washington Independent. "He doesn't need to go into any great detail. He needs to show that, in the long run, the United States is on the side of the Iranian people."

Ahmadindejad's three rivals -- each of them like-minded Islamist extremists, hand-picked by senior clerics of the ayatollah's Guardian Council -- expressed concern that the vote would be rigged by the incumbent's supporters. "They had no faith in the fairness of the vote-counting process. And they have good reason for their concern, based on their long experience with Iranian elections, which are neither free nor fair," Phillips argues on

Mousavi and his supporters are challenging the election's outcome on the grounds that the presidency was stolen from him by a state-controlled media that, as Phillips writes in a Heritage analysis, "spoon-fed Iranians a steady diet of slanted information, misinformation and disinformation that favored Ahmadinejad."

Thousands have taken to the street in protests that have turned increasingly violent. This has led the ruling Guardian Council to call for a recount of some of the ballots from the disputed presidential elections.

Last Friday's election and the subsequent turmoil only confirms that "Iran belongs to the ayatollahs, specifically the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who casts the ultimate vote on all important matters," Phillips explains.

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Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D-MA) recent health care proposal "is a setback for bipartisan health care reform," write Heritage health care policy experts Robert Moffit and Stuart Butler. If passed, Kennedy's Affordable Health Choices Act would ignore President Obama's campaign promise to change nothing for those satisfied with their plans, to provide coverage equal to or better than that of members of Congress for those unsatisfied and to reduce family coverage costs by $2,500. While health care reforms are necessary, Moffit and Butler encourage Congress to "redraft the legislation in a way that commands broad bipartisan support" and achieves meaningful reform.
Next Tuesday, June 23, Karl Rove will explain how conservatives can recover from political setbacks at an event sponsored by the Southern California Committee for Heritage -- and you can watch the event live on at 11:15 p.m. Eastern.
President Obama's 2010 budget proposal doesn't simply shift defense funding, it cuts essential programs, write Heritage experts Jim Talent and Mackenzie Eaglen. Their analysis reveals how these cuts will hurt America's capabilities in strategic defense, control of the seas, air superiority, space control, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and more. Crucially, these dangerous proposed changes all precede any formal strategic review of defense and foreign policy.
Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Charles Stimson explores the legal questions surrounding the trial of Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, an accomplice in the1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and a self-proclaimed partner of Osama bin Laden. Contrary to what many liberals claim, Ghailani's case does not create strong precedent for dealing with the remaining detainees, he argues. "This case is nothing new," declares Stimson.
"The conversion of General Motors to Government Motors should be a grave concern to all Americans," writes Heritage expert Brian Darling. Fortunately, some legislators, such as Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), are working to curb the President's "all-out assault" against capitalism. They're calling for Congressional approval before any government takeover of a private enterprise. Darling also highlights other Congressional proposals to defend free enterprise and limited government.
In its desperation for additional sources of revenue, the Obama administration's IRS has proposed taxing employer-provided mobile devices. They argue that since Blackberries and the like can be used for personal business, they amount to a taxable benefit. Congress should halt this tax, which could disrupt private business' efficiency as employees refuse to accept the devices.
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British politicians are lashing out at the Obama administration for sending four Chinese Uighurs from Guantanamo Bay to the British overseas territory of Bermuda.
President Obama pitched his health care plan to a skeptical audience at the American Medical Association's annual meeting yesterday. The organization has come out against the big-government proposal.
According to a Gallup survey, 40 percent of all Americans questioned identify themselves as conservative, making it the most popular political philosophy. 35 percent of those surveyed identify as moderate, while only 21 percent claim to be liberal.
Facing increased pressure from Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conditionally endorsed an independent Palestinian state. Netanyahu's address on Sunday outlined Israel's conditions: that Palestinians first vow to not establish a military and that they accept Israel as a Jewish state.
According to news reports, ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson and President Obama will join forces on June 24 and broadcast a special report on the proposed big-government health care reforms live from the White House.
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Americans For Prosperity

Please join the Topeka Chapter of Americans for Prosperity-Kansas for this month’s chapter meeting. We will begin viewing the 10-part series “Free to Choose” at our monthly meetings, with this week featuring Volume 1: “The Power of the Market.”

Topeka Area Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, June 16

7 p.m.

Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library

1515 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka

Please let us know if you can attend so we can make sure we have enough seats. You may RSVP to Phillis Setchell, or 785-845-7020.

Find us on Facebook: Americans for Prosperity-Kansas, Twitter: AFPKansas

The Kansas Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-KS) is committed to advancing every Kansan’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP-KS is an organization of grassroots citizen leaders who engage in spreading the message of fiscally-responsible government, free market ideals and regulatory restraint to policymakers on the local and state levels.

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Monday, June 15, 2009


This photo is perhaps the last photo of Sally's sister, Pat.

left to right:

Pat (Corry) Garner
Robert *Cork* Corry
Sally (Corry) Holter

Pat died a few weeks later.


Monday, June 01, 2009


6/1/2009 6:29:43 AM


I am going to title this blog my three-legged stool in life.

The web address is the following:

My artistry skills are limited, but you’ll get the picture I’m sure. Feel free to print out this address for your church or organization.


2) SON

That is the triune GOD. Without FAITH, we are nothing. As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord.

Our mission statement is posted on page one of our web address.



Every business to be successful will NEED these THREE words to be successful.

I was a computer systems operator for the USPS for MOST all my career. I would like to think I was a success in what I was doing, and that’s to run a USPS BUSINESS computer. The PSI in my business was computers and how the idea of serving the public with postal mail service. … UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE.

My military career was also with computers. I plotted weather maps using OLD antiquated computers back in the 60-s and 70-s.



The final three legged stool is government, and why I’m here today as a conferee.

Any government that I know here in the good ole’ US of A is composed of these three legs. (write them in if you all ready have not done so) Hopefully you have a pen or pencil in your possession.

My idea of our local government is this:

The legislative branch is our city council.
The executive branch is our city manager and mayor.
The judicial branch is the legal staff.

With that in mind, I am concerned about our mayor being placed in the legislative branch when he/she should be in the executive branch.

The mayor’s position should be one of a check and balance by properly using his/her veto pen.

When I voted in the last election, I was totally confused! I think I voted to have the mayor retain his veto power and NOT be a voting member of the legislature.

My question is .. Who wrote this? And why are you all making this so complex for this voting Topekan?

I blame the judicial branch for this.

What ever happened to common sense when it’s so uncommon?

As far as firing our city manager goes, please don’t that this decision lightly.

Read all the evidence and react only to the evidence in front of you.

Here endeth my little blog to the city government.

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Obama and Hitler comparison

I received this email from Paul Degener, our president in

This is worth passing along.



I pray this Professor is wrong.



Tim Wood is a professor of History and Political Science at Southwest Baptist University, Boliver, Missouri.

By Tim Wood

I am a student of history. Professionally. I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied it all my life. I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into sharper focus.

Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten - fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.

We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back. Why?

We learn that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has 'loaned' two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom, or why, or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is three times the $700B we all argued about so strenuously just this past September. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a government of 'we the people', who loaned our powers to our elected leaders. Apparently not.

We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why? We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and we no longer teach our founding documents, showing why we are exceptional and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, and school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?

We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (now violently in California over a proposition that is so 'controversial' that it wants marriage to remain between one man and one woman!). Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago? We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then allow mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?

Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, Social Security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government, and our education system is worse than a joke. (I teach college and know precisely what I am talking about.) The list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth. It is potentially 1929 x ten. And we are at war with an enemy we cannot name for fear of offending people of the same religion, an enemy who cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.

Now we have elected President a man no one knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla, Alaska ... All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling, if not downright scary. Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a 'mandatory civilian defense force' stronger than our military for use inside our borders. No? Oh, of course. The media would never play that for you over and over, and then demand he explain it. Sarah
Palin's pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more important to the media.

Mr. Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one word: change. Why?

I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now! This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again.

And that is only the beginning.

I thought I would never be able to experience what the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930s. In those times, the savior was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they did know was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed. He edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory and promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and waved a lot And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his 'brown shirts' would bully them into submission. And then, he was duly elected to office as full-throttled economic crisis was at hand [the Great Depression]. Slowly but surely he seized the controls of government power, department-by-department, person-by-person, bureaucracy-by-bureaucracy. The kids joined a Youth Movement in his name, where they were taught what to think. How did he get the people on his side? He did it promising jobs to the jobless, money to the moneyless, and goodies for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill pride once again in their country, across Europe, and around the world.

He did it with a compliant media. Did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and ..... change. And the people surely got what they voted for. (Look it up if you think I am exaggerating.)

Read your history books. Many people objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and made fun of. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though.

Don't forget that Germany was the most educated, cultured country in Europe. It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And in less than six years --- a shorter time span than just two terms of the U. S. presidency --- it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors. All with the best of intentions, of course. The road to hell is paved with them.

As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what is transpiring around me.

Some people scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. Perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe, and why I believe it.

I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am.

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