Biblical and Constitutional Politics

October 2021 Commentaries

By Gary F. Zeolla

These commentaries are continued from August 2021 Commentaries.


Freedom or Not?

 

“Don’t tread on me”

“Give me liberty, or give me death”

“Live free or die”

“I’m proud to be an America, where at least I know I’m free”

“Land of the free and home of the brave”

“With liberty and justice for all”

 

    Do these words mean anything anymore in America? I’m asking as it is disturbing how many Americans have gone along with Covid lockdowns and mandates. But the way to voice your opinion on whether America should remain free or not is the upcoming local elections.

     Here in Pittsburgh, we have a mayoral race going on between Democrat Ed Gainey and Republican Tony Moreno. They had a debate on KDKA TV on Friday evening (10/22/21) that was replayed on KDKA Radio the next morning. I listened to it on the latter.

     There was a stark difference between the two on many issues, but one that stood was their repose to a question about masks and vaccine mandates. They were asked if they would support such in Pittsburgh or not.

     Gainey said he would, “if the medical experts recommend it” and promised to “follow the science.” He also touted that he had received the Moderna vaccine, even showing himself doing so in a campaign ad.

     Moreno said he was absolutely opposed to masks and vaccine mandates. He said such was “unAmerican.” He said he was not vaccinated, as he had Covid last November, and in consultation with his doctor, decided a vaccine was not needed. But he fully supported those who choose to get a vaccine or to wear a mask.

     Gainey's view is in fact unAmerican and anti-freedom, while Moreno’s view is pro-American, pro-freedom, and even pro-science.

     I am sure there are similar debates in most other cities with mayoral and other local races. If you still believe in freedom and liberty, do something about it by getting out and voting for the candidate in your area that supports freedom this November 2nd.

     KDKA. Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Ed Gainey, Tony Moreno Take Debate Stage On KDKA.

10/23/21


Columbus Day and Statues

       This summer (2020), there has been a push by protesters and rioters to remove statues of Christopher Columbus and to eliminate Columbus Day as a national holiday. But those who are doing so seem to have little knowledge of the person of Columbus and the history behind Columbus Day and these statutes.

       On July 15, 2020, a member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Italian Sons of America was interviewed on KDKA radio. He explained the background to Columbus Day and statutes of Columbus.

       He said that in in 1891, recent Italian immigrants were subjected to a tide of racism. That racism included the lynching of some Italian-Americans. It was not as widespread as that of blacks in the deep south, but it did occur.

       To turn back that tide of racism and lynchings, the federal government instituted Columbus Day as a national holiday in 1892. It was more to honor Italian-Americans in general than Columbus per se.

       Since that time, Columbus Day has become to Italian-Americans like me what St. Patrick’s Day is to Irish-Americans, MLK Day is to black Americans, or Cinco de Mayo is to Hispanic Americans. It is a celebration of the unique contributions of Italian Americans to the American culture, just as each of these days are to their cultural contributions.

       As for statutes of Columbus, the one here in Pittsburgh was erected by Italian Americans, as a source of pride in our heritage. The same is true elsewhere in the country. As such, the removal of them is an insult to Italian Americans everywhere in the USA.

       As for Columbus himself, he never owned a slave, as many are alleging, as the first slave ship did not arrive here until over a century later. He was in fact a brave explorer that opened up the Americans to the Old World. And without him, there would be no USA today.
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       The above was written last summer, but it is even more appropriate today, on this Columbus Day, as now, there is a move to replace Columbus Day with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”

       I am all for honoring indigenous peoples and the contribution they have made to American to this day. But honor them on any other day than today. Don’t take away the holiday honoring my heritage and that of all Americans of Italian descent to honor another people group.
10/11/21


The Sky is Red

Trib Live. Point Park threatens discipline against students who misgender others

 A parable about forced avoidance of using “misgender” and gender specific language

 

      The sky is red. Yes, you must confess the sky is red. If you continue to insist it is blue, you are a sky-phobe, as you might offend the color-blind who think the sky is red.

      Never mind what your eyes tell you. Never mind what science says. Never mind what is true in reality. The sky is red. Just say it, and you will be a good person.

      Similarly, stopped calling days without clouds and rain a “sunny” day.” That is a positive term that implies days without clouds and rain are somehow better than ones with clouds and rain. That might offend people who prefer days with clouds and rain.

      In fact, stop making a distinction between different kinds of weather days at all. You must confess all weather days are the same. Never mind what your senses tell you. Never mind what science says. Never mind what is true in reality. Just say it a “weather day.”

      Never mind knowing what kind of weather day it is would be helpful to know before getting dressed to go outside; if you insist on making a distinction between different kinds of weather days and that one kind of weather day is somehow better than another, you are a weather-phobe, which is to say, a bad person.  You don’t want to be a bad person, do you?

      But if you insist on continuing to believe your senses, science, and reality and refuse to comply with our sensitivity training you will be crushed. You will be kicked out of school, lose your job, and become a social outcast. You will conform. “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.”

      There now. Don’t you feel better feel better knowing you are no longer offending people by insisting the sky is blue and there are different kinds of weather days? You are now a good person who has learned to deny your own senses, science, sand reality.

Notes:
    The sentence about it being helpful to know what kind of weather it is was inspired by a story I just heard. A “man” went to the hospital with stomach pain. He presented himself as a man with no indication otherwise. The doctors had a hard time figuring out the cause of the stomach pain. By the time they realized the apparent man with a pot belly was in fact a pregnant woman, who was in labor, the baby had died. Denying reality can have dire real-world consequences.

    For much more on the problems of societal forced acceptance of transgenderism and transsexualism, see my two-volume set God’s Sex Plan.
10/1/21


Lyin’ Biden

Just the News. Ten Biden whoppers: Afghanistan, COVID-19, national debt and the border/

       In just over eight months, President Joe Biden and his administration have been caught in a tangled web of broken promises, false assurances and fibs on a range of issues, including COVID-19, the southern border, the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the national debt. A short list of 10 of the most egregious examples follows:

 

1. No vaccine mandate…

2. If vaccinated, then no masks required…

3. The southern border is closed…

4. Border Patrol whipped a Haitian migrant…

5. Trump didn't leave a plan for Afghanistan withdrawal…

6. Taliban won't take power in Afghanistan quickly…

7. Military advisers didn't recommend leaving a force behind in Afghanistan…

8. Al Qaeda is gone from Afghanistan…

9. $3.5 trillion spending package costs $0, won't add to national debt…

10. “Righteous” drone strike” …

 

Note: In the article, each point is followed by documentation of the point.
10/1/21


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