Meet Bunker Roy, founder of Barefoot College in India 45 years ago. They have a simple mission: to build self-sufficiency in energy, health, education and livelihoods in the must remote villages across the world. Now in 72 countries. One of their great initiatives is training local female villagers to build and maintain solar power for their communities. Access to light is transformational when you have had none. Therese and I both delighted to become their Global Patrons.
Today is the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday holiday, and President-elect Donald Trump issued a statement marking it. Here is a brief excerpt: “Our Declaration declares that ‘all men are created equal,’ and Dr. King challenged our nation to live out that sacred truth: to banish the evils of bigotry, segregation and oppression from the institutions of society and the hearts of men…But his work is not done: all around us today we see communities and schools falling behind and not sharing in the prosperity of American life. Each of us has a solemn obligation to ensure that no American is left behind — and that all Americans are fully included in the American Dream…” Please click the link for the entire statement. It is a must-read, particularly for those who continue to gin up political rancor that will divide the entire nation and harm the American people. Dr. King left us many inspiring ideals to live up to, but one that isn’t discussed very often is his disdain for partisan politics. Both parties sometimes try to claim him, but the truth is that he was a registered independent. He made it clear that he felt both parties had their strengths and faults, and he was concerned with much larger issues than petty political squabbles. His example lives on today through his niece, Alveda C. King, an evangelist and pro-life leader whom I am very happy to call my friend. Matt C. Abbott of AmericanThinker.com asked her to comment on the current dust-up between Trump and Rep. John Lewis, who called Trump's election “illegitimate” and is boycotting the Inaugural. I think her uncle would have been proud of her response: “I pray that all polar opposites learn to Agape Love, live and work together as brothers and sisters—or perish as fools. While I voted for Mr. Trump, my confidence remains in God, for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Prayers for President-elect Trump, Congressman Lewis, and everyone including leaders.” That’s the legacy of love and inclusiveness that the Rev. King left us, and that we should all be celebrating today.
Having blamed Hillary Clinton’s loss on everything from sexism to “fake news” to James Comey to a Russian conspiracy, Democrats have hit on a new culprit: she was done in by supermarket tabloids! People standing in line at the checkout stands saw negative stories about the Clintons on tabloid covers, and that soured them on her (the Weekly World News no longer has a print edition, so Democrats can’t blame her loss on their space alien endorsing Trump). Personally, I suspect that if anything in the supermarket soured people on voting for Hillary, it was trying to cover their groceries with a paycheck that wasn’t even keeping up with inflation.
Hilarious video: Liberals are so absolutely OUTRAGED about everything Donald Trump does that a group of them turned out in the freezing cold in Boston, warmed only by their hot heads, to protest Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary. A reporter asked them, who is the unacceptable appointee they were there to protest? “Uhhhhh…” None of them had the slightest clue what his name was. The New York Times tried to save them from embarrassment by justifying the protests as “a proxy for a larger struggle between labor and industry groups to shape public opinion on issues crucial to both.” Well, I’m a member of the public, and congratulations, you’ve shaped my opinion. I now suspect that the loudest leftwing participants in the larger struggle between labor and industry are complete ignoramuses who don’t have the slightest idea what they’re yelling about. If my saying that angers them, they are welcome to send letters of protest to me: Nancy Pelosi, c/o US Congress, Washington, DC.
President-elect Trump’s Inauguration is just five days away, and some “progressives” who refuse to accept the results of a free election are trying to organize assaults and violent disruptions. Law enforcement authorities in DC say they’re aware of the threats and are prepared. Let’s hope that includes paying a preemptive visit to the organizers to inform them of the legal ramifications of plotting acts of domestic terrorism against a Presidential Inaugural. Meanwhile, liberal celebrities and bawling Twitter mobs continue to bully anyone who acts like an adult and voices support for getting past the election and coming together (Andrea Bocelli reportedly received death threats just because of a rumor that he might sing at the Inaugural – it takes a really brave Social Justice Warrior to threaten to murder a blind man for singing a song. This wouldn’t be the first time Bocelli’s life was threatened by “progressive” thinkers: his parents refused doctors’ advice to abort him because it was likely he would be born disabled.) You’d think from all this caterwauling that Trump’s Inaugural is doomed, with no popular support compared to the glittering, celebrity-packed lovefests that hailed Obama’s election and reelection. Well, guess again. Despite the lack of big-name celebrities (or maybe because of it), the fund to pay for Trump’s Inaugural has raised $90 million in private, individual donations, almost as much as both of Obama’s Inaugurals combined ($55 million in 2008, $43 million in 2012). Maybe your average Joe would rather kick in a few bucks to see Trump become President than to help Obama rub elbows with Jay-Z and Beyonce. Here’s the kicker: since Trump requested a vastly scaled down celebration (he wants to send the message that he’s getting to work, not partying), any funds left over – and there should be plenty – will go to charity. So just as he’s already creating more jobs than Obama did before he even takes office, he’ll also be doing more for the poor before midnight on Inauguration Day than Obama did in eight years, during which his major contribution to America’s poor was in creating more of them out of people who used to be middle class. More Inaugural details at the link.
After meeting with President-elect Trump, the CEO of Lockheed-Martin announced plans to create 1800 new jobs in America and “significantly” lower the cost of the F-35 fighter jet program. Trump is creating so many US jobs before even taking office that I’m not tired of winning yet, but I’ll bet CNN is really tired of having to report it.
The freedom and opportunities we enjoy are built on those that came before us. On this day, we remember those that stood up to power in the name of what was right and true. We must continue to push toward justice & equality for all.
The group Human Rights Watch has launched an attack on Donald Trump for all the terrible human rights abuses they’re sure he’ll be responsible for after he becomes President. One of the quoted Twitter commenters hit the nail on the head with this observation: “Trump gets on the list before doing anything as POTUS. Obama gets a Nobel before doing anything as POTUS. I sense a pattern.”
Rep. John Lewis sparked President-elect Trump’s Twitter ire by announcing he wouldn’t attend the Inauguration because Trump is not a “legitimate” President since Russia helped him get elected and destroyed Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. He’s not the only top Democrat trying to sow suspicion of Trump’s victory. (NOTE: The government has yet to show any actual evidence that Russia gave WikiLeaks the emails; WikiLeaks adamantly denies they came from Russia; and wherever they came from, there is no disputing that they accurately revealed the dishonesty of the DNC-Clinton campaign-media collusion. So even if Russia were responsible, it was only for letting voters know the truth about a candidate that our so-called “news media” tried to keep hidden.) My question: If Rep. Lewis and these other Democrats respect Hillary Clinton so much, then why are they acting in a way that must be upsetting her a great deal? After all, it was she who said, during the final debate in Las Vegas, that questioning the legitimacy of the election and refusing to accept the results was “horrifying,” that it was denigrating our democracy, and that she was “appalled” by it. She said, “That’s not the way our democracy works. We’ve been around 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections, and we’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.” Really, Rep. Lewis…hasn’t Hillary suffered enough?
Add several more experts to the growing list of people who dismiss that alleged leaked “dossier” of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia as a laughably bogus fabrication. Because of their extensive intelligence backgrounds, these critics offer some reasons for skepticism you might not have heard before.