Dear Friends,

To me, to us at Freedom Family and Faith.com, these three things -- Freedom, Family and Faith -- are seen to be the foundations, the pillars on which this great nation, this great and good society, was built on. These are the pillars that support my life, and perhaps yours as well.

A musical milestone recently occurred for me that I wanted to share with you. The backstory includes traveling to Nashville in 1990 to record my album "The Other Side”. At that time I was given a wonderful tour of the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole’ Opry, that included a complete backstage tour. The tour included meeting and watching on stage performances by some of the most famous Grand Ole’ Opry legends, including Minnie Pearl and Little Jimmy Dickens.

Fast forward "a lifetime", and an invitation came in for me to actually PERFORM on the Grand Ole’ Opry stage! My son Jonathan has been a regular on the primetime TV show "Nashville", and has become a frequent performer at the Grand Ole’ Opry shows. When Jonathan proposed having me join him on stage the "Opry" said YES, and plans were quickly and quietly set.

Hillary is not for "the little guy"-she "despises regular Americans"...

Donald Trump has run for President using his own money that he legitimately earned in the private sector, and with the support of "regular Americans", the "little guy," who have donated (non-tax deductible!) an average about $65.... 

(Go to DonaldJTrump.com)...

With the the massive, unprecidented and coordinated attacks (from the cabal that is the radical left, fronted by the Democrat party, the media, and so many “conservatives" who enjoy being the “loyal opposition insiders/establishment”) on Donald Trump recently, meant to destroy him and any and all who would oppose the corrupt status quo, Mr. Trump has been freed to speak even more boldly and bluntly about the cesspool of crony corruption that has saturated Washington DC, and so many who live off of that corrupt system...

The Presidential election is fast approaching - we have a choice to make…

One of the two major party presidential candidates will be elected President in less than a month, this November 8 - and will become our next president this coming January. One candidate is a real person who never lived his life planning and scheming to become President, who just worked hard, raised some amazing children, and succeeded in the real world private sector, creating and providing jobs and services for real people despite the impediments and roadblocks imposed by government. The other candidate has been a politician for 30 years, calculating every move and word and image of a public persona that (while easily debunked as destructive liberal/Marxist ideology) was generally just a façade–which we know now in her own words because of the recent WikiLeaks transcripts of talks she gave behind closed doors to other Two-Faced Wall St. Fat Cats who care nothing about true free-market capitalism, and everything about buying influence (from people like Hillary Clinton). Their (Hillary Clinton, and Wall Street bankers and other Power brokers and influence peddlers) ”crony capitalism" has enabled them to enrich themselves at the expense of nearly everyone else... 

As I open my Facebook page, I am asked, "What's on your mind?" I suppose I should thank Facebook for that pleasant invitation to share, but I'm afraid the folks at Facebook will rarely like what's on my mind. Facebook is a multibillion dollar enterprise, here by the grace of God and capitalism...

I didn't want to get into this kind of "tit for tat" re the Democrat nominee for president, but after the charming former President Bill Clinton gave his glowing and cozy story at the Democrat convention this week, his version of a story about his wife's journey to where she is today, I feel compelled to give another side to this slanted (disingenuous, inaccurate) presented narrative...

I really love words, thoughts, ideas, and for me the use of words is art. I can’t paint a picture, or make a decent drawing, but I can “paint mental, spiritual and emotional pictures”, with words - so thanks for indulging me my “word art” here once again!

I'd like to start by taking a moment to share with you, a wish -- my wish, that I might somehow have this mystical magical power that would allow me to transfuse into others, the hope, the faith that I've been graced with — that I could simply "will" that gift into others. 

As a little background, there came a time in my life......

Looking now at Matthew 6:9-13:

“Our Father…”

You are my Father, my heavenly Papa. But not just mine, You connect us all, "our" Father – we are all connected, all family because of You. We are born by Your act of creation – we remain by our choice to believe in and receive Your redeeming love for us.

“Who art…” .......

 

The following is a note I wrote tonight to Mark Levin. We may respectfully disagree on the best course forward for our nation, but this is my perspective currently:
 
As a 60 yr old American (physician, married 40 years, 3 grown kids, 8 grandkids) whose first vote was for Ronald Reagan in the 1976 Presidential Primary, who took his young family to hear Reagan speak at a campaign rally in 1980, who supported and voted for Reagan in '80 and in '84, and who stood reverently and sadly with so many others lining the route to the Reagan library the day of his funeral...
I Just finished a great article by Thomas Sowell about the dishonest “lure” of socialism.
So much more could be, should be said about socialism (ala, the Bernie Sanders socilaist phenomenon), but this little article by Thomas Sowell is a taste of the absurdity of socialism...
By now, most of you know that I feel strongly that our nation would be best served by the populace believing in and supporting a government structure based on the principles set forth in our United States Constitution...
...So as the first official votes in this 2016 Presidential (Primary) season have now been cast, I am heartened... 

After my recent blog about making a difference, how a small number of folks can have a significant impact on society and the world, I feel it worthwhile to lay out a simple "test", a way to quickly ascertain whether a person's bent is towards liberty, or not...

 

 

A friend asked recently about some local political issues, which prompted a discussion about the disappointment many of us share, not only re those we know adhere to a different political philosophy than we have, but also for those in the political party we typically support...

We made it--2016! 

This year will see great change--a new president elected, and so much else we will have not expected or predicted--in the world, our nation, our communities, and in our own lives personally. 
So as I begin this new year, I am sharing a prayer I've prayed for this new year...

 

Christmas 2015 thoughts.
 
As I was thinking about our Christmas time together this year, I started asking myself – "What is the most important thing to remember during this Christmas time?" The thing that came to mind this year, was worship...

Christianity in our family – from uniformity, to diversity - and towards unity. 

As I was growing up, my family, my circle, were all very much a part of the same Christian understanding, all belonging to the same Christian denominational organization. Ecumenical thought, to consider and respect those who held different perspectives on the details of living a life in Christ, seemed, subconsciously at least, unnecessary or even dangerous – and something I could afford to easily ignore. Any "theological" (God-oriented) discussions or debate as I was growing up, was always within a very narrow range of acceptable parameters.

Now in my later years, with many grandchildren of my own, I no longer have the luxury of ignoring  broader ecumenical thought...

Thanksgiving is a Great Time to Remember!

Thanksgiving is a great time to remember, and to be grateful for what is, and for what has been. Thanksgiving and praise are the gateway into the presence of God, and in His presence, flooded with a sense of His love for us, His kindness, His grace, and His ultimate good plans for us, we are invited to ask, to pray– for “the more” that He wants to give. And lest we begin to doubt His ability to answer those prayers, those yearnings of our hearts–the yearnings that He placed in side of us–we are invited to remember...

Thanksgiving 2015.

With the Thanksgiving holiday here once again, I wanted to share a little of my heart on this great American tradition...

Paris 2015–such a tragedy. At times like this, I wonder if there's any benefit from adding my thoughts, since so many have said things that have needed to be said ...
There are two (at first blush unrelated) related phenomena I have noted recently–1. The automatic labeling recently of presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson' discussions regarding West Point as "Dr. Carson, caught in big lie", and, 2. The negative conclusions put forth in Bill O'Reilly's ("The O'Reilly Factor") newest book, "Killing Reagan"...
Sharing my letter today to Congresswoman Beutler---
 
Dear Congresswoman,
We elected a Republican majority in the House, and then we elected a Republican majority in the Senate. We did this to block, wherever possible, the negative actions of the Obama administration and the Democrat party, leading up to what we hope will be a Republican presidential victory in 2016...
First big Republican presidential debate tonight...
Time to speak up again...
 
Like so many of us constitutional conservatives, we have done everything we could do to block the unconstitutional destruction of our country spearheaded by Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress....

The Supreme Court made several outrageous and outlandish decisions this week – but this issue of deciding great national issues by a narrow Supreme Court majority ruling is far from settled. It is not settled in the hearts of the American people, and it is not settled in the hearts and minds of anyone, whether liberal or conservative or otherwise, who...

For the second day in a row America has been hit again with the unmistakable evidence that our Supreme Court has become a law unto itself - no longer interpreting laws as to their Constitutionality, but rather making up law and social policy by judicial sentiment and fiat. ..

The Supreme Court ruled again today on the constitutionality of ObamaCare – a.k.a. the "affordable" care act. And once again, this travesty was upheld,...

Memorial Dat 2015, plus one:

I waited to comment on this Memorial Day until I knew there was something I was supposed to say in addition to the obvious, that we must surely never forget and always be grateful for those who sacrificed ultimately so that the light of liberty, and the God-given gift of freedom would continue on for us, and for our posterity--...

Warning: graphic sad reality will be discussed...

There are new reliable reports, of new debauchery by ISIS...in the Middle East for now. Minority young women chosen for their beauty are auctioned naked to ISIS leaders and militia, who use them as sex slaves. If a girl refuses to perform...

I don't often write commentary or reviews of movies--my family and friends often seem frustrated that I take issue with so many aspects of so many movies, and so, rarely give a rousing endorsement to a film. For me, very few movies combine the elements of writing, production, acting--and theme or "message" in a way that I not only appreciate personally, but would recommend to others. One particular type of movie that is often a disappointment to me involves the retelling of a well-known story... 

The 2016 Presidential race has officially begun with the entrance of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Who is your choice between the two?

As the second season of the ABC primetime television series Nashville concluded recently, I wanted to take a step back and share some of the thoughts, and emotions, and life principles that this series is dealing with. You're welcome to take into account that my youngest son is one of the main characters on the show (and of course I believe that he is doing a fantastic job as an actor and musician on the show), but even if he wasn't on the show and I were to watch the show intently even without that connection, I should likely come away with these same thoughts.

With the passage and implementation of ObamaCare, I feel compelled to make the above statement, and write this blog. Without getting into the myriad of details that are involved here, ObamaCare was, in summary, unconstitutionally designed and written, unconstitutionally introduced as legislation, unconstitutionally voted on, and then upheld by the Supreme Court in a manner that flew in the face of logic, precedent, judicial prudence, and the Constitution itself. Once enacted, ObamaCare has been enforced in an unconstitutional manner, with unconstitutional and non-legal exemptions, with hundreds of illegal partial and selective implementation orders and actions taken by President Obama and his administration, and on and on this goes.

Okay, I've had a good time recently. Singing and playing bass guitar for the Clark County Veterans Alternative Court concert was awesome, and going to a musician/songwriter contest recently in Portland to watch Amber Sweeney compete was awesome as well, but political actions continue to intrude on the fabric of our lives, the fabric of our system of government, demanding comment.

As the discussion on defunding Obamacare has gained some traction recently, the catchphrase from the lips of every prominent Democrat is "it's the law of the land!". Since when has "the law of the land" made a difference to these people? Certainly not when the "law of the land" was the Defense of Marriage Act.

As a preface to this little "bloggett", let me state that I am anything but a fan of pets, including dogs. I believe there are plenty of legitimate reasons for this opinion and sentiment. However, when it comes to other people and their dogs, I was gently encouraged, by Heaven I suppose, to rethink somewhat my attitude towards the dogs that my friends and family have.

I just finished the David Teems book, Majestie, about the times leading up to and the times of the production of the King James Bible. The modern sentiment was that I was "wowed"! The historical narrative, the personal insights, the look at human nature then and now – it really hasn't changed – the respect for people of different times and situations, the humor that can be found in the ebb and flow of the journey of humanity, and the profound respect for the spiritual dimensions involved with the production of the King James Bible – deserve a great big modern "Wow"!

Why is it that we so easily look at what was before, even in ages past (including biblical history), and somehow think that it really isn't relevant, or somehow doesn't apply to our present "modern" lives? If we are reflective and honest at all, we know that what has come before affects us constantly.

Check out this link to an article on Newsmax.com about allowing teachers to carry arms to halt mass shootings.

When tragedy and terrible evil strikes, especially striking the innocent, as happened this week in Connecticut, the question comes, "Where was God (If there indeed is a God) in this?"

As my political party struggles to deal with their presidential electoral loss, I would remind the leadership to avoid learning the wrong lessons. This quote is as applicable today as when it was spoken: “I am impatient with those Republicans who, after the last election, rushed into print saying, ‘we must broaden the base of our party,’ when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our party.” - Ronald Reagan

Living life well is both a gift and a skill. Having life to live at all, is purely a gift that we, ourselves, had no part in creating. What we do with this gift we've been given is in large measure however, up to us. Created in the Creator's image, we were designed with free will, the ability and responsibility to choose. Even when the options seem limited and defective, it is still our responsibility ultimately to make a choice. Our choices have consequences, both to us and to others. The consequences of those choices are sometimes very positive and sometimes extremely negative. In the mystery of God's sovereignty, there are times when our poor decisions result in painful consequences, (either immediately or delayed, but present in one way or another), while at other times His grace seems to spare us and those around us the full impact of our poor choices. This grace regarding consequences is not universal, and should not be taken lightly or abused presumptuously, as that will almost universally result in tragedy.

Sometimes the Christmas season seems to sneak up on me--I'm thinking that "this year, since I've been through 'so many' Christmases, it will probably be no big deal really--I've heard all the songs a thousand times, I get 'the story'--have it down pretty well by now. The 'giving thing' (ya, that's good and all, but shouldn't we be doing that all year anyway?). The decorations and lights have been up and down (mostly down) more than my stock market account. I know all the really good Christmas movie classics as well as I know the faces of the pharmaceutical reps that come to my office regularly. There's just no way it's going to really touch me this year, this time…"

It is not an exaggeration to say that we live in perilous times. I'm speaking here not simply about the obvious challenges of runaway debt, devalued currency, chronically high unemployment, (and an inflation that is more serious than is being admitted currently) and the unaddressed (tacitly supported) growing threat of radical Islam around the world and here at home.

No, I'm speaking of the broader danger we face as our political system is being hijacked, taken over, by so much that is truly dark and evil.

The question keeps recurring, at least to me – Why? With the greatest framework for success and liberty in human history given to us at our Founding, and the track record of this blueprint actually working in the real world, in history – a history with as much reality in it in our case as in any other; with a great population of intelligent hard-working citizens, both native-born, and immigrants, and with unimaginable and vast natural resources for the production of goods, and the energy sources here at home to transport ourselves and those goods, with the wisdom to design systems of national defense that were unequaled in the world and the capability of defending so much of the rest of the world, as well from the darker impulses that have sprung up and flourished in so many parts of the world – with all of this in hand, why are we so easily letting these blessings slip away – actively throwing them away, possibly forever?

"My fellow Americans, I have worked to earn your trust, and to speak candidly to you about where we are and where we need to go. I have no intention of placing blame on the past. We are here now, and that's what matters. It is up to us where we go from here, what we do with what we have, and what we are promised -- as God's stewards here on earth. 

Join Ricky Lee Jackson as he headlines a night of live music to benefit the North County Community Food Bank and Clark County Veteran's Court Board!

CONGRATULATIONS TO RICKY LEE JACKSON! THE RECIPIENT OF THIS YEARS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY THE CLARK COUNTY VETERANS ASSOCIATION!  

To me, the answer to this question is either that the election is really not all that close, and the polls are skewed, purposefully poorly sampled and statistically manipulated to encourage liberals and discourage conservatives; with respondents also answering the polls in the way they think they are "supposed to" answer the poll questions rather than answering with how they really feel. 

By FFF.com Guest Blogger: Jeanine Jackson

Note: This speech literally came to my wife of over thirty years, Jeanine, in a dream. She awoke and wrote it down. Pass this along to your family and friends, it's a message that needs to be heard in this crucial time!

Government didn't rush into a burning and falling structure on 911 and risk its life to rescue, Americans did. 

The change America was offered in the presidential campaign of 2008 was certainly change, but not the change that the vast majority of Americans would have asked for.

I'm sure there are a number of Republicans who would have been an excellent choice to run with Gov. Romney for Vice President, but the choice of Paul Ryan was brilliant! He is young, earnest, articulate, extremely well-versed, respectful, yet bold in describing what America has been and can be once again if we will but return to the principles and values that made this nation great and good.

As we Americans prepare to choose our President and national legislature just three short months from now, (as well as select a myriad of state and local leaders and representatives) we would do well to consider where we are as a nation, and where we are headed. Will we choose a new path, or continue on our current trajectory?

I am not running for President. But just as Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney returned from his European excursion, so I too was returning from my own. 

Listening to Glenn Beck over the past months has confronted me with the opportunity to ask myself some honest questions. There is no fully rational media figure other than Mr. Beck who is relentlessly digging for and exposing the profound darkness that surrounds and even infiltrates our lives, our nation, and our world.

President Obama, on the campaign trail recently, stated that self-interest was morally indefensible––I take exception to that. He also stated that in a just society everyone should play by the same rules. 

A longtime patient of mine is a Washington state Highway Patrol officer who has been directly involved in battling illegal drugs in our county. I asked him about the rumor I heard that heroin use in our county has skyrocketed, and if that was the case, did he have any sense as to why.

This is a very old and persistent debate...  

The following is a message I was privileged to share at a Thanksgiving gathering where the community was invited to share a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal, compliments of Galeotti's Restaurant, Rotary International, and Wild Branch Christian Ministries:

Not too long ago I was blessed to be involved with an event in my home in Clark County, WA for the  benefit of the Veterans Therapeutic Court and Friends of the Carpenter charity. 

In a recent New York Post article, NYPD Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the New York City Sergeant's Benevolent Association, stated publicly what many of us strongly feel and believe regarding what is happening with not only the Wall Street protests, but those type of protests that have spread to and infected other US cities.

I'm sure millions of God-fearing and freedom loving people around the world are praying for the launch of GBTV tomorrow. 

Nearly three years into the Obama presidency, the official unemployment rate remains at 9.1%, but it would be 11.4% if the same number of jobs were available now as when Obama took office. 

I. Thou shalt have no God in America, except for me. For we are no longer a Christian nation and, after all, I am the chosen One. (And like God, I do not have a birth certificate.)

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What Fox News Says About Ricky Lee Jackson:

"He’s the new Joe the Plumber; now there's Rick the Doctor...
Some have joined Tea Parties, stormed town halls, others like family practice physician and country recording artist Ricky Lee Jackson have taken to the microphone... 
he wants his country back." 
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