Here’s a song some members of the Kinzinger Family probably haven’t heard.

At the end of last November I wrote a post about 10 things I’d like to see the Republican Party like to address going forward after the 2020 presidential election. One of these things was a distancing from Donald Trump. It isn’t something that I think is greatly needed but not something I had great hope in happening. After the attacks in Washington, I hoped this would be the last straw for those aligning themselves with Trump. This happened with some Republicans but clearly not most Republicans.

One person who did not only distant himself from Trump but actually spoke out against him was Adam Kinzinger, a U.S. congressman from my home state of Illinois. Kinzinger was one of 10 Republican members of Congress to vote to impeach Trump earlier this year. Standing up to the highest ranking member of your party takes guts and earned Kinzinger a great deal of respect in my opinion. It would be no surprise to hear that not every one in the Republican Party holds my opinion about Kinzinger. It turns out that not everyone in Kinzinger’s own family agrees with me.

Earlier this year Kinzinger received a letter signed by 11 of his family members denouncing the congressman. Here are some quotes from the letter.

“Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God! We were once so proud of your accomplishments! Instead, you go against your Christian principles and join the ‘devil’s army’ 

“You won’t convince us otherwise with your horrible, rude accusations of President Trump! (To embrace a party that believes in abortion and socialism is the ultimate sin.)”

“It is now most embarrassing to us that we are related to you. You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name,”

“We are thoroughly disgusted with you!! And, oh by the way, we are calling for your removal from office,” 

This letter from Kinzinger’s family members was written about 6 months ago just a few days after the capitol was stormed. I meant to write about this months ago as I thought there were some valued lessons to be learned from this incident. 6 months later I will just let the music and lyrics of Susan Ashton make my point.

Agree to Disagree

Standing on this battlefield of strong opinion
Among the verbal brush and briar
Plenty of weaponry and ammunition
We say ready aim fire.

So you argue points of logic until I’m put in my place
And I argue my convictions until I’m blue in the face but.

We just keep on going round in circles
Lost, found, life is such a mystery
We search and we find opposing answers
Maybe we should just agree to disagree.

Can we meet on nuetral ground
For surrender
And carve a path for restitution
Because my love for you is surely strong enough
To find some kind of resolution.

Cause we can have our differences
And that won’t change the way I feel
About you and about me and about God
And His whole deal but.

We just keep on going round in circles
Lost, found, life is such a mystery
We search and we find opposing answers
Maybe we should just agree to disagree.

Cause we are getting nowhere fast
When the concrete and the supernatural clash
So we will stand at other ends with all this stuff
But can’t we find a common thread in love.

And in our thirsting quest for knowledge
Maybe one day we will find
That I finally see it your way
Or you finally see it mine.

We just keep on going round in circles
Lost, found, life is such a mystery
We search and we find opposing answers
Maybe we should just agree to disagree…

Last 5 Posts

In June of 2019 I wrote this post about the last 5 posts I had put on this blog. I always wanted to revisit that feature and thought I might have done quicker than 18 months but as it’s the beginning of the year ot is always a great time for looking backward.

Last time I started with the least recent of the 5 and moved on to the most recent. I’ll go the opposite way today and start with the post I just published.

5 Things I Like About Donald Trump and or His Presidency.

Now that the Trump presidency is over I wanted to see if I could find some positive things about his presidency. I was able to find 5. I wanted to make it an even 10, but then I would have had to say things like I like his middle name or go back to his days on the apprentice.

15 Minutes You Get Back

The title doesn’t 100% match the content of the post. As I do sometimes, I titled this post with an idea in mind and but as I progressed in the writing the post evolved into something just a little different.

The Bridge from King to Godwin

I originally started a post about finding a musician who performed at a summer camp I was in high school on the music platform Bandcamp. That post never fully developed but it got me to searching other artists at Bandcamp and seeing not only was Alan Levi there but his out of print Rivertown was available.

This is another example of starting in one direction and ending up in quite another.

2021 Will This be the Year?

This is a cross between actual things I’d like to get accomplished this year and a comedy bit similar to what Steve Martin did back in the early 80’s.

Bob Bennett Weekly Facebook Concert.

This was my last post of 2020 and is a compilation of information and videos of one of my favorite music artists. It is something that might generally appear on my vlog, but I wanted to tell it in more narrative fashioned than just linking a clip from you tube.

The majority of these posts share 1 or 2 commonalities …

I have been trying to put more pictures in my blog posts. 4 of these 5 have pictures. Most of these posts are meant mostly to encourage. This isn’t always my central goal but the end of one year and beginning of another are times that I really like to uplift my audience.

In future posts: I will be writing about music I am enjoying listening to. I will be taking a break from political writing for a few weeks. Not sure what else is on the horizon, but I can assure you it will be random.

5 things I like about Donald Trump and or his Presidency

It is not difficult to know how I feel about former President Donald Trump. Since he announced his candidacy in 1995, I have not been shy in voicing my opinion about him and very little if any of what I said or wrote could be construed as positive.

Now that Trump is out of office, I wanted to see if I could say some positive things about him. Sincere things. Not setups for jokes or anti Trump rhetoric. My reason for this is 3 fold : 1) Like all of us, Trump is part of Gods creation. When God looked at his creation. He saw that it was good (Genesis 1:31 ) Even though that was prior to mans fall I believe Gods residual goodness is still present in creation and finding it is a way of praising God. 2) further I am called to such behavior in the Book of Philippians, Paul makes a list of things to dwell on and think on one of these is whatever is good. 3) (and I don’t mean this as a joke or set up for anti Trump rhetoric) but considering what I have said or written about him in the past this will prove to be something of a challenge for me and I do enjoy a good writing challenge.

5 things I liked about Donald Trump and his Presidency.

Although I disagreed a little with the timing of some of them I did appreciate the choices he made for Supreme Court justices during his time as President. These choices may be key restricting and eliminating the horrendous practice of abortion in this country.

I liked Trump’s choice as Mike Pence as his running mate and eventual Vice President. While I know these are by and large political moves to unify a party. I really admire Pence and how he comported himself as vice president, Some of this credit must go to President Trump for choosing him.

Speaking of Pence, another thing I like that Trump made him in charge of the Corona virus task force. I do not want to u7kuse this point as a starting point of a critique on Trump, so I will end this point here.

Although I was not happy that Trump broke a more than century old tradition of attending the next President’s innauguration. I did like that he continued the tradition started by Ronald Reagan of leaving a letter to his successor,

Finally, I like how Donald Trump transformed me and specifically my thinking and writing since his original candidacy in 2015. I have always been somewhat political but Trump made me aware of the need for voicing my concerns especially when your views don’t seem to be as common as you think they should be. A friend commented on Facebook the other day that he can count on me for thoughtful commentary. Over the past 4 years I have labored long and hard on some Trump pieces to make sure my thoughts as articulated reflected not only what I felt but were conciliatory, to those who might feel differently. I’m not sure if I would have such an evolution in my writing if my subject had been a figure other than President Trump.

So those are my 5. A few years ago I was reading Lindy Scott’s blog and he made a point to list favorable qualities of Trump. As with much of Lindy’s writings this helped shape some of my own philosophy and was yet another impetus for writing this post.

A Brief History of why I’ve never voted for Donald Trump.

I have never voted for this guy. Here’s why.

I have never voted for Donald Trump. In this brief post I will attempt to explain why not.

In the Fall of 2015 I began the process of deciding who I would vote for in the 2016 Republican Primary in my home state of Illinois and who I would then vote for in the subsequent Presidential election.

I watched every debate and did much research as I tried to reach my eventual decision. There were 17 candidates running for President to begin with. This article lists all 17.

10 of the original 17 Republican Primary Candidates circa 2015

After watching 2 rounds of debates I had decided that there were 15 candidates that I would be able to support if they eventully received the nomination. Donald Trump was one of the 2 I decided I would not be able to vote for if he won the nomination.

In the time between making that decision and the Illinois Republican Primary nothing happened to change my mind about that decision. In fact, by the time the Primary came along I was even more certain that I could not in good conscience support Trump and did not vote for him. This post written in Feb of 2016 goes into greater detail why at the time I thought I “would never vote for him.”

In the months that led up to the general election nothing changed my conviction that I could not support Mr. Trump. Again when election day 2016 came on the first Tuesday of November I did not vote for Trump.

After Trump was inaugurated I quickly came to the opinion that Preisdent Trump was a far worse president than I thought he was going to be. (This post I wrote in the summer of 2019 urges people to hold Trump accountable for his actions.) As a result I did not vote for him in the Illinois Primary this past March. Shortly after the primary election I came to the opinion that President Trump was a much worse president during the pandemic crisis than he was prior to it. I also came to the opinion sometime this Spring or Summer that President Trump was a much worse incumbent candidate than he was when he was first seeking the office.

As a result this past November I did not vote for President Trump on the 4th time that I was given the opportunity to do so.

In summary I decided in the Fall of 2015 that I would not be able to vote for Trump and nothing in the 5 years that followed changed my mind. So at each opportunity I have either voted for someone else or have left that part of my ballot blank.

I’m certain I could explain this in further detail, but I fear that if I did, it would cease to be a brief history.