Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  Psalms 2:1 KJV

Today is June 14 , 2017 which is Flag Day.  According to Wikipedia, Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14.  It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.  Flag Day is not an official federal holiday and now you know.

Today would also have been my dad’s 85th birthday were he still alive.  My dad died suddenly at the age of 58, which was way too early.  I wish he were still with us.

Today was also President Donald J. Trump’s 71st birthday.  I wish him a very Happy Birthday and pray he has many more.

Today we also had another tragedy happen in our country.  The man who opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Virginia this morning has been identified by the FBI as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip, Matt Mika, lobbyist, Crystal Griner, Special Agent, and Zack Barth, a staffer to Rep. Roger Williams, were shot in this morning’s shooting spree by Hodgkinson.  Rep. Roger Williams and Special Agent David Bailey were also injured.   The shooter, Hodgkinson later died at a hospital after he was shot multiple times in the torso.

The FBI believes he had been living out of his white cargo van in the Alexandria area since March, and his wife told ABC he had been gone for months.  His Facebook pages showed multiple posts critical of President Trump and supportive of Bernie Sanders.  To his credit Bernie Sanders said he had been informed that Hodgkinson volunteered on his presidential campaign and issued this statement in response, “I am sickened by this despicable act.  Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

This is one thing every true red, white and blue American should agree with…Violence is never acceptable.    We may not agree, but we should never resort to violence.

More people in political circles should be speaking up and taking a stand against violence instead of inciting violence.  This saddens me that leaders in our country are not speaking up more.  We are still one Nation under God, indivisible with justice and liberty for all.  Just because I don’t agree with your stance on political or religious issues does not give me the right to harm you.   Just the opposite…I’m to still treat you with respect and honor your right to your opinion.  These are the very principles upon which our country was founded…freedom of religion and free speech.

Since the shooting, leftists and so-called “progressives” were blaming conservatives, Republicans and the NRA for taking things away from people and undermining our democracy.  A group called Terminate the Republican Party posted on its Facebook page this morning, “And its one, two, three shots you’re out at the old ball game!”

It’s routine for Republican members of Congress to get death threats.  Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) told Laura Ingraham that his wife gets death threats and even his six and a half month old daughter.  He said people call into the office or write anonymous letters saying they would like her to die.

It is utterly pathetic the rage and hatred that resides in the hearts of people. Where does this rage come from?  The Huffington Post, a mainstream liberal publication, recently ran a column calling on progressives to “escalate the expression of our outrage and anger in a massive way.”  The articles further declared that no Republican “should be able to sit down for a nice, quiet lunch or dinner…even in their own homes.”

This is a disturbing trend that has the undertones of extreme hatred and suggesting that violence is okay.  Violence is never okay!

I’m so proud of President Trump today who called for unity, urging Americans to work together for the common good and to “cherish those you love.”  I agree.  Let us band together in unity and love our brothers and sisters.  We should be united as one for the common good of all people.

Let us pray for Steve Scalise and his family.  Let us pray also for the family of James Hodgkins.  Pray for our nation to be united in love and brotherhood.

It has truly been a memorable day.

Bless our Nation, Lord!

The Voice







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