Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.

Not to speak is to speak.

Not to act is to act.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By Dr. Jim Ferguson

As an American I have never understood British royalty; but there are a lot of things I don’t understand. Nonetheless, my appreciation of Queen Elizabeth is heartfelt and transcends my American bias and certainly the drama of her family.

We have nothing like royalty in the United States. Some laud Hollywood actors, news anchors, sports heroes or politicians. I do not because I do not believe you are born into greatness. We are all born with gifts and how we use those gifts determines our greatness or failures.

I was one year old when Queen Elizabeth came to the throne of Great Britain after her father George the sixth died. That was 70 years ago. Since then, Queen Elizabeth spent the rest of her life representing the English people, projecting tradition, honor, virtue and steadfastness; the same concepts the progressive left is trying to destroy in America. I honor the Queen, and her life well-lived. She will be missed by this “colonial.”

I have friends in England and through modern technology, I was able to express my condolences almost immediately by email. You should never waste an opportunity to reconnect with others. And my friend offered the unique perspective that this month they have lost their queen and have a new prime minister. I have often thought there is much to be said about the parliamentary system which allows a “vote of no-confidence” and brings about new elections. Queen Elizabeth is everything that Joe Biden is not.

I have traveled extensively in England, Scotland and Ireland. During one of my jaunts, I learned that some medieval historians claim the Irish Klan Ferguson migrated to the Argyle region in Scotland and ultimately established the Scottish monarchy. And through Robert the Bruce (the Braveheart movie), the British royal family was later established. I certainly don’t claim any royal bloodline. And although I love history, the kings and queens of England vex me.

Increasingly, I am becoming intolerant of being tolerant. In last week’s essay (“Memes”) I quoted Lisa Boothe. Referring to the infamous picture of Biden ranting before a “hellish” backdrop, she said, “When people show you what they are, believe it.” This week’s lesson is, what people SAY is an important reflection of what they are.

I read about the depraved leftist professor at Carnegie Mellon who hoped the queen died in pain, and the harpies of The View who defended that odious rant. There are others, like the New York Times hit pieces on the monarchy, as well as the Chilean TV host and Irish soccer fans whose comments should not be repeated. And though I won’t spend hours watching the funeral rites, social media guttersnipes should stop whining about the TV coverage of the queen being laid to rest. Understand that since socialism has never worked the left must instead denigrate others through ad hominem (personal) attacks. If elites ran everything, we would have a socialist utopia. . . NOT!

America is becoming Pottersville. Undoubtedly you remember the fictitious town in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The virtuous George Bailey was shown what happens when honor and virtue are replaced by injustice. But the seedy Pottersville is a shadow of San Fran-sicko or a host of other Democrat cities run into the ground with crime, drugs and homelessness.

I have begun to wonder if folks are unaware of how bad the people in the Biden administration are. An example is Mayorkas, the head of the Department of Homeland Security. This Democrat believes that parents at school board meetings and people who want to “make America great again” are potential domestic terrorists. On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, he also said that online “personal grievances” were “extremist” threats. Apparently, this pinhead is unaware of the First Amendment. And then there are other caricatures like Adm. Rachel Levine of the US Public Health Service and John Fetterman, Democrat Senate candidate in Pennsylvania. So, I ask again, are people just unaware? Or are Democrat supporters themselves just like these troubled individuals? To paraphrase Bonhoeffer, I believe ignorance of such evil is no excuse and is evil itself.

Anyone who has any awareness or connection to reality understands how bad the Biden administration is and the damage Democrats have caused to America. And don’t tell me Trump’s “mean tweets” justify the destructive vote for Biden or the support of any current Democrat.

A recent AP-NORC poll found 45% approval of Biden. I don’t think much of polls and find this one especially hard to believe. This poll has red flags written all over it because the AP is totally untrustworthy and the Norc Center at the University of Chicago is, well, at the University of Chicago. Obama taught there. Actual domestic terrorist Bill Ayers also taught in Chicago, a city where murder and mayhem are rampant.

As the critical midterm elections approach, I recently read an especially cogent article by Mark Lewis. Lewis maintains that Republicans cannot run on negatives, but must offer positive solutions to the mess Democrats have created. To counter inflation Lewis says the Republicans should promote “lower taxes and fewer regulations.” Biden’s inflationary spending should be met with a “reduction of nonessential government spending, such as green energy programs.” In my opinion, the “greens” are not ready for prime time and have become a political cudgel.

Secondly, Republicans should reiterate that they support legal, not illegal, immigration. We must control our borders or we cease to exist as a country. Thirdly, Lewis notes the primary purpose of government is to protect its citizens. Defunding the police is a disaster and criminals should not be summarily released back into the community.

Lewis then addresses “proper education for our children.” The “3Rs,” along with history, civics and science should be taught rather than leftist “wokeness” and LGBTQ ideology. Fifthly, America must return to energy independence which existed at the end of the Trump administration. This is a national security issue. And sixthly we must promote the “strongest, leanest, meanest, military machine possible,” dedicated to defending America rather than being a policeman for the world. And the military should not be a place of social experimentation or sensitivity training. And like the queen, Lewis advocates a “return to God, decency, honor, virtue and respect for human life.”

Pretty straightforward. However, none of this will happen unless YOU vote in November to change the direction of this country. It’s up to US.