Is our Democracy in danger? Yes.

“To deny we are in the Epic Battle for the Soul of America is to aid & assist the enemy eager to take us down.”

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) gave the most important speech I’ve heard in my lifetime. At 66, I’ve lived through the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, the Iraq War but I have never witnessed such clear & present danger to America as I see now in the intent & actions of this president’s administration.

Just as Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream”  speech is not political rhetoric, Senator Flake did not deliver a partisan political speech. We are sure to hear defensive Trumpsters amplifying White House talking points on social media & altRIGHT “news” sites like Breitbart News, InfoWars, Stone Cold Truth  But, whatever Trump & his people say about Jeff Flake & his motivations, no one can argue with the empirical evidence & the conclusions he so carefully presented.

It’s not as if he’s the lone voice, the disgruntled politician who can’t win an election crying out for attention. Some of the wisest, most respected human beings on Earth are expressing the same concerns. Indeed, Pope Francis has dedicated his May 2018 forum to understanding the scourge of Fake News & it’s effect on free elections around the world.

“How Democracies Die” by Daniel Ziblatt & Steven Levitsky:

A bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world—and a road map for rescuing our own.  Donald Trump’s presidency has raised questions that many of us never thought we’d be asking:  Is our democracy in danger?

Yes. Democracies around the globe are in danger of authoritarian takeover. Worse, Trump has slammed the door shut on fledgeling democracies who once looked to America as a role model.

“The United States used to be a beacon of light, hope & wisdom. We stood tallest among our brethren because we are fortunate to have a people resolute & strong, a homeland rich in resource & treasure & a government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Sometimes – when you are very lucky – you come across talent in the most unlikely places from someone who has art & music burning in their souls. This is one of them.

Unexpected gifts: something you’ve never seen before.

Blessed are the children & President Obama

Best Wishes | Happy New Year 2018

Christopher Duffley at Northland Church, FL

Published Aug 3, 2017

Joel Hunter has been one of Central Florida’s foremost religious leaders, synonymous for more than three decades with Longwood’s evangelical megachurch Northland, A Church Distributed.

But within the next couple of months, Hunter, 69, plans to step down from the calling he once thought he would devote the rest of his life to and start a new ministry for the poor and homeless.

Hunter, who gained national fame when he delivered a prayer at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver and joined a religious advisory council to President Barack Obama, said:

“It’s time to move from interpreting what Jesus preached to emulating the life he lived.”

“I’ve always had a heart for equality and making sure everyone is respected and has their due,” he said. “At this point, it needs to happen beyond what the institutional church can do.”

Already chairman of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Hunter will add the position of board chairman of the new Community Resource Network to his resume. He and his wife, Becky, will work with Central Florida churches and other religious organizations to help homeless families and those on the brink.

Orlando attorney John Morgan, best known for his firm’s commercials and for bankrolling the successful push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, and his wife, Ultima, are donating $1 million to the Community Resource Network.

“There is a sweetness and a gentleness in Joel Hunter that makes him more Christlike than some of the phony baloneys [preachers] that I see on TV,” Morgan said. “I just believe that there’s people that talk the talk and there’s people who walk the walk, and Joel Hunter is the latter to me. Obviously, we believe in the mission. But it’s as important to believe in the missionary.”

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