Dave Merrick, Davemerrick.us is an internationally known and published artist whose works reach into the greatest diversity of audiences. Known primarily for his astoundingly lifelike portraiture, Merrick’s drawings and paintings grace the walls of an impressive array of well-known corporate and private clientele. Many of his published wildlife pieces have become some of America’s most popular animal imagery.He has more original work in the Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame than any other artist. His wildlife and Southwestern-theme work is distributed internationally through Joan Cawley Galleries of Scottsdale AZ.
Some fears are good. Today we live in a world of tv-zombified simpletons who don’t recognize the wisdom that grew from the analogy of a youngster touching a hot stove. The punch line that flowered from that tiny proverb, of course, is that the child learned the hard lesson of not touching whatever experience warned him not to touch. Simple enough.
A couple of decades ago a very popular ad campaign generated enough two-worded bumper stickers to make any teenager on earth deathly afraid of admitting to having any fear. Living with unfounded fears is not good, certainly. But dismissing or ignoring the fears that keep us alive and healthy is just as bad or worse. The hangover from that stupid anti-fear trend gave us a crowd of people today who truly don’t understand the very legitimate value of caution. No, these days the quickest way to get the world to line up for and fully support ANYTHING is to put the word ‘phobia’ behind whatever is being promoted. Everyone then cringes at being the target of ridicule that will be aimed at the ‘phobes’.
For years Easter has been set aside as one of two or three days out of the year in which noticeably more people will actually attend a church service. In the 21st century it has been mostly just an opportunity for some little girls to wear a special Easter outfit. And at home after church sometimes there is an egg hunt or a basket of candy. But Easter’s real message for the believing Christian has absolutely nothing to do with Easter bunnies, colored eggs or baskets of candy.
Years ago when I pastored a church, I noticed that on Christmas Eve, Easter Sunday and the Sunday closest to Thanksgiving, attendance could triple or even quadruple what it normally was. And I took special advantage of those opportunities to share the true Gospel of Jesus Christ with the strangers. Those opportunities have made some of our holiday celebrations truly worthwhile. Holidays can be a good thing therefore at least in that respect. They can be reasons for our remembering big truths.
The ‘progressive’ left has worked overtime in the de-Americanizing of America. And for good reason! If our primary language of English eventually really does become replaced with ‘press whatever number for’ Spanish or Eubonics or French or English, etc. - and Thanksgiving, Christmas or the Fourth of July become just another day off from work, taking a back seat to Ramadan, then the rich culture of America is dead. And our North American continent will be just another landmass stuffed full of walking dead - like what is left of the rest of the free world.
Freedom’s healthy traditions equate to roadblocks to invading tyranny. America is currently being stripped of its singular and precious cultural traditions with the complete cooperation of our stupid spoiled children who have been convinced that our Godliness and historical patriotism equate to ‘racism.’
The memory so often returns of the day I heard Sen. Hillary Clinton on a live NPR broadcast selling all of her cohorts on the necessity of our invading Iraq. She was so intense in her pitch I thought she was going to break into tears. Just on the intelligence gathered during the final four years of her husband’s presidency she said she was absolutely certain Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. According to her, we had no recourse but to invade Iraq.
Then of course when public opinion about our being in Iraq went completely south, Hillary and all the other Democrats who had pushed for that preemptive invasion turned their backs on what they had helped to do - and denied ever having had any part in it. (That may have been the true beginning of ‘fake news’!) Of course G.W. inherited that blame as well.
Just the other day an adult male (I’d rather not call him a ‘man’) went into a Muncie, Indiana Goodwill store and began preaching Islam. In the course of his sharing the glad tidings of the religion of peace, he snatched an elderly woman by her throat and began choking her while screeching, “Allahu Akbar!” The weirdo was identified as Khaliad Bilal. Sounds like a Hispanic or maybe Irish name, to me - though I want to avoid profiling. I can’t be certain, of course.
I mentioned the incident to my friends on Facebook. And one of my liberal acquaintances dismissed it as ‘fake news’. I challenged that. And she responded, “You can Google it for yourself! It’s not on CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR, PBS - none of them!” I did, and she was right. It was a genuine piece of news that first appeared in a Muncie paper, ‘The Ball State Daily’, and then spread like a rash around the Internet on all sorts of grassroots publications. But the big six seemed to have missed it. So, to her and a growing number of Americans - it wasn’t real.
The contrast of the two different standards the press and the public have applied to Obama versus what we are seeing now toward Donald Trump is breathtaking-unto-dizzying. And to me the most nauseatingly frustrating dynamic about the whole deal is that, effectively, Trump and his crew, now that they’re in the White House - are on their own.
Right after the election, a very famous evangelist was on Facebook congratulating American Christians for their having rallied to the polls in force while praying down the great victory from God. But his ‘attaboy totally horrified me simply because of the nagging fact of our fallen human nature which is, in the 21st century, running on steroids. So much of the concensus on the street currently is, “Now that Trump is in office, things are going to be a lot different!” How naïve to say such a thing.
I have said this in past articles - and it is never received real well. But the person who coined the term “silent majority” should be horsewhipped. Why? Because it has given a totally deceiving sense of comfort and justification to so much of the atrophying voice of godly conservatism. As these silent ones have sat in their recliners and chosen not to get involved, our nation has gone to hell in so many respects. They, and the brain trust ‘conservatives’ who ‘voted their conscience’ (as they put it) when everybody was aware the only choice we had this time was between Donald Trump and the literal daughter of darkness.
Editor’s Note: Long before Barack Hussein Obama got to hole himself up in a luxurious kind of Shadow Government with wife, Michelle and consigliere Valerie Jarrett in a “ Nerve centre” mansion within walking distance of a White House he never quite left, renowned portrait painter David Merrick (Dave Merrick: A Painter of Life) had already framed him in an iconic picture that would never go away. A “wordless chronicle of simple TRUTH”, the picture showing Obama for what he really is, kept the hope of saving America alive in millions of hearts at home and abroad. Canada Free Press is proud to have been the first news outlet to write about ‘The President Who Tore Up The Constitution’ picture before Dave Merrick became one of our own as a regular columnist. The shadow-boxing Mr. O may be community organizing to “force” President Donald Trump out of office, but can never hide the evil eyed renegade he truly is!)
This is nothing like any of the commentary you are used to seeing from me. But, now that Obama is gone (though he is never gone), I can take a moment to relate a little side story that you may also find interesting.
In 2011, about six months before the reelection of America’s first black president and worst president of any color, I was determined to create a ‘commentary’ that would reach the hearts and minds of millions of viewers in just a glance. My mission was to do whatever I could to try to help avoid another four years of Barack Obama. I knew that words couldn’t speak or travel fast enough for this effort. And with November closing in fast, there was no time to waste. I laid aside my pen, and picked up my pencil, paints and brushes.
After eight years of suffocating under the racist stagnation of B.O. and the House gavel even in the grip of a witch like Nancy Pelosi, President Trump’s address to Congress last night was a breath of fresh air.
Immediately after watching ABC’s live monitoring of the event I put aside my notes, went to YouTube, and watched former president’s Obama’s first address to Congress after he had taken the helm in 2008. The contrast I saw in his audience’s reception was breathtaking.
The left’s HATRED of Donald Trump has gone beyond ‘art form’ and has progressed into a sick competition to win approval from fellow Trump haters and the liberal news-media/entertainment industry that have invented the new sport of Trump HATE. It’s quite obvious that the object of that HATE is to chastise the Donald and anyone who dared to act like a FREE AMERICAN.
Just as I had diagrammed it in my last article, Trump HATE is gaining momentum with each morning’s freshly disparaging headlines and talk shows. If you haven’t read it, you should. “The Stepford Americans” (Canada Free Press). It clearly illustrates how liberal news-media and entertainment have for decades been progressively shaping the attitudes of their consumer-audiences in priming them for whoever will buy their mesmerized allegiance. And now, as a result, our President is the TARGET of the most dangerous group of EXTREMISTS on earth: our liberal press, television/entertainment. And through their actions and ‘journalism’, who can deny that they have issued what is tantamount to a deadly fatwa on our president.
Just today one of my leftist/liberal Facebook friends posted yet another comment calling Donald Trump a really nasty name. It was so disappointing because I thought he was beyond that. But the people now attacking our 45th president are coming out of the woodwork - AND BEHAVING IN WAYS THAT COMPLETELY DEFY REASON. Right now we are in the makings of what some have called a second Civil War. But, for certain, A FIGHT IS BREWING. Why is that?
During the eight years conservatives put up with Barack Obama his fans got really upset whenever any of his critics simply pointed out facts of stuff he had said, been or done. But no conservative, during either term, ever set himself on fire because of Barack taking the Oval Office. Conservative people aren’t big on name-calling either. That’s part of why we are conservative. If you really want to dent a conservative, simply legitimately win an argument with him. We yield to fair and factual debate. If you have a high school education or even just what’s left of a functional brain, you should know that when you start calling people names your argument has run out of gas. The expressed complaints of these 2016 losers are logically bankrupt.
Years ago in a Wal-Mart, I was walking past the toy department. A screaming four year-old was demanding that his mom buy him the little car set he had opened and scattered all over the floor. After the young mother had several times declined and asked him to come along with her, the boy threw one of the toys at her, leaving a cut on her forehead.
The rattled mom stood there and began slowly counting as some parents do before administering discipline. After she got to ‘five’, the kid stomped his foot and threw another car nearly hitting another shopper. The boy’s face was purple now. Mom started over with ‘one,’ and began counting again. A crowd had gathered, and a manager was looking at the mess in disbelief. The mother smiled at the boy, held out her hand and again pleaded with him to come with her. And what happened next is one reason why my wife never takes me anywhere with her.
Historically it can be shown that when conservative America loses an election they douse the light, wake up the next morning, roll up their sleeves and return to work hoping for something better next time. And now we have seen that when 21st-century liberal America, the very deliberately engineered ‘legacy’ of the Obamas, loses an election, they throw a bloody tantrum which is fully intended to overpower both the rule and spirit of our laws.
And as this filthy shame is going down, the Clintons and the Obamas (who possess the power and podium to really help us) and everyone of this administration and friends who have inspired and underwritten the violence in every currency - sit on their hands in silent approval.
It’s 3 AM my time, election night, and my feet have not touched the ground for the past couple of hours. The last active brain cells in my head are rattling around like a couple of BBs in a coffee can. The suspense of yesterday’s election was chilling, to say the least, and I am shot. I’m sure many of my readers are just as incredulously elated as I am. Finally shutting my eyes on a year of anticipation, these thoughts won’t sleep with me until they are expressed broadcast!
First, I am amazed and thankful to God that, despite all the well documented bullying and cheating that took place yesterday at the polls, Trump still took down a smashing victory! Thank God!
Like a spitting cobra, a viper or a fox, a confident and smiling Hillary is saying anything she can to get her prey to let her in. It has taken a tenth of a second (if you are my age at least) for the Clintons to claw - tooth and nail - from Arkansas to Washington. Most of the time Mrs. Clinton has been posing as June Cleaver. Now she is masquerading as the quintessential grandma - whatever it takes to lull her lightheaded constituency long enough to seize the most powerful office on earth. (And by the way, Hillary, Captain Kangaroo called .... said he wants his clothes back.)
Nevertheless, in my entire life I have never imagined such egregiously obvious, wholesale lying followed mostly by thunderous applause from her crowds, and elephant bucks from the people who own most of the internet. It’s frightening. Shirer’s ‘Rise and Fall of the Third Reich’ tells the parallel horror of how Hitler and Joseph Goebbels strapped down Germany. Just like that, Hillary is telling her listeners whatever they want to hear. And just as brutal as a beer hall putsch, the liberal media are her brownshirts. But this time instead of clubbing people, a worse, more paralyzing violence is done to the truth.
Do you consider yourself to be a Christian? If so, I offer you the following thoughts regarding your involvement with this 2016 election.
If you are a Christian, the Bible says it’s completely because you are relying upon the only possible salvation offered through the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Your good works - keeping rules, being nice to people, trying to be a good person, and so on - will not put you one inch closer to God, regardless of what you believe about your own goodness. It is only through faith in the blood sacrifice of his Son, Jesus, that one is found acceptable before God.
Jesus himself said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:16) But if you believe that there are other pathways to God, you are effectively reckoning Jesus to be a liar. Further, if there are several avenues to God, or there is any eternal and saving validity in any other belief system, then Jesus was indeed a deceiver and/or a madman who took his charade all the way to terminal suffering on the cross.
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