Voter Fraud

Framing the narrative:
A. The Republican legislature commissioned an Arizona vote audit, even though there was minimal suspicion of errors.
B. Use the rhetoric that “if there wasn’t voter fraud, an audit wouldn’t be necessary”.
C: Republicans now have a license to contest all future elections, when they lose (see B. “we had to do an audit last time”).
D. Even if the audit proves that wide-spread voter fraud is non-existent (discount the results, refer to B. “we had to do an audit last time”).
E: Cynicism is now instilled in the general public (see B. “why bother, there’s always voter fraud”).
Summary:
To conflate the lying of Trump with the “questioning of truth” is to become complicit in the GOP’s agenda of suppressing voter rights (It’s a circular argument, engineered to disenfranchise the voter. Historically, the lower the voter turn-out, the higher the probability, that the Republicans will remain in power).

Republicans in states including Arizona and Wisconsin are pursuing controversial election audits and investigations. Many GOP-controlled states are pursuing laws which critics say aim to restrict ballot access among those likely to vote Democratic, or make it easier to overturn results. Excerpt from: Trump tries to defend ‘just say the election was corrupt’ demand

Ron DeSantis’ Latest Political Stunt Blows Up In His Face

“It’s a vicious cycle—which is exactly the point. First gin up fear about fraud, then use that fear to aggressively prosecute voting infractions, then use those prosecutions to create stricter laws, then use the stricter laws to induce more examples of fraud, then use those examples to gin up even more fear. The potential impact on turnout is bad enough. But the cumulative effect of restrictive laws corrodes the democratic process itself….
Demagogues and insurrections are not the only—or even the primary—threats to our democracy. The slow, relentless erosion of individual civic agency is at least as dangerous, and perhaps more so. Most of the people accused of “voter fraud” have made mistakes with no provable malicious intent as they navigate voting systems that grow ever more byzantine and frustrating. Their lives may be derailed by reputational damage, by time and money spent in court, by prohibitive fines, and by jail or prison. The people who bear this burden may be the cornerstones of their social worlds. Their fates stand as warnings to others in already fragile communities. In a country where the influence of Black and Latino voters is purposefully diluted by gerrymandering, and where poorer, overworked folks must contend with long lines and short hours at sparse polling locations, the fear of being caught up in a punitive administrative labyrinth adds another variable to the calculus of deciding whether to vote at all.” Excerpt from When the Myth of Voter Fraud Comes for You

Let’s talk about Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick paying up

Commentary: Voter Fraud is real—when it is perpetrated by authoritarian leaning government officials who are hell bent on defrauding voters. Republican legislators think they are being slick when they enact voter and civil-rights suppression laws targeted at minorities. Even though they know full well, that these laws are unconstitutional and will undoubtedly be overturned in federal court. They persist with the charade, hoping that their threats will instill the “fear of being arrested by the state” in law-abiding constituents. Their objective is to stop the progressive movement, even if they have to resort to intimidation and prosecution of innocent citizen activists.
The second part of the GOP’s plan, is to get out the conservative vote by inciting the patriots with incendiary rhetoric, scare tactics, conspiracy theories and democrat hate mongering. Their end game is to weaponize controversial social issues, such as critical race theory; cancel culture; voter fraud; the border crisis; war on drugs; defund the police; abortion, in order to galvanize support for their republican candidates.

In Attack on Voting Rights, DeSantis’s Election Police Arrest 20 Former Felons for Voting in Florida

I Didn’t Notice You

When I look back on my life, I can no longer recognize myself. How did I get to this point—it must’ve been a slow process—the surrender of my dignity.

One day you wake up and you no longer have an identity, you’re now a number; a statistic; a shadow that real people just ignore as they pass you by.

When I started on this journey, I never imagined, that I would’ve ended up as an outsider, disenfranchised because of my lack of social graces.

You know what’s funny—to get to this point gradually—thinking all along that it’s not so extreme—only to find out in the end—that the joke is being played on you.

By: ElRoyPoet, 2022

Concept and Excerpts from “Lead Me Home” Documentary

“When I was young, I would always wake up believing, I was going to have a wonderful life. I never dreamed I was going to have a second life, the one of a minority, a loser that society hated, and that only predators would want me, but only if I allowed them to exploit me.” By: Anonymous

Commentary: There’s a universal belief that success and self-worth are nearly identical and if you’re rich you must be either be smart or hardworking. But if you’re poor you must’ve messed up somewhere along the way. People like to believe that they’ve gotten to where they are, because they’re talented or have earned it. That could be true to some extent, but it’s also a fact, that there are people who could have been equally smart or talented and not in that position, because of the barriers that were erected to impede them. It’s hard to sit with the idea, that maybe somebody else deserves to be where they are, more than they do. I think almost everybody, wants to be able to tell a story of making it on their own. However, does that give them the right to hate the less fortunate?

Read article about lessons to learn from the pandemic

“Since it’s often impossible to get a reasonable sense of what will happen in the future, it’s unfair to blame people with good intentions who end up worse off as a result of unforeseen circumstances. This leads to the conclusion that compassion, not blame, is the appropriate attitude towards those who act in good faith but whose bets in life don’t pay off…Despair thrives where empathy is missing; right now, our lack of compassion for one another is killing us…No matter how smart we think we are, there’s a hard limit on what we can know, and we could easily end up on the losing end of a big bet. We owe it to ourselves, and others, to build a more compassionate world.” Excerpt from The mathematical case against blaming people for their misfortune

“You’re probably familiar with Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ theory, but did you know he also authored a ‘sympathy hypothesis?’ He observed that it took sympathy—what we now call compassion—to raise children, create flourishing communities and turn the human race into the civilization we know today.
Empathy and compassion are both integral parts of the human condition, passed down through evolution to help us survive. Observing suffering activates the parts of our brain associated with threat detection and nurturing. It also affects the vagus nerve, which controls the heart and lungs, and the reward centers of the brain. Performing acts of kindness actually give us ‘hits’ of pleasure chemicals.” Excerpt from: A guide to empathy and compassion

“And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who oppress wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien, because they do not fear ME,” Says the LORD who rules over all.” Bible, Malachi 3:5

christian nationalist

The failure of white evangelicals is that they can’t even restore morality in their churches, but still insist they can restore morality to our nation—that’s why they call themselves ‘christian nationalist’. It’s like ‘putting the cart—before the horse’, tragically the only direction they’re pulling us—is in reverse. They should call themselves ‘nationalist christians’ instead, because they’re hoping the government will fix their lack of faith by legislating a state religion.

By: ElRoyPoet, 2022

Analogy: Before we were born there was a rebellion in heaven. God’s First Born said: “I will help all those who choose to go to earth, to return to heaven by bringing them the gospel, then they can decide for themselves if they will believe”.
Lucifer then countered: “let me be their leader and I will make sure that they all return to heaven. I will force them to obey and none will be lost”.
On earth many liberal leaders said: “we were all born with unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and in order for that to transpire, we must also be freeman”.
Then several christian nationalists leaders contended: “wouldn’t it be easier to make all the citizens obey the law, by taking away their freedom—even though we will not allow them to exercise their first amendment rights, we will trick them into believing that they do, and if any protest, we will punish their insubordination”.
Then God said: “I will send the First Born, because they already have their free agency, and no one should be allowed to take away, what I have already given to them”.
The morale of the story is that any demagogue who attempts to take the people’s liberty away, is obviously in collusion with the devil.

Read: Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior

“We (the founding fathers of our nation) hold these truths to be self-evident (these truths are universal and non-debatable), that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights (these rights are equal for everyone, because they have value in our Creator’s Eyes), that among these are Life (you have the right to live), Liberty (you have the right to freedom) and the pursuit of Happiness (you have the right to choose for yourself).
Even though we don’t all agree with each other about the Bible. The Declaration of Independence is broader than that and acknowledges that there is an expected gratitude and accountability to God. However, America needs to be warned: Since the right to attain life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is tied-in to our Creator, we can’t remove God from the equation. Otherwise, we won’t have a basis for our right to expect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in our children’s future!”
Excerpt from A New Look at America’s Christian Heritage

“It is we who nourish the ‘Soul Of The World’, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse.” By: Paulo Coelho

“Only a changed man, can change the world. Tragically a man who’s set in his ways, doesn’t progress, only atrophies.” By: A. Freeman

“In order for a government to become a fascist regime, the church must allow itself to be swallowed by the state. In order for a government to remain democratic, the state must be kept separated from the church—so that it isn’t tempted to swallow the other.” By: A. Freeman

Lack Of Faith

Why is it that given a choice between 2 religions, we go with the 1 that liberates our flesh and imprisons our soul (conscience); When our flesh is the problem (original sin) and the Holy Spirit is our only Salvation? Therefore, when cultural attrition (social circumstances) lower our morals, but Christian Fundamentalists refuse to reform, society adapts by inventing a replacement (prosperity religion). Consequently, the government is obliged to defend the new fake religion, for it to prosper (1st Amendment). This government endorsement inadvertently degrades the standing of the older orthodox church. The danger in this, is that separation of church and state becomes a myth, because the government has for all practical purposes become the virtual mother church. Tragically, that’s why faith is waning among our young adults, because there’s really no difference between religion and government, when they’re both man-made. Case in point christian nationalism is a straw religion that replaces authentic Biblical teachings with conservative hearsay (ideology).

By: ElRoyPoet, 2022

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself… Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.” Bible, 1 Timothy 2:3,5,17-21

“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.” Romans 12:2

Society In Crisis

What is happening in society today? Is it a new culture or the same old subculture, your prideful heart can’t seem to suppress? Don’t you know that when you take the low road, you end up paying the high toll. Just because road rage is public opinion. Does it mean you have to re-enact it. There’s bad opinions and then there’s bad decisions. Don’t let them trigger your emotions. Does society want more law and order because it needs more peace or because it’s blood thirsty and wants more revenge. Remember two wrongs don’t make you right.

Spanish Translation

¿Qué está sucediendo hoy en la sociedad? ¿Es una cultura nueva o la misma subcultura vieja, que tu corazón odioso no parece querer reprimir? ¿No sabes que cuando tomas el camino bajo, terminas pagando el peaje alto? Solo porque la ira al volante es opinión pública. ¿Significa que tienes que recrearlo? Hay opiniones malas y luego hay decisiones malas. No dejes que provoquen tus emociones. ¿Quiere la sociedad más ley y orden porque necesita más paz o porque tiene sed de sangre y quiere más venganza? Recuerda que si cometes dos errores no hacen uno correcto.

Por: ElRoyPoet, 2022

This video is about Who is the Author of “Good”; based on that standard, humanity has a reference point for all their deeds, whether right or wrong. Atheists resist this and Agnostics are confused, but the universal truth is that “Good” proves there is a God, because that attribute comes wholly from Him.

You reap what you sow. If you plant onions you will harvest onions. So, don’t be expecting any sweet tomatoes if you didn’t plant any! Likewise, if you are prideful, you obviously won’t be getting any kindness in return.

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, ‘Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?’ So He said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.’” Bible, Matthew 19:16-17

Keeping Up Appearances

“She asked him, ‘How much are you selling the eggs for?’
The old seller replied, ’25 cents an egg, Madam.’
She said to him, ‘I will take 6 eggs for a dollar and a quarter or I will leave.’
The old seller replied, ‘Come take them at the price you want. Maybe, this is a good beginning because I have not been able to sell, not even a single egg today.’
She took the eggs and walked away feeling she had won. She got into her new car, that she had bought on credit and went to a nice cafe with her friend. There, she and her friend, ordered whatever they liked. They ate a little and left a lot of what they ordered. Then she went to pay the bill. The bill was for fifty dollars. She gave sixty dollars and asked the owner of the restaurant to keep the change.
This incident might have seemed quite normal to the owner but, very painful to the poor egg seller.
The point is, why do we always show we have the upper hand, when we buy from the needy ones? And why do we get generous with those who do not even need our generosity?
I once read somewhere:
My father used to buy simple goods from poor people at high prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes he even payed extra for them. I became concerned by this act and asked him, why he did that? Then my father replied, ‘It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my son’.”

By: Anonymous

Commentary: Your ego prevents you from being taken advantage of by someone beneath your social status. However, when you encounter somebody above yours, you have a tendency to inflate your ego, in order to keep up appearances. Even if you can’t afford it, you simply ignore the fact, that you are being taken advantage of, while rationalizing in your brain that you will have to sacrifice in some other area of your family’s life. I know most of you won’t share this post, but I believe that people need to read this, to understand how fake we act in our daily interactions with each other.

“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.” Bible, Romans 12:2

A New Year’s Resolution

How about this year, instead of pursuing the same old vain ambitions, such as wasting our time and money on self improvement—we look outward instead? How about if we try, to make a difference for somebody else—who is not able to to improve themself? How about, if we go out of our way to help the homeless, the poor and the lonely? I know you’re probably thinking: “I can’t save the world on my own!”. But how about if this one time, we’re not afraid to partner—us with them?

By: ElRoyPoet, 2022

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’” Bible, Luke 16:19–31

Commentary: Through the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the Lord rebuked self-righteous and covetous Pharisees, warning that their attitudes would bring suffering upon themselves in the next life if they did not repent.
In the parable, the Savior did not say that the rich man was an evil man—only that with all the blessings he had been given, he did not give from his great wealth to someone in need. It may have surprised the Pharisees to hear that the rich man went to hell, while Lazarus went to paradise. In this parable, the Savior taught all of us to be wise in how we use the temporal and spiritual blessings given to us.
The parable of the rich man and Lazarus also refers to two different conditions in the post-mortal spirit world: “Abraham’s bosom” and “hell”. The former is depicted as a place of comfort in the company of the faithful (epitomized by father Abraham), the latter as a place of torment. “Abraham’s bosom conjures up an image of one man reclining companionably against another during a feast or banquet (see John 13:23). Bosom also suggests having close fellowship with another (see John 1:18). In paradise, Lazarus was able to have close association with Abraham, the revered father of all Israelites”. Between this abode of the faithful and “hell” there was “a great gulf fixed”, which prevented interchange between the two.
“Abraham’s bosom” refers to paradise, and “hell” refers to the spirit prison. The division between these two places existed before Jesus Christ visited the spirit world between the time of His death and His Resurrection. Before Christ’s death, spirits from paradise could not visit those who were in spirit prison. His ministry in the spirit world bridged the gulf between paradise and the spirit prison, making it possible for the spirits in prison to receive the message of the gospel from authorized ministers sent from paradise.
The parable of the rich man and Lazarus teaches us about the principle of divine justice. In the parable, the rich man found that after his death, he would have to suffer for a time because of the decisions he had made as a mortal. Lazarus found that after his death, he was blessed and comforted. This teaches us that all the inequities of this life will be made up to the righteous in the next life. Justice is the friend of those who rely on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As Abraham said to the rich man in the parable, in the next life the injustices of mortality are made right: “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.’”
The parable about Lazarus is the only parable in which the Savior used a proper name for one of the characters. In the parable, a rich man who had gone to hell pleaded with Abraham to send Lazarus to his five brothers to convince them that they should repent. Abraham replied that if they would not hear the words of the prophets, “neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead”. Such persuasion requires a changed heart—not changed messengers. Failing to hear the prophets is the same thing as failing to hear the Savior—the One who did rise from the dead.
A short time after the parable was given, the Savior’s close friend Lazarus died and the Savior restored him to life (see John 11). In literal fulfillment of Jesus’s prophecy that someone who had risen from the dead would not persuade the wicked to repent, Jewish leaders responded to the raising of Lazarus from the dead by seeking to have him killed (see John 12:10–11). Not too many months later, Jesus Himself would be slain and would rise from the dead, and the Jewish leaders would continue to refuse to be persuaded.
Excerpts from What Do We Learn about the Spirit World from the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus?

The Purpose Of Life

The crisis in the world today is that instead of embracing a new spiritual life, like we were designed to do, people are trying to get as much pleasure out of an aging physical body, for as long as they can. Subsequently egotistical adults refuse to grow up. It it true that people without convictions are prone to depression when they become aged and sickly. However that is no excuse for the obsession with “trying to remain forever young”; this preoccupation of “not wanting to become old” was never supposed to hijack our eternal purposes. That’s why our Creator in His Infinite Wisdom designed us to age gradually so that we could transition into spiritual mature beings gracefully.

By: ElRoyPoet, 2022

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me.” Bible, Philippians 1:20-22

“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.” Romans 12:2

Perpetual Culture War

All over the world, anywhere there’s conflict; it’s not whether the right is right or the left is wrong. It’s not whether some people are better or the others are worst. If we are all the same, if we are all empty vessels; don’t we all have the same capacity to love and to care?

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” Bible, James 4:1

So what ruins us for society? It can’t be culture, because our shared customs, values, and goals are good; and aren’t they suppose to make us righteous? So why do we blame culture for our shortcomings? What gets in the way?

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

If it’s fear, or the fatigue that comes with it, that causes us to stumble and abandon our manners, and to sink our community; how can we rise above it?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

All over the world, anywhere there’s disagreement between two or more: Jesus is the Peace Maker. This is the universal truth, but it’s not a temporary solution, because if we don’t submit ourselves to Him daily, strife is at the door.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

So don’t hope that empty vessels won’t be influenced or manipulated, because we can. And don’t imagine, that without faith in God, we have the capacity for peace and forgiveness, because we can’t. Sadly if we persist in denial, the night will come—when it’s too late—because the enemy is within the gate.

By: ElRoyPoet, 2021

Satan’s story to Eve in Genesis 3 and to Jesus in Matthew 4 was that they could live independently of God, that is, they could be their own god, set their own standards, let circumstances dictate their decision. But it is a lie.
Either God controls your life by your choosing to let him, or Satan controls your life by your choosing to let him and by your choosing to just go with flow. You and I were designed by God to be ruled by a spirit . Our choice is not whether to be ruled, but rather by which spirit we will be ruled.
So, the Christian’s life is based on decisions, the process of making deliberate right choices without being swayed by Satan’s input into our appetite

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Decisions

When I have a problem,
do I ask myself: “What would Jesus Do”?
Since, that is beyond any human’s comprehension,
do I instead ask myself: “What would Jesus’ disciple do”?
Since, that is still beyond most humans’ comprehension,
do I just ask myself: “What would a human who needs Grace do”?

After I have made a decision,
do I ask myself: “Would I act this way in The Temple?”
Since, this is beyond any human’s ability to moderate,
do I instead ask myself: “Would I act this way at Church?”
Since, this is still beyond most humans’ ability to moderate,
do I just ask myself: “Would a human who needs Grace act this way”?

These are hard choices, because I live in a world that subjects me to daily temptations that appeal to my sinful nature and distort my Creator’s Purpose for my life. Therefore, the Christian needs to watch and pray every day, in order to be delivered from the physical and spiritual entrapment that is waiting to ensnare my heart and soul for all eternity.

By: ElRoyPoet, 2021

In Satan’s temptation of Eve in Genesis 3 and in his temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4, we see the tactics he used and still uses with us. While varied in their details, most temptations fall into one of three categories as listed in 1 John 2:16: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.Excerpts from How does Satan tempt us?

“In everything, therefore treat people the same way you want them to treat you…” Matthew 7:12