Month: May 2018

2018-05-31 Memories & thoughts of an aged political warhorse

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May 31, 2018

This is a letter to our friends –

Memories and thoughts of an aged political war-horse

In 1960, as I recall, I walked my first precinct. John Tower (R-Texas) was running for U.S. Senate. Shortly after that, my employer moved us to Connecticut in order to cover sales in the territory from Georgia to Maine.

Before the move I was given a copy of “The Conscience of a Conservative” by Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964 presidential candidate. Civics classes had been, for me, nap times. “Uninformed” is an understatement. That book was a seed bed for the conservative movement across America.

An on-the-job crash course in practical politics (common sense), resulted in my leading the grass roots movement in Connecticut. Conservatives came out of the woodwork and shocked

the establishment Republicans!

We moved to California and a new career in the automotive service market. I was invited to write a newspaper column. That resulted in three nominations to state legislature and a decade of active involvement in California politics at the local and state levels. These blog posts are the after-glow of those newspaper columns.

Fifty-eight years since that first precinct walk have seen a slow, and more or less steady, American learning curve. I believe we are approaching a tipping point. We have deep and firm roots. Truth and righteousness never stop fighting for the surface. America was born with a purpose – demonstrate to the world how to love God and others.

Like each of us, America has been more than a little unfaithful to her calling! There remains the assurance that redemption is available. (2nd Chronicles 7:14)

I believe the ungodly will use every opportunity to hold back the coming tsunami of redemption. It will be a wave of truth from the American bosom that sweeps through south-east Asia, the Indian sub-continent, and the Moslem world. There is coming a global Christ- centered baptism in righteousness the likes of which he world has never seen.

After that, there is always an ebb-tide (end-time). If my thoughts are correct, this is a time to look up, keep faith, and not be overwhelmed. Victory is near.

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2018-05-25 Well – it happened!

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

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May 25, 2018

This is a letter to our friends –

Well – it happened!

It is not as bad as it could be – but it sure is inconvenient!

I lost my Skype and the restoration dropped all my Skype contacts.

Our e-mail messages, like this one, are not involved.

If you wish to be linked with me on Skype you must initiate a request.

Go to www.SKYPE.com download the free Skype app.

Then search for me by name [Ben Gilmore, Citrus Heights], or phone [1 916 722 2501], or e-mail [histbuff].

Thanks for your patience.

Ben

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2018-05-20 What’s happening

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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May 20, 2018

This is a letter to our friends –

What’s happening

God’s hand is at work in American culture. I believe years of supplication in behalf of God’s purposes for America are being heard and answered. Do we deserve it? No indeed, no more than Old Testament Israel deserved all the second chances God gave them! The fact remains – Something good is happening in America. Take heart!

This year’s primary elections will be a mixture of good and bad. Voters are confused. That is by design. The public (I believe) is overwhelmingly in favor of draining the swamp. All sorts of tricks are being used to preserve the status quo.

In my Congressional District (CA CD7) we have an incumbent liberal Democrat. There are two Republican challengers; Andrew Grant, and Yona Barash. Neither are well known in the district. Barash has a solid conservative resume and is endorsed by well known conservatives. Grant has a less impressive resume and is endorsed by well known (my opinion) RINO activists including Mitch McConnell.

The choice should be a slam dunk – but – Trump’s name appears next to McConnell on Grant’s endorsement list! My suspicion is that Trump knows nothing, or little about it. The Trump “endorsement” will be hard to overcome in just three weeks where ballots are already being mailed in.

I suspect this sort of thing is taking place across the nation. There will be primary wins and losses for principled candidates trying to win a place on November’s ballot.

The situation changes in November. Even a liberal Republican is better than a Democrat because it becomes a numbers game rather than a principles game. The party with a majority of members is in control. In turn, the majority party controls the committees and the chairs. I am predicting a stunning, runaway victory for Republican candidates across the country this November. The liberal influence will be greatly diminished.

If you have not yet voted in your primary please do a bit of research. Ask a reliable friend, search for voter guides. Speak to a candidate if you can.

Here is my litmus test for a reliable principled candidate:

· Do you support the 2nd amendment? (Pro gun)

· Do you oppose abortion? (Pro life)

· Do you oppose same-sex marriage? (Pro traditional family)

Having cast your primary ballot, please make it a regular daily habit to pray for God to be honored by the November election. Not for our sakes, but for what it could mean for His name’s sake in the nations of the world – and ours.

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2018-05-12 A reminder & a request

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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May 12, 2018

This is a letter to our friends –

A reminder & a request

The next Principles of American Government (PAG) online course begins in one month. It is time to order the text books. You will be glad you have them. Regular readers of this column will profit by learning about the foundation from which it grows.

We are looking for a person who is familiar with online recording. Someone with the skill and commitment to record the PAG course beginning June 8th. [24 each, 75 minute Monday & Wednesday classes.]

The material we cover in this course is incredibly significant. The course title makes it sound like a civics class. Read the student comments on our web site (see letterhead). It is much more than that. You will find yourself recalling and evaluating day to day situations in relation to what you learned in this course.

You will see God’s hand in human history – and in that context – understand what He has been and is doing today. You will learn to use tools that prevent ever losing a debate! Best of all – You may discover yourself and your life in relation to what God is doing.

Join the class. There is no charge, only your commitment. Call 916-722-2501 or e-mail histbuff

Ben Gilmore,

Sabre Jet Pilot. Korea

BS-ME, BS-IE –SMU 1958

MBA – Harvard 1960

Political activist / candidate

Business owner

PAG Teacher, 40 years

Happily Married 65 years!

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2018-05-03 Basics #2 God & man

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May 3, 2018

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Basics #2

(I hope this series of posts will be thought worth saving.)

[John Locke, “Of Civil Government” 1689] “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent, and infinitely wise maker; all the servants of one sovereign master, sent into the world by his order, and about his business; they are his property, whose workmanship they are, made to last during his, not one another’s pleasure: …

“Basics #1” Established the existence of God. This “Basics” column discusses man’s relationship with God. We begin by parsing Locke’s statement (above).

Locke establishes that everything, including man, has a law of nature to govern it. He continues that these laws make common sense. If men would only reason it out, they would realize that, everyone being equal and independent, no one should harm another’s life, health, liberty, or property.

Then he tells us why this is so. We are all created by one all-powerful, all-wise Maker, put on the Earth by His authority, for His purpose. We are His property, made to last during His, not one another’s pleasure!

“Revealed Law”, found only in the Holy Scriptures, teaches that God put man on the earth to love Him, and to love one another. To “love” is to unselfishly want the very best for the loved one [John 3:16]. Humans are slow learners! After at least six thousand years, we are still learning. The good news is that we are making progress! The study of God’s hand in human history “Providence” is fascinating. I hope to discuss it in future columns.

How are God and man alike? Both have a being and both create choices. We have no choice regarding our being. Neither, apparently, has God. He knows everything that is knowable. He is uncreated. He is all-powerful. He is everywhere present. He is eternal. He can’t help it. That is just the way it is. Man also has a being. Man has life. Man has body. Man can’t help it. That is just the way it is. The big difference is that man’s being is finite. It has a beginning and an end.

The mind blowing discovery is that God created man with a choice! All creation is governed. Inert things like rocks and dirt are governed by cause and effect. Plant life is governed by things like photosynthesis. Animal life is governed by instinct. Only man (and angels) share God’s ability to create choices. Once a choice is created, its existence is eternal. A choice once created, cannot be uncreated!

My grandfather taught me that, “Words unspoken often fall back, dead. Once they are spoken even God cannot change them!”

God cannot help being God. However He can choose to be loving, wrathful, peaceful, forgiving, just, …, … . His choices define His personality. Man’s choices define man’s personality. One day our bodies will no longer exist, but the choices we made are eternal. Our choices define who we really, truly are. The totality of our life’s choices will define who we are for eternity, in heaven or hell.

Some choices are more important than others. Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” [John 14:6] The choice is ours. The consequences are eternal.

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