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On My Mind

August 19, 2021

“Afghan President Fled with Helicopter Full of Cash!” blared the AOL news headline. Yes, AOL. I’m a techno-throwback, a dinosaur. AOL’s been good to me. But about President Whomever fleeing his country with a haul of cash, so what? If I were in his silk slippers, and I had to flee my country, once royalty, now a beggar, I’d grab as much cash as I could before I got out of Dodge forever. He’s got to find a country that won’t extradite him or sell him to the highest bidder. That requires one ruled over by a dictator. You can’t trust democracies. The present government might agree to protect you, but who knows what an election might bring. I hope he took enough cash to ensure he had enough for an attractive bribe and still live comfortably and securely for the rest of his life, despite the nagging and barely suppressible fear of being assassinated at any minute by the bodyguards the dictator personally selected. And let’s face it, if said cash reverts to the Taliban, no one in possession of a functional brain thinks they would distribute it amongst the people of Afghanistan, do they?

Ersatz President-in-Name-Only Joe “The Schmo” Biden has irreparably, very possibly, damaged the reputation of the United States in the world community. Power is admired, fecklessness is not. Think what you will of the guy, but Trump was admired, if in secret, while Biden is the subject of snickers. We may not be able to dig ourselves out of this hole for several generations to come, assuming we are able to get rid of the teachers’ unions in the meantime.

The Democrat Party has two tentacles that reach deeply into the heart of America: the mainstream media and the teachers’ unions. In both cases, the purpose is to indoctrinate as many sheep as possible into the blessings of being sheep. The Republican Party, meanwhile, whines about us sliding slowly into soft totalitarianism but are too cowardly to do anything that might stymie the octopus.

According to a good friend who is anything but a sycophant, my latest book, The Bible Parenting Code, is the “best book you’ve ever written.” In it, I take forty scripture, all but maybe five of which make no overt mention of children or parental responsibilities (e.g., “and the second is like it; love your neighbor as yourself”), and illustrate how they pertain to childrearing, and significantly so. Over the last twenty years or so, the Bible has become my favorite book, hands down, ever. I can’t get enough of it. I’m no hungry for its knowledge and wisdom that I’m taking a couple of stabs at theology. I have an idea for a book that critiques the narrative that has developed over the centuries in the Christian world concerning the account of the Fall in Genesis 3. The narrative is simply wrong. Especially mistaken is the notion that “and their eyes were opened” refers to feelings of shame which Adam and Eve attempted to cover by fashioning garments for themselves. That exegesis is indefensible – a hypothesis I am defending in what may be my next book. Writing is sport for me and venturing into new subject matter is exciting.

Copyright 2021, John K. Rosemond

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