Big Brother Behind the Wheel

There is a debate going on in the US Congress, as well as State Assemblies and Legislatures on how to fix our nation’s infrastructure. I have already shared where in excess of a trillion dollars has been funded since 1992, but work still needs to be done.

The vehicle gas tax is the current tool used, but it has not been updated by the feds since 1992 and to get it to where it needs to be would add $1.60 to each gallon of gas. That would cripple the nation, so while we can expect some sort of increase, other methods are being reviewed.  One such source is Vehicle Miles Traveled or VMT.

There is a thought in the fed circles of government that not all drivers are paying their “fair” share to fund the roads, even if you are paying at the pump. A greater distribution of payment for those that drive more should be instituted. Our friends in the trucking business know this feeling all too well as several states in the US are and have been enacting “trucker only” tolls to get a “fair share” revenue for usage. Forget the fact that Western Civilization dies without the trucker……

The idea behind VMT is simple – tax you for the miles you drive. The Congressional Budget Office in 2011 came out with a report under the Administration of Darth Vader (aka Barry Obama) about methods to fund highways. It’s too lengthy to insert, but here is the link: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/22059#section0 . You can download the document and I suggest you do so. When you read about potential taxes on VMT, you can tell the office knew they had a topic Lord Obama would like.

So how does VMT work, well you are seeing samples of it in driving right now. One insurance carrier, who I won’t name and publicize, has a device you insert to accurately record your miles for a discount off your policy. Now, this is voluntary mind you and the insured is granting this permission. Our friends over in trucking have never had the luxury of “voluntary” anything and have always maintained a record of miles driven. With the mandate of Electronic Logging Devices, or ELD (another product of Lord Barry’s tenure in office), truckers now have an electronic leash they maintain that keeps ticking when they drive.  ELD’s were supposed to make driving safer for truckers. Drivers are federally mandated to take 30 minutes of rest for eight hours on the road AND cannot exceed 70 hours worked in the week. ELD was going to ensure these guidelines are met.

A recent study by Northeastern University, Michigan State, and the University of Arkansas show that ELD’s may actually becoming a cause for unsafe driving http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=73710#.XIKATk2os5s so forcing people to monitor miles may not be the system to use.

Which brings me back to VMT. For this to work, you and I have to be willing to allow the feds to install some form of monitoring device on our cars to track miles OR we will have to fill out paperwork and turn in for road tax purposes. There are loads of issues with this from privacy to potentially killing small business that uses vehicles to produce revenues.

Are you ready for Big Brother to be behind your wheel?

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A Slow Roll to Disaster

Chances are you will go to the grocery store once or twice this week to buy food. I’ll bet you gas up at least once a week; maybe more. You don’t think twice about it and expect the goods and gas to be there.

What happens when you go into the store and the shelves are bare. You pull up to the gas station and find out there is NO gas to buy. Sounds extreme that this could happen in modern-day America? Well…..

Stats show 70% of all goods are moved by trucks from their point of origin in the US. The remaining 30% is moved by air/sea & rail. However, they drop that off at a depot and then a truck comes in and loads it up to move it out. So really, 100% of all goods are moved by trucks. Think about that. It’s a huge part of our economy and if truckers are not moving goods, wellllllll that lifestyle you and I enjoy will begin to change. Immediately.

A thick green sausage keeps poking the trucking bear

Truckers are in most part, some really nice folks who work their butts off.  Teddy bear like. Having written that, they are like anyone else and get fed up. Right now, the “I have had it meter” runneth over and that bear becomes one big, bad grizzly. Now imagine that grizzly is sleeping uncomfortably and growling low. Now imagine a big ole Shrek like finger, green for money that keeps poking that bear. Here are a few things poking the bear:

  • Insurance rates going through the roof
  • States coming out with “trucker only” or trucker targeted highway tolls that keep hitting their pocket-book
  • Problems finding a safe place to park
  • Driver pay – their effective pay and buying power basically is the same as 1980
  • Paperwork that would make a CPA cry
  • An ever-increasing regulatory shadow over their back

Get the picture?

About a month ago, some truckers in Illinois realized that they had a gut full of what I listed above and decided it was time to get some attention. So on January 26th of this year, about 10 truckers went below the speed limit on I57 for about 100 miles to protest. That same day, 40 trucks in Dallas did the same thing. Since then, truckers have been doing the same thing in Indiana and Kentucky. Another Illinois protest for I465 is planned soon. Other states will be following.

Oh, and the word is getting out about taking a “day off” nationally on April 12, 2109.

DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION YET!!???!?!?!?!

With all of the buzz on infrastructure, we had better start paying attention to those that spend most of the time driving on those roads and figure a way to get them happy. Even if it costs us more for goods and services.

The bear is waking up and making a slow roll over the economy and disaster is right around the corner.

The kind of disaster where the bear eats you up and then defecates you over a long, tall, cliff.

Charmin, anyone?

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Taxes, Tolls, & Truckers

It’s a fair statement to say that the feds have dropped the ball on keeping our nations highways in shape. The fuel tax, the key mechanism set up in the 1950’s to fund the animal is still at 38 cents per gallon. That tax is split between 18.4 cents per gallon of gas and  24.4 cents per gallon of diesel. That’s the same rate it was in 1993. These, along with other excise taxes fund the Highway Trust Fund. Unfortunately, that fund is effectively broke right now. When established, cars got 5 miles per gallon and big rigs got about 1 mile per gallon, so we used to suck in a whole lot of fuel juice. Today, cars get average mpg in the mid 20’s and trucks get a whopping 5.6 miles to the gallon! Hey – it’s better than 1! Those changes alone mean less money in the fund. Now throw in a steady growth for electric cars, which either use no gas or limited if they are a hybrid, and the money fund goes down even further.

Now that does not mean funds have not been allocated for our roads. Going back t0 Clinton, which was the last time the taxes were raised and you’ll find several transportation funding allocations:

  • 1995 – 8 billion added to Highway Trust Fund as part of the National Highway System Designation Act
  • 1996 – 13.1 billion for transportation projects under HR 2002
  • 1998 – Clinton signs Highway Bill that poured 217 billion into funding. 41 billion was for mass transit
  • 1999 – For fiscal 2000, Clinton gets Transportation Spending Bill for 50.2 billion
  • 2002 – Fiscal year 2002 saw over 61 billion in transportation spending
  • 2003 –  Fiscal year 2003 saw over 67 billion in transportation spending
  • 2004 – Transportation Equity Act: 275 billion authorized, 64 billion spent that year
  • 2005 –  Fiscal year 2005, another 67 billion spent
  • 2006 – Fiscal year 2006 saw 70.7 billion spent
  • 2007 – Fiscal year 2007 was another 76.9 billion
  • 2008 – last year before Barry, 12.1 billion as Bush’s War on Terror funding sucked up 145 billion

That’s a load of money. I have not even listed Barry’s bills. Oh, and the Highway Trust Fund was declared insolvent in 2007…

Barry got his 800 billion Stimulus is 2009. Of that, roughly 80 billion went to infrastructure. So rather than do the year by, here is the summary of spending on transportation (infrastructure and related items) expended during the reign of the Lord Obama from the US Government budgets – 549.3 billion and that does not include data from 2011 and 2016 as it buried in so many reports, I did not want my eyes to bleed out.

Man – that’s a lot of money. Now, transportation is not just building and maintaining roads, but other infrastructure like mass transit as well as the cost to operate them.

It’s not like the monies have not been flowing, regardless of who is in Congress or the White House. So, why do we need to still spend a trillion on roads? Out tax money is going in and the appropriations are going out. I know there are and have been highway projects going on everywhere. Here is what I also know, many states have gotten tired of waiting on the feds in many states and are taking matters into their own hands.

Rhode Island Department of Transportation Toll Plan
In 2015 the Rhode Island Legislature rolled out a plan called Rhode Works. Cute. Bottom line – create new tolls to pay for repairs to roads and bridges. Hey, if the feds won’t doll the funds timely, take matters into your hands. I get it.

Here was the problem – this one targets truckers and truckers only to pay for the system. Hmmmmm.

Guess that thing called the Constitution and the Interstate Commerce Clause did not ring a bell? Well, the plan rolled out, tolls on truckers starting coming in and all was well in Providence, RI. The program was sold as a way to have truckers pay their “fair share” of wear and tear on RI roads according to RIDOT Director Peter Alviti.

So, it could be assumed that trucks are everywhere on RI roads? RI has 436000 registered cars, so how many trucks does it take to equal that amount of driving wear and tear? I don’t know, but my guess is truckers are getting hammered here. I plan on asking Director Alviti on air as I have invited him onto The Automotive Edge Radio Show with Truck Talk to discuss the issue. I want to give him a fair chance to talk on the issue.

In July of 2018, the American Trucking Association filed a lawsuit to stop the program. Eyes are on the lawsuit all over the nation, as its outcome will impact drivers all over the US.

This past week I had Rhode Island Trucking Association President Chris Maxwell on the show to discuss the issue. Maxwell brought up some key points on air:

  • There is a substantial amount of work that is being re-done to, shall we say, questionable original construction. This may be a factor nationally, as I have shown the numbers on federal outlays.
  • Maxwell believes this is a set up for uniform tolls on RI residents in the near future. There could be some credence here, as RI only enacted a variable increase in the fuel tax of 1 cent in 2015 when they could have taken more and distributed the cost.

Stopping the Attacks on the Trucking Industry
I have dealt with truckers for 20 years and I know all the crap they go through to bring you and me goods. Everything you have or buy was transported to the place you bought it at by a trucker. Think about that. Tolls are just one of the many frontal assaults coming at an industry in crisis.

Its time to learn more how to help the industry. I personally like being able to buy groceries and other goods.

Unless of course, you raise your own food, build your own shelters, sew your own clothes…..

Think they call them Amish.

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Back in the saddle again

Yep, I’m back in the saddle. Or more specifically – behind the keyboard.

I have laid off the blog for most of Trump’s term. Not because there hasn’t been crap to write about, there has been. I needed time away from the machine. Make no mistake – talking or writing about politics, especially now in the new wave of Nazi’s on the left that want to destroy anything or anyone that does not agree with them, and you place yourself at risk.

I needed some time. You see, losing a political campaign is one thing. That by itself gives one a big, red ass. In my case, the Great Recession was taking my livelihood and it had to be rebuilt and that damn near killed me.

The 2010 SD 22 Campaign cut out parts of my soul. Not because I lost – I ran a solid campaign against a snake who ended up doing prison time for the crap I uncovered about him. It’s been long enough now that I can write about the fact that because of what I uncovered lead to having guns put to my head on 2 occasions and threatening to blow my brains out and the fact that there were 2 abduction attempts on my kids from their school. I had an attack on one of my professional licenses to put me out of business. Let all of that sink in and simmer. There is not a job in the world worth my family and the items that occurred to me messed me up in many aspects. I was naïve and vulnerable to the consequences of hard-core politics and its impact on my family.

When your head is messed up, you make bad decisions. I have made a few in the past several years. I probably need to get the Golden Crowbar Award for having my head up my rear for an extended period of time. Fortunately, I am breathing clean air again.

So, will I ever campaign for an elected office ever again? Doubtful. Don’t have a problem helping others, but my campaigning days are done. I prefer the appointed route. I allowed myself to be appointed to the Johnson County Emergency Services District #1 (the JCESD) to see if I could handle government on a smaller scale. It’s been nearly 3 years and I truly enjoy it. Being able to guide the program the enables first responders is a hell of an honor. I have thrown my name in the hat for some Gubernatorial Boards appointments. We’ll see what happens. I will be sharing what happens at the JCESD and it is not boring….

I am reunited with my vocational calling – commercial insurance with a focus on commercial trucking. For some reason, I just love truckers and truck insurance. Its been 20 years since I wrote my first truck insurance policy. When I was a kid and dad drove us across America, I had the fun of getting to ride with truckers we met along the way and via CB radio. People that drive trucks are just the best and I love them. Oh, and if you don’t, you better start. Without truckers you don’t have anything. Food, fuel, clothes, etc. – it was all brought to you by a trucker.

Which brings me to my last section. Things do happen for a reason. I am now co-host with Kurt Chase on The Automotive Edge Radio Show. My segment is Truck Talk. Now Kurt has truly created something unique with this show. He has been helping people buy/sell/trade/repair or anything with cars for 15 years. Now, with my segment, we are going to do the same thing with semi trucks. It won’t stop there – we are going to include anything on wheels because his listeners want access to boats/rv’s/motorcycles/atv’s so we are going to give it to them.

Now I am also bringing diversification to the show. I am going to talk insurance and any regulation that screws people AND we are going to talk about regulations on state and federal levels that are messing with truckers. There is a bunch, I’m sorry to say. However, where there is regulation, there are politicians. Where there are politicians, there is a trial of bullshit, diversion, obfuscation, and outright lies. My job will be to shine a light on the darkness and separate the bs from the truth. This time around, I am going to have fun at it.

Does this mean I blog everyday or week or month? Hell, I dont know…. Going to be busy, so monthly is more realistic. However, it will depend on how much garbage is going on too.

You can learn more about the show at http://theautomotiveedge.com/ . Within a week, there will a section for me and Truck Talk. You can listen to the show on Fridays 3 to 5pm CST on 1190am KXFR if you are in DFW or go to https://www.iheart.com/live/talk-radio-1190-am-4276/ and you can listen to the show online. Download the iheartradio app and listen on the phone or tablet. The Saturday show will be from 11am to noon on 1160 AM KBDT in DFW or go to https://usaradio.com/ and select the Listen Live tab. There is no download yet.

The shows are LIVE and we like callers. I have changed twitter to @dgyancy65 and I will be tweeting out the call in numbers for the show. If the 8000 plus devoted readers of this blog will listen and call in, we will have a whole lotta fun.

So, do your research on your topics so you can sound informed when you call.

It’s time to ride!

 

 

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You Can’t Legislate Evil

For those that have followed me over the years, you know I don’t do knee jerk reactions to crazy crap. The Parkland Massacre is no different. As tragic as it is, it is not a reason to blanket punish the overwhelmingly majority of law abiding gun owners with additional laws. In full disclosure – in additional to having a Texas Concealed Handgun License, I have a Federal Firearms License as a dealer for one of our companies, as well as Federal Firearms License as a manufacture and importer under my wife’s company. In short, when I state I know firearms laws, I have the credentials to back up the statement.

The “We Need More Gun Laws Crowd” does not know squat on current law or facts on gunowners.
There are over 100 million Americans that legally own guns. If even a small minority of them were crazy or irresponsible with their guns, you would know as the sheer volume of deaths would be unavoidable in the news. Facts are gun dealers are required to do background checks and that check knocks out a large number of would be buyers. If you have had a DUI, DWI, assault charges of any kind, reported for spousal abuse, or a long list of items that dealers get from the ATF on why buyers are turned away – you don’t get a gun. Oh, and the dealers don’t make that call. The background check goes to the Feds. They make that call. Slapped your wife and she called the cops, so sorry no shotgun for you. So the guards for issues are there.

Then there is the waiting periods. They vary from state to state, but are a minimum of 3 to 7 days. That is for the person that can pass the tests, but might have had something happen that provokes an “I want to kill hubby/wifey tonight for cheating” sort of affair. The idea is to allow for cooling off. Its works for most of the time.

Now I hear the gun grabbers screaming “Darren – the gun shows! Anyone can get a gun there!” No, crazy leftist, they cannot. Dealers at gun shows are still required to fill out the same paperwork and do the same background checks. They are still legally liable for following the law. Now, private sellers can sell to one another and there is no current law that requires waiting periods, background checks, or paperwork. Here is an area where problems have occurred. Someone sells (or gives) to a friend and it comes back to bite them on the ass. Remember, legal gun owners have a paper trail of the purchase and serial number on the gun. Despite what the press publicizes, legally purchased guns can be tracked to where the were sold very easily. If a private transactions ends up with a crime committed, the seller of that gun can still be prosecuted. While the law does not require the same checks for private sellers as dealers to sell or trade a gun, it does not let them off the hook for not disclosing the sale to the new buyer. Now is this a perfect process? No. However, to blanket punish 99.99999% of gun owners is insane for the mistakes of a few. That’s not majority management, that tyranny through fear tactics.

The facts are that 99.99999% of legal gun owners you will never hear about. That .000001 % that Nikolas Cruz falls into is a category that no law will ever prevent because YOU CANNOT LEGISLATE EVIL That is what this little bastard is and no law would have stopped his thought process. Now we can debate whether or not this could have been prevented because of the clues, warning signs, and miscues that happened along the way. But evil will find a way. If it was not a gun, it would have been a bomb or car or some other device to cause maximum death and destruction. Raising the purchase age of a gun to 21 is crap without showing me a buttload of data showing crimes committed with legally purchased guns of people under 21. I already have an issue with someone being 18 and not being able to drink in many states, and I don’t drink or like drinking. However, it you can be determined legal at 18 to vote and die for your nation, you damned well should be able to buy a drink legally and protect yourself. Jacking the age to 21 is a way to satisfy the slobbering leftists that hate guns on any level. There is no sound basis to institute law over a single incident.

Mental Health & Owning Guns
No one wants a crazy person getting a gun. That is not what is at issue. Gun grabbers want a laundry list of ailments that any person could have at any time and thus opening up a way to ban firearms. Legal gun owners will not let that happen. What we are open to is a reasonable discussion on aliments that have a track record leading to violence and hard definitions. Nonetheless, people like Nikolas Cruz will still slip through any system as evil can pass for sane.

Caution to the Gun Grabbers
Gun owners have firearms for a number of reasons from protecting their families to collecting to sporting & hunting. At the core of the 2nd Amendment was a directive to the new colonists become Americans to remember – bearing arms is the only way to keep government at bay. That means have the ability to keep the domestic government in check through the citizens ability to take it back if it gets too far out of line. Various nations in history that became republics later turned tyrannical. That can happen here as well. Our government is by and from the people, not a entity above the people. If it attacks its people, you cannot take the government back with pitchforks and torches. Then there is keeping other governments at bay. That means national defense. There is written evidence to the fact that the former Soviet Union never invaded the US due to one simple fact – our citizens were too well armed and are essentially the largest army on the planet. They would have been slaughtered.

Reality in the World of Today
While I am happy N Korea want to talk of eliminating the nukes, their missiles don’t worry me. It is a porous border that allows our enemies easy passage into the nation to attack us from within. We have watched it happen in the EU for the past several years. We are not exempt from it and our enemies are evil.

And you cannot legislate evil.

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Where Rocketman Began

One of the reasons I like Texas in the winter is it is usually in the 50’s for the season with some occasional dips to remind us of what real winter is over a big chunk of the USA. This 1st day of the New Year has it a 16 degrees Fahrenheit out my door. Brrr. How do you people in the north deal with this? I salute you for being tough as nails in this arctic cold far more than we are.

A cold day allows a little time behind the keyboard and a chance to reflect on current events. Events like the idiot in N Korea who is determined to start a war to prove how much of a moron he really is. I saw where Kim Jong Un (KJU) is reaching out to S Korea for peace talks, while threatening the US will nuclear “response” if attacked. You know, KJU has the nuclear button on his desk….. Wonder how much say the N Korean people had in that process? Silly me, I forgot, they have their tongues cut out if they don’t praise Boy Wonder.

Sometimes we forget that the reason the US and USSR never nuked each other was along the way, both sides figured it out that NOONE WINS. Talk deterrent, big stick, and all that, but neither wanted to end the world. I’m not so sure about this jack ass. Does he really think N Korea could win a nuclear war? Bad as China hates the current situation, they know what happens if KJU launches one toward the US. They don’t want any part of that and I believe China will play a more aggressive, albeit behind the scenes, role in reigning in the Rocketman.

But how did we get here? I think this point needs to be hammered in because the last 2 Democrat Presidents – Clinton and Obama, have done more to endanger the world since the rise of Hitler. Let’s go back to the mid 1990’s, when KJU’s dad, Kim Jung-Il rose to power following his father’s death. Jung-Il was himself a maniac. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which N Korea had signed a few years back, was about to be worthless as Jung-Il was about to shred it. Enter Clinton, desperate to salvage the situation and come out smelling like a rose. Clinton formed agreement that would have the US supply the fuel N Korea would lose from nuclear power under the agreement. Estimates put the value of what was promised in the agreement from 4 to 5 billion from John & Jane Taxpayer. Additionally, UN embargoes would loosen to allow N Korea’s economy to improve, etc, etc, etc. All N Korea had to do was allow inspections and be up front on storage of spent radioactive materials. Well, you know the story from there.

Actor James Woods put forth a blistering tweet this past summer about it. Now liberals are trying to re-write history to cover Bill’s ass. Funny thing, the agreement that was struck with N Korea was also done in a manner that was not, well technically according to Clinton, a treaty. This meant no Senate approval. Barry had a template for dealing with Iran forged by Bill, including how to hose US tax payers with paying out our cash. However, those Republicans (unlike the ones on the Iran deal) had the brass nads to bring the matter into budget negotiations and the agreement got Congressional approval. Unfortunately, here is where 2 fools met when the agreement was passed as it never should have been approved. The N Koreans defecated on the agreement and stalled inspections to grow into what we know now is a full nuclear program.  Twenty three years later and the latest N Korean dictator now has something to blow up.

And has KJU been having some fun launching his toys over the past year…..

Thanks a lot Bill.

And now you have your Rocketman.

 

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Cinematic Themes of Jesus

As we approach the date of celebration of the birth of Christ, I love to watch movies this time of year. Movies about, Heaven, God, & Christ are dusted off the shelves and played. I find it interesting that many of the movies I see right now are more about the death of Christ as opposed to his birth. “Ben-Hur”, “King of Kings” and the recently made “Risen” are all about the time of death and resurrection of Christ. “Passion of the Christ” is great, but just too real for meat certain points in the movie. Great movies, but one would think they would be more relevant around Easter. “It’s a Wonderful Life” and its modern-day semi-remake “The Family Man” with Nick Cage are two of my favorites. “The Nativity Story”, “The Birth of Jesus”, and “The Greatest Story Every Told” are all wonderful films.

It is absolutely marvelous when a hidden movie with Christ gets uncovered. I had the pleasure of watching “The Shack” with Sam Worthington today. Had not seen the previews, reviews, and had not a clue to the background of the movie. If you have not seen the movie, there are spoilers in this blog. While I had it on from the beginning, I was not paying much attention until the young Mack appears to poison his alcoholic father for beating him and his mother in drunken fits. That caught my eye and I watched. The story centers around a tragedy of the main character’s youngest daughter being abducted and ultimately murdered while on a camping trip. The abduction occurs in a moment when the father has to rush into the lake to save his other 2 teenage kids from drowning. They are in the water due to one child standing in the boat and causing it to capsize.

This part of the film hit a little too close to home for me. I was able to take my kids camping a lot as they grew up. I have been the dad that dived into the lake when a boat capsized. I have had my little wandering kids disappear on me and there is no greater fear for a parent than “what if”. So when the main character was sobbing to his wife that it was his fault when his daughter was abducted, he was right. The mom could say all she wanted that it was not his fault, but it was. I have been there, as have other parents. When you take your kids out, you are responsible for them. Period.  The film then delves into his guilt and anger.

Mack is enticed by a mysterious letter to return to the scene of the crime where his daughter was abducted. Frustration occurs when no one is there and it appears that Mack attempts to kill himself, only to be disrupted by a deer. What ensures afterward is a discovery of a man who appears to be Jesus that leads him to a beautiful cabin on the lake in spring. There he meets God in female form, as well as the Spirit of the Wind. Having met Jesus, Mack is in the presence of the Holy Trinity. What comes afterwards in a healing process for his soul that I did enjoy.

The reason I bring the movie up is it hit on some points I have been gravitating towards for some time that fall right in line with the Season of Celebration. The first point concerned the wrath of God. Growing up in the Bible Belt and being Sunday Schooled heavily in my early years, the wrath of God is something that you are taught and accept as doctrine. We hear of it from the Old and New Testament; God’s wrath is written in the Quran as well.  I have even seen teachings that God loves war, and allows man to slaughter one another. While I never bought into the war part, I never questioned the assumption of God’s wrath until I became a parent. Once you become a parent, you love your children with all of your heart and soul. Sometimes they do great and wondrous things and sometimes they break your heart, but at no time do you ever wish ill for your child. This message comes out in this movie several times through direct statement and at other times via implied actions. War and slaughter of mankind are acts of evil and man’s inability to properly interpret the world without God’s guidance. It makes a whole lot more sense that God wants all of his children to be loved and saved than condemn them to war, slaughter and ultimately hell. Seems to sound a lot like the message Jesus gave, but a message certain religious zealots seem to forget.

Point number 2 is that there is salvation regardless of the sin. This is based on the fact that young Mack kills his father through poisoning him, albeit it accidentally as well as the fact Mack is told forgiving his daughter’s murderer must be done for him to heal. God wants to “redeem” that man. Powerful message and one I am sure certain religious groups take serious issue with. As with wrath, why would God want to punish his children? If you have kids and have to discipline them, which is needed at times, it does not correlate to an enjoyment. The parent normally gets the worst of disciplining a child and it can be no different for God to send his child to hell without working to redeem and forgive them for terrible sins.

Which brings us back to the birth of Jesus and the Reason for the Season. Jesus preached love, faith, and forgiveness. Jesus asked us to forgive ourselves, our neighbors, as well as our enemies. Through faith you can have everlasting life in the light.

A light shown in the past, which will shine today, and will continue to shine tomorrow.

I hope you add this movie to your list to watch.

Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season of Celebration and have a Merry Christmas!

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