Coming Out of the Political Closet

Quick note: this is the only post I intend to make on this blog about my political views. This blog is dedicated to my books and writing-related issues, and I plan to keep it that way.

If politics isn’t your thing, please skip.

That disclaimer aside, here we go:

I have been bogged down by fear for a long time because I know it’s not popular to be a Trump supporter. It’s popular support other people, but he’s not one of them. But it’s true. I am a Trump supporter. I voted for him in 2016, and I plan to vote for him in 2020. I understand why people don’t like him, but I do.

I’ve decided to come out with this because I’ve been stuck in fear for the past few years, and I need to get past that. I’ve been afraid that people will no longer want to read my books. I’ve been afraid that I’ll lose friends I’ve made online. I was listening to Rush Limbaugh (yeah, I like him, too) this past week, and he said that the majority of conservatives are afraid to speak up. Then I’ve been watching videos from people like Tim Pool and Karlyn Borysenko (whom I don’t see eye-to-eye on everything but enjoy the perspective they bring to the table). These three make valid points on the importance of speaking up. I’ve decided this is the time I’m going to do it. I’m worried for the future of the United States. I don’t want to see it go in the same direction countries like Cuba and Venezuela did. I like the US Constitution. No country is perfect, but freedom of speech, freedom to peacefully assembly, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, and law and order are things I value. I want these things to pass down to my children and their children.

The country is in serious trouble. People are divided (and some can argue that I’m attributing to that, which I’m not trying to do). Respect has flown out the window. I see the way some people talk to others, whether it be online or in person, and I am seeing how quickly things are unraveling. Some people aren’t even trying to be nice anymore. They’re screaming or throwing or hitting, and that is terrible. We are in a spiritual war. I study the Bible, and I see a lot of parallels between the nations that fell in the Old Testament and the things that are happening in this country today.

The thing that strikes me as odd, however, is how global the unrest seems to be. This puts a different aspect to things. I didn’t grow up believing that there was anything like the “end times” where things come together toward a one world government where everyone is forced to take some kind of mark in order to buy something. I came to believe in the Biblical end-times prophecy when I was in my 20s. I live in a small area, and right now, there are places where I can’t use cash. I’m also told I have to wear a mask in order to buy something in a store. I don’t know if we’re about to head into the end times scenario mentioned in the Book of Revelation, but I can see how that will all come into play. It used to be theoretical. Now it’s realistic.

I don’t know how things will go. A lot of this depends on prayer and what God’s people are going to do. I believe that President Trump is the best candidate to preserve the US Constitution. That’s why I’m voting for him.

I don’t get “messages” from God. I read the Bible, and I use that as my compass. There is an incidence, though, that might have been a time when I got a message from God. I had a feeling back in my very late 20s/very early 30s that the rapture was going to happen in my lifetime and that it was going to happen sooner than I expected. That “sooner” part was weird to me, but since this virus broke out across the world. I keep thinking everything is happening too soon. Things I never imagined last year are happening right before my eyes. Now, I don’t know if what I felt back then was really a “word from God” or not. I am not a prophet. This could have just been a random feeling that came upon me. I don’t know. I’d like to be right because I don’t want to be around for all of this, but if I’m wrong, it means I am wrong. God is always right, and the one place that is trustworthy is the Bible.

Anyway, I’ve been in a lot of turmoil since March over whether I should say something or just keep quiet, but over and over again, I keep getting this feeling that if I am going to be able to overcome my fears and live by faith, I need to come clean. And now that I have, I can move on.

If you decide that I’m crazy or that you don’t want to deal with me anymore, I understand. I’m not going to argue or debate with anyone. If you want to have a sincere discussion with me, I’m open to that. But I’m not going to go down the rabbit hole of name calling and personal attacks.

I’ll be going back to my usual blog posts from now on where I focus on my books and writing-related stuff. On Facebook, I still value that platform for the writing groups, so I’ll stick with writing and book stuff there, too. I have decided I need an outlet to express myself spiritually and politically, and I’ve chosen MeWe and Parler to do that. I put all that information in the “Where to Find Me” page on this blog.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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44 Responses to Coming Out of the Political Closet

  1. Patsy Ezell says:

    I to believe we are living in the end times
    I’m a Trump supporter. I believe he is doing a great job for the people.

    • Thank you, Patsy! I really appreciate your willingness to post this comment. πŸ˜€

      If this was only happening in the US, I wouldn’t be so inclined to be giving end-time prophecy a serious study right now, but I’m making notes these days.

  2. mooreshawna says:

    I too am a Trump supporter. I fear that posting simple Tweets, nothing bad, but Tweets supporting him and our Constitution could very well cost me my teaching job. Just today, my pastor commented about wearing a mask and numbers printed on our for heads being one of the same. Other authors I follow comment on politics in support of topics I don’t support and it makes me feel alone and like I need to change my values to suit them. I thank you for this post and will be finding you on Parler.

    • I understand your fear. People are losing their jobs because of things they support. It’s alarming that this is happening. I don’t like it one bit. You should be able to freely speech without worrying about your job. I worry that this mask mandate is going to directly lead to a mark. Just now I was told unless I have a mask, I’m not welcome into the store. We have the ability to order online and do curbside pickup, but when that mark (whatever form it takes) comes along, we won’t even be able to do that. Like you, I feel alone. I’m so glad you and others are commenting in such a supportive way. it helps a lot. Here’s my profile on Parler: https://parler.com/profile/ruthannnordin/posts

      • mooreshawna says:

        Thank you for the link. I found you and followed! I love your books and the fact that you are a strong woman who isn’t allowing fear to dominate her life. Stay strong πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  3. Donna Shelton says:

    I read all and I agree I am a Trump supporter and hope he remains in office. if he don’t we in trouble love your books keep up good work

    • I agree that we are in trouble if he doesn’t remain in office. I keep praying he will be. Thank you! I’m glad you’re still going to be with me. πŸ˜€

  4. I am not a Trump supporter. I believe he is racist, ignorant, and a failed business man who has failed this country miserably. We are worse off than when he became president. However, you should not have to be afraid to say you support him. That is your right as an American and no one should make you feel less than because of it.

    I enjoy your books and will continue to read them even if our politics don’t agree.

    • I’m glad you’re still willing to read my books even though we disagree. I understand why people don’t like him. Thank you for your support of my right to say what I feel. I appreciate the a lot. To me, freedom of speech is the most important thing of all.

  5. jscruggs71 says:

    I applaud that you have the courage to voice your beliefs and I am in agreement with you. You may not be a prophet, but that doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit does not talk to you and bring light to things. I had a dream about the rapture when I was in my late 20s (about 20 years ago, it was after October 2000 because my mom had already passed away) and believe it is close. In my dream there was a group of people who had gone on before wearing something like choir robes, my mom was among them. I knew that Jesus was returning and I could fly at whim; I am not one who can usually do that in a dream. I looked to the sky and saw a huge angel that took up the sky, but I could not see his face. The clouds then started to part (I believe to the right of the angel) and I felt extreme excitement and started to yell, β€œHe is here, He is here!”, then I woke up. I normally do not remember my dreams unless they are from the Lord. So, please, feel encouraged that you are not alone in your beliefs. The body of Christ need to be the body of Christ and work together for the Lord’s goals on this earth. Of course, I will still continue to support you and buy everyone of your historical books that you put out. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I do feel encouraged. It helps to know I’m not alone in how I’m feeling, and your dream is a huge source of encouragement. I’ve been looking at videos on You Tube, and while people have been speculating the return of Jesus Christ, these people aren’t giving a specific date. I know that we can’t know the exact time, but we can know the season, and it seems like we are in that season. I’m noticing that people are having dreams of Him coming for the church, but you are the first person I have direct contact with who’s had one. I feel like He’s getting us ready. It just seems with everything happening worldwide and people having dreams (and in my case “a feeling”), that we’re moving toward something big. Even if it’s not a rapture, I know we’re safe with Him regardless of what’s to come because we have an eternity with Him. It’s also going to be wonderful to see our loved ones who have gone before us. I also lost my mom, and I miss her from time to time. It seems like no one understands you better than your own mother. Thank you. πŸ˜€

  6. Good for you for being honest. I’m a conservative leaning independent. Through the years, I’ve voted for who I feel will do the best job, regardless of which party they belong to. When I was in my 20s, I identified as a Democrat. In my 30s, I switched sides. After that, I didn’t want to identify with either one because by then, the internet had become a forum for everyone hiding an inner bully to step into the light. And both sides have an unlimited supply of bullies, so I understand your fear.

    I really hope this isn’t the end times, but if it is, I hope that Christians are taken out of the world before the tribulation starts. I really, really do.

    • You are so right about the the internet. I’ve seen the insults from both sides. That is not what I ever want to do. It’s why I refuse to enter into a verbal boxing match. I don’t see how that is productive to anyone. I’ve had some great conversations with people who had different opinions, and I felt that those worked because neither of us were trying to change the other’s opinion. We were just sharing what we thought and why. That didn’t happen on social media. It happened in person and in emails. Maybe part of the toxicity comes from social media being a place where anyone can jump into a thread, and when you start getting one person who gets aggressive, then it’s easier for others to follow along.

      I’m right there with you. I’d like to get out of here and miss the tribulation period, too, if that is where this is heading.

  7. Paula Zografos says:

    I will never stop reading your books πŸ₯°

  8. IrishMary says:

    This probably will not get past your response monitor, but I will write it. Most of these things I can verify because I’ve seen and heard it from t’s own mouth on tv. You spoke of how rude society has become. T is the proponant of this rudeness. He has called respectable women in prominent occupations “nasty” because they don’t share his views. If women aren’t beautifu enough for him to “do” they have no value to him. He propositions them and touches them inappropriately and because he is rich and powerful, they “let” him do it. He had an affair with a porn star while his present wife was giving birth. He bought off the porn star with his followers’ campaign funding. Everything out of his mouth is a lie. He will present 3 versions of the truth in the same speech, and say he never said it-(too bad there is video.) He cavorted with Russian prostitutes, who got him off by urinating on him and spanking him with a magazine.Putin has the video, so now he’s Putin’s puppet. He was a friend to a known pedophile, and his speech writers are accusing others of it. It doesn’t take away from the fact that it is at his door, too. He said he uses hydroxycholoqine to combat Covid- 19, so you can be sure he did not take it. He has dispatched agents to snatch people- even white people- off the streets, making America look like the beginnings of Hitler’s takeover. Hitler’s one of his most admired dictators, with Un and Putin on that list, too.
    I also believe in the right to have guns. An assault rifle is not a weapon for animal hunting, unless one likes to pick meat pieces off the trees and forest trails for a gumbo. It is a weapon to hunt humans. If one has an assault weapon the trigger mechanism should be disabled, and it should be displayed proudly on a wall to represent one’s heroic military service.
    All of this “camel” is swallowed and gnats are strained at, because T has said he will ban birth control and abortions. A police state would be “worth” it if he does those two things. He is the author of the end times, not the savior from it. If it’s the end times, and it certainly could be, he is not the second coming of Jesus, as some claim. And no human will be able to change the course of events that will fulfill the prophecy of Revelation. So, we occupy til He comes. He has commanded that we love our neighbors. There is no codicil that says, unless we don’t agree with his views, his lifestyle, his color. No one’s sin is better than another’s sin. There is no one righteous, no not one. So, we are all on even ground with God. I am going to paraphrase a poem by Martin Niemoller. He was a Lutheran minister in Germany when Hitler was beginnings of his takeover. The Rev. was kind of loving that Nazi rise to power in the beginning. Until he met the man, and saw the horrors of what he had in mind. I am going to paraphrase that poem for an “update, but you can find it on the internet. First, they came for the Jews, but I’m not Jewish, so I didn’t speak up. Then, they came for the Black and Brown people, but, thank God, I’m White, so I didn’t speak up for them. Then, they came for Me, but there was no one left to speak up for me.
    Do I think the Democrats ran a good candidate in 2016, and now in 2020? NO. Will I vote for the lesser of Evils? Yes. I don’t want a modern day Hitler in power. Even though this is not going to be popular here, I would be remiss if I didn’t speak up.

    • I like you, Mary. I knew we were on opposite sides of the political spectrum based on the email correspondences we’ve had. I respect your opinion, and I value your right to express it. I agree that people should speak up if their consciences tell them to. That’s why I wrote this blog post. Freedom of speech is very important to me, and I want people to feel comfortable to tell me how they’re feeling. The only thing I won’t allow on this blog are personal attacks and name calling. You didn’t do any of that. All you did was tell me what you believe, and I respect that. Just because we don’t agree, it doesn’t mean can’t be friends. I’ve been very blessed to have you in my life, and I’d like to keep in contact with you.

      Regarding Trump, I’ve heard all of this for the past four years on mainstream media, from politicians, and from people on Facebook, so none of this is new to me. I’m not going to argue it. I understand why people don’t like him. All I’m going to say is that I’ve seen things forgiven by the mainstream media on the Democrat side that would never be forgiven if Republicans did it, and the media has been caught modifying news clips and taking things out of context to fit their narrative. I’m one of the people in this country who doesn’t trust the mainstream news anymore.

      The reason I think we might be looking at an end times scenario is because the results of the virus have been worldwide. It’s not just limited to one country. If we were seeing all of this stuff happening in just the US, I wouldn’t think anything of it. The thing that alarms me is that everyone around the world was affected by the virus. We’ve had other viruses (Swine Flu) and we have Ebola, and this didn’t have the same impact on a global scale that Covid-19 did. That’s the thing that raised my first red flag. We saw protests worldwide. It isn’t just here that people were rioting and protesting. I saw this in other countries in Europe. There are people calling for a one world government, and I will grant that I have been hearing this for years, so really, that’s not new. But up to now, I don’t remember hearing economists say, “We need a global currency because all of the markets around the world are suffering right now.” Also, cash is being restricted in more than one place. I wish I could remember what country it was, but someone on Facebook made a post that a restaurant or store in their country was no longer accepting cash. When I go to some places in my own town and also see that I can only use a debit or credit card, that raises another red flag. Why should small town USA be impacted like a place across the world? Now, I could be wrong on all of this. We might not be seeing the buildup to the end-times scenario. What I am seeing for sure, though, is how easy it would be to get things established for the end-times scenario to come to fruition.

      Personally, I am pro-life. I believe life begins at the moment of conception and that it should be protected. I think adoption should be cheaper and easier. I think a lot of pregnant women are scared and feel like they have no choice but to abort. I think the answer is to show compassion to women who feel alone and scared. I think it’s wrong to yell at them. I don’t think shaming anyone is ever a good idea. I believe in waiting until marriage for sex, but I also know the temptation to have sex outside of marriage is strong and sometimes people slip up. But we all slip up in some area. We all have our weaknesses. The answer should be to grant mercy and grace like Jesus does to all of us. I’ve needed His mercy and grace many times in my life. I believe it’s important for Christians to endeavor to live their lives in obedience to Biblical teachings. I realize we’ll slip up because we’re still stuck in our frail human flesh, but I know He is also there to help us each and every step of the way if we accept it. I’m just glad this sinful nature within me is temporary and that someday I’ll get a glorified body that will never sin again. I want to be fully aligned with Him and His will.

      Thank you for feeling comfortable enough with me to express your opinions. I hope that we can continue to have the kind of relationship where we can be our true selves with each other. You’ve given me support and encouragement in the past when I really needed it, and for that, I will always be grateful.

      • IrishMary says:

        Dear Ruth, I like you and nothing will change that. I knew that my views were diametrically opposed to nearly everyone here, so I tried to express them without pointing it at anyone. I am pro-life. Anyone that knows the sorrow in my past with regards to children knows it. I don’t want any politician to use that as a tool for fear, to squeeze dubious laws through because people are in fear. The Lord did not give us the spirit of fear. What led you to make your stand known also led me to do so. I included that poem from the minister because he had a fear of a group of people and thought Germany’s only hope was in a radical new “man.” He had written his intention in “Mein Kamph,” but people failed to read it. It was when the Rev. did read it and met him, he saw the future. We all see it differently. I will always give you encouragement to write, when you need it, though I think most of the time you have a great confidence about you. And I will always give you Blessings.

        • I’m glad you spoke up. I want everyone to feel comfortable and safe on this blog. I’m fine if people don’t like Trump. That doesn’t bother me. It took courage for you to say something, and I respect that. We shouldn’t have a spirit of fear. Freedom is about being able to voice your opinion in a safe environment.

          I’ve been having to monitor my comments for years because I get spammed once in a while with links to the strangest sites (like car insurance and phone stuff). Most of it makes no sense, and I don’t want it to clutter up my blog. I have a filter set up so most of the spam goes to the spam folder, but from time to time, spam still get through. Anyway, since I have to manually approve comments, I’ll get rid of anything where anyone here is attacked. (No such comment has come in so far, but just in case, the comment won’t get through.)

          I know this is a bit of a tangent, but I’m sorry for whatever situation you encountered in the regards to children. I wanted to make sure I didn’t neglect to mention that.

          Thank you for sticking around. I plan to get back to my usual posts soon. Currently, I’m working on a writing post, but I want to get to a trivia one, too.

  9. Nancy Dillow says:

    Thank you for having this place where we can vent out frustrations. My second husband and I (in the late 90s were Republican precinct chairmen only 2 miles from my home. There became a time, when neither he nor his son were respecting me and my possessions. (Think holes punched in walls, skipping school and house breaking sort of stuff.) His son went back to Missouri after graduation. But, they didn’t need me to get involved. I know, what does this have to do with anything. Well, 5 months later I asked my husband to leave because of his attitude towards me. He uses cusswords all the time even though I hate it. Over the years, he has become a flaming radical. He denigrates me if I bring up anything that has the smell of anything to do with Trump. I bit into his treatment of me, until this last week. I have been thinking that I was going senile at a rapid pace. I keep thinking about what is going on in the world, and feel like the end times are coming – and sooner than we think. One thing that my husband has not taken away from me is my belief in God and Jesus. In the late 80s, I had to put my youngest son in a hospital for disturbed children. My husband’s family turned on me, and threatened to take all my children away. I considered suicide but, I was asked if I really wanted his family to raise my children. Late night crying became a habit – one night when I had hit bottom, I felt that no-one loved me anymore. But, I heard a voice saying “But, I love you.” No one in the house but me!
    I don’t believe all the negative stuff that they are saying about Trump, because the majority has been debunked. A miracle happened in 16, and I firmly believe that it will happen again. Most people, although they might not say it is public, abhor what is going on on the west coast. It is posted on social media for all to see. People can see what is happening in real time, and can filter out the lies and half truths.

    • You’ve been through some terrible experiences. 😦 I’m glad you didn’t take your life. Sometimes it’s hard to remember God is there with us and loves us no matter what is happening. I’m so glad that still small voice reached out to you when you needed it most! God still performs miracles. I think a lot of those miracles are things like this. I don’t understand people who are nasty and cruel to other people. No one should go through what you did. I hope things are much better for you now.

      I agree with you on all you said about Trump and the stuff happening on the west coast. I know I’m still pretty young at 45, but I keep telling my kids who are almost adults that I never saw anything like this. This stuff is unbelievable.

  10. Sharon says:

    Thank you Ruth Ann, I really appreciate your post. I too have not been very vocal about my opinions, because even though everyone should be entitled to express their views without backlash, I don’t feel that’s case, and I’ve found at times it’s better to keep my opinions to myself. The thing that amazes me is, regardless how you feel about politics, race, religion, etc., there is so much disrespect, ill-will and violence directed towards others. There used to be a time where even if you didn’t agree with the person, you still showed respect because of the office/position. It worries me about society as a whole, when I read posts where people wish illness and death on others, let alone the horrible name-calling, and how it’s ok to destroy businesses, federal buildings, and monuments with violence as an acceptable way to express their differing opinions. I know there has been some peaceful protesting, but the deaths of innocent people and police officers from riots is unacceptable. It also amazes me that people want to blame one man who’s only been in office for 3-1/2 years for all the world’s problems, when yet others in Congress and the Senate have been there 40-50 years. It seems to me those folks have had plenty of time to make positive changes instead of throwing stones. Perhaps they are part of the problem and not part of the solution and its time for them to leave instead. I could go on and on, but thank you again, Ruth Ann, for expressing your views. I agree everyone should have the freedom to express their views without being condemned for them.

    • I’m worried about how things are going in society, too. It’s scary how quick people are to go on the attack. As you said, name-calling, wishing death on people, and destroying things are becoming way too commonplace. These should be rare incidences. I left Facebook for a month because I couldn’t handle the atmosphere over there. Then I couldn’t find any good writing groups that I liked, so I went back, but I am there for the writing groups these days. I try to steer clear of the drama. If I wasn’t writing books, I wouldn’t be on social media at all.

      I 100% agree with everything you said. I was about to repeat it and had to stop myself. You said it much better than I would have. πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting!

  11. Erica says:

    It has been very interesting reading all the comments and I am very glad that so many views are being expressed. What should be the best part of our country is our right to different opinions and the right to express them. I think people forget that sometimes. I am not a T supporter. Never have been and never will, but I fully respect other peoples rights to their beliefs. We all have had different experiences and different trials growing up that become part of who we are, what we need, what we fear, and where we are going. I get that. I am not a T supporter for a very basic reason, he is not a good role model for my son. That is just something that is very important to me.
    As far as mask wearing goes, I don’t see this as being much different than all the other changes we as a global society have had to go through in our history. It’s why we stopped bathing in public waters and started putting our trash in a can and washing our hands. It was all done to protect ourselves from disease. I hope that we don’t have to wear masks for years to come, but I think I can handle it for now.
    I love your books and will not stop reading them. I am a big fan of yours even if our politics differ. Keep writing and God Bless.

    • I love an open dialogue. I am very happy that everyone is being kind and respectful. I haven’t had to toss out a single comment that has come to this blog yet, and I’m glad for that. These are the exchanges that is sorely missed on sites like Facebook. Imagine how much more pleasant social media and, in turn, this country would be right now if things could be this way.

      You make a good point about our experiences. I do think that plays a big role in how we end up with our political and religious beliefs. I can understand why you feel he’s not a good role model for your son. That makes sense.

      I would be okay with compromising on masks. My compromise would be to open all of the states’ economies nationwide in return for people wearing masks. I do have to give my governor credit for allowing businesses to stay open when he issued the mask mandate. (I’m in Montana, and I really can’t complain about how things have been in this state because we’ve been lucky compared to other states.) I don’t think masks need to be worn if someone is alone or with members of their own household. I heard there’s a county in Florida that was pushing for people to wear masks in their own homes, and that doesn’t make any sense to me. But for situations where someone has to be in a public place where there are other people (like in a store), I can see how masks would help alleviate a lot of fears people have about catching the virus. I’m personally not afraid of getting it, but I understand that other people are, and I don’t want to make them uncomfortable. If someone is worried about getting sick, I’ll definitely wear a mask around them, even if they were in my house. My worry is more about people losing jobs and not being able to pay their bills. I happen to be fortunate that my business is online, so I don’t get impacted by shutdowns, but I do worry about those who can’t do their business at home and the employees who work for them.

      I didn’t intend to go on a ramble there. Sometimes I get going and don’t stop, which is why my posts on writing stuff goes on forever. Thank you for being willing to still read my books. I love your comments on the trivia. πŸ™‚

    • IrishMary says:

      I agree with everything you said here. Chuck Woolery, a former game show host- He hosted Wheel of Fortune before Pat Sajak, and a show called Love Connection. He used to be Very vocal about Covid-19’s seriousness, saying we were all being lied to. Then, his son tested positive for the virus. I believe he’s ok. After he announced that his heart had changed, T retweeted one of Chuck’s incendiary rants about the “lies.” Chuck then took down his Twitter account. When it is happening to someone else, one can deny it’s existence. When it is at one’s own door, it hurts. One of my nephews contracted it. I have friends who are coping with the loss of relatives to the virus. Some are too far for me to go to, and I grieve with them from my isolation at home. I self-isolated in February after jury duty. The jurors holding room sounded like an infirmary, so afterwords, I went home and stayed there. I have all the markers for a serious bout if I get it: A- positive blood type, rheumatoid arthritis (which has an autoimmune deficiency component), pre-existing medical condition, and I’m Old. Perhaps the ones that consider a mask to be a freedom removed from us, and a mark of the beast ?!! are young and feel ten- foot tall and bullet-proof. I no longer feel my oats like that. So, I appreciate it when I’m out and about, people are respectfully obeying temporary mandates for masks. Do I love wearing a mask? Oh, Hell No. I do, though. I’m praying that soon, there will be Zero cases and we can find a normal again. And for everyone who reads this blog to never have the sorrow of losing a loved one.

      • There are valid reasons why people worry about the virus. it’s why if I were to come across someone who is worried, I’d put on a mask for their sake.

        I just hope they don’t mandate a vaccine because I don’t want to do that because I heard it deals directly with RNA, and that freaks me out. I paused and looked this up. Doing a quick research, I found that RNA vaccines might be the future of vaccinations. https://www.breakthroughs.com/health-tomorrow/what-makes-rna-vaccine-different-conventional-vaccine So that goes beyond this particular virus. That also creeps me out. (I had all of my kids vaccinated, so I’m not anti-vaccine.) I’ll have to do more research in this area to get a better idea of what this means.

        The mark of the beast is something different. That is ultimately an act of allegiance to the Antichrist. In that case, I couldn’t do it. To offer allegiance to the Antichrist would to be turn my back on God. I can see the stage being set for the mark, but we aren’t there yet. And I’m hoping there’s a rapture event before this even becomes an issue for me. I don’t want to be around for that. Of course, this could be beyond my lifetime anyway. It’s impossible to know what God’s timetable is.

  12. It takes a lot to speak up. I did not wear a mask inside a store last week, and I’m not the only one. It’s like all of us are suppose to surrender to the mandates from on high, whether that’s a governor, a mayor, a health department official or more. If you don’t stand up for anything then in the end you’ll have nothing. It is said our liberties are just one generation away from ending. This is especially true of the younger generation who were not taught about the goodness of our country nor about the great Founding Fathers who put their wealth on the line for our freedoms. God bless and continue to put yourself out there. The only thing they can do to use is give you a warning that you will not be waited on, etc. God bless.

    • I was refused entrance into a couple of places this past weekend when I tried entering without a mask. They will not let you in up here. The fact that the governor mandated this has them scared. The businesses around here are afraid their businesses will be shut down or that I will get the virus while in their store and come back at them with a lawsuit. They want to have customers, but they want to keep their doors open, too. I thought about it long and hard, and sometimes I wonder if the people in charge in some of these states and the mainstream media are pushing so hard for these mandates in order to hurt the local businesses. Thankfully, there’s curbside pickup for some places, but the smaller ones don’t have the manpower to offer that. If people said, “Forget all of this,” and started buying everything online at a place like Amazon, then these businesses would be hurt and have to shut down for good. Over the past five years of being here, I’ve gotten to know some of the people working in the businesses around here. They never asked me to wear a mask before the governor’s mandate. Before then, they were fine if I wanted to go in without one. These people who had nothing to do with enacting these policies are being placed in a difficult position. Do they defy the governor’s mandate and risk losing their livelihoods by being forced to shutdown, or do they go along with the mandate and risk losing customers to a retailer like Amazon who would be just fine if they became even larger? I think in all of this mess, it’s the small businesses that have been the hardest hit.

      On the other side of things, I do see this as social experiment, and it’s a social experiment on a global scale because people in other countries are also being told to wear masks. I think the virus is real, but it’s been used from politicians and the mainstream media to see how quickly we can get people to do something. In this case, I think that something is masks. I don’t believe it’s really about safety because the death rate doesn’t support it and some doctors and politicians are just fine if thousands of people riot and loot across the country. Even Dr. Fauci has been reluctant to condemn the riots for risking public health, and he’s a prominent figure in all of this. I’ve seen the videos, and they are not socially distancing, nor are they all wearing masks. Also, prisoners are being released from prison. Why not just give the prisoners masks? Too many things are inconsistent for me take the masks seriously. However, they have instilled fear in a lot of people, and I know people who sincerely believe they will die if we are not all wearing masks. (To be fair, people have died from this virus. It’s just that the numbers aren’t what we’re being made to believe.) On top of this, they’re telling businesses if they don’t make people wear masks, they will be forced to close their doors. There is a huge difference between masks “being strongly encouraged” and masks being a governor mandate. So the powers that be have been able to organize everything they’re doing in such a way that just about everyone is afraid of something now. Either people are afraid of dying, they’re afraid of losing their jobs, or they’re afraid of losing their freedoms. We were divided before due to years and years of being pitted against each other, but this particular incident with the masks and the mandates have taken things to a whole new level. I see this as a precursor to the mark of the beast. And now that I’ve seen how effective this social experiment has been, I can see how quickly and easily people will take that mark when it comes. I also now understand how difficult the Tribulation period is going to be. We haven’t seen anything yet.

      • IrishMary says:

        I already buy everything online, from local grocery delivery, to everything else! If something is not available here in the city where I live, my sister-in-law can usually find it where she lives. She’s a Registered Nurse. She has been on the front lines and sees the ravages of this Deadly virus. It exists. She urges everyone to wear the mask.

        • I’m in a smaller area, so we have more limitations, but I can still get the stuff I need with curbside delivery most of the time.

          Since you actually know a nurse, what does she think of the differences between cloth, surgical, and N95 masks? I saw a video that said cloth masks were most likely to make people sick. N95 seemed to have some issues according to the video. Their recommendation was to go with surgical ones if you are going to wear one.

          Also, I heard some doctors (some in this country and in countries like France) saying that the Hydroxychloroquine with zinc (or something) can be effective treatments if used early enough. I didn’t get too far into that side of things. I was wondering what your sister-in-law thinks of that.

          • IrishMary says:

            In the area where she works most of the time, they use the N95 masks, but in other areas she wears a cloth mask with a filter. Before Covid-19, she worked in Post Op. Elective surgeries have been canceled, though some have begun again in other areas of the hospital. Her unit has been taken over by Covid patients, as have so many areas in the hospital. Not to make a blanket statement, because there may be people that get sick from masks – she’s never witnessed any, she’ll put it like that. There may be a claustrophobic/anxiety/ fear component to the illness. According to Johns Hopkins and other resources, Hydroxychloroquine has no effective use for the treatment of Covid-19. There have been some reported deaths from its use. It is creating a shortage of it for people who must take it for other diseases. They don’t use it in the hospital where s-i-l works. Zinc itself in a normal recommended daily allowance may boost one’s immune system.

            • Thanks for answering!

              • IrishMary says:

                Also Re: RNA based vaccines. There is a great study discussed, from the University of Cambridge, that tells the difference between virus-based vaccines and RNA-based, (a component of DNA) vaccines. The mRNA is the only strand of the RNA used. After it has made its protein pattern of the virus, it’s protein degrades and is passed from the body. Any new study is suspect, but it could be the breakthrough for combatting these new and ever-evolving virus strains. When Louis Pasteur developed his Anthrax and Rabies vaccines, the Medical community rode him out of town on a rail. It wasn’t until everyone had to take notice, that the little town where Louis ended up , none of their livestock was dying of Anthrax, and every one else’s was dying of Anthrax. And a group of Russians, dared to be his guinea pigs for the rabies vaccine, because it was the ONLY hope they had. Since it was, he grappled with his conscience, and did help them. A biography of Louis Pasteur is a very worthwhile read, for sure.

  13. Ruth says:

    Stand up for what you believe in, I am with you all way.
    Thank you for all of your wonderful books.

  14. In my head, I have a lot to say, but I’m having trouble figuring out how to write it out. Crazy for a writer, huh? The truth is different from fiction.

    I would have to vote for Trump because I think the left has gone crazy with all the violence and rioting, plus they want to take us to a socialist state, which hasn’t worked out well for any country. Too much government involvement is really scary. I can’t believe some of the things I’m seeing. Plus, until this virus, we’ve had the best economy we’ve had in ages. The media is using the virus to scare people. However…the virus is definitely real. I don’t have a problem with a store asking me to wear a mask. They are trying to protect their customers and employees. I’ve already seen a business firsthand this week have a couple of cases of Covid because they refused to require masks. I’m kind of in the minority…I’m very conservative, but my view about wearing masks differs from most conservatives. (But I also think people should be exempt if they have a valid medical reason not to wear one.) I’m high risk…diabetes and type A blood type. So I prefer that people wear masks in public places where social distancing is impossible. I don’t feel like requiring masks has anything to do with the mark of the beast. I think we all need to do more studying on that. But this is, to me, like when we were first required to wear seat belts. It was for our safety. Why is the mask any different than that? Neither of them are very comfortable.

    Back to Trump (yes, I ramble). There are many things that come out of his mouth that make me cringe. Really cringe sometimes. But saying exactly what he thinks is part of what got him elected last time. As far as all the accusations toward him (or anybody else), I won’t believe them unless I see firm proof. There’s a lot of mud slinging going around in this country, and I don’t believe a word of it until I know for certain. I would never state a fact about anyone without knowing for sure. When people say things about Trump (or others), my first question would be “how do you know”??? People say what they HEAR, but they don’t have any proof. If you’re listening to the media, you’re going to hear something completely different on Fox than you are on CNN. I want proof before I believe anything about anyone. If a friend is an eye witness, that’s proof. If the media tells me, it’s not proof. Does that make sense?

    So, yes, I’m a Trump supporter because I feel like he really boosted our economy and put people to work. Until the media made this virus all Trump’s fault (which makes me scratch my head). This virus needs to be looked at as a danger to all of us, both conservative and liberal, and our goal should be to get rid of it, not to make it political. And the violence! That needs to stop. It scares me that people could even act like that. This world has gone crazy. Like it was right before the flood. Hmmm. I know none of us know when the end of the world will be, but then you wonder how long God will put up with this mess.

    I hope I haven’t offended anyone. It’s certainly not my intention. I’m just expressing my thoughts, and I hope I did it in a kind way. If I didn’t, please let me know so I can apologize.

    • IrishMary says:

      You haven’t offended me. I hope I haven’t offended you. The proof of that which he has been accused can be found, easily. Look for it on a news station one feels like one can trust. I’m assuming that’s Fox. If there is anything else that comes to light in future, one can watch it on C-Span as it unfolds. It will be acknowledged, in real time as one watches, and then someone will move to, and succeed, to suppress it.

      • I think Catherine’s point is that both Democrats and Republicans have dirt on their hands. I’m not saying all of them are bad, but neither side is perfect.

        Edit to add: Okay. I reread the comment. Her point is that both sides are flinging dirt at the other, and this muddies the waters so that it’s hard to know what to believe. I don’t believe a lot of the stuff they say about Trump, and I haven’t seen sufficient proof to make me think he is unqualified to be president. As soon as I see one “news” segment, I see another that contradicts it. Is he perfect? No. I haven’t heard anyone say he’s perfect. But for me, he is the best choice for this time in this country’s history. I was scared to death of Hillary Clinton. As for Joe Biden… There is no way I’d vote for him. I don’t know if he’s pretending or if he’s actually getting senile, but there’s no way he’s going to be able to do the job.

        • IrishMary says:

          Ruth, I was very depressed in 2016, and disillusioned with both the Democratic and Republican Parties. If someone would have called for the abolishment of both parties, I’d have jumped on that bandwagon. I did not vote for anyone in 2016, and I have regretted that ever after. When people hear that I don’t like T and with whom he associates, they say well, they give Clinton a pass. They enacted articles of impeachment against Clinton, and deservedly so. I didn’t want him to set foot in the White House and further besmirch the Oval Office, even as Hilary’s first husband. Bill, with no job to do, and too much time for amusing himself. This applies also to the present besmircher. The things I have seen concerning him are not doctored or spliced video. I wish they were. But I am not going to change a set mind and no one here has offered anything that will change my set mind, either. So, this will be the last rebuttal on this subject.This is also a tangent… There is a coin shortage in Colorado and elsewhere. Grocery stores here have signs that say we will take credit,debit, check, or exact change. They are low on change. I haven’t heard of one world government rumors or one universal currency. I think the Euro has proved to be an effort in futility, and is not popular in the counties that adopted it. In every generation, these rumors pop up. I think many of them arise from pulpits on Sunday, designed to instill fear. I wouldn’t worry about anything, and pray about everything.

          • I know how you feel. In 2008 and 2012, I wasn’t happy with any of the candidates. I only went to vote because I went there with a friend, but I would have sat it out if she hadn’t taken me with her. There are some Republicans I don’t care for, and I registered for that party. The people I put in at the primaries didn’t make it. I wasn’t going to vote in 2016 until Trump became the nominee. I saw him as more independent, and I was attracted to the fact that he was not a politician. What I don’t understand is why with this election cycle the Democrats didn’t pick someone like Tulsi Gabbard. I think of all the people on the DNC stage, she had the best chance against Trump. I would have still voted for Trump, but if she had won, I would have been okay with it because it seemed like she loved America and wanted to protect the US Constitution. At least that was the impression I had of her.

            The calls for a one world government and such are not pronounced. It’s more in the terms of stuff like, “We need to come together as a global community. We are all together.” It’s little things like that. I don’t think there’s a huge push for it, but it feels more like the foundation is being laid for it. It was a couple of economists on some independent You Tube channels calling for a global currency that can save us if the US dollar loses all of its value. There’s no one on a big media news station saying any of it. These are more smaller fringe places that offer up opinions. Though I do think you’re right that this is something passed from generation to generation. Sometimes I wonder if that might be because God is keeping Satan on guard. If Satan knew the timing of this, he would change prophecy to stop God’s Word from coming true. I agree. Prayer over fear. We should keep our focus on God.

            Well, though I still support Trump, you and the others on here did calm my worries about the masks, and I’m not so apprehensive about the RNA vaccines. So my mind was changed, just in another way. πŸ™‚

    • I don’t see anything offensive in what you said. I felt like you were stating how you feel and why. πŸ™‚ We should all be able to do that.

      I am extremely worried about the violent protests. I am fine with peaceful protests. Those don’t hurt anyone, and it allows people to express their opinions. What is alarming is how quickly things turned violent. People’s homes and businesses are being destroyed, statues are being taken down by force, and I’ve seen people getting assaulted for just walking in the wrong place at the wrong time. I saw a picture today of an explosion in another country, and my first thought was that someone set fire to a business in the US. Last year, that never would have even come to mind.

      The economy was my primary reason for wanting to see Trump get the Republican nomination, and I really like the way he handled things. I would love to see the economy rebound, and I have no issues with wearing a mask if that is what it takes to get the economy back to where we were. I also don’t mind social distancing, and I don’t mind having special shopping hours for seniors, mothers with small children, and those with compromised immune systems. Surely, we can open everything up and find a way to make things as safe as possible for at-risk people. I don’t see why things have to be either-or.

      I agree about the media. I have no idea what to believe anymore. I’ve watched a certain news channel that made it sound like Person A was being a total jerk. And then I go to another news channel, and it makes it sound like Person B was being a total jerk. They use the same story but cut off portions of the video to fit a certain narrative. Whatever happened to objective reporting? Just show the entire thing and let the people decide for themselves what is going on. If you’re giving an opinion, say it’s an opinion, but if you’re calling yourself a journalist, then please just state the facts. This is why the mainstream media has lost all credibility with me. Like you, I want proof. Otherwise, I assume it’s a rumor.

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