Thinking About Billy Graham and My Dad

By: Lloyd Marcus

I feel compelled to pay my respect to preacher Billy Graham who went home to Jesus at 99 years old. My 89 year old black dad has been a preacher for over 50 years. Dad told me how much he enjoyed watching people coming down the isles at Billy Graham crusades to receive Jesus. Dad also enjoyed hearing George Beverly Shea singing, “How Great Thou Art”. http://bit.ly/2CFwGGe

I relate to Franklin Graham saying his dad was the same man at home that the world saw. So is my dad, Rev. Dr Lloyd E. Marcus.

The thing I remember most about Rev Graham is that, in essence, he preached the same sermon (Salvation) his entire ministry. Rev Graham preached God loves you, repent and surrender your life to him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” John3:16

While I am suppose to be talking about Rev Graham, these two incidents keep coming to me.

When I was kid, our neighbor, six foot something old man Charley was known as the meanest man in our small black suburban community. Mr Charley would never set foot into a church. And yet, he connected with my dad, young Rev Marcus. Our family was Mom, Dad, me and four younger siblings. Dad wanted to attend Baltimore Bible College, but could not afford the tuition, $110.

To pay Dad’s tuition, Mr Charley brought Dad a jar filled with dimes, more than enough to cover tuition.

Dad recently recounted this next story to me. After over 50 years, Dad still welled up while sharing it with me.

Dad was at a Christian book store to make a payment on a book Aunt Nee had on lay-away. While waiting to be served, Dad was intrigued by a thick book of Bible stories with beautiful colorful illustrations. A white woman approached Dad and began asking him questions about his life.

Dad decided to purchase the book of Bible stories. When the salesclerk told him it cost $5, Dad asked if he could put the book on lay-away. To Dad’s surprise, the white woman who chatted with him offered to pay for the book. Dad said up until then, he was not much of a reader; mostly comic books. Dad told the woman, “If you are kind enough to buy me this book, I promise to read it.”

I remember Dad reading us, his 5 kids, bedtime stories from that book.

I’m not sure what any of this has to do with Billy Graham. Or, perhaps it does. Dad and Rev Graham; two humble great men of faith — God’s hand on their lives.

Outrageously, Leftists deem Billy Graham’s sermons hate crimes. http://bit.ly/2GGRujl A preacher was arrested for quoting the book of Genesis. http://bit.ly/2lbS8P8

Franklin Graham asked, “Daddy, what do you want on your tombstone?” Billy Graham replied, “Preacher.” I am confident my Dad wants to be remembered with that same word. Preacher.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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From Obama to Parkland: Remembering Eric Holder, Arne Duncan and the New Public School Policy?

By: Denise Simon | Political Vanguard

As new information surfaces daily on the broken-ness that led up to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, shock and disgust along with sadness continues to permeate across the nation.

Not only have we been told, as part of the ongoing investigation, that the school resource officer never entered the building while gunfire was blasting but there was massive communications failures within the school. The “communication failure” led police to believe they were tracking the shooter in real time, when in fact they were seeing footage from 20 minutes earlier, the chief said. Cruz had already killed 17 and fled.

There was an abject failure for months, perhaps years leading up to that devastating day at school at all levels of government, including the admission of the FBI. Tip line phone calls or emails to the FBI go to a single center located in West Virginia. From there, it is anyone’s guess where the tips or leads go for further review or investigation. In the matter of the Nicholas Cruz, the tip(s) did not go further.

So, why mention Eric Holder or Arne Duncan?

In an unprecedented, controversial manner, the Obama Administration took action to ensure that race was not a factor in school suspension decisions. Through the Supportive School Discipline Initiative and a “Dear Colleague memo,” the U.S. Justice Department and Education Department under the Obama Administration threatened public school districts with legal penalties in order to change their disciplinary policies. The letter told schools that unlawful discrimination can occur if it has a disproportionate effect on minority students and the school cannot justify the difference. None of these actions went through the traditional rulemaking, regulatory process – or were implemented into law though Congress.

School districts changed disciplinary policies to comply. Since 2011-2012, according to the Manhattan Institute, over 50 of the largest school districts and 27 states changed their laws or policies relating to school discipline.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan held a joint press conference to release a “Dear Colleague” letter to school districts issuing guidance on school discipline that will likely encourage districts to make race a significant factor in deciding how to administer punishment.

So, in 2014, the Department of Education in cadence with the Justice Department distributed the policy via the “Dear Colleague” letter.

Each year, significant numbers of students miss class due to suspensions and expulsions — even for minor infractions of school rules — and students of color and with disabilities are disproportionately impacted. The guidance package provides resources for creating safe and positive school climates, which are essential for boosting student academic success and closing achievement gaps.

“Effective teaching and learning cannot take place unless students feel safe at school, “U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “Positive discipline policies can help create safer learning environments without relying heavily on suspensions and expulsions. Schools also must understand their civil rights obligations and avoid unfair disciplinary practices. We need to keep students in class where they can learn. These resources are a step in the right direction.”

The resource package consists of four components:

  • The Dear Colleague guidance letter on civil rights and discipline, prepared in conjunction with the DOJ, describes how schools can meet their legal obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating against students on the basis of race, color or national origin;
  • The Guiding Principles document draws from emerging research and best practices to describe three key principles and related action steps that can help guide state and local efforts to improve school climate and school discipline;
  • The Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources indexes the extensive federal technical assistance and other resources related to school discipline and climate available to schools and districts; and
  • The Compendium of School Discipline Laws and Regulations, an online catalogue of the laws and regulations related to school discipline in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, compares laws across states and jurisdictions.

“A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “This guidance will promote fair and effective disciplinary practices that will make schools safe, supportive and inclusive for all students. By ensuring federal civil rights protections, offering alternatives to exclusionary discipline and providing useful information to school resource officers, we can keep America’s young people safe and on the right path.”

Now the PC and protected class policy is in place, but what happens when a student is suspended or expelled? Calls are made, files are opened, actions are required for the sake of checkmarks to associated agencies like the Department of Family and Children Services or to probation officers or to alternative school systems, law enforcement or to the FBI.

To what effect?

None as is proven in the case of Nicholas Cruz or how many others. Were RSO’s, school resource officers and police asked to hide or alter evidence in criminal cases around the country? Seems the answer is ‘yes’ as proven in Broward County schools.

It is an abject failure of systems, but also of the broken family units. Government cannot handle these cases well at all, so more robust gun control measures are the solution we are told. Oh yeah…. a genderless bathroom policy will solve it all too…. bleh.

Wonder if CNN will invite Eric Holder and Arne Duncan to a townhall session?


Trapper’s Quote of the Week

By: Trapper Pettit

When law enforcement is used for political advantage, the term ‘Swamp’ takes on a new dynamic. Draining the quagmire will only change the landscape. If the creatures residing within are not purged, they will adapt. They always do. And the chain of intended consequences will recur.


Commie Revolutionary Student Front Is Recruiting And Radicalizing Students With Mental Health Issues

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

It was a very short hop from Austin, Texas being progressive, to becoming a communist hotbed of radicals and revolutionaries. There are many communist groups there now. One of the most active according to Far Left Watch is the communist militia group, Red Guards Austin. Evidently, this is a Maoist “anti-fascist” group. They are big into armed demonstrations and they routinely call for violent armed revolution. They are itching to kill capitalists. They also have a track record of attacking pro-lifers and Trump supporters.

And they are far from alone in Austin. Texas has a real problem it would seem. They are joined by and are affiliated with other radical groups such as Serve The People – Austin, Defend Our Hoods – Austin and the ever popular Revolutionary Student Front – Austin.

Picture from Red Guards Austin blog

The Revolutionary Student Front – Austin is a self-described “revolutionary anti-capitalist student movement” that organizes at the University of Texas – Austin. They are militant in nature and were just recently in the news for holding self-defense training on campus and tweeting about killing police officers. They also published a long document earlier this month that outlined their so-called “Revolutionary Mental Health Program (RMHP).” They describe how the group was formulated, their goals and even their successes and failures as a program. They also cover why they eventually decided to end the program.

The document is extreme and alarming. It would seem their goal was to address the mental health needs of students and to ultimately recruit and radicalize students with mental health issues in order to “make them into active fighters.” “The primary goal of this program was to address the mental health needs of students in a way that would primarily serve to politicize and strengthen them, to become more committed to revolution and more capable of carrying it out.”

This is not a new idea. It comes from the Socialist Patient’s Collective (SPK), a German neo-Marxist group that attempted to re-frame “mental illness” as a product of capitalist oppression. They believed that the sick formed a revolutionary class of people who could be radicalized to join their cause. “Over the winter of 2016 and in the early spring of 2017, the leadership of RSF spent a significant amount of time studying the work “Turn Illness into a Weapon,” which recounts the experiences of the Socialist Patients’ Collective (SPK) of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1970.” Every project and program is designed to “recruit fighters.”

Picture from Revolutionary Student Front – Austin Facebook page

They even admit that some of their own organizers suffer from mental illness… as if we didn’t already know that. The document is full of pictures of armed communist militants, romanticizing them. There are quotes from communist revolutionaries and dictators, and repeated affirmations to their commitment to political violence and preparation for war: “Because our forces can only be built through the militant, violent struggle against the enemies of our class, we know that these fretful cowards will never reach that point. Making war will prepare us for the war to come, rally around us and bring into our ranks those who realize the necessity of violence to achieve a classless society free from exploitation, and unmask the real enemies of the people. We reaffirm our commitment to the principle of revolutionary violence that is necessary to confront the enemies of the people.”

And there is more radical rhetoric: “The knowledge that prison or death awaits us as revolutionaries aiming to destroy capitalism should be enough to encourage us to develop our organization in a thorough and well-rounded manner.” Right. The have a whopper of an ending for the document as well: “The actions to come in the following year will draw clear lines in the sand between revolutionaries and counterrevolutionaries. We will make no apologies for the necessary violence of our struggle and will spare no sacrifice for the battles to come because we are revolutionaries committed to the overthrow of capitalism and the establishment of a classless society. We live for the people, we fight for the people, and we die for the people. This is what it means to be a revolutionary and this is what we uphold from this point until the final dying breath of capitalism.”

This group hearts a communist dictator that killed millions of people. They advocate targeted political violence against “capitalists.” They openly encourage armed insurrection against the US government and they openly recruit at the University of Texas at Austin. They are seeking out the mentally ill to recruit as resistance fighters. They openly admit some of their own organizers have mental issues. Why is this security threat not addressed? Oh, that’s right… we’re talking about the FBI. Perhaps someone should address this before people are killed. Just a thought. #InvestigateAntifa