Saturday, November 13, 2021

D.L. Gardner: From Whom All Blessings Flow

After months and months of negotiations, Speaker Pelosi decided to bring the infrastructure bill to a vote last Friday night. The Senate had passed the bill last August with 69 to 30 votes. Why the long wait in the House? Pelosi wanted more and refused to allow the vote until the House passed a separate multi-trillion dollar bill filled with spending on social projects among other things. Coincidently, elections last week went terribly badly for Democrats in state races indicating voters are fed up with politics in Washington. 

Thank God and veterans we still have politics in Washington, unless we’re talking about mandates. President Biden has unilaterally mandated between 80 and 100-million workers in America must be vaccinated for Covid-19. Tens of millions of Americans do not want to be vaccinated for many personal as well as medical reasons. Several state attorneys general, newly organized groups against mandates, and thousands of individuals are suing Biden and the federal government for this unconstitutional mandate, and at least one federal appeals court has issued a temporary stay on the mandate.

President Biden is leading the woke LEFT in mandating and otherwise forcing Americans to give up rights in the names of safety, emergencies, and fair shares. If Veterans’ Day is not cancelled by these woke/cancel culture folks, millions of Americans will pay tribute to veterans’ sacrifices over the centuries to protect our rights and freedoms as citizens. We will fly the flag proudly, and sing the national anthem at public ceremonies, and we’ll pray and thank God for all the blessings He has poured out on our nation.

Traditionally on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour, Americans pause to remember veterans who fought our wars to preserve our freedoms and our rights. We need days of remembrance to keep us grounded in context with our history, who we are, where we began, and where we are going. Sadly, there are those among us who want to destroy or rewrite history for selfish, ideological gains. 

Soon, “the holidays” will be upon us, and we’ll see old familiar sights and ceremonies. NFL games are traditionally played in Detroit and Dallas. Families gather from far and near for turkey, ham and trimmings, and to enjoy sharing memories and dreams. Meanwhile, news teams will report on the latest victims of the woke/cancel culture movement. Thanksgiving is being cancelled in some places again this year.

The Christmas season traditionally begins with black Friday when hordes of shoppers naively storm malls and big box stores believing “this will be the year!” For what? For whatever has elusively failed to materialize in previous seasons? 

Nevertheless, families will still strive to remember and celebrate the way it used to be. Those who are blessed and know it will reach out to friends and strangers offering a little cheer, a little help, and a little recognition that we’re all the same, and each of us needs to help one another as well as bear our own load. 

The coming days of remembrance and thanksgiving, of family and friends, and of sharing and giving should lead us also into times of reflection about our past, present, and future. God has blessed America richly. We need to remember from Whom all blessings flow.


Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, DL, how easily you see the extremists in the other party and the havoc they create but not in your own!

You seem to forget who wrote and presented a infrastructure bill to the Senate ( unlike when your party was in control of both houses of Congress and did nothing ), and who worked on a bi-partisan bill to present to the House. Nor do you remember the immediate past that GOP members supporting infrastructure are being savaged by their own party.

And,if that weren't hypocritical enough, you seem to forget that it was Trump who "rushed"( according to anti-vaxxers) the vaccines and who committed to spend government money so herd immunity could be achieved. And, Trump not only got Covid ( which your party thinks makes them sufficiently immune) but also got vaccinated and said other should at a rally. Trump obviously didn't the he or his family were " sufficiently" immune and he's a " genius", right?

And, you throw in veterans and family holidays just for good measure. Those of us with fully vaccinated families aren't worried. And, guess what DL, many of us vaccinated folks are decorated combat veterans! Thanks to your partisan wannabes who are woefully misinformed, the unvaccinated veterans your antivaxxer brainwashed are banned by their own families from holiday gatherings. And, you seem to forget that your party's love of veterans is rather selective. As I recall, some of them even wanted to " hang Pence". I seem to recall that he is a veteran.

Your right wing extremists and the extremists on the left may be successful in continue to create a violent mob mentality in this country. You are doing great so far right down to the local level, but shame on you! History tells us there are no good outcomes from your rabble rousing. And, DL , you and your cohorts should remember what happened to Marat and Lenin and the creator and leader of the Brown shirts.

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