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Campaigning in WNC

Updated on September 14, 2016

Supporters in Asheville line the stage

A Redneck

The political world is a mess! Presidential election campaigns have become a gold mine for the news media. It is sad the two candidates in the public eye are fighting tooth and nail without any real winners. We have seen every point made buffed and rebuffed by both parties and analyzed to infinity by people who are educated. In the final analysis, come November we will be electing one of the two even if we have"no dog in that fight."

This week Donald Trump came to Asheville, NC. The Don has settled down somewhat and showed compassion to a dear woman who had fainted in the audience calling out for a doctor to help her and stopping his speech long enough to assist her. From the reports the lady is doing fine now and had fainted due to the heat.

The event began with supporters being called to the stage to voice their reasons why they were supporting Donald Trump. As they walked up to the stage it was easy to see an eclectic group had been chosen to speak. Representatives from all ethnics and social backgrounds spoke. A minister and his wife who were Afro-American, Hispanics, blue collar workers and the one that caught my attention was a good old redneck (assumption on my part, no disrespect for the gentleman)whose comment was when asked,"I'm up here because I got me a new red hat!" He grinned from ear to ear and I could see how proud he was of that hat.

Trumps Asheville visit was not without the usual protests from both sides of the political fence. Hateful words and California Howdies were exchanged both with signs and middle fingers. One poor old lady got punched in the face in an exchange of childish bickering. Later interviewed by the local media we learned she was 70 years old and full of piss and vinegar. She wasn't injured too bad, thank goodness.

Politics have always been tainted. Long before I ever even thought about politics and politicians I heard some of my folks commenting about a local county commissioner race. One candidate promised a "chicken in every pot" and his slogan was, "Need a hen, vote Ben." So many empty promises just to get a vote. Sadly many buy into the lies.

We have digressed as a country;especially, over the last eight years and the reasons for hope are strangely slim. Real integrity can't be bought but real integrity is not popular nor in demand in these times of liberalism and so many special interests plying for recognition and the proverbial "free bubbleup and rainbow stew." Generational welfare and the making of thugs into martyrs is disgusting , a slap in the face to citizens who respect and obey the laws of the land. What a travesty that here in NC the LGBT movement along with HB2! For goodness sake such confusions of mind not to mention the embarrassment of people who don't know what sex they are leaves so much room for sexual predators.

There is a remedy but the answer is not a popular one because it is a spiritual truth. Repent of our sin and turn back to God.

2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

We are a nation founded upon values and principles from the Bible. Over the years of our history we have had leaders who understood those principles and lived by them. These principles worked and we had favor of the Almighty. When discounted, the reality of judgement by God follows.

While the media will never mention what I have written, the repercussions are so evident. A continual downward spiral will continue. Getting a brand new red hat is simplistic and whether a scripted part of the program in Asheville or not, it did make me think.

The name calling and hype will continue and even as of yesterday the POS has begun doing what he loves and does best, hit the campaign trail for his party with hopes of continuing a legacy that has all but destroyed country and our faith in government by our leaders.

The alarming division we now see among the NFL-AFL football has now crept down to middle schoolers taking a knee during the presentation of our colors and our National Anthem. This is no doubt a product of the liberal mindset handed down by the society of those who know nothing of the price of freedom. A moment in the spotlight is what they all crave and like so many other issues further divide this once great country.


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      Robert Elias Ballard 9 months ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thank you Jo Miller for coming over to my Fiddleman hub page and for your comment.

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      Jo Miller 9 months ago from Tennessee

      Hi, Robert

      I came here to check out your Fiddleman site. It seems we are on opposite sides of the political issues. I am liberal. Have been since the Civil Rights era. But I am also Christian--a Christian who sees many of the changes that you seem to deplore as steps in the right direction. They make us a more open, loving and accepting society. They are at the very basis of my Christian religion. I try to look inward, exam my own heart and work on the sins that are there rather than concentrate on the sins of others.

      I don't mean to preach at you, but just want you to know, I disagree with most of what you say here. But I will continue to read and listen to what you have to say. I think there is too much of only associating with those we agree with. Maybe we can learn something from each other. Or maybe we can at least learn to listen to those we disagree with.


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      Robert Elias Ballard 12 months ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Robert

      We live in difficult times. Not much shocks me anymore but if my mama were still here I shudder to think of what the state of our world is in would do to her.

      I can't get used to the idea of using a restroom designated for 'male and female.' What about my rights? Do I really have any now?

      Thanks my friend and may God bless us all!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 12 months ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by to comment. Yes meant to divide and not stand together. We are in a world of hurt with so many special interest groups and the sad part is the POS encourages and defends. How appalling to honor thugs and recognize them as martyrs. People who don't know what sex they are and disputing toilets! Liberalism is a disease.

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      FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

      Middle schoolers taking a knee? Oh, what is this world coming to? I really dislagree with people who protest this way. It does not engage but is rather meant to shock and offend. They've never heard of united we stand or divided we shall fall?