Another day of "coincidences" to address another concept: character. The definition of character is simple: the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Good character, bad character, no character are all descriptions of an individual. No one talks about the character of a community or nation. I read the following account from Ann Barnhardt describing bad character:

So… I almost got in a fistfight today

I stopped into a church today intending to pray the whole Rosary (all 15 decades) sitting before Our Lord reposed in a tabernacle.  I got through the Joyful Mysteries when a crazy man/professional panhandler entered the church begging for handouts.  He zeroed in on me and wouldn’t relent.  I tried to ignore him.  Then… he touched me.


There were two men, excuse me, “men”, who were associated with the church sitting behind me, so I enjoined them to render assistance.  [What I just did in that last sentence is called "foreshadowing".  Can you guess how THAT turned out??]  They replied that there was nothing they could do.  Ah, the battle cry of the post-Christian “man”: THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO!


I cannot imagine not defending a woman in a church (or anywhere else).  A second coincidence involved what I call playing the "victim". Instead of verifying both sides of a story, we tend to side with the "victim".

Playing the victim to gain sympathy is effective: especially if you use some facts to bolster your case. In yet another of what is an unending series of attacks, the victim started with this statement: "Not to speak is to speak". The correct Bonhoeffer quote is:

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

In this particular instance of "no character", the woman representing evil uses a portion of a greater concept. This is a typical example of using a half truth as a truth to make a point. That is not to say that portions of this quote cannot be used to make a larger statement. My lower receiver on my AR-15 reads "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil" to remind me that it is our duty to the Lord to fight evil. It is no surprise that people of bad character and no character are attracted to each other. Just as people of good character are attracted to each other.

But it seems that people of bad or no character seek the approval of people of good character. A real life example is a man of bad character telling people of good character that he removed a child pornography virus from the computer of a common acquaintance to gain their approval. It always amazes me why people would trust people of questionable character.

But the real question is how do you determine the character of an individual? In our culture, most people would judge someone by their actions. The Bible teaches us the difference between good works and the path to salvation. The Bible also teaches us to keep silent about our works. Although it is counter intuitive, the man who consistently has to tell people about his actions usually is a man of bad or no character seeking approval where none is deserved. The important next question is how do we determine the character of a nation? Contrary to individual salvation, there is no collective salvation for a nation as our pResident stated:

Is it even appropriate to consider the character of a nation? The founding principles of our Republic are Sacred honor, morality and virtue. Does this apply to a nation or the people as a whole? What can be said about a nation which has condoned the murder of over 50 million babies through abortion? We can only measure the character of a nation by the character of its people. If the people of a nation are not willing to stand up to evil, we have no character as a nation. We cannot play the victim as a means to build character. And that is a hard lesson that has yet to be learned.

David DeGerolamo

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Comment by John Mainhart on May 23, 2014 at 12:53pm

I ,would like to comment on another moral outrage stated lately. Fifty Senator's stated recently that the NFL should change the name of the Washington Redskins.  I greatly object to our Senator's getting involved in silly issues partially because they don't think about what they say and partly because they don't do the work they have been assigned.

I believe that the name given to that team is an attempt to honor our heritage and how the Indians contributed to what we are today.  This name speaks to the courage of the Indianjs of the past and their agility and speed that many have respected in this county for centuries.  If our Senator's want to inprove things in this country that eliminates racism, I have a few suggestions that fit into their constitutional duty which they refuse to address.  First, they could shut down those Planned Parenthood organizations in Washington D.C. that assist in killing more than half of the African- American babies in our nation's capital so theose children Endowed by our Creator with special gifts could develop those gifts and help us be better people in general.  These Senators could also open those good Charter schools they closed in the same city so African Americas living there could ,develop their special gifts to a greater degree and serve our country and our citizens even more.

Those Senators could also cut back on racism by impeaching two of our ,political leaders who have contributed more than they should to racism in this country, President Obama and Att. Gen. Holder.  As long as our Senator's and Congessmen refuse to seek the truth in trying to solve problems I am not hopeful that things will ,get better.

Comment by Verl Farnsworth on May 23, 2014 at 10:15am

David:  "As for the Constitution, I would say that it was divinely inspired. Its greatest flaw was not addressing the equally of all men and women under God's natural law."

It was no flaw.  Would the Founders have added and lengthened this great document of freedom?  Yes, but as we all know, when you attempt to define that which should be obvious to the heart and mind and to all people, we could never finish the process.  The knowledge of right and wrong is inherit in all of us.  How we act with that knowledge will be the sum of our case when we stand before God's throne in the day of judgment.

These rights were so obvious that Thomas Jefferson described them in the Declaration of Independence as "self-evident", known to all.

Sadly, we have failed to make sure that "all" of our citizens and especially our youth, who the source of our Rights is.  Even God, our Creator himself.

Not the Founders fault, ( I know you do not blame them), but "ours". 

May you continued to be inspired from the heart to continue to write and inspire all of us.

Comment by Volunteer Patriot on May 22, 2014 at 5:32pm

Comment by David DeGerolamo on May 22, 2014 at 3:28pm


I posted your comment also on my original article on NCRenegade.com.

I believed that the Civil War was about slavery also. Until I did my own research and found out that it was about state's rights. The War of Northern Aggression destroyed the Constitution and was the beginning of our loss of freedom. Strange that it was portrayed as the antithesis. 

If Obama was to declare all slaves free in Saudi Arabia, it would be the same as the Emancipation Proclamation. Which only freed slaves in most of the South where he had no jurisdiction. It did not free slaves in the North and escaped slaves in Northern slave states were returned to their masters.

But as we are finding out, history is written by the victors.

As for the Constitution, I would say that it was divinely inspired. Its greatest flaw was not addressing the equally of all men and women under God's natural law.

Comment by Lizzie on May 22, 2014 at 2:45pm

Well said, David.

It's important not to let the conversation be cast only in secular, temporary terms.  Our national dialogue has almost completely lost sight of the real Big Picture.

Vern, your collection of quotes underscores David's points very well.

Comment by Verl Farnsworth on May 22, 2014 at 10:36am

David, I could not agree with you more.

I predict that we are going to see the fruits of our labors as a Nation.  Will the innocent be affected yes.  Will the guilty go free, No. 

I believe that our Founding Fathers gave us more than The Constitution, the greatest freedom document in the history of the world.  I believe that they gave us, inspite of the progressives design to bury their true character, words of wisdom that we could have and should have referred to more often than we have. 

Already one time God sent a destruction upon this land since our founding, The Civil War, because men did not keep themselves true to their word and to the word of God.  "That all men are created equal".

Read the following quotes of the Founders and see if they were anything less than visionary concerning freedom and also concerning the future of this land.

"If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity." Daniel Webster

“The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve and enjoy it.  While, on the other hand, if we are universally vicious and debauched in our  manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.”  Samuel Adams

• “Here is my creed:  I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe.  That he governs it by his providence.  That he ought to be worshipped.  That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children.  That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.  These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion." Benjamin Franklin

"In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed….No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people." Noah Webster

•I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe.  The prospect of a war with any powerful nation is too remote to be a matter of calculation.  Besides, there is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow.  Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter.  From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.  Daniel Webster

"As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this.  By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities."  George Mason Father of the Bill of Rights


I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just:  that His justice cannot sleep forever. 

Thomas Jefferson  3rd President of US

If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity. 

Daniel Webster

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship"

-Alexander Fraser Tytler 1747-1813

America,last best hope on earth.

 Abraham Lincoln

•…of this truth, God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? Benjamin Franklin
Is it probable that an empire can remain without his aid. mine
Is there still hope?  Absolutely!  The same God, who is unchanging, who guided their feet with his lamp, stands ready to assist us today.  What is required in order to have His divine blessing of protection?

“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.  Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 

2 Chronicles 7:14-15

Comment by Shiva on May 22, 2014 at 9:36am

The problem is these people are characters, they have no character


Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on May 22, 2014 at 9:12am

The mere fact that Obama sets in the Oval Office speaks to the lack of character that is present in the USA.

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