Upon embarking into 2019, we citizens of this country need to have a serious reality check. There are those who must admit that something is definitely wrong, by the examples that are exemplified. Cases in point, when intelligent men and women knowingly support obvious, documented falsehoods, major spiritual problems are flagged.

In my generation, lies were exposed and confronted. I don’t believe that any party leader would have been allowed to have gotten away with using the vile and repugnant language and actions that we’re enduring today. History teaches us that in the midst of turbulent times, someone always stepped forward and adamantly took a stand against acts of evil intent.

Abraham Lincoln comes to mind. He guided this nation through a bloody time. Take time to compare the language embodied in the Gettysburg Address with what we hear coming from President 45. Lincoln struggled to maintain unity, while the occupant in the Oval Office at this time continues to practice the art of polarization in every way possible.

As President Lincoln did, there are some of us who refuse to sell our souls for party unity. I’m a registered Democrat, but I’m a Christian first. I don’t support anything that my party does, or verbally profess, that is ungodly.

Abraham Lincoln, as all men, had his faults, but Lincoln was a man of principles. He believed in the equality of all men. That belief and practice was the primary reason he was killed; however, his faith was unwavering. To my knowledge, during this terrible era, Lincoln never intentionally attempted to deceive the country as a method of getting his desires fulfilled.

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was allowed to run the war as Lincoln supported him in his efforts. Lincoln was humble enough to know that he probably didn’t know more about fighting a war as his General.

Our Republican friends have a choice to make; do you serve God or man? Our vice president professes to be a Christian; however, many of his actions and the manner in which he support lies, clearly contradict the scriptures from my Bible.

My Republican friends, I charge you as the Prophet Elijah charged the children of Israel on Mount Carmel, 1 Kings 18:21. “How long halt you between two opinions. If the Lord is God follow Him, but if Baal, follow him.” He was simply saying that you can’t straddle the fence, and you can’t have it both ways.

During the civil rights era, this charge was the underlying theme. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged men and women, through words and deeds to make a choice. He challenged Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson to stand by the Constitution, which is color blind.

Neither of these Presidents would’ve ever stated that China is more honorable than the leaders of Congress. President Trump said it. In our community, Republicans and Democrats are working together to make our community safer.

The Rev. James E. Daniels is founder and chairman of The Eagle’s Nest Community Organization and lives in Texas City.


(27) comments

David Smith

Great title.... you chastize Trump.. and ignore the democrat that said were gonna impeach the MF....now.. reread your title..
And while Im here.. point out to me A Democrat... any Democrat that serves God....there are none..

Jim Forsythe

Does God have a party? Many people are Democrats and also serve God.

Rev. Robert John Cornell a Democrat.
It is my personal belief that serving in Congress is no more inconsistent with the priesthood than teaching government and history, as I have done for 35 years.”

The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, a Jesuit priest from Massachusetts, served as a Democratic member of the House of Representatives from 1971 to 1981.

Although no Catholic clergy have served in Congress since 1981, a current member of Congress – Rep. Juan C. Vargas, a Democrat who has represented California’s 51st District since 2013 – is a former Jesuit novice.

No Jewish rabbi has ever served in Congress. Rabbi Dennis Shulman, a Democrat, ran in 2008 for a House seat in New Jersey’s 5th District

Paula Flinn

Think you are serving God by judging others. I know President Trump called all Democrats “evil,” but he was wrong. There are many of us who serve God.

Carlos Ponce

Does condoning abortion serve God?

Carlos Ponce

"Cases in point, when intelligent men and women knowingly support obvious, documented falsehoods, major spiritual problems are flagged."
So why did you support Obama and his documented falsehoods?

Paul Hyatt

ROFLOL.... You bash Pres. Trump about his so called non Christian actions? Really? And what about Obama and all of his? I did not hear you say one word about his promoting the slaughtering of the innocent upon the altar of convenience to their god of self that they call Choice.... Or about his promoting marriage between man and man and woman and woman. Those are clearly against what the Lord has written. We are to love all, but we are not to love the sin...Should you not know this?

Melody Oelze

Rev Daniels,
Thanks so much for having the courage to write this article. Our country needs more good people to do the right thing in this very devisive and hateful time in our history.

Mike Meador

Oelze and Daniels....[thumbdown][thumbdown]

George Croix

Where consistency is a virtue the author is a saint.
Where lack of selective indignation is a virtue... not so much

Imo, as always

David Hardee

Reverend – meaning no disrespect – but honoring your request to not “straddle the fence” I submit:
Yours is a puff article filled with selective slanting of personal animus speckled with biblical notations intended to prove denunciation of groups and persons. Sermons are for use in the pulpit and facts in the newspaper.
Using the Constitution claiming “color blindness” is deficient when the Amendment XV (Ratified February 3, 1870)Section 1The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Tell us - Was the Constitution color blind before or after the XV amendment. Surely you are aware that there was a - The Three-Fifths Clause of the United States Constitution (1787).
Using God while you are the one that casts stones is insulting to followers of Jesus (Christians) who defended a harlot with “let he without sin cast the first stone”.
The flaws you admit were Lincoln’s pail to those you failed to admit were well known of Martin Luther King. Proclaiming that Kennedy and Johnson (accidental president) acted under the tutelage of M.L. King has the ring of hero worship. The “Great Society” legislation is the genesis of the degeneration, fractioning and polarization of American society. All current political LEADERS are pure populist that take the road of pandering. Pandering is the pollution of the leadership of our democracy and Congress. Comparatively a Communist China regime is acting more in the benefit of their population than our fractionated Congress. Evidently Trump does not pander in and for your preferences.

Dan Freeman

Without question all politicians tell lies or at least half truths. But Mr. Trump’s number of falsehoods is impressive. Politifact has made a reasonable effort to count them. For President Trump they have counted 219 in two years (https://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/statements/byruling/false/?page=10). For President Obama they reported 71 in 8 years (https://www.politifact.com/personalities/barack-obama/statements/byruling/false/?page=4).

Congressman Joe Wilson interrupted a speech by President Obama on September 9, 2009 shouting “You Lie” twice, while the President outlined his proposal for the ACA. It was an outburst for which he apologized to the President and acknowledged his comments as wrong. No Democrat member of Congress has been so rude or disruptive during a presentation by President Trump.

In terms of “failed presidency” at this point in his administration Obama’s approval was 49.5% vs. Trump’s approval rating of 40.3%. Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 727 days is the worst since polling began with President Truman, who was at 62.8% at that point in his presidency. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/?ex_cid=rrpromo

Next we have indictments: Obama 2 in 8 years vs Trump 37 so far. Convictions or guilty pleas: Obama 2, Trump 9 so far and more to come. Mr. Trump’s DoJ has failed to obtain a single indictment of previous administration officials after two years.

Finally deaths not in war zones are truly tragic and should never be used for political advantage. However we have 4 Americans at Benghazi for which “A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Benghazi_attack#Investigations). Coincidentally, four U.S. Soldiers were killed near the Mali-Niger border on Oct 4, 2017. But President Trump failed to even mention the ambush until nearly two weeks after it happened, and then defended the fact he had not yet called the families of the fallen soldiers.

While I wonder if eagles really nest with Mr. Daniels, he has correctly identified some of the failures the present administration.

George Croix

I’m guessing that the word ‘reported’ plays a key roll in comparisons, especially with friendly versus not so much factors in play, but, maybe not...
Question: Does a lie about trashing ‘a few’ emails that turned out to be 30,000, plus, count as 1 whopper total or 1 each email. 🤔

Carlos Ponce

Poor Dan doesn't know the difference between hyperbole and a lie. Obama was also known for his use of hyperbole but media never called it a lie.

Dan Freeman

Mr. Ponce you are mistaken. The media (e.g. PoliticFact) reported 70 lies by President Obama. Please report others to them and us. BTW Joe Wilson calling a statement a lie does not make it one. Even he admitted his error. Pity he has not called out Trump.

Carlos Ponce

"Next we have indictments: Obama 2 in 8 years...." Be patient Dan. Obama had the DOJ, the FBI in his pocket. But let your heart not be troubled. Their day will come. Not during the 8 years of Obama's tenure - because of COVERUP.

Dan Freeman

Please provide evidence of "COVERUP" by AG Jeff Sessions or Acting AG Matt Whitaker. I guess they are waiting for Special Council Mueller.

Carlos Ponce

Jeff Sessions recused himself. Matt Whittaker is working under Rosenstein.

George Croix

After not recognizing the failures of LMISD, might want to be cautious about claims to recognize at higher levels....🤔

Mike Zeller

Dan, looks like you're comment is filled with a bunch of facts. Good for you! Leave the alternative facts for those who want to spin, THE facts.

Carlos Ponce

Mike, look a good look around Conservative Galveston County. You're the alternative.[beam]

Jim Forsythe

If the people in DC are elected only by the party in control of Galveston county, then it matters how Galveston county votes.
With Harris county growth moving closer to us, it just may change who is in charge of GC.
With the growth this area is expected to have, changes will happen. Some are saying the number of people in area will double within 30 year.

Carlos Ponce

"With Harris county growth moving closer to us, it just may change who is in charge of GC."
I've heard that son before. It wasn't true then. It's not true now. I'm proud of my fellow Galveston County Conservatives!

Paula Flinn

Galveston Island used to vote Democratic. League City population was low. Gerrymandering of our voting districts by Tom deLay and others, changed that. There are still many Democrats here in the area.

Carlos Ponce

"Galveston Island used to vote Democratic." So did all of Texas. But as Ronald Reagan said "I didn't leave the Democratic party, the Democratic Party left me."
And the Supreme Court found no gerrymandering in favor of Republicans in Texas.
See Abbott v Perez
They did find a state House District, Texas House District 90, to have been Gerrymandered to favor Hispanics. It was a racial not political gerrymander.
"In 2011, the Legislature, responding to pressure from counsel to one of the plaintiff groups, increased the district’s Latino population in an effort to make it a Latino opportunity district. It also moved the city of Como, which is predominantly African-American, out of the district. When Como residents and their Texas House representative objected, the Legislature moved Como back. But that decreased the Latino population, so the Legislature moved more Latinos into the district." Page 4 - 5 of SCOTUS ruling

Dan Freeman

Thanks. I always liked Joe Friday: Just the facts Ma'm.

George Croix

Joy Behar, that font of political wisdom and disseminator of daily talking points, said last November that the Republicans gained seats in the Senate because of 'gerrymandering'.....
Gotta love it....
Gotta wonder if ALL taking that in actually did fail 7th grade civics.....or, just can't be fixed.....
Be careful about sources........[beam][beam][beam]

Jarvis Buckley

After years of reading your articles I still can't figure out if your a political
activist , a union representative, or a reverend. One thing I have figured out is I don't agree with anything you say.
Also please tell me you claim to be a registered democrat. Why would you brag about something like that. It's your right but you would be better off just keeping that bit of information to yourself. You spoil your funny articles.

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