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Open Letter to a Main Stream Media Columnist

(This is my rebuttal to a column written by Leonard Pitts, Jr. of the Miami Herald.)

Dear Mr. Pitts,

Your “open letter” to President Trump felt as though it would have been penned for our most recent past-president. So much of your diatribe seemed to pertain to the previous eight years our country endured. But, let’s be proactive, as President Trump is doing, and take a closer look at your correspondence to him.

In relation to the US Constitution, and the presidential election, via your own verbiage, “let me explain to you how this works.” The winner is not based on the popular vote but rather on the electoral college. The Founding Fathers set it up in this manner so, whether they lived in a bustling, cosmopolitan area of millions or in a rural region of hundreds, each legal citizen’s vote would count. (If you happen to differ with my synopsis, please take a moment to access Prager University’s YouTube channel. They offer two excellent presentations on the Electoral College and popular vote). Per your statement, the president has “324 million bosses.” I’d assume you’d want all their votes to count, right?

Included in those “324 million bosses” would be “all the other trolls you (Trump) have brought clambering up from under their bridges.” In an off way, I’d assume you are referring to Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables”? The Bible thumpers. Those who believe in God and those who don’t, but still cling to their guns? The Rednecks? The Uncle Toms? If I am wrong, please specify who these trolls are in your next column.

You also asked, “Just who the hell do you think you are?” We are citizens of this United States. Many, just like you, are “a freeborn American.” Others have taken the legal route to obtain citizenship into this “Shining City upon a Hill.” Truthfully, we either voted for Trump because we loved his views or, like myself, voted against another four years of watching our beloved country decay into a deeper cesspool of socialism while being sold off to the highest bidder.

We also do not like seeing the Constitution trampled upon. It’s laughable for you to assert President Trump feels entitled to “run afoul of the Constitution.” Too busy the previous eight years to watch your guy or were you hampered by selective reporting? The Chrysler Bailout? IRS political profiling? 2012 Recess Appointments? Changing laws without actual legislation? Implementing the Dream Act by executive fiat? There are many, many more examples. Again, in your own words, “Any of that ringing a bell?”

As supporters of President Trump, and his goal to “Make America Great Again,” we have not greeted him “with an out-thrust palm and a hearty ‘Sieg heil!” During Obama’s terms, we did not act “unruly” by rioting in the streets in response to his policies. Public property wasn’t destroyed and business windows were not shattered. We did not turn America’s main streets and highways into war zones. That’s the stuff of the Third Reich and their “night of broken glass.”

Based on what was written, your letter wasn’t to President Trump or his trolls. You must have been thinking of someone else.

God Bless,
Robbie Burns
“Troll” From Under the Bridge

In an instant…

In an instant…a lot can happen.  Ever thought about that?

In an instant…those were the words that Chris Childers began his Facebook post to let all know that his son, Austin, had died from his long battle with Mitochondrial disease.

Three words, one phrase, packed a life long message!

Though we all knew the end was near and the inevitable would occur, it happened, In an instant.  None of us were ready for it.  None of us wanted it to take place. We did not want to lose our friend so quickly.

Flip the coin over, and we can see how those three words, one phrase, can be celebrated.  GOD has a way of doing that. For through Austin’s short, courageous, and impactful life, thousands were blessed to meet him, and his JESUS, In an instant.

It could have been at one of his many hospital stays around the country, speaking to an audience of teenagers, posting Facebook updates on his status, or visiting Austin at home.  Whether the encounter was life-long, once or never in person, all of us experienced the love and joy of CHRIST through this special vessel called Austin.

Through his circumstances, Austin brought GOD’s message of love and left the ball in our court to make a decision.

In an instant, a lot can happen.  Life is birthed and taken away. We can choose to be faithful or be shackled by fear.  With our tongue, we can build someone up or tear them completely down.  We will go one way and not the other. Love can be given or kept. All of the choices we make and the events, whether in or out of our hands, have a final outcome, consequence.

For Austin, the moment he passed from this life, he met JESUS face-to-face and heard HIM say:  “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”  Because he had chosen CHRIST as his LORD and SAVIOR, Austin knew where he would instantly be when this journey concluded.    Safe. Secure. Home.

Just as JESUS will return one day, not knowing the day nor the hour our life will also end.  In an instant it will happen.  Then what?  Ever thought about it?

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