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I AM NOT ASHAMED—PREFACE: When I was in graduate school at Baylor, I remember reading a book about the beliefs and values of those who fought for and supported the American Revolution. Like most, my assumption was that nearly all of the men and women involved were strong Christians, but this simply wasn’t true. In fact, just 5 percent were church members, but the commitment of this small group was so profound that they have influenced the course of American history ever since.
 
As I thought about it, I realized it doesn’t take a great number of people to move a nation in one direction as versus another. It just takes a small number of people who are completely committed to their cause. Those early Christians embodied this type of devotion and dedication. Then, I wondered what would be required for our generation to be just as steadfast and immovable. As implausible as it might seem, the following experience provided me with the answer.
 
I was at a church service, when the pastor gave the following sermon illustration. Holding up a beautiful red rose for all to see, the pastor said, “How many of you think this flower is beautiful?” Within a few seconds, nearly every hand in the congregation was held high, including mine. Continuing, he asked, “How many of you would like a rose like this?” Again, hands shot up all over the sanctuary. Stepping forward, the pastor handed the flower to someone in the audience, asking that the flower be passed around for all to take a closer look.
 
Returning to the pulpit, the pastor began his sermon on the necessity of maintaining moral purity. He went to great lengths to make his point. Concluding, he asked the audience, “Where is my rose? Someone bring it back to me, please.”
 
As people watched to see who had the rose, a teenager in the back stepped brought the rose forward, handing it to the pastor. Holding the flower high in the air a second time, the pastor thundered. “Look at what has become of this rose. After being handled by so many, it has lost its beauty, its purity, and its value. Tell me, who would ever want this rose now? If you want it, please raise your hand.”
 
As he looked around the room, not one hand was raised, including mine. While driving home, however, with my spirit being troubled, I thought about the message each of us internalized that morning. It focused exclusively on how we were to behave, rather than what we were to think. I thought that if Christ had been in the audience that day, He would have looked at the wilted, badly damaged flower much differently. If He had been there, Jesus might have said, “I want that rose, and I’ll pay any price for it.”
 
When I had that thought, the answer to my earlier question clicked into place, and I knew why we are not as impactful as we should be. There may be more Christians in our generation, but we are not nearly as strong, nor as robust, as earlier generations. It’s because we focus on ourselves, and what we are to do, rather than on the power and authority of the Holy Spirit working within us.
 
From that point forward, I have thought about what is necessary for us to be stronger and more courageous than we have ever been. In collaboration with Don Black, “I Am Not Ashamed” is the product of that thinking.
 
Jack Watts
 
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COMMON SENSE: Two-thirds of a century later, these brave soldiers are returning home. If this doesn’t touch your heart and fill it with pride, nothing will. God bless these young men, who gave their lives at such an early age, that we might remain free.
 
Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: With the European Union agreeing to work toward the elimination of tariffs, Trump has masterminded a big win for the USA, but few understand just how big it is. Let me explain.
 
1. Our trade imbalance with the European Union will begin shrinking almost immediately. This is good for everybody but especially for America. In the long run, it will help us diminish our $20 trillion debt—compliments of Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
 
2. It is good news for farmers, because Europe has agreed to import soybeans from us. This is very welcome news for farmers who have been hit hard by trade restrictions.
 
3. By agreeing to use our natural gas—which we liquify, put in tankers, ship to Europe, and de-liquify to heat homes—Trump has stopped Russia’s attempts to dominate Europe with its vast natural gas reserves. If Putin was allowed to control Western Europe’s energy, he would have leverage that would be a threat to NATO and the sovereignty to many nations. Trump stopped Putin’s initiative in its tracks—that’s a fact.
 
For the USA, what happened ensures our other trade deals will be fair and reciprocal—just as Trump said they would be. While the media has been 24/7 about Michael Cohen’s phone taping, which is not important, they have neglected the geo-political significance of what Trump has just accomplished.
 
Well played, Mr. President, well played—Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: The FBI used the “reputation” of Christopher Steele’s reliability to gain the original FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page and the Trump campaign. The Bureau did this even though Steele had not been to Russia in twenty years and was fired by the FBI long before the renewals of the warrant were sought. By gaining a warrant that the Bureau knew was fundamentally flawed and would not stand up in court, one has to ask, “Why would they do this?”
 
I believe it’s because those in charge—Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, and others—had an enmity toward candidate Trump that was more important to them than their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. But they were not the only ones. People like Bruce Ohr, Sally Yates, and Loretta Lynch at the DOJ were equally as guilty, because they refused also violated their oaths of office. Even the FISA judges share guilt. None of them—not one—was willing to stand up and stop this unlawful charade.
 
Concerning the Steele Dossier, which gave rise to the Mueller investigation, our justice system failed miserably. No wonder Rosenstein and Wray fought so hard to keep the truth from coming out. It makes their agencies look incompetent and criminally complicit in illegal activity.
 
The American people deserve better than this. We need to get rid of every vestige of these despicable miscreants, and we need to do it now—the sooner the better. This includes Rosenstein, Sessions, and Wray, who have been obstructionists from day one. We want transparency, and we want it now—not later.
 
Jack Watts
 

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COMMON SENSE: When President Trump met with Putin in private for so long, what did they talk about? The media and the Democrats demand to know, but if you put the pieces together, it’s quite obvious what the primary subject matter was. It was Iran. Here’s what makes me think so.
 
Before the Helsinki Summit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow twice to have private meetings with Putin. Next, there were rumblings in Iran that Russia was selling them out. This was followed by the Helsinki meeting between Trump and Putin. Now, Iran is rattling its saber in defiance of Trump and the USA.
 
It’s obvious that some effort was made, and perhaps a deal, to have Russia’s backing for Iran stopped in relation to Israel. How could i know this? By what Trump said about Putin being positive about Israel. Russia is rarely positive about Israel.
 
What would Russia get for such a deal? Perhaps the lifting of sanctions or the de facto recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Not all of the dots are connected yet, but Iran’s belligerence is based on what happened in Helsinki. I’m 90% sure of it. By the way, we cannot do anything about Crimea at this point anyway. That shop sailed when Obama failed to make a stand several years ago.
 
—Jack Watts
 

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COMMON SENSE: After stalling for more than a year, because they were compelled to do so by a FOIA request from Judicial Watch , the FBI has finally released the applications for the four FISA warrants. Big deal! So what? Why is this important, and who cares?
 
Everybody American should care about this because it is the evidence needed to show that the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign was predicated on the infamous Steele Dossier. This dossier was the foundation for the entire investigation that led to the Mueller probe, and it is all based on a flawed document that was bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.
 
In essence, the first two years of Trump’s Presidency have been undermined by the FBI swearing before a FISA judge that the Steele Dossier was evidence and not opposition research. That the Steele Dossier has been universally discredited means that the foundation of the Mueller investigation is fundamentally flawed, and all of his findings are “fruit of the poisoned tree,” which makes them inadmissible in court.
 
But that’s just part of it. The worst part has been the Department of Justice and FBI’s reluctance to admit their error and simply come forward with the truth. Andrew McCabe was fired for lack of candor, but what about the lack of candor throughout the FBI and the Department of Justice? They would rather see Trump’s Presidency fail and allow him to be hounded out of the White House instead of admitting the simple truth that they have been wrong all along. Such behavior is disgraceful and unacceptable.
 
There is no “other side of the story” to this—no justification whatsoever. Our FBI, our nation’s secret police, and the Department of Justice have been involved in an unethical and illegal cabal, aimed at unseating the 45th President of the United States. Those responsible have violated their oaths of office, and all of them must be held accountable. So far, nobody has—not for the IRS scandal, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, Uranium One, or anything else—but this must change. It must change now, beginning with new leadership at the Department of Justice. The American people deserve better, and we demand it.
 
Jack Watts

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COMMON SENSE: Since shortly after the end of World War II, when the Soviet Union developed nuclear weapons of their own, there have not been any global wars. It’s because of MAD—mutual assured destruction. We can wipe them out, and they can do the same thing to us. Although this hasn’t produced Utopia, it has worked well enough for us not to have global thermonuclear war.
 
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the USA has been the world’s only superpower in every area other than nuclear weaponry. Because Russia has fallen on particularly difficult economic times, the elites in the West have come to dismiss them as being the threat they once were. This is a mistake—a huge mistake.
 
Because of Obama’s sequestration, the US military fell on hard times. In many areas, including technological innovation, we did very little for eight years to keep us. If you think that’s not a big deal, just think of how different your cell phones were nearly a decade ago.
 
Russia, in her never-ending quest for power and prestige, has never slowed down. Now, in some areas, despite how much we are outspending Russia, they have developed nuclear weaponry that is superior to ours.
 
Four months ago, Putin announced the development of “a nuclear-powered underwater drone. It can travel 100 mph and descend to a depth of 3,000 feet. Its nuclear power unit is 100 times smaller than the ones that power submarines. This 75-foot-long submerged drone can carry a 100-megaton thermonuclear cobalt warhead, one that is 5,000 times more powerful than the atom bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan. Detonated off the coasts of North America it would create a tsunami wave 1,500 feet tall washing over cities on the east and west coasts.”
 
This is just one of the five new systems Putin announced, but its significance should be enough to make you understand why our President refused to use Putin as a whipping boy—just to appease the Leftwing media, whose collective ignorance is appalling. Know this: You never—and I mean never—call out a dictator to his face and humiliate him publicly, but that’s exactly what our fools in the media demanded that Trump do. To his credit, Trump refused, and he has been blasted by the media ever since.
 
Putin may not be everything we want him to be, but we must find ways to perpetuate MAD. Our survival depends on it. Trump knows this, even if our media doesn’t.
 
Jack Watts
 

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