A Forrest for Every Jenny

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From The Epoch Times on 26.01.2021
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Recently, a friend told me that she’s never seen Forrest Gump before—which is a crime in my house. So I made her watch the movie with me (spoilers ahead). 

In light of recent events, this movie has taken on a new meaning for me. 

Though Forrest and Jenny started “like peas and carrots,” each of them soon got swept up by a different one of America’s 20th-century cultural currents. 

Forrest’s path was classically American: going to college, playing football, serving his country, starting his own business, and going to church. 

Jenny, on the other hand, dabbles in counterculture: dropping out of college, becoming a beatnik and then a hippie, joining the anti-war protests, indulging in the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll of the ‘70s. 

In these two characters, I saw a reflection of today’s America—with one side supporting the American tradition and the other opposing it. 

Jenny’s path finds her used and abused multiple times, first as a sex worker and then as a girlfriend. While she experiences momentary freedom as a hippie, she eventually devolves into a groupie who steals from the musicians she sleeps with and hits her lowest point when she attempts suicide.

But Forrest never stops loving Jenny, no matter how much their paths deviated from each other. He gets rejected by her multiple times but remains there for her through everything—never imposing, never selfish, never angry, always altruistic. 

It’s precisely because of Forrest’s love that Jenny is able to find happiness in the end, and it’s a kind of love that I think we can use more of in our society today. 

2020 has shown me the destructive power of the forces that are working against our traditional values. Coming from a communist country, I know that these forces don’t just destroy their enemies: they also destroy the same people who advocate for them. 

Many people around me don’t truly understand these forces, however, and they’re people I care for deeply. Like Jenny, they were attracted to the prospect of freedom that these forces offered, and like Jenny, they’re unable to see the destruction that these forces could cause to a person. 

It’s not easy, but I think that the best thing I can do for them is to be their Forrest. Even though they may seem to be confident in their decisions now, I have to be there for them with compassion and patience. I have to love them simply and selflessly; I have to stay firm in my own convictions and not give up. 

For history tells me that one day, they might regret their decisions. When that day comes, they’re going to need someone there to help bring them back. 

— Jeanette S. 

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The White House – June 24th, 2020

President Trump holds joint presser with President Duda

President Trump hosted President Andrzej Duda of Poland at the White House today, where the two leaders held a joint press conference in the Rose Garden.

🎬 WATCH: President Trump and President Duda hold joint press conference
America and Poland share a long, storied partnership rooted in protecting freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. Three years ago in Warsaw, President Trump delivered one of the defining speeches of his presidency, calling for courage in the defense of Western civilization against all enemies who seek to destroy it.
“Through four decades of communist rule, Poland and the other captive nations of Europe endured a brutal campaign to demolish freedom, your faith, your laws, your history, your identity—indeed, the very essence of your culture and your humanity,” he said.
“Your oppressors tried to break you, but Poland could not be broken.”
Today, the West faces new challenges, including the scourge of terrorism. Poland is a stalwart NATO ally in this fight, meeting President Trump’s call to contribute 2 percent of its GDP to defense spending. Poland also facilitates critical military training for the United States, showing incredible hospitality and support for the U.S. troops deployed there.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been closer to Poland than we are right now,” President Trump said today.
🎬 President Trump welcomes President Duda in the Oval Office
MOREPresident Trump is strengthening America’s partnership with Poland

See the historic child welfare order President Trump just signed

More than 400,000 young Americans are in foster care today, including 124,000 who are currently awaiting adoption or some form of permanency. About 20,000 of these young people age out of the system each year without a permanent family.
These young people without “forever families” endure a range of heartbreaking outcomes. Forty percent experience homelessness. Half are unemployed by age 24. More than a quarter end up incarcerated, and 1 in 4 face post-traumatic stress disorder.
America cannot rely on government alone to care for our nation’s children. Improving our foster care system will take partnerships with private, faith-based, and community organizations to achieve the best outcomes for vulnerable children and families.
To achieve that, President Trump just signed a historic child welfare executive order that will strengthen our foster care system in three important ways:
  1. Improve partnerships between state agencies and public, private, faith-based, and community groups, including by holding states accountable for recruiting an adequate number of homes for all children
  2. Secure resources for vulnerable families and youth, such as by expanding state access to financial help for guardianships
  3. Increase federal oversight of requirements that keep children safely out of foster care when possible and ensure a permanent resolution—reunification, adoption, or guardianship—whenever the system must become involved

President Trump values solutions that are pro-family, pro-child, and pro-permanency. By encouraging and helping states work with more community partners, those who step up to help America’s children will have a strong system of support.

See President Trump’s historic child welfare executive order.

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President Trump, joined by First Lady Melania Trump, signed a historic executive order to strengthen America’s foster care system | June 24, 2020

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PUBLISHER’S Note: I do not typically add notes to press releases from the White House for my own reasons and I don’t want to get in trouble with them inadvertently. But when I read this my heart literally smiled and soared like an eagle to know what this Executive Order is going to mean to so many children who have nothing and nobody to cling to when darkness is all they can see. It means light and hope have come for them and they brought the cavalry with them.

I finally figured out why the Democrats and their lunatic fringe on the left are going after Donald Trump with so much gusto. Never before has any politician much less a president gotten into office and actually kept their word. Trump has all the way across the board. Now you can see why those who came before never did. They never could because this is what would have happened and they knew it.

JFK tried to.

Some things President Trump has done have had to be changed as is often the case but always, it is hoped, for the better. That is the only hope of many lost children who have by and large been abandoned to a system that doesn’t care as long as the social workers get paid on Friday and get that paid vacation I’ve never had every year.

The United States government being of the people, by the people, and for the people is not the one way street everyone seems to think it is. The whole thing only works for everyone when everyone gets involved and makes it work. The beauty and the strength of America is the unity of Americans to make life better for their neighbors first.

Burning churches, minority owned businesses, and orphanages is the Democrat Party’s way and that to me proves where their hearts lie. Emphasis on LIE.

This Executive Order proves, to me anyway, when taken together with the criminal justice reforms he has already signed into law, prove definitively the kind of heart our president has. Despite all their combined efforts to prove otherwise. And on an unprecedented scale that quite frankly, is a national embarrassment. They don’t care about the spectacle they’re making of themselves in front of the rest of the world. I’m abjectly humiliated for them since they seem incapable of comprehending the fact that they’re all stone-cold crazy and destined for the dustbin of history.

Just as soon as Google is finished rearranging it to fit their preferred narrative that is. God bless you Donald Trump for this love. God bless the little children, keep them, and hold them close. Far from the likes of these Democrats and other devils. Amen?

Charles Ramos Jr. – Owner & Editor-in-Chief at B.B. Wolfe Publishing

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Responding to an Urgent Spiritual Need This Easter

Dear Friend,

“How do you tell a child that there’s no water?” Those are the words of a distressed Venezuelan mother during a recent massive, nationwide blackout that cut off power to homes, hospitals, and everything else for many days, even shutting down water systems for entire cities.

With most basic necessities in desperately short supply and their paychecks almost worthless because of hyperinflation, despairing Venezuelans are leaving the country—thousands every day.

Many are streaming across the international bridge to Cúcuta, Colombia. That city’s population of about 725,000 has bulged to more than a million as refugees arrive in search of hope.

Pastors in Cúcuta see an urgent spiritual need among both refugees and residents, and they invited us to come help them by holding an evangelistic Crusade. You can help share real hope with people in Cúcuta as we go there this week to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ at a Festival of Hope.
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