Op/Ed 


God Says All Lives Matter Unites, Black Lives Matter Divides America.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Rev. Mark J. Powell, M,.Div, (D-IN)


I lift my voice for unity not division in America.


GodSaysAllLivesMatter.com honors the words of Jessica Doty Whitaker, a 24 year old mother of a 3 year old boy. Jessica was assassinated July 5, 2020. Her assassin is still at large.


BLM’s founders and current leaders are self-proclaimed “well trained Marxists.” In a December 2, 2016 Eulogy for Cuba’s Fidel Castro which was published by the Indianapolis Recorder, BLM wrote,” From Fidel, we know that revolution is sparked by an idea, by radical imaginings, which sometimes take root first among just a few dozen people coming together in the mountains. It can be a tattered group of meager resources, like in Sierra Maestro in 1956 or St. Elmo Village in 2013.”


On July 15, 2013,  Black Lives Matter organizers gathered in the courtyard of St. Elmo’s Village, and committed their lives to the Black freedom struggle.


On July 15, 2020, we affirmed the lives of ALL people, because we are ALL God's children.  


On August 10th, 2020, we are advocating the City County Council pass a resolution condemning violence allowing us the same courtesy extended to BLM to paint God Says All Lives Matter with the Department of Public Works employees helping coordinate the effort on West St. Clair Street east of MLK and over the bridge where Jessica’s assassin fired the bullet that assassinated her. 


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It’s not Black versus White

It’s Red versus Red, White and Blue


Friday July 3, 2020 OP/ED (2035 words)

Rev. Mark J. Powell, M.Div. (D-IN)

God Says All Lives Matter, President

In 1988 I saw the comedian Red Foxx do his 10 pm show in Vegas.


Red Foxx as an actor and comedian was a force of nature. When I was in high school, Mr. Foxx starred in NBC’s Top 10 hit sitcom Sanford & Son which aired from 1972 through 1977. We can still see it today on GET TV.


Red played Fred Sanford and actor Desmond Wilson played his often frustrated but loving son Lamont. Fred in almost every show would call Lamont “You Dummy” and Lamont would rejoin “Old Fool”!!


Regardless of the humorous antics that Fred would get into and his son would get him out of at the end of the show though each was too proud to admit they did not want to live life without the other. Simply, they loved each other.


America is at a crossroad in race relations. This “Old Fool” was 8 years old in 1968. I remember the tensions much like today were at fever pitch. Dr. King was assassinated in April and Senator Kennedy was in Indianapolis that night and spoke at 17th and Broadway and informed the crowd of 1000 of Martin’s killing by a white man.


RFK said that dark April night that his brother was killed by a white man too, he knew in his own heart how not only those 1000 souls gather in the park felt but he was so empathic at that time in his life, he knew how all of America should be feeling, he said “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”


Now 52 years later we are at the same crossroad.


Sure white and black America elected Barack Obama who happened to be a black man the 44th President of the United States, and then re-elected him.


I wish some folks would remember that white America did help elect a young black man as our national leader.


I remember at the time people of all colors were worried he would be a victim of assassination and thank God he is living very well with Michelle in semi-retirement.


Before “44”, a black man was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and then United States Secretary of State and many both black and white wanted Colin Powell to run for the presidency.


There are many more Black Americans who have moved up from the working poor to the middle class over the decades however both Black and White, Democrat and Republican politicians have let the majority poor both White and Black neighborhoods decay…here in Indianapolis and in many major American cities.


Did you see those words I used both “Black and White, Democrat and Republican politicians” have caused the lack of services from all levels of government from being delivered to those citizens who cannot pay for a lobbyist to visit the lawmaker and decision makers in Washington or the State Capitol or the City Hall of American communities from Coast to Coast.


When I worked as chief of staff to the Associate House Speaker in Michigan I saw it with my own eyes.


I wish my Black brothers and sisters would not believe the hate rhetoric being spoken and taught in the neighborhoods that white people are to blame. In my view, there are many people to blame Black congressmen and White mayors, White and Black governors of both parties and now that we have 44 and 45…both Black and White presidents have to take responsibility for their Watch of America’s course.


Make no mistake, there is systemic racism in the United States, there is systemic classism too and the later feeds into the former.


When I was a hospice chaplain I had a number of Black patients and family members under my spiritual care. I remember one conversation with the wife of a cancer patient I was visiting daily and I asked his wife if the potholes were always this bad in Indianapolis around here? Her reply was “Pastor, you’re in the Hood. They don’t fix anything first around here.”


As I was driving home, I could see the physical demarcation line in how the roads were maintained. I know it may seem like a small thing but I thought it’s like dying from a thousand cuts. It is slow and painful, taking a long, long time. As I was campaigning in Southern Indiana for the Democratic Congressional nomination before the COVID 19 campaign shutdown, I saw the same type of lack of care for those who were White and poor in the rural part of this state.


That is why I am a member of the Patriotic Democrats with a platform to be a strong advocate for the Middle Class and Working Poor. Take a look at the platform at patrioticdemocrat.us  


At 60 years old, I find myself now watching Sanford and Son and no longer identifying with Lamont but with Fred. It’s like I want to say to my American brothers and sisters who are between 15 -30 years old, “What are you doing Dummy?”


Hear me out.


Powell is my adopted name. My father was born in Kielce, Poland in 1928. It was not a good time to be born in Poland. He was 11 when the National Socialists invaded his country and killed millions. At 17, the Marxist Socialist Russians continued the killing and oppression. He told me as a young boy that there was no difference between the Nazis and the Marxists, he said they took people’s guns and then we were at the mercy of the merciless.

We have to realize the radical elements active in America today. There are White Supremacists and history will show that was the first group I spoke out against in January at the Lawrence County Courthouse with the president of the NAACP and a Jewish rabbi from Bloomington.


During my Congressional campaign in which I received nearly 10,000 Democratic votes, I came to see very quickly the Marxist element in the Indiana Democratic Party.


There were the Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) who like the Our Revolution group organize for overturning the capitalist system. There is the group Black Lives Matter which has appeal to both young Black and White teens and young adults. Then there is the Anti-Fascists (ANTIFA) who are the Anarchists of the unholy trinity bent to destroy America.


I woke up on June 15th and was lying in bed about 6am. I prayed and then I was listening to the sound of my cat purring.


My random thoughts settled on the question, who founded Black Lives Matter? Later that morning, I started researching and what I found shocked me. All three founders are trained Marxists, one who has recently been to visit the Communist dictator in Venezuela.


My first thought was Oh my God, they are a Marxist front group using what appears to be a personal hatred between two bouncers to destabilize and divide the nation over race.


One bouncer was a White cop and the other who was killed on the street by this cop was George Floyd, a Black citizen who was accused of passing counterfeit money.


It was an event that had global historic significance like the shooting of a Duke, the dropping of bombs on ships in Hawaii, the flying of planes into two towers. The pieces of the puzzle were coming together.


Then my question was... who would want this kind of destabilization and division of America? It was as if the Weather Underground and the Black Panther Party from the 1960’s and 70’s had grandchildren ready to finish the job 50 years later.


My fellow Americans, in my view what is occurring in our nation today is not an issue of Black v. White. It is a question of Red v. Red, White and Blue.


Race is being used for a more insidious goal. It appears the Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping who has lived in America believes the American Central Intelligence Agency was in back of the yearlong unrest in Hong Kong. In typical Marxist fashion, speech was shut down. Assembly was shut down.


Isn’t it ironic, a Catholic priest uses his teaching office as pastor to call out the self-proclaimed Marxist organizers of the front group Black Lives Matter as a pack of wolves and he gets silenced by the media narrative and is no longer able to exercise public ministry because of the actual wolves growling and barking at his thin skinned “shepherd” boss.


Funny, call me an Old Fool but think about it Dummy, Marxist China using their Intelligence assets here in the United States as Xi believes we were using our CIA assets in Hong Kong.


The self-proclaimed Marxist front group Black Lives Matter using Democratic Party governed cities to provide the riots, CHAZ, CHOPS and willing Media outlets to broadcast mayhem which is blamed by Mr. Biden, Obama, Bush, Clinton and soon Kissinger who all have led this nation into being a debtor nation to the Chinese Communist Party on Mr. Trump. 


Do you see the completed puzzle yet?


I’m a Democrat and I voted for Obama in 2008 and I voted for Trump in 2016 because America needs systemic change. What I have seen is there is a Panda in the living room America is not talking about. Until that discussion is had in the next 123 days, America might elect a Chinese puppet.


In a time when I don’t know who to trust I know a few things. 1. Trump isn’t always correct. 2. Trump isn’t always wrong. 3. Chairman Xi is America and the Free World’s prime threat to Freedom and Constitutional Rights. 4. Only America has the military ability to lead an international effort with our allies in India, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Japan, South Korea and Russia to invade Mainland China and engage and defeat Chairman Xi.


For a long time I called him the new Mao. Xi Jinping is not that…as if that was not bad enough. NO, Xi is the 21st century Adolf Hitler.


To win the War for Freedom, we need a nation unified.


I wish I was going to Washington in January because America needs to know there is hope for opportunity. Christian Democracy is about all Americans receiving Our Fair Share.


When World War III begins, a draft will have to be reinstated and the fighting force needs to be not only the sons and daughters of the poor but the children of the billionaires and multimillionaires.


As America chooses the road to venture down in the 21st century, let me go back to a value actually taught to me as I was watching a 1970’s sitcom, though each of us might be too proud to admit it, American Blacks and American Whites cannot live life without the other. A nation divided cannot stand. Union now and Freedom forever. Simply, we have to love each other.


Let me close with the words that RFK closed with that early April, ‘68 night in Indianapolis, “We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we've had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder.


But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings who abide in our land.


Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.


Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.


##Firmum Est Cor Meum##



Fight Communism in the Indiana Democratic Party.


Friday June 26, 2020 OP/ED (412 words)


Rev. Mark J. Powell, M.Div. (D-IN)



As a Lutheran pastor who received nearly 10,000 Democratic votes for Congress on June 2, I can tell you the Indiana Democratic Party has been invaded by self-proclaimed members of Marxist Communist front groups. 

Most Americans do not know Marxist Black Lives Matter’s sole purpose is to destabilize and divide America by race. 

When American Marxists weaken the unity of the United States of America, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) the government that weaponized and spread the “Communist Chinese Party virus” can attempt to out maneuver America.

Beijing's goal is to overtake the United States and become the dominating nation of the world. These global aspirations have local roots and a subtle attack has occurred recently in a northeastern Indiana county. 


Recently, one of Huntington (Indiana, USA) County Commissioner Larry Buzzard’s Facebook posts offered a safe county to bring statues like the statues of President Teddy Roosevelt and President Andrew Jackson whose images have been threatened by radical Marxists for removal or desecration.


Commissioner Buzzard’s patriotic offer was not well received by my fellow Democrats. 


The Huntington County Democratic Party wrote a press release condemning the Commissioner for expressing “archaic and racist views.” 


Really now?

As a promoter of the Christian Democratic Caucus within the Indiana Democratic Party, the Huntington County Democratic Central Committee is either 1. An unwilling participant in spreading Marxist Communist propaganda to which a quick and speedy retraction is in order or 2. Democratic County Chairman Gary Beatty is apparently a willing participant in destabilizing and dividing our communities. 


I pray it is not the later. 

It is time patriotic Americans wise up and rise up and make these self-proclaimed Marxist Democrats run on the Communist or the Democratic Socialist ticket.


If you are sick and tired of the direction America is going, you have to get up and fight for our freedoms. Fortunately, the frontline of freedom fighting the Marxist Communists is in your own backyard. 


I’m calling all patriotic Americans to run as Democratic Precinct Committee members in your neighborhood. Let’s counterattack the Marxists within the Democratic Party.


Prior to being ordained a Protestant minister, I was a political consultant. I will personally help you in the process to become a Precinct Committeeman.


As we reclaim the party of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, we’ll stand up for freedom and like Harry Truman said, “We’ll Give Them the Truth and They’ll Think it’s Hell.”


For more information look up: christiandemocrat.webs.com   

God Bless America today and forever


Friday June 19, 2020  OP/ED 

by Rev. Mark J. Powell, M.Div (D-IN)


America better Understand Black Lives Matter is a self proclaimed Marxist group


Watching George Floyd’s killing was traumatic. Anyone with a caring soul knows his life ended brutally. I was glad to see the officers were charged and will go to trial for their actions and inactions.


The subsequent protests did not seem out of the ordinary to me. After a few days into the daily marching, I saw professionally printed signs with the message DEFUND THE POLICE. When I saw those signs at numerous American and at European marches that struck me as out of the ordinary.

I asked myself, who founded the organization Black Lives Matter? Here is what BLM co- founder Patrisse Cullors stated in a 2015 interview, QUOTE "The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia (Garza) in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories." Unquote.

Why does this matter to all of us?

A call to “Defund the Police” coming from a Marxist (Communist) ideology now sounds logical.

The urban violence and racial incitement makes more sense if it was part of a destabilizing strategy.

Our CIA has a long history of destabilizing foreign governments like Guatemala, Iran and Chile to name a few, why can’t our adversary do that to us?
Sadly, White Democratic politicians and White corporate CEOs are scared of mob intimidation tactics like cancel culture, boycotts and harassment. 

The way the Minneapolis Mayor was treated after he said he wasn’t in support of defunding the police should be a wakeup call to all America.
As a pastor and a first generation European American who recently ran for the Democratic nomination for Congress, I believe and preach the words of 1 Samuel 16:7, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Racism has no place in the heart of a believer.

As a former hospice chaplain who visited many patients and their family members all over Indianapolis, my advice to the Indianapolis Mayor: forget about the meetings and subsequent report cards, fix the potholes in the Black community, provide neighborhood concerts, theater and art productions year round. Uplift the people in the neighborhood, focus on preschool and elementary STEM academies and provide micro financing for new Black employee owned businesses, then you will see a new spirit in Indiana.

If the budget is tight, ask Congressman Andre Carson and Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun to go to work. Washington must be a major part of the solution. Indiana can be an incubator of positive ideas for every community.

We still are the United States of America, now we have to show the world that it is not in name only.