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Why I’m (Still) Voting for President Trump.

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This article was suggested by my wife and I agreed it was a good idea. You see, Donald Trump was not my first choice for the Republican nomination for president in 2016 and he wasn’t in 2024, but it quickly became obvious that he would be the nominee during both primary seasons.

I was never a “Never Trumper” mind you; I just saw good options in other candidates. But now that he is the presumptive nominee, I am supporting him. Even after the efforts of the Democrats to sully him through impeachments, investigations and legal smears, I still support him; in fact the “lawfare” being waged against him makes me want to vote for him even more. I don’t think I’m alone in that. Here’s my reasoning.

When Donald Trump was in office, gasoline averaged $2.00 per gallon and the US was energy independent; actually able to export oil. Eggs were $2.00 per dozen and other food items were much cheaper than they are now; just three-and-a-half years later. There were no new wars during his tenure and the US was respected by our allies and feared by our enemies. He revitalized NATO with a much-needed “kick-in-the-pants” to get them to take responsibility for their own defense. He brought manufacturers back to the US. He reduced the size of the administrative state, the “deep state,” which sucks the life out of our country’s budgets and stifles business innovation. He also brought about the Abraham accords, bringing us closer to peace in the Middle East and honored Israel, the only democracy in the region, by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Also, our southern border was under control.

On the other hand, on his first day in office, President Biden cancelled construction of the Keystone Pipeline and oil drilling on public lands, which ended our energy independence with the stroke of a pen. He later had to beg Saudi Arabia to increase drilling so we could buy from them. As the prices of gasoline and diesel fuel increased because of the shortage, the price of EVERYTHING went up because everything we buy arrives in trucks. This made it much harder for the middle and lower classes to afford basic necessities.

As inflation took off, the Federal Reserve raised the Federal Funds interest rates to try to slow inflation: from 0% in 2020 to 5.5% in July, 2023. It became harder for people to buy homes because income levels had to be much higher to qualify for a mortgage. That means it’s also harder for sellers to sell their homes, raising the specter of a housing crisis.

Biden’s solution to inflation was to pass trillions in new Federal spending (hilariously named “The Inflation Reduction Act”), most of which went to special interests, like “green energy,” and drove down the value of the dollar because the profligate spending was just printed money. This further fueled inflation, while mortgaging the futures of our children and grandchildren as the national debt ballooned to $34 Trillion!

But Biden’s decision to hamper drilling for oil had other far-reaching consequences internationally. When we were a net exporter of energy, Europe could buy from us, but when our energy surpluses dried up, Europe had no choice but to turn to Russia. As a result, Russia grew stronger and Europe became dependent, allowing Russia to be confident they could invade Ukraine without interference from Europe or the US. Biden has supported Ukraine in their war effort, but only enough to cause them to lose slower. No one in the administration has a plan for victory.

The Obama-Biden obsession with the Iran nuclear deal, in which they relaxed sanctions on oil production and even sent cash (!), enabled Iran to fund its terrorist proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah. This led directly to the October 7, 2023 terrorist invasion of Israel, which caused the deaths of more than 1200 Israelis, plus Americans and other nationalities, taking many more hostage. This forced Israel to go to war to end the threat to their national security once and for all. All this is directly attributable to the policies of Obama, secretary of state Kerry and President Biden. And Biden made no effort to get American hostages freed.

But that was not Biden’s only foreign policy blunder in the region. A paradigm shifted for many Americans when Biden ordered the immediate withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan from their secure base, leaving defenseless hundreds of American civilians and Afghanis who helped us. Most of them were likely summarily killed. In the chaotic, abysmally planned operation, billions of dollars of American weaponry, ammunition, vehicles, aircraft and other materiel was foolishly left behind for the Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS to use in their misadventures. It was an inexplicable and completely unnecessary scandal. We know now that Biden refused to listen to any counsel from his administration or the generals.

Biden’s irrational hatred of Donald Trump also caused him to commit the ultimate domestic policy blunder: stopping the construction of the southern border wall and inviting at least 10 million illegal aliens to come into our country unvetted. We have no idea who these people are and what their intentions are. Billions have been required to be spent by Federal, state, and municipal governments to deal with the influx of “migrants.” Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died from Chinese Fentanyl, brought in by cartel mules. Nobody knows how many evaded border control and are in our country because they have been sent to spy or plot terrorist actions. Many of those coming in are military aged men without families, many from China and the Middle East, not just from Latin America. How easy would it be for them to organize into cells to carry out a thousand 9-11s or October 7s?

Then there’s the evidence that Joe Biden has taken millions from countries who hate us, like China, Iran, Russia and Ukraine, all facilitated by his waste-of-oxygen, whoring, druggie son. How vulnerable are we because our president is beholden to foreign powers which want to see our country fall? Was the opening of the border part of the deal?

In short, most everything was good under President Trump, but most everything has been unbelievably bad under President Biden. President Trump was able to do all this good in spite of being maligned and hindered by the Democrats in Congress, the administrative state, the “main-stream” media, social media, Hollywood, academia and even jealous Republicans. Now they are using “lawfare” to try to imprison Biden’s political opponent, like a third-world junta, with Biden, the “big guy,” as strong man.

Under Biden everything has turned sour. People can’t afford food and housing. As a country, we are in danger of very real threats to our national security, our economic viability, our place of leadership in the world, and even our existence as a nation.

Note that I haven’t mentioned Biden’s age. That’s because there are many people much older who are competent and productive. Unfortunately, Joe Biden is neither. He has never had an original thought; he had to drop out of a presidential race 30 years ago for plagiarism and has been caught in lies and made-up stories too many times to count. Every decision he makes seems to be wrong. He has terrible instincts, but he refuses to listen to counsel. Now, it is clear that his mind, which was never great, has about gone around the bend. He can barely talk, even when reading a teleprompter.

President Trump on the other hand is vital, engaged and articulate, if sometimes verbally clumsy.

I don’t think the choice could be any clearer.

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Did King Saul Know David Before He Killed Goliath?

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The story of David and Goliath is an iconic underdog story and “David and Goliath” is applied as a catch-phrase every time there is an underdog pitted against a gargantuan foe.

But how well do we know the story in the context of the stories on either side of it? Did you know that there’s a problem with the story that some skeptics have used to inspire doubt in the Bible?

It has to do with the question: Did King Saul know David BEFORE he killed Goliath?

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Just In Time for Father’s Day

Gary Ivey’s books make great Father’s Day gifts, especially the newest ones from the Age of the Kingdom series. Some women have felt like the battle scenes are too intense, but men say, “That’s why I like them!”

Just in time for Father’s Day, you can get 25% off on any of Gary L. Ivey’s books. Just enter the code “Dad25off” to get 25% off your entire order!

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How To Research 3,000-year-old Historical Fiction (part 2)

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In my previous post, I began with generalities about my research for writing the Age of the Kingdom series. Now I’ll share a little of the source material I leaned on in my research.

Of course, my starting point is the Bible, and because I believe the Bible is a book of truths for life, I’m not going to stray too far from the events that are described there. I reread not just First and Second Samuel, but also the books that went before, Judges, Joshua and the Pentateuch. These books and their stories are inseparable from the events in Samuel and Kings, because it’s all one continuous narrative.

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How To Research 3,000-year-old Historical Fiction (part 1)

I was not prepared for what I got when I gave Quest for a King to a company which offers feedback to authors (for a fee). I never talked to the reviewer; we only corresponded through email, but from the tone and content of the review and counsel I received, I’m pretty sure the reviewer was a female recently graduated from a decidedly secular university.

One thing that gave it away was that she said she wasn’t sure who to root for: Israel or the Philistines. In fact, she had to look up Philistines on Wikipedia! She didn’t know ANYTHING about them.

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Regressive Progressives and Democrats Against Democracy

There has been a lot of hand-wringing and hyperventilating about “threats to democracy” coming from the left side of the aisle in our country, ever since Trump supporters got upset on January 6, 2021. I still think they were egged on by Fed plants in the crowd and it might never have happened without them.

But as I’ve often said, Democrats are not self-aware and don’t know the meaning of the word “irony,” because ever since January 6, they have been doing everything in their power to threaten democracy. It was the most inept insurrection in history; no one even brought guns.

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Because Amazon.com Failed…

A Special Deal, Just for You!

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I’m publishing the Age of the Kingdom series through IngramSpark, Ingram’s print-on-demand service, because Ingram has been THE source for books for bookstores and libraries for decades, which means you can go into any bookstore and they can order the print copies for you.

However, for some reason, when Ingram submitted Exile of the King to Amazon.com, they posted the print book, but NOT the Kindle book. So I created a special deal for the eBook.

So, to my friends and followers, I’m offering the eBook for download from Book Funnel for

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for a limited time when you order Exile of the King at GaryIvey.com available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Nook, Computer, ePub or Mobi.

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“Exile of the King” Wins Gold in Adult Fiction

I recently was notified that Exile of the King, the second novel in the Age of the Kingdom series, has won the Gold Medal for Adult Fiction at the Christian Book Awards.

Quest for a King, the first novel in the series also won this award, so I praise God for this blessing.

The Age of the Kingdom series follows several families through multiple generations during the time leading up to and during Israel’s united monarchy 3,000 years ago. Quest and Exile cover the years prior to King Saul through his death in battle.

The series will continue with The Eternal Kingdom, which traces the first half of King David’s reign, and the fourth novel, yet to be named, will cover the second half of David’s reign.

There will either be five or six novels in the series, depending on whether the reign of Solomon is given two volumes.

Quest for a King and Exile of the King are available now and can be purchased here or at Amazon.com or your bookstore can order them from Ingram.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

We are less than a year away from another presidential election in the US. Can it really be eight years ago that Donald Trump announced he was running for president and the left lost its collective mind?

And are we really going to have a rematch of the candidates from 2020?

Both parties seem deeply divided and both leading candidates have many strikes against them. If you know me, you know that I will vote for whomever the Republican candidate is, especially now, even if I have to hold my nose to do it. And I usually do (have to hold my nose).

They say (whoever “they” are) that most people vote against a candidate instead of FOR a candidate. That is true of me, since I have to believe that the Republican in any race is going to align more closely with my principles of freedom and free markets than any Democrat. That has never been more true than now. Economic freedom and individual empowerment are not high on the Democrats’ “to-do” list, with their anti-business stance and tendency to focus on victim groups, but Republican politicians often fail to protect our rights as well. So we usually have to vote for the lesser of two evils.

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“Exile of the King” Available NOW!

Exile of the King, the second novel of the Age of the Kingdom series, is now available to order as of December 1, 2023. This book picks up where Quest for a King left off – right after David kills Goliath. Will Azel desert his post to follow David into exile? Will Jeriah remain loyal to King Saul and can he avoid being caught up in the king’s obsessions?

Here’s what some have said about it:

“After reading Quest for a King, I couldn’t wait to continue the riveting sequel in Exile of the King. If you love to read well-researched historical books that bring scripture alive, this book does not disappoint! I didn’t want to put Exile of the King down ‘til I’d read the whole book!”

Ruth Arthurs, MSW

“I loved this second installment in the Age of the Kingdom series. Gary Ivey takes the Biblical narrative of the emerging Kingdom of Israel and makes it come to life with a book that’s hard to put down. Can’t wait for the next volume of this saga!”

Bill Barley, BS, JD, Pastor, Living Stone Church

“In Exile of the King, Gary Ivey once more shows us the difference between reading the Bible and living the Bible. The author has an uncanny ability to bring the Bible’s outsize characters to life by surrounding them with credible characters and interactions that we can recognize from our own lives.

“The Bible’s tales have always been timeless, but now they are made both timeless and immediate through the unswerving use of vivid detail. David’s years in the wilderness, while spanning a few chapters in the Bible, are here given their due as the backbone of an entire novel.

“The brotherhood of Jonathan and David, Saul’s erratic temper, the sacking of Ziklag by the Amalekites, and the final battle with the Philistines in the Jezreel Valley, are all well-known biblical events that we can now remember as if we had lived through them. The details in Exile even extend to the day-to-day details of the characters’ lives:  the food they prepare, how they dress, and the chores they perform as part of their day. All of this draws the reader in and makes this book extremely hard…if not impossible…to put down.”

Brett Goldberg, BA, author of A Psalm in Jenin

Check Amazon.com or my “Shop” page to order a signed copy.

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