I’m a Bible-believing Christian first, a conservative second and, sometimes, with rapidly dwindling frequency, a Republican third (but only when the Grand Old Party is behaving itself).
Although the GOP’s RINO establishment still controls its legislative reins, I’m mildly encouraged by some recent developments at the Republican National Committee (RNC) level. It seems that under the leadership of Chairman Reince Priebus, the party is moving – at least to some degree – back toward its historical conservative platform moorings.
It’s a popular refrain among “moderate” Republicans and libertine libertarians that the GOP “must give up the fight on ‘social issues’” (i.e., gun rights, religious freedom, protecting life and defending legitimate marriage and the natural family).
America is tumbling out of control toward a crash-and-burn impact with disaster, and, for the most part, pastors and churches are asleep–I mean in a coma. Both major parties in Washington, D.C., are selling-out our liberties faster than Chris Christie can swallow a Big Mac, and Christians don’t even roll over; George W. Bush and Barack Obama have created the largest surveillance society in the history of mankind, and pastors lie comatose; Dianne Feinstein and her Constitution-hating collaborators in Congress try their best to expunge our right to self-defense, and Christian organizations don’t open an eyelid; the right of Habeas Corpus, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and our very right of privacy have, for all intents and purposes, been eviscerated by the miscreants in Washington, D.C., and most pastors and Christians remain fast asleep. But let a Christian TV star get the axe for telling a magazine reporter that he views homosexuality as sinful, and Christians storm out of their beds like firemen answering the bell for a five-alarm fire.
Don’t get me wrong. The politically-correct entertainment and news industries are hyper-paranoid about anything deemed to be “anti-gay.” Homosexuals currently enjoy more protected status than the spotted owl. That A&E would attempt to suspend a long-bearded, redneck Christian for saying homosexuality is a sin should shock no one. Liberal actor Alec Baldwin (no relation to this writer)–a darling of the left-wing establishment–lost his TV show on MSNBC for comments he spoke that were considered to be anti-gay.
Am I glad so many people rallied to the support of Phil Robertson? Yes, of course. Was the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain stupid to pull Duck Dynasty products from their stores as punishment for what Robertson said? They sure were. Are Christians who want to boycott Cracker Barrel and other companies that cater to political-correctness within their rights to do so? You bet. People such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have made careers (not to mention millions of dollars) intimidating private companies with all kinds of boycotts. But I must be honest: this whole episode burns the stew out of me.
The president’s panel on NSA reform gives us the worst of both of these worlds
During the 1920s, the American government secretly funded the “black chamber” to crack codes used by foreign governments. Upon hearing of the program, President Hoover’s new Secretary of State Henry Stimson famously proclaimed, “Gentlemen don’t read other gentlemen’s mail”–and ended it. Stimson was not the only leader of his era determined to pretend the international arena was the domain of gentlemen: just one year earlier representatives from 62 nations (including the United States) signed the Kellogg-Briand pact, agreeing not use war to settle “disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them.”
Seventy-five years later, the starry-eyed are still among us, albeit mugged by competing unrealities.
Edward Snowden and his sympathizers want to transcend the modern “Orwellian” nation-state and establish a hyper-individualistic new world order made up of billions of peaceful cosmopolitans. As Snowden put it in his Thoreau-like Christmas message: “Privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.” Christmas itself, of course, belies such a claim to radical autonomy. But leaving that aside, the most oppressive impositions on privacy do not come from government surveillance programs, at least as we’ve experienced them, but from enemies of peace, foreign and domestic–the very enemies such programs are meant to stop.
[Editors note: This article first appeared several years ago. However, in view of recent events, it should give us something to consider as we attempt to understand why things are the way they are. We shall dig a little deeper as we search for appropriate solutions to the issues presented.]
Newspapers, along with TV anchors and infobabes love to tell stories of dissension within the ranks of the Republican Party. They enjoy pouring fuel on any kind of sparks, trying to fan them into a blaze that negates the effectiveness of any non-Democrat politician. The problem is that there is some basis for the stories about factions within the Grand Old Party.
To those outside, the differences may appear to be simple personality conflicts or random loyalty fights. The fact is it goes much deeper than that. There are really two distinct groups within the party. When things are going well, it’s hard to tell one from the other. However the recent electoral failures have deepened these differences and peeled back the veneer of smiling faces.
The first type is the structural Republican. With these, it is a tradition and they may have been in the party all their lives. They feel a kind of proprietary interest in it. They would vote for anyone as long as they have an R by their name on the ballot and will continue to support them no matter how far they stray from party orthodoxy. Because of their party orientation, these are usually the people who show up at party functions and usually run for party offices.
The financial press and Wall Street stock market gurus confidently declare that the Republicans will be “brought to their senses” if the stock market continues to retrench in the face of uncertainty wrought by the government slim-down.
Members of Congress not committed to worship of the Democrat-Socialist Party’s collectivist control should ignore stock market speculators’ distress and look to the long-term welfare of the real America. Having gone thus far, Republicans should stick to their guns.
Unhappily, recent history gives stock market speculators reason to believe that Federal policy, particularly action by the Federal Reserve, will kowtow to the stock market, as if that were the real economic heart of the nation. Supposedly a prolonged market sell off would damage the economy. The truth, to the contrary, is that the stock market bubble of the past couple of years is to a major extent a creation of the Fed’s easy-money policies.
The USA is a great place to live. It has a proud history of innovation, prosperity and fine character. Our forefathers threw off the yoke of King George’s tyrannical rule after a long, bloody struggle. The people came together after the War of Northern Aggression. Just a few generations ago our ancestors made it through the Great Depression to become the greatest power on earth by working with our allies to defeat the greatest (at the time) evil on earth. My fathers generation did what they had to do to conquer the Axis menace, then came home to raise their families.
However, after that, something went awry as we seem to have misplaced our collective will to overcome obstacles as so many seek, not victory or accomplishment, but the path of ease and least resistance. We’ve passively accepted the presence of a permanent underclass, lulled into dependence on a government that demands nothing from them, but allegiance at the voting booth. But that is not the worst curse on our land.
There is a consensus among pollsters that the people do not want ObamaKare. However, there is also a consensus among these same pollsters that a great majority of Americans want the government shutdown to end. They don’t like the inconvenience. They don’t like our aging heroes receiving shabby treatment when they come to visit the monument to their efforts. They don’t seeing government workers sitting at home when they should be working. Never mind that Congress has determined that they will eventually be paid… and never mind the millions of non-government workers who have been unemployed for years and face the prospect of an even tougher job market if the plan goes forward.
After then-Congressman Joe Scarborough convinced me to endorse the neocon Bob Dole for President back in 1996, I vowed to myself that I would never vote for “the lesser of two evils” again. I haven’t; and I won’t.
Almost anytime one hears someone talking about voting for the lesser of two evils, it always means voting for a Republican instead of a third party or independent candidate. The argument is always the same: he or she (the third party candidate) cannot win. Therefore, voting for someone you presume cannot win is “wasting” your vote. I used to believe that, too, but no more.
One could even make the argument that voting for an unprincipled neocon Republican is actually voting for the greater evil, not the lesser. It seems we lose far more liberties under Republican administrations than under Democrat ones. That does not mean that Democrat presidents care more for the Constitution and limited government than Republican presidents. It simply means when Republicans occupy the White House, rank and file conservatives and freedomists go fast asleep. I mean deep sleep. I mean extended hibernation. The two administrations of G.W. Bush are prime examples.
Whatever are we doing permitting the world to push us all into a politically correct vocabulary, fully understanding that words eventually lead to deeds. We have allowed the whole PC culture to set the verbiage and the agenda for far too long.
Dictionary.com explains why. It tells us that the noun “politically correct” means:
marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving especially race, gender, sexual affinity, or ecology.
You will note that even the dictionary site notes that it is language of the progressive left. Unless we have a worldview compatible with the godless philosophy that sees man as essentially helpless and misguided, in need of an ruling class to take care of them – we have no business falling into the trap of permitting the progressive left to control the terms of almost every conversation.
We use their terms, which are never favorable toward the true conditions in our land. We permit them to use the term pro-choice, when they only choice they believe in is the choice to end the life of an unborn infant. They don’t believe we should have choices about the food we eat, our environment, even our light bulbs. It’s time to put an end our acceptance of their terminology which is designed to sound good, and conceal their anti-life, anti-freedom agenda.
Is it just me or is the world really becoming stranger every day? Just a quick review of one days news will make most normal people wonder if we have fallen into an alternate universe. A universe where we have no relationship to the reality we have known and the values we hold dear.
The lead story in many sources was the sad tale of Bradley Manning, the young soldier who was just sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing thousands of pages of confidential documents to WikiLeaks. Yet, the big story was not that he was going away for a long, long time, or that his attorney thinks he could be out in as little as seven years. The big story was that, in the future, Bradley wants to be known as Chelsea… and he wants the government to begin hormone therapy and taxpayers to eventually pay for surgical correction of what he believes to be a mistake that has caused him/her the discomfort of a woman trapped inside the body of a man. Manning wants to begin living as a woman. Given the people he will be serving time with, this could a major error in judgement. One can imagine his biography – Klinger at Leavenworth?
Then we have Kathleen Sebelius making it known that under ObamaKare, the homosexual and bisexual communities would receive special focus on their needs because “for too long…[they] were pushed to the side.” Considering the amounts spent on AIDS/HIV treatment and research, this justification does not seem to align with reality. She continued, “They have been less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, they have higher rates of tobacco use, and they are often at increased risk for mental health illness.”
Many people say they don’t recognize their country anymore. They say their representatives in Washington don’t seem to be living in the same world as the rest of us. Most of America works to take care of themselves and their families in an environment where performance gets the job done. At least that’s the way it used to be. Today, our government is run by academicians and political instigators. Few people in these positions of power have ever had a real job in the private sector that did not depend on government mandates and taxpayer subsidies to pay their bills and actually required them to perform.
The people are upset about the death of four Americans in Benghazi. The administration tells us it’s a phony scandal and there is nothing to see. The people don’t like the Internal Revenue Service targeting groups and people the president thinks are his enemies. The administration tells us it’s a phony scandal and there is nothing to see. The people don’t like the NSA collecting their phone and internet information. The administration tells us it’s a phony scandal and there is nothing to see. The people see statistics that prove the more armed citizens there are, the less crime. The administration is doing things that make them afraid of armed citizens and are trying to disarm them. They see dead children not as a tragedy, but an opportunity. The people don’t like millions of illegals sneaking across the border to compete for a shrinking pool of jobs in this country. The administration tells us not to worry about it, illegals help the economy. The Democrats are salivating over a new set of voters while the Republicans are afraid of offending a portion of 10% of the population. The American people don’t want ObamaKare. The administration tells us we are going to get it anyway, and we are going to like it. That is not a prediction, that is a command.
To the cheers of Leno’s audience President Obama said he called off his meeting with Vladimir Putin because he did not like the way Russia treated homosexuals. Press reports tell us the meeting was canceled because of the reception Edward Snowden received in Putinland. In any case, conducting diplomacy in the media shows an inability to deal directly with a powerful, self-assured leader.
Even in jest, which I highly doubt, publicly making such a statement shows a complete disregard for the seriousness of the problems on the world scene. While attempting to maintain the illusion among the gullible, that he is a Christian, he takes every opportunity to display an antipathy for biblical values. If he really believes that the plight of the outlawed homosexuals is more important than discussions with one of the worlds’ super powers, he has a serious problem with perspective.
The cancellation shows a lack of confidence that his golden tongued oratory would convince the former KGB officer to see the error his ways. It may also be that the presence of Snowden may be flaunted during his visit to make him look small and ineffective. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed.
At some point, one has to wonder why America’s churches are the largest block of irrelevant, impotent, and insignificant institutions in the entire country. And make no mistake about it: when it comes to influencing societal conditions, culture, and the political philosophy of the nation, for all intents and purposes, they ARE irrelevant, impotent, and insignificant.
Think about it: according to the latest available statistics, over 75% of America’s adults classify themselves as Christians. That’s over 159 million people. Over 43% of America’s adults attend the more than 300,000 churches regularly. That’s over 90 million people. Yes, both of these statistics are WAY DOWN from just a few years ago, but those statistics still represent a HUGE block of the American population. So why do these Christians and churches have so very little influence in America’s society, culture, and politics? Asking it bluntly, why is America going to hell in a handbasket with all of these churches dotting the landscape?
There is no mistaking the fact that from before the American Revolution, after the American Revolution, throughout the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, and through the first half of the Twentieth Century, the American Church was a major voice and influence in virtually every facet and sphere of American society. However, with the exception of a temporary resurgence in the 1980s, the influence of the Church in the last half of the Twentieth Century and continuing now into the Twenty First Century is nada. Zilch.
Many of us have been disappointed for years at the lack of resolve in the Republican leadership as they roll over on issues like legalizing the illegal immigrants who are helping to overwhelm our welfare systems and flooding our job markets. This has often been attributed to a belief that our elected representatives don’t really subscribe to the conservative principles they preach on the campaign trail.
This may or may not be the case, as recent reports have shown that there is something more important to many than their personal convictions. There is a Machiavellian view that great principles don’t mean anything unless one can get into a position to implement them. We are told that “money is the mothers milk of politics”. This is particularly true in this day of massively expensive media wars. There are so many voters to reach, and mass media seems to be the logical way to do the job.
This is aggravated by the fact that the political consultants are essentially advertising agencies… and the more they spend, the more they make. The electoral system is skewed toward the big dollar contributors who can facilitate this sort of campaign. It’s nothing new, although, like much that has been happening lately, the negative parts of our political system have just increased geometrically to the detriment of the American citizens.
When I saw the story of investigators in the crash of TWA flight 800 back in 1996 that took the lives of all 230 on board wanting to reopen the case, it got me to thinking. At the time, the official story was that static electricity ignited fuel fumes. It seemed a little far fetched but that was all the public was permitted to hear.
These investigators are now confident that it was some sort of missile that brought down the plane. They found explosive residue on one of the wings, but were prevented from following through on that part of the investigation. My memory does not serve me to recall everything else that was going on at the time, but for some reason, this information was not to be made available for public consumption.
I understand that national security sometimes necessitates secrecy, but it appears that keeping the truth from the public has become second nature to our government. Back in the days following the tragedy off the coast of Long Island, one wonders if Americans would have demanded some sort of response if they found out the crash was the result of Islamic terrorists? Would they have have been outraged that the president was paying more attention to a White House intern than keeping their nation safe. Would we have been more aware of the dangers of radical Islam to the point where the 911 attack would have been prevented? We will never know.
By now many people have seen the video of Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory explaining why he left the Democrat Party. He explains it better than I ever could, so I recommend playing the video if you have not done so already. He is an honest and courageous patriot.
We many not always agree with everything the man has said or did in the past, but through genuine soul searching, he arrived at the conclusion the Democrats were not really working for the benefit of his fellow black Americans. He saw how government programs were designed to trap them into a cycle of dependency that carried over from generation to generation. He saw, like Frederick Douglas and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., that true freedom and prosperity for his brethren came, not from special programs, but from a free society where everyone is able to move themselves up in the world rather than wait for the, never coming, government assistance.
Pressing events in the country, namely, Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein’s attempted gun confiscation proposals, made it necessary for me to devote my column to specifically addressing that issue. Accordingly, the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo passed without my annual tribute. I will rectify that with today’s column. Plus, the story of the Alamo only augments the need for strict adherence to the Second Amendment and the rejection of Obama and Feinstein’s Machiavellian gun-control measures.
It was on March 6, 1836, that the Alamo fell. For more than 13 days, 186 brave and determined patriots withstood Santa Anna’s seasoned army of over 4,000 troops. To a man, the defenders of that mission fort knew they would never leave those ramparts alive. They had several opportunities to leave and live. Yet, they chose to fight and die. How foolish they must look to this generation of spoiled Americans.
It is difficult to recall that stouthearted men such as Davy Crockett (a nationally known frontiersman and former congressman), Will Travis (only 23 years old with a little baby at home), and Jim Bowie (a wealthy landowner with properties on both sides of the Rio Grande) really existed. These were real men with real dreams and real desires. Real blood flowed through their veins. They loved their families and enjoyed life as much as any of us do. However, there was something different about them. They possessed a commitment to liberty which transcended personal safety and comfort.
[Editor's note: Much of today's column may be controversial. However, as we have seen many events in recent years that cause us to wonder what is happening to our country, many of us have had ideas that we were not getting the full story. I would suggest that if even a portion of this speculation has a basis in reality, we have some real problems.]
The title of today’s column, “There Is A Conspiracy,” is a direct quote from Ezekiel 22:25. In this passage, God instructed Ezekiel to blow the whistle on the conspiracy of Israel’s prophets to deny people truth, to devour people’s souls, to defraud people’s substance, and to destroy people’s lives. I dare say this conspiracy is still alive and well today. Many pastors and religious leaders in 2013 America are as guilty of Ezekiel’s charges as were Israel’s ancient prophets.
However, use the word “conspiracy” today and even most Christians will roll their eyes in disbelief. And, of course, the mainstream media is so paranoid of the word conspiracy that one has to speculate that the reason for this aversion to objectively dealing with the subject is simply due to the fact that they are among the co-conspirators.
But once in awhile, someone in the media has the guts to broach the subject of conspiracy. My friends at TruthAlliance.net recently covered a report written by Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone Magazine. Taibbi begins his report saying, “Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world’s largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.”
Now that I have your attention, permit me to explain.
There’s an ongoing debate in Reformed and Evangelical circles regarding the mission of the church. That’s good, because the Body of Christ needs to be clear on what the Head expects the hands and feet to be doing.
But the way one frames the question can greatly affect the answer. So we need to make sure we’re rightly framing the question.
It’s hard to believe we have a two party system in our country any more. Sixteen Republican Senators went over to the dark side and joined the Democrats in shooting down the filibuster of Harry Reid’s unconstitutional gun control legislation. Some of them are ones who call themselves conservatives. Others have shown us many times over that did not have the capacity to stand firm when the going got tough. We had high hopes for some of these people who were more than happy to have the support of the real grass roots conservatives as they defeated honest Democrat opponents.
As Democrats, they are honest in that they admit to their progressive tendencies… definitely not regarding their plans to enslave their fellow Americans. It is bad enough that we have a President whose speaking of the truth is purely accidental, but then we have people we elected to oppose his destructive agenda, roll over into the position of accomplices to his deceptive schemes, what are we to do?
The Dems must be laughing themselves silly that a little pressure and a little propaganda would turn the opposition into spineless jelly fish unworthy of the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan. We elect the Republicans to take us in a different direction than the progressive Democrats. Then we find they facilitate the very assaults on our rights we put them in office to stop.
[Editors note: This article was published about a year and a half ago. Reading it shows we have not progressed much in that time. The dividers are still at work and it is the people who are being short changed by the whole process.]
With all the one-upsmanship going on in the nation’s capitol, there is a serious cause for concern no matter what the final outcome of the debt ceiling “crisis”. In one wing of the capitol is the old-school Senate with primary concern for propriety, seniority, rules and power. Just on the other side of the rotunda, are some old timers who feel strongly about respect and tradition, but sprinkled among them are some new-comers not so much concerned with waiting in line until they achieve position and influence as they are in turning the lumbering ship of the republic away from the iceberg of debt that threatens to sink the entire country.
These Tea Party backed congressman completely changed the conversation, and, hopefully, will motivate the leaders to be guided more by principle than expediency. Some would argue that we don’t have time to do the thing the “right” way. Some call these true Americans hobbits and unAmerican. They are wrong! These naysayers claim we just have to get it done now. This is the same thinking that has guided congress for years and, as Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working out for you?” It would seem that any objective observer would understand it’s time for a different approach.
While we can applaud their efforts to bring sanity to the debate, this whole process is illustrative of the deeper problem we have in the US. Each legislative body has, in turn, shot down the work of the other with the House actually passing two bills and the Senate… who knows what will happen in this graveyard of patriotism and common sense.
Many people, Ronald Reagan fans like myself, tend to look at Republicans who fail to live up the the Gipper’s standards as RINOs. That is Republicans In Name Only. These are the idealists within the party who would like to believe the majority of those who call themselves Republicans think the same way. Unfortunately, I am not sure this is the case.
Recently NJ Governor, Chris Cristy and former RNC head, Michael Steele, joined New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg in criticizing the NRA for the practical suggestion to put armed defenders in the public schools around the country. They have been called RINOs for this breech of mental acuity.
The misdeeds of these two are just the latest in a long line of deviations from conservative orthodoxy. Lindsey Graham, sometimes sounds like our idea of a good Republican, but we don’t have to wait very long to see the principles this man relies on in the Senate are as easy to grasp as a hand full of jello. In 2008, the GOP nominated a man who typifies all the qualities the term RINO confers. Some think Mitt Romney fit the bill as well.
With Christmas on the way, it may be instructive to look back at the time surrounding the birth and life of Christ. “In the days of Ceasar Augustus” there were two religious/political factions that ruled Israel – with the consent of the Roman Empire that really controlled the region. They were the Pharisees and Sadducees.
The gospels tell us that Pharisees accepted and taught the entire Old Testament – the law and the prophets. They were dominant among the people who also believed in angels, resurrection and miracles. The Sadducees, on the other hand, held only to the first five books to be valid – the law of Moses. They believed in nothing supernatural… no resurrection, no angelic visitations. Because of this, they taught that any reward for virtue came during this lifetime. This meant they valued position and wealth as signs of God’s blessing, and saw poverty as a sign of God’s disfavor.
So, what did this mean 2000 years ago? Consider that when Paul was brought to trial before the Sanhedrin, the judicial body composed of members from both parties, his defense was that he was on trial because he believed in the reality of the resurrection. This threw the entire process into chaos as the Pharisees sprung to his defense and order was destroyed. It was natural for these two groups that had diametrically opposed views to be at each others throats when critical decisions came before them.
John Boehner has learned the lessons of the Chicago politics far to well for the good of his party or the good of our country. The problem with elevating people, even some good, well meaning people, is that they can easily dessert the principles and people who brought them to power – all in the name of retaining some control over the process, or, worse yet, just to remain part of the power brokers club.
I heard Boehner tell his story a few years ago. He seems to be a likable fellow who rose much further in the world than he ever thought he would go. In some ways, I could say the same thing about Jimmy Carter, and we all know how that turned out. Boehner’s recent actions show us the path he has chosen.
Committee assignments for the up coming session of congress show Tim Huelskamp (KS) and Justin Amash (MI) are gond from the House Budget Committee while Walter Jones (NC) and David Schweikert (AZ) have been booted from the House Financial Services Committee. Both committees, essential to the Boehner’s surrender to Barack Hussein Obama on the class warfare battlefield. All four are tea party favorites who have, among other things, stood up against Republican surrender in the past. They are they type of people we need in government – they stood on principle rather than voting to make an easier path for leaders going in the wrong direction.
As everybody on the planet knows now, Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States. Democrats retained control of the US Senate, while Republicans retained control of the US House of Representatives. In other words, the national elections produced no change. But, in reality, we haven’t had any significant change in a national election in many years.
The last significant national election that produced dramatic change (at least temporarily) was the congressional elections of 1994, when Republicans swept both houses of Congress and denied President Bill Clinton’s Democrats control of the legislature. It was dubbed the “Conservative Revolution.” The other election that could be regarded as a national coup against the established political order was the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.
However, within a year of the 1994 congressional elections, Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott had successfully fought off attempts of rank and file GOP congressmen to truly reduce the size and scope of the federal government, and by 1995, it was business as usual once again. And after Mr. Reagan was shot just a little over a year after taking office, much of the conservative agenda that he had campaigned on seemed to quickly fade away.
There has been a lot spoken and written about the future of the Republican Party after the disastrous defeat of Mitt Romney and several Senate candidates in, what should have been, a slam dunk election victory. As the saying goes, the GOP “snatched defeat from the jaws of victory”. The finger pointing began almost as soon as the bogus vote counting was finished.
As usual, the liberal wing of the party, that prefers to call itself “moderate” is blaming the too conservative members of the party for chasing away independent voters. They conveniently forget the defeat of Scott Brown to proven prevaricator, Elizabeth Warren. It just goes to how you can’t out-liberal a liberal in a liberal state.
For people who are constantly carping on the need for a “big tent” party, we saw a shameful intolerance of Ron Paul supporters and FreedomWorks at the RNC convention – two groups that would have helped create a big tent. However, for them, these were not their kind of people and the tent should be expanded in the other direction.
The article purports to “warn” Christians against voting for a Mormon because they have always known how evil the “cult” is. Thank you CNN for reminding us all of just how much you care about preserving the integrity of the Gospel message. Now I can sleep peacefully knowing you are on duty as our watchman on the wall.
You’re watching a football game. Painted across one end zone is the word “FREEDOM”; across the other, “OPPRESSION.” The game is in sudden death overtime — next team to score wins. Now — if that field represents the American struggle between teams Freedom and Oppression (through Big-Government control of our lives), where is the ball currently located?
I would say it’s first and goal to go for Oppression.
It’s taken their team a hundred years to march the length of the field, using a string of quarterbacks with both Ds and Rs following their names, but now they stand poised to score the winning touchdown. If freedom-loving Americans give up just a few more yards, government will grow so powerful and intrusive that We the People will no longer be able to stop them from ruling every aspect of our lives.
Malcolm X, leader of the Nation of Islam many years ago said, “Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children!” While he was wrong about so much, this is something he got right. While it may sound harsh to consider our educational system our enemy, it certainly is appropriate for some segments of it.
Even if our offspring survive the public school system, which, incidentally, has some really fine, dedicated teachers – my daughter in law included, in spite of the best efforts of the NEA and its state affiliates, we send them off them off to over priced institutions dedicated to turning out model secular progressives, dedicated working for a larger, more comprehensive (and intrusive) government at all levels. Not only are they working to destroy our social structure, through ridicule and misinformation, they guide their young prey in the directions away from the Christian faith many had been taught through out their childhood.
It is a sad situation we find ourselves in today. Academics, and those who have been indoctrinated by their system, have managed to convince the rest of us that we need to put our children in their care for several formative years as they indoctrinate in the ways of secular progressivism.
We hear all sorts of complaints about an unwillingness of Romney and many Republicans to even consider raising taxes as part of a plan to lower the crushing debt we are passing on to our children and grandchildren. Democrats are using the issue to paint their opponents and short sighted and unwilling to work out compromise legislation. In fact, to a Democrat, bi-partisanship means doing things their way… and all too often, the “loyal opposition” falls for their nefarious schemes.
The problem with giving the national government more money is that it only feeds their addiction to profligate spending. Giving them more funds only gives them greater leeway in working through the spending cuts that are essential to getting the national debt under control, if, indeed, it is still possible to accomplish this task.
Ronald Reagan understood this when he said, “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” He knew then, what anyone who has honestly looked at our government’s finances knows today. So that does leaves us with a plan that needs to revolve around cuts in government and government spending. This is a great idea, but the people inside the beltway have invented their own lexicon, similar to that of the legal profession, that is designed not to communicate, but to obscure their actions and ideas from the citizens our our wonderful country.
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