Yesterday marked the 41st anniversary of the infamous US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, which, in effect, legalized abortion-on-demand nationwide. The aftermath of this tragic ruling is the deaths of over 55 million innocent unborn babies. It is no hyperbole to say abortion-on-demand is America’s national holocaust. Think about it, every American citizen today, 41 years old or younger, has never known a country that respected and protected innocent human life in the womb.
Consider this, too: when Hitler’s Third Reich was at its zenith, the abortion rate in Germany was 40%. Guess what? The abortion rate in America today is right at 40%. In fact, statistically speaking, the most dangerous place to be in America is not in an automobile without wearing a seat belt, or on a commercial airliner with a potential terrorist on board, but in the womb of one’s mother.
Dr. Bernard Nathanson once headed America’s largest abortion clinic in New York City. He admitted superintending over the killing of 75,000 unborn babies. He later recanted his pro-abortion activity and wrote what may be the quintessential book defending an unborn child’s right to life, “Aborting America.” Dr. Nathanson said, “There is no longer serious doubt in my mind that human life exists within the womb from the very onset of pregnancy.”
There has been a lot of talk about the concept of a third party. The Libertarian Party has been vying for that position for many years. While they have some very good limited government principles, there are a few ideas that just won’t make it in the real world. It’s not the purpose of this article to discuss the virtues and vices of that party. However, if they ever rise above the role of spoiler in close elections, that would make them a viable fourth party.
The currently active third party is a branch of the Republican Party. You can say the party establishment is represented by the term, or the conservatives struggling under their “big tent”. It doesn’t matter. The point is that there are two distinct groups of people attempting to function under one banner. This disparity of views works fine for the Democrats who make no pretense of standing on any kind of principle, but does not go well for a party where some cling to real principles and others try to cling to power.
We see this nationally where the old timers in the Senate are horrified that some of their newer members are actually taking actions against some of the government overreaches. Members of this august body have given their lip service to this action for years. It is true, Tea Partiers have primaried entrenched legislators, sometimes successfully. However now, the Republican Party is talking of sending primary opposition to some of their own, like Mike Lee and Justin Amash to name a few.
Then-Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson devised what has proven to be a brilliant strategy in which to silence and neuter America’s churches. His bill, which created the 501c3 tax-exempt corporation status for churches back in 1954, has, over the decades, effectively muted America’s pulpits. The vast majority of churches today are thoroughly and completely intimidated by the threat of losing their tax-exempt status under the 501c3 section of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). As a result, the vast majority of pastors are unwilling to address virtually any issue from the pulpit that could be deemed as political.
Add to the fear of losing tax-exempt status the egregiously slavish interpretation of Romans 13–that Christians and churches must submit to civil government no matter what–and a very legitimate argument can be made that Mr. Johnson not only silenced and neutered America’s churches, but that he has, in effect, turned them into agents of the state. More and more, the federal government is using pastors and churches to promote its big-government agenda.
Most readers are familiar with how FEMA created a program called “Clergy Response Teams” several years ago. Under this program, tens of thousands of pastors were instructed on how to assist the federal government in the event of a “national emergency.” Pastors were encouraged to teach Bible lessons from Romans 13 in which church members were told that God instructs them to always submit to civil authority unconditionally. They were taught to encourage their congregants to turn in their firearms and to be willing to relocate to government-provided shelters if that is what the government told them to do. The last report I read noted that these Clergy Response Teams have been established in over 1,300 counties in the United States. For those readers who are even casually acquainted with history, is this straight out of the Nazi handbook, or what? Now we learn that churches are being used to help the federal government promote and sell Obamacare.
[Editor's note: It is good to review the declaration that started our great nation. The courageous men whose names appear at the bottom pledged everything to the cause of liberty. Some lost everything. They knew the risk and still pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. It's beneficial to review the abuses King George visited upon the colonists that drove these patriots to take the dangerous action of breaking away from Great Britain. It's also inspiring to read the names of the founders who, by signing their names, understood that if they failed, the would die at the end of a British rope. However, they succeeded and we are the beneficiaries of their sacrifices. Do we even appreciate them? Are we worthy of them?]
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
In this column last week, I stated the salient reasons why pastors will not take a public stand on issues regarded as controversial or political. I believe every point I made are the real reasons pastors refuse to stand for much of anything–or even objectively study anything outside their comfort zone. To read this column, go to:
To review, most pastors refuse to take a stand because:
1. They are success oriented and have an innate aversion to anything that is considered to be controversial. And, to them, there is nothing more controversial than politics.
2. They are afraid that if they take a controversial stand, they will lose members–and more importantly, tithes and offerings. Most churches are neck-deep in debt and are heavy-laden with staff and overhead. The thought of losing even a few giving families is enough intimidation to make sure that they do nothing to offend the people of the congregation. And since the pastor never addresses controversial issues or preaches “hard” sermons, his congregation is filled with people who harbor myriads of big-government, socialist ideas and would immediately bolt at any mention of Biblical Natural Law principles that ran counter to their leftist ideologies.
I am constantly asked, “Chuck, why don’t pastors take a stand and speak out?” I’ve been a pastor most of my adult life. I believe I am qualified to answer that question. Here is the stark reality: the vast majority of pastors today are “success” oriented. Beginning in Bible College or seminary, and continuing throughout a pastor’s ministerial life, the emphasis is success. And that means church growth, larger congregations, bigger buildings, bigger offerings, burgeoning statistics, greater notoriety, denominational praise, invitations to speak at conferences, applause from fellow ministers, not to mention the financial perks and benefits that come with pastoring a “successful” church.
And the way to learn how to build a successful church is to learn from those who have done it. Pastors regularly attend church growth conferences to learn from the “big” church pastors on how it’s done. They purchase books, magazines, newsletters, etc., that are all geared towards telling pastors how to build a successful church. They are constantly being schooled in the latest and greatest “how to” strategies of church growth and success. This usually entails more and more sophisticated programs, music, sound, lighting, atmosphere, classes, seminars, organization, etc. Everything, and I mean everything, is geared toward success as described in the aforementioned paragraph.
Most pastors today are in reality not spiritual shepherds as much as they are corporate CEOs. The same mentality, philosophy, and strategy that drive corporate boardrooms also drive the boardrooms of modern churches–to a tee. Pastors act like CEOs, dress like CEOs, talk like CEOs, manage like CEOs, and think like CEOs.
On a recent Facebook post, I noted that it is an absolute certainty that things cannot continue the way they are going for a whole lot longer. I believe we are no more than 8-10 years away from a nuclear war with China and Russia. By the way, I, once again encourage readers to watch the CBS TV series “Jericho” (get the DVDs or watch it on Netflix) to get an idea of how quickly life, and even civilization, would change in such a scenario.
Furthermore, America’s economic outlook is bleak, the current phony surge in the stock market notwithstanding. For all intents and purposes, the US is bankrupt. We are living on borrowed money and on borrowed time. Every honest economist knows this is true and is making personal preparations for the inevitable.
In addition, can one imagine if there was any kind of national emergency? Have we forgotten the Los Angeles riots and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina? Can one imagine what life would be like if the distribution of Welfare checks suddenly stopped, or if food could no longer be found in grocery stores, or if gas stations were out of gasoline?
While many would like to see the church held to silence behind closed mahogany doors, this is not what our founders believed. It is not what many pastors believed over the years. Here is a sampling of wisdom from these brave and conscientious preachers and patriots on the role of Christians in our constitutional society.
Matthias Burnett, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Norwalk, An Election Sermon, Preached at Hartford, on the Day of the Anniversary Election, May 12, 1803
Consider well the important trust . . . which God . . . [has] put into your hands. . . . To God and posterity you are accountable for [your rights and your rulers]. . . . Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you. . . . [L]ook well to the characters and qualifications of those you elect and raise to office and places of trust. . . . Think not that your interests will be safe in the hands of the weak and ignorant; or faithfully managed by the impious, the dissolute and the immoral. Think not that men who acknowledge not the providence of God nor regard His laws will be uncorrupt in office, firm in defense of the righteous cause against the oppressor, or resolutly oppose the torrent of iniquity. . . . Watch over your liberties and privileges – civil and religious – with a careful eye.
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.”
1971 saw the creation of, in my humble but accurate opinion, the best film about auto racing that the cinema world has ever created. In it, Steve McQueen’s character, Michael Delaney, explains why men have to drive so fast and try to beat each other. He said, “When your racing, that’s life. The rest is just waiting.” The thing is, the words he spoke were not just about racing. They could apply to whatever it is that is your passion in life. Although from the brief time I spent drag racing, I can say there is an exhilaration that comes from working on a machine to coax the most speed out of it, then controlling it as your try to beat the guy in the other lane to the end of the quarter mile. Sometimes life gets in the way, as it did with me when family responsibilities put a stop to my blasts down the drag strip.
There is a lot to be learned from this, though. One thing is the establishment of priorities. There has to be a hierarchy of values in life. Some call this vertical alignment… others, simply common sense. So what kind of value hierarchy will give you the most happiness, yield the most contented life, and make you the most effective person you can be?
For the Christian, that would be a proper relationship with his Creator, followed by one’s family, then, their life’s work, followed by relaxing and recreational activities. There are various facets to each life, and, since God is a God of order and our Creator, following the plan He laid out in His instruction book for life will take us down the right path. This would seem to be moving in the opposite direction of Delaney’s single minded focus… but is it?
Most of us are taught from childhood to respect and obey the law. On the whole, Americans are law-abiding people. This is only fitting for a nation that was built on the principles of law. Remember, at our core, this is supposed to be a “nation of laws, not men.” This is one reason that our Founding Fathers bequeathed us a republic and not a democracy.
Unfortunately, it has been over one hundred years since America’s teachers (both secular and sacred) have taught the principles of Natural Law. This has created a vast ignorance that has blinded people (especially Christian people it seems) from being able to properly understand, evaluate, and judge the law.
Our Lord plainly said, “The Sabbath (law) was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath (law).” (Mark 2:27 KJV) This was stated in response to the criticism and judgmentalism of the Pharisees against Jesus and His disciples, who had picked and eaten corn on the Sabbath Day.
As I look at Barack Hussein Obama’s second term, I see three distinct choices that lie before those who call themselves Christians. Given that different choices could be applied to different areas of life, there could well be an almost infinite number of ways to deal with his presidency. While I may be leaning in some directions, which may be obvious as we look at the alternatives, I am in no way completely certain that these are the correct paths, although my thoughts, and possibly yours, may crystallize as we consider the options.
The three paths before us are complete opposition to everything that comes from this corrupt administration, acquiescence to the regime, even though we know it is corrupt and leading us to destruction, and completely dropping out of involvement in the public sphere as we concentrate on protecting and providing for our own families and working in the spiritual sphere.
Let’s look at them, in reverse order. Taking care of our families and spreading the gospel are certainly goals for everyone who claims the name of Christ. In many ways, this is the ultimate solution as our nation’s problems are more spiritual than anything else. It could be that the rejection of a good and moral man to lead the country in favor of one of the most corrupt presidents we have ever seen, is part of the price we are paying for falling away from our Creator and the values that made our country great.
Now that Barack Hussein Obama heading for a second term in office, those of us who understand the error of his ways have a decision, or series of decisions, to make. I cannot, in good conscience, say he was re-elected, given the width and depth of corruption of his administration. Little that has come from his Soros backed regime can be relied upon to have any relationship to reality – so why would we expect an honest election?
Be that as it may, barring some miraculous intervention from a just and loving God, we will be dealing with him for at least the next four years. The people that voted for Obama are happy in their own little world where a benevolent, if dictatorial, leader will take care of all their needs. The formerly main stream media is singing hymns of agreement and glorifying the chosen one. In their socialistic cocoon, they happily chatting on their government supplied cell phone and living off the hard work of productive Americans and future generations, seeing no reason the gravy train cannot remain on the tracks indefinitely.
Therein lies the rub. We know that this cannot continue, and that the longer we put off making necessary changes to the system, the more disastrous our downfall will be. But, by continuously exposing White House lies, we are contributing to political strife within our country. We are helping to set neighbor against neighbor, relative against relative. It could be said that we are helping to divide the country.
Everyone agrees that the upcoming election is crucial to the survival of our nation. It is essential to remove Barack Hussein Obama and his band of merry socialists from any position of power. Yet, winning in November is not enough. These two patriots offer some thoughts on what else is involved and the price we may have to pay.
We conservatives and libertarians fight a never ending battle against the expansion of government giveaways and intrusions into our personal lives. This is something that needs to be done with greater effort and passion than ever. However, there is much more to the fight than political wars.
Mitt Romney was right, there is a sizable segment of our population that has become accustomed to living off the producers in our country. His percentage was off some as there are some people legitimately getting government checks. Military retirees who have earned their checks. Social security recipients who have paid in many years to receive their checks. Then there are those who really cannot support themselves. A compassionate society needs to give them a helping hand.
As much as the progressive left would like to deny there existence, there is a much larger segment than most people would like to recognize who are not interested in the national debt, in our country’s image overseas, or even the job creation Romney and Ryan are touting. There are those, who for several generations have made a science of knowing just how much the can earn before it starts cutting into their refundable tax credits, or welfare checks. They know every trick known to man to work the system to milk the taxpayers hard earned dollars from the bureaucrats whose jobs depend on giving away as much as possible.
I co-authored this piece with my friend and brother in Christ, Pastor Travis Witt. Check out Travis’s website.
On January 21, 1776, Reverend John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg preached his final sermon. He entered the pulpit as a pastor and exited the chancel as a colonel. Led by God and committed to biblical principles, he recruited, trained, and commanded Virginia’s 8th Regiment, maintained point at Valley Forge, and was a Major General proudly serving his friend and Commander George Washington at Yorktown. He helped lead the American Revolution to create the freest, most prosperous nation Earth has ever known. In 1789, Muhlenberg continued his service to this nation as a member of the First House of Representatives debating and helping pass the Bill of Rights.
Muhlenberg and other Christian leaders understood that God’s people are called to fight oppression and injustices as echoed by the words of Patrick Henry: “Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual.” And the apostles: “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29)
Christian leaders of the Revolutionary era played an indispensible role in turning the hearts and minds of Americans toward resisting the oppression of Great Britain’s Big-Government rule. Two-hundred thirty-six years later, America faces oppression again. This time, its perpetrators are traveling a longer and more insidious route. Consider:
Long ago, Eve was minding her own business as she strolled through the Garden of Eden. She knew what God had told her, but as she passed by the forbidden fruit, a serpent spoke to her with the advice that the fruit that was off limits would give her knowledge that she did not have. Knowledge is a good thing, but she did not understand that not all knowledge was beneficial. It sounded good to her and she fell for satan’s lie… and we all have been cursed with a sin nature.
There is often the temptation to take shortcuts to our worthy objectives. We often are so wrapped up in the pursuit of our godly goals that we don’t always look at the methods or the appropriateness of the path we choose. We don’t always remember that God looks at our heart and our efforts, that we are required to be obedient, and this does not mean we will always be successful… but in doing so, we will always be pleasing to our Creator.
Jesus gave us the example of how to deal with this kind of temptation. He knew that ultimately he would rule the nations, but the devil offered Him a shortcut. Matthew 4 records the conversation:
Larry Norman had a way of cutting though our civilized facade to get at the real issues in life. I once heard him tell an audience, “some people say that reading the Bible makes them feel good – it makes me feel bad.” Of course he was thinking about how each of us falls short of what we really are meant to be.
This song is one that should give pause to everyone… believer and non-believer alike. Enjoy his music, but consider the message.
This past week we saw terrible flooding along the gulf coast. We saw my own state of Virginia pounded by severe storms that sent trees crashing though homes and doing all sorts of other damage. Then, we have wild fires in Colorado and through out the western states. In addition to these events, we have personal tragedies like a mother killed when a tow truck crossed a hundred foot wide median and obliterated her vehicle near my home. It’s enough to make anyone wonder how a loving and caring god could allow such terrible things to happen to the people he created with much care.
People have also wondered why, after much work and prayer, our country has been saddled with a government that is more hostile to Christians than any other in our history, or why the Supreme Court has done such awful things to our people.
Books have been written on this topic and I don’t pretend to have the insights of many learned and respected theologians, but there are some things that are obvious to anyone with the courage to seriously look, not only at the events, but at ourselves as well. There seem to be basically two types of people who raise questions like this, and the answers are related.
Let me start with a story. A man who had survived the great Johnstown flood died and went to Heaven. And not long after, all of the inhabitants of Heaven were allowed to take center stage and tell everyone about the most significant event that had happened to them while on Earth. The man couldn’t wait to tell everyone about his surviving the great Johnstown flood. After a long wait in line, it was finally his turn. The man was so excited to tell everyone his story. But just as he was climbing the stairs to the platform, an angel leaned over to him and whispered, “Don’t forget; Noah is in the audience.”
I am reminded of that story when I read the Scriptural passage in Hebrews 12: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses.” The witnesses the Apostle speaks of are the great champions who have gone on before us, which are mentioned in chapter eleven. Included by implication in the great “Hall of Faith” of Hebrews 11 are the three young Hebrews: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (verse 34, “Quenched the violence of fire.”)
So, what was it that got these three young men included in this list that along with the likes of Abraham, Moses, and David? You’ll find their story in Daniel chapter three. In a nutshell, they refused to bow down to the image of the king. In other words, THEY DISOBEYED A CIVIL GOVERNMENT THAT HAD BECOME TYRANNICAL. And for refusing to submit to the king, they were thrown into a burning fiery furnace.
The narrative was written to emotionally appeal to the uninformed, as the information provided was extremely misleading, inaccurate, and incomplete, yet many of the President’s followers will undoubtedly accept it without question. Instead of taking time to pick apart every (non)factual representation myself—I’ll leave that for others to do—I’m going to focus on the most troubling aspect of this story from a faith perspective. Apparently, our friend Julia has no ability to provide for herself, as well as no family, friends, or faith connection to offer assistance when she has a need.
Government is her only hope.
This illustrates a topic I discuss in my book Saving America: A Christian Perspective of the Tea Party Movement. I line up the attributes and roles of God with the attributes and roles of our current governmental structure and conclude that government has usurped God’s authority, systematically decreasing our dependence on him, crowding out any room for his influence over our lives.
Bernanke’s press conference announcement again booted the stock and bond markets, but did nothing to boost employment.
At his January 25, 2012, press conference, Federal Reserve Bank chairman Ben Bernanke stated that he expects the Fed to continue imposing near-zero interest rates well into 2014 on short-term Treasury securities. In response, the stock market surged, despite expectations of generally lower corporate earnings and reduced consumer spending. Loose credit and low interest rates usually facilitate stock market speculation.
However gratifying this may to individual investors and pension fund managers, it does little if anything to restore production of goods and services or to raise employment. It also continues to penalize increased savings, which alone provides a stable, long-term platform for economic growth. People living on fixed incomes have had their rates of income on saving chopped around 75% since the Fed first cut interest rates.
As Austrian school economists long have observed, central bank manipulation of interest rates and government deficit spending have an uneven impact on sectors of the economy. When unemployment is high and people are yet freighted with excessive personal debt, consumer spending will be among the last sectors to increase.
A group of pastors and community activists from the Houston area have taken to the airwaves to complain about the irresponsibility of Nike and Michael Jordan. What have they done that is so terrible? It seems that they created a product that people want to buy. While I am not sure why people would go to such extremes to get overpriced footwear, these shoes are, indeed, valued by many people who will do most anything to get them.
It is an American success story of a man who worked at perfecting his craft to the point where he was one of the best to ever walk onto a basketball court. It is also a story about a company who produced a quality product in association with this athlete that people want to buy. As one of the critics, Malik Ingram, commented, “These shoes have always had a place of value in Black life.”
Join Mat Staver and Natalie Johnson on America’s News HQ: Fox News Channel on Sunday Dec. 11, between noon and 1:00 p.m. to discuss Macy’s policy that allows men to use women’s fitting rooms.
On learning that Macy’s allows men to use women’s fitting rooms, people are outraged. They are cutting up their Macy’s credit cards and refusing to shop there until the policy changes. This bizarre policy came to light during the Christmas shopping season, when Natalie Johnson saw a man entering a women’s fitting room, which was in her department area, at Macy’s in San Antonio, TX. After he came out, Natalie politely approached the young man and told him that he could not use the women’s fitting rooms because they were for women only. Although this young man was wearing lipstick, he still clearly looked like a man. He became upset and used expletives, and the attorney who accompanied him said that Macy’s was LGBT friendly. Natalie politely responded that men cannot use the women’s fitting rooms, to which they demanded to speak with her manager. She was later summoned by her manager, Mary Ellen, and told that “transgender” people can use any fitting room they desire. When Natalie questioned how men could use women’s fitting rooms and asked for a religious accommodation because she could not lie by allowing men to use women’s fitting rooms, she was terminated.
I love my puppy Grover. He’s a one year old purebred bishon frise who was given to me as a gift from a friend earlier this year. Some of you may have heard him on our show, as he tends to bark, when we’re on air. But here’s the thing, I observe this dog and his protection maneuvers. Not only is Grover extremely cute and brilliant as a dog can be, but he’s a wonderful example of how most Christians jump to protect our religious liberty and values. Here’s the steps I’ve observed that Grover takes to protect me and my home.
1. Grover sleeps next to me on the couch during the day. All is calm and all is quiet.
2. A sudden noise jars him from his snooze. Something like my mail man delivering the mail and shutting the lid on the mail box.
3. Grover hears the sound, jumps to his feet, barks and growls while looking out the window while his tail remains stiff.
The time may be ripe being that Chief Justice Roberts clerked for Chief Justice Rehnquist, and this Rehnquist DISSENT in Bigelow v. Virginia case (heard 18 December a.d. 1974, decision 15 June a.d. 1975) involves the state protecting its Citizens from adverse health “services” available in another state. Rehnquist wrote:
The result is the fashioning of a doctrine which appears designed to obtain reversal of this judgment,
Remember that in the movie “Amazing Grace” after years of failure at the “direct approach” of outlawing Slavery in the British Empire, as suggested by a young man NOT involved in the years of unsuccessful legislative efforts, Wilberforce obtained an inroad against Slave Traders by a “flanking attack”, passing a law that Slave Ships had to meed certain health and safety requirements.
In the past few years the number of concealed hand gun permits have exploded all across the nation, except in states that believe the protection they provide is all the protection their citizens deserve. Of course it sounds like a cliché, but it is true that, if you are in imminent danger, a gun in the hand is better than a policeman on the phone.
We Christians trust God for our safety and many believe we should not have to depend on man’s weapons. There is no argument with this thinking. However, we live in a world with other people around us. We Christians should be even more aware that whatever we are doing or what is going on… it’s not just about us.
On October 16, 1991, George Hennard drove his pickup truck into a Luby’s cafeteria in Kileen, Texas and proceeded to kill 23 patrons and wound 20 others. Adding to the tragedy was the fact that at least one of the victims had a pistol locked in the glove compartment of his truck. Had he had it with him, lives could well have been saved. We are seeing more of this sort of thing as time goes by. Just this past week we saw a vicious attack on a west coast salon.
Glenn Beck just wrapped up four days of his Restoring Courage event in Israel. In spite of the great cost and personal risk, some still question his motives. After hearing his final speech by the temple mount, I have to say I really don’t care about his motives if people take his words to heart and begin to act with courage and resolve.
As he said, there is nothing we can teach the citizens of this beleaguered country about the virtue of courage, but there is a lot we can learn about the subject from them. It has been said, correctly, that courage is the one virtue that insures all others.
Courage is does not mean being oblivious to the dangers around us and the consequences of our actions. There is a quote from John Wayne that sums up what this virtue means – “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway!”
Looking at the world around us, we understand the problems will not be solved by the wall flowers or the faint of heart. They must be tackled by those willing to look beyond their own selfish interests and stand for something greater than themselves. To encourage us to be the people that will “saddle up” and get on with the task, Glenn has prepared a Declaration of Rights & Responsibilities. It is reproduced below. Read it, take it to heart and be the person you were created to be.
The pressure of regime and media propaganda is showing as Speaker John Boehner fights to get his unpopular Plan B through the House of Representatives. It is not only unpopular with the Wicked Witch of the West and her minions on the Democrat side of the aisle, but with the true believer Tea Party types as well. On one side, they are unhappy because it is not a blank check to fund their progressive dream and on the other side because the new bill is kind of a weak sister version of the initial, less than ideal, Cut, Cap & Balance bill already passed by Mr. Boehner and company.
As I write this, the vote on the Plan B effort has been delayed – an obvious sign of dissension in the ranks that would deny the Speaker the 216 votes needed to pass this compromise with the non-functioning opposition. Even if he can twist arms, call in favors, blackmail or whatever enough of his own team to gain this legislative victory, it will most likely be of little consequence.
Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the same Senate that has been unable to pass a budget for several years, arrogantly announced that this new proposal would be “dead on arrival” in his wing of the capitol. He, like most Democrats, is good at blocking and destroying the good our government can do for the people, instead of controlling too many aspects of their existence. Already, before Plan B is even passed, Dingy Harry has arranged for all 53 Senate Democrats to agree to scuttle the bill. It’s sort of the reverse of Nancy Plosive telling House members that they have to pass ObamaCare so they can see what is in it. This time though, they are rejection legislation before it is fully formed, let alone passed.
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