Tag: THE US ELECTION

TALKING POLITICS

Some believers tell the rest of us that we shouldn’t be involved in politics: we shouldn’t speak politics, and we shouldn’t run for office. That’s just “worldly” stuff, they say. Thank goodness George Washington and his peers didn’t see it the same way. I don’t either…so here I go…

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Those actors and other big names currently attempting their own little revolution in the US should either hold their peace (was that polite enough?) and then run for office, or they should leave the country as they promised to before the election, and go somewhere where their brand of politics reigns, like Iran or North Korea.

If they don’t like the rules of the election, why didn’t they say something about the rules before the election, when they were convinced that their side was going to win? When you play a game with someone-let’s say a board game-you begin with the understanding that there are rules to be followed. You don’t start shouting about the rules and throw the board across the room when you lose. If you do, you can’t “legitimately” (to use a popular word these days) claim that you won the game. Both parties knew about the electoral college before the US election, which is why both candidates campaigned in such a way as to win the electoral college, with the media claiming that Trump had “no path to 270”. One candidate won, the other lost,  according to pre-agreed rules.

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I received a letter from that nice Inland Revenue Service about my lack of health coverage, and about how much money I’ll have to give them as a penalty. True, it’s my fault I didn’t obey the law-the rules-and sign up. But my impression was that Mr Obama’s intention in the “Affordable Care Act” was to help those who couldn’t afford coverage, not to slap huge “penalties” (fines) on them.

I’ve learned that many who have coverage end up paying large deductibles when they do get ill, and those who have government assistance to pay for the required coverage are only covered for the most basic procedures. For example, the government will pay to pull your tooth out, but not for a root canal. It is, as justice Kennedy declared enabling the Act to pass into law, a “TAX”, and governments can legally tax all they want. Somehow this particular tax was massaged and shoved down the public’s throat by dressing it up as compassion for the poor. I know from experience that free treatment or reduced costs were already available before the Act to those who couldn’t afford treatment, and that huge numbers of immigrants-including illegals-were also able to take advantage of those benefits. There was no “penalty” for those who didn’t have coverage, and nobody went untreated. Ergo, the Act actually made things worse, not better. Oh, the intricacies of politics!

Politics affect us all. And in a nation with the benefit, blessing and privilege of voting-of at least having a little say in who runs the country-believers should take an active interest, for many reasons. We have the ability to influence how millions of people are treated; what kind of society we have; whether godly standards are implemented or if immorality will dismantle our families and our homes; whether money will be used wisely or wasted; whether or not the nation and the world is secure; whether or not we have real freedom of speech or a creeping belief system attempting to shut down our minds and our way of life.

Yes, actors can say what they want-just as we all (in theory) can. That’s thanks to those of today and those of past generations who’ve shaped a relatively free society, by prayerfully getting involved, instead of ignoring the world they lived in.

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WHY I LIKE DONALD TRUMP

At the risk of losing my tax-exempt status (joke) and half of my followers, I feel compelled to add my view of the upcoming US general election into the mix of wildly differing views…

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I’ve liked Mr. Trump since the very first Republican party debate., and my respect for him has only grown. No amount of media propaganda smearing Trump and promoting Mrs. Clinton is going to change my mind.  Here are some of my reasons for being a totally unashamed Trumpster. In my view his character traits are in stark contrast to those of his opponent in this election…

1: On national TV, in front of eighty million people, and at the risk of losing votes, Mr. Trump stated very clearly that he disagrees with abortion, and that no-one has the “right” to carry out a partial-birth abortion. That one comment alone would give him my vote.

2: Almost alone, he’s confronting the entire corrupt, arrogant and self-serving elite establishment, consisting of Democrats (including their nominee), half of the Republicans, the big media people, and all their ultra-wealthy donors and supporters. These people don’t know and don’t care how the average person lives, and they have the nerve to try to make us think that Trump only cares for the rich. If they care so much about people in the real world why don’t they give away their millions and billions to someone who actually needs it? I say “DRAIN THAT SWAMP!”

3: He’s spent a huge amount of his own money on his own campaign, rather than accepting or soliciting money from wealthy donors and special interest groups in the US and abroad who would then expect something in return.

4: He loves his country and wants to put his people first rather than allowing other nations to suck taxpayers’ hard earned wealth away.

5: He’s worked hard every single day of this election season while his opponent has to rely on other politicians more popular than her to do the campaigning .

6: He’s opposed to globalization and the weakening of national culture and pride.

7: He has no record of political corruption.

8: He doesn’t alter himself under pressure, or put on a false front, or push political correctness. This to me is the mark of a real man-what you see and hear is what you get.

9: He’s weathered all the divisive claims of “racism”, and has reached out to the African-American community.

10: He wants to stop the erosion of religious freedoms in the US.  Christians in particular have been targeted in recent years.

11: He’s willing to identify religiously and ideologically motivated violence along with its sources, and to oppose it.

12: He has a sense of humor.

And to top it all off, I like his plans and his platform too!

ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE,WAR AND POLITICS

I know it’s very unfashionable to talk about war, but whether you know it or not, and whether you want to be or not, you’re in one…

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One of my mother’s more common little adages was this one:
“All’s fair in love, war and politics”.
This wasn’t part of her personal ethos, but one of her wry observations. It’s not a statement of belief but a sad fact of life: people will slap, scrap, spit and slash to end up getting what they want, and have no sense of shame.
POLITICS AND THE CULTURE WAR
The culture war in the United States, which had already been heating up for decades, has reached a much higher level over the last eight years with President Obama’s “fundamental transformation”. Now it’s at the heart of the coming general election. The power to choose the next few supreme court judges is itself considered a prize worth slandering and lying to congress under oath for.
Don’t get me wrong here: while I can’t help waxing a little political, I’m not about to say that God votes for or supports one of the two main parties over the other, or that one political party is on the Lord’s side while the other isn’t. But I do believe that one of them leans a lot more towards a Biblical worldview while the other seems pretty determined to go in the opposite direction.

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The founders warned that if the country ended up as a two-party state there would be a damaging culture war. John Adams said:
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution” 1
George Washington in his farewell address, warning that the pittting of a very few parties against one another would eventually lead to despotism, said:
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.
“It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”

Revenge…dissention…animosity…foreign influence…corruption…riots…despotism…

Hmmm…

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THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH?
In truly Orwellian style, the bulk of the mainstream media, purporting to be conveying news are doing so in Soviet-style selectivity so as to produce the election result which they and their wealthy backers desire. They don’t even want a two-party race: to them Mrs. Clinton must win and continue that “fundamental transformation”.

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WAR IN-A BABYLON: SPIRITUAL WAR
The political and cultural war is inextricably linked to the war which rages unseen. I don’t mean that God supports one party over the other or that the devil and God are slogging it out to see who wins: Satan already knows he has no chance against the creator and sustainer of all things. I mean that there is a battle for your soul and for the soul of every individual: which way will you allow it to go?
My son wrote a fine piece on my blog recently about a sword of division (2). Among the many accusations against the words of Jesus which he quoted is the one that Jesus was advocating physical violence when he said:
“I did not come to bring peace but a sword…” (Matthew 10:34 NIV)
This is a metaphorical sword. The claim that Christanity advocates wanton violence comes from ignorance of the fact that Jesus said “Love your enemies”. It isn’t a call to physical violence, it’s an observation and a warning that Truth will naturally divide those who love it from those who hate it. There is no alternative, and there’s no middle ground. Even with your head in the sand, you’re on one side or the other.
The contemporary politically-correct view being surreptitiously foisted onto all of us-the globalist, universalist agenda-is that we should all cuddle up to the warmest, fuzziest common-denominator set of ideals and beliefs, which just happens to be the one espoused by the Democratic Party and many Republicans also, and forget those nasty old ideas that some things are sinful and will get you judged.

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However, looking to our roots and our guiding light, the Old Testament refers to people and nations being sifted as wheat: the New Testament speaks of wheat being separated from weeds and of sheep being separated from goats. The word of God, says the writer of Hebrews:
“…penetrates even to dividing of soul and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
There’s a humanity-wide separation going on (don’t believe what the politically-correct tell you: there are millions of Christians in the East and Middle-East) and there’s a battle for your very soul. The gospel of Jesus Christ is provided and intended to be your passage to the safe side and to victory.
God loves us and wants us to know Truth. That involves separating truth from falsehood, and it’s why Jesus Christ said:
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).
No, God isn’t a Republican and there have been and still are plenty of Republicans who have no regard for God or man. But there are concerted, determined moves within a certain party beginning with “D” to silence Christians-normally found to the right of the political spectrum; to support, condone and promote ungodly practices and passions; to blend and dissolve our culture with other ungodly cultures, and to usher into the West as many people hostile to the Christian gospel as possible.

I like the fact that Mr. Trump is opposing the politically-correct establishment rooted in both parties, along with their Ministry of Truth. I hope he wins the election.
It’s unavoidable: a wise choice has to be made this coming election…
NOTES
1 Letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), “The Works of John Adams”, vol 9, p. 511
2 https://nickyfisher.com/2016/06/28/a-sword-from-the-lord/

 

TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A DEPLORABLE

Mrs. Clinton has attempted to back-track on her recent condemnation of Trump supporters as being “a basket of deplorables”. They are “deplorable” because (she is determined to make you to think) they are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it”

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These comments were made to an audience which compliantly laughed profusely, agreeably and hysterically. Such accusations are common and will continue to be thrown at Trump and his supporters, such as myself, this election season. So what about it: am I “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it?”

I have to “come clean” and “fess up” at the outset: I’m white. Not only am I white, but I’m male. Some of my white counterparts and some white women think that these two facts alone require profuse apologies and hand-wringing: I suggest they take it up with my mother and father.

As if being a white male weren’t bad enough, I just happen to be heterosexual, and…gulp…I’m also a professing Christian. To those who are at the extreme end of the politically-correct spectrum these confessions are sufficient to throw me into Mrs. Clinton’s basket of deplorables for life.

AM I RACIST?

To my mind all “races” are equal in value, gifts, and talent, and should be treated accordingly, though I’m convinced there’s only one race-the human race. African-Americans, as Mr Trump said himself recently, have contributed to the culture and success of this nation to an incalculable extent and in countless ways, as have Hispanics and many others. They make America what it is. They enrich and color (excuse the pun) the culture, and they’re loved by our Creator every bit as much as I’m loved by him. They are my brothers and sisters in the flesh.

SEXIST?

Believe it or not, I married a woman, which I still see as a very shrewd and sensible move. She’s my equal in almost every way, and certainly my better in some things. I am, however, physically stronger than her. I don’t see that as a “sexist” remark: if she and I were to have a boxing match you’d be wise to bet on me and not her. If there were a woman running for President who gained my respect by being honest and supporting good, godly policies, I may well vote for her, because women can be amazingly well organized, practical and determined. Men and women are equal in value: we just have some differences, and I say, “Vivre la difference!”

HOMOPHOBIC?

While I don’t agree with the lifestyle I’ve had several gay and lesbian friends over the years, and some of them were amazing people. It’s been my experience that in general they have a tremendous sense of humor, are caring and sociable, and take a positive view of their lives. Being human, they’re equal to me in value and talents. Again, I think their lifestyle is wrong, but I know that God loves them, and wishes them to repent of their sins and be saved just as he wishes me to repent of mine. It seems to me that people who want to take away my right to an opposing view (such as Mrs. Clinton) and to call me “hateful” suffer from “homophobia-phobia”.

XENOPHOBIC?

I’ve spent time in several different countries, and I love to experience other cultures. I have a special admiration and fascination for the people and culture of Asian countries such as India and China. I’ve had friends from many different countries and ethnic backgrounds. I love to learn about other places, other art forms, foreign food, architecture, literature. If someone from Syria were to move in next to me I would be happy to befriend them as I would any Westerner. I just happen to believe we should take care who we let into the country, that’s all.

When I immigrated, I had to wait five and a half years in my country of origin before receiving my green card, during which time my background was thoroughly researched and my body examined for various diseases. I did not resent it at all, in fact it felt good to know that the US cared that much about who immigrated. Currently such precautions are virtually non-existent.

ISLAMOPHOBIC?

Some people share President Obama’s view that to question someones motives for coming into the US is being “fearful”. That’s poppycock. He locks his doors at night, and he has an armed guard, as does Mrs. Clinton. Is that being “fearful”, or is it being prudent? I’m convinced it’s the latter. There are plenty of people around the world who’ve expressed the determination to kill as many Americans and Westerners as possible, and most of them are extremists of a certain religion we all know the name of. It’s not being fearful to examine their motives for coming: it’s being wise. Trump has not suggested banning all Muslims from immigration, but only much more cautious approach than Mr. Obama has. Yes, the great majority of them really are ”peace-loving” people, but even if only one percent of the world’s Muslims take their scriptures literally, that’s still many millions of people who believe the world must be conquered for Allah one way or another-by violence if necessary. Let’s love them, but be wary. Again, that’s not fear, it’s prudence.

“YOU NAME IT”

Alright, I’ll name it. The current administration supports and defends abortion on demand for any reason and without question, and Mrs Clinton feels the same way. So I would say that at the top of her “you name it” list would be pro-lifers, of which I am a proud member. I will never change my view on that, and I will never apologize for it.

Another “fear” I’m said to have is of globalism, and perhaps I really do have a fear of that: America should retain its individuality and its strengths, and not be watered down by lowest-common-demonator thinking. Most particularly, if some people have their way, the gospel of Jesus Christ will be silenced in order to avoid “offending” people of other religions-one in particular-who will have all the freedom they wish to further their own religion. To me this is the deep-down un-stated aim of globalism: the end of the influence of Christianity and the gospel of Jesus. I think it’s right to be wary of the attempt to bury the Way to life…

I suppose I’ll just have to get one of those t-shirts, which reads “PROUD TO BE A DEPLORABLE!”

THE ELECTION RESULT

Let me issue this warning up front of my following tirade: half of you are really not going to like what I have to say. But which half? You’ll probably only have to read a little way to find out…

Here’s another warning: the following video may be distressing to some nature lovers, though it does have a happy ending. I gather that lemmings don’t really jump off of cliffs:  these are only acting…

When was it ever possible to please everyone anyway? And why should that come into our consideration when commenting on or trying to defend and define truth? Isn’t it more important to contend for what is real, and the way that works and which has real substance to it?

One of the most scary things about our present social and political climate is that so many people are unable to think critically. They’ve been successfully brainwashed so that they believe everything their TV tells them, and they’re unwilling to stand up for what they believe for fear of being politically incorrect. They want to go with the flow. This brings to my mind an image of the proverbial (and allegedly mythical) lemming suicide, in which they follow their leader off the edge of the cliff. The flow of society is in the direction of moral and social decay. It’s in the direction of globalism. It’s in the direction of wishy-washy, insipid, innocuous, empty and irrational universalism: a lowest-common-denominator world where the only acceptable conviction is that nobody should have any convictions.

I’m one of those who is certain that the up-coming Presidential election in the US is either going to cement and continue President Obama’s “fundamental transformation”, or rather, I hope, draw us back from the brink of the demise of Western civilization-Christian civilization: from the demise of freedom, and of responsibility, honesty and civility.

TABOO-A DYING WORD

Look at what’s transpired in just a few short years. We have women-wives girlfriends and mothers- in the front lines of the next war (1), chaplains being prevented from praying in the name of Jesus (2), trans-gender bathrooms with the government attempting to enforce trans-genderism even in schools (3) and gay marriage, with any criticism of it being labeled “hate-speech”. We have openly gay military servicemen, and government-funded and protected abortion mills trading in human body parts. Because of the administration’s worldview we have Iran-the world’s largest promoter of terrorism-on a path to nuclear weapons, the Middle-East in turmoil, and our only democratic ally in the region, Israel, threatened from all sides. Back in the USSA and around the world we have radical Islamic terrorism beginning to run rampant, with the administration and its adoring media refusing to identify the enemy, and we have someone who lies under oath running for President. The list goes on and on.

I hate to have to say this, but remaining taboos may well fall if this “fundamental transformation” continues after the next election: pedophilia; euthanasia; polygamy; infanticide. Don’t believe me? Isn’t it just a few years ago that no-one would have believed we’d have gay marriage or trans-gender rest-rooms? And there are already people campaigning for these very things.

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THE RICH

“The ruling class do not want remedies; they care only for money, and are as careless of virtue as the poorest of the citizens…” (PLATO’S “REPUBLIC”).

A very large number of people seem to have not noticed that it’s the Democrats and liberals who are currently the ruling classes. But our largely unbalanced media and education establishments have successfully convinced fifty percent of the population that the reality as related in Plato’s above warning only applies to the Republican Party and anyone who isn’t a socialist. The Republicans are all “in bed” with Wall Street, big banks and big business, goes the story…the Republicans are all rich and only care about the rich. The Republicans hate everyone but themselves and their rich buddies, while the Democrats are caring and working for the betterment of those who are struggling.

Really? If that’s the case, why do billionaires support the Democrats and remain billionaires? Why are many of the ruling liberal establishment millionaires? Why do the wealthy news media support them and defend them? Why have the Clintons made many millions of dollars just by making speeches to the big banks(4) and lobby groups (5)? How does Mrs Clinton acquire many millions of dollars to prosecute her campaign if she represents the party of the poor? Why do they want to share other peoples’ money around but not their own? Why are there even more people-despite the “official” figures- unemployed now than there were eight years ago (6)?

At least Mr Trump, vilified by the media and charged by Democrats with being obsessed with making money, has funded his own campaign without accepting any large donations from those who want to gain favors from a future President. He’s accused daily of being a racist, when in truth he has no past record of racism and has made no truly racist comments whatsoever. His desire to secure the borders of the country is called “racism” even though that’s exactly what any other nation which wants to survive does and always has done. The term “racism” is hurled around in a desperate effort to make Trump appear like a demon to the voting public, and unfortunately, a significant portion of the voting public is unable to think for itself or to see reliable media reports. Fascism? The Nazis were socialists, as were the Soviets, and socialism is what the Democratic party is now all about.

What’s most worrying to me about this election campaign is that truth seems to have been thrown to the ground, trampled on and then hurled out the window, and very few people care-even among those who were elected to serve the public. The mainstream news media, who should be serving the public by examining both candidates and their parties, are doggedly protecting their darling and willing her to the White House with all their might.

A PREDICTABLE ELECTION RESULT?

As much as I want the nation to return to its Christian roots and to regain some common sense in social issues, I tend to think, in my pessimism, that it’s not going to happen. I’m one of those who thinks that the times foretold by the Bible prophets are near, and what I see in those prophesies is that the entire world will be in the grip of immorality and violence, and all nations will oppose and attack Israel. While Trump is not an evangelical Christian, his worldview aligns with a Christian worldview in several significant ways, whereas his opponent’s is, as far as I’m concerned, in direct opposition to it. Just consider the current Democratic view that we should have a “border-less world” and embrace globalism: this is nothing short of an intentional reversal of Babel. It’s the “iron and clay” feet and toes of Daniel’s image.

As much as I want to see the return of Jesus Christ, I hope and pray I’m wrong about the future of the United States, and that the nation, and by influence the world, will take a step back from that cliff edge: may it be so.

NOTES

1 http://time.com/4134976/pentagon-combat-women/

2 http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/04/22/navy-chaplain-censored-dont-pray-in-name-jesus.html

3http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/us/politics/obama-administration-to-issue-decree-on-transgender-access-to-school-restrooms.html?_r=0

4 http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/05/politics/hillary-clinton-bill-clinton-paid-speeches/

5 http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ad3c483d59c9463e9a52ef4bc00351e0/firms-paid-clinton-speeches-have-us-govt-interests

6 http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/americans-not-labor-force-exceed-93-million-first-time-627-labor-force