Western culture as a whole, and the United States in particular, has had a tremendous amount of light from God, and experienced many blessings from His hand. Yet, this culture seems intent upon continuing on its path to self-destruction. A few thoughts from the Christian worldview (while we are still allowed, we would hope, to express them).
What was the number one concern for the USA and Russia back in late 50′s to early 60′s? Ridding the world of nuclear bombs, of which was being done slowly, but surely, until the last ten or so years when Iran wanted to build up their arsenal. Back then, the world leaders were extremely concerned with unstable despots getting their hands on them. Today, the world leaders know what Iran’s intent with nuclear weapons is. Or the possibility of their use by Iran. Iran has not hidden its desire to annhilate Israel. The world is not as delusional as Netanyahu has declared. I think he was being “diplomatic” when he said that. He knows, just as everyone knows, that the political islamists will not be satisfied until Israel is wiped off the map of the world. Some can’t wait for it to happen and I believe our nation is one of those who wish to speed it along. The world is not a safer place now that Iran has the go-ahead to enrich uranium whose only purpose is to build the bombs which destroys more than its intended target.
These critical days in November will be remembered for years to come. The Free World stands before a fork in the road with a clear choice: Either stand strong and insist Iran dismantles its nuclear-weapons program, or surrender, cave in and allow Iran to retain its 18,500 centrifuges. Years from now, when an Islamic terrorist blows up a suitcase in New York, or when Iran launches a nuclear missile at Rome or Tel Aviv, it will have happened only because a Bad Deal was made during these defining moments. ~Economy and Commerce Minister Naftali Bennett
Part One: Myles talks with Avi Lipkin about the UN and the Balfour Declaration..
Part Two: Myles talks with Avi Lipkin about The Arab Spring
Part Three: Myles talks with Avi Lipkin about the new Al Jazeera Cable News network.
Part Four: Myles talks with Avi Lipkin about current and future events, and Jewish outreach to Christians
50 Years Later: Does There Need to be Another March Like This for Jobs for the Black Citizens of America?
I didn’t vote for Obama in either election-the first one because he was shown to be a communist loving man and, more than that, one who cared not a whit for the unborn, which told me that he would care less about anyone else for that matter. Seems that little one issue “rule” of mine has, once again, been proven true, which is why he got nothing but my scorn in blog posts during his run for re-election.
We have the equality that the Civil Rights Movement championed. There’s no racism in America as a national or regional norm. Racism is within individuals now and even private business owners cannot discriminate based on skin color. So, as an aside here, don’t give me the bull that racism is alive and well in this nation of America. It just isn’t.
But, our “black”, aka, “African-American” President has done so very little for us to be proud of in helping to maintain the employment opportunities among the minorities whom civil rights leaders of the ’60′s labored for. In fact, he hasn’t done any American citizen a favor economically or jobs-wise.
Here are some good videos from History.com about the March on Washington 1963. We can celebrate America’s repentance of racism but can we be proud of the taking away of opportunities for prosperity for all Americans after 50 years? It shows that progressives are not about progress, imho.
I once heard that a nation could be brought down through government control of its citizen’s money and health. This should be reason enough that all citizens of all political stripes seek the dissolution of the IRS. As Mark Levin said, and I paraphrase: we have become subjects of our government-we’re not citizens anymore.
By Ken Connor
Thanks to a renewed interest in the works of Ayn Rand and high-profile figures like John Stossel, Glenn Beck, and Rand Paul, libertarianism is enjoying a moment in the political sun. And just like America’s two major parties, libertarians can often be blind to faulty logic and flaws within their own ideology. Timothy P. Carney recently wrote a piece for The Atlantic discussing this very problem:
“Voters despise government officials who get in bed with corporations. But what about corporations who cozy up to government? Are companies who use cronyism to grow their profit acting unethically?
The question makes some free-marketeers uneasy. After all, we not only tolerate the fierce pursuit of profit, but also we defend it against taxes and heavy-handed regulation. Milton Friedman famously said, ‘The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits.’
But in the age of crony capitalism, libertarians must declare that some means of pursuing profit are immoral and call on executives to reject them. This would create a positive case for capitalism – arguing that the pursuit of profit, in the context of fair and open competition, helps the whole society. The new corporate social responsibility, redefined for libertarians, must stand athwart crony corporatism yelling ‘stop.’”
Lest his readers underestimate the influence and scope of crony capitalism, Carney provides a thumbnail sketch of the practice in action over the last decade. Seeing our government’s extensive network of corporate welfare laid out in black and white is sobering, to say the least:
“The 2005 and 2007 energy bills required drivers to buy ethanol, created a government loan-guarantee program for private sector green-energy projects, and effectively outlawed the traditional incandescent light bulb. . . . Then, 2008 saw an avalanche of corporate bailouts: Bear Stearns, AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Then the TARP bailed out all of Wall Street, and later General Motors and Chrysler.
Obama came to power in 2009 and signed an $800 billion stimulus bill supported by the Chamber of Commerce and loaded with goodies for the likes of Google and Solyndra. Obama pushed cap-and-trade with the support of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a corporate coalition led by GE, which had set up a business to create and trade greenhouse-gas credits.
In June 2009, Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a regulatory measure that Philip Morris supported and reportedly helped write. . . . The drug lobby wrote significant parts of Obamacare, and the hospital lobby liked the bill enough to file an amicus curiae brief with the Court defending the law from its challenge by states and the small business lobby.
Boeing and the Chamber of Commerce launched a full-court lobbying push in 2011 to save and expand the Export-Import Bank, the government agency Obama loves using to subsidize U.S. Exports – including lots of Boeing jets. In a lesser-known case of regulatory profiteering, Obama hired H&R Block’s CEO to a top position at the IRS, where he crafted new regulations on tax preparers – rules which H&R Block supported and small tax preparers sued to overturn.”
Regardless of where your political sympathies lie, it’s undeniable that there is an unhealthy and unholy alliance between well-heeled special interests and politicians and policymakers. It’s all well and good to embrace Ms. Rand’s philosophy of self-seeking individualism in theory, but when this mentality insinuates itself into the markets unchecked by moral and ethical principles, the results are antithetical to freedom and fairness.
Basically, the special interests invest in political campaigns as a cost of doing business, and they expect a handsome return on their investments. As Mr. Carney explains, that usually comes in the form of pet legislation, subsidies, tax breaks, limitations on liability, preferential treatment . . . the list goes on and on. Of course, politicians are only too happy to accommodate these special interests in exchange for political contributions that help cement and perpetuate their power. As a result, the free market is stymied; it can’t do what it’s designed by nature to do, which is to sift good companies from bad ones, reward efficiency and innovation, and empower consumers with authentic choice in the marketplace. In effect, crony capitalism is a form of central planning, something that libertarians and conservatives historically eschew. The lack of accountability of the cronies is particularly damaging. Defenders of free-market capitalism generally maintain that accountability and responsibility must run hand in hand in order for markets to operate effectively. If wrongdoers are not held accountable, their wrongdoing will multiply and the whole system will be corrupted. Unfortunately, many free-market apologists in the political arena are only too ready to offer a double standard to their corporate benefactors. Consequently, we wind up with the excesses that characterized firms like AIG, Fannie Mae, and Enron; we end up with lives lost due to malfeasance at the hands of mining companies and peanut companies, from drugs that cause injury and death and products that explode or fail and cause harm. We have an epidemic of malpractice and abuse and neglect in nursing homes because wrongdoers aren’t held fully accountable. All of this is a direct result of corporations taking shortcuts and playing Russian roulette with consumer safety because they know they will be shielded from accountability if something goes wrong. As Madison said, “If men were angels, government wouldn’t be necessary.” Well, they aren’t, and we do. The world “regulation” is an anathema to free-market apologists, but it shouldn’t be. Proper government regulation and consumer protections are essential to ensure an ethical marketplace. The fewer regulations we have, the more consumer protection mechanisms we need, and vice versa. This is precisely the purpose of America’s civil justice system. It is wrong for corporations to lobby for fewer regulations while simultaneously perverting policy so that they are insulated from accountability in the civil justice arena when they err. When this is allowed to happen, corporate America runs amok and consumers are harmed. Mr. Carney is correct when he says that the case for capitalism must rest on the willingness of free-marketeers to demand ethical conduct from corporations and politicians alike. Our current economic and political problems aren’t just the fault of President Obama, or Nancy Pelosi or any other big government bogey. The sooner libertarians and conservatives alike recognize this, the sooner we can get our economy and our government back on the right track, and given the enormity of the challenges facing us over the next several decades, this can’t happen soon enough.
CJS Forum: Jack Beavers explains the EPA’s ethanol-octane bait-and-switch: The Off-Track EPA.
CJS Blog: Zachary Gappa writes about Live Action’s abortion sting in New York, the renewed push for Safe Haven laws for newborn babies, America’s alarming suicide trend and more: Check out the CJS Blog.
The Center for a Just Society is on Twitter. Go to http://twitter.com/AJustSociety to follow our daily updates.Ken Connor is an attorney and co-author of “Sinful Silence: When Christians Neglect Their Civic Duty” He is also Chairman of the Center for a Just Society. For more articles and resources from Mr. Connor and the Center for a Just Society, go to www.centerforajustsociety.org
Your laws ignore our deepest needs, Your words are empty air. You’ve stripped away our heritage, You’ve outlawed simple prayer. Now gunshots fill our classrooms, And precious children die. You seek for answers everywhere, And ask the question “Why?” You regulate restrictive laws, Through legislative creed. And yet you fail to understand, That God is what we need!
“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs – politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. “Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers. The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched! We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored. We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God!
Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado
Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe V. Wade’s SCOTUS decision to decriminalize abortion. We have murdered 55,772,015+. Source
Genesis 4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.
Whenever there is a murder of innocent life the Lord knows because its blood cries out to Him. We, as a nation, are about to be judged for the sin of murdering the most innocent of God’s created lives. We have enemies within our borders under the guise of multiculturalism and amnesty and open borders, tools ready for use at God’s discretion for our destruction. We have a death culture amid a godless society. Life is not at all precious to our POTUS. As the father, so goes the child. Unless we, as a nation, repent of this atrocity we shall not see God’s promise of judgement relented.
The wrath of God is measured in proportion to the sin that provokes it. The wrath of God is a demonstration of his holiness, his sinlessness, his intense hatred for all things evil. We, too, should hate sin as God hates sin. As it is a stench in his nostrils so should it be in ours. As it breaks his heart and stirs his anger so should it also break our hearts and stir our anger.
In this post-modern age it’s just not cool to speak of God’s wrath. It is the one attribute of God that we seem to be ashamed of. We cover our lips and whisper of his wrath as if it is a character flaw. We act like the children of a father with a gambling problem or a father who spends his weekends tipping the bottle and ignoring his family. The truth is that the wrath of God affirms his holiness. He would not be holy if he was incapable of love, nor would he be holy if he failed to demonstrate his hatred for all that is sinful and unholy.
Here’s the thing. Abortion was always legal in our country since its beginning in the case of rape, incest and the mother’s compromised health and well-being. The legalizing of abortion was due to making it a birth control option and that is all it was. There never were back alley abortions except for the cases of a shameful or unwanted pregnancy. But how could the SCOTUS and the American people be duped, er, convinced of the necessity for “legalized” abortions unless they were told of dirty back alley abortions that, at times, killed the mother? And then they brought in statistics that were magically produced out of someone’s inspiration! Consider this: abortion was illegal as a birth control method so those who practiced or helped aid a woman in her choice to abort would be a murderer including that woman. How many would readily help with creating such statistics knowing it could mean life in prison or the death penalty by their own admittance? America was duped in 1973 and nearly 56,000,000 unborn lives have paid the price for our hedonism.
Here are some Abortion Facts to consider today. It is a life being aborted (stopped). As a civilized nation its time we abort the atrocity of abortion. If we don’t, we will reap a horrible and overwhelming harvest from the shed blood we’ve sown into our nation’s ground. God will not be mocked. Payday is someday…
This Day in History (I am suspicious of this history because I have never heard this “history”before! My pre-1973 law book says otherwise as far as the legality of abortions before this day 40 years ago)
Last night I was reading this old novel based on the true life of Mary Todd Lincoln and her U.S. President-husband Abe called Love is Eterrnal, by Irving Stone written in 1954, and came upon an author inserted funny incident pulled by then lawyer Abe which struck me as something we could say is true even today. On page 47 we read that Mary Todd and her sister, Frances, while out shopping happened upon a crowd drawing political debate in the Springfield town square…
Up on the stand was Colonel Dick Taylor, a bombastic orator who was berating the Whigs for being aristocrats and reactionaries, interested only in the piling up of wealth and the conserving of their privileges while he and his fellow Democrats were poor and simple folk interested solely in the welfare of the people.
During the last sentence of the speech a man edged slowly onto the back of the platform, slipped to the side of Colonel Taylor and then, with the completion of the colonel’s peroration, caught the edge of the speaker’s vest and pulled it open, exposing to the audience an expensive silk ruffled shirt, a gold watch chain with seals and several other gaudy jewels…
…”Freinds, I am humble Abraham Lincoln. While Colonel Taylor was making these charges against the Whigs over the country, riding in fine carriages, wearing ruffled shirts, kid gloves, massive gold watch chains and flourishing a heavy gold-headed cane, I was a poor boy, hired on a flatboat at eight dollars a month, and had only one pair of breeches to my back and they were buckskin. Now, if you know the nature of buckskin when wet and dried by the sun, it will shrink; and my breeches kept shrinking until they left several inches of my legs bare between the tops of my socks and the lower part of my breeches; whilst I was growing taller they were becoming shorter, and so much tighter that they left a blue streak around my legs that can be seen to this day. If you call this aristocracy I plead guilty to the charge.”
Since before the Republican Party took root, the Democrats have been hypocritically foisting their own guilty pleasures upon the opposing party as if it would be a pre-emptive strike to blind the voting masses from knowing the truth of who really is after their own selfish interests. Same ol’, same ol’…