Friday, March 30, 2018

This Easter, don't let politics define forgiveness

An exceptional message from Bob Vander Plaats this Eastertide that I thought worth sharing in the hyper-politicized times we live in. A breakthrough component in God's judgment is Christ's sacrifice, conquering sin and death to allow us to find forgiveness...
...there is danger in looking at forgiveness and faith through the lens of politics. As we head into Easter weekend, I want us to look higher than headlines -- to look through God's eyes, rather than our own.

For God doesn't look at us like we look at each other, doesn't judge as we judge, and isn't swayed by politics. The Bible insists that God holds us all to the same standard: his own perfection. And against that standard, we all sin and fall short of his glory. None of us is righteous. None of us has merited his favor, and we all deserve his judgment. Worse yet, the Bible says, the judgment for our sin is death.

This sounds like bad news, but to Christians, this message is the beginning of very good news. Why? Because of Easter.

We are entering the weekend when Christians remember the death of Jesus, who took our place of punishment upon a cross. He died in our place, that God's justice would be paid. And that's just the beginning of the good news.

For this savior who took our punishment didn't stay dead. He rose again. He conquered death, leaving sin behind, and he invites every sinner to come to him and find forgiveness in taking our sin upon himself.

He invites every sinner to join him in his resurrection, so that we, too, may rise from the dead and have eternal life. If you repent from your sin and turn to new life through faith in Christ, then God sees you through a new lens, judges you by a new standard, that of his spotless son. God will pronounce you forgiven and clean and new. That IS great news!

Yet we must remember that God is no "respecter of persons." In other words, he holds everyone to the same perfect standard, whether peasant or president or pastor. And he stands ready to forgive all who would repent and believe.

Those who believe, however, are also called to be obedient. To follow the God they believe in. And no occupation is excused from this obedience. When we come to have faith in Christ, it necessarily impacts everything we do. We are not only called to believe in Christ; we are called to be like Christ.

This Easter, don't let politics hijack the good news. Rather, let us use the national conversation to share the truth of what Christ has done and is doing for us. Let the message you share ring true for young and old, rich and poor, president or pastor. And let us ask God to help us see all people through his eyes.
Related link: Defeating death on Easter morning, 'Christ is Risen Indeed!'

Monday, March 5, 2018

VA Del. Nick Freitas' powerful petition for an open and honest debate

An exceptional defense of the 2nd Amendment and a brilliant petition for an honest debate from a man who bravely donned the uniform. Well said, sir!

Finally, someone reasonably assesses the societal breakdowns that have contributed to the devaluing of LIFE. Of course, the media doesn't get it, only highlighting the politics and reaction surrounding such a profound statement, while granting little credence to the actual value of the message. But this was just too SPOT ON for this blog to ignore. This is where the 'open and honest debate' should be, folks.


Related links: Florida Senate rejects ban on assault weapons, votes to arm teachers
NRA sees a huge surge in membership interest after drawing noisy backlash over Parkland massacre
A practical solution worth implementing in our schools right now

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A practical solution worth implementing in our schools right now

Ultimately, what all the pundits ignore in the ongoing 'gun debate' is the root of the problem. Blaming gun safety organizations while ignoring the governmental failures and passing more restrictive legislation for the criminally deranged to ignore aren't practical solutions when we continue to witness a growing deficiency in the value of LIFE. Parents, role models, those with a voice, must reemphasize this value, both in word and deed, and begin to generationally reignite the notion, which will accomplish more than any legislator's agenda. 

In lieu of a sudden societal enlightenment towards rediscovering our moral compass however, perhaps there's a practical model out there specific to school safety, one that's actually been provided for decades, that can be implemented now, but has just never been tried or applied in our schools...
NJH: In 1974, Israel suffered the Ma'alot Massacre in which terrorists took 115 people hostage at Netiv Meir Elementary School. Twenty-two children and three others were killed and 68 injured. Israel now requires schools with 100 or more students to have a guard posted. The civilian police force handles the entire security system of all schools from kindergarten through college. The Ministry of Education funds shelters and fences, reinforces school buses, and hires and trains guards.

Guards check everyone entering, and can engage any threats. Also, all students are trained. Instead of just hiding, or freezing in times of danger, students are taught proactive ways to make the gunman's job more difficult. This includes using things found in the classroom to form a barricade around the door, taking opportune moments to get somewhere safe while the shooter can't fire due to reloading or weapon malfunctions.

The guards carry firearms to protect school personnel and students, create a sense of security, deter the ill-intentioned, and provide self-defense. The threat is dealt with almost immediately while the first responders and local police are on their way.

Gun control debates are a distraction and impractical, and criminals ignore laws anyway. Crazy people are obviously not being dealt with properly.

After 9/11 the airports were changed forever and the TSA was established. It's time that we adopt a method of protecting all our soft targets, especially our schools. Banks, courthouses, city halls, government facilities, even sports venues are already protected.

Ex-veterans, retired law enforcement people and other professionals can be hired. This civilian security force can be sworn in as Sheriff's deputies and assigned to local schools. Armed, well-trained teachers can also add to this security force.

Let's adopt the Israeli model of protecting our most vulnerable. This is a practical solution.
We protect our money, our politicians, most celebrities are ironically secure, but we can't assure our children's safety at school? We're made to pay for every social-engineered program under the sun in our schools, but we can't pay to protect the most precious assets in them? This has been nonsensical for far too many years, and there's no solution in the unending polarizations...

Appointing and/or hiring trained professionals to deter this wickedness and safeguard our most vulnerable should be the practical direction of the debate, alongside our necessity to rediscover that crucial value mentioned earlier. What should not be is the foolishness that consumes too many's senses with the collective bullhorn of misguided media.

Related links: A distracted federal bureaucracy is not the solution...but there are answers, many locally
Should America Embrace Israel's School Safety Model?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

In memoriam: 'America's Pastor'

One of the greatest evangelical leaders of our time, Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' has passed away at the age of 99 at his home in Montreat, N.C. His sojourn here has come to a close, but his impact is lasting. He now joins the saintly host in Heaven, but while we're on this social platform, one way we can honor this man and reflect on his inspired teachings is to take a simple yet profound stroll through an assortment of his Facebook posts in this 100th year...

Billy Graham January 1 · "Don’t drift aimlessly through another year. Instead, as this New Year begins, turn to Jesus Christ and commit your life to Him. God loves you, and Christ gave His life for you. Why not give Him your life in return?" —Billy Graham, answering a question on New Year's resolutions #BG100

Billy Graham January 3 · "Many people go through life without ever realizing who they are, or why God put them here. On the outside they may be successful, well-liked, even envied by others. But down inside something is still missing.
Advertisers promise happiness and fulfillment—if we will only use their produce. Pundits and politicians promise abundance and world peace—if we will only listen to their wisdom and vote for them. These promises, however, always fall short. We spend all our time and energy pampering our bodies and minds—but if we ignore our souls, we will end up spiritually starved and malnourished. Don't let this happen to you!" —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 4 · "You and I can't add anything to what Christ did for us, because He has already done it all. If Christ's death was not enough ... if we needed to add our own good works to His in order to be saved ... then we could never know for sure that we will go to Heaven when we die, because we could never be sure if we have done enough." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 5 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 6 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 7 · "One of God's most comforting promises is that we can bring every need and burden to Him." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 8 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 11 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 12 · #BG100

Billy Graham January 14 · "Don’t be disillusioned because of a few who claim to be following Jesus, but aren’t. Instead, make sure your faith and trust are in Christ. He alone is worthy of your trust." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 17 · "All the positive thoughts in the world won’t bring hope and healing to those who are victims of injustice or sickness or famine or war. But Christ can give us the love we need to help a hurting world." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 18 · Billy Graham's lesson on faith, from the Bible story of Bartimaeus:
"The blind man, Bartimaeus, threw off his cloak and ran trembling to Jesus. And Jesus said, 'What do you want me to do for you?' He said, 'Lord, that I may receive my sight.' In that moment as he said, 'Lord,' his spiritual eyes were opened. And Jesus said, 'Your faith has made you whole.'

Notice, not your intellectual understanding, not your money, not your works—but your faith. Faith! That’s all it takes! Immediately Bartimaeus, who had been blind all of his life, began to open his eyes, and the first thing he saw was the face of Jesus." #BG100
Billy Graham January 19 · "You cannot possibly be a happy, dynamic, and powerful Christian apart from a daily walk with Christ. Christ is calling Christians today to cleansing, to dedication, to consecration, and to full surrender. It will make the difference between success and failure in your spiritual life. It will make the difference between being helped and helping others. It will make a difference in your habits, in your prayer life, in your Bible reading, in your giving, in your testimony, and in your church membership. This is the Christian hour of decision." —Billy Graham on "the secret to real living" #BG100

Billy Graham January 20 · "Happy is the man who has learned the secret of coming to God in daily prayer. Fifteen minutes alone with God every morning before you start the day can change circumstances and remove mountains!" —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 21 at 7:56pm · "The secret of a happy home is that members of the family learn to give and receive love. Let us take time to express our love in a thousand ways." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham January 27 at 10:18pm · "The family and the home can never exert their proper influence while ignoring the Biblical standard. ...The only way to provide the right home for your children is to put the Lord above them, and fully instruct them in the ways of the Lord." —Billy Graham on parenting #BG100

Billy Graham January 28 at 7:08pm · "God has given us the power of choice. Some people today do not wish to accept the responsibility for their actions. They blame society. They blame the environment. They blame the schools. They blame the circumstances. But Adam sinned in a perfect environment under perfect circumstances. We can’t blame it all on somebody else. We must accept the blame ourselves for our part. Society is made up of individuals. If we have social injustice, we’re the ones who are wrong; we’re part of it. Let’s accept our responsibility to do something about it." —Billy Graham on "the power of choice"

Billy Graham January 30 at 3:06pm · "Most thoughtful people recognize that man is a paradox. He is both dust of earth and breath of God. He is a contradiction of discord and harmony, hatred and love, pride and humility, tolerance and intolerance, and peace and turmoil. The depths to which he sinks only dramatizes the heights to which by God's grace he is capable of rising. His very misery is an indication of his potential greatness. His deep yearnings are an echo of what he might be." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham February 2 at 2:30pm · "Prayer is not using God; it is more often to get us in a position where God can use us. I watched the deckhands on the great liner 'United States' as they docked that ship in New York Harbor. First, they threw out a rope to the men on the dock. Then, inside the boat the great motors went to work and pulled on the great cable. But of course the pier wasn't pulled out to the ship; the ship was moved snugly up to the pier. Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But it doesn't pull God down to us; it pulls us up to Him." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham February 5 at 8:42pm · #BG100

Billy Graham February 8 at 10:00pm · #BG100

Billy Graham February 11 at 2:54pm · "The most distant galaxy … the littlest seed … even the smallest sub-atomic particle—everything was created by Him, and is under His sovereign control. God is that great!" —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham February 12 at 10:36am · "I've known the thrill of winning a tough ball game and of winning a golf match on the last hole. But to me the biggest thrill is to win the big one—the spiritual battle of life." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham February 16 at 2:39pm ·

Billy Graham February 18 at 9:11am · "The world in which we live is full of pessimism. No Christian has the scriptural right to go around wringing his hands wondering what we are to do in the face of the present world situation. The Scripture says that in the midst of persecution, confusion, wars, and rumors of wars, we are to comfort one another with the knowledge that our Lord Jesus Christ is coming back in triumph, glory, and majesty." —Billy Graham #BG100

Billy Graham 21 hrs · "If you went for a walk in the woods, but then decided to wander off the path, and found yourself surrounded by a thicket of thorns and poison ivy, who would you blame? Would you blame the person who built the path? No, of course not. Instead you’d blame yourself if you were honest, because you alone were responsible for wandering from the path.
In a far deeper way, this is what happens when we decide to leave God out of our lives. For a time, it may seem like wandering away from Him doesn’t make any difference; it may even seem easier and freer. But eventually it catches up with us—just as wandering off that path and into the thicket caught up with you." —Billy Graham #BG100
...God Bless this holy man, his devotion, wisdom and insight, his ministry, and his impact upon this nation to bring the common man to Christ.
REMEMBER thy servant, Billy, O Lord, according to the favor which thou bearest unto thy people, and grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of thee, he may go from strength to strength, in the life of perfect service, in thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy President's Day!

Here's a little history that explains why and how we celebrate President's Day in our contemporary era, when the original holiday was established (and still is 'officially') to celebrate George Washington's birthday, which isn't until the 22nd...

History: Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

So with that, I decided years ago to personally celebrate President's Day by acknowledging three of America's most liberating presidents, who all happen to have February birthdays, and who all made huge impacts in their respective centuries: George Washington, the first president who helped establish a nation's independence, freeing from foreign bondage; Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president who accomplished the realization of our founding freedom for all the citizenry, while preserving the union in the midst of civil war; and Ronald Reagan, the 40th president who reminded America of its exceptional place in the world, rejuvenating the belief in ourselves and the possibilities of a better tomorrow.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A distracted federal bureaucracy is not the solution...but there are answers, many locally

Thanks for the pic, CNN. I happen to agree with everyone of these tweets, so guess I'm 'far-right' too! Considering what's become of that news outlet, I guess most of us are, though.

These points of view aren't simply pulled from the ether. We've witnessed for the better portion of a year an executive branch law enforcement agency mired in scandal, corruption, and totally bogged down with this phony, unending Russian collusion nonsense. It stands to reason that maybe if they could devote as much time to actually investigating these kind of early warning signs, they could assist local law enforcement in preventing such tragedies. That's all.

But even putting that distraction aside, there's no getting around this deadly screw up...

"Twice, people saw something, said something, and the FBI blew it!"

And it's an even bigger systemic breakdown. Such a tragedy shows us yet again how government failures have helped enable at least four recent mass shootings. Perhaps before screaming "GUN CONTROL!" however, which continues to be proven ineffective the world over, the left might attempt to understand the existing realities of a highly regulated industry and the government incompetence that has failed to prevent these kind of criminal acts from occurring. There are solutions that would thwart criminals while protecting gun owners. They just haven't made there way to Washington. Go figure.
Glaring failures of the US federal government have at least partially enabled four of the worst mass shootings that have rocked the country in recent years.

As many people call for more gun control in the wake of yet another appalling and heartbreaking attack, it's important to scrutinize the efficacy of such proposals with clear eyes, as well as weigh the serious trade-offs. Emotionalism is understandable with more than a dozen teenagers dead, but viable solutions are much harder to come by than angry blaming. Perhaps before considering any new measures -- and I'm not opposed to discussing options -- we should take a hard look at the existing system, the disastrous errors and oversights of which have failed to prevent a terrible amount of bloodshed. Maybe it would be wise to fix what's clearly broken before piling new responsibilities upon a government structure that is already whiffing badly on its current obligations. On that score, here are several concrete ideas worthy of careful examination:
And while I'm with the President and others who advocate for a broader focus on mental health, in addition to enforcing existing laws, I'm also with Levin on not only turning off the politicians for the time being, but more importantly solving the issue of better protecting our children at the local level...
CR: Levin advised his audience to ignore the usual hysteria from leftist politicians, noting that politicians do not have the experience or knowledge to provide solutions. He called on listeners to look to people who have to deal with these issues, such as first responders, teachers, and law enforcement.

He reminded listeners that evil killers do not represent America. Instead, look to the heroism of Aaron Feis, the high school football coach who sacrificed his life to save his students.

Levin stressed that a federalist approach through local governments and local school districts can solve these issues more effectively than Washington politicians.

“How about protecting our babies in the womb and protecting our babies who go to these government schools?” Levin asked.

“How about we get into the safety, health, and protection business?” he added. “If we want to protect our children in these public schools, we need to put people in these public schools who can protect our children.”

There's no 'magic law' that can stop mass shootings, but there are solutions and answers, and you might be surprised to find many locally.

Continued prayers for these precious souls, the grieving families, the school, the state and the nation. May evil subside, justice prevail and goodness grow exponentially in the land of the free and the home of the brave. #turn2GOD

Related link: Here Are the 17 Victims of the Tragic Shooting in Florida

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A turnaround in optimism that we've sorely missed

Obviously, this writer is at an ebb when it comes to discussing the political banter of the day (or week or month for that matter). Hey, what can I say? I've been busy with LIFE outside of politics...and it's actually been a pretty nice stay-away-cation! Certainly more peaceful for the mind, body and spirit. But just to break the silence and show that I'm not completely out of the loop and ignoring everything amidst, I'd like to briefly mention a few points of optimism that I've noticed developing over the past month. No, I'm not referring to anything from the media, punditry or even politicos. Quite the contrary, and in spite of them. Rather, I'm referring to our head of state.

Before I'm derided as a Trumper, I'm certainly not implying perfection here. I've had plenty of issues throughout his first year, most of which I've voiced on this blog. However, with the new year, I'd be remiss to ignore what appears to be the President's near Reaganesque streak, not so much in reference to policy (although such is the case in some areas), but rather a reestablishment of American optimism.

Beyond the elephants and asses (certainly accurate for the latter), beyond the day-in, day-out strife (or actual collusion in too many cases) of the Washington cesspool, there's been a more optimistically cohesive tone in the President's voice, speaking out for common sense, liberty, security, patriotism, faith, family...all in all, a more positive promotion of Americanism that supersedes a mere slogan.

Whether through accomplishments or proposals last month...

...or consolation just this morning...

...there can be little denial of the stark turnaround from our nation's former lopsided messaging and direction under the prior administration, a turnaround that I'd dare describe as a more genuine fulfillment towards hope and change for Americans.

Perhaps it's a result of finally settling into the presidential role; and if so, that's a very good thing. And maybe I'm only just now noticing, which I'm sure someone will tell me. However, this feels like something more, like a turnaround in optimism that we've sorely missed. Refreshing.

You don't have to agree with every proposal, and I'm highly skeptical that we can 'get the job done' with the current crop of politicians, but to experience this sea change of optimism in both direction and tone is a noteworthy accomplishment in itself towards the effort to (yes, now I'm gonna use that slogan) make America great again.

Let's hope these sensibilities continue...I pray they do.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Isn't this the same trick that was pulled on Reagan?

And then some! Pretty sure this is a fool me twice moment for the President and Republicans. This is certainly not an 'art of the deal''s just disappointing, and predictably so...
On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The White House has done something extremely disappointing; they have taken DACA and expanded it to include Dreamers which brings the number to 1.8 million and offered them citizenship. This is a bigger number than even Barack Obama contemplated. Those outside of the 800,000 are those who did not come forward. Some are crooks and criminals and others didn’t have evidence that they came here as children. But we are told not to worry because of concessions the White House got. After this, Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review calls in to talk about DACA. The main problem is that the DACA compromise President Trump and the Republicans are engaging in is the wrong mix of ideas and politics. They have lost their leverage and Democrats don’t have any incentive to agree with them. They will just pocket the 1.8 million and not build the wall like Trump had campaigned on. Democrats are just doing to Trump what they did to Ronald Reagan, promise border security while not appropriating the funds when they reclaim power. In addition, you will see the pretend conservatives come out and say: “What do you want perfection”? There is no perfection, that is just a diversion and Republicans are giving Democrats numbers they didn’t even dream of. This is why we need serious people of substance talking about this.
CR: On Thursday, the White House told reporters that the Trump administration will propose an immigration deal that will grant amnesty with a path to citizenship to 1.8 million so-called “Dreamers” in exchange for funding for a border wall and reforms to chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.

On his radio program, CRTV host Mark Levin interviewed CR Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz on the content of the deal and the political ramifications of supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. Horowitz told Levin that the main problem with the Trump immigration plan is that Republicans have said up front they “badly want DACA” and have lost their leverage with the Democrats.

“Democrats have no incentive to ever agree” to the reforms in the deal, Horowitz said.

The Democrats “do not operate in good faith,” Levin said, questioning why Trump would offer amnesty with citizenship for more illegal immigrants than the total number of DACA recipients. “It’s a huge error. Huge.”

Towards the end of the interview, Levin said this was not the immigration deal conservatives expected from President Trump and urged congressional Republicans to fight against amnesty.

“We expect conservatives in Congress to hold the line,” Levin said.
Don't be fooled, Mr. President. They'll do to you what they did to Reagan. Different times, same outcome. No solution.

Related links: Will Trump get trumped by the amnesty agenda?
House conservatives balk at Trump amnesty plan
Make tax cuts, NOT amnesty, permanent

Monday, January 22, 2018

Schumer shutdown equation = Illegal aliens > American citizens (UPDATE: BACKFIRED!)

What do I think about Schumer's shutdown? Well, I can tell you, Chucky sang a very different tune just five years back...

How far we have fallen as a political system: An entire political party is now willing to shut the government down over a policy exclusively for illegal aliens, not Americans. Even more appalling is that the very leader of the shutdown is a man who has lied to us numerous times on immigration and has created the very immigration crisis we face today by pushing similar amnesty policies before. Most ironic, Schumer himself once expressed support for the very policies he is now calling racist and over which he has triggered the Schumer Shutdown.
...but beyond the standard Democratic hypocrisy that's become par for the course, several other common sense Americans have it precisely right...
"The fact of the matter is, ladies and gentlemen, we are blackmailed by the Democrat Party at least once a year, typically multiple times a year. We are blackmailed by the Democrat Party that insists on more spending OR that its priorities come first and our priorities come never. ... The Democrat Party today is saying either you legalize 800,000 illegal aliens or we're gonna shutdown the government for the entirety of America. 320 million Americans, the hell with you. Screw YOU!"
Related links: Lou Barletta: Dems Put Illegal Immigrants over American Citizens with Schumer’s Shutdown
Democrats’ DACA scam: Keeping Dreamers in limbo for political power

So, will this shutdown once again be blamed on Republicans? Certainly. The Democratic propaganda wing (a.k.a. The Mainstream Press) will blame this one on the GOP just as they blame for practically EVERYTHING, but part of the fault lies within a Republican Party that allows its unprincipled RINOs to take the lead in governmental acquiescence and ultimate failure...

Every year the people are told that there is a budget showdown, and if the Republicans don’t cut off the freedom and liberty wing of their party and become reasonable and nonpartisan, they will cause a government shutdown.

Every year the Republican leadership insists there will be no government shutdown, then turns and throttles the freedom and liberty wing and, by extension, the people who put them there, telling them to shut up and sit down.

Then, every year, certain Republicans give away so much leverage over fear of a government shutdown that now, after about a decade of this, they have played their part in the possible destruction of this nation by way of our $20 trillion in debt.

Where does all the fear come from? From the fake outrage ginned up by the media, of course.

Republican leadership constantly put themselves in a box of media outrage because they lack purposeful messaging, detectable principles, or any real disagreement with the Democrats on a large majority of issues that regular Americans truly find important. And for that, the Republicans will, indeed, always get the blame.

This results in frantic offers by the Republican leadership to find a way to procrastinate or make a deal detrimental to their own party’s stated mission in order to create the illusion that they have averted the very terrible shutdown.

That’s not leadership. That’s simply playing the game the Democrats and media want them to play.
But there's really no need to continue with this charade, because there's never any apocalypse from such shutdowns...
"I'm not scared of a government shutdown. Are you, folks? ...[every weekend] the government has shutdown, and here we are, eating, breathing, clothed, most of us; in our cars, in our homes, in our offices, most of us. We're utterly and completely unaffected. The government shutdown for nearly a month under Jimmy Carter and nobody noticed, and nobody will notice it now. We get this cacophony of media coyotes howling, and front groups howling, and Democrats howling, and miscreant Republicans howling. But the fact of the matter is most of you will be completely unaffected by this. No, the United States military isn't shutdown. No, the CIA isn't shutdown. No, the Border Patrol isn't shutdown. Here's the irony: The very programs and the policies that the Democrats and the liberals promote, most of them will be limited! ... Most of the departments and agencies that are affected are on the domestic side. So the Democrats are saying, 'hey, we're gonna commit harakiri, unless you give us what we want.' And I say let them commit harakiri! Let them say'we stand for the illegal alien against the American citizen.' Let them say it!"

Fact of the matter is even with the government shut down, food inspections, federal law enforcement, airport security checks and other vital services will continue, as will Social Security payments, other federal benefit programs and military operations. So this is purely political drivel that's all about Schumer Democrats choosing illegal aliens over American citizens. Plain and simple. For Republicans to continue fretting over theatrical shutdowns and not lead us out of this ridiculous illusion is almost as offensive. It's certainly abhorrent for those cheerleading for lawlessness alongside Dems.

UPDATE: As fast as they shut it down Friday, they fired it back up Monday. That was an extended weekend! Hardly a shutdown. The Schumer Dems chose illegal aliens over the American people during this short-lived government shutdown and that position clearly BACKFIRED...

Schumer buckles, and the media spins on. Congrats to the President and Republicans for the time being, while we continue to monitor whether Congress will do the right thing.

Friday, January 19, 2018

When will the GOP care about 60 million murdered babies as much as Dems care about illegal aliens?

45 years has been far too long. This one's easily a copy/paste job, because I agree with every single word of Horowitz's assessment...
CR: Today is the annual marking of the grim milestone of Roe v. Wade. The annual March for Life, although well intentioned, is the day every Republican politician can freely feign outrage over a decision that led to the deaths of 60 million babies while refusing to use the constitutional tools they have to rectify this evil.

Particularly jarring about this year’s march is that it coincides with complete GOP control of Washington, and nobody paying the slightest attention to the power they hold to rectify the abortion travesty. In fact, it appears that virtue-signaling about babies has become an end to itself rather than ensuring their brains don’t actually get sucked out with taxpayer funds. Meanwhile, there’s a thing or two conservatives can learn from Democrats.

It’s eerie watching the March for Life as we are in the midst of a budget battle in which funding for Planned Parenthood is not even up for debate — with Republicans in full control. The publication of the videos two years ago showing Planned Parenthood engaged in trafficking and harvesting of baby organs was a watershed moment in the 45-year debate over Roe because it proved conclusively that abortion was not about being a “safe, rare, and legal” necessary evil, but rather a triumph of barbarism as a virtue in itself.

Nonetheless, Republicans, who could have forced the issue even under Obama, won’t even discuss the issue of these unborn American dreamers who are being wantonly killed every day. Nope. The entire landscape of debate over the budget is about amnesty to illegal aliens, which has nothing to do with a budget anyway, unlike funding a criminal organ trafficking network.

And speaking of illegal aliens, it’s awe-inspiring to observe the asymmetrical warfare between the two parties. The GOP, when in the majority and buttressed by the Planned Parenthood videos, will not even entertain merely cutting off taxpayer funding for a criminal abortion enterprise. Yet, Democrats, even when in the minority, will fight to the brink of a shutdown to get amnesty and taxpayer benefits for illegal aliens — completely extraneous to the budget bill.

That is because whereas Republicans seek office, Democrats seek power. While Republicans will use our issues to get elected and then avoid every opportunity to advance that agenda, Democrats will use their election victories (and even losses!) to advance their agenda while leaving no stone unturned — legal and illegal — to block dissent.

Which brings us to the ultimate shutdown of our government – the reign of judicial supremacy.

Any discussion of abortion, or frankly, any important issue these days, is meaningless without discussing judicial reform. What we learned in 1973 was that if an unelected court can decide a fundamentally political and philosophical question not addressed in the Constitution — and have that decision unflinchingly adhered to by all the states and the other branches of the federal government — then there is no limit to what they can do to our Constitution, sovereignty, security, and society.

This point was so tragically and absurdly on display this past year as the second most important court in the land mixed an expansion of abortion jurisprudence together with lawless immigration jurisprudence to create a right for illegal aliens to trespass and demand access to an abortion. Yet nothing seems to jolt Republican members of Congress out of their slumber to discover that Article I gives them 100 percent control over the lower courts and that Article III Sec. 2 grants them full power to regulate the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

The entire strategy of the “Right” for the past 45 years has been to legitimize judicial supremacy, while promising to get enough of their own people on the courts to overturn bad decisions. Aside from the numerous other faults in this argument, there is no guarantee that Alito and Gorsuch would necessarily reverse Roe and Casey, at least not categorically. And even if they would, it’s clear we’d only have three votes.

Meanwhile, as we’ve legitimized the specter of judicial supremacy, the courts have redefined married, citizenship, foreign policy, sexuality, and election laws. The list goes on.

It seems that there is no floor to the depths of judicial Gomorrah that will ever elicit a righteous reaction from the Right to use its constitutional powers over the courts. We’ve seen that 60 million dead babies weren’t enough reason. Mandating transgenderism in the military, abortions for illegals, and concocting an international right to immigrate aren’t either. After all, if courts can make death out of life, they can make denizens of aliens and Y chromosomes out of X chromosomes.

Courts are now elevating Roe and Casey to such a level that states are being prohibited from even imposing basic safety regulations on abortion clinics or banning the most gruesome abortion practices. They are even forcing states to actually fund Planned Parenthood. As we learned in the illegal alien abortion case, anything short of directly driving an illegal alien to an abortion clinic is deemed an undue burden on a fundamental right. Legal immigrants have no First Amendment right to donate to political campaigns or Second Amendment right to own a gun, but illegal aliens now have the “right” to the phantom amendment of abortion, which has been elevated over real rights.

And what is the reaction from the GOP and even so-called social conservative groups? Crickets. They obsequiously listen to every whim of a district judge, even when it violates statute, Constitution, settled case law, common sense, and morality.

This is the permanent, categorical, and almost irreversible government shutdown nobody is discussing. We can only go so long as a nation when states are forced to follow illegitimate edicts of illegitimate powers but other states can openly thwart the most legitimate and foundational laws flowing directly from constitutionally granted powers. And we can only go so long as a nation when one party is willing to fight for the illegitimate and immoral with 100 times the gusto the other party is willing to fight for the legitimate and the moral.

The solutions and tools are there for us in the Constitution. But we won’t come to a resolution on abortion or any other important issues as a nation until Republicans care about 60 million murdered babies as much as Democrats care about illegal aliens.
From our lips to God's ears, I pray it so.

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