Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry CHRISTmas to all...

...and to all a good night! #RemembertheReason4theSeason

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ~ Luke 2:11

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Conservative belief spurs church growth

As we've entered the liturgical new year and near the holiest day of the season, we find that it's often a time of reflection. No, not of a volatile political season, the lackluster of nominees, opportunities missed or the results thereof. Certainly there's some thought on personal accomplishments, family events throughout the year, and of course preparation (or completion) of gifts bought, presented or received, but that's not it either. Rather, as the body of believers, we reflect on the reason for the season, the Savior. And in our tumultuous times when secularism seems on the rise and obscurities distract us from truth, it's hopeful to see the results in the broader, truer sense of what traditional conservatism brings to the table, or rather, altar...
DMN: Those who don't attend church regularly but are scouting for Christmas services this year might be surprised to find fewer mainline Protestant churches around these days.

Across the English-speaking world the numerical decline of mainline Protestantism is accelerating. The largest mainline Protestant denominations in the United States are the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Episcopal Church. Collectively, membership in these denominations decreases by about 1 million a year, resulting in hundreds of church closures annually.

While most mainline Protestant churches are declining, there's been no consensus as to why. Hoping to solve this sociological riddle, some colleagues and I conducted a study. We tracked down an elusive sample of growing mainline congregations and compared them to a sample of declining congregations. We surveyed more than 2,200 of the congregants, half attending growing churches and half at declining churches, and the clergy who serve them.

We found, without exception, the clergy and congregants of the growing mainline Protestant churches held more firmly to traditional Christian beliefs, such as the belief Jesus rose physically from the grave and that God answers prayer. The clergy of the growing churches were the most theologically conservative and the declining church clergy the least.

When we used statistical analysis to determine which factors are influencing growth, conservative Protestant theology, with its more literal take on the Bible, was a significant predictor. Conversely, the analysis showed liberal theology, with its metaphorical reading of Scripture, leads to decline. Our research stands out because past studies have suggested theology and church growth are not linked. They are.

As you might imagine, our results have been well-received by theological conservatives. Liberal Christians have been a lot less satisfied.

Some tell us that liberal mainline Protestant churches do grow and they know this because they've seen it. But this is anecdotal fallacy. A single unverified case can't be used to contradict strong statistical evidence.

In terms of strong statistical evidence, we point out our study is not alone in concluding that churches with conservative doctrine grow. For example, "The Faith Communities Today Study" analyzed data from thousands of congregations across the United States. That study found, by far, growing churches had clergy and congregants who were theological conservatives. Unlike our research, that study made no link between theology and growth, but as we point out in our academic work, it didn't fully explore the issue. It asked just one question of one person, the church pastor, to gauge theological outlook of an entire congregation. We surveyed all the congregants and the clergy in each church and asked many theological questions. Better questions elicit more accurate results.

It's also commonly asserted by our liberal critics that it is not the type of theology that matters for church growth but whether the theology is believed strongly and articulated clearly. However, we would suggest that different convictions, though equally strong and clear, produce different outcomes.

For example, all the growing church clergy in our study, because of their theological outlook, held the conviction that it is "very important to encourage non-Christians to become Christians." As theological conservatives, these pastors believe Jesus is the only way to salvation and that they must "Go and make disciples everywhere."

Conversely, half the clergy at the declining churches held the opposite conviction, believing it is not desirable to convert non-Christians. As theological liberals, these pastors believe there are many paths to salvation and that it's culturally insensitive to peddle your beliefs on those outside your religious community. Comparing the two theological outlooks, which do you think is more likely to generate church growth?

As social scientists, my colleagues and I are not advocating the theological rightness of one doctrinal position over another. But, if we are talking solely about church growth, conservative Protestant doctrine is the clear winner. With a nod to the season, mainline clergy and congregants with conservative outlook are more apt to be singing "Silent Night" this Christmas and in future years; theological liberals risk a different kind of silent night.
The takeaway: Stick with Biblical teachings! That's the God's honest truth. The further churches move away from Biblical Christianity, demonstrative of the lurch to discard for the latest-greatest (liberal) over holding to tradition (conservative), the nearer they draw towards their inevitable demise. Practitioners of conservatism today should heed similar warning! Reflect on faithful growth throughout this Christmas season, and allow this understanding to strengthen you in the present, the new year, and God Willing, across newer years to come.

Related links: How to grow a church: some liberals might not like the answer
Why liberal theology has led to shrinking congregations
The Recipe for Church Growth

H/t: DcnChp

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

We still need an Article V Convention of the States

Consider what Levin reads from Alexis de Tocqueville on what sort of despotism democratic nations have to fear...

Then understand that despite who wins any election, the need for restraint on Capitol Hill is still a necessity that continues to require an Article V Convention of the States to more permanently correct course...
Too many have been sucked into a D.C.-centric mindset that concedes more authority to the governing elites. It's time to unite around the constitutional solution to a runaway federal government.
Big Media is starting to fear that the American people might actually exercise their constitutional right to an Article V Convention of States!
...Levin reminds us that no one can do everything but we can all do something to restore the republic.
Source: Convention of States Project

Related links: Antonin Scalia's Comments on Article V Convention of States
Mark Levin: Something Very Important is Happening in Colonial Williamsburg

Draining the swamp?

The loyalists might be able to shrug it off, but there are genuine concerns as to how a Trump administration is supposed to "drain the swamp" when the very Establishment that the Republican electorate opposed by electing the outsider is then reinstalled by the president-elect...
CR: Tuesday night on the “Mark Levin Show,” Conservative Review’s Editor-in-Chief reiterated his mission to hold President-elect Trump’s feet to the fire to maintain conservative principles.

News came Tuesday that Elaine Chao, the wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell, will be named Secretary of Transportation in the Trump administration. Additionally, McConnell is pushing for Sen. Bob Corker to be secretary of state.

“It’s quite obvious that Trump and the Republican Establishment are now partners,” Levin said. They are now “a complete unit.”

In addition to members of the Republican Establishment joining the Cabinet, liberal Democrats are being eyed for the Departments of Commerce and the Treasury.

“This is not Trump draining the swamp,” Levin said. “This is the swamp draining Trump.”

Conservatives need to be more vigilant than ever.
More from Levin on the re-instituted swamp...
On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, When it comes to Donald Trump’s cabinet, it’s make the Establishment and Goldman Sachs great again. With the nomination of Elaine Chao, the wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell, for Secretary of Transportation and Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs employee, for Treasury Secretary, it’s quite obvious that President-elect Trump and the Republican Establishment are now partners. This is not Trump draining the swamp, this is the swamp draining Trump. Conservatives need to be more vigilant than ever. Has anyone seen any Sen Ted Cruz supporters nominated for cabinet positions? Trump hasn’t had a good appointment since Mike Flynn, Jeff Sessions, and Mike Pompeo. At the end of the day personnel is policy. Without principled and loyal cabinet secretaries the Trump administration is putting itself in a failing position.
Perhaps this is just more worrisome conservative banter. Maybe Mrs. McConnell and the like will be great, again. But [to borrow from Ericksonvisually, this sends a signal that Trump is not as willing to drain the swamp as advertised.

Related links: Mark Levin: It’s time for a heart to heart…
Trump picks George Soros lackey and Goldman Sachs banker to ‘drain the swamp’ at Treasury!!
Trump nominates Todd Ricketts as Deputy Secretary of Commerce

ADDENDUM: On Wednesday, Levin mentioned that there's nothing new about Trump’s plan to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure (other than it's TRILLION dollar price tag!)...
FDR, LBJ, Woodrow Wilson, Ike Eisenhower and President Obama have all spent like crazy. The money won’t even go to repairing roads or bridges but to new projects that the government comes up with.
And with particular appointments, a clearer picture of how accomplishing that massive stimulus plan begins to reveal itself.

Related links: Spending A Trillion Dollars For “Infrastructure”: A Top Trump Priority
Conservatives vs. Trump’s infrastructure plan
Ridiculous red tape may kill Trump’s infrastructure plan.
Traders Bet on Big Stimulus Spending. Congress May Not Go Along.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let us give thanks...for Liberty!
Ronald Reagan's Thanksgiving Day address in 1985 shows a spirit of gratitude, humility, and American unity.

How Blessed we are to be Americans.

Related links: George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln
Radio Address to the Nation on the Celebration of Thanksgiving Day — 11/19/88

Thursday, November 10, 2016

a MUST in the first 100 days...

What do we want? When do we want it?!

If there is to be a coalescence of Republicans with constitutionalists, conservatives, independents and the working class of America who just elected Donald J. Trump in a complete repudiation of the Obama/Clinton degradation of America, then the powers that be must be on board with Trump's impressive action plan just as vigorously as he pursued this office...and his resilience to make it happen must be as unrelentingly vigilant!

No doubt, it'll be tough. There'll even be some current Republicans standing in the way alongside their Democratic counterparts. But any effort less to accomplish the brunt of this work would frankly be all for naught, particularly when a Republican president has the resources of both Republican-majority houses of Congress at his side (and a SCOTUS appointee to boot!). We've essentially been granted a second chance, a reset to 2000 if you will. Let's not squander it again. And though I may have some differences of opinion with a few of these measures (primarily talk of tariffs), the majority of these proposed acts MUST PASS in the first 100 days to make good on the new president's promises:

And a word about unity. This is something that not only needs to be discussed, but more importantly accomplished. We should be a united people, but in a united cause. And there lies the departure in much of the Left. See here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and elsewhere to witness much of the rejection of unity. Whether an honest discussion or just shy of it (the latter of which would appear to be the case in Obama's coaxing call for a faux unity below), NONE OF THAT need include 'working' with the first Marxist president, nor 'seeking his counsel'...?!

I know this is the introductions-and-handshakes formalities of the post-election cycle where everyone plays nice, but the former documentation is what those who elected the 45th president want to see...not the latter. It's true.

Related links: Trump’s Impressive 100-day Action Plan to Make America Great Again
Donald Trump's campaign promises for the first 100 days
Be Happy
I Would Like to Thank the American Left

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

From 'wrong' to 'reset'

I think Erick Erickson has exquisitely stated it (so definitely read the whole piece!)...time to eat crow, swallow pride, and reset. God's Will has been dealt, so let's see what He has in store for all of us with a Trump/Pence presidency...

“I was wrong about so much about this election and so were so many others. The sooner we get over our pride, eat some crow, and realize we missed the mood of the country, the sooner we can move on.”
What a wild & crazy election in a wild & crazy year...and now Donald J. Trump is our president-elect...
Donald Trump outperformed every public opinion poll. He beat the odds and ran the table and he will be the President of the United States.

This morning I am like a broken record admitting in every post how much I got wrong. As I should because I did. And now I hope I am wrong about Donald Trump. He has the opportunity to unite people in ways no one thought possible, but that the results suggest he alone might be able to do.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families should be in our prayers. They now have a heavy burden on them and the weight of a nation in turmoil pressing down on them.

God always has a plan and I put my trust in Him, not men. But Donald Trump and Mike Pence are now explicit parts of God’s plans and I pray for them and wish them well.
And seeing as it's technically morning (although I'm about to finally go to sleep!), I find it fitting to end this post with a common prayer for both our outgoing president and our incoming president-elect, as well as all in civil authority. Lord knows we all need more of it...
O LORD our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and to all in Authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
Related links: An Open Letter to the Democrats
#NeverTrump Must Model The Humility They Claim Trump Does Not Have

ADDENDUM: Glenn Beck also extended an olive branch to the president-elect, pledging to "support" him in the days to come. He urged his listeners to be graceful because the U.S. cannot afford another “failed presidency.”...
“I am reaching out today. I will call him today. ... Anyone who says they want to be the president of all people — I’m there. This is the very first time he has said that. He has said before he doesn’t need us, doesn’t need our audience, or whatever, and that’s campaign. He’s now the president. So whatever we can do to help him, as long as we’re staying constitutional, we’re there.”

Related links: Mark Levin's Finest Hour
Ted Cruz praises Trump's 'amazing victory'
Ben Sasse Responds To President-Elect Trump

One word...

I, among many, was prepared for this to go her way...but was not expecting this at all. The Twitterverse is already calling it: Trump has won the presidency. Beyond the hillar-it-y of the lib media's dumbfoundedness, I can't help but feel like the clueless sports fan! As my brother-in-law perfectly stated tonight, "All I can tell is that I am very out of sync with the majority." That goes either way, either party, either outcome that could've been. One thing that's obvious: This is an absolute repudiation of D.C. I can't disagree with that sentiment. There's multitudes of other pervading thoughts running through my mind, but right now...just WOW.

Related link: Donald Trump on course for US election victory after winning Florida in 'America's Brexit'

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Put not your trust in presidents...sleep well tonight

In these uncertain times, and on this lackluster day in particular, here's a few pieces that might provide the solemn tranquility you seek...

Today’s election will have significant consequences. From the White House to Congress, SCOTUS ramifications and on down the ballot. Our nation is electing leaders and we’ll live with those decisions, as well as their repercussions, for some years. As a political consultant, coach and activist, I work hard to influence those outcomes and understand well the cost of poor leadership. But as a Christian, I understand a greater truth.

Every election day (and on a near daily basis through this election cycle), I open my Bible to Psalm 146 and remind myself where my trust resides. It’s not in Presidents, Congress or the Supreme Court. No elected or appointed man, woman or assembly is imbued with my faith. Not any candidate I’ve worked for, or the guy we worked hard to beat. My trust is in higher things.
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, o my soul. 2 While I live I will praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goes forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. 5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God: 6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: 7 Which executeth judgement for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners: 8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous: 9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked is turned upside down. 10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even they God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 146 KJV)
... Whomever is elected tonight, our duty continues tomorrow. We are called to glorify God and enjoy Him forever…not just when our guy gets elected, tax rates are low or the economy is growing.

We’re charged in 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” It’s a pre-requisite to this passage that we live our lives in such a way that people will ASK why we have hope!

Whatever happens tonight, get up tomorrow with even greater focus on shining God’s light in the world around you than you have today. Work harder to positively influence the people and nation around you. Let’s live our lives in such a way that people are compelled to ask where our hope comes from.

I will sleep well because the ends do not justify the means. The means are everything.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8
I will sleep well because I am not responsible for the outcome, only my own actions.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28
I will sleep well because I did not join in the glorying of sin, but I helped expose the corruption.
I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” ~ 1 Corinthians 5:9-12
I will sleep well because I accept the authority of God and the authority of government.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. ~ Romans 13:1-3
I will sleep well because I know these words are true.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ~ Genesis 1:1

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. ~ John 14:6
We are here for a purpose much greater than voting for a candidate, or advocating for this law or that law. The exactness, utter accuracy, inerrancy and nature of the universe that produced us did not place us here by chance.

The three billion base pairs of DNA-encoded information which contain our design, plans and operating software were not produced by some counter-entropic emergent complex system any more than a table set with candles, tablecloth and wine appearing on Mars would be explained as pure accident.

No matter whose name comes out on top of today’s election, knowing that I have a purpose, a maker, and a clear measure of my duty to love and share truth with my fellow humans is a good reason for me (and you) to sleep very, very well.


H/t: TheResurgent

Monday, November 7, 2016

Exactly what she wanted...

We can look at the demographics and speculate about the math, but the clearer path to Hillary's predicted victory will be due to the Democratic propaganda machine known as the liberal media, and its unquestionable duping of Republican voters (inclusive of duping themselves!). In the end, they gave Clinton what she wanted...
There are going to be, for a very long time, a lot of Trump supporters who simply refuse to accept that they were conned. They will blame me. They will blame others. They will never accept responsibility for an easily predictable defeat — a defeat in large part merely by Trump’s own words used against him.

The media too will never really be honest. The media will talk about Republican detachment. They will talk about Republican civil wars. The media will also, moving forward, spend a lot of time hanging Trump around the necks of Republicans like a millstone. What the media will never confess to or own up to acknowledge is the role the media played in giving Hillary Clinton exactly what she wanted.

Many Trump voters sided with Trump because they thought the establishment had hand picked sure fire losers like McCain and Romney. They wanted to pick this time. But subtly and effectively, the media chose for them. Donald Trump’s plane landings were treated by CNN as if they were Air Force One landings. Trump was allowed phone call visits on shows across America where other candidates were expected to be in studio.

During the course of the primaries, Trump benefited from vastly more free air time than any other Republican. What made it so astounding was how uncritically the coverage of Trump was. Where other candidates had rallies and speeches cut short, Trump’s ran in their entirety. Where others candidates were fact checked and rebutted, Trump was given a pass.

Trump had the advantage of being a familiar New Yorker who had spent years cultivating relationships with members of the media and used those relationships.

And now we know Hillary Clinton wanted Trump all along. Based now on interviews and Wikileaks documents, we know that the Clinton campaign engaged in a concerted effort to help shape a media narrative favorable toward Trump.

The media will rebut these claims with highlights of their general election footage wherein they brought to light all the Trump nonsense that destroyed his campaign. But they can show few examples in the primaries when Trump was treated as a ratings bonanza so long as he was not attacked.

Media ratings mattered in the rise of Trump. Trump’s voters, so convinced the establishment was going to pick a Jeb Bush or another Mitt Romney, let the media guide them toward Trump. In the end, it is the Trump voters who chose him and gave us a Clinton victory. But I have a hard time believing many of these voters would have stuck with Trump had the media treated Trump the way they treated any of the other Republican Presidential candidates.
There's no told-you-so pleasure out of this. I don't like it anymore than the next, but that's the reality of choosing bad to defeat worse when good would've fared far better, regardless of what one will or won't admit. It's unfortunate in so many ways.

Related links: Tuesday, Hispanics Will Exact Their Revenge on Mr. Trump
Donald Trump Has Lost His Twitter Access. Obama Mocks Him.
What to Watch on Election Night

Friday, October 28, 2016

Last shot before oblivion?

“Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.” ~ Winston Churchill

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." ~ John Quincy Adams
I won't waste time attempting to understand or explain how utterly bizarre and volatile this presidential election cycle has been. You've experienced it right alongside the rest of us. Perhaps it's even more baffling when you're a Christian voter trying to maintain some semblance of Biblical aspiration in principle and conscience with your decision. We're told you have to choose the 'lesser of two evils,' or fret over who the next SCOTUS justice will be. But how does either candidate represent your values? How does the realization of God always being in control no matter what happens actually factor into the equation? And what if it's possible that God has a greater plan for believers? This preponderance of conscience may lead you to a more acceptable place in the lead-up to November 8th, as one organization has come to see it (H/t: TheResurgent)...
By: Paul Hastings

A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I were reflecting on the sad state of this year’s presidential election. Leader after leader in the Christian community had come out in support of Trump, a candidate that is so hostile to so much of God’s teaching. Yet here were the Christian leaders that we admired telling us the very opposite of what they had preached for so long; that values no longer mattered.

It was incredibly disheartening to hear many of my Christian friends begin repeating what these leaders were saying. That we needed to support Trump because he was the only hope we have to stop Hillary.

But we knew there are many Christians still on the fence. They’re asking themselves, should they vote for Trump? So we made this video to tell them what we believed. That perhaps God has a greater calling on Believers than choosing the “lesser” of two evils. A calling to holiness.

Visit Faith Trumps Fear

Just as there were far too many crowding the Republican field during the primary season, so too are there an overwhelming abundance of write-in candidates, several seeking a Higher Calling in this high office, however. There's a promising alternative in Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle, as well as lesser known America's Party candidate Tom Hoefling who nonetheless seeks to save the American Republic. Yet, there seems to be a more charismatic gentleman who has risen to the top of the website's own polling and has caught the attention of top Christian conservative pundits who've never signed on to the binaryism of this election (H/t: TheTelegraph)...
By: Erick Erickson

The reality is that the election is over and has been since the moment Donald Trump got the Republican nomination. No nominee has ever left the conclusion of the convention season with a polling deficit and rebounded. No nominee has entered the last month of the election behind seven points and rebounded. ...

The election is over for president. The Senate and House of Representatives can be saved if Republicans still turn out. But if the election were held today, Hillary Clinton would already have the requisite 270 Electoral College votes to be president, and that is with 10 states still in toss up territory... Trump is that bad of a nominee. Clinton has a better chance of winning Texas now than Trump has of winning Pennsylvania.

That leads me to Evan McMullin. McMullin is currently in first place in Utah. He is an independent Republican running for president and may be the first non-major party candidate to win Electoral College votes since 1968. He is a conservative. He, like Trump, went to Wharton Business School. Unlike Trump, McMullin grew up in a home that often could not be heated in the winter due to lack of money.

McMullin served his country in the clandestine unit of the CIA. He was a spy in Iran and Afghanistan who helped undermine the bad guys. He is a man of character who Republicans can proudly support instead of holding their nose for a man like Donald Trump. There is also a bigger issue Republicans and, in particular, Christians need to consider.

According to the latest polling, 70 percent of evangelicals are willing to accept immoral acts in their political nominees. That is more than the nation as a whole and is 40 percent higher for evangelicals compared with just two years ago. The Age of Trump has led many evangelicals off the cliff of moral relativism. Suddenly, grabbing women by their genitals is fine if you think your candidate will advance the kingdom.

The reality is that Republicans and Christians in America will never get a candidate better than Trump if they settle for Trump now. Affirming Trump will just embolden even greater moral cretins to run for office and will send a strong signal to good men and women that they need not bother.

McMullin is an antidote to this. He is a write-in candidate... If you write-in Evan McMullin on the ballot, your vote will count for him. He is not the lesser of any evil, but an alternative to voting for evil. Writing in Evan McMullin will send a clear message that we are not going to settle again for men like Donald Trump. The Republican Party needs to know that nominating men of low character is unacceptable.
Here's a few more helpful resources on the McMullin/Finn ticket:

There is a strategy at play here that has worked before with the electoral math, and McMullin's odds are improving as he's poised to take Utah and possibly even a few other Mountain States. Evan McMullin could just make history this election.

Could such a candidacy factor into God's broader plan for America and His people? Only the Almighty knows. But I know I'm not the only one with a sense that this time, this moment, might be our last shot before oblivion with either major party candidate. Whether it is or isn't, a couple of things are now clear: 1.) Providence always provides a principled option, and 2.) our Maker's judgment will come to fruition soon enough. Will we accept either? We still have a voice in the prior...we're stuck with the latter.

Related links: Conservatives do have a choice for president in Evan McMullin
Evan McMullin Destroys CNBC Anchors in Hostile Interview

Evan McMullin made Utah a presidential battleground. Next, he'll try to transform conservative politics
The Strangest of Bedfellows
Exactly Why Eric Metaxas Has Disappointed So Many Christians

ADDENDUM: McMullin discusses his surging campaign on MeetThePress...

Related links: Evan McMullin: The FBI News Increases the Likelihood That We Can Block Clinton and Trump
Evan McMullin: There's No "Going Home" to Donald Trump for Principled Conservatives
Video: CNN: Evan McMullin, Utah's Third-Party Game Changer
Charlie Sykes: I'm Voting For Evan McMullin
Evan McMullin Discusses His Surge in Utah and Trump Supporter "Mormon Mafia" Attacks
Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn Discuss Attacks From Trump Boosters and the Surge of Support in Utah
Utah Pollster Predicts Evan McMullin Will Win the State

ADDENDUM II: And a final word from that great British statesman, Daniel Hannan, in an effort to steer Americans away from voting for an unfit candidate (H/t: TheResurgent)...
“The only wasted vote is a vote cast without conviction.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

John Ziegler discusses the cost of being duped and where we go from here...

Alternative title: The err of alt-right enabling in the era of Trump.

John Ziegler has been one of the few conservatives (alongside Beck, Erickson, Howe and a handful of others) who haven't utterly succumbed to the pervading fissure of fall-in-line peer pressure throughout what used to be a somewhat solid (and growing) venue of free-thinking conservative media outlets, which now seems to be evaporating over the brevity of a meer year (i.e., since the rise of Trump).

I don't know that anyone is still even considering reason anymore, much less listening, or have just submitted to binaryism at this point in the current disdainful cycle. But for those still opened, I happened upon this yesterday.

Here's John Ziegler on Glenn Beck's Tuesday program. Let me just say it's difficult not to use the "my sentiments exactly" colloquialism...

A final word: Vote your conscience wherever that may lead in this presidential election, but remember the down ballot! There lies the mechanism of restraint if those elected exercise the will to do so (I know...we haven't seen THAT in such a long time).

Related links: Glenn visits the NY Times
Trump's ground game
Breitbart & Hillary collusion
Report: Breitbart coordinated with liberal activist to take down Rubio, Cruz
Breitbart coordinated with liberal activist and organizer who disrupted GOP primary campaign events
How Trump happened
Anti-Trump conservative schools Tomi Lahren for peddling cheap outrage and enabling the alt-right
How and Why the Conservative Media Sold Its Soul To Facilitate Trump’s Nomination
Caller to Limbaugh Show Exposes That Rush Knows He Blew It with Donald Trump
The Price I’ve Paid for Opposing Donald Trump

Thursday, October 6, 2016


In a nutshell, this is how it is...
TheResurgent: It is very simple. As Donald Trump becomes the face of the Republican establishment, Barack Obama’s approval ratings go higher. As Barack Obama’s approval ratings go higher, it increases the likelihood that most Americans vote for the status quo, which is a Clinton victory.

That was always the case and always inevitable.

Trump is not the face the GOP should have if it wants to attract new voters. All he does is make President Obama look like a refreshing change of pace.
Not really much left to say anymore.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Convention of States simulation begins!

And so it begins..this is historic!

NR: The first ever Convention of States simulation is taking place in Colonial Williamsburg from now until September 23rd. Legislators from around the country are convening for the event, a project founded by Citizens for Self Governance. The organization exists to stop the runaway power of the federal government and seeks to keep power in the states.

“Despite this year’s election chaos, I feel optimistic about the future of our nation. Why? Because a massive group of dedicated Americans — citizens and state legislators alike — are taking the bold action the Founders intended us to take at a time such as this,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action.

The COS website states that they have two main goals for the event:
1. We want to call a convention for a particular subject rather than a particular amendment. Instead of calling a convention for a balanced budget amendment (though we are entirely supportive of such an amendment), we want to call a convention for the following purpose: Limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

2. We believe the grassroots is the key to calling a successful convention. We would like to build a political operation in a minimum of 40 states, getting 100 people to volunteer in at least 75% of the state legislative districts. Only through the support of the American people will this project have a chance to succeed.
Livestream will capture the final day of the Simulation: Friday, September 23rd at 8:45am - 4:45pm ET. Sign up now!

Related link: Simulation of a Convention of States to be Streamed Live This Week

ADDENDUM: Levin's mind was on the same tonight...
We’re not one election away from losing this country, we’ve lost the Constitution already, in many respects. Our Framer’s gave us a fire alarm in the Constitution to save our country and its called Convention of States and Article V. Convention of states is not about populism, because ¾ of the states have to ratify what comes out of the meeting. The agenda of the Convention is to stop burdensome regulations and other elements of an out of control federal government. Some amendments that could be proposed are, the establishing of term limits for Congress, term limits for Supreme Court Justices, limits on taxing, limits on spending and limits on federal bureaucracy. ...when you listen to President Obama or Republicans, there is no future for our children and grandchildren. These people are out of control and have breached the Constitution’s firewall. We the people need to take back control so that the government will have to respond to us, instead of the other way around. We are at a point where even the recourse to a Convention of States could be lost, unless we continually push and commit to executing Article V.
Related link: Excerpts from American Enterprise Institute’s Panel Discussion on Article V with Panelist Antonin Scalia

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Constitution Day!

"The Constitution is the guide, which I never will abandon." ~ George Washington
Constitutional conservative Ted Cruz delivered the following message for Constitution Day 2016, commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, 229 years ago today:

TheResurgent: The Constitution comprises the “holy trinity” of founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. Schools receiving public funding must acknowledge the holiday each calendar year.

Not surprisingly, the Constitution has been disparaged as “your little book” or “a charter of negative liberties.” Why? Grievance mongers far removed from hardship see dollar signs and media buzz if they question this document. It’s quite shameful.

Is the Constitution perfect? No–nothing is perfect. But compared to the rest of the world, no other document is sacred nor representative of freedom than this founding document is.

However imperfect the Constitution may be, it guarantees Americans innumerable rights unseen throughout the world. What other countries prize and tout free speech as much as the U.S. does? How about gun rights? No other country out there boasts a document ensuring the right to keep and bear arms. And so on. The ratification of various amendments to the U.S. Constitution has corrected many ills — further challenging us to aspire for more freedom.

The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution reads, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

I’ll take an imperfect freedom-oriented U.S. Constitution over a tyrannical Soviet Constitution, any day.

Happy Constitution Day, everyone!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Citizens for Self-Governance hosting historic Article V simulated convention of states for test run of amendments process

"...on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments..." ~ Article V, U.S. Constitution
It's happening. For all the curiosity and skepticism, but moreover to demonstrate just how necessary such a correction has become, tune in to observe how WE THE PEOPLE can regain control of our federal government through state representation...
CoS: Republicans have convened, Democrats have convened and now it is time for the States to convene. Citizens for Self-Governance is sponsoring an Article V simulated convention of states September 21-23, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, where legislators from all 50 states acting as commissioners will perform a test run of an actual Article V convention. This first-ever, simulated Article V convention for proposing amendments is to demonstrate to the nation not just that it can work, but why this is necessary for the country—with the public confidence in Congress dipping below 20%.

“What America needs right now is more than a change in personnel; we need a change in structure,” explains Michael Farris, co-founder, Convention of States Project. “The Founders understood the importance of structure and they gave that power to the states in Article V so that when the federal government overstepped its bounds, we the people through our legislatures could recalibrate it.”


Though what the tea party has become sealed any prolonged fate of what it might have been, the above direction and inevitable action is what we've been waiting for from the roots of such a movement.
Convention of States co-founder Mark Meckler goes on the Glenn Beck Show to discuss how Convention of States can restore America's constitutional structure.

Related links: Dry run set for convention to end executive orders, restore state rights
Legislators to meet for first-ever Simulated Convention of States
California 16-year-old: A Convention of States is the only way to save my generation
Back to the basics: What is a Convention of States "application"? What is a "call"?
WATCH: LA Senate votes to pass Convention of States resolution
LAST CHANCE to submit your amendment proposals to the Simulated Convention of States
James Madison just walked into the room. What would he say about DC?

Monday, September 12, 2016

a perspective of values, conscience and faith

Something that I didn't really address last week (primarily because I was so busy with my real job, but partially because I've just grown weary of the absurdity) was something that I kinda thought would eventually be the case, but had hoped would just be left unsaid: Levin finally saying 'Uncle!' to the Trump vote.

Whether you take Streiff's take on it, John Ziegler'sSteve Berman's, or a whole host of others' perspectives on it, it's obvious that this decision came not as the grand endorsement that some want to make it out to be, but as a submission to the lesser of two evils. Even days after, I heard Levin reflect on how the GOP's response to the last three presidential elections have been a RINO, another RINO, and now a man with yuge negatives. But...fear is so often proven to be the great motivator.

Yet, taking into account my overall perspective of values, conscience and faith, I've reached the point where I can no longer allow fear to supersede civic and ethical courage. And maybe that's what struck me so intently towards Erick Erickson's message on Monday...
I’ve written often that if you have concluded that Trump is better than Clinton, I think it is perfectly reasonable to vote for him. I think they are both equally terrible options, but I don’t fault anyone for concluding otherwise.

But what I continue to be amazed by is the level of anger and despair. There really are people you and I know who believe the nation will come to an end if Clinton is elected. They are losing hope. They are scared for themselves and their children’s future. They’ve literally shown up on my doorstep and at my office. They’ve yelled at my kids in the store that their father was going to ruin their lives and destroy the country by not supporting Trump.

And all I can wonder is if there is a level of failure on the part of the church in this. Have preachers, comfortable in Christian America, failed to preach that we are just passing through? Have we failed to make the case that our citizenship is not dependent on a nation, but on a Savior? I don’t hope in the United States. I hope in Jesus. And because I believe God is sovereign I just cannot get angry about the direction of one election in one year. God is in control. He is never going to demand I have to choose between two evils. He will order this world perfectly to lead me toward his perfection.

I can’t despair. I can’t lose hope. I know I’m on the team that wins in the end and the here and now is all temporary. God is not going to ask us if we voted for Trump or Clinton. The chief end of man is glorifying God and enjoying him forever, not yelling at my neighbor and wallowing in pity that another sinner will become the 45th consecutive sinner to hold the job of President.

I just have to wonder if the church in America, so comfortable in our cultural Christianity, dropped the ball on actual Christianity. It’s not an easy religion. But it is real and right and not fleeting like this year or this nation or these people who now compete for our attention.

Cast your burdens on Jesus, not on me with your rage over my opting out of voting for either Clinton or Trump. Cast your burdens on Jesus. He can carry you through the season of whichever sinner is President.
...which I also found quite complimentary to what Monday was for Glenn Beck's program...
The day after America was attacked, Americans were not obsessed with political parties and differences like skin color or religion. Following the devastating attacks on September 11, 2001, citizens united as Americans, standing together to protect the greatest nation ever created. The 9/12 movement is about bringing people back to that same feeling of togetherness and uniting on common values and principles.

For me, and maybe for you, obviously for many others, uniting under a shared spiritual, ethical courage, pursuing Providence, seems like a more honest and conscientious focus, than the demands of which evil to choose and which sinner to lead it.