American News Commentary July 27, 2011
A thought for the day—or week—from one of our Founding Fathers: "Its soul, its climate, its equality, liberty, laws, people, and manners. My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!" Thomas Jefferson, 1785
It's time to face the facts. The source of all the dissent in our nation today is based on far more than petty partisan political differences
Yes, it is time to face the facts! The present and developing strife in America is not yet a "civil war," but is conceivably more an "ideological dispute." It is not a simple argument involving petty partisan political views (Democrat vs Republican for example), but is better expressed as being a confrontation between "Liberal, anti-Religious (read anti-Christian), anti-historic-American positions," vs "Conservative, pro-Christian, pro- what's-best-for-America positions."
And the facts are, that this is the choice which is facing America—the choice which is facing every American citizen. America was founded as a Christian nation. In case you needed to be reminded of this basic fact, week after week we have provided quotes from our Founding Fathers which make their intent crystal clear.
Recently, however, we have heard from our president, Barack Hussein Obama, when he spoke on the eve of his election, of his goal of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America." We were already aware of his being raised in the Muslim religion, and his reverence for what he calls "the holy Quran," so we were not overly surprised when, early in his administration, he told an Islamic audience, "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation." Thus, under Mr. Obama we find ourselves confronted by these words from Jesus Christ, "He that is not with me is against me." (Matt. 12:30); and "No man can serve two masters ... ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:13).
Historically, our nation's leaders have stressed traditional moral values. In fact, within the memory of most of us, a movement known as the "Moral Majority" played a major role in restoring a respect for moral values in our national government. Today we are witnessing a departure from those traditional moral values in so many ways. For one example we have seen New York state become the sixth state to legalize homosexual "marriage." Although the Justice Department's legal responsibility is to enforce and defend the nation's laws, President Obama has ordered his Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder to stop defending the nation's 15 year old "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) in the courts. DOMA has two basic functions: for federal purposes, to define "marriage" as between a man and a woman, and gives each state the option of not recognizing a same-sex "marriage" performed in another state. Mr. Obama is standing by his pre-election promise to homosexuals to repeal DOMA
In a related moral issue, also departing from our traditional moral standards, President Obama last week certified that the nation's military is prepared to accept openly gay and lesbian members saying that doing so will not adversely affect military readiness. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, both Obama appointees, joined in the certification of the action which can take effect after a 60 day waiting period.
There is this brief summary of the Christian position on homosexuality from Dr. R. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: "The normalization of homosexuality simply cannot be accepted by anyone committed to biblical Christianity. The new secular orthodoxy demands that Christians abandon the clear teachings of Scripture, and Christians must understand that the sinfulness of all homosexual behaviors is not only a matter of biblical authority but also of the Gospel. To deny that sin is sin is to deny our need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ." This clear analysis focuses the understanding of the present conflict as being well beyond mere petty partisan political views.
Since it so dominates our news, we have to make mention of the debt limit. We are very much aware that Congressional "leaders" from both parties are meeting just about every day at the White House with the president, and just about every day the meetngs break up with those of differing views walking out of the discussion. Then, every few days the president holds either a press conference or makes a speech to the nation, followed by speeches from House Speaker John Boehmer and Senate Leader Harry Reid.
And there is this revealing "flashback" to a statement made in 2006 by then Senator Barack Obama, when another president—George W. Bush—was askig that the debt celing be raised. Here is Mr. Obama's statement then: "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign of our government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." Assuming it was true then ... it is equally true today, every word of it. And, oh yes—Senator Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling. Of course, in 2006 he was not running for re-election as president, so the thought of "default" didn't concern him then!
As usual, to offset the Liberal media views, here is "What Others Are Saying."
Don Feder (in GrasstopsUSA): "The left thrives on language-manipulation, what George Orwell called 'Newspeak' in his novel '1984.' It's not a tax hike; it's revenue enhancement. It's not racial spoils; it's affirmative action. Instead of class warfare or punishing productivity; call it making the rich pay their fair share. It's not anti- Americanism; it's historical revisionism. Lib-speak is poison dipped in chocolate..."
Christopher Rants (Exec. Dir. The Border Sheriff's Project): "Janet Napolitano doesn't bat an eyelash at the statistics showing increased danger at the border. The Mexican drug cartels are growing more brutal every day and drug trafficking is on the rise. Kidnappings and murders have increased. Wildfires set by illegal immigrants have devastated homes and taken lives. Her actions seem to say, 'so what!' The federal government's actions clearly show they don't want law enforcement to be able to stop people from entering this country illegally."
Mat Staver (Chrm. Liberty Counsel): (Editor's note: we have often spoken of Mr. Obama's credibility crisis. Here a nationally recognized attorney summarizes it well.) "It is our view that the President's willingness to distort facts to move poll numbers presents a great danger to the integrity of the office of the President, a bad precedent for the sanctity of the presidential oath of office, and a real threat to the liberties the vast majority of Americans hold dear."
Andrew C. McCarthy (Sr. Fellow, National Review Institute): "There is a dismaying symmetry about the debt-limit controversy. Today's Left creates phony crises to rationalize action on its radically transformative program; today's Right creates phony rationalizations to avoid addressing actual crises. Incrementally, yesterday's radicalism becomes today's norm."
Boston Herald: "'It is constructive to say that if Washington operates as usual and can't get something done, let's at least avert Armageddon,' the president said. Another day, another Armageddon. Perhaps it's time the president reread that fable about the boy who cried 'wolf' too often."
Skip MacLure (writing in Conservative Outpost): "Generations of politicians have kicked the budget and spending issues along their primrose paths seeking, as politicians will when not closely scrutinized, to enhance themselves and their hold on power, by dispensing largess and favors at the expense of the American people. Both parties are culpable here… no doubt about it. It's also plain to anyone with other than a fundamental knowledge of history, that the Democrat Party has been infiltrated and fundamentally radicalized over years, beginning in the 1960s.".
If they are not out of place, here are a few humorous bits from recent research.
From the ever quotable Vice President Biden: "Look, John McCain's last minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be as Barack says, a three letter word: jobs -- J-O-B-S."
And this Q&A from the Internet: "Q -- Why do so many Liberals live in LA? A -- It's the only city name easy enough for them to spell."
And from Gunnery Sergeant Harry Berres, USMC: "When I joined he militry it was illegal to be a homosexual, then it became optionsl, and now it's legal. I'm getting out before Obama makes it mandatory."
And there are these few, selected-at-random, "Afterthoughts" . . .
Remember our countdown of days to pray about Election Day, 2012? There are now 468 days remaining ... 468 days to pray for our nation, and for leading from God as we vote to return America to being the kind of nation our Founding Fathers planned for it to be. And as of this week, President Obama's performance approval has dropped to 45%, with 54% not approving his performance. And his daily approval rating remains in the double-digit negative numbers. On the economic issue, only 31% of Americans still think their finances are good or excellent. 18% think their finances are improving, while 54% think their finances are getting worse. And to add to Mr. Obama's re-election problems, the number of Americans who favor the repeal of Obamacre has now risen to 57%.
And in case you didn't know: Ramadan is here again; Yes, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins next week on Aug. 1. We'll have to wait to see how Mr. Obama will celebrate Ramadan this year. Previously he has sponsored a gala dinner observance in the White House, although by-passing any White House observance of the National Day of Prayer. Dr. Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors, USA, has announced a month of prayer for Christians in Muslim dominated countries. On the World Watch List, 8 of the top 10 countries where Christians experience the worst persecution are Muslim dominated, as are 38 of the top 50 such countries for Christian persecution. Let us make our observance of Ramadan a month of prayer for persecuted fellow Christians all over the world.
Another "moral issue" we didn't mention: abortion. We are well aware of the some 50 million babies who have been killed since abortion was "legalized" in this country. But the National Black Prolife Coalition has brought into focus another aspect of this now legal practice. In a new video just released, titled "Number One Killer," it is pointed out that abortions in the black community outnumber all other causes of death. Of particular note, the Coalition focuses on Planned Parenthood (which receives support under Obamacare), and which in the last year reported, killed 332,278 babies, "disproportionately black," while offering 7,021 women pre-natal care, and providing only 977 adoption referrals.
Perhaps more important than ever are these quotes from our Founding Fathers.
"I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution, taking from the federal government their power of borrowing." – Thomas Jefferson, 1798
"Unlimited power to tax involves. necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." – John Marshall, 1819 (Chief Justice, 1801-1835)
And there is this quote from a Supreme Court Justice in the 20th century: "It is true that the provisions of the Bill of Rights were designed to meet ancient evils. But they are the same kind of human evils that have emerged frolm century to century whenever excessive power is sought by the few at the expense of the many." – Hugo L. Black, 1947, U.S. Supreme Court Justice