“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the District of Columbia and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the District’s response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the 59th Presidential Inauguration from January 11 to January 24, 2021.
It is absolutely breathtaking watching all the news stories coming across the wire, each new headline trumpeting the latest disaster in a nation that is literally coming apart at the seams. The fear coming out of Washington DC tonight is so palpable, if I open my north-facing windows I can smell it all the way from down here in the free state of Florida.
“Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.” Ezekiel 33:2-4 (KJB)
The Democrats, so consumed with their lust for power in light of their sweeping, across the board political victories are way overplaying their hand and now look like they are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Twitter, having banished President Trump is now experiencing a massive stock drop, as millions rise up against them to protest their squelching of free speech. The pushback against the fascist social media overlords is actually having an effect, so keep up the pressure, they can be defeated.
Pelosi and her brown shirts demanding either Trump get the 25th Amendment or be impeached is causing a rift even within the Democrat party. The FBI is now warning of a ‘huge uprising’ of American citizens who are rightly rejecting what they see happening right now. It look just like either a pathetic, Third World banana republic, or the greatest nation on earth being squeezed to death by the judgment of Almighty God. You pick.
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” Thomas Jefferson, Monticello 1787
The very air we are breathing right now is crackling with electricity, something really big is coming and everyone from the farmers in the wheat fields of Kansas, all the way up to the hedge fund titans in their steel and glass towers in every major city knows something is about to break loose. Something tells me that Trump has not played his final card yet, stay tuned.
President Donald J. Trump Approves District of Columbia Emergency Declaration
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia.
The US House of Representatives is expected on Tuesday to take up a measure calling on Vice President Mike Pence and members of Trump’s Cabinet to invoke a process under the 25th Amendment, which allows for the removal of a president deemed unfit to fulfill their duties. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that the president poses an “imminent threat” to the nation and “must be removed from office immediately”.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.
Over the years, the big tech companies have made enormous amounts of money by monetizing discussions about politics. But now that Twitter and Facebook have silenced President Trump and have deeply alienated large portions of their user bases, their stock prices are tumbling. I figured that this would happen, but I didn’t anticipate that it would happen this rapidly. To be honest, what we are witnessing is nothing short of breathtaking. For example, at one point on Monday Twitter’s market value had fallen by five billion dollars…
As a result of the ban, Twitter stock fell 12 percent on Monday, and the share-price decline wiped $5 billion from the company’s $41 billion market capitalization.
According to Business Insider, the stock likely fell because investors are worried that the ban will diminish interest in the platform and lead to boycotts among those who see the decisions as politically motivated and a way to silence conservative voices.
The executives at Twitter may not have liked it, but President Trump was their number one draw by a very wide margin.
And it is very bad business to kill off your number one source of income, but that is exactly what Twitter just did.
“I think that there are a lot of people who literally knew that the president was the most important person, and you had to keep checking him, and then you had to check people who talked about him,” Cramer said. “And you just had this endless wave, this web that the president created, and then it was like action and reaction, so I think that the surprise factor of going to Twitter, which was of course the president, is gone!”
“Twitter’s got to come up with a new thesis very, very quickly because I think they always, they never talked about the power of Trump in bringing in people,” he added. “I am telling you the real Donald Trump was a great sales person for Twitter.”
Meanwhile, investors are bailing on Facebook as well. In fact, at one point on Monday Facebook’s market cap was down 33.6 billion dollars…
Facebook sank as much as 4.5% on Monday as investors continued to balk at the platform’s ban of President Donald Trump.
The slide saw $33.6 billion erased from Facebook’s market cap at intraday lows. Shares have since pared some losses and now trade about 2.6% lower.
These numbers are so absurd that they are difficult for many people to grasp.
How in the world can a single company suddenly be worth 33,600,000,000 less dollars than it was yesterday?
Apparently Facebook has decided that it doesn’t want conservatives on the platform anymore, because they keep alienating conservatives over and over again.
Ron Paul shared on Twitter that Facebook had temporarily blocked his account for “violating community standards” but he had no idea why. He posted that his account had not received a warning prior, despite the message saying that his account had committed multiple violations.
Facebook will never be the same after this.
Yes, the company will still be around, but the user base is going to be substantially smaller.
What a great idea. If more Internet service providers started doing the same thing, the big tech companies would start backing off really fast.
And we aren’t just seeing a backlash here in the United States. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel is speaking out about how wrong all of this censorship is…
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday through chief spokesman Steffen Seibert that Twitter’s Trump ban is a problem and that corporations should not be messing with free speech, Fortune reported.
“The chancellor sees the complete closing down of the account of an elected president as problematic,” Seibert said, according to Fortune, adding that the freedom of speech “can be interfered with, but by law and within the framework defined by the legislature — not according to a corporate decision.”
The European Union is not exactly a bastion of free speech.
If national leaders over there think that you have gone too far, that is really saying something.
Unfortunately, the days of a free and open Internet are completely gone and they aren’t coming back. Tyranny will continue to grow in the days ahead, and very dark times for humanity are coming.
It will be very interesting to see how the market moves on Tuesday. We are starting to witness a tremendous amount of volatility, and that is usually not a good sign.
Speaking of volatility, the cryptocurrency market lost a whopping 150 billion dollars in market value on Monday…
Bitcoin and other digital coins tanked on Monday, wiping some $150 billion off the cryptocurrency market.
The market capitalization or value of the cryptocurrency market was $931 billion around 6:00 p.m. ET, down from $1.08 trillion a day earlier, according to Coinmarketcap.
If you have been able to make a lot of money by riding the waves of the cryptocurrency market, good for you.
But just like the stock market, you only make money in the cryptocurrency market if you get out in time.
In the end, the cryptocurrency bubble will burst just like the stock market bubble will.
It is just a matter of time.
The “perfect storm” that began in 2020 will continue to intensify in 2021, and every part of our society will be greatly shaken by it.
Efforts are underway to impeach President Trump a second time. Social media has taken action against the president and some conservative groups. Banking action has been taken against supporters of the president. The U.S. Supreme Court has denied expediting of the cases pertaining to the November election. Some are pushing for government mandates of the COVID vaccination and even the ability to detain people.
In the midst of all this turmoil, the world continues to press forward toward a ‘Great Reset’ as world government gains traction.
Joining Jim to bring listeners the latest on this issue was Gary Kah. Gary is the founder and director of Hope For the World. He’s the former Europe and Middle East Trade Specialist for the Indiana State Government. In 1987, Gary was invited to join the World Constitution and Parliament Association, one of the organizations involved at the forefront of promoting the world government agenda. During the next 4 years he obtained detailed documents which demonstrated that the push toward a one-world government was active and rapidly advancing. Gary is the author of Enroute to Global Occupation and The New World Religion.
As you review this edition of Crosstalk, be prepared to take notes as Gary had much to report on. His comments related to world government included:
Why Democrat leaders seem so intent on removing President Trump from office in spite of the fact he only has several days remaining in office.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the COVID vaccine and how it intervenes in the genetic material, altering that same material, and what that means for treating the vaccine symptoms.
The World Economic Forum is planning a global summit called, ‘The Great Reset’ to be held on May 18th in Lucerne, Switzerland. Those involved are pro-socialism and pro-globalism with the full backing of elites. They stand against free markets, the rule of law and individual freedoms. Gary sees this as a huge deception as they try to make their plans appear benevolent. As he noted, ‘…but once all this is in place, we’re looking at big-brother totalitarianism being enforced by one-world militants.’
Details of possible ‘Great Reset’ policy as put forth by a Catholic archbishop in a letter sent to President Trump. Is the pope and the Vatican involved?
There’s much more content to examine, including the input of listeners as the hour continued.
Children Turn Out Badly Sometimes in Spite of Efforts Genesis 9:18–25; 2 Samuel 13:28–29; 15:1–12; Ezekiel 18:20
What if some prove naught that are well brought up? It is not the generality of them. Will you say that Noah’s family was no better than the drowned world, because there was one Ham in it; nor David’s, because there was one Absalom; nor Christ’s, because there was one Judas?
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
How and What to Read Deuteronomy 17:18–20; Joshua 1:8; Nehemiah 8:3; Psalm 119:97
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
4:20 Paul’s description of Abraham’s faith is vivid and picturesque. The apostle declares that “he did not waver at the promise of God.” “Waver” (diakrinōg, Gk.) originally meant “to distinguish.” Eventually the sense of “hesitancy” or “doubt,” which is the idea in this text, attached itself to the word. Hesitancy or doubt is specifically said to be “unbelief.” Abraham had no hesitancy but trusted God wholeheartedly.
4:20 he gave glory to God. Giving glory to God is a hallmark of faith, since it is dependence on God’s power and trust in His word of promise (v. 21). Abraham’s life of faith was one in which God’s attributes formed the foundation (1:20), and therefore in which God’s glory was displayed (cf. 1:21). It was through exercising this kind of faith that he was justified (v. 22).
4:20giving glory to God Contrary to the idolaters of ch. 1 who traded God’s glory for images of mortal beings (1:20–23). Abraham’s father was an idolater, but there is no indication that Abraham remained one after leaving his father’s house.
4:20 the promise. Of the birth of a son (Ge 15:4; 17:16; 18:10). giving glory to God. Believing God affirms His existence and character and thus gives Him glory (cf. Heb 11:6; 1Jn 5:10).
4:20 — He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.
God promised Abraham that he and Sarah would have a son—and then made them wait a quarter century to fulfill His promise. He waited until Abraham was 100 years old and his wife was 90—yet Abraham continued to believe.
4:20 The apparent impossibility that the promise would ever be fulfilled didn’t stagger him. God had said it; Abraham believed it; that settled it. As far as the patriarch was concerned there was only one impossibility, and that was for God to lie. Abraham’s faith was strong and vibrant. He gave glory to God, honoring Him as the One who could be depended on to fulfill His promise in defiance of all the laws of chance or probability.
20. Paul’s insistence that Abraham did not waver through unbelief may seem inconsistent with Abraham’s disbelieving and scornful laughter at God’s promise in Gn. 17:17. Paul’s point, however, is not that Abraham was a perfect person, or never had any doubts at all, but that his heart attitude was consistently one of faith and hope in the promise of God.
4:20 Initially Abraham did not fully understand the promise, that the child would come from Sarah. Even Abraham’s faith was not perfect. God accepts and deals with imperfect faith because He loves imperfect people!
The two VERBS in v. 20 are both AORIST PASSIVE INDICATIVES. The PASSIVE VOICE implies the agency of God, but Abraham had to allow God’s power to energize him!
20. Nor did he through unbelief make an inquiry, &c. Though I do not follow the old version, nor Erasmus, yet my rendering is not given without reason. The Apostle seems to have had this in view,—That Abraham did not try to find out, by weighing the matter in the balance of unbelief, whether the Lord was able to perform what he had promised. What is properly to inquire or to search into anything, is to examine it through diffidence or mistrust, and to be unwilling to admit what appears not credible, without thoroughly sifting it. He indeed asked, how it could come to pass, but that was the asking of one astonished; as the case was with the Virgin Mary, when she inquired of the angel how could that be which he had announced; and there are other similar instances. The saints then, when a message is brought them respecting the works of God, the greatness of which exceeds their comprehension, do indeed burst forth into expressions of wonder; but from this wonder they soon pass on to lay hold on the power of God: on the contrary, the wicked, when they examine a message, scoff at and reject it as a fable. Such, as you will find, was the case with the Jews, when they asked Christ how he could give his flesh to be eaten. For this reason it was, that Abraham was not reproved when he laughed and asked, how could a child be born to a man an hundred years old, and to a woman of ninety; for in his astonishment he fully admitted the power of God’s word. On the other hand, a similar laughter and inquiry on the part of Sarah were not without reproof, because she regarded not the promise as valid.
If these things be applied to our present subject, it will be evident, that the justification of Abraham had no other beginning than that of the Gentiles. Hence the Jews reproach their own father, if they exclaim against the call of the Gentiles as a thing unreasonable. Let us also remember, that the condition of us all is the same with that of Abraham. All things around us are in opposition to the promises of God: He promises immortality; we are surrounded with mortality and corruption: He declares that he counts us just; we are covered with sins: He testifies that he is propitious and kind to us; outward judgments threaten his wrath. What then is to be done? We must with closed eyes pass by ourselves and all things connected with us, that nothing may hinder or prevent us from believing that God is true.
But he was strengthened, &c. This is of the same import with a former clause, when it is said, that he was not weak in faith. It is the same as though he had said, that he overcame unbelief by the constancy and firmness of faith. No one indeed comes forth a conqueror from this contest, but he who borrows weapons and strength from the word of God. From what he adds, giving glory to God, it must be observed, that no greater honour can be given to God, than by faith to seal his truth; as, on the other hand, no greater dishonour can be done to him, than to refuse his offered favour, or to discredit his word. It is hence the chief thing in honouring God, obediently to embrace his promises: and true religion begins with faith.
Ver. 20.—“Strong in faith.” There is nothing upon which men are more given to pride themselves than upon their strength. The athlete boasts of his strength of muscle and of bodily constitution, the thinker of his strength of intellect, the monarch of his strength in war, the self-confident man of his strength of character. Such boasting is vain. Man’s estimate of his own powers may seem absurd to other beings; in the presence of the Eternal and Almighty it is profane. Well did the prophet speak the familiar words of warning, “Let not the strong man glory in his strength.” There is one respect, however, in which man may be strong. Weak in body in the presence of natural laws, weak in mind before the difficulties of life, man may nevertheless be “strong in faith.” Here no limits can be set; it is faith that
“Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries, ‘It shall be done!’ ”
Strong faith is required by the exigencies of human nature and human circumstances. The apostles drew their examples of virtue, of practical religion, from the history of the fathers of their nation; the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews recounts the triumphs of faith as apparent in the life of their illustrious progenitors; and St. Paul in this passage, with a view to encourage his readers to the exercise of a living and mighty faith, quotes the example of Abraham, whom be terms “the father of us all.” Certainly, there seemed, to human judgment, little likelihood of the fulfilment of Jehovah’s promise to the patriarch that the land of Canaan should be the possession of his seed. There was an antecedent improbability, so far as man’s foresight could penetrate. And there were special difficulties in the family circumstances of Abraham, which seemed insuperable. Yet, St. Paul reminds his readers, Abraham “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” There is very much in our character and in our life which can only be successfully dealt with by the exercise of strong faith. Our sins, our sorrows, our privations, our ignorance and uncertainty with regard to the future, all call for faith. Intellectual doubts stand in the way of some men’s progress and welfare; temptations to worldliness and selfishness are formidable obstacles in the way of others. All have occasion to complain that the light of nature, of reason, is sometimes dim. All are tempted sometimes to discouragement and to despondency. When our hearts are weak and our knowledge is limited, and all our resources fail us, as must often happen in our human existence, where shall we look? Experience is at fault, reason hesitates, man’s help is vain. What we need at such times is “strong faith.”
Strong faith is justified by the attributes and the promises of God. Reflection and reason may teach us something of the Supreme; but the clearest light is shed upon his character and purposes by revelation; and it is in Christ Jesus that he has made himself most fully known to us; for “he that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father.” If we have the assurance that God is wise and all-powerful, much of our doubt and difficulty will disappear, for we shall enjoy the conviction that our lot is not ordered by chance of fate, but by an overruling Providence. If we are encouraged upon satisfactory authority to believe that God is good and merciful, faithful and compassionate, such belief will relieve us from many apprehensions aroused by a feeling of our own innumerable errors and follies. Such a revelation has been vouchsafed to us. It should ever be borne in mind that the value of faith depends upon the object of faith. Placed upon feeble and fallible men, faith may often fail us; but settled and fixed upon infinite wisdom, righteousness, and love, it can sustain, direct, and cheer us throughout life’s pilgrimage. To Abraham certain direct and personal promises were given by God; and Abraham’s faith is recorded by the apostle in the statement that he was “fully persuaded that what he had promised he was able to perform.” The promises given to mankind through Jesus Christ are no less explicit, and are far more interesting, precious, and far-reaching. We may have, and justly, a very moderate measure of faith in assurances given to us by our fellow-men, a very qualified confidence in themselves. But this ought not to be the case when the eternal and faithful God and his gracious promises are in question. Upon him and his words we may “build an absolute trust.” “Believe in God,” says Christ; “believe also in me.”
III. Strong faith is recompensed in the experience of God’s people. It was so in the case of Abraham, who became the father of many nations, whose posterity inherited the land of Canaan, and to whom his personal faith was “imputed for righteousness.” It has ever been so with Christians who have walked, not by sight, but by faith. Confidence in an unseen, but ever-present, Divine, almighty Helper, has been the principle of every truly Christian life. It has brought pardon and peace to the heart of the penitent; it has caused many “out of weakness to wax strong;” it has brought light to those in darkness, and leading to those in perplexity, safety to those in danger, comfort to those in sorrow, and hope to those who were ready to perish. “This is the victory which overcometh the world, even your faith.” Nor is this inexplicable; for by faith we lay hold of the strength that is irresistible and invincible, and the might of the believer is not his own, but God’s.
20 This verse resumes and expands on what we have identified as the main point of v. 19: “[Abraham] did not weaken when he considered.…” The Greek phrase equivalent to “the promise of God”1059 comes first in the sentence for emphasis. When Paul says that Abraham did not “doubt … because of unbelief,” he means not that Abraham never had momentary hesitations, but that he avoided a deep-seated and permanent attitude of distrust and inconsistency in relationship to God and his promises.1061 Unlike the “double-souled” person who displays a deeply rooted division in attitude toward God (Jas. 1:6–8), Abraham maintained a single-minded trust in the fulfillment of God’s promise.
In contrast to (Gk. all’) Abraham’s refusal to waver in disbelief, he “grew strong in faith.” This phrase might refer to the procreative power that Abraham attained through his faith.1064 But the natural contrast between “he did not weaken in faith” in v. 19a and this clause makes it probable that “faith” is the object rather than the means or cause of the “strengthening”: it was Abraham’s faith itself that grew stronger. In what way did Abraham’s faith “grow strong”? In the sense that anything gains strength in meeting and overcoming opposition—muscles when weights are raised; holiness when temptation is successfully resisted. So Abraham’s faith gained strength from its victory over the hindrance created by the conflict between God’s promise and the physical evidence. And in this strengthening of his faith, Abraham gave “glory1066 to God.” In his faithful response to God’s word, Abraham therefore accomplished what the idolaters of 1:21 failed to do. In one sense, then, Paul refers in these verses to Abraham’s faithfulness. But the heart of the matter is Abraham’s faith, which led to that faithfulness.1068
 Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Ro 4:20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 Moo, D. J. (1994). Romans. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1132). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.
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That he is an eternal God, immutable, without beginning of days or end of life or change of time.
You are the King of ages, immortal, invisible. 1 Timothy 1:17(ESV)
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God; Psalm 90:2(ESV) the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8(ESV)
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away; but you are the same, and your years have no end. Psalm 102:25-27(ESV)
You are God and do not change; therefore I am not consumed. Malachi 3:6(ESV)
Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? Habakkuk 1:12(ESV) You are the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, who does not faint or grow weary, whose understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28(ESV)
That he is present in all places, and there is no place in which he is not included or out of which he is excluded.
You are a God at hand and not a God far away; none can hide himself in secret places so that you cannot see him, for you fill heaven and earth. Jeremiah 23:23-24(ESV)
You are not far from each one of us. Acts 17:27(ESV)
I cannot go anywhere from your presence or flee from your Spirit: If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, in the depths of the earth, behold you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me, Psalm 139:7-10(ESV) for I can never outrun you.
Gentile and Jew United in Christ John 12:32; Romans 6:3–5; Galatians 3:28
It is only on the cross that a man dies with his hands spread out. Thus it was fitting for the Lord to bear this also and to spread out His hands, that with the one He might draw the ancient people and with the other those from the Gentiles and unite both in Himself.
ATHANASIUS OF ALEXANDRIA
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Christ Showed His Love by Taking Our Nature Romans 8:3; 1 Peter 5:1; 1 John 4:9; Revelation 19:7
The Son of the Heavenly Emperor shows His great love in this, that He has taken our nature to be His Bride, and made it partaker of His glory.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
In this week’s lessons, we look at how Paul viewed himself apart from Christ, and the great change that took place because of God’s mercy.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12-20
I find it very interesting that in writing this letter to Timothy and having begun it as he has with an emphasis upon sound doctrine, Paul now speaks in a personal way of how the grace of God in that doctrine came to him. As he does, we recognize that here is not a proud man who somehow has all of the doctrine and therefore lifts himself up for recognition by men and women, but who in the light of the very nature of the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ recognizes himself to be a sinner. I find that interesting because I think it is the answer to one of the criticisms we often get when we want to talk about sound doctrine. Whenever a church is concerned about such things as biblical standards, the authority of the Word of God, the teaching of Scripture, or the fundamentals of the faith, such a church is often criticized that by emphasizing doctrine, they somehow become hard and narrow, as well as unloving and impractical.
There is such a thing as a bitter orthodoxy, where all of the t’s are crossed and all the i’s are dotted, and yet there’s little love for people. But when doctrine is really understood, it produces the very kind of things which are sometimes said to be absent in those who really care about biblical orthodoxy. When we recognize the glory of God in the gospel, we’re humbled by that; and we recognize that we are not those who have received the gospel because of our merits, but rather we are those who deserve nothing and who receive the gospel by God’s mercy. In the gospel, God is gracious and merciful even to the greatest of sinners. This is why Paul refers to himself as the chief of sinners.
This passage is a very interesting testimony on the part of the apostle Paul. Sometimes today, people are given pointers about how they’re to give a testimony in a public setting. First, you talk about your past, how bad you were before you found Christ. And then, second, you talk about that moment of crisis when you submitted to him. Lastly, you describe all the difference that’s come as a result of that. Well, we have something like that here. Paul talks about his past, saying that he was a blasphemer, persecutor and a violent man in his rejecting of Christ and his treatment of Christians. That is Paul’s own assessment of what he was before he met the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus.
Now at this point it helps to remember that Paul and Timothy knew each other well. They had traveled and ministered together. So when Paul writes of himself in this way, Timothy knew the details of Paul’s past. A number of times in Paul’s writings he describes his past, leading people unfamiliar with his life to wonder what kind of terrible background he must have had. In fact, Paul had a very different background than some might suppose from what Paul says about himself.
Who was Paul? What was Paul like before he became a Christian? Well, he didn’t belong to organized crime, or even have any kind of criminal record. Rather, he was an outstanding religious figure. I suppose that in the Judaism of his day, he was well on his way to being one of the most distinguished of the Jewish rabbis.
Knowing Paul’s religious background, it seems confusing why Paul would go on to describe himself as he does in our passage. It seems incompatible. He is talking about his past as being a persecutor and blasphemer, and yet elsewhere we know that Paul was a Jew who carefully lived by the Old Testament and who worshiped and tried to serve the one true God. Paul would explain this apparent difficulty by saying that it was in the practice of his religion, as he understood it, that he was acting as a persecutor and blasphemer. He talks about his past in two notable passages.
When doctrine is misunderstood or not used properly, what negative results can occur?
What place does the Bible give to doctrine? What comes from a right use of it?
What do you know about Paul? What do you find out about him from the Bible?
Reflection: Do you set aside sufficient time each year to read various books on theology?
Application: How would you describe the theological level of your church? Is there anything you can do to encourage greater theological interest and study?
It is clear from the entire context that when Matthew in his own way quotes Isa. 42:1–4 he refers this prophecy directly to Jesus Christ, God’s beloved Son, the Mediator between God and man. Matthew interprets Isa. 42 as Philip the evangelist and as the apostles John and Peter interpreted Isa. 53 (Acts 8:26–35; John 12:37–43; 1 Peter 2:24). In fact, Isa. 42 cannot be separated from Isa. 53. Because of 42:6, 7 (cf. 9:2, 6) it is simply impossible to intepret Isa. 42:1–4 intelligibly except as referring to and being fulfilled in Christ. Moreover, as to the marvelous things said about “the Servant of Jehovah” in Isa. 49:6; 53 (the entire chapter); and 55:3–5, to whom could such statements refer if not to the Son of God who is also the Son of man? Those who refer such passages to Israel forget that 53:6 draws a sharp distinction between a. the people who have gone astray and b. the Servant upon whom Jehovah places the burden of their iniquity (see also verses 4, 5, 8, and 12).
Matthew, then, draws a sharp contrast between a. Christ’s wicked opponents, in this case the Pharisees, who are seeking to destroy him (12:14), and b. Christ himself, the Father’s beloved Son (Matt. 3:17; Luke 9:35; Col. 1:13; 2 Peter 1:17, 18; cf. Ps. 2:6–12), ever eager to do the will of his Sender (John 4:34; 5:30, 36; 17:4).
It is upon this divine and human Redeemer that the Father pours out his Spirit, and this “without measure” (Matt. 3:16; John 3:34, 35; cf. Ps. 45:7; Isa. 11:2; 61:1 ff.). As a result (Luke 4:18) the Mediator carries out his prophetic activity, namely, that of proclaiming “justice,” that which is right, in harmony with the will of God: that sinners repent, come to (that is, believe in) the Savior, find salvation in him, and out of gratitude live to the glory of their Benefactor. See further on verse 21.
18. Jesus is described as God’s servant elsewhere only in Acts 3:13, 26; 4:27, 30, though the idea of his fulfilment of Isaiah 42 and 53 is common in the New Testament. Matthew’s version of the second line, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased, provides a clear echo of the voice at Jesus’ baptism (see on 3:17; cf. also 17:5), and the mention of the bestowal of the Spirit in the next line (cf. 3:16) reinforces the reminiscence. The mission then inaugurated is now being fulfilled.
18. Lo, my servant, whom I have chosen. To fix our attention more closely on his will, God points out by the finger, as it were, the person whom he is about to send; and this is the design of the exclamation, Lo! A similar reason may be assigned for the epithets that follow, when God calls him his servant, his elect in whom his soul is well pleased. For whence comes it, that men venture to measure Christ by their own sense, but because they do not consider that their redemption depends exclusively on the grace of God? When God offers to us an invaluable treasure, it is excessive and wicked presumption to regulate our estimation of it by the disdainful views of our flesh. He is called a servant, not as if he were of the ordinary rank, but by way of eminence, and as the person to whom God has committed the charge and office of redeeming his Church. As no man taketh this honour to himself, but he who is called of God (Heb. 5:6) is justly entitled to this rank, God declares that he who comes forward in this character was elected by his decree. Hence it follows, that men are not at liberty to reject him; because, by doing so, they would be guilty of contempt and rebellion against God. And, indeed, it were the height of absurdity that our choice or our pride should set aside that calling of God which ought to be regarded as sacred and inviolable.
My beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased. There is a still wider import in this statement, which God next makes by the prophet, that the delight of his soul dwells in Christ; for though the calling of each of us proceeds from the free favour of God as its only source, yet in Christ there is this remarkable peculiarity, that in his person God the Father embraces in his love the whole Church. As we are all by nature enemies of God, his love will never come to us till it first begin with the Head; which we have seen on a former occasion, and will see again under another passage, (Matt. 17:5.)
He will proclaim judgment to the Gentiles. The prophet gives a brief description of Christ’s office, when he foretells that he will proclaim judgment to the Gentiles. By the word judgment the Jews understand a government which is correctly and properly arranged, in which order and justice prevail. The design of the prophet is to inform us, that a person will come who will restore justice that had fallen, who will be the governor not of one nation only, but will also bring under subjection to God the Gentiles, among whom dreadful confusion formerly prevailed. And this is the import of the word bring forth, which the prophet employs; for it was the office of Christ to spread throughout the whole world the kingdom of God, which was at that time confined to the corner of Judea; as it is said in another passage, The Lord will send forth the sceptre of thy power out of Zion, (Psa. 110:2.)
I will put my Spirit upon him. This explains the manner in which judgment shall be brought forth. It is no doubt true, that there never was any portion whatever of righteousness in the world that did not proceed from the Spirit of God, and that was not maintained by his heavenly power; as none of the kings of the earth can frame or defend good order, except so far as he shall be assisted by the same Spirit. But in bringing forth judgment Christ is greatly superior to all others, for he has received the Spirit from the Father, that he may pour it out on all his people; for not only does he by word or writing prescribe what is proper, but inwardly forms the hearts of men, by the grace of his Spirit, to preserve the rule of righteousness.
12:18Here is my servant. Matthew has already implicitly affirmed Jesus as Isaiah’s servant figure (3:17; 8:17). At 12:18–21, close to the midpoint of Jesus’ Galilean ministry, Matthew makes it clear that Jesus is the Spirit-anointed servant of Yahweh who enacts a ministry of justice and mercy for Israel and on behalf of the nations (see the “Jesus as Isaiah’s Servant Figure”).
the one I love, in whom I delight. These two verbal descriptors of the Isaianic servant (ho agapētos and eudokēsen) have already been used of Jesus at his baptism: “This is my Son, whom I love [ho agapētos]; with him I am well pleased [eudokēsen]” (3:17). Matthew has aligned 3:17 and 12:18 to strengthen the allusion to Isaiah 42 in the baptism scene (the two verbs differ from those in Isa. 42:1 LXX). For Matthew, Jesus is portrayed as the Isaianic servant from his baptism onward.
18 It is interesting that despite the widespread interest of Matthew and the other NT writers in Jesus as the Isaianic servant, the actual title pais, “servant,” is used for Jesus only here and in Acts 3:13, 26; 4:27, 30. We have noted at 3:17 the echo of the opening words of Isa 42:1 in the heavenly voice at Jesus’ baptism, where the term “beloved” (agapētos) reflects the non-LXX version Matthew here quotes. By moving the idea of choice from the second line to the first (in place of God’s “upholding”) Matthew’s version emphasizes the special appointment of God’s chosen servant,23 and the double expression of love/delight in the second line then reinforces the unique closeness of the relationship in a way which reminds us of 11:27. God’s “pleasure” in his servant is in marked contrast to the attitude of the Pharisees in vv. 1–14. The endowment with God’s spirit (the importance of which will become clear in vv. 28–32), already visually enacted at 3:16, is linked in Isa 61:1 with the idea of anointing, and Matthew’s readers would have had no difficulty in identifying the mysterious “servant” of Isaiah with the promised anointed one, the Messiah of whose work of deliverance and proclamation we have been reminded in 11:5. There may well also be an echo of Isa 61:1–2 in Matthew’s version of the last line of v. 1, which makes the servant a messenger of justice; so also the anointed one of Isa 61:1 proclaims good news to the poor (cf. 11:5), release to the captives and the year of God’s favor. “Justice” (see p. 467, n. 5) here conveys that wider sense of the working out of God’s good purpose for his people, rather than merely the legal sense of giving a right verdict. But the messenger of Isa 61 is sent to Zion, and the message there is of national restoration, whereas in Isa 42:1 it is the nations who will be the beneficiaries of the justice which the servant brings. By following the LXX in finding “the nations” also explicitly in v. 4 Matthew ensures that his readers do not miss the theme of a gospel for the Gentiles which has been steadily developing throughout his gospel and will reach its climax in 28:19. This extension of God’s purpose beyond Israel was not a new decision by God at the time of Jesus, but part of his long-declared purpose of salvation which Jesus, his “beloved,” has now come to implement.
Commended by the Father
Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; (12:18a)
Pais (Servant) is not the usual word for “servant” and is often translated “son.” In secular Greek it was used of an especially intimate servant who was trusted and loved like a son. In the ancient Greek edition of the Old Testament (the Septuagint), pais is used of Abraham’s chief servant (Gen. 24:2), of Pharaoh’s royal servants (41:10, 38), and of angels as the Lord’s supernatural servants (Job 4:18).
Jesus Christ is God’s supreme Servant, His only Son whom He has chosen to redeem the world. The Greek phrase translated I have chosen (from hairetizō) indicates a firm and determined decision and is used nowhere else in the New Testament. It was used in secular Greek of irrevocably adopting a child into the family as an heir who could never be disenfranchised. The Father had irrevocably chosen His beloved Son to be His divine Servant, the only One qualified for the task of redemption.
Because the prophets frequently spoke of God’s choosing the Messiah, He was often referred to as “The Chosen One.” At Jesus’ crucifixion, “the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, ‘He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ [Messiah] of God, His Chosen One’ ” (Luke 23:35). The fact that they knew so much truth about the Messiah made them all the more culpable for rejecting Him.
Jesus is the Father’s beloved, in whom His soul is well-pleased. It is through the grace of God “which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved,” that “we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses” (Eph. 1:6–7). The One who is hated and rejected by the world, including His own people, is beloved by God, who is well-pleased. Against the testimony of Israel and of the world is the testimony of the Father. Jesus said, “If I alone bear witness of Myself, My testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the testimony which He bears of Me is true … the witness which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father who sent Me, He has borne witness of Me” (John 5:31–32, 36–37).
At Jesus’ baptism the Father declared, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matt. 3:17), and at the transfiguration He declared again, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him” (17:5).
It is not possible for men to be well-pleasing to God unless they come to Him through His Son, with whom He iswell-pleased. “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God,” Paul tells us. “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you” (Rom. 8:8–9). God is well-pleased with believers because He sees them as He sees His own Son.
Commissioned by the Holy Spirit
will put My Spirit upon Him, (12:18b)
Through Isaiah, God promised that He would put His Spirit upon the Messiah in a unique way, and at Jesus’ baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him as a dove (Matt. 3:16). But that was not when He was indwelt by the Spirit. Unique to all mankind, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:20); and if John the Baptist was filled with the Spirit from His mother’s womb (Luke 1:15), how much more so was Jesus.
Yet, if Jesus was the preexistent Son, eternally one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, in what way could the Spirit have come upon Him during His humanity? First of all, the coming of the Spirit upon Jesus was a bestowing of power to His human nature. His divine nature was already one with the Spirit and did not require special assistance, but His human nature did. Jesus was fully human, even to the point of being tempted in the same ways every human being is, yet without sinning (Heb. 4:15). As a child, He grew in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). He had human feelings and human emotions. He was hungry and thirsty, and He became tired and felt pain and sorrow. His humanness received the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit in order for it to function in concert with His deity. Therefore “God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power” (Acts 10:38).
Second, Jesus required the anointing of the Spirit in order to attest to His royal service as the Messiah. For thirty years He had lived in obscurity, but when His ministry began He was given a special attestation of authority and approval by the Father. A prophecy of the Messiah was quoted by Jesus and applied to Himself as He taught in the synagogue at Nazareth: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18–19). After He sat down, Jesus explained, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (v. 21).
As the perfect submissive Servant, Jesus functioned not only in the Father’s will and by the Father’s commendation but in the power of the Father’s Spirit.
Communicating the Message
and He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. (12:18c)
Isaiah prophesied that the Lord’s beloved Servant would proclaim a message of truth and justice even to the Gentiles; and that is what Jesus did. Contrary to the thinking and expectations of most Jews, the Messiah was to be the Redeemer of the whole world, not just of Israel. Israel was, in fact, to be the channel of God’s grace to the rest of the world. In His first great promise to Abraham, God declared, “And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen 12:3). Israel was called to be God’s agency for reaching the world for Himself; and when the Jews as a nation rejected God, He had to raise up a new agent, the church, to accomplish that purpose.
The first woman to whom Jesus revealed His messiahship was a Samaritan, half Jew and half Gentile (John 4:26). Early in His ministry He had Gentile followers from Idumea, the Trans-Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon (Mark 3:8). Of the Gentile centurion whose servant He healed, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel” (Matt. 8:10).
But the Jews resented Jesus’ giving any attention to Gentiles, and especially His treating them equally with Jews. And the idea of the Messiah coming to redeem Gentiles was anathema. When Paul was defending himself before a large group of Jews in Jerusalem, he managed to keep their attention as he recounted his former life, his conversion experience, and his vision in the Temple. But when he reported that God told him, “ ‘Go! For I will send you far away to the Gentiles,’ … they listened to him up to this statement, and then they raised their voices and said, ‘Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he should not be allowed to live!’ ” They were so uncontrollably incensed that “they were crying out and throwing off their cloaks and tossing dust into the air” (Acts 22:21–23). Almost no truth of the gospel was as hard for Jews to accept as the truth that salvation and fellowship with God were for Gentiles as well as Jews. The notion was utterly inconceivable to them, and, as is clear from the account just mentioned, they considered it a form of blasphemy.
But God’s plan for redemption had always included the Gentiles, and to them the Messiah was to proclaim justice and deliverance from sin just as to the Jews.
In the aftermath of the storming of the Capitol building, social media giants Twitter and Facebook, working in concert to enforce the Democrat and Leftmedia narrative, suspended President Donald Trump’s account over the dubious claim of seeking to prevent further incitements of violence. While Twitter’s ban on the president was initially temporary, it quickly followed Facebook’s lead in permanently banning Trump.
But that was just the beginning. Silicon Valley tycoons elected to go full Orwellian by not only deplatforming Trump but also going after recent social media startup Parler, which conservatives and Trump supporters have been flocking to in droves in recent months. Google was the first to initiate the purge, announcing that it had banned the Parler app from its store because it claimed the free speech-promoting platform had failed to follow Google’s guidelines against preventing violent speech. Hours later, Apple followed suit by banning Parler from its app store.
Then came what might become the nail in Parler’s coffin. Amazon Web Services suspended its hosting service for Parler, and prospects for an adequate replacement aren’t great. “It’s devastating is what it is. It’s an assault on everybody,” Parler CEO John Matze explained. “They all worked together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they are actually shutting all our servers off.”
“They made an attempt to not only kill the app, but to actually destroy the entire company,” he added. “We’re going to try our best to get back online as quickly as possible. But we’re having a lot of trouble because every vendor we talk to says they won’t work with us. Because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t.”
Predictably, Amazon justified its action with false equivalency, asserting that it “cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others.” It’s a sick twist on the game of sharks and minnows — become a censor, or you’ll be censored.
The clear goal for the totalitarian Democrats and their Leftmedia cohorts is to consolidate power by creating the dubious notion that Trump and anyone who supported him, including the Republican Party and conservatives en masse, are dangerous pariahs who must be silenced. Nothing could be more anti-American or dangerous to our national discourse.
Do Democrats want a civil war?
The reason behind Big Tech’s willingness to squelch free speech likely has as much to do with cronyism as it does ideology. Democrats have long blamed social media for allowing Trump’s 2016 election, and they have repeatedly demanded that “misinformation” and “hate speech” be removed from these supposedly “open forum” platforms. Big Tech seeks to curry favor with Democrats, now in control of both houses of Congress and the executive branch, with the aim of getting the federal government to back off its trustbusting and regulatory efforts. Secondly, these tech giants have found a convenient excuse to underhandedly squelch marketplace competition.
Finally, the hypocrisy of Big Tech would be funny if it wasn’t such a dire threat to Liberty itself. In a classic example of a statement that didn’t age well, back in 2015, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey insisted, “Twitter stands for freedom of expression. Twitter stands for speaking truth to power.” Now Dorsey and his fellow fascist tech tycoons are using their near monopolistic powers to silence anyone attempting to say unapproved things.
Meanwhile, Big Tech seems to have no problem with actual dictators like Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei using its platforms to call for violence against Israel and the U.S., or with hosting the Chinese-created TikTok app, which is notorious for stealing user data. Oh, and trending on Twitter over the weekend? “Hang Mike Pence.”
Democrats, in their sincere desire to heal the nation (ahem), are demanding that President Donald Trump resign just days before he’ll leave office. Short of that, they’re demanding that Vice President Mike Pence use the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to declare Trump unfit and remove him.
Neither of these events is within the power of Democrats to carry out, however, so they’re also in the process of cooking up an event they can control: impeachment. And, again, all this just nine days before Joe Biden is scheduled to take office.
Which prompts us to wonder: In the wake of an election in which tens of millions of Americans continue to believe that Big Tech, Big Media, and the Democrats stole the election from Donald Trump, how, exactly, are actions like these supposed to heal the nation?
We guess the floggings will continue until morale improves.
Not surprisingly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the driving force behind all this — yes, the same unhinged Nancy Pelosi who disgraced her office (and violated the law) by tearing to shreds the president’s State of the Union speech last February. She seems to think the president is unstable — so much so that last week she told the world about her discussion with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs to ensure that our nation’s nuclear codes are safe from the commander-in-chief. Yes, Nancy Pelosi told our enemies that she’s in charge of our nukes — and yet she’s worried that we have an “unstable president.”
Wethinks she doth project too much.
It might be that Pelosi thinks she has public opinion behind her. After all, a Reuters Ipsos poll taken in the immediate aftermath of last Wednesday’s Capitol riot says the American people, by a 57-43 margin, want Trump out of office before the end of his term. Of course, these are the same polling geniuses who had Biden ahead by nine in Wisconsin and four in Florida.
It might also be that the Democrats and their media bootlickers simply want to drive an even deeper wedge into the Republican Party between those like Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, who support Trump, and those like Senators Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey, who are calling for him to resign.
Donald Trump isn’t resigning, though, and the Democrats know it. So the House will vote on a resolution today calling on Pence to invoke the 25th and thereby remove the president for being unfit. “In protecting our Constitution and our democracy,” sputtered the speaker, “we will act with urgency, because this president represents an imminent threat to both. As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this president is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
Strange. We don’t recall President Trump grabbing a pitchfork and leading the charge with cries to storm the Capitol, but we do, specifically, remember him saying just minutes before his supporters headed up Pennsylvania Avenue, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), the man most responsible for Biden’s political resurrection, may have tipped his party’s hand regarding impeachment. As National Review’s Zachary Evans reports, “House Democrats are currently circulating one article of impeachment against the president for ‘incitement to insurrection,’ and could vote on the article before Trump leaves office. However, Clyburn indicated that the House may wait to send the article to the Senate for a trial and vote. ‘We’ll take the vote that we should take in the House, and [Nancy Pelosi] will make the determination as to when is the best time to get that vote and get the managers appointed and move that legislation over to the Senate.’”
Why would the Democrats wait on the Senate trial, especially now that they control the upper chamber? “It just so happens,” said Clyburn, “that if it didn’t go over there for 100 days, it could — let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running.”
And yet, if conservative radio host John Fredericks is any indication, the GOP doesn’t need any help from Pelosi, Clyburn, or any other Democrat when it comes to sowing discord among the Republican ranks. “We’re done with the surrender caucus,” Fredericks said, referring to those at the RNC’s annual winter meeting. “We’re done with pina colada Republicans who go to retreats in resorts in Amelia Island in the most important three days of our republic. While Rome burned, they are sipping margaritas out of swizzle sticks.”
Well, that didn’t take long. The first month after a contentious election gave us what eventually became total Democrat control of Washington, the economy lost jobs for the first time since April. Employers cut 140,000 positions, while the headline unemployment rate stayed put at 6.7%.
“Friday’s figures from the Labor Department depict a sharply uneven job market, with losses concentrated among restaurants, bars, hotels and entertainment venues, many of them affecting low-income employees, while most other sectors are still adding workers,” reports the Associated Press. “Restaurants, bars, hotels, casinos, movie theaters and other entertainment venues shed nearly 500,000 jobs.” All told, the economy has recovered only a little more than half of the jobs lost, and “the nation has nearly 10 million fewer jobs than it did before the pandemic sent it into a deep recession.”
Fixating on “the pandemic” is an innocuous way of avoiding putting the blame squarely where it belongs — primarily Democrat governors, mayors, and county executives who have shut down or severely restricted many businesses for months. We can’t recall 15 days ever lasting so long. And a nation weighed down for 10 months by lockdowns, mask mandates, and limits to gathering sizes is still seeing record cases and deaths.
Democrats are hurting low-income workers, all while filling the pockets of “big box” retailers like Amazon and Walmart. (Centibillionaire socialist Amazon owner Jeff Bezos thanks you for your business.) Nevertheless, according to the AP, it is Democrats who will save us: “The incoming Biden administration, along with a now fully Democratic-led House and Senate, is also expected to push more rescue aid and spending measures that could accelerate growth.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told us who will primarily benefit from that spending: Democrat union constituencies. She said, “We will finally pass the robust relief that our state and local heroes — our healthcare workers; first responders; transit, sanitation and food workers; and our teachers, our teachers, our teachers — need to keep our communities healthy, safe, and working.”
And Joe Biden said identity politics will be determinative: “Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild.”
One notable takeaway from the last 10 months is that the economy may be fundamentally and permanently changed. Will some of the lost jobs ever return? Unlikely, because consumer habits are so altered. On the other hand, with online commerce becoming even more a part of people’s lives, hundreds of thousands of new jobs catering to that reality may be here to stay.
In any case, assuming Democrats relent and don’t do too much further damage (that’s a BIG assumption), many economic forecasts that factor in a COVID vaccine becoming more widely distributed and used say 2021 will see jobs created in numbers not seen since the post-World War II boom. Just in time for President Joe Biden to take all the credit.
What does one do when one’s worldview is simultaneously vacuous and intellectually bankrupt? In today’s America, one eliminates anything that challenges it. Thus, under the banner of #DisruptTexts, radical leftists masquerading as school teachers are endeavoring to remove classic literature from school syllabuses, lest their students get exposed to ideas deemed off-limits by America’s wannabe totalitarians.
Wall Street Journal columnist Meghan Cox Gurdon reveals the thinking behind their contemptible rationale. “Their ethos holds that children shouldn’t have to read stories written in anything other than the present-day vernacular — especially those ‘in which racism, sexism, ableism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate are the norm,’ as young-adult novelist Padma Venkatraman writes in School Library Journal,” Gurdon explains. “No author is valuable enough to spare, Ms. Venkatraman instructs: ‘Absolving Shakespeare of responsibility by mentioning that he lived at a time when hate-ridden sentiments prevailed, risks sending a subliminal message that academic excellence outweighs hateful rhetoric.’”
Leftists insulating students from anything they define as hateful rhetoric is at once laughable and appalling. Over the last decade, no other group of Americans has invested more effort in demeaning and dismissing their fellow countrymen as “deplorable,” “irredeemable,” “bitter-clinging” racist bigots utterly beneath contempt. Fellow Americans who literally require “cleansing” from the national conversation going forward, according to ABC News Political Director Rick Klein.
In short, this is also a time when hate-ridden sentiments prevail, especially those who believe they own the franchise on superior thinking.
Such hubris is belied by inconvenient reality. Over the summer, one historical artifact after another was toppled, and so-called peaceful protests “intensified” into full-blown riots. For decades, hundreds of municipalities have remained federal lawbreaking sanctuary cities, and 61.6 million abortions have been performed since its legalization in 1973. Nonetheless, we are told the progressive dogma that engendered all of it and far more of the nation’s cultural rot is so profoundly superior that it must become the template by which all “morality,” past and present, is measured.
Anything failing to meet that “standard” must be banned.
Gurdon cites a number of “educators” who subscribe to such fatuous nonsense. One is “self-described ‘antiracist teacher’ Lorena Germán [who] complained that many classics were written more than 70 years ago.” Germán asserted, “Think of US society before then & the values that shaped this nation afterwards. THAT is what is in those books.” Another is Heather Levine, an English teacher at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts. “Very proud to say we got the Odyssey removed from the curriculum this year!” she gushed.
Still another is Seattle English teacher Evin Shinn who tweeted in 2018 that he’d “rather die” than teach The Scarlet Letter, unless the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel is used to “fight against misogyny and slut-shaming.” And in June, “scholar” Shea Martin affirmed the utter vapidness of woke educational proselytizing, tweeting, “Be like Odysseus and embrace the long haul to liberation (and then take the Odyssey out of your curriculum because it’s trash).”
Historian Victor Davis Hanson illuminates the real agenda behind the removal of classic literature from today’s increasingly “woke” classrooms. “Great works of literature such as Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, the Bible, and Dante’s Inferno offer lasting cultural referents that enrich the very way we speak and think,” he explains. “When we do not know the names of people, places, and things from Odyssey — such as the Olympians, the Trojan horse, Calypso, Hades, Scylla and Charybdis — then we have little foundation for understanding the logic and language of much of the present world.”
For the progressive demagogues who dominate America’s educational system, the elimination of historical references and lasting cultural elements is a feature, not a bug. Nothing threatens an agenda aimed at producing the rigid conformity of thought required by every totalitarian movement more than making students aware of ideas that challenge that conformity.
Thus, this intentional shallowing out and subsequent “reshaping” of students’ thought processes, in all its Year Zero, Orwellian permutations, must be introduced into curriculums as early and often as possible. And so an effort that began with posting “trigger warnings” on “problematic” teaching materials is proceeding seamlessly to outright censorship.
These efforts have been enormously successful. Millions of Americans, especially younger generations, have been cultivated to be weak thinkers who believe their own country is beneath contempt, even as they can’t articulate why in any remotely original or meaningful way. These are generations of students who can quote progressive chapter and verse with regard to subjects like global warming and transgenderism, even as they remain profoundly innumerate, illiterate, and wholly lacking in any understanding of history and civics.
“Traditionally, propaganda has come from within a society and has been designed to portray that society as above reproach; a classic symbol of pro-U.S. propaganda from an earlier time would be, say, the Captain America comic,” explains columnist Wilfred Reilly. “Times have changed. Now we face a new kind of propaganda — not unrealistically positive but rather excessively and misleadingly negative. It is funded by forces opposed to core principles of traditional American governance. It teaches that we are far worse than we really are, or in fact have ever been.”
Toward what end? As this columnist explained on November 30, the five largest corporations in the world — Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet (which owns Google and YouTube), and Facebook, which was moved to sixth by Tesla last Thursday — have larger market valuations than the GDPs of all but 17 nations in the world. Moreover, these mega-corporations, along with their globalist-minded allies, have little use for the rules and regulations such “pesky” nation-states can impose on them.
America is the foremost nation-state in the world, and its orchestrated devolution in pursuit of the Great Reset — as in worldwide totalitarianism on steroids — can only be accomplished by convincing a majority of Americans our heritage is no longer worth preserving.
The easiest way to accomplish that? Remove enough classic literature to first make the roots of that heritage largely unknowable, and then replace it with rank propaganda like the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory to make students believe it is ultimately untenable.
Unless trends change, Baby Boomers are the last generation that will remember American exceptionalism, what life was like before the extinction of freedom and privacy, and that dissent was a noble and constitutionally protected endeavor, not “hate speech” that requires one to be silenced and/or canceled.
Going forward, the greatest tragedy this nation will continue enduring is the daunting reality that millions of Americans don’t know what they don’t know, and their fully-orchestrated lack of awareness will make them fully susceptible to every historically catastrophic idea that ever came down the pike — courtesy of megalomaniacal progressives who will tell these naifs the only reason those ideas failed was because the wrong people were in charge.
The only thing more tragic is that parents — and the assembly of cowards currently known as the Republican Party — will apparently sit back and let it happen.
Americans are seeking answers and not finding them. Looking to Washington, DC, for the solutions is proving to be the wrong action. Period. The violence in our nation’s capital Wednesday didn’t begin on January 6, or in 2020, or even in the last couple of years. No, to see the lesson from Wednesday’s riot in our nation’s Capitol, we must put events in context, finding resolution through seeing truth clearly.
It didn’t begin in 2020, but let’s start by looking at last year, which will be remembered for the universal events that tested Americans like few times before, primarily because of the response to a novel virus that was proving fiercely deadly in the earliest days of its transmission with no known treatments. America locked down in March and, 10 months later, some states and local areas remain limited at best and closed for business at worst. It was a one-two punch of both a health crisis and an economic crisis that hit every American in some fashion.
In May, frustrations of an already difficult situation escalated with the death of George Floyd, creating the impetus for Black Lives Matter to return to the center of the public stage. BLM led marches, protests, and, in many cases, riots and vandalism that included violence against law enforcement and birthed the “Defund the Police” movement. Americans suffered ridicule when offering sincere but “insufficient” objection to the death of minorities in police custody if they did so without wishing to join in burning and looting.
The response to this event has been directed toward silencing millions of Americans by terminating Twitter accounts, executing what appears to be a coordinated effort to destroy a free speech-based social media platform, Parler. On top of that, Democrats are pushing a racially divisive narrative around the protests instead of addressing the facts as they actually happened.
So, what lessons have we learned? Better, what lessons can we learn?
First, when enough people believe their voices to be silenced, violence may ensue. This happened with a few people in our capital last Wednesday and with many more over the summer with BLM riots.
Second, there is great distrust for institutions that were created to provide for the best interests of citizens but have been corrupted. This too can and often does escalate into lawlessness.
Third, at a time when Americans are stressed to their breaking point and overwhelming distrust prevails, Americans need unity and purpose, not power and position.
These words from the Declaration of Independence that were formerly taught in grade-school history class have special relevance in these days: “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
America’s Founders understood that each person — no matter the station or bloodline — possesses certain unalienable rights assigned at the moment of life by the Creator, not entitlements awarded by governments or states. It was also known, almost 245 years ago, that these rights had to be secured and that “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”
Are we learning the lesson that the greatest threat to America comes from within the warring factions in our own ranks? Or that we must forever observe the critical importance to secure the very special rights recognized and provided by America’s constitutional republic? It appears not yet.
Simply put, Americans need to rally around a point that unifies rather than divides. That’s a lot easier said than done.
If we can’t trust our elections, we’re sunk as a nation. Kaput. And right now, nearly four in 10 Americans — including nearly one in five Democrats — don’t trust our elections. Or, at least, they didn’t trust our most recent election.
If you think we’re being overly dramatic about election integrity, you must’ve missed what happened at the Capitol last Wednesday. Five people died. And what were they protesting? Our nation’s lack of election integrity, and our politicians’ unwillingness to do anything about it.
These weren’t hoodlums. They weren’t career criminals or agitators or troublemakers. But for perhaps a few antifa infiltrators, these were Trump supporters. They were among the tens of millions of Americans who voted to reelect our 45th president, and they think they got robbed. They’re furious, and they have every right to be.
Let’s put it this way: If you think your vote was stolen and you aren’t furious, then you have no business casting a ballot.
Last Wednesday, before the events at the Capitol unfolded, The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson published a piece about the vital need in our nation for trustworthy elections. It isn’t the first piece Davidson has written about our deeply flawed presidential election, but it was perhaps the most important article no one ever saw.
“The corporate media,” he wrote, “have with one voice denounced [pro-Trump House and Senate] Republicans and dismissed their concerns as nothing more than the ravings of partisans obsessed with peddling conspiracy theories and currying favor with Donald Trump. Chuck Todd of NBC News declared Sunday that ‘not a single court has found a single instance of fraud’ — an assertion precisely no one believes, not even Todd himself. Yet that’s been the media’s mantra — that there is ‘no evidence’ of voter fraud or irregularities, none whatsoever. We are all supposed to pretend that 2020 was the first election in American history that was clean as the driven snow.”
Todd went so far as to accuse Johnson of using his Senate committee “to create the illusion of voter fraud.” We could just as easily argue, though, that Todd and his Big Media brethren have been guilty of trying to create the illusion of a free, fair, and reliable election. Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, among others, isn’t buying it. But the compelling points he makes — such as President Trump increasing his vote totals with blacks and Hispanics, and winning 19 of 20 “bellwether” counties, and House Republicans winning 27 of 27 “toss-up” races — have been met with yawns from Democrats and the mainstream media.
“Eighty million Americans — 80 million of our fellow citizens, Republicans and Democrats — have doubts about this election,” said Jordan. “And 60 million people … think it was stolen. … We asked for an investigation. We asked Chairman [Jerry] Nadler, Chairwoman [Carolyn] Maloney, for an investigation. They said no. Wouldn’t want to investigate something that half the electorate has doubts about. It’s just the presidency of the United States.”
By refusing to investigate — indeed, by categorically dismissing the legitimate concerns of so many voters — Democrats have fueled the partisan rage and widened the chasm between the parties and their voters. In doing so, they’re merely ensuring that Joe Biden will come into office with the stench of illegitimacy.
As for fixing our broken system, what we wrote last month is no less accurate today: “Mass mail-in balloting? Whose awful idea was that? … Look for Democrats to zealously defend it going forward. Look, too, for any voting-reform efforts led by Republicans to be met with fierce resistance. Stricter voter ID laws? An end to early voting? Tighter eligibility requirements and better signature verification processes for mail-in and absentee ballots? A fully transparent vote-counting process? Criminal consequences for election officials who restrict the access of vote-counting observers? Look for Democrats and their media lickspittles to label efforts like these as ‘undemocratic’ and ‘racist’ and ‘nothing more than an effort to suppress the vote.’”
Joe Biden announced Thursday that he has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to serve as his attorney general. Recall that Garland was the judge Barack Obama nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court during the last year of his presidency, a nomination the Republican-controlled Senate led by Mitch McConnell refused to consider.
With the choice of Garland, Biden seemingly has avoided picking a controversial and partisan individual who would have raised serious objections from Republicans. While Garland certainly leans left, the even-tempered 68-year-old is not likely to ruffle partisan feathers — or so we hope. In his introduction, Garland noted that he was there to serve “the law and not factional purposes.”
His choice of Garland also indicates that Biden is not likely to push for investigations into President Donald Trump. As Biden stated in November, “I will not do what this president does and use the Justice Department as my vehicle to insist that something happen. There are a number of investigations that I’ve read about that are at a state level — there’s nothing at all I can or cannot do about that. But I’m focused on getting the American public back in a place where they have some certainty, some surety, some knowledge that they can make it. Middle-class and working-class people are being crushed — that’s my focus.”
What this president does? It was Team Obama-Biden that weaponized the Justice Department against political opponents. As for the people “being crushed” right now, we can only presume Biden means to shift the focus from the DOJ and Rule of Law to the economy. But it is Democrats — governors, mayors, county executives — who are crushing people with lockdowns. That is an injustice.
Joe Biden selects Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo for commerce chief (The Hill); Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for labor secretary (Axios); and William Burns for CIA director (Fox News)
Government & Politics
Nancy Pelosi says she spoke to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about protecting nuclear codes from Trump (Fox News)
Really? Let’s tell the whole world that no one is in charge. Brilliant!
Quasi-Democrat Joe Manchin on proposed round of $2,000 checks: “Absolutely not” (The Hill)
Trump allies reelected to lead RNC as party faces reckoning (Politico)
Marriot, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Commerce Bank suspend donations to lawmakers who objected to certifying Electoral College vote (Washington Examiner)
Mozilla CEO says deplatforming Trump isn’t enough (PJ Media)
PGA strips Trump’s Bedminster golf course of its 2022 championship (Daily Mail)
The day after permanently banning Trump for “inciting violence,” Twitter allows “Hang Mike Pence” to trend (Not the Bee) | No joke: Instagram pulls screenshot of the trend for “violence and incitement” (Not the Bee)
Pope Francis prays for Capitol violence victims — but not other victims of violence (Examiner)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
Measure creating reparations committee advances at Illinois statehouse (Examiner)
Around the Nation
Four dead following hourslong shooting spree in Chicago area (ABC News)
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler assaulted by left-wing agitators while dining (Disrn)
The Latest on COVID-19
New York is throwing away vaccines rather than distributing them competently (Reason)
Insight: “The ultimate decision about what is accepted as right and wrong will be made not by individual human wisdom but by the disappearance of the groups that have adhered to the ‘wrong’ beliefs.” —Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)
For the record: “This is also an opportunity for [Democrats] to go and put pressure on social media companies to literally not just erase the president but erase everybody. We are now living in a country where four or five companies, unelected, unaccountable, have the monopoly power to decide, ‘We’re gonna wipe people out. We’re going to erase them from any digital platform, whether it’s selling things and the like.’” —Senator Marco Rubio
A trip down memory lane: “Twitter stands for freedom of expression. We stand for speaking truth to power. And we stand for empowering dialogue.” —Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, October 5, 2015
Grand delusions: “We came close to nearly half of the House dying on Wednesday.” —AOC (Clearly, there’s no justifying the riot, but to say “nearly half of the House” almost died is complete bunk.)
Braying jackass: “Anyone now seeking national redemption by claiming to no longer support Trump must acknowledge how wrong it was to ignore & enable his corrupt, dishonest, & divisive agenda. Total denunciation of a despot’s legacy is necessary to eradicate any remaining malignancy.” —John Brennan
And last… “For all its talk about safety, community, and the health of discourse, we see today that Twitter acts in favor of one interest and one interest alone: its own, even when it means destabilizing the American people. On Friday, the company permanently banned Trump from its platform and began a purge of conservative voices. They claim this is needed to protect America from a coup. That is a farcical lie. They did it because their political enemies such as Trump and Sen. Josh Hawley are now out of power, and they mean to keep it way.” —David Marcus
1. Just as many conservatives predicted: if the Democrats win the White House and the Senate, then the left will seek to silence opposition or dissent. That’s what’s happening right now.
Specifically, as many know by now, Twitter banned Trump and locked the POTUS account too. They won’t reinstate the POTUS account until Biden takes office. This is despite the fact that Trump is still the sitting president. And not only has Trump been banned, but many of his supporters too, even though many of his supporters haven’t said anything that would incite riots or racism.
In addition, big tech companies removed alternatives to Twitter like Parler and Gab. I can no longer download either app via Google Play or the Apple Store. These apps can still be downloaded via a site like APKPure. However, if Parler and Gab have their businesses ended, thanks to big tech’s concerted effort to destroy their businesses, then there’s no point downloading either app.
In a way, it feels more like this is communist China, not the United States, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will “direct” all “loyal” Chinese including Chinese companies to do what the CCP deems best for “the people”, then Chinese companies and other organizations immediately comply.
2. This could very easily backfire against big tech companies. It could significantly hurt big tech business and it could encourage alternative tech businesses who are more fair to establish themselves in big tech’s spaces.
Apart from Parler and Gab, there’s also Telegram.org, Minds.com, MeWe.com. I’m sure there are others. Telegram may be the most viable choice right now, though we’re in a dynamic situation that’s changing day by day. In any case, I appreciate what Telegram wrote in light of the purge.
3. Hindsight is 20/20, but perhaps conservatives should have revoked big tech’s section 230 immunities when they had the chance. See my past posts here and here.
4. Sure, legally speaking, Twitter can do what it wants including banning Trump from Twitter. However, at the very least, isn’t this setting a bad or even horrendous precedent regarding free speech? Suppose roles were reversed and Twitter banned Biden or Harris because they supposedly “incited” riots through Antifa and BLM. What would the left say?
By the way, it’s ironic that the left has historically been known as defenders of individual liberties like free speech, but today the left is apparently fine to stand against free speech. To be more accurate, the left is fine with censoring the speech of conservatives, not their own speech.
5. One would think leftists of all people would be concerned that private corporations can undermine the government. Isn’t this what leftists have always railed against? However, since big tech, mainstream media, Hollywood studios, and many other huge companies are on the side of leftists, leftists aren’t all that concerned. What if this comes back to bite leftists someday? What if Frankenstein’s monster devours Frankenstein?
6. This goes to the issue of double standards. I’d be more fine with Twitter banning Trump if Twitter also banned (say) communist Chinese and pro-communist Chinese agencies for their totalitarianism against Hong Kong, among others. But Twitter doesn’t have a problem with China and allows them to tweet all sorts of contentious and arguably evil things.
7. No surprise, but the mainstream media is just fine with all this. In fact, Andy Ngo points out: “Feeling empowered after Twitter’s banning of President Trump, left-wing journalists are pressuring the platform to ban conservative and independent journalists.”
It’s obvious the mainstream media and big tech don’t want conservatives and other dissenters to have platforms by which we can voice our thoughts and opinions.
8. Yet, as Peter Pike notes in his video “Bannings don’t work” (well worth watching!), this may have the opposite effect intended by the left: it may harden conservatives and others in our position. It’s far better to change minds by open public debate based on reason and argument, not by trying to censor or cancel people deemed toxic without letting them speak their minds.
9. For example, even if Biden won the White House fair and square, there are millions and millions of Americans (not only conservatives, but many liberals, moderates, independents, and others) who don’t think that’s the case, because it’s been obvious the left has behaved in extremely suspicious ways, to put it mildly. So there may be a cloud of doubt about the legitimacy of Biden’s victory hanging over his presidency.
Instead what the mainstream media could have done is given Trump a fair hearing on national television to attempt to make a legal case regarding the election results, just as Gore did in 2000, and not said things like Trump must concede, Trump is a tyrant who will refuse to relinquish power (even though Trump had the perfect opportunity to seize power in the pandemic, which is what the governors of California and New York did, but Trump didn’t), those who support Trump are supporting white supremacy, and so on. If that had happened, and Trump’s legal team couldn’t make their case for why the election results should be overturned, then it would have legitimized Biden’s presidency.
10. Worse, if enough Americans feel like they have no voice or venue to vent their frustrations, then history has shown us this is one of the ingredients in a recipe for violent revolution.
11. The mainstream media can say with a perfectly straight face that Antifa and BLM haven’t committed any acts of violence but are peaceful protests (despite clear evidence to the contrary), while at the same time say Trump and his supporters are all militant white supremacists (despite clear evidence to the contrary). Not to mention the mainstream media can say that they have never incited or fomented acts of violence (e.g. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor), but then accuse Trump and his supporters of doing just that. How the mainstream media define “violence” strikes me as rather Orwellian!
12. Of course, the mainstream media can say all this because they largely control the news and thus the narrative that appears on the news. And the mainstream media overwhelmingly leans or is left. See Timothy Groseclose’s book Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind (2012). He argued that over 90% of the mainstream media votes Democrat each election (consider that my home state of California voted 64% for Biden and 34% for Trump this election which would seem to make the mainstream media far more liberal than even California), and he argued the mainstream media positively benefits the Democratic party anywhere between 6 to 10 points depending on the election.
13. Leftists are teaching many Americans an important lesson: might makes right. That is, when the left is in control, when the left has power, then the left decides what to do.
After all, the mainstream media, big tech, Hollywood, the ivory towers of academia, some professional sports organizations including many in the NFL and NBA, among others, are predominantly controlled by or kowtow to leftists.
At the same time, leftists are attempting to cram leftist values down people’s throats without giving people much space to object. (And I fear if the left attempts to end the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court, make DC and Puerto Rico states, and/or bypass the electoral college which they are already doing via the NPVIC.)
As such, there’s no civility, no reasonable debate, no hearing each side out, no compromise to make things work, etc. No, it’s all about who’s in control, who has power, and whoever has power is the one who decides what goes and what doesn’t go. That’s the lesson the left is teaching Americans today.
To be fair, it’s not just leftists who treat Americans this way. Sad to say but many conservatives would do the same. See the establishment conservatives. See the Never Trumpers.
In any case, if the lesson leftists are teaching us is that might makes right, then if the right ever comes back into power, then what’s keeping the right from doing the same?
God forbid we are living in the final days of the American republic.
14. By the way, Blogger (on which Triablogue is hosted) is owned by Google. There could come a point in the future when Triablogue is forcibly taken down too.
Big Tech Censorship: ‘Part of War of Gog and Magog’ says Rabbi Censorship has become a hot-button issue in the wake of the protests in Washington D.C. last week. In a move that many considered extreme, Twitter permanently banned the US President and Facebook followed suit, banning Trump “indefinitely.” YouTube, Snapchat, Reddit and others have blocked, labeled or deleted posts or accounts over the last several days. Twitter also blocked Gen. Michael Flynn and Facebook removed the page of the Walkaway campaign of former liberals who are now advocates for the conservative movement. Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said the social media giant was acting in a manner that was characteristic of Communist China.
The Swamp Swallowed Trump And now Hillary’s crew are about to be handed the reins again. Or as Michael Tracey put it: “The new corporate authoritarian liberal-left monoculture is going to be absolutely ruthless – and in 12 days it is merging with the state. This [is] only the beginning. from now on, as US president you serve at the behest, grace and kindness of the CIA, New York Times and WaPo, but even more that of @jack and Zuckerberg, and not that of the American people. As the noise about an attempted coup allows Team Biden to slip in Sally Yates, Susan Rice and Victoria Nuland and their whole gang of neocon warmongers.
Biden Says He Will ‘Defeat the NRA’ While In Office Joe Biden on Jan. 8 promised to “defeat” the National Rifle Association while he’s in office. “We must be ready for the onslaught,” the post reads, adding that a Biden administration, if officials get their way, “will ban and confiscate the most-commonly-owned rifle in the United States” and “will arbitrarily limit the number of guns that can be bought per month,” among other measures.
Democrats Cannot Impeach Trump, and You Can’t Impeach Him After Leaving Office: Dershowitz Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Democrats have virtually no chance of successfully impeaching and removing President Donald Trump before Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. “The case cannot come to trial in the Senate. Because the Senate has rules, and the rules would not allow the case to come to trial until, according to the majority leader, until 1 p.m. on January 20th, an hour after President Trump leaves office,” Dershowitz said in a Fox Business interview on Sunday.
Amazon to Remove Parler From Its Web Hosting Service Parler is fending off another attempt to shut down the social media network after Amazon said it is suspending the company from its web hosting service. Parler founder and CEO John Matze said in a statement that the multinational technology company will be shutting Parler’s servers at midnight Sunday, Jan. 10. Matze has characterized the decision as “an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet.”
An avalanche of violence: Analysis reveals predictable patterns in armed conflicts New work by SFI’s Collective Computation Group (C4) finds that human conflict exhibits remarkable regularity despite substantial geographic and cultural differences. In November 1941, two years after the start of World War II, the English mathematician and physicist Lewis Fry Richardson made a startling observation about patterns of “wars and other fatal conflicts.” By analyzing death data from previous clashes, SFI researchers were able to find mathematical rules that connected conflicts across time and geography.
David Friedman hints at Trump 2024 presidential run US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman appeared to hint at a possible second bid by President Donald Trump for the White House, amid reports the president is planning to run in 2024. During an interview with The New York Times published Sunday, Friedman alluded to the possibility of returning to serve a future administration as ambassador four years from now, saying that he will remain a US citizen only – and not seek Israeli citizenship – for at least four years.
Why will the big tech giants never censor foreign authoritarian regimes? Ever since Twitter suspended the account of US President Donald Trump, there have been many calls for Big Tech social-media platforms to apply the same scrutiny to foreign leaders, such as Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei. This talking point posits that while Trump and others might reasonably be suspended by social-media giants, it appears hypocritical that they don’t apply the same standards to others abroad. The reasons for this are multilayered. First of all, the social-media giants’ application of their own standards appears to be rapidly changing and arbitrary. The claim that various accounts violated their rules, such as inciting violence, spreading misleading information or hate speech, may be true, just as it may speak to how opaque these guidelines really are.
Kissinger: Return to Iran deal could spark Middle East nuclear arms race The new US administration should not return to the spirit of the Iran deal, which could spark an arms race in the Middle East, former secretary of state and national security advisor Henry Kissinger warned…Kissinger criticized the 2015 Iran deal, which President Donald Trump left in 2018, and President-elect Joe Biden seeks to return to if Iran agrees to comply again with the agreement’s limitations on its nuclear program.
Palestinians, Jordan accuse Israel of ‘Judaizing’ Western Wall Plaza The Palestinians and Jordan have accused Israel of seeking to “Judaize” the Western Wall Plaza because of renovation work that is being carried out there. Referring to the renovations as “excavations,” the Palestinians and Jordan called for an immediate cessation of the work at the site.
Ex-ambassador to Egypt to reopen Israeli mission in Morocco Ambassador David Govrin will head to Rabat in the coming weeks to reopen Israel’s liaison office in Morocco, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday. The former ambassador to Egypt will be Israel’s temporary charge d’affaires in Morocco, as Israel sets up its mission to the North African state that joined the Abraham Accords last month.
No More Newsletters? Trump Suspended from Email Service President Donald Trump has reportedly been banned from using at least one email service, severing his ability to communicate with his supporters. “At least one of the services the team used, @CampaignMonitor, has suspended Trump’s access, the company confirmed,” Financial Times writer Dave Lee announced on Twitter Jan. 8.
Netanyahu orders advancement of West Bank settler housing projects Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Monday moves to advance the construction of some 800 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, an official statement said. The announcement, in the final days of the Trump administration, was widely expected ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has been critical of Israeli settlement policies in the past.
Mine-free River Jordan shrine ends 50 year wait for Epiphany A shrine near the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the River Jordan hosted an Epiphany procession for the first time in more than 50 years on Sunday after it was declared free of landmines. Father Francesco Patton, the custodian of the Holy Land for the Roman Catholic church, led Franciscan friars towards a shrine in what was once a war zone between Israel and Jordan.
Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt talks on mega-dam break down, again A new round of negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt aimed at resolving a long-running dispute about a giant dam Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile has broken down once again. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011, with downstream countries Egypt and Sudan worried it will restrict vital water supplies.
Intense cold waves bring rare snowfall to Taiwan An intense cold wave is affecting parts of Taiwan over the past couple of days, with temperatures dropping below 10 °C (50 °F) and rare snow and freezing temperatures at higher elevations. In just 17 hours to Friday morning, January 8, 2021, local authorities reported 18 sudden deaths. While the cause is most likely cold weather, officials said an investigation is still in progress.
Meaning In The Midst Of Mayhem …Of course, you’ve heard about Jesus. He is the only Creator and Savior of the world. He is both, still and simultaneously, the “root and offspring of David.” Nevertheless, today there is a devil-driven group of selfish, insane maniacs (demons all, dirty politicians, lovers of money, idolaters of all sorts, and the weak-hearted and ignorant allies and followers of those groups) at large. They again want to kill (get rid of) Jesus so that a final battle between satan and God might result in the title-deed of all creation being handed to ‘beelzebub’ (formerly known as ‘lucifer,’ the rebel who had once been the mightiest and most beautiful of all God’s angels). [You can always distinguish who is leading real protests. God’s protesters don’t loot.]
The Purge Is Here In recent years, most Americans refer to The Purge as a television and movie series, that depicts the violence and mayhem which occurs when citizens can commit any crime, including murder, during a 12-hour period once a year. However, the real “Great Purge” truly happened, it was not just Hollywood fiction.
Surprise! Biden has ties to 5 major tech companies At least 14 people who President-elect Joe Biden has picked to serve either in his administration or to advise his transition have worked for the Big Tech firms that cracked down earlier this week on President Donald Trump and a social media site popular with conservatives.
Terrifying Video of Trapped Capitol Police Officer Blasts Hole in Media Narrative There were several common themes on Twitter in the hours following the attacks on the U.S. Capitol: Capitol Police were either in on it (people who didn’t need to be responsible when it came to the accuracy of their postings) or simply let the protesters do what they would (people who had to maintain some vestige of responsibility).
SEATTLE, WA—In a devastating move to the multi-billion dollar company Amazon, the entire Amazon website has been kicked off Amazon Web Services. This happened after it was found that Amazon.com was selling President Donald Trump’s book The Art of the Deal, a book that financially contributes to the menace Donald Trump while also causing people to think like the deranged maniac.
“Our policies are very clear,” said Steve, an admin for AWS who made the decisions. “They’re on a webpage somewhere, and they say something like, ‘Don’t do bad stuff.’ So we had no choice but to kick that website off of AWS until they stop being bad.”
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos denounced the decision. “Huh?” he said, quickly adding, “Wait… what just happened?”
The ban is likely to have a huge, deleterious effect to Amazon.com, as it’s unlikely to find servers big enough to host the world’s biggest commerce site anytime soon. As for the impetus of the ban, President Trump is said to be isolated and alone in the Oval Office, his almost complete internet ban meaning he has no electronics to play with except the nuclear launch button.
Critics are saying this is censorship, while opponents of the move are just saying Amazon should build their own web servers.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A review of Trump’s statements last week made it clear that he was inciting violence, as he very clearly told people to “remain peaceful” and not carry out any violence.
The dangerous cult leader encouraged his followers to protest at the Capitol, but to remain peaceful, which is an obvious instance of inciting violence, according to leading language experts and journalists.
“Let’s all remain peaceful,” he said, which clearly meant, “Go burn down the Capitol Building.”
“No violence!” added the deranged lunatic, which, according to the New York Times, was a dog whistle for “Minions, attack!”
“Go home,” he added, which meant, “Keep pressing the attack! We will not be defeated! Blow stuff up!”
At publishing time, Trump had said, “I’ve always encouraged peaceful protesting,” which meant he wanted his followers to go ransack an Arby’s.