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. "…truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity–it is simply true and that is the end of it" – Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “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
To “unmask” the president, CatholicVote has launched a website around the president’s first 100 days in office, providing Catholics with a comprehensive timeline of Biden’s actions on issues that matter most to them.
(Susan Berry – Breitbart) An organization that seeks to inspire American Catholics to live out their faith in the public square has launched a website intended to “unmask” President Joe Biden, a man its leader says is “remaking America from the ground up.”
While White House press secretary Jen Psaki has referred to Biden as a “devout Catholic” and the Washington Post described him as “very Catholic,” Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, instead asserted in an op-ed at RealClearPolitics that the president has taken a “partisan wrecking ball” to the primary concerns of Americans of faith:
From abortion to racial politics, to the politicization of science and a humanitarian crisis on the border, the first 100 days of the new administration have indeed brought a partisan wrecking ball to the priorities of religious voters — albeit with a smile hidden beneath the president’s mask. View article →
The title “Holy One of God” means that Jesus is infinitely and absolutely holy, fully and perfectly divine. He is transcendent and majestic. He came down from above to save sinners, yet He is set apart from sinners in that He is completely sinless, without any moral blemish, perfect in all of His ways. His being is holy. His character is holy. His mind is holy. His motives are holy. His words are holy. His actions are holy. His ways are holy. His judgments are holy. From the top of His head to the bottom of His feet, every inch, every ounce, the totality, the sum and the substance of the second person of the Godhead is equally holy with God the Father.
What is the holiness of God? First, it has to do with “apart-ness” or “other-ness.” The idea of holiness speaks to the profound difference between Him and us. Holiness encompasses His transcendent majesty, His august superiority. He is distinctly set apart from us. As one infinitely above us, He alone is worthy of our worship and our adoration. Moses asked: “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” (Ex. 15:11). This is the holiness that the demon recognized; he knew that Jesus is the high, lifted up, supreme being of heaven and earth.
Second, it speaks to His untainted purity, His sinless perfection. God is morally flawless, blameless in all of His ways. The prophet Isaiah stressed this aspect of His character through repeated use of a formal title for God, “the Holy One of Israel.” It has been well said that the book of Isaiah is divided into two halves, the first thirty-nine chapters and the last twenty-seven chapters. In the first thirty-nine chapters, this title is found twelve times in reference to God. In the last twenty-seven chapters, this title is found seventeen times. Twenty-nine times in the book of Isaiah, God is identified as “the Holy One of Israel.” Some examples include: “They have despised the Holy One of Israel” (1:4); “For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel” (12:6); and “Your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel” (41:14).
No doubt Isaiah’s use of this title flowed out of his encounter with the living God, recorded in Isaiah 6, when he went into the temple and saw the Lord, high and lifted up, and the seraphim surrounding the throne, crying out to one another day and night, “Holy, holy, holy,” declaring by their repetition that God is the holiest being, supreme in His holiness in the entire created order. Given that experience, it is no surprise that Isaiah so frequently identified God as the “the Holy One of Israel.” Franz Delitzsch, the great Old Testament commentator, writes that this title “forms an essential part of Isaiah’s prophetic signature.” In other words, this is the unique imprint of Isaiah, stamped on the pages of his book, identifying God as holy again and again.
When the demon in Mark 1 used a title that was very similar to Isaiah’s—”the Holy One of God”—he left no question as to the identification he was making. Let us think about the meaning of this title as applied to the Lord Jesus.
First, it is a title of deity. We have already seen how similar this title is to the title Isaiah assigned to God. In a similar way, God calls Himself “I AM WHO I AM” in Exodus 3:14, then Jesus takes that title to Himself and says, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:48), “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), and “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25, emphasis added in all references). He takes the divine title of the Old Testament for Himself to show that He is equal to God. Something similar is happening here, though in this case the title for Jesus is voiced by a demon.
The title “Holy One of God” is found in only one other place in the New Testament. When some of Jesus’ disciples decided to stop following Him, Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” (John 6:66-67). Peter replied: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (vv. 68-69). With these words, Peter accurately identified their Master as God incarnate, for that is what this title signifies.
Second, it is a title of humble humanity. It acknowledges that the holy God, who is enthroned in the heavens, has come down to be among unholy men. It speaks of the fact that the transcendent, majestic, regal God of heaven has taken on human flesh, yet without sin. Jesus Himself said, “I have come down from heaven” (John 6:38). Jesus was holy God in human form.
Third, it is a title of sinless perfection. If He is God, even though He is a man, Jesus is infinitely pure. Scripture affirms this repeatedly: “In him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5); “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:22); “him … who knew no sin” (2 Cor. 5:21). Likewise, Jesus said: “The ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me” (John 14:30). The Lord was saying here: “There is no point of access that Satan has gained into My being. He has established no beachhead. There are no satanic strongholds in which he has hatched the poison of hell within Me.” He steadfastly resisted every temptation. Jesus could say to His enemies, “Which one of you convicts me of sin?” (John 8:46) because He had no sin.
At Calvary, all of our sins were laid on the sinless Lamb of God, and He gave to us His pure, sinless, perfect obedience to the law of God. This is the great exchange of Calvary: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus had to come as He did, born of a virgin, in order to be what He was, sinless and perfect, in order to do what He, the Holy One, did—die on the cross as the sinless Lamb of God, in order to become sin for us.
Through death, the Bible says, Jesus destroyed the one who has the power of death, the Devil (Heb. 2:14). He bound the strong man, plundered his house at the cross, and set the captives free (Matt. 12:29; Eph. 4:8). His victory shows that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Therefore, we ought to cry out, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57).
Humility Sets a Person Out of the Devil’s Reach Psalm 25:9; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:6–8
Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility, and so prepares the mind for true divine light without darkness, and so clears the eye to look on things as they truly are.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Pastor Should Have Two Voices Matthew 7:15; 10:16; John 10:1; Ephesians 6:17; Titus 1:9; Hebrews 4:12
The pastor ought to have two voices: one for gathering the sheep, and another for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both; for he who is deeply skilled in it will be able both to govern those who are teachable, and to refute the enemies of the truth.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
I’ve tried to mine the dying words of Martin Luther for all they’re worth.
He was just a man, so I can’t put too much weight into canonizing non-inspired words. But that proves his point. We’re beggars because the words of man will never fill our spiritual appetite. We need food from heaven. We need to hear from God.
Luther’s words can be taken further: we don’t just need God’s words—we are desperate for them to grip our hearts.
Without the Spirit’s work in illumination, we are beggars. Of course, this undergirds both our daily walk with the Lord and our work in local church ministry.
How are we to have knowledge of the spiritual if not through the Spirit? This is Paul’s argument in 2 Corinthians:
“these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.” (1 Cor. 2:10-12)
From the dawn of the church to the present day, Christians have contemplated God’s role in our understanding. We can learn from these four guides from Church history as we seek to understand the limits of our own understanding and the power of the Spirit to illuminate us to know truth. And this is why we preach the Word as the only force that is the power of God unto salvation.
“..if the reasonable soul itself be depraved, as it was at that time in me, who was ignorant that it must be enlightened by another light that it may be partaker of truth, seeing that itself is not that nature of truth. “For Thou wilt light my candle; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness; and “of His fulness have all we received,” Confessions XV.25
One implication of our fallen nature is that we fail to see clearly. We fail to behold the King in his beauty (Isa. 33:17). We fail to see God because we are not pure in heart (Matt. 5:8). But when he returns, and we are made like him, we will see him as he is (1 John 3:2). Augustine grasped the cataclysmic effects of original sin. If we are truly born under Adam, we truly need a better Adam to enlighten us to truth.
“Be it mine to look up to thy light, even from afar, even from the depths. Teach me to seek thee, and reveal thyself to me, when I seek thee, for I cannot seek thee, except thou teach me, nor find thee, except thou reveal thyself.” (Proslogium I)
The Spirit’s illuminating work is the remedy for the alleged chasm between faith and reason. Empirical study, which some exclusively relate to reason, cannot give us personal knowledge of the divine. But God has said the book of nature is sufficient for knowledge of his existence.
Anselm knew God existed. He wasn’t seeking to prove what he did not know. He wanted to experience that which he did know through reason. His faith was seeking understanding. The spiritual understanding Anselm was seeking is dependent on God illuminating his revelation. Our minds are to be engaged in our pursuit of knowing him. Our reason is accompanying—but not opposed to—our faith so that we may have our minds and hearts enlightened to taste and see the good things of God. But God reveals himself to us through nature and grants us faith.
We’re beggars in need of renewed minds.
“For wherever the Spirit does not cast his light, all is darkness. . . He who attributes any more understanding to himself is all the more blind because he does not recognize his own blindness.” (Institutes II.ii.21)
I need to be humbled. This is part of the reason I wrestle so strongly with Luther’s words. If we ever find ourselves content in our wisdom we prove our ignorance. Calvin grasped our need for the light because he understood the darkness of our hearts. “The fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 9:10). If we are to have knowledge, it starts with knowledge of God in relation to our sinfulness.
As Calvin so elegantly tells us, “Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.”
“That is the way it is with the supernatural act of reading the Bible. In one sense, it is perfectly natural. We use our ordinary natural powers. But without God’s supernatural intervention, we would have no motivation to read the Scriptures in the hope of treasuring Christ above all things (1 Kings 8:58; Ps. 119:36). Without God’s supernatural illumination, we would not see and savor what is really there—the all-satisfying glory of all that God is for us in Christ. In one sense, the act of reading is natural—in another, supernatural. This is why I call it “the natural act of reading the Bible supernaturally.” (Reading the Bible Supernaturally, 292)
So how does the Spirit work to illuminate us? A better question may be, “How does the Spirit speak through the Bible to us?” The Bible is God’s Word. When the Bible speaks, God speaks. The Holy Spirit is God and God speaks through the Son by the Spirit. The Spirit is the terminus of God’s action in illuminating His word.
Piper reminds us that although the Bible is a window into supernatural glory, it is to be read naturally. We do the hard work of exegesis to understand what the human authors intended because their intent is exactly what God inspired them write. For the Spirit’s work to grip us, we must see that we are dependent on him for shining light into the dark. But we must also travel the roads he has directed us toward in order to know him.
Maybe we take for granted the fact that God chose to reveal himself.
But he has.
What are ministers of the gospel to make of this truth?
We let the Word fly. To follow more of Luther’s advice: “I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing.”
Our job is to stay out of the way and let God speak. Let the Bible, accompanied by the Spirit, do what it was given to us to do—grant true understanding. We should preach like we believe the Word has power to open hearts.
Centuries of Christians contemplating the Scriptures have led us to this conclusion: We are beggars. Beggars in need of God’s illumination. This is true.
In this episode, I rant about the popular practice of manipulation among pastors and elders. Pagan society engages in open and shameless manipulation in order to advance its agenda. While it may seem unthinkable that pastors and elders would mirror this same behavior, it is happening nonetheless. What is worse is that the practice of malicious manipulation in the churches has passed into business as usual.
‘This is what the Lord says: ‘There will be a special time when I show my kindness. Then I will answer your prayers. There will be a special day when I will save you. Then I will help you and protect you.’” Isaiah 49:8 (ERV)
Many of us are experiencing challenging times right now.
Frustration rises as we pray and anxiously await answers from the Lord. Tempers are flaring and many are probably contemplating giving up and letting go of their promises from the Lord. I beseech you today my brothers and sisters to hold on, just a little while longer.
The Lord is at work in the midst of your situations. He is moving on your behalf. Often times we try to tempt the hand of God by our temper tantrums, pity parties, and by issuing ultimatums; none of these will move God. He is only moved by our faith. Whenever challenges arise, we must make it a point to remain in agreement with the Lord.
Today’s scripture reference stood out to me as I sought the Lord concerning some pressing issues. It immediately spoke hope and peace to my heart. I want to do the same for you today. The Lord says there is a special time, a special day when answers will be made known to us. He does everything according to His plan and His purpose for us. It is up to us to trust His heart of compassion towards us.
I pray today that we will no longer look at what is not happening, but that we will focus on what You are doing in this season in our lives. Father, remind us that frustration sets in when we do things out of season. Teach us to recognize what You are blessing right now and to work in that. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Find other scriptures in reference to God’s timing and write them out on index cards. When anxiety arises, pull them out and meditate upon them.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Galatians 6:7-9)
Photography has taught me a great deal about patience.
I once spent four days waiting to photograph the Matterhorn in Switzerland but inclement weather was keeping the peak totally hidden. On the last night of my stay, I went to sleep praying. Very early the next morning, I opened my eyes to see that huge white mountain glistening against the pitch black sky. I had not even realized the inexpensive hotel we’d selected had a view of the mountain!
Rather than waiting until we reach heaven to reward us, God sends many blessings to us now – particularly in response to our attitude of patience.
1. We see God at work. His way is the best way, and we become more aware of this when we observe Him working out His plan in our life.
2. We can achieve our objectives. The Lord knows the right moment to provide what we want or need. If we give up too soon or try to manipulate circumstances, we miss out on God’s best for us.
3. We have God’s favor. When we are patiently waiting for His will, then He can freely bless us. God certainly wants to pour out His love on our life.
The Lord has many rewards available to us when we abide patiently in His will. We will all face circumstances in which we are tempted to be impatient. What determines whether or not we express patience is the value we place on whoever else is involved – a brother, friend, co-worker, or God. Do you value Him enough to be patient with His timing?
Question: Where can you develop patience in your life?
Novices, Not the Young, Excluded from the Ministry 1 Timothy 4:12
The young man ought not to be absolutely excluded from the ministry, but only the novice: and the difference between the two is great.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
What It Means to Be Killed by the Letter Matthew 23:3; 2 Corinthians 3:6
They are killed by the letter who seek only to know the words that they may be esteemed more learned among others and that they may acquire great riches to leave to their relations and friends. And those religious are killed by the letter who will not follow the spirit of the Holy Scriptures, but who seek rather to know the words only and to interpret them to others.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Israel works to identify 45 killed in Lag Ba’omer Mount Meron stampede At least 45 people – United Hatzalah CEO Eli Pollack confirmed to N12 on Friday – including at least five minors under the age of 16, were killed on Thursday night after a stampede broke out as massive crowds gathered at the Mount Meron religious bonfire-lighting ceremony for the holiday of Lag Ba’omer, in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “heavy disaster.”
Israel’s warplanes can reach Iran, minister warns amid nuclear talks An Israeli cabinet minister sharpened his country’s warnings against what it would deem a bad new nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, saying war with Tehran would be sure to follow. As President Joe Biden explores a possible US return to the 2015 deal to contain Iran’s nuclear program that his predecessor Donald Trump abandoned, Israel has stepped up calls for more sweeping curbs to be imposed on sensitive Iranian technologies and projects.
Heavy rain triggers destructive lahars, landslides and flash floods, St. Vincent and the Grenadines The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is advising the public of flooding and landslides in several areas on mainland St. Vincent as a result of heavy rainfall. The area has seen powerful volcanic eruptions and extremely heavy ashfall since April 9, 2021. The Met Office is urging residents to be alert for possible impacts resulting from rain-soaked ash.
Baseball-sized hail hits Norman, causing damage worth millions of dollars, Oklahoma A severe storm moved through Norman City in Oklahoma at around 01:00 UTC on Thursday, April 29, 2021 (20:00 LT on Wednesday, April 28), bringing winds of up to 115 km/h (70 mph) and hail the size of a baseball. According to local media, the storm will likely result in damages worth millions of dollars as businesses and homes were badly hit.
America is now facing a shortage on poultryPosted: 30 Apr 2021 06:05 AM PDT(ETH) – A new report from Bloomberg News, on Thursday: titled “Fried-Chicken Craze Is Causing U.S. to Run Low on Poultry.” has raised concerns not just for chicken wings and fried chicken but for a shortage of poultry altogether.Restaurant franchise, Bojangles just recently posted a recent tweet about their tenders: “we’re experiencing a system-wide shortage 🙁 But they will be back soon!” According to the report, fast-food executives are reporting that they are struggling to stock enough chicken — nuggets, tenders, wings, patties, all shapes, and sizes — to keep pace with the demand.Continue reading America is now facing a shortage on poultry at End Time Headlines.
“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)
Joe spins a fantasy world where he and the Democrats are saving America, when just the opposite is the case.
Joe Biden has a long history of uttering untruths, and his speech before a slimmed-down joint session of Congress on Wednesday constituted a continuation of that practice. Thankfully, relatively few Americans tuned in to watch him spin his yarn, as only 27 million viewed the speech. That total was dwarfed by Donald Trump in his first speech before Congress in 2017, when over 47 million watched. In fact, every one of Trump’s speeches to Congress was viewed by significantly more Americans than was Biden’s first. But back to Biden’s fibbing.
Since The Washington Post recently announced that it will no longer maintain a database of fact-checks on Biden (because you can’t run cover for him if you’re keeping up with the volume of lies he utters), it’s been left to conservative media outfits to jump into the breach.
So, how bad were Biden’s lies? We’ll highlight three big ones on the economy, COVID, and guns.
As the Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman observed, the Biden administration itself on Thursday morning was debunking “the economic fairy tale told by the president” via his own “government’s data release on Thursday morning.” One of Biden’s biggest lies was that he inherited an economy in crisis — what he claimed was “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.” He then went on to tout how he has been responsible for “the economy [creating] more than 1.3 million new jobs in 100 days.” The truth is that from May to December of 2020, the economy under Trump’s leadership recovered 12.1 million jobs, and it was only that resilient because of his prior three years of outstanding stewardship.
Biden’s “savior of the economy” mythology is laid bare by the facts. Freeman notes, “Unemployment in the 1930s soared to roughly 25%. Since October of 2020 it’s been below 7%. By the time Mr. Biden was taking office in January it had fallen to 6.3%. The U.S. unemployment rate has been higher at some point in every decade since the 1930s, including for the entire first five years of the Obama-Biden administration.”
Nevertheless, Biden explicitly took credit for an economic recovery that began months before his election, much less his Oval Office occupancy. “Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is on the move again. … America is rising anew. … After 100 days of rescue and renewal, America is ready to takeoff. … One hundred days ago, America’s house was on fire. We had to act.”
The facts? During the first quarter when Biden assumed office, the U.S. economy was already soaring, as 2020’s fourth quarter showed economic growth over 4%. The economy was bouncing back big time under Trump’s leadership, and America was not a “house on fire” — far from it. The economic fire, caused by lockdowns excused by a global pandemic, already had been largely put out and the restoration was well on its way. If anything, Biden, throughout his 2020 campaign and even into his first 100 days has been trying to keep that fire burning. He persisted with backing lockdowns and mandates, peddling COVID panic and fear by criticizing governors who opened their economies, as well as continuing to wear a mask outside and on Zoom calls, even post-vaccination.
Speaking of vaccines, Biden blatantly sought to deceive by taking credit (again) for them. Biden declared, “After I promised 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots in 100 days, we will have provided over 220 million COVID shots in 100 days.” While 220 million shots is indeed true, Biden neglected to mention that multiple coronavirus vaccines were developed in record time under Trump’s Operation Warp Speed directive, and that by the time Biden took office nearly one million Americans were being vaccinated every day. In effect, everything to combat the pandemic was developed and put in place by his predecessor, and all Biden had to do was keep the ball rolling. Trump, not Biden, deserves the lion’s share of the credit.
Then there were Biden’s lies on guns. “In the 1990s,” he boasted, “we passed universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that hold 100 rounds that can be fired in a second.” Then came the lies: “We beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence declined.” Actually, the “assault weapons ban” did nothing to lower “gun violence” — a data point we have repeatedly noted. In fact, “gun violence” decreased after the “assault weapons ban” ended. Biden also erroneously claimed, “I need not tell anyone this, but gun violence is an epidemic in America.” Not according to the data — homicides with firearms have been steadily decreasing over the past 50 years, while American gun ownership has significantly increased over that same span.
Again, these were but a few of the many untruths uttered by Biden on Wednesday evening. His revisionist history was chock-full of misinformation and missing context, and it’s aimed solely at creating a fantasy world wherein he and the Democrat Party have been busy “saving the country.” But from what? The true answer is that they have been “saving” the country from Liberty.
The South Carolina Republican spoke the truth, stood up for America, and exposed the intolerant Left.
Before we launch into the Left’s racist attack on South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, we should pay homage to the guy who made it all possible: Jack Dorsey.
Yep, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter. Because that vile cesspool of his, that depraved netherworld of hot takes and haters, allowed the racist attacks to trend on its site for nearly 12 hours.
Twitter eventually blocked the phrase “Uncle Tim” from appearing in its “Trending” section, but the platform was noncommittal about whether its racist users will be banned until their tweets are deleted.
“I can confirm that we are blocking the phrase you referenced from appearing in Trends,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Examiner yesterday. “We want Trends to promote healthy conversations on Twitter. This means that at times, we may not allow or may temporarily prevent content from appearing in Trends until more context is available. This includes Trends that violate The Twitter Rules.”
Ah, The Twitter Rules. The rules that censor Republican presidents, censor damaging news stories about Democrat presidential candidates, and allow the likes of LeBron James to dox and threaten with death the occasional cop.
Mollie Hemingway called the enablers out almost immediately: “Twitter is choosing to trend a racist attack from the left on Sen. Tim Scott, the black Republican senator from South Carolina,” she tweeted late Wednesday night.
Scott’s high crime, of course, was to challenge the Left’s narrative that America is an irredeemably racist nation. “Hear me clearly,” Scott said Wednesday night. “America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination, and it’s wrong to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”
This didn’t sit well with radical leftists, who’d just heard Joe Biden soothingly tell them that “the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism,” and that “we have a real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues American life in many other ways.”
Scott no doubt also triggered Democrats with this inconvenient truth, which included a laudatory mention of their Bête Orange: “This administration inherited a tide that had already turned,” he said. “The coronavirus is on the run. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the Trump Administration, our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines.”
Long-unhinged leftist Keith Olbermann, who’s been searching for a steady gig ever since his glory days at ESPN, fairly epitomized the woke, white, paternalist crowd: “Senator,” he tweeted, “anybody calls you the N-word is a friend of Trump’s. We progressives refer to you as a victim of Stockholm Syndrome.”
Wow, Keith. Project much?
Tim Scott does NOT represent black people,“ tweeted a white woman named Charmaine. “He knows he is not liked, admired or respected in the greater black community. Saying there is no racism in [America] is ignorant. It’s part of the Republican lie. [America’s] racist [sic] are just loving Uncle Tim.”
Iowa Law School professor Andy Grewal masterfully summed up these race-based attacks and others like them: “So, people are disproving Tim Scott’s ‘not a racist country’ claim by … being racist? This place is bonkers.”
Scott, responding to the tsunami of hate, said, “It was upsetting, certainly. What they want for us is for us to stay in a little, small corner and not go against the tide that they think is America. Their America and my America aren’t the same America, if, in fact, they think that discriminating is the fastest way to end discrimination.”
Slotting Tim Scott to respond to Joe Biden was a masterstroke. Not only is he an outstanding spokesman for conservative principles, but he also has a gift for ferreting out and exposing the vile, hateful, intolerant Left.
There’s a coming crisis of dependence brought on by Democrats’ wealth-transfer policies.
If there’s one thing the Biden-Harris administration has managed to accomplish, it’s full-time employment for those who print our currency.
Of course, that’s a tongue-in-cheek statement. U.S. spending has long been in the form of IOUs to various bondholders around the globe. But one can’t argue the fact that Joe Biden, who likes to lie about “Jim Crow on steroids,” is creating his own special variety of Keynesian economics on steroids by ratcheting up new deficits by the trillions.
In his address to a joint session of part of Congress Wednesday night, Biden announced another jaw-dropping $1.8 trillion for the “American Families Plan.” That’s on top of $1.9 trillion for not-COVID relief and $2.3 trillion more for a hazily defined “infrastructure” plan where most of the money comes nowhere close to a construction project, shovel-ready or otherwise.
Biden’s government by executive order has coincided with decreasing unemployment brought by a reopening economy, and his popularity exceeds President Donald Trump’s primarily because the Leftmedia tells a story of “calm after the storm.” But few enterprising members of the media have bothered to question how this spending spree will be paid for.
The Biden-Harris cabal claims that a lot of revenue will be raised by soaking the billionaires who have ostensibly prospered over the last year by restoring the pre-Trump 39.6% tax rate for high-income earners and treating their capital gains as ordinary income, which would essentially double their current 20% tax rate on investments they sell. But not only will that fail to raise enough funding for the progressives’ ambitious schemes, it will place the economy in another free fall as private investment dries up. Meanwhile, other government meddling will create a surge in energy costs and discourage productive enterprise so as not to offend the “woke.”
However, if your philosophy is to never waste a crisis because the uncertainty allows you to consolidate more power and control, we are on the verge of a golden era. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board presciently opines, “The cost [of Biden’s economic policy], while staggering, isn’t the only or even the biggest problem. The destructive part is the way the plan seeks to insinuate government cash and the rules that go with it into all of the major decisions of family life. The goal is to expand the entitlement state to make Americans rely on government and the political class for everything they don’t already provide.”
We’ve already destroyed three generations of urban (mostly minority) poor by creating a caste of government-dependent serfs who are given barely enough to survive thanks to direct cash payments and subsidies but not enough to prosper. Yet they fearfully clutch the one straw that they have, and that’s government dependency. Indeed, starvation is a good motivator, and sometimes the opportunity for a free meal is what draws this group to the polls — assuming they vote the way those supplying the freebies want them to vote. Judging by the election data, it’s a successful program for those who thirst for power.
Sadly, this entitlement mentality is nothing new, nor is it confined to urban poor — even at Tea Party events you could find well-matured people who opposed tax increases but cried, “Don’t you touch my Medicare and Social Security!” Of course, there’s a big difference between earned entitlements that you pay into and unearned entitlements that you merely receive, but the end result is similar. Having ensnared many among our seasoned citizens and urban poor into dependence on Uncle Sam, the Biden-led government is working hard to expand the neediness into the working class — at least the ones still willing to work. (Perhaps we would be closer to full employment if being out of work wasn’t so lucrative thanks to several of the China Virus relief programs.)
At this point, absent a significant course correction in the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election, the question may be only one of when the house of cards finally collapses.
Every murder deprives a victim of his or her civil rights.
Wednesday, as a layup for Joe Biden’s fallacious and pandering assertion that “white supremacists” are the greatest terrorist threat to America — just one of a litany of lies in his droning remarks to a few members of Congress — the Department of Justice filed “hate crime” charges against three Georgia men, accusing them of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. That would be three white men, one of whom shot Arbery, a black man.
Ahead of Floyd’s death, we covered the Arbery case, noting at the time that it was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when the Georgia prosecutor who would have handled the case recused himself after declaring the case a “justifiable homicide.” Subsequently, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr asked for the Department of Justice to take over the case in order to ensure “a complete and transparent review of how the Ahmaud Arbery case was handled from the outset.”
Though a Georgia grand jury did indict the three men, that case will be superseded by the federal case.
I noted in our original analysis of this case, “Given the racially charged nature of this incident now, DoJ should review the case to determine if there is evidence of a ‘hate crime,’ though as I have written previously, all capital crimes are hate crimes, and differentiating crimes by intent serves only partisan political ends.”
Though Arbery had a criminal history known to the man who shot him (who was a former police officer), that was not justification for his death. As I also noted at the time, “Arbery was unarmed, which is to say making a case for the use of deadly force in self defense is unlikely.”
But the key point here is, again, all capital crimes are “hate crimes” — not just those that meet the DoJ’s political standard limiting “hate” to crimes “motivated by bias against race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability.” That is an absurdly broad standard for classifying “hate,” and I would add that every murder deprives a victim of his or her civil rights.
More to the point is the disparity in how “hate crimes” are covered. As I also noted regarding the Arbery case, there was virtually no political or media outcry regarding another hate crime.
According to the Delaware State Police, on 8 May of last year (while all attention was focused on Arbery’s death), a 29-year-old black man, a “Black Lives Matter” activist, murdered an elderly white couple from Elkton, Maryland, while they were visiting the grave of their son at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Lidia Marino, 85, was deceased at the crime scene. Her husband, Paul Marino, 86, an Army veteran, died of his injuries a day later.
According to law enforcement sources at the time, the perpetrator had a scoped rifle and stalked the elderly couple, shot them, and then fired on the first responders. The assailant was killed by police six hour later after a manhunt and gunfight. Despite the fact that a black man targeted and murdered an elderly white couple, the Delaware attack was not even a blip on the mass-media radar.
Neither wind nor solar energy have panned out quite as well as some folks keep insisting.
Brian Mark Weber
These days, so-called green energy is ostensibly becoming more popular. An increasing number of homes across the country sport solar panels on their rooftops and the landscape is dotted with giant windmills. The panels power a home with the sunshine of a glorious spring day, and the turbines turn gusts of wind into cheap, environmentally friendly energy. But is it effective?
The question has always been whether or not green energy could meet the demands of our country while keeping costs low.
The claim is that solar and wind will become viable if we can just get enough people on board. Consequently, tax credits have made alternative energy sources more tempting for those who want to cut ties with power companies while “saving the environment” from fossil fuel production.
As it turns out, however, the only thing green about “green energy” is the amount of money wasted on its development.
Now, many people are pushing back against wind and solar. The opposition is due to many factors including aesthetics, impacts on wildlife, the high cost of installing transmission wires, the unreliability of weather-dependent power systems, and the negative effects of wind turbines on human health.
Other concerns include the range of materials needed to expand wind and solar such as steel, copper, and rare earth elements, not to mention the significant amount of rural land needed for wind turbines.
No problem. We already have clean energy that is reliable, efficient, safe, and carbon-free.
“Nuclear plants are much more productive than wind turbines or solar panels, producing much more electricity per unit of installed capacity,” writes Isaac Orr of the Center for the American Experiment. “The additional bonus of nuclear power is that humans control when the power is generated and we are not subject to the whims of the weather. This makes each nuclear, coal, and natural gas power plant much more valuable to system reliability than wind or solar facilities.”
Orr adds, “Claims that energy policies designed to promote wind and solar are creating a panacea of so-called “clean energy” jobs are also highly misleading. The vast majority of these jobs are not in the wind and solar industry, they are jobs in the HVAC industry and jobs installing and manufacturing energy-efficient windows and doors.“
These are all inconvenient truths, and here’s another: America’s solar panels are often manufactured by Uyghur slave laborers in China. Moreover, to meet the rising demand, Chinese solar panel factories rely on carbon-pumping energy sources. Those same factories were accused of dumping toxic wastewater into nearby waters.
But we don’t have to look to China to see the environmental (or humanitarian) impact of solar panel production. Here at home, solar panels are producing toxic waste in our landfills. Wind energy doesn’t fare any better.
So much for “clean” energy.
But it doesn’t stop there. The move to embrace “green energy” is actually making electricity costs higher. In 2019, Michael Shellenberger, founder and president of Environmental Progress, wrote, “Solar and wind require that natural gas plants, hydro-electric dams, batteries or some other form of reliable power be ready at a moment’s notice to start churning out electricity when the wind stops blowing and the sun stops shining.”
A study at the University of Chicago found that renewable energy plants are typically located away from centers of population, further increasing the cost of energy transmission.
In spite of all this inconvenient reality, proponents of green energy make it seem as though they’ve stumbled onto some amazing new discovery, even if the idea for tapping into wind and solar goes back more than a century.
Indeed, it’s a very old idea that’s never fully panned out. Now that we’ve given it a real try, it’s becoming clear that we should leave the wind and sun for a day at the beach, not for meeting the energy needs of a nation of 331 million people.
Two of the network’s personalities are crying racism about the NFL’s pre-draft assessment of a particular quarterback.
There’s an old axiom that says when you’ve hit rock-bottom, you stop digging. Clearly, though, ESPN doesn’t do axioms. Otherwise, it wouldn’t keep doing the same things that caused it to log the lowest ratings in its 41-year history last year.
As Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis opined last June, “The network, which has become more left wing than MSNBC and CNN combined over the past several weeks, has completely abandoned sports coverage. The result? Viewers, many of whom were willing to watch the channel even during a pandemic disaster with limited sports to consume, have abandoned it in droves.”
Just how drovesy was the abandonment? Well, the network’s most popular studio show, “First Take,” was getting out-drawn by the likes of “Ant Anstead Master Mechanic” on Motor Trend TV.
It’s against this dismal backdrop, then, that Martenzie Johnson, who writes for ESPN’s The Undefeated, decided he’d give the football world something to talk about just prior to this year’s NFL Draft. “When it comes to Black quarterbacks in particular,” he writes, “the NFL has long gone out of its way to keep the position as white as the painted yard lines on the field.”
Rubbish, we say, given that the league’s four highest-paid players are — you guessed it — black quarterbacks: Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson, and Russell Wilson. And this in a league that features a couple of reasonably successful QBs of pallor: seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and three-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers.
As Johnson continues, “Quarterbacks are expected to be smart, rational decision-makers who command a team and act as the de facto coach on the field.” And here he’s right. That’s pretty much the job description for an NFL QB.
But then Johnson goes off the rails again: “Accuracy and strong arms are a plus, but it mostly comes down to what’s between your ears rather than any other physical attribute. As the authors of The Bell Curve would have you believe, few Black men possess those attributes.”
Setting aside the smear of Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein, Johnson clearly never saw Warren Moon move a team up and down the field. But how has he missed the magnificent Wilson and the electric Mahomes?
Sadly, that’s the thing about ESPN these days: Every story pushes the narrative. And the narrative, in this case, is white racism. Or, as Joe Biden likes to call it, “Jim Crow on steroids.”
Max Kellerman of the aforementioned “First Take” show also pushed the racism angle in covering the draft. “My antenna are up when I notice [quarterbacks] one, two, and three this year,” he says. “White, guy, white guy, white guy.”
Here again we’d direct Kellerman to the league’s highest-paid QBs: Black guy, black guy, black guy, black guy.
As for Johnson, he seems to have an irrational beef with the way Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields’s stock has slipped in recent weeks. “We can leave the draft evaluating to the experts,” he whines, “but with zero explanation, two white quarterbacks with comparable or lesser resumes than Fields were suddenly can’t-miss picks. Whether that is true is irrelevant; it’s more about what happened to Fields since he declared for the draft that exposes the draft process — and the entire football-industrial complex — for the, let’s say, racial institution that it is.”
Fields will be a first-round draft pick, and likely a top-10 pick. But that’s not good enough for Johnson, who just can’t get those two pale-faced QBs out of his head.
Here we’d note that The Greatest Quarterback of All Time, Tom Brady, was selected 199th in the 2000 NFL draft. One hundred ninety-ninth. And there were six QBs picked before him, two of them black. Ever heard of Tee Martin? How about Spergon Wynn? Didn’t think so. And we don’t remember anyone screaming REVERSE RACISM when Brady kept slipping down the board.
Suffice it to say that picking a good pro quarterback is an inexact science. But to suggest that NFL GMs are looking at the color of Justin Fields’s skin rather than the entirety of his abilities is laughable. Breitbart’s Dylan Gwinn provides a helpful history lesson. “In 2011,” he writes, “NFL evaluators looked past a serious ‘pay-to-play’ accusation involving Cam Newton and drafted him #1 overall. In 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles welcomed federal felon and convicted dog killer Michael Vick back to the league and eventually made him their starting quarterback. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers overlooked serious rape allegations to draft Jameis Winston #1 overall.”
To be sure, black quarterbacks haven’t always had an easy road in the NFL. Far from it. But those days are long gone, and the ranks of black QBs have never been richer — despite what woke supremacists like Johnson and Kellerman would have us believe.
He noted that the agents wanted nothing to do with Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Rudy Giuliani, former personal lawyer to Donald Trump and former mayor of New York City, was the subject of an early-morning FBI raid Wednesday, as our Thomas Gallatin wrote yesterday. Giuliani joined Tucker Carlson last night on Fox News to talk about that raid, and he offered some fascinating details.
After being woken at 6 a.m. by a loud “bang,” Giuliani said seven FBI agents were at his door with a search warrant. “I looked at the warrant, and I said, ‘You know, this is extraordinary because I offered to give these to the government and talk it over with them for two years.’”
“I don’t know why they have to do this,” Giuliani said, though he noted that the agents “seemed somewhat apologetic.” Indeed, he added, “They were very, very professional and very gentlemanly.”
Still, if it’s true that he’d spent the last two years making overtures to the FBI regarding this material, the rationale for the raid is, from a legal standpoint, a mystery. Politically, of course, it’s a no-brainer. This is Joe Biden’s Social Justice Department, after all.
The investigation relates to whether Giuliani violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by lobbying the U.S. government on behalf of Ukraine. As Gallatin pointed out yesterday, “This is the same charge the FBI used to go after former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.”
Giuliani says the charge is completely bogus. “The search warrant is on one single failure to file for representing a Ukrainian national or official that I never represented,” he said. “I have never represented a Ukrainian national or official before the United States government. I’ve declined it several times. I’ve had contracts in countries like Ukraine. In the contract is a clause that says I will not engage in lobbying or foreign representation. I don’t do it because I felt it would be too compromising.”
You know who probably should have registered as a foreign agent? Hunter Biden. Yet the FBI had no interest in material related to him.
“At the end of the search, when they had taken about, I would say, seven or eight electronic items of mine,” Giuliani explained, “they weren’t taking the three hard drives, which of course, are electronic devices. They just mimic the computer. I said, ‘Well, don’t you want these?’ And they said, ‘What are they?’ I said, ‘Those are Hunter Biden’s hard drives.’ And they said, ‘No, no, no.’”
Giuliani found that bizarre. “I mean, the warrant required them to take it,” he explained. Yet three times they refused. The agents were “completely content to rely on my word that these were Hunter Biden’s hard drives,” he said. “I mean, they could have been Donald Trump’s. They could have been Vladimir Putin’s. They could have been anybody’s.”
He also highlighted the very absurdity of an early-morning raid. “I’ve known about this for two years, Tucker,” he added. “I could have destroyed the evidence. The evidence is exculpatory. It proves the president and I and all of us are innocent. They are the ones who are committing — it’s like projection. They are committing the crimes.”
Indeed, remember that time Donald Trump was impeached for what Joe Biden actually did in Ukraine? Let the good times continue.
Yes, that Hunter Biden. And yes, he’s going to lecture on “media polarization” and the like.
Tulane University announced on Wednesday that Hunter Biden will be teaching a 10-week course this summer on the topic of “fake news.” The course is titled, “Media Polarization and Public Policy Impacts.”
No, this isn’t fake news.
President Joe Biden’s 51-year-old son will lecture about “the current state of the media landscape in the United States and how media polarization, fake news and the economics of the new business impact public policymaking in Washington D.C.”
When it comes to fake news, Hunter certainly knows something about spreading misinformation and suppressing the truth. Recall his denials after the New York Post broke its story on his recovered laptop and some of the contents found on it. He dubiously asserted, “Whether or not somebody has my laptop, whether or not it was, I was hacked, whether or not there exists a laptop at all, I truly don’t know.” We have a real Rhodes Scholar here, folks.
At the time, the Bidens blamed “Russian disinformation.” Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe countered the Democrats’ “Russian propaganda” claims unequivocally: “Let me be clear, the intelligence community doesn’t believe that, because there’s no intelligence that supports that, and we have shared no intelligence with Chairman [Adam] Schiff or any other member of Congress that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign — it’s simply not true.”
Even with all that bogus background, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a leftist school like Tulane would pull a stunt like this. This was the same university that canceled class back in 2016 following Donald Trump’s election victory to set aside a “mourning period” for the students. It would seem that what’s really going on here is Tulane working to support Joe Biden by attempting to rehabilitate Hunter’s image.
In reality, this class is as absurd as having Governor Andrew Cuomo teach a course on geriatric healthcare at Columbia Medical.
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Insight: “There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.” —Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Upright I: “The message we get today from the Biden administration is that the government needs to save people — that people are unable to help themselves. When people believe this message, they begin to lose their own agency, which can ultimately lead them to become helpless as a learned belief, and therefore always dependent on the government. While we should help those who need it, we need to do so in a way that leads to a productive outcome, as well as a strengthened belief in oneself and one’s ability to move forward under one’s own agency. We do need to work together, but not with the government in the lead or in control.” —Jackie Gingrich Cushman
Upright II: “We often hear or read arguments from the left about inner cities, such as Baltimore or Chicago, being examples of violence run amuck that highlight the need for more gun control. However, proponents of these measures don’t always want to deal with poverty, family breakdown, education or economic opportunities. When people are better educated, financially secure and are happy with their family life and their community outlook, they are more likely to be constructive members of society and less likely to go down a dangerous path. Today, there is clearly a lack of pride, security, belonging and ownership that is so fundamental to continued success of any society.” —Armstrong Williams
Upright III: “People who dwell on grievances are going to dwell on grievances for the rest of their lives. People who advocate a racially based curriculum are not teaching peace but a long line of complaints that can only increase hostility among the citizenry.” —R. Emmett Tyrrell
For the record: “Once they began to charge exorbitantly, educate poorly, politick continuously, indebt millions of people and act hypocritically, universities turned off Americans. Just as a sermonizing Hollywood grates when it no longer can make good movies, a once-hallowed but now self-righteous university seems hollow when it charges so much for so little.” —Victor Davis Hanson
The BIG Lie: “Operation Warp Speed didn’t do anything to get a needle in the arms.” —MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace
Race bait: “Our country’s foundation is one of genocide, capitalist inhumanity, and exploitation. We need to transform our country, uproot that foundation, and rebuild on our shared values of love, care, and equality.” —Congressman Jamaal Bowman
Lack of self-awareness: “Will our Republican colleagues start to listen to their constituents as well as the rest of the country? Or are they still the party of Donald Trump? A party that opposes the other side at all costs.” —obstructionist Senator Chuck Schumer
D’oh! “Biden could be as transformative a president as FDR. But FDR didn’t have to contend with a paranoid, xenophobic, racist opposition drenched in lies and extremist propaganda from right-wing media.” —former Labor Secretary Robert Reich (“More than 110,000 Japanese American prisoners were imprisoned during World War II in FDR’s internment camps, which opened in 1942.” —Mediaite)
Non compos mentis: “A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic bishops is colliding with a very Catholic president who supports abortion rights.” —The Washington Post
And last… “Isn’t America the least racist country? Who even competes? We’re by far the most integrated of any. America is becoming a land of spoiled rich kids who would rather die than admit how good they have it.” —Frank J. Fleming
The United States is starting to overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom shows the worst offenders who don’t allow Religious Freedom. Israeli officials say nearly 50 People have died and 150 Injured …
In this episode, Dinesh has an in-depth conversation with Eric Kauffman, political scientist at the University of London and author of the important book “Whiteshift,” on the politics of whiteness. As more evidence surfaces of Governor Cuomo’s duplicity over the nursing home deaths he caused, Dinesh asks why the FBI is raiding Guiliani’s offices but not Cuomo’s.
Franklin Graham, the chief of the worldwide Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse, says he fears “that the swamp has won.”
His comments came after President Joe Biden made a speech to a sparsely occupied U.S. House chamber in the Capitol, and proposed the unfunded spending of trillions of dollars.
One of his goals is to improve “infrastructure” but his critics have pointed out that only a fraction of his spending plans actually address infrastructure, and much of it would be spent on Democrat Party agenda points.
Online, Graham commented on Biden’s efforts to unleash government spending.
“As President Biden was giving his speech last night, I couldn’t help but think that the swamp has won. When President Trump came into office, he said he was going to drain the swamp. Well, sadly, it looks like the swamp rules,” he said.
“In the first two years of the Trump administration, we had the strongest economy this country has had in more than 50 years. President Biden and the Democrats are proposing a once-in-a-lifetime spending frenzy to rebuild our country.”
However, he noted, “I’ve flown from coast to coast and have driven from coast to coast, and I wasn’t aware that America needed rebuilding. Unfortunately, most of our representatives in Congress will probably go along with it, and this kind of spending will eventually be devastating for our economy and our nation.”
He warned if people want America to prosper, “the best thing is for the government to stay out of the way.”
Actually, America’s economy has surged back as many states report declines in COVID-19 cases and their businesses are allowed to reopen.
What is happening isn’t complicated, Graham said.
“What we are witnessing firsthand is the onset of socialism, where those in leadership want to teach Americans to look to the government to meet all of their needs. It just doesn’t work that way. This great nation was built on hard work and sacrifice—and most importantly, by the grace and blessing of Almighty God. We need to look at Him for help, not to the government. Pray for our nation and our leaders.”
The New York Times pointed out that Biden already has planned to spend $6 trillion, of which only a portion would be raised through new taxes on Americans, meaning the rest would be borrowed and repaid by future generations, who also would be held accountable for the interest that accrues.
Fox News reported on some of the extraordinary spending plans Biden has.
One item is that he wants to give “workers” up to $4,000 a month in paid leave.
The report described Biden’s goals as “one of the biggest overhauls to the social safety net in decades.”
Biden would turn over “billions” to set up “a guaranteed paid leave program” that would be available for a variety of reasons, such as a “health issue” or “a new child.”
He also wants to subsidize child care costs for families where both parents work, and pay child care workers at least $15 an hour.
Biden would fund just part of the expenses with “a litany” of taxes on Americans, the report said.
Trump, during his campaign for president in 2016, had said the Washington “swamp” needed to be drained, referencing the established bureaucracy and procedures under which Americans labored. He took a number of actions intended to address that issue, including one requiring elimination of old regulations for each new regulation imposed.
Biden took office and immediately reversed, through executive orders, much of what Trump had accomplished.
Gabriel Hughes responds to an email he received defending Beth Moore. He concludes his piece by saying: I’ve written this response to you for two reasons. Number one, that you may know that calling out false teachers is not unloving.
After an embarrassing number of wrong prophecies and bungled predictions about the 2020 election, a group of charismatic Christian leaders have released a four-page statement of “prophetic standards” to help correct abuses in the movement.