“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
Love to God Begins with His Holiness Exodus 15:11–13; 2 Chronicles 20:21
A true love to God must begin with a delight in his holiness, and not with a delight in any other attribute; for no other attribute is truly lovely without this, and no otherwise than as (according to our way of conceiving God) it derives its loveliness from this.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Theology Separated from Christ Is Vain Psalm 36:9; John 14:6; 1 Corinthians 1:18–25
All theology, when separated from Christ, is not only vain and confused, but is also mad, deceitful, and spurious; for, though the philosophers sometimes utter excellent sayings, yet they have nothing but what is short-lived, and even mixed up with wicked and erroneous sentiments.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“And we are sure of this, that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. And if we really know He is listening when we talk to Him and make our requests, then we can be sure that He will answer us” John 5:14,15
John, chairman of the board of deacons in a large, successful church, refused to respond – though hundreds of others did – to my invitation to be filled with the Holy Spirit by faith.
Following the meeting, he came to me in tears.
“I have dedicated and rededicated my life to Christ many, many times, always to no avail,” he said. “I didn’t dare respond to your invitation, because I knew I would fail again.”
I explained that my invitation was different.
“God’s power to live a holy life and be a fruitful witness is released by faith, based on His faithfulness and the authority of God’s Word.”
When John understood this, he responded enthusiastically and prayed, asking God to fill him with His Spirit. His life was changed, as have been thousands of others as they have come to understand how to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit by faith moment by moment, day by day.
On the basis of His command to be filled (Ephesians 5:18) and His promise that if we ask for anything in accordance with God’s will, He will hear and answer us (1 John 5:14,15), we know that we can be filled with the Holy Spirit – as a way of life.
Today’s thought: I will humble myself before the Lord and tell Him that I want to live a holy life and that I want to be a man/woman of God. I will surrender the control of my life to Christ, turn from all known sin and by faith on the basis of His command and His promise, receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit. By faith, I expect to live the supernatural, Spirit-empowered life in a moment-by-moment, day-by-day dependence on the Holy Spirit.
God’s value system is so often in direct contrast to the values of our world.
God knows that our hearts will be pulled in directions away from Him. He also knows that when we go with that pull we will find our hearts hardening. We will become aware of a nagging sense of dissatisfaction and impatience with life and with those around us. He cautions us.
“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3: 12 & 13)
Many times we don’t even notice the hard crust that settles around our hearts. We compromise in ‘little’ things and think it won’t matter. Yet for the believer, there is inner frustration when we allow things into our hearts and minds that we know are in contrast to God. When we ignore that we find our heart moving toward unbelief. God calls us to be vigilant about keeping our heart soft. It’s not always easy but it is always worth it.
1. Keep tabs on sin in your life. It slows down your reflex to God. Be sensitive to the nudging of the Holy Spirit in your life. Don’t cancel out the warning when your conscience bothers you. It’s easy to justify ‘small’ wrong doings as we live in this world’s economy. Yet the toll it takes on a believer’s heart is simply not worth the momentary satisfaction.
2. Guard your heart against unbelief. If you find yourself justifying wrong doing and telling yourself it’s just small or it’s justified because of someone else’s actions toward you – be careful. This path will take you down a road of unbelief. The joy and blessing comes in the obedience to the ways of God. He warns us that these compromises are deceitful and the end is a hard heart.
3. Don’t blame God in the midst of hard times. Run to God when the storms of life come. Let His arms of comfort enfold you. Let His Spirit empower you with wisdom and help from God as you ask Him about each step in the midst of difficult days.
4.Give encouragement daily and seek it as well. We sharpen each others faith as we share together.
Father God, Keep my heart soft. Don’t let me allow sin to slow down my reflex to You. I need You in my life. Increase my faith and help me to encourage someone else today to stay firm in their faith too. Guide me and hold me close to Your heart. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Faith Is Required, Not a Lofty Intellect Hebrews 10:22–23
Faith is required of you, and a sincere life, not a lofty intellect nor a delving into the mysteries of God.
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Holy Preachers Thank Their Maker Acts 20:19; 1 Timothy 1:15–17
Holy preachers, when by their preaching they have gained the lives of their hearers, return thanks to Him of whose gift they have received, so that they attribute nothing in their operation to themselves, but to their Maker.
HILDEBERT OF LAVARDIN
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Chinese Leader Xi Jinping Lays out Plan to Control the Global Internet: Leaked Documents Chinese leader Xi Jinping personally directed the communist regime to focus its efforts to control the global internet, displacing the influential role of the United States, according to internal government documents recently obtained by The Epoch Times. In a January 2017 speech, Xi said the “power to control the internet” had become the “new focal point of [China’s] national strategic contest,” and singled out the United States as a “rival force” standing in the way of the regime’s ambitions.
Will Biden sacrifice Israel over Iran? Since the current negotiations among the major powers signatory to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action began with Iran and the participation of the US in 2015, I keep reading analyses and reports of a growing mismatch between American and Israeli positions on the US return to the nuclear deal. I have even been led to imagine that the Biden administration might sacrifice a strong strategic alliance with Israel if it were to oppose his position on returning to the deal.
Iran: Mysterious explosion decimates chemical plant near nuclear facility A chemical factory near the Iranian city of Qom went up in smoke on Sunday, ABC reports. At least two firefighters were among the injured in the massive blaze. Videos circulating on social media show heavy black smoke emitting from the Movaledan chemical factory which is in the area of Qom. Aside from being one of the Islamic Republic’s prominent religious cities, Qom is also located about 40 kilometers south of Iran’s nuclear facility.
How Bad Will the Tribulation Be? Revelation 6:9 makes the meaning clear: “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.” Slain is a sacrificial term that means “slaughter, butcher, murder.” God’s people have always experienced persecution in parts of the world, and many have sacrificed their lives for the Gospel throughout the centuries. As the world’s end draws near, persecution will rise to unprecedented levels, and many will be martyred—murdered—for their faith.
From bioweapons to super soldiers: how the UK is joining the genomic technology arms race Universal Soldier and Captain America are just a few Hollywood movies that have explored the concept of the super-soldier. Despite its sci-fi nature, several countries are looking to explore the potential of such prospects. Darpa intends to explore genetically editing soldiers to turn them into “antibody factories”, making them resistant to chemical or biological attacks.
Netanyahu vows to ‘hit the terrorists hard’ following attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel would respond with force following a terrorist shooting attack in Samaria Sunday. Netanyahu wished the victims a swift recovery, while saying he is confident Israeli security forces will bring those responsible to justice.
Washington denies Iran state media report saying prisoner swap agreed Iranian state television said on Sunday that Tehran would free four Americans accused of spying in exchange for four Iranians held in the United States and the release of $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds. However the US government denied that an exchange was in the works. The state TV, quoting an Iranian official, also said British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe would be released once Britain had paid off a debt on military equipment owed to Tehran.
Mossad chief discussed Iran with Biden in hour-long meeting Mossad Director Yossi Cohen had a full hour-long meeting with US President Joe Biden at the weekend, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Channel 12 first reported late Saturday that there had been an interaction between the two on Friday in the course of Cohen’s other meetings but the US State Department declined to comment on the meeting or even to confirm that it had taken place.
IDF beefs up forces in West Bank after shooting attack The IDF continued its manhunt Monday morning after two Palestinian gunmen who shot and wounded three 19-year old seminary students at the Tapuah Junction in the Samaria region of the West Bank the day before. Two of the victims were shot in the head and the chest and rendered unconscious. One was critically injured and another seriously injured, and both are still in the ICU…
Iran wants to balance the US with China – what are the implications? Iran has been increasing ties to China over the last years, impressively securing a 25-year deal with Beijing. The details of the deal are still obscure but Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted about the importance of China on Sunday. The point of his message should not be lost on the region, Iran is signaling that it can balance the US role in the region through work with Russia and China.
Fire, explosion at petrochemical plant in Iran An explosion and fire were reported at a petrochemical plant in the Shokuhieh Industrial Town in the Qom Province of Iran on Sunday, according to Iranian media. Some 150 firefighters and 20 firefighting vehicles worked to extinguish the large fire. Two firefighters were seriously injured and two of the fire trucks caught fire while battling the flames and were destroyed, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.
Iran foreign ministry denies US hostage swap imminent Iran’s foreign ministry says a state television report on prisoner swaps with the United States cannot be confirmed as a political rift widens ahead of presidential elections in June. Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that the report could not be confirmed and that the issue of swapping prisoners is being reviewed by both sides.
Tunisia to seek $4bn loan from IMF, PM says Tunisia will seek a $4bn loan programme from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in talks starting next week, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi told Reuters news agency, saying politicians faced a “last opportunity” to save the economy. Mechichi said on Friday he expected talks to last about two months and had “confidence” Tunisia could secure financial support…
Syria approves Assad, two others to run in presidential election Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court has accepted three applications out of 51 for candidacy for this month’s presidential elections in the war-torn country, state media reported Monday. The largely symbolic election is certain to be won by President Bashar Assad, who was chosen along with two other men, Abdullah Salloum Abdullah and Mahmoud Ahmad Marie, to run.
Two rockets target Baghdad airport base housing US troops Two rockets targeted an air base at Iraq’s Baghdad airport housing US-led coalition troops on Sunday, in the second such attack in 10 days, a security source said. One of the projectiles was intercepted by the C-RAM counter rocket, artillery and mortar system deployed to protect US troops in Iraq, the source told AFP.
China’s new nuclear submarine armed with missile that ‘could destroy any city in America’ China has unveiled a new nuclear submarine capable of destroying any city on the US mainland. Until now, most US cities had been out of the range of China’s submarine-launched missiles because of the protective “first island chain” – a series of US bases dotted across the Pacific ocean that are all equipped with sophisticated submarine detection systems.
Panic Sets In, They Know Whats Coming, They Don’t Want You To Know The big tech machine became wealthier in Biden’s first 100 days. [JB] is pushing for more food stamps, the question is why if the economy is going to be incredible? The [CB] are panicking, they know inflation is coming, they know when this hits it will destroy their system, it will push gold/silver and crypto to the moon, they are doomed.
Jumping worms are wreaking havoc in 15 US states Jumping worms are wreaking havoc in the ecosystems and garden soils of at least 15 U.S. states. Also known as crazy worms, Alabama jumpers and snake worms, they violently thrash when handled and shed their own tails to escape when put under duress.
Scientists turn single-use plastics into jet fuel Single-use plastics like plastic bags and plastic bottles could provide airplanes with the fuel they need to fly. In a recent breakthrough, a team of researchers from the University of Delaware found a way to break down single-use plastic waste into smaller carbon molecules, which can be used for jet fuel and diesel.
The president can’t seem to decide whether the American people are racist, or just their country.
When the primary talking point of an American president is also a categorical smear of 60% of the American people, that president is playing with fire. And judging by Joe Biden’s lame walk-back of his recent comments about the “systemic racism that plagues American life,” maybe his handlers are beginning to realize it.
Or perhaps South Carolina Senator Tim Scott simply forced Biden’s hand last Wednesday when, following the president’s speech to a third of Congress, he said, “Hear me clearly. 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.”
“No, I don’t think the American people are racist,” said Biden in an interview after his speech, “but I think after 400 years, African Americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the eight-ball in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity. I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow and before that, slavery, has had a cost, and we have to deal with it.”
There’s a lot to unpack here, but the big question is the one that columnist Liz Peek asks: “How can [the] country be racist if its people are not?”
Unfortunately, Biden’s questioner failed to ask it.
“A nation is defined by its citizens,” Peek writes. “Its people determine whether a country is optimistic, educated, hard-working, fair-minded and … whether it is racist. Surely a country cannot be racist if its people twice elected a black president or if they back policies demanding equality.”
This is especially true if that black president was elected despite having been the least experienced candidate in our nation’s history, and despite his first term having exposed him as a race-baiting, anti-American mediocrity.
In any case, Biden’s walk-back is missing something — namely, a directive that his federal government stop perpetuating policies that are utterly at odds with his professed beliefs. Critical Race Theory, whose fundamental purpose is to categorize white people as racist and drench them in white guilt, is infecting our government institutions, our school systems, and our corporate HR departments. How else are we to interpret Biden’s silence regarding these policies except as tacit approval of them?
Following the jury’s conviction of Officer Derek Chauvin on all counts for the death of George Floyd, Biden had a chance to soothe racial tensions by talking about how justice was served and how the system ultimately worked. Instead, he threw gas on the fire and his country under the bus. “It was a murder in the full light of day,” he said, “and it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism … that is a stain on our nation’s soul.”
And here we thought Barack Obama’s incessant apologies on the world stage were a disgrace.
Conversations about race are inherently difficult ones, primarily because the Left is so intolerant. And yet Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff purposefully wades in: “America has been ‘dealing’ for decades with the effects of slavery and Jim Crow on African-American education, health, and opportunity. Welfare checks go to blacks to a disproportionate degree. In terms of health, blacks benefit to a disproportionate extent from free care (Medicaid) and from subsidized care (the Affordable Care Act). In terms of education and opportunity, Blacks receive preferential admission to American colleges and universities — elite and otherwise.”
As Mirengoff put it, “Now that Biden is on record that Americans aren’t racist, let’s see him act as though he actually believes this.”
Biden blasted Trump’s China travel ban as “xenophobic,” but now he’s done the same thing.
On January 31, 2020, a novel and dangerous coronavirus from Wuhan, China, was rapidly spreading. Donald Trump acted decisively and announced a ban on travel from China. At the time, Joe Biden blasted the decision as xenophobic, insisting, “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia.”
Two days later, Biden added another charge against Trump’s travel ban by claiming it was unscientific: “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fearmongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”
A little over a month later, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. was rising exponentially and as Italy in particular was suddenly becoming overwhelmed with coronavirus patients, Trump expanded his travel ban to include Europe. Once again, Biden assailed Trump’s ban as an absolutely ineffective gesture: “A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe — or any part of the world — will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.”
(Trump came up with a plan, and Biden plagiarized and claimed credit for it, but that’s another story.)
Trump defended his travel ban by arguing, “I always treated the Chinese Virus seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the ‘borders’ from China — against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”
Nevertheless, Biden was quick to once again dubiously assert that Trump’s ban was xenophobic: “Stop the xenophobic fear-mongering. Be honest. Take responsibility. Do your job.”
Fast-forwarding to this past weekend, the White House announced that Biden would be issuing a ban against travel from India in light of that country’s recent spike in coronavirus cases. “On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will restrict travel from India staring immediately,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated. “The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinary high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India. The policy will take effect on Tuesday, May 4.”
So, does this make Biden “xenophobic” and “unscientific”? Is he fomenting “hysteria” and “fearmongering”? After all, this is the same man who still insists on wearing a mask even during Zoom calls and while he’s alone outside, despite the fact that he has been fully vaccinated.
Maybe Biden actually does have a bit of xenophobia when it comes to folks from India. Recall back in 2006, he stated, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.” We all thought it was an ill-conceived, off-color joke, but by Biden’s own standard, he’s clearly guilty.
Or maybe as Harmeet Dhillon, former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party, wryly suggests, “Seriously though, China sent us this virus. China is an arch enemy of India. Biden family is very close to China, as are its corporate cronies. Instead of sending HELP to our ally India, he sets up this ban with no self-awareness of how Democrats characterized travel bans before.”
Either way, Biden laid this political trap for himself. He stupidly insisted that Trump’s sensible policy decision somehow exposed Trump as being xenophobic and racist. It was a baseless charge for which Biden deserves to be held to account and called out for his blatant hypocrisy.
The Narrative is still reinforced, and the public is still misinformed.
Fake news from the Leftmedia is a daily occurrence, but retractions are rare. Such a blue moon came over the weekend — when it was sure to get less attention — as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and NBC News retracted elements of their anonymously sourced coverage of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani after his apartment was raided by the FBI. Even the retractions, however, were backhanded and reinforced The Narrative™.
All three corrections were variations on a theme. Each media outlet had erroneously reported that Giuliani received a warning from the FBI that he and others were targets of a Russian disinformation campaign. “Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing,” said the Times in its correction. NBC News explained that a second anonymous source informed the network that “the briefing was only prepared for Giuliani and not delivered to him, in part over concerns it might complicate the criminal investigation of Giuliani.”
In explaining its own correction, the Post said, “The story is focused on official concern that Rudolph Giuliani and One America News risked becoming part of Russian influence operations targeting the 2020 election. The incorrect detail removed from the story was the assertion that the FBI had briefed Giuliani and OAN about those concerns — it is now believed the bureau did not do so.”
In other words, the big takeaway from all three outlets is that the thrust of their stories is still true: Giuliani was unwittingly part of a Russian disinformation campaign; the FBI just didn’t tell him. Notice how NBC still made sure that even the correction mentions the “criminal investigation.”
This highlights two greater truths. First, Team Trump’s supposed “collusion” with Russia was the tired and false refrain every leftist sang from late 2016 all the way through the first impeachment sham over Donald Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Leftists are reviving that conspiracy theory with the investigation of Giuliani because they just can’t let go of the BIG Lie or their Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Second, the real collusion is between the Leftmedia and the Democrat Party. Some of the supposed “Russian disinformation” Giuliani is allegedly guilty of peddling was about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Yet the story about the laptop was not disinformation from Russia or elsewhere. Even so, Democrats used their plants in the deep state to strategically leak misinformation, while their allies in the Leftmedia and Big Tech colluded to suppress other unfavorable information just before the election, helping pave the way for Joe Biden’s victory.
As for the Leftmedia reporting on false leaked information, the Wall Street Journal editorial board argues, “The Post, Times and NBC ought to be furious for being misled, if that’s what happened, and should expose who did the misleading.”
They ought to be furious, but they’re not because this is all part of the game they’re playing too. Indeed, these “corrections” only highlight just how very corrupt this whole cabal really is.
The radical leftist indoctrination of kids in public schools is beyond scandalous.
“It is so fatally easy to make young children believe that they are horrible.” —children’s author T.H. White
It is time to call the majority of progressives who control America’s education system exactly what they are: Monsters.
Only monsters would rob young children of the innocence and wonder that is the essence of childhood, in a despicable effort to replace those qualities with a partisan political agenda. Only monsters would teach a child what to think, not how to think, and make them feel horrible if they don’t buy into it. And though the rank indoctrination of children has been occurring for more than half a century (if not longer), most parents and other adult Americans assumed that no matter what the children learned in school, they would ultimately “grow out of it” once they hit the “real world.”
That assumption is anachronistic. The real world has been wholly subsumed by cyberspace and all the pathologies that attend an ongoing and expanding obsession with social media. And the phones-turned-computers that make that obsession — and an equally burgeoning surveillance state — possible have all but eradicated anything resembling personal autonomy.
In short, conform or be canceled.
America’s educators are more than happy to nurture what amounts to a herd mentality, and because they are monsters more than willing to destroy a child’s innocence in service to their agenda, the entirety of American “education” can be reduced to a single concept that infects all subject matter, from math and science to art and culture, along with everything in between:
How does one get a child to fully embrace radical environmentalism? Tell a seven-year-old the planet has less than a dozen years to survive unless they’re willing to march in lockstep with that agenda, no matter what sacrifices are required.
And what would “education” be today without those same monsters feeding children a steady diet of Critical Race Theory (CRT), whereby a child is told his entire frame of reference and his innate goodness or badness are determined solely by the color of his skin? Only monsters would tell young children that they are inherently “privileged” or inherently “victims.”
The monsters in the Biden administration and the Democrat Party are more than willing to help enshrine this abhorrent dynamic. In April, the Department of Education (DOE) posted its “Proposed Priorities” for American history and civic education, and a bill, “Educating for American Democracy” (EAD), is pending in Congress. Together, and using federal funding as a hammer, they are aimed at ensuring every child in America is taught that they live in a systemically racist nation. And in case one might take issue with that assessment, know that the DOE is including the historically flawed and propagandist 1619 Project and the resources of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History to the mix, as a means of showing the way “history and civics education can lead us out of our dim, denialist past.”
Denialist past? America was one of the first nations on earth to end the universal practice of slavery — at a cost of 360,000 union soldiers’ lives. We passed three constitutional amendments banning slavery, guaranteeing due process and equal protection to former slaves, and securing the right of black Americans to vote. We continue to embrace minority business set-asides by government, affirmative action, and a dubious disparate impact theory whereby any nondiscriminatory practice that nonetheless produces a disproportionate negative effect on a protected group can be challenged as racist.
Yet for the monsters, Martin Luther King’s hope that the content of one’s character would transcend the color of one’s skin is effectively dead.
The transgender agenda? Is there anything more monstrous than teaching a young child that biological and chromosomal reality should be wholly subservient to a political agenda that asserts everything related to being a boy or a girl is “fluid” — and that anyone who dares to question that assertion is a “bigot”? Only monsters would knowingly and willingly confuse and/or terrify the vast majority of children to serve a tiny percentage of them. Only monsters would countenance — or is that champion? — irrevocably altering the biology of a seven-year-old boy with chemical castration or the removal of healthy breasts from adolescent girls in service to that agenda.
And once again, the monsters in the Biden administration are willing accomplices. Via executive order, boys self-identifying as girls will be given access to women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams. Schools that don’t comply will lose federal funding.
Critically, Americans must understand that at least two generations of children have grown up in a world where privacy is virtually nonexistent. It’s a world where Big Tech monsters, under the auspices of “enhancing” the educational experience, have been compiling digital profiles of young children at a level that would make George Orwell blush. And they are doing so often without parental permission — or knowledge.
Moreover, under the auspices of increasing educational opportunities, the Biden administration intends to provide the nation with universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds. Eighteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer put that effort in perspective, asserting, “There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.”
The pandemic? Perhaps nothing says “monster” more forcefully than the de facto extortion engendered by unionized educators who either outright refuse to return to in-school learning unless they receive odious political concessions, or are allowed to create a rigid conformity among children who remain required to wear masks at all times, even to the absurd point where a teen runner collapsed near the finish line of an 800-meter race because she couldn’t breathe properly.
How twisted are some of these unionized monsters? In Seattle, a school board decided a homeless encampment adjacent to an elementary school — replete with weapons and open drug use — should not be removed because it would be “inhumane” to do so, even as kids were only allowed to enter and exit the school from one side of the building. In Loudon County, Virginia, parents who opposed the teaching of CRT were targeted for retaliation by a group of teachers and parents whose stated purpose in part was to “infiltrate,” use “hackers” to silence parents’ communications, and “expose these people publicly.” The Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) district also distributed a graphic dividing Americans into “privileged” and “oppressed” groups.
For far too long, decent Americans have been reticent to call out those who would turn innocent children into progressive automatons. And concerned parents are made to believe they are horrible people if they refuse to embrace Marxist-based collectivism, in all its soul-crushing glory.
That time is over. Ideological zealots who would willingly drown the innocence and magic of childhood in a sea of nihilism, self-doubt, and self-loathing — and call it education, no less — are not to be abided, tolerated, or left unchallenged, any more than one would allow America’s children to be kidnapped, beaten, or sexually abused.
These people are monsters. And it’s time we said so — in no uncertain terms.
Communism, socialism, and fascism are all statism, and American capitalism is more like corporatism.
In the public arena, significant terms are often misused or misunderstood. In the last few years, the rise of socialism in the Democrat Party has brought the very word “socialism” into the daily lexicon, as Democrats are promising free stuff for everyone without explaining how all of it will be funded other than vague promises and/or threats to tax the rich. So, what is the difference between socialism and communism?
The Left criticizes the Right for being “fascist,” but in reality, most on the Right are working to establish capitalism or free markets that emphasize private property and personal opportunity via policies that cut regulations and honor work. There is obvious confusion about these terms, because fascism is a leftist ideology.
There’s a useful parable dating back to 1944 published in The Modern Language Journal:
Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
Communism: You have two cows. You give them to the government, and the government then gives you some milk.
Fascism: You have two cows. You give them to the government, and the government then sells you some milk.
Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
Nazism: You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.
When looking at the cow parable, we see clearly that in the systems of socialism, communism, and fascism, the government controls decisions regarding wealth, work, (re)distribution, and property rights. As Harry Binswanger explained almost a decade ago, these three are best categorized as statism, where individual rights and freedoms are minimized and even ignored.
Ayn Rand, the Russian-American philosopher and author of Atlas Shrugged, observed that statism means that one’s “life and work belong to the state — to society, to the group, the gang, the race, the nation — and that the state may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own, tribal, collective good.”
Statism appears in the policies and politics of the Left, which promises healthcare, education, universal incomes, and other goods and services paid for and provided by the government. Moreover, despite the loud cries of the Democrats that Republicans and those on the political Right are “fascists,” Democrats are instead the ones implementing a fascist tool when they use censorship, a critical element to feed the American people the current leftist party line.
While fascism technically leaves private property in the hands of individuals, the oppressive government controls, regulates, and dictates wealth, production, and (re)distribution with no freedom of speech or right of dissent. The Cancel Culture of today’s social media and tactics on the Left to censor, silence, and control have more in common with the practices of the National Socialist German Workers Party than a constitutional republic “instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” to secure certain unalienable rights endowed by our Creator. Remember, in its day, National Socialism sought a replacement to free-market capitalism with the collectivism and good of the ruling elite of the select political class.
By definition and practice, socialism, communism, and fascism are statist economies.
Is the economy of the United States, even when led by policies on the Center-Right, a free-market economy defined as capitalism? Do we see businesses and sectors of the economy with minimal control consistently and fairly regulated? The answer is, unfortunately, no. It’s actually corporatism that’s becoming the accepted way of life and commerce in America. Big corporations and special interest groups petition and influence government, requesting special regulations, subsidies, reduced taxes, and preferences. Government permits and protects representational monopolies and gives preferential protections for the biggest businesses and interests.
How would a government characteristic of corporatism deal with your cows? You have two cows. The government licenses, regulates, and taxes them while subsidizing Big Cows-R-Us to mass-produce milk. You’re free/forced to compete with Big Cow, which touts its woke policies and practices in response to social media pressure to garner more favor with politicians who dole out favorable carve-outs, grants, and tax breaks. You’re forced to work at another job and sell your two cows and buy milk from the company whose policies you don’t support but your taxes subsidize.
Plainly, the only -ism that Americans should permit is capitalism. All others have failed throughout history, and that’s no bovine scatology.
Powerful teachers union influenced CDC on school reopenings (NY Post)
“The American Federation of Teachers lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on, and even suggested language for, the federal agency’s school-reopening guidance released in February. The powerful teachers union’s full-court press preceded the federal agency putting the brakes on a full re-opening of in-person classrooms, emails between top CDC, AFT and White House officials show. … The close communication between the union and the feds came despite repeated assurances from CDC and Biden officials that the medical guidelines would ‘follow the science’ and be free of political interference. … The AFT and its affiliates have long been one of the most reliable and deep pocketed donor constituencies of the Democratic party, dropping almost $20 million to elect party members during the 2020 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”
And not a minute too soon: U.S. Catholic Bishops expected to advise denying communion to pro-abortion politicians like Joe Biden (Christian Post)
“United States bishops are considering formalizing their opposition to pro-abortion Catholic politicians receiving communion as they continue to speak out against President Joe Biden, a Catholic, over his support for abortion. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, scheduled to hold a national meeting in June, is considering approving a draft document that would advise Catholic politicians who support abortion not to receive communion. The consideration of the document comes as Biden continues to advocate for liberal abortion policies that directly conflict with the teachings of his faith, specifically, that all human life is sacred from natural conception until natural death.”
Government & Politics
Ominous bellwether: Democrats suffer blow after loss at Texas special election, prepare for “shellacking in 2022” (Fox News) | Reading the tea leaves? Cheri Bustos, House Democrats’ former campaign chief, announces retirement (Politico)
Joe Manchin doesn’t support DC statehood or election overhaul bills (The Hill) | Jim Clyburn agrees with Tim Scott that U.S. isn’t racist (Washington Examiner)
“Very disappointing”: Pentagon denies veterans a parking lot for Memorial Day “Rolling to Remember” motorcycle event, breaking 32-year-old tradition (Washington Examiner)
Senate Republicans criticize 1619 Project’s “divisive nonsense” in letter to ed secretary (Washington Times)
Insight: “You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can only be free if I am free.” —Clarence S. Darrow (1857-1938)
Upright: “What the left is doing is fighting bigotry with bigotry. And they’ve exposed their hypocrisy and their true motivation. It has nothing to do with ending prejudice; it has everything to do with claiming, or getting, more power. … There’s a coming backlash to this liberal oppression that is becoming front and center and they’re not even hiding their hands anymore… That’s why it’s so important that we stand in the gap for this nation because the greatest comeback in American history is on its way.” —Senator Tim Scott
Re: Double standards: “[Tim] Scott’s most controversial statement, allegedly, was to contend that, ‘America is not a racist country.’ … Yet, the very next morning, when asked by ABC News about Scott’s comments, Vice President Kamala Harris said: ‘I don’t think America is a racist country, but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.’ It’s one thing to see flagrant double standards in politics, and another thing to hear two people say the same thing within 24 hours and be treated completely differently.” —David Harsanyi
The bottom line: “The left’s demeaning of any African American who strays from leftist orthodoxy is one of the ugliest acceptable smears in our political discourse.” —David Harsanyi
Re: The Left: “The left devotes tremendous resources to smearing and defeating any female and minority Republicans. They do their best to destroy conservative minority candidates, and then attack the GOP for being ‘too white.’ The left claims to stand for diversity. But it can’t stand diversity of thought. The intolerant, totalitarian left increasingly demands that everyone must think, speak, act and vote the same way.” —Gary Bauer
For the record: “Absent similar hard commitments from India, China and other developing countries, which we don’t have, Biden’s emissions targets are likely to cause pain for Americans without improving our climate situation. U.S. and European emissions are already falling. Our reduction is more than made up for by increases in emissions from China and India. Without comparable commitments from these countries, Biden’s climate target would harm America’s working class and ship American jobs overseas for no benefit besides making wealthier Americans feel better about themselves. Look at the polarization in America today. The course Biden wants to embark on is just going to increase the divisions we already face.” —Neil Patel
Political futures: “Whether it is on human sexuality, the right to life for unborn children, gun rights, immigration sanity or a host of other issues, woke capital treats the Republican Party as more of an enemy than it would ever dream of treating sadistic detention facility managers in Xinjiang, China. Republicans should stop trying to prevent the unpreventable and permit its amicable divorce from corporate America to continue apace. … The GOP’s future comes in the form of a multiracial working-class political coalition — not in the C-suite.” —Josh Hammer
Observations: “In 2009, President Barack Obama created a spontaneous, hugely influential conservative grassroots movement on the basis of an $800 billion stimulus bill and a health care plan estimated to cost less than a trillion. In 2021, Biden is proposing to spend about $6 trillion in his first three big bills, and he can barely create more interest than the debate on wearing masks outdoors.” —Rich Lowry
Friendly fire I: “While I share President Biden’s urgency in fixing our broken immigration system, what I didn’t hear [Wednesday night] was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border, and I will continue holding this administration accountable to deliver the resources and staffing necessary for a humane, orderly process as we work to improve border security, support local economies, and fix our immigration system.” —Arizona Senator Mark Kelly
Friendly fire II: “[Governor Andrew Cuomo] should resign. I’ve been saying this for months. He can’t continue to lead. Nursing home scandal, sexual harassment and assault scandal, using his staff to write his book, I mean, it’s just — it doesn’t end. He just has to go.” —New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
And last… “No country on Earth is as obsessed with the ‘sins’ of its past as we are. Is that because those other countries have no sins? No. Many of them have done much worse, and done it for much longer. Yet they live in the present and we stay stuck in the past. It’s absurd and pathetic.” —Matt Walsh
Texas Governor Greg Abbott joined Maria Bartiromo in an exclusive one-on-one at the southern border Sunday – breaking down the crisis he’s seen firsthand, and what the federal government could be doing to intervene.
In the name of social justice and democracy is the U.S. becoming a police state? And, what is driving the west’s increasingly hysterical and paranoid policy toward Russia? What happened to engagement and diplomacy? CrossTalking with Glenn Diesen and George Szamuely.
On Newswatch AM May 3rd: Israel mourns the 45 victims of the stampede at a religious festival- the largest civilian disaster in the country’s history; Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, the leader of the Republican Conference, blasts President … …
President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly considering working with private firms to monitor “extremist chatter by Americans online” because the federal government is legally limited to what they can do without a warrant.
The report said the federal government is also banned from using false identities to gain access to private messaging apps and groups. The government can scan public social media profiles.
“The plan being discussed inside DHS, according to multiple sources, would, in effect, allow the department to circumvent” laws that limit what the federal government can do in surveilling U.S. citizens without a warrant, CNN reported. “A source familiar with the effort said it is not about decrypting data but rather using outside entities who can legally access these private groups to gather large amounts of information that could help DHS identify key narratives as they emerge.”
The report claimed that the private firms that the Biden administration is considering using would “act as middlemen” to obtain the information, which would consist of “broad summaries or analysis of narratives that are emerging on these sites” and would not “target specific individuals.” However, some of these firms use fake identities to access the private social media spaces that the government can’t access, which could cause potential legal headaches for the administration.
“Gathering information on US citizens — no matter how abhorrent their beliefs — raises instant constitutional and legal challenges,” the report added. “Civil liberties advocates and privacy hawks have long criticized any efforts to collect even publicly available information on Americans in bulk as a violation of Americans’ First and Fourth Amendment rights.”
The report was instantly criticized online by opponents on both sides of the aisle, including former intelligence officials.
Bryan Dean Wright, a Democrat and former CIA officer, wrote: “Joe Biden wants to ‘partner’ with the private sector to conduct surveillance because the Govt can’t do it without a warrant or ongoing investigation. This is monstrous.”
Joe Biden wants to “partner” with the private sector to conduct surveillance because the Govt can’t do it without a warrant or ongoing investigation.
Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows responded: “They spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and skated by with no consequences… and now they want to spy on you too. This is a chilling, terrible idea that should be roundly rejected.”
They spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and skated by with no consequences… and now they want to spy on you too.
“The government outsourcing warrantless domestic spying of American citizens to outside corporations doesn’t make it any less dangerous, unconstitutional or illegal,” political strategist Andrew Surabian wrote. “Do any pols have the courage to stand up to an increasingly lawless & authoritarian national security state?”
Francis Chan recently joined Revoice “gay Christian” conference leader, Preston Sprinkle, to discuss “unity” in the Church. During the course of the conversation, Chan begins to talk about how he used to judge false teachers without personally knowing them and how he regrets doing that.
In a shocking new revelation from Francis Chan, it is now apparent that who we thought was one of the worst charismatic false prophets in all of Christendom is actually a “godly man” with an office full of John MacArthur commentaries.
No, this is not the Babylon Bee or the Nod Daily News–Francis Chan actually says this.
Richard Roberts, the CEO of Oral Roberts Ministry, wrote an article for Charisma News where he lauded and praised the famous modalist for his “powerful words” and “wisdom and insight” on the topic of “communicating to breakthrough in relationships” during an appearance on his podcast Expect a Miracle.
Unless an orthodox Trinitarian, T. D. Jakes has gone on record as saying he doesn’t believe that Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, but rather is just a “manifestation” of God. In fact, even now his church website reads “There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
Despite not being a Christian even a little, Roberts gave Jakes free reign to discuss a host of topics, as well as promote his new book “Don’t Drop The Mic,” all while describing the encounter and conversation with Jakes as “Spirit-filled.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the purveyor of theological poison known as Charisma has promoted and endorsed Jakes. They have a long history of it, showing again why they have no discernment, and no regard for the love of truth or foundational Christian doctrine.