“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
The Soul More Valuable Than 10,000 Worlds Psalm 139:14; Matthew 10:31; Luke 12:7
Fearfully and wonderfully … am I made, and designed for nobler ends and uses than for a few days to eat, and drink, and sleep, and talk, and die. My soul is of more value than ten thousand worlds.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Bend Difficulties with Sweetness Proverbs 25:15; Ephesians 4:1–6; 2 Timothy 2:24–26
When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but prudently let them pass, and bend them with sweetness and time. If all do not show themselves disposed, have patience, and advance as far as you can with the rest.
FRANCIS DE SALES
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance. (Matthew 13:12)
When the Lord has given to a man much grace, He will give him more. A little faith is a nest egg; more faith will come to it. But then it must not be seeming faith, but real and true. What a necessity is laid upon us to make sure work in religion and not to profess much, and possess nothing! For one of these days the very profession will be taken from us, if that be all we have. The threatening is as true as the promise.
Blessed be the Lord, it is His way when He has once made a beginning to go on bestowing the graces of His Spirit, till He who had but little, and yet truly had that little, is made to have abundance. Oh, for that abundance! Abundance of grace is a thing to be coveted, It would be well to know much but better to love much. It would be delightful to have abundance of skill to serve God but better still to have abundance of faith to trust in the Lord for skill and everything.
Lord, since Thou hast given me a sense of sin, deepen my hatred of evil. Since Thou hast caused me to trust Jesus, raise my faith to full assurance. Since Thou hast made me to love Thee, cause me to be carried away with vehement affection for Thee!
“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. “ Psalm 34:18
Can you imagine if my crystal vase fell off this shelf onto the hardwood floor below? It would crash and break into innumerable pieces unable to be put back together.
What do you do when your world is crumbling in a thousand tiny pieces and you see it slipping through your hands?
You are grasping to hold on, keep it from falling apart, but all you hold in your hands is shattered, broken pieces.
Nothing is too broken for God.
He wants to put it back together and put it back stronger than before, better than before, and often in a new direction. His process of restoration and rebuilding will bring change. You won’t be the same person after having gone through this. You will be a new, improved you!
He will not put you back together only to have you pick up where you left off before this trial happened. You are not the person you were going into this experience. You have learned many things and you have grown and are still growing. God will use this growth so you can now help others. What a privilege it is to be able to help someone go through a similar storm to one God has just brought us through.
You can trust your heavenly Father to rebuild what the enemy has torn down, if you will lay all the pieces of your life into His hands and call on Him to rebuild what is broken. He will make all things beautiful in His perfect way and in His perfect time. Your heavenly Father wants you to trust Him as you have never trusted before.
Do you want to start trusting Christ Jesus today to be the healer of your broken heart? Your healing journey with him can start today with a simple prayer that expresses your trust and belief in him. If you believe these words, then say this sample prayer and HE WILL come into your life.
“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Be the healer of my soul.”
This is just the beginning. We encourage to read the links below and get connected with a good church. Also, consider an online mentor which we can connect you to.
Is there anybody you’d rather not see in heaven? What if God chooses to extend mercy to that person? Would you go away and pout like Jonah?
When Jonah finally got his directions straight and went to preach to Nineveh, he was distraught because they heeded his warnings about God’s coming judgment, and God showed them mercy by reneging on his intention to destroy the city. Turns out this is exactly what Jonah was afraid would happen, and that’s why he didn’t want to go there in the first place. In this case, Jonah was all over justice being done, but the city got mercy instead.
Justice and mercy are two sides of God that come together in Christ. The cross of Christ is both the justice of God and the mercy of God. It is the justice of God in that it is the payment for sin. If you’ve ever wished an evil act would get its proper due, that wish was fulfilled in the cross. The cross catches the human race in the act of sin and disobedience. It’s the bad guys getting what they deserve. But it is also the mercy of God in that Christ is on it and not you or me. Christ is on it in our place, and that’s where this gets personal. Everybody gets it, even the bad guys I wish God’s judgment on. If I want mercy for myself, I have to allow it for everyone else with no partiality. This is the lesson Jonah had to learn and I’m not so sure he learned it. Nineveh repented of its evil ways, but there is no indication that Jonah repented of his judgment without mercy.
Mercy is such good news. It is good news for everyone, but especially for me, because I know my sin better than anyone, but it must be given to be received. You can’t receive mercy and still make everyone around you pay. If you get mercy, they get it – even the worst of them – the ones you hope you don’t see in heaven.
We may need to make some adjustments in our thinking.
“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13
Being tender-hearted can also be defined as being compassionate, big-hearted, showing pity, sorrow, sympathy and having empathy toward those who are suffering or in need. This tender-heartedness or compassion prompts us into action. It’s not enough to have compassion only to walk away and do nothing.
Throughout the Old Testament, we read of God’s compassion upon His covenant people when they were enslaved in Egypt and wandered the desert for forty years. In spite of their constant murmuring, rebellion and unfaithfulness a tender-hearted God was long-suffering. He provided for all their needs. He protected them and delivered them into the Promised Land.
Throughout the New Testament, we read of Jesus’ compassion for the poor, the sick, the hungry and the social outcasts. The pinnacle of Jesus’ compassion was His response to our need for a Saviour by laying down His own life on Calvary’s cross, as an atoning sacrifice for all our sin.
Being tender-hearted is more than just feelings – it is compassion put into action. As the Parable of the Good Samaritan demonstrates, we don’t just walk around the physically and spiritually needy, but we rise to the occasion to actually help others in their need. Being tender-hearted often involves commitment and sacrifices. It often comes at a personal price.
Since God is so tender-hearted toward us undeserving sinners, how much more, as imitators of God, should we not also be tender-hearted and compassionate toward others?
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that we may be big-hearted Christians who show the compassion and love of Christ to those in need.
Rev. Henry Van Olst felt called to the ministry at the age of 32 after 12 years of working in the accounting field. He served the Parkland Reformed Church (URC) of Ponoka, Alberta from 1993 to 2005; served in several other churches, and upon retirement in 2020 moved back to Ponoka, Alberta along with his wife Mary, to be closer to their four married children and fifteen grandchildren. Rev. Van Olst remains active in preaching and teaching as the church is currently vacant. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
NOAA Satellite Captures Tropical Storm Blanca Near Mexico Satellite imagery showing Tropical Storm Blanca churning off the coast of Mexico was released on Wednesday, June 2, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Satellite and Information Service said its GOES West satellite captured Tropical Storm Blanca, as well as lightning flashes within and around the storm, from Monday to Tuesday.
Scientists Measured The Mass of The Human Chromosome For The First Time For the first time, scientists have been able to accurately measure the mass of the human chromosome. Using a powerful X-ray source at the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, the Diamond Light Source, physicists were able to determine the individual masses of all 46 chromosomes in human cells. “Our measurement suggests the 46 chromosomes in each of our cells weigh ….
Iran Rearming Hamas with ‘Thousands of New Rockets’ The Iranian regime is giving Hamas terrorists resources to produce “thousands of new rockets” in the Gaza Strip, according to a new report in Tehran’s state-controlled media. Following a two-week-long war with Israel this month in which Hamas and other terror groups bombarded the Jewish state with missiles funded and provided by Iran, Hamas is moving to restock its weapons cache. “With the end of the Israeli regime’s latest aggression, the Palestinian resistance has resumed the process of rocket production,” Fathi Hamad, a member of Hamas’s politburo, was quoted as saying over the Memorial Day weekend by Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency. ”
Houseboats Removed from Lake Oroville as Water Levels Drop Due to Drought At least 130 houseboats have been hauled from Lake Oroville as drought dries up the California lake, Lake Oroville public safety chief says. As of Wednesday, Lake Oroville was at 38% of capacity and 45% of the average early June water level. As water levels fall, the houseboats were at risk of getting stuck or sustaining damage. Many of the houseboats now sit in parking lots next to the lake.
First human case of H10N3 bird flu strain reported in China The first human case of a rare strain of bird flu known as H10N3 has been reported in a 41-year-old man in eastern China. The man is from Jiangsu province, north-west of Shanghai, and was admitted to hospital on 28 April. He is in a stable condition, China’s National Health Commission said. Until now, no human case of H10N3 has been reported elsewhere, and the risk of large-scale spread among people is low, the commission said.
Is Turkey trying to provoke a new conflict in Manbij, Syria? Turkey is angling for a meeting with US President Joe Biden and is seeking to host the US UN envoy. Turkey’s narrative is that it wants to reconcile with the US after years of bashing Washington, detaining and harassing Americans, accusing the US of plotting a 2016 coup attempt, and even threatening US soldiers in Syria.
Disaster for Iran as its largest naval ship sinks Iran suffered another humiliating disaster after its largest naval ship, which it calls a naval training support vessel, was destroyed in a fire. The fire happened near the port of Jask, as rumors circulated throughout the night.
Tehran: Fire reported in oil refinery in Iran A huge fire broke out at an oil refinery in the southern part of the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian state media reported, saying there were so far no reports of casualties. Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said all operations had been suspended at the facility, known as the Tondguyan refinery, as firefighters tried to contain the blaze.
Anti-Netanyahu bloc announces deal on new gov’t After intense negotiations into the night, Yesh Atid leader informs president he has enough support in the Knesset for new coalition to unseat Israel’s longest-serving premier. But official swearing in could be 10 days away, giving PM time to find ways to continue his term.
Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Molucca Sea, Indonesia A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit the Molucca Sea, Indonesia at 10:09 UTC on June 3, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 31.2 km (10.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). The epicenter was located 127.5 km (79 miles) WSW of Ternate, North Maluku, and 194 km (121 miles) SE of Tondano, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Without Trump, Netanyahu there is no block to an Iran deal – analysis In 2015, former US President Barack Obama…signed the deal with the Islamic Republic…The cementing of a coalition deal between Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid not only appears to herald the end of Benjamin Netanyahu’s prime ministerial reign…it also removes the last major thorn in the side of the parties seeking a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear agreement.
Tropical Cyclone “Choi-wan” (Dante) to make landfall over Batangas Province, Philippines Tropical Cyclone “Choi-wan” will make landfall over Batangas Province, Philippines at around 09:00 UTC (17:00 LT) on June 2, 2021, and traverse western and central Luzon over the next 2 days. Prolonged heavy rains have already flooded parts of Mindanao, leaving 3 people dead and one missing. DOST-PHIVOLCS has issued lahar advisory for Mayon volcano on June 1, and Taal and Pinatubo volcanoes on June 2, 2021.
“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)
The nation’s highest-paid bureaucrat withheld important COVID-19 information from the American people.
It sounds like a bad joke. Our nation’s federal government employs some four million people, and the highest-paid person among them is Dr. Anthony Fauci.
So we wonder: Has this guy ever had a performance review?
More than 3,200 pages of Fauci’s emails are now public, having been obtained by BuzzFeed News through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. They cover the Not-So-Good Doctor’s communications with all manner of correspondents during the period from January to June 2020, and they give us a glimpse into how Fauci handled his job. They also further degrade his reputation as the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases — and, even more than that, his reputation for honesty and integrity.
Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made a key point, saying, “Part of the troubling thing [with the emails] is, not only do they seem to correspond with what President Trump said and what Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo said in terms of the origins of the virus, but it indicates that Dr. Fauci had knowledge, or at least a suspicion, of things not happening in an evolutionary manner very early on, and he didn’t share that.”
Was Fauci intentionally withholding this information? It sure seems so. Recall that Donald Trump routinely and correctly called COVID-19 “the China Virus,” and he went on record more than a year ago with “a high degree of confidence” that COVID-19 came from a Chinese lab.
Didn’t Fauci have a duty to present the president’s side of the story, especially in the face of a Trump-deranged mainstream media and Big Tech oligarchy — both of which we now know actively suppressed evidence that supported the president’s public statements on the lab-leak theory?
And then there was Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who was regularly mocked by CNN and its ilk for having shared his spot-on instincts about the ChiComs as early as January 2020. If anyone deserves a commendation and an apology, it’s Tom Cotton.
The release of Fauci’s emails is thus one more piece in a mosaic of COVID-19 malfeasance by Big Tech, Beltway bureaucrats, and our fundamentally dishonest media. The scandal — and it is a scandal — was neatly captured by Republican Congressman Steve Scalise in a single tweet: “Big Tech was censoring posts about the Wuhan lab leak. The media was calling people who talked about the Wuhan lab leak conspiracy theorists. All while Fauci himself was emailing about COVID-19 possibly leaking from the Wuhan lab. Let that sink in.”
When it comes to holding Fauci accountable, though, no one beats Kentucky Senator Rand Paul — either for early and sustained assault or for terseness: “Told you,” he tweeted yesterday. As Fox News reports:
Paul has repeatedly criticized Fauci on social media and in interviews for his comments on herd immunity, wearing masks … and his dismissal of a theory suggesting COVID-19 may have originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. … Paul has also condemned Fauci’s claim made during a May 25 congressional hearing that a $600,000 federal grant from NIAID did not directly fund the lab’s gain-of-function research, which is research that involves modifying a virus to make it more infectious among humans.
And so, Fauci, the 80-year-old bureaucrat who even today is being hailed by Democrat dead-enders and their media trucklings as “a rare source of frank honesty within the Trump administration’s COVID-19 task force,” has once again been exposed — and this time by his own words.
As the Washington Examiner reports, those words include an April 2020 exchange with a man named Peter Daszak, “the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a research group that secured a grant to perform coronavirus research in Wuhan before the pandemic, wrote to Fauci ‘to say a personal thank you on behalf of our staff and collaborators’ after Fauci dismissed the idea that the pandemic started due to a lab accident in Wuhan.”
Was Daszak’s research of the highly dangerous gain-of-function variety? Inquiring minds want to know.
What we do know is that Daszak was selected to be part of the World Health Organization’s sham probe into the origins of COVID, where he continued to push the wet market theory.
One of the more outrageous revelations from the Fauci email trove concerns a different kind of neglect. As the Washington Free Beacon reports, “‘Too long for me to read,’ Fauci wrote in response to a March 2020 email from a physicist with extensive experience in China, or ‘tl;dr,’ as the kids say. The expert had reached out to express concern about ‘fabricated data’ coming out of China and the communist country’s other efforts to conceal the true extent of the virus.”
Thus, much of what we now know about Anthony Fauci’s role in the most consequential event since 9/11 can be summed up in two acronyms: TLDR and TDS. Fauci didn’t read a crucial email because, in his words, it was too long for him to read. And Fauci also failed to tell the whole truth about what he knew concerning COVID-19’s origins, perhaps because he didn’t want to damage his standing among his admirers, many of whom were (and still are) suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
As the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro sums it up, “The Fauci emails just show that Fauci consistently took the path of least resistance: downplaying the Wuhan lab leak theory, flip-flopping on masking, militantly fighting Rand Paul over post-covid immunity even though he knew better (Paul was right). Fauci wasn’t following science as a primary goal. He was a bureaucratic institutionalist, which is precisely what you would expect from a career bureaucrat. Which is why it was insane for the media to saint him as a groundbreaking truthteller just to spite Trump.”
Trump Derangement Syndrome meant reporters refused to question the origin of COVID.
“As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of the Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound tracks, cartoons, photographs — to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance.” —George Orwell, 1984
“Look, some things may be true even if Donald Trump said them.” —Jonathan Karl, ABC News
In a single sentence stated to Martha Raddatz during an exchange on “This Week,” Jonathan Karl summed up the wholesale corruption that attends mainstream media giants and their Big Tech collaborators — and the utter contempt they have for anyone who challenges their narrative. Quite simply, as long as there was a 2020 presidential election in doubt, Donald Trump and anyone else who even suggested that COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, China, was dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist.”
The self-aggrandizing “fact-checkers” at Snopes epitomized part of this coordinated effort. Citing an interview between Tucker Carlson and Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, during which Yan insisted the virus was made in a lab, Snopes labeled the assertion “controversial and outright false” and further insisted “conspiracy theorists have peddled notions that the virus was made in a lab and intentionally released as a biological weapon despite rigorous scientific research proving otherwise.”
Facebook epitomized the other half of the equation, enacting a policy whereby all claims that “COVID-19 is man-made or manufactured” would be deleted.
In short, anything challenging the idea that the virus originated in nature was either ridiculed or censored.
Historian Victor Davis Hanson reminds us how virulent the mendaciousness truly was. “Do we remember last year’s ‘science’ behind the origins of the Wuhan virus?” he writes. “Our alphabetized bicoastal ‘medical professionals’ followed the ‘science’ in assuring us that the virus originated with bats — or were they pangolins? — in a ‘wet’ meat market. The scientific chorus echoed the ‘impossibility’ that the ‘viral sequencing’ could ever have been altered by humans. To suggest so, was racist, xenophobic, Trumpian, and backward.”
Now that Trump has lost election, the very same media and Big Tech have “suddenly” discovered the lab leak theory has credibility after all — even if they’ve completely lost theirs as a result.
A couple of before and after headlines, from the Washington Post and the New York Times, reveal just how thoroughly the ostensible news sources discredited themselves. “After Wuhan mission on pandemic origins, WHO team dismisses lab leak theory,” stated the Post headline on February 9, 2021. May 25? “Timeline: How the Wuhan lab-leak theory suddenly became credible,” the paper stated. On April 12, the Times headline was, “Why Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish. And Why It Matters.” May 27? “Good morning. The lab-leak theory is everywhere. We have an explainer.”
The “explainer” would make Orwell blush. Columnist David Leonhardt first insists that “not much has not changed,” adding, “From the beginning, the virus’s origin has been unclear.” He then states that the dismissal of a lab origin was “a classic example of groupthink, exacerbated by partisan polarization.”
Not partisan polarization. Orchestrated progressive propagandizing that, as Hanson also reminds us, was not simply about debunking the lab origin theory but relying on so-called unimpeachable sources like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates, to assure us that China “had no reason to hide anything” and “was doing its best as a good global citizen to join in the global effort to stop this naturally occurring virus.”
No one has squandered his credibility more than Fauci, and yet CNN dupe Chris Cillizza was one of many journalists more than willing to carry his water. On May 5, 2020, Cillizza triumphantly declared that Fauci “just crushed” Trump’s theory on the origins of the coronavirus. “Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species,” Fauci stated at the time.
That was enough for Cillizza. With immense self-satisfaction, he declared, “Now, before we play the game of ‘he said, he said’ remember this: Only one of these two people is a world-renowned infectious disease expert. And it’s not Donald Trump.”
Fauci on May 23, 2021? “I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened.”
Cillizza a day later? “The origins of the virus remain not fully known. Tracing that is, at root, [is] a medical and public health question — not a political one,” he writes.
And just like that, Cillizza crushed himself.
As for Fauci, his newfound skepticism is likely based on the reality that the NIH he led gave $3.7 million in funding to a New York-based nonprofit, EcoHealth Alliance, run by British-born Dr. Peter Daszak, who then gave nearly $600,000 of that funding to help fund the gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute — the same Peter Daszak chosen by the WHO as the sole American representative to take part in its phony investigation of the Wuhan lab.
Moreover, during questioning by Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), Fauci revealed how ideologically compromised he truly is. His insistence he never gave the Wuhan lab any money for gain-of-function research precipitated an astounding exchange. “Here’s where I’m getting at: You gave them money, and you said, ‘Don’t do gain-of-function research’?” Kennedy asked. “Correct,” Fauci responded. “And they said, ‘We won’t’?” Kennedy inquired. “Correct,” stated Fauci.
Kennedy pressed further. “And you have no way of knowing whether they did or not, except you trust them. Is that right?” he asked. “Well, we generally always trust the grantee to do what they say, and you look at the results,” Fauci answered.
Finally, the most obvious question of all. “Have you ever had a grantee lie to you?” Kennedy asked. “I cannot guarantee that a grantee has not lied to us because you never know,” Fauci answered.
Today, there’s a lot Fauci seemingly doesn’t know, including the reality that Chinese scientists deemed “competent” and “trustworthy” by him can be compelled to do virtually anything by their communist government overlords.
Yet what Fauci did know is damning: Emails obtained by BuzzFeed courtesy of an FOIA reveal NIH scientist Kristian Andersen told him the Wuhan coronavirus looked “potentially engineered” — on January 31, 2020.
Tellingly, Fauci’s increasing lack of credibility makes him the perfect shill for a Biden administration that shut down an investigation by the Trump administration’s State Department into COVID-19’s origin, because Team Biden doubted the “legitimacy of the findings.” The administration is now conducting one of its own probes and is supposed to report back to Biden 82 days from today.
What can Americans expect? As Hanson puts it, “The enemy of science is always dogma.”
No doubt. But the enemy of truth is money, and to believe America’s globalist elites and their media lapdogs are prepared to hold China responsible for anything that might reflect badly on their bottom lines is to ignore the immutable reality that they have sold their collective souls to communist thugs — while a thoroughly duplicitous media have protected their interests, every step of the way.
That those thugs are responsible for more than half a million dead Americans? “I think a lot of people have egg on their face,” Karl stated.
Not egg on their face, Jonathan. Blood on their hands.
HR 4 is an attempt to resurrect DOJ control over state election laws.
Even power-mad Democrats have to give in to reality occasionally, and the current reality is that HR 1, their attempt to federalize election law and create a permanent leftist voting majority, is not going to sail through to passage. While the Democrat-controlled House has twice passed the legislation, the evenly split Senate is another matter — even if they get around the filibuster, only one or two Democrat holdouts can keep the legislation from reaching Joe Biden’s desk. Democrats need insurance.
Enter HR 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. It’s very much the brother of HR 1 in that it’s designed to look like a forthright voter protection bill on the surface, but underneath it’s a power grab that would allow Democrats to set up a permanent federal infrastructure to control voting in America for decades to come.
You may remember that HR 1 is a grab bag of leftist provisions that nationalizes voting laws, vastly expands mail-in voting, eliminates voter ID, institutionalizes same-day voter registration and early voting, and rolls back state laws preventing felons from voting. The so-called For the People Act masquerades as an attempt to protect voters’ rights after the chaos of the 2020 election. Of course, the chaos of the 2020 election was sowed by Democrat measures that called for early voting, bulk-mail balloting, and other actions that left the system wide open to fraud.
But, according to Democrats and the media, there was no voter fraud in 2020. Of course, that prompts a question: Why all the fuss about election laws?
HR 4 is similar to its legislative counterpart in another way: It is a solution in search of a problem.
Proceeding from the point that voter suppression is a major issue, this bill gives wide-ranging power to Biden’s Department of Social Justice to whip states into line and oversee any state-level changes to voting law. The DOJ could force states to conform to leftist guidelines that will, like HR 1, create an infrastructure to ensure a permanent Democrat electoral majority.
HR 4 would reinstate the preclearance provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that gave the DOJ power to overrule a state voting statute if that statute was deemed to deliberately discriminate against a group of voters. Recall that prior to the Voting Rights Act, blacks in the American South lived in a state of perpetual discrimination thanks to Jim Crow laws put in place by Democrats over a century prior. Preclearance was a way to correct these bad laws.
The Supreme Court struck down preclearance in 2013, ruling that it was no longer needed. The 2012 election had seen a record number of black voters, and long gone were the days of fire hoses, attack dogs, and the Ku Klux Klan. The system had been corrected and states didn’t need to be overseen by Big Brother.
Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer see it differently. They want the public to believe that the current situation for minority voters is as bad, or worse, than the 1960s and before. HR 4 would reinstall preclearance on a permanent basis, giving the federal government power to overrule or negate any state law it saw as a bulwark to voting, including voter ID and other voter integrity provisions. State and local jurisdictions would be placed under federal oversight if the DOJ identified 15 local voting rights violations within 25 years or 10 state voting rights violations in the same time frame. What exactly constitutes a violation is delightfully nebulous, giving the federal government carte blanche to decide when and where to intervene on the state level.
It would be no mean feat to drum up the requisite number of violations for the DOJ to step in and seize control of a state’s voting laws. Surely, the ACLU or any other of a myriad of leftist organizations would be more than happy to oblige their federal overlords by mapping out however many lawsuits and grievances were necessary to reach the violation threshold.
HR 4 is nothing more than a plan B for the Democrats should HR 1 fail. It is cut from the same cloth, designed to take voting laws away from the states under the false pretense of protecting voters from discrimination where none exists. It is a power grab for Democrats trying to permanently fix the rules in their favor and nothing besides.
He may smear the country as racist, but his point about advertising undermines his case.
Joe Biden has a long history of spinning yarn. In fact, one might be inclined to conclude that it’s his modus operandi. And one of his favorite lies of late is the false claim that America is a deeply racist nation.
Speaking at the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, Biden asserted, “Terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today.” He even went so far as to claim that white supremacy, a term he loves to throw out while never defining it, poses a graver threat to our nation than al-Qaida or ISIS.
Is Biden seriously that mentally gone as to not recognize just how absurd his claim is? Never mind how deeply offensive it is. Does he not recall the horrors of 9/11, thousands of innocent Americans dead, all at the hands of jihadi terrorists? Or what about the rise of ISIS and its barbaric brutality? It certainly was not what Barack Obama dubbed the “jayvee team” when it came to dishing out terrorism, including the gruesome mass murder of victims unfortunate enough to be caught in its self-declared caliphate.
Moreover, where are all these white supremacists terrorizing Americans? No one seems to know. In fact, there is simply no data to justify such a false and divisive claim. But as noted above, peddling fiction is how Biden plies his trade.
As “proof” of this dangerous threat of white supremacy supposedly facing the nation, Biden cited Republican-led state efforts to pass election integrity laws. Touting HR 1, the effort by Democrats to ensure their control of government in perpetuity, Biden insisted, “This sacred right [to vote] is under assault with an incredible intensity like I’ve never seen. … It is simply un-American.” Efforts to safeguard our elections with voter ID laws are thus deemed “racist” and a greater threat than jihadi terrorists.
Biden attempted to further “prove” his charge of America’s “deep racism” by obtusely claiming that “young black entrepreneurs are just as capable of succeeding given the chance as white entrepreneurs are, but they don’t have lawyers, they don’t have accountants.” So, who’s the racist again?
However, Biden then effectively blew up his entire odious claim of white supremacy when he opined about television advertising: “Those of you who are over 50, how often did you ever see advertisements on television with black and white couples? Not a joke. I challenge you, find today when you turn on the stations, sit on one station for two hours, and I don’t know how many commercials you’ll see — two or three out of five have mixed race couples in them. That’s not by accident. They’re selling soap, man. Not a joke. Remember old Pat Caddell used to say, ‘You want to know what’s happening in American culture? Watch advertising,’ because they want to sell what they have.”
As Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff observes, Biden makes a point he probably didn’t intend: “Advertising is still about selling. If America had an ‘implicit bias’ problem, you wouldn’t see so many ads with black/white couples. You would hardly see any. So too, if America had a ‘systemic racism’ problem or, indeed, a serious problem of ordinary racism.”
Besides, this isn’t a new phenomenon, even if Biden is just now discovering it. For the last two decades at least, there has been an increasingly concerted effort to make entertainment, including TV advertising, reflect the diversity of our country. Aside from the division caused by Democrat race-baiting, Americans are more tolerant than ever before.
Rather than celebrating the fact that America has come a long way from past racist actions, however, Biden is hell-bent on dividing the country and painting all those who voted for Donald Trump as “white supremacists” and the biggest threat to “democracy.” And he calls this unity.
CBS relays the sad stories of the supposed victims of Republican “cruelty.”
“Gig workers to lose all unemployment benefits in 20 GOP states,” blared a recent CBS News headline. It includes the panicked quote, “You can’t prepare for it.” That, says one of CBS’s subheaders, is “Cruelty, plain and simple.” The message is clear: Heartless Republicans are going to hurt people, compounding misery and suffering during the coronavirus pandemic.
The real meat of the story is what CBS doesn’t even mention: The government has been subsidizing unemployment by paying many people more not to work than they would earn at a $15/hour job. That extra $300 a week isn’t the only factor in last month’s pathetic jobs report, of course, but it is a big reason many people stay on the sidelines. And numerous Republican governors are saying enough is enough.
CBS reports: “All told, about 1 million gig workers and nontraditional workers who qualified for PUA [Pandemic Unemployment Assistance] will cease to receive benefits in the 20 states that are curtailing the program early. These states have provided a 30-day warning that the benefits are ending, but workers who spoke to CBS MoneyWatch said they believe they will need more time than that to find employment. These workers represent a diverse pool — from freelance writers and musicians to dog walkers, house cleaners and Uber drivers.”
The point of this type of “news” story is to find a sympathetic victim or two, drum up their woes as representative of some larger narrative, and hang it around Republican necks.
It works because it’s compelling to make individual connections. Personal stories are always more relatable than data. Indeed, we certainly do sympathize with the millions of Americans who are still struggling to find work as the economy slowly reopens after COVID. Their stories are often heartbreaking.
But which party advocated lockdowns and persisted in maintaining them far longer than anyone could honestly argue was necessary? Why are these workers unemployed in the first place? And who created a new entitlement for them that would then become “heartless” to remind them is temporary?
The only time CBS uses the word “Democrat” in the article is quoting a tweet from Bernie Sanders about how compassionate his party is: “Democrats in Congress secured life-saving unemployment aid to workers so they wouldn’t have to go back to work for starvation wages or without childcare.” Sanders pleaded with the labor secretary “to ensure Republican Governors do not strip that assistance away.”
See how he tied unemployment benefits to the Democrats’ “living wage” trope? CBS let it slide without mention. The network did, however, immediately quote an activist railing about the “systemic racism” that means Republican actions will be even worse for minorities.
The truth is that the pandemic has seen two recoveries — one Republican and one Democrat. Unemployment remains persistently high in Democrat states, not Republican ones. Yet CBS almost exclusively quoted “victims” and left-wing activists because the Democrats’ Leftmedia super PAC would rather stick to highlighting only the misery supposedly caused by cruel Republican governors.
Is it just us, or is the American Dream so much more than another couple of months of enhanced government checks?
The abject hypocrisy of corporate virtue-signaling.
First it was Atlanta-based Woca-Cola jumping on the bandwagon of corporations objecting to voter integrity.
Then Delta Airlines, Georgia’s largest employer, chastised Georgia legislators for strengthening election integrity. Delta CEO Ed Bastian made his position crystal clear: “I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values.” Apparently, Delta’s “values” include promoting the Democrats’ bulk-mail ballot fraud strategy.
Now comes word that American Airlines has joined the virtue-signaling party after Texas legislators prepared to pass voter identification requirements to ensure election integrity in their state.
But American Airlines CEO Doug Parker may wish to reconsider the abject hypocrisy of this race-hustling charade. And Delta has the same problem.
No, I am not talking about the fact that you can’t get on one of their flights anywhere in the world without a government-issued photo ID. I am talking about the fact that most of the countries they serve around the world require voter IDs to vote. Evidently, most nations prefer election integrity.
According to John Lott, who most recently served as senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, dealing with voter fraud is a key issue:
Of 47 nations surveyed in Europe — a place where, on other matters, American progressives often look to with envy — all but one country requires a government-issued photo voter ID to vote. … Seventy-four percent of European countries entirely ban absentee voting for citizens who reside domestically. Another 6% limit it to those hospitalized or in the military, and they require third-party verification and a photo voter ID. Another 15% require a photo ID for absentee voting. Similarly, government-issued photo IDs are required to vote by 33 nations in the 37-member Organistion for Economic Co-operation and Development (which has considerable European overlap).
In fact, voter identification is required in most of the nations served by AA and Delta around the world. I think these woke airlines should be boycotted until they stop requiring IDs to board their flights.
Editor’s Note: Each week we receive hundreds of comments and correspondences — and we read every one of them. Click here for a few thought-provoking comments about specific articles. The views expressed therein don’t necessarily reflect those of The Patriot Post.
Insight: “A man always has two reasons for what he does — a good one, and the real one.” —J. P. Morgan (1837-1913)
Upright I: “You can’t be cowed by … woke corporations from doing the right thing. … And so if the price of having a [sports] tournament is that I have to deny equal opportunity to hundreds of thousands of young girl and women athletes throughout Florida, I am much more willing to stand with the girls. And to hell with these events.” —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Upright II: “Parents of all ethnicities who never dreamed of getting involved in politics need to step up now. Parents are already outraged by the indoctrination their kids are getting in school. … It’s time to shift from complaining to fighting for control of local school boards. These boards hire superintendents, set policies and have the clout to stop critical race theory. Except in large cities, such as New York, school boards are where the power is. … Of course, schools should teach about America’s past failures, along with its triumphs, and probe racial injustice where it still exists. But of paramount importance, young people should learn that their character and deeds matter more than their race.” —Betsy McCaughey
For the record: “If there is one reason why problems associated with race in America persist, it is because we pretend to address problems caused by one sin by exchanging them with other sins. … As a starter, let us consider that … [Biden] sent an unprecedented $6 trillion federal budget to Congress that, for the first time ever, omits the longstanding Hyde Amendment. … So, while Biden issued one proclamation recalling the tragedy of a massacre of Black Americans [in Tulsa], he now wants new federal policy that would use federal funds to subsidize another massacre. … Abortion undermines the values of the traditional family. And traditional family values provide the offramp from the cycle of poverty. The persistence of problems in Black communities stems from federal policies that pretend to fight the sin of racism with the sins of the destruction of life and family.” —Star Parker
Re: The Left: “The goal of many on the left these days is not clarification but obfuscation, particularly on racial issues. Data is not only unnecessary; it’s reviled. If the left wishes to promote the argument that racial inequalities are the result of historic injustices, one would hope that someone would bother quantifying to what extent those inequalities are the result of individual decisions versus the result of other factors.” —Ben Shapiro
Political theater: “The Democratic opposition to legislative minorities using whatever leverage they have to block legislation is highly situational. In Washington, D.C., where Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress, the Senate filibuster is portrayed as a Jim Crow relic that is profoundly undemocratic. In Austin, Texas, where Republicans control the governor’s mansion and both chambers of the legislature, House Democrats walking out to prevent the passage of a bill with majority support is portrayed as a heroic act preserving our democracy.” —Rich Lowry
Exactly: “[Donald Trump] touched the nerve of people who felt left out by globalization, who felt diminished by elites. He touched the hearts of people by saying, ‘You know, you contribute too, and they’ve forgotten you. They look down on you.’ And that’s something that we need to still pay attention to.” —Condoleezza Rice
Straight from the horse’s mouth: “Joe and the administration are essentially finishing the job.” —Barack Obama
And last… “To save religious liberty, we must save our families and their children from the extreme secular-progressivism that pervades our current system of public schools.” —former Attorney General William Barr
What did Fauci know and when did he know it? Turns out, he knew a lot but he kept that information from the public. This man must be held accountable! — Dinesh D’Souza is an author and filmmaker. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he was a senior domestic policy analyst in the Reagan administration.
On Newswatch AM June 3rd: Diverse political coalition comes together to oust Netanyahu in Israel; CBN’s Chris Mitchell talks about what happens next, and whether Netanyahu may yet survive; FBI says Russian gang behind cyberattack on meat …
The state of California will be paying more than $2 million in legal fees after discriminating against churches with its pandemic closure orders. Gov. Newsom’s legal losses are mounting after he violated the religious rights of numerous churches.
Former Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield on Thursday told Vanity Fair he received death threats from other scientists for saying he suspected COVID-19 originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.