“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
Worship Sticks Upon the Heart Psalm 30:4; 95:1–2; 1 Corinthians 14:15
[Singing God’s praise] is a work of the most meditation of any we perform in public. It keeps the heart longest upon the thing spoken. Prayer and hearing pass quick from one sentence to another; this sticks long upon it.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Be Joyful if You Are Called a Heretic Matthew 5:10–11; John 15:8–10; Acts 5:41; 1 Peter 1:6; 4:16
Yield yourselves to God, trust him, build on his word, and he will not forsake you. Whether he gives a short life or a long, you will have eternal life yonder. And should men call you heretics, be joyful, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)
Here is something to wake me up. This is worth living for. To be wise is a noble thing in itself: in this place it refers to a divine wisdom which only the Lord Himself can bestow. Oh, to know myself, my God, my Savior! May I be so divinely taught that I may carry into practice heavenly truth and live in the light of it! Is my life a wise one? Am I seeking that which I ought to seek? Am I living as I shall wish I had lived when I come to die? Only such wisdom can secure for me eternal brightness as of yonder sunlit skies.
To be a winner of souls is a glorious attainment. I had need to be wise if I am to turn even one to righteousness; much more if I am to turn many, Oh, for the knowledge of God, of men, of the Word, and of Christ, which will enable me to convert my fellowmen and to convert large numbers of them! I would give myself to this, and never rest till I accomplish it. This will be better than winning stars at court. This will make me a star, a shining star, a star shining forever and ever; yea, more, it will make me shine as many stars. My soul, arouse thyself. Lord, quicken me!
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4 (KJV)
Someone recently sent me an amusing story about a farmer and his donkey. It seems that one day a farmer’s donkey fell down into an old dry well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off.
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up, one step at a time. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up. Shake it off and take a step up.
Sometimes God has to knock us down to make us look up. The Christian walk is comparable to a long distance race. Those who compete in a natural race have to be able to endure until the end. The same is true for the Christian in their journey with Christ. Every Christian has to learn how to endure as they grow in God’s grace and knowledge. Without endurance, the Christian can possess spiritual insight and knowledge, but cannot last long enough to see the fruits of it flourish in life.
The Holy Spirit gives us the tools to work out of any situation, for whosoever is born of God has the Spirit of God and will overcome the world.
Sometimes life’s situations can seem overwhelming, but we can count on God to give us what we need when we need it to work through life and overcome the world one step at a time.
By John Grant Used by Permission John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23, emphasis mine)
One of the most common questions of the Christian life is this: how do I know God’s will for my life? It’s a very important question. As Christ-followers we want to be obedient. We know that God has a plan for each of us and we know that His plan is for our good. So why doesn’t God just write out His plan so we can dive in? And what are we supposed to do until He reveals His plan?
It can be easy to slip into a never-ending holding pattern thinking, “I’ll just stay right here until I get a very clear direction from God. Preferably in writing. In triplicate if possible.” When we stand still, at least when I stand still, it’s often out of fear more than piety. (Or if I’m being really honest, I stand still because I’ve heard something I don’t like the sound of so what I’m really doing is waiting to hear God say something else.) But time and again in the Bible we see God telling people to start moving and His plan is revealed along the way. When God calls Abram in Genesis 12 He says, “go to the land that I will show you.” He doesn’t tell him his destination until later.
So how do we start walking? The other night at small group we were talking about this very topic and our leader told us that the when they launch the space shuttle the navigation system doesn’t kick in until it leaves Earth’s atmosphere. Why? Because there’s nowhere to go but up. Until the space shuttle enters orbit they don’t need to direct it because there is only one way it can go.
It’s the same for us. If we do the basic things God has asked us to do, we can be sure we’re headed in a good direction. Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the spirit and then ends with this phrase, “against such things there is no law.” If you are actively pursuing love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control and asking God to develop these things in your life, you can’t go wrong. You will be headed in the right direction. As you are walking God will continue to reveal His plans for you.
In that same small group meeting our leader quoted another pastor who said that “God uses what’s in your hands to get to what’s in your heart.” So if you are wondering what God’s will for your life is, look at what you have in your hands. Are you an excellent financial planner? Do you love horses? Are you really good at making people feel welcome? Do you have a great voice? Take the things that are in your hands and look for a way to use them for God.
God created each of us specifically for the good works he planned in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) Ask God to show you how to use what you have. Pursue the fruit of the spirit in your life and you can rest assured that you are pursuing God’s will for your life. Walk forward in confidence, abiding in prayer. There’s nowhere to go but up.
Father, Give me the courage to start walking. Remind me that You will come with me and that You know the way, even when I can’t see it. Amen.
What holds you back when God tells you to start walking? Have there been times when you stepped out in faith? What happened?
Give Thanks for God’s Revelation Deuteronomy 29:29; 1 Samuel 3:21; John 21:1
Instead of complaining that God has hidden Himself, you will give Him thanks for having revealed so much of Himself.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Consider Before Believing Evil of Others Psalm 34:12–16; Proverbs 11:13; 14:15; 20:19; Ecclesiastes 7:21; Titus 3:2; James 4:11; 1 Peter 3:10–12
Do not yield to every impulse and suggestion but consider things carefully and patiently in the light of God’s will. For very often, sad to say, we are so weak that we believe and speak evil of others rather than good.
THOMAS À KEMPIS
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
…[knowing that you were… redeemed…] with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. – 1 Peter 1:18,19
Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21
Peter urges that throughout the time of our sojourn on earth, we should live in fear. That must not be misunderstood. He is not suggesting we need to live in dread, terror of God, or in a panic about what’s going to happen next. He has assured us that, as sojourners, we can live in joyful hope! The fear of God he is talking about is better understood as a reverent sense of awe. Too often, we forget. The awe is lacking and it shows in aimless living. So, how can we maintain reverent awe? Peter says it comes from a continual sense of grateful amazement about what our Saviour has done for us in shedding His precious blood.
Say you receive two chocolate cakes. One, casually picked up at the store, no big deal; the other, equally as delicious, from your young child who put everything into making it. Which is more precious?
Our salvation cost Jesus everything. He gave His lifeblood. As a lamb without blemish or spot, He was perfectly suited to be the Saviour of sinners! This was not something we could ever have earned, or bought, even with all the gold or silver in the world; it was obtained for us at the infinite cost of the blood of the Son of God.
He loved you and gave Himself up for you! Never get over this! Always remember and be amazed! By His precious blood, He has saved us from sin’s guilt and power. Sojourners who are amazed by His grace will never be aimless.
Suggestions for prayer
Thank God for the precious blood of Jesus! Ask Him to help you to know this blessing with a sense of awe, always. Thank God for redeeming you from aimlessness and ask Him to help you live for Him with purpose and reverent awe.
Rev. John A. Bouwers is pastor of the Hope Reformed Church (URCNA) in Brampton, ON, where he has served since December 2017. He is married to Julie and they have been blessed with six children and twelve grandchildren. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
Will the president follow through and hold Putin to account?
Is Joe Biden all talk but no action? Biden certainly talked a big game when he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin last month in Geneva that “certain infrastructure should be off-limits to attack, period — by cyber or any other means.” Recall that a few weeks prior, Colonial Pipeline had experienced a ransomware attack that forced a days-long shutdown of some 5,000 miles of pipeline in the Southeast, creating fuel shortages and gas price hikes. It was quickly determined that the culprit was a Russian-based organization with clear ties to the Kremlin.
In drawing his red line, Biden gave Putin a list of 16 do-not-touch areas, promising, “If, in fact, they violate these basic norms, we will respond with cyber. He knows.” Biden further elaborated, “We agreed to task experts in both our countries to work on specific understandings about what’s off-limits [for hacking] and to follow up on specific cases that originate in … either of our countries.”
Heaven help the American entities that didn’t make Biden’s list and are thus, apparently, fair game — assuming Putin wasn’t laughing at this threat all the way back home.
Indeed, Biden’s red line was crossed just last week. It appears clear that Russia’s foreign intelligence service, SVR, was behind a cyberattack on a Republican National Committee contractor. It’s the same group that in 2015 hacked the Democratic National Committee. So, for all intents and purposes, Putin has called Biden’s bluff. Will Biden follow through on his promised response?
“If the U.S. doesn’t respond, it will be open season on America’s digital infrastructure,” contends the Wall Street Journal editorial board. “Proportionate retaliation runs the risk of escalation. But after publicly drawing a red line, Mr. Biden has no choice lest he show Mr. Putin and other thugs around the world that the U.S. President’s words are empty.”
Thus far, the Biden administration has done nothing, which will only serve to further embolden Putin, whom Biden earlier this year called a “killer,” as well as America’s other adversaries like China. Speaking of China, last week a clearly emboldened President Xi Jinping drew his own line in the sand during the Communist Party’s celebration of its centennial. Xi issued a clear warning to the U.S. not to stand in China’s way in its efforts to take over Taiwan. “Whoever attempts to do that,” Xi warned, “will surely break their heads on the steel Great Wall built with the blood and flesh of 1.4 billion of Chinese people.”
If Biden doesn’t hold Putin accountable, beyond another stern warning, the likelihood of him confronting Chinese aggression against Taiwan seems even more implausible.
Not even the hard-left Washington Post can stomach the Democrats’ attempt to rewrite their “defund the police” history.
Nice try, Democrats. Every American citizen with an IQ above room temperature knew immediately that their “Republicans defunded the police” sleight-of-hand was an absurdity, a desperate falsehood in the face of mounting public opinion against their party’s anti-cop, pro-crime rhetoric. And yet they persisted. Even Joe Biden’s White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, tried to propagate the lie.
It was a bridge too far even for their Leftmedia lickspittles, and yesterday their ruse officially crashed and burned when the Washington Post’s “fact-checker” gave Psaki’s ridiculous claim three Pinocchios. We think she was straight-up robbed of the fourth, but, hey, it’s The Washington Post.
How did all this happen? At a June 23 press briefing, Psaki tried to argue that because Republicans had voted against Joe Biden’s whopping $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan,” they were guilty of defunding the cops. “That was voted into law by Democrats just a couple of months ago,” Psaki said. “Some might say that the other party was for defunding the police; I’ll let others say that, but that’s a piece.”
Some might say, eh? Clearly, she knew she was on thin ice.
It took a while, but as the Post’s Salvador Rizzo correctly noted Tuesday: “Although Republicans all opposed Biden’s coronavirus relief package, no one voted to cut, or defund, anything. Rather, Democrats proposed $350 billion in emergency funds for state and local governments, and Republicans voted against those extra funds. That’s not a reduction.”
Of course, the Democrats’ troubles began long before Psaki’s nose started growing. They were calling for the defunding of the police during last year’s Black Lives Matter riots. Emblematic of their outbursts was this one from New York Congresswoman and “Squad” member Sandy, er, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math.”
That’s pretty unequivocal, no?
And there was more — much, much more — as compiled by the folks at GOP.com. It’s said that a fish rots from the head, and Joe Biden proved the point when he euphemistically called for “reallocating police resources.” Elsewhere, Vice President Kamala Harris said she “applauds” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for defunding his city’s police, and another time said, “We have to reimagine public safety.”
Then there was South Carolina Congressman and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who compared federal law enforcement to the Gestapo, and later ignored looting and arson in the nation’s capital while claiming that the only violence he saw there was from police.
Finally, there was Minnesota Congresswoman and “Squad” member Ilhan Omar, who represents George Floyd’s still-smoldering Minneapolis district. “Not only do we need to disinvest in the police,” she declared, “but we need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.”
But, sure, it’s the Republicans who’ve been beating the drum to defund the cops, and it’s the Republicans who’re responsible for the nationwide surge in violence, and it’s the Republicans who’re to blame for the plummeting of police morale and the mass exodus of cops from the streets.
As the Post’s Rizzo gently concluded, “Voting against a one-time infusion of cash is not the same as voting to cut funding, so there is little basis to claim that Republicans are trying to ‘defund the police.’”
Our Mark Alexander put the lie to this assertion earlier this month, but it bears repeating. And repeating. And repeating. Because not a single American voter should be left to believe it. The Democrats and their fellow leftists declared war on the cops. They own it, and they deserve to reap the whirlwind.
Defeats in court and in the court of public opinion mean Democrats have a problem.
In politics, messaging matters. The debate over election laws highlights that as well as anything.
Democrats thought they had a winning message by framing it as a fight over “voting rights.” Their grossly misnamed “For the People Act” (HR 1) is an attempt to codify at the national level a lot of the pandemic accommodations in election practices. That includes their bulk-mail ballot strategy. They claim to be expanding and protecting “voting rights” so that everyone can vote.
Meanwhile, Democrats launched an assault on laws in Republican states meant to rein in some of the excesses, as well as to implement commonsense measures like voter ID. Joe Biden and others label these laws “voter suppression” and “Jim Crow.” Democrats in Arizona sued the state over its law, and Biden’s Justice Department sued Georgia.
With their Leftmedia super PAC trumpeting the narrative and buzzwords, Democrats thought their message and strategy was foolproof.
But the courts thus far have been unpersuaded by Democrat arguments.
The Supreme Court last week validated Arizona’s law, and this week a federal judge refused to issue an injunction against Georgia.
“If the Arizona voting decision had come down a month ago,” said Harvard Professor of Law Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, “I don’t think the DOJ would’ve issued such a broad-based challenge to the Georgia law.”
It also turns out the Republican strategy of emphasizing election integrity really resonates with the electorate. Few Americans want the chance of fraud to undermine the legitimate votes of citizens.
Public support is especially high for requiring an ID to vote. Despite the mendacious framing by Democrats and the media, three-quarters of Americans support voter ID laws. We all know that IDs are required for all sorts of things, and perhaps it’s dawning on people just how racist it is for Democrats to insist that somehow blacks find it harder to acquire an ID.
Maybe that’s why James Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democrat and Black Caucus member, suddenly says, “We are always for voter ID.”
Someone should ask him about his comments last October: “Long voting lines. Closed polling locations. Voter ID laws. They’re all voter suppression.”
Election integrity is one of the great battles of our time, and it will be important to continue to not just hold the line but advance measures that will secure the legitimate votes of American citizens.
Far too many young people aren’t working or studying, and a lot can go wrong.
“Of all the cankers of human happiness, none corrodes it with so silent, yet so baneful, a tooth, as indolence.” ―Thomas Jefferson
It’s been a highly corrosive first three months of the year for America’s youth. A report produced by the Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) reveals that approximately 3.8 million Americans age 20 to 24 are not involved in employment, education, or training. This is called the NEET rate, and it is up by 740,000 people, or 24%, from a year earlier, before many young Americans lost their jobs or decided to defer college enrollment when campuses shut down at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report further noted that black and Hispanic youth remain idle at disproportionate rates. “About one-in-four Black 20- to 24-year-olds were neither in school nor working during the first quarter of 2021 compared to about one-in-five Hispanics and one-in-six whites,” it states.
Columnist Augusta Saraiva notes the obvious. “Inactive youth is a worrying sign for the future of the economy, as they don’t gain critical job skills to help realize their future earnings potential,” he writes. “Further, high NEET rates may foster environments that are fertile for social unrest.”
One of the CEPR report’s authors, Simran Kalkat, concurs. “Current and ongoing recovery efforts need to do more to ensure that young adults in today’s diverse working class can improve their long-term prospects in the labor market and prosper in the years ahead,” she states.
Unfortunately, the recovery efforts promulgated by the Biden administration and the Democrat Party are inimical to such long-term prospects. And nothing demonstrates that better than a report released last March by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity that sounded the alarm. “The COVID relief bill (in combination with the $900 billion package signed into law back in December) contains the largest impediment to employment in modern times, if not in American history,” it states. “We estimate that between 5 and 7 million fewer Americans will be employed over the next six months if the bill passes.”
Unfortunately, it did pass, and Biden signed what is known as the American Rescue Plan into law. One of its main provisions was extension of the extra $300 weekly unemployment payments. This payment, combined with other forms of government relief, has paid people more to stay home than work. The report further reveals how damaging this has become, noting, “In many states, a family of four — two unemployed adults with two children — can qualify for benefits (on an annual basis) that will reach over $100,000.”
As the saying goes, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” Nonetheless, columnist Brian Stieglitz endeavors to frame this as a positive development. “Alternatively, those who are not working may use their time to focus on social justice issues that otherwise may not have been on their radar,” he asserts. “This is one of the reasons for the massive number of Black Lives Matter protests last year, when many in lockdown used their time to demonstrate against George Floyd’s murder when they’d normally have been in work.”
They also used their time to riot, burn, and pillage American cities in a surge of anarchistic fury that precipitated $2 billion in damage, more than 25 deaths, and 14,000 arrests. And in too many cities run by social justice warriors masquerading as district attorneys, many of those arrested were ultimately released with no charges filed against them. Even those convicted were charged with lesser crimes resulting in no jail time.
The twin messages — working or going to school isn’t essential, and criminal behavior is excusable — have resonated. Crime rates are soaring in American cities, led by Chicago, where another 104 people were shot and 19 were killed over the July 4th weekend. Among the wounded were at least 13 children and two Chicago police supervisors.
By 5 p.m. Monday, Chicago had recorded 2,000 shootings so far this year.
What other issues are on young Americans’ “radar”? “Polls dating back to 2019 show that much of America’s youth is in favor of policing speech that isn’t popular, is supportive of burning down or ransacking private businesses amid gripes with government and also resents the idea they can succeed as capitalists,” columnist Kipp Jones reveals. “Of course, these people are young, and young people are often not very intuitive without the requisite life experience to see the error in their ways. Perhaps that will change once they begin experiencing the taxes that come with homeownership, starting families and owning businesses.”
That’s precisely what the Biden administration is discouraging. Columnist Isa Cox asks, “When our young people have been led to believe that financial security is as simple as electing politicians who claim they’re going to fleece the rich so the rest of us can live easy, how can we expect them to have any sense of what it takes to make something of oneself and obtain financial security on their own?”
We can’t. And perhaps nothing better illuminates that reality than the fact that more Millennials are currently living with their parents than ever before in history. A whopping 52% remain at home, surpassing a record set during the Great Depression.
Again, this is presented as a good thing. “Don’t let the memes and jokes on social media fool you,” columnist Ivy Locke asserts, “there are actually plenty of benefits to moving in with your folks — or staying at home longer if you haven’t moved out yet.”
What about the downsides? One might be inclined to wonder if extended dependency breeds contempt for one’s country. In a survey revealing that the overwhelming majority of Americans still remain proud of their country, one group stands out like a sore thumb: Only 36% of Americans age 18-24 are extremely or very proud of our nation, making it the sole demographic group where national pride falls below 50%.
Unsurprisingly, that disdain isn’t limited to a lack of patriotism. An Axios/Momentive Poll reveals that only 42% of 18- to 24-year-olds have a positive view of capitalism, and 54% have a negative view.
Unfortunately, contempt for one’s country and its economic system is likely to accelerate. While the economy is currently making strides due in large part to pent-up demand, and what amounts to “free” money engendered by the stimulus package, the inevitable increase in inflation — and unconscionable levels of national debt engendered by both political parties — will likely precipitate even higher levels of contempt by the generation of Americans left holding the proverbial bag by their profligate elders.
Thus, it is quite possible that self-imposed idleness isn’t as irrational as it may seem.
Yet young Americans enamored with the Left’s socialist/Marxist agenda might cast their eyes toward Venezuela, where the government is considering a cut of six zeroes from the inflation-ravaged Bolivar. Why? To simplify transactions with a virtually worthless currency. Before its descent into economic disaster, Venezuela boasted about being a model for “21st Century Socialism.”
Be careful what you wish for, Millennials. You might just get it — in spades.
In a class action filing against Facebook, Google, and Twitter, the former president hopes to strike a blow for free speech.
Perhaps you’ve heard: Donald Trump is suing Big Tech. We wish him well.
Yesterday, the former president announced that he’ll lead a lawsuit over alleged censorship by Facebook, Google, and Twitter — the three behemoths most responsible for silencing him in the aftermath of last year’s deeply flawed presidential election, an action that removed all doubt that these tech giants should be treated like the agenda-driven publishers they are, rather than the unbiased platforms they falsely profess to be.
“We’re going to hold Big Tech accountable,” Trump said at a news conference.
Recall that each of the three defendants removed Trump from their social media platforms after the unarmed non-insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, which he singlehandedly “incited” when he said to his supporters, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
In announcing his lawsuit, Trump called social media companies “the de facto censorship arm of the U.S. government.” And he’s right. Were it not for their suppression of the Hunter Biden scandal for a full two weeks just prior to the election, Trump might well be six months into his second term, gasoline might well be a dollar less per gallon, and illegal immigrants most certainly wouldn’t be streaming across our now-porous southern border by the tens of thousands.
Trump will be the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit seeking “injunctive relief” against “shameful censorship of the American people.” Said the former president from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey: “I stand before you this morning to announce a very important development for our freedom and freedom of speech. In conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, I’m filing … a major class-action lawsuit against the big tech giants … as well as their CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey. Three real nice guys.”
For conservatives, any lawsuit against these all-powerful speech-suppressing leftists ought to be welcome news, but the first pundits to weigh in seemed bearish on Trump’s chances for success.
“His argument is completely absurd and will be laughed out of court,” said Reason’s Robby Soave.
“Irredeemably frivolous” was how First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams described Trump’s lawsuit.
And National Review’s Philip Klein blames Trump himself for our current predicament. “As president and leader of the party with majority control of Congress, he had plenty of levers at his disposal to try and target Big Tech,” writes Klein. “He could have gone after them by issuing new regulations or pushing for an anti-trust case against them. … Plenty of supporters who share his anger toward Big Tech were begging him to do something while he had the chance. But he didn’t.”
Yes, of course. In hindsight, it’s all Trump’s fault. All The Deregulating Donald had to do was slap some new regulations on the tech giants. All our nation’s first businessman president had to do was engage in some Rooseveltian trust-busting. Klein’s two-part indictment that Trump should’ve seen the censorship coming and should’ve gone against his pro-business, pro-economy instincts and unilaterally cracked down on them is ludicrous.
Constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz seemed more optimistic. On Fox News last night, he called this the biggest free speech case of the 21st century, noting that Big Tech is wielding the First Amendment like a sword to suppress the free speech rights of certain Americans and thereby deny them their voice in the marketplace of ideas.
In addition, there’s UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who argues that Big Tech has been doing the bidding of government and may thereby be vulnerable. “It is possible,” he says, “that Mr. Trump could have some success if he could show that the platforms were coerced by government officials into blocking various speech. That might be enough to show the government action needed for a viable First Amendment claim. But it’s a big if.”
An even bigger if, though, would be the survival of free speech in an era of unchecked Big Tech censorship. “If they can do it to me,” Trump said, “they can do it to anyone.”
The Washington Post and New York Times offer deceptive and deflecting attempts to shore up CRT’s bankrupt ideology.
The nation’s two leading Leftmedia papers of record, The Washington Post and The New York Times, have finally, after months of relative silence, decided that the recent beating Critical Race Theory has been receiving from concerned parents and conservative media like ours warranted a defense. In that vein, the Post and Times published articles that are intended to both deceive and downplay the imminent threat posed by CRT.
Offering little other than non sequiturs, the Post ran a piece from African American Policy forum director and UCLA Law and Columbia Law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw titled “The panic over critical race theory is an attempt to whitewash U.S. history.” The title makes clear what Crenshaw proceeds to do, which is disingenuously paint those opposed to the teaching of CRT as being opposed to the teaching of history. She writes:
The speed and virtual unanimity with which June 19 joined July 4 might seem to foretell a new reckoning with America’s brutally racist past, spurred on by 2020’s push to confront injustice. Yet instead of a new era of honesty and critical inquiry, the United States is being dragged into a moral panic about anti-racism itself, as agitated parents, right-wing activists and red-state lawmakers rail against their version of critical race theory. Their assault would allow only for a “history” that holds no contemporary consequences; racism ended in the past, according to the developing backlash, and we would all be better off if we didn’t try to connect it to the present.
As a true believer in CRT, Crenshaw demonstrates that she is fully sold out to its racist and twisted narrative of American history. As John McWhorter has so keenly observed, CRT is not so much an academic theory as it is a secular religion, whose dogma must be unquestionably accept as “truth.”
The Times, on the other hand, didn’t attempt to defend CRT on its merits, or lack thereof. It takes a different tack, with an op-ed written by four authors across the political spectrum, including conservative free speech defender David French. The authors essentially argue not in support of CRT but against the recent efforts of state legislatures to ban the teaching of CRT in K-12 schools.
These laws threaten the basic purpose of a historical education in a liberal democracy. But censorship is the wrong approach even to the concepts that are the intended targets of these laws. … Let’s not mince words about these laws. They are speech codes. They seek to change public education by banning the expression of ideas. Even if this censorship is legal in the narrow context of public primary and secondary education, it is antithetical to educating students in the culture of American free expression.
On its face, it appears to be a compelling argument, especially for conservatives fundamentally concerned with preserving and supporting Americans’ First Amendment free speech rights. However, as Stanley Kurtz keenly counters, the issue directly regards the education of children by the states:
The authors act as though the authority of states over the content of K–12 education is a minor legal technicality. It is not. K–12 teachers do not have the academic freedom that college teachers do, and for a profoundly important reason. Primary and secondary students in public schools are a captive audience. Teachers cannot and must not be allowed to impose their personal politics on children and families legally compelled to use the public-school system (or shoulder significant financial burdens), especially when that involves outrageous and illiberal assaults on our most cherished principles. K–12 students are minors. They are vulnerable to a teacher’s authority in a way that college students are not. Telling minors that they should feel guilt or responsibility because of their skin color is a line that should not be crossed by any school district in these United States. Sadly, while some states will surely allow this to occur, it is well within the authority of other states to prevent this abuse if they see fit, for every good reason.
And this is precisely the problem. The proponents of CRT aren’t interested in education; they’re all about indoctrination. They’re not interested in teaching a balanced and accurate view of history; rather they want to bend the minds of America’s youth against our nation and the values upon which it was established. Their ultimate aim is fomenting revolution.
As the mask of CRT has begun steadily slipping, it has exposed a divisive, vindictive, anti-capitalist, illiberal, Marxist ideology offering only destruction and tyranny. It’s no wonder the Leftmedia has had difficulty attempting to defend such a nasty ideology.
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Upright: “With all our division and disagreements today, there is no disagreement about the shame that the vile institution of slavery was once present and legal in America. We all agree it is a blot. We all also agree that racism is deplorable. But the reason slavery and racism are terrible things is that every human being must live with dignity and in freedom. How can we arrive to the conclusion that the remedy and antidote to slavery and racism is putting all Americans on the government plantation? Not only is it immoral, but it doesn’t work. Government is supposed to be about protecting, not confiscating, our life, liberty and property.” —Star Parker
Political futures: “The purpose of public education is to create ‘well-informed and discerning citizens.’ But ‘citizens’ is a specific word with a specific definition. According to Aristotle, a ‘good citizen’ is a person who upholds the Constitution of his particular polis. If we teach our students to be bad citizens in the Aristotelian sense — citizens who disparage the polis with lies, who engage in tribal politicking rather than civic friendship, who insist that truth be subsumed in favor of intersectional sensitivities — we will wind up as a country with no future.” —Ben Shapiro
Re: The Left: “One of the reasons we have so much illegal immigration is that many Democrat cities have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities. They are telling illegal aliens, ‘Come to America and hide here in San Francisco, Seattle or New York.’ The left is doing the same thing for anti-Americanism. It’s providing a sanctuary for it. There’s no shame among leftists in interrupting the national anthem, burning the flag or saying, ‘America is so evil that it needs to be fundamentally transformed.’ That’s what critical race theory is all about — tearing down the country so it can be ‘fundamentally transformed.’” —Gary Bauer
For the record: “The Jan 6 commission is being led by Rep. Bennie Thompson, who objected to the electoral college results in 2004, Jamie Raskin, who objected in 2016, and Adam Schiff, the biggest conspiracy theorist in the history of the U.S. Congress.” —Greg Price
Grand delusions: “To me, though there was less loss of life on January 6, January 6 was worse than 9/11 because it’s continued to rip our country apart and give permission for people to pursue autocratic means. So I think we’re in a much worse place than we’ve been. And I think, as I’ve said to you before, we’re in the most perilous point in time since 1861 in the advent of the Civil War.” —former Republican strategist Matthew Dowd
Easier said than done: “In terms of specific industries, there are cases where they need to pay their workers more and that will make them more competitive in hiring.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
Nope: “Biden needs to get behind proof of vaccination, starting with his own White House events. A gathering touting the United States’ progress toward independence from the virus should have been the ideal opportunity to make the case for vaccine requirements.” —Washington Post contributing columnist Leana S. Wen
Non sequitur: “[Illegal immigrant] families are so much a part of our communities. They’re the heart and soul of our culture, and they are the backbone of our economy.” —Oregon Governor Kate Brown
And last… “Lots of people on the Left really really really do not want you to know what is happening in your child’s school. That tells you everything you need to know.” —Matt Walsh
The Dangerous Return To Amillennialism By Many Church Leaders Why even bring up the topic of amillennialism? I do so because a great many pastors today subscribe to some form of this errant teaching that denies the prophesied restoration of a kingdom for Israel as well as the biblical promise of Jesus’ millennial reign before the eternal state.
Microsoft releases emergency Windows update to deal with PrintNightmare vulnerability Earlier, Microsoft responded to the security advisories mentioned in last week’s PrintNightmare Vulnerability releasedEmergency patch update. The vulnerability exists in the Windows Print Spooler service, through which hackers can remotely run code on the victim’s computer with system-level permissions, perform operations such as installing malicious programs, deleting or modifying data, and creating new accounts with full permissions. At present, Microsoft has found that someone is using PrintNightmare,… The risk of this vulnerability is defined as “critical level.”
Town in Arctic Circle matches Miami’s highest temperature this year Banak, Norway, reached a high of 94 F (34.3 C) on Monday. This was flanked by highs of 93 F (33.7 C) on Sunday and 89 F (31.7 C) on Tuesday. Temperatures of this level are more typically seen in lower (more southern) latitudes. In fact, the high of 94 F (34.3 C) on Monday matched the highest temperature recorded in Miami, Florida, so far this year.
Tensions Run High On Border As Crisis Worsens “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t read a paper or a report from my agents that talks about criminal aliens, sexual offenders that they’ve apprehended out there,” newly appointed Acting Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said at an event in Del Rio on June 24. “In 25 years, I’ve never personally carried a gun. In the last five months, I carry one every single day. That ought to tell you all you need to know.” He attributes the dramatic increase in illegal traffic to the Biden administration’s policies and doesn’t see help coming from Washington.
Largest Teachers’ Union Quietly Scrubs Pro-CRT Agenda Items From Website The nation’s largest teachers’ union has quietly taken down a series of adopted and proposed resolutions from its website, including one that calls for the organization to defend the teaching of Marxism-rooted critical race theory (CRT) in public schools. Among the now-hidden approved resolutions was Business Item 39, which would cost the union at least $127,600 to advance a pro-CRT agenda. According to the plan, the NEA would share and publicize information about “what CRT is and what it is not,”
Iran Looking to Establish Bases on Israel’s Eastern Border The Kingdom of Jordan, the Muslim country with by far the longest border with Israel may soon become the Jewish state’s newest threat. Jordan, a dessert kingdom, has very few natural resources and after two years of coronavirus and a rapidly growing level of political instability as witnessed recently in an attempted coup, Israel is watching closely if its closest neighbor along the eastern front looks to become the next failed Arab state.
Death Valley to see another round of record-rivaling temps High heat in Death Valley pushed the mercury up to 128 degrees Fahrenheit about three weeks ago, far above what’s normal there for this time of year. And another round of above-average heat was building in the region, which could send temperatures just as high over the weekend. Sunday’s high in Death Valley is forecast to reach 130 degrees, which would be within four degrees of the record set there in 1913 of 134.
New GOP Proposal Would Allow Users to Sue Social Media Platforms House Republicans Wednesday proposed a new framework for dealing with big tech companies that would expedite antitrust cases and allow users to sue platforms for censoring their speech. The agenda, released by House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), outlines specific proposals Republicans on the committee will attempt to include in legislation. The roadmap calls for legislation that would “speed up and strengthen antitrust enforcement, hold Big Tech accountable for its censorship, and increase transparency around Big Tech’s decisions.”
Series of attacks target U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria U.S. diplomats and troops in Iraq and Syria were targeted in three rocket and drone attacks in the past 24 hours, U.S. and Iraq officials said on Wednesday, including at least 14 rockets hitting an Iraqi air base hosting U.S. forces, wounding two American service members.
Lod imam to be indicted for incitement An indictment will be filed on Thursday in the Ramla Magistrate’s Court against Sheikh Yusuf Albaz, the Imam of the Great Mosque in Lod, after he published an inciting post against police officers. Justice Erez Melamed of the Magistrate’s Court ruled that Albaz’s remarks were not “legitimate criticism but incitement, using social media networks and turning them into a tool for escalating hatred and spreading evil and fear.”
18 Nigerian villagers killed by Islamist Militants Islamist militants killed 18 people when they attacked a village in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, two local officials said. Two churches and a house belonging to a local resident were set on fire, said Mohammed Aminu, the chairman of Adamawa state emergency agency.
Taliban loots families homes and evicts them Taliban … in northern Afghanistan last month evicted families and looted and torched their homes in apparent retaliation for cooperating with the Kabul government, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Last month, the Taliban published on Twitter an order to “military officials” to safeguard public property and “behave well with the general public.”
Rocket attack targets US embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone -Iraqi security Two rockets were fired at the US embassy inside Baghdad’s Greene Zone early on Thursday, Iraqi security sources told Reuters. The embassy’s anti-rocket system diverted one of the rockets, said one of the sources – a security official whose office is inside the Green Zone. The second rocket fell near the zone’s perimeter, security officials said.
IDF used autonomous AI drones in Gaza: This rabbi claims it’s a sign of Gog-Magog A report in New Scientist one week ago claimed that in the conflict between Israel and Gaza in May, the IDF used swarms of drones guided by artificial intelligence to eliminate Hamas terrorists. One rabbi claims that according to Kabalah, this is precisely the technology to be used in the war of Gog and Magog. “For the first time, artificial intelligence was a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy,
President of Haiti assassinated President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, has been assassinated, the country’s prime minister announced Wednesday. Interim prime minister Claude Joseph announced that Moise was apparently shot and killed at his home overnight.
Terrorist Ahmed Jibril, founder of PFLP, dies in Damascus The founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Jibril, died today, Wednesday, in Damascus at the age of 83. Jibril has been involved over the years in many terrorist attacks against Israelis – both in the territory of the State of Israel and in Lebanon. Over the years he has enjoyed great support from Iran and its Lebanese terrorist arm Hezbollah.
US slams punitive razing of family home of Tapuach junction terrorist The United States slammed the IDF razing of the West Bank family home of Muntasir Shalabi, who is accused of killing Yehuda Guetta, 19, in a drive by shooting at the Tapuach junction in the beginning of May. “The home of an entire family should not be demolished for the actions of one individual,” the US Embassy spokesperson in Jerusalem said on Thursday.
Lavish Second Temple period building found by Western Wall in Jerusalem A grandiose building dating back to the Second Temple period has been unearthed adjacent to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation announced on Thursday. The structure contained two imposing rooms which might have been used to welcome important dignitaries visiting the city and the Temple.
Facebook warns JAMA study on children’s COVID masks ‘false news,’ sharers will be punished Facebook is warning users against sharing a study that found dangerously high carbon-dioxide intake in masked schoolchildren, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics. “Pages and websites that repeatedly publish or share false news will see their overall distribution reduced and be restricted in other ways,” the warning says…
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Tropical Storm “Elsa” about to make landfall over north Florida Gulf coast, U.S. Tropical Storm “Elsa” is approaching the northern Florida Gulf coast at a speed of 22 km/h (14 mph) with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h (65 mph), as of 12:00 UTC (08:00 EDT) on July 7, 2021. On the forecast track, Elsa will make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast by late this morning or this afternoon (LT). The storm should then move across the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States through Thursday, July 8.
Woman left unable to speak after receiving second dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine A 43-year-old woman in the U.K. was left unable to speak after getting the second dose of the AstraZeneca Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Artist Sofia Gomes believes that the vaccine caused her to suffer a “severe allergic reaction” after getting the vaccine on May 19. Prior to the second dose, she experienced leg pain and a high fever after her first AstraZeneca vaccine dose last March.
New battery technology to take electric VTOL vehicles off the ground A team of researchers has looked into a new kind of battery to power electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles. According to the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) researchers, batteries for eVTOL vehicles have special requirements. Given these requirements, the scientists say the batteries will be built with these specific specifications in mind.
‘We’ll convert your children’: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus delivers musical message to those who work against ‘gay agenda’Posted: 08 Jul 2021 06:50 AM PDT(OPINION) – The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus last week released a music video titled, “A Message From the Gay Community.” The video begins with one singer introducing the tune by saying, “As we celebrate Pride and progress we’ve made over these past years, there’s still work to be done. So to those of you out there who are still working against equal rights, we have a message for you.” With that he begins to sing over a lone piano:You think we’re sinful You fight against our rights You say we all lead lives you can’t respect But you’re just frightened You think that we’ll corrupt your kids If our agenda goes unchecked Funny, just this once, you’re correctWe’ll convert your children Happens bit by bit Quietly and subtly And you will barely notice it You can keep them from disco Warn about San Francisco Make ’em wear pleated pants We don’t care We’ll convert your children We’ll make them tolerant and fairA second singer then appears and says, “At first I didn’t get why you’d be so scared of us turning your children into accepting, caring people — but I see now why you’d have a problem with that.”Then the pair duets:Just like you worried They’ll change their group of friends You won’t approve of where they go at night (to protests) Oh and you’ll be disgusted (so gross) When they start finding things online That you’ve kept far from their sight (like information) Guess what?Continue reading ‘We’ll convert your children’: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus delivers musical message to those who work against ‘gay agenda’ at End Time Headlines.
After the shocking revelation that the US National Security Agency had intercepted Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s emails and then leaked them to media in an effort to smear him, the question all Americans should be asking is: how did we get to this banana republic state? Will there be any accounting for this lawlessness? Also today: Iraqi militias keep firing on US bases in Iraq. So why not leave? Watch today’s Liberty Report:
Immigrant rights groups lashed out at the Biden administration this week after a new whistleblower complaint from two volunteers at a shelter for illegal immigrant children said they’d seen tragic mismanagement and suffering youths.
A disgusting music video posted to social media last week did not receive the response its producers were hoping to get.
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus posted an original music video to their YouTube channel titled “A Message From the Gay Community.” Even though the song appears to be tongue-in-cheek, it boasts the LGBTQ community would “convert the children” of conservatives and they are “coming for them.”
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By GQ Pan The Epoch Times
The nation’s largest teachers’ union has quietly taken down a series of adopted and proposed resolutions from its website, including one that calls for the organization to defend the teaching of Marxism-rooted critical race theory (CRT) in public schools. . . .
Among the now-hidden approved resolutions was Business Item 39, which would cost the union at least $127,600 to advance a pro-CRT agenda. According to the plan, the NEA would share and publicize information about “what CRT is and what it is not,” dedicate a “team of staffers” to assist union members who “want to learn more and fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric,” and provide a study that critiques “power and oppression” in American society, including “white supremacy,” “cisheteropatriarchy,” and capitalism. Click here to read the entire article.