Radio show host extraordinaire, Bill Arnold, interviews J. Warner to talk about the nature of God and how the balance of justice and grace, truth and mercy, law and love, help explain way our world is the way it is. Be sure to listen to Bill at Faith Radio.
For more information about the impact Jesus and His followers had on science, read Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World That Rejects the Bible. This unique and innovative book makes a case for the historicity and Deity of Jesus from history alone, without relying on the New Testament manuscripts. It contains over 400 illustrations and is accompanied by a ten-session Person of Interest DVD Set (and Investigator’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.How the Relationship Between Justice and Grace Explains the Nature of God and Our World (Podcast) — Cold Case Christianity
The Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.Deuteronomy 31:8
In the presence of a great work or a great warfare, here is a text which should help us to buckle on our harness. If Jehovah Himself goes before us, it must be safe to follow. Who can obstruct our progress if the Lord Himself is in the van? Come, brother soldiers, let us make a prompt advance! Why do we hesitate to pass on to victory?
Nor is the Lord before us only; He is with us. Above, beneath, around, within is the omnipotent, omnipresent One. In all time, even to eternity, He will be with us even as He has been. How this should nerve our arm! Dash at it boldly, ye soldiers of the cross, for the Lord of hosts is with us!
Being before us and with us, He will never withdraw His help. He cannot fail in Himself, and He will not fail toward us. He will continue to help us according to our need, even to the end. As He cannot fail us, so He will not forsake us. He will always be both able and willing to grant us strength and succor till fighting days are gone.
Let us not fear nor be dismayed; for the Lord of hosts will go down to the battle with us, will bear the brunt of the fight, and give us the victory.God Is in the Front Line — VCY America
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“I am the Lord, I change not.”
— Malachi 3:6
It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows. All things else have changed–all things are changing. The sun itself grows dim with age; the world is waxing old; the folding up of the worn-out vesture has commenced; the heavens and earth must soon pass away; they shall perish, they shall wax old as doth a garment; but there is One who only hath immortality, of whose years there is no end, and in whose person there is no change. The delight which the mariner feels, when, after having been tossed about for many a day, he steps again upon the solid shore, is the satisfaction of a Christian when, amidst all the changes of this troublous life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth–“I am the Lord, I change not.”
The stability which the anchor gives the ship when it has at last obtained a hold-fast, is like that which the Christian’s hope affords him when it fixes itself upon this glorious truth. With God “is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” What ever His attributes were of old, they are now; His power, His wisdom, His justice, His truth, are alike unchanged. He has ever been the refuge of His people, their stronghold in the day of trouble, and He is their sure Helper still. He is unchanged in His love. He has loved His people with “an everlasting love”; He loves them now as much as ever He did, and when all earthly things shall have melted in the last conflagration, His love will still wear the dew of its youth. Precious is the assurance that He changes not! The wheel of providence revolves, but its axle is eternal love.
“Death and change are busy ever, Man decays, and ages move; But His mercy waneth never; God is wisdom, God is love.”C.H. Spurgeon: “I am the Lord, I change not.” — Reformed Christian Studies
If God owns the church (1 Peter 2:9), shouldn’t His Word take priority in how it is structured?
Yet this article from The Christian Post promoting the shift to virtual church lacks any interaction with Scripture (aside from one twisted application of Mark 2:22). The article references youth engagement, potential missional opportunities, and survey results to argue for the importance of virtual reality “church” but never stops to consider God’s own Word on the subject.
In that sense, proponents of the virtual church aren’t merely attempting to redesign worship services and congregations according to their own tastes and preferences—they’re attacking the authority of God’s Word in His church.
Sola Scriptura and Christian Worship
The doctrine of sola Scriptura is often taken for granted by Protestants today, but it was a point of incomprehensible tension in the early days of the Reformation. As B. B. Warfield wrote, “The battle of the Reformation was fought out under a banner on which the sole authority of Scripture was inscribed.”B. B. Warfield, “The Theology of the Reformation” in The Works of Benjamin B. Warfield (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003), 9:465.
The issue of authority was the sticking point of the Reformation, and the Reformers understood that.
It was Scripture as final authority—sola Scriptura—that became the “formative” principle of the Reformation. Once Scripture was recognized as more authoritative than church and tradition, Protestants began to reform all of life accordingly. Naturally, then, Christian practice and worship were part of that.
One clear example of this is Luther’s 1520 treatise On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church. Just three years after posting his famous ninety-five theses, Martin Luther gutted the medieval sacramental system with this short tract by cutting the list of sacraments from seven to two (baptism and the Lord’s Supper). Through that pamphlet and his other works, he undermined the unbiblical authority structures that had preceded him.
While Luther’s treatise focused specifically on the sacraments, other Protestants after him continued to reform all other worship practices according to Scripture.
John MacArthur writes, “How does the sufficiency of Scripture apply to worship? The Reformers answered that question by applying sola Scriptura to worship in a tenet they called the regulative principle.”John MacArthur, Worship: The Ultimate Priority (Chicago: Moody, 2012), 31. He then quotes John Calvin to define the regulative principle:
We may not adopt any device [in our worship] which seems fit to ourselves, but look to the injunctions of him who alone is entitled to prescribe. Therefore, if we would have Him approve our worship, this rule, which he everywhere enforces with the utmost strictness, must be carefully observed. . . . God disapproves of all modes of worship not expressly sanctioned by his word. John Calvin, The Necessity of Reforming the Church (Dallas: Protestant Heritage Press, 1995 reprint), 17–18, qtd. MacArthur, Worship: The Ultimate Priority, 31.
Following the Reformers, the Puritans carried the regulative principle into subsequent generations of Protestants. John Owen writes, “The worship of God is not of man’s finding out…It is not taught by human wisdom, nor is it attainable by human industry, but by the wisdom and revelation of the Spirit of God…For what doth please God, God himself is the sole judge.”John Owen, “The Nature and Beauty of Gospel Worship” in The Works of John Owen, ed. William H. Goold (1853; London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1965 reprint), 9:72 qtd. Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2012), 851.
Commenting on the Puritan understanding, Joel Beeke and Mark Jones explain, “Those who adhere to the regulative principle believe that God is offended by unauthorized, man-made additions to His worship. The royalty of Christ is violated, and His laws are impeached. The Puritans believed that these additions are sinful and irreverent, suggesting that Scripture is not sufficient.”Beeke and Jones, 851.
In contrast to the Puritans, many evangelicals today believe worship is pleasing to God simply because it intends to be worship. Scripture, however, regularly speaks of worship that God rejects (Amos 5:21–24; Isaiah 1:11–16; Psalm 51:16–17; Matthew 15:9). James Montgomery Boice argues that Scripture says more about unacceptable worship than it is does about God-honoring worship.James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019), 604. And if you have any doubt that God is particular about how He is worshiped, just ask Saul (1 Samuel 15:22), Uzzah (2 Samuel 6:1–7), or Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:1–3).
But has God given sufficient instruction for church conduct and worship, or do we need supplemental instruction?
Scripture Is Sufficient for Church Conduct
In 2 Timothy 3:16–17—a watershed text for the sufficiency of Scripture—Paul writes, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
While those words carry an application for every believer, it is important to remember that they were originally written to a young pastor. Paul speaks specifically about “the man of God.”
John MacArthur explains, “The apostle is addressing the man of God, a technical phrase used only of Timothy in the New Testament. In the Old Testament it is frequently used as a title for one who proclaimed the Word of God. In this context, man of God refers most directly to Timothy and, by extension, to all preachers.”John MacArthur, MacArthur New Testament Commentary: 2 Timothy (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1995), 162.
So in context, this verse teaches that as a pastor, Timothy need look no further than Scripture for instruction on conduct within the church. Scripture is sufficient to equip him “for every good work” in the context of church leadership. In fact, Paul’s first letter to Timothy was written explicitly as instructions for church conduct (1 Timothy 3:15).
As we will see in future posts, many passages in the New Testament give instruction for church leadership, gatherings, and practices. Yet, it is clear that proponents of the meta-church have not stopped to ask if their new strategies are biblical.
Carl Trueman notes, “One can tell a lot about how a particular church understands scriptural sufficiency by looking at her form of government, the content and emphases of corporate worship, and the way in which the elders pastor the congregation.”Carl Trueman, “The Sufficiency of Scripture” in 9Marks Journal (August 2013) https://www.9marks.org/article/journalsufficiency-scripture/
If a church forms these features based for purely pragmatic purposes—such as survey results, “reaching the next generation,” or cultural trends—they have submitted the Word of God to the wisdom of men. They have chosen to build their house on sand rather than the immovable foundation of Scripture.
What the Church Needs
Redesigning our churches according to our own fancies, without regard for God’s Word, is to functionally abandon the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. Equally heinous, it flouts God’s own instructions for how He must be worshiped.
John MacArthur warns, “The reformation the church desperately needs isn’t the product of some new strategy or emphasis. Believers don’t need someone to blaze a new methodological trail or cast an exciting new vision for the church to match the perspectives of the twenty-first century.”John MacArthur, Christ’s Call to Reform the Church (Chicago: Moody, 2018), 177–78.
Instead, “A new understanding of sola Scriptura—the sufficiency of Scripture—ought to spur us to keep reforming our churches, to regulate our worship according to biblical guidelines, and to desire passionately to be those who worship God in spirit and truth.”MacArthur, Worship, 32–33.
We must either conclude that God has given sufficient instruction for church conduct and worship, or that God’s Word has failed in its stated purpose (1 Timothy 3:15; 2 Timothy 3:17). And because God’s Word cannot fail, it should be our desire to bring every aspect of our church conduct under the authority of Scripture.
To that end, we will spend the next few weeks examining several aspects of church conduct mentioned in Scripture and contrasting them with the ideas presented by proponents of the meta-church.
“Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5B
When I experienced the true forgiveness of Jesus as a Christian for the first time, I was baffled. It was so pure and authentic, yet completely unbelievable. Doesn’t he realize I committed unspeakable transgressions, not to mention all the people I hurt as a result of them? Yes, he knew it all – every despicable, vile thing and, still, he wiped my slate clean.
I began to believe that even though Christ had fully forgiven me, there’s no way he’d forget the things I had done. Over time, however, he helped me believe something more. Not only had he forgiven me, but, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our (my) transgressions from us (me)’” (Psalm 103:12). All this for me!
Jesus didn’t stop at that, though. There was more. Seeing my deep hurt stemming from the decades of sin, he began prompting my spirit into action. He showed me what I needed to do in the power of his Spirit: forgive myself, forgive individuals who hurt me, and seek forgiveness from those I had hurt. It was a hard task list to swallow. My heart began pounding out of my chest as I pondered his strong direction.
I procrastinated in carrying out the assignment for years, making excuses along the way. I convinced myself that ‘doing‘ forgiveness needed to have a warm and fuzzy feeling toward the other party in order to be genuine. Little did I know that forgiveness would be everything but a feel good endeavor.
It’s messy and horribly uncomfortable. It’s diving back into muck I fought so hard to get out of. It’s facing someone who never forgot what I did. Faithfully, the Lord helped me every step of the way down that blackened corridor toward redemption. When I started by forgiving myself, the steps that followed became easier to take. I knew that no matter what the outcome would be in each situation, I had done what Jesus wanted me to do and, maybe, something noteworthy would result.
Well, so much more came out of the process than I originally hoped. There was rawness and vulnerability, reconciliation and healing, humility and peace. To forgive was to forget. It liberated me from a personal prison I had locked myself into. It enabled me to move on and live a spiritually healthy and productive life in which I freely forgive and forget offenses instead of being bound by them.
While I still sin, I strive to trust the Spirit for the power to sin less and quickly seek forgiveness while lamenting the wrongdoing. I never want to take the Lord’s mercy and forgiving nature for granted.
Even as believers, we have a tendency to withhold forgiveness from ourselves and others when Christ never intended that. He came to free us from self-condemnation so that we may forgive ourselves and others. Let us walk, freely, in the ways of forgiveness, since his Spirit within us empowers us to do so.
Precious Jesus, thank you for lavishly forgiving me when I do wrong. Help me trust you for the ability to do the same toward myself and others. In your holy name I pray. Amen.
As you reflect on today’s devotional, ask yourself if you are refusing to forgive someone. If so, pray that God would soften your heart and empower you to forgive them just as Christ forgave you, and then thank him that the Holy Spirit does just that.
By Melissa Talbot
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US forces now on the ground in Ukraine
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US says China resisting nuclear talks after Xi vow to boost deterrent
Despite the lesson of the Cuban missile crisis 60 years ago, China has shown no interest in discussing steps to reduce the risk posed by nuclear weapons, senior US officials said on Tuesday, after Chinese leader Xi Jinping signaled last month that Beijing would strengthen its strategic deterrent.
Can the new Israeli government embody biblical kingship?
Several religious parties achieved very positive results in Tuesday’s election, strengthening the identity of Israel’s government as that of a Jewish state. Some rabbis see this as an extension of the Biblical commandment to appoint a king over Israel, raising questions about the government’s responsibility to act in accordance with the Torah.
Dark clouds loom over Franco-German ties amid deep rift
Things are not going so smoothly between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron these days as bilateral ties between their countries have reached a new low point. Relations between Berlin and Paris have often been strained in the past. But this time, the timing is extremely bad — and the rift seems deeper than before. The fact that both countries had to postpone this year’s Council of Ministers meeting to the beginning of next year is evidence of the deep disagreements between the partner countries.
Stanford professor says UFO disclosure is imminent
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Tropical Storm Martin formed over the central North Atlantic on Tuesday, becoming the 13th named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season and the second to form in two days. It was expected to become a hurricane on Wednesday, forecasters said.
Chicago Halloween Drive-By Shooting: 14 shot, including 3 kids
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2 NJ cops shot by sniper from high position
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World’s Largest Active Volcano May Erupt, Hawaiian Officials Warn
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Israel’s Energy Ministry green-lights production at Karish gas field
Israel’s Ministry of Energy gave the Greek-British energy gas company, Energean, the green light on Tuesday to begin extracting gas at the Karish natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea. The permit was the last formality the gas company needed to begin extraction, a spokeswoman for the Energy Ministry said.
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Drought causes quick harvest
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BREAKING: Netanyahu Wins Outright Majority in Israeli National Elections to be Next Prime Minister
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Exposed: Leaked Hospital Email Reveals Explosion of Stillbirths
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National digital ID clears congressional hurdle amid fears it could be politically abused
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Russia Suspends Participation In Ukraine Grain Deal After “Massive” Drone Attack On Black Sea Fleet
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NOT the virus: Deaths among teens and 20-somethings soar following COVID “vaccine” release
During the first two-and-a-half years of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) scamdemic, some 150,000 excess deaths occurred in Americans under the age of 45. Half of those deaths, we now know, occurred just in the last year since the “vaccines” were introduced under Operation Warp Speed.
Endangered freedom: Communist China is buying up American infrastructure, land and assets: check out these examples
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Well, well, well, the news coming out of Israel right now shows Benjamin Netanyahu with the 61-seat bloc he needs, and all he has to do to win is fend off a last-minute-surge from the Arab Balad Party which Bibi should be able to do. If he does win, with all the things we’ve been discussing on the Podcast lately about 2023, it should be a wild ride indeed. Count me in, up and out of here! Here’s some ‘fun facts’ – 5 in the Bible is the number of death and judgment, Netanyahu would be a 5-time prime minister, based on a 4-year term and he’s had 4 of them. Right now it is year 5783 on the Hebrew calendar, add them up and what do you get? 5. The election today is election number 5 in the past 4 years, something also unprecedented. 5-by-5 is also the dimensions of the brazen laver for the sacrifice in the Temple.
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PART I (15:28 – 15:28) They Are Trying Out a New Argument for “Gender Affirming” Surgery and Treatments—A Newly Invented Right of Integrity Means the Surrender of Modern Medicine
- Integrity and Rights to Gender-Affirming Healthcare by Journal of Medical Ethics (Richard Rowland)
PART II (18:24 – 18:24) Public Health Professor urges Medical Doctors to Fight for LGBTQ Rights at the State Level: This is How Morality is Reshaped Before Our Eyes
- Implications of Dobbs for the (Re)Criminalization of Intimacy Among LGBTQ Individuals by JAMA Network (Joanne D. Rosen)
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- Using Superheroes to Sell, This Time to Adults by New York Times (Alyson Krueger)
Source: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
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Bankrupt of arguments and ideas, the president is now reduced to pathetic name-calling.
Under normal circumstances, we’d feel sorry for the guy.
These, though, aren’t normal circumstances. Frail, feeble, and clearly dementing, the shell of Joe Biden was at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens yesterday, there to preach to an ever-shrinking choir.
“Charlie is running against Donald Trump incarnate,” Biden said while stumping for Republican Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, who’s poised to get a double-digit curb-stomping at the feet of Governor Ron DeSantis in six days. “This guy doesn’t fit any of the categories I talked about. The way he deals, the way he denies. … I always say democracy is on the ballot. I really mean it.”
Mr. Unity continued: “The rest of the world is looking at us, Charlie. They’re looking at us. It is really important that a state the size of Florida … comes down on the right side of history.”
Ooooh. That’s gonna change a lot of minds.
Biden called the flip-flopping, party-switching Crist a man of “integrity and intelligence,” and perhaps he is when measured against the man paying him the compliment. Mr. 81 Million Votes then urged Floridians to cast their ballots for Crist and his fellow stompee, Congresswoman Val Demings, who next week will join Crist in losing resoundingly in her bid to unseat Republican Senator Marco Rubio.
How times have changed. Wasn’t Florida once the swingiest of swing states? It’s no longer that, and it’s not just our opinion. Here’s the Miami Herald’s editorial board in a scathing op-ed penned just before the president’s visit:
Plagued by anemic fundraising, a loss of registered voters and a popular governor who’s done everything conventional wisdom says a governor in a swing state shouldn’t do, Florida’s Democrats are going into Nov. 8 pessimistic. Biden, who’s all but ignored Florida this election season, is expected to campaign with U.S. Rep. Val Demings and Charlie Crist in Miami Gardens and attend a fundraiser for Crist. It feels a little too late for Democrats to bring out the big guns — if that’s what you call Biden, whose popularity among Floridians is in the tank.
Once considered the nation’s most populous purple state, it’s starting to act more like it’s solid red. For the first time since Jeb Bush was elected governor in 2002, Republicans might carry Miami-Dade County, a stronghold Democrats need to win statewide.
Indeed, how times have changed. Wasn’t it just last month when Biden was singing the praises of the Republican governor in the wake of Hurricane Ian, saying that what he’d done in response was “pretty remarkable”?
Why, yes it was. “I think he’s done a good job,” Biden grudgingly admitted before noting that the two have “different political philosophies.”
And now the state’s young, whip-smart, uber-competent, rock-star governor is the devil “Trump incarnate.” Mmmkay.
Just what is Joe Biden doing in Florida, anyway? As the sitting president and the bully-pulpiteer and the Democrats’ standard-bearer, shouldn’t he be campaigning in an actual swing state — like Arizona or Georgia or Michigan or Pennsylvania or Wisconsin — and for candidates who actually have a chance?
Actually, no. Biden is toxic. He’s persona non grata in states with tight Senate races; because even his fellow Democrats know it. But to keep up appearances, his handlers figured he could be safely dispatched to the once-competitive Sunshine State without risking any real damage to Democrat candidates there. The party can read the electoral writing on the wall, and so can Crist and Demings. As they say, Ya cain’t fall off the floor.
Unfortunately, not even the pomp and pageantry that accompanies the American presidency can get an audience jazzed up about Joe Biden — at least not in Florida. Get a load of his cringeworthy warm-up act, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
“Just wanted to make sure you were with, still here.”
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Obama, Clinton, and Biden all repeat the worn-out false claims about Republicans wanting to take away seniors’ programs.
America has many wonderful October traditions — playoff baseball, Octoberfest beer, pumpkin pie, and Democrats scaring everyone about Social Security and Medicare ahead of an election.
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden are all running around screaming (sometimes literally) about the end of these programs under Republicans.
“Some of you here are on Social Security. Some of your parents are on Social Security. Some of your grandparents are on Social Security. You know why they have Social Security? Because they worked for it,” a finger-pointing Obama told a Wisconsin crowd Saturday. “And if [Senator] Ron Johnson does not understand that,” he started hysterically yelling, “if he understands giving tax breaks for private planes more than he understands making sure that seniors who’ve worked all their lives are able to retire with dignity and respect — he’s not the person who’s thinking about you, and knows you, and sees you, and he should not be your senator from Wisconsin!”
Clinton thinks that voters are just too dumb to see what’s at stake. “I’m not sure [voters] really understand the threats to their way of life,” she lamented in a discussion about political violence on MSNBC. “They may think that whoever’s chairing a committee is, you know, kind of abstract. But the Republicans in the House and others like the chair of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee are on record saying that they are going to put Social Security and Medicare up for a vote.”
She then issued what is according to Democrat standards in other cases a call for political violence: “Now I don’t understand why every American, not just people eligible for those two programs that they have paid into, that they have worked hard for, that they have earned, are not up in arms.” Everyone, she insisted, should be outraged that “Medicare and Social Security [are] on the chopping block.”
Biden went to Florida, where he told a small crowd: “You’ve been paying into Social Security your whole life. You earned it. Now these guys want to take it away. Who in the hell do they think they are?” When he made the same false claim in 2020, even The Washington Post fact-checked him with “Four Pinocchios.”
He’s spent most of 2022 telling similar lies anyway. Republicans are “determined to cut Social Security and Medicare,” he asserted, “and they’re willing to take down the economy over it.” Yeah, what gives? Joe Biden is the only one allowed to take down the economy around here!
These Democrat attacks are largely based on a plan introduced by Senator Rick Scott in February. Scott, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) who Clinton referenced, offered a plan for taxes and reviewing legislation that, unfortunately, opened the door for believable Democrat attacks. One of his planks was this: “All federal legislation sunsets in 5 years. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again.” He and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both explained that Social Security and Medicare do not fall in this category, but Democrats gleefully skip over that on their way to an effective reprise of their portrayal of Paul Ryan pushing wheelchair-bound granny off a cliff.
Veteran journalist Brit Hume corrected the record: “We’ve been hearing this claim about cutting Social Security and Medicare for decades, but in recent election cycles there haven’t been any serious proposals from Republicans to touch those programs. Donald Trump ruled it out and nobody is proposing it now. It’s an old saw used by Democrats when they’re in trouble.”
The glaring irony is that Social Security and Medicare are in trouble if they’re not touched. These two major entitlements — albeit earned entitlements as opposed to unearned redistribution schemes like food stamps — are headed for insolvency in the short term without a serious plan to fix them. Despite the bill of goods sold by DC politicians about all the money you paid into these programs, that money is long gone. Current workers are paying current retirees, and the ratio of workers to retirees isn’t anywhere near as favorable as it was when Swamp dwellers started raiding that “lock box.”
“When FDR signed Social Security into law in 1935,” noted our Douglas Andrews two years ago, “the retirement age was 65 and the life expectancy was 63. Today’s numbers are 67 and 84, respectively. Furthermore, while we used to have 16 workers for each retiree in 1950, we now have fewer than three.”
So who’s endangering Social Security and Medicare — someone with a serious plan for reform to keep programs going for future generations, or someone who screams and yells and insists that everything will be just fine if only those rotten Republicans will keep their hands off the brakes of the cliff-bound speeding train?
U.S. military in Ukraine, government will soon spend more on interest than defense, PA Supreme Court sides with Rule of Law, and more.
Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler
- U.S. military in Ukraine? In the wake of the U.S. giving billions of dollars; worth of weaponry to Ukraine to assist it in its war against Russia, it is being reported that U.S. military personnel are also on the ground there. To some, this admission apparently flies in the face of the repeated claims that the U.S. is not fighting in Ukraine. However, the fact that U.S. military personnel are in Ukraine does not equate to them fighting in the war. As the U.S. Defense Department noted on Monday, these troops are there, far from the frontlines, on an inspection assignment to ensure that weapons given by the U.S. are used for fighting the war and do not end up being diverted or sold on the black market. As a DOD official stated: “We see Ukraine’s frontline units effectively employing security assistance every day on the battlefield. Nonetheless, we are keenly aware of the possible risk of illicit diversion and are proactively taking all available steps to prevent this from happening.” The DOD’s admission confirms the U.S. has had military personnel on the ground in Ukraine for a while for weapons accountability inspections. But their presence also puts Vladimir Putin on notice for targeting these weapons stores.
- Government will soon spend more on interest than defense: Joe Biden has erroneously boasted that he cut the deficit in half, “the only president ever to cut the deficit by more than a trillion dollars in a single year.” The truth is that Biden is claiming credit for “cutting” the federal deficit as the COVID emergency spending expired, while his administration’s policies have only added to the federal deficit to the tune of at least $2.4 trillion in new government spending. Far from cutting the deficit, Biden has done the exact opposite. The result of this massive increase in government spending has not only produced a 40-year-high inflation rate but also equates to a massive increase in spending on debt-created interest. In Fiscal Year 2022, the federal government spent a whopping $475 billion in interest payments, up from a FY2021 payment of $352 billion. By 2025, the government’s spending on debt interest will exceed its annual spending on national defense. Economist Dan White observes: “Regardless of who wins the midterms or in 2024, there are really difficult decisions that will have to be made. This is really going to handcuff them.” The national debt passed $31 trillion for the first time this year, equating to a generation’s worth of debt spending in a matter of just over five years. This reality has financial expert Peter Boockvar wondering: “For decades, budget deficits didn’t matter and U.S. debt didn’t matter. Maybe all of a sudden they will.” Eventually, those deficit spending chickens do come home to roost.
- PA Supreme Court sides with Rule of Law on mail-in ballots: In a big win for the Rule of Law and election integrity in the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that mail-in ballots that fail to conform to the state’s law requiring the inclusion of both a correct dating and signature are not to be counted. The Court declared, “Pennsylvania county boards of elections are hereby ordered to refrain from counting any absentee and mail-in ballots received for the November 8, 2022 general election that are contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes.” This is also a big win for Republicans who raised the lawsuit against the commonwealth to prevent election officials from including in their vote count mail-in ballots that do not meet the clear requirements of Pennsylvania’s election laws. Included in the Court’s ruling, however, was the order to “segregate and preserve any ballots contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes,” as the “Court is evenly divided on the issue of whether failing to count such ballots violates 52 U.S.C. §10101(a)(2)(B).” Earlier in October, the Pennsylvania secretary of state’s office was messaging local elections officials informing them that they were “expected to include undated ballots in their official returns for the [November] election.” Will elections officials be vigorous in following the Court’s order to “segregate” and exclude in the official count those ballots that fail to meet the law’s requirement for mail-in ballots? At least at this time, election integrity proponents have a clear ruling from the Court in their favor.
- Hillary Clinton questions whether voters “really understand” what’s at stake in the midterm elections (Fox News)
- Suburban women have bolted from the Democrat Party (Townhall)
- Biden again claims his son Beau died in Iraq (Washington Times)
- ACLU slams government working with Big Tech to decide “what is true or false” (Fox News)
- Twitter CEO Elon Musk details election integrity, content moderation on platform ahead of 2022 midterms (Fox Business)
- U.S. government should ban TikTok, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr says (NY Post)
- White House vows action on gun violence in late-night statement, says “thoughts and prayers” not enough (Fox News)
- Manufacturing plummets to lowest level since 2020 (The Hill)
- Second-largest teachers union boss slammed after agreeing with “pandemic amnesty” plea (Daily Wire)
- Over 200,000 “transgender” people could face voting restrictions because of state ID laws (NBC News)
- North Korea unleashes biggest one-day missile barrage; South Korea responds with missile launches (Fox News)
- Israel election: Preliminary results show Benjamin Netanyahu poised to return to power (Fox News)
- Policy: Has criminal justice reform made us less safe? (Common Sense)
- Satire: DHS announces it will suppress as much speech as it takes to preserve democracy (Babylon Bee)
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The vital work of a post-Roe America is already making a huge impact.
There has been an enormous impact on the abortion industry since the overturning of *Roe v. Wade.* States now have the prerogative, with the will of the people, to affirm when life begins and decide when an abortion should be illegal.
According to a study by the pro-abortion group #WeCount: “The estimated number of abortions provided by a clinician decreased from 85,020 abortions in April 2022, before the [Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization] decision, to 79,620 abortions in August 2022. This change represents a decrease of 6% in the number of abortions nationally, comparing April and August 2022.”
As was expected, states that provide legal abortions beyond the six weeks of early pregnancy received out-of-state patients looking for abortions. Illinois, North Carolina, Florida, and New York were the recipients of many of these desparate women and, sadly, those states saw an increase in their abortion numbers. Naturally, other states that had trigger laws either outright banning abortion or setting the line at the six-week mark saw a dramatic decrease in numbers. Overall, 10,000 little lives have been spared. Ten thousand mothers weren’t duped out of the exquisite joy that children bring.
FiveThirtyEight, a pro-abortion ABC News affiliate, lamented, “If these trends persist, there could be at least 60,000 fewer abortions in the next year as a result of the Dobbs decision.” Those of us on the pro-life side of the aisle have reason to rejoice. The potential for 60,000 more children being alive and allowed to grow is a healthy sign for this country. Of those 60,000 new lives, how many are children of color? How many are future leaders, scientists, and artists? Their potential is inestimable.
This increase in life also increases the vital work of crisis pregnancy centers to families in need. They have more precious lives to care for, more families to help.
Unfortunately, crisis pregnancy centers are under attack from leftist political violence and Big Tech censorship. Their buildings have been vandalized and firebombed, and the ones that have been spared have had to allocate precious financial resources away from caring for women, children, and their families to beefing up their security and marketing.
Moreover, there is another emerging threat. Even though some states are making abortion illegal, Planned Parenthood is still lurking in the background. If it cannot get its money through abortion, it will get it through other means. Planned Parenthood’s new form of income is through “gender affirming” — i.e. gender denying — healthcare services. If it cannot destroy children in the womb, then it will try to destroy children going though mental struggles and puberty. It’s a cycle of death and destruction that needs to be resisted.
The drop in the number of legal abortions in the United States is a long fought-for outcome. We continue to pray for the day when the number of abortions drops to zero.
Thanks to Dems’ racist anti-police rhetoric, crime is up all over the country. Voters noticed.
The 2022 midterms may likely turn on an issue that has not been on voters’ minds for many an election cycle: crime. Several recent surveys conducted independently and by the two parties indicate that crime will be a critical factor for voters when they choose their preferred candidates in state and local races next week.
Crime barely pegged as an issue for voters for much of the 21st century. Strong policing tactics and tough sentencing laws introduced in the 1990s brought violent crime under control and improved quality of life across the country. That changed two years ago. The race-baiting of Black Lives Matter and its surrogates who encouraged people to riot, loot, and pillage neighborhoods and businesses in cities around the country in 2020 and the anti-police rhetoric of many Democrats have led to a surge in crime that has citizens concerned for their safety. Whereas crime was not a major talking point earlier this election cycle, it now ranks alongside the economy as a top issue of concern.
Republican candidates have been hammering home the issue on the campaign trail and in debates against flat-footed opponents like Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman and New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who now have to defend their horrible records on crime.
True to form, Dems are breaking out a litany of excuses. Hochul took a page out of the Hillary Clinton playbook, claiming that the crime issue was a “conspiracy” crafted by Republicans. “These are master manipulators,” she explained. “They have this conspiracy going all across America to try and convince people that in Democratic states they’re not as safe.” Sorry, Governor, but Americans already feel unsafe in our cities. Republican candidates are pointing out the obvious while you and your Democrat colleagues remain tone-deaf to reality.
Democrats cannot deny their complicity in the rise of crime since 2020. During that pandemic summer they argued, along with leftist agitators, that the violence roiling American cities was the fault of the police, not the criminals. They dialed back sentencing laws and police funding. Public prosecutors refused to do their jobs and put criminals behind bars. The media refused to report on the riots and random attacks of innocent people that became an epidemic. The rhetoric against law enforcement endangered the lives of police officers and the citizens they protect.
Now Democrats are trying to distance themselves from their actions. Those who are not going Hochul’s route and calling it all a conspiracy are trying to play down their involvement in the anti-law-and-order crusade. The media is naturally doing its part, telling us that not all Democrats openly supported defunding police departments. However, there are a lot of Democrats who associate with and have received substantial support from leftist groups whose mission statement is the deconstruction of law and order on America’s streets. There are Democrats who may not have said the words “defund the police,” but their associations give them away.
Another defensive tactic is to spin the numbers. Several Democrat candidates point to FBI crime statistics that indicate no significant rise in violent crime and no alarming numbers comparable to what America witnessed in the latter part of the 20th century. However, while it can be said that violent crime has not risen significantly in total, murder has risen significantly since the pandemic.
As our Mark Alexander recently noted: “Unfortunately (but fortunately for Democrats), we do not know the extent to which crime continues to surge this year because the FBI’s uniform crime reporting system is now anything but uniform. The same month Biden took office, the FBI, besieged with its own political corruption, switched to a new reporting system, which it absurdly claimed … is much better than the old system. As a result of that switch, more than 40% of police departments nationwide did not submit full data sets for 2021, and that includes major Demo-controlled cities in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York, where we know cities are breaking all-time murder records again this year. Despite the incomplete data, the FBI still reported a 4.3% increase in murders last year over the unprecedented 30% increase in 2020.”
Additionally, the savage nature and randomness of some crimes now taking place need to be taken into account, and the FBI’s numbers do not reflect the most recent crime activity now taking place in the lead-up to the election.
Crime is a problem in America, and saying it is not as bad as it could be or that it used to be worse is not a solution. Democrats have had their chance to combat the issue, and they chose to side with the criminals. Next week is the opportunity to bring them to account.
She’s about to lose her second gubernatorial race in four years, despite having been the darling of the mainstream media and their fellow Democrats.
In 2018, Stacey Abrams ran for governor of Georgia, thus becoming the first black woman to do so in any state on a major-party ticket. On Election Day of that year, she notched two more history-making distinctions: She became the first black woman to lose a governor’s race and the first black woman to deny that she’d lost a governor’s race. And in less than a week, she’ll notch a fourth: She’ll become the first black woman to lose two governor’s races.
Say what you will about Stacey Abrams: She’s nothing if not historic.
And yet, despite her obvious shortcomings as a statewide candidate, the Democrats and the mainstream media have always swooned. Abrams was heralded by the Democrats as a fresh new leader. As FiveThirtyEight writes: “There was speculation about whether she’d be chosen as Joe Biden’s running mate during his 2020 bid for the presidency (a prospect Abrams welcomed), and she was largely credited for pioneering a new playbook focused on turning out black voters in Georgia, especially after Biden flipped the state in 2020.”
That wasn’t the half of it, though. Get a load of this passage from a Washington Post — yes, Washington Post — profile from May 2020:
Pandemonium ensues as she walks to the far left of the stage, like a runway supermodel, stops on a dime, poses, tilts her head slightly and smiles. Camera flashes explode. She next pivots and walks slowly to the center of the stage, freezes there and repeats the pose. Again, the flashes explode. Abrams is summoning her inner actress, and she is both enjoying the moment and getting through it to get to the conversation. She then pivots and walks to the far right of the stage, same. You wonder whether she has done this before…
Those were the days.
Since then, Supermodel Stacey has come back to earth. Hard. Among her missteps was forcing the city of Atlanta into the social-justice wars, and in so doing costing the city a cool $100 million in revenue when Major League Baseball decided to take its All-Star Game elsewhere. Then word trickled out that the gun-grabbing cop-defunder’s political action committee had spent a whopping $1.2 million on private security in 2021.
More recently, she demonstrated her medical and scientific illiteracy by saying: “There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
And on Sunday, during her debate with incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp, she really stepped in it. In a campaign season in which crime is running behind only inflation and the economy in terms of importance to voters, Abrams said this in response to Kemp’s remark that he has the endorsement of 107 sheriffs around the state:
I’m not a member of the good ol’ boys club. So, no. I don’t have 107 sheriffs who want to be able to take black people off the streets, who want to be able to go without accountability. I don’t believe every sheriff wants that, but I do know that we need a governor who believes in both defending law enforcement but also defending the people of Georgia.
Nothing reassures voters that you’re serious about crime quite like smearing 107 of your state’s sheriffs.
As for the governor, he left no doubt where he comes down when the topic is law enforcement: “Stacey Abrams’ comments about Georgia sheriffs in Sunday night’s debate are exactly the type of false, demoralizing, and offensive accusations that have driven good men and women away from the law enforcement profession. The Kemps will always have GA law enforcement’s back.”
No wonder she’s down double digits in her gubernatorial rematch with Kemp.
What happened to Stacey Abrams? Perhaps nothing at all. It might be as simple as her having a lower ceiling than the pundit class had imagined. Think about it: She lost the governor’s race in 2018 during a cycle that was very fruitful for Democrats, and now she’s running for the same job against an incumbent with a record of accomplishments in a cycle that’s very challenging for Democrats.
So we’ll bid Stacey an early adieu, and we’d only ask that she take Raphael Warnock with her.
On the Web
- Linda Moss Mines: Coming to the New World, Chapter 1 — From Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther and the Reformation, European upheaval influenced America’s settlement.
- In Brief: How to Fix the FBI — The bureau has been given contradictory missions of law enforcement and foreign counterintelligence.
- Clueless Joe: ‘Iraq … Where My Son Died’ — Biden says, “Inflation is a worldwide problem right now because of a war in Iraq… excuse me, the war in Ukraine. I’m thinking of Iraq because that’s where my son died.”
- ‘Wave of Insanity’ in Public Education — Former Congresswoman and ex-Democrat Tulsi Gabbard campaigned for Michigan Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon.
- So Now They Tell You… — Plastic recycling remains largely a myth, Greenpeace now admits.
- Why Is This History of Slavery Hidden in Schools? — Thomas Sowell observes that it fails to move the reparations narrative forward.
- BEN SHAPIROWhy the Legacy Media Is Panicked About Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover
- JOHN STOSSELInconvenient Facts
- BETSY MCCAUGHEYSupreme Court Poised to Strike Down Racial Preferences
- BYRON YORKMidterms, Biden’s Agenda, and the Filibuster
- STAR PARKERDemocrats Must Stop Dividing Our Country
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“Suppression of expression conceals the real problems confronting a society and diverts public attention from the critical issues. It is likely to result in neglect of the grievances which are the actual basis of the unrest, and this prevent their correction.” —Thomas I. Emerson (1907-1991)
For the Record
“[Progressives] want a news environment in which nothing is real, everything is partisan and you are free to ignore and even disdain the other side. If conservatives adopt these despicable tactics, they will lose the war for our culture and society before a shot is even fired. You beat conspiracy theories with truth and facts, not by inventing more and more disgusting conspiracy theories of your own.” —David Marcus
“On day one, Joe Biden canceled the Keystone Pipeline, but he wants you to believe oil companies are at fault.” —Senator Marsha Blackburn
“Remember that time Republicans opened the border, spiked inflation, caused a fuel crisis, freed violent criminals, fired people for not getting vaxxed, AND ran out of baby formula? NO, you DON’T? Now would be a good time to vote accordingly kiddos.” —Jimmy Failla
Belly Laughs of the Week
“If you believe the recent headlines, you would think that MAGA fascism is ascendant. If you get past those headlines and dig a little deeper, you uncover an insidious and seemingly intentional campaign by Republican-backed polling firms to flood the zone and tip the balance of polling averages in favor of their candidates, to create a narrative that Republicans are surging and that a red wave is imminent and inevitable.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid
“In six major battleground states, more than half the polls conducted in October have been conducted by Republican firms. That means basically we can’t trust the data on RealClearPolitics or FiveThirtyEight any longer. It’s essentially Republican propaganda. … The Republicans, this is part of the information war. They’re trying to suppress Democratic turnout, create more negative sentiment for Democrats and more positive sentiment for them.” —Democrat pollster Simon Rosenberg
“Enough is enough. Gun violence in this country is an epidemic that will not end with thoughts and prayers alone. President Biden will continue to do everything in his power to reduce gun violence, including by calling on Congress to increase community violence intervention funding, ensure universal background checks, and send legislation to his desk banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. It’s past time we turn our pain into purpose.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
“Charlie [Crist] is running against Donald Trump incarnate.” —Joe Biden
The BIG Lies
“[Insulin] was invented by a man who did not patent it because he wanted it available for everyone. I spoke to him, okay?” —Joe Biden (“Dr. Frederick Banting died nearly two years before the president was born.” —Virginia Kruta)
“Inflation is a worldwide problem right now because of a war in Iraq… excuse me, the war in Ukraine. I’m thinking about Iraq because that’s where my son died.” —Joe Biden
“Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine in March set gas prices soaring, literally, around the world. Not just here, but around the world. And because of the action we’ve taken since then, gas prices have actually come down.” —Joe Biden
“Republicans have made it clear — and they’ve said it out loud on the floor — if they win control of the Congress, they’re going to shut down the government, refuse to pay America’s bills — and really put us in a serious recession; put us in default — unless we yield to their demands to cut Social Security and Medicare. They’re so determined to cut Social Security and Medicare, they’re willing to take down the American economy over it.” —Joe Biden
“When gas prices go up, when grocery prices go up, that takes a bite out of people’s paycheck. That hurts. But the question you should be asking is: Who’s going to do something about it? Republicans are having a field day running ads talking about it, but what is their actual solution to it? I’ll tell you. They want to gut Social Security, then Medicare, and then give some more tax breaks to the wealthy.” —Barack Obama
“I’m not sure [voters] really understand the threats to their way of life. They may think that whoever’s chairing a committee is, you know, kind of abstract. But the Republicans in the House and others like the chair of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee are on record saying that they are going to put Social Security and Medicare up for a vote.” —Hillary Clinton
“Crime is not on the rise. It’s actually going down under Joe Biden.” —”The View” co-host Joy Behar (“Democrats have become such a party of elites, they now openly tell the people they’re stupid for being concerned about what they’re concerned about. They tell them it’s not really happening and if they weren’t so stupid, they’d realize it. They all do this now.” —Jesse Kelly | “Joy should ride the subway to work.” —Katie Pavlich)
Theater of the Absurd
“Who knows what [crisis pregnancy centers] are doing with that [privacy] information, if they may be selling it, if they may be making data available to other terrorists or activists that can cause harm to patients or the providers to whom they actually wind up going eventually to seek care.” —Penn Medicine physician Courtney A. Schreiber
“Abortion can be another word for mercy.” —actress Anne Hathaway
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We have been discussing how Democratic leaders like Hillary Clinton called on foreign companies to pass censorship laws to prevent Elon Musk from restoring free speech protections on Twitter. The EU has responded aggressively to warn Musk not to allow greater free speech or face crippling fines and even potential criminal enforcement. After years of using censorship-by-surrogates in social media companies, Democratic leaders seem to have rediscovered good old-fashioned state censorship.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) declared Musk’s pledge to restore free speech values on social media as threatening Democracy itself. She has promised that “there are going to be rules” to block such changes. She is not alone. Former President Obama has declared “regulation has to be part of the answer” to disinformation.
For her part, Hillary Clinton is looking to Europe to fill the vacuum and called upon her European counterparts to pass a massive censorship law to “bolster global democracy before it’s too late.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently repeated this call for global censorship at the United Nations to the applause of diplomats and media alike.
EU censors have assured Democratic leaders that they will not allow free speech to break out on Twitter regardless of the wishes of its owner and customers.
One of the most anti-free speech figures in the West, EU’s Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has been raising the alarm that Twitter users might be able to read uncensored material or hear unauthorized views.
Breton himself threatened that Twitter must “fly by [the European Union’s] rules” in censoring views deemed misleading or harmful by EU bureaucrats. Breton has been moving publicly to warn Musk not to try to reintroduce protections that go beyond the tolerance of the EU for free speech. Musk is planning to meet with the EU censors and has conceded that he may not be able resist such mandatory censorship rules.
The hope of leaders like Clinton is the anti-free speech measure recently passed by EU countries, the Digital Services Act. The DSA contains mandatory “disinformation” rules for censoring “harmful” thoughts or views.
Breton has made no secret that he views free speech as a danger coming from the United States that needs to be walled off from the Internet. He previously declared that, with the DSA, the EU is now able to prevent the Internet from again becoming a place for largely unregulated free speech, which he referred to as the “Wild West” period of the Internet.
It is a telling reference because the EU views free speech itself as an existential danger. They reject the notion of free speech as its own protection where good speech can overcome bad speech. That is viewed as the “Wild West.”
Many of us are far more fearful of global censors than some whack job spewing hateful thoughts from his basement. That is why I have described myself as an Internet Originalist:
The alternative is “internet originalism” — no censorship. If social media companies returned to their original roles, there would be no slippery slope of political bias or opportunism; they would assume the same status as telephone companies. We do not need companies to protect us from harmful or “misleading” thoughts. The solution to bad speech is more speech, not approved speech.
If Pelosi demanded that Verizon or Sprint interrupt calls to stop people saying false or misleading things, the public would be outraged. Twitter serves the same communicative function between consenting parties; it simply allows thousands of people to participate in such digital exchanges. Those people do not sign up to exchange thoughts only to have Dorsey or some other internet overlords monitor their conversations and “protect” them from errant or harmful thoughts.
The danger of the rising levels of censorship is far greater than the dangers of such absurd claims of the law or science — or in this case both. What we can do is to maximize the free discourse and expression on the Internet to allow free speech itself to be the ultimate disinfectant of disinformation.
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Twice-failed Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who scorched conservatives and Christians across the entire nation during her failed 2016 bid by insisting they are the “deplorables,” is at it again.
Now she’s saying they’re too stupid.
Actually, they just “don’t understand.”
She was on television talking to Joy Reid, a host on the leftist MSNBC corporation, when she said people didn’t understand what a Republican majority in Congress would mean:
“I think that with all of the noise that we’ve gotten in this election season I don’t think that people are really able to grasp that. But more importantly, I’m not sure they really understand the threats to their way of life. They may think that whoever’s chairing a committee, you know, kind of abstract. But the Republicans in the House and others like the chair of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee [Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.] are on record saying they’re going to put Social Security and Medicare up for a vote,” Clinton claimed.
Scott has suggested a plan to require all legislation to be renewed every five years, and have confirmed there are no plans to eliminate Social Security and Medicare, but Clinton pushed forward on the supposed threat anyway.
“Now I don’t understand why every American, not just people eligible for those two programs that they have paid into that they have worked hard for, that they have earned, are not up in arms. We’ve got lots of problems right now in our country. We need sensible people to come together to try and solve them. The last thing we need is to make life even harder for the vast majority of Americans because it’s not just seniors who would have Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block. It would be their children and their grandchildren who would have to step in and fill the hole that they had left.”
As for problems facing the nation, under Joe Biden’s leadership, the nation is experiencing the worst inflation in decades, gasoline and other energy costs are exploding, there’s been an unprecedented invasion by illegal aliens at the southern border, there are new threats from unstable governments around the world, and Biden’s war on petroleum has left consumers wondering how to heat their homes this winter.
Meanwhile, Biden focuses on pushing the transgender and abortion ideologies on everyone in the nation.
Fox News posted the interview:
The subject of the confrontation Paul Pelosi, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, had with an apparently deranged individual who reportedly broke into his home in California, also arose.
Clinton openly condemned what she claimed was “violent rhetoric” that led to the incident.
She alleged that was documentation that the Republicans are a “threat to democracy,” using a talking point that Democrats have repeated over and over in recent months.
Clinton claimed, “I didn’t see a big outpouring on the part of elected officials to stand with Nancy Pelosi the way she has stood with Republicans as well as Democrats in times of real terror like on Jan. 6. So ask yourselves, please, why would you entrust power to people who they themselves are unable to see how terrible it is that someone may be attacked in their home or don’t really care because they somehow think it’ll get them votes or get them elected? This is a real threat to the heart of democracy.”
In fact, Republicans have condemned the attack on Paul Pelosi, which sent him to the hospital.
Her claims came just days after she said that her political opponents now have a “plan” to “steal the next presidential elections.”
She claims: “Hello, Indivisibles. I’m here to highlight something that is keeping me up at night, and I know this group really understands what I’m about to say. I know we’re all focused on the 2022 midterm elections and they are incredibly important, but we also have to look ahead, because you know what? Our opponents certainly are.
“Right-wing extremists already have a plan to literally steal the next presidential election and they’re not making a secret of it. The right-wing controlled Supreme Court may be poised to rule on giving state legislatures, yes, you heard me that correctly, state legislatures, the power to overturn presidential elections. Just think if that happens, the 2024 presidential election could be decided not by the popular vote, or even by the anachronistic Electoral College, but by state legislatures, many of them Republican-controlled.”
A report at the PostMillennial pointed the twice-failed Democrat presidential hopeful “has repeatedly questioned the results of the 2016 election,” which she lost by huge numbers to President Trump.
Her statements include that, “There was a widespread understanding that this election [in 2016] was not on the level. We still don’t know what really happened.”
Actually, she and her campaign worked with Russia sources to fabricate the high-profile “Russia collusion” conspiracy theory that she, the FBI and the DOJ launched against Trump while he was a candidate and then continued while he was president, undermining a duly elected U.S. president.
The scheme used fabricated claims about Trump as evidence in an American court to obtain permission for the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign, a political opponent to the powers that held office under Barack Obama and likely would have held office under Clinton had she been elected.
A comment at the Gateway Pundit on Clinton’s video was: “Democrats must really be worried that they won’t be able to steal the presidential election in 2024.”
Much more election influence, actually, happened in the 2020 race, where Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg donated more than $400 million to several foundations that delivered it to local elections officials who often used it to recruit voters in Democrat districts.
Further, the FBI solicited social media companies to suppress accurate, but very damaging information about the Biden family’s international business dealings just days before the election. Surveys have shown that either of those influences could have taken the victory away from President Trump and given it to Joe Biden, who likely would have been a loser except for those factors.
Further, various states simply changed or ignored their own state laws regarding mail-in ballots and more during the 2020 election.
The “plan” to which Clinton refers likely is a case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. It was launched in response to leftist courts overruling elected legislatures’ decisions regarding election procedures.
NPR explains in the case state officials in North Carolina challenged a state court ruling that overturned the procedures adopted by lawmakers.
They point out that the U.S. Constitution states, “The times, places and manner of holding elections for senators and representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof.”
The logical conclusion of that requirement is that state judges should have no influence over those election “times, places and manner…”
Because of the supremacy clause in the U.S. Constitution, it also would mean that even a state constitutional requirement for such variables would not be controlling.
NPR said, “Proponents of the theory argue that that clause gives state legislatures power to regulate federal elections uninhibited by state courts or state constitutions. If a majority of the Supreme Court agrees, that would hamstring state courts, removing judicial oversight of state elections.”
In North Carolina, state courts had overturned the congressional district lines drawn by lawmakers. Under the claims made in the case, state courts should have no power to change what the legislatures specify on these issues.
Actually, Democrats long have denied the legitimacy of GOP victories in elections, and the “election denier” status only turned into a bad thing when Trump contested Joe Biden’s 2020 results.
President Joe Biden plans to deliver another fervent warning on Wednesday about Republicans and the threat they pose to the future of democracy in the United States.
During the first month of the new fiscal year, Border Patrol agents apprehended approximately 204,000 migrants who illegally crossed the border between ports of entry. In October 2021, Agents apprehended a record-setting 159,113 migrants.
The White House on Wednesday deleted a Tweet crediting President Biden for increasing the size of Social Security payments, which had actually gone up because of a cost-of-living increase tied to inflation.
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The media’s willingness to defend every aspect of the sexual revolution reveals, once again, their complete moral bankruptcy.
Following the June expiration of a federal pandemic program to provide free lunch to all students, school districts are raising prices and offering fewer options in cafeterias across the country in the face of soaring inflation.
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