The American News Commentary
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Vol. 15, No. 14 October 6, 2010 © 2010
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THIS WEEK'S EDITORIAL COMMENT: That week-by-week count-
down to Election Day, 2010, that we began in January of this year, as of
today has gotten down to just 27 days till Nov. 2. -- less than one month!
As in any battle, a slogan always seems appropriate, and there have been
a few in recent months ... "In November we will remember" is one that
comes to mind . . . more recently, as the serious nature of the mess we are
in became more apparent, "It's November or never" was introduced. Now
it occurs to us that quite unintentionally in last week's issue we seem to
have found a new slogan which is remarkably appropriate for the 80%
of the American people who are Christians: "We can make a difference."
We can accomplish this goal of making a difference, of bringing about
real change, in two steps: Pray and Vote. It's that simple -- Pray and Vote.
To fail this assignment is to fail your Christian responsibility. (Remember:
in order to vote, you must be registered -- if you are not registered, you
have abandoned one of the greatest rights and privileges which are yours
as an American citizen, to vote.) So accept your responsibility: Pray and
Vote . . . and never doubt: "We can make a difference."
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IF OBAMA (AND DEMOCRATS) COULD GAIN POWER WITH
A MEANINGLESS SLOGAN FOR "CHANGE," THINK WHAT
A REALLY MEANINGFUL SLOGAN CAN DO!
This prevailing national fascination with political slogans isn't difficult
to understand. It has been part of the American political process for
hundreds of years. A few come to mind, "Tippecanoe And Tyler Too"
(1840); "Full Dinner Pail" (1900); "Happy Days Are Here Again"
(1932); "I Like Ike" (1952); "It's The Economy, Stupid" (1992); "Yes,
America Can" (2004); and most recently, Barack Obama's "Change
You Can Believe In." (2008).
And now we appear to be stuck. The Obama "change" didn't prove to be
something that merited belief or confdence, so for this year's mid-term
election the Democrats are seeking change from what we have, with a
new slogan, "Change That Matters." The Republicans also want to
see a"Change" from what we presently are experiencing . . . and so to
introduce a slightly different version of the widespread recognition that
a change is necessary, we suggest that Christians adopt this slogan:
"We Can Make A Difference."
And here is our justification for the validity of that slogan. Let's do some
simple math. Right now the American population is approximately
311,000,000. The number of Christians is variously estimated as being
between 225,000,000 and 250,000,000. Even assuming that only 60%
of them are registered and eligible to vote, and that only half of those
eligible voters actually do vote on Nov. 2 -- that is still a voting bloc of
approximately 70,000,000. And that is a powerful force in any election
-- enough to effect a dramatic change in the make-up of Congress to the
point where they might reclaim for America the moral standards which
made us great, and take a strong stand against Islamic terrorism..
So, by just simple mathematics, there is real meaning, real validity, in that
slogan, "We Can Make A Difference." Let's move forward with our two-
step program, "Pray and Vote," and On Nov. 2 we will make a difference.
And while voting has to wait till Nov. 2 -- we can pray right now! We
have often mentioned the ongoing prayer program, "God Save America,"
originated by Dr. Michael Youssef and his "Leading the Way" broadcasts.
For October he presented the prayer challenge extremely well: "Our
nation is adrift morally, spiritually, economically and politically. Our
nation is on the high seas without a rudder or a compass. We need
Godly leadership to guide our nation onto the right course. October's
prayer focus is for Godly leadership - in our homes, churches,
businesses and government." To join with other Christians across the
nation in this prayer progam, go to: http://www.leadingtheway.org
Do you remember the "Big Lie Theory?" Although rooted in history
more some 85 years ago, it has some interesting applications in current
day events. In his "Mein Kampf," published in 1925, Hitler spoke of the
effectivness of a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that anyone
"could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously." Out of
that thought, Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's head propagandist is supposed to
have said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people
will eventually come to believe it." And while his use of that version
is questionable, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin's use of it is not: "A lie told often
enough becomes truth."
And here is where it all fits into today's situation. In 1943 the U.S. Office
of Strategic Services (OSS -- the fore-runner of the CIA) commissioned
the development of a report titled "A Psychological Analysis of Adolph
Hitler, His Life and Legend," by Walter C. Langer. The report was kept
secret for more than 20 years after the end of WW II, was declassified
in 1968 and published in 1972 as "The Mind of Adolph Hitler." But in
the description of Hitler's psychological profile there is this analysis:
"His primary rules were never to allow the public to cool off; never
admit a fault or a wrong; never concede that there may be some good
in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame;
concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that
goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and
if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."
Does any of that sound familiar? Does it resemble in the slightest degree
the pattern of administration for any national government leader with
whom you are familiar? Nah . . . no way he would have read this report
on Hitler. It's pure coincidence.
In a recent issue we spoke about our "Crisis of Confidence." It has
not gone away. Does anyone remember on March 9, 2010 when Nancy
Pelosi said about the Obama health care reform bill: "We have to pass
the bill so you can find out what's in it." And they did pass it on March
21, and the president signed it into law on March 23. . . and no one really
knew what was in it. But six months later, on September 23 some of the
provisions began to take effect . . . and the unthinkable happened: people
began to find out what was in it.
But the "Crisis of Confidence" contined . . . and grew. As late as the last
week in September Mr. Obama repeated what some commentators have
called "his biggest health care reform whopper" -- on Sept. 29 in one
of his desperation campaign stops in Iowa he said: "There's nothing in
the bill that says you have to change the health insurance you've got
right now. If you were already getting health insurance on your job,
then that doesn't change."
So let's take a closer look at "Obamacare"-- the flagship program of
the Obama administration. On the eve of the 6 month anniversary, when
Obamacare began to take effect, the Washington Examiner headlined on
Sept. 22: "Obamacare Is Even Worse than Critics Thought." As the
American people begin to find out what Nancy Pelosi had been talking
about, the Obama health care reform plan becomes less desirable, with
more than 50% favoring its repeal. And while Mr. Obama's statement in
Iowa may not have been his "biggest health care reform whopper," it
simply isn't true. Amost simultaneously with his pronouncement in Des
Moines, several major U.S. companies revealed that they are seriously
considering dropping employee health insurance coverage because it will
cost less to pay the government imposed fines than to pay the greatly
increased costs for providing employee health insurance coverage under
Obamacare. And as the possibilities for individuals to secure personal
health insurance coverage are disappearing, more individuals will be
forced into the government operated Medicaid program -- with an
estimated 37% increase in the number of Medicaid participants to 84
million people receiving a lower quality of health care.
And as for the costs: Obamacare is estimated to cost $2.5 trillion in the
decade beginning in 2014 when it really takes effect, and to pay for it
we will experience the largest tax increase in the nation's history. But
there will be some employment relief -- Obamacare creates 159 new
offices, agencies and commissions with thousands of employees, and
the IRS alone will require 16,000 new agents to enforce the program's
Commentator Thomas Sowell adds one note we probably would have
otherwise missed -- "One of the many slick tricks of the Obama
administration was to insert a provision in the massive Obamacare
legislation regulating people who sell gold. This had nothing to do
with medical care but everything to do with sneaking in an extension
of the government's power over gold."
And now with so little else working in his favor, President Obama is
asking religious leaders to help him sell Obamacare to the American
people. Last week the president utilized a conference call to plead with
thousands of faith-based and community organizations to preach the
gospel of the new insurance reforms. Making an appeal for some sort
of divine intervention is probably reasonable -- it may be the only thing
that can help him now, as withn a month American voters will go to the
polls to decide whether to re-elect the Congress who were responsible
for handing this debacle to us.
Meantime, during this month before Election Day, the president will
doubtless continue to follow the principle established by Vladimir Lenin,
the father of modern day communism, and keep telling the people that the
Obamacare program is good for them, in the hope that if he says it often
enough, people will begin to believe it.
An important thought concerning the Nov. 2 election: James Madison,
our 4th president, in 1883 addressed the fact that we will be facing in this
election: "It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be
much more proper to say that the necessity of any Government is a
misfortune. This necessity however exists; and the problem to be solved
is, not what form of Government is perfect, but which of the forms is
least imperfect." A good thought to remember as you vote on Nov. 2.
So much to say and so little time; but here's a great "One Liner"
Jena McGregor (Washington Post): "Obama is soft on terrorism,
and is leading an administration mired in infighting."
Still true: there is much to learn from "What Others Are Saying."
Mat Staver (Liberty Counsel): " There can be no compromise on
Obamacare. This national catastrophe with its unconstitutional mandates
and job-destroying financial impact must be stopped! ... In a recent
American Thinker commentary, author Deane Waldman cries out,
'ObamaCare: Will someone please kill it before it kills us?'"
Dr. Laurie Roth (Conservative commentator): "Gladiator battle of
the century: Obama and Congress vs. The American People. The battle
is on, the cameras and media whores offer their sold out close ups and
distortions while the political blood flies. The strategies to win this
all-or-nothing match are clear ... Strategy for Obama and Congress is
most clear: lie, seduce, play the race card, promise, call names, create
crises, divert media attention and operate around the American people,
rule of law and constitution. Do it in a fast and furious way so that no
one will have time to respond."
Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize winner): "The
strength or weakness of a society depends more on the level of its
spiritual life than on its level of industrialization... If a nation's spiritual
energies have been exhausted, it will not be saved from collapse by the
most perfect government structure or by any industrial development."
Dennis Prager (Columnist and talk show host): "All Americans,
including conservatives, understand why any leftist would vote
Democrat this year. The Democratic party is now America's version of
a European Social Democratic party...There is, however, a legitimate
question regarding non-leftist Americans -- why would any of them vote
for a Democrat this year?"
Alistair Cooke (British born journalist; American resident): "All
presidents start out to run a crusade but after a couple of years they
find they are running something less heroic: namely, the presidency.
The people are well cured by then of election fever during which they
think they are choosing Moses. In the third year, they look on the man
as a sinner and a bumbler and begin to poke around for rumors of
Daniel Hannan (British politician, Member European Parliament):
"Barack Obama born in Kenya? Pah! If anything, he was born in Brussels.
The policies his administration is pursuing amount to comprehensive
Europeanisation: European carbon taxes, European foreign policy,
European healthcare, European daycare, European disarmament,
European industrial intervention, and inevitably, European
unemployment rates. If there are any Americans reading, I've got some
bad news for you ... As a member of the European Parliament, I have
spent eleven years working in precisely the kind of system that you
seem intent on creating. Believe me, my friends, you won't like it."
And Fred Thompson, former U.S. Senator, recently said that if Obama,
Pelosi and Reid get their way, their massive tax increases will: "crush
jobs, deliver fresh doses of misery to small business owners, and if
you're wondering whether or not your taxes are going up, here's your
answer: If you pay taxes, your tax bill is going up --way up."
And now, a few random "Afterthoughts" . . .
The question of Obama's eligibility for the presidency may or may not
be settled to everyone's satisfaction . . . but now an interesting side issue
has developed. Rahm Emanuel, Obama's ex-Chief of Staff, as part of the
massive departures of White House staff, announced he was running for
Mayor of Chicago upon Richard Daley's retirement. But as Lynn Sweet
wrote in the Chicago Tribune: "The first question isn't: Can Rahm win?
It's: Can Rahm run?" Election lawyers in Chicago have pointed out
that the state's municipal code clearly requires that a candidate for mayor
must reside in the community for a year prior to the election, and warn
that Rahm could be removed from the ballot on a residency challenge. It's
worth watching to see how this plays out.
Bill Federer in his "American Minute" column points out some events
in America's past of which we can really be proud. In October, 1982,
President Reagan, working with Democrat House Speaker Tip O'Neil
and Republican Senate Leader Strom Thurmond, signed into law a Joint
Resolution of the 97th Congress, designating 1983 as "A Year of the Bible."
Reagan spoke of the "contributions and influence of the Bible on our
Republic and our people." In like manner, in January, 1941, President
Roosevelt wrote a prologue to a special Gideon edition of the New
Testament and Psalms to be distributed to millions of World War II
military, including these words, "I take pleasure in commending the
reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United
States." Wouldn't it be wonderful if something like that could happen
today . . . but no way. Our "progress" and "political correctness" would
definitely prevent it. Plus a president who ignores any observance of
the National Day of Prayer, but conducts a White House observance of
the Islam religious holiday, Ramadan. Things have changed in America.
Chuck Colson speaks of the moral implications of the Afghan war.
In Bob Woodward's new book on Obama, he recounts the president's
view of the war in Afghanistan, where Obama said, "Well, I don't look
in terms of winning a war or losing a war. I want the country to be in
a better position." Mr. Colson's comment, "If there is no commitment
to win, or no understanding of what 'win' even means, then you are
wasting human lives for no purpose. And that is profoundly immoral...
At the forefront of my thinking was the Christian 'Just War' doctrrine
-- a view of war and justice that has formed the Western view of war
for nearly 1,700 years. And it is the Christian understanding of 'Just
War' that leads me to say that the war we are fighting in Afghanistan
today is no longer morally justifiable."
It is always appropriate to recall the views of our Founding Fathers.
"The patriot, like the Christian, must learn to bear revilings and
persecutions as a part of his duty; and in proportion as the trial is
severe, firmness under it becomes more requisite and praiseworthy. It
requires, indeed, self-command. But that will be fortified in proportion
as the calls for its exercise are repeated." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1805
"The American population is entirely Christian, and with us
Christianity and Religion are identified. It would be strange indeed, if
with such a people, our institutions did not presuppose Christianity
and did not often refer to it and exhibit relations with it."
Chief Justice John Marshall, 1833
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