Newsletter for Feb. 3, 2010
- American News Commentary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Vol. 14, No. 5 February 3, 2010 © 2010- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -ONCE MORE, AN IMPORTANT UPDATE:You have been made aware of our computer problems,and since we operate on a totally free basis, we simplyhave not had the funds to replace worn-out, out-datedequipment. But a few friends who appreciate the missionof ANC, and don't want it to end, have made it possiblefor us to acquire this week both new and replacementequipment, and these extremely difficult days will soonbe over, and we will be able to do a better job of bringingreports on the day's news from a Christian Conservativeviewpoint. Thank you for your patience!* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *"Why have no heads rolled?"And this is our editorial for this week. But first, we freelyadmit -- that headline isn't ours. It was the lead editorialin one of America's major metropolitan daily newspapersjust a few days ago. It is a question that many -- probablymost -- Americans are asking. And we will get back to it.But now for our editorial . . .In our continuing efforts to comment on current events,including political, from a Christian viewpoint, we areoften perceived as being solely "anti-Obama." But thatis too simplistic a perception. History proves that theUnited States of America was created by our FoundingFathers on basic Judeo-Christian principles, and withtheir firm intent that this should be a Christian nation.And for the more than 230 years of America's existence,it has been as a Christian nation that we earned therespect, admiration and, yes, envy of the civilized nationsof the world. And they have learned to depend on us tocome to their aid in times of oppression and disaster.Through all those years, it is granted that not everypresident has met the precise standard of being "Bornagain, Christian, Evangelical and Conservative." But it isalso true that no president has ever before declared thatAmerica is not a Christian nation, or has shown opendisdain for Christianity, affirming instead, in varyingdegrees, his admiration for a contrary religion: Islam.So we arrive at the conclusion that this man who hashad unlimited power for all of his first year in office,instead of achieving his own assessment of "B-plus,"has really flunked in his planned accomplishments.Setting aside his multiplying the national debt, federalsupport and involvement in business, banking andmanufacturing, granting of American citizens' rights toMuslim terrorists, and the non-achievement of his majorproposal for completely restructuring the nation'shealth program, as Christians we have to be alarmed overhis efforts to alter the traditional Christian life of our nation.He is open in his support of homosexuality, contrary toBible teaching; he favors freedom of choice to increasethe practice of abortion, contrary to the Declaration ofIndependence affirmation that all men are entitled to life;he enacted the "Hate Crime" law which can have adramatic effect on freedom of speech from Americanpulpits; he has pledged to repeal the Defense of MarriageAct to do away with God's instruction that marriedcouples should be fruitful and multiply . . . and that isonly a brief summary of his anti-Christian convictionsand intentions. We have not even touched on the viewsof authoritative opinions of international historians whoare warning us of the dangers of the socialistic trend inAmerican governmental proposals, and that socialism isa major step toward atheistic communism.And from an international viewpoint, last week followingthe State of the Union speech, Lech Walesa, formerPresident of Poland, made this sobering assessment: "TheUS does not lead morally or politically anymore. Theworld has no leadership. The United States was alwaysthe last resort and hope for all other nations. That wasthe hope, that whenever something was going wrong,one could count on the United States. Today we lostthat hope"Thus our position is more significantly "pro-ChristianAmerica" than it is simply "anti-Obama." Of course, thetwo positions virtually go hand in hand, and the corollaryis obvious: to be "pro-Obama" is essentially to be "anti-Christian America."And now back to the opening question -- part of theanswer has to include: "Whose heads?" One aspect ofthe serious problems facing America is that of ournational security, which is really the president's first andmajor responsibility. We are increasingly subject toMuslim terrorist attacks, and our security is clearlylacking. Some have pointed to Janet Napolitano,Secretary of Homeland Security, as having earnedimmediate dismissal.Others point to another aspect of national security whichhas been weakened -- the granting of civilian rights andtrials to terrorists, and feel that Attorney General EricHolder should be dismissed. And many feel that the pastand most recent actions of Treasury Secretary TimothyGeithner are more than sufficient grounds for dismissal.And whoever is in charge of our national response todisasters -- no single name can be ascertained -- butwhichever Czar it is, they have made the response to theHaiti disaster make the foul-ups of the Katrina responselook like a model of efficiency. Fortunately the nation'sChristian agency responses, and those of some othernations, have filled that gap.And then there is Ben Bernanke, finally approved by theSenate to head up the Federal Reserve by a 70-30 vote,the largest negative vote in the 32 years of this procedure.(The largest previous negative vote was in Paul Volker'sconfirmation, 84-16.) Perhaps Bernanke, too, should go.In short, there are many heads which deserve to roll, butit is doubtful that this president and his Congress willtake the seemingly necessary actions.A few comments on the "State of the Union" speech;in all candor, it doesn't merit more than just a few. Tobegin, it could much better have been titled "State of MyMind" rather than "State of the Union," because it reallyrepresented Obama's "smoke and mirrors" attempts togloss over and ignore his errors, and to revert to hiscampaign promises (or threats) to "transform" America.But it is a regularly scheduled event of some importance. . . has been much in the news . . . and deserves at leastsome mention herein.Ercille Christmas (author of "Thoughts of a ProudAmerican") wrote quite pointedly, "Hello There, Mr.President. I did not watch your State of the Unionspeech. I already know the state of the Union. It is atthe point where the 'lipstick on this pig' analogy islooking more and more apropos." An interestingcomment: some residents of San Diego, CA, haveemailed us to say that there is new evidence that SanDiego is truly "America's finest city" -- at exactly 6:00PM on Jan. 27, much of the city experienced a poweroutage, lasting for several hours, thus preventing TVcoverage of the speech.Matt Staver, of Liberty Counsel, gave a more exactingsummary, "He upbraided the Republican minority;he chastised his own party's legislators; he publicallyexcoriated the United States Supreme Court; he blastedformer administrations; and he told the Joint Chiefs ofStaff exactly how it was going to be on the explosiveissue of homosexuals openly serving in the military. Infact, the only government official who remained aboveblame for any of the nation's problems was... himself."Investors Business Daily (IBD) referred to it as "Stateof Denial," and asked this question, "When have senatorsand congressmen ever before been unable to keep fromlaughing at — not with — a president?" Of course,a few of the elite media liked the speech. Chris Matthews(on MSNBC) who once was much listened to, and whoconfessed he got thrills up his legs when Obama spoke,said of the speech, “Obama is post-racial by allappearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonightfor an hour.” (Could that be a racist remark? From atrue-blue Obama sycophant? Maybe the Harry Reidviewpoint is contagious.It does make you wonder.)One great summary, from a Christian viewpoint, wasfrom Richard Land, president of the Southern BaptistEthics & Religious Liberty Commission, who wondered"if he's been in a Rip Van Winkle slumber somewhereand has missed the votes in Virginia, New Jersey andMassachusetts. The votes in those three states,particularly Massachusetts, can only be taken by a fair-minded observer as a rejection of the direction PresidentObama is seeking to lead the country. When you'reseeking to lead and no one's following, you're just outfor a walk."The president vowed once again that he would not restuntil U.S. businesses were hiring again, and then with hispoll numbers continuing to sink, and his presidential plansfloundering, he tried another town-hall type meeting inFlorida, offering $8 billion in seed money for high speedrail systems, obviously years away -- while at the sametime his Senate was voting (60-39) to increase the federaldebt limit by $1.9 trillion to $13.3 trillion. (Don't even tryto imagine how much that is!) And on Monday he revealedhis new budget, which projected $5.08 trillion in deficitspending over the next five years -- a 35 % increase overwhat his administration had projected just a year ago.During the State of the Union address the president saidthat his administration has cut taxes for 95% of Americans.It is significant that polls show that only 21% of votersbelieve that. Most (53%) say it has not happened. He alsostated that “after two years of recession, the economy isgrowing again,” but only 35% of voters believe thatstatement is true, while 50% say it is false. And he madethe further claim that his administration is responsible forputting to work two million people “who would otherwisebe unemployed.” Only 27% of voters say that statementis true while 51% say it is false. There is obviously a majordisconnect between the president and the American people.The President "still believes the problem is that peoplefail to understand his goals," suggests Heritage fellowand former Congressman Ernest Istook; "Instead, hisproblem is that we understand them all too well."Finally, in what was the second longest State of theUnion speech ever (only Bill Clinton made a longer one),Obama referred to himself repeatedly (by one count, heused "I" 115 times), and claimed he was the anointedspokesman for "we," the American people, more than100 times. By contrast, he referred only twice to the USConstitution.Shakespeare said it well in his comedy title: "Much adoabout nothing." Or Benjamin Franklin: "Here comes theorator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason."A repeat of an often used heading: "What can we, asChristians, do now?" Our friend and long time ChristianConservative commentator, Gary Bauer, expressed inhis words the message we have also been conveying,week after week: "The American people heard two vastlydifferent visions for America. Only one of them canprevail. That’s why it is so important for men andwomen of faith to be informed and fully engaged inthe public policy process. The most important way youcan make your voice heard is by voting, but you mustfirst be registered to vote. If you or anyone you know isnot yet registered to vote, please do so today." He didnot mention, as we always do, the date of Tuesday,Nov. 2, 2010, now just 272 days away. Don't forget thatdate. Begin to plan how to vote on that day.And here are a few elections where we can make achange for the better . . . our friends in these statesshould take notice: Delaware: Vice President JoeBiden's son, Beau Biden, has decided not to campaignto take over the seat in the Senate his father vacated. Astrong Conservative Representative, and former Governor,Mike Castle, may become a candidate. Nevada: SenateMajority leader, and Obama devotee, Harry Reid, isalready running way behind in the polls. Nevada voterscan send a strong message by replacing him. And inIllinois, Roland Burris, appointed by the state's corruptGovernor to fill Obama's Senate seat, has made (for him)a highly moral and ethical decision: he will not seekre-election. A great opportunity for a Republican upsetthere, rivaling the Brown victory in Massachusetts! Someother suggestions will be coming next week.Some words of advice from Founding Fathers which weshould always keep in mind at election time: "The publiccannot be too curious concerning the characters of publicmen." -- Samuel Adams, 1775"In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide.Regard not the particular sect or denomination of thecandidate - look to his character." --Noah Webster, 1789"Good moral character is the first essential in a man ...It is therefore highly important ... not only to be learnedbut virtuous." --George Washington, 1790You have indicated you like them, so we keep bringingnew "one liners" to your attention."Plan ahead: It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
-- Richard Cushing"There is as much chance Obama will reboot himself asJFK as there was that JFK would ever have redefinedhimself as an Obama." -- A.J. DiCintio"The problem is not the 'crises' Obama inherited. It's theones he's creating." -- columnist David Limbaugh“The President made it clear last night that he is notinterested in the will of the people." -- Brent Bozell"I'd rather be a really good one-term president than amediocre two-term president." -- Barack Obama (WeeklyStandard editor, Fred Barnes, suggested that Mr. Obamacould combine the two concepts and be a one-term,mediocre president.)Others are saying -- a few comments from the news:"Just as we do not tolerate private racial beliefs thatadversely affect African-Americans in the commercialarena, even if such beliefs are based on religious views,we should similarly not tolerate private beliefs aboutsexual orientation and gender identity that adverselyaffect LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender]people." (This example of leftist tolerance is from ChaiFeldblum, openly lesbian Law Professor at GeorgetownUniversity and Obama's nominee to serve on the EqualEmployment Opportunity Commission)"The President could wait months before deciding togive a general the troops he asked for to fight the warin Afghanistan but there was never to be enough timefor the health care bill to be exposed in the light of dayto the usual Congressional hearings and debate."(Thomas Sowell)"The state of the union is obstreperous. Dyspepsia isthe new equilibrium. All the passion in American politicsis oppositional. The American people know what theydon't like, which is: everything." (Joel Achenbach, staffwriter, Washington Post)"If those in power choose to ignore what the Constitutionsays, who can stop them? ... Remember, if the old lionof socialism hadn't passed away, the most anti-libertypiece of legislation in history — posing as a 'healthcarebill' -- would have been passed into law ... Theprogressives have already decided what is 'best for themost,' even if most don't want it! Which is why'universal healthcare' will reappear, again and again."(Robert Ringer)Some random afterthoughts . . .Some, not all, of the puzzlements Islam offers: Manysupporters or adherents of Islam (including our president)keep trying to convince us "Infidels" (Christians) that thereligion of Muslims, Islam, is a peaceful religion. And itcan probably be accepted as true that all Muslims are notterrorists -- but it is also a fact that all of the terrorists whohave attacked America and Americans are Muslims. Thatis puzzling. And then there is the puzzling confusion overthe name for the Supreme Being of the two religions. TheIslamists refer to their God by the name Allah, yet thatletter to the world's Christians from the 138 Islamicscholars, titled "A Common Word Between Us and You,"(a hot topic a couple of years ago), clearly identified theAllah of the Quran with the God of the Bible. But whenchurches in Malaysia recently began using the name Allahto refer to God, the Muslims burned and destroyed theChristian churches. However, when Osama bin Laden inhis latest message to the West used the name God inplace of Allah, there was no outcry, no burning of churchesor mosques. These are just a few of the puzzling aspects ofIslam. In future issues we will touch on others.Don't you love some of the elite media? Nine daysbefore the January 19 Senate election in Massachusetts,veteran Globe Magazine writer Charles Pierce ridiculedthe idea that Republican Scott Brown could win, in apiece written as a letter to Brown: "Well, we’re almosthere, aren’t we? The end of a long, arduous, four-monthcampaign for a Senate seat that you have approximatelythe same chance of filling as you did the pilot’s chair ofthe Starship Enterprise." Remember the old phrase about"eating crow?" One wonders how Mr. Pierce enjoyed hismeal.They love to ridicule W's communication skills, butthe elite media virtually ignored Obama's use of his muchdepended on teleprompter to speak to an elementaryschool class of 6th graders in Falls Church, VA onJanuary 19. Someone apparently leaked news photos ofthe use of the device. It can probably go down as anotherof Obama's "firsts."Our Founding Fathers seem to have foreseen the typeof leadership we are experiencing . . ."There are more instances of the abridgment of thefreedom of the people by gradual and silentencroachments of those in power than by violent andsudden usurpations." --James Madison, 1788- - - - - - - - - - -