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      American News Commentary
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      Vol. 14, No. 9                   March 3, 2010                         © 2010
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      week we suggested that our readers could help in the spread of
      the Christian Conservative viewpoint on current events which we
      provide, by sending a note to their friends urging them to subscribe
      (at absolutely no cost) to this newsletter and commentary. It is
      obvious that many of you did so -- and we very much appreciate
      it! Later on in this issue we are reprinting that suggested message,
      and hope that many more will follow through with the suggestion.
      Since we have no funds for promotional efforts, the only way
      ANC can grow is through recommendations from our readers.    
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      Our readers will recall that a few weeks ago we cited some of
      Yogi Berra's most memorable quotes, including "It's like déjà
      vu all over again." And you will recall also last week's No. 2
      headline: "Washington is out of touch with, or ignoring the
      opinions of most of the American people."
      Last week's "Health Care Summit" -- labeled by Investors
      Business Daily as a "Sham Summit," proved the premise of
      Headline No. 2 -- and that conclusion was verified by a poll
      on the Internet -- the Liberty Poll -- which reported these
      results to the poll question, "Why is President Obama pushing
      ahead with ObamaCare even though the American people
      have told him to start over?"
      (1) He doesn't care what the American people think -- 81%
      (2) He's only trying to retain support of whatever remains of
      his liberal base -- 14%
      (3) He wants to become as unpopular an ex-president as
      Jimmy Carter -- 3%
      (40 Don't know -- 2%
      On the issue of Conservative vs Liberal -- and therefore
      relevant to these prevailing facts -- a Washington Post/ABC
      News poll discloses that the percentage of self-described
      Conservatives has increased since the Obama inauguration
      in January, while the percentage of self-labeled Liberals has
      diminished. The actual figures: In mid-January 32% claimed
      to be Conservative and 24% claimed to be Liberal.  The new
      poll discloses that now 38% claim to be Conservative and
      20% say they are Liberal.
      And while we are considering of  polls . . . the Rasmussen
      Daily Presidential Rating Index closed out last week with 
      Obama's lowest score yet at -21. Only once before, in
      December of 2009, has he achieved such a low score, but
      for the past few weeks his score has been stuck in a double
      digit negative range. And the American people also have a
      continuing low opinion of the present Democrat controlled
      Congress; 71% now say Congress is doing a poor job, and
      81% believe members of Congress are more interested in
      helping themselves than in helping the people they represent.
      To wrap up this brief summary of the views of the American
      people, according to a new national poll a  majority of
      Americans think the present federal government -- the
      Obama government -- poses a threat to the constitutional
      rights of American citizens. 56% of the people questioned
      in a  CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released
      last week say they think the federal government has become
      so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to
      the rights and freedoms of ordinary American people.
      An unusual White House meeting with anti-religionists:
      It has always been obvious that Mr. Obama intends to radically
      transform America into a nation of his own making. He promised
      (threatened) to do that on more than one occasion -- the first
      time in his presidential campaign announcement on Feb. 10, 2007,
      when he said: "I'm in this race not just to hold an office, but
      to gather with you to transform a nation."  And then on Oct.
      30, 2008, just prior to the election, he said: "We are just five
      days from fundamentally transforming the United States
      of America."
      What has become clear in the ensuing months is that in addition
      to his moves toward socialism and government control of free
      market forces such as banking and manufacturing, he has, by his
      repeated boasts that America is no longer a Christian nation,
      signaled his intent to transform our culture from its Judeo-
      Christian nature to an Islamo-Christian one. We have watched
      his obeisance to the Muslim world community, and have heard
      his own declaration on June 4, 2009: "I consider it part of my
      responsibility as President of the United States to fight
      against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."
      (Note: we have searched American historical records, and have
      found no such responsibility ever specified for a US president.)
      Now, just last week, on Feb. 26, a delegation of some 60 leaders
      of the Secular Coalition of America (SCA) met with several
      officials of  the Obama Administration in the Eisenhower Executive
      Office Building adjoining the White House. The SCA is strongly
      nontheistic in nature, and includes among its 10 member groups, the
      American Atheists and the Council for Secular Humanism. Its leaders
      consider this event as an important meeting between the presidential
      administration and the nontheistic community. No report of the
      discussions was readily available, because according to the SCA
      an agreement of non-disclosure had been established.
      Commenting on the meeting, Catholic League president, Bill
      Donohue, said: "People of faith, especially Christians, have
      good reason to wonder exactly where their interests lie with
      the Obama administration ... If President Obama does not
      want to go to church, that is his business. But it is the
      business of the American people, most all of whom are
      believers, to know where the president and his administration
      stand with regards to their concerns. It is not likely that this
      outreach to anti-religious activists -- many of whom would
      crush Christianity if they could \-- will do anything to calm
      the fears of people of faith. Indeed, it  will only alienate
      them even further."
      It will be interesting to see if any disclosure of the meeting will
      be made by the White House..
      All of which brings us once again to the usual question:
      "What can we, as Christians, do?" We have always prefaced
      the answer to this question by urging that as Christians we
      should pray for our president and leaders of our government.
      This is not a suggestion that we formulated ourselves, but is
      a direct admonition from Paul in I Tim. 2:1-4 where he urged
      that prayers be offered "for kings, and for all that are in
      authority," and for this reason, "that we may lead a quiet
      and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty," And he
      gave as the justification, that "this  is good and acceptable
      in the sight of God our Saviour."   
      We have received several comments from our readers that
      they found it difficult to pray for our president, and in that
      respect we have always urged that we pray for our leaders
      to be given wisdom in governing our nation.
      And so this week we repeat that urging, and also add the
      other important element that we add action to our prayers,
      and exercise our privilege to vote for people of character
      to replace many who are currently in Congress. The
      election day is Nov. 2 of this year, now just 244 days
      away. On that day every Representative in Congress
      will be face election, as will about one-third of Senators.
      From time to time we have mentioned electoral contests
      which are of interest to our readers in specific states. To
      those names already suggested, here are a few more races
      which are important, and which merit consideration: In
      Delaware, Republican Congressman Mike Castle seems
      to be leading Democrat Chris Coon; in Colorado, Jane
      Norton, Republican holds a slight lead over Democrat
      Michael Bennett. and in North Carolina, Republican
      Richard Burr hopes to hold his seat in the Senate.  As
      election day draws closer, we will update some of the
      important choices which voters in various states will have.   
      Side note on health care: Danny Williams, the Premier
      of Labrador and Newfoundland, had heart surgery this
      month in Florida, choosing to by-pass his country's
      state-run system for American medical care. Many are
      now asking the obvious question: "If Canadian government
      sponsored care is so good, why didn't he stay home and
      be treated there?" This is being seen as an indictment of
      Canada's government-run health-care system and evidence
      that America's health-care system remains superior. One
      hopes that someone will point this out to Mr. Obama, Ms.
      Pelosi and Mr. Reid.
      As we promised in the introduction, here is the suggested
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      and many thanks in advance!
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      Here are  few "Others are saying" comments you may not
      read elsewhere. . .
      From Pat Buchanan, a one sentence summary of our two wars:
      "U.S. casualties are rising in Afghanistan even as Iraq's
       elections, which are to lead to a U.S. withdrawal, appear
      to be moving that country back toward a Sunni-Shia and
      Arab-Kurd sectarian and civil war."
      Ronald Kessler: "Obama’s lack of basic executive
      competence should come as no surprise. Beyond his own
      campaign and his senatorial office, Obama never ran
      Chris Carmouche (in GrasstopsUSA):  "Barack Obama,
      Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are on a Kamikaze run. They're
      going to try to force government-run health care down our
      throats and they're even willing to kill their own political
      careers, Democrat majorities in Congress, and the United
      States of America in the process."
      Christopher Ruddy: "Barack Obama’s “glory days,” as
      Bruce Springsteen might have called them, are quickly
      becoming a thing of the past. No president has ever come \
      into office with so much anticipation — and no president
      has seen his approval ratings crumble so quickly, at least
      as long as such statistics have been kept.
      Ron Ewart: "Every single definition for the word "folly"
      fully describes what is transpiring in the great United States
      of America ... Never has a culture worked so hard to tear
      itself apart. One might think that America and the American
       people have a death wish, or are out to commit seppuku. If
      ever the phrase "stupid is, as stupid does" was relevant, it
      sure applies in the case of an America out to do injury to
      itself. If it wasn't so serious, it would be funny." 

      And as usual, a few more of the "One Liners" you seem
      to enjoy, and which we found in our research this week:
      “This president is a real slow learner.” -- Oscar Goodman,
      Mayor of Las Vegas 
      "The great virtue of a free market system is that it does
      not care what color people are; it does not care what
      their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce
      something you want to buy."  -- Milton Friedman
      "'Change' and 'Corruption' both start with 'c' ... and so
      does 'Congress.'  For some reason Congress more
      readily embraces the latter over the former 'c' in
      practice." -- Paul Jacob 
      “If I had a choice of the Republican Party’s problems
      right  now or the Democratic Party’s problems, I think you
      could triple the Republican Party’s problems and I’d still
      rather have their problems than the problems facing
      Democrats.” -- Charlie Cook, Editor, Cook Political Report
      Some Random Afterthoughts . . . 
      A few quick footnotes on transpiring events today . . .
      Some figures you might not see in the "elite" media: A
      new Gallup poll shows nearly 20% of workers are unemployed
      or underemployed. That's more than twice the number reported
      by the government(CNBC, Feb. 23) 
      Remember those gate crashers at the White House party,
      and the Obama staff member who allowed it to happen? Well
      it has now been announced that White House Social Secretary
      Desiree Rogers is stepping down, and returning to some non-
      government job. 
      American health care is not British health care, at least
      not yet. But if Democrats get their way, this country will rush to
      adopt a system much like the one that is killing people in Great
      Britain ... A nationalized health care system, no matter how it's
      tailored, will collapse like other socialist programs. Government-run
      health care may at times look like it works, but it is unsustainable --
      and deadly. (From an Investors Business Daily Editorial) 
      The Homosexuals never give up, and neither should we. The
      Maryland Attorney General, Douglas Gansler (D), created a major
      pro-family protest last week when he went against Maryland law
      by declaring that Maryland will now recognize homosexuals
      “marriages”  from other states and offer them the same rights as
      heterosexual marriages. Maryland has many references to traditional
      marriage in their state laws and every attempt to legalize homosexual
      marriage have been voted down. Attempts to impeach Gansler are
      under consideration. Gansler’s actions have clearly gone against the
      will of the people and experts are predicting that either the courts or
      the legislature will overturn Gansler’s decision if the pro-family
      movement keeps up the pressure. This note to our Christian
      readers in Maryland: Keep up the pressure!
      An unusual defection from "Political Correctness" -- Last
      week Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano became the first
      high ranking Obama administration official to publicly describe
      the murders at Fort Hood, TX as a "terrorist act" and actually
      used those forbidden words: "Violent Islamic terrorism ...
      was part and parcel of the Fort Hood killings," she told the
      Senate Homeland Security Committee. “There is violent Islamic
      terrorism, be it Al Qaeda in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen or
      anywhere else, [and] that is indeed a major focus of this
      department and its efforts.” She also said that she is now less
      worried about international terrorists than "domestic extremists."
      That term could probably be defined to include all of us who
      disagree with federal government policies.
      We continue to be impressed and should never forget or
      ignore the wisdom and foresight demonstrated by our nation's
      Primary Founding Father, which are still applicable  today:
      "My ardent desire is, and my aim has been... to comply
      strictly with all our engagements foreign and domestic; but
      to keep the United States free from political connections
      with every other Country. To see that they may be
      independent of all, and under the influence of none. In
      a word, I want an American character, that the powers
      of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and
      not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to
      be respected abroad and happy at home."
      -- George Washington, 1775 
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