Newsletter for Apr. 7, 2010
American News Commentary
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Vol. 14, No. 14 April 7, 2010 © 2010
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IN REFUTING MR. OBAMA’S CLAIM that America is not
a Christian nation, we have often cited former presidents, (none
of whom ever made such an assertion), and we have referred to
quotes from our Founding Fathers – the men who established
America as a Christian nation on Judeo-Christian principles.
But perhaps we should have gone even further back into history,
to British scholar Robert Burton who wrote in 1621: “Columbus
did not find out America by chance, but God directed him at
that time to discover it; it was contingent to him, but
necessary to God.” That is just over 100 years after Columbus
discovered America; it’s difficult to go much further back than that.
So both history and current statistics make Mr. Obama’s claim
suspect. The most recent polls put America’s Christian population
at 80%, in round numbers, with about another 10% as non-believers
in any religion, and about 10% representing all other religions. As in
so many other matters, here also Mr. Obama is misinformed about
(or ignores) the facts.
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THE AUTHORS OF THE MANHATTAN DECLARATION
ANNOUNCE PROGRAM TO AMASS ONE MILLION
SIGNATURES TO PRESENT TO PRESIDENT
OBAMA WITH THE DECLARATION
On November 20, 2009, 148 Evangelical Christian believers met in
Washington, DC, and signed a new statement of Christian moral
values called the "Manhattan Declaration." Within 24 hours the number
of signatures had reached 10,000 . . . within one week it had passed
100,000. And this was accomplished with little or no news coverage
or hardly any mention by the main line media. Essentially the project
was presented on the Internet. Today, just over 4 months later, the
number of signatures is nearing a half million.
Speaking of what has happened in those few months, the sponsors
this week wrote on the Internet: "It is nothing less than a miracle
that we have been able, with virtually no budget, to accumulate
in four or five months almost a half million signers. Some
organizations that have been working to build their lists for 30
years haven't done much better than that. God will continue to
do the miracles - and we will do our part as well. As the great
missionary William Carey said, 'Expect great things from God.
Attempt great things for God.' Thank God He is raising up
hundreds of thousands of Christians to draw a line in the sand at
this time of ominous challenge to the fundamental principles of
justice and truths of our faith - principles and truths which are
the very foundation of our nation and of every society that values
human dignity and the common good."
Now the plan is to accumulate, as soon as possible, one million
signatures, and then take the Declaration with those one million
signatures to a meeting with President Obama. To learn what you
can do, and how you can share in this project, go to this site:
At a time when all Christians recognize the need for action, this
question quickly arises: What can I do? Here is a practical and
effective answer to that question. We here were early signers of
the Manhattan Declaration, and will continue to actively support it.
The president's religious views at Easter and Passover.President Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address onSaturday, Easter eve, to promote some of the priorities on his politicalagenda -- health insurance, unemployment and education -- but alsoincluded some comments which might be considered spiritual in nature,as he called on people of all faiths, including non-believers, to unite in a"shared spirit of humanity." Mentioning both Easter and Passover,he said, "While we worship in different ways, we also rememberthe shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all -- Jews andChristians, Muslims and Hindus, believers and nonbelievers alike,"and he urged: "let us hold fast to those aspirations we hold incommon as brothers and sisters, as members of the same family-- the family of man." Just as his international political views have aone-world goal, so his religious views seem to have a one religion (orlack thereof) goal. Or as Greg Hengler asked in his Internet review: "Isthis the first American president to dechristianize Easter?"In the light of Scripture, it is difficult to understand the attitude
of the Obama administration (including his Secretary of State -- see
note below) and their opposition to our long-time friend and ally, the
nation Israel. Consider God's word concerning Jerusalem: "I have
chosen Jerusalem that my name might be there ... I will defend
this city, to save it, for mine own sake ...at that time they shall
call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall
be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord ... so you shall know
that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain:
then shall Jerusalem be holy and there shall be no strangers to
invade her any more." (II Chron 6:6; II Kings 19:34; Jer. 3:17;
Joel 3:17) And remember also, Psalm 122:6 where God said, "Pray
for the peace of Jerusalem." He did not say fight for, or negotiate
for, or barter for the peace of Jerusalem -- His instruction was to
pray for the peace of Jerusalem. And the eternal Jehovah God,
the creator and ruler of the universe, will see His promise concerning
Jerusalem fulfilled, "they shall prosper that love thee." (Ps. 122)
Concerning this unprecedented situation, US Rep. Mike Pence (R,IN)
said : "I never thought I'd live to see the day that an American
administration would denounce the Jewish state of Israel for
rebuilding Jerusalem." And Wesley Pruden (Editor Emeritus, the
Washington Times) said: "This is the moment a certain number of
a certain breed of Democrats have been waiting for. The latest
outburst of bad feeling between Barack Obama and Benjamin
Netanyahu can be the cover they seek for finally putting the Jews
in their place." It is indeed strange to see an American president
taking a firm and aggressive stand in opposition to the word of God.
And in the midst of all this mess are the views held by the Obama
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who is often perceived as being
by-passed from the big jobs in foreign policy, perhaps due to her
former competitive animosity toward the president. But a look at the
areas where she is active shows a lot of messes of her own creation.
In March she helped fan the fires of tension between the US and
Israel over the building of new homes in East Jerusalem -- which
really wasn't a valid issue, since the work had already been planned.
But then, with no warning, Clinton delivered to Prime Minister
Netanyahu a 43 minute verbal attack, during which lecture she
termed the Israeli housing plans "deeply negative."
So between the actions of Obama and Clinton, America's long time
close relationship with Israel -- and God's chosen city, Jerusalem --
appear to be not only tenuous, but actually almost in danger of being
severed. More and more it is evident that the choice of American
voters has to be between the views of Barack Obama and the
traditional Christian views of the American people.
But amid all of Iran's threats to eliminate the nation Israel,
Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan offers these thoughtful
quotes: "Diplomacy has failed," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D,NY):
"Iran is on the verge of becoming nuclear and we cannot afford
that." "We have to contemplate the final option," said Sen. Evan
Bayh, (D,IN), "the use of force to prevent Iran from getting a
nuclear weapon." "War is a "terrible thing," said Sen. Lindsay
Graham, (R,SC), "but sometimes it is better to go to war than to
allow the Holocaust to develop a second time." ... Danielle Pletka
of the American Enterprise Institute, Neocon Central, writes, "The
only questions remaining, one Washington politico tells me, are
who starts it and how it ends. As to who starts it we know the
answer. Teheran has not started a war in memory and is not
going to launch a suicide attack on a superpower with thousands
of nuclear weapons. As with Iraq in 2003, the war will be
launched by the United States against a nation that did not
attack us -- to strip it of weapons it does not have."Speaking to the slogan, "In November We Will Remember,"Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel well expressed our views: "We willremember the tyranny, the power grab, the overt manipulation,the backroom deals, the closed-door sessions, the condescensiontoward the American people, the disenfranchising of constituents,the steamrolling of the legislative process, the subversion of theConstitution, and the outright disregard of the rule of law. Wewill not forget these events and the 111th Congress will quitepossibly go down as the most corrupt body of legislators inU.S. history."Our weekly reminder: Election Day, 2010, is Nov. 2 -- and isnow just 209 days away. Remember: every Representative in theCongress and about one third of the Senators will be elected. Thiswill be our opportunity as Christians to make our voices heard.And according to the most recent polls, most Americans feel thesame way. On the president's performance, 46% approve and 53%disapprove. That same figure, 53%, applies also to the percentageof voters who now trust Republicans more than Democrats -- thepresident's party is more trusted by only 37%. And as for the newhealth care reform law, 54% of American voters favor its repeal.And while support for the outright repeal of Obamacare remainsstrong, proponents of its un-constitutionality (state attorneys-generaland others) are also firm in their convictions, and supporters of the10th Amendment equally strongly favor nullification by the states.Concerning this approach, we are reminded of these words fromThomas Jefferson in 1798: "Whensoever the General Governmentassumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void,and of no force." So we move toward the Nov. 2 elections withthe wind at our back.Oh, and looking ahead to the elections of 2012, a new survey fromPublic Policy Polling (PPP), a Democrat Party affiliated polling firm,reports that Obama is tied, or holds only a very narrow lead overtwo unannounced but possible Republican presidential candidates,former Governors Mike Huckabee (R, AR) and Mitt Romney (R,MA). If such an election were held today, it would be a toss-up --Obama tied with Huckabee at 44% each, with Obama leadingRomney by only 46% - 44%. But in the race between Obama andRomney, Obama lost the independent voters by 38% - 45%.In each issue we select a few "What Others are Saying" quotesfor your information -- these aren't the quotes you are apt to find in the
liberal "main line" media -- but they do present some important opinions.
Robert Ringer -- "Once someone uses an abstract phrase such as
''the common good,'' it automatically puts them in one of two
categories: ignoramus or Marxist. There is no such thing as the
common good, because what is good for me may be bad for you,
and vice versa. Civilized people work to improve their own well-
being, and they do so while respecting the rights of others to do
Glenn Beck -- "The news that politicians are trying to erase
Christianity from the map isn't exactly shocking anymore – it’s
par for the course. And it's always the same bogus excuses:
separation of church and state, 'diversity', and tolerance."
Dr. Laurie Roth, (Canada Free Press): "When you look at Hitler,
Saul Alinsky, Stalin, Lenin, Chavez, Castro and others, you see
huge similarities with the strategy and world view of Obama.
It is the same, promise of health care, jobs and opportunities.
There is always a contrived crisis or two the big Government
has to magically solve, while blaming the enemies they want
to create."And there are these interesting comments, from two TV talkshow hosts who used to have much larger audiences than they donow -- first, from MSNBC's Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball"on Mar. 29: “What are the Tea Partiers really angry about?Health care reform, or the fact that it was an African AmericanPresident and a woman Speaker of the House who pushedthrough major change?” In other words, if you are againstObamacare, you are automatically a bigot; Mr. Matthews offers noother option. And the other from another talk show host also fromMSNBC with an embarrassingly ever declining audience, KeithOlbermann, on his program called "Countdown" on March 22: “Ifracism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, alongwith blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, anda full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomesof elections, or the reality of democracy, or the narrowness of theirminds and the equal narrowness of their public support." Hmmm-- Olbermann obviously doesn't read the polls which show that 54%of American voters favor repeal of the new health care law, with only42% opposing such repeal. And 48% of voters say that the averageTea Party member is closer to their views than is President Obama.One does wonder what kind of an uninformed environment Matthewsand Olbermann live in! And to add to their problems, David Shuster,who appears regularly on the Matthews show, and often substitutesfor Olbermann, has now been "suspended indefinitely" from MSNBC.
An interesting comment from one of our readers: It isn't just
lawyers, news agencies and people in positions of authority who are
concerned over the Obama cloak of secrecy about his birth, education,
religion, health, etc ... it is also ordinary people, like one of our readers
who sent us an email to remind us that the president's wife, Michelle,
speaking at the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-sexual) Delegate
luncheon hosted by Barney Frank at the Democrat convention, spoke
of the family's visit to Mr. Obama's "home country" of Kenya, and our
reader notes that she didn't refer to Hawaii or Indonesia as his "home
country," but did assign that designation to Kenya, in Africa. And our
reader pointed out the dictionary definition of "home country" as "the
country in which a person was born and usually raised, regardless
of the present country of residence and citizenship." Like we said:
an interesting comment from one of our readers.
And just a few good "One Liners" . . .
Steven Ertelt: "As the Gospels tell us, Jesus was betrayed for
30 pieces of silver by one of this disciples .... In a similar way,
the pro-life movement experienced a similar betrayal by people
who they regarded as friends and allies."
Kevin McCullough: "Mr. President your assertions and
statements in this week's radio address were either grotesquely
ignorant or purposefully dishonest. Which was it sir?"
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1892): "The more is given the less
the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the
more their poverty will increase."
Some Random Afterthoughts ...
A new Nobel Prize has been suggested; this time for Idiocy, based
on this comment by Newsweek's Howard Fineman to MSNBC's
Keith Olbermann, during the live coverage of the signing of the health
care reform bill: “You know, Keith, I really think Barack Obama
could finish the year with not just one Nobel Prize, but three. This
health care bill is bound to save literally millions of lives, and the
legislative language itself is a masterpiece. Given the good sense
of the Norwegians, I think the President could easily win the
Nobels for medicine and literature this year.”
But Eleanor Clift, writing in Newsweek, ran a close second: her
comment: “Remember when right-wingers talked about putting
Ronald Reagan’s likeness on Mount Rushmore? Now with health
care reform passed and conservatism in the dustbin of history, I
propose the commemoration on Rushmore of none other than
Barack Obama. Imagine a future Black Hills eagle, perched atop
giant, empathetic ears of granite, approvingly surveying a land
our 44th President did so much to heal.” (Well, she got the part
about the giant ears right.)Some goings-on in Washington do make you wonder! Under its"Energy Star" program, whose announced goal is to promote thedevelopment and use of energy saving products, a federal governmentagency has been slapping "energy-efficient" ratings on products thatdon't even exist. These fake products were submitted to the EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) and the Department of Energy forapproval as part of an undercover investigation by the GAO, theGovernment Accountability Office. The GAO wanted to see howeasily the feds could be fooled. The Energy Star program serves asa guide to businesses looking for such products to produce, and alsoto qualify for millions of dollars under the Obama stimulus program.Of the 20 products submitted for approval, 15 were approved, eventhough the companies didn't exist. The GAO report said the fact thatit could so easily fool the government agency shows that the EnergyStar fails to provide valid assurance for manufacturers or consumers.
In case TV ratings matter to you -- the ratings of CNN, once a
major TV news source, continued on their downward slide during
the first quarter of 2010. The New York times reported that Larry
King's show took a 43% drop, with viewers falling to just over
700,000, way down from an average of 1.3 million last year. And
Anderson Cooper's prime time show lost 42% of viewers. Meantime,
Fox News saw its best ratings ever, with Glenn Beck's show growing
by 50% and Bill O'Reilly's audience increasing by 28%.
Three quotes from our Founding Fathers, still applicable today:
"It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of
Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits,
and humbly to implore his protection and favors."
-- George Washington, 1789
"The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first
to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern,
and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society;
and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for
keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public
trust." -- James Madison, 1788"If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatestsource of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, Aninviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws -- the firstgrowing out of the last. ... A sacred respect for constitutionallaw is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a freegovernment." -- Alexander Hamilton, 1794- - - - - - - -