Newsletter for Aug. 4, 2010
- Once again -- in advance, a word of apology. It is possible, or evenprobable, that some portions of this issue will have double linespacing. This is an occasional recurring problem over which we haveno control. The good aspect is that it does not make the reading ofthe text more difficult. Your patience in putting up with theseoccasional transmission problems is appreciated!The American News Commentary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Vol. 15, No. 5 August 4, 2010 © 2010- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -THIS WEEK'S ''EDITORIAL COMMENT". . . while ANC has becomemore of a"Commentary" than a "Newsletter," it is the trend of items in theday's news that sets the theme for each week's Commentary. Now after aa year and a half of the Obama administration and the strong support of itby the newly named and identified "Journolists" (some 400 of the nation'smost active media representative who are dedicated to shaping their newscoverage to favor the Obama socialistic liberalism, and to ridiculing anddisparaging any Conservative elements in the news) this has become a ruleof life for America. Thus the theme which is under consideration this weekis defined by the very reasonable question: "Who (or what) are you goingto believe?" Anything even approaching a complete answer would take farmore space than we have available, but we will offer just a few thoughts,and leave you to take it from there. Perhaps we have been influenced byone of our Founding Fathers whom we quote so often: "Nothing can nowbe believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspiciousby being put into that polluted vehicle." (Thomas Jefferson, 1816)- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -TRUTH AND GOVERNMENT HAVE LONG BEEN A DESIRABLECOMBINATION, BUT CURRENT EXPERIENCE PROVES IT ISONE WHICH IS NOT BEING REGULARLY ACHIEVEDIt is interesting that the importance of a union of truth and government isnot relegated to America's Founding Fathers in expressing their conceptof how a nation should operate. More recent government leaders both inAmerica and Britain spoke of the importance of truth. In 1962, PresidentJohn F. Kennedy said, "The great enemy of the truth is very often notthe lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent,persuasive and realistic." And in 1916, Sir Winston Churchill, then ayoung Member of Parliament, said, "Truth is incontrovertible; malicemay attack it and ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is."The British seem more open to speak of abuse in this area. As recentlyas 2003, Gaby Hinsliff, Chief Political Corespondent, wrote in the Britishjournal, the Observer: "They may prefer to call it being 'economicalwith the actualité.' But it's official: politicians just can't help tellinglies...A new study of the art of telling political whoppers, concludeswhat cynical voters have long suspected -- that it is almost impossiblefor modern politicians to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing butthe truth." And in 2005, Peter Osborne, political editor of the Spectator,wrote: "Britain now lives in a post-truth political environment." Buthundreds of years before them, in the 15th - 16th centuries, the Italianphilosopher who is considered the father of modern political science,Niccolo Machiavelli, theorized that if politicians did not lie, they wouldsurely fail, because lying is fundamental to politics.And the lack of truth in the way our present government and the stronglysupportive media operates, gives strong credence to the fact that America-- like our friends in Great Britain -- is living in a "post-truth politicalenvironment."Where do we start? Illustrative of this unfortunate and undesirablesituation is the fact that the two most powerful political figures inWashington are President Obama and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.Both have demonstrated that the truth is not paramount in their thinking oractions, and both have lost the confidence of the American people. Both,when they stepped into their present positions of power, made almostidentical pledges to the American people. Nancy Pelosi got started in this"post-truth environment" earlier than Mr. Obama did, and in November2006, after the change in control of Congress took place she said, "Youmust drain the swamp if you are going to govern for the people." A fewdays later, in a TV interview with Brian Williams she was asked what shemeant by "Drain the swamp." Her response: "Drain the swamp means toturn this Congress into the most open and honest Congress in history.That's my pledge -- that is what I intend to do." Enlarging upon thoseclaims, she spoke of "a need for more honesty and integrity in government.Also more civility and bipartisanship. And that, again, is part of our way-- we'll go forward with civility, with honesty, with integrity and withfiscal discipline. No new deficit spending, heaping mountains of debt onour children."It is not necessary to point out that word by word those promises have notbeen adhered to, with the result that American voters, by every poll, haveexpressed themselves concerning her performance with an overall 57%disapproval rating and only a 35% approval rating.The other axis of power at the federal level centers on Barack Obama.Nancy Pelosi had a two year head start on him in making false pledgesto the American people, but Mr. Obama caught up very quickly. On theday after his inauguration, he began making promises about directing "themost transparent government, the most transparent administration" inhistory. His words on that opening day of his administration: "Let me sayit as simply as I can: transparency and the rule of law will be thetouchstones of this presidency." Expanding upon that statement, he wenton to say, "The way to make government responsible is to hold itaccountable, and the way to make government accountable is make ittransparent so that the American people can know exactly what decisionsare being made, how they're being made, and whether their interests arebeing well served."
The "transparency" pledge was soon cast aside -- one random example
being the passage of "Obamacare," the health care reform plan that the
majority of the American people did not want, the plan that was crafted
behind closed doors of the Democrat leadership, and rammed through
without being read -- prompting this comment by Speaker Pelosi: "We
have to pass this bill so you can find out what is in it."And then there are the specific falsehoods . . . such as those during hiscampaign, as on Sept. 12, 2008 in Dover, NH: "I can make a firm pledge;under my plan, no family making less that $250,000 a year will see anyform of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not yourcapital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." And if that were not clearenough, as president, in speaking to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24,2009, he said: "If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you willnot see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat, not a single dime."Without going into specific detail, just in Obamacare alone there are atleast a dozen increases in taxes, even for those taxpayers under the$250,000 break-point . . . to say nothing of other tax increases to helpoffset some of the trillion dollar deficit spending that Ms. Pelosi pledgedwould not occur.So with only minuscule examples, the premise of Machiavelli as citedabove has been confirmed: "lying is fundamental to politics."As always, our answer to "What can we, as Christians, do about it?"is the same . . . we have a two-fold responsibility; first to pray for ournation and our leaders, that they may be given wisdom to govern wisely,as instructed by Paul (whose writings Obama refers to as "obscure") inI Timothy 2:1-2, that prayers be made for all that are in authority. Second,on Nov. 2 -- now just 90 days from today -- we must exercise one ofour most valuable rights as Americans: go to the polls and vote to replacethe Liberals who are dominating Congress. Remember: every member ofthe House of Representatives will be standing for election, as will aboutone-third of the members of the Senate. Some have suggested that thisElection Day could be called "Get out the trash day," but an even newersuggestion is "Drain the swamp day." Obviously Nancy Pelosi didn't do avery good job in fulfilling her pledge -- she is left with two of her key people,Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters, facing ethics trials. We must take bothof our responsibilities on Nov. 2 seriously. There is no point in complainingabout our government if we do not do our part to correct its faults.
Lest anyone wonder why Christians are concerned about the direction
in which our government is headed, this portion of a news release from
the weekend provides one more reason: "It took the help of the United
States, but the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights
Commission (IGLHRC) has gained official status at the U.N., which
is 'an important step forward for human rights,' according to U.S.
President Obama." Commenting on this development, Matt Barber,
head of cultural affairs at Liberty Counsel, said: "This once again just
highlights the fact that President Obama is fully in the tank of the
radical homosexual activist lobby." No one should wonder why we
Just one "One Liner" this week: but it is so good and so meaningful
it can stand alone:
"Americans deserve a government that actually works."
-- Vice President Joe Biden, July 27. (We totally agree, Joe, and will
be looking forward to such a government, someday, sometime.)
And, as always, it is important to read "What Others Are Saying."
Lori Ziganto (Conservative political columnist): "President Obama
gave an interview to CBS wherein he attempted to explain his stance
against Arizona's SB 1070 Immigration bill. Still no word on whether
or not he's actually read the bill yet, but based on his inane
murmurings I'd have to go with No. But to be fair during the interview
he did display a few things that he does quite well: shameless lying
and absolute hypocrisy. You see, President Obama had the utter gall
to say we shouldn't demagogue nor politicize a national problem like
immigration reform. No, really. My jaw dropped and I thought to
myself, 'could he possibly be that shameless?' Apparently, yes."
Newt Gingrich: "Radical Islamism is more than simply a religious
belief. It is a comprehensive political, economic, and religious
movement that seeks to impose sharia --Islamic law -- upon all aspects
of global society. They say they're interfaith, but they didn't propose
the building of a mosque, church and synagogue. Instead they proposed
a 13 story mosque and community center that will extol the glories of
Islamic tolerance for people of other faiths, all the while overlooking
the site where radical Islamists killed almost 3,000 people in a
shocking act of hatred. Building this structure on the edge of the
battlefield created by radical Islamics ... is a political statement of
shocking arrogance and hypocrisy. We need to have the moral courage
to denounce it. It is simply grotesque to erect a mosque at the site of the
most visible and powerful symbol of the horrible consequences of
radical Islamist ideology."
Robert Ringer: "It's becoming harder and harder to watch television.
It's no wonder they called it the 'boob tube' in the days of yore. But let's
focus on what are supposed to be serious news and commentary shows.
In this area, it pretty much gets down to Fox News as a rational person's
only meaningful choice. But even on Fox, one has to put up with a cast
of lame characters ... I don't believe that any of these talking heads are
evil. Nor are most of them ignorant. I think it's more a matter of their
realizing they have a role to play (as in, defend progressive policies at
all costs), so they become adept at keeping themselves in self-delusive
trances."Col. Bob Pappas (USMC ret): "This is to those who blindly accept Islam/Muslims as a healthy, contributing part of American society, includingBarack Hussein Obama, who some argue convincingly, is a Muslim. Themedia, mainly CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and to a lesser extent FOX, arewilling dupes in the hoax that Islam/Muslims are peaceful; perhapswithin a very narrow context may be minutely, partially true. However,in the aggregate, there is nothing peaceful about Islam."And now a few random Afterthoughts which occur to us . . .An aspect of Fox News Robert Ringer didn't mention: a recent PublicPolicy Polling (PPP) nationwide survey found that 49% of Americanstrusted Fox News, 10 percentage points above any other network. CNNwas the second most trusted network, with 39% expressing confidencein it. The three major networks were all trusted by less than 40%, withNBC ranking the highest at 35%, trailed by 32% trusting CBS and 31%trusting ABC.A further thought on the proposed mosque at Ground Zero: ImamFeisal Abdul Rauf who is in charge of erecting the Islam mosque almoston the site of the twin towers which were destroyed, along with nearly3000 innocent people 9/11, is funded by the same radical Islamistswho were behind that attack. Imam Rauf's views are expressed in hiswords: "The United States and the West must acknowledge the harmthey have done to Muslims before terrorism can end." The openingof the proposed Mosque is scheduled to take place on the 10 yearanniversary of that murderous attack -- on September 11, 2011. Italmost seems that the Islamists plan to make this a new Muslim holidayto celebrate their accomplishment on that date in 2001.Concerning the Arizona immigration law, an Arizona blogger, knownonly as ExJon, offered this perceptive comment: "It's kind of hilariousthat they keep referring to the law as 'controversial,' when 70% of thepopulation approves of it...Plus, how can we in good consciencerequire people here illegally to abide by the same rules as those herelegally?"It's always good to keep the polls in mind. A few random results fromthe polls of the past few days. In spite of all of Mr. Obama's blamingGeorge W. for every problem we face, this week for the first time everObama received more blame for our financial problems than Bush, by 48%to 47%. Obama's performance overall earned a 45% approval, with a 54%disapproval, and his daily approval rating remained in negative doubledigits. On the Obamacare health reform plan, 57% feel it is bad for theeconomy, and 59% favor its repeal. (The new TV ad featuring Andy Griffithand touting Obamacare, cost $700.000 and was paid for by Medicare - that'sfrom your contributions to Medicare.) And the final, and most decisive pollresult from Allstate/National Journal shows that if the election were heldtoday, on;y 39% of voters said they would vote to re-elect Obama, with50% saying they would vote for someone else.
Obama's reason for dissing the Boy Scouts 100th anniversary to appear
on The View finally surfaced. When asked why, he said, "I was trying to
find a show that Michelle actually watched." Nielsen Media research
discloses that 79%of The View's audience is female. Opinion Dynamics
polling shows that in 2009 Mr. Obama enjoyed a 59% approval rating
among women, but that rating has dropped to 45% by July, 2010. That
14 percentage point drop explains why the Boy Scouts were slighted, and
The View got the president. (Plus, it is very obvious that he enjoys being
Anti-Christian prejudices are becoming more prevalent in education.
This isn't a particularly new, or even an unusual situation, but in view of
the pro-homosexual trends in so many areas of our life, from main-line
churches to our federal government, this item seemed to merit our attention.
A graduate student at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA, is suing the
college for threatening to expel her unless she alters her "central religious
beliefs on human nature and conduct." The graduate student, Jennifer
Keeton has communicated, both within and outside the school that she holds
Christian ethical convictions on matters of human sexuality and gender
identity. The threat of expulsion is not based on poor academic achievements
or any failures in performance, but is based solely on her Christian beliefs.
The school is demanding that she take part in a remediation program, to alter
her convictions. The Alliance Defense Fund is undertaking the lawsuit in
As we run out of time and space, a potpourri of good news and bad:
Not so good is the updated report on the nation's economy - facts, not hype
from the administration . . . our economy lost, rather than gained, any
momentum in the 2nd quarter, as growth slowed to 2.4% pace, the worst
showing in a year, and too weak to reduce unemployment. The main factors
in the dramatic slowdown: weaker spending by consumers; less growth
from companies replenishing stockpiles and a greater drag from the nation's
huge trade deficits. Much better news is the report that just last week the
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in a
unanimous 3-0 decision that the National Motto "In God We Trust" is
constitutional and does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First
Amendment. And this is a mixed item -- we here in California always seem
to have something to brag about with respect to our state. Now out of all the
nation's colleges and universities, 20 have received the highest rating (five star)
for campus attitudes toward LGBT members of the student body -- and 3 of
those 20 are in our state."The states can best govern our home concerns and the generalgovernment our foreign ones. I wish, therefore ... never to see all officestransferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes ofthe people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market."-- Thomas Jefferson, 1823"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it isthe duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation toselect and prefer Christians for their rulers." -- John Jay, first SupremeCourt Chief Justice, 1816- - - - - - - - - -SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATIONTo Subscribe (no subscription charge), click on:To Unsubscribe, click on: