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      Once again -- in advance, a word of apology. It is possible, or even
      probable, that some portions of this issue will have double line
      spacing. This is an occasional recurring problem over which we have
      no control. The good aspect is that it does not make the reading of
      the text more difficult. Your patience in putting up with these
      occasional transmission problems is appreciated!  
       
      The American News Commentary
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      Vol. 15, No. 5                           August 4, 2010                               ¬© 2010
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      THIS WEEK'S ''EDITORIAL COMMENT". . . while ANC has become
      more of a"Commentary" than a "Newsletter," it is the trend of items in the
      day's news that sets the theme for each week's Commentary. Now after a
      a year and a half of the Obama administration and the strong support of it
      by the newly named and identified "Journolists" (some 400 of the nation's
      most active media representative who are dedicated to shaping their news
      coverage to favor the Obama socialistic liberalism, and to ridiculing and
      disparaging any Conservative elements in the news) this has become a rule
      of life for America. Thus the theme which is under consideration this week
      is defined by the very reasonable question: "Who (or what) are you going
      to believe?" Anything even approaching a complete answer would take far
      more 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 by 
      one of our Founding Fathers whom we quote so often: "Nothing can now
      be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious
      by being put into that polluted vehicle." (Thomas Jefferson, 1816)
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      TRUTH AND GOVERNMENT HAVE LONG BEEN A DESIRABLE
      COMBINATION, BUT CURRENT EXPERIENCE PROVES IT IS
      ONE WHICH IS NOT BEING REGULARLY ACHIEVED
       
      It is interesting that the importance of a union of truth and government is
      not relegated to America's Founding Fathers in expressing their concept
      of how a nation should operate. More recent government leaders both in
      America and Britain spoke of the importance of truth. In 1962, President
      John F. Kennedy said, "The great enemy of the truth is very often not
      the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent,
      persuasive and realistic." And in 1916, Sir Winston Churchill, then a
      young Member of Parliament, said, "Truth is incontrovertible; malice
      may 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 recently
      as 2003, Gaby Hinsliff, Chief Political Corespondent, wrote in the British
      journal, the Observer: "They may prefer to call it being 'economical
      with the actualité.' But it's official: politicians just can't help telling
      lies...A new study of the art of telling political whoppers, concludes
      what cynical voters have long suspected -- that it is almost impossible
      for modern politicians to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but
      the truth."  And in 2005, Peter Osborne, political editor of the Spectator,
      wrote: "Britain now lives in a post-truth political environment."  But
      hundreds of years before them, in the 15th - 16th centuries, the Italian
      philosopher who is considered the father of modern political science,
      Niccolo Machiavelli, theorized that if politicians did not lie, they would
      surely fail, because lying is fundamental to politics.
       
      And the lack of truth in the way our present government and the strongly
      supportive media operates, gives strong credence to the fact that America
      -- like our friends in Great Britain -- is living in a "post-truth political
      environment."
       
      Where do we startIllustrative of this unfortunate and undesirable
      situation is the fact that the two most powerful political figures in
      Washington are President Obama and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
      Both have demonstrated that the truth is not paramount in their thinking or
      actions, and both have lost the confidence of the American people. Both,
      when they stepped into their present positions of power, made almost
      identical pledges to the American people. Nancy Pelosi got started in this
      "post-truth environment" earlier than Mr. Obama did, and in November
      2006, after the change in control of Congress took place she said, "You
      must drain the swamp if you are going to govern for the people." A few
      days later, in a TV interview with Brian Williams she was asked what she
      meant by "Drain the swamp."  Her response: "Drain the swamp means to
      turn this Congress into the most open and honest Congress in history.
      That's my pledge -- that is what I intend to do."  Enlarging upon those
      claims, 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 with
      fiscal discipline. No new deficit spending, heaping mountains of debt on
      our children." 
       
      It is not necessary to point out that word by word those promises have not
      been adhered to, with the result that American voters, by every poll, have
      expressed 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 pledges
      to the American people, but Mr. Obama caught up very quickly. On the
      day after his inauguration, he began making promises about directing "the
      most transparent government, the most transparent administration" in
      history. His words on that opening day of his administration: "Let me say
      it as simply as I can: transparency and the rule of law will be the
      touchstones of this presidency." Expanding upon that statement, he went
      on to say, "The way to make government responsible is to hold it
      accountable, and the way to make government accountable is make it
      transparent so that the American people can know exactly what decisions
      are being made, how they're being made, and whether their interests are
      being 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 his
      campaign, 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 any
      form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your
      capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." And if that were not clear
      enough, 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 will
      not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat, not a single dime."
       
      Without going into specific detail, just in Obamacare alone there are at
      least a dozen increases in taxes, even for those taxpayers under the
      $250,000 break-point . . . to say nothing of other tax increases to help
      offset some of the trillion dollar deficit spending that Ms. Pelosi pledged
      would not occur.
       
      So with only minuscule examples, the premise of Machiavelli as cited
      above 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 our
      nation and our leaders, that they may be given wisdom to govern wisely,
      as instructed by Paul (whose writings Obama refers to as "obscure") in
      I 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 of
      our most valuable rights as Americans: go to the polls and vote to replace
      the Liberals who are dominating Congress. Remember: every member of
      the House of Representatives will be standing for election, as will about
      one-third of the members of the Senate. Some have suggested that this
      Election Day could be called "Get out the trash day," but an even newer
      suggestion is "Drain the swamp day." Obviously Nancy Pelosi didn't do a
      very 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 both
      of our responsibilities on Nov. 2 seriously. There is no point in complaining
      about 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

      are concerned. 
       

      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, including
      Barack Hussein Obama, who some argue convincingly, is a Muslim. The
      media, mainly CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and to a lesser extent FOX, are
      willing dupes in the hoax that Islam/Muslims are peaceful; perhaps
      within 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 Public
      Policy Polling (PPP) nationwide survey found that 49% of Americans
      trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points above any other network. CNN
      was the second most trusted network, with 39% expressing confidence
      in it. The three major networks were all trusted by less than 40%, with
      NBC ranking the highest at 35%, trailed by 32% trusting CBS and 31%
      trusting ABC.
       
      A further thought on the proposed mosque at Ground Zero: Imam
      Feisal Abdul Rauf who is in charge of erecting the Islam mosque almost
      on the site of the twin towers which were destroyed, along with nearly
      3000 innocent people  9/11, is funded by the same radical Islamists
      who were behind that attack. Imam Rauf's views are expressed in his
      words: "The United States and the West must acknowledge the harm
      they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end."  The opening
      of the proposed Mosque is scheduled to take place on the 10 year
      anniversary of that murderous attack -- on September 11, 2011. It
      almost seems that the Islamists plan to make this a new Muslim holiday
      to celebrate their accomplishment on that date in 2001.
       
      Concerning the Arizona immigration law, an Arizona blogger, known
      only as ExJon, offered this perceptive comment: "It's kind of hilarious
      that they keep referring to the law as 'controversial,' when 70% of the
      population approves of it...Plus, how can we in good conscience
      require people here illegally to abide by the same rules as those here
      legally?"
       
      It's always good to keep the polls in mind. A few random results from
      the polls of the past few days. In spite of all of Mr. Obama's blaming
      George W. for every problem we face, this week for the first time ever
      Obama 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 double
      digits. On the Obamacare health reform plan, 57% feel it is bad for the
      economy, and 59% favor its repeal. (The new TV ad featuring Andy Griffith
      and touting Obamacare, cost $700.000 and was paid for by Medicare - that's
      from your contributions to Medicare.) And the final, and most decisive poll
      result from Allstate/National Journal shows that if the election were held
      today, on;y 39% of voters said they would vote to re-elect Obama, with
      50% 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

      on TV.)

       

      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

      her behalf.

       

      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.  

      It's not difficult to find a Founding Father's quote applying to now:
       
      "The states can best govern our home concerns and the general
      government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore ... never to see all offices
      transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of
      the 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 is
      the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to
      select and prefer Christians for their rulers." -- John Jay, first Supreme
      Court Chief Justice, 1816
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