ANC, Newsletter, Apr. 6, 2011
- The American News Commentary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Vol. 16, No. 14 April 6, 2011 © 2011- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -"Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants."
-- Benjamin Franklin
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -THIS WEEK'S INTRODUCTORY EDITORIAL COMMENT: In everyissue we cite quotations from our nation's Founding Fathers because theseare the men who created this new nation based upon the Judeo-Christianprinciple affirmed in the the Declaration of Independence that all men areendowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including life andliberty. Their faith in, and their reliance upon, God was evident in the manystatements which are still available to us. But it was not just the FoundingFathers who spoke of their dependence on God -- this has been a repeatedassertion by subsequent U.S. presidents -- at least until the present one, wholast year ignored the National Day of Prayer, and sponsored a celebration inthe White House of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In the midst of theCivil War, on March 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln set a NationalDay of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, stating: "We have been the recipientsof the choicest bounties of Heaven ...We have grown in numbers, wealthand power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God...Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient...too proud to pray to the God who made us! It behooves us then to humbleourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and topray for forgiveness." What an appropriate proposal for us, today! It recallsfor us God's words in II Chr. 7:14, where He promised that if we would humbleourselves, pray, and turn from our wicked ways, He would hear our prayers,forgive our sins and heal our land. It's up to us, American Christians! Wedon't have an Abraham Lincoln as our president.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -WHOSE FAULT IS IT FOR WHAT HAS HAPPENED, AND ISNOW HAPPENING TO AMERICA . . . WHY IS IT NOTTODAY THE NATION IT WAS FOUNDED TO BE?Bill Haymin, a classicist and historian whose writings we appreciate, recentlywrote: "America is a dead man walking around waiting to fall down. Thefault for America's failure falls squarely on the shoulders of AmericanChristians (past and present)." And, he's right.We are half-way through the Lenten season; 18 days till Easter,and already the Liberals -- known as the "Religious Left " or sometimeseven called the "Evangelical Left (a classic oxymoron!) -- are reshapingthe traditional meaning of one of the most important events in our Christianfaith. For example, Jim Wallis, probably the principal spokesman of thereligious Liberals, has announced that he is dedicating part of his Lentenfasting to sort of a hunger strike against government spending cuts onsome of his favorite federal programs, because such cuts would affectthe poor. Mark Tooley, president of Institute on Religion and Democracy(IRD) responded well:"Deploying their usual language of spiritualoutrage over federal budget 'cuts,' Religious Left officials want torefocus the Easter season away from Christ and towards their ownendless faith in Big Government."And because on April 22, Good Friday and Earth Day coincide, in Canadathe Greening Anglican Spaces task group has developed special worshipmaterial to merge the two observances. Their chairman, Rev. Kenneth Gray,explained: "The reason why we think Good Friday is a good day to talkabout this is because essentially we are crucifying the earth and I thinkthe imagery there is quite dynamic,"And remember the ban at various levels of government on the use of theword "Christmas?" Now they have started similar attacks on the word"Easter" -- example: town trustees in Munson Township, Ohio, haveabolished any reference to "Easter" in community events, and haveordered the organizers to use the term "Spring Egg Hunt." Granted,that is a very minor step in an ongoing program, but remember the oldsaying about the camel's nose under the tent.President Obama announced the start of his 2012 re-election campaignthis week, and will soon begin his campaign fund raising efforts with anunprecedented goal of $2 billion, flying around the country on Air ForceOne. There is a continuing theory in American politics -- if you can't earnelected office, you can always buy it. In Mr. Obama's re-electionannouncement, there was this statement, which has a double faced implication:"This will be my final campaign, at least as a candidate." Of the twoconcepts it expresses, one is encouraging: it is his last campaign; the otherimplies the threat that he may have some part in future political endeavors.But back to Mr. Haymin's assessment about Christian failures,it is interesting -- and alarming -- that in the 2008 presidential election,25% of American Evangelicals voted for Mr. Obama. That means thatone out of every four Evangelical believers voted for a man who hadclearly announced his intent to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, pavingthe way for same-sex marriage, and who also supported the Pro-Choiceconcept of killing babies through abortion -- and whose health reform planprovides federal funding for those killings. This time around -- in the 2012election -- we must not repeat those mistakes. Toward that end we havecontinued to remind our readers of the time remaining to pray about thatelection -- there are now 580 days remaining to pray for our nation andits leaders, and for guidance in voting in the Nov. 6, 2012 Election Day.Overshadowing news of the Japan disaster and the Middle East warare the actions of some of those "peace loving Muslims" who have beenmurdering -- even beheading -- UN workers in Pakistan, according to themedia because of a pastor in Florida burning a copy of the Quran. PresidentObama, addressing the issue described the burning as "an act of extremeintolerance and bigotry," and added, "No religion tolerates the slaughterand beheading of innocent people." What Mr. Obama forgets or ignoresis that the slaughter and beheading of those who do not accept the Islamreligion is an ongoing practice of Islamists . . . as is the destroying of Biblesand the burning of Christian churches -- but never once has he referred tothose acts as demonstrating "intolerance and bigotry."As the president begins devoting time to his re-election campaign,we canot help but note these headlines from just one page in one dailynewspaper this week: "NATO Airstrike Kills 13 Rebels in Libya . . .Call for Yemen Power Swap . . . Hundreds killed in Ivory CoastMassacre . . . Oman Protests Resume . . . Syria Tightens Security. . . More Die in Riots over Koran Burning." And all those stories onthat one page do not include reports on the rioting and protests in Jordan,Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Bahrain and Iran. Or the potential for increasedtrouble in Lebanon and Palestine, aimed directly at Israel. It would seemthat things are not going well for Mr. Obama's tactics in the Middle East.And there are so many unanswered questions which logically arise:When will a national budget be adopted . . . must we be held hostage byHarry Reid and the Democrat Senate that if Planned Parenthood's abortionprogram is not federally funded, they will shut down the government? (Andwould shutting down the government be such a terrible thing?) Will theObama administration accept any reduction or restraint in spending -- ormust we continue to increase our nation's indebtedness to China and otherforeign nations? Will any effort be made to utilize our own natural resources,or must we continue to rely upon foreign sources of oil? Aside from themoral issues which we face as Christians, there are also these economicquestions which must be faced.May 5 is this year's National Day of Prayer, and it will be interestingto see how our president reacts. Last year he chose not to observe the event,choosing rather to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in a galacelebration in the White House. He may react differently this year, becausehe has already started his 2012 re-election campaign, and he will be seekingvotes from Christians.In view of the biased media, we think "What Others Are Saying" isa helpful way to get a grasp on current events. Here are just a few:Pamela Geller (in Atlas Shrugs): "There is one constant in Obama'sforeign policy: he has consistently sided with our worst enemiesthroughout his disastrous presidency...Why Libya? Why wasn't suchaction taken when millions took to the streets in Iran? Iran has beensupporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the unrest in Bahrain,Afghanistan, Iraq...Assad in Syria is much worse than, say, Mubarakin Egypt, but Obama vows not to interfere in that vassal of Iran,despite the slaughter of their people. And Obama supports the MuslimBrotherhood, which is steadily taking control in Egypt. To what end?"Barry St Clair (founder, Reach Out youth ministry): "God neverintended for us to make crowds or monolithic church structures...Todaywe run the church as a business...The business makes money, and themoney builds buildings. We’ve created an audience, not an army.”Skip MacLure (in Conservative Outpost): "Hillary Clinton hasbeen rocketing from capital to capital, braying the administration’snext change of course, change of mind, or the next whimsicalpronouncement of the ‘Anointed One,’ arguably the least influentialperson on the international scene. Notice I didn’t use the word ‘leader.'"John Ransom (TownHall Finance Editor): "We discovered once again...that Obama can squeeze the smallest idea into the greatest number ofwords of anyone who has ever been president."Ann Coulter (on Obama's Libya speech): " He said: 'Some nationsmay be ableAnd finally, this classic from the "Twitter" site, @TennConserv:"If only non-essential government services end in a governmentshutdown ... why do we have them to start with?"Good "One Liners" are often difficult to find, but here are a few . . .domain, assures us that inflation in America is insignificant, and we are not toworry. But we are also told by these molders of our economy that they mayhave to stop printing paper currency because the cost of printing has grownby 50% in the past 3 years. Only in Washington!Chris Matthews, the de facto voice of the Obama administration,in voicing his views on the need for more "civility" in political discourse,went a bit overboard in expressing a death wish -- sounding like a threat --for Republicans whom he feels are lacking in civility: "I’ll tell you what,the DNC needs to make Boehner the target of all their direct mailfundraising right now. He should be their public enemy number one!They’ve got to cut him off at his knees. They’ve got to knock him off!"And citing an incident in The Godfather, Part II, where a man is disposedof while on a fishing boat, he said "Maybe someone in the White Housemight want to suggest to Boehner that a great way to work on that tanof his, go on a fishing trip, you know what I’m saying?" (Yes, we know.)
Before the celebration over the new unemployment number begins,take time to remember that those "Labor Department" figures are designedto create headlines in the Liberal media -- and these are the numbers whichdon't make those headlines: the number of long term unemployed rose from5.9 million to 6.1 million in March, meaning that those who have been out ofwork 6 months or longer now represent 45.5% of the total unemployed. Andthe average jobless period is now 39 weeks, up from 32 weeks just a year ago.And, as always, there is wisdom in quotes from our Founding Fathers."No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain theseblessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and muchto be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means andto depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly;I cannot believe it will ever come to pass." -- George Washington, 1788"So great is my veneration for the Bible, and so strong my belief, thatwhen duly read and meditated on, it is of all books in the world, thatwhich contributes most to make men good, wise, and happy."-- John Quincy Adams, 1811- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATIONTo Subscribe (no Subscription charge), click on:To Unsubscribe, click on: