Newsletter for Apr. 1, 2009
- AmericanNews Commentary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Vol. 12, No. 13 April 1, 2009 © 2009- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -AMONG THE RESPONSES to last week's issuewas this comment from a reader in Wisconsin: "Wehave elected a leader who could lead us down thepath of self-destruction as a Christian-believingnation." Statements like that encourage us to believethat we are not alone in our concern for the Christianheritage of our nation. Share your thoughts with us at:- - - - - - - - - -WE CAN OFTEN LEARN ABOUT CURRENTEVENTS BY READING THE HEADLINESIN OUR DAILY NEWSPAPERSFor example, here are just two headlines picked upfrom Internet news sources this week: "Is Americapast the point of no return? And this very conciseone, describing our present federal administration:"Feckless, helpless, clueless."But more definitive was this headline on the frontpage of the "Parade" supplement in last Sunday'snewspapers: "America imprisons 756 inmatesper 100,000 residents, a rate nearly five timesthe world's average. About one in every 31 adultsin this country is in jail or on supervised release.Either we are the most evil people on earth orwe are doing something very wrong."We probably -- OK, we surely don't deserve tobe called "the most evil people on earth," but theother option is most certainly true: "we are doingsomething very wrong."To begin with, the prison population of this country isnot our No. 1 problem -- but it is a serious problem,and it is indicative of an even more serious underlyingproblem: that we have departed from ... have ignored... have rejected the Christian principles which madeup the foundations on which this nation was built, andin the name of "progress" have substituted a new setof values for the moral values which have made thisthe great nation it has always been.It doesn't require much research to ascertain theimportance that the nation's founding fathers ascribedto Scriptural principles. For example, in 1778 JamesMadison said, “We have staked the whole futureof American civilization, not upon the power ofgovernment, far from it. We have staked thefuture of all our political institutions upon ourcapacity to sustain ourselves according to the TenCommandments of God.”And John Adams, in 1798, said of our nation, "Wehave no government armed with power capable ofcontending with human passions unbridled bymorality and religion. Our Constitution was madeonly for a moral and religious people. It is whollyinadequate to the government of any other."But we have abandoned our reliance on the TenCommandments -- we have made legal the killing of50 million babies . . . we are taking steps to revokeGod's plan for marriage and the home and are movingtoward the legality of homosexual ("same sex") marriage. . . we are contemplating the legalizing of certaindrugs -- in the face of our Secretary of State's chargethat our drug use is at fault for the murder spree takingplace just south of us -- over 8,000 murders (includingbeheadings) in one year on our borders with Mexico.And those are only a few indications of our "doingsomething very wrong."What to do about this situation? We cannot rely onthe present administration or the Congress to solve ourproblems. The president warned us during his campaignwhat he would do if elected -- and he is doing all that.The Congress -- well, Nancy Salvato, Senior Editorof New Media Journal, said it well: "The definition ofa citizen is one who is ruled and can rule in turn.We must have the capacity for both under the law.Sadly, in today's day and age, those elected to ourlegislature do not have to understand the law torepresent their electors. Consequently, this Congresshas proven to be the most constitutionally illiterategroup of people ever elected to office."No, the response must come from Jesus Christ's ownChurch, the Evangelical believers who accept Hischallenge that we are salt and light in the world, andto fulfill His Great Commission to evangelize the world.It is probably generally agreed that in a nationalpolitical sense, the economy is our No. 1 problem.Or at least it is one of the No 1 problems. Thereappears to be a jockeying for the absolute top rank.But this problem isn't new -- and perhaps some ofthe past world leaders on both sides of the Atlanticunderstood more about this problem than today'sleaders, again, on both sides of the Atlantic. Theyare meeting this week in London. Hopefully someof the ideas from these leaders of 200 years agomight surface and be given some consideration."When a government is dependent upon bankersfor money, they and not the leaders of thegovernment control the situation, since the handthat gives is above the hand that takes. Moneyhas no motherland; financiers are withoutpatriotism and without decency; their sole objectis gain." -- Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor"I, however, place economy among the first andmost important republican virtues, and publicdebt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared."
-- Thomas Jefferson, US Founding Father and thethird U.S. PresidentIt doesn't seem right to pass over and ignore the"Global Warming" hoax, now appearing under itsnew "politically correct" name: "Climate Change."This news story from the New Media Journal needsno comment. It makes the point perfectly clear: "AUnited Nations document on 'climate change'that will be distributed to a major environmentalconclave this week envisions a huge reorderingof the world economy, likely involving trillions ofdollars in wealth transfer, millions of job lossesand gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, newtariffs and subsidies, and complicated paymentsfor greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbontaxes — all under the supervision of the world body...The Obama administration has said it supportsthe treaty process." Like we said -- no commentis necessary.A Founding Father on religion and law: "Farfrom being rivals or enemies, religion and laware twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants.Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.The divine law, as discovered by reason and themoral sense, forms an essential part of both. "-- James Wilson, 1791, Signer of the Declarationof Independence and the ConstitutionSome Random Afterthoughts . . .Because today is April 1, we felt almost compelledto refresh your memory with the old story about theatheists who were protesting to a local church pastorthat it wasn't fair for religionists to have so manyannual holidays, and atheists to have none. Theyargued that Christians have Christmas and Easter,and the Jews have Passover and Yom Kippur. Thepastor referred them to Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1,"The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God,"and congratulated them for having a holiday whichis celebrated on a world-wide basis -- April 1, or"All fools Day."Two more in our series of notable "One liners":"Let's face it: conservatism is in crisis. The liberalmedia is gleefully pronouncing it dead, andPresident Obama and his Far-Left henchmen aredoing all they can to make sure it is marginalizedand silenced." -- Human Events"The Left’s radical environmentalist agenda is abizarre ideology based on anti-capitalism andanti-humanity sentiments." -- Gary BauerLast week we pointed out the new term forattacks by terrorists, as adopted by our newHomeland Security Director, Janet Napolitano:"man caused disasters." Now the Obamaadministration has added to the politically correctvocabulary a new term to replace "global war onterror" -- it is "Overseas Contingency Operation."And so our young men and women are risking theirlives, not to combat global terrorism, but to dealwith "Overseas Contingencies."Reflecting on the UN's "Climate Change" plan:In Great Britain, they are taking these new proposalsmore seriously. Consider this excerpt from London'sSunday Times: “Jonathon Porritt, one of PrimeMinister Gordon Brown’s leading green advisers,is to warn that Britain must drastically reduce itspopulation if it is to build a sustainable society.Porritt said: ‘Population growth, plus economicgrowth, is putting the world under terrible pressure.Each person in Britain has far more impact on theenvironment than those in developing countries, socutting our population is one way to reduce thatimpact.’” The question arises: how many of Britain's61 million people will have to be "cut" in order to meetthe new climate control standards? And how do youdo that? Through China's one-child-per-family policy,or through President Obama's increased abortion-on-demand policy? Either way is frightening.
A Founding Father on government regulation:"Wise politicians will be cautious about fetteringthe government with restrictions that cannot beobserved, because they know that every break ofthe fundamental laws, though dictated by necessity,impairs that sacred reverence which ought to bemaintained in the breast of rulers towards theconstitution of a country." -- Alexander Hamilton,writing in the Federalist, 1787- - - - - - - - - -SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION