Newsletter for Aug. 5, 2009
- AmericanNews Commentary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Vol. 13, No. 6 August 5, 2009 © 2009- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - -* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *ALMOST LIKE A BROKEN RECORD,we have no choice but to once again expressour thanks to our readers for your many kindemail messages commending us for last week'sissue and the views we expressed. Thank you,and thanks also for sending your copy of thisnewsletter to your friends, and suggesting thatthey join as new subscribers... with never anysubscription charge.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *IT IS TIME TO SUGGEST THAT PERHAPSTHE PRESIDENT SHOULD PAUSE ANDRECONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANYMORE UNFORTUNATE MISTAKESLet's do that ourselves -- pause and reconsider.We are America, we are Americans, the peoplewhose views the Senators and Representativesin Washington (all 535 of them) are supposedto represent. But in case you haven't noticed:they don't.So first, let's examine the situation that we faceright now, try to ascertain just what it entails,and then make some recommendations as towhat we as Christians can do toward solvingthe problems, and reclaiming this country forGod and the Christian faith.To get started on making an analysis, morethan once we have said that this is called the"Age of Polls." In some respects, such aselections, advance polls are meaningless; theonly poll that counts is the actual vote countafter the election is over. But when the electionis past, and the new officials or the newgovernment is in power -- polls should be adirective or at least offer guidance for theoffice-holders who are now in control.And right now -- TODAY -- the polls are notat all unclear. But those people whom we sentto Washington to represent us don't seem tograsp the fact that across this country theAmerican people do not like what is happeningin Washington.Last week we cited several polls which indicatethat the Obama honeymoon is on its way tobeing over. This week the same trend continues,with particular emphasis on the biggest mistakethe Obama administration has yet attempted --"Obamacare," their government-run, socializedhealth care plan. Polls report that more than85% of the American people are pleased withtheir health insurance coverage. An NBC-WallStreet Journal poll reports that 42% oppose theObama plan with only 35% supporting it. (Thatsame poll reports that 39% feel we are headedin the right direction, with 49% feeling we areon the wrong track.) A NY Times-CBS pollshows that 59% do not think the plan will help,while only 31% think it will help them.On one issue important to Christians, despiteall efforts by Republicans and ConservativeDemocrats to amend the proposed bill, theLiberals have forced funding for abortions tobe included, which means that your taxdollars, whether you like it or not, will befunding abortions to kill millions more babies.As the August recess was beginning, the overallnational opinion on the proposed health carebill was 47% in favor and 51% opposed. Whatis needed is for the lawmakers to hear from andrespond to the opinions of their constituents.THIS IS IMPORTANT: despite the effortsof Republicans and "Blue Dog" (Conservative)Democrats, the Obama, Pelosi and Reid teamis determined to force this issue to a final voteas soon as Congress returns from the Augustrecess. While your Representatives are at home,get word to them that you do not want this planwhich will result in rationed health care, spiralingcosts and along with reductions in Medicare, iteven provides for an official in Washington todecide at what age health care for seniorswould cease to be available. This might beconsidered a form of government sponsoredeuthanasia. So talk to your representatives onhome ground, and send them back to vote NO.And one question to ask your representatives:if Obamacare is such a wonderful plan, andgood for the American people, why isn't itgood enough for members of Congress,Senators and Representatives and their families,the President, Vice President and their families?In other words: if Congress applies this newplan to all the American people, then it isreasonable that all members of Congresswould accept the same level of coverage forthemselves and their families. They all havethe finest of health care plans which SenatorDodd spoke about this past week when heannounced his upcoming surgery for prostatecancer. It IS a good question -- and one theyjust don't like to answer.President Obama doesn't fare much betterthan health care in the latest public opinionpolls, with Rasmussen polls giving him a 47%favorable score, and a 51% negative score.And the Congressional leaders don't score veryhigh, either. Nancy Pelosi, the multi-millionaireSpeaker of the House, from San Francisco,continues to hold a 57% unfavorable score,against a 35% favorable score. But her "veryunfavorable" rating of 45% holds a 5 to 1 rankover her "very favorable" rating of 9%. In theSenate, Majority Leader Harry Reid is favoredby 26% and rated unfavorable by 48%. (26%didn't know enough about him to express anopinion.) Reid's "very unfavorable" rating of30% far outweighs his "very favorable" ratingof 3%. (Rasmussen Daily Poll figures.)And, oh yes -- it is reported that 120 milliondoses of the new "swine flu" vaccine will beavailable this Fall for the 160 million who will"qualify" for the vaccine. But seniors havebeen left off the list of the "qualified" people-- this is seen as part of the Obamacare intentto "minimize" health care for the elderly.So we do have a problem in Washington.Consider what some insiders there are saying;you might think of these as "mini-editorials.""'Washington is broken,'Obama lamentedon the campaign trail. Yet, under PresidentObama, the business of Washington isbooming. The collapse of the Era of'Hope'nChangeyness' demonstrates the firstand last law of political physics: as thegovernment grows, corruption flows."-- Michelle Malkin"President Obama is using a familiar tacticto sell his plan to completely overhaul thebest health care system in the world – fear!He knows that no one will support his socialistscheme unless he can convince America thatthere is a health care “crisis.” There is nohealth care crisis! Polls show that 84% ofAmericans are “very satisfied” or “satisfied”with the health care they currently receive.But you aren’t hearing that from the liberalmedia." - David Martin, Media Research Ctr.“Unfortunately, the idea of America has diedand it’s been replaced by another politicalentity called the United States, which inessence is no different from the 200 othercountries spread across the globe.”--Doug Casey, founder and chairman ofCasey Research, and one of many expertswho believe American capitalism is dead."The $787 billion stimulus bill has done zipto stimulate the economy. Less than 10 %of the money has gone out the door, whichmakes one wonder why it was called a stimuluspackage. Unemployment is at 9.5 percent, wellabove what the Obamaites predicted, and isrising...Things are not going Obama's way.He is 10 points below where Nixon was aftera full year, and on economic issues –unemployment, the deficit, spending – he isunder 50 percent. This presidency is not yetin trouble, but it is sure headed that way."-- Pat Buchanan in Human EventsWithout a quote from others, the picture is clear.This week, for a change, we offer a special"one-liner," and place it here, rather than in"Afterthoughts" where it usually appears: "Itshould be clear that the same warning noticemust be placed on The ObamaCare Plan ason a pack of cigarettes: Consuming thisproduct will be hazardous to your health."(Dave Janda, M.D.)But enough of outlining some of the detailsof the current situation in our nation. (We mayyet touch on a few items in "Afterthoughts.")But what can we -- as Christians -- do to solvesome of these problems which confront us?The first step is admitting there is a problem,and facing the fact that as a nation we made amajor mistake last November. It is evident thatsome Evangelical Christians swayed by the glibpromises of "change you can believe in" andswept up in the "yes, we can" frenzy, actuallydid vote for Obama.That we have a problem here is evident in somany ways. Take the Inaugural Oath -- beforethe TV cameras, and with his hand on the Bible,there were some word problems. To be surethe oath had been taken, the next day there wasa private oath taking with the Chief Justice, butthis time, out of sight of the public, there wasno hand on the Bible.Then the next day the Obama staff posted thegoals of the new administration. The list readslike a litany of anti-Christian projects, focusingon sexual perversion, including:1) Defeat all state and federal constitutionalefforts to limit marriage to being, as in the Bibleview, a union between one man and one woman.
2) Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)signed into law.by Bill Clinton.
3) Repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"policy.
4) Pass "hate crimes" legislation to providehomosexuals special rights denied to otherAmericans, and even silencing any criticismof homosexuality as being unbiblical.
5) Pass the Employment Non-DiscriminationAct (ENDA) which would force businessowners to abandon traditional values.6) Create intentionally motherless and fatherlesshomes by expanding "gay adoption."
Plus -- expand access to abortion by enactingFOCA, the Freedom of Choice Act, using taxdollars to help pay for it.
Then on the president's first overseas trip hetold a Muslim audience that America was nota Christian nation, and bragged that we wereone of the largest Muslim nations in the world,on a percentage of population basis. The truthis that America ranks somewhere around 20thin such a comparison with other nations.And in negating the Christian influence of ourFounding Fathers, he said in his broadcast toMuslims from Cairo in June: “I know that Islamhas always been a part of America’s story. . .And since our founding, American Muslimshave enriched the United States.” But hereare the facts:1) Muslims have not always been important inthe story of America.2) No Muslims of record took part in theRevolutionary War.3)No Muslims of record fought in the Civil War.4) No Muslims were numbered among the ranksof U.S. soldiers in World War I.5) No Muslims of record served the U.S. militaryin World War II or the Korean Conflict.6) Muslims became a sizeable and significantelement only after 1965 – thanks to the revisedImmigration and Naturalization Act. (Paul L.Williams, Ph.D., thelastcrusade.org)
Thus it is evident that as Christians we do havesome problems. This we can do: (1) We canpray for God to give wisdom to the presidentin dealing with present day problems in anAmerican way, based on Judeo-Christianprinciples. (2) We can get in touch with ourRepresentatives and our Senators and tell themwhat we want them to do on current issues. (3)We can keep informed and be ready to electcandidates who are honest Conservatives in thenext election.This quote has never been more applicable:"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph isfor good men to do nothing." -- Attributed toEdmund Burke, 18th century.In 1791, an early American scholar, ThomasPaine wrote an analysis of intrusive governmentthat merits our review amid present happenings:"If, from the more wretched parts of the oldworld, we look at those which are in anadvanced stage of improvement, we still findthe greedy hand of government thrusting itselfinto every corner and crevice of industry, andgrasping the spoil of the multitude. Inventionis continually exercised, to furnish newpretenses for revenues and taxation. It watchesprosperity as its prey and permits none toescape without tribute." --Thomas Paine, in"Rights of Man," 1791Some Random Afterthoughts . . .Adding to the "one liner" above, here are afew more from this week's research. As we oftenpoint out, they do say a lot in just a few words:"It should now be clear to all Americans: Hopeand Change came to the White House wrappedin brass knuckles." (Michelle Malkin)"The 20th century may have been the AmericanCentury. The 21st shows another pattern."(Pat Buchanan)"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control,mud slides, flooding,severe thunderstormstearing up the country from end to another, andwith the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks,are we sure this is a good time to take God outof the Pledge of Allegiance?" (Jay Leno)On the Passing of Icons. "Some have labeledthe summer of 2009, the Summer of theCelebrity Death Watch, and one couldsuccessfully argue the point. Ed McMahon,Karl Malden, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays,David Carradine, Koko Taylor, Fred Travalenaand, most notably, Michael Jackson – to namebut a few off the top of my head – have allpassed away over the course of June and July...It is the caliber of those we have elevated toiconic status that exposes just how superficialour American culture has become..." (FrankSalvato, Managing Editor, New Media Journal)As an attendee of Michael Jackson's funeral said,"He's our prince, he's our king." While the neverending news coverage of the event seemed toapproach being intolerable, it revealed mankind'slonging for a "savior." No matter how sick ordisturbed Jackson was, or what personal problemshe had, to many he was and is a god. The longingis obviously real.One Man's Opinion: "I wrote months agothat Obama was an empty suit, and evenstated that he was possessed of an U.S. hating,socialist vision. His ignorance is obscene, yetthe 'smartest brains in the room,' the so calledmainstream media, fawns at his feet becausehe can read a teleprompter...In six monthsObama has done more to destroy the UnitedStates than all wars in its two hundred yearhistory combined." - Col. Bob Pappas, USMCRThe Obama theory of international affairs,and the results of its initial application. Actingin line with his own interpretation of JFK's "Letus never negotiate out of fear. But let us neverfear to negotiate," President Obama has triedhis own concept of personal diplomaticnegotiation with a few of our nation's less friendlyinternational neighbors. The results have beenunfortunately quite uniform. In Iran, the newlyre-elected President Ahmadinejad recently said:"As soon as the new government is established,with power and authority, ten times more thanbefore, it will enter the global scene and willbring down the global arrogance," Iran hasalso had a share in Russia's response to theObama approach, as for the first time, Russiaand Iran have announced plans to hold joint navalmaneuvers in the Caspian Sea, to include at least30 Russian and Iranian ships. And across theworld, North Korea reacted in an even moredramatic manner, firing more missiles in a Easterlydirection, on a course which could deliver theirbombs to Hawaii and even the American mainland.And closest to home, after his comradely meetingwith President Obama in Trinidad, Venezuela’sstrongman President Chávez has his sights set onan extended stay in executive office well beyondthe possibilities of even a second Obamaadministration. To further his adopted theme of“socialism for the 21st Century,” Chávez isreported as using Venezuela’s oil wealth to fundhis socialist plans at home and lavish subsidiesfor the like-minded leaders in Cuba, Bolivia andNicaragua. He advocates establishing LatinAmerica’s independence from U.S. overseasinfluence and fosters establishment of a global,anti-American union with Iran, Russia and others.A few more important subjects we didn'thave time or space to comment on this week,but which we will discuss in detail next week:1) Some "stimulus funds" (those are your taxdollars) being used to fund porno art projects.2) Dan Rather, who ended a great career undera cloud, urging Obama to appoint a press czar.3) Two Episcopal dioceses considering gay andlesbian candidates for bishops under new rules.4) Is it time to quit asking for Obama's birthcertificate, and his other undisclosed records?5) Bill Clinton follows Jimmy Carter's exampleby going on an intervention visit to North Korea.6) Wasn't racism the ignored topic at the "beersummit" at the White House last week?7) Increased Muslim persecution of Christiansin Pakistan.Thomas Winter, Editor-in-Chief of "HumanEvents," had this to say about the FoundingFathers whom we quote so frequently: "TomBrokaw labeled the World War II generationthe 'Greatest Generation' -- but he was wrong.That honor belongs to the Founders -- the menwho pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacredhonor for the cause of liberty, and whoestablished the United States. This was ageneration without equal, and it deserves to berescued from the politically correct textbooks,teachers, and professors who want to dismissthe Founders as a cadre of dead, white, sexist,slave-holding males." And we agree!
Another Founding Father applicable quote:"The ordaining of laws in favor of one part ofthe nation, to the prejudice and oppression ofanother, is certainly the most erroneous andmistaken policy. An equal dispensation ofprotection, rights, privileges, and advantages,is what every part is entitled to, and ought toenjoy." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1774- - - - - - - - - -SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATIONTo Subscribe (No subscription charge) Click on:To Unsubscribe - Click on: