The 2016 Presidential Election continues to defy both predictions and expectations.

On the Democratic side of the primaries, Senator Bernie Sanders refuses to yield to the “inevitability” of Mrs. Hillary Clinton as his party’s eventual nominee.

Within Republican circles, the vast majority of primary voters continue to voice their “dissatisfaction with the professional political class” by expressing to pollsters that they prefer Misters Trump, Cruz, and Carson over more experienced Governors such as Christie, Kasich, Bush, and Huckabee.

What gives?

Or, in the words of the great Motown artist Marvin Gaye, “What Is Going On?

Surely by now the conventional thinking is that Republicans would have ended their flirtation with the incipient campaigns of the Donald and Dr. Carson or Senator Cruz and would have by now rallied behind one or two more experienced candidates (the Democrats seem to be grudgingly coalescing around Mrs. Clinton).

Why does the stubborn agitation among the Republican party base continue to rail against the “professional political class?”

Could it very well be that we as citizens of this great nation are experiencing a crisis of what it means to be an American?

Historians and students of American history describe the process in which a person grows and learns to accept the principles, values, and teachings of our nation as the phenomenon of “political socialization.

Perhaps a great number of our citizens have lost faith in the process of political socialization…

In the past, most Americans looked with pride and satisfaction to the principles and ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence for guidance and inspiration:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…

Wow!

The Signers of The Declaration meant business when they led a revolution to break away from the yoke of King George III.

For more than two centuries (for the exception of a dark period of time when Native Americans and Blacks were denied the blessings and privileges of liberty) most Americans celebrated the fact that they were all “created equal” and “endowed by their Creator… with certain inalienable Rights… among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Could it be that we intuitively sense that our nation is at a crossroad and that if we do not act decisively and in the proper direction that the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness could be lost forever?

This is the State of Our Union.

We live in perilous times that requires sober thinking and careful analysis.

One of the geniuses of our Constitutional Order is that it provides a framework for governance that “institutionalized peaceful rebellion” (through frequent elections).

The Framers of our Constitutional Order gave us a governmental structure known as Federalism (a centralized Federal Government with separate and somewhat autonomous State Governments); they gave us a Separation of Powers with the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches operating within their unique spheres of duty and authority.

The Constitution provides for regular elections (“the opportunity to throw the rascals out!”) and a Bill of Rights (a means of preventing the “political actors” – rascals if you prefer – from trampling upon our rights while they are in office).

For much of our history this form of governance has served us well and yet there is a growing sense of uneasiness within the body politic.

Today, the huge divide in our nation appears to be between those who believe that our “Judeo-Christian heritage” is still valid and in vogue – and among “political Secularists” in both political parties who believe that matters of Faith and Religion are private matters that have no place in public deliberation.

Whose view of America will prevail?

Senator Bernie Sanders is an example of a leftward leaning Secularist.

The Donald seems to be an example of a rightward leaning Secularist.

Mr. Trump speaks minimally about his faith; he would like to see America return to a position of strength relative to the world dominance that we enjoyed from 1945 through 2000.

The State of Our Union demands that those who cherish our Judeo-Christian heritage remain engaged in civil discourse.

President Obama continued the expansion of the size and scope of the Federal Government that began with the Presidency of Franklin Roosevelt –this phenomenon is known as “Fabian Socialism.”

A vote for Mrs. Clinton would in effect give President Obama a third term and solidify much of the political infrastructure that he created.

A vote for an establishment minded Republican along with a Republican majority in the Senate and House would slow down the rate of growth of government, but would not reverse our national trends towards “Fabian Socialism.”

As a Christian and as an American citizen, I do not place my ultimate hope in political elections.

The Christmas Season we recently enjoyed reminds us that our ultimate redemption and eternal destiny is found in the Person and “Saving work” of Jesus Christ! 

Saint Augustine reminds us that we have dual citizenship in both the eternal “City of GOD” and in the earthly “City of Man.

This earthly American city known as The United States of American demands our Love, Loyalty, and our Best Efforts.

Eternal vigilance (Sir Patrick Henry) along with the time-tested virtues of self-sacrifice, courage, valor, love and witness enabled our nation to become in the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln “the last great hope of mankind.

Let us work to keep it this way!

GOD Bless You!

 

Pastor-Kelly

 

How Liberals think in two sentences:

If you refuse to take Bruce/Caitlin Jenner’s word that he is a woman, you are a bigot who is beyond the pale

If you choose to take Edward Archer’s word that he shot a Cop in Philly in the name of Islam you are also a bigot beyond the pale.

And people wonder why Donald Trump is doing so well.

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I spent most of this week in bed exhausted with a miserable cold, alternating fitful sleep with blowing my nose, so I wasn’t keeping track of most news. One of the times I turned on the TV I found Obama shedding tears while calling for what he calls “common-sense gun reform”. Apparently he was at it last night, too, on a CNN town hall forum, where, as one has learned to expect by now,

Obama lectures. He hectors. He condescends. He misleads. He tells whoppers. He gives us the old-time BS. He wags his finger. He disparages his opponents. He personalizes the issues. He pulls the tools out of his community organizer toolbox and adds his own monumental self-regard to the production. This act has gotten very, very old.

The President under which a federal operation allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of drug cartels is calling for “common sense” on weapons.

Bad as Fast and Furious is, the Obama administration has outdone itself in a further display of incompetence: the United States government shipped a Hellfire missile via commercial carrier, and the missile ended up in Cuba, maybe, because they’re not sure of exactly where it is now.

To summarize,

  • a Hellfire missile
  • shipped via commercial carrier to Europe
  • in early 2014
  • goes missing
  • and months later, in June, “Lockheed Martin officials realized the missile was missing”
  • but is likely in Cuba
  • while the Obama administration was finalizing its easement of relations with the Communist dictatorship
  • and the White House carried on with the negotiations.

I’ll leave it to the military analysts to clarify the importance and magnitude of such security breach, but, hey! the Wall Street Journal assures us the missile is “inert,” since “This particular missile didn’t contain explosives.” Just like a firearm with no bullets in it, only with a heck of a lot more military security codes, programming and national defense information.

Capitol Hill Cubans asks,

If the U.S. knew about Castro having the missing Hellfire missile since June 2014 — why didn’t it make its return a condition for the normalization of relations, which it announced in December 2014?

Moreover, if Castro won’t return this missile, the Obama Administration didn’t know how it got to Cuba and U.S. intelligence agencies are concerned that the technology is being shared with other rogue actors — why did it proceed to remove Cuba from state-sponsors of terrorism list in May 2015?

It’s beyond negligence. It’s policy malpractice.

So any time I hear the White House ask for “common sense” anything, excuse me if I turn a deaf ear.

Jefferson Smith: I guess this is just another lost cause Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know about lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for and he fought for them once. For the only reason any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain simple rule. Love thy neighbor. And in this world today of great hatred a man who knows that rule has a great trust. You know that rule Mr. Paine and I loved you for it just as my father did. And you know that you fight harder for the lost causes than for any others. Yes you’d even die for them. Like a man we both knew

Mr Smith Goes to Washington 1939

Back in 2014 Milo Yiannopoulos wrote about the Rotherham scandal talking about things that were going on that people didn’t want to speak about:

And now we have our own gang rape scandal, with chillingly similar dynamics at play. This time it’s Pakistanis, and a staggering 1,400 victims across sixteen years in the town of Rotherham. In 2012, the Times uncovered documents showing agencies were aware of extensive and co-ordinated abuse of white girls by Asian men in Rotherham for which no one had been prosecuted. Once again, a single ethnicity, targeting another.But only a racist would believe this is a “Pakistani” problem. It isn’t. It’s a cultural phenomenon unique to Muslim communities, as suggested by the prevalence of father-son combinations in so many of the gangs, wherever in the world they appear. And here’s another clue it’s not just about brown-on-white crime: Britain’s Sikh community has been complaining for years that its young girls are being targeted by Muslim rapists.

 

The point being that if you have a group that doesn’t assimilate accepting western culture, this kind of stuff starts happening.

Then last year the targets were, gays

Ahmad Suliman says that if he had come out openly about his sexual orientation in his native Syria, he would have been beheaded. Homosexuals are publicly executed in Syria and in Iraq. It was that reason, as much as the civil war tearing apart the country, that ultimately led the 20-year-old Muslim to flee his homeland.But when he arrived in Dresden, Germany, he was greeted by the unhappy reality that the city is home to the rising xenophobic group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident (Pegida).

Still, the direct attacks against Suliman and his friends did not come from Pegida, but from other refugees. Suliman, Rami Ktifan and Yousif Al-Doori told DPA that they have been abused and tormented for being gay by other refugees from the Middle East. “At first we tried to hide it, but at some point we simply wanted to live free, in Europe,” says Al-Doori.

But this didn’t stop Merkel from insisting Germany still had to take refugees in

Germany’s Merkel insists that Europeans have to take in Muslim migrants playing refugee for the sake of European values.

While this might be a shock to some in the US to gay Muslims who thought the west would protect them it was a bigger one:

I thought, I am in Europe now. In Germany, I should not have to hide anymore.”

What followed over the next several weeks, though, was abuse — both verbal and physical — from other refugees, including an attempt to burn Ktifan’s feet in the middle of the night.

but his delusion was nothing compared to the delusions of European elites

“You must forget what you learned at home about what is right or wrong,” commentator Harald Martenstein recently wrote in the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel, addressing refugees. “You do not have to give up your culture, not that. But you must accept the equality of women. You must learn that homosexuals and Jews are just like everyone else. You must bear mocking and satire, even when it concerns your religion. . . . If you don’t accept these rules, you have no future here.”

The reality is quite the opposite, it is the Europeans who have no future, partially because of demographics but mostly because these states are unwilling to impose consequences to Muslims who don’t accept these rules while said muslims are happy to provide consequences to Europeans who dare consider enforcing them.

In fact given these numbers concerning the already existing Muslim population:

Muslim criminality across Europe is high. Consequently, the percentage of Muslims in prisonsin Europe is high. In France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe, the prison population is 70% Muslim. Many European prisons have become recruitment centers for future jihadis.

Muslim riots may occur for any reason : police upholding the law, a Soccer League celebrationor in support of a cause.

Welfare states have created a government-dependent class in Europe of many people who live permanently on social benefits. These people are often Muslim. Much of the time, they are not assimilated – and often show signs of not wanting to assimilate. Many reside in virtually autonomous, so-called no-go zones (e.g. France, the UK, and Germany).

Culling migration will not be enough, as Front Page Mag put it bluntly

You can have gay rights or Muslims, but not both. Not for very long.

And now we’ve reach the point where it’s not a tiny but relatively well the minority of the population but the women of Germany, the majority that have now been taught the collarity to the message above:

You can have unassimilated Muslims or you can walk the street of your city in safety, you can’t have both.

And if you object they’ll cite their friend Mrs. Merkel and the state will attack you.

But at least you’ve gotten rid of that icky Christianity and it’s rules eh?

Milo was right, he saw Cologne coming long before it happened as did folks like Pam Geller, Gert Wilders and Robert Spencer.  The difference between them and the authorities in Europe is that while I suspect Milo et/all would have given anything to have been wrong, the authorities in Europe will DO anything to preserve the pretence that he is.

That’s how a society dies.

Closing thought: Some might wonder why Milo Yiannopoulos for all his professed promiscuity can’t bring himself to leave the Catholic faith. I’ve already written that his love of truth is quietly calling him and while it might take years or even decades eventually will bear fruit.

But I also suspect it’s because he also knows and understands that without the Christian culture that first advanced the radical idea in the west of respect for the individual based on all souls being loved by God and redeemed by Christ, the equality of women, gay rights not to mention freedom of speech will be just another lost cause.

 

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Three more points, one each concerning Juanita Broaddrick Joy Behar’s remarks concerning Bill Clinton that I wrote about yesterday.

First Ms. Broaddrick: She has made these charges in public against a public figure, they would naturally be subject to libel laws and as the Clinton’s vehemently deny her charge one might expect them to launch such a suit

It’s an interesting catch 22 for the Clinton Machine. If they launch such a suit it will be a shock to the feminist college women that Hillary is counting on (not to mention the risks of testimony taken under oath) but if they don’t the charges stand.

As for Ms. Behar: there is one thing to note concerning her public statement willingness to support either a potential rapist or murder who is willing to vote her way.

In Christianity the forgiveness of sins is an absolute duty and in the Catholic church even if one has imperfect contrition (due to the fear of eternal punishment) vs perfect contrition (due to the love of God and the hatred of the sin itself) once absolution is given and the penance completed the sin is forgiven and one should act accordingly.

By contrast Ms. Behar does not demand anything of Bill Clinton. No contrition, no remorse, no admission of guilt, not even any indication that he might stop doing what he has done. All that is necessary to procure her support is his willingness to vote her way.

The implications of that statement are earth shattering.

But the most amazing realization is about our culture.

There is a studio audience for The View. That means there is a large group of people, almost all women who were in attendance when Ms. Behar essentially said that she was willing to vote for a killer or a rapist for public office, both of them unpunished mind you, if it advanced her liberal political beliefs.

Did that studio audience boo, did they react in horror at the suggestion by Ms. Behar that for the sake of her political agenda she will reward men who use and discard women than leaving them unpunished.

Apparently not

One might explain Ms. Behar opinion because she lives in the amoral liberal bubble that is Hollywood & the entertainment industry, but the View’s studio audience presumably does not.

What is their excuse?

I submit and suggest every woman who votes for Hillary Clinton is making that calculation.

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