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The Evangelical Deception

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Donald Trump is a lot of things, but most people would say that he is far from being an Evangelical. Yet Trump pulled off an evangelical coup by getting the President of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell, Jr., to endorse him for President of the United States. Falwell is quoted as saying, “I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for president of the United States. He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.” Falwell claims that his endorsement is personal, and not on behalf of the university he leads. Still, it is difficult to separate Falwell from the university that his father founded, and the institution’s well-known Christian worldview. As such, Falwell’s endorsement is obliquely connected to Liberty.

What makes Falwell’s endorsement of Trump even more surprising is that Falwell has seemingly ignored the Christian bona fide of Trump’s major rival in the upcoming Iowa caucus, Senator Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz has, on many occasions, made public statements about his Christian faith. The Ted Cruz oriented SuperPac, Keep the Promise, recently published a video emphasizing Ted Cruz’s faith titled, “Ted Cruz, Faith in Action.” Cruz holds strong views on conservative values that evangelicals prize. Cruz is pro-life, pro-family, and pro-biblical marriage. He is also a fiscal conservative and an unyielding Originalist when it comes to the Constitution. He is strong on the 2nd Amendment. As a senator, Ted Cruz has stood up to the the lies of the senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Donald Trump cannot claim any of these accomplishments, yet Jerry Falwell, Jr. has endorsed the New York Real Estate tycoon over a fellow Christian with a proven track record.

Perhaps Falwell, Jr. is purposefully avoiding what he considers to be the mistakes of the 1980’s Moral Majority that his father founded. The Moral Majority tied its success to the GOP, only to be abandoned by the GOP once the party felt that it was a political liability. But like most reactions against something, the remedy typically goes too far the other way. By embracing a pragmatic, and bombastic, businessman, Falwell, Jr. is preaching the message of the ends justify the means. But that has never been the Christian message. Falwell, Jr. has a strong bully pulpit as President of Liberty University. His endorsement will undoubtedly influence students and faculty at Liberty, and as a public figure within the Christian church, countless other Christians as well.

Written by Bill Brown

January 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Where did America go?

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I heard the lament from conservative voters Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  Many were saying that the republic died when Barack Obama was re-elected.  While I appreciate their sentiment I need to correct the record.  You see, they are wrong.  The republic did not die, or even begin dying, with the re-election of the current President.  The republic has been dying for some time now.  It has happened discretely; incrementally.  Well meaning, but politically and culturally myopic, conservatives are now wondering what has happened to their country.  Did they misread the polls?  Did Romney miscalculate on Benghazi?  Was Paul Ryan too risky a pick for Vice-President?  These are the wrong questions to ask and the wrong time to ask them.

If you want to diagnose the beginning of America’s long slide towards socialism and limited liberty a case can be made that it started with the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States.  Lincoln’s election lead to the formation of the Confederate Congress and was followed by the Civil War.  The Union’s victory was a triumph of federalism over republicanism.  America’s decline continued in spurts.  Theodore Roosevelt ushered in a light form of the progressive movement.  Woodrow Wilson went further by signing into law the federal income tax, and Franklin D. Roosevelt went still further with the New Deal and Social Security.  The role of the federal government was growing larger and it needed more and more revenue in order to slake it’s expansionist thirst.  World War II was a just war, but it lead to even more expansion at the federal level.  While the 1950’s saw incremental growth in the size of the government the 1960’s would see exponential government growth.  L.B.J.’s Great Society introduced an expanded welfare state with entitlement programs such as Medicare, Food stamps, school lunches, and expanded Social Security.  All of these programs sought to address serious problems in society.  But instead of seeking private solutions, it was the federal government that was empowered to meet these needs.  The result?  Ballooning deficits and the intrusion of the federal government into lives of it’s citizens.

The nation’s dependency on federal programs continued unabated until the present century when a republican President, George W. Bush, expanded Medicare’s prescription drug coverage and the No Child Left Behind initiative.  When the economy started to turn south towards the end of his second term he supported TARP.  Barack Obama grew the size of government, and the national debt, to levels never before thought imaginable with his two stimulus programs, the bail out of the American auto industry, and Obama Care.  Because Obama’s assault on the United States economy was so sudden and so radical, it’s easy to think that America’s decline began on Obama’s watch.  But one only needs to be a student of American history to see that it started a long time ago and has only now reached critical mass.

America’s decline is not predominately economic.  The lack of economic self-control has been preceded by the lack of moral self-control.  Morality erodes before a nation erodes.  The economic prosperity of the 1950’s fed the moral laxity of the 1960’s.  1973 codified America’s moral collapse when infanticide was made legal.  The state not only controlled the financial lifeline of the country, it controlled it’s umbilical lifeline and became responsible for the death of over 55,000,000 million babies (to date).   This dark evil is a stain on the heart of the nation.  The Bible says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7)”.  The evil of abortion has been compounded by the compartmental destruction of biblical marriage.  As the United States of America continues it’s moral decay it invites the wrath of Almighty God.  That wrath begins by giving this nation the leaders that it deserves, much like ancient Israel and Judah were given the leaders they deserved.  Where things go from here depends a lot on the nation’s response to God’s displeasure.  America’s only hope rests in repentance, forsaking evil, and calling on God for mercy.

Where did America go?  It went the way of Baal (Jeremiah 2:23).

Written by Bill Brown

November 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

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Fun with Math. NOT!

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Good news for the Obama re-election effort; the jobless rate fell from 8.3% to 8.1%.  Good, right?  Actually, no.  The rate fell because the workforce shrank by 0.2% during the same period.  In other words 0.2% of the unemployed workforce just gave up looking for work.  They are no longer receiving unemployment benefits, so they fell off the radar screen.  So, when your liberal friends tell you that the unemployment rate is dropping, clue them in to the real picture.

Written by Bill Brown

September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

The DNC Slanders Mitt Romney again!

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Can you say “union thug and liberal hack”?  Good.  I knew you could.  The “we have no shame” DNC has no problem casting false aspersions against Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital.  They put out a speaker at the convention who never had ties to Bain or to a company that worked for Bain.  But does that stop the DNC?  No.  Why?  Because the ends justify the means.  Even lying.

Here is the story:

The Democratic National Convention on Wednesday featured three speakers billed as “former employees of companies controlled by Bain Capital.”

They each told compelling stories about jobs lost, allegedly because of the actions of Bain under Romney’s leadership.

But it turns out one of those employees never actually worked for a company controlled by Bain Capital. David Foster was supposedly one of those former employees on the convention schedule. He told the story about 750 steelworkers who lost their jobs when the Bain-controlled company GST steel filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s.

“In 2001, with GST bankrupt and Romney still CEO of Bain, I stood in front of hundreds of steelworkers in their 50s and 60s, and retirees in their 70s and 80s, and told them Romney and Bain had broken their promises. Jobs, vacation pay, severance, health insurance and pension benefits that were promised – they were all gone,” he said. Read his full speech here

But Foster, according to a former spokesman for GST Steel, never actually worked for the company. “David Foster was never an employee of GST Steel’s Kansas City plant. He was employed by the United Steelworkers of America as their regional union director to represent GST Steel, but was not employed at our facility,” according to BC Huselton, who was head of HR at GST. Instead, Foster was a union organizer, who negotiated for workers that did work for the company. Foster explained in his remarks that he was an organizer during his dealings with GST Steel.

But it is not clear from the remarks that he never worked for a company controlled by Bain. Foster was prominently featured in an Obama campaign video, ”  Romney economics ,” where he is identified as lead negotiator for workers at GST Steel. In the video he explains that Bain executives took bonuses even as the company flailed. Politifact rated that Obama video “mostly true.” Read their assessment .

An Obama campaign TV ad based on the story of a GST worker who suggests that his wife’s death from cancer years later was due in part to losing health insurance when the plant closed got a ” false ” from Politifact and drew criticism for being misleading. But the Romney campaign has released its own version of what happened at GST Steel. The video features a former executive, Huselton, who says that Bain’s actions actually saved the company. “There’s this vampire story that Bain comes in and shows it’s teeth and sucks the blood out of the operation,” says Huselton. “It’s really quite the opposite. We went out looking for a blood donor. Bain came in, and the way I look at it actually gave us a blood transfusion.” Watch the Romney campaign video here.

http://news.yahoo.com/steelworker-featured-dnc-didnt-bain-165325041–abc-news-politics.html

Written by Bill Brown

September 6, 2012 at 9:31 pm

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Democrats out of step with America

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According to a 2011 Gallup poll, 92% of Americans believe in God.  Considering the raucous no’s from the floor of the Democrat National Convention that 92% is a bit high.

This is just more proof that the Democrat party is out of step with the majority of Americans.

Written by Bill Brown

September 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Exciting Scientific Advance : New Element Discovered!

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The following is from an unknown author.

Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neuron, 25 assistant neurons, 88 deputy neurons, and 198 assistant deputy neurons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every action with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2-6 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neurons and deputy neurons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neurons, forming isodopes.
This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.
When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

Written by Bill Brown

July 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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Undocumented Worker?

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What exactly is an undocumented worker? Gloria Allred says that Meg Whitman’s ex-domestic worker is an undocumented worker. When pressed by Sean Hannity last week as to whether this individual was an illegal alien, Allred kept repeating herself that Whitman’s ex-employee was an undocumented worker. Does that mean this undocumented worker is actually a legal resident of the United States? Did her paperwork get lost? How can we not have compassion on this woman? I think we should all give her a few days to find her paperwork. Certainly she’s here legally…right? Or is “undocumented worker” simply a politically correct term to describe an illegal alien? Call me cynical but I think it’s the latter.

Written by Bill Brown

October 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm