Netanyahu: The Churchill Of The Modern Era

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech today was brilliant.

He accurately and thoroughly described the lethal and global Iranian threat, he cooled the fever of anti-Israel rhetoric, he made the case for Israel, he outlined the historic bonds between America and Israel, he truthfully described the perils of the proposed deal promoted by Obama, he offered sober analysis of the options, he proposed a realistic and effective path forward, and he inspired Western resolve to confront and defeat the real Great Satan.

The world saw courageous statesmanship in Netanyahu today, something we have not seen for many years in America.

Our prayer is the world responds to Netanyahu’s recommendations with enthusiastic resolve.

Had we listened to Winston Churchill in the 1930s, we might have avoided World War II and the Holocaust. If we heed Benjamin Netanyahu today, we will avoid World War III and the Second Holocaust.

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We Did Not Hear An Honest Man Of Faith Speak At The Prayer Breakfast

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Reading Obama’s recent prayer breakfast remarks, the first thing that comes to mind is: this man again makes himself the center of attention. Right out of the gate, he poked political opponents in the eye. Trying to curry favor with his audience, he complained about Congress holding up his agenda; and he almost likened himself to the Dalai Lama. Referencing keynote speaker and NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, who mentioned his critics, Obama had to one-up, telling everyone his critics are exceedingly more vicious–calling Waltrip “a piker.” The title of Obama’s speech should have been: ‘What the national prayer breakfast means to me . . . me . . . me.’

At a traditionally Christian prayer breakfast where other faiths are welcome, in a spiritual setting attended by people agreeing denial of self is a spiritual discipline, Obama instead exalts himself. What a contrast. What hypocrisy. While elevating himself, however, he did condescend to make mention of God, saying the breakfast is an “opportunity to come together in humility before the Almighty.”

Displaying that humility further, he continued:  “ . . . certainly for me, this is always a chance to reflect on my own faith journey.”  At this point, he told the crowd the burden of his office is unbearable, invoking a prayer by Eleanor Roosevelt asking God for power and wisdom, wisdom and power he has appropriated “not just in my own life but in the life of our nation.” He would proudly return to the theme of ‘humility’ throughout the speech, beseeching us to become likewise humble.

As to wisdom and power, one must ask: did the power bestowed and the wisdom imbued lead Obama to break the law at least 25 times, lie to the people over and over, provide aid and comfort to the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, bankrupt the nation, engage illegal wars and revolutions, demoralize the citizenry, inflame racial tensions, encourage our enemies, and discourage our allies? What kind of god gives that kind of power and wisdom?

Obama went on recounting the atrocities committed by ISIS, carefully attempting to separate those atrocities from the teachings of Islam, a separation only possible if one separates one’s eyes from the pages of the book and the murders recorded on videotape.  Then, as if to excuse Islamic atrocities, and draw comparisons to Christianity, Obama said:  “ . . . lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.  In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was (sic) justified in the name of Christ.”

Obama would have us believe that 1,400 years of Islamic aggression and invasion driven by a theology of world domination are comparable to a few years of the Crusades and Inquisitions, both contradicting biblical theology in many ways. He would have us ignore the self-correcting function of the church to disavow the Crusades and the Inquisition, based on the theology of love and service.  But never let a good crisis, or an errant comparison, go to waste.

Christians ended their Crusades and the Inquisition hundreds of years ago. The Muslim Crusade never ends. ISIS is simply the latest edition of the ongoing Inquisition. Despite these truths, Obama would have us accommodate Islam and feel guilt over Christianity.  He urges us to follow his example: deny reality, embrace fantasy, then call it spiritual, morally correct, and intellectually sound.  The man is insane.

And in typical fashion, he played the race card, without the slightest mention of the hundreds of thousands of Christians in America and Great Britain who worked, fought, and died to end the sin of slavery, working thereby to end the scourge of racism, a resurgent racism conjured up by this President to use as a political weapon. (“Lest we get on our high horse,” indeed.)

Obama is a master of smoke and mirrors and divisive rhetoric. In this speech, he spoke of being true to God’s word, a word he constantly misrepresents, talking about humanistic universalism when God’s word is exclusive to His divine nature. He spoke of “pushing back against those who try to distort our religion,” even as he distorts both the nature of Islam historically and the temporal anomalies of Christianity regionally.  He invoked the “wisdom of our founders,” people he ignores or insults. He hailed religious liberty after years of promoting anti-Christian policies that undermine that very liberty.

And he urged us, “As children of God, let’s stand up for the dignity and value of every woman, and man, and child,” ignoring the fact his administration has worked overtime to secure public funding of abortion, even to the point of endorsing the murder of full-term babies actually being born and the willful killing of babies surviving excruciating abortion procedures.  He further ignores the devastation done men and women by the cruel practice of government playing god with the lives of others.

This is how Obama slows down and pauses for “prayer and fellowship.”  Like Narcissus, he pauses to reflect on his own reflection. We did not hear an honest man of faith speaking at the prayer breakfast.  Instead, we heard the forked-tongue of the faithless usurper, an egomaniac preaching to us about humility, a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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Barack Bombs Boehner And Bibi

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Reportedly, Mr. Obama has his panties in a twist about the upcoming Bibi Netanyahu visit. House Speaker Boehner invited Bibi to speak to Congress. Bibi accepted. Barry’s feeling left out, whining about protocol. The protocol complaint is a smokescreen. Boehner is not obligated to get Barry’s permission. But, you see, Barry thinks he is king and demands homage. For these sins, the WH says Bibi “will pay a price.”

Barry is actually terrified Bibi will persuade the Congress that Obama’s approach to Iran is fantasy and that to prevent Tehran from getting The Bomb, tougher deterrents are required.  Barry wants endless talks (he calls them negotiations) and extended deadlines culminating in a friendly gathering around the campfire to sing folk songs and gobble s’mores.

Bibi, Boehner, and a whole truckload of Democrats and Republicans think Barry is a useless appeaser, a marshmellow negotiator, a delusional head of state. So to save Israel, Europe, and the U.S., like grown men serious about their duty, they are taking matters into their own hands. They realize it is time to put the feral adolescent in his place.

Barry is very angry with Boehner and Bibi for humiliating him on the world stage. One does not humiliate The Barry! He has promised “there will be a price to pay.” First installment: the Veruca in Chief refuses to meet with Bibi when he comes to speak to Congress in early March. Obama says he won’t meet with Netanyahu because he does not wish to interfere with his upcoming re-election bid. This is rich given the report Obama sent a team of campaign operatives to Israel recently to work for Bibi’s defeat.  Isn’t it a felony to use U.S. public funds to attempt subversion in a foreign country?

Obama went even further. He floated a story that the head of Israeli intelligence services (Mossad) stands opposed to Netanyahu and more sanctions against Iran, a falsehood condemned by Israeli officials here.

Imagine that: a president who has snubbed the Israeli head of state many times, even calling him ‘chicken s***,’ keeping him waiting for meetings that were scheduled; this is the man Barry continues to abuse, our closest ally in the region. Think of it again. A U.S. President slandering an Israeli head of state, sending a team of operatives to his home country to defeat him as well as floating false stories in an attempt to embarrass him and discredit him.

The only logical conclusions: Barry believes Israel is the root cause of conflict in the Middle East, plus he hates Netanyahu’s guts.  Well, isn’t that special. No wonder Barry hates Bibi. Bibi is a real man. None in this administration dare say ‘Islamic terrorism’–or more accurately, ‘Muslim fascism.’  But they are glad to insult, abuse, and embarrass our best friend, a real leader, a man of integrity.

In another curious development . . . Democrat Senator Bob Menendez was recently the leader of the opposition, confronting Obama on the Iranian sanctions issue. In recent hearings, Mendendez basically said Obama was speaking the language of Tehran when it comes to sanctions. Imagine that: the Senator said the President is essentially a propaganda organ for the Iranians!

Menendez sponsored legislation to insist on the resumption of sanctions. Just days ago, he did a complete turnabout.  It would appear some of Obama’s errand boys may have left a cat skull on Menendez’s door step; or they may have reminded him about allegations the Senator was involved with underage girls in the Dominican Republic, threatening a reopening of the file. Ah, the Chicago way . . . or is it the Kenyan Way?

Let’s hope Congress takes Netanyahu seriously, voting for sanctions with real teeth against Iran; and when Barry vetoes the bill, let’s hope they override it and humiliate him further. He has earned all the humiliation he receives from here on out.  Now that Menendez has wimped out, an override is unlikely.

The fear is that Iran already has The Bomb and only needs to perfect delivery systems, and that Obama knows this and is setting up this drama so that he can blame Congress and Israel when the negotiations fail. Obama has proven he is capable of anything, openly funding and arming the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, treasonous acts on their face.

Is he planning to allow Iran nuclear weapons, given his affection for Islam and his hatred for America and Israel?

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Celebrating Corruption And Rule By Bayonet

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“People all over the nation are starved for honesty and common sense.” –Dr. Benjamin Carson

We once taught our children to admire Washington and Lincoln because they were honest men, men of integrity. A few years ago, people were surprised to learn that presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy cheated on their wives.

Anyone who went to Sunday school learned about King David cheating on his wife, then committing murder in the attempt to cover it up.  Cheating and lying and being dishonest have been around since Adam and Eve took the first bite. We used to feel guilty about it. Fewer and fewer people appear capable of feeling guilt over wrongdoing.

As a society, we have so seared the collective conscience; we’ve turned the corner from being numb to guilt to actually celebrating and promoting the cheating heart. Asked why he sexually exploited an intern in the White House, Bill Clinton famously replied: “Because I could.” Ironically, he was at least being honest about his dishonesty. Even so, he was impeached, and disbarred, for lying to a grand jury.  There is a certain callousness and selfishness that accompanies dishonesty.  The transformation of Hannah Montana to Miley Cyrus is a suitable metaphor.

It is accurate to say this culture turned from casually accepting dishonesty in high places to actually celebrating it, during the Clinton administration, and that shift was assisted by Hillary Clinton in no small measure.  She not only worked hard to cover up her husband’s rank immorality; in so doing, she attacked and destroyed women who blew the whistle–and she went further.  She engaged in a number of illegal and unethical activities, as revealed in this documentary.

The fact polls show a majority are ready to vote for Hillary in 2016 proves we celebrate and reward corruption and the cheating heart. Her crass and despicable role in the Benghazi affair should be her undoing, but it remains to be seen if the rule of law even applies anymore.

President Nixon revealed the cold, hard-hearted ruthlessness of full contact politics at a time when there remained a sense of devotion to duty and integrity; and so he paid the price, forced to resign in the face of certain impeachment. Bill and Hillary took that ruthlessness to a whole new level, making it something too many people excused and even admired. Pop culture believes it’s ‘cool’ and ‘hip’ to get away with something.

In our individual lives, as with the life of society, we will receive what we endorse and exalt. And so now, since we endorse and celebrate base behavior driven by rank dishonesty, we reap the downward spiral toward utter chaos, and widespread criminality, as seen in Ferguson and D.C. and the New York state house and elsewhere. As John Adams and the Founders warned, without a public sense of virtue encouraging all to protect the liberty of all, this republic will fail because the only alternative to voluntary cooperation is the bayonet.

Logically speaking then, all those people who celebrate dishonesty and immorality are actually directly responsible for the destruction of liberty and the very successful society formed around the basic building block of individual integrity. When leaders engage in despicable behavior, they sow the very seeds of disaster. And once a society descends to a certain level, when we actually laugh about the evil we promote, it is then perhaps too late.  At that point, we are staring at dictatorship, martial law, and the militarization of law enforcement.

This is the Clinton-Obama legacy: gross demoralization driven by moral bankruptcy and the cheating heart. When lies proliferate in the halls of power, and truth-tellers are hounded and jailed, the signs of the times are clear.

This president has lied so many times, it is almost a full-time job keeping track.  And now, Hillary says if she is elected president, she’ll seriously consider nominating Obama to serve on the Supreme Court.  That makes sense in view of the fact he has broken the law at least 25 times, while breaking 121 promises. And we are told a majority still celebrate this colossal corruption. It was beyond bizarre recently listening to him hail our ‘values’–as if he could even name them, much less assist in their nurturance.

Honesty is motivated by love and regard for one’s fellow man. It is the foundation of trust, the framework of civilized society. No love, no honesty, no trust, no society; those links are insoluble if we intend the preservation of civilization. If chaos and anarchy and violence and destruction are the goals, then by all means, stay the course.

Finally, if it is true the Church once acted as the nation’s conscience, and if it is true the national conscience has been beaten unconscious, then isn’t the ultimate responsibility for moral collapse rightly assigned to dereliction of duty in the pews and the pulpit?

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Do Not Be Deceived…Satan Is Not Finished With Us Yet

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The devil exists in many religions. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, Lucifer was created by God to be the chief angel, the one leading worship.  His name at creation was Lucifer, in Hebrew, ‘helel,’ meaning ‘brightness,’ or ‘son of the morning.’ The name occurs once in the Hebrew Bible:  Isaiah chapter 14.  The passage includes a description of the fall of Lucifer.

12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!

How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!

13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;

I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, On the farthest sides of the north;

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’

When Lucifer allowed his pride, arrogance, and ambition to lead him to challenge the Most High, he was cast out of heaven, along with a great number of the angels joining in his rebellion. Lucifer was thrown to earth; and his name became Satan, meaning ‘adversary’ in Hebrew.

And we know the story of how Satan visited Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He lied to them, and tempted them to sin, by misrepresenting God’s instructions.  He told them they could certainly eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that they should disobey God and eat, that God was lying when He said they would die if they ate.  They disobeyed God, ate, and became aware of good and evil; and the intimate loving relationship they had with God died.  They ran away, hiding from God, ashamed of their behavior and their nakedness, cast out of the garden because of their sin.

Satan, ‘The Adversary,’ had become the enemy of God, and the enemy of humankind, his hatred for both having no limit. Jesus referenced Satan many times during his three-year teaching ministry, calling him the father of lies.

We learn from these accounts that God hates pride, arrogance, selfish ambition, and rebellion, and that he hates all forms of sin, including disobedience, presumption, and spreading falsehood. He is the God of love.  He is also the God of justice and judgment.  He cast out Lucifer forever and has waged war against him for eons. He cast out Adam and Eve, waging war on their behalf ever since in order to bring them home. That war was won at the Cross.

The Scripture contains many passages warning us of Satan, his power, his overall strategy, and the tactics he uses. His mission on earth is to contradict God at every turn and convince people of several things. Satan works to convince us that he does not exist.  He works to persuade us God does not exist. And with those who hold on to belief in God, Satan works to diminish our faith, or leave us wondering if God is really trustworthy.   The overall strategy is to destroy God’s effort to bring us back to Eden, to instead lead us to hell.

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