Police State America





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Get ready for martial law

Watch what people do, not what they say, especially when it comes to politicians with enormous egos.  This president says he loves liberty.  He says he upholds the Constitution and the rule of law, according to his oath.  He says he understands the Constitution establishes and protects liberty.

But look at what the man does.  He violates the Constitution routinely, destroying liberty with each violation.

In a recent press conference, he made excuses for NSA surveillance excesses, proposing meaningless reforms.  Obviously, he could not care less about protecting our constitutional right to be free from illegal government search and surveillance.

He uses the IRS to target conservatives to stifle their right to free speech and assembly.  For years, Tea Party conservatives have complained they have been denied tax exempt status to operate.  The IRS admitted they targeted the Tea Party and other conservatives.  IRS officials have testified the White House was involved.  Yet recently, the FBI tells us there is nothing to investigate.  Just yesterday, it was reported the IRS is now targeting conservatives in Hollywood.

Journalists have been targeted, spied upon, their privacy invaded, and their jobs threatened. White House officials have harassed reporters and editors and producers.  Even CNN was threatened for covering Benghazi, as was Fox News.  AP reporters’ records were taken and examined by DOJ.

The Obama police state emerges.  It gets worse.  Much worse.

Pushing passage of the National Defense Authorization Act recently in the dark of night, Obama has now set the stage for arresting American citizens without charge and detaining them indefinitely, according to many respected legal experts.  Some have sued the government, stating in court documents:

 “The central question now before this court is whether the federal judiciary will stand idly by while Congress and the president establish the legal framework for the establishment of a police state and the subjugation of the American citizenry through the threat of indefinite military arrest and detention, without the right to counsel, the right to confront one’s accusers, or the right to trial.” 

Every item listed is a gross violation of due process as guaranteed by the Constitution.  Make no mistake: this so-called president is a control freak, a far left statist and egomaniac, hell bent on establishing centralized authority to control all aspects of life.

Police state.  Martial law.

Meanwhile, it’s open season on conservatives, Christians, the Catholic Church, and Christian law firms. Liberty Counsel reports it has been targeted by the IRS.  Franklin Graham’s ministry was targeted, as are hundreds of other groups refusing to goose step according to the dictates of Obama’s drum beat.   Dr. Ben Carson, following remarks critical of Obama, was audited by the IRS for the first time in his life.  Gov. Mike Huckabee is now being misrepresented and assaulted by the national media for rightly criticizing the administration on a number of fronts.

No doubt furious over ongoing criticism of ObamaCare and desperate for some power play advantage, Obama has now removed the gloves, no longer restrained by common sense, re-election, or regard for his own party.

Notice coordinated attacks on the governors of New Jersey and Virginia.  Notice the conservative-condemning remarks by the governor of New York.  Notice the arrest and indictment of conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.  Notice harassment of reporters and threats leveled against James O’Keefe.   Notice the bold-faced demand by Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY for more IRS harassment and targeting of the Tea Party.  He readily acknowledges Congress will not act against his political enemies, so the IRS must be brought in to do his dirty work.

Experienced observers realize that when dealing with the Left, nothing is accidental; all is coordinated and orchestrated.

Recall the White House summoning various media representatives last month coinciding with the appointment of John Podesta to Obama’s inner circle.

Podesta knows how to get things done, one way or the other.  He unabashedly recommends the Executive Branch bypass Congress on climate change. A Clintonista from Chicago, Podesta is ‘admired’ for his ability to tamp down scandals and save political fortunes. Certainly, this series of attacks on conservatives is specially designed to distract from Obama’s serial scandals and to turn his poll numbers.

What we are seeing now is a revealed battle plan authored by Podesta and others, and endorsed by this president in league with mass media, all working to centralize power, destroy the Constitution, and establish an oligarchy in America–an oligarchy to be established and preserved by the use of raw military power in a police state environment.   The battle plan has actually been revealed for some time. given the other devious tactics employed in the overall strategy.

Obama uses the threat of terrorism to concentrate power in the federal government.  He uses so-called man-made global warming to concentrate power. He uses the administrative rule-making authority of a vast bureaucracy to enact tens of thousands of job killing regulations.  He uses the race card, gun control, same sex marriage, abortion, education reform, immigration, finance reform, healthcare ‘reform’, and discussions about income disparity to concentrate power. He stacks the courts, corrupts the legislative process, and issues executive orders to concentrate power.

If provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are allowed to stand by the Supreme Court, the American experiment in liberty and the American dream are dead.

Obama is the enemy within.  Either he is defeated, or America is lost.

The American people have been lied to and fooled by the Poser in Chief, over and over, for years.  2014 and 2016 are their last chance at redemption.

 

Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for 20 years. He is the author of the book “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom.  To contact him, email:  allanlerickson@gmail.com.

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Virtue, Venality, And Victory





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“The diminution of public virtue is usually attended with that of public happiness, and the public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.”    Samuel Adams, Revolutionary Founding Father

“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”       James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution

The word ‘virtue’ is practically meaningless in our culture.  This should not surprise since it is so rarely seen anywhere, especially in ruling elite.  We’ve become a nation of operators working angles across a landscape strewn with lies.  We’ve fallen so far, we see little kids shooting up schools, women dumping babies in trash cans, and men raping children.

And then, thankfully, we see virtuous men being raised up to speak out, men like Phil Robertson from “Duck Dynasty”, Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, and US Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

Virtue.  It once meant something honorable, admirable, praiseworthy.  It’s come to mean success in gaming the system, getting away with crime, insisting on government handouts, or piling up wealth through corruption and licentiousness. Consequently, this experiment in liberty is failing.  The people are increasingly infected with things like political correctness and moral relativism, both hailed virtuous. In reality, they are the enemies of virtue.   The people, like stray sheep, are encouraged by their leaders in the ways of selfishness and indulgence.

The Pope tells us to stop focusing on the abortion holocaust and to downplay biblical admonitions to behave virtuously in our sexual lives, as if the two are disconnected.  He is hailed ‘man of the year’ by a magazine committed to the destruction of virtue, no wonder.

Leaders in Protestant churches emphasize ‘personal growth,’ the healing of infantile memories, and prosperity, ignoring the heart of the Gospel, which is repentance leading to virtue by the power of the Spirit.  Consequently, we see one scandal after another, church splits, and general morass celebrating the ordination of professional sinners in the pulpit.

A complete misrepresentation of the 1st Amendment by hordes of media and political operates insist that separation of church and state is salvation; when in truth, cultural salvation depends upon virtue, delivered by our Judeo-Christian traditions.  We have a President who actively works to destroy those traditions, claiming virtue the centerpiece of his administration, one marked by the greatest corruption and lawlessness ever seen.  The traitor in chief funds terrorists and denies  they exist.  He then goes on to insult our men and women in uniform, sending them to fight in causes he does not support.  He is the enemy within; and yet, 40% of the people still worship the hollow man at his wax altar.

Politicians bought by powerful interests no longer blush, their lies becoming truth in their own eyes. Conscience is dead.  The President speaks about income disparity as his net worth quadruples in the last four years.  He makes empty promises to help the middle class, even as ObamaCare destroys it.  He whines about the privileged, then caters to them, accepting their praise and their campaign contributions.   He beckons the poor, then makes their plight worse.  He demands support from the black community, then ignores them as they decline economically.

We have a majority leader in the Senate competing with Caligula. The Speaker of the House appears a double-minded tear jockey.  The Secretary of State, a Vietnam-era traitor, is found on his knees again in the face of the enemy while he insults allies. The Secretary of Defense can’t articulate a complete sentence. He specializes in gutting the military and losing wars.  The Attorney General breaks the law instead of enforcing it. The Chief Justice of an incoherent Supreme Court rules without regard to the Constitution or the Lawgiver. A woman with presidential ambitions responsible for decades of corruption and demoralization launches a speaking tour on the theme of ‘restoring good government.’

The high and mighty commit felonies without consequence, but let some commoner steal an apple and it’s prison time.  WWII vets and grandmothers are beaten to death in the streets; but the main topic of conversation among talking head liberals is a traffic jam in New Jersey, not the latest Hollywood or D.C. scandal.  Four dead in Benghazi:  ignored.  IRS targeting private citizens: ignored.  The imperial presidency and illegal domestic surveillance: ignored.

The pulpits are silent.  Politicians say nothing, loudly. Soldiers, alive and dead, weep.  Real heroes like Navy SEALS are denigrated; real cowards and traitors like Obama and Kerry and Clinton and Reid are celebrated.

Still, take heart.  Spiritual revival is coming, the counter revolution is growing, and the King of the Universe will have the final word.





Momentum Shifts In Culture War





 

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Americans in greater numbers are moving from alarmed to angry to seething over the culture war, a war that now escalates weekly.  It is a growing backlash against the Left and its ObamaNation, starting with the Tea Party in 2009.  It has been growing ever since despite massive efforts to destroy it through ridicule and IRS dirty tricks orchestrated by the administration.

In the coming year, it will intensify and erupt into action, at least at the polls, and in the fearful hearts of politicians found serving their own.  Already, they are running for cover as their president cowers behind horrendous poll numbers and palm trees.

Increasingly vicious provocations from the Left sparked this growing backlash.  It will become more inflamed as the provocations increase thanks to Obama’s continuing failures.  The more he fails, the more he demonizes the opposition, which only encourages it.  Already, fearing impeachment, the DNC is desperately trying to rally support, not for Obama’s agenda, but to save his bacon.

Cliff Kincaid recently called it the Counter Revolution, and it’s about time.  As Kincaid points out, near rage is being expressed about the unfolding disaster surrounding all aspects of the hilariously-named ‘Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act.’  Given massive support for “Duck Dynasty” against A&E and homosexual dictators, one might conclude Obama was right to fear gun-totin’ Bible thumpers.

Americans have had enough of being trashed by elitists on the Left.  They are tired of being accused of every vile thing—from being called racists every hour, to being cast as homophobic for being traditionalists, to suffering continuous attacks for being patriotic—then forced to listen to the likes of Bill Maher, Nancy Pelosi, and Chris Matthews as they issue one idiotic indictment after another.

If anything, most people in this country have been far too tolerant of the fools in our midst, people who worship Obama even as he destroys our economy and our security. Americans have been much too accommodating of every big mouth with a complaint and every freeloader with a demand.

We’ve reached the breaking point.  We are breaking with 60 years of secularism and socialism, the sexual revolution, perversion, and the permissive society.  And we are sensing the absolute requirement we fight back, if only to salvage what liberty is left.

A new day has arrived when we see a broad range of people coming together to condemn tyranny on the Left, including prominent Leftists voicing ardent opposition. Among them is Camille Paglia, a homosexual feminist finding fellowship with conservative agnostic Melanie Phillips, both decrying the rank dictatorship of the secularist mind resorting to the bayonet and the gunboat.

Equally compelling, the agreement between Vladimir Putin and Pat Buchanan: that toxic secularism and militant atheism are the problem, not Christianity.

When Americans are told to submit to Islam, embrace Sharia, and accommodate a president who funds terrorism, the time has come to offer aggressive resistance.

When Americans are told they will be banned from speaking freely about global warming, same sex marriage, multiculturalism, or matters of faith and freedom bound up in notions of a constitutional republic, it is time to confront, fight, and defeat the secular fascists trying to sledge-hammer us into submission.

When judges routinely overrule voters and dictate a distinctly anti-American agenda, it is time to engage this counter-revolution.

When government intervenes on behalf of special interests to force private citizens to violate conscience, a new declaration of independence is in order.

And when gross criminality and serial scandals involving people holding the highest offices are ignored, covered up, or neglected by law enforcement, the time has come for The People to take matters in hand, insisting our consent again be required for any governing authority to operate.

When a president and his cronies actively destroy both our economy and our civil liberties, that president has earned the right to be despised and deposed.

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The Treason Of Barack Obama





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After Obama’s recent presidential press conference it is more pressingly obvious than ever: Barack Obama must be removed from office immediately, if this country is to recover and become again the defender of liberty at home and abroad.  As long as the Failure in Chief remains in office, there is no hope of recovery, and little hope for liberty.

We cannot wait a year betting Congress will bring impeachment proceedings.  We need a guaranteed plan of action, now.

People are running around trying to get voters to turn out next year so Republicans can hold the House and gain control of the Senate, as if this will solve the problem of Barack Obama.  It won’t.  He will just skirt Congress, ignore the Courts and the Constitution, veto any reasonable reforms, and ‘govern’ via czars, executive orders and lawlessness.

Others have said the solution is a constitutional convention to assert the powers of the people and the states to rein in this out of control interloper.  It won’t work.  There are too many risks involved, and too much time required.

Some hold out hope that scandals will catch up to this criminal, or that the birth certificate issue will cook his goose.  With half the population as uncaring as the lapdog media, these options don’t hold promise either.

A growing number call for a military insurrection or citizen revolt, but let’s be realistic: any suggestion that we remove this man from office by lawless acts or violent intervention is stupid, doomed to failure.  In the name of preserving the rule of law we contemplate breaking the law, risking military dictatorship, and forever losing civilian control of the military.  Destroying liberty in the name of saving it is Obama’s methodology across the board.

We have reached critical mass.  The economy is on the brink of another collapse behind spending, debt, and the demise of the dollar.   Enemies foreign and domestic are stronger and more dangerous than ever.  Allies flee, adversaries plot, insecurity looms, and domestic unrest is a certainty.  When it hits the fan, it will be the worst situation Americans have ever faced.

If we are to avoid this catastrophe (or at least minimize it) and set right the sails of state, Obama must be removed from power, immediately, and there is only one way to accomplish this, legally, and expeditiously. It will require courageous leadership in Congress, a miracle in itself.

This president funded the Muslim Brotherhood which fomented revolution in Egypt, toppling our ally, and causing mayhem and murder.  The Muslim Brotherhood is a sworn enemy of the United States, the organization most responsible for global terrorism, the mother of Al Qaeda.

This president funds Al Qaeda operations in Syria.  Al Qaeda in Syria is roasting people alive, beheading people, and murdering children using chemical weapons.  Al Qaeda is a sworn enemy of the United States.

The President of the United States is funding and aiding the sworn enemies of the United States.  That is the very definition of treason.  In Washington’s day, this man would be facing a firing squad.

Either we demand Obama be charged with treason, and make a commitment to see this through, immediately, or this man will destroy our country and the future for our kids and grandchildren.

Article III the Constitution states: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”

The only questions remaining are:  who will bring charges, and who will testify?





Media Dynasty, Duck!





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The media elite in America presume to have the final word on morality, as evidenced by A&E’s dismissal of Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.  That dismissal also puts to rest any question there’s a coordinated and concerted war on Christianity in the land of the free (or not so free, or conditionally free.)

Barack Obama got a pass for saying he was against homosexual marriage before he got a pass for saying his viewpoint had evolved to accepting and promoting homosexual marriage.  This says a lot about the media and the Left, as well as the shifting sands of man-driven morality.  It all depends on who is saying what for what reason, and the way it is being said, according to the hypersensitive who insist that Political Correctness is the supreme law of the land instead of the Constitution.

So what did Phil actually say in the GQ interview that got everyone all pissy?

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EXCERPTS

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” he tells me. “You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”

What does repentance entail? Well, in Robertson’s worldview, America was a country founded upon Christian values (Thou shalt not kill, etc.), and he believes that the gradual removal of Christian symbolism from public spaces has diluted those founding principles. (He and Si take turns going on about why the Ten Commandments ought to be displayed outside courthouses.) He sees the popularity of Duck Dynasty as a small corrective to all that we have lost.

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

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Did Phil single out homosexuals in a hateful way?  A reasonable person would have to say ‘no.’

Does Phil have a right to freely exercise his religion? And does he have a right to express his opinions freely?  Those who embrace the Constitution would have to say ‘yes.’

Did Phil say anything that contradicts historic Christianity or traditional morality?  Of course not.

Elsewhere in the interview, did Phil confess his sin and share his story of repentance, taking responsibility for his sin and his former life, giving Christ the credit for saving him and changing him for the better?  Yes, he certainly did.

So in love, Phil spoke truth from the Scripture; and like so many Christians yesterday and today, he is being persecuted for it, ridiculed, marginalized, and (in a sense) crucified.  No big surprise here.  Jesus said we would be hated as he was hated.  He said we’d be abused, persecuted, arrested, jailed, and killed.

Phil ain’t complainin’.

But what does all this say about a media outlet like A&E and most of the mainstream media?  Does A&E have the right to dismiss Phil?  I suppose so.  As a private business, they can do what they like, no matter if it is right or wrong.  However, I’m sure the lawyers are looking at the Duck Dynasty contract very carefully today.

Let’s keep in mind, however, that A&E edited the Duck Dynasty program, refusing to let the family pray “in Jesus’ Name,” at the end of the show.  Let’s also keep in mind that A&E has declared it is actively pro-homosexual, on board with the entire homosexual activism agenda, one characterized by slander, attack, ridicule, lawsuits, and dictatorial moves to force people to comply. A theocracy of sorts, one might say.

You see, A&E is happy to have it both ways: promote the homosexual agenda, and exploit a Christian family for profits, so long as they don’t go all Jesus on everybody.   What A&E is learning today is you can’t straddle this Culture War, playing both sides against the middle.  It’s a wishbone fantasy believing you can.

After all, there is light, and there is darkness.  They don’t mix.  They cannot have fellowship, even though it’s obvious which side routinely exemplifies love, mercy, tolerance, and grace.

The truth is there are such things as right and wrong, heaven and hell, good and bad, morality and  immorality.  There is a North Star by which we can navigate.  There is also human wisdom, a poor compass indeed.

Rank filth and depravity are broadcast daily by A&E and any number of other networks and TV production companies, all of it lessening and lowering everyone, all of it encouraging youth to destruction. And that’s all fine; but let a Louisiana redneck quote Scripture, and the PC thought police go Stasi on Christians.

The bottom line is this: either we agree that the First Amendment applies to everyone, or it applies to no one.  Homosexuals are now actually saying that people like Phil should not be allowed to express their views on public airwaves.  They actually call for censorship; not according to community standards, transcendent morality, or basic common decency, but according to their narrow agenda, an agenda advanced by perhaps 3% of the population allied with powerful media and secular forces.

Those forces are arrayed to destroy Christians and Christian belief; that much should be obvious.  And for what?  So that people can arbitrarily demand we violate our beliefs and our conscience, accepting that homosexuality is just another way to be human, not a sin, as the God of Love insists.  Who gave homosexuals the right to demand anything of the rest of us?

God does not change His mind.  Man changes his mind every time he turns around; and it usually has everything to do with his sexual preferences and impulses, a very selfish orientation to begin with.

And by the way, by every measure, the homosexual lifestyle is especially unhealthy and destructive; so, like God and Phil Robertson, preaching against it is in the best interests of homosexuals and everyone else for that matter.

The highest form of love is telling the truth in love, preaching to those who are being led away to slaughter, in hopes they’ll be saved.   In preaching thus, Phil is a reflection of his Father, an agent of love no one can dismiss in good conscience.

 

Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for 20 years. He is the author of the book “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom.  To contact him, email:  allanlerickson@gmail.com

 

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