Obama Wants Us Defenseless

“I don’t believe people should be able to own guns,”  Barack Obama told John Lott, Jr. years ago when they worked at the University of Chicago.

Lott, an acknowledged expert on the Second Amendment, crime, and guns, writes that “Barack Obama is the most anti-gun president ever.”

In his book, Lott goes on to cite just a few of Obama’s efforts to ban guns. In 1996, Obama supported a ban on handguns; in 1998, he supported a ban on the sale of all semi-automatic guns; in 2004, he advocated banning gun sales within five miles of a school or park, which would have shut down nearly all gun stores.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, Obama proposed sweeping gun control measures, detailed here.  Among the most controversial proposals was collecting extensive data on all gun owners and all gun transactions. Legitimate concerns have been expressed over giving government that much power, power easily abused by a government already willing to use the IRS against political adversaries.

After all, why make it easy for government to diagnose citizens mentally ill, allowing for suspension of constitutional rights?

When Obama nominated a new Surgeon General who called gun violence a healthcare issue, more red flags popped up. Think of the government’s ability to commit people to ‘mental health facilities’ when government controls health insurance, diagnostic procedures, allowable treatment, and detention centers.

Congress denied Obama’s gun control radicalism, and he complained about that again Thursday with the news of the Oregon college shooting. It is worth noting that Obama’s speech was delivered Thursday before the shooter was identified, and before anyone knew details about casualties. It would appear Obama’s agenda takes precedence over comforting victims and their families.

Failing to persuade Congress on gun control, Obama has turned to other means to disarm Americans. Using regulations and bureaucracies, he is trying to classify Veterans and Seniors as mentally defective so as to prevent them from owning firearms.

Here, we see government illegally confiscating guns across the country, based only on accusations!

For most Americans, it is difficult, if not impossible, to believe their President is actually engaged in ruthless efforts to destroy the 2nd Amendment resulting in a complete ban on citizens owning guns, all to pave the way for dictatorship radiating out from Washington. However, this is no average President. Historically, whenever government denies citizens the right to gun ownership and self-defense, horrible outcomes result, including mass murder, genocide, persecution and mass imprisonment.

Few in Germany believed gun confiscation was a precursor to tyranny, World War II, and the Holocaust, resulting in 60 million people killed. Soviet gun control allowed for the extermination of 20 million dissidents from 1929-53. Unable to defend themselves after gun control was established in Turkey in 1911, about 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered.  In 1935, Chinese gun control resulted in tens of millions of people being arrested and executed. From 1964 to 1981 in Guatemala, thanks to gun control, 100,000 Mayan Indian people were exterminated. Uganda, from 1971-79, prevented citizens from defending themselves via gun control; 300,000 Christians were murdered. And in Cambodia from 1975-77, more than one million people were obliterated by the communists thanks to a 1956 gun control law leaving average people defenseless.

Think of the consequences of a disarmed American population overrun by jihadists or criminal gangs or an invading force.

Consider these facts as well: every mass casualty event has occurred in a gun-free zone where unarmed people are sitting ducks; and in every country where gun control is established, violent crime increases substantially.

The American Founders took seriously a central truth about power and government. They knew that governments tend to grab and exercise more and more power. They also knew that power must be restrained if people were to live free. Part of the American mechanism of restraint is the 2nd Amendment, protecting our God-given right “to keep and bear arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founders, our 3rd President, and the main author of the Declaration of Independence, said it best:

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

Obama wants to remove that protection because he wants to exercise raw, unrestricted power. Will the American people allow him free reign, inexorably leading to death and destruction?

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Contrasting Islam And Christianity

Some say there is little difference between Christianity and Islam, and between the Bible and the Koran. Indeed, the Pope implied this very thing in recent statements. Let’s roll that around and pick it apart, with awareness that truth and modernity are alien, allowing some to draw false equivalence.

In the one case, Christians established America, specifically and purposefully drafting the 1st Amendment in order to prevent theocracy. In Europe, the Reformation wrested power away from false prophets in the church, liberating people to have a personal relationship with God; and that relationship, working itself out in faith, brought down monarchies, establishing democracies and republics, laying the ground work for tremendous social and economic reforms. Muslims, directed by the Koran, insist on global theocracy, at the point of a sword if necessary. Most of the Muslim world still lives in the 11th century.

Christian nations in the West have demonstrated tremendous capacity for creating tolerant and open cultures that value liberty and respect individual rights. The Christian West tends to recognize its sins, eventually, and confront them. Case in point, slavery. Case in point, child labor. Cases in point, the human and civil rights movements. Muslim nations, not so much. Slavery has always been a sanctioned institution, continuing to this day. As to human rights, forget about it: the abuse of women and children is a tradition.

Christian nations have produced outstanding prosperity, lifting people out of poverty at rates never before seen. Muslim nations, even those flooded with incredible oil wealth, not so much.

Christian nations export food and charity and medical supplies, and they are the first to respond to natural disasters, even helping enemies rebuild after winning wars. Muslim nations have a habit of waging war, losing, then crying for peace so they can regroup to war again; and if they do win, they utterly destroy their enemy.

Christian nations lead the world in innovation, scientific discovery, new inventions, medical breakthroughs, and ever-increasing productivity. Muslim nations, not so much.  Manufacturing in the Islamic world? Near zero.

The rights of women, people of color, homosexuals, and other minorities are protected, even enhanced, in Christian nations. Muslim nations? Well, you know the story.

Christian systems of justice are not perfect, but nevertheless the best in the world, meting appropriate punishment after due process, in the main, with a focus on rehabilitation. Justice in Muslim nations? Brutal. Capital punishment is a spectator sport. Dismemberment is routine. There is no such thing as punishment being deemed cruel or unusual. Cruelty is the usual.

One might go on, but the point is clear. The Koran delivers misery and war and continuous conflict, for it is the doctrine of demons animating sinful man to evil works. The Bible is a love letter to humankind, written and delivered by the God of love, providing wisdom and teaching designed to achieve the highest good for the greatest number. It is also the revealed mystery of God sacrificing Himself to pave the way to heaven, the ultimate act of Love.

The Bible gives life and light and liberty, preaching love and hope and joy and peace. The Koran teaches Muslims to rule the world by dictatorship, that no atrocity is prohibited in the march to domination through a belief in supremacy, and hatred for unbelievers resulting in death is a religious act.

How different the Word of the Everlasting King: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   Jeremiah 29:11

“. . . I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.”  Deuteronomy 30: 19, 20

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” The Word of Christ found in John 13:34

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Obama Sparks Rage Across The Country

Rage is a soft term to describe what growing numbers of Americans feel as they consider Obama’s immigration policies and practices.

He accommodates millions of illegal aliens, providing them a full menu of benefits, including voting rights, welfare, and driving privileges—encouraging illegal behavior, and importing felons in huge numbers even as he releases convicted felons from U.S. prisons. As a result, citizens are suffering huge increases in violent crime, including murder and rape.

On top of the outrage caused by Obama’s illegal executive action, the raw exercise of unconstitutional power, he is now planning the importation of hundreds of thousands of so-called refugees from the Middle East, many of whom are terrorists. No doubt this will result in more increases in murder and rape and violent crimes across the board.

Illegal immigration is breaking records. The implications are devastating to the country, and to our sovereignty. With the importation of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people from the Middle East, the existent terrorist population within the borders of the U.S. will swell to truly dangerous proportions.

All this is happening even as Obama makes special efforts to single out, and deport, Christians.

Iraqi Christians have been jailed for months by the Obama administration, and now they face deportation. They were driven from their homes by ISIS. They represent some of the oldest Christian communities on earth. They came here seeking asylum and qualify for accommodation by every measure of legal authority. But instead of being welcomed and protected, Obama is throwing them to the lions.

Do you need more proof Obama is favoring Muslims and persecuting Christians? Here it is: OBAMA’S NEW ASYLUM DECREE FAVORS MUSLIMS OVER CHRISTIANS.

EXCERPT: “Thanks to Obama’s new rule, these escaping Islamist troublemakers will be able to set up shop inside America and practice their jihadism with virtual impunity.”

Not only is Obama encouraging waves of migrant jihadists, he is denying visas for true asylum seekers, Christians who are being slaughtered by the thousands throughout the Middle East.

The only good news in all this: the court has temporarily blocked Obama’s executive action on amnesty for millions of illegals, and Congress may move again to defund Obama’s efforts to provide that amnesty. Meanwhile, Obama has threatened many times to shut down the government if Congress refuses to fund his illegal amnesty.

So we not only have a Criminal in Chief in the White House, a thug dictator to boot–we also have an evil man holding the reins of power, using that power to help our enemies and hinder our friends, all doing great injury to our country, a traitor by any definition.

Here’s a comprehensive history of Obama’s reprehensible immigration policies and actions: Discover the Networks-Obama on Immigration.

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Black Lives Matter?

It could be useful at this point in our history to discuss the value of life. Our creed in America is best expressed by Jefferson in our Declaration of Independence:

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.

We have a right to life. Life is sacred. God created us. We are sacred beings created in His image. If I prevent another from having life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness, I violate that person’s sacred rights.

The moment we depart from these truths, life is diminished, its value reduced, our sacredness tarnished. We have departed with random acts of violence, murder and mayhem become commonplace.

So long as life is sacred and each person’s right to life is cherished, the bonds of civilized society are strengthened, the duties of citizenship are honored, and liberty and security are established, so that all may pursue happiness.

Let the racist insist he is superior, that people are unequal, and the bonds are broken. Let the atheist communist exclude God and dictate his vision of equality and you have the gulag and the firing squad. Let the jihadist create theocracies and you have genocide.

Do Black Lives Really Matter? No more, and no less than the lives of any other race, but no life matters when the Giver of Life no longer matters. When God no longer matters, all things of value are swept away as well: love, justice, honesty, virtue, fair play, courtesy, service, self-sacrifice, duty, respect, peace, prosperity, blessing, order.

Secular humanists and secular progressives have preached a godless religion for over 100 years, insisting we ignore the God of love, and replace Him with our own humanistic ‘wisdom.’ History and current events inform us this is the height of folly.

Does life really matter? Does it have value? Is it worth defending and protecting? Yes. But In this country and around the world, the unborn are denied this truth. When we turn on the most innocent and defenseless and kill them in the millions to satisfy our comfort and convenience, we have truly gone over to the most meaningless place, and the place of greatest darkness.

Is it any wonder then that our children kill without conscience, our streets flow with the blood of innocents, and masses of people grind their teeth with selfish demands, pushing the mayhem to the breaking point?

If God does not matter, then nothing matters.

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Washington Elites Vs. Clear Majorities

Clear majorities told Congress we did not support Obama’s Stimulus. They passed it anyway.

Clear majorities told Congress we did not want ObamaCare. They passed it anyway.

Clear majorities told Congress we did not support Obama’s Amnesty. They passed it anyway.

Clear majorities told Congress we did not support more debt. They allowed it anyway, time after time.

Clear majorities told Congress not to give Obama increased trade authority. They allowed it anyway.

We tell them we do not want public funding of abortion, federalized education, infringements upon religious liberty or government by executive order–and they ignore us.

We stand against radical environmental activism driving insane energy policy while paving the way for more collectivism and centralized power in the federal government, and they ignore us. 

Clear majorities are telling Congress to oppose Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. They are planning to affirm it anyway.

They take our money, use it against us, put us in harm’s way, bankrupt the country, destroy the Constitution, and expect our vote.

No wonder clear majorities are furious with the establishment, the government, career politicians, and the compliant media.

In addition to term limits, it is time to March on Washington and shut down this government, demanding sweeping reforms, starting with renewed respect for the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States (federal government) by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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