If Ever We Needed Christ In Christmas, It Is Now

Jesus Coming Soon SC If Ever We Needed Christ in Christmas, It Is Now

This year, the politically correct gestures of seasonal salutation (Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, etc.), which for too long have served as substitutes for the real thing, have become vacuous, stale, and boring. This year, somehow, they seem especially inadequate to express the sentiment we so desperately need to hear at this moment in time.

In the last few years, I have sensed a desire on the part of many to return to the traditional greeting, “Merry Christmas.” This year, anything else seems especially hollow.

We watch with horror, depression, anger, or detachment as events unfold in Newtown, Connecticut; Washington, DC; the Middle East; or elsewhere in our fallen world. We listen to politicians offering to place Band-Aids on the open arteries of our national psyche, and we think, this can’t be the answer!

For two thousand years, we have looked everywhere but a manger in Bethlehem.

Jesus Christ was born in the humblest of settings to become the Savior of all. This was by design; for at the time of His birth, even King Herod’s men did not think to look in a stable for a king. Kings are born in palaces, among opulence and luxury. Jesus did not fit the template.

For two thousand years, the human race has continued to look for something more, something flashier, something more glorious, something greater. For those of us who passionately believe in the story of the Nativity, it is a clear reminder of why our faith is a life to be lived in the Spirit of the Living God. What could be greater than that?

That is the difference between Christianity and every other religion in the world. Scripture tells us what Christ had to say about Himself. He said: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” If that is not true, then He was either a liar or a lunatic, and no one believes that. In fact, virtually every other faith speaks of Jesus Christ as a wise prophet, a great teacher, or a good man; and other religions are willing to acknowledge that following Jesus is one of the ways to heaven. But Christ says He is the only way to heaven. No wonder He was crucified.

Christianity also is unique in that it proclaims that its central figure is still alive. Hindus think their leaders have been reincarnated. Buddha and his followers are thought to be part of some vast cosmos of energy. Mohammed, fiercely and violently defended though he may be, is still dead — and adherents to Islam know it. Even the bodies of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have long ago turned to dust. Jesus Christ alone is believed by his followers to be physically alive, despite having faced the worst death imaginable.

Far too many in our society reject the simple gospel presented by Christ and his disciples in favor of alternative religions that teach vague notions of piety through good works. The social gospel of using government to create an earthly utopia will disappoint us every time. False prophets and self-serving politicians have always been at the forefront of man’s disenchantment. They offer hope but dispense hopelessness. They promise freedom, but deliver bondage — to an ideology, an idol, or a doctrine. There is only one infallible answer. Discontented seekers of new age solutions to age-old problems need only look to the truth of the Christmas story.

This week, as we celebrate the miracle birth of a baby who would grow up to be both man and God, who would lay down His life as a sacrifice for the sins of those who would believe, we also should remember that He is still with us. Like Christmas itself, the reality of Christ persists and grows stronger. He was born, lived, died, and rose again. He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of His Father, to make intercession for us; and He sent His Holy Spirit to live within those who would receive Him. What a story! To hundreds of millions of us, it is still the only one that makes sense; and He is our only source of true hope and of a truly Merry Christmas.

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One More Component In Electing A Conservative President

I Voted SC One More Component in Electing a Conservative President

Last week, I outlined a series of proposals for electing our next conservative president, including a needed societal shift in culture, education, news and entertainment media, and essential control of our southern border. However, there is another very important component: a fundamental change in the way we elect our chief executive.

Don’t misunderstand me. I do not count myself among those calling for the elimination of the Electoral College, a system wisely put in place by our Founders, who understood that protecting the interests of small states was crucial to the implementation of Federalism. Rather, my proposal is to implement a system nationwide exactly like that utilized by Nebraska and Maine.

Did you ever wonder why the U.S. House of Representatives could be so dominated by one party (currently the Republicans) in a year when a presidential candidate of the other party wins an overwhelming majority of the Electoral College vote? The reason is that in the other 48 states, the system is such that the winner of the popular vote wins all of that state’s electoral votes. However, in Nebraska and Maine, the process is much more representative of the will of the people.

In these two states, if a presidential nominee wins the popular vote in a particular congressional district, that candidate wins one electoral vote. Barack Obama did it in 2008, when he outpolled John McCain in Nebraska’s Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District — the first time a Democrat had won an electoral vote in the Cornhusker State since Lyndon Johnson beat Barry Goldwater back in 1964.

In a short-sighted, knee-jerk reaction to Obama’s 2008 electoral victory in Nebraska 02, the state GOP tried (and failed) to revert back to the old winner-take-all system, which was in effect until 1991.

Imagine what would happen if the entire country were to adopt Maine and Nebraska’s much more representative system.

Most pundits agree that California, New York, and Illinois are some of the most solidly Democratic strongholds in the nation — so much so that Republican presidential candidates hardly bother to stump there during general election campaigns because it is a forgone conclusion that all the electoral votes in those states will be awarded to the Democrat. In fact, one has to wonder why California Republicans even bother to vote for president; so meaningless is their choice toward the ultimate outcome of the election.

But would it surprise you to learn that 19 of the 53 congressional districts in that state are represented by Republicans, and that Romney actually carried most of those districts? Did you know that 8 of the 28 New York Districts are held by the GOP? Or that a majority — 11 out of 19 — of the congressional districts in Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois have consistently elected Republicans to the United States House of Representatives?

Would all of these districts always go for a Republican presidential candidate? Of course not, but a system of awarding electoral votes by congressional district arguably would result in a different outcome in many a close national election.

Could it go the other way in states like Texas, Alabama, or Georgia? Certainly, but that’s the nature of a representative republic. In our system, the people choose who will represent them; and Nebraska and Maine are the only two states in the country truly allowing their voters to have a voice in presidential races.

What about the so-called battleground or swing states? Look at a map of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, or Virginia, and tell me what you find. A sea of red congressional districts flecked with dots of blue.

I am a staunch defender of each state’s right to run their own elections for local, state, and federal officials who will represent that particular state. But the fact is that our presidential elections increasingly are being decided by America’s urban areas, which are dictating policy for the entire nation. The best way to change that is to require — through constitutional amendment, if necessary — that all states adopt the Nebraska-Maine model.

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Will We Ever See Another Conservative President?

Ronald Reagan Will We Ever See Another Conservative President?

 After the shellacking taken in this year’s presidential election, will we ever see another conservative president? In the past, I have opined with great optimism in this space about the strength of the “farm team” of courageous conservative leaders — men like Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Bob McDonnell, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz; and women like Nikki Haley, Susanna Martinez, Sarah Palin, and Deb Fischer — whose ascendency gives dispirited conservatives hope for the salvation of the Republic in the years to come.

After this year’s election, I no longer believe that even the bold leadership of these officials and former officials will be enough. If America is to continue as we have known it, some fundamental steps must be taken to reclaim the nation that once was a shining city on a hill.

Step 1: The borders. Republicans should stop pretending they have any chance of out-pandering Democrats on the issue of immigration. No further talks should be undertaken with liberals about “comprehensive immigration reform” until there is an enforceable system of border control between Mexico and the United States. Call me racist all you want, but every American with anything functioning in his or her cranial cavity knows that our southern border is an open invitation to criminal elements ranging from violent drug dealers to international terrorists.

Step 2: Education. Abraham Lincoln famously said that the philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. The generation that just re-elected the most radical president in the history of the country has proven that adage to be true. The time has come for conservatives to step up and run for state and local school boards, as well as university regent boards. Conservative patriots with the financial means to do so must begin to fund scholarships to educate the next generation of journalists, college professors, lawyers, judges, and other public officials. The only way we will bring social and fiscal sanity back to America is to counteract lies with truth.

Step 3: The news media. The rise of talk radio and the Fox News Channel has shown that Americans are hungry for voices other than the standard “progressive” claptrap that has emanated from the ivory towers of Manhattan and Washington, D.C., at least since Watergate. The next time a major news media entity goes up for sale, billionaire conservatives should step forward and buy it — and then start reporting the truth.

Step 4: The culture. Over the years, we have seen some relief from the sewage that regularly flows out of our entertainment industry. Despite Mel Gibson’s tragic personal meltdown later on, his “Passion of the Christ” was one of the biggest hits to come out of Hollywood in decades. CBS’s “Blue Bloods” is a Friday night TV hit enjoyed by millions of tradition-minded Americans who like a little action along with a depiction of some solid family values. The show depicts a family of cops who love each other, their wives, and their community (and who actually say grace over their Sunday dinner. Imagine that!) We need more “Blue Bloods” and less “Two and a half Men,” but we will never get there without more bold traditional conservatives with clout in Hollywood.

Step 5: Last, but far from least, America needs spiritual revival. For the last one hundred years — beginning with Woodrow Wilson, continuing on steroids with FDR, and culminating with the election and re-election of Barack Obama — government has been our god. Stating the antidote as plainly as possible, God must once again become our god. Does that mean that God wants a Republican president? No, but I think He would be pleased with a humble leader who believes in liberty and who acknowledges that God, not government, is the answer to our problems.

Disaster surely awaits us if we continue in the direction we are now headed, and change will not happen next year or in the next election cycle. What is as certain as tomorrow’s sunrise is that we will not see it happen at all if we do not take the first steps down a different path than the one we now tread.

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Reviving Hillary’s Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

Hillary Clinton Jabba SC Reviving Hillarys Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Remember when Bill Clinton was still denying his involvement with Monica Lewinsky, and an indignant Hillary went out to face the cameras on his behalf, imagining that his troubles were due to “a vast right-wing conspiracy”? Well, fast forward fifteen years and she’s at it again, this time on behalf of her boss, Barack Obama, the incredible shrinking man who loves to take credit for everything (have you heard that he got Osama bin Laden?) but finds it impossible to take responsibility for anything (whatever it is, it’s still Bush’s fault).

Following Mitt Romney’s elegant rope-a-dope of Obama in their third and final debate of this election season, during which the Republican nominee left the prosecution of the administration’s foreign policy blunders to others during the final days of their race for the White House, the president’s flailing re-election campaign finds itself confronting a whole new set of problems.

While relying heavily on the complicity of the mainstream media to aid in a blatant cover-up concerning a planned terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya on the anniversary of 9/11, Obama has been desperate to run out the clock before voters can learn the truth about his incompetence and deceit. Now he must try to explain a newly obtained e-mail message that clearly shows he has been lying all along to the American people about the attack, which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

It turns out the president and his team of eggheads knew from day one that an organized terrorist group, not a cheaply made Internet video, was the catalyst for the assault in Benghazi. And yet they chose to propagate a lie because the truth did not fit their fairytale campaign storyline that terrorism is no longer a problem. In Obama’s words at every campaign stop, “Osama bin Laden is dead, and al Qaida is on the run.”

This is the most damning evidence yet in this unfolding scandal. The State Department communique to senior officials at the White House and the Pentagon clearly shows that team Obama knew what was happening to Ambassador Stevens and the others trapped inside the consulate in Benghazi, yet chose to do absolutely nothing to help them — nothing! — for seven long hours, as the violence was underway.

So how has Obama dealt with this growing scandal? Has he held a press conference to answer the tough questions some real reporters might actually want to ask him? Has he been willing to discuss the subject honestly in the presidential debates? Has he gone before the cameras in the Oval Office, Gipper style, to explain what actually happened?

No, his solution has been to hide behind Hillary Clinton’s skirts as she attempts to revive an old familiar boogey man, the vast right-wing conspiracy. Given what this whole fiasco is doing to her reputation worldwide, why Hillary would fall on this sword for the sorry likes of Barack Obama is beyond my comprehension’ but there she was, this week, making excuses:

“The independent Accountability Review Board is already hard at work looking at everything,” she said, “not cherry-picking one story here or one document there, but looking at everything which I highly recommend as the appropriate approach to something as complex as an attack like this.”

Translation: Most of our good friends and political allies in the media are on the reservation, where they should be, until Election Day. But those right-wing nut jobs at Fox News, the Drudge Report, and on talk radio are screwing up our narrative with just two weeks to go. Shame on them!

When Hillary ran against Obama in the 2008 Democrat primaries, she called into question his ability to deal with that hypothetical “3 a.m. phone call.” Apparently, he just doesn’t take those calls. He lets them go to voice mail and flies off to Vegas for a fundraiser.

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It’s Come Down To Benghazi And Big Bird

Romney Obama 2 SC Its Come Down to Benghazi and Big Bird

In the 1967 film, “A Guide for the Married Man,” a worldly businessman, played by Walter Matthau, takes a younger man, portrayed by Robert Morse, under his wing to teach him how to cheat on his wife. In one scenario, Matthau’s character describes how a philandering husband should always deny his adultery, even when caught in the act. To illustrate this point, a skit is enacted wherein a man, played by Joey Bishop, is caught by his wife, in bed with his mistress.

The wife screams, “What are you doing?” To which the husband and the mistress simply get up, get dressed, and make the bed as if nothing has happened. Meanwhile, the husband, in response to his wife’s growing hysteria and incredulity, calmly asks, “What woman?” “Where?” By the end of the scene, the husband is sitting in his easy chair, smoking his pipe, while the mistress has left the apartment, leaving the bewildered wife wondering if she is losing her mind. Finally, questioning whether she has imagined the whole thing, she asks her husband, “What do you want for dinner?”

In the ongoing fiasco that is United States foreign policy in the Middle East, Barack Hussein Obama, 44th President of the United States, has become Joey Bishop, with the American people playing the role of the beleaguered wife. In a stonewalling lie that would make Richard Nixon and his Watergate crew gasp with envy, the president and key members of his administration have been trying with all their might to run out the clock before they have to face the wrath of voters next month.

For weeks after the fact, Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and a host of others tried to convince the world that a cheaply-made video trailer was the catalyst behind the destruction of the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya and the murder of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. We were supposed to believe that spontaneous protestors were armed with hand-held, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and automatic weapons — and that this spontaneous protest just happened to occur on the anniversary of September 11th. President Joey Bishop obviously thinks we really are that stupid.

Now, of course, from the halls of Congress to the air waves of talk radio and across the Internet, the ugly truth is spilling out, despite the panic at the White House to contain it and the determination of the mainstream media to ignore it.

Given Mitt Romney’s complete rout of the president in the first debate, it is hard to imagine how Obama can avoid having to answer hard questions in the upcoming confrontations about why his state department denied Ambassador Stevens the additional security he urgently requested prior to the attack. What possible explanation can the president invent for his utter failure to secure our embassy and its personnel? How could he and his advisers have so badly misjudged the outcome of the “Arab Spring” when they armed the rebels who now appear to be terrorists themselves? And what justification can he offer for the outright lies that emanated from his administration after what was clearly known to be a terrorist attack?

Barack Obama’s only hope — and it is now a pathetically slim one — is to continue on the path he has set for himself in this campaign, hoping that his fawning sycophants in the national media can somehow continue to bury the biggest story since they refused to cover Operation Fast and Furious. Meanwhile, as Romney, the serious candidate, discusses Benghazi, Obama, the small-minded community organizer, runs ridiculous parodies about Big Bird that look as if they were produced by “The Tonight Show” or “Saturday Night Live”.

As then-Sen. Obama said in Denver when he accepted his party’s nomination for president in front of those silly Greek columns in 2008, “If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.”

I could not have written a better line to describe the president’s re-election campaign.

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