Is Joe Miller Really A Christian?

Is Joe Miller Really A Christian?

As I travel across the State of Alaska, people often ask me, “Joe, are you a Christian?” Most people know my conservative principles, but they don’t know my heart. So, I want to take the occasion to share a little bit of my story with you that I have shared in small group settings . . .

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My car slammed into a tree, crossed a four lane road, and ended up in the middle of the railroad tracks. By all accounts, I should have been dead.

With a massive headache, over 30 years ago as a teenager, I woke up on a hard cot in a cold jail cell, desperately hoping I was dreaming. I thought I could occasionally dance with the devil and not pay for it, but my luck had run out.

I grew up with five sisters and one brother. Although we were poor, I was raised in a loving Christian home. Our father was the pastor of an independent church; and we had a stay-at-home mom, focused on raising her family.

In grade school, I had a very visible deformity on my lip from an accident when I was six and was often teased by other children. The continuous ridicule, rejection, and bullying made me feel insecure. Because my parents couldn’t afford health insurance or surgery to take care of my lip, I mowed lawns and did other work to pay for the surgery myself. However, I still felt like I had to compete in order to have self value; and I ended up making some poor choices.

My parents had no idea that I started partying in high school. And then came disaster. The morning that I woke up on the hard cot in the cold jail cell with a massive headache, lonely and afraid, I could only do one thing: cry out to God. I was flat on my face, broken. I prayed, “Lord, I desperately need you. I cannot live without your presence.” I confessed my sins and gave myself wholly to Jesus Christ. And He revolutionized my life.

From that day on, I have never been the same. The Lord turned the bad into good (Romans 8:28), and I graduated from my high school class of more than 200 as valedictorian. He has blessed me with many other accomplishments. You can read more of what God has done in my life by clicking HERE.

Most importantly, he blessed me with an incredible wife and eight wonderful children and, as of last December, a beautiful grandson!

Am I perfect? Of course not! Have I made mistakes? Absolutely. The most important lesson I learned was after making a mistake, which we all do, is to confess and move on.

As the Apostle Paul said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Tim. 1:15; 1 John 4:8). In other words, Paul was saying “I am not better than you.”

Not only has Christ’s sacrifice on the cross proved sufficient for me; he also helps me every day to deal with unjust attacks and is even helping me to love the people who speak and write them.

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GOP Establishment About To Be Caught With Pants Down





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A story this past week was titled, “Why Joe Miller Could Pull off an Upset Against the GOP Establishment, Again.” An interview with the Tea Party Express also published last week noted, “Joe Miller Has a Proven History of Challenging the Status Quo and Taking on the GOP Establishment.”

Yet another story last week read, “The big upset could happen in Alaska.” Based on Facebook modeling to predict election outcomes, this article contended we are in a dead heat with incumbent Senator Mark Begich.

The authors of the study examined not simply the number of “Likes,” but the interaction each candidate’s page had, including the number of shares, comments, and engagement with others about it; in other words, factors reflecting the general excitement and involvement with the candidate and the issues he represents.

All this is extremely encouraging and mirrors what our campaign has been seeing on the ground as we meet with Alaskans in homes and businesses throughout the state. People are motivated and ready to take action because they realize the whole future of the country is at stake.

So high a price has been paid, by so many, to get us to this point in our nation’s history, it would defy the true American spirit to not respond to our country in this time of need.

Reminiscing on the Revolutionary War, John Adams determined about one-third of the citizens were for the Revolution, one-third were neutral, and one-third were against it. That one-third of freedom-loving Americans carried the day and brought the fruits of liberty to all. It was an upset victory against the Establishment for the ages, and so began the story of the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Like many of you, I became increasingly alarmed, shortly after Barack Obama was sworn in and he and the Democratically-controlled Congress sought to “fundamentally transform” America. People of common sense rose up in response to the $1 trillion stimulus bill, followed by the push to pass ObamaCare. These modern day patriots organized, educated their fellow citizens, and went to the polls. The result was Republicans regaining control of the House and ending the Democratic filibuster-proof Senate.

Republicans have had some success slowing down the transformation, but those who seek true reform are gravely outnumbered. Further, the Obama Administration has chosen time-and-again to disregard the Constitution and go around Congress. Harry Reid, Mark Begich, and the Democratic Senate have been complicit in these egregious acts by the Executive Branch by refusing to hold him accountable. Worse, they enabled even more abuse of executive power by voting for the “nuclear option,” ending the minority party’s right to filibuster when the President puts forward extreme nominees to hold positions of trust.

Further, this past week we had the third ranking member of the Senate, Chuck Schumer from New York, calling on Barack Obama to use the IRS to shut down the Tea Party. He truly has no shame or respect for Americans’ First Amendment rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly.

It is time to advance the work begun in 2010 and regain control of the Senate, retaking it with true reformers committed to a fundamental restoration of America, so the victory is worth the price.

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Let’s begin to write the closing lines to this bizarre chapter in American history and write it in such a way the future generations will look back on what we did here with pride and thankfulness.

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My Verdict: Obamacare Unconstitutional!

Holder Explains Obamacare Constitutionality SC My Verdict: Obamacare Unconstitutional!

Thursday’s shocking Obamacare decision caused me to reminisce about my time on the federal bench ten years ago.  When I was a United States Magistrate Judge, I took the same oath of office that every federal judge and justice in the country swears to.  I swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. . .”

That oath is anchored to the phrase, “Constitution of the United States.” If the Constitution changes over time by an activist majority of the Supreme Court, then my oath was essentially an oath to the Supreme Court, not to the Constitution. Of course, that’s not what the Founders intended. The Supreme Court was never designed to be the pinnacle of federal power.

But that’s where we are today. Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005, wrote the 5-4 opinion saving Obamacare and causing President Obama to declare “victory” and pundits to say that his administration has been “vindicated.”  Incredibly, Roberts determined that the government, under its taxing power, has the right to “impos[e] a tax on those who do not buy [a] product,” in this case, health insurance.*

From the bench Thursday, Justice Kennedy issued a scathing denuciation of Robert’s reconstruction of Obamacare:  “The majority rewrites the statute Congress wrote … What Congress called a penalty, the court calls a tax.”  He concluded that “The law is invalid in its entirety.”

The chief justice’s rescue of the individual mandate is a massive expansion of federal power, now permitting the federal government to regulate, by taxation, its citizens’ “failure to act” or passivity.  I challenge you to go back to the first 150 years of U.S. jurisprudence and find any Supreme Court opinion that would suggest such a construction of Congress’s power to tax and spend under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.

In his powerful dissent, Justice Scalia agreed that this power grab was unconstitutional:

What is absolutely clear, affirmed by the text of the 1789 Constitution, by the Tenth Amendment ratified in 1791, and by innumerable cases of ours in the 220 years since, is that there are structural limits upon federal power—upon what it can prescribe with respect to private conduct, and upon what it can impose upon the sovereign States.

And then the zinger:

Whatever may be the conceptual limits upon the Commerce Clause and upon the power to tax and spend, they cannot be such as will enable the Federal  Government to regulate all private conduct and to compel the States to function as administrators of federal programs.

In other words, when the federal government is allowed to tax non-activity, what powers are left to the states and the people under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments?  Not much.

But even more basically, Roberts and the four more liberal members of the bench are all starting with the assumption that the federal government can tax and spend for things outside of its enumerated powers, misconstruing the “general welfare” clause of the Constitution. James Madison apparently disagreed, suggesting that the clause “amounted to no more than a reference to the other powers enumerated in the subsequent clauses of the same section.”

Not anchoring the general welfare clause to the enumerated powers enables virtually unlimited federal spending/taxation power and is completely contrary to the whole nature of the Constitution: a document designed to restrain the federal government, retaining all unspecified powers to the states and people.

The Roberts decision reflects that any faith in the Supreme Court to solve our nation’s problems is misplaced. We must engage like never before. Reject the LSM, rely on solid Internet news sources, support a Tea Party congressional candidate, engage in vote integrity efforts, and reflect upon the moral crisis we’re facing. A massive victory in November will put today’s defeat in the proper dustbin of history.  But unless we rapidly correct the downward spiral, there won’t be much left for future generations.

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Author’s note:  To his credit, Chief Justice Roberts did reject the Commerce Clause as constitutional authority for Obamacare.

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Obama’s Giveaway: Oil-Rich Islands To Russia

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The Obama administration, despite the nation’s economic woes, effectively killed the job-producing Keystone Pipeline last month. The Arab Spring is turning the oil production of Libya and other Arab nations over to the Muslim Brotherhood. Iraq is distancing itself from the U.S. And everyone recognizes that Iran, whose crude supplies are critical to the European economy, will do anything it can to frustrate America’s strategic interests. In the face of all of this, Obama insists on cutting back U.S. oil potential with outrageous restrictions.

Part of Obama’s apparent war against U.S. energy independence includes a foreign-aid program that directly threatens my state’s sovereign territory. Obama’s State Department is giving away seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the Russians. Yes, to the Putin regime in the Kremlin.

The seven endangered islands in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea include one the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates billions of barrels of oil are at stake.

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