Obummer’s State Of The Union Top 10





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President Obama’s 5th State of the Union address has come and gone; and while it seems like we’ve heard it all before, the reality is this one had more than its share of memorable lines.

Thus, without further adieu, today’s daily briefing presents the top 10 most memorable lines from Obummer’s State of the Union speech:

10. “Hey, is that the national debt in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”

9. (to Speaker John Boehner) “John, orange is your color…again.”

8. “In case you were wondering, the Cloward-Piven strategy really does work.”

7. “Vice President Joe Biden…” (rest of the statement inaudible after being interrupted by uncontrollable laughter in the chamber)

6. “Anybody else smell sulfur?”

5. “Just think, if Wendy Davis is the next governor of Texas she can dismember at least 350 babies in the time it will take me to give the next State of the Union speech.”

4. “I really shouldn’t be here tonight, but the Republicans went ahead and nominated Mitt Romney.”

3. “I wish some more marginal pro athletes would come out and say they like to have gay sex so we can stop talking about my record.”

2. “Vote the chancellor emergency powers so he can end these threats to the Republic.”

1. “If you like your current collapsing constitutional republic, you can keep it.

 

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3 Things America Can Learn From Haiti





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I’m about to become a cliché.

I’ve never met anyone who went on a mission trip and didn’t return a changed person, who wasn’t impacted by seeing real suffering firsthand, and failed to get a renewed perspective on just how blessed we really are to live in this country.

Count me as the next one to say the same.

I spent most of last week with the phenomenal folks at Food for the Poor on a mission trip to Haiti, one of the three poorest countries on planet earth. Haiti’s unemployment rate is 80%, and its illiteracy rate is 50%. Throughout 2013, we enlisted your help to raise the necessary funds to construct water filtration systems for the Haitian children; and part of our trip was getting to meet some of the kids impacted by your contributions. Their gratitude was infectious, and they welcomed us on your behalf as if we were conquering heroes.

On this trip, I saw the bottomless depths of hopelessness, and how even the most modest dose of hope can send spirits soaring. It was only a few days; but they were long, grueling days that were intense spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Through it all, I came away with three thoughts that I hope will stick with me for the rest of my life.

1. Trust God – always.  

God is neither an absent landlord nor a deadbeat dad, but is a very actively involved father in His children’s lives. He so wants us to know Him that He put Himself in human form, even becoming as helpless as a baby in a stable. Think about that for a second. The ruler of the universe humbled Himself to have to be potty trained, nursed, and educated like any other human child. Then, as an adult, He was sweaty, tired, dirty, hungry, sick, thirsty, and even had to relieve Himself the way we do. Would you do that for a lesser being? Would you love maggots so much you would become one? Would you even do it for your beloved household pet?

Even when we make a mess of the planet with our rebellion, and then blame Him for allowing us the independence we rebelled for, He is faithful and just. He never gives up on us, even after we’ve given up on Him.

I saw that in a pastor we met in a destitute village. For 30 years, he’s been leading his community to the Lord, despite unspeakable poverty. When we asked him how he even heard about Christ in such a destitute area that not even many missionaries would come to, he told us in Creole of how Christ came to him in a dream in 1981, shared with him the Gospel, and told him to repent of his sins and lead others to salvation. He met a local pastor miles away who taught him the Bible; and then when his community saw the Word of God transforming him, they wanted the same for themselves. Now his daughters teach at the local Christian school, which is really nothing more than a hut with some benches and a dirt floor.

He told us that God sustained his faith all these years with promises He would one day bring them deliverers that would provide them fresh water and safe homes. When the executive director at Food for the Poor told him we were the people God had promised them, and we were going to help them (with your help, of course), I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such pure joy in my life. He later broke out singing “How Great Thou Art” in Creole as he led us through the rest of his village.

Think of how often our faith is tested if we lose out on a promotion, relationship, or purchase we really wanted. I don’t know about you, but I can get awfully whiny when I don’t think God is giving me my way. Now imagine being faithful for 30 years throughout the starvation, disease, and indescribable suffering this Haitian pastor has endured for the Gospel. I pray one day I’ll be able to trust God the way he did.

2. You can tell a lot about a culture by the condition of its men.

Everywhere we went, we saw orphans galore. Where were their fathers? Where were the men fighting for these children, and providing for them? Second only to the orphans were the single moms. Where were their husbands? Where were the men fighting for these women, and providing for them?

After generations of societal breakdown, many Haitian men lack discipleship in what it takes to be a real man; so they either become boys who shave and impregnate women, or they become so ashamed of their own family’s despair that they abandon them altogether. One of the real men I met in Haiti was missing several teeth, and had such bad nerve damage in his hands that he had to wear socks on them to keep them warm in 90 degree heat. He told us that even though he can’t work until he gets better, he could still be there for his wife and children and couldn’t imagine abandoning his family.

Unfortunately, he’s the exception and not the rule. As were the armed men protecting the children at the schools we visited from bad people. As was the man managing one of the villages already rebuilt by Food for the Poor, who made sure everything was on the up-and-up and was keeping evildoers at bay.

Over and over again, I heard from natives and missionaries alike that the breakdown in Haiti began with the breakdown of the family, and the breakdown of the family began with the breakdown of manhood. We have urban areas that already have similar stories to tell, and are among the most crime-ridden and poverty-stricken areas in our nation.

The same elites that brought policies encouraging such a breakdown to those urban areas are now trying to export their failures to the rest of the country. Haiti is a cautionary tale of what can happen if they get their way.

3. This is still a country worth fighting for.

We arrogantly believe that if we cast aside the Christian foundation our civilization was built upon, we can still maintain the freedom and liberty we take for granted. Haiti, as well as human history, proves just how foolish that notion really is.

It is our Christian foundation that produced that freedom and liberty. The inconvenient truth is that the suffering in Haiti, and its lack of a self-sustaining middle class, is actually much closer to what human history has globally looked like since Genesis 3 than the 237-year history of these United States.

That Christian foundation is what taught us our rights come from God and not government. It taught us the proper understanding of right from wrong. And it is the basis for every single tradition that allows freedom and liberty to flourish (i.e. separation of powers, respect for the rule of law, private property, the opportunity to capitalize on your God-given talents, etc.).

Haiti is simply the end result of combining spiritual darkness with the breakdown of the family, and elites in government and industry corruptly conspiring with one another to hold on to power at any (human or financial) cost.

Does any of this sound familiar?

We have a cultural infrastructure to fight back against this Haiti didn’t have. We still have every chance of not becoming the next great nation on the ash heap of history. But we need to fight smarter, not just harder. Instead of feeding the elites’ mission by putting our focus on political power as well, we need to first strengthen our culture in the areas that caused Haiti’s to collapse.

We need spiritual revival that gives the people humility, courage of conviction, and inspirational purpose. We need real men who will grab the jawbone of an ass and fight back against such injustice. Those who detest freedom and liberty understand this, which is why they want to remove God’s Word from every public vestige of society, and then attack the men with sexual temptation and glorifying weakness and slacking.

Not on our watch.

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Why Republicans Are Abandoning The GOP

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While the topic of conservatives potentially abandoning the Republican Party remains on the front burner, a new study has been released that explains why some have already bolted.
The study, commissioned by a conservative market research group, applied “scientific methods of qualitative research” to find out why some Republican-leaning voters are abandoning the GOP. For example, Mitt Romney last year turned out fewer whites, Catholics, and evangelicals than even John McCain did in 2008, and did worse with Mormon voters than George W. Bush did in 2004. To compensate for the loss of a sizable chunk of his base and win the election, Romney would’ve needed an unattainable 72% of that Hispanic vote currently getting so much attention.

After researching a sample of disaffected Republican voters, the study drew four conclusions that were strangely missing from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ much-hyped “autopsy” that basically any MSNBC commentator could’ve written. I’m sure it was just an accidental oversight on Reince’s part.

1) Voters are tired of “voting for the lesser of two evils.” This was actually true of both conservatives and moderates. These voters were no longer persuaded that supporting a bad Republican candidate over any Democrat was the right thing to do.

2) Voters lost hope in the Republican Party and believe the party can no longer deliver on its promises because its leaders lack courage and integrity. According to Anne Sorock, the author of the study’s conclusive report, “the lack of perceived leadership by principle was strongly connected to this sense of loss.”

3) Voters now preferred what the report described as an “affiliation with a new community” that would pursue its principles – which was primarily the Tea Party.

4) Voters feel what the report characterized as a “perceived betrayal by the GOP establishment.” Specifically, Sorock says that when party leaders attacked a candidate they liked, these disaffected Republican voters across the ideological spectrum took it as a personal slight and felt that they weren’t welcome in the party.

To bring these crucial base voters back into the fold, the report concluded that Republicans should “strive to create a community around shared principles” rather than attacking grassroots candidates with “lesser of two evil” (i.e. electability) arguments.” The report went on to say that the GOP’s problems are not only, or even primarily, philosophical but with the party’s leadership itself.

That is spot on if you ask me.

For years, I believed the divide in the party was conservatives versus moderates. Then I thought it was social conservatives versus fiscal conservatives. Then I thought it was conservatives versus libertarians.

Then I realized that’s all a distraction.

The divide in the party isn’t ideological at all – it’s based purely on control. All the ideological debates among us are intended to keep us distracted from the real problem. Oh sure, I disagree with libertarians and other conservatives all the time. But out here in the grassroots, we actually agree on the primary purpose of the Republican Party—to advance the general principles in the party platform and offer the country a stark contrast to the statism offered by the Democrats.

However, there are those like Karl Rove who would rather lose elections than lose control of the party, and they’re against anyone who threatens their power base by empowering the grassroots. So they don’t like Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or even a moderate like Rudy Giuliani when they run for president. Despite the fact all of these men have various issue and ideological differences. That’s also why they despise grassroots champions like Sarah Palin and barely tolerate conservative talk radio.

They understand that an empowered grassroots threatens their control of the party apparatus, and they need control of the party apparatus because there’s no more room at the Democrat Party Inn. So if they’re going to use gangster government to line their own and their crony capitalist buddies’ pockets, they’ve got to reverse the jersey and control Team GOP instead.

I don’t agree with a Giuliani-type moderate on a whole host of issues. In a national primary, I would work hard to beat him (and did). But while he’s my ideological opponent, he’s not my political enemy. A Giuliani would actually take the fight to the Democrats on an issue or two—like defeating radical Islam, for example. A Giuliani-type moderate may philosophically disagree with you on lots of other things, but he sees himself as part of a broader coalition. Therefore, he’s not going to use the party apparatus to thin his own herd, like the Romulans tried to do at the rules committee prior to the convention last year.

The GOP ruling class believes in nothing but themselves, which is why they’re more ruthless in primaries against their fellow Republican than they are in general elections against Democrats. This also explains why they’re hemorrhaging their own voters, and why they just don’t seem to care about it as they allegedly pursue all voters except those who might actually vote for them. It’s why they lie, shamelessly repeat often-debunked fallacies, and are more comfortable talking to George Stephanopoulos than they are talking to you.

These people would rather lose elections than lose control of the party, so they’ll ignore studies like this. They want you to stick around, provided you shut your hole and know your role—which is to shut up and vote for their approved candidates.

If you threaten to leave the party, they pay it no mind because you’re just a booty call to them. It’s not like they’re in this for any higher calling like preserving freedom and liberty. They’re flat-out gangsters, and gangsters produce gangster government like TARP and scamnesty.

You can’t affiliate, partner, or reason with gangsters like this. You either replace them or start your own gang.

 

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GOP Establishment: Stupid Or Sinister?

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A question I’ve been asked a lot lately goes a little something like this:

Beyond the fact it betrays the rule of law and rewards lawbreakers by giving them what they broke the law for in the first place, I don’t understand why all these Republican “leaders” want to engage in a scamnesty program that will just result in adding over $6 trillion more in debt for taxpayers while simultaneously allowing Democrats to register millions of more new voters. Hispanics have voted Republican only 31% of the time since 1980. Do they want the whole country to look as broke as California following the Reagan Amnesty, which was a Republican-leaning state for decades (GOP won California in 7 of the 10 previous presidential elections prior to the Reagan Amnesty, and now less than 30% of Californians are registered Republicans)? Are these GOP “leaders” so stupid as to not understand they’re actively aiding and abetting their own destruction?

The answer, of course, is yes – they are this stupid. But the answer doesn’t end there. To truly understand what’s driving the GOP ruling class’ self-immolation train, you have to realize why they’re this stupid.

There are two reasons for their stupidity.

The first is easy to identify because we recognize that the ruling class mindset is largely a non-partisan phenomenon. It seems nobody, regardless of party, gets more principled the longer they’re a part of the District of Corruption. The den of iniquity known as the beltway culture is like a rotting corpse that eventually infests everything and everybody it touches. Some have the depth of worldview, character, and courage to resist its side effects longer than others; but prolonged exposure over time eventually leads to even the best of us being infected with a lack of critical thinking, self-righteousness, and ambition masquerading as conviction.

Once infected, the patient then loses detachment from all reality outside of the 202 or 212 area codes. This produces an echo chamber, whereas a bunch of people presume to play God by making decisions with regular people’s lives they themselves haven’t had to live in a long time and no longer understand. From high atop their subsidized Valhalla, they issue edicts and commandments they often exempt themselves from. Sure, we complain and vent; and when we’re really upset, we might even – gasp! – blog about it. Because nothing threatens gangster government like a blog.

However, when they do descend down to the depths to commiserate with we in the huddled masses, which is usually only for fundraisers or campaigning, they are often treated by their bosses (us) like they are rock stars and not our employees, which only feeds their egocentric existence. Instead of holding them accountable for what previous generations of Americans would’ve called treason, we often thank them for not selling us out even more. We then send them right back to the source of their temptation expecting a different result each time.

Wash, rinse, and repeat.

So, yes, the insulated ruling class world these people are allowed to live in (often for decades) feeds their stupidity. But there is something else afoot here that is far more subtle and sinister.

Those who run the Republican Party are ashamed of their base. I say that knowing “ashamed” is a strong word; yet in this case, it might not actually be strong enough. These are often successful and wealthy people. They understand that Coke doesn’t make money promoting Pepsi, or that the Yankees shouldn’t take advice on how to build a winner from the Red Sox. They’re not morons. They just hate us.

To them, the big argument between Republicans and Democrats isn’t a clash of worldviews with a civilization at stake. To them, the big argument is whether the check from the taxpayer trough gets written out to Democrat special interests or theirs. This thing we call politics isn’t faith and ethics in action to these people, but rather a cynical battle of dueling self-interests. Therefore, it’s those of us who attempt to interject our faith and/or ethics into the political process who are the real threat to them—much more so than Democrats.

Democrats don’t threaten their way of life, but we do.

They’re fine arguing with Democrats about issues like job creation because both of them wrongly believe that’s the government’s job. They fall apart when the conversation changes to what government shouldn’t do, or a culture’s moral responsibility. In other words, we’re often aligned with people who don’t share our value system. That is the recipe for a dysfunctional relationship.

And dysfunctional relationships often end in divorce.

They know the reason Mitt Romney lost in 2012 was the loss of the GOP base, not the Hispanic vote. They know Romney would’ve needed 72% of the Hispanic vote to win. They know these facts are readily available to all who care to research them for themselves. They know they’re lying to you, often using “conservative media” you frequent to do it. They know you’re alienated from the party.

They just don’t care.

See, this is all part of a greater plan, a plan to replace you with voters who want the same thing from government that they want. So they’re going to replace you with voters who believe in entitlement, bending the rules, or outright breaking the law to get what they want and don’t care about the Constitution or the “laws of nature and nature’s God” anymore than they do.

In the meantime, they don’t mind losing a few elections if that’s what it takes to preserve their gravy train. Besides, many of these people have been there for decades anyway, so two or three crucial elections are barely a wrinkle in time for them. This explains why they don’t have the sense of urgency about America’s future that we do.

Once they’ve sufficiently watered down your influence within the Republican Party by flooding the electorate with more “government-Americans,” they’ll try and come back and make you part of the team again—but only on their terms, of course.

And their terms are: stand for nothing meaningful, believe in nothing meaningful, but vote Republican just because we’re not Democrats. “After all,” they’ll say, “at least we still say ‘God bless America’ at our convention.”

The end game here is control. Always has been. They’re not ideologically driven one way or the other. They are purely agenda driven, and the agenda is control. Stand in the way of them being in control regardless of your ideology – either conservative or libertarian – and you’re a threat. This explains why these people go after us harder in primaries than they go after Democrats in general elections.

What for many years we have wrongly believed to be a battle between moderates and conservatives is really a battle for control. To believe these people have an ideology is giving them too much credit. Their only ideology is control. They want you involved—but on their terms. They want diversity in the party—but on their terms.

These people would rather lose elections than lose control, and that’s why they keep doing over and over again what has proven to be a loser every time it’s tried. That’s why they accept the liberal media’s talking points on the death of the Tea Party or social conservatives at face value. To admit defeat or to admit you’re relevant would be the same as admitting you have power and influence over the process; and the minute they admit that, they lose control.

What we have viewed as “a battle for the soul of the Republican Party” is nothing of the sort. These people are soul-less. To them, this is simply a clash of two factions within a board of directors for control of a corporation. They simply want control to pay off their investors/shareholders with dividends and/or coveted jobs/appointments. They don’t care what product the company sells or doesn’t sell, provided they’re in control.

The only way to beat these people is to realize this and beat them at their own game. The numbers have always been in our favor, but they have done a magnificent job of buying off several of our so-called leaders and champions, so we couldn’t sufficiently organize to overthrow them.

But that topic deserves its own book.

 

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A Matter Of Trust

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I don’t mind doing in-depth analysis. I do a show that treats you like critical-thinking adults, not low-information voting children who can only handle enough truth and data to fit into a single Tweet.

But sometimes in-depth analysis isn’t required. Sometimes all the data and argumentation in the world simply comes down to one question—who do you trust?

The details surrounding the aptly named “gang of eight” immigration bill and Benghazi are complicated for sure. For those of us out here in the cheap-seats, they’re also largely unattainable. We simply don’t have the resources it requires to investigate them exhaustively. Therefore, we rely on those who do to make it plain for us.

But what happens when there are conflicting accounts of those details? Then, it becomes a matter of trust.

Over the years, I’ve often been accused of demanding perfection; but that’s not true at all. What I demand is the same thing you demand of me—integrity. Integrity isn’t perfection because only one Man is, which is why the rest of us need Him.

Integrity is a consistency between right belief and right behavior. Even the best of us fall down, make bad calls, have blind spots, and commit terrible mistakes at times. But over the long haul of someone’s life and calling, you either see that consistency or you don’t. They either get it right much more often than they get it wrong or they don’t.

When it comes down to Benghazi, who has integrity here?

Is it Gregory Hicks, a man the Obama Regime once thought enough of to make him their second in command in all of Libya? Or is it President Obama? Is it Hicks, who has faithfully served administrations in both parties during a 22-year career in the U.S. State Department that has spanned six countries (and has been awarded a dozen merit pay or honor awards during his tenure)? Or is it Obama, the man who tells the child killers at Planned Parenthood “God bless you,” tries to make Christian institutions and companies provide abortifacients for their employees, and has disregarded the Constitution countless times already?

That one is a no-brainer. But so is this next one.

When it comes to illegal immigration, who has the integrity here?

Is it former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (the man now at the head of the Heritage Foundation), or is it the group of current U.S. Senators that make up the “gang of eight?” I really admire DeMint, but he isn’t infallible (and I have disagreed with him before.) But if you could only choose one to get into a Constitutional foxhole with, who would you rather have your back? Jim DeMint, or John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Bob Menendez, and Charles Schumer?

Case closed.

 

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