The Ferguson Powder Keg: Equal Justice Vs Social Justice

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The Liberals in America, including  Barack Hussein Obama, were hoping to push a social justice agenda when Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. This was their chance to restart the civil rights protests in the United States. Obama even said that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon.

Well, as all of the race protectors–Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Eric Holder–rushed to Florida to stir the protest up, one thing they could not overcome was the fact that George Zimmerman was Hispanic. So, using their incestuous connections with the left wing propaganda main stream media, they coined a new term in order to precipitate their willing desire to bring a new racial protest. It was then that George Zimmerman became a WHITE Hispanic. One can imagine their dismay when the new spin didn’t work and Zimmerman was found innocent of the crime. These civil rights “leaders” never thought they would have another chance at social unrest, until….Ferguson.

Now, what to our wondering eyes should appear, a perfect storm, fueled by the hatred of a white man in a predominately black neighborhood, when a white police officer shoots an unarmed black teenager in self defense. Oh, how the civil rights “leaders” can’t contain themselves. The rule of law has been put aside as social justice needs to be the rule of the day.

The circumstances behind why Ferguson happened does not matter. The fact that a white man killed a black youth, now that’s the stuff that social unrest nation-wide is made of. Now is the perfect time to replay the race wars of the 1960’s, when most of the civil rights “leaders” grew up. There will be no “content of character” on display this time in Ferguson, only the “make the police pay” mentality. The very people that America chose to vote into office in 2008 to show that we, as a country, were past racism, have now turned on the American people in an effort to prove that they will get even for past indiscretions. Equal justice under the law is no longer prevalent as the will of the people is fast becoming the law of the land — social justice.

These protests, fueled by outside interests, will become a direct threat to the lives, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of ALL Americans if allowed to progress. Those involved in the organizing of this violent surge MUST be arrested and tried for domestic terrorism. As our law enforcement officers are continuously told by Eric Holder to exercise restraint, Obama has told the protest organizers to “stay on course”.  If cool heads prevail in this, it will show that there is still an ounce of common sense in America. If they don’t, then it may come down to each and every American being forced to defend themselves.

Stay vigilant, prepare for the worst, but pray for the best.

As always fellow Patriots, stay safe and BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS!

 

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Ferguson Is What It Is

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The nation has long anticipated the St. Louis grand jury decision regarding the fate of Officer Darren Wilson after the controversy that followed him fatally shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last August.

But even now that it has been decided that Officer Wilson will not face indictment, in this current local and national environment, few if any are left at ease with the fallout now present in the wake of the decision.

Personally, as I listened to St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s public statement Monday, it all seemed to fall into place for me as an unfortunate outcome resulting from a police officer simply doing his job. It still appeared to me that the situation was trumped up to be an example of white police violence against black victims.

Then I hung on McCulloch’s account that the likely final shot fired at Brown struck him over 100 feet away from Officer Wilson’s police cruiser, and that the blood evidence from that shot was found over 20 feet further behind Brown.

I thought to myself, “Wait a minute! Isn’t this backwards? Shouldn’t the final shot have been within the window of Wilson’s cruiser, instead of that shot being the first close-range shot to Brown’s hand?”

Then I remembered that the autopsy reports agreed that all of Brown’s wounds were to the front of his body. I also realized that, as a cop, if a confrontational man had already attacked you through your car window, flees, and then turns around to return in your direction, you can’t afford to take any chances.

If you flee the scene, you not only shirk your responsibilities as a police officer; but you also make yourself look terribly guilty. And we should also remember that, in spite of the details of the initial altercation, there was no way for Officer Wilson to absolutely justify in his mind that this very large, angry, and violent young man was not armed.

I then realized that my initial reaction to these details provided for a personally teachable moment.

Just as easily as I had looked at one or two details of this case—and at first thought I had found an anomaly—how much easier would it be to run with these first assumptions if I had already wanted Officer Wilson to be an evil, guilty man of the system?

Unfortunately, in this upside-down world, no one wins in any part of the aftermath of this incident.

A family has lost a son; a police officer has lost his identity, freedom, and safety; the city of Ferguson lies in ruins; and the nation’s race relations are further strained, in spite of the facts of the case.

Although the fallout destruction in Ferguson is not as severe as some had projected and many had feared, with at least 4 burning buildings, 2 burning police cruisers, looting, and multiple shots fired, this predominantly black St. Louis suburb is obviously not Mayberry. The violent protests have also spread to other major U.S. cities.

It’s interesting that St. Louis County Prosecutor McCulloch is a white Democrat, and it would be even more interesting to know his private thoughts about the success of Obama’s and Holder’s intervention in Ferguson for race relations as ever benevolent representatives of the federal government.

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Ministers Preaching In 2014 America Face Similar Threats As Ministers In Soviet-Occupied Poland

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I recently had the privilege to join 100 ministers and faith leaders on Gov. Mike Huckabee and David Lane’s Journey Tour, traveling to Poland, Germany, the UK, and California.

During this time, I had the opportunity to speak to ministers and faith leaders about a range of issues related to religion and politics in America. After visiting Arka Pana Church in Poland and hearing Gov. Huckabee’s Q &A with Priest Wladyslaw Palmowski (the underground church’s leader during Soviet occupation), I wondered if American ministers could identify with Palmowski’s experiences.

Huckabee asked Palmowski, “Why did he become involved in resisting Communism? Why did he resist the pressure to be silent?”

Palmowski replied that he was raised by Christian parents who taught him honor, dignity, and values to strengthen his character. “Christians were being sent to Siberia or were killed and many still do not know where their loved ones are buried.” “Weak individuals were broken,” he added, “which is why they signed contracts of cooperation with the secret police.”

On the eve of December 31, 1981, when martial law took effect, people en masse were arrested and interned, many homes were broken into, and factories were surrounded by the Soviet army. Palmowski witnessed the terror of his neighbors and told Huckabee that “it was up to us whether the people would be alone or receive brotherly help.” The church confessional became the center for communal life, where people could come and talk freely. “The nation was afraid,” he said; “but when we were together, our greatest strength was shaped by our Christian love that enabled us to help others.”

Huckabee asked: “Weren’t you afraid risking your life smuggling food for people? Was there ever a time when you felt like giving up?”

Palmowski answered: “I knew if the secret police caught me I would receive no mercy. I spent 200 hours ministering to people in internment camps and the first Solidarity march from the Steelworks factory came to Arka Pana, which is why it was important for the church to emphasize the value of human dignity and overcoming fear.”

He added: “I knew we could be eliminated at any time and no one would know. The Soviets had secret lists of people. The only fear the Communists had was Pope John Paul II. If the Communists tried to kill any priests the Pope would tell the truth to the world.

“I was #4 on their hit list. I would be dead if it were not for the Pope. He was our buffer, protecting us. He was our symbol—reminding us that we are not alone in this world.”

After hearing this, I created and distributed a 10-question survey to 65 pastors. Here are the highlights:

All replied that they spoke about political issues both in and out of their churches, explaining that all issues are moral, and that all levels of civics are rooted in Biblical principles and Mosaic law. They all responded that they encourage their congregants to register to vote; some distribute voter guides, but all preach the gospel within the context of cultural issues. One minister explained that “Believers have a responsibility to seek righteousness on earth” because the Bible provides numerous examples of political engagement.

Fifty percent of those surveyed reported that they, their family, or their congregants have been ostracized by those in their community for expressing their faith in public settings, including town hall meetings.

Twelve percent reported that they, their family members, or congregants have had their personal property vandalized, including stolen and/or desecrated crosses. Someone drove a truck through one church’s front door. Some family members, including wives, have had their tires slashed or car damaged—more than once.

Ten percent reported that members of the public protested on their church’s property, some even protesting inside their church. A handful reported being denied civil rights and/or public services because their local public officials rejected their faith views and deliberately chose to disregard their legal duty to protect and serve.

Ten percent of ministers said they had received death threats to both themselves and their family, in addition to threats to burn their homes. One minister was actively pursued by a man seeking to kill him because he was preaching the gospel in his church. The man vandalized his church, went door to door breaking into neighboring homes of the church, and was eventually shot and killed by the police. The minister is alive and well.

What struck me was not only the fortitude of these men in their convictions, but their joy and zeal to preach the gospel despite any threats they might receive. Regardless of subpoenas by mayors or death threats they received, they remain steadfast in their faith as Palmowski did.

The only difference is that these ministers are living in 2014 America under a constitutional republic, not in Soviet-occupied Poland. They know where they stand, and where those against them stand, which is why they don’t have the protection of their own political leaders.

One who actively stands against them is the President of the United States, who wrote in The Audacity of Hope: “I will stand with the Muslims if the Political Wind shifts in an ugly direction.”

This is why there has been no protection for Christian refugees and those being slaughtered by Muslims worldwide. The President has clearly asserted that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Yet, ministers joyfully and powerfully preach the opposite, no matter the cost.

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Jonathan Gruber: Lies And Glue

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The recent revelations of statements by a professor from MIT named Jonathan Gruber, about how the Obama White House purposefully deceived the American people concerning the costs associated with Obamacare, are intriguing on a few levels.

Mr. Gruber’s statements about the deceptive intent of the drafters of the Affordable Care Act are, of course, outrageous and insulting on their face.

But it is interesting to note the attitude of Mr. Gruber and the apparent attitude of the audiences he addresses about the lies he and others told to get the bill passed.

There seems to be no amount of guilt or remorse for these deceptions at all.  On the contrary, the entire affect presented in the tone and attitude of Mr. Gruber and those who defend the deceptions reveals a blasé, smug, implicit pretext.

Simply stated, it goes like this:

We are the ruling class, and we will lie to you for your own good.  Further, if you catch us at it, it doesn’t matter at all.

We will have our way.  You will do our will. We will lie to you if it suits us.

The dangerous result of this approach is that truth — and truth telling — are no longer things that we can rely on when we deal with government.

This is most serious and most dangerous.

Why?

Because truth telling, and the reliance on truth telling, is the glue that holds a society together.

Without the “glue” of truth telling, our transactions and interactions with government (and with each other) become extremely burdensome and eventually impossible.

Frederic Bastiat, in his famous work “The Law”, wrote that “No society can exist unless the laws are respected to a certain degree.”  The way to make laws respected, Bastiat said, “is to make them respectable.”

But “when law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.”

When those in authority show their contempt for truth-telling, as Jonathan Gruber and his boss at the White House have done, then the “glue” – the respect for lawful authority – cannot long survive.

If we can’t rely on those in authority to tell us the truth, then we will very soon lose faith in their leadership. When we lose faith in their leadership, we will stop following their dictates. To keep us following their orders, they must then resort to despotic, tyrannical force.

That’s why truth-telling is so important. That is why these revelations are so damning.

Mr. Obama said he was going to transform the country.  He is doing so by tearing it apart.

 

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Is Kerry Letting Iran Off Scot-Free Again?

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced from Vienna on Monday that the yearlong Iran Nuclear Talks will be extended by seven months after efforts to reach an enduring accord fell short.  There has been little progress over the past few days leading up to Monday’s deadline to reach a final nuclear deal that will cap some of Iran’s nuclear work in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.  Iran’s economy has been crippled by sanctions from six world powers that have cut its daily exports by 60% and frozen the ability of its banks to conduct international transactions.

The six countries, Germany, France, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, have been in negotiations with Iran to finalize a preliminary deal to curb its nuclear program.  However, Iran claims that it is seeking atomic energy, not nuclear weapons.  Kerry called for patience, saying the added few months is the safe path forward.

We would be fools to walk away from a situation where the breakout times have been expanded.

Opponents of the extension argue that Iran has the ability to stage a breakout, or the production of one bomb’s worth of fuel.

Iran will receive $700 million per month in frozen assets through the end of June.

Jeremy Bash, former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Defense and the C.I.A. under Leon Panetta, said that Iran will be able to amass additional know-how and new technology in developing nuclear weapons during the seven month extension.  Speaking on CNBC’s Squawk Box, the former Obama official said:

So they’re continuing to basically reap the benefits of being in this negotiation.  All the while, they are not making additional concessions.  So I think it’s a pretty dangerous game that shows you that Iran, frankly, wasn’t ready to make a deal.

(h/t: Washington Free Beacon)

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