The Liberalization Of America And Christianity Continues!!

According to a recent study, ‘Conservatives in the United States have more self-control than liberals.’

The reality is that Liberalism comes so easy to the average person. It’s totally instinctive.

For the most part, liberals tend to think of themselves as more accepting and compassionate. There are even some who suggest that they are the most Christ-like in their ideology. This is incorrect, however. Jesus did not promote religious tolerance and appeasement. Jesus promoted radical change – a complete denial of self. His invitation was completely inclusive; but the final ‘condition’ is one that is impossible for the carnally minded, unregenerate to embrace.

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

There’s the rub.

The liberals will hear none of it. They’ll accept Jesus, but only on their terms. Jesus must be conformed to their image. They don’t want to acknowledge that a complete self-denial is the most essential spiritual consequence of giving yourself over to a higher power. They insist Jesus be incorporated into their way of living.

Left to ourselves, we would rather have our riches above Jesus; or maybe, we have some secret vice that prevents us from coming to a place of total submission. We eventually do the complete opposite. Our needs take precedent, and we reach a point of total rejection. We naturally place our own wants and desires before all else, even before a saving deity.

Liberals tend to fancy themselves as the epitome of rational wisdom. They view themselves as enlightened people. They firmly believe that a complete submission to their methodology will enable a fairly distributed, person-centered, needs-driven standard of living to flourish. Underneath it all, however, is an elitist, radically-motivated power-grab reflective of a greater global political-social agenda.

{Note: Charity, not socialism, was endorsed in the Bible within the body of believers and was secondary to the gospel. The Marxist ideologues of our day are promoting tyranny under the guise of empathy. But what they really seek is totalitarianism}.

The mentality behind the madness is quite primitive, almost infantile.

Whereas conservative principles and foundations must be taught, encouraged, enforced, and experientially reinforced, liberal attitudes and propensities are part of our makeup. All of humanity comes into this world as full-blown liberals from the womb. These liberal traits must be methodically broken down, as we are raised to become God-honoring individuals with respect for authority and a willingness to extend peace and goodwill to our fellow man.

Regardless of the varied perceptions, Conservatism, in its purest form, advocates the need for careful restraint in all areas of life (both for the individual and society as a whole). Meanwhile, Liberalism is often identified as encompassing tolerance and forgiveness.

The conservative sees the value in learning from mistakes and facing natural consequences, while the liberal promotes the need for second chances (i.e. erasing mistakes or altering outcomes). In a worst case scenario, the liberal may resort to radical social upheaval (and even apply deceptive manipulations) to even the playing field and advance a form of equality that relies on resource distribution, emotional justification, personal gratification, short-sighted resolutions, arbitrary absolutions, and self-defeating priorities. Liberalism invites bad choices and provides solutions that merely invite, and often ensure, more bad choices in the future.

Unfortunately, we naturally fight against conservatism – a social-ideological system that requires discipline and self-control. We are spiritually resistant and wholly corruptible. Left to ourselves, thus we will remain. Regardless, when we compromise with a liberal, we compromise our future. Thus, here we are…

We’ve sacrificed the future for the present, and the future is upon us.

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* In a purely religious sense (I’m speaking about Christianity specifically) the word ‘conservative’ implies faithful restraint and clear, concise understanding and obedience to scriptures. Biblical orthodoxy is also implied. However, conservatism is primarily a political (or ideological) label and mustn’t become a distractor from nor a stumbling block to the essence of what it truly means to be Christian (i.e. humility, love, self-sacrifice, patience, integrity, honesty, etc.)

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Mike Rowe Got Accused Of Being In The Tea Party. His Perfect Response Silenced His Accusers

Mike Rowe, host of CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It, recently responded to a photo of himself shared by the prominent Tea Party organization the Tea Party Express:

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Image Credit: Tea Party Express

Rowe wrote a post on Facebook addressing the many people who have lambasted him since the photo was shared for being “a card-carrying Tea Party member.”

Carrie Simmons writes,

“Did you know the “Tea Party Express” was using your image and words (out of context) to “advertise?”

Hi Carrie,

Yes, I’m aware of the image, and no – it was not created with my knowledge or permission. Last I checked though, it’s been shared over 160,000 times, and seen by over 20 million people. Since my posts are intended to encourage conversation, this is a good thing. On the downside, many of those who oppose The Tea Party are no longer willing to talk to me. And that’s too bad.

Jack Grande says, “Seriously Mike? The Tea Party? Adios…”

Frances Jacobs writes, “I suggest you hop aboard the Tea Party Express and ride it straight to hell.”

Debbie Porchi observes, “Mike Rowe – “Another Dirty Teabagger.”

My own mother, more curious than judgmental, just saw the image, and called to ask why there was a “choo-choo train next to my face.”

“I don’t know, Mom. I guess maybe The Tea Party agrees with what I wrote?”

“Oh well,” she said. “At least they spelled your name right!”

“For the record,” Rowe continued, “I am not now, nor have I ever been a member of The Tea Party. And the irony of this situation is precisely why I’m not much of a joiner. My original post was an honest attempt to illustrate how a simple virtue like “work ethic” can no longer be discussed without becoming instantly politicized.”

The renowned television host shared some more comments from people berating him:

Janyl Stewart writes, ‘Wow. Mike Rowe just devalued a whole generation with one quote.’

Diane Sipple says, ‘Who are Mike Rowe and The Tea Party to tell us our kids a lazy? My kids are hardworking and respectful!’

Jason Givens declares, ‘Mike – Please stop judging the work force like you are in it. Working a half a day with someone and calling it work is show biz. Want to impress the work force? Come work in our foundry for 6 months with no cameras.’

“Let me be clear – I stand by everything I said in my original post,” Rowe responded. “The lack of work ethic in America is a serious problem, and it’s getting worse everyday. But obviously, that doesn’t mean every parent is a failure, or every teacher is a hack. Nor does it mean every kid is slacker, or every person out of work is lazy. However, there’s no getting around the fact that we – the collective we – are no longer instilling the belief that mastering a skill and working hard can lead to a prosperous life. Consequently, millions of able-bodied people have concluded the system is rigged, and stopped looking for work. This is, in my opinion, is the greatest threat our country faces.”

Although labeled as a “Tea Party” organization, the Tea Party Express has supported causes traditionally favored by the Republican establishment. Its cofounder and chief strategist, Sal Russo, penned a May 2014 op-ed arguing for immigration reform.

“Congress must pass legislation that will fix our broken system,” Russo wrote. “Conservatives need to seize on immigration reform as an opportunity for growth, to reaffirm who we are and what makes our country great.”

Russo also wrote a letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in April affirming the organization’s support for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):

The Tea Party Express is in support of your Trade Promotion Authority legislation that will foster greater economic growth and provide better opportunities for American workers. Having concrete rules for international trade negotiations will require the President to fully engage the Congress and ensure that increased trade will be a boost for our slow growing economy.

h/t: Eagle Rising

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Why Leftism Cannot Function In The Face Of Evil…

People are killed in a mass shooting. Where does leftism place the blame? The person? Not so much. Evil? Not really. How about guns? Ding ding! The inanimate tool is the object of leftist ire, rather than the evil that made use of it. Why?

This situation is one that presents the perfect opposition that Conservatism contrasts with leftism. Because when it comes to philosophical issues like this, yes, the ‘isms’ matter.

Conservatism, if boiled down to one, central principle, would be that of personal responsibility. This comes with freedom, as well as consequences. It’s why, generally speaking, Conservatives believe in harsher consequences than their leftist counterparts. Recognizing that freedom can only exist in a moral society, Conservatism, by definition, has to allow less leeway for those who abuse freedom.

Leftism, if boiled down to one principle, is the interest of the collective. In order to achieve the collective good, individuals must be afforded less freedom and ultimately less responsibility. To leftists, it doesn’t take a family to raise a child; it takes a village. The village bears equal responsibility. It’s because of this reason, when leftists are faced with a definitive act of evil, performed by an individual with complete disregard for the collective, that their worldview becomes increasingly difficult to defend.

See, if leftists can’t credit full success to the individual (‘you didn’t build that’), they have to find a way around placing blame on that same individual when they commit a heinous act of inhumanity. That’s where the blame displacement comes in.

ISIS just needs jobs, and they wouldn’t be violent. The Baltimore rioters were just unruly because they were oppressed. Muslims don’t attack us because their religion/prophet is evil…but because we aren’t tolerant. Robert Byrd only lead the KKK and repeatedly used the “N word” because of his liberal, Democrat-influenced upbringing. (Okay, I feathered that last one in there; but you get my point.)

I’m sure you’re spotting a common theme. The people are rarely if ever blamed. In the face of rationalizing their worldview, leftists are forced to blame circumstances and/or objects.

Where does it lead? What’s the end-game? Because this doesn’t end with guns. The nanny state will eventually come for everything. In England, they came for ‘pointy knives’ to end knife crime. In 2013, there was a legitimate petition to the Obama Administration to ban hammers and baseball bats! Because in the end, people will use everything for evil. Even their car. Collectivism by its very nature has to continually grow; it has to become more intrusive because it’s a failed ideology. There is no other direction for it to go. It’s occurring as I type this. It’s occurring at a great expense to our nation, and ultimately the world.

But don’t blame me. I’m just a guy with a website. And I “didn’t build that.”

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We Don’t Need Another Conservative!

How many of you would be frightened at another Clinton presidency? Or perhaps another Bush Administration would cause you to throw your hands up and say: “I have had enough. It’s pointless to try.” In my travels around the United States, I meet many people looking for a “conservative candidate.” I may shock you with the following statement, but I believe it to be truth.  We do not want a conservative candidate!

Let me explain.

When any elected official takes his oath of office, he invokes the wrath of God against himself if he is unfaithful to that oath. To substantiate this, George Washington started the presidential tradition of swearing his oath of office with his left hand on the Bible and then kissing the Holy Writ after his oath was complete. You also may find it fascinating that, three days before Washington took the oath of office as the first president of the United States, Congress passed the following resolution:

Resolved, That after the oath shall have been administered to the President, he, attended by the Vice President and members of the Senate and House of Representatives, shall proceed to St. Paul’s Chapel, to hear divine service.”

Accordingly, Rev. Samuel Provoost, newly appointed chaplain of the United States Senate and first Episcopal bishop of New York, performed “divine service” at St. Paul’s Chapel on April 30, 1789, immediately following Washington’s inauguration. The first act of Congress was to direct the new president to go to church and hear the Word of God – something they felt was intimately connected to the fulfillment of their oaths to God and the people.

An oath is a serious thing. A specific standard is pronounced and declared. The oath taken by all government representatives and armed forces declares a specific allegiance to the United States Constitution.

The oath does not say, “I hereby solemnly promise to be conservative”. It does not say, “I hereby swear to follow what are presently considered to be conservative principles”. As you know, these things called “conservative principles” vary not only from person to person, but from time to time – and that’s the trap.

You see, wishy-washy words like ‘conservative’ or ‘liberal’ really have come to mean nothing. In fact, it almost goes without saying that political positions thought to be ultra-liberal 30 years ago, or maybe 30 minutes ago, are now seen as the accepted conservative position. At least for the moment.

So what’s the alternative? Well, we seem to need a fixed standard, don’t we? One that isn’t slick or squishy. One we can depend on. Happily, it does exist; and it’s called the Constitution. It was intended to be a fixed standard and ought to be seen and taught that way.

As Americans, we shouldn’t seek out and support another conservative of yesterday’s godless liberal (or otherwise) agenda because we will only get more unrestrained central power in DC.  Juxtapose that option with a Constitutionist, and it will be clear to see what we have been missing.

 

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Liberal ‘Family Guy’ Creator Seth MacFarlane Upsets Leftists With Conservative Tweet

Seth MacFarlane is an interesting character. Anyone who has watched “Family Guy” knows that he’s extremely liberal – some might say annoyingly liberal – but also sides with us mostly on outrage culture and is at least open to listening to other ideas.

That’s why this seemingly throwaway tweet is so interesting…

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Besides being a witty way of explaining what many of us believe, this tweet perfectly sums up a key reason why a lot of us fight. More importantly, it’s coming from someone who is openly liberal, who has a bigger audience than any of us do that ranges from openly liberal to conservative, with a lot of apolitical in between. That group of “apolitical” is the ball game. Not to be confused with self-professed moderates (who are really just leftists in disguise).

This is why it’s so important to play outside the echo chamber. It’s where minds are changed. Seth MacFarlane should not be expressing anti-authoritarianism so much more effectively than we do, but we should at least be smart enough to take advantage of it when someone like him does.

There’s a whole big world out there outside of “Obama’s a socialist!” If you don’t stop to look around every once in a while, you could miss it.

Right now, Conservatives are.

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