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.


Learn more about your Constitution with Jake MacAulay and the Institute on the Constitution and receive your free gift.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Messianic Rabbi’s Warning To America Goes Viral

New York Times bestselling author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah and celebrated public speaker Jonathan Cahn issued a warning to the nation last week from the heart of the U.S. Capitol building. Video of Cahn’s remarks has already been viewed over 5 million times online.

Cahn, speaking at the annual “Washington: Man of Prayer” event on April 29, delivered a message in the vein of Israel’s ancient prophet Jeremiah about what he believes the future of the nation holds, short of a major course correction.

Quoting the prophet, he asked, “Has a nation ever exchanged its gods? Yet my nation has exchanged their glory for that which cannot help them.”

To the members of Congress and others gathered in the Capitol’s famed Statuary Hall, he first made the case that the United States was dedicated to God by the Founders.

Cahn pointed out that the very date they were meeting was the anniversary of the first settlers planting a cross at Cape Henry, Virginia, and dedicating the nation to God on April 29, 1607.

The Washington: Man of Prayer event itself draws some of its inspiration from George Washington’s actions and words during his inauguration as the first president of the United States on April 30, 1789.

It was Washington who decided he would swear his oath of office on the Bible (which every president has done since) as recognition of who holds ultimate authority. He also added the words, “So help me God” to the oath.

Cahn noted that following Washington’s inauguration, the newly sworn-in president and the Congress went to nearby St. Paul’s Church in New York City and dedicated the nation to God.

Their actions were consistent with the call Washington had just made in his first inaugural address, saying:

…it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe…that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes… No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.

Later in his address, our nation’s first president warned: “we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”

Cahn quoted Washington’s warning and his belief that the United States has disregarded those “eternal rules of order and right,” citing the over 50 million babies that have been aborted in the United States and the rise of homosexual marriage as two examples.

Like ancient Israel–a nation dedicated to God, but which ultimately turned away from God–the United States now too has “celebrated immorality and persecuted righteousness” and “profaned the sacred and sanctified the profane.”

Cahn pointed to the Supreme Court hearing regarding whether homosexual marriage should become a constitutional right, which had taken place the day before the Man of Prayer gathering, saying: “The very fact that the event should take place is a sign in itself that this is the America of Washington’s warning.”  He added: “We are a nation at war against its own foundation.” The Messianic minister observed that the Supreme Court opens each session with the call, “God Save this Honorable Court!”

If this court should overrule the word of God and strike down the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself ordained, how then will God save it? Justices, can you judge the ways of God? There is another court and there another judge, where all men and all judges will give account.

If a nation’s high court should pass judgment on the Almighty, should you then be surprised God will pass judgment on the court and that nation? We are doing that which Israel did on the altars of Baal.

Cahn ended on a hopeful call to action, which brought the crowd to its feet. He said “let us determine not to bow our knees to false gods of this world”:

We will bow our knees to Jesus the Messiah, the King of all kings, the Lord of all lords, the Judge of all judges, the light of the world, the glory of Israel, the foundation stone upon which this nation came into existence, the only answer, the only chance that America has, that it might once again shine again with the light of the presence of the living God, and not go to hell, so help us God!

h/t: Q Political 

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Watch Obama Falsely Compare Himself To George Washington…And This NBC Reporter’s Reaction

Image Credit: NBC News

It’s certainly not the first time Barack Obama has shown his ignorance of American history; nor is it the most flagrant historical foul the president has committed.

Some of Obama’s previous flubs of historical fact have been so glaring that in a March 2012 piece for Real Clear Politics, Carl Cannon observed that our president:

…shares with his fellow Americans one of their most dubious national traits: a nonchalant disregard for historical accuracy.

In an age when Twitter and other social media can propagate with distressing efficiency the fake Lincoln quote, the false Twain quip, the invented Ben Franklin advice, Obama is a president for our times.

And in an interview segment “for our times” — inasmuch as it featured a prominent piece of historical fiction offered by Obama that was unchallenged by the NBC reporter — the president made a comparison between what happens in the kitchen of his White House and that of President George Washington…

…except that Washington never lived in the White House…something one might reasonably expect a principal resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to know.

In an interview that aired prior to the Super Bowl on NBC — the president’s seventh chatty exchange year after year before the big game — “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie visited with a casually dressed Obama in the executive mansion’s kitchen. One subject of their talk — the White House special ale brewed on site from honey out of the first lady’s garden beehives.

You can see Obama’s boast about the homemade brew that he said marked the first time “booze” has been made in the White House since George Washington did it…which he didn’t.

NBC’s Guthrie let the factual flub pass, but attentive twitter users did not.

h/t Twitchy

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Obama Versus Washington On Thanksgiving


Last week, when “Fox & Friends” highlighted my most recent column, titled “Neutering Religious Holidays,” liberals came out of the woodwork to try to defend President Barack Obama’s record. So I decided to do a little research and see just how spiritual his past Thanksgiving addresses have been and compare them with the thoughts of our founding president, George Washington.

In 2013, Obama’s Thanksgiving address didn’t give a single mention of the Pilgrims, their Christian devotion, or thanks to God. He did, however, share his gratitude for the Native Americans and their “generosity during that first Thanksgiving.” He gave a litany of “we give thanks” lines, but none of them included faith.

In 2012, Obama didn’t make a single reference to the Pilgrims, their faith, their God, or his God, either. Instead, he explained that Thanksgiving is a nonspiritual day for his family and most Americans: “For us, like so many of you, this is a day full of family and friends, food and football. It’s a day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap — at least until after dinner. But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks, for each other and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.”

He made a single generic reference to our religious choice, but in a twisted progressive reinterpretation of Thanksgiving’s purpose: “Today we give thanks for blessings that are all too rare in this world — the ability to spend time with the ones we love, to say what we want, to worship as we please, to know that there are brave men and women defending our freedom around the globe, and to look our children in the eye and to tell them that here in America, no dream is too big if they’re willing to work for it.”

Obama declared that “Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective,” but that refocus didn’t include God or faith. Rather, it was just “to remember that, despite our differences, we are — and always will be — Americans first and foremost.”

Going back to 2011, I finally found a reference to the “first Thanksgiving” in Obama’s Thanksgiving address, but it was not exactly our traditional religious picture of the Pilgrims. In fact, it had nothing to do with the Pilgrims giving thanks to their Christian God for their survival and harvest. Rather, he said, “The very first Thanksgiving was a celebration of community during a time of great hardship.” He said the Pilgrims “had faith that tomorrow would be better than today,” but there was no mention of their faith in God. (Sounds as if Obama’s indoctrination as a community coordinator was successful under the tutelage of Bill Ayers and Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.”)

In 2010, in a 700-word Thanksgiving address, the president didn’t give a single reference to any aspect of Thanksgiving’s religious history, its religious purpose, or gratitude in God, either, save the tip of his hat to “the God-given bounty of America.” Yet he didn’t forget to include the same old progressive drivel for Americans to consider our country’s journey “since that first Thanksgiving.”

In 2009, Obama started his reign with a Thanksgiving address that excluded any reference to a Pilgrim or Thanksgiving’s real history and any gratitude to God, though he did conclude with the words “God bless you.”

For five years, the president has flunked Thanksgiving Day remembrance and proclamation. Will he do so again in 2014?

Friends, what am I missing? If it were up to President Obama and his liberal minions across this land, Thanksgiving would turn into nothing more than a day of gratitude for things like his Affordable Care Act. We can’t allow that to happen.

We must continue to explain to our children and our children’s children about the religiously steeped history of Thanksgiving. We must tell them about the devoted Christian faith of the Pilgrims and how they crossed the Atlantic clutching their Geneva Bibles. They trusted in God and Jesus despite facing horrendous hardships and loss of life. They learned to “give thanks in everything” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and the Almighty rewarded their perseverance and faith.

And along with all that believing history, we must remind our posterity what I said last week: Let us never forget there was once a time in the U.S. when people and even presidents weren’t afraid to stand for traditional values and encourage others to do the same.

If Obama is looking for a Thanksgiving address this Thursday to model, then I recommend he look no further than Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I dare him to cite them even in part.

In fact, I’d call on all Americans to read one or both of their speeches in their entirety before they bow their heads in thanks for the Thanksgiving meal. You can easily find them through an Internet search.

Washington was the first president to issue a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, and his action wasn’t alone. In 1789, the first year of his presidency, Congress passed a resolution that asked Washington to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God.”

So on Oct. 3, 1789, President Washington gave a 450-word religious proclamation which contains, from beginning to end, nothing but a list of blessings for which the nation should be thankful to exclusively God.

Among those bountiful blessings is this partial list from Washington:

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor … now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks … and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions.”



The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Why Obama Needs Protection From The People

Photo credit: Barack Obama (Flickr)

One would think that with all of the admiration Barack Hussein Obama has from the American people (so the state-run media would have you believe), the last thing he would need would be more protection from the people he is reportedly serving. Yet, it was recently reported that he is building a wall around the White House at taxpayer expense to insulate himself from them.

America is awake to the fact that the southern border of the United States remains unsecure, and the illegal aliens are invading on a daily basis. Yet, his house needs to be secure by building a wall of protection against the people of this country that he serves? How telling! What is legal for him seems to be illegal for the American people (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). He works for you! Why is he so heavily protected against his own people?

Anyone who travels to Washington, D.C. will know what I am talking about. When the president’s motorcade goes through town, every road is blocked off by armed officers; and any building the president enters is searched over with a fine-toothed comb.

The Secret Service was originally created in 1865 to suppress counterfeit currency. It had nothing to do with the president’s safety until 1907, when Congress passed the Sundry Civil Expenses Act, which now meant that two men would be in charge of the president’s safety full-time. The Secret Service now has 3,200 employees; and whenever the president leaves the White House, the Secret Service calls on other federal, state, and local agencies to heighten security measures.

Until Harry Truman’s presidency, former presidents were dropped off at their homes and were provided no special pension, security, or other benefits. They would become an average American citizen, just like those they served.

When president, Truman would take daily walks around Washington with a bodyguard or two in tow. American citizens could walk right up and shake his hand.

What has happened since then? When presidents work for the people, they feel safe enough to walk up and be friendly with their constituents. However, when they work for special interests and are being treated as crowned kings (which they are not), they suddenly feel that they need to be protected from their constituents. Is the writing on the wall? Yes, indeed it is.

Look at the parallel between President Washington and the current administration:

  • In 1789, the federal government under President Washington had 350 federal civilian employees; today, they number in the millions!
  • In 1832, the total federal budget was $11 million; in 2011, it was over $4 trillion!
  • Since 1900, the total number of government laws and regulations the average citizen is required to obey has increased an estimated 3,000 percent.

James Madison stated that “every word of (the Constitution) decides a question between power and liberty.” As the government increases control over the people, this leads to a corresponding decrease of individual liberty and responsibility.

The real problem is when all this power becomes centralized and is left unchecked by the public, then comes the rationale that “they have the badge, they must be right.”

Pages: 1 2

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom