And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest,
And peace on earth
among men in whom He is well pleased.
His lord said unto him, `Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.' Matthew 25:21
Transcript and Analysis of the President's Weekly Radio Address:
“Honoring Our Veterans for Their Service and Sacrifice”
The White House Press Office: — In this week’s address, President Obama spoke from the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego during Veterans Day, and he called on all Americans to rededicate themselves to serving our brave men and women in uniform as well as they have served us. Today, there are more than 850,000 veterans unemployed, which is why the President issued a challenge to private companies to hire or train more than 100,000 post-9/11 veterans or their spouses by 2013, and he was pleased to see the Senate pass proposals in his American Jobs Act on Thursday to give businesses tax credits for hiring veterans. President Obama told veterans that just as they have fought for us, he will continue to fight
for jobs and opportunities for them, and that the United States will always honor their service and sacrifice.
Saturday Morning Radio Address Saturday Morning, November 12th, 2011
"Liberty Under God"
I’m speaking to you from the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in San Diego. This is one of the biggest ships in the Navy, and on Friday it was home to one of the most unique college basketball games I’ve ever seen. It also gave members of our military and our veterans a chance to unwind a little bit, and on this Veterans Day, I want to take this opportunity to thank all our men and women in uniform for their service and their sacrifice.
Don't be fooled.
He's not changing subjects from the last few weeks.
This is still about the Jobs Bill.
He's using veterans to push his Jobs Bill.
But this day isn’t just about thanking our veterans. It’s about rededicating ourselves to serving our veterans as well as they’ve served us. And right now, that’s more important than ever.
"Serve" the veterans by passing my jobs bill, is what he's saying.
Last month, I announced that, as promised, we will end the war in Iraq by the end of the year. Many of our military families will be welcoming loved ones home for the holidays. At the same time, we’ve begun to wind down the war in Afghanistan. And in the next five years, over a million servicemembers will transition back into civilian life – joining the 3 million who have already done so over the last decade.
What if FDR had announced in 1942, "We will end World War II by the end of 1943"?
These are men and women who have served with distinction in some of the most dangerous places on the planet. But for many of them, the challenges don’t end when they take off the uniform. Today, more than 850,000 veterans remain unemployed. And too many are struggling to find a job worthy of their talents and experience.
That’s not right. We ask these men and women to leave their families and their jobs and risk their lives to fight for our country. The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they get home.
To give our veterans the opportunities they’ve earned, I’ve directed the federal government to lead by example – and already, we’ve hired 120,000 veterans. We’ve also challenged private companies to hire or train 100,000 post-9/11 veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013. So far, many patriotic companies have answered the call, hiring more than 16,000 Americans. And yesterday, thanks to the hard work of Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden, companies announced their commitment to train or hire 125,000 more over the next two years.
Who wants to hire someone who volunteers to fight an unconstitutional war against the innocent? Who wants to hire someone who volunteers to overthrow a government that permits Christian evangelism and replace it with an Islamic Theocracy under Sharia Law?
But we need to do more. That’s why, as part of the American Jobs Act, I called on Congress to pass a Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which would give businesses a tax break for each unemployed veteran they hire; and a Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, which would give businesses a tax break for hiring an unemployed veteran with a disability related to their service in uniform.
These proposals will go a long way towards putting our veterans back to work. And on Thursday, I was pleased to see the Senate put partisanship aside and come together to pass these tax credits. After all, standing up for our veterans isn’t a Democratic responsibility or a Republican responsibility – it’s an American responsibility. It’s one that all of us have an obligation to meet. And the House should pass this bill as soon as possible so I can sign it into law.
As Commander-in-Chief, I want every veteran to know that America will always honor your service and your sacrifice – not just today, but every day. And just as you fought for us, we’re going to keep fighting for you – for more jobs, for more security, for the opportunity to keep your families strong and America competitive in the 21st century.
So to all our veterans – thank you for your service. God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.
“Hello, I’m Congressman Joe Heck from the great state of Nevada.
“As an active member of the Army Reserve for more than 20 years, I have a deep appreciation for my fellow servicemen and women, as well as their families. On Veterans Day, we consider the debt of gratitude we owe all these brave patriots for the sacrifices they’ve made so that we may live free.
It is true that many veterans have exhibited bravery. We can be inspired by their acts. But they put themselves in harm's way for an unjust cause. They are not good role models in this respect.
"Insurgents," "terrorists," and "enemy combatants" often exhibit bravery. We give them no credit for their bravery, because their cause is not just.
“I’ve deployed three times in my military career, most recently in 2008 to western Iraq, where I was running the emergency services section of a combat support hospital.
“One night, we got the call over the radio from a helicopter saying they were coming in with a Marine who had been shot. We got ready and waited. About two minutes out the radio crackled again and the medic on the helicopter said they’d lost him. Still, we did everything we could. We were unsuccessful. He was 20 years old.
“After the nursing staff carefully washed away the desert sand and dirt of battle, two of my medics came in with an American flag. I’m not sure where they got it – it might have come off the flagpole in front of the hospital. They proceeded to gently drape the Stars and Stripes over the body. They then took up a position of parade rest at the foot of the bed and stood there. And stood there, and stood there.
“Four hours later, I said, ‘You guys need a break.’ Their answer was, ‘Sir, never leave a fallen comrade.’
“Such is the caliber of the men and women we call ‘veterans.’ They’ve left stories like this all over the world. Love of country inspires them to serve, and looking out for one another is their highest priority on the battlefield. We can all learn a lot from that.
“So whenever you meet a veteran or see a young man or woman in uniform on the street, please take the opportunity to say ‘thank you.’ It’s the least we can do. And it’s how we keep the spirit of Veterans Day alive all year round.
Should we celebrate Christmas, or Veterans Day all year round?
“There’s more to it than that, of course. We owe it to our veterans to ensure they come home to a strong economy, so they can transition into civilian life and support their family with a good paying job.
Back to the jobs issue.
“Last month, the House of Representatives passed the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, which would provide training and assistance to unemployed veterans, and break down bureaucratic barriers preventing them from finding work. It’s smart legislation that members of both parties support, and I’m pleased the Senate passed it.
“We have a lot more to do. The House has passed several bipartisan bills to ensure all Americans have the opportunity to secure a good job to provide for their families. All of these jobs bills deserve the support of our Senators and a strong show of leadership from the president. Because with unemployment still much too high, we just can’t wait to take bipartisan action that will help put Americans back to work. Together, we can rise above politics to make certain our nation remains great and worthy of our veterans’ sacrifices.
“God bless our military and the country they so gallantly serve.”
Washington has removed what America's Founding Fathers said are the three most important things every school should teach. Do you know what they are?
November is A Month for Thanksgiving
November 24th is “Thanksgiving Day”
Thanksgiving is a federal holiday. Historically, this meant giving thanks to the God of the Bible. This is ironic, since the federal government is at war with the God of the Bible. The holiday represents an endorsement of prayer, since we give thanks to God through prayer, and yet the federal government says it must never "endorse" prayer or religion.
We should give thanks that America was once a Christian nation. We're still living off the capital built upon Christian foundations.
On April 6, 1789, following the ratification of the Constitution, George Washington was selected president; he accepted the position on April 14, 1789, and his inauguration was scheduled in New York City (the nation's capitol) for April 30, 1789. A leading New York Daily newspaper reported on the planned inaugural:
[O]n the morning of the day on which our illustrious President will be invested with his office, the bells will ring at nine o'clock, when the people may go up to the house of God and in a solemn manner commit the new government, with its important train of consequences, to the holy protection and blessing of the most high. An early hour is prudently fixed for this peculiar act of devotion and . . . is designed wholly for prayer. (New York Daily Advertiser, Thursday, April 23, 1789, p. 2)
The details of this report are in line with Congressional resolutions. On April 27, three days before the inauguration, the Senate:
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. (Annals of Congress, Vol 1, p. 25, April 27, 1789; available online at Library of Congress.)
[I]t would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves . . . . In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the
Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those 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; and . . . can not be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage.
[W]e 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 . . . . Messages and Papers of the Presidents, George Washington, Richardson, ed., vol. 1, p.44-45
The President, the Vice-President, the Senate, and House of Representatives, &c., then proceeded to St. Paul's Chapel, where Divine service was performed by the chaplain of Congress.
Several months later, Congress contemplated whether it should request the President to declare a national day of Thanksgiving. The Annals of Congress for Sept 25, 1789 record these discussions:
Mr [Elias] Boudinot said he could not think of letting the session pass over without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining with one voice in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings He had poured down upon them. With this view, therefore, he would move the following resolution:
Resolved, That a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States to request that he would 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, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a Constitution of government for their safety and happiness....
Mr. [Roger] Sherman justified the practice of thanksgiving, on any signal event, not only as a laudable one in itself but as warranted by a number of precedents in Holy Writ: for instance, the solemn thanksgivings and rejoicings which took place in the time of Solomon after the building of the temple was a case in point. This example he thought worthy of Christian imitation on the present occasion; and he would agree with the gentleman who moved the resolution. Mr Boudinot quoted further precedents from the practice of the late Congress, [he was a member of the Continental Congress from 1778-79 and 1781-84 and President of the Continental Congress 1782-83] and hoped the motion would meet a ready acquiescence. [Boudinot was also founder and first president of the American Bible Society.]
The question was now put on the resolution and it was carried in the affirmative.
On this very same day, Congress approved the final wording of the First Amendment.
The Congressional resolution was delivered to President Washington who heartily concurred with its request. On Oct 3, 1789, he issued the following proclamation:
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, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their
safety and happiness."
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, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and
particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
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, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion
and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Would Washington, Sherman, and other signers of the Founding Charters of America approve of a public school system in which non-sectarian prayer and Bible reading have no place? Isn't a "duty of all nations" a duty of schools as well? Are these the men who would create a "secular" constitution?
Only the most dedicated Secularist or the most ignorant fool could miss the truth.
How the Two Major Parties Differ from
the American Vision of "Liberty Under God":
From this aspect, therefore, the whole of economics can be reduced to a single lesson, and that lesson can be reduced to a single sentence: The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.
America's Founders envisioned the American people, acting as businessmen, humanitarians, and missionaries, engaging in commercial and charitable activities around the world, bringing peace and receiving the admiration of the world.
"The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible."
— Washington, Farewell Address (1796) [Washington’s emphasis]
"I deem [one of] the essential principles of our government, and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration,…peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."
— Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (1801)
“Why Americans Should
365 Days a Year”
The word "Christ" means "King." The Message of Christmas and the Principles set forth by the Christ (the Messiah) who came that first Christmas are the real solution to America's problems. The Federal Government is at war with Christmas and "The Way of Peace" announced by the Prince of Peace. The Government should be on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6-7). Abolishing a Messianic State is the only appropriate way to honor the Messiah. Otherwise Christmas becomes mass hypocrisy.
John the Baptist prepares the way for the Messiah, as prophesied of Elijah.
As you read the Gospel accounts, ask yourself how you would react if you knew these accounts were really true. Not just true in some "religious" sense, but reported in the New York Times, proven in a court of law, or acknowledged by your personal hero. (How do you know something is true? Do you even have any "heroes?") How should you change your life if your Creator became a human being? How should Washington D.C. react if this human being claimed to be the true Ruler?
The Prophet Micah predicted that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Jesus' parents lived in Nazereth. Therefore God predestined Caesar to issue a decree (probably relating to taxes) that would bring Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem before Jesus was born.
Bush claims the same global power of confiscation and migration as Caesar did. Thousands of Christians have been forced to move out of Iraq to make way for Bush's Islamic Theocracy.
An army of angels announces the birth of the Messiah, saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace to those with whom He is pleased!”
Man's chief end is to glorify God and live in peace. The Bush Administration's chief end is to erect a "wall of separation" between God and government so that the State gives no glory to God, and to wage war, thereby "stimulating the economy."
When Herod got word of the birth of a rival king, he behaved in a perfectly logical way (for someone who wants to protect his power): he massacred all male babies the age of Jesus. Herod recognized that Jesus was a threat to Herod's power.
Every day in America 4,000 unborn babies are murdered. These babies must threaten something.
Millions of Americans who call themselves Christians, on the other hand, are no threat to tyranny. None of them are being killed. Bush has killed a thousand times more human beings than Herod did, and confiscated a billion times more wealth than Herod did.
Herod's son Antipas played a small role in the execution of Jesus Christ. But Jesus rose from the dead, was enthroned on the throne of David at the right hand of God, and assumed the rightful role of King over all nations.
That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths."
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
In that day, saith the LORD,
will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.
Mark Denton - Springfield
I am confused, the Libertarian movement, as best defined by Ayn Rand is completely opposed to Religion in politics. So aren't the terms Libertarian and Evangelical out of whack with each other?
Thanks for the question, Mark. Only a tiny fraction of libertarians would say that only atheists can be libertarians. Only a tiny fraction of evangelicals would agree with Rand's definition of "faith" (I'm just stipulating; I don't know of a single one).
Tony - Seven Springs In regards to constructive capitalism, I was thinking about a documentary my wife and I recently watched called "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox." Though he is eccentric and by no means is he Christian in the orthodox sense, he did latch on to some Christian principles in doing business. This documentary is available on Netflix instant. [link] "The Search for God and Guinness" by Stephen Mansfield. The tagline is "A biography of the beer that changed the world." "It began in Ireland in the late 1700s. The water in Ireland, indeed throughout Europe, was famously undrinkable, and the gin and whiskey that took its place was devastating civil society. It was a disease ridden, starvation plagued, alcoholic age, and Christians like Arthur Guinness-as well as monks and even
evangelical churches-brewed beer that provided a healthier alternative to the poisonous waters and liquors of the times. This is where the Guinness tale began. Now, 246 years and 150 countries later, Guinness is a global brand, one of the most consumed beverages in the world. The tale that unfolds during those two and a half centuries has power to thrill audiences today: the generational drama, business adventure, industrial and social reforms, deep-felt faith, and the beer itself." [link] In regards to debt, interest, and going into business. On page 54 of this book, Arthur Guinness received 100 pounds as an inheritance from his father's friend Dr. Price who had passed away. Not until 7 years later of hard work, was he able
to buy the land that an old brewery sat on, getting a 9,000 year long lease. There was no mention about going into debt.
Questions from previous Town Halls:
Carol - Orange, CA
Is your position on the Bible that it substantially --- teaches from the beginning to end --- that the civil magistrate is a hostile to the Kingdom of God? If so, what do you think about starting a Bible study with this UP FRONT statement about the civil magistrate/STATE. And make sentence by sentence connections through the scriptures to this proposition.
The entity called "the civil magistrate" is the worst idea that human beings have ever come up with. It was designed by evil doers to do evil, but well-intentioned people have also endorsed it.
Pete - California Do you think recapturing the original interpretation of His-story might be a useful change to the conversation?
It would be great, of course. What part of "history" were you thinking of? Whose "original interpretation" of history were you thinking of?
Tony - Seven Springs
1. How would you commentate/exegete Revelation 21:24-26 where the Scripture speaks of "the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it (i.e. into the new Jerusalem/new heavens and earth, which I take to be the new covenant)? Who are the kings? Is this signifying that civil governments with rulers over nations will continue on? Can you give me some clarification from your worldview?
I see it as the end of their reign, not the continuation. Verse 23 says:
"And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
The language of sun, moon, and stars is the language of the fall of political powers. It signifies the end of their autonomous reign and their subservience to the reign of the Lamb. Jesus said those who obey Him are not archists.
2. From your point of view about the death penalty no longer necessary to be carried out by man, because of Jesus' death, can the same logic be applied to animals no longer being used as a food source. Since animals became a food source after the fall when they were sacrificed as a covering/offering. Now that Christ died and no longer are animals to be sacrificed, should animals still be put to death for consumption? Especially since Isaiah 65:25 reveals that animals will begin to revert back to plant based food. Am I reading into this too much?
While killing animals can make atonement, I can't think of any way eating animals would do so (except where specifically required as part of the sacrificial ritual. Daily diet is different.)
As I recall (without taking time to look anything up) they didn't become a food source until after the Flood.
I once did a Bible study on this subject and it just about split the church! I got a lot of ideas from Arthur Custance on metabolism, etc. Heard of him? Google custance and "doorway papers" Are you familiar with Jim Jordan? He treats the animals as symbolic of men and the dietary change in animals as symbolic of a change in behavior.
How do you fit in 1 Timothy 4:3
"Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
Tony - Seven Springs
What do you think of Ron Paul?
He's great on paper -- I agree with him on nearly every issue. His stand on the issues against big government has been heroic. He's not as great on TV as a candidate. It sometimes seems to me that he doesn't believe anybody is going to agree with him, and that we're all headed for "the crack-up boom." He seems grumpy. He needs to be more effervescent and inviting, to make liberty more attractive. he does this at pro-Paul rallies, but not in hostile environments.
I did a little post-broadcast research on Gary Johnson. He is pro-choice and pro-homosexual union. I will not mention him favorably again. Ron Paul is not aggressively pro-life enough to suit me, but he is in the right camp on the issues, and Gary Johnson is not. Abortion and homosexuality are bellwether issues. They tell you a lot about the candidate.
Tony - Seven Springs
Should Christians running for office who claim to be Christians, should they be quoting from the Bible more and appealing to God's word as the source of law?
Some good people would say no (Chuck Colson, David Barton). I say yes. Go ahead, call me a "theocrat." The laws of our Creator are objectively revealed in the Bible so that we don't have to rely on subjective intuitions of "natural law." This point needs to be pressed. The authority of God in the Bible needs to be a matter of public discourse and social consciousness. We need the Christian religion, not secular subjectivism.
William - Irvine, CA Kevin, sorry my wife and I haven't been able to call in lately to your wonderful program sat mornings. we've been going to a protest demonstration at the Fullerton police dept. in asking for justice be done in the murdering of a homeless man kelly thomas by six officers, and tazered 6 times.. the before and after picture of this man is horrible in what they did to him, as his last words were dad,dad, dad.. he had also a little mental problem, but still this was not proper,,, there have been 500 hundred of all kinds of people asking for justice be done.. you can google kellythomasfullertonprotest and see some of this.. praise GOD we so far can stand up to the authorities with some freedom to make a statement.!! Bless you Kevin talk to you soon.. keep up the great work !!!
Our goal should not be to "protest" the police and other archists, but to bring about repentance on the part of police -- as individuals and as a Department. "Protests" can harden hearts. "Protests" depersonalize: "us-them." Police circle the wagons to protect themselves against the "protesters" without really listening to the issues. Suppose one of the tasering police was your next-door neighbor. Or imagine that you're at the DMV holding #123, and one of the officers is next to you with #124, and they just called #38. How will your conversation go in the next 45 minutes? Will you "protest" or will you engage in a conversation that might lead to repentance?
Cheri Quillin - Jasper
I ask, WHICH religion is to be represented by this THEOCRACY? The terms for Deity in the Declaration of Independence (the three times it is mentioned): "Nature's God" "Creator" "Supreme Judge of the World" "Nature's God"? Even pagans worship this aspect of God. "Creator"? All religions that I know of have belief in a "creator". "Supreme Judge of the World"? Any particular religion for this? So, I ask: if the Declaration of Independence is a "theocratic document" - then WHICH RELIGION? By the way, I'm a resident of Jasper County, and I vote. I will NOT SUPPORT ANYONE WHO CO-MINGLES CHURCH AND STATE. I've studied the Holy Roman Empire, and the crusades. I've studied the Muslim theocracies, and I want NO PART of such a thing. LIBERTARIANS avoid such a thing. LIBERTARIANS are for freedoms
from undue government influence. You, sir - are no Libertarian.
Back in 1892, The Supreme Court of the United States declared that America is a Christian nation. The Court cited the Declaration of Independence as evidence of this. You say that "pagans" worship a god using terms found in the Declaration of Independence. But clearly, the Framers of the Declaration were Christian, not pagans, and intended the Christian God, not a pagan god. You say "all religions" believe in a creator. But none of these religions were represented in Philadelphia during the Framing of the Declaration or the Constitution. (Leaving alone the fact that many religions, like Buddhism, do not believe in god or a creator.) The question, "Which religion," is
obvious to any intelligent observer, as the Supreme Court noted.
I too want no part of a Muslim theocracy, which is quite different from a Christian Theocracy.
"Freedom from undue government influence" is not enough for me. For me, all government influence is "undue." If I am not a Libertarian, it is because I am an anarchist, and advocate the complete abolition of "the government" and its oppressive influence.
Drew - St. Louis
You are nucking futz. What version of the Bible uses the word Archist? Or did you pull that rancid catfish out of your nethers?
"Drew" obviously went to a government-run school. Click here to look at the Greek text of Mark 10:42-45. The Greek word arcein in verse 42 is the word from which we get the English word "anarchist." The word "anarchist" means "not" an "archist." We don't often think about the literal meaning of the word "anarchist." (And "Drew" probably doesn't think very much at all. Maybe this will get him started!)
Carol - Orange, Ca
Debt, debt, debt----No one takes the Law of God seriously, so we are drowning in DEBT. Proverbs 22:7--The borrower is the servant (slave) of the lender. IMHO in this verse is a succinct summation of our whole problem. Among the many verses that speak against debt living, these two in the NT speak especially strongly against this practice of living on our home loans and credit and debit cards---I Cor. 6:10---For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit; and I Cor. 7:23--You are bought with a price; be not the servants of men. Are we Christians? Do we read the WORD OF GOD, folks?? We are literally sinking, second by second into a sea of a quadrillion dollars of bad debts. You say, "I never borrowed anything like that amount of money." Ah, dear citizen and dear Christian, you live on credit and thereby you gave the
lender your precious ownership rights, which God says plainly belong to Him! God will not be mocked. We are in serious trouble. Repent, dear Christian!
Attempts by Jews and Christians to project Esther or Ezekiel into our future are unjustified.
Jim Means - Branson, MO
The only benefit I see from our Libyan adventure is a boost to our arms industry which has been slowing with the winding down of Iraqi operations. The War Powers Act has been unconstitutional from its inception. No matter which side we support in the middle east we are supporting people who hate the U.S. It is a no win situation.
Jim Means - Branson, MO
Forbes quote of the day yesterday: "There is no doubt that the real destroyer of the liberties of any people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and largess." If Plutarch could see it in ancient Greece, politicians must recognize it today and do not care about our liberties.
Liberty is destroyed if these gifts are taken by force, and liberty is destroyed when the recipient becomes dependent upon the redistributor of stolen wealth.
Jim Means - Branson, MO
A republican senator from Wisconsin writing in the Wall Street Journal this week claimed that we have the best health care system in the world, that the death rate from prostate cancer is 608% higher in Great Britain, a blatant misstatement of the facts. Britain's death rate from prostate cancer is actually lower than ours. We need to find policies that can make our health care system open to free market solutions that will provide a better solution than national health care run by the government or the insane system we have now.
All the evidence I've seen indicates that under British, Canadian, and other socialist healthcare systems, people are not allowed to seek testing/diagnosis or treatment earlier than the government rationing system allows, and that more die as a result. If I could find a link to the source that claims there are more deaths in the U.S., I would interact with it.
Jim Means - Branson, MO
The life expectancy in Afghanistan is 36 years one of the lowest in the world. We are contributing to the low life expectancy as we continue to kill Afghans.
Life expectancy is higher in Christian nations. Violence is lower, health is higher.
Edge: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE By Steven Pinker Debunks the idea that humans are peaceable by nature and corrupted by modern institutions. Pinker doesn't say it, but humans by nature want to be their own god, and this violent tendency needs to be restrained by institutions created by the Gospel: family, school, employment, charity, etc.
Jim Means - Branson, MO
The Muslim says: I worship the God of Abraham. I never miss any of my five daily prayers. My lips never touch alcohol. I am faithful to my four wives. I have memorized the holy Quran. A so-called Christian who seldom goes to church, tolerates alcohol consumption, has sex outside of marriage, knows no more than a few verses of his scriptures, and worships the fraudulent son of our god who is complete within himself and needs no sons or holy ghosts to carry out his will dares to call mine a "false" religion?
Many muslims are more dedicated than many who call themselves Christians, no doubt. A true Christian and a true American is an "extremist."
The "Supreme Judge of the World" mentioned in the Declaration of Independence is Jesus Christ, according to the Jefferson Bible. If Jesus really said these things (as Jefferson apparently believes He did) then he was insane if He is not really God. He was nuts to allow the Jews to crucify Him for claiming to be God if He was not really God. Taken as a whole, the Bible claims that Jesus was Divine, as well as the Holy Spirit.
This belief has been the foundation of liberty in the Western World.
Jim Means - Walnut Shade
Eliminate all those departments and add thousands to the unemployment lines. This is not going to help our Libertarian image in the eyes of the general public as uncaring, selfish individuals.
(1) USPS employees will be employed by FedEx, UPS, etc.
(2) Government waste can be invested in new jobs and increased productivity.
(3) This increased productivity = lower prices and a higher standard of living, even if postal employees have leaner, more competitive wages than they had in government.
It is selfish of government employees to use force to protect their uncompetitive job. They advance their own short-term interests at the expense of others and even at the expense of their own long-term prosperity and that of their children.
Allow the USPS, a separate corporation not a government department to close unnecessary post offices, limit hours and otherwise streamline their services and UPS, FedEx and other private services would have a hard time competing.
Correct. It's hard to compete with a government agency that gets to cut services and still charge the same amount. Competitive business in the Free Market can't get away with that.
Parkinson's Law is at work in large corporations as well as government bureaus. At least the corporations can scale back in tough times. That has produced our current high unemployment and slow recovery as the corporations enjoy higher profits and their unnecessary employees take our taxes in unemployment benefits
"scaling back" is a very good thing; exactly what needs to take place. Government has been printing up new money and giving it to special-interest businesses, which percolates throughout the economy, creating an artificial "boom." All these false investments need to be liquidated, as they do not reflect real consumer preferences. Government-created employment needs to be replaced with high unemployment, followed by consumer-created employment.
The CIA claims ten percent of Egyptians are Christian, 10% of them, Coptic.
Christians were underground in a hostile nation until the conversion of the emperor Constantine.
Then with government and the church in partnership, political power corrupted the church.
I'd like to add a bit to last week's answer. I believe the most pressing priority is not reading other books "for spiritual, political and health issues," but to build the foundation.
And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
The majority of our time needs to be on the foundations, including volunteer work mentoring those who did not or do not have families that reliably build foundations:
Deuteronomy 6:6-13 7and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up. 10"And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which He swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities which thou built not, 11and houses full of all good things which thou filled not, and wells dug which thou dug not, vineyards and olive trees which thou planted not, when thou shalt have eaten and be full, 12then beware lest thou forget the LORD who brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
This is exactly where we are today. Because the foundations have been ripped out of public schools, we have forgotten God, and are ready to be dropped in the lap of a new Pharaoh.
The next verse is interesting, because it seems like a change of subject, but it's not really:
13Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve Him, and shalt swear by His name.
Our politicians do not take their oaths in the name of God, and they break them. Oaths are a reflection of foundations, of worldview. We should avoid getting lost in detail, and missing the big picture.
sir william - irvine,calif.
how do we get our church away from dispensational thinking and the likes of c s scofield ,hal lindsey so on,,what question should we ask them to get them to think
You must take them by the hand and walk a mile with them. Weeks and weeks of Bible studies.
Sandra - Irvine
So for me to be an optimist I must be a responsibalist — to respond to the ability god has given me—do I understand you?
cariie miller - st louis mo
are you that unamerician that you want to change constition letst change the free speech that you hide behine youre just un speakable in your ideas
Every single person who signed the Constitution would agree that the Constitution should be repealed and the government it created should be abolished. If that isn't obvious to you, by comparing the Bush-Obama regime against the Declaration of Independence, then you're a victim of educational malpractice, and you're just not a very good American.
carrie miller - st louis mo
are you un educated or just stupid
Jim - WALNUT SHADE
The invisible hand seems to have given us a situation where nearly all new business development is based on the distribution and sale of goods produced on foreign soil. It will be a while before we need any new construction as the nation is full of empty residential and commercial buildings. Where is the hope for near term employment increase?
Jim - WALNUT SHADE Asking for parent one and parent two on the passport application must make the children in single parent households feel inadequate. The question needs to be eliminated and the information, if necessary, can be taken from the applicant's birth certificate that must be sent with the application.
Carol - California
GATES What is the significance of the gates in eg. Prov. 31:23 and 31. Is the idea here something that would be a goal of FAMILY homeschooling. Should FATHERS aspire to be known in the gates. Should Fathers and Mothers be teaching their SONS to be known in the gates? In this sense, is it constructive to understand further what it means to be KNOWN IN THE GATES?
Jim - Walnut Shade That sounds like the mullah's stance that Jesus or an imam is coming back to unite the world under Shari'a and bring eternal peace to a Muslim world.
The Bible does not teach that Jesus is "coming again soon." But the Bible does teach that Jesus came at the first Christmas to create a "New World Order." Atheists, Christians, and Muslims all agree on the necessity for a world order.
Islam is an imitation of Christianity. True Christianity does not teach that Christ will bring peace at a future coming, but that already is the Prince of Peace, and that Christians are priests and kings who should implement His Reign in the world today.
The "United Nations" is the secular equivalent of the Christian and Islamic ideal of world order.
The true Christian conception of world order is not a global police state, or a global priest-state, but global Anarcho-Theocracy.
Carol - ORANGE, CA
Kevin -- Could you discuss what Romans 13 means when it says that rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. This in the light of what you have said about the evil of governments.
"Theocracy" and "globalism" are inescapable concepts. Every government is a "theocracy." Every government is the forcible legislation of somebody's morality. The source of that morality is the "god" of the society. In a Secular Humanist theocracy, every man is his own god, but the State or Party claims to embody the "general will."
Every theocracy seek global dominion. Obviously atheistic communism sought international hegemony. So does the atheistic "New World Order" of the Bush-Obama regime.
If Christians do not seek a global theocracy, they will be brought under tribute to the theocracy of another religion. A truly Christian Theocracy is an "Anarcho-Theocracy."
Carol in California: Everybody: Read Ezekiel 33. What do you think about the call to be a WATCHMAN? In what context did this call come? What were the main subjects being discussed in those chapters? What activities and practices and persons were being condemned? Does this OT call apply to our lives, culture, churches, government,etc.? Does this Watchman idea relate to your campaign of LIBERTY UNDER GOD? How? What are crucial lessons here?
Ezekiel 33 - NKJV
The "watchman" was to "warn the wicked of his way to turn from it" (v. 9), not just to say, "the sword is coming!" and encourage pre-emptive military strikes or "survivalism."
A very disapointed citizen - Jamestown,NY
Are you a joke? Really?! Your trying to discriminate against and entire nation of people such a homosexuals i hope you know the thing you're saying a litrally brining thousands of people to tears and mabey most of the united states of american is apart of the christian community there are others out there
Nicole Trujillo - Clever
what relationship do you see America having with Israel?
It depends on how you define "America." The federal government of the United States should have no relationship with Israel other than necessary treaties which the Constitution authorizes. No foreign aid to Israel from the federal government (and no foreign aid to anti-Israeli Muslim nations either). In short, "no entangling alliances."
Voter - Branson
Kevin, I agree with many of the stances on your website. However, I cannot find much information about you as a person. Can you please tell us about yourself? Also, according to your position for fewer taxes and less spending, Congressmen would have to be willing to sacrifice tax-rendered compensation for the public good. Can you convince us that your own personal financial situation would not create a conflict of interest when it came to choosing between the public's needs and your own needs?
1. Some personal info is found here at the bottom of the page.
2. A whole lot more is here.
3. More important than who I am, is who I strive to be. See here.
4. My personal financial situation is living in poverty. If elected, I would stage "money bombs" and other programs to raise money to make sure that -- just as environmentalists worry about "carbon footprints" -- I would not leave a "taxpayer footprint" in my wake. In other words, as much as possible, I would not compel taxpayers to pay for my presence in Washington D.C. This means following Ron Paul's practice of returning the bulk of the allocated money for Congressional Staff. It doesn't take a large staff to follow the Constitution, only to meet and deal with lobbyists. There will be none of that in my office. I have formed a non-profit organization to do the work of spreading the vision of "Vine & Fig
Tree," and I would work through that organization to accomplish my goals, and not use extortion to raise money from taxpayers.
Education -- so the next generation can understand what America's Founders fought and died for. No government promotion of schools (rather than homeschooling) or colleges (rather than apprenticeship or online alternatives).
Energy -- the key to a rising standard of living, the current chain to the Middle East
The men who signed a Declaration of Independence against tyranny would not be happy with today's government - a government more tyrannical than any they could have imagined.
The men who threw tea into the Boston Harbor over a tax of 3 pence per pound would not be happy with a tax ten times greater on every gallon of gas.
Those who took up muskets over a total tax burden of less than 3% would not be happy with the fact that the federal government now takes more than half of everything you earn.
Today it is illegal for public school teachers to teach their students that the Declaration of Independence is really true (and not just an outdated historical document). The federal government is clearly at war with everything the Founding Fathers stood for.
America's greatest Americans would abolish today's federal government.
Muskets are Not an Option
There are two reasons why we should not take up arms to pull off the violent overthrow of the federal government, even if America's Founders would surely do so. First, the feds have nukes. Second, violent revolution is unChristian and unBiblical. We must beat our swords into plowshares and use persuasion to abolish tyranny. This is time for a revolution of ideas.
Revolution Won't Come in a Day
John Adams once wrote that the American Revolution began in 1761, when Massachusetts attorney James Otis began legal challenges to the Writs of Assistance. He lost the case, but "American independence," Adams wrote, "was then and there born." Now do the math. That means it took 15 years to convince the rest of America to declare Independence (1776). Then another seven years of war was required before a Peace Treaty was signed (1783), and then six years
before the Constitution was finally ratified (1789). That's almost 30 years. (And Jefferson said we shouldn't go 20 years without another rebellion!) How can we hope to convince Americans to fight for principles they were never taught in government schools? We need to be in this battle for the long term. "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."
George Washington has been criticized for owning slaves -- even though he inherited them, and even though it was illegal for him to free them (when Virginia tried passing laws against slavery, the King of Britain overruled them). But being a slave in a Christian nation is better than being "free" in an atheistic nation.
In the Soviet Union, workers on the collective farms were allowed a small plot of land to grow what they wanted, and sell for whatever they could get. These small plots of capitalism saved the entire nation from starvation. "Two percent of privately owned Soviet farmland was producing fully 30 percent of the country’s grain."
Today's Secular America is like the atheistic Soviet Union. The government claims ownership of more than 2/3 of everything you earn. The majority of industry is regulated by the State. Yet the small amount of freedom left to us provides us with iPods, big-screen TV, microwaves, and info-tainment. We think we are wealthy. But we are not free.
In America, the percentage of privately-owned property -- truly and securely owned -- is not much different from the percentage in the Soviet Union. George Washington's ideal was for every American to live peacefully under his own "Vine & Fig Tree." This was the original "American Dream." Today's "American Dream" is a fixed-rate mortgage. The bank actually owns your home. This is a form of slavery, as anyone who signed the Constitution would tell you. Even if you pay off your mortgage, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the government can take your home and give it to someone else
who might use your property differently and pay more taxes to the government than you do.
Consider the challenge of Samuel Adams.
Americans today love "wealth" (if "gangsta-rap cell-phone ring-tones" can be considered "wealth") better than liberty and personal responsibility. Because Americans have been denied the three most important features of colonial schools in America, they are ignorant and illiterate -- like slaves.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquillity of servitude more than the animating contest of freedom
—go from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains sit lightly upon you, and
may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!
If you are an ordinary American, you are a pampered slave. You are wealthy beyond the imagination of anyone alive in 1776. But you would rather keep the remote control of your TV than risk it by fighting for liberty and personal responsibility.
Every great athlete has a coach.
If you want to be a great American you need a coach.
If you want to achieve great things for your country, you need a coach.
Imagine what you could do if George Washington, "the Father of his Country,"
could travel through time and be your personal coach.
The results could be extraordinary.
We win the race by overcoming the biggest obstacles.
Who are the Big Enemies? What are the Big Issues?
Martin Luther said:
If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.
Do you know what the Big Issues are? Do you know how to fight them?
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The "Enumerated Powers Act" (EPA) Each member, upon the start of his term of office, takes an oath, promising to protect and uphold the Constitution. Yet virtually every day that Congress is in session these same oath-takers become law-breakers -- passing laws and expending funds on items that are not Constitutionally permissible. Background page.
Help End the Mexican Civil War
Black-market profits caused by drug prohibition fund a civil war in Mexico that's threatening to spill over our borders. Drug profits also fuel the terrorists who are killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. It's time to dry up the black-market profits. It's time to end drug prohibition.
Make Congress Read Their Bills Before Voting
Make Congress read every word of every bill they create before they vote on it.
Urge your Representative and your Senators to sponsor DownsizeDC.org's “Read the Bills Act” (RTBA).
End the FED
The Federal Reserve System constantly inflates and deflates the supply of money and credit, causing booms and busts. It's time to get off this roller-coaster. It's time to end the Fed.
No government money, whether borrowed or taxed, should ever be used to bailout private financial interests. If you agree, please send Congress a message telling them so.
TWIC - A Backdoor Real ID Card
Real ID is dying. But the Department of Homeland Security has a new plan to subject every American to a national ID card anyway. They plan to pick off one occupational field at a time, starting with the maritime industry. One man is fighting back. Meet him, and help stop this backdoor Real ID plan.
Repeal the campaign finance laws
Campaign finance laws are really incumbent protection laws. They make it almost impossible for challengers to raise competitive funding, while doing almost nothing to control the true causes of government corruption. We were told that the campaign finance laws—the contribution limits and the reporting requirements—would curtail or even prevent corruption. Now, with 40 years of experience, we know that they do the exact opposite.
End Asset Forfeiture
If the government suspects you used your house or car in a crime, they can take it and sell it at auction. They don't even have to prove your guilt. They call this practice civil asset forfeiture, but it's really theft. It violates the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 14th Amendments. It also encourages law enforcement to put profits before justice. Tell Congress to end civil asset forfeiture.
Cap-and-trade is not the way to control carbon emissions.
Even if you accept that human CO2 emissions are causing problematic global warming, a government run "cap and trade" system is not the way to deal with this problem.
• An increase in your electricity and gasoline bills
• New tools for politicians to control the economy, hand out favors, and punish enemies
• Almost no improvement in reducing overall CO-2 emissions (if the example of Europe is a reliable guide) Learn more »
Make Congress read every word of every bill they create before they vote on it.
Urge your Representative and your Senators to sponsor DownsizeDC.org's “Read the Bills Act” (RTBA).
Unelected bureaucrats create tens-of-thousands of new dictates each year. Making rules is the job of Congress, not bureaucrats.
DownsizeDC.org has drafted the “Write the Laws Act” to end bureaucratic “legislation without representation.” Click here . . .
Restore consumer controlled health care
The politicians tell us free market health care doesn't work, but we haven't had a free market in decades.
• Starting with depression era wage and price controls, and continuing with government tax policies, the politicians have made Americans dependent on their jobs to get health insurance.
• The government already pays for nearly half of all health care. This means we're half-socialized already Learn more »
Stop the War for Terror
U.S. policy has inflamed the Middle East. It has made terrorism more likely rather than less. We seem to be fighting a war for terror, rather than on terror. This policy must stop. The place to start stopping is with Iran. We must not attack Iran. War with Iran would devastate our economy, disrupt world oil supplies, and recruit more terrorists. Click here to stop this war before it starts.
Preserve the Freedom to Farm
Crops grow in dirt. Animals don't take showers or use toilets. Food is made from yucky stuff.
This means there's always a risk of contamination. We can reduce this risk, but not eliminate it. Attempts to make everything perfectly safe are Utopian fantasies that carry a high price in increased costs, reduced variety, diminished supply, and . . . increased risk.
The free market already provides you with multiple ways to balance risks and costs.
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