A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
Notes and Summary of the President's Weekly
Republicans Blocking Progress
White House Press Office: – In this week’s
address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to put scoring
political points aside, and instead to focus on solving the problems
facing the nation. The Republican leadership is currently
blocking progress on a bill to boost the economy, retain jobs for
teachers and cops, and help people buy their first home; another bill
which would hold oil companies accountable for any disasters they
cause by removing the current $75 million liability cap; and 136
highly qualified men and women who have been nominated to government
positions. In these challenging times, elected leaders in
Washington need to remember that they have an obligation that goes
beyond upcoming elections – an obligation to care for the next
generation. (continued below)
What is a REAL
Someone who believes in (or accepts) LIBERTY
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
"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
— Jefferson, First Inaugural Address (1801)
Bush's unconstitutional military invasion
of Iraq has destroyed Christianity in that country.
Under Saddam Hussein's secular government, Christians in
Iraq had greater freedom than in most other Arab nations,
and one of the largest Christian populations in the Muslim
world was in Iraq.
Iraq is now an Islamic theocracy under Sharia law. The
Christian population has been destroyed. Christian Churches
are burned and terrorized with impunity.
Obama is following in Bush's unconstitutional, anti-Christian
But most Americans are apathetic slaves.
They "oppose" 9 out of 10 congressional bills,
but the one they support puts a small government benefit
in their pocket. They accept this bribe and are enslaved
by the other 9 bills.
At this moment, our nation is
facing a host of big and difficult challenges. And
more than anything else, what’s required to meet those
challenges right now is a sense of cooperation and common purpose
among our leaders. What we need is a willingness in
Washington to put the public’s interests first – a willingness
to score fewer political points so that we can start solving more
That’s why I was disappointed
this week to see a dreary and familiar politics get in the way of
our ability to move forward on a series of critical issues that
have a direct impact on people’s lives.
In the United States Senate, we
have legislation that would boost our economic recovery and help
Americans who’ve been affected by the worst recession in
generations. We’ve certainly made progress since we were
losing 750,000 jobs per month around the time I took office.
Our economy is growing again, and we’ve added jobs for five
straight months. But there are still millions of
Americans out of work, and millions more who are struggling to pay
the bills. The legislation in the Senate right now would
extend unemployment benefits to those workers who lost their job
through no fault of their own. It would provide relief to
struggling states that would help save the jobs of thousands of
teachers and cops and firefighters. There are also
provisions in this legislation that would extend the tax credit
for first-time homebuyers, as well as tax cuts to keep research
and development jobs here in the United States.
Unfortunately, the Republican
leadership in the Senate won’t even allow this legislation to
come up for a vote. And if this obstruction continues,
unemployed Americans will see their benefits stop. Teachers
and firefighters will lose their jobs. Families will pay
more for their first home.
All we ask for is a simple up or
down vote. That’s what the American people deserve.
Just like they deserve an up or down vote on legislation that
would hold oil companies accountable for the disasters they cause
– a vote that is also being blocked by the Republican leadership
in the Senate. Right now, the law places a $75 million cap
on the amount oil companies must pay to families and small
businesses who suffer economic losses as a result of a spill like
the one we’re witnessing in the Gulf Coast. We should
remove that cap. But the Republican leadership won’t even
allow a debate or a vote.
And as we speak today, 136 men
and women who I’ve nominated for key positions in the federal
government are awaiting a vote on the floor of the Senate.
All are highly qualified. Very few are controversial.
The vast majority already have support from both parties.
But most of them are seeing their nominations intentionally
delayed by Republican leaders, or even blocked altogether.
They cannot get a vote. What this means is that, at a moment
when our country is facing so many challenges – a time when we
need all hands on deck – we cannot get the qualified people we
need to start the jobs they were appointed to do.
Look, the nature of our democracy
is that we’ll always have disagreements and debates -- even
heated ones. That’s healthy and it’s important.
But let’s argue over genuine differences – over ideas and
policies. And let’s go into those debates with an open
mind – a willingness to find common ground and a conviction
that, in the end, one way or another, we will have a vote to
decide them. Next week, I’ll be meeting with a bipartisan
group of Senators to discuss how we can transition away from our
dependence on fossil fuels and embrace a clean energy future.
I don’t expect that we’ll agree on a solution right away.
In fact, I know that there will be plenty of disagreement and
different ideas. But at least it shows that Republicans and
Democrats can still sit down together in an attempt to tackle the
big challenges facing our nation.
I know the political season is
upon us in Washington. But gridlock as a political strategy
is destructive to the country. Whether we are Democrats or
Republicans, we’ve got an obligation that goes beyond caring
about the next election. We have an obligation to care for
the next generation. So I hope that when Congress returns
next week, they do so with a greater spirit of compromise and
cooperation. America will be watching.
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
Way of Peace" announced by the Prince
of Peace. The Government should be on His
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
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,
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace to
those with whom He is pleased!”
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
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
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.
Orange, Calif: So many Christian commentators today
make the claim that virtually all founding fathers were really
members of anti-Christian secret societies, e.g., Masonic orders.
Your approach to the history of the founding period of our nation is
that the Founding fathers were Christian and by implication that the
intent behind the Constitution was overwhelmingly Christian. Could
you comment on the difference between these perspectives?
years, Freemasonry and its links to the Founding Fathers has
been a focal point of controversy. This new work explores the
truth behind this connection and corrects the numerous myths
about Freemasonry and the Founders. Primary sources reveal
both the Founders' limited involvement with Freemasonry as
well as the dramatic changes that Masonry has undergone since
the time of the Founders. This work provides an insightful
history of the secret society and offers convincing proof of
its relatively small influence on America's foundations." WallBuilders.com:
The Question of Freemasonry and the Founding Fathers
order can be religiously neutral, and the modern political
order in the United States and other Western nations, called
"pluralism," is in reality polytheism. As in the
ancient world, polytheists are offended at those who claim
that there is only one God, and this is why orthodox
Christianity is increasingly under assault in the United
States and throughout the Western world. In this book, Gary
North brings his many years of theological and historical
research to bear on the question of how this polytheistic
state of affairs came about, and what must be done about it.
In a powerful argument, sure to be controversial, North points
a finger at the framers of the Constitution of the United
States, who self-consciously broke with 1000 + years of
Western heritage by not referring to the Trinity and to Christ
as King. This was the hole in the dike, North contends,
through which modern secularism has poured. No one concerned
about the state of the American nations can afford to ignore
this book." Free
of where ultimacy lies should be central to the Christian. It
is easy to see the social implications of allowing priority to
fall to either the one or the many. This volume examines
in-depth the Christian solution to the problem of the one and
the many — the Trinitarian God. Only in the Godhead is this
dilemma resolved. Only in the Trinity does there reside an
equal ultimacy of unity and plurality. Rushdoony examines the
history of Western thought from the standpoint of the one and
the many and demonstrates clearly that the most astute
thinkers were unable to resolve this philosophical conflict.
What is needed now is a complete return to the Trinitarian
view of God and its implications for a Christian social
Hello, I am Senator Roger
Wicker from Mississippi.
As we enter the third month of
the Deepwater Horizon disaster, we continue to learn more and
more disturbing information about gross negligence on the part
of BP -- and about some proposals from the Obama Administration
that will do more harm than good.
From the Oval Office Tuesday
night, President Obama attempted to recover from a widespread
perception that he has not made this crisis a priority.
The public outcry about the
President’s inattention has been loud and it has been
I’m glad President Obama is
finally putting this catastrophe at the top of his agenda, but
his response has been too slow. He was slow in listening to
state and local leaders, slow in getting skimmers to the Gulf,
slow in understanding the seriousness of this crisis, and slow
in taking ownership and responsibility for the recovery.
Many of his actions have actually taken us in the wrong
Earlier this week the President
came to the Gulf Coast. After visiting with him in Mississippi,
I was optimistic that he was removing politics from this
disaster and focusing solely on fixing the problem.
Republicans in Congress and at
the state level looked forward to participating in a bipartisan,
non-political solution to the many challenges this disaster has
Unfortunately, we were
disappointed. In less than a day, we were reminded of Rahm
Emanuel’s theory of never letting a good crisis go to
In his speech Tuesday
night, President Obama made it clear that he intends to exploit
this crisis to push his liberal agenda for a cap-and-tax
scheme. This is a disservice not only to the victims and
their families but also to the millions of Gulf Coast residents
who are struggling in the wake of the spill.
reject the cap-and-tax proposal because it would drive up the
cost of energy and force American jobs overseas.
The President spent more
than a third of his address advocating this national energy tax,
revealing his true priorities. Now is not the time to push
a controversial, job-killing, partisan agenda through Congress.
In addition to devastating our
economy, this proposal would do nothing to fix the disastrous
leak or clean up our beaches, marshes, and waters.
Another idea that takes us in
the wrong direction is the Democratic plan to increase oil
cleanup fees and raid those funds to pay for unrelated programs.
These funds are needed to clean up spills, not to satisfy
Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi’s desire to raise federal
In addition, the administration’s
moratorium on deepwater drilling has the potential to become the
third wave of this disaster. If left in place, the
moratorium will permanently eliminate thousands of jobs and
drive up the cost of energy for all Americans. You don’t
have to take my word for it. Earlier this week democratic
strategist James Carville said the moratorium was [quote] “wrecking
the economy” of the Gulf Coast.
Along with the spill’s
devastation to our fisheries and the administration’s decision
to halt our drilling, one of the greatest threats to the economy
of the Gulf Coast is the loss of tourism. Our hotels and
restaurants have seen business decrease by as much as 70%.
At a brief press conference on
Monday, President Obama pointed out that there are a lot of
beaches that are not affected and will not be affected. I
was hoping the President would make this important point to the
larger audience Tuesday night, but since he didn’t, I’ll say
it again. The vast majority of Gulf Coast beaches are
clear, beautiful and safe.
BP CEO Tony Hayward recently
said he wanted his life back and later correctly
apologized. BP put dollars before safety, and we are all
paying the price. We have been told that BP will be held
accountable and pay all damages.
But what we in the Gulf states
really need is to have our way of life back. We want our jobs
back, our economy back, and we need our tourists back.
So please come and visit us.
You deserve a vacation, and we could use the business. Thank
If you take nothing else with you from
today's "Virtual Town Hall," remember this:
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."
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
Imagine what you could do if George Washington, "the Father of
could travel through time and be your personal coach.
The results could be extraordinary.
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Help End the Mexican Civil
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.
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).
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.
- 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.
the Killer Horse Hormones
The FDA "outlawed" the use of Estriol, an estrogen
medication that's bio-identical to human estrogen. Doctors must
now prescribe animal-derived estrogen instead. Are bio-identical
hormones dangerous, while animal-derived hormones are safe? No.
The practice of medicine is moving to chemically identical to
human hormones and away from animal hormones. Learn why the FDA
decided to endanger women's health in this way, and take action.
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.
an Iraq Referendum
Americans keep debating when, how, or if to leave Iraq. Maybe
we should ask the Iraqi people what they want. After all, it's
their country. Tell Congress to request that the Iraqi
government hold a public referendum on the U.S. occupation. Learn
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.”
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and Trade" is not the way
The politicians seem to be unifying around "cap and
trade" as a way to cut CO2 emissions. If they take this
step it may be the largest increase in the size, scope, and
intrusiveness of government since the creation of Medicare.
Worse still, it may not even achieve its purpose. Please
tell Congress to oppose "cap and trade." Learn
Big government prospers through failure. Each new failure is
used to justify more spending and new powers. Wasteful spending
in Iraq is the latest example. One way to change this is to hold
government accountable. A new bill in Congress seeks to provide
some of the needed accountability. Please support it. Learn
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.
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