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
Transcript and Analysis of the President's
Weekly Radio Address: “Creating an
Economy Built to Last”
White House Press Office: — In this week’s
address, President Obama spoke from Indonesia and told the
American people that during his trip to the Asia Pacific, he
has made progress opening up markets to support thousands of
American jobs and keep us on track to double American exports
by 2014. The President’s trip underscores his belief
that our businesses will always be successful competing around
the world and that he will continue to do everything possible
to create jobs for the American people.
Obama's Saturday Morning Radio Address Saturday
Morning, November 19th, 2011
Today, I’m speaking to
you from Indonesia as I finish up my trip to the Asia
Pacific – the region where we do most of our trade and
sell most of our exports. And over the past week,
the progress we’ve made in opening markets and boosting
exports here will help create more jobs and more growth in
the United States.
Here in Indonesia, I was
proud to join leaders from some of our nation’s top
companies as they announced trade deals that will support
nearly 130,000 American jobs and potentially increase U.S.
exports by up to $39 billion. Boeing, for example,
will sell more than 200 planes to Indonesia that are built
with parts from suppliers in more than 40 states. And
a deal to export GE engines will support jobs at plants in
Ohio and North Carolina.
These agreements will help
us reach my goal of doubling American exports by 2014 – a
goal we’re on pace to meet. And they’re powerful
examples of how we can rebuild an economy that’s focused
on what our country has always done best – making and
selling products all over the world that are stamped with
three proud words: “Made In America.”
This is important, because
over the last decade, we became a country that relied too
much on what we bought and consumed. We
racked up a lot of debt, but we
didn’t create many jobs at all.
But isn't the whole purpose of a "stimulus
package" to get people to buy stuff?
In this paragraph, when Obama says "We," he
If we want an economy that’s
built to last and built to compete, we have to change
that. We have to restore America’s manufacturing
might, which is what helped us build the largest
middle-class in history. That’s why we
chose to pull the auto industry back from the brink, saving
hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process. And that’s
why we’re investing in the
next generation of high-tech, American manufacturing.
"you" choose to bail out GM? No, "we"
did -- Obama did.
But building an economy
that lasts isn’t just about making things – it’s about
opening new markets for people to buy them. After all,
95% of the world’s consumers live outside our
borders. And as the fastest-growing region in the
world, no market is more important to our economic future
than the Asia Pacific – a region where our exports already
support five million American jobs.
This is why we recently
signed a landmark trade agreement with South Korea that will
support tens of thousands of American jobs. And it’s
why I traveled here this week. In Hawaii, I hosted
leaders from across the Asia Pacific, and we agreed to make
it easier for American companies to do business
overseas. I also worked with President Medvedev of
Russia to pursue trade that would increase exports and jobs
for American manufacturers and farmers. And working
with other leaders, we made progress toward our most
ambitious trade agreement yet – a partnership with Pacific
nations that holds the potential for more exports and more
jobs in a region of nearly three billion consumers.
Agreements often increase the power of government, more than
freedom to trade.
We may be going through
tough times, but as I’ve said time and time again, the
United States still has the world’s most dynamic economy, the
finest universities, the most innovative companies, and
the hardest-working people on Earth. We can compete
against anybody – and we can win. As President, I
intend to make sure that happens by doing everything I can
to give American workers and businesses the chance to
Hi, I'm Senator Pat
Toomey from the great state of Pennsylvania, and I'm
pleased to have this opportunity to share a few thoughts
with you today.
Like so many
Americans, I'm deeply concerned about the two biggest
problems facing our country today:
economy has hit a wall with unemployment sitting
stubbornly at 9 percent. After three years of failed
stimulus programs and government takeovers, Americans are
rightly asking, 'Where are the jobs?'
out-of-control federal spending over the past three years
has resulted in record breaking deficits and a $15
trillion debt which grows daily. If we do nothing and
allow the status quo to prevail, we don't have to look far
to see what the consequences will be.
Atlantic, we're watching a fiscal disaster unfold in
Europe with social unrest, riots in the streets,
governments failing, financial markets imploding and
imminent bankruptcy. Sadly, this is the inevitable result
of an extended period of inadequate economic growth and
wildly excessive debt.
that this administration and many in Congress are pursuing
the very same policies. With its job-killing taxes and
regulations and record-breaking spending, this
administration has put us on a path that leads to Europe's
The good news
is we're not too far down that path. We still have time
and opportunity to avoid the financial crisis that Europe
is struggling with today.
It's not too
late for the United States.
It's too late
to avoid some consequences. It won't be
painless. And too many Americans (and legislators) believe
government can help us avoid all pain.
Now, I have
the good fortune of sitting on a committee that has the
opportunity to make progress on both of these two
priorities: restoring economic growth and bringing our
deficits under control.
The best way
to revive the American economy is to reform our broken tax
code. We should seize this opportunity to throw out this
unfair monstrosity and replace it with a system that will
lower tax rates for every single American, simplify the
code, and get rid of the special interest tax breaks and
loopholes that make this code the 70,000 page mess that it
is. Our tax code has to go.
He says the tax code "has to go," but he
still wants a tax code.
bipartisan commission that has looked at our deficit
crisis has come to the same conclusion: Pro-growth tax
reform is a vital part of the solution.
That's why we
Republican members of the Joint Select Committee on
Deficit Reduction have proposed a plan that replaces our
current tax code with a simpler and fairer version that
will encourage small businesses to expand and hire new
workers and encourage creative hardworking Americans to
open new businesses.
this reform should be permanent so that job creators
across America will know they will not be subject to the
biggest tax hike in American history, which is currently
looming a mere 14 months away.
Republicans are so committed to this job-creating tax
reform and reaching an agreement with our Democratic
colleagues that we've offered to use this tax reform as a
way to generate revenue for deficit reduction. Even the
second highest ranking Democrat in the United States
Senate has described the Republican proposal as a
addition to kick-starting our economy with tax reform, our
proposal will curb the deficit by cutting spending. After
all, the problem is not that Americans are under-taxed,
but that our government overspends.
have been promising to cut spending for decades. At best
they cut the increase in spending. A tiny
why we've proposed cutting spending by $750 billion over
10 years. Now, let me be clear. We've identified several
trillion dollars in sensible, responsible spending
reductions that would actually resolve our fiscal crisis.
But in the face of intense Democratic opposition, we've
scaled back our proposal to just $750 billion -- less than
2 percent of what our government is projected to spend
over the next 10 years.
The budget needs to be cut by $750 billion in the very
first year. This year. Immediately.
"scaling back" is a very poor negotiating
tactic in this case.
Democratic colleagues can agree that a bloated federal
government that has grown by about 25 percent in the last
few years can tighten its belt by 2 percent over the next
do you say this? Democrats want to increase government
spending. Paul Krugman criticizes government for too
limited a stimulus package. This Republican is
hopelessly naive or uninformed, or else this is just more
The hour is
late. By law, our work on this committee must be completed
this coming week. But I remain hopeful that we can meet
our goal and I urge my Democratic colleagues to join us in
this effort. We have what is truly a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to pass legislation that will generate
millions of jobs, create a simpler, fairer tax system with
lower rates for everyone, and put our government on a path
toward fiscal sanity.
We don't have
to follow the path that Europe has taken. We can learn
from their mistakes.
continue to be the land of unparalleled opportunity and
prosperity. And the 21st century can be another
great American century.
people will make sure of that if we in Washington will
just let them.
November is A Month for
Thanksgiving November 24th is “Thanksgiving
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
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
[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,
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
[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
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
Several months later, Congress contemplated whether it should
request the President to declare a national day of Thanksgiving.
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
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"
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
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
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.
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
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)
Americans Should Celebrate Christmas 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
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
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
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
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?
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
"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.
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
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?
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?
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
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?
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
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
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
"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
obviously went to a government-run school. Click here
to look at the Greek text of Mark 10:42-45. The Greek word
in verse 42 is the word from which we get the English word
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
expectancy is higher in Christian nations. Violence is
lower, health is higher.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
The CIA claims ten
percent of Egyptians are Christian, 10% of them, Coptic.
underground in a hostile nation until the conversion of
the emperor Constantine. Then with government and the
church in partnership, political power corrupted the
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.
12:12 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
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
beware lest thou forget the LORD
who brought thee forth
out of the land of Egypt, from the house of
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:
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
"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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
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
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
Do you know what the Big Issues are? Do you know how to
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"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
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.
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”
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.
Bailouts! 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 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
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
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
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 . . .
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
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.
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. Learn