Hard to argue

Three Reasons Conservatives are Losing the Battle for America.

This is hard to hear… but also hard to argue with.  I have family members who are exactly what is being described in Part 1.

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The wishful thinking that just will not die

Lindisfarne To Sandy Hook: The Tragedy of Wishful Thinking.

In the wake of the horrific shootings in Newtown last Friday, I made the mistake of trying to engage a Facebook “friend” (actually more of a distant acquaintance) with actual facts in response to his emotional rantings about “why can’t we just ban guns once and for all now.”  As I very quickly discovered, he was not really interested in dealing with facts – he repeatedly dismissed them as “empty words” and “drivel”.  He preferred to constantly revert to characterizing any questioning of the premise that more guns laws would have prevented this tragedy as “heartless regurgitating of NRA propaganda”.  After a while I gave up…

In the days since then, the drumbeat has not receded… in fact, the Media is in full throated campaign mode to ram new laws through before the public outrage they are helping to fan finally dies down.  In spite of the well documented fact that this shooter (I refuse to further promote his “fame” by mentioning his name) broke a slew of existing laws in the process of carrying out this rampage, they cannot seem to grasp the simple concept that by definition criminals don’t pay attention to laws – no matter how many you pass!  I know there are a number of questions about mental illness involved in this case – but the genuinely mentally ill are incapable of conforming their conduct to laws either!  So, no matter which category this shooter and others like him might fall into – new laws will probably have zero effect on their behaviors!

Thomas Sowell addresses this issue in much more depth with a great column entitled “Gun Control Ignorance”:

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/335848/gun-control-ignorance-thomas-sowell

This paragraph pretty much sums up the whole situation:

There is innocent ignorance and there is invincible, dogmatic, and self-righteous ignorance. Every tragic mass shooting seems to bring out examples of both among gun-control advocates.

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Socialism as Religion

Socialism as Religion.

This excellent article captures much of what I have long objected to about socialism.  As described in the writings of its own founders, it was intended from the very beginning as a substitute for revealed religion in general – and Christianity in particular.

The article concludes with this:

  • In effect, socialism postulates a moral structure on insufficient foundations. Beginning from a non-moral beginning and utilizing an amoral process, it hoped to arrive at a moral endpoint through a reasoning that reduced justice, mercy, nature, happiness, and even a shadow of transcendental longing as wholly subservient to determined historical necessity. In retrospect, one could not have designed a more thorough system of slavery: a religious fervor with Man as the object; a Second Coming without a Messiah. Devoid of moral content and without a lasting legacy, nothing remains in its camp but the myriad of unmarked graves stretching out across a century of muddled ideological passion while projecting its unlearned lessons into the ominous future like curling fingers of fire.

Couldn’t have said it better!

 

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Serious questions

An open letter to my black Evangelical friends presents a series of honest questions about whether ethnic solidarity is really more important than biblical truth which we claim to live by.

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A “Romans 1” agenda

A “Romans 1” agenda

This is a realistic (and sad) description of the spiritual state where our country is now, as indicated by the results of last week’s election. 

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No anti-Semitism here… is there?

Blog: Obama supporters celebrate: ‘No more Israel!’.

Unfortunately, this does not appear to really be an outlier.  There has been a growing anti-Semetism in the radical Left for a long time.  Don’t believe me?  Check much of the rhetoric coming out of the various “Occupy” manifestations during the last year.  The anti-Semetism was not subtle – it often was not only  right “out front” but much of it was also crude and brutal.

Obama tried to claim through the campaign that he was “Israel’s best friend”.  That doesn’t pass the smell test.  He has thrown Israel under the bus so many times that it has permanent tire tracks all over it.

Apparently, his dismissive attitudes toward the legitimate security concerns of Israel have filtered down and metastasized among his supporters, as evidenced by this video.

Never again??  Right!!

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Thoughts after a disastrous election

So I guess I’m back here for a while… (I am well aware that virtually no one on Facebook wants to talk about any of this right now.)

After 18 months of trying to make the case for defeating a disastrous president to my friends on Facebook and failing,  I guess I retreat to a somewhat smaller venue for a while as I try to sort out my thoughts…

Let me start with this:  http://www.grassfire.com/share.asp?shareseq=18439. The danger of presumption of knowing what God’s will is should be more clear to us now than ever before.

While trying to approach all this as a Christian, it is personally difficult… no, more than that – painful… trying to understand how so many people can be so deceived by this man Obama.  One lesson I am trying to take from all this is the danger of putting too much trust in any human being – whether those who still worship at the altar of the”cult of Obama”, or others like myself who have put too much trust in a man that we hoped would defeat him.  Both of us were wrong – and we all will eventually pay the price for that error.

Settling down for a “long captivity” as proposed in the article above is hard to swallow, but seems to be the only reasonable alternative at the moment.  It reminds me of the oft stated (but too rarely appreciated) maxim:  God is more interested in our character than our comfort.  What we don’t often like to face up to is the fact that our character grows more readily in difficult times than in easy ones!

And make no mistake – we are headed for difficult times!

  • Economically – Despite the smoke and mirrors used to camouflage reality during the campaign, things are not really on track to get better in any substantial way.  Consequences may have been delayed until after the election, but they cannot be postponed forever.  If current policies are left in place – or more likely – intensified, what is happening in Greece is just a small preview of our future.
  • Overseas –
    • Iran now has absolutely no incentive now to back off from their determination to go nuclear and to follow through on their frequent threat to “wipe Israel off the map.”  Ahmadinajad and his ilk are not swayed by rhetoric but only by actions – the seeming exact reverse of the majority of American voters.  As a Christian I still believe that God’s promise to Israel still holds: I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.  We are treading much too close to the wrong side of that line.
    • Syria remains a smoldering powder keg that is still very likely to blow up in our face – as Libya already has (despite the mainstream media’s dishonest coverup of that disaster)
    • Our allies in Eastern Europe have good reason to fear what will happen to them now that Obama “has more flexibility” to accommodate the desires of Putin’s Russia.  Time will tell, but none of these outcomes look good.
  • Culturally – As many others (most eloquently <a href=”http://townhall.com/columnists/calthomas/2012/11/08/four_more_years_of_decline”>Cal Thomas</a> ) have noted, this election would seem to indicate that we have lost the culture.  Facts no longer matter – feelings reign supreme.  If anything differs from the movies or John Stewart’s latest snark, it can’t be true.  In this regard, I fear that we are going to be living in a culture much closer to ancient Rome’s “bread and circuses” (all while feeding Christians to the lions) than to anything remotely resembling historic America.  This was pretty well summed up in <a href=” http://townhall.com/columnists/laurahollis/2012/11/08/postmortem”>Laura Hollis'</a> conclusion:

America is on a horrific bender. Has been for some time now. The warning signs of our fiscal profligacy and culture of lack of personal responsibility are everywhere – too many to mention. We need only look at other countries which have gone the route we are walking now to see what is in store. For the past four years – but certainly within the past campaign season – we have tried to warn Americans. Too many refuse to listen, even when all of the events that have transpired during Obama’s presidency – unemployment, economic stagnation, skyrocketing prices, the depression of the dollar, the collapse of foreign policy, Benghazi, hopelessly inept responses to natural disasters – can be tied directly to Obama’s statist philosophies, and his decisions.                                                                                 What that means, I fear, is that they will not see what is coming until the whole thing collapses. That is what makes me so sad today. I see the country I love headed toward its own “rock bottom,” and I cannot seem to reach those who are taking it there.

  • Religious freedom – To me this is the most important and most difficult of all.  Far too many Christians have failed to realize the implications of Obama’s policies on our freedom to practice our faith and live by our convictions.  The HHS mandates to purchase contraception coverage despite religious convictions to the contrary are just the tip of the iceberg.  Is it really that unlikely that forced full funding of abortion is that far behind?  With the full tongue kiss that Obama gave to Planned Parenthood during the campaign?  I’m sorry – but IMO it is just a matter of time.  Again that is one one of a multitude of issues where Obama thinks he knows better than anyone else and is not interested in listening to anyone else’s opinion and has no worry about facing the voters again so has no incentive to modify his views.  Gay marriage? Get used to it… including the punishing of anyone who dares criticize or resist.  Freedom of speech itself, not just the religious variety, will come under increasing assault in all this.  The charitable deductions that so many organizations such as The Salvation Army depend on to raise the funds to provide services?  Look for them to fall victim to the relentless push to raise more money to feed the maw of Leviathan.  Even if these are not specifically restricted, if “the rich” are hit with punishing increases in taxes, many will of necessity reduce other expenses including charitable donations.  What then for the poor that liberals claim to care so much about?  They will be the ultimate losers!

While I could go on, I have probably said more than enough already.  I say these things not so much to keep arguing an election that is over, but to go on record for the future when the day of reckoning finally arrives. 

The people have chosen their path.  May God have mercy on us all!

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