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    May 25, 2015

    The Republicans Are Also at Their Worst

    There is no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama is the worst president in the history of the United States. Other presidents may have their problems, but Obama seems to have caused damage in all areas that matter the most. Here is a short list:

    1. Obama’s inaction on foreign policy has made the world is more dangerous place.

    2. Race relations have been setback on his watch.

    3. Obama has shredded the Constitution by issuing executive orders that go beyond his authority.

    4. By adding $7 trillion to the national debt, Obama has put our nation on the road to bankruptcy.

    I’m not just opposed to Obama because I’m a conservative Christian. There once was a time when we had an obvious choice between Republicans and Democrats. Today, it seems we’re forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. As far as the Republican leadership goes, I’ve never seen a time when they have been so utterly negligent in their duties.

    House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell have a sizable majority in both chambers of Congress, and yet they have made little progress on our nation’s key problems. The 112th and 113th Congress has set the record for the least productive in modern history.

    Our government is so dysfunctional that it doesn’t even have a working budget for the current fiscal year. You may remember the federal shutdown of a couple years back. Republicans and Democrats finally agreed to a short-term budget, and when that ran out they decided to just pull the plug on spending limits. (Congress keeps the government going by passing a series of resolutions.)

    In recent days, we’ve had the most glaring examples of the Republican’s mismanagement. For some reason that is totally dumbfounding, they have decided to give President Obama a blank check on foreign policy and trade. The House and Senate passed a bill that promised oversight of an Iranian nuclear deal, but in actuality, it created a requirement for a two-thirds vote in each chamber to override an Obama veto.

    Republicans have also voted to give Obama a free hand in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations. If Obama comes up with a pack that is bad for America, Republicans would be powerless to stop it because, again, a two-thirds vote would be needed to override a veto. Ironically, some Democrats fearing other countries would cheat on the deal tried to delay the bill but the Republican leadership pushed it through.

    Another shortcoming of the Republican Congress is the failure to place any check on the president’s authority to use military might. After Obama ordered airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic militants, lawmakers complained that he was operating outside his authority. Since the Republican leadership is unwilling to craft new authorization for the use of military force, Obama is able to use the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as a precedent to grab power from Congress.

    I am also mystified at how timid Republicans are when it comes to dealing with the liberal media. The most embarrassing moment occurred with Ted Cruz; a Cuban-American candidate for the presidency. He was on Bloomberg News, being interviewed by MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin, and suddenly the interview turned into a prove-your-ethnicity contest. Cruz was asked questions based on ethnic stereotypes.

    The reporter asked: “What’s your favorite dish?” and “Do you like Cuban music or do you have a favorite Cuban singer?” The worst part was when he asked Cruz to welcome Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders to the presidential campaign in “Espanol.”

    At that point, Cruz politely said he would stick to English. If the questions had continued, Halperin would have probably asked Cruz to play the conga drums like Desi Arnaz while dancing the salsa. Imagine it’s 2007 and Halperin is interviewing then Sen. Barack Obama: “Tell me senator, which is your favorite; fried chicken, watermelon or malt liquor?”

    It’s a safe bet that Halperin would be fortunate to have a job today as a Wal-Mart greeter.

    Another dumb move by the Republicans was the revelation that George Stephanopoulos was set to be the moderator of the 2016 Republican presidential debate. This guy was Bill Clinton’s White House Communications Director and then, Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy. The matter of Mr. Stephanopoulos giving $75,000 to the Clinton family’s foundation appears to have been enough to call for a new moderator. If not, George’s first question would probably have been: “Don’t you guys think that Hilary Clinton would make a great president?”

    I can only sight the hand of Satan as the reason why the Republicans have become so ineffective; the ones on the side of truth typically want to be everyone’s friend. When you’re on a battlefield, there is no time for niceties. The enemy will uses every dirty tactic in the book to gain an advantage. Unless a new political movement comes along or there is something that shocks Republicans back to reality, I see our nation headed for total disaster.

    “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

    “Trust the Lord your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

    --Todd


    Spirit Speak and Unholy Peace

    In George Orwell's 1947 novel, 1984, the dictatorship that controlled much of Oceania rearranged news to fit the moment. The propaganda machine rewrote history on a daily, even hourly, basis to fit the narrative Big Brother wanted the hapless victims of the regime to receive. I believe one of the terms used for this journalism was "Newspeak."

    There was inflicted upon the citizens of this regional superpower the technique called "doublethink," in which everything that was reasonable and good was to be thought of as bad and evil, as long as it fit the Big Brother model for life in Oceania.

    I'm getting the same feeling as when I read that novel for the first time so many years ago while in college. We are being fed, it seems to me, a line of Newspeak aimed at creating doublethink, while this generation closes in on the very end of the age.

    The term that comes to mind for what is being foisted upon a dumbed-down world of those who would rather be entertained than informed is something like "Spiritspeak." The world continues to be moved toward a time of an unholy peace--peace that Daniel the prophet called "peace that destroys many" (Daniel 8: 25). Isaiah the prophet calls it a "covenant made with death and hell" (Isaiah 28: 15).

    Recently, the world's most noted spiritual leader spoke into the ear of the world this Spiritspeak. He gave his personal if not papal blessing to one of God's chosen people's proven enemies. The pronouncement came upon the Vatican's decision to formally recognize Palestine as an independent state. Although not a "spiritual" dictate from Pope Francis, it was issued in Spiritspeak language, with the Pope, in a warm embrace, declaring the Palestinian Authority head, Mahmoud Abbas, an ”angel of peace."

    The pronouncement was given as the Vatican is making moves to align with the European Union in getting firmly into the peace process in the Middle East. While the Obama administration and State Department appear to be stepping back from that process, the Pope and the EU are bringing pressure to bear on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the proposed two-state solution to the millennia-long conflict.

    President Obama, practically at the same time Pope Francis was calling Abbas an "angel of peace," was again undercutting the newly-re-elected Israeli prime minister as has become his usual way. In his own Newspeak way, Obama said the following in speaking to Al-Arabiya, the Saudi-owned, pan-Arab television station:

    “What I think at this point, realistically, we can do,” Obama said, “is to try to rebuild trust – not through a big overarching deal, which I don’t think is probably possible in the next year, given the makeup of the Netanyahu government, given the challenges I think that exist for President Abbas – but if we can start building some trust around.”

    One doesn't have to be expert at reading between the lines; Obama put it right out there. Abbas is the one who has to put up with the subterfuge and with the sabotage against peace by Netanyahu. But, the president interjects, he hopes trust can be established, despite the Netanyahu government's evil mindset.

    Both the pope and the U.S. president are rewriting history in this Spiritspeak that is from direction other than from Heaven. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). The Pope and president are trying to dupe us all into accepting the equivalent of Orwell's literary device known as doublethink.

    God says such a phony peace as they want established will end up destroying many throughout the world. These "leaders" tell us such peace is man's salvation.

    We can know of the unholy Spiritspeak taking place that calls good evil and evil good, simply by understanding the real history of the PA leader, Mahmoud Abbas. Although admittedly presented from a pro-Israel viewpoint, the following is true, as an examination of real history of what is written here will verify:

    The only path forward for a two state solution to the conflict is for the Palestinians to be given statehood only after they have made peace with Israel and not before. Abbas and his predecessor, Yasir Arafat, have repeatedly refused Israeli offers of peace and statehood.

    To this day, he refuses to sign any deal that recognizes the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders are drawn. That alone should be enough to deny Abbas the title of "angel of peace." But that isn't the only reason.

    Abbas was a longtime deputy to arch-terrorist Arafat and played a role in organizing and financing many acts of brutal terrorism. But unlike other world leaders who might have employed violence in his youth and then became a statesman, Abbas has never really changed. He is the same man who wrote a doctoral thesis that centered on Holocaust denial at Moscow's Patrice Lumumba University that was published in 1984...

    Just as important, though he occasionally makes statements about wanting peace when speaking to Western audiences or the international media, his official PA media incites hatred against Jews and Israel on a regular basis. (Jonathan Tobin, "Sorry, Your Holiness, You Are Dangerously Wrong," Jewish World Review, May 18, 2015)

    It seems beyond ironic that Abbas, in the year 1984, had published his thesis denying the Nazi Hholocaust against the Jews. It seems that Spiritspeak was particularly active that year, in preparation to the lead-up to the end-times unholy peace.

    --Terry