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 on: April 29, 2017, 09:16:56 AM 
Started by Soldier4Christ - Last post by Soldier4Christ
And Forty Nights

“And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.” (Genesis 7:12)
 
There are nine 40-day periods in Scripture, but on only five of these the notation “and forty nights” is added. On the other four occasions (the spies in Canaan, Goliath’s challenges, Jonah in Nineveh, and the post-resurrection ministry of Christ), we can assume that the activity ceased at night. But on these five it continued unabated.
 
The first of these was the great Flood. The most intense rains ever experienced on the earth poured torrentially, night and day. One can visualize the stress-filled nights for Noah’s family, with the cries of the dying outside, and no light of the sun or moon to pierce the outer darkness. But, of course, they were all safe in God’s specially designed Ark.
 
Many years later, Moses twice spent 40 days and 40 nights in the awful presence of God on Mount Sinai, receiving the divinely inscribed tablets, with the Ten Commandments and all the laws of God. The mountain was intermittently quaking and breathing fire and smoke while he was there, and the nights were surely more awesome even than the days, but God was there!
 
Elijah spent 40 days and 40 nights traveling back from Beersheba to Sinai, even though this relatively short journey would not normally require 40 days. Evidently Elijah experienced great hardships and obstacles along the way and many sleepless nights, but God met him again at Sinai, and it was worth it all.
 
Finally, the Lord Jesus (God Himself!) was “led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil . . . forty days and forty nights” (Matthew 4:1-2). In weakened human flesh, without food or rest, this was a greater trial than any of the rest, but He was triumphant, and then the “angels came and ministered unto him” (Matthew 4:11). HMM

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 on: April 28, 2017, 09:38:48 AM 
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Forty Days

“To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3)
 
It is interesting how often the Scriptures refer to a 40-day period. There are nine different 40-day periods noted in Scripture (the phrase itself occurs 17 times), and it may be noteworthy that 40 days is 1/9 of the original (and prophetic) lunar/solar year of 360 days (note Genesis 7:11; 8:3-4; Revelation 11:2-3). Thus, the total of the nine 40-day periods equals the ideal year.
 
The periods are as follows: the intense rainfall at the Flood (Genesis 7:12, 17); the first giving of the law (Exodus 24:18; Deuteronomy 9:9, 11); the second giving of the law (Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 9:18, 25); the searching of Canaan by the fearful spies (Numbers 13:25; 14:34); the defiance of Israel by Goliath (1 Samuel 17:16); Elijah’s journey to Horeb (1 Kings 19:Cool; Jonah’s reluctant preaching in Nineveh (Jonah 3:4); Christ’s temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:2; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2); Christ’s post-resurrection ministry (Acts 1:3).
 
Each of these periods was a time of intense testing for one or more of God’s people, except the last. The final 40-day period, encompassing Christ’s ministry to His disciples after His resurrection, was a time of triumph and great blessing. He had come victoriously through the most intense time of testing that anyone could ever experience, and now He could show Himself alive eternally to His disciples and promise them the same victory. Forty days of testing, then 40 days of triumph! Even a lifetime of testing is more than balanced by an eternity of blessing. “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). HMM

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 on: April 27, 2017, 06:16:30 PM 
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No Comparison!
From Timeless Grace Gems
James Smith, 1862


    Let us, then, when called to suffer - to suffer severely, to suffer long - let us look forward, by the help of the word of God, and compare the present with the future.

    Present good compared - with future evil. This decided Moses: "By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ - as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward!" Hebrews 11:24-26.

    Let us compare present evil - with future good. This decided others: "Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated!"

    Again, "You joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions."

    Let us compare temporal good and evil - with the good and evil which are eternal, as Paul did. He looked at . . .
    sufferings as from man - and glory as from God;
    sufferings as earthly - and glory as heavenly;
    sufferings here as short - and glory as eternal;
    sufferings as light - and when contrasted with an eternal weight of glory;
    sufferings as very much confined to the body - and glory as including, filling, and overflowing both body and soul;
    sufferings as very much from outside us - and glory as within us.

    Let us look at the two subjects as we shall - if we look at them scripturally, soberly, and through a spiritual medium - we must come to the sure conclusion, "that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us!"

    Sufferings, then, are not inconsistent with sonship. Many of the Lord's little ones are tempted to think that, if they were the Lord's children, they would not be tried as they are, or would not feel their trials as they do. But this is a mistake. All God's children suffer, more or less; and all feel, and feel acutely too.

    No one ever suffered as God's First-born did; nor did any one ever feel suffering so acutely as he did. Reproach, he said, broke his heart.

    Our sufferings are all connected with sin. Sin is the natural source of all suffering. If there were no sin there would be no suffering; there could be none. Jesus never could have suffered if God had not laid on him our iniquities. But for sin in us calling for stripes - or but for sin in others stirring them up to afflict us - we should not suffer as we do.

    But many of our sufferings come upon us for Christ's sake, and are called "the sufferings of Christ," which we are called to fill up in our bodies.

    If I suffer for sin in myself - then I may well abhor myself.

    If I suffer from sin in others - then I may well pity the inflictor of the punishment, and admire the distinguishing grace of God which makes me to differ.

    But if I suffer for righteousness' sake, for Jesus' sake - then I may well rejoice; for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon me!

    Our present sufferings - are mixed with many mercies. What alleviations we have . . .
    in the kindness of friends,
    in the means of grace,
    in the comforts of the Holy Spirit,
    in the knowledge of our pardon,
    in the sense of our acceptance with God,
    in the testimony of a good, enlightened, and honest conscience!

    We never have unmixed sorrow or unmixed suffering here on earth.
    The light mingles with the darkness;
    mercy mixes with our misery;
    joy blends with our sorrow.

    But our glory will be unmixed, either with shame or pain.

    In glory we shall never blush, hang down the head, or avert the face; but shall be as fearless and bold as a lion, and as unconscious of guilt as a holy angel!

    There we shall feel no pain. Nothing will ever agitate the mind, trouble the soul, or pain the body.

    Unmixed holiness, unmixed happiness, perfect health, and perpetual youth - will be our unfading, our changeless portion!

    The present is our only suffering time. As, therefore, our sufferings are but partial - so they must be short. Time, at best, is not long. But what is our time? Like the insect, we are born, flutter about - and die in a day. True, an hour's suffering - appears longer than twelve hours' pleasure; but the sufferings of all time will be as nothing - if compared with the joys of eternity!

    For believers in Jesus, sufferings are confined to earth; they cannot enter heaven; they are confined to time; they cannot run forward into eternity.

    Present sufferings - will introduce us to future glory. Our sufferings are only those of children who are going home to take possession of the family inheritance.

    If the inn is not pleasant - we shall leave it tomorrow!

    If our conveniences and comforts are not now first-rate - they soon will be!

    If the road is rough - we have only to pass over it once.

    If the weather is harsh - it will very soon be fine; storms are not generally very long-lived.

    We get nearer home every day!

    The last pain will soon be felt;
    the last groan will soon escape us;
    the last conflict will soon be ended.

    We shall soon cross the threshold of our Father's house!

    Soon, very soon, we shall be absent from the body - and be present with the Lord. Our glory is prepared; it only waits to be revealed. Glory and honor are to be brought unto us at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is laid up for us in heaven. It is reserved in heaven for us. When Christ who is our life shall appear - then shall we also appear with him in glory.

    "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling!" 2 Corinthians 5:1-2. What, O what will it be - to be clothed upon with our heavenly dwelling! How shall we feel - when we inhabit a body which is spiritual, powerful, incorruptible, and immortal!

    Is it not a wonder that, in this world of sin and sorrow, suffering privations and sorrows, pained as we are both in body and mind - that we do not look, long, and cry aloud for the coming of Jesus! If we sympathized with the sorrows of others - if we were properly affected with the groans of a suffering creation - if we desired as we should the manifestation of the sons of God - surely, surely, we should daily, yes hourly, cry out, "Come, Lord Jesus! Come Quickly!"

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 on: April 27, 2017, 06:15:18 PM 
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No Comparison!
From Timeless Grace Gems
James Smith, 1862



    "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us!" Romans 8:18

    The mortification of sin - proves that we have the life of God;
    the life of God - proves that we are the children of God;
    being the children of God - proves that we are the heirs of God;
    and being the heirs of God - proves that our inheritance is sure!

    We shall share with Christ. We shall share as Christ, being joint heirs with him. As we shall be like Christ in his glory - we must be first conformed to him in his humiliation; and if we are conformed to Jesus when he humbled himself, we shall suffer, and perhaps suffer greatly. But however great, varied, or long-continued our sufferings may be, we are encouraged to endure them with patience and fortitude from the conclusion of the apostle, when he says, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us!" (Romans 8:18.). Let us consider,


    The Comparison. Paul compares present sufferings - with future glory. Believers are exposed to all kinds of suffering, and instead of obtaining an exemption on the ground of their sonship or heirship, they are assured that it is through much tribulation they must enter into the kingdom of God. How much some suffer in mind from doubts and fears, from horrid suggestions, vile insinuations, and violent temptations, from the working of corruption, and the constant conflict between the flesh and the spirit!

    Some endure inward suffering, with which no one is fully acquainted but God Himself. They have such darkness, gloom, distress, agitation, trouble, and sorrow - as would not be easy to describe.

    Some suffer much in body, from the stressed and disordered state of the nervous system, from chronic diseases, or deformities in the physical frame. They seldom move without suffering, and for years together have but little freedom from weakness and pain. They live a life of suffering, a kind of dying life, and think much of heaven as of a place where there is no more pain.

    Some suffer much financially; scarcely anything seems to prosper with them; losses, crosses, and opposition meet them at every turn; and though they wish to live honestly, and conduct their business honorably, they are thwarted, hindered, and filled with perplexity. No one can tell what they suffer from financial trials and difficulties.

    Others suffer from reproach, misrepresentation, strife, and persecution in the world, or in the Church, or both. No one seems to understand them, or is prepared to sympathize with them; they are like "a sparrow alone upon the house-top." False friends and open enemies unite to trouble and distress them, so that they often sigh, and say, "O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I fly away and be at rest!"

    Others suffer in the domestic circle, or from some of the relationships of life, are called to suffer long and seriously.

    But whether from trouble of mind, sickness of body, trials in business, family disorder, or persecution for Christ's sake - all suffer, and most believers suffer much!

    But compare their present sufferings - with their future glory:
    Glory which will exclude all pain and suffering, all sin and sorrow.
    Glory beyond the reach of all foes and the cause of all trouble.
    Glory which includes happiness - perfect, perpetual, never-ending happiness.
    Glory which includes honor - the highest, holiest, and most satisfying honor.
    Glory, or splendor, which will fill the soul, clothe the body, and dignify the entire person forever!

    If the face of Moses shone when he had been for a short space on the mount with God - then much more will the entire persons of the saints shine when they are forever with the Lord. As on the mount of transfiguration the face of Jesus shone like the sun, and his clothing was white and glistening; even so, the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Filled with light, peace, and joy; clothed with beauty, brightness, and magnificence - they will appear with Christ in glory - filling them with wonder and unutterable delight!

    It will be put upon us; and so Jesus will be glorified in his saints, and admired in all those who believe. It will be possessed by us, as part of our marriage portion and inalienable inheritance. But we can form no adequate idea of the glory which shall be revealed in us; for "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him!" 1 Corinthians 2:9. We must die to know it; or live until Jesus comes, in order to understand it.

    We will now look at,


    The Conclusion. Paul had reasoned, compared, and weighed the present with the future, and after careful comparison he arrives at the conclusion, and says, "I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Paul was qualified to judge, for if any one knew what sufferings were - he did; and he knew what glory was too. He suffered much, he suffered often, and he suffered long. He could say, "We are troubled on every side, we are perplexed, we are persecuted, we are cast down, always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus; we are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake."

    And comparing himself and his sufferings with some others, he writes, "Are they servants of Christ? I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches." 2 Corinthians 11:23-28

    Here is a list of sufferings! Where shall we find a parallel? Yet this great sufferer says, "Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal!" 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.

    As far as sufferings are concerned, Paul was quite qualified to judge between present sufferings and future glory.

    But he knew something of glory too; for he had been in Paradise! He had witnessed the happiness, heard the songs, observed the services, and seen the glory of the spirits of the just men made perfect. This honor was peculiar to himself. Peter, James, and John had seen the Master transfigured on the mount, and could therefore form some better idea of what glory was than the other disciples; but Paul had been up in the third heaven! Hear his own testimony: "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know - God knows. And I know that this man - whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows -  was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell." 2 Corinthians 12:2-4. Having been in paradise, in the third heaven - having seen, heard, and tasted something of the joys of glory and the glorious joys of the blessed - he was qualified to judge between present sorrow and future joy.

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 on: April 27, 2017, 06:12:39 PM 
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The sufferings of this present time!

(James Smith, "No Comparison!" 1862)

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time--are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us!" Romans 8:18

Paul compares present sufferings--with future glory.

Believers are exposed to all kinds of suffering, and instead of obtaining an exemption from afflictions--they are assured that it is through much tribulation that they must enter into the kingdom of God.

Some endure inward suffering, with which no one is fully acquainted but God Himself. They have such darkness, gloom, distress, agitation, trouble, and sorrow--as would not be easy to describe.

Some suffer much in body, from the stressed and disordered state of the nervous system, from chronic diseases, or deformities in the physical frame. They seldom move without suffering, and for years together have but little freedom from weakness and pain. They live a life of suffering, a kind of dying life--and think much of Heaven as of a place where there is no more pain.

Some suffer much financially. Scarcely anything seems to prosper with them--losses, crosses, and opposition meet them at every turn. And though they live honestly, and conduct their business honorably--they are thwarted, hindered, and filled with perplexity. No one can tell what they suffer from financial trials and difficulties.

Others suffer from reproach, misrepresentation, strife, and persecution in the world, or in the Church--or both! No one seems to understand them, or is prepared to sympathize with them; they are like "a sparrow alone upon the house-top." False friends and open enemies unite to trouble and distress them, so that they often sigh, and say, "O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I fly away and be at rest!"

Others in the domestic circle, or from some of the relationships of life--are called to suffer long and seriously.

But whether from trouble of mind, sickness of body, trials in business, family difficulties, or persecution for Christ's sake--all suffer, and most believers suffer much!

But compare their present sufferings--with their future glory:
Glory which will exclude all pain and suffering, all sin and sorrow!
Glory beyond the reach of all foes and the cause of all trouble!
Glory which includes happiness--perfect, perpetual, never-ending happiness!
Glory which includes honor--the highest, holiest, and most satisfying honor!
Glory, or splendor--which will fill the soul, clothe the body, and dignify the entire person forever!

Filled with light, peace, and joy; clothed with beauty, brightness, and magnificence--they will appear with Christ in glory--filling them with wonder and unutterable delight!

This glory will be possessed by us--as part of our marriage portion and inalienable inheritance. But we can form no adequate idea of that glory, for "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined--what God has prepared for those who love Him!" 1 Corinthians 2:9

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 on: April 27, 2017, 06:10:13 PM 
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by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


In the days of Ezra the prophet, Israel was in much the same state as the Church today. Happily, however, some of the leaders became convicted that they had been neglecting the Word of God — especially that part which was addressed to them: the law of Moses.

As a result they built for Ezra a pulpit on which to stand and read the Scriptures to the people (Neh. 8:4). “From morning until midday” he read to them, while others mingled with the audience and “caused the people to understand.”

    “So they read in the book, in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense,” with the result that “all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions [gifts], and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them” (Vers. 8,12).

Similarly, after our Lord had explained the Scriptures to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, they said to each other:

    “Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32).

Well-meaning groups and individuals have for decades been praying in vain for a true spiritual revival in the Church, but the only sure road to revival is a renewed interest in the Bible, and especially in what God there says to us in the Epistles of Paul.

When we become convicted of our neglect of God’s Word to us as found in the Epistles of Paul; when men of God “study” to “rightly divide” the Word and begin teaching it from the pulpit, a great spiritual revival will inevitably follow but, alas, most of God’s people are too complacent, too satisfied with a shallow profession to enter into this blessed experience. However, as we study the Word of God for ourselves, and especially that part of His Word which applies particularly to us, we, like the Israelites of Ezra’s day, will experience the joy of understanding God’s love letter to us.

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 on: April 27, 2017, 05:50:18 PM 
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All of this is a relatively light-hearted way of comparing the burdens we all pay. Given the government spends an average of $31,154 per household, it’s more sobering to realize just where that money will go. By far the largest individual portion ($12,141) goes to the combination of Social Security and Medicare25. The second-largest amount goes to programs lumped together under the “anti-poverty” banner ($6,143), with defense coming in third ($4,696). Per-household defense spending, however, barely outstrips the $4,393 deficit added to the national debt on each household’s behalf.

Over the last three decades, the Tax Freedom date has fluctuated with the general mood of the government in power at the time. Tax cuts under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have moved the date forward on the calendar, with George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama increasing rates, thus lengthening the time needed to get to Tax Freedom Day.

Like some of his GOP predecessors, revising and simplifying the individual tax code was a point on Donald Trump’s agenda as well, but his main thrust was a desire to cut the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. It’s a point that scores well with four supply-side economics gurus. Writing in The New York Times, Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Art Laffer and Stephen Moore argue26 that Trump needs to score a tax victory this summer, and the best place to begin is to cut corporate tax rates and allow for immediate, full deduction of the cost of capital purchases. Add to that a modest repatriation fee on bringing foreign profits back to the United States, and the quartet believes these changes will help the economy. “The additional increase in real wages could be nearly 10 percent over the next decade, which would reverse 15 years of income stagnation for the working class in America,” they write. “And, if we are right that tax cuts will spur the economy, then the faster economic growth as a result of the bill will bring down the deficit.”

Somewhat more controversial about the approach that Forbes and his colleagues take is the idea that, as a sweetener to attract Democrat votes, a dedicated infrastructure fund should be created from the repatriated foreign profits. Regarded as a “good move politically,”27 if nothing else, it would kill two of Trump’s birds with one stone: corporate tax reform would be combined with investment in infrastructure28.

In the short term, this free-market quartet concedes that tax cuts would enlarge the deficit, which was the case initially under both Reagan and Bush (43) when they reduced tax rates. But that would create a boon to the economy and lead to an increase in federal revenue, thus shrinking the deficit in years to come. This, of course, assumes that adults take charge of the purse strings and refrain from spending the new revenue before it comes in.

To bring this full circle, it’s worth going beyond the Tax Foundation’s report23 abstract to a chart that tracks Tax Freedom Day over time. A century ago, on the eve of World War I (and just after the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment) Tax Freedom Day occurred in late January. Although there’s been a little bit of relief since 2000, the year Tax Freedom Day fell on May 1 — “May Day” was perhaps appropriate, as this was during the last year of Comrade Clinton’s term of office — the fact that we spend well past a quarter of each year rendering unto Caesar should give everyone pause and make us question how we came to this point.

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Mona Charen: “Do you have march fatigue yet? The Left, apparently, does not, so we’re in for some street theater on Earth Day, April 22, with the so-called March for Science. It’s hard to think of a better way to undermine the public’s faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, DC, and around the country modeled on the Women’s March on Washington that took place in January. The Women’s March was an anti-Donald Trump festival. Fine. I found it vulgar and demeaning to women, but it’s a free country. Science, however, to be respected, must be purely the search for truth. The organizers of this ‘March for Science’ — by acknowledging that their demonstration is modeled on the Women’s March — are contributing to the politicization of science, exactly what true upholders of science should be at pains to avoid.”

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Insight: “Congress will ever exercise their powers to levy as much money as the people can pay. They will not be restrained from direct taxes by the consideration that necessity does not require them.” —Melancton Smith (1744-1798.)

Upright: “It’s becoming increasingly clear that the foremost object of modern feminism isn’t respecting and honoring the choices that real women make, but rather making sure that women make a certain kind of choice — to live with the same career- and action-dominant attitude that has prevailed in male culture for many thousands of years.” —David French

For the record: “Truth is, if we were to ever level the playing field with countries like Mexico and China, the average American worker would be making $3 an hour and spending their pittance on third-world health care and decrepit housing. Please, don’t level the playing field.” —David Harsanyi

Change? “I think the path of negotiations with North Korea has been a colossal failure now for more than 25 years. We believe that through discussions and negotiations among nations apart from North Korea that we may well be able to bring the kind of economic and diplomatic pressure that would result in North Korea finally abandoning its nuclear ambitions and its ballistic missile program.” —Mike Pence

Alpha Jackass: “How many yachts do billionaires need? How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You can’t have it all.” —Bernie Sanders, who owns three houses

Late-night humor: “Fox News announced that Bill O'Reilly has been fired, after his sexual harassment scandal. Experts say it is not likely that any self-respecting network will ever hire him — then CNN said, ‘Welcome aboard!’” —Jimmy Fallon

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Apr. 21, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    A new book on Hillary’s failed presidential campaign reveals a lot of broken stuff.
    The murder rate rose 8% in 2016, but that’s not the real story.
    Tax Freedom Day is Sunday (nationwide), which is an opportunity to visit tax reform.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges.” —Alexander Hamilton (1775)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Hillary’s Shattered Campaign1


The latest tell-all book on Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” hit bookstore shelves this week. The book, written by lefty reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, reveals the inner workings of what may be best described as a dysfunctional and disjointed campaign. Allen and Parnes, who penned a far more flattering book, “HRC,” in 2014, expose a number of early missteps that were never truly addressed and therefore doomed Clinton’s election hopes — or so the story goes. One wonders how Allen and Parnes would have described the Clinton campaign had she managed to attract a few more votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin… But we digress.

The book is filled with juicy tales of infighting among leading staff and advisers, an amazing lack of clear communication, and the mind-boggling failure to build a comprehensive and cohesive campaign message. Why was Hillary running, other than because she thought it was her turn to be president? Moreover, like Mitt Romney in 2012, she assumed she had the race won, and thus didn’t do the work to actually win it.

What may be the book’s most valuable insight is its exposure of just how awful and petulant a leader Hillary is. In early 2016, for example, she became severely frustrated with her campaign manager, Robby Mook, over his continued second-guessing of her decisions. Instead of firing him or working to come to a clearer understanding of the role he played, she simply stopped speaking to him. And so, from the end of February 2016 to the election, Hillary never spoke directly to her campaign manager. That’s astounding.

While interesting insights and new revelations may be gleaned from the book, it still doesn’t change the fact that the Democrat Party nominated a miserable and deeply flawed candidate, and that Hillary lost because of Hillary2. And America is better off because of it.

Murder Rate Rises — But That’s Not the Whole Story3

The nationwide murder rate rose 8% in 2016, according to a report4 by Matthew Friedman, Ames C. Grawert and James Cullen of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. That report is based on preliminary data from the FBI, which won’t be finally compiled until later this year. The number is bad, but maybe it isn’t as alarming as it sounds.

The report’s authors conclude: “Americans today are safer than they have been at almost any time in the past 25 years. Since 2014, some cities have seen increases in murder, causing increases in national rates of murder and violence. These spikes in urban violence are a serious cause for concern. But history shows these trends do not necessarily signal the start of a new nationwide crime wave, and even with these increases, crime and murder rates remain near historic lows. There is no evidence of a national crime wave.” Moreover, notwithstanding a small uptick in 2016, most of America has experienced a steady decline in crime since the early 1990s. “Today’s crime rate is less than half of what it was in 1991,” said the report. And if you’re not involved with gangs and/or drugs, your chances of being a victim of violent crime are substantially reduced.

We’d also note the huge increase in private gun ownership over the last 25 years. Coincidence?

The authors place primary blame for the increased murder rate on three cities. “Baltimore, Chicago and Houston together account for around half of the increase in murder in major cities between 2014 and 2016.” In fact, they add, thanks to a particularly bloody year5, “Chicago alone was responsible for 43.7 percent of the rise in urban murders in 2016.” What do those cities have in common? Each is an urban poverty plantation6 that’s been run by generations of Democrats. Chicago and Baltimore in particular have been caught up in the Left’s war on cops7, resulting in increased crime in those cities.

The bad news is that, while most gang violence in the last decade has occurred between gang members, that violence is now metastasizing into frequent assaults against citizens who have nothing to do with gangs. An 8% rise in murder, no matter how geographically limited, isn’t a good sign.

Top Headlines8

    Study: Trump has eliminated $86B in regulations. (The Hill9)

    Trump demands border wall funds as part of spending bill. (The Washington Times10)

    Deported Dreamer lawyers vague on details. (Washington Examiner11)

    ISIS-claimed attack in Paris mars final days of campaigning ahead of Sunday’s election. (CNS News12)

    CIA, FBI launch manhunt for leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks. (CBS News13)

    While Bill O'Reilly was crashing and burning, the stock of O'Reilly Automotive was soaring. (Washington Examiner14)

    Nobody works in one in five U.S. families. (The Washington Free Beacon15)

    EPA begins Trump’s process of cutting down size of government workforce. (Washington Examiner16)

    The insane punishment a school gave a teen over a water gun. (The Daily Signal17)

    Berkeley reverses decision to cancel speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter. (The Washington Post18.)

    Policy: Ignorance of U.S. tax policy fuels leftward sentiments. (The Daily Signal19)

    Policy: Earth Day and the divestment campaign against humanity. (American Enterprise Institute20)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report21.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
On Sunday, Americans Will Be Free22


By Michael Swartz

For many years the Tax Foundation has performed a fairly complex set of calculations to find a simple and sobering result: the calendar date that American taxpayers finally pay off their total annual toll to the government — that is, their individual local, state and federal tax bills as an aggregate. The lone spot of good news is that we’re close. On average, Americans will pay off that onerous debt on Sunday, April 2323 — one day earlier than last year24. Still, it’s hardly cause for celebration.

The results are even more telling when the data are distilled to a state level. Taxpayers fortunate enough to live in Mississippi were freed from their overall tax burden back on April 5 — a full 47 days sooner than those who live in the lowest-ranked state, Connecticut. Those of us in our humble shop in Tennessee could celebrate back on April 7, as we have the nation’s second-lightest burden. And if you happen to be reading this in Utah today, allow us to wish you a happy Tax Freedom Day.

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The case is significant for more than one reason. For starters, it represents Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first major religious liberty case since joining the Court. While SCOTUS agreed to hear the case before Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last year, the Court delayed oral argument until nine justices were seated, suggesting concern there may be a 4-4 ruling otherwise. And while it’s nearly impossible to predict what a newly minted Supreme Court justice will do, Gorsuch’s record on the Tenth Court of Appeals — where he sided with Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor against ObamaCare mandates — suggests his respect for religious liberty. Yet, as The Daily Signal cautions29, Gorsuch “has yet to rule on a [religious liberty] funding case. So this could be different territory.”

Perhaps even more notably, this case could have tremendous impact nationwide not only on public funding for religious institutions in general but on school choice specifically. In 2002, SCOTUS ruled in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris that including religious schools in school voucher programs does not violate the Constitution’s establishment clause. Now, Trinity could take this ruling one step further. As American Enterprise Institute director of education-policy studies Frederick Hess and research assistant Grant Addison explain30, “Having determined in Zelman that states are constitutionally permitted to include religious schools in school-choice programs, the Court will now decide whether states are prohibited from discriminating against religious schools when providing public services.”

Currently, 38 states have constitutional restrictions against using public funds for religious organizations — so-called “Blaine Amendments,” named for Representative James G. Blaine, who in the late 19th century proposed a federal constitutional amendment prohibiting tax dollars designated for public education from going to religious sects. That amendment was the product of anti-Catholic bigotry31.

Although Blaine’s federal amendment failed, 38 states implemented similar provisions. Indeed, Missouri used its own Blaine amendment to deny Trinity Lutheran’s grant application. The program has nothing to do with religion, and it will not fund the church’s religious activities at all, but the Show Me State rejected the application on the basis of religion. Needless to say, then, a SCOTUS ruling that Trinity Lutheran cannot be excluded from competitive state grants solely because it is a religious institution could have wide-reaching consequences.

It’s precisely because of this potential that groups from both sides of the culture war — from Lambda Legal and the National Education Association to the Christian Legal Society, the Institute for Justice, and many others — have taken a keen interest32 in this case.

It’s not about whether a playground will be re-surfaced; it’s about whether our nation will continue twisting the First Amendment to make it as hostile to religion as possible.

While the Court could dismiss the case — especially after Missouri’s new governor, Eric Greitens, recently announced33 a reversal in state policy that will allow religious organizations to compete for grants — SCOTUSblog reporter Amy Howe concludes34 it seems more likely the justices will issue a ruling. And if the line of questioning at yesterday’s oral argument hints at that ruling, the majority may conceivably not be a slim one. Howe reports that Justice Stephen Breyer seemed “unconvinced” by some of the state’s argument and Justice Elena Kagan “signaled a willingness to vote for the church.”

Of course, judicial reactions during oral argument have led prognosticators astray before, and this case still may come down to one vote when a ruling is issued, likely in late June. No matter the outcome, it’s a ruling that impact religious liberty for decades to come. Either such discriminatory Blaine amendments remain on the books in 38 states, or they’re eroded and religious liberty gains ground. In this case, literal ground.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Defunding Campus Fascism35 — Fascism is not only alive and well in America, it is being actively nurtured on college campuses throughout the nation.
    MSM Hates on Trump36 — A new study finds that the coverage of the president is even more negative than most people might realize.
    Kelly’s Terrorism Warning Comes With Assurance37 — Don’t expect the administration to look the other way. That in itself is a great comfort.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Victor Davis Hanson: Apocalyptic Progressivism38
    Larry Elder: The Shameless Sean Spicer Hitler Hypocrisy39
    George Will: The Battle Against Sex Trafficking of Minors40

For more, visit Right Opinion41.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Victor Davis Hanson: “Shortly after the 2008 election, President Obama’s soon-to-be chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, infamously declared, ‘You never let a serious crisis go to waste.’ … In Alice in Wonderland fashion, just as drilling was supposedly no cure for oil shortages, building reservoirs was no remedy for water scarcity. In the same manner, neglecting the maintenance and building of roads in California created a transportation crisis. Until recently, the preferred solution to the state’s road mayhem and gridlock wasn’t more freeway construction but instead high-speed rail — as if substandard streets and highways would force millions of frustrated drivers to use expensive state-owned mass transit. These days, shortages of credit, water, oil or adequate roads are no longer seen as age-old challenges to a tragic human existence. Instead of overcoming them with courage, ingenuity, technology and scientific breakthroughs, they are seen as existential ‘teachable moments.’ In other words, crises are not all bad — if they lead the public to more progressive government.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to the public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. The wise and correct course to follow in taxation is not to destroy those who have already secured success, but to create conditions under which everyone will have a better chance to be successful.” —Calvin Coolidge (1873-1933)

Telling it like it is: “We are under attack from terrorists both within and outside of our borders. They are without conscience, and they operate without rules. They despise the United States, because we are a nation of rights, laws, and freedoms. They have a single mission, and that is our destruction. And I tell you, without exaggeration, they try to carry out this mission each and every single day and no one can tell you how to stop it. No one.” —DHS Secretary John Kelly

Non Compos Mentis: “Trump and the climate-destroyers he brought into office with him such as Rex Tillerson and Scott Pruitt are not driven by compassion for victims. They are animated by a callous and rapacious search for profits for themselves and their cronies. If they cared about children killed by noxious gases, they wouldn’t want to ban Syrian refugees like the Kurdis [sic] from the United States. Nor would they want to spew ever more tons of the most noxious gas of all into the blue skies of the only planetary home the human race has.” —professor Juan Cole in The Nation (Yes, CO2 is so dangerous that Professor Cole wouldn’t be alive to pen this nonsense without it.)

Doomed to repeat failure? “Yes [Trump will be re-elected]. I think that the Democrats have overplayed their hand. … What the Democrats needed to do — and what the major media … needed to do — was to do some soul-searching.” —Camille Paglia

Alpha Jackass: “So we know that he is an unstable man who has nuclear weapons. About to deal with an unstable man who has nuclear weapons. What could possibly go wrong?” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren portraying Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un as equally dangerous

Late-night humor: “JetBlue is holding a sweepstakes where if you owe money to the IRS, you can enter to win a free flight. And get this, United’s offering just to drag the tax collector out of your home.” —Jimmy Fallon

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Predictions of increased crime after DC’s handgun ban was shot down haven’t come true.
    Bill O'Reilly’s firing provides a glimpse at why we elected to be advertising free.
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in a critical religious liberty case yesterday.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” —George Washington (1790)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

No Spin: Killing Bill O'Reilly1


By Mark Alexander

After 21 years at Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, who entered the national media market as an infotainer with CBS’s tabloid-gossip nightly, “Inside Edition,” is out. According to Fox, “After a thorough and careful review of the [sexual harassment] allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.” In other words, after paying more than $13 million2 to hush sexual harassment suits in recent years, once the complaints became public, advertisers pressured Fox to can O'Reilly.

Though we have criticized O'Reilly in the past, particularly over his libelous “biography3” of Ronald Reagan4, he was an effective promoter of some conservative ideas, mostly by over-talking his guest victims. That effectiveness is precisely why The New York Times exposed his alleged transgressions5.

Regardless of what you think about O'Reilly, the real story here is the calculation by the Times that exposing O'Reilly would result in advertisers boycotting the show — and the network. Thus, Fox News, which is first and foremost devoted to maintaining market share (a.k.a. advertising revenues), had to fold its hand. Fox already has to blast now-ubiquitous “Fox News Alert” banners, ad nauseum, in order to keep its viewers interested through their 24/7 news cycle. As that tactic wears thin, so will ad revenue, and the network could not afford to keep O'Reilly on.

While this episode publicly exposes the power and influence that advertisers have in regard to who is delivering the news, the question every consumer of news from any commercial outlet should ask is this: How often do editors make decisions about what news to cover, and how, based on their concern for how advertisers will respond? The answer: Every day, all day.

At The Patriot Post, we made a commitment from day one6 to decline advertising. You will note that our website and email publications are free from annoying ads, pop-up screens, or any other sponsored content. When asked on occasion by our supporters why we do not supplement our revenues with advertising, I refer them to our mission and operations statement7, which notes plainly: “We are not sustained by any political, special interest or parent organization, and we do not accept advertising to ensure our advocacy is not restrained by commercial influence.”

It is for that reason that The Patriot Post is funded entirely by the generous support of fellow Patriots8. We’re accountable only to you — not the plethora of advertisers who shape the editorial content of commercial print and television outlets.

Dems' Dire Warnings After Heller Prove False9

A recent analysis has determined that since the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller10 Supreme Court decision overturning DC’s handgun ban, there has been no increase in violent crime. If anything, there has been a slight decrease in the number of murders committed with a firearm — from nearly 80% of all homicide victims between 2000 and 2007 to 74% in 2008, the year following the court’s decision. That number has continued to decline since the decision.

The pre- and post-Heller numbers also show that the worst year for gun-related homicides in the District was 2002 with 262, while, after the ban’s removal, the worst year was 2015 with a total of 162 such homicides. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said, “I expect murders to fall. How they fall is a different question. The people who generally obeyed the ban were law-abiding citizens and not criminals.”

This sentiment certainly wasn’t shared by many anti-gun groups or Democrats at the time of the Heller ruling. Then-DC Mayor Adrian Fenty warned, “More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence.” And the queen of anti-gun hyperbole herself, Dianne Feinstein, falsely predicted, “The people of this great country will be less safe because of it.”

While DC still has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, Lott noted the Heller decision has “legalized people being able to use guns in self-defense.” In reality this analysis of the numbers comes as no surprise to those of us who have ardently defended the wisdom of our Founding Fathers in crafting the Second Amendment, which was specifically intended for the right of citizens to protect themselves — not just from crime but from tyrannical government.

Speaking of tyranny, recent news out of Venezuela serves as yet another reminder of the aforementioned truth. Having outlawed private gun ownership in the recent past in the name of combatting crime, dictator Nicolas Maduro’s increasingly oppressive government is now arming his own thugs11 in order to enforce control over the growing dissident movement of citizens who are fed up with his authoritarian rule and literally starving. Feinstein and Co. must be looking on with envy.

Top Headlines12

    Report: Trump rolls back $60 billion more in regulatory savings. (The Washington Free Beacon13)

    War on cops? U.S. murder rate expected to rise 8% in 2016. (Washington Examiner14)

    Iowa becomes the 35th state to adopt “stand your ground” legislation. (National Review15)

    AG Sessions: MS-13 gang could be designated as terrorist organization. (The Hill16)

    How did New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo make $783,000 on memoir that sold 3,200 copies? (The Buffalo News17)

    UC Berkeley rewards liberal violence by not allowing Ann Coulter speech. (The Daily Signal18.)

    Modern college yields results: Census says more Americans 18-to-34 now live with parents than with spouse. (CNS News19)

    Trump signs bill giving vets more choices for health care. (CNS News20)

    U.S. considers re-imposing all sanctions on Iran, dismantling nuke deal. (The Washington Free Beacon21)

    Assad repositions Syrian planes near Russian base, expecting Trump won’t dare to bomb there. (Hot Air22)

    Policy: The economy is rushing toward a fiscal reckoning. (American Enterprise Institute23)

    Policy: Renewable energy myths abound. (Heartland Institute24)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report25.
Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column

Read The Shot (Still) Heard ‘Round the World!26. The fight for American Liberty originated in defiance of government confiscation of income and firearms.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
What Does a Playground Have to Do With Religious Liberty?28


By Allyne Caan

What could pro-LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal possibly have against a state-funded grant to fix a pre-school playground? When the playground sits on the property of a church that is at the center of a potentially landmark Supreme Court ruling, the answer is: a lot.

On Wednesday, the High Court heard oral argument in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer. At issue is whether Missouri can discriminate against religious institutions in public aid programs. In 2012, the Missouri church, which also runs a daycare center and preschool program, applied for a grant through a state program that helps non-profits install rubber playground surfaces. The church’s application ranked fifth out of 44 submissions, yet Trinity was disqualified from receiving one of the 14 grants. The reason? The state claimed giving the church funds would violate the state constitutional provision against providing public funding for religious organizations.

Trinity Lutheran sued, and after losing in federal district court and on appeal in the Eighth Circuit, the church now faces SCOTUS’ judgment.

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