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1  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 7-21-2017 on: July 23, 2017, 05:14:48 PM
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If Millennials as a whole are savvy when it comes to their financial future, it’s yet another critical opportunity that most Republicans are failing to recognize. Here we have a whole generation of young Americans clamoring for alternatives to the status quo, but Republicans have nothing to offer. They’re not even thinking about the problem anymore. Add this to a long list of hanging fruit for which Republicans refuse to reach.

So what can we expect from congressional Republicans moving forward? The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner paints a bleak picture26: “If Republicans could not even slow the growth of Medicaid or rein in the program’s Obamacare expansion, how will they ever withstand the special-interest onslaught that will accompany any attempt to control entitlement costs? The dynamics are not going to change. The public will remain horrified at the thought of giving up any benefits, no matter how unrealistic those promises may be. Democrats will remain adamantly opposed to cutting a dime from any program. President Trump will remain distracted and disengaged (not to mention increasingly unpopular). Republicans will remain divided and afraid.”

One can understand that President Trump has a lot on his plate, and expecting him to tackle Social Security reform is perhaps unreasonable considering that congressional Republicans can’t seem to agree on anything these days. If the GOP can’t even muster enough unity to cut taxes or repeal ObamaCare, Republicans are unlikely to touch “the third rail of American politics” and send a Social Security reform bill to the president anytime soon.

But that doesn’t absolve President Trump of the responsibility to at least acknowledge the problem. Sure, other presidents have kicked the can down the road, so this president isn’t any more to blame than his predecessors. At the same time, President Trump and the Republican Congress are in a challenging but advantageous position: They actually have the power to enact serious and lasting reform that might save the country from the inevitable failure of a system that’s currently unsustainable.

Were President Trump to look at Social Security reform as an opportunity rather than a burden to be put aside for the next administration, he might break up the very political establishment that he claims to oppose. And Republicans might be viewed as a party of real change and reform instead of a do-nothing party afraid of its own shadow.

On the campaign trail, Trump wasn’t the least bit interested in Social Security reform. In fact, he promised not to touch it27. Yet if Republicans could muster the political will to craft a thoughtful bill and send it to the president, he might just jump at the chance to sign it. Not that we should expect it anytime soon. Republicans seem to think it’s safer these days to do a lot of nothing.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Campus Rape: Revisiting the ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter28 — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is working to bring Rule of Law back, even to America’s college campuses.
    Trump Warns Maduro29 — He promises to raise strong economic sanctions against the Venezuelan dictator should he continue with his power grab.
    Bloomberg Wrongly Cites ‘Wealth Inequality’ to Vilify School Choice30 — The fact is, statist policies are eating away at the middle class — including, incidentally, private school tuition.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    David Limbaugh: OK, GOP: No More Excuses31
    Michael Barone: The Detroit Riot, 50 Years Later32
    E. Calvin Beisner: Why Are Older Scientists More Likely to Doubt Climate Alarmism?33
    Gary Welton: My Human Identity Transcends Gender34

For more, visit Right Opinion35.

OPINION IN BRIEF

David Limbaugh: “Many pundits assume that if left alone, Obamacare will continue to unravel and disintegrate, but another school of thought says that it has already sustained the worst and will survive. I don’t know about you, but I would never want to bet against the survival of any government entitlement program. Legislators will always figure out a way to bail it out, or, if it is beyond all repair, they might just take the easy route and opt for a single-payer system, which was Obama’s plan all along. That’s the worst of all worlds. … Don’t ever underestimate the formidability of the media-enabled Democratic propaganda machine. If Republicans don’t get their act together now, they may not ever get another chance to prevent socialized medicine in this country. We’ll never have a better chance to make market-based health care reforms if we don’t pass the best bill possible now, for at least two reasons: First, Republicans will be punished for incompetence and betrayal in the next election. And second, there will be a point beyond which market reforms can’t feasibly be made.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The state remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.” —H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Observations: “On the cusp of a historic failure, the [GOP] has begun the finger-pointing, and it’s hard to argue with any of it. The establishment is right that Trump is incapable of true legislative leadership. The Trumpists are right that the establishment is ineffectual. Conservatives are right that moderates don’t really want to repeal Obamacare, whatever they’ve said in the past. And pragmatists are right that a few conservatives are beholden to a self-defeating purity.” —Rich Lowry

Upright: “I like partisan fights when those fights are about something real. The Medicaid fight was at least about something real. But most of this nonsense is a battle of liars trying to protect past lies in the hope of being able to make new lies seem just plausible enough for the liars to keep repeating them.” —Jonah Goldberg

You’ve been warned: “I don’t have any presidential aspirations. If the Millennials want me to do it, I’d do it, though.” —Maxine Waters

An inconvenient lie: “Unfortunately, some elements of the Earth’s system have crossed a point of no return. … But we still have the ability to stop short of other points of no return and we now have the solutions available to really solve this crisis. We need the political will, but political will is a renewable resource.” —Al Gore

Late-night humor: “The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare has officially fallen apart. But Republicans say they’re just going to let Obamacare fail while they regroup and figure out a new plan. And Democrats said, ‘Hey, that’s the same thing we’re doing with Trump.’” —Jimmy Fallon

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2  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 7-21-2017 on: July 23, 2017, 05:12:34 PM
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Jul. 21, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Ben Carson will reinterpret rather than rescind a racist Obama housing rule.
    NAFTA renegotiation will kick off soon as administration outlines priorities.
    Social Security is in bad shape. We know that. But do our elected leaders?
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Carson Waffles on Race-Based Housing Rule1


In 2015, Barack Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development sought to cement race as the primary guiding principle behind the Fair Housing Act via the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule2 (AFFH). This imposition by Big Brother was soundly criticized by many conservatives, including the good Doctor Ben Carson, who is now HUD secretary. He once derided the rule as doomed to fail for its attempt to “legislate racial equality.”

Fast forward two years and now Dr. Carson finds himself as the head of HUD with the power to rescind Obama’s onerous AFFH rule, but he has decided to leave it in place. This week, Carson reiterated that he rejected the “extra manipulation and cost” created by the AFFH rule, and he then stated, “So we just have to reinterpret it, that’s all.” Why not just get rid of it? Carson pointed to a ruling by the Supreme Court, saying, “I probably am not going to mess with something the Supreme Court has weighed in on. In terms of interpreting what it means, that’s where the concentration is going to be.” And how would Carson reinterpret it? He didn’t say. Several congressional Republicans, led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), have called on Carson to end the rule.

Carson’s waffling on this issue looks bad, especially on a rule that was strategically designed as justification for a race-based, politically motivated government power grab. Reinterpretation of the AFFH rule implies that Carson has embraced the greater authority the rule grants him even though he has rejected Obama’s racist aims in creating it. Instead, Carson needs to be draining the DC swamp of leftist social engineering regulations like the AFFH that have proven to do nothing but limit Americans’ Liberty.

Renegotiating NAFTA3

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or leave it entirely, calling it the “worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere.” There are certainly elements4 of NAFTA that could use renegotiation, but overall, it’s a positive deal for the U.S. In April, Trump’s advisers talked him down from the ledge5, in part because of how much his constituent farmers benefit from the trade agreement. This week, the administration released its Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation6.

The administration says, “The new NAFTA must continue to break down barriers to American exports. This includes the elimination of unfair subsidies, market-distorting practices by state owned enterprises, and burdensome restrictions of intellectual property. The new NAFTA will be modernized to reflect 21st century standards and will reflect a fairer deal, addressing America’s persistent trade imbalances in North America. It will ensure that the United States obtains more open, equitable, secure, and reciprocal market access, and that our trade agreement with our two largest export markets is effectively implemented and enforced.”

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will reportedly focus on intellectual property, financial service, telecommunications and e-commerce — all areas where the U.S. has a competitive advantage. Since NAFTA was enacted in 1993, The Wall Street Journal notes, “Farm and ranch exports to Mexico and Canada have more than quadrupled.” Removing any remaining obstructions like Canadian tariffs on American poultry, eggs and wine would be a good move for the administration. To make a larger point, Trump shouldn’t opt for a tit-for-tat deal with more barriers. He would do far better pushing for more open markets from our neighbors.

Top Headlines7

    Why GOP health care failure jeopardizes tax reform. (PoliZette8.)

    Top Dems slow rolling ethics probe to delay investigation into Obama leaks. (The Washington Free Beacon9)

    Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump. (The Hill10)

    Soros gave $20.7 million to alleged Russia-funded climate groups in U.S. (NewsBusters11)

    Venezuelan president reportedly considering asylum as pressure grows on regime. (CNS News12)

    The laughable hypocrisy of Katie Couric lecturing others on the dangers of “fake News.” (Washington Examiner13)

    DOJ takes down largest dark net marketplace in history. (CNS News14)

    Voter fraud database tops 1,000 proven cases. (The Daily Signal15)

    Minnesota schools adopt transgender toolkit for kindergartners. (The Washington Free Beacon16)

    McDonald’s employee refuses to serve uniformed police officer, gets fired. (Richmond Times-Dispatch17)

    Policy: How housing assistance leads to long-term dependence — and how to fix it. (Manhattan Institute18.)

    Policy: America needs more pipelines. (U.S. News & World Report19)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report20.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
Social Security Is Still a Looming Disaster21


By Brian Mark Weber

Did Donald Trump collude with Russia in order to gain an advantage in the presidential election? Will Republicans repeal or replace ObamaCare? And will Congress ever get around to the border wall, tax cuts and a host of other important issues? Seems like everything is on the radar right now except the one thing that everyone in Washington should be talking about: Social Security reform.

But don’t worry. If you’re under 50, you still have some time to hope that Congress and the president will wake up and deal with this monumental entitlement problem.

How bad is it? A lot worse than we think. The Social Security Administration’s annual Trustees Report indicates that Social Security’s unfunded obligation is now $11.5 trillion. The Heritage Foundation’s Romina Boccia reminds us22, “In the absence of congressional action, benefits could be delayed or indiscriminately reduced across the board by 25 percent. Once the Social Security trust fund is depleted, the program will only be able to pay 75 percent of scheduled benefits, based on payroll and other Social Security tax revenues projected at that time.”

For now, Social Security will continue to make its payments to those who have reached retirement age. But by 2035, the trust fund will run dry and Social Security will have to rely on payments into the system. Unfortunately, the number of people paying will be insufficient to fund those who are retiring.

As of now, there are few solutions being offered. In 2016, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX), introduced23 the Social Security Reform Act of 2016. But the program merely tinkers with the system already in place, leaving it susceptible to the same problems that plague it today.

But politicians of both parties need to be thinking about more than just current retirees. Millennials are paying attention to Social Security and are anxious to do something about it.

David Barnes writes24 in the Washington Examiner, “My generation demonstrates both the capacity and desire to plan and save for retirement but, as the payroll tax eats up more of our hard-earned income, Social Security is actually hindering our ability to do so. Revamping the antiquated Social Security program would allow millennials to save substantially more and protect our country’s financial future. My generation has been saddled with a head-spinning nearly $20 trillion in federal government debt. And Social Security, the single largest federal program, is a huge driver of this debt, costing nearly $929 billion25 in 2016, close to a quarter of every dollar the government spent.”
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Bill McKibben, one of the leading advocates of the divestment movement, co-founded 350.org, a global climate change advocacy group that has held 20,000 rallies in every country in the world except North Korea (wonder why). In 2012, he wrote28 in Rolling Stone, “A rapid, transformative change would require building a movement, and movements require enemies. … And enemies are what climate change has lacked.”

That’s right — in order to transform the climate change debate into a movement, McKibben and his fellow ecofascists needed an enemy. So he started the divestment movement that casts the fossil fuel industry and those who invest in its companies as the morally sinister destroyers of the environment. McKibben’s admission of creating an enemy to bolster his campaign should delegitimize the moral claims of the movement. But it hasn’t.

GoFossilFree.org, one of the leading voices in fossil fuel divestment, speaks of the supposed moral motivations for its cause:

    Fossil fuel divestment takes the fossil fuel industry to task for its culpability in the climate crisis. By naming this industry’s singularly destructive influence — and by highlighting the moral dimensions of climate change — we hope that the fossil fuel divestment movement can help break the hold that the fossil fuel industry has on our economy and our governments.

Go Fossil Free holds the fossil fuel industry responsible for destroying the planet and morally injuring its inhabitants. While McKibben created an enemy, Go Fossil Free has made the fight against that enemy a “moral” one, citing floods and natural disasters allegedly caused by climate change.

However, one study29 notes that deaths related to climate (flood, drought, storms, extreme heat or cold) have dropped 98% since 1920. The energy industry has facilitated this decline through building better homes, heating, air conditioning, proper irrigation and disaster warning systems. That sort of steals the, er, thunder of the ecofascists’ hyperbolic claims.

Another fallacy upon which the divestment movement relies is that fossil fuels have created extreme amounts of pollution. Yet according to Forbes30, air pollution in the U.S. has declined 72% since 1970 despite a 47% total increase in energy use. In addition, developed countries that use fossil fuels have cleaner environments than underdeveloped countries where dumping waste in rivers and streams prevents access to clean water. In fact, one of the key differences between third world and first world countries depends upon access to reliable energy.

Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress31 and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” notes that there are seven billion people on the planet who need access to inexpensive, reliable energy in order to flourish. Yet three billion people have virtually no energy. For much of the world, lack of energy, not use of energy, has been the greatest barrier to growth and productivity.

While the divestment movement has succeeded in creating both an enemy and a moral cause based upon fear and guilt, the evidence points to the reality that energy has helped hedge against climate-related disasters and provided food and health care to aid human life. Divesters fail to grasp how energy powers every modern convenience from a warm shower (natural gas), to adequate hospital care (electricity), to food (diesel-powered farm equipment), and they offer few, if any, real solutions to our planet’s energy needs. Perhaps they should invest in our future instead of trying to undermine it.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Defeating Progressive Ideology32 — Nothing facilitates forced subservience to the Left’s noxious way of thinking more than political correctness.
    Afghan Who Fought With U.S. Forces Finds Home in America33 — After five years of pressing the government, U.S. soldiers were able to welcome their buddy to his new home.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Victor Davis Hanson: Putin’s Playthings34
    Cal Thomas: Porking Out With Your Money35
    George Will: Air Force Has Dug Into the Equivalent of Trench Warfare36

For more, visit Right Opinion37.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Victor Davis Hanson: “Putin’s Russia is in bad shape. It is economically weak and eager to do anything possible to hurt the U.S. — largely by using a fake-news disinformation campaign, spreading Kremlin cash, and playing a gullible and often unprofessional U.S. media eager to find a scandalous Russian under every American bed. So far the Russian disinformation program has worked brilliantly. What foreign government could possibly entangle in truth, lies, half-truths, rumors and scandals the Trump family, Bill and Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, James Comey, John McCain, John Podesta, Samantha Power, Susan Rice and a host of other Beltway grandees? Who could prompt enough investigations and inquiries to overwhelm and distract the entire U.S. government at a time when North Korea is aiming missiles at U.S. territory, Iran is pressing ahead to develop a nuclear weapon, Syria is a genocidal mess, and immigrants from the war-torn Middle East are sweeping across Europe? Putin is now America’s puppet master — and we are his empty-headed playthings dangling from his Kremlin strings.”

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “A recent Bloomberg poll asked Americans to rank the most important issues facing the country. … Only six percent of Americans said Russia was the most important issue facing the country today. Now let’s compare this to the results of a recent survey by our friends at the Media Research Center. … The left-wing media’s most important issue [Russia] ranked 6th among the public. The second most important issue to the media [climate change] tied for fourth place among the people. But the people’s number one issue — health care — ranked fourth in the media’s coverage. It’s no wonder Americans are increasingly losing faith in biased big media.” —Gary Bauer

Still hasn’t learned to stop digging: “There have been numerous times when Trump should have been convicted of a crime. If Robert Mueller does the investigation that I think he’s going to do, I think he will connect the dots. I think that they’re going to find not only conflict of interest but also obstruction of justice. I think he’s in for new possibilities of either being charged criminally or, as I think, impeached.” —Maxine Waters

Braying Jenny: “[The Republican budget] requires more military might. It takes us down the wrong path. We take an oath to protect and defend. … But that’s not the point of this. This is supposed to be a budget that prevents the spread of violence. Instead they have a budget that stirs it up.” —Nancy Pelosi

Alpha Jackass: “Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It’s generational. So we’re just going to have to wait for those people to ‘age out,’ as they say. ‘Age out’ is a euphemism for ‘die.’” —Bill Nye the “Old Guy”

Democrats leave no choice: “President Trump’s promise to let our health care system collapse is so, so wrong on three counts. It’s a failure morally, it’s a failure politically, and it’s a remarkable failure of presidential leadership.” —Chuck Schumer

And last… “Success has a thousand fathers, the saying goes, while failure is an orphan. If so, lots of people in Washington, DC, want to conduct paternity tests over the stunning failure of Republicans to pass a repeal of ObamaCare in some form.” —Ed Morrissey

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Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 20, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Leftists hail a cop-killing terrorist because they’re too invested in hate.
    Trump stops arming anti-Assad rebels. Leftmedia sees Russia collusion.
    Ecofascists needed an enemy, so they created one in the fossil fuel industry.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.” —Richard Henry Lee (1786)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Women’s March Celebrates a Terrorist Cop-Killer1


The Women’s March chose to honor a convicted murderer by tweeting out a birthday greeting Sunday celebrating the “revolutionary” Assata Shakur. Who is she? In 1977, Shakur, who was a member of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted of the execution-style murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She was sentenced to life in prison but served only two years, as she escaped in 1979 and fled to Cuba2, where she remains today. She’s one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists3.

The Women’s March found itself receiving well-deserved criticism for its tweet honoring a terrorist cop-killer4. Rather than apologize, delete the tweet and fire the person responsible, the Women’s March doubled down in defending the tweet. One of 20 such tweets said, “#AssataShakur is a civil rights leader who used her leadership position to challenge sexism within the Black Liberation Movement.” Yet the Women’s March insisted it “is a nonviolent movement” that would “never use violence to achieve our goals.” It also tweeted, “#AssataShakur’s resistance tactics were different from ours. That does not mean that we do not respect her anti-sexism work.”

So why honor a convicted cop-killer and terrorist? Because the movement works to publicly portray itself as a peaceful movement opposed to violence all while showing admiration for the violent struggle against those whom they oppose. The same goes for Black Lives Matter.

In a sense, it’s a form of double speak. Declare oneself committed to peace while at the same time celebrating as heroes those leftist activists who engaged in violence to fight against the “oppressors.” Thus they can claim innocence regarding violent acts while inciting others to violence5 through their rhetoric. In this vein, leftists have been waging a war on cops6 in recent years because of alleged racism in law enforcement ranks. A black woman killing a cop is thus naturally somewhat of a hero to these purveyors of hate.

The Left has a long list of these violent “revolutionaries” it venerates as heroes for the cause — cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, Cuban mass murderer Che Guevara, and so on. It really comes as little surprise that these leftists would honor Shakur as a revolutionary hero. Communists have been doing that for decades. On a final note, the Women’s March is no more interested in protecting women’s rights than are communists interested in protecting democracy.

Trump’s Ending CIA’s Rebel-Arming Program Is Not a Conspiracy7

The mainstream media’s obsession over anything and everything Russian is well passed reaching levels of pathology. It’s as if a story on Donald Trump can’t be reported without some reference implicating a nefarious relationship to Vladimir Putin. After hyperventilating that Trump had a not-so-secret “super-secret” meeting with Putin in a room full of people, the Leftmedia had to move on. That came in the form of this Washington Post headline on Wednesday: “Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow.” While the article admits that there has been a long-running debate over the value of the CIA’s covert rebel-arming program, the story insinuates that Trump’s motive for ending it is primarily due to the fact that the Russians don’t like it.

A better and more logical take on Trump’s decision is a question over what the U.S.‘s primary objective is in Syria. For Trump, it’s becoming ever more clear that the first goal is defeating the Islamic State, not arming potential jihadis who oppose Bashar al-Assad. As for the Russia problem, it was Barack Obama who in 2013 jumped at Putin’s face-saving offer to take the lead in Syria by negotiating a non-military intervention with Assad after he crossed Obama’s “red line.” And the biggest problem in the region, the Islamic State, developed because of the vacuum Obama created8 in his retreat from Iraq.

While the decision to stop arming Assad-opposed rebels is something Moscow wanted, it was also desired by Jordan, an important U.S. ally in the region. With the eventual goal being a lasting ceasefire in Syria, the reality is that the U.S. will have to make some deals with Russia one way or another. The challenge for Trump is to navigate the mess that Obama’s feckless leadership created. (And, by the way, the Leftmedia’s baseline assumption is that Obama could do no wrong.) The fact of the matter is Putin was involved in Syria well before Trump ever arrived on the scene. That only provides more opportunity for the MSM to spin every decision Trump makes as more “evidence” in support of their collusion delusion.

Top Headlines9

    Trump to GOP senators: Cancel your recess and finish health care reform. (The Hill10)

    Federal health spending will be double that of defense spending in FY19. (CNS News11)

    Pentagon set to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. (The Washington Times12)

    Trump kills 16 regulations for every new one, crushing 2-for-1 goal. (Washington Examiner13)

    ICE chief: 80% jump in illegal targets, readies national “sanctuary” crackdown. (Washington Examiner14)

    Trump to nominate Mark Esper as Army secretary following the outrageous treatment15 of Dr. Mark Green. (Washington Examiner16)

    Sen. Charles Grassley postpones anti-Donald Trump dossier hearing. (The Washington Times17)

    USPS broke law in allowing federal employees to campaign for Clinton. (Fox News18.)

    Louisiana Democrats purge Thomas Jefferson, the man who acquired Louisiana. (The Daily Signal19)

    Ben Carson: HUD will “reinterpret” Obama housing discrimination rule. (Washington Examiner20)

    Senator John McCain diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer. (CBS News21)

    Policy: 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity. (Heritage Foundation22)

    Policy: There’s no brain science to college free speech. (Bloomberg view23)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report24.
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
Ecofascists Needed an Enemy, So They Chose Fossil Fuels27


By Caroline Camden Lewis

What began as a single campaign on a college campus in 2010 has grown into a worldwide movement. It does not simply focus upon climate change or green living, but rather de-funding the fossil fuel industry. They call it divestment.

Fossil fuel divestment, the opposite of investment, means the selling of fossil fuel stocks. Recalling the successful 1980s divestment campaign against Apartheid, fossil fuel divestment advocates hope to create both financial and social pressure to ruin the fossil fuel industry, thus preserving the planet. Whether it’s college students protesting for the divestment of the school’s endowment or citizens marching for the divestment of the state’s pension, the movement has become a popular way for people to feel like they’re fighting to save the earth from both the disaster of climate change and the evil of corporations.
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Thus, this is the question every Beltway and New York media “journalist” should be asking: “Beyond what the Post and Times knew about the Trump Jr. meeting, when did they know it?” (Memo to Bob Woodward…)

Did the Times or Post have this information for weeks or months prior to making headlines with it, and if so, why did they not release it sooner?

Of course, there are few journalists remaining in either of those markets to ask such an important question — especially one that would challenge Leftmedia Goliaths.

This critical question would better be directed to the ombudsman at the Post and Times. Ombudsmen are those charged with reviewing the journalistic integrity of a media outlet, having sufficient independent authority to investigate cases of journalistic abuse and recommend the perpetrators for prosecution and/or termination – a media “independent counsel.” Unfortunately, after leftwing limo liberal Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post in 2013, he eliminated their ombudsman post. And…the New York Times eliminated their ombudsman post in May of this year…

So, why is this question so important?

Because the most dangerous “collusion” threatening American Liberty22 today is that between Democrats and their mainstream media partisans. They now brazenly use their media outlets for obstruction23 and sabotage24 in order to block Trump’s agenda25, primarily with counterfeit Trump/Putin news26. Clearly, Trump’s conservative agenda27 is wholly antithetical to their own.

This mass media malpractice28 constitutes a perilous betrayal of the First Amendment.

As I have noted since that fake Russian dossier first emerged, the endless loop of the Demo/MSM’s8 Trump/Putin collusion conspiracy coverage is utterly baseless. It’s nothing more than a political diversion and obfuscation tactic to destabilize Trump’s agenda — and, by extension, that of the Republican Congress. And it’s working!

Contemplate this — if Vladimir Putin’s goal is to weaken the American people’s confidence in their political system, then the Democrat/MSM collusion is certainly accomplishing his objective.

Undermining Trump’s presidency sows discord among Republicans in the House and Senate ahead of the 2018 midterm election and ensures the failure of critical initiatives such as the effort to repeal and replace29 the so-called “Affordable Care Act30” this week.

Every card-carrying member of the Demo/MSM consortium knows the Trump/Putin collusion fabrication is a political charade — unless their brains have been totally consumed with Potomac fever.

Notably, however, many younger Leftmedia activists aren’t biting, and in fact are becoming more outspoken in their objection to the Russia ruse.

Left-wing protagonist Max Blumenthal, senior editor of AlterNet, offered this assessment this week: “As someone on the left who has protested against Trump, I didn’t expect this hysteria to completely take over. … The Democrats are pushing Russia scandalmongering nonstop. It’s subsumed all of the progressive grassroots movements and it’s basically burning the left. … People who are progressive, who are falling into it, I need to know what the long-term consequences of this cynical narrative are. … There is definitely a political class in Washington that sees Russia scandalmongering as the silver bullet to take out Trump. … The Democrat establishment … can’t agree on a big economic message … so this [collusion conspiracy] is convenient because it gives them a way of opposing Trump without having to do anything remotely progressive.”

Blumenthal calls the Demo/MSM “the boot-licking press.” He adds, “There’s never any clear sourcing, never any sources on the record.”

When asked by political commentator Tucker Carlson “what kind of response have you received” from the Leftmedia and liberals since registering your objections to the Russia charade, Blumenthal responded, “I’ll probably get called a Putin puppet.”

And while the fictional Trump/Putin collusion conspiracy is this summer’s blockbuster hit inside the Beltway, Americans across the country are increasingly tuning out the Leftmedia31. And notably, those who supported Trump in 2016 are now overwhelmingly unimpressed32 with the collusion conspiracy claptrap. Turns out that outside the Beltway swamp political and media echo chambers, Americans are more concerned about the economy — which, Demo-gogues Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer might recall, is why Trump won!

That notwithstanding, some of the more hysterical Democrats are now calling for Trump’s impeachment33, including Hillary Clinton’s kooky 2016 running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine: “We’re now beyond obstruction of justice in terms of what’s being investigated. This is moving into perjury, false statements and even potentially treason.”

Political analyst Michael Barone notes that this ludicrous overreach by “Democratic politicians who haven’t given up on dreams of somehow ousting Trump from office and who are eager as always to delegitimize his presidency” might backfire34.

But the Demo/MSM demolition derby shows no signs of letting up — and it won’t, because it’s underwritten in large measure by socialist Hungarian billionaire George Soros35 and others, like socialist American billionaire Tom Steyer36.

So I ask again: “Beyond what the Post and Times knew about the Trump Jr. meeting, when did they know it?”

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Trump/Putin Collusion: What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?

By Mark Alexander

Jul. 19, 2017

“But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)

In 1974, former Sen. Howard Baker (R-TN) was the ranking minority member of the Senate committee investigating the Watergate cover-up conspiracy. The Senate endeavored to determine if Republican President Richard Nixon, who won his 1972 re-election bid by the fourth-largest margin (23.15%) in history, had concealed after-the-fact knowledge of a break-in at the Democrat National Committee headquarters by Republican operatives. (Now, apparently, breaking into the DNC or the secret email server of a Democrat presidential candidate is much easier done by computer1.)

At a critical juncture in that investigation, Baker (who later served as Ronald Reagan’s2 chief of staff in 1987) posited, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” He and his then-young understudy and chief counsel, Fred Thompson3, went on to aggressively pursue the truth regarding their party’s president. Baker said, “I’ll dig for the facts, and I’ll follow wherever they lead,” and indeed, they did.

Those were the glory days of The Washington Post, whose journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are credited with uncovering information about the break-in, including involvement by the Justice Department, FBI, CIA and the White House — leading to Nixon.

Facing the certainty of impeachment in the Democrat-controlled House and conviction by the Democrat-controlled Senate, Nixon at least had the integrity to resign his office on August 9, 1974, rather than drag the nation through an impeachment proceeding. As you recall, Bill Clinton4 possessed no such integrity when he was impeached by the House in 1998 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. He was ultimately acquitted of those charges by the Senate a year later in a 50-50 vote.

Fast forward to the present Trump/Putin collusion conspiracy “breaking news” propagated daily by the MSM.

Regarding this fake news5 fabrication, nobody is asking, “What did they know and when did they know it?”

However, in this instance, the question should not be directed at President Donald Trump6, but at The Washington Post and The New York Times — the primary Leftmedia outlets in collusion with the Democrat Party7 that form the Demo/MSM propaganda machine8.

Let me explain why they should answer this question — but won’t.

Earlier this week, Julie Pace, the liberal Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press, observed quizzically, “Every time [the Trump administration] finds [its] footing, every time they feel like they’ve had a positive message, something on the Russia investigation emerges.”

Apparently, one of the AP’s ranking journalists believes this correlation is complete coincidence.

Hmmm. Well, Julie, could it be that the Leftmedia is holding back its Russia cards and playing them as needed every time the Trump administration “finds its footing” or has a “positive message”?

There was a time when the collusion between the Democrat Party and mainstream media dezinformatsiya outlets could rely solely on Donald Trump to singlehandedly undermine his success by issuing stupid social media posts9.

But a week before Trump’s inaugural, former FBI Director James Comey10 added a powerful propaganda weapon to the Leftmedia’s arsenal in its relentless effort to undermine Trump’s agenda.

He gave Barack Obama11 a copy of the completely debunked Trump/Russia dossier12. The fact that the FBI was investigating that fake dossier was then leaked to the press — most likely by Comey, who in May acknowledged that he had leaked other memos to the press13 in hopes that a special counsel14 would be appointed to investigate Trump. (Comey’s treachery paid off when his old friend15, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, was appointed as special counsel.)

That Russia fabrication and leak was, and remains, the source for the Demos’ “Trump/Putin” conspiracy theories. In fact, now there is sufficient evidence to conclude that Democrat operatives were behind the dossier16, but neither The Washington Post nor The New York Times are concerned with facts, having become masters in the art of the BIG lie17.

Again, as the AP’s Julie Pace noted, every time Trump achieves favorable reviews, predictably another Trump/Putin story emerges, which almost always originate with the Times or the Post.

Pace was referencing the most recent case in point…

After Trump’s widely applauded NATO address in Poland18 and his G-20 summit19 10 days ago, that success was derailed in short order by the latest revelation regarding the Russian collusion delusion — that in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. spent a few minutes with a Russian lawyer20, in a meeting set up by a third party who claimed she might have some useful (read: damaging) info on Hillary Clinton21. In political and corporate parlance, that is called “opposition research” or “competitor intelligence,” but never mind that it amounted to nothing.

What an amazing coincidence — that on the heels of Trump’s successful week abroad, yet another Russian collusion story emerged.

For the record, in my considered opinion, The New York Times and The Washington Post have been, and still are, holding Trump/Putin cards, and they’re timing the play of those cards to undercut any Trump agenda momentum.
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Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced earlier this week that they could not support the BCRA because it doesn’t repeal enough of ObamaCare or institute enough free market reforms. Then when McConnell announced the full repeal vote, moderate Republicans Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that they would not vote for a full repeal24. Murkowski and Capito voted for repeal in 2015 when Barack Obama was there to veto it. Now that it can succeed, they oppose repeal. (To be fair, their position is the same as Trump’s — don’t touch entitlements — and other Republicans like Rob Portman and Dean Heller almost surely oppose straight-up repeal now too.)

Regardless of which bill came up for a vote, McConnell could not afford to lose more than two Republican votes.

A major hindrance is the inability to resolve diametrically opposed goals. As National Review’s Jim Geraghty explained25, “Republicans (and by extension, much of the country) want contradictory changes, changes that Moran lists as his requirements. Americans want lower premiums, but they also want insurance companies to keep covering preexisting conditions. They want to see the cost of Medicaid go down, or at least rise slower, but they also don’t want to throw anyone off of Medicaid. They want the number of uninsured to go down, and they want the mandate repealed.”

This puts Republicans in a very precarious situation. Voters gave them the House in 2010, and the Senate in 2014, and then the White House in 2016. The American people expect results, not whining and complaining about intransigent Democrats. So Republicans need to play team ball instead of every player running his or her own play when the ball is snapped.

That means Republicans like Lee and Moran need to understand that ObamaCare is crumbling and that partisan brinksmanship will leave millions of Americans suffering. The Senate’s BRCA and the House’s AHCA (American Health Care Act) are imperfect bills but they’re a heck of a lot better than ObamaCare, and a very good starting point from which to enact additional conservative amendments going forward.

Likewise, Collins, Murkowski, Capito and any other opportunists who now oppose repeal need to understand that Republicans promised a repeal of ObamaCare if given power, and they are making a mockery of that promise by demanding major provisions of ObamaCare be retained in a replacement bill — provisions that sound laudable but that undermine market stability.

President Trump also needs to keep hammering home the point that Democrats own the disaster that is ObamaCare, and it is their fault that we are in this position. Their refusal to acknowledge that reality and work with Republicans is hurting average Americans. Their refusal to do so is transparently and cynically partisan, and it should come with a price at the polls.

At this point, the best option seems to be a full repeal, with replacement coming in sections. So-called “comprehensive” bills are usually needlessly complex, subject to legal challenge, and chock full of bribes and favors.

Or, as National Review’s Dan McLaughlin exhorted back in April26, “Republicans should not hitch their wagon to any single, comprehensive bill, nor should they promise the voters a ‘Republican health-care plan.’ Instead, they should seek to roll out a series of improvements to the health-insurance system, each with its own voting coalitions.”

One way or another, Congress needs to heed the warnings of President Trump and Vice President Pence and do its job. The American people are increasingly frustrated and impatient, and failure will come with a steep price.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Sessions Plans to Increase Civil Asset Forfeiture27 — The AG is a stand-up law-and-order guy, but this should sound alarms for people who fear the overreach of government power.
    California Doubles Down on Cap-and-Trade28 — And it’s all because leftist lawmakers are most interested in funding pet projects — like bullet trains.
    Affirming the Iranian Deal Is a Perilous Calculation29 — The Trump administration’s leisurely pace on trashing Obama’s horrible nuclear accord endangers America.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Star Parker: Liberal Values Are Bankrupting Us30
    Ben Shapiro: Yes, Politics Is Dirty. No, It Isn’t as Dirty as You Think It Is31
    Walter Williams: Slavery32

For more, visit Right Opinion33.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Star Parker: “Behavior increasing the likelihood of poverty does have consequences on others. American taxpayers spend almost a trillion dollars a year to help those in poverty, a portion of whom would not be in this situation if they lived their lives differently. But the same liberals who scream when Republicans look for ways to streamline spending on antipoverty programs like Medicaid scream just as loudly at any attempt to expose young people to biblical values that teach traditional marriage and chastity outside of marriage. The percent of American adults that are married dropped from 72 percent in 1960 to 52 percent in 2008. The percentage of our babies born to unmarried women increased from 5 percent in 1960 to 41 percent by 2008. This occurred against a backdrop of court orders removing all vestiges of religion from our public spaces, beginning with banning school prayer in 1962, and then the legalization of abortion in 1973. In 2015, the Supreme Court redefined marriage. Losing all recognition that personal and social responsibility matters, that the biblical tradition that existed in the cradle of our national founding is still relevant, is bankrupting us morally and fiscally. We are long overdue for a new, grand awakening.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The last stage but one of every civilisation, is characterised by the forced political unification of its constituent parts, into a single greater whole.” —Arnold J. Toynbee (1889-1975)

Upright: “The success of a marriage nearly always depends on the expectations of the parties going in. If you believe marriage is going to be a rose garden of happy trips to the beach interspersed with moonlight dinners and foot massages, you’re more likely to end up cheating on your spouse when that doesn’t materialize. If you believe marriage is a mechanism for changing your potential spouse, you’re likely to end up estranged. If you believe that marriage is about a lifelong union devoted to self-improvement and the creation and rearing of children, you’re likely to make decisions that lead to that outcome. The same is true in politics.” —Ben Shapiro

For the record: “If you always end up arguing that one leader can do no wrong, you aren’t really a member of a party, you’re a member of a cult of personality.” —Jonah Goldberg

The BIG Lie: “We are far past collusion. That’s one of the charges of the Intel Committee, to seek out whether or not there was collusion with the Russian government with respect to the efforts to interfere in our 2016 presidential election. We are far past that, at this stage.” —Rep. Denny Heck

Braying Jackass: “I am delighted to see that the disastrous Republican health care plan will not succeed. This is a great victory for the millions of Americans who stood up and fought back against this dangerous legislation.” —Bernie Sanders, who advocates disastrous single-payer health care

Junk marketing: “Your Business Is Our Business.” —U.S. Post Office’s New Slogan (And we thought that was the IRS slogan…)

Late-night humor: “Over the weekend, it came out that President Trump’s approval rating is at 36 percent. But Trump defended the number, saying that it was ‘almost 40.’ Then he said, ‘And if you read 36 upside down, it looks like 93, which is almost 100. So I’m doing amazing. Almost 100 in Upside Down world.’” —Jimmy Fallon

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    A Canadian terrorist killed an American soldier. The Canadian government paid the jihadi.
    Scott Pruitt is cleaning up the cronyism at the EPA.
    Republicans aren’t playing like a team, and are failing to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Trudeau’s Treacherous Terrorist Payout1


“The measure of a society, of a just society, is not whether we stand up for people’s rights when it’s easy or popular to do so, it’s whether we recognize rights when it’s difficult, when it’s unpopular.” It was with that page taken right out of Barack Obama’s failed terrorism policy legacy that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified his official apology and payment of $8 million ($10 million Canadian) to a former Guantanamo Bay inmate.

In 2002, then-15-year-old Omar Khadr, a Canadian-born jihadi in Afghanistan, tossed a grenade in a firefight that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, a special forces medic, and partially blinded Sgt. First Class Layne Morris. The ensuing saga of interrogation, confession, Gitmo incarceration and legal battles is a long one, but let’s just say Khadr has not yet paid for his deeds. Now he’s being paid by a leftist with apparent contempt for his own nation and America too.

Trudeau’s treachery isn’t limited to a simple apology and massive payout. Morris and Speer’s family had just won a $134 million settlement against Khadr in Utah, but Trudeau’s government rushed the payment to Khadr so as to both subvert the Utah ruling and undermine any appeal by the Speer family.

Peter Kent, a member of the Canadian Parliament, minced no words, writing2 in The Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Trudeau’s actions are an affront to the memory of Christopher Speer, to Tabitha Speer and her children, to Layne Morris, to our U.S. allies, and to all men and women in uniform. This payout was a cynical subversion of Canadian principles. Mr. Trudeau made Omar Khadr a millionaire, and he didn’t have to.”

Shame on Justin Trudeau. He’s a pathetic disgrace to his nation who’s dragged American Patriots through hell to score some cheap political points.

Pruitt Is Cleaning Up the EPA3

One of the best decisions Donald Trump has made thus far into his presidency was his choice of Scott Pruitt4 to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA may prove to be a textbook example of how corruption works to twist an ostensibly apolitical government agency into a primary proponent of a political cause. But Pruitt is taking the bull by the horns.

The Wall Street Journal recently noted5 that Pruitt has been aggressively working on replacing Barack Obama-era science advisers. In the month of June alone the EPA notified 38 advisers that their committee appointments would not be renewed. While the Left has claimed that Trump is engaged in a “war on science,” the reality is exactly the opposite. A bit of context is needed to better understand the issue at hand.

For years, the EPA has relied heavily on several non-government advisory boards because it is required to hear an advisory board’s advice before enacting new regulations. The EPA is not, however, required to heed a board’s advice. According to the Federal Advisory Committee Act rules, all advisory boards are required to be balanced and unbiased. Historically, the majority of committee members have come from academia, with some coming from consulting and activist groups. Very few members have come from industry.

One of the EPA’s most prominent advisory boards is the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). In 1996, the EPA wanted to pass new restrictive regulations on emissions under the guise that these rules were needed to save the lives of thousands of Americans from dangerous air pollution. The problem was that the CASAC countered the EPA’s opinion, saying that research findings did not support the agency’s conclusion. Ignoring the advice, the EPA went ahead with enacting its costly regulations anyway.

Now here’s where the corruption problem begins to rear its ugly head. Ecofascists, frustrated with the independent nature of these advisory committees, worked to stack the deck in their favor. By the mid 2000s two-thirds of all CASAC members were grantees of the EPA. During Obama’s two terms, the number of grantees increased significantly, with hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants being awarded to these “independent” advisers. As The Wall Street Journal describes it, “In effect, EPA-funded researchers are empowered to review and approve their own work in order to rubber-stamp the EPA’s regulatory agenda. This is all done under the guise of ‘independence.’”

By reforming this practice, Pruitt is not working to quash science. On the contrary, he’s promoting it by dismantling a rigged system.

Top Headlines6

    House unveils budget that balances, achieves $9 billion surplus, increases GDP to 2.6%. (The Washington Free Beacon7)

    House Panel OKs $1.6 billion as down payment for Trump wall construction. (The Washington Times8)

    Seven years of promising ObamaCare repeal leaves Republicans just one option. (The Daily Signal9)

    Democrats celebrate as health care system collapses. (PoliZette10)

    Collusion: Hillary Clinton sided with Russia on sanctions as Bill pocketed $500G for Moscow speech. (Fox News11)

    Trump’s first nominee for federal district court unanimously confirmed by Senate. (CNS News12)

    “Resistance hero” Maxine Waters pulls in only $22K in individual contributions. (The Washington Free Beacon13)

    Alan Dershowitz: New York Times won’t publish me because I offer “alternative point of view.” (The Washington Times14)

    Claremont McKenna College disciplines seven students for blockade that shut down Heather Mac Donald speech. (The Washington Post15)

    Policy: Nine key takeaways from the House budget proposal. (The Daily Signal16)

    Policy: It’s not about health care — it’s about control. (Heartland Institute17)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report18.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
On Health Care, Congress Needs to Do Its Job19


By Louis DeBroux

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Had he been around today, he’d add a third: the propensity for Republicans to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory20.

That has been on infuriating display in recent months as Republicans repeatedly fail to pass a free market alternative to ObamaCare. Even worse, rather than get credit for predicting the how and why of ObamaCare’s failure, Republicans look like a bunch of third-graders running in circles, unable to agree on the rules of the game, much less a strategy for victory.

First, let’s not allow a fundamental truth to be obscured by the disjointed efforts of Senate Republicans. Namely, ObamaCare was not sabotaged by Republicans21; it is failing because it is a horrible law that ignores economic realities and human nature.

Long before Donald Trump announced his candidacy, ObamaCare was failing. Nineteen of the 23 co-ops are now bankrupt. Premiums, deductibles and co-pays have been skyrocketing ever since ObamaCare took effect. Doctors by the thousands refuse to accept patients with these policies. Insurers are pulling out of entire markets, leaving millions with only one insurer to choose from, or none at all. Republicans have yet to agree on a replacement bill, much less put one on President Trump’s desk, so it is ludicrous to claim that the failures of ObamaCare are Republicans’ fault — unless, as some Democrats have tried to do, you accept the idea that Republicans are responsible because they aren’t fixing the very problems they warned Democrats about in the first place.

For that reason, President Trump is absolutely right to declare that he and Republicans are not going to own the ObamaCare failure22; that blame lies solely with Democrats.

At the same time, Vice President Mike Pence was right to blast Congress23 for failing to deliver the ObamaCare replacement bill promised for the last seven years. After a failure to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BRCA) in the Senate, or bring an alternative bill to a floor vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he would bring back the 2015 full ObamaCare repeal bill for a vote, and deal with a replacement.
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The grounds for impeachment require the significant likelihood that “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” (crimes by public officials against the government) have been committed, according to Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution. It’s not the appropriate solution for those dissatisfied with the results of an election, or the most fervent wish to be rid of a president some don’t like.

Impeachment doesn’t remove a president from office. It’s the first step in a rigorous two-step process; bringing formal charges against him or her, much like a grand jury indictment. Remember, Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1998, but went on to serve out his term as president because he was not convicted in step two, the trial by the U.S. Senate, requiring the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of its members.

The only other successful impeachment of a president was Andrew Johnson, who was acquitted by the Senate in 1868. Richard Nixon likely would have been impeached and convicted over the Watergate affair, but he avoided impeachment by resigning from office.

The record for presidential impeachment shows it to be a difficult process without much success, as deliberately designed by the Founders.

Failures don’t impede Democrats in their efforts at futile goals, however. Obsession and compulsion are tough masters to defeat. It’s almost as if their real goal is just stirring up negative opinion among their faithful followers to interfere with the president’s agenda…

“If they had a good case based on real information, I think they would mention it by now and put their cards on the table,” said Ken Boehm23, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative government watchdog group. He is also a former Pennsylvania state prosecutor and former counsel for the board of directors at the Legal Services Corporation. He added, “They don’t have high crimes and misdemeanors. They don’t have low crimes and misdemeanors.”

Despite any compelling evidence, or even evidence that isn’t compelling, leftist cohorts who have rallied to the idea include MoveOn.org, Democracy for America and other “resistance” groups, and a group of Congressional Democrats who either don’t understand the issues or the process or just seek recognition.

This list includes the aforementioned Rep. Waters, along with Texas Rep. Al Green, California Rep. Jackie Speier, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maine Sen. Angus King, Texas Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal. And let’s not forget Virginia’s own Sen. Tim Kaine, who actually mentioned “treason” regarding Donald Trump Jr.‘s fruitless meeting24 with a Russian attorney in June 2016.

After admitting nothing has yet been proved, Kaine said, “We’re now beyond obstruction of justice, in terms of what’s being investigated. This is moving into perjury, false statements, and even potentially treason.”

California Rep. Brad Sherman actually has introduced articles of impeachment, although the House Democrat leadership hasn’t fallen in line with that move. The effort is almost certain to fail because only one Democrat, Al Green, has signed on to it, and, oh by the way, it won’t go anywhere in a Republican-controlled Congress.

At some point, however, Democrats must chill down the rhetoric. Emotion and desire, however fervent and crushing they may be, must be put aside, an objective look at the actual case must be undertaken, and then they need to get back to performing the national service for which they were elected. Then again, since they’re utterly untrustworthy on handling any issue of importance, the nation would be better served if Democrats continued their obsessive spiral and failed to advance in the 2018 election.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Jane and Bernie Sanders and the Lesson of Socialism25 — Democrats are notorious for blaming everyone and everything else for their wrongdoings. So no surprise here.
    The All-Volunteer Military in Our Modern World26 — Coming up on 17 years in Afghanistan, we’re seeing some of the effects of so few feeling the burden of service.
    Refugees Are Engaged in the 'Rape Jihad’ of Europe27 — Afghan refugees are the primary group responsible for much of the recent rise in sexual assaults in Europe.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Dennis Prager: Nukes Threaten People; Ideas Threaten Civilizations28
    Rich Lowry: The Party of Bad Faith?29
    Cal Thomas: Here’s Ronnie!30

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Dennis Prager: “Last week, I tweeted, ‘The news media in the West pose a far greater danger to Western civilization than Russia does.’ To my surprise, the tweet went viral. And while there were more likes than dislikes, 99 percent of the written reactions were negative. … It wasn’t the ad hominem insults that I found troubling. What was troubling was the low state of logical thinking that so many responses reflected. … Is it Putin who is removing American flags from American campuses? Is Putin destroying the notion of male and female? Has Putin convinced half of America’s Millennials that socialism is preferable to capitalism? Did Putin convince Pope Francis that Islamic terrorists are no more of a threat to Europe than baptized Catholics who kill their girlfriends? Is Putin the reason Oxford University students voted that Israel is a greater threat to peace than Hamas? Putin is indeed a murderous quasi dictator. But all this contempt for Western civilization comes from the Western media and the Western universities. The smoking gun was provided just two weeks ago in the media’s reactions to President Trump’s speech in Warsaw, Poland, in which he called for protecting Western civilization. Virtually the entire Western media said it was a call to protect white racism — because the media deem Western civilization to be nothing more than a euphemism for white supremacy. That’s what my tweet was about.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” —Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Braying Jackass: “I went to Trump Tower after the election. I thought that there was a chance he would come to his senses. But I was wrong.” —Al Gore

Non Compos Mentis: “It is a form of theological malpractice that borders on heresy when you can p-r-a-y for a president and others while they are p-r-e-y, preying on the most vulnerable. You’re violating the most sacred principles of religion.” —"Rev.“ William Barber

Political futures: "Politics is a team sport, and Republicans are playing it poorly. They have one more chance in the Senate to repeal and replace ObamaCare — possibly their last hope for a victory. Democrats are performing like a well-coached team. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has all 48 members of his caucus on board with saving ObamaCare at all cost. It’s been a successful strategy. It works for one reason: Republicans are divided.” —Fred Barnes

Pompous gloating: “Republicans attempted to take away health care from millions and failed twice because the American people made their voices heard and overwhelmingly rejected this bill. … Make no mistake: This bill’s defeat is a victory for human decency and for the millions of families who rely on the Affordable Care Act.” —Tom Perez

Belly laugh of the week: “We’re actually sincere … in saying that we hope that [Republicans] come and talk to us. And they’ve got to jettison the tax cuts and the gutting of Medicaid, but we will talk to them about some of their concerns about flexibility if they will give us some long-term guarantee that these exchanges will be solvent and strong.” —Chris Murphy

And last… “I’ll never understand how after 6 years they didn’t have a bill in the desk ready to go. It’s astounding.” —Stephen Miller

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Jul. 18, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Failing to play as a team, Senate Republicans drop the ball on health care. Again.
    Meanwhile, the House GOP has released its budget plan of spending and tax cuts.
    Democrats are so blinded by Trump hatred, that impeachment is still a topic.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

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GOP Senators Fail to Agree on ObamaCare Repeal1


As two more Senate Republicans announced opposition to the fledgling GOP health care plan2, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pulled the plug, stating, “Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of ObamaCare will not be successful.” Once again, Republicans have fallen into the trap of letting the perfect become the enemy of the good. So what has been learned, and what are the possible future options?

    Republicans struggle mightily to be team players. Unlike Democrats, whose collectivist instincts cause them to regularly abandon any personal convictions and principles for party loyalty, Republicans’ bent toward individualism often proves to thwart party unity.

    There are myriad factors at play here — behind-the-scenes dealing and political favors or calculations. Politics in Washington is always much more than meets the eye.

    That leads to the next point: follow the money. While politicians often explain their decisions as standing for high-minded principles, more often than not special interest groups are the overriding motivation. And don’t forget the constant concern over re-election. Then there’s the fact that health care accounts for roughly one-sixth of the economy. There’s a lot of money involved.

    McConnell has now called for a straight-up repeal vote on ObamaCare, which at face value would be even more difficult to pass. So what’s the strategy? McConnell wants to get all Republicans on record to expose most clearly those who are unwilling to repeal the collapsing law — especially the moderates who benefited politically from repeal when it couldn’t actually be done but are now showing their true colors. Here’s looking at you, Susan Collins.

    And while ObamaCare is indeed collapsing, that doesn’t mean it goes away. All the regulations and mandates that are negatively impacting every single American will remain in place, continuing to act as a weight dragging down the economy and costing billions in taxes and higher premiums.

    Finally, by not repealing and replacing ObamaCare, Republicans have significantly hindered Donald Trump’s ability to move aggressively forward in tackling the economy and taxes. Trump has done much thus far in reforming Washington via enacting a massive deregulation campaign, but he needs Congress to work toward permanent change. Much of that change depends first on repealing ObamaCare.

It is indeed frustrating to see how ill-prepared Republicans were to take over leadership. As Pat Toomey (R-PA) alluded to3 recently, Republicans assumed that Hillary Clinton would win and were simply not prepared to enact a conservative agenda. They had better start working aggressively toward one soon, or they won’t be in leadership much longer.

The House GOP Budget’s Contentious Cuts4

Just as the Senate was failing to pass its ObamaCare overhaul1, the House, which has already passed its repeal/replace plan, introduced the 2018 budget. The big idea behind the House Republican budget is reduction — as in lower taxes, regulation and spending.

While increasing defense spending, House Republicans cut outlays in most other areas. Whether its discretionary spending or even Medicare and Social Security, Republicans don’t shy away from taking an axe to the federal fisc. In tandem with that spending discipline, Republicans plan to cut taxes, thus helping all Americans, not just “the rich” as Democrats monotonously complain.

House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-TN) said, “In past years, our proposals had little chance of becoming a reality because we faced a Democratic White House. But now with a Republican Congress and a Republican administration, now is the time to put forward a governing document with real solutions to address our biggest challenges.” That plan hasn’t worked out so well for ObamaCare repeal; we’ll see if it’s different for the budget. President Donald Trump has pledged not to touch Social Security or Medicare, so that alone may torpedo the GOP plan.

The House Freedom Caucus is pushing for double the budget’s $200 billion in proposed cuts, as well as better detail on tax reform. For one thing, they don’t want House Speaker Paul Ryan’s favored border-adjustment tax on imported goods to be tacked on. The moderate Tuesday Group, meanwhile, thinks cutting $200 billion from a $4 trillion budget is too extreme, and thus warns of the plan losing the group’s support. And Democrats are so wedded to their obstructionist agenda that no Republican plan will get a single vote from the other side. That means moderates and conservatives are going to have to compromise, like it or not.

Top Headlines5

    Trump releases blue print for remaking NAFTA. (Paywall — The Wall Street Journal6)

    Border Patrol union boss: Drop in apprehensions “nothing short of miraculous.” (The Hill7)

    IRS awards ObamaCare premium tax credits without verifying citizenship or lawfully present status. (The Washington Free Beacon8)

    This just in: Trump voters do not care what the press says about him. (Washington Examiner9)

    Haiti official who exposed the Clinton Foundation found dead. (Miami Herald10)

    Minneapolis PD officer who killed unarmed white woman identified as black Muslim immigrant, Mohamed Noor. Race riots? (NBC Affiliate11)

    House rejects amendment requiring government to evaluate “violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine.” (CNS News12)

    Harvard’s proposed policy to punish students for having normal social lives. (The Daily Signal13)

    Colleges pay diversity officers more than professors, staff. (The Daily Signal14)

    California struggles to implement new gun control measures. (The Washington Free Beacon15)

    Policy: Trump must withdraw from Iran nuclear deal — now. (The Hill16)

    Policy: Returning seized compounds to Russia would be a mistake. (The Daily Signal17)

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Obsessive-Compulsive Democrats and Impeachment21


By James Shott

Who dares to deny that the circus-like atmosphere surrounding Donald Trump’s presidency is the most unusual political phenomenon in recent memory?

There is a lot of true craziness among the anti-Trump crowd. They criticize him for virtually everything, or nothing. Like the non-story involving Poland’s first lady, who set the anti-Trump world ablaze when, after her husband and Trump shook hands, she had the audacity to shake the hand of Melania Trump before greeting the president. Oh, the horror! And daughter Ivanka sat in for him briefly at the G-20 meeting wearing a pink dress with — gasp — bows on it!

Perhaps the best evidence of compulsive obsession (or is it obsessive compulsion?) and leftists losing their grip on reality was Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who wanted to impeach Trump before he was even sworn in.

Other evidence of the high degree of obsession — or at least amusing overstatement — comes from a survey by the drug and alcohol rehabilitation group Detox, which found22, “Over 73 percent of Democrats would give up drinking for the rest of their lives if it led to the impeachment of President Donald Trump…” The survey did not provide a mechanism for assuring allegiance to the pledge.

It’s quite likely that many people who desire impeachment don’t understand what it is or how it works. Impeachment is a political remedy; it deals with breaches of public trust, or injuries done immediately to the society itself, by certain government officials, but not necessarily criminal activity in the traditional sense.
11  Theology / Bible Study / That Blessed Hope on: July 23, 2017, 03:16:14 PM
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That Blessed Hope
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


For believers in Christ it would be the most blessed of all if this year turns out to be the year of our Lord’s coming for His own. How long the present dispensation of grace will be prolonged we do not, and cannot, know. Even St. Paul, who was commissioned to make known the glorious truth of the rapture of the Church, did not know. He never dreamed that God would linger in mercy for more than 1900 years, for in I Thes. 4:16-18 he says:

    “We who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall be caught up…”

Thus instructed Bible-believers in every generation since his day have rightly been on the alert for their Lord to come for them, for they know that “the days are evil” and every hour is an hour of grace.

To the Philippians the Apostle wrote: “We look for the Savior,” to the Thessalonians: “[Ye]… wait for His [God’s] Son from heaven,” and to Titus he says that we should be “looking for that blessed hope, and the appearing in glory of …our Savior, Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:20; I Thes. 1:9,10; Titus 2:11-13).

With the Lord’s coming and the close of “the dispensation of the grace of God” so much nearer than it was in Paul’s day, we say to the unsaved: “Receive not the grace of God in vain…. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold nowis the day of salvation” (II Cor. 6: 1,2).

And to the saved we say: “Buy up the time,” take advantage of every opportunity to win the lost to Christ, for “the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16) and the day of grace may soon be brought to a close.
12  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / This good, old couple! on: July 23, 2017, 03:14:30 PM
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This good, old couple!

(J.R. Miller)

"They were both righteous before God--walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord." Luke 1:6

It is a beautiful thing which we read of this good, old couple, Zacharias and Elisabeth--that they were righteous before God. Some people appear to men to be righteous--who before God have no such record.

Real character is what our hearts are--our hearts make us. We ought not to be satisfied only doing well, the things which men can see. We ought to work and live ever for God's eye.

Sometimes we say that it is does not matter how we do certain things, because nobody will see them. But we should remember that God will see them--and surely we should never do careless, faulty work for His eye.

The word "commandments" suggests that the holiness of these people was of a very practical kind.

Some people's religion is chiefly emotional. They talk about loving God--but they pay little heed to His commandments.

God is pleased with ardent devotions, but He wants us to prove our religion by obedience--doing the things which He gives us to do.
13  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / Come unto Me! on: July 22, 2017, 07:16:49 PM
Come unto Me!
From Timeless Grace Gems
Francis Bourdillon, 1864




Matthew 11:25-30.
"At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent — and have revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father — for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things are delivered unto Me by My Father; and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, but the Son, and he to whom the Son wills reveal Him. Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."


Jesus invites all who labor and are heavy laden, to come unto Him. Not sufferers of one kind only — but all sufferers. Not those alone who feel the weight of this particular burden or that — but all the heavy laden.

The poor and needy,
the weak and sickly,
the toiling father,
the anxious mother,
he who feels the weight of his sins,
he whose conscience testifies against him,
he who finds no comfort in this world and yet fears that he is not prepared for the next
— all are invited to come to Jesus!

Their cases are widely different — the burdens that press upon them are by no means alike — yet all are invited to one Helper and Comforter, "Come unto Me!" He does not bid one sufferer go for comfort to this source — and another to that. He invites all to Himself — as the one unfailing source of help and comfort!

"Come unto Me!" We do not deserve to be thus invited. Many are suffering the consequences of their own sins, and all of us are sinners. If we met with only what we deserve — He might justly say to us, "Go away from Me!" Instead of this, Jesus bids us come to Him. Whatever we may have been — however thoughtless, however ungrateful, however wicked — yet if we are now in need or trouble, that is enough. He bids us come to Him.

We are not to stop and think about our own unworthiness. He says nothing here about that. He only says, "Come unto Me." That is what He invites us to do — that is what we are to do, and we are to do it at once.

But how can we come to Him? Those who heard Him say the words could go to Him and speak to Him and tell Him all and follow Him about from place to place. But He is not here now — how then can we come to Him?

He is not far off. By the Spirit, He is with us still. We must go to Him by the Spirit — we must draw near to Him with our hearts. Even when He was on earth — the coming to Him with the heart was the coming that brought peace. In the same way, we may come — as well as those who saw and heard Him. Without stirring a step, without leaving the room in which we are sitting or the bed on which we are lying — we may come to Jesus with the sincere heart. This is what He bids us do: "Come unto Me. Come unto Me in your minds — come with your hearts — come by prayer. Come unto Me — and I will give you rest."

This is just what those who labor and are heavy laden want. The poor and afflicted, the heavy-laden, the anxious, the conscience-stricken, the sin-burdened — all want rest. They want their load to be lightened; they want relief and ease and quiet and peace. Jesus promises to give this rest to those who will come to Him. "Come unto Me — and I will give you rest."

But He means more than rest to the body. He says afterwards, "And you shall find rest unto your souls." Rest to the body would be little — if the mind were still troubled and burdened. The rest that Jesus gives is real rest, full rest, all that we need to make us peaceful and happy.

Yet He speaks of a yoke, as if there were to be labor still. "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me." We are not to be mere idlers. We are to be servants and learners — but servants of so kind a Master and learners of so gracious a Teacher that His service and teaching are true rest to the soul.

"I am meek and lowly in heart," He says. He is no hard Master like sin or Satan or the world. He is kind, gentle, and loving. His service is perfect freedom. He makes His servants happy even in their serving. He bids us take His yoke upon us and learn of Him — yet at the very same time He says, "You shall find rest unto your souls." "For," He continues, "My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."

He does not mean that it is an easy thing to be a Christian or that there is nothing to do in His service — but that His yoke is not a hard or galling yoke, and that He will lay no burden on His servants which He will not strengthen them to bear.

"Learn of Me." What does He teach those who go to Him? He not merely shows them what they ought to do — but He tells them of His precious promises and His glad tidings. He makes Himself known to them as their Savior, and teaches them that He came "to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10).

There is no rest to the soul, but in Christ. The only thing that can give peace to the troubled conscience and lift the heart above the pains and sorrows, the worries and anxieties of life — is to know Him as our Savior who has "washed us from our sins in His own blood" (Revelation 1:5), and thus to know God as our reconciled Father in Christ Jesus. The soul that has learned this knowledge finds rest.

Earthly troubles may still remain; sickness and poverty may still be the appointed lot — but there is peace within: "the peace of God which surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:7).

Happy we, to whom the glad tidings have come! Happy we, who have heard the Savior's words, "Come unto Me!"

Human wisdom could never have found out this knowledge. "The wise and prudent," unless taught from above, must always have remained in ignorance of Christ and of peace. God, in His mercy, has revealed these things unto babes — to the poor and humble, to the unlearned and uncared for.

"Even so, Father — for so it seemed good in Your sight." We thank You for the knowledge of a Savior. We thank You for Your Word. We thank You for Your Spirit. We thank You for the blessed call, "Come unto Me." Oh, teach us, help us, to come — and grant that we may find in Christ rest unto our souls!
14  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / A Psalm of Blessing! on: July 22, 2017, 07:15:00 PM
A Psalm of Blessing!
From Timeless Grace Gems
Francis Bourdillon, 1864


        "He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities." No, blessed be God! When we look back on our past life and think of what we have done and of what we have left undone; when conscience is faithful and shows us to ourselves as we really are — then how plainly do we see and how thankfully do we acknowledge that "He has not dealt with us after our sins!"

        Where would our comforts and blessings be, where would we ourselves be, if He had dealt with us after our sins! When once we see what sin is, how evil and bitter a thing in itself, how hateful in the sight of God — then we are amazed at the way in which God has dealt with us. He has preserved us, when we might justly have expected to be cut off. He has supplied our needs — when we might have looked to be left destitute of all. He has blessed us — instead of punishing us. He has forgiven us — instead of condemning.

        But has He indeed forgiven us? We must all own that He has not dealt with us as we have deserved — but has He forgiven us? If not, it is only because we have not sought forgiveness in His appointed way. For He is willing to forgive us. The blood of Jesus has been shed on our behalf, and through that precious blood there is mercy and pardon for all who seek it. Free mercy and full pardon!

        "As the Heaven is high above the earth — so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us!" His is not a half-forgiveness. His mercy is boundless. He pardons fully and forever. The blood of Jesus cleanses the conscience from every stain of guilt — and he who believes with the heart, is justified freely from all his offences.

        Great is God's compassion. "Like as a father pities his children — so the Lord pities those who fear Him." Doubtless, even when far off from Him, like the prodigal in a far country — God looks with pity on the poor sinner; but when, through grace, he comes to himself and begins to seek God — then how graciously is he received, and how freely forgiven!

        "For He knows how weak we are — He remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone — as though we had never been here! But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear Him." Psalm 103:14-17

        The shortness and uncertainty of our lives — our weakness, frailty, and sinfulness — God knows them all. Tenderly and graciously does He deal with us! In His great mercy and compassion, He . . .
          bears with us;
          raises us when we fall;
          strengthens us when we are weak; and
          helps, guides, sustains and comforts us.

        He has . . .
          a perfect knowledge of our needs,
          an unspeakable compassion for them,
          and full power to supply them all.

        His mercy is everlasting. It will never wear out — and never come to an end.

        As for us, we are frail and short-lived. Let but a few years pass, and . . .
          the strongest will have fallen to the scythe of death,
          the longest-lived will have all passed away, and
          our own course here below will have come to a close.
        "Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone — as though we had never been here!"

        Not so is the mercy of the Lord, and the things which He has prepared for those who love Him. They are from everlasting to everlasting. His promises will never fail. Jesus is . . .
          an all-sufficient Savior,
          an unfailing Advocate,
          an everlasting portion!

        Well may every believer join with the Psalmist in rejoicing and praising God:
           "Praise the LORD, O my soul — all my inmost being, praise His holy name!
            Praise the LORD, O my soul — and do not forget all His benefits!" Psalm 103:1-2

        "The Lord has prepared His throne in the Heavens, and His kingdom rules over all." Safe under His protection, we need fear no evil. The powers of darkness cannot prevail against us — if He is on our side. Sin and the world can never work our ruin — if only we cleave to our God and Savior. Already "His kingdom rules over all" — already there is not a thing that can happen except by His permission.

        But hereafter He will reign yet more visibly and gloriously. All the powers of darkness will be subdued; sin and death will be no more; "the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation 11:15). All who love Him shall be with Him in His glory — every humble believer shall have his portion there. Happy portion! Happy kingdom! Happy prospect! "Bless the Lord, O my soul!" For all His benefits, for life and health, for food and clothing, for comfort in trouble, for pardoning mercy, for the gift of a Savior, for the promise of the Spirit, for all present blessings, and for so happy a prospect beyond, "Bless the Lord, O my soul!"
15  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / A Psalm of Blessing! on: July 22, 2017, 07:14:02 PM
A Psalm of Blessing!
From Timeless Grace Gems
Francis Bourdillon, 1864



        PSALM 103.
        "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For He knows how weak we are — He remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone — as though we had never been here! But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear Him. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!"

        The Psalmist begins and ends with the same words: "Bless the Lord, O my soul." His heart is full. He pours out his gratitude in words of praise, and can hardly find words to express all that he feels. Oh for a warmth of gratitude like his! Oh for a spirit of praise! Oh for a deeper sense of what God has done for us, and a more lively thankfulness!

        It seems likely, from some of his words, that he had just been restored from sickness. "Who heals all your diseases." The first thing he does is to give thanks. Alas! Sometimes, though prayer has been made in sickness, no thanks are given when health is restored. It was not so with David. Doubtless he had prayed in his time of need, and now He calls on his soul to praise God, "Bless the Lord, O my soul!" Whatever means he had used, whatever medicines he had taken — it was God who had heard his prayer and healed his disease; and His should be the praise. He was now in health again.

        Often, all the serious thoughts of the sick-bed fly away with returning health. But David's did not. He had been brought face to face with death and had been deeply impressed with the shortness and frailty of life. His mind now went back to those sick-bed views and thoughts. "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more."

        Now that he was strong and well again, he would not forget what he had felt in his weakness and sickness. His life still hung by a thread; he was still but dust, and his flourishing was but like that of the flowers and the grass. It is well when the lessons learned on the sick-bed do thus remain in the mind afterwards, and make us for the rest of life more deeply thoughtful and serious. Surely it is for this that God sends sickness — to teach us, not only then but always, so "to number our days — that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).

        David calls upon his soul not to forget God's benefits — as if there were a danger of forgetting them. Alas, so there is — and even from their being so many and so constant. We should often remind ourselves therefore of God's blessings to us.

        There is not a thing we enjoy — but comes from Him. He restores us from sickness; He continues our life; He feeds and clothes us.

        Every comfort in our daily lot,
        every deliverance from danger,
        every day that is added to our life,
        every moment's health and peace
        — is God's gracious gift to us.

        Yet how often are these things enjoyed with no thought of God! Let us say with David, "Bless the Lord, O my soul — and do not forget all His benefits."

        But there is another benefit, for which David calls upon his soul to bless God. He says more about it than about all the rest, as if it were the greatest and best. Grateful as he felt for all — he passes over in few words such blessings as life preserved and health restored. Not so with the blessing of sin forgiven. It is the first blessing he mentions, "The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us."

        Oh! What would all outward comforts be to us, if God were angry with us still? His mercy and favor sweeten all His gifts. The thought that He has forgiven us, makes all bright. This is a blessing that doubles every other blessing and blunts the edge of the sharpest affliction.
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