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1  Theology / Bible Study / Devotionals By J.R. Miller, 1895 on: Today at 03:21:57 PM
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        April 6.

        "Why do you seek the living—among the dead?" Luke 24:5

        A DYING Christ alone, will not satisfy your heart. While you praise the love that was crucified for you—you crave love from a Savior who lives. Memories of a friend who has died, may be very sweet. The fragrance of 'departed love' stays in a home, like the perfume of sweet flowers, when the flowers have been borne away. But how unsatisfying are the mere memories of your friend—when your heart hungers for love's real presence, and touch and tenderness! No more will the mere memories of the Love that died on the cross for you—satisfy your cravings for Christ. You must have the living One for your friend!

        "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!" cried the psalmist, and cries every redeemed soul. It is only as we realize the truth of a living Christ—that our hearts are satisfied. We crave love—a bosom to lean upon, a hand to touch ours, a heart whose beatings we can feel, a personal friendship that will come into our life with its sympathy, its inspiration, its companionship, its shelter, its life, its comfort. All this, the living Christ is to us, if we but learn the blessed truth of his resurrection. "I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!" Revelation 1:18
2  Theology / Bible Study / Devotionals By J.R. Miller, 1895 on: Today at 03:14:00 PM
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        April 5.

        "He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:4

        If your faith stops at the cross—it misses the blessing of the fullest revealing of Christ!

        You need a Savior who not merely two thousand years ago went to death to redeem you—but one who also is alive to walk by your side in loving companionship.

        You need a Savior who can hear your prayers, to whose feet you can creep in penitence when you have sinned, to whom you can call for help when the battle is going against you.

        You need a Savior who is interested in all the affairs of your common life, and who can assist you in every time of need.

        You need a Christ who can be a real friend—loving you, keeping close beside you, able to sympathize with your weaknesses.

        You need a Savior who will come into your life, and will save you, not by one great act of centuries past—but by a life warm and throbbing with love today, and living again in you.

        It is for love that our hearts hunger. The bread that will satisfy us, is not the bread of memorial merely—the memory of a great devotion of love long, long since—but the bread of love—living, present, warm and throbbing! Nothing less than a LIVING Christ will do for us!

        And that is the Christ the gospel brings to us: one who was dead—and is now alive for evermore!

        "I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!" Revelation 1:18
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by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Have you ever thought how much God has done “for us” in Christ?

In Romans 8:32 we read that to save us from sin, God “spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up FOR US all”. In Titus 2:14 we are told that Christ “gave Himself FOR US, that He might redeem us from all iniquity…”. In Romans 5:8 the Apostle declares that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died FOR US”. Galatians 3:13 says that Christ was “made a curse FOR US”.

Hebrews 9:12 states that “He entered…into the holy place [the presence of the Father], having obtained eternal redemption FOR US”. And if we trust Him for this “eternal redemption” we may read further in Hebrews 9:24 that “Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands…but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God FOR US”. Romans 8:34 asks who can condemn the believer in Christ, since HE [the Lord Jesus Christ] is now “at the right hand of God” and “maketh intercession FOR US”.

Hebrews 6:20 declares that our Lord entered the Father’s presence “FOR US” as our “Forerunner”. Hebrews 10:19,20 therefore encourages believers to come to God in prayer: “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to ENTER into the holiest by the blood of Jesus…a new and living way, which He hath consecrated FOR US…”.

Just think how much God has done FOR US in Christ! He delivered His beloved Son to death FOR US, Christ gave Himself FOR US, died FOR US, became a curse FOR US, intercedes FOR US, entered heaven FOR US as a Forerunner, and consecrated “a new and living way” into God’s presence FOR US, so that we may “come boldly unto the throne of grace” to “obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). “If God be FOR US, who can be against us” (Rom. 8:31)?
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More fit to be called a devil than a parent!

(Richard Baxter)
 
"Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4

Parents! Your example and life are a continual and powerful sermon which is always seen by your children!

Parents! Your children have an everlasting inheritance of happiness to attain--and it is that which you must bring them up for. They have an endless misery to escape--and it is that which you must diligently teach them. If you don't teach them to know God, and how to serve Him, and be saved, and to escape the flames of Hell--you teach them nothing, or worse than nothing. It is in your hands to do them the greatest kindness or cruelty in all the world! Help them to know God and to be saved, and you do more for them than if you helped them to be kings or princes.

If you neglect their souls, and bring them up them in ignorance, worldliness, ungodliness, and sin--you betray them to the devil, the enemy of their souls, even as truly as if you sold them to him! You sell them to be slaves to Satan! You betray them to him who will deceive them and abuse them in this life--and torment them in eternity!

If you saw but a burning furnace, much more the flames of Hell--would you not think that man or woman more fit to be called a devil than a parent, who could find in their hearts to cast their child into it? What monsters then of inhumanity are you, who read in Scripture what is the way to Hell, and who they are that God will deliver up to Satan, to be tormented by him--and yet will bring up your children in that very way, and will not take pains to save them from it!

If you love them, show it in those things on which their everlasting welfare depends. Do not say you love them, and yet lead them unto Hell! If you do not love them, yet do not be so unmerciful to them as to damn them! You cannot possibly do more to damn them, than to bring them up in . . .
  ignorance,
  carelessness,
  worldliness,
  sensuality and
  ungodliness!
There is no other way to Hell. And yet, will you bring them up in such a life--and say that you do not desire to damn them?

But if you train up your children in ungodliness, you may as well say that you intend to have them damned! And is not the devil more excusable, for dealing thus cruelly to your children--than you who are their parents, who are bound by nature to love them, and prevent their misery?

Let me seriously speak to the hearts of those careless and ungodly parents, who neglect the holy education of their children. Oh, do not be so unmerciful to those who you have brought into the world! Oh, pity and help the souls that you have defiled and undone! Have mercy on the souls that must perish in Hell, if they are not saved! Oh help them who have . . .
  so many enemies to assault them;
  so many temptations to pass through;
  so many difficulties to overcome;
  so severe a judgment to undergo!
Help them who are so weak, and so easily deceived and overthrown!
Help them speedily--before sin hardens them, and Satan makes a stronger fortress in their hearts!

Oh be not cruel to their souls!
Do not sell them to Satan, and that for nothing!
Do not betray them by your ungodly negligence, to Hell!
If any of them will perish, let it not be because of you--who are so much bound to do them good.
The undoing of your children's souls is a work much fitter for Satan, than for their parents!

Consider how odious soul-betraying parents are--who betray their children to be the slaves of Satan here, and the firebrands of Hell forever! O do not join with the devil in this unnatural, horrid wickedness!

"Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with the rod, he will not die.
 You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from Hell." Proverbs 23:13-14

(Please forward this to every parent you know!)
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Christian, think about this!

(Richard Baxter)

"Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us!" Ephesians 5:2

Is it a small thing in your eyes to be loved by God--to be the son, the spouse, the beloved, the delight of the King of glory?

Christian, think about this! You will be eternally embraced in the arms of the love which was from everlasting, and will extend to everlasting--of the love which brought the Son of God's love . . .
  from Heaven to earth,
  from earth to the cross,
  from the cross to the grave,
  from the grave to glory--
that love which was weary, hungry, tempted, scorned, scourged, buffeted, spat upon, crucified, pierced--which fasted, prayed, healed, wept, sweated, bled, died. That love will eternally embrace you!

"May you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is! May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully!" Ephesians 3:18-19
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MENTAL-HEALTH PROPOSAL: “The White House has been briefed on a proposal to develop a way to identify early signs of changes in people with mental illness that could lead to violent behavior,” The Washington Post reports30. “Supporters see the plan as a way President Trump could move the ball forward on gun control following recent mass shootings as efforts seem to be flagging to impose harsher restrictions such as background checks on gun purchases. The proposal is part of a larger initiative to establish a new agency called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency or HARPA, which would sit inside the Health and Human Services Department.” It’s understandable that mental health is a focal point, but there’s a legitimate fear over what this kind of endeavor can (or will) lead to.

FOREIGN-AID TURNABOUT: The Trump administration has opted not to curb foreign aid, according to The Hill31, which explains, “The Office of Management and Budget was expected to release a package this week calling for cuts in $4.3 billion in foreign aid through a process known as rescission. But the plan was taken off the table amid pushback from some top administration officials and lawmakers in Congress, the official said.” While the decision is being bipartisanly heralded, the goal was laudable. As one senior official put it, “The president has been clear that there is waste and abuse in our foreign assistance and we need to be wise about where U.S money is going. Which is why he asked his administration to look into options to doing just that. It’s clear that there are many on the Hill who aren’t willing to join in curbing wasteful spending.”

DAVID KOCH DEAD: Libertarian David Koch, a prolific political donor who until last year helped pilot Koch Industries, passed away today at just 79 years old. Reason magazine contains a good obituary32.

CHINA RETALIATES: “China said Friday it will impose new tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods and resume duties on American autos. The Chinese State Council said it decided to slap tariffs ranging from 5% to 10% on $75 billion U.S. goods in two batches effective on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. That happens to be when President Donald Trump’s latest tariffs on Chinese goods are to take effect. It also said a 25% tariff will be imposed on U.S. cars and a 5% on auto parts and components, which will go into effect on Dec.15.” (CNBC33)

TRADE-WAR FALLOUT: Meanwhile, The Washington Post also says34, “The prolonged trade war between the United States and China is taking a toll on the manufacturing sector, which contracted for the first time since 2009, data show.” This development is said to be “a sign that manufacturers are starting to feel the effects of the ongoing trade war,” as “sales of U.S. exports decreased at the fastest pace since August 2009.” In fact, Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi believes, “If manufacturing isn’t in a recession, it is pretty close.”

EPIC FAIL: Gillette is “shifting the spotlight” — meaning it’s abandoning its anti-“toxic masculinity” campaign — after losing $8 billion (The Daily Wire35)

QUASI-WAR: “Academic espionage”: China suspected of flooding U.S. with students to access sensitive programs (The Washington Times36)

NO CAN DO: According to The Hill37, “The U.S. offer to sell Turkey a Patriot missile defense system has expired, a State Department official confirmed Thursday, amid ongoing tension over Ankara’s defense dealings with Russia. ‘We have consistently told Turkey that our latest offer of PATRIOT would be off the table if it took delivery of the S-400 system. Our PATRIOT offer has expired,’ the official told The Hill.”

POLICY: Trump is right: The 14th Amendment did not guarantee birthright citizenship (The New American38)

POLICY: The media should stop encouraging mass-shooting phobias (National Review39)

HUMOR: AOC: Jeff Bezos started Amazon fire to “make billions in insurance fraud” (Genesius Times40)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights41.

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https://patriotpost.us/articles/65031-friday-top-news-executive-summary

OPINION IN BRIEF

Erick Erickson: “The New York Times has commissioned their 1619 Project, which apparently ‘aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.’ The key word is ‘reframe.’ The Times does not seek to tell the story of the United States. Nor does it seek to add to the story. Instead, the Times has a conclusion and is working backward to contort facts to fit the conclusion. This is activism. The Times is not reporting but rather building narratives in which they must ignore or fabricate facts. … Americans could use more knowledge about slavery, but this effort is not it. Instead, the Times has chosen to reframe American history to divide us along racial lines and exploit that division for progressive politics. The Times is behaving as its editors claim the President behaves.”

SHORT CUTS

The bottom line: “More so than any particular policy or administrative fiat or legal decree, what Trump has accomplished more boldly and triumphantly than he has anything else is his exposure of the various vessels of the mainstream media — that most supercilious and intellectually sheltered of institutions — for being the barely veiled partisan hacks that they so manifestly are.” —Josh Hammer

Grand delusions: “Seven young children have died since Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States. Not one died over eight years under President Obama’s stewardship. Family separations happened under this administration. We saw the public-charge assault last week, which is family separation by other means, and now here we are detaining some children indefinitely.” —California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Pipe dream: “It is no secret that we must transition away from fossil fuel, period. End of discussion. … There is no middle ground.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

The BIG Lie I: “Look what he did with American Jews and the Jewish community. Come on, man. That’s like a dog whistle.” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lie II: “I can think of nothing more un-American, more resonant with what you might see in the Third Reich, than what the president said [about disloyal Israelis]. And if we’re unwilling to see this for what it is, if we’re unwilling to call it out, if we’re unwilling to act, then we’re going to lose this country.” —Beto O'Rourke

Braying Jenny: “[Trump’s] not focused on my policy agenda. He’s focused on my ethnicity, my background.” —Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Braying Jenny II: “I think that the Trump administration … sits around every single day thinking up new ways to be cruel to these migrants. That’s what they do. And tomorrow, they will probably come up with something else.” —Sen. Mazie Hirono

Non Compos Mentis: “You don’t want to worry about character? Elect a woman!” —MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt

And last… “For most of the Democratic presidential candidates, the only way they’re going to get anymore news coverage is dropping out.” —Frank J. Fleming

https://patriotpost.us/articles/65027-friday-short-cuts

Join our editors and staff in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
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Aug. 23, 2019

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THE FOUNDATION

“Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two sides to every question, and taking one with decision, and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile in proportion as they feel that effect.” —Thomas Jefferson (1817)

https://patriotpost.us/fqd/65032-founders-quote-daily

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Jobs numbers for 2018 were revised down 501,000. Here’s some context.1
    Bernie Sanders has a Green Double deal to spend $16 trillion.2
    Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.

IN BRIEF

Demos’ 2020 Strategy — Recession10

By Mark Alexander

Democrats11 and their Leftmedia propagandists12 are doing everything they can to, as I wrote last December, “get the pre-2020 election recession they want13.” They know the best way to achieve that is to undermine confidence in our economy14 as they did ahead of Barack Obama’s 2008 election. To that end, they are shouting “Recession!” from the hilltops, while obstructing and undermining President Donald Trump at every turn.

They are now heralding Thursday’s revised jobs estimate for 201815 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a preliminary revision that asserts there were 500,000 fewer jobs created last year than previously estimated. What Democrats and the media are not saying is this: 500,000 fewer jobs than what?

Noticeably absent from the BLS report and any of the subsequent media reports is the good news: There were more than 2,200,000 jobs created in 2018. As for this being the “largest revision” in 10 years, we are also in the midst of the largest growth in 10 years. The unemployment rate stands near a 50-year low of 3.7%, and as we have noted in the last year, companies are finding it difficult to fill jobs — which is reflected in the revised job numbers.

And contrary to Demo claims, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross noted earlier this week16 that the administration’s $1.8 trillion 2017 tax cuts and other policies have boosted worker wages and added millions of jobs to the U.S. economy. “Contrary to misleading arguments that the president’s policies are not benefitting workers,” Ross said, “this data shows that it is the average American workers who are gaining from the country’s broader economic success.”

Trump said last week, “Our economy is incredible.” What else would you call an economy that created more than two million jobs last year and has unemployment at a 50-year low? But the economy, even when bolstered by good economic policies, is cyclical, and Trump wants to pad the current slowing market with interest-rate cuts and other moves. As for the impact of tariffs on China, its economy is already contracting. Slowing U.S. economic growth is bad for China, too, as our consumers buy its products.

The bottom line: Economic confidence is a reflection of business and consumer confidence, and Democrats are doing everything they can to undermine both. If Democrats get the recession they are promoting and hoping for, the job and income prospects for tens of millions of American workers will fall victim to their politically induced recession.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/65029-demos-2020-strategy-recession

Sanders the Alchemist Offers $16T Green New Deal17

Democrat socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released his version of the infamous Green New Deal (GND) on Thursday. Using the same apocalyptic language that’s become commonplace for climate alarmists, Sanders claimed, “We have less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.” Sanders further asserted, “When we are in the White House, we will launch the decade of the Green New Deal, a 10-year mobilization to avert climate catastrophe.”

Sanders’s GND mirrors much of the original House bill18 introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) earlier this year, though Sanders claims his plan would cost only $16.3 trillion while adding 20 million “good paying, union jobs.” Sounding like a modern-day alchemist, Sanders promises to essentially end the fossil-fuel industry and replace it with 100% renewable energy leading to “complete decarbonization” by 2050.

However, as with the original GND, Sanders’s plan is merely a veiled excuse to radically transform the U.S. into a socialist state19. If his plan were primarily focused on tackling climate change, then it wouldn’t call for the ending of nuclear power, nor would it oppose carbon-capture technology. Sanders labels all these current and developing technologies as “false solutions,” when the truth is that these are real and perhaps the most viable solutions to the alleged problem of increasing CO2 levels — solutions that don’t require a government takeover of the entire energy industry. As Joshua Freed of the centrist Democrat think tank Third Way notes, “The Sanders plan appears to be big, but it’s not serious.”

And he’s right. What we have here is yet another leftist boondoggle based more on fantasy than fact. Sanders’s Green Double Deal would actually do more damage to the climate than good, while robbing the American people of both their hard-earned money and their Liberty.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/65002-sanders-the-alchemist-offers-$16t-green-new-deal

ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY

    Featured Analysis: New York Times ‘1619 Project’ Is Revisionist History20 — The Times says that slaves arriving in 1619 is the date of our “true founding,” not 1776.
    Greenland Would Be a Good Buy21 — The world’s biggest island is strategically important, and Trump is smart to consider it.
    Leftmedia Uses ‘Ecofascism’ Charge to Protect Ecofascism22 — The Washington Post distorts the meaning of terms to attack the “far right” after mass murders.
    Partisan Power Grab: Reid’s Call to Eliminate Filibuster23 — McConnell counters that the Senate’s job is not to rubber-stamp House bills.
    Grassroots Perspective: Twilight Zone Politics Part II24 — Omar, Tlaib, and the ridiculous and strange news about their abandoned trip to Israel.
    Video: No One Wants a Recession (wink)25 — Media fixation on a possible recession hit a fever pitch over the last week.
    Video: The Truth About NYT’s Trump Pathetic Coverage26 — Andrew Klavan slams the New York Times for ongoing bias against President Donald Trump.

TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

G-7 CONFAB: The Group of Seven summit is happening this weekend, and “one of France’s main objectives as host … is to minimize the chances that President Trump will blow it up,” The Washington Post magniloquently writes28. “Subjects on which to tread lightly include some of the biggest problems the world’s major economies are facing — including trade, the system of international rules that has ordered the democratic world for decades and climate change. … Senior administration officials told reporters … that Trump planned to ‘frankly’ discuss sticking points among G-7 nations including trade, a digital services tax and NATO spending obligations.” One thing we know won’t be on Trump’s agenda is the promotion of globalism.

NONCITIZEN ARRESTS: “Approximately 64 percent of the arrests that the federal government made in fiscal 2018 were of non-U.S. citizens,” CNSNews.com’s Terence Jeffrey reports29, citing a report from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. “That represents a dramatic change from just two decades ago, when approximately 63 percent of federal arrests were of citizens and only approximately 37 percent were of non-citizens. … Although immigration and immigration-related offenses accounted for the vast majority of non-U.S. citizen arrests, non-citizens were also over-represented among those arrested for non-immigration offenses, according to the report.”
8  Theology / Bible Study / The Bible and Its Author on: August 23, 2019, 03:10:59 AM
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Back on the shelf she placed the book with a sigh. It was too dull and uninteresting to wade through. She didn’t feel like reading anyway; in fact, she was utterly bored, and didn’t feel like doing anything.

The next night was different — very different. At a party she had met the kind of man she could really go for. He seemed interested in her too, and in the weeks that followed they saw more and more of each other, until she was sure she loved him.

One night he mentioned something about a book he had written, and somehow the title rang a bell with her. Where had she seen it? It bothered her that she couldn’t remember. When she reached home, however, it dawned on her all of a sudden. This was the book she had found so boring. She hadn’t even noticed the name of the author.

Taking the book down from the shelf again, she began reading. As she read page after page, she asked herself: “Why did I think this book was dry? Say, this is some book! I had no idea he could write — and so well!” And thus, avidly, she continued reading far into the night.

Yes, it makes a great deal of difference if you know the Author — and especially if you love him! How many believers in Christ there are whose most precious hours are spent in reading and studying the Bible — a Book which once seemed dull and uninteresting to them! The reason? They have come to know and love the Author!

Our Lord said: “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3). But how do we obtain the “life eternal” with which this knowledge is bound up? Our Lord said: “He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47). Salvation is, after all, a love story to be believed, and by which we come to know Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.
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        April 4.

        "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me!" Matthew 27:46

        There is a picture which represents the after-scenes on that day of the crucifixion. It is all over. The crowds have gone away. The evening sun is shining out again on Calvary. The body of the Savior has been borne to the sepulcher. The cross has been taken down, and lies on the ground. A company of little children, bright with the glow of childhood's innocence, led to the place by accident or curiosity, are seen bending over the signs of the day's terrible work. One of the children holds in his hand a nail which a little time before, had pierced a hand or a foot of the patient Sufferer, and stands spellbound with horror as he gazes at it. His gentle heart is shocked at sin's dreadful work! On all the children's faces, the same expression of horror is depicted.

        No one with pure and gentle heart, can ever look at the death of Christ on the cross—with any but feelings of amazement and horror at sin's awfulness!

        It was sin that nailed Jesus on the cross!

        It was sin that wreathed the circlet of thorns for his brow!

        We say the Jews crucified Christ; yes—but WE helped to do it!

        Our sins drove the nails!

        Would you see what sin is? Stand by the cross and ponder its terrible work, there in the death of the Redeemer. See what it cost the Lamb of God, to take away sin!
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 That Blessed Hope

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

    “Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2: 13,14).

A rich harvest of blessing was reaped for the Church in those years before and after the turn of the century when the great truth of the Lord’s coming to catch away His own was recovered by men of God and the expectancy of His appearing became once more “that blessed hope” to multitudes of believers.

Now some are pointing to such passages as Matthew 24:6-9 and 29, 30 to prove that the Church will go through the tribulation. Others have adopted a “mid-tribulation” view, holding that the Church will go through only the first half of the tribulation period, and will be caught away before the fearful outpouring of God’s wrath in the “great tribulation.” Still others hold the so-called “partial rapture” view on the basis of our Lord’s exhortation to His disciples in Luke 21:36. According to this view only those “counted worthy” will be caught up at the rapture.

And thus the glorious prospect that Paul, by inspiration, holds out to the members of Christ’s body as “that blessed hope,” is again being lost to growing numbers of sincere believers, simply because they fail to recognized it as a distinctly Pauline revelation.

It is a significant fact that in the very first epistle from Paul’s pen he already refers to a prior hope for the members of the Body of Christ, the hope of a coming of Christ which precedes His return to earth to reign. In I Thessalonians 1:9,10 he recalls:

    “…how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God,

    “AND TO WAIT FOR HIS SON FROM HEAVEN….”

And in I Thessalonians 4:16-18 he explains:

    “…We which are alive and remain…shall be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

    “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

To those who remain blind to this important fact such passages as Matthew 24 must qualify, if not contradict, I Thessalonians 4, and any attempt to harmonize the Gospel records as to Christ’s return with Paul’s special revelation as to His coming for His own, must end in the most bewildering confusion.

But we who do recognize the distinctive character of Paul’s apostleship and revelation have no such problem to vex us. To us “that blessed hope” glows — surely should glow — brighter as the days grow darker.
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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

JOB REVISIONS & DEBT: According to Market Watch21, “Turns out hiring wasn’t nearly as strong in 2018 and early 2019 as the government initially reported — by about a half-million jobs. The economy had about 501,000 fewer jobs as of March 2019 than the Bureau of Labor Statistics initially calculated in its survey of business establishments. That’s the largest revision since the waning stages of the Great Recession in 2009. … The average 223,000 monthly increase in employment in 2018 — the strongest in three years — could be trimmed to 180,000 to 185,000, economists estimate.” Additionally, “The Congressional Budget Office has warned that President Trump’s tariffs on China will hurt U.S. GDP and said the comprehensive budget deal the president signed in August will drive up the federal deficit to higher levels than expected,” reports22 National Review. Nevertheless, the Associated Press says23, “A day after considering cutting taxes to promote economic growth, President Donald Trump changed course and said he would abandon the idea because the nation already had ‘a strong economy.’”

GREEN NEW DAYDREAM: Speaking of deficit spending, Reuters reports24: “Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a climate change strategy on Thursday that would mobilize $16.3 trillion to help the U.S. generate 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and achieve ‘full decarbonization’ by 2050.” Laughably, the scheme pledges “to create 20 million jobs in the process,” Reuters adds. Sanders claims, “The climate crisis is … the single greatest challenge facing our country.” No — the single greatest challenge is swamp fever.

DANGEROUS PRECEDENT: “A U.S. appeals court in Denver said Electoral College members can vote for the presidential candidate of their choice and aren’t bound by the popular vote in their states. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Colorado secretary of state violated the Constitution in 2016 when he removed an elector and nullified his vote when the elector refused to cast his ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote. It was not immediately clear what effect the ruling might have on the Electoral College system.” (The Washington Times25)

WHO? NBC News reports26 that “Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race.” Or, as Fox News’s Sean Hannity put it, “Did anybody even know he was in the race?”

STUDENT DEBT CANCELED: According to National Review27, “President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order directing the Department of Education to cancel all federal student-loan debt for seriously disabled veterans.” Stated Trump, “Veterans … who have made such enormous sacrifices for our country should not be asked to pay anymore. The debt of these disabled veterans will be entirely erased. It will be gone. They can sleep well tonight.”

COUNTERING ANTIFA: Trump this week inveighed, “Antifa, in my opinion, is a terrorist organization.” As such, the president is “considering designating masked Antifa militants as a terrorist organization because of the group’s violent actions across the country,” The Daily Signal reports28, adding: “A designation as a terrorist organization would mean that the federal government would provide federal and local law enforcement with additional resources as needed to deal with Antifa.”

POLICY: It is arithmetically impossible to fund the progressive agenda by taxing the rich (The Heritage Foundation29)

POLICY: What the grievance brigade misunderstands about America (The Hill30)

HUMOR: Concerning survey finds too many people believe Snopes is a legitimate fact-checking website (The Babylon Bee31)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights32.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Cal Thomas: “The New York Times, despite Donald Trump’s criticism, carries influence with broadcast and cable networks like CNN and MSNBC, and these networks in turn can have a collective effect on the American psyche, particularly when there is no counterbalance. No wonder private and home schools are growing at such a rapid pace. The National Home Education Research Institute projects that by next year the number of home schools will be 2.3 million, a major increase over recent years. According to the Department of Education, about 10 percent of children in grades K through 12 now attend private schools. If politicians allowed for school choice, the number would likely be higher.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Our major media are driven by narrative, not by fact. And the narrative depends on the players. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., aren’t hiding their anti-Semitism. They revel in it. And why not? The media celebrate them as ‘The Squad.’ … Media coverage of Israel has long been skewed in favor of Israel’s enemies. How much coverage, for example, has the mainstream media given to the Palestinian Authority’s announcement — this week — that an LGBTQ group would be banned in its territories, since the PA’s values are in conflict with those of the group? The answer: virtually none.” —Ben Shapiro

Observations: “Trump has been strongly pro-life, strongly pro-American, strongly pro-Israel, strongly pro-capitalism, and he has pushed back against the freedom-robbing regulatory state. He cut taxes and he left evangelicals alone. He didn’t sue the nuns. He doesn’t want our guns. Voting for Trump is not ‘trading Christian values for political power.’ It’s voting in self-defense against the radical, evangelical-hating left and hoping for the best — and getting more than expected.” —Bryan Preston

For the record: “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat … shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” —Donald Trump, who subsequently elucidated, “In my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people, and you are being very disloyal to Israel. And only weak people would say anything other than that.”

Braying Jackass: “I’m Jewish. I’m a very patriotic American. And the idea that I would be disloyal by being a Democrat is just anathema to me. It’s something that you’d hear really from Mussolini or something from Germany in the ‘30s — that you have to be a member of their party, and if you’re not a member of their party, then you’re disloyal to your country.” —Rep. Steve Cohen

Dezinformatsiya: “We’re not going to let him use Jews and Israel and anti-Semitism as a wedge to divide us along the religious and racial lines. We’re in this together. We know [Trump] attacks black women, Muslims, women, Latinos, immigrants, and Jews, and we know that white supremacists are the number one domestic terror threat in America coming for all of us. We’re going to unite. We’re going to have our disagreements about Israel. That’s fine. But we’re going to unite against the common threat that is coming against all of us which is white supremacy.” —CNN’s Wajahat Ali

The BIG Lie: “The idea that if you’re going to solve this by making it harder to put families with sponsors and lock people up, this is World War II Japanese-American family detention camp-style operation.” —Sen. Jeff Merkley

Swampthink: “Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell … want to do the bidding of the NRA instead of the bidding of the American people when 90% of Americans, Republicans and Democrats, support something as straightforward and common sense as universal background checks. This president came in saying that he was going to drain the swamp and make changes. This is a perfect example that he is the swamp.” —Julian Castro

And last… “I was walking around my house this morning and I saw myself in a mirror. Now, although I know I’m not a young man, I decided then and there that I had to do something about what I saw. So I’ve had all the mirrors removed.” —Pat Sajak

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The Patriot Post® · Mid-Day Digest

Aug. 22, 2019

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THE FOUNDATION

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” —George Washington (1783)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Big changes to immigration policy are afoot.1
    What Trump meant about Jewish “loyalty.”2
    Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.

IN BRIEF

Birthright Citizenship and Detaining Illegal Aliens10

U.S. immigration law and practice has been a crumbling disaster for decades. President Donald Trump is, in numerous ways, challenging the status quo with policy changes and the ensuing legal battles. He made one change Wednesday and reiterated his desire for another.

First, the latter. “We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,” Trump said Wednesday of the practice of conferring U.S. citizenship on children born to illegal aliens on American soil. “It’s frankly ridiculous.” In October 2018, when he first pitched such an executive order11, we discussed at length12 the true meaning of the 14th Amendment. We have long argued it has been grossly misinterpreted to provide for birthright citizenship of the children of illegal aliens — aliens who are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the U.S. as the amendment clearly states. Its framers absolutely did not intend to confer citizenship on children whose parents flouted U.S. law.

Trump’s intention should he craft such an executive order would clearly be to force the courts to provide greater legal clarity on an issue that has long troubled many Americans. That doesn’t mean Trump would win a legal battle, however. The longstanding practice of conferring that citizenship has convinced many Americans (notably judges) that it’s what the 14th Amendment actually means and that Trump can’t change even the executive branch’s interpretation of it with an executive order.

Second, Trump ordered13 a change regarding detention of families and minors caught illegally crossing the border. In 1997, a court agreement known as the Flores settlement determined how such children should be treated, including releasing unaccompanied minors after only 20 days in custody. In 2015, Judge Dolly Gee, appointed by Barack Obama, expanded that to force the release of even minors who crossed with their parents. (Hello, separating children from parents.)

Political analyst Gary Bauer explains the predictable consequences:

    Not surprisingly, family unit apprehensions have spiked 2,800% over the past six years, a direct result of the [expanded] Flores loophole. (Sadly, there have been thousands of cases of innocent children being exploited by unrelated adults hoping to take advantage of this loophole.)

    President Trump has had enough of this insanity. He is ordering appropriate agencies to detain families together throughout the entirety of their immigration proceedings.

    Under this new rule, no children will be separated from their mothers and no illegal immigrants will be released to disappear into the interior of the country. If they are allowed to remain in the country, they will be released together. If they are ordered deported, they will be deported together.

Over the last five months alone, the Border Patrol has apprehended 137,000 illegal-alien parents and children, only to release them almost immediately. Trump’s order is not just a corrective measure but a deterrent. “They won’t come,” Trump said. “And many people will be saved.”

Au contraire, says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Per her usual sanctimonious moralizing, she declared that Trump’s change is “seeking to codify child abuse” and “violating every standard of morality and civilized behavior.” Wrong. He’s merely attempting to reinstate Rule of Law, an utterly foreign concept to today’s Democrats.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/64991-birthright-citizenship-and-detaining-illegal-aliens

Trump Cautions Jewish Voters Who Support Democrats14

Once again the Leftmedia had a conniption fit over President Donald Trump’s latest comments. And once again much of the mainstream media was focused on the question, “How could he say such things?” while seemingly ignoring the deeper question, “Why is Trump saying such things?” It’s no mystery that Trump is a troll, meaning he intentionally drops rhetorical bombs to stir the pot and direct the conversation. This has been his modus operandi going back decades.

Trump on Tuesday asserted that Jewish people who vote Democrat are being “disloyal.” On Wednesday, he further clarified his comments, explaining that he meant they were being “disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.” In other words, Trump’s comments were clearly not the anti-Semitic trope of “dual loyalty” expressed by Democrats Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. However, it’s easy to see why Trump’s remarks could be taken as offensive, particularly since the vast majority of Jewish Americans vote Democrat and have done so for decades.

Trump’s comments ring similar to those expressed by leftists for years. How many times have Democrats accused women who don’t support their leftist policy positions on women’s issues of voting against their own interests? How many times have black conservatives been told they are working against their own interests? In other words, this is yet another instance of Trump playing politics like a Democrat.

Clearly, Trump is attempting to put a spotlight on the growing and very real problem of anti-Semitism currently metastasizing within the Democrat Party. His calling out of Jewish Americans for supporting Democrats raises a question that has often puzzled many conservatives: Why support a party that is seemingly hell-bent on building a socialist road toward a totalitarian state, especially given the history of how socialist states have treated Jews? And why continue to support a party whose members leading this socialist crusade espouse such anti-Semitic views? Obviously, there’s great nuance involved in the reasons behind anyone’s political opinions, but the question is still valid.

And it is clear that anti-Semitism is a growing problem, specifically in the West. The European Union is poised to enact a rule that eerily harkens back to the Holocaust era. As The Washington Free Beacon reports, “The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from ‘settlements’ and ‘Israeli colonies.’”

While Trump’s methods of political engagement can be grating and off-putting, he is effective in focusing a lot of attention on issues that the MSM might otherwise choose to ignore.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/64992-trump-cautions-jewish-voters-who-support-democrat

ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY

    Featured Analysis: Transgender Fascism15 — The appalling story of an Illinois family’s encounter with a school district’s Rainbow Mafia.
    Democrats Perpetuate Urban Poverty16 — Problems of poverty and homelessness are rising in the nation’s largest cities.
    American Spirit: Boy Donates All $15k in Winnings to Children’s Hospital17 — The seventh grader’s school is calling him a hero for his selfless generosity.
    Video: NYT Pushes Radical 1619 Project18 — Ben Shapiro debunks many of the falsehoods in the New York Times’s “1619 Project.”
    Video: Trump’s Latest Huge Win19 — While the media is focused on Trump’s tweets, Michael Knowles explains how he is winning.
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What Schools Don't Teach About Slavery

Patriots, this week I am away with Medal of Honor events, including a Celebration of Valor in support of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center. The opportunity to join with fellow Patriots to honor the extraordinary service and sacrifice of these recipients is always humbling.

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Standing watch for me today is our columnist Larry Elder. Given all the leftist recycled racism rhetoric and their "reparations lotto" to buy votes, this is an encore piece on what our schools don't teach about slavery.

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Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

Mark Alexander

Slavery: What They Didn't Teach in My High School
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By Larry Elder

A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as "the white man's religion that justified slavery." He argued Africans taken out of that continent were owed reparations. "From whom?" I asked.

Arab slavers took more Africans out of Africa and transported them to the Middle East and to South America than European slavers took out of Africa and brought to North America. Arab slavers began taking slaves out of Africa beginning in the ninth century — centuries before the European slave trade — and continued well after.

In Prisons & Slavery, John Dewar Gleissner writes: "The Arabs' treatment of black Africans can aptly be termed an African Holocaust. Arabs killed more Africans in transit, especially when crossing the Sahara Desert, than Europeans and Americans, and over more centuries, both before and after the years of the Atlantic slave trade. Arab Muslims began extracting millions of black African slaves centuries before Christian nations did. Arab slave traders removed slaves from Africa for about 13 centuries, compared to three centuries of the Atlantic slave trade. African slaves transported by Arabs across the Sahara Desert died more often than slaves making the Middle Passage to the New World by ship. Slaves invariably died within five years if they worked in the Ottoman Empire's Sahara salt mines."

My name-changing friend did not know that slavery occurred on every continent except Antarctica. Europeans enslaved other Europeans. Asians enslaved Asians. Africans enslaved other Africans. Arabs enslaved other Arabs. Native Americans even enslaved other Native Americans.

He accused me of "relying on white historians" who, he insisted, had a "vested interest to lie."

What about Thomas Sowell, the brilliant economist/historian/philosopher who happens to be black? Sowell writes: "Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery was a worldwide institution for thousands of years, nowhere in the world was slavery a controversial issue prior to the 18th century.

"People of every race and color were enslaved — and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed."

Sowell also wrote: "The region of West Africa ... was one of the great slave-trading regions of the continent — before, during, and after the white man arrived. It was the Africans who enslaved their fellow Africans, selling some of these slaves to Europeans or to Arabs and keeping others for themselves. Even at the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western Hemisphere. ... Arabs were the leading slave raiders in East Africa, ranging over an area larger than all of Europe."

I asked my friend if his anger over slavery extended to countries like Brazil. "Brazil?" he said.

Harvard's Department of African and African American Studies professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. — who also happens to be black — wrote: "Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America. And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. That's right: a tiny percentage. In fact, the overwhelming percentage of the African slaves were shipped directly to the Caribbean and South America; Brazil received 4.86 million Africans alone!"

African tribes who captured other tribes sold them into slavery. For this reason, in 2006, Ghana offered an official apology. Emmanuel Hagan, director of research and statistics at Ghana's Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, explains: "The reason why we wanted to do some formal thing is that we want — even if it's just for the surface of it, for the cosmetic of it — to be seen to be saying 'sorry' to those who feel very strongly and who we believe have distorted history, because they get the impression that it was people here who just took them and sold them. It's something we have to look straight in the face and try to address, because it exists. So we will want to say something went wrong. People made mistakes, but we are sorry for whatever happened."

Over 600,000 Americans, in a country with less than 10% of today's population, died in the Civil War that ended slavery. "While slavery was common to all civilizations," writes Sowell, "... only one civilization developed a moral revulsion against it, very late in its history — Western civilization. ... Not even the leading moralists in other civilizations rejected slavery at all."

And, no, after all this, my friend did not reconsider his name change.

COPYRIGHT 2018 LAURENCE A. ELDER

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Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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MARCH FOR OUR GUNS: The anti-gun group March for Our Lives has introduced “A Peace Plan for a Safer America,” which The Washington Post explains25 “goes much further than the current debate over universal background checks and ‘red flag’ laws.” In fact, “The Peace Plan would create a national licensing and gun registry, long a nonstarter with gun rights advocates; ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; implement a mandatory gun buyback program; and install a ‘national director of gun violence prevention’ who would report directly to the president and coordinate the federal response to what advocates call a national public health emergency.” NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter responded, “The gun-control community is finally being marginally honest about their true wish list. The simple fact remains their proposals and ideas are out of the mainstream, and most people will understand their real intent goes beyond what they publicly state.”

FLORES SETTLEMENT TABLED: “The Trump administration is seeking to terminate the Flores settlement, an immigration-related court order that prevents most migrant family units from being held in detention centers for more than 20 days,” reports26 The Daily Caller. “Eliminating the Flores settlement would allow the U.S. government to hold migrant children and their families indefinitely while they await court proceedings. … The termination of the Flores Settlement will likely face legal challenges from immigrant activist groups who accuse the administration of detaining immigrants without proper due process.”

SPACE COMMAND LIFTOFF: “The new United States Space Command will officially be up and running by the end of the month, Vice President Mike Pence said [yesterday] … at a meeting of the National Space Council. The U.S. Space Command will be the military’s unified combatant command in charge of the country’s defense operations in space. It will become the Defense Department’s 11th unified combatant command, alongside the U.S. Strategic Command, the U.S. Special Operations Command and other commands that serve specific functions or geographic regions.” (Space.com27)

NO PAIN, NO GAIN: “President Donald Trump acknowledged his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they’re needed for more important long-term benefits. He contended he does not fear a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth.” (Associated Press28)

RISKY ENDEAVOR: “Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez plans to hold party fundraising events with the American expatriate community in Mexico City next month. … The registration form on the DNC website require that attendees be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enter passport or green card numbers. It is illegal for foreigners to contribute to American political campaigns.” (Bloomberg29)

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: “Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is adding a section where you can see the activity that Facebook tracks outside its service via its ‘like’ buttons and other means. You can choose to turn off the tracking; otherwise, tracking will continue the same way it has been.” (Associated Press30)

MELTING HEARTS: Iceland holds funeral for first glacier lost to climate change (The Guardian31)

POLICY: Progressives promote disrespect for cops — at our peril (New York Post32)

POLICY: Red-light cameras undermine rule of law (The Hill33)

HUMOR: Two million sign up for Facebook event to storm DNC HQ to find secret candidate who isn’t a socialist nutball (IMAO34)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights35.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Marc A. Thiessen: “[Ilhan Omar] has said ‘Israel has hypnotized the world’; has declared her hope that Allah will ‘awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel’; supports a boycott of Israel, a country she has compared to Nazi Germany; accused her House colleagues who support Israel of pushing ‘for allegiance to a foreign country’; and declared that support for Israel is ‘all about the Benjamins.’ … How is it that she continues to sit on the congressional committee that helps set U.S. policy toward Israel? When Rep. Steve King defended white-supremacist views, the GOP leadership in the House stripped him of his committee assignments and voted 424 to 1 on a clear resolution condemning the Iowa Republican. Yet, after Omar made virulently anti-Semitic comments, Democratic leaders in the House could not bring themselves to do the same. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., actually defended Omar’s ‘allegiance to a foreign country’ remarks, saying ‘I don’t believe it was intended in an anti-Semitic way.’ I’m sorry, what other way could she have intended it?”

SHORT CUTS

Friendly fire I: “Liberals have become utterly, pathetically illiberal, and it’s a massive problem. What’s the point in calling yourself a liberal if you don’t allow anyone else to have a different view? You know, this snowflake culture that we now operate in … it’s all completely skewed to an environment where everyone’s offended by everything, and no one’s allowed to say a joke.” —Piers Morgan

Friendly fire II: “People want a fair immigration system. They don’t want an open-door invitation for everybody to come at once.” —former Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Endorsements you don’t want: “Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘Okay, I personally like so-and-so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.” —Jill Biden

Non Compos Mentis: “Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King had been assassinated in … the late ‘70s.” —Joe Biden

Drinking the Kool-Aid: “['Assault weapons’] are weapons of mass slaughter. I don’t see any need for them in everyday society. I think the assault weapons ban is timely now, especially in view of the shooting in El Paso and Dayton” —Rep. Peter King

Dezinformatsiya: “The bottom line is the greatest terrorist threat in this country are white men.” —CNN commentator Angela Rye

Class warfare: “As president, I will repeal Trump’s tax scam and give the middle class the most significant tax cut in generations.” —Sen. Kamala Harris

Power broker: “I have not been comfortable with Bernie’s [Medicare for All] plan.” —Medicare for All Act cosponsor Kamala Harris (“The reason I’m supporting Medicare for All is really quite simple: it’s the right thing to do.” —Harris, Sept. 2017 | “Medicare is the most popular health plan in the country because it works.” —Harris, April 2019)

The BIG Lie: “The Electoral College is, in fact, a scam. … The Electoral College has a racial injustice breakdown. Due to severe racial disparities in certain states, the electoral college effectively weights white voters over voters of color, as opposed to a ‘one person, one vote’ system where all are counted equally. … The Electoral College has got to go.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Pandering: “Like anyone who’s being honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes. I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations that we’ve had together. It is a great honor to be able to partner with Indian Country, and that’s what I’ve tried to do as a senator, and that’s what I promise I will do as president of the United States of America.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Biblically challenged: “The Bible, if it is about anything, is about justice. It is about reaching out to people in need. It is about standing up to the wealthy and the powerful.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

And last… “If you hear ‘Chick-fil-A’ and your first thought is ‘They hate gay people!’ you live in a bubble.” —Frank J. Fleming

https://patriotpost.us/articles/64966-wednesday-short-cuts

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THE FOUNDATION

“The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world.” —George Washington (1789)

https://patriotpost.us/fqd/64969-founders-quote-daily

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Democrats know Medicare for All is unpopular, but don’t buy their retreat.1
    Facebook is making changes after an audit of bias against conservatives.2
    Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.

IN BRIEF

Dems Feign Backing Away From Medicare for All10

In an effort to court the increasingly hard-left base of the Democrat Party, several current Democrat presidential candidates eagerly jumped aboard Sen. Bernie Sanders’s socialist bandwagon to cosponsor his Medicare for All bill two years ago. This represents the future, they all insisted, parroting Sanders’s insistence that health care is a right. The Medicare for All cosponsors touted their support for the socialist program … until recent polling data showed that a majority of Americans aren’t fans of the obvious policy boondoggle.

Now every Democrat presidential candidate save Sanders is running away from Medicare for All as if it were toxic sludge. Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), the first cosponsor of the bill, had been one of its most vocal supporters, but she has clearly struggled in her herky-jerky attempts to distance herself while attempting to claim that she was never fully onboard. “I have not been comfortable with Bernie’s [Medicare for All] plan,” Harris stated on Tuesday. This sentiment certainly doesn’t comport with her position back in 2017 when she defended cosponsoring the bill as “the right thing to do.” Nor does it jive with Harris’s claim this past April that “Medicare is the most popular health plan in the country because it works.”

But Harris isn’t the only Medicare for All cosponsor clearly flip-flopping, as Sens. Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and even Elizabeth Warren (MA) are also seeking to distance themselves from a politically unpopular policy.

So, are Democrats suddenly having a change of heart? Not likely. In truth, they’re merely realizing that despite all their moralizing rhetoric surrounding Medicare for All, the vast majority of Americans want to keep their current health insurance. Recently, Harry Reid, a political pragmatist if there ever was one, was asked whether Medicare for All is “problematic” for Democrats. “Of course it would be,” he answered. “How are you going to get it passed?” Reid further advised Democrats to run on the message of “improving ObamaCare” because, he argued, “People understand that. They would appreciate that. It locks in many important things.” That, by the way, is Joe Biden’s plan11.

Many Democrat presidential candidates are attempting to rhetorically tack back toward the center. However, the question now is, having gone so far to the extreme Left, can they find their way back to even semi-reasonable ground without being exposed as complete sellouts willing to say anything to get elected? If Harris’s sinking poll numbers are any indication, then the answer is no.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/64967-dems-feign-backing-away-from-medicare-for-all

Is Facebook’s Audit Merely Window Dressing?12

Former GOP Sen. Jon Kyl was tapped by Facebook to conduct a Robert Mueller-like investigation into accusations of the company’s bias against conservatives. Kyl publicly released his findings Tuesday. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed13 he wrote:

    Facebook placed no restrictions on how I could conduct the work. My team at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP began conducting interviews in May 2018. We cast a wide net to include as many aspects of conservatism as possible — from organizations focused on Christian values or protecting free expression to those focused on tax policy and small government. We identified individuals, groups and lawmakers who either use, study or could potentially regulate Facebook, and interviewed 133 of them. To encourage them to speak freely, we told interviewees we wouldn’t publish their identities. We presented our preliminary findings to Facebook in early August 2018 and have been discussing them with the company ever since.

A year later, we now know that Kyl “found conservatives’ concerns generally fall within the following six buckets: Content distribution and algorithms. … Content policies. … Content enforcement. … Ad policies. … Ad enforcement. … Workforce viewpoint diversity.” We’ve addressed many of those concerns in the past, and we won’t rehash it all here, but the short of it is that Facebook certainly seems to discriminate against conservative viewpoints in each of those “buckets.”

But Kyl says, “Facebook has made several changes that are responsive to our findings, and we understand more are being considered.” Those changes include things like an oversight board for content-removal appeals, explanations and transparency for algorithms, four more staff to deal with complaints, and ad-policy changes that would effectively allow for more pro-life content14.

We’d generally conclude two things. First, Kyl obviously wants to show that he was “effective,” so winning some concessions from Facebook is a feather in his hat. Second, Facebook has a vested interest in the appearance of fairness. Axios, which first reported15 the findings, sums up the leftist view of the optics: “While there has been little evidence that Facebook is knowingly biased against conservatives, the release of the audit, and further continuation of it, shows that company takes the allegations seriously.” Not that it matters to conservatives, Axios gripes: “Accusations of political bias against Facebook and Big Tech have become a political weapon wielded by conservatives. It’s doubtful an audit will stop that effort.”

Pardon us, but conservatives didn’t make this a political weapon. Facebook did by its proven biased standards16, Axios’s cavalier dismissal of “little evidence” notwithstanding. And we have little reason to believe that Facebook’s response to a chummy audit — even by a Republican for the smoke-and-mirrors purpose of “objectivity” — is anything but window dressing. In that sense, Axios is right and, as Kyl put it, “Conservatives no doubt will, and should, continue to press Facebook to address the concerns that arose in our survey.”

Remember, Facebook claims to be a platform for users to express opinions freely, but it behaves like a publisher in choosing what content is acceptable. Having it both ways is not conducive to free speech.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/64960-is-facebooks-audit-merely-window-dressing

ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY

    Featured Analysis: Dems Use Mass Shootings as Pretext for Gun Confiscation17 — The renewed push for an “assault weapons” ban is both wrong and mendacious.
    More Americans Have Negative View of College18 — Pew finds Republicans and Independents are souring on institutions of higher learning.
    Grassroots Perspective: Trigger Warnings19 — Today’s “woke” “progressives” would never invite Martin Luther King to speak at a college.
    Video: Trump’s Deregulation20 — John Stossel says President Trump has cut a lot of regulations — but increased some others.
    Video: You Can’t Fix Other People, but You Can Fix Yourself21 — Want a better life? Want to make the world a better place? Take responsibility.

TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

DENMARK VOYAGE CALLED OFF: Yesterday, President Donald Trump intoned23, “Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time.” He continued, “The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”

MIXED SIGNALS: “The White House pushed back late Tuesday on claims by the National Rifle Association (NRA) that President Trump had purportedly said universal background checks were off the table… Earlier in the day, The Atlantic published an article saying Trump had opted against expanding federal background checks, citing a ‘person briefed on the call.’ But a White House official told Fox News that ‘meaningful’ new background checks remain a legislative option, and denied that Trump said he supported universal background checks.” (Fox News24)
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