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31  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 5-21-2018 on: May 21, 2018, 04:57:09 PM
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Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998 and established his reign by altering the nation’s constitution, dissolving the democratically elected congress and the nation’s supreme court. Calling for a revolution of popular democracy and equitable distribution of revenues, Chavez consolidated power to himself and to the state rather than restoring the voice to the nation’s citizens as advertised.

Not only did the dictator eliminate term limits and take control of all aspects of the government and the military, Chavez terminated property rights in his self-described “revolutionary socialism.” Private companies were expropriated by the corrupt congress in the name of public interest. Chavez declared his commitment to “the elimination of capitalism” and defined his view of property rights as the ability for individuals to have “their personal belongings, but not control of the means of production.”

Oh, and don’t miss the law implemented in June 2012 that allowed only government officials to own weapons and ammunition.

How does this relate to the current dictator, Nicholas Maduro? He was a bus driver. He became a union leader and Chavez loyalist who was elected to the puppet congress and ultimately appointed foreign minister and vice president.

In his own words, Maduro has declared to the suffering people of Venezuela, “We’re all children of Chavez!”

Given yesterday’s dreadful voter turnout of about 17%, in contrast to over 60% in years past, the 21 million registered voters of Venezuela clearly understand that their votes don’t count. The system has been criminally and corruptly rigged with a system of government that destroys their ability not just to achieve, but to survive.

Keep that in mind when you hear the laughable statements from jabbering parrots of failed policy like comedian John Oliver on his HBO “news” show, “Last Week Tonight.” Oliver, like more serious Leftmedia counterparts, claims that the reason we’re watching our South American neighbors languish is because the greatness of socialism just needs a new manager. No, it’s not “epic mismanagement” killing political foes or holding more political prisoners than China and Cuba. It’s socialist thugs.

American Democrats created the great Nanny State, birthed with Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society28.” He knew that replacing the family and the dignity of work and wealth would corral votes to those who promised the goods. After the “fundamental transformation of America” failed miserably with eight years of Barack Obama, Democrats are now peddling the “goodness” of Bernie Sanders — guaranteed jobs, a basic income without work, free college, free health care … and the list goes on and on.

But make no mistake: Socialism fails. Socialism sucks the life out of its citizens and empowers corruption and squalor. Socialism has never worked, and it should be rooted out in the United States. Don’t be fooled or lulled into inaction. It’s an election year. Beat back the policies that fail and defend Liberty.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56073-another-win-for-socialism-in-venezuela

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    America’s Corrupt Collaborative Leftmedia31 — Last week, a trio of news stories reminded Americans that the Leftmedia is fundamentally corrupt.
    Saturday was Armed Forces Day32 — We remain the land of the free because of Patriot Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen.
    Video: My Strained Relationship With Facebook’s Algorithm33 — YouTube humorist JP Sears has some fun talking about how Facebook keeps changing the rules.
    Video: Laurel, Yanny or…?34 — The White House had a unique take on the Laurel vs. Yanny debate. Trump hears…

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Kay Coles James: Make Congress Prove It Can Curb Its Out-of-Control Spending Habit35
    Hans von Spakovsky: It’s Past Time for the Mueller Probe to Wrap Up36
    Tony Perkins: Trump’s New Regs Move Tax Dollars Away From Abortion37
    Ken Blackwell: President Wants Market Reforms to Reduce Drug Prices38
    Joe Bastardi: More Reason for a Climate Ambulance Chaser Watch: Summer39

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion40.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Kay Coles James: “What if the total amount the federal government could spend in a given year was directly linked to how well our economy was doing? We could forge that connection if the government’s total budget (including all spending and special-interest tax loopholes) was limited to a fixed percentage of the nation’s wealth (defined as gross domestic product, or GDP). Under such a model, the government could only spend more money if the economy grew. And if the economy didn’t, the government would have to cut back on its spending. That’s the way my family operates, and I bet it’s how yours does too. … Now imagine that if the government ever spent more than was allowed (except in cases of declared economic or military emergency), across-the-board cuts would be imposed — with one important difference: Instead of starting with cuts to the programs we as citizens use, the cuts would begin with the salaries of the president, the vice president, and every member of Congress. That, too, is how the rest of America lives. After all, who among us gets paid if they don’t do their job? Under this model, our elected representatives would face the same workplace pressures those of us with a job do every day — perform or get no pay. … These procedural reforms may seem like a stretch but, as I said earlier, we’re the creditors here. If Americans were to demand such changes, they would happen.”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “Speech delivery counts for little on the world stage unless you have convictions and, yes, the vision to see beyond the front row seats.”

Braying Jenny: “[Abortion] is a right that was established for women in this country more than 40 years ago, and if people don’t support abortion, they don’t have to have one.” —former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards to anyone who opposes $500 million in taxpayer funding for the abortion mill

Belly laugh of the week: “We are going to take back the country we love.” —Hillary Clinton on the misogynist and “deplorable” country she detests

Dezinformatsiya: “Let me say for the billionth time: Reporters don’t root for a side.” —CNN’s Chris Cillizza, which prompted this response from Michelle Malkin: “Let me say for the billionth time: LOLOLOLOL.”

Gun grabbers: “It’s time for America to find the courage to take on the powerful and fight for our own safety. We can’t wall ourselves off from the threat of gun violence — it doesn’t work. Nor can we simply arm ourselves against one another — that makes it more dangerous still.” —former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Gun grabbers II: “Congress must … act now to ensure that no other community or family must endure the unthinkable horror of gun violence. Our children deserve real leadership: a vote to prevent gun violence now.” —Nancy Pelosi

Alpha Jackass: “Let’s call it like it is: the horrifying inaction of Congress, slaughter after slaughter, has become a green light to would-be shooters, who pervert silence into endorsement.” —Sen. Chris Murphy

Non Compos Mentis: “What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?” —former Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Late-night humor: “A lot of celebrities [went to] the royal wedding this weekend, like Serena Williams and the Spice Girls. But Yanni had to RSVP no. He said, ‘I think I got the invitation by mistake. This envelope was addressed to Laurel.’” —Jimmy Fallon

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56078-monday-short-cuts

Join us 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

Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher
32  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 5-21-2018 on: May 21, 2018, 04:55:47 PM
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May 21, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/56085-mid-day-digest

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Trump calls for a probe of the probe, which about sums up the whole thing.
    China says it will buy more American stuff. That’s a start.
    Venezuela’s “election” Sunday highlights again what Democrat policies will do.
    The Leftmedia’s narrative in three glaring stories.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” —Thomas Jefferson (1820)

IN BRIEF

Trump: Time to Probe FBI’s Collusion Probe1


Thomas Gallatin

In the wake of recent reports alleging that Barack Obama’s FBI had a secret informant2 within Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, Trump has called for a new investigation. On Sunday, the president stated, “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”

Seemingly recognizing the seriousness of Trump’s charge, Justice Department Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein quickly responded by requesting that Inspector General Michael Horowitz expand his current probe of the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation to include the agency’s surveillance of the Trump campaign. Rosenstein released the following statement: “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.” It remains to be seen, however, if Rosenstein’s actions fully meet Trump’s demands. The obvious question here is whether the DOJ can be trusted to objectively investigate itself.

Meanwhile, more information has surfaced narrowing the description of the alleged FBI informant within the Trump campaign. The New York Times published3 the following three key details:

    The informant is an American academic who teaches in Britain.
    The informant sent a “curious message” to Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos, offering to pay him $3,000 to write a research paper on “a disputed gas field in the eastern Mediterranean Sea”; the informant also offered a paid trip to London so they could meet.
    The informant sent Papadopoulos an email on September 2, 2016, writing: “I understand that this is rather sudden but thought that given your expertise it might be of interest to you.”

The Daily Caller claims4 to have identified the individual in question as Stefan Halper, a retired professor who had interactions with both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. While not naming names, The Washington Post’s reporting5 seems to corroborate both the Caller’s and Times’ stories. A source for The Daily Wire notes6 that the DOJ and FBI appear to be leaking information to the Post and the Times rather than giving it to Congress, “all for the purpose of spinning an embarrassing story.” The irony here is that the reason the agencies have given Congress for refusing requested documents and information is concern over putting a source at risk.

In short, the trickle of information keeps these stories alive, for better or worse.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56079-trump-time-to-probe-fbis-collusion-probe

Trade War Ceasefire?7

Nate Jackson

From the beginning, we argued that President Donald Trump’s planned tariffs8 were a negotiating chip with China. That became even more clear over the weekend, as China announced that it would buy “significantly” more U.S. goods and services. According to a White House statement9, that will include “meaningful increases in United States agriculture and energy exports” with the goal being to “substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China.” Let’s hope it also brings back some American jobs10.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared that the U.S. was “putting the trade war on hold” as negotiations continue, but U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer insisted tariffs remain on the table if needed to “protect our technology.” Good cop, bad cop.

Keep in mind that trade is tied together with negotiations over the nuclear weapons program of China’s puppet, North Korea11. The upcoming June 12 summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un is crucial, and sorting things out on the trade front with China is key. Hence other chess moves like canceling12 a planned training exercise with South Korea.

In short, this isn’t nearly as simple as the mainstream media sometimes portrays. Trump’s negotiations are all part of a long game.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56081-trade-war-ceasefire

Top Headlines13

    Obama’s DNI: If FBI spied on Trump, it was a “good thing” for America (The Daily Wire14)
    Pompeo: U.S. will implement “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran (National Review15)
    Europe plotting to undermine new U.S. sanctions on Iran (The Washington Free Beacon16)
    U.S. scrapped training exercise with South Korea involving B-52s (The Wall Street Journal12)
    Russia makes bold move to try to solidify control over Crimea (The Daily Signal17)
    Trump names Robert Wilkie for VA (CBS News18.)
    House rejects farm bill19 as conservatives revolt (The Hill20)
    Maduro wins as rivals call for new Venezuela elections (AFP21)
    Obama’s former Ed Secretary propose nationwide school boycott until for gun control (The Washington Times22)
    Texas high school murderer may have had specific targets in mind (The Resurgent23)
    Policy: No, we have not failed in Afghanistan. Here’s why the U.S. should stay. (The Daily Signal24)
    Policy: With the delusion of U.S.-Iran harmony now over, what’s possible? (The Weekly Standard25)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report26.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56084-monday-top-headlines

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Another ‘Win’ for Socialism in Venezuela27


Robin Smith

Venezuela held its national “elections” Sunday, and we’re shocked — shocked — to report that President Nicolas Maduro remains in office.

Food shortages. Parents leaving their children at orphanages to be fed. Military monthly pay at $10. No medicine. No toilet paper. Inflation estimated to by 653% with currency that is virtually worthless. Electrical blackouts. Add to this list a rigged election to keep a corrupt tyrant in power and you have the poster child of socialism’s failure: the country of Venezuela.

Why should Americans care about the implosion of this South American nation whose population of 30 million is smaller than that of California? That simple: Venezuela is the result of the policies pushed by American Democrats.

Since 1999, two million Venezuelans have fled. Crime is soaring as the masses suffer overwhelming poverty. The only people who have protections and provisions are those in power.

Venezuela remains rich in one particular resource: oil. But even that’s in serious trouble. In December 2017, America was importing 475,165 barrels of crude oil daily from Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA. That had fallen from almost 800,000 barrels daily just one year earlier. Venezuela is a nation with a capacity for vast wealth. But corruption metastasized and its government structure is killing this nation and its people.

How does a nation holding the world’s largest volume of oil reserves, as ranked in 2017 by OPEC and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, have such an impoverished people and unstable government?

When that question is posed to American Leftmedia outlets, the answer is “mismanagement” by its leaders. But these “reporters” are purposefully glossing over the real reason. Venezuela is on the verge of collapse due to the disease of collectivism. The Washington Post apologetically defends “a socialist system plagued with mismanagement,” but we can see the proof of failure in the very same piece. It catalogues 7,778 blackouts in three months, the surge of malaria, diphtheria, measles and tuberculosis, and rampant inflation that leaves a dozen eggs costing 480,000 bolívares — the equivalent of almost one week’s salary.
33  Theology / Bible Study / Sober Christians on: May 20, 2018, 04:24:33 PM
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Sober Christians
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    “Let us, who are of the day, be sober…” (I Thes. 5:8.).

Many people entertain the erroneous idea that truly spiritual Christians must always be solemn and long-faced. In fact, they suppose that such Scripture passages as the above teach this.

Nothing could be farther from the truth, for the word “sober,” in our English New Testament does not mean solemn, but completely under control. This is also true of the original Greek word from which the English word “sober” is translated.

Sobriety in Scripture, as in modern English, is the opposite of drunkenness. This is brought out in the rest of the passage cited above. Along with its context, the above exhortation reads as follows:

    “For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken be drunken in the night.

    “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for an helmet the hope of salvation.

    “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

    “Who died for us that… we should live together with Him” (I Thes. 5:7-10).

Thus those who are “of the day,” and know Christ as their Savior, should not “sleep” on the one hand, or “be drunken” on the other, but should be awake and alert, their faculties completely under control, so that they might witness the more effectively to the saving grace of Christ.

If ever there was a time when true Christians should “watch and be sober,” it is now.
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The best sermon!

(Charles Naylor)

"He who says he abides in Him, ought himself also to walk just as He walked." 1 John 2:6

We must pattern our lives after our Lord, and follow in the way which He trod.

God's will for His people, is that they set before the world a worthy example of Christian character.

A blameless character is the best sermon!

In all our relations with others, we should manifest a sweet temper, kindness, meekness, gentleness, forbearance, patience, reasonableness, cheerfulness, magnanimity and all the other things that go to make up Christian character.

In our lives we should be examples of holiness, consistency and moderation. We should be free from worldliness, ostentation, and the vanities that are ruining the world. We should not be not of the world . . .
  in the tenor of our lives,
  in the motives that move us,
  in the purposes that actuate us.

God's will for His people regarding . . .
  the vanities of this world,
  the desires that have their root in worldliness,
  and the sinful customs of the world,
is that we do not imbibe them.

Jesus said of His own, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." He has chosen us out of the world. Un-worldliness is a characteristic of true Christianity, and is found in all genuine believers.

The multitude of worldly professors who call themselves by Christ's name, but who, in their lives, and in the worldliness of their hearts, deny Him--are not Christians at all. They are Christians in name only. Their religion is only a veneer that covers a heart of sin. They are actuated by the spirit of the world, and they love the things of the world.

To be a true Christian, means to be severed in spirit . . .
 from the vanities of the world,
 from the pride, fashion, display and pretense of the world,
 from the world's love of pomp and power, and its hypocritical pretensions.

We must strive to be separated from the spirit, desires, aspirations, and hopes of this world--as really and as truly as Jesus was.

We must desire to live out in the life, those things that definitely mark one as having his hopes set on something higher, his aspirations set on something nobler, and his interests aimed at something greater and more lasting than . . .
  the perishable things of the world,
  the popular opinions of the world,
  the sinful customs of the world,
  the fashions and frivolities of the world, and
  the pleasures and amusements of the world.

"Just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. For it is written: Be holy, because I am holy." 1 Peter 1:15-16
35  Theology / Bible Study / The Faith Of Jesus Christ on: May 19, 2018, 04:10:28 PM
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The Faith Of Jesus Christ
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    “…the righteousness of God… by [the] faith of Jesus Christ, unto all and upon all them that believe” (Rom. 3:22).

Note, the Apostle Paul here does not refer to faith in Christ, but the faith of Christ. Nor does he refer to what Christ believed, but rather to His worthiness to be believed, His fidelity, His trustworthiness.

We must not forget that faith is a reciprocal matter; it is two-sided. One side is objective; it believes in another. The other is subjective; it is a trustworthy character. One refers to what a person does; the other to what he is. If I have faith in you, you should keep faith with me; you should be trustworthy.

Seven times in St. Paul’s epistles he refers to “the faith of Christ” and each time his purpose is to emphasize our Lord’s worthiness of our complete confidence. That he does not refer to our faith in Christ is evident on the surface in each case. In the passage above he declares that the righteousness of God, which is “by the faith of Christ,” is conferred “upon all them that believe” (Here’s your faith in Him).

Similarly, in Gal. 3:22 he states that “the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise, by faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to “them that believe.” Here again, we believe because He is worthy of our confidence.

Again in Phil. 3:9, the Apostle expresses his desire for a righteousness not of his own, “but that which is through the faith of Christ” — and then adds: “the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Here’s man’s faith again! He has faith in Christ because Christ is completely faithful, completely worthy to be believed in. He paid the full penalty for our sins and is now in heaven dispensing the merits of Calvary — riches of grace, mercy and forgiveness.

But remember, “the faith of Christ” always precedes our faith in Christ. What good would it do us to believe in Him for salvation if He were not wholly to be relied upon for this? But He can be trusted “to save… to the uttermost [all] who come unto God by Him” (Heb. 7:25). This is why Paul could say to the terrified jailor at Philippi:

    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
36  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / The greatest sinner that you know! on: May 19, 2018, 04:08:38 PM
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The greatest sinner that you know!

(William Law, "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life")

"This is a true saying, and worthy of all acceptance: 'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners'--and I am the worst of them all." 1 Timothy 1:15

You may truly look upon yourself to be the greatest sinner that you know in the world. For though you may know many people to be guilty of some gross sins with which you cannot charge yourself--yet you may justly condemn yourself as the greatest sinner that you know, because you know more of the folly of your own heart, than you do of other people's hearts. You can charge yourself with various sins, that only you know of yourself, and cannot be sure that others are guilty of them.

So that as you know more of the folly, the degradation, the pride, the deceitfulness and vileness of your own heart, than you do of any one's else--so you have just reason to consider yourself as the greatest sinner that you know; because you know more of the greatness of your own sins, than you do of other people's sins.

God Almighty knows greater sinners than you are; because He sees and knows the circumstances of all men's sins. But your own heart, if it is faithful to you, can discover no guilt so great as your own.

Perhaps that person who appears so odious in your eyes, would have been much better than you are--had he been altogether in your circumstances, and received all the same favors and graces from God that you have. And therefore the greatest sinner that you know, must be yourself.

This is a very humbling thought.

A serious and frequent reflection upon this will mightily tend to . . .
  humble us in our own eyes,
  make us very sensible of the greatness of our own guilt,
  and very tender in censuring and condemning other people.
37  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / Yours No Longer! on: May 18, 2018, 06:12:31 PM
Yours No Longer!
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Francis Bourdillon, 1873



        You had something a short time ago which you have not now, and never can have again. I do not say that you have lost it. Perhaps you have, and perhaps you have not. But, be that how it may—the thing is gone. A very few hours ago it was yours. But you went to bed for the night, and when you awoke this morning it was gone! You did not even look for it or ask for it. You were not at all surprised to find it gone. You knew it would be. Yet it was a very precious and useful thing. It could not be had for money; and now that it is gone—all the world cannot buy it back again. What is this thing? Yesterday.

        When you awoke this morning—yesterday was gone, and today had taken its place. You cannot have yesterday back again. You have got beyond it in the journey of life. And in that journey, there is no turning back; you must go right on to the end without stopping.

        What did you do with yesterday, while you had it? Whatever you did—you cannot undo it now. Yesterday is passed, with all its doings. If you spent it amiss—then you lost it. Even if you spent it aright—it is gone.

        A few hours more, and another day will have gone. What is now today—will have become yesterday. So it is with all our days. Our tomorrows are becoming todays, and our todays are becoming yesterdays. This is a very serious thought.

        How are you living today? Soon you will be looking back on it as yesterday. How shall you feel about it then? Do you think the time will ever come, when you will wish you had spent this day differently? "So teach us to number our days aright—that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12

        The time is indeed coming when all who have misspent their days will wish with all their heart that they had spent them otherwise. Many a man has said on his death-bed, "Oh, that I could have my time over again!"

        And beyond the death-bed, many will wish forever that they could have their time over again. But it cannot be. Yesterday does not come again. Today will not come again. Life will not come again. All things go on in their regular course.

        First life, then death, then judgment, then eternity. Life here is only once.

        Life is given you to prepare for eternity. Yesterday was part of life—but it is gone. Today is another part—and that also will soon be gone; what are you doing with it? Oh, consider.

        You have a God to meet, and a soul to save. You have sins to be forgiven, a judgment to prepare for, eternity to spend. Lose no time. Seek Christ today. Do not put it off until tomorrow. Do not wait until today has become yesterday. Let it be today's work, to seek Christ for your Savior. If yesterday went by and left you without Christ, then see it that today does not leave you so too. Let not another night come without your asking God to wash away your sins in the blood of Jesus, and to save your soul.

        Then, today will be a better day to you than yesterday was. Yes, ten thousand times better!

        "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts!" Hebrews 4:7
38  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / Above the Clouds! on: May 18, 2018, 06:11:03 PM
Above the Clouds!
From Timeless Grace Gems
Francis Bourdillon, 1873



        What is there above the clouds? Clear blue sky. When the rain is falling fast or the sleet and hail are beating against the window panes—even then the sun is shining bright above, and the sky is blue and clear. We may sometimes get up to the top of a mountain and enjoy fine weather, while the valley below is hidden by clouds or drenched with rain. Be it fair weather or foul below—it is always fine above, if we do but get up high enough.

        Sin and care are like clouds. They are all around us here. True, we have bright times now and then, but the clouds soon gather again. There is generally something to weigh on the mind. Trouble often comes; and as for sin, we find it at every step. And often we have more than clouds. Some great sorrow or some strong temptation comes like a storm driving against us. The clouds seem to break and pour down upon our head.

        Yet God never changes. As the sun shines brightly above the clouds, so does God reign in glory above all. Whether our days are passing cheerfully by, or care and sin are pressing us down—God is the same, still ruling over all, unchanged and unchangeable.

        If we do but get up high enough, we find it so. If we can reach the presence of God, all is bright there. Then we rise above sin and care; the things that vexed us seem to sink into nothing, and we are in sunshine again.

        Can we do this? Yes. In heart we may—though not in body. Prayer will take us into God's presence. In our thoughts we may mount above the clouds and enjoy the sunshine of His presence, even while our bodies remain below. Do you know anything of this?

        If you know Christ as your Savior and if you have any love to God—then you have found it so in a measure. Sometimes when on your knees, you have felt your heart grow light; you have forgotten the care that pressed on you; your thoughts have gone up to the throne of grace, and you have been in the sunshine of God's presence.

        Try to rise above the clouds oftener. Pray more and let your prayers be more the prayers of faith. Think much of Jesus, your Savior, Mediator, Friend. Pray for the influence of the Holy Spirit—the Spirit of grace and comfort. And even when your heart seems dead and cold, still believe that "the Lord reigns." He changes not, though you change.

        But perhaps you do not know God. Ah, then your happiest times are not truly happy. They cannot be, without God. And when sorrow comes, where do you seek comfort? Are you ever troubled by thoughts of sin? Does it never weigh upon your mind? I do not know how this may be with you; but this I know, that God Himself says, "there is no peace for the wicked," and that "the wages of sin is death."

        Yet God is willing to be your God, your reconciled Father in Christ Jesus. If you will come to Him by Christ, you may still find pardon, peace, salvation, joy. You will have the sunshine of His presence in trouble—and hereafter brightness and glory with Him forever!
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In the four “Gospel” records, the Lord Jesus Christ refers to Himself about eighty times as “the son of Man”. This title is based upon a passage in Daniel’s prophecy in which “dominion, and glory, and a kingdom” are given unto one who appeared as “the Son of Man” (Dan. 7:13, 14). This kingdom, says the passage, “shall not pass away, and … shall not be destroyed.”

As the term “Son of God” speaks of our Lord’s deity and the term “Son of David” emphasizes His title as King of Israel, so the term “Son of Man” identifies Him as the representative of mankind in general.

It is as “Son of Man” that He will reign as King of the world, as “King of kings”as we have seen above. It is also as “Son of Man” that He will judge the nations just before His kingdom reign:

    “When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him will be gathered all nations” (Matt.25: 31,32).

As Son of man He will also be the Judge at the final judgment at the Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11-15).

    “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son… because He is the Son of man” (John 5:22,27).

Surely God could not be more just in His dealings with mankind. But best of all it is as Son of man that our Lord represented us at Calvary, paying the penalty for our sins that He might deliver us from the judgment to come. “For the Son of man came…to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). In “due time” the Apostle Paul was raised up to proclaim the glad news that the great Mediator had given Himself “a ransom for ALL” (I Tim. 2:6).
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In charging Timothy to “preach the Word,” the Apostle does not mean, as some have supposed, that the pastor should draw his sermon material equally from all parts of the Bible. True, “all Scripture” is given so that the “man of God” may be fully equipped for his ministry. But in this same letter the Apostle Paul indicates that the Scriptures must be “rightly divided” (II Tim. 2:15) and that his own God-given message is the Word of God in particular for the present dispensation of grace (See II Tim. 1:7-14; 2:7-9). Thus the Apostle declares by inspiration that believers are established by “my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery” (Rom. 16:25).

How often the Apostle insists that his message is the Word of God! To the Thessalonian believers he writes with joy:

    “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God…” (I Thes. 2:13).

Thus the Apostle writes to Timothy, in this his last letter:

    “Hold fast the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me…” (II Tim. 1:13).

    “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men…” (2:2).

    “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel” (2:8.).

The charge to “preach the Word,” therefore, refers to “all Scripture” in general, but to Paul’s God-given message in particular. This is obvious, for it is in urging Timothy to faithfully carry on in his place that the Apostle charges him to “preach the Word.”
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Christian joy!

("Every Day!" Author unknown, 1872)

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4

Just so, "sorrowful, yet always rejoicing," says Paul, speaking of his own experience.

The believer's joy does not exclude sorrow, but . . .
  attends it,
  sustains under it,
  and raises above it.

Joy in the Lord should be constant--for He is the same.
There is as much ground for joy in Him in the winter of adversity--as in the summer of prosperity.
He is as good when he chides us--as when He comforts us.
He is as gracious when He lays us low--as when He raises us up.
He is as kind when He takes away--as when He gives.

If our joy springs chiefly from creature good and agreeable circumstances--then it must be fluctuating at the best, and at times it will entirely dry up. But if our chief joy is in God, then the spring of it never fails!

"When all created streams are dried,
 His fullness is the same!"

Observe, my soul, that joy in the Lord is not only encouraged--but commanded.
After once giving the admonition, the apostle says, "Again I say, Rejoice."

The Lord would have His children . . .
  happy in His love,
  restful under the shelter of His wings,
  and peaceful in the midst of storms.

Seek then to know more of Him, live upon His fullness, dwell on His unchanging grace--and so will you be joyful in Him even in the midst of tribulation!
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And that’s why one of the greatest challenges our society will face in the 21st century is maintaining a culture of free speech when so many of us discuss politics and social issues not in the public square where everyone can speak freely, but in the privately-run realms of the Internet.

The time has come for Americans to speak up, before it’s too late. This is no longer a discussion about cleaning up social media, but about preserving a civilization whose great strength has always derived from its First Amendment.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56048-the-cultural-shift-against-free-speech

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    Taxpayers Get Half-Billion-Dollar Bill for Nassar’s Crimes32 — Michigan State agrees to a $500 million settlement for the victims of Nassar’s sexual abuse.
    Farm Subsidies and the Farm Bill: Truth vs. Fiction33 — The farm bill is currently constructed in a way that ignores several realities.
    Video: Why Did America Fight the Korean War?34 — Mention the Korean War today and most people will look at you with a blank stare.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Marc A. Thiessen: North Korea Is Acting Up Because Trump Has It Cornered35
    Erick Erickson: The Media’s Bias Is Showing36
    David Harsanyi: Media Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Clash Is Built on a Myth37
    Rich Lowry: The Russia Temptation38
    Tony Perkins: Christian Colleges Press Their Suit on Mandate39

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion40.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Marc A. Thiessen: “Trump and his national security team have put Kim in a corner, offering him peace, security and prosperity, but only if he first denuclearizes completely, verifiably and irreversibly. Little wonder that North Korea is lashing out. Kim might be looking for a pretext to get out of his meeting with Trump, and the military exercises provide a perfect excuse. He may also be testing Trump to see how badly he wants the summit. Or he may be trying to drive a wedge between the United States and South Korea in advance of the talks. He knows South Korean President Moon Jae-in is deeply invested in his ‘Sunshine Policy’ with Pyongyang. If the North threatens a little rain, perhaps the South — which desperately wants the summit — will pressure Trump to cancel the military exercises or be more flexible at the bargaining table. Trump needs to show Kim that he won’t respond to threats by refusing to call off the exercises. Through back channels, he needs to reaffirm his willingness to provide North Korea with security and prosperity in exchange for immediate denuclearization but also make clear that if North Korea refuses, the alternative is not the status quo. Sanctions will be ramped up, and military action is possible. Above all, Trump should take North Korea’s recent outburst as a signal that Pyongyang is feeling the heat. A cornered animal roars, precisely because it is cornered. Stand firm, Mr. President, and don’t let up the pressure.”

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “The fact is that if Hamas were to drop its claim on Israel proper and stop using every opening provided to instigate violence, not a single Palestinian would ever have to die in this war.” —David Harsanyi

Perspective: “Yes, Trump is cutting Planned Parenthood funding, and should be praised for doing so. However, it’s only about a tenth of the $500 million in funding he just gave them in the omnibus last month. It’s a positive step, yes, but this is not keeping a promise. This is a first step.” —Steve Deace

Braying Jenny: “I think this [Planned Parenthood funding] is an issue that should enrage the American public, particularly women, because it’s an attack on them. I don’t know why members of Congress think it’s their job to tell women what to do with their health care.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (The issue is taxpayer funding, not “telling women what to do.”)

Hypocrite: “We are all God’s children. There is a spark of divinity among every person on earth, and we all have to recognize that as we respect the dignity and worth of every person.” —Nancy Pelosi on “the spark of divinity, dignity and worth” of children in their mother’s womb. No, wait, she was talking about MS-13 gang members…

Missing the point: “However repugnant their actions, MS-13 gang members are human beings.” —CNBC’s John Harwood

Village Idiots: “We should particularly interrogate the role of American policy in helping to make MS-13 the organization it is now.” —John Legend

Belly laugh of the week: “Listen, when I covered Barack Obama, I was just as tough on him.” —CNN’s Jim Acosta

And last… “The sexual revolution has been a catastrophic failure, having wrought only disease, abortion, divorce, unwed pregnancy, and other miseries, with none of the advantages it promised. Maybe it’s time to cut our losses and go back to the old way, which is the only way that works.” —Matt Walsh

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56053-friday-short-cuts

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Top Headlines8

    Multiple dead, unknown injuries in shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, perpetrator in custody (ABC News9)
    DOJ’s inspector general finally completes probe of Hillary Clinton (The Washington Times10)
    Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA chief (The Washington Post11)
    Democrats: Trump judicial nominees care too much about being impartial (National Review12)
    California’s second Gilded Age, bigger mansions, more homeless (USA Today13)
    U.S. resettling more refugees than the population of Philadelphia (The Washington Free Beacon14)
    Warren reveals her plan to fundamentally transform America (The Western Journal15)
    Two in five top-ranking liberal arts schools have no full-time Republican professors (Reason16)
    “The Handmaid’s Tale17” now suggests Christians want child brides (The Daily Wire18.)
    Humor report: Someone’s dad not attending royal wedding or something, or wow, who cares, seriously (The Babylon Bee19)
    Policy: Tax reform: Growing our economy and creating jobs (American Action Forum20)
    Policy: CDC neglect is killing Americans (Hudson Institute21)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report22.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56056-friday-top-headlines

FEATURED ANALYSIS
The Cultural Shift Against Free Speech23


Brian Mark Weber

At first, Twitter seemed like a great idea: quickly and concisely communicating our thoughts with just a few keystrokes, rather than babbling on and on. Still, something didn’t seem quite right about that 140-character limitation, even when it was doubled to 280 characters last year. Somehow, it still seemed a restriction on our speech.

But that was just the beginning. This simple social media platform is now going far beyond limiting our character-count to controlling what we think and how we interact with our fellow citizens.

One of the core problems created by social media behemoths like Twitter and Facebook is not that their policies are posing any serious legal threat to the First Amendment. As David French writes24 at National Review, “The law of free speech has mainly improved. Americans might have more legal defenses against government censorship now than they ever have before. If the government moves against your speech based on your viewpoint and you fight back, you’re likely to win.”

But social media platforms can bypass the Constitution altogether by creating a paradigm shift in the way current and future generations understand the important role free speech plays in our society. French adds, “The culture of free speech has decayed. Individuals and organizations are far more sensitive and far less tolerant of dissent than they were even in the recent past.”

Twitter thinks it has the answer, but its users won’t be freer to speak their minds.

In 2016, Twitter launched an Orwellian “Trust & Safety Council” made up of more than 40 organizations, some of which have a history of suppressing free speech. Having thus created a council with representation from a very limited range of ideological perspectives, the company tipped its authoritarian hand.

Twitter explained25 that in order for users to “express themselves freely and safely on Twitter, we must provide more tools and policies.”

Somehow we’ve managed to build a thriving civilization without having our social interactions with others flagged by an intrusive authority, but now Twitter thinks we need just that. After all, society itself has embedded cultural norms and practices over time to ensure civil discourse. But these cultural norms are under actually threatened by the advent of technology and the pervasive use of social media by millions of Americans.

Sure, some of Twitter’s changes seem benign on the surface. For example, the latest push by CEO Jack Dorsey purports to focus on people who are routinely blocked by other users, those who send tweets to accounts they don’t follow, and those who launch multiple accounts from a single IP address. But how far will this go? Dorsey himself said that “this is a step, but we can see this going quite far.”

Indeed, it may well go too far.

This week, The Verge posted26 an internal Google video imagining a future in which social media is used not merely to referee online interaction, but to socially engineer our entire society.

If that doesn’t send chills down your spine, then maybe we’re already closer to that world than we realize.

For now, Twitter asserts that it’s merely trying to rid the platform of “spammy behavior.” But earlier this year, James O'Keefe’s Project Veritas revealed (via The Daily Wire27) “Twitter employees admitting that they ‘shadow ban’ right-leaning accounts, which essentially bans them from the platform without letting them know that they have been banned while allowing left-leaning accounts to slip through without the same scrutiny.”

That wouldn’t be so bad if Twitter were merely trying to filter out inappropriate or abusive online behavior without regard to ideology. But while middle-of-the-road conservative groups and individuals are being shadow-banned, Twitter has no qualms about allowing groups like Hamas to freely express their hatred and their calls for violence simply because Hamas is a democratically elected government entity that claims to be part of the Middle East “peace process.” Remember, Hamas was deemed a foreign terrorist organization by none other than President Bill Clinton in 1997, and it orchestrated the recent violence28 on the Gaza border that lead to the deaths of dozens of its soldiers.

Our Founding Fathers wisely protected us against government’s intrusion into what we say and how we say it. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, however, are subversively changing the very way Americans think about communication.

And these changes are also occurring in academia and in the workplace, where the anti-free speech culture being fostered online is also part of the broader culture. The result is that we’ve become conditioned by social media to accept environments in which simply sharing an opinion can lead to being flagged, suppressed or outright banned from a social community. This is having a ripple effect on the way Americans interact with one another away from social media.

Of course, no one is suggesting that the government take action against private companies. As Reason’s Robby Soave writes29, “Twitter is a private company. It is free to make whatever speech rules it wants. Forcing Twitter to permit more kinds of speech would not actually be pro-free speech — in fact, it would violate the First Amendment.”
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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    The Leftmedia’s BIG lie on Trump and “animals.”
    Trump uses Reagan rule to block abortion funding.
    The cultural shift against free speech is worrisome.
    Taxpayers get a half-billion-dollar bill for Nassar’s crimes.
    Truth vs. fiction on the farm bill.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

IN BRIEF

‘Animals’: The Leftmedia’s Latest BIG Lie1


Thomas Gallatin

Here we have yet another case study in the mainstream media’s practice of dezinformatsiya in the era of #Resistance to Donald Trump. It was a classic example of how deviously removing context can be used to create an alternative narrative that is then presented as fact. In this case, the MSM went out of its way to bolster its narrative that Trump’s motivation for enforcing America’s immigration laws is his own racism.

The context the MSM intentionally ignored: Trump was involved Wednesday in a roundtable discussion with law enforcement from across the country seeking to address the problems sanctuary cities2 pose for immigration enforcement. At one point, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims thanked the president for recognizing and seeking to address the problem. But she also complained about the law: “There could be an MS-13 member I know about [but] if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.”

Trump responded:

    We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy. The dumbest laws — as I said before, [we have] the dumbest laws on immigration in the world. So we’re going to take care of it, Margaret. We’ll get it done.

Cue the Leftmedia’s spin. Here are a few of the headlines:

The Washington Post: “Trump compares illegal immigrants to ‘animals’”

The New York Times: “Trump calls some unauthorized immigrants ‘animals’ in rant”

Huffington Post: “Trump refers to immigrants as ‘animals.’ Again.”

USA Today: “Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: ‘These aren’t people. These are animals.’”

Vox: “Trump on deported immigrants: ‘They’re not people. They’re animals.’”

NPR: “During roundtable, Trump calls some unauthorized immigrants ‘animals’”

What utterly contemptible lies. Trump responded to the propaganda in his usual fashion, stating, “Fake News Media had me calling Immigrants, or Illegal Immigrants, ‘Animals.’ Wrong! … I referred to MS 13 Gang Members as ‘Animals,’ a big difference — and so true. Fake News got it purposely wrong, as usual!”

Once again, the Leftmedia has been exposed as a lying spin machine for Democrat talking points. It’s no wonder so many Americans have lost trust in the media.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56050-animals-the-leftmedias-latest-big-lie

Trump Uses Reagan Rule to Block Abortion Funding3

Nate Jackson

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan used Title X regulations to prevent organizations that receive federal dollars from promoting or referring for abortions, or from sharing physical space with abortion providers. After all, the 1970 law establishing Title X states: “None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” Nevertheless, abortion proponents sued. Though the Supreme Court ruled in Reagan’s favor, the policy never actually went into effect because neither President Bush followed his lead, and, naturally, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama opposed it. President Donald Trump, however, plans to resurrect that rule in an announcement today. Stand by for Planned Parenthood to sue in three, two, one…

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion mill, kills more than 300,000 unborn babies every year, and it receives $500 million in taxpayer funding to do so. Of course, the organization insists that it’s complying with federal law preventing taxpayer dollars from being used directly for abortions. As Yuval Levin explained4 in 2015, “Planned Parenthood gets around the legal prohibition by formally separating its abortion clinics and its other family planning services, even when those are located in the same facility and essentially funded jointly.”

But let’s be honest — abortions are what Planned Parenthood does. Other health services are a mere fig leaf designed to obscure that fact. Pouring water in the shallow end of the pool is the same as pouring it in the deep end.

Given that Republicans in unified control of Washington have failed to defund Planned Parenthood as promised, Trump’s move is a welcome one. But does it go far enough?

Well, the rule only affects $260 million in federal funding for contraception and other “family planning” services, of which Planned Parenthood receives part. The bulk of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding comes from Medicaid, and only legislation can stop it.

Furthermore, “This proposal does not necessarily defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they’re willing to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion as a method of family planning, which is required by the Title X law,” said an administration official. “Any grantees that perform, support, or refer for abortion have a choice — disentangle themselves from abortion or fund their activities with privately raised funds.” Planned Parenthood has no shortage of private funds5, either.

In other words, it seems that semantics and accounting gimmicks may still suffice, and, contrary to the Leftmedia narrative6, this does not amount to “sweeping new abortion restrictions.” Even so, Trump has yet again acted where congressional Republicans (and two previous GOP presidents) failed. Let’s hope it leads to further action to stop funding mass slaughter.

By the way, on Wednesday, former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards was presented with the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Just a reminder that she oversaw the demise7 of 3.5 million babies in her 12-year tenure.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56054-trump-uses-reagan-rule-to-block-abortion-funding
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The real divide in America? The Right believes the Left is wrong. The Left believes the Right is evil.

Thus, leftists believe it is their sacred duty to impose their beliefs on the nation whether it wants them or not. And because of that sacredness, executive orders, court decisions, bureaucratic fiats and everything else that can be used to thwart the constitutional order is perfectly acceptable — when leftists do it.

Thus, a Supreme Court that usurps states’ rights and changes40 the 5,000-year-old definition of marriage is to be applauded. The same Court upholding41 an individual’s right to keep and bear arms? A travesty of justice. Barack Obama implementing42 DACA by executive order? Enlightened. Donald Trump demanding43 Congress decide the issue? Anti-immigrant bigotry.

Nor is the divide simply about differing worldviews. Many progressives themselves once had traditional beliefs regarding subjects like marriage and gender. But since they’ve “evolved,” every American must follow suit — within a progressive-defined timeline. Those who don’t? As contemptible as those who resist completely.

“When civil rights shifted from punishing mandatory segregation to punishing the lack of integration, it ceased to be a movement pursuing freedom and instead became a totalitarian movement,” asserts44 columnist Daniel Greenfield.

That totalitarian movement has pushed millions of well-meaning Americans into tribalist enclaves, where safety becomes more important than freedom of expression. And that retreat is often justified by what many Americans perceive is a double-standard with regard to accountability. Did the Trump campaign collude with the Russians, or is a Ruling Class long used to getting its way seeking to nullify the 2016 election? Are we an exceptional nation built on an unprecedented understanding of human rights and the limits of government power, or one built on the “genocide of native people and slavery,” where the “cradle of democracy is "bulls—t,” as filmmaker Spike Lee asserts45? In America today, one’s answers to such questions are more often than not determined by one’s tribal allegiance.

As Sullivan reminds us, tribalism is not necessarily a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with “unconditional pride, in our neighborhood and community; in our ethnic and social identities and their rituals; among our fellow enthusiasts,” he writes. By contrast, he warns, when it calcifies and “rivals our attachment to the nation as a whole” and “turns rival tribes into enemies” it ultimately destabilizes the nation.

Of course, Sullivan blames both sides for the divisiveness but holds the Right more accountable — or so he thinks. “One of the great attractions of tribalism is that you don’t actually have to think very much,” he asserts.

The American Right can be blamed for a great many things with regard to tribalism. But dumbing-down public schools46 and colleges47 that routinely turn out legions of weak-thinking but well-indoctrinated social justice warriors isn’t one of them.

Is there a truce to be had? Oddly enough, the most recent Supreme Court decision striking down48 a federal law prohibiting sports betting epitomizes the “live and let live” federalism the Founding Fathers were prescient enough to make an integral part of governing documents. Yet federalism is only part of the equation. “Nurturing your difference or dissent from your own group is difficult; appreciating the individuality of those in other tribes is even harder,” Sullivan explains.

Individual thinking would undoubtedly be fatal for tribalism. But if the Left’s reaction to Kanye West49 is any indication, tribalism in America will last as long as leftists view a heckler’s veto as a reasonable substitute for debate.

It’s not. Not by a long shot.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56024-my-country-or-my-tribe

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Gillibrand’s Mythical Version of the 2008 Financial Crisis54 — It was bad Democrat policies, not sexism, that was to blame for 2008 financial crisis.
    Free Markets, Free People55 — Our culture increasingly and falsely characterizes capitalism as a form of oppression and exploitation.
    Video: Seattle’s ‘Amazon Tax’56 — John Stossel breaks down the “head tax” and explains how politicians created the mess in the first place.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Jeff Jacoby: The World Needs a Policeman, and There Is No Alternative to America57
    Veronique de Rugy: The Seattle Head Tax Is Idiotic58
    Ed Feulner: The Preferred Form of Populism59
    Hans von Spakovsky: It’s Now 1984 at the University of Michigan60
    Joe Bastardi: Why Another Big Wildfire Season May Be on the Way61

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion62.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Jeff Jacoby: “Since the election of Donald Trump on an explicit ‘America First’ platform, the number of Democrats saying the United States is doing too little to better the world has more than doubled, from 22 percent to 48 percent. Of course it is risky to read too much into public-opinion soundings. Still, Americans … do seem once again to be rediscovering the hard truth that, in world affairs, the United States is irreplaceable. As long as the United States remains the world’s most powerful democracy, it cannot safely shirk the job of global policeman — deterring aggression, upholding the rule of law, defending human rights. When it tries to do so, the planet’s worst actors are emboldened. Americans have changed their mind about Bush. Ten years after he left the White House, a majority now approve of the job he did as president, and his favorability rating has climbed above 60 percent. But Bush’s views haven’t changed. In a speech last week, he reiterated the case for U.S. leadership. ‘America is indispensable for the world,’ said the former president. ‘The dangers of isolation loom.’ He quoted Churchill’s admonition that, as the foremost nation on earth, America could not avoid being ‘convulsed’ by the world’s problems: ‘The price of greatness is responsibility.’ Americans cannot right every wrong, and we have not always acted with prudence. Nevertheless, the world needs a policeman, and there is no realistic candidate for that job except the United States. Retreating into isolation may sound appealing; the results are invariably awful. Americans sometimes forget that lesson, until reality re-teaches it the hard way.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Is [Robert] Mueller investigating a crime or going in search of a crime? One is police work; the other is characteristic of a police state.” —Dinesh D'Souza

For the record: “[Seattle’s] head tax32 won’t be paid by Amazon. Companies don’t pay taxes. People ultimately pay taxes. That means that this tax will come out of the wages of future employees, the bonuses and wage growth of current employees, the dividends of shareholders, and the pockets of customers, who will face higher prices. It could also lead to the longer-term decision by Amazon to shrink its Seattle operation for the benefit of its second headquarters, the location of which is still being decided. Other cities should take note. Don’t repeat Seattle’s mistake.” —Veronique de Rugy

Race bait: “It’s like pulling teeth to get America to acknowledge and to get any sitting U.S. president, Democrat or Republican, to acknowledge that America is a colonial state built on the theft of indigenous people’s land. That white supremacy is America’s original sin. We have to be able to have that honest conversation. We have to say that America is built on unpaid black labor.” —Marc Lamont Hill

Demo-gogues: “What was the point of the Revolution if subjects of the British Crown get single payer health care and university education at a fraction of what it costs us and we are stuck with a President guilty of treason, bribery and other crimes, and a Congress unwilling to get rid of him?” —Democrat Senate candidate Richard Painter

From the Socialist Democrat Files: “I think [government regulation of executive pay] is a very good idea, and I think we should start talking about it.” —Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), deputy chair of the DNC

And last… “We’re at the point where Hamas are freedom fighters and the NRA is a terrorist organization8.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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