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The Scarlet Hope

“Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee.” (Joshua 2:18)
 
These words were spoken to Rahab by Joshua’s spies after she had protected them from discovery by the officials of Jericho. She had testified to the spies that “the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath” (Joshua 2:11). Therefore, “by faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31).
 
Rahab’s spiritual salvation came because of her faith in the true God; she soon entered into the covenant family of Israel and eventually even became a member of the family line leading to Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5). Her physical deliverance, on the other hand, and that of her family depended on a “line of scarlet thread” suspended from her window, identifying her home as “under the blood,” so to speak, when Jericho fell and all its other inhabitants perished.
 
This thin, blood-red line constituted a very slender hope for Rahab in the midst of such a scene of judgment and total destruction, but it sufficed. It is fascinating to note that the Hebrew word for “line” (occurring here for the first time in the Bible) is everywhere else translated by the key word “hope.” Perhaps “line” soon came to mean “hope” because of this very experience, when a “scarlet hope” extended all the way from a repentant sinner to the very God of heaven! Note the same thought with the same word: “For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD” (Psalm 71:5).
 
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3). HMM

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Four Kinds Of Men
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


According to St. Paul’s inspired epistles, the human race is divided into four categories:

1    The natural man, i.e., the fallen son of Adam, as he is, without God. Of him the Apostle says: “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor. 2:14).

2    The babe in Christ.  When a person sees himself as a sinner and trusts Christ as his Saviour, he is “born again” and becomes a “babe in Christ”. But babes can and should grow, so these are exhorted: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere [pure] milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby” (I Pet. 2:2).

3    The carnal Christian is one who, though perhaps a Christian for years, has not grown, due to indifference and neglect of the Word of God. He still has to be treated as a babe in Christ. The Corinthian believers were examples of this. Paul had to write them: “I…could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear [digest] it, neither yet now are ye able” (I Cor. 3:1,2). Everybody loves a baby, but the joy that fills the hearts of loving parents turns to bitterest sorrow if their baby fails to grow.

4    The spiritual Christian is one who, through prayerful study of the Word of God, has grown to spiritual maturity. He is no longer merely a child of God; he is a “man of God”. We should all “desire the sincere [pure] milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby” (I Pet. 2:2) — “THAT WE HENCEFORTH BE NO MORE CHILDREN, TOSSED TO AND FRO, AND CARRIED ABOUT WITH EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE” (Eph. 4:14). Let us then heed St. Peter’s inspired exhortation: “BUT GROW IN GRACE, AND IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST” (II Pet. 3:18.).

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Some of the preachers say that there is no Hell!

(J.C. Ryle, 1884)

"For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?" 1 Corinthians 14:8

We need a more certain sound about the state of man after death. There is a growing disposition in this day to give up the old doctrine of the judgment of the wicked, and the eternal misery of all who die impenitent and unbelieving. Men are gradually being indoctrinated with the notion that there is hope for all beyond the grave, and that at any rate there is nothing to fear, and no punishment after death, no matter how we live or die.

I regard such teaching as most mischievous and likely to promote carelessness and immorality! Yet in hundreds of pulpits the subject is either carefully avoided, or else handled in a most unsatisfactory manner.

Let us beware of being wise above that which is written, and of ignoring, shirking, or strangling plain texts of Scripture.

I cannot feel surprised when I am told that abandoned women in the streets of London have been heard to say, "Come along! Who's afraid? Some of the preachers say that there is no Hell."

"Ask for the old paths, where the good way is--and walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16

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Itayi Viriri, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, wondered why the same celebrities who often stand in solidarity with terror victims remained silent. And Twitter user Eugene Cho, in asking for forgiveness, noted that “our tears are often limited to the West.”

There are elements of truth in all of the above assertions, but to a large degree they miss the bigger picture: Western nations in general, and America in particular, are becoming more and more obsessed with trivialities and self-indulgence. While Mogadishu reels, American universities are issuing26 guidelines on which Halloween costumes constitute “cultural appropriation.” We remain transfixed by the depredations27 of a Hollywood pig and his army of self-aggrandizing enablers20. We are roiled by millionaire NFLers who take knees to cling to a false narrative of an inherently racist America, replete with legions of police officers who ostensibly do little more than terrorize people of color — even as those same NFLers have said nothing about people of color slaughtered by terrorists in Mogadishu.

Some of it is simple human nature. Out of sight, out of mind. But much of it is engendered by a historically unprecedented level of largesse that we far too often take for granted. Simply put, most of us can afford to argue about the little things because the big things — food, clothing, shelter, freedom, law, order and national security, etc. — are bounties we have been able to take for granted for generations.

Somalis? According to 2015 data published28 by the United Nations Development Program, the average life expectancy is 50 for men and 53 for women. More than half of the population has no access to clean water. Approximately 60% of Somalian children are not enrolled in school, and one in seven die before their fifth birthday due to disease, hunger and lack of proper health care in a nation afflicted with chronic famine.

One in three29 American children are overweight or obese.

And if we can be brutally honest — a big if — it might behoove us to recognize that nothing is more effective at breeding disunity than our indulgence of petty disagreements.

Moreover, nothing fuels that pettiness more than Americans’ willingness to abandon the concept known as live and let live. If one person in 10,000 disdains a Christmas crčche displayed in the town center, it must be dismantled. Those who believe in same-sex marriage prefer forcing a Christian baker to bake them a cake rather than go to another bakery that would welcome their business. On college campuses around the nation, students prefer shutting down ideas with which they disagree, to the point where a Princeton University student actually asserted30 that free speech rights don’t apply to conservatives. “For conservatives, I honestly believe they are better off evaluating and reshaping their arguments rather than resorting to the argument of ‘free speech,’” declares Ryan Born. “They are better off without it.”

What Americans would be better off without is orchestrated divisiveness, courtesy of those who profit from keeping us at each other’s throats. For far too long, we have endured the cultivated grievances that reducing the nation to a series of tribalistic subgroups inevitably produces. We have now reached the point where half of America simply assumes the other half is beneath contempt, even to the point where the same kind of national tragedy that united us after 9/11 no longer seems possible.

Yet there is hope. More Americans than ever recognize the status quo is both intolerable and unworkable. And while it may be messy and take more time than most people prefer, the bet here is a national catharsis is proceeding apace. Here’s hoping that’s the real reason for our relative inattention to the suffering in Mogadishu.

Anything else is inexcusable.

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union31.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    The NFL Protests and the Loss of a Good Game32 — Reopening old wounds rather than healing them has become the goal for a movement.
    Trump and McConnell Mend Fences33 — The president and Senate leader clear the air and signal agreement on direction for the GOP agenda.

For more of today’s top cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive34.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Cal Thomas: The Trump-McConnell Detente35
    R. Emmett Tyrrell: Hillary and Harvey’s Shared Fate36
    George Will: In Blocking Abortion Legislation, Dems Will Display Their Cultural Extremism37
    Victor Davis Hanson: North Korea Knowns and Unknowns38
    Hans von Spakovsky: Early Voting Disadvantages Seem to Outweigh Benefits39

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

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “Some in the NFL realize they have a huge problem on their hands. Mark Lamping, president of the Jacksonville Jaguars, sent a letter to local military leaders in Jacksonville, Florida, which has a large military presence, apologizing for his team taking a knee overseas. Apparently they just didn’t realize how it would look to have players disrespecting our national anthem while standing for ‘God Save the Queen.’ I couldn’t help but think of the incredible irony. These players live in a country that has elected and re-elected a black president. We have had black attorneys general, black Supreme Court justices, black senators and representatives. We have revered black entertainers, business executives and academics. While I love history, I’m really not familiar with the first black prime minister of Great Britain. In fact, I’m not aware of any progressive European nation that has elected a black leader. Who was the first black president of France? Who was the first black German chancellor? America’s record looks good. These players taking a knee because of social injustice in America should have stayed on their knees when ‘God Save the Queen’ was played!”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth — that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.” —H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Upright: “When it comes to the controversy surrounding the White House’s tardy response to an ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. Green Berets, there are no winners. Not President Trump. Not the reporters and pundits who’ve piled on to criticize the White House’s long response time. Not the members of Congress who’ve basked in the media spotlight with their passionate denunciations of the administration’s handling of this crisis. The families of the fallen are getting the worst of it as they’re being made into political pawns by both the pro- and anti-Trump factions. We’re all losers, and the men who died serving this country deserve better.” —Becket Adams

For the record: “You Can’t Buy the Presidency for $100,00041”: “The fake news about fake news is practically endless. Americans worried about Russia’s influence in the 2016 election have seized on a handful of Facebook ads — as though there weren’t also three 90-minute debates, two televised party conventions, and $2.4 billion spent on last year’s campaign. The danger is that bending facts to fit the Russia story line may nudge Washington into needlessly and recklessly regulating the internet and curtailing basic freedoms.” —former Clinton strategist Mark Penn

Friendly fire: “This is an industry rife with racism, sexism and homophobia. … Oh we’re very quick to point the finger at others and address the issue with social action and fundraising. Yet there is a clear disconnect between how we practice what we preach in our industry.” —actress Jessica Chastain

And last… “There are some surprising similarities in Weinstein’s and Clinton’s scandals, though the journalists reporting on Weinstein have been treated much more respectfully than those reporting on Clinton. It took the reporters who exposed Weinstein about 24 hours to gain respect. I am not clear that those exposing Clinton will ever gain respect.” —R. Emmett Tyrrell

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

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    What to make of four days of “news” on Trump’s call to a Gold Star family.
    Don’t touch the ethanol mandate or else, says Chuck Grassley.
    Explaining Western silence after the slaughter in Somalia.
    What NFL players should be doing instead of kneeling.
    Trump and McConnell mend fences, which means it’s time to get to work.
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin on the tender rind of a young oak; the wound would enlarge with the tree, and posterity read in it full grown characters.” —Thomas Paine (1776)

IN BRIEF

Making Sense of the Gold Star Family Flap1


By Nate Jackson

“It might be the stupidest and most unworthy controversy of the year, and that’s saying something,” lamented2 National Review’s Rich Lowry. He’s referring to the kerfuffle over President Donald Trump’s response to the four U.S. Special Forces soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month. That dustup is now in its fourth day.

In short, the White House team reportedly drafted a message of condolence right away, but it took Trump 12 days to say anything. On Monday, Trump responded to questions about it by complaining about how such calls make for a “very, very tough day” for him and then slamming Barack Obama for not calling families of fallen soldiers. Trump even singled out his own chief of staff, John Kelly, who he says didn’t receive a call from Obama when Kelly’s son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. Then Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson insisted that Trump was insensitive to the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the soldiers killed in Niger, when he finally did call. According to Wilson, who says she heard the call on speakerphone, Trump allegedly told Johnson’s widow that “he must have known what he signed up for.”

So here are a few thoughts that will, in our book, put this one to bed. Trump is not ever going to “get it right” when it comes to the decorum of being president. That’s not why he was elected, and everyone knows it. Nevertheless, the Leftmedia must constantly churn this reality TV garbage to generate viewership and advertising revenue. Think of all the articles and television news segments dissecting what the president knew and when he said something and who the offended families are and if Trump actually made a promised donation to another family and whether Obama ever made a phone call. Four days’ worth of “news” over the politicization of the deaths of four Americans.

Perhaps that last bit is why Rep. Wilson went so far as to say, “This might wind up to be Mr. Trump’s Benghazi.” That comparison is utterly absurd3 and calls into question her version of events.

If Trump said what Wilson alleges, context matters a lot. But don’t take our word for it. Arnold Wright, whose son, Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, was one of the four killed in Niger, had this to say: “My son knew what he signed up for. He signed up to be a Green Beret. He had no illusions about what that meant.” Wright, himself a veteran, continued, “My son came from a military family with a tradition that dates back to 1812. He fully knew what it means to serve and the risk involved.”

Trump is a thin-skinned, unpolished guy, but we’d venture to say most military personnel and their families know they finally have a president who supports them. The rest of us should express our gratitude for the sacrifices made by military Patriots and their families, as well as offer our own prayers and support.

The Power of King Corn4

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, recently hinted at scaling back the onerous ethanol mandate associated within the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This news prompted Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to threaten that, should Pruitt pursue scaling back the mandate, Donald Trump’s EPA nominees would essentially be prevented from receiving confirmation. An example of cronyism at its worst.

It’s tough to drain the swamp when politicians are more concerned with protecting the special interests of their big money donors than the freedoms of the constituents who have elected them. The ethanol mandate has been a boon for King Corn but little more than troublesome for everyone else, including the environment (which the RFS was ostensibly created to protect). In short, the ethanol mandate is one of the nation’s biggest boondoggles5.

But Grassley’s threat was also a veiled threat aimed at Trump’s judicial nominees. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley can effectively sideline any vote on nominees. Grassley has put the squeeze on Trump, and Trump responded. On Wednesday, the White House ordered the EPA to put a hold on any changes to the ethanol mandate. King Corn wins again. Like Barack Obama did with “Clean Energy” and his war on coal, the government picking winners and losers is not what Americans need or want. Sadly, too many Republicans are guilty of playing this same crony game for which they blasted Obama.

End the corruption. End the ethanol mandate. Let ethanol stand on its own in the free market without the government artificially propping it up. As destructive and inefficient as it is, though, its defenders know that’s not possible. Thus the continued cronyism.

Top Headlines6

    Fusion GPS officials plead the Fifth rather than answer who paid for the Trump dossier (Washington Examiner7)

    Sessions: Justice will review concerns about Russian payments to Clintons before uranium deal with Putin (The Washington Free Beacon8.)

    Samantha Power: Somebody else must have made those unmasking requests with my name on them (Hot Air9)

    Trump plans massive increase in federal immigration jails (USA Today10)

    Federal judge rules illegal-immigrant minor has right to abortion (The Washington Times11)

    Air Force punishes colonel who refused to affirm same-sex marriage, attorney says (Fox News12)

    Democrats slam door on first-ever transgender DNC member (The Daily Wire13)

    Great moments in single-payer health care: British NHS proposes refusal of surgeries to smokers, obese (Hot Air14)

    CNN reporter makes fun of polio survivor McConnell (The Blaze15)

    Roger Goodell: We did not ask players to stand for the anthem (PoliZette16)

    Policy: The fall of Raqqa is a marvelous, bipartisan American victory (National Review17)

    Policy: The GOP can do better than Alexander-Murray (RealClearPolicy18.)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report19.
Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column

Read Those Consummate Celebrity Hypocrites20. Jimmy Kimmel’s problem with the abject objectification of women…

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FEATURED ANALYSIS
Slaughter in Somalia, Silence in the West22


By Arnold Ahlert

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Last Saturday, the world endured one of the most horrific terror attacks in recent memory. A truck packed with several hundred pounds of military-grade and homemade explosives was detonated23 on a busy street close to several important government ministries, a hotel and a market in Mogadishu, Somalia. More than 300 people were killed and several hundred more were injured in the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of both the nation and the entire Horn of Africa. Rescue workers believe24 a definitive death toll may never be established because heat generated by the blast was so intense, the bodies of many people will never be found. By any reasonable standard, this story should have been a bold print, first-out-of-the-box headline piece run by every major media entity around the world.

But it wasn’t.

Only the Al Jazeera news organization noticed25 — which is somewhat ironic. “Double-Standards: ‘Why Aren’t We All With Somalia?’” asked a headline at its website.

Why indeed? Several of Al Jazeera’s readers weighed in. Some took the media to task. “The world is unfair; social media can attest to that. 276 died in Somalia and we aren’t doing the same thing we did when it was Las Vegas,” tweeted Eke van Victor. “You should be as devastated about the sheer loss of life in Somalia, as you were about the senseless killings in Vegas,” wrote Stacey Dooley, a British television worker. “The # of people killed in Somalia yesterday was 10x more than the # killed in Manchester in May (230 to 22). But it got 100x less coverage,” tweeted law professor Khaled Beydoun.

Others brought up race. “Y'all only care with your little hashtags when it’s rich white people,” tweeted Lucas R. “Perfect example of how global solidarity only comes into play when white people die,” tweeted @lex_looper. “500+ casualties. The West cares about terrorism when a POC [person of color] attacks white people, but is silent when the victims are POC,” stated @InvictaVis. “Judging all brands who peaced when white people died but not today when brown people are in Somalia,” added @SimplyBerry.

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The Test of Expedience

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)
 
Christians are saved by the grace of God, not by works of righteousness. Therefore, in a sense, they are free to do whatever they please. “All things are lawful unto me.” The Christian, however, is under a higher law, the law of love and of seeking to please and honor his Savior and Lord.
 
Therefore, when a question arises as to whether a certain act is right or wrong, the decision should be based on how the act impacts the cause of Christ. Does it help or hinder in the winning of the lost or in edifying the believer? Does it honor the Lord and His Word or bring reproach against His truth? For example, Paul concluded he could not afford to “be brought under the power of any” practice (e.g., drinking, smoking, gambling) that might limit the power of God over his actions and decisions.
 
In a similar passage, Paul says, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not” (1 Corinthians 10:23). Thus, nothing is expedient for the Christian that does not edify (that is, “build up”) spiritually either himself or someone else.
 
In a similar vein, he said elsewhere that “there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. . . . Let not then your good be evil spoken of . . . Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Romans 14:14, 16, 19).
 
This test of expediency, therefore, if applied sincerely by the believer in terms of advancing or hindering the purposes of God in Christ, can be of great help in decision making regarding doubtful issues. HMM

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The Christian Home
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    “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15).

There is no place in all this world so wholesome and refreshing as a Christian home, a home where Christ is truly loved and honored.

This writer was brought up in such a home. There were ten of us: dad, mother and eight children. There was lots going on all the time, but a truly happy home it was, for dad and mother never let us get so busy with temporal things that we brushed eternal values aside.

On the basis that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4), we read some small portion of the Bible before every meal, and had family devotions before retiring at night.

Result: all eight children have blessed the dear dad and mother who led them aright, morally and spiritually, and best of all, taught them the importance of trusting in the Savior who died for all our sins. More: five of the children and many of the grandchildren have given themselves for full time Christian service, and have become pastors, college deans, Christian writers and missionaries in various parts of the world.

This is not because we are one whit better than others, but because we have experienced the help and grace of God in our lives. And it all began as, one day, a young American, like Joshua of old, came to a decision and declared:

    “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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The person and work of the Holy Spirit

(J.C. Ryle, 1884)

"For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?" 1 Corinthians 14:8

We need a more certain sound about the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

There is a great quantity of teaching, I am afraid, in which there is no place left for the Third Person of the Trinity. His presence in the hearts of professing Christians is taken for granted. They think that they possess Him as a matter of course--because they are baptized, or because they belong to the Church, or because they are communicants! In short, many would say, like the Ephesians of old, "We have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit!" Acts 19:2

But surely this is not Apostolic teaching. People need to be told now as much as they were told eighteen centuries ago, that the fruits of the Spirit are the only evidence of having the Spirit, and that those fruits must be seen--that we must be . . .
  born of the Spirit,
  led by the Spirit,
  sanctified by the Spirit, and
  experience the operations of the Spirit.

"If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ--he does not belong to Christ." Romans 8:9

There is far more heresy concerning the Holy Spirit in the present time, than most people suppose.

"Ask for the old paths, where the good way is--and walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16

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Recall it was then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whose department authorized the sale25 of mining company Uranium One to a Russian state-owned energy company, giving the Russians control of 20% of the U.S. uranium supply. At the time, Hillary and the Obama administration defended their decision, claiming there was no evidence of Russian government wrongdoing and no national security concerns to prevent the committee from authorizing the sale.

We now know that to be an unmitigated lie.

It is also no coincidence that, around the time of the sale’s approval, Bill Clinton cashed in a $500,000 speaking fee to give a speech in Moscow, and the Clinton Foundation raked in $145 million26 in donations from nine shareholders in Uranium One.

Meanwhile, the genesis of the Trump/Russia collusion claim lies in a dossier27 compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. Despite the claims in the dossier being either thoroughly debunked or still without corroborating evidence, a special counsel, in the form of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, was assigned to investigate.

And while any claims of interference in the internal political processes of our nation must be taken seriously, what must also be taken seriously is the increasingly evident reality that high-ranking Democrats, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, were themselves the instigators of the very collusion they now seek to obfuscate.

The infamous Steele dossier that set these accusations ablaze was assembled on behalf of Fusion GPS, a firm that specializes in political opposition research. So it would seem obvious that the best way to get to the truth is to have the principals at Fusion GPS testify as to their knowledge regarding collusion.

That has become very difficult, however, as lawyers for Fusion GPS CEO Glenn Simpson say he refuses to testify, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. By its own admission, Fusion GPS lobbied for a Russian company28 with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. There is evidence that the Steele dossier, used to attack Trump, was commissioned at the behest of the Russians for the purpose of sowing confusion and discord into the American electoral process.

Mission accomplished.

Just as disturbing is the fact that the FBI — the same FBI that was aware of Russian attempts to bribe and extort American officials and bureaucrats in order to acquire American uranium — has thus far refused to comply with a House Intelligence Committee demand to produce documents related to this investigation.

The tangled web grows more tangled still, as we note with concern that Mueller, the special counsel whose investigative team is loaded with Clinton donors29, was the head of the FBI when the discovery of Russian influence-peddling was made. This discovery would not be made public until four years after Obama and Hillary approved the sale of the uranium to the Russians.

Tangles upon tangles, we note that the investigation was supervised by then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, an Obama appointee currently serving as Trump’s deputy AG, as well as Andrew McCabe, who served as assistant FBI director under Obama, and today as Trump’s deputy FBI director. This is the same McCabe who is under investigation for a $500,000 donation given to his wife, a Virginia state senate candidate in 2016, by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, former DNC Chair and prolific fundraiser for the Clintons, also now under investigation by the FBI.

The investigation into the Uranium One deal ended in 2015 at the direction of former FBI Director James Comey30 without ever briefing the FBI’s top counter-intelligence official or Congress on the staggering national security implications. That would be the same James Comey who leaked details31 of his conversations with President Trump for the purpose, by his own admission, of forcing the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump, recommending his buddy32 and former Obama FBI Director Mueller, who buried the initial findings.

If you are thoroughly confused by this nefarious web of corruption, bribes, extortion and Russian influence-peddling, you are not alone.

Yet one thing seems increasingly evident: Those who were screaming the loudest now appear to have the most to hide33.

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union34.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    The Opioid Epidemic: Overdosing on Cronyism35 — The Drug Enforcement Administration may have had a hand in the rise of the nation’s opiate crisis.
    Corporate PC vs. Patriotism36 — The widow of a military veteran was denied the ability to honor a fallen soldier by singing the national anthem.
    More Consequences of Abandoning Iraq37 — The Islamic State is losing, but the Iraqis are attacking the Kurds people. The U.S. can do something.

For more of today’s top cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive38.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Walter Williams: Who Pays What in Taxes?39
    Byron York: What’s Behind Trump’s Executive Actions40
    Rebecca Hagelin: BSA: It’s Time to Look Elsewhere41
    Michelle Malkin: Beware the Rape Allegation Bandwagon42
    L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham: Liberal Billionaires Are Never Villains43

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion44.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Walter Williams: “Politicians love to trick people by suggesting that they will impose taxes not on them but on some other entity instead. We can personalize the trick by talking about property taxes. Imagine that you are a homeowner and a politician tells you he is not going to tax you. Instead, he’s going to tax your property and land. You would easily see the political chicanery. Land and property cannot and do not pay taxes. Again, only people pay taxes. The same principle applies to corporations. There’s another side to taxes that goes completely unappreciated. According to a 2013 study by the Virginia-based Mercatus Center, Americans spend up to $378 billion annually in tax-related accounting costs, and in 2011, Americans spent more than six billion hours complying with the tax code. Those hours are equivalent to the annual hours of a workforce of 3.4 million, or the number of people employed by four of the largest U.S. companies — Walmart, IBM, McDonald’s and Target — combined. Along with tax cuts, tax simplification should be on the agenda.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” —Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Weak-kneed response: “We did not ask for [players to stand during the national anthem]. We spent [yesterday] talking about the issues players are trying to bring attention to. Issues in our communities, to make our communities better.” —NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on his meeting with team owners

From the “Traitor Files”: “I don’t regret going to Vietnam. … I’m proud that I went. It changed my life all for the good.” —"Hanoi Jane45“ Fonda on "aiding and abetting” American enemies

She really doesn’t understand how our form of government works: “Every time I land in America, how much longer can these generals allow Trump to cause so much damage? [The] 25th amendment is there for a reason.” —Chelsea Handler

Alpha Jackass: “Here’s the thing — Harvey Weinstein’s disgusting. Let’s just say that. But Fox News had [this type of behavior], Clarence Thomas [did too].” —film director Rob Reiner

Holier than thou: “I really don’t think that it’s appropriate to attack comedians. We’re on the right side of things. Also, the comedians are there to say the emperor has no clothes. We’re important people right now. So, I don’t know why [people] attack comedians.” —Joy Behar

Non Compos Mentis: “According to Islam, every man is accountable to stop abuse of women — by their word and by their acts. Many abusers like Weinstein walk our streets, terrorizing our neighbors. Together, we can employ a proven Islamic model that will stop this madness, and re-invoke gender equity today in America, and the world.” —attorney Qasim Rashid in “How the teachings of Islam could help us prevent more sexual abuse scandals”

And last… “It’s one thing to break down cultural stigmas constructively, but the #MeToo movement is collectivist virtue signaling of a very perilous sort.” —Michelle Malkin

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

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Who are the Dreamers — Democrats favored illegals, or American workers with a Dream?
    Scott Pruitt is holding the ecofascists at bay with his strong EPA policies.
    The FBI has revealed the real Russian collusion — involving Obama and Clinton.
    The opioid crisis, a news report, and Trump’s drug czar.
    Political correctness in corporate America trumps common decency and patriotism.
    We’re still facing the consequences of Obama’s having abandoned Iraq.
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“It is a duty certainly to give our sparings to those who want; but to see also that they are faithfully distributed, and duly apportioned to the respective wants of those receivers. And why give through agents whom we know not, to persons whom we know not, and in countries from which we get no account, where we can do it at short hand, to objects under our eye, through agents we know, and to supply wants we see?” —Thomas Jefferson (1823)

IN BRIEF

Dreamers, or the American Dream Killers?1


By Political Editors

As Congress considers legislation regarding DACA2 and the so-called “Dreamers,” it’s worth noting the effect immigration — illegal immigration in particular — has on the American Dream.

Recently the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) released its latest study3 on the financial cost of illegal immigration on American taxpayers. While the mainstream media often touts illegal immigration as being a boon for the economy, the actual burden of the growing illegal population on Americans is conveniently ignored. FAIR’s study calculates that illegal immigrants are costing taxpayers $116 billion annually even after the economic tax revenues associated with illegal alien labor have been factored in.

These expenses are borne out in three primary areas: Medical care, public education and law enforcement. Another factor often ignored is that state and local governments bear the brunt of these expenses. An estimated $88.9 billion falls on state and local government, while the federal government bears $45.8 billion annually. Once again, the legislators in Washington are insulated from the consequences of their own policies.

Another example of illegal immigrants’ impact on American workers is via the federal government’s immigrant worker permit programs. In fiscal year 2017, the fed doled out nearly two million permits4, with approximately 1.5 million going to illegals. Matthew J. O'Brien, research director at FAIR, stated, “This [H-1B worker permit program] creates an incentive for people to accept lower wages in exchange for being in the United States and having a shot at an employment-based green card.” So, both American workers and immigrants are being taken advantage of by these programs, as wages have effectively been driven down. So much for the American Dream, right?

Thus, an increasingly heavy tax burden is being foisted onto the American worker as a result of a growing illegal population while at the same time Americans’ wages are being undercut by the fed granting a massive number of work permits to illegals. Is it any wonder why Americans are so frustrated with their government?

Pruitt Holds the Line Against the Left at the EPA5

By Jordan Candler

The EPA is getting a refreshing makeover after Gina McCarthy spent years directing the agency to enact unconstitutional power grabs and enforcing other forms of corruption. For example, the Clean Power Plan — a carbon-capture scheme that was developed under Barack Obama’s administration — was recently and mercifully flagged6 by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for elimination, saving the economy upwards of $73 billion annually.

Now it’s ecofascists’ turn to feel the direct influence of new management. Under McCarthy, “green” interest groups basically viewed the EPA as the go-to agency for changes to climate-related rules and regulations. Not anymore. As Reuters reports7, Pruitt “issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation.”

The report goes on to note, “The EPA under former President Barack Obama quietly settled lawsuits from environmental groups with little input from regulated entities, such as power plants, and state governments.” How’s that for the most transparent administration in history? But according to Pruitt, “The days of regulation through litigation are over. We will no longer go behind closed doors and use consent decrees and settlement agreements to resolve lawsuits filed against the agency.”

Reuters adds, “Daren Bakst, a research fellow in agricultural policy at the Heritage Foundation think tank, said sue and settle has led to ‘egregious antics’ that have ‘effectively handed over the setting of agency priorities to environmental pressure groups,’ and has led to rushed rulemaking by the agency.” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) regurgitated this view: “The Environmental Protection Agency should not make regulations by settling lawsuits behind closed doors. Under the last administration, the EPA advanced its political agenda by abusing its authority and leaving states and Congress in the dark. The public deserves to know how its government is operating.”

There’s really no reason to oppose these changes — unless you’re an activist who can no longer deploy covert tactics to circumvent the Rule of Law. And, to no one’s surprise, green groups aren’t happy with Pruitt’s move. What became customary at Obama’s EPA should never have become so. But it did, no doubt because McCarthy agreed with these lawsuits. Obama’s EPA was not impartial, nor was it transparent or legally minded. Pruitt is doing a masterful job ensuring this injustice ends.

Top Headlines8

    GOP senators introduce bill to relieve Americans of ObamaCare mandate (The Washington Free Beacon9)

    McCain endorses budget bill in win for GOP tax-reform effort (The Washington Post10)

    Dow tops 23,000 for first time as stock market rally gains speed (USA Today11)

    Military spokesman: ISIS “On the verge of devastating defeat” in Iraq and Syria (CNS News12)

    Judge blocks Trump’s travel ban for third time (The Washington Times13)

    George Soros transfers $18 billion to his “Open Society” Foundation, creating an instant giant (The Wall Street Journal14)

    Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos vanishes after Las Vegas massacre, only to show up to tell his story on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC News15)

    Washington Post “fact-checker” mostly agrees with Steve Scalise on Chicago gun violence — gives him flunking grade anyway (Washington Examiner16)

    Jaguars apologize to military for kneeling for national anthem in London (The Daily Wire17)

    After five cheerleaders take a knee during national anthem, college takes them off the football field (Conservative News Today18.)

    Policy: Untaxing the rich is a misguided Republican obsession (National Review19)

    Policy: A modern leave policy both employers, employees could love (The Hill20)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report21.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
FBI Reveals Russian Collusion… With Obama and Clinton22


By Louis DeBroux

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” —Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808.)

For more than a year, the mainstream media and the Democrats (but we repeat ourselves) were positively aflame with righteous indignation, broadcasting 24/7 claims that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 election, and demanding investigations into and the impeachment of President Trump.

One might be forgiven, in the age of the 24/7 news cycle that jumps from one outrage and crisis to another, for not recognizing the disappearance of the Russia story from the headlines. One might also conclude the story’s disappearance is due to Democrats being forced to admit there is no evidence23, despite intense effort to find it, of Trump/Russia collusion.

Yet even that misses the real story, which is that Democrats are now desperate to bury this story as evidence mounts that there WAS collusion with Russian operatives … by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

According to recently revealed files, the FBI had uncovered a plot by Russian officials and operatives as far back as 2009 in which The Hill reports24 the Russians were “engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.”

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