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 on: February 21, 2018, 05:40:18 PM 
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Contextualizing the Gospel
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


    “I have a question regarding something I believe is called contextualizing of the gospel message…I would like to understand more about this….”

The contextualizing of the gospel is a concept that has been popularized by the emergent churches out west, which in itself is a cause for concern. It is essentially an attempt to accommodate social change, culture, tradition, and religious views of other so-called faiths when presenting the gospel. The Word of God is then conformed, as needed, to adapt to these areas more effectively to minister to others.

For example, the Muslim holds a monotheistic view of Allah. That is, there is only one true God. Contextualizing theology asks the question whether this is compatible with Christianity since it also holds to a monotheistic view of God. With what appears to be common ground they feel they have an open door to advance the gospel. While this is only one facet of contextualizing, it is a practice that is questionable at best, and in some cases heretical.

The Word of God stands alone as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. It does not need the assistance of concepts, which only serve to undermine the Scriptures. There is one true and living God whose name is Jesus Christ, “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9). All other gods or views of gods are false!

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 on: February 21, 2018, 05:38:36 PM 
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If Jesus had not been their Savior, their Shepherd, and their Shield!

(John Newton)

The gracious purposes to which the Lord makes the sense and feeling of our depravity subservient, are manifold.

Hereby His own power, wisdom, faithfulness and love--are more signally displayed.

His power is displayed--in maintaining His own work in the midst of such opposition, like a spark burning in the water, or a bush unconsumed in the flames.

His wisdom is displayed in defeating and controlling all the devices which Satan--who, from his knowledge of the evil of our nature, is encouraged to practice his wily arts against us.

The unchangeableness of the Lord's love, and the riches of His mercy, are likewise more illustrated, by the multiplied pardons He bestows upon His people--than if they needed no forgiveness at all.

Hereby the Lord Jesus Christ is more endeared to the soul; all boasting is effectually excluded; and the glory of a full and free salvation is ascribed to Him alone.

After a long experience of their own deceitful hearts, after repeated proofs of their weakness, willfulness, ingratitude, and insensibility--they find that none of these things can separate them from the love of God--and Jesus becomes more and more precious to their souls. They love much--because much has been forgiven them.

They dare not, they will not ascribe anything to themselves, but are glad to acknowledge that they would have perished a thousand times over--if Jesus had not been their Savior, their Shepherd, and their Shield.
When they were wandering--He brought them back.
When they were fallen--He raised them.
When they were wounded--He healed them.
When they were fainting--He revived them.

In a word, some of the clearest proofs they have had of His excellence, have been occasioned by the mortifying proofs they have had of their own vileness. They would not have known so much of Him--if they had not known so much of themselves!

These are some of the advantages and good fruits which the Lord enables us to obtain from that bitter root, indwelling sin.

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 on: February 21, 2018, 05:35:57 PM 
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Clearly, Australia isn’t plagued with the broken families23 and the urban poverty plantations24 that five decades of failed Democrat social policies25 will engender. But appealing for gun control after a mass shooting is much easier than acknowledging the generational policy failures that account for most crime in the U.S.

The indisputable fact is this: If you don’t have a violent criminal record, or have ties to drugs or gangs, the probability of your being murdered in the U.S. falls in line with other developed nations where most types of guns have been banned for years.

To that point, according to research regarding murders in the nation’s second deadliest city26, “The average homicide victim in Baltimore in 2017 had 11 previous arrests on his record. About 73 percent had drug arrests, and nearly 50 percent had been arrested for a violent crime. About 30 percent were on parole or probation at the time they were killed, and more than 6 percent were on parole or probation for a gun crime.”

Similarly, “The average homicide suspect, meanwhile, had 9 previous arrests on his record. About 70 percent had drug arrests, and nearly half had been arrested for a violent crime. Nearly 36 percent were on parole or probation, and 6 percent were on parole or probation for a gun crime.”

Here are a few more reality-check bullet points27 regarding the assault on the Second Amendment, ammunition for debate we should all be having with those who have bought into all the emotive “common sense” nonsense, including those unwitting teenage pawns28 being used to advance the Left’s agenda.

The nation’s most dangerous cities29 are invariably Democrat strongholds. More than half the murders in the U.S. occurred in 2% of the nation’s counties30. Show me a deadly city, and I’ll show you a Democrat in charge of it.

For the record, the top urban crime centers have the most restrictive firearm regulations in the nation. Using Demo-logic, then, shouldn’t these “gun-free zones31” be the safest places in America?

If crime in America is a “gun problem” and not a cultural problem, then Switzerland should be a slaughterhouse. There are more full-auto assault rifles per capita in Switzerland than in any other Western nation, and yet the Swiss have one of the lowest homicide rates in the world — far lower than in the UK, which has the strictest gun laws in Europe and, now, one of the highest rates of crime. Several other Western nations with substantial numbers of guns in private hands, including Germany, Austria and Iceland, also have low homicide rates.

Despite all the Democrat rhetoric about “common sense,” Obama had full legislative control of the 111th Congress in 2009, including a filibuster-proof Senate majority and a House with 257 Democrats and 178 Republicans. Democrats could have enacted every gun control measure they wanted at that time, much as they could have enacted their ruinous immigration policies32. But they didn’t.

Perhaps their understanding of “common sense” is not so common.

Crime in the U.S. has actually declined significantly33 over the last two decades. Concurrently, gun ownership in America has increased significantly34, while homicides by assailants with guns have also declined.

Apparently, more guns, less crime35.

While President Trump is going to take a second pass at outlawing some firearm modifications36, which, in effect make them function like select-fire weapons, recall that there was a so-called “assault weapon ban37” in place from 1994-2004, when it expired. Research by the Department of Justice determined that the ban had no impact on reducing crime, and implementation of another ban38 is unlikely.

And according to the FBI’s latest annual crime statistics, rifles were used in 252 homicides, while knives were used in 1,544 homicides, blunt objects in 437 homicides and bare hands in 624 homicides.

The Leftmedia’s saturation coverage (selling advertising on the blood of innocents) communicates this to potential future mass murderers:

We’ll make sure you’re famous by devoting all our air time to you.
As targets go, a school will get you the most attention, and nobody will shoot back.
Use an AR-15 — they’re the most popular gun for the job, and then we will call it an “assault weapon.”
What about the Leftmedia39 reports asserting that most Americans agree40 with added gun-control measures? This is a classic case of the tried-and-true “Pollaganda Effect41,” whereby the MSM inundates viewers with opinion masquerading as “journalism,” then polls them on what they’ve just been told.

And it’s these same media propagandists who are fomenting student protests nationwide42 this week.

Finally, liberals21 tend to share a pathological insecurity43, which causes them to embrace the false security of statism. They live in deep denial, particularly when hiding from the reality that history repeats itself. Recall the words of George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Or Aldous Huxley: “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”

We are all deeply affected when sociopaths slaughter innocents, regardless of their weapon of choice. But it is no small irony that the Left side of the ideological spectrum is uniquely accountable for the mass murder of millions of innocents44 in the last century — but in every case only after they were disarmed.

And consistent with their insecurity, what is also at the core of the Left’s gun hysterics is a deep fear of common folks, self reliant individuals across the nation who still uphold the most basic tenets of American Liberty12.

Tucker Carlson aptly summarized it up: “The calls you’re hearing today for gun control have nothing to do with protecting Americans from violence. What you’re witnessing is a kind of class war. The Left hates rural America, gun-owning America, the America that elected Donald Trump. They call it ‘gun control.’ It’s not. It’s people control. For the Left, voters who can’t be controlled can’t be trusted.”

Here’s the bottom line on “common sense” in regard to the Second Amendment: In his landmark work, “Commentaries on the Constitution” (1833), James Madison’s Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story, wrote, “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”

Those words ring as true today as when first written.

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

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The Patriot Post® · Democrat Common Sense — A Non-Sequitur
By Mark Alexander · Feb. 21, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/54302-democrat-common-sense-a-non-sequitur

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…” —James Madison (1788.)

There’s a lot of Democrat chatter this week about “common-sense gun control,” their ubiquitous terminology for undermining what our Founders understood1 to be the First Civil Right2 of all people.

“To Keep and Bear Arms” is the unalienable right3 enumerated in the Second Amendment4 to our Constitution. It is thus second only to the First, but make no mistake: It guarantees the First and all others.

Frankly, whenever the words “common sense” come out of a Democrat’s pie hole, caveat emptor — all critical thinkers should vigorously challenge with prejudicial skepticism whatever follows thereafter.

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, high school murders by a sociopathic assailant using a firearm5, we cannot overlook the abject failure of federal, state and local agencies to intervene despite having been warned of the risk posed by this individual6.

But it’s the response from Donald Trump7 versus that from Barack Obama8 which demonstrates the great divide between Republicans and Democrats9 on the causation for such violent acts.

Republicans, rightly and consistently, call attention to the cultural factors that result in violence10 — the statist policies that have propagated that culture, and the fact that young minds are inculcated with a saturation of media violence. On the other hand, Democrats predictably focus on the inanimate objects used to commit violence (in this case a semi-automatic rifle), the latter being a much easier target, as well as a tactic within a larger leftist objective — constriction of the Second Amendment and, ultimately, gun confiscation.

When I contemplate the words “common sense,” it first invokes the notion of an understanding of something which is universally shared.

Second, I think of the 1776 pamphlet, “Common Sense11,” published by Thomas Paine, which framed the cause and call for undertaking the fatigues necessary to defend American Liberty12 thusly: “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”

Clearly, the Democrat Party13 long ago abandoned Paine’s understanding of “common sense” as it related then and now to supporting and sustaining Liberty for this and future generations. That understanding is in direct conflict with the statist policies they advocate.

So, to consider what should be inferred from their use of “common sense” in regard to the Second Amendment, here are a few examples from the past week.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): “Congress has a moral responsibility to take common sense action to prevent the daily tragedy of gun violence in communities across America.” (In other words, anyone who doesn’t comply with the Democrats’ political agenda is immoral.)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: “The president should follow our lead and advance common sense gun safety legislation.” (Make no mistake, by “gun safety” Cuomo means “gun confiscation.”)

Speaking for leftist celebrity hypocrites, Jimmy Kimmel14: “This is the perfect example of common sense. … This is a mental illness issue, because if you don’t think we need to do something about it, you are mentally ill.” (That’s right, forget the mentally ill perpetrator. If you don’t agree with Kimmel, you’re mentally ill.)

Of course, leftist editorial pages and advocacy groups across the nation, funded by the billionaire archenemies of Liberty who support them15, are insisting on “common sense” gun control measures.

The socialist Daily Kos: “Are we ever going to have common sense gun laws?”

MoveOn.org: “Let’s talk common sense. The National Rifle Association [is] one of the main reasons we remain unable to pass common sense gun laws.”

Most notably, within hours of the latest tragedy in Florida, the two most prominent Democrats in the nation were leading the “common sense” bandwagon, including the Orwellian BIG lie16 that “most Americans agree” with them.

Hillary Clinton17: “The majority of Americans support common sense gun reform.” (Fortunately the majority of Electoral College votes did not support Clinton.)

Barack Obama8: “Caring for our kids is our first job, and until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, commonsense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.” (That’s right, according to Obama, if you’re a defender of Liberty and the Second Amendment, you don’t “care for our kids,” and when he says “gun safety laws” he means “gun confiscation.”)

(Keep in mind, all of these politicos have taxpayer-funded armed security with them 24/7, and they reside in high-security, walled domiciles.)

So, what is it that Clinton and Obama, and their legions of socialist useful idiots18, mean when they refer to “common sense” gun control measures?

Both Clinton and Obama have advocated for the Australian gun confiscation model, and implementation of that model in the future would be the Democrats’ greatest legislative prize.

Obama declared in 201419: “The one area where I have been most frustrated … is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws. … A couple decades ago, Australia … basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws. … This is something we should politicize. … I would ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change [our gun] laws.”

During her 2016 campaign, Clinton likewise declared20: “The Australian government … offered a good price for buying hundreds of thousands of guns and then they basically clamped down on guns going forward. … By offering to buy back those guns, they were able to curtail the supply. … Several communities have done gun buy-back programs, but I think it would be worth doing on the national level.”

Now, to be clear, when Obama says “imposed very severe, tough gun laws,” he’s referring to gun confiscation.

And when Clinton says “offering to buy back those guns,” she’s referring to gun confiscation, which she then says “would be worth doing on the national level.”

As a resource for dealing with gun-grabbing leftists, earlier this week I posted a detailed transcript of a debate with a suburban lefty21 on the Australian gun confiscation issue22 — and much more regarding the Second Amendment.

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Leftists Use Teens as Pawns for Gun Control7
By Nate Jackson

A week after the high school massacre8 in Florida, the gun control push has been ratcheted up a notch. Not only will kids and their families take to the streets of DC for March For Our Lives9 next month, teens from the school are in Florida’s capital to demand change. The Associated Press reports10, “Students who survived the Florida school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol Wednesday pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can’t persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.”

First, a point we always make. So-called “assault weapons” are nothing of the sort. That’s a made-up term by the Leftmedia meant to make people afraid of what is a basic semi-automatic rifle with certain cosmetic features. Find out the truth here11.

Second, it’s incredibly unfortunate that teenagers likely suffering post-traumatic stress from a horrific attack are being held up as the sage voices of reason and unassailable moral authority. The Left is using these kids as pawns to advance gun control, and it’s arguably even more sick than politicians making a platform out of the caskets of Sandy Hook’s children12.

It’s not just these Florida students, either. Michael Bloomberg’s13 anti-gun Everytown for Gun Safety is spinning off a group called Students Demand Action, which can spread the Left’s agenda nationwide.

That is not to say adults shouldn’t listen to kids who are traumatized, but supposedly following them is another matter. As Dan McLaughlin writes14, “If you have ever been, or known, a teenager, you know that even comparatively well-informed teens are almost always just advancing arguments they’ve heard from adults, and typically without much consideration of the opposing arguments.”

The effectiveness of the Left’s strategy here, however, is that it’s tough to rebut an emotional appeal to “the children.” In fact, The New York Times featured an article15 yesterday conflating reasoned criticism with some off-the-wall conspiracy theories about the teen protesters. Calling the teens pawns of the Left is entirely different than alleging a “false flag” or “crisis actors.” But it serves the agenda to discredit all conservative voices while shouting us down for objecting.

Top Headlines16

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to California gun waiting period (NBC News17)

Gun control groups take out New York Times ad naming lawmakers who have accepted NRA donations (The Hill18.)

Sorry, despite gun control advocates’ claims, U.S. isn’t the worst country for mass shootings (Investor’s Business Daily19)

Fact check: Have over 1,600 “mass shootings” occurred since Sandy Hook? (The Daily Signal20)

At least seven people have been charged with copycat threats since the Florida school shooting (Time21)

Indictment reveals Russian influence operation primarily targeted Clinton (The Washington Free Beacon22)

Russian trolls tweeted disinformation long before U.S. election (The Wall Street Journal23)

North Korea canceled secret meeting with Pence at Olympics (The Hill24)

Jim Mattis makes recommendations on Trump’s transgender troop ban (Washington Examiner25)

Humor: Federal government launches GoFundMe campaign to pay off $20 trillion national debt (The Babylon Bee26)

Policy: New health policy would make coverage options more affordable (The Daily Signal27)

Policy: International Space Station better off in private hands (E2128.)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report29.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

The Politicized Olympics32 — The actual sporting results of the Olympic Games don’t matter as much the Left’s political agenda.
Cybersecurity … With the Russians?33 — As National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster put it, “We would love to have a cyber dialogue when Russia is sincere.”
There’s No Such Thing as Meaningless Sex34 — News flash: Men and women are different, and different things meet their different needs.
Mockingjay to the Rescue?35 — Actress Jennifer Lawrence will take a year off from acting so she can “fix” America. Oh boy…
Video: What You Need to Know About Planned Parenthood36 — Imagine there’s an organization that claims to stand for one thing, but actually stands for another.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Byron York: A Non-Alarmist Reading of the Mueller Russia Indictment37
Marc A. Thiessen: Stop Politicizing the Russia Investigation38
Michelle Malkin: Do Not Let the Children Lead39
John Stossel: Pay Your Dues!40
L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham: Desperately Hating Clarence Thomas41
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion42.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Marc A. Thiessen: “The president’s critics complain that his response to the Mueller indictment is defensive. America is under attack, they say, and all he can talk about is himself. Well, whose fault is that? For more than a year, Democrats have repeatedly accused Trump of colluding with Moscow. Now the special counsel has issued an indictment that shows — at least with regard to this element of the Russian effort — that no collusion took place. Of course Trump is going to claim vindication! Perhaps evidence of collusion between Trump officials and Russia will still emerge. If it does, those officials should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But Trump’s response is not the behavior of someone who is worried that Mueller will find evidence he knowingly engaged in collusion. In fact, the only evidence so far of any cooperation between a hired operative of a 2016 campaign and Russian officials is when the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Christopher Steele to collect dirt on Trump from Russian officials. If Trump had paid a former spy to collect dirt on Clinton from Russian officials, Democrats would be shouting that they had the ‘smoking gun.’ … Trump was not in office when the Russian effort began in 2014 … or in 2015 … or in 2016. For three years, President Barack Obama did virtually nothing in response to this attack on America. It’s way past time to address this threat, and we need to do it in a bipartisan manner. But for that to happen, Democrats need to stop politicizing the Russia investigation.”

SHORT CUTS

Observations: “Think about this: The abortion lobby is responsible for more deaths of innocent unborn children than school shooters. There are millions of children who will never be able to try out for the high school football team or enjoy any of the rights we take for granted. That lobby is embraced by the Left. But one group that defends the rights of citizens is reviled by the Left. Go figure.” —Gary Bauer

Another perspective from the Florida shooting victims9: “I wholeheartedly believe that the media is politicizing this tragedy. It seems that gun control laws is the major topic of conversation rather than focusing on the bigger issue of 17 innocent lives being taken at the hands of another human. … I know many people who are pro-gun and others who support gun control but it seems that the media is specifically targeting those in support of gun control to make it seem as if they are the majority, and the liberal news outlets are the ones that seem to make the bigger effort to speak to these people.” —Brandon Minoff, a student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

With “conservatives” like these… “We need to repeal the Second Amendment because most gun-control legislation is ineffective when most Americans have a guaranteed constitutional right to purchase deadly weaponry in nearly unlimited quantities. There’s a good case to be made for owning a handgun for self-defense, or a rifle for hunting. There is no remotely sane case for being allowed to purchase, as Paddock did, 33 firearms in the space of a year. But that change can’t happen without a constitutional fix. Anything less does little more than treat the symptoms of the disease.” —New York Times’ Bret Stephens

Braying Jenny: “Kids or guns — what do you value more?” —MSNBC’s Katy Tur

Non Compos Mentis: “Teens between 14 and 18 have far better BS detectors, on average, than ‘adults’ 18 and older. Wouldn’t it be great if the voting age were lowered to 16?” —Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe

And last… “Ironically, the people arguing that we should let teenagers set national gun policy are in the same breath arguing that we should not let 19-year-olds own guns.” —Dan McLaughlin

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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Feb. 21, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/54299-mid-day-digest

IN TODAY’S EDITION

The Rev. Billy Graham has finally gone home. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Trump moves to ban bump stocks.
Florida teens are being used by the Left as pawns for gun control.
As politicized as the Olympics became this year, it’s no wonder viewership was down.
There’s no such thing as meaningless sex.
Mockingjay to the rescue? Jennifer Lawrence quits acting to “save” America.
Cybersecurity work with the Russians? Please.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man’s nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God.” —John Adams (1765)

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Billy Graham Has Gone Home1


By Mark Alexander

“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” Billy Graham spoke those words often.

Born Nov. 7, 1918, he went home this morning at the age of 99. A friend, who spent years working with Graham’s ministries, observed, “Can you imagine the line of people waiting to say ‘thanks’ for sharing Christ with me!‘”

“America’s Pastor” wanted to be a baseball player early in life, but after attending a Christian revival at age 16, his life was forever changed. Over the course of his life, he preached the saving gospel of Jesus Christ to hundreds of millions in 185 countries, and his message, broadcast via radio, TV, Decision magazine, newspaper columns, the Internet and 29 books, touched many millions more. The Billy Graham Crusades ran from the 1940s until his last New York City crusade in 2005, by which time Parkinson’s Disease had rendered him too weak to keep up the crusade pace.

If you had the privilege of being among those in attendance, count yourself blessed. If not, there are plenty of his messages available online, including his last public sermon2 in 2006, which my children attended. And fittingly, there was this reflection3 on the occasion of his 99th birthday.

Graham consulted and prayed with every American president from Harry Truman forward, and even presided at the graveside service for Lyndon Johnson and gave a eulogy at the funeral of Richard Nixon.

In 1996, on the occasion of being presented the Congressional Gold Medal, Graham offered these observations about our nation:

America has gone a long way down the wrong road. We must turn around and go back and change roads. If ever we needed God’s help, it is now. … If ever we needed spiritual renewal, it is now. And it can begin today in each one of our lives, as we repent before God and yield ourselves to Him and His Word. After World War II … we had the opportunity to rule the world. … Something has happened since those days and there is much about America that is no longer good. … The list is almost endless. … We have confused liberty with license — and we are paying the awful price. We are a society poised on the brink of self-destruction.

What is the problem? The real problem is within ourselves. … I believe the fundamental crisis of our time is a crisis of the spirit. We have lost sight of the moral and spiritual principles on which this nation was established — principles drawn largely from the Judeo-Christian tradition as found in the Bible… What must be done? Let me briefly suggest three things. First, we must repent. In the depths of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called for special days of public repentance and prayer. Our need for repentance is no less today…

What does repentance mean? Repentance means to change our thinking and our way of living. It means to turn from our sins and to commit ourselves to God and His will. Over 2,700 years ago, the Old Testament prophet Isaiah declared, “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55: 6-7)

Second, we must commit our lives to God, and to the moral and spiritual truths that have made this nation great. Think how different our nation would be if we sought to follow the simple and yet profound injunctions of the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. But we must respond to God, Who is offering us forgiveness, mercy, supernatural help, and the power to change.

Graham concluded:

Third, our commitment must be translated into action — in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our society. Jesus taught there are only two roads in life. One is the broad road that is easy and well-traveled, but which leads to destruction. The other, He said, is the narrow road of truth and faith that at times is hard and lonely, but which leads to life and salvation. … What are YOU going to do? … As I look out across this distinguished group gathered here, I see more than a few men and women who have what it takes, under God, to lead our country forward “through the night.”

And indeed, that charge undergirds our mission every day.

Billy Graham preached not only to world leaders but also to the very poorest in Third World villages and everywhere in between. He defied boundaries of class and race to present a timeless message of hope for all people.

Amid all the world travel, he was, first and foremost, a family man. He met his wife of 64 years, Ruth Bell Graham, at Wheaton College in the early '40s, and the two had five children, 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Mrs. Graham died in 2007. Their eldest son, Franklin, officially took the helm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 2000, and many of his other children and grandchildren are involved in ministry.

Accordingly, Graham devoted many of his messages to marriage and family. There is a framed personal letter from him written in 2014 on the wall next to my workstation as a constant reminder of what is really important in life. It closes, “Continue to fight the good fight, Mark. Don’t ever retire from life. Continue to lead Ann and your children for all the years that our Lord gives to you.” I have sometimes failed as a husband and father, but, by the Grace of God, have been forgiven, and indeed, will never retire from life.

Of his own life, Graham said, “My one purpose is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.”

Knowing that he’d lived a long life dedicated to that purpose, he also said, “On day you will hear that Billy Graham has died. Don’t believe it. On that day I will be more alive than I ever.”

On behalf of all our Patriot editors and staff, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). Welcome home.

Bump Stock Ban Gets Trump’s Support4

“Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” President Donald Trump announced Tuesday. Turning to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump further stated, “I expect these regulations to be finalized, Jeff, very soon.” In so doing, Trump clearly expressed his desire for a ban on bump stock devices — an item that much of the American public became aware of only after the Las Vegas atrocity5 last year. As we noted6 then, the essential purpose of the bump stock device is to circumvent the 1934 ban on automatic weapons.

Recall that, back in 2010, the ATF under Barack Obama approved the bump stock, arguing that it did not fall under the purview of the law banning machine guns. And to be fair, the ATF was working with a gray area. The law defines a “machine gun” as a “weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.” In other words, by the book, a bump stock does not change a semi-automatic rifle into a fully automatic rifle, even though it does simulate the rapid-firing effect. It’s a classic example of letter of the law versus the spirit of the law. And in this case, Trump’s call for a ban is correct, though once again action from Congress is likely needed for clarification.

Putting all the nuanced details aside, this is primarily about pushing a feel-good measure that enjoys wide support both nationally and within Congress. The practical reality is that the banning of bump stocks will likely have little to no impact on preventing future mass shootings. In fact, the only known instance of its use in a crime was the Las Vegas massacre. However, regarding actual gun regulation loopholes, this is a gaping one that can be all too easily exploited by the anti-gun lobby. Closing it is the right move both for abiding by the spirit of the 1934 law banning machine guns and protecting against those who point to the bump stock loophole as an excuse to justify the “need” for creating even more gun control legislation, ultimately designed to further limit Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

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To be fair, Democrats occasionally concede that cultural depravity27 is partially to blame. Even Barack Obama admitted that the lack of fatherhood and family structure affects cultural norms. For example, in June 2010, he declared, “I can’t legislate fatherhood — I can’t force anybody to love a child. But what we can do is send a clear message to our fathers that there is no excuse for failing to meet their obligations.” And in May 2013, during his commencement address at Morehouse College, he observed, “Everything else is unfulfilled if we fail at family, if we fail at that responsibility.”

But that’s about as far as most Democrats are willing to go. And most are certainly not willing to even touch on any spiritual angle, though in some ways, the opposite is true — naysayers have increasingly berated conservatives for invoking God. To put it another way, while leftists will admit that fatherhood is important28, they don’t want to acknowledge that every human needs a father figure in the form of Christ. What used to be a bipartisan call for “thoughts and prayers” upon news of a shooting is now extreme anger and agitation toward people who yearn for providential peace and healing.

Just consider the invective Keith Olbermann spewed at Paul Ryan after the shooting29 in Sutherland Springs, Texas: “Speaker Ryan, bluntly: shove your prayers up your a— AND DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR LIFE BESIDES PLATITUDES AND POWER GRABS.” Or the mockery from Neil deGrasse Tyson after last week’s shooting: “Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.”

SHORT CUTS

Bill Wagner: Goal-Post Movement41
Tony Perkins: At Trump’s HHS, a Cry for Health42
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion43.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Stephen Moore: “Obama and his supporters are saying that he ‘cut the deficit by two-thirds’ while president. The left-wing group Politifact, which is supposed to be a fact-checker, even has rated Obama’s claim as ‘mostly true.’ Last week, while I was talking about the fiscal outlook on CNN, the producers put a chart on the screen showing that the deficit dropped by 60 percent while Obama was president. My jaw dropped — literally — when I saw the chart. This takes data torturing to new heights. The national debt skyrocketed from $11 trillion to nearly $20 trillion on Obama’s watch. Is a diet successful if you start by weighing 200 pounds and eight years later you weigh 400 pounds? Would anyone in that position say, ‘I may be obese now, but at least I’m putting on the pounds at a slower pace’? The national debt nearly doubled in eight years, which makes Obama the runaway Olympic gold medalist for fiscal incompetence. On this score Obama’s record is by far the worst of any modern president.”

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Upright: “At some point we’re going to be fatigued with everybody being a victim. … You always have to play the hand you’re dealt. If you’re dealt a bad hand, you still have to play it.” —Justice Clarence Thomas

Alpha Jackass, part I: “You’ve done worse than nothing. You like to say this is a mental health issue. One of your very first acts as president, Mr. Trump, was to roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of [the] mentally ill. You did that. Your party voted to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health. So I agree, this is a mental illness issue, because if you don’t think we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill.” —Jimmy Kimmel, who’s factually wrong44

Alpha Jackass, part II: “Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year to do something. Now, not later. Now. And don’t you dare let anyone say it’s too soon to be talking about it, because you said it after Vegas, you said it after Sandy Hook, you say that after every one of these eight now fatal school shootings we had in this country this year. Children are being murdered.” —Jimmy Kimmel

Lack of self-awareness: “We cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with pride when our babies are being slaughtered.” —Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Abortion Supporter)

Non Compos Mentis: “Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

Zombie BIG Lie: “We have to end the absurdity of the gun show loophole. Forty percent of the guns in this country are sold without any background checks.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

And last… “Media most days: We should wait until young people’s brains fully develop — around age 25 — before criminal justice system treats them like adults. They aren’t responsible. But when kids say what MSM wants to hear on guns: LOWER VOTING AGE! BECAUSE SO MUCH WISDOM!” —Jonah Goldberg

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Upright: “At some point we’re going to be fatigued with everybody being a victim. … You always have to play the hand you’re dealt. If you’re dealt a bad hand, you still have to play it.” —Justice Clarence Thomas

Alpha Jackass, part I: “You’ve done worse than nothing. You like to say this is a mental health issue. One of your very first acts as president, Mr. Trump, was to roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of [the] mentally ill. You did that. Your party voted to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health. So I agree, this is a mental illness issue, because if you don’t think we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill.” —Jimmy Kimmel, who’s factually wrong44

Alpha Jackass, part II: “Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year to do something. Now, not later. Now. And don’t you dare let anyone say it’s too soon to be talking about it, because you said it after Vegas, you said it after Sandy Hook, you say that after every one of these eight now fatal school shootings we had in this country this year. Children are being murdered.” —Jimmy Kimmel

Lack of self-awareness: “We cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with pride when our babies are being slaughtered.” —Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Abortion Supporter)

Non Compos Mentis: “Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

Zombie BIG Lie: “We have to end the absurdity of the gun show loophole. Forty percent of the guns in this country are sold without any background checks.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

And last… “Media most days: We should wait until young people’s brains fully develop — around age 25 — before criminal justice system treats them like adults. They aren’t responsible. But when kids say what MSM wants to hear on guns: LOWER VOTING AGE! BECAUSE SO MUCH WISDOM!” —Jonah Goldberg

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

Scholars rank the presidents while ignoring the Constitution’s measuring stick.
Clarence Thomas decries the fatigue of everyone claiming victimhood.
The gun control agenda features anti-religious zealotry.
Black Panther has a political message, but a worthy human one too.
Military readiness is priority #1 for the Pentagon, not social engineering.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man.” —Thomas Jefferson on George Washington (1814)

IN BRIEF

Trump Is the Worst President?1


On the occasion of George Washington’s birthday observation2, wrongly dubbed “Presidents’ Day,” a newly released New York Times poll3 of so-called “presidential politics experts” ranked President Donald Trump, after just one year in office mind you, as the worst of America’s presidents. This same group of “experts,” in a laughable display of “objectivity,” ranked Barack Obama as the nation’s eighth best, up 10 spots from the 2014 poll. That raises the obvious question: Other than the fact that he is no longer president, what standards have changed to suddenly improve Obama’s ranking by 10 spots?

Actually, the real question is this: What standard of judgment were these “experts” using? It would seem they relied most heavily on their own subjective political bias. A truer and more objective guide by which to judge a president is the U.S. Constitution4, specifically Article II, which delineates the duties and limits of the office. Judging from the opinions of these “experts,” it’s a good bet many of them need to reread, if not read for the first time, the Constitution. Even leftist Nate Silver bemoaned the poll’s lack of objectivity, tweeting, “It speaks poorly to the field of presidential scholarship that political scientists have Trump ranked as the worst president of all time — after only one year on the job — below presidents who e.g. helped blunder us into the Civil War & Great Depression.” He still misses the point, of course. Faithfully upholding the presidential oath to support and defend the Constitution is the true and only test. On that, Obama not only utterly failed but intentionally and contemptuously so.

Furthermore, using the constitutional test, these experts also get it completely wrong by ranking the likes of Franklin Roosevelt (3), Lyndon Johnson5 (10), Woodrow Wilson6 (11) and Bill Clinton (13) far too highly. The experts couldn’t even get the simplest one correct: Washington, not Lincoln, is first among presidents7.

Obviously, this Times survey is purely a political hit-job designed to reinforce the Left’s desired anti-Trump narrative rather than report on any genuinely objective, scholarly measurement of a president. By using unnamed “experts” to declare that Trump is just the worst, the Times aims to continue brow-beating Americans into rejecting a man who actually had a pretty impressive first year8 in office. That’s especially true when compared to the last eight years of the most anti-American presidency9 in the nation’s history. But, honestly, should Americans expect anything less from the Leftmedia?

Thomas Issues His Cultural Ruling10

By Thomas Gallatin

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made a rare public appearance Thursday, speaking at the Library of Congress. His remarks yielded some noteworthy fruit. He opined, “At some point, we’re going to be fatigued with everybody being the victim.” Thomas went on to describe a recent encounter he had with a young black woman in Kansas who exclaimed to him that she was “really tired of having to play the role of being black.” She added that she “just wanted to go to school.”

Thomas then relayed the wisdom he received from the most influential person in his life — his grandfather, who took in Thomas and his brother when his single mother was unable to care for him. Thomas described his grandfather as a “hero” and “the single greatest human being I’ve ever met.” From him Thomas learned to “always … play the hand you’re dealt. If you’re dealt a bad hand, you still have to play it.” The future justice learned that there was no room for complaining, epitomized by one of his grandfather’s most regularly voiced refrains — “Old Man Can’t is dead. I helped bury him.”

Reflecting on his own experience, Thomas worried that the over-politicization of the judicial confirmation process will dissuade good people from serving. “This is not the Roman Colosseum. We’re not gladiators,” he observed. “And I think we’re going to lose some of our best people who choose not to go through the ordeal. They don’t want to have to fight the lion in order to be a judge or to be in government. And I think it’s our own fault for allowing this to happen.”

On the Supreme Court since surviving Ted Kennedy’s despicable character assassination attempt and winning confirmation in 1991, Thomas has been a principled and constitutionally committed justice and thus has served as a lightening rod for leftist criticism even to this day. Case in point is an article11 written by Jill Abramson and released in New York magazine just yesterday advocating for Justice Thomas to be impeached over — what else? — Anita Hill’s accusations as part of the #MeToo movement. There are no new accusations against Thomas; rather this is merely another attempt by leftists to demonize and libel the conservative justice as they seek to further their radical extremist agenda. Yes, we certainly are fatigued with everybody being the victim.

Top Headlines12

Trump supports improving federal background checks on gun owners (The Washington Times13)

Dallas mayor asks NRA to consider another city for annual convention (ABC News14)

Four leftist, anti-gun PACs outspent the “roadblock” NRA in the 2016 campaign (PoliZette15)

IRS warns of new tax refund scam (The Kansas City Star16)

Mueller charges lawyer connected to former Trump aid (The Hill17)

Duped: Michael Moore participated in anti-Trump rally allegedly organized by Russians (Fox News18.)

Due to ecofascist threats, security officials recommended EPA chief Pruitt fly first class (The Washington Free Beacon19)

Marine Corps eases requirement that has inhibited female infantry officers (The Washington Free Beacon20)

Benjamin Netanyahu associates arrested in Israeli corruption probe (Associated Press21)

Humorous Bottom Story of the Day: Farty passenger forces flight to make emergency landing (New York Post22)

Policy: Four cases to watch at the Supreme Court this month (The Daily Signal23)

Policy: Judgment day for public unions (City Journal24)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report25.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
The Anti-Religious Agenda Behind Gun Control26


By Jordan Candler

After every mass shooting, America succumbs to recycling the same old tropes, a process that inevitably devolves into social media attacks, public shouting matches, vitriol and polarization. The subject, regardless of which side of the debate you’re on, always ends up revolving around guns because even those who believe there are evil outside forces at work when mass shooters commit their carnage are faced with dispelling the shortsighted and erroneous notion propagated by the Left — namely, that the culprit is guns.

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“When I was in high school, every one of those rigs in the high school parking lot had a gun in the gun rack,” Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told a group of reporters following a school shooting near that city last September. “Why? We went hunting on the way home. None of those guns ever walked into a school, none of those guns ever shot anybody. … Did the gun change or did you as a society change?”

“We are a formerly Christian society in an advanced state of decomposition,” Pat Buchanan asserts.

It’s a decomposition where “see something, say something” is either labeled bigoted or Islamophobic, or reduced to tragic farce by the gross incompetence of the same FBI leftists defend as sacrosanct when it’s going after Trump.

For an American Left that champions celebrity has-been Madonna’s dreams of “blowing up the White House,” Kathy Griffin’s severed Trump head, a New York City Public Theater that assassinates a Trump-like Julius Caesar, or a violence-fomenting “Resistance” with an end game of nullifying an election, conversations about gun control are nothing more than the last refuge of leftist scoundrels.

Scoundrels who own the degradation of our culture. As Andrew Klavan asserts, “Over the last fifty years, it’s the left that has assaulted every moral norm and disdained every religious and cultural restraint.”

And now America is living — and dying — with the permutations.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Washington’s Birthday vs. Presidents’ Day — To call the day “Presidents’ Day” diminishes George Washington. Grandstanding in the Face of Tragedy Is Inexcusable — The March for Our Lives is getting robust attention. But the “grownups” shouldn’t exploit grieving teens. How Continuing Resolutions Create More Debt — Earmarks were bad for the budget, but negligence of constitutional budget duties is far worse. The Destructiveness of the Transgender Delusion — A teen seeks to be removed from her parents’ custody because they won’t placate her desired transition. Video: Seriously? These Are the Presidential Portraits? — Barack Obama’s official portrait was unveiled last week. There’s so many things to say about it and so little time… BEST OF RIGHT OPINION Gary S. Smith: Presidential Character and Competence: A Presidents’ Day Reflection Jeff Jacoby: The Hack Who Repented Tony Perkins: Court: Accept Your Child’s New Gender or Lose Custody Kathryn Jean Lopez: Reflections From the Vatican Burt Prelutsky: Nancy Pelosi, AKA Wonder Woman For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Burt Prelutsky: “Liberals were in awe of Nancy Pelosi’s eight-hour filibuster. They gave her extra points because the old woman did it while wearing stiletto heels, the way that others used to argue for Ginger Rogers’ superiority over Fred Astaire because she did everything he did but did it backwards and in heels. Well, I knew Ginger Rogers and, believe me, Mrs. Pelosi is no Ginger Rogers. The amazing thing to me isn’t that she stood that long but that she could listen to herself for more than two minutes, which happens to be my limit. The fact that she was devoting that much time to DACA only goes to show the length Democrats will go in their pursuit of the Hispanic vote. The fact that such showboating will work only proves how gullible Hispanic voters are. After all, when Obama had super majorities in 2009 and 2010, he and the Democrats never gave a second thought to Hispanics. Instead, they devoted their time and attention to forcing the Affordable Care Act down our throats.”

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Upright: “It’s a shame to have to point out the obvious, but [college] administrators don’t seem to realize that the entire campus is already a free-speech zone. And not because they allow it, but because it’s located in the United States of America.” —Ed Feulner

Doubling down on stupid: “[Tax reform resulted in] tax cuts at the high end. A banquet for everyone up here. Crumbs for people down here. I’ll repeat that.” —House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

That sound you hear? Leftists shrieking in dismay: “I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it’s just not in my spirit. It’s not in my DNA.” —Oprah Winfrey

Non Compos Mentis: “The knee is certainly an issue [for skier Anna Veith]. I want to point out she also got married. And it’s historically very challenging to race on the World Cup with a family or after being married. Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there — that it could be her husband’s fault.” —Olympics analyst Bode Miller

Braying Jenny: “It’s striking to me how many [free-market advocates] seem to be on the autism spectrum — people who don’t feel solidarity or empathy with others, and who have kind of difficult human relationships sometimes.” —Duke University history professor Nancy MacLean

Alpha Jackass: “You would think that cops would occasionally shoot a white kid just to make it look good. You would think every couple of months they’d look at their … calendar and go, ‘Oh my God, we’re up to 16! We gotta shoot a white kid quick!’ I wanna live in a world with real equality. I want to live in a world where an equal amount of white kids are shot every month. I wanna see white mothers on TV, crying, standing next to Al Sharpton, talkin’ about, ‘We need justice for Chad.’” —"comedian" Chris Rock

Missing the mark: “No gun reforms are getting through. And most of the ones that will be proposed in the wake of this shooting will be utterly meaningless and wouldn’t have even arguably prevented this killing. The NRA is too powerful. Our politicians are too weak. And the guns are too ubiquitous.” —NBC anchor Megyn Kelly

And last… “Why don’t we take the $500,000,000 we give Planned Parenthood every year and use it to hire armed security guards for schools?” —Liz Wheeler

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In the end, crime prevention isn’t about arresting someone before they commit a crime; it’s about addressing the cultural cesspool we’re cultivating in this country and about providing individual help for people who need it.

Top Headlines

Trey Gowdy praises Robert Mueller, says Russia probe on right track (The Washington Times)

Here’s the truth about Trump revoking gun checks on the “mentally ill” (The Daily Wire)

Bad form, politicizing the deaths of innocents: Trump slams FBI over “missed signals” on Florida shooting, says “too much time” spent on Russia (USA Today)

Air Force Academy email praising NBA legend is slammed as “microaggression” (Fox News)

Homosexual U.S. skier happy he broke thumb so he won’t have to shake Mike Pence’s hand (The Daily Wire)

Has any 10th place finisher ever gotten media love like Adam Rippon? (The Resurgent)

Olympics audience shrinks, but NBC touts win (The Wall Street Journal)

Baltimore County jury awards $37M to family of police shooting victim (The Baltimore Sun)

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence survived the War Between the States hidden behind wallpaper (Chicago Tribune)

Clarence Thomas decries victimhood culture in rare public remarks (The Daily Signal)

Policy: Robert Mueller’s alarming, reassuring indictment (National Review)

Policy: We should celebrate Washington’s birthday, not Presidents’ Day (The Heritage Foundation)

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

FEATURED ANALYSIS
It’s the Culture, Not the Guns By Arnold Ahlert


Last Wednesday, Andrew Pollack was photographed while searching for his daughter, Meadow, who was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Tragically, he learned Meadow was one of the 17 murder victims.

A parent’s worst nightmare, eliciting an avalanche of sympathy? No, Pollack was shown wearing a “Trump 2020” T-shirt. Apparently nothing else mattered.

“He’s a pro-Trump guy which means he supports the guy who is responsible for the death of his child!!” tweeted iMO@_sheateher. “I don’t feel sorry for him and f—k trump,” stated Walterlee@eastsidedogg. “Maybe he should have thought twice before voting for #TerroristTrump,” added #TrumpforPrison@SolRyaz.

These twisted souls were hardly an anomaly. Trump is “obviously mentally ill,” according to TV host Jimmy Kimmel, who joined a chorus of other hate-filled leftists promoting pure propaganda.

As always, leftists want to restrict the entire conversation to gun control. And as always, none of them can name a single new law that would prevent a tragedy like this.

What might? Ramping down leftist hate. Ever since the election, those who profess to own the franchise on tolerance have not only been utterly deranged, but increasingly proud of being so.

Examples abound. “Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?” tweeted Bette Midler in response to the senator’s words on the budget. Midler was apparently hoping the Democrat neighbor who broke Paul’s ribs and punctured his lung would be up for an encore.

Her tweet garnered 23,000 “likes.”

As columnist Melissa Meckenzie notes, this was Paul’s second brush with Democrat-perpetrated violence. He was also present when a deranged Bernie Sanders fanatic targeted Republican lawmakers at a baseball field, nearly killing Rep. Steve Scalise.

Meckenzie also reminds us more than 200 people were arrested during a violent demonstration precipitated by antifa at Trump’s inauguration, and that anti-Trump protesters spat on Gold Star families attending the American Legion’s “Salute to Heroes” gala honoring those who defended the nation.

Leftist-instigated violence has also become almost routine on college campuses. Heather MacDonald’s speech at Claremont McKenna College was shut down by what she described as an “exercise of brute totalitarian force.” Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger was injured and forced to flee in fear for her life with author Charles Murray, following Murray’s speech at that campus. Leftist protesters were permitted to walk around Evergreen State College wielding baseball bats and causing $10,000 of property damage, following leftist professor Bret Weinstein’s assertion that white people should not be forced to leave campus for the school’s annual “Day of Absence” discussions about race.

Those examples merely scratch the surface.

Even simple decency has been cast aside. When Republicans going to a retreat were involved in a train crash killing one person, CNN political commentator Ken Boykin suggested it was a “metaphor for American politics.” Democratic/socialist strategist Jonathan Tasini and self-described “CNN talking head” insisted, “God is working hard today to clean up the stink. Thank her [sic].”

For a largely secular Left, God, Christianity and its practitioners are often targets of contempt and derision. Thus, “The View’s” Joy Behar found it amusing to mock Vice President Mike Pence. “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus; it’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” she asserted. “That’s called mental illness.”

Behar’s disdain was emulated by the openly homosexual and openly puerile Olympian skier Gus Kenworthy. Like so many leftists, he conflates Pence’s commitment to religious freedom with anti-homosexual bigotry.

Back to the problem of “gun violence.” There are solutions, but most of them are utterly anathema to the American Left. We could restore some sense of codified morality to a society grotesquely disconnected from it. What do we mean? The death of 17 people is mourned as a national tragedy, while genocidal levels of abortion and the sale of fetal tissue is celebrated as “freedom of choice.” And yet progressives still scream about pandering to the religious Right and creating a nation that supposedly resembles the “Handmaiden’s Tale.”

We could stop medicating children with heavy-duty drugs whose side effects produce psychotic behavior, but then they wouldn’t be submissive enough for “inconvenienced” parents and school administrators — or emasculated enough to fulfill the Left’s dream of “proving” there’s no difference between boys and girls.

We could arm teachers and guards in schools, but that would constitute “selling out to the NRA,” according to leftist politicians and celebrities — protected by armed bodyguards.

We could revamp a “multicultural” immigration system that welcomes too many people from places where life is cheap, but leftists insist it’s xenophobic bigotry to do so, even though the bloodthirsty ethos of MS-13 gangbangers, or terror-precipitating “refugees,” suggests it’s not.

We could also revamp a public school system contaminated by the Left’s determination to teach children more about what’s wrong with America than what’s right about it.

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