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 on: March 20, 2018, 05:22:41 PM 
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The sum of my complaints amounts to this!

(Letters of John Newton)

"Oh, what a wretched man I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?" Romans 7:24

I see much daily cause for humiliation--whether I look backward or inward. The sum of my complaints amounts to this--that I am a sick sinner, diseased in every part. I am burdened with a body of sin and death.

But I have a little book, which I am enabled to believe is the sure Word of God. The doctrines and promises I meet with in it, which we call the gospel, exactly suit my needs--and the temper and conduct it is designed to form, agrees with my leading desires.

I was once far otherwise minded, and would doubtless have remained so--had not almighty power and sovereign mercy softened my heart. I would therefore praise Him for what he has done, and wait upon Him to do more, for I can do nothing for myself. In the mean time, instead of complaining--I would try to be thankful.

If He has begun a good work, I dare not indulge a doubt of His carrying it on to completion. If He who is the infallible Physician has undertaken my case--I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord!

 on: March 20, 2018, 05:18:29 PM 
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Top Headlines13

U.S. expected to impose up to $60 billion in China tariffs by Friday (Reuters14)

Facebook plunges as pressure mounts on Zuckerberg over data (Bloomberg15)

Supreme Court rejects attempts to restrict, ban death penalty (NBC News16)

Supreme Court bars Arizona from denying DREAMers driver’s licenses (National Review17)

Trump’s lawyers turn over documents to Mueller with hope of limiting interview scope (The Washington Post18.)

Comey’s book plays second fiddle to story about a gay rabbit (The Daily Caller19)

Mississippi becomes the first state to ban abortion after 15 weeks (National Review20)

Fifth package bomb goes off in Texas (Reuters21)

Poll: 53% of Democrats NOW say it’s not acceptable to vote for a candidate who’s done immoral things in his private life (Hot Air22)

Humor: Vladimir Putin narrowly defeats opposing candidate Vladimir Putin in Russian presidential election (The Babylon Bee23)

Policy: Facing the facts about violence and the mentally ill (Manhattan Institute24)

Policy: Vladimir Putin’s ominous “re-election” (American Enterprise Institute25)

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


No Fourth Amendment Rights at the Border?31 — Court rules that no warrant is necessary for border searches of a U.S. citizen’s cell phone content.
No, Abortion Is Not ‘Safe’32 — Despite more research insisting there’s nothing unsafe about it, women and children suffer immensely.
Video: Democrats Want Clinton to Go Her Own Way33 — A Free Beacon supercut of Democrats down the line rebuking Hillary Clinton for disparaging voters.


Gary Bauer: McCabe’s Firing34
Rich Lowry: The Dumbest Firing35
Kay Coles James: Don’t Tax the Net36
Cal Thomas: The Unbalanced California FACT Act37
Dennis Prager: Thoughts on Parents Whose Children Have Died38
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion39.


Gary Bauer: “Left-wing commentators insisted that Donald Trump was responsible for McCabe’s firing. That is beyond fake news. It is a lie. Andrew McCabe is responsible for the firing of Andrew McCabe. The independent Office of Professional Responsibility determined that McCabe ‘lacked candor’ during testimony before Congress and during interviews with the inspector general’s office. That is ‘Deep State’ speak for ‘he lied.’ … Another argument being made is how dirty it was for McCabe to be fired just days before he qualified for a full, generous federal pension … at the age of 50. The average American would love to be able to retire at the age of 50. Numerous sources over the weekend reported that McCabe may be worth as much as $11 million on his $162,000 salary. McCabe may have done well in the stock market. I am not going to shed any tears for him. I am sure his book deal will be announced shortly. This may be a good time to remember that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has not been charged with colluding with Russia, was also charged with a ‘lack of candor’ when he was interviewed by the FBI. His legal fees have broken him and his family. … Multiple liberal members of Congress have offered to hire McCabe so he can get a few more days to qualify for his pension. Can you imagine what the media reaction would be if conservative members of Congress had offered to hire Flynn so he could save his home and return to a secure financial footing?”


For the record: “Donald Trump … has reoriented politics around himself. To some degree, every president manages to do that; it’s in the nature of the bully pulpit. But opinions on the president are usually proxies for positions on larger issues that matter, such as taxes or social welfare spending. With Trump, it often comes down to what you think of the man himself. He is the center of gravity around which politics orbits in 2018.” —Jay Cost

Observations: “[Andrew] McCabe defenders may argue that any other FBI official would have reached the same conclusions about the Clinton investigation that McCabe did. But if that really is the case, that just strengthens the argument that someone else should have handled it. … If you allow the FBI to cut corners or tread into gray areas when investigating political figures you don’t like, at some point, they’re going to cut corners or tread into gray areas when investigating political figures you do like.” —Jim Geraghty

Friendly fire blitz:

“I don’t think that’s the way you should talk about any voter, especially ones in my state.” —Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Hillary Clinton’s attack on women voters40

“[Hillary] should go away. … She is not helping the Democratic Party.” —former Obama State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf

“Look, this was bad. I can’t sugarcoat it.” —Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle

“I have all the respect in the world for her, but … [the] rest of us are gonna focus on the future.” —Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager Robby Mook

And last… “In 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president, he went on ‘60 Minutes’ to answer allegations of extramarital wrongdoing. His wife appeared with him and backed him up. ‘I’m not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette,’ Hillary Clinton said that day. ‘I’m sitting here because I love him and I respect him.’ She resented the insinuation that she lacked the agency to make a political decision in her own best interest. Women who voted for Trump resent it when Clinton makes the same insinuation about them.” —Jeff Jacoby

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
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 on: March 20, 2018, 05:17:26 PM 
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An armed school resource officer stopped a would-be mass killer today.
Trump outlines a three-pronged approach to fighting the opioid epidemic.
Louis Farrakhan continues to be embraced by Democrats.
No, abortion is not “safe.” Here’s why.
Are there Fourth Amendment protections at the border?
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.


“The Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788.)


An Officer With a Gun Saved Students’ Lives Today1

A student opened fire this morning at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. (Caveat — details on these things are always sketchy this early.) Fortunately, before he did more than wound two fellow students, including the female he was specifically targeting, the school resource officer fired back and stopped the threat, killing the assailant. Obviously, having an armed officer on campus saved lives today — but only because he was willing to respond, unlike the Parkland, Florida, deputy2.

Following the adolescent Second Amendment puppet protests3 last week, and ahead of this weekend’s March for Our Lives, it’s worth noting that the demands4 of these students/leftist political props include two policies they oppose. One of them is this: “Any legislation that would aim to fortify our schools with more guns.” Again, many students are alive today because the Maryland school was fortified with a gun. Food for thought for any teens honest about saving lives instead of serving as pawns for the Left.

Trump Touts Plan to Combat Opioid Epidemic5

By Thomas Gallatin

President Donald Trump on Monday announced his plan for fighting the nation’s growing opioid epidemic6. Speaking in Manchester, New Hampshire, a state plagued with the second highest rate of opioid overdose deaths, Trump declared, “This scourge of drug addiction in America will stop. It will stop. Every day, 116 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose. Failure is not an option. Addiction is not our future. … I want to win this battle. I don’t want to leave at the end of seven years and still have this problem.”

Trump’s plan entails a three-pronged approach that seeks to address the illegal selling and distribution of opioids, further expand addiction recovery programs and focus on safer medical prescription practices along with the development of newer pain-relief drugs that don’t hold the same addictive potential as opioids. The plan would also work for prison reform, focusing on rehab programs for individuals whose drug addiction led to their imprisonment, while at the same time punishing more severely those responsible for dealing drugs.

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow David Murray welcomed the plan, saying, “In many respects, the plan is not novel. It’s a restoration. This used to be the boundaries and pillars of standard American drug policy, what they’ve brought back together in this statement and plan.” Murray criticized Barack Obama’s federal drug policy as unbalanced. But he said that Trump’s plan is a return to a policy that “was a balanced strategy, that wove together the strengths of prevention, treatment, supply reduction, organizational attacks with the criminal justice system, and international partnerships.”

Regardless of the merits of Trump’s policy plan, the mainstream media fixated on what amounts to a typical Trumpian hyperbolic comment. In touting the part of his policy that seeks to get tough on drug trafficking, Trump said that he was in favor of the “death penalty for drug dealers.” While much of the MSM is wringing their hands over this, the actually policy plan does not call for any changes to the nation’s current legal system. This is another classic example of Trump identifying the problem and letting Americans know that he is serious about dealing with it. His rhetorical tool connects with people quickly on an emotive basis, and it effectively calls attention to a pressing issue. Now if we can all get serious about the actual problem…

Dems Defend Rather Than Denounce Farrakhan7

By Nate Jackson

Louis Farrakhan, leader of the famously anti-Semitic Nation of Islam, is a repulsive figure on the fringes of American politics. But he’s not as much on the fringes as he should be. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced a resolution in the House formally condemning Farrakhan for “promoting ideas that create animosity and anger” aimed at Jewish Americans and Judaism, and condemning “all manifestations of expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and ethnic or religious intolerance.” It was a politically shrewd move, because so many Democrats just can’t bring themselves to denounce Farrakhan. Indeed, as our Arnold Ahlert wrote last week, the entire Democrat Party is slouching towards anti-Semitism8.

That became even more clear Monday when Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network led a lobbying effort on Capitol Hill not about denouncing Farrakhan’s racism but to block Rokita’s resolution condemning it. Instead, these rabble-rousers want a resolution condemning President Donald Trump for his perceived racism.

Gary Bauer noted the sad truth in the form of some questions9: “Did they lobby for criminal justice reform? Better school safety measures in the inner cities? Expanding enterprise zones to boost economic opportunity in black communities? Sadly, their presence on Capitol Hill had nothing to do with any of those causes.” Instead, they’re defending a reprehensible man.

Several Democrats have met with Farrakhan, including perhaps most prominently DNC Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison, but also Representatives Maxine Waters (CA), Barbara Lee (CA), Danny Davis (IL), Andre Carson (IN), Gregory Meeks (NY) and and Al Green (TX). Ellison in particular has sought to dismiss those connections10, but he’s been caught in the lie. Even The Washington Post gave him “Four Pinocchios.” In a blog post this past Sunday, Ellison continued to protest too much11, and Davis recently defended Farrakhan as “an outstanding human being.”

Also recently, a 2005 photo surfaced of an up-and-coming Barack Obama smiling next to Farrakhan12. If only he had been vetted sooner.

To sum it up, the fundamental problem is that elected Democrats are either unconvincingly distancing themselves from a racist reprobate or they’re utterly embracing him and calling him good. And they want us to trust them with governing.

 on: March 20, 2018, 05:15:32 PM 
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The rights we possess that are unalienable can neither be taken away nor granted because they are not an act of an institution or government; they are possessed by all of humanity as God-given rights. If we don’t stand as guardians of these rights through the proactive toil and commitment of electing the right leaders, demanding a constitutional government and defeating the enemies of Liberty, the greatness of our nation will become a relic.

It’s an election year. Let’s remove barriers to freedom.


Hillary Clinton Doubles Down on Victimitis39 — Hillary took to Facebook not to apologize but to defend the reason she berated white women voters.
Avoiding the Politicization of Mental Health Care Reform40 — We should be very wary about how much power we’re willing to concede to “well-meaning” government officials.
Study Confirms Facebook’s Leftist Bias41 — Facebook’s recent algorithm change is designed to limit and censor conservative news content.
Video: Saving California42 — “The problem with California is Californians.” So says Firewall host Bill Whittle, and he ought to know: he’s been one of them for 30 years.
Video: Ethanol’s Hidden Costs43 — Despite the presumed benefits of ethanol, its production bears deep economic and environmental costs.


Jeff Jacoby: Clinton Tumbles Down the ‘Marriage Gap’44
Hans von Spakovsky: Obstructing Federal Immigration Enforcement Is Wrong45
George Will: Freedom of Speech Includes the Right to Remain Silent46
Burt Prelutsky: The Neutering of the American Male47
Tony Perkins: On Religious Freedom, the Sooners the Better48
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion49.


Jeff Jacoby: “[Hillary] Clinton’s problem with married white women had nothing to do with her sex, and everything to do with her being a liberal Democrat. Wedlock correlates strongly with more conservative political opinions; in Gallup’s words, ‘marital status remains one of the most reliable predictors of party identification.’ Americans who lean conservative or Republican — those who are older, white, and religious — are more likely to get married. At the same time, marriage and the experiences associated with it — parenthood, home ownership, the economics of supporting a family — have a well-known tendency to nudge adults to the right. It will hardly come as a bolt from the blue that spouses affect each other’s thinking and habits. Studies have long shown that women pay less attention to politics than men do. That helps explain why single women are less likely to register and vote — and why, when they marry, women are more likely to embrace their husband’s political perspective than the other way around. That doesn’t reflect patriarchal misogyny; it reflects the fact that bonds of love and marriage lead people to unite in other ways too.”


Good question: “Here’s an interesting mental exercise. Imagine that there were a major religious group with as much money as George Soros. Suppose it announced that it was asking schools all over America to release students for 17 minutes to pray for the victims of the Parkland shooting. Does anyone think for a second that the entire left-wing establishment would have embraced such a request for students to pray?” —Gary Bauer

For the record: “These charges against Gates and Manafort have nothing to do with ‘collusion with Russia,’ the investigation for which Rosenstein appointed Mueller. There is no reason this case could not have been prosecuted by regular Justice Department lawyers. There was no need for a special counsel for this. And regular Justice Department prosecutors, overseen by engaged Justice Department superiors ensuring adherence to well-established Justice Department policies, would not prosecute a case this way.” —Andrew C. McCarthy

Braying Jenny: “I understand how some of what I said26 upset people and can be misinterpreted. I meant no disrespect to any individual or group. And I want to look to the future as much as anybody.” —Hillary Clinton, who thinks accusing someone of having “misinterpreted” something is tantamount to an apology

Friendly fire: “My state is one of those states [Clinton berated]. … So, it’s very hurtful to lump all Ohioans, and all people — in politics, we should not criticize the voters. The onus is on the person that is running for office.” —former Ohio state senator Nina Turner

Non Compos Mentis: “Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y'all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation. And DC keeps talking about, ‘We are a resilient city.’ And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds [Jewish bankers] controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.” —Washington, DC, council member Trayon White Sr. (But hey, at least he’s sorry now50.)

Late-night humor: “Cancun, Mexico, was just named the best spring break destination, and thousands of Americans are expected to visit. And the people of Mexico were like, ‘Never thought we’d say this, but what’s the ETA on Trump’s wall?’” —Jimmy Fallon

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

 on: March 20, 2018, 05:14:29 PM 
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Top Headlines19

China’s Xi Jinping re-elected for life (CNBC20)

Putin claims crushing victory in Russian presidential vote (Associated Press21)

Russia expels 23 British diplomats in spy-poisoning response (ABC News22)

Congress races to finish $1.2 trillion funding bill (The Hill23)

The NRA supports Gun-Violence Restraining Orders (National Review24)

Officials wanted Florida shooter forcibly committed in 2016 (Associated Press25)

Taxpayers spent $22K for Hillary Clinton to trash American voters26 (The Washington Free Beacon27)

California appoints illegal immigrant activist to advisory board (Hot Air28.)

Orange county city may declare itself a sanctuary from California’s sanctuary law (The Washington Times29)

Humor: Millennials flock to join military’s new “Safe Space” force (Duffel Blog30)

Policy: Lessons from Chile’s transition to free college (Brookings Institution31)

Policy: Don’t tax the Internet (The Daily Signal32)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report33.

Walkouts Assault Liberty in More Ways Than One34

By Robin Smith

Liberty-loving Americans must make a commitment to be active in demanding government that honors the constitutional rights of its citizens, and we must work to that end ourselves in our communities.

While the next few paragraphs will analyze the recent student walkouts in support of gun laws, proceed with the frame of mind that the rights of Americans — the fundamental ingredients of a free people — are in danger. This is neither fear-mongering nor hyperbole. All the evidence supports that those of us who love Liberty must immediately rise to the occasion to be guardians of that Liberty — or be the generation that will witness it become a memory.

Not only are we watching, yet again, the Democrats infringe upon the Second Amendment — to rightfully bear arms, not to hunt, but to protect oneself, one’s property and defend one’s rights — but America is witnessing the First Amendment under direct assault by the same group of political activists whose agenda is clearly to make every citizen a ward of the State.

Nationwide, student walkouts occurred last Wednesday35 in many schools. These planned protests were meant to “demand stricter gun laws,” as reported by CNN, and to “protest gun violence,” according to NPR. The opening line of the USA Today article written just a week after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting was on target in noting the issue at hand was “the debate over gun ownership rights.”

Yet the cause of the Parkland massacre is now known to have resulted from failure after failure36 of current laws, systems and people in place to protect innocents. It was not because of lax gun laws. As has occurred too many times, Democrats stand on the coffins of innocents to push their agenda of gun control.

Among the nationwide coverage of these interruptions in the academic school day for the purpose of demanding limitations on the Second Amendment were cases where those who chose not to protest were punished for exercising their own First Amendment rights.

Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker of Ohio explained his decision not to participate in the walkout, or to show up to the alternative study hall, which resulted in a two-day out-of-school suspension. Instead, Shoemaker sat in a locked classroom doing his homework because, in his words, “They were forcing me to make a choice, a political choice in the classroom.” The choice, the senior explained, was to go outside the school to support gun control or to an alternative study hall where he would be “seen as supporting gun violence.”

In a televised interview with Fox News, Shoemaker posited that “students should be able to make a choice and not be forced into a situation by the officials in their school district.” He drew a provocative contrast between the National Walkout Day to support gun control and how a similar walkout would be treated if the issue at hand were abortion. “If this whole protest was about abortion, I promise you this situation would be handled very different,” said the well-spoken senior.

He said he had endured insults such as being an “awful person” and “disgusting human being” who’s “so pro-gun and disrespectful to the lives lost in Florida.” But Shoemaker nailed it as he finished the interview: “They’ve gone and politicized that situation. It’s not a political event; it’s a tragedy.”

Don’t miss the Rahm Emanuel moment, young sir. The current mayor of Chicago, a city with some of the most rigid gun laws and the highest homicide rates, once advised Barack Obama, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Indeed, a tragedy is always fitting to become political fodder when it means advancing the leftist agenda.

The Ohio student was punished for failing to oppose the Second Amendment, as well as for failing to parrot the same propaganda as the mob — hence he was also punished for exercising his First Amendment rights. But he wasn’t alone.

Julianne Benzel, a history teacher at Rocklin High School in California, was placed on administrative leave following the class discussion that supplemented the organized walkout. Benzel dared to pose this question to her students: “If a group of students nationwide, or even locally, decided, ‘I want to walk out of school for 17 minutes’ and go in the quad area and protest abortion, would that be allowed by our administration?”

The blizzard of snowflakes melted because they were being confronted with a question that required critical thinking to justify one act of speech versus another. Snowflake parents reportedly called to complain because their equally fragile children had told them of the challenge to think. Subsequently, local school leaders issued the following statement: “A Rocklin High School teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave due to several complaints from parents and students involving the teacher’s communications regarding today’s student-led civic engagement activities.”

Don’t miss the awful irony. While these very educrats claim this walkout was a “student-led civic engagement” activity, a group of kids may not be free to lead a prayer for fear of being sued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Double standards must end not only because they’re wrong but because they’re unjust acts that erode the legitimate liberties of Americans.

When our Founders wrote that Americans are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” those words were meaningful as a group devoted to freedom prepared to take up arms against a tyrannical government that held in oppression its subjects. Today, most don’t even understand the term “unalienable.”

 on: March 20, 2018, 05:13:20 PM 
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McCabe has been fired, and all parties take the battle to Twitter.
The Air Force Academy is still under the influence of Obama’s engineering.
Hillary Clinton doubles down in “apology” for trashing American voters.
Student walkouts threaten First and Second Amendment rights.
Mental health is a tricky issue, and one on which politicians must tread carefully.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.” —John Adams (1777)


Sessions Fires McCabe, Twitter Storm Ensues1

By Thomas Gallatin

Following the FBI’s own disciplinary recommendations2, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe hours before he was slated for official retirement, precluding him3 from receiving full retirement benefits after a 21-year career with the agency. McCabe had taken leave from the bureau in January, meaning he was technically still an employee — until Friday. Announcing his decision, Sessions stated, “Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.” Sessions added, “McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.” In other words, Sessions fired McCabe for lying.

Following the decision, McCabe, who had remained largely silent since he took his terminal leave, lashed out, “This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.” McCabe then pivoted and blamed President Donald Trump, revealing his own political bias: “It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”

Trump followed up the news of McCabe’s dismissal by tweeting, “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI — A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”

And then the Twitter floodgates opened. Former FBI Director Comey weighed in with a tease for his upcoming tell-all book by which the American people “can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.” Then former CIA Director John Brennan Twitter-blasted Trump, “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”

Not to be outdone, Trump then once again hammered Robert Mueller’s special investigation, stating that it “should have never been started,” as there was no evidence and no crime committed. It was a “witch hunt” based on a “fake dossier” paid for by Hillary Clinton4.

While the Twitter salvos fly back and forth, it is now more clear than ever that members of Barack Obama’s Justice Department were highly politicized5 and were determined to resist Trump’s presidency. Now at least two, Comey and McCabe, have been exposed and removed for their failure to be honest. It appears that they engaged in subterfuge in order at the very least to limit Trump’s ability to effectively govern, with the hope of eventually seeing him removed from office. Finally, contrary to both Comey and McCabe’s assertion that Trump is responsible for smearing the FBI’s reputation, the fact is those two are most guilty for dragging down the agency’s good name. In reality, Trump has been effective in exposing the depth of corruption that exists within the DC Swamp.

Military Academies: The Leftist Agenda Persists6

By Mark Alexander

A commander in chief can bypass Congress on many of his executive branch agendas — he just issues marching orders to cabinet secretaries and that becomes policy. Yes, Congress has some ability to object by way of vetting nominations and budgets, but the Left’s social devolution agendas bypass those checks and balances.

As those agendas go, perhaps the most harmful implementation was between 2009 and 2017, the years Barack Obama7 was able to install military leaders who would carry out his social agenda across service branches, particularly his homosexual agenda8. There has been and still is much degradation in the ranks9 as a consequence of his deep-state residuals among “military leaders.”

There was, and remains, no better place to implement those destructive agendas than in our nation’s military service academies, where future officers are taught military doctrine. Despite the fact their principal obligation is “to support and defend10” our nation’s Constitution, they are now expected to support and defend leftist social doctrine.

Last fall, I highlighted the case of an overtly communist cadet at West Point11, whose anti-American rants were known by USMA commanding officers, who, despite his violation of UCMJ regulations, were unwilling to take action. That was not so much about the cadet as it was about the failure of leadership.

However, as service academies go, it is the Air Force Academy that became the primary target for implementing Obama’s social agenda. In 2013, The Patriot Post uncovered and halted an effort by the Obama administration to remove “so help me God” from military oaths12, starting with the USAFA.

Obama’s parting shot at USAFA was his elevation of Kristin Goodwin13 to take over as commandant of the U.S. Air Force Academy. BrigGen Goodwin has sufficient qualifications for the post, but the qualification that most interested Obama was the fact that she has a “wife.” Despite concerns registered with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, neither the Trump administration14 nor Congress were going to object to Goodwin’s appointment at risk of offending women voters15.

The effluent of Goodwin’s appointment emerged this month at USAFA’s 25th National Character and Leadership Symposium16, the theme of which was “Ethics and Respect For Human Dignity.” Nobody is against that, but what that translated into under Goodwin was as described: “This year’s NCLS speakers’ stories will focus on the value and importance of ethics and respect for human dignity across personal and professional cultures. The challenges of a multicultural world require individuals to cast aside their own overt or covert biases towards gender, racial, religious, or sexual identities in order to create an environment that facilitates ethical leadership and decision-making as well as personal and professional respect for their fellow human beings.”

In other words, among the symposium’s featured presenters were gender-confused17 military personnel and Marxists18, selected to model the “ethics and character” military officers need to be effective leaders.

 on: March 20, 2018, 09:00:29 AM 
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The Obedience of Christ

“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30)

Christ is our great example in all things—even in that of obedience to the Father and His will. As the perfect Son, He obeyed His Father in all things. “I do nothing of myself,” He said, “but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him” (John 8:28-29).

There are three specific references in the epistles to the obedience of Christ. One of the most profound passages in the Bible is Hebrews 5:8: “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” How could the omniscient Son of God have to learn anything? There are some things that cannot be learned in books but only by experience, and obedience in hard circumstances is surely one of these. Jesus learned obedience by actual experience.

Christ obeyed His Father even after praying that the bitter cup might be taken away. “Being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).

Had He been disobedient, as was Adam, we could never have known salvation. “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Jesus was, indeed, always perfectly obedient to His Father’s word, “leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

As our text emphasizes, His obedience consisted simply of seeking and following the will of His Father in all things. “Not my will, but thine” (Luke 22:42). HMM

 on: March 19, 2018, 07:37:16 AM 
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Divine Power, Divine Nature

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Certain passages of Scripture simply take one’s breath away. Our text for today is just such a passage. To those He has called, God has promised “all things that pertain unto life and godliness.” He has provided all that we need to live godly and productive lives. It is “his divine power” (emphatic in the Greek text), imparted to us in the person of the indwelling Holy Spirit, which makes this possible.

In order to properly utilize our resources, we must continue to grow in “the [full] knowledge of him.” Only then can we attain any measure of His “glory and virtue.” He has empowered us to reflect His glorious character and virtuous acts as we know who He is and what He has done. In so doing, we are “partakers of the divine nature” (also emphatic in the Greek).

Initially, of course, at the point of salvation we are given the Holy Spirit, always present in the life of a believer. As we increase in the knowledge of Him and yield to the work of the Spirit, our nature is ever more conformed to the divine nature of Jesus Christ.

This appropriation of divine power to sample the divine nature comes to us through “exceeding great and precious promises” bestowed by His glory and virtue. Since God has promised, these promises are sure, and through them we have “escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” JDM

 on: March 18, 2018, 04:10:59 PM 
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Are You A Pauline Epistle?
by Pastor Ricky Kurth

    “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men” (II Cor. 3:2).

Since the Corinthians were saved by Paul’s gospel (I Cor. 15:1-4), the apostle calls them his epistles. Webster said that an epistle is “a writing… communicating intelligence to a distant person.” Surely the “intelligence,” i.e., the information that the Corinthians communicated to the world was that even the most sinful of men could be justified by God’s grace (I Cor. 6:9-11).

But if Paul could say to the Corinthians, “ye are our epistle,” why does he go on to say that they were “manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ” (3:3)? Ah, a letter written by an apostle under the inspiration of the Spirit was a letter from Christ! And since everyone who is saved today is also saved as a result of having believed Paul’s gospel, you too are a Pauline epistle! And so the debate over whether Paul wrote 14 or just 13 epistles is over! The apostle penned millions of letters over the past many centuries.

It has often been said that you are the only Bible that some people will ever read, and this is sadly so. What a responsibility this places on us to live lives worthy of the Lord! Handwriting experts can tell who a letter is from by the way the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed, etc. Can men tell who sent you, Christian friend? Are you dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s when it comes to godliness? Many Christians who wouldn’t dream of corrupting the written word of God found in Paul’s epistles (II Cor. 2:17) carelessly corrupt the living epistles of their lives by inconsistent godliness. Remember, letters don’t get time off! They read the same today as they did yesterday, and we too should be as consistent in our Christian testimony. If you are holy on Sunday and a holy terror the rest of the week, this is unacceptable to God (Rom. 12:1,2).

Since the epistle of our life is “known and read of all men” (II Cor. 3:2), we want to make sure we don’t give men a faulty “reading” of Christ. All men understand by the stars that God exists, as the stars too are known and read of all men (Psa. 19:1-3). But while all men understand by the stars that God exists, all men understand by us what kind of God He is. When we live “soberly, righteously, and godly” (Titus 2:12), we prove to others what is acceptable to the Lord (Eph. 5:8-10).

 on: March 18, 2018, 07:59:10 AM 
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Behold the Lamb

“And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36)

As he spoke to two of his followers, John the Baptist was, in effect, telling them that they should henceforth leave him to follow Jesus. “And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus” (John 1:37). On the previous day, when John had first seen Jesus coming, he had said, apparently to all his disciples, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

This is the first use of the word “lamb” in the New Testament, and it is significant that it refers here to the Lord Jesus as the one great sacrifice for our sins. He is called “the Lamb” 30 more times in the New Testament, the final time no longer viewing Him on the altar but on His eternal throne (Revelation 22:3). Yet, even on His throne as our King, He is still the Lamb, and we can never forget that He once died for us that we might live with Him.

Long before this, Isaac once asked his father, “Where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God will provide himself a lamb” (Genesis 22:7-8). God did just that 2,000 years later, when Christ, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8), “came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).

Then when God was ready to set His people free in ancient Egypt, He told them to place the shed blood of a spotless lamb on the doorpost of each home and said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exodus 12:13). In fulfillment of all these ancient sacrifices and types, the once-for-all Lamb of God came, and “Christ our passover is sacrificed [even] for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7).

Now, like John’s disciples, it surely compels us, in the very depths of our souls, to “behold the Lamb of God” and follow Him. HMM

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