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 on: January 07, 2018, 08:35:02 AM 
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God Remembers

“And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged.” (Genesis 8:1)
 
This verse contains the first mention of the beautiful word “remember” in the Bible, and it tells us that God remembers! During the awful cataclysm of the Flood, the most devastating event thus far in the history of the world, God still remembered the faithful obedience of Noah, and He even remembered every living thing!
 
We may forget many things, but God remembers: “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name” (Hebrews 6:10). Nor does He ever forget a promise. The first mention of “remember” in the New Testament is the Spirit-inspired testimony of Zacharias: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people . . . to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham” (Luke 1:68, 72-73). That promise had been made 2,000 years before, but God remembered.
 
God even remembers the sparrows: “Not one of them is forgotten before God” (Luke 12:6). And He certainly remembers His own children: “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).
 
Even after the children of Israel had gone deeply into idolatry, He could still say, “I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness” (Jeremiah 2:2).
 
God remembers the evil as well as the good, of course. The one thing He chooses not to remember is the sinful past of those who have come to Christ for forgiveness. “And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). HMM

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 on: January 06, 2018, 03:34:05 PM 
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        "Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path!" Psalm 119:105

        In many houses you will see beautiful Bibles bound handsomely in morocco leather, with gilt edges, and full of bright pictures. I love to see a beautiful Bible in a home — especially if it is not kept too clean and unsoiled. But the most beautiful form in which a household Bible can be bound, is in the holy life of godly parents. There is no tinted, gold-edged paper so fair — as the pages God gives us on which to write our daily record.

        The precepts and lessons of the inspired Word sound very sweetly, when read out of a richly-covered volume — but they sound far more sweetly, when the child can spell them out of the parent's daily life.

        It is well for a parent to read to his child from the inspired page, about the beauty of holiness; but it is better still when the child can see that beauty shining out transfigured in every feature of his parent's character.

        It is well for him to read of the patience, gentleness, meekness, forbearance, and love of Christ; but it is better when he exemplifies all of these traits.

        It is well for him to teach the child what the Bible says about lying, profanity, intemperance, and all sins; it is better when his life proclaims all these lessons.

        No family Bible is so well printed and bound, as the one that is printed on the heart, and bound up in the life of a godly parent. I would recommend all parents to get this kind of Bible — and to keep the dust off it always by constant use. This is the best kind for a lamp to the children's feet.

        A beautiful Christian life is a living epistle written by the hand of God, which the youngest child can read before it has learned to spell out the shortest words of the language. It is a sermon that preaches Christ all day long — seven days in the week.

        There is no heresy so dangerous to childhood — as heresies lived in the home!

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 on: January 06, 2018, 03:32:19 PM 
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The Wonder Cure
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Most of us remember the drugstore product which swept the country like wildfire years ago and netted one man more than $3,000,000.00 in one year. It was called Hadacol. Whatever was wrong with you, Hadacol could cure it! Radio commercials and newspaper advertisements acclaimed its healing powers. Some small drugstores displayed signs over their doors reading, “MAIN ENTRANCE FOR HADACOL.”

One humorous story was told at that time about a woman who was supposed to have testified over the radio: “Before I began taking Hadacol I couldn’t read nor write; now I’m teaching high school!”

Some people seem to think that Christianity is like Hadacol was supposed to be. In fact, some evangelists give the erroneous impression that if one accepts Christ everything will suddenly go right. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Christian life is a battle, and we cannot win this battle without much diligent, earnest Bible study and prayer. In fact, it is this battle that makes the Christian life rewarding. Formerly we were “taken captive by [the devil] at his will” (II Tim. 2:26), but now God provides us with complete armor, including “the sword of the Spirit” and “the shield of faith” (Eph. 6:16,17), and says, “Stand fast.” Indeed, James 4:7 says: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

God has enlisted every true believer in His “armed forces,” as it were, and He encourages us each one to be “a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (II Tim. 2:3). Indeed, He expects this of each corporate assembly of believers as well, for Paul, by divine inspiration, wrote to the Philippian saints:

    “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).

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 on: January 06, 2018, 03:30:36 PM 
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The one indispensable book!

(Daniel March, 1870)

The Bible is the oldest--and the newest of books.

The Bible surveys the whole field of time--and it looks farthest into the infinite depths of eternity.

The Bible lends the most vivid and absorbing interest to the scenes and events of the past--and it keeps us in the most active sympathy with the time in which we live.

The Bible gives us the most reliable record of what has been--and it affords us our only means of knowing what is yet to be.

The Bible is holy enough to denounce the very shadow and semblance of sin--and it is merciful enough to save the chief of sinners.

The Bible is full of God--and must therefore be read with a pure heart, or its true glory will not be seen.
The Bible is full of man--and must therefore always be interesting and instructive to all who would know themselves.

The Bible is the plainest of books--and yet it has depths of wisdom which no created mind can fathom.

The Bible is set up as a beacon to show all wanderers the safe way--and yet its light shines forth from thick clouds of mystery, and from abysses of infinite darkness.

The Bible describes all conditions of life--and it gives utterance to all desires and emotions of the soul.

The Bible has a song of triumph for the overcomer--and a wail of defeat for the overcome.

The Bible . . .
  sparkles with the fervor and gladness of youth,
  celebrates the strength and glory of manhood,
  bewails the sorrows and infirmities of old age.

The Bible . . .
  exults in the mighty deeds of kings and conquerors,
  sympathizes with the poor and lowly,
  lifts up the fallen,
  delivers the oppressed, and
  breathes the blessing of peace upon the quiet homes of domestic life.

The Bible describes with startling clearness . . .
  the seductions of temptation,
  the conflicts of doubt and
  the miseries of skepticism.

The Bible . . .
  searches the secret chambers of the heart,
  brings to light its purest love and its darkest hate,
  reveals its highest joy and its deepest grief.

The Bible compasses the utmost range of thought and feeling and desire--and it sounds the utmost depth of motive and character and passion.

Thus in the Bible,
  God and man,
  earth and heaven,
  time and eternity--
speak with one voice and teach the same truth.

The Bible sets forth the most spiritual and heavenly truths--in the lights and shadows of earthly scenes and human characters.

Thus the Bible is the one indispensable book . . .
  for all ages--and all nations,
  for all classes of men--and all states of society,
  for all capacities of intellect--and all necessities of the soul!

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 on: January 06, 2018, 09:03:53 AM 
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The Raging Seas

“Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.” (Psalm 89:9)
 
There are few things in nature more fearsome or more uncontrollable by man than a mighty storm at sea. Only the One who created the waters of the sea can really control them. But He can! “For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof . . . . He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still” (Psalm 107:25, 29).
 
One of the most striking demonstrations of the deity of Christ was in a storm on the Sea of Galilee when “he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm” (Luke 8:24). Note also the experience of the mariners sailing to Tarshish when they realized that the storm that was about to destroy them had been sent by the God of heaven because of Jonah. “So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging” (Jonah 1:15).
 
The Scriptures also compare opponents of the gospel to a raging sea. “The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt” (Isaiah 57:20). Similarly, Jude says that apostate teachers are like “raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame” (Jude 1:13).
 
Christ used this same figure to prophesy the turmoil of the ungodly nations of the world in the last days. “There shall be . . . upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25). But just as God the Creator can calm the raging waves of the ocean, so God our Savior can speak peace to the nations and calm each troubled soul. As our text assures us, He rules the ragings of every sea and stills them when the waves arise. HMM

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 on: January 05, 2018, 05:52:55 PM 
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Thursday, however, Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who’s been known as a hardliner on drug laws — sent out a memorandum19 to all United States attorneys rescinding the Obama-era guidance. “Given the Department’s well-established general principles,” Sessions wrote, “previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately.”

Proponents of legalization fret that this open season for prosecutors will kill the nascent marijuana industry in the crib. Reason’s Scott Shackford argues20, “Whether or not a marijuana grower ends up in the crosshairs of a prosecutor depends on that prosecutor’s own goals and discretion, not a consistent, predictable application of law.” While this is true, we’ve known for some time that enforcement of law is not consistent or predictable in our hyper-political nation — not that it should be an excuse, but the genie appears to be pretty far out of the bottle now despite the belief by some21 that we are still a nation of laws.

This call by Sessions also rekindled the idea that maybe it’s time for Congress to act and allow states to have their say. “The Founders did not write the Constitution to impose uniformity on hemp,” notes22 Charles C.W. Cooke in National Review.

Cooke’s colleague Jim Geraghty concurs23, convinced that Sessions is taking on “an unnecessary fight” with his memo. “We can argue whether the country would be a better or worse place with more marijuana users,” Geraghty continues. But the case of Colorado would seem to be a contention for returning to a more restrictive regimen24, or at least slowing down the march toward state legalization. Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia allow pot for at least medicinal use, with California the most recent25 to liberalize its laws.

Yet because we have no constitutional guidance on hemp (or any number of other things in which the federal government now asserts power), the state venue may be the proper place to have the argument. David French, also of National Review, makes a strong case26 for this by citing Colorado Senator Cory Gardner’s frustration with the Sessions memo. Gardner promises to hold up any Justice Department nominees until Sessions changes course and keeps a promise he made to the senator before his confirmation. Yet “Gardner is positioned exactly where he needs to be to reform America’s drug laws,” says French. “As a senator, he could introduce or co-sponsor legislation that explicitly decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level and leaves marijuana laws to the states. And there are multiple powerful arguments he could make in support of such a bill.” Instead, he’s blocking nominations — and he doesn’t even support legalization.

In reality, all Sessions did was shift policy to say that federal drug laws should be enforced, but it’s now largely up to the discretion of local U.S. attorneys. And the ones in Colorado announced they’ll make no effort to enforce the law.

In the end, it may be worth considering that “Reefer Madness” came out at a time when our nation’s moral compass still pointed more or less true north, but was allowing the expansion of the federal government at a rapid pace under FDR’s New Deal. We can’t agree that the compass is still pointing in the proper direction, but we can assert with confidence that this is an issue best left to the states, not the federal government — just as the Founders intended. Sessions is correct when he speaks of prosecutors managing the Justice Department’s “finite resources,” but he fails to advocate for how this issue can best be addressed.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Social Media Tribalism and ‘Fake News’29 — Facebook has yet another strategy to influence what its users see and believe about the world.
    Trump Effect vs. Democrat Rhetoric30 — Democrats’ doom and gloom warnings against Republican tax cuts simply don’t reflect reality.
    Planned Parenthood’s Blood Money Up $100 Million31 — Despite facing a dwindling clientele, revenues aren’t heading in the same direction.
    Oregon Self-Serve Gas Pass Ignites Controversy32 — Boom! If it weren’t 2018, we wouldn’t even believe that some people are complaining.
    Humor Video: Being a Social Justice Warrior33 — YouTube humorist JP Sears takes a crack at the code of being a “social justice warrior.”

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Rich Lowry: The Trumpist Gets Trumped34
    Michael Reagan: Calling Out Congress35
    David Harsanyi: ‘Economists Say’ a Lot of Things. Many of Them Are Wrong36
    Todd Starnes: University Student Argues in Favor of Killing Newborn Babies37

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion38.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Erick Erickson: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has declared that he will reverse an Obama administration position allowing states to decide on marijuana legalization. Now, local United States Attorneys will be empowered to decide. But neither the Obama administration nor Jeff Sessions should do anything other than enforce the law, and federal law criminalizes marijuana. The solution here is not to ignore the federal law but to repeal it. To do otherwise empowers individuals beyond the rule of law and puts the whims of officials ahead of the will of the people. … As long as a federal law is on the books making marijuana possession a criminal act, a bureaucrat in Washington can wipe out the market and a thriving industry. You can scream all you want that they should not do it, but they can and the only thing in life more certain than even death and taxes is that a bureaucrat will act arbitrarily and capriciously when the mood strikes. … Congress should scuttle most of the federal criminal law in an effort to restore the balance of power to the states. I am indifferent on marijuana legalization, but many states are not and Congress should let the system and rule of law work instead of undermining the rule of law by empowering the arbitrariness and capriciousness of men.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Do you wish to be free? Then above all things, love God, love your neighbor, love one another, love the common weal; then you will have true liberty.” —Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498.)

For the record: “This is the crux of the matter: Bannon thinks he created Trump, and Trump thinks he created Bannon. They had a fundamental disagreement about who was using whom, and in any such conflict, the president of the United States is going to win. … Trump’s base is Trump’s. No one ever voted for Steve Bannon, and now he is on the wrong side of the president in whose name he has presumed to speak.” —Rich Lowry

Change: “Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!” —Donald Trump

Braying Jackass: “We are almost through a calendar year of the Trump presidency. President Trump can no longer be given the benefit of the doubt that comes with learning one of the toughest jobs in the world. And my Republican colleagues should no longer be given a pass by the American people if they fail to speak out — or take action — against this behavior. Their silence … is complicity in the degradation of the presidency and the power of this country.” —Chuck Schumer

The BIG Lie: “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis.” —Al Gore


And last… “With government, politicians need the votes of poor people every few years — something that’s abstract and people don’t place much value on. Capitalists, on the other hand, are competing for their dollars every single day. A dollar is something like a vote with a direct consequence. And poor people collectively with their dollars have even more influence than collectively with their votes.” —Frank Fleming

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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The Patriot Post® · Mid-Day Digest

Jan. 5, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/53273

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Obama never let a crisis go to waste, banning offshore drilling, but Trump counters.
    December’s job creation was a bit disappointing, but we might blame the cold.
    Jeff Sessions undoes Obama’s marijuana enforcement guidelines.
    Social media tribalism and “fake news” go hand in hand.
    Oregon allows self-serve gas, residents lose their minds in a hilarious kerfuffle.
    Democrats keep crying “Armageddon” about tax cuts while Americans already benefit.
    Planned Parenthood hemorrhages customers but keeps raking in the money.
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights.” —Benjamin Franklin

IN BRIEF

Trump Drills Another Obama Regulation1


By Thomas Gallatin

Acting to reverse yet another one of Barack Obama’s onerous policies, President Donald Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a new plan to open up more than 90% of the U.S.‘s Outer Continental Shelf to potential oil drilling and energy development. Recall back in 2010, following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama enacted severe restrictions on offshore drilling, essentially prohibiting energy extraction on 94% of the Outer Continental Shelf. It was classic Obama, never letting a crisis go to waste. He took advantage of an uncommon disaster as a pretext for aggressively pushing his leftist economic and climate agenda under the guise of needing to protect the environment. Obama’s decision negatively impacted the nation’s economy as well as the federal government’s coffers. From 2008 to 2016, the fed saw a drop from $18 billion down to $2.8 billion in offshore activities tax revenue.

In announcing the policy change, Zinke said, “We’re embarking on a new path for energy dominance in America, particularly on offshore. This is a clear difference between energy weakness and energy dominance. We are going to become the strongest energy superpower.” The Interior Department then announced that it would hold at least 47 lease sales between 2019 and 2024, the majority of which would be off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposal would also free up the waters off the California coast, which have been closed to drilling since 1969.

From a national security and economic stand point, Trump’s good move will benefit the country. It would significantly increase the U.S.’s move toward energy independence, stimulate more economic growth and increase government revenue. However, politically speaking, it will be met with some resistance. Already, two Florida Republicans, Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio, have pushed back on the plan, requesting that Florida’s coastal waters remain under Obama’s moratorium. North Carolina has also responded coldly to the news. The reality is that both these states rely heavily on coastal tourism and fear the potential economic consequences from negative public perception of offshore energy drilling.

But the fact remains that reversing Obama’s extreme moratorium does not change the fact that the U.S. has the world’s most stringent regulations when it comes to offshore drilling. Trump is simply seeking to level the playing field for the energy industry, which Obama had gone out of his way to actively stack the deck against.

December Economy Feeling Chilly Weather’s Effects?2

By Jordan Candler

December’s jobs report was underwhelming, particularly when compared to recent months. For example, 252,000 jobs were generated in November, but December saw just 148,000 — a month-over-month reduction of 104,000 and about 42,000 fewer than economists’ expectations, according to CNBC3. At 4.1%, the headline unemployment rate remained static, though the U-6 rate, a better measure, ticked up to 8.1% from 8%. Most of the jobs report blame is being pegged on the retail industry, which fell by roughly 20,000 jobs, and that certainly makes sense as brick and mortar stores are still grappling with Internet sales. But other factors may be at play.

While the jobs numbers failed to meet economists’ expectations, there was one person who anticipated the possibility of a lackluster report. On Nov. 30, meteorologist and Patriot Post contributor Joe Bastardi warned, “Caution: December Weather May Cause Skidding of the Economy4.” Americans were accustomed to unseasonable warm Decembers in recent years, but Bastardi foresaw a major change this time around. He wrote, “The potential for more extreme cold between Dec. 10 and Jan. 10 has us very concerned.” In fact, his research revealed that the coming cold “would have a huge effect on the economy in almost all sectors from the Plains and areas east.”

Of course, climate change alarmists are tying the U.S. deep freeze to man-made global warming. Guys like Al Gore are proclaiming, “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis.” Which is rubbish — analogs derived from Bastardi provide example after example of similar extreme patterns before global warming was even part of the discussion. And deep freezes like our current one add credence to the idea that cold weather hurts the economy far more than warm weather.

By the way, Bastardi expects milder temperatures later this month, but anomalous cold could return in February. So a similar jobs report could presumably be in the offing when February’s economic analysis is released. January’s buzzkill report is neither the fault of Donald Trump’s economic policies — in fact, investors appear mostly unbothered — nor the result of man-made global warming. But expect naysayers to portray it that way anyway.

Top Headlines5

    Manufacturing in the U.S. just accelerated to its best year since 2004 (Bloomberg6)

    U.S. created 148,000 jobs in December, vs. 190,000 jobs expected (CNBC3)

    Trump administration plan would widely expand drilling in U.S. continental waters (The Washington Post7)

    Federal judge obliterates Fusion GPS’ attempt to hide info from investigators (The Federalist8.)

    FBI launches new Clinton Foundation investigation over pay-to-play; Justice Department looks into her email server (The Hill9)

    Trump administration seeks $18 billion over decade to expand border wall (The Wall Street Journal10)

    U.S. suspends most security assistance to Pakistan (NPR11)

    Demo leader Keith Ellison endorses antifa (Powerline12)

    NFL’s TV ratings dropped 10% this season amid lower attendance (Fox News13)

    Humor: Mayor declares Chicago crime-free zone, criminals disperse (The Babylon Bee14)

    Policy: Global warming isn’t making weather more extreme (Investor’s Business Daily15)

    Policy: Cure for cold: more drilling, more pipelines (E2116)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report17.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Marijuana: When the Rule of Law Goes to Pot18


By Michael Swartz

In the late 1930s, a film called “Reefer Madness” was released as a morality tale emphasizing the dangers of marijuana use. Since that era, and even when the film was used as a method of spoofing what advocates of legalization considered draconian laws and old-fashioned societal mores regarding pot, federal law has remained consistent in making it illegal, including for medical use. Even in Colorado and Washington where marijuana use is legal under state law, smoking it for any reason, medical or not, puts the user under a very slight risk of arrest and incarceration under federal statutes.

As marijuana laws have been liberalized and penalties reduced by local and state governments to a point where it’s no more of an issue than a speeding ticket, guidance from Barack Obama’s Justice Department gave local prosecutors the option to maintain a “hands-off” approach despite the fact that marijuana laws were unchanged at the federal level.

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The common thread in the government-loving leftist narrative is that government has a right to whatever portion of our earnings it deems necessary to achieve its ends, with taxpayers as slaves whose labor provides the necessary funding.

Democrats have hijacked and distorted language and turned it on its face, accusing workers who want to keep more of their money to provide for their families of being “greedy,” while painting government, which takes our earnings by force to give to those who have not earned it, as altruistic. Harvard economist Thomas Sowell captures the essence of this looking-glass logic, stating, “I have never understood why it is 'greed’ to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”

As to the why of the progressive Democrat pursuit of what renowned economist Frederic Bastiat called “legal plunder,” well, that is a logical political calculation on their part, and it comes down to raw power. For, as socialist playwright George Bernard Shaw smugly noted, “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.” Democrats seek to steal greater amounts from a shrinking number of workers, with the clear knowledge that voters benefitting from the redistribution of those ill-gotten gains will keep them in power.

Democrats claim to be horrified at the thought that tax cuts will (allegedly) increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years (as if keeping money in private hands, rather than ever-expanding government spending, is the problem). Yet an astute observer would note these same Democrats happily ran up the deficit during the Barack Obama years, resulting in $10 trillion in new debt.

Tax cuts are good policy. As liberal icon John F. Kennedy declared in 1962, in calling for significant cuts to the corporate and personal income tax rates, “In short, it is a paradoxical truth that … the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now.”

Tax cuts are also morally sound, allowing free men and women to provide for the care of their families, rather than be rendered serfs on a government master’s plantation, retaining just enough of the fruits of their labor to maintain subsistence.

And while leftists claim taxes need to be higher so the so-called “rich” can pay their “fair share,” let’s remind them they can voluntarily donate more of their money to government if they wish. That is, unless they wish to admit their philosophy is not about caring for the needy, but about cultivating envy and justifying theft.

Thus, speaking of benevolence with money, another fear33 regarding the impact of tax cuts is that, with the standard deductions and child tax credits doubling, it will drastically reduce the number of people who itemize and, therefore, reduce the number of people who give to charity.

Such a thought shows a misunderstanding of the nature of charity, which is a voluntary, individual act (by definition, government cannot be charitable, because it uses force). The American people are empirically the most generous people on Earth34, giving twice as much in personal charity as the next closest country, Canada.

People give to charity not for tax breaks (which would be silly; the taxes saved are far less than the amount given to charity), but out of a sincere desire to help their fellow man. Last year alone, individual Americans donated nearly $300 billion to charity, nearly three times more than was donated by foundations and corporations.

The reality is that with more money in their own pockets, there will be more available for Americans to donate to charity. Multiple studies show the more conservative and religious a person is35, the more they donate to charity, both in hard dollars and as a percentage of income. (Perhaps that’s tied with the way leftists think about taxes and deductions.) There is no reason to think the tax cuts will do anything but encourage even greater charitable giving, since those who were previously barely making ends meet may now have the means, and the desire, to share.

And voluntary sharing is a very good thing. Government redistribution is not.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Will Democrats Run Against Peace and Prosperity in 2018?39 — They can’t support Trump’s position on Iran or economic growth. So that leaves opposition.
    California: The Lawless State40 — Democrats’ new “sanctuary” law protecting illegal aliens went into effect on Monday.
    Washington Post Pollutes Scott Pruitt’s EPA41 — According to the newspaper, the EPA is “one of Trump’s most powerful tools.” Actually, it was Obama’s.
    Humor Video: 2017 in Review — We Are All OFFENDED!42 — YouTuber Chad Prather takes aim at Trump derangement, how everything is racist, and more.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Larry Elder: Instead of ‘Infrastructure Investment,’ How About Killing Davis-Bacon?43
    Victor Davis Hanson: Will Nuclear North Korea Survive 2018?44
    George Will: America Needs a Balanced-Budget Amendment More Than Ever45
    Ed Feulner: A Six-Question Test for 2018, and Beyond46
    Ann Coulter: Al Franken’s Touching Departure47

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion48.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Larry Elder: “What if, instead of spending more on infrastructure, the government began paying nearly 20 percent less for projects? And how about pushing privatization, where possible, over the inevitably more costly government spending? The Davis-Bacon Act, a Depression-era measure, was designed to thwart black workers from competing against white workers. It requires federal contractors to pay ‘prevailing union wages.’ This act sought to shut out black workers from competing for construction jobs… It is remarkable the Davis-Bacon still lives despite its racist intent and its discriminatory effect — to this day — on black workers. Passed in 1931, two Republicans teamed up to sponsor it. In a labor market dominated by exclusionary unions that demanded above-market wages, blacks, at the time, competed by working for less money than the unionists. Davis-Bacon stopped this by requiring federal contractors to pay prevailing local union wages, causing massive black unemployment. Lawmakers made no secret of the law’s goal. … Davis-Bacon adds as much as 20 percent more to the cost of any federal project. And most states have enacted local Davis-Bacon laws that similarly jack up the price of those government construction projects. This brings us to privatization. Why not encourage more projects to be built and run by the private market?”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.” —Elizabeth Harrison (1897-1955)

For the record: “As Americans, you need identification, sometimes in a very strong and accurate form, for almost everything you do…..except when it comes to the most important thing, VOTING for the people that run your country. Push hard for Voter Identification!” —Donald Trump

But also for the record: “[Donald] Trump is less an aberration than a leader for his time. In his rhetorical contempt for free speech, his ignorance of basic constitutional facts, his addiction to drama and ratings, his personalization of every political question and conflict, and his uncanny ability to bring out the same qualities in his biggest detractors, he breathes new life into H.L. Mencken’s definition of democracy as ‘the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.’” —Jonah Goldberg

Throwing Hillary under the bus? “I don’t think any Democrat would’ve beaten Donald Trump, aside from President Obama.” —former Clinton adviser Philippe Reines

Braying Jenny: “I don’t want to hear about the silence of me. I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump. I want to hear from her. She has so much that’s valuable to say. And so does Ivanka. I want her to speak now.” —Meryl Streep on the sexual misconduct scandal in Hollywood

Belly laugh of the week: “I’m sad that [Al Franken] resigned. I happen to know him for decades and decades and I can tell you that all he cares about is the well-being of the lives of his constituents in Minnesota. It’s just all he thinks about, it’s all he cares about — and his wife.” —Sarah Silverman

And last… “Cold weather proves climate change, warm weather also proves climate change, but weather isn’t climate because shut up skeptic.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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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Jan. 4, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/53245

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    The FBI fixated on Trump and fixed the investigation for Clinton. The story continues…
    Steve Bannon dumps Trump, but the president hits back with a cannon.
    Charity, taxes and how Democrats distort language.
    Democrats plan for 2018: Oppose peace and prosperity.
    California’s lawlessness has real and sometimes humorous consequences.
    Is Scott Pruitt using the EPA as a powerful tool, or is he reining it in?
    Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

IN BRIEF

More Evidence the FBI Fixated on Trump, Fixed for Clinton1


By Nate Jackson

The never-ending story of Donald Trump, Russia, Hillary Clinton and the FBI continues. Today’s highlights include some important markers.

On Aug. 24, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray received subpoenas from the House Intelligence Committee to turn over any documents related to the phony anti-Donald Trump dossier produced by British spook Christopher Steele for Fusion GPS. The same dossier that was funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC2. The exceedingly generous deadline for subpoena compliance was yesterday, so, naturally, these officials filled the interim with delays and excuses, waiting until Wednesday evening to agree to a deal with Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to provide the requested information. Nunes last week threatened the pair3 with contempt charges if they failed to do so. We’ll see what revelations we learn.

Speaking of Fusion GPS, its founders, former Wall Street Journal reporters Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, penned a New York Times op-ed4 claiming victim status in Republicans’ “fake investigations.” The pair seek to rebut the charge at the center of it all — that the dossier prompted the FBI’s investigation into Trump/Russian “collusion” in the first place: “We don’t believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.‘s investigation into Russian meddling.”

However, as former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy outlines in what we consider an indispensable timeline5 of the dossier and the FBI, their claim is less than believable. While the FBI and Justice Department continue to stonewall on their use of the dossier, McCarthy asserts, “Contrary to what I hoped would be the case, I’ve come to believe Steele’s claims were used to obtain FISA surveillance authority for an investigation of Trump.”

Meanwhile, there’s the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illegal activities with her private email server. Republican investigators say they’ve uncovered hard evidence6 that the FBI knew Clinton broke the law and that at least one witness lied to the FBI — in this case the technical expert who worked for Bleach Bit and wiped Clinton’s server (“like with a cloth or something7”) after a congressional subpoena. His admission of lying came one day after James Comey8 began drafting his statement exonerating Clinton. That and other outstanding FBI evidence gathering, plus interviews with 17 witnesses including Clinton herself, meant that damning information was still coming to light even as Comey was letting Clinton off the hook. The lying witness wasn’t prosecuted; he was given an immunity deal.

All of the above is how banana republics operate, not republics defined by constitutional Rule of Law. And yet somehow, nothing is surprising any longer.

Trump Nukes Bannon9

By Thomas Gallatin

President Donald Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon, who was fired last August10, has found himself in a verbal spat with Trump over recently released excerpts from a new tell-all book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, written by Michael Wolff. In the book, Wolff quotes Bannon as saying that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting11 with a Russian lawyer, in which he expected to receive dirt on Hillary Clinton, was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” Bannon’s words in the book imply that there is something to the whole Trump/Russia collusion narrative. However, Bannon was singing a different tune last September. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Bannon said of the whole thing, “There’s nothing to the Russia investigation. It’s a waste of time.” He continued, “Look, I was there. It’s a total and complete farce. Russia collusion is a farce.”

On Wednesday, Trump responded to Bannon as only Trump does, holding nothing back as he unloaded on his former adviser. In an official statement, Trump said that after he was fired Bannon “lost his mind.” Trump then set the record straight regarding who was behind the problem of damaging leaks to the media during the early months of his presidency: “Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was.” Given that the leaks largely stopped after Bannon’s dismissal, this seems right.

Meanwhile, Trump’s attorney warned Bannon “that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our client. Legal action is imminent.”

Then, Wednesday evening, Bannon seemed to act as if there was no feud between him and Trump. “The president of the United States is a great man,” he said. “You know, I support him day in and day out.” On Thursday morning, Bannon further commented, “Nothing will ever come between us and President Trump and his agenda. We’re tight on this agenda as we’ve ever been.”

What’s going on here? Well, Trump’s final line in his statement on Bannon seems to hit at the heart of the issue. After referencing how he and Republican members of Congress have worked to make America great again12, Trump said, “Like me, [Republicans] love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.” Clearly, Trump is pointing at Bannon, who is neither Republican nor Democrat, but a deeply disgruntled man who seeks to lead the anti-establishment revolution. It’s one thing to drain the swamp with an eye toward fixing what’s broken — making it great again — rather than blowing it all up because it doesn’t suit. (Bannon’s support for Roy Moore13 comes to mind.) The truth is Bannon seems to be a radical idealist, while Trump is a bomb-thrower but ultimately a pragmatist who’s willing to work toward fixing things rather than blowing it all up.

Top Headlines14

    House Intel committee to get long-sought documents from DOJ on Fusion GPS (Fox News15)

    GOP senator says Comey likely leaked classified information (The Washington Times16)

    Senate easily confirms Pentagon’s No. 3 despite opposition from Elizabeth Warren (Washington Examiner17)

    The Dow hits record 25,000 — What it means for the market overall (Market Watch18.)

    2017 second best year for gun sales (The Washington Free Beacon19)

    Food stamp rolls decline by more than two million in FY 2017 (The Washington Free Beacon20)

    Trump ex-campaign chair Manafort sues Mueller, Rosenstein and Department of Justice (CNBC21)

    Trump says Bannon “lost his mind” after leaving the White House (Bloomberg22)

    Wonder what burned? Fire breaks out at Hillary and Bill Clinton’s compound in Chappaqua (Fox News23)

    Humor: Citing freezing weather conditions, Al Gore cancels global warming speech (The Babylon Bee24)

    Policy: The critics of proactive policing are wrong (City Journal25)

    Policy: How the U.S. can support Iran’s anti-regime protests (The Washington Free Beacon26)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report27.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Democrat Outrage Over GOP Tax Cuts Unfounded, Immoral28


By Louis DeBroux

The progressive Democrat outrage over the recently signed Republican tax reform law provides both a fascinating insight into the minds of leftists and a unique opportunity to discuss taxes and spending from a moral standpoint.

Democrats are clearly infuriated at the idea that the federal government will now be prevented from confiscating quite as much of the earnings of tens of millions of Americans as it did last year. In a bizarre twist of logic, Democrats see tax cuts as greedy American citizens stealing from government29. That is evidenced in their rhetoric, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling the tax cuts “Armageddon30,” and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accusing Republicans of “giving the richest few a bigger piece of the pie.”

Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) called it a “looting of the federal treasury,” at least before conceding to CNN’s Jake Tapper31 that 91% of the middle class he claims to champion will, in fact, benefit from the Republican tax cuts, and then blaming Republicans for not making the cuts permanent. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) brilliantly trolled Sanders32 on Twitter, inviting him to co-sponsor legislation doing just that.

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Economic growth will be boosted by record cuts in government regulations18 and new accountability measures. The Trump administration eliminated 22 regulations for each new one enacted. Trump signed 15 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, more than any other president.

The rogue EPA19, which has been weaponized by Democrats to control and micromanage economic development, is being reined in. Trump has unleashed energy development to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources. And the so-called “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau20” has been put on notice.

And on the coattails of the U.S. economic recovery, the global economy grew at a faster rate than it has since 2011. That’s American leadership. The Trump administration has worked to close hundreds of billions in deals to sell American products abroad. And in recent months foreign companies have announced $50 billion in new U.S. projects.

Trump has put America first by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, working to modify NAFTA, and saying farewell21 to the utopian socialists’ so-called “climate change22” treaty.

While economic strength certainly bolsters Liberty, Trump nomination of more than 70 conservative federal judges, including that of now-Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch23 for the seat vacated by the revered late Justice Antonin Scalia24, has been a critical step to ensuring Liberty for the next generation. Republicans confirmed a record-setting 12 conservative federal circuit judges.

And the year in foreign policy has been favorable, unless you’re an adversary of the United States. The most notable advances in U.S. national security interests would certainly include Trump’s confrontation of China’s nuclear puppet, North Korea and Kim Jong-un25.

Just a few short years ago, we heard that “al-Qa'ida is on the run26.” And when that proved untrue, we heard that “we’ve contained them27.” Today, however, we can truthfully report that al-Qa'ida’s bloodier successor, the Islamic State28, founded in effect by Obama and Clinton29, is really on the run, having been largely eradicated from its rat holes in Iraq and areas of Syria30. However, so-called “lone wolf31” Islamist sympathizers remain a daunting threat32 to Western Europe and the U.S.

Further, there are emerging democracy movements around the world fueled by the knowledge that they will now have U.S. support. The most notable movement now underway is that challenging the terrorist-sponsoring Islamist theocracy of Iran33.

Notably, despite the overwhelmingly anti-Trump media34 in his first year, versus Obama’s overwhelmingly adoring media in his first year, their approval ratings are virtually identical35, with both at 46% at the end of their first year.

Leftists have thus far failed to derail Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda, so in collusion with their Leftmedia public relations outlets, they’ve created a colossal fake news farce to undermine public support for our duly elected president, most notably their claims of Russian collusion and corruption36. However, now that it appears to be Clinton who orchestrated the collusion delusion37, the Democrats’ next line of attack ahead of this year’s midterm elections will most likely be “sexual harassment38” claims.

Before the end of this month, I’ll be covering in detail the critical issues for maintaining control of the House and Senate this year, starting with the “Trump Effect — Good and Bad,” then covering the abject corruption among Obama’s deep-state operatives within the Department of Justice and the Demos’ Detestable DACA strategy.

But for now, let me just say that I’m grateful for the year just passed for many reasons — and that the future prospects for Liberty are in much better hands than they might have been.

I hope you and your family had a peaceful and joyous Christmas and that many blessings, large and small, come your way throughout this New Year. Know that your Patriot team is all about resolve, not resolutions39, as we remain on the wall day in and day out.

In the spirit of Christmas joy, allow me to leave you with a great story that you may have missed last week.

On Christmas Day, an eight-year-old boy in Washington County, Utah, fell through pond ice while chasing his dog. He was submerged in the frigid water for 30 minutes before being rescued by Sgt. Aaron Thompson40. That child has recovered and is now home41. His father called the encounter “a Christmas Miracle.”

Indeed, it was!

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

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