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 on: April 06, 2018, 09:09:50 AM 
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Our Refuge

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” (Psalm 46:1-2)

“The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9). What a comfort it is, in these days of turmoil and opposition, to know that our Lord is “a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat” (Isaiah 25:4).

Our refuge is strong and secure. The psalmist testifies: “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalm 91:2). Then God answers: “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee” (Psalm 91:9-10 and see also vv. 10-13).

Not only does our refuge provide safety and protection, but no other refuge will do. After identifying our refuge by the words “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste [or be ‘alarmed’]” (Isaiah 28:16), God warns that those who refuse His true refuge will receive instead His “judgment,” for He “shall sweep away the refuge of lies” (Isaiah 28:17).

The apostle Peter, fresh from his personal encounters with his risen Lord, confronted the Jewish leaders with their serious error of rejection. “This is the stone which was set at nought of you” (Acts 4:11). In his charge, however, he included the precious truth: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (v. 12). Our refuge, our sure foundation, is none other than our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom we have “fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:18). JDM

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 on: April 05, 2018, 07:37:06 AM 
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God's Perfect Way

“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.” (2 Samuel 22:31)

This is the 30th verse (out of 50) in David’s great “song of deliverance,” evidently considered by God to be of sufficient importance to have it included twice (2 Samuel 22 and Psalm 18) in His written Word. Its testimony is greatly needed.

One of the most common excuses given by men for rejecting the God of the Bible is their opinion that His ways are unfair. Even Christians are prone to complain at the way God deals with them. But the fact that we may not understand God’s ways hardly gives us the right to pass judgment on them. He often reminds us in His Word that His way is perfect and His Word has been tried and proved, again and again. “For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4). “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul” (Psalm 19:7).

We need to settle it in our hearts that, whether we understand them or not, God’s ways are always perfect. What He does is right, and whatever He says must be true by definition. His ways are always in the context of eternity, but we leap to judgment in terms of present inconvenience.

His perfect way is seen most fully in Christ, and His truth is heard most clearly in Christ, for “I am the way,” He said, and I am “the truth” (John 14:6). Yet, Christ’s way was through the cross, and His truth was opposed by the father of lies (John 8:44). God’s way for us may also lead us into suffering and great opposition, but His way is always perfect, and His Word is tried and true. If we trust Him through it all, He will be our buckler as He was for David. “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (Proverbs 30:5). HMM

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 on: April 04, 2018, 05:14:04 PM 
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The Nature Of Grace
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


To a young Christian who kept bemoaning his failures and lack of spiritual growth, and wondering how God could love him, a more mature believer responded substantially as follows:

“When I leave here and return to my home I will pick up my little baby girl and put her on my knee. Tired as I am, I will dandle her on my knee and, somehow, looking into that darling face and those pretty blue eyes, I will soon feel rested and refreshed.

“This is strange, in a way, for she does not love me. She doesn’t even know what love is.

“She doesn’t appreciate my problems and has no sympathy for me. My heart can be burdened with grief or filled with anxiety, and my mind vexed with difficult problems, but she doesn’t even know or care. She just keeps gurgling and giggling at the attention I lavish upon her.

“She doesn’t contribute one cent toward the needs of our family; indeed, she costs me a great deal of money and will for years to come. Yet I love that child more than I can say. There is no sacrifice I would not make for her; no good thing I would not gladly give her.”

Such is the grace of God toward us, His children. It does not depend upon our faithfulness to Him or our appreciation of His love to us. He loves us with an unspeakable love and keeps lavishing upon us “the riches of His grace” simply because we are His children in Christ, the Beloved One. And strangely, is it not precisely this fact that proves to be our greatest incentive to give ourselves to Him in loving service and sacrifice as we grow in grace?

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 on: April 04, 2018, 05:12:46 PM 
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Don't Give Up
by Pastor John Fredericksen


Being in the pastorate can be discouraging. After all, you are an obvious target for criticism. The messages are always too long or too short, you use too many illustrations or not enough, the content is too deep or too shallow, you stand too strongly on biblical truth or not strongly enough, and so it goes. On one occasion, I had a Christian leader harshly dress me down in public for 45 minutes and accused me of a variety of things I simply had not done. He only thought I had done them. I left that meeting so discouraged; I just wanted to give up the ministry, and maybe even give up walking with the Lord. Thankfully, He sent me encouragement when I needed it most.

Being discouraged spiritually isn’t exclusive to pastors either. All believers encounter this at one time or another. You can almost feel the sorrow of heart when you read the testimonies of God’s men of the past. David wrote: “I had fainted…” (Psa. 27:13), Jeremiah said: “When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me” (Jer. 8:18.), and Jonah said: “…my soul fainted within me” (Jonah 2:7). They were so discouraged and spiritually weakened that they simply felt like giving up. Thankfully, these servants of God did not give up, and there is much to learn from what carried them through.

Jonah relates to us how he found the strength to carry on: “I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto Thee, into Thine holy temple” (Jonah 2:7). Coupled with obedience to God’s will, his discouragement turned when he stayed his mind on the Lord in prayer. Similarly, Isaiah proclaims: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength…they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). As you can see, Isaiah also found it helpful to focus his thoughts on the Lord through prayer.

The Apostle Paul had opposition from without and from within the company of believers, and had much to be discouraged about, but he didn’t quit. His testimony was: “seeing we have this ministry…we faint not” (II Cor. 4:1). He kept his heart focused on serving the Savior, with Galatians 6:9 in mind: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Simply put, heaven and reward from the Savior strengthened the resolve of this servant. It can for us too.

Are you discouraged spiritually? Don’t quit! Pray, focus on the importance of serving Christ, and rejoice in future reward!

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 on: April 04, 2018, 05:11:00 PM 
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If God would take the covering off the mouth of Hell!

(Joseph Alleine, "Alarm to the Unconverted" 1671)

O unbeliever! Look down into the bottomless pit! Do you see how the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever? What do you think of those chains of darkness? Can you be content to burn forever? Do you see how the worm gnaws--how the fire rages? Do you see that great gulf of perdition? Will you take up your habitation there?

O lay your ear to the door of Hell! Do you hear the curses and blasphemies, the weepings and wailings? How they lament their follies, and curse their day! How do they roar and gnash their teeth! How deep their groans! How inconceivable their miseries!

O how fearful would the cry be--if God would take the covering off the mouth of Hell, and let the cry of the damned ascend in all its terror among men! And of their moans and miseries--this is the piercing, killing emphasis and theme: "Forever! forever!"

As God lives, you are but a few hours away from all this--unless you are converted! If there is anything that may be called madness and folly, and anything that may be counted absurd, brutish, and unreasonable, it is this--to go on in your unconverted state!

O sinners, see what a God you have to deal with. If you will but turn, "He will have compassion on you--He will subdue your iniquities, and cast all your sins into the depths of the sea!"

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 on: April 04, 2018, 05:09:38 PM 
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We have the unspeakable consolation!

(James Buchanan, "Comfort in Affliction" 1837)

"He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all--how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32

We have the unspeakable consolation of knowing that the same divine and compassionate Redeemer who suffered, and bled, and died on for us--has the entire management of our affairs; and that nothing can happen in the course of providence, which is not appointed by Him "Who loved us and gave Himself for us!"

In proportion to our persuasion of His love for us, should be our confidence in His government over us. And what proof of sincerity, or what pledge of love, can we desire--which is not given by His past dealings on our behalf? If He died for us on the cruel cross--then certainly He will now, when all things are put under His power, "make all things work together for our good!"

We may rest assured that the love which He manifested for us on earth, is but a pledge of the love which He still bears to us--and that He will neither forget nor forsake us, until He has accomplished the grand end of His mission, by our deliverance from all evil, and our joyful entrance into the glorious kingdom of Heaven!

Oh! how cheering to know, that amidst the joys of Heaven--Jesus has not forgotten any one of His "little flock" for whom He suffered in the garden and on the cross!

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 on: April 04, 2018, 05:07:02 PM 
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The Patriot Post® · Who Killed MLK's Dream?
By Mark Alexander · Apr. 4, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/55144-who-killed-mlks-dream

“Every measure of prudence, therefore, ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States. … I have, throughout my whole life, held the practice of slavery in … abhorrence.” —John Adams (1819)

On this day 50 years ago, April 4, 1968, 39-year-old Martin Luther King Jr.1 was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee, by a racist sociopath from Alton, Illinois, named James Earl Ray.

The night before his death, King preached at the Mason Temple, headquarters of the Church of God in Christ. Having been warned of threats against him, he prophetically declared:

“I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

Dr. Gary S. Smith, emeritus chairman of Grove City College’s history department, observed that King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” sermon “ranks with John Winthrop’s ‘A Model of Christian Charity’ and Jonathan Edwards’ ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ as among America’s most famous.”

King’s pastoral influence in that era was rivaled only by his friend Billy Graham2.

That fateful day in 1968 was a Thursday, and King was killed around 6:00 in the evening. On Friday, Dr. King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, and three of her children, joined by faith leaders and thousands of citizens, marched in Memphis to support King’s work.

I was an 11-year-old kid in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and I recall that at noon on that Friday, Chattanooga’s mayor called for a memorial service at a noted local venue, led by black and white community leaders and attended by 1,500 citizens. There was a dusk-to-dawn curfew enacted several days after King’s assassination, because a few hundred black high school students congregated to express their frustration. I recall the distinct quiet during those curfew nights — unlike many other large cities, there was no violence and the curfew was lifted.

Riots elsewhere were an affront to King’s insistence on nonviolent protest, and they resulted in 40 deaths and significant property damage. More than 100,000 soldiers and guardsmen were called up to support police and firefighters.

In 1968, I had no real sense of abject racism or school segregation. There was only one elementary school in our suburban community, and we had black classmates from kindergarten forward. There were degrees of inequality, but little overt racial tension in our town, which MLK had referenced in his famous 1963 “I Have a Dream3” speech in Washington: “Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.” (He had never been to our small town but had visited Chattanooga in 1960.)

In fact, though there were plenty of racist haters, both white and black, in the South, I would not fully experience ethnic division and racial hatred firsthand until the mid-1970s as a high-school student in Connecticut. On a few occasions while defending black friends, we rumbled with racist “greasers” (the North’s version of “rednecks”) in pool halls and bowling alleys. But it was my many weekend trips to Boston and New York where I first experienced widespread systemic hatred.

Everybody hated everybody. The Italians hated the blacks hated the Irish hated the Jews hated … ad nauseam. Here, there was overt ethnic and racial division the likes of which I had never experienced in the South. Though the most noted racial tensions in the ‘60s had been in the “Deep South,” which has since been stereotyped, I found out that ignorance and hatred were not geographically specific.

It was only when I returned to the South, after graduating from a state police academy and completing my undergraduate degree, that in a law-enforcement capacity I was sent to “observe” a few of the KKK events still occurring — events that also defied geographic stereotypes. At the first major Klan event I witnessed in Georgia as part of a federal task force in 1982, the two ranking Klansmen were both from the Northeast.

But Martin King understood racism in the North.

In 1966, he went to what would later become Barack Obama’s4 hometown, Chicago, which was then, as it is now, a violent city. King went there in an effort to cool the hotbed of racial hatred that was emerging in that city, mostly fomented by the Democrat power brokers under then-Mayor Richard Daley.

After his visit, King observed, “I’ve been to Mississippi and Alabama and I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi.” No small irony that MLK would be murdered by an Illinois racist.

Forty years later, Obama, a neophyte “community organizer” from that same racist hotbed, a student of Marxist mentors5 and a disciple of afrocentric hatred indoctrinated by his “pastor,” Jeremiah Wright6, was raised up by the Democrat Party7 to become president.

In the five decades since King’s death, the Party of Obama has institutionalized racial division as a central strategy of its political platform — with the help of an opportunistic King lieutenant, Jesse Jackson, and other poverty pimps like Al Sharpton, all of whom have betrayed King’s “dream.”

In King’s most famous speech, to more than 250,000 people at the National Mall in Washington, DC, he declared, “I have a dream8 that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ … I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. … And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.”

But the Democrat Party9 of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s era has devolved into a political machine fueled by hate and division — one that has turned the wisdom of this iconic sovereign’s most quoted remark upside down. It’s as if King had said, “I have a dream that my children will be judged by the color of their skin, not the content of their character.”

Today’s Democrat leaders are consummate race-bait hustlers10 who have defiled King’s legacy — and that of Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglas. They’re intent on keeping poor blacks enslaved on modern day urban poverty plantations11, the effluent of the so-called “Great Society12.” For Democrats, black lives matter13 only inasmuch as they are a dependent voting bloc.

But there are also bold black Americans who have rejected the Left’s statism and institutional victimhood, and they are thus subject to the condemnation of many on the Left. One of the most outspoken detractors of the Left’s orthodoxy is MLK’s niece, Alveda King. She was 17 at the time of her uncle’s assassination, and she has offered some insights14 on the anniversary of his death.

She recalls a conversation with her father on that day in which she said, “I hate white people, they killed Uncle M.L.”

He replied, “No, white people didn’t kill my brother; white people didn’t kill your uncle. White people march with us, pray with us, go to jail with us, live with us, die with us. No, no, the devil did this. You have to forgive; you have to forgive.”

Such forgiveness is anathema to most of today’s black leaders.

Alveda added, “Acts 17:26 says, ‘Of one blood God made all people, to live together on the face of the earth.’ So we can be brothers and sisters because we are one blood; we are the human race. And I believe if my uncle were here today, he’d like for us to consider ourselves as human beings, not different races. One race, colorblind.”

We should all remember that Liberty is colorblind15.

In 1967, King, who began as a preacher at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, declared, “Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling [and] remains my greatest commitment. [All] I do in civil rights I do because I consider it a part of my ministry.”

And it is in that context that he is best remembered.

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

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 on: April 04, 2018, 05:05:26 PM 
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Over the last couple of years, the Post has repeatedly published stories that have subsequently been debunked — for example, falsely claiming former FBI Director James Comey was fired for requesting more funds to investigate Russian collusion, and falsely claiming Asst. U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein threatened to resign. The “journalism” has been so shoddy that Post reporter Josh Rogin published three stories in 10 days that were completely wrong on major points. Not once did these “errors” favor Trump.

Another Post reporter, Janell Ross, not only attended a secret meeting29 of the Democracy Alliance — bankrolled by billionaire socialists like George Soros — she was a presenter. The group’s stated goal30 is to destroy “modern conservatism … free enterprise, limited government, and traditional family values.” This is not remotely objective journalism.

For his part, Trump has attacked Bezos where it really hurts — his wallet, by way of Amazon. Trump launched a counteroffensive on Twitter, criticizing Amazon and Bezos four times in the last week, including tweeting that The Washington Post should register as a lobbyist. Following Trump’s tweets, Amazon stock lost $16 billion in value31 as investors learned that Trump is reviewing changes to Amazon’s tax treatment.

In his tweets, Trump attacked Amazon and its delivery contract with the U.S. Postal Service, claiming the USPS loses $1.50 for each Amazon package it delivers, arguing this is essentially a taxpayer subsidy. The USPS disagrees32, claiming it actually makes money from the deal and pointing out that, by law, it can’t deliver packages for less than its delivery costs.

Trump argues that Amazon is hurting brick-and-mortar retailers, but so long as the playing field is level, that should not be a consideration. The automobile effectively destroyed the market for farriers and wagon-makers, but that doesn’t mean we should go back to the horse and buggy.

The net result of the Amazon/USPS arrangement is up for debate. While Amazon deliveries have brought in more than $2 billion in additional revenue for USPS, an analysis by Citigroup of USPS delivery costs reports that each parcel delivered by the Post Office should charge an additional $1.46 to reflect the “true economic cost” of delivering. It should be noted that Amazon is just the biggest of many companies taking advantage of the USPS’s bulk parcel service, and the Post Office has been losing money for years, mainly due to exorbitant labor and pension costs. But that is another story for another day.

In truth, Amazon is just the latest33 in a long line of revolutionary companies that have completely changed the way we live, and for the better. That should be applauded. It is what Austrian-American economist Joseph Schumpeter called “creative destruction,” whereby new technologies destroy existing industries by being more efficient and offering newer, better, less expensive goods and services. Though difficult to envision today, Amazon will one day fall to some new start-up and go the way of Standard Oil, U.S. Steel, Blockbuster Video, and Kodak, all once the dominant players in their fields.

Trump is right to be concerned about the Bezos empire though; just not for its contract with USPS. Amazon has a contract with the CIA to host cloud services for extremely sensitive data. This creates a massive conflict of interest with The Washington Post. Rather than being a watchdog against government corruption, the Post would become a lapdog with a vested interest in protecting the government as a major client. Not to mention the fact that, while leaking classified information is a felony, it is not a crime for the media to publish state secrets once leaked.

This makes Jeff Bezos enormously powerful in ways that go far beyond his financial assets. It puts Bezos in a position of vast power politically, allowing him to influence a nation by framing the narrative of media stories through his progressive worldview34, while masquerading as objective journalism. That combination of vast wealth, political activism and massive influence over the collective national consciousness is a danger to a free society.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Background Checks Take a Back Seat With Dem IT Aides37 — The problematic Awan family completely avoided scrutiny from any Democrat.
MSM Peddles More Fake News on Guns38 — Relying on misleading statistics and emotions, the Leftmedia continues to insists that guns are the cause of evil.
Video: No Right to Bear Bullets?39 — Debbie Wasserman Schultz has solved the gun violence problem: Let’s just ban bullets!
Two Big Confirmation Battles Loom40 — Pompeo for secretary of state and Haspel for CIA director are critical positions and both face opposition.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Tony Perkins: Air Force Throttles Back War on Faith41
Michelle Malkin: Caravans, Churches and Criminal Sanctuaries42
Marc A. Thiessen: Trump Tried Going Big on DACA. Now He Should Go Small.43
Betsy McCaughey: Marching Orders for Trump’s New VA Secretary44
Rich Lowry: Amazon Isn’t a Villain45
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion46.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Tony Perkins: “For combat pilot Leland Bohannon, it’s been a turbulent year. One promotion shy of his first general’s star, the Air Force colonel watched his 24-year career flash before his eyes last May when he was asked to sign a certificate of appreciation for a same-sex couple. When his religious accommodation wasn’t granted, Bohannon asked a higher-ranking officer to sign it instead. Now, months after wondering if he’d ever be able to return to the military he loved, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson gave him the answer he’d been waiting for: yes. For Bohannon, who’d been grounded, suspended, and virtually guaranteed that he’d never be promoted for his beliefs on marriage, the news of his reinstatement was almost as shocking as his temporary dismissal. As most service members understand all too well, religious hostility in the military didn’t disappear when Barack Obama did. President Trump has had to walk a long and determined road to weed out the bureaucrats still loyal to the intolerance of the last administration. And thankfully, he has leaders like Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to help him do it.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “In order that all men might be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.” —Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

The BIG Lie: “I think the Second Amendment is being badly interpreted; it’s not consistent with what our founders intended. What’s happened here is the nation as a whole has decided it can no longer, in my view, continue to turn a blind eye to the prostitution of the Second Amendment here and can no longer turn a blind eye to the enormous damage being done not just in our schools but on our streets.” —Joe Biden badly interpreting the Second Amendment

You’ll gladly use them as pawns: “[March for Our Lives] was totally … on the part of the students. There was no adult inspiration for this. They insisted and that’s why guys like me who led in the gun issue did not show up to speak. We wanted to make sure everybody knew this was a spontaneous, thoroughly spontaneous effort on the part of young people.” —Joe Biden

Braying Jackass: “Another shooting. I’m going to politicize the f—k out of it, and so should you. The NRA is a terrorist organization.” —supposed comedian Michael Ian Black

Race bait: “Given Trump’s history, you can guess that there might be racial undertones there.” —former Obama aide Jen Psaki on Trump’s use of the term “Cheatin’ Obama”

Facepalm: “Don’t let a dog be put to death, adopt it, the president of the nation’s largest abortion provider suggested Tuesday. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards made the pitch on Twitter, employing the #AdoptDontShop hashtag advocating dog adoption over pet store purchases. … Ironically, Planned Parenthood performs 113 abortions for every adoption referral it provides.” —CNS News’ Craig Bannister

For the record: “This [Scott] Pruitt flap is absurd. Obama EPA officials spent as much or more on travel. And career EPA ethics officials say he paid ‘reasonable market value’ for the condo, and leasor had no business in front of EPA. The press might at least try to pretend it didn’t have two standards.” —Kimberley Strassel

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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 on: April 04, 2018, 05:04:19 PM 
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The Patriot Post® · Mid-Day Digest
Apr. 4, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/55143-mid-day-digest

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Round two on tariffs with China is still part of a larger gambit.
Leftist knives are out for EPA Chief Scott Pruitt because he’s so effective.
Trump takes on Bezos and Amazon.
Fake statistics keep showing up when it comes to guns.
Criminal Dem IT staff avoided background checks.
Two big confirmation battles loom for Pompeo and Haspel.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.” —George Washington (1796)

IN BRIEF

China Tariffs: More Moves and Counter Moves1


By Thomas Gallatin

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, specifically targeting electronics, aerospace and machinery products. These new 25% import tariffs are designed to penalize China for its policies that force American companies to surrender their proprietary technology to the Chinese government. In calling for these tariffs, Trump noted again that China has long engaged in unfair trade tactics with the U.S., including stealing American trade secrets and technologies via cyber theft.

As Trump foresaw, Beijing was quick to hit back, announcing that it will level $50 billion in tariffs against U.S. goods, specifically agricultural products, such as soybeans and beef, as well as the auto industry. The Wall Street Journal notes2 that China focused on “goods that were chosen to hit U.S. states that supported President Donald Trump.” News of the tariffs sparked fears of an escalating trade war, which sent stocks plummeting again. However, it’s important to note that none of these tariffs have been enacted, and there is likely a lot of wheeling and dealing that will occur before any are imposed.

Trump responded to fears of a trade war, tweeting, “We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S. Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion. We cannot let this continue!”

One interesting factor here is the clear motivational differences behind the tariff threats between Trump and Beijing. Trump is right about the unfair trade imbalance and Chinese theft of U.S. company intellectual technologies, and his intent is to rectify the situation. Beijing on the other hand is seeking to keep the gig going and has reacted with tariffs specifically designed to hurt Trump politically. China isn’t interested in fair trade; rather the totalitarian government is aiming to weaken Trump politically so that he is forced to capitulate to its abusive trade practices.

It is the twisted “advantage” a totalitarian government has over that of a representative democracy. The Chinese governing elites are free to force their will on their populace with little political blowback. In a representative democracy, however, the president is ultimately beholden to the will of the people, and therefore Trump’s options are limited. That said, while politically speaking Beijing may have an advantage, China is still behind the eight ball on this issue economically — it has much more at stake than does the U.S. Jianguang Shen, an economist at Mizuho Securities, notes, “Beijing is facing a difficult time now as it has resorted to its core weapons, such as soybeans and cars. If the disputes escalate, what else can Beijing use?” In other words, in the geopolitical chess match, Beijing is countering with a big move in the hopes of creating enough political blowback in the U.S. to force Trump to back off his tariff threats. Will it work?

Leftist Knives Are Out for Scott Pruitt3

By Nate Jackson

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is under fire of late for alleged ethical missteps. One incident was during his transition to the job, when he paid $50 a night for a room in a DC condo, only paying for the nights he stayed there. Democrat and media critics (but we repeat ourselves) allege that the arrangement amounted to, in the words of Democrat Representatives Ted Lieu of California and Don Beyer of Virginia, “an impermissible gift under federal regulations” because he paid “far below market value.” Even two Republicans, Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, both of Florida, want Pruitt to step down. Never mind that the career ethics official at the EPA cleared the arrangement.

Another “scandal” surrounds Pruitt’s travel and beefed up security. He flies first class rather than coach and considered the use of a private plane, and he spends a lot of money on security. Why? Because ecofascist psychos have leveled death threats4 against him, along with other lesser physical threats. Never mind that Barack Obama’s EPA chiefs, Lisa Jackson (a.k.a. “Richard Windsor”) and Gina McCarthy, spent more on travel, violated transparency and broke laws.

Long story short, leftists hate Pruitt almost as much as President Donald Trump because he’s been very effective in threatening the Left’s Church of Climate Change Dogma. Mollie Hemingway notes5, “When he was attorney general of Oklahoma, he sued the EPA more than a dozen times to get the powerful regulatory agency to stay within its legal authority.” Since taking office at the EPA, a rundown of Pruitt’s accomplishments is impressive. He stewarded the agency through the withdrawal6 from the Paris climate accord, rolled back Barack Obama’s clean water7 and clean power8 regulations, cut costs by $1 billion9, pushed through transparency reforms10 on how the EPA uses science, and, just this week, scrapped Obama’s vehicle-emissions rules11.

No wonder ecofascists hate him. Make no mistake: Environmentalism of the type followed by statists is a religion, and Pruitt is worse than at odds with its teachings; he’s directly challenging its tenets and undoing its sacraments. That’s why we’re seeing a coordinated effort to discredit and oust him. Fortunately, Trump called Pruitt Tuesday to tell him to “keep fighting” and that “we have your back.” The Swamp needs draining and that’s why Pruitt must stay.

Top Headlines12

Fifty years after MLK’s death, U.S. civil rights leaders lament Trump’s rise — because Democrat urban poverty plantations13 have worked out so well (Reuters14)

Iranian woman of the Baha'i faith, angry over demonetization of militant vegan/animal rights vlogs, attacks YouTube headquarters, wounds three and kills herself (Heavy15)

Trump: “We’re going to be guarding our border with the military” (CNS News16)

Organizers of U.S.-bound immigrant caravan accuse Trump of “bullying,” “threats of mass violence” (Fox News17)

Gun sales soar, set new record in March amid push for more gun control (The Washington Free Beacon18.)

Deerfield, Illinois, bans some semiautomatic weapons; owners face steep fines (CBS Chicago19)

Does gun control reduce murder? Let’s run the numbers across the world (The Federalist20)

Attorney Alex van der Zwaan, first person sentenced in Mueller probe, gets 30 days in prison (NBC News21)

Mueller told Trump’s attorneys the president remains under investigation but is not currently a criminal target (Chicago Tribune22)

Middle-Earth announces heavy tariffs on Narnian imports (The Babylon Bee23)

Policy: The real source of teachers’ struggles (National Review24)

Policy: Why leaving Syria early would be a disaster (National Review25)

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

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Trump vs. Bezos Is a Clash of the Titans27


By Louis DeBroux

Donald Trump versus Jeff Bezos. The world’s most powerful man versus the world’s richest man. A battle royale.

To his enemies and critics, President Donald Trump is an infuriating enigma. Far from destroying Trump, their attacks seem to make him stronger. Even more disconcerting and baffling for those used to Republicans rolling over and playing dead, Trump fights back, and hard. He embodies the Malone character from “The Untouchables,” who told Prohibition Agent Elliot Ness how to take down the mobster Al Capone: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.”

The renewed dust-up28 between President Trump and billionaire Jeff Bezos is the latest example of Trump’s willingness to fight back ruthlessly when attacked.

Bezos became the world’s richest man — worth more than $115 billion — by leading Amazon’s revolution of retail marketing. E-commerce is still in relative infancy, but Bezos and Amazon control nearly half of the e-commerce market.

With his rapidly growing wealth, Bezos bought The Washington Post, one of the top players in the news media market. And this is where the friction between Trump and Bezos took root. The Post has given up any pretense of objective journalism regarding Trump. Instead, Bezos has used his newspaper to attack Trump relentlessly and often falsely.

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When Trump ended26 Barack Obama’s unconstitutional order to create the DACA program, he gave Congress six months to come up with a permanent legislative fix. During that time, Trump signaled a willingness to end deportations, extend citizenship to the so-called “Dreamers,” and offer amnesty to close to two million illegal immigrants. In return, he wanted an end to the visa lottery and chain migration27, which the Left now claims is a racist term, and money set aside to start building the wall. And even that was up for negotiation, as the president appeared willing to break out the $25 billion tab for the wall over three years.

Democrats refused everything28 put in front of them. They sought neither compromise nor any alternatives. The reason for this is simple: Democrats don’t want a solution29 to DACA. They want to keep the issue alive for the midterms because they believe it will drive support among Latino voters and they can use it as a cudgel against the Republicans by claiming the GOP doesn’t care about immigrants. Democrats will claim Republicans are using immigration as a political wedge issue, even though that is precisely what Democrats are doing.

Where to from here now that DACA is dead? (Well, maybe not technically dead. A federal judge recently ruled that Trump doesn’t have the authority to end the program by executive order, even though the program was created by executive order by his predecessor. Stay tuned on that one.)

Trump suggested that Senate Republicans go nuclear — end the filibuster even on legislation — and pass tough immigration legislation on their own. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not end the filibuster. Such a move would surely come back to haunt the Republicans later since they won’t be in the majority forever.

Now, to Trump’s threats to dump NAFTA30 if Mexico doesn’t help stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the U.S. He referred specifically to a caravan of anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 people currently making their way through Mexico from Honduras headed for the U.S. border. Mexican authorities had been turning a blind eye to this group, allowing them free passage through their country. The caravan reportedly plans to cross the U.S. border this weekend by any means necessary, then demand asylum or just blend into the masses once they arrive. However, Trump’s threat might have worked — the Mexican government appears poised to break up the group.

Of course, Trump has threatened to dump NAFTA before, but, as negotiations to revamp the deal continue, he can still pull the plug. Mexico stands to lose big if that happens; it sends close to three quarters of all its exports to the U.S. And whether Trump will make good on his most recent call to end NAFTA is uncertain. He’s very likely posturing for a better deal by going for the extreme position, forcing Mexico to come further his way than it otherwise would. Again, that might already be working.

Either way, if there is going to be any true immigration reform, then Republicans are going to have to do it themselves just like with the tax cuts. Democrats can’t be counted on to do the right thing here. In fact, they can’t be counted on to do anything.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

London Murder Rate Surpasses New York City’s35 — The murder weapon of choice in the UK is the knife. The problem is not the tool, but the motive of the individual.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

R.B.A. DiMuccio: When Ideology Collides With Good School Governance36
Tony Perkins: Easter ShunDay: Google Gets Heat for Holiday Snub37
Dennis Prager: Conservatives, Too, Undergo Secular Indoctrination38
Stephen Moore: The Art of the Trump Trade Deal39
Cal Thomas: What’s Wrong in Washington (and America)40
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion41.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer42: “You may have heard the news that roughly 1,000 ‘migrants,’ mostly from Honduras, are on a long march through Mexico to the United States. They are being led by an organization called ‘People Without Borders.’ The name tells you everything you need to know, and it is wrong. Borders define nations and their people. I suspect many well-meaning people in churches across the country Sunday were talking about this caravan. They may be confused and divided about the appropriate response to this situation. Many were likely told that they are 1,000 hurting people who need our compassion. What if it were 5,000? Or 10,000? What if it were one million? Or 150 million? There are several billion people who could make a poverty or compassion claim to demand entry into America. Every year we legally admit one million immigrants. But 150 million people around the world want to come here, and we cannot let them all in. It is not compassionate to allow more people into the country than we can assimilate. Nor is it compassionate to allow more people into the country than the American taxpayer can support. President Trump is calling out Congress for our lax immigration laws and weak border security policies. Good for him. In the days ahead, every politician should be forced to go on the record about what exactly they would do with this migrant caravan and whether they believe we should be a nation without borders.”

SHORT CUTS

Re: The Left: “To have an informed [immigration] debate, shouldn’t we have accurate information about the citizen/noncitizen population of the country? In fact, even the United Nations recommends that its member countries ask a citizenship question on their census surveys, and countries ranging from Australia to Germany to Indonesia all ask this question. Only in the U.S. is this considered at all controversial — and it shouldn’t be.” —Hans von Spakovsky

For the record: “One of the things that makes the president who he is is that he’s a salesman, and salesmen at times tend to be hyperbolic. That’s OK when you’re working on Congress. It is not OK when you’re sitting talking to federal agents because, 18 U.S.C. 1001 is false statements to federal agents. That’s a crime. That can send you to jail.” —former NJ Gov. Chris Christie on why Donald Trump should not interview with Robert Mueller

Finger in the wind: “I don’t know how I can responsibly look at those young people and not say, ‘We need to do something.’ … I don’t think there’s anything contradictory to say, ‘I support your right to have a gun for self-protection, long gun for hunting purposes.’ You can still support that and recognize that military-style weapons are creating such havoc. The killing rate in our country is so much higher than any other nation in the world that the American public demands action.” —Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) abolishing his support for so-called assault weapons

Translation: There’s always tomorrow: “I’m not sure I can go that far just yet. … I really don’t believe that a gun ban is feasible right now.” —Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) awaiting gun control opportunism

Demo-gouges: “[Trump officials] have been putting more and more money into the private sector with VA money. … I think they are listening to the Koch brothers and I think that that is a very, very bad idea.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT)

And last… “The Laura Ingraham controversy shows how brazenly hypocritical the mainstream is. If you’re a conservative and make a rude comment, you get your career ruined. If you’re a liberal and call Dana Loesch, the NRA, Marco Rubio and all gun owners ‘child murderers,’ you get called a hero.” —Allie Stuckey

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