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Standing, Walking And Running For God
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


In a way the Christian life is a stand; in another it is a walk, and in still another a race.

In I Cor. 15:1 the Apostle Paul writes of “the gospel… wherein ye stand” and in Rom. 5:2 of “this grace wherein we stand,” while in Gal. 5:1 he bids us: “Stand fast… in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.” Perhaps all this is well summed up in his appeal to his beloved Philippians:

    “Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown… stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved” (Phil. 4:1).

But the Christian life is more than a stand — it is a walk (which in Scripture refers to conduct). Once, says Paul, we walked “in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1,2) but having been saved by grace, through faith in Christ, we are now to “walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). Thus the Apostle bids us to “walk worthy of the Lord” (Col. 1:10), to “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16).

But the Christian life is even more than a walk; it is a race. Sad to say, many Christians whose “walk” is consistent and commendable, have never come to look upon the Christian life as a race. These never put enough into it so that it might be said of them that they are running. Yet the same great Apostle wrote, by divine inspiration:

    “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).

The word “patience” in this passage points up the fact that the Christian life is not a short “hundred-yard dash”; it requires much endurance. Thus we should put into it all that we have. “They which run in a race,” says the Apostle, “run all,” but they do not all receive the prize. Hence the admonition: “So run that ye may obtain” (I Cor. 9:24).

Those who have not trusted Christ as Savior have not even begun to stand, or walk, much less to run a race for Him. These might as well forget rewards until they first accept “the gift of God… eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

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A Memorial Of Calvary
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


It is disappointing to find some well-meaning brethren calling the Lord’s Supper the Passover.

Surely Luke 22:14-20 proves conclusively that after the observance of the Passover, our Lord instituted a “remembrance” of His death.

When Paul recounts what our Lord did and said at the Lord’s Supper he mentions only bread and wine, while at the Passover there was certainly much more than this.

The Passover, like water baptism, was an Old Testament ordinance, but the Lord’s Supper is as distinctly associated with the New Testament, or Covenant.

    “For this is My blood of the New Testament…” (Matt. 26:28.).

The Passover, like water baptism, spoke of an unfinished work, for if water cannot wash away sin, neither can the blood of bulls and goats take away sins (Heb.10:4). Both were shadows of the redeeming work of Christ.

Because so many stumble over the fact that water baptism was practiced even after the cross, we repeat that the full results of Calvary were not manifested until “due time,” through the Apostle Paul. Blood sacrifices, circumcision, the sabbaths and feast days likewise spoke of an unfinished work, yet these were all observed after the cross — by the Spirit-filled disciples. This is simply because the time for the unfolding of God’s secret purpose and the gospel of the grace of God was not ripe until God raised up that other apostle, Paul. Indeed, even then its unfolding and the passing away of the old order were gradual matters.

BUT— whereas the Passover and water baptism were Old Testament ordinances, the Lord’s Supper is distinctly a New Testament celebration. The celebration of the Lord’s death should never be classed with the ordinances, not even with the ordinance of baptism, for while water baptism spoke of an unfinished work, the Lord’s Supper is clearly a celebration of the finished work of Christ.

At least three times the Lord’s Supper is stated to be “in remembrance” of Christ and His redemptive work.

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We are but learning Job's lesson!

(Francis Bourdillon, "The Self-abhorrence of Job" 1864)

"Behold, I am vile!" Job 40:4

At the close of his long trial Job said, "I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear--but now my eye sees You! Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Job 42:6-7

What did he mean? Probably, that while he had long known God, as having heard of Him, and in a measure believed in and served Him--yet . . .
  now he knew Him far more deeply and closely,
  now he had experienced God's personal dealings,
  now he had had great searchings of heart,
  now he had learned far more of God than ever he knew before.

How many can say the same! How many can think of some time of sore affliction--and see that at that season and by that means, they learned to know God in a way they had never known Him before--more closely, more deeply, more lovingly. Yes, more lovingly. For this is what God is leading His children to by all His dealings--to know His love to them more, and to love Him more in return.

How many inward comforts does He send in the time of trial!
What deep searchings of heart go on in the silence of a sick-room!
How many earnest prayers are sent up thence!
What sweet thoughts of Christ are given--what a sense of pardon, what peace, what love, what a manifestation of Christ to the soul!

These are the gifts of God--the work of His Spirit the Comforter--the blessings of sanctified affliction!

Shall we repine when God's chastening hand is laid upon us? Ah, no! Rather let us . . .
  look well into our own hearts,
  and search out the root of self-righteousness,
  and humble ourselves before God,
  and shelter ourselves more closely under the shadow of His wing.
He is teaching us and blessing us now. And if, under His teaching, we find ourselves distressed by a new and deeper feeling of our sinfulness--yet let us then think that we are but learning Job's lesson; and let us be led to cast ourselves more earnestly and entirely upon the merits of Christ our Savior, that in Him we may find rest to our souls.

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In wondrous contrast--and yet with consistent harmony!

(Frederick Marsh)

In the floral kingdom, the flowers have many hues. A number of different colored flowers in a bouquet will enhance the beauty of each other by their contrast.

Just so in the cross of Christ, the attributes of God are brought out in wondrous contrast--and yet with consistent harmony. There we see . . .
  His name glorified,
  His love manifested,
  His majesty upheld,
  His justice satisfied,
  His truth vindicated,
  His law magnified, and
  His righteousness displayed in the putting away of our sins!

"Mercy and truth meet together. Righteousness and peace have kissed each other!" Psalm 85:10

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While Obama was well-known for mistreating friends and embracing enemies, so far Trump has restored at least the idea of supporting our oldest, dearest friends. Indeed, Trump explicitly affirmed the U.S. commitment to NATO’s Article 5 provision for mutual defense. His efforts may not necessarily be in the most diplomatic tone — witness Trump’s blunt insistence25 on NATO allies sharing more of the burden for defending themselves, or the outrage some in the world community have exhibited over his withdrawal26 from the Paris Climate Agreement — but The Donald is sending a clear message that America is returning to leadership once again.

It was a message received with approval in Warsaw27, as President Trump revealed that Poland will be acquiring the Patriot missile defense system from the United States and also would be working with other European nations on importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments from American sources. Both are important policy points.

For defense purposes, Poland isn’t necessarily going to be threatened by most of its neighbors. Anyone with rudimentary knowledge of European geopolitics knows that missile defense is essentially protection for the NATO allies against Russia, although the proximity of the Middle East does leave open the possibility of a rogue Iranian strike at Europe. But, alongside the U.S., Poland is one of just a few NATO members that takes both its financial and military commitments seriously. Not only do the Poles pay their fair share, but their troops fight alongside ours in both Iraq and Afghanistan with distinction28. It’s even been suggested that the U.S. relocate its European bases from Germany to Poland29 as both a cost-saving operation and because Poland is a better strategic location.

On the economic side, LNG exports to Poland can achieve two complementary goals: providing a market for American natural gas exports while giving Europeans an alternative to its current primary supplier, Russia — a nation that has a history of cutting off supplies for political reasons. Polish ambassador to the U.S. Piotr Wilczek wrote30 in The Wall Street Journal, “America’s renewed interest in our region is also visible in last month’s delivery of American liquefied natural gas to Poland. Central and Eastern Europe have long been dominated by an energy monopoly left over from the Cold War era. We no longer have to be victims of geopolitics. Thanks to the newly constructed LNG import terminals on the Baltic coast and a system of interconnected pipelines, LNG delivered by ship to (ports in) Poland can be transported throughout our region and beyond. These terminals allow us to exert greater energy independence, and we look toward our American partners for continued LNG gas exports.”

Poland has opposed the construction of a pipeline from Russia to Europe, fearing that Moscow could corner too much of the energy market — so Warsaw is a very willing partner for American energy exploration. Our resources may not be the cure-all31 for Poland’s situation due to the price difference of shipping the natural gas via tanker, but it would keep the other players in the game honest.

Trump’s choice of Poland as his initial European stop is also intriguing for another reason: It’s one of a select few EU nations that doesn’t admit Middle Eastern refugees — a stance that has gotten Poland in hot water with the EU but finds favor with a majority of its people32. Naturally, the other side of the political aisle is panicking over the “alt-right manifesto”33 tone of Trump’s Warsaw speech, but note carefully that these were the same people who’ve been playing up the Russian collusion angle since the 2016 election. They can’t look beyond Trump’s strong rhetoric because to do so would dismantle their carefully scripted Russia narrative.

Yet as we’ve seen so far in his presidency, Trump has a curious way of winning when people think he’s completely lost everything. Thus, this chess game of many dimensions may challenge those with short attention spans. As Trump said about Poland, “This is a nation more than one thousand years old. Your borders were erased for more than a century and only restored just one century ago.” We can learn a little bit about patience from the Poles and see how this situation plays out.

Trump closed with these worthy lines: “I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph. So, together, let us all fight like the Poles — for family, for freedom, for country, and for God.” All in all, Trump’s remarks were welcome and important, and we hope it’s a defining moment.

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    CNN Body Slams Its Own Credibility7 — By going after the guy who made an animated gif, the once-great cable news network falls even further.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    David Harsanyi: What CNN’s Threat to Dox a Redditor Tells Us About the State of Journalism34
    Gary Bauer: Trump Defends the West35
    Paul Kengor: Marking Natural Law With Mark Levin36

For more, visit Right Opinion37.

OPINION IN BRIEF

David Harsanyi: “If you’re going to create nasty memes to get attention, demand people give you credit for those memes and celebrate when the president of the United States shares one with his roughly 33 million followers, I have no sympathy for you. You’re not a martyr for the cause of free expression. There was a time when anonymity allowed Americans with unpopular or unconventional beliefs to make their arguments without fear of retribution. Today, the Internet has created an environment that incentivizes people to create detestable messages meant to troll and harass. Then again, this story isn’t really about online harassment or the Reddit user … who has taken credit for the creation a GIF of President Trump body-slamming a wrestler — which I feel the need to reiterate is fake violence — with a CNN logo imposed on his face. The story itself means little. This is about how places like CNN function these days: how it overreacts to everything the president does, how many of today’s newsrooms give some people a pass and destroy others.”

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “Barack Obama, when he was president … found out about [Russian election interference] in August. Now, the election was in November. That’s a lot of time. He did nothing about it. Why did he do nothing about it? … I think what happened is he thought Hillary Clinton was going to win the election and he said, let’s not do anything about it. Had he thought the other way, he would have done something about it.” —Donald Trump

Dreaming big: “I actually think we’re going to win the Senate back and the House. There’s no one in Washington who agrees with me. But if [Republicans] pass this [health care] bill, I have no doubts about my prediction whatsoever. It’ll be a wave.” —Howard Dean

The BIG Lie: “It’s not really a health care bill. What’s driving it are two things: Number one is getting a win, saying we fulfilled our promise. And number two, you know, setting a stage for massive tax cuts for the rich.” —MSNBC’s Charlie Sykes

Braying Jackass: “The United States is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. Our people should not have to beg for their right to health care.” —Bernie Sanders (“The reality is that those who rely on socialized medical systems have to beg for their healthcare whenever they need it.” —Tom Rogan in the Washington Examiner)

Non Compos Mentis: “As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well. … I am a gay man right now just without the physical act — that’s all.” —actor Andrew Garfield, who just brilliantly played Medal of Honor hero Desmond Doss38 in “Hacksaw Ridge”

And last… “If President Trump cured cancer tomorrow, the American press corps would assail him for putting a bunch of scientists on the unemployment line. He cannot win when a press corps has decided it would rather lie to smear him than tell a truth that might make him look good. The whole of it undermines American democracy and the very freedoms the press depends on to push their lies.” —Erick Erickson

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Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 7, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Trump and Putin are at odds over many things, despite the collusion narrative.
    In his Warsaw speech, Trump sets a positive tone for America and the West.
    June jobs numbers are encouraging, and Republicans can move the ball even further.
    In fact, the GOP is working to help the economy a lot by killing regulations.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“The powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers, and foreign commerce.” —Joseph Story (1833)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Trump and Putin Face Off While Media Push Collusion Conspiracy1


President Donald Trump is meeting today with Russian President Vladimir Putin in what has become an increasingly tense geopolitical environment. On Thursday, Trump delivered a powerful speech in Warsaw2, Poland, where he highlighted the need to defend Western values against those who actively seek to undermine them — a.k.a. Moscow. He boldly called out Russia over its aggression, saying, “We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes — including Syria and Iran — and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself.” Indeed, Putin is actively working against U.S. and Trump administration interests in many areas. So much for the Leftmedia’s narrative of Trump and Putin being best friends forever.

But even faced with a growing credibility crisis, much of the Leftmedia can’t swallow conceding their anti-Trump agenda. Once again the Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy swirls despite the lack of evidence — in fact, in the face of evidence to the contrary3. Why this dogged determination by the media to hold onto their anti-Trump dogma? Follow the money. Many of the Leftmedia’s so-called “fact-checkers” are funded4 by wealthy socialists like George Soros. And “fact-checkers” are still insisting that even if the details are all wrong, the overall narrative is still valid5.

If the Leftmedia were indeed most concerned with the health of American democracy rather than seeking to take down Trump, they would be raising a stink over the incessant flow of daily leaks — at least one per day6 — that undermine Trump and our national security. No, they’d rather pan and vilify Trump’s agenda (or his humorous tweets7) than actually engage in diligent journalism. Meanwhile, Trump is moving forward in his efforts to deal with the most pressing threats to the freedom of Americans and our allies.

June Jobs Numbers Beat Predictions8

The Labor Department has released its jobs numbers for June and the news is good. Employers added 222,000 jobs this past month, surpassing several leading economists’ predictions. June saw the strongest job increase since Donald Trump took office, which continues to indicate that the American economic engine is steadily gaining momentum. The broader measure U6 unemployment rate rose to 8.9%, which counterintuitively indicates good news — an increasing number of people who had been sitting on the sidelines are entering the workforce, proving to be another encouraging sign that the economy is indeed pulling out of years of near stagnation. Remember, the headline unemployment rate declined under Barack Obama because people were leaving the workforce.

Trump, clearly upbeat over the news, tweeted, “Really great numbers on jobs & the economy! Things are starting to kick in now, and we have just begun!” However, Republicans will need to get ObamaCare repealed and replaced and act on tax reform in order to really get the economy surging. The sooner the better.
Congress Follows Trump’s Lead in Cutting Regulations9

The Republican-led Congress is looking to follow President Donald Trump’s lead in cutting government regulations. This week, the House Appropriations Committee recommended slashing what amounts to a year’s worth of regulations enacted under Barack Obama. Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum, described it10 this way: “The suite of appropriations bills released this week goes further, curtailing more than $19 billion in total regulatory costs and eliminating 10.4 million hours of paperwork, the equivalent of eliminating all regulations from 2006 and freeing 5,200 employees from paperwork compliance.” Historically, Congress has moved very slowly in cutting regulations, but Republicans seem to be eager to ensure that the Trump-initiated deregulation reform isn’t easily reversed by future administrations.

And speaking of Congress’ work, as is often the case, popular perception belies reality. Congress has sent more legislation to Trump’s desk than either George W. Bush or Barack Obama saw at this point in their presidencies. In fact, since Jimmy Carter, only Bill Clinton has seen more bills passed this early in his presidency. Clearly, Congress has been busy, but leave it to The Washington Post to seek to diminish Republicans’ accomplishments under Trump.

The Post ran a scoop with the dubious title “60 percent of the bills Trump has signed into law have been one page long11.” In the story, the Post, while admitting that Congress has produced more legislation than recent previous presidents including Obama, downplays the legislative significance, suggesting that a short page length must equate to a lack substance. As if the Obama era’s 2,000 page laws are desirable. The article’s author laughably reasons, “One rough metric we can use to assess [the significant value of legislation] is the page-count of each bill signed into law. It takes a lot less language to, say, name a courthouse after former senator (and ‘Law and Order’ actor) Fred Thompson than it does to repeal and replace ObamaCare.” That’s true as far as a pithy line goes. But by this logic one wonders what level of significance The Washington Post ascribes to that one-page document known as the Declaration of Independence.

Top Headlines12

    Russia nixes U.S.-drafted UN resolution against North Korea. (The Washington Times13)

    Leftmedia “fact-checkers” get $1.3 million from leftist billionaires Soros, Omidyar. (Newsbusters4)

    Investigation: Trump admin hit with at least one national security leak a day, threatening U.S. operations. (The Washington Free Beacon6)

    23 Democrats move to remove Trump from office. (National Review14)

    House Democrat IT suspects wanted untraceable payments, and millions disappeared. (The Daily Signal15)

    CBO and OMB Agree: Federal spending will top $4T for first time this year. (CNS News16)

    Countries that refuse to take back illegals cut in half, “big” win for Trump. (Washington Examiner17)

    Applicants for U.S. citizenship surge; Mexicans least likely to apply. (CNS News18.)

    Democrats override Illinois governor’s tax hike veto. (The Washington Free Beacon19)

    Ratings collapse: CNN now losing to Nick-At-Nite in prime time ratings. (The Federalist20)

    Policy: What Trump should tell Putin. (American Enterprise Institute21)

    Policy: The real dangers beyond North Korea’s targeting the U.S. (Independent Women’s Forum22)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report23.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
Trump Shores Up Relationships With Forgotten Friends in Poland2


By Michael Swartz

President Donald Trump headed to Poland this week, where he gave a very important speech Thursday that may come to define his foreign policy. In what was in some sense a broad apologia for the West, Trump intoned, “Americans, Poles and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty.” He spoke of the ideals that separate the West from other parts of the world and much of human history. It was a very appealing and thoughtful representation of American nationalism.

Poland is a place of some significance. In 2008, just before leaving office, former president George W. Bush recognized Poland’s strategic importance as a central European ally and fellow NATO member by working with it to bolster the West’s ballistic missile defense system. That program was quickly canceled by Barack Obama24, however, in a move seen at the time as a victory for Russia. Obama chose, after all, the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. That snub by Obama was perhaps the biggest sign of neglect in a relationship between the Polish people and the Americans that has lasted since our earliest days, even before Polish nationhood.

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The promise was that the overhaul would attract businesses and encourage job growth. And in some ways, the reform delivered.

As Americans for Prosperity’s Kansas state director Jeff Glendening recently wrote22, “The year the tax cuts went into effect, Kansas received over 15,000 new small business filings — a state record. That record was broken again in 2013. … The target sector of the tax cuts — pass-through entities such as LLCs — have been responsible for 54,424 new jobs since 2013, or 98 percent of private sector job growth overall.”

Why, then, are some calling the cuts a failure? And, more importantly, why did the Republican-controlled legislature recently cave to this narrative and undo much of the tax overhaul by voting — and overriding Brownback’s veto — to hike taxes by $1.2 billion over the next two years?

It seems that despite new jobs, the state is facing an estimated $900 million budget shortfall. And many are laying the blame squarely on the tax cuts … because, of course, spending is never to blame.

But what’s really casting a shadow on the Sunflower State?

The answer is twofold.

First, as remedial economics teaches, cutting revenue works best when you also cut spending — particularly if the revenue drop is sudden and any projected revenue increases from future economic growth will (understandably) take time. It’s a pretty basic principle but apparently beyond the grasp of many politicians. While revenues dropped after the tax reform, spending grew.

According to the Kansas Policy Institute23, spending is expected to increase $181 million this year, $275 million next year, and $42 million the following. This continues an upward trajectory of growth that’s been rising fairly consistently (adjusted for inflation) since at least 1995.

Joel Griffith of the American Legislative Exchange Council and Kansas State Senator Ty Masterson note24, “General fund spending has increased by more than 4 percent adjusted for inflation since 2012. General fund spending 1995 through 2017 rose approximately 55 percent, adjusted for inflation and a whopping 89 percent in current dollars. If General fund spending growth had been held to the rate of inflation throughout this period, fiscal year 2017 spending would be $1.12 billion less. … For every 1 percent in population growth, spending increased by nearly 5 percent.”

Second, as the Tax Foundation’s Joe Henchman explains25, while tax reforms in other states have eliminated special carve-outs, Kansas’ overhaul added new carve-outs for select businesses. Testifying before the Kansas House Committee on Taxation, Henchman and Scott Drenkard cautioned26, “It’s important to note here that while decreasing taxes is generally associated with greater economic growth, the pass-through carve out is primarily incentivizing tax avoidance, not job creation.”

Indeed, while in 2012 it was estimated that 191,00 entities would capitalize on the carve-out, as of 2015 the number had risen to nearly 400,000, amounting to nearly $300 million per year in lost revenue without much benefit for the state’s economy.

Henchman and Drenkard conclude, “Tax reform is about broadening tax bases and lowering tax rates. This state has lowered tax rates in some spaces, but the pass-through exemption significantly narrows the tax base, and this has made for a less stable, productive, and competitive code.”

Those who drink the tax-and-spend Kool-Aid are falling over themselves to point to Kansas as “proof” that tax cuts don’t work. But the Left doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record of convincing anyone that high-tax states are economic utopias (think Illinois27, New Jersey, California and Connecticut). Soaring taxes haven’t solved28 these states’ budget woes29.

The truth is, tax cuts didn’t cause Kansas’ fiscal problems. Chronic spending hikes combined with poorly planned and executed tax reform led to the budget crunch. Instead of forcing taxpayers to bail out state government years or even decades into the future, Kansas lawmakers should double down on restraining spending and structuring a fair tax system that empowers all Kansans — not just the favored few — to create economic growth and right the ship on the state’s budget.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    How the Universal Basic Income Stifles Human Flourishing30 — Billionaire Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks UBI is a fantastic idea. Here’s why he’s wrong.
    Using Kids to Mock Trump31 — Just when many Americans thought the Leftmedia couldn’t be more childish, the Washington Post proved them wrong — literally.
    A Red State Forewarning on Taxes28 — Illinois budgeting is a cancer that doesn’t need to spread. But some Republicans are pushing tax increases.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Gary Bauer: North Korean Nukes32
    Cal Thomas: A Place Where Civility Once Ruled33
    Victor Davis Hanson: Fracking Industry Deserves Our Gratitude34

For more, visit Right Opinion35.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “Under multiple U.S. presidents, it has been America’s policy that North Korea not be permitted to develop weapons systems that could threaten the continental United States. The main strategy employed by previous administrations to enforce this policy — economic sanctions — has failed. The result is that the North Koreans have accelerated their progress. President Trump has no good options, and big media cannot wait to blame him for whatever happens. The Washington Post website features a top story with this headline: ‘Trump Has Never Had A Plan For Dealing With North Korea.’ And what exactly was Barack Obama’s brilliant plan? He had eight years to deal with North Korea. Trump has been in office for five months. If a military solution is pursued, it is very likely that both North and South Korea will suffer high casualties. While many leftists insist that is unacceptable, the question remains: What will we do if Kim starts blackmailing his neighbors and us? By the way, the threat is far greater than just one rogue regime in Asia. There is tremendous military cooperation between North Korea and Iran. One weapons expert recently said, ‘In the past, we would see things in North Korea and they would show up in Iran. In some recent years, we’ve seen some small things appear in Iran first and then show up in North Korea.’ Unfortunately, whatever technological advances Pyongyang just achieved, Tehran just achieved them too.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile.” —Samuel Eliot Morison (1887-1976)

Upright: “Friends such as Israel have gained energy independence by fracking. In contrast, some European allies who have banned fracking out of environmental worries are more vulnerable to Russian, Iranian and Middle Eastern pressure than ever before. Fracking is not easy. It requires legally protected property and mineral rights, a natural entrepreneurial spirit, environmental concern and a free-market. In other words, it is an American way of doing business.” —Victor Davis Hanson

Village Idiots: “Is the NRA a terrorist organization? I don’t know. But I don’t think the answer is a definitive ‘no,’ and that’s troubling enough.” —Hollywood fascist Michael Ian Black

Non sequitur: “The Right has been out of step with where America is for a long time. Trump doesn’t mind alienating as long as he has his core constituencies. His core constituency is somewhere between 29 and 39 percent. That is not enough to win an election.” —Howard Dean (And yet he sits in the White House.)

The road to poverty is paved with good intentions: “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas. Giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn’t going to be free. People like me should pay for it.” —Mark Zuckerberg, who has accountants to help him avoid paying taxes for it

Braying Jackass: “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.” —Colin Kaepernick

And last… “When I saw a video with a CNN logo poorly photoshopped into it, at no point did I think ‘I must know more about who did this.’” —Frank Fleming

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Managing Editor Nate Jackson

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.

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The Patriot Post Digest 7-6-2017
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Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 6, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    North Korea’s ICBM launch is a game changer, and dealing with it is a big challenge.
    Trump’s military strategy is working against the Islamic State.
    What’s the matter with Kansas? Well, tax cuts aren’t really the problem…
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“How difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” —James Monroe (1788.)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

A Game Changer in North Korean Aggression1


Tuesday’s successful test flight of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) opens a new chapter in what is becoming an increasingly tense relationship between the U.S. and the hermit kingdom. Experts agree that Kim Jung Un’s ICBM has the capacity to strike Alaska, providing the dictator with the potential to pose a direct threat to the U.S. itself and not just our regional allies. This is a game changer. It must now be admitted that U.S. policy over the past two decades regarding North Korea’s continued weapon development program has for the most part failed.

“The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement. “Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world. Global action is required to stop a global threat. Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime. All nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons.” Furthermore, Tillerson said, “As we, along with others, have made clear, we will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.”

It’s apparent that Kim has decided he is in a race for survival. Clearly, recent international pressure, including long-running UN sanctions, has done little to slow North Korea’s missile development program. Kim believes that no one will risk war with a nuclear power, so he’s gambling that he can become enough of a nuclear threat before the U.S. and the rest of the world act so as to deter any militaristic action against his rogue nation.

Now Donald Trump is faced with what will be his toughest foreign policy challenge yet. China and Russia have called for the U.S. and South Korea to end their annual joint war-games training, which the North hates, while Beijing and Moscow have also called on the North to end its missile development program. For Trump to agree to this would be a mistake, as it essentially plays right into the North’s demands — the Kim regime has a long history of breaking promises. What makes the situation that much more difficult is North Korea’s relationship with China2. Any military action taken by the U.S. against North Korea risks serious concerns over conflict with China. Even though the North has proven to be quite the headache for Beijing, the Chinese seem entirely unwilling to lose the buffer zone between themselves and U.S. ally South Korea. Or to lose their trading partner. Trump noted, “Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us.”

Herein lies the quandary: The only real shot at drawing down North Korean aggression without resorting to military action is through China. The U.S. strategy then must be aimed at pushing China to act. Trump should begin discussions on the possibility of arming South Korea and Japan with nuclear weapon capabilities to match that of the North Koreans. This will provide a strong incentive for China to act immediately.

Trump will be meeting with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jingping at the G20 Summit this week. Can Trump work to solve the North Korean crisis without the use of military action? That is the hope, but in the long run military action may be required.

Trump’s Military Strategy Is Working Against the Islamic State3

Last year, then-Candidate Donald Trump made clear his plan for dealing with the Islamic State: “Quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS,” he said. During the campaign Trump was widely panned by his opponents for lacking a realistic, dynamic or well-developed strategy for defeating the Islamic State. But Trump is proving his critics wrong. He has correctly surmised that the role of the commander in chief is that of a manager, not a producer. As a result, he has enabled and entrusted leaders and experts within the military to develop, recommend and implement the best strategies for winning.

In May, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced a new annihilation strategy, stating, “No longer will we have slowed decision cycles because Washington, DC, has to authorize tactical movements. I’ll leave that to the generals who know how to do those kind of things. We don’t direct that from here. They know our intent is the foreign fighters do not get out. I leave it to their skill, their cunning, to carry that out.”

Mattis’ statement was a direct repudiation of Barack Obama’s practice of politically micromanaging the military’s war efforts. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula noted, “The reduction in micromanagement of tactical level actions by the White House staff during the Obama era, to the delegation of authority to conduct military actions to military professionals by President Trump is a laudatory step in assuring our national security strategy is optimally executed.”

Similar to his executive orders cutting onerous and costly regulations, Trump has cut much of the red tape that was binding the military’s efforts in combatting the Islamic State. Freed from Washington’s micromanagement, U.S. forces have been able to engage the enemy to greater effect — they’re now able to adapt more rapidly to battle conditions in determining tactical actions without having to get clearance from DC.

And as Trump promised, the bombing of Islamic State forces has increased. This past February, coalition forces conducted 831 airstrikes compared with 684 in February 2016. Essentially, the biggest change seen in the war effort from Obama to Trump has less to do with strategy and more to do with trust. Besides having created the Islamic State4, Obama calculated the political cost of every move, and micromanaged accordingly. Trump fully trusts the leadership and the soldiers of the U.S. military to do what they are trained to do. He is simply giving them the green light to go and do their job.

Top Headlines5

    Congress joins Trump war on regulations, cuts a year’s worth in one week. (Washington Examiner6)

    Principled conservatives show federalism is more than a talking point by rejecting voter data requests. (The Washington Post7)

    New York City cop “assassinated” in the Bronx. (Fox News8.)

    Police officer deaths on duty have jumped nearly 20% in 2017. (Fox News9)

    Illegal immigration from Honduras is drying up. (National Review10)

    The number of young men not working has doubled in 15 years. (The Daily Signal11)

    ObamaCare boondoggle awarded hospital bonuses even if low-quality scores. (The Washington Free Beacon12)

    Democrats’ fear-mongering over Medicaid ignores just how bad the program is. (The Daily Signal13)

    Democrats are moving the goalposts on the collusion fake news. (Hot Air14)

    CNN tailspin: Network bungles response to blackmail firestorm. (LifeZette15)

    Policy: Four response strategies for Trump after North Korea’s new missile test. (The Daily Signal16)

    Policy: Trump’s chance to seize the moment. (American Enterprise Institute17)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report18.
Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column

Read American Liberty — At What Price?19. A few photographic reflections on the sacrifice of millions who have sustained the Liberty we enjoy.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
What’s the Matter With Kansas?21


By Allyne Caan

Deeply bound in an addictive love affair with tax hikes and government spending sprees, the Left — along with which-way-is-the-wind-blowing Republicans — have pounced on the apparent “failure” of Kansas’ historic 2012 tax cuts to propagate their “spending is good, tax cuts are bad” narrative.

Five years ago, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback spearheaded the state’s tax reform, which cut the top income tax rate to 4.9% from 6.45% and eliminated income taxes on so-called “pass-through” businesses, including LLCs, partnerships, farms, sole proprietorships, and S corporations.

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American Liberty — At What Price?

By Mark Alexander

Jul. 5, 2017

“I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means…” —John Adams (1776)

Yesterday, we observed the 241st celebration of American Liberty1.

On the evening of July 4th, it is our extended family’s tradition to gather at a vantage point overlooking Chattanooga, Tennessee, from the top of Lookout Mountain facing Missionary Ridge — both are historic battle sites in the War Between the States, and the former is one of the final skirmish locations of the Revolutionary War.

Once dusk settled to dark, the valley came alive with fireworks — from backyard displays to thunderous mortar shows sponsored by local patriotic organizations. It is a remarkable spectacle, but for me, equal to the visual impact are the roaring reports echoing across the basin, sounding much like artillery has for generations.

It is as it should be!

Indeed, the day before the signing of the Declaration, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail: “I am apt to believe that [the signing of the Declaration] will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

Before leaving for our family gathering to view the “bonfires and illuminations,” I took pause for an additional “solemn act of devotion” to contemplate what it is we celebrate, was well as the extraordinary price in blood and treasure2 it has cost “to Support and Defend3” the legacy of American Liberty4 bequeathed to us by our Founders and generations since.

Every year in advance of Independence Day, we ask your support for The Patriot Post5, noting that “freedom isn’t free.” I know well the cost of freedom, which too many Americans take for granted.

To contemplate the enormity of that cost, I reviewed an extensive file of photographic images reflecting the true price of Liberty and have included a few of those for you to contemplate and share.

Beforehand, however, allow me to mention something else extraordinary about July 4th, which occurred 50 years to the day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

You know the story — two men instrumental in both defining and declaring Liberty as an “unalienable right6,” Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, died on the same day. It is my sense that these Founders were both holding out, refusing to take their last breath until the 50th anniversary of our young nation’s independence.

But Adams’ last words were, “Thank God, Jefferson lives!” He took some solace in believing Jefferson would survive him, and Liberty would be safe for another day.

Liberty will only be secure if we remain steadfast in our commitment to make it so everyday! It is my life’s mission, and that of your Patriot team, to extend Liberty to the next generation, to ensure it is preserved, protected and defended well into the future. We are honored to stand with you in that commitment!

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

Mark Alexander
Publisher of The Patriot Post
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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Walk—Don’t Walk

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” (Ephesians 4:17-19)
 
In verses 1-3, Paul encourages believers to “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” This humble, patient, loving, peaceful walk contrasts sharply with the walk described in our text.
 
The walk of those outside Christ is characterized by “the vanity of their mind”—empty, futile thinking. The same word for “vanity” is used elsewhere for those who deny the obvious evidence for creation, who “became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22). They are ignorant and blind, our text says, with darkened understanding and a blind heart. This has led them into a position of alienation from God, dead to any prompting they might receive from within or without. The result of such a mindset is a shameless, reprobate lifestyle, full of lasciviousness, uncleanness, and greediness.
 
Thankfully, we “have not so learned Christ” (Ephesians 4:20). We are to be “renewed in the spirit of [our] mind” (v. 23) and walk aright. “Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us” (5:2). “Walk as children of light” (5:8). “Walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise” (5:15), “filled with the Spirit” (5:18). Our Creator promises us an inward “new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (4:24). JDM

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