Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Signs of Hope

Signs of Hope

Amidst the gloomy backdrop of an Executive Branch run amok and a media that is so in lock-step with the government that they are, for all intents and purposes, nothing more than propagandists for the Administration and the feeling that our President has turned his back on Constitutional law and is moving toward a Socialist Dictatorship – there are signs – small, yet growing signs, of hope in our country.

No, I am not talking about the cooked numbers the Administration recently released trying to stave off a stock collapse (they failed by the way, the collapse is in progress) or calm the unemployed (not working either). Nor am I talking about some miraculous solution to the sudden aggressive rise of Russia –  No I am talking about hope that comes not from government or institutions, but from the people of this great country and the God to whom it was originally dedicated!

One source of hope is that more Americans than ever are learning the truth about what is happening in their country. It is ironic that, in many ways, we have to thank the propagandists in the MSM for a new, relevant and factual source for the People to turn to for information: The Alternative Media. Had the MSM not gotten so over confident, so glutted with their own hubris – had they not so blatantly distorted the facts, covered up the scandals and so unashamedly shilled for the Administration, why, Americans might have just lazily stuck with the Propagandist Swill that the Networks had the nerve to call Journalism.  Instead, as a direct “Up Yours!” to the MSM we saw the birth of: Drudge, Breitbart, American Thinker, WND and so many more. As lazy as the common American Information Consumer might be, they still crave the truth – no matter how bad it hurts.

Yes, the MSM fertilized the ground for the Alternative Media with all the BS they continually spewed in the place of honest journalism. The Alternatives arrived just in time to fill a long vacant truth vacuum created by the MSM. The result: People are waking up. Simply look at the recent poll numbers and you will see the wind is changing. Obama’s poll numbers, for example, are lower than any President at the same point in their administration, Obamacare is overwhelmingly rejected by Americans and Immigration Reform is just as unpopular in the rest of the country as it is in the Border States. Americans everywhere are participating in small but effective demonstrations that, if nothing else, let the common American know that they are not alone in their mistrust of this President and his Administration.

Before there can be any significant change however, people need a political alternative to turn to and we have to face facts: Something has to be done about the GOP. Face it, the Republican Party is broken, divided and ineffective. They whine and complain about Obama and his executive orders, yet they do little or nothing to oppose them. They act as if Obama has all the power and behave as if they are helpless, even fearful in the face of his tyranny. The fact is, Congress controls the purse strings. All Congress must do is refuse to fund Obama’s illegal and overreaching Executive Orders. That would render most of them moot quite expediently. As for legislation that requires a more complex approach not to mention those orders which exceed the bounds of the Executive Branch; Congress should be seeking redress in the court. Let the Court put Obama in his place. Either way this Executive Tyranny can, in large part be halted. If that was what Congress really wanted.

This is where, perhaps, the most significant problem lies: For reasons that still puzzle me, Republicans seem blind or indifferent to the fact that the people are fed up with Obama and the entire Federal mess? Are they so afraid of the Queers or being called a bigot or worse, a racist? Those old tags don’t carry the weight they used to thanks to their over-use! The time is ripe to be done with cowering in the face of that P.C. crap! The people recognize it for what it is. Nevertheless, Congress can’t seem to lift a finger to oppose this President. Whether it is fear of the media, special interest groups or powers at work out of the public view, they do little or nothing of any real significance in the fight to restrain this lawless Oligarch. ‘Oligarch’- that word carries more significance than you think – more on that in just a sec.

Back to Congress and their ineffectuality: They hold hearings on Benghazi, receiving damning testimony that demands legal action and yet they do nothing but make empty speeches, they speak of appointing special investigators but never do, they bluff and they blow and in the end they fall right in line with the same Progressives they claim to oppose. Don’t get me wrong. There are some really good Conservative/Libertarian Representatives out there, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz to name just two. However, the GOP has become bloated with lifetime politicians who only care about bringing the pork home and scoring a hook-up with the right PACs to keep the money coming in. Of course, they have to make sure they’ve got the lock on that cushy position on the outside that is waiting for them when they decide to retire from politics as well. This is where the term Oligarch comes in. When the country is run by representatives who owe more allegiance to the wealthy and powerful elite than they due to their constituents AND those same wealthy and powerful elitists - Oligarchs are able to influence and manipulate politics, the media and the system itself, why then you have an Oligarchy. Ring any bells It should because, that, ladies and gentlemen, is where we are right at this very moment. History is in many ways, repeating itself and just as it was in the past, it is one major reason why it is so very hard to find politicians who remain loyal to their constituents and the Constitution.

As an example take John McCain. He used to be one of the politicians I truly respected. While I didn’t always agree with his position on issues, he was, I thought, a man of integrity and a deep respect for the Constitution. My opinion of Senator McCain began to crumble when he excoriated Michelle Bachman for calling into question Hillary Clinton’s Executive Secretary, Huma Abedine regarding her connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and various other Muslim Terrorist groups including a family member who holds a ranking position in Al Qaeda. As time went on and McCain became increasingly soft on Obama, refusing to join the move to defund Obamacare and supporting Gun Control legislation sponsored by Obama as well as several other key pieces of legislation it became obvious that, while McCain might say one thing, his actions tell another tale. RINO’s fill the seats of the GOP and McCain is one of them. The Oligarchy has just purchased another politician.

These sellouts are simple enough to spot. Ignore what our Representatives say, watch how each member votes on the issues. You will see that the vast majority play the same games and are owned by the same people as the Democrats/Progressives and the sooner we face that fact the better. That is one of the frightening aspects of an Oligarchy. Political Parties, The Constitution and Least of all, the people themselves, just don’t matter. Anyone involved in the inner workings of the machine is owned. What they say in front of the cameras or in interviews is rhetoric for their constituency only. Vigilance on our part is the only way to fight this. We need to either clean out the Republican Party or be rid of it! One other thing; we need to be about it quickly because we don’t have much time. There is hope here too. The grass roots warriors of the Tea Party have surprised everyone with their influence and resiliency. After the last election people thought the Tea Party was no longer relevant, however, ironically enough, it is the continuing frustration with the sell-outs in the Republican Party which has fueled a new revolution and revealed that the Tea Party is very, very relevant. Some House Cleaning looks to be in the offing come November and then later down the road. Look for hope on that horizon.

On a completely different front we find another source of hope: The States themselves. The States are waking up and finding that they are strong. States like Oklahoma, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona etc. are standing up to the Obama Administration and the rest of the Federal Government. “We don’t want your money and we don’t want your programs or the strings that come with them!” is the message. All over the country states, particularly those with large rural populations – those who still cherish basic family values and Constitutional Law, are telling the Federal Government to Butt-Out! From abominations like Common Core to Obamacare to Gun Control, these states are challenging the Feds in court – and winning! For those conservatives who live in liberal states like California hope will always be far off unless one is willing to relocate. Not surprisingly, that is just what is happening. Businesses and individuals are taking their resources and their money to states like Arizona, Texas, Utah, North Carolina – States throughout the Mid-West. In fact, according to a number of Studies, California has lost more businesses since 2005 than it has gained. Entrepreneurs call states like California, with high taxes, over regulation and a generally antagonistic attitude toward business ‘Toxic States’ and these companies are taking their money elsewhere. In droves.

Other Toxic States such as New York and Illinois are losing businesses in large numbers as well, as folks look for lower tax rates, less crime and a welcoming attitude toward small business and industry. It is beginning to become clear that there is a great deal of power that still rests in the hands of the states IF they are willing to turn down the money that most often comes with new Government Programs. The Tenth Amendment makes clear the wisdom and foresight of our Founders! While some of the power of the Individual State has been stolen through subsequent legislation and poor court precedent, it is still thanks to the Constitution and the foresight of the founders that the States maintain control over their own destinies and, by banding together, they are finding that, through fiscal restraint, they can live without the Federal Government and its Trojan Horse Grants and their accompanying strings and conditions.

One of the key areas invaded by the Federal Government, and a classic example of this problem is Education. It is here that the rejection of Federal control has become most heated. There is no place in the Constitution granting the Federal Government the authority to stick its grimy fingers into the education of our kids. However, over the past several decades the Federal Government, by offering grants and other sources of funding to the States, has simply “purchased” control over more and more of the authority to make policy and curriculum that should belong to the States. Via provisos in the grant language, fine Print if you will, the Fed, with every dollar, buys influence where it has no business being! Everything from the Government comes with strings attached! Whether its curriculum, school lunches, fitness or any other area; as long as the States can’t say no to Federal Dollars they will have to live wrapped tightly in the tentacles of an ever larger Federal Government.

As I said this has been the case for decades. Now, however, several States are telling the Government to keep their money and it is largely because of a new, over-arching Curriculum/Education Policy mandate developed by the Obama Administration called Common Core. In a nutshell this legislation completely removes the State, local governments and of course, Teachers, from setting Curriculum and Standards while, instead, implementing a nationwide “Standardized” curriculum, testing methodology and standards criteria. No longer will teachers put together their daily lesson plan based on their intimate knowledge of their students and their needs, nor will the School be able to set standards for testing, grading or even have a choice in Educational Materials. Parental involvement, of course, will be discouraged or completely banned. Homeschooling is being called into question as well. Needless to say this has caused a firestorm of controversy. There is one thing that will always, inflame the passions of Americans – when they mess with our kids. So far, much remains to be seen but it is evident that a significant number of States have chosen to opt out of Common Core, turning down the millions in bribery/funding provided to encourage other States to get on board, and they have chosen to do things the old fashioned way.

Education and Common Core are important certainly, however there are other areas where states are saying no to the Fed and going their own way. Obamacare in many ways can be thanked for this. Obamacare (ACA) is the straw that has broken the camel’s back for all but the most liberal States and for the American People as well. Obamacare and the President’s subsequent illegal meddling with the ACA legislation to avoid an election year backlash is so cynically political that people no longer have the stomach for it. Polls overwhelmingly show that the American People reject this monstrosity. Even more telling are the polls indicating that a vast majority of those who voted for Obama’s second term now regret doing so. The coming mid-term elections will provide a firm indication as to the mentality of the voting public. If the Progressive majority in the Senate can be broken, and more seats picked up in the House (hopefully by some of the brash young conservatives challenging those seats) as well as ousting a few of the old guard RINO’s by true conservatives in the process, well then, we will be looking at a game changer in 2016.

So, there is most certainly reason for hope out there. However, despite these hopeful signs there are still many concerns. There is convincing evidence that the 2012 vote was manipulated. Perhaps not in all states, however, looking back on the 2012 vote – even the most liberal, anti-Romney polls were showing Romney winning handily. Yet, what’s this? Obama winds up winning – by a comfortable margin. How? As much as we want to believe in our Democratic voting process, examination of the data shows blatant irregularities in Ohio, Illinois and other key states. If this country has come to the point where our vote is meaningless, well, then the game is indeed over. There are only two outcomes from that scenario. Revolution or Surrender. Let us hope that we haven’t come to that.

One other point. When we talk about hope, our hope is that those Americans who share our common values will band together and reject the Progressive agenda, the Homosexual/Heterophobic mantra of “accept us or else,” and the godless Nanny State mentality of that segment of the nation who choose to accept their chains for cookies and Obama-phones. We must remain aware that a large scale repudiation of the Status-Quo could result in negative instead of positive consequences. The government certainly has a vested interest in keeping things quiet and putting a gag over the truth. If the majority of Americans are aware, as it appears they are, of the position our current leadership has placed this country economically, diplomatically and militarily not to mention the intentional social divide that is presently ripping this country apart along both racial and ideological lines – a divide that was wholly and completely orchestrated by the Media, the Obama Administration and, shamefully, our Institutions of Higher Learning – if Americans are fully aware of all of these things then the coming elections will be a Progressive wipeout. That, however, is a big ‘if’. Unfortunately, there is an enormous machine at work to push the Progressive agenda and it is that machine we must overcome in order to prevail! The President still has his Private Army. We must not forget that.

That’s why, when it comes to Hope, ultimately there is one place and one place only to look – Up! There is hope that never fails – that is in Jesus Christ. It has always been thus and we must be sure to prayerfully seek God and His will as we move forward in restoring our country and before we choose our leaders if we hope to succeed.

Psa 118:8-9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

In the end it is the Lord who decides where and with whom authority lies. We may wonder at times at His choices, but we must remember that His ways are not our ways and He is beyond our understanding. We simply trust in what we know: God is loving, just and merciful and He will never desert those who love Him. While He may judge the United States for turning its back on Him, for celebrating perversion and taking the lives of millions of babies in utero, just as God spared Righteous Lot when he Judged Sodom and Gomorrah, I feel certain that, if necessary, He will protect His children here as well. That does not mean that we will be immune from hardship, persecution or pain. It simply means that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us. The point is that God protected Lot and his family and provided for them while the cities of the plain were judged. He will do the same for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Who knows, if current trends continue, those States which hold to the Constitution, remain committed to Christ and Christian values and refuse Federal meddling in State business, resist the Sodomites, fight abortion and support the rights of Christians to refuse to compromise their faith – these States may become sanctuary(s) for all of us fleeing the moral decay in the rest of the country. I am certainly giving serious thought to relocating to one of these States and if you are able to, I suggest you do the same.

Whichever path this country takes in the next decade and whatever fate befalls us, we know that God is in control. Everything is proceeding exactly according to His will. For those who are students of the Bible we know that there are over 1,500 prophecies in the Bible. Those prophecies which were made and fulfilled in ancient times testify to the veracity of the Bible and God’s Prophets. It is fact that no Biblical prophecy has gone unfulfilled nor has any prophecy proven inaccurate. For those unfamiliar with Biblical Prophecy please know that the prophets did not couch their words in some arcane poetic style that could mean anything. In fact, many prophecies, such as Isaiah 44:28 wherein, as moved by the Spirit, Isaiah prophecies that Persian King Cyrus would give the order to rebuild the wall and the temple in Jerusalem. This was over one hundred years before Cyrus was even born and while Israel was still in the hands of the mightiest nation known to man at that time, the Babylonians. Other prophets, Daniel for instance, described the rise and fall of nations so accurately that skeptics accused Church scribes of revising the text. This is absurd of course and moot since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls which were lost long before there was an established “Church.”

There are those who, for whatever reason, will never believe the words of the Bible. Nor will they listen to Jesus knocking at the door of their Heart. If you have even the smallest tug on your heart to look into Jesus and what it means to be saved then please, I beg you, visit some of the sites below. Christianity is not about hate or being judgmental or self righteous – sure, you bet you will find that among Christians as you would any group. We are far, far from perfect. But you will a whole lot more who simply want to help you, love you for who you are and welcome you into a life of eternity watched over by Jesus, who proved His great love for you by dying for you on the cross so you could be washed clean of every sin you have ever committed and live for eternity in peace and joy. God Bless You, and I pray with all my heart that if you’re not a believer already, that you will listen to your heart and open your arms to Jesus Christ.






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God Bless you All
Mark





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