Monthly Archives: March 2016

Only Trump Can Lose!

In a farcical column (“It’s Only Trump”), Ann Coulter contends that the GOP’s only hope “lies with Trump and only Trump.” The exact opposite is true!

Donald Trump would be our George McGovern!

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Coulter presumes that people who voted for The Donald in the primaries and caucuses will vote for him in the election, just as she also presumes that Hillary and Bernie voters are locked in to their respective candidates.

If anything, we have seen a remarkable fluidity in voting patterns. On the GOP side, in many states, early voters went with Trump, late voters with Cruz. With an effectively two-man race, anti-Trump votes will be consolidated in the Cruz corner. Had the GOP field, from the beginning, been much smaller than it was, Cruz would likely have been the clear Republican front-runner.

Political campaigns and elections are dynamic, not static.

In the general election, we can expect the Left and the Media to come out with tons of yet-to-be-released opposition research against Trump while continuing to cover-up for Clinton (or Sanders). Trump is, in reality, the one GOP candidate who could lose to Clinton (or, even, Sanders). (Ironically, many of Trump’s positions parallel those of Sanders, vis-à-vis the role of government, the economy, and taxes).

Do the math! Trump has historic and insurmountable negatives, a vast and growing cadre of #NeverTrump Republican opposition, and ephemeral grassroots “support” that will vote Democrat in November.

Throughout her column, Coulter compared current GOP candidates with Romney (who lost!), instead of Reagan or another actually conservative standard-bearer. (Romney – not a conservative – lost, just as Trump – not a conservative – will lose.) Why pit another RINO against a Democrat and expect a different result?

Looking to Reagan as a model[1] (not based on specific issues but, rather, his character, vision, grasp of how the world and government work, and other perspectives), Cruz is the most Reaganesque.[2] Cruz has proven his credentials as a constitutionalist, federalist, anti-establishment warrior, liberty-lover, and moral Christian.

Even if Trump were to win, as Coulter contends is necessary for the salvation of the Republic,[3] we still lose.

Trump and Clinton share ideological beliefs, political persuasions, character flaws (hubris, lying, bullying, corruption, etc.), secular New York values, and a disdain for the Constitution. As president, neither one would govern as a constitutional conservative, but either one would employ their pen and phone to the service of their will, not the will of the People.

As I’ve said from the beginning, a Trump nomination and/or presidency would spell doom for Conservatism and for the Country![4]

May God have mercy on our souls!

Update: Rich Lowry put it nicely, “He’s running against the Republican party from within the Republican party.” In the end, he may well destroy the Party, Conservatism, and the Nation.

Update: David French frames the contrast between Cruz and Trump superbly:

“We have long since passed the twilight-zone stage of the race for the GOP nomination. In one corner is Ted Cruz, arguably one of the smartest men in Washington, a person with unquestioned anti-Establishment street cred, a man who helped block the infamous Gang of Eight’s misguided immigration reform, a constitutional scholar, and a person with intimate knowledge of the workings of every level of American government. In the other corner is a man so completely ignorant – so completely venal – that his best rhetorical tactic is to bury his countless gaffes in an avalanche of insults and lies.”

Endnotes:

[1]               See “CPAC: Reagan’s Legacy Endures” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-e1.

[2]               See “BrotherWatch Endorses Ted Cruz” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-dw.

[3]               See “Meet Ann Coulter’s Savior” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bM.

[4]               See “Coulter’s Latest RINO Would Give Democrats Victory” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8t.

Life at the Cross!

An instrument of cruel death was used by God to bring life to all.

The Easter season celebrates the fulfillment of Jesus’ most beloved words in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Life at the Cross

Jesus fulfills those words at the cross. There, he paid the penalty for all of our sins (1 Pet. 3:18, Rom. 6:8, Heb. 9:28). And it is there where we find Him to receive the gift of everlasting life (Rom. 6:23). It is a free gift when we repent in faith.

Jesus actually predicted the manner of His death in the words preceding his great promise. In John 3:14-15, we read: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Notice that verses 15 and 16 end with almost identical words. Why? Because Jesus was drawing a parallel between a spectacular Old Testament event (which prefigured the salvation which would be provided at the cross) with Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

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As recorded in Numbers 21:4-9, the ancient Israelites rebelled against God in the wilderness. God punished them with “fiery serpents who bit them, killing many. After the people repented, God provided a means of salvation:

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.’ So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”

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In similar fashion, whenever anyone who has sinned looks at Jesus  in repentance and faith, they shall live.

Speaking to the crowd, Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32). The next verse expressly states, “This He said, signifying by what death He would die.”

Just as Moses lifted up a bronze serpent on a pole to save all those who looked at it, God lifted up Jesus on a cross to save all those who put their faith in Him.

Let us all turn to Jesus, who beckons us with arms wide open, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28).

Being Connected to the Love of Our Creator

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6, NIV)

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We are all passionately loved by God, but sadly few know it.

Our world is lost and going to hell, not knowing it needs God. Thus, many people are missing out on a personal connection with the One who created them in his image, the One who desires to share an eternity of love with them.

To reveal his great love for us, God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to become one with us. God clothed him in human flesh (John 1:10) and he walked among us. We joyfully celebrate this act of love during the Christmas season and at Easter.

Think about that: God actually stepped down into our world to save it. And he has been redeeming it ever since.

Jesus and the first-century church turned the world right-side up by preaching the gospel (Acts 17:6). Today, God sends us to reveal Jesus and God’s love and life to a world lost in darkness. We are called to be God’s life-saving conversation with the world.

On the eve of his crucifixion, Jesus told his disciples, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21) This is called the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18) and it applies to every generation of believers. It applies to you.

First, will you accept the unconditional love of our Father?

Then, you join become the face, hands, and feet of Jesus to a desperate world?

If the whole church will commit to being the conversation of God’s love to our world, then together we can change the world!

Member of European Parliament Links Terrorism with Immigration Crisis

Terrorism strikes Brussels, puzzling the Left while validating the Right.

Steven Woolfe, a Member of the European Parliament, linked the escalating terrorism seen in Europe with the immigration crisis which has deluged so many European nations.

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Over a million unexpected migrants entered Europe last year, among them, criminals and also Islamists who seek to commit jihad in Europe. In an exclusive interview at CPAC, Woolfe warned, “it is the people traffickers – led by ISIS, Boca Haram, and gangsters – who are making over $2 billion a year at the moment.”

According to Woolfe, Europe desperately needs to end its “open-door [immigration] system that Angela Merkel from Germany permitted,” a system which has swamped Europe with millions of unassimilated people who drain the welfare state and potentially endanger the citizenry.

Woolfe would replace that “open-door” with “a managed migration system.” He acknowledges that “some immigration is useful for a country,” but argues that each nation in Europe should have the right to control its own borders based upon its own priorities.

While welcoming refugees from migration camps is one thing, European citizens are coming to see that unrestricted migration poses a clear and present danger to European citizens. Therefore, Woolfe proposes dramatically limiting the influx of refugees and other migrants, declaring that Europeans “must turn back the boats – back to Libya, back to Lebanon, back to Turkey – to ensure that this crisis stops.

The nexus between terrorism and “open-door” immigration is very real. It is, indeed, a major reason why Britain is seeking to leave the European Union. Woolfe supports a referendum, called Brexit [British exit], which will be “held in the United Kingdom on June 23rd, to determine whether Britain will be a member of the European Union.”

CPAC: Allied with Japanese Conservatives

Conservatism spans the globe, as evidenced, again, at CPAC. One booth, in particular, caught my eye: the Japanese Conservative Union (JCU). It proclaims its mission statement as “Spread Liberty and Prosperity to Asia and the World through Japan-US Partnership.”

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I asked Ryoseki (Ryan) Go about his organization and its presence at CPAC. He explained,

“We created the JCU in April of last year. We are trying to create a conservative movement in Japan. We are also creating a joint think tank with ACU.” The purpose of that think tank, officially launched at CPAC, is “to develop a strategy to deter China’s aggressive behavior in east Asia.”

Go also mentioned two major events that would take place at CPAC: a JCU reception later that day and a speech by Chairman Jikido (Jay) Aeba on the main stage of CPAC on Saturday.

Alliance Against Terrorism & Rogue States

In his speech, Chairman Aeba addressed the U.S.-Japan alliance. As reported in the American Conservative, Aeba “argued … that although the alliance was created to counter the Soviet Union, it must evolve to meet today’s threats. Namely: terrorism, encroachment from China, and rogue states like North Korea.”

Ryan Go echoed those very same sentiments during our exclusive interview. Terrorism and foreign aggression are of particular interest to the JCU. He explained, “Our biggest concern is China’s military development and also North Korea’s nuclear development.” He added, “Those are two big issues which threaten Japan’s independence.” (Indeed, the global impact of those aggressors cannot be overstated.)

As a consequence, Japan needs “to develop a stronger defense so that we can counter those outside threats. We have to defend Japan – that’s our main goal.” He reiterated, “Our main concern is national defense.”

Shared Interests

JCU’s struggle against Japan’s own peace movement and impulses for appeasement necessarily brought to mind pre-World War II Neville Chamberlain and America’s present-day “War Is Not The Answer” crowd (which includes the Obama administration and both remaining Democrat presidential contenders).

Go affirmed, “Right now, in Japan, we have a very big liberal movement which calls for total peace with complete disarmament. They are involved in protests and they dominate the media and education.” Sound familiar?

Personally, it was a delight talking with Ryan. We shared not just security, political, and cultural interests but also personal experiences. When I told Ryan that I was stationed in Misawa in 1979, he recognized the city from northern Japan. When I mentioned having gone through Yokohama, his eyes lit up. Yokohama is his hometown. Strangers united with common interests and a love of liberty.

I remember the Japanese people being very welcoming to Americans living in their midst. After thanking Ryan with what little Japanese I recall, “domo arigato gozaimasu,” Ryan graciously complimented my less-than-perfect accent.

Japan and America have enjoyed a special relationship for over seven decades. It would behoove both nations to build upon our foundation of shared values and interests with renewed vigor to overcome emerging threats which endanger all of us.

CPAC: Reagan’s Legacy Endures

According to Reagan biographer Craig Shirley,[1] the Republican Party is dead. The good news? Reaganism is alive and well and living in a populist-energized Conservative Movement.

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In an exclusive interview at CPAC, I asked about Ronald Reagan’s legacy[2] and its relevance today. Shirley replied, “Reagan’s legacy is intellectual conservatism, a belief in the future, a belief in young Americans, and an optimistic outlook – all the things that he brought to the Republican Party which had been missing since the time of Teddy Roosevelt.”

Asked whether there are any leaders on the stage right now who could fill Reagan’s shoes, Shirley bluntly replied, “No.” He added, “Leaders like Ronald Reagan don’t grow on trees.”

But then he offered hope, saying, “in defense of the current crop of candidates, Ronald Reagan wasn’t Ronald Reagan before Ronald Reagan was Ronald Reagan.”

Shirley went on to explain, “by that I mean that very few saw his greatness before he was actually president and then afterwards. He was actually derided by the Eastern elites and by the Republican establishment and by the liberal media in the Sixties and the Seventies. It took time to understand Reagan’s greatness.”

Consequently, “in defense of the current crop of candidates, we can’t peer into the future, so I would say, if they stick to their principles, if they stick to their guns, they make their argument, they might succeed and make history, and, if they do, then they will also be seen in a different light.”

GOP is Dead

Shirley also provided a contrast between the Conservative Movement and the GOP, saying, “The Republican Party is, in many ways, dead as a political party.” He added, “It functions, but it’s on life support, because it really stands for nothing.”

Despite the stunning support for conservatism in the last election,[3] the GOP leadership seems to lack the will to pursue its raison d’être. Perhaps it has lost its way because it has lost faith in Conservatism and in America. Or, perhaps, self-interest has simply steamrollered over national interests, the Constitution, and the will of the people.

Echoing Lincoln’s sentiments at the Republican State Convention prior to Lincoln’s election and the advent of the Civil War, Shirley noted that “The Republican Party has become a house divided against itself.” Those differences are stark and irreconcilable. That house is divided between the Establishment and the Conservative Movement.

Speaking of the Establishment, Shirley charged, “It is half corporate, which is basically corrupt, access-selling.” Lord Acton’s axiom has been proven correct yet again, this time in the heart of our nation’s capital. Power’s corrupting nature is most acutely experienced in arguably the most powerful city on earth.

Conservative Movement Thrives

In contrast to the Establishment, Shirley notes, with a Reaganesque optimism, that the populist-driven Conservative Movement is “where the energy and the intellectualism thrives today.” He concluded by saying, “The Conservative Movement in America, Reaganism in America, are doing just fine. It’s the Republican Party that’s just in trouble.”

[In recognition of his Reaganesque qualities, love of America, and devotion to the Constitution, BrotherWatch has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for President of the United States.[4]]

Endnotes:

[1]               Mr. Shirley’s latest Reagan biography, Last Act, is available on Amazon and elsewhere.

[2]               See “Remembering Reagan” at http://t.co/GYAescwhYa.

[3]               See “GOP Triumphs Despite Voter Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-59.

[4]               See “BrotherWatch Endorses Ted Cruz” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-dw.

CPAC: This Election is About Survival

With the White House and its supporters in denial over the existential threat that Islamic jihadists pose to Americans at home and abroad, Brigitte Gabriel, the Founder and President of Act for America, calls the 2016 election an “election about survival.”

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Just as world leaders united after the Charlie Hebdo attack, Americans need to be united against this jihadist threat, boldly speaking out and confronting evil.

Act for America is providing just such an opportunity this September, empowering citizens from across the country to let their voices be heard on Capitol Hill.

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Gabriel announced that, “Act for America is holding our annual National Security Conference in Washington, D.C., the week of September 11th. We thought, what better time to hold a national security conference than the week of September 11th, in Washington, D.C., reminding our elected officials what’s at stake and why we need to secure the country.”

She pointed out that, despite differences on various political issues, we must stand united against the savages who seek our destruction. Those who have died at the hands of Islamists bent upon creating a global caliphate can do nothing. Those of us who are still alive live to fight both in their memory and for our own lives and liberty.

In Gabriel’s words:

“I don’t see any of the dead 3,000 Americans that died on September 11th, 2001 demonstrating right now for either pro-Obamacare or anti-Obamacare, pro-gay or anti-gay, pro-abortion or anti-abortion. They are as dead as dirt.”

Making the contrast, Gabriel continues, “Let’s make sure we stay alive so our children can have the freedoms and live in a safe country where they can express their opinion about whatever issue they feel so strongly about.”

Our Survival is at Stake

Will we defeat this jihadist threat or will Western Civilization as we know it be destroyed? If the answer matters to you, then heed Gabriel’s words: “Right now, the national security issue is the most important issue so I urge people to join us, this year more than ever. This election is about survival.”

Act for America exists to provide education that leads to action. Therefore, it is hosting its National Security Conference with the intent of national and cultural survival.

“We need to be in D.C.,” says Gabriel. “Our elected officials need to see our faces. We need to get tens of thousands of people to Washington, D.C. for the conference. We already have 18 members of Congress scheduled to speak at our national conference. It’s going to be an amazing time to be in D.C.”

Let Your Voice Be Heard

It is easy to think that one person cannot make a difference. This is a defeatist attitude. Act for America exists on the belief that an organized constituency – consisting of individuals from across the country – can make a difference.

Gabriel hears that defeatist attitude all the time, with people telling her, “What is my congressman going to do? He’s not going to listen to me. He needs to hear from 50,000 people.” In response, Gabriel encourages them, advising that if they participate in the National Security Conference, then their voices will be heard – where it matters!

Act for America is doing all it can to let your voice be heard.

“Not only do we want people to come, but we schedule appointments for them with their elected officials. If you are coming to D.C. as part of our national conference, and you want to meet with your senator, and you want to meet with your congressman, we will call your senator or congressman, we will line up a meeting for you. All you have to do is show up. You don’t have to lift a finger. Who else can give people this opportunity to sit down with your congressman or senator on Capitol Hill and let them know how you feel?”

Gabriel promises: “We’re lining up an appointment for you to sit down in front of him or her, in his or her office, on Capitol Hill. If for nothing else, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard. This is a time when people need to come to Act for America’s national conference.”

Gabriel concludes: “Go to ActForAmerica.org. Sign up now. We have the early registration, the Early Bird Special. … It will be the most important decision you made this year.”

[This is the last in a four-part series. See Part I – “CPAC: Exclusive Interview with Brigitte Gabriel,” Part II – “CPAC: Homegrown Terrorism is Greatest Islamist Threat,” and Part III – “CPAC: Islamic State Really is Islamic!”]

CPAC: Islamic State Really Is Islamic

Even as Americans face an existential threat from Islamic jihadists, the Obama administration and many on the Left deny that threat and act as appeasers and useful idiots for the enemy.

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Brigitte Gabriel, the Founder and President of Act for America, addressed this suicidal insanity in an exclusive interview at CPAC.

Asked why the White House and so many on the Left are so loathe to even name Islamic terrorism, Gabriel observes, “This White House does not believe that Islam has anything to do with terrorism.”

False Narratives

This administration bases America’s foreign and national security policy on false narratives which deny the reality that everyone else observes. Gabriel notes that these policies began from the very beginning of Obama’s presidency.

“This is why President Obama, as soon as he became President, when he issued the Threat Assessment Plan in 2009 – which was the first Threat Assessment Plan he had to issue as a president – he purged all references out of our Counterterrorism Training Manuals and our Threat Assessment Plan, any references to radical Islam, Islamic terrorism, Islamic jihadism, jihad – all of it. He took it all out.”

Yes, reality was jettisoned down the memory hole. And in its place, as Gabriel notes, nonsensical Orwellian constructions have been employed:

“That’s when they replaced everything with ‘manmade disasters’ or ‘violent extremism.’ What does ‘violent extremism’ mean? What does ‘manmade disasters’ mean? Who is making the disasters? Which group of people are making these disasters right now? This is something that the White House does not want to address. They have avoided it.”

Willful Blindness to Reality

Indeed, the Obama administration and its willing surrogates in the media and on college campuses across this nation have created false rationalizations to explain away the Islamic terrorism which has engulfed the Middle East, Europe, and, increasingly, other areas of the world, including America.

According to these phony theories, ISIS arose as a result of poverty (though not in America during the Great Depression), ISIS can be negotiated into peace, ISIS is just like any other violent group, and, shockingly, ISIS is contained.

Even after the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, the Left denied reality.

Islamic Jihadists are Islamic

Indeed, the truth is so obvious, and Gabriel expressed it so well when she said:

“President Obama, unfortunately, does not see Islam as a threat to the United States right now, despite the fact that the Islamic State is Islamic. When we look at all terrorism organizations around the world, today, put ISIS aside. When you look at Boko Haram in Nigeria – Islamic. When you look at Lashkar-e-Taiba in India – Islamic. When you look at al-Shabab in Somalia – Islamic. When you look at Ansar al-Sharia in Libya – Islamic. When you look at Al Ikhwan al Muslimun in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood – Islamic.”

Gabriel continues:

“The one common denominator in all these groups that I mentioned – no matter where they live, no matter what language they speak, no matter what nationality they hold, what passport they hold, no matter what the color of their skin (you’ve got from blacks to brown skin to whites) – the only common denominator is the fact that they are all Islamic.”

A Metastasizing Cancer

Yet, despite this existential threat, and the nature and origins of that threat, the President continues to enable those who would destroy us. Gabriel urges the opposite course, contending:

“This is something our President must address. We cannot bury our head in the sand, pretending that the problem does not exist anymore, hoping it will go away. At this point, it’s not going away. It’s like cancer, metastasizing throughout the world.”

[This is the third in a four-part series. See Part I – “CPAC: Exclusive Interview with Brigitte Gabriel,” Part II – “CPAC: Homegrown Terrorism is Greatest Islamist Threat,” and Part IV – “CPAC: This Election is About Survival.”]

CPAC: Homegrown Terrorism is Greatest Islamist Threat

I asked Brigitte Gabriel, the Founder and President of Act for America, what the greatest Islamist threat is that America faces right now? She replied with two words: “Homegrown terrorism.”

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She continued, “This is something that everybody walks around concerned about – what’s the next attack? We had San Bernardino and, after San Bernardino, people really started thinking: ‘Wow, this could have been my co-worker!’”

Heartless Terrorists

Speaking of the San Bernardino attack, an outraged Gabriel observed, “Here’s a co-worker that goes in there – at a Christmas party, no less, where we are celebrating love and gifts and the season of giving – to kill the same co-workers that gave him a baby shower the week before!”

In tune with a growing sense of urgency across this nation, Gabriel pointed out the chilling truth about this jihadi menace: “When you realize that we now have been infiltrated with cold-hearted killers that have no conscience, that have no heart, that have no values – or at least they don’t share our values – that’s the greatest threat right now.”

Even through the filtered lens of the media and denials by the government, Americans are well aware that they are endangered by radical Islamists intent upon their destruction. Combating jihadists in every sphere is crucial.

Consequently, Gabriel advocates for grassroots efforts to achieve national unity in combating this national, indeed, civilizational threat.

“Americans need to come together and understand how we can secure our community, how we can pressure elected officials to make the right decisions and pass the right bills to protect national security, and how our government can make the right decisions as a player in the global world that is now threatened by the rise of radical Islam worldwide.”

We Are No Longer Invulnerable

Our world in this 21st century is vastly different from the end of the last. Cutting-edge technology and social media have transformed the way we think and live. Travel and migration gave increased exponentially, and concerns over border security have reached new heights.

“Let’s face it,” Gabriel cautions, “We are no longer operating on an island. We are no longer separated from the rest of the world. Airlines, Internet, the way we travel nowadays, this is a different world from the world of the 1950s. So the enemies are coming here to our shores. They hold our passports, or they came here by a refugee visa, or they came by a visa they obtained at one of our embassies in any country around the world.”

Victory or Dark Ages

Therefore, warns Gabriel, “we have to be very careful, and our next president has to be very careful, in what contracts we sign with what countries, whether they have our best interests at heart. That’s why Americans have to make very important decisions coming up the next election.”

Indeed, Gabriel asserts, “the next election is an election about survival! It is no longer about [differing political points of view]. Right now, the decisions we are making for the next election is a decision about the survival of not only the United States but the survival of Western Civilization.”

According to Gabriel, Americans are presented with a stark choice between survival and destruction. She conveys a sense of urgency as she warns, “America stands as the vanguard, as the protector of Western Civilization. America is the superpower of Western Civilization and the next four years are going to be the deciding factor whether we survive as a nation and as a civilization, or we die and go back to the Dark Ages driven by ISIS.”

[This is the second in a four-part series. See Part I – “CPAC: Exclusive Interview with Brigitte Gabriel,” Part III – “CPAC: Islamic State Really is Islamic!” and Part IV – “CPAC: This Election is About Survival.”]

CPAC: Exclusive Interview with Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel is as dynamic and passionate in person as she is on TV. Despite a hectic media schedule at CPAC, Gabriel, Founder and President of Act for America, graciously granted a sit-down interview at the conference.

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I asked Brigitte about her mission to save America from Islamic jihadists. Gabriel explained how Act for America came into being. She said,

“I started Act for America because I realized that while there is a lot of education about radical Islam, people were hungry for information. They wanted to be informed. There’s plenty of information out there and I realized that in the 14 years since September 11, there have been books written, mine included – two New York Times best-sellers – and articles out there. People forward emails to each other.”

Coupling Education With Action

But then, people would ask her, “What can I do? Give me something to do!” So, she realized “very quickly that while education is important, education by itself is not sufficient. Education must be coupled with action.”

A Scripture came to my mind validating her conclusion. The apostle James exhorts Christians not to deceive themselves by only hearing the word, but not doing anything about it. James wrote, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was” (Jas. 1:23-24).

Far too many people have witnessed the dangers facing America without addressing those dangers. Brigitte Gabriel is not one of those people. She couples education with action. It is not surprising that the first word in her organization’s name is “Act.”

Empowering Americans

With her characteristic fervor, Gabriel “launched Act for America to not only educate the American public about the threat of radical Islam, but also to inspire and empower average citizens to become engaged and involved and make a difference on their level, in their own community, no matter where they are.”

Act for America is “now the largest national security grassroots organization in America,” she said. “We have 300,000 members. We have 1,000 chapters nationwide. We have a full-time Director of Government Relations on Capitol Hill.”

Through her organization and her advocacy, Gabriel empowers citizens to engage their elected representatives by providing them with Action Alerts concerning impending legislation and giving them a means to interact with those who have the power to pass or defeat those bills. Gabriel explains the process:

“We monitor what bills are coming down for a vote. We send the bill number out to our members who are signed up on our emails and say, ‘Here is the bill number. Here is the name of the sponsor – Congressman So-And-So, Senator So-And-So. This bill is coming down for a vote. Make sure you call your elected officials and get them to vote for it or sponsor it, or to co-sponsor it.’ And this is how the average citizen can make their voice heard before a bill is voted on.”

The best way to enact good laws or defeat bad ones is to be proactive and preemptive, to get involved while the laws are being crafted and deliberated.

An Organized Constituency

As Brigitte put it, “A lot of people always ask, ‘Oh, my gosh, I cannot believe they voted for that stupid bill. How can my congressman do something so crazy?’” Gabriel urges them to get involved and express their views before it is too late.

Gabriel advises them to bombard their elected officials with phone calls and emails, explaining, “When 25,000 phone calls coming from all over your state saying, ‘Don’t you dare vote for this bill or we will oust you next time on election day, don’t you think that makes a difference? Of course, it makes a difference. That’s what elected officials fear the most and that is the voice of an organized constituency that can impact the election on election day. That’s why they listen to what their constituents have to say.”

The power of an organized constituency can be effective and get things done. As Gabriel notes, everyone can be involved and no one is too inconsequential to make a difference. She says, “we empower constituents. We empower the average American, no matter where they are, no matter what little county they live in, no matter where they live. We make their voice powerful.”

Let us all act before it is too late!

[This is the first in a four-part series. See Part II – “CPAC: Homegrown Terrorism is Greatest Islamist Threat,” Part III – “CPAC: Islamic State Really is Islamic!” and Part IV – “CPAC: This Election is About Survival.”]