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Left Topsy-Turvy on American Revolution and Brexit

As America celebrates another birthday and the British people celebrated their Brexit vote for freedom from tyranny to a supranational bureaucracy, the heart and soul of the American Left again exposed itself as statist and globalist.

American Revolution & Brexit

Exhibit A: Steve Pincus. His recent Washington Post article attempts to paint Brexit supporters and the Republican Party as racist, anti-American xenophobes. In his introductory and subsequent paragraphs, Pincus inextricably links pro-Brexit forces with the agenda and sentiments of American conservatives and Pincus finds them wanting.

His headline asserts, “No, Brexit was not Britain’s ‘Declaration of Independence.’ It was the exact opposite.” Pincus couldn’t be more wrong.

His subheading: “The American founders would revile the pro-‘leave’ camp.” Again, his conclusion is contrary to everything we know about the Founding Fathers.

Nevertheless, Pincus contends, “But they’ve got America’s founding document exactly backward. The original American patriots would be horrified to hear their opus invoked in the service of Brexit.”

Pincus makes two striking, and strikingly wrong, claims.

Open vs. Controlled Borders

Pincus’ first strikingly wrong claim is that our Founders and the Framers of our Constitution, favored open borders. Pincus claims, “The founders called for a government that would allow for free movement of goods and peoples.”

Actually, American colonists sought control over their own borders. They vehemently opposed a power across the Atlantic Ocean determining their fate and enacting laws without their consent and contrary to their wishes.

Pincus cites the Declaration: “He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.”

No “open borders” here. What did the Founders actually seek? How do we interpret that portion of the Declaration? By what the Founders did. As noted by Heritage Foundation (emphasis added):

“Congress passed the first ‘uniform Rule of Naturalization’ under the new Constitution in March 1790. It allowed ‘any alien, being a free white person’ and ‘of good character’ who had resided in the United States for two years to become a ‘citizen of the United States’ by taking an oath in court ‘to support the constitution of the United States.’”

The very first Congress actually limited and circumscribed immigration by a clear set of criteria, looking for emigres from the Northwestern European nations which had settled America.

Heritage continues (emphasis added): “Key criteria for citizenship of the Naturalization Act of 1795 remain part of American law. These include (1) five years of (lawful) residence within the United States; (2) a ‘good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States’; (3) the taking of a formal oath to support the Constitution and to renounce any foreign allegiance; and (4) the renunciation of any hereditary titles.”

In contrast to the Founders’ wishes and the law of the land, today illegal aliens celebrate their Mexican holidays while burning the American flag and promoting the overthrow of the American government. Our Founders would have put a stop to this.

Activist vs. Limited Government

Pincus’ second strikingly wrong claim is that our Founders and the Framers of our Constitution favored an activist government. (Hence the subtitle of his new book.[1])

According to Pincus, “America’s founders celebrated the creative potential of the state to promote the general welfare and happiness of the people; they wanted an activist government – one that would intervene in the economy to promote growth.”

To buttress his claim, Pincus cites the Second Continental Congress: “Government was instituted to promote the welfare of mankind, and ought to be administered for the attainment of that end.”

But what did the crafters of our Republic actually mean by “welfare?” The Founders sought to promote the “general welfare and happiness of the people” by securing liberty! They understood that a free people – being secured in their liberty and able to use their God-given gifts as they deemed best – could, in today’s parlance, “maximize their potential,” strengthen their local communities, and improve the general welfare of the nation.

Our Founding Fathers fought for freedom and limited government to preserve that freedom.

Pincus clearly regards FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights” as superior to, and countermanding, our Founders’ original Bill of Rights. FDR’s progressive economic bill of rights seeks equality of outcome through government force while the Framers of our Constitution, with their political bill of rights, sought to maximize freedom and, thus, equality of opportunity.

Progressives like Pincus agree with President Obama’s assessment that America is fundamentally flawed[2] and, therefore, needs to be fundamentally transformed.[3] The Founders, Framers, and generations of Americans heartily disagree.[4] Middle America seeks to reclaim its heritage,[5] one built upon a Judeo-Christian ethos[6] which cherished liberty.

Similarly, progressives like Pincus, the Obamas, and the Clintons seek to eviscerate nationalism and elevate supranational and global institutions. In doing so, they willfully dismiss, like willing dupes,[7] the nexus between the immigration and terrorism crises.[8]

Progressives follow Hillary Clinton’s It Takes a Village (i.e., big government) when our great nation was founded on the premise that the primary duty of government is the protection of the People at home (law enforcement) and abroad (national defense) – and from government itself (Constitution).

Nationalism vs. Supra-nationalism

At heart, America as a Nation and a People matters little to these progressives who prefer to use American power and ideals against her in pursuit of their own globalist utopian goals.

Pincus equates “English First” pro-Brexit voters with the resurgence of contemporary America Firsters inspired by Donald Trump. To some degree he is correct, yet he regards that as a bad thing.

The heart and core of the Brexit Vote was to liberate the British people from the bureaucratic behemoth of the European Union’s usurpation of national sovereignty[9] and abrogation of the will of the People. Similarly, Middle America seeks its own independence from a draconian federal government[10] which serves its own needs and purposes while thwarting those whom they purportedly serve.

But Pincus again twists the historical record, asserting that late 18th-century Britons wanted the American colonists (legal settlers all) to pay their “fair share,” likening them to illegal aliens in America, today.

In reality, the American colonists – who were all self-supporting and obviously did not rely on a non-existent welfare state for survival – disagreed with the Mother Country and insisted upon, “No taxation without representation.” Our forefathers, like us, preferred a free market system without undue taxation and regulation, the very things Pincus and his lot pursue.

In his tract (and presumably in his forthcoming book as well), Pincus skirts this crucial reality: the majority of the colonists came from Britain and shared legal, linguistic, political, social, cultural, and spiritual similarities with the British realm.

Those brave men and women who gave birth to this great nation were brothers and sisters by blood who forged a new nation by creed. That creed – “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” – is central to our identity as Americans.

Individual rights, not collective rights; equality of opportunity, not of outcome; reverence for God, not for the State.

As Americans, we should celebrate the greatness of America as achieved by the Providence of God through the wisdom of the Founders and we should strive to return to our roots, to restore that vision of “government of the People, by the People, and for the People,” eschewing the liberty-denying statism of the Progressive vision.

Let us reinvigorate the American experiment that it may not perish from the earth.

God bless America!

Endnotes:

[1]              Pincus’ historical revisionism is apparent in the title to his forthcoming book, Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government.

[2]              See “Obama’s America – Fundamentally Flawed” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-1h.

[3]              See “Flags Depict Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America and the World” at http://t.co/xjupplSWD1.

[4]              See “American Exceptionalism is in the Eye of the Beholder” at http://t.co/UDFIbFm5hr.

[5]              See “Reclaiming America!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9V.

[6]              See “CPAC: America’s Christian Heritage Denied” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-8E.

[7]              See “Willful Blindness to Reality” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-c9.

[8]              See “Member of European Parliament Links Terrorism with Immigration Crisis” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-e8.

[9]              See “CPAC: Brits Seek Independence (and so should we)” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eT.

[10]            See “CPAC: Death by a 1,000 Pens” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eV.

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Dastardly Pilgrims (and Republicans)

(h/t Rush Limbaugh)

Paul Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is anathema to the secular Left (even though the word “progress” is in its title – I guess they have a different kind of progress in mind).

To many progressives, the Pilgrims were genocidal white supremacists who founded a racist, sexist, and classist patriarchal society which exploited the environment – and, worst of all, they dared to believe and profess Jesus as Savior!

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In other words, the Pilgrims were the Republicans and Religious Right of their times. (Yes, those dastardly Pilgrims are still at it hundreds of years later.)

The Left loves the holiday for the parties and parades (who doesn’t love a good time), though it may decry the consumerism and materialism of the holiday. But its portrayal of the Pilgrims is almost uniformly a critical caricature based upon its ideology, not on facts or history.

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanksto God!

(The Obama administration and the Left wants us to talk about global warming, gun control, racial discrimination and the like over Thanksgiving! The Left also contends that Syrian refugees are just like the Pilgrims! No, they aren’t. They are fleeing war and poverty, not religious persecution.)

The Pilgrims and Puritans were people of faith (Christian) who sought to do God’s will in the New World. The first Thanksgiving was a feast in honor of God for His Providence upon them. Indeed, America’s subsequent Founding Fathers were largely believing Christians who lived in a culture that was biblically-oriented. The secular Left would have you think otherwise.

Quotes from Pilgrim’s Progress

The Left hates the book, Pilgrim’s Progress, because it points to The Good Book – the Bible.

Pilgrim’s Progress is replete with faith claims which today rile the secular Left and atheists. Christians recognize that they are pilgrims in this life and profess a faith in the one true God – something which runs counter to this pluralistic world in which we live. True progress – the progress of Pilgrims – is found in following God and not progressive ideology.

Bunyan expressed a changed life in Christ: “My name is now Christian, but my name used to be Graceless.”

Bunyan denounced the false human philosophies of this world: “Mr. Worldly-Wiseman is not an ancient relic of the past. He is everywhere today, disguising his heresy and error by proclaiming the gospel of contentment and peace achieved by self-satisfaction and works. If he mentions Christ, it is not as the Savior who took our place, but as a good example of an exemplary life. Do we need a good example to rescue us, or do we need a Savior?”

Bunyan professed a dependence upon the omniscience of God: “What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.”

Bunyan proclaimed an allegiance to his Savior: “I have given Him my faith, and sworn my allegiance to Him; how, then, can I go back from this, and not be hanged as a traitor?”

Bunyan asserted a certain hope for the future: “I seek a place that can never be destroyed, one that is pure, and that fadeth not away, and it is laid up in heaven, and safe there, to be given, at the time appointed, to them that seek it with all their heart. Read it so, if you will, in my book.”

Bunyan championed the truth and efficacy of God’s Word: “Not that the heart can be good without knowledge, for without knowledge the heart is empty. But there are two kinds of knowledge: the first is alone in its bare speculation of things, and the second is accompanied by the grace of faith and love, which causes a man to do the will of God from the heart.”

Bunyan extolled the God of the Bible: “Is there anything more worthy of our tongues and mouths than to speak of the things of God and Heaven?”

Bunyan pointed people to the cross of Christ: “God’s grace is the most incredible and insurmountable truth ever to be revealed to the human heart, which is why God has given us His Holy Spirit to superintend the process of more fully revealing the majesty of the work done on our behalf by our Savior. He teaches us to first cling to, and then enables us to adore with the faith He so graciously supplies, the mercy of God. This mercy has its cause and effect in the work of Jesus on the cross.”

Bunyan exhorted the lost and hopeless to turn to God: “Wake up, see your own wretchedness, and fly to the Lord Jesus. He is the righteousness of God, for He Himself is God. Only by believing in His righteousness will you be delivered from condemnation.”

Bunyan praised the superiority of truth: “For to speak the truth, there are but few that care thus to spend their time, but choose rather to be speaking of things to no profit.”

My fellow Americans – and all those throughout the world reading this – I exhort you to heed the wise counsel of Paul Bunyan and – instead of following the White House’s advice to discuss climate change – look to our Creator and praise Him for all that He has wrought in His creation and in our lives.

Praise be to God!

Veterans Honored: A Personal Story

I was both embarrassed and encouraged.

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Last Sunday, our church surprised the many veterans in our congregation with a rousing thank you. As reported on Facebook:

“What a delightful day! We had a blast thanking our veterans after each service with big applause, cheering and donuts! Thank you to all who serve and have served! And thank you to all who participated today in making the cheering and donut enjoyment happen!! Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day this week!”

Why Was I Embarrassed? Encouraged?

Not to take away from any of the many men and women who have served or are faithfully serving their country, but I don’t feel somehow worthy of that honor.

When I think of those wounded (physically, mentally, emotionally) or who have given their all, who am I?

We see the plight of wounded warriors and their families suffering after all of their sacrifices, yet our government continually fails them. The Veterans Administration fails them. Extremely well-paid politicians fail them. Our brave servicemen and women see pay and benefit cuts, a downsized military, and upsized danger.

Yet, our troops remain resolved to protect and defend the nation they love.

Even though the government and politicians have failed the institution that keeps America (and much of the world) safe, the nation still loves her men and women in uniform. Despite strong anti-military sentiments in the media, entertainment, and academia, the American people remain patriotic and supportive of those who willingly put themselves in harm’s way.

We see that patriotic spirit and love of those in the military – which warms the hearts of servicemen around the globe – at work in countless ways (kind words, respect, care packages, prayers, etc.).

(Thank you, my dear brothers and sisters at Church at Severn Run.)

Though it seems that the Obama administration has gone out of its way to wreak havoc within the military and relinquish the hard-fought victories it has won in various places around the world, the fighting spirit of the American military (and of We, the People) has not diminished.

Sarah Palin at CPAC

I was also deeply moved at CPAC 2015 when Sarah Palin paid tribute to veterans and the American military. It was very touching to hear her words in that auditorium and to be among the veterans standing to receive applause from the audience.

Palin wowed the audience with her mama grizzly love and support for our troops as she demonstrated an intimate understanding of the military ethos.

Palin observed (as Abraham Lincoln before her) that we should take care of those who have taken care of us. Palin said,

“America hands over her sons and her daughters in service with the promise that they’re going to be taken care of. Our troops are promised … that a grateful nation will spare no expense to patch them up and bring them back to health when wounded. Well, we, their mothers and their fathers and their husbands and their wives, we’re here to collect on the promises made.”

Palin lambasted the pacifist mindset which currently pervades the intelligentsia and which is anathema to victory, saying, “the thing that those vets, from the Revolutionary War, what they had, that today’s troops don’t, is victory. And that is the thing that they cherish most. They deserve to know that their sacrifices are not in vain. To know that what they fought for, and what their friends died for was worth it.”

Palin praised the military for its purpose and prowess, contending:

“Aside from God Almighty, what is the only force strong enough to keep this barbaric rolling tide at bay? The only thing standing in between us and savages? It’s the red, white, and blue. It’s the United States military.”

Understanding the Reagan Doctrine (peace through strength), Palin realizes that a strong military is essential to obtaining and preserving peace. Appeasement always entices evil tyrants and terrorists to pursue their evil ends. Palin noted:

“Oh, the naive Obama State Department. They say ‘We can’t kill our way out of war.’ Really? Tell that to the Nazis. Oh, wait. You can’t, because they’re dead. We killed ‘em.”

And Palin exhorted her listeners, vowing, “We will consign radical Islam to the ash heap of history, just like the Nazis before them.”

My Own Story

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy about a year before the Vietnam War ended. My 12-year naval career ended about five years before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Highlights of my time in the Navy include overseas tours in Japan, Scotland, and Turkey, as well as brief naval deployments in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Few can say that they have been to Diego Garcia. Working at NSA for a number of years was also instructive and invigorating (my, how it has grown since my time in service).

I was blessed to meet my future wife in Scotland and to have my second reenlistment ceremony in Glamis Castle. I remain blessed to be an American in the most exceptional nation on earth.

May God always bless America!

Choosing Life in Christ

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

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Are you lost? Confused? Fearful of the future? Angry at the world or at yourself? Do you feel as if your life is all messed up? Are you without hope?

The world is desperate for salvation but few know how to achieve it. Many people offer false hope through false religions or humanly-devised programs. However, our Father in heaven gives us a sure promise of salvation which can only be found in Jesus Christ.

A relationship with Jesus is our only one true hope.

Jesus claims to be the only way. During the Christmas season, we are reminded that he is the Savior of the world! But this is something we should be reminded of every day: God’s love for us is so deep and so complete that he gave his only Son, Jesus Christ, so that we might have a relationship with him – forever (John 3:16).

Salvation is a choice. Do we choose one of the many ways which lead to destruction, or will we choose Jesus and be given the gift of eternal life?

The choice is ours. Will we admit our faults, our failures, and our need for help? Will we accept the love of God so freely and fully given in Jesus Christ? Will we choose Christ and follow him?

Our Father is eager to forgive us and to free us, if we will but receive his gift.

The world is lost and hopeless, as were we, who once did not know Christ.

But now we know him, and that makes all the difference.

Ask God! (He just might surprise you.)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8

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Some regard Jesus’ words as Pollyannaish or simply too good to be true. But what if they’re not?

Those with faith in Jesus’ promise have already experienced his bountiful goodness. We can, too. The promise Jesus gave is to “everyone” – without qualification or limit. All we have to do is ask in faith.

As the apostle James said, often we do not have because we do not ask. Rest assured that when we go to God in prayer, he hears – and he answers! The whole of heaven is open to everyone who prays.

Prayer is a passionate, personal conversation with God. When we speak from our heart, when we openly share our inner being with the One who created us, God is pleased.

When we share our hearts with our Father in prayer, he gives us more of himself. He changes our hearts and transforms our lives beyond our imaginations.

Surrounded by the here and now, distracted by the world around us, it is all too easy to miss the spiritual reality that prayer is an invitation to connect with eternity.

Jesus called every broken believer into a life of continual prayer that eternally changes life. In Jesus, we can be healed and become whole.

Jesus instructed us to “Ask … Seek … Knock …” and he assured us that our Father would respond generously, lovingly (verses 9-11).

Let us trust him.

Father, let Your will be done in our lives.

Living a Worry-Free Life

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus admonishes each of us not to worry, yet … we worry. Why? And how can we stop worrying?

The solution to worry, though simple, is not easy.

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Jesus began His discourse on worry after declaring “You cannot serve God and mammon.” Jesus made the simple point that we should be more concerned with the things of God than the things of this world.

Jesus then declared the infinite worth of every human life and His providential care for us. He feeds the birds and clothes the lilies of the field, but we are of far greater value in His eyes. So, we should trust Him.

The pivotal point in this section is reached in verse 30: “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

According to Jesus, worry is a matter of faith, or, more accurately, worry is faithless. When we worry, we are exhibiting “little faith.”

The things we tend to worry about – food, clothing, money, possessions – are all temporary. Someday, they will perish. We worry about things that, in the grand scheme of things, are worthless.

Moreover, as Jesus points out, worry won’t change reality. Worry won’t give us even one more moment of life, though it will squander many moments from our lives.

Worry ignores the hand of God in our lives. It denies the reality that God’s sovereignty over the universe extends into our lives. Simply put, if He can keep the universe in order, then He can take care of us.

Jesus tells us that we are of more value to God than what we see around us. He names the stars, counts the hairs on our heads, and knows our names.

We can trust Him. Will we?

When we do – when we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” – we can rest assured that He will take care of all those things we tend to worry about so needlessly.

One website offers “22 ways to living calmer and anxiety free life,” with a graphic captioned: “Take Charge of Your Worry.” Excluded from this blogger’s worry-free program: God. Not one word about the One who frees us from worry. Indeed, the graphic itself should be emblazoned: “Give Your Worry to God.”

We don’t take charge of our worry. Rather, we yield our lives to our Creator and trust in Him.

Our Father in heaven will be faithful in His provision for us.

Blessed Be …

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3

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Do you want to be blessed? “Blessed are …”

If you are in Christ, God has already blessed you and is blessing you.

Do you believe that you are blessed? Often, we can miss out on God’s blessing due to a lack of faith.

Who is blessed? “… the poor in spirit …”

Those who yield their lives to God and become dependent upon him are blessed by God.

Walking in faith requires humility. Your humility and your dependency upon your Creator and Redeemer opens the treasure-trove of God’s blessings in your life.

Remember, Jesus came to give us an abundant life (John 10:10).

You are blessed when you believe you are blessed. Believe it and live your life in that reality, and you will experience the hand of God in your life.

What is the blessing? “… for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Being his children, our Father lavishes his love on us. It is his desire to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32) – treasures in heaven and on earth.

According to the apostle James, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17

Our Father wants us to live our lives in the blessings he provides every day of our lives.

Experiencing the blessing. Walking in faith – believing in his promises and providence – ensures that we will experience his blessing – in this life and in the next.

If you believe God and trust in his providence as you walk with him, you can be assured of an abundance of blessing in your life.