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Favorite Christmas Songs

The magic of Christmas is new every Yuletide. It is truly the most joyful (enduring and endearing) season and, indeed, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

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Such is its impact in our lives, our communities, and the world that people around the world often begin preparing for it months in advance.

Christmas trees, lights, decorations, gifts, and music – these all attest to its significance for humanity and to mankind’s desire for the peace and joy that only Jesus can bring.

Christmas isn’t magic, though it is magical. Christmas is a birthday celebrating the miraculous birth of Jesus into the world as a Babe in a manger and also His birth into our lives.

Jesus – Emmanuel (“God with us”), our Savior and Redeemer – was born that, as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen acknowledges, “man no more may die.”

Christmas music is invariably joyfulJoy to the World – because Jesus was born, sacrificed himself for us, and offers us the incredible gift of inviting us to live with Him forever in Paradise as His brothers and sisters.

Jesus truly is the reason for the season. Two millennia ago, shepherds and angels proclaimed the miracle of our Messiah’s birth. Heaven and nature has been singing ever since. Let us join our voices to that heavenly chorus.

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas songs (a few with multiple versions).

2,000 Decembers Ago Joy Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W8K3OhxVSw
Angels We have Heard on High Laura Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YyI-hS-Q1k
Breath of Heaven Amy Grant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8_475FKJWQ
Carol of the Bells Barlow Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0WXDp2twLw
Do You Hear What I Hear? Carrie Underwood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad7KU9bCTAM
For Unto Us Point of Grace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGoyyDRi-_Q
Go Light Your Candle Kathy Troccoli https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9eyUgOFZf0
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Mannheim Steamroller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXoJoHvho5M
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Nancy Sinatra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma4lDu1RwOk
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Paige Sisters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCoy7URHuY4
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Pentatonix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku7ohU1IGls
Hallelujah (Light Has Come) Barlow Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e_2t4vHugo
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing Amy Grant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1m–UmRngY
How Many Kings Downhere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF952rzG3Yk
I Believe Natalie Grant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQBDtKC-cQ0
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIqCtigFAXs
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Kutless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7aizwAprBA
It’s Christmas Mandisa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG14DXeXD3U
Joy to the World Avalon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-lKAyPYI_I
Joy to the World Mannehim Steamroller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX5M9n7vrrg
Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) Chris Tomlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC3SwhJsLqU
Joyful Joyful Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfNS0nxHXhc
Light of the World Lauren Daigle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olw5uH_fvuw
Mary, Did You Know? Kathy Mattea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I597YUXw1E
Mary, Did You Know? Pentatonix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE.
O Come All Ye Faithful Third Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsqNCWOycNw
O Come All Ye Faithful Britt Nicole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27K59NgWsZo
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Barlow Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzW_PmW-LzE
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Celtic Angels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIGSuLlM-R4
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Selah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q6iesplJRM
O Holy Night Barlow Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLYM2WYkxEs
O Holy Night Josh Groban https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zh-yR0pbmU
O Holy Night Point of Grace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpxrK5ItgG0
O Little Town of Bethlehem Hillsong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsXJp6A5y9Q
O Little Town of Bethlehem Jeremy Camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grKx1YSeLr0
Silent Night Kelly Clarkson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE1G-JdeNow
The First Noel Jaci Velaquez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmAsVGraobU
What Child is This? Carrie Underwood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWwj5Jatc9Y
What Child is This? Faith Hill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DUhpP1w6Fc

(Please feel free to add your own to this list.)

7 Stages of Trump Recovery

Some worshippers called Donald Trump the Savior of America and of civilization itself.[1] They believed Trump could save the nation from the Establishment[2] and statism[3] which it promotes.

7 Stages of Trump Recovery

Instead, Trump has only sacrificed them on the cross of his own ego.

Trump was never – and never could have been – their or our Savior. Trump has always been a part of the Establishment his followers detest. His entire life is one of self-interest and self-aggrandizement fueled by an unrelenting narcissism.

Yet many who believed in him did so because of, not in spite of, his delusions of grandeur. They were looking for a strong man to save the Republic and, instead, nominated a bully[4] and would-be tyrant.[5]

From the beginning, Trump was destined to lose.[6] A liberal posing as a conservative and running as a Republican could never win against a liberal (or even a socialist) running as a Democrat.[7]

Despite Trump’s daily lies and reversals of policy positions,[8] his support surged among the faithful. Even when it was obvious that Trump was mentally unhinged,[9] his followers persisted. Even though Trump’s core “principles” became “flexible” and “negotiable,”[10] they insisted that Trump would do what they want him to do.

When Trump loses – and he will lose – Trump worshippers will have to reconcile themselves to reality. Some won’t. Some are as obstinate and bullying as Trump. Narcissists don’t know how to repent or how to admit error.

For those who are capable of facing reality and being held accountable, this handy outline was designed just for you:

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#NeverTrump has proven itself faithful to the core principles upon which America was founded, the very principles espoused and defended by Ted Cruz.[11]

In contrast, #ForeverTrump forever owes a debt to America.

In the end, we will all have to live with the end of the American Experiment.[12]

Endnotes:

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

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

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

[4]               See “Bully Boy Trump” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-df.

[5]               See “Why Brad Thor is #NeverTrump! Litmus test is liberty!” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-fb.

[6]               See “Only Trump Can Lose!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dA.

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

[8]               See “Coulter Admits Trump is a Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-cf.

[9]               See “Coulter Goes Mental Over Her ‘Mental’ Candidate” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-d8.

[10]             See “Coulter Logic (she wants candidate who won’t pursue her agenda)” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dQ.

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

[12]             See “The End of the American Experiment?” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-eZ.

Coulter Bass Ackwards on Elections

Ann Coulter has uttered absurdities which would make even Homer Simpson blush.

Coulter = Homer Simpson

Coulter’s lies about caucuses and opened and closed primaries are easy to refute with a little logic and a few facts. Same with her lies about “voter-less” and “stolen” elections.

Erstwhile law-and-order zealot and federalism advocate suddenly hates both the rule of law and federalism. Why? Because they are thwarting Trump’s efforts to win the GOP nomination.

Suddenly, Coulter sees nonexistent “voter-less elections” and “stolen elections” where none exist. Moreover, she regards primaries as infinitely superior to caucuses and conventions, which she claims are somehow illegitimate. Coulter disparages the freedom that each state has under the Constitution to hold elections and select its delegates.

Coulter is more of a fraud[1] than Donald Trump.[2] To salvage Trump’s quest for the GOP nomination, Coulter engages in full-blown Orwellian propaganda.[3] Her column last week blasted Ted Cruz for following the rules and winning delegates[4]legally and ethically!

In that column[5] (and subsequent Facebook postings), makes Homer Simpson-blushing assertions which are utterly absurd and eminently disprovable.

“Voter-less elections” are not voter-less. Coulter claims that “state Republican parties disregard the voters and give all their delegates to Cruz,” except, the voters in those states elected the delegates. She alleges “procedural loopholes” and charges “corrupt backroom maneuvering” by “tiny groups of insiders.”

The facts are otherwise. Election laws in many of these states are similar to when the Party of Lincoln and Reagan was founded. Each state determines how it will hold elections: (open or closed) primary, caucus, convention. All eligible voters can be part of the process to support or become delegates.

Coulter defends Trump’s ineptitude by claiming, “Trump keeps winning elections, and Cruz keeps winning sneaky procedural victories.” Except, Trump also keeps losing elections and Cruz’s “procedural victories” are neither sneaky nor illegal.

Coulter claims that only primaries are “elections,” and that caucuses are somehow fraudulent.

A caucus is an election. People vote. Everyone who is an eligible voter is able to vote. Not without irony, Coulter favors poll taxes and literacy tests for voting, so, Coulter should prefer caucus voters, who tend to be more informed and more engaged voters.

Nevertheless, Coulter claims: “General election is winner take all; General election is NOT a little meeting of party insiders.”

Repeating a lie does not make it true. Caucuses and conventions are not little meetings of party insiders.

Coulter also asserts, “Caucuses & conventions are not ELECTIONS.”

Except, caucuses and conventions are elections! People vote. People vote.

According to Coulter, “GOP has to beat Hillary in an ELECTION, not a little meeting. Trump keeps winning all the ELECTIONS; Cruz wins little meetings. Who cares if those were the rules??? That’s not how to pick a winner!”

Each state, in its own way, selects its preferred candidate. That’s the way it has always been. The nomination is not being stolen from Trump. Rather, Trump is failing to win it.

Confronted with the reality that over 1.3 million people voted in UT, ND, WI, CO & WY and Trump lost all five, Coulter posted: “Only one of those, WI, was what we call an ‘election.’ Does Cruz think he beats Hillary by winning over GOP insiders?”

All were elections. “GOP insiders” did not steal those elections. Cruz won because more people voted for him.

Coulter hates the results so she fudges the facts.

Let’s remember: More Republicans have voted against Trump than for him.[6]

Remember, Trump did better in open primaries (where Democrats – who will vote Democrat in November – voted for Trump) and worse in closed primaries (where liberal spoilers were foiled).

Remember, a larger percentage of early-voters, than late-voters, voted for Trump. The more the electorate learns about Trump the less it likes him.

Donald Trump, Coulter’s current Savior,[7] is a Clintonesque RINO posing as a conservative populist. A Trump nomination would ensure a Democrat victory in this election.[8]

Update: In her April 20th column, Coulter reprised her absurd election-stealing charges, distinguishing between “elections, not party-rigged conferences or caucuses.” The truth evades those who dwell in lies.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “No Better Than Trump!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dW.

[2]               See “Coulter Admits Trump is a Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-cf.

[3]               See “Coulter’s Orwellian Opus” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-e0.

[4]               See “Coulter Hates ‘THE RULES’ That Thwart Trump” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-e6.

[5]               Ann Coulter, “Ted Cruz: Tracy Flick With a D*CK,” 4/13/16.

[6]               See “Only Trump Can Lose!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dA.

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

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

Take Heart, My Child

“Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.” – Matthew 9: 2

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Jesus’ heart was revealed when he walked the earth 2,000 years ago. On one occasion, people brought a paralyzed man to him. Jesus astonished the crowd by unexpectedly declaring, “Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.”

The Pharisees objected to his words, claiming Jesus blasphemed God. Jesus proved that he could forgive sins by healing the man, who obeyed his instructions: “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

The paralytic was transformed from being completely hopeless to facing unlimited possibilities. That’s what Jesus does.

Jesus healed the man from all that had held him down, freed him from a body and a life that did not work. Jesus offers to do the same for us. Jesus desires to give us freedom from death, from brokenness, and from the hell that lives within us.

The great miracle was not the outward physical healing of the paralytic man but, rather, his inward spiritual healing, which will last forever.

Jesus came to bring eternal forgiveness and to heal us from whatever paralyzes us, from the darkness that pulls us down.

Jesus also tells us to “take heart,” meaning, to have boldness and courage. We can boldly turn to the only One who can save us.

We all have a choice. We can choose to remain paralyzed by all that is wrong in our hearts, our lives, and the world. Or we can choose freedom in Christ.

In a nutshell, we can choose either sin or forgiveness.

Will you celebrate God’s forgiveness and joyfully live a life with God on your journey to heaven, or will you remain hopelessly paralyzed, stuck where you are?

Jesus beckons you, “Come to Me!” (Mt. 11:28)

Coulter Logic (she wants candidate who won’t pursue her agenda)

Ann Coulter displays her superior logic as no one else can. She wants a candidate to pursue her immigration agenda (pro-wall, anti-amnesty) and is dead set against the one candidate who has proven he would follow that agenda.

Coulter Logic

Instead, she worships[1] a charlatan whom she admits is a liar and fraud[2] – and “mental[3] to boot. One, in fact, whose policies would be opposed to her wishes.

Go figure!

Coulter says that immigration is all the matters,[4] that we need to build a wall and oppose amnesty. But she also claims that Donald Trump – who actually favors amnesty and a big door in his wall[5] – is the best candidate, indeed, the only candidate who can do what she wants done.

Moreover, Coulter adamantly opposes – and continually lies about – Ted Cruz,[6] who has been consistently opposed to amnesty and has actually attempted to build a wall.[7]

Coulter, who admits that Trump is a liar and fraud,[8], seems to believe that Trump will build a wall and stop immigration, when, in fact, Trump has consistently been inconsistent and flexible[9] on both of those issues (as he is on all issues). (Does Ann believe in fairy dust, too?)

Yet, Coulter continually[10] defames[11] the one candidate,[12] Ted Cruz,[13] who has a record of trying to do what Coulter wants done.[14]

It’s no wonder that Coulter has gone mental over a candidate she herself has called mental.

Why Would Coulter Do This?

First, Coulter is delusional,[15] holding a very warped self-image.[16] Back in the late 1990s,[17] one of her colleagues observed that she displays a “mass of contradictions.” Once regarded as a far-right conservative, Coulter has lately fervently supported RINO candidates, from Christie, to Romney,[18] and, now, Trump.[19] She loves wealthy, Northeastern elites.[20]

Second, Coulter’s priorities have radically changed throughout this century. Now, she eschews conservative and Christian principles and values for something more pragmatic. Now, she opposes constitutional conservatives and pro-lifers[21] in favor of a libertine liberal[22] whose nomination would give Democrats the White House,[23] and, perhaps even Congress.

Moreover, Coulter has placed self-interest ahead of her country and her God. Trump’s candidacy, conjoined with Coulter’s book tour, was a boon to her career. Speeches and book signing at Trump rallies certainly helped. The media, contrary to Coulter’s claims,[24] has lavished attention on her.

But, Coulter has so intertwined her own career, reputation, and credibility with a Trump victory that she can’t escape culpability for his many sins. What she should do is repudiate him, but her vanity[25] and impenitent spirit will not allow it.

If she had known then what she knows now, would Coulter have pursued a different course? We will never know. For now, she is stuck with her foolish and bullheaded choices. Will she repent and try to salvage what’s left of her reputation, or obstinately stick with her arrogant tomfoolery? (My guess: the latter.)

Already, Coulter has lost an incredible degree of credibility and, in many circles, is largely irrelevant.[26] Many people who once held her in esteem will never trust her again.[27] Coulter’s penchant for prevarication and propaganda[28] over facts and truth has alienated her from huge swaths of conservatives, Christians, and patriots.

Coulter’s future rests in how she tackles the moral and spiritual dilemma she currently faces. In the meantime, Coulter cannot be trusted. (And neither can Trump!)

Endnotes:

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

[2]               See “Coulter Admits Trump is a Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-cf.

[3]               See “Coulter Goes Mental Over Her ‘Mental’ Candidate” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-d8.

[4]               See “Immigration More Dangerous Than ISIS” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-5e.

[5]               See “Trump’s Phony Wall” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-cn.

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

[7]               See “Coulter Goes Mental Over Her ‘Mental’ Candidate” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-d8.

[8]               See “Coulter Admits Trump is a Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-cf.

[9]               See “Trump’s Phony Wall” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-cn.

[10]             See “Coulter Claims Cruz Ineligible” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-9j.

[11]             See “Birther Coulter Births More Lies” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bI.

[12]             See “Coulter Bashes Cruz – Again!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-aZ.

[13]             See “Coulter’s Desperate Lies About Cruz” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-c8.

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

[15]             See “Delusional – New Ann Coulter Book” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-3z.

[16]             See “Ann Coulter’s Crazy Funhouse Mirror” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8n.

[17]             See The Beauty of Conservatism, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[18]             See “Adios, Ann: Only Mitt for Me” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-70.

[19]             See “Coulter Trumped Up” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7Q.

[20]             See “Coulter – An Elite’s Elite” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-aW.

[21]             See “Coulter Hates All GOP Candidates But Trump” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bj.

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

[23]             See “Only Trump Can Lose!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dA.

[24]             See “Coulter Banned For Trump? Ridiculous!” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-dD.

[25]             See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

[26]             See “Ann Coulter’s Growing Irrelevancy” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-8Y.

[27]             See Never Trust Ann Coulter – at ANY Age, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/never.pdf.

[28]             See Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

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!

Trump Loser

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.

How to Talk to a Bully (if you must)

The Donald (Trump, that is) is at it again. This time he plays the victim of a Vast Right-Wing Establishment Conspiracy. (What other traits does he share with Hillary?[1])

Bully

Someone should tell Trump that exhibiting a persecution complex[2] is not particularly appealing for a presidential candidate.

Piqued at sarcasm and hyperbole from Fox News, which so humorously lampooned Trump’s self-evident habit of demonizing his foes (always in a yuuuge way!), Trump revealed just how thin-skinned he really is.

Even his staunchest ally, Ann Coulter, has proven that she is little more than a humorless ideologue. Coulter’s forte is her lightning-quick wit, which balances Trump’s more thundering and blunt-force-trauma brand of humor.

But Coulter, who has perfected the Orwellian technique[3] of carpet-bombing “enemies of the moment,” often with hyperbole and sarcasm, now seems oblivious to the very types of rhetoric which she employs so effortlessly.

Fox News Press Release

What prompted such fear and loathing from Trump and his surrogates?

Fox News issued this press release:

“We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president – a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.”

What was Coulter’s response to “the press release an allegedly professional news organization?”

“So when Fox issued a smart-ass press release yesterday, Trump walked. He decided to do a charity event for veterans instead – which will have a lot more viewers than any debate sans Trump.”[4]

Chiding Fox for “such a sophomoric attack” in its “trivial and self-important press release,” the queen of snippy soundbites decries its “snippy press release.”

Speaking on MSNBC, Coulter complained about this “shocking” press release, claiming, “monopolies can get arrogant and there does seem to be a little bit of arrogance here.[5]

Talking to a Bully

Speaking of arrogance (which Coulter and Trump have in spades!), when did narcissism become a virtue? Or brash pomposity? Why do we listen to nattering narcissists and blustering blowhards?[6]

Humility is a trait neither Trump nor Coulter possess. Both refuse to “back down” under any circumstances. Both have proudly claimed they have no need of repentance. Both demonize their foes. And both claim to be victims in the aftermath of their own self-generated controversies.

Coulter has claimed to blindly worship her Savior, Donald Trump,[7] and continually extols his courage, love of country, and sense of humor. But Fox’s humor-laden press release is not funny? Perhaps it hit too close to the mark!

Fox News was spot on! If Trump can’t debate conservatives in a conservative-friendly foreign, how can he stand up to tyrants and terrorists at home and abroad? Trump can dish it out but he can’t take it.

The “allegedly professional news organization,” as Coulter put it, said nothing more controversial than Trump has been saying since he announced his candidacy. Trump’s words (like Coulter’s) are designed to provoke. They are provocative for provocation’s sake (and to generate publicity).

Still, Coulter constantly defends herself and Trump, claiming their most outrageous remarks are “just jokes.” For Coulter and Trump, calling people “bimbos” is standard fare.[8]

Mockery is the best way to talk to a bully![9]

Trump – Phony Candidate!

Neither Coulter nor Trump are above lying to achieve their goals: the bogus birther charge is exhibit one.[10]

Trump and Coulter believe that sheer will to powerdevoid of conservative principles – will lead to their victory and America’s salvation. Hubris saves[11] (in their minds)! But America can ill afford yet another big government, crony capitalist RINO.[12]

Coulter credits herself with giving Trump his message[13] and views herself as the Harriet Beecher Stowe to Trump’s Lincoln.[14] But Trump is no Lincoln (or Reagan) and Coulter is no Stowe.

Trump has proven his aversion to Christian character, conduct, and creed. His authoritarian nature, pronouncements, and promises seem devoid of deference to the Constitution that he would have to swear to uphold. (Isn’t one Obama enough?)

Trump’s flawed financial background (how many bankruptcies?) and New York (liberal social and fiscal) Values should give pause to any conservative contemplating a Trump presidency. He is a political opportunist adept at self-promotion.

At best, Trump’s Christian, conservative, and constitutionalist credentials are sparse. Very sparse indeed.

Trump has nothing in common with the Great Emancipator or the Great Communicator.[15] There is no there, there. Accomplished hucksters need not apply!

Update: After his ignominious defeat in Iowa, a chagrined Trump blamed the Iowa voters for his abysmal performance.

Endnotes:

[1]               See “HRC: A Caricature of the Left” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-94.

[2]               See Chapter 6: “I Am Victim, Hear Me Whine,” The Beauty of Conservatism, 2011, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/beauty.pdf.

[3]               See Propaganda: Orwell in the Age of Ann Coulter, 2014, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/propaganda.pdf.

[4]               Ann Coulter, “Trump Is Wise to Walk Out on ‘Trivial,’ ‘Self-Important’ Fox News,” Hollywood Reporter, 1/28/16.

[5]               Ann Coulter, Hardball, MSNBC, 1/27/16.

[6]               See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

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

[8]               See “Ann Coulter, Bimbo” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bS.

[9]               See “Islamists Fear Cartoons” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-9Z.

[10]             See “Birther Coulter Births More Lies” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bI.

[11]             See Vanity: Ann Coulter’s Quest for Glory, 2012, available as a free download at www.coulterwatch.com/vanity.pdf.

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

[13]             See “Coulter Trumped Up” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-7Q.

[14]             See “Coulter’s Know-Nothing American Party” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-bP.

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

A Fresh Start in Jesus Christ

During the Christmas season we are reminded of the birth of Jesus. The news of Jesus’ birth surely brought Joy to the World.

Fresh Start in Jesus

Why such joy? In “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” we sing these words:

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;

Hail th’incarnate Deity,

Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,

Jesus our Emmanuel.”

Jesus was pleased to clothe himself in human flesh and dwell with us. He stooped down from heaven to live with us mere mortals here on earth. This Christmas carol continues:

“Mild He lays His glory by,

Born that man no more may die.

Born to raise the sons of earth,

Born to give them second birth.”

Yes, Jesus humbly gave up his divine prerogatives to live with us, suffer with us, and die for us – out of his great love for us.

Jesus was “Born that man no more may die,” that through faith in him we might have everlasting life with him in Paradise (John 3:16).

Jesus was “Born to raise the sons of earth,” that we might become children of God and heirs together with Christ in heaven (Rom. 8:17).

Jesus was “Born to give them second birth,” that we might be born again – a spiritual birth – so that we might be transformed into his likeness (2 Cor. 3:18).

Jesus has given us a fresh start!

Adam and Eve failed in the Garden of Eden and they were expelled from Paradise.

Jesus, the last Adam, has succeeded and is bringing us into Paradise!

“The Scriptures tell us, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living person.’ But the last Adam – that is, Christ – is a life-giving Spirit.” (1 Cor. 15:45)

Jesus’ birth was a game-changerfor all of us. His birth is still recognized in our calendars, in this Year of our Lord, 2016.

Jesus came to give us new life and a fresh start. But we have a choice: Will we accept his freely-given gift or will we continue to live our lives our own way – a way which leads to destruction?

Moreover, having received Jesus’ gift of eternal life, will we live our lives as Jesus would, or will we take his gift for granted? The choice is ours. May we all choose better than Adam and Eve.

Mele Kalikimaka

Christmas is indisputably the most joyous season of the year. For many Americans, 2015 will prove especially memorable.

Mele Kalikimaka

The American Northeast is experiencing record highs this Christmas season, prompting some to herald “Global warming!” (Every area of the world has its own record highs and record lows for every day of the year. It’s called weather.)

Others, especially Hawaiian shirt-lovers like me, are grateful for this temporary change of temperature, if not of venue. (Those who flew down to Florida for the holidays just for the weather may have wasted their money.)

Regardless of the weather wherever you are, may we all remember the reason for the season.

In the Gospel of Luke 2:10-11, we read: “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’”

Remember, it is truly “Joy to the World, the Lord is come!

May you all have a marvelous Christmas season. “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests (Luke 2:14).”

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!

Pilgrims

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!