A SIMPLE, BUT SINCERE, NOTE OF THANKS for all of
the email messages -- embarrassingly complimentary -- concerning
last week's issue, admittedly prepared under somewhat difficult
circumstances as we are trying to adapt to different computer
equipment. But better days are ahead, and we intend to make
ANC an even stronger voice for the Christian, Conservative, and
(true - not pseudo) Evangelical cause. In this issue there is a
suggested message you might send to your friends to urge them
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ARE YOU READY FOR TWO HEADLINES AS
THOUGHT STARTERS FOR THIS WEEK?
(1) PEOPLE WHO REALLY KNOW WHAT IS
HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON HAVE
STRONG THINGS TO SAY
(2) WASHINGTON IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH,
OR IGNORING THE OPINIONS OF MOST
OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
With respect to Headline No. 1, each week in recent issues we
have featured quotes from various leaders in contemporary (and
sometimes historic) thought. If our choice of quotes has seemed
to tilt toward the Christian or Conservative viewpoint -- yes it
has. And for more than one reason. First, we speak from a
Christian, Conservative and (true - not pseudo) Evangelical
position, and second, the expression of our position is not going
to be found in the elite media, which is so strongly oriented to
the Left or Liberal position. So we are providing opinions you
are not going to read elsewhere. Fair enough?
We are reminded of, and agree with, this principle of our
Founding Fathers: "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever
may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our
passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
From columnist David (not Rush) Limbaugh: "With the perceived
catastrophic economic crisis of 2008-09, President Barack
Obama captured the presidency at the perfect time in
America's modern history for him to unleash his grandiose
socialist policies ... With the nation in near panic over the
impending doom of the economy, Obama presented his now-
infamous "stimulus plan" ... spending more than $800
billion of borrowed money to 'jump-start' the economy ...
Sometimes he allowed his exalted opinion of himself to
seduce him into projecting that his plan would guarantee
that unemployment would not exceed 8 percent ... A year
later, with employment still about 10 percent, Obama has
dispatched his minions to tout the enormous 'success' of
his plan ... By every reasonable measure, his stimulus plan
has been an abject failure."
From former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney: "The
president accuses us of being the party of ‘no.’ It’s as if he
thinks that saying ‘no’ is by definition a bad thing. In fact,
it is right and praiseworthy to say no to bad things. It is
right to say no to cap and trade, no to card check,
no to government health care, and no to higher taxes."
And a financial note from Alan Reynolds: "President Obama
seized on the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as an opportunity to take
credit for the belated and tenuous economic recovery. The
bill was launched last year amid grandiose promises of 'shovel
ready' make-work projects... In reality, as the CBO explains,
'five programs accounted for more than 80% of the outlays
from ARRA in 2009: Medicaid, unemployment compensation,
Social Security ... grants to state and local governments ...
and student aid.' In other words, what was labeled a 'stimulus'
bill was actually a stimulus to government transfer payments
-- cash and benefits that are primarily rewards for not
working, or at least not working too hard. It turns out that
raising the unemployment rate by a percentage point or two
is the only clearly identifiable effect the stimulus act had on
the jobs market. It stimulated unemployment."
And there is this somewhat humorous comment from Ken
Blackwell: "President Obama’s gaffes are less frequent
than Biden’s gaffe-a-day act, but they are no less revealing.
YouTube watchers have had a laugh at the Commander-in-
Chief’s latest stumble. Speaking about the military, he
referred to a medical corpsman as a “corpse-man.” The
President apparently was unfamiliar with the term."
(And apparently no one on his staff had thought to add a
phonetic key along with their instructions on how to use
the ever-present teleprompter.)
We have frequently reminded our readers of President
Obama's repeated assertions that America is no longer a
Christian nation. Writing as Guest Columnist in "Perspectives"
on Feb. 20, Ken Ham summarized the present situation well:
"Certainly, this great nation has massive economic and
other problems. But the greatest problem in the country --
one that underlies America's present difficulties -- is a
spiritual one. Sadly, even the church by and large does
not recognize this change, much less knows what to do
to restore the biblical foundations in this country."
Speaking to this point, Pastor Jonathan Falwell wrote as
follows: "We live in troubling times. Christian parents
need the wisdom of Christ in their lives to be able to
navigate the difficult waters that often come our way.
James 1:5 has the solution for us: 'If any of you lacks
wisdom, let him ask of God.'”
And finally, this sobering, thought provoking comment
from Robert Ringer: "The United States of today bears
little resemblance to the country I grew up in, and I'd be
willing to wager that, the way things are now going, the
United States of the next five to ten years will bear even
less resemblance to the country we are living in today."
But as David Limbaugh puts it: "Despite all of Obama's
assaults on America and its solvency during the past year,
we have witnessed one encouraging development: The
American people aren't buying his propaganda anymore --
so let him keep talking."
Which leads us into Headline No. 2, and here very little has
changed from last week or the week before, etc., etc. Despite
all the "spin" put on daily developments by the president and
his press agent, the (almost) always smiling Robert Gibbs, a
new poll from CNN/Public Opinion discloses that 86% of the
American people feel that our government is broken. The
daily Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index this week puts
Obama at -19, the lowest rating yet received. His performance
approval rating remains at +47%, its lowest level yet -- but even
at that level he has a higher approval than his two leading cohorts,
Senator Reid at +31% and Speaker Pelosi at + 37%. Congress
itself holds an approval of +20%, with 63% of Americans wanting
the incumbents in Congress to be replaced in this year's election.
And there is this new poll from CNN/Opinion Research
which discloses that 52% of Americans feel that President Obama
does not deserve re-election in 2012. In this poll 44% said they
would vote to re-elect the president, but Obama faces a 44-52%
deficit among both all Americans and American voters.