THIS WEEK'S INTRODUCTORY EDITORIAL COMMENT: The
first lines of Charles Dickens' 19th century epic novel,"A Tale of Two Cities,"
are remarkably appropriate to the year 2011 -- at least today, at its mid-point:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of
wisdom, it was the age of foolishness ...it was the spring of hope, it was
the winter of despair." They could well have been released by the Obama
administration's press and publicity spokesman. The Obama view is that we're
in a recovery period, but unemployment is at highs not seen in recent memory,
and increasing; in addition to two legally declared wars, we have a "non-war"
war underway in Libya and are actively bombing Yemen; living expenses have
shot up by approximately 35% already this year, and housing values have
literally "tanked." Morally, our nation seems trying to achieve new lows, and
the ethical behavior demonstrated by government leaders has become a source
of bad jokes. Truly, what should have been the best of times, is becoming by
every standard, the worst of times. And the person in charge of this disastrous
change of course for our nation is seeking re-election? Hello, American voters
-- is everybody asleep? Does anybody care what is happening?
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"I think it's important for every country to enforce its immigration laws
and try to protect its borders." -- President Bill Clinton
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AS THE MEDIA CONTINUES TO DIRECT OUR ATTENTION
ELSEWWHERE, OUR NATIONAL PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL
IMMIGRATION REMAINS IGNORED AND UNSOLVED
And that is just one of the problems we face, as American citizens, and more
specifically as Christian American citizens. But while it may not even be one
of the most serious problems we face, it is one that our government can no
longer just ignore on the basis that this is re-election time, and all of his
promises of "amnesty" will guarantee Mexican votes for Mr. Obama. Aside
from the millions of illegal immigrants already in this country, obviously
holding jobs that our millions of unemployed desperately need (plus the costs
of health, education and law enforcement expenses the illegals entail) -- there
is the increase in drug cartel associated murders. Granted, mostly in Mexico,
but more and more spilling across into the U.S. Border states. We get very
upset about reports of several hundred slain in Libya or Syria or the Sudan,
but those are half-a-world away. In 2010 more than 15,000 were murdered
just across our southern borders in Mexico -- for a total of nearly 35,000 in
the past 5 years. And now Congressional investigations are under way to get to
the roots of operation "Fast and Furious," whereby U.S. government agencies
supplied weapons to the drug cartels. Mr. Obama has called this a mistake,
but insists that neither he nor Attorney General Holder authorized it. But it is
obvious that someone did.
Meanwhile, Democrat National Chairperson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(watch for quotes from her -- she may be another Joe Biden) made this very
revealing statement: "I think the president was clearly articulating that his
position — the Democrat position — is that we need comprehensive
immigration reform. We have 12 million undocumented immigrants in
this country that are part of the backbone of our economy. And that is
not only a reality but a necessity...The Republican solution that I’ve seen
in the last three years is that ... in fact it should be a crime and we should
arrest them all." Mark Alexander, writing in Patriot Post, explained (or
tried to explain) Ms. Schultz' reasoning: "Illegal immigration isn’t actually
a crime in her world...There is a reason that “illegal” is usually put in
front of 'immigration' and 'immigrant/alien,' because it’s they are, well,
you know, illegal. Violating the law."
We couldn't have said it better! From Jack Marshall, writing in Ethics
Alarms: "What reasonable people should not accept and must not
accept is the increasingly routine practice among many news outlets
of dropping 'illegal' from the phrase 'illegal immigration' and 'illegal
immigrants' when discussing such measures. The practice is no less
than a lie, an effort to misrepresent as bigotry legitimate objections to
providing the benefits of American citizenship to those who willfully
violate U.S. immigration laws and procedures. Slyly substituting
'immigrant' for 'illegal immigrant' is cheating, putting a journalistic
thumb on the scales of a legitimate policy dispute...those who tolerate
or defend the practice know that they have a losing argument, and can
only prevail through rhetorical deception."
But there are so many other problems . . . we can't discuss them all, but
we can at least remind you of some of them, and leave it with you to decide
that the unfulfilled Obama slogan of 2008 is more applicable today than it
was then: "Hope and Change."
There is, of course, the economy. Bill Clinton had it right with the slogan
that was a big factor in keeping his campaign focused: "It's the economy,
stupid." Among other things that Mr. Obama doesn't seem to grasp is that
Clinton slogan. And that is understandable. In recent days just about his entire
Economic Council has resigned -- most recently the Council chief, Austan
Goolsbee followed Christina Roemer, Larry Summers and Peter Orszag, plus
half a dozen mid-level executives of the White House Economic Council
Team. Of the original Obama economic appointees, only Timothy Geithner,
Treasury Secretary, remains, and he can hardly be considered an asset.
But how things have changed. After just a few months in office, on July 14,
2009, Mr. Obama said, "Now, my administration has a job to do as well,
that job is to get this economy back on its feet. That's my job, and it's a
job I gladly accept. I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and
then suddenly say, well, this is Obama's economy. That's fine. Give it to
me." In those days the president received a daily economic briefing, which
Robert Gibbs, his press secretary, said was comparable in importance to the
daily intelligence and security briefings the president gets every morning. But
somewhere in time, those economic briefings disappeared from his daily
schedule. Maybe it's because his team of economists have all departed. It's as
Michelle Malkin said, "Life is good for left-wing academics. Everyone else
And probably most notable in the "paying dearly" category has been the
soaring price of gasoline. But that should not come as a surprise to any of
us. Remember last December when the Obama Secretary of Energy, Stephen
Chu, said: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of
gasoline to the levels in Europe.” They haven't quite reached that level yet,
but they're trying. The next time you fill up at the pump, remember that the
Obama administration doesn't want to lower costs, they want to raise them.
Mr. Obama keeps saying he doesn't worry about a "double dip recession."
During last week's meeting with German Chancellor Merkel, he said, “I’m
not concerned about a double-dip recession. I am concerned about the
fact that the recovery that we’re on is not producing jobs as quickly as
I want it to happen.” And we agree. There is no point in worrying about a
second dip until the first dip has ended -- and that hasn't happened yet.
This week the president said, "I won't be satisfied until everyone who
wants a job, has a job." That may be a long time off. Last week the new
jobless clams jumped to 427,000, marking 8 weeks in a row they have
averaged around 420,000. The White House description of these continued
disasters being "unexpected" is now sounding ridiculous. And in the housing
market, somewhere between a third and a quarter of home owners owe
more on their mortgage than their home is worth, and one in four now have
no equity in their home.
And to name one part of the American way of life which is being adversely
affected -- consider the local churches and the Christian missionary and
Christian aid organizations which are seeing their income gradually eroded.
Before we leave the subject of "problems," let us just mention two more
which have to be of great concern. First, there is the international situation,
where we have at least two wars in progress, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and
where deaths of American military continue . . plus the uneasy situation in
Pakistan, where American lives continue to be taken . . . and the non-war
war in Libya, with no end in sight . . . and the needed-war in Syria, where
President Assad, long called a "reformer" by President Obama, Secretary
of State Clinton and our frequent visitor there, Senator Kerry, continues to
slaughter his own people, while posing a future threat -- along with Iran --
against Israel. The entire Middle-East Muslim world, where Mr. Obama is
supposed to have such insight, is in uproar, and where by no standard does
America enjoy a favored nation status. Presently this problem is not being
And the other problem -- of direct serious concern to American Christians,
is the downward trend in moral values in our nation -- those values which our
Founding Fathers referred to as "virtues." We have a president who claims
to be a Christian, yet celebrates Muslim observances, and ignores events like
our National Day of Prayer . . . who encourages the funding of abortion mills,
which have already killed some 50 million babies . . . he encourages the
LGBT movement (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans-gender), and has pledged
to repeal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and thus further destroy the
American family by making same-sex marriages legally recognized in every
state. And against the position held by his predecessor presidents, he insists
that America is no longer a Christian nation.
A concise final word on "problems," by Joel Rosenberg, political pundit,
in Joel Rosenberg's Blog: "Record breaking natural disasters keep
happening around the world. The global economy remains in serious
trouble. Millions are sinking into poverty. Islam is spreading around the
world. Rumors of new wars in the Middle East are mounting. New
threats to Israel are metastasizing. Yet as the world is being shaken and
serious new threats and challenges are rising, so much of the world
seems to be asleep. Alarm bells are going off, yet so much of the Church
seems to be asleep as well, intoxicated by the pleasures of the world and
unable or unwilling to respond to the call of God to pray, fast, and
repent despite the fact that, as the Hebrew Prophet Joel wrote in the
Bible, 'the day of the Lord is coming; surely it is near.'"
Those are some of the problems which must give us serious concern
as we approach a national election, Nov. 6, 2012 . . . now just 510 days
away, 510 days to pray for our nation, and for God's direction as we vote
to restore America to the kind of a nation that it was always intended to be.
As always, because the media is so liberally biased, we bring you from
our research these examples of "What Others Are Saying."
Hugh Hewitt (in TownHall.com): "Two huge stories are waiting for the
MSM [Main Stream Media] when it recovers from the Weiner implosion.
One concerns domestic policy and the other foreign."
Dr. Michael Evans (Jerusalem Prayer Team): "The media isn't telling
us the truth! The Middle East is in a spiritual battle driven by Islam. Over
500 million youth are unemployed and poor. The battle is being waged in
mosques, madrasas, and by mullahs...Who is fueling this battle? The New
Age secular, Liberal Left media in the U.S. run by ideologues from the
1960's revolution is in the forefront. It kills the soul while the body is left
to the jihadists."
Mark Alexander (in Patriot Post): "It is said that Nero fiddled while
Rome burned. Barack Hussein Obama, likewise, has certainly been
occupying himself with frivolity whilst the U.S. economy edges closer to
Dr. Michael Youssef (Leading the Way): "Both the religious and
secular Left in America seem to want government to replace the church
in ministering to the poor and needy. One of Barack Obama's first
proposals as president was a plan to slash tax deductions for charitable
donations by high-income taxpayers. President Obama reasoned that a
tax deduction 'shouldn't be a determining factor as to whether you're
giving that hundred dollars to the homeless shelter.' Maybe so—but since
private charities do so much good for the poor, why eliminate incentives
for charitable giving? Could it be that liberals see private charities as
competing with the big government welfare state?"
Tony Adkins (Conservative Action Reports): "The enemy adheres to
an all-encompassing Islamic political-military-legal doctrine known as
Shariah. Shariah obliges them to engage in jihad to achieve the triumph
of Islam worldwide through the establishment of a global Islamic State
governed exclusively by Shariah, under a restored caliphate."
Henry Kissinger (in Wahington Post): "The American role in
Afghanistan is drawing to a close in a manner paralleling the pattern of
three other inconclusive wars since the Allied victory in World War II:
a wide consensus in entering them, and growing disillusionment as the
war drags on, shading into an intense national search for an exit strategy
with the emphasis on exit rather than strategy."
And from the past, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Peace for Israel
means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right
to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts
of democracy in the world ... Peace for Israel means security and that
security must be a reality." (Mar. 25, 1968; just 2 weeks before his death)
And here are some great (although a bit long) "One Liners" . . .
"To borrow a turn of phrase that's been in the news of late...we can
'say with certitude' that this economy stinks." -- Arianna Huffington,
long-time Liberal commentator and advocate
"In my house, growing up, The New York Times substituted for religion.
If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth." -- Jill Abramson, on being
named the new editor of The New York Times.
And here's an oldie: "There is only one way to kill capitalism—by taxes,
taxes, and more taxes." -- Karl Marx, author, The Communist Manifesto
And here are a few random "Afterthoughts" . . .
So you won't forget, here are 2 brief news items on Muslim jihads.
(1) On June 7, Muslim extremists from the Boko Haram sect shot and killed
a Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) pastor and his church secretary in
northeastern Nigeria. The Rev. David Usman, and church secretary,
Hamman Andrew were the latest casualties in an upsurge of Islamic militancy
that has spread across northern Nigeria this year, resulting in the destruction
of church buildings and the killing and maiming of Christians. (2) An outbreak
of violence in Egypt incited by Salafi Muslims since President Mubarak's
ouster, has left at least 24 Christians killed, hundreds wounded and three
churches destroyed. During the U.S. supported uprising in January, Egyptian
youth were seeking democratic reforms, but for the Salafi Muslims, it became
an opportunity to try to establish an Islamist agenda for the Egyptian nation.
Sectarian violence, largely against Coptic Christians, is leading many to seek
to leave the country. American Christians should pray for our fellow believers
in Muslim dominated areas of the world, and our government should develop
a better understanding of national situations before offering our support.
And here is a brief note on a current poll: In a May 5-8 telephone survey,
Gallup asked more than 1,000 U.S. adults in all 50 states: "Just your best
guess -- what percentage of Americans today are gay or lesbian?"
Those adults estimated that 25% -- that's a quarter of all Americans -- are
gay or lesbian. The facts? Official data discloses that gays and lesbians
comprise between 2% and 4% of the population. One wonders why Mr.
Obama works so hard to please such a small segment of our population and
thus get their vote.
Remember when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House . . . and she
said that they had to pass the Obamacare bill in order to find out what was in
it. Well, we are beginning to find out, and a new study by McKinsey &
Company discloses that 30% to 50% of employers who currently provide
health insurance for their employees are likely to stop providing that coverage
because of some of the more onerous provisions of Obamacare. So much for
Mr. Obama's promise that if you like your present insurance, you can keep it.
Note this word about our Founding Fathers from Thomas Winter, Editor,