"Tom Brokaw labeled the World War II generation the 'Greatest Generation,'
but he was wrong. That honor belongs to the Founders -- the men who
pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for the cause of liberty,
and who established the United States."
Thomas S. Winter, Editor in Chief, Human Events
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Remember this picture? When the workmen were digging through the rubble
from the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, they came upon this "cross"
which had been formed by two great steel beams during the collapse of the twin
towers. The huge 17 foot high cross was saved, and has been installed in the 9/11
memorial museum. But Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, argues
that including the cross in the museum unconstitutionally mingles church and state.
His statement: "As a public accommodation, the memorial must allow us
(and all other religious philosophies) to include our own display of equal size
inside the museum, or not include the cross. Equality is an all or nothing deal."
The problem with his proposal is this: what sort of a display can you make out of
nothing -- for a God that doesn't exist? Would it be just an empty space?

The atheists obviously didn't think this through. But thinking something through may
not be their greatest strength. Remember the Bible's description of them: "The fool
hath said in his heart, There is no God." (Ps. 14:1) The atheists didn't raise any
objection to the Muslim proposal to build an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero to
commemorate their attack on America on 9/11. It is obvious that the Liberals don't
quit; they continue with their anti-Christian, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual "marriage"
views -- all in conflict with the strong moral principles upon which this nation was
founded, and which have made America great.

But there is an occasional word of encouragement; those attacks don't always
succeed. Just two issues ago we reported on the lawsuit brought by the Freedom
From Religion Foundation (FFRF) against Texas Governor Rick Perry because of
his call for a day of prayer for our nation, scheduled for Aug. 6 in Reliant Stadium in
Houston. U.S. District Judge Gray Miller dismissed the case, and literally "threw out"
the suit. In doing so, Judge Miller cited the 7th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court decision
in favor of the National Day of Prayer. But, as expected, the FFRF has announced
that it has not given up on the attack, and may either seek an appeal before the 5th
Circuit Court, or "restructure" their case and try for another court hearing.

Among all the other governmental and political concerns we have for our nation,
these moral issues must never be forgotten, and we must never give up on them.

An alarming contrast; "Then and Now." Then: in 1831, French historian Alexis
de Tocqueville wrote: "There is no country in the whole world where the
Christian religion retains a greater influence than in America ... and nothing
better demonstrates how useful it is to man, since the country where it now has
the widest sway is both the most enlightened and the freest." Now: in 2009,
Barack Hussein Obama, American president, said about this country: "We do not
consider ourselves a Christian nation."

A new political statement from Nancy Pelosi: "We're trying to save life on
this planet as we know it today." A great thought -- but let's examine it, just
briefly. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), and Our Generation (OG)
advocacy groups have released a report which shows that federal legislators earn
many times more than the average full-time American worker, and are among the
highest paid legislators in the industrialized world. According to the report, members
of Congress receive an annual salary of $174,000 -- which by itself puts them in the
highest-paid 5 percent of U.S. workers. But in addition, they receive job-related
benefits that put their total annual compensation at around $285,000. By contrast,
the average full-time U.S. employee earns just $50,875 annually, which puts the
legislators' income at 5.5 times larger than the average full-time American worker.
It's not strange that Ms. Pelosi -- herself one of the wealthiest members of Congress
-- wants to preserve life on this planet as she knows it today.

Just this brief comment on the long-running "debt ceiling" issue. This conflict
has brought into sharp focus the worst aspects of the petty partisan politics which all
too often attract so much media attention, and thereby obscure the true underlying
conflict between Liberals and Conservatives, between pro and anti-Christian views,
and even between pro and anti-American views. And adding to all the other factors
in the lack of agreement, is the fact that our president is seeking re-election in 2012,
and wants the nation's soaring indebtedness to become a non-issue in the mind of
the American voting public.

It is interesting -- and to us, not surprising -- that one of our Founding Fathers, more
than 220 years ago, spoke directly to this "Debt Ceiling" issue: "With respect to
future debt, would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the
constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself
can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or
within the term of 19 years." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1789.

In more recent times, political commentator Linda Chavez, writing in the New York
Post, summarized the current problem well in these words: "When the history of the
debt limit fight is written, the failure of presidential leadership will constitute a
major chapter. Once again, President Obama has proven himself lacking in the
most fundamental attribute necessary to the office he occupies: leadership. His
idea of leading his party and the American people in any crisis is to give a speech."

We would be remiss if we did not bring you "What Others Are Saying."

Dr. Michael Evans (Jerusalem Prayer Team): "Calls are mounting from the
Palestinian leaders for their people to take to the streets to try to increase
pressure on Israel to make concessions ahead of the upcoming UN vote on
Palestinian statehood in September. The plan being promoted by the Obama
administration is utterly impossible for Israel to accept, yet the Jewish state
continues to be pressured to make concessions to bring a promise of peace
from those who are committed to their destruction."

Amil Imani (Iranian-American scholar): "Whereas democracy is defined as the
rule of the people, by the people, for the people, Islam is defined as the rule of
Allah, by Allah and his emissaries, for the pleasure of Allah. And when people,
out of concern for political correctness, or ignorance, describe Islam as a
religion of peace, they are, at the very least, guilty of misrepresenting it."

From Vision to America: "With runaway deficit spending driving our great
nation toward bankruptcy ... With the triple-A rating of the United States in
jeopardy for the first time in history ... Obama's rhetoric about a 'balanced
approach' and 'compromise' in the debate ... in reality means he's totally
unwilling to accept any 'deal' that does not serve his political interests and
advance his socialist tax-and-spend agenda."

Peter Goodman (Huffington Post Business Editor - a Liberal publication):
"The same Republicans who have so eagerly prosecuted the war on terror,
running up huge deficits in the process, are now behaving like the enemies
on which they have squandered so much blood and treasure. They are acting
like terrorists. Yes, Terrorists." (A sample of the Liberal view of Conservatives.)

Drew McKissick (Editor, the Conservative Outpost website): "Despite the
current spotlight on fiscal issues in Washington (and virtually every state
capital), the battle over cultural issues has by no mean gone away. In fact,
even while our government continues to spend itself into bankruptcy, the
cultural war is still very much with us."

And assuming a touch of humor is permitted . . .

From Mark Twain, 1891, considered to be "the father of American literature" --
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.
But I repeat myself."

Another of those "Q & A's" -- Q: Why is the health care plan called Obamacare,
and not called Obamacares? A: Because he doesn't.

And just these few "Afterthoughts," selected totally at random . . .

For months we have "counted down" days to pray before the next election,
on Nov. 6, 2012. As of today, there are 461 days remaining, and in our research
this week we found in the website, "JerUSAlem Connection" this admonition about
prayer for our nation:

"Think on this! 'I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession
and thanksgiving be made for everyone -- for kings and all those in authority
that we might live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness...'
(I Timothy 2:1-2) ... and: Pray on this! Our Father, since those in authority over us
have refused to govern us according to your will, the way and the wisdom of God,
so 'that we might live quiet and peaceful lives in all godliness and holiness,'
we pray, in Jesus' name, that you will restrain them and replace them, and in the
meantime that you would 'block their path with thornbushes and wall them in
so that they cannot find their way.' (Hosea 2:6)"

And amid all the problems facing our nation, we found this encouraging item,
that New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, a Democrat, never gave in to vote for the
legalizing of homosexual "marriage" in New York. Diaz proudly says he is "a Christian
first, and then a Democrat," and added, "As a Christian and as President of the
New York Hispanic Clergy organization, I will continue to defend the teachings
of the Bible and oppose homosexual marriage." How encouraging it is to find a
politician holding to Romans 1:16: "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ."

A plea for honesty, integrity and accuracy. We are all more or less committed to
the use of the Internet (Email, etc) as a method of communication. But this modern
age communication technique is being abused. We all receive forwarded messages
alerting us to this or that violation of rules of life and order, and urging us to forward
it to our entire Email list. But so many of those messages are outright hoaxes, or are
simply untrue, and most violate any and all rules of accuracy. If the point being made
goes beyond your instinctive common sense, take a few minutes to check it out --
there are so many sources on the Internet: Snopes, David Emery, FactCheck, Truth
or Fiction, to mention just a few. And sadly, most of the false information being
circulated in this way seems to come from Conservatives who are so anti-Obama
that they lose all sense of accuracy. So take a second or two, reflect on the article
you are being to asked to forward, and if you're not sure, it is easy to check it out.

We never fail to quote from our Founding Fathers, and in line with the opening
theme of this issue, we very strongly agree that they are the "Greatest Generation."
This word from an early justice of the U.S. Supreme Court should be applicable to
us today: "The duty imposed upon the president to take care, that the laws be
faithfully executed, follows out the strong injunctions of his oath of office, that
he will 'preserve, protect, and defend the constitution.' The great object of the
executive department is to accomplish this purpose." -- Joseph Story, 1833

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