December 7, 2011 of our 9th year of consecutive publication
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A verse for today, for this week, and for the weeks to come:
"The LORD (God) says to my Lord (the Messiah), sit at my right hand,
until I make your adversaries your footstool. The LORD will
send forth from Zion the scepter of your strength;
rule, then, in the midst of your foes."
Psalm 110: 1-3 (Amplified Version)
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In last week's issue we commented on the fact that Mr. Obama omitted any
reference to God in his Thanksgiving Day proclamation, and redefined
"Thanksgiving Day" as a celebration of community, instead of expressing
thanks to God for His blessings on our nation -- as other presidents have done
through the years. He further stated that he and his family would observe
Thanksgiving by "eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting
on how truly lucky we are.” So Thanksgiving Day is now an observance of
"community." We no longer thank God for our blessings. We are just "lucky."

Earlier, in an attempt to disguise the "9/11" attack on America by peace loving
Muslims, he renamed "9/11" as "National Day of Service." How that title relates
to the most disastrous attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor is a bit difficult
to grasp. He may possibly allow Pearl Harbor Day to continue, since no Muslims
were involved in that attack. However, given his new assertion that America is an
active Pacific power, he may alter this title also, to remove any possible memory
of Japan's role in that attack.

We have only three national holidays which are religious in nature -- Thanksgiving,
Christmas and Easter. Thanksgiving has been altered . . . Christmas is on the way
out . . . Easter, he has already begun ignoring, whereas he celebrates lavishly the
Islamic days of observance.

Our Founding Fathers were men of strong religious faith. (See this week's
Founding Fathers' quotes at the end of this Commentary.) Previous Presidents
have recognized and exemplified the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this
nation was founded. Under this president, the title of Bob Dylan's song of a half
century ago comes to mind, "The times they are a-changin."

In case you hadn't heard, the president is going on another vacation.
The announcement from the White House Travel Office was brief and to the point:
"Trip of the President to Honolulu, Hawaii, December 17th, 2011 to January
2nd, 2012. Trip Overview: On Saturday, December 17, 2011, the President
will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii. He will return to Washington, DC on Monday,
January 2nd , 2012. No public events are scheduled during the trip."

In that official announcement, there was no mention of Mrs. Obama and their two
children and Mrs. Obama's mother accompanying the president, but one assumes
they will be sharing the vacation on the Hawaiian beach. As for Mr. Obama's
family members, it is probably not likely that his half brother, George Hussein
Onyango Obama, who still lives in Kenya, will be joining them there.

Two questions come to mind: (1) Why was all the effort, and money spent on
decorating the White House for Mrs. Obama to show to a few selected people;
and (2) As asked by Governor Christie of New Jersey: "What are we paying
you for?"

The Obamas keep saying that the White House is "The people's house." It is the
very wonderful place that we provide as a residence for our presidents. It would
seem appropriate for the president and his family to observe Christmas in the
White House, where traditional seasonal decorations are already in place. By
any standard, the White House has to be as elegant and luxurious a residence as
any in the world. And there are plenty of golf courses in the Washington area. It
seems to be almost an insult to the American people to vacation again in a spot
that few Americans, in these difficult times, can afford. (Of course, there are those
millions of unemployed who are on sort of "permanent vacations.")

Seldom has a defense authorization bill been so morally relevant, and with
both favorable and unfavorable aspects. Last week the Senate passed a $662
billion defense authorization bill -- but without the expected amendment attached
which would have passed Diane Feinstein's "Respect Marriage Act," which would
have replaced the "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) and would thus have given
federal approval of same-sex "marriages." That's the good aspect. It eliminates --
at least for a while -- Obama's promise to repeal DOMA. The bad aspect is that
the bill not only repeals the military law banning sodomy, it also repeals the military
ban on sex with animals -- or bestiality. It does this by repealing Article 125 of the
Uniform Code of Military justice, which makes it illegal to engage in sodomy with
humans and to engage in sex with animals. Step by step, our traditional standards
of morality are being eroded.

Please don't forget our countdown to prayer for the 2012 election. Given
what we see taking place in our country with increasing moral decay and an
ever increasing national debt, we need to pray for wisdom to be given to our
leaders, and for God's guidance as we have opportunity to vote to return this
nation to what it was founded to be. As of today, there are just 337 days till
Nov. 6, 2012. And pray also for our fellow believers in so many parts of the
world who daily face persecution and even loss of life for their faith. And do
not forget to pray for Israel -- our friends in the midst of of a world of Muslim
enemies who threaten their right to exist. Never forget God's word in Psalm
122:6, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem."

The continued liberal bias of the media, favoring all things Obama, makes
it all the more important that we note "What Others Are Saying" . . .

Robert Ringer: "Even after three years of thugocratic government, there
are still many conservatives and libertarians who cannot bring themselves to
believe that Barack Obama is anything more than a 'big-spending liberal'
who is simply misguided."

David Horowitz (Conservative writer): "The United States of Anarchy.
That is the left's vision for America. And we see that vision being becoming
reality in the Occupy Wall Street movement. This dark carnival of rape,
cop-hating, dope dealing, and even murder has been endorsed by the
Democratic Party establishment and even the President himself, because it
supports their class warfare agenda."

An astute assessment by a competent observer:
Mark Alexander (in the Patriot Post): "Comparing Obama with Carter is,
frankly, an insult to Carter. Though Carter had an abysmal record, by any
measure Obama has yet to rise to even Carter's level of ineptitude. It might
be argued that Carter's intentions were good, but we all know where roads
paved with good intentions can lead. Conversely, Obama's intentions are
anything but good. Indeed, he is clearly intent on undermining Essential
Liberty and replacing free enterprise with his brand of authoritarian
democratic socialism."

Barry Rubin: "A short history of Obama Middle East policy: November 2011:
'We believe that Islamism is not a threat and that they will become more
moderate once in power. There is nothing to worry about. October 2012:
Oops! Sorry about that!'"

We weren't alone in our evaluation of the Obama Thanksgiving message:
Mark Tapson (in "It is a commonplace that one of the
principal reasons for the much-discussed civilizational decline of the West is
the loss of religious faith, at least in Europe, where multiculturalism and
secularism have been elevated to religious status. (This is not to say that
America’s religious character also isn’t under assault in ways large and
small; witness, for example, President Obama’s absolute omission of any
reference to God in last week’s Thanksgiving address, in which the once-
and-future community organizer referred to the holiday as a mere 'celebration
of community')".

Alan Caruba (in The New Media Journal): "What President Obama calls a
'do nothing Congress' is one in which his party controlled both houses of
Congress until the 2010 elections. It will live in infamy for imposing
Obamacare on a nation that has flatly rejected it. The Supreme Court will
hear the suit brought against it by 26 state attorney generals. If permitted to
stand, it will destroy what is widely regarded as the world's best health system
along with the historic interpretation of the Constitution's commerce clause."

Consider these One Liners; almost prophetic in nature:

Charles Krauthammer (in the Washington Post): ""If Obama wins, he will
take the country to a place from which it will not be able to return."

Donald Trump (in Godfather Politics): An Obama second term in the
White House would be “devastating for the United States as we know it,”
... the country would find it “very hard to ever recover.”

And there are these few "Afterthoughts" . . .

In case you ever wondered about our president's views of homosexuality,
here is a verbatim quote of an item in the Washington Post, dated yesterday,
Dec. 6, 2011: "President Obama ordered U.S. diplomatic missions and
federal agencies working abroad to strengthen efforts to fight international
discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals,
saying he is 'deeply concerned by the violence' against them in many parts
of the world." One could wish he were as concerned over violence against
Christians in "many parts of the world," particularly in Muslim nations.

"An illegal fringe benefit for illegal immigrants" -- that's how our friends at
The Heritage Foundation describe at least 12 states allowing individuals who are
in the United States illegally to pay the same in-state tuition rates as legal residents
of the state without providing the same rates to others in the country who are here
legally. And they are doing this in direct violation of existing federal law -- Section
1623 of the "Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act," passed
by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. And the Obama
administration is doing nothing about these violations of federal law. (Hello, Attorney
General Holder . . .)

And for an update on Egypt, as current as yesterday, here is a condensation
of the assessment by George Friedman, as reported in Stratfor: "The first round
of Egyptian parliamentary elections has taken place, and the winners were
two Islamist parties... It is far from clear what will happen in Egypt now."
[An Islamist state, with the elimination of the State of Israel as its goal seems to be
increasingly likely.] "What is clear is that the faction championed by Western
governments and the media will now have to accept the Islamist agenda,
back the military or fade into irrelevance." And as another observer expressed
it: "The young people who sought democratic reform have been decimated."

Our times have often been called "The age of the polls." When those polls
are used to predict election winners a year or more in advance, they are notably
inaccurate. But when they report on present or immediate past conditions, they are
unquestionably accurate. Three years into the Obama administration, and 29 months
after the supposed end of the Great Recession, only 7% of Americans have returned
to the income they enjoyed before the recession. A new study by Rutgers University
reports that fully 69 percent of Americans have experienced devastating economic
conditions during Barack Obama’s time in office. They described themselves as
“Downsized,” “Devastated,” or “Totally Wrecked.” Many have forsaken medical
treatment, reduced their food budgets, borrowed money, or sold possessions to stay
afloat. The study is entitled "Categorizing the Unemployed by the Impact of the
Recession." Its authors surveyed nearly 4,000 Americans in August 2009, March
2010, November 2010, and August 2011. And even the ultra-liberal Huff Post has
stated: "The economy is technically in recovery, but for a vast number of
Americans, things are worse now than they were three years ago."

Our Founding Fathers often spoke of their great faith in God . . .

"It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to
worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the
universe." -- John Adams, 1776

"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed
their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these
liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his
wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that
his justice cannot sleep for ever." --Thomas Jefferson, 1781

"I have lived, sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing
proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a
sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an
empire can rise without his aid?" --Benjamin Franklin, 1787

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