Wednesday, December 28, 2011-- the completion of our 9th year of publication
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A thought from the past as we move forward into a new year:
"Resolution One: I will live for God.
Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will."
Jonathan Edwards
Early American preacher and theologian,
known for the "Great Awakening" of 1733-1735
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And so we begin this final issue of our 9th year of publication by extending to all our
readers the old familiar greeting: HAPPY NEW YEAR -- even though the Obama
administration has forbidden members of Congress to send it to their constituents.
Given Mr. Obama's religious background, we can understand him banning "Merry
Christmas," even not mentioning Christmas in his White House card -- but what
Christian message does he find to be objectionable in "Happy New Year?" That is
one of those imponderable questions.

The most important year in American history? Unquestionably true. On the
311th day of the new year -- Nov. 6, 2012 -- we will be making very probably
the most important decision we will ever make in an election. Shall we vote to
return America to the course our Founding Fathers charted for us when they
established this new nation -- that we are given by God certain unalienable rights,
and that those rights are guaranteed by our Constitution, and that our government
should be administered by men whom they described as moral and virtuous. . . or
shall we continue on the course plotted by Mr. Obama, leading to moral decay,
economic disaster, massive unemployment, personal poverty and international
disdain? That is the issue upon which we will be voting in November. Never before
have our national election issues been more clear or more important.

Jennifer Marshall, writing in The Foundry of The Heritage Foundation, offered
this very relevant comment, with which we heartily agree: "We prize the heritage
passed down to us through the generations. We look beyond ourselves to the
wisdom of the ages to shape our outlook and to the enduring principles of
America’s founding to ground our decisions today."

We have not entered into the selection process for a Republican nominee-- nor
will we. Through ANC we will not be favoring, endorsing or recommending any
candidate in the 2012 election. We have been questioned about our position
as apparently being almost always "anti-Obama." That is not our political
viewpoint, per se. We are, and always have been, pro-Christian, pro-American
and pro-Conservative. In any action or decision where Mr. Obama is anti-
Christian, anti-American or anti-Conservative (i.e., Liberal), we will be, and have
been, "anti-Obama" in that regard.

Two thoughts (out of the many we found) on the upcoming election: “Under the
Obama second term, we will enter into to a European austerity phase where
we will essentially be managing our decline. We will have a weaker national
defense. We will have stagnant economic growth or not much economic
growth at all." (Paul Ryan, R, WI, voted as "Conservative of the Year); and
"Some observers think that President Obama’s awful record should make it
easy for any of the GOP candidates to beat him. That’s a dangerous delusion.
No incumbent should ever be underestimated, especially one the media loves.
Also, each of the Republican candidates has proven highly adept at
techniques for losing the 2012 election." (John Hayward in Daily Events)

Looking forward to the 2012 election reminds us of our prayer count-down;
as of today there are 314 days till Nov. 6, 2012, 314 days to pray for our nation,
for wisdom for our leaders, and for God's guidance as we vote. And we must never
forget our fellow Christian believers, who are daily suffering persecution, and death,
because of expressing their faith. And let us never forget God's Word to us in Psalm
122:6, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem."

As usual, due to the heavy Liberal bias of the Main Stream Media, to try
to provide a fair and balanced view, we offer "What Others Are Saying"

Gary Shilling (financial analyst and commentator): "I am sorry to report
that the global economic outlook is getting darker by the day...Most recently,
the European debt crisis is causing international financial markets to tumble.
Investors are now questioning the global banking system. Here at home,
unemployment remains high and economic growth continues to be weak.
Consumer confidence is still low. Housing remains in the dumps. Meanwhile,
stocks have plunged about 10% since April."

Barack Hussein Obama (President of the United States): You know it’s
interesting, there is a deep down, underneath all the work I do, I think there’s
a laziness in me." [Editor: not enough ... he's still too active.]

Elena Kagan (U.S. Supreme Court Justice): Justice Kagan attributes Obama's
supernatural qualities to the "rock star qualities he has: the eloquence, the
magnetism, the great looks, the brilliance..." [Enough, already; we get it.]

James Hutchens (Pres. The Jerusalem Connection, Intl.): "As we come to
the end of 2011 we do so with a deep sense of thanksgiving and gratitude to
God through his Son and our Savior, Messiah Jesus. When we’re in God’s
plan and hands, it is always a good year. Indeed it has been a full year with
some exhilarating highs and some unforeseen lows."

Mark Alexander (in the Patriot Post ): On the anniversary of the ratification
of our Constitution's Bill of Rights, the common name for its first 10 amendments:
"The purpose of these amendments was and remains the enumeration of
limitations on the federal government in order to protect key natural rights
(those endowed by our Creator) to liberty and property...As we approach
the end of 2011, the prospect for restoring the Liberty enshrined in our
Constitution continues to improve. The reason for this progress is that the
number of Americans joining the debate about the proper role of
government authorized by our Constitution is growing."

Pamela Geller (writing in Atlas Shrugs): Following the announcement that
the U.N. had observed a moment of silence out of respect for Kim Jong Il, the
deceased tyrant dictator of North Korea (an action which the U.S., the European
Union and Japan, among others, boycotted): "The UN is rotten to the core.
The US should long ago have pulled out of that sinkhole of moral
equivalence and corruption, and kicked those enablers of Islamic
supremacism and lovers of dictators out of New York."

And there is an occasional "One Liner" . . .

Erick Erickson: "There is good news. Congress is going home for
Christmas. Our liberties are safe for a few weeks."

The American Dream: "The number of Americans that fell into poverty
set a new all-time record last year and extreme poverty is at the highest
level ever measured in the United States."

Which seems a good time to mention that we guessed right. Last week we
expressed the guess that after making a partisan political issue out of the payroll
tax reduction, Mr. Obama would go to Hawaii -- even though he missed a few
days out of his planned 17 days -- and enjoy the $4 million vacation we are
providing for him and his family. One wonders why, if they aren't satisfied with the
beauty and luxury of the White House, they didn't plan to spend Christmas in the
winter wonderland of Camp David in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. It would
cost only a small fraction of what we will pay for their Hawaiian holiday. But of
course, the winter weather might prohibit daily golf outings there. When you are
the president, you have to take all such factors into account. [Oh yes -- and after
arriving in Hawaii Friday night, Mr. Obama spent Saturday, Christmas eve, on the
golf course.]

We'll probably never know what he received, but Human Events suggested
as a Christmas gift for President Obama -- A new teleprompter; the reason: "His
old teleprompter must be broken as the President keeps repeating the same
tired class-warfare speech over and over again, seeking to soak the rich
with taxes while attacking bad bankers and mean insurance companies."

Here are a few "Afterthoughts" for this final issue of 2011 . . .

We might have expected it! Former President Jimmy Carter expressed his
condolences following the death of North Korea's brutal dictator, Kim Jong Il,
in a message to his successor, Kim Jong Un. In addition to extending his
condolences, he said he was looking forward to another visit to North Korea
in the near future. One commentator offered this thought: "There’s nothing
like a Jimmy Carter story to get you to appreciate Obama a little more
by comparison."

Some U.S. efforts at "Democracy" fail with respect to Christianity. Despite
long-term U.S. military occupations aimed at establishing so-called "democratic"
governments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Christianity now faces the real threat of
eradication in those countries because of severe and persistent persecution of
Christians there, according to Leonard Leo, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on
International Religious Freedom. Similarly, despite the “Arab Spring” rebellion in
Egypt earlier this year, the survival of Christianity is also threatened there. Anti-
Christian violence and discrimination may dictate a mass migration of Egypt's
Coptic Christian population, thus achieving a goal long sought by Muslims.

In Libya, where Mr. Obama's "non war" war ended with the assassination of
Muammar Gaddafi, the future of the Christian church is very questionable, as the
nation's new leaders move toward enforcing Islamic Shariah Law as the rule of the
land. And this says nothing of Syria, where, until recently, the dictator/president,
Bashaar al-Assad, was considered by Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as a
"reformer." Almost daily, reports of killings of protestors against Assad are making
headlines. As a result of all this turmoil, Ms. Clinton has had to shift her primary
focus on the duties of Secretary of State to being the main person to try to rectify
Obama's debacles developed in his "Arab Spring" venture into international affairs.

And Secretary Clinton's task doesn't get any easier. In Afghanistan, the nation's
High Peace Council has announced it will accept a Taliban liaison office in
Qatar to start peace talks, but no foreign power can get involved without the
Peace Council's consent. The conditions for conducting the peace process as laid
down by the Council include having the support of Pakistan -- and U.S. relations
with Pakistan aren't exactly warm and friendly after a series of diplomatic and
military blunders by the Obama administration. And how will she explain to the
people of Yemen, whose protest rallies have sought relief from their despised and
reviled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, why the Obama administration should grant
him permission to come to New York for medical treatment? Such a decision
would be so contrary to the support given for the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt
and Gaddafi in Libya. While this would not be an easy task for Hillary, it probably
will not for a moment interrupt the golfing in Hawaii.

There is an old saying, "Time changes all things," by Ferdinand de Saussure,
a 19th century Swiss linguist. It is still true today. A few years ago, in 2006, before
he began campaigning to be elected president, when he would need an American
place of birth, Senator Barack Obama and his wife visited his family and his
birthplace in Kogelo, Kenya. The Kenyan government had recognized Obama's
birthplace, and designated it an official national landmark. Obama’s grandmother,
Sarah Hussein Obama, lives in a family compound in the village with other family
members. Her home is surrounded by government security forces to prevent any
possible terrorist action against Obama’s family and his birthplace. The people of
Kogelo dedicated their small 4 room school to the distinguished U.S. Senator, and
named it the "Senator Obama Kogelo Secondary School." The school was built on
land donated by Obama's grandfather. On the occasion of that visit, the Senator is
said to have promised the school's principal, Yuanita Obiero, that he would provide
assistance in improving the condition of the school, but in the five years following
that visit, there is no indication that the school has received any assistance from its
honored namesake. But all this was before he decided on Hawaii as his birthplace.

As always, there is much to be learned from our Founding Fathers:

"As our president bears no resemblance to a king so we shall see the Senate
has no similitude to nobles. First, not being hereditary, their collective
knowledge, wisdom, and virtue are not precarious. For by these qualities
alone are they to obtain their offices, and they will have none of the peculiar
qualities and vices of those men who possess power merely because their
father held it before them." --Tench Coxe, 1787, a less known Founding Father
"Stability in government is essential to national character and to the
advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the
minds of the people, which are among the chief blessings of civil society."
--James Madison, 1788

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions,
that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong,
but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and
then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere." --Thomas Jefferson, 1787

And so our 9th year of publication of ANC has been completed. We would
like very much to complete -- or at least begin -- a 10th year. At the moment, it
appears that we will be able to publish an issue next week, but the long-term
prospects depend entirely on the willingness of our readers to help. Unlike other
Christian ministries, we have not asked for large contributions. In fact, the only size
gift ever suggested is $12. Please click HERE and use the "Support" information.
Thank you! We're depending on you . . .

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