This is a fun way to feel your way through a candle-lit service. Have a paper bag of items ready ahead of time for every person and let the kiddos hand them out. Don’t forget bags for the leaders. Enjoy.
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This Christmas, thank the Lord that President Obama has done one very good thing: he has awakened the sleeping tiger of Americans who are now eager to draw together and defend the Constitution and our way of life. Have a wonderful celebration of our Lord’s birth and come back ready to change this country for the better! ROAR!!
I sent this as an email to all my co-Patriot friends. Feel free to do the same.
In a stunning move, Harry Reid is looking to change this country forever… and not for the better. He’s put in a provision to stop us from ever changing it in the future!
In the latest post at TaxDayTeaParty.com, we bring light to the fact that Reid is now starting to include language in his healthcare bill that would ban future lawmakers from changing the legislation.
In other words, once they get this thing passed, we’ll be slaves to it forever. And there will be nothing we can do about it within the constraints of our current system of government.
This blatant violation of his oath for office could not be more clear. This is against our Constitution—the standard by which we judge those who work for us!
Is that the kind of news you want to hear?
Well, what have you done to change politics-as-usual in Illinois?
Sure, you can vote. Remember, for every one of your votes there is a gravestone in Cook County with an absentee ballot on it.
Sure, you can attend rallies in freezing weather that the press ignores and politicians use for comic relief. Doesn’t that just make your blood boil?
Sure, you can make phone calls to your elected so-called representatives.. How’s that working out for you?
Sure, you can sign petitions, fill out surveys, and fill up your friends’ in boxes with political flotsam and jetsam. How does preaching to the choir change the other voters’ minds on election day?
Or, you can put information about candidates’ positions, minus the spin, on important issues in the hands of actual voters on election day.
So which is it? Politics as usual? Or a tsunami that starts in the Mississippi valley and spreads to all three coasts that sweeps the corruption-addicted politicians out-of-office?
Illinois is the first primary in the country. What the embattled people of Illinois say in February at the polls will be louder than anything that you individually can hope to say. How do you influence voters that don’t pay attention to the din of politics on the Internet and cable news and traditional media?
So what can you do?
First listen to this recording Teleconference Audio – Candidate Research – from 2009-12-06. Then go to the Tasks page, pick a legislative district, do the research described in the recording and on that page, and post the results of your work. (At Abigail Adams Project – see link below)
DO IT TODAY!
There is no tomorrow!
The universe (creator, God, etc.) rewards people who take action differently than those who do not.
Visit Illinois Abigail Adams Project at: http://illinois-abigail-adams.ning.com/ or Visit Liberty Movement Social Network at: http://www.thepatriotcaucus.net/
We need to be thinking about this, and we need to be ready to confront it in 2010.
Enjoy a blessed and comfortable week with your family, but be ready for the political fight of your life shortly thereafter.
“Every generation needs a new revolution.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Leave a comment on a post here, with a link, and say what YOU are doing for Freedom!
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In 2006, then Senator Barak Obama stated that “Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation.” He went on to say that “we’re a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a nation of unbelievers.”
This was an insult to the memory of all previous generations of Americans who were veterans, businessmen, factory workers, farm hands, Mothers, Fathers, white collar, blue collar, black tie, barefoot, industrialist, Founder — anyone who worked hard to do what’s right for themselves and those around them, to do what’s right for this country of ours, for America.
Declaring the end to the Judeo-Christian influence in this country in 2006 and again Barack Obama speaking* recently in Turkey, April, 2009, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian Nation.”
* I began the research for this post back on October 13th. As of 8:10 pm 11/27/09, that vid is no longer available in its original place and I’ve had to search for it (probably because it is unbecoming to the president). This is the full URL where it was: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DQIVd7YT0oWA&search_type=&aq=f. I’ve found it below.
He then dares to flippantly identify the Christian right as THE problem:
“Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked. Part of it’s because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who’ve been all too eager to exploit what divides us.” (Source)
This is not only incorrect, but a blatant lie. And those who are ignorant of the possibility of him ever making an error are unaware of the truth of anything. Principle absent human compassion is nothing more than intellectual masturbation and Obama has his hand on it.
“[I]t is obvious that this is Obama’s way of ingratiating himself with Muslim audiences. But whatever his immediate goal, his sentiment is a popular one with Americans that sport left-wing, anti-religious ideology, people who look to Obama as their leader.”
But is it true? Did the Founding Fathers base this country on the Christian ethic or not? When one reads the historical record, not the revised secular edition, it is apparent and indeed a resounding YES. It is also quite clear that we are so very far off course from that original grounding.
As Ronald Reagan reminded us in 1988: “The First Continental Congress made its first act a prayer — the beginning of a great tradition. We have then, a lesson from the founders of our land, those giants of soul and intellect whose courageous pledge of life and fortune and sacred honor, and whose ‘firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,’ have ever guided and inspired Americans and all who would fan freedom’s mighty flames and live in ‘freedom’s holy light.’ That lesson is clear: That in the winning of freedom and in the living of life, the first step is prayer.” Reagan was ever so right to guide us toward an understanding that the Founders of this country nearly to a man were steeped in religion — and that of the Protestant, Christian variety, at that. Even the ones against organized religion believed in a God, one that put us here and gave us certain rights as espoused in the Declaration of Independence from Britain. (Source)
But let us not use just the Declaration, as the Constitution is supreme law that guides this country [emphasis mine and throughout]. We must strive to remain strict constructionists of that document and hew closely to what the founder’s intended in all their wisdom. It is well considered proper, then, that we look to what the Founders and their contemporaries wrote to construe what they “meant” concerning the principles and ethics to which they hoped we’d remain forever faithful.
Let us begin with a quote from James Madison, the Father of the Constitution. “The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.” That sounds rather ominous, does it not? Of course Madison means that Christian concept of morality that he learned from the Anglican Church which was a required state religion in his home state, Virginia when he was a child.
Another stalwart driving force of the revolutionary days was Samuel Adams who, echoing James Madison’s idea, said, “Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.”
George Washington who can be quoted bestowing Christian religious principles on many of his thoughts and actions he took on the battlefield and in government is very quotable on the subject. Here are a few quotes from the Father of our country.
- “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.”
- “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
- “And now, Almighty Father, if it is Thy holy will that we shall obtain a place and name among the nations of the earth, grant that we may be enabled to show our gratitude for Thy goodness by our endeavors to fear and obey Thee.”
Pretty straight forward, I believe.
How about Ben Franklin? Old Poor Richard himself was never considered the biggest religious fanatic of his day. In fact he is one of the few Founders that actually considered himself a Deist. But even he once said, “It is the duty of mankind on all suitable occasions to acknowledge their dependence on the Divine being.” Hardly sounds like he was against the morality of Christian ethics, does it?
John Adams, second president and indispensable founding father who was well known to be extremely pious both in religion and opinion said, “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service, when it is violating all His laws.”
He sure did not say Allah’s service. Nor did he couple God and THEY. Adams said HIS laws. An obvious recognition of the Christian God of heaven and earth.
These quotes are all well and good but what did the early American theorists intend to pass on to the youth of America? As an answer to this I point to Benjamin Rush of Pennsylvania. Rush was a respected Doctor and was closely tied to most of the great figures of the early Republic and its national politics. He wrote, “I proceed…to enquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of youth; and here I beg leave to remark, that the only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”
Well, we could quote dozens upon dozens of such phrases from men like Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Henry Lee, George Clinton and a host of other revolutionary notables but that would tend to over burden the point.
Speaking of Thomas Jefferson, as a riposte to Christians, many half-informed secularists claim that Jefferson was a Deist that hated Christianity. But this is garbled history. Like many of the Founders, Jefferson disliked organized religion but was not in any way against religious sentiment, training and ideals. In fact, the older he got, the more religious he became. But even as our third president he regularly attended Bible class right in the halls of Congress and never once scolded the classes from meeting on federal property. He was not against Christianity in government at all.*
The point is that the men of the revolution, those very men that created our country, its mores and conventions based their ruminations upon the Christian God and his ethics and principles. They felt this base to be entirely indispensable to the stability of republican government. They warned that to dispense with them would be our undoing and we followed those predications faithfully up until the civil war and half heartedly until the presidency of FDR.
But today, civil Libertarians strive to remake the U.S.A. into a Godless and moraless society based upon an if-it-feels-right mode of thinking. The Democrat Party tries to replace religion with statism and socialism. Even Republicans all too often shy away from the question of the religious ethics of Christianity as if it is a backward ideal that would best be forgotten.
No, Benjamin Rush had it right when he said that without religion “… there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”
Whether critics and secularists like it or not, we are at heart a Christian nation and if we cast off that ethic we will no longer be the United States, we will no longer have in us what made us great.
*For an in depth discussion of Jefferson’s misinterpreted Danbury Letter from which the phrase “wall of separation between church and state” was derived, visit: http://www.publiusforum.com/oldopeds/hustonstoryseparation.html. See also www.wallbuilders.org for their excellent resources on this wall that is supposed to guard the church from the government.
This was only one discussion of many in the argument for America’s Christian Heritage. One of the best places for this kind if information is at the American Vision website. They have a fantastic DVD, The Case for America’s Christian Heritage, vol 1 (Christian History). The video clip on the next page after the description is the trailer for this DVD.
Christian Nation http://wp.me/pzfHB-eM
The Berlin Wall was erected as the totalitarian response to keeping “East Germans” inside the communist territory of the Marshall plan’s designated areas after WWII. It is a scar big enough we can see it from space. Apropos today with our own socialist dramas and patriotic diatribes, this event and its symbol’s demise seems significant.
The Post-Standard 11-10-1989
On June 12, 1987, United States President Ronald Reagan spoke at the German capitol of Berlin in what was to become one of history’s most prestigious freedom speeches of all time. We are familiar with the phrase, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”, but there is perhaps more value in the rest of the speech. Read on…
There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Like that most famous quotation, these prophetic lines show too that successful statesmen must be sober realists about men’s ideals:
[…] In a word, I would submit that what keeps you in Berlin is love–love both profound and abiding.
Perhaps this gets to the root of the matter, to the most fundamental distinction of all between East and West. The totalitarian world produces backwardness because it does such violence to the spirit, thwarting the human impulse to create, to enjoy, to worship. The totalitarian world finds even symbols of love and of worship an affront.
Years ago, before the East Germans began rebuilding their churches, they erected a secular structure: the television tower at Alexander Platz. Virtually ever since, the authorities have been working to correct what they view as the tower’s one major flaw, treating the glass sphere at the top with paints and chemicals of every kind. Yet even today when the Sun strikes that sphere–that sphere that towers over all Berlin–the light makes the sign of the cross. There in Berlin, like the city itself, symbols of love, symbols of worship, cannot be suppressed.
As I looked out a moment ago from the Reichstag, that embodiment of German unity, I noticed words crudely spray-painted upon the wall, perhaps by a young Berliner, “This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.” Yes, across Europe, this wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth. The wall cannot withstand freedom.
And just as the wall of communism failed in Germany in front of our eyes twenty years ago today, the wall of socialist totalitarianism will fail in America! “This wall will fall. Beliefs become reality.” It cannot withstand FAITH; it cannot withstand TRUTH. The wall cannot withstand FREEDOM!
Apropos today with our own socialist dramas and patriotic diatribes, this event and its symbol’s demise seems significant. Why do you think the timing of the HC bills just happens to be pushed now? Is it a coincidence as regards this historical event? Is it purely because the politicians want to get passage before the Christmas holiday? Explain.
Apparently the new White House strategy for handling comments and news it dislikes is to call out the network and condemn it for lying.
White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has been leading the charge… and while consuming conservative media, she’s become a “fierce critic of Fox News.”
“It’s opinion journalism masquerading as news,” Dunn says. “They are boosting their audience. But that doesn’t mean we are going to sit back.” Fox News’s head of news, Michael Clemente, counters that the White House criticism unfairly conflates the network’s reporters and its pundits, like Glenn Beck, whom he likens to “the op-ed page of a newspaper.”
Claudia Rossett gets at the heart of what’s wrong when the President of the United States attacks a news outlet:
You don’t have to love Fox News to see how dangerous it is when the President of the United States gives his staff and advisers a green light to single out and denigrate by name a specific news organization. As we surely all know by now, this is what the White House has been doing to Fox.
The Sunday morning talk shows just brought us White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod opining to George Stephanopoulos, on ABC’s “This Week,” that Fox is “Really – not news — it’s pushing a point of view.” Axelrod advised that ABC and other non-Fox outlets take his cue and expunge Fox from the brethren of news services: “And the bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way.” Meanwhile, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was hammering home the same message, that Fox “is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective,” and urging “More importantly is not have [sic] the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led in following Fox, as if what they’re trying to do is a legitimate news organization… .”
This would be a very good moment for all those other news organizations — CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, the newspapers and the news web sites – to offer President Obama the perspective that it is utterly inappropriate for White House personnel to be opining publicly on the overall fitness of specific news outlets. The president has sworn to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That includes protecting free speech, not dispatching White House staff and advisers to hold forth publicly as media critics denouncing news outlets they don’t like.
If errors of fact turn up in reporting, the White House is entitled to dispute them. But Axelrod and Emanuel were not disputing a particular piece of reporting. They were slamming wholesale a widely followed and highly informative news outlet, and denouncing it as not “legitimate.”
The matter of deciding whether a news outlet has “a perspective” — and many do — is something that in a free country, if the country is to remain free, should be left to the private customer. There are legions of critics in the private sector who spend their time analyzing and debating which outlets provide the most reliable news, what’s entertainment, who’s opinionated, and how, and who’s not. They are easy to find. You can tune in, subscribe, and decide for yourself. These folks, like the media they criticize, are subject to the market test — in which private consumers freely make their own choices about what or whom they trust, what they pay for, what they pay attention to, and why.
Government personnel getting into this act is altogether different. These are people paid out of the public purse, and speaking under the imprimatur of public institutions — in this case the White House. Here they are, urging White House-favored news outfits to follow the White House lead, and ostracize a specific news outlet the White House doesn’t like. This is Banana Republic stuff, a stock tactic of pressure and intimidation. The effect of such stuff, as a rule, is not to promote accurate news coverage, but to cover up stories the government doesn’t want aired, and shut up critics.
Other news outlets — the CNNs, ABCs, NBCs, CBS’s, or for that matter the New York Times and the Globe-Post-Mercury-Etceteras, may not agree with opinions expressed on Fox. But they would be wise to remember that what goes around comes around. And if they don’t rally now around the idea that the White House has no business vetting, according to its own “perspective,” which news outlets are “legitimate” and which are not, then the legitimacy of all news outlets becomes a function of “point of view” held by the White House. Welcome to the road to China’s Xinhua News Agency and Russia’s Channel One TV.
This is exactly WHY it is dangerous for the Obama Administration to declare war on Fox News… What goes around comes around, so the networks should listen and be called to action – NOW.
Here’s some ‘un-American’ news you won’t find on most of the mainstream media sources. Open your eyes to what’s really happening out there and tell your friends. These are just from three sources.
As a cute aside, I learned today from a group of young girls that they call it the “hiney” flu (replace the 1’s of H1N1 with i’s and you get “hini”)!!
The New York Times has produced a detailed lesson plan for students in grades 6-12 that pushes the H1N1 flu vaccine and sets about debunking what the editors describe as “myths” surrounding the swine flu shot.
Doctors have confirmed that a seasonal flu vaccine led to a Virginia woman becoming severely disabled as actors Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy offered their support through their Generation Rescue charity, an organization attempting to raise awareness about the link between vaccines and autism.
A judge has put a temporary stop to mandatory flu vaccinations for health care workers.
States are getting ready for the mandatory vaccination stage of the eugenics program, and Pennsylvania is right on schedule with Pennsylvania House Bill 492, the “Emergency Health Powers Act.”
Meet Stanford’s cheerleader of genocidal Middle East terrorists and suicide bombers….
Our president’s war on the first amendment….
In a victory for free speech, a British tribunal reverses the ban of Dutch anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders. …
A Florida court puts a teenage girl’s life at risk….
NEW!! More than 2,000 British Schoolgirls Have Reactions to the HPV Vaccine
In Britain, where vaccination against HPV is given to all schoolgirls aged 12 and older, more than 2 thousand girls have experienced adverse reactions including convulsions, fever, paralysis, and even death. 10/16/2009
Imposing Sharia Law on the West
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the 106th Bishop of Rochester, has been outspoken on the threat of extremist Islam, its growth in Britain, and its threat to Christian and religious minorities in Islamic nations.
Obama adviser: Sharia is just misunderstood
‘Hate Crime’ Laws Threaten Religious Freedom
Bringing ‘Thought Crime’ to America
High-Tech ‘Birth Control’: Health Care or Health Risk?
Women need to know what birth control chemicals and devices do and what risks they present.
<!– The Truth Behind the HPV Vaccine and Why Mandating It Violates Your Parental Rights
–>The Morning-After Pill
A pill that would make abortions rare? Think again.
Born or Bred?
Science Does Not Support the Claim That Homosexuality Is Genetic
Homosexual activists love to insist that
The United Nations Wants To Regulate Free Speech Of Every Nation including the United States to make it a punishable crime to speak your mind against Islam. Muslims are using threats of violence to force the United Nations to adopt and enforce this. President Obama supports this. The Constitution that states we may have no binding agreements with other nations that threaten our sovereignty. The UN, by its existence and our agreement of it, does just that!
We the People cannot tolerate this!
President Obama agrees with Muslims that United Nations can Regulate Free Speech Of Every Nation
While appearing in name to promote tolerance, the implementation of this concept actually fosters intolerance
[imagine that – getdclu] and serves to justify restrictions on human rights and fundamental freedoms.
So the UN would DISPLACE the American Constitution as the rule of law.
Lou Dobbs does bring up the option of bulldozing the UN building in New York and ‘suggesting’ they find an alternative place to convene…
Dobbs then interviews Christopher Hitchens who calls this totalitarianism. He correctly states there are “Muslims prepared to use violence at the drop of a hat,” yet you cannot criticize Islam!
Dobbs has been “the only one in the electronic media that has challenged Rev. Al Sharpton on the First Amendment…” and the national liberal media. The feds have no competence in these matters.
What’s your opinion?
I reported Friday on the New Hampshire girl forced to attend public school because the court found her religious belief (and that of her mother) “too rigid.” Here, McGurn points out how interesting it would be if we’d take public school children out and force them into parochial education to widen their horizons… He also speaks of Judge Dawson’s decision to do right by Rifka Bary in Florida. Her case has been covered extensively by Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs.
How much say should parents have over their children’s faith?
by William McGurn
Two Christian girls. Two sets of distraught parents. And two state courts smack in the middle of it.
One of these courts is in New Hampshire, where a judge recently ordered that home-schooled Amanda Kurowski be sent to public school. The order signed by Family Court Justice Lucinda V. Sandler says the 10-year-old’s Christian faith could use some shaking up—and that the local public school is just the place to do it. So while the child’s lawyers at the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal outfit, filed a motion asking the judge to reconsider, last week Amanda started fifth grade at a local public school.
At about the same time Miss Kurowski was starting school in New Hampshire, a state court in Florida was considering what to do with 17-year-old Rifqa Bary. Miss Bary fled to Florida from Ohio a few weeks back, where she sought refuge with a Christian couple whose church she had learned about on Facebook. She says she ran away from home because her father discovered she’d become a Christian—and then threatened to kill her. On Thursday, Circuit Judge Daniel Dawson ordered the girl and her family to try mediation and set a pretrial hearing for the end of the month.
And more from the WSJ (hat tip Pamela):
Sharia-Sanctioned Death Vs. Western Toleration
Five thousand honor killings testify to the danger
Nidra Poller, Wall Street Journal