Two ‘Newbies” in the House: A Comparative Assessment [Video]

AOC and Dan Crenshaw

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The current crop of freshmen Representatives in the U.S. Congress feature some colorful personalities as well as diverse perspectives. Admittedly, the Democratic newbies have gotten the most attention because of radical statements, policy proposals, and controversies.

However, there is one Republican rookie who has been turning heads, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw. It might be illuminating to assess this GOP rising star in comparison with the Left’s most meteoric House member, N.Y. Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Their Resumes

What do we know about AOC and Crenshaw before they came to Congress? What might serve as a hypothetical resume for each of them?

Inset.Image.1.3.8.2019Let’s start with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. She grew up in the Bronx, New York City as the daughter of a father of Puerto Rican descent who was born in America, and a mother who was born in Puerto Rico.

Her involvement with politics began while she was attending college at Boston University. She became an intern in the immigration office of Senator Ted Kennedy during his final year in the Senate.

What AOC says about that time is illustrative.

I was the only Spanish speaker, and as a result, as basically a kid—a 19-, 20-year-old kid—whenever a frantic call would come into the office because someone is looking for their husband because they have been snatched off the street by ICE, I was the one that had to pick up that phone, …I was the one that had to help that person navigate that system.

AOC graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a degree in international relations and economics. She went back to her home in the Bronx to help support her mother, as her father had passed in 2008.

Her next foray into politics came as an organizer for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. She was inspired to run for office during her work traveling the country for Sanders.

AOC’s campaign and election resembled something straight out of a Hollywood script, especially her victory in the Democratic primary. While working as a bartender, she managed to defeat a 10-time incumbent Democrat who had a huge advantage in funding.

What about Representative Crenshaw? His ‘resume’ is slightly different. First off, he is five years older than AOC, having been born in 1984.

Dan CrenshawCrenshaw grew up in Katy, Texas. His mother died when he was a child, and afterward, he lived with his father who worked in the oil industry.

Since his father traveled and lived for long periods of time overseas, Crenshaw spent time living in Ecuador and Columbia as a youth. He became proficient in Spanish during those years, which is perhaps the only characteristic he and AOC share.

Crenshaw graduated from Tufts University in 2006. During his time at Tufts, he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps [ROTC] and became a commissioned officer in the Navy after graduation.

He became a Navy SEAL and served 10 years which included three tours of duty overseas. In 2012 while serving in Afghanistan, he was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device [IED] and lost his right eye as a result.

As a Navy SEAL, he earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor. He medically retired from military service in 2016

After military service, he went on to obtain a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2018. During that time he also worked as a legislative assistant for Texas Congressman Pete Sessions.

Crenshaw began his campaign in November of 2017 and had to survive a contentious runoff election in the Republican primary. However, the most interesting incident of the campaign happened just prior to the general election in November of 2018.

Comedian Pete Davidson made a mocking remark about Crenshaw as a joke on the November 3, 2018 episode of Saturday Night Live. The public disapproval of that joke has been credited by some as helping Crenshaw secure victory in the election the following Tuesday.

However, what happened the following Saturday on SNL was remarkable.

Davidson’s sincere apology for his remarks the week before and Crenshaw’s good-natured acceptance of the apology was a refreshing look at the character of both. Moreover, it was an impressive first appearance on the national scene for the newly-elected Representative.

Political Positions

The political positions of AOC and Crenshaw could hardly be farther apart. Ocasio-Cortez is extreme Left-wing Socialist, while Crenshaw is a solidly Conservative Republican.

AOCThe greatest example of AOC’s political aspirations is the now infamous Green New Deal. Her surprising influence in less than 3 months has gathered support for the GND from every declared Democrat candidate for President in 2020.

The most recent estimated cost of that Socialist nightmare was 93 trillion dollars! However, the inconceivable amount has not deterred AOC or her minions.

AOC is also a proponent of abolishing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and basically an open borders status for America.

As might be expected, Crenshaw opposes the ‘Green Dream.’ He has ably stated the reasonable objections to it in many forums.

However, there are some far less publicized positions that Dan Crenshaw has put forth which deserve attention for a fair comparison between the Texas Republican and AOC.

Crenshaw was joined by two other Representatives back in January of this year in proposing a bill to withhold the salaries of Congress, the Vice President, and the President in the event of a government shutdown. Crenshaw stated at the time,

Federal employees should never have to carry the burden caused by a dysfunctional government, …We should have to feel the very real effects of a shutdown, just as our fellow federal employees are forced to do.

Concerning that same issue, Crenshaw also revealed something the Mainstream media, umm… had skipped over.

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw reported on Twitter that Republicans had a plan to pay federal workers during the shutdown. But that proposal did not pass because all but 6 Democrats voted against it.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw

@RepDanCrenshaw

Big deal that never got reported:

Last week, House GOP voted to pay federal employees their 1st paycheck of 2019, despite shutdown. Only 6 Dems voted with us. It failed.

Dem priority is not paying workers or opening gov’t. It is opposing Trump. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll043.xml 

59.9K people are talking about this

Border wallThis was while the shutdown was happening. Employees could have received pay during the shutdown itself if this had passed. It will be interesting to see at election time if federal workers remember which party had their backs during the shutdown, and which did not.

Rep. Crenshaw is also a vocal supporter of border security, including a physical barrier aka a ‘border wall,’ and an advocate of President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration.

Public Presence

One factor remains to conclude this assessment. That is the factor of public presence.

Presence refers to the public persona of each person. As national public officials, a large portion of their lives is now subject to media scrutiny. In today’s society, this means the scrutiny of social media, as well as TV and radio coverage.

For example, AOC was recently questioned about real concerns with probable ethics violations and ‘laundering’ or ‘funneling’ money to her boyfriend, through her campaign manager. The violation involved her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, using a Political Action Committee’s funds to pay AOC’s boyfriend thousands of dollars.

The campaign manager and AOC herself said the boyfriend was not on staff [even though her office had listed him as staff] and the payments were not unethical. However, it was found that the boyfriend also was given a House e-mail account, which the rules state is wrong unless he is actually part of the staff. 

AOC and Ben CrenshawAOC’s excuse was that her boyfriend needed a house.gov email account to have access to her Congressional calendar. Hmm …guess she forgot how to text him about her schedule.

Moreover, she seems to want to be excused from media attention towards her personal life.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired off a tweet suggesting that the media unfairly target her family and love life in their reporting – and I can’t stop laughing. Here’s the tweet:

You know, when I got to DC I was told that it’s considered “off limits” to report on a member’s family, love life, etc. Unsure why that consideration is suspended for me. (Also for those who ask how I learned to handle pressure, try being the only daughter in a Latino household) https://t.co/M2lgHITz1B

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019

AOC has apparently not been paying attention to media coverage of late. Especially the mainstream media’s metaphoric ‘body-cavity search’ and automatic condemnation of any family member of President Trump’s household, including his young son, Barron.

How does Rep. Crenshaw present himself in light of media attention? We have already seen the very classy way he responded to Saturday Night Live’s mockery.

Here is another reaction by Crenshaw decrying the Leftmedia, but not for anything targeting him. Instead, he speaks out about the anti-Christian bias of the MSM.

Dan Crenshaw

@DanCrenshawTX

Media blunders this week:
-hardly any coverage of #MarchforLife
-Buzzfeed lies about Cohen case
-slandering Covington Catholic students over false narrative
-slandering Karen Pence for working at Christian school

3 out of 4 are fundamentally anti-Christian. Just last 7 days.

20.9K people are talking about this

The Texas Congressman recently appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and calmly dismantled the hyperbole of the media attacks on President Trump. In response to the leftist claim that Trump is attacking freedom of the press, Crenshaw replied,

How has he done that? The Obama administration had many press members under investigation, Trump has not, so what is the difference here?

Crenshaw is 100% correct about Obama. He actually tried squashing freedom of the press with everything from seizing records to covert surveillance of reporters he didn’t like.

All Trump has done is briefly expel an obnoxious reporter who hogged the microphone from the privileged seat at the White House press briefings. Oh yeah, and he has called the Leftmedia names.

Much remains to be seen concerning both AOC and Crenshaw and their performance as ‘newbies’ in the House. Moreover, since they are both considered rising stars in their respective political circles, they will also be targeted, fairly or not, as defining the policies of their Party.

This analysis is not definitive by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, it can be instructive as to which person is best suited to the role of U.S. Representative that both are occupying now.

In that light, my hope is that we will see more of the likes of Rep. Crenshaw and far less of the likes of AOC in Congress. However, I am not making that prediction, and I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to happen.

I also hope and pray that all who would govern would desire the same as Solomon did from God when he became the King of Israel.

Give your servant, therefore, an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people? 1 Kings 3:9 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Which Is the Real Crisis for America? [Video]

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In recent weeks the political landscape of America has been imbued with talk of a “crisis” of one type or another. On the one hand, there is the crisis on the southern border, as President Trump and the sensible among the GOP claim.

On the other hand, there is the crisis of “climate change,” championed by the new extreme Left of the Democratic Congress. Which of these claims holds up under investigation of the facts?

Just what is the real crisis for America? To parrot an ancient TV game show, “Will the Real Crisis Please Stand Up?”

Examining the ‘Climate Change’ Crisis Claim

Climate changeThe newest offering wholeheartedly embraced by just about every Democrat running for the 2020 presidential nomination is the so-called ‘Green New Deal.‘ This Socialistic monstrosity is offered in response to what is uniformly mimicked on the Left as an “existential crisis” which will end the planet in a decade.

However, as this journal and a multitude of others have repeatedly shown, “climate change” is unproven as a fact, or as a real threat. It is essentially a hoax designed to enrich its supporters with zero evidence to support the theory.

To be clear, yes, the climate is changing now. It has changed from yesterday and will change to a different climate tomorrow.

The climate all around the globe changes constantly and has done so since the planet came to exist. There is a special name for that phenomenon; it’s called “weather.”

The panic has been renewed with a vengeance by new congressional Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her supporters on Capitol Hill. The threat is said to be both real and immediate so that we have but 10 years to reign it in.

If that were true, then there would be a “catastrophic” crisis facing humanity which deserved our attention. However, the truth reveals no real crisis exists.

The lengths of deception that “climate change” advocates will attempt shows some very strong motivation on their part. The motivation for a few acolytes of the cult is their blind faith that “climate change” is both man-caused and destructive to the existence of human life on earth.

For others on the Left, “climate change” is about self-aggrandizement with both money and power. For those people, the welfare of the planet is the least of their concerns.

Those among the Left who wish to enrich themselves monetarily are the “scientists,” who grab a large portion of around $2 billion in public funding. They receive the preferred government grants for their projects in only if the ‘climate change’ mantra is followed.

There are others on the political Left and their supporters whose greatest concern is gaining power through the “climate change” fraud. Their wish is to transform America into a Socialist regime with them at the helm.

Investigating the ‘Border Crisis’ Claim

Border CrisisThe other national crisis claim is far more specific and has real evidence to support its contentions. The crisis on the southern border is specific in location and threat.

The threat is no less than that of an enemy invasion of the nation. The sheer numbers involved are ample evidence of the accuracy of this assertion.

Moreover, the fact that multiple waves of “immigrant caravans” keep coming toward the southern border in the thousands shows this is an invasion. Another “caravan” of potential illegal aliens is headed toward the border at this moment, and it is reported to be the largest contingent so far.

The last encounter with such a flood of people trying to illegally enter the United States was revealing.

The behavior of the first “caravan” illustrates that those who have claimed the situation at the border is a “manufactured crisis,” have no clue what they are talking about. Here is some data from the Department of Homeland Security about the composition of that attempt to break into the United States.

Department of Homeland Security officials report that nearly 300 members of the migrant caravans en route to the U.S. at this time are either convicted criminals or known gang members. The criminals include individuals with convictions for sexual assault on a child, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, and assault on a female, officials reported.

Moreover, the invaders are not simply coming from Mexico or Central America. There are many from other nations that may not be so kindly disposed to America and her citizens.

 Mexican officials have also publicly stated that criminal groups have infiltrated the caravan. We also continue to see individuals from over 20 countries in this flow from countries such as Somalia, India, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

Add to this the situations Americans have to deal with concerning ‘sanctuary cities,’ such as San Francisco and whole ‘sanctuary states’ like California. Many of the people they protect from those horrible Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officers, have been deported multiple times and go on to commit heinous crimes, including murder.

Then there is the rampant gang violence associated with large gangs such as MS13. They are at the forefront of terrorizing whole communities with the horrific acts they perpetuate.

MS13 was organized in Los Angeles during the 1080s by illegal aliens from El Salvador.

It has expanded since to include Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans and other Central and South Americans. MS-13’s motto is “mata, viola, controla” – which means “kill, rape, control,” according to Robert Hur, an official with the Justice Department. …They seek to live up to this motto through truly shocking acts of violence designed to instill fear: vicious machete attacks, execution-style gunshots, gang rape and human trafficking.”

MS 13The current ‘caravans’ are coming from those countries where MS13 is much larger and more powerful than the numbers in America at present. The aim of those who are gang members from south of the border is to swell their ranks in this country and spread lawlessness and violence.

This brief assessment of the immigration crisis doesn’t include the problems of human trafficking and the flood of dangerous drugs from the cartels which lax border enforcement and the lack of a wall enable. Those two alone would constitute a humanitarian crisis which desperately needs attention.

The Real Crisis Is Not Being Addressed Adequately

It is evident that the actual crisis is occurring with America’s illegal immigration invasion, not in the mythical claims of ‘climate change’ watermelon [i.e. ‘green on the outside and red on the inside’] politicians. It is also evident that with few exceptions, the only political person concerned with addressing the immigration crisis is President Trump.

The policy that garners the greatest attention is, of course, the promised border wall to help curb the invasion of illegals. This is a gigantic step which is very needed and will reap significant benefits, however, a physical barrier is only a piece of the necessary solution.

President Trump has called for increased law enforcement personnel and additional technology to help halt the border crisis. These measures would be an enormous help, but the congressional response from the Left, and in part from disgruntled GOPers, has been to ignore the problem.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, the president announced that he would be officially declaring an emergency on the border, along with signing a woefully inadequate spending bill that provides about 1.4 billion for the wall. This declaration will be challenged in court, as the president noted, but he also says it needed to be done anyway, in order to secure some wall funding.

The president received anemic support from the timid Republicans for immigration reform and a wall in the first two years of his term, and during the recent government shutdown. Those considerations may have led to the reluctant signing of the spending bill, especially since its provisions further enable illegal immigrants to take greater advantage of the asylum laws in America.

The continued weakness in our laws that grant asylum to the United States is not addressed in the spending bill. That is, in my opinion, a terrible mistake which will exacerbate the problems of the immigration crisis.

Currently, the law allows automatic legal status as an asylum-seeker if the immigrant party claims a “credible fear” from their home country and they have made it onto U.S. soil. This creates a huge problem because each person granted such status has to have it adjudicated for authenticity.

Illegal ImmigrationThus, the asylum-seeker is given a document with a court date, months in the future, at which they are to appear for an asylum hearing. Over 90% of those people do not show up for their day in court and are at that time no longer asylum-seekers, but illegal aliens.

These people then come under the jurisdiction of ICE. Those who can be caught are held in ICE detention centers around the country.

Mark Morgan, the former head of the Border Patrol under the Obama administration, gave some startling statistics on the ICE detention situation as it presently stands. While being interviewed on “The Buck Sexton Show” podcast of Feb. 13, Morgan said,

Right now ICE has 49,000 people in detention. 87% of them have been convicted of a crime, or charged with a crime, or are a suspected gang member.

As Sexton points out, overwhelmingly these are people charged with crimes in addition to their status as an illegal alien. Remember, they are just those who have been caught and detained, and there is no real way to account for the others who are shielded by sanctuary policies or simply disappear into the population.

President Trump cannot change the current asylum laws by executive authority, but he is trying to do what he legally can accomplish. It is long past time the Congress, especially the Democrats, honored their previous pledges and votes for real border security including a physical barrier, and to fix the inadequate laws concerning asylum-seekers.

Contrary to the rantings of Ocasio-Cortez and her compatriots, there is no inherent human right to come to the United States. Moreover, her claims that no one of Latin descent should be refused entry to America because they are descendants of native peoples are ignorant of the Constitution and history.

Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them. Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.  Proverbs 28:4-5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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The Green New Deal Is Designed to Destroy [Video]

Climate Change

Much attention has been showered upon the first proposed bill introduced by new Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez popularly known as the “Green New Deal.” There are many flaws in this ‘plan’ that have been judiciously pointed out by capable commentators on every type of media platform.

Thankfully, the members of the House of Representatives have not yet considered the proposal. It is not quite a ‘finished’ bill despite being co-sponsored by several declared Democratic presidential candidates including Kamala Harris, and Cory ‘Spartacus’ Booker.

Why is this idea being considered at all? To address the mythical catastrophe of ‘climate change.’

The Left, as has been chronicled here and elsewhere, has been devoted to the climate change fraud for decades. Unfortunately, some like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, are true believers in that pseudo-scientific cult.

We should understand that this “resolution” is designed, purposely or otherwise, to destroy the nation. Unless the tide is turned back, that goal may well be accomplished.

It Is Impossible and Will Destroy the Economy

Green New DealThis is a destructive idea because it cannot be done. It is literally impossible to accomplish the GND.

Americans like to believe we can accomplish things that others think are impossible, but that’s not what I’m talking about. The GND is impossible like a square circle is impossible and not even God can make a circle that is also a square.

That’s because the GND violates the basic laws of mathematics. It requires that 2+2=5, while reality says that cannot be so.

The estimated cost of implementing one aspect of the GND is 13 trillion dollars. That is the requirement to replace all power generation and operation to non-petroleum, renewable resources.

How do we know this? Because the power grid replacement part of the plan has already been researched.

As it happens, a team of Stanford engineers led by Mark Jacobson outlined just such a plan back in 2015. Jacobson’s repowering plan would involve installing 335,000 onshore wind turbines; 154,000 offshore wind turbines; 75 million residential photovoltaic systems; 2.75 million commercial photovoltaic systems; 46,000 utility-scale photovoltaic facilities; 3,600 concentrated solar power facilities with onsite heat storage; and an extensive array of underground thermal storage facilities. …The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation calculated that the total cost …of Jacobson’s scheme would amount to $13 trillion. And based on how fast it has taken to install energy generation infrastructure in the past, Jacobson’s repowering plan would require a sustained installation rate that is more than 14 times the U.S. average over the last 55 years and more than six times the peak rate.

The phrase “photovoltaic system” is better known as solar panels. The impossible cost and effort required here are for just one part if this comprehensive plan for disaster.

The GND is far more encompassing than simply revamping the national power grid. Here is more of what this impossible dream entails.

…a guaranteed job with a “family-sustaining wage,” and universal access to high-quality health care, affordable housing, economic security, high-quality education, and healthy food. It also calls for increased government support for family farming, economic development in vulnerable communities, research and development, and environmental cleanup. And it would meet the goals of 100 percent renewable power production and no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. All of this would occur through a 10-year “national mobilization.”

Take just one other from this list. Start with “universal access to high-quality health care…”

Green New DealHow much would that cost? We have another example of the expense with the earlier proposals for “Medicare for All,” most notably favored by AOC’s Democratic Socialist compatriot, Senator Bernie Sanders of VT.

This universal health care plan would cost 32.6 trillion dollars over 10 years. The total is now 45.6 trillion dollars over ten years for only two small parts of the GND.

How would this be paid for? Well, it won’t be through taxes. If you took all the wealth of all the billionaires of the world it would pay for less than two years of the 45.6 trillion price tag.

However, American law enforcement could only seize dollars from American billionaires, which totals 2.48 trillion dollars. That wouldn’t fund six months of these two tidbits from AOC’s proposal.

Moreover, the proposal requires the elimination of all fossil fuels. This means the abolishment of all air travel, indeed of all air traffic, civilian or military, and somehow, the elimination of methane from cow flatulence, or else convince them to stop passing gas!

Yes, the cows are mentioned as a part of the proposal. At least, they were at first but that may have been hacked…more on that part later.

Civilian air travel would be replaced by a high-speed electric rail system, at least according to the GND. Only electric cars would be permitted and an entire network of electric charging stations must be constructed, as well as some way to get to Hawaii without airplanes or ships.

Additionally, this plan calls for the retrofitting and reconstruction of every building in the nation. That is not a misprint, folks; every…single…building.

Perhaps the most ridiculous piece of the GND resolution is the goal of,

Economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work.

Alexandria Ocasio-CortezI predict should this become codified that the list of those unwilling to work will grow exponentially.

In order to actually put this gargantuan plan into effect, the enormous cost necessitates funds that do not exist, nor can they be produced in 10 years or 50. Even AOC knows that much.

However, this is conveniently solved by something called Modern Monetary Theory,

Ocasio-Cortez is continuing to argue for Modern Monetary Theory — something she said “absolutely” needs to be “a larger part of our conversation” in a recent Business Insider interview. The theory says that because governments can literally print money, “they can spend as much as they like,”

This is what has just happened during the last two years in Venezuela. The government printed money to fund its unsustainable debts, and inflation ran wild.

Socialists are unable to see that it is the philosophy itself which is unworkable. The most recent example of such is being demonstrated in the devastated nation of Venezuela. The annual inflation rate recorded last month in that country was an astounding 46,305%!

Now that nation, once the richest in South America, is destitute. People have fled in droves because everything is gone, including basic food items.

Unfortunately, the Left is absolutely committed to this Socialist agenda. Such an agenda carries a more ominous threat than economic destruction, the destruction of liberty itself.

The GND Would Destroy Liberty

The impossibility of the GND resolution is not lost on most functioning people. However, just because it is impossible doesn’t mean the Left won’t try to do it anyway.

Why would the Left attempt something as insane as the GND? Why would they continue to attempt this thing that is clearly impossible to do, and has historically been proven to fail?

The answer to this question is twofold. One answer is simply that the person is deluded on the level of a man claiming to be a turnip.

This is the same kind of delusion the Left embraces with the aforementioned ‘climate change’ ideology. A delusion so pervasive that Leftists in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC, are willing to change raw data and adjust it upward to justify their false claims.

Climate ChangeIn fact, the GND uses recommendations of the IPCC as the impetus for its proposal. This is similar to the mania of Leftists who engage in the destructive transgender ‘movement,’ and are not shy about abusing children to do so.

There is one other reason the Left will if they can, try to put the GND or something very similar to action, despite knowing it will fail. That reason is also simple, but it is in the shadows.

It is to assert complete control over the general populace. A cursory glance at the list above and the cost should cause us to pause and consider just how the government would accomplish these grandiose illusions.

There is but one way to do this, and some in the Left ardently wish this to be so. It can only happen with complete government control of, well, everything and everybody.

The radical Left is aware of this aspect of their plans. However, they also know that if most people realized the facts, they would totally reject the GND. Which is why AOC’s advisors are trying to walk back the original demands of the document.

As the video shows, AOC’s advisor claimed the original document, found on her Congressional web page was a conservative hacker’s creation. He has since admitted that he was wrong about the facts of the proposal.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did, however, publish a “Green New Deal FAQ” that said it guarantees “economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work,” contrary to Hockett’s claims. Her office later deleted the FAQ.

The art of deception is one the Left is particularly adept at performing. The biggest deceptions are always saved for the biggest delusions.

For example, the claim that Obamacare would reduce costs by $2,500 a year was false. The claim that under government-run health care you could keep your doctor and your present insurance proved false as well.

Obamacare was a power-grab to gain national control over just one-sixth of America’s economy. Imagine the agonizing torture of the truth needed to sell the GND which would literally control every aspect of every person’s life in the nation.

The dance of deception has already begun with AOC herself. In audio featured on The Buck Sexton Show of February 8, 2019, she agreed in one interview that the GND would require “massive government intervention,” and later the same day claimed that saying it was a “massive government takeover” was a conservative “misrepresentation.”

Green New DealThere is no way to obscure the disaster that even a portion of the “Green Dream,” would be if implemented. The only part of this farce which makes sense is if the co-sponsors and other supporters are ignorant concerning the original proposal.

That is possible but unlikely given the tremendous amount of press the GND has garnered. It is more likely that the Democrats in Congress know that what is written down now will be at least somewhat redone before the ‘resolution’ can be considered as a bill.

Even then the bill is unlikely to make it to President Trump’s desk, and would certainly be vetoed if it did. If that is so, why sound the alarm now?

There is an old and wise saying not heard much these days. “Forewarned is forearmed.”

This saying means that having an advance warning provides the opportunity for an adequate defense. Consider this a forewarning allowing America to become ‘forearmed.’

Do not think the Left will stop with the GND when it fails to become law. They will continue to promote Socialism proudly and boldly until the public becomes used to the idea.

When that happens, the door is pushed slightly ajar so as to enamor especially young adults with the idea of a Socialist utopia. The true believers of today will endure just as sympathizers with Socialism have since the 1960s.

Being forearmed doesn’t necessarily mean being armed with physical weapons. In this instance, it means being armed with both intellectual and spiritual weapons.

Green New DealIntellectually this means a bit of effort to make sure the information relied upon is accurate. Sadly, no one should fully rely on any publication or pundit from the mainstream media, especially when it concerns anything about President Trump.

CNN is the prime example of such determined bias and was anxious to make war against the president before he was inaugurated.

[Chris] Cuomo vowed to oppose Trump’s policies, and stated he feels it is the job of the media as a whole to treat the next president of the United States with hostility. Per Cuomo, “The media cannot yield. This administration is going to demand constant fact-checking and opposition.”

Of course, journalists must fact-check this administration, as they should do for every administration. However, the idea that active “opposition” to any administration is part of the purpose of journalism is false.

A study of media coverage in 2017 by Harvard revealed that anti-Trump bias was extreme in the MSM, with one large exception.

CNN and NBC struck a 93 percent negative tone on their Trump stories, with only 7 percent positive. CBS was third in the anti-Trump race, with a 91 to 9 ratio. And the pro-Trump Fox News? That network was 52 percent negative to 48 percent positive.

This kind of data reveals that only Fox News, which is supposed to be extremely conservative, has any balanced reporting and commentary. The same kinds of bias have continued to this day according to multiple studies by the Media Research Center.

Spiritually, the weapons which should be used against the present incarnation of the Left are outlined in a tremendous passage from the New Testament. The Apostle Paul gives the specifics in the book of Ephesians.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints… Ephesians 6:12-18 [ESV]

The key to putting on this spiritual “armor of God,” rests in the final thrice-repeated call to prayer. Prayer is how spiritual weapons, both defensive and offensive, are applied.

Pray for truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, and salvation to defend against evil. Pray for discernment of God’s Word to push back against the enemy.

Persevere and pray for all those fellow ‘saints,’ brothers and sisters in Christ always. Today persecution and danger for Christians is greater than ever,  and so the need for prayer is also greater than ever before.

D.T. Osborn

P.S. There are some excellent tools which have emerged over time to aid in donning the armor of God. One I can recommend is the Armor of God Prayer, available through Church of the Highlands and at this link as a PDF file. 

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Originally published at TIL Journal