Dementia grips monster

We have the State
Of the Union today;
If you build a monster,
Have no qualms,
It can devour you;
Especially if dementia
Grips it;
That makes it dangerous;
Stop it before
It’s too late;
Look exactly what I see
Staring at me;
A demented monster?
Who brought him here?
Let someone tell me;
Who built him?
I see something scary;
Everybody being trumped;
Underhand ways
Trumping morality;
Vaulting ambition
Trumping loyalty to
The core values
Of a democratic society,
It’s scary
You build a monster
And blindly follow him;
Hypnotic powers at work
Or something?
That keeps me awake
With thinking time.
How high will
Your temperature rise
If a loaded weapon
Of Emergency Powers
Goes into wedlock with dementia?
I see the head of the world
pushed into the mouth
Of a furnace
With burning coal;
Or do you see a human being
In a lion’s den?
Beware!
I see a monster that changes colour like a chameleon!
All my red lights are on.
I can’t sleep;
Who says the impossible
Cannot be possible;
See real emergence
Into a high dimension
No one thought possible;
A democracy emerges into
A democratic kingdom;
Call it democratic dictatorship;
See Congress trumped;
Supreme Court trumped;
The Commander-in-Chief
Of the military trumps it all.
That is the State of the Union.

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Who is actually this man?

When I heard the message which he delivers here, I looked at him twice and asked myself: do we actually know this man? Who is he actually? What does he stand for? Is he fairly treated?

I am really confused. Listen to this message and tell me what you think.

I am at a loss.

8 Disturbing Trends Entering 2019 [Video]

New Year 2019

One of the certainties of 2018 was that it was difficult to be certain about what was coming next. Political and cultural turmoil seemed the norm during the past year.

From the midst of the raging pace of outrage for 2018, there has emerged some disturbing trends which will linger into 2019. Their potential is perilous to the very existence of human liberty.

Here are eight of the most disturbing trends entering 2019.

1. The Transgender ‘rights’ Train Picks up Speed

The speed at which so-called transgender ‘rights’ has gained support is astonishing…and very disturbing. In less than six years transgenderism has gone from a psychological disorder to a legal right in nations such as Canada.

New Year 2019This began back when Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner and claimed to be a female. It is now at the point where a male ‘transitioning’ to female was entered into the 2018 Miss Universe pageant.

However, this ‘movement’ is most threating to children. As I have written before, transgender advocates are engaging in child abuse.

The latest example of such child abuse featured an 11-year-old boy dressed as a provocative female dancing in front of adult gay men.

The obvious question which ran through the article and comments was this. What if this had been a pre-teen girl dancing for men?

Would there be an exhibition of leftist ‘moral’ outrage in that case? Why is it different for gay men and an 11-year-old boy?

Transgenderism has led to both physical and psychological child abuse in 2018. It is very disturbing that the Left is promoting it into 2019.

2. The Swing Toward Socialism

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One of the fruits of the 2018 midterm elections in America was the success of the ‘democratic socialist’ movement. The current star of the movement is newly-elected N.Y. Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez has been a controversial and revealing figure even before assuming office. Conservatives can be grateful for that.

Grateful because at least the demands of the Left are being exposed for all. This is a portion of her list from the campaign of 2018.

Medicare for all – medicine, vision, dental & mental health care

Universal Jobs Guarantee – serve our communities with living wages

Fully Funded Public Schools and Universities – plus taxing Wall Street to support tuition-free public universities and trade schools

Paid Family and Sick Leave – giving everyone the right to choose care

Housing as a Human Right – safe, secure, habitable, & affordable homes

Justice System Reform – end the War on Drugs, demilitarize our police, and abolish for-profit incarceration

Immigration Justice – protect DREAMers & TPS recipients, simplify the paths to citizenship and abolish ICE

Infrastructural Overhaul – invest in 100% renewable green industry..

The price tag for these goodies has been estimated at a whopping 40 trillion dollars. That would lead to the collapse of the American economy, as Socialism has done in Venezuela.

Socialism is the same poison everywhere it has been tried. Sooner or later, it will kill the liberty of any land.

3. The Leftmedia’s Hatred Is Unabated

The first piece posted on TIL Journal called out CNN over its absence of journalistic ethics especially concerning covering President Trump. CNN has epitomized Leftmedia hatred for all things Trump.

New Year 2019There are multiple Leftmedia outlets which echoed the enmity of the CNN, MSNBCs, and NY Times etc. in 2018. Here is a recent example from NBC of a false story broadcast out of fury toward Trump.

On Christmas Day, NBC News published what can only be described as a hit piece, scorning the president for ignoring American troops during the holidays. “Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime,” that outlet’s scolding headline declared… “By staying home on Tuesday, Trump became the first president since 2002 who didn’t visit military personnel around Christmastime,” NBC declared in its article.

NBC decided that since their “sources” had not heard about a visit, there wouldn’t be one. However, the “news” story turned out to be all story and no news.

This disturbing trend will continue in 2019 and in fact, will increase in intensity. There are serious problems with this reality for journalism and for liberty as well.

Journalism is the carrier of truth in current events. If that carrier is so bias that the truth is not being carried, liberty itself is threatened.

4. The Immigration Invasion Situation

This disturbing trend is the most immediately serious problem facing America and many other nations around the world. During the last few months, the immigration invasion gained sharper focus from the Left.

One reason for this is the Obama administration’s invitation to anyone from Mexico to South America to come to America illegally combined with their ‘catch and release’ policy. Simply said, that meant that anyone crossing the border illegally would be first ‘caught’ by law enforcement and then ‘released’ upon promising to show up for a court hearing concerning their case.

Since over 90% did not show up for court, their cases were never adjudicated. Then these illegal aliens would disappear from legal authority and could live anywhere in America.

The second factor behind the new immigration invasion is purely partisan.

The Left is pushing this trend because it gives them an automatic voting block which they can count on. Which is also why the Leftist social media machine is desperately trying to stop any criticism and honest reporting about this crisis on the border.

This leads to the next disturbing trend as 2019 approaches. That is the all-out assault by the Left on the right of free speech.

5. The Leftist Assault on Free Speech

This trend has the potential to be the most damaging of all for Western society. Leftist groups associated with Antifa began this with violent protests on the Berkeley campus against conservative speakers.

Antifa has shown no signs of either letting up or growing up. Their conduct in recent ‘protests’ in Portland, Oregon testifies to that.

The annihilation of anyone who disagrees with them is the purpose of this leftist activist group. Here is a quote from a reporter’s Twitter feed who covered the latest Portland event.

Andy C. Ngo

@MrAndyNgo

I was assaulted by a mob of masked individuals in black. They also targeted my equipment. They called me a fascist & Islamophobe. They said my parents & grandparents would be ashamed of me. It feels surreal to be treated this way by people who don’t even know me.

By the way, Andy Ngo associates with the Left’s point of view. He is also Asian and gay so you would think lefties would at least leave him alone.

This trend has grown and evolved into personal attacks on social media. Combined with ‘doxing,’ leftist platforms suspend certain accounts on the basis of political affiliation.

This is simply another form of violence aimed at silencing opposition voices. This past year saw executives from Twitter, Facebook and Google testify before congressional committees about censorship of political views from conservatives.

Those testimonies were held for a good reason. All three of those social media giants have been credibly accused of censorship against conservative voices.

6. The Militant Muslim Machine Marches On

New Year 2019This threat has been escalating worldwide for years. 2018 has seen the threat advance through both physical and political intimidation and violence worldwide.

A recent example comes from the continent of Africa. It is the attempted murder of a 12-year-old child by Muslims in Uganda.

Sleeping on a hospital bed at Budaka Health Center in eastern Uganda, 12-year-old Emmanuel Nyaiti writhed in pain as he explained how Muslim extremists attacked him for refusing to convert to Islam. …Emmanuel was walking home from his grandmother’s house when four men ambushed him and spirited him to a cassava plantation, where they tortured him and attempted to strangle him. One was named Ali and another was Abdul, he said. They wound up leaving him for dead. “Ali convinced me to convert and become a Muslim, but I declined. They started pushing me on the ground threatening to kill me if I don’t accept Islam,” he said. “One of the attackers hit me with a sharp object on my neck, and I became unconscious. I remember them saying they have killed me.”

This is but one of millions of such stories in Africa alone. This is from a list of Islamic terror attacks worldwide in just the 30 days from November 28 to December 27, 2018.

During this time period, there were 99 Islamic attacks in 24 countries, in which 556 people were killed and 523 injured.

Moreover, the Muslim invasion has come to political power all over Western society. London has a Muslim mayor, first elected in 2016.

Muslims in Europe are routinely calling for some type of sharia law in various countries.

An imam of Vienna’s As-Sunnah mosque has called to establish an Islamic State and wants to introduce Sharia Law on Austrian territory. “Last month a Muslim party leader called for the introduction of an Islamic State in Belgium as well.” Islamic supremacists have become more emboldened as a result of Western kowtowing to Muslim groups,

7. The Social Activism of the Leftist Church Continues

New Year 2019It is not an exaggeration to state that every socio-political issue favored by the Left was also advocated by one or more of the so-called main-stream ‘Christian’ churches during 2018.

There are three issues in particular left-leaning churches decided to take up the standard for in 2018. These were in favor of abortion on demand, illegal immigration, and LGBT ‘civil rights.’

The case for Christianity being pro-choice has serious problems from a biblical standpoint. The same is true about support for illegal aliens and the promotion of LGBT issues.

These are simply against the teachings of God’s Word, period. One sterling example of support for LGBT comes from the Episcopal Church in America.

The Episcopal Church has garnered a lot of attention, but with the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has continued its work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Episcopalians. In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.

8. The Hostile Political Arena Will Get Worse

As 2019 approaches there is one fact that virtually everyone will agree upon. The political air, not just in America but in much of the globe, will very likely get worse in the coming year.

The leftist political rage has spilled over into everyday life as a routine and daily event. The old atmosphere which allowed a separation of politics and private life has been almost completely burned away by leftist fury at President Trump.

Here is one very recent example involving a purple heart triple amputee attempting to raise money to build a border wall. In normal circumstances, attacking this man and his family on a personal basis would be unacceptable.

Deranged leftists have been sending triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage mountains of abuse after he was trashed by the Daily Beast, Jimmy Kimmel, Alyssa Milano and other high-profile liberals. The hate mail provided to the Gateway Pundit contains appalling statements such as people asking if his brain was “amputated too,” calling him a “handicapped bitch,” telling him to commit suicide, wishing harm upon his children and mocking him for having lost his limbs while fighting for this nation.

Nor is the hate-filled rhetoric exclusive to border wall issues. Remember the ugly conduct of the Left during the Kavanaugh hearings.

Next time we will look at the most hopeful trends heading into the new year.

They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together who are makers of idols. Isaiah 45:16 KJV

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, King James Version, Public Domain

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The Left’s War Against Immigration [Video]

Immigration

The hottest story on the planet at the moment is taking place at the southern border of the United States. The unwashed masses of ordinary Americans are being assured by the Leftmedia’s press politburo that illegal aliens rushing the border are only a problem because of President Trump.

The now infamous photo of a woman running from tear gas with children in tow is offered as evidence of Trump’s evil intent regarding immigrants. Surely all those racist and misogynist Trump supporters will realize that the Left is only trying to help open their eyes and they will turn away from this obviously insidious man.

Of course, this means that the Left must ignore or downplay the fact that President Obama did exactly the same thing to other groups of illegal aliens trying to rush the border. Moreover, he did this on hundreds of occasions.

In truth, the Left isn’t interested in engaging the facts of the matter. Nor are they bothered about the destructive fruit of their efforts on the American citizen.

Their sole concern is the completion of their malevolent mission against America. Those people and institutions destroyed as a result are considered acceptable civilian casualties of war for the sake of the Leftist ideal.

Encouraging Illegal Aliens Harms Immigrants

Immigration

The truth of the matter is that encouraging illegal aliens to break in and enter the United States harms immigrants themselves. Not the leftist-lionized illegals, rather those who are legal immigrants are substantially harmed.

As a clarification to those who might wonder why I use illegal aliens to identify the wannabe invaders. I use the legal term for these persons, as should be used for we are discussing the rule of law and sovereignty of a nation.

Legal immigrants are really the only people who deserve the title of immigrant. They have earned the name because they entered America respecting the laws of America as their first act.

Many of these same people go through a grueling process to gain their citizenship as an American. A process that is costly in many respects.

These honorable and courageous people are being ignored in the current debate, much to our detriment. They are also adversely affected by invading illegal aliens, and their voices should be heard.

Those immigrants who come to America legally by visa, green card or become citizens are in the same pool of workers as any other American. Thus they suffer the same fate of seeing their wages undercut by the cheaper labor of illegals.

Legal immigrants also suffer just like other Americans with the drain on social and governmental resources caused by illegal aliens. The legal immigrant suffers as well from the increase in crime that often accompanies large numbers of illegal aliens in many areas.

Favoring Illegal Aliens Profoundly Insults Immigrants

Immigration

There is a very insulting message sent by the Left to immigrants with their favor of illegal aliens in America. It is the message that their patience, perseverance and hard work were the efforts of fools.

In an excellent piece by Don Feder, he writes,

My wife’s father was born and raised in Barbados. He immigrated to the United States when he was 17-years-old. Although it would have been easy for him to enter the country illegally, he chose to enter legally and stood in line for hours to be processed through Ellis Island.

He was proud to be a legal immigrant his entire life, until his death in 1985. He worked for the United States Post Office in New York City and in Arizona. He also served as an officer in the New York City Police Auxiliary.

Living in Arizona he was very familiar with the influx of illegal aliens and often spoke out against them. He believed that every person wishing to enter the United States do so legally, as he and so many others did.

The hubris of Leftism declares this immigrant a chump for following the law. By leftist thinking, illegal aliens are far more valuable than American citizens, especially those who immigrated legally.

After all, immigrants who become citizens are on record with an oath of loyalty to the United States and its Constitution. Loyal American citizens are always a source of irritation to the Marxist Left and their minions.

Immigration
Immigrants become citizens in Naturalization Ceremony at Grand Canyon National Park

The fact that a former resident of another country would renounce his homeland to become an American is even worse for the Left. That person willingly embraces what they reject; that America is a great country and patriotism is a worthy ideal.

Moreover, illegal aliens are easy to attract and recruit for the Left. They are praised by the Leftmedia and given a plethora of handouts thanks to our Left-leaning politicians.

This serves to increase a population the Left will push hard to turn into a legal voting block. Should that fail, they always have their race card to pull which facilitates not requiring ID to vote and makes voter fraud their art form.

The Border Wall Can Save Immigration

The current situation at the southern border is untenable. Dishonest politicians in collaboration with the lying Leftmedia exacerbate the problem of an illegal alien invasion.

On his November 28, 2018 radio program, Buck Sexton superbly highlighted these lies of the MSM concerning this recent “caravan” of illegals,

Number 1: “It’s mostly women and children.”
Number 2: “It’s mostly valid asylum seekers.”
Number 3: “No criminals (in the caravan)”
Number 4: “No external organizers”
Number 5: “The troop deployment is not helpful”
Number 6: “There is no threat to U.S. personnel posed by this caravan”

Border patrol agents on the scene at the border stated the following revealing the truth and countering these lies.

President Trump made solving this problem the keystone of his campaign in 2016. The promise to “build the wall,” was repeated often during the campaign as the biggest solution.

It is the one major promise which has yet to be fulfilled. In fact, there is no timeline or substantial funding for a wall at present.

This is surprising considering that both the House and Senate have been held by Republicans for the past two years. It is to the shame of many RINO “never Trumpers” that we do not have the needed security of a border wall.

Without such a physical barrier, there is no way to control the southern border onslaught America is under today. If America is under such assault, immigrants are as well.

Israel and San Diego Show Walls Work

Immigration

The question of a border wall’s effectiveness has already been answered. Yes, a border wall does work, both in other nations and in America.

American ally Israel and the city of San Diego have both shown positive results by using physical barriers at their borders.

In a 2017 statement by Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis, he said concerning Israel,

Johnson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, released a report titled “Securing Israel: Lessons learned from a nation under constant threat of attack.” The report came after a trip Johnson made to Israel where he met the Israeli prime minister and other security officials. The report notes that the number of people illegally crossing the Israel-Egypt border was more than 16,000 in 2011 and less than 20 in 2016, a 99 percent decrease.

San Diego used to be the primary entry point for illegal aliens in the 1980s and 90s. Almost half of all border apprehensions in the United States in 1991 were in the San Diego area.

“Before this primary fence was built, migrants were coming north with no fencing, no barrier to stop them,” [San Diego Border Agent Tekae] Michael said, noting that before they began constructing the initial barrier in 1991, people were “driving basically straight on through the border.”

“So this primary fence was built to stop those huge loads of people and narcotics,” she said. These days, it’s relatively quiet. Michael notes that on this tour of the border wall, it’s unlikely we’ll encounter many people trying to cross illegally—something that would have been a common sight in the 1980s and ’90s.

Immigration

President Trump was right to emphasize building the border wall during the campaign. His efforts to build the wall in the first half of his first term have been frustrated by his foes both Democrat and Republican.

The president still believes this must be done soon, and he is correct. The wall is necessary for American security despite the whining from the Left.

If the Left really cared about immigrants or immigration, they would support building the border wall. Instead, they chant at their violent protests,

No Trump, No Wall, No USA at all!

If the Left cared about immigrants, they would not support sanctuary cities that harbor illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes including rape and murder. Instead, left-leaning federal judges declare that President Trump cannot withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities.

The truth is that Leftists despise immigrants for getting in their path to an imagined Socialist “utopia.” They would rather open the border to a flood of illegals and help destroy the greatest free nation the world has yet known.

Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them, that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance. Psalm 106:4-5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

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

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Trump Confounds the Left and They Just Don’t Get It [Video]

Trump vs. Antifa

In the first half of President Trump’s first term, political and cultural turmoil has seemed the norm. The consensus of opinion is that America is a ‘divided country.’ One can read that phrase in every news outlet from Left to Right these days.

However, far fewer would agree about the reason for the hostilities. The conservative would say the Left’s juvenile and violent behavior is the reason.

The Left would blame, surprise, (sarc) President Trump. In a manner, both of them are correct.

Blame could be assigned to the president because he has chosen to resist the mantra of the Left. He doesn’t fall into line as Republican Presidents have before.

In that manner, Trump is guilty of confounding the Left and motivating them to stir division and hatred, all the while blaming him for their actions.

Trump Confounds the Left

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President Donald John Trump truly confounds the Leftist Political establishment. That’s because he is unlike any politician they have yet dealt with, in three particular ways.

 

 

  1. Trump doesn’t need the job. He can afford to brush aside Leftist critics because he can be independent.
  2. Trump isn’t docile. Unlike previous presidents, he will hit back when he feels criticism is unwarranted.
  3. Trump taps into the people directly. He is masterful at circumventing the Leftmedia through social media and the internet.

These factors combined with the President’s boundless drive and the dedication of his base make him an enigma to leftists. An enigma they are not equipped to solve.

The Left is sent into apoplectic shock when trying to deal with Trump. They have thrown all the vitriol they can at this president to no apparent avail.

The Leftmedia, in particular, are extreme in their hatred for everything about President Trump. They are so absolutely sure that they are in the right that ordinary rules of decorum should not apply to them.

Here is a recent example from CNN’s Jim Acosta. He thinks he is so important that he can ignore rules everyone else has to obey.

This is but the latest of Acosta’s grandstanding and making the story about him. He was justly rewarded for his vanity and bullying by having his White House press credentials revoked.

The Left Will Never Understand

Inset.image.2.11.9.2018The idealogical Left will never understand Trump and his supporters. They are not emotionally equipped to do so.

The Left cannot tolerate discent because they believe they are the educated elite among us. Therefore, they think they are more enlightened than the rest of us and we should listen to them.

This attitude results in a narcissitic view of life. Scratch a true leftist and a grandiose self-importance lies beneath.

This has been evident to anyone who has tracked the speeches of former President Obama both in and out of office. He exemplifies the narcissism of the political Left.

In a mesmerizing video, Grabien highlights all the times Obama referenced himself in his speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday. The total tally: a stunning 119 times. …those 119 self-references surpass the 76 times he referenced himself in his 33-minute gun control speech on Jan 5, 2016, the 28 times he brought himself up in a 12-minute speech following a mass shooting Oct 1, 2015, and just barely edges the incredible 118 times he talked about ol’ Barry in a 33-minute speech in India on Jan. 27, 2015.

In fact, Obama used the first-person singular 199 times in a speech on the economy in Austin, TX. The 2014 remarks were 5,500 words long and,

In President Obama’s speech, he used a first person singular, on average, every 12 seconds.

The most recent exhibition of the former president’s sense of self-importance came during the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections. He decided to continue an unprecedented series of public critiques of the current holder of the presidency.

Bill Whittle gives an excellent analysis of this in a video recorded on 11/5/2018, the day before the election.

Leftist Self-Importance Leads to Fascism

Inset.image.3.11.9.2018One of the latest screeds from the Left is that President Trump is constantly ‘attacking’ the media and the First Amendment. They don’t like that he has called them “fake news,” and “the enemy of the people.”

While name-calling may not be nice, it can hardly be called an attack on freedom of the press. The “fake news” people haven’t been ordered by Trump to stop airing or printing stories, no matter how false.

CNN and their allies may call the yanking of Acosta’s credentials an attack on a free press. In reality it was preventing a showboat from monopolizing the microphone so that others in the press could exercise their rights.

Conversely, the Left has engaged in acts to supress press freedom. Back in 2013, Obama’s Department of Justice illegally spied on reporters, seized records from reporters, and even invaded the home of a journalist.

a federal SWAT raid on a reporter’s home, which resulted in the seizure of her private notes and the likely unmasking of whistleblowers within government. Following revelations about lawless spying on reporters and even charges against a journalist of being a “conspirator” by the Justice Department, the explosive story about the raid unveiled last week is causing a fresh wave of outrage — and deep concern.

The “wave of outrage” and “concern” was short-lived in the Leftmedia of that time. The story was gently pushed aside after a short period of obligatory reporting.

Inset.image.4.11.9.2018Obama was never called a “fascist” after engaging in this clearly fascistic behavior. Trump is called a fascist non-stop by every left-wing journalist, politician, and activist.

Since Trump became president, real fascism has become a common tactic of the Left. One of the leading organizations participating in this is the misnamed ‘Antifa,’ short for ‘anti-fascists.’

The cowardly thugs of Antifa are now infamous for their Gestapo-like tactics at their “protests.” People are routinely bullied, and beaten, and harassed if they express any doubt or defiance of the Left’s storm troopers known as Antifa.

One of Antifa’s satellite organizations known as “Smash Racism DC” recently protested outside in a mob outside the home of FOX News personality Tucker Carlson. He was preparing for his show but his wife was there alone fearing the screeching fascists who almost broke down Carlson’s door.

Shortly before Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson was set to begin Wednesday’s edition of his show, a mob of Antifa protestors descended on his Washington, D.C. area home to threaten him and his family with violence.

Resisting the Left’s “Resistance”

A symbolic title the radical Left has given itself is the “resistance.” This is another misnomer for these miscreants based on their phony labeling of Trump and his supporters as Nazi’s.

They have borrowed the term from the French “Resistance” against Nazi occupation in WWII. The Left uses such a term as they use most words, to bolster their own self-righteous actions.

Inset.image.5.11.9.2018Why do they continue in this hateful direction? It is because they simply cannot admit their own error.

They remind me of a line from the mini-series Nuremberg, spoken by the character of Hermann Goering to a group of fellow prisoners. One former Nazi general blurts out that Hitler should not have committed suicide.

He states that, instead, Hitler should be facing the judgment alongside them. Goering explodes opposing that view because it would mean something intolerable.

It would mean they would be giving the world license to denounce Hitler and Nazism wholesale. It would mean they would have to say, “We were wrong,” and that cannot be abided.

The Left has the same mindset as the brainwashed minions of Hitler. They would rather do or say anything rather than admit, “we were wrong.”

There are two tactics I suggest briefly to aid in resisting the ‘resistance’ movement. First off, engage in patience with prayer, followed by persistence with purpose.

Patience and prayer were presented in more detail in my last piece. Persistence with a purpose must be framed in terms of what the purpose is.

The purpose of resisting the unholy leftist ‘resistance’ is to advance toward a more free republic in a righteous manner. This requires a fully rational, reasonable and peaceful response to political and personal attacks.

It also requires a level of self-knowledge and humility which will admit that help from the LORD is necessary to succeed. Invite God to become the decision-guide for our lives and for a righteous response to the malevolent Left.

These are the best places to start as individuals and to continue with as like-minded groups. Pray, plan, and persist with patience and God’s purpose, the best purpose will prevail.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7 [ESV]

D.T.  Osborn

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

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The Left’s War on Science Part 4: Erroneous Economics [Video]

Economics

The first three parts of this series dealt with the leftist distortions of climate change, abortion, and transgenderismPart four examines the Left’s erroneous ideas concerning economics.

Economics is not a ‘hard’ science in the same way as physics or mathematics.  However, economics directly affects ordinary people more than most ‘hard’ sciences.

That is seen whether one is discussing a wealthy nation, such as the United States, or an impoverished country in the third world. The everyday person’s politics are often confined by necessity to economics.

Thus economics is extremely important to the lives of each of us and our loved ones. It is to everyone’s advantage to understand the essential views of economics from both the Left and the Right.

Leftist Economics Exemplify Marxism

Economic theory has many labels. Capitalism, free enterprise, and market economics are some names of the general system favored by conservatives on the Right. Marxism, Communism, Socialism are the Left’s idea of good economics.

CommunismThe basis of leftist economics is found in the economic and political views of Karl Marx. Modern Socialism and Communism trace their roots to his work as a political and intellectual revolutionary in 19th Century Europe.

In 1847, Marx and his compatriot Fredrick Engels wrote the iconic work which birthed  Communism, “The Communist Manifesto.” In short, this formed the marching orders of Communism.

The more important book came much later. The first volume of “Das Kapital” was written by Marx in 1867 containing the philosophy of Communist thought.

It was there that the economic theory of Communism came to full flower. As Marx grew older he focused his thought on Capitalism and what he perceived as its inherent evils.

Marx believed that a Capitalist system was comprised of a class of poor workers who were being exploited by the elite rich. The solution was a state-mandated and enforced “Robin Hood” approach.

That is, the state would take from the rich and give to the poor in order to eliminate both classes and make society economically equal. In the famous words of Marx,

“From each according to his ability to each according to his needs.”

It Looks Great ‘on Paper’

Image 5 9.9.2018 articleAs a hypothesis, Communism looks great…’on paper.’ The problem which persists to the present is the refusal of acolytes to admit that, in practice, Communism has failed every time it has been tried.

The most recent victim to the terrible results of Communism in practice is the beleaguered nation of Venezuela. Though it is not ‘officially’ under a Communist ‘party,’ the government is unabashedly Socialist, which is a gentle way of saying they are Communist.

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%!

Whether under the late Hugo Chavez or his successor, Nicolas Maduro, the destructive pattern continues. What was once the wealthiest nation in South America is now impoverished and in economic freefall.

Venezuelans are fleeing the nation because of shortages of, well, everything! From groceries to medicines, is almost completely gone.

This has forced many who haven’t yet left to turn to the black market for simple food to eat. That is if they have any money left to purchase it.

For the many unfortunates who cannot afford the ridiculously inflated prices, there is a ghastly alternative.

Aside from chubby dictator Nicolas Maduro and his fellow elites, the Venezuelan people are running out of food and medical supplies. In their starving desperation, citizens have resorted to breaking into zoos to slaughter and eat the also malnourished animals; buffalo, pigs and horses are top choices on the menu.

The destructiveness of the Marxist economic/political ideal goes far beyond even a starving populace. The errors inherent in its theory have produced a death toll far beyond anything else in world history.

The Grisly Death-toll of Leftist Economics

Socialism and deathLeftist economics became center-stage as the Communist revolution in Russia exploded in 1917. Since that time, under various names, Socialism of one form or another has killed more people than any other event, natural or man-made, in history.

Understand that Socialism has various pedigrees, but the same evil end. The Nazi party in Germany was officially known as the “National Socialist German Workers Party.”

Together with Germany’s National Socialism, the Communist Socialists such as the old USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and Communist China have racked up a body count of over 150 million people!

The obvious question this brings to mind is why. Why has Leftist economic practice failed so miserably, and caused such misery?

My layman’s analysis pins down two large reasons for this. One is that governments are not producers of wealth. When the state controls the economy, as in Socialism, it can only control what wealth is already present.

The goal of Leftist economics is to forcibly redistribute wealth in order to eliminate the economic differences between classes in society. In short, to ‘level the playing field,’ economically.

This means that those who potentially could produce wealth as innovators or business owners have no incentive to do so. After all, if they cannot reap rewards for their efforts, why expend the time, energy and money.

Greed

Secondly, Leftism fails because it doesn’t account for the baseness of human nature. It requires a belief that people are basically good; a fatal fallacy refuted by God’s Word and history.

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 [ESV]

Marxist-type systems require a blind faith that the sinful nature will not sabotage the goal of redistribution. In other words, it requires people in high authority to be trusted with doling out all of everyone else’s money.

One of the best presentations about this phenomenon was given many years ago by noted economist Milton Friedman. In this short video excerpt of an interview with former TV host Phil Donohue, he presents a clear case against Socialism and for Capitalism.

The Creep of Leftist Economics in Modern America

Leftism has been on a steady creep into American society and politics for many decades. The primary venue where this asserts itself economically is in the progressive income tax system of the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS.

Noted economist Walter Williams characterizes the income tax in personal terms of morality.

Surely if a private person took money from one person and gave it to another, we’d deem it theft and, as such, immoral. Does the same act become moral when Congress takes people’s money to give to farmers, airline companies or an impoverished family? No, it’s still theft, but with an important difference: It’s legal, and participants aren’t jailed.

ObamacareIn more recent times, the calamity of Obamacare has been an example of how the state is at best incompetent as well as immoral when trying a socialistic approach to health care.

America herself received a prime example of a Socialist incompetence during the rollout of Obamacare beginning in 2011. The Federal government spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars trying and failing to build the healthcare website. Many pointed out at the time that there were a lot of people who could have done it better for a lot less.

Obamacare came under much-deserved criticism both before and after it was implemented. In part, because of that, it has been repackaged under a new label, “Medicare for all.”

This is but one of many forces pushing the free-enterprise Capitalism element out of the economy. However, it may be the most costly of all and risks virtual bankruptcy of the nation.

As the president rightly notes, this is another attempt at a government takeover of health care which would be disastrous. This must be opposed vigorously both at the ballot box and in society.

The only system which honors individual work is a free enterprise Capitalist system. The freedom of the individual is the basis on which God approaches humanity as well.

Unless the person chooses to follow the LORD, He will not force them to do so. Nor does He endorse human beings forcing their will upon others except where a violation of another’s rights is involved.

It is unwise to adopt a system in contradiction to His will. I pray we soon realize that the Left’s economics is very unwise and destructive.

D.T. Osborn

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

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The Left’s War on Science, Part 1: The ‘Climate Change’ Hoax [Video]

Climate change

“Hurricane Florence” is the latest super-duper type storm (tech language alert), which is being touted as evidence of a man-made climate change formerly global warming apocalyptic event. This is not really a surprising development.

‘Climate change’ is one of the Left’s most prominent weapons in their continuing war on science. This is part one of a series of five articles demonstrating that positions of the Left in the scientific arena have little to do with science and a lot to do with politics and money.

The ‘Climate Change’ Political Fever

The impending threat of a massive hurricane this past week became a feverish sprint among leftists politicians and media outlets to pounce in lock-step against the perils of ‘climate change.’

Moreover, the pundits pushed beyond the standard narrative to specifically bash President Trump about his policies concerning ‘climate change.’ Here is one recent example from that fountain of leftist wisdom, CNN, as noted on the September 13th podcast of “The Buck Sexton Show,”

While President Trump has been talking up on preparedness, his policies have been tearing down our defenses to climate change, which is often to blame for extreme weather. …on the very same day Trump was discussing “Florence” in the Oval Office, his EPA proposed rolling back restrictions of emissions of methane, which 25 times worse than Carbon Dioxide when it comes to climate change.

This statement is one of the most unscientific claims any person could make. It is riddled with errors both intentional and unintentional.

Inset.1.9.15.2018.articlePhrases such as, “tearing down our defenses to climate change,” and that it is “to blame for extreme weather,” are prominent examples of these mistakes and deceptive claims. However, the largest error lies in the unstated assumption of this so-called report.

It assumes that man-caused, or anthropogenic warming, what is now called ‘climate change,’ is a real phenomenon causing real and imminent harm. That is a demonstrably false claim.

Refuting the ‘Climate Change’ Narrative

The global warming/climate change narrative is easily refuted if the facts of the matter are examined. There are two key parts of the leftist unscientific assertion.

The first part is the notion that humanity can and does critically change worldwide weather patterns on a global scale in a negative manner. Moreover, these human-caused changes have only come about since the widespread use of fossil fuels.

The second part is the claim that the changes are so harmful, immediate action is required to halt the use of such horrible fuels as oil and gasoline. They also bolster that claim with the declaration that 97% of scientists agree with that narrative.

Of course, when the Left drives the narrative, facts, and reason are rarely tolerated, much less employed. This has been evident ever since the beginnings of what is now the ‘climate change’ hysteria of the Left.

The Failed Prophecies of ‘Climate Change’

Inset.2.9.15.2018.articleThe history of leftist hysteria which has culminated with the ‘climate change’ frenzy of today began 50 years ago triggered by one man, author Paul Erlich. His book “The Population Bomb” began the road to extreme environmentalism on the Left.

The problem with the book was that Erlich made some prophecies of doom that have since proved false.

 

 

His book claimed:
“The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.”
Remember all those hundreds of millions of people who starved to death between the release of Led Zep III and Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever? Nope, me neither. That’ll be because like most of the things predicted by the future Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University, it didn’t actually transpire.
Nor – another of Ehrlich’s predictions – did the average age of death in the U.S. by 1980 fall to 42 years old.
Nor – yet – have ocean levels risen by 250 feet, despite Ehrlich’s warning that this was a distinct possibility if the polar icecaps started to melt.

This trend of claiming scientific omniscience in environmental matters by the Left has continued to the present. However, as the failed prophets continue to fail at climate prophecy, their creditability has waned.

The most noted modern false prophet of climate doom is former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. His predictions were famously enshrined in the award-winning .. umm… documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Gore’s wailings of climate catastrophe within a decade have been shown to be false. Yet, it hasn’t stopped Gore from making a sequel 10 years afterward. In that sequel, we are again told global doom will come very soon we don’t act to stop it now!

Fudging the Climate Data and ‘Climategate’

Inset.3.9.15.2018.articleThe Left realized early on that real science was and would keep revealing how wrong they were on this issue. That is if the real science actually became public.

However, those devoted to the climate change agenda have also been determined to maintain their influence. So determined that scientific data has been ignored and even tampered with.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the people who formulated the structure that directed their research, constantly manipulated the data and the methods to predetermine the results.

The predetermined result the IPCC desired was to make it appear that a rise in earth’s temperatures was happening. Moreover, it was also meant to push the notion that this rise in temperatures was threatening all life on earth.

However, some in the scientific community began to question the veracity of ‘climate change’ enthusiasts and their dubious data. Eventually, this would lead to what is known as “Climategate,” as discussed about halfway through the following video.

As is shown above, real scientists with real doubts had their raw data and findings suppressed intentionally to produce a fictional result. However, “Climategate” has waned from public attention in recent years, thanks in part to willing Leftmedia allies.

What Is the Motivation for ‘Climate Change’ Deception?

The motivating factors are as old as the human race. They are the acquisition of those most coveted items, power and wealth.

For the political Left, this means furthering their power and wealth in a push toward Socialism. Thus, a little deception (or a lot of it) here and there causes them no real concern.

Inset.4.9.15.2018.articleFor the ‘climate change’ proponent in the scientific community, this means money flowing to them through government grants. It also means adulation from the Leftmedia and those in positions of power.

 

A YouTube video of the program “Louder With Crowder” aired on May 5, 2017. It is a 45-minute destruction of the ‘climate change’ arguments via an interview with one of the founders of Greenpeace, Dr. Patrick Moore.

Dr. Moore also holds a PhD. in Ecology and is now a noted ‘climate change denier’ among real scientists. During the interview, Dr. Moore stated that NASA of altered temperature records so as to exclude cooler readings from 1940 to 1970 and produce a fraudulent record.

The host of the program, Steven Crowder, asked Dr. Moore why NASA would do this.

Crowder: “What would be the motivation for NASA to do that?”

Moore: “$1.8 billion dollars in public funding. That’s the motivation.”

For those who wish to learn what real science has to say in more detail, I recommend highly the full YouTube video. It can be found by a search of YouTube for the title ACTUAL SCIENTIST: “Climate Change is a Scam!” 

The Scheme of the ‘Paris Climate Accords’

Inset.5.9.15.2018.articleThe elevation of ‘climate change’ pseudo-science to the mainstream of international attention culminated in the signing of the “Paris Climate Accords,” in April of 2016. The document’s official name is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The United States was the most prominent nation to join and sign the agreement. Former President Barack Obama acted without the approval of the Senate and signed the agreement.

Obama was in violation of his Constitutional authority to submit the nation to the conditions of what is a de-facto treaty without Senate consent. Yet, because it was not called a treaty, and the weakness of the political opposition to Obama’s wishes, he was allowed to do this at his whim.

President Donald Trump sparked an international political and media firestorm when he announced that the United States was pulling out of the Accords on June 1, 2017.

His critics were as they always are, full of hyperbole and outrageous suggestions of impending climate catastrophe which would be completely Trump’s fault. Hurricane Florence is but the most recent example of the mental meltdown by the Left.

That is to be expected from the Left especially since this action rebukes Obama’s initiative. It also questions the former president’s judgment and unconstitutional actions, as well as his messianic claims noted in the video above.

Moreover, the Left is invested ideologically in the myth of ‘climate change,’ and the expanded government power enabled by submission to the energy restrictions of the Accords. It signaled that American policies embraced a basic Socialist principle of stealing from the wealthy to redistribute to whomever they want.

Challenging the ‘Climate Change’ Agenda

Inset.6.9.15.2018.articleThis false hysteria about ‘climate change’ carries a large contingent of duped followers with it. Thankfully, its influence is being challenged at present by the president and his policies.

However, the hysterical will not go away and we must be vigilant with the facts and real science to push back and smash the false and dangerous ‘climate change’ agenda. Additionally, firm action in the voting booth and vigorous petitioning of the LORD in prayer that the truth may prevail is necessary.

It is the height of human arrogance to believe that we are wise and knowledgeable enough to even assess, let alone critically affect, the climate. This is reflected each day by the inability of local and national and worldwide meteorologists to predict the weather beyond a few days in the future.

Toward the end of the book of Job, the LORD confronts the complaining Job. God rebukes his arguments and in the process says this concerning the climate:

Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth? Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’? Job 38:33-35 [ESV]

Next time we will examine the kissing cousin of ‘climate change,’ the Left’s radical environmentalism and the damage resulting from it.

D.T. Osborn

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

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Seven Spectacular Successes of the Trump Economy [Video]

Seven Spectacular Successes of the Trump Economy [Video]

There has been a bundle of recent news about the incredibly positive direction of the American economy under the tutelage of President Donald Trump. What? You haven’t heard? Other than tweets from the president, that is.

Rest assured, both the economic success and the stories about it exist. Both those stories which misinterpret, mislabel, and misinform, and those which deal with the facts and the numbers supporting them.

Additionally, the real news and correct analysis can be found and is being found, by those who look in the right places. How can one know if the news in real?

At this point, any news that denies these are incredible economic successes is questionable at best. Any news that denies the president should get the credit is suspect.

Trade Policy Success

Perhaps the most startling success in the area of the Trump trade policy is the new trade agreement with Mexico. The benefits of this deal for the United States are breathtaking.

Inset1.9.2.2018Most pundits and leftist economists thought this couldn’t be done. Columnist Wayne Allen Root weighs in on the new agreement.

 

 

 

“That was all before President Trump announced a United States-Mexico trade agreement. Because Trump talked tough and never gave in, US workers will benefit,” he wrote. “US carmakers will benefit. US manufacturers will benefit. US taxpayers will benefit. Trump did it. He won. We all won. …Trump announced he will terminate NAFTA,” he continued. “While we don’t know all the details yet, I guarantee this new trade deal will save us tens of billions, perhaps hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.”

A ‘side’ benefit of this deal is suggested by Root. He believes that these savings could be thought of as a way for Trump to fulfill his statement that Mexico would end up paying for the border wall.

Successful Economic Growth

Another recent occurrence of good news has been the announcement that last month’s GDP figures had to be revised upward. The number went from a great 4.1 to a magnificent 4.2 percent growth in Gross Domestic Product.

Economic indicators have shown us that the U.S. economy grew at 4.2-percent in the 2nd quarter of 2018, having been revised up from the original estimate of 4.1-percent. The U.S. economy is the strongest it has been in four years. The Atlanta Fed is predicting the possibility of hitting 5-percent GDP growth in the 3rd quarter (July – September).

GDP is a measure of the economic productivity of the nation. The greater the numbers, the higher the productivity.

The higher productivity indicates both an increase in supply as well as an increase in expected demand for products from American businesses. This reinforces other economic indicators, such as the record-breaking stock market gains since the 2016 election.

Successful and Strong Deregulation

Inset.image.3.9.2.2018When President Trump was on the campaign trail he made a promise to eliminate the excessive regulations imposed by the government. His promise was that for every regulation enacted two regulations had to be removed.

Trump has more than delivered on that promise.

During the first year, for every regulation enacted there were 22 regulations removed! That amounted to a reduction of 33,944 pages from the 2016 Federal Register.

The economic impact of this cannot be over-estimated. This crucial measure in the course of Trump’s presidency could save more than a trillion dollars each year! That holds true if the president reaches merely half of his goal.

He believes that the government can reduce its regulations by as much as 75%. The cost of enacting and enforcing federal regulations reached almost 2 trillion (yes with a ‘t’ which is 1,000 billion dollars) in 2015.

The Competitive Enterprise’s (CEI) ninth annual Ten Thousand Commandments report claims the federal government issued 80,260 pages of rules in 2015. …The price tag for all these rules adds up to 1.88 trillion…

The Success of the Tax Cuts

Inset.image.3.9.2.2018President Trump’s most ballyhooed economic measure was the new law enacting large tax cuts for Americans signed in December of 2017. The cuts rang up to a huge 1.5 trillion in total tax reduction, the largest cut in dollar amount ever.

How has this affected the economic climate? The results as of January 2018, less than a month after the cuts became law, have been very encouraging. Even Bloomberg’s analysts have had to admit it, and they are certainly not supporters of the president.

Since Republican leaders pushed through their once-in-a-generation tax overhaul, more than 70 major U.S. companies — including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. — have announced either pay raises or bonuses for rank-and-file employees, or more hiring and investment.

I can tell the readers from personal experience at my other full-time job that just weeks after the tax cuts, all employees were given an extra $1,200 bonus. This was on top of a generous holiday bonus of $1,000.

Additionally, every employee was given a dollar or more hourly raise beginning in 2018, and the entry-level wage was raised by almost two dollars per hour.

I have been employed at my current position for over 12 years. This is the first time there have been extra bonuses paid out to everyone. It is also the first time I received a pay raise that was even close to a dollar an hour.

Successful Results of Job Growth and Low Unemployment

Inset.Image.4.9.2.2018The expansion of the job market has been another smash hit for the Trump economy. The overall numbers have exceeded expectations for both numbers of people employed and for the falling unemployment rate.

Since January of 2017 through July of 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a gain of a little over 3.5 million non-farm jobs in the United States. This gain is across the board.

The unemployment figures are particularly noteworthy. Unemployment has dropped dramatically in the United States.

the Labor Department is reporting that jobless claims are at their lowest monthly average since 1969

Moreover, these low numbers are reaching record or near-record levels in all parts of the population. For example, the president highlighted these focusing on the newest figures for black unemployment in his State of the Union address.

“Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low,” Trump said during his State of the Union address in February. “It’s something I’m very proud of. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.”

A Successful Rejuvenation of Business and Industry

This is one of the topics President Trump truly enjoys talking about. While he was on the campaign trail in 2016, Trump often spoke of bringing jobs back to America that had left under previous administrations.

Candidate Trump was roundly criticized for making that promise. One of the most famous critiques was given by then President Obama on PBS in 2016.

Here is some of what the president had to say about the rejuvenation of business in the country back in February of 2018.

“Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States, something we haven’t seen for decades. Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan, Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama. Soon, plants will be opening up all over the country. This is all news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing…” Trump added that other companies were investing in the U.S. “Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers,” he said and added that on Monday, ExxonMobil announced that it will pour $50 billion into expanding operations in the U.S.

It would appear that President Trump found the ‘magic wand’ that Obama said he needed to bring jobs back.

A Successful Revival of Economic Hope

Hope can be a difficult factor to measure. However, in economic terms, hope is measured in large part by surveying consumer confidence for a certain period.

According to Reuters news service, this measurement is on a meteoric rise.

U.S. consumer confidence surged to near an 18-year high in August, as households remained upbeat on the labor market, pointing to strong consumer spending that should help to sustain the economy for the remainder of the year.

The ‘surge’ in confidence reflects a renewal of economic hope among Americans. This renewal has been triggered by the actual experiences of consumers in everyday life.

The average consumer has gained great confidence and hope for their own future because of what they see in their own communities. This personal testimony beautifully illustrates this revival of hope.

There is something good to be said about a reinvigoration of economic hope. President Trump’s policies have begun this process and I pray prosperity will continue to bloom in America.

However, the ultimate hope for America and the world is found in the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ. It is obtained one person at a time by trusting all of life to His guidance and care and being redeemed by faith in Him.

If your hope is solidly in Him, even a terrible economic outlook can be dealt with and your soul will prosper in the best possible way.

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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Trump succeeds where many did not

Do you know that President Trump has brilliantly succeeded where many before him did not? See what Abraham Lincoln said: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
This has been true for as long as the history of humanity. But do we finally have an American leader who will succeed to fool his people all the time?

So far Mr. Trump stands out in the eyes of the world as someone who has succeeded to fool so many of his fellow citizens. He continues to do so while the world watches in disbelief. Who could ever have imagined this happening in the country we all considered the greatest country in the world?

Wonders shall never end. Mr. Trump may well emerge from the White House after four years or eight years as the only leader to prove Mr Lincoln wrong.
What is your take?

#leadership, #lincoln, #trump

‘After 100 Days – Nach 100 Tagen’ Michel Montecrossa’s New-Topical-Song apropos Trump Wars & The World

‘After 100 Days – Nach 100 Tagen’ is Michel Montecrossa’s New-Topical-Song apropos Trump Wars & The World. The Trump wars have many aspects and are not limited to the tensions with North Korea but are spreading every day more into every aspect of global life. In his song ‘After 100 Days – Nach 100 Tagen’ Michel Montecrossa not only warns the United States of America but also encourages Germany, the EU, Russia and Eurasia to take a big step forward towards creating an effective Eurasian Union as a basis for creating the United States of Planet Earth and as a creative peace and prosperity answer to the growing warmonger attitude of President Trump which will destroy entire nations and will spread radicalization, violence, poverty, war and suffering. Michel Montecrossa with his New-Topical-Song‚‘After 100 Days – Nach 100 Tagen’ wants to take a stand for stopping all Trump wars.

https://www.audiomack.com/song/mirasoundgermany/after-100-days-nach-100-tagen


 
The New-Topical-Song ‘After 100 Days – Nach 100 Tagen’ is available on Bandcamp here and can be downloaded from the Mirapuri-Shop here

Michel Montecrossa says about his New-Topical-Song ‘After 100 Days – Nach 100 Tagen’:
“100 days of Trump Presidency have brought the world very, very near to the global nuclear war, the world trade war, the humanitarian holocaust war, the ecological insanity war and the ‘no-future’ generation war. The world must now take a stand for stopping all Trump wars.”

Michel Montecrossa Homepage: http://www.MichelMontecrossa.com

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Song Lyrics

AFTER 100 DAYS – NACH 100 TAGEN
Apropos Trump Wars & The World
After 100 days the Trump Wars started. / 100 days and the U.S.A. are lookin’ into the abyss. / 100 days and the abyss is a-lookin’ back. / “The United States of America, / the United States of America / aren‘t made for that.” / After 100 days the Trump Wars started.
Die Trump Kriege begannen nach den 100 Tagen. / 100 Tage und die U.S.A. blicken in den Abgrund. / 100 Tage und der Abgrund blickt zurück. / “Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, / die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika / wurden nicht dafür gemacht.” / Die Trump Kriege begannen nach den 100 Tagen.
Germany must shake hands with Russia / and the European Union with Eurasia / and bring in Turkey into the E.U. / “The United States of Planet Earth, / the United States of Planet Earth / are there to be made for me and you.” / After 100 days it’s high time for that.
Deutschland muss sich mit Russland verstehen / und die Europäische Union mit Eurasien / und aufnehmen die Türkei in die E.U. / “Die Vereinigten Staaten des Planeten Erde, / die Vereinigten Staaten des Planeten Erde / sind da um zu entstehen für mich und dich.” / Nach 100 Tagen ist es höchste Zeit dafür.
“The United States of Planet Earth, / die Vereinigten Staaten des Planeten Erde / are there to be made for me and you, / sind da um zu entstehen für mich und dich.”
Lyrics & Music: Michel Montecrossa, © Mira Sound Germany