Wish I'd said that!

In recent decades, the ACLU has used its so-called "wall" to fight tooth and nail to prevent government sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance, memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, nativity scenes, Bible displays, and virtually every other acknowdgement of America's religious heritage.

At the same time, it is worthwhile to note that there have been some instances in which the ACLU has endorsed public displays of religion. For example, When New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani threatened to cut taxpayer funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying a painting of the Virgin Mary with cow dung and pictures of female sexual organs pasted all over her body, the ACLU was first in line to defend the display. U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon ruled that New York City's elected officials were not allowed to place conditions on the museum's funding.

In another instance, the ACLU offered its support to the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, after the agency sponsored an art show featuring "Piss Christ" - an exhibit consisting of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the ACLU's myopic world, it appears that the only permissible publicly-funded displays of religion are those which blatantly mock or disparage the Christian faith.

-- Indefensible: 10 Ways the ACLU is Destroying America, Sam Kastensmidt, 2006

Friday, November 5, 2010

What Are You Prepared To Do, Part 2

The election is over, the choices have been made; thankfully, some were even cast by the voters.

Last week, I briefly outlined some of the many problems we are dealing with as a nation, as well as some that we aren't really dealing with at all. The two main questions we need answers to are, who should I believe, and what should I do? I'm talking about our role as citizens, and about the future of this entire nation, not just our own little part of it.

Part of the progressives' master plan, as I see it, has been to overwhelm the American people with the "Whack-A-Mole" approach; to hammer us with outrage after outrage in an attempt to keep us off-balance, to anger and frustrate us, and to provoke a violent reaction. This would give those in power the excuse to dramatically curtail all our rights (which, presumeably, would disqualify them as rights), to enforce authoritarian rule without the citizens having any peaceable recourse, and to "fundamentally change" the US for a long, long time. We must never forget that virtually all those in the top echelon of our government today are products of the 1960s and '70s radical student movement. Many of these people were schooled in Soviet-style tactics on how to infiltrate and overthrow governments for the purpose of installing a communist-style regime. However, they did not study how to build a new world that any of us would want to live in; they concentrated their attention on the mechanisms of disruption and destruction.

Again let me remind you, I'm trying to fill in some important details to a generation who has typically not been taught about the history of communism. A  series of YouTube videos of a former KGB propaganda expert explains how the rot was introduced and nurtured in America, Britain and Western Europe. Many of the older folks have lived through the era where the spread of communism was highlighted daily in the news and was a legitimate fear. It is no less real now, but a lot less well-known, because it has been largely hidden from public view.  We have become a culture of selfishness and ignorance. But as hundreds of millions of oppressed - and mostly dead - people would tell you if they could, ignorance is not an excuse.

As I noted earlier, the people now running this country have been at this game - this strategy - for a long time. Late in the 19th century and early in the 20th, people schooled in European socialism began to earnestly apply themselves to endeavors that are critical if someone wants to gradually infiltrate a society and introduce change. These people, whether influenced by German or French Marxism, Italian Fascism or British Fabianism, all had a common goal: the destruction of a free society and the subjugation of the people by a ruling elite. In this they were no different than Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar, or other tyrants throughout history. They were just more subtle about it, much like Satan tempted Eve; not by forcing her to eat the forbidden fruit, but by causing her to doubt the rule that God had given them for their own protection.
That is similar to what the socialists/progressives/Marxists have done to us here; they've introduced doubt. They've caused us to doubt the collective wisdom of the Founders, they've enticed us to believe that hard things can be done easily and without cost, and like Satan in the Garden, they've fooled a lot of people into disbelieving God's word and His promises to us, both for good and for bad behavior. But we don't have time here today to go over the literal mountains of evidence and facts that support what I've told you, so let's concentrate on just a couple of the things that affect us today.

Let's begin with jobs, because our job - or our career, or our calling - is perhaps the single most important thing that allows us to be independent, to be self-confident, to express and enjoy our liberty. Some of us may hate our job, but if we lose it we begin to hate ourselves, and eventually we may take that self-loathing out on other people around us. Well, many Americans are losing their jobs. The federal government tells us we're currently experiencing around 9.5% unemployment. But a recent '60 Minutes' segment reveals that when you "unfudge" the numbers the actual unemployment numbers are nearly twice that amount, at over 17%.

In 1933, arguably the worst year of the Great Depression, unemployment hit 24.9%. Will we match that, or even exceed it? Let's see; since 2000 we've lost 5.5 million manufacturing jobs in this country; since 2001, 42,400 factories have closed their doors, and over half of them had 500 or more workers. A few days ago the government announced that 434,000 new unemployment claims had been filed, and that's for just a week ago. When we're hemorrhaging jobs like that, how long can we continue to stand before we're all standing in a bread line? At what point do we become so crippled that we cannot even provide emergency aid for ourselves, let alone other nations in distress? Do you honestly think the United States could afford another disaster like Hurricane Katrina now? Keep in mind that eventually, everything connects and affects everything else.

Only a half-century ago, America was called the "engine of democracy." But because of progressive, socialist, globalist interference and what I believe has been deliberate sabotage, we are now being turned into a second- or -third-world basketcase.  We are being collapsed, no less than ancient Rome was when it was sacked by the tribes of the Vandals. And the modern-day vandals are inside our gates as well. Rome's downfall was a bloody, vicious event. I suspect that if the Lord doesn't intervene, and if a large percentage of Americans doesn't join His side, we will also experience a wave of violence like we've never seen in this nation since the Civil War, because a minority of workers and taxpayers can't support a majority of dependents in a nation forever, especially when you've crippled its ability to feed and power itself; and hungry people get angry.

I could go on and on telling you about what's wrong in America, but honestly, more and more dirt is uncovered each day. Instead, let's try to concentrate on what we can do, what we should do.

We should start with prayer. We should get down on our knees each day with humility (that's where the knees come in) ask our heavenly Father to preserve this nation; not for our own personal sake, but for all the innocent people who are or will be victimized by corrupt government and ungodly people. Not for our own sake but for those who will follow after us and wonder why we allowed this to happen to them. Not for ourselves, but for the tens of millions in other countries who have it much worse than us, but who look at us as an island of hope in a sea of hopelessness. As a nation we've done a lot to damage that hope and the future dreams of our children - and their children. We first turned our backs on God, then we turned to vain loudmouths who made promises they had no intention or ability to keep. Now, more than ever, we have to turn back to Him, and to convince as many others as possible that He is ultimately the only solution to our problems, no matter what those problems might be.

Next, we have to start or continue to participate in the process. We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines watching others try to do the heavy lifting while we carry on as though our only concern is our own life, because, like a leaky roof, the things we neglect will come back to haunt us. If you're old enough to vote and aren't registered, why not? If you are registered, did you get to the booth? In any event, it looks as though there may be future elections (this might not have been the case if the election had gone the other way).  Before you cast your next vote, do a little homework about the candidates, and do not rely solely on the commercials and the stream of candidate's flyers in your mailbox.

Up until election night I had several people ask me who to vote for. I wouldn't presume to tell someone that, because I recognize that it's difficult to know who to trust. Frankly, you won't find a perfect candidate, because the only ones running are all mere human beings. But I will tell you how I decide who to pull the lever for; you might use these tips next time.

I don't pay much attention to the party affiliation because one doesn't stand for the things I believe in, and the other has proven that it doesn’t believe in the things it says it stands for (I hope for their sake they learn from this election that they cannot afford to be the 'other party lite'.  I don't particularly care for the libertarian line because they seem to put freedom ahead of responsibility, and independents can go either way, but they too often lean left.  So, because I can't trust party affiliation, I look at their history. What have they supported; what have they opposed? What other groups or people are they affiliated with:

    Social groups - are they members of the Knights of Columbus or the Boy Scouts, or NAMBLA or ?the Fabian Society (note: the Left cannot really separate social from political)?
    Political groups - are they part of Americans for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU or the Sierra Club, or are they friendly with the US Chamber of Commerce or the National Right to Life Committee? Causes - do they back "a woman's right to choose" or same-sex marriage, or "save the trees" or do they favor right to life, return to the Constitution, the 2nd amendment?
    Who endorses them? -  Are they supported by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), or the National Rifle Association? The National Federation of Teachers, SEIU or AFL-CIO, or Freedom Works, the John Birch Society, or the Tea Party? If they're unwilling to show these connections, they either don't have the political courage to stand on their beliefs, they're trying to hide their true beliefs, or they don't have any to stand on. In any case, they don't get my vote.
Another thing you should do is try to be as prepared as you are able for the 'worst-case scenario.' The economy is still in very bad shape and getting worse.  Anything could happen; perhaps a national emergency that could put the election on hold for an indefinite period. And even though a lot of the "good guys" won, we still have the lame-duck session to get through, where it's a sure bet that the sore losers will do all they can to pass bad laws, hold up good legislation, and do as much damage to the country as they can before they go home. 

Nearly three-quarters of the combined legislature have been in office for more than a decade, and quite a few for several decades. Those people have dug deep trenches and have far-reaching strings they can pull. This  Congress is now at its most dangerous, because many feel they have little left to lose, and has the potential to cause total chaos and to indirectly initiate massive violence and mayhem just by holding up some legislation, or blocking certain funding for the 'entitlement class.' We must be mentally and physically prepared for that possibility. 

We learned some great lessons from this election.  We learned that we, the people still have power, if we choose to use it, and use it courageously and wisely.  Although preparedness is a good idea at all times, try to be ready for what could go wrong. Do your best to be prepared for worst-case scenarios. 
  • If you're able, try to set aside extra cash for emergencies or even casual expenses, in case the electronic banking system goes down. Try to avoid increasing your debt load, even as government raises taxes, eliminates exemptions, and causes a ripple effect throughout the economy that increases the price of everything.
  • If you haven't before, take a first-aid course and get a good-quality home medical book. As medical expenses climb and care is rationed, we may be fending for ourselves more and more. It would also be wise to stock your medicine cabinet with essentials like aspirin or other pain relievers, first aid supplies including cotton swabs, antiseptic, rubbing alcohol, assorted bandaids, peroxide, etc.
  • Think about ways to secure your home from intruders: learn self-defense, learn how to use weapons (not just guns, but common objects), reinforce your doors and window locks, do a security survey around the home. See what you can do to make it safer against burglary, home invasion (which is becoming more common), storm damage, and fire. Have a fire plan, get an extinguisher and learn how to use it.
  • Form a personal network: meet with friends and family you can trust, and discuss ways of mutually supporting one another; if someone has yard space for a garden, consider a joint food garden project. If one home is compromised, plan for extra guests for extended periods. (Note: This will be one of the hardest things for a lot of people to do. We all know that guests are like fish, after three days they both begin to stink. Choose such alliances wisely; don't make promises to take in people who will be more of a burden than a help. Selfish people with no skills or willingness to contribute to the common good may find a rude awakening when the bad times come.) Meet with those people when practical and have serious discussions about your capabilities and your limitations, and draw up a plan for what you all might do, and what conditions would be the trigger event to activate your plans.
  • Never be content with your preparations, or leave yourself dependent on the stuff you have or the place you're in.  Always be thinking of 'Plan B.'
These measures really aren't anything just for trying times, they are practical suggestions for all times. When it comes right down to it, we can't prepare for everything, or for an indefinite time period. But what we can do is to look to God, help each other, and be the best citizens of Christendom we can be.

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