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Thank God for The Fiscal Cliff and ………….

English: Peter Schiff speaking

English: Peter Schiff speaking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

………the men and women we have elected who are willing to go over it! I recently heard Peter Schiff* speak on the subject and his sentiments were exactly ours. The Fiscal Cliff is the ominous name given to the opportunity we have to put us back on our economic axis. I thank God for the Republicans who are standing on the principle of not increasing the tax rates for anyone. Today they are being demonized, but far down the road they will be viewed as true Statesman.

Going over the cliff is a bullet we need to bite. We have all heard of “kicking the can down the road” many times. This is the expression that has been coined for not standing up to the fiscal responsibility we have been faced with since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Bear-Stearns. They were allowed to fail and so should have all those who came after them, who were instead “bailed out” by the Federal Reserve. Since our monetary policy was taken off the gold standard, the only thing valuing our currency was and is our and others’ faith in our government and its credibility.

Every time the Federal Reserve prints more greenbacks, the purchasing power of them drops. When we hear announcements of near zero interest rates until 2015 and a commitment to invest = spend = print $40 billion per month ad infinitum it should make us cringe. The mother of all train wrecks is on its way and it is called inflation. The Federal Reserve has even been able to manipulate this monster, but a day is coming when even it will reign uncontrollably at our expense and possible demise.

Satan is the “god” of this Age. Israel and the U.S. of A. are the only 2 vestiges of Hope left in the world today and we are on our way out. Who do you see having more influence in our government and society today than anyone/thing else, the One True God or the One False god? Satan’s single three-fold desire is to steal, kill and destroy.

To steal is to stealthfully take away.

To kill primarily denotes “to offer firstfruits to a god”; then (a) “to sacrifice by slaying a victim,” Ac 14:13,18, to do sacrifice; 1 Co 10:20, to sacrifice; to pay homage, offer sacrifices to a god, and becoming the sacrifice itself.**

To destroy is a strengthened form of ollumi, signifies “to destroy utterly”; in middle voice, “to perish.” The idea is not extinction but ruin, loss, not of being, but of wellbeing. **

This is exactly what has been occurring to the American People under the leadership of several of our past Presidents.  it was very subtle at first and gradually became more and more brazen culminating with our current President, Barack Hussein Obama, in the guise of “equality,” making everything fair, leveling the playing field.

The speaker of the House recently buckled under the pressure and offered to increase taxes on those making over a million dollars a year. On the surface it looked conciliatory to me, but some in his own party rebuked him and rejected the compromise. Why? Because the fight is not about more taxes (stealing) but less spending, less inflation, preserving the shaky value of the dollar.

We need to hope and pray that Obama and Democrats, by and large, do not get their way in the next 4 days. God bless you and God bless America!

*http://www.europac.net/commentaries/republican_sellout_invites_stagflation

**(from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

God is Not in the Business of Picking Leaders

I can hardly begin to tell you how tired I am of hearing “God allowed it” as if it is somehow equal to “it” being God’s will. God gives us free will to do whatever we do. He gave us His Word to guide us in making the decisions we make. There is nothing He does not allow, since the Flood.

One could say He allowed Hitler to come to power, who is responsible for killing millions of people. The same can be said for Muhammed, Stalin, Mao, Ho, Kim II Sung and many others. Does that mean that God somehow put them in their positions? Not at all!

God is no more responsible for putting men in positions of power than he is for what men do with that power. Here, in the United States of America, the people decide who will fill the positions of authority according to how our government is set up. The citizens of this great nation just re-elected the previous President. I am sure that each of us who voted were praying for their candidate to win, just as many sports fan may pray for their team to win. But, God has nothing to do with who wins or who loses.

Should we then blame God if our team or candidate loses? Why didn’t He answer our prayers? If He were truly “in control” as so many people believe wouldn’t He have answered the prayers of the majority? This way of thinking is just plain absurd!

People say that God can do anything He wants to do. If this were true why didn’t He stop any of the previously mentioned leaders from killing so many people? Did He want to intercede? I can’t imagine Him not wanting to, but it should be obvious to anyone that He could not. Why couldn’t He or why didn’t He?

As I have said in many other posts, due to Lucifer‘s rebellion against God Almighty, he was cast out of Heaven and became God’s archenemy, Satan. When Satan successfully deceived Adam and Eve, he received that which Adam had, namely dominion over the world. He essentially became the “god” of the ages. Just as the true God endeavors to persuade us with His words, Satan does the same. And he is obviously pretty good at it.

Once God set everything up, like gravity, He was/is bound by His own rules. What He can do is keep giving us ideas by way of His spirit (inspiration) and His Word to direct our steps. We have the ball; it is up to us to run with it. If anyone is responsible for putting people in power I would have to say that Satan has more ability to do it, since he is bound by nothing but to steal, kill and destroy. After all, he is in control and has no problem overstepping people’s freedom of will.

God bless,

A Clear Choice between the Left and the Right.

A gold-standard 1928 one-dollar bill. It is id...

A gold-standard 1928 one-dollar bill. It is identified as a “United States Note” rather than a Federal Reserve note and by the words “Will Pay to the Bearer on Demand,” which do not appear on today’s currency. This clause became obsolete in 1933 but remained on new notes for 30 years thereafter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

America is in the deepest hole it has ever been in “debt-wise.” For every dollar our government spends (invests), about 50% is borrowed from China. Invests is the word our current administration uses instead of spending. When I recently bought a boat, I knew it was not a monetary investment in my future. When I published my new book I thought it might be an investment, but have learned that it will cost me as much as the boat, each of which will return little if any of my money. Americans know the difference between money spent down the drain and money invested. The government doesn’t seem to know the difference.

Without getting into the exact numbers of how indebted our nation is, especially to China, there is little we can do to turn the tide. There is little either candidate in this election can do to change things. This election is a clear choice between the Left and the Right. The Left wants more government and more spending while the Right wants just the opposite. The Left, represented by the current administration, will get our nation to its demise sooner than Governor Romney. At least with Gov. Romney we will feel like we have a fighting chance to stave off financial Armageddon.

China is the world’s number one superpower and the United States of America is responsible for the shift. China has 600,000 more active duty personnel in their military than the U.S. China owns more of our debt than all the debt of all the European nations combined. We all knows what happens when we, personally, don’t pay our bills, our mortgages, our rents; we lose our right to have electricity, or to have a place to live. Can you imagine what it would be like if we each had a secret source of money than would seemingly never run dry? Well, (npi) this is exactly what our government has: a Printing Press that can print money it doesn’t have.

I don’t know about you, but if I could use someone else’s money to pay my bills I would feel pretty guilty doing so and I would come to expect that to continue. The Federal Reserve, who seem to act completely independent of our government, makes most people believe that they are acting in our best interest. All they are doing is digging the hole we are in deeper and deeper.

In Larry Edelson’s blog “Uncommon Wisdom,” which I have been following for years, he states that the only way we can get out of the mess we are in is by the establishing of a new World Reserve Currency. Right now, the U.S. Dollar is the world Reserve Currency; every commodity in the world is priced in U.S. dollars. As the value of those dollars fall the price of those commodities rises. There are many factors that are affecting the value of the dollar to keep it bouyant or artificially higher than where it should be. Many countries like China and Russia are pushing to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

The primary reason our government is pushing China to quit holding down the value of its currency, the Yuan, is not so our manufactured products, our exports will have a fighting chance to compete with China’s, but to devalue the dollar so our debts can be paid off (to China) with cheaper money. To help you understand this, let’s say we devalue $100 by 30%. We would now have $130, but that $130 would still only buy $100 worth of anything. This is what we are now experiencing at the grocery store and at the gas station.

Workers in China get paid an average of 6.5 times less than workers here in the U.S. China could double or even triple the value of the Yuan and still make its products cheaper than we could here! We still would not be able to compete with them. A good way see the value of the dollar as measured against a basket of major currencies is with the ETF symbol UUP. It is currently sitting at $21.93 a share and has seen a 52 week high of $23.10 on July 24th. It hit a low of $21.64 on Sept. 14th. On the other hand, the value of the Yuan as tracked by the symbol CYB is at its 20 year high! The yuan has risen 0.4% against the dollar since the start of 2012, following its 0.3% gain last week.

I hold out little hope for America returning to its once proud position in the world. But, if it has any chance at all of regaining that position it is with Gov. Romney at the helm for the next 8 years. Regardless of our financial condition, there is more godliness in its peoples than anywhere else on earth. No other nation exalts the One True God Of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as the United States of America does. Keeping God first and loving our neighbors as ourselves in our individual lives as well as in our government, will go further to preserve and protect “this greatest nation on God’s green earth” (as Michael Medved says) than “all the tea in China!”

God bless you and God bless America!

An Excerpt from Dennis Prager’s New Book

E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum (Photo credit: treedork)

I have been reading Dennis Prager‘s new book, “Still the Best Hope, Why the World needs American Values to Triumph.” Understanding  what American Values are is key to understanding what it means to be an American.

E Pluribus Unum—–From Many One

“The motto of America, E Pluribus Unum, is rare if not unique as a governing principle or motto of a country. No other nation is made out of as “many” as America is. In virtually every society in history, the national or group identity was correlated with its ethnic or racial identity. No other nations calls itself a “nation of immigrants,” as Americans—-of all political persuasions—-routinely call America.

If you are Japanese, you are Japanese because you were born to Japanese parents. There is no other way to be considered Japanese. The same holds true for virtually all other groups, from tribes to countries, throughout history (Jews, being the exception.) America went against the norm in adopting E Pluribus Unum. This motto ended any significance people attached to race, ethnicity, or blood, each of which has been among the most important values of all societies.

Anyone from anywhere and of any race or ethnicity can become an American in every sense of the word. No longer would a man or woman be identified by their ethnic, national, religious, or racial origins, but by their individual achievements and their willingness to identify as Americans.

Outside of the United States, “familism” has been the human norm. From the beginning of societies, people have divided the world by blood and marriage ties—that is, families and tribes. Overwhelmingly human beings trusted only members of one’s family or tribe. America became the first society to reject family and national origin, and eventually ethnicity and race too as defining factors as one’s identity.

Finally, E Pluribus Unum, with its rejection of tribal, familial, ethnic, and blood origins, made possible the essential American value—-the individual. The individual matters most, not any group and not any family to which the individual belongs. This celebration of the individual has never been promulgated anywhere else in the world as it has in America.

Today it is the Left that seeks to supplant E Pluribus Unum with multiculturalism (emphasis mine), which is preoccupied with race, ethnicity, and national origins and opposes the notion of one American identity. Hence the Left’s preoccupation with “diversity,” by which it means ethnic and racial diversity. “Diversity is our strength,” is a Left-wing credo. It sounds true and admirable, but it is really an attempt to undo E Pluribus Unum by celebrating Pluribus, not Unum. It is not diversity, but the ability to unify the diverse, that is America’s strength and greatness.

The consequence of E Pluribus Unum and the celebration of the individual (emphasis mine), over race and ethnicity, has been the creation of the least racist society in the world. While the Left regularly calls America racist, non-white immigrants to America know how untrue that is.”

Please buy Dennis’ book online and mine while you are at it, at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. God bless America!

DEMOCRACY……….NEVER

English: Portrait of American political scient...

English: Portrait of American political scientist John Burgess (1844–1931). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

James Madison, Hamilton's major collaborator, ...

James Madison, Hamilton’s major collaborator, later President of the United States and “Father of the Constitution” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DEMOCRACY…..NEVER

Democracy is not a form of government to be desired by anyone.    In a Democracy authority is derived through mass meeting, the initiative, the referendum, instructed delegates or any other form of direct popular expression.  Democracy represents one of the two extremes among types of governing; Autocracy being the other extreme. Aristotle was the first establish these 2 extremes.

In an Autocracy authority is derived through heredity, regardless of character, capacity or conduct.  Rulers are chosen by virtue of their membership in a “royal” family.  The populace has no choice in their selection.

The George Bush’s were the first I can remember who promoted making the “world safe with Democracy.” This is an impossible task since “safety” and “democracy” have nothing to do with each other.  In “The Federalist,” James Madison wrote:

       “Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.  Theoretic politicians who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their professions, their opinions and their passions.”

In contrast, in a Republic, authority is derived through the election of public officials by the people to represent them.  The keyword for republicanism is representation. The Republican form of government was established as The Golden Mean or the way that is golden.  Confucius wrote about the mean; Horace gave expression to the phrase “aurea mediocritas.”

          The mean that is golden is that middle point in any quality,                          state or activity which avoids the dangers or errors of either extreme by the striking of a well balanced medium.

 Article 4, section 4 of The Federal Constitution says, “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican form of government….”

On Sept. 18, 1803 Alexander Hamilton wrote to Pickering saying, “The plan of a constitution which I drew up………..was predicated upon these bases:

1.  That the political principles of the people of this country would endure nothing but republican government.

2……….that the republican theory should have full and fair trial.

John W. Burgess believed “it was not utopian to predict that the republican form will live after all other forms have perished.”  And “it seemed evident to him that the destiny of history is clearly pointing to the United States as the great world organ for the modern solution of the problem of government as well as of liberty.”

 To illustrate these 3 Forms of government

                        AUTOCRACY                REPUBLIC               DEMOCRACY

in food:          Starvation                   Nourishment               Gluttony

In drink:       Thirst                            Temperance                Drunkenness

In music:     Monotone                   Harmony                       Discord

In thought: Ignorance                  Intelligence                     Insanity

In Soil:           Drought                       Moisture                      Flood

In Marriage:Polygamy                  Monogamy                    Promiscuity

 In Religion:Skepticism                 Reverence                     Fanaticism

     One of the main differences is representation by a relatively small elected number and self-representation; Limited representation vs. mob representation.

Democracy results in demagogism, license, impulse, agitation, discontent, anarchy and chaos.  Do these characteristics sound like things that will make “the world safe?”  It is impossible to make anything safe with democracy.  Democracy produces Chaos and chaos is exactly what is being experienced throughout the Muslim world today. It should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that this form of government is not something any nation should desire. Making the world safe for Democracy is equal to:

  1.  making alcohol safe for drunkenness,
  2. making food safe for gluttony,
  3. making justice safe for lawlessness.

 Democracy and the rule of Law are opposites; you either have one or the other, but you can’t have both.  The Rule of Law belongs to the Republican form of government:

    “The attitude democracy towards Law is that the will of the majority shall prevail, regardless of whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.”  The attitude of democracy to the minority, is “too bad, so sad, I’m glad.”

The ignorance (ignoring the true meaning of words) of so many well-educated people in our society never ceases to amaze me. Once words lose their true meaning our downward spiral is inevitable.  Words Matter.

Much of what I am relating today was taken from a book written by Harry Atwood in 1918 called “Back to the Republic.”  The 10th edition was printed in 1934.  It was out of print for 25 yrs, then the 11th edition was printed and called, “Our Republic.”

 

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Is the U.S.A. Fundamentally Flawed?

President Obama recently stated that with his re-election America as we know it would become “fundamentally transformed.” Transformation, like most things can be good or evil. The keyword here is fundamentally.

Fundamentally, God is the giver of our inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It is in Him that our Founding Fathers trusted. To be advocating the fundamental transformation of our country is treasonous. There is no doubt in my mind that this is what our President is talking about. He can speak all he wants about God, because his god is Allah.

I have stated in many of my blogs as well as my book that the one true God has a name as well, YHWH; pronounced by those who are allowed to, as Yahweh. When I speak about God, I am speaking about Him. Everything the Bible says about YHWH, the Muslims convert to Allah. But, Allah is a counterfeit god.

If you saw “2016” you should remember President Obama’s comments about Zakat.  Zakat is suppose to be the obligated giving of wealth by faithful Muslims to the poor. This is, I believe, one of our Presidents biggest platforms, taking from the wealthy and giving to the poorer. This is an aspect of fundamental transformation.

In America, wealth creates wealth for more to be wealthier. YHWH  promises wealth and prosperity to those who apply themselves in a godly manner. Government is not suppose to be a source of equality for all, financially. Government should facilitate wealth for all by staying out of our business, not by hampering our efforts. Fundamental transformation is not what we need in America today. What we need to do is re-embrace our fundamentals.

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