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Mark Stanford had an affair! The governor of South Carolina took a mistress – wow! Now Republicans are supposed to scatter because he is being called a hypocrite? So what? Let’s stop the nonsense; it does not matter what he does – what matters is if what he says is true. Which would be worse, him being a hypocrite for not following his beliefs or being a liar about the truthfulness of those beliefs? Even if I told you a truth that I did not believe myself, it would still be a truth. Truth is as truth is. If Mark Stanford had said “Thus saith Mark Stanford, we shall not comment adultery,” that would be different from “Thus said the Lord, thou shall not commit adultery.” Even if he did it himself that would not take away from the truth. By falling short of his own principles he has not harmed the principles, they are still intact.
The problem with conservative ideology is our forgetfulness of where the principles came from and “whose” they are. They are not the “Mark Stanford” principles. Mark Stanford’s criticism of Bill Clinton’s affairs are still valid criticisms. Mark Stanford’s stand on principles are still valid stances. All our opponents have to do is find a flaw in our character and extrapolate that flaw to our principles. We get embarrassed because we have a public display of the flawed character of human beings; however, they are not flaws in our principles. When our opponents are caught up in similar circumstances there is hardly a whimper because they never claim to have any principles to start with.
Let us not allow the opposition to direct our path or our principles. Let us not abandon them, even the ones that are hard to keep. We should also keep in mind the principles of forgiveness and reconciliation. Why do we turn our backs on those? Our problems become multiplied when we try to be perfect. All of you reading this message have things in your personal lives you do not what ANYONE to find out about. We all have embarrassing, sinful thoughts and actions. Should we abandon our principles because of personal guilt?
We preach righteousness but judge perfection! That will always result in condemnation, not inspiration! Which is worse, being a hypocrite, or being a liar?
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President Obama is determined to close the Military prison at Guantanamo Cuba and bring the terrorist to America. He has assured us that no one would be released within America who poses a threat to citizens. It is wonderful to have the assurances of the president of the United States. But will those assurances really keep us safe?
How would the president know if they pose a threat to US Citizens? Will he ask them? By being in the United States they will have the constitutional protection of anyone in the judicial system. So if they present a good case, act a certain way, they could be released after a short period of time.
But that is not even half of the problem. Here is the real problem. We are going to bring harden Islamic radicals to our prisons. Prisons are the breeding ground for radical Islamic recruitment. It has always been the breeding ground for their activities. So we are going to bring the most dangerous radicals to our American prison system to radicalize prisoners to send them back out to the Nation.
Recently four young muslim men were arrested in New York preparing to bomb Jewish worship sites and to shoot down a military plane with a stinger missile. Three of the four converted to Islam while in Jail. Richard Reid (the Shoe Bomber) was radicalized while in prison in the United Kingdom. Jose Padilla who was arrested for planning a “dirty Bomb” became a radical Islamic while in prison. There are concerns of possible connections between prison gangs and potential terrorist already within our jails.
The president does not understand that although, “No one has ever escaped from a Max Prison”, other inmates have been released with instruction and training. Even maximum Prisons have drugs problems, how do they get in? They are sent back and forth by prisoners and employees.
The conversion to radical Islam is not new. Malcolm X became a radical black Muslim while in prison. As a matter of fact, the Black Muslim movement came out of prison with Elijah Muhammad. The arguments about “not in my back yard” is weak. That is not the reason we should confront and contest this move. Bringing Islamic radical teaching and recruitment to our jails and allowing the students to go spread their message here cannot be good for anyone. Why not keep Guantanamo open? It is doing a great job, it keep the prisoners under the military and keeps them from recruiting within America.
On my radio program, http://www.MasonWeaverShow.com we discussed the subject of black men with white women. I discovered how deep this topic is cutting into our culture. Lets talk about it and reason with each other. Here is a short video of my wife and I as we have traveled to world together. It was not meant to be a reflection of our love but it does show a black man loving his black wife. Any comments? Mason Weaver
The Perfect Storm
How did we get here? America is in a place no one could imagine; a place where we can accept what has never worked and reject what has always worked; a place where personal experiences tell us the group thought may just be wrong. But it is also a place were we are afraid to counter the group thought. How did we get here?
It took forty years of the public education system being more interested in benefits for employees than educating a thinking culture. It took a culture getting their influence and power by providing services rather than ensuring freedom. This attitude requires more and more victims for the kind-hearted, well-meaning caregivers, so they can continue to use other people’s resources to manage the lives of the victims. And the more victims there are the more power they have to help the victims. This attitude requires management of freedoms, which spells the end of freedom.
This system, this way of thinking, needs to create guilt in order to achieve greatness, so it points out all of the negatives of this American Culture. Christopher Columbus was a racist tyrant come to abuse the peaceful natives already here, and of course, white America is blamed for every ill affecting and infecting all other people. It’s all the white man’s fault, capitalism’s fault, and America’s fault. What they are really saying is that it’s freedom’s fault.
With that, white America, out of nothing but guilt, has allowed the culture of the Western world to be attacked in order to make more victims for the nice liberals to take care of. They’ve accepted and pushed for Affirmative Action, unbalanced welfare programs, rights for illegal aliens, Chicano studies, and inner city control through poverty pimps, and they did not fight back. So afraid of being called names, they allowed their families and their reputations to be attacked.
In the interest of fairness, they even allowed themselves to be treated unfairly. Indians have been given monopoly of and entire industry (Casinos) because of what white people have done to them. How can a state determine that only one race of people can operate a certain business? Do not give me the emotional nonsense of, “they are a sovereign nation.” If they were sovereign, Californians would not need the State to grant them a casino license. Does Mexico need California’s permission to set up Casinos in Mexico City? No, because Mexico is a sovereign nation. Indians are sovereign only when it is convenient. Where are the Indian UN diplomats, the Indian army or the Indian taxes?
This guilt has silenced any talk of policy and has replaced it with symbolism, and we’re left with symbolism over substance. Then we were given an articulate, black and white candidate. He was as socialistic as they come, and even promised to be so. But no one could counter him because it would be considered racist. The symbolic stance of Barrack Hussein (its okay now to say that) Obama was the greatest thing about him. Had he been an articulate, powerful, charismatic white man with no experience and a socialist agenda, he would not have been considered. It took years for us to get here, and now we cannot voice any opposition to him. We blame Bush, greedy bankers, or ourselves for the failures we see around us, and then comment on how good a speech he gives.
We are being robbed; not just with our tax dollars, but our very souls. Unless we wake up and call it out, we will lose our country. So, like the little boy standing on the corner watching the parade when the emperor came by with no clothes on, let me be the one to shout out: THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES ON! Barrack Hussein Obama is a horrible choice of president. I do not need to give him a chance any more than I need to give a robber a chance if I catch in with his hands in my pocket.
His polices has never worked for America; only for Communist leaders. His views of America are negative and helpless. It has always, always been the American people leading our government to the right direction. It has never been the government leading the people. The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Suffrage, and every social movement in our history came as a result of the American people confronting our government. Now we are to sit back and let them take good care of us?
No! I will not! The US Constitution was written by men worried about government control over our lives. It is a restriction on government, not the governed. The powers invested within the Constitution only restrict government, not the people. The Founding Fathers are shouting from their graves, warning us of this foolishness. But we cannot hear them; we are in the middle of a storm…THE PERFECT STORM! God bless us all.
All I heard the day after the election was, “It’s historical, it’s historical!” But all I was thinking was. “It’s hysterical, it’s hysterical!” Which one is it; historical because the first black man has become President or hysterical because of the religious fervor created by the symbolism?
What guides my political, social, economical, and spiritual beliefs is my faith. I bring every decision to the cross. Before being an American, my income or my friends comes Christ. Before I submit to the strong symbolism of having an articulate, intelligent charismatic black man leading this nation I will bring that symbolism to the cross. I do not belong to the black race, I belong to the race of Christ!
There is a difference between searching the bible and studying the bible. Some folks search the bible for passages agreeing with their personal views. They look for the bible to agree with them. But to study the bible allows the truths to guide your life no matter where it leads or how others perceive you.
I grew up in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. I marched, protested and confronted this government for my rights. I have known discrimination and I recognize how far we have come. I have always known how far we have come.
I remember watching television as a very young child when pregnant women could not be shown with large bellies. Since most of the women on television were white, I thought pregnant white women did not show when pregnant. It was symbolism.
As a teenager it was exciting news to see a black couple dancing on American Bandstand. To see black people operating in mainstream America was new and encouraging. But I also remembered having to swim in the creek instead of the community pool and even the cops and teachers called me racial slurs. Those are also strong symbols from the past.
We who actually lived through the Civil Rights Movement are seeing the rights of all disappearing. Eminent domain is gone and your home can be taken for a shopping center. The second amendment guarantees “someone” gun rights “with no infringement” but who? Americans are being stopped on freeways to check their citizenship, and being put before grand juries for indictment without any evidence, as in the Duke Rape case. This new generation seems only interested in the symbolic, feel-good measure of seeing a black President.
So, what are my Christian responses to Obama? How do we address the worldwide emotional excitement over the mere possibilities? I Cor. 3:18 – “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool (let him reject worldly wisdom and accept Godly wisdom), that he may be wise.”
The world gets really excited about the intelligence and wisdom of leaders. They fell safe with those they consider smarter and wiser. But God does not consider them higher than others.
Matthew 24:24, “…if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” We should recognize that we can be deceived. We humans must admit how we can look upon something and be totally misguided and will buy total disaster because it looks like a great opportunity. We cannot depend upon our wisdom, feelings, hopes, desires or leadership. The government is far too important to leave to politicians.
Since we know we can be deceived, what should we do? I am going to scripture to get some indication of when I should pause and pray.
One thing is clear; the world loves Obama. “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”(John 15:18-19 ESV) From foreign leaders to massive crowds in France and Germany, the world truly loves him. That is enough to give me pause. If the world hates Christ and loves Barrack, should that worry you? It does me.
The economical crisis: is it really a crisis? What caused it? How can we extract ourselves from it? Let us be a little calm, cool, and collective about the multi-billion dollar questions. It seems like every little blip or incident sends the economy into a tail spin. How could a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico cause long lines at the pump all over the South? How can less than 5% of the home mortgages going into foreclosure cause a financial collapse of world markets? They cannot. Not by themselves anyway.
One of the problems is that the world hates America but loves to trade with us. We are the only country that can innovate, develop, and inspire progress. Our economy is over 13.8 trillion dollars, making it the largest in the world by far. America’s economy is larger than those of the next four largest economies (Japan, Germany, China and United Kingdom) combined. Sure, they are growing, but the world is far behind us.
With all of their oil revenue, Saudi Arabia has only the 24th largest economy in the world, and Venezuela comes in 34th, at $228 billion per year. That is still a lot of surplus for these nations, and they certainly do not want to invest it within their own corrupt countries. Mexico receives $20 billion per year from illegals sending cash back to relatives. Yet when they go home to Mexico, they only have poverty to deal with.
Nevertheless, because we are an open society, most foreign nations and individuals can trade with and invest in America. So, wealthy business owners and foreign banks are heavily invested in our economy. We buy their oil, toys, cars, and clothing, and they take our money to buy crops, military hardware, and invest in our markets. It is the latter that is causing so many sleepless nights.
As India and China demanded more oil for their expanding economies and America refused to produced more domestically, investors began to “speculate” that prices would go up with the demand. So they invested heavily in the American market. At the same time, America’s lending institutions and banks, being encouraged by Congress, began to change their lending criteria and sold risky loans to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac companies who lobbied Congress for more risky loans. The more money they gave to Congress, the more support Congress gave them to make risky loans.
During this time something strange began happening in the western states. Many foreigners using fake ids (often from their own Consulates) began to buy homes with weak, unsupported loans. It was a boom business for all. As the dollar weakened, more overseas investments came into the market, creating more capital for the banks to lend. The explosive mixture was ready – all that was needed was the right spark.
First came the crack down on illegal immigration and the well publicized raids on businesses. Communities began to report the exodus of illegals back to their own countries and a decrease in the local work force. At the same time there emerged a noticeable increase in the foreclosure rate on homes. Those foreigners with fake identification had no reason to stick around; they were abandoning homes. It started in California and moved into Texas.
Gasoline hit around $4 a gallon in the U.S., and there was a revolt from citizens demanding more domestic production of oil. This had an immediate reduction in the price of oil and the speculators panicked. They moved their money out of oil, the price per barrel plummeted, and the foreign investors took their money out of the country. The dollar got stronger and banks started experiencing a “silent run” on bank accounts when large depositors began to take money out. The first cracks in the financial institution began to appear. Those “silent runs” were often foreign investors looking for better places for their money. Then the “panic” took hold and the U.S. Treasury asked Congress to inject 770 billion dollars of cash to be available to banks to lend out. Without the cash infusion banks could not lend and businesses could not pay monthly expenses.
Now that Congress has shown its willingness to support bad ideas and mistakes, State governments are standing in line for bailout money. The floodgates have been opened. The stock market will survive, but only after sanity returns.
In Denver, Colorado on July 2, 2008, a group of about 100 Christian Conservative leaders gathered to discuss the current political atmosphere. I attended this conference and sat on one of its panels to discuss political, social, and economic issues. The next day the press began its coverage and got most of the facts correct.
The Associated Press headline read, “Conservative evangelicals discuss backing McCain.” Times/CNN: “Christian Conservatives Uniting Behind McCain.” The Los Angeles Times reported “Religious right starts to consolidate for John McCain.” Also the World News Daily headlined “Evangelicals say McCain’s the one.”
What was not reported was the heated, honest discussion over the current direction of this country and what to do about it. You cannot get 100 unaffiliated leaders together without conflict, emotions, and venting. Many attendees have large followings and influences worldwide. Some could call on political policy makers to push their own agenda and opinions. What the press did not report on was that after the long hours of speeches, nominations, discussions, and even disagreements, the conclusion was met with camaraderie and support.
I did not meet anyone there whose first choice for President was John McCain, but he was the choice of most who left that room. It was said that the process of Christian political leaders to choose their leaders should have started immediately after the 2000 election. It was clear that Dick Cheney would not be running in 2007, so we should have chosen our nominee and supported him early. We will not make that mistake again.
While no one group or individual championed the meeting, it was obviously called and attended by those who supported Mike Huckabee for President. After all, it was a Christian political meeting. Mike Huckabee was in the hotel the night before, but did not attend this meeting, and I did not see him in the hotel during the meeting. However, I did speak with him the night before, and he seemed relaxed about the idea of supporting the Republican ticket and had genuine, solid ideas on why John McCain was the only sane choice now. I think his presence there, speaking to so many of his followers and supporters, made the choices on the following day much easier. Supporting John McCain was no longer seen as the group turning their backs on their first choice, Mike Huckabee.
However, Mike Huckabee’s appearance at the hotel did raise some questions. Did Mike Huckabee approve the support of John McCain? Did Mike Huckabee ask for our support and pressure for the second position on the ticket? I know when the press learns of the appearance of Mike Huckabee at the hotel the day before this event, there will be speculation about his motives. So let me give you my personal, first hand views.
I suppose if any politician was in the same hotel for another reason but found a hundred of his most loyal and financial supporters, he would stop by and say hello to a few of them. That happened the evening before in a private suite. It was not a reception for Mike Huckabee, but he was certainly the star there. He did not give a speech, nor did he discuss the Vice-Presidential position in the suite. What he did talk about were his values, love for his country, and obedience to God. I stayed until he left and spoke to him several times, and I did not get the impression that he knew about the meeting that would follow the next day. However any reasonable person would assume he knew.
However, at the meeting, one of his supporters did come up with idea of sending a letter to John McCain to request Mike Huckabee be added to the ticket. That motion came at the end of the evening and seemed quiet arbitrary and a spur of the moment addition to the conversation. It was a second thought to a comment, and became a motion.
I know some will wonder if it was an attempt of the “Religious Right” to force Mike Huckabee’s name onto the ticket. It would have been a brilliant move, and I would have supported it; but, I do not think it happened that way. John McCain will get the support of the Christian political leaders, but Mike Huckabee will always have their hearts.