Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Is President Trump a Patriot?






AlterNet is a far-leftist website, which posted the following article yesterday (Monday), "Trump's Phony Patriotism With the Radical Roots of America the Beautiful and the Pledge of Allegiance." 

My initial response to this provocative article was:
Which is worse, my leftist friends, "Phony Patriotism" or Being Unpatriotic?
I received two responses, one from Hughie the Sailor, who commented: 
That is such an emotionally charged and politically loaded term: "patriotism." Americans use it more than you claim that Canadians say "sorry". What do you mean by "patriot"?”

I then made the following comments, which were apparently censored by the website administrators, because I did not see them after I submitted them:

My first response (apparently deleted):
    pa·tri·ot ˈpātrēət/
noun

a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. 
     It seems to me that President Trump in his stated quest "To Make   America Great Again" personifies what it means to be patriotic. Mr. Trump ·       wants to put America first;·       wants to carefully and completely vet Muslims coming from Islam-inspired terrorist harboring countries;·       wants to secure our borders by building an impenetrable wall;·       wants to rebuild and strengthen our military to better defend our country;·       respects our veterans;·       rejects political correctness that has weakened our country;·       respecting the Constitution with appointment of a SCOTUS justice who is doesn't believe that it is a 'living' constitution that can be changed at the whim of the court;·       wants to control spending and minimize debt ... 
    To me this part of what it means to be patriotic.
My second response (apparently deleted, too):

I quoted Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower who said, “We must never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

Finding Liberty Lost, Independence Day, 2017


"The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance."  

-  Henry Ward Beecher


The World View in Five Minutes on Monday, July 3, 2017 had a special report by Emily Swanson,  "New Video Brings Out the True Meaning of Liberty.In the report below the author talks about the short video "The Lost Secrets of Liberty," which reviews what true meaning of Liberty to America. You can click on the link and watch the video.

Our liberty here in America is deeply rooted in our Christian heritage. The more we reject our heritage, the further we get away from it, the less free we are as a people. 

The recent perverse United States Supreme Court decisions making abortion and same-sex "marriage" legal are leading the culture to the loss of basic morality, decency and freedom. America needs to wake up and return to its roots.


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By Emily Swanson
A new video from Bill Heid and Heirloom Audio Productions entitled The Lost Secrets of Liberty, released in time for July 4th, has been censored by Facebook.
Heid sought to bring Americans back to a real meaning of liberty and how true liberty is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“When we talk about something like liberty or if we say, ‘There's oppression.’ That has to have some type of framework. That has to have some type of context. We have to say, ‘What is it that we're going to be free of? Who is that’s going to be free of what?’”
Heid said that we need a clear definition of liberty in a culture that has made liberty a cliche word.
“The poacher thinks that conservation laws are oppressive. He wants freedom and liberty from that. So what is it that we're going to talk about? My biggest fear that we cover in the video is this idea of liberty; it's almost like a throw away word. It's used so much. What is it that we're trying to get that has made us free? What is it that has created this? How can we get underneath this concept and start to discuss it?”
The reason given by Facebook for banning the film? “Images of nudity or cleavage.” Heid’s only guess is that it might have been from an image of Michelangelo’s painting. It appears as though Facebook is grasping at straws. And ironically, Facebook, which should celebrate liberty, is actively curtailing it.
Regardless of Facebook’s misguided agenda, Heid remarked that he hopes the video will be a conversation starter about liberty.  
“I like to think of the video as conversation starters. You could send it to an atheist friend or a Muslim friend or even a Christian friend that doesn't see things as we might.”  
Heid emphasized the video is to remind us that liberty must be tethered to the right foundation.
“It has to be tethered to something because no one can do anything that they want to do anytime they want to do it. No one has that type of abstract freedom.” 
Heid said that the discussion starts at remembering where man's slavery really begins.
“One of the things that Luther talked a lot about that really was the springboard of the Reformation and the hinge upon which a lot of this turns is that if we don't understand that being a slave to sin is a foundational issue, we're going to find ourselves way off track.” 
Heid said that the Word of God provides a great framework for discussing the freedom of the one and the freedom of the many.
“There's always been this battle between the one and the many. And most Americans don't even know what you would be talking about when you said that. When we're talking that way we're talking about, ‘What's more important? The guy in the pew or the church itself? The individuals in a marriage or the marriage itself? The voter or the entire populace of the United States. If you err on either one of those sides, you're going to have anarchy on one side or you're going to have tyranny, on the other side. What I'm positing here is that Christianity is the only thing that handles this one and the many with the equal ultimacy of the Trinity.”
Heid advised how Christians should speak out for liberty in our culture.
“The first thing we have to decide is what Christianity is going to be. If we're going to reduce it to this idea where salvation is kind of in a closet; I go to God for my fire and life insurance; then quite rightly it doesn't speak to other aspects of our life and culture. I'm somebody that's going to push this more comprehensive idea of what it means to be a Christian and where does the Bible apply. I'm going to say all of the Bible for all of life.”
Heid shared a little known story that he portrays in the film about founding father Ethan Allen representing the mindset of God-given liberty.
“Ethan Allen, when he's at the Fort Ticonderoga, as a young lieutenant, a Redcoat said to him, ‘By what authority are you on the King's property?’ And he said, ‘By the authority of the Lord God Jehovah and the Continental Congress.’ That's a really interesting thing because we have to start to say, ‘By what authority? Who has the authority to say this or that?’”
Heid said there needs to be a biblical awakening to reignite a desire for true freedom.
“If there's going to be an awakening it has to be biblically-centered. We have to fall back in love with God's revealed Word and then we can't be afraid to talk about it. We've got to get it out of its cage and say, ‘How is this applied?’ And then as far as liberty's concerned, I think that liberty needs to be a byproduct of something else. If you're faithful to God's Word, liberty is going to be one of those very enjoyable by-products.”  ...
Heid emphasized that we can only taste liberty by seeking God, not by seeking liberty as the end goal.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Reliant, The Movie

Roy Moore for U.S. Senate

Roy Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for displaying the Ten Commandments several years ago.  But he was re-elected as Chief Justice.  More recently he was suspended for not going along with same-sex marriage.  So he has decided to run for U.S. Senate.  This man is a proven statesman and a genuine Christian.  While other so called Christian politicians compromise for the sake of advancing their own political careers, Roy Moore has consistently support Christian values throughout his career even in the face of persecution from activist federal judges and wicked organizations like the ACLU.  See his campaign website

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Ohio Life Coalition Introduced

NEW OHIO LIFE COALITION INTRODUCED
Group formed to press for no compromise for abortion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 10, 2017                        
CONTACT:  Ed Sitter, President (419) 353-1977

CLEVELAND-Citing the need for a new strategy for pro-life victory and for a commitment to integrity, a coalition of metropolitan and regional pro-life organizations announced the formation of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, Inc.,  (RTLACO) as a new association of pro-life membership organizations in the state.

RTLACO focuses on developing and strengthening local grass roots pro-life leadership, true representative governing for the statewide organization, a commitment to a consistent, holistic pro-life standard to evaluate both policies and elected officials/candidates, and collaborative engagement to develop priorities for action. A press conference announcing the new group was held during the 2017 Bringing America Back to Life Convention, hosted by Cleveland Right to Life. This world class educational conference will become the RTLACO annual membership meeting.

"Over the last several years it has become increasingly obvious that the pro-life community in Ohio needs a new voice to champion the Right to Life movement" stated Ed Sitter of Greater Toledo Right to Life, the President of the new organization. "It is time that we embrace a governance model and strategy for victory for the 21st Century. We are going to put the roots in Ohio's pro-life grassroots movement."

Sitter also noted "to have an effective and vibrant statewide pro-life organization it must be genuinely grassroots in its DNA, a bottom-up movement similar to how our Founders envisioned the governance of our great nation." The coalition structure shows it will operate with a Board of Delegates, an Executive committee, a Legislative steering committee and a political action panel that each will be tasked with ensuring true statewide representation and coordinating on holding to a no-exceptions standard for both policy and candidate engagement.

Paula Westwood, executive director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, also a member of RTLACO, commented:  "Last year, our coalition became aware of a pro-euthanasia group, so-called Compassion and Choices, targeting Ohio to legalize assisted suicide, along with an attempt to enshrine in law a suspect end of life form called Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). We united over 35 Ohio pro-life groups and successfully stopped the MOLST bill and ensured that the legislature added class 3 felony penalties to existing sanctions against assisted suicide."

Sitter agrees. "The MOLST issue is a classic example of the value of having a legislative steering committee. This group of individuals from around the state will look beyond the headlines to see the underlying content. We will understand why we would or would not support a specific piece of legislation and then in turn communicate that understanding to those we represent before taking a position."

Some of the organization's key priorities and principles were put forth by member groups during the announcement. Paul Coudron, executive director of Dayton Right to Life, and Margie Christie, assistant director, spoke to the reasons why RTLACO is holding to a "no-exceptions" position in defending life and promoting policies, and also why support for religious liberty protections for people of faith will help ensure the continuation of pro-life efforts to end abortion. Coudron put forth that "if we leave any unborn child to the tender mercies of the abortionist's blade or forceps, or support politicians who believe a baby's value is dependent upon the circumstances of its conception, we have lost the right to continue to call ourselves 'pro-life'; we have become 'pro-regulation', which is just saying 'pro-abortion-but-in-fewer-circumstances'."

Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life and a board member of the coalition group, was one of the first in Ohio to expand the mission statement of a pro-life organization to include a defense of traditional man-woman marriage. She noted that standing on core principles will be a hallmark of the new organization: "It is vital that every organization that is part of this coalition is in unity on the core pro-life beliefs and family values. The pro-life grassroots in Ohio stand in solidarity on these principles. We recognize that we may take various views on timing and strategy, but our foundations must be solid and communicated clearly and effectively to our policymakers and others."

The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio is currently in the process of developing programs and support structures for member groups. Their board has engaged a legislative consultant to advance their initial policy priorities, and is planning strategies to help grow and empower local organizations within the Coalition. Ed Sitter closed by saying "We want to help be the catalyst that helps every local pro-life group in Ohio achieve their maximum effectiveness in the communities they serve, and to train and develop the next generation of pro-life leaders who stand uncompromisingly for the intrinsic value of life."


Cleveland Right to Life Mission
MISSION STATEMENT
WE believe that all human beings are made in the image of the Creator and must be respected and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. We know to be true that human rights begin when human life begins, as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence.  So as to foster a culture of life we promote and defend the right to life of all innocent human beings and reject such practices as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and same-sex marriage that are contrary to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God".  We represent pro-life citizens from over 8 counties in the region, making our organization one of the largest pro-life organizations in the State of Ohio. We focus our efforts first and foremost at the local level to achieve local solutions and then cooperate with the state and national pro-life efforts as directed and needed.