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Make America Great Again?

Some of the reasons people use for voting for Trump are the same reasons not to.

It is argued that since Trump is from a very liberal New York that he has had some democratic leanings. …understatement of the year right there!

One poster writes that “I’m from Philadelphia and used to be a moderate”..

I too used to be from Philadelphia, attended city schools, and have never been a moderate nor a democrat. I had parents who were not political nor religious, but by the time I reached high school I knew then that Social Security was a con game. So location does not determine ones political leanings, nor policy positions, ideology does. Trumps ideology lines up nicely with the progressive democrats and republicans whom he has supported liberally in the past. He has stated on a number of occasions that he gets along well with Pelosi and Reid and Schumer. These are not the words of a Constitutional Conservative nor someone who values limited government. While Conservatives and TEA Party members were fighting Pelosi and Reid Trump was contributing to their campaigns. When we were attempting to remove Mitch McConnell for his feckless leadership Trump was supporting his renomination.

He’s a business man, and as such has had to get along with both sides to do business….

Whatever happened to ethics? Another reason why I am not a trumpeter for Trump. Trump has proven time and again that he will do whatever he has to do to get his way. Sorta like the Clintons and Obama. Trump brags about using the system to further his business. Crony capitalism is what is wrong with politics not something to be trumpeted pun intended.

But he wants what we want… He fights for what I fight for… He’s one of us

He may want what you want but I am not sure he wants what I want. Speak for yourself. What is it exactly that you want from a President? Do you want someone to grab a whip and overturn the money changers tables? Are you looking for a theocracy to codify your particular ideology over any others? Are you looking for a supreme ruler to run rough shod over the constitution and take matters into his own hands to enact laws that effect all of America? Are you looking for someone to toss out the constitution and discard our republic?

I want a President who will uphold the Constitution and fight to protect it. Who will see to it that congress and the courts abide by the constraints of the Constitution and see to it that they uphold their oath to defend the constitution. I want a President who will speak on behalf of all America and fiercely guard their inalienable rights granted to them by their Creator and are not open for debate nor regulation by the government. In fact I would prefer that the entire congress would be so busy cleaning up their own houses that they would leave the American people and her institutions alone for a good 8 years. Let them reduce the size and scope of the governments reach and impact into our lives. Let them spend their time in office finding ways to CUT the government’s budget instead of increasing it every year. Instead of forever looking for ways to meddle into our affairs and the affairs of each individual state, let them focus on things of national importance like securing our borders and securing our interests abroad, making sure our allies know we will support them against any threat to their security. Let the American people take care of themselves, we are quite capable of handling our own affairs without having to ask Uncle Sam for help. Besides what is the purpose or need for local government if DC wants to run everything from capital hill?

Trump haters will be the real problem. … They will only help to elect Hillary

I do not hate Trump I just love the Constitution and America. I do not trust Trump. I do not even know what Trump wants to do with my country since he changes his position statements from one day to the next. Trump has not even mentioned the Constitution once during any of his many TV and campaign appearances. This country does not belong to any one man or political party it belongs to us. I do not need a savior since Jesus already occupies that position. We are voting for a President not a king. As President of the United States he is to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution does not grant to the President the all encompassing power to TRANSFORM America or SAVE America, the best he can do is UPHOLD the Constitution and see to it that Congress and the Courts do the same. The rest WE THE PEOPLE can handle on our own.

If you don’t support Trump you will help the most evil canidate win…

And who might that most evil candidate be? I did not vote for the worst President in my lifetime and yet I have had to endure two full terms of this jackass. Funny I heard all these same arguments 4 yrs ago and then 4 years prior to that. Heck I was even told that I needed to vote for the elephant party so that they could STOP OBAMACARE. How did that turn out?

I have been lied to by the best of them I can smell a lie a million miles away and I am afraid too many in America are eating their fill of lies and deception. I do not put my trust in any man or woman or transgender or questioning. But this much I have learned in my lifetime, the human condition is flawed and unless a person is born again of the Spirit of God then he or she is more likely to govern his or her affairs according to his or her own worldly wisdom which will continue to lead us further and further away from a sound moral and ethical nation. Trump is full of himself and worldly wisdom, that does not fill me with confidence in his ability to act ethically or morally.

Besides Trump does not care if I vote for him he wants to APPEAL to the Bern victims, he is not interested in my values or my support. He has to earn my vote if he wants me to vote for him. If Trump cared more for America and American values than whether people like him or not he would not trash so many Republican voters who have not supported him for any number of reasons. Trump wants to be President of the United States and yet he has no problem dividing the very party he is supposed to be representing as President. How is that supposed to work exactly?

If the GOP does not win this election it is the GOP’s fault for not nominating the right candidate to represent their party. The same thing happened in 1976 when the Republican party nominated Ford over Reagan and lost to a very weak candidate Jimmy Carter. When Reagan finally got onto the Republican ticket they won in two landslide elections. Since then the GOP has done everything it can to malign Reagan and distance themselves from his policies. Where has that gotten them? One lose after another and a nation in decline. So spare me if I do not share your sediments that unless I pull the lever for a republican candidate that I did not chose to represent me that I am responsible for electing the opposing party’s nominee. If Trump is so POPULAR across the nation he should have no problem winning this election. I just do not see a juggernaut of support for the Trumpster.

Unlike the Democrats many Republicans have ethics and morals and we do not simply walk in lock-step with whatever figure head is set before us. We do not bow down to idols of men. We are not easily persuaded to set aside our own convictions and throw caution to the wind and vote for just anybody.  The Democrats have no standards many Republicans don’t either, but for many in America values matter. Where are they supposed to go for representation since it is becoming increasingly evident that the Republicans do not value their votes nor their positions?

Ronald Reagan

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” Ronald Reagan

They say great minds think alike, or better put the student can only be as smart as the teacher (Matthew 10:25). Perhaps that is why Ronald Reagan shared the same thought as did Paul when he was writing to Timothy about those who did not believe what Paul was teaching. Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:7 they are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Paul was referring to men or women who were willful, boastful, proud, arrogant, self-absorbed, money hungry, chasing after pleasures and not seeking God. These folks are constantly chasing one passion or another, looking for the next big thing, seeking fame and fortune, never acknowledging God, in fact, attacking what is good if it interferes with their personal pursuits. They are always learning but never able to grasp what is real and true. They believe that what they believe is truth, but who can blame them since they were taught by those who believed they too possessed great knowledge and charged handsomely for others to get that knowledge.

Unfortunately, all that knowledge left them bereft of truth but now they have been awarded a certificate of accomplishment validating their intellect, although like Reagan said, they know so many things that just aren’t so.

How is this possible? Can we avoid being led astray by our intellects? Is there a point where we become too smart for our own good?

Let us look at how this might happen and then suggest what you can do to avoid it happening to you.

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.  John Naisbitt

1. We are learning too much

Information overload. With the advent of the internet everything, there is to know about anything can be found via Google. Since knowledge spells power and survival, and it is virtually easy to obtain, we are continually packing our minds with new information and knowledge. We err, however, if we assume that we can know God by doing a Google search, or worse believe that the internet has all the wisdom available to us. This is simply not true.

Spiritual truth is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit in moments of quiet and unhurried reflection and contemplation upon His word. Taking time to seek Him and His ways, not relying on our own human understanding. This is a slow process and in our hurry-up world of instant gratification, it is difficult for us to accept, especially if we are conditioned to stuffing in knowledge through condensed articles, blog posts, Facebook, and 140 characters of Twitter.

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance. Ruben Blades

2. We are learning the wrong “stuff “

In our quests for knowledge, it is easy to wander down the dark paths of forbidden knowledge, to partake of the proverbial forbidden fruit. If we recall Adam and Eve were told to keep away from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil found in the middle of the garden, they were permitted to partake of everything else in the garden. This did not satisfy their human curiosity and when tempted Eve took and ate the forbidden fruit and offered the same to her husband who also partook.

It was at that point that their eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked. They became self-aware, their eyes were opened to what they lacked and they lost sight of what God had provided for them. It was at this point that they set out to provide covering for themselves to hide their nakedness. They were now seeking human solutions to their earthly existence. They started out by rejecting God’s clear instruction to not eat from the tree and ended up hiding in the bushes.

Adam and Eve traded divine insight, Godly counsel for that which was being served up by a serpent. It did not turn out well for them, neither will it turn out well for us if we too are seduced to partake of the forbidden fruit of the poisoned tree.

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. Charles Spurgeon

3. We are hindered in our learning by our pride

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish (literally: a “moron”) that he may become wise.” (1 Corinthians 3:18b)

There is indeed a sense of pride and accomplishment when one earns a degree from an institute of higher learning. Many view a college education as the means to personal success and work to earn many degrees and perhaps even a Masters or  Ph.D.

Paul was a well-educated man, in fact, this is what he says about himself in his letter to the Philippians:

Philippians 3:4-8 (NIV)
4  though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
5  circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;
6  as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7  But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
8  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Here Paul was running down through his resume, extolling his credentials, he was making a list of his accomplishments. By the world’s standard Paul was successful, and yet Paul considered all those accomplishments as nothing compared to that Damascus road encounter with God. All his earthly pursuits, all the degrees he had attained led him into a life of opposition to Christ, in fact, he was persecuting the church and killing Christians. In his mind, based on what he was taught, he believed he was doing the right thing. He was seriously misled. He had been lied to and seduced by the serpent to seek knowledge apart from God.

It is good to seek the truth and to gain an understanding of how things really work to avoid the pitfalls that accompanying bad choices but consider the source of that knowledge. Turn off the cable news outlets and their sound bites, shut down the internet for a week and pick up a good book instead, better yet put up the “good book”. Allow yourself some quiet time to reflect on life and sort through all the information that has flooded into your head through the things you have seen and heard. Most importantly recognize that the wisest among us is not smarter than God. And you are not god.

Our prayers should be “I want you to be wise in that which is good, and innocent in what is evil.” (Romans 16:19b) and only God is good therefore make Him your source of good information, He promises to lead you into all truth. (John 16:13)

While making his 50 state Decision America Tour Franklin Graham spoke about the need for God back in the American political process. He found fault with both political parties and called upon Christians to pray for their nation and to repent of their and the nation’s sins.

Franklin Graham

Leading evangelist Franklin Graham speaks at a Decision American prayer rally held in Columbia, South Carolina on Feb. 9, 2016.


I agree with Mr. Graham that America has tossed God out with their progressive humanist secularism, but I can not lay the fault at the feet of the politicians the voting public chose. The focus of my concern is with the dereliction of duty of the Christian church, and the Christian home.

Persecuted Christians left their homelands and traveled across a dangerous sea to find a place where they could worship God freely and without government persecution. The pilgrims set up a colony in Massachusetts that had a lasting effect on the new nation being born. In fact, the Mayflower Compact was instrumental in the Constitution.

These brave men and women were not bashful about their devotion and service to God. They made sure that honor was given to God in their community. Parents taught their children the scriptures and made sure that they understood the importance of worshipping God in their lives and in their community.

Generations passed and parents stopped teaching their children the importance of faith in God and his place in society and instead shipped them off to government-run institutions where our children learned secular humanism and that God did not belong in the public square.

In the churches throughout the land, a place that once held significance in the local community, and was instrumental in public discourse on all things of societal life, pulpits were being filled with teachers who taught that a Christian’s citizenship was not of this world so they were not to bother themselves with the dirt and grime of politics and civics in general. Evangelicals were told to stay out of politics since it was worldly and corrupt. This left a void which was gladly filled by those who did not hold to Christian values and as such led our government down into the depths of humanism and away from God. The church said and did nothing for decades.

Now we find ourselves where we are today, adrift on the sea of worldliness driven by the winds of tyranny and debauchery. What do we find church leaders and evangelicals doing while the ship of state flounders in turbulent waters? They are supporting a secularist for the highest office in the land.

America needs a revival of spiritual fervor, a new Pentecost which will cause the body of Christ to burn with the spiritual passion once held by the pilgrims. A righteous indignation that will cause the people of God to fall on their faces and cry out to a merciful God to forgive them for their indifference and failures to pray for their leaders. America you have sinned, we have sinned against God and brought this hell down upon ourselves, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Do we really want America back? Back to the foundations laid by the Pilgrims? Do we really wish to see one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all? Then we MUST put God back where he belongs front and center in our lives and in our communities, and yes in our government. We as a nation need to vote for God in this election and those that are to follow.

And that is the way I see it. What say you?

Are Conservatives Really Conservative?


Jesus said to them, “The kings of nations have power over their people, and those in authority call themselves friends of the people. Luke 22:25 (GW)

In this recent Gallop poll 40% of those surveyed called themselves conservative with 56% of the respondents calling themselves either liberal or moderates. I have long contended that moderates are simply liberals refusing to acknowledge their true identities. Wearing the label ‘moderate’ does not bring with it the same baggage as those who wear the label of ‘liberal’. So then if moderates are only closet liberals it is easy to understand why our country is leaning so far left. 56% of the population are liberal or liberal leaning. It is possible that some of the moderates would lean toward conservatism but personally I do not think this is proven in another study I cite below.

Did you notice anything strange about this table? If according to the above Gallop Poll 40% of the population is conservative why are liberal spending programs not favored by 40% of the population for limited spending? It seems strange the socialistic programs of Social Security (notice the word SOCIAL is in the title) and Medicare are not even considered by these “conservatives” for spending cuts. The only program that receives the majority of votes for spending cuts is in foreign aid. Basically then if this study proves to be accurate 71% of the American people surveyed prefer socialism at home and not abroad. Considering foreign aid only amounts to 1% of total government spending I am afraid Socialism is here to stay in America.

The vast majority of people in this country—including a large chunk of those identified as conservative remain closet socialists on social security and medicare, and really for almost every category of public spending.

Those who responded to the Gallop poll that they are conservative have some real explaining to do. How can you call yourself a conservative and vote for continued Socialism in America? The direction America is going is the opposite of what the founders of this great nation fought and died for.

Listen to the words of Thomas Jefferson as penned in the Declaration of Independence, the list of grievances the colonies had with King George. Where it says he replace it with Obama and then ask yourself if you still consider yourself a conservative.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with
manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. (circumventing representation by formulating policies and writing laws behind closed doors excluding any republican legislator from the process, along with Pelosi suspending public debate on legislation and deeming a non-existant budget as passed)

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that
purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing
to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the
conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. (actually in this case it would be the reverse, not enforcing naturalizations laws and forbidding states to do so)

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of
Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. (too many to list but let us start with IRS, EPA, NEA, and the list of government bureaus grows rapidly year after year)

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to
our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to
their Acts of pretended Legislation: (subjecting us to the Law of the UN)

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and
altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: (negating bankruptcy laws in the Chrysler and GM bailouts, negating mortgage contracts in the home foreclosure laws being passed and suing a sovereign state)
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested
with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. (passing health care despite overwhelming opposition to it thus ignoring the voice of the people, the appointment of czars to enact policy and regulations effecting the nation)
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us,… (after all he was a community organizer)

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in
the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by
repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act
which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. (and yet he is, as the tea-party protest grew louder the slurs and ridicule grew stronger)

Today we accept as normal the constant harassment of the federal government, and confiscation of personal property far beyond anything King George could have enacted or imagined. Our acceptance of it is our Declaration of Dependence—dependence on government invasion and coercion. What our founders fought to free themselves from, the vast majority today fights to keep.

The dark force behind socialism is the public’s demand for and dependence upon government handouts. They not only demand them they stand in the way of anyone who tries to eliminate them.

The only way to reverse this trend is for those who are truly conservative to stand up and say no more government handouts of any kind. We need to ween ourselves off the teets of the federal government. We have to stop looking for the tyrannical state to come to our aid. We have to once again call upon the providence of God and as a free people we need to learn to live like it, or we will be forever enslaved to the tyrannical rule of the government, which will grow exceedingly large under each successive reincarnation until the entire weight of it comes crashing down upon our heads.

Sadly, millions of Americans willingly accept the belief that government is the engine of change for all that is good in society (they voted for hope and change). If history is any indicator, that belief is ill-placed. How many past political regimes that promised salvation instead brought tyranny and oppression? The absence of any exceptions proves the rule. The problem with socialism is those who promote it are the only ones who benefit from it (those who wrest their power from the people by making dependents of those same people.)

We have no one to blame but ourselves as these studies show. Although 40% say they are conservative, there is no proof of those same 40% holding any real conservative convictions when it comes to socialism. They, along with the rest of America, still wish to receive government handouts.

This is “A View from the Nest” what say you?

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Broken Fences


Do not move an ancient boundary marker
that your ancestors set in place.
Prov 22:28 (GW)
{Like} a city broken into {and} left without a wall,
{so} is a person who lacks self-control.
Prov 25:28 (GW)

What is dishonorably got, is dishonorably squandered. Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Source: Philippicoe (II, 27)

Today’s youth are surrounded by a vast wasteland of open spaces with no fences or boundaries. Our society’s efforts to remove all barriers to one’s “self awareness” and “self expression” has rendered our children lost in a maze of choices. Each choice is held as equal to the other, none holding any merit as a better choice because having the right to choose is more important than choosing right.

We would never send a toddler out in the deep forest without a guide yet we are leaving our young people to wander around in this vast wasteland of choices with no boundaries.

The current influx of illegal immigration has awaken me from the slumber of live and let live to a more thoughtful and purposeful train of reasoning.

If anyone can do whatever they want to do, whenever they want to do it, wherever they desire to do it, then we, as a society, has lost our moorings, and like a ship without a rudder we are adrift on life’s sea.

One must have a anchor point, a boundary, a place where there is no trespassing allowed. Just as with the first humans who graced this planet we too have been overtaken in our lawlessness from an unbridled greed and lust for more.

When there is no one to say no then we never learn the value of restraint. We never learn to appreciate that which does not belong to us. We never learn to appreciate the need to ask before taking or to respect the limits set by others.

A casual observer may scratch their collective heads wondering what in the world we are thinking, or which course of action we choose to be the right course. In our day of moral relativism with no moral absolutes anything anyone wants to do is acceptable as long as they can justify their actions with themselves.

Rules like ‘thou shalt not covet’ or ‘thou shalt not steal’ are completely ignored because we reason if we can acquire it then it belongs to us. Society has done all it can to rewrite or remove the prohibitions to self satisfaction.

Crashing the borders to get to where we want to be without regard to the occupants of that said place is just plan selfish and self serving.

A society nor a people can long survive if they do not limit themselves from their shameful lust for more and coveting what others have. We need to learn to be thankful for what we have and thank God for His provision. View full article »

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