Here’s Real Culprit to Blame for America’s Decline

Almost everywhere you look in the world today (especially the Middle East), there is confusion, conflict and catastrophic consequences to certain political activities. Rockets are being fired into Israel, which is retaliating with targeted strikes; ISIS (now IS) is threatening almost all of Iraq; Russia and Ukraine are apparently on the verge of a major conflict; there is civil war in Syria and Islamic unrest (Muslim versus Muslim) in Egypt.

Much is also being made today, by some here in the United States, about how corrupt politicians are an existential threat to our American way of life. One would almost think these politicos stand as the sole cause of America’s potential demise. The argument rages: “It’s the Senate, it’s the House, it’s the head of the VA, it’s the IRS leadership, it’s the CIA, and most of all it’s the president.”

We have become so accustomed to laying all our ills at the feet of our leaders that we have gotten to the point where not a single ounce of responsibility lies at the feet of those truly responsible for the current state of affairs. We completely absolve the true culprits of the real responsibility and then wonder, “How on earth could we find ourselves in such a predicament?” It seems we have forgotten who is really in charge and, subsequently, who is to blame. The real guilty parties? The American population – “We, the People.”

I have often written about the miracle of the American republic, how it was conceived and the divine wisdom imparted to our founders as they labored to coalesce 13 colonies of independent minds and regional peculiarities into a single great enterprise. This experiment, endeavor, enterprise has become the envy of the world and has singularly protected the rights of its citizens since March 4, 1789. Much has been written about the protections afforded to us by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and we are, indeed, a blessed nation, and should be extremely grateful to the thousands who died to secure and defend these rights and privileges. Yes, we, like many other nations, had slavery, but we also fought the bloodiest war in our history to end it.

Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico are poster children for the failure of their people to place legitimate, law-abiding politicians, with concern for the people, in office. Instead, they have allowed gangsters, gunmen and greedy dictators to become their “leaders.” As a result, a Pew Research report, which is based on a Department of Homeland Security report, classifies two of the aforementioned countries as “world’s most violent” and all four are steeped in “deep poverty.” (Just FYI, an extremely high percentage of the “refugees” – i.e., illegal aliens with below-average education levels – requires “your taxes dollars.” Oops, sorry, “government assistance.“)

Deliberately excluding God from the Capitol is certainly a major cause of many of America’s challenges today, but that’s for another column. For now, let me just say that “We, the People” is one of the major reasons why we are where we are today.We vote for people based on their looks, charm, promises and public relations departments, not for their knowledge of the construct of the American system of government and a true commitment to it.

Many, if not most, of these politicians are seeking office with less-than-honorable motives and some primarily in pursuit of personal agendas. We elect them in spite of their, and our, lack of knowledge of America’s founding precepts and then can’t understand the dire consequences. (What is happening at the aforementioned Mexican border is a prime example.)

According to a U.S. State Department report, there are more than 4.4 million people awaitinglegalentry into the U.S., and immigration experts say the total number is probably much higher. Does anyone really wonder why there are literally millions of people waiting to come to America? In a word: freedom. America is the premier example of “liberty and justice for all” in the world today. People come here and, like you, are given the freedom to succeed or fail as they choose.

If we seriously consider how easily this gift of freedom, purchased with the blood of patriots, can slip away, perhaps we would come to our senses and realize that a few voting cycles of engaged and informed Americans could actually bring us back from the precipice.

We cannot afford to carelessly surrender our responsibility to be an informed citizenry who is prepared to vote into office only those who truly represent the founders’ concepts of freedom. This requires effort on our part, of course, but if we care enough to safeguard our precious freedoms, there is still time to turn the ship of state around and sail into open waters again.

All of the brilliance of the God-ordained principles behind America’s founding documents cannot make up for the ignorance of a people who do not seriously consider, and research, the choices set before them. With this knowledge, they should then in every election vote only for those who do not forget that “We, the People” are the rulers of the United States of America – not 435 representatives, 100 senators, nine Supreme Court justices and one president.

It’s about us!

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson

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Most hated nation award goes to …

The demonstrations against Israel in numerous countries, including the U.S., brought to mind an article I had written several years ago. I was asked a question by a journalist. “Sir,” the TV reporter asked, “why do you think people hate Israel?” I thought, “What a question!” In all the enlightened pundits’ ponderings, I had never heard anyone address that issue. Why do the nations of the world hate Israel?

This is not just a recently observed, or Arabic-inspired, hatred; anti-Semitism has been rampant worldwide for centuries. Many of us are familiar with the virulent anti-Semitism of the Third Reich, Hitler’s Holocaust and the seizing of Jewish assets by international bankers.

Why does Israel generate such a visceral response? There is no structured hatred against any Arabic nations that I am aware of. Some may consider the French rude, but no one disputes their right to exist. The English, often considered snobs, are not marked for annihilation. Even the “ugly Americans,” who are hated around the world (according to many apologists for terrorists), are not targeted for genocide.

To my knowledge, no African, European or Asian nation is so marked for destruction. So why Israel?

Massive armies have marched and powerful intrigues have been introduced against her. In the fifth century B.C., Mordecai and Esther appeared on history’s stage to save the Jewish nation when “Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes, even the people of Mordecai” (Esther 3.6). Since Abraham, there have been practically incessant attempts from almost every quarter to destroy his progeny.

Today, substitute almost any radical Islamic leader for Haman, and discover that the goal is identical – the total destruction of the Jewish state. Israel, a country about the size of Rhode Island with a population about equal to New Jersey, sits in the heart of more than 100 million Muslims, many of whom have expressed their dedication to the annihilation of this tiny nation.

In 1948, the day after Israel declared its independence, five powerful invading armies – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq – simultaneously attacked the embryonic nation. The so-called “Palestinian refugee problem” is the direct result of Arabs voluntarily leaving their homes on the eve of this invasion. The invading armies promised a quick return immediately after “jihad” – “… a war of extermination, a momentous massacre, which would be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the crusades” (Arab League Secretary Azzam Pasha). Haj Amin Al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, declared “a holy war, my Muslim brothers! Murder the Jews! Murder them all!”

Some years ago, the queen of England asked Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli for proof of the existence of God. “What is there to prove the existence of God, Benjamin?” she asked. His response was simply, “The Jew, Your Majesty.” A simple answer on the surface, but profound in its implications.

As minuscule Israel on a map seems to point like a dagger at the heart of radical Islam, the Jew points at the heart of every human being hostile to the concept of God. Man has tried “scientifically” to explain away creation and has altered history to explain away the Exodus. We can dispute almost all human evidence of God’s existence, except one – the Jew.

In spite of every effort toward their deliberate extermination, from Haman to Hitler, Pasha to Hussein, the Jewish nation has survived. Despite the fact that Israel has fought several wars against numerically superior armies committed to her destruction, the tiny nation state remains.

The real war against Israel is not religious, economic or even territorial.

It is spiritual.

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Predominant among the stories captivating the media today is the current conflict in Israel/Gaza. One can scarcely get through to the next commercial without an update on this war. Generally speaking, the reporters are in Gaza pointing out Israel’s actions. Occasionally they mention the thousands of rockets that have been fired into Israel by Palestinian terrorists. However, more prevalent are reports of the deaths and wounding of Palestinian civilians, complete with pictures of destroyed homes and videos of smoke from burning buildings. We have been treated to reporters surrounded by Arab children and inundated with videos and statistics of injured Palestinians (especially children) being rushed off in ambulances.

An extremely interesting opinion piece written by Thane Rosenbaum for the Wall Street Journal highlights some interesting sidelights:”There are now reports that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are transporting themselves throughout Gaza in ambulances packed with children. Believe it or not, a donkey laden with explosives detonated just the other day.” (I know the animal-rights activists will be outraged by that.)

The reports continue as, “Oh yes, by the way, Hamas fired hundreds of rockets into Israel today.” Somehow they forget to mention that same thing happened yesterday and the day before, etc., ad nauseam. The unbiased media seldom mention the more than 2,000 rockets launched into Israel since the terrorists moved into Gaza after Israel withdrew. I have yet to see a video of Israeli children and adults dashing for a bomb shelter to escape Palestinian rocket attacks.

According to our own government, America has – along with Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and the European Union – officially designated Hamas as a “terrorist” organization. Additionally, Hamas has violated every ceasefire, continued to smuggle in arms and stockpiles of weaponry through elaborate tunnels, has continued firing rockets at Israeli citizens and has a number of times demanded the annihilation of the nation of Israel. Hamas is now an official part of the Palestinian government. Oddly enough, you hear almost no commentary on this, only calls for an immediate ceasefire by Israel.

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I do not recall Secretary of State John Kerry flying in to meet with the Palestinian leadership to stop their firing rockets into Israeli towns and villages. Nor do I remember hearing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lambast, as he did Israel, Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and calling for an immediate ceasefire by the Palestinians first.

There are, of course, those who vociferously and continually condemn Israel for its treatment of the “poor Palestinians” who, incidentally, overwhelmingly voted to incorporate terrorists into their government. You can read numerous articles about how badly the Palestinians Arabs are being treated by Israel, who, according to said articles, obviously “hate Arabs.” Coincidently, these same authors neglect to mention that today there are almost as many Arabs (1.6 million) living as free, full-fledged citizens in Israel as there are living in Gaza (1.7 million).

However, neither Christians nor Jews (who freely accept their Arab and Christian neighbors) can live in Gaza.

Hamas, now that it is officially part of the government in Gaza, has edited its manifesto. It has shifted to a more moderate position; it no longer calls for the destruction of Israel but “the establishment of an independent statewhose capital is Jerusalem” (emphasis added).

“Since the establishment of limited Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the mid-1990s, the U.S. government has committed approximately $5 billion in bilateral assistance to the Palestinians, who are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid” (Congressional Research Service).

Keep in mind, Israel and America are allies, yet the Obama administration announced a week ago that it is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to the Palestinian government.

“Humanitarian aid” to a government that calls on its own citizens to refuse to leave buildings Israel has warned will be targeted? If these government officials are willing to have their people killed by pre-announced Israeli airstrikes and artillery barrages, how much humanitarian concern does it have?

Quick question: In the history of warfare, how many nations have pre-warned the enemy of an impending strike? These government officials and religious leaders are willing to have their people killed during pre-announced attacks for political propaganda purposes. They encourage their citizens to die just to make an anti-Israeli political statement to the media. That’s humanitarian concern for the wellbeing of its citizens? Does anyone really think a government that would sacrifice its own people to make a political statement to the media has any real concern for the actual wellbeing of its citizens?

In “da hood” (the neighborhood), “What up wid dat, Homies?” is essentially the request for a report on the status quo. They are looking for an answer to a specific issue from those currently in the know. If it is a question as to the current generalized state of affairs, “dat” (that) is left out. Specific information requires a “dat.”

I have a question for the current administration. You just approved an additional $47 million in humanitarian aid to a government that openly calls for the destruction of its neighbor, continually allows rockets to be fired at civilians and promotes the death of its own citizens as martyrs and human shields.

“What up wid dat, Homies?”

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“Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded.” That was a statement made by Khaled Meshaal, a leader of Hamas.

The following was received by Israeli citizens in the Binyamin region via text message (after Israel had agreed to a potential ceasefire) and prior to the escalation of Israel’s action to protect its citizens from indiscriminate rocket attacks:

“Your government claimed yesterday that it stopped the battle, but without our consent and meeting our conditions – and it thought we were rash enough to [agree to a] cease-fire. On the contrary, we hurried to strike anywhere in Israel – from Dimona to Haifa – and we made you hide in shelters like mice.

Again, we warn you – if your government does not agree to all of our conditions, then all of Israel will legally remain open to our weapons fire” (Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades).

The al-Quassam Brigade is the same group that stated, “Our battle with the enemy [Israel] continues and will increase in ferocity and intensity.”

There are those who always hasten to blame Israel for any increase in the violence that erupts in the region. The United Nations, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the president of the United States seemingly call on Israel first to refrain from violence. I have yet to see the United Nations and the American hierarchy lay the blame for the continuing unrest in the area at the feet of the Palestinians, who have now made a pact with, and brought into their government, the internationally designated terrorist group Hamas.

According to the BBC:

Hamas “originally had a dual purpose of carrying out an armed struggle against Israel – led by its military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades – and delivering social welfare programs. But since 2005, it has also engaged in the Palestinian political process, becoming the first Islamist group in the Arab world to gain power democratically (before forcibly taking control of its stronghold of Gaza). Hamas is designated a terrorist organization by Israel, the U.S., EU, Canada and Japan due to its long record of attacks and its refusal to renounce violence. Under the group’s charter, Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel.

Remembering that Hamas is now an integral part of the Palestinian Government, some might be interested in these quotes taken from the Hamas charter written in 1987:
The Slogan of the Hamas … reads as follows: “Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its constitution, jihad its path, and death for the cause of Allah its most sublime belief.” In addition, the Hamas Charter says that jihad, or holy war, “becomes an individual duty binding on every Muslim man and woman.”

It explicitly abjures negotiated settlements as mechanisms for peaceful coexistence: “There is no other solution for the Palestinian problem other than jihad. All the initiatives and international conferences are a waste of time and a futile game.”

It further calls for the fulfillment of the Quranic scripture, which reads: “The prophet [Muhammad] said: ‘The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”

It never ceases to amaze how the international media, and our national media in particular, always seem to lay the blame at the doorstep, or should I say the oft-violated border of, Israel. It is also interesting to note that no mention is made by the media of the fact that even during the current conflict, Israel still allows tons of consumer goods, including foodstuffs and gasoline, to cross into Gaza through its security crossings.

The AP news service is quick to highlight the deaths of Palestinians, especially the admittedly tragic deaths of children (who are often used by Hamas as human shields). The same “news” services fail to point out that the reasons there are not more Israeli deaths, from rockets launched into Israel, are the Israeli shelters and Iron Dome intercepts. Somehow, the writers also forget to mention that if there were no rockets being fired and terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens in the first place, there would be an abiding peace in the region.

One final thought: Muslims are brutally murdering other Muslims. One Muslim leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, “was concerned with the brutality al-Baghdadi’s [another Muslim ISIS leader] jihadist group displayed with beheadings, amputations and crucifixions not only against Shiites and Christians but also Sunnis whom al-Baghdadi’s fighters didn’t believe were devout enough.”

Imagine how different it would be in the Middle East if the Palestinians possessed the military might of Israel!

If Muslims so brutally murder other Muslims who they don’t feel are “devout enough,” is it any wonder their leaders claim “Israel must die”?

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OK, so I have said, “We think they think like we think” on more than one occasion, but until we fully grasp the concept of differing thought postures, vis-a-vis Islam, the West will find itself at a serious disadvantage in any controversy that involves armed conflict. As a general rule, Western civilization values human life except until recently and in certain political arenas, like abortions.

Because of this posture, we tend to hold those who are “on our side” to the same standards. A prime example of this is what is happening in Israel at the moment. The Jews, especially because of the Holocaust, place great value on human life, up to and including the treatment of those Palestinians who seek to kill them

The Jews still allow tons of foodstuffs, fresh water, gasoline and other essentials through their security checkpoints into Gaza. Palestinians, on a recurring basis, are transported through security checkpoints into Israeli hospitals for treatment; the cause of the injury or medical problem is not taken into consideration since it is a purely humanitarian response to human need.

Many in the West make a grave and tragic error in their continuing insistence that it is almost solely the responsibility of Israel to “make peace with her neighbors.” This is exacerbated by the failure (or refusal) of the media to report both sides of the story. Israel has made, and continues to make, every reasonable attempt to negotiate a mutually acceptable, beneficial-to-both-sides peace with the Palestinians. However, Israel rightly insists that any peace treaty would provide for the security of its citizens.

Let me offer one or two brief examples in support of my position. Hamas (and now perhaps ISIS) regularly and indiscriminately fires rockets into Israel in an attempt to kill Jews (men, women and children). Only the Israeli early warning system, and Iron Dome system, prevents greater carnage.

Let the record show, as Prime Minister Netanyahu pointed out, that Hamas “embeds its terrorists (and weapons factories) in hospitals, schools, mosques and apartment buildings throughout the Gaza Strip.” Hamas, and other terrorists, hide behind Palestinian women and children while firing rockets at Israeli women and children who live in Tel Aviv, Sderot, Beer Sheba and Haifa.

I was in Israel during a rocket attack, and we hastily pulled into a building with a covered drive- through and I heard the blasts while awaiting the all-clear siren. A friend of mine, also an American citizen, was knocked to the ground by an explosion, as he dashed into a bomb shelter (which our ministry helps provide: This is almost daily life for many Israelis.

I have a couple of questions: First, how would you suggest the U.S. government react if Mexico were firing rockets into California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas on an almost daily basis (almost 13,000 since 2001), killing dozens and wounding thousands of American citizens (including your family members) simply because it claims Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California are still a part of Mexico? Second, what do you think it would be like for the Jewish people if the situation were reversed – say Hamas and the Palestinians (instead of Israel) had what is probably the best trained, best equipped, most powerful military in the Middle East?

In addition, as has been pointed out, Hamas deliberately situates its rocket launchers and weapons factories in crowded Palestinian neighborhoods. Believe it or not, Israel, with remarkable restraint and concern for human life, actually makes phone calls, sends text messages and even drops leaflets to advise Palestinian civilians of pending retaliatory attacks on these areas. Yet here is an example of the Islamic terrorists’ compassion: When Israel informs the Palestinians of an impending air or missile strike, the local Hamas leadership encourages and/or rounds up people to rush into the aforementioned target areas.

In the West, especially among those on the left, there is a failure (or refusal) to acknowledge a simple fact: The Palestinians do not have the same regard for any human life (including their own) as do the adherents of Western civilization.

In support of this position, here is some shocking information reported by CBN News:

In his latest book, “Financing the Flames,” New York Times bestselling author Edwin Black details how the Palestinian Authority rewards terrorists who have killed Israelis.

“As soon as a terrorist commits an act of terrorism against an innocent civilian in Israel – whether that’s cutting the throat of a child or stabbing a man standing at a bus or blowing up a building,” Black said, “as soon as that man does that, he goes on a special salary from the Palestinian Authority, under Palestinian law – a law known as the Law of the Prisoner.’”

The more Israelis killed, the bigger the financial reward.

“‘He gets a graduated salary depending on how heinous the crime is,” Black continued. “If he kills five people and gets five years, he gets one salary. If he kills double that number and gets double the sentence, he gets double the salary. And so this actually incentivizes the misery, mayhem, and carnage that the terrorists commit.”

Black told CBN News this is a long held policy. He spent time on the ground interviewing Israeli and Palestinian officials and found that the PA does not hide this cash-for-killers program.

“There’s an entire ministry, called the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners, that actually oversees the distribution of this money and there is its counterpart in the civilian sector known as the Prisoner’s Club,” Black explained.

“Now this money constitutes some of the best salaries in the Palestinian Authority,” he continued. “So you can literally go from poverty to wealth in the Palestinian Authority by committing an act of terrorism.

“This amounts to about 6 percent of the Palestinian budget,” he said. “This money is paid on a priority basis. You can make as much as $3,000 or $4,000 a month while in prison just for committing this act of terrorism.”

According to Black, some of the money can be tracked back to American taxpayers because the U.S. currently provides $400 million per year to the Palestinian Authority.

“There’s a law against any of our money benefiting terrorism,” Black said. “But in point of fact, approximately 6 percent of all the money we fund to the Palestinian Authority is probably diverted by them to fund terrorists’ salaries.”

“The money comes. It goes right to the prisoner. The prisoner signs a P.O.A. – a power of attorney. He transmits that money to his bank account, to his lawyer, to his girlfriend, to his family, to his mother, to his organization,” he explained.

“And this is the system we have in place. Our State Department knows it. Our administration knows it.”

Here is a video of a) Palestinian leaders informing the media of this strategy, b) dragging children into an area from which Palestinians are firing at Israelis and c) a Palestinian leader exhorting, extolling and advocating death for his followers.

As long as we refuse to recognize the truth of the statement, “They don’t think like we think,” we are opening the door to even greater tragedy. The simple truth is, they think very differently, as publicly expressed by this member of the Palestinian parliament, Fathi Haman, who praises the women and children who form human shields, even after being forewarned by Israel, “It is as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy; ‘We desire death like you desire life.’”

Get it? They do not think like we think.

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Our President does not rule by Fiat

It is my considered opinion that far too few Americans have actually read and comprehend the basis for the colonists’ Declaration of Independence. I sincerely hope I am wrong.

As we have just celebrated another Independence Day, I am afraid many Americans have forgotten, or they are simply ignorant of, the true basis for said Declaration. It was not so much about tea and taxes as it was the tyranny of a King who continuously usurped the rights of the American people to make their own decisions about life and liberty. In support of that statement, I offer the following document:

The Declaration of Independence (partial)
July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great

Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. (emphasis added)

Sometimes we miss the heart of a matter, owing to various interpretations or a lack of knowledge of the subject. The basis for the Revolution was, as stated, the “establishment of an absolute Tyranny” by the King of England. In other words, the colonists were subjected to laws made by fiat. It was not “tea and taxes”but the imposition of the will of one man over, above, and without the consent of the governed.

As previously stated,Governments … derive their just powers from the consent of the governed,”not by divine right or by dictatorial fiat. The entirety of the American form of government (which is a republic, not a democracy) is based upon a leadership which governs by permission of the governed.

Today in Washington, however, we are seeing the imposition of the will of one man over the people via executive fiat (ala the king of England) against which the colonists rebelled. Today these dictatorial edicts are not called “divine fiat” but “executive orders.”

The president of the United States is not a sovereign empowered to rule by fiat or executive order but is a public servant granted, by the will of the people, to serve for a designated period of time. This is why there are no lifetime appointments in government except in the Supreme Court (and in my opinion, justices should not be appointed for life, either).

In our form of government, it is the people who are sovereign, not the public servants and“whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

This is the basis for our republic–one man, one vote–expressing the will of the electorate, which is the cornerstone of our (threatened) liberties and the justification for and validation of our Declaration.

It is my fervent hope and earnest prayer that those who have not read (or re-read in a while) the Declaration of Independence will take a moment this 4th of July weekend to read, consider and apply the principles contained therein, because then, and only then, will God continue to bless America.

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Is Israel the next stop in Mideast crisis?

There is an extremely interesting Situation Report, or SITREP, on the current Middle East crisis. ISIS is seeing many victories.

The term “crisis” encompasses an overall view of the existing, and developing, activity in the region. To grasp the true danger, one must understand the basis for some of the thinking and actions that are the impetus for the currently existing, and worsening, situation.

In a recent article, I indicated that it is vital to comprehend that the participants “don’t think like we think.” That is crucial, as it can give valuable insight into, and perhaps an answer to, the question, “Where do we go from here?” Failure to comprehend and properly address that question could have profound implications, not only in the Middle East but for the rest of the world, as well.

At the risk of being repetitious, we must clearly grasp the significance of the concept that these people “don’t think like we think.” The combatants involved in the current Middle East situation think and act on an entirely different level, prompted by totally different motivations. The West, for the most part, sees war as a last resort; we only fight when we are forced to. Given our “druthers,” we’d “druther” negotiate than fight. And while America and most Western countries are not cowardly, they do value human life. Yes, our soldiers have died on foreign fields, but they did not go there to die. They went there to fight. We don’t necessarily fear death, but we do not seek or welcome it.

What many in the West do not understand is, the same words can mean different things to different people. Christians accept martyrdom – dying for not denying the faith – while, on the other hand, Islamic militants welcome death as martyrs (shaheed), as martyrdom is the access key to paradise. Here are words from Osama bin Ladin:

“[A] martyr’s privileges are guaranteed by Allah; forgiveness with the first gush of his blood, he will be shown his seat in paradise, he will be decorated with the jewels of belief, married off to the beautiful ones, protected from the test in the grave, assured security in the day of judgment, crowned with the crown of dignity, a ruby of which is better than this whole world and its entire content, wedded to seventy-two of the pure Houris (beautiful women of Paradise) and his intercession on the behalf of seventy of his relatives will be accepted.”

Men who, for the most part, live in abject poverty, with no hope of ever being able to afford to obtain a wife, have not the slightest inclination toward any type of peaceful solution to the Middle East conflicts (especially if they are also being successful on the battlefield).

Osama bin Laden was not alone, as evidenced by this portion of a speech given by the Supreme Spiritual Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, at Ayatollah Khomeini’s Mausoleum:

“Let me say to you: these stances [of American administrators on suicide bombings] will not be of any use. This quest for martyrdom is not based on emotions; it is based on belief in Islam and faith in [the] Judgment Day and faith in life after death. Anywhere Islam exists in its true sense, arrogance faces this threat.”

Still, while there may be a deep schism existing between the two dominant groups, Shiites and Sunnis, these two groups worship the same god. They have a deep and abiding animosity toward one another as each group believes, strongly, that the other is totally mistaken in their theology, based on their ecclesiastical history. But while Western groups may differ as Catholics, Protestants and Jews, they all worship the God of Israel; and though they may dispute doctrinal points, they do not regularly resort to violence (except occasionally, as in Ireland).

Catholics, Protestants and Jews have fought side by side against oppression as evidenced by World War I and World War II; and in my opinion, Sunnis and Shiites will fight side by side against “kafirs” (unbelievers) if the chance to fulfill one of their highest ambitions, here on earth, presents itself.

That ambition? The destruction of the state of Israel.

This is the real danger faced by the West, and Western leadership somehow seems unable to grasp the hidden danger of the current Muslim conflict in the Middle East. This developing potential crisis seems to have slipped past the Western world’s leadership. While Sunnis and Shiites fight one another in Iraq and portions of Syria, a dangerous reality has come about which could lead to a major world conflagration and the world media has somehow failed to recognize and report this.

Let us briefly consider a simple, oft publicly unstated truth: Muslims, as a whole, do not accept Israel’s right to exist. Several wars fought (and won) by Israel since its inception testify to this fact, and that brings us to today.

Look objectively at a map of the Middle East, observe Israel (if you can find it; its name will doubtless appear written in the sea since the country is too small to hold it), and you will see the precarious nature of her existence. Except for Egypt (under Sadat ) and Jordan (which, in a treaty, gained approximately 380 square kilometers of land and water from the Yarmouk and Jordan rivers), every other Muslim-dominated country is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Remember, when Israel became a nation in 1948, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen all joined in a combined attempt to annihilate her.

So today, if you consider carefully, you will find Sunni-dominated Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Sunni-dominated Palestinians in the Gaza strip all vehemently opposed to Israel’s continued existence. Today on Israel’s northern border, Syria, a country with a large Sunni population in sympathy with ISIS, is ruled by a small Shiite minority and in Lebanon, Hezbollah, whom Israel defends itself against, gets weapons from Shiites in Iran (another country that has sworn to destroy Israel).

The next-door neighbor to Syria (the aforementioned home of the current Shiite-Sunni conflict), Iraq, has experienced some major losses over the past weekend. Apparently, the Sunni terrorists have captured two key Iraqi border crossings, one into Jordan and the other in Syria. The next logical step would be a hostile move against Jordan, but since Jordan is predominately Sunni, will there necessarily be a war? Would not Sunni join with Sunni? Would not Shiites also join in a war to annihilate Israel? Who and what is to prevent another unified Muslim assault on Israel?

Is the next stop Israel?

Let us be abundantly clear about one simple truth. In World War II, the Jews (and the world) were not prepared or conditioned to believe that something as horribly incomprehensible as the Holocaust could, in fact, occur. Today, however, the world, but more particularly the Jews (now Israel), knows beyond a shadow of doubt that the threats of annihilation are not simply political rhetoric. Consequently, almost all the Jewish people are universally committed to the defense of their homeland, as the following statements clearly indicate:

“Following the Holocaust, two phrases stand out above all others as concrete universal Jewish resolutions. The first, ‘Zachor’ (to remember), is to ensure that the past will never be forgotten and its memory will always serve as a guide for the future.”

The Jews will no longer be deceived by rhetoric and false denials. However, lest there be some misunderstanding as to what this means to the Jewish people, they added a second phrase, which is observed annually in the State of Israel: “Never Again.”

“Yom Hazikaron (The Day of Remembrance) is not limited to the horrors of a particular time or place, nor by extent or methods, but rather it symbolizes the Jewish people’s collective resolve to never stand by the blood of their brethren and to never allow innocents to be brutalized for the crime of being Jewish.”

Please keep in mind, Israel has developed, and maintains, one of the best equipped, best trained, highly motivated militaries in the world. It is an open secret that the Israeli military possesses nuclear weapons, jets, submarines and rockets that can reach the capital cities of all who have declared themselves enemies of the Jewish people.

In the words of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in 2011:

“Israel always reserves the right to defend itself. We are a nation that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust. When we say “Never again,” we mean, “Never again.”

Israel will never allow another Holocaust – even if it precipitates World War III.

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The president, Congress, the U.N. and the American national media are all engaged in deciding what to do about Iraq and the conflict currently raging there. This president, who, after the war there had been won and a measure of peace established, pulled out all our troops, is now reinserting 300 “military advisers.” (FYI, we still have thousands of troops in Germany, Japan and South Korea, to name just a few former war zones.)

Unfortunately, the president, et al, is almost all guilty of the same failure to grasp the root of the conflict and how to resolve same. This misunderstanding is based on a simple, but mostly unrealized, truth: We think they think like we think. This results in a misinterpretation of what is happening, and what can still happen, in the present Iraqi conflict, and it is all based on this fundamental misconception.

Our leadership labors under the mistaken “truth” that all people essentially hold the same values and, therefore, basically think alike. The result is, those responsible for making decisions assume the adversary will respond as we would given similar circumstances. The basis for this egregious error lies in the mistaken belief that the people involved hold, and are constrained by, the same values to which we adhere. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the basis for the belief systems are antithetical.

Most people assume everyone else “thinks like I think, holds the same value system I do, and basically adheres to the same moral code.” Consequently, they anticipate and base their actions (and reactions) on what they would do given similar circumstances. This problem is clearly revealed in many of the West’s responses (or lack thereof) to much of what is happening today in the Middle East (and is at the root of much of the criticism of Israel, I might add).

This misunderstanding of the action (or lack thereof) is rooted in the view of those making decisions. They fail to realize they are basing their action, or inaction, on the basis of their mindset, the Judeo-Christian value system. The West is rooted and grounded in what is essentially a biblical mindset, though not referred to as such; our value system is based on biblical (not religious) principles.

An unbiased, dispassionate view of the Western legal system will reveal that almost all we hold to be illegal or immoral is based upon the Ten Commandments, the foundation of our Judeo-Christian civilization. Human life, until recently vis-a-vis abortion, was held to be sacred. Prior to the liberalization of our judicial system, murder carried the death penalty. Just take one primary rule for example: It is against the law to kill someone. Why? Murder is illegal because it is based essentially on the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” Lying and/or stealing were considered wrong/illegal; businesses were closed on Sunday; we respected parents and marriage, all based on the self-same commandments.

Fact is, we thought most of the world knew right from wrong. The problem lay in the definition of right and wrong. The truth of the matter is, only Western civilization is based on these Judeo-Christian values. Unfortunately, we forget that much of the world does not know and, therefore, does not subscribe to these values. Almost the entirety of Asia, India, most of Africa and the entire Middle East (except for aforementioned Israel) neither subscribe nor adhere to our values.

When dealing with someone who does not adhere to the same principles, you have the basis for the type of situation currently existing in Iraq, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. We negotiate with them based on our value systems while they negotiate based on theirs, but the simple truth is, they don’t think like we think.

Human life, for example (excepting Israel) does not have the same value there as here. A suicide bomber in the West would not be hailed as a “hero.” A man who kills his wife for alleged misconduct would not simply walk away justified; stealing by a Baptist from an atheist would not be condoned; Methodists killing Episcopalians or Pentecostals would not be hailed as justified, heroic actions with rewards promised in the afterlife for such deeds. Simply change the names from Baptist to Muslim, atheist to kafir, Methodist to Shiite (or Shia) and Episcopalian to Sunni and you have the basis for what is happening in almost all the Middle East today.

Consider Iraq, Iran and Syria (headliners in the news today). You have many in the West wondering why can’t they all just get along, which brings up the following: What about the U.S.? Were the Muslims responsible for Sept.11 Sunni or Shiites? Whose side do we fight on? Which, if either of them, is truly on our side? Do we help the Shiites kill the Sunnis, or vice versa? How do we tell them apart? What about the new group, ISIS? Are they just Muslims beheading other Muslims? If we fight (like we did in Iraq and are now doing in Afghanistan) for one side, will the other side forgive us after the battle is over? Besides, if we help the present Iraqi government against ISIS, won’t this put us on the side of Iran, which has sworn to destroy our primary Middle East ally, Israel?

Remember, they don’t think like we think – which begs the question: Whose side are we really on?

Perhaps this is the question: Is anyone really on our side?

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Yes, I know, it is not the 4th of July, and Memorial Day is past, but one of my grandchildren is spending some time in a Latin American country, and a young man in a church where I recently preached has just returned from Africa. They are shocked at what much of the rest of the world is like, and both now have an entirely new view of liberty (and poverty).

The American experiment, with its centerpiece of self-governance, was and is an amazing concept. There have been numerous governments prior to it; among them, the Babylonian, Greek, Roman and European, where certain classes of nobility or landowners had been given a measure of self-determination.

It is only when one looks objectively at history that the truly remarkable nature of the republic of the United States of America is shown in its true context. America is the first example in human history of a nation where people were given the right to vote, elect representatives and determine their own political fate.

There is a French movie (filmed in 1989, six hours long, with English subtitles) that chronicles the French Revolution from beginning to end. The horror and brutality encompassed in striving for liberté, égalité, fraternité by the French, in their drive for freedom, is unimaginable to Americans, of almost every group, who strove for liberty and equality in America.

The definitive differences between these two struggles for liberty are contained in the founding principles of the United States. The framers of the Constitution were putting into practice that which was stated in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”(emphasis added).

It is the phrase, “endowed by their Creator” that provides the “indispensable supports” articulated by George Washington. These foundational concepts have been proven true beyond a shadow of a doubt. America has produced a society of free, sovereign, self-directed individuals who, with their inherent abilities, have created a veritable paradise compared to most of the world.

This is the result of people being: 1) free to govern themselves and 2) responsible enough to govern themselves wisely. When people are not allowed to govern themselves, there is only one way to hold a society together; witness the Soviet Union, China and several Middle Eastern countries that employ the alternatives – secret police and brute force.

The early American leaders trusted the sovereign American people with their own destiny. The American Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution accomplish something very much like what God did in the Garden of Eden – they endow mankind with freedom and the responsibility of choosing their own destiny. Thus far, this amazing society of sovereigns has succeeded in making very good collective choices.

We have, on the whole, tended to be a moral and devout people. At home, we made a choice to end slavery, even at the cost of a bloody Civil War. Abroad, again and again, we have chosen to side with less powerful nations when they have been attacked by aggressors. Americans have reached out at home and abroad with the hand of charity to people who are hurting.

We have opened our doors to immigrants and refugees. We have worked, and continue to work, toward building a just society, free of class exploitation and racial hatred.

The foundational principles of America have proven, beyond any shadow of doubt, that a society of free, sovereign, self-directed individuals can accomplish the seemingly impossible goal envisioned by the Founding Fathers – a free people, living side by side, in accordance with the principles of a living God.

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She is the wife of an American citizen and was eight months pregnant when she was arrested in Sudan. The Sudanese government said, under its version of Islamic law, “Meriam Yehya Ibrahim has to die” for confessing her Christian faith. She has subsequently given birth – but not her freedom.

More than one million people have petitioned for her release. The Sudanese government said, “While reaffirming the commitment of the Government of Sudan to all human rights and freedom of beliefs, the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, D.C., would like to thank all those who have raised their concern and sympathy on this issue.” 

The president of the United States said?

Saed Abedini, a 33-year-old American citizen from Idaho, has been beaten savagely, tortured by other inmates, as well as guards, and endured long stints in solitary confinement, all while being denied medical attention – in Iran. He has endured all this in just the first year of an eight-year sentence for daring to proclaim himself a Christian. Pastor Saeed said, “[L]et us resurrect our Dead faiths to living faiths by first dying to our selfish ‘resurrected’ self and experiencing the cross of Jesus. Then we are able to experience the Glorious resurrection with Christ. A Glorious life with Christ starts only after a painful death (to self) with Christ. … Pastor Saeed Abedini, prisoner in the Darkness in Iran, but free for the Kingdom and Light.”

The president of the United States said?

On March 31, 2014, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who accidentally made a wrong turn and ended up crossing the border into Mexico, was arrested when he attempted to return to the United States because he had firearms (which were legally registered in the U.S.) in his possession. This is a veteran who honorably served his country and was seeking help from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical facilities for PTSD – the purpose of his trip. His fate will now be determined by the Mexican legal system.

The president of the United States (well, his administration, which gives the Mexican government more than $300 million annually) said it “… respects the sovereignty of the Mexican legal system and will not ‘meddle’ in their affairs. … the U.S. respects Mexico’s immigration laws … the fact is, Sergeant Tahmooressi broke their law … that is unfortunate, but he did. When you are in another country, and you break the law, you have to face the consequences of their legal system … actions, even accidental actions, can have serious consequences.” (This from an administration that recently released tens of thousands of illegal Mexican immigrants who were being held on serious criminal charges.)

U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl reportedly walked off his base in Afghanistan, according to reports from his on-location military unit members (both active soldiers and veterans), and “is a deserter, who needs to face a military trial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

It is reported that, according to secret documents obtained by Fox News, Bergdahl, at one point during his captivity, converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid” (warrior for Islam). Reports, rich in on-the-ground detail, indicate that his relationships with his captors went from periods of hostility to becoming much more of an accepted fellow, saying “Salaam” repeatedly, laughing frequently, playing soccer with the Haqqani, participating in AK-47 target practice and even reportedly was allowed to carry a gun at times, according to Fox News.

One member of his platoon told CNN, “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”

Senior military officials had advised President Obama not to make the Taliban-for-Bergdahl trade, likening it to “handing over five four-star generals of the Taliban.”

The news media have reported that the Obama administration largely bypassed the intelligence community to green-light the swap. A Department of Defense official, in explaining internal military opposition to the exchange, said many in the military considered Bergdahl to be a traitor, and “on the other end of the trade were five high-value, sought-after Taliban leaders, raising concerns that their freedom poses a major national security risk to the U.S.”

The president of the United States said, “I make absolutely no apologies for making sure we get a young man back to his parents and that the American people understand that this is somebody’s child. As to the five high-value prisoners exchanged for Bergdahl, in terms of potential threats, the release of the Taliban who were being held in Guantanamo was conditioned on the Qataris keeping eyes on them and creating a structure in which we can monitor their activities, We will be keeping eyes on them.”

However, according to the Reuters, that is not the case. The unidentified official told Reuters that the Taliban leaders had already moved into a residential compound in the capital, Doha, and could “move around freely within the nation.” The source said the terrorists will not be treated like prisoners and U.S. officials will not be allowed to monitor them. Mullah Salem Khan, a Taliban commander in Afghanistan, said the men were already bracing for battle“As soon as they arrived in Qatar, they rejoined the Taliban,” he told the Daily Beast. “We don’t care about U.S. conditions and obstacles.”

Finally, the first words, at the White House announcement, by the father of Sgt. Bergdahl were in Arabic: bism allah alrahman alraheem (“in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful” – the opening words of every chapter of the Quran, except one).

Didn’t the president know enough Arabic, and the Quran, to know that? I read somewhere that the president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama II, was registered as a Muslim in Hawaii, was taught by Muslim teachers during two-hour weekly religion classes and in a speech in Egypt referred to “the Azan as one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset,” and said in his book, “Audacity of Hope,” “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction” (Page 261, paperback edition).

According to Clare Lopez, a former CIA operations officer, a strategic policy and intelligence expert with focus on Middle East national defense, WMD and counter terrorism issues, Bergdahl, “By uttering these words on the grounds, sanctified the White House and claimed it for Islam.” She continued, “There is no question but POTUS knows this.” (Lopez email to Allen West.)

And the president of the United States says?

Very interesting.

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