Why Many of Today’s News Reporters Believe It Is Their Duty to Lie to You
Posted Monday, May 20, 2019, | By Outside Contributor – Brian Cates – Epoch Times.
Reblogged by R.S. Helms …
Reblogged by R.S. Helms …
How do I write such disappointment in the way the “Republicans” have rallied and responded to the critical need to get out and vote? Like my last post indicated: “You can stand in a garage, but that does not make you a Cadillac, and you can call yourself a Christian Patriot by that don’t make you a Patriot or a Christian. what the voting is showing is that there is one thing for sure, we either have more socialist than ever thought or the Christian Patriots are more apathetic than they pretend to be.
I am sure that there was a ton of voter fraud and rigged polling stations even hacked stations, otherwise, we would not have lost and that is a hard-studied opinion, (I’ll leave the evidence gathering to other, better equipped, smarter people than me).
I will have to live with a loss if indeed that is the case and try hard not to go burn down my neighborhood, although that is what the Democrats would do. I will try to contain my disdain for liberalism and just plain evil people and communicate with the Freedom Caucus and hopefully, my Representative will still be there, even if we lose the House.
If we do wind up with the loss and by some miscarriage of grace, Nancy Pelosi retakes Speaker we won’t be that much worse off than when Ryan and the RINOs were in place. What it means is that everything Trump started and wanted to start will go up with a poof.
I don’t think Trump will resort to telling the people “I have a phone and a pen.” I don’t foresee massive parades of conservative women marching nude, or costumed as giant vaginas, and riots burning down poor neighborhoods. You do understand, conservative women have more self-respect than does the liberal socialists.
Notice, I have already started to control my deep disdain. My overwhelming disappointment is much harder to control, so, I will attempt to confine most of my writing to concern liberalism in the church and how liberal politics and liberal theology has broken the Church. I do believe I will rewrite some of my previous posts on the Seven Sins, on the Seven Churches, on Liberal Theology and Biblical Systematic Theology.
God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and the Bible where God reveals Himself to us His creation, perhaps in our fever to see this nation fixed we have somehow begun to drift from God’s leadership. Perhaps, just perhaps, we need to keep God in His rightful place, the center of our lives and not move Him to the side while we attempt to fix our corrupted Nation, we should not lose our passion for fixing our nation and removing the evil corruption in politics but be the vessel which He uses to fix the Church.
Perhaps, He may know they have to be done at the same time, or what progress is made in one will be negated by the other. If we fix the Church, corruption will negate the fix with just the same way they originally broke it. If the nation is restored, then the liberal theology church will pander to the liberal socialist politicians and put them back in power to save their sinful, vile disgusting imitation of true Christianity.
My battle is a Holy War, one of which I know the end, but these battles I fight are two fronted yet the same battle against liberalism. The fronts of political socialism and the vile liberalism that has broken the Christian church in America and the western free world and some battles we win and some we don’t. Of course, we have been fighting this Holy War since Adam sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, sure there are those who will blame Eve, but she was simply the vehicle of Temptation it was God who instructed Adam thou shalt not, assuredly Eve was there and heard as well, However, it was Adam who was accountable for the sin, not the help-mate God provided.
Oh yes, God provided a help-mate … not a slave or rug – And that will preach very well, not as the liberal Christians have tried to use it against men and the church for forever. Liberalism has mocked the Word of God (Bible) and misused and abused it to the point that they have taken away the inerrancy, infallibility, Authority and divine inspiration. Oh, and those who still “cling” to the Bible are some sort of back-woodsy folks of antiquity believing in an antique fantasy.
Liberal theology like liberal socialism is the weapon used by global socialists who apparently want to get ahead of God’s plan for a one-world Government, God’s plan reveals the Beast and the Anti-Christ. Liberalism wants to establish a Global Socialist Union before they put on display the Anti-Christ who will sit on the throne in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. Power, Wealth, and a socialist Satanic religion. However, it won’t happen until God’s time.
So, as in the title of my last post, “You can stand in a garage but, it doesn’t make you a Cadillac; You can call yourself a Christian Patriot, but it doesn’t make you a Patriot and it doesn’t make you a Christian.”
Unless we like eating Crow pie, we have to arrive at the point of being both, arriving (Arrive – verb – reach a place at the end of a journey or a stage in a journey.) being a verb implies action, ah yes action like in the Christian community it would signify fruit, or good work for the Lord. For the patriot non-Christian their journey begins when they open their eyes to the brainwashing and the tactics used by liberalism to control Government, Taxes, Jobs, lives, lives dependent on a socialist government.
That journey as great and noble is a war against the ideologies of socialism and the ideologies of a free market, the free market of a free and sovereign nation, the leader of the world, with a constitutional government, a great nation, a world power, a nation divided by liberalism and at war with itself. This Journey of the patriot is battling the liberal socialist corruption and globalism and the politicians and a critical partner in the journey Christians are fighting against liberalism.
In our bull-headedness over the past 60 or so years, non-Christians and Christians have been at odds over a lot of seemingly non-relevant issues, and the two groups bump heads often about the issue of Christian moral values and principles which of course, is what the founders built the nation on … the Christian principles is why the rest of the world and our own people called us a Christian nation.
A survey conducted on the streets of various cities and towns across our nation, cities, and towns involved not in politics but a bonified poll for demographics research by a major seminary. In the late 90s, they asked random people of all ages beginning at the age of 12, The seminary pollsters found that over 90% of the people responded … “Christian,” when asked what religion they were … and gave this answer when asked how they knew they were Christian? … “Because I am American.” This changed the way I witnessed to people I met. I don’t know how many of those people were actually Christian, don’t much care about their motivation for saying they were Christian because they are Americans because that was not the point now was it? Point is, it took nearly two decades before people were brainwashed by liberal lies that we are not a Christian nation.
Nonetheless, most of that patriotic Christianity has been nearly washed away with 6 or so decades of decaying morals and patriotism which condition is rooted deep in the 60s, but over the past 4 decades has simply been beyond belief especially with Hillary Clinton and Obama. It is when the Republicans and Democratic radicals attempted to flip the parties to socialism, global socialism.
I believe that the Democrat party actually has gone socialist or even communist while the Republicans have, in part, failed to turn the party but left groups of socialists and globalist. Most people call them RINOs, and ‘never Trumper’s, but even they are not as vile and disgusting individuals. Thing is, we have a whole generation (millennials) with the majority in bankruptcy, moral bankruptcy.
Moral bankruptcy, and everything in between evil and vile demonic. Problem is, it has been a total Holy War against true Christianity and against America itself. These people are under some delusion, some evil delusion. The leaders and politicians simply think they are above the law. The press has lost all integrity and ethics … simply making up what they want and say and when called on it, it is something they claim a source even anonymous sources, and they sell their lies off as truth. The press is nothing more than gossips, and propaganda for monetary gain or political favor.
Stay tuned, as I examine the broken church, with an occasional political issue or story as our patriots uncover and confront the evil that seeps from the politicians and sub-culture groups. Groupies flocking around protests for a ten-spot even violent acts, and a lot of wide-mouth fakers who just happen to show up at a lot of events, what is it they call them? Ah yes, crisis and protest paid performers.
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I have often written of the ugly change in our culture, especially, where it deals with the Christian community and of course, the Political corruption of progressivism and socialism. It is quite true that mankind has always been destined to progress and move forward as he moved more and more toward God and that was from the time of the Garden lesson of God means what He says.
While writing my book, “A Splintered Nation and A Broken Church,” I went back to show the Christian intent of the Mayflower Pac, to not only protect Christians but, those non-believers who were readying the disembarking of the Ship and establishing the Colony. The government of that Colony knew they had to protect the non-believers from a state religion while protecting the religion of the Colony, it is my opinion, that it really was a matter of survival that they all commit to stay and make it through the winter and the next several years of building.
Nevertheless, as the book progresses through the political and protestant corruption on a hopscotch ride on the milk train, stopping at the points of particular interest with Presidents, Political Parties, and various battles in the Holy War waged by Satan against the Christian church which is real and continues to gain in intensity.
While writing my book, which I hope will open eyes of Christians and non-believers as well, about what the Holy War against Christianity has in a large part been enabled by Modernity, or rather a slow growth of liberalism, which over the past four decades has been effectively overtaken by socialism. However, there is no way that the majority of our nation would have simply given up our Sovereign Republic and Constitutional Freedoms for a Socialist regime and a Global Socialist Union.
Since the 60s with liberal celebrities who committed high treason during the Viet Nam war along with hot-dog John McCain or as some of his fellow prisoners of war called him “Songbird.” However, it is in the 60s that the Democrats had to make a decision in what to do about the Republican Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a Black Baptist Pastor who had had enough of the Jim Crow laws of the Democratic South.
Dr. King was the public figure who was not a Democrat in the issue, The Democrats who had regained control of the South after Reconstruction. Oh yes, the Democrat Party – the founders of the KKK, the Southern States passing State Legislation which became known as the “Jim Crow” laws, the “Equal but no the same” Democrats. It was Dr. King that took the Civil Rights right to Washington. Kennedy had no way to go, so he went against his own party in the South, and won the loyalty of the blacks, that loyalty to the Democrat Party quickly became shackles and they once again were on a plantation – The Democrat Political Plantation.
For Dr. King’s participation, he was killed. For Kennedy, he was killed, and for his Brother the AG and sure winner of a campaign, he was killed as well. it does leave one to wonder how far the leaders of the Democrats would go, to keep the black citizens on a plantation, the Democrat plantation.
For five or so decades, one of the main things that have stood in the way of making this a socialist nation has been the church. Oh yes, Christian values and the defeat of our values meant that the Christians needed to be persecuted and the Bible discredited. That war started a long time ago, and one of the main issues for the founding of our nation, religious freedom, and all that goes along with it. It is not that God didn’t keep up with man’s advancements, He didn’t heave to, he didn’t have to change anything, the man simply needed to slow down and be blessed with the work of their hands and minds. Mankind needed to listen to God, and not fall to their own understanding.
The moral values of our nation stood in the way of evil progression. Moral values were written into the Constitution protecting the Christians and the non-Christian from the evil of the world. It has never been applied without flaw, the Constitution nor Christianity, however, without the Constitution and Christianity we would have been a communist union within just a few years after the 2nd world war and the formation of Socialist President FDR’s United Nations. Of course, he served more terms than any other president and yes, helped bring us out of a world depression.
But he was nevertheless, a socialist and when he put the United Nations together he had hopes that socialism would take hold and the world could be governed by one supreme government while keeping their identity and borders but the borders would be open and in addition to being the citizens of that nation we would, more importantly, be citizen-subjects of the world … in short a one world order and that is how the UN charter was originated under the façade of global peace.
Well my, my, my, that is a quandary because socialism to work would mean that no one is actually free. The First Amendment, Second and the rest would have to be subject to the UN Council of unelected officials. For the Christian, that would mean we would no longer be able to practice our religion, and for the Atheist? They would be in the same boat with no protection from a “state religion.” Perhaps, that is a bit too simply put, but truth be known true Christianity and socialism cannot be the bed-fellows that liberals falsely claim. Not that Christianity (as it presently is in its broken stage), is only compatible with Theocracy and that is not likely to happen until Jesus comes. Then, as promised it will work in total peace for a thousand years.
The reason for me joining the Black Robe Regiment was that it was a non-denominational Christian presence in our war on liberalism and corruption of government it was, what seemed to be a Christian “regiment,” in the American war against corruption/liberalism/socialism/globalism and all of its anti-American hoards. Patriot American Christians who stand for the Constitution and the sovereign free republic.
Of course, all Christians should be patriots although all patriots are not necessarily Christian, as a matter of theological fact, not all Christians are Christian. That fact is, or rather could be a problem for the Regiment to reach its potential in making a difference in the battle we face. So as Christians we must examine ourselves, whether we be in the faith; prove (test) ourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? (2Cor. 13:5 NKJV (my paraphrase).
I am not suggesting the Christians who are part of The Black Robe Regiment are not Christian, no not at all, as a matter of fact, it is my studied opinion that each is just what they say they are. I believe, they really want to get involved and commit to winning the war! Some joined to show support for the fighting regiment. The Regiment needs the support and more members who are committed to Jesus Christ and are patriotic conservatives with really thick skin!
I expect to be put out of the Black Robe Regiment because of my problem with liberalism. That is where our national problem is rooted. Christians have been persecuted since before they were first called Christians at Antioch. But, we can’t blame Jesus for not warning us, he said we would be persecuted for His name’s sake and that the world would hate us because it hated Him first.
It is said that more than half of the professing Christians don’t ever vote, and that of those most are not even registered to vote. For some reason, as Christians, they don’t consider it an obligation to vote even engage in politics what so ever. Could it be, that liberalism has intimidated them into believing Hugo Blacks Supreme Court Decision about Church and State? Or maybe when the Supreme Court Decision to okay the execution of millions of unborn children? Perhaps it could have been the embarrassment of Prohibition brought on by the Christian temperance ladies.
Christianity and over zealous preachers and leaders have made some huge mistakes since landing in Boston Harbor, and that is to be accepted and considered a lesson in how not to delineate the love of Jesus to people not of the church. Speaking of the church, well, I would refer to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor, and how, like the Hebrew Children had such a hard time getting it right. The church like a pendulum swings to and fro on “saved to by grace through faith unto good works. We have some sort of problem with church doctrines and of course, what we should be doing in Biblical doctrines.
Since the landing at Boston Harbor, the Christian church has been hot and cold, and instead of sticking to the Bible we as Christians have followed after our own appetites and although in most cases that has been trying to please God and man at the same time and that is impossible as you may well know. No, our problem is sort of explained in the Seven Deadly Sins and having an easy church is one huge calling card.
Most people I know, Christian or otherwise, don’t find a great joy in being persecuted and all the name calling, and just ugliness of persecution is enough to make the strongest of souls get rather jellied. Since the 60s the world has made deep erodes into the Bible-believing church. Liberalism has brought back the liberal theology (updated), and one of the big reasons for such a broken church in America today. I will try to stay clear of the liberal theology argument and its harm to conservative Christianity, and deal with organizing Christians to take up arms against the enemy.
The “arms” in this situation is the double-edged sword and the second weapon is the vote. The enemy is far more than political ideologies, it is the root of all destruction, it is Lucifer, or rather, Satan and in my opinion the author of socialism, liberalism, liberation theology, and social justice ideologies. Ideologies that are found in a Global Socialist Union. Just one plan of thousands that the diabolical Satan has to draw on in his war against Jesus and His Church, against the guaranteed freedom of religious expression.
My endeavor, my passion is Jesus Christ, Jesus of the Bible, the Bible as the living Word of God. It is also my endeavor to protect not only religious freedom but to protect our Constitution and our sovereign free republic. The United States was founded on Christian principles fact and not as the liberals have spent 5 – 6 decades trying their level best to discredit the Christian faith, the Bible, and the Christian connection to the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. Liberals deny the religious freedom and use Justice Hugo Black’s “Separation of Church and State” decision to start the persecution of the Christian faith.
The Christian faith at this point is in critical need of another great awakening. A revival that the Christian may repent and return to our first love, the love for Christ and the excitement of being set free … “saved by grace through faith unto good works” don’t know about you but that was my first love, my first real commitment was as a young man leaving Highschool and taking the Oath of Service (office) in the Army, that oath was not infringed until my total commitment to Jesus and the Christian faith. Both were more than a head knowledge both were made from the heart. Revival is awakening that same excitement and renewing the nearly forgotten commitment. The Black Robe Regiment is the place for you to commit to pick up arms and commit to fighting head-on in a Holy War and not an easy war.
Vote go out and vote! Vote Red, vote conservative, report any suspicions of voter fraud!
Then go and check out the Black Robe Regiment … join … and pick up your cross and follow Jesus. Commit to the revival in our nation and restore our land as a Christian nation.
Many Christians wrongly think they are not supposed to get involved in politics. It is my studied opinion that not only are we supposed to get involved but are obligated to get involved, otherwise, dear Christian we get what we presently have, Broken Church and that is not what Jesus wants and is reflected in His Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Our lack of or fear of involvement has given us the liberal theology churches where it is E-A-S-Y church. liberal theology churches can be found in the five condemned by Jesus.
I may not be long for the Black Robe Regiment because of my disdain for liberal theology and liberation theology. If your church does not have in its mission statement the inerrancy, the infallibility of the Word of God, The Deity of Jesus Christ, and Salvation by Grace through Faith in Jesus unto good works and is any way politically correct then leave and find one who does … if your preachers do not preach against homosexuality, against abortion, and sin in general then run and find one that does.
If your church is not taking Jesus to the community by doing the good works and being involved in the community then you will lose, find out which one of the Seven churches your church may be like, perhaps more. Revival will never happen in a liberal church or a worldly church. Can’t, because they don’t have the intestinal fortitude get in the trenches, pick up their cross and follow Jesus. They don’t have enough Jesus in them to preach the Bible and preach against sin and corruption in the church and in our nation’s politics. Vote get out and vote!
In case you haven’t noticed, the socialist liberal Democrats have been unhinged since the 2016 election. However, as the unhinged have become completely psychotic and unattached in their pursuit of voters, even retaining some of their base. Nonetheless, we are watching some of the vilest demonic outpours of septic animalistic behavior and just plain stupidity that can be manufactured.
Putting aside the behavior of the socialists (liberals) and the establishment RINO Republicans of which there are many in our congress and in the Deep State (Shadow Government), of which I would like to take the opportunity (to express my studied opinion), separate the Swamp and Shadow Government.
It is my studied opinion, that due to the sly manipulation of our English language into political correctness, and the need to manufacture words that would reflect something less sinister we find that our leaders have been at it again. When President mentioned draining the Swamp he was talking about the corruption of Washington DC as a whole. It was perhaps the best way to describe the liberal corruption that was made manifest during the Demon-Ratic reign of Obama and his socialist scumbags. Perhaps “Swamp” was the best derogatory he could use for the occasion and still get his meaning across.
Research clearly indicates two separate entities, one is the elected politicians, which would more fittingly be the Swamp, (to be nice as we can), although, there are people in the South who would consider the swamps as being beautiful, and actually they are.
However, it is some of the creatures who live in the swamps that turns it into a vile and septic place which would need draining to simply get rid of the creatures. We once, (not very long ago), called them the boy’s of the Beltway Club or Beltway Boyz, corrupt politicians from both sides of both chambers, and where money is the name of the entertainment, and untold undocumented large sums pass freely from outside hands and lobbyists to the slimy elites of our congress. It is not easy to give up for these creatures of the septic Swamp and their coffers.
Secondly, we have what I call the Shadow Government, coming from the colonies and their forming a shadow government to govern the people when the Crown took over and blocked the Boston Harbor. It is my studied opinion that our over-stuffed bureaucracy which is actually all the Departments and Agencies of the federal government with unelected officials as their heads who have the power of regulation which actually run the government. Over the past several decades that army has been deep rooted into our system. Actually, it is like the colonials forming a government to work in the shadows when the brits were locking up our legal government. Only then the Shadow Government was working for the good of the people.
Over the past several decades our shadow government has established themselves and working for the liberals (socialists) and somewhere along the line the bottom feeders of the swamp became the protectors of the Shadow Government’s high-ranking officials. But I suppose if you would like to call them the Deep State that is fine, except refuse to lump the herds of swine in the same hog wallow.
The Swamp creatures may associate from time to time for the sake of the money, but mostly as they plot what it is they do. Such as with the EPA, Justice Department, State Department, Homeland Security, the NSA and the number of others (all of them) are infected with operatives of the nasty Shadow Government which President Obama built his “civilian army better equipped and bigger that the official Army.” Do you recall when he made that promise? Before his first election, his intent was the implementation of the UN Agenda 21 (sustainable development).
The UN Agenda 21 was designed to start with the smaller rural towns, then counties and urban communities then states, until the nation would have signed away our sovereignty, we would be the meat in the sandwich of the North American Union, and the UN could usurp authority over our Constitution, because of the “treaties” made with the UN.
The motivation behind these bottom feeders, is a hopeful that they will have a position in the “New Government.” Of course, that would mean money, power, and an elite status. Elite status will be the other half of the two classes at that point in time, the elite and the commons, and guess who will make up most of the commons? Yes, the middle and poor will be the commons. Yes that does sound like a communist nation and yes one might say that is the direction of the US will be headed when we are in the middle of a socialist North American Union, and that is no more or no less, than what NAFTA was designed to eventually do.
Some of the ideas of our modern Shadow Government go back to the reign of FDR, and as reflected in his UN Charter. However, over the decades there has not been more than simple steady movement towards socialism, that is until Obama’s administration and for reasons most sinister. Obama was so narcissistic little imp who was either possessed or controlled by one bunch of ugly demons, it is the only logical evaluation of his psychotic nature. He made no bones about his agenda and at any cost he would achieve it.
And Hillary well she worse than Obama and while stumping for her he mentioned that she would continue with his policies and finish the job he had started. He was a busy camper during the latter part of his second term, he loaded the federal courts with judges that are sold out to his ideologies and Soros cash (not sure yet about the cash), but with the deep state solidly in place and his own army it would have been a sure thing for the UN deal. He flooded the nations with Muslim refugees and illegal aliens, then publicly announced that he wanted them to vote, now Jerry Brown is issuing them all voter registration cards. As for New York and California and a couple of others have of course joined the socialists of DC. They only show what socialism does. Socialism cannot coexist with our Constitution, it has been proven.
I will drop my new political correctness bomb: Democrat was, Liberals was, Socialists are now. So, we will call them for what they are … Socialist, just like the UN is Socialist, the EU (European Socialist Union), NAFTA is the forerunner and foundation of the North American Socialist Union, the UN become the Global Socialist Union which is to become the One World Order. I have my opinion and that is about all I have, except a lot of research, connecting the dots, and a God given gift. Guess one might say something about conspiracy theory, or anyway the socialist News and puppets would call it.
You see and hope that you understand, coming from the Socialist and RINOs … they say something first and manufacture spin and outright lies in order to silence or demonize the opposition, problem is the opposition don’t push back. It is starting to show, in Christianity liberalism has nearly destroyed the church and solid biblical systematic theology, or what is called evangelical theology, (any more I am really not sure what to call true Christian theology), liberalism is attempting to paint biblical theology as hog-wash, well there is not room enough in this blog to tell all that there is about liberal theology, except, it is covered in my book, Splintered Nation and a Broken Church, and in my studied opinion that liberal and liberation should not be called Christian, but I will let God sort that out, which he will and meanwhile I will be praying for their members, because God will sort it out.
I will be trusting President Trump to deal with the Shadow Government and the Swamp will only be taken care by honest elections. With the bottom feeders of the Swamp, they are exposing themselves in the droves, and Trump won’t have much trouble with the Shadow Government, seems like Mueller is doing an outstanding job of exposing them.
Mueller, according to some sources has made the case that his appointment was not constitutional and being appointed by the Deputy Attorney General (Rosenstein) who was by law, to supervise the investigation, as Rosenstein had the power and unconstitutionally delegated untethered powers without proper supervision. Comey, the NSA, Rosenstein, and Muller’s FBI squad of political hacks have overstepped their constitutional limitations, their investigation was for the “collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian President. However, they were to find and destroy any evidence of involvement and any connections of Hillary and Obama. That backfired badly, in as much as they went too far abroad in a collusion investigation and used unconstitutional powers which only exposed the Hillary-Obama collusion to steal the election and when that didn’t work to try to unseat him.
After nearly two years the circus should be over, but it is still chugging along without any credibility. My Question is why has the President not fired Rosenstein? I could understand, early on it would have been an obstruction of justice battle, however, after an IG and Congress investigation failed to produce any evidence, then there would be no obstruction … it is all about the mid-terms and for the socialists it has turned out to be disastrous to say the least.
This latest manufactured outrage from the socialists and the socialist press over the Putin-Trump summit is truly a show and tell of how vile these people can be. Therefore, I will leave this studied opinion with you, hopefully you will step back look, read, listen and simply do some homework and form your own opinion.
That is why this is called Bob’s Opinion.
Reblogged on Bob’s Opinion from riflemaniiijournal.wordpress.com … Thanks again Brittius .
Now, Dick’s Sporting Goods is hearing from its stockholders.
Since the company reacted to the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by betraying its customers who support the Second Amendment, Dick’s has been hit by the gun industry, from street-level stores to corporate decision-makers.
But at a shareholders meeting on Wednesday, Dick’s heard from people with skin in the game.
In a direct attack on Dick’s CEO Edward Stack and other members of the company’s board, shareholder David Almasi, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research, raked the company’s leadership over the coals.
To the company’s top officers, Almasi charged, “virtue signaling” was more important than the company’s sales.
After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Dick’s announced it would no longer sell AR-15s (the “assault weapon” liberals hate the most these days) and would restrict firearms sales to those 21 years of age or older.
Those might be considered defensible business decisions, perhaps with worries about liabilities in mind, but Dick’s directors went even further, hiring an anti-gun Washington lobbying firm to actively work against Second Amendment freedoms in the nation’s capital.
Almasi cited that decision in particular in his attack.
Listen to the whole thing here:
After the Parkland shooting, Almasi said, “Dick’s Sporting Goods immediately engaged in corporate virtue signaling, by ending the sale of AR-15s, high-capacity magazines and other accessories. Dick’s also no longer sells guns to people until three years after they’re eligible for military service.
“In addition, Dick’s reportedly hired lobbyists to promote gun restrictions, even though you’re literally in the business of selling guns …
“The company is willfully giving up money. It’s damaged its reputation by lending its voice and its resources to those who want to abolish the Second Amendment, even while the vast majority of … citizens support the amendment,” Almasi said.
“Thirty percent of Americans own guns and another 11 percent live with someone who does. Now you’ve alienated them.”
According to Fox Business Network, Dick’s has made up for its losses in firearms-related sales in other areas and the stock has risen by 13 percent over the past month.
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Liberals like the crew at ThinkProgress are crowing that that proves the Dick’s critics are wrong, but it could well be a short-term effect from the political moment. Dick’s got a lot of headlines out of its anti-gun stance, and liberals could well have decided to patronize the stories because of the publicity.
In the long-term, though, Dick’s has a vested interest in pleasing its outdoors customer base, and its anti-gun decision was a flagrant snub to millions of Americans who could well have been spending their money at Dick’s instead of at a competitor. And shareholders don’t like having company executives who are “willfully giving up money.”
It’s likely not the last time Dick’s shareholders rake the company execs over the coals.
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Considering the chaotic and splintered condition of our Nation and the broken nature of our Christian church, just about anything could happen. The Nation and Christians has to do several things. We need to walk Circumspectly paying close attention to everything around us, pray for discernment, strength and a national Christian revival. We must join together with our real conservative leadership and get rid of the Shadow Government and Drain the Swamp. We know, according to Bible prophecy, that we will suffer the period of a one world order and Christians will be under great persecution, however, only God knows the appointed time. It is my studied opinion, that the time has not yet come, and for the Christian and the Nation to continue to move through life as a free Nation, we must crush liberalism’s plan for globalization. Pray with me for revival, with the heart of 2nd Chron 7:14.
God Bless you.
The following story is reblogged on Bob’s Opinion from AMAC, the Daily Torch, and authored by Robert Romano … Thank you all.
AT&T-Time Warner Merger – Mass Media Consolidation Could Lead the Way to One-Party Rule in The U.S.
Posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 | By Collaborative Correspondent
A vibrant and healthy democracy depends on the free marketplace of ideas.
Call it what you want. Viewpoint diversity. Access to alternative views.
In today’s media and information-driven society and culture, being able to find the opposing view on an issue, to compare the pros and cons of public policy matters or different products and services, is critical to how the American people make decisions about just about everything.
What to buy? Who to vote for? What to watch? Which music to listen to? What to wear? The plethora of choices we have today is owed entirely to the openness of the Internet and other media that facilitates and enables brand development.
But what if that process could become compromised or disrupted in a bid to control media? To control what messages were available to the public? This is the very real danger facing policymakers today in an environment increasingly moving towards mass media consolidation.
With federal judge Richard Leon’s approval of the $107 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger, allowing the two companies to combine, the floodgates are opening for content distributors like AT&T — which owns Directv — to also own much of content that plays on those platforms.
Now, Comcast is expected to bid against Disney to buy much of Fox’s media content properties.
So, what’s the problem? Besides the antitrust laws that are invoked by monopolization in any industry, mass media consolidation has meant fewer and fewer companies controlling almost all major media in the country.
A comprehensive Free Press 2018 study on major media ownership finds that just 21 corporations own all the television broadcast stations, 21 that own the radio broadcast stations, 13 that own pay television channels, 11 that own daily newspapers and 18 that own telecom and cable. That number keeps getting smaller every time there’s another merger.
A chapter on the topic in Censored 2006 by Bridget Thornton, Britt Walters and Lori Rouse, “Corporate Media is Corporate America” noted the massive overlap of individuals who sit on the boards at major media outlets and those of non-media corporations.
Then there is the dominance in tech by Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter.
Rapidly, the number of separately owned options is dwindling.
Along with media consolidation, there is also a growing call for political consolidation in Washington, D.C. — and even one-party rule.
In April, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey retweeted an article by Peter Leyden and Ruy Teixeira that called for “Democratic One-Party Rule” in the U.S. as a means of reconciling the nation’s challenges and implementing the progressive agenda. You see, all that debate by Congress and disagreement over which direction to go in is getting in the way of that agenda, so democracy no longer functions the way they want it to. Today’s captains of the information industry are getting impatient. They want to see Utopia in their lifetimes.
It will be anything but.
But leaving that aside, forget about competitive elections, Leyden and Teixeira warn: “America can’t afford more political paralysis. One side or the other must win. This is a civil war that can be won without firing a shot. But it is a fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order.”
The resolution: “Democratic One-Party Rule.”
Dorsey’s comment was astonishing, writing briefly, “Great read.” Really? What about the part where the authors called for one-party rule? What about the part where they called it a civil war? No?
Just, “Great read,” as if having one political party control the most powerful country in the world to govern with no dissent as the climatic outcome of a civil war “without firing a shot” was just an after-thought for the billionaire.
Who needs alternate viewpoints when there’s media empires to consolidate and an undemocratic agenda to implement? Just hurry up and work it into the afternoon schedule. Dictatorship by close of business. Can we get that yesterday?
Twitter like other social media giants cast themselves as an open platform, a device for free speech basically and the marketplace of ideas. But what if big media doesn’t live up to that and starts censoring political content of one of the two major parties in a bid for absolute power?
Would that be “anti-competitive” enough for Judge Leon to say it might pose an antitrust issue under federal law?
That is why the AT&T-Time Warner merger today is so important for the media landscape of tomorrow, and why the Justice Department must appeal Judge Leon’s decision, all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
It may not happen overnight, but we are witnessing the end of media. This is the age of medium. And if we are not careful, one day there may only be one-party rule, too. That will not lead to liberty and prosperity, but to tyranny.
From – Daily Torch – by Robert Romano