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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.
Thanks for reading
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!
Now I am looking for a good agent who will take it on.
A Splintered Nation and A Broken Church is a book which will hopefully encourage the reader to get involved in restoring our nation to an independent sovereign Constitutional Republic. You must admit that our nation has been on a very long journey towards its demise, what started out to be a sovereign Constitutional Republic, with the founders being Protestant Christian, putting in place moral values, integrity, a Constitution demanding and guaranteeing freedom, equality, and a limited government for the people and by the people. The book sort of hop-scotches through the research concerning the history of our politics and political corruption, resting at times on some major misconceptions and turning points as corruption consumed the political landscape of our nation.
Do you find yourself wondering how and why we find our nation in the state that that it is? know when it started, know how simple political rivalry turned into political parties, with specific ideological agendas and how those agendas evolved into one global liberal socialist party, or socialism the new face of the Democratic Party. A long progression and evolution since its founder Andrew Jackson. With the election of Lincoln, a former Whig turned Republican to get elected, the Republican Party gained it permanency as most Whigs went Republicans. Nonetheless, both parties are corrupt and the common link of corruption is illicit gain both monetary and political power. The book explores the fullness of intent for their corruption and vile behavior, their vile corrupt conspiracy to control the people.
Control and power have established the Shadow Government that is a huge and grossly oversized bureaucracy of unelected officials, departments and agencies that control the people by regulations, the Shadow Government is protected by corrupt politicians of both parties, primarily the global socialists… the new face of the Democrat Party. President Trump ran with the Ideal of draining the Swamp, thinking it meant both the “Deep State” and corrupt Congress. However, the Swamp is the corrupt Democrats and the RINOs who have moved in the direction of money and political power. The size of our government is a mockery of what the founders envisioned in the Constitution. The book looks at the liberal conspiracy against the Protestant church since the 1960s and why should the liberals with the objective of taking control of the nation and now the ultimate objective of a North American Socialist Union and a powerful part of the Global Socialist Union. Research has revealed problematic conditions existed that could not be ignored but must be eliminated or made of no relevance, and that is where Protestant Christianity comes into the picture. The church is broken into two main theologies, liberal and evangelical or liberal and biblical theologies, regardless, the research reveals the division which liberal theology denies, the truth of the Bible it teaches about sin. The Bible is the basis of our moral values, integrity and the character of our culture is Christianity. However. from the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s United Nation’s Charter and the liberal activists of the 1960s exposes the real conspiracy of socialism 2009-16 as it was accelerated by Barack Obama, or Barry whatever the only President in our history who demonized the Bible believing Christians.
The research links politics and the church. It also links the Civil Liberties Act, originated with the Kennedy brothers, then the assassination of John allowed Johnson to implement the Act and take it for his accomplishment and opening the door for minority groups such as the ACLU, LGBT, NAACP, Communist Party of America, and the liberal Press, Nation of Islam, all of which were recruiting people groups for Democrat votes. All a little pushy and all joining in against the church, the Second Amendment, law enforcement, border security, The Boy Scouts, the Military, our Flag and all patriot or Christian expression even Christian cake decorators. However, it was the church and Christian values, ethics, integrity woven into the American Dream. The use of political correctness and the freedom of speech is for liberals only. Black-white-red-yellow-whatever, racism is the biggest tool in the liberal box, intolerance and sexual abuse, (the most hypocritical tools) and further against the church is the favorite of bigotry and a fantasy God and fantasy religion. A lie is now the truth, and vile activity including thuggery violence and breaking the law is only wrong if you are a Christian or conservative.
Things really accelerated since George HW Bush and his push for the socialist union and the UN. There has never been a viler and more lawless as Bill and Hillary Clinton, then George W. with his revenge war on Iraq, when he should have gone to Afghanistan. Obama brought a new attempt to destroy the nation in civil unrest, and violent thuggery. The real eye opener is in research, not what is reported in the “Mainstream News” and liberal social networking. Researching exposes links, and it is up to the researcher to explore those links, see where your candidate stands then vote, and yes, your vote does count. Secondly, by the nature of the beast proper research will give the individual an opinion, and everyone needs a studied opinion to help discern the players and the direction they are headed. I pray the book encourages you to research and be educated enough to protect your mind against the onslaught of evil wrong, against the socialist agenda for your freedom. In this book I hope you find enough material to spark your interest to step back and do your own research. Stand for the truth and don’t compromise on the truth or your faith, even though they call you closed minded, therefore, you won’t be suckered into believing the lies.
“When you reject the truth, you will believe lies.”
You will become a slave to liberal socialism.
Happy Fourth of July – Happy Independence Day – Happy Birthday America!
Whichever you would prefer is fine by me. But God Bless America is what I would like to say on this fourth day of July 2018, and the 242nd anniversary of our independence as a sovereign Republic.
The nation has had some troubled times, but Americans pulling together to overcome the threats against our nation and our freedom has always made us stronger and more united, more together. However, liberal-socialism that budded in 1933 – 1945 (FDR and the UN) and just kept growing in liberal ideologies and blossomed with Obama’s presidency, but seems like it is wilting with the election of Trump who has so far, done a decent job of exposing the roots.
However, you must agree that Obama was the greatest divider known to history. Obama splintered our nation where “We the People” actually have allowed liberalism split even the Christian church, and it is us (“We the People”), who own the shame and the following reasons we need to humble ourselves before God and our neighbors, confess our sin and pray seeking the face of almighty God asking Him to heal our nation!
The shame of … and we the people must confess with our lips, our culpability.
We confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word … and called it pluralism.
We have worshiped other gods… and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion… and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor… and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy… and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness… and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn children… and called it a choice.
We have shot abortionists… and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children… and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power… and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions… and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography… and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers… and called it enlightenment.
Search us O God and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless the men and women who have been sent to direct to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ … Amen.
This was a prayer given to open a session of the 1996 Kansas Legislature, by Pastor Joe Wright, who was asked to open the session. The response was immediate when a good number of the legislators walked out during the prayer, and that was way back then. I wonder if Kansas still invites Pastors to Open, or do they even still permit an opening prayer? Liberal politicians have called this prayer racist, divisive, and offensive. The Pastor was labeled as an extremist, intolerant, and hate-filled.
Think about it, where are our values? Where is our integrity? Where is our security? Just where are we as a nation today? Our condition is a shame. And the shame must be on the conservatives who have allowed it to happen, we have failed to hold our politicians accountable.
So, I ask you to commit to praying for our nation every day using the 2Chronicles 7:14 guide. Your commitment will be between you and God, it is like someone asking a Christian friend to pray for me or this or that and that request is soon forgotten because we are just that way. “Oh yes I will Pray for you” … and as soon as we are separated we get caught up in the world and forget. I used to shock people when, regardless where we were, I would grab their hand a pray for them or their need.
Father, we need your unconditional love and forgiveness, we need you to heal our nation, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Thanks R.S. Helms
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
Reblogged on Bob’s Opinion
WILLIAM MURCHISON: Of the Baptists and the modern world
June 12, 2018
I live in amity with the Southern Baptists, whose general tolerance for my fellow “Whiskeypalians” I take kindly.
I wouldn’t dream of joining the media whoop-de-do over who among the Baptist faithful did what to whom, and when, and what to do now. You have read it all; I will not recount the imputations of Baptist sexism, patriarchy and the Lord knows what else.
There is a point, even so, to be made about life in an environment — this one — where religious standards of belief and behavior more frequently encounter scorn or indifference than support.
Without brushing off genuine concerns about particular attempts in Baptist ranks to downplay sexual aggression (all forms of sexual aggression are despicable, would you not say?) we need to look at the premises that make such aggressions possible and familiar.
Which are? Ah. Here we get down to brass tacks.
Leave the Rev. Dr. Paige Patterson out of this. The deterioration in male-female relationships over past decades has brought this thing to pass, and all the attendant misery and reproaches.
It is in part the churches’ fault. It is in part not the churches’ fault.
It is the fault, broadly speaking, of the modern supposition that the relationship of man and woman is for that particular man and that particular woman to figure out for themselves — never mind what Western culture and religion taught in the ages prior to Freud.
It will be noted, if one looks, that there was no #MeToo movement — no swelling demand for reckoning with male aggressors — until very recent months.
There was no such movement in the ’50s. There was no such movement in the ’40s. There was no such movement in the ’30s.
Which is a far cry from saying, “Gee, everybody sure was happy and content in them there old days!” It is more reasonable to say society lived by a different ethic than that which came to hold sway following World War II.
That is where the churches came in.
The male-female relationship, as the churches saw it, and tried to teach it, involved obligation. Personal expression was low on the totem pole as a cultural objective. There were limits.
These limits, under religious tutelage, society acknowledged. Sorrow and pain and cruelty, being elements of the human character, hung around the house and, often enough, broke out windows or set the place on fire.
But that wasn’t supposed to be the way of it. The way of it, according to the Christian principles America’s churches had been endowed with, was love; it was mutual forbearance; it was kindness toward, and respect for, others.
Personal, shall we say, “expression” — meaning, among other things, rape, humiliation, aggressive encounters with members of the opposite sex — ran counter to how the Good Book told it. There were limits. You needed to keep within those limits.
You didn’t, for instance, get a stranger drunk and carnal knowledge have of her — as rape statutes used delicately to phrase it. Families and social institutions of all kinds assumed responsibility for the observance of these necessary limits.
Until they didn’t. Until the churches, to put it another way, more or less gave up on proclaiming the value and worth of the old norms: acceding, in effect, to the modern clamor to let people do as they liked; adjusting the Christian message so as not to look old-fashioned and out of it.
The Rev. Joseph Fletcher, in “Situation Ethics,” stressed the need to avoid “stern, iron-bound do’s and don’ts,” along with “prescribed conduct and legalistic morality.”
Fletcher, was, well, um, I admit it, a fellow Whiskeypalian whom the Southern Baptists could accuse of helping fellow Christians, along with non-Christians, create a vast moral trash heap.
I ache for the Baptists at this juncture: victims of, as well as collaborators in, the moral confusion through which we lurch, yelling, denouncing, prosecuting, demonizing — everything but trying to remember what it was like back when the cultural rule of thumb was taken to be to love your neighbor as yourself.
William Murchison’s latest book is “The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson.”