Monthly archives "November 2012"

Keeping Balance in an Imbalanced Age

The Western is a genre sadly missing from Hollywood now.  This is just one more sign of our impoverished days.   The 1950’s saw several classics including “The Gunfighter” with Gregory Peck, “High Noon” for which Gary Cooper won Best Actor, “Shane” starring Alan Ladd, and “The Magnificent 7” featuring a young Robert Vaughn.    This film was made in 1960 but I share the view that the 1950’s ended on November 22, 1963.

Vaughn is the only one of the 7 still living.   Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Horst Buchholz, and Brad Dexter are all deceased.  As a side note, Vaughn turned 80 on November 22.    He is a very well educated man with a B.A. from the University of MN and a PhD in Communications from Southern Cal.  Like most of Hollywood he is a registered Democrat but unlike most stars he openly opposes Barack Obama and said in 2009, “He is not up to the job.”

We have friends who work in Hollywood who say there are more conservatives there than ever let on and many privately share Robert Vaughn’s view.  It is refreshing to find an educated man of courage who breaks from the predictable Hollywood herd.

In the days ahead we are likely to see how correct Vaughn is in his assessment of the President.   We just re-elected Jimmy Carter to a second term.   One will never know if Mitt Romney had Ronald Reagan potential, but Americans had the sense in 1980 not to return Mr. Malaise to the White House.   Obama has all of Carter’s incompetence but he has something else far more dangerous in these days.   He is a zealot trained by Communist Frank Marshall Davis and schooled by radical bigot Jeremiah Wright and terrorist  Bill Ayers.   And Obama does not have to face voters again.

Like Robert Vaughn we need find our tongues and not be cowered by comical charges of racism, keep our sense of humor and watch such men as the powerful governor of TX, Rick Perry.   While not ready for the prime time of a GOP Primary, Perry is a tough man with backbone who says TX will not set up the exchanges required for Obamacare to take effect.

The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts did a great disservice by not ruling Obamacare unconstitutional but they did leave great leeway for the states.   Other governors are following Perry’s lead. 

Do not be intimidated by a man so stuck on himself as is Barack Obama.   Remember he had to call in Impeached President Bill Clinton to help rescue him in 2012.   Can you imagine Ronald Reagan asking Richard Nixon to assist in 1984?    This is the Obama who announced in 2008, “I have visited 57 states so far.”   He is a real adventure off Tele-prompter.   Then there is his walking blunder machine VP, Joe Biden.   During the 12 campaign he said in VA he hoped they could win NC, in OH that it was great to be in IA and that we build the best cars of the 20th century.   He does not know where he is or what century he is living in.

The media will not cover this but productions as diverse as SNL and EIB’s Rush Limbaugh will.  In public speaking persons are told to imagine their audience in their pajamas to relieve tension.   It does not take much to imagine the Barack and Joe Show as a pair of clowns like Oliver & Hardy or Martin & Lewis.    Dangerous clowns to be sure, but still clowns.

Proverbs 17:22 reads:   “A merry heart doeth good like medicine.”   Obamacare will be too expensive even for a great nation, but Barack and Joe will provide much free medicine if we have merry hearts to see it.

Eutychus

Great Nations and Proud Empires

Deuteronomy 7:1-2 says, “When the Lord your God brings you into the Land you are to possess. . .you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them.”  The year is around 1400 B.C. and the Children of Israel, The Chosen, are entering the Promised Land by conquest with God’s help.  

Due to disobedience they lose the homeland in 586 B.C. to the Babylonians.   Babylon is conquered by Persia and God’s People begin to come home in 536 B.C.   In 444 B.C. Nehemiah, who has been an advisor to Persian King Artaxerxes, returns to rebuild the walls around the Holy City of Jerusalem which have been destroyed.   New enemies oppose this effort and Nehemiah has the builders carry a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other.   In Chapter 4:20 of the book that bears his name he says, “At the sound of the trumpet rally to us.   Our God will fight for us.”

There are times God calls His People to fight and no one has done it better than the American military.   Beginning with George Washington in the Revolutionary War to George Patton in WWII to the American military today no one has done it better.  

There is a poem by Charles Province of the U.S. Army titled “It is the Soldier.”
        It is the Soldier, not the reporter,
        Who has given us freedom of the press.

        It is the Soldier, not the poet,
        Who has given us freedom of speech.

        It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer,
        who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

        It is the Soldier, not the lawyer,
        Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

        It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag,
        Who serves beneath the flag,
        And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
        Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

I believe we are a Second Chosen People with the Hebrews being the First Chosen.   I do not know how else you explain the remarkable progress of the world under America’s lead.   I took a graduate course in American Political Theory at the U of CO in Boulder under a Dr. Wilson back in 1969.   Without apology he said God may have helped our Framers write our Constitution.    We do know that Benjamin Franklin, a secular man, called for clergy in Philadelphia to come to lead them in worship and  prayer each morning before they began a new day of attempting to draft a Constitution.   These were brilliant men of vision, but at the time they were ready to give up.

The Constitution calls for the Federal Government to do two things only with regard to the States and individuals:   Article I, Section 8:  “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”    Section 9 says:  “To raise and support Armies”. . .”To provide and maintain a Navy.”    And in the Bill or Rights, Amendment X:  “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The Constitution does not call for a Department of Education.   In the 1964 campaign Barry Goldwater told Lyndon Johnson that his federal plans for education would kill our schools.  What has happened since?   Despite billions spent our test scores keep dropping.   It does not say Obamacare which will bankrupt the nation and ruin our health care–the best in the world.  It does not say abortion on demand with federal funds.   

One of the reasons we worked for a pro-life President and Vice-President is Psalm 95:10-11:   “For forty years I was grieved with that generation.  They are led astray in their hearts, And do not know my ways.   So I swear in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”   Roe v. Wade is the greatest mistake ever made by the Supreme Court.  Our own Justice Byron White, on the Court at the time, called it an embarrassment to sound legal thinking.   It was ruled on January 22, 1973.   It will be 40 years two days after Barack Obama is inaugurated for the second time.   And Obama is not simply pro-abortion he supported infanticide in IL.   If an aborted baby was born alive that baby would not be allowed to live.

The Wrath of God is a fearsome thing.  In the New Testament Paul describes it as taking on a personality of its own like the 10th Plague upon Egypt.  The Constitution does not call for a Welfare State.   We have lost our way and our bearings set forth by our Founders.   We do so at our own risk.  God is not mocked and His Wrath will be visited upon us.   It is not only Obama who was 12 years old when Roe came down, but he is the most radical President ever to sit in the Oval Office as well as the most comically incompetent.   That makes him no less dangerous.

Cal Thomas, long time columnist for the Creative Syndicate and strong Christian, wrote the following after the election:  “Great nations and proud empires have always collapsed from within before they were conquered from without.  President Obama’s re-election mirrors the self-indulgent, greedy and envious nation we are rapidly becoming.”   We are in real danger of losing our land as founded and our freedom.  We are becoming Greece and that is dangerous, not only for us, but for the world.   Greece is small and out of the way.  America is at the center of the globe economically and militarily.   If we do not lead, others will and the world will be a more dangerous place because of it.

I want to note a few parallels out of history and what we face today.   Empires like the Assyrian, Babylonian (present day Iraq), Persian (present day Iran), Greek, Roman, Nazi Germany (which was supposed to last a thousand years and lasted 13), and the U.S.S.R. all have two things in common.   They are all gone today and they all persecuted or conquered–stood against God’s Chosen People.   Right now so are we Americans at our own peril.

The newly elected President Obama went to Egypt in 2009 and apologized for our Land but skipped Israel.   I have clear memories of Harry Truman and every President since.   I do not recall Harry Truman or Jack Kennedy or Ronald Reagan ever apologizing for our nation.   On the contrary.    The Muslim Brotherhood now controls Egypt and says they will no longer keep their peace treaty with Israel.   Israel is also facing an Iran poised to go nuclea
r.

The Prime Minister of Israel, Bibi Netanyahu, asked for an audience with the President at the U.N. and instead Obama went on The View and proclaimed himself “eye candy.”   I blush for our nation and for real men like Harry Truman and Jack Kennedy and Ronald Reagan who went before him in the Oval Office.    It has been said no man is smaller than the one all wrapped up in self.   Obama says he is eye candy.

Jimmy Carter’s pollster, Pat Caddell, is beside himself with rage at the media for ever fawning over Barack Obama and not pointing out the dangers such a man brings to the Presidency.   Caddell, who had to tell Carter his Presidency was over and that Ronald Reagan would win big, says the Free Press itself is posing a danger to our nation.   Why?   Because a leader not held accountable thinks he can get away with anything and the loyal opposition GOP suffers greatly as it is constantly berated by the Press.    And eventually such a Press is not free because it is no longer objective.   It has sold out to the Far Left.

Bibi Netanyahu says, “We will fight on whether you helps us or not.”   What did Nehemiah say 2500 years ago?  “Our God will fight for us!”   When France fell in WWII, Winston Churchill said, “We stand alone.  We will not surrender.   Rather bracing, isn’t it?”   When the Japanese attacked us at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Churchill said, “We just won the war.”   He knew none could stand up to the American military.   Now we fail Israel at our own peril.   And Netanyahu says, “We fight alone.”   Not quite.   God Almighty remains their ally even if we do not.

I contrast Barack Obama with John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.   Nikita Khrushchev, old Soviet boss, said to the West, “We will bury you.”   But 50 years ago last month, October 1962, Kennedy made Khrushchev blink during the Cuban Missile Crisis.   How?   By not backing down.

In 1946 Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild.   Communists were beginning to infiltrate Hollywood and Reagan was fighting them.   One day he was making a film in a remote part of CA.   He was told there was a call waiting for him at a local gas station.   He went over, picked up and was told to back off or they would throw acid in his handsome face and ruin his career.    Did Ronald Reagan back down?   He did not.  The man who would be President of the United States thirty-four years later, called another brave actor, William Holden, and together they crashed a communist meeting of seventy-five people.

The meeting was led by relatively minor actor, Sterling Hayden, who was a communist.   After politely listening, Reagan took over the meeting and for forty minutes, despite being booed and cursed, made the case against communism.   He would not be bullied.   Hayden later admitted, Reagan coolly, “took over and ground us into a pulp.   He dominated the whole thing.”   Historians Ronald and Allis Radosh write that this was a seminal moment which helped end the “golden era” of Hollywood Communists who were unable to hijack the Screen Actors Guild and were ultimately exposed as stooges of Moscow.

When Ronald Reagan became President he was determined to defeat what he called the “Evil Empire.”   Even Richard Nixon was willing to co-exist with the U.S.S.R.   Reagan was not and said that if we built our military the Communists could not compete and would sue for peace.  He proved to be exactly right.   His own Republican Party did not believe it.   Neither did the State Department who told him not to say, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.!”    He said it anyway.

In this effort Ronald Reagan had two men who might seem unlikely allies.  One was Harvard professor of Russian history, Richard Pipes, and the other was Dr. Edward Rozek (a man I studied under), political science professor at the University of CO, Boulder.   He was from Poland, escaped during WWII and returned to fight the Nazis to free his homeland.  Three times wounded, he was not a man to be intimidated by campus protesters.   Both Pipes and Rozek agreed with Reagan that the U.S.S.R. would crack if pushed hard enough by the United States.   All three were proven right.   The Establishment G.O.P. and the State Department were dead wrong.

Jack Kennedy and Ronald Reagan were real men.   When Reagan died, Ted Kennedy said that we were a better nation because of his Presidency.   And, while Harry Truman and his brother, Jack, were important players in the fight to defeat Communism, Ronald Reagan was the chief author of their demise.

Meanwhile our current President rebuffs Netanyahu and goes on The View to say, “I am eye candy.”   And at his election in 2008 he said the planet began to heal and the oceans recede.  There are a lot of people in New York and New Jersey who wish that were true after Hurricane Sandy.   What a silly, deluded leader we have elected.

What to do?    First, be inspired by real men like John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan and our military veterans and their ladies who sacrifice as well.   Men and women who stand up for right.   May they inspire us to resist a President and Secretary of State who would have the U.N. inspect our elections with observers and stand with men like Governor Perry of TX who told them they were not welcome there.   We have leaders who wish us to bow to the world when it comes to the right to bear arms.   Let us stand up as Ronald Reagan did when told they would throw acid in his face.   Let us stand on principle.

Second, let us be strong.   There is a story out of the French Revolution 1789-1799 that always inspires.    Part of that time was the Reign of Terror from 1793-94 when leader turned on leader and sent them to the guillotine.   They were so full of themselves (sort of like a President who is self-described ‘eye candy’) that they said the year was no longer 1793 but the Year One as they had taken over to change everything.   There would no longer be a seven day week but a week would now be ten days.   They sent officials out to let the populace know of the changes.   This incident is recorded by such an official who left the Reign of Terror to follow Christ.

He was sent to the French farms where people cowered b
efore him.   But one man would not affirm the changes.   At this home the man said, “You can call it Year One but it is The Year of Our Lord, 1793.”   The government official said, “I can have you shot.”   The farmer replied, “Yes, you can take my life, but not my soul.   That belongs to the Lord.   But if you are going to take my life will you at least do it outside rather than here in the presence of my wife and children?”   Outside the farmer asked the official to look up before he shot.   “Do you see those stars?   Those are God’s handiwork and they are going to shine whether you call it Year One or not.  Now do your worse.”   That farmer was saying, “You didn’t build that.”   The government official was shaken by such courage, left the farmer alive and left the Reign of Terror for faith in God.   Let us be strong.

Finally, let us be buoyed by prayer and by knowing we are on the winning team.    Let us pray for the President and Vice-President and especially for the House of Representatives that they remain strong.   Evil has a way of overplaying its hand and of being exposed for what it is.   A President who thinks he is eye candy is well on his way to exactly that.

When Communism fell in the Eastern Bloc a church in Czechoslovakia was, for the first time in four decades, placing a message on the marquis at the front of their building.   What should they say?   They prayed about it through the night and the next day, they placed this in front of their church:   “THE LAMB WINS!”    The Lamb of God.

Let us be optimistic.   We are on the winning team.   Not the wolf.   Not the Russian bear.   But “THE LAMB WINS.”

Eutychus