Monthly archives "March 2015"

Are the Republicans Tough Enough?

When I was in college I read a book titled, The Magic of Thinking Big.  There was a sentence that stuck with me–“Action cures fear.”   It is a matter of overcoming inertia and getting started.  I thought of this as I read an editorial in The Weekly Standard by the editor of the magazine, William Kristol.   His piece is titled, “The Party of the Furrowed Brow,” and it deals with Establishment Republicans and their timidity.

The Establishment wonders if it isn’t time to move on from Benghazi.   Besides, isn’t the Chair of the Benghazi Committee, Trey Gowdy, close to. . .groan. . . the Tea Party?  I think the families of the four men killed at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, are not ready to move on.   Pat Smith, who lost her only son, Sean, that night, is not ready to move on.  She openly says that Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, lied about her son’s death as did Barack Obama.

How about that invitation to Prime Minister  of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress?   Isn’t he a polarizing figure?  Besides, what if he loses his election to lead his country?  He didn’t, but was this invitation done properly;   in government parlance, according to protocol?

Then that letter to the Iranians saying a new leader may not honor their crummy deal with the President.  And how about Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas who led the 47 GOP Senators in signing it?  Who is this upstart?  He is a 37 year old U.S. Senator (youngest in that Body), a Harvard trained attorney and an Army veteran with service both in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What do Trey Gowdy, Benjamin Netanyahu and Tom Cotton have in common?   They are conservatives of principle who do not care what the Washington, D.C. Establishment thinks and that makes them dangerous.   It is also the type of leadership that millions of Americans are looking for.

There are others with this kind of steel in their backbones.  Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlitt-Packard, who practically announced for President on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, is one.   She is totally unafraid of Hillary Clinton which is refresing in itself.  Senator Ted Cruz of TX, who did announce this week, is another.  Dorothy Rabinowitz, respected writer for  The Wall Street Journal believes that Cruz has a chance for the nomination as he is smart, strong and patriotic.  These are qualities Barack Obama lacks and the country is weary of him and fearful of his policies so out of step with American values.

The GOP Establishment gray beards are uncomfortable with these leaders because they have their own ideas and act upon them.  But how do we know about Hillary Clinton’s private server and missing e-mails?   Because of the Benghazi Committee chaired by Trey Gowdy.  Who revealed the scope of Barack Obama’s capitulation to Iran and their nuclear ambitions?   Benjamin Netanyahu.   Who stimulated real discussion of the Administrations failure to consult Congress on the Iranian deal?   Tom Cotton and his 46 colleagues.

Who frightens Hillary and Barack?   Based on their vitriol it would be Gowdy, Netanyahu and Cotton.  Why?   Because they do not fear a fight and they fight to win.   Sensible people in our nation are crying out for this.  This is why Ms. Rabinowitz may be right about Ted Cruz.  Carly Fiorina probably has a better shot at being V.P.

It sometimes seems as if the GOP Establishment finds losing acceptable as long as it is done with grace.   I think most sensible Americans are ready for some real hard ball.   The Left is certainly playing it against the brave individuals noted here.  They are engaging in hysterical McCarthyism in their assaults on these leaders.  And respected liberals are letting it pass.

Andrew Jackson said, “One man with courage makes a majority.”   So does a woman.   Patrick Henry said, “The battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.  Action cures fear.   Let us join these individuals in the battle for the American soul.  And let’s win for a change!

Eutychus

 

 

 

 

Hillary’s Hijinks

Proverbs 28:14 reads, “The wicked flee where no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”  The next verse is very sobering and describes our land today.  “When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgeable leaders there is stability.”  New Living Translation

During the Watergate Hearings, 1973-74, Richard Nixon told the charming Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina that he had listened to the tapes of his conversations as President and there was nothing to worry about.  Senator Ervin, with a smile said, “This is Executive Poppycock.”  Ervin’s committee had the services of a young attorney named Hillary Rodham who would marry a gentleman named Bill Clinton in 1975 in Arkansas.

Now that same Hillary Rodham Clinton tells us she has reviewed her emails from her time as Secretary of State and has decided which are public and which are not.  Sounds like Richard Nixon.  Representative Trey Gowdy, from Ervin’s sister state of South Carolina, and Chair of the House Committee on Benghazi, has asked to see her server to check for himself.  In essence he is saying that Clinton’s statement that she has decided which is private and which is public is poppycock.

The State Department also seems to be stonewalling as the Committee has thus far received only 300 of the 50,000 emails Hillary has provided to State.  Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard asks if any of those 50,000 contain incriminating evidence against Mrs. Clinton–assuming any incriminating emails still exist.  That is why the server is essential to the investigation and the House of Representatives will most likely force Hillary to turn it over to the Committee on Benghazi.

Four Americans died at Benghazi and we still do not know fully what happened.   We do know it was NOT sparked by a video and that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton knew from the beginning that the attack was planned.   Mrs. Smith lost her only son.   Those four families especially and the entire American family as well have a right to know what happened–wherever the political chips may fall.

It is still likely that the Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton for President unless there is evidence of criminal activity on her part in terms of withholding evidence on Benghazi.   Even then one wonders.   Barack Obama is a very arbitrary and capricious President who is anything but transparent.   Such lawlessness could continue.

Give Richard Nixon credit.  He did resign.  Bill Clinton, a young Attorney General in Arkansas during Watergate said, “A President who lies to the people should resign.”   But as President when he lied, “I never had sex with that woman,” he did not leave office though he was impeached and lost his law license as he lied under oath.

“When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.   But with wise and knowledgeable leaders there is stability.”   Do we, the American people, still have the wisdom and knowledge to choose leaders who honor God?   I am not at all sure.   Do we still know when the wicked are fleeing where no one pursues?  Do we even care?  I hope so.

At the end of his career Master Historian, Charles Breasted, was asked to write a book on lessons he had learned from a life of study of history.   He said he did not need a book but that he could sum it up in four sentences:

“The bee pollinates the flower it robs;

Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make drunk with power;

The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine;

God does not settle all His accounts every Saturday night.”

There is an accounting each of us will give to God.  So will a nation–especially one so blessed as ours.  We are nearing Saturday night.   God eventually settles all His accounts.   And there are no destroyed emails hidden from him.

Eutychus

Must Israel Stand Alone?

The late Israeli satirist, Efraim Kishon, tells of a game of Jewish poker.  It is a mind game played without cards.  Each player thinks of a high number.  The one who comes up with the higher number wins.  In one game a player says, “I am thinking of infinity.”  The other player says, “David Ben-Gurion.”  The game is over for in modern Israel Ben-Gurion is beyond infinity and second only to the Almighty. As George Washington is the Father of our Country, David Ben-Gurion is the Father of Israel.

Born in Poland on October 16, 1886, he flirted for a time with Marxism but rejected it as he could not square it with his hopes for a Jewish state.  In 1933 he read Hitler’s Mein Kampf.  Perhaps like no one other than Winston Churchill, Ben-Gurion saw the catastrophe that lay ahead for the world if Adolph Hitler were not stopped.

After WW II, while other Jewish leaders sought to deal with the British who had controlled Palestine, Ben-Gurion cultivated a relationship with Harry Truman and the United States.  Over the objections of General George Marshall, President Truman backed the formation of modern Israel.  Every President until Barack Obama has done the same.  We have noted on these pages before the Empires that have collapsed because they attacked God’s Chosen.  Let us look at the litany again.

The Assyrians held sway from 841 B.C. to 642 B.C. when they began to fade before the Babylonians.  The Assyrians conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel with their capital at Samaria in 723 B.C.  They attacked the Southern Kingdom of Judah in 705 B.C.  But then in 701 B.C. God Himself sent an angel of death to the Assyrian camp and struck 185,000 men of the Assyrian army.  This is recorded in II Kings 19:35.

Weakened the Assyrians fell to the Babylonians (present day Iraq) who successfully conquered Jerusalem and the Southern Kingdom of Judah in 586 B.C.  Thus began the 70 years of captivity for God’s People until the Temple was rebuilt under Zerubabbel in 516 B.C.  The Babylonians fell to the Persians (present day Iran) in 539 B.C.  This is how a Jewish girl Esther was in Persia 2500 years ago and, through a miracle of God (though neither God nor prayer are mentioned in the book that bears her name), became Queen of Persia.

Prime Minister Netanyahu mentioned this story in his speech to Congress on March 3.   A Persian version of Hitler had hatched a plot to kill all the Jews.  Queen Esther bravely exposed Haman’s plans, and he was hanged.   Her People were saved.   This is celebrated still in the Jewish festival of Purim which the Prime Minister noted.

The Persians fell to the Greeks and the Greeks to the greatest Empire of Rome.   The Romans saw to the crucifixion of Christ and scattered the Jews to the Four Winds in 70 A.D.  This began the 2000 years of Exile that Netanyahu noted in his speech.  The Roman Empire is gone and no one even speaks their language of Latin anymore.  But God’s Chosen live on and have been home in their Promised Land since 1948.

In more modern times the Nazis sought to wipe out the Jews and the Soviets stood with the Arabs against modern Israel.  Both Nazi Germany and U.S.S.R. are gone but God’s People remain.   Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712-1786) once requested of one of his priests:  “Prove to me the Bible is true in one word.”   The priest answered with wisdom when he said, “The Jew, Your Majesty.  The Jew.”   Exactly right.   No People have been scattered for 2000 years and yet remain a distinct group.

There are two important points here.   Every Great Empire that has touched the apple of God’s eye with persecution has come and gone;  but God’s Chosen live on.   I believe we are a Second Chosen People.   I do not know how else one explains the remarkable American Story without drawing such a conclusion.   David Ben-Gurion knew where to come for help after WWII for backing in founding the modern state of Israel.   He did not go to Britain as others did.   He came to a brave American President named Harry Truman.   And every President since has backed Israel.  Until now, the Second Chosen have always backed the First Chosen.

Until now.  Today we have a radical leader who embraces Iran and openly speaks ill of Israel and Israel’s Prime Minister.  Barack Obama is playing with fire he does not understand and he is not informed by history.   The Great Empires noted above each lasted as a world power for roughly 200 years.   Our nation celebrates 239 years on July 4. It is hard to say or even think, but Rudy Giuliani may be exactly right.   I am not sure the President loves the Second Chosen much more than the First.

None question Ronald Reagan’s love of America with his words about “a shining city on a hill,” in describing our nation.   This is inspired by Christ’s words in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:14.   Jack Kennedy nearly died defending this nation in WWII.   His patriotism is unassailable.   What do we get with Barack Obama?   Such words as “You didn’t build that,”  and, “We are no more exceptional than the Greeks,” are his forte.

Why was Barack Obama so angry with the Netanyahu speech?   Why did he claim not to watch it but then criticize it?  Why did so many Democrats boycott the address and Nancy Pelosi turn her back on the Prime Minister whenever there was an ovation?   Because the world was hearing from a leader with steel in his spine who will not bow before evil and threats to his nation that lived so long without.  He openly said, “If we stand alone, we will stand.”   And they will.

But even if we do not stand with Israel (and I am seeking to demonstrate herein how dangerous that is) they do not stand alone.   There is divine mystery here.   Jesus said in John 15:25, “They have hated me without a cause.”  And the world of evil also hates Israel and America without cause–God’s First and Second Chosen.  God will stand with Israel and with us if we honor Him.

Neville Chamberlin returned from Munich still trying to appease Adolph Hitler.   This led to war as Winston Churchill said it would.   When he came to power on May 13, 1940, Churchill told his people, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”   When he spoke to his boys school in those dark days he said, “Never give in. Never give in.  Never. Never. Never. Never.”  And he sat down.  After France fell and before America entered the war, he said, “Britain stands alone.  Rather bracing, isn’t it?”   And when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the British Prime Minister said, “We just won the war.”

The Japanese awakened a sleeping giant.  To some extent so did September 11, 2001.  I pray it does not take a nuclear armed Iran with the promise to wipe out Israel to do so again.  And they have America in their sight as well.  I pray also that we elect a real leader in 2016 who loves the Lord and His People here and beyond.   Meanwhile, choose this day whom you will serve.  As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  And we do not stand alone.

Eutychus

Bibi and Barack

Harry Truman is a favorite President of mine.   One day at a cabinet meeting as they took a vote each member of his team voted “Nay.”   Harry voted “Aye” and said, “The ayes have it.”   That is leadership unafraid to lead.   Truman once commented on the importance of polls to leadership with the following insight:   “I wonder how far Moses would have gotten if he had taken a poll in Egypt.   It isn’t polls or public opinion of the moment that counts.   It is right and wrong and leadership–men with fortitude, honesty, and a belief in the right–that makes epochs in the history of the world.”

On Tuesday, March 3, we heard from a leader and the world knows it and so does Barack Obama.  The contrast between two heads of state could not be more evident.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows the Iranian threat.  President Barack Obama does not.  Even Democrats are nervous about the American-Iranian negotiations on uranium enrichment.  So are the Saudis and other Gulf States.   Obama is so anxious to deal that he is willing to favor Iran at the expense of Israel.

There is something larger here than even than two nations that God raised up, Israel, His First Chosen and America, His Second Chosen, and that is the favor of God Himself.  Prime Minister Netanyahu noted this with his history lesson on the Persians of 2500 years ago seeking the death of God’s Chosen at the hands of Haman, a Hitler figure centuries before Hitler.  The brave Queen Esther interceded for her people and they were spared.   Those Persians fell to the Greeks but they live on in modern Iran.   And, as the Prime Minister noted, they again threaten Israel.

The Romans scattered the Jews in 70 A.D. and for 2000 years they did not have a homeland or voice.  Most People would have disappeared from history but not the Chosen of God.   King Fredrick the Great of Prussia once said to a leading priest, “Prove to me the Bible is true in one word.”   The priest wisely replied, “The Jew, Your Majesty.   The Jew.”  Against this backdrop Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday with steel resolve, “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”

Barack Obama is a failed President.  He speaks with clarity on Ferguson, MO, but he is wrong.   He says he does not know enough to comment but then says, “The Cambridge police acted stupidly.”   He had it right with his first comment.  On the world stage he is Neville Chamberlin selling out to Adolph Hitler.   Bibi Netanyahu is Winston Churchill standing up to tyranny.   And the Prime Minister begs us not to make the same mistakes of the past.   And our President is too busy to listen and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi is present for the speech but turns her back at every standing ovation.

How did we come to be led by such silly, small and dangerous people? Virginia Law Shell was a leader of the renewal effort for the United Methodist Church known as Good News.   She said, “When a nation turns its back on God, He withdraws His wisdom from those leaders.   Thus we get comical but dangerous figures like Obama and Pelosi.   And when a real leader like Bibi Netanyahu speaks they bristle and the Moslems go crazy but sensible people stand and cheer and thank God.   We should not overlook a word of thanks to current Speaker John Boehner who invited the Israeli Prime Minister to address Congress.   He is quite a contrast with Nancy Pelosi.

During the depths of the Civil War, our greatest President, Abraham Lincoln (who did not think he would be reelected) was asked how he was coping.   He said, “I keep before me that this too will pass.”   Obama and Pelosi will pass from the scene.   Our prayer is that there is a Churchill (whose mother was an American), Truman, Reagan to follow.   Do we have an American Benjamin Netanyahu waiting in the wings?   I take comfort from the fact that people did not realize Lincoln was Lincoln, Truman was Truman or Reagan was Reagan until they were put to the test.

Many of us knew Obama was dangerous even as the Left saw him as a messiah.   It was not only in his policies but in his Mussolini-like arrogance and claims that, “We are the ones we have all been waiting for,” and “The climate will heal and the oceans cool and recede.”   How sophomoric and what nonsense and danger in one who believes his own blarney!

It helps to keep a sense of humor in the face of a man like Barack who said in 2008, “My campaign has visited 57 states so far.”   This indicates he expected to get to the rest before he was through.   Some messiah.   But the real Messiah is still in charge not a comical community organizer from Chicago.   Obama can and has done real damage to the freedom loving here and beyond, but he will not ultimately prevail.

Charles Breasted, master historian, was asked to write a book on what he had learned from a life time of studying history.   He said, “I do not need a book.  I can sum it up in four sentences:  ‘The honeybee pollinates the flower it robs.  Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make drunk with power.  The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.  God does not settle all his accounts every Saturday night.’ ”

We have leaders today drunk on power.  I pray for more leaders like Benjamin Netanyahu who honor God rather than self.   My prayer for our land is summed up in Lamentations 5:21:   “Restore us to Yourself, O Lord.  Renew our days as of old.”   Dear God, May it be so! Eutychus

To the Farthest Shore

We attended the funeral of a friend on Saturday.   In the Protestant tradition each believer in Christ is a saint of God (I Cor. 1:2)   When I learned of her death I wrote family and friends, “There are saints and there are saints.   Betty is a saint.”   Her words were few and always measured which gave them added meaning.  There was no veneer with  her.  She was pure gold tempered by life and experience.  She was in her 9oth year at her passing;  we had known her seven of those years.

In Shakespeare’s Richard II, the dying Duke of Lancaster tells the Duke of York:  “O the tongues of dying men enforce attention like harmony.  Where words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain, for they breathe their words in pain.”  Betty’s words were never in vain but reflected the life of a woman who had travelled as far as Africa as a nurse to heal.  She also served in CA, OR, her native KS and here in CO in that capacity.

She was facing a difficult surgery when we first met in the fall of 2008.  I suggested a Psalm that had helped me across the years, Psalm 34:4, “I sought the Lord and He delivered me from all my fears.”  She said she attached the verse to her mirror where she saw it through the day.   I commend this verse to others in days like those that Thomas Paine said, “try our souls.”  It reminds us we are not alone and that Another is ultimately in charge.

After retirement in 1993, Betty developed her gift for writing in an exceptional memoir titled, No Easy Victories, and also had devotional thoughts that appeared in the highly respected Our Daily Bread.  Knowing of her love for writing I asked her to subscribe to REDROCKSRIGHT and to offer suggestions which she did.   Another factor in this request was her interest in politics.

This blog was born to support conservative candidates and leaders.   In 2010 our then District Attorney, Ken Buck, spoke at our 50 + luncheon on being a Christian statesman.   We all received bumper stickers.   I was out early the next morning and saw Betty drive by with that bumper sticker on her car.   When next we spoke we had one of those moments of mutual understanding of being involved and smiled over our bumper stickers (mine was on my rear window.   Mr. Buck is now our Congressman for CO’s District 4.  She was part of that.

The funeral was a beautiful celebration of Betty’s life well lived.    He granddaughter and son-in-law shared their heart felt love.  The pastor who led the service has known Betty and her late husband for 30 years.     He is a 30 year friend of mine as well.   We served churches in the same community near here in the 1980’s.   He spoke of the hope that is ours of life eternal Authored by Jesus Christ.   And he called for any who might not know the Lord to take that step of faith this very day.

I wish to echo that.  Eternity lies before everyone of us.  The wily George Bernard Shaw said ultimately the equation is the same for all of us, prince or pauper–1:1.   One Life, One Death.  Well known dramatist and author, William Saroyan said, “I know everybody has to die sooner or later.   But I thought an exception would be made in my case.”   He died at age 72 in 1981.

But death is a conquered foe for those who accept Christ’s forgiveness.   Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, “We do not mourn like the people who have no hope.” (I Thess.  4:13)   I am glad Paul did not say we do not mourn at all because we do.   There is a sting to death.  It is hard to lose a loved one, but we have the hope of life eternal.

In a sense Christians don’t really say good-by to one another.   Our partings are summed up in that beautiful benedictory hymn, “God be with you till we meet again.  Till we meet at Jesus feet.   God be with you till we meet again.”   Paul writes in Romans 8:35-39, “What shall separate us from the love of Christ?   Shall tribulation or distress or famine. . .?  I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels. . . nor any other created thing shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I believe the Lord said of Betty, “Well done good and faithful servant.”   May He say the same of us on that day and now as well.   Her influence lives on in the lives she touched who touch others who touch others on out into eternity.   Like a stone thrown into a pond with the rivulets reaching to the farthest shore so, it is with a life well lived–to the farthest shore.   God’s Brightest Blessings,

Eutychus