The East-West Schism of 1054 gave us the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church
Constantine the Great won the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (312 AD) thanks to divine intervention. Or so the story goes. The Christian God communicated to Constantine and his soldiers in a vision on the eve of battle. If they put the first two letters of Christ’s name in Greek on their shields they would be victorious in battle. So they did. And they were. Thus beginning Constantine’s transformation from paganism to Christianity.
Christianity was illegal in the Roman Empire. And persecuting Christians was a national pastime. But Constantine changed all that. By first decreeing religious tolerance with the Edict of Milan (313). And following that up with the First Council of Nicaea (325). Where Christian bishops met to resolve some of their differences. And try for the first time to reach a consensus for the Christian church.
In time Christianity would spread throughout the empire. Through northern Europe. And all the way to Britannia (Roman Britain). But things were a little different going east. Where the eastern Christians did not see things the same way the western Christians did. Leading to the East-West Schism (1054). Giving us the Roman Catholic Church in the west. And the Eastern Orthodox Church in, of course, the east.
King Henry VIII was no fan of Martin Luther and he defended the Catholic Faith
The schism between east and west would prove to be a costly one. The Fourth Crusade (1202-1204) went to free the Holy Land from Islam. The European Crusaders were from the Latin Catholic Church. Who never made it to the Holy Land. But they did sack Constantinople. Where the Latin Crusaders slaughtered Orthodox Christians. Weakening the Eastern Roman Empire. Opening the door for Ottoman conquest (1453). And making the way clear for Islam to spread into Europe. So instead of freeing the Holy Land from Islam they brought Islam into Christian Europe. But that wouldn’t be the last Christian-on-Christian fighting.
In 1517 Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses attacking the Roman Catholic Church. In particular its selling of indulgences to buy your way into heaven. A funding scheme by Pope Leo X to pay for the rebuilding of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Thus kicking off the Protestant Reformation. A schism in Western Christianity. Splitting up Christianity in Europe between the Catholics and Protestants. Leading to centuries of warfare. Especially between Catholic Spain & France and Protestant England & Germany.
In England King Henry VIII was no fan of Martin Luther. And he defended the Catholic faith. But he had a problem with the Pope. For he wanted a divorce from his queen. Katherine of Aragon. So he would be free to marry Ann Boleyn. Well, the Pope said ‘no’. So Henry said goodbye to the Roman Catholic Church. And set up the Church of England. With Henry himself as the head of the church. Soon England was full of Catholics and Protestants. And they fought each other to maintain the true faith. Bitterly. And cruelly. The Church of England would swing between Catholicism and Protestantism through these turbulent times. From Henry VIII to Edward VI to Queen Mary to Elizabeth to James I.
James continued Elizabeth’s Persecution of Catholics which led to the Gunpowder Plot
James I was King James VI of Scotland. On the death of Elizabeth he moved south and took the English throne. Becoming James I of England. Scotland was Presbyterian (which fell in the Protestant camp). The Presbyterians did not like the Church of England for they felt it was virtually Catholic. Something the Catholics would disagree with. The Puritans (basically Protestants) also criticized the Church of England for being too Catholic. Which annoyed Elizabeth. So she persecuted both Puritans and Catholics. James was raised a Presbyterian but he hated Presbyterians. And Puritans. Who he thought were nothing more than Presbyterians who spoke more eloquently.
So the Puritans were a thorn in James’ side. This animosity between the Puritans and James would lead to the Puritans leaving England and eventually landing in the New World. James hated Puritans so much that he preferred Catholics over them. However, Elizabeth had taken England into a very anti-Catholic direction. And he did not want to appear to be soft when it came to Catholics. So he made life unpleasant for them. Even banished Catholic priests. Sick of this persecution of Catholics someone did something about it.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The gunpowder treason and plot
I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot
Robert Catesby planned the Gunpowder Plot. To rid England of anti-Catholic rule. The plan was to blow up Parliament by filling a cellar beneath the House of Lords with barrels of gunpowder. But someone tipped off Lord Monteagle. Authorities arrived in the cellar to find Guy Fawkes surrounded by barrels of gunpowder, a fuse in one hand and a match in the other. Leading to a new holiday in Britain. Guy Fawkes Day. Where people burned effigies of the Pope. To celebrate the Protestant victory over the ‘Catholic’ plot that tried to topple the government on the 5th of November in 1605. And providing even more animosity between Protestants and Catholics in England. Which would later erupt in the English Civil War (1642–1651). But today Guy Fawkes Day is just about fireworks and celebrations. Without the religious overtones it once had.
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Week in Review
American English is now the language international of aviation. Not British English. But American English. Because so many people speak it in the world. Which is why international pilots must be able to speak American English. So there is a common language for pilots and air traffic controllers to converse in. Making it easier to safely route airborne aircraft between countries.
What was another international language? Before there was a United States? What was the international language of diplomacy. Was it British English? No. It was French. The diplomats of the world spoke French. Making France a center of international diplomacy. Which is why if you look up ‘Treaty of Paris’ you will see more than one entry. France united Europe following the fall of the Roman Empire under Charlemagne. Helped made Europe Christian. And was a leading player in the Enlightenment.
French culture refined the world. And their food and drink made the world a more enjoyable place. In a word France was great. And being French meant something. Today the French are still fiercely proud of their history. And their culture. So proud that they have even expunged American words from their language. To keep the French language pure. Their French culture pure. So they take great offense when people come to their country and try to change their ways (see Second night of riots in Paris over ‘burka ban’ fine by Peter Allen posted 7/21/2013 on The Telegraph).
On both Friday and Saturday night heavily armed riot police could be seen taking part in running skirmishes with youths, while there were reports of flash guns being used to disperse the crowd.
The violence is the latest in a string of incidents related to the controversial “burka ban” which was introduced across France in 2011.
It means that women found guilty of wearing veils in public can be fined the equivalent of £130 and be forced to attend citizenship classes.
The French have no problem with people immigrating to their country. They have just one requirement. If you move into France then you must be French. That is you assimilate to the culture you join. You don’t try to assimilate the French into the culture you left. The way immigration should be. For if your country is so bad that you leave it for a better life you don’t bring what you’re leaving behind with you.
France made Europe Christian. And held to their Catholicism all during the Protestant Reformation and the religious wars that followed. It was hard to find more devout Catholics than the French. Then they made France secular during the French Revolution. As their religion had grown into an oppressor of the people. So the French don’t take kindly to public displays of religion. Especially any that infringe on the rights of the people. Choosing to wear a crucifix is one thing. Forcing women to wear a burka is another. That does not define the liberté of French Society. And doesn’t assimilate these immigrants into the French Culture.
So while the French are trying to save their culture the Americans are doing nothing to preserve theirs. They have porous borders. They don’t require immigrants to speak English. We must speak to them in their language. And we attack the religions of our Founders. While treating the Muslim faith with great reverence. Bending over backwards to accommodate the immigrant culture. While doing nothing to preserve the home culture. For apparently the Americans don’t love their culture as much as the French love theirs.
It’s a pity they Americans can’t be more like the French.
Tags: abortion, birth control, Christianity, Dubai, Islam, Muslim nations, political left, rape, war on women
With the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453 Islam spread Unchecked into Christian Lands
Constantine the Great moved the capital of the Roman Empire to a place on the Bosporus. Where the ancient city of Byzantium once sat. Where Asia met Europe. Where the Mediterranean Sea met the Black Sea. And the great rivers beyond. The Danube. Dnieper. And the Don. Constantine named his new city Constantinople. And made it a jewel. With great Christian churches. To celebrate his new conversion to Christianity. Which started following the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Where on the eve of battle Constantine and his soldiers had a vision of the Christian God. Promising them victory if they placed His symbol on their shields. Which they did. And they won.
Constantine spared no expense in his new city. Which was easy to do because it was a very wealthy city. For the greatest trade routes went through the Bosporus. Which is why when the western half of the Roman Empire fell the eastern half, or the Byzantine Empire, carried on for another thousand years. Give or take. As it thrived on that trade pouring through it. Especially from the Far East. Along the Silk Road. Which peaked during the Byzantine Empire. Bringing the exotic goods of the Far East west. From silk to porcelain to spices. Which flowed unhindered to Christian Europe while the Christians still controlled the Byzantine Empire.
But all good things must come to an end. Thanks to the Seljuk Turks. And the rise of the Ottoman Empire. Islam had united the Arab people. And with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453 Islam spread unchecked into Christian lands. Up through the Balkans into southern Europe. Lands they would contest for time and again. Making for some bitter Christian-Muslim animosity that continues into modern times. But more crucially at the time was the loss of control over that trade from the Far East. Making those goods not as reasonably priced as they once were. Which proved to be quite the problem. As the European Christians had grown quite fond of them. Luckily for them, they could do something about that. Thanks to all of those wars they fought with the Muslims. The Crusades. Which brought back a lot of Greek books of science that were collecting dust in some of the old great Greek cities all around the Mediterranean. Founded during the Hellenistic period. Which came before the Roman Empire. Thanks to a fellow by the name of Alexander the Great. Who spread Greek learning throughout the known world after he conquered it.
Christopher Columbus sailed West to establish Far East Trade without going through Muslim-Controlled Constantinople
From those books the Europeans were able to become better sailors. On ships that could catch the wind and navigate their way great distances. Portugal and Spain led the way. Prince Henry (1394-1460), the Navigator, trained navigators in Portugal. His students pushed further and further down the African coast until Bartholomeu Dias rounded the Cape of Good Hope (1486). Vasco de Gama would round the Cape of Good Hope and sail up the eastern coast of Africa all the way to India (1498). Pedro Álvares Cabral was heading south to round the Cape of Good Hope in (1500). Swung out too far west. And ran into Brazil in South America.
Spain then financed the voyages of Christopher Columbus. Who had read that the earth was round. And wanted to prove it. As well as spread Christianity. Columbus wanted to find a way west to the Far East. Sure it was just beyond the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. After a voyage longer than his near mutinous crew expected they finally landed on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas (1492). Thinking he found an ocean passage to the Far East. Around the Muslim controlled land route. He would later understand that he had found the New World. Which we would be calling Columbia. Had his dispatches beat a Florentine passenger’s on a Portuguese ship who wrote about what he saw. Amerigo Vespucci. Which is why there is not a North Columbia, a Central Columbia and a South Columbia. Instead, there is a North America, a Central America and a South America.
With Columbus’ success Spain financed others. Vasco Núñez Balboa. Who crossed the Isthmus of Panama and reached the Pacific Ocean (1513). Ferdinand Magellan. Who sailed around South America through the Straits of Magellan and into the Pacific Ocean. Sailing on to the Far East. And back home. Being the first to circumnavigate the globe (1519-1522). Hernán Cortés. Who conquered the brutal Aztec regime in Mexico (1521). Eventually the Spanish would bring great riches of gold and silver back to the Old World. Meanwhile France financed Jacques Cartier in his attempt to find a Northwest Passage to the Pacific. Who sailed up the St. Lawrence River to Montreal (1534). Then Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec (1608). Where they established a lucrative fur trade with the native Indians.
Cultivating Tobacco took Large Tracts of Farmland which required more Laborers that they had in the Colonies
Queen Elizabeth of England financed Walter Raleigh. Who explored the coast of North America (1584). Looking for a place to settle a colony. On a subsequent voyage he brought 100 settlers with him. And settled a colony at Roanoke, North Carolina (1585). Which became the Lost Colony of Roanoke (1591). The Virginia Company of London, a joint-stock company, would have better luck. They raised financing by selling stock shares to investors who would share in any profits of the colony. Christopher Newport led a voyage that established the first permanent English settlement in the New World. At Jamestown (1607).
Though the Americas were not the Far East it was a vast landmass with inexhaustible resources. And endless tracts of fertile soil. The possibilities were endless. The marriage of John Rolfe to Pocahontas (1614) provided an uneasy peace between the settlers and their Indian neighbors. Then Rolfe figured out how to cure tobacco (1612). Something the English began smoking after Columbus observed the Cubans sticking burning rolls of tobacco in a nostril. The English refined smoking with a pipe. And they really enjoyed it. Importing vast quantities from the Spanish colonies in America. Thanks to Rolfe, though, the English could produce their own tobacco. Once they worked out a few problems.
Cultivating tobacco took large tracts of farmland. But to put large tracts of farmland into production you needed laborers. And in 1612 Virginia there just weren’t a lot of colonists living there yet. The demand for labor far outstripped the supply. So they tried to satisfy that demand with indentured servants. Preferably from Europe. Even criminals from English jails. As well as from Africa. Who worked in bondage during their indentures. Then went free. Until around the 1660s. When things changed. Starting in the southern colonies. Where slavery became hereditary. For Africans, at least. Like it was in the Old World. Where peasants and serfs were bonded to the land. Once a slave. Always a slave. And if your parent was a slave so were you. Like it was in ancient Athens. At the end of the Western Roman Empire. And in the Muslim world.
Muslim didn’t only enslave Christians. They also established slave markets with African slave traders. Who opened their markets to the Portuguese, the Spanish, the French and the English. To help them meet that soaring demand for labor during the early days of the New World colonies. When there were so few colonists. Who found their way to the New World in the first place because of the Muslim conquest of Constantinople. Which sent the Europeans to the seas to find a western way to the Far East. And when they did they discovered the New World. Creating the largest market ever for African slaves. And the greatest convulsions in the New World as they struggled to end slavery in the Americas.
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Week in Review
Jimmy Carter was a very weak president. When he took over fighting the Cold War he stopped fighting it. Choosing détente instead. Making nice with our enemies. And weakened the U.S. military. It got so bad that the Soviets didn’t believe he had the guts to launch his nuclear weapons. Thinking that perhaps MAD (mutually assured destruction) wasn’t so assured anymore. And began formulating a nuclear first-strike plan. Bringing the United States close to nuclear war. Because our enemies viewed him as weak.
Then came Ronald Reagan. Who reversed the Carter decline. And made our enemies fear and respect us once again. Choosing to win the Cold War instead of making nice with our enemies. As communism was a wretched system that enslaved her people who yearned to breathe free. Exporting its oppression wherever it could throughout the world. Where we’re feeling the fallout to this day. Thanks to Jimmy Carter making nice to our enemy (see EXCLUSIVE: New book reveals how KGB operation seeded Muslim countries with anti-American, anti-Jewish propaganda during the 1970s, laying the groundwork for Islamist terrorism against U.S. and Israel by David Martosko posted 6/25/2013 on the Daily Mail).
The highest-ranking Soviet-bloc intelligence officer ever to defect to the West claims in a new book that anti-American Islamic terrorism had its roots in a secret 1970s-era KGB plot to harm but the United States and Israel by seeding Muslim countries with carefully targeted propaganda.
Yuri Andropov, the KGB chief for 15 years before he became the Soviet premier, sent hundreds of agents and thousands of copies of propaganda literature to Muslim countries.
‘By 1972,’ according to the book, ‘Andropov’s disinformation machinery was working around the clock to persuade the Islamic world that Israel and the United States intended to transform the rest of the world into a Zionist fiefdom…’
Andropov began his leadership of the KGB just months before the 1967 Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis, in which Israel humiliated the key Soviet allies Syria and Egypt. And he decided to settle the score by training Palestinian militants to hijack El Al airplanes and bomb sites in Jerusalem.
But more shocking, Andropov commissioned the first Arabic translation of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a Russian-forged 1905 propaganda book that alleged Jews were plotting to take over Europe – and were being aided by the United States…
Kennedy-era Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev’s disinformation campaigns ‘widened the gap between Christianity and Judaism,’ according to the authors. And ‘Andropov’s disinformation turned the Islamic world against the United States and ignited the international terrorism that threatens us today.’
This is the enemy that Jimmy Carter was trying to make nice to. One that was widening the gap between Christianity and Judaism. And one that was turning the Islamic world against the United States. Which the Soviets did well. Giving us the mess we have today.
The Soviet Union was officially an atheist state. Who shut down the Russian Orthodox Church. As they wanted no other powers or influences over their people’s lives. Which is why they had no problem putting the major world religions at war with each other. And explains why today the Russians always seem to fall on the side against the U.S. and Israel. For they worked hard to foment that anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment. And Vladimir Putin was once KGB. The machine that created this sentiment. And apparently he still wants to collect the dividends from their old Soviet-era allies.
So it appears that the War on Terror is nothing more than the Cold War redux. It’s not a rogue power that filled a vacuum left by the Soviet collapse. But a power that the Soviets created maturing at the time of the Soviet collapse. Too late to help them not lose the Cold War to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. But perhaps not too late to further expand Russian power over their Soviet-era allies. Thanks to that anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment inflaming the Islamic world. The Soviets made them our enemy. Not any YouTube video. Or George W. Bush. And no amount of making nice to them is going to change that.
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Week in Review
The American left is not a fan of Christianity. They don’t like their moralizing. Their opposition to abortion. Even the Catholic’s opposition to birth control. So they attack and belittle Christians every chance they get. And they say and do some pretty horrible things. The more outrageous or blasphemous the more the left seems to enjoy it. But they don’t dare criticize Islam. Which Christianity pales against when it comes to moralizing, birth control, abortion and the brutal oppression of women (see Bill Maher hammers Islam: ‘It’s the liberals here who don’t quite get it’ by Jeff Poor posted 6/22/2013 on The Daily Caller).
“The problem is, the Arab Spring kind of turned into the Arab Winter,” Maher said. “And Saudi Arabia, I mean, is the most conservative of all. As people criticize me for what I say about the Muslims. I love all people. And it’s funny because the people that come up to me privately say, ‘Bill, I’m with you about the Muslims.’ It’s the American Muslims. It’s the liberals here who don’t quite get it. We’re not criticizing people. We’re criticizing a belief system that turns people into something we wish they wouldn’t be.”
But he also observed that compared to other religions, Islam gets a pass on some of its practices.
“But, you know, Mecca is the capital of the country,” he continued. “And they routinely put people to death … the religious capital, but it’s equivalent to like the Vatican, right — with Catholicism. And, if at the Vatican, they were putting people to death for homosexuality and apostasy, and, you know, adultery — things like that, I feel that there would be a big outcry. I feel that liberals would be upset about that, and it is the center of the religion. It’s a ‘mecca.’”
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. And as long as Christianity is around some on the left will tolerate Islam no matter what they do. Even the feminists. And those who support gay rights. They’ll attack Christianity for every transgression, real or imagined. But they won’t criticize Islam. Even though if given the choice these people would choose to live under Christianity over Islam. For while Christianity may moralize against them. They’re not publicly executing anyone. At worst they just have to listen to the Christians about how they’re going to burn in hell for whatever ‘sin’ they’re engaging in. Which even they will have to concede is a lot more pleasant than being beheaded or stoned to death.
Tags: abortion, Bill Maher, birth control, Christianity, Christians, Islam, liberals, moralizing, Muslims
Osama bin Laden may be Dead but Islamic Extremism is on the Rise
It didn’t take long to blame America for the Boston Marathon bombings. Before we knew who the bombers were those on the left were hoping and praying that the bombers were radical conservatives. A rightwing militia nut. Or a member of the Tea party. Anyone but a Muslim. And when we learned that the bombers were Muslim the Left found new ways to blame America. For the left hates conservatives. And for some reason has a soft spot for radical Islamists. Radical Islam is not to blame for the bombings. The War in Afghanistan is. The Iraq War. And all of those drone strikes. In general it’s this imperial aggression of America that is to blame. Not this poor 19-year old kid and his brother. And until we learn this we are going to keep radicalizing innocent 19-year old kids. Making them place bombs next to 8-year old boys.
The Americans helped liberate Libya from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Who had become an American ally in the War on Terror after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Despite this we helped the rebels based in Benghazi overthrow Gaddafi. Who they eventually caught. And killed without a trial. Since then Benghazi grew into a hotbed of anti-Western Islamic radicalism. Despite the West having helped them overthrow Gaddafi. It got so bad that after an attempt on the life of the British ambassador the British pulled out of Benghazi. While the American ambassador asked his superiors for additional security. Which his superiors denied. Because President Obama had won the War on Terror. Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive. This was their campaign slogan. We should reelect the president because he won the War on Terror. By killing bin Laden. It was just like President George W. Bush on that aircraft carrier. This was President Obama’s ‘mission accomplished’ banner. And he just couldn’t jeopardize his reelection chances by increasing security to protect the American diplomatic mission against a vanquished enemy.
So this is one reason why the left has a soft spot for radical Islamists. To say we have a problem with radical Islamism would bring this horrible policy record to light. Which they really didn’t want to do for it finally made the left look tough on national security. For they have appeared weak on national defense since LBJ. And they didn’t like LBJ being tough on national defense. Which is why they emasculated the Defense Department afterwards. Which was all well and fine with those on the left until our enemies started attacking us. Giving the Republicans the advantage in elections during times when there were threats to national security. But killing Osama bin Laden changed that. Finally it was the left that demonstrated strength in national security. For they won the War on Terror by killing Osama bin Laden. Or so they believed. Thus negating one of the Republican’s campaign advantages. Which not only helped George W. Bush win reelection. But it helped President Obama win reelection. Despite one of the worst economic recoveries in U.S. history. And a pretty poor foreign policy record. He may have killed America’s number one enemy, Osama bin Laden, but he did nothing to help the Iranians overthrow their oppressive dictatorship. America’s new number one enemy. But he did help overthrow longtime American ally Hosni Mubarak. And now Egypt is under control of the Muslim Brotherhood. Who is closely allied with Iran. And our thanks for helping the Libyans overthrow their oppressor? We’re seeing al Qaeda gaining strength in Libya. Who killed our ambassador. And three other Americans. So the president’s foreign policy is making the Middle East a less safe place. And more anti-American. But Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive.
The American Left fears American Conservatism more than Islamic Extremism
With the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev President Obama was anxious to downplay the bombers’ religion. That we shouldn’t rush to judgment just because the bombers were Muslim. He didn’t even use words like ‘Islamist’ or ‘Islamist terrorist’. For he has worked hard to convince the American people that there is no militant Islamist element still trying to kill Americans because of their religion. And when two radical Islamists killed and maimed Americans because of their religion he lectured Americans sternly not to make anything of this fact.
“In this age of instant reporting, tweets, and blogs, there’s a temptation to latch on to any bit of information sometimes to jump to conclusions. When a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right. That’s why we have investigations. That’s why we relentlessly gather the facts, that’s why we have courts. That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment, not about the motivations of these individuals and certainly not about entire groups of people,” he said.
And this despite Islamic extremism in the United States increasing during his presidency. According to Wikipedia during the 8 years of George W. bush there were 5 Islamist terrorist attacks and 10 failed plots.
While during about 4 years of the Obama presidency things got worse.
*Not included on original source cited. See Benghazi attack.
During the approximate 4 years of the Obama administration there have been 4 Islamist terrorist attacks and 18 failed plots. So clearly Islamist extremism is getting worse. Not better. And yet all we hear from this administration and their allies in the mainstream media is that Islam is a religion of peace. While the real enemy to fear is American conservatism. Despite the record clearly showing that the thing to fear is Islamic extremism. For it is Muslim terrorists killing Americans every chance they get. Not American conservatives. So why is it that the American left has such a soft spot for radical Islamists?
The Adage ‘the Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend’ has brought Radical Islamists and the American Left Together
During the 2012 presidential election the most important things to women were free birth control and abortion. According to the Democrats. Who advanced the idea about a Republican war on women. When George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney if he wanted to take birth control away from women. The next thing you knew birth control and abortion were women’s health issues. And if women didn’t vote Democrat they would die from an epidemic of cancer and never have sex again unless they were in some loveless marriage making babies instead of enjoying a career. The ultimate goal of this strategy? If the left can turn people away from Christianity they can turn people away from the Republican party. For while a lot of people identify themselves as fiscally conservative a lot of these same people still identify themselves as socially liberal. And the more they can drive a wedge between these two groups within the Republican Party the more socially liberal Republicans they can push into the Democrat Party. Hence the relentless assault on Christianity. Who they identify as controlling the Republican Party. This Religious Right. Who they paint as wanting to return women back to a time when they were obedient wives serving their masters. Like they were in the Fifties. This is what piety and morality was all about. Controlling women. And the only way to prevent this from happening was to allow women to have sex outside of marriage. For if they can do that and have a career they would have no need for a husband. This was real freedom. And this was what the Republican Party and the Religious Right were against. All the left had to do was to get these socially liberals to see this simple fact. And they found a very simple way of doing that. Sex.
The Left likes having their sex. It’s what defined them in the Sixties when they kicked off the sexual revolution. These baby boomers were so into personal gratification that they earned the moniker the Me generation. During the Seventies they enjoyed their swinging life style. Drugs. And casual sex. A lot of it. With a lot of different partners. Even married couples were getting into the action with open marriages and wife swapping. It was a time of anything goes. Whatever felt good they did. No matter how much Christianity disapproved of it. And were vocal about it. Which fueled the left’s hatred of Christianity. Who are always trying to judge them. Telling them how they should live their lives. Which just frosts their shorts on the left. So they flaunted their lifestyles in front of Christians. Mocked Christians. Belittled them in television and the movies. Insulting them with blasphemous images they call art. Attacked their traditions. And tried to remove any signs of Christianity from public life. They removed it from our schools. And banned Christ from Christmas displays. When they weren’t trying to attack Christianity they were trying to change it. By making Catholics hand out free birth control in their institutions. Including the abortion pill. And demanding that they changed church doctrine to recognize same-sex marriage.
So the left is no friend of Christianity. Which brings us to why they have such a soft spot for radical Islamists. For they hate Christianity as much as they do. And you know what they say. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. So they relish radical Islam’s hatred of Christianity. Despite radical Islam hating the lifestyle of the Godless left more than Christians. And having a real war on women. A brutal one at that. Even condoning the honor killing of women. But the left overlooks all of this and tells us we mustn’t rush to judgment whenever radical Islam kills Americans. But we should be scared of conservative Republicans. Because they may make us pay for own birth control. Or may actually put the abortion issue up to a vote of the people. Instead of leaving it to the whims of liberal Supreme Court justices. A fate too horrible even to consider on the left. So they attack Republicans. And Christianity. As well as make Faustian bargains with radical Islam. But in radical Islam’s seething hatred of America it is the left’s lifestyle they hate most. And while the radical Islamists are enjoying the free pass they’re getting from the American left it doesn’t mean they like them. They may tolerate them. Because the enemy of my enemy is my friend. But that tolerance will be short-lived. For radical Islam is about as tolerant as the American left.
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The Clintons and President Obama opposed Same-Sex Marriage when Campaigning because of Blacks and Hispanics
Hillary Clinton is now in favor of same-sex marriage. After being against it when running for president. Just like her husband. Who was against it while running for president. Even signing the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 into law while he was president. This Clinton-era law defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. But Bill Clinton now supports same-sex marriage. President Obama made it categorically clear when campaigning that he believed marriage was the union of one woman and one man. But he has since changed his mind, too. Why?
The Williams Institute looked at five surveys that show anywhere between 1% and 2.5% of the population is gay or lesbian. It’s about twice this number if you include bisexual people. Which we can ignore when it comes to marriage. For if you identify yourself as bisexual it pretty much excludes marriage from your future. For a marriage is the union of two people. And the only way to be a practicing bisexual in a marriage is to cheat on your spouse. Or have an open marriage. Because your spouse can be only one sex. Which is not really a union between two people. Just a loose association. So with only 1-2.5% of the population being gay or lesbian why the full-court press by the Left?
More times than not when the issue gets on a ballot the people vote it down. So same-sex marriage is not a burning issue with the people. Which explains why the Clintons and President Obama were opposed to same-sex marriage when they were seeking elected office. And why they changed their position only after it wouldn’t affect their campaign. For they needed the help of two blocks of voters to win their elections. Blacks. And Hispanics. Two very religious blocks who oppose same-sex marriage. So not only does the general populace oppose same-sex marriage so do two critical constituencies of the Left oppose it. So I ask again. Why the full-court press by everyone on the Left?
The Left exploits the LGBT Community just like they exploited the Black Community for Political Gain
The Left hates Christianity. And Republicans. Because a lot of them are Christians. They hate the Religious Right. Who moralize. Who oppose free birth control for our kids in high school. And abortion. The Left says Christianity oppresses women. Forcing them into marriages instead of having a career. And they hate the institution of marriage. Some on the far Left go so far as to call sex in marriage rape. Because a married woman is a second class citizen in a male-dominated society. Mere chattel. With no rights. There is no love in marriage. Only subjugation. The Left can’t fathom the idea of any woman choosing to be a stay at home mom. Yet they’re all for same-sex marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex couples. For apparently there is no oppression of a stay-at-home spouse raising babies if that person is in a same-sex relationship. For if it’s a same-sex marriage then all the traditional trappings of marriage apply. And it’s a beautiful thing.
And now we see what the big deal about same-sex marriage is. It’s not about that 1-2.5% of the population. It’s about using the issue to destroy the Republican Party. And Christianity. For Republicans and Christians don’t oppose same-sex marriage. They oppose lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. At least that’s the message the Left is putting out there. Especially to our young people. Who overwhelmingly vote Democrat. Who when asked what percentage they think the U.S. population is LGBT they respond with numbers as high as 20%. Or 30%. Something the Left doesn’t discourage. In fact, they encourage this false understanding. By pushing the boundaries in entertainment wherever they can. Like that story about a real estate agent who has only two properties listed for sale. One on the road into town. And one on the road out of town. Because everyone driving on that road sees his signs they assume he is the biggest agent in town. Because his signs appear to be everywhere. So when LGBT appear on television and in the movies people see them everywhere. And assume a large percentage of the population is LGBT. So they feel that the opposition to same-sex marriage is not about legal and tax issues as much as oppressing a large percentage of the populace. They see the Religious Right not as a defender of traditional marriage but something akin to the Nazi Party trying to purge undesirables from their good Christian society. In addition to them to being evil rich people who want to take food away from hungry children. And, of course, racists.
So the Left exploits the LGBT community for political gain. Just like they exploited the black community for political gain. After being the party of slavery and Jim Crowe Laws the Left changed their image. From hating blacks to loving them. Especially with their Great Society. In particular with Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). Which disintegrated the black family. The state replaced the father in the black family. Removing the positive male role model from these kids’ lives. Moved these single mothers into projects in the inner city. Which became rife with drugs and crime. Problems that soon found their way into the schools. Making it a struggle for a kid in these schools to get the education they needed to get a job or go on to college. Which is why crime is rampant in the inner cities. And unemployment is highest among black young men. This is what the state did to the black community. It’s horrible. But it did accomplish their objective. The black community tends to vote Democrat. Because the Democrats are always looking out for them. Giving them things like AFDC. While Republicans are racist Nazis who want to take things away from them. Just because they are black.
The Left paints Republicans as Nazis trying to Purge Undesirables from their Good Christian Society
The Left wants to give out free birth control to high school kids. And provide access to abortion. Because there are few things kids want to do more than have fun grownup style. And few things let them do that like free birth control and abortion. Now with the popularizing of the LGBT lifestyle the Left is encouraging kids to be open and to explore bisexuality. That there is nothing wrong with this lifestyle. Or experimenting. Which is tragic. Because being LGBT is not like trying a different type of food for a little variety in life. It’s not a causal dalliance. Kids growing up gay struggle with their sexual identity. And they try to hide it. Because kids can be cruel.
A college student secretly recorded a gay encounter of his roommate and made it available for anyone to see. It was so horrible an experience to live with that the kid didn’t live with it. He committed suicide. Which isn’t uncommon in the LGBT community. For being LGBT is not just a lot of sex and fun. It can be a living hell coming to terms with who you are. And then telling your friends and family. It’s one thing if you’re a celebrity in today’s pop culture. But it’s another story when you’re just some kid already feeling isolated and alone. Even though today’s culture is more accepting than it ever has been there are still a lot of cruel people out there. And a lot of digital recording devices. A woman who lets loose on spring break only to have a perspective employer pull up pornographic images of her when Googling her name is bad. But being thrown out of the closet at the same time? Try imaging that hell.
So the Left wants to do for LGBT people what they did for blacks. Get as many of them as possible to fear and/or hate Republicans. So they vote Democrat. Even if it destroys these people. For they don’t care about these people. All they care about is politics. And power. Which is why they had no qualms over destroying the black family. Or encouraging a lifestyle of anything goes. Because who are we to say what is right or wrong? Kids are going to have sex no matter what we say. So we should do the only responsible thing we can do. Help them to have sex. And, yes, we can warn them about that sex resulting in an unplanned pregnancy or the myriad venereal diseases they could catch as long as it’s in the context of using birth control or having an abortion. And we don’t moralize. But we have to be a little more careful about warning them that their sexual life could end up on some pornographic website. Because that would just be fear-mongering. And that’s not what the Left wants people to fear. They want them to fear Republicans. And Christians. Who are little more than Nazis trying to purge undesirables from their good Christian society.
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If Jesus were to pick up His Mortal Life where He left it He would go to the Nearest Synagogue
Some on the Left have tried to advance their agenda by appealing to the religion they hate. Christianity. Or, rather, the many religions based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, the New Testament and the Old Testament. They hate the religions of Christianity because they frown on a more fun and libertine lifestyle. And judge those who participate in a more fun and libertine lifestyle. In particular those who use birth control and abortion to engage in sex outside of marriage.
So they are no fans of these Christian religions. But they do try to use Jesus to advance some of their causes. Such as their campaign to get rid of the gas-guzzling and air-polluting SUV. Where they ask, “What car would Jesus drive?” With the implication that Jesus would choose to drive a car that would not pollute the planet that He created. Or, if you don’t believe in the Trinity (where Jesus is Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the planet His Father created. Which is a silly question to ask Christians as they believe that Jesus is everywhere as well as within them and would not need to drive anywhere. Still, they ask the question to try and make Christians feel that they are doing something that would make Jesus sad. Driving an SUV.
Here’s a question for the Left. If Jesus was walking the planet today as the man He was before His crucifixion which Christian church would He attend? An Orthodox church? A Catholic church? Or a Protestant church? The answer? None of the above. For this is a trick question. If Jesus were to pick up His mortal life where He left it He would go to the nearest synagogue as Jesus Christ was a practicing Jew. And a rabbi.
The Roman Province of Judea was a Complicated Place between the Roman Occupation and King Herod
It was being Jewish that got Jesus into so much trouble. From the moment of his birth. Joseph, Jesus’ father, came from Bethlehem. While engaged to Mary she became pregnant. Before their wedding. And not by him. Turns out God blessed her to bring Jesus into the world. Joseph had some trouble believing that but after a visit by an angel Joseph was convinced that she did not cheat on him. That the Immaculate Conception story was legitimate. At least according to the Gospels. Written many years later and may not be a literal historical narrative. But they do include historical fact. Where history becomes more a matter of faith is difficult at times to determine for the historical record is rather sparse at times.
Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth. In Galilee near the border with Samaria. During the time of the Roman occupation. Who were pagans. Herod was an Edomite. Born in the Kingdom of Edom just south of the Kingdom of Judah. Though he practiced Judaism he was not considered Jewish by the powers-that-be in Judea, the Jewish lands that became a Roman province. Herod was governor of Galilee. With Rome’s approval. He lost his throne. Rome helped him get it back. The Roman Senate then voted him King of the Jews. Three years later he and the Romans conquered Jerusalem. And elevated him to king of all of Judea.
So the Roman province of Judea was a complicated place. The Romans tolerated the Jews as long as they did not cause too much trouble. The Jews did not like living under Roman occupation. And they were none too keen with King Herod who wasn’t religiously pure, lived a decadent lifestyle and was a brutal tyrant. It was this world Mary was about to bring Jesus into.
The Last Thing you want to tell the Current King of the Jews was the Location of the New King of the Jews
According to the Gospels Roman emperor Augustus ordered a census. The Census of Quirinius. Requiring all residents of Judea to return to their ancestral lands for counting in a census. Though this may not have been Roman custom they may have called for this in Judea. That complicated place where the Jews kept their religion and customs. So Joseph had to return to Bethlehem. Worried about leaving Mary behind in a land where others may not be so open minded about her Immaculate Conception he took her along. Which is why she made that great trek so close to her delivery time.
With everyone else returning to Bethlehem the only shelter they could find was in a stable. Mary gave birth and they placed Jesus in a manger. A food trough for the animals. As the word got out about the son of God being born it attracted a lot of attention. Some were overjoyed that the prophecy in the Old Testament was being fulfilled. Some were not quite that happy. Some in the Jewish hierarchy. Who didn’t foresee this event. And King Herod. Who when he heard that a new king had been born to rule over mankind felt nothing but a challenge to his power. So when the three wise men from the East, the Magi, came to Herod to ask where this new king was King Herod couldn’t tell them. But when they found Him they were to send word back so he could come and worship Jesus himself.
Of course the last thing you want to tell the current King of the Jews was the location of this new King of the Jews, this son of God. Jesus Christ. Because he would want to kill Him. Well, the Magi got the message in a dream and went back East without telling Herod after delivering their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (The frankincense and myrrh were aromatic gum resins used as incense.) King Herod took this betrayal as another challenge to his power. So to protect his power he ordered that all male children in the Greater Bethlehem area 2 years old and younger were to be slaughtered. The Massacre of the Innocents. There is no record of this outside the Gospels. Though it would be something King Herod would have done. For he killed his own children when they were a threat to his power. Based on the size of Bethlehem the number of children falling in Herod’s criteria may have been about 20. The slaughter of which would be a tragedy. But the number may not have been large enough to enter the historical record.
An angel warned Joseph of Herod’s plan in a dream. Telling him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt until the dust settled. Returning to Galilee after Herod’s death. Where he grew up. Jesus of Nazareth. But his problems with the politically connected Jewish hierarchy and the Romans weren’t over. He would have about 30 years on earth, though, before that trouble would catch up with Him.
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Christians may not like the Crass Commercialization of Christmas but the Left Loves It
The Left does not have a war on Christmas per se. For they love the consumer spending part of Christmas. Which is pure Keynesian. People go into debt to spend more money at retailers. They love that part of Christmas. What they don’t like is the religious stuff. Especially Jesus.
They don’t like Jesus because He is the God the Christians worship. Their Lord and Savior. It’s these Christians that bother the Left. Because of their opposition to birth control (mostly Catholics), abortion and having fun in general. The kind of fun adults enjoy. The kind of things Christians frown on. Premarital sex. Gay love. Drinking and using drugs. Coarse language and sexual situations on television shows and in the movies. Things they champion on the Left. Which makes the Left hate Christianity. Which they see as nothing but a great killjoy.
It’s the moralizing the Left does not like. But the one thing Christians don’t like about Christmas, its crass commercialization, they do like. So the Left will try to band images of Christ from Christmas displays wherever they can. Despite Christmas being the celebration of Christ’s birth. But they will gather in Rockefeller Center to party when they light the Christmas tree. Though they would prefer that we call it the holiday tree.
Retailers often become Profitable for the Year only because of this Temporary Spending Surge at Christmas
So there are two Christmases. The one where Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Wish for peace on earth. And good will towards man. And the other Christmas. The one marked by the orgy of consumer spending. Much of it funded by one-time Christmas bonuses. A celebration of demand-side Keynesian economics. Where people spend their hard earned money instead of saving it. And when their money runs out they spend even more using their credit cards.
Keynesians have a bunch of charts and graphs showing how great a stimulus this Christmas spending is to the economy. And mathematical formulas. They can tell you about the velocity of money. How fast money travels through the economy when it goes from consumer to seller. The seller then becomes consumer. And spends the money they just received. Then the person who receives this money in a sales transaction goes out and spends it as a consumer. And on and on it goes. Flying through though the economy at breakneck speed. Generating a whole lot of economic activity.
Retailers often become profitable for the year only because of this spending surge at Christmas. In fact, to handle this surge in business they hire a lot of people at Christmas time. Part-time people. Proving again that pumping money into the economy creates jobs. The main tenet of Keynesian monetary policy. Pump cash into the economy and people will spend it. Something the Keynesians have been doing since Richard Nixon decoupled the dollar from gold in 1971. Ending any semblance of responsible monetary policy. And recessions forever. At least, that was the plan.
Keynesian Stimulus is nothing more than an Orgy of Temporary Consumer Spending just like at Christmas Time
When the economy slows down and people stop buying stuff businesses have to lay off workers. So they won’t build stuff that no one will buy. Laid off workers no longer have money to buy things. Which causes other business to lay off workers. So THEY won’t build stuff that no one will buy. It’s a vicious cycle. In fact, we call it the business cycle. The boom-bust cycle. From expansion to contraction. From an economy hiring people to an economy laying off people.
Keynesian economics was supposed to remove the contraction side of the business cycle. By picking up the spending slack. When consumers stopped spending money the government would step in and replace their spending. We call it stimulus spending. Often spending money the government doesn’t have. So they run a deficit (i.e., borrow money). Or simply print money. Which they did a lot of in the Seventies. Unfortunately, as it turns out, you just can’t do that. For when you print money you devalue it. Which raises prices. As it takes more of these devalued dollars to buy what they once did.
And this is why Keynesian economics doesn’t work. Because a Keynesian stimulus is nothing more than an orgy of consumer spending. Just like at Christmas time. Which happens only for a limited time. Businesses hire temporary part-time workers at Christmas because this spending does not last. As it does not last during a Keynesian stimulus. It doesn’t create any full-time jobs. Because employers know it is only temporary. And they know that higher prices will soon follow. As they do after Christmas when the discounting ends. Which will reduce future economic activity. As it does after Christmas. Once the deals end so too ends the orgy of consumer spending. Leaving people to deal with the aftermath. Depleted bank accounts. A lot of credit card debt. And a little buyer’s remorse.
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If we Grew up on a Deserted Island isolated from Hate we’d Probably Grow up Better Adjusted to live with One Another
No one is born a racist. It’s something you have to learn. Someone has to teach it to you. If a parent is a racist chances are the child will be bombarded with racial slurs growing up. And become a racist. Just like his or her parent. But if you raised a bunch of babies of different races together on a deserted island in isolation would any of them grow up to be a racist? No. For they wouldn’t even know what racism is. Because the life they knew would be normal. It would be normal for black, white, brown, red and yellow to live together.
Catholics and Protestants have spent a few centuries killing each other. Ever since the Protestant Reformation in 1517. People have been persecuting Jews since forever. The Palestinians, Hezbollah and Hamas have been killing Israelis for decades. Shiite and Sunni have also been killing each other for a very long time. These people have hated each other so much that they just want to see the other dead. Yet if you took a Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, a Palestinian, a Shiite and a Sunni baby from their parents and raised them on a deserted island in isolation they wouldn’t grow up wanting to kill each other. They wouldn’t even know they were supposed to hate each other.
Europe was just itching to go to war. Nationalistic fervor was just bursting at the seams. Germans, Austrians, Hungarians, French, Russians and British were ready and waiting. Filled with nationalist pride. Just jonesing to open a can of whup-ass on anyone that wasn’t from their own great nation. Having learned nothing from the Crimean War. Or the American Civil War. Thinking they would march their magnificent armies onto the field of battle, fight a glorious battle and watch the enemy throw down their arms and run away. Even though tactics hadn’t changed much from the Crimean War and the American Civil War. Though the weapons were far more lethal. Making World War I one of the bloodiest wars of all time. But had you taken a German, an Austrian, a Hungarian, a French, a Russian and a British baby from their parents at the turn of the century and raised them on a deserted island in isolation they wouldn’t have grown up wanting to go to war with each other. As they wouldn’t know that they were supposed to hate each other.
Of all the Things the State did Poorly perhaps the Worst was being Husband and Father
When our parents grew up they often went to bed without locking the doors to their houses. Even during the days of Prohibition when armed gangs shot each other in the street with automatic weapons. Today we have deadbolts and alarm systems. And metal detectors at our schools. For kids today are taking guns to school. And they’re shooting people. This didn’t happen during the days of Prohibition when gangs were armed with Thompson 45-caliber submachine guns. Why? Because during Prohibition there weren’t violent video games, graphic violence in movies & television and rap & hip-hop songs glorifying gun violence. So even though we have less lethal weapons on the streets today we have more gun violence than before. Because kids have been so desensitized to violence that killing people just isn’t a big deal to them. Raise these kids on a deserted island away from this violence in our pop culture, though, and they’re not going to kill indiscriminately. Instead they’ll stay innocent kids longer.
Add to this violence in our pop culture our secular progressive culture. The Left’s quest to remove religion and God from as much of our lives as possible. And their attacks on Christianity. For imposing their moral code on people. And opposing free love and abortion. They have gone so far as to call for the removal of the Ten Commandments from our government buildings. And our schools. Because teaching kids things like ‘Thou shall not kill” is a bad thing. Or any other morality lesson. For who’s to say what is right and wrong? Of course when we teach our kids growing up that there are no moral absolutes it sure weakens the argument for them not to do bad things. It detaches them from society. And makes them lack empathy for their fellow citizens. Making it easier to hurt them. If you pulled these kids out of our public schools and put them and their parents on a deserted island away from this secular progressive culture and filled them with the fear of God for misbehaving they probably could sleep at night with their doors unlocked. For hurting one another would be the last thing on their minds.
When LBJ passed his Great Society legislation it included Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). An unmitigated disaster for poor people. For it let men father and abandon their children. Leaving women to turn to the state to act as husband and father. And of all the things the state did poorly perhaps the worst was being husband and father. It just decimated poor families. Single mothers filled housing projects. Their children, with no male role model, turned to the street. Got into a lot of trouble. And into drugs. Even taking that behavior into their schools. Which is part of the reason why metal detectors are needed today at our schools. Forcing organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to pick up the parenting slack. Had these deadbeat dads lived on a deserted island untouched by AFDC there would have been less fathering and abandoning of children. Like there was before AFDC.
Keynesian Policies have Historically Resulted in High Unemployment and Painful Recessions
After World War II the world went Keynesian. Classical economics (that favored savings over consumption, low taxes, the gold standard, little government intrusion into the private sector and responsible fiscal policy as in DON’T spend so much) that made America a superpower went out the window. In came the disaster we call Keynesian economics (that favored consumption over savings, deficit spending, printing lots of money, high taxes and a lot of government intervention into the private sector. Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge in the Twenties were the last of the classical economists. Their policies gave us great prosperity. JFK adopted policies of the classical economics variety to pull America out of a recession in the Sixties. Nixon, Ford and Carter were big Keynesians whose policies destroyed America. Ronald Reagan rebuilt America in the Eighties by returning to policies of the classical economics variety. As George W. Bush did to pull us out of the bad recession caused by Bill Clinton’s dot-com bubble bursting.
So the record shows the success of classical economics. And the failure of Keynesian economics. Yet about half the population voted for the Keynesian policies of President Obama in 2012. Why? Why did they vote for more of the failed policies of the past? Because most Americans learn only of Keynesian economics in their economic courses. While politicians, economists and the mainstream media endorse Keynesian policies as if they have a record of success. They do this because Keynesian economics does something that classical economics doesn’t. Empowers big government. Sanctions class warfare. Giving them the moral high ground when raising taxes. And printing money. Despite these actions causing the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.
President Obama won reelection for one of two reasons. Either people want more free stuff. Or they don’t understand economics. Or the consequences of handing out all that free stuff. For if they understood economics they would not have voted for a Keynesian. For Keynesian policies have historically resulted in high unemployment and painful recessions. So even if you’re voting for the free stuff you’d vote for the classical economics candidate. For without people working there is no income to tax to pay for all of that free stuff. But few people understand economics. Which is lucky for President Obama. In fact, few people understand the disaster that has been the liberal agenda as the liberals control the public schools, our colleges, the mainstream media and the entertainment establishment. So few are learning the long record of liberal failures. Which helps liberals win elections. For you only know what someone taught you. And if the liars are in charge of teaching us the only things we will learn are their lies. Unless, of course, we can find some deserted island to grow up on where their policies can’t reach us. Then when we come back we can make the world a better place. A place with sound economic policies. With no racism, no religious intolerance, no blind nationalist fervor, no culture of gun violence and no epidemic of deadbeat dads.
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