Booting the Press: @RealDonaldTrump Style

This almost doesn’t deserve a stand-alone blog from me, but I have to say SOMETHING because I am compelled.  And my summary point is, if after treating someone so badly, why do they act surprised when they are prevented from being around him?

The first Amendment does not guarantee your right to be where ever the president happens to be.  It just guarantees your right to say whatever you want.  Even if it is #FakeNews

 

Story: White house blocks News Organizations from press briefing

Let the Caterwauling begin

CNN was blocked from WH ‘s media gaggle today. This is our response:

 

 @NyTimes From Twitter

Journalists from The New York Times, CNN and Politico were barred from attending a White House briefing

 

Let the Suspensions Begin

These are the groups, with their constant character assassination and mis-characterization of the President and his actions, expect to be treated as if they are the Crème de la Crème, after writing abusive, derogatory, or misleading print items,  like the following:

 

“It’s like Nixonian times again. I just thought he would have a thicker skin.”  (Article Link)

President Trump signing an executive order on Friday. Even Mr. Trump’s long history of press dealings may not have prepared him for the intensity of the coverage he gets now.

 Describing Steve Bannon as a bad hire, White House Missteps, and WH Defensive behavior.

Or This …

Rory McIlroy defends decision to golf with Donald Trump  (people called him a bigot)

 

I don’t expect the media to learn their lesson.  But this is fun to watch.

 

 

 

Extra-Constitutional: The Separation of Church and State

The Constitution of the United States of America is a venerable document that transcends every time and era, and directly addresses the relationship of the Government to people.  Conservatives and Constructionists hold to a view it is an unmovable bedrock upon which our country is built. Liberals characterize it as a living breathing document that is to bend and flake to the modern man and woman and their current day: i.e. finding rights in there that were never conceived 250 years ago, such as Transgender bathroom usage.

And of course whenever the group of liberals suffer what they consider a loss (ie. not getting their way) they say the Constitution is an ancient document that has no relevance to us today.  Today’s American society (and the watching world for that matter) saw this on display when the “Left”, represented by the Democrat party candidate Hillary Clinton, lost a Presidential bid to Donald Trump, running as a Republican.   Suddenly the very things they venerated when going their way (respect the results of the vote, etc) suddenly became old and dated, with need for immediate change – to ensure their ongoing victory.

It is that very change to a foundation of our country that brings me to the story I caught today reading the news: “Atheist forces school to drop the Ten Commandments.”  Marie Schaub, in a town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an avowed atheist who took her child’s school district to court to remove the 10 Commandments from the grounds of the school.

“It’s unfortunate that many people in my community don’t understand or appreciate the separation of church and state, but I hope this settlement serves as an important lesson,” she told the Valley News Dispatch.

“Separation of Church and State” is not a phrase in the US Constitution

Whenever questions of the constitution come up, the Left feigns an heir of superiority, like they own the issue.  This one is no different, and Ms. Schaub’s statement above about her “appreciation for separation of church and state” demonstrates her hubris as well as her well entrenched ignorance.

The only statement about religion in our Constitution is found in the first Ammendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peace- ably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

via  Constitution found at Congress.gov 

Step by Step

  1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion
    The background to this was, in England, all citizens were forced to be part of the “Church of England” – which exists today. All other religions were banned.
    Scanning the internet, the BBC has an interesting blurb on the Church of England’s history.
  2. or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
    This matter was to establish, you could worship God in a manner to which you prescribed, not the Government. This meant freedom to attend a Baptist church, a Zorastrianist church, and even when they surfaced, and LDS Mormon church, etc. Freedom.

That’s it. No other mention in the entire document.  I would encourage YOU to take a quick walk through our Constitution found at Congress.gov, (follow the link, enjoy commentary in italics beneath each amendment.)  A straightforward read  can be found at ConstitutionCenter.org 

So where does this infamous phrase come from?

“…most people incorrectly think the phrase is in the constitution. The phrase “wall of separation between the church and the state” was originally coined by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists on January 1, 1802. His purpose in this letter was to assuage the fears of the Danbury, Connecticut Baptists, and so he told them that this wall had been erected to protect them. The metaphor was used exclusively to keep the state out of the church’s business, not to keep the church out of the state’s business. “

via – allabouthistory.org  

A Farce Propagated

It was from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to a bunch of Connecticut Baptists!

So how can this be used so richly by so many people to create legal rulings and express “Academic Thought”?   A few ideas come to mind:

  • Lack of Critical Thinking
  • Lack of Historical Background
  • Willful manipulation of the facts to suit one’s end goal

I think the first two speak for themselves.  Our society has devolved to a point where anything requiring deep thought or moderate research drives a person to a safe space where they need play-doh and puppies.  Critical Thinking once a crown jewel of our society has become a forgotten art.

The wilful lack of historical background encouraged by our government’s own Department of Education, down to the schools across the country is nefarious at best.  It seems we don’t want to stress out little Johnny to much and require much of them.  So they leave school without having learned a thing – and pounding their fists for separation of Church and State – not knowing what that even means.

But even worse, there is a political group (dare I say Political party – who did attempt to eliminate God from their platform, and succeeded for 24 hours before God being reinstated) who is wilfully manipulating the truth to their own end to eventually make any type of religious reference on a state ground an offense.  (But of course we can give $500 billion dollars to Planned Parenthood for the sacrifice called Abortion.)  Their purposes, other than hatred for God the elimination of God from public life, is unclear.

Until righteous souls in the US Congress decide to stand up and say enough, and these same righteous people assert their Constitutional power to create laws and prevent the courts from usurping and bastardizing both power and purpose of Congress, the Left and the radical factions within the Democrat party will continue this Extra-Constitutional march.  It can be stopped.  But we need integrity in our leaders, not self-interest or a flinch towards self-preservation.

 

 

Offense, Forgiveness

Forgiveness has become passé in our society – a forgotten virtue.  But if we allowed forgiveness in our hearts (overlooking what my provoke to anger) much of this turmoil would be quelled.
 
I watched the stories of Berkeley burning yesterday and was seriously astounded.  Then more video came from similar riots at a New York University by similarly black masked thugs. These are people reacting and raging, having been incited by leaders/elders/Professors, or bought and paid for by George Soros – hiring people, sending them places to destroy – as we have seen this past election cycle.
 
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In my daily reading today I read Matthew 18:
“And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:33-35‬ ‭ESV‬‬

In my love of sharing good #truth (as I tag it) on social media, I also pulled out the following from Proverbs.

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 

Why forgiveness?

  1. Sometimes the person who offends us was unintentional and through a conversation matters are settled and relationship remains.
  2. Other times someone may need to cool down and allowed to come to their senses. Responding with anger only lengthens that process.
  3. Finally, there are those moments we, ourselves are offended – it is ourselves in the wrong. Either misreading a situation, misunderstanding, not allowing an outcome we don’t like no matter how inoccuous or important.
 

Lacking Good Sense

The people rioting fall into that last category. They lack good sense.
 
They are swept up, emotionally driven, even stoked by people they look up to or consider highly. Unfortunately, they are like the dumb masses who when asked why they are out protesting and breaking things they have a non-sensical rambling, incoherent answer.
 
Others, as I noted above, are bought and paid for protestors. They are sent to locations by bad actors for the sake of causing this upheaval.
 

There is a Judge

In either case, if they continue this type of behavior driven out of unforgivenss and rage, this will eventually catch up to them. If our Government, national or local, will not do anything about this, God is still just and He will eventually recompense this and they will be thrown into a jail much worse than we can imagine (God’s word says their worm will never die, their fire will never be quenched – Isaiah 66.)
 
God is a God of peace, not of chaos.
 

Conclusion

So here is the question for YOU the reader: how deep and sincere is your forgiveness in heart? Do you rashly respond, or use good sense, even overlooking an offense?
 

to err is human, to forgive divine
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