Originally posted at American Thinker
On behalf of illegal unaccompanied minors flooding our southern border, liberals are currently citing Jesus in Matthew 19:14 saying, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Using that particular verse is problematic because America is not the “kingdom of heaven,” and regardless of the age or economic status of the children, Jesus would never approve of the type of lawless chaos the left is currently promoting.
Nonetheless, that has not curtailed the sermonizing of Biblical scholar/House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Continue Reading →
posted at American Thinker
Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, junior senator from Texas, embodied a powerful role with deep resonance in his marathon fight on the Senate floor against Obamacare. He has rightly said of the battle America is currently involved in with Barack Obama and his ghoulish army of liberal Democrats: “This is life and death.” And well it is!
“Life and death” is exactly how many Americans view the “train wreck” called ObamaCare. Unlike the unwashed masses, the president, Congress and all their staffers, as well as a chosen few others will be immune. Meanwhile, the rest of America is jammed into an oversized freight car while the Conductor-in-Chief directs it and us over the edge of a cliff.
Although many remain clueless, the truth is that the dire Obamacare situation is of biblical proportions. Whether Americans realize it or not, if Obamacare is not stopped, the nation will embark on a 40-year slog through a healthcare wilderness that will result in very few of us, if any, making it out alive.
That’s why Ted Cruz (R-TX) has become a political Moses for many. Cruz’s small circle of allies includes Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), all of whom can be likened to antiquity’s Joshua, Aaron, and Hur, the men who supported Moses during the battle against the Amalekites.
Here in modernity, the goal of the small but brave Cruz minority is to either defund ObamaCare or shut down the government, thereby putting the brakes on that runaway train.
Cruz choosing to defy Barack Obama and stand toe-to-toe with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is reminiscent of what happened in Scripture at Rephidim when the Israelites responded to an Amalekite attack. It was there that Moses instructed Joshua to “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
As Joshua fought the enemy, Moses, Aaron, and Hur ascended to the top of the hill. Throughout the battle, Moses raised his arms with his staff in his hands, and as long as his arms were raised, the Israelites were victorious.
Like a modern-day Moses, Ted Cruz has taken to the Senate floor to stand firm against a ferocious enemy called ObamaCare.
In Scripture, when Moses grew weary and lowered his arms, the tide turned in favor of the Amalekites. The Bible says that Aaron and Hur provided a stone for their leader to sit on and the men held up Moses’ hands, “one on one side, one on the other — so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” Regrettably, Senator Ted Cruz did not have the luxury of sitting; he stood for 21 hours straight, but he did have a team to hold up his arms, so to speak.
In an effort to prevail over the army of ObamaCare advocates, along the way Senators Paul, Lee, Rubio, and Inhofe were joined by David Vitter (R-LA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Pat Roberts (R- KS), who, like modern day Moses-helpers, stood up alongside Cruz, in effect holding up Cruz’s hands.
Cruz had this to say about “principle” and “standing for integrity”:
I will say standing here after 14 hours, standing on your feet, there’s sometimes some pain, sometimes some fatigue that is involved, but you know what? There’s far more pain involved in rolling over… far more pain in hiding in the shadows, far more pain in not standing for principle, not standing for the good, not standing for integrity.
Moses’ upheld arms assured that Joshua was able to overcome the Amalekite army. So, shod in black tennis shoes, Ted Cruz is a political Moses of sorts. Regardless of what the Washington DC establishment believes, in the hearts of millions, Cruz continues to articulate the fear and disgust a majority of Americans feel about being forced against their will into ObamaCare.
After 21 hours, Harry “It’s the new anarchy” Reid (D-NV) maintained that “Republicans face two options by week’s end: accept a stopgap spending bill that leaves untouched President Obama’s health care law, or shut down the government.”
Thus, Reid stepped forward, pulled rank, and shut Ted Cruz down, ending the Texas senator’s unofficial filibuster. But not for long! With the help of Rubio, Lee, Paul, and even Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz will continue to ‘stand’ in the fight to beat back the Obamakites and their destructive policies.
Like a true leader and patriot, despite the pain of standing for hours — and standing alone — Cruz has reminded pusillanimous politicians that “There’s far more pain… in not standing for principle, not standing for the good, not standing for integrity.”
Senator Cruz is certainly not done standing; he will continue to stand, even though he is no longer speaking on the floor of the Senate. For the rest of us who stand with him on the side of freedom, let’s join together and continue to hold up Cruz’s arms and extend to him the heartfelt appreciation of a grateful nation.
Originally posted at BIG Hollywood
For a woman who claims to love the “simple life” and who swears she’s happiest when she’s cooking for her kids, lately Gwyneth Paltrow’s face and opinion are everywhere. It seems as if Ms. Paltrow, aka Mrs. Chris Martin, hasn’t cooked very many chicken fingers for the kiddies lately, because every time you turn around she is either showcasing her eclectic talents, attending Barack Obama’s $34,000-per-plate fundraisers, or sharing her unsolicited philosophy from the left wing of every stage she happens upon.
Besides being the wife of a rock star and mother to an Apple and an actual Moses, the woman is a multitalented entertainer (at least both she and mother Blythe Danner think so). Gwyneth dances, plays guitar, and can both croon country and belt out pop.
After being featured singing on two episodes of Glee, Gwyneth will soon perish in Contagion. Upon request, Paltrow will demonstrate speaking in perfect King’s English, a talent she displayed at the tender age of 20 when she portrayed Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love. Right out of the ingénue gate, young Gwynie with the fake British accent won an Academy Award and was promptly crowned the muse of Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein.
As if that wasn’t enough, nouveau Londoner Mrs. Martin chopped and sautéed her way across Italy with famous pony-tailed clog-wearing chef Mario Batali. The late Bruce Paltrow’s little girl then wrote a Daddy-and-Me cookbook entitled My Father’s Daughter, and did so while hosting a website called Goop.com, where she subjects fans to her thoughts on everything from la fromagerie to post partum depression to how lucky her daughter Apple’s classmate is to have two mommies.
The woman is a virtual plethora of firsthand information, talent, experience, and insight. Had she only been born a couple of decades earlier, without a doubt Gwyneth Paltrow would have been the first to spin plates on The Ed Sullivan Show.
If it’s hot, Paltrow can be found it the thick of it, which must be why self-enamored Gwyneth decided that rather than opine on post-holiday detox menus, it was high time to enlighten the world by subjecting everyone to a full dose of her own brand of open-minded militant liberalism.
Beware! When liberal moral relativist Gwyneth Paltrow pontificates, she makes the über-opinionated Hanoi Jane “Sorry I didn’t sleep with Che Guevara” Fonda seem like an apolitical wallflower.
For instance, when it comes to sexuality, it’s not surprising that she’s a big fan of relaxed Biblical interpretations, thus Gwyneth Paltrow has a very “relaxed view on adultery.” Although married to a man she describes as “very nice,” Mrs. Martin effervesces when she says she “respects, admires and looks up to” role models who cheat, lie, sneak, and deceive. Recently, Gwyneth shared her blasé philosophy on deceitfulness with less condemnation than she does when lecturing on the negative effects of sugar consumption.
Fancying herself a “great romantic,” Gwyneth Kate, the star of Two Lovers, said “I also think you can be a romantic and a realist.” Maybe Gwyneth can add a section to Goop called “Romance,” where she can insert a subcategory wherein she outlines the dreamy aspects that accompany the realities associated with broken families, heartbreak, infidelity, rejection, and betrayal.
At least when it comes to homosexuality, Goop girl Gwyneth shies away from “judgment and separation,” and manages to also justify acceptance of adultery by saying, “Life is complicated and long and I know people that I respect and admire and look up to who have had extra-marital affairs.”
So, in response to life’s difficulties, people complicate matters even more by adding the noble qualities of disloyalty, anguish, brokenness, and crushing despair. Moreover, life is long, and along life’s journey the chance to make matters worse arises every time an actress is in a movie like Sylvia and, for the sake of artistic expression, decides to get naked and roll around with a handsome actor like Daniel Craig.
Shocking? Before getting all apoplectic, let’s put Gwyneth Paltrow’s view on life in context by remembering that Mr. and Mrs. Martin, mother and father to little Apple, flew by helicopter into the Big Apple and voluntarily paid a couple’s fee of $71,600 to attend a Barack Obama fundraiser.
Barack Obama supporter Gwyneth believes: “It’s like we’re flawed. We’re human beings and sometimes you make choices that other people are going to judge,” and she was willing to pay almost $100,000 for a dinner at Harvey Weinstein’s place to prove it.
Judging a flawed, human, poor choice-making Obama is one thing. However, not saying adultery is wrong appears to give non-judgmental Gwyneth a reason to judge those who frown upon extra-marital affairs. Gwyneth believes that judging between right and wrong is wrong, and if a person does it, “That’s their problem.” Gwyneth says, “I really think that the more I live my life the more I learn not to judge people for what they do.”
Granted, people make mistakes and we shouldn’t judge people, but the fruits of adultery are certainly judge worthy. And while forgiveness is admirable, condemnation of the hurtful choices that destroy lives is something Gwyneth should mention, especially if she considers herself an authority on everything from cooking to morals.
On second thought, rather than imposing her liberal worldview, Mrs. Gwyneth Martin, nee Paltrow, should stop trying to fill Jane Fonda’s orthopedic shoes by playing part time philosopher and simply stick to what she does best, which is to ‘act’ like she knows how much cilantro goes into Baja Style Shrimp Tacos.
The history of the Jewish people is a long and arduous one. At Passover, Jews who spent nearly 500 years enslaved in Egypt remember the miracle of God’s deliverance as He sent Moses with a message of hope that God’s chosen people would be released from the anguish caused by the repressive yoke of a cruel taskmaster.
The event is chronicled to have taken place in the year 1446 BC, and 3,500 years later, the Jewish people are on the cusp of being surrounded by a noose of hostile Muslim nations, including Egypt, the nation from which they were originally delivered. And what does Barack Obama compare the Passover message to? The struggle of extremist Muslims, a people whose core seethes with hatred toward the Jews and who, if given the chance, would forgo enslaving Israel and instead exterminate them.
When Obama hosted the last Ramadan dinner at the White House, the focus of his statement to his Muslim guests were exclusively directed toward Islam’s value and contribution to America’s history and future. The President ended his Iftar remarks in the following way:
For in the end, we remain “one nation, under God, indivisible.” And we can only achieve “liberty and justice for all” if we live by that one rule at the heart of every great religion, including Islam —- that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
For Passover this year, the President chose not to focus on Israel, a nation threatened daily by murderous hatred. Nor did Obama reiterate, for those whose democratic chant contains the words “Death to Israel,” to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”
Obama didn’t chide the Muslim extremist world for putting Israel in a position to require fresh blood over the lintels of their doors to guard against imminent destruction, but instead decided that Passover was the perfect time to express how God’s deliverance of the Jews is “reflected in Muslim uprisings.”
The story of Passover…instructs each generation to remember its past, while appreciating the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails. This year that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see modern stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa.
This year, Obama failed to make the connection between Passover and the Jewish nation’s ongoing struggle for survival. Presented with an opportunity to deliver a Mosaic message of warning to the Arab world to release God’s chosen people from the bondage of hatred, Barack Hussein chose instead to create an inappropriate bond between the miracle of the Creator making clear that Yahweh would move Heaven and Earth on behalf of His chosen people, and the Muslim uprisings.
As Jewish families gather for this joyous celebration of freedom, let us all be thankful for the gifts that have been bestowed upon us, and let us work to alleviate the suffering, poverty, injustice, and hunger of those who are not yet free.
In essence, Obama stressing the plight of Muslims on Passover would be like lecturing the Jews, midway through the Red Sea, on the injustice of bloody water, dead frogs, gnats, flies, sick cows, boils, wild weather, locusts and darkness, or the tragic death of the first-born son of Pharaoh Amenhotep II .
With that in mind, what better way for the modern-day children of Israel to begin the process of agreeing to a Palestinian State than by ceding exclusive rights to Passover?
In the meantime, Obama chooses to ignore school buses filled with Israeli school children being showered with Islamic rockets from Gaza and innocent Jewish families with sleeping toddlers slaughtered in their beds. Rather than address the ongoing oppression of a nation enslaved by the threat of death on all sides, Obama’s idea of a Passover remembrance is to turn his face from Isaac’s plight and once again focus attention solely on the concerns of Ishmael.
Thousands of years ago Moses was commissioned by God to return to Egypt to free the Jews from servitude to a cruel and oppressive Pharaoh. God’s people were living under a tyrannical system from the time of Joseph, slaves to a relentless Master who gave the children of Abraham little in return for toil and tears.
Yahweh felt it was time to ask Moses to follow specific instructions, return to the land where Moses was raised, and demand the release of God’s people.
“So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10).
Moses obeyed God and demanded Pharaoh set the Israelites free. Laughing at the request, Ramses exercised authority and instead increased the burden of labor upon Egypt’s Israelite slaves. A similar state of affairs is presently occurring in the birthplace of democracy, which is now home to Grecian “debt financed socialism.”
The nation of Greece for years has been toiling under the cruel taskmaster of socialism. The type of servitude Greeks are subjected to, although different than making bricks without straw, is slavery all the same. Socialism is a type of Egypt; the only difference is Prime Minister Papandreou doesn’t wear a khepresh.
Like slaves, the Greek people labor under a controlling system that doles out sustenance in the form of health care, pensions and early retirement. Greeks are sustained for usefulness in a governmental system where Pharaoh-like leaders are in charge. Workers’ wages are evenly distributed and tax dollars squandered on a “bloated state sector and its employees.”
Like Moses delivering the Jews, the crisis in Greece could have ushered in deliverance. Like a Mosaic admonition issued to a “lifestyle superpower,” if bankrupt Greece heeded the call and rejected failed socialism the Greek people, though hesitant, could be free.
Amazingly, as the Greek economy collapsed, instead of slaves running toward the desert they took to the streets and rioted to retain the right to eat gruel, retire at fifty-three and take a nap in the middle of the workday.
Socialist serfdom is a lifestyle many Greek people have come to cherish. Bondage to handouts is all they know. Seems Greeks, like Egypt’s slaves, enjoy the life of indentured servitude in return for “pots filled with meat” and the promise of all the “bread they want.” Now the Greek people view pension reform, spending cuts and “harsh austerity measures” on par with being “brought into the wilderness to starve to death.”
Oftentimes, slave vision is obscured from the concept of freedom. Affection develops between slaves and socialistic oligarchies because bondservants, who make collectives thrive, fail to recognize entitlement culture as bondage. With that in mind, it wasn’t the Israelites Moses addressed directly with warnings of impending doom. Moses issued edicts to Ramses to “Let the people go,” or suffer the consequences.
Presently, disaster has descended on Greece because of addiction to “generous vacations, early retirement, national health care and extensive welfare benefits.” Instead of fleeing Egypt, slaves fight to remain in a state of thralldom by begging to pull boulders to the top of a bureaucratic pyramid the Pharaoh insists on building, while being crushed by bankruptcy.
In addition, though engulfed in financial collapse, Prime Minister George Papandreou of the Panhellenic Socialist Party is not about to set the captives free. Standing amidst a cloud of tear gas Greece’s socialist, Prius-driving, Prime Minister envisions “Greece [becoming] the Sweden of the Mediterranean – powered by green energy and boutique tourism –and says it is possible to have both a generous welfare system and a competitive economy.”
Meanwhile, Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt claims socialism has driven Sweden into “rescue mode.”
Nevertheless Georges Papandreou, in an effort to contain “unrestrained spending,” raised legal retirement age by a couple of years from 53 to 55, froze public sector pay, canceled end-of-year bonuses for public employees and reduced pensions by 14%.
Papandreou answered the crisis by spending money on minor pyramids instead of doing away with socialism and instituting a free market system.
Interestingly, “Ancient Egypt is considered by some to have been the most heavily taxed nation and to have collapsed under the weight of the levies imposed on the populace,” which brings us to Greek taxes.
Tax evasion, according to a UK Telegraph article entitled “Analyzing the Real Greek Failure,” is “endemic among Greece’s wealthy middle classes,” so Georges Papandreou went after tax evaders.
Still, fully committed to socialism, the Premier “raised the VAT tax from 21 to 23% and taxes on fuel, tobacco, alcohol and property.” In other words, Pharaoh Papandreou refused to free the captives and, instead, increased the burden on the slaves who continue to demand more at no cost and who refuse to look elsewhere for the Promised Land.
For the Egyptians the first plague was one that brought blood. Water turned into blood when Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go the first time. Likewise, when Greeks rioted to stay in their own little Egypt, blood visited the Hellas peninsula. Greece’s “water” was pumped from a working class who, rather than viewing the collapse of the system as deliverance, reacted to pension reform with a “national tantrum.”
Thus, the plague of bloodshed and loss of life visited the streets of Athens as crowds rioted, demanding the continuance of government provision.
A protester hurled a Molotov cocktail into the first floor of the faded yellow, three-storey structure. As the fire spread, some bank employees escaped outside while others fled upstairs… three people were found inside dead of asphyxiation. Among them: a woman who was three months pregnant.
Greeks went to what was perceived a bottomless well to draw forth government-financed welfare and instead of limitless water, found blood. Then, rather than willingly fleeing the system when given the chance, helots yoked with buckets of waste pledged continued allegiance to a European Ramses.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, Thus says the Lord, Let My people go, that they may serve Me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite your whole territory with frogs.” (Exodus 8:2-4).
Greek officials say a horde of frogs forced the closure of a key northern highway for two hours…millions of amphibians covered the tarmac … near the town of Langadas, some 12 miles east of Thessaloniki. There was a carpet of frogs [that] left a nearby lake to look for food.
Therefore, as it was in Egypt, so it appears to be happening in Greece. Hopefully before the next eight plagues follow up blood and frogs, slaves will come to understand the difference between wanting freedom and wanting more for free; and how the collapse of socialism takes away nothing but, instead, provides deliverance from captivity to an entitlement system that can never be sustained.