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The wrong battlefield

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2018 by cavalier973

The past couple of years have been fascinating, politically speaking. I did not vote for President Trump in the 2016 election, for a variety of reasons. I am a proponent of Free Trade, and Trump’s protectionist stances were off-putting. I viewed Trump as a “Trojan Horse” candidate; a New York City liberal who was lying in order to get Hillary elected. I actually believed that he did not want to win the election. I wasn’t quite as bothered as other people pretend to be about his flawed marriage life, and multiple commissions of adultery, because, well, I didn’t vote for him, but they were counts against his character, so throw it on the pile of reasons to not vote for him.

Still, President Trump has shown himself to be a much better President than I anticipated. He got a really good tax cut plan implemented, he has massively cut regulations (disassembling the administrative state), which is helpful to the economy, and he got two good judges (well, better than H. Clinton judges, anyway) onto the Supreme Court, and is reshaping the Federal judiciary at the lower court level. A successful Presidency, taken as a whole. I will wait for further evidence to see if his peace deal with North Korea will hold up, but I expect it will, for a while.

The 2018 Midterm Elections didn’t go nearly as well as I was hoping (wishing, really). Democrats are managing to turn Republican Party election night wins into Democrat wins, through extremely obvious voter fraud.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned, and the President appointed the AG Chief of Staff Matt Whitaker to be acting Attorney General, and there is a lot of hope expressed in conservative circles that Whitaker will bring to fruition the promises of “draining the Swamp”. However, there are groups of “conservatives” who oppose Whitaker, and who are arguing that his appointment is unConstitutional. So this tiny, possible win may likely be turned into a loss for the President, as well.

There are more examples of how the United States is in flux right now, and not just politically. Educational institutions and entertainment media also push certain ideas onto the populace. I mention them because there is an idea that conservatives will be able to push them back and “save America” or “Make America Great Again.”

Well, any success will be temporary, unfortunately, because “America” doesn’t actually belong to the people who inhabit its borders. Matthew Chapter Four gives the narrative of Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness, by the Devil. The Devil (“Satan”, Jesus calls him) makes a rather remarkable claim: that all the kingdoms of the world belong to him. He offers them to Jesus, with the provision that Jesus worship Satan. Jesus rebukes him, using Scripture (the only way to fight Satan is with God’s Word), but does not refute Satan’s claim on “all the kingdoms of the world”. I infer that “all kingdoms” includes future kingdoms as well as the ones present at the time of this narrative.

That means that, to borrow a phrase from the late Chuck Missler, The United States of America, even at its best, belongs to Satan. We can fight the leftism and cultural rot and political evil in our country, but in the end, will “lose”, because the country is already in the hands of the Devil.

We have a mission, however, from our Lord Jesus: make disciples of all nations. He didn’t say, “make nations of disciples”. We who believe belong to God’s kingdom, and are on the earth as His ambassadors. We are also spiritual warriors. Ephesians 6:12 points out that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against” spiritual authorities. Fallen angels or demons or some other evil spiritual entities. It is not appropriate for us to become angry with humans who spout anti-Christ nonsense, because they are not our real enemies. The evil spirits that control them are.

We won’t permanently “save America”, because it is a kingdom of this world. But we can join God in His work to save Americans. Pray, pray, pray. Jesus gave us a model that is quite useful for speaking with God.

“Our Father, which art in heaven” — an acknowledgement that God is real, that He is our loving protector and provider. He is outside our realm, and so can see everything that is going on.

“Hallowed be Thy name” — Praise for God is essential. It puts us in the proper mind frame for our petitions that follow.

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven” — this is a prayer for the promised “Millenium Kingdom” that is spoken of in the Book of Revelation. As Chuck Missler notes, Gabriel promised Mary that her Son would sit on the Throne of David. Jesus will be the King of Israel as well as King of the world. God did not abrogate His promises to Israel, or transfer them to the Church. The promises to Israel revolve around their land. The promises to us who are Christ’s Church revolve around being with Christ.

“Give us this day our daily bread” — God is our provider, whether we are on the verge of destitution, or are the multi-millionaire CEO of a thriving corporation. There is a movie with Jimmy Stewart (I think it’s “Shenandoah”) where Stewart’s character very cheekily prays something along the lines of, “We did all the work, but I guess we’ll thank you for our food, anyway.” That kind of attitude is dangerous and nonsensical.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” — God is a God of Forgiveness. It isn’t that He overlooks our sins–He couldn’t be a Holy God if he did so–but He provided a substitution for us, which allows Him to forgive. We should likewise forgive others when they wrong us. Since Jesus put this in His “model prayer”, then we should also tell God when we’ve forgiven someone else.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” — A prayer for protection, but not just physical protection. Our minds and hearts are bombarded with all sorts of evil ideas, with temptations to evil attitudes.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever” — a statement of fact concerning God’s position. Also, finishing up the prayer with more praise to God. Practice praise daily; you are developing a skill that will serve you well in Heaven.

“Amen” — “So let it be.”

 

Our battlefield is not the United States, and our goal is not national salvation. Salvation is an individual concern. Start with your own household. Believe in Jesus; walk by His Spirit; love with God’s power. Share the Gospel that Jesus died for our sins–that He took our punishment in our behalf. Maybe God will intervene, and allow us a few more years of plenty and peace, but remember that Satan is jealous of his kingdoms, and works relentlessly to claim back any ground he lost to the Gospel of Christ, which is why we see the anti-Christian community seem to gain ground. Politics won’t defeat Satan; they are all in his purview. His flesh-and-blood agents are working to overturn election results, and to infiltrate all civic institutions. Reclaiming the culture won’t work; as Satan is in control of all distribution networks, you won’t be able to get that awesome, conservative-Christian book published or movie released.

Prayer works, though; living the Gospel works. Just remember, we are praying for God’s kingdom to come, not for our kingdom (which is really Satan’s kingdom) to remain. He told us to abide until He returns, so pray that God gives you grace to be a good citizen in whatever nation you live. Pray that He will allow you to live peaceably with your neighbors. Pray for provision, so that you can share with others. Pray for unity in the Church of Jesus the Messiah; we may be bitterly opposed, politically, and you may think I have it completely backwards, and that the political right, with its bigotry and racism and sexism, is what is detroying America, that Trump is a horrible and horrifying President. However, if you are a Christian, then you are my brother or sister, and I pray that we are united in Christ’s love.

 

Party at my place, the third night of Heaven.

Maranatha.

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October 30, 2018

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2018 by cavalier973

Some random thoughts, here:

♠ President Trump is proposing to end “Birthright Citizenship” by executive order. Not sure how this would work; it is generally accepted that if one is born on U.S. soil, then one is a U.S. citizen by default. As someone I follow on Twitter said, however, the 14th Amendment has the clause “and subject to its jurisdiction”, so the argument can be made that, as illegal immigrants are not subject to U.S. jurisdiction, then their children born on U.S. soil can’t be considered citizens.

This is obviously in response to the now-multiple “caravans” of “refugees” that are marching toward the U.S. This situation is fraudulent; the refugees were offered asylum by the Mexican government, and they refused. We watched them violently break through a barricade manned by Mexican police, so we know they are violent. Don’t listen to anyone who tries to guilt you into allowing these violent invaders into the country.

♣ George Papadopoulos has been invited on a few news opinion shows (Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, to be specific) to talk about what’s up with him. He was charged with lying to the FBI and sentenced to 14 days in jail (I don’t know if he has served his sentence yet). He is trying to take back his guilty plea, based on new evidence that the prosecutors cheated. Dan Bongino has been hitting this story pretty hard. Hear him at this link.

 

Trump and Trade

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , on April 5, 2018 by cavalier973

This article discusses the problems with Trump’s attempt to spark a “trade war” with China (the term “trade war” is nonsensical; it is like saying “pedestrian motorist”). The author echoes a position I have, which is that Trump is undermining the foundation for economic success he is building by his deregulation efforts and the Tax Cut enacted last December.

Perhaps he is only playing the part of the dealmaker, where he takes a tougher stance initially, in order to get the party of the second part to acquiesce to something, but it is unnecessary for government to wheel’n’deal when it comes to trade, because the private entities that engage in trade are already doing the deals.

There should be no NAFTA. There should be no CAFTA, or GATT or TPP. There should be no government, negotiated trade treaties at all. Government just needs to remove itself from the trade arena altogether, and allow the interested parties do what they do.

So; what are the Chinese up to?

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2018 by cavalier973

China is quietly establishing the Indian Ocean as its primary trade area.

An excerpt:

“The move away from depending on cheap exports to America and elsewhere is likely to gain momentum, reducing the relative importance of Trump’s tariffs. Instead, China is creating what amounts to a large free trade area throughout Asia with her partners in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. This is the opportunity offered to other foreign suppliers to the region, such as the UK, assuming she has the gumption to become involved after Brexit.”

 

Trump/Russia Collusion: an overview

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2018 by cavalier973

Go here. There are links within the article (each named “Go Deep”) that go to more in-depth articles on particular subjects.

“‘Marxist’ Free Trade”

Posted in For Free Trade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2018 by cavalier973

So, President Trump is indulging his neo-mercantilist demons, by proposing that a 25% tariff be imposed on foreign-produced steel, to “protect American steel companies”.

Were it simply a measure by the President to raise revenue for the government, it wouldn’t be quite so exasperating, but the claim that an increase in taxes somehow helps the American economy, and Americans in general, is maddening.

If one reads the sites of the Neo-Mercantilists/Protectionists, one may run across the phrase “Marxist Free Trade”. The idea behind the phrase is that an unfettered market leads to Marxism, based on something Karl Marx said, claiming some such nonsense.

In reality, it is the Neo-Mercantilist/Protectionists who let the communist camel poke its nose under the tent flap, by promoting a policy of government intervention in the economy to raise the income of a certain group of Americans by requiring all Americans to enjoy a lower standard of living.

If President Trump had been honest and proposed, for example, legislation that resulted in people earning $35,000 a year lowering their standards of living so that a small group of people can increase their incomes from $50,000 to $55,000, then people would likely give the legislation the stink eye. And yet, that’s exactly what he is proposing, but because it is couched in false patriotism, then people don’t automatically reject such a policy.

One of Trump’s advisors claimed that the 25% increase in steel prices would only result in a fraction of an increase in the cost of cans of soup, as an example. The problem is that the advisor specifically mentioned Campbell’s soup company. Such a large company may of course be able to absorb the increased cost, or pass the cost to its customers, but “players at the margin” may not be able to do so. Bob’s Soup Company may go out of business, because it is already operating a extremely low margins. With one less competitor in the soup market, we can expect the prices of soup to rise and/or the quality to be lowered. That’s how the market works. Protectionists seem to have a magical thinking about market forces, and expect that costs will be born by “someone else”, and not ourselves.

One last thing, about Free Trade generally: Free Trade is not only the economically advantageous policy, it is the moral policy, because with Free Trade a person can dispose of the product of his labor as he deems best. Protectionism requires that person to dispose of his income in ways that the Protectionists approve. This is a violation of property rights, and a form of theft.

I was happy with the Trump Tax plan that passed late last year, despite its flaws, and considered voting for him in 2020, if he ran for re-election. This tariff could negate the benefits of the tax plan, and my support.

Stuff Going On — 06/08/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2017 by cavalier973

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress, and lets them know that President Trump made him feel uncomfortable, and that Trump’s stated reasons for firing him are lies.

ISIS “Fighters” have shot hundreds of civilians, including women and children, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, trying to keep said civilians from fleeing. ISIS needs civilians to act as human shields. I would think that they could carry that sort of evil on for only so long, before they run into desperate people who decide that, if they are going to die, anyway, they might as well take some of the ISIS monsters with them.

Senator Bernie Sanders tries to impose a religious test on a political appointee.

When Chinese take jobs from Americans.