Who’s in Charge Here?

Last week, known as Holy Week for Christians, a video and a shoe celebrating Satanism were on full display across the Internet, and many of us are troubled by what this says about where we are as a society.  How should we respond as Christians or conservatives when ideas are promoted that we see as harmful or even dangerous? Or when those ideas are not only expressed, but are shaping public policy in the form of laws that we are all forced to obey, and into public school curricula to be taught to our children? 

It is true that the expression of every viewpoint, no matter how unpopular, enjoys the protection of the First Amendment. Does it follow that we must allow every such viewpoint to have equal voice and equal sway in the shaping of public policy?  It is critical that we know the answer to this question.  And, if we look to our Founding Fathers, the answer is a definitive “no.”

Our Constitution provides for a representative democracy, under which the majority determines the laws and policies we choose to live under.  While our Constitution protects the freedom of every citizen to hold and express viewpoints that do not align with the majority, this freedom does not extend to dictating (or even shaping) law or policy.   Put simply, our Framers did not intend for government to enforce policies that are offensive to a majority of Americans (such as giving voice to doctrines that celebrate harmful behaviors).  

Sam Adams warned about this very thing:  

“If the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approval, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them.”

We need to know and understand these concepts that underlie our system of self-government if we ever hope to put the reins of power back into the hands of the people.

Open Borders: Is This What Compassion Looks Like?

We’ve all known, or at least heard about, those amazing, compassionate, selfless families who open their homes to foster children.  These families offer a new start, sometimes a whole new life, to these precious children who’ve endured horrible beginnings. They truly make the world a better place.

Now imagine what would happen if CPS decided these families should be required to take in more and more children.  The families would no doubt do all they could, but wouldn’t they eventually exhaust their resources, diminishing their capacity to provide for the needs of their growing families?  How many beds could be squeezed into a house built for one family before the growing number of inhabitants were living in unhealthy and unsanitary conditions?  And, what if, among the new foster children, some needed special care, putting additional strain on family finances or stability? Or, what if these families were forced to take in children who were abusive to the other children?  Chaos would ensue. Poverty would befall the household.  Not only would the family be incapable of properly caring for its growing number of foster children, but it would have been stripped of the ability to take care of its own.  

A foster care system like this would make no logical sense. But this is what Americans are required to do every day by our current administration, as it forcefully advances a policy of open borders.  Americans, like benevolent foster parents, have always embraced the opportunity to receive and to help those who are suffering. Our very laws are designed to give those experiencing political or religious persecution an escape from abuse.  But our current administration is opening our borders to essentially anyone who wants to enter, and for virtually any reason.  Compassion, we are told, requires that we accept all who come, with very few exceptions.  But this is a fallacy.  This approach not only threatens the well-being of our citizens, but also of the very people seeking entry.  Many innocent and vulnerable migrants crossing our borders are being victimized in the process.  Consider, for example, the following: 

  • Research has indicated that 1 in 3 women is sexually assaulted and up to 80% of young girls are raped on the journey across the southern border. 
  • 11,000 to 15,000 unaccompanied minors are currently being held in abhorrent conditions, with up to 80 people in each 24- x 30-foot cell (approximately 9 square feet per person). There are not enough beds in these holding cells, which are separated by plastic or fabric.  It is reported that the smell of urine and vomit is overpowering, that fights break out, and that scabies, lice, the flu, and COVID-19 run rampant. 
  • Sexual assaults, according to at least one border patrol agent, go unreported, as the agents (who are working in ratios of 1 to 2 agents for every 300 to 500 immigrants) are overwhelmed, outnumbered, and fear being held responsible for what happens during their shifts. Adults and teenagers, according to this agent, will brag of raping multiple girls and even kicking them off the train that is transporting them to the U.S.
  • Children under the age of 5 regularly arrive without any adults, carrying a written address, giving our agents no other viable option but to deliver these children into the U.S.to the addresses provided. (Understand, we’re dealing with different cultures, some of which are willing to send very young children alone, despite knowing the realities of what they may endure.)
  • Family units are given priority treatment, which provides an incentive to kidnap children (and for impoverished and desperate families from some cultures to “sell” children) for the journey across the border, and even to “recycle” the children for others who need them in order to more easily cross the border.

As for the effect on Americans, including legal immigrants, the toll is immense:

  • Unlimited numbers of migrants are being allowed entry without COVID-19 testing, even while Americans are suffering economic and other hardship due to extreme lockdown measures intended to eradicate or control the virus. 
  • Over 80 million of our tax dollars (and counting!) are earmarked for hotels to accommodate the mass numbers of illegal immigrants, while half a million citizens are homeless on our own streets, and while we have required our own National Guard to sleep in a parking lot (refer to incident at U.S. Capitol in January). Note that American citizens will pay approximately $72,000 per illegal immigrant over 6 months under this new policy.
  • Last month 100,000 illegal immigrants arrived at the border, for whom mass amnesty will alter the demographics of our country at a level never yet experienced.  This will, among other things, diminish citizens’ voting power (particularly for minority voting blocs in swing states), increase competition for jobs, reduce wages, raise the costs of medical care, affect teacher-student ratios, and increase numbers in poverty, leading to more drug use and criminal activity—all during an already existing economic and political crisis.

The reality is that wide-open borders are harmful to everyone. We, as a people, need to understand and embrace the concept that, before we can care for an unlimited number of “foster children” arriving in our country, we need to have our own house and our own budget in order, making sure our own “family” is healthy and strong.  

Scripture tells us that “[T]hose who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the truth faith.”  (1 Tim. 5:8a) Even believers are required to care for their own relatives rather than relying on the church. The rationale is that this protects the health of the church and, thus, its ability to care for others who truly need it and have no other options. (See 1 Tim. 5:16.) This response does not lack compassion. Just the opposite: It expands its reach.

Our government has drifted from this model at an increasingly rapid pace, heavily relying on loans and other resources from other countries, willingly undertaking excessive and debilitating debt.  In fact, many believe America is on the brink of financial disaster or worse. Without sufficient resources to care properly for our own citizens, we are simply incapable of properly caring for others, much less, an unlimited number of others.  

A truly compassionate response to the border crisis requires that we position ourselves to help the greatest number of people with the greatest needs.  This means we must get our own house in order, and we must require our elected officials to enact (and enforce!) sensible immigration laws designed to identify those who truly need our help, turn away or deport those who do not, or who do harm, and eliminate incentives to exploit the system. From this position of strength and stability, we will be able to share our home and our resources with those who come here with a genuine need for refuge.

Even the New York Times is telling Joe to Slow his Roll!*

Whether you call yourself a Democrat or a Republican (or other), it is so important to understand the consequences of the executive actions signed by Joe Biden during the first several days in office.  

While our presidents have become increasingly comfortable taking “executive actions,” Joe Biden has taken it to a new level, signing 40 executive actions by day 9, far exceeding every president in our history.  As a reminder, “executive actions” allow a president to impose policies on the American people without the approval of Congress (which is the only branch with the authority to make policy). While executive actions are not “laws” and are not permanent—the next president can overturn them—they do carry the “force of law” during a president’s term.  

As you might expect, whether we tolerate this “end-run” around Congress tends to change depending on whether “our” party is in power in the executive branch. However, with regard to many of the recently-signed executive actions, I believe every American has cause for concern. 

Here are some of the most consequential of the new policies:

  • Imposing new gender-identity rules.
    • Requiring that males be allowed to participate in female sports (among other rules), effectively ending girls’ and women’s sports, destroying their opportunities to prevail in their athletic disciplines.
    • Note: No decent person is in favor of denying another person of the right to be treated with respect and dignity. Our Constitution requires that our liberties end at the point where they infringe on another’s liberties. But this order violates that principle:  it elevates one group’s rights over the rights of a whole class of others (women). 
    • In addition to the impact on sports, these new gender-identity rules will affect churches and other tax-exempt organizations.
  • Requiring racial “equity” in health care and other areas. 
    • The concept of “equity” requires distribution of resources based on arbitrarily selected characteristics.
    • Pay attention to the recent change in talking points from focus on equality to focus on equity. Our Constitution requires that all people be treated equally under the law. But equity is counter to equality, requiring people to be treated differently, i.e., requiring takingfrom (or denying resources to) one class of citizens and redistributing to another class. (More on this soon.)
  • Rescinded ban on taxpayer funding for international abortion groups, disregarding the voters’ preferences.
    • This order highlights the power of the executive order to defy the will of the American people. According to one recent report, polling by Marist and the Knights of Columbus shows: 
      • More than 3/4 of Americans oppose.
      • A majority in Biden’s own party is opposed.
      • Nearly 2/3 of self-described pro-choice Americans oppose. 
      • 85% of independent voters oppose.
  • Canceled Keystone Pipeline; reversed President Trump’s environmental deregulation.
    • Expected to cost 11,000 American jobs.  
    • Will erode our energy independence.
    • Contributing to rising fuel prices.
  • Recommitted the US to the Paris Climate Accord
    • Requires taxpayer-backed financial investment and loss of freedoms and jobs for Americans, while other countries are not held accountable for their carbon emissions or for their fair share of financial investment. 
    • Cannot work as long as China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, does not cooperate. Though it recently “pledged” to aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, the Beijing regime admitted that China’s emissions would peak in about 10 years. Last year, China was approving new coal plants at the fastest rate since 2015. 
    • Note that if oil prices fall as a result of our reductions in demand due to our coming climate-change regulations, China, the world’s largest importer of crude oil, will have much to gain. 
  • Action allowing skyrocketing prices on Insulin
    • Instantly put the life-preserving drug entirely out of reach for many who depend on it.
    • Under President Trump, drug prices decreased for the first time in 52 years. Starting out with the highest prices of any country in world, under the “Favored Nations clause,” we were on track to pay the lowest price a drug was offered anywhere in the world.
  • Mask mandate in federal buildings and on federal property, both inside and outdoors
    • Note: Many are questioning why there is no mandate to re-open schools across the country, in line with the latest scientific evidence
  • Ended travel ban for Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen
    • Ban was originally instituted by Obama-Biden administration, and was supported/extended by Trump based on security concerns; yet, current administration alleges the ban was rooted in religious animus and xenophobia.
  • Stopped construction of our (already funded) US-Mexico border wall. 
  • Imposed a moratorium on most deportations.
    • No exception is made for the over 90% of illegal immigrants who’ve committed criminal acts.
    • Court battles have ensued and at least one judge has ruled against.
    • Administration justifies the acting citing concerns over processing the huge number of deportations during the pandemic, yet at the same time is incentivizing more illegal immigration by talks of amnesty and by ending construction of the border wall (even as we are predicting an imminent border crisis as it is reported that caravans are again making their way toward our border).
  • Rejoined the World Health Organization (the WHO)
    • We will again provide generous financial support to the global organization that, at best, refuses to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for, and, at worst, was complicit in, the well-documented coverup concerning the original outbreak of the virus, which sparked the pandemic. 
    • The US had withdrawn its participation (and funding) in an effort to push for accountability, leadership change and reform.

Actions are also being taken in Congress at a breakneck speed. Moves are being made to legislate mail-in voting across the country (unconstitutionally taking the power away from state legislatures to determine the issue), as well as to grant statehood to D.C. (a constitutional “jurisdiction” that is the size of, and is run like, a city).  More on these items coming soon…

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. 

Ronald Reagan

* www.nytimes.com/2021/01/27/opinion/biden/executive-orders

Calls for Unity…Exposed

Why is it that the incoming administration’s calls for unity don’t give us that warm feeling inside that makes happy tears well up in our eyes?  I mean, most reasonable Americans surely desire unity for our country, right?  But let’s be honest:  this feels much different.  

The first thing that probably comes to mind is that these sudden calls for unity by those ascending to (nearly unchecked) power are utterly hypocritical.  The people who have gained positions of power in our executive and legislative branches, and those people and institutions who coordinated efforts to ensure that outcome, certainly did not call for unity after President Trump won the election in 2016.  In fact, they spent four years peddling hatred toward him as well as toward anyone who dared to support him, attacking the legitimacy of the election, making endless accusations, conducting baseless investigations, and calling for everything that is exactly the opposite of unity.  Every single day.  Every single way.  BUT, there is an even bigger point here that we simply CANNOT miss…

The real issue is that these hypocritical calls for unity aren’t really calls for unity at all! Let me explain.

Unity happens when diverse people come together to get behind a greater purpose, or a shared vision. For example, our Founders, who were from all walks of life, set aside their differences and elevated their common goal of establishing this great nation where every citizen would have equal protection under the law, and where the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness would be secure.  Since then, diverse Americans have unified around a common love for this country and around the freedom and opportunity it provides.  This is a noble aspiration!  But make no mistake, this is NOT the aspiration of the powerful few who are now in control of our government.  

The powerful few are working to ensure not unity, but, rather, conformity

Conformity means acting in accord with a certain set of standards, attitudes, practices, etc.  We are being told by the most radical administration in our history to accept their standards, their vision for our country, a vision most Americans do not share and do not believe will serve the greater good.  Not only are they demanding passive acceptance, they are increasingly forcing active participation in (and promotion of) their own prescribed social “norms” and worldview, while silencing (read censoring) all political opposition. We are expected to silently and dutifully obey.  If we dare raise objections—no matter how reasonable or factual, and even if based on (real) science—we are canceled, shamed, de-platformed, vilified, harassed, or fired. Some high-profile politicians and media personalities have even begun suggesting—this is not an isolated occurrence—that all who supported or support President Trump are domestic terrorists and are in need of “de-programming.” 

These actions bear no resemblance whatsoever to the concept of unity.  Those wielding the most power are demanding total conformity to a worldview that runs completely counter to the values many (if not most) Americans hold sacred.  Even more concerning is that those ascending to power today, with the help of Big Tech and the mainstream media, have gained unprecedented control over the dissemination of information. When government controls the dissemination of information—the name for this is “propaganda”—democracy is threatened, to understate the case. A “state-run press” is perhaps the greatest threat to a free republic.  

So, what do we do now? Well, as it turns out, God has a lot to say about unity and conformity. While Christians are called to fight for unity, we are to reject conformity to worldviews that are antithetical to biblical truths, no matter how deceivingly beautiful the package may be. 

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” 

Romans 12:1-2

“The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

Matthew 7:13-14 

“Don’t love this world or the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you….This world is fading away, along with everything that people crave….”

1 John 2:15

For those of us who have serious moral and spiritual (and other) objections to the ideologies that have taken root in our government, thoughts about the future are disconcerting. I believe staying true to our convictions will become more and more difficult in the face of a government that has demonstrated a willingness to silence and even punish political dissenters. The fact that I am typing these words in a country founded on the principle of freedom of expression is shocking to me, but I do not at all believe I am overstating my concerns.

I’m grateful for the last four years, as I believe one of President Trump’s greatest gifts was emboldening faith-filled, freedom-loving, Constitution-revering, God-fearing Americans who had given up or given in to the tactics of intimidation and cancelation. We can and should continue to stand boldly and courageously for what is good and right.  Those of us who were inspired the last four years can inspire and embolden others around us who’ve lost their courage or motivation. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and sound mind.

Most importantly, this may just become the greatest opportunity we’ve ever had to share the one true source of hope with those who find themselves in need of it. Hopelessness is the doorway to hope. Let’s stand ready to boldly share the path to our enduring hope.

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27

Unshakable Hope (Where can I get some of that!?)

If you’re aware of what’s going on in our country, you may be feeling helpless, possibly hopeless.  If you believe our election was not free and fair and that roughly 76 million of us have been denied a voice in the governance of our nation, or if you have noticed the full-throttled effort by power players on the far left to strip all others of their most basic civil liberties, it is only natural to be discouraged. (That may be an understatement for some of us, who may or may not include me.;))  

For those of us who support conservative or traditional values (and particularly those of us who support President Trump), our freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom to worship, right to keep and bear arms, right to be treated equally under the law—are under open and relentless attack.  Those currently wielding the most power are imposing their far-left views on every American, with the possible exception of themselves, ironically. Mainstream media, academia, Big Tech, many of our largest, most powerful, private corporations, and, prospectively, the incoming administration (under the unchecked control of a single political party) have demonstrated their intent to punish any and all who dissent from their narrowly-defined “accepted narrative.”  In short, those of us who do not adhere to the “approved” ideology, which runs counter to the most sacred things we stand for, must be silenced, or even criminalized(!). 

While this is truly disturbing, even frightening, we can’t afford to be discouraged in our fight for what is good and right and true. The very definition of courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. I want to commit to being courageous! Here are some facts that should encourage all of us (are you detecting a theme here?): 

  1. 7.6 million more Christians turned out for the election than in 2016.  This is HUGE.  As it turns out, maybe we’re finally realizing all that is at stake.  May we never be asleep at the wheel again.
  2. Based on the astonishing number of, and the sheer gravity of, the election irregularities, I believe we, as patriotic, faith- and freedom-loving Americans, are absolutely, positively, irrefutably in the majority. While the election issues are enraging, the response of so many millions of Americans is heartening. 
  3. Elections have consequences.  I believe the consequences of this election (whether or not the election was free and fair) will be drastic and may open the eyes and shock the consciences of many on the side of faith and freedom who have previously been complacent or even apathetic.  P.S. It wasn’t fair. :0 

Some of you who pay close attention are undoubtedly shouting to me (even though we both know you’re actually shouting at your computer screen—hee hee) that it is too late, that the next administration will throw open the borders, kill the filibuster, pack the Court, and grant statehood to D.C., essentially ensuring that no Republican can ever again be elected.  This is all true.  All of this might happen.  BUT, see 1, 2 and 3 above:  Christians are waking up; there are far more conservatives and moderates than there are the far-left, radical progressives (even though they have ascended to power); and, pain is an enormously effective impetus for change.  Additionally, with regard to open borders, it is not insignificant that President Trump won historic numbers of minority voters, particularly Hispanics, who tend to be socially conservative and deeply religious. While the headlines would tell you otherwise, the movement inspired by President Trump and other God-fearing, America-loving, Constitution-revering patriots is real and formidable…and continuing.  (Why else would they be so determined to remove President Trump from office with just over a week left in his term? Could it be that they fear his continued influence or a future presidential term?)

With or without President Trump, there are many people and many things in motion that should inspire us to continue to fight for our country and our freedoms. It is good to focus on the positives and to work for and pray for our President, for our leadership, and for our desired outcomes.

However, the bigger message is, our hope cannot be dependent on any person or any given outcome:   

“Do not put your confidence in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day, their plans come to nothing.”

Psalm 146:3 

When we place our hope in anything that is uncertain—whether a person, a party, an election outcome, or any other thing—then when it disappoints us, which it eventually will, our hope is shattered.  So, if we are finding ourselves discouraged and disheartened and hopeless as a result of our circumstances, it may be an indication that we have put our hope in those things rather than in the only source that is guaranteed:

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?  I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my savior and my God.”

Psalm 42:5-6

“But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”

Psalm 146:5

 “And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”

Romans 5:5

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”  

Hebrews 6:19

The most important thing to remember in the days ahead is that God is still on His throne. He knew this was coming and He knows where it is going. When we put our hope in Him, we can rest in knowing that our joy, our security, our very sense of well-being cannot be shaken, even if (when) our circumstances deteriorate, or the world falls apart around us. It is a hope that is secure. 

I highly recommend signing up for this brand of hope—it is not overrated.

Amy Coney Barrett: A Better Kind of Feminism

Justice Amy Coney Barrett is undeniably a remarkable woman with clear devotion to lawful justice who is well-suited for her seat on the high court. Sadly, she is also perceived as a serious threat to some.  This is because Justice Barrett’s life and experience disprove the harmful but fiercely guarded narrative that women must adhere to a certain ideology in order to be successful. Justice Barrett’s accomplishments dismantle every pillar of that outdated and destructive ideology.  Consider the following examples: 

“Abortion is Needed for Women to Succeed”

Since 1973, women have been told that, in order to compete with men, abortion is necessary.  But how tragic that such women have been led into the “prison of two ideas,” believing they had no other option but to choose between the life of their unborn child and success in their careers.  

Judge Barrett fully rejected that false assertion and has been confirmed to the highest court—one of the most powerful positions in the world—with all seven of her children beside her.  Barrett epitomizes the incredible strength and determination of women, demonstrating that it is possible to achieve monumental, and undeniable, success as a wife, mother and career woman.

“Women Should Prioritize Career over Family”

Our culture relentlessly undermines family and parenthood. Women are told motherhood could hold them back and are encouraged to suppress their God-given desire to bring new life into this world. What if, rather than teaching our daughters to set aside this uniquely-female gift in order to fit into the male-driven working world, we focused instead on adapting the working world to accommodate women’s unique needs and desires, allowing them to embrace every aspect of their femininity?

Judge Barrett is the first mother of school-aged children to become a Supreme Court justice. With mothers making up over 30% of the women’s workforce, working moms need someone who uniquely understands the challenges mothers face in the workforce, including policies relating to maternity leave, childcare, and lactation accommodations in the workplace. Improvements to these policies would help move us beyond the destructive “either-or” narrative and provide options that add to, rather than take from, women’s lives. 

“Pro-Lifers Don’t Actually Care About Life Outside the Womb”

Proponents of life wholly reject the notion that they have no concern for children’s quality of life once born. A woman finding herself in tragic circumstances not conducive to raising a child has other options—such as adoption—that preserve the life of the unborn child while at the same time providing better emotional and spiritual outcomes for herself. 

Justice Barrett’s life is a beautiful example of what it means to value the sanctity of life, inside and outside the womb.  The Barrett family adopted (rescued) two children from Haiti, the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere, where children are often left without a mother or father, suffering from malnutrition in a lucrative orphanage system, and likely to be exploited by human trafficking. Judge Barrett’s family is also a picture of racial unity and equality. Her diverse family is evidence not only of her compassion for those in need, but it is a beautiful representation of our Father’s adoptive heart towards us.

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”

Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)

 “Women‘s Choice is Needed for ‘Undesirable’ Pregnancies”

Children with fetal abnormalities are no less precious and are often the source of immeasurable joy.  An ideology that makes it acceptable to end the lives of our most vulnerable while in the womb is tragic, severely misguided, and dangerous to the direction of a nation.  

Justice Barrett has stood strong against the voices that would suggest children like her son, Benjamin, who has Down Syndrome, be terminated based on his special needs. She understands the difficulties, but rejects the idea that his life is somehow less valuable:  

“Benjamin, our youngest, is 5. He has special needs. That presents unique challenges for all of us. But I think all you need to know about Benjamin’s place in the family is summed up by the fact the other children unreservedly identify him as their favorite sibling.” 

 “Being Pro-Choice is Empowering”

Tragically, women in our culture are immersed in messages that normalize abortion and promise empowerment and freedom for those who adhere to the ideology. Sadly this message does not reflect the devastating realities of abortion. If you scroll through social media during the month of October—Infant Loss Awareness Month—you will glimpse a different story, a story of the heartbreaking grief that haunts mothers who have suffered the loss of a baby as a result of abortion or other cause.  To embrace true feminism, we must acknowledge that the lost lives are not the only victims of abortion. 

True feminist empowerment must support and enhance all of femininity, every aspect of womanhood.  Amy Coney Barrett is one of the most striking examples of true female empowerment, having achieved astounding academics, built a successful career, cultivated a strong marriage, carried and delivered five lives into this world, adopted two children, and having been confirmed to the highest court in our country.  

A Role Model We Can All Stand Behind

Amy Coney Barret should be celebrated by those on both sides of the aisle as one of the most outstanding role models for our daughters (and all women) this nation has ever seen. It is a breath of fresh air to have a woman in such a prominent position who fiercely embraces all aspects of womanhood rather than endorsing the harmful narrative that women must deny what makes them different from men in order to achieve their dreams. Regardless of political stance, Judge Amy Coney Barret is a justice we should all proudly stand behind.

They Can’t Have it Both Ways!

How can Joe Biden (or any person) blame the president for every COVID death and also blame the president for a struggling economy? It defies common sense to believe that any president could have closed the economy and saved every life, and at the same time kept the economy open and prevented every possible economic injury. It’s absurd, really.  

Fair minds roundly reject the notion that the president caused any deaths or that he caused the economic devastation from COVID. Fair minds understand that the president’s responsibility is to weigh the costs and benefits of every action he takes, navigating the ever-evolving science while at the same time managing the unintended, and also devastating, consequences of lockdowns.

The actual evidence tells us that President Trump’s COVID strategy exceeded expectations, both in terms of lives saved and economic markers.  Specifically, the strategy has resulted in far fewer deaths than predicted by every model provided by the experts, some of which predicted deaths in the millions. In fact, Dr. Birx predicted 200,000 deaths if the pandemic were handled “perfectly.” With regard to the economy, it is recovering at a breakneck speed, with record-breaking 33.1% GDP growth for the third quarter, again, exceeding the expectations.

On a state-by-state level, red states following the president’s call to open with care have fared far better than blue states that imposed longer, more severe lockdowns.  This holds true with regard to lives saved and the economy:  84% of the 215,000 deaths have occurred in blue states, the death rate is 40% higher in blue states, and economic recovery has been slower in those states.  

To suggest that President Trump has caused deaths and destroyed the economy and to campaign on the idea that we are worse off now than we were four years ago because of his handling of the pandemic is dishonest and unfair. To be sure, no person is infallible, and time will tell what mistakes were made. But common sense, decency and humility are required if we are to fairly evaluate our president’s handling of this monumental challenge for our country.

It’s NOT about Trump!

I know he would disagree, but it’s really not. 😉

I’ve been asked more than once, “How can someone like YOU support a president like TRUMP?!” The quick answer usually starts out something like this: “Yes, President Trump has a bit(?) of a checkered past and says a lot of things people shouldn’t say (understatement), but don’t we all have plenty of issues?”  Then I move on to explaining that, while there actually is a lot that I do like about President Trump (gasp), what I really love are his policies.  

In this election, the policies of the candidates could not be any more different.  I believe our country, as we know it, is hanging in the balance.  I know this sounds dramatic, but reading the Democrat National Platform and the Republican National Platform, I realized our two parties have completely diverged. I would imagine that most conservatives and probably even most moderates would be surprised at how far the Democrat party has been pushed to the extreme left on the political spectrum.  Here are some of the important issues and the candidates’ or parties’ positions:  

  1. Taxes and Regulation: Republicans favor smaller government, less taxation, and fewer regulations. The President passed the largest tax cut in our country’s history and eliminated a record number of stifling regulations.  Democrats promise to eliminate those tax cuts and impose the largest tax hike in our country’s history, implement expansive regulations, including plans to ban fracking and eliminate fossil fuels, engage in income redistribution, and grow government’s authority over our lives. 
  2. Right to Bear Arms: Our right to protect ourselves, our families, our homes, our schools, our churches, etc. is on the ballot. Republicans promise to vigorously defend the right to keep and bear arms, secured to us in our 2ndAmendment. Democrats promise expansive gun control, including bans, confiscation measures, and removal of liability protections for sellers (meaning gun sellers could be held civilly liable when their guns are used to commit a crime).
  3. Sanctity of Life: President Trump has vigorously fought to protect the unborn, including supporting the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (requiring lifesaving medical care for infants who survive failed abortions), and a ban on taxpayer funding for abortion. Biden and Harris opposed the “Born-Alive” Act, have opposed restrictions on late-term abortion as well as bans on dismemberment abortion, support taxpayer funding for abortion, and are considered to be the most pro-abortion ticket in our country’s history. 
  4. Freedom of Religion: President Trump supports legislation to protect people of faith from being forced to violate their convictions, and supports the view that churches are an essential service.  Biden and Harris support legislation that will prohibit people of faith from asserting their religious convictions as a defense to discrimination claims and have not supported the church as an essential service.
  5. Parents’ Rights and Education:  Republicans view parents’ rights as preeminent in raising and educating children, with the government’s role viewed as secondary and inferior to that of the parent. They support parental involvement and prize educational choice and voucher programs to allow tax dollars to go toward private- or other schools of parents’ choosing.  Democrats view government as the superior authority, supporting legislation that undermines parents’ rights to make educational, emotional, spiritual and medical decisions for their children and opposing school choice and vouchers.
  6. Gender Policies:  Democrats support legislation prohibiting counseling for children (or adults) for the treatment of unwanted gender dysphoria and legislation allowing biological males to compete in female sports and use girls’/women’s dressing rooms. Republicans oppose these policies.
  7. Freedom of Speech vs Censorship: The mainstream media, Hollywood, Big Tech, and academia have aligned with the left in imposing increasing restrictions (including actual censorship) for speech that doesn’t fit with their own accepted narrative. President Trump has fought hard against viewpoint discrimination aimed at conservatives by those institutions and against dishonest reporting and censorship.
  8. Law & Order: Biden and Harris have supported reallocation of funding for police departments, supported bail funds for the release of jailed rioters, and have supported sanctuary cities, discouraging local law enforcement from cooperating with US immigration officials. Republicans oppose reallocation of law enforcement dollars, oppose sanctuary cities, support US immigration enforcement efforts, and support federal reinforcements to assist riot-impacted communities. 
  9. Ending the Filibuster and Packing the Court: Biden and Harris will consider adding justices to the Supreme Court to manipulate the Court’s balance. This will allow them to easily push through their most extreme policies with the Court’s cooperation. Most concerning, it will allow them to grant statehood for DC and amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, which will virtually guarantee Democrat control of the Senate and change the electorate in a way that will likely give Democrats permanent control of the presidency (see below).
  10. Immigration & Amnesty: Democrats support taxpayer funded healthcare for illegal immigrants, and Biden and Harris intend to grant amnesty for up to 22 million illegal immigrants and eliminate voter ID laws, which will shift the balance of the electorate to the left, likely giving Democrats an insurmountable advantage in future elections. (As a reference point, 2016 outcome was largely attributed to a mere 77,000 votes across 3 battleground states.)
  11. Statehood for Washington, D.C. & Puerto Rico: Democrats intend to grant Statehood to Washington, D.C. and would consider statehood for Puerto Rico as well, which would together provide 4 more reliably-Democrat seats in the Senate. Democrats currently only need 4 seats to re-take the Senate, so this would ensure Democrat control.

I encourage you to read the entire platforms for a comprehensive look at the parties’ policy positions.  Voting for the candidates who share our priorities and are committed to preserving the freedoms guaranteed to us by our Founding Fathers and our Constitution may require us to overlook personality preferences and other lesser considerations in 2020.  Your vote will help determine which of two very distinct courses we will choose for our country.  

Every vote matters, and every race matters.  Vote all the way down the ballot, from federal to local, to elect leaders who share our passion to preserve the values that make this country the freest and most noble country in the world. 

Court Packing (Or…Hello Tyranny)

Even if there were nothing I liked about Trump and I liked everything about Biden, Trump’s opposition to court packing and Biden’s openness to it (read, intention to do it) are enough for me to vote for Trump.  This is a very big deal, people.  

Court packing is the practice of adding justices to the Supreme Court in order to manipulate the Court’s balance.  Democrats have threatened to pack the Court as retribution for Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative justice who, it is suggested, will swing the Court to the right.[1]  

Ultimately, packing the Court could allow Democrats to take permanent control of Congress and the presidency. Sounds extreme, I know. But keep reading.

If Biden wins the presidency and a majority in the Senate (which is expected if Biden wins), he will be able to eliminate the filibuster[2] and pack the court to shift the balance left. This will allow him to easily push through the following measures, which will virtually guarantee that we will not be able to elect another Republican president or take control of Congress in the foreseeable future, if ever:  

  1. Grant Statehood to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, which would provide 4 more reliably-Democrat seats in the Senate. Democrats are currently only 4 seats short of re-taking the Senate and that is expected to tighten in November. 
  2. Grant amnesty to ten- to twenty million plus illegal immigrants and remove voter I.D. requirements, thus providing access to voting, tilting the electorate to the left to a degree that permanently changes election outcomes. (As a reference point, Trump’s 2016 win is largely attributed to a mere 77,000 votes across 3 battleground states.)  
  3. Expand the lower federal courts to ensure a majority of Democrat appointees, increasing the odds that even the most radical policies will make it safely through court challenges.   

A few of these policies Biden has campaigned on or shown support for that we should be aware of are as follows:

  • ensure unrestricted late-term abortion and taxpayer funding
  • expand gun control, including weapons bans and confiscation measures
  • repeal the Trump Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (average of $2-4,000 per family savings)
  • raise taxes, reducing after-tax income on every income level by 2030 
  • remove protections for religious business owners against forced violations of faith
  • legislate biological males into female sports
  • protect sanctuary cities

These are just a few highlights.  I would encourage every voter to read the Democrat Platform in its entirety, and I would encourage every voter to compare it to the Republican Platform. The contrast in substance and even in tone is mind-blowing. I think you’ll quickly conclude that this election is not about the personality or demeanor of either candidate—it is about two very different paths for the United States of America. Join me in praying, voting, and fighting for our beloved country.

Praise the Lord who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. (Ps. 144:1)

[1] It is important to note that it should not matter whether a justice is conservative or liberal, because the Constitution strictly limits a judge’s role to interpreting laws, exactly as they are written, not as they wish they were written. Their personal views are not to come into play. Democrats, however, have adopted the view that the Constitution is a living, breathing document, justifying the appointment of judges who are willing to impose their personal policy preferences by expanding on the laws, going beyond what is written. (Americans have been forced by these “activist judges” to live under many unpopular policies, with no recourse.)

[2] The filibuster is tool allowing the minority party to have a voice in opposing unfavorable legislation. It takes 60 votes (meaning votes from both parties) to overrule a filibuster, which ensures that all legislation has bipartisan support.

Don’t Pay Attention to the Polls!

If you feel defeated when you look at the polls, you’re not alone.  But let me share some important things about polling that might change your perspective:

  • Registered Voters vs. Likely Voters – Much of the polling is based on surveys of registered voters, rather than likely voters.  Many, many registered voters fail to vote, so polls that survey all registered voters are not an accurate predictor of election results. Moreover, those who are registered but don’t intend to vote tend to lean more to the left. 
  • National Polling vs. Battleground Polling – Surveying voters across the entire country  cannot predict election outcomes. National polling, at best, is an indicator of the popular vote, which does not determine outcomes.  We’re not a pure democracy; we’re a democratic republic. Each state is given a voice, regardless of population.[1] Candidates must focus on winning large numbers of states, not numbers of people. Therefore, to speak to actual election outcomes, polling must be focused on the battleground states that candidates need in order to secure victory. 
  • Underrepresentation of Republicans – According to Gallup, there are roughly an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. Some research shows that Democrats have historically had more registrations, but the differential has been about 1-2%.  Still, most polls show a bias toward Democrats of at least 6%, with many climbing up into the double digits.  This faulty methodology is thought to be responsible for misrepresenting Trump’s position by 8 points overall in 2016. 
  • The 2016 Surprise – In 2016, the pollsters predicted with confidence that Clinton would be the next president and were stunned by Trump’s electoral victory. Many pollsters discovered, after the fact, that there had been many Trump voters the pollsters had somehow missed. Many battleground polls have shown Trump to be in better position in 2020 than he was in 2016.   What is more, many are predicting that “Trump’s shy vote” will be far greater in 2020 than in 2016.

As you can see, the polls are not an accurate predictor of an electoral outcome, and relying on them will likely only discourage us.  I am reminded of a story in the Bible that I think has application here:

King David had taken a census to count his troops and assess his military position (sound familiar?). This had angered God, which confused me until I made it to the key verse:  “[W]hen it was all done, David was overwhelmed with guilt because he had counted the people, replacing trust with statistics.”[2]

Let’s commit to doing our part regardless of the polls. It is estimated that over 30 million evangelicals do not vote, even while research conducted by George Barna has indicated that if only 10% more evangelicals would vote, it could determine all of our leaders across the country.  

 Let’s not lose heart.  Let’s rally like we’ve never rallied before.   

[1] Our electoral college system provides each state—even the smallest—with electoral votes. This system protects us from having every election determined by a handful of large cities, such as Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, with combined populations capable of swaying the popular vote.

[2] 2 Sam. 24 (The Message)