Jan 16, 2008

Update on Pat Robertson

In December of 2007, I reported on Pat Robertson stepping down as Chief Executive of CBN, with his son Gordon Robertson replacing him. Pat will still be an active member of the network as he retains the position of Chairman of the Board.

I then went on to claim some “prophecies” he made concerning the year 2007:

Pat Robertson was off and running in the New Year with yet another prophecy of impending doom. Apparently reacting to the Democrat takeover of the Congress, the great prognosticator told his 700 Club audience on Tuesday, January 2nd, that a terrorist attack on this country would cause "mass killing" later in the year. "I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he told he eager listeners.

“The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.”

He said further that God told him about the impending tragedy during a recent prayer retreat. God also said that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September. -

Here’s another one of his prophecies:

“The world will never receive me (God in Christ), but hundreds of millions will. 2007 will be the final year for my great revelation of my love and forgiveness. Expect miracles beyond anything that you dreamed possible. Demons will be cast out. There will be miracles of healing greater than the world has ever known. Vast multitudes will find salvation. It will be so glorious that you will feel that heaven has come down to earth.

In an attempt to be gracious and give him a little “buffer”, I decided to wait until mid month before I wrote this article. However, that graciousness hasn’t helped his “prophecies” at all.

I’ve been searching all over the internet, as well as various news publications (including the dubious tabloids) to see if there was a major terrorist attack on one of America’s cities. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I can’t seem to come across any mention of one happening. Could someone please enlighten me on this? Perhaps it happened recently in Indy when the Colts lost to the Chargers? Oh wait, that was in 2008, not 2007! Perhaps he is referring to the “winning” season of the Miami Dolphins? Either way I look at it, I simply cannot find any evidence of a major attack (“not necessarily nuclear”) that killed “possibly millions of people” anywhere in the United States (or the world for that matter).

As for miracles beyond anything that we have dreamed possible (hmmm, I guess the miracle of Christ rising from the dead and the miracle of salvation through Him isn’t that great anymore?), and miracles of healing greater then the world has ever known, I don’t see many evidence of that either. As a matter of fact, there have been some pretty scary reports recently of new and deadly viruses.

There were vast multitudes finding salvation? Personally, I think that would be great, but what we have really seen are mass multitudes turning further away from the Lord. No, there has not been anything close to a great revival.

But thankfully, Pat Robertson has “stood up to bat” once again to give his predictions for 2008!

Sonja Barisic, an Associated Press writer, reported on his new “revelations.”

NORFOLK, Va. - Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Wednesday that 2008 will be a year of violence worldwide and a recession in the United States, followed by a major stock-market crash by 2010.

Pat also stated:

"We will see the presence of angels and we will see an intensification of miracles around the world, which I think is going to be a wonderful thing," he said.

What wonderful news! This person who has proven himself to be yet again a false prophet is combining more “doom and gloom” with the added “extra” of more miracles PLUS angels!

I went to his official site, PatRobertson.com, and have yet to see any press releases for 2008. Apparently, he has either learned something from last year and has decided to hide from such obscene comments, or the webmaster is really slow in updating content.

I then went to the CBN.com to take a look at what they are currently “pushing” as of January 16, 2008 and found a few interesting links under the category of Health.

They are:

Lord, Bless My Plate – where the guest writer petitions us to pray specifically before eating, that instead of just giving thanks, we should ask for specific benefits. She uses a story (that I would LOVE to see verified) about a “miracle” of God multiplying food for a football team, so that all would have enough to eat. Sure, Christ did this in His ministry, and I won’t say that miracles don’t happen, but this seems a little “fishy” to me (excuse the pun please).

Many people make detailed requests in their prayers. Likewise, we should think about exactly what we desire food to do for our bodies and then pray specifically about it. I often say something like this: "Dear Lord, thank You for providing this nutritious meal. Please bless the food and allow it to nourish and energize my body. Protect my cells from any harmful impurities that entered the food from the environment or through processing. In Jesus’ name, amen." (emphasis mine)

Asking God to bless our meals is wise from a spiritual standpoint and prudent for our health. He wants the best for us in everything, including our food. Whether you're dining alone or chowing down with a football team, make it a point to pray over your next meal.

Yeah, I guess having faith in God to bless without having to mention specifics, and just relying upon our creator to provide for all our needs just isn’t enough anymore.

Live Your Perfect Weight – This articles informs us how to loose weight and save the planet simultaneously!

“I’ve seen that it’s possible to take weight off people’s frames as well as the planet,” explains Rubin. “It’s about personal and global sustainability. The program covers everything from eating local and organic to simple steps to living ‘green’ and reducing your carbon footprint to save the environment.

Apparently, when we diet, we cause the Earth to diet as well! I wonder where all that fat goes…?

Detoxify and Loose Weight – This article seems logical and of good sense until you read a bit further in to find out that CBN has found a magical recipe that will take care of it for you! Why bother going anywhere else when they can sell you good health?

For an easy and quick way to have more vegetables, we created our special formula of supplement called SlimGreens, and our whole family has been mixing it into vegetable juice or fruit juice. It contains a great mix of vegetables and fruits such as dulse, broccoli, kale, blueberry, cherry, and more.

There are more obscene articles listed on CBN.com, and not all about health. I would post more, but I don’t want to waste any more space on this blog for such obvious trash.

I could (and probably will in the future) go on slamming Pat Robertson’s fallacies and lies, but in all honesty, he isn’t the “problem” all by himself. You see, it’s his gullible followers that give him the platform to make such ridiculous claims. There is no excuse for this. If they can read one of his books, or one of his articles, they can read the bible. Why don’t they pick it up, read what the bible has to say about false prophets, and take their head out of the sand from whence it has been stuck for years? If they don’t know where to start, they can read my previous entry regarding this travesty of a Christian. I have posted plenty there to get them started.

It’s his followers who fund his “ministry”. It’s his followers that give an open ear to what he has to say. It’s his followers’ blindness that continuously feeds his bloated ego.

It makes one wonder, considering the age Pat Robertson is at now, if he even considers the eternal consequences of his actions? He won’t be around much longer, and what will he do when he answers to God on His throne? Pat is only in it for the money, and because of this, he is dragging gullible people down with him. In addition, he has placed himself amongst other “Christian leaders” who continually cause the non-believing public to laugh at and scorn the faith. If it wasn’t for the solid relationship I have in Christ Jesus, I’d probably be laughing too!

Let’s finish this by going back to his recent statements:

Robertson also noted that one especially horrible prediction he made last year--that a terrorist act, possibly involving a nuclear weapon, would result in a mass killing in the United States--did not come to pass.

It appears that Pat is still pushing for devastation in the United States. It didn’t happen last year, I think he’s hoping and praying that it will happen this year. Why? I have a strong feeling in my gut that it’s crap like this that helps increase his coffers.

As for it not happening last year, Pat states:

"All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed and God in his mercy spared us,"

Sure Pat. When are you going to be selling the Brooklyn Bridge? I might know a few people who are interested in buying. Amazingly enough, they also seem to be your followers!

Jan 14, 2008

Why I Am A Conservative

Before I begin, please allow me to stress that in no way do I consider myself an expert in the philosophy of the system of laws, nor do I assume that I understand and know the complete history of the United States, without error. However, I do acknowledge that I have a love for this country, the history behind it’s creation, the desires and motivations behind it’s creators, and the strongest conviction that there has never been, nor will there ever be, a nation as great as this Union of States of which we call “The United States of America.”


Someone has recently inquired as to why I am a Conservative. I am a Conservative in viewpoint because I value freedom. Let me also respond by stating, two hundred and thirty years ago, I would have proudly considered myself a Liberal. I know there are some conservatives out there shaking their heads, wondering if I have just betrayed their process of thought. Please allow me to explain by describing the motivations of two political philosophies using the definitions found at Merriam-Webster’s On-line Dictionary.


Main Entry:

lib•er•al•ism

Pronunciation:

\ˈli-b(ə-)rə-ˌli-zəm\

Function:

noun

Date:

1819

1: the quality or state of being liberal2 aoften capitalized : a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity b: a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard c: a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties dcapitalized : the principles and policies of a Liberal party


Main Entry:

con•ser•va•tism

Pronunciation:

\kən-ˈsər-və-ˌti-zəm\

Function:

noun

Date:

1832

1capitalized a: the principles and policies of a Conservative party b: the Conservative party2 a: disposition in politics to preserve what is established b: a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as retirement income or health-care coverage)3: the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change


As we can see, Liberalism is the state of mind by which its followers strongly hold to the ideas of “the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties”. Conversely, Conservatism is the state of mind by which its followers strongly hold to the ideas of “a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change.”


Let us begin the examination of the current conservative mindset based on a short early history of The United States.


Early colonization began as the Europeans sought to explore and exploit the resources of the New World to strengthen their respective Nation States.


In 1620, the Pilgrims, tired of the persecution they were experiencing in England, as well as being aghast at the influences the Dutch were having on their children, set out for the New World. They made landfall in December of that year.


The Pilgrims were English Separatists. In the first years of the 17th century, small numbers of English Puritans broke away from the Church of England because they felt that it had not completed the work of the Reformation. They committed themselves to a life based on the Bible. Most of these Separatists were farmers, poorly educated and without social or political standing. One of the Separatist congregations was led by William Brewster and the Rev. Richard Clifton in the village of Scrooby in Nottinghamshire. The Scrooby group emigrated to Amsterdam in 1608 to escape harassment and religious persecution. The next year they moved to Leiden, in Holland where, enjoying full religious freedom, they remained for almost 12 years. – A Brief History of the Pilgrims by Ron Collins


Through time, they became the royal province of Massachusetts becoming one colony amongst 12 others. These colonies, engaged in trade as well as social relations, soon found themselves to be “brothers” in how they were being treated by the Crown. Taxes were levied against them while denying them representation within the Legislature of England, the colonies’ local authorities were revoked and replaced with those of the king’s choosing, large bodies of troops were placed amongst the colonists during peace time (in effect limiting their freedom), and numerous other injustices were performed.


You can read the full detail of the colonist’s complaints be viewing the Declaration of Independence where an official posting can be found here.


For an in depth discussion of the political atmosphere of the time, the injustices wrought, what lead to the Revolutionary War, as well as an exhaustive study of the war itself, I suggest the great literary work entitled, “The American Revolution” by Bruce Lancaster. (1971 – American Heritage Publishing Company, ISBN 0-618-12739-9).


In response to the injustices placed upon them, the colonists formed the before mentioned Declaration of Independence which was signed by representatives of all thirteen colonies on July 4th, 1776. It begins:


“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”


Some of the complaints listed were:


      • He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
      • He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
      • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
      • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
      • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
      • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

For a complete listing of their complaints, please refer to the Declaration of Independence.


The people who placed their names to this document knew full well that their lives were now endangered. This was treason to the crown, and the penalty for such was death. For reference on this, please review Patrick Henry.

In 1783, the Revolutionary War was ended by the Treaty of Paris which recognized the sovereignty of the United States. A new nation was born.


The United States Constitution was then completed on September 17th, 1787 with the Bill of Rights and the then 10 Amendments added in during 1791.


Emphasizing personal freedom with limited government control, the afore mentioned documents established Federal and States’ rights as well as individual rights.


A strict set of guidelines were installed to limit total control of the government so that any one person or political body would not be absolute. This is commonly referred to as “checks and balances”. Even the President could be over-ruled or tossed from office if he was found to be abusive of his powers.


Of immense concern was the freedom of the individual states as well as its population. Because of this, the Bill of Rights was created that gave:

· Amendment I: Freedom of speech, religion, press, petition and assembly:
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 peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

· Amendment II: Right to bear arms and militia:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

· Amendment III: Quartering of soldiers:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

· Amendment IV: Warrants and searches:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

· Amendment V: Individual debt and double jeopardy:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

· Amendment VI: Speedy trial, witnesses and accusations:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

· Amendment VII: Right for a jury trial:
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

· Amendment VIII: Bail and fines:
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

· Amendment IX: Existence of other rights for the people:
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

· Amendment X: Power reserved to the states and people:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

As a result, the United States is the only nation in the world which provides this amount of freedom. We have the right to arm ourselves, we have the right to speak our minds and offend others with our views, we have the right to have a trial by a jury of our peers, we have rights regarding how searches are performed, how many times we can be tried for a crime (if the trial does not have a hung jury), the freedom of assembly, as well as states’ rights.


The efforts of our early Liberal brethren brought great freedoms to the world. These are freedoms that I wish to preserve with all of my heart.


In the beginning, progressive liberal movements were a positive change for this nation. Through those movements, women were given the right to vote, and children could no longer be used as slave labor. Also of equal importance, equality was enforced for all regardless of their skin color.


However, those movements have changed. Instead of being a powerful force for positive change, they have turned into an equally powerful force for the limitations of personal rights.


The battle is now being waged against many of those freedoms that our Liberal forefathers fought and died for. A disease of political correctness has swept the movement.

· Where we once had the right to freedom of speech, we now must be careful concerning what we say, lest we offend someone.

· Where we once had the right to freedom of religion, we are now being pressured into freedom from religion.

· Where we once had the right to bear arms, we are now struggling to have any arms at all.

· Where States’ rights were once of great importance, those rights are now being curtailed in favor of federal rights.


When Constitutional Amendment 16 came in to play in the year 1913, giving Congress the power to tax income, we began to loose control over our finances.


People no longer rely upon themselves or their community for personal growth and support, but now demand that governments of all levels provide for us. People are screaming for universal health care, a welfare system that has been shown to only corrupt individuals and families, and enlarged and gorged government departments to regulate and control many aspects of life and liberty.


Laws are being passed left and right to curtail personal freedoms. Laws have recently been passed which limit one’s ability to smoke, curtail what type of fatty ingredients can be included in food, and also how we can even discuss normal heterosexual relationships in schools. These are just a sampling of what has been happening. Take a look sometime at our bloated government and its many tax funded programs. Spend an evening (or week, as it is required these days) to view government spending, and the wastefulness of it. Understand how it has now become fashionable to take funds from those who have much (mostly through their own personal efforts), and to re-distribute it to others.


There is a reason why the United States is the most advanced nation in the world in regards to technology and medical care. People have always been encouraged to thrive in an atmosphere of competition where the winner was allowed to collect the dividends of their efforts. This is also known as Capitalism. Our advanced medical and physical sciences are a direct result of this. Companies and individuals were encouraged to provide the best products possible because they knew they were going to be well rewarded if they succeeded. The medical students that spent numerous years specializing in all sorts of different fields knew that in the end it would be worth it because not only would they be helping society, but that they would also be financially rewarded. Companies and inventors were pushed beyond currently known limits to produce better products because they knew that the financial rewards would be great.


Yet now there is a strong movement for centralization. We are asking for the government to fund our medical needs, which will in turn directly effects not only the number of medical professionals available, but also the quality of care that the public will receive. Why spend all that time and money learning a profession or researching a product when the end result is that you will not be that much greater off then when you began? Take a close look at the socialized health care systems of Europe, Canada and Cuba for solid references on what really happens. Ask yourself why they would prefer to come to our country for advanced care?


Capitalism, once a strong and proud description of this country, has some how turned into a negative connotation for greed and evil.


View Social Security. In the past, people were encouraged to maintain strong bonds with family, and to actively work towards building their own personal retirement fund. Now we expect the government to provide this for us, freeing us from the responsibilities of caring for our own future. The end result of this mode of thinking is that numerous elderly people are not well cared for, and the tax burden on the normal American has increased ten fold. Instead of promoting values that would encourage people to be more proactive in caring for their future, we are now asked to give more and more to our government in taxes, and to rely upon the government in greater degrees for our needs.


The more we rely upon the government for our needs, every time a bill is passed that states how we should live, or prohibits something, the more we end up giving away, voluntarily, the very freedoms that we should hold dear!


Liberalism has changed from a force for personal freedoms into a force for socialism, where we now rely upon the government for what the average person, one hundred years ago, could provide. We are sacrificing personal liberties on the altar of political correctness and personal sloth.


Today’s Conservatism holds close the dear values that our Liberal forefathers fought and died for. Instead of larger governments and wasteful political funding, we would prefer personal liberties. I want the right to offend you. I want the right to bear arms to protect myself and my family. I want the right to freedom of religion. I want the States to have the right to determine their own future! Don’t you?

Jan 11, 2008

Politics and a solution?

I've been thinking... this was the one attraction that drew me towards computers and the on-line community. When you're online, (at least in the golden days), there was no race, no sex. People were judged by their actions, and their character. People were judged by what they say and by what they do.

I wonder if all political debates were limited to being on-line, what would happen? Instead of having "names" and their pictures posted, they would be labeled such as:

Candidate 1
Candidate 2
Candidate 3
etc, etc.

All they would be allowed to do would be to write articles and participate in on-line chats concerning their views. Thus us, the voters would be limited to choosing our candidates by reacting only on where they stand on the issues, their character, and how they respond to challenging questions and comments.

There would be no risk of someone choosing a candidate by how good looking they are, how well they play to the media, whether they are a man or a woman, or what race they are. It truly makes me wonder how these elections would really pan out.

Would the politicians we have in office now be the same? Would the divisions that are evident now exist to such an extent?

Yes, there are people who come from every possible background. Some people are more "liberal" then others, while some are more "conservative".

There will always be those who will hold choice over the life of human beings, and there will always be those who appose them.

There will always be those who want the government to become a "nanny state", and there will always be those who appose them.

And of course, there will always be the middle ground, which I think would consist of most of the population.

If the above scenario were really to happen, I think we'd see a complete difference then what we have today.

However, people can become emotionally charged and extremely defensive. They are unable to look past their emotions and consider the meat of the matter.

Through the media, candidates now petition the public not on policies and character, but on divisive issues such as sex, race, and emotions.

For example, let us consider both presidents Clinton and Bush. Both of them have done some good for the country, yet the political opposition for both presidents would/will refuse to give them credit. Instead they will work on the publics' emotions and attempt to divide the country, just so their political party can become stronger.

In the case of Bill Clinton, the Republican party did it's best to tear him down. Don't get me wrong, I loath Mr. Clinton, but I can and do admit that he did bring some positive benefits to the country. You'll never hear that from the mainstream Conservatives or Republican party.

In the case of George Bush, nothing he does will soothe the rabid hatred directed towards him from the far left and the Democratic party.

In elections, candidates, when they are drawing close in the poles will bring out "attack" advertisements, in the hopes that they will turn the publics' emotions negatively enough against their opponents that they will be elevated to victory.

The politics that run this country are no longer based on issues, but instead on emotions. Each political party is willing, and continues, to divide this country just so that their party will either remain in power or grab it. the evidence is all around us.

So what I ask is for people to step back for a moment. Ignore all those negative attacks. Ignore how well a candidate looks. Ignore what "party" they belong to. Instead, take a long hard look at what they are saying. Is it consistent with what they have said in the past, as well as what they have voted on? Or are they "changing their tune" based on polls and what they think the voting public wants to hear? What is their personal character? Are they known for "dirty deeds", or are they known to put the interests of the public above their own? Remember, our politicians are supposed to be "public servants", placing the needs of the country over their own personal ambitions and the ambitions of the party they belong to.

I have been a Republican for as long as I can remember. However, the Republican party I initially supported is now extremely different then what it is today. In the same vein, the Democrat party is no longer what it was originally purposed to be.

Thus, I no longer consider myself a Republican, but a conservative. The two are quite different these days.

Being "liberal" was what created the United States. It was that particular mindset that drove the colonists to rebel against the oppression of the crown. Being a liberal in that sense was the greatest thing in the world!

On the same token, it was the conservatives that went to war over the issues of slavery and national unity. Being a conservative in that sense was the greatest thing in the world!

However, these days all of that has changed. We now focus on the emotional aspect of politics as well as issues that shouldn't even matter (sex, race, etc).

It would be very tempting to blame the politicians for this. But if we take a serious look at ourselves, we are the ones to blame. The politicians are only using "what works" to get the votes. They know that the American public reacts strongly to emotional ploys, so that is what they use.

Is there any wonder why this nation is in the state it's in today?

George Washington