Category Archives: politics

Scaramucci no conservative, warns an actual conservative

A Washington, D.C.-based conservative activist says fellow conservatives should be concerned about Anthony Scaramucci’s presence at the White House.

The flamboyant financier landed at the White House last week with the title of communications director, but Robert Knight of the American Civil Rights Union says conservatives need to keep an eye on the tough-talking New York liberal.

“And make sure that he’s not going off message,” says Knight, “that he doesn’t have a personal agenda, that he isn’t retreating into what appears to be a very liberal background.”

News outlets reported earlier this week that Scaramucci’s past social media tweets reveal support for abortion, same-sex marriage, and tougher gun laws, and he opposedto a border wall with Mexico.

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Obamacare has become McCain, Murkowski ,Collinsu law

A few days ago I posted something that all of us regardless of party should be praying for Senator John McCain in his battle with cancer. I meant it, and have prayed for him since then.

Today I am more than a little upset at McCain. You see he cast a key vote at 1:00 A.M. which killed a bill that would at least started the process to end Obamacare.

It would appear he at least misled the American people, and the voters of his state. He said in a TV add when he last ran for election that he would help to end Obamacare.

McCain in my humble view can no longer call himself a loyal member of the Grand Old Party. If he ever was one. He was joined by two other members of the GOP in voting against ending Obamacare. They were Lisa Murkowski,and Susan Collins. All of them should answer when they are up for election.
It is time for McCain to retire, and focus on his health.
Folks do not blame the GOP blame three GOP Senators for this failing. It is time to elect folks from the GOP who are truly on the right.It is not enough to be part of the Grand Old Party. We must elect GOP members who are truly from the right.
Thanks John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.

Cal Thomas says PURISTS WANTed PURITY on healthcare, so they got nothing

THE PROBLEM WITH REFORMING THE TAX CODE IS THE SAME PROBLEM THAT CONFRONTED REPEALING OBAMACARE. PURISTS WANT PURITY AND BY SEEKING IT THEY ARE LIKELY TO GET NOTHING.

THE LATE SENATOR TED KENNEDY UNDERSTOOD THIS. WHEN HIS PARTY WAS IN THE MINORITY KENNEDY WORKED WITH REPUBLICANS TO GET WHAT HE COULD, ALWAYS KEEPING HIS ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE IN MIND.

IT IS NOT COMPROMISING YOUR PRINCIPLES TO COMPROMISE ON LEGISLATION THAT GETS YOU CLOSER TO YOUR GOAL. IF YOUR ATTITUDE IS “ALL OR NOTHING” YOU ARE LIKELY TO GET NOTHING.
( Billy’s thoughts Amen Cal. Read the whole commentary by Thomas here , or listen to the audio. )

GOP only have themselves to blame ( voters should recall their broken promise on Election Day )

Over seven years ago, Democrats in Congress joined President Obama to create a massive expansion of Washington’s role in our health care system. And in the time since then, we’ve witnessed the many ways in which Obamacare has hurt the American health system.
Republicans in the United States Senate had the opportunity this week to repeal large parts of that law and to set health policy in America on a different course. The GOP legislation wasn’t perfect, but was certainly an improvement on the status quo. It was also the best chance Republicansand  have ever had to substantially repeal and replace Obamacare.
( obamacare-enshrined )

Frankly, rabbi, we don’t care what your opinion is about the health care program.

I have known David Wolpe for close to 30 years. I have never discussed politics with him. I have always tried to pry information about Judaism from him because he has written more than a few books on the subject. Other than that, we have discussed family. I have no idea what his political beliefs are, nor do I care. I do know he was in a meeting of Jewish rabbis and religious teachers I helped to arrange with President George W. Bush, and he was favorably impressed with Bush’s earnest commitment to Israel, as were others in the room. But on the rare occasion I get to see him these days, I would never discuss politics. I am in no way surprised my friend wrote such a column; he is a very wise man.

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His sticker supporting Trump troubled me ( if the sticker read down with President Trump I bet it would not trouble your friends on the left )

Dear Amy: We would like your insight into a moral dilemma that we recently faced. We are a progressive, Democratic household.

Being in need of the services of a contractor, we called to obtain advice and to get an estimate from a contractor who we have been doing business with for years (he is locally regarded as the best and most knowledgeable in his field).

When he arrived for his consultation the other day, we noticed that his work truck had a bumper sticker in support of the current president.

We did not say anything, but were disappointed to learn of his political affiliation. We spent the next few days trying to decide if we should use the contractor’s services or take our business elsewhere (there are few, if any, alternatives in the area).

We ultimately decided to use his services, but we held our nose while signing the contract.

Is it wrong to apply a political litmus test?
( Read the answer Amy gave here. )

Putting Personality Above Policy

Read, or listen to the commentary here.

Justice Declaration Calling the Church to Action

( Here is the Breakpoint radio commentary from yesterday. )

A declaration is being released today that would have been near and dear to Chuck Colson’s heart. Stay tuned to BreakPoint.

 

Reflecting on his seven-month stint at the Maxwell Federal Prison in Alabama, Chuck Colson wrote in “Born Again,” “I found myself increasingly drawn to the idea that God had put me in prison for a purpose, and that I should do something for those I had left behind.”

And so, for the next four decades, that “something” turned into something(s), under the auspices of Prison Fellowship, the organization he founded to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to men and women behind bars.

But Chuck, in his thorough study of Christian theology and worldview believed there was more to living out the faith than evangelizing the lost, as important as that is, of course. And so he also committed time, energy and thought leadership to criminal justice reform. Chuck knew from experience that prison often amounted to little more than warehousing offenders, which left them completely unprepared for the day they were released, which is why three-quarters of those released from state prisons are re-arrested within five years.

Twenty-years ago, when America went on a prison-building/lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the-key frenzy, Chuck forcefully criticized this approach and began developing and advocating the biblical idea of Restorative Justice.

Whereas our criminal justice system views crime as an offense against the state, restorative justice insists that there are three parties to the crime: the offender, the victim, and the community, which includes the offender’s family.

While protecting the community is the first goal of restorative justice, it isn’t the only goal. The ultimate goal is the restoration of all relationships broken by crime.

And so Chuck advocated for alternatives to incarceration for less-dangerous offenders. In addition to being less expensive than incarceration, these alternatives help maintain ties to the community, including Christians in the community.

And of course, Chuck insisted that victims must be treated with respect and dignity. Where possible, they should receive restitution and be kept abreast of the developments in their case. Chuck also advocated for what are known as “Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs,” where offenders learn how their actions affected their victims. While not for everyone or in every case of crime, this process can bring a measure of healing and even forgiveness where before there was only brokenness.

While Chuck’s commitment to criminal justice reform may have been occasioned by his stay in prison, his ideas and beliefs about the need for reform grew out of his Christian worldview, especially his beliefs about the imago dei and the responsibility of the church to engage the brokenness in the world.

The church, Chuck knew, possessed resources the state did not, And thus there’s a unique role for the church, particularly in the task of moral formation. The lack of moral formation in communities, especially connected to broken families, was another chief factor, Chuck believed, contributing to the explosion in the prison population during his lifetime.

And so the Colson Center has joined with Prison Fellowship, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Association of Evangelicals to sponsor “The Justice Declaration,” which is being released today at a press conference in Washington, D. C. The Declaration calls on Christians and churches to create a “justice system that is fair and redemptive for all.”

While Christians can and will differ on how best to accomplish this and other goals, what we can’t differ on is the need to emulate Chuck Colson in his desire to “do something” about the situation in our prisons and in our communities. Which is why nearly 100 Christian leaders have signed the Justice Declaration.

Please come to BreakPoint.org and click on this commentary to read the Justice Declaration. And please, consider adding your name.

This lady thinks it was funny that Republican lawmakers were concerned about their friend ( she should quit, or be fired )

( The following story comes from Nebraska democrat thinks republicans-getting-shot-was-funny- 

 

It’s been just 48 hours since Republican lawmakers and their staff members were gunned down on a field in Alexandria by a Bernie Sanders volunteer while practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game. Republican Whip Steve Scalise is still in critical condition at the hospital and has undergone a number of surgeries after being shot in the pelvis.

In reaction to the attack, Nebraska Democrat Chelsey Gentry-Tipton said it was funny to watch Republicans who were on the field get emotional when recalling what happened during media interviews. After calls for a new civility, unity and her resignation, Gentry-Tipton is doubling down.

From the Omaha-World Herald:

A Nebraska Democratic Party official has refused calls to resign her volunteer position after calling reactions to this week’s shooting of a high-ranking Republican member of Congress “so funny” on social media.
Chelsey Gentry-Tipton of Omaha said in statement that she will not resign as chairwoman of the party’s Black Caucus, saying her post was taken out of context by party officials.
The Nebraska party’s leadership asked Gentry-Tipton to step down Wednesday, several hours after she wrote, in a Facebook thread about the shooting at in Alexandria, Virginia, “Watching the congressman crying on live tv abt the trauma they experienced. Y is this so funny tho?”
Later, in the same thread, she stated, “The very people that push pro NRA legislation in efforts to pad their pockets with complete disregard for human life. Yeah, having a hard time feeling bad for them.”

House pro-lifers warn Senate: Don’t fund PP

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