A Confident Nation, Not An Arrogant One

The type of confidence Heaven bestows upon individuals is that of a humble confidence. It has God’s stamp of approval. There is an aura of meekness which attends this real type of confidence. This great blessing has a spiritual strengthening power only known to those who seek for it and are inclined to line up their lives with God’s will.

The type of fraudulent confidence the world bestows upon individuals is that of arrogance. Arrogance is the counterfeit form of heavenly confidence. Arrogance has an aura of hubris and egotism at the root of its weakness.

Arrogance boasts of itself. Humility does not. Arrogance provides a false sense of identity for its wearer. True humility positively contributes to one’s true identity. Arrogance automatically assumes a bogus sense of superior status. Humility helps to put into proper perspective our place and purpose in this world.

Arrogance can hinder personal and family growth. Humility facilitates personal and family growth. Arrogance sometimes damages and even ruins relationships. Humility can aid in healing those ties.

As our nation passes through tumultuous times, let us remember her in our prayers. As we prepare to choose another president for our country, let us choose wisely. Let us choose a president who will be humble and not arrogant. Who will uplift and not demean. Who will always act according to the Constitution of the United States and never sidestep its inspired principles.

We must be careful not to douse the flame in the torch of liberty with the spirit of individual arrogance. Let us be thoughtful and study carefully as we choose our national leader.

May God bless us to pick up the torch of liberty and light its flame with the humble confidence God provides.

 

 

 

Dear Trump Fan, So You Want Someone To ‘Tell It Like It Is’? OK, Here You Go.

by Matt Walsh of THE BLAZE

February 22, 2016

Dear Donald Trump Fan,

I’m going to tell you the truth, friend.

You say you want the truth. You say you want someone who speaks boldly and brashly and bluntly and “tells it like it is” and so on. According to exit polls in South Carolina, voters who want a president who “tells it like it is” are an essential demographic for Trump, just as they’re an essential demographic for Judge Judy and Dr. Phil.

You say you want abrupt and matter-of-fact honesty, and you want it so much, you’ll make a man president for it regardless of whether he defies every principle and value you claim to hold.
Personally, I think you’re lying, and I’m going to test my theory. In fact, I believe I’ve already proven my theory because you’re now offended that I called you a liar. But Trump has called half of the Earth’s population a liar at some point over the past seven months, and you loved every second of it. You said you loved it not out of cruelty or spite, but out of admiration for a man who’s willing to call people liars — even if he’s lying when he does it.Yet here I am employing the same tactic — accurately, I might add — and you recoil indignantly.

Over the course of this campaign season I’ve said many harsh words about you and your leader, all of which I stand by, but you’ve never respected my harsh words or the harsh words of any Trump critic. Indeed, you insist that our tough criticism of you only vindicates your support of Trump, while Trump’s vulgar and dishonest criticism of everyone else also vindicates your support of Trump. You’re tired of people being critical, but you love Trump because he’s critical. You say you like Trump for his style, but you hate his style when it’s directed at him or you.
You say you like Trump for his style, but you hate his style when it’s directed at him or you. You say you want someone who’s politically incorrect. You’re so desperate for political incorrectness — a supremely ridiculous reason to vote a guy into the Oval Office, but never mind — that your esteem for him only grows when he belittles the disabled, mocks American prisoners of war, calls women dogs, calls his opponents p*ssies, calls for the assassination of women and children, says he’d like to have sex with his daughter, brags about his adultery, etc.

You’re excited by the most vile statements and most cretinous behavior imaginable — not remotely deterred by any of it, no matter how many times he gloats over infidelity, curses his opponents, and publicly ogles his own children — because, you say, it’s politically incorrect. That is how unfathomably desperate you are for someone to come along and just say what’s on their mind, you claim.

You’re so fed up with political correctness that you celebrate political incorrectness without distinguishing between the healthy sort and the “LOL I slept with married women and I’m not sorry” sort. It doesn’t matter if you don’t personally agree, you say, you just respect the hell out of someone who’s willing to shoot straight, even when ”shooting straight” means comparing Ben Carson to a child molester, calling the entire electorate of Iowa stupid, and referring to women as “pieces of ass.”

Trump won South Carolina on the support of Evangelical Christians who were so impressed with his alleged straight talk that they overlooked the fact that he’s a crass, cruel, unrepentant philanderer who says he does not need God’s forgiveness, and who praises Planned Parenthood as “wonderful” and his radically pro-abortion sister as a “phenomenal” candidate for the Supreme Court. That’s how much you pretend to admire bluntness in a man. So much that it overrides literally everything else.
By your logic, then, you should be filled with an immense and irresistible affection for me when I call Donald Trump a crooked, underhanded con artist and you a reckless, ignorant dupe. You should fall madly in love with me when I accuse Donald Trump of being a spoiled, overgrown brat and you of being a cultish groupie enamored with fame. You should well up with pride and salute me as I mention that Donald Trump is a stuffed, soiled diaper sagging in the pants of American politics and you’re the poor, pitiful sap trying to elect it president.

You don’t have to agree, but man, isn’t it refreshing that I’m willing to tell you what’s on my mind? Shouldn’t you leave a thousand comments under this article praising me for being politically incorrect, willing to attack not only Donald Trump but his blue collar supporters? In fact, if you’re sincere in your alleged regard for the bold and audacious approach, I expect you’ll have launched a nationwide write-in campaign for me by tomorrow morning.

But that’s not how this works, is it? You’ve already melted into a boiling puddle of rage and self-pity, haven’t you? You’re incensed and offended that I could be so “judgmental” and “dismissive” and “critical,” and 100 other qualities you find so orgasmically satisfying when they’re displayed by The Great Trump.

You say you want some straight-shooting, honest, politically incorrect tough talk, but that’s simply a lie. If it were true, my inbox would not be filled to capacity with cartoonishly shocked and outraged Trump fans every time I utter a word of criticism in his direction. It shouldn’t matter that my criticisms are sharp and severe; you ought to revere me all the more for it. I thought you were tired of people walking on egg shells?

It turns out you don’t want Donald Trump to walk on egg shells, but you have fortified your own perimeter with a thick layer of eggshells and you expect anyone who comes near it to tip toe with extreme caution. It turns out you want to be coddled and cuddled and pandered to and excused. You’re in favor of whatever Trump says because Trump said it, but when it comes to how people talk about you and him, you expect to be treated like a soft and delicate flower.
You flock eagerly to a flamboyant, authoritarian billionaire fascist, and you feel you ought to be completely insulated from criticism while you do so. Everyone else ought to be subject to relentless and profane invective from an elderly Manhattan real estate heir, but you and he should be above reproach.
Tell it like it is? I’ll tell you like it is: In my life I’ve never encountered a group of people more averse to being told how it is. Of course, you believe you’re entitled to this attitude because you’re “angry.” Your “anger” indulges you with the moral authority to take leave of your reason and your common sense. Your anger, you believe, places you beyond judgment, even as you attempt to drag this country into a future of (more) tyranny and cultism.

You believe the rest of us ought to take your supposedly righteous rage into account while you refuse to take anything but your own infatuation with spectacle and celebrity into account. Whatever concerns we raise, including the ones I’m raising now, can be written off in an instant. “WE’RE TIRED OF POLITICS AS USUAL! WE’RE ANGRY!” And that’s supposed to be some kind of rhetorical hall pass, permitting you to do and say what you please unchallenged.

Well let me be the first and perhaps the only to say this out loud, although millions of people share this sentiment quietly: I don’t care about your anger. There’s some more truth for you, friend. There’s some more “tellin’ it like it is.” Two can play at this game, you know. And the only difference is that I’m right.

I couldn’t take your anger seriously even if I wanted to. After all, you say you’re angry that people are too afraid to speak their minds, but, as we’ve established, you don’t really want anyone but Donald Trump to speak his mind.

You say you’re angry about the corruption in Washington, but you support a slimy swindler and fraudster who boasts of his bribery schemes and makes no apologies for shamelessly exploiting political corruption for personal gain.

You say you’re angry about illegal immigration, but you rally around a guy who supported amnesty as recently as 2013, employed illegal immigrants and donated millions of dollars to open borders politicians like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Hillary Clinton.

You say you’re angry about the establishment, but you worship a candidate who said only a few weeks ago that “you got to be a little establishment” in order to get things done, and who admits he “was the establishment” right until he ran for president.

You say you’re angry that Republicans won’t fight, but you hail as a warrior the same guy who says he’ll happily “work with the Democrats,” which probably explains why Sen. Harry Reid praised him and Jimmy Carter called him “malleable.”

It is not uncommon for me to hear from Trump fans that they’re angry at “GOPe” Republicans for “cutting deals” and “compromising” in one breath, and in the very next that they want Trump because he’s really good at cutting deals and compromising.

Right down the list, you are blithely embracing every single thing you say you’re so angry about. Trump is the very embodiment of corruption, deception, cowardice, and elitism. He is precisely the sort of man you supposedly detest. Trump is exploiting America’s frustration with men like Trump.

Trump is running against Trump. You are voting for Trump because you hate Trump. You are angry at politicians because they act like Trump and make deals like Trump and go to cocktail parties with men like Trump and look down on the little guy like Trump and possess the integrity of Trump, and so you’re solution is to elect Trump.

Your anger at Trump leads you to Trump. Perhaps this explains why you’re so worried about politicians who are “controlled by donors,” but you aren’t at all concerned about a politician who is the very donor you didn’t want controlling the political process. “I’m sick of these donors influencing the government! I have an idea: let’s make one president!”

Trump is the very embodiment of corruption, deception, cowardice, and elitism. It seems more like schizophrenia than anger. Aside from chronic mental illness, there are only two explanations for a person who avidly supports the continuation of a thing because he’s angry at that thing: either he’s fantastically stupid, or he’s not actually angry at all.

Friend, I should tell you the most popular theory among non-Trump supporters is that you fall into the former category. When we talk to each other in private, almost everyone agrees you’re stupid. Again, you should, by your own words, hold me in the highest esteem for telling you this uncomfortable fact. People think you’re stupid, just as they thought about Barack Obama supporters in 2008.

The parallels between the two groups are indeed profound, as exit polls attest. Once again, people are voting because “they want change,” unconcerned by the fact that the change is ambiguous, non-specific, and, in fact, not really ”change” at all. A lot of people, grasping for an explanation as to how voters might be suckered by the same shtick three times in a row, just chalk it up to stupidity.

By the way, you should doubly love what I’m doing here because it appears very close to apophasis, which is a rhetorical device where the speaker coyly makes an accusation or insult in the context of denying or distancing himself from the unkind remark. “Many people believe my neighbor Jim is a thieving jerk who borrowed my garden hose last July and didn’t return it, but I’m not going to talk about it.” That kind of thing.

It’s a strategy Trump employs all the time, and you always go along with it, like when he called Megyn Kelly a bimbo by saying “I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo because that would be politically incorrect.” Like clockwork, you insisted that he didn’t call Megyn Kelly a bimbo; he merely brought up the fact that he would call her a bimbo if it weren’t so rude to do so.

Well, in similar fashion, I’m not calling you stupid, I’m just saying that other people call you stupid. You should, therefore, defend me against any accusation that I’ve called you stupid, just as you would Trump. But the difference is that I’m not being coy here. I really don’t think you’re stupid. I certainly don’t think I’m any smarter than you. I subscribe to the second theory: I don’t believe you’re really all that angry.

Your anger, to whatever extent it exists at all, is surface level. It’s a purely emotional experience, fed by a mob mentality. You’re angry in the way a rioter or looter is angry. Your temper might be flaring and your heart rate jumping and you might be filled with the uncontrollable urge to break a window, but underneath that anger is really something much closer to boredom and apathy. You don’t feel a real, intense, profound, deep and meaningful disgust at the corruption and malfeasance in Washington, because if you did there is simply no way you would support a man like Trump.

Unless, like I said, you’re stupid. But you aren’t stupid, and a non-stupid person, a serious person, who truly, deeply, intensely loathes the current state of affairs, who genuinely desires that his country be revived for the sake of his children, would not be turning to a blustery, boorish reality TV character with a catchphrase and a fake tan for answers.

I’m just telling it like it is here, friend. I’m telling you what’s on my mind. I’m being completely and painfully honest with you. I don’t believe your anger. I think you want a spectacle, not a solution. A celebrity, not a statesman. A circus performer, not a leader. I think you want to be entertained. I think you’re not taking this seriously enough. I think you’re intellectually lazy so you’ve accepted authoritarianism as a stand-in for strength. I think you’re following the trend of the day. I think you’re wrapped up in media hype.

In other words, I think your anger, if it exists, is misplaced. You should be angry at yourself, because if this country falls finally and irrevocably into despotism, it’ll be your fault. You’ll have chosen it. You’ll have elected it and applauded it. That, my friend, is what makes me angry.

And that’s just how it is.

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THE DONALD IN DIAPERS

1/26/2016

This is so ridiculous. Donald Trump has just announced he is skipping the debate this Thursday, 1/28/2016, moderated by Fox News.

The reason Trump gave for his absence this coming Thursday night was the tough, but fair-minded questions Megyn Kelly posed to him regarding women and Trump’s alleged maltreatment of many of them over the course of time. This was brought up at the August, 2015 FOX News debate.

Trump is an adult baby. He is ill-tempered and short fused. He often acts emotionally as though he is still in junior high. We can’t afford a president who regularly vacillates between 7-year-old behaviors and 70-year-old behaviors.

Americans need to feel confident that their president will make inspired decisions on their behalf. They don’t have time to wonder if he is going to be junior high-ish in his decisions today and an adult in his decisions tomorrow.

We need a mature grownup in the White House, not a childish, progressive bully who happens to be an adult—with a part-time junior high school mentality.

Below is a 1 hr 22 min. youtube  documentary on Donald Trump.

 

NO, NOT TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT

Let me ask this question: How can you get conservative policies out of a progressive? Obviously, you cannot. Donald Trump is a progressive.

Where is Trump’s conservative record? He has none. He tickles ears enough to get voters riled up.

Black conservative thinker, educator and writer Thomas Sowell recently said, in paraphrase form, the following: WE WOULD BE TRADING OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, WHO IS A GLIB EGOMANIAC FOR ANOTHER GLIB EGOMANIAC IN DONALD TRUMP. We cannot have another glib egomaniac in the White House. We have seen what a power hungry, glib, egomaniac has done to this country.

A president must be smart. Ted Cruz is. A president must be wise. Ted Cruz is. A president must be humble. Ted Cruz is. A president must have heavenly virtues which are blossoming. Ted Cruz does.

Is Donald Trump smart? Yes. Is he wise? Occasionally. Is he confident? No, he is cocky. Cockiness breeds arrogance, which Donald Trump has plenty of. 

Many misunderstand the difference between confidence and being consistently cocky. True confidence in oneself comes from knowing who you really are and acting accordingly. 

True confidence is the opposite of cockiness. Trump is cocky, not confident. 

Confidence allows you to calmly disagree with someone, even when they are short-sided in their analysis. Cockiness requires personal attacks on that analysis. Personal confidence allows all parties to grow from an exchange of ideas while maintaining personal principles. Cockiness shuts down that avenue of exchange and growth and demands personal superiority in its place. Cockiness leads to arrogance—which leads to ego driven behavior. Proper confidence does not allow any of that. In fact, proper confidence is tethered to humility. Trump has no humility.

Humility, virtue and wisdom are prerequisites for becoming a successful president of the United States. With these attributes, God can help the president. Without them, the president is on his or her own. 

Through personal application of these virtues, mighty prayer to God becomes natural. THEN comes the heavenly help.

You become closed off to spiritual answers if you are full of yourself, have little or no virtue, acknowledge God only when it is convenient or are a glib egomaniac.

The only way you can be completely confident is to have God with you. That is a process which is attainable, but you will be left to kick against the pricks if you choose to govern through your own wisdom and never trust in God and ask for His help.

One-Third Of Obamacare CO-OPs Are Now Officially Dead

Article comes from freedomforce.com

October 16, 2015Richard Pollock

One-third of the Obamacare health insurance co-ops have now failed, causing about 400,000 policyholders in 10 states to scramble for new coverage for 2016.

Seven of the 23 co-ops created by the Affordable Care Act in 2011 at a cost of $2.4 billion — including many launched by passionate but inexperienced health reform activists —  have since closed their doors. An eighth, the Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative, appears on the brink of default as well.

The failing Obamacare co-ops have canceled health insurance for largely poor and low-income customers in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, Vermont, New York and Colorado.

The co-op’s are falling like dominoes.  In the last two months, the public has seen co-ops fail in Nevada, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and New York.

Including Colorado, taxpayers have lost $876 million in loan money that was supposed to last for 15 years.  The failed co-op’s existed for only two years before suddenly closing their doors.

More co-op failures are expected.  “There will be more closures,” said American Enterprise Institute resident fellow Thomas Miller, a health care expert. “The only question is when rather than whether.”

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which funded the co-ops, said this summer that six co-ops were under “enhanced oversight” because of poor financial reports.  The Daily Caller reported in August that federal officials refused to identify the six that are in trouble.

The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported in Julythat 21 of 23 operating co-ops faced staggering losses, some greater than the loans that were expected to last 15 years.

New York’s Health Republic, the largest of the co-ops, announced it was closing its doors last month, leaving 155,000 customers in the lurch.

The New York failure was not only the largest, but was the flagship of the co-op movement. It was created by liberal political activist Sarah Horowitz, who had previously worked with then-state Sen. Barack Obama.

The New York Department of Finance Services last month reported that Health Republic had the worst 2014 consumer record of all insurance companies operating in the state.

Horowitz was the only individual to be given federal loans to run three co-ops at the same time.  Her other two co-ops are in New Jersey and Oregon.

Miller said there is growing apprehension among state insurance commissioners about the solvency of many of the other co-ops still hanging on.

Nov. 1 is the new date for open enrollment for the co-ops.  The deadline is forcing state insurance commissioners to take a closer look at the co-0p’s prospects over the next year.

Miller said many state commissioners are asking, “do you cut your losses now or do it later? There’s a lot of apprehension among state regulators in terms of signing up for another year in light of results that have happened.”

Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute think tank, said, “everything is coming to pass.  It was inevitable, given their inexperience.”

Kelly Crowe, CEO of the trade association that represents all of the co-ops has now turned against the Obama administration, which set up the programs.

She blamed “regulatory obstacles,” and said Obamacare — is “not working.”

Obama Purposefully Harms Students Through Common Core Initiative

Jeb Bush  is in favor of Common Core. Mike Huckabee is in favor of Common Core. These are progressive republicans under the cloak of conservatism.

Common Core damages education. It’s tied to the SAT’s. This is of deep concern. COMMON CORE is something very bad. Our children and grandchildren are under this iron-fisted curtain of educational harm courtesy of Bill Gates and other influential liberals. See and read this irrefutable evidence.

these were broadcast on 3/14/2013 the three videos are about 16 minutes total.

http://www.video.theblaze.com/media/video.jsp… dumbing down students

Common Sense Unrolled

by Joan Schrader

8/12/2015

The term “political correctness” has been thrown around for years. I am sick of people being afraid to voice their opinion for fear of not being politically correct and, as a result, stop voicing the feelings of their heart.

Likewise those people taking offense with everything said need to get over themselves. These should exercise the same tolerance they demand of others and their opinion or lifestyle. It is time everyone stops being afraid to tell the truth.

We all make choices in life and that is our God given right. As the world has changed during my lifetime so have basic aspects of society. COMMON COURTESY and RESPECT are not so common anymore. Simple things like crossing the street. It used to be that the pedestrian was to look both ways before crossing. When is the last time you saw anyone look both ways in a Walmart parking lot? Yes, it is the responsibility of the driver to not hit the person, but there is zero responsibility on the part of the individual.

Another example: If you choose to live with someone, straight or gay, that is within your rights to choose. However, when you are a guest in someone’s home you owe them the courtesy and respect to ask if your lifestyle is contrary to their beliefs.

For reference there is a difference between visitor and guest. A visitor is someone who visits a place, regardless of whether they were invited (like a tourist). A guest is someone who visits a place, but they have specifically been invited (by the host, who is the person inviting them).

If spending the night, in my opinion, it is the responsibility of the invitee to ask if the host would be more comfortable if you asked for separate bedrooms. It is discourteous to feel justified forcing your lifestyle on your host.

Many times the host wants to see you but is afraid if they ask you to comply with their beliefs that you will not visit at all. This is not a time to take offense; it is a time to be respectful of others – just as you would want them to respect you. Decide before you arrive – are you a visitor (tourist) or invited guest? If a visitor, perhaps it is time you looked deep inside and evaluated yourself and your motives. If, on the other hand, this is too uncomfortable for you, get a motel room. Visit with them during the day, and then go to your motel at night. The visit just might be more enjoyable for all concerned.

Truth Versus Moral and Legal Delusion

Twisted legal thinking in high places currently abounds. The United States Supreme Court found gay marriage a legal, constitutional right but somehow missed the boat for a baby’s right to live inside the womb? How upside down is that?

The Apostle Paul said that we “explain away” some of our choices. What does that mean? It means we rationalize what is wrong. We think through the common sense obvious and somehow come out on the other side. We cast our conscience aside and remain glued to a group think we know has been sideways for over 100 years. We allow ones personal morality to rule instead of remaining obedient to God’s laws in our lives. We become prideful, in a personally damming sense.

In 1989, Ezra Taft Benson wrote:

“Pride is essentially competitive in nature. We pit our will against God’s. When we direct our pride toward God, it is in the spirit of “my will and not thine be done.” As Paul said, they “seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” (Philip. 2:21.)

“Our will in competition to God’s will allows desires, appetites, and passions to go unbridled. (See Alma 38:12; 3 Ne. 12:30.)

The proud cannot accept the authority of God giving direction to their lives. (See Hel. 12:6.) They pit their perceptions of truth against God’s great knowledge, their abilities versus God’s priesthood power, their accomplishments against His mighty works.

Our enmity toward God takes on many labels, such as rebellion, hard-heartedness, stiff-neckedness, unrepentant, puffed up, easily offended, and sign seekers. The proud wish God would agree with them. They aren’t interested in changing their opinions to agree with God’s.”

Those statements are as true today as when they were spoken 26 years ago.

The world has been in a morally and legally delusional state for a long time. The United States has rapidly been following the same course. We must get back on track. We must follow the commandments of the Lord. We must “come to ourselves” quickly. We have no time to waste.

If we need to, we must change our opinions to agree with God on any given topic.

Let us change our ways and recognize the great blessings we receive from God. Let’s read the scriptures and find out what those blessings are. Let us be humble before Him and collectively, as well as individually, stop these wretched behaviors which cause societies and individuals so much harm.

One more point: We have control over the choices that we make, but, have no control over the consequences which result from those choices—-albeit good or bad results.

If one robs a bank that is his choice. He has no control over the jail time he will receive or any other consequences which naturally flow from such an unlawful act. Yet, the world wants control over their choices but no consequences. Sorry, doesn’t work like that. If you get away with such things in this life you will be answerable to them in the next.

That’s the truth and not moral or legal delusion.

Chuck Norris on Cloward-Piven/Obama-Clinton Legacy

part 1

http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/the-obama-clinton-cloward-piven-legacy/

Chuck Norris Article on Cloward-Piven/Obama-Clinton Takeover

part 2

http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/the-obama-clinton-cloward-piven-baton/