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Is It Time?

August 26, 2015

By the author of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

[A fair warning.  This is long.  Sorry, but I just do not know how to cut short God’s word and His warning for the United States.  And let me make it clear, I do not desire America’s demise, but rather pray for her and the church in America to recognize her and its evil ways and repent and return to God and His ways.]

[Please note that this blog was started two weeks before the U.S. stock market started its meltdown on August 21.]

Is it time?  Is it time for God to judge America?  If not, why not?  There is a prevailing opinion (and it is only that) in America and among some Christian circles that God will not and cannot judge America because of her Christian heritage or the Christian faithful that live therein.  However, such a viewpoint contradicts biblical history and evidence, as well as modern and current history and events.

According to the Bible, the Jews were and continue to be God’s chosen people.  Yet, throughout the Old Testament and throughout history, the Jews have been continually persecuted and afflicted.  In the biblical accounts, God repeatedly chastised, judged and punished the people of Israel for disobeying His commandments; for rebelling against Him; for their sinfulness and perversions and for worshipping foreign gods.  When it comes to Christians, there is a 2000-plus year history of persecution, torture and death at the hands of non-Christians, which has intensified in the last three decades, largely at the hands of Jew-hating, Christian-hating Muslims.

In both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible it is made clear by God that He will not and cannot abide in the presence of unrepentant sin. America’s descent into wanton depravity and sinfulness parallels that of rebellious Israel in the Old Testament.  God repeatedly warned Israel about her rebellion against Him and turning to idols and godless behavior, but time and again they rejected God and His warnings through the prophets.

For decades now, America has been following the path of Old Testament Israel, with its rebellion against God and acceleration of perversions and godlessness reaching fever pitch.  Each time Israel fell away from God, God allowed judgment to fall upon Israel in the form of death and destruction by her enemies.  America’s enemies are lining up in queue (China, Russia, North Korea, ISIS et al), waiting for their opportunity to take on the ever weakening U.S.

America’s covenant with God.  Regardless of the repeated attempt by left-wing progressives (otherwise known as anti-American socialists) to revise America’s history, the undisputed fact still remains that those pilgrims from Europe that first landed on the East Coast of America over 400 years ago, planted the cross of Jesus Christ and made a covenant with Almighty God to found a just society of religious, political and social freedom.  That covenant—to establish a nation on biblical principles and to acknowledge Almighty God in all things—was repeated in word and affirmation by America’s founding fathers through numerous documents and declarations, including the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  Although not everything went according to God’s plan, those dedicated to God and His holy word put into place the greatest constitution and rule of law the world has ever known.  Patterned after biblical principles and law it set in place the mechanism for righting wrongs and securing individual freedoms like never before.

America and its leaders, including many in the Christian church, have broken that covenant with God, thus allowing America to plummet into the immoral, godless abyss of hell.  Each time Israel violated the covenant it had made with God, the people paid a heavy price, including the innocent and those that were considered the righteous before God.

America’s abominations.  America has not been content with bathing in her own abominations but has become the world leader in exporting her perversions of abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, pornography, sexual immorality, destruction of the family and a host of other aberrations of biblical morality.

Pornographic web sites originating in the United States represent 60% of all the pornographic web pages viewed each day around the world.  Americans are so obsessed with pornography and elicit sex that even men and women of God have gotten snagged by the temptations.  It has led to such perverted web sites as Ashley Madison where over 39 million site users seek extra-marital affairs, including, it has now been discovered (due the site being hacked), members of the Whitehouse staff, members of the U.S. Congress and other government employees and high profile public figures.

One of the most recent egregious perversions was the 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to approve homosexual marriage as the law of the land, thus overturning thousands of years of man-woman unions practiced by thousands of cultures since the beginning of time, and most importantly, spitting in God’s face and His design and law for marital union between one man and one woman.  To celebrate the court’s decision, America’s pseudo-Christian leader had the Whitehouse—“the people’s house”—lit up in gay pride rainbow colors, thus effectively jabbing the collective thumb of rebellion in God’s eye.

During the time of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, the Jews also jabbed their thumb in God’s eye repeatedly. Furthermore He said to me [Ezekiel], “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations” (Ezekiel 8:6).

There seems to be no end and no limit to the level of sickening perversions that some Americans will seek.  Recently, in Times Square, New York, bare-breasted women paraded around in bikini briefs to earn money from men eager to have their pictures taken with them.  It is notable that none of them were arrested for such debauchery, nor did most pedestrians that were interviewed see anything wrong with it.

As God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel over 25 centuries ago, Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.  America has entered that perverted pit of no return.  Like Israel of old, she will not get out of the pit on her own, unless she wholeheartedly repents and turns to God.

The wickedness of the Jews and their pagan neighbors in the Old Testament is being played out once again in America.  God referred to the debauchery and sinfulness of Israel as harlotry 44 times in the Old Testament (NKJV).  It was detestable to God then; an abomination.  God’s laws and His righteousness have not changed.  If such sin was detestable to God then and an abomination, it certainly is today as well.  Will America receive the same judgment of God that Israel did?  Sadly, not only has America prostituted itself to the unbridled wickedness of the pagan world, but many churches and their followers who proclaim the name of Christ have done the same.

Slaughter of the innocents.  In my book, Revelation 18 and the fate of America, I wrote that abortion was akin to the child sacrifice that God abhorred in the Old Testament among the Jews and their pagan neighbors (p. 119).  Since 1973, America has been guilty of murdering (yes, murdering) over 58 million little children and has been the instigator for over 1.345 billion abortions worldwide.  How can God forgive such a heinous crime against His human creation?  No society in the history of the world has carried out such repeated acts of callousness and barbarity.  Should America not pay a heavy price for such wanton sinfulness and rejection of the life that God created in each instance?

God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah about Israel’s sacrificing of their own children, had this to say: Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods whom neither they, their fathers, nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents (Jeremiah 19:4).  In the following verses God continues on how Israel will pay a heavy price for turning away from Him and committing such heinous acts of child sacrifice.

Through the prophet Ezekiel, around the same time period, God once again spoke this warning to Israel: You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries (Ezekiel 22:4).

The horrific undercover videos recently released that clearly demonstrate the barbarity of abortion and those who perform them without a shred of remorse or conscience demonstrates how debased our American society has become.  If you are a God-fearing Christian who professes Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior and yet you still support the Pro Choice agenda, Planned Parenthood and the anti-life, anti-God practice of abortion, or support those that do, you need to fall to your knees in heart-felt repentance and beg God’s forgiveness right now.  Nothing is more abhorrent to God than the taking of innocent life.  You can argue and rationalize all day long or until the proverbial cows come home about when life starts, but the truth is that life starts when God says it does, and that is at the very moment of conception.

Judgment starts with the House of the Lord.  In the Old Testament of the Bible there are numerous stories of how the Jews turned away from God and followed after the sinful, godless practices of their pagan neighbors.  Very often this turning from God was started by the very ones who were charged by God to keep the Jews on the narrow spiritual path of ordinances and statutes for godly living.  The spiritual leaders of the Jewish community, the priests, often became corrupted and strayed from their spiritual disciplines and led the people down the path of evil and debauchery.

The same appears to true today as more and more Christian leaders and Christian churches are prostituting themselves to the ways of the world and embracing government and societal dictates that clearly go against God’s laws and biblical teaching.

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; the Apostle Peter wrote, and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17).

God holds the people of God responsible first because they are supposed to know better; to be able to judge right from wrong; light from darkness; truth from a lie and righteousness from sinfulness.  Moreover, He holds His spiritual leaders, the shepherds of His flock, accountable for the direction of His church under their watch.  Both Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34 prophesy dire warnings to spiritual leaders who take advantage of their flocks or lead them astray.

God’s warning to Israel’s spiritual leaders through Ezekiel bodes well for America’s spiritual leaders today. Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them (Ezekiel 22:26).

I have said it many times and I will say it again: America has slid so far into sinfulness that she is beyond human intervention.  No minister, no politician, no one can save her from God’s pending judgment.  There is only one thing that can save America from destruction, however and whenever it comes, and that is for the Church of Jesus Christ to repent and call upon God’s mercy and forgiveness for allowing America to sink so far with the church hardly blinking an eye of protest or shouting a word of warning.

The often quoted verse from 2 Chronicles 7:14 makes God’s intent clear: if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. For America to avert God’s judgment, God’s people must first humble themselves before God and beg His forgiveness.  “For what?” you say.  First of all, for all the sins we have committed, either in fact or omission, as individuals or as the Body of Christ, which has allowed America to slide to where she is now.  For us as individuals and the Church as a body not speaking up in boldness and taking a firm stand against evil, unrighteousness and wanton godlessness that has swept our land into an ever deepening pit of hell.  Repenting for remaining silent (ourselves, our parents or our grandparents) while atheists won victory to remove prayer and the Bible out of our schools; remove the ten commandments and other biblical symbols from our town squares, military sites, etc.; allowing the horrendous act of abortion to become legal and take the lives of 58 million prospective citizens and God’s children; allowing the courts to re-define marriage; ignoring the unfettered attack on Christianity in America by the government, courts and society in general.  The list is very long, but if you are serious about taking up the cause of repentance, I trust God will show you what is needed.

The risk of abandoning Israel.  America cannot live on the pro-Israel accomplishments of the WWII generation that rescued the Jews and established the Jewish state of Israel.  America and some evangelical Christians are now abandoning Israel like never before and it will come with the steep price of God’s judgment against America.

America’s attitude toward Israel has drastically shifted under the current president and administration.  In a speech at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, DC on May 22, 2015, President Obama had the audacity to proclaim that, “I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.” Like so many of his larcenous statements, not only was this one a farce and outright lie, but it was the furthest thing from the truth.  Obama is by far the most anti-Jew, anti-Israel president that America has ever had the misfortune of electing—twice.  He has repeatedly acted against Israel’s best interests; made public her military secrets (which should be an act of treason); sent billions of dollars to aid Israel’s enemies; actively supports the terrorist regime of Hamas in Gaza; criticizes Israel at every opportunity; supports and works for the “two state solution” (Israel and Palestine) which will greatly undermine Israel’s safety and existence.  If that’s not enough to verify his anti-Israel stance, he and his anti-Jew cohorts have “brokered” a deal with Iran—which every person with a speck of intelligence and wisdom, says is horrendous and a risk to the entire world—that just may assure that there will never be peace in the Middle East or the world.

President Obama addressing the Adas Israel congregation on May 22, 2015 wearing the Jewish yarmulke skull cap.

President Obama addressing the Adas Israel congregation on May 22, 2015 wearing the Jewish yarmulke skull cap.

Perhaps it should be no surprise that while Obama claims to be pro-Israel that his actions repeatedly demonstrate otherwise.  After all, he was born into a Muslim family; educated during his formative years in a Muslim school in Indonesia; admires Islam as a “religion of peace”; seems more comfortable among Muslims than Christians and surrounds himself with Muslim Brotherhood, anti-Jew advisors.  Notwithstanding, according to Obama, Muslims are the way they are because of the Christian crusades.

Such anti-Israel actions are not limited to America’s leader.  On May 16, Pope Francis reached out to the Palestinian terrorist leader, President Mahmud Abbas, calling him an “angel of peace”.  No real surprise since the pope and Catholic doctrine assert that Muslims and Catholics worship the same god and that Muslims are looked upon with favor by God.  Such a position is a strong slap in the face to the One and Only True God of the Bible, Jehovah God and His only begotten Son in Jesus Christ, whom the Muslims reject as the Son of God.

The only position or stance on Israel that counts is God’s position, and His position is that those who curse Israel or come against her are coming against Him. I will bless those who bless you [Israel], and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 12:3).

Separating the sheep and the goats.  A great sifting is occurring in the church in America.  Not everyone who calls Jesus “Lord, Lord” (Matthew 7:21-23) will inherit the kingdom of God.  The church in America has done a good job of preaching that one needs to call upon Jesus as the Savior of one’s life, but have poorly communicated that it is equally important to accept and follow Him as the Lord of one’s life.  Christians are called to follow Jesus as both Lord and Savior.  One without the other is ineffectual Christianity.

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus talked about His return and His judgment of all nations.  The sheep, those that truly followed Him as Lord and Savior, will be set on His right hand to receive eternal life with Him; the goats, those that rejected Him and refused to do His will, will be gathered on His left to receive everlasting punishment.

The Apostle James wrote, Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:21-22). Followers of Jesus Christ are called to be doers of the Word of God, not just to sit in the pews and say, “Amen!” on Sundays and then go forth to act and live like they never heard the Word of God at all.

Jesus and His apostles warned that in the Last Days many false prophets (teachers) would arise in an attempt to deceive His followers. Unfortunately, in America, many false teachers have emerged, teaching a false, diluted or polluted gospel that has been leading people astray from God’s truth and righteousness. They [false teachers] promise freedom, Peter wrote, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.  And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.  It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life (2 Peter 2:19-21; NLT). Despite centuries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ being preached in the United States, the Christian church has gotten weaker and its light grown dimmer as the world around it embraces ever greater depravity and unrepentant sin.

During the time of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel and before the Jews were taken captive to Babylon, God revealed to Ezekiel that He was sending an angel to put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it [Jerusalem] (Ezekiel 9:4).  When destruction was to come upon Jerusalem and all Israel, those that mourned over her (the righteous) were not to be touched.  However, when God’s judgment came, God said it was to “begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple (Ezekiel 9:6).  Once again, God’s judgment starts with those in His house and especially those who are shepherds over His people.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23).

Peace, peace.  The false prophet of peace in America has found a home in the heart and mind of America’s president.  Speaking before the United Nations on September 23, 2014, President Obama declared to the world that it was lot safer since he took office.  “As a result of this [international security] work and cooperation with allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago.”  Once again America’s deceiver-in-chief pontificating ridiculous words that all too many people actually believe.

When the Jewish leaders and their prophets proclaimed a similar assurance to the people, God spoke through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, saying, They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace (Jeremiah 6:14). Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace . . . (Ezekiel 13:10).  In addition, those who were rebelling against God, ridiculing Ezekiel for prophesying “doom and gloom”. Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off’ (Ezekiel 12:27). However, the rebellious soon found out that their destruction was not far off, but imminent.

Neither false prophets nor false leaders stand in the gap for their country.  God made this clear through the prophet Ezekiel. Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!  O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts.  You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.  They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.  Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says,’ but I have not spoken” (Ezekiel 13:3-7). If this were to be paraphrased and put into context for America and the world today, it would go something like this: Woe to you foolish leaders who follow after your own narcissistic spirit and have knowledge of nothing! America, your leaders are like foxes in the hen house. They have not done anything to protect you or lead you in the right direction in preparation for the judgment of God. Their words and plans are worthless, providing false guidance. But the Lord God has not sent them or spoken to them. Yet they think their evil doings will prosper. They speak with deception and their plans are futile. I, the Lord God have not spoken to them.

Americans can rest assured on one thing: The majority of America’s political leaders, especially those in the Whitehouse, do not seek God for His wisdom. “How can you say that?” you might challenge. “Well”, I will counter, “just look at the results.” If our leaders were seeking God, America would not in the immoral cesspool she is in, nor financially and spiritually bankrupt.

And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed” (Isaiah 6:9-10).

America has no excuse.  America and Americans have no excuse for their godless, anti-Christ actions.  The Word of God has, perhaps, been preached and more widely available in America for over 400 years and since its founding than any other country on earth.

However, as it was mentioned earlier, God cannot abide in the presence of unrepentant sin. Something has to give and it will not be God.

Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ (Ezekiel 33:11).

The Apostle Paul warned the followers of Christ almost 2,000 years ago that, The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved and for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).  It would seem that America has, indeed, arrived at that point.

The Key to America’s Redemption.  God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, said: If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned.  And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom,  but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would (Jeremiah 18:7-10; NLT).  Will America and the church in America be stubborn like Israel and refuse to repent or will she and the church acknowledge their wicked ways; repent and once again turn to Almighty God, the healer and reconciler of all things?  Time is running out and, as yet, there are few signs that either the church or America are ready to give in and repent.

In the midst of Israel’s rebellion against God, God spoke through Ezekiel and said, So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one (Ezekiel 22:30).  Although there are a few Christian leaders, such as Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Franklin Graham and others who have been blowing the trumpet of warning, both to the church and America, the church in America, for the most part, has been unmoved in a call to repentance and revival.  Instead, more and more churches and their leaders appear to be embracing the sinfulness of the world in which they live and minister.

God stands ready, willing and able to redeem that which is lost, but He will not act unless invited to do so. Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; the prophet Isaiah wrote, nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity (Isaiah 59:1-4). America and the church in America are running out of opportunities to reverse the current sinful slide. There will come a point (and it may already be upon us) when God can no longer tolerate the pervasive evil in the land and withhold His judgment—whether at His hand or at the hand of others that He allows to bring judgment.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

Related blogs:

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 2

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 1

A Depraved Mind

The Fundamental Changing of America

America’s Only Hope

Has God Forsaken America?

Can America be Saved?

How Evil Works and Prevails

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God’s Judgment in One Hour (excerpted from Revelation 18, Chapter 13)

August 24, 2015

Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. . . .

. . . standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

Revelation 18:8, 10

In Revelation 18 it is stated that Babylon’s judgment will come swiftly—“in one hour”—and is mentioned twice in verses 8, 10 and 17.  But is that possible in this day and age?  The simple, direct answer is, yes, but first let us take a look at America’s financial foundation and the financial stability of the world before reaching any conclusions. 

United States of America’s National Debt.  On October 18, 2013 America’s National Debt was rapidly advancing past $17 trillion or 107 percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  To gain a perspective on the significance of America’s debt one should look at the history of America’s indebtedness as well as compare the current national debt to that of some other countries.

At the end of 1929 America had just suffered a major financial collapse.  The national debt was a mere (by today’s standards) $17 billion or 16 percent of GDP.  By the end of 1933 and with advent of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” Great Depression recovery plan, the United States was $23 billion in debt or 40 percent of GDP.  At the end of 1941 and just after the country entered into World War II against both Germany (and the Axis powers) and Japan, the national debt stood at a manageable $49 billion or 39 percent of GDP.

The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Shelton Gilliam, June 19, 1808

When World War II ended in 1945 at a cost of $296 billion for the United States, by the end of 1946 America’s national debt had soared to $269 billion and a historical high of 121 percent of GDP.  During the post-war recovery the debt remained relatively stable from 1946 to 1960, ranging from $252 billion in 1946 to $286 billion in 1960.  During the same period the debt to GDP ratio steadily declined from 121 percent to 54 percent.  During the decades of the 1960s and 1970s the debt grew steadily, but the GDP growth rate exceeded the debt growth rate so that the debt to GDP ratio dropped further to a post-World War II low of 31 percent by the end of 1981 but just before the recession of 1982 hit.

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816

Just before the start of Ronald Reagan’s first presidential term, the national debt had risen to just under one trillion dollars—$908 billion or 33 percent of GDP by the end of 1980.  During the Reagan presidency of two terms the national debt more than doubled to $2.6 trillion or 51 percent of GDP by the end of 1988.

During the two presidential terms of William Clinton the debt grew modestly from $4.4 trillion to $5.674 trillion while the debt to GDP ratio fell from 66 percent to 57 percent.  From 2001 to the end of 2008 (the George W. Bush presidential years) the debt climbed significantly to a little over $10 trillion or 70 percent of GDP.  Although this increase in indebtedness was dramatic, America was about to become shell-shocked.

With the election of Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 as the country’s president, America would witness the reality of a big-spending government behemoth like never before.  By July 4, 2013, less than six months into his second presidential term, President Obama has overseen the growth of the country’s debt to $16.9 trillion or 107 percent of GDP.  By the end of his second term (if the taxpayers allow him to get there), the national debt could well exceed $20 trillion.  If so, he will have accumulated more debt than all 43 presidents before him and the United States will be on the verge of financial ruin (if not before then).

Everett Dirksen, the former Republican who represented the state of Illinois in the U.S. Senate from 1951 until his death in 1969, when reflecting on the national debt in 1965 (which was $317 billion), told this humorous story, which he labeled “cat in the well”:

One time in the House of Representatives (a colleague) told me a story about a proposition that a teacher put to a boy. He said, ‘Johnny, a cat fell in a well 100 feet deep. Suppose that cat climbed up 1 foot and then fell back 2 feet. How long would it take the cat to get out of the well?’

Johnny worked assiduously with his slate and slate pencil for quite a while, and then when the teacher came down and said, ‘How are you getting along?’

Johnny said, ‘Teacher, if you give me another slate and a couple of slate pencils, I am pretty sure that in the next 30 minutes I can land that cat in hell.’

If some people get any cheer out of a $328 billion debt ceiling, I do not find much to cheer about concerning it. (Congressional Record, June 16, 1965, p. 13884).

In the world of American politics and financial mismanagement, the way to deal with the ever skyrocketing debt is not to restrain spending but just to raise the level of the amount one is allowed to spend.  A similar philosophy followed by the American taxpayer would soon land them in prison.

Debt to GDP Ratios Around the World.  The one most commonly used measure of a country’s economic health is the Public Debt to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) ratio or percent of public debt a country owes compared to their GDP.  Public Debt is the amount of money the federal government owes itself and other creditors.

With America’s debt to GDP ratio at 107 percent and rising daily, how does the country measure up to other developed countries, as well as third world or undeveloped countries? Global Finance reported on the Public Debt to GDP projections for 2014 for OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.  The OECD includes just about every developed and developing country in the world.  The debt to GDP for all OECD countries is projected to be 113 percent.

The worst country by far is Japan at 246 percent.  Japan is followed by the European Union countries of Greece (200%), Portugal (135%), Italy (131%), Ireland (128%), United Kingdom (114%), France (110%) and Spain (105%).  All of these Euro countries are in significant financial trouble and turmoil.  The United States is projected to be at 114 percent debt to GDP, the same as the UK.

Other European Union countries, such as, Switzerland (39%), Germany (85%), Sweden (47%), Norway (43%), Finland (54%), Denmark (48%) and the Netherlands (72%) are looking much better.

By comparison, how do some of our non-European allies and adversaries look financially?  Of the United States’ clear allies, Canada appears to be in the worst shape but still healthier than the U.S.  Canada’s projected 2014 debt to GDP is 86 percent.  Australia, a long term U.S. ally, on the other hand, is far healthier with only a 28 percent debt to GDP.  However, two of America’s long term antagonists and adversaries are also very healthy financially.  China has a 2014 projected meager debt to GDP of only 17.3 percent and its neighbor to the north, Russia, at merely 10.8 percent.  Ironically, the United States has not been near that level of debt to GDP since the financial crash of 1929 when debt to GDP was at 16 percent.

Clearly, the majority of America’s long-standing allies in Europe are battling tremendous financial pressure, while its two largest and most bellicose decades-long enemies are financially strong and in a much better position to threaten the United States at every level of diplomacy or future military confrontation. . . .

The Derivative Financial Volcano.   Men around the globe in general and Americans in particular, in their greedy quest for wealth and more wealth, have been led and known to do some very foolish things.  It was greed that led, in part, to the “Crash of ‘29” and the ensuing “Great Depression”.  It was greed that led to the real estate and banking collapse in 2008.  The only question is not if another financial collapse will come, but how soon?

In the Bible there is a stark warning to all those who make money their god.  In his first letter to his disciple, Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote: “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9; author’s emphasis). Paul knew human nature and that the temptation to be rich was more than most men could deny. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,” Paul continued, “for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (verse 10; author’s emphasis).

It is not money that destroys men’s lives—we all need a form of money to live—it is the love of money that draws men to do all kinds of evil.  “But you, O man of God,” Paul warned, “flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11).

Because of modern man’s lust for money and more and more of it, there is one foolish financial move over the decades that could come back to haunt him and financially destroy the big and small fortunes of millions of people and the hopes and dreams of current and future generations for years to come.

So, what exactly is a derivative?  They were at the center of the 2008 real estate and banking collapse. A derivative is a type of options contract—a gamble that some underlying investment will go up or down in the future. Derivatives are largely “imaginary” investments with little or no intrinsic value.  In essence, rather than a true tangible investment, they represent more of a “crap-shoot”—a horrific gamble by men driven by an insatiable appetite for wealth and more of it.  The future impact, when the derivative market unravels, will be catastrophic and unfathomable.

Steve Denning, in an article for Forbes, in an explanation for the financial collapse of 2008, wrote “the warning signs were everywhere: too much borrowing, foolish investments, greedy banks, regulators asleep at the wheel, politicians eager to promote home-ownership for those who couldn’t afford it, and distinguished analysts openly predicting this could only end badly.

The worldwide derivative estimate: $600 trillion to $1.5 quadrillion (that is $1,500 trillion or 1.5 followed by 15 zeroes). At the upper estimate, the financial risk is 20 times the entire global GDP, which was estimated to be around $75 trillion in 2012.

“. . . The root cause wasn’t just the reckless lending and the excessive risk taking,” Denning explained. “The problem at the core was a lack of transparency” [among financial institutions].

The worldwide exposure to derivatives is anyone’s guess.  Estimates range from $600 trillion to $1.5 quadrillion (that is $1,500 trillion or 1.5 followed by 15 zeroes).  At the upper estimate, the financial risk is 20 times the entire global GDP, which was estimated to be around $75 trillion in 2012.  No one really knows what the world financial markets exposure is to these worthless financial “investments”.

The Current Problem:  Many financial analysts and financial writers like Denning are warning that the next financial crisis, which they see as imminent, will make the burst of the financial bubble of 2008 look like a blip on the financial radar screen.

Denning points out that one financial institution alone, JPMorgan, at the end of the third quarter of 2012, had a “notional” (that is, “imaginary” or “speculative”) exposure to derivatives of $72 trillion or about five times the world economy at that time.  According to the United States Controller of the Currency office, at the end of 2012, American banks held an astounding $223 trillion in “notional” derivatives with only four of the nation’s largest banks holding 93 percent of the total.

The Flash Crash and Electronic Meltdown—In One Hour.  So, is it possible, in this day and age, for America’s financial system and that of the world to collapse in one hour?  Absolutely!  Not only in one hour, but perhaps in a matter of seconds. With absolutely everything tied together by computer systems, electricity and electronics it would not take much to create havoc with a nation’s or the world’s financial system and life in general.

On July 29, 2013 a panel of experts convened in Washington, DC to consider the level of the threat on the U.S. infrastructure via an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, whether naturally occurring or via terrorists or a nation-state.  The panel included R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence under President Bill Clinton; former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich; Ambassador Henry Cooper, former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization under President George H. W. Bush and Dr. Peter Vincent Pry who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission.

They assessed America’s vulnerability to a natural or enemy attack by means of an electromagnetic pulse coming from the sun or a nuclear device.  They concluded that the U.S. is extremely susceptible to EMP disruptions whether natural or from a lone terrorist or a rogue government.

On a smaller, local scale, many people have had the experience of a temporary interruption in electrical power or use of electronic devices due to a powerful thunder (electrical) storm.  On a grander scale, such interruptions can be caused by the electromagnetic pulses sent from the sun as a result of solar flares or solar storms.  Such natural EMP events can be regional or wide spread; can be minor inconveniences or devastating.

Mr. Woolsey pointed out that an EMP event originating from the sun struck the electrical grid in Quebec, Canada on March 13, 1989.  The solar geomagnetic storm resulted in the blackout of eastern Canada and billions of dollars in economic losses.  Within two minutes the entire Quebec power grid was shut down and millions thrown into darkness and winter cold.  Schools, businesses and transportation hubs were closed.  The impact affected some northeastern U.S. power grids as well.  The energy released during the event was estimated to be like thousands of nuclear bombs exploding.  The geomagnetic storm that it created resulted in spectacular “northern lights” being seen as far south as Florida and Cuba.  Over 200 power grids from coast to coast in the United States experienced disruptions.   Even some satellites were affected, tumbling out of control for several hours.

Although such solar geomagnetic events are relatively rare, Mr. Woolsey warned . . .

For more on America’s financial crisis, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

America’s National Debt—an Economic Gut Buster

June 20, 2015

Government debt threatens to send U.S. economy into death spiral, CBO warns

Washington Times, June 16, 2015

Budget office: U.S. debt picture has “worsened dramatically”

Washington Examiner, June 16, 2015

The United States of America hit its debt limit of $18.113 trillion (the amount of borrowing authorized by Congress) on March 15, 2015.  Since 1960, Congress has permanently raised, temporarily revised or extended the debt limit 78 times.  However, this time, three months after the deadline, Congress has failed to act and approve a new debt limit.

The long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically over the past several years, in the wake of the 2007–2009 recession and slow recovery. Between 2008 and 2012, financial turmoil and a severe drop in economic activity, combined with various policies implemented in response to those conditions, sharply reduced federal revenues and increased spending. As a result, budget deficits rose: They totaled $5.6 trillion in those five years, and in four of the five years, they were larger relative to the size of the economy than they had been in any year since 1946. Because of the large deficits, federal debt held by the public soared, nearly doubling during the period. It is now equivalent to about 74 percent of the economy’s annual output, or gross domestic product (GDP)—a higher percentage than at any point in U.S. history except a seven-year period around World War II (Congressional Budget Office report, June 16, 2015).

America’s financial condition is so dire that it led to Bill O’Reilly of Fox News to opine on his June 17 Talking Points that perhaps it was time for Americans to flee America.

The National Debt—which now stands at $18.271 trillion as of June 18 or 30% of the total $61 trillion in debt the world’s countries hold—as bad as it is, it is only the tip of the financial iceberg.  Although the ND now exceeds America’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 102.74%, it pales in comparison to the real total liability of America for what is referred to as “Unfunded Liabilities” such as Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, Obamacare, et al.  That debt liability is nearing $97 trillion.

The interest on the base National Debt of $18+ trillion in 2015 is estimated to be between $229 to $245 billion and skyrocket to about $808 billion by 2025.  All this mountain of debt along with Obama’s regulation-happy administration is strangling the economy, which actually shrunk by 0.7% in the first quarter of this year.  Prospects for growth in the second quarter are not that rosy either.

However, the “unfunded liability” debt may also be under-reported.  In a recent study released by economics professor, Laurence Kotikoff of Boston University and Adam Michel of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, they calculated that the true national debt of the United States is $210 trillion or 12 times America’s GDP.  This is truly an insurmountable level of debt that will burden the U.S. economy for decades to come.  With the unwillingness of Congress or the American people, in general, to tighten spending, reduce the standard of living or dramatically increase taxes, the American economy will continue to spiral downward.

Currency & Credit Derivatives.  The United States’ stake in derivatives or “Credit Default Swaps” (CDS) is up 553% since 2000 to $592.57 trillion.  Worldwide, the derivative mess has been reported to be about $1.5 quadrillion (that’s $1,500 trillion or 1.5 followed by 15 zeros) or 20 times the gross domestic product of the entire world.  This is a financial powder keg waiting to explode.

What is a derivative?

They were at the center of the 2008 real estate and banking collapse. A derivative is a type of options contract—a gamble that some underlying investment will go up or down in the future. Derivatives are largely “imaginary” investments with little or no intrinsic value.  In essence, rather than a true tangible investment, they represent more of a “crap-shoot”—a horrific gamble by men driven by an insatiable appetite for wealth and more of it.  The future impact, when the derivative market unravels, will be catastrophic and unfathomable (Revelation 18 and the fate of America, p.240).

The World at a Glance.  The reality is that there is not one country of significance that is not carrying a national debt.  Even much ballyhooed Chinese are holding $5.25 trillion in debt, or 64% of their GDP.  Russia’s debt is considerably smaller at $241.6 billion or only 11% of their GDP.  Japan is in a real fix with $10.14 trillion in debt or 200% of GDP.

America and the world did not get here over night.  It has been a decades’ long slide of financial miss-management of mammoth proportions.  As far as America is concerned, the financial slippery slope has been so well and thoroughly greased that any upward climb will be impossible without draconian financial measures that no one even wants to think about, much less implement.

With much of America’s manufacturing gutted since the Clinton administration, and others that followed, by foolish trade agreements that sent thousands of businesses abroad, along with millions of American jobs, America’s economic recovery will be extremely difficult if not absolutely impossible.

While the generation that built the world’s greatest economy is on the way out, the users and abusers of it are growing.

The Fundamental Changing of America

May 20, 2015

James F. Gauss, author of

Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

We the People: Birth of a Nation

And a dozen other books.

We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

Barack Obama, October 30, 2008

We are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.

Michelle Obama, May 14, 2008

I’m tired of the liberal and conservative media and pundits claiming President Obama is inept, uninformed, ignorant, out-of-the-loop, disingenuous, etc., etc., etc.  Obama has always had a plan right from the beginning.  He is calculating, clever, deceptive and accomplishing exactly what he started out to do—fundamentally transform the great United States of America into his image of a weakened, ineffective America from within and diminish her world leadership and strength.  His wife, an equal collaborator in the plot, clearly stated that their goal was to change our traditions, our history, which they have effectively done through manipulation of the historical truths and traditions to suit their purposes of diminishing America’s image at home and abroad.

. . . we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation, Mrs. Obama declared.  Indeed, we have moved into a different place—a place of being despised, mistrusted, hated and ridiculed by much of the world.  America is now a place swamped in an over-burdening national debt; an economy on life support; an emasculated and diminished military; a racist society; a destroyed health care system; a tramped on constitution; an invasion of illegal immigrants and Islamic terrorists . . . and the list goes on and on.

National Security and Islamic Terrorism.  The newly elected Barack Hussein Obama demonstrated where his heart was when within days of his inauguration he signed an Executive Order to close GITMO within one year.  Although he succeeded in releasing dozens of Islamic terrorists from the internment camp, he has not, to date, been successful in closing it.  In mid-March when he was asked what advice he would give himself if he could go back to his first day in office, Obama exclaimed, “I would’ve closed Guantanamo on the first day.”

Obama, of course, has had a lot of help along the way with his cause.  He had the full support of the anti-American, anti-truth mainstream media; the extreme left-wing Democrats and their lock-arm cohorts in the Republican party and a populace that had been effectively dumbed-down over decades to the point where the only thing that counted was to elect a “black” man to the highest and most responsible office in the land and perhaps the world.  It did not matter to these people what the man’s agenda was, where he came from, what his experience was, what his politics or beliefs were.  It just did not matter.  Well, now it matters and it matters big time.

Obama has already fired over 200 leading military commanders and given pink slips to over 500 more officers.  [See Obama’s plan to replace patriotic soldiers with illegal, non-patriotic immigrants under the section on Immigration.]

In a January, 2014 article in The New Yorker magazine, when President Obama was asked about the status of Islamic terrorist groups (including ISIS) in the Middle East, he flippantly replied: “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee [junior varsity] team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.”  Eight months later, with the emergence of a powerful ISIS terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, Obama and his administration were trying to deny that he was including ISIS in his remarks.  As it turns out, a full 17 months before those remarks, on August 5, 2012, a U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency report predicted that ISIS would rise to power and threaten the entire Syria-Iraq region and beyond and establish an Islamic caliphate if not immediately engaged militarily and defeated.

Dateline, May 15, 2015.  Pentagon spokesman, Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, declared, “We firmly believe [ISIL] is on the defensive throughout Iraq and Syria, attempting to hold previous gains, while conducting small-scale, localized harassing attacks [and] occasional complex or high-profile attacks to feed their information and propaganda apparatus.”  The Brig. Gen. went on to say that the “coalition” strategy to defeat ISIL (ISIS) was working.

Dateline, May 18, 2015, three days later, ISIS forces overrun the Iraqi military in Ramadi, the capital of Al Anbar province in Iraq, a city of about 200,000 that is only 68 miles (110 km) west of Baghdad.  Along with their victory, ISIS troops captured a bonanza of U.S. supplied equipment and weapons.  ISIS members were going house-to-house searching for Iraqi government collaborators, raising fears of another ISIS blood bath of civilians.

Dateline, May 19, 2015, Whitehouse press secretary, Josh Ernest, insists that the administration’s policy to annihilate ISIS/ISIL is working overall.

Dateline, May 20, 2015, ISIS captures the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra as the Syrian army flees.  It must be really hard for the administration to keep up with all these success stories with their strategy of defeating ISIS working so well. The 2000-year old city is known as “The Pearl of the Desert.”  Although abandoned in 1932, it is a treasure-trove of antiquity.  ISIS will likely destroy the city’s treasure houses of ancient artifacts.

The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria

The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria

Despite the fact that ISIS now conquered the key city of Ramaldi, the ancient city of Palmyra and now controls half of Syria, much of Iraq and has operating forces in 8 or more other countries, the Obama administration and his Pentagon see no need to revise their strategy or policies for defeating ISIS.  Apparently, everything is going according to plan.

Update:  It is abundantly clear that Obama has no intention of weakening ISIS, much less actually defeating them.  U.S. pilots in Iraq are complaining that Obama’s rules of military engagement prevent them from effectively hitting and destroying enemy targets.  Because of such limitations, 75% of the planes that are sent out on combat missions return with their payloads intact.  The airstrikes are so few (14/day average) that they are totally ineffective.  During “Desert Storm” their were an average of 1125 strikes/day.  Even the limited engagement in Kosovo averaged 135 strikes/day; “Iraqi Freedom”, 800/day.

Invasion of Privacy.  With the invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA), the IRS, the CIA, the FBI and the government monitoring of the Internet, cell phones and drones hovering overhead, Americans have never had less privacy than now.  Those who are elected to high office have often used their power and the agencies they control to take advantage of their perceived enemies.  However, Obama and his team have taken such power to new obscene heights of deviousness and lawlessness.

Health Care.  President Obama and his Democratic colleagues have effectively destroyed America’s once premier health care system.  Yes, there were some faults and shortcomings, but nothing that could not be resolved and tweaked into an improved system without government intervention and takeover. It should be noted that not one Republican voted for the ACA (Affordable Care Act), better known as Obamacare.  Obamacare, through the lies and deceptions of Obama and Democratic leaders has routinely caused the destruction of the United States health care system. The negative impact of Obamacare is so great that an overwhelming majority of doctors are planning an early retirement or just plain quitting the practice of medicine.

As I wrote back on August 25, 2009, it would have been far cheaper and less invasive and disruptive for those who were uninsured and wanted insurance to receive health insurance purchase vouchers instead of a government takeover of America’s health care system that will cost the American taxpayer trillions of dollars.

More and more rural and small town hospitals are closing because of Obamacare.  In a 2012 survey by the Doctor Patient Medical Association, 83% of doctors surveyed said they have considered quitting their practice because of Obamacare.  While at the same time it has been estimated that America will need 90,000 more doctors by 2020.

The litany of Obama and Democratic lies about the ACA is almost endless—from the cost of health insurance will go down to, if you like your doctor you can keep him or her to, if you like your plan you can keep your plan.  Not only were the American people consistently lied to, but to implement the law, Obama and his administration violated the law or changed the law dozens of times to suit their nefarious purposes.

Millions (maybe even billions) of dollars are being squandered through the ACA as a Senate investigative report recently disclosed that thousands are getting unqualified subsidies at taxpayer expense.  The new health care system has quickly become rife with corruption and illegal dispensing of taxpayer funds to those who do not qualify.  Heath care “exchanges” that were set up in various states at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars are shutting down due to failure to function properly or effectively enroll people accurately.  The latest is Hawaii, whose exchange is collapsing after a cost of $205 million to taxpayers.

National Finance.  Obama is deliberately plunging America into bankruptcy with the help of his fellow Democrats and a wimped out Republican congress.  The Obama juggernaut has added more debt to the pockets of the American family than all the previous 43 presidents combined.  By 2025 it is estimated that the interest on the National Debt alone will top $808 billion in that year or $37 billion more than America’s total National Debt in 1978.  Just to cover the interest on that debt, every man, woman and child in America would have to fork over another $2500/year in taxes.  The interest, however, is based on an overly optimistic assumption that the current historically low interest rates will stay near the bottom—which they will not.

To compound the problem, of course, there has been no attempt by the current president or Congress, nor by those that preceded them, to reduce spending or reduce the debt.  Therefore, the current national debt of $18.23 trillion will continue to rise exponentially, as will the interest on the debt.  If such a rise is left unabated the national debt is projected to top $25 trillion in 8 years in 2023.  Although overwhelming, that estimate just might be rather light.  If interest rates were to hit 5%, the interest on $25 trillion would be a mind boggling $1.25 trillion.  Of course, America’s economy would likely have collapsed long before that.

Immigration.  America has always been known as the great “melting pot” for the world’s immigrants.  No country matches the United States for its ethnic and cultural diversity.  Ironically, it is this same openness to virtually unrestricted immigration that is becoming America’s downfall.  America has become so ethnically and culturally diverse that the country has no sense of identity, loyalty or mission anymore.  Impact of immigration on culture, jobs, welfare, standard of living, safety, economy and a host of other areas has severely impugned America’s strength and vitality.  With our borders wide open and under guarded, the flood of illegal and undocumented immigrants, including known ISIS members and other Islamic terrorists should be of major concern to all Americans.  Not only is the safety of every American resident at risk but also the economic, social and cultural welfare of the country.  The hard truth and reality is that the vast majority of immigrants flowing into America are not highly educated or skilled.  They will not pay a significant amount in taxes, but will have a significant negative impact on the health care systems, education, welfare, housing, job market and criminal justice systems throughout the U.S.

Recently, it was discovered that DHS (Department of Homeland Security) was picking up thousands of African immigrants at the Mexican/U.S. border, many of whom are from Islamic terrorist nations like Somalia and Libya and busing them to temporary detention centers for processing.

DHS buses lined up to transport illegal immigrants.

DHS buses lined up to transport illegal immigrants.

According to Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), at a time when U.S. citizens are being “downsized” from the U.S. military or even turned away at recruiting centers, there is a push to sign up illegal immigrants in the U.S. military.  “The House Armed Services Committee recently approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” noted Brat, “that encourages the secretary of defense to declare that illegal immigrants categorized under President Barack Obama’s first executive amnesty—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—are ‘vital’ to America’s national interest and thus eligible to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. Congressman Ruben Gallego’s, D-Ariz., amendment passed the committee with six Republicans joining all 27 Democrats.”  This move is occurring at a time when tens of thousands of U.S. troops are being laid off by the Pentagon.  Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, has stated that the U.S. Army will be reduced by 80,000 active duty troops by the end of fiscal year 2017.   Putting illegal immigrants on the front line of America’s defense when they have no proven loyalty or commitment to the United States is not only risky and dangerous, but absolutely stupid.

Education.  Common Core may be the last peg in the destruction of U.S. education.  It should be a telling indicator when so many teachers and school administrators are quitting over it, refusing to implement it.  At least 13 states have opted out; another five are considering and four never signed on to Common Core and another four states are looking at delaying or modifying the standards and five have bills pending to drop or modify Common Core.  Teachers, students and parents are rebelling against Common Core and its curriculum by the hundreds of thousands all over America.  In New York State alone, almost 191,000 students opted out of Common Core’s end-of-year assessment tests.

The parent/student protest movement against Common Core has become so strong that the U.S. Secretary of education, Arne Duncan, recently threatened parents who oppose Common Core with up to 30 days in jail if they allow their children to refuse to participate in Common Core end-of-year testing.

In case you thought the U.S. Department of Education is a harmless government agency that just wants the best for the nation’s children, guess again.  The DOE has become militarized in order to deal with parents and students who dare to seek the best education and not the government indoctrination and dumbing down one.  The Office of Inspector General, the “law enforcement arm” of the DOE has recently been stocking up on ammo and firearms.  Why?  The explanation can be found on their website.

The Office of Inspector General is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for the detection of waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs, and operations. As such, OIG operates with full statutory law enforcement authority, which includes conducting search warrants, making arrests, and carrying firearms. (Source: Website of the Office of Inspector General).

Can you say: “dictatorship” and “communism”?  It has arrived with gusto in the former land of the free. 

In an end of year survey of teen students from 65 countries in 2013, students from the U.S. ranked 36th in math, reading and science.  In the Program for International Student Assessment in 2013, the average U.S. 15 year old student scored 498 (out of a possible 1000) for literacy, ranking the U.S. education system at 24th of 65 around the world.  In a 2014 survey of people from 14 countries on their degree of social and political awareness, the U.S. was near the top in ignorance, only being outranked by Italy.  This is the result of the U.S. spending $115,000 per student (2013, 5th highest in the world) and yet the educational end result keeps getting worse.

At the same time there is a war on homeschooling parents who dare to strive for a better, non-indoctrinated education for their children.  Many are being dragged into court or even having their children taken away on trumped-up charges of child neglect or providing an improper learning experience.

Immorality.  Not only has taxpayer funded abortions by Planned Parenthood risen to record levels ($542 million FY 2012 and $540.6 million FY 2013) under Obama, but the majority of Obamacare health care exchanges require insurance providers to cover elective abortions.  Obama and his administration have also become the undisputed champion of homosexual rights and gay marriage, effectively destroying the tradition of marriage and the traditional family unit.  As early as kindergarten and throughout public school children are being taught that however and whenever you want to have sex, if it makes you feel good, it’s okay and acceptable.  In Fairfax County, VA the school district recently announced plans to introduce a Family Life curriculum that teaches 7th through 12th graders that there is no such thing as a male gender or a female gender.  That you can be whatever gender you desire . . . or no gender at all.  Absolutely unbelievable!  Sodom and Gomorrah, here we come.

Update:  A recent 2015 Gallup poll disclosed that now 63% of those polled think homosexual relationships and marriage is okay; p from 40% n 2001.  Also, 61% believe that having children out of wedlock is just fine; up from 45% in 2001.

Re-writing American History.  At the same time that Obama is lauding Islam as a religion of peace and praising Muslims for their contributions to America and the world, he takes every opportunity to denigrate, ridicule and criticize Christianity—the faith he claims to adhere to.  While Americans “sleep” he is inaugurating the largest influx of Muslims into America with little screening to see just how many Islamic terrorists there are among them.  While saying that America is not a Christian nation, he has the audacity to falsely claim that America is one of the largest Muslim nations.  To set the record straight, America’s Muslim population has been estimated to be around 6 million or less than 2%, far under the top 116 nations with higher Muslim populations by percent.  By total population, America’s Muslim population ranks 58th out of 60 Muslim populated nations.  Sorry, Mr. O, but America is far from being a major Muslim nation.

Not long ago, in an effort to pacify his Muslim brothers, Obama grossly misrepresented the facts and history of the Crusades and Thomas Jefferson’s view of Islam.  Obama repeatedly misrepresents the truth in order to favor his agenda—whether its politics, religion or any other topic.

Racism & Racial Tension:  Obama and his administration promote and encourage racism.  They proclaim outrage when a black thug is killed, but remain silent when blacks riot and destroy homes, businesses or murder innocent non-blacks for the “kicks.”  Because of Obama—the “one” who was supposed to bring racial harmony—race relations have suffered a 50-year set-back.

Obama’s comments on Baltimore riots (the day after, April 28) were more incendiary than helpful: “We have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African Americans, often poor, in ways that raise troubling questions. And it comes up it seems like once a week now, or every couple weeks. And so I think it’s understandable that, and more importantly moms and dads across the country, saying this is a crisis.”  Now, there is no question that there have been incidences where the police force in parts of the country have over-reacted or even unjustly injured or killed someone, both blacks and non-blacks.  However, those deaths measure far less than the number of policemen and police women killed or maimed in the line of duty, often as intentional targets.

From 2005 through 2014, 1463 law enforcement professionals lost their lives in the call of duty, with at least 777 from personal attacks of perpetrators.  From 2010-2014, 682 were killed in the line of duty.  During the same period, 96 black males were killed by police officers and 300 white males were killed by police officers.  In 2014, 431 whites were killed by blacks (who represent 13.2% of the U.S. population), while 193 blacks were killed by whites (77.7% of the population.  Now, if three times as many whites as blacks are being killed by law enforcement and over twice as many whites as blacks are being killed by the opposite race, why does this always boil down to a black issue where blacks are portrayed as the victims?  Why?  Because blacks seem to be more prone to take to the streets to cause chaos and mayhem—destroying property, vandalism, arson, looting, beatings and murder—all under the guise of “seeking justice”.  When was the last time you saw or heard of a group or community of whites or Hispanics (17.1% of the population) going on a rampage because one of their community was murdered by a police officer or a person of the opposite race?

The American Economy.  Under employment/ low worker participation rate.  First quarter of this year the U.S. economy grew by a paltry 0.2%.  Economists had expected a 1% growth rate or about 4% pace for the year.  Instead the economy grew at less than a 1% rate.  The economy, at that rate, cannot and will not create meaningful full time jobs.

As of May 4, almost 50 retail chains have announced over 6,000 store closings, resulting in thousands of layoffs.  This includes such well known companies as Radio Shack (1784 closings), Office Depot/Office Max (400), Dollar Tree/Family Dollar (340), Walgreens (200), Staples (55 stores) and many more.

Update:  There are now a record 110 million Americans receiving federal assistance of some sort.  Note, this does not include those legitimately receiving the earned benefits of Social Security and Medicare for which taxes were collected from income over the years.

Update:  May 29, Obama’s government revised downward the nation’s GDP growth rate to -0.7% (yes, that’s minus 0.7%). Further evidence that Obama and the Congress’s economic policies are destructive.

Military Preparedness.  America’s military, say military veterans, is at the weakest level since before World War II.

Such a rampant elimination of military leaders by an American Commander-in-Chief is unprecedented in all of American military history.  It has become so bad, that along with Obama’s military funding cuts, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno revealed in late October, 2013, that the U.S. Army only had two brigades that he would consider combat ready.  That is a total of 6,000 to 10,000 troops.  Gen. Odierno noted that, due to the sequester budget cuts, the military had to stop training exercises for the last six months of the year.  The two brigades that are estimated to be combat-ready do not include those in Afghanistan, Odierno commented, since those stationed there are only there for “training and advising”.

In a November 7, 2013 Senate Armed Services Committee meeting, members of the committee were stunned by the testimony of the U.S. Air Force representatives.  Due to sequestration the nation’s once powerful Air Force has been severely damaged in its ability to be combat ready.  Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning, in his testimony, noted that not only is the Air Force having to cut back on aircraft maintenance, it is having a hard time keeping experienced pilots because of the forced reduction in flight time and training.  Despite huge bonuses being offered to pilots to stay in the Force, many are leaving for the private airline sector. 

However, all branches of the U.S. military have been drastically affected.  Under the sequester the U.S. Army must cut back to 380,000 soldiers; the U.S. Marines are limited to 150,000 troops; the U.S. Navy is reducing its total fleet number to 260 craft (down from 600 under the Reagan presidency) and cancelling maintenance on 30 ships and 250 aircraft.  Of the $1 trillion in sequester cuts under President Obama, over half were absorbed by the U.S. military at one of the most perilous times in the country’s history. . . . 

Obama’s purge will greatly affect America’s military leadership and military readiness for decades to come.  “Over the past three years,” retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry”  Boykin, noted, “it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause.” 

Because of the purge, Lt. Gen. Boykin points out; future leadership is leaving the military, seeing no future in their patriotism.  Obama’s tyrannical, dictatorial leadership has become offensive to conservative, patriotic personnel in the four branches of military service.  “Morale is at an unprecedented low,” Boykin said (Revelation 18 and the fate of America, pp. 287-289).

Interestingly, American volunteers (former military & Christians) are returning to the Iraq theatre to fight against ISIS, vowing to get the job done that they were not allowed to do while in the military.

In Africa, despite Boko Haram’s reign of terror in Nigeria (mostly against Christians), where thousands of Christians have been displaced, tortured, kidnapped or slaughtered, Obama has repeatedly refused to send Nigeria any military weapons or intelligence to Nigeria because of the former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan’s stance against homosexuality.  So Jonathan was forced to contract with white mercenaries from South Africa, who recently have been forcing Boko Haram into retreat and have freed many villages and kidnapped victims from the clutches of the notorious Islamic terrorist group.

Update:  In a survey conducted by Military Times of 2300 active duty personnel, only 15% approved of Obama’s role as Commander-in-Chief.

Foreign Relations.  America’s image abroad has, perhaps, never been worse.  Due to Obama’s feckless foreign policies and reneging on his words and commitments, few world leaders trust America any more.  Our influence abroad has been severely diminished.  A good case in point is Saudi Arabia.  When Yemen on their border was overrun by Islamic terrorists and eventually fell, they appealed to the U.S. for help.  Finding none, they turned to Vladimir Putin and the Russians who were only too glad to fill the void.  Obama also turned his back on the Ukrainians when they appealed for help to fight the Russian invasion of the Crimea.  While extolling Islam, Obama has ignored the millions of Christians who are being persecuted and slaughtered by Muslims around the world.

In South America, while Obama fawns over communist Cuba 90 miles from Florida, the view of America by South American leaders has likely never been lower.  SA leaders despise Obama’s policies and his condescending attitude toward South Americans.

Update: June 1, President Obama declared that under his administration America is now the most respected nation in the world. (I’ll let you fill in your own epithets).

Strengthening Our Enemies.  On April 17.  Obama, in a Whitehouse press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, stated that he’s Ok with Russia’s sale of S-300 missiles to Iran.  No alarms for him.  According to Air Power Australia (an independent defense think tank),

While the S-300P/S-400 series is often labelled as ‘Russia’s Patriot’, the system in many key respects is more capable than the US Patriot series, and in later variants offers mobility performance and thus survivability much better than that of the Patriot. The introduction of the 64N6 Big Bird series of phased array acquisition radars in later variants provides them with many of the capabilities of the US SPY-1 Aegis system, in a highly mobile SAM system. From an Australian perspective the deployment of large numbers of the S-300P/S-400 family of missiles in Asia is of major concern. Rapidly deployable, high survivable, and highly lethal, these weapons are especially difficult to counter and require significant capabilities to robustly defeat.

However, for President ‘What me worry?’ Obama, there is not a smidgen of concern.

War on Christianity.  Although Obama claims to be a Christian (actions speak louder than words), he and his “justice” department never seem to miss an opportunity to demean, persecute and prosecute Christians every time they try to take a stand for their faith.  Christians all across the country are being sued and forced out of business, and in many cases losing their livelihood and personal assets.  Why?  Because they refuse to subjugate their faith and cater to gay weddings.

Recently, an Air Force General, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, was being threatened with court martial because he had the audacity to proclaim at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event that God was the reason for success in the military.  The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (that has an “in” with the Obama administration) was outraged and demanded he be court martialed.  Elsewhere, in the military, chaplains are forbidden to pray with soldiers in the “name of Jesus” or they will lose their officer’s commission. 

Rejecting Israel.  It is no secret that Obama appears to detest Israel and has no love for Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  Obama favors a “two state” solution for Israel, using every opportunity to push for the legitimacy of an Islamic terrorist state within Israel.  He so despises Netanyahu and Israel that he intentionally disclosed Israel’s long-kept secret nuclear weapons research to the world.  Obama tried, but failed, to undermine Netanyahu’s re-election in March of this year—another treasonous activity.  Although he could not be directly associated, many of his closest supporters were involved and received significant government funding for the attempt.  It is clear, that while Obama loathes Israel, he cow tails to the Islamic terrorist sponsoring nation of Iran, Israel’s (and the world’s) arch enemy.  He, or his U.N. representative, also clearly stand with Muslim nations at the United Nations in condemning Israel for one thing or another.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:2

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The New Year: Wake Me When It’s Over

The New Year: Wake Me When It’s Over

January 13, 2015

Get your favorite non-alcoholic drink and relax in your comfy chair.  This is a long one (six years in the making).

(Disclaimer:  I don’t blog that often because, quite frankly, I’m tired of all the bad news and I hate to be the bearer of even more.  But sometimes I just can’t stand it anymore, watching my beloved country being flushed down the toilet and not enough Americans seem to care to do anything about it.  Especially our elected officials who seem to march lock-step blindly on; seeing nothing wrong and hoping that time will heal all wounds.  But I am a “watchman” and I am called to keep the warning before the people as long as there are still people who care to be warned and heed those warnings.)

I’m tired.  I’m tired of all the meaningless rhetoric from politicians (especially Republicans—I expect it from the liberal, leftist Democrats), the liberal “yellow” journalism press and the heretical clergy.  The Republican establishment yammer on-and-on about how bad President Obama is and how scandalous he and his administration are; how corrupt; how inept; how this, how that, but then do absolutely, absolutely nothing to combat it or come against it.  Not even to have the courage to stand up against Obama and his ilk, but to actively participate and support his Marxist agenda.

Let’s review the Obama accomplishments so far.  God help us for what the next two years will bring.

The Economy.  If you think the economy is really good, then you have been brainwashed by the liberal media and Obama’s lying government.  With all the lies and deception that Obama, his staff and agencies have been caught with, do you really think the economy is as good as they are trying to make you believe?  I know, the stock market is rising to record highs; unemployment has supposedly sunk to 5.6 percent and so on.  But have you stopped to consider that the vast majority of jobs that have been “created” are either part-time or lower paying service sector jobs?  There are really very few high paying jobs in manufacturing, trades or the professional ranks.  Real household income is at the lowest it’s been in decades.  The workforce participation rate (62.8%) is the lowest since 1978 and has steadily dropped since the year 2000.  That means a lot of people have just given up on looking for meaningful work.

And unemployment?  Well, according to highly respected economist Walter “John” Williams of the popular ShadowStats web site, if you factor in all those who have given up looking and all those who want full time work but can only find part-time at McDonalds or Wal Mart, the “real” unemployment/under-employment rate jumped from around 12.5% before Obama took office to over 20% after he took office and has held steady at around 22-23% range for the past six years.  As far as Obama being the “savior” of the black community, unemployment among his “brethren” remains stubbornly double that of whites.  Among black teens, 16-19 years old, it has been near or above 30% and still is above 28%.

If the economy is doing so well then how is it that major retailers like Sears, Kmart, Macy’s, Radio Shack and many others are planning on closing thousands of stores (Radio Shack, 1,100 alone) and laying off tens of thousands of employees in 2015?  If the economy is so good, why are there still over 46 million Americans receiving food stamps?  About 20 million more than when Obama first took office.

To understand Obama’s view of what makes the economy work, one should listen to or read his speech at Osawatomie High School (Kansas) on December 6, 2011.  In his attempt to explain “trickle down” economics that is promoted by capitalists, he stated: “If only we cut more regulations and cut more taxes—especially for the wealthy—our economy will grow stronger. . . . if the winners do really well, jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everyone else.

“. . . Here’s the problem:” he asserted, “It doesn’t work.  It’s never worked.”  Obama’s way to economic prosperity for all is to tax more and regulate more.  Just during his first term, the Obama administration issued new regulations that will cost the American taxpayer $70 billion.  The number of regulations during Obama’s first term were almost triple those of his predecessor, President Bush, during his first term.  Just in his fourth year of office alone, federal regulators issued 2605 new rules.  In his first five years in office Obama has added 17,522 pages to the Code of Federal Regulations.  The CFR had 175,496 pages at the end of 2013.  In 2014, Obama added an estimated 75,000 pages of new regulations or an estimated $181 billion in new financial burdens upon Americans.

And there you have Obama’s simple Marxist view of America and capitalism.  “It doesn’t work.  It’s never worked.”  Despite 300-plus years of American ingenuity, industrialization and “trickle down” prosperity that (up until now) has built the greatest country and economy the world has ever known.  But, according the great “seer”, it just doesn’t work.

America’s Financial Condition.  When President Obama took office on January 20, 2009, America’s National debt was $10.626 trillion and the debt held by the public was $6.307 trillion.  America had endured 8 years of George Bush’s presidency in which he added $4.9 trillion to the National Debt.  Presidential candidate Obama called Bush’s penchant for such debt accumulation “unpatriotic”.  Now enter Obama’s world.  The National Debt after 6 years of Barack Obama now stands at $18.08 trillion and will likely exceed $20 trillion before Obama’s last year in office ends.  Public debt under Obama has risen to $12.995 trillion as of December 31, 2014 or over 100%.  That means that under Obama more public debt has been accumulated than under the administrations of all 43 presidents that preceded him, as will the National Debt before his second term is over.  What is even worse is that Congress appears to be unwilling or uninterested in stemming the tide of red ink and the weight of the economic burden it is placing upon the shoulders of every American, present and future.  It is unconscionable, but then, no one ever accused a politician of having a conscience.  Oh, and the interest on this debt?  Only a mere $522 billion per year and rising.  Gee, what could the American economy look like with an extra half trillion circulating each year?

To put this in a worldwide perspective, it is estimated that the global indebtedness of all nations at the end of 2014 was $60.906 trillion.  Of this debt, the people of the United States held 29.6% of it, but only represent 4.4% of the world population.  With the Obama administration’s bent on uncontrolled immigration, America’s financial condition will worsen as unskilled, uneducated, lower wage earners flood the country and governmental system, creating greater indebtedness for hardworking Americans while contributing little to the country’s tax base.  Hardworking U.S. citizens will see their tax burdens rise and real incomes continue to shrink.

Inflation.  The “official” government position is, and has been for some time, that inflation or the CPI (Consumer Price Index) is somewhere between 0 and 2% or lastly (November) at 1.3%.  Do you believe that?  If you do, you are not paying attention to what you are buying or have a short memory of the recent past.  When we departed the U.S. of A. in August of 2011, I remember that in the Midwest we could buy top sirloin steak for $3.98-4.98/lb.  Milk was about $3.50/gallon; eggs about $1.20/doz.; bread about $2; sliced roast beef was around $5.99/lb.; sliced Virginia ham about $4.99.  Upon our visit to the U.S. in June this past year we found that top sirloin had risen to $9.98; milk was about $5.00/gallon; eggs $2.50; bread $3.50-4.00; sliced roast beef and Virginia ham was $8.99 and $6.99 respectively.  This food inflation was far higher than the 0-2% the government data presents.

What has masked true inflation is the plummeting energy sector—no thanks to Obama.  Oil prices are declining due to world economies being in the tank and the surge of oil production on private U.S. land, something Obama has no control over but is trying to clamp down on through more and more environmental regulations.

Education & Knowledge.  Not long ago I watched a couple of informal history surveys on two different university campuses.  The two different interviewers asked simple, basic questions that any 5th grader should be able to answer.  Such questions as: “Who won the Civil War?”  “From whom did America win its independence?”  “Who is America’s Vice President?”  In each case, an overwhelming number of students did not have a clue as to the right answer.  This is just one indication of the radical left’s success in “dumbing down” of America’s youth.   Enter Common Core, another peg in the dumbing down strategy that even teachers across the country are rebelling against and some states are passing legislation to outlaw it.

Not content with trying to control the educational input of our children, the Obamas, via Michelle, decided they knew best what kids in school should eat.  As a result, thousands of uneaten lunches across America are thrown out each day by kids who refuse to eat the garbage called “food”.   Real history that teaches students true, politically incorrect history has been banned from schools at all levels, as has true science and math.

Teenagers cannot even make simple mathematical decisions without a calculator, cash register or computer.  I once asked a teenager at a convenience store for five singles in exchange for a five dollar bill.  She looked at me like I was speaking a foreign tongue.  I finally said, “May I have five one dollar bills, please?” In part, because of this dumbing down, that is why I decided to write two volumes of early American history and recently revised and expanded the second volume, We the People, Birth of a Nation which presents American history from the mouths of the Founders, complete with the full historical documents that they labored over.

Now, educational boards across the U.S. are condoning proselytizing on behalf of Islam using history texts written and edited by Muslims in order to portray Islam in a favorable light.  In many schools, children of unsuspecting parents are being groomed in the five pillars of Islam, must dress in Muslim attire so they can become more culturally sensitive and be forced to visit mosques, all in the name of cultural diversity.

Foreign Relations.  America’s image abroad is probably at the lowest level since the country’s founding.  Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster and his Secretaries of State (Clinton & Kerry) were and are inept and pathetic.  Obama’s apologetic and appeasement tours and position are an embarrassment and a kick in the face to the Founding Fathers and all those patriots who valiantly fought and died for the freedom, strength and leadership that America has provided to the world.  It’s no secret that Obama despises American “Exceptionalism” and has done everything within his power to diminish America’s once powerful image around the world.

At the same time Obama is destroying American exceptionalism he works hard at legitimizing the tyrants of Cuba, Iran and other tyrant-led countries.  While he is busy patronizing the tyrants of the world he has virtually ignored the relationships and alliances with countries in the Western hemisphere.

According to the 2015 Open Doors report on world terrorism, 2014 was the worst year for persecution of Christians.  However, the “leader of the free world”, Mr. Obama, has said virtually nothing and done virtually nothing to confront it or the Islamic terrorists that are behind the overwhelming majority of it.

High Level Corruption.  Just about every presidential administration has a scandal or two during their presidency, but usually such lapses in judgment do not affect American lives and freedom.  Enter, once again, President Obama.  Scandals and corruption associated with him and his Whitehouse team are non-ending and just about everyone of them have severely impacted the lives and freedoms of the majority of Americans.

  • Fast & Furious gun-running which put American lives at risk, especially along the Mexican border states by putting high-powered weapons into the hands of known drug lords and, at least in two known instances, resulted in the murder of U.S. border patrol agents.
  • The Benghazi assault on our unprotected outpost that allowed Ambassador Stevens and three others to be murdered because Obama & Hillary Clinton just did not see the need for adequate protection. Then when it is attacked and overwhelmed by obvious (to everyone else) Islamic jihadists, tried to blame the attack on an obscure internet video that practically no one ever saw or heard of; then lied repeatedly to Americans and the world about their despicable behavior and disregard for the safety of Americans serving abroad. See my post on “Was Ambassador Stevens Assassinated?”
  • The IRS targeting scandal where Obama and his hirelings authorized the use of the IRS to target conservative groups and prevent them from raising monies for the 2012 presidential campaign. Shameful; despicable; scandalous; criminal. But no one’s in jail. Not even one indictment.
  • The NSA spying outrage where millions of private conversations and data bases were violated for nefarious purposes, all in the name of “national security” but really to keep tabs on Obama’s opponents.
  • The Veteran’s Administration debacle of disgusting and inhuman treatment of thousands of U.S. veterans. Admittedly, not all on Obama’s watch, but seemed to intensify under his administration.
  • Voter Fraud. How else would you explain 110% of voters in some precincts voting for Obama or 100% of all precincts in Philadelphia voting for Obama, or electronic voting machines around the country “mysteriously” switching Republican votes to Democratic ones?

Well, you get the picture.  There are more Obama scandals then I care to take time to write about—particularly those that involve violations of the U.S. Constitution.  That alone would take a book of several hundred pages.  The list of Obama’s abuses of his office and public trust seems to be just about endless.  The sad thing is that most Americans are clueless and they will not understand the impact of this president on American freedoms, prosperity and national security until many years later.

National Security.  Under Obama’s “leadership” America’s military has become smaller than before World War II and considerably weaker.  According to U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, the U.S. Army only has two brigades (6,000-10,000 troops) that are combat ready.  Under Obama as Commander-in-Chief, military morale has plummeted, while military deaths due to suicide has steadily increased since he took office to the point where, starting in 2012, military deaths from suicide exceeded those from combat.  In 2012 alone 524 U.S. servicemen and women committed suicide, and at a rate far more than those among the much larger civilian population.  In addition, Obama has purged the military of over 200 top leaders and given “pink slips” to over 500 career military leaders.  Of the $1 trillion in sequester cuts at the end of 2013 by Obama and Congress, over half was absorbed by the military at a time when America needs military strength at its peak.  Medal of Honor decorated, Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, stated, “There is no doubt he [Obama] is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” (see Revelation 18 and the fate of America, page 288).

Although Obama trumpets that America has never been safer, the truth is, America has never been more vulnerable.  His catastrophic decision to prematurely pull out of Iraq against all military advice has created the meteoric rise of the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS—a group that Obama cannot seem to bring himself to effectively encounter and annihilate despite their horrific acts of butchery in the name of their god.

On January 22, 2009, two days after being sworn in to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”, President Obama issued an executive order to close the Gitmo terrorist detention camp in Cuba within a year.  Although he did not succeed, he has released almost 100 Islamic terrorists so they can pursue their terrorist efforts against the United States. Many of those released are now leading or fighting with terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere.  In 2014 alone, Obama released 28 suspected Islamic terrorists.  Follow-up on GITMO detainees released shows that at least 30% re-enter the battlefield to carry out more terror attacks.

President Barack Obama having not succeeded in keeping his promise to close Gitmo within a year of becoming president is now resorting to a different tactic. He is releasing Gitmo inmates, and not just any Gitmo terrorist, but top Taliban intelligence official who kept Stinger missiles and uranium at his farm. But it even gets worse than this. The Afghans gave “security guarantees” that there is no requirement this uranium terrorist and 3 others to be held in prison and they are said to be likely sent home to their families.

The uranium terrorist is Mohammed Zahir, who was also to top it all off, a leading Taliban weapons supplier, according to his official Guantanamo file, leaked three years ago to The Telegraph by the Wikileaks hacker group (Source: Shoebat Foundation, December 20, 2014).

On September 23, 2014, speaking before the United Nations, President Obama (with a straight face) announced that the world was a lot safer now since he took office.  “As a result of this [international security] work and cooperation with allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago.”  Really?  Does this man live on this planet?  Threats from terrorists—principally Islamic terrorists—has NEVER been greater.  Just ask any one of the hundreds of millions of Jews and Christians around the world who are in daily fear of persecution, torture and murder.  Just ask the thousands of U.S. military parents, spouses and relatives of the thousands of men and women who have died under the Obama administration trying to fight a restricted and unwinnable (because Obama doesn’t want to win the) war against Muslim terrorists or the survivors of those thousands of brave military personnel who could not take it any longer under this “Commander-in-Chief” and committed suicide from Post Traumatic Stress or lack of committed leadership to a winning strategy.

Since September 11, 2001, Muslim terrorists have committed 24,826 non-military deadly attacks around the world (Source: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/thelist.htm).  In 2011 alone, Muslim terrorists killed an estimated 12,533 people (Source: National Counterterrorism Center).  Since Obama took office in 2009 there have been at least 20 deadly Muslim terrorist attacks in America.  However, President Obama insists that such daily terror is just the “senseless violence of a few.”  Just in the last three months of 2014, Islamic terrorists carried out almost 900 attacks, killing almost 8,000 people and wounding thousands more.  But the world is safer now that Obama is at the helm.

On January 12, 2015, the U.S. military’s Central Command Twitter account was hacked by either ISIS members or sympathizers who sent terror messages to the U.S. military.  But we’re secure.  No threat here.

President Obama and members of his administration have repeatedly disclosed national secrets of the U.S. and its allies.   Perhaps the most infamous was the disclosure of members of Seal Team 6 who were responsible for annihilating Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011.  The very next day, Vice President Joe Biden, in an act of treason, “outed” the Team to the world.  Three months late, on August 6, 30 members of Seal Team 6, on another mission in Afghanistan, had their helicopter shot down.  All were killed, as were eight Afghanis on board.

The Obama administration seems to spend more time and effort placating and empowering the tyrannical terrorists of the world like Iran, Russia, China, Cuba and Islamic terrorists worldwide than they do confronting them and minimizing their threat to America and the world.

While Obama touts his delusional safe world he decimates America’s borders and our border patrol, making them ineffective.  Not long ago an American trucker driving a truck across the border from Mexico to America videoed his border crossing experience.  As he pulled up to the American border guard, the guard asked the driver if he was the only one on board.  The trucker said, “Why, does it matter?”  The border guard said, “Not anymore” and waved the driver through without any further questions and no inspection.  In many places along the southern U.S. border, border agents have been disarmed or made to pull back to 70 miles from the border.  When they were able to provide some semblance of border security, for the first time (in 2014) they apprehended more non-Mexicans than Mexicans.  And, it has been well documented by border agents and county sheriffs along the border that Muslims are crossing the border without much impediment.

Update, January 24, 2015.  As Obama “fiddles” the Mideast burns.  Today, Libya is in turmoil; Egypt still unstable; Yemen has fallen into chaos; Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are being overtaken by Al Qaeda & ISIS; Iran has been emboldened in its nuclear program; America’s support of Israel has been weakened while Hamas has been strengthened by Obama and America’s ally, the King of Saudi Arabia has died leaving an uncertain future in U.S.-Saudi relations.  Under Obama the Middle East has declined into chaos and Islamic terrorism.  But, the deceiver-in chief of America says the world has never been safer, so it must be true.

The Enemy Within.  As if this brazen weakening of American security were not enough, Obama has stacked his administration with known members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, including serving in the Department of Homeland Security. In the past year it has been widely reported (by responsible media) that there are simulated cell phone “towers” popping up all over America.  These cell phone data interceptors are collecting the cell phone calls and data of millions of Americans.  Who is doing it?  The FBI, CIA, Pentagon?  No, none of the reasonably suspected culprits.  It’s the Obama “Justice” Department.  Why?  Supposedly to catch that one in a billion call by a terrorist using certain catch words or phrases.  In the meantime the collective freedom of speech of millions of law-abiding U.S. citizens is being severely compromised. Under Obama the Feds have become the enemy of the people.

Race Relations.  President Obama said race relations since he took office in 2009 have gotten better.  In a Fox News poll of December 7-9, 62% said it has gotten worse under Obama, only 19% said it has become better.  Obama’s alliances and support of black agitators like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson heighten the black-white divide.  The man in the Whitehouse has clearly shown his prejudicial side, as has his Justice Department cohort, Eric Holder.  While they both are ready to jump into a suspected white-on-black assault, they are no-shows on any one of the thousands of documented black-on-white assaults and murders, particularly committed by black thugs “playing” the “knock-out” game of punching out the lights of unsuspecting men, women, the disabled and elderly.  The Obama DOJ believes and practices selective prosecution. When members of the Black Panthers intimated white voters in Philadelphia during the 2008 election, Holder refused to investigate or bring charges.  When thousands of blacks rioted and torched Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury decided that Michael Brown was killed in self-defense by a white police officer, rather than support that decision, Holder implied that justice was denied and is now threatening a Civil Rights suit against the officer and gave credence and justification for the rioting.  When the New Black Panthers recently threatened to target police officers for assassination, not a peep was heard from Holder or Obama.

Poverty.  The poverty rate in the U.S. is 15.7%, two percentage points higher than when Obama took office.  Some parts of the country, like Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee have once thriving cities with poverty rates between 27-35%.  This is certainly not the sign of a full economic recovery that Obama boasts about.  The truth is that 45 million Americans still live in poverty and the percentage of Americans in that situation is three percentage points higher than before Obama took office.

Health Care.  If you do not know by now that the (Un)Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is a disaster and will destroy American health care, then, once again, you have not been paying attention.  The law that Nancy Pelosi said they just had to pass to find out what was in it, is neither affordable (except for the poor) nor very caring.  People are losing their doctors, their health care providers, their affordable premiums (as AFC premiums skyrocket), and one poll disclosed that 70% of doctors plan to leave their profession in the next few years.  Add to this mess the millions of illegal immigrants that will be added to the health care system who will get free health care, thanks to the U.S. taxpayer, and you can imagine what health care in the U.S. will be like in a short couple of years.

Religious Freedom.  Although Obama and team sees no need to temper the hateful rhetoric coming out of America’s mosques, they seem to seize every opportunity or support local and regional court assaults on the freedoms of Christians and Jews to freely practice their religions or operate godly businesses.  You can read more about this assault on Christianity in Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

Adherence to the Law.  Obama and his team have violated the U.S. Constitution so frequently that it is like we do not have a constitution anymore.  There is no longer the separation of powers so wisely established by the Founding Fathers.  Obama is Tyrant and King:  he makes the laws; decides which laws should be enforced and which he can ignore; he can wave his magic pen and decree whatever he wants to be so, no matter how many lawmakers or members of the public object.  Of course, he is not entirely to blame.  Members of Congress have sat on the collective bums through it all, saying and doing nothing for fear that they might face some kind of recrimination for coming against or even impeaching the “first” pseudo-black president.

Final Word (Sort of).  Now, after all that has been said you might think I am prejudice or anti-somebody, but I’m not.  I just believe in calling a spade a spade (no pun or racial slur intended).  Even Jesus called out the Pharisees when he saw how they treated the people and misled them.  I said in 2008 that America would regret the day that they elected Barack Hussein Obama.  Unfortunately, to date, I do not think I have been proven wrong.

Wake Me When It’s Over.  So, where is the public and Congressional outrage?  Where are the religious leaders falling to their knees and begging God for mercy and leading their congregations in repentance and turning to God in true worship and righteousness?  If we think some courageous person or persons are going to step forward with a magic solution that will rectify this mess, we are deceiving ourselves.  America is far beyond effective human intervention.  Only God Almighty is up to the job, but He will not intervene unless His people repent and fully return to Him; turn from their wicked ways and stand upon His righteousness.  So, wake me when the church decides it has had enough and is willing to take a stand and stops laying down to be trampled upon by anyone who chooses to do so.

Well, I could write a book.  Oh, wait I did,  Revelation 18 and the fate of America

NOTE:  I have purposely not included a host of references here because they are in my book, Revelation 18 and the fate of America.  Also, I would encourage you to take the time to do your own research.

 

America in Crisis

September 28, 2014

At the beginning of America’s Revolutionary War with England, a new Englishman immigrant to the American colonies, Thomas Paine, began to write a series of 16 articles on The American Crisis.  Prior to arriving in Philadelphia on November 30, 1774, Paine had never visited the New World called America.  However, he quickly became a staunch ally of the colonists in their quest for independence from the British crown.

In his first article, published on December 23, 1776, he started with the now famous line: These are the times that try men’s souls. He followed that with, The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

The fledgling country of America was in deep trouble.  Suffering under the oppressive and tyrannical rule of England, the majority of colonists felt they had no choice but to fight against King George III and his military might for their freedom.  While their heart and spirit was resolute, the young, developing nation faced daunting, if not impossible issues.  Leadership in the country was not completely unified and was still evolving and maturing.  The military was practically non-existent, made up of a rag-tag bunch of farmers and merchants and was seriously out-gunned and unprepared to go up against the superior forces of the British regulars and Hessian (German) mercenaries.  America’s military leadership was unproven and Congress had to “settle” on young George Washington who had never won a military campaign.  America had no navy to go up against the best navy in the world at the time.  The financial condition of the country was poor, with little or no central financial resources to finance the huge and costly undertaking.  By all observations and assessments, America was doomed to failure in this often ill-advised venture called “independence”.

Once again, America stands emerged in a crisis, a crisis like no other and no less to its survival than that of the American Revolution.  Only this time America is dealing with a multitude of crises from within as well as from outside.  At the heart of America’s crises is inept and unwilling leadership, both in politics and the church—past and present.

Some say that what America needs is another “revolution” to restore its fundamental foundations and greatness.  Even Thomas Jefferson believed that, The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure (Thomas Jefferson’s letter to William Stephens Smith on November 13, 1787).  Whether a true revolution will be needed in America, time will tell, but time is getting short.

The United States of America has been on the slippery slope of decay for many decades.  However, the acceleration of the decline has intensified over the last six years—yes, during the Obama administration.

Morally.  America is morally bankrupt.  Her moral decay started long ago but has accelerated at warp speed under a president who strongly opposes “traditional” marriage and has become a forceful advocate for perverted sexual unions.  America is now the largest exporter of online pornography in the world, dispensing 60 percent or 428 million pages of perversion, with 66 percent coming from one state, California.  In the latest survey, 48 percent of America’s “first-born” children are born outside of a marriage union.  Since the passage of Roe vs. Wade abortion legislation in 1973, America has willfully killed over 56 million potential citizens and exported this heinous crime worldwide.  For more information, see these two links, here and here.

Financially.  America’s national debt is unsustainable and approaching $18 trillion with around $125 trillion in “unfunded” liabilities.  Obama and his Federal Reserve method of dealing with this has been to pack on another nearly $10 trillion during his six years in office with trillions more to come before he leaves office and tens of trillions more after he is long gone. Under Obama, America’s “debt to government revenue” has soared to 656%, the highest in the world.  Compare that to near bankrupt Greece which had a debt to government revenue of 351%, while the average for all 27 Eurozone countries was 40%.  See this link here for more information.

Economically.  Instead of trying to cut the deficit, Obama authorized the Fed to print money at the rate of $85 billion/month.  Obama’s economic policies have been and will continue to be proven to be disastrous.   While the stock market has mushroomed due to all the easy money printed by the Fed, middle-class families are falling behind financially and the ranks of the poor and those on the government dole have skyrocketed.   America’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth from 2008-2012 was one of the lowest in the Western Hemisphere.  Full time, family supporting jobs have evaporated with millions of new college graduates working at low wage jobs or not working at all in their chosen field of study.  For more information, see this link here.

Militarily.   Since taking office in early 2009, President Obama has been intent on deconstructing the U.S. military, downsizing and weakening it at a time when America’s traditional and surging new adversaries are growing and strengthening.  During his tenure, America has been overtly threatened by North Korea, China, Russia, Iran and an ever-growing array of Islamic terrorist groups and armies.  Yet, he has the audacity to proclaim that under his administration the world has never been safer.  Over two hundred high ranking military leaders have been fired by Obama and another 500 or more career officers have received “pink slips”.  Under his “command” the military has not only been severely weakened but has become demoralized and seriously unprepared for major battle.  For more information, see this link here.

Politically.   Unfortunately, at a time when America needs a strong leader of unprecedented character, it has a two-term self-absorbed, narcissistic leader who cannot and will not lead—but will never turn down an opportunity to golf, vacation or fund raise at the expense of the taxpayer.  Obama is a leader who refuses to listen to his military advisors or any other advisors unless they agree with his destructive, socialistic and tyrannical policies.  He is one who has been the most divisive and constitutionally defying leaders the country has ever had; flaunting and abusing the rule of law anywhere he is allowed.  He refuses to secure America’s borders and has freely invited illegals into the country along with assorted criminals, drug lords and terrorists.  His democratic cohorts and assorted “czars” have wrecked havoc with America’s judicial system and laws, creating one unresolved scandal after another—anyone of which would have led to the impeachment of previous presidents.  See this link here for more information.

Spiritually. (chap 19 link)  The Judeo-Christian faith has been under relentless attack in America for many decades, partly because the church in America has grown weak, worldly and complacent.  Because of the addiction to “tax exempt” status, the majority of churches and their leaders would rather preach the gospel of compliance than the Gospel of God’s truth and righteousness.  Under the current administration the attacks on free speech and religious freedom have accelerated at a time when atheists and an assortment of “rights” groups have successfully denied the Judeo-Christian community of faith their God-given rights.  For more information, see this link here. 

America’s people who believe in God have one choice and one choice only when it comes to redeeming their lives, their family and their nation—they must turn from their wicked ways, repent and return to God.  Non-believers will scoff at this, convinced that they have the answers to America’s problems, but will only take the country further into the abyss.   “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

America stands at the proverbial fork in the road and once again she must chose whether to follow the heathen, Baal or God.  But “a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom,” warned John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 17, 1775, “can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” (From Revelation 18 and the fate of America, p. 354).

Prayer for Revolution

For more information and understanding of where America has been, is currently and where it is headed, read Revelation 18 and the fate of AmericaYou might also want to read Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast and We the People: Birth of a Nation.

The World Mourns (Chapter 18 Excerpt)

September 23, 2014

The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore.  For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.

Revelation 18:22-23

In an all-out effort to save their financial hides, is there anything that America and Americans would not sell to the Chinese or others around the world? Apparently not.  It appears that the Chinese, for one, are not completely happy with just buying up America’s assets—land, businesses, infrastructure, energy resources, shipping ports and anything else they can get their hands on (see chapter 7)—but they also want America’s bodies; especially American child-bearing women.

In an article in Today Money on September 23, 2013, it was reported that Chinese millionaires in China (and there are millions of them) are contracting with Chinese and American surrogate agencies to find young American women who are willing to carry Chinese babies to full term in the U.S., thus having their babies being born as American citizens.  Of course, U.S. fertility clinics and surrogate agencies are only too happy to comply and have set up web sites in Mandarin Chinese to attract the wealthy Chinese.  For the native Chinese family such a method of bearing their young accomplishes two primary purposes:  They can avoid the restrictive “one child” policy of their homeland and they open the door to future U.S. residency through their U.S. citizen babies.

It is not surprising that the number of Chinese visitors to the U.S. has nearly doubled from 2010 to 2012, from one million to 1.8 million.  The number of pregnant Chinese women coming to America to give birth to their children has also risen dramatically.

Such a method of bearing children is not cheap.  While American women who act as surrogates can make $22,000 to $30,000, the overall cost for the Chinese family can run upwards to $300,000.  However, despite the hefty fee, it looks like more and more Chinese can afford the bill.

Municipality and County Financial Meltdowns.  Communities and counties across America are in deep financial trouble.  Some are on financial watch lists; others have had to slash budgets and city personnel; others have had their credit rating reduced; while others are seeking bankruptcy relief from the courts.

Of course, the biggest of these to grab headlines recently is Detroit.  Detroit has been in a world of hurt for a long time as the once strong auto center has seen the automobile industry wane and workers flee the city over the last couple of decades.  Since 1980, Detroit has had a population flight, from 1.2 million residents to 701,475 in 2012, a 41.5 percent decline.  At the time of filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013, Detroit owed about $18 billion, of which $12.1 billion (including pension obligations of $3.5 billion) was “unsecured debt.”  So far, the city is the largest municipal entity to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history.   As of July, 2013 the city still had an unemployment rate of 18.8 percent.

However, Jefferson County, Alabama (pop. 658,466), which includes the city of Birmingham, was the second largest at $4 billion when it filed on November 9, 2011.  Before Detroit’s filing, Stockton, California was the largest U.S. city (pop. 298,000) to file for bankruptcy on June 28, 2012.  In an effort to stay solvent, Stockton had cut $90 million from its budget over the last few years, especially in the police force.  As a result crime has skyrocketed in the community.

Right behind Stockton is San Bernardino, California (pop. 212,639) with a $45.8 million budget shortfall.  There are numerous other California cities that are in deep financial trouble.  Among them are Mammoth Lakes, which is being sued by a contractor for a $43 million “breach-of-contract” judgment.  Then there is Santa Ana (nearing bankruptcy) and Costa Mesa which is slashing payrolls to stay afloat.

In addition, there are four major cities in California that are battling financial difficulties: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego.  Los Angeles, California’s largest city at 3.8 million people is facing a $238 million budget deficit and huge unfunded pension liabilities.  San Diego, the second largest city, is also facing a huge pension problem and a fiscal year 2014 budget gap of $38 million.  Long Beach has an $18.5 million budget issue, while Oakland needs to borrow $211 million to cover pension obligations.

Although many California cities are in big trouble, the fiscal problem for municipalities extends far beyond that state.  In the Midwest, Chicago is by far the biggest potential headache.  With a FY2013 budget gap of $298 million, the city has been forced to lay off 500 workers and close some police stations.  Another Michigan city, Flint, is facing a FY2014 shortfall of $19.1 million.  In Cincinnati, Ohio, they were looking at FY2014 gap of $35 million and were forced to raise property taxes.

In the East, two large Pennsylvania cities are facing major financial problems and have filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  In Harrisburg, the state capital, they were weighed under by a $400+ million debt.  In Scranton they were only $16.8 million in the hole but were forced to cut 400 public employees back to $7.25 per hour (minimum wage). In Camden, New Jersey, another crime-ridden, declining city where unemployment still hovers at 17 percent, in FY2011 they were dealing with a $26.5 million gap and were forced to fire their entire police force and contract out their law enforcement needs.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

There are a host of other cities and counties and other governmental entities that are facing severe financial problems and the list keeps growing.  With the economy as a whole still in limbo, the financial picture is not getting any better for most of them.

The problem, wrote David Kupelian, Managing Editor of WorldNetDaily,  is that “America’s most vexing and intractable problems: rampant crime, pervasive political corruption and government debt, sky-high taxes, crushing bureaucratic regulations, the embrace of a socialist-welfare mindset and attacks on capitalism, a rapidly growing “dependent class” that relies on government handouts, widespread human degradation and, especially, the abandonment of traditional Judeo-Christian values that has led to today’s devastating social, moral and financial corruption. Most of these issues have a common denominator: They are primarily problems of big cities.” 

Preppers Prep.  Perhaps for the first time since the Civil War a growing number of Americans are fearful and distrustful of their president and congressional leaders.  Their fear and mistrust is not without good reason.  Thousands, perhaps millions of Americans are preparing for a potential economic and/or political Armageddon.

President Obama, of course, does not give them any reason not to.  In a speech at Ohio State University, May 5, 2013, Obama told a captivated student audience, “Unfortunately you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all of our problems. Some of these same voices do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”

Reject the voices that are pointing to the tyrannical leadership in Washington?  America’s Founding Fathers would be horrified and would likely suggest that any leader that tells the American people to ignore the warnings of tyranny, is, himself a tyrant.

Americans have good reason to be concerned about the abuses of their government and to be in fear of their own safety and freedom.  Although it has been headed this direction for some time, under the despotic, Marxist leadership of Obama, the freedoms that American’s cherish are rapidly washing away.

Americans have good reason to be suspicious of their government; not trusting that the folks doing their bidding in Washington really have their back and best interests in mind.  In March, 2013, it became widely known through certain media that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had authorized the purchase of 1.6 billion (yes, billion) rounds of ammunition, including hollow-point bullets that are forbidden by international law during military conflicts.  Putting that in some perspective, during the height of the last intense Iraq war it has been estimated that the U.S. military used 6 million rounds per month or 72 million in a year.  That means DHS would have a 20+ year supply of ammo.  For what?  Keep in mind that this purchase was authorized after the much publicized sequester cut-backs that went into effect on January 1, 2013 and at a time when military commanders were complaining that their training facilities were so short of ammo that they could not properly train combat soldiers.

If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants. William Penn (1644-1718)

However, a spokesperson for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia noted that all DHS training centers use a combined total of about 15 million rounds per year.  With 1.6 billion bullets that would give DHS 107 years of supply.  Hmmmm!

However, that is not all that DHS has been up to lately.  Around the same time it became known that DHS had ordered the purchase and retrofit of 2,717 Mine Resistant Protected MaxxPro MRAP armored vehicles.  DHS personnel deny the purchase, but the vehicles have been showing up at police and sheriff departments around the country and attentive U.S. citizens have been posting videos and photos of the vehicles in their area online.  These heavily armored vehicles were especially useful in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to protect the military against dreaded IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attacks.  Not only can they withstand IEDs and mine blasts but also 50-caliber shell hits to their bullet-proof glass.  Hmmmm!   Oh, and let us not forget that right after the sequester started the DHS ordered $50 million in new uniforms.   Hmmmm!  The DHS also ordered 7,000 personal assault rifles, the kind that Obama wants to outlaw for U.S. citizens.  Hmmmm!

John Whitehead, a constitutional attorney, President and founder of the Rutherford Institute, a not-for-profit civil liberties and human rights organization, in a WND Radio interview on July 22, 2013 said, “What the Department of Homeland Security became under [Secretary] Janet Napolitano is this monstrous surveillance and very intimidating group.” He further noted that under her leadership, returning U.S. military . . . [For more information, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America].