Ancient Lessons for Today’s Politics

Asa became king of Judah about 911 BC. The fourteenth chapter of Second Chronicles records that he did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. During the early years of his 41-year reign, he removed the pagan influences in Judah, and God gave Judah ten years of peace. Asa attributed this peace to the Lord’s blessing but also realized his duty as king included assuring, as best he could, the safety and security of his people. He also saw that Judah was surrounded by potentially threatening pagan enemies, and built fortified cities. He built up a well-trained reserve army of 300,000 from Judah and 280,000 from the tribe of Benjamin, armed and trained with spears, shields, and bows. Scripture says of them that they were “mighty men of valor.”

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Will Deep State Policies Surrender America?

October 31 marked another deadly terrorist attack that TV pundits and liberal politicians and officials insisted could have nothing to do with Islam and denied had any connection with foolish and corrupt immigration policies. Yet 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, a 2010 immigrant from the Radical Islamist hotbed of Uzbekistan blessed the rent-a-truck vehicular murder of eight pedestrians and the serious injury of 11 others with “Alahu akbar,” the usual Islamic terrorist benediction. He was also carrying an Islamist flag, which he has asked to have displayed in his hospital room. He is reported to be proud of his murderous Jihadic accomplishment. One liberal journalist erroneously noted that “Alahu akbar” simply means “God is great.” But this popular translation by Islamic apologists is badly in error on two counts.  “Allahu akbar” means “Allah is greater” than all other gods, including and usually specifically the God of Judeo-Christian Scripture.  Allahu akbar is a triumphant declaration of Islamic Supremacy, a central doctrine of Islam, proclaiming the superiority of Islam over all other religions and belief systems which will no longer be tolerated with the final victory of Islam.  Although “allah” is an Arabic word for “god,” Allah is by no means the same as the Judeo-Christian God of Scripture. I leave it to the reader to review and compare the teachings of Judeo-Christian Scripture with the Koran and the teachings and example of Islam’s Supreme Prophet, Muhammad.

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Remembering Struggle and Courage

“There was once a land of Cavaliers and cotton fields called the Old South.  Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow.  Here was last ever seen the Knights and their Ladies Fair, master and slave.  Look for it only in books because it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization Gone with the Wind.”

Gone with the Wind, first published in June 1936, is according to many sources, the most successful and widely read novel ever published in America. The author, Margaret Mitchell of Atlanta, received a Pulitzer Prize in May of 1937 for her sweeping historical novel of the Old South set during the War for Southern Independence and Reconstruction.  The novel was also wildly successful internationally. By 1965, it had been published in twenty-five different languages in twenty-nine countries.

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What the Ken Burns PBS Series Did Not Tell You

The late Harry G. Summers, Jr., Colonel of Infantry and distinguished faculty member of the Army War College, often called people’s attention to the fact that considerable differences in the treatment of the Vietnam War can be seen in the literature published in academia and that published by the veterans who served during the war. Summers also called attention to the fact that the perspective of the veterans differs considerably among themselves according to the time frame of their involvement and their role.

The U.S. involvement in the war began in a counterinsurgency role, but soon after the disastrous overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, foolishly encouraged by the Kennedy Administration in November 1963, we were involved in trying to hurl back major North Vietnamese Army (NVA) offensives. The removal and subsequent murder of Diem by South Vietnamese coup leaders resulted in over two years of political and military instability in South Vietnam. Both President Johnson and President Nixon called this orchestrated regime change one of the biggest mistakes of the war. North Vietnamese leaders could hardly believe their good fortune and responded with a massive escalation of NVA troops, weapons, and supplies.

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Can We Kiss the Trump Legislative Agenda Goodbye?

The Freedom Caucus is not an enemy of the Trump Agenda. In fact, they may be the Trump Agenda’s most faithful friends. Besides radical Democrat fanaticism and their appallingly dishonest allies in the Leftstream media, Trump and the American people have a formidable obstacle to their agenda within the Republican Party.  

Perhaps the most tragic and enormous danger to the United States, Europe, and Western Civilization is that so many of our political leaders believe a counterfactual narrative about the nature of Islam. Islam is not a peaceful and tolerant religion that has been hijacked by a few radicals. Based on the doctrines of its most sacred foundational standards—the Koran, the Sunna, and Sharia Law—it is a religious-wrapped ideology of Jihadist conquest and domination over all other religions, law systems, and cultures. It is violently anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel, anti-American, and anti-Western. Fourteen hundred years of Jihad, genocide, enslavement, and resurging terrorism in our time are the fruits of these doctrines.  Silent “moderate” (largely secular or purely cultural) Muslims cannot erase sacred doctrine believed to be the will of Allah by the vast fundamentalist majority of Islamic clergy, scholars, and  faithful believers.  Islam is Islam. We cannot deal with truth and danger by making up politically correct or diplomatic fantasies.

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