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Israel: God’s Own Nation?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
You know, the truth is a peculiar thing. It does not demand that you believe its veracity. It does not change just because we choose not to believe it or even choose to force changes upon it. It remains unchangeable, solid, forever in a state of “being.” As they say: It is what it is. TRUTH.
We have watched the world’s efforts, led by the United States, to force Israel to to give up its ancient homeland to a band of homeless rabble — not even claimed by their blood brothers — in the Middle East.
John Kerry, US Secretary of State, is on a fool’s errand, one he assigned to himself, ahem, to force Israel to agree to as yet undisclosed terms of abandonment of the Jewish homeland to the so-called Palestinians.
For almost seven decades Israel has withstood an onslaught from her surrounding enemies and from, sad to say, diplomats, most from the US, in an attempt to transfer ownership of that sanctified land to those not entitled, either by birthright or previous ownership.
That tiny little piece of real estate on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, a seemingly insignificant sliver of land is anything but insignificant. Modern Israel rests on the site of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Of the twelve tribes of Israel, Judah is the tribe from which the Jewish people emanate. Approximately 40% of the world’s Jews live in Israel today.
It lies at the crossroads of history. In the Carmel mountain range at el-Tabun, and Es Skhul, Neanderthal and early modern human remains were found, including the skeleton of a Neanderthal female, named Tabun I, which is regarded as one of the most important human fossils ever found. The excavation at el-Tabun produced the longest stratigraphic record in the region, spanning 600,000 or more years of human activity, from the Lower Paleolithic to the present day, representing roughly a million years of human evolution. SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Israel
I have often thought that the single reason the people of Israel, and the state of Israel, elicit such animosity from the other people of this planet is the constant reminder their very existence presents of … God.
In my religious faith it is understood that the Jews are people chosen for special attention by God. It is also understood that God, Himself, chose that piece of real estate for his “chosen people” to make their home … in perpetuity. That land was bequeathed, by God, to that nation forever. But understand — the original deed from Yahweh was for land stretching from the Nile River eastward to the Euphrates River. We’re describing an area that encompasses land from Egypt to Iraq. And yet, today, Israel is satisfied to remain on that teensie little sliver of land hugging the coast of the Med when she is, in fact, entitled to more — much more.
And her enemies most fervent desire is to steal that little piece of land from Israel while the world community supports the would be thieves.
But Israel will not be moved. There she stands, all alone — save for God.
My own country’s government refuses to accept that Israel holds a land grant from Providence. It is sacred, inviolate.
This is one of those I “truths” I spoke about above. You don’t have to like it and it doesn’t matter one whit if you disagree. It just IS!
Secretary Kerry may huff and puff and threaten Israel with all nature of vile things. But in the end — he will accomplish exactly nothing.
It is reported that Kerry intends to press his own deal on Israel in January. In an article by Caroline Glick, entitled: Kerry Forces Israel’s Moment of Decision, Ms. Glick presents us with some of what she believes Kerry will demand from Israel for a “peace accord” between Israel and the so-called Palestinians. In her piece, she points out the following: ” … the Kerry parameters will involve Israeli surrender of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount to the PLO , which rejects the historical fact that two Jewish temples were built at the site that was and remains the cradle of Jewish civilization and history and holiest site to Judaism.
“They will involve the mass expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from their homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria… .”
“Kerry’s framework deal will involve the mass immigration of hundreds of thousands of foreign-born Arabs, who have been living in al-Qaida-, Hamas- and PLO -controlled UN-run “refugee camps,” for the past four generations to the new state of “Palestine.”
“Kerry’s plan will require Israeli society to destroy its cohesion through the dismemberment and destruction of hundreds of Jewish communities.”
“Kerry’s parameters will require Israel to surrender its ability to defend itself against foreign aggression and Palestinian attacks.”
“As for the US forces that Kerry proposes deploying to the Jew-free PLO state, they will be targeted by the Palestinians, just as the Palestinians and the Syrians attacked US Marines in Beirut 30 years ago. And like the Marines in Beirut, they will be withdrawn in humiliation and defeat, but the lesson – that the Arabs perceive the Americans and Jews as enemies of equal weight – will not be learned.”
I ask you, now — is THIS anyway to treat a FRIEND??
Secretary Kerry should take note. If Ms. Glick is near correct, then Kerry’s contempt for Israel will be on worldwide display next month. As any student of the Scriptures can tell you — contempt for Israel brings a curse on the contemptuous nation.
Kerry should take warning. He is, as the old expression has it: “treading on holy ground.” We suggest it would assist Mr. Kerry’s understanding of the situation in Israel, if he consulted the scriptures. Especially Genesis 12:3. The English Standard Version says it as clearly as it can be said: “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
And all this time you wondered why America has crumbled and fallen from her high perch above all the nations of the earth. Clearly, it results from the American government’s contempt for Israel.
J. D. Longstreet
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Is A Guaranteed Minimum Income Next?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
About a year and a half go, I wrote of my concern that the Obama Administration would soon seek a guaranteed minimum income for every American. As we have watched the the unemployment benefits extended and extended and extended again and again, one must wonder if, in the end, that isn’t exactly where we are headed. My concern has not slacked one iota.
Below is the article, shortened a bit. I hope you find it informative and enlightening. … JDL
If the Obama Administration and his fellow Socialist/Marxist/Progressives (who camouflage themselves as democrats) in the US government aren’t sent packing in November, I fully expect the next step in securing a socialist state in America is a guaranteed annual (minimum) income for every American.
Think about it. It is one of the few steps remaining that would solidify the hold government has on every man, woman, and child in America.
We know from the records that the welfare rolls have increased exponentially under Obama. Recently, changes were made by Presidential Executive Order to redefine “work” allowing even more applicants for welfare to be added to the welfare rolls. Why? Could it be the Obama Administration is deliberately attempting to “crash” the US welfare system? If so — why?
I contend — that is exactly what is happening.
If I an correct, then we are actually seeing the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” at work. We are observing the foundation, the groundwork — if you will — for establishing a guaranteed annual (minimum) income for American citizens. It is very, very, worrisome. But — it is only the latest move by our socialist leaders to break America so they can re-mold her in the image of their choosing, which is, unarguably a socialist/Marxist state.
America is in a death spiral, dear reader. If the American electorate doesn’t shake itself out of this stupor in which it is currently wallowing and come out swinging like the people we like to think we are, we are going to lose our liberty, our individual freedom, and our country.
What we are talking about here is “a government-ensured guarantee that all citizens unconditionally receive an income sufficient to meet their basic needs.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/index.php
Look around you. Consider the extremely high percentage of Americans already on what we call “Welfare” and consider, too, that nearly half of all Americans currently receive some form of government monetary assistance every month and then — ask yourself what will happen to America’s economy if Americans are guaranteed an annual income whether they work and contribute to our society or not.
Let’s look a bit closer: What is a BIG? It is a Basic Income Guarantee. “The basic income guarantee (BIG) is a government insured guarantee that no citizen’s income will fall below some minimal level for any reason. All citizens would receive a BIG without means test or work requirement. BIG is an efficient and effective solution to poverty that preserves individual autonomy and work incentives while simplifying government social policy. Some researchers estimate that a small BIG, sufficient to cut the poverty rate in half could be financed without an increase in taxes by redirecting funds from spending programs and tax deductions aimed at maintaining incomes.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/index.php
Here’s more: “The Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is a government ensured guarantee that no one’s income will fall below the level necessary to meet their most basic needs for any reason. As Bertrand Russell put it in 1918, “A certain small income, sufficient for necessities, should be secured for all, whether they work or not, and that a larger income should be given to those who are willing to engage in some work which the community recognizes as useful. On this basis we may build further.” Thus, with BIG no one is destitute but everyone has the positive incentive to work. BIG is an efficient, effective, and equitable solution to poverty that promotes individual freedom and leaves the beneficial aspects of a market economy in place.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.phphttp://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.php
OK. So, how would we pay for it? Those who advocate the BIG say (above): ” … could be financed without an increase in taxes by redirecting funds from spending programs and tax deductions aimed at maintaining incomes.”
That’s strange because just a bit lower on the page we find this: “The most commonly cited source of revenue for BIG is the income tax. Most proposals combine a basic income guarantee with a flat tax on income. Charles Clark estimates that a flat income tax rate of less than 40% would be enough to finance all current government spending and a BIG large enough to eliminate poverty.” SOURCE: http://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.php
I have to wonder if “less than 40%” means 39.99%?
It’s coming. How can I be so sure? Because the next attempt at a BIG for the US will be only the latest iteration. The movement for a guaranteed income has been around for a long time. A quick check for advocates of a guaranteed income at Wikipedia brought some surprises. For Instance: American revolutionary Thomas Paine advocated a basic income guarantee to all US citizens as compensation for “loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property” (Agrarian Justice, 1795).
French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte echoed Paine’s sentiments and commented that ‘man is entitled by birthright to a share of the Earth’s produce sufficient to fill the needs of his existence’ (Herold, 1955).
In 1962, economist Milton Friedman proposed a Negative Income Tax coupled with a flat tax in support of a guaranteed minimum income.
In 1963, Robert Theobald published the book Free Men and Free Markets, in which he advocated a guaranteed minimum income (the origin of the modern version of the phrase).
In 1966 the Cloward–Piven strategy advocated “overloading” the US welfare system to force its collapse in the hopes that it would be replaced by “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.
In his final book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967) Martin Luther King Jr. wrote: “I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”
—from the chapter titled “Where We Are Going”.
In 1968, James Tobin, Paul Samuelson, John Kenneth Galbraith and another 1,200 economists signed a document calling for the US Congress to introduce in that year a system of income guarantees and supplements.
In 1973, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote The Politics of a Guaranteed Income in which he advocated the Guaranteed Minimum Income and discussed Richard Nixon’s GAI proposal.
We encourage you to read the article at Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guaranteed_minimum_income
There are references to other advocates of a national guaranteed income in the article at Wikipedia, but I think you get the idea.
Oh, and while you are on the Wikipedia page, scroll down and check out the list of suggested means of funding for a national guaranteed income. But — be sure you are sitting down before you do.
A guaranteed income for all Americans is the worst idea for America since, well, Obamacare!
Item number two in the The Black Panther Party: Platform and Program includes the following statement: “We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income.” SOURCE: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6445/
As I mentioned above — I have to wonder if the massive increase in the number of Americans on Welfare under the Obama Administration is in keeping with the Cloward–Piven strategy which suggests overloading the US welfare system forcing it to collapse and setting the stage for a guaranteed income for all Americans. You can read more on the Cloward-Piven strategy at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward–Piven_strategy
I cannot even begin to tell you how deeply, deeply, opposed to the entire idea of a guaranteed annual income for all Americans I am. The American republic would be crushed and wiped out by internal rot!
J. D. Longstreet
Obamacare Is Just The First Step
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
As much as I would like to stop talking about, writing about, and/or hearing about OBAMACARE, I just can’t escape it. I suspect you have found yourself as exasperated as I am. If not, certainly, you soon shall be.
See — it’s going to get worse.
The hellish scheme that is Obamacare is set to destroy America’s economy as well as the finest healthcare system in the world.
Just think. We have only just begun the chain reaction of one blunder after another. But Wait! What if these are not blunders? Well, not ALL of them. Stay with me and I’ll try to explain.
Next year, when Americans learn they have no insurance when the get sick and have to visit a doctor or hospital, there are going to be even more Americans disillusioned with this massive takeover of the American economy and even more troubling — the realization that their very lives are in the hands of a bunch of people in Washington who, after spending millions of taxpayer dollars, can’t even make a website on the Internet work.
We’re in trouble, folks … serious trouble.
Conservatives absolutely must keep the spotlight on the catastrophe of Obamacare for the next eleven months. It is the Achilles Heel of Obama and the Democratic Party. They wrote it, they voted it into a bill, and Obama signed it into law. The republicans had nothing to do with it… save to fight it every step of the way and continue to wage warfare against it to this very day.
Obama and the democrats OWN Obamacare. (Yes, I know the MsM, the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party, is currently in the midst of a throttle-to-the-wall all out drive to indoctrinate the America public in such a manner as to successfully remove Obama’s name from the healthcare law so as to absolve Obama from any responsibility for it. That’s why you now hear, read, and see it referred to as the “Affordable Care Act.”
I spent several decades in the advertising business and it is clear to me that this is pure R & R “run and repeat.” It was borrowed from the Nazi’s propaganda machine: “Tell a lie loud enough — and long enough — and folks will eventually believe it.”)
Conservatives must match the passion of the Mainstream Media and fight back with an equally passionate campaign to see that Americans never forget that Obamacare is the brainchild of Obama — and — that the Democratic Party gave birth to the spawn from hell.
Democrats must have their noses publicly “rubbed in it” at every opportunity.
Americans must be reminded, and often, that Obamacare is socialized medicine. No less than Vladimir Lenin said : “Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.” Some have taken to referring to it as “semi-socialism.” There is no such thing. Its akin to being “a little pregnant,” or “slightly dead.”
In earlier commentaries we have told you that Obamacare was designed to fail. I still believe that. The idea, as I see it, was to establish Obamacare, and have it fail, but fail with millions “hooked” on it so there would be a clamor from the public for a national healthcare system to replace the failed Obamacare system.
Enter single payer healthcare.
“A single-payer health care system is one in which a single-entity — the government — collects almost all of the revenue for and pays almost all of the bills for the health care system.” SOURCE: http://www.freemarketcure.com/singlepayermyths.php
(Understand when we say “the government pays,” we mean YOU and I pay, as taxpayers, through higher taxes.)
Many on the political left insist that with single-payer healthcare everyone has healthcare. The truth is that everyone WILL have insurance, but — NOT EVERYONE WILL HAVE HEALTHCARE!
Single payer systems limit your access to healthcare. Obamacare will also, but not to the degree that a single payer system will.
If you think the threat of healthcare rationing with Obamacare was/is frightening, take a look at what single payer healthcare systems inevitably bring. Consider this:
“While the government in a single-payer system will pay for everyone’s health care, it limits the access to health care. In a single-payer system, citizens often believe that “the government” is paying for their health care. When people perceive that someone else is paying for something, they tend to over-use it. In a single-payer health care system, people over-use health care. This puts strain on government health care budgets, and to contain costs governments must ration care.
Governments in a single-payer system ration care using waiting lists for surgery and diagnostic procedures and by canceling surgeries. As the Canadian Supreme Court said upon ruling unconstitutional a Quebec law that banned private health care, “access to a waiting list is not access to health care.” SOURCE: http://www.freemarketcure.com/singlepayermyths.php
If Obamacare is not successfully repealed THIS is what America has to look forward to.
Already, the socialists in our government are pushing their plans for a single payer system for America along. Notable sponsors, as well, purportedly from the political right, such as former Secretary of State General Colin Powell, are already publicly calling for a single payer system for America.
Speaking at a prostate cancer survivors breakfast just days ago, Gen Powell said: “I don’t see why we can’t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these other places are doing,” Powell said at the Dec. 5 event. “I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, or however you choose to describe it, but I do know this: I have benefited from that kind of universal health care in my 55 years of public life.”
Every country I’ve visited, every developed country, they have universal health care … I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on,” Powell said. “Whether it’s Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.” SOURCE: http://americanlibertypac.com/2013/12/colin-powell-wants-u-s-to-work-toward-single-payer-health-care/#sthash.YfsVpf9M.dpuf
Its coming, gentle reader.
Like a small pebble dislodged from a towering mountain side begins its roll to the valley floor below, it will inevitably shake other rocks and debris loose to tumble with it until it becomes an avalanche. That’s what the political left, the American socialists, are counting on.
We knew this would happen, indeed, we knew it was/is the game plan for a universal healthcare system in America even before Obamacare became a twinkle in Obama’s eye. It is incrementalism on the part of the “socialcrats.” They achieve their goals a tiny bit at a time — in small increments. It is slow, but guess what? In the end — they win.
Still don’t take me seriously? Well, consider this: “Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced the American Health Security Act of 2013 on Monday (December 9th, 2013), which would require states to create their own single-payer insurance systems. A House version was introduced in March by Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash.” SOURCE: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/12/10/colin-powell-endorses-single-payer-health-care
It pains me to report to you, dear reader, that Obamacare is just the first step. As I said above: It WILL get worse.
J. D. Longstreet
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