The Affirmative Action President By Matt Patterson

Tuesday June 25th was a hectic day for us that included flight delays, a surge of activity and multiple deadlines.  That is still no excuse for our failure to double check our information.   We reported that the Washington Post had run an article that in fact was instead written by an author whose articles have appeared the Washington Post.

The information came from the proverbial “reliable source.”  We always double check our facts even when we trust the source.  In this case we failed to do that and for that we apologize.

However, the article itself is devastating even without the Post’s endorsement.  While I would not go so far as the author’s tone, I have to admit that he presents the most accurate explanation for the harm Obama has done to America and the Church of Jesus.

Therefore, we are rerunning the piece on the sole merits of its contents.

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The Affirmative Action President By Matt Patterson

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the MiddleAges.

How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure,no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass -held to a lower standard – because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included -ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense.  It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.

 

The Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act: Opening the door for gay marriage in all 50 states.

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Is this a set back or a set up?  To be sure it would be nice if the courts that enforce civil law would also uphold moral law.  However, that is neither possible nor is it desirable.  Romans chapter 8: 7 says “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”

Those who think that we can legislate morality forget this truth.  A heart must be converted to be moral.  That is not say that there aren’t many decent people who not yet met Christ it is just that righteous acts that please God require the born again experience.

The Pharisees and Sanhedrin at the time of Christ are timeless models of why we do not want a theocracy.  Ministers and the church should not run America!  We do not need to rule America, we need to do something much higher; we must influence, comfort, and inspire through love and conviction.

On the other hand we do need to pray Godly leaders into office and do all we can to place believers in strategic places of leadership. We must vote our conscience!

In no way do I want to trivialize the damage of this assault on marriage. There is no doubt that it will unleash further persecution against Christians, but it is not nearly the end of the world.  Only as a matter of perspective, remember that Roe versus Wade brought us the holocaust of abortion and who can calculate the disaster of banning prayer.  The Charismatic movement and the Jesus Movement both happened after these twin disasters were legalized.

Today’s ruling does nothing to diminish the mighty role that the Body of Christ plays in our nation. It is not a setback, it is a set up! This, I suspect will be the fuse to ignite the prayer and unity that we have so desperately needed.

Yes, a tidal wave of immorality will ensue but heaven is not passive.  God knew this was coming and He will do something that no power of evil can guess or stop.

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Rep. Darrell Issa issues Benghazi subpoenas to State Department.

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Rep. Darrell Issa issues Benghazi subpoenas to State Department.

By Shaun Waterman

The Washington Times

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The House Republican chairman investigating last year’s terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, has subpoenaed four State Department officials, saying the department was stalling on efforts to interview them.

In a statement Monday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa of California said the four led offices where the State Department’s report into the attack, called anAccountability Review Board, had found that deficiencies contributed to a lack of security.

The board found that State Department leaders in Washington allowed the temporary facility in Benghazi to be occupied even though it did not meet security standards and then ignored pleas for additional security from diplomats on the ground.

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The Board’s report identified four mid-level officials as failing to show leadership in the run up to the attacks.

Republicans have claimed that the report let senior officials, including then-Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton, off the hook.

In a letter about the subpoenas to Secretary of State John F. Kerryreleased Monday, Mr. Issa detailed his efforts since April 29 to arrange interviews with the four officials and others, stating his investigators “have only been able to interview one of the 13 individuals with whom they requested interviews and the meeting was arranged without theState Department’s help.”

“These persistent delays create the appearance that the Department is dragging its feet to slow down the Committee’s investigation,” Mr. Issa wrote. “It does not require weeks of preparation to answer questions truthfully.”

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He called the delay “irresponsible.”

Mr. Issa stated that the committee wants to hold a public hearing to examine the findings of the Accountability Review Board “as soon as possible.”

After issuing subpoenas last month, investigators arranged voluntary interviews with the co-chairs of the board — retired career diplomat Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, retired Adm. Michael Mullen.

Writing about Monday’s subpoenas, Mr. Issa said they were not the fault of the witnesses he was serving.

“By its very nature,” Mr. Issa wrote, “a subpoena can carry the implication that the witness is being uncooperative. In this case, that is an unfortunate and misleading consequence since it is the department, and not the individuals themselves, that appears to be dictating the timetable.”

The four officials, according to Mr. Issa, are Eric Boswell, who was assistant secretary at the Bureau of Diplomatic Security; Scott Bultrowicz, former principal deputy assistant secretary in that bureau and director of the Diplomatic Security Service; Elizabeth Dibble, former principal deputy assistant secretary, at the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; and her boss, Elizabeth Jones, the bureau’s acting assistant secretary.

The State Department had no immedtiate comment.

Mario’s note:  Benghazi is back in the news!  It needs to be.   From top to bottom, it is a scandal that far outdistances the others that are connected to the White House.  Benghazi speaks to the arrogance, incompetence and indifference that endanger our freedom and the future of our nation.  Every believer, regardless of race has a vested interest in Benghazi.

If you are praying for the American Constitution to be reinforced, if you want the machinery of socialism to be stopped then the Benghazi investigation is very strategic.  Getting to the truth of what happened and why is the key to undoing the great deception.

IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address.

IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address

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(CNSNews.com) – The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically used by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to “unauthorized” aliens were in Atlanta.

The IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.

Other locations on the IG’s Top Ten list for singular addresses that were theoretically used simultaneously by thousands of unauthorized alien workers, included an address in Oxnard, Calif, where the IRS sent 2,507 refunds worth $10,395,874; an address in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the IRS sent 2,408 refunds worth $7,284,212; an address in Phoenix, Ariz., where the IRS sent 2,047 refunds worth $5,558,608; an address in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where the IRS sent 1,972 refunds worth $2,256,302; an address in San Jose, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,942 refunds worth $5,091,027; and an address in Arvin, Calif., where the IRS sent 1,846 refunds worth $3,298,877.

Since 1996, the IRS has issued what it calls Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to two classes of persons: 1) non-resident aliens who have a tax liability in the United States, and 2) aliens living in the United States who are “not authorized to work in the United States.”

The IRS has long known it was giving these numbers to illegal aliens, and thus facilitating their ability to work illegally in the United States. For example, the Treasury Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress published on Oct. 29, 1999—nearly fourteen years ago—specifically drew attention to this problem.

“The IRS issues Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to undocumented aliens to improve nonresident alien compliance with tax laws. This IRS practice seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s (INS) mission to identify undocumented aliens and prevent unlawful alien entry,” TIGTA warned in that long-ago report.

The inspector general’s 2012 audit report on the IRS’s handling of ITINs was spurred by two IRS employees who went to members of Congress “alleging that IRS management was requiring employees to assign Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) even when the applications were fraudulent.”

In an August 2012 press release accompanying the audit report, TIGTA said the report “validated” the complaints of the IRS employees.

“TIGTA’s audit found that IRS management has not established adequate internal controls to detect and prevent the assignment of an ITIN to individuals submitting questionable applications,” said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George. “Even more troubling, TIGTA found an environment which discourages employees from detecting fraudulent applications.”

In addition to the 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 that the IRS sent to a single address in Atlanta, the IG also discovered that the IRS had assigned 15,796 ITINs to unauthorized aliens who presumably used a single Atlanta address.

The IRS, according to TIGTA, also assigned ITINs to 15,028 unauthorized aliens presumably using a single address in Dallas, Texas, and 10,356 to unauthorized aliens presumably living at a single address in Atlantic City, N.J.

Perhaps the most remarkable act of the IRS was this: It assigned 6,411 ITINs to unauthorized aliens presumably using a single address in Morganton, North Carolina. According to the 2010 Census, there were only 16,681 people in Morganton. So, for the IRS to have been correct in issuing 6,411 ITINS to unauthorized aliens at a single address in Morganton it would have meant that 38 percent of the town’s total population were unauthorized alien workers using a single address.

TIGTA said there were 154 addresses around the country that appeared on 1,000 or more ITIN applications made to the IRS.

Illegal immigrants who commit crimes face lesser punishment than U.S. citizens.

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Illegal immigrants who commit crimes face lesser punishment than U.S. citizens

BY: GABRIELLA MORRONGIELLO JUNE 24, 2013 | 11:06 AM

According to Sen. John McCain, a member of the Senate’s Gang of Eight, criminals will not be legalized under the proposed bipartisan immigration bill.

“Anyone who has committed crimes in this country is going to be deported,” the Arizona Republican declared on the Senate floor last week.

However, as Washington Examiner columnist Byron York recently reported, “the bottom line is an immigrant could have more than three misdemeanor convictions in his background check and still qualify for legalization.”

Furthermore, the following chart published June 21 by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nonprofit organization that opposes liberalization of immigration law, compares the consequences for an array of crimes and discovered that while illegal immigrants might be exonerated and legalized, U.S. citizens and legal immigrants face years of incarceration or temporary expulsion from the country.

The Gang of Eight’s bill would allow illegal immigrants who entered the country before Dec. 31, 2011, and committed up to three misdemeanor offenses including but not limited to assault, battery, identity or document fraud, tax evasion, to remain eligible for Registered Provisional Status. Meanwhile, U.S. citizens and persons who entered the country legally could incur up to $100,000 in fines,15 years of imprisonment, or be prohibited to reenter the country for up to 10 years.

“What it [the Gang of Eight bill] indicates is this is more than just an amnesty, it’s an amnesty for all kinds of violations,” said FAIR’s media director, Ira Mehlman. “We say nobody is above the law, but apparently illegal immigrants are.”

The House’s Abortion Game Changer.

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In early evening on June 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 228 to 196 for a nationwide ban on abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Though there is little chance the legislation will be approved or even voted on in the Democratic Senate, and none that it will be signed into law by President Obama, the June 18 vote has the potential to trigger the most dramatic shift in the abortion debate since the first election of a proabortion president back in 1992. In stark contrast to the recent liberal theme of attack on the “extreme” pro-life willingness to protect pregnancies caused by of rape and incest, from now on an unavoidable topic in elections of the future will be the extreme implications of the Left’s untiring advocacy of abortion on demand.

The House’s vote underlines the extent to which the abortion debate has become polarized along party lines. Republican representatives voted 222 to 6 for the late-term ban, Democrats 190 to 6 against it. Many Democrats who represent socially conservative heartland districts felt compelled by some combination of party loyalty and ideological purity to cast this vote. Now, facing independent advertising expenditures being prepared by several pro-life and social-conservative groups, they will find themselves asked to explain why they favor a right to abort viable babies — including in the ninth month of pregnancy — in Gosnell-like surroundings. Judging from attempts within the last few days at such explanations by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Colorado representative Diana DeGette, co-chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, even the most sophisticated pro-abortion Democrats are utterly unprepared to answer such questions.

The vote was the first time since Roe v. Wade that either house of congress has voted on a national late-term-abortion ban, yet days before the vote there was no certainty it would happen. Its last-minute metamorphosis from a much narrower bill is reflected in its formal title, “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” It had been opposed at various points by the House GOP leadership and elements of the pro-life movement, and it went on the calendar with just a few days’ notice. Many pro-lifers, inspired by the Gosnell case and other  abortion-clinic scandals, were eager to prepare for the vote with extensive congressional hearings. Desirable as such hearings were and are in the larger battle for public opinion, the unexpected nature of the issue’s arrival on the House floor caught many Democrats flatfooted, with zero ability to minimize or obfuscate the starkness of their vote to permit the killing of viable babies.

The one thing certain about social issues is their unpredictability. In this latest surprise a social-conservative movement that has been on the defensive — with elite opinion universally declaring its irrelevance and some in the Republican establishment calling for the removal of these issues from the party’s self-definition — has suddenly been presented with a recorded vote that could put its foes in the position of defending a practice that most American voters find indefensible.

— Frank Cannon and Jeffrey Bell are president and policy director of the Washington-based American Principles Project.

The End Times are not Happening to Me, I am Happening to the End Times.

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The End Times are not Happening to Me, I am Happening to the End Times.

According to many secular experts this is a terrible time to be a Christian. In some ways they have a point. American Christians face pressures now that no prior generation of believers has ever faced.

The cultural battle lines are now clearly drawn.  The enemies of the faith have kidnapped the word HATE.  By this I mean that our classic moral values are now considered hatred.  In this current atmosphere, the moral beliefs of Pastors can be against the law if they are framed as discrimination.

The next step is already upon us: Political Correctness becomes Enforced Correctness.  Christians already face economic persecution.  Hobby Lobby and a host of other Christian companies can be sued for their convictions.  Let me say it plainly: Christian businesses can be put out of business for refusing to violate their consciences.

For years, preaching on the Mark of the Beast was like science fiction.  We were moved by the dramatic preachers in the same way we were moved by disaster films.  It was exciting and provocative, but not real.   All of a sudden it is real.

However, the stress on believers does not stop here.  We are not just members of the Body of Christ; we are members of the human race.   There are things that are about to happen to all Americans and it is a fact that hardly anyone is ready for these things. Here is but a short list of impending crisis:

1. Extended age and pension pressure we will work more years.

2. Health care is going to keep climbing.

3. Political division guarantees that real solutions to America’s problems will go unsolved.

So what can we do?  You might be amazed at how much we can do!

It all begins with one explosive, defiant transformation of your attitude.  There is a mighty story in Luke.  Luke 18:34 But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.  35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man (Bartimaeus,) sat by the road begging.

Who is really the blind in these verses?  The disciples did not get it but when Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was in the vicinity and his soul reached critical mass.  He began screaming!

Luke 18: 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  The presence of Jesus explains Bartimaeus’ actions. 39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

There are voices and feelings here today that want to you to be quiet and passively accept the evil around you.  You are supposed to feel helpless; you are supposed to fall in line.

Luke 18:40 “So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” 42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”

Right now Jesus is asking you what you want Him to do for you in these wicked last days.  You need to say what Bartimaeus said…that I may receive my sight!

God needs to open all of our eyes to the supernatural, proactive life we are supposed to enjoy in the last days.

When your eyes are opened you will roar this declaration: The end times are not happening to me, I am happening to the end times!

1. God wants to renew your health with supernatural power. 

Isaiah 40: 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 103: 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

You do not have to dread long lines at an emergency room you can claim Christ as your doctor and the guardian of your health!

2. Time to stomp on the threats.

It is time for the people who quote, “Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world to confess that greater is He who is in me that what is happening in the world.

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Psalm 112:7-8 7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

3. God wants to give us supernatural emotions.  John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Daniel 11:32  32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

4. God wants you to walk in the knowledge of His supernatural protection.  John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

Government spying got you down?  Consider this: Satan already knows everything about you. He knows your Social Security Number, cell phone, driver’s license, and bank account numbers and your home address.  However, Christ keeps him from you!

It is time for everyone who reads this to make the mental and spiritual declaration that no matter what is coming, God will make a way through, around, or over anything that Satan throws at us.