WHY ABORTION CLINICS ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS

Why Abortion Clinics Are Going Out Of Business More Quickly

 

Why Abortion Clinics Are Going Out Of Business More Quickly

Abortion clinics across the United States are closing at the quickest rate since 1973. Is this the result of tougher regulations or a shifting industry dynamic?

Since 2011, 162 abortion clinics nationwide have closed or have ceased terminating pregnancies, according to a Bloomberg analysis. Roughly one-third of these clinics were operated by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, which performed more than 300,000 abortions last year.

Bloomberg attributes this trend to tougher state regulations on abortion. As highlighted in the report, more abortion clinics have closed in Texas than in any other state, due largely to newly enacted laws.

Bloomberg reports that at least 30 have closed since the state enactedregulations requiring abortion clinics to adhere to the same health and safety standards as a hospital. Texas also requires abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges to a nearby emergency room, which means that if something goes wrong, they can get their patient to an ER quickly.

Pro-abortionists are quick to decry these regulations as an organized attempt to limit a woman’s desire for an abortion, claiming that these requirements burden women. However, several women have died or nearly died from botched abortions in clinics that didn’t have competent clinicians, adequate facilities, or sanitary conditions. If these clinics closed because of these regulations, that would mean they had previously been cutting women open without adhering to the same sanitary standards and building codes as a hospital.

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However, new regulations aren’t the only reason abortion clinics are closing their doors. As Bloomberg pointed out, about a dozen abortion clinics have closed in California, which is known to be a very liberal state and more abortion friendly than most. In fact, the Golden State has no major types of abortion restrictions, according to the Guttmacher Institute. This means, unlike in many other states, there are no waiting periods, no ER admitting requirements, and no mandated parental involvement for minors seeking abortions.

So why are abortion clinics shutting down in a blue, coastal state like California?

It seems like the business model of the abortion industry is changing. Many of the clinics that have closed in the past five years no longer make enough money to cover expenses. In fact, almost 40 of the clinics that have closed since 2011 cited business or financial reasons for closing. Decreased demand is part of the reason why. Between 2010 to 2014, the abortion rate has dropped by 12 percent.

A closer look at the numbers Bloomberg provided appear to show that abortion clinics are consolidating. About 19 percent of the clinics that closed were located in areas with fewer than 100,000 people. Looking at Bloomberg’s map, it appears that all of the 21 clinics that have opened in recent years are located in urban areas. Planned Parenthood owns three-fourths of these. In short, abortion clinics are moving out of the country and into the city, and most of these are operated by Planned Parenthood.

3 Reasons this is Exactly the Right Time to Seek Revival

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Three reasons why this is exactly the right time to seek revival

By Mario Murillo

This is exactly the right time to seek revival.  Here are 3 reasons why:

1.  The big SO WHAT in the Bible: Admit past revivals went extreme. Admit most attempts at revival misfire at ignition (many alleged awakenings were actually snooze alarms.)   Admit millions of Christians repose in impotent slumber beneath motivational mush.  Admit revival camps won’t unify because of their “we-must-lead-the-revival-or-else attitude.  Admit current cultural conditions make revival the impossible dream.   In short, I say, admit conditions within and without could not be worse for revival…and I say, “SO WHAT!”

Never mind that I said it—Paul said it!  “For what (so what) if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.”  -Romans 3: 3, 4.

-It’s a lie to say bad attempts at revival mean we should not try again.

-It’s a lie to believe comatose Christianity cannot be jolted back to life.

-It’s a lie to think revival egos cannot be broken down into vibrant unity.

-It’s a lie to believe that our culture—or any other culture for that matter—is greater than the power of God.

In short, let God be true and every “expert” made a liar.

SO WHAT!  So what if we deem this the worst of times for revival if—in fact—history shows it is the best of times for a revival.  Yea, in these very times, God demonstrates His power.

Clear away the cobwebs…see the burning question:  Does anything going on today overrule the power of taking God at His Word?

SO WHAT IF OTHERS HAVE FAILED.  DOES THEIR FAILURE MAKE THE PURSUIT OF REVIVAL ANY LESS NOBLE?  DOES IT MEAN GOD WILL NOT REWARD US AS HE PROMISED?  THE FAILURE IN REVIVAL IS NOT FALLING DOWN BUT IN STAYING DOWN!  

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2.  God sends revival in the worst of times. At key moments when God’s people assume that the darkness will prevail and moral awakening is utterly impossible, God will drop a measure of His Spirit on humanity.  This deposit of His life immediately renders people desperate and they stampede to the place of Glory.  Simultaneously, God drops a deep and wide spirit of prayer on His people. 

Masses instinctively realize that this gift is the cure for their inner agony!   Believe me; God knows how to incite reckless abandon on the part of sinners.  It is unmistakable when it happens.

Welsey Duewel said, “It is almost as if God’s spiritual fire from heaven has touched down like a powerful tornado of blessing and leaped from place to place.  All these divine manifestations have been marked by an unusually widespread awareness of God’s presence, God’s mercy, and God’s transforming power in the lives of people.”

How can a society—as jaded as ours—be the tinder of revival fire?  The answer is as simple as hurricanes.  The tropical lows create the violent winds.  Nature rushes in to fill a vacuum.

Activist judges and liberal leaders have starved America of God!  Rather than create a society that is immune, they have inadvertently created a voracious appetite predicted in the Bible. Watch out when the banquet hall of revival opens. There will be a feeding frenzy!  Amos 8:11 says, ““Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.”

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3.  The return of the true revivalist. Spirits of pride, entitlement and control—in our leaders—are consumed in the fire of awakening. Basic truths—buried under the rubble of profane doctrines and seductive sermons—rise again to gleaming splendor.   Brace yourself!  Classic preaching on the Cross—the Blood—the second coming of Christ will take center stage in thousands of pulpits.  

Beware the revived pastor in all his degree—but beware most of the return of the true revivalist.   The devil carries no dread like the dread of the arrival of the true revivalist: unselfish to the core—unstoppable in the pursuit—unswerving in direction.

Satan still licks wounds inflicted by John Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Finney, Evan Roberts and William Seymour.  The devil camouflaged the era of each of these men with suffocating despair.  They slashed the stage props and commanded heaven to invade earth.

Beware the arrival of the true revivalist.  They will be God-possessed!  Simply put, they own a supernatural drive, enthusiasm, excitement, and single-mindedness in pursuit of their destiny. The look in their eye says, “to stop me you’ll have to kill me!”  They carry that elusive “fire in the belly” that manifests itself in drive, enthusiasm, excitement, and single-mindedness in pursuit of a goal—any goal.  All true revivalists have it.  Many well-educated, intelligent, endearing and presentable preachers do not and never will.

Let me adapt Israelmore Ayivor’s words to describe the true revivalist:                                                                                                   

-Their critics make them strong!
-Their fears make them bold!
-Their haters make them wise!
-Their foes make them active!
-Their obstacles make them passionate!
-Their losses make them wealthy!
-Their disappointments make them feel appointed!
-Their unseen treasures give them a known peace!

These are three reasons…but we have every reason to drop to our knees right now and begin to ask for the greatest thing we will ask for.

 

 

 

 

China threatens U.S. because of Trump

China Warns U.S. After Trump Wins Nevada Caucus

Trump has promised to punish Chinese currency manipulation

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Chinese Communist Party leaders stand up while the international communist anthem is played.  Caucus/ada AP

By Bill Gertz
February 24, 2016 5:00 pm

 

China warned the United States on Wednesday not to adopt punitive currency policies that could disrupt U.S.-China relations after Donald Trump’s win in the Nevada caucus.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing that “we are following with interest the U.S. presidential election.”

Hua was asked about China’s response to a possible Trump presidency and his announced plan to punish China for currency manipulation with a tax on Chinese goods.

“Since it belongs to the domestic affair of the U.S., I am not going to make comments on specific remarks by the relevant candidate,” she said.

“But I want to stress that China and the U.S., as world’s largest developing and developed countries, shoulder major responsibilities in safeguarding world peace, stability and security and driving world development,” the spokeswoman added.

“The sustained, sound and steady growth of China-U.S. relations serves the fundamental and long-term interests of the two countries and benefits the world. We hope and believe that the U.S. government will pursue a positive policy toward China in a responsible manner.”

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The comments came as Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister, is holding talks in Washington that include U.S. concerns about a Chinese military buildup on disputed islands in the South China Sea, and cooperation on dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations.

Hua said Wang and Secretary of State John Kerry agreed the two sides will enhance cooperation and increase talks and exchanges.

“We stand ready to preserve and advance China-U.S. relations together with the U.S. side,” she said.

Kerry said he spoke to Wang about reducing tensions and finding diplomatic solutions to competing South China Sea claims.

“We want there to be a halt to the expansion and militarization of occupied features,” Kerry said. “Everyone benefits by true demilitarization, non-militarization.”

Kerry also said the United States remains committed to freedom of navigation and overflight, “something which China says it does not stand in the way of; it agrees that there should be peaceful freedom of navigation.”

 Reports from Asia say Chinese state-run media have been ordered by the Communist Party to minimize reporting on the U.S. presidential election.

Hong Kong’s Chinese-language news outlet Oriental Daily reported Feb. 5 that the Party’s Propaganda Department, which sets policies for all state-run media, ordered all publications to ban election coverage of U.S. policies toward China and to focus election coverage on negative stories and scandals.

Trump won the Nevada caucus with 45 percent of the vote, increasing his chances of winning the Republican nomination later this year.

Last month, Trump vowed to impose a 45 percent tariff on Chinese good to offset China’s devaluation of the yuan.

“They’re devaluing their currency, and they’re killing our companies,” Trump said. “We are letting them get away with it, and we can’t let them get away with it.”

The Obama administration has adopted conciliatory policies toward China on trade and currency issues.

Trump, on his campaign website, outlined a hardline approach to dealing with China that involves officially declaring China a currency manipulator and negotiating an end to the practice.

Trump also wants to thwart China’s theft of intellectual property and adopt policies aimed at bring jobs back from overseas to the United States.

Bolstering the U.S. military and “deploying it appropriately in the East and South China Seas” are other goals.

“These actions will discourage Chinese adventurism that imperils American interests in Asia and shows our strength as we begin renegotiating our trading relationship with China,” the Trump website states. “A strong military presence will be a clear signal to China and other nations in Asia and around the world that America is back in the global leadership business.”

John Hagee Says America ‘Will Be Lost Forever And Immediately’

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John Hagee Says America ‘Will Be Lost Forever And Immediately’ If Obama Is Allowed To Replace Justice Scalia

On yesterday’s episode of the “Hagee Hotline,” Pastor John Hagee declared that America “will be lost forever and immediately” if President Obama is allowed to name a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Justice Scalia’s death makes this presidential election a battle for the future of this nation,” Hagee said. “If the president is allowed by the Senate to appoint a Supreme Court justice, America as we know it will be lost forever and immediately. A fifth liberal justice on the court will pass the socialist agenda of the president with lightning speed. Every person listening to this telecast should contact their senator and urge them not to consider any candidate to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court until the next president has been elected by the American people. For once, let the voice of the American people make the call, not the political establishment in Washington, D.C.”

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Hagee then went on to declare that Obama “has a master’s degree in deception” for daring to suggest that there is any sort of urgency in confirming a replacement for Scalia and called upon all Republican senators to “boycott any person that the president of the United States puts forward.”

Hagee said that Democrats in 1960 “passed a law forbidding a president in the last year of his presidency to select a Supreme Court justice.”  (The Democrats, passed a resolution urging President Eisenhower not to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.)

“Strange how history comes back to bite you,” Hagee said “but now the shoe is on the other foot. They, the Democrats, should live by the law they established and stand down until the next president is elected.”

White students undergo weekly ‘deconstructing whiteness’ program at Northwestern University

White students undergo weekly ‘deconstructing whiteness’ program at Northwestern University

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White college students are undergoing a weekly “deconstructing whiteness” program at Northwestern University.The “6-part workshop series for undergraduate students who self-identify as white” launched in January and runs through March, according to the university’s website. Students enrolled chose to do so – it is voluntary.A spokesman for the prestigious private university located outside Chicago declined to give The College Fix details on the program, such as how many students enrolled and how it’s been received so far.
DeconstructingWhiteness“It’s part of Northwestern’s Social Justice Education effort to create learning opportunities for our students,” Bob Rowley, a spokesman for the campus, told The College Fix in an email, providing a link to the social justice webpage and adding: “Beyond that, we don’t have anything more for you on it.”According to a report in the campus newspaper, the workshops focus on “terminology used in conversations of race, the history and meaning of whiteness, white guilt and the difference between intellectualizing and feeling racism.”“There’s a lot of space on this campus for conversations to happen around issues of privilege and specifically around issues of white privilege,” Michele Enos, assistant director of the university’s Social Justice Education office, told The Daily Northwestern.A poster advertising the workshop series (shown above) posed rhetorical questions such as: “What is my role in doing anti-racist work?” or “why do I have to feel guilty about being white?” and “how can I talk about race as a white person?”The Daily Caller reports the events are hosted in collaboration with the university’s Women’s Center.“Students applying for the program are required to commit to attend all six sessions, seemingly preventing students from abandoning the program if they don’t like it or feel uncomfortable,” the Caller reports.

The program is a part of Northwestern’s “Social Justice Education” office, which “creates co-curricular educational opportunities in partnership with our student community that foster self-exploration, facilitate conversations across difference and support actions that create social change on campus,” according to its website.

Similar programming like the “Deconstruction Whiteness” workshop includes “student activism workshops” that end “racist cis-patriarchy” or programs that “navigate” real life diversity issues.

RENO EXPLODES WITH MIRACLES

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RENO EXPLODES WITH MIRACLES

 

By Mario Murillo

After 48 years of seeing miracles I am still ill at ease telling others about it.  Only Jesus should be featured.  He alone is responsible for the astounding event that I am about to relate to you.

When Jesus described her to me it sounded as if her body had declared war on itself.   I still didn’t know who she was.  What I did know is that she suffered in secret—she had pain in virtually every part of her body.  A nameless predator was destroying her.

The Holy Spirit held off revealing her identity until I was fully informed.  When the list of her agonies was revealed to this unworthy servant, He ordered me to describe it in detail.

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Then I knew who she was!  I asked her to come and stand in the center aisle.   “You are in excruciating pain in your head, eyes, neck, shoulders, spine, arms, fingers, hips, legs, feet and toes.  On top of all of this, you have one leg that is precisely ¾ of an inch shorter than the other.  Your entire right side has been thrown off.”

I asked her to confirm the exact accuracy of this word by raising her hand and waving it at the audience.  She raised both hands and frantically waved them in the air.  I asked her to walk to test her miracle.  She did not walk she ran—she sprinted!  Thankfully, we caught that moment on camera.

I assumed—like everyone else—that she would stop when she got to the front.  Instead she flew up onstage and gave me a hug.  Every joint muscle, never, and ligament was resurrected in her body!

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To the eternal glory of God…I tell you skepticism and unbelief met a premature death.  I declared the Gospel to an audience thunderstruck by the Glory of God.  They came from everywhere to declare their unconditional surrender to the King of Kings.

What is happening in Reno is real—scary real.  However, this fire broke out—very inconveniently—on Valentine’s Day.  Our staff was spent.  We came home to rest from months of Holy Spirit awakening in many cities—especially Branson, where we had seen an outpouring continue from August until January.

Not only would we not rest…the power, miracles, and salvations increased!  We are fully operating on supernatural strength.

The next night was even more intense.  The house was packed!  The crowd had doubled in just 3 days.  A well-known athlete came because a friend—who needed healing—asked him to join her.  He agreed but warned her that he believed it was all a fraud.

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Again, God has mercy on His unworthy servant.  I picked him out and asked him to put his hand on his friend’s spine.  She was healed!

He was one of the first to come to Christ.  After the service, he was all over the place; letting people know it was real.  he had experienced LIVING PROOF.

The biggest explosion of praise came when I announced the unimaginable:  WE ARE GOING ON NEXT WEEK IN THIS ERUPTION IN RENO!   THE MEETINGS CONTINUE NEXT SUNDAY, MONDAY AND TUESDAY!

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Reno Erupts with Revival Salvations and Healings

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Pastor Roger Canary has diligently and fervently prayed for revival in Reno for 25 years.  Anyone who is familiar with him is fully aware of his life of prayer.  He built his congregation on prayer.   He provokes his church to pray in 4 prayer meetings a week!

He had heard that we had moved our Ministry to Reno.  The reports of Branson and other outbreaks in our Living Proof Crusades got back to him.  We had a mutual friend in Pastor Raymond Larson and God used Raymond to introduce us.

At lunch, Pastor Canary was humble but straightforward.   Both of our hearts burned with a passion to see true revival overtake America.  He was finished with arrogant evangelists.  I told him that I was finished with arrogant pastors.  We became instant friends. 

Since we are in Reno—if you’ll forgive the analogy—we laid all of our cards on the table.  He doesn’t want a regular meeting in his church.  I don’t have time for regular meetings.   We needed to be sure that God was in this.

I explained that we prefer neutral buildings not churches.  He explained that we could jam up to one thousand people if necessary in his building.  He wanted his building to be a neutral site for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  He went on to say that he would actively involve other pastors.

We concluded our lunch and went to prayer.  I received a green light to conduct a Living Proof Crusade in his building.  I felt heroic when I told him.  He brought me down to earth by—with a wonderful audacity—insisting that I should not preach in his pulpit until I came to the Sunday 9 AM prayer meeting…which I did!

 

Sparks 5Then the great challenge of this meeting began to weigh on me.  In Nevada only 5% go to church.  Because of our tight schedule we had one weekend open—a weekend with a double whammy: Valentine’s Day and President’s day.    Then I thought about Elijah on Mount Carmel.

Elijah poured thousands of gallons of water on the sacrifice to remove all doubt that it was God who sent the fire.   The same applied to this meeting.   Many things drenched this upcoming event.  God was to remove all doubt that He and He alone would make it work and be glorified.

The opening night atmosphere is a mixture of excitement and hesitancy.   The army of God is ready but their guests—typical Nevadans—are reserving judgment.  Their reservations didn’t survive for long.

I preached an unapologetic call for people to come to Christ.  The Holy Spirit eviscerated atheism, Islam, addictions and all the poisoned lies of today.  Conviction replaced complacency.  Before any of us knew it, 50 people charged to the front to surrender to Christ…since then that number has tripled!

An explosive shout of praise filled the house as loved ones found eternal life.  And the night was still young.

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Holy Spirit intensified His work in the people.  Healings came faster than I could call them out.  A river of life was roaring through the desert.   People saw their crutches, and canes become souvenirs.  People on breathing apparatus didn’t need them anymore.  Shouts of joy rose like fireworks everywhere.

As I write you we are only two hours away from the “final service.”  Most are convinced that this cannot possibly be the last service.    This is our new normal.  Fires are breaking out wherever we go.  We are in the glorious place where we do not know what to do.

Branson and other cities are still flaming forward.    We also know that our World Convention is going to be an epic outpouring.  This does not include so many other cities are waiting for us to get to them. How on Earth do we process all of this?

There is only one thing I know tonight: The ground is rumbling in Reno.   25 years of waiting was over.

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THE ONE THING WE MUST STOP HIM FROM DOING

Don’t Let Obama Fill Scalia’s Seat

Congress has frittered away virtually every constitutional power save one:  the power of the Senate to deny presidential appointments to the federal bench.  If Senate Republicans expect conservatives to ever trust them on anything, then they must decline to consider Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia. 

There is precedent for this.  In 1968, when Republicans were a Senate minority possessing only the power of filibuster, Everett Dirksen prevented Lyndon Johnson from appointing Associate Justice Abe Fortas to replace retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren and then appointing Homer Thornbury to take Fortas’s seat as an associate justice.

Senate Minority Leader Dirksen did not run the Senate or control any Senate committees.  Republicans, in fact, held only 36 Senate seats, and several of these were leftists.  Yet Dirksen was able to cobble together enough senators to prevent Johnson from filling a Supreme Court office during a heated election year.  The left, of course, squealed and yelled, but it lost, because Senate Republicans and a handful of Senate Democrats stood firm.

If Everett Dirksen, who was only a moderate conservative holding a very weak hand, was able to thwart LBJ, who had been Senate majority leader before he was vice president and who knew all the ropes and all the tricks of the Senate, then Senate Majority Leader McConnell clearly has the power to do the same.

In fact, all McConnell and the Republican leadership have to do is to decline to consider any nominee appointed by Obama.  State clearly that the Senate is exercising its constitutional power and, unlike Obama who presumes powers he does not have, that the power to confirm or deny a presidential appointment is at the heart of the Senate’s control of the Executive Branch.

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This is also crunch time for any candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  The argument is quite simple: the presidency and the Supreme Court threaten to overwhelm all other parts of our constitutional system.  Let the American people this November decide who will pick the next Supreme Court justice.

In fact, make this presidential election a battle about the proper role of the federal bench in our constitutional system.  Those who want more power flowing to unelected and unaccountable figures in Washington vote for the Democrat nominee.  Let those who think that lawyers and judges ought to run our nation support the Democrats.  Let those who want power to devolve back to the people and to the states support the Republicans.

The president could, of course, make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court – an appointment that would end with the new Congress and new president – but there is no right of any president to insist that his nominees be confirmed or even considered.  Any president who has acted as arrogantly and contemptuously toward the powers of Congress as Obama deserves no special consideration from the Senate at all.

The stakes are monumentally high.  Winning the presidency while delivering the Supreme Court to a radical leftist majority means guaranteeing that the drift of our nation into secular humanism and unconstitutional arrogations of power to judges, federal administrators, and others who are immune to our wishes will continue toward a cataclysmic end of the America we have known.

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Moreover, this is a battle that we can win, if those Republican leaders who seek our help every election cycle will stand boldly against the left.  It has been a long, long time since Republican leaders in Congress have actually given conservatives anything like a political victory.  If these Republicans cannot or will not do so now, then it is truly time for conservatives to abandon the Republican Party and form, instead, around a political party and movement that are serious about what happens to our nation.

The timing, in some ways, is awful for conservatives, but in other ways it is perfect.  Do this one thing – let the next president and next Senate fill this seat – and we will begin to trust you again.  Fail, and there is no reason for conservatives to ever trust Washington Republicans again.

Congress has frittered away virtually every constitutional power save one:  the power of the Senate to deny presidential appointments to the federal bench.  If Senate Republicans expect conservatives to ever trust them on anything, then they must decline to consider Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia. 

There is precedent for this.  In 1968, when Republicans were a Senate minority possessing only the power of filibuster, Everett Dirksen prevented Lyndon Johnson from appointing Associate Justice Abe Fortas to replace retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren and then appointing Homer Thornbury to take Fortas’s seat as an associate justice.

Senate Minority Leader Dirksen did not run the Senate or control any Senate committees.  Republicans, in fact, held only 36 Senate seats, and several of these were leftists.  Yet Dirksen was able to cobble together enough senators to prevent Johnson from filling a Supreme Court office during a heated election year.  The left, of course, squealed and yelled, but it lost, because Senate Republicans and a handful of Senate Democrats stood firm.

If Everett Dirksen, who was only a moderate conservative holding a very weak hand, was able to thwart LBJ, who had been Senate majority leader before he was vice president and who knew all the ropes and all the tricks of the Senate, then Senate Majority Leader McConnell clearly has the power to do the same.

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In fact, all McConnell and the Republican leadership have to do is to decline to consider any nominee appointed by Obama.  State clearly that the Senate is exercising its constitutional power and, unlike Obama who presumes powers he does not have, that the power to confirm or deny a presidential appointment is at the heart of the Senate’s control of the Executive Branch.

This is also crunch time for any candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  The argument is quite simple: the presidency and the Supreme Court threaten to overwhelm all other parts of our constitutional system.  Let the American people this November decide who will pick the next Supreme Court justice.

In fact, make this presidential election a battle about the proper role of the federal bench in our constitutional system.  Those who want more power flowing to unelected and unaccountable figures in Washington vote for the Democrat nominee.  Let those who think that lawyers and judges ought to run our nation support the Democrats.  Let those who want power to devolve back to the people and to the states support the Republicans.

The president could, of course, make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court – an appointment that would end with the new Congress and new president – but there is no right of any president to insist that his nominees be confirmed or even considered.  Any president who has acted as arrogantly and contemptuously toward the powers of Congress as Obama deserves no special consideration from the Senate at all.

The stakes are monumentally high.  Winning the presidency while delivering the Supreme Court to a radical leftist majority means guaranteeing that the drift of our nation into secular humanism and unconstitutional arrogations of power to judges, federal administrators, and others who are immune to our wishes will continue toward a cataclysmic end of the America we have known.

Moreover, this is a battle that we can win, if those Republican leaders who seek our help every election cycle will stand boldly against the left.  It has been a long, long time since Republican leaders in Congress have actually given conservatives anything like a political victory.  If these Republicans cannot or will not do so now, then it is truly time for conservatives to abandon the Republican Party and form, instead, around a political party and movement that are serious about what happens to our nation.

The timing, in some ways, is awful for conservatives, but in other ways it is perfect.  Do this one thing – let the next president and next Senate fill this seat – and we will begin to trust you again.  Fail, and there is no reason for conservatives to ever trust Washington Republicans again.

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No Matter What White People will always be considered Racist by Liberals

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Why White People Will Always Be Racists

 

Whites are continually put into the position of forever having to prove the negative, that they’re not racists. This is impossible. And that’s the point.
By D.C. McAllister

They continue to prove liberals are never satisfied. We fought the Civil War. We ratified the Fourteenth Amendment. We have the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The civil-rights movement was a success. Now, we have South Carolina pulling down the Confederate flag. But it’s still not enough. And Hillary Clinton agrees.
“Removing this symbol of our nation’s racist past is an important step towards equality and civil rights in America,” Clinton said in a written statement after the South Carolina legislature voted to remove the flag. “The flag may soon no longer fly at the State Capitol, but there is still unfinished business in confronting and acting on the inequalities that still exist in our country. We can’t hide from the hard truths about race and justice. We must do everything in our power to have the courage to name them and change them” (emphasis mine).

In saying this is a “step toward equality and civil rights,” Clinton is acting as if the civil-rights movement never happened. She is painting our nation with the brush of racism as if it were still 1950—or even 1860.

Whites Must Stop Being Racists, But They Can’t
Shelby Steele, author of “White Guilt,” calls this “manipulating stigma.” With the victory of the civil-rights movement, whites lost their moral authority—something that inevitably happens when you admit you’ve done something wrong. As a nation, we confessed our racist past, and we righted that wrong. That should have been the end of it, but with the loss of that moral authority came an increase in the moral authority of minorities—power they and the Democratic Party have twisted and used to advance one social-justice agenda after another. Steele says this happens because of white guilt, and the stigma of racism reinforces white guilt.

 

‘If they don’t prove the negative, then the stigma sticks.’
Clinton says we can’t hide “from the hard truths about race and justice.” Which hard truths is she talking about except that we must overcome our inherent racism? President Obama said it is “in our DNA” to be racist. With this statement, he stigmatizes our nation. Clinton’s call to do everything in our power to have the courage to name those truths and change them is another way of saying that whites are racists, so we must “stigmatize them” and force them to change—to comply. A lot of effort won’t even be needed, as we’ve seen with the Confederate flag. Just point the accusatory finger, and those who don’t want to be delegitimized by stigma will dissociate from any hint of racism. They will obey.

Since the civil-rights movement, which community organizers and Democratic elites capitalized on to increase their power, “whites, and particularly, institutions, have lived under threat of stigmatization,” says Steele. He explains that through this manipulation of white guilt, whites are continually put into the position of forever having to prove the negative, that they’re not racist. This is an impossible task, which is why we’ll never really be free of it. “If they don’t prove the negative, then the stigma sticks,” he writes.

The Left Incites Racial Controversy to Secure More Power
The Confederate flag controversy has never been about being sensitive to minorities in the aftermath of the dreadful mass murder in South Carolina. It has been about stigma and the Democratic Party using it to delegitimize anyone who doesn’t bend to its will. Steele explains that if an individual or institution in America is stigmatized as racist, then they are delegitimized. They lose all power and authority and influence. They are marginalized and ostracized. When that happens, they can be easily defeated or manipulated.

 

Clinton, in true totalitarian form, isn’t concerned about inequality.

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When this occurs at an institutional level, that institution can no longer really function effectively. The institution wants to function, to be legitimate, so it disassociates from any appearance of racism by showing how inclusive and tolerant it is, bowing to the will of the totalitarians who want to exert their power and have complete allegiance. This is what the Great Society was built on. It’s not about compassion or equality; it’s about wanting to be able to function, to be valued, and to be legitimate.

When Clinton says inequalities still exist in our country, this is a play at white guilt. Blacks and whites are both equal before the law, so her statement is a glaring falsehood. But Clinton, in true totalitarian form, isn’t concerned about inequality. She’s concerned about power.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear
As Tom Nichols writes at The Federalist about totalitarians like Clinton, “They are not really trying to capture something as pedestrian as political equality, nor are they satisfied if they get it. They are not really seeking a win in the courts, or a legal solution, or a negotiated settlement. Those are all just merit badges to be collected along the way to a more important goal: what they really want, and what they in fact demand, is that you agree with them. They want you to believe.”

The Silent Majority has now become the Silenced Majority.

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While Nichols calls these people the “new totalitarians,” they’re not all that new. They’ve been with us for decades. The difference is they have now accumulated a significant amount of power, and the Silent Majority has now become the Silenced Majority. They don’t want to be stigmatized. They don’t want to lose their legitimacy in society. So they remain silent and they conform.

“White guilt is a powerful, powerful force,” Steele says. “Not because people feel guilty, but because people are stigmatized, and again have to prove the negative all the time, and living forever under threat of being stigmatized.”

Stigma is a club in the hand of the totalitarian to increase power. Clinton, Obama, Loretta Lynch, and others will use it over and over again, as long as people allow the stigma to stick. As long as individuals and institutions fear delegitimization because of stigma and refuse to pay the high price of dissent, the power of the totalitarians will grow.

Denise C. McAllister is a journalist based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a senior contributor to The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter @McAllisterDen.
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JUMPING THE SHARK

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Jumping the shark

By Mario Murillo

We are trapped in a highly embarrassing situation: Youth are leaving churches to meet in homes—now get this—to study the Bible and pray.  This is happening because many churches have jumped the shark.

Wikipedia says, “’Jumping the shark’ is an idiom used to describe the moment a television show begins a decline in quality, signaled by a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of gimmick in an attempt to keep viewers’ interest, which is taken as a sign of desperation, and is seen by viewers to be the point at which the show strayed irretrievably from its original formula. The phrase is based on a scene from a fifth-season episode of the sitcom Happy Days when the character Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water-skis.”

The two kinds of churches hit by this youth exodus are:  1. The Seeker (mega) churches.  2. Churches that focus on exotic supernatural experiences.

How Seeker (mega) churches jumped the shark:  The idea was that the Gospel—on its own—would not attract the unchurched.  They hoped that by adding—enhancements—buttresses—rebranding, they would impact secular culture.   Culture won.

They had zero impact on cultural deterioration.  While they frantically tinkered, America entered a moral nuclear winter.  Violence, debauchery and atheism spiked on their watch.  This forced their goal to change from reformation to simply keeping seats full.

In desperation they jump more sharks: Secular music ousts hymns—half-naked women do dance productions—people get tattooed on stage as a backdrop to preaching…and the preaching is mushier than ever.

Then the shocker:  The doctrines, values and compelling truth that seeker pastors so assiduously extracted—thinking it would attract youth—is the vacuum that drove them away.

Prophetic/Hyper-supernatural churches are also jumping the shark.   Prophecies, encounters with angels, dripping oil, feathers and soul travel are reported with greater frequency…they have to be.

It is not enough for speakers to say they visited the third heaven, now they have to say they do it daily, and finally they say they can do it at will.  It is not enough to say Jesus visited them, now their guests are dead ministers—plus, they can invite others to these séances.  The sheer abundance of prophetic words, mystical experiences and soul travel that are now required in order to maintain popularity is breathtaking.

Youth are leaving these kinds of churches.  They may have oohed and awed for a season—now these extremes make their eyes roll.

We have the best message the world has ever heard.  Trying to improve it or spice it up only makes it worse.   We have the best book ever written.   We have the Holy Spirit to give us grace and power to more than match the evil of our day.

The American church is guilty of wresting away control from the Holy Spirit.   We have every advantage and yet we are losing for all the wrong reasons.  Never have so many, done so little, with so much!

Yet, we have every reason to be encouraged if our youth are craving the Word of God.  In fact, those who are listening and rejecting falsehood are hearing a clear message:  God is revealing to all praying people that a glorious new work of the Spirit is about to break forth. 

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Yes, we can still turn everything around!  Our youth are yearning for the Bible—that is awesome news!   So get up, let’s go!  It starts with these simple declarations:

  1. The Bible is able to stand against all cultural lies. Preaching the Blood, the Cross, the Second Coming and yes, Hell transforms your pulpit into the place of power. Do not apologize just speak it and watch the Spirit of almighty God make your preaching into something you never imagined.

Recognize the danger signs!  When simple Biblical truth no longer thrills you—when you feel the need to be more exotic…stop!  Never let the audience clamor for more spooky revelations.

  1. Crave the towering miracles of the book of acts and not parlor tricks. Kathryn Kuhlman saw awesome power in a reverent atmosphere. The book of Acts and Corinthians are gleaming road maps to the kinds of healings, prophecies and miracles that no culture can stop and no generation can resist.
  2. Realize that God wants to do great and mighty things even more than we do. He does not need to be convinced to work, nor do we need to invent work to make up for some deficiency in God.

The Holy Spirit is waiting in the wings to lead us out of this mess.   Every minister who reads this has the power to repent and receive unquestioned clarity and authority that will make them compelling to youth.

Instead of jumping the shark—let’s flatten the enemy.