Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.
Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, “under U.S. patronage,” he said.
But the defense minister also said that any immediate NATO response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, while important, matter less than a long-term shift in the defense postures of Europe and America. The United States, having announced a “pivot” to Asia, needs to “re-pivot” to Europe, he said, and European countries that have cut back on defense spending need to reverse the trends.
“The idea until recently was that there were no more threats in Europe and no need for a U.S. presence in Europe any more,” Siemoniak said, speaking through an interpreter. “Events show that what is needed is a re-pivot, and that Europe was safe and secure because America was in Europe.”
How likely is such a reversal on defense spending? Siemoniak said there was widespread support at a recent meeting of European defense ministers. “Now they’ll go back to their presidents, prime ministers and ministers of finance, and this will stop being easy,” he admitted. “But the impetus is very strong.”
The strongest impetus, he said, is not even Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, but President Vladimir Putin’s bald lies about Russian actions there and his exposition of a new doctrine allowing Russia to intervene in any country where Russian-speaking populations are, in Russia’s judgment, under threat. This poses a potential danger to the Baltic nations, which are members of NATO, and even more to Moldova, Belarus and central Asian nations that are not, he said.
Like President Obama, Siemoniak said it’s too soon to judge the agreement reached Thursday in Geneva to defuse tensions. He said he believes that Russia’s “special operation in eastern Ukraine didn’t go as planned” and that Putin may have decided to play a longer game.
“He holds different instruments that he can use to influence events in Ukraine,” Siemoniak said. Putin will keep in reserve the option of an outright military incursion, “but the political, military and financial costs would be gigantic.” The 46-year-old minister mused that until recently NATO was wondering what mission it would have, if any, once its troops came home from Afghanistan.
“Now we have an answer to that question,” he said.
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It’s already well established that those on the left are notorious for making up the rules as they go along, especially when it comes to Christianity, a religion they typically view with derision. Therefore, the only conclusion one can come to is that Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, both of whom profess to be Christians, must think that just as they believe the Constitution is a living/evolving document, the Bible is also open to being revised to agree with the left’s progressive agenda.
Take Nancy Pelosi, please…er I mean, for instance. This is a woman who calls herself a Catholic yet she is a vocal proponent of abortion on demand, which even the most ardent abortion supporter, if honest, would admit is considered murder by the God who “knit us together in our mother’s womb” (Ps 139:13).
The only explanation for liberals considering themselves people of faith while putting their approbation on abortion and other anti-Biblical lifestyles is that they’ve managed to convince themselves that their morally-relativistic opinions and self-aggrandizing actions take precedence over the inerrant, unchanging tenets of God’s word.
It could be that, while in the process of revising the Constitution and misinterpreting the Bible, the Obama and Pelosi types have convinced themselves that good deeds cancel out bad ones.
Think about liberals’ habit of making sure the world knows about every act of look-at-me benevolence they bestow on the less fortunate. Clearly Scripturally illiterate, Bible-revisers are no doubt unaware of what God says about public exhibitions of giving and caring.
Unbeknownst to progressives, the goal is not to broadcast good deeds or seek worldly praise, but rather to serve God in secret where only He sees and rewards.
As they make sure everyone notices and responds to their self-indulgent acts of kindness with applause, liberals relish being showered with praise for empathetic acts that they’re certain far surpass actions and gestures by people they know nothing about, but still deem hardhearted.
The only explanation for such bizarre beliefs and behavior is that liberals must think that in the mind of God “altruistic” policies such as issuing food stamps cancel out the slaughter of 60 million unborn human beings.
It’s either that, or by attempting to influence large numbers of clueless people through public displays of mock Christianity, pro-abortion liberals gain the consensus they think enables them to publicly refer to themselves as Christians.
A person calling him- or herself a Christian while supporting laws that are diametrically opposed to the Word of God illustrates the level of delusion under which those who “clean the outside of the cup, but are full of robbery and wickedness” operate (Luke 11:39).
As for Barack Obama, it’s already confirmed that he lies, cheats, abuses the sick and dying, tramples on religious freedom, mocks Bible-believing Americans, supports Planned Parenthood, and puts his approbation on babies born alive in botched abortions being left to die without water, warmth and oxygen. Yet, all he has to do is quote a couple of lines of Scripture at a prayer breakfast and his admirers insist he is a Christian.
In like manner, on Holy Thursday, Nancy Pelosi, who besides abortion and gay marriage also stands on the side of illegal immigrants’ breaking the law, decided to make a public mockery of Jesus’, the humblest of kings, washing the feet of His disciples prior to being crucified and suffering on Golgotha’s hill.
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a woman who has zero problem with the termination of the lives of unborn children, displayed her own version of Holy Thursday compassion by joining San Francisco Bishop Marc Andrus to wash the feet of immigrant children at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church.
Then, after humbly kneeling, silver ewer in hand, with classic “look-at-me” liberal self-promotion Nancy proudly announced her foot-washing theatrics on Twitter.
Could it be that in Ms. Pelosi’s mind, washing the feet of two children makes up for the death of the 3,000 pre-born children in America who died on the same day Nancy the Foot Washer was scrubbing the toes of a couple of kids who miraculously, no thanks to her, made it out of the womb alive?
With that said, Nancy, Barack and every other so-called “caring’” liberal on the planet can call themselves anything they want. They can feed the poor, care for the sick, wash feet, and even quote Scripture, but if they support the anti-life, pro-death agenda of the left, according to God’s word they typify those whom the One who can see hearts addressed when He said:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside is full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”
Someone thought Jim Ardis, the mayor of Peoria, IL, deserved to be mocked. So he set up a twitter account, @peoriamayor and made some unsavory posts on it. According to Reason’s Hit & Run blog,
According to the Journal Star, the account had all of 50 posts and an equal number of followers. The Twitter profile apparently did not initially indicate that it was a parody account, but added that label in early March.
The label was hardly necessary, though, to prevent reader confusion. The Journal Star explains that “police were informed of the account by Ardis on March 12. The tweets implied ‘Mayor Ardis utilizes illegal drugs, associates with prostitutes and utilized offensive inappropriate language,’ according to an affidavit filed for the warrant.” Who would actually believe such tweets were coming from the mayor? Well, maybe residents of Toronto.
Jim Ardis is a public figure. A twitter account has the same right to mock him that Saturday Night Live has to spoof mock a public figure. But Ardis would not be restrained by such considerations. He ordered the police to track down the owner of the twitter account. Apparently, they were going to arrest the writer for impersonating the mayor.
According to the Journal Star:
Police searched a West Bluff house Tuesday and seized phones and computers in an effort to unmask the author of a parody Twitter account that purported to be Mayor Jim Ardis.
The account — known as @Peoriamayor on the popular social media service that limits entries to 140 characters — already had been suspended for several weeks when up to seven plainclothes police officers executed a search warrant about 5:20 p.m. at 1220 N. University St.
Three people at the home were taken to the Peoria Police Department for questioning. Two other residents were picked up at their places of employment and taken to the station, as well.
One resident — 36-year-old Jacob L. Elliott — was booked into the Peoria County Jail on charges of possessing 30 to 500 grams of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia, but no arrests were made in connection with the Twitter account.
“They just asked me about the Twitter account, if I knew anything about it,” said Michelle Pratt, 27, a resident who was in the shower when officers first arrived at the front door. “They brought me in like I was a criminal.”
In my opinion this is a criminal move. If you or I were mocked on Twitter, we would not be able to get the police to track down the miscreant and raid his home. Is that how our country is supposed to work? Politicians get extra protection from mockery that the rest of us must do without?
What is bizarre to me is that no one is treating this as a dangerous and criminal abuse of authority. The Reason.com post is opposed to what the mayor did, of course, but it treats it as a joke. The newspaper reports I saw don’t seem to think the mayor’s actions were out of line either.
But a politician has assumed to himself the power to punish someone for writing about him. That seems way over the line!
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The mainstream media is having a Grand Old Time with what they perceive as an internal struggle within the Grand Old Party, which they say is certain to bring about a GOP defeat at election time. The position of their liberal-leaning writers and talking heads is that in order for Republicans to succeed, they must act more like Democrats. Well, we’ve been there and done that. Didn’t work out so good, did it? Can you say, “Bob Dole,” or “John McCain,” or “Mitt Romney”? I suppose voter logic is that if all the GOP can offer are Democrat-lite candidates, they may as well vote for the real thing, and suffer the consequences. Well, they did, and we are!
We all know the old cliché about power corrupting. If it’s not corrupting, it is certainly comforting. It didn’t take long for our nationally elected “public servants” to determine that an income of upwards of $ 174,000 per year, for life, plus the many, many, other perks, is rather nice, and they don’t want to do anything to jeopardize it.
And it didn’t take long for the Establishment Republicans to realize that the Democrats have come up with a few very effective ways to stay in office; i e., raise the minimum wage, increase food stamp enrollments, give away Obamphones, expand government employment, extend unemployment benefits, offer amnesty to illegal immigrants, etc., etc., and they want a piece of it.
The only time in recent memory that the Republicans have been successful on the national scene was in the 2010 mid-term elections, when Tea-Party inspired Republican candidates took control of the House of Representatives. But the newly elected Conservative Republicans, such as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Trey Gowdy, and a few others, soon realized that the time-honored politics of re-election is financially devastating, and they set about to get the resulting runaway government back under control.
So the much discussed GOP internal conflict is between the younger, more militant newcomers, and the older, more comfortable, inside-the-beltway Republicans, such as John McCain and his new bunk-buddy, Lindsay Graham.
The old-timers see their Democrat colleagues as less a threat to their security than are the Conservative insurgents. The Democrats can only prevent the Republican incumbents from gaining more political power, while the Republican newcomers can cost them their seats!
In my home state of Tennessee, the inbred spirit of bi-partisanship has given us two Republican Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, who voted in support of the Obama administration 52% and 49% of the time, respectively. They have voted for more Obama-inspired legislation than many of the Senate Democrats.
Tea-Party inspired newcomers resent the notion that there really isn’t much difference between the Democrats and Republicans. And while it obviously doesn’t seem to bother the GOP elders too much, the new guys on the block are determined to do something about it.
Senator Corker isn’t up for re-election this year, but the senior TN Senator Lamar Alexander is. The inter-party battle lines are drawn, and will be played out in the August 7th Republican Primary with Conservative State Representative Joe Carr challenging liberal-leaning Alexander for his US Senate seat. Lamar has the money, the name recognition, and the support of Governor Haslam. Joe has the enthusiasm, a Conservative voting record in the TN General Assembly, and the benefit of being on the right side of history.
Tighten your seat belts, folks. It’s gonna’ be an exciting bellwether of things to come!
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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is steering his followers toward Generation Progress and an interpretive dance that will help reduce gun violence. #fight4the33 refers to the 33 people reported murdered with guns every day in the United States.
Ron Paul‘s nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service’s demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.
“There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty,” Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. “We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of their donors in the very same way as Campaign for Liberty. For some reason the IRS has now chosen to single out Campaign for Liberty for special attention. We plan to fight this all the way.”
Ron Paul suggested that the group will refuse to pay the IRS fine in an fundraising email to supporters about the agency’s request for information.
“Paying this outrageous extortionist fine — just to exercise our rights as American citizens to petition our government — may even be cheaper in the short run,” he wrote. “But it’ll just embolden an alphabet soup of other federal agencies to come after us.” Paul’s email said that the rule requiring that 501(c)(4)s list their donors is “rarely enforced.”
Stiles accused the IRS of trying to silence her organization. “The IRS technically requires donor information from 501(c)(4) organizations and is forbidden by law from releasing it to the public, yet despite this they have ‘mistakenly’ released the information repeatedly over the years,” she wrote. “Often these leaks have been made to political opponents of the conservative groups whose information was leaked. Leaking the donor information is intended to harass and to intimidate those donors from donating to political causes. Campaign for Liberty has refused to provide donor information to the IRS to protect the privacy of our members. Now the IRS has demanded the information and fined Campaign for Liberty for protecting its members’ privacy.”
Rancher Cliven Bundy looks like he could still be in a heap of trouble for having thoroughly ticked off Fedzilla and the Keebler elf himself, Harry Reid.
Being the peacemaking Christian that I am, herewith are ten ways Cliven Bundy could get the Feds off his backside and actually ingratiate himself to the big government droogies of the Left.
1. Bundy should fire his ranch foreman and hire Jay Carney who could effectively lie his butt off about Cliven’s cows. “Eating grass? His cows aren’t eating grass. What are you talking about? These are the most transparent, grass adverse, cows ever.”
2. Bundy should rename his ranch “Benghazi” , then the Feds would never show up. Ever.
3. Staying with the Benghazi motif, Bundy could also blame his cows’ raid upon the BLM’s grass flats the result of an anti-Muslim YouTube video. Case closed.
4. Bundy should start boldly smoking and selling grass versus having his cows eat the grass.
5. Bundy should become, for the remainder of his life, a vile race-baiter. If he sold nothing but hate towards whites and conservatives, he could owe the IRS two million in back-taxes and they’d include him during White House fundraisers and MSNBC would give him his own talk show. Problem solved.
6. Staying in the racist vein, Bundy could join the New Black Panthers Party, change his name to Shabrique Shazamm and intimidate all the white devils when they show up to vote during the upcoming midterms. Can you say, “Instant protection by the DOJ?”
7. Bundy should get gold-capped teeth, trade his cowboy hat in for a hoodie, walk around holding his crotch and say “mother-%&#$ @” every other word. He’d be hailed as a victim and a poet. A victim poet, I tell you.
8. Bundy should build a mosque on Ground Zero. If he did that he’d own half of Nevada.
9. Bundy should start hanging out with Latin dictators and expand his enterprise from cattle ranching to a gun running operation for drug cartels south of the border. Do it, Cliven. Like, muy pronto.
10. Finally, and especially, Bundy should claim that he was the inspiration for Brokeback Mountain. If CB played the gay card they’d throw him a party at the White House and the BLM goons, wearing Daisy Dukes, would serve him and his posse a desert tortoise consommé.
If we want to restore these United States of America as a true constitutional republic, we actually have to start basing our arguments as if we still are one. That means we begin every one of our arguments at the beginning:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable (God-given) Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
This quote is the money-line from our nation’s mission statement—The Declaration of Independence. Whenever a nation, people, organization, or institution acts in a way that is contrary to its mission statement it has abandoned its mission. Those seeking to restore that mission then must start thinking and behaving in accordance with that mission regardless of what those opposed to it are doing.
But that’s not what we’ve been doing.
Within the past generation we have reduced the moral high ground of our arguments to clichés and talking points for speeches before the already-converted. However, once we step into the arena to take on the Left we end up arguing our version of utilitarianism versus theirs. Since utilitarianism is a philosophy that has its origins in humanistic and Marxist thought/philosophy, that means those of us who still believe in the mission statement of America lose no matter who wins.
There are four characteristics of a culture that has fully embraced utilitarianism. Read on and see if any this sounds like our culture today.
Decadence: Liberty becomes licentiousness, self-expression becomes selfishness, and the pursuit of happiness becomes materialism. Moral standards are summed up with phrases like “if it feels good do it” and “as long as you’re not hurting anybody else it’s ok.”
Decay: Traditions and institutions that a society once leaned upon to maintain the proper relationship between the government and the governed, as well as the rule of law, are allowed to deteriorate until they are eventually ignored and cast aside altogether.
Debt: Personal accountability and responsibility are replaced by the common good, which means it becomes the role of society to enable, validate, and in some cases subsidize the individual’s quest for self-actualization/gratification—provided that individual is an asset and not a liability. Valuable corporate entities that make bad decisions become “too big to fail” and require government bailouts. If someone wants to acquire the education and training necessary to become a productive member of society, then society must pay for it and then society has a claim on the wages that person earns once they’re successful. In short, the ends justify the means. The endgame is almost always the creation of a ruling class, or elites, as those in public policy (government) and captains of industry (business) monolithically join together since it’s obvious we need them to make all our decisions for us.
Death: Once a person is labeled a liability, discarding them is justified. If unmarried high school sweethearts conceive a child in a hotel room on prom night, that unborn child can be killed because its birth gets in the way of what they have planned with the rest of their lives. With no moral constraints on flawed human nature, resources and revenues grow scarce, so the population must be controlled to manage them. Unproductive workers or minority groups can be purged if it is determined they have outlived their usefulness, and/or become a drain on the system. An elderly woman who is disabled can be tossed aside by the healthcare system in favor of the able-bodied and productive. Schoolchildren are conditioned to adopt this value system through tests which list ten people stranded on a boat that will sink unless four of them are tossed overboard. Students are given the background on all ten passengers, and then select which foursome’s lives are worthy of sacrificing with the idea the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few—or the one.
That hits pretty close to home, doesn’t it?
Utilitarianism is based on maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain for the most public and/or individual good. Of course, the definitions of terms like “good” are always evolving. Thus utilitarianism becomes a totally subjective standard not based on moral absolutes, but rather what’s best for the whims, desires, impulses, and preferences for those wanting to justify their actions at the time. Utilitarianism was a driving philosophical force in the former Soviet Union—”from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
Utilitarianism runs contrary to the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” referenced in The Declaration of Independence, which is the fixed standard embedded in the creation by the Creator Himself for our own good, and is so obvious our Founding Fathers called it “self-evident.”
Utilitarianism allows ethics to evolve based on what individuals or societies prefer or believe is optimal at the time, or necessary to drive their materialistic bottom line. Meanwhile, the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” is an objective moral standard that is always what’s best for individuals and societies, because it is the very blueprint devised by the loving God in whose image we are all made.
Since our rights come from God and not government, nobody has a “right” to do anything that God says is wrong. Now, that doesn’t mean government punishes every sin as if it’s a criminal act, but it does mean that if your sin gets in the way of someone else’s God-given rights, you have no right to it.
For example, if permitting your sin prohibits someone’s access to continue to exist, you have violated their God-given right to life. If permitting your sin prohibits someone’s access to their moral conscience, you have violated their God-given right to religious freedom. And so on and so forth. Furthermore, you don’t get to claim you have new, never-before-acknowledged “rights” if granting you those rights costs somebody else their previously acknowledged God-given ones.
We aren’t going to preserve liberty and prosperity for future generations by indulging our own variation of moral relativism, or our own variation of unconstitutional government. For example, the response to judicial tyranny isn’t getting our own judges in there to violate their oaths of office to make things right. It’s getting other or lesser magistrates to honor their oaths to uphold the Constitution by refusing to enforce these anti-constitutional judicial fiats in the first place. That both does the right thing but also sets things right by restoring the separation of powers.
There is no right way to do a wrong thing, nor is there a wrong way to do a right thing. The imperfect men who devised our constitutional republic devised a near flawless system because they acknowledged the sinfulness of man from the outset—including their own. That’s why we have checks and balances and a necessary and proper process for putting our virtues and values into action politically.
If we violate that necessary and proper process to put our beliefs into action, which is there to protect our God-given rights from the whims of the mob or a despot, we’re no better than the Statists. In fact, we’re playing right into their hands.
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