Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tea Party Fringe

Bill Maher has said that the Tea Party movement is a cult. Many others have called it a fringe group. So what does the Tea Party movement stand for? The Tea part of it stands for “taxed enough already”. It is less a party and more a sentiment; a growing sentiment that stands for less taxes and less government intrusion in our lives. The movement is against statism and stands for freedom. It is not a fringe movement by any means. 71% of Republicans now support the Tea Party movement. I am a supporter of the movement.

We mainly have two parties: Republicans and Democrats. Until recently, these two parties have both been more moderate. The Republicans, as a party, leaned right, and the Democrats leaned left, but in recent times, both parties have actually moved the country toward socialism. One of the most recent examples of Republican socialism includes the Medicare Part D that George W. Bush signed into law. Conservatives may not have liked many of the socialist policies, but they put up with it because it was gradual and it felt like they didn’t have other options. Then along came Barack Obama. He has taken the country to the extreme left with his policies that follow socialism and even Marxism. The more extreme “right” of the Tea Party movement has come along because of the more extreme “left” of the presidency of Obama. With the two extremes before us, we are increasingly coming to a point where we are being forced to choose between the two. It is becoming harder and harder to be moderate in your views. President Ezra Taft Benson had some things to say about being moderate in your beliefs.

“But our civilization and our people are seemingly afraid to be revolutionary. We are too ‘broadminded’ to challenge what we do not believe in. We are afraid of being thought intolerant, uncouth, ungentlemanly. We have become lukewarm in our beliefs. And for that we perhaps merit the bitter condemnation stated in Revelation 3:16: ‘So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.’

“This is a sad commentary on a civilization which has given to mankind the greatest achievements and progress ever known. But it is an even sadder commentary on those of us who call ourselves Christians, who thus betray the ideals given to us by the Son of God himself.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1960.)

I believe that this lukewarm belief can be encapsulated by those who choose to describe themselves politically as a moderate. This is refusing to take a stand on the issues.

I must note here that people may have different ideas of what a moderate is. I am speaking of a moderate as someone who is not partisan. This would include those who have not made up their mind, do not subscribe to any ideologies, or believe in centrism and “reaching across the aisle”.

I would never vote for a moderate for political office. To me this means that the person running for office does not stand for anything except power. They simply want power and will follow which way the wind of public opinion blows issue by issue to keep power.

To consider oneself a moderate is to be a fence sitter during the War in Heaven we are still waging here on earth. To not choose a side is to by default choose the side of statism (socialism/communism). As I said earlier, the country has been moving toward socialism regardless of the political party in power. In this manner, when you don’t make a choice to stand up against statism, then you by default choose the side of statism. To buy into the notion that Tea Party candidates are all “kooky” is to vote for Obama’s agenda. Moderate politicians, even moderate Republicans, may even say they do not favor Obamacare and Obama’s agenda, but most will not act to stop it. Only a vote for the most conservative candidate will help to stop the march of socialism and communism in this country; a candidate who will openly say they will do everything in their power to stop Obama. This is why we need Tea Party candidates. We cannot get caught up in the disparaging of the Tea Party candidates that is going on by the media. We are waging the raging War in Heaven, and the time to choose a side is now. A Tea Party candidate who will actively work to repeal Obamacare and stop Obama’s agenda is the only way to save our country. Rush Limbaugh has said that if Mickey Mouse were running for office and were able to make Rush believe he would work to stop Obama, then Mickey Mouse would be the right person to vote for, no matter any other baggage Mickey Mouse would bring along with him. Because even a vote for a moderate Republican will not do what it takes to stop Obama’s agenda and to save our country. To vote for a moderate then is actually a vote for Obama. And in this manner, a vote for a moderate or to be a moderate or to not choose a side or to be a fence sitter is then actually a vote for Obama and along with it a vote for statism. If you don’t choose your side, the choice is made for you.

“This is still God's world. The forces of evil, working through some mortals, have made a mess of a good part of it. But it is still God's world. In due time, when each of us has had a chance to prove ourselves-including whether or not we are going to stand up for freedom—God will interject himself, and the final and eternal victory shall be for free agency. And then shall those complacent people on the sidelines, and those who took the wrong but temporarily popular course, lament their decisions. To the patriots I say this: Take that long eternal look. Stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost. Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul-and maybe your country.” (Ezra Taft Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 62.)

“The scriptures make clear that there was a great war in heaven, a struggle over the principle of freedom the right of choice. In the war in heaven, what would have been your reaction if someone had told you just to do what is right—there's no need to get involved in the fight for freedom? Of course, the war in heaven over free agency is now being waged here on earth, and there are those today who are saying ‘Look, don't get involved in the fight for freedom. Just live the gospel.’ That counsel is dangerous, self-contradictory, unsound.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1966.)

We are increasingly reaching a point in time where here on earth we are being forced to choose. We must choose statism or freedom. The extreme of Obama on the one hand and the Tea Party movement on the other portray this choice. We must actively stand up and fight for and vote for freedom before it is gone.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Messiah Obama

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan when speaking about Barack Obama said, “When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.” Barack Obama has been called a Messiah by many. I wanted to explore this idea.

In a recent poll it was discovered that 1 in 5 Americans think that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Only 1 in 3 believe him to be a Christian which is what he professes to be. I do not believe Obama is a Muslim, but I also do not consider him to be a Christian. I believe that his religion is that of the United Trinity Church of Christ, the church that was led by Reverend Wright that Obama attended for 20 years. This church follows black liberation theology and teaches collectivism, an idea that Obama has confirmed that he believes in multiple speeches. Collectivism is the idea that the group (world) is more important than the individual. Each individual has worth only insomuch as they help the group. This would mean that any oppressors (in America this can loosely be defined under their ideology as white people) must cease oppressing immediately (give all their wealth to) the oppressed (black people). It is not, however, as simple as black vs. white. This is an ideology of the oppressors vs. the oppressed. The father of this idea is the ideology of the haves vs. the have nots, or communism.  A belief in this ideology would lead Obama to sympathy for Muslims as they are considered to be the oppressed (America is always the oppressor in this ideology).

The United Trinity Church of Christ teaches that Jesus Christ did indeed live on the earth, but He is not the Son of God. He was simply a good man and teacher (Cone). This is not Christianity.

James H. Cone, the founder of black liberation theology, has said the following. “What need have we for a white Jesus when we are not white but black? If Jesus Christ is white and not black, he is an oppressor, and we must kill him. The appearance of black theology means that the black community is now ready to do something about the white Jesus, so that he cannot get in the way of our revolution.” This is not Christianity.

Under this ideology of black liberation theology, Obama can figuratively be a Messiah for the world. He has the potential to be the man to finally restore equality between the haves and the have-nots, and as he does this, he (and not Jesus Christ) will bring collective redemption for everybody. Under this theology, there is no need for the atonement of Jesus Christ – Christ’s atonement in which individuals can be saved is meaningless when black liberation theology believes individuals can only be saved collectively with everyone else. Obama is attempting to restore the equality between the haves and the have-nots through “spreading the wealth”, or wealth redistribution. This is accomplished through “soak the rich” strategies of heavier taxes on the wealthy as well as Obamacare in the which the health care is equalized for the wealthy and the poor as the wealthy are taxed to pay for the healthcare of the poor. This is the theory behind it, but in practice in other countries it has worked more by bringing down the quality of health care for everyone.

Black liberation theology has communism at its roots. From this we can see that Obama can be considered to be a Messiah to those who do not necessarily believe in black liberation theology but are instead statists. Statists do not believe in God. (I believe that Obama does not believe in God.) They instead worship mankind as their God. They may even feel that they themselves are God.

Statist George Soros has said, “It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.”

The communist goal is to create utopia or heaven on earth. Their plan to accomplish this is initially for the have-nots to become in charge of the haves. This involves spreading or redistributing the wealth and making all things owned in common amongst all. Although they acknowledge that this will take violence to reach this place of common ownership, their goal is that once this is achieved there will be heaven on earth, and they will be the ones to have brought this about. They do not believe in God. They are acting as God themselves. They do not necessarily believe in an after life, and so this is the life for them to grab the reins and act as the gods they believe that they are. Of course this utopia has never been achieved in the history of the world during the many times that communism has been tried. The belief is that it has never been tried correctly or by the right people. Keep in mind that the communist goal is for worldwide communism. Communists actually believe that America is the key to finally make it work correctly. If they can only turn America to communism then all of the other pieces (countries) will fall into line. In this way, if America turns to communism, then this age old dream of worldwide communist utopia will finally be realized. If Obama then is the one to finally bring communism to America, he will have finally brought to fruition the age old plan to create a heaven on earth. If Obama is the one to do this, then Obama is figuratively a Messiah for the world. There is no need for Jesus Christ’s atonement for individuals if there is no after life and if Obama can be the Messiah for the world (or the one who brought heaven to earth).

In communism (of which black liberation theology is a subset), there is no need for Jesus Christ and there is no God. You can see then how this ideology is a replacement for God and religion, and that it is very evil. Ezra Taft Benson has said that socialism is essentially and fundamentally communism. They share the same fundamentals. Any type of statism derives from communism and from Karl Marx and is designed to take away our freedom and free agency as well as our belief in God. Whether it is labeled as socialism, communism, Fabian socialism, progressivism, or the like, when it involves forced redistribution of wealth, we are on the path to supporting the Gadianton Robbers. Please keep this in mind when you must choose whether or not to vote for those who support redistributionist policies. These policies are designed to lead us to utopia, a journey that necessarily results in failure and violence and murders. Just look at Greece and Europe. They have been living with socialism for many decades. It is currently collapsing in failure and violence that can be seen by all of the street rioting by those protesting the austerity packages. As their socialism fails them, where will they turn to next? Something worse than socialism? And where will the collapse of our socialist programs here in America lead us next?

Monday, October 4, 2010

I Had A Dream

I recently had a dream that I was in a big mansion. [My belief is that the mansion represented the world.] It was filled with vast rooms. In each room, there were hundreds of people. In each room, most of these people were gathered together in a huddle against one wall of the room. The people in these huddles were waiting for their government handouts; their “spoils” of the Gadianton robbers. The remainder of the people in each room was walking about throughout the rest of the room being industrious. I was running from room to room trying to get people to listen to me. No one would listen, so I began yelling, “Can’t you see that this is socialism? That this is communism?” Every once in a while someone would listen to me and leave the huddle, but for the most part no one would listen to me. [My belief is that my running around the mansion trying to warn others of socialism represented what I have been doing with my blog.] I was so upset I began crying. I decided to change my tactics. I began looking for people that I know now or have known in the past in hopes that they might take the time to at least hear me out since they knew me. [My belief is that this reflected what I have been doing through social networking sites and other means – telling people I know or have known about my blog.] The final person I approached was a friend from the past. I grabbed her by the arms and I said, “This is socialism! This is communism! Will you hear me? Will you listen to me?” It was then that I noticed that her eyes were glazed over as if she was under the influence of some sort of drug. I looked at the people huddled up waiting for their “spoils” and realized that they all had the same look in their eyes. I realized that they were intoxicated by statism and addicted to the “spoils”. After I asked my friend if she would listen to me, if she realized she was supporting and partaking in socialism, she said, “But I like it” and walked away back with the rest of the masses.

That was the end of my dream. In sharing my dream with my husband, he reminded me that it was communist Karl Marx who said that “religion is the opiate of the masses”. My dream would indicate that statism is the true opiate of the masses. This makes sense to me since statism is the opposite of religion and an alternative to religion. Statism is an opiate. You can become addicted to the government handouts. It requires little effort on your part to attain that promise that you will be taken care of. You don’t do anything for it. You stand in your huddle and wait for instruction and to be given what you need. Statism and the welfare state also numbs you to life and exalts you from having to work hard and make it on your own merit.  But then it also stunts your eternal progression.

Religion, on the other hand, requires you to do something. You must search it out and learn about it. You must take an active leap of faith to believe it. You must work hard to live the commandments and to try to be Christlike.