The Bill of Temporary Privileges

By Andrew Napolitano (www.lewrockwell.com), 5/5/2022

Last week, the [US] Director of National Intelligence, the data-gathering and data-concealing arm of the American intelligence community masquerading as the head of it, revealed that in 2021, the FBI engaged in 3.4 million warrantless electronic searches of Americans. This is a direct and profound violation of the right to privacy in “persons, houses, papers, and effects” guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

For the past 60 years, the Supreme Court has characterized electronic surveillance as a search that can only be conducted pursuant to a warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause of crime, which itself must be presented under oath to the judge. The warrant must specifically describe the place to be searched and the person or thing to be seized.

By failing to comply with these constitutional requirements, the FBI violated the natural and constitutionally protected right to be left alone of millions of Americans.

Yet, all of this was perfectly lawful. How can government behavior be both lawful and unconstitutional at the same time and in the same respect?

Here is the backstory.

The Fourth Amendment was written in 1791 while memories of British soldiers searching colonial homes were still prevalent. The British used general warrants to justify their violation of colonists’ privacy. A general warrant was not based on probable cause of crime. It was generated whenever the British government persuaded a secret court in London that it needed something from foreign persons, the colonists. The British government did not even need to identify what it needed.

General warrants authorized the bearer to search wherever he pleased and to seize whatever he found. The Fourth Amendment was written expressly to outlaw general warrants and warrantless searches.

After President Richard Nixon used the FBI and the CIA to spy on his political opponents, Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, which prohibited warrantless domestic surveillance. Since the Fourth Amendment did so already, the prohibition was superfluous.

It was also toothless, as the new law set up a secret court — the FISA court — which issued surveillance warrants based not on probable cause of crime as the Fourth Amendment requires, but on probable cause of communicating with a foreign person. And the court, over time, kept modifying its own rules to make it easier for the National Security Agency –America’s 60,000 domestic spies — to spy on Americans.

Today, if you call your cousin in London, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court can authorize the NSA to spy on you. And if you then call your sister-in-law in Kansas, FISC can allow the NSA to spy on her and on the folks she calls and the folks they call.

This massive invasion of privacy produced huge amounts of data, which FISA required the NSA to keep to itself and use only to anticipate breaches of national security. The data acquired from spying on all fiber optic transmitted communications could not be shared with law enforcement since it had been obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment. That prohibition was known as the “wall” between the intelligence and law enforcement communities.

In 2008, after the Bush administration was caught in massive warrantless spying on Americans, Congress enacted amendments to FISA that removed the wall. Stated differently, the new law, Section 702 of FISA, which expires in 20 months, required all telecom and computer service providers to give the NSA unfettered access to their computers whenever the feds came calling — with or without FISA warrants — and also allowed the FBI access to the body of raw intelligence data that the NSA acquired.

The wall between the intelligence community and law enforcement is gone.

Every member of Congress has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, yet by repeated majority votes and the signatures of all pre-Biden presidents since 2008 continually re enacting Section 702, Congress has permitted the FBI to bypass the Constitution. Thus, FBI spying is lawful because a statute authorizes it, but unconstitutional because the statute violates the Fourth Amendment.

Last week, the Director of National Intelligence, who is required by Section 702 to report all FBI access to the raw intelligence data, did so. But her record keeping is as sloppy as her fidelity to the Constitution. Thus, she reported 3.4 million FBI searches of raw intelligence data on Americans in 2021.

You’d think that meant that 3.4 million Americans had their emails, text messages, phone calls, medical and legal and personal records surveilled by the FBI. You’d be incorrect. To the feds, the word “search” refers to the input of a search term, like “Jan. 6” or “local militia” or “small government.” One FBI search thus can lead to the records of thousands of Americans.

It is hard to believe that senior management of the CIA, NSA and FBI can perpetuate these egregious constitutional violations with straight faces. But they do. And Congress permits it. Why? Because the CIA, NSA, FBI and their collaborators have dirt on members of Congress. Dirt.

The federal government is rotten to the core. Its officers and employees don’t believe that the Constitution means what it says. They will lie, cheat, threaten, bribe and steal to cut constitutional corners and remain in power.

The Fourth Amendment was written to protect the quintessentially American right to privacy. It is a critical part of the structure of the Bill of Rights.

Rather, it was.

Today, in America, we have no rights. A right is an indefeasible claim against the whole world — to think as you wish, to say and publish what you think, to worship or not, to defend yourself, to experience your life and exercise your liberty and use your property without a government permission slip, and to be left alone.

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, yet the rights it facially protects are now subject to government approval. The Bill of Rights is really a Bill of Temporary Privileges.

CIA Admits Feeding Americans False information about Ukraine

By Ron Paul (www.lewrockwell.com), 12/4/2022

Late last year, a Gallup poll showed that Americans’ trust in the mainstream media has fallen to its second lowest level on record. Only seven percent of Americans responded that they have a “great deal” of trust in the media.

That loss of trust has been well-earned by the mainstream media, and it explains the massive growth of independent media and alternative voices on social media. The response to the rise of independent media voices has been a rush to “cancel” any voice outside the accepted mainstream narrative.

Citizens of the Soviet Union would read manipulated media like Pravda not because the regime reported facts, but because truth was hidden between the lines of what was reported and what was not reported. That seems to be where we are in the US today.

Last week an extraordinary article appeared in, of all places, NBC News, reporting that the US intelligence community is knowingly feeding information it does not believe accurate to the US mainstream media for the American audience to consume.

In other words, the article reports that the US “deep state” admits to being actively engaged in lying to the American people in the hopes that it can manipulate public opinion

According to the NBC News article, “multiple US officials acknowledged that the US has used information as a weapon even when confidence in the accuracy of the information wasn’t high. Sometimes it has used low-confidence intelligence for deterrent effect…”

Readers will recall the shocking headlines that Russia was prepared to use chemical weapons in Ukraine, that China would be providing military equipment to Russia, that Russian President Putin was being fed misinformation by his advisors, and more.

All of these were churned out by the CIA to be repeated in the American media even though they were known to be false. It was all about, as one intelligence officer said in the article, “trying to get inside Putin’s head.”

That may have been the goal, but what the CIA actually did was get inside America’s head with false information meant to shape public perception of the conflict. They lied to propagandize us in favour of the Biden Administration’s narrative.

Those pushing the “Russiagate” hoax through the Trump years claimed that the goal of “Russian disinformation” was to undermine Americans’ trust in our government, media, and other institutions. Isn’t it ironic that the CIA itself has done more than the Russians to undermine Americans’ faith in the media by feeding false stories to establish a particular narrative among the American people?

After the Bay of Pigs disaster, President Kennedy has been quoted as wanting “to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.” That didn’t work out too well for him. As Senate Majority Chuck Schumer famously told Rachel Maddow in 2020, responding to the-President Trump’s criticism of the CIA, “let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

As more information about the activities of the US Intelligence Community in trying to bring down Trump come out, it appears that, for once, Schumer was right.

It’s time to revisit President Kennedy’s post-Bay of Pigs wish. The CIA using lies to propagandize the American people toward war with Russia is just one of thousands of reasons to scatter a million pieces of that agency to the wind.

An Empire of Lies

By Vasko Kohlmayer (www.lewrockwell.com), 11/4/2022

It has been said that America has become an Empire of Lies. Difficult as it may be to accept, this allegation is true. To deny this would be to fool ourselves. The truth is that over the last several decades America’s elites have erected a system in which lies permeate every aspect of our societal life.

Everywhere we turn, we encounter lies. We have now arrived at a point where nearly all our public institutions operate on lies: the government, media, education system, arts, military and even sports. A recent event is emblematic of the Empire of Lies in which we live.

On March 13, USA TODAY published its list of top twelve Women of the Year. One those “women” was one Rachel Levine. The problem is that Levine is not a woman.

Born Richard Levine, Levine is a biological male who has lived most of his life as a man. He married and fathered children by his wife. It was only after he turned fifty that he declared himself to be a “woman.”

Levine’s personal preferences notwithstanding, the incontrovertible reality remains that he is a man. Every cell in his body testifies to this fact by carrying within it the XY chromosomal combination which is characteristics of males.

Rachel Levine, born Richard Levine, is a biological male who was married to a woman and fathered children. Once someone is born a male, he can never become a woman, because this determination has been made on the deepest level of biological reality.

The sex of a person is an irreversible biological fact. This is how a Stanford geneticist expressed this truth:

“No amount of surgery, hormone injections or anything else will change someone’s DNA from a man’s to a woman’s (or vice versa). As you know, for humans, sex is determined by the presence of a Y chromosome – humans with an X and a Y chromosome are male and those with two X chromosomes are female. No current (or probably future) technology can replace a chromosome in all of our trillions of cells.”

One cannot become a woman by declaring himself one or by wearing make-up, skirts, wigs or painted nails. Neither can a man become a woman by hormonal treatments or surgical alterations to his body. However extensive such alterations may be, he will only be a surgically or hormonally altered male with XY chromosomes.

According to Dr. Paul McHugh, a Harvard-educated physician and formerly University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine:

“Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men. All (including Bruce Jenner) become feminized men or masculinized  women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they identify.”

But we do not need experts to confirm this. Nearly every normal person knows this intuitively and can immediately see this when presented with the evidence of their eyes.

There is an elemental chasm between biological males and real women that cannot be bridged. To say that Rachel Levine is a woman is therefore an obvious untruth. It is a lie. But it is not merely an ordinary lie. It is a flagrant lie whose immense falsity is evident to everyone with eyes to see. If you asked a thousand people – in an environment in which they would not feel threatened to express their true opinion – to tell you whether they think Rachel Levine is a genuine woman, nearly all would say “no.” Those who would say yes would be immediately suspected of visual or mental impairment.

To put it briefly, Rachel Levine is a man, and, therefore, he can never be a woman. Yet in America we pretend otherwise. This is gaslighting of the most brazen kind. Worse yet, this gross subversion of truth is not being practiced on some far fringes of American society. It is being practiced at its very heart and center.

USA TODAY is a major newspaper and a broadcasting company – in fact, it is the number one newspaper in America by circulation.

But it is not only USA TODAY that subverts the truth in this unabashed fashion. ALL major corporate media do it. All of them have consistently pretended that Levine is a woman and refer to him as such ever since he burst onto the national scene in 2020. This includes even such outlets as Forbes and The Economist, periodicals which one would have thought had still some contact with reality.

                                                                                                                                              When Levine became the United States Assistant Secretary for Health all media falsely represented him as a “woman.” When Levine was named an admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the media across the spectrum celebrated the event as a major milestone for women claiming that Levine was “the first female four-star admiral in public service.”

But it is not only the media who propagate the grossest of lies; it is also our government starting at the very top. When President Biden announced Levine’s nomination for the post of Assistant Secretary for Health, he referred to him as a woman. When Levine was being questioned during his confirmation hearing not a single US senator brought up the obvious issue of him being a man. Not one of them used this opportunity to ask him why he tries to pretend otherwise. They all pretended that the person sitting in front of them was a woman.

It is not only the highest levels of the US government that are actively subverting physical reality before them; it is government on all levels. As you may know, prior to his federal appointments Levine served as Secretary of Health in Pennsylvania. He was appointed to this position by Governor Tom Wolf who, of course, referred to him as a “woman.” Needless to say, Levine was confirmed to this role by the Pennsylvania State Senate who were all willing to go along and pretend that the man before them was a woman.

But it not only the American media and political establishment that lie and deny reality. Academia is equally intellectually and morally corrupt. To wit, the best athlete on the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming team is a young man called Lia Thomas who until last season competed as a male. Thomas went on to become the NCAA swimming champion in 500-yard freestyle.

As you may know, the University of Pennsylvania also happens to be an Ivy League school. The Ivy Leagues are a group of elite universities that are considered among the best in the United State and, indeed, the world. The eight schools in this grouping include such prominent institutions of higher learning as Harvard, Yale and Princeton. As such they are supposed to represent the best and brightest among us. These schools compete among each other in the Ivy League conference. That they would allow a man to compete with – and soundly beat – genuine girls shows that our intellectual elites have collectively lost both their judgment and their minds.

Unfortunately, the same applies to our military and the medical establishment. The former now pays for sex transition surgeries for our military personnel. There are many serious problems with this, but the main one is that there can be no such a thing as “sex transition,” because such a thing is simply not possible. The very premise of the whole procedure rests on a lie. This lie is being propagated by the medical establishment that carries out these mutilating procedures. Furthermore, in their reality-subverting endeavours, they now refer to real women as “birthing persons.”

We do not need any more examples. It suffices to say that practically every American institution is now actively engaged in reality subversion. If we are as a society willing to lie about obvious unalterable physical realities, we must be lying galore about other things as well. And we most certainly do. The American regime and its media lie nearly about everything, and they do it vehemently and without ceasing. Do you want some recent examples?

What about the vaccines being perfectly safe and 95 percent effective?

What about Hunter Biden’s hard drive being Russian disinformation?

What about BLM being a peaceful movement concerned with racial justice?

What about Kyle Rittenhouse being a white supremacist intent on shooting peaceful BML protesters?

What about the claim that Joe Biden is an honest politician and a good man?

What about the SARS-CoV-2 virus coming from Wuhan wet market?

What about the claim that Anthony Fauci was a selfless public servant whose main concern in life is the well-being of his fellow citizens and public health?

What about the Canadian truckers being racists, fascist, misogynists and terrorists?

What about the claim (made in 2006) that we only had ten years to save the planet from a climate disaster induced by man-made global warming?

And do you still remember Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction?

All these were brazen lies promulgated by our fraudulent establishment.

Almost nothing that is said these days in public discourse is true. Our whole system is saturated in dishonesty, untruth and deception. Our public sphere exists in a tissue of lies.

Biden, Fauci, Walensky, CNN, NPR, the Washington Times, the Department of Justice, the FBI, Pelosi, Gates, Zuckerberg, Schumer and thousands of their friends – every one of them tells lies.

The dollar, along with our whole financial system, rest on a stupendous lie. The lie is this: the United States government will one day pay off its debts. This will never happen. Once the hour of reckoning arrives, this lie will cost us dearly. Lies, lies, lies and more lies everywhere.

And now the liars are using their media to push for and expand the war in Ukraine. If you really want to learn the truth about Ukraine please watch a 2016 lecture on the subject by Professor John Mearsheimer, one of the world’s leading experts on geopolitics and international relations.

                                                                                                                                                    A Supreme Court nominee recently claimed she did not know how to describe what a woman is. She said she is not a biologist. So, a Harvard-educated lawyer cannot tell us what a female is, and this nation is supposed to award her a lifetime appointment of great public trust. That woman – Kentaji Brown Jackson – is not exceptional in her extreme prevarication. Today nearly all public figures dissemble and lie as a matter of course.

Our system is so false and rotten that the so-called “fact checkers” are among the greatest liars to be found. Those who attempt to say the truth, on the other hand, are promptly censored and silenced. Paradoxically, the truth tellers are being cancelled by the fake “fact checkers” who are on the payroll of such frauds as Pfizer, Bill Gates, George Soros and their like.

Telling the truth has become a serious offence in America. We have, indeed, become an Empire of Lies. An Empire we certainly are, for the regime not only forces its lies on the American people but exports them to the rest of the planet. Our embassies, for example, now routinely hoist the LGBT flag which stands for the movement that, among other things, maintains that men can become women.

Our globalist leaders invade and destroy countries on the basis of lies, which they tell both domestically and internationally. In the early 2000s, the United States ordered Saddam Hussein to abandon his program of developing weapons of mass destruction. He did what we asked him to do, but we still accused him of having weapons of mass destruction. We then invaded his country under this false pretence and had him executed.

A couple of years later, we asked Moammar Khaddaffi to relinquish his WMDs. The US government promised him a hand of reconciliation and cooperation if he did. He complied and then we helped to have him killed.

Before being expelled from Afghanistan, our globalist-minded elites tried to export parts of their lie-based ideology by opening a department of gender studies at the University of Kabul. They could really not have chosen a more inappropriate setting for this this kind of gaslighting operation.

Is it any wonder that the American regime is being increasingly disliked around the world?

When polled by Gallup, people around the world consistently named the United States as the greatest threat to peace. The numbers were getting so bad that the American government pressured Gallup to stop asking this question. But the world’s collective judgment is not surprising given our record of sowing havoc, death and destruction: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria. There was a big lie attached to each of these disasters.

For this we can thank our corrupt globalist establishment. This establishment is now presided over by Joe Biden, a corrupt man who has sold out his country through various influence peddling schemes and other ploys involving his son. The plentiful evidence of his misdeeds is on the hard drive of his Hunter Biden. The FBI and the Department of Justice are in possession of this drive, but the regime has refused to launch an investigation into the crimes recorded therein. Not only that, but they have done everything they could to bury them under the lie of “Russian disinformation.”

Everyone who loves truth and America should be deeply upset and grieved by this.

A regime that is so profoundly steeped in dishonesty, deception, criminality and corruption can never prosper. The moral law that undergirds all existence – the Law of God – requires that its dark works be met with just recompense.

It is not good to be the Empire of Lies.

The Ukraine War (1)

By Iain Davis, (www.lewrockwell.com), 8th April, 2022

Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine has been presented to us, in the West, as unprovoked and unjustified. We have not been told about Russia’s legitimate security concerns in the face of NATO expansionism. Nor has Ukraine’s significant Nazi problem been honestly reported, with some Western propagandist even promoting them.

The Russian government claims that its recognition and defence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) are born from “compassion” for the people who have been under siege for eight years. However, Russia also needs the new republics as satellite states, providing a foothold for its own national security as it opposes NATO’s advance.

It should be noted that Russia’s military actions, in trying to oust Nazis from their strongholds in Mariupol, Kharkiv and elsewhere, has led to the near destruction of many cities and towns in Eastern Ukraine. As of the 19th March the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCR) estimate that 847 civilians were killed in three weeks, primarily as a result of shelling.

The OHCR noted that the “actual figures are considerably higher” but could not be verified. Credible eye witness reports and video evidence indicate that the Nazis in Mariupol and other besieged areas had stopped civilians leaving through humanitarian corridors opened by Russia. There are many reports of Nazi (Asov) atrocities, including the murder of fleeing civilians.

NATO has courted Ukraine as a future alliance member for decades, taking firm steps to admit Ukraine along the way. This has never been acceptable to Russia, whose national security concerns have been consistently ignored.

Only days prior to the Russian attack, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, delivered a speech at the Munich Security Conference threatening Russia, not only with a nuclear-armed Ukraine, but a NATO nuclear power on Russia’s south-western border.

Ukraine is a pinch-point for Russia’s natural gas trade with the European Union. The purpose of the Nord Stream pipelines, constructed in partnership with Germany, was to circumnavigate that problem. It raised the potential for greater EU independence from the US and, with an EU commitment to defence union, presented a possible threat to the US dominance of NATO.

Consequently, the US applied unrelenting pressure on the EU, including enforcing sanctions on German companies, to halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. In response to Russia’s official recognition of the DPR & LPR, German Chancellor Olaf Sholtz immediately announced that Germany would not certify Nord Stream 2 for operational use. Russia began it’s military operation in Ukraine three days later.

Please read Parts 1-3 of this series for an exploration of the evidence informing this analysis. This provides us with what we might call the “official-unofficial” explanation for Russia’s aggression. It is an appraisal founded upon the established, accepted concept of international relations.

 However, any such investigation is necessarily incomplete. It fails even to describe the globalist forces that are both ripping Ukraine apart and propelling Russia to act. We will explore these in Parts 5 – 6.

Before we do it is important to appreciate just how far we, as supposed democratic societies, have strayed from democratic ideals. This can be understood if we consider the extreme propaganda and censorship our governments are using, hobbling our ability to discern reality.

The Propaganda Environment                                                                                              

There is little chance that the issues we have already discussed will receive fair coverage in the Western mainstream media (MSM) and none at all that it will cover what we are about to consider. The West’s propaganda, in a rapidly evolving conflict, has at times been absurd.

Immediately following the launch of Russia’s military operation the Western MSM reported the unbelievable bravery of the Ukrainian border guards defending Snake Island in the Black Sea. They stated that 13 died in their valiant defence against a Russian “air and sea bombardment.”

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said he would award the guards posthumous medals for gallantry. It soon emerged that this was a fabrication. None of them died and Russia took the Island without harming anyone.

The MSM reported that Russian forces deliberately targeted a Mosque in Mariupol where civilian woman and children were said to be sheltering. The Turkish media later revealed that the Mosque had not been struck by anything.

International Commentary (37)

What Makes a Superpower Weak?

Number 85, March 22, 2022

What Makes a Superpower Weak?

In the early AD 400s, invincible Rome was falling.  It was entering its last years, last days, and last hours.  Gangs of German barbarians were closing-in to conquer, loot, kidnap and destroy.  But the residents of Rome were oblivious to reality.  They were focused on fun, games, their welfare payments, exploding inflation, and the next day’s entertainment – the wild blood-sport at the Coliseum.  Every day citizens gathered there to scream for yet more vivid combat and slaughter: war games to the death, gladiatorial duels to the death, and yet more gruesome executions of Rome’s criminals.  These were slow, agonizing deaths and the crowds wanted more of it.   

On one particular day, the shouting and roaring in the Coliseum was so loud the spectators could not hear the attacks of the Visigoths who were just outside the walls of the stadium.   The barbarians were going block by block, pillaging, raping, murdering, and destroying what was left of Rome. The screams of their victims went unnoticed by the raucous sports fans, citizens of the greatest superpower on earth.

What Pride Looks Like in 2022

Today in the USA, our elite media gives us daily details of the bloody war in Ukraine.  We keep watching, enthralled by the media’s colourful and emotional narrative.  

Putin is a beast; that poor victim Zelensky is a hero.  

To this one fervid narrative we have recklessly given our attention.  The war started on February 24th.  Within a week our collective hatred for Putin had been inflamed to a temperature at which rational thought is apparently impossible.

When the war was barely ten days old, Quinnipiac University polling data[1] discovered that over 70% of American respondents favored stiffer sanctions on Russia — even at the cost of skyrocketing gasoline prices. Because? Because the media told us virtue signalling is expensive, and being virtuous will cost us something.  

The poll also discovered that nearly 80% favoured a US hot war on Russia if its forces attack a NATO country.   That’s US v. Russia.  Nuclear power v. nuclear power.  Because…why?  Why is a nation like the US so suddenly disposed to think in this belligerent, suicidal way?  

Here is one reason of many: emotional fictional narratives can replace reality if we start believing them as credible.  

Putin’s a beast; that poor victim Zelensky is a hero.  The whole world needs to war against Putin to kill him. If Lindsay Graham doesn’t assassinate him first. 

One example of our hate-driven irrationality appeared on twitter. In full public view. Beneath a short Russian video of a hypersonic missile being launched from a Russian battleship, there was a cascade of comments.  The title noted that such a missile could fly at 7,000 mph and reach London in five minutes.  

The comments represented a chorus of hysteria driven by pride, genocidal frenzy and irrational ignorance.   Here’s a paraphrase of the thread.

“That missile doesn’t look fast to me.

“Russian missiles are no problem.  Our anti-missile systems will shoot ‘em down. Am sure of it.”

“Putin tries that on America?  All of Russia will disappear in like 1 min.”

“The West has more of those than Russia does.”

“We should use them”

“We could sink those Russian boats in seconds.”

“Little Putin has his day coming.”

What Will History Say About the Americans?

After wars have come and gone, the facts about those wars speak for themselves.  What will be said of the Americans of March 2022?  We were blind, childish, emotional, proud and ignorant.  We were not thinking about the secondary consequences of our emotional outbursts.  After reading a few stories on social media, we were willing to lash-out at every man, woman and child in Russia and kill them all.

The War Against Reality

An unthinking public. This is the chief ingredient for unnecessary and unjust war. War-mongering politicians (and industrialists) can have no war until they create a self-righteously irate population which has lost the ability to see reality.  

So how can America get reality back?

Taking these two simple steps will help:

  • First, stop the childish, blinding hatred of Putin for a moment.
  • Second, get answers to the hardest questions by going after the answers.

These are the two hardest questions:

  1. What is the reality of America’s military preparedness for war, compared to Russia’s?
  2. To what extent are we being captured by the deliberately monolithic media narrative?

Russia is far more realistic about national defence than NATO or the US.  Canada just admitted she is totally helpless, having joined the hate mob, dutifully shipping all her weaponry to Ukraine. All of it.  

Russia sees the world differently.  She has not invested the last twenty years teaching her soldiers and scientists to be woke or politically fashionable, as we have.  Russian leaders have focused on the realities of hostility because they have experienced it from the West, continually, for three decades.  Western leaders seem to have a running competition on who can deliver the most biting insults to Mr. Putin. NATO spends some $3 billion a year to threaten Russia.  Russia realizes that self-righteously irate Western populations, which have lost the ability to see reality, can be dangerous to the national security of their nation.  

Russians know what we are saying about them.  We want them dead.  Our very public sanctions are designed to destroy their families and their economy.   Deliberately.  Is it therefore any wonder that Russia has been building and testing weapon systems?  Is it any wonder that their weapons have been designed to work, like their hypersonic missiles?  How many Americans know that we do not have anything comparable?  Nor do we have any missile interception defences which can stop those missiles.  

Yet Russia has operational systems which can stop our intercontinental missiles.  And there are contingencies if one gets through.  This is because Russia has a realistic attitude about a hot nuclear war. If they are attacked, they will protect their people.   They have a disaster management plan to survive a nuclear war waged by the US, to come out alive on the other side, and to continue to build an independent national economy.  The US has no such realistic plan for their own people.   

This hard reality should deter the US from an arrogantly suicidal attitude. The Poseidon torpedo can be quietly released from Kilo class subs 4-5,000 miles from target.  The underwater drone can then swim slowly and quietly at depths of 3,300 feet until it parks just off a coastal city, awaiting detonation command.  Payload?  More than any existing American weapon.[2]

As these superior weapons were developed and tested, what was the American military doing?  During Mr. Biden’s administration so far, our Department of Defence has invested over six million man-hours teaching our troops about white rage, inherent racism, transgenderism and other woke mythology. 

Answering the hardest questions

As of this writing, the world is 27 days into the Ukraine war.  The fog of war is still too dense to see the answers to the most pertinent questions that need to be asked and answered.  By early April, it may be possible.  Below are some of the first we should try to tackle at that point.  

  • Just how deeply has war hysteria and propaganda affected our ability to discern reality?
  • Prior to Russia’s special military operation on February 24th, how many threats to their national security did Russia document to the watching world?   What were they?
  • For how long had Ukraine been acting as a proxy member of NATO militarily?
  • How many billions of dollars of weaponry had been given to Ukraine by NATO and the US?
  • Did Putin consider that he was interposing himself as magistrate between the threats and the security of his people?
  • Why did he perceive the “anti-Russian project” of NATO as a weapon of mass destruction?
  • What were the four peace concessions suggested to Zelensky which could have ended the war before the end of February?
  • Why did Zelensky reject those?  Why did he continue to reject offers of peace in order to prolong the fighting?
  • To what extent is Zelensky taking orders from the US State Department?
  • Of the 50 deep-state officials who signed the letter suggesting the Hunter laptop was Russian agitprop, how many were and are involved in Ukrainian affairs?[3]
  • How much did American interference in Ukraine over the last decade contribute to the invasion on February 24th?
  • Why was the Ukraine military massing on the Donbas border in mid-February?
  • Of the US billions sent to banks and the governments of Ukraine, how much has disappeared through corruption?
  • Is it true Ukrainian sources accounted for the largest international donations to the Clinton Foundation for a period of fifteen years?
  • Is it true the invasion failed militarily for Russia, or did they succeed in demilitarizing Ukraine and forcing Zelensky to the negotiation table?
  • What are the Nazi origins of the Azov Battalion?
  • For the last eight years, and the last eight weeks, what has been the character and conduct of the Azov battalion and other units of the Ukrainian army funded by Western interference?
  • Was it the Ukrainians who created the corridors for civilian evacuation, or was it the Russians?
  • Which units have been charged with genocide and war crimes in the Donbas?  The Ukrainian military or the private Ukrainian military companies like the Azov battalion?
  • Which army did a better job at protecting civilians from live fire, the Russians or the Ukrainians?
  • Which army will be remembered for better observing International rules of war?
  • How did the Ukrainians treat volunteer mercenaries who travelled to fight? Were those volunteers treated with honour and professionalism, or were they trapped, abused, cheated and used as cannon fodder?  How many are now dead combatants?
  • At the negotiation table, which side was more determined to achieve an immediate peace settlement? 

Highly Relevant Proverb

Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net in the sight of any bird; But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives. So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; it takes away the life of its possessors (Prov.1:17-19). 

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The Ukrainian War and the Insufferable Hypocrisy of Western Politicians

By Vasko Kohlmayer (www.lewrockwell.com), 17/3/2022

“Canada sending another $50 million in specialized equipment to Ukraine,” reads a recent headline.

“Vladimir Putin has made a terrible mistake, and he’s going to lose this war,” declared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his recent trip to Warsaw. “He’s going to lose this war because the ferocity, strength and resolve of the Ukrainian people defending their territory is inspiring us all” added the Canadian PM.

How brave of Justin Trudeau to give Ukrainians some light weapons and then encourage them to go and battle the overwhelmingly superior Russian armies. How brave of him to ask them to die as they fight their lost cause.

How paradoxical that Justin Trudeau would extoll others to die such a heroic death.

Just a few weeks ago he himself had his opportunity to show the world something of his own courage as the peaceful Canadian truckers drove to Ottawa to protest his onerous lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

Do you remember what the brave Trudeau did?

He quickly ran away well before the truckers even reached the outskirts of his capital!

He stayed in hiding for weeks at an undisclosed location babysat by his well-armed, extensive security detail. Trudeau’s bodyguards made sure he would not come anywhere close to his own people who came to peacefully ask that he remove the oppressive and totalitarian measures with which had had tormented his nation for nearly two years.

Now this cowardly man has emerged from hiding and from the padded safety of his perch he is loudly encouraging the Ukrainian people to go and die in the hail of Russian bullets and bombs.

Could any spectacle be more pathetic?

Please note carefully what Trudeau is doing. He takes the tax money of his own citizens – the very people he oppresses so ruthlessly at home – and with that money procures weapons for the Ukrainian people so that they can be killed fighting the much superior Russian armies.

What is even worse is that this terrible crisis has been provoked by western globalists like Trudeau who had flagrantly dismissed Russia’s legitimate security concerns. As you may know, the Russians have been insisting for years that NATO in Ukraine was a red line for them. Asking that NATO not be brought to their doorstep was surely a justifiable demand, as most objective experts on geopolitics would affirm. The United States or Canada would never allow that something similar be done to them by Russia. And yet they condemn Russia for the very thing they themselves would do if the situation was reversed.

Russia’s encirclement by NATO around its western border

This is hypocrisy pure and simple. And this hypocrisy combined with the utter lack of sensitivity to the warranted pleas of a major nuclear power has led to the conflict that is now unfolding in Ukraine right before our eyes. The calamity now threatens to spill further and escalate into a nuclear confrontation between the world’s two most heavily armed nations.

When one ties to objectively inquire into the causes of this conflict it is difficult not to conclude that the fault for this tragedy lies largely with the western globalists who senselessly pushed NATO’s expansion all the way to the Russian border.

To cover up their mistakes and wrongdoing, they have quickly created the myth of a murderous madman Putin. This is obviously untrue. Putin may not be the nicest guy around, but he is certainly not mad or irrational. Quite to the contrary, what he is attempting to do is to protect his country’s security interests which have been so foolishly and haughtily dismissed by western politicians.

Putin is trying to accomplish his goal with inflicting a minimum damage in this lamentable conflict. Hence the seeming slowness of the Russian advance. The Russians are doing their best to minimize civilian casualties. They have been creating security corridors for Ukrainians to leave, which is something the Ukrainian fighters have been trying hard to prevent. Faced with the overwhelming Russian might, they need civilians to stay in place so they can use them as human shields. Putin now faces essentially the same problem we faced in Iraq where the insurgents were hiding behind civilians as we were trying to conquer their cities.

There is a revealing video from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson which the Russians have managed to take over. In this video we can see Russian soldiers, positioned in their tanks and armored vehicles, being protested by the Khersonians. The protestors wave Ukrainian flags, film the scenes with their iPhones and freely curse the Russian soldiers into their faces while walking amidst Russian weapons and equipment.

Watch Ukrainian people protesting and cursing their Russian occupiers

At one point there are some shots being heard in the background, but it appears they were fired by insurgents either into the air or at the Russian soldiers as the protesters do not appear to be at all concerned and continue their march all the while hurling insults at the occupying Russians.

One can be sure that the Canadian truckers only wish they were extended the same courtesy by Trudeau when they came to ask for relief from his tyrannous lockdowns and mandates. But instead of acknowledging their just demands, Trudeau kept heaping abuse at them calling them “terrorists” while likening them to Nazis and racists. He even accused them of the most despicable crime of being “misogynists.” (It is truly difficult to see where that one came from.)

As if this was not enough, Trudeau took the Truckers’ money and promised to prosecute everyone who had contributed to their cause. And then he sent the roughs from his security services to trample on and beat up the peaceful protesters.

Now this cowardly and hypocritical man tells us that it is Vladimir Putin who somehow threatens our rights and democracy. Unlike our own leaders, Vladimir Putin has not taken away any of our civil liberties or freedoms. He has not locked us down, he has not ordered us to wear masks, he has not restricted our right to speak or travel or forced us to take ineffective and dangerous injections against our will. Putin has not ordered us to stay away from our business, school or street. Neither he has given any reason to believe that he intends to do so. Our leaders, on the other hand, have done all of those things to us and more. As far as Putin is concerned, there is every indication that he only wants to keep his country safe from the western globalists who wish to take him out, place a puppet in his place and plunder Russia’s great natural wealth via their multinationals as they have done in other places.

Having provoked Putin into taking rash action, they now set him up as the world’s ultimate villain in their effort to redirect the frustration and anger of their own populations for their own totalitarian excesses at home. They have succeeded to a remarkable degree as western peoples now enthusiastically protest someone who has never done them any harm and obediently take part in the daily two-minute ritual of hate.

Happy at how things are turning out, the little totalitarian Trudeau now bravely urges Ukrainian men to pluck up their courage and run against the Russian tanks so they can be blown to pieces.

We, however, have a question for the Canadian Prime Minister: Where were you hiding, sir, when the peaceable truckers came to speak to you in Ottawa last month? Where were your heroics then?

What to Remember about War

Geoffrey Bodkin Newsletter, 13/3/2022

Why have I not been commenting on the development of the war in Ukraine?  

I have opinions about what is going on. But from my desk in the US, with no good intel sources, I have to admit the reality of the situation is impenetrable.  For now.  Things may be different in April.  But today, war progress has been clouded with

  • distorted misinformation,
  • exceedingly exaggerated propaganda,
  • highly emotional war hysteria,
  • usual military secrecy,
  • and dishonest media censorship.[1]  

Why is it we want to know so many of the details we can’t really know right now?  Well, even the smallest details of a far-off war could cost us our jobs in a forced worldwide economic crisis. Or those details could escalate into a shooting war at our front door.  Especially when fevered calls for war with Russia are at a reckless, all time high pitch…and when we have an unthinking Commander-in-Chief who is desperate for Commander-in-Chief headlines.

So what do we do while we wait on the sidelines, unable to see through the thick fog of the Ukraine war, knowing little…except that we could get in trouble if we attend tomorrow’s Tchaikovsky concert because, well, he was born in Russia in 1840 and people might think he, or we, have something to do with Mr. Putin if we like Tchaikovsky music.  

Here’s what we should do:

we should remain calm and morally disciplined by remembering the basic truths about war.

  1. Remember the prime cause of every war

It’s not the bloodlust of men, or the incompetence of politicians, or the adolescent romanticism of enlistees, although such factors are at play in every war.  

The prime cause is God, who has a loving purpose behind all his acts. Why does he allow the hellish conditions of war fall on people who are in denial of heaven?  God has very clearly warned everyone in every nation, in writing, that careless disobedience of his will has consequences.  Some consequences are not that painful, like a short drought to get our attention.  But how have proud Americans been doing at admitting this really happens – a drought brought by the hand of God for a loving purpose?

How have we been doing at honouring God, respecting him, listening to him and saying “We have sinned” when a short drought brings hunger?  We are not doing well.  We just buy food from a place with no drought and say, “Technology saved the day.”  What if a small drought turns into supply-chain crisis and we can’t get produce from any state at any price?  Will we remember the Great Judge of the Universe?  Or will we organize ships to bring us food and say, “Technology saved the day.”  

What about when twin towers fall and people die by the thousands?  For two days in 2001, I could hear Americans say, “God is judging us,” but then a more comfortable story circulated.  “It was just some insane terrorists doing what insane terrorists do.”  

We Americans are not good at remembering God and his promises.  God brings war as an admonition to a nation to stop what they’re doing, or as severe punishment because that nation refuses to stop what they are doing.  

In Leviticus 26:17-18, God makes a promise to willfully disobedient nations:  ‘And I will set My face against you so that you shall be struck down before your enemies; and those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when no one is pursuing you. ‘If also after these things, you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.’ 

2. Remember how history proves God’s integrity

God means what he says. Near the end of every cataclysm, those who suffer the horrors and sorrows of war usually get the message. Some are finally ready to say, “We sinned and we deserved what God did to us.”

Often we can look back on wars and see that there was no purpose to them, in terms of the affairs of men.  But what purposes of God were accomplished?  Proud nations were debased, godless rulers were pulled from their thrones, and young men were humbled with death and dying.  22 million were removed from their generation during WWI, which was a politically unnecessary and pointless war.  But God wanted a world system and its empires reordered. That world was totally reordered. It would do us good to remember, today, how quickly God did that starting in 1914, and what irrational decisions got the shooting started.   

3. Remember our susceptibility to government propaganda

Since our days in first grade, Americans have been conditioned to think and do what we are told…by the experts.  In 2021 we closed our businesses and lined up for our vaccines, because public health experts told us to.  Fear was the visceral emotion which drove us to respond so gullibly.  And peer pressure was that abstract emotion goading us on to be like everyone else.  In March, 2022, the new visceral emotion is hatred, and our political leaders have whipped us into a self-righteous frenzy.  The White House is briefing TikTok influencers on ways to incite animosity.  Says Rod Dreher, “This war is a pop culture and consumerist phenomenon.”

4. Remember man’s potential for hatred of other men

Hate can be inflamed almost overnight.  Our new hatreds of other men can then enslave us to our own poisoned minds and emotions.   We think in terms of hate when we see the world only through the distorted lens of hate, and we become monsters, unable to control our own spirits.  John Quincy Adams warned us about this in 1824, speaking about foreign wars.  But [America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy [or]…the fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force…. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.[2]

5. Remember our national sins

One dominant American theme in today’s debate about Putin, the invasion, NATO, and Zelensky:  

America is top superpower nation in every way; and we are always right on the moral answers to questions of war, invasion and foreign policy.  Because we have been the good guys for so long we get to be dictatress, world policeman, and the proud owner of military bases any place we want them.

Well, no, we are not always right.  We have been arrogant, lawless, unethical, and we have a lot of blood on our hands.  And not just from our unrestrained infanticide of 63 million children.  

Our bioethics compass is broken, as we showed the world when we mocked the Nuremburg Code, mandating harmful experimental vaccines without informed consent, and exempting the manufacturers from liability for over one million deaths and injuries.  

We have behaved as warmongers, trampling on the Geneva Convention as we started or joined wars in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, using indiscriminate bombing as our trademark policy of warfare. Civilians have died as we advance, by the hundreds of thousands.  No court on earth can bring us to justice, but there is a heavenly court which has seen and recorded every unnecessary and unjust death in every unnecessary and unjust war.

 6. Remember that today’s dangerous government narrative may come unraveled at any moment

In fact, this is beginning.  EU officials are meeting in Versailles at a special summit. Josep Borrell, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, has conceded that the West has made errors in its relations with Russia. He has said it was a mistake to offer Ukraine membership in NATO.

This after both EU and NATO officials were provoking Putin with such an arrangement, even in official taunts like this one from NATO head Jens Stoltenberg, just before the war: “So, if the Kremlin’s aim is to have less NATO on its borders, it will only get more NATO!”

The West is now walking back its warmongering words and its campaigns of disinformation, like those lies from the White House about Bioweapon labs in the Ukraine.

To circumvent laws regarding the development of bioweapons or biologic agents, the US has funded research projects in jurisdictions outside the US.  Possibly two-dozen are located in Ukraine, despite claims to the contrary by the White House.[3]  Dr. Robert Malone is compiling pertinent reports from the following links, for your files.

Highly Relevant Proverb:  

Prov.14:11 “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish.”

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It all Comes back to NATO

By Ron Paul (www.lewrockwell.com), 3/3/2022
When the Bush Administration announced in 2008 that Ukraine and Georgia would be eligible for NATO membership, I knew it was a terrible idea. Nearly two decades after the end of both the Warsaw Pact and the Cold War, expanding NATO made no sense. NATO itself made no sense.
Explaining my “no” vote on a bill to endorse the expansion, I said at the time:

NATO is an organization whose purpose ended with the end of its Warsaw Pact adversary… This current round of NATO expansion is a political reward to governments in Georgia and Ukraine that came to power as a result of US-supported revolutions, the so-called Orange Revolution and Rose Revolution.
Providing US military guarantees to Ukraine and Georgia can only further strain our military. This NATO expansion may well involve the US military in conflicts unrelated to our national interest…
Unfortunately, as we have seen this past week, my fears have come true. One does not need to approve of Russia’s military actions to analyze its stated motivation: NATO membership for Ukraine was a red line it was not willing to see crossed. As we find ourselves at risk of a terrible escalation, we should remind ourselves that it didn’t have to happen this way. There was no advantage to the United States to expand and threaten to expand NATO to Russia’s doorstep. There is no way to argue that we are any safer for it.
NATO itself was a huge mistake.
When in 1949 the US Senate initially voted on the NATO treaty, Sen. Roberg Taft – known as “Mr. Republican” – gave an excellent speech on why he voted against creating NATO.
Explaining his “no” vote, Taft said:
… the treaty is a part of a much larger program by which we arm all these nations against Russia… A joint military program has already been made… It thus becomes an offensive and defensive military alliance against Russia. I believe our foreign policy should be aimed primarily at security and peace, and I believe such an alliance is more likely to produce war than peace.
Taft continued:
If we undertake to arm all the nations around Russia…and Russia sees itself ringed about gradually by so-called defensive arms from Norway and Denmark to Turkey and Greece, it may form a different opinion. It may decide that the arming of western Europe, regardless of its present purpose, looks to an attack upon Russia. Its view may be unreasonable, and I think it is. But from the Russian standpoint it may not seem unreasonable. They may well decide that if war is the certain result, that war might better occur now rather than after the arming of Europe is completed…
How right he was.
NATO went off the rails long before 2008, however. The North Atlantic Treaty was signed on April 4, 1949 and by the start of the Korean War just over a year later, NATO was very much involved in the military operation of the war in Asia, not Europe!
NATO’s purpose was stated to “guarantee the safety and freedom of its members by political and military means.” It is a job not well done!
I believe as strongly today as I did back in my 2008 House Floor speech that, “NATO should be disbanded, not expanded.” In the meantime, expansion should be off the table. The risks do not outweigh the benefits!

The Unfaithful Shepherds of Today’s Reformed Christian Ministry

A Call to Repentance

The Unfaithful Shepherd by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

“But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming,
and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.” (John 10:12)

by Stuart DiNenno

It is assumed from the outset that the Christian reader of this article has both enough discernment of the times and a sufficient knowledge of history to recognize the wretchedly low condition of Christianity today. Only those who are completely blind to reality can deny that both the institutions and influence of our religion have been on the decline and in retreat in Western nations for many, many years and that what were once Christian civilizations in Europe, along with their former colonies in North America and other parts of the world, have fallen away and become decidedly anti-Christian. Abominations that in former times could not even be mentioned above the volume of a whisper are now openly practiced and encouraged — even publicly praised. The general culture has almost entirely reverted back to the brutish degeneracy of ancient Rome, the putative church is fragmented into thousands of sects and independent churches teaching a multitude of conflicting doctrines, and the so-called Christians who comprise their congregations are increasingly being conformed in thought, word, and deed to the apostate zeitgeist.

The condition is easily recognized but the disease must be diagnosed and the cause of it identified. Otherwise, there can be no cure. The title of this article sets forth an accusation: the pastors and teachers of today’s so-called Reformed churches are unfaithful shepherds. The root cause of the disease that has brought both the churches and our civilization to their present deplorable condition is the infidelity of the modern-day ministry. Today’s ministers, and the recent generations of their predecessors, have miserably failed to uphold their responsibility to be watchmen over the flock. Just as the shepherd in the painting above, they have abandoned the sheep to the wolves.

The purpose of this article is not merely to find fault but also to correct the fault. It is a call to repentance directed at today’s professing Christian ministers. It may be charged against the writer that he has no authority to make such a call but such a charge is immaterial. The facts themselves and the arguments in which they are framed are sufficient to establish the truth of the matter and thereby reveal the need for repentance.

So an assertion has been made, but before we begin to prove the truth of it we must first establish a standard by which to make our judgment. To that end, we have to determine what is the primary duty of a Christian minister. What is the one responsibility so essential to ministry that if a minister fails to do it, then he cannot be considered faithful to his calling? If it can be shown that he is entirely or consistently failing in this one principal task, then it is valid to maintain that he is unfaithful. (While it is understood by the author that other servants of the church may be rightly called ministers, the reader should understand that for the purposes of this article, he is applying the word “minister” specifically to preachers, i.e., those who minister the Word of God).

We must recognize that those in the professional ministry have important duties other than preaching. However, we need not digress into examining the other functions of a minister as it should be accepted without controversy by all those who profess to adhere to the Reformed faith that preaching is the primary function of a professional Christian minister. One of the cardinal doctrines asserted by the Protestant Reformers is that of the centrality of preaching. The Christian minister is to be first and foremost a minister of truth, and, if he is not, then he is failing to do his duty regardless of how well he may perform any other services to the church. Therefore if we are going to judge whether the so-called Reformed ministers in America are faithfully discharging their duty at this point in history, whether in individual cases or collectively, then we must make that judgment according to the standard of their preaching. We need to be able to determine rightly whether a man is a faithful preacher of Christian doctrine.

Most would probably hold that a faithful preacher is one who fully, accurately, and plainly expounds biblical doctrine. That answer, however, is only half right, and, if the reader agreed with this definition, then he needs to come to an understanding of this fact: a Christian minister could, over the course of his career, preach the equivalent of the entirety of such magnificent theological works as Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the whole Bible, John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, the sixteen volumes of John Owen’s Complete Works, not deviate on any point of Christian doctrine expressed in the best Reformed confessions and catechisms, do all of his preaching in a skillful, cogent, and captivating way that edifies his hearers, and yet still be abjectly unfaithful to his calling.

At this point, some are likely scratching their heads and thinking: How can this be possible? How can one thoroughly and expertly expound upon Christian doctrine of the highest order for an entire lifetime and still not be a faithful preacher?

It is obvious that a minister can be unfaithful by preaching false doctrines and it is certain that many are being taught today throughout the various branches of professing Christendom. However, it is important to understand that a preacher can not only sin in what he proclaims but also in what he fails to proclaim. The veracity required to be a faithful preacher is very similar to that required by the courtroom oath with which the reader is likely familiar: “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” One can fulfill the first clause of the oath by telling the truth, and he can fulfill the third clause by telling nothing but the truth, but if he is failing to fulfill the second clause by not telling the whole truth, then his account is incomplete, his story will be distorted, and he will have broken the oath. Similarly, a preacher can proclaim truth and even proclaim nothing but truth, yet not proclaim the whole truth. He can be unfaithful by failing to give his disciples the knowledge that is necessary for them to effectively apply their religion to all aspects of their lives and to the societies in which they live, and by neglecting to provide them the information they need to defend themselves and the church against those anti-Christs who are working to destroy both. He may appear to be faithful in his preaching because he is not proclaiming anything erroneous, but all the while he is a spectacular failure because of what is absent from his preaching.

The Bible describes itself as a sword. It is a weapon to be used against our enemies — the flesh, the devil, and the world — but like any weapon, it cannot be used effectively without an understanding of the opponent it is to be used against. Any competent military leader will tell you that even an enormous army with highly trained troops and the most excellent equipment cannot hope to defeat an enemy of whom they have no intelligence. If a leader does not know where the enemy is located, has no knowledge of his strategies, and cannot even properly identify him, then he has no possibility of being victorious over that enemy. All the careful training of his troops and the expense of his powerful weapons will have been wasted.

And herein lies the failure of today’s professional ministers. Although men who are both very knowledgeable about the Bible and are theologically accurate in their teaching are in short supply today, the greater problem among the modern-day ministry is that the knowledge and abilities they do possess are not being used to combat the evil doctrines and practices that have destroyed our civilization and are destroying the churches. Even the few that are properly educated and are teaching accurate theology have little knowledge of the enemies that have been deliberately undermining Christianity and Western civilization for multiple generations, and so they are like a blind man leading an army — wandering around in the dark with no idea of where the enemy is or what he is doing, let alone how to engage and overcome him.

As if this were not bad enough, not only do today’s church leaders lack knowledge of the enemy from their own intelligence corps, but the great majority of them are operating under the intelligence provided by the enemy. That is, their worldview and understanding of history is, to a large degree, not of a Christian origin, coming from within the church, but of an anti-Christian origin, coming from the apostate world. And so whatever knowledge they do have is mostly interpreted through the lens of ungodly presuppositions and therefore is distorted in such a way that it serves the enemy’s agenda.

Such ministers, of course, cannot teach others those truths of which they themselves have no knowledge, or are deceived about, and so the result is that the great majority of professing Christians today, even those relative few who are being taught orthodox theology, do not have a Christian worldview and do not understand the forces that have been working against them for many years, and so they are ill-equipped to defend themselves against the anti-Christs, much less are they able to militate for the furtherance of the kingdom of God in the world.

If the assertions above as to the benighted state of today’s professional ministry are doubted, then try asking Christian ministers to give an explanation of Cultural Marxism. Most cannot even begin to define it, though it is a philosophy and movement that has the explicit goal of overthrowing Christian morality, and has largely succeeded in doing so, having infiltrated the thinking of almost everyone in North America and Europe today to varying degrees. Inquire about Franz Boas, Antonio Gramsci, or Herbert Marcuse. Most likely, they will not have even heard these names before, yet, these wicked men have shaped the morality and worldview of modern Americans and Europeans far more than any Christian. Interrogate them about the French Revolution. It will be found that they know little about it, much less will they be able to tell an inquirer how its egalitarian spirit, and the forces behind it, are still shaping our world today. Likewise, they know nearly nothing about the origin, influence, and direction of all the Jewish-led philosophies, movements, and organizations that have destroyed and continue to destroy millions of individuals, families, and even entire nations and how the destruction is being accomplished via propaganda to children through public schools, universities, television, films, and other sources, and has been for generations. Not only will they be unable to inform you about any of it, but most likely they will dismiss it all, out of ignorance, as “conspiracy theories” and even find fault with the inquirer for asking them about this subject, because they lack the wisdom or courage to question, rather than uncritically accept, the anti-Christian worldview and narrative of history that is spoon-fed to them through the mainstream sources. All the aforementioned ideologies, and the campaigns to inculcate them, have destroyed the moral fabric of Western, formerly Christian, nations and largely subverted the churches as well but so-called Christian ministers are almost completely oblivious to them. They do not know and, in most cases, they do not want to know. Paul the apostle said that he was not ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). Today’s ministers are not only ignorant of them but willfully so. They are unfaithful watchmen who have failed to blow the trumpet in warning to the people “…if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezekiel 33:6)

For the most part, the religious professionals in America have turned Christianity into an ineffectual and emasculated religion that is devoid of spiritual power and virile boldness — one that only desires to hide away from the world while evil takes dominion over the society beyond the four walls of its meeting places. In certain cases, it still retains some, or even much, of the form and profession of true Christianity. However, these are mostly just hollow vestiges of the robust faith of our forefathers, and it has, in reality, degenerated into a compartmentalized, inward-looking religion that only concerns itself with an intellectual comprehension of doctrine (to greater and lesser degrees across the various denominations), some aspects of personal piety, and the things practiced in the few hours of the church’s weekly assembly. As Christian writer Joe Boot put it, “Since the so-called Enlightenment, Christians have steadily surrendered the various organs of culture — education, law, arts, charity, medicine, government — almost entirely to the increasingly machiavellian humanistic state. We have progressively retreated into a pietistic bubble, concerned largely with eternal verities and keeping souls from hell, and we have faithlessly limited Christ’s jurisdiction to the institutional church. The result has been the marginalization of the Christian church and a change of religion in the public sphere.” What is called Christianity today is no longer a militant force for converting the people and transforming the culture. The modern-day churches have a truncated form of godliness that lacks the power to overcome the forces of Satan which are conquering the world. This is blatant infidelity. As 20th century theologian R. J. Rushdoony stated: “A piety which concerns itself only with man’s soul and leaves the world to the devil is a profane piety.” Not only does today’s profane form of Christianity fail to stand against the spirit of the age but it continually and increasingly conforms itself to that spirit.

This is no new phenomenon. “There is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). It is ever the tendency of fallen men to reduce the worship of God to mere external forms and professions, rather than to demonstrate genuine obedience by applying the law of God to every facet of their own lives and working to conform their societies to biblical principles. The Bible testifies that this was the case repeatedly with the Israelites and historians have said the same about Christians during the Middle Ages: “They fulfilled all the external obligations of the faith and they would have been shocked if they had been told they were not good Christians. But they tended more and more to put their religion in a separate compartment where it would have little influence on their daily life.” (Strayer, Gatzke, and Harbison, The Course of Civilization, 1961). It is the duty of Christian ministers to heed the scriptural warnings against such hypocritical behavior and to learn from history the consequences of the same, in order that they be able to recognize and correct it. Instead today’s ministers participate in the hypocrisy by lamenting the tremendous amount of perversion, infidelity, and blasphemy that is being publicly manifested in Western nations today, recognizing the obvious wickedness but being blind to the fact that the reduction and compartmentalization of Christianity that they teach and exemplify is the very thing that has allowed it to proliferate.

It is of vital importance that Christian ministers in all eras gain a thorough knowledge of their present culture, understand the driving forces behind it, and stand against the destructive spirit of the age. As 19th century Christian writer J. C. Ryle said: “…it is a most important thing to understand the times in which we live, and to understand what those times require. Next to our Bibles and our own hearts, our Lord would have us study our own times.” Protestant reformer Martin Luther stated: “The duty of every believer in every age is to find out the spirit of the age and stand against it.” Another quote often attributed to Luther: “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” The battle is raging today but the professional Christian soldiers have abandoned the fight and hidden themselves away behind stacks of theology books. As Presbyterian minister J. Gresham Machen said approximately 100 years ago, “Shut yourself up in an intellectual monastery, do not disturb yourself with the thoughts of unregenerate men, and of course you will find it easier to be a Christian, just as it is easier to be a good soldier in comfortable winter quarters than it is on the field of battle. You save your own soul — but the Lord’s enemies remain in possession of the field.” Perhaps some of them will save their own souls but the writer of this article believes it is more likely that if today’s Christian ministers continue in such disloyal behavior they will be condemned along with the unfaithful servant who likewise buried his talent in the earth rather than putting it to use to further the kingdom (Matthew 25:14-30).

The vast majority of Christian ministers are failing both to educate themselves as to the forces working to destroy Christianity and preaching against the same. What the motives are for their behavior differs from one individual to another. In some it may be cowardice: a fear of either losing their jobs or receiving the scorn of colleagues, friends and family members if they speak out and swim against the tide. In some it may be a desire for a form of profit: conforming to the infidelity of the times, or at least not resisting it, in order to gain money, receive prestige, or advance their positions. Others may be apathetic and lazy: just punching the time clock and collecting a paycheck while doing only enough to keep up the appearance of fulfilling their ministerial obligations. Still others may sincerely believe that they are properly fulfilling the duty of a Christian minister because they judge themselves by what the other ministers in their churches or denominations are preaching and practicing, failing to recognize that a form of infidelity has pervaded them all. It also ought not to be doubted that there are some in the professional ministry who intentionally are undermining true Christianity, being blind guides themselves and helping to lead others into a ditch. Whatever the case for each individual, what was said by a medieval writer about the Christian ministers in his day is largely true of Christian ministers today: “For there is no spirit of liberty or independence in them to lift up their voices against the powers of the world. No valor to protect the truth in time of danger. So long as they prosper in their own concerns, so long as they realize the objects of their ambition or avarice, they hold in small account the loss of the things of Jesus Christ” (John of Salisbury, The Policraticus, 1159 A.D.). What drives each man to do what he does, we need not know. It is enough to examine the unfaithful actions of the professional ministers collectively and render a judgment.

A question that surely reveals the infidelity of the modern-day Reformed ministry is this: If they are preaching genuine biblical Christianity, as they claim, then why are they never persecuted? We might expect them to be unmolested in a society that has already experienced a thoroughgoing revival of Christianity and a comprehensive reformation of the church, but should we expect them to be at peace in an utterly depraved and anti-Christian culture such as we have today in Western countries? Certainly not. The early Christian church was surrounded by a similarly degenerate pagan culture and it was bitterly persecuted. The Bible tells us “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). It testifies that John the Baptist was beheaded (Matthew 14:10), Stephen was stoned to death (Acts 7:59), James was slain with the sword (Acts 12:2), Paul received the “forty lashes minus one” five times from the Jews (2 Corinthians 11:24), Peter was imprisoned twice (Acts 5:18Acts 12:4), beaten by the authorities at least once (Acts 5:40), and all the apostles suffered persecution of some sort. Likewise, the recorded history of the early post-apostolic church tells us that many Christian ministers were martyred for their faith, and there is no doubt that many more of them suffered lesser forms of persecution. The same happened during the Protestant Reformation when the Reformers stood against the apostate Romanist pseudo-church. In stark contrast, today’s professional ministers are at peace in nations that have not seen similar levels of public wickedness since ancient Rome. It is certain that none of the “Reformed” ministers in this generation is going to be added to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, and it is doubtful that anyone reading this article can name even one so-called Reformed minister who has suffered any real persecution of any kind. The fact that such persecution is non-existent today is, in itself, damning evidence that today’s professional ministers are not preaching authentic Christianity but only an eviscerated counterfeit.

It is very important to understand this point: the reason that persecution never comes upon today’s churches is not because their ministers do not preach any truth. In fact, there are still more than a few churches where a great deal of truth is taught. The reason persecution never comes upon them is that they only teach what might be called comfortable truths. That is, they largely focus on matters of personal piety, corporate worship practice, and abstract theological doctrines. Of course, such things are good and necessary to be taught but the infidelity lies in the fact that the modern-day ministry, generally speaking, refuses to teach those things which cause offense to the unregenerate and they especially avoid preaching about anything which would bring them into conflict with the ungodly world outside of their church building safe space. They preach and practice a fantasy land religion that takes pains to be innocuous and allows them to pretend that all the degeneracy in the larger society is not going to overtake them. It is a cowardly strategy that requires continual retreat and compromise, and it will end in the loss of what little life such churches have left in them.

If it is true that a Christian minister is no better than the evil he fails to stand against, then it must be said that today’s ministers are, for the most part, woeful failures, as very few of them have forcefully taken a stand against the doctrines and the movements that are destroying the institutional church and Christian civilizations and have been doing so for many years.

How many of them speak out against all of the egalitarian lies in which we are told that everyone is equal regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual practice?

How many of them speak out against the feminism that has made many American women into pseudo-men, has largely destroyed motherhood and the family, and has resulted in infanticide on an enormous scale?

How many of them speak out against all of the sexual perversion and confusion that is running rampant through our society and into which American children are being indoctrinated and by which many of them will be destroyed?

How many of them speak out against all of the unjust warfare that our government has prosecuted over more than 100 years on behalf of the Jews and their “Israel”, the interests of mega-corporations, and the bankers, resulting in many millions of dead Americans and foreign non-belligerents with no end in sight?

How many of them speak out against the grand larceny of socialism that has made all Americans participants in thievery for at least the past 80 years and which is increasing every year?

How many of them speak out against our fraudulent money system and the usurious banking establishment?

How many of them speak out against the fact that our country is being flooded with many millions of foreigners bringing with them a multitude of alien cultures and false, anti-Christian religions?

How many of them have even bothered to educate themselves as to the sources and driving forces behind these destructive movements? That is, how they came into being and who is running them? The reality is that most of the professional ministry is almost entirely ignorant of these things, being not only uninformed about them during their college and seminary courses, but also even largely indoctrinated into them.

We need to understand that preaching accurate biblical doctrine, while certainly a commendable attribute, is not the only test of a faithful Christian minister. A man may not be teaching any doctrines that could be called heretical, but if he is manifesting timidity, cowardice, and an obvious faint-hearted tendency to avoid opposing evil in an age that has a crying need for him to do so, then he is a heretic. Actions speak louder than words, and inaction often speaks the loudest. The orthodoxy of Christian ministers must be judged not only by the doctrines they proclaim but also by the virtuous, principled, manly behavior (or lack of it) they exemplify and whether they will boldly stand against evil or fearfully shrink back from it.

Now if any man believes this to be new doctrine, that is, he claims that orthodoxy was not judged in such a way by the historic Reformed Church and that the author of this article is only setting his own standards, then let him reference the act of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, from August 3, 1648, entitled “Censuring Ministers for Their Silence and Not Speaking to the Corruptions of the Time” in which, as is obvious from the title, the general assembly of the Church of Scotland directed that every church in their realm was to be intolerant of those ministers who did not speak against the evils taking place in the society around them. According to this act, those who would not do so were to be disciplined for their unfaithful ministry and even excommunicated if they persisted in the same behavior. Keep in mind that this is a document produced at the time of the Westminster Assembly by the churches that most fully adhered to it, and this general assembly would have included many of the same men who drafted the Westminster Standards. Furthermore, in the same act the ministers who authored it referred to two other church documents from earlier periods of the Reformation which supported their position. This is not an innovation; it was and remains the established Reformed position.

It was stated earlier in this article that “the root cause of the disease that has brought both the churches and our civilization to their present deplorable condition is the infidelity of the modern-day ministry.” While this is true, could it be the case that there is something even more fundamentally wrong? Could it be that the root is bad because the soil in which it has grown is rotten? This is, in fact, the case. The Bible tell us that the quality of the leaders over God’s people is a reflection of the fidelity of the people from whom they spring and over whom they rule. When the people are faithful God blesses them by appointing faithful men over them. When they are unfaithful their leaders become a curse and one of the means by which God punishes them. Notice how the faithfulness of Israel’s king was conditioned on the faithfulness of the people: “Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God” (1 Samuel 12:13-14). This is as much true of religious leaders as it is of political leaders. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians the cause of unfaithful religious leaders is explicitly stated. They are what the people want: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

As Reformed church elder Mark Chambers stated: “God’s rule is always from the bottom up. Faithless enemies as leaders of God’s people are His punishment for their faithlessness. The problem is in the mirror. The pulpit is a symptom, not the first cause. Since the people are the reason the leaders are there it must be the people who are responsible for their removal. When God’s people see their own condition and repent they will purge the pulpit of the ignorant, the deceiver, the infidel. We the people are the cause of the rebel in the pulpit and we the people will be the cause of their removal.”

It has been said that a religion which never costs you anything will, in the end, be worth exactly what you paid for it. This being so, then what will be the end of the overwhelming majority of today’s professing Christian ministers and their supporters who not only suffer no persecution but rarely bear even minor inconveniences or discomforts for their so-called faith because they preach and practice a reduced form of Christianity that never brings them into conflict with the world? It will be nothing good unless repentance is forthcoming. Infidelity brings God’s curse on individuals and nations but the cure is a simple one, regardless of the offense or how the punishment is manifested: “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14). “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)

The modern-day Christian ministry is almost entirely failing to warn the flock about the dangers around them. They are unfaithful shepherds who have abandoned the sheep to the wolves. They delude themselves and their followers into believing that they are being faithful to their calling because they teach biblical truths, while they simultaneously fail to expose and stand against the onslaught of the ungodly. Because of them not only has the general culture been lost to the anti-Christs but even their own churches have largely succumbed to the same. If we are going to be faithful to God we must call to repentance those who are failing in such a way and if they refuse to reform themselves, then they either must be excommunicated by their churches or the faithful must abandon those churches which show themselves to be apostate by failing to take action against them.

Religious Freedom at Risk

sign pointing to plymouth rock where the pilgrims landed

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By Jerry NewcombeTuesday, 24 November 2020 08:26 AM

Four hundred years ago this month, a weary band of Christians from England came ashore in New England after a grueling 66-day voyage aboard the Mayflower.

The Pilgrims came for one purpose, which they spelled out in writing: “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”

It was all about religious freedom. They wanted to worship Jesus in the purity of the Gospel.

150 years after the Pilgrims came, the founders of this nation enshrined religious freedom in our national charter, the Constitution.

When the Constitution was first written, there were some hesitations toward ratifying it. Many of those who accepted it did so upon the assurance that religious freedom would be guaranteed. Thus, the founders amended the Constitution with the Bill of Rights, the document’s first 10 amendments.

First and foremost among these was religious freedom. The first two freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment deal with religious liberty. In effect, these liberties were understood to mean there would be no national denomination, and people were free to practice their faith as they saw fit. Implied in that is that the non-believer would be free to practice his lack of faith.

Jump forward to today, 400 years after the Pilgrims arrived, and in the land for which they sought refuge, religious freedom is at risk. With tongue in cheek, one wag asked, “Can we uninstall 2020 and install it again? This version has a virus.”

That virus, COVID-19, has been the excuse many anti-Christians bigots have used to try to hamstring churches. We have seen in the last several months an unprecedented assault on religious freedom.

Just consider a few examples:

  • Last week a judge in California ruled that strip clubs should be allowed to re-open, despite the pandemic, because the First Amendment is not nullified by a virus. And yet at the very same time, officials in California insist churches must be closed or severely limited because of the pandemic.
  • The Supreme Court ruled in the Calvary Chapel v. Sisolak case (July 24) out of Nevada that it was OK for the state to limit how many people could attend worship services, but the casinos were allowed to operate more freely. In his dissent on this case, Justice Neil Gorsuch declared, “…there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.”
  • Abortion clinics have been deemed “essential services” by a number of liberal governors, while churches are categorized as “non-essential.”

The Rev. John MacArthur is one of the most listened-to and respected Bible teachers in our time. His church is in the greater Los Angeles area. He is generally not one to speak out on political matters. But after months of the pandemic and the way many state officials impair churches because of it, MacArthur decided that enough is enough. He reopened his church — despite threats from state and local officials.

Jenna Ellis, MacArthur’s attorney from the Thomas More Society, said “Our position has been that LA County shutting down churches indefinitely amid a virus with a 99.98% survival rate, especially when state-preferred businesses are open and protests are held without restriction, is unconstitutional and harmful to the free exercise of religion.”

Kelly Shackelford of First Liberty, which also fights for religious freedom, told D. James Kennedy Ministries: “All people have to do is look at the ‘experts’ saying, ‘Well, you can’t sing at church, but oh yeah, the [BLM and Antifa] protests, we’re OK with that because that’s important.”

It would appear that Christophobic bigots are using the pandemic to curb religious freedom in a country that was born for religious freedom.

Author and speaker Bill Federer once told me in a TV interview:

“Tolerance was an American Christian contribution to the world. Just as you drop a pebble in the pond, the ripples go out, there was tolerance first for Puritans and then Protestants, then Catholics, then liberal Christians, and then it went out completely to Jews. Then in the early 1900s, tolerance went out to anybody of any faith, monotheist or polytheist. Finally, within the last generation, tolerance went out to the atheist, the secular humanist and the anti-religious. And the last ones in the boat decided it was too crowded and decided to push the first ones out. So now we have a unique situation in America, where everybody’s tolerated except the ones that came up with the idea. And so when people say Christians are intolerant, we really need to correct them and say, ‘No, we’re the ones that came up with the idea of tolerance.'”

The Pilgrims sacrificed everything they had to practice religious freedom. It would be horrible to see the gift they bequeathed to the world uprooted in our time by secular fundamentalists.

Jerry Newcombe is co-host/senior TV producer of Kennedy Classics. He has written/co-written 25 books, including “The Book That Made America, Doubting Thomas” (with Mark Beliles), “What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?” (With D. James Kennedy), and “George Washington’s Sacred Fire” (with Peter Lillback). Read Jerry Newcombe’s Reports — More Here.