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#121 The Nuttle Report: Constitutional Conflicts – 05/20/2016 NEW!

By Marc Nuttle

    Recently, the President of the United States directed the Department of Justice to issue a directive to all public schools. This directive was released jointly with the Department of Education to provide joint guidance for the non-discrimination of transgender students. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch quotes Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as the authoritative basis for facilitating transgender students’ needs.

    No one wants to tolerate discrimination based upon the result of a person’s birth. The common due process phrase is everyone has equal protection under the law regardless of race, creed, color, or sex. But what happens when those rights are in conflict? ...Read

#120 The Nuttle Report: The Revolutionary Decision – 05/18/2016

By Marc Nuttle

    On November 8, 2016, every American will be faced with the same election decision: do I vote for business as usual, and therefore no change, or do I vote for the gamble of a risky option for a new government order? It depends partly on how bad you think things are.

    The upcoming choice for President could not be clearer, based on one standard. Hillary Rodham Clinton personifies establishment, an extension of the Obama policies, and business as usual. ...Read

#119 America's Security Facade – 05/15/2016

By John Guandolo

    Travelers using U.S. airports are familiar with long lines due to TSA checkpoints, and recent reports indicate lines will get longer in the near future because of new TSA screening procedures, fewer TSA officers, and other related issues. Yet, America is not safer since 9/11 because the federal government has thrown bureaucracy at the threat and entrusted our enemy inside our security perimeter instead ...Read

#118 The Nuttle Report: America First Foreign Policy – 05/13/2016

By Marc Nuttle

    Since the beginning of recorded history, sovereign nations have executed foreign policies primarily to serve their self-interests. Even in ancient Egypt, the Pharaoh had a Counselor of Foreign Affairs. Often the purpose of foreign policy was to protect resources, trade routes, land, people, and a way of life. More times than not, foreign policy was an extension of government policy for selfish pursuits. The primary concerns of the needs of the foreign entity were not always considered. War has been described as the extension of government policy by other means. Diplomacy has too many times been abused at the altar of ideological purity....Read

#117 Is America Still at War With Islam? – 05/04/2016

By John Guandolo

    Two hundred and eleven years ago on April 27, 1805, the United States Marines defeated the Muslims of the Barbary States (Algiers, Morocco, Tunis, and Tripoli) in Derne, Libya, and for the first time in history the flag of the United States flew over a fortress of the old world. “From the shores of Tripoli” in the Marines Hymn is a direct reference to this battle.

    On May 14, 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli indicated his extreme dissatisfaction with American “tribute” by having the flagstaff cut down in front of the U.S. Consulate. This act led to a declaration of war against Tripoli and the sending of more U.S. war vessels to the Mediterranean. During a storm, the USS Philadelphia went on the rocks, and her crew was captured and imprisoned by the Muslims at Derne. The bombardment of Tripoli by U.S. vessels and the offer of $100,000 ransom for the crew of the Philadelphia failed to sway the Pasha....Read

#116 Careless Endangerment – 05/02/2016

By Bill NeSmith

    On March 23, 2013, U.S. Senate Resolution 139 was presented for a vote. The main purpose of this Resolution was clearly stated as follows: To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

    This Resolution was sponsored by Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] to counter the U.N. Small Arms Treaty. In its original form it would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S. and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry. This would have included all private guns and ammo. ...Read

#115 The Nuttle Report: The Reality of a Rigged System – 04/28/2016

By Marc Nuttle

   In the political debate today called Presidential politics, dialogue is often referenced to a broken, privileged, or rigged system. Is it? Yes…but not by the forces or for the reasons that activists may think. It is the product of societal, cultural, and economic evolution. ...Read

#114 The Nuttle Report: An Abandon Vision – 03/23/2016

By Marc Nuttle

   The candidacy of Donald Trump continues to defy conventional wisdom. That is if you define conventional wisdom through the eyes of the establishment. The nation’s elites are in mental atrophy over the continued momentum of the Trump Presidential campaign effort. The elites are still in denial that their lack of vision to course correct the nation is the problem. Those in power offer no vision to reassure citizens that there is a plan to protect them, to employ them, and to ensure their future freedom. This country was founded on the vision of self-evident truths to be facilitated by the government for the people. ...Read

#113 The Nuttle Report: Third Party Healing – 03/22/2016 

By Marc Nuttle

   Last week, Republicans and Democrats held primaries for the nomination of President of the United States in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, and Missouri. It was possible that Hillary Rodham Clinton would secure her party’s nomination at the end the day of voting. However, it was very unlikely that the Republican Party would accomplish the same. Even if Donald Trump swept all states, he still would have needed over 50% of the remaining delegates to be selected as the GOP nominee. What was just as likely was that Governor John Kasich would win his home state of Ohio. This occurred and Donald Trump still needs 63% of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination. These results could take the GOP down the valley to a brokered convention. The current debate among activists of different persuasions is whether it is time for a third party. The answer may be yes, but not for the reasons of conventional wisdom. ...Read

#112 Losing the War at the Local Level – 03/18/2016

By John Guandolo

   The war in which we are engaged, and not engaged, against the jihadis here in the United States is a very different kind of war than most Americans are accustomed. In this war, battles are lost at local town councils, in the media and school classrooms, and sometimes, in state legislatures....Read

#111 The Nuttle Report: Leadership Without a Compass – 03/15/2016

By Marc Nuttle

   Last night the American electorate once again said emphatically—“I do not trust the establishment and I refuse to accept business as usual.” The most important statistic collected from last night’s election was the fact that 69% of the GOP voters said they believed their elected officials had abandoned them. And 62% of the same citizens said they are very worried about their future. In the Democratic primary, the answer was the same in Michigan, with a little less emphasis. What’s important about these two statistics is that one can feel abandoned, but safe institutionally. One can think the ship of state is sound and not floundering. In this current case, not only are people unsure about the stability of the ship, but they are unsure of its course or destination. They fear their future is in peril....Read

#110 The Nuttle Report: The Result of Insurgency – 03/03/2016

By Marc Nuttle

   For the first time in my career, I decided to travel abroad to watch the Super Tuesday elections. I primarily did this to get a feel for how our allies and partners view this election. I started in Canada last week and am currently issuing this report from Israel. I am attending a retreat at Migdal on the Sea of Galilee. I am here with a group of Americans from different parts of the country. Being here with them gives an added perspective on the elections. We are here exploring and analyzing secular and spiritual solutions to problems facing America....Read

#109 Islamic Law of Slander and the Continued Destruction of Free Speech – 02/26/2016

By John Guandolo

   Western leaders' continued assault on free speech is reaching new lows. Recently, free speech has been met with arrests in Europe, and in America, calls for an end to “anti-Muslim bigotry.”...Read

#108 The Nuttle Report: Changing the Societal Order – 02/25/2016

By Marc Nuttle

   In 1793, following the French Revolution, the citizens of Paris worshipped the Goddess of Reason. They established a graven image in the form of a lady of liberty. These citizens had recently overthrown the establishment government of King Louis XVI. They sought, in their struggle to design a new order, confirmation of their superior intellect. They relied upon the ultimate pride that within their collective intelligence existed the wisdom to determine principles for which all generations would be bound. In other words, man’s intellect would set the foundations for the future....Read

#107 The Nuttle Report: Behind the Curtain of Political Decisions – 02/12/2016

By Marc Nuttle

   The voting has begun in the first open primary state of New Hampshire. Traditionally, the voting begins in Dixville Notch right after midnight at 12:01 a.m. on the day of the election. Governor Kasich carried the township 3 votes to 2 votes over Donald Trump. This early vote has been successful in predicting the ultimate primary winner in every election since 1968. What’s going on behind the curtain?...Read

#106 The Nuttle Report: The Rebellion Election – 01/28/2016

By Marc Nuttle

   Donald Trump continues to defy conventional wisdom. The latest CNN poll finds that his lead has widened over the rest of the Republican field by 2 to 1. His lead over Ted Cruz is 41%-19%. The media, political analysts, and elected officials continue to predict, somewhat only in hope, that Trump will fade. Historians, however, are beginning to see another possibility. This is not about Don Trump. This is about the people. They are angry. They are confused. They feel that the culture they desire is in jeopardy of being lost forever. They are frustrated that the elected officials, in whom they have placed their trust, are not only failing, but are not honestly dealing with their needs....Read

#105 The Nuttle Report: Driving The Process – 01/26/2016

By Marc Nuttle

   As we enter the countdown to the first Presidential primary in Iowa on February 1, a new level of behind-the-scenes activity is engaging. These activities, largely unknown and unobserved by the public, play a critical role. Not only will they impact who the eventual nominee will be, but also how he or she will govern....Read

#104 Illegal Sanctions Relief and New Sanctions, a Turn of Events – 01/22/2016

By Robin Rowan

   On Sunday, January 17, as five Americans were released from Iran, President Obama announced new sanctions imposed on Iran because of their testing of ballistic missiles.

    In October 2015, Iran test fired a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon in direct violation of U.N. sanctions. The State Department and the U.N. made strong statements at the time, but no action was taken. Then in January 2016, the same day as North Korea’s test of a supposed hydrogen atomic bomb, Iran displayed a second ballistic missile launch site....Read

#103 If You Don't Know Abrogation, You Don't Know Sharia – 01/20/2016

By John Guandolo

   One of the facets of sharia (Islamic Law) that turns the lightbulb on in people's minds more than anything else seems to be the moment they grasp the Koranic concept of abrogation and progressive revelation.

   Islam teaches that Allah (the god of Islam) revealed Islam to mankind throughout history progressively. Allah revealed the Law to Moses, which predicted the coming of Mohammad. Those who did not accept the Law of Moses were lost. When Allah revealed the Evangel to Jesus, which also foretold of the coming of Mohammad, it abrogated the Law of Moses, and those who did not accept it were lost (hell bound). When the final seal of the prophets—Mohammad—came and revealed the Koran to all of mankind, it abrogated all that came before it, and those who did not accept it were lost....Read

#102 Iran and North Korea—Dangerous Partners – 01/16/2016 

By Robin Rowan

   On January 6, 2015, we witnessed a convergence of military showmanship by dangerous rogue nations that threaten the world, despite U.N. resolutions or sanctions.

   North Korea and Iran are long-held partners in nuclear and missile development, and are now displaying it to the world. Will the world or the U.S. react?...Read

#101 How Does Sharia Define “Jihad”? – 01/14/2016 

By John Guandolo

   Since 9/11, Presidents, Members of Congress, the media, and many others have publicly stated that individuals who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam are acting as “criminals” or “thugs,” but certainly are not doing what Islam teaches because “no religion would teach that.”...Read

#100 UTT 1 Minute Video Asks: "Is Sharia the Answer for Women Assaulted in Cologne, Germany?" – 01/13/2016

   Sharia Law states that women are responsible if they are sexually assaulted by men. According to sharia, it is a woman's duty to present herself in a manner that does not energize a man's lust.

   Over New Year's eve in Cologne, Germany hundreds of Muslim men assaulted and raped German women. The Mayor of Cologne responded by telling German women how to avoid these situations instead of using the full force of German law to go after the assailants....Read

#99 Is CONFUSION Slowing You Down? – 01/12/2016

By Jim Buchan

   Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said something profound in a radio interview this week: “You’ll never play fast if you’re confused.” His point was that each player needs to know his assignment… his place… his role… on any given play. Confusion causes hesitation, and hesitation in a fast game like football will likely spell defeat.

   But Rivera’s comment has an application far beyond football or other sports. It’s a principle of life, and it applies to me right now far more than I would like to admit....Read

#98 WHAT IS SHARIA? – 01/09/2016

By John Guandolo

   Earlier this week, UTT published the first in a series of articles about sharia (Islamic law) entitled “Understanding the Threat” which amplified the fact that sharia is the focal point and driving force behind everything jihadis across the globe are doing.

   Today, we will break down what sharia actually is and its origins....Read

#97 Moment of Reality Revisited – 12/20/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   Over the holidays of 2007, I penned a book entitled Moment of Truth. In that book, I predicted that if we did not course correct the basic philosophy and direction of our country, then we would start to slip into more government regulation, a managed economy, and socialized medicine that would leave the country desperate for new leadership....Read

#96 The Intentional Obama Administration – 12/19/2015 

By John Guandolo

   The most frequent question Understanding the Threat’s (UTT) President John Guandolo receives when he speaks in the media or during public presentations these days is: “Are our leaders THIS stupid, or are they intentionally advocating for, aiding and abetting, and directly supporting our enemies?”...Read

#95 UTT Reviews Final Republican Presidential Debate of 2015 – 12/18/2015

By John Guandolo

   Last night (Tuesday) in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Republican candidates for President met for their last debate of 2015. The focus of the debate was national security with a large portion of the discussion dedicated to ISIS and the jihadi threat....Read

#94 Americanism – 12/11/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   For 395 years since the Pilgrims first sought political asylum in a new land, people have sought opportunity in a new world. This seeking was based on inherent instincts deep within their souls desiring freedom to implement their God-given authority over their own families. This emotion was so pervasive they were willing to risk everything in their journey, even recognizing that the forces of nature were a tremendous threat....Read

#93 The Fifth Crucible – 12/02/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   Webster’s definition of a crucible is a severe, searching test or trial. There are many biblical references to the refining of the Lord’s word or a society’s character through the purification process of a crucible. The United States of America, four times in its history, has gone through a challenge of circumstances that tested who we were as a people. In the process, our ancestors were forced to explore their core beliefs. In surviving the crucible, they were required to determine the extent of sacrifice they were willing to render for the munificence of the generations. Those were our times of a crucible. There have been four of them....Read

#92 Heaven is Coming to a Theater Near You! – 11/22/2015

By Lance Wallnau

   Something different is happening this month. The forces of hell are manifesting in more intense ways. At the same time, heaven is breaking out. It's almost like going into one of those theaters where multiple movies are playing. Go into the wrong theater and you have a front row seat watching hell. Go into a different theater and you can see heaven. BOTH are broadcasting right now! ...Read

#91 Nuttle Report: Cultural Solidarity – 11/21/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   Following the unspeakable horror committed against France by and through ISIS operatives, French President Francois Hollande called for unity among all nations to confront the ISIS threat. “We need a union of all who can fight this terrorist army in a single coalition.”...Read

#90 Where ISIS Came From—The Simple Truth. – 11/20/2015

By Robin Rowan

   On November 13, 2015, a horrific scene unfolded in Paris. Eight terrorists associated with ISIS carried out a well-planned, coordinated, and multi-location attack killing over one hundred twenty and wounding over three hundred fifty, ninety-nine of them critically. The attack included suicide bombers with automatic weapons and hand grenades. The terrorists struck simultaneously at a soccer stadium, busy Paris restaurants, and a concert hall where an American heavy metal band was playing....Read

#89 Nuttle Report: The Principle of Integrated Principled Policy – 11/18/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   In dealing with complex multi-faceted systems, organizations, and biological processes, the protocol most often requires and includes a universal, comprehensive consideration of all factors and forces involved. The regimen for balanced health would integrate proper diet, proper exercise, proper consumption of water, adequate sleep, and adequate recreation. Without including any one of these elements, the desired corporate goal will not be achieved....Read

#88 The Reality Check of Foreign Policy – 10/18/2015 

By Marc Nuttle

   There are times in world history when issues and their determinants seem so complex that they defy logic. Why, for example, would Scotland resent the English as a common culture for centuries and then, by democratic vote, refuse the option of independence? William Wallace fought a bitter battle with the King of England at Stirling in 1297 AD to establish independence from England. He won that battle, but later lost the war. Fast forward 700+ years to 2014. Scotland negotiated the right for a referendum to establish independence from the United Kingdom. They voted to remain in the U.K. What is the difference between this cultural conflict and the one in the Middle East today?...Read

#87 Was Jesus a Muslim? – 10/16/2015 


   Saturday at the Nation of Islam event titled “Justice or Else!”, President Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright stated Jesus was a “Palestinian.” This is historically untrue, but it opens up a door for a deeper discussion....Read

#86 American Minute: Moravians & Count Ludwig von Zinzendorf – 10/15/2015 

By Bill Federer

   Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was from a noble German family. While on his “Grand Tour,” in which young aristocrats were introduced to royal courts around Europe, Count Zinzendorf viewed in the Dusseldorf museum a painting by Domenico Feti depicting Christ's suffering. ...Read

#85 Change of Leadership, and Why it Matters. – 10/08/2015

By Robin Rowan

   Soon after this analysis of the House Speaker race was written, Rep. Kevin McCarthy withdrew his name. This article will give you insight as to why.”...Read

#84 The Reality Check of Government Services – 10/08/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   The creed of Thomas Edison was to never give up. When experimenting on the incandescent light bulb, he used numerous materials in an effort to develop a durable filament that would emit light without burning up. He was successful only after hundreds of attempts. Each time he was unsuccessful in his experiments, he would say that he had not failed—he had found 10,000 ways not to do it. In other words, he never would accept the status quo as the best that we can do. People marveled at his persistence to never give up. His reply was said to have been, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”...Read

#83 Reality Check of Economics – 09/30/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   In the past ten years, nation states worldwide have deficit spent to meet the public’s demands for government services. It has become a way of life. But do we know of any formulas that would indicate that there are limits to the amount of debt that a government can accumulate before it impacts an economy negatively? Certainly recent turmoil in Greece would provide evidence that there are limits to how far a sovereign nation can go into debt before it hits its debt wall. ...Read

#82 Reality Check of Principles – 09/26/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   The Roman Emperor Titus oversaw the inauguration of the Roman Colosseum in 80 AD. The opening event required several thousand pairs of gladiators. Many died in battle. At times it became a problem on where to find enough participants to meet the insatiable appetite of the Roman spectators who demanded sadistic entertainment. The Roman Empire had begun its slippery slope to decline, believed by many scholars to be manifested around 180 AD. ...Read

#81 Jihadi Information Operation in Irving, Texas – 09/25/2015


   For some years, below the surface, a quiet counter-revolution has been advancing in the base of the Republican Party and in the country in general, while the party’s establishment elites in Washington have continued on with business as usual, seemingly oblivious to the unrest of the rank and file, as if fly-over red state voters could be taken for granted. This counter-revolution was conceived and undertaken to change the trajectory of America’s departure from its founding principles—to bring reform to the GOP rather than to overthrow the party. In short, the hope was to reverse Republican establishment diffidence about out-of-control, unaccountable government and its attendant crony corruption.The Muslim Brotherhood in America rarely does things willy-nilly. The case of the young Muslim arrested in Texas last week by police for bringing a device to school—that very closely resembles a detonator—is no exception. ...Read

#80 The Quiet Counter-Revolution Gets Louder: Essential Lessons for the GOP – 09/23/2015

By Scott S. Powell

   For some years, below the surface, a quiet counter-revolution has been advancing in the base of the Republican Party and in the country in general, while the party’s establishment elites in Washington have continued on with business as usual, seemingly oblivious to the unrest of the rank and file, as if fly-over red state voters could be taken for granted. This counter-revolution was conceived and undertaken to change the trajectory of America’s departure from its founding principles—to bring reform to the GOP rather than to overthrow the party. In short, the hope was to reverse Republican establishment diffidence about out-of-control, unaccountable government and its attendant crony corruption. ...Read

#79 Should You Do Your Job or Obey Your Conscience? – 09/12/2015

By Dr. Frank Turek

   Should Christians ever disobey their government? Some say no. But Kim Davis sides with Martin Luther King and thinks civil disobedience is justified. Ms. Davis is the Rowan County Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to put her name on same-sex marriage licenses. Claiming to be a new Christian, Ms. Davis is also a long-time Democrat....Read

#78 Black Racists Endanger Cops & Communities – 09/08/2015

By Dr. Tom Barrett

   In what can only be described as a vicious hate crime, a black man in Houston, Texas, shot white Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth in the back of his head, then stood over his body and continued firing....Read

#77 Nuttle Report: Denial of the Elites – 08/30/2015 

By Marc Nuttle

   In 1789, the people of France were desperate for leadership from their government to solve critical issues for a stable society. There was poverty, hunger, injustice, duplicitous laws, and a privileged elite who had advantages of application of law. As the tempest rose among the populace, protests developed on the streets. A call went out to man the barricades. King Louis XVI was oblivious to the plight of the people. When informed of their demands for reform, his wife, Marie Antoinette, supposedly said, “Let them eat cake.”...Read

#76 The Quiet Revolution: How the New Left Took Over the Democratic Party – 08/28/2015 

By Scott S. Powell

   Frustration with division and gridlock in Washington lead many Americans to impugn both political parties for the current broken and ineffective state of government. There is plenty of blame to go around. Below the surface, however, there has been a quiet revolution going on in one of the two parties—the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party is arguably the main source of today’s irreconcilable division and moral confusion....Read

#75 Top U.S. General Says There WERE Nukes in Iraq – 08/26/2015 

By Dr. Tom Barrett

   I have always believed there were nuclear weapons in Iraq, and there has been considerable evidence to support that view. But this statement by retiring Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno removes all doubt: “I talked to all the Iraqi generals. They’ll tell you there were nuclear weapons. The bottom line is they absolutely believe there were nuclear weapons on the ground."...Read

#74 The Triple Threat – 08/20/2015 

By Marc Nuttle

   In sports, a triple threat is an exceptional athlete who has superior skills in three disciplines that produces offense and/or defense to win games. In economics, a triple threat is government action that keeps a team from winning. An athlete is a teammate whose primary concern is helping his team. For some reason today, government does not see itself as a teammate for free enterprise. Instead, it pursues policy through the beguilement of purporting to be for the good of the public order. They are, in fact, promoting ideological philosophical concepts for the management of society, not for the good of its order....Read

#73 The People's Confidence – 08/16/2015 

By Marc Nuttle

   Following the Revolutionary War, a young American Republic found itself unstable and in search of hope and an identity. Economically, socially, religiously, morally, and relationally, we were a country without a central theme or rudder to guide us. There were racial divisions. Americans were killing Americans. The states were in legal disputes with each other. The banking system was shaky. Taxes were levied unfairly and unequally. There was a gentry class and a perceived oppressed poor. Fast forward 234 years later. Does any of this sound familiar?...Read

#72 This August Matters – 08/14/2015

By Robin Rowan

   In the sixth and seventh months of 2015, America has experienced a convergence of issues that have gotten the attention of the church. However, has it awakened this sleeping giant enough to stir the people into action? ...Read

#71 The Truth and the Iran Nuclear Deal, Part 1 – 08/08/2015

By David White

   In a recent address to American Jews regarding the proposed Iranian Nuclear Deal, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed how the Obama Administration was spreading “disinformation about the deal and about Israel’s position”. In addition he warned how the deal will lead to war and a “nightmare” regional nuclear arms race. Netanyahu assured his audience that contrary to Obama’s promise, the deal “paves” the path for Iran to obtain nuclear weapons rather than blocking it. Urging viewers to strongly oppose the deal while there is still time, Israel’s PM warned Jews in America that Iran has been building intercontinental missiles in order “to hit you”....Read

#70 Nuttle Report: The Subterfuge of the Fourth Estate – 08/06/2015 

By Marc Nuttle

   In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Howard K. Smith anchored the evening news on ABC and provided commentary on national politics. In his commentary, he would state an opinion and come to conclusions on such national topics as the Vietnam War and Presidential politics. Yet, when he reported the news, he did it openly, honestly, without bias, and with respect for the viewers’ intellect. In a sentence, we trusted him....Read

#69 Nuttle Report: The Trumpet of Don Trump – 08/01/2015 

By Marc Nuttle

   Sometimes in the course of political events, a most unlikely messenger trumpets a chorus that hits a responsive chord. In this case, the responsive chord is a raw nerve in the collective angst of society. At first, the establishment always ignores it. Then they treat it with disrespect. A raw nerve when struck demands an obeisant response....Read

#68 Nuttle Report: Chaos Theory – 07/28/2015 

By Marc Nuttle

   The Chaos Theory is the mathematical study of the behavior of dynamical systems. Its basic supposition is that what appears to be random may in fact be order in motion. The best analogy for me to comprehend it is to stand under the base of a large tree. When one looks up, the limbs appear to be random in size, placement, and position. Yet when you stand at a distance and observe the tree in its total structure, it will appear perfectly round or triangular depending upon its species. In the chaos of the limbs, there is order to the overall structure....Read

#67 Nuttle Report: Kicking the Can Down the Road – 07/17/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   In a recent interview, former President Jimmy Carter, in discussing the Iranian hostage crisis of the 1970’s, described the Iranian government as a very complicated and politically conflicted entity. That may be the best thing you can say about them. This morning we awoke to the announcement that the United States had reached an agreement with Iran for what some would call major steps toward normalization of sovereign relations. The debate has already begun in Congress and with our foreign partners as to the particulars and merits of the arrangement....Read

#66 Nuttle Report: In Care of Culture – 07/10/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   The most important thing that a society can do for its own opportunity and the opportunity for the next generation is to protect and care for its cultural identity. To do this, a people must first determine what defines them as a culture. The discussion must be reflective and considerate of all members of society. In defining the merits of culture, concentration of debate should not be on the elements that divide. Dialog should be conducted along the lines of what benefits all....Read

#65 40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags  – 07/08/2015

By Kevin DeYoung

   For evangelicals who lament last Friday’s Supreme Court decision, it’s been a hard few days. We aren’t asking for emotional pity, nor do I suspect many people are eager to give us any. Our pain is not sacred. Making legal and theological decisions based on what makes people feel better is part of what got us into this mess in the first place. Nevertheless, it still hurts....Read

#64 Nuttle Report: The Catch 22 of Interest Rates – 06/16/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   Last week, an international political event took place which received very little attention. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) petitioned the Treasury of the United States and the Federal Reserve not to raise interest rates. Why is this action important? Let’s think about it a minute. Does Great Britain normally ask Germany not to raise interest rates? Does Saudi Arabia ever petition the Central Bank of the EU not to raise interest rates? The answer is no. Exchequers and Federal Reserve chairmen of the world may discuss international interest rates, but they set their own rates based upon the best interest of their own national economy at the time.    ...Read

#63 American Minute with Bill Federer – 06/11/2015

By Bill Federer

   President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech given MAY 15, 1926, at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia: "But there is another...recent development... the greatly disproportionate influence of organized minorities.    ...Read

#62 Love Your Enemies – 06/10/2015

By Mark Gurley

   “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:43-45 NKJV).    ...Read

#61 Greece: Window into the Future – 06/04/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   Greece today finds itself in the untenable position of needing immediate cash to fund critical government programs. Greece’s sovereign debt today exceeds 110% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The cost of government programs exceeds revenues, therefore producing deficits. The economy is in recession, therefore the deficits add to the mounting debt. The Greek government's financial situation has reached the point of critical mass. It is not just that the government cannot borrow money at a rate it can afford (i.e. a debtwall), it cannot secure any additional debt whatsoever except as a gift.    ...Read

#60 Free to Choose – 06/01/2015 

By Marc Nuttle

   In his book, Free to Choose, Milton Friedman argues that a free and open marketplace is the most proficient and efficient environment for the development of society. Economic, political, and spiritual attributes are best served when an individual is free to make choices on all matters that concern them personally.    ...Read

#59 Brilliance in Three Parts – 05/22/2015

   James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal pointed out years ago that the majority of abortions resulted in fewer Democrats.    ...Read

#58 “Islam is the Religion of War” – 05/21/2015


   When the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS), al Baghdadi, said, “Islam is not the religion of peace, Islam is the religion of war,” he meant it.   ...Read

#57 Three Pledges Every Christian Should Make in These Last Days – 05/20/2015

By Larry Tomczak

   "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people..."—with these words, our Declaration of Independence begins.   ...Read

#56 Where is Nadir Soofi Buried? – 05/08/2015


   Foremost to understanding one of the greatest threats to the world in these times is understanding the Muslim Brotherhood and its systematic plan to attack us from the inside. Here we can see more clear links to the source of these attacks.   ...Read

#55 Light Wins! – 05/01/2015

By Janet Porter and Mark Gurley

   Despite how the Supreme Court decides today in the privacy of their own chambers – Light Wins! The church must not relent to stand for biblical truth against an evil agenda. It is not against the people trapped in a sexually immoral lifestyle for which we are fighting, but rather the powers of darkness with a sinister agenda to undermine the First Amendment.    ...Read

#54 Political Insider - The Source of Principles  – 04/30/2015

By Marc Nuttle

   Stephen Hawking, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Saint Paul the Apostle are great intellects who have one thing in common. They each posed a question as to the purpose of the universe and man’s place in it. The answer to each man’s question depends upon the source from which he draws his principles. And likewise today, the source from which an individual bases his or her principles will dictate the expectation on the role and purpose of government in society today.    ...Read

#53 Who Will Save America? – 04/30/2015

By David Lane

   As the race begins in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary, Evangelicals have no choice but to investigate which consultants and operatives are behind each of the candidates: Decisions about personnel provide evidences about policy.    ...Read

#52 Controversy Generated by Shariah Law Discussion is Baffling – 04/22/2015

By Mayor Beth Van Duyne

   My repeated commitment to uphold the primacy of American law and constitutional protections for Texans, including and especially immigrant women, has been characterized as something like a hate campaign.    ...Read

#51 The American National Flight – 04/13/2015

   It is more than a coincidence that many Americans feel like they are trapped in a situation that parallels this tragic flight. We, too, feel shut out of the cockpit, with a man at the controls who seems to be intentionally trying to fly us into the ground. This is a must read. There is still time to avoid the crash of our nation if we will wake up now. -- Rick Joyner    ...Read

#50 Sex Is The New Religion – 04/08/2015

By Frank Turek

   Sex is the new religion in America, and it’s a religion of the sword. That’s the real reason this controversy has risen in Indiana. A determined and vocal minority from the religion of sex is bullying and cutting down traditionalists who need a law that would allow them to be left alone. This clash of orthodoxies has opposing values with moralists on both sides demanding their rights.   ...Read

#49 A Nation Without Discrimination  – 04/06/2015

By Jim Buchan

   Based on recent news reports and political talk shows, I’ve concluded that a growing number of Americans want us to be a nation without discrimination. While you probably think a discrimination-free country is a very good objective, you need to be careful what you wish for.   ...Read

#48 The Political Left’s Marriage to the Islamic Jihad: Silencing Truth and Lying as a Strategy  – 03/04/2015


   Obama, along with most liberal news outlets, and the Muslim propaganda Al Jazeera TV network, prefers the acronym ISIL. Most of the rest of the world refers to the group as ISIS. What difference does it make?   ...Read

#47 ISIS or ISIL: What Difference Does it Make?  – 03/03/2015

By Dr. Tom Barrett

   Obama, along with most liberal news outlets, and the Muslim propaganda Al Jazeera TV network, prefers the acronym ISIL. Most of the rest of the world refers to the group as ISIS. What difference does it make?   ...Read

#46 The Political Left’s Marriage to the Islamic Jihad: Culture of Death  – 02/18/2015


   Let us begin with the fact that the Political Left is responsible for more murders in the last 90 years than all other ideologies combined, including the Islamic Jihad. From Vladamir Lenin to Mao Zedung to Pol Pot to Adolf Hitler to Josef Stalin, the communists and socialists in the 20th century killed tens of millions of people in brutal and barbaric ways.   ...Read

#45 Obama Totally Mystified about What Motivates ISIS  – 02/05/2015

By Dr. Tom Barrett

   “Whatever ideology they’re operating out of is bankrupt.” This was Obama’s statement following ISIS burning one of our ally's pilots alive. First, as usual his words were weak and basically meaningless.   ...Read

#44 Lance's Latest on 2015 the Hebrew year 5775 – 01/23/2015

By Lance Wallnau

   There's a great contest in the spirit realm that is connected to and revealed by world events, such as the civil unrest in Ferguson and New York and the recent terrorist events in Paris. The warfare is setting things up for the advancement of the kingdom . . . IF WE CAN SEIZE THE MOMENT.    ...Read

#43 Iraq: A Compassionate Conflict, Revisited – 12/27/2014

By Joshua Campbell

   Just over a decade ago, I wrote Could This Be A Compassionate Conflict? (April 2003), where I advocated for the liberation of Iraq. I did not just argue that we should remove Saddam Hussein because of his WMDs, but that we were bringing justice to the oppressed, calling it “evangelical” – that to whom much was given, much was required.    ...Read







#42 Is the Border Crisis an Act of God’s Judgment? – 7/21/2014

By Kenneth L. Carozza

   Must a lifeguard drown to prove compassion? Or would we call her wise if she kept her distance by extending a pole to save a thrashing swimmer? Evangelical believers desire to show Good Samaritan love toward the needy. Yet is the Samaritan parable the right lens for viewing our duties in the border crisis? Or does the present invasion swarming our southern states invite a larger biblical perspective? Consider the possibility that we are dealing with another biblical concept known as judgment. Deuteronomy describes national consequences which today’s religious leaders neglect as they use the charged language of “compassion,” “love,” and “keeping families together.” It’s time to peel away emotive labels and examine this crisis afresh in light of Scripture.    ...Read






#41 Restoration of America: Sustaining Capitalism – 3/20/2014

By Karla Perry

   Contrary to popular belief, the “Dark Ages” were no such thing. The Medieval era has long held a hidden picture of what Christian creativity and innovation look like. The Christian society that flourished after the collapse of Rome invented and produced in a way the world had never seen before. They harnessed the power of the horse, invented the printing press, the wheelbarrow, eyeglasses, wagons, astronomy, science, weapons of war, and fish farming. What is more, they invented the clock so that people could tell time and organize their day for more efficient use of their time. Prior to the clock they only had the church bell to signal the approximate time at certain intervals in a day.    ...Read







#40 Celebrating The Season – 12/5/2013

By Sarah Palin

   It’s that time of year again. Christmas is in the air. Snow flying in Alaska, jingle bells heard on the street corners, bright-colored lights appearing on rooftops, and peppermint chocolate chip shakes at Chick-fil-A all point to the most wonderful time of the year. Why is it so wonderful? What do we really celebrate? With the hustle and bustle of the season, we can often run ragged and end up missing the mystery of Christmas—the birth of Jesus. With the advent of this beautiful season, I wanted to offer a few thoughts on keeping Christ in Christmas and pondering the meaning of His birth. More than just a historical event, the arrival of Jesus on the earth was the first step toward atonement, redemption, and resurrection. He was “God made flesh,” the true hope of the world. If I’m for Christmas, it’s only because I’m for Christ.    ...Read






#39 Will God Bring Judgment to Political Corruption and Terrorism? – 8/9/2013

By Bart Peacher

   How does the average person feel, regardless of country origin, when perpetrators of horrible crimes committed on their families and friends are released from prison for purely political purposes? Most would be heart-broken and outraged that such injustice would even be considered. However, this is set to happen a second time in recent Israeli history.

   The Israeli government recently voted to release 104 terrorists from jail as a goodwill gesture to the Palestinian Authority in order to please John Kerry and the U.S. Administration in an effort to get Israel and the P.A. to the peace-negotiating table again. Politics seem to be at play again.    ...Read







#38 The Real Victims of the Benghazi Attacks – 5/28/2013

By John Guandolo

   What is being lost at the Senate Hearings into the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi are the real victims – Free Speech, Freedom of Expression, and the Truth.

   What has become abundantly clear is that the President, the Secretary of State and Ambassador Rice, intentionally lied to the American public about the nature of the attack on the consulate, the reason for the attack, and the inability of the United States to respond. Critics say the President and Secretary of State failed to act and demonstrated incompetence by not being able to comprehend the unfolding situation on the ground. This is not accurate. The administration did respond – it launched a counter-assault on the American people’s God-given right to free speech, free expression,    ...Read











#37 The Restoration of America: Machiavellian Influence – 5/23/2013

By Karla Perry

   More than two centuries before American Independence, an exiled political philosopher, Niccolo Machiavelli, penned the classic works The Prince and Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy. While historians debate the extent of his influence upon the Founding Fathers, they agree that his books were found in their personal libraries.

   John Adams, however, extensively quoted Machiavelli in his Defense of the Constitution. Adams wrote that Machiavelli restored reason to matters of government. Just the same, Adams sifted through Machiavelli praising that which had merit and criticizing that which did not. Adams’ approach is wise, as there is a mixture of wisdom and weeds within the works of Machiavelli. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on the wisdom and leave the weeds alone.

  Machiavelli [1496 -1527], a native of Florence, Italy, with a humble heritage, served as the Head of the Second Chancery, placing him in direct proximity to the head of the government for fourteen years. This positioned him as counselor to the governor in matters of foreign defense and gave him full access to the inner workings of European politics. The Republic of Florence fell with the Spanish invasion of Italy in 1512. Imprisonment and torture befell Machiavelli before being exiled beyond the city limits. It was here in his villa that he put his knowledge to paper providing the world the first works of political science. ...Read












#36 The Shuns of Anarchy – 1/16/2013 

Family Research Council

   There's been a lot of speculation about the smaller crowd expected for this year's inauguration--and now we know why. The President seems to be disinviting all the Christians! The purging started with Pastor Louie Giglio, who had been scheduled to offer the benediction until homosexual activists dug up a 20-year-old sermon and were shocked to find the Christian minister preaching a Christian message on sexuality. Giglio vanished from the inauguration program 24 hours later, despite his successful ministry for human trafficking victims.

   In that instant, America was finally introduced to the real agenda of the radical Left. It was the inauguration of a new era of religious intolerance. By his own admission, Pastor Giglio had intentionally avoided the issue of homosexuality for years and concentrated his ministry on more agreeable topics. That much was clear from his own statement: "Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities," Giglio pointed out. Yet even he, who desperately wanted to avoid confrontation, could not.

   As he learned yesterday, liberals are no longer satisfied by the church's silence on homosexuality. They will accept nothing less than the active embrace and celebration of what the Bible calls sin--or use totalitarian tactics to get it. What was once outrage over Christian activism has been replaced by outrage over Christian association. The White House has declared that anyone who holds to the belief--spoken or unspoken--that sexual immorality is wrong has no place at democracy's table....Read









#35 The Decline and Fall of the American Empire – 1/14/2013 

By Rabbi Steven Pruzansky

   The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. As I write, with almost all the votes counted, President Obama has won fewer votes than John McCain won in 2008, and more than ten million off his own 2008 total. (Note: this was written the day after the election. The final results indicate that Romney exceeded McCain’s total by less than one million votes, while Obama received almost four million votes fewer than he did in 2008 – the first time in history that a president won a second term with fewer votes than he scored in his first victory. RSP)

   But as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering classes. Romney did not lose because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that devastated this area, nor did he lose because he ran a poor campaign, nor did he lose because the Republicans could have chosen better candidates, nor did he lose because Obama benefited from a slight uptick in the economy due to the business cycle....Read








#34 A Divided America – 11/30/2012

By Lloyd Phillips

   We are a divided nation to be sure. An uncivil war is being waged against what is true and just in our land. Those exact things which made America the envy of the world and allowed for more people to prosper and reach for their potential than any nation in the history of mankind are being attacked and uprooted.

   We continue through a period of history described in the book of Isaiah chapter five.

   Isaiah 5:20-23: "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!" ...Read








#33 After The Election – 11/14/2012

By Lloyd Phillips

   December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, is famously called a day of infamy. September 11, 2001, likewise has gone down in history as another day of infamy for America. For me November 6, 2012, is yet another day that will go down as a day of infamy for America. It was a bellwether day and, I believe, things after this day will be markedly different than those which preceded.

   A short time ago I was so tired of the incessant political campaigning, and all that goes with it that, that I was looking forward to Election Day just to see it end. Now, if I could, I would extend the campaigning as long as it might take to have a different outcome. Pat Caddell, a Democratic pollster and former advisor to President Jimmy Carter, said that in the days leading up to the election it was “within the margin of corruption.”(1) The press is not making news out of the many serious problems with voting in many areas which assisted the president in achieving his end total of electoral votes. ...Read








#32 The Coming Constitutional Test – 10/26/2012

By Marc Nuttle

   By every indication, the presidential election of 2012 will be extremely close and, based on a few votes by state, razor thin in the Electoral College. Pundits have analyzed this election from every possible viewpoint and vantage. Government spending versus out of control deficits, a burdensome debt versus ongoing stimulus, the level of taxes on the rich, women’s rights, traditional family values, education, immigration, foreign policy, and strong national defense, is but a short list of critical issues. I would submit that there has been one key issue completely overlooked - the application of the Constitution of the United States and the attitude of the candidates in reference to that application.

   Most issues are being analyzed from the viewpoint of a federal standard. Completely overlooked is the issue of state’s rights and an individual’s rights to live in a state wherein the core values and the political philosophy produce an environment in which the citizen feels empowered. ...Read

#31 The Greatest Threat to American Freedom – 10/9/2012

By Dr. James B. Richards

   The Greatest Threat to American Freedom Codependency (or codependence) is defined as a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition. Codependency may also be characterized by denial, low self-esteem, excessive compliance, or control patterns.

   Proverbs sets forth the principle that wisdom builds a house and foolishness destroys it. A fool is one who will not learn by instruction. He only learns by consequences. Our country, our politicians and, it seems the church has not learned by God’s instruction. Even more frightening, the country as a whole has not learned by consequences. We continue in the classic definition of insanity: we dothe same things over and over expecting different results. ...Read

#30 America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President – 09/25/2012

By David Barton

   When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.”...Read

#29 A Word About Freedom – 09/18/2012

By David White

   President Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

   Furthermore, the noted British philosopher Edmund Burke reminded us over 200 years ago that “those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." If we are to pass the freedoms we’ve enjoyed as Americans to the next generation of children and grandchildren, who will only inherit the America we give them, we would be wise to heed the warnings given by Ronald Reagan, Edmund Burke, and countless others throughout history. ...Read

#28 After the Shooting, We're Still Standing – 08/29/2012 

By Family Research Council

   On Wednesday, FRC was the target of what the FBI is calling an act of domestic terrorism. A gunman, identified as Floyd Corkins, invaded our headquarters in Washington, D.C. armed with a 9mm pistol, approximately 50 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The gunman was confronted by an unarmed member of the FRC staff, Leo Johnson. When the gunman pulled the gun from his backpack and aimed the weapon at Leo, Leo moved toward the gunman to disarm him. Despite being shot in the process, Leo was able to subdue the shooter and call for others on the staff, who helped admirably. One of the investigators, based on their preliminary findings, told me Leo's actions saved a lot of lives. ...Read

#27 Righteous Judgment – 08/07/2012

By Lloyd Phillips

   There is a much promoted misrepresentation from the teachings of Jesus that He taught we should never judge. This is an incongruous teaching.  He did, in fact, teach His followers that they should be able to judge properly without being judgmental. He instructed them to first get the log out of their own eye so they could help their companion to get the speck from his eye. The idea was to judge properly and accurately, not critically or from a biased viewpoint.

This misrepresentation of Jesus’ teaching has been promoted so successfully that those who really are called to release proper judgment and discernment into the world from the church are generally not doing so, certainly not to the extent that is needed. Part of the problem is that people are not being taught how to judge properly or taught the extreme importance that those with sound minds should exercise sound judgment. ...Read

#26 The People’s Right to Choose and Change Government – 06/26/2012

By Lloyd Phillips

   The Declaration of Independence was a magnificent presentation of the grievances of the American Colonies against an overreaching and overbearing government. It also laid out in spectacular wording for the first time the basic principles of freedom and liberty.

   The preamble says in part “...to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”    ...Read

#25 Three Deadly EMP Myths The U.S. Government Won’t Talk About… – 05/22/2012

By Damian Campbell

   Imagine a day when the United States of America goes dark. Cars, stores, trains, and planes stop. The computers we’ve built our lives around shut down—and won’t ever turn on again. One minute everything is fine, and the next…

   The power goes out.

   You’re in complete darkness. Every household across the country is shut down. The fact is this isn’t some myth or bad sci-fi movie. An EMP isn’t science fiction to China, Russia, or terrorists. It’s a very real thing, and could destroy our way of life. That said, you may be wondering…

   Any dictionary will tell you that EMP stands for “Electromagnetic Pulse.” But what they won’t say is that an EMP is like a tidal wave of radiation that destroys every electronic device in its path. And again—it’s not some space age weapon. Both the U.S. and Russia started testing them back in the 60’s…        ...Read

#24 The Restoration of America: McGuffey Eclectic Readers – 05/18/2012    By Karla Perry 

   American children of the mid-nineteenth century were essentially educated by the works of one man, William Holmes McGuffey. The McGuffey Eclectic Readers sold 120 million copies between 1836 and 1920. These sales are comparable only to the Bible and Webster’s Dictionary.

  William Holmes McGuffey [1800-1873] began his educational profession at the age of fourteen after receiving a teaching certificate from his educator, Reverend William Wick. As instructed, he put an advertisement in the local paper that he would begin a four-month session of classes, six days a week, and eleven hours a day on the first day of September 1814. Forty-eight students assembled from the West Union, Ohio community, now Calcutta, Ohio. McGuffey drew his lessons primarily from the Bible....Read

#23 Why The Founders Chose A Republic  – 03/26/2012    By Karla Perry

   When Benjamin Franklin emerged from The Constitutional Convention that convened from May 25 to September 17, 1787 to address the problems facing post Revolutionary War America, he was asked by a passerby what was the outcome of the assembly. Franklin responded, “It’s a Republic, if you can keep it.”

   The great American government created by those men in 1787 was not anything akin to the current or past governments of the world. It was not just a democracy, it was a Republic, and therein lies an important distinction.

   The best source on the meaning of the Constitution and the authority on the government created by the Founders is a collection of essays written in 1787 to the average American, posted in the newspapers of the day. These essays were written under the pseudonym of Publius by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. ...Read

#22 Reining in Political Pendulum Shifts  – 03/20/2012    By Debra Durstewitz

    The Occupy Wall Street movement that started in New York on September 17 still has quite a way to go to establish a cohesive message or to solidify into a political movement. If its predecessor, the Tea Party, is any indication, that process should take about a year. What is clear, however, is that America is now watching and waiting as the counter-swing of the political pendulum comes to a state of equilibrium.

The Physics
   Webster’s defines a pendulum as: “a weight hung from a fixed point so that it can swing freely backward and forward.” If not for the forces of gravity and air friction, a pendulum would swing endlessly and proportionately back and forth through space and time, applying Newton’s Law of Motion, “to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.” ...Read

#21 The Restoration of America: John Locke  – 03/12/2012    By Karla Perry

   Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, but it was Locke who provided the political philosophy it popularized. Modernity champions John Locke as a secular Enlightenment fellow, at best a Deist.  In actuality, he espoused a Christian worldview deriving his political philosophy from the Bible.

   It is necessary to rediscover the Christian origins of American political philosophy for it provides the values that sustain the entire system. A structure that has lost its supporting foundation is but an empty shell. For a time, the infrastructure will hold as long as the values remain in the culture, but once they have faded it cannot continue to stand. American values have become so far removed from their biblical mooring that they can no longer continue unsupported. G.K. Chesterton opines that every revolution is a restoration.  In order to bring a restoration, we must illuminate the true history of America and make it available to the common citizens. ...Read

#20 Saudi Arabia's Curriculum of Intolerance  – 02/02/2012    By Margaret Mayfield & Bill NeSmith

   According to the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute and their published report entitled ‘Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance’ (download or read), it has become quite clear that extreme Islamist ideologies have been gaining adherents throughout the world.  Where they are implemented as governing ideologies, we see a brutally enforced hierarchy of group rights, favoring Muslims over non-Muslims, men over women, and a dominate Muslim sect over other Muslims, with individual rights and freedoms subordinated for all.  (See YouTube video “Shariamerica: Islam, Obama and the Establishment Clause”)  Such extreme rule lies at the heart of the Islamist terrorists’ radical agenda and it is equally clear that much of this extremist religious thought is originating from and being spread by the Saudi Arabia’s Islamist sect known as Wahhabism. ...Read

#19 Daniel Webster  – 01/19/2011    By Bill Federer

One of the five greatest Senators in U.S. history, the State of New Hampshire placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.

His career spanned almost four decades, serving as Secretary of State for Presidents William Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore.

His name was Daniel Webster, born JANUARY 18, 1782.

From a New Hampshire farm, he attended Dartmouth College and became the highest paid attorney of his day.

He fought the slave trade and negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which set the nation's Northeast boundary.


#18 The Relevance of a 224 Year Old Constitution  – 12/31/2011    By Hombre Liggett

    An ongoing argument over modern political and social issues centers on whether the U.S. Constitution is relevant in today’s world. With all the advancements in technology, communication, transportation, commerce, and in the medical field, some argue that the Founding Fathers could not have foreseen what would be necessary for the United States to remain a healthy society 224 years in the future.

    Such arguments are generally connected to an agenda for social entitlement and the redistribution of wealth. The original intent of the U.S. Constitution stands in the way of advancing their agenda.

    In spite of arguments over our Constitution’s modern relevance, the Founding Fathers did consider our constitutional republic form of government in an advancing world of diverse breakthroughs. For example, Benjamin Franklin articulated how quickly the world could change based on inventions and personally proved it with the success of his own creative experiments. ...Read

#17 Biblical Duty  – 12/20/2011    By Lloyd Philips

    As you know, if we can change a person’s mind, we will change their actions. One of the most powerful tools a Christian has is the power to pull down strongholds or change beliefs and thereby change actions of people.

    I have found that the interpretation of Romans 13 repeated at the OAK Initiative and in many Christian circles is not helpful to the cause in America currently. In fact, it doesn’t differ much at all from the interpretations used in Germany under Hitler. Hitler considered the following his favorite verse.

       'Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God' (Romans 13:1).

    He was able to use this belief to influence and eventually control the church. I have also found this belief to be a hindrance when endeavoring to mobilize church leaders ...Read

#16 After America, There is No Place to Go – 12/16/2011    By Kitty Werthmann

    What I am about to tell you is something you've probably never heard or will ever read in history books. I believe that I am an eyewitness to history.

    I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide—98 percent of the vote. I've never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force. In 1938, Austria was in a deep depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25 percent inflation and 25 percent bank loan interest rates.

    Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food—not that they didn't want to work—there simply weren't any jobs. My mother was a Christian and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people, about thirty daily. The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna, Linz, and Graz were destroyed..     ...Read

#15 A Tale of Two Revolutions– 11/10/2011    By Lloyd Phillips

     Both the American and the French Revolutions had a significant effect on the history of mankind but in very divergent ways. The American Revolution was the first time in history that men created a government based on the principles that God was sovereign over man and man was sovereign over government. The Declaration of Independence placed before mankind a language so simple that any could comprehend that all mankind was equal in the sight of God and therefore had a right to expect equal treatment from their government. It explained that rights were given by God and not by government, and certain rights were inalienable, including those foundational rights of life, liberty, and property.

     The French Revolution was based upon the cry of liberty, equality, and fraternity! Equality in this case meant something very different than in the American context. It did not mean equal in the sight of God or the equal distribution of legal justice; it instead attempted to equally distribute resources and hence became the first socialist revolution. While the American Revolution was brought to a head over the theory of the authority to tax, the French Revolution was brought to a head over the cost...     ...Read

#14 "What", and "Who"– 09/28/2011    By James Robison

     Already, many candidates and major media are moving into full swing for next year’s elections. We must first understand what must be done before we can identify who can best help do it. Perhaps as important as any time since our founding, those who believe in divine providence and eternal principles must become well-informed and actively involved in the political process. Christians, pastors, and all church leaders must totally reject the lie that “separation of church and state” means people of faith must remain silent, uninformed, and uninvolved. Those who recognize truth and stand for it can turn the tide.

     Our nation’s founders knew that the limits of the Constitution were placed on the government, not the people or religion. The right to stand up and support first principles is both a privilege and a responsibility. True freedom grants citizens the right to choose and we have a responsibility to choose right. The Bible declares, “Righteousness exalts the nation”1 The psalmist affirms, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”2 “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice.”

     The only solid ground on which individual lives, families, communities, and nations can safely build is the foundation consistent with unshakable biblical truth. When the weight of God’s kingdom impacts planet earth...     ...Read

#13 On These Shores– 09/24/2011    By Mary Anne Hardiman

     In his eighth annual address as President, George Washington said, "A primary object . . . should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing . . . than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?"

     As a nation, great efforts have been taken to preserve our early writings. A wealth of information is available if you will look for it. Many books have been written about the lives and events surrounding the birth of our nation. However, with the passing of years, events have been fabricated and the truth has been distorted. When reading original documents, in the Founders’ own words, and accounts written by those who knew the Founders, we acquire a different perspective. Astonishingly, what unfolds is the hand of God guiding brave men and women, resolute to leave behind the former things and start a new life.

     In the past few years, several political leaders have stated that America is not a Christian nation. Is this true? Was America ever a Christian nation? ...     ...Read

#12 A Public Law, the Constitution and the Oak Tree– 09/15/2011    By Bill NeSmith

     There remains a great need in America, namely that our citizens understand our Constitution and the price that was paid to create it. All effort must be initiated to redeem those things forgotten and to shed light on things presently unknown. It is important to understand the history of America, our founding fathers, and the foundations on which our country was built. History is a powerful tool that can be used to redeem the past and stabilize the future.

     According to a study done in September 2010 by the Montpelier Center for the Constitution, 78% of those polled say they understand some of the Constitution, only 28% say they’ve actually read the entire document and the survey indicates that older people know more about the Constitution and make up the majority of those that have read it. ...     ...Read

#11 Corporate Jets and the Economy– 09/09/2011    By Rick Joyner

     One of the most accurate barometers of our country’s economic health is the number of corporate aircraft flying. When general aviation is growing, the economy is growing. When general aviation is under stress, so is the economy. There may not be another industry that is such an accurate barometer of our total economic health because there are few things as vital to our economic health as corporate jets. Why?

     Very few corporate aircraft are luxuries. Many companies could not operate without them, and many others would have their growth and profitability severely undermined without them. They are not toys, but highly effective, cost-cutting tools. Many are essential tools for managing companies with diverse and widely scattered operations, which is just about every major company in America. ...     ...Read

#10 The Eagle Is Molting– 09/06/2011    By Rick Joyner

     As Sammy Rodriguez shared in one of our first Oak Summits, we are not following the donkey or the elephant, but we will follow the Lamb. This has been our resolve. Even so, it would be disingenuous to not admit that the majority of Oak members are conservative and Republican. However, we do have many who consider themselves independents, and quite a few who are registered Democrats. For these we are thankful. An eagle needs a right wing and a left wing to fly, and so does America.

     From time to time eagles go through a molting process when they lose their feathers so that new ones can grow. This is a time of weakness and great vulnerability for an eagle. For some of this time they cannot hunt and therefore don’t eat. Even so, when they come through this they are renewed and like a young bird again physically, ...     ...Read

#9 What is Motivating Your Patriotism– 06/03/2011    By Hombre Liggett

     When I was running for the U.S. Congress in the 2010 primary here in Ohio, I had the chance to speak with many of the county Republican Parties around Ohio’s 18th Congressional District. My message was constant throughout. A major part of the fix for our nation’s unraveling is neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party, but our fix will be in following the Constitution.

     I believe that the Constitution “saved” this nation once, and that it can save it again. For that to happen there is going to have to be a restoration of Constitutional authority and restraint to Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Supreme Court. ..     ...Read

#8 Pro-Lifers versus a Runaway Diesel – 04/21/2011    By Tony Perkins 

     The economy was recently declared to have emerged from recession in 2009. Those familiar with small boat operations know what happens when a diesel engine malfunctions and begins to suck in fuel and oxygen uncontrollably. It accelerates beyond all control. This runaway diesel has to be stopped. Unless it is stopped, it explodes. Boating safety courses teach us to take a life jacket, a towel, even a T-shirt, and jam it into the diesel’s air intake to avoid catastrophe..     ...Read

#7 The Economy – 10/20/2010

    'The economy was recently declared to have emerged from recession in 2009. Funny that no one knew it. A recent IMF report was much more honest, acknowledging that the world economy was stuck in something very near to a depression. The following was a report circulated on the Internet:'   ...Read

#6 Islam In America, Part 3 – 10/15/2010     

     The charge of intolerance against Americans about their reaction to The Cordoba Mosque simply does not hold water. It is a distortion to call Americans Islamaphobic because they oppose the mosque at ground zero or even if they would oppose them everywhere. Such shallow and immediate attempts to intimidate with such charges are so overused that thinking Americans are losing their respect for those who make them, as it should.    ...Read

#5 Islam In America, Part 2 – 10/08/2010

     On Sept.28, 2010 Fox News posted the following important study that was done by Pew Research about religion in America. It begins with a most sobering statement:

     A new survey of Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths.    ...Read

#4 Islam In America, Part 1 – 10/04/2010

     The continuing controversy over “The Ground Zero Mosque,” which is officially named “The Cordoba House Mosque”, or “Park51 Mosque” after recently changing its name, is bringing to light profound and important truths about Islam, and about America. These are both crucial for understanding the times.

     When we talk about Islam we must keep in mind that there are many faces to Islam just as there are many faces to Christianity. Just as a high percentage of Christians have never read their entire Bible, but have trusted others to tell them what it says, there can be even devout Muslims who have never read all of the Koran.    ...Read   

#3 The Impact of The "Ground Zero" or Cordoba Mosque – 09/27/2010

   At the Oak Initiative we are excited about many things that are happening in America and around the world as our members are taking up the challenge to make a difference right in their own communities. In this issue of The Oak Leaf, the following topics are discussed:
          - • The "Ground Zero" or Cordoba Mosque
          - • Religious Freedom and Liberty in America
          - • Tolerance and Extremism
          - • The Awakening Conservative Movement in America
          - • Increase Understanding of the Tenets of Islam    ...Read

#2 Truth or Consequences – 06/15/2010

    At the Oak, we continue in our efforts to educate and equip our members and friends in matters that will impact our societies.
    In this issue of The Oak Leaf, the following topics are discussed:
          - Evidence mounts that the Jobs Report is grossly inflated by a Census Bureau that can't count
          - Is a Double Dip Recession Inevitable?
          - Truth or Consequences?
          - Election results indicate increasing resolve among the American people to take their government back.
          - Unemployed veteran facing felony obscenity charges wins Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate.
          - Who is Vetting Candidates?    ...Read

#1 Oak Leaves Introduction – 06/02/2010     

     Welcome to all our members and friends of the Oak Initiative. With this mailing, we wish to share what we will be calling 'Oak Leaf' briefings.  This is a new publication and will be provided in addition to the regular member letter - this first issue is being sent to our members and subscribers. This issue discusses the Gulf Oil Spill, Constitutional Limits to Government Activities, and the Financial Reform Bill.     ...Read