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#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.

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#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