Friday, October 17, 2008
"... My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody. ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
"I want to cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans. Now, it is true that my friend and supporter, Warren Buffett, for example, could afford to pay a little more in taxes... in order to give additional tax cuts to Joe the plumber before he was at the point where he could make $250,000. Then Exxon Mobil, which made $12 billion, record profits, over the last several quarters, they can afford to pay a little more so that ordinary families who are hurting out there -- they're trying to figure out how they're going to afford food, how they're going to save for their kids' college education, they need a break.
"So, look, nobody likes taxes. I would prefer that none of us had to pay taxes, including myself. But ultimately, we've got to pay for the core investments that make this economy strong and somebody's got to do it."
Your honor, I have nothing more to add. The defense rests.
Monday, October 13, 2008
In the end, Stein concludes that Darwinism is the precursor to men like Hitler, who thought they were doing the world a great service by practicing eugenics—that is, eliminating “inferior animals” and breeding a super race. And as several interviewees point out, there are direct links from Hitler to eugenics to abortion and euthanasia.
Overall, the film was a great catalyst. I left thinking, “Wow, what can I do to change things?” And its controversial subject matter has made it an article of interest for both sides of the issue, giving it plenty of free advertising. Surprisingly, Expelled is the most widely-shown documentary ever, opening in more theaters than either Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, with only four theaters, and Fahrenheit 9/11. It was number nine in the April 20-21 weekend box office, grossing almost three million dollars in the opening weekend. Stein and his project were thrust even further into the spotlight when it won a lawsuit brought by Yoko Ono, who claimed the filmmakers used her husband’s song “Imagine” without permission. But beyond the numbers and hype, one fact still remains the same: this film is a must-see for Christians who want to be well-informed and to make a difference.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
"If ever a man says to you: 'I am from the government, and I am here to help!' Run for your life and hold on to your wallet."
Who am I?
The question might be better asked: Who are we? You see, I’m not alone. There are thousands of other likeminded individuals, and we’re ready to take on the world.
We don’t buy the revisionist history being fed to us by propagandizers who are seeking to fit the past into their ideology. Instead, we are committed to discovering the truth about our Christian legacy. We realize that no historical event is as “clear” as it is portrayed today.
We don’t buy the idea that God “is not a conservative or a liberal.” Rather, we know the conservative principles are more aligned with God’s than those of liberals, and thus are committed to being true conservatives, not just in name only.
We don’t buy the idea of “common ground,” which seems to inherently mean abandoning our principles to join the other side for the sake of “agreement.” Rather, we believe in “standing our ground.” If the other side would like to join us, they may feel free to do so.
We know the Bible—66 perfect books—is God’s Word, and it is the basis of our worldview. Through the Bible, God shows us what truth is. It is in God’s Word that we can find standards for every issue there is.
We know the world is not adiaphoristic—that is, filled with shades of moralistic grey. Instead, there is antithesis—clear-cut standards for all of life that are found in the Bible. There is Black, and there is White. There is Right, and there is Wrong. Unchanging. Concrete. Forever.
We know that man is, by nature, sinful and given to evil tendencies, and thus is separated from God forever. We know that on his own, man can never “find” God. Rather, God calls us. We are his elect, chosen before there was time. We know the only way our relationship with God can be restored is through belief in His Son. We are saved by grace through faith, not through our good deeds, which are worthless in the light of the evil we are.
We know God designed intimacy to occur only within the confines of marriage, and are committed to remaining pure (protecting our virginity), not only in the loosest definition of the word, but in all of our actions, words, and thoughts.
We know that abortion is the murder of a living, unborn child and is a sin in any and all situations. We know that marriage is designed by God to be a covenant between one man and one woman only—no exceptions.
We know that God created the earth in six, 24-hour time periods. He crafted each and every living and unliving thing to reflect His glory, but created man alone in His image, with His characteristics. Each individual is carefully and wonderfully created and loved by God.
We know the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it. We understand that God is in control over everything—including the environment. Though we must be good stewards of the earth, it must never become our idol, and it is not in danger.
We know, understand, and appreciate the value of a historical rootedness. So many who have gone before us have faced the same challenges as we, and we are committed to learning from their lives.
We know the separation of church and state championed by the Founding Fathers was intended to protect the church, not the state
We know the importance of politics and its role in our daily lives, and are committed to becoming involved at every level in the political system.
We know, however, that real change does not start with policies, but with people. We understand that if we are to change our country’s laws, we must first change our country’s thinking.
We know the importance of liberty and self-government. Each person has the legal right to do whatsoever he or she desires, as long as those actions do not harm others.
We know each person has the right to own private property, be it land or material goods, and to be free from taxation of those properties.
We know that being rich is not a sin, and that the love of money is the root of all evil, not money itself. We understand that wealth is the result of hard work, whether it be the owner’s or his ancestors’, and oppose any attempts by politicians to penalize him for it.
We know the Constitution and Bill of Rights must be read as it was understood by the writers, not by judges drunk with power and reveling in relativism.
We know the threat of socialism, communism, and fascism, all of which are far-left and increasing levels of application of the same ideology.
We know the value of hard work and that laziness is a sin.
We know the teenage years are not a time to party, but a time to prepare and to act. We are offended by and reject the low expectations and standards set for us by our culture—both secular and sacred—and believe that teenagers are capable of much more than most think.
We know the history and importance of the fight against “radical” Islam, and understand that Islamic terrorists are not “extremists” or hijackers of the “religion of peace” but rather fundamentalists adhering to the core principles of their religion, a fact many today gloss over.
We know that the best market is a free market, operated by laisez-faire economic policies and unfettered by governmental regulations and obscene taxes.
We know that some in our own political party are conservatives in name only, and realize the necessity of calling them on it.
We are the heirs of the tradition passed on to us by Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, William Buckley, Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Adams, and a whole host of others who have laid the groundwork for us today.
We are committed to finding mentors who will disciple and help us grow our biblical worldview—men and women like Dr. George Grant of Franklin Classical School (http://www.kingsmeadow.com/).
We are most likely—but not necessarily—Ditto Heads.
We are committed readers and listeners of great conservative pundits, such as Rush and David Limbaugh, Michael Medved, William F. Buckley, Ann Coulter, Walter Williams, and Thomas Sowell, yet we are free to think for ourselves, even if this means disagreeing with the commentator.
We are most likely—but not necessarily—educated by our parents in our homes.
We are deeply involved in our local church, both to be built up and to build up others through our words and deeds.
We are, above all else, committed to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who loved us before we even began loving Him. He is both God and the Son of God. He chose us before the foundations of the earth, came to dwell among us, lived a perfect life, died on the cross—taking the punishment for our sins we rightly deserved—and rose as victor the third day. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, interceding for us and ruling the earth. Without Him, we would be nothing.
We are the future leaders of the world in our homes, churches, and local, state, and federal government, and we know that the time take action is now. I hope you’ll join us!