Saturday, January 31, 2009

A new Iron Curtain about to drop

The Republicans in the House voted as one against the largest nationalized effort on the part of the socialist Democrats to communize the United States.

If Republicans had recognized their responsibilities during the Bush administration, perhaps we wouldn't be here today.

Having visited behind the Iron Curtain in my youth, I can see what awaits us, and it is not pretty. The next step by the Democrats will be to suspend portions of the Constitution by shutting down "talk radio," disarm the populace via emergency edicts and imprison opposition leaders. Nothing will stop them until we wake up, put aside political correctness and seize the moment. Nationalized mortgages and banks are the precursor of a dead society. We are soon to become leeches upon one another, and bloodshed will rule our offspring.

May God have mercy upon us all.

Mark Estabrook
Cordova

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Friday, January 30, 2009

God's wrath arrives: Obama

It wasn't enough that President Barack Obama recently had the FDA approve the use of embryonic stem cells for research and therapy in people with early spinal cord injuries, thus ensuring the death of many embryonic American babies. Now he has rescinded the Mexico City policy (Jan. 24 article). Thus, American taxpayers will have to again subsidize abortions for women overseas.

How many babies does this man want to see murdered? What's next, approval of the whole gay rights agenda in the United States? Institution of Baal worship?

Obama claims to be a "born again" Christian. Obviously, he can talk the talk, but he can't walk the walk. A co-worker told me prior to the recent presidential election that Obama's stance on these and other moral issues will not affect his ability to govern the United States.

Wrong. Moral values by our government leaders do matter and do affect administration policy. The American people have a right and obligation to hold our leaders accountable for their moral policies and actions.

I feel that God is no longer blessing the United States, but is instead beginning to judge it. I will continue to pray for Obama's safety and that he will begin to listen to and obey God regarding his personal life and his policies for this nation.

James D. Tutor, M.D.
Cordova

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Get context correct about Limbaugh's 'I hope he fails'

Leave it to Leonard Pitts in his Jan. 25 column to take Rush Limbaugh's words completely out of context. He clearly illustrates that he doesn't listen to Rush by getting Limbaugh's "I hope he fails" comment about President Obama wrong.

What Limbaugh meant was that he hopes Obama fails in passing into law some of the decidedly un-American ideas he supports. Giving tax refunds to people who don't pay taxes in the first place is welfare. Raising taxes on those who are productive and successful is communist. Requiring Catholic hospitals to perform abortions and at the same time using public funds to pay for abortions is barbaric (Freedom of Choice Act). Guaranteeing health care and jobs for all (dutifully paid for by the aforementioned productive and successful crowd) is also communist.

Hiding conveniently behind all of President Obama's eloquence is, at worst, communism and, at best, socialism. Not even a week into his administration I have reached overload with the revered admiration (bordering on worship) many in this country seem to have for Obama. As for his policies, I hope they fail as well. The country will be better off in the long run.

Matt McLaughlin
Indianapolis

Source: Indianapolis Star

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A catastrophic inauguration

The 35,000 security personnel and millions of dollars spent on security failed to prevent a catastrophe from happening. Barack Hussein Obama was still sworn in as president.

Leon Sherard
Olive Branch

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

We'll be sorry

OK, now Barack Obama is on the job. Day one he wants to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison. Kind of reminds me of Jimmy Carter. He gave away the Panama Canal and released all the draft dodgers who deserted their country so they wouldn't have to serve in Vietnam.

What is this, a new Democratic Party that wants to release and forgive all of America's enemies? Watch your back.

RON BARWELL
Finleyville

Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Look to God for guidance

If he listened to the naysayers, gays, atheists, agnostics and other heathens, I guess we'd have to say our incoming president doesn't have a prayer!

Jack Parnell
Germantown

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Saturday, January 17, 2009

No ruckus over gay bishop

I see where Barack Obama has asked Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson to open his inaugural festivities on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial. And the entire Democrat Party is ecstatic that he has picked an openly gay, staunch gay marriage supporter to give the prayer to kick off his presidency.
Thousands of Democratic faithful have showed their disgust with Obama's pick of the Rev. Rick Warren to open the swearing-in ceremony. Robinson seems to be amazed that a man of God would follow the teachings of the Bible and his own conscience when it comes to gay marriage. This is one of the many examples of the irony of liberals being tolerant people.
The most amazing part of this debacle is that not a single Democrat has criticized Obama for his selection of Robinson, a pseudo "man of God," to lead them in prayer. When I talk about the "new" Democratic Party and the "radical" views of Obama, this is just another clear example.

Mike Cloud
Lubbock

Source: Dallas Morning News

On the economy: Coincidences? I wonder

There have always been conspiracy theories concerning government power, financial institutions, etc. Such names as the Trilateral Commission, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation come to mind. They all seemed far-fetched until recently.

How do oil prices go to more than $140 a barrel in a year, then decline to below $40 in less than six months? How can an economy be relatively stable for decades and then be on a brink of disaster within one month? How can a person who was relatively unknown a year ago become president of the U.S., while collecting record campaign donations during that year?

I am not suggesting any conspiracy. I am just asking how all this happens in such a short period of time.

Carl Box
Dallas

Source: Dallas Morning News

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bill will allow unabated infanticide

On Jan. 22, the House of Representatives will vote on the Freedom of Choice Act. It is no coincidence this is also the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. The bill includes the removal of parental notification of teenagers, the funding of abortions by all taxpayers, and will require all hospitals to perform abortions on demand, which could lead to the closing of Catholic hospitals.

There are not enough Republican and pro-life Democrat votes to stop the bill. The Republicans can filibuster it in the Senate, but I predict it will reach the White House. President Barack Obama, who as a state senator voted for the killing of a child who happened to survive a botched abortion, has no problem signing this bill into law.

It is an abomination and the reductio ad absurdum of this country's principles, which flow not from the sovereignty of an eternal lawgiver, but from human autonomy and do-it-yourself religion, which has led to sheer and naked atheism.

Everyone is so concerned about saving the environment, ending the war to save lives, and saving the lives of baby seals, owls and snail darters, but not for the innocent unborn children slaughtered in the womb by selfish mothers and money-hungry, Godless doctors. And with the passage of this bill, the infanticide of American children continues unabated and with more "freedom" than ever.

Michelle Modesto
Collierville

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Message in scriptures is clear

A gay Episcopal bishop has been asked by President-elect Barack Obama to say a prayer at an inauguration event, apparently because gays are upset about Rick Warren being asked to say a prayer because he openly speaks out about the sin of homosexuality (Jan. 13 article).

We all know that God loves all and wants all to be saved, but he expects us to live according to his will. A minister of the gospel is supposed to warn and speak out against the sin of homosexuality. A minister of the gospel is not to be actively engaging in homosexuality and teaching others it is OK.

Why is it that some ministers say homosexuality is a sin and some say it is OK? If the word of God says it is sin, shouldn't that settle the matter? (Read what the Apostle Paul said about it in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God, and that is what some of you were...")

Ministers of the gospel of Christ are supposed to be led by the word of God. The word of God says we will be judged by the word of God, doesn't it? (The Apostle John says in the Gospel according to John, John 12:48, "There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.")

These words are words we all must heed if we are going to please God, which is the lifelong duty of all of us. (Ecclesiastes 12:13 "...here is the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."

N.W. Simpson
Memphis

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Israel's 'support'

In her recent letter Bonita Veraldi put forth the notion that Israel is historically one of our (U.S.A.) staunchest supporters ("Defending Israel," Jan. 6 and PghTrib.com).

You would think it should be our supporter, considering the fact that we have given it close to $100 billion in aid, not counting joint military projects, since 1949. But its actions often prove otherwise.

According to a four-part 2001 Fox News report available on youtube.com ("Israel Spies on the USA"), Israel conducts the most aggressive espionage activities against the U.S. of all our allies. It also may have been aware of the planned 9/11 attack ahead of time but did not warn us. (Fox News, not I, came to this conclusion).

Israel's lack of support is nothing new. On June 6, 1967, during the Six Day War, Israel attacked the USS Liberty for several hours in international waters with unmarked planes and torpedo gunships resulting in the deaths of 34 U.S. sailors and the wounding of 170 more.

Israel claimed it thought it was an Egyptian ship, one-half the Liberty's size, despite the fact that it was broad daylight and the Liberty was displaying an oversized U.S. flag.

One might ask what Israel's motives for the attack might have been. Only Israel knows, but it's been speculated that it planned to blame the attack on Egypt and draw us into the war on its side.

Not the actions of a "staunch supporter," in my opinion.

Clifford J. Warner
Jefferson Hills

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Monday, January 5, 2009

Celebrity expose

Hats off and kudos to Jeff Olen for his excellent letter exposing the hypocrisy of liberal celebrity Marxists such as Bruce Springsteen and for speaking out against America's bizarre celebrity-obsessed media and pop culture ("Born to pose," Letters, Dec. 31 and PghTrib.com).

For years now, Mr. "Born in the USA" Springsteen has been spewing his leftist anti-American hatred while reaping the rewards of living in a free country that he and his fellow celebrities insult and despise.

Instead of ostracizing and shunning these phony amoral celebrities, the American public puts them on pedestals and worships them as gods.

America should change its national motto from "In God We Trust" to "In Celebrities We Trust."

Frank E. Doney
Bakerstown

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review