Transparent Dishonesty

All the news and controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton, on the one hand, and the Iran deal and the administration’s loathing of Israel, on the other, have pushed other important issues to the background. You know, all that “old” news that we’re supposed to forget about, and how it’s time to “move on?”

As an example, when’s the last time you heard much about the IRS scandal? Did the mainstream media, for instance, pick up on this story?

Bonuses

Then there’s the case that went to the Supreme Court about Obamacare. A reading of the law itself would automatically destroy it because the government has illegally provided subsidies expressly forbidden by that law. Yet the outcome is in doubt because one Supreme Court justice should have recused herself but refused to do so. Elena Kagan, when she served as solicitor general, helped ensure Obamacare’s passage. Rules require that justices recuse themselves if in their previous capacity they served as “counselor or advisor” concerning a current matter before the Court, or if there is anything about the proceeding by which the justice’s impartiality can reasonably be called into question.

Justice Kagan, though, has made sure her “yes” vote for Obamacare is counted:

Recuse

And despite all the many scandals swirling around this presidency, we are told that the president has nothing to do with any of them. Why, he only learned about them the way we did:

Learned About It

All this from the self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in American history”:

Government Transparency

I guess that all rests on one’s definition of “transparency.” The only thing transparent about this administration is its dishonesty.

January 22, 1973: Let Us Never Forget

On this date, in 1973, the United States Supreme Court effectively ruled that abortion is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Since then, approximately 57 million innocent lives have been taken.

Many Americans have learned to “live with” these results, apparently numbed morally by the outright horror of an act that has cost more lives than anything done by Hitler or Stalin.

We have been trained to think the human child is not a child. We have been schooled by our schools to focus instead on the “right” of a woman to destroy that life growing within her.

Margaret SangerThe one organization most culpable in this respect is Planned Parenthood, whose founder, Margaret Sanger, wrote, “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

This is the same Margaret Sanger who spread her views to whomever was willing to listen. This infamous photograph below shows one of her rapt audiences. You see, one of her tenets was that blacks were inferior and needed to be weeded out of society.

Margaret Sanger with KKK

So while Planned Parenthood adopts a name that gives it a cover of respectability, it’s not into any other type of adoption. The goal is always murder.

Those of us who respect human life—in particular, innocent human life—must continue to speak out on this issue. We must make sure it never goes away; we must not allow our nation to ignore the holocaust that is taking place.

Unborn Child

The unborn child is a real person. Let us never forget that.

The Obamacare Desertion

Probably no better indication of President Obama’s unpopularity in his own party can be found than the repudiation of the passage of Obamacare by two of his own senators who voted for it.

First was New York senator Chuck Schumer, who publicly stated that passing Obamacare in they way they did, and making it such a priority, was a wrong move. He obviously feels little loyalty nowadays to the presumed head of his own party:

Dr. Schumer

Close on his heels came retiring Iowa senator Tom Harkin, who, with nothing to lose anymore, echoed Schumer’s rejection of the Obama initiative:

Hands On Deck

The captain of this ship seems rather oblivious to the loss of some of his essential crewmen.

Of course, the president will continue to have the support of one very strong constituency:

Getaway Car

But no matter how hard the media tries to repair this wreck of a vehicle, all it can do is perhaps rework its image; it’s really not going anywhere.

Then there’s the very real possibility (probability?) that the Supreme Court may cripple it decisively when it rules on the case coming before it this spring.

Yes, there is hope.

The Obamacare Polygraph

A couple days ago I wrote about MIT professor Jonathan Gruber’s arrogant comments about how he helped construct and pass Obamacare, noting that he and others “in the know” deliberately muddled the language of the law to help it pass. The most infamous part of his comments was his putdown of American voters as stupid.

Gruber then went on MSNBC (where he was assured of a friendly hearing) to say he was speaking “off the cuff,” so we shouldn’t take his words seriously. However, shortly after that, because someone was doing some actual investigative reporting, two more videos of Gruber saying nearly identical things surfaced.

If you haven’t heard much about any of this, it’s because you watch network news, which has ignored the story entirely. Yet this is major. It strips away all the pretense about Obamacare and reveals the underhanded way in which it was developed and promoted. In short, it’s all a pack of lies.

Polygraph

This revelation, of course, is hardly a revelation to those of us who have perceived its faulty foundation from the start, and have warned that it’s a huge Ponzi scheme dedicated to the ultimate goal of placing all healthcare in the hands of the government.

The Obama administration has said virtually nothing about this. I imagine the president, if pressed on his need to respond, might have this attitude:

What Do They Know

The sad thing is that he’s probably correct, at least in the case of a certain segment of voters:

Some of the People

Gruber’s attempt to obfuscate in the language of the law helped win the day—along with the usual political shenanigans at the time that assured its passage. Anyone remember the Louisiana Purchase of Sen. Mary Landrieu?

Ironically, the law is heading back to the Supreme Court, with a case that focuses on some of its wording about how only the state exchanges can receive federal subsidies, not the exchanges set up by the federal government. Fewer than twenty states set up exchanges (some of which were complete fiascoes), so all those subsidies being handed out to the other states should be ruled illegal by the Court, if it follows the wording of the law itself.

Stupid Voters

Figuring out the precise wording, though, may be tricky, thanks to Prof. Gruber.

The Supreme Non-Decision

Supreme Court 2Yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to review appeals from states with respect to the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. On the surface, this is an awful decision, yet is this possibly our best chance to reverse the tide?

The immediate, and dismal, result is that this non-decision clears the way for up to 30 states recognizing same-sex marriage as legitimate. Where can one find that elusive silver lining in the midst of such a departure from Biblical morality?

Let me offer what is probably a minority viewpoint from the conservative Christian community.

While I am unalterably opposed to homosexuality and am grieved by its increasing acceptance by our society, we may have, as one commentator noted, just dodged a bullet. Based on previous Supreme Court decisions, the odds were not in our favor if the Court had indeed ruled on these appeals. In all likelihood, it would have come down on the side of same-sex marriage as a constitutional right, thereby mandating that all states accept it as legitimate.

What this non-decision does is allow some states to continue to stand against the tide that seeks to sweep over us. It should provide the impetus for states to set their own standard for marriage. In fact, I was concerned that so many states were placing all their bets on a Supreme Court decision. It was an all-or-nothing proposition, and I fear we would have come away with nothing.

Yes, there should be a national definition of marriage, but given the status of our morality, I would prefer it not be imposed at this time. Same-sex marriage is an oxymoron, and a Court decision in its favor would have forced it upon all the states.

Keep in mind it has been federal courts that have led the way in overturning states’ traditional view of marriage. Did we really want the Supreme Court, with four extreme liberals and a so-called conservative who has already made it clear he would vote with those liberals, to enshrine this sin as sacred?

As I’ve said many times, government is not our savior, and if the government is trampling on Biblical morality, it’s because the people have allowed it to happen. We are the ones who have elected those who have pushed for this. We are the ones who put a man in the White House who is radically pro-abortion, pro-same-sex marriage, and who seeks to undermine religious liberty.

We let it happen. Now it’s up to use to reverse the direction we are headed as a country. It begins with a strong message of sin, repentance, and the new life offered through the Cross. It begins with individuals getting their lives straightened out as they get right with God.

Then those redeemed individuals need to inject that same message into all areas of society: education and government must be the focus if we are to change for the better.

Will this work? Theoretically, yes. With God all things are possible. But even though we have no guarantee, we must be faithful to the task. We’ll only know if it works if we remain faithful. Now is not the time to resign our role as salt and light.

Scandals? What Scandals?

I’ve spent the first three days of this week writing about history. Today, let’s look at history in the making. I sometimes wonder how I’ll ever be able to adequately cover the horrid nature of the Obama administration in one class session in my American history survey course. Students are already asking if I get to Obama in the course; I can say, for now, that I’m waiting until he’s history.

We already have seen his multiple attempts to rule unilaterally. Some have now been struck down by the Supreme Court. He always touts his constitutional expertise because he taught a constitutional law course, but let’s be honest here—he wasn’t a full-time professor, only an adjunct, and just because someone teaches a course on the Constitution, that doesn’t mean the teacher has any respect for its original wording/intent or understands its provisions:

Finals Week

He also acts as if everything is going swimmingly. Problems? What problems?

Bull in China Shop

Then when the media (or at least a segment of it) points out a major problem, he has the same old tired line about how he heard about it in the media for the first time, he’s really angry about it, and someone is going to pay a penalty for getting out of line. Then he does nothing, most of the time calling the issues phony scandals. He tries to act surprised and offended by the misdeeds of his minions in the government, but the surprise is phony, not the scandals:

Surprised Party

Our president is simply doing his best to ignore the problems, sometimes because he doesn’t see them as problems at all, and he probably orchestrated them in the first place; other times, he just doesn’t want to have to make decisions. That goes back to his time as an Illinois state senator when he earned the nickname “Senator Present,” meaning he declined to vote one way or the other.

But it’s getting impossible for him to ignore the mounting scandals, and the Republicans are salivating over the electoral prospects for this November:

Then-Now

There seems to be a new scandal each week; the administration is getting overwhelmed:

Bad Time

It would be far worse for the president if he didn’t have the lapdog media on his side:

Rip Van Media

Just imagine all the non-stop attention the media would give scandals like these if a Republican were president. Yet when any media outlet tries to hold him accountable, Obama is so used to cream puff treatment that he doesn’t know how to handle legitimate criticism:

Call Me Names

It’s well past time to put grownups back in charge.

Rejoicing Over What Has Gone Right

I’ve decided to devote today’s post to praise for a number of things that have gone right lately. It’s always easy to critique the development of current events, given the Obama administration’s penchant for upending the Constitution and Biblical morality, so it’s nice to point out the other side for a change.

All of these praises today come, surprisingly, as a result of Supreme Court decisions. After the agony of the Court’s rulings on Obamacare and the Defense of Marriage Act, it’s a relief to see the Court, once in a while, come out on the side of the Constitution, particularly religious liberty and free speech.

For instance, the Court overturned a Massachusetts law that created a so-called “buffer zone” that banned pro-lifers from entering. Outside abortion clinics, pro-life citizens were not allowed to speak to women entering the clinics in that state. They had to stay a “safe” distance away. The Court ruled that this was a direct violation of those citizens’ right to free speech. They were not protesters, said the Court, but concerned citizens who sought to engage other citizens in a discussion of issues. I’ve read where Massachusetts authorities are livid over this decision and are trying to figure a way around it, but for now, free speech and the sanctity of life prevail.

Colorado Christian University won a temporary injunction against the imposition of the Obamacare requirements for providing all types of birth control. This is similar to the Hobby Lobby case, which I’ll get to shortly.

Prior to ruling on Hobby Lobby, the Court exercised a restraining order, so to speak, on President Obama when it comes to making recess appointments. The problem was that Obama himself determined that the Senate wasn’t in session, so he went ahead and filled positions without the Senate’s approval. The Senate, however, still deemed itself in session. The president has no right under the Constitution to declare the Senate not in session. Interestingly, this was a 9-0 decision, with even the liberal/progressive justices in agreement.

In Session

Obama’s attempt to govern unilaterally was struck down, and it was only the precursor to what the Court had to say about Hobby Lobby:

Romeo & Juliet

Actually, two cases, very similar, were decided. Along with Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against being forced to offer its employees aborifacients, another company operating on its Christian faith, Conestoga Wood, had filed suit as well. Both were vindicated by the Court’s decisions. Justice Samuel Alito, in his majority opinion, made it clear that closely held corporations like these two have all the rights of individuals, including liberty of conscience in matters of religious belief. Both companies operate with Biblical foundations, and both were given exemptions from the mandate. The opinion rested on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law passed in the House by acclamation and in the Senate by a vote of 97-3 back in 1993. The president who signed it into law was Bill Clinton. It seems Democrats were for it back then; now they cry foul when it is actually put into practice.

The only sad part of this is that the decision revealed a split Court, ruling in those companies’ favor by only 5-4. This shows how we remain on a precipice as we look toward the future of religious liberty in America:

Land of Religious Liberty

Meanwhile, the silly argument that this is somehow a war on women and that women’s health is now endangered continues unabated. Never mind that no woman has been cut off from birth control; ignore that the cost is not prohibitive; and don’t let the general public know the truth about Hobby Lobby—that it does offer birth control in its health plan, just not the types that may cause abortions:

Setback

What the Supreme Court has done these last couple of weeks is rein in a president who has been acting like a king:

Three Branches

For now, at least, his pretensions have been challenged:

Gavel

On top of all this, Speaker John Boehner has announced that he is bringing a lawsuit against the president for his unlawful actions, taking upon himself the prerogatives of Congress. Obama is unbowed by this new threat to his quest for complete authority:

Executive Order

He will never allow the Constitution to get in his way. That’s why we must remain vigilant.

But, for today, I rejoice over the recent victories.