Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Misses The Mark In All But One Case!

A lot of pixels have been spilled over Trump’s “Muslim Ban.” I just went through and checked a list of terror attacks since (and including) 9/11, and guess what… only one of the attackers were from nations now subject to “extreme vetting!”

Here’s the list of the seven affected nations:

The executive order also suspends visa entry into the U.S. from seven countries that have predominately Muslim populations. They include: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.

Now, here’s a list of terror attacks and where the attackers came from:

In summary, whether Trump’s actions are good policy or not — and that’s another debate — his list of countries is missing a lot of places where terrorism seems to come from, and includes a lot of countries that have never generated a terrorist attack! He’s going after exactly the wrong people!

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God Does Not Use Great Men

A couple of weeks ago, I was driving by a church and was struck by the sign outside that said, “God does not need great men. Great men need God.”

That reminded me of an earlier post of mine here, about how Trump is likely America’s version of Saul from the Old Testament. If you know your Bible, you know Saul was pretty much a disaster as a leader, even at one point usurping the authority of the priests to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.

If God used Saul at all, He used Saul to punish the Israelites for demanding a king rather than being ruled by God directly. The same could be said of other “great” (according to the world) men in the Bible, such as Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar.

However, if you want to find the kind of people God uses for His good purposes rather than punishment, you must look to the weak, the despised, the ignored. Saul’s successor, David, was such a man. He was so little thought of that when Samuel came to his father’s house to find the next king of Israel, David’s own father forgot about him until Samuel had rejected all of David’s brothers and asked if there were any more. Then suddenly Jesse remembered, “oh, yeah, there’s David.” Being forgotten by your own dad is about as low and ignored as you can get, yet the Bible calls him “a man after God’s own heart.”

Look also at the disciples. Not as we know them today, but as they were in the society they lived in. Most were fishermen, which was really a lowly profession in those days. Simon Peter seemed to open his mouth most often just to change feet, as when he proclaimed that he’d never deny Jesus. There was Matthew, the tax collector, which means the Jews of the day saw him as a sell-out to the Romans. Another Simon, called Simon the Zealot, was according to his very name a member of a radical party in Israel at that time that thought the way to deal with the Romans was to, as the old saying goes, “kill them all and let God sort them out.” And of course Jesus also picked Judas Iscariot… enough said about him.

In his first epistle to the church at Corinth, Paul explains:

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

When God wants to bless people, He does it through weak, foolish, lowly people — what we today would call “losers,” not through the powerful or the popular or the ones the world calls “great,” and especially not the ones who think they’re great. Remember, as both James and Peter tell us, God resists the proud. He does not use them.

If those of us who call ourselves Christian conservatives want to turn America’s course around, we need to look to the humble, not to the braggarts.

A Plea To My Fellow Conservative #NeverTrumpers

I’ve been fairly active on Twitter the last few weeks, and I’ve seen a disturbing trend. People who claim to be conservatives opposed to Trump are using leftist sources as primary source material. Please note right up front, I’m not speaking to any Democrat, leftist, SJW, or the like who is opposed to The Don.

It’s easy to understand why conservatives would be tempted to use these sources. When you oppose someone you naturally gravitate toward anything that also opposes that person, but we need to remember that we are supposed to be the people with core values that we should uphold. One of those core values should be the value of truth, and let’s face it, the NY Times only prints the truth about anyone with an R after their name by accident. Their many falsehoods have been documented. Especially the recent one about Rick Perry.

I admit, I was and am dismayed by Perry’s apparent kowtowing to global cooling global warming climate change, but I can oppose him on that topic without resorting to the kinds of lies we find in the Democrat Media. The same goes for his new master who gladly handed over 30 pieces of silver… we can find plenty to bring against The Don without empowering those who speak the language of the Prince of Lies.

Also worth mentioning, relying on these sources will often find a good conservative having to backtrack as the falsehoods in the source are exposed. That will lead to a corrosion of our credibility, and we certainly don’t need or want that, do we?

Let us stand on our principles, and let our principles include a re-dedication to the value of truth. Leave the bald-faced lies to the Democrats. We’re supposed to be better than they are.

Let’s Get This Straight: Health CARE vs. Health INSURANCE

Lately in the fight to repeal Obamacare, the left has returned to an old lie, conflating health insurance with health care. It’s high time to debunk this in more detail than I can do in comments or Twitter posts.

Before doing that, let me explain right up front why the leftists are using and reusing this lie. If they can scare the low-information voters into thinking that repealing Obamacare will lead to them being turned away at the doctor’s office or ER, they think they can get people to call their Congresscritters to complain. Thus they are all repeating something they know is a cold and callous falsehood.

Obamacare is health insurance. It is not health care. There was health care in America long before Obamacare. In fact, four of the framers of the Constitution were doctors: James McClurg, James McHenry, Benjamin Rush, and Hugh Williamson. The hospital I work in was founded in 1901, over a century before Obamacare.

Also despite the leftists’ lies, there was cancer treatment in America prior to Obama signing his signature bill in 2010. The American Cancer Society was established in 1913, nearly a full century before Obamacare.

Please, if you care about the truth, push back against the lie that Obamacare = health care whenever you encounter it!

Updated! Democrats to Rehang “Pigs” Painting in Capitol Building

Well, I guess all the real big problems of the nation have been solved, since Democrats have the free time to deal with this:

Democratic lawmakers put back on display on Capitol Hill a controversial painting that angered police with its depiction of officers as pigs — after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter personally took down the picture last week.

The move Tuesday by members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., whose office for months had sponsored the display of the student artwork, could revive tensions with the law enforcement community.

And the Democrats think this is, as my Marine friends would say, the hill they want to die on? They want to make a big deal over a painting depicting law enforcement officers as swine, and named for said swine?

UPDATE: It appears the picture is down again.

Trump, Kushner, and Double Standards

Let us engage in a little thought experiment.

Let’s say that Hillary had won the election. And, a couple of weeks before the inauguration, news comes out that she’s going to name Marc Mezvinsky (Chelsea’s husband, therefore Hillary’s son-in-law) as a White House adviser. How do you think Trump supporters would react?

I think it’s pretty obvious many of them would be screaming bloody murder about nepotism and many other things.

Yet, Trump is reported to be naming his son-in-law to a White House adviser’s job, and I’ve not seen a peep out of the Trumpeters.

So, I guess it’s OK with the die-hard Trumpeters for Trump to do this.

But there’s more to this than a double standard. When another Democrat takes the Oval Office — and it will happen at some time, no party ever has a permanent lock on the Presidency — if he or she appoints family members to White House positions, the GOP will not be in any position to complain without being hypocrites.

This is the legacy of Trump.

The Value of Saying “Merry Christmas!”

So, it’s that time of year when many people refuse to say “Merry Christmas,” preferring the politically correct “Happy Holidays.”

Now, why do I think we should say “Merry Christmas”? Simple. Because that’s the holiday we’re celebrating! Yeah, there are Hanukkah celebrations and Kwanzaa and maybe even Festivus, but come on, the tradition in America is that Christmas is the major winter holiday.

Some might say that there are so many holidays in one month that using “Happy Holidays” is more “inclusive.” Well, look at February… Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday… but do you ever get or give a bright red heart full of chocolates that says “Happy February Holidays”? No, you give or get Valentine hearts!

Another reason is because it’s high time we push back against the SJWs and Christophobes that want to push every mention of Jesus, or Christ, out of the common language. When you get right down to it, they object to Christmas because of the first six letters of the word. It’s time to put that word back into conversation.

So, if you’re in a store and they wish you a “Happy Holidays,” just return their greeting with “Merry Christmas!” Don’t be mean about it, but don’t back down from saying what you wish. And keep in the back of your mind that “Holidays” is a shortened version of “holy days.” That’ll help you keep smiling as you say it.