How I Became a Republican

How I Became a Republican

By Ronald F. Owens Jr.

August 1, 2017

I am the son of a United States Air Force sergeant who was born on an Air Force base near Tokyo, Japan. Raised in a Christian home, my mother and father transported my three siblings and me in our 1969 beige Volkswagen bus to three Sunday morning services. After lunch and afternoon nap, they took us to Sunday evening service. We attended Bible study on Tuesday, went to mid-week service on Wednesday, and sang at choir rehearsal on Thursday. On Friday, we had family fun night. On Saturday, we ate pancake breakfast in the morning and cleaned the house and worked in the yard in the afternoon. Then it was back to church on Sunday as we started that regimen all over again.

When we weren’t in the church, we attended prayer meetings, church seminars, and conventions. My parents exposed us to the some of the most prominent ministries of the 1970s, such as Corrie Ten Boom, Jamie Buckingham, Kenneth Copeland, Kathryn Kuhlman, John Osteen, Derek Prince, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart and David Wilkerson.

We read the Holy Bible as a family and had family Bible studies. We prayed as a family. We were also taught to read, study and pray individually. Secular music was unacceptable in our house. My mother even screened contemporary Christian music to make sure it was scriptural and spiritually edifying. Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Pink: No Justice, No Peace – The Restoration Project

Planned Parenthood Pink: No Justice, No Peace

By The Restoration Project

Justice is something that every American desires and expects when entering the corridors of a courthouse. One legal dictionary defines justice as: ) fairness. 2) moral rightness. 3) a scheme or system of law in which every person receives his/ her/its due from the system, including all rights, both natural and legal.

The moral rightness, fairness and system of law, in recent times, has faded into obscurity in some jurisdictions as the courts are being stacked with political operatives whose mission is to uphold a political agenda. Violators of Federal and State laws have taken to pouring thousands of dollars into the campaigns of local and state prosecutors; in order to ensure favorable outcomes should they face charges. Some have been so bold as to create specific laws designed to entangle their foes in criminal proceedings while disrupting any legal proceedings that would hold them accountable for their violations of law.

What does this obfuscation mean for those who work to expose corruption – it means they cannot expect, nor will they get justice. And in time, they will be bankrupt because they have not the taxpayer’s money to continue their fight against the corrupt, politically motivated machine that seeks to devour them. This is not babble, but is a summary of what is happening to David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress. David exposed the illegal trading of baby parts Planned Parenthood engaged in for profit. A Congressional committee found enough evidence of their conspiring to refer evidence to Attorneys General in some of the states where the babies parts were sold.

Yet, Congress has not yet taken away the federal funds Planned Parenthood is using to bring David and others of their foes down. Instead, some of the Congressmen and Congresswomen, most of   whom have received donations from Planned Parenthood, are promoting the fiction that the largest abortion provider in the nation is helping poor women and women of color have access to reproductive healthcare.

America is being torn apart in recent years because of perceived injustices across the nation. Police officers shooting/choking unarmed Black men in the streets and the police failing to find and prosecute those that have turned the streets of Chicago into a war zone are just two of the injustices in a growing list. If California is able to get away with turning a blind eye to justice for David Daleiden, then all of America needs to be in fear. One wealthy woman’s (Cecile Richards) agenda overriding the Constitution and laws of this nation will result in chaos. Especially for those Planned Parenthood does not want too many of.

In the movie Amazing Grace, the soon to be Prime Minister asks William Wilberforce “Do you intend to use your beautiful voice to praise the Lord or change the world? What will you use your beautiful voice for? Every American who understands the cost of losing justice should dig into their pockets and give to David’s defense fund. His freedom and ours depends on stopping this corruption its tracks. Give to David today: http://bit.ly/2sssskp.

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Trump hosted black college presidents in the Oval Office, something Barack Obama never got around to.

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Living Our Dual Citizenship

By Tera Ertz
“18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with
tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction,
their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on
earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a
Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like
his glorious body,by the power that enables him even to subject all things to
himself.” Philippians 3:18-21
Over the last several years, there’s been a disheartening phenomena in the people who call themselves Christian in this nation. Many of us who profess Christ as Lord have allowed the world to make us focus on our bellies,
setting our minds on earthly things, and thus distracting us from the truth of who we are. Paul makes this distinction for us here in Philippians as well as in Ephesians 2. And we see a similar admonitions from the author of Hebrews and Peter that we are strangers and aliens here in this place because it is not our home. And to beware the things of this world.
As Christians, it’s critical for us to wrap our brains around this concept. Especially in days such as these where violence seems to be escalating. Hatred seems to be running rampant, over things both small and large.
Anger rages, and no longer even requires anyone to actually do anything. All it needs is a perception of what someone might do or think. We look at social media and the headlines and are inundated daily with the message that the world is coming apart at the seams. We base that certainty on two line memes or gotcha headlines without regard to reality. And rage flows freely. Worse, we’ve begun to turn that rage against our brothers and sisters, publicly and brutally, for the sin of speaking words of caution or principle into the noise. Prominent Christian debase themselves and speak false words about each other in support of or opposition to a political cause. Many who claim to be leaders of God’s people embrace abortion, calling the slaughter of innocents the work of God. Those who claim to support unity and grace vilify anyone who does not embrace homosexuality and transgenderism, and break covenant promises in service to that cause. Many who embraced Donald Trump viciously attack those who do not as unChristian, and twist Scripture to try to make Mr. Trump into the latest false Messiah.
Many who oppose Mr. Trump respond in kind.
Brothers and sisters, what are we doing? Have we forgotten whose we are? Have we forgotten whose household we belong to, where our citizenship lies? God, in Scripture, gives us very specific instruction on how we are to behave toward one another and toward the world. Right now, this nation isn’t reflecting those instructions. We are not demonstrating love, peace, joy. We are not behaving with grace. And we assuredly aren’t speaking truth, the basic, everlasting truth, that the only salvation there is or that we need is found in Jesus Christ. Administrations, parties, nations, rise and fall. Only God is eternal. And in the end, only His approval, provision, and plans will endure.
One the other hand, we are for the moment dual citizens. While we are here in the body, God placed us in a specific geographical location among a specific people. He placed us here for His purposes. We cannot run away and ignore the goings on in this beautiful country we call home. That is no more in keeping with the Gospel than backbiting and slandering. What is a follower of the King to do in this nation that seems on the brink of tearing itself apart?
Fortunately, God is all knowing, and desires us to be equipped to face the times we live in, whatever they may be. He left instructions for a time such as this.
Let’s go to a book many have used to advocate for Donald Trump. Through Jeremiah, God commanded His children how to behave when they found themselves in a place that was not their home:
5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 Take
wives and have sons and daughters; … multiply there, and do not decrease.
7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray
to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare… Then
you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You
will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:5-7, 12-13
In other words, live your lives. Pray to God. Seek the well being of your nation. And seek the Lord with all your heart. As you go about your business today, frustrated with your fellow citizens in this nation, remember where
your first loyalty lies. Christ called us out of the world, and into the kingdom of God. He sends us into the world to carry the gospel of the kingdom as His ambassadors. Nothing else we, or anyone else, does matters if we fail in that commission. All else is dross.
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Tera Ertz is the founder of Hope and Change Ministries, author of God Talk: The Beginning, wife, mother of five, and a child of God. You can find her on Facebook, or subscribe to Hope and Change Ministries to keep up with the latest.

Planned Parenthood Attacked By One of Their Own

 Planned Parenthood Attacked By One of Their Own

Robert Dear

What should we think of the mass shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood office killing three injuring nine? After praying for the families of the victims we can’t help but reflect on the tragedy. Upon his arrest the shooter, Robert Dear, was reported to have said, “No more baby parts” likely referring to the Planned Parenthood summer of scandal revealing their baby body parts business. Pro-abortion activists including the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood executive blamed the violence on pro-life rhetoric and are now even beginning to label it as an act of domestic terrorism. Even pro-life presidential candidate Ben Carson in an interview with Face the Nation about the problem said both sides need to ‘tone down’ the ‘hateful rhetoric.’ Will pro-lifers do as they are told and back off so Planned Parenthood can play the victim and keep their $500 Million per year in Federal tax money? They shouldn’t and pro-life police officer, Garrett Swasey’s example tells us why.

In the carnage of this rogue murder spree we see Officer Swasey’s, who had been an elder at his church, as an example of how true pro-life convictions play out. To be pro-life is to hold all human life equally valuable and worthy of protection, even the lives of those with whom you fiercely disagree. Officer Swasey was willing to protect the lives of people who were doing the wrong thing; either in practicing abortion, or getting an abortion. Valuing each human life equally is the essence of being pro-life, a target the shooter clearly missed.

In fact, the shooter’s worldview is more consistent with Planned Parenthood’s than with any true pro-life position. What is the difference between killing three people with a birthday versus killing three people without? Timing. So in a culture where death is sanctioned by government and lazily called a solution by ‘healthcare providers,’ where can we as a society expect to draw the line? If everyone with human DNA is not fully and equally human who gets to say which kind of murder is good and which kind of murder is bad? Arguing over which type of murder is actually murder is a sign of the schizophrenia of a soulless society.

One man’s immoral act at a Planned Parenthood does not lessen or justify the industrialized immorality of abortion performed by Planned Parenthood. If anything, this situation demonstrates America’s need to dig deeper to understand why certain differences in our culture seem unsolvable. Could it be that abortion and shooting sprees are the same symptom of a much deeper social problem? Is it possible that the real problem driving Robert Dear, Planned Parenthood and every other violation of human dignity whether sanctioned by government or not is that America has forgotten what it means to be human? The problem did not start with Dear, his long gun, pro-life rhetoric, or even Planned Parenthood. The problem started when America began equating liberty with personal license.

Preserving and valuing each human life should be informed by something deeper than a statute or personal opinion. It should be informed by status. Not the status of rank, citizenship, elected position, power or money, productivity, or perceived quality of life. It should be informed by the status we all have as human beings revealed by our Creator; that each of us has innate value as made in the image of God. Any other standard for human dignity is derived from other flawed humans and is by definition lower and susceptible to manipulation by misguided legislators or aspiring demagogues.

What this shooting illustrates is America’s great divide between the secular and the Christian. On one side there are those who have a low view of humanity and think they have the right to destroy human life according to their desires. This side is populated by Planned Parenthood and Robert Dear. On the other side there are those who believe that God made man in His image to reflect His glory, dedicated to protecting the dignity of all human life without exception. This side is populated by people like Officer Swasey and you and me—fellow Christian. The solution to America’s great divide is … Read the end HERE:

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Give Your Children Parents: Change the World

For Men By Men

~Alan M Aszkler

Want to Change the World? It’s simple give your children the parenting you never had!

I grew up in the 60’s having parents from the Tune in Turn on generation. While my parents were so busy doing their own thing us kids were to be seen and not heard.  Parenting consisted of short lectures sans discussion with vast amounts of time alone to figure it all out.

Discipline was conducted during severe outbursts of rage and punitive corporal punishment mainly because it was never convenient and interfered with my parents “good time” seeking activates. I have no resentments; my parents did the best they could. When the time came I married a fine lady who grew up in much the same environment. We both approached parenting from the same perspective. As a parent I remembered all of the parenting I never had. I took direct and specific action to see that my child would have that parenting.

Let me tell you gentlemen this amazing journey of self-discovery turned out quite well!

Pay attention to your child, I did. Look at the wide eyed wonder in their eyes.

Realize that you are the center of their universe. I realized this is a gift not a burden.

You have the total attention of the next generation of you!

You can right many of the wrongs in your life. Improve upon all the lessons learned.

Make a better you through the parenting of your child.

Good God! What an opportunity! I can be a child again as I parent my child?

Starting at a young age I took my child by the hand through all of things in life that I loved to do. Finding those areas of mutual interest that became my child’s passions was not an easy task. We discovered these passions together as I realized it’s not about me it’s about them. Fully supporting them in their interests even if they are not my interests. I learned new things through my child’s eyes. What they liked I fostered. We spent as much time as I could doing this with them.  We shared a mutual love for history so we spent a lot of time learning and experiencing History together. We played the Sports and Games together. Coaching and training together when possible. I cheered from the sidelines striving to never not be there to watch my child perform. We struggled together through the homework, school work, and life work.

A parent should be there when they fall down to help them through the tears. I had to be strong, telling them it’s going to be OK even when it was not OK. Life isn’t always fair but a parent should always be there, like it or not that’s the job.

Discipline was always just and fair. When my child did something wrong there was a price to pay. Surprisingly a three year old can understand and accept this concept when they are respected. We discussed this topic together to set the boundaries. And yes even Dad spent some time in time out!

Bad Parenting and bad child behavior are both unacceptable.  Oh those results? Everybody tells me what a wonderful child I have and that their Mom did a great job rising them! I just smile and nod. My reward? My child told me that even though we don’t have a lot of money like the other parents we do get to spend a lot of time together! In my humble opinion that is what changing the world looks like!

~Alan M Aszkler

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CRomnibus funding Crony Capitalism

By Rus Thompson:

10666029_10203549203947091_5827512079299911327_nRemember a couple weeks ago I said we were entering the most dangerous time in politics. It is the lame duck session between the election and the swearing in of new members after the new year. Now you can see exactly what I meant. This Bill NEVER should have passed, it never should have even hit the floor. Out of the 6 years 0bama has been in office we have NOT had a budget, we have had continuing resolutions which is the most expensive way to run our national government.

Why now pass a CR and fund everything till September 2015? It is everything we voted against this past November. Now the newly elected Senators and members of the house have no pull or say in the upcoming budget year. Because of this we have lost a year. They are funding 0bamacare and illegal immigration (0bamas executive action). This is an unforgivable move. The other is reelecting Boehnor, Silver, Kolb Skelos and the other leadership morons before new members are sworn in. Influence and power have been eliminated before they even have a chance. Continue reading

981 Black Missourians have died since Micheal Brown

How is it Planned Genocide, I mean Planned Parenthood has the audacity to jump into the Micheal Brown / Ferguson debate? And moreover where is the outrage from blacks that they dare even speak on it?
If #blacklivesmatter Why are there not protest and riots in front of Planned Parenthood? This organization was specifically started to target and eradicate blacks and other undesirables. Talk about being a hypocrite. Since Michael Brown Died, 981 Black Babies Have Died in Abortion in Missouri, But There are No Riots.

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DEATH IS SOLD HERE: Breakdown of ACTUAL Black

Deaths in Missouri; Before & After Michael Brown

Today, my native city of St. Louis is under siege; one black man was shot dead by a police officer because he feared for his own life while on duty. The people of Ferguson and surrounding municipalities including St. Louis are looting, setting fires, rolling cars, etc., because of one person….ONE.

Since the day that Michael Brown died [Aug 9, 2014], another 981 Black Missourians have died; 9 per day, every day since then. These Black Missourians were unarmed, innocent, and had no ability to defend themselves and died in plain sight. But there is no outrage, no riots, not one protest.

So, while these rioters are trying to destroy my native city of St. Louis because of the death of ONE Black man, the rioters overlook the fact that just a couple of miles away at Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Avenue, another 109 Black babies have died since Michael Brown. That is 9 Black babies per day that are MURDERED in plain sight.

Why aren’t the rioters at Planned Parenthood defending themselves and their future generations? Why do they allow themselves to be essentially exterminated by abortion but riot over one?

Today I am appalled at the people of St. Louis, at the government of the city and state, for allowing people to die from abortion death EVERY DAY and have the audacity to be upset at the death of just one. St. Louis turns it head while thousands die every year. Appalled? No…I’m ASHAMED.

See the facts below. Links are included.

Missouri Abortion Facts:

  • Abortion is LEGAL up to 22 weeks, well past halfway through the pregnancy
  • In the last reported year [2012] there were 9027 reported abortions. See that report here.
  • There is ONE abortion facility in Missouri, Planned Parenthood in St. Louis
  • Abortion has been legal in Missouri since 1973

Missouri Abortion Statistics Breakdown

  • Total abortions for 2012: 9027
  • Of Caucasian women: 4836 or 48.36% of all abortions
  • Of Black women: 3266 or 32.66% of all abortions

Population Statistics for the State of Missouri [2013] from the United States Census Bureau state there are a total 6,044,171 residents, 83.7% Caucasian, 11.7% Black.

Since Black Missourians make up 11.7% of residents and 32.66% of all reported Missouri abortions, are Black Missourians going the way of what Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger intended?

 

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Common Core Betrays the Civil Rights Movement

Original post  By Nicholas Tampio and Yohuru Williams, Truthout | Op-Ed

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Given the power of its symbolism, many individuals and entities have attempted to appropriate the legacy of the civil rights movement for their own purposes. In 2010, for instance, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck led a march on Washington to restore what he professed was the distorted history of the movement. While Beck’s tenuous appeal to the movement’s heritage might be dismissed, the danger of misappropriation of its core values of justice and equality are greater when the person or group doing the usurping can legitimately lay a claim to that legacy.

This has become clear recently with a campaign to promote the Common Core State Standards by the National Urban League, which played an important if less visible role during the civil rights movement. Marc H. Morial, president of the National Urban League, has declared that the Common Core will “help bridge the achievement gap by leveling the playing field so that all students, regardless of race, geography or income, have an equal shot at gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century global economy.” This fall, the National Urban League has partnered with Radio One to deliver this message on multiple media platforms.

We agree that education should empower young men and women, of whatever race or background, to succeed in college and careers. Our contention, however, is that the Common Core’s promise does not correspond to its reality. More strongly, we contend that the Common Core betrays the civil rights legacy more than advances it.

In his recent book on the origin and consequences of No Child Left Behind, the political scientist Jesse H. Rhodes explains why civil rights activists support the idea of national education standards. For years, activists demanded that black children have the same opportunities as white children, including science and history courses, music and theater programs, and qualified teachers running small classes. The equity movement failed, however, to produce measurable results and overcome conservative opposition.

The idea of educational standards, however, unites civil rights and business groups convinced that all Americans need a quality education. That is why both the National Urban League and the US Chamber of Commerce support the Common Core. The excellence movement, as it is called, may succeed where the equity movement didn’t.

Yet good intentions do not always translate into effective policies. The National Urban League, whose mission “is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights,” is on shaky ground with the Common Core. We can identify at least three reasons why the Common Core is already harming a generation of young African-Americans.

First and foremost, Common Core testing has branded a large percentage of black youth as failures. In New York, only 19.3 percent of black students demonstrated proficiency on state math tests and 17.6 percent demonstrated proficiency on state English language arts tests. Do these numbers light a fire under educators to do a better job? Maybe. But they also mean that the educational system is signaling to many black children that they have no future in higher education or the modern workforce.

Second, the Common Core focuses attention on math and English test prep above all other academic or extracurricular pursuits. The Race to the Top program incentivized states to adopt the Common Core as well as a testing regime that punishes teachers or schools with low student test scores. In New York City, the Success Academy charter schools excel on the Common Core tests. How? According to one administrator, by turning children into “little test-taking machines.” It goes without saying that many wealthy parents would never accept such an education for their children; in practice, the Common Core widens rather than narrows the opportunity gap.

Finally, the Common Core dedicates limited resources to textbook and testing companies rather than teachers and children. The Race to the Top program awarded $330 million to two Common Core testing consortia: PARCC and SBAC. Schools, in turn, must purchase aligned-curricula as well as the technology to run the online Common Core tests. Meanwhile, financially strapped school districts are cutting art and music programs that stimulate brain development and teach skills such as cooperation and perseverance. This is a tragedy for all students, including African-American ones.

We share the National Urban League’s ambition to prepare black youth to succeed in the 21st century global economy but disagree that the Common Core is the way to make that happen. So far, the Common Core is draining educational budgets, narrowing the curriculum and turning students into little test-taking machines. This is no way to advance the civil rights legacy. Instead, we should recommit to the principle that all children, of whatever race or background, can attain the same kind of education only available, right now, to the children of privilege.

By Nicholas Tampio and Yohuru Williams, Truthout | Op-Ed

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