There is an old quotation that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.
For Americans, who have a unique and exceptional heritage, it is important that we remember the lessons of our past and engage with the first principles and ideas that have come before us.
Just prior to his inauguration, President Donald Trump compared his movement to the one that brought Andrew Jackson to the White House in the early 19th century. And on Wednesday, he followed up on this commitment and will reportedly hang a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office.
“There hasn’t been anything like this since Andrew Jackson,” Trump said of his comparison to the seventh president. “Andrew Jackson? What year was Andrew Jackson? That was a long time ago.”
June 12, 2017
A couple of weeks ago, John O’Sullivan was confidently writing about the British Conservative Party finally getting it all together, and uniting the three strands of Toryism — the economic freedom and enterprise of Thatcher, the nationalism of Churchill and Disraeli, and the skepticism of Peel and Lord Salisbury — into a real political force at last. And I wrote approvingly of this prospect on my blog.
Well, so much for that. After the British General Election on June 8, we are being taught that Corbyn’s leftism is in the driver’s seat, powered by the enthusiasm of Millennials. Continue reading “The Pied Pipers of the Millennials”
June 15, 2017
By John Steinreich
The false narrative of Operation Trump-Russia is the latest in a long train of episodes wherein Democrats have actively defended the indefensible. Emerging in the 1820s to counter the Whigs in favor of Andrew Jackson in 1828, the Democratic Party has had an age-old tradition of fighting to advance every bad idea in American history. Continue reading “Defending the Indefensible”
Four percent of millennials hold a biblical worldview, according to a recent study.
The American Culture and Faith Institute (ACFI) published results of a survey earlier this month. The survey measured the core beliefs of millennials compared to older generations.
The study shows that millennials hold more liberal views of things like socialism and same-sex marriage than older generations. But there’s another big difference. Millennials are much less likely to become conservative in the future.
While it’s normal for younger generations to hold liberal views, they drift to the right over time. Not so for millennials.
“Millennials are so far to the left-of-center” that “even a typical amount of repositioning” will leave them very liberal, says George Barna. It’s unlikely that even 10 percent will ever hold a biblical worldview, he says. Barna is the Executive Director of the ACFI and is cited in the study.
Millennials vs. Older Generations: Major Differences
ACFI conducted the study in February 2017. It measured responses from 1,000 millennials, that is, those under age 30.
Notable findings include:
Only 59 percent of millennials identify as Christian. This compares to 72 percent of adults from older generations.
Only 33 percent of millennials (one in three) are born again Christians.
Only twelve percent of millennials identify as conservative. Twenty-six percent are liberal. For adults
older than 30, conservatives outnumber liberals two to one.
Almost have (44 percent) of millennials prefer socialism over capitalism.
As many as 15 percent of millennials identify as LGBT. Only six percent of those over 30 identify as LGBT.
The only question more millennials than older adults held a biblical worldview on? Whether all people are good. Millennials are less likely to believe this than adults over 30. This lines up with the biblical concept of original sin and man’s fallen nature.
Worldview Development: Christians, Get Busy
What exactly is a worldview, anyway? “A comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint.” That’s according to Merriam-Webster.
Dictionary.com defines the original German word, weltanschauung. “A comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it.”
So how do people develop their worldviews? Barna says that parents are the most powerful influencers of worldview. And most often, a person’s worldview develops between 18 months and 13-years-old.
There will, of course, be exceptions to this rule. But in general, “the worldview a person possesses at age 13 is … the worldview they will die with.”
What does this mean for future Americans? “Millennials entering their prime childbearing years,” Barna notes. They will likely pass their current worldview to their children. Christians must take action if they want future generations to embrace a biblical worldview.
Christians will need to “step in and impact the spiritual well-being of our future adults,” he says.
ACFI’s study on millennials’ worldview isn’t the first to reach these conclusions. Recently The Atlantic noted that people are leaving the church in large numbers. The Pew Research Center also noted the trend among millennials. (For more from the author of “Study: Only 4 Percent of Millennials Hold a ‘Biblical Worldview’” please click HERE)
Remember that phrase? Nothing could be more appropriate to our political process. How often do we get caught up in a presidential campaign and ignore the consequences of inaction in the local fights? All too often, I would submit.
Case in point…the Bexar County, Texas, Sheriff’s election last November and the already evident results started even before the outgoing Sheriff, Susan Pamerleau (Maj. Gen. USAF, Retired) had gracefully left office. She is being replaced by a typical, barn-burning, scorched-earth Democrat Javier Salazer. He was “temporarily issued” a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against her just days before the official transition. “Temporarily issued” because it was rescinded as soon as she filed a response. But, again in typical liberal fashion, he doubled-down as soon as he took office at one minute after Midnight on New Year’s Eve and issued a No-Access Order for her and nine of her staff members…as if they intended to re-enter the building with malicious intent. What a joke!
Now you might ask…if she was so great, why did she lose the re-election? Good question, and I happen to have the answer in three parts…
Part One: Democrats are known to promote and vote a straight ticket in elections. No matter the candidate, they follow the party line like sheep to the slaughter. Republicans, not so much. Republicans even lament that Democrats do that, all the while not appreciating the power it gives them. In Bexar County, Texas, in November 2016, the Democrats led straight ticket voting 195,215 to a Republican total of 137,368 from respective total votes of 278,102 to 273,914. That is 70.2% of Democrats versus 50.15% of Republicans voting a “committed to the party” vote irrespective of the candidate. Sheriff Pamerleau lost by only 4,188 votes. Keep reading, I’m not done, yet…
Part Two: Third party candidates that split the vote. With respect to the previous paragraph, the Libertarian candidate in the race received 5,428 straight ticket votes. Those votes alone could have provided the winning margin for Pamerleau who ran as a Republican. Then, to add insult to injury, the Libertarian candidate took a total of 18,889 votes out of the conservative sector. Although I certainly respect and often appreciate the movement outside the two party system, there are times when collective activism carries a much stronger message. Think “Tea Party” results in such a brief period of time (less than 10 years) as compared to Libertarian Party results in forty-five years. I think I just heard a collective “well, duh!”…
Part Three: The Republican Party does not support local candidates. You heard me right. In some archaic view of local elections, there were no party affiliations. I know, because I held that view. It is a righteous view, but not a realistic view. So, Republicans, you lost that effort a long time ago. And, by holding on to your pristine view of these local elections the Democrats have taken control of every major metropolitan area in the country, not to mention thousands of others. Time to get your head out of the sand and wade into this fight. You are currently a majority in everything else – the Presidency, both houses of Congress, thirty-one state Governors are Republican, and the list goes on…until you get to local elections. Unfortunate, unbelievable, and if it continues unforgivable.
So, to summarize, the Bexar County Sheriff’s race was handed to a liberal, sanctuary city supporter, two-faced, scorched-earth Democrat for three simple reasons…
- Straight ticket voting habits of Democrats.
- Third party candidates in a race they could not win.
- An inability of Republicans to support party politics locally.
Now that you have some time to think about your next local election, please, give this some thought. If you agree, spread the word. If not, good luck in attaining your desired results.
Last week on the Doc Owen Show we discussed a little about Contested or Unusual Presidential elections. There was little time to get across all the information, so we thought we would put this research into several articles. Below is Part 1 of a series of 6 posts. We hope you find this information useful.
The first election we will cover is the election of 1800, sometimes called the Prelude to a Duel.
At that time political parties were beginning to form, an unfortunate situation for our Nation when you consider how the dominant political parties are acting today. George Washington did not run as part of a political party. He was a trend setter we should have followed. He also set the precedent of serving two terms. Honor and virtuosity were characteristics of his leadership. Continue reading “Contested or Unusual Presidential Elections – Part 1”
Progressives/Socialists have been trying to convince us that the Founding Fathers are irrelevant to today and that the Constitution is a tired old document which does not apply in this day and age. I, for one, disagree. Continue reading “The Founding Fathers are no Longer Relevant?”
A few days ago I listened to this interview on YourVoice™ Radio. If you are anything like me you will be outraged. The interview was of Special Projects Director of Citizens4Trump Jack Posobiec hosted by co-host Cari Kelemen on Tuesday. Use the link below if you wish to listen for yourself. It is a little more than thirteen minutes.
All I can say is WOW! Not because I am excited but because I am flabbergasted and astonished at the level of infighting, gamesmanship, ploys and tactics that are going on in our Nations Capital, both by Democrats and Republicans. They should know better than this and should also know that the American people expect more from them than this type of abominable behaviour.
Why do they do this? I submit that it is because the Washington elite are more interested in serving themselves by holding on to power and control than they are in representing the people and our wishes. The American people be damned! I have come to the conclusion that I am not at all represented in Washington. I dare to say many of you feel the same.
Here’s the story:
The acronym WOW stands for “Weasels of Washington,” the so called Washington “establishment.”
Do you know what weasels do? They do a dance right before they suck the life out of their prey. Sound familiar?
I have witnessed this happen when I was a boy at my grandmas house. I spent most of my childhood there helping my grandma with the garden and tending to the livestock. One day I checked on the chickens, as I usually did and they were fine. The next day they were all dead and appeared emaciated. I was very sad and disappointed. In wonderment, I asked my grandma what happened to our chickens? Now, I loved and greatly respected granma, so of course I believed anything she said. Here is what she told me: “they were attacked by weasels that sucked the blood (life) out of them.” I believed that for the longest time until recently when I learned that weasels may lap the blood but they don’t suck it out. It was a fairy tale. I still have no idea what killed those helpless chickens.
Nevertheless I will use this fairy tale to portray what I see the Washington elite (the WOWs) are doing to the American people. They are literally sucking the life out of our great nation and out of its fine citizens all in the name of “we know what is best.”
They have no semblance of what it means to “serve the people.” They only know how to serve their own survivalist tendencies, just like a weasel does. They forget that the founders vested political power in the hands of “we the people,” and that we in turn have given our consent to them to represent us. Instead they are arrogant enough to think that they should rule over us and that they are a special “ruling class” that is unaccountable to us or to anyone for that matter.
Unfortunately, not only do they forget but they have managed to convince a large number of trusting citizens that they are their for them. (BTW, I do have a bridge for sale). They have managed to do this by being pathological liars and providing us with false stories and perceptions about how hard they work for us.
Would you join me in shouting “BULLHONKY!” Yes it is an actual word, better than what I am really thinking.
Just trying to keep it clean.
I hope you are as outraged as I am about this. Drop us a line to let us know how you feel. You may reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uncle Baci at the Doc Owen Show.