A request from a caller to my radio show has been on my mind all week. She asked me to give her some encouragement, given all the bad stuff going on in the world, and the problems we have right here at home.
Without hesitation I immediately thought of a scripture that I go to whenever all the bad news starts to get me down. So, if you object to me quoting scripture from the Bible and your head might explode, then stop reading because I am not going to now give this spiritual encouragement to others who may be feeling just like the caller who asked for encouragement.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (King James Version): We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Great verse in times like these. More of my go-to scriptures in times like these:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6 (KJV)
Further down in Cain's piece:
The answer is not in waiting for a newly elected president in 2016, because there is no guarantee that the American people will get it right the next time. The road to the White House does not always produce the best leader, or a leader at all.
The answer is the continued persistence, determination and patience of we the people to keep the pressure on those we elect to fix stuff and lead.
In the meantime, we must not give in to believing that this is just the way it is, nor give up.
As a Holocaust survivor said when asked if she gave up hope while waiting to be killed, "Giving up is a permanent solution to a temporary condition."
In the meantime, we can continue to pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
***Have you heard about the REINS act? I just learned about it. I haven't read as much about it as I will, but so far it looks like a great idea. I'm all for more government accountability.
Americans rightfully want to know how the administrative state is able to place such burdens in the face of congressional inaction. The Constitution is abundantly clear about which branch is responsible for crafting laws: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” Now, in many instances, congressional members conveniently shirk responsibility by simply telling Americans that the regulatory issues they face are the fault of the President or executive branch bureaucrats. These members fail to mention that it was Congress that delegated much of its power to the President over the last several decades.
As we all know, the current administration (and admittedly, some previous administrations to some degree, but not as blatantly as this one), have been flouting the above and creating law out of thin air, restricting another freedom on nearly a daily basis.
REINS Act would require Congress and the President to affirm major federal rules with an economic impact of $100 million or more
The REINS Act, introduced in the current Congress by Representative Todd Young (IN-09) and Senator Rand Paul (KY), aims to increase the accountability of our elected officials. The REINS Act would require Congress and the President to affirm major federal rules with an economic impact of $100 million or more before they could be enforced against the American people. The House passed the REINS Act in 2014, but it died in Harry Reid’s Senate. With Republicans now in control of the Senate, the REINS Act should be one of the first laws passed this year.
Read and educate yourselves and draw your own conclusions.
More than a beer, he was the second cousin to President John Adams and a major leader in the movement that led to the revolt. Samuel Adams was known as the “Father of the American Revolution.” He was charismatic and a natural leader. His early life, however, included failed business ventures and a stint as a tax collector, which is ironic considering he would later spur the Boston Tea Party. He would often fail to collect the taxes from his fellow citizens, which increased his popularity. However, he was held liable for the shortages and sued. A revolutionary spirit indeed.
Our 4th President, James Madison, is considered the “Father of the Constitution” and the author of the Bill of Rights. As Secretary of State under President Jefferson, he supervised the Louisiana Purchase that doubled the size of the nation. His wife is equally as well known, and there is an interesting twist to their meeting. James was a lonely bachelor until age 43. Senator Aaron Burr introduced Mr. Madison to a widow named Dolley Todd. The two never had children and the very upbeat Dolley would often overshadow her soft-spoken husband. To be such an enormous figure in American history, James Madison stood but 5 foot 4 inches tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. But he was 100% American and had a heart big enough to help our infant country find its way. So success doesn’t equal size. Might doesn’t equal right.
***Congress fighting back over Obama's lawless Executive Order banning certain types of ammo. Good. He cannot change existing law with an executive order, but they've been letting him get away with it, so he just keeps doing it. If he can't ban guns, he'll just ban the ammo. This man is a traitor to this nation. Why don't more people see that?
Lawmakers are firing back at a proposal by the Obama administration to ban one of the most common bullets used with the popular AR-15 rifle, with more than 100 members of Congress signing a letter opposing the move on ammo.
Word of the proposal by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to ban .223 M855 “green tip” ammunition came out on Thursday and prompted an immediate backlash from sportsmen. House members from both parties and some law enforcement officials were not far behind.
“[The ban] will interfere with Second Amendment rights by disrupting the market for ammunition that law abiding Americans use for sporting and other legitimate purposes,” reads the letter signed by lawmakers and addressed to ATF director Todd Jones.
Do more than sign a letter, guys.
***Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country — and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. ~Charles Krauthammer
***Have a great day!