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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789

Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

text from https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-04-02-0091

Friday, November 22, 2019

'They got caught' Nunes' statement (transcript)

Representative Devin Nunes, the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee, denounced the "Democratic" Party's impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  It has been clear for some time, to the point of being boring, that the Democrats are still smarting from the elections of 2016.  Losing the presidential election is apparently more important to them than good governance.



Representative Devin Nunes statement:

"Throughout these bizarre hearings, the Democrats have struggled to make the case that President Trump committed some impeachable offense on his phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky. The offense itself changes depending on the day, ranging from a quid pro quo, to extortion, to bribery, to obstruction of justice, then back to quid pro quo.

"It's clear why the Democrats have been forced onto this carousel of accusations:

"President Trump had good reason to be wary of Ukrainian election meddling against his campaign and of widespread corruption in that country.
President Zelensky, who didn't even know aid to Ukraine had been paused at the time of the call, has repeatedly said there was nothing wrong with the conversation.

"The aid was resumed without the Ukrainians taking the actions they were supposedly being coerced into doing.

"Aid to Ukraine under President Trump has been much more robust than it was under President Obama, thanks to the provision of Javelin anti-tank weapons.
As numerous witnesses have testified, temporary holds on foreign aid occur fairly frequently for many different reasons. So how do we have an impeachable offense here when there's no actual misdeed and no one even claiming to be a victim?

"The Democrats have tried to solve this dilemma with a simple slogan: "He got caught!" President Trump, we are to believe, was just about to do something wrong, and getting caught was the only reason he backed down from whatever nefarious thought-crime the Democrats are accusing him of almost committing.

"I once again urge Americans to consider the credibility of the Democrats on this committee who are now hurling these charges. For the last three years, it's not President Trump who got caught, it's the Democrats who got caught.

"They got caught falsely claiming they had more than circumstantial evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians to hack the 2016 elections.

"They got caught orchestrating this entire farce with the Whistleblower and lying about their secret meetings with him.

"They got caught defending the false allegations of the Steele dossier, which was paid for by the Democrats.

"They got caught breaking their promise that impeachment would only go forward with bipartisan support because of how damaging it is to the American people.

"They got caught running a sham impeachment process featuring secret depositions, hidden transcripts, and an unending flood of Democrat leaks.

"They got caught trying to obtain nude photos of President Trump from Russian pranksters pretending to be Ukrainians.

"And they got caught covering up for Alexandra Chalupa—a Democratic National Committee operative who colluded with Ukrainian officials to smear the Trump campaign—by improperly redacting her name from deposition transcripts and refusing to let Americans hear her testimony as a witness in these proceedings.

"That is the Democrats' pitiful legacy in recent years: They. Got. Caught.

"Meanwhile, their supposed star witness testified that he was guessing that President Trump was tying Ukrainian aid to investigations despite no one telling him that was true, and the President himself explicitly telling him the opposite—that he wanted nothing from Ukraine.

"Ladies and gentlemen, unless the Democrats once again scramble their kangaroo court rules, today's hearing marks the merciful end of this spectacle in the Impeachment Committee, formerly known as the Intelligence Committee.

"Whether the Democrats reap the political benefit they want from this impeachment remains to be seen. But the damage they have done to this country will be long-lasting.

"With this wrenching attempt to overthrow the President, they have pitted Americans against one another and poisoned the minds of fanatics who actually believe the entire galaxy of bizarre accusations they have leveled against the President since the day the American people elected him.

"I sincerely hope the Democrats end this affair as quickly as possible so our nation can begin to heal the many wounds it has inflicted on us. The people's faith in government, and their belief that their vote counts for something, has been shaken.

"From the Russia hoax to this shoddy Ukrainian sequel, the Democrats got caught. Let's hope they finally learn a lesson, give their conspiracy theories a rest, and focus on governing for a change."

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Bribery?

Mr Trump ordered examination of withholding of the military aid to Ukraine.  You see, the Republican controlled Congress had authorized the military aid in 2014.

Mr Obama impounded the aid because of concerns of corruption in Ukrainian government.  This was at the same time Mr Biden arranged for and crowed over the employment of his son Hunter at Burisma.  (The Ukrainian government buckled to Biden's pressure for favor).  You'd guess this is why Mr Obama has not endorsed Mr Biden; Biden is a corrupter.

Later, Mr Trump, having finished his review of aid to Ukraine, released the military aid in 2017.  The Democrats insist this is bribery corruption bad manners.  Whatever.

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Meanwhile the Democrat candidates for President have been offering genuine bribes to the American voters.  What else would you call those offers of free health care for all and miscellaneous other government give-aways?

If you are a Democrat voter, the are Democrat candidates are making offers for your soul.

Monday, October 14, 2019

China’s War on Christianity

The Bible -- If You Can’t Ban It, Alter It

A recent article at WORLD Magazine reported how the Chinese-language app called “WeDevote” recently surpassed 10 million downloads.  That number, as well as the overall success of "WeDevote," is even more remarkable given the back story, one that illustrates Beijing’s ongoing war on the Bible.

“WeDevote” is a Bible-reading and devotional app known for its “aesthetically-pleasing” design and respect for copyright laws, a rarity in China. The month after its launch, China’s biggest app store listed WeDevote as a “Recommended App” right on its homepage.

The Communist Party’s crackdown on Christianity in recent years meant that both the app and its developers faced increasing government scrutiny.  Eventually, they were given a choice: shut down the app or face jail time.

Well, a third option, transferring ownership of the app to a Hong Kong-based company, provided a temporary respite from the ultimatum, but the government has now banned “WeDevote” from Chinese app stores. Though the developers are actively seeking some kind of work-around, it’s a struggle to get the app in the hands of users on the mainland.

The government’s shut down of “WeDevote” is part of a disturbing trend. Last year, China banned online Bible sales. Of course, that doesn’t mean Bibles are unavailable in China. Chinese publishers continue to print Chinese-language Bibles. Some are exported, of course, but plenty remain in China.

That’s good news. The bad news is that soon, at least spiritually speaking, Chinese-language copies of the Bible may not be worth the paper they’re printed on. According to the Guardian, the Communist Party has plans “for ‘re-translating and annotating’ the Bible,” in order to “establish a ‘correct understanding’ of the text.”

Is there any doubt this “correct understanding” will include reinforcing the primacy of the Communist Party? As one pastor told the Guardian, “The Chinese Communist party . . . wants to be the God of China and the Chinese people. But according to the Bible only God is God.” The reality on the ground is that “The government is scared of the churches,” and is cracking down on them.

Any attempt to control and re-write the Bible is a tacit admission by the Communist Party that it’s failing to eradicate Christianity. It’s way too late for that, of course. Depending on who you ask, there are between 60 and 100-plus million Christians in China.

Since they cannot eliminate Christianity, the Party’s goal is to pervert it, creating a version of Christianity that doesn’t threaten the Party’s claim of ultimate authority.

This demand for sole allegiance not only targets Christians, but other religious minority groups, like the Muslim Uighurs. Anyone who believes that “only God is God” is a threat to the Communist Party and its leader Xi Jinping.

Such repression also reflects that the Party is concerned about its rule. As many experts have pointed out, China’s stability rests on an implicit bargain: The Party promises economic growth and broad-based prosperity in exchange for the Chinese people giving up the kinds of political freedoms taken for granted in the West.

With the Chinese economy slowing down, the demographic legacy of China’s “one-child” policy, the pervasive corruption and the ever-widening chasm between urban “haves” and rural “have nots,” it’s not clear the Party will be able to hold up its end of the bargain.  More and more, the Party is looking like yet another would-be “god” that has failed its worshipers. We know, given China’s tumultuous history, the sort of bloodshed and chaos that comes from disappointed worshipers there. We also know, given the inherently religious nature of human beings, that such dissatisfaction will only catalyze the growth of the Church and the spread of the Gospel.

-- John Stonestreet

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Transcript of Kurt Volker Testimony

Ambassador Kurt Volker gave testimony before the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence & the Committee on Oversight Friday.  This is the complete transcript.  Each page is an image.

Adam Schiff must must be feeling pretty bad.  Amb. Volker's testimony is exactly what Rep Shiff did not want to hear.