Heart of the Matter

Dear Reader,

I am going to suspend posting on this blog until after the Primary season is over, and the country has chosen the nominees that will vie for the Office of President of the United States.

The absolute filth that is being spewed by supporters of all of the candidates has me frustrated, and disillusioned. Have we, as a Nation, really come to this? What would our Founding Fathers think of the kindergarten-inspired idiocy of our modern political system? Did my ancestors fight and die for this?

My voice in this process will not be heard until November.  By the time my state holds its primary election; the rest of the country has already chosen the party’s nominee.  As the Citizens of this country wallow in the muck and the mire of emotional idiocy, instead of having a civilized discourse on the actual issues, I shall focus my attention on writing for God and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I invite you to join me at:

The Determined Christian

For the next few months I will be writing about God.  Faith is the Heart of the Matter, and it is always the most important issue. Perhaps we can work together to rebuild America’s Faith.

May God give us the wisdom to know what to do; the strength to do it, and the courage to see it through.

Sincerely,

Susan

The Simple Truth

There is one issue that effects may others; healthcare. The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare) has such a wide influence on American culture, that it may just be the ignition source of our complete destruction.  I don’t have the time to go into all of the ways this horrendous policy effects American life, but here are a few simple truths to consider:

1) One of the ‘selling points’ of the ACA was that it would be so much more affordable than the system we had become used to. That turned out to be a lie. People who had been paying too much to greedy insurance companies found out that they had to pay this new government sanctioned greedy insurance company even more. Premiums have sky-rocketed, and a lot of people have lost vital coverage that they counted on. When Government gets involved in anything it becomes less efficient and more expensive.

2) For years, the minions of accountants, lawyers and private sector bureaucrat parasites have huddled in their offices and devised ways to make more money out of the public and give them less product. Years ago, insurance companies imposed the policies that come between doctors and their patients. A doctor should never have to spend time on paperwork and jumping through hoops to get approval from a low-level, college-graduate, twinkie-eating, bean counter to treat a patient. ALL HEALTHCARE SHOULD BE BETWEEN THE DOCTOR AND THE PATIENT (PERIOD)! Yet, now the government has stepped in, so the quality of care has all but disappeared.

3) One of the reasons for separation listed in the Declaration of Independence states, “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” The ACA is exactly the kind of thing our Founders fought against – a government program (policy) that sets out to eradicate bits and pieces of our freedom, to the point of eating out our substance.

4) The 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America has been assaulted by the government (and non-government entities, as well). Under the ACA, people have been forced to go against their deeply held religious beliefs, or lose their healthcare coverage. The phrase in the Amendment is simple; ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…’ When government tells a Christian business owner that they must offer healthcare insurance that includes abortion, then government is breaching the very covenant that they are supposed to be honoring.

5) Within the ACA, we find that the government is pushing doctors to ask questions of their patients that really have nothing to do with healthcare. One of those questions asks whether or not the patient owns a firearm, and the doctor is ordered to return the information gleaned from these invasive questions to the government. In this, sacred doctor/patient confidentiality is shattered. Also, the 4th Amendment to the Constitution states, ‘The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches….’ Did you get that? We have the right to be secure in our ‘persons’ etc. So, when the government insists that your doctor report your private business back to the government (with NO warrant for the information), your Constitutional right has been violated!

6) Illegal alien, so-called immigrants (I prefer invaders) who, by their very presence on our soil are breaking our law, have a free ride to free healthcare through Obamacare. We’ve been medicating the masses of criminals who come into this country for decades, but the ACA just makes it worse. Perhaps, if the perks that these vermin receive when they come here would disappear, then there would be less incentive for them to come. (This also affects National Security, because people who want to kill us also enjoy what Obamacare offers) The simple truth about our immigration goes forth from cutting off free healthcare to them – if we would enforce the laws we already have, we could get the problem under control.

7) People are now taxed (fined) if they do not have government sanctioned healthcare. Government is requiring the purchase of something, whether you can afford it or not – if not, you will be punished.  Because the Supreme Court went along with this, precedent has been set. Will government make you purchase a cell phone? What about anything else they deem you must have?

8) The only way healthcare will ever be affordable and beneficial is to get the government, bureaucrats, accountants, lawyers and MBA minions out of it! If healthcare is returned into the hands of doctors and their patients, everybody wins.

There is more! But for here and now, that is enough. The ACA, at its very core, is Socialized Medicine. There are three candidates in the race for President of the United States who are advocates for Socialized Medicine (and therefore advocates for government oppression of people’s rights). Those candidates are Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.  The simple truth is this: If a candidate is ‘okay’ with taking one right away, then he or she will be willing to take all of our rights away.  Anyone who votes for a candidate, who would take one of our rights, is voting for a candidate that will take all of our rights. Is that what our Founding Fathers and generations of Patriots since the beginning of our country fought for? Did they want the Constitution wadded up and thrown into the fire? I don’t think so. I believe they would weep if they saw what has happened to America, and once the tears were wiped away, they would pray and with great resolve they would defend and maintain the Constitution.

The mess we are in cannot be fixed by one candidate. It took a long time to sink this low, and it will take long time rise back up.  If we ignore the simple truth and common sense, we can kiss America ‘good-bye’. We can patiently and willingly make sure that government gets in line with what it is supposed to be (an employee of the Citizenry), or we can allow anger and frustration to finish us off.  Choose wisely, American! If you don’t, you will lose your Freedom.

(Resources)

https://www.ijreview.com/2016/02/537107-5-times-donald-trump-praised-socialized-healthcare/

http://www.heritage.org/issues/health-care

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisconover/2014/02/24/obamacare-will-cost-2-9-million-or-more-jobs-a-year/#290970931fca

http://insider.foxnews.com/2013/05/20/if-your-doctor-asks-you-about-guns-do-you-have-answer

http://dailysignal.com/2013/05/31/the-irs-obamacare-and-you-the-government-is-coming-for-your-health-insurance-records/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/02/obamacare-reg-on-digital-patient-records-raises-security-concerns.html

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/07/welcome_to_the_end_of_doctorpatient_confidentiality_.html

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/09/obamacare-increases-health-insurance-premiums

https://www.myheritage.org/news/the-impact-of-obamacare-small-businesses-threatened/

http://dailysignal.com/2016/02/10/750-million-in-obamacare-tax-credits-may-have-gone-to-illegal-immigrants-senate-report-finds/

 

http://www.newsmax.com/US/Obamacare-healthcare-Affordable-Care-Act-illegal-immigrants/2014/09/23/id/596383/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/10/03/autocam-catholic-hhs-mandate-column/2909795/

http://cagw.org/stories

http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2013/what-will-obamacare-cost-you-map.html

Book Review: You Will Be Made to Care

(Note: I received an electronic version of this book for the purpose of this review. The book will be released to the public on February 22, 2016)

You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family and Your Freedom to Believe!  (By Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen)

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The cultural war against Christians and Christian beliefs has been raging for 2,000 years.  The current battle in this war against evil forces has been going on for decades. Americans have enjoyed a long period of Freedom from religious persecution, but the culture of today is pushing an ideology that would eradicate our freedom to believe in God.  Christians (individuals, families and even Churches) have wallowed in apathy, and while doing so, those who go against us have gained ground.  We are, indeed, in dangerous and tumultuous times.  In You Will Be Made to Care Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen have given us a very clear view of the battle lines and have given us an obvious, proven strategy to go forward.

From lawsuits against Christians for standing up for their godly values, to Christians who have lost their livelihood and resources, to those who have been pushed to adhere to an academic agenda against Biblical teaching, this book shines a bright light on progressive tactics to eliminate religious freedom as we know it. The progressive anti-Biblical mindset is exposed and the skewed reasoning they employ to make us care about their agenda is brought to the surface. Erick and Bill show us how the Leftists demand that we put aside our faith in God and fall in line with their idea of tolerance, ensuring that we are made to care.

The use of force is standard operating procedure for philosophies that lack the moral and logical fortitude to stand on their own. (Quote from Chapter 4: The Compassionate Bullies)

The timidity of Christians and a lack of willingness to stand up to the evil forces against us are also revealed in this book. Families, communities and Churches are admonished for lack of involvement in the public square to defend our Constitutional rights. Finally, we are encouraged to form godly families and communities in order to have the strength to stand up against the evils we face.

When a watch does not work, you take it to a repairman. The repairman examines the watch, diagnoses the problem, takes it apart, fixes it and puts it back together.  That is how You Will Be Made to Care is written. The cultural problem is exposed (as is the mindset behind it); it is taken apart and defined, and then the repair is shown. It is this writer’s opinion that everybody should read You Will Be Made to Care! Whether you are Christian or not, this book will give you an explanation of the problems we face, and a proper solution to defend and maintain the freedoms that all Americans hold dear. This book has renewed in me, a purpose to share the Gospel and a resolve to continue the work God has placed before me. Complacency is not an option!

You can pre-order You Will Be Made to Care right now; just click on the title. There is a great pre-order package that includes: Chapter 1 of the book; an exclusive audio interview collection with Russell Moore, Ravi Zacharias and many others; The Resurgent Believer – 21 Daily Devotionals to Reinvigorate Your Faith; The Believer in the Public Square – a sermon by Erick Erickson; Faith Makes Your Story Worth Telling – a chapter from Bill Blankschaen’s latest book; The Resurgent Family Cookbook and social media images to share.

Also, please bookmark/subscribe to The Resurgent and join in the battle against our religious freedom.

All That Matters

Now that the Iowa Caucuses are over with, we can all get on with life, right? Sadly, that is not the case. Our Freedom is on the line and we must stay engaged with the political process in order to maintain that Freedom. A lot is on the line in this election (as in every other election). The problem this time is that citizens have taken leave of their senses and gone bonkers! Our current president and his minions have managed to cause a great divide in our nation by pushing an agenda that sucks the Freedom out of our lives and replaces it with government interference. Our current president and his minions have pushed government-run healthcare on us, which is destroying the economy and putting bureaucracies in charge of our everyday lives. They have melted our (once strong) military into a glob of ineffectual policies that tie the hands of men and women, who, otherwise, are a strong force against our enemies. They have enacted regulation after regulation to tie the hands of American businesses and keep them from flourishing. They have turned our educational system into socialist indoctrination centers. They have pushed deviance and perversion into the American culture and done the best they can to distance Christians from schools, government, the market place and even Churches. But, none of that matters.

The divide between races, genders and generations has become deeper and wider with the vitriol spewed by Republican candidates and their frothing-at -the-mouth followers.  Instead of supporting their own candidate of choice, they have taken to insulting and hurling hatred toward other candidates. People with the word Christian in their social media profiles use every form of profanity and vulgar speech against people who disagree with them. Egos, opinions and emotions have clearly taken over and common sense has been eradicated. Cruz supporters, Trump supporters and Rubio supporters are in a battle to see who can be the ugliest. They’ve set themselves up as judge and jury over the process and if you have the audacity to disagree then you must be Satan’s spawn. Rather than use a Spirit of discernment and encouragement, these people fly off the handle at any mention of an opposing candidate and act like a pack of rabid hyenas fighting over a field mouse in a drought stricken land. It is sickening!

Maintaining Freedom and defending the Constitution of the United States of America used to be the focus of the political process. Not anymore. Now, all that matters is whose candidate and supporters can get more time on TV showing how vile and emotionally stunted they really are. Here’s a little truth for my fellow Americans; if your focus in the political process is your own anger and hatred, maybe it is time to take a break, because you are not helping. Maybe it would be a good time for you to read some real Scripture, pray for discernment and get over yourself.

Forgive me, Dear Reader, but I am sick and tired of people pushing the idea that their own agenda is all that matters. My priorities are God, family and country – that is all that matters to me, and that is why I am resolved to stand against the forces of evil that have invaded America – no matter where those evils reside.

May God bless America and her citizens with the ability to maintain our Freedom.  Amen.

What About the Issues?

The Iowa Caucus are just a few days away and the political storm is just getting started.  We are faced with hiring a Leader for our Nation, and people are caught up in unproductive emotional idiocy.  “Your candidate is a RINO!”  “My candidate is the only one who can lead us.” “You are an establishment tool!”  Yes, the mud is deep, and while voters are busy wallowing in it, the country is in dangerous territory.  I am going to go out on a limb with this post and mention a few things that voters seem to want to ignore; the issues.  You see, selecting a Leader is a serious thing and it is of utmost importance for people to know where the candidates stand when it comes to issues that affect every one of us. It is also imperative for people to get over themselves and do a little research of their own to find out if the candidate’s stand on the issues is in line with their own values.

Here is a partial list of the issues we should be focused on:

National Security – Our Nation’s Armed Forces have been diminished and demoralized by the current administration and years of war fatigue. If America is to remain free, we must rebuild the military and take care of our Veterans. It is not possible to defend the Homeland and defeat our enemies if our military is void of resources and strong leadership.

Healthcare – Obamacare is the single, most dangerous thing to our Nation’s actual health. When the government gets its greedy hands into anything it becomes inefficient, expensive and prohibitive to freedom. Our economy and our citizenry cannot maintain the cost of this debacle. Healthcare should be in the hands of patients and their doctors (period). No doctor should have to spend more time doing paperwork and jumping through bureaucratic hoops than caring for a patient. And no patient should have to jump through the same hoops in order to get care.

Education – The current educational system in America is nothing more than a socialist indoctrination that keeps students in the dark about the basics and encourages stupidity. If America is going to have a strong economy and work force, students need to learn skills. Getting the Federal Government OUT of education is key to a healthy educational system.

Terrorism – America cannot appease and coddle terrorists! We have to stop allowing for their “religious laws” that go against everything America stands for. Jihadists in America have already killed many, and will only continue to do so. Jihadists in Europe rape and kill at will, all while the Powers that Be wring their hands and try to pacify their enemy invaders. We must stop them!

Immigration – We have laws on the books that need to be maintained and enforced. The invading force of freeloaders, murders, thieves and various other miscreants that come across our borders illegally need to be stopped! Those who enable them need to be punished. There should be no government or private entity monies for people who, by their very presence on our soil, are criminals. A wall will not keep them out, but lack of money will. So, no amnesty or pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens will ever work. America needs to let the world know that if you want to come here, come legally; the best way to do that is to stop paying them.

Taxes and Regulations – American companies have been forced to move their businesses out of America because the government has established excessive taxes and regulations.  A business must be able to make a profit if it is to remain a viable part of the economy and keep the jobs filled. Every tax on business or personal income is money that does not go into the economy. Forcing businesses to adhere to overwhelming regulations (environmental and healthcare just to name two) keeps that business from flourishing. There is more to say on this, but for now, that will do.

Bureaucracy – The overwhelming growth of bureaucracy in every aspect of American life is not sustainable. There are too many non-essential government employees. The tax-paying American citizen is strapped with paying for the existence of these less-than-productive paper pushers for life. They get a job with government for the sole purpose of the benefits, which last a lifetime. We cannot afford to keep paying for people to suck all of the money out of the coffers simply because they are too lazy or too ignorant to get a real job (this applies to government workers and welfare leeches, as well).

Religious Freedom – The Constitution of the United States, in the 1st Amendment, ensures us that we may worship as we wish without government interference. It is time that Christian businesses that refuse service to those who expect them to go against their values to be allowed to do so.  When a person or group goes out of its way to inhibit our 1st Amendment rights then that person or group is usurping the entire Constitution. The concept of civil rights is spelled out in the Constitution. The Founders designed the Constitution as a failsafe to protect Citizens from Government.

There are many more issues that need to be discussed, but for our purposes here, that is enough for today.  My candidate of choice was Rick Perry, and I knew where he stood on each of these and other issues. I knew that he would have been a great Leader for America. The rest of the field leaves me wondering if America is done. Governor Perry endorsed Ted Cruz this week, and many of his supporters have expressed disapproval, which is understandable. I respect the Governor’s decision, even if I don’t agree. There is not one candidate left that has my complete support. In the last two elections, I have been forced to vote for the lesser of two evils. If any candidate, except Donald Trump, gets the nomination, I will do the same. However, if he gets the nomination, the evils will be equal. I encourage you, Dear Reader, to stop buying into the circus act that all the candidates are perpetuating and do some reading up on where the really stand.  It is not about the candidate’s personality or about your emotional idiocy. It is about the issues! And, it is time to get real!

May God bless us with a steadfast spirit of discernment and the strength to do what is right and good for America’s posterity.