15 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-21-22

  1. Sure enough, it was all a setup by Pelosi and Schumer and their Marxist colleagues so that they could then have their ridiculous ‘hearings’, all while the USA is falling apart around us…

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/exclusive-police-report-proves-plainclothes-electronic-surveillance-unit-members-were-embedded-among-jan-6-protesters_4527%20036.html

    “While there is growing speculation that federal agents and Capitol Police were involved in instigating acts of violence during the Jan. 6, 2021 protests and recording responses for the purposes of entrapment, evidence now proves that “plainclothes” members of a special Electronic Surveillance Unit (ESU) were embedded among the protesters for the purposes of conducting video surveillance. Evidence also points to a day of security deficiencies and police provocation for the purpose of entrapment.

    According to a report—First Amendment Demonstrations, issued Jan. 3, 2021, by Chief of Police Robert Contee of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Homeland Security Bureau, Special Operations Division, obtained exclusively by The Epoch Times—the MPD began to activate Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU) platoons on Jan. 4, 2021. Full activation of 28 platoons was scheduled to occur on the following two days.

    According to the Department of Justice website, “A CDU is composed of law enforcement officers who are trained to respond to protests, demonstrations, and civil disturbances for the purpose of preventing violence, destruction of property, and unlawful interference with persons exercising their rights under law.”

    The objective of MPD was “to assist with the safe execution of any First Amendment demonstration and ensure the safety of the participants, public, and the officers.” CDU personnel and Special Operations Division (SOD) members were to “monitor for any demonstration and/or violent activity and respond accordingly,” according to the report.

    There has been speculation that federal agents and Capitol Police were involved in instigating acts of violence during the protests for the purposes of entrapment. As Red State reported in October 2021, “multiple surveillance videos show masked men opening up the doors to the U.S. Capitol Building to allow protesters to enter. In fact, one video shows them entering while Capitol Police officers simply stand around. Yet, we have no idea who those men are.””

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  2. It will be nice if that ever gets sorted out. It will but I am not optimistic it will be in my lifetime. The damage done to people like my dad, believing what the “respectable pols” tell him, is beyond belief twenty years ago.

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  3. Taking a breath — from Desiring God:

    Beneath Our Social-Justice Strife
    Four Questions for Both Sides

    https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/beneath-our-social-justice-strife

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    … Many social-justice battles have reached a standoff. People are entrenched behind their respective influencers, waiting for them to hurl the next truth bomb at the other side. I’m not going to reenter the wearying fray surrounding critical race theory, systemic racism, white privilege, cultural Marxism, transgenderism, or other hot topics. (I have done so elsewhere.) Yes, there are extremely important conversations to be had, there are highly seductive false doctrines to be resisted, and there is serious biblical thinking to be done on all of those fronts, but I want to get at what I believe to be a bedrock issue underneath those questions.

    In John 17, Jesus prays that Christian unity among his people would become a powerful, visible apologetic to the watching world. Sadly, what should be the beautiful tapestry of Christ’s church has been torn asunder by tribalism in many places. Some churches (thankfully not all) look indistinguishable from the broader tattered and battle-bruised culture. Consider, then, a modest proposal for a way through such schism and strife, a proposal we can sum up in three simple words:

    Worship God more.

    I firmly believe that worship is the issue below the issue, below the issue, below the issue in our social-justice controversies. If we all take a deep breath, and reset our collective gaze on exalting and enjoying God as supreme, what might happen? I am convinced that we will not merely survive this contentious cultural moment, but that we might actually thrive as a more unified people, a properly awestruck people who “truly execute justice” (Jeremiah 7:5). …

    … I have found this fourfold survey of the soul personally helpful, and believe it confronts and draws people to the left and right of the debates over justice. (For the record, I have failed all four, often multiple times in a day.) If we answer honestly and run to the cross of Jesus, the church will be in a better place to pursue true justice in our day.

    1. The Imago Test: Are we treating opponents as image-bearers?

    When we fail to give God his due, we start treating his image-bearers like abstractions, like foes to be vanquished on a culture-war battlefield, or like soulless exemplars of their identity groups.

    Augustine attempted to sum up the entire Christian ethic with the famous line, “Love God and do what you want.” If I treasure God as God, that first affection should recalibrate all of my other affections. I won’t want to swindle, exploit, or oppress you, since you are a living image of the God I love most. Love God, the ultimate Other, and you will show others who bear your Beloved’s image the dignity they are due. Devalue the Original by putting something else in his place, and it’s easier to treat his images like garbage.

    Try this quick thought experiment. Picture three people you staunchly disagree with on political and social-justice questions. Now, one by one, think this true thought about them: made in God’s image. Picture their faces. Made in God’s image. One more for good measure. Made in God’s image. Is that the first time you’ve thought of them that way, instead of as a nemesis in a culture war? If so, then we are hardly giving the God who said “Let us make man in our image” his proper due (Genesis 1:26). Lord, forgive us.

    2. The Red/Blue Test: Are our minds hyper-politicized?

    The more vertically unjust we become, the more obsessively political we become. That’s easy to do these days. The last six years, politics have dropped like a bucket of ink into a bathtub, coloring all of life red or blue. Even spheres that were mostly apolitical are now rife with political quarrels — sports, cartoons, cake-baking, chicken sandwiches, superheroes, plastic straws, bathrooms, even phrases like “beating a dead horse,” “no can do,” and “ladies and gentlemen.”

    “The more vertically unjust we become, the more obsessively political we become.”
    When everything is politicized, politics clouds our consciousness and erodes our lives. Are we too busy dismantling systems to do the up-close-and-personal justice of chucking a ball around with a son who is due quality time? Do we spend more time in the pointless drama of comment threads than in the great redemptive theo-drama of Scripture? Do we think more about the latest trending political hubbub than about who God has revealed himself to be? Are we more emotionally invested in the triumphs of our red or blue teams than in the advancement of the gospel to every tongue, tribe, and nation? Are we more obsessed with slaying ideological opponents than with the sin in our own hearts?

    If so, then we are not giving “the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God” (1 Timothy 1:17) his proper due. Lord, have mercy.

    3. The Justification Test: Are we seeking righteousness apart from Christ?

    The more vertically unjust we become, the more we can be caught in a hopeless tailspin of self-justification. Picture the justice-seeker on social media. How might posting daily online outrage become a misguided quest for justification?

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown cites psychological research that the kind of moral outrage we typically classify as altruistic “is often a function of self-interest, wielded to assuage feelings of personal culpability for societal harms or reinforce (to the self and others) one’s own status as a Very Good Person.” In short, our justice pursuits can become a false gospel, a way of establishing our righteousness apart from the work of Christ on the cross.

    This constant imputation of guilt to others — they are the phobics and fascists; they are the snowflakes and Marxists — offers a subjective sense of goodness, but it is hardly the real thing. Do we find our moral status in Christ and Christ alone, or in our proud positions on “the right side of history”? Are we preaching the gospel to ourselves daily? Are we apathetic about telling others the good news of Jesus’s death and resurrection, while ever-zealous to convert others to our justice causes? Then we are not giving the God who is “just and the justifier” of sinners (Romans 3:26) his proper due. Lord, be gracious.

    4. The Fruit Test: Is the Spirit less evident in our lives?

    The more vertically unjust we become, the more we are fueled by resentment, suspicion, rage, smugness, and assuming the worst of others’ motives. Oh, how easy it is for our hearts to slip back into their fallen default mode when questions of social justice arise. How easy to jump to unflattering conclusions about others. …

    Painting others in the most damnable and cartoonish light is no small matter. It is sin. It violates God’s second greatest commandment to love others as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). It also breaks the divine bans on slander and bearing false witness.

    Let us ask honestly: What is our quest for justice doing to our hearts? Is it making us more distrustful, easily offended, and quicker to slander? Is it stripping our souls of the Spirit’s fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control? If so, then we are not giving the God who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love” (Exodus 34:6) his proper due. Lord, change our hearts. …
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  4. Common thread there in Desiring God, to my latest letter to the editor. Where is the unity? But mine was addressed to the world, not only believers. We do have common ground.

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  5. This is disgusting.

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  8. The Real, I believe we do have common ground with a lot of Americans. In my view, there is a great deal of disinformation that a lot of folk have accepted as fact. Like the “clump of cells” theory. It was taught for a long time.
    Many are against abortion for themselves but hesitate to “take away other’s rights”, not connecting the dots. There are many ways to prevent pregnancy so abortion is not needed and abortions kill babies. Those are lost in the argument.

    Getting the facts out and getting people to hear them would go far. On the map I saw this morning, about half the states don’t want abortion. More than half the population do not want it.

    As to the woman: my guess is she has been deeply hurt, possibly through abortion and has steeled herself against the truth. Until that is broken down, we have no common ground with her. Again, facts may help. If you killed it, it was a baby, but forgiveness is available.

    Take education for example, and you know where I stand on that. We can all agree that the basics need to be taught: reading, writing, arithmetic. That is common ground.

    School shootings: we can agree that we don’t want crazy people shooting the children in schools. That is common ground.

    Like the abortion issue, there are crazies. People who will never hear that it really is a human baby. People who don’t think it is education if it does not include their special area. People who think the children deserve to die. We have no common ground with those folk, other than being fellow image bearers. Come to think of it, that is big. But it will not affect the hearts and minds unless God does the change.

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  9. Crazies you say?

    Indeed.

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    “Car with anti-Trump bumper sticker plows through pro-Trump store

    Massachusetts police are investigating after a car with a bumper sticker critical of former President Donald Trump plowed through the storefront of a business specializing in pro-Trump merchandise on Thursday”

    https://adnamerica.com/en/new-york/car-anti-trump-bumper-sticker-plows-through-pro-trump-store

    “Massachusetts police are investigating after a car with a bumper sticker critical of former President Donald Trump plowed through the storefront of a business specializing in pro-Trump merchandise on Thursday.

    The Easton Police Department posted a shocking video to Facebook that shows a black Volkswagen Jetta driving straight through the front glass of the New England for Trump store near Route 138 and destroying racks of clothes before hitting the back wall.”

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  10. They like their rights just the way they are.

    “Texas GOP rejects Senate gun-control legislation, rebukes Cornyn”

    https://adnamerica.com/en/texas/texas-gop-rejects-senate-gun-control-legislation-rebukes-cornyn

    “The Texas Republican party rebuked the state’s senior senator during its convention in Houston last weekend over his support for the Senate’s “so-called ‘bipartisan gun agreement’” in the wake of the Uvalde mass shooting.

    The resolution passed by voice vote and was adopted as part of the Texas GOP’s 40-page party platform, James Wesolek, its communications director, told The Hill.

    “Whereas all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God-given rights, we reject the so-called ‘bipartisan gun agreement,’ and we rebuke [Sen.] John Cornyn (R-Texas),” reads the Resolution against the Gang of 20 Gun Control bill.

    Cornyn has been leading a group of 10 GOP senators in negotiations with 10 Democrats, who announced an agreement on nine principles for their upcoming proposal, including funding for school mental heath and safety programs and reviews of juvenile records for gun purchasers under the age of 21, reports The Hill.

    Texas junior senator Ted Cruz (R) has expressed concern that the bipartisan legislation will encourage states to pass red-flag laws.

    “We’ve seen consistently whenever there is a horrific criminal event that Democrats’ top priority is not stopping the bad guys, not stopping the criminals, but rather disarming law-abiding citizens,” Cruz said last week.”

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  11. Once again the RINO/establishment Democrats in disguise seek to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stephen-kruiser/2022/06/21/breaking-the-gun-bill-just-dropped-its-the-gops-first-step-to-blowing-slam-dunk-midterms-n1606998

    “The “compromise” Senate gun bill is here, and if you’re a conservative and/or Republican who thought that November’s midterm elections were a done deal you may want to take a breath.

    Many of us have been worried about Republicans yielding to the Democrats even a little on gun legislation, and for good reason. The Democrats aren’t known for being satisfied once the GOP acquiesces on any issue. Republicans are Charlie Brown and the Dems are Lucy with the football every time something like this happens.

    The Republican squishes never stop falling for it.

    There are two HUGE problems with this legislation, especially for conservatives: it legitimizes both federal intervention in state matters and “red flag” laws. The latter is particularly problematic because implementation is rife with gray areas, no matter how many stipulations are in place. As I have been fond of saying, once red-flag laws are on the books, we’re on the most slippery of slippery slopes. One day people are raising legitimate concerns, the next we have people reporting the neighbor who just rubs them the wrong way.

    The only people who can beat the Republicans in the fall are the Republicans, and they’ve just gotten a head start on ruining things. If the Democrats manage to save face in November you can thank John Cornyn, Thom Tillis, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, and Pat Toomey. They’re basically asking the base to stay home.

    Never underestimate the ability of the Republicans to ruin a sure thing.”

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