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Why 2018 will be a turning point for America and the world

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Why 2018 will be a turning point for America and the world

In 1988, I watched a documentary detailing the end of the world. The mix of prophecies from the Bible and other religious texts combined with Nostradamus and other fortune tellers truly concerned me. When the 1990s rolled around without massive destruction across the planet, I learned we must be cognizant of potential pitfalls while not allowing fear to paralyze us, or worse, force us to act idiotically. Since then, I’ve tried to remain level-headed about predictions.

It’s ironic that 30 years after my initial experience with bad predictions, I’m ready to start making predictions of my own (though hopefully not bad ones). The writing on the wall is clear to me. We’re in for a crazy year, one that should bring great things and horrible things at the same time. Some would say this describes every year, but it just seems different this time. We’re on the verge of turning points politically, culturally, and religiously.

The perfect storm of major and minor shifts are all coming together now. Individually, they’re business as usually. When they happen together, there’s a good potential for chain reactions to take place that shift the paradigms driving America and the world. Some of these shifts will be wonderful. Others could be terrible. Here are some of the things to watch for in 2018:

Economic downturn prompted by the media

The biggest factor in any election year is the economy. More specifically, how individuals and families are personally fairing helps determine how they’ll vote. It’s more prominent in a presidential election year than in midterm elections, but it still plays a major role.

Today, the economy is looking strong. What many people don’t realize is that the strength of the economy is highly influenced by perceptions of its strength. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy; when the people think the economy is doing well, it does well. When they start fearing their personal fiscal situation or the near future of the national economy, downturns happen.

Most of the power players in mainstream media knows this. They also know that the strength or weakness of the economy can shift elections faster than a Russian email hack. Generally, they support Democrats. This means we’re going to see the frequency of negative economic stories increase in order to paint the GOP in a negative light.

If President Trump, Wall Street, private industry, and the Republicans can put out a powerful counter-narrative, they can survive the media onslaught. If they can’t, the economy will scare itself into a downturn and Republicans will lose control of the Senate and possibly the House.

Turmoil in Israel

Things have been oddly quiet within Israel for a while now even as the rest of the world frets over it. As a small portion of world leaders move to support Israel and its right to name its own capital, the majority of nations and all Muslim countries continue to oppose Israel to various degrees. This is swelling contempt inside and out of the tiny nation. That contempt is going to turn into even more anti-Israel actions.

In 2018, pressure against Israel is going to bring things to a head within the nation itself. Concerns about pop stars cancelling concerts will be irrelevant. Israel will have much bigger fish to fry. One potential bit of turmoil could surround Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is growing more polarizing with each passing month. His supporters adore him and his detractors despise him. A major scandal or event could have Israelis calling for an early election for the Knesset. It’s not scheduled until November, 2019, but pressure from the people could force the government to hold an early election.

It isn’t just the relative quiet that Israel has been experiencing that worries me. Hatred against Israel and the Jewish people seemed to be on a sharp rise before President Trump announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as its capital. Now that he’s drawn that particular line, antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment is making its way to the light as political correctness succumbs to decades of pent-up rage. Expect it to prompt worse actions than U.N. resolutions and harsh words from Mahmoud Abbas. If they’re not careful, Israel could become divided ideologically and open the door to turmoil.

Solidifying the shrinking church

There is a lower percentage of American Christians today than ever. The sheer number of people going to church and/or professing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is declining, but there’s a silver lining. Anecdotally, I’ve noticed an increase in the willingness by Christians to be outspoken as well as a return of bold declarations of faith in public.

It seems as if the church is getting tired of being the punching bag of a good portion of the leftwing media and political agendas. Losing on gay marriage, the continued public funding of Planned Parenthood, and an awaking against the lukewarm “prosperity gospel” have forced many Christians to be more aggressive.

Of all the predictions I’m making, this is the one that I’m most hopeful about. It’s also the one in which I’m most likely to be wrong. Complacency is the greatest enemy to passion when it comes to our worldviews. It’s possible many Christians will have their faith chipped away in 2018, but I believe it will turn in the other direction. Will the size of the church grow? No. Will the faith and actions performed by those of faith increase in 2018? I believe it will.

Rise of the church in other countries

While we fight a church in decline in America, the trends are pointing to a rise in churches around the world, particularly in areas where Christianity was previously or is currently not allowed. The power of the true Gospel is magnified in areas where more is at stake than in America or most of Europe. We tend to take it for granted that we can read our Bibles or talk about Jesus Christ with our peers. In other countries, they have to be much more careful.

This is one of the reasons I’m certain the church will continue to expand worldwide even as it dwindles in western societies. The other reason is more direct. I believe the Spirit is moving people around the world. Once again, I have no evidence than what I’ve seen anecdotally, but it seems to be quite clear nevertheless.

Terrorism in America, homegrown or not

We’ve been living on borrowed time when it comes to terrorism in America. There haven’t been a whole lot of attacks since 9/11, Most of this can be attributed to law enforcement, but even they have allowed a few attacks to slip through the cracks.

I’m troubled to admit I don’t believe our good fortune will last in 2018. Whether terrorists find their way across the border or radical Islamic ideology finds its way into the hearts and minds of more people already in America, there is almost certainly going to be a rise in terrorist attacks.

Technology is partially on our side, but it’s also making the problem worse. Terrorists have been learning recently that their use of technology must be more discreet. News of stings against potential terrorists had been kept relatively quiet for a decade and a half, but as leaks and a push to anoint heroes bring these stories to the forefront, terrorists are learning to adapt.

It won’t just be bombing, shootings, or vehicular attacks. Cyberattacks are also going to rise and it won’t just be coming from outside. Having people on the ground isn’t just effective in military conflicts. Local proxies working with hackers domestically and abroad contribute to their ability to commit cyberterrorism. As always, remain diligent.

Expansion of trustworthy new media outlets

One of the reasons we built NOQ Report and The New Americana in the first place was to counter the rise of biased journalism in mainstream media. We were given the choice of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in part by the media. They declared Hillary would be their candidate and Trump would be the easiest person for her to beat, so they helped to isolate our choices.

NOQ Report plans to grow as a beacon of real news, opinions, and quotes to help conservatives and federalists reaffirm their worldviews. As we and others continue to emerge from the shadows where independent media sources have been relegated to for years, more Americans are turning to us to hear the truth big media companies refuse to reveal.

Turkey turns on us

Skeptics of Turkey being an ally of the United States have been screaming about it for years. Now, President Erdogan is becoming more vocal with his opposition to us. He has embraced Russia and is becoming more friendly with other Muslim nations in the Middle East for a reason.

His goal is to revive the Ottoman Empire. Any illusions that this isn’t the case should be wiped away completely in 2018.

We are bound by our NATO agreement to work with Turkey to some extent, but outside of military conflict turned against them or us, there should be very little dialogue with them. It isn’t that diplomacy won’t work, but their government is a snake that will bite us when we get close enough. They will counter us on every move that doesn’t promote them directly. It’s conspicuous that Erdogan was the most vocal of all Middle East leaders other than Abbas in his opposition to the Jerusalem move. He also led the charge to name Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.

Turkey is not our ally other than on paper. We shouldn’t antagonize them without reason, but we can no longer trust them.

Social justice warriors exposed

Lies have two paths over time. They either get told often enough that they become the truth or they get exposed often enough that they become irrelevant. When it comes to many of the social just causes, the latter will happen in 2018.

“Snowflakes” in colleges across the country are having a harder time promoting their narratives because of the contradictions they represent. They’re opposed to free speech when they can label it as “hate speech,” yet they continue to use hateful speech in attempts to quash opposing views. The idiocy of the gender debate is turning into a debacle as dozens of gender identities make a mockery of their argument. As for the NFL kneelers, the worst thing that could happen to them is already happening. They’re becoming irrelevant.

Of all the predictions I’m making, this is the one that is most certain. That’s not to say they’ll end their crusade, but trends are already starting to turn against them. Instead of being the leaders of a revolution as their 1960s predecessors were, they’re embarrassing themselves with just about every action they take. Meanwhile, conservatives continue to avoid taking the bait. They’re establishing dialogues while being shunned by social justice warriors. As long as we continue down this path instead of playing the game on their terms, the court of public opinion will be on our side.

Making Saudi Arabia great again

I’ve been critical of some things and hopeful about other things the Trump administration is doing, but one thing that I’m adamantly opposed to is their wholehearted embrace of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince who will soon be King. Even if we set aside the blatant human rights violations committed by Saudi Arabia against its neighbors and its own people, we can’t shouldn’t ignore the economic threat they pose.

Instead of letting them start to crumble under their own weight, expect he United States to lift them up and keep them propped as the biggest player in the Middle East. It makes a little sense since they’re the primary reason the dollar is still the world’s reserve currency, but doing so just keeps kicking the can down the road.

Saudi Arabia will be propelled into a central role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. They’ll be pushed to lead the Middle East instead of an emergent Turkey or a militant Iran. MBS will be brought to more negotiating tables in a short time than his father ever was.

By the end of 2018, Saudi Arabia will have been propped up so high by the United States that they’ll have more influence on the Middle East and the world than they ever have before. As their dominance in oil fades, their dominance in other aspects of world leadership will skyrocket.

The rise of the Federalist Party

I saved this for last because it’s the one I’m that holds my most direct involvement. 2017 was a good year for the Federalist Party. We got the word out to hundreds of thousands of people, secured support from prominent people in media and government, and learned how to adjust our strategies to the challenges that face an emerging political party.

In many ways, we’re much further ahead than I expected when we launched this year. In other ways, I would have liked to have done more. The latter sets us up for a big push in 2018 as we make plans for more articles, interviews, events, and the true start to fundraising. It takes money to run a party, as I’ve personally learned. The apparatus is being built to get contributions ramped up in our second year.

Conclusion

Conspicuously missing from my list are North Korea, Iran, and Obamacare. On these three issues, I have no predictions. They’re such wildcards on the geopolitical landscape that I won’t even attempt it.

As much as I’d love to go into 2018 with nothing but hope, we have to be cognizant of the challenges we face. Nefarious forces aim to take us down. As long as we keep our eyes open and our hearts focused on making things better, we can overcome these challenges. We just need a little faith to see us through.

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  1. Don McCullen

    December 31, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in 2018. Love your comments on the decline of the church in 2017 and going into 2018.

    Thank you, JD, for publishing my pieces speaking out against the Worship Industry. I know some people here at NOQ Report have differed with me on this and my articles were not published for awhile because it was felt that I was attacking it.

    I feel that the CCM industry’s marriage to church worship and local churches has quicked the decline and that the younger people are getting tired of Worship Idols (for lack of a better term) and truly want to focus on seeking God if there is still that hunger.

    Yes, we can blame the public education and the MSM (entertainment and News) for its contributions, but the Christian Church needs to take a look in the mirror and see what they are doing. The Worship needs to seek God and ask if he is still involved in what they are doing. If he is, then I shall shut up about appeasing the Contemporary Worship fans and accept this mediocre Hooten nanny garbage as a move of God. But if he is truly not in it, then these Worship Acts must stop performing and stop right now, cause their bluff is being called not just by God, but by certain people in the church that are about to turn on them like they did to Tommy in the climax of the namesake rock opera.

    “Never did and never will
    Don’t want no religion
    And as far as we can tell
    We ain’t gonna take you
    Never did and never will
    We forsake you…Let’s forget you better still”

    Forgetting you better still is actually happening in the real world. True Christianity will never die, but this act that I can is truly a “rotting corpse.”

    Thanks JD, for letting me speak out against the Christian Pop culture, cause I am truly burned out on it, and I am not going to say nice things about Chris Tomlin just because he sings about Jesus. Musical he does not excite me

  2. ed

    December 31, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    JD:

    I too have seen anecdotal evidence of Christians speaking out more forcefully – and I’m one of them that is encouraging others to speak out with – both in word and in deed.

    I do differ with your evaluation of the economy (not necessarily the conclusions – just the reasoning). As you say, economic outlook is VERY driven by anticipation and belief in the futures. Having said that, Trump’s immigration policies are failing as Hispanics in general are catching on that Trump’s initial rhetoric has NOT been followed-up with additional BP officers, additional vetting, or any significant new efforts to remove existing illegals or prevent new ones from entering. As a result, border crossings have risen since April to the point that they have now exceeded the numbers for Obama in 2012 and 2014. As Trump continues to fail to produce a border wall, any new immigration policy, and continues to endorse and advocate for the DACA/Dreamer-amnesty he’s currently pushing for in Congress – all “in exchange” for ANOTHER trillion-dollar boondoggle union-bailout on “infrastructure”, expect businesses to catch on eventually. Since most jobs are driven by small-business and the “tax plan” seems tailored to the desires of the Chamber-of-Commerce (big-business) desires, when small businesses realize there’s little-to-nothing there for them, the anticipated hiring will not happen, anticipated expansions will not happen, and economic expectations will return to Obama-levels. (Really – given Trump’s DACA, continued transgender policies, funding PP, trillion-dollar (shovel-ready?) spending, increasing debt/deficit, and the ending of existing free-trade (treaties such as NAFTA and political/social attacks on our allies such as GB, Europe, Japan, SK, Mexico, Canada and our non-ally trading partners (China, ME), etc – I predict that our economy will falter rather badly once Trump goes into his insult-laden campaign-mode in 2018.

    Again – I agree with most of your conclusions, but have different reasons and paths by which I get there.

    I too predict the demise of the Leftists and SJWs – but primarily because (anecdotally) I see more and more people speaking up and speaking out against the bigotry, intolerance and sheer hatred expressed by the SJW crowd when they don’t get their way. AGW is almost completely discredited now, “racist” has no more negative impact (if anything, “racist” is being reversed and applied to the SJWs), and the Red-hatters supporting Trump while insulting anyone that does not bow low enough are generating disgust and hostility that will will likely be returned to them at the ballot-box as the Trump-sycophants continue to make demands and the Republicans attempt to ride Trump’s (very disloyal) coat-tails because they have no progress of their own to run on.

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Planned Parenthood providing sex-change hormones to children

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Planned Parenthood providing sex-change hormones to children

Planned Parenthood, the agency that celebrated a banner year in 2017 after murdering over 321,000 unborn babies while pocketing nearly $544 million in taxpayer funds—occasionally making a few extra bucks on the side by selling their body parts—has announced their expansion plans for 2018.

No longer content with simply ending a life before it begins, the so-called women’s healthcare provider will be pursuing a new revenue source—hormone “sex-change” treatment FOR MINORS. And get this . . . it will be paid by taxpayers through Medicaid.

According to Planned Parenthood’s VP of Medical Affairs, Suzie Prabhakaran, “It was time for us to expand the care that we were providing to minors” because gender-confused youth might have difficulty in getting the hormones they seek from “judgmental” doctors.

In most cases, dispensing hormones to patients under 18 to treat so-called gender dysphoria requires a letter from a doctor or therapist, but Planned Parenthood has no such requirement. Company policy simply requires informed consent, which means that once the child acknowledges the risks, treatment is given.

In a story by a Sarasota, Florida TV station, Planned Parenthood reminded those under 18 that they needed a parent’s permission to receive treatment—a worthless disclaimer, considering their track record of fighting parental consent laws when it comes to abortion. And let’s not forget how Planned Parenthood skirted partial-birth laws in order to harvest baby body parts.

According to the American College of Pediatricians, conditioning children to believe that being transgendered is normal is essentially child abuse. Even if you accept the LGBT-radical belief in the fake-science of transgenderism, giving life-altering hormones to children causes serious irreversible side effects.

Real science has proven that abortion stops a beating heart, that most children grow out of gender dysphoria, and giving hormones to otherwise normal children damages them for life. But since when has Planned Parenthood—who advises parents to assume their child is LGBT—ever allowed science to get in the way of making a buck?

As if murdering unborn children wasn’t enough, this development is one more reason why Trump and the GOP must keep their promise to defund Planned Parenthood . . . I’m not holding my breath.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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Hollywood is posturing, not repenting

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This whole #MeToo campaign is no different than the Red Ribbon campaign in the 1990’s. Hollywood has always been good at posturing, and actually not being a solution to any problem. If Hollywood or any entertainment industry machine in the world truly wants to clean up their act, they should look at themselves in the mirror and admit that they are flawed human beings, and throw some more men and women under the bus that hinder.

Never mind Harvey Weinstein or even Bill Cosby (who might have taught us certain moral scruples). How about Roman Polanski who raped then 13-year-old Samantha Gailey and is a fugitive from the law? At this rate, justice for Samantha will not prevail. It’s going to take God and God alone to finally rain down judgment on Polanski, I say right now he should get his affairs in order for that. Otherwise, another lost soul for Lucifer to claim. Kudos to Ben Shapiro for calling out these posturing punks, who just seek their personal interests still and still thumb their noses not only at God but middle America as well:

The Virtue-Signaling Anti-Virtue Crowd

https://townhall.com/columnists/benshapiro/2018/01/10/the-virtuesignaling-antivirtue-crowd-n2432171Imagine it’s late 2011. The world just found out about Jerry Sandusky, former assistant Penn State football coach who would be convicted of repeatedly raping children in 2012. Penn State higher-ups, in an attempt to turn the focus of the scandal away from the school, decide to turn an annual banquet into a celebration of those fighting child rape. They call up head coach Joe Paterno. They call up President Graham Spanier. They call up athletic director Tim Curley. All of them give long, brave speeches about the evils of sexual exploitation of children resulting in rousing applause from all the Penn State boosters. All the attendees wear pins showing their solidarity with molestation victims. The event is nationally televised.

Kevin Swanson’s Generations podcasts on January 10 and 11 2017 dealt with the entertainment industry in America here and now.

The January 10 podcast focused on the movie based on the life of P.T. Barnum (“The Greatest Showman”) and truly valued family especially his own and showing that he was not just seeking suckers “born every minute.” Barnum might have had freaks of nature in his show but deep down, he valued them as any human being. That being created in the image of God. He wanted to provide entertainment to families especially with women and children in mind. Also, the program points out how the degeneration of entertainment actually began in the roaring 1920’s and depression 1930’s starting with Mae West and her sexual flaunting and even the pushing bounds of transgenderism and adultery in the hit records way back in the day.

P.T. Barnum The Greatest Showman | Generations

https://www.generations.org/programs/839A recent motion picture release, “The Greatest Showman” features the early history of P.T. Barnum.  Last year, the Barnum and Bailey Circus shut down after 146 years.  We take a look at the history of circuses, zoos, and wholesome entertainment in America.  Then, we look at how it degraded quickly in the 1920s and 1930s.  Here is an analysis for Christians on what constitutes good family entertainment.  Is amusement biblical?  Is entertainment a good use of your time?

Swanson tackles the 2018 Gloden Globe awards on the January 11 podcast and points out how shameless they are in elevating depravity especially when it comes with sexuality and nihilism, and how it could be the end of society as well know it. Plus Swanson deals with how Hollywood handles and agrees with Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The current TV series and streaming service Hulu won two Gloden Globes including for Best Television Series-Drama. It already has won eight Emmys awards at the respected ceremony last year. Swanson calls Hollywood a dystopia which was allowed to spiral out of control who shows no shame to mocking God and his law.

They just proving Proverbs 8:36, 14:12 and Romans 1:18-32 correct.

​​The Golden Globe Awards 2018

https://www.generations.org/programs/840This year’s Golden Globe Awards glorify the absolute lowest forms of sexuality and nihilism, while trashing Christians at the same time. Here’s another first, in that we have the first television program to receive major awards whose sole function is to caricaturize R.J. Rushdoony, Greg Bahnsen, and Gary North.   The mass culture is spinning out of control, now.  We also visit Teen TV offerings for 2018.  The WSJ calls it “darker than ever.”

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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