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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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In UK, Ancient Heathenism Reigns Supreme

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Several minutes had passed since the medical examination of the newborn had begun. They stood inspective over the infant, occasionally murmuring to one another in a hushed tone.  The babe’s father stood nearby, pacing: his eyes intractably fixed on the small group of elders in a desperate attempt to interpret each subtle lift of an eyebrow or pinch of the lips.

Then came that dreaded nod…

The tormented father wept as the judge read the decision aloud: “as thinking it neither good for the child itself…” the child must die.

The above description is not a reference to the United Kingdom’s government-ordered killing of little Alfie Evans, nor the United Kingdom’s government-ordered killing of little Charlie Gard.

The infant’s death-order, described above, was merely the price of societal perfection for his father, living in the Statist abyss of Ancient Sparta.

In Lives: Lycurgus 16, Greek historian Plutarch (48-122 A.D.) wrote of the medical inspections of infants by “elders,” and of the state-ordered murder of infants in Ancient Sparta under the rule Lycurgus, a tyrannical central-planner:

“Nor was it in the power of the father to dispose of the child as he saw fit (as was his right in most heathen societies). He was obliged to carry (the newborn) child before certain men at a place called Lesche; these men were some of the elders of the tribe to which the child belonged; their business was to carefully view the infant, and, if they found it stout and well made, they gave order for its rearing and allotted to it one of the nine thousand shares of land above mentioned for its maintenance, but, if they found it puny and ill-shaped, ordered it to be taken to what was called the Apothetae (“depository”), a (large cave) under Mt. Taygetus (in the Peloponnese); as thinking it neither for the good of the child itself, nor for the public interest, that it should be brought up, if it did not, from the very outset, appear to be healthy and vigorous.” (emphasis mine)

Undesirable Infants – those either deemed unfit in some way, were conceived through rape, were unwanted, or were female – were often exposed, meaning that these infants were tossed into pits or over cliffs, or were abandoned in the wilderness and then left to starve or to be eaten by wild animals.

Such was life in the pagan purgatories of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

Such has life begun to be again, today, in the United Kingdom.

As I type, a toddler lies in the hospital, a prisoner, detained by the pagan pride of evil monsters, by his own Statist government.

The “elders” in the UK have sentenced little Alfie Evans to die, “as thinking it neither for the good of the child itself. Alfie may not be alone in the wilderness, but he is being exposed by the sword of starvation.

Right now, a tormented father weeps for his child.

The cruel winds of an evil-ridden history are circling ’round again.

 

Once Christianity came upon the scene, Christians began to regularly rescue exposed infants.

As Tertullian stated, “Christians sought out the tiny bodies of newborn babies from the refuse and dung heaps and raised them as their own or tended to them before they died or gave them a decent burial” (Early Church History).

“The Christian idea that each individual person has worth because they were created by God was foreign to the lies of pagan society where the State, the tribe, the collective was the only value they knew” (Early Church History).

One can even visit these once abandoned babes at the Catacomb of Praetextatus. “The catacombs are filled with very tiny graves with the epitaph ‘adopted daughter of…’ or ‘adopted son of…’ inscribed on them. These inscriptions refer to the many babies and young children Christians rescued from the trash over the centuries” (Early Church History).

Unlike during the times of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, however, today’s United Kingdom prevents Christians from aiding Britain’s exposed children.

Christians from across the globe have offered aid and open arms to little Alfie Evans. Pope Francis has faithfully attempted to save the ailing child, arranging medical transportation for Alfie so that he might fly via air ambulance to the Vatican’s hospital.

Still, the prideful “elders” cling mercilessly to their pagan heathenism, determined to deny any and all Christian charity for little Alfie.

 

Alas! One thing is now crystal clear: in the United Kingdom, ancient heathenism reigns supreme.

For a glimpse of the future, listen to these famous voices from the past:

In On the Laws 3.8, Cicero (106-43 BC) states:

“Deformed infants shall be killed.”

Posidippus, a Greek poet, wrote:

“Everybody raises a son even if he is poor, but exposes a daughter even if he is rich.”

In On Anger 1.15, Seneca (4 BC-65 AD) wrote:

“…mad dogs we knock on the head…unnatural progeny we destroy; we drown even children at birth who are weakly and abnormal.”

In Politics 7.1335b, Aristotle (364 BC-322 BC) wrote:

“As to exposing or rearing the children born, let there be a law that no deformed child shall be reared;  but on the ground of number of children, if the regular customs hinder any of those born being exposed, there must be a limit fixed to the procreation of offspring, and if any people have a child as a result of intercourse in contravention of these regulations, abortion must be practiced on it (the child).”

In Theaetetus, the Greek philosopher Plato (quoting Socrates) wrote of the important societal task of killing infirm infants:

“For we must take care that we don’t overlook some defect in this thing that is entering into life; it may be something not worth bringing up, a wind-egg, a falsehood. What do you say? Is it your opinion that your child ought in any case to be brought up and not exposed to die? Can you bear to see it found fault with and not get into a rage if your first-born is stolen away from you?”

In Ad Nationes, Tertullian (155-220 A.D.) recorded the frequency of pagan infanticide in the Roman Empire during the late 100’s and early 200’s A.D.:

“…because, although you are forbidden by the laws to slay new-born infants, it so happens that no laws are evaded with more impunity or greater safety, with the deliberate knowledge of the public, and the suffrages of this entire age…But then you make away with them in a more cruel manner, because you expose them to the cold and hunger, and to wild beasts, or else you get rid of them by the slower death of drowning.”

In Book 3 of Instructor, Clement of Alexandria (150-215 A.D.) wrote of Roman women caring more for animals than for children:

“And though maintaining parrots and curlews, they do not receive the orphan child; but they expose children that are born at home, and take up the young of birds, and prefer irrational to rational creatures.”

 

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New California law voids religious freedom to advance LGBT agenda

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In the war on American culture waged by the Marxist Rainbow Jihad and LGBT terrorists, there has been perhaps no greater battlefield than the state of California. And as the front where many of the battles are fought, it is also where we find the greatest number of casualties, usually children.

Government authorities working as a type of Gay Mafia have turned public schools into LGBT indoctrination centers where acceptance of deviant lifestyles is mandated by the state in the name of so-called tolerance. In these indoctrination centers, parents are denied the right to teach their kids the values they believe in, and children as young as five-years-old are disciplined as “bullies” for “misgendering” their gender-confused classmates.

Not content with brainwashing young minds, however, LGBT radicals in the CA legislature want to make it a crime for parents, pastors, and professional councilors to engage in “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”

Under a banner of so-called consumer protection, the bill (AB-2943) defines “change efforts” as:

“Any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behavior or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”

The bill furthers the LGBT agenda in one more way; it codifies LGBT lifestyles as normal and scientific:

“Contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”

With this language added to the bill, freedom of speech and freedom of religion concerning LGBT issues will be essentially eliminated . . . by law!

I once wrote an article about how the LGBT culture war was one more reason for parents to take their kids out of public schools, but now that won’t be enough. This war has grown into a full-fledged assault on religion and traditional moral values.

We can no longer accept the “live and let live” ideology of the left under the mistaken belief that equality is their only goal. It’s time to fight for the souls of our children and the future of America while we still can.


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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What’s a greater leap of faith: God or the Multiverse? What’s the multiverse? Brian Keating, Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, explains in this video.

What’s a Greater Leap of Faith: God or the Multiverse?

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