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A Conservative Republican candidate’s plea to his own party

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Republicans join Democrats to spend more money and bankrupt America

I am extremely disappointed in the state of the Republican party. As the Republican candidate for California State Controller, it is difficult for me to make an argument on why people should vote Republican. I do not like the argument that the Democrats have gone so far off the deep-end that we have no other choice. I don’t like binary choices or picking the lesser of two evils. If I am going to be a standard-bearer for the Republican party in California, then give me a reason to be proud of my own party.

It is not easy being a Republican in California. Many times the R next to my name is more of a liability than a benefit, and it’s not because of what the Republican party stands for. It’s because many Republicans don’t believe in the principles of limited government, local control, economic freedom, and fiscal responsibility. People don’t like liars and hypocrites and if people can’t trust us, why should they vote for us?

You ask us to vote for you to limit the government, cut spending, and lower the deficit, and once we give you power, you betray us and pass one of the worst spending bills in Congressional history ($1.3 trillion omnibus bill). You demonize Obama’s trillion dollar deficits but once in power, you continue with the reckless irresponsible spending.

If the party wants to spend money like a drunken sailor (no offense to drunken sailors), then they should just come out and say conservatives are no longer welcome in this party. If that is the case, then I call upon the leadership of the GOP to call me and tell me to my face that I’m no longer welcome in the party. As conservative commentatory Steve Deace always says, “Don’t pee on me and tell me that it’s raining,”

As I have always stated, I’m a Conservative that happens to be a Republican, not a Republican that happens to be a Conservative. I’m a conservative because I seek to conserve that which history has proven to be optimal and economic policies grounded in reality, not wishful thinking.

There is not one example in history that overbearing centralized government, that recklessly spends, destroys the purchasing power of currency by printing money and accumulating debt has prospered in the long-run. Just like so many powerful empires and nations before us, they believed that they would never collapse, so do we in our pride and arrogance believe we can go down the same road and buck history and not become just another footnote in history.

We cannot continue down this path forever and I do not believe we are past the point-of-no-return, but if we do not change course soon we will become another footnote in history.

If you love this country as I do, then do the patriotic thing and stop destroying this country with your irresponsible spending. Learn from the mistakes of the past and realize that these policies might have short-term benefits but in the long-run what you are actually voting for is a slow and painful death by suicide, inflicted by you, those that we entrusted to protect us.

Therefore, I call on my own party to do what is right and once again embrace the principles our party was founded upon. Let us be the leaders the people can trust, let us be the leaders that would rather lose an election but in the end, save America from the looming disaster coming towards us. I beg you, become that which you once were.


Konstantinos Roditis is a candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at cacontroller.com, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook.

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Does Matthew 22:29-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch?

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Does Matthew 2229-30 indicate Jesus was referencing the Book of Enoch

Extra-Biblical texts such as the Book of Enoch are often frowned upon by churches. Some see 1 Enoch as fake. Others say it’s a good historical reference but not inspired. The Ethiopian Bible includes it as scripture. Should we read it?

To understand the answer to this question, we need to consider three things. First, it was referenced as holy by many of the early church fathers, but was excluded from official canon. Second, Enoch is referenced multiple times in the Bible: Genesis 4 and 5, Luke 3:37, Hebrews 11:5, and Jude 1:14. Third, Jesus makes a statement in Matthew 22:29-30 that references “scripture” but what he is saying is only found in 1 Enoch.

Many who oppose the validity of Enoch say that it was written after the Book of Jude because the it includes the quote that Jude references, but fragments of Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, which most scholars date to before Jude was born.

The scripture in question is Matthew 22:29-30:

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Nowhere in the 66 Books of the Bible does it say angels neither marry nor are given in marriage. What did Jesus mean when he said “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures” in reference to the angels not marrying?

Here is 1 Enoch 15:5-7:

5. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. 6. But you were ⌈formerly⌉ spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. 7. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling.

Hmm.

As with anything regarding extra-Biblical texts, I must urge caution. Many who believe 1 Enoch is authentic refute the authenticity of 2 Enoch and 3 Enoch. Then, there’s the question of inspiration and protection of the text. Many Christians believe the Bible has been able to survive and flourish despite so many attempts to disrupt it is because it has been protected over the millennia. If that’s the case, why was Enoch not included the whole time?

The answer to this question, to those who believe in its authenticity, may be found in the first two verses of the manuscript.

1 The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be 2 living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said -Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is 3 for to come. Concerning the elect I said, and took up my parable concerning them:

If Enoch is real, it’s meant for a later generation living in the day of tribulation. If it’s a fake, then it’s intended to deceive those in the end times. Either way, it’s understandable that it would not be included in most Bibles.

I tend to believe 1 Enoch is legitimate, but not to the point that I would teach on it. Not yet. Much more prayer and study is required before I would ever risk misleading anyone.

Nevertheless, the reference in Matthew 22 is compelling.

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Cartoon: Is that another huge immigration caravan?

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Cartoon Is that another huge immigration caravan

The 2016 GOP field seemed like a clown car routine compared to what was essentially five legitimate Democratic candidates. Whether they simply feared Hillary Clinton or didn’t want to take their shot following President Obama, many Democrats who were considered potentially serious candidates didn’t run.

That’s not the case for 2020. We may end up with more Democrats in the running than we had Republicans in 2016.

Cartoonist Michael Ramirez captured the growing group perfectly:

It’s certainly starting to look like a migrant caravan forming. Oh, wait. Those are actually American citizens.


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No national emergency declaration: Trump’s “major announcement” will be an offer Democrats can’t refuse

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No national emergency declaration Trumps major announcement will be an offer Democrats cant refuse

This may be the best news I’ve heard all day (yes, even better than learning the Buzzfeed story was debunked, though that was pretty awesome as well). According to multiple outlets, the President will NOT be declaring a national emergency to fund the border wall and end the government shutdown. Instead he will be making Democrats an offer on live television to get the wall funded while dangling an incentive that he hopes will push Democrats to the negotiating table.

I’ll admit up front that I didn’t see this coming. I even went so far as to scold the President prematurely for declaring a national emergency, which apparently he is not. As I’ve always said, I will praise him when he does well and criticize him when he does poorly. Unless this report is wrong, I’ll happily praise him… unless his offer is too much.

What might be offered? Perhaps the DACA fix he didn’t want to do when Senator Chuck Schumer shut down the government last year. Maybe he’ll throw them a curve ball and offer some sort of boost to environmental efforts. Perhaps it’ll be adding more humanitarian aid to his border security package, greatly increasing the size and manpower of facilities that hold and process illegal immigrants and migrant seekers.

If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on a DACA fix. Then again, I would have also put my money on him declaring a national emergency, and it seems I would have lost that bet.

Whatever the offer is, it’ll need to be something that will make the Democrats look poorly to Independents and moderate Democrats if they don’t take it while not being so much that his base will feel betrayed by the offer.

Assuming this pans out as expected, I owe the President an apology for assuming the worst. Instead of the worst, this may be the best case scenario and as long as he’s not giving up too much, may also be the best move of his presidency.


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