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Conservative Picks for Nebraska Primary

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Other than Ben Sasse, Nebraska sends a bunch of RINOs to Washington. This was a disappointing shock. Furthermore, quite a few of the candidates opposing incumbents have no business running Republican. Perhaps, they are all practical, knowing Democrats won’t win. Nebraska is Corn Country and a reliance on government agricultural programs is likely the reason Conservatism has a bit of a drought. This election poses little possibility of quenching the drought.

Best Pick: Todd Watson
Worst Picks: Jack Heidel, Adrian Smith
Best Race: None
Worst Race: District 1, District 2

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Deb Fischer is a one-term Senator who is up for reelection. Nebraska has sent us the underrated Ben Sasse, but Deb Fischer is not nearly as strong of a Conservative presence. However, she did vote against Omnibus. Fischer has a bit of a lukewarm record, an F Liberty score of 57%.; however every House Representative from Nebraska is worse. That being said, she hasn’t earned the Pick.

She faces four challengers. The first being Jack Heidel. The former math professor comes off as a fiscal conservative in national debt rhetoric but is concerned for the debt in order to continue funding entitlement spending. Nonetheless, he is anti-gun and favors a carbon tax. He says he’s fiscally conservative but his other stances say larger government. This math doesn’t add up to him being a good Senator. Then there’s Dennis Macek, who is also running a debt-centric campaign. He seems like he’s Conservative but is not the most viable option. He has little online presence.

Jeffrey Stein is a more Libertarian option, the capital “L” unfortunately indicating Libertarian Party. In 2016, he lost the LP primary for District 2. His campaign website looks like a conspiracy theorist website and contains this platform I added in for laughs, specifically the overpopulation issue.

I’ll pass on Stein. Last, but not least, is Todd Watson. Watson ran as an independent against Sasse and lost in 2014. However, Watson is running to “to Make Republicans Conservative Again!” His platform is a very Christian one, meaning he knows government can’t solve the human condition. Watson is the only Conservative option in this race.

Conservative Pick: Todd Watson

District 1

Jeff Fortenberry is an unopposed RINO who is fiscally irresponsible.

District 2

Don Bacon is an unopposed RINO.

District 3

Adrian Smith is a hardcore RINO. He is opposed by three challengers. But a review of Smith’s record shows he voted for measures like Omnibus and Planned Parenthood funding. Kirk Prenner is the first challenger running to the right of Smith campaigning on his poor record. When Prenner says he’s a Main Street Conservative, he is actually anti-Wall Street in many ways. This could be a negative mark on Prenner. However, this could be a good indication of him being against corporate welfare and cronyism.

Larry Bolinger is a name in the race with hardly a website informing the public what he would do. Arron Kowalski is another name in the race but he is a corn farmer who would selfishly raise the ethanol mandate in gasoline about 50%. His policies are all farm-related meaning he should run for a local office, not Congress.

Conservative Pick: Kirk Prenner

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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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