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Barack Obama had more election day victories than Donald Trump did

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Barack Obama had more election day victories than Donald Trump did

The White House spin machine was in typical form yesterday after voters gave Democrats control of the House. Having made the election all about himself, just a he does with everything else, Trump tried to snatch a non-existent victory from the jaws of a real defeat.

True to form and right on cue, so-called conservative media types provided cover for Trump’s Pollyanna interpretation of the election.

Lost in this rainbows-and-unicorns rhetoric is the reality that Trump’s Democrat roots will soon be fully revealed as he willingly makes deals with Nancy Pelosi on a host of Obama-inspired issues, such as healthcare.

This is a greater threat than Trump sycophants are willing to admit. Trump made saving parts of Obamacare and expanding Medicare a GOP issue leading up to Tuesday’s vote. And in her post-election press conference, Pelosi declared that the Democrat’s victory was a mandate to protect these programs.

With Trump serving as Chief Whip in support of making Pelosi House Speaker along with his longtime support of government-run healthcare, I think it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be signing single-payer healthcare into law.

Still, Trump’s inevitable shift from a Republican-in-name-only to a Democrat-in-reality isn’t the only uncovered story from this week’s election; that honor goes to Barack Obama and his long-term strategy of turning America into a Democratic Socialist utopia.

Early in the 2017 special election season, I wrote an article about how Obama and former US Attorney Eric Holder had created the National Democratic Redistricting Committee — a group designed to work at the grass-roots level to elect enough Democrats to state and local governments to give the party control when Congressional redistricting takes place following the 2020 census.

Thanks to the ineptitude of Trump and the GOP, along with a little help from the courts, Obama experienced a significant number of victories, thus bringing him closer to his goals.

Democrats flipped seven gubernatorial offices on Tuesday, gaining the “trifecta of power” (control of the governor’s office and both legislative chambers) in six states: Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, and New York. Democrats also broke up existing GOP trifectas in Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

Before the election, Republicans held the trifecta in twenty-six states, Democrats held it in seven, and seventeen were divided. Post-election, Republicans hold twenty-one, Democrats hold fourteen, and thirteen are divided. Georgia is still undecided.

Earlier this year, I documented how several state-level special elections over the past two years were a bad sign for Republicans and how that would likely impact 2018 and bring Obama closer to his goal of creating decades of Democrat majorities.

Unfortunately, Trumplicans and Trumpservatives were more concerned about themselves and cozying up to the New York liberal with an “R” after his name than they were about doing their jobs — leaving the door wide open for Obama and Holder to have more victories on Tuesday than Trump had.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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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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