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2018: The year the far-Left became openly hostile to the cause of Liberty

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2018 The year the far-Left became openly hostile to the cause of Liberty

Looking back at 2018 and how the Parkland mass murder caused the Left snap and drop the pretence of being Liberal.

Reviewing the year 2018, one is struck by the fact that it was turning point with the far-Left drop kicking the mask concealing their true authoritarian ideals. There are times when one feels compelled to write about certain subjects or choose certain items for lists and other compilations. Last December, one New Year’s resolution was to stop complimenting Leftists with the term ‘Liberal’. While being an ongoing issue, it didn’t seem that prevalent. Never the less, there seemed to be a certain sense of being ‘guided’ to add this to the list. Little did we know that it turned out to be quite prescient in that 2018 was the year the Socialist-Left turned their back on Liberty.

The new year started like most others in the midst of a cold winter for those in more mountainous or northern climes due to the ravages of Global cooling.. er.. Global Warming because there is nothing like the planet becoming colder due to the planet getting hotter, at least for one hemisphere.

It was mid February when an event took place that was pivotal in the far Left’s relationship to freedom. After local law enforcement dropped the ball in dealing with a troubled teenager and failed to protect the children, the Parkland mass murder tragedy took place, becoming the top news story of the year, according to a survey by the associated press.

A perfect ‘Serious crisis’ to help those hostile to Liberty.

The crisis was a ‘perfect storm’ bringing forth a small group of teenagers of the correct political persuasion. Old enough to be exploited by the Liberty grabber groups, but young enough that any legitimate criticism of them would be akin to attacking ‘children’. The ‘March for our lives’ movement seemed to spring up almost overnight, with a little help from the usual suspects in the gun confiscation groups.

These ‘serious crisis’ have always been exploited by those who keep up the pretext of being ‘Liberal’ while working to squeeze the Life out of Liberty. The lists of Leftists demanding gun confiscation always seem to have quite a few centred around these crises. It has always been their MO to make the false claim of the ‘easy access’ to guns, get whatever constrictions they can on our freedom and then patiently wait for the next serious crisis they can exploit to make the very same assertions.

For some reason, this event changed all that. In much the same way that political campaigns have become permanent cultural fixtures. This launched a permanent campaign to evince a design to the Left’s ultimate goal of gun confiscation.

Expanding the attack on Liberty.

The main feature of this ‘serious crisis’ was that it caused the far-Left to snap and widen their assault on Liberty. They used to just assail the commonsense human right of self-defense, this time around they expanded the attack on other rights that are supportive of self-preservation. Soon enough, YouTube began taking down videos on various innocuous aspects of Gunsmithing. Various corporations of a Leftist authoritarian bent began trying to dictate the extent of our civil rights by refusing to sell certain types of perfectly ordinary and legal firearms. As well as arbitrarily deciding who can buy firearms based on age.

Then of course there was the ‘March for our lives’ event last spring. Hordes of adults being cast as children by the media finally being open and honest about dictating the limits of our Liberty and of course gun confiscation. The watchword was on 21st century weapons, even though most of these originated in the previous two. But then again, the Liberty grabber Left has never let the facts get in the way of a good emotional appeal devoid of the truth.

Gun Confiscation SWATing with so-called ‘Red-Flag’ laws.

On the governmental side of the Left’s offense on freedom, politicians on all levels hit on the concept of Gun Confiscation SWATing with so-called ‘Red-Flag’ laws. Whereby those deemed ‘dangerous’ or just guilty of ‘thoughtcrime’ by a select few could suddenly find themselves at the blunt end of a battering ram with the government breaking down their door to confiscate their means of self-defense. Never mind that most jurisdictions already had laws covering this problem.

Often times, certain vestiges of culture can become codified in law when exploited by Leftists trying to enhance their raw political power. Such is the case with Gun Confiscation SWATing. What began as a way of someone attempting revenge by falsifying caller ID data, telephoning in a report to law enforcement to as to get a response via a SWAT team. Has morphed into an official set of laws making it possible for people such as neighbours or friends to deprive someone of their property without Constitutional protection of due process or even their knowledge until it’s too late. This has already resulted in the death the of one man for the ‘crime’ of possessing a means of self-defense.

Going after the right of self-defense with a flanking attack on freedom.

It was only after the Parkland tragedy that the Left decided that the best way of making self-defense illegal was by going after other freedoms that undergird this basic human right. Social media companies began implementing draconian politics to suppress free-speech that verges on guns or other verboten subjects.

True to form, a Leftist politician chose to try to exploit this trend codifying that one must submit to a ‘thoughtcrime’ investigation to exercise a basic human right. Presumably, one is only ‘allowed’ to have these God given rights if one has the correct way of thinking.

The Left also wants the banks to control your freedom.

Then in a last outrageous development for the year, the New York times outlined how it wants private businesses in the form of certain financial institutions to police the credit card purchases of those desirous of their Constitutional and natural rights. In addition to all the national, state and local laws that already infringe on the right of self-preservation, New York times in it’s infinite wisdom would like banks to look over the shoulder of private citizens and decide the limits of their Liberty.

The Takeaway.

What began with a low-level issue of the Left exploiting a word to create the false impression of support of Liberty. Has transitioned to one where they have made a mockery of the concept.

The right of self-defense is the bedrock of Liberty. One cannot exercise any other rights if the Left has a monopoly on the use of force. Those who love the pretence of supposedly being Liberal, have made it their life’s work in depriving the people of its most fundamental aspect. They’ve expanded their attack to the other freedoms that are mutually supportive of this right, no doubt this will intensify in the new year.

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Daniel Greenfield discusses Jamie Glazov’s book “Jihadist Psychopath”

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Daniel Greenfield discusses Jamie Glazovs book Jihadist Psychopath

Jamie Glazov, managing editor of FrontPage Magazine and host of The Glazov Gang, has written a book that political commentator Dennis Prager says is “one of the most important books of the present time.” That book is “Jihadist Psychopath” and I just ordered a copy for myself.

Daniel Greenfield, Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, made a video about the book that prompted me to order it. Both men are respected defenders of freedom and watchmen over the threat of jihad in America, Israel, and around the world.

As he is wont to do, Greenfield points to leftist politicians as enablers of the jihadists by turning a blind eye to the rise of sharia law across America.

“These servants of the people, public servants, they’re actually masters of the people. They prefer to dictate than to be dictated to. Now, of course, Islamic terrorists will, in their own time, dictate to them. They will dictate to them using Islamic sharia law, but as far as the left is concerned for the moment, these are the people who need them, who are badly, desperately in need of being defended and protected and of course will happily trade their votes in exchange for getting a few benefits on the side.”

He continues on, examining the book’s sober pronouncements of intolerance of anything and anyone who does not bow to sharia law. To jihadists, there is only one acceptable way to live and all other perspectives must be subjugated or eliminated.

“Islamic terrorists have no attraction for anything really positive in life,” Greenfield continues. “They’re drawn to destruction. They’re drawn to emptiness because they themselves are empty. They’re hollow, and that is a central principle of Jamie Glazov’s excellent book.”

Patriots ranging from Steven Emerson to John Bolton are publicly recommending this book. I ordered my copy after watching Greenfield’s video. Freedom-loving Americans should watch it and consider reading “Jihadist Psychopath” by Jamie Glazov.


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Matt Walsh speaks out on #CovingtonCatholic students and the fake controversy surrounding them

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Matt Walsh speaks out on CovingtonCatholic students and the fake controversy surrounding them

When white Catholic students wearing MAGA hats are caught on video face-to-face with Native Americans on one side and Black Hebrew Israelites on the other, they’re definitely bigoted white supremacist hatemongers who went out looking for minorities to persecute. At least that’s how mainstream media and a good chunk of social media reacted when they saw the initial videos and images of smirking MAGA children.

But that’s not how it went down. It was the exact opposite of how it went down.

When the story first broke, I saw many of my fellow conservatives on Twitter scolding the kids while the progressive gangs attacked them. I held my tongue. It’s not because I don’t speak out against bigotry regardless of which side of the political, religious, or cultural aisle it comes from, but something seemed fishy. Other than having a disconcerting smirk, I didn’t see anything in the kids that resembled the type of bigoted outbursts we’ve seen in the past from actual white supremacists, Antifa, or other hate groups.

It seemed staged. As it turned out, it wasn’t quite staged, per se, but it was manufactured by the two “victim” groups who went after the MAGA kids, not the other way around. As political and religious commentator Matt Walsh asked, were they supposed to drop down to the fetal position when approached by the two groups?

Hot takes on social and legacy media are often based on incomplete pictures. Before people get outraged and attack others over perceptions based on partial evidence, perhaps we should wait until the whole story comes to light. Just a thought.


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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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