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Honolulu is 2,393 miles offshore from San Francisco. But that doesn’t stop Hawaii Democrats from trying to up the ante on every perverse policy coming out of the Bay Area. Geographically at 21° North Latitude and 158° West Longitude, in the tropical Pacific Basin, yet politically drifting ever farther away from the American heartland.

When I worked in our nation’s capital three decades ago, I once suggested that a subject matter expert well versed in a crucial and essential program be brought in from Hawaii. The reaction was that Virginia and Maryland are right next door, New York is just a short distance and even Miami is still on the eastern seaboard. No matter how good he or she might be, we ain’t never gonna bring somebody in from Hawaii for this.

Every four years on presidential election day, results are usually pretty much determined by the time Hawaii polls close at 6 p.m. local time which is 11 p.m. back east. Major news outlets usually call  national and local races in Hawaii  for the Democrat before waiting for the actual results. It’s a given supposition that a Democrat always wins here. No suspense. By the time a third printout comes out by 11 p.m. or so Hawaii time, the early bird media on the East Coast has already written their stories.

So, what’s it like living in a Democrat-controlled one-party state? How could the people of Hawaii elect a hateful person like Mazie Hirono to the U.S. Senate? What is the Republican Party doing and why don’t conservatives stand up and be counted?

These are all excellent questions and very pertinent. During the election campaign, Hawaii’s Junior Senator was running for re-election at the same time she was creating a national spectacle by insulting a respected jurist in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mazie looks with contempt on conservatives, Christians and males. Her condescension is obvious and her conduct in U.S. Senate hearings and on the floor of that august body reveals her litmus test that anyone who believes in the sanctity of preborn babies in the womb will never receive her vote for confirmation to any judgeship. That is her way of predetermining the outcome of future cases to transform America into her own distorted version which is far afield from that established by this nation’s Founders.

Many of us got questions in social media asking how could the 50th state possibly keep sending this misanthropic person to Congress. All we could do is say honestly that in a state with seven to eight times as many registered Democrats as Republicans, conservatives are severely limited in getting their message to the voters.

While this caught the attention of the public during the confirmation hearing, it’s a situation that we here in Hawaii have faced for many years in a state that is totally ensconced on the Democrat Plantation. One conservative candidate was told quite sincerely by a potential supporter that she had read his platform and very much agreed with it, and that she wished she could vote for him, but that she simply could not because he was a Republican. True story.

This is not a unique scenario. She was just more candid and forthright than most people who always vote a straight Democrat ticket regardless of whose name appears with a [D] after it.

Let’s continue to use Mazie as our negative example because her name is better known nationwide ~ or more correctly her televised antics are more notorious nationwide  ~ and also because there are so many easy to remember instances of her hyper-partisanship and lack of objectivity.

In her first campaign for U.S. Senate against Republican Linda Lingle who had somehow previously defeated her to become Hawaii’s only Republican Governor of this century, during the Senatorial debate, Mazie consistently looked right at Linda and referred to her as “my REPUBLICAN opponent”. The word “Republican” was enunciated with a disdain in Mazie’s voice that made it sound like a real pejorative.

Unfortunately, Mazie is not the only one who uses this tactic. She’s just more crude and more blatant and more skilled in doing so. Hawaii has an all-Democrat DC delegation and a Democrat Governor. In varying degrees, their partisanship is apparent to one and all, both their supporters and those who dare speak out in opposition. Each of those running for reelection in 2018 won easily in the general election.

I’ll save more about the other Hawaii Democrat officials for a later time. The real problem here in the islands is a very anemic minority party. The political death knell of Hawaii GOP has been proclaimed many times in many places in many ways by many liberal entities. Unfortunately, conservatives have to concur that we have been disenfranchised.

After the national Republican Party stabbed us in the back at the Convention in Cleveland in 2016, nobody in the local party stood up for us either. They are too busy infighting and vying among themselves for power and prestige and kissing up to the guy in the Oval Office who bears the stamp of their organization ~ at least at the moment, he does.

There are few if any prominent names that come to mind as potential rising stars in the Republican Party which barely exists in Hawaii or the conservative movement which does in name only. The truth is that there are many people in the State of Hawaii on all islands who maintain traditional family values, conservative fiscal practices, high morals and patriotism towards both State and Nation.

Somehow the Democrat Party has successfully branded the Republican Party as a throwback to the days of businessmen and missionaries from the U.S. mainland who sailed here during the Hawaiian Monarchy and exploited the indigenous people of Hawaii. The territorial days which ended upon statehood in 1959 have come to be relegated to the prehistoric past. Since then Democrats have controlled virtually all facets of life in Hawaii.

But this is not 1959. 2019 will be the 60th anniversary of the State of Hawaii. Today, Hawaii’s economy is not doing well. This is a very anti-business climate with over-taxation and over-regulation. Homelessness grew by 12% in 2018 and was already bad before that. Both locals and kamaaina alike are fleeing the high cost of living in Hawaii for a more affordable lifestyle in other states. The rail to nowhere is becoming a national disgrace and enormous financial burden.

It’s time for the good-hearted people of Hawaii to realize that it is a secret ballot they cast at the polling place and that they are accountable to their families, their children, their children’s children and not to the Hawaii Democrat Party! To succeed in Hawaii, we must reach the sensibilities of registered Democrats. There are simply not enough registered Republicans to change the misdirection.

We must simultaneously also work to rebrand the Republican Party as the one which truly cares about and represents ALL the people of Hawaii, not just special interest groups as do the Democrats. It won’t hurt if we will also choose Republican Party officials who will get off their okole and help recruit better candidates, help spread the conservative message and actually put candidates into office for a change. No more also-rans. No more token candidates. The Democrat monopoly must be broken up.

Even if I be a minority of one ~ which I am not ~ but actually am one of a very small minority who publicly stand for conservative principles ~ abandoning ship is simply not an option. Being a constructive critic of both political parties is the most reasonable path to take.

Common Sense Must Prevail Against All Odds!

Hawaii print media, broadcast media and online media are all very much in the pocket of the Democrat one-party machine. That’s why for us here in the 50th state, NOQ Report is an objective source whose time has come!

 


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  1. Public Citizen

    March 2, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    You could exchange the word Hawaii with the word California and all the political descriptions would still be accurate.
    Until hate driven people like Hirono, Kamila Harris and others are thrown out of our Legislative Bodies For Cause, that being their Anti-Constitutional attitudes, and I would emphasize that their attitudes run completely against the Constitutional Principles that they swore an oath to uphold, our Republic will remain in peril, as will every Constitution Supporting Citizen.

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The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture

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The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture

In many scriptures of the Bible, there is a “falling away” or discussion of great deceptions that are coming to the world. It has been hard for believers in Christ to comprehend the possibility of the masses falling away from Christianity because faith has been a powerful part of society for nearly two millenniums, but we are seeing it today. Moreover, we are seeing the spreading of a seed that will cause further apostasy among believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior: the myth of a pre-tribulation rapture.

Most who have gone to church in the last hundred years have likely considered the possibility at the very least that the rapture of the church will occur before the tribulation that is spoken of in many books of the Bible, including the Book of Revelation. Some estimates put it at 90% of the Christian church believes in a pre-tribulation rapture. The vast majority of popular churches teach that believers will be called up to Heaven before the tribulation. Simply stated, the Bible does not support this claim.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Jesus will come in the clouds and call up those who are believers. This will not happen prior to the tribulation. The sun and moon will be darkened, and then He shall return. The majority of churches that teach Imminency, the concept that Jesus will return at any moment and His people will be raptured at that time, point to one verse to counter the argument of signs that will precede His second coming:

Matthew 24:36

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

This is obviously a true statement. It is also one that is completely misunderstood. The fact that we nor anyone else can know the day or the hour does not mean that He can come at any time. Throughout the Gospels and the writings of Paul, we hear of things that must happen before His return. It is not for us to know the day or the hour, but the season will make itself very evident. We will see certain events occur. One of those series of events are known as the Great Tribulation.

Why it is believed

The simply answer when asking why so many people, even “educated” church leaders, is that we want to believe it. It’s human nature to want to avoid persecution, war, sickness, and beheadings, all of which are spoken of as parts of the tribulation. If someone of authority tells us that we will not have to go through these things as long as we believe, it’s a message that can resonate. Those who hear the truth, that we may be living in the end times and that as a result many of us will go through great suffering due to our faith – it’s just not as positive of a message.

The not-so-simple answer is that Satan is pushing this as part of his agenda. It is Satan that rules the earth. His goal is to pull as many people away from the faith as possible, which is why he and his minions began deceiving Christians at their core starting in the early 19th century with the doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture. He has brought about and continues to bring about waves of deceptions to pull people away from even considering the Word of the Bible, but this particular deception is to attack those who are wanting to be strong in their faith. It’s designed to shake the spirits of the believers to the point of non-belief.

Think about it. If you make people believe that they are not going to face suffering, that they are “special” and will avoid all of the troubles that will engulf the world, then they are weakened as a result. They will not be ready. When the tribulation does begin and they’re still on this planet going through it, they will begin to question their own faith. They will not be prepared to fight against persecution. They will be more willing to be deceived in order to save their lives. They will be more open to deceptions of the Anti-Christ. They will be more likely to worship the false messiah to take his mark in order to buy and sell. They will see the formation of the one world government, the one world economy, and the single world leader and they will do so more willingly than those who have their eyes open.

This is arguably the greatest deception that Satan has pulled off thus far.

Why churches teach it

Building a church is not as black and white for most as it is for others. It’s much easier to build one with a happy message than to try to build one through promises of fire and brimstone, persecution and suffering. There are those sitting in the seats of church leadership who realize that a pre-tribulation rapture is not correct but they continue to preach it in fear that their congregation will shrink or disappear altogether if they go against the grain.

As with any man-made organization, the Christian church world has a “club” among the leaders. There are those who are in the club and those who are not in the club. Those who are in the club are able to speak at events, sell books, build up an online following, and prosper as a church. Those who are not in the club have a much harder time finding relevance in this world. Today, the club is made up of pre-tribulation rapture teachers. If you’re not preaching a pre-tribulation rapture, you can’t be in the club.

It’s a catch-22 for many. Not all do it because of ignorance or greed. There are those who teach it because they feel that a message that can resonate with more people is better than a message that alienates many. In other words, they realize that they are not teaching this particular issue properly but if they can misinterpret this one little point, they’ll be able to get the other important messages out to more people. It’s a misguided attempt at an honorable sentiment that is actually more dangerous than not reaching the people at all. We believe there is a likelihood that many people will fall away in the last days, but others will open their eyes as well. If they open their eyes and start reading the Bible, they will see what they had missed their whole lives and will have an opportunity to head down the right path before it’s too late. If, however, they are weakened by expectations of a pre-tribulation rapture, it will be more difficult to bring them back to the truth.

Debating the Issue

It is sad when I read some of the assertions of those who continue to fight the truth of post-tribulation rapture. They are often excellent writers or orators fighting from a misguided perspective. For example, in the book Triumphant Return by Grant Jeffrey, he states:

Several incorrect premises have caused some to reject the pretribulation Rapture and accept the position called the “postribulation Rapture.” The first premise is an emotional contention that it would be unfair for the modern Church to escape to heaven scot free to escape the martyrdom that other believers have experienced.

In all of our studies of those promoting a post-tribulation rapture, I have never heard this premise before. It’s appalling that Jeffrey would lead with such a poor premise, as if trying to mislead the readers into believing that the post-tribulation doctrine is so weak that those who believe in it are emotional and ignorant simpletons.  Below, you will see videos of people who have formed their doctrine based solely on the Word of the Bible, who make it crystal clear that a post-tribulation rapture is without a doubt the reality, and that the theory of a pre-tribulation rapture is damaging to those to which it is taught.

The Words of Jesus Christ should be the resounding end of any debate that He will return before the tribulation:

Matthew 24:29-31

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

There are other verses that also make it clear, but this is obviously the most specific. There are those who will say this is referring only to the Jews. There are those who will use charts and graphs to convince you of a pre-tribulation rapture. They will point to interpretations by Darby, Ephraem the Syrian, and Scofield as proof. Do not be misled.

Rather than point to the evidence or attempt to debate the concept, I will defer to a few people who have done more research on the subject than me. Please take the time to watch these videos and share this article. It’s important that believers are prepared for what’s to come. Whether it’s today or in a thousand years, we cannot allow people to be guided down a path that can lead them to be part of the falling away the Jesus spoke of in His ministry. We must open our eyes, see the truth, and spread it to all that we can.

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AOC says 2/3rds of Democrats have ‘social intelligence of a sea sponge’ for believing her 12-year apocalyptic claims

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AOC says 23rds of Democrats have social intelligence of a sea sponge for believing her 12-year apoca

On May 12, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said anyone who took her literally about the world ending in 12 years over climate change would “have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge.” A new survey by Rasmussen indicates most Democrats have such social intelligence. They took her literally, and therefore they all possess sea-sponge-intellects, according to their young cult leader.

67% of Democrats believe the United States has only 12 years to aggressively fight climate change or else there will be disastrous and irreparable damage to the country and the world.

This is the problem with radical progressive politicians like AOC. She mixes hyperbole with her actual feelings and doesn’t give indications as to when she’s being literal and when she’s using “dry humor + sarcasm.” But if you listen to one of the many instances where she makes the claim about 12-years-until-apocalypse, she seems deadly serious.

She’s not the biggest problem, though. The real problems are the millions of sheep who follow here without question, who believe everything she says and support everything she does. The left often argues that President Trump’s most passionate followers are like a cult, but even the President’s supporters aren’t as dedicated when it comes to taking him literally as AOC’s cult following is with her claims. The response to Trump’s actions and statements are supported but measured. Moreover, I’ve seen (and participated in) plenty of pushback against some of his policies from tariffs to firearm restrictions to dealing with North Korea.

We hear fairly regularly about pushback from prominent conservatives, and oftentimes the President takes this pushback into account when making decisions. But with AOC, the only occasional pushback comes from the Democratic establishment as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or other old school Democrats jab at AOC a bit. Otherwise, she’s unabated in her rhetoric and unchecked in her actions.

Here’s the sad part. If you were to tell AOC’s followers they were sea sponges for taking her literally, they’d scream at you. But if you showed them that SHE called them sea sponges, they’d nod and say, “Oh, if AOC said it, I must be a sea sponge.”

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Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls: ‘Stop pretending you’re a victim because you broke the rules and rolled up your skirt’

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Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls Stop pretending youre a victim because you broke the rules and rolled

Students at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego are protesting their dress code. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence; there have been plenty of protests over the years, especially by feminists, in opposition to school dress codes that require girls to wear skirts. But this protest is different. The students are protesting because girls are no longer allowed to wear skirts.

Principal Kevin Calkin, the principal at Cathedral Catholic High School, changed the dress code in the most recent iteration of policy. Now, it states: “The most significant change is that skirts will no longer be an option for girls. Dress code is a perennial challenge. The dress code exists for at least three good reasons: to foster unity, to encourage modesty, and to minimize pressure to conform to particular styles or clothing brands. Basically we hope to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not on outward appearances.”

But students brought signs and demanded the old policy be put back in place. Signs had various messages from “My body, my choice” to “Even Jesus wore one.”

The policy was put into place after the principal and others on staff had handed out “hundreds of hours of detention” to girls who would break the knee-length minimum for skirts, especially by rolling up their skirts to reveal more of their lower bodies.

One America News host Liz Wheeler lambasted the students, who apparently can’t tell the difference between rights and privileges. Only in America can students feel so victimized because they can’t wear skirts to school.

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