IT’S TIME FOR A THREE-PARTY SYSTEM

How About Adding The Tea Party?

     Long, long ago, there was a country where statesmen represented their respective districts and constituents with honor and integrity. These statesmen were citizens first, not professional politicians.  They sought to serve, rather than accumulate power and perks.

    This country, in those days, featured people like George Washington.  He was America’s first president and the people would probably have been happy for him to be “King for Life.”  Being a man of great character, he did not take advantage of the opportunity and chose to walk away, turning his back on it all.  He released the power and the perks, giving them back to the people of the new republic.  He said, “The ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone.”

    Welcome to America, 2013.  George Washington’s ideology is long gone.  It is hard to find in Washington, D.C., and it is hard to find in the two major political parties.  Democrats and Republicans, generally, are more interested in power than in honor and integrity.

    The Democratic Party, at one time, had a moral compass.  Now, the party is morally bankrupt.  It is the party of abortion and same-sex marriage and high taxation and big government.  It is leading the way as America continues its mad rush toward Third World status.

    Right behind the Democrats are the Republicans.  That party, too, used to know what it believed and was willing to stand up for those beliefs.  The shell is still there, but the spine is not.  The Republicans were being counted on to be the loyal opposition.  Now, instead, they play footsies with the Democrats on almost every major issue and eventually they cave.  Once they lose ground in any particular battle with the Democrats, they never get it back.

    The result, with both parties failing the America people, is debt as far as the eye can see.  The result is record numbers of people on welfare, food stamps and various other kinds of government assistance.  The Democrats are pushing ahead at 100,000 miles an hour and the Republicans are right behind them at 90,000.  Simple math tells us all of this is unsustainable.

    The Democrats have led America into socialism and the people are following like sheep.  The Republicans are Democrat light.  The Democrats and Barack Obama have cobbled together a coalition that figures to be in control for years to come, barring a miracle.  They are the party of the Left.  The Republicans keep trying to edge from the Right, back toward the middle.  The party’s establishment wants a bigger tent.  The Karl Roves of the world want Republicans to be a kinder, gentler party—that is, more moderate, inclusive and submissive—one that no longer really represents true conservatives.

    The Tea Party, despised by both establishment Democrats and Republicans, is now, in my opinion, the true representative of conservatives.  It stands for the conservative, constitutional, capitalist, small-government ideology that has made America the greatest country in the world.  Simply stated, the contemporary Democratic Party represents the far Left, the Republican Party represents the moderates and the Tea Party represents real conservatives who are trying to salvage the greatest force for good the world has ever known.

     Currently, both parties suffer from an identity crisis with Blue Dog Democrats supporting socialism and the Republican Party abandoning its base.  Since both major parties have abandoned their constituents, it is time for Americans to abandon the elephants and asses and start a new majority party.

    In the 2010 midterm election, the American people, by their votes, said they had had enough.  Still, even though Americans spoke at the ballot box, in town hall meetings and at peaceful protest events, politicians—both Democrats and Republicans—have turned a blind eye.

    The Democrats, especially Barack Obama, arrogantly ignored the results of the 2010 midterms and doubled down on his left wing ideology.  Republicans bragged that Americans wanted Republicans in power and Tea Party patriots banged their heads against the wall.  Neither of the major parties seemed to get it.

    The establishment politician’s response was the standard arrogant rhetoric of the new aristocracy and the ruling elites.  The elites of 2013, Democrats and Republicans, think they know more than you do about how to live and survive and how to govern.  The Democrats are Nanny statists and the Republicans are their assistants.

    The mainstream media demonizes Tea Partiers.  They are characterized as racist and stupid and out of touch.  These media hacks are the arm of the Democratic Party.  They have ceased to be journalists.  They are now propagandists.  Therefore, they have made it their responsibility to destroy the most significant grassroots movement in this country in years.  The Democrats, the Republicans, the mainstream media and Hollywood hope the Tea Party will just go away.  As a result of the 2012 election, the establishment believes it has the Tea Party on the run and that it is in the process of dying.

     The Tea Party is not dead.  Its mission is simple and it is still relevant.  It calls for elected officials and the bureaucrats who administer their policies to follow the Constitution, then listen to the people they represent.  The Tea Party supports candidates who commit to the founding principles of the Constitution—limited government, states’ rights, free markets, balanced budgets, no deficits and a strong military.

    Tea Partiers believe in the basic principles of freedom and liberty as opposed to a Government that knows what’s best for you.  They exist to remind politicians that they work for the people, not the other way around.  They exist to remind the American people that both major parties seek power at the expense of morals and integrity.

    America is at a crossroads.  There is a battle for the soul of this great country and, so far, the bad guys are winning.  As a result, it is time for the people to closely examine the platforms of both major parties to determine what they actually stand for.  This calls for the establishment of a third party to get the attention of the establishment, careerist politicians who meander through the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

    That party should be the Tea Party.  That would leave us with a socialist party, an establishment party and a true conservative party.  Call this third party what you like.  It can be the Tea Party or the Conservative Party or the Constitution Party.  The name really doesn’t matter.  What this party stands for would be what matters.  It’s time for a second American Revolution that will be fought with words in the marketplace of ideas. 

    America’s soul hangs in the balance.

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Ed Baswell is the host of Crossfire Radio weekdays from 7-9 am on The Promise, 90.7 FM.  The show is streamed live worldwide at promisetalkradio.org.

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE

Praying For The Abolition Of Abortion

In the rain, sleet and snow they come.  In the extreme heat and in the bone-chilling cold they come.  Sometimes, they stand for hours.  Theirs is not a political movement.  Theirs is a spiritual movement and it is ecumenical.  They are Catholics and Baptists and Pentecostals and Methodists, among many others.

They stand on sidewalks in front of facilities all over the world, including the Bossier City Medical Suite, 1505 Doctors Drive, and pray for the abolition of abortion.  They rely on the power of prayer and fasting.  They are “40 Days For Life.”

They are not wild-eyed and fanatical.  Their vigils are peaceful.  They do not scream.  They do not harass.  They do not harangue.  They simply pray, and with God’s help, they are getting results.

They claim to have witnessed approximately 6,700 “saves” since their movement started.  A “save” happens when a woman who has made an appointment to have an abortion changes her mind and elects not to go through with the procedure.  A life is saved.

That figure, 6,700, is a conservative estimate because those involved in the movement say they have seen numerous women drive up to abortion clinics to keep their appointments, only to drive away when they see representatives of “40 Days For Life” praying in front of the facility.  Those are potential “saves,” but it is impossible to keep track, since the pregnant woman may re-schedule her appointment and go through with the abortion at a later date.  Still, there is no doubt “40 Days For Life” is having an effect, worldwide.

In Jacksonville, Florida, for example, where “40 Days” began vigils in 2007, abortions have dropped by a staggering 23 percent, going down every single year.  The numbers have dropped from 8,437 in 2007 to 6,547 in 2012.

The 6,547 abortions are still a horrendous loss of life, but it is a fact—abortion numbers in Jacksonville have fallen by almost 2,000 since “40 Days” began its sidewalk vigils in that Florida city six years ago.  There may be other reasons for the drop, but you’ll never convince the “40 Days” volunteers.  They say they believe God is honoring the prayer and fasting with “saves,” and I agree.

Last Wednesday, on Day 1 of this year’s campaign in Orange County, California, “40 Days” reports a “save” in front of a Planned Parenthood facility.  A woman came out of the building, and with tears in her eyes, told the “40 Days” volunteers she had decided not to have an abortion.  The woman was in her 7th week of pregnancy and has four other children.  She believed her family did not have the resources to care for another child.

Another result of the prayer and fasting, participants believe, is the shutting down of abortion clinics.  In Michigan, 5 abortion centers have closed in the past 15 months, including a facility in Lansing—a closure that followed a three-month prayer effort.  In Greensboro, North Carolina, prayer volunteers were getting ready for their second peaceful vigil outside the Women’s Choice abortion facility, but had to change their plans when the clinic shut its doors.  They have now moved to the other abortion clinic in Greensboro to begin their vigil.

The founder of “40 Days For Life” is David Bereit, now the movement’s national director.  He became an outspoken pro-life advocate after Planned Parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his Texas town in 1998.  He helped to start and build a local grassroots coalition that rallied 60 churches and thousands of people together to seek to reduce abortions or eliminate them in and around Bryan-College Station, Texas.  The effectiveness of “40 Days” was confirmed when Planned Parenthood labeled David’s town “the most anti-choice place in the nation.”

“40 Days For Life” is a focused, pro-life campaign that coincides with Lent.  This year, it runs from February 13th to March 24th.  The campaign seeks to access God’s power through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach to end abortion.  The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity over 40 days with the idea of seeking God’s favor in turning hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities, and in some cases, the entire world.  From Noah in the flood to Moses on the mountain to the disciples after Christ’s resurrection, it is clear that God sees the transformative value of His people accepting and meeting a 40-day challenge.

Each day during “40 Days For Life,” individuals, churches, families and groups are asked to join together in prayer for a specific request so the body of Christ, the Church, can unite around a common focus.  These specific prayer requests seek God’s help for women who are at risk of having an abortion, innocent children who are at risk of perishing, men and women who carry the pain of a past abortion experience and workers at Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion centers.  In addition, there is prayer for local, regional and national leaders, for revival and renewal in churches all over the world, and for repentance and healing throughout the nation.

“40 Days For Life” also invites people of faith to fast throughout the campaign because the Bible teaches that there are certain kinds of evil that can only be driven out by prayer AND fasting.  “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21).  “40 Days” sees abortion as an unspeakable atrocity that can ultimately be abolished only through spiritual warfare.

The prayer warriors may choose to abstain from certain foods, from television, from apathy and indifference, or from whatever separates them from God.  Their belief is that when God’s people fast with a broken, repentant and contrite spirit, the heavenly Father will hear from Heaven and heal individuals, states, countries, churches, communities and the world.

In Scripture, Jesus says, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24).  If you want to follow Christ and work toward the abolition of abortion, go to www.40daysforlifesb.com for more information about the local “40 Days” effort which will be in progress until March 24th.             ————————————————————————————————————

Ed Baswell is the host of Crossfire Radio weekdays from 7-9 am on The Promise, 90.7 FM.  The show is streamed live worldwide at promisetalkradio.org.

Ebony Magazine Ignores Black Conservatives

February 11, 2013

BLACK CONSERVATIVES - Ebony Magazine Ignores Them

     Every year, Ebony magazine publishes a list of the 150 “Most Influential Blacks in America.”  The list should be renamed “The Most Influential LIBERAL Blacks in America.”  The magazine, which has been a monthly staple for black Americans since 1945, conveniently leaves influential conservative black intellectuals off its list.

    How can the magazine, in good conscience, leave out a conservative, heavyweight black intellectual like Walter Williams?  He is a distinguished professor of economics and former department chairman at George Mason University.  He has written 10 books on economics and race relations and also writes a popular weekly syndicated column which is carried in 200 papers.  Chances are, if a liberal black intellectual wrote books and columns and chaired a department at a university, Ebony would almost certainly put his or her name on that list.

    You see, Ebony apparently believes Williams’ politics hurt black people.  Williams, for example, is a leading critic of the minimum wage, a policy that he and many economists believe INCREASES unemployment.  The late Milton Friedman, an economist who won a Nobel Prize, called the minimum wage law “one of the most, if not the most, anti-black law on the books.”  Even if Ebony disagrees, a significant number of economists say they believe minimum wage laws increase unemployment among those with lower skills—the very people the laws are supposed to help.

    Williams calls 14 percent black unemployment, versus 7.8 percent nationwide and 6.9 percent for whites, an outrage.  He blames left-wing policies.  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, and the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, admitted, “As the chair of the Black Caucus, I’ve got to tell you, we are always hesitant to criticize the President.  With 14 percent (black) unemployment, if we had a white president, we’d be marching around the White House…The President knows we are going to act in deference to him in a way we wouldn’t to someone white.”

    Not only does Ebony leave out Walter Williams, the magazine also ignores Thomas Sowell each year.  Sowell, who works for Stanford’s Hoover Institution, has written 40 books about economics, politics and race relations.  His column appears in more than 300 papers, making him one of the most widely read writers in the English language.  David Mamet, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright called Sowell “our greatest contemporary philosopher.”

    Sowell’s point of view is that government anti-poverty programs cause even more poverty and induce a self-defeating dependency on government.  Recently, he wrote, “Liberals try to show their concern for the poor by raising the level of the minimum wage laws.  Yet they show no interest in hard evidence that minimum wage laws create disastrous levels of unemployment among young blacks in this country, as such laws created high unemployment rates among young people in general in European countries.

    “The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals’ expansion of the welfare state.  Most black children grew up in homes with two parents during all that time, but most grow up with only one parent today.”

    Sportscaster Bob Costas called the murder-suicide of a black professional football player the product of the “gun culture.”  In reality, that player, Jovan Belcher, was the product of a “fatherless culture.”  Like so many blacks, he was raised without a father.

    A significant portion of crime comes from homes where the father is missing.  Today, 72 percent of blacks, 53 percent of Hispanics and 36 percent of whites are born out of wedlock.  Consider the murder statistics from New York City, a place where 44 percent of the population is white, 29 percent is Hispanic and 25 percent is black.  Yet, in 2011, blacks and Hispanics accounted for 91 percent of the homicide suspects.  If liberals are not prepared to say blacks and Hispanics are genetically predisposed to commit crime, then they must force themselves to look at the problem of AWOL dads.

    Ebony leaves out Williams and Sowell every year and the magazine also ignores Clarence Thomas.  He is one of only nine sitting Supreme Court justices.  He is left out because Ebony doesn’t like his politics.  But, to argue that these three men are not influential is laughable.

    Liberal policies of the last 50 years have to be examined and re-examined, but that is something Ebony, black liberals and white liberals refuse to do.  Those policies may very well be the only explanation for the nation’s out-of-wedlock birth rate leaping from 25 percent in 1965 to 72 percent in 2013.  At the very least, shouldn’t liberals look at the numbers and try to figure out what’s causing the destruction of the black family?  Maybe these brilliant black conservatives are on to something.

    Sometimes, the truth hurts.  A 72 percent out-of-wedlock birth rate indicates there is an extremely serious problem in the black community.  First of all, it is a matter of immorality.  Are black preachers emphasizing the Bible’s take on sex outside of marriage?  Are black preachers calling sin sin?  Are black preachers telling their congregants there is a price to pay for immorality? Are black preachers telling their church members they will answer to God for the immoral choices they make?  I wonder.

    Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, seemed to be more concerned about black liberation theology than actually preaching against sin.  And, even if black preachers are preaching against sin, apparently the message isn’t getting through when 7 out of 10 black babies are born out of wedlock.  Ultimately, the turnaround will have to start in the black church and fan out into the community.  The black church, and for that matter, all churches, need to experience revival.

    Even liberals sometimes recognize how the “fatherless culture” has annihilated the black family.  Kweisi Mfume was once the head of the NAACP.  He was asked, “Which poses the bigger threat to the black community—white racism or the absence of black fathers?”  Without hesitation, Mfume said, “The absence of black fathers.”

    Ebony, are you listening?

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Ed Baswell is the host of Crossfire Radio weekdays from 7-9 am on The Promise, 90.7 FM.  The show is streamed live worldwide at promisetalkradio.org.

Amnesty By Any Other Name Is Still Amnesty

Here we go again.

I hate reruns.

When it comes to illegal immigration, we have heard it all before.  The borders will be secured.  We promise.  There will be a pathway to citizenship that would screen out criminals and increase worksite enforcement provisions.  Scout’s honor.

The plan being touted by Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, is simply a recycling of old ideas and the same old promises which are never kept.  It includes the very same eligibility requirements found in bills proposed in 2006 and 2007.

“There literally is nothing novel to his proposals,” said Bob Dane, the communications director of Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, an advocacy organization for legal immigration.  Rubio is trying to triangulate all of these competing special interests that want to be at the table.  It really is just Groundhog Day, it is a sequel of 2007.”

Dane added, Rubio is being pressured by “the business lobby and the Chamber of Commerce” to support this plan because those groups are leading the charge for cheap labor.  In addition, Dane said, “The Republicans are operating under this false premise that they need to capture the Hispanic (vote) via amnesty.”

Still, Rubio’s plan is getting support from conservative heavy hitters like Fox’s Sean Hannity and Representative Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican.  Hannity said, “I got to be honest.  I think it’s the most thoughtful bill that I have heard heretofore.”  Ryan said on his Facebook page, “Senator Rubio is exactly right on the need to fix our broken immigration system.  I support the principles he’s outlined.”

The truth is, the Republican party is setting itself up for its own destruction.

The GOP has an opportunity to re-establish itself with its core constituency by demonstrating its understanding of conservatives’ concerns about mass immigration and the impact on job markets.  They are going to make the mistake of pandering to Hispanic voters and wind up empty-handed.  They will not, at least in the short term, get the support of Hispanics and they will lose the support of conservatives.

If the Republicans support Rubio’s plan, at least four things will happen, all of them bad for the GOP.  First, the party will be split even more than it is now between establishment Republicans and conservative Republicans.  Second, the Republican Party will alienate the working class.  Third, the Democrats will TAKE the credit and GET the credit for the passage of Rubio’s proposal and it will not make Hispanics decide, all of a sudden, to vote for Republicans.  The GOP will have, again, caved to the Dems.  Fourth, the Republicans will be “importing” themselves out of office because the overwhelming majority of illegals are government-dependent and have no connection with the message or platform of the GOP.  Illegals who become citizens will vote for Democrats to keep their government benefits coming.

Analysis done by the Heritage Foundation indicates that while each illegal contributes about $10,000 a year to the economy, he/she consumes about $32,000 in taxpayer funded benefits.  The average illegal doesn’t want citizenship, he/she wants the $32,000.  The illegals who arrive in America from Mexico come from a socialist state.  They are accustomed to thinking it is the government’s job to hand out goodies, and since America is wealthier than Mexico, they can get more goodies here.  So they come and they keep on coming.

Rubio insists illegals will not be eligible for federal benefits once they come “out of the shadows.”  The fact is, many of them are getting those benefits now.  Why would they put those benefits at risk when Rubio’s “pathway to citizenship” might mean a ten-year wait to become legal?

Also, imagine the GOP’s public relations nightmare if the party was to try to revoke the benefits some illegals are already receiving.  If you think Republicans are labeled “heartless” and “uncaring” now, you just wait.  Rubio and his Republican buddies would almost certainly not be able to stand up to that kind of pressure.  His words sound tough, but, like so many times before, they would probably end up being empty threats.

Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, says the Rubio plan is almost identical to the one the late Ted Kennedy proposed.  That alone should give any conservative pause.  If it still has Kennedy’s fingerprints on it, it better be examined very closely.  There is a “Chappaquiddick” in there somewhere.

So, what should the Republicans do?  How do you handle a problem that involves 12,000,000 illegal aliens?  It is going to take some bold leadership and I’m not sure the GOP has anyone in its ranks who has the stomach for a huge fight.

Since I am not IN office and I am not RUNNING for office, I will put a proposal on the table and encourage some brave politician to give it a shot.  It would be called “The Pathway To Leaving Bill.”  It would have provisions that would make it easier for illegals to leave the country.  It would give them plenty of time to get their house in order and return to their native countries.

The first part of the plan would be to make absolutely sure the border is secure for three reasons.  First, to keep terrorists from sneaking in.  Second, to keep the drug runners out of America where there is a huge market for their products.  Third, to prevent illegals from continuing to pour into this country.

The security of the border would be virtually guaranteed with a fence—a tall fence, a thick fence, a strong fence—running from one end of our border with Mexico to the other.  Beyond that, the National Guard would be used to secure the border.  If that doesn’t work, America’s armed forces would be used.  It is a matter of national security.

The second part of the plan would be designed to give illegals a pathway to leaving.  It would involve four steps and would cover a period of 12 years.  In phase one, the 3,000,000 illegals who have come to this country most recently would be given four years to return to their native countries.  If they do not do this voluntarily, at the end of three years, the government will revoke all benefits, all drivers’ licenses and all working privileges in that last year.  If that does not work, deportations will begin.

The second, third and fourth phases will also be for 3,000,000 illegals at a time and will involve a four-year process.  If this plan is faithfully carried out, over time, the infusion of new illegals will be stopped and the exit of illegals already in the country will be complete.

That is not a rerun.

Ed Baswell is the host of Crossfire Radio weekdays from 7-9 am on The Promise, 90.7 FM.  The show is streamed live worldwide at promisetalkradio.org.