SUBJECT: EVANGELICAL MEETING – PLEASE READ EVANGELICAL MEETING – IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN_DEAR FRIENDS, A GREAT READ. PLEASE SOAK IT IN AND FORWARD TO AS MANY AS YOU CAN ON YOUR EMAIL LIST. TRUMP WAS NOT THE FIRST CHOICE FOR MANY — BUT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HELP ELECT THE ALTERNATIVE? YOU MIGHT ENJOY HEARING FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS “INSIDE THE ROOM”: THIS IS FROM BILL PERKINS OF COMPASS INTERNATIONAL. PLEASE VOTE IN NOVEMBER. NOT VOTING IS A VOTE. TRUMP MEETS WITH EVANGELICAL LEADERS. THIS WAS A FASCINATING DAY IN NEW YORK CITY AS OVER 1000 CHRISTIAN LEADERS FROM ALL OVER THE U.S. GATHERED TO ASK DONALD TRUMP TOUGH SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS POLICYS AND INTENTIONS, SHOULD HE BE ELECTED POTUS. THE EVENT ORGANIZERS ORIGINALLY REQUESTED DALLAS, TEXAS AS A MIDDLE-OF-THE-NATION LOCATION TO HOLD AND GET SOME PRIVATE TIME WITH TRUMP, HOPING TO ATTRACT SOME 200-300 NATIONAL CHRISTIANLEADERS. BUT THE ONLY OPENING ON TRUMP’S SCHEDULE WAS IN NYC FOR 30 MINUTES, 30 DAYS OUT. SO THEY TOOK IT!! A SCREENING COMMITTEE, SCOURING THE INTERNET, SENT OUT INVITATIONS TO ABOUT 1000 CHRISTIAN LEADERS. BECAUSE THE HIGH EXPENSE OF FLYING INTO AND STAYING IN NYC, AND THE DATE LESS THAN 30 DAYS AWAY, THEY RESERVED A ROOM FOR ONLY 100 PEOPLE AT THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS IN TIMESSQUARE. EACH PERSON WHO ACCEPTED THE INVITATION THEN HAD TO BE VETTED, AND ULTIMATELY OK’D BY THE SECRET SERVICE. ONCE CLEARED, YOU WERE NOTIFIED BY PHONE. I GOT TWO SETS OF PHONE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY WORK WITH COMPASS AND WHEN FINALLY APPROVED, HAD 10 DAYS TO MAKE PLANS. (I’M SURE I WAS AT THE END OF THE LIST!!) BUT DESPITE RECEIVING THE LATE NOTICES, THE RESPONSE TO ATTEND WAS OFF THE CHARTS. ALMOST EVERYONE THEY INVITED ACCEPTED THE INVITATION. SOME WHO WERE LEFT OFF THE ORIGINAL LIST APPARENTLY LOBBIED FOR INCLUSION. ULTIMATELY THERE WERE OVER 1000 WHO HASTILY CHANGED THEIR SCHEDULES TO ATTEND. THE SECURITY WAS TIGHT FOR THE 7 AM OPENING FOR REGISTRANTS. I STOOD IN LONG LINES FOR AN HOUR, PASSING THROUGH THREE CHECK POINTS BEFORE FINALLY GETTING THROUGH SECRET SERVICE SECURITY. ONCE I FINALLY GOT TO MY SEAT AT MY TABLE. I WAS ASTONISHED TO BE SITTING NEXT TO A SHARP AS A TACK AUBURN GRAD WHO IS MARRIED TO ANOTHER AUBURN GRAD AND LIVES IN VESTAVIA, ALABAMA WHERE I GREW UP. SHE’S A REGISTERED LOBBYIST WHO WORKED FOR GEORGE BUSH WHEN SHE FIRST GOT OUT OF AUBURN, WAR EAGLE TO THAT ONE! ALSO AT MY TABLE WAS A CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE FROM NORTH CAROLINA, A CHRISTIAN TV STATION OWNER FROM FLORIDA AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THEBOARD OF THE WASHINGTON TIMES. THERE WERE ABOUT FOUR PAST STEELING CONFERENCE SPEAKERS IN THE ROOM, THAT I NOTICED. PROBABLY MORE I DIDN’T SEE. AFTER OPENING REMARKS BY THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS, JERRY FALWELL JR. SPOKE, THEN FRANKLIN GRAHAM. BOTH ATTESTED TO THE AUTHENTICITY OF DONALD TRUMP. GEORGE BARNA, THE POLLING GUY, SPOKE. USING SEVERAL CHARTS HE SHOWED THAT TRUMP HAS A GENUINE PATH TO VICTORY IF CHRISTIANS VOTE. BUT IN THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, SOME 40 MILLION EVANGELICALS STAYED HOME AND THAT WAS LITERALLY THE DIFFERENCE IN THE ELECTION. THEN BEN CARSON SPOKE FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES. HIS EASY AND SOFT SPOKEN STYLE EASILY WARMED THE CROWD. HE REFERRED TO THE FACT THAT TRUMP HAD A BAD THREE WEEKS, AND CLINTON HAD A GOOD THREE WEEKS AND YET THE RACE IS STILL CLOSE, VIRTUALLY TIED. BUT HIS MAIN POINT WAS THATTRUMP IS A PROVEN LEADER. HE’S CERTAINLY NOT A POLITICIAN WHO’S ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT OFFENDING SOMEONE. AND THAT’S WHAT WE NEED, ALEADER, NOT A POLITICIAN. NEXT CAME HUCKABEE, WHO MODERATED THE DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE CROWD AND TRUMP. BEFORE INTRODUCING TRUMP, HE MADE THE POINT THAT WE’RE NOT VOTING ON A PASTOR OR A POPE, BUT RATHER A LEADER. A LEADER WHOIS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THE PAST IN ORDER TO CHANGE THINGS FROM THE STATUS QUO. SO THE DAY WAS SET THAT THIS WAS NOT ABOUT TRUMP’S CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE OR VIRTUES, BUT RATHER WHERE TRUMP WANTS TO TAKE THE COUNTRY, AND WHERE WE’RE HEADED IF TRUMP IS NOT ELECTED. THE BIGGEST CONCERN CENTERED AROUND THE SUPREME COURT. THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL APPOINT ANYWHERE FROM ONE TO FIVE MEMBERS. THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, PRAYER IN PUBLIC PLACES, ETC., WILL LIKELY BE SETTLED BY THE NEXT PRESIDENT’S APPOINTEES. WHEN DONALD TRUMP WAS INTRODUCED, HE DIDN’T SPEAK FROM THE PODIUM BUT RATHER SAT NEXT TO HUCKABEE ON THE STAGE FIELDING QUESTIONS FROM THE CROWD FOR ABOUT 90 MINUTES. SO MUCH FOR THE 30 MINUTES ORIGINALLY ALLOTTED. THERE WAS NO PRESS ALLOWED INSIDE, SO IT WAS JUST TRUMP AND THE CHRISTIAN LEADERS TALKING BACK AND FORTH. THE REALLY BIG CHRISTIAN LEADER NAMES GOT TO DIRECTLY ASK TRUMP QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR— I.E. PEOPLE LIKE JAMES DOBSON, RALPHREED, TONY PERKINS, ETC. MOST FELT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WAS AT STAKE WITH THIS ELECTION, SAYING THAT IF THE POLICIES OBAMA HAS SET IN PLACE ARE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE, CHRISTIANS WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE NO FREEDOM TO WORSHIP. HARASSMENT OF CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS WOULD CONTINUE. THROUGH IT ALL, TRUMP ANSWERED EACH OF THEIR QUESTIONS WITH SOLID ANSWERS, BOTH ACKNOWLEDGING THE PROBLEM CITED AND HOW HE WOULD TAKECARE OF THE PROBLEM. HE SEEMED TO BE GENUINELY CONCERNED ABOUTCHANGING THE DIRECTION OF THE NATION. HE ADDRESSED MANY SUBJECTS INCLUDING THE SUPREME COURT, NATIONAL DEFENSE, BORDER PROBLEMS, CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION, HIS PRO-LIFE STANCE, ISRAEL, HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION. AND ENERGY. I WOULD SAY THAT MOST OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED WHO WERE NOT SURE IF THEY WOULD VOTE FOR HIM, LEFT CONVINCED OF HOW MUCH IS AT STAKE IN THIS ELECTION, IF TRUMP IS NOT ELECTED. AFTER TRUMP LEFT, TO A STANDING OVATION, MORE QUESTIONS WERE TAKENFROM THE AUDIENCE ADDRESSED TO A PANEL OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS. THINGS LIKE THE WEAKENING OF THE MILITARY, CHRISTIAN BUSINESS RIGHTS, ETC., WERE DISCUSSED AT LENGTH. I HAVE TO SAY, WE PRETTY MUCH ALL CAME AWAY THINKING THAT IF CLINTON, OR ANY DEMOCRAT, IS ELECTED, THE PATH THIS NATION IS CURRENTLY ON WILL CONTINUE AND WILL LEAD TO DISASTER. IF WE DON’T TURN THE SHIP NOW, WE’RE HEADED TO BE LIKE SOCIALIZED EUROPE, RELIGION PUSHED OUT OF EVERYDAY LIFE AND A FINANCIAL DISASTER GETTING WORSE BY THE MONTH. EVEN REACHING PROBLEMS LIKE WHAT’S GOING ON IN ARGENTINA, WHERE THEY ARE CURRENTLY, LITERALLY FIGHTING FOR FOOD, IS NOT OUT OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITIES. IT’S THAT BAD. DON’T THINK IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE. AT THE END OF THE DAY WAS PRAYER. WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, THE ENTIRE ROOM KNELT ON THE FLOOR IN CORPORATE PRAYER FOR OUR NATION. I TOOKTHE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A QUICK PICTURE OF THAT SIGHT, SOME 1000 PEOPLE IN THEIR SUNDAY CLOTHES ON THE GROUND PRAYING TOGETHER. WHO KNOWS WHERE THIS WILL LEAD. MAYBE . . . .SO, THE BOTTOM LINE FOR ME IS THAT I LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND OUR CONSTITUTION MORE THAN I DISLIKE TRUMP’S ANTICS AND EGO. HE WILL ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION THAT GODLESS LIBERALS AND THEIR PROPAGANDA MEDIA HAVE LED THIS NATION. WITH TRUMP WE HAVE A CHANCE. WITH CLINTON WE HAVE NO CHANCE. BE THANKFUL WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE AND VOTE THIS FALL FOR TRUMP. PLEASE PASS THIS ON. THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY IN GENERAL AND OUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN PARTICULAR DEPEND ON EVERY CHRISTIAN BEING REGISTERED TO VOTE — AND VOTING. ONE FLAG, ONE LANGUAGE, ONE NATION UNDER GOD! Kay Vogl Duncan…In God We Trust
Is the U.S. Constitution broken?
Are the problems America now faces caused by a bunch of flaws in the original document?
According to a few misguided conservative leaders, the answer is yes.
They claim that virtually all our modern ills can be fixed by changing the Constitution.
Their solution is to gather a bunch of politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers and judges, and turn them loose on the precious document that guarantees our freedoms.
It’s called an Article V Constitutional Convention, and Hillary Clinton and George Soros couldn’t be more excited.
Politicians and judges won’t obey the Constitution, so let’s change it?!?
Most liberty-loving Americans agree that the U.S. Constitution is an amazing document.
Not perfect, but one that has blessed us with over 200 years of unprecedented freedom.
Our nation faces many serious problems today, but flaws in our founding document are not one of them.
No, the root of these problems lies with the politicians and judges who are working to undermine and destroy the Constitution.
Now here’s what blows my mind: Of the handful of conservatives calling for a Constitutional Convention, virtually all of them agree that politicians and judges who refuse to obey the Constitution are the problem. Their solution: change the Constitution!
Not only do they seem willfully oblivious of the danger their Convention poses to the bulwark of our freedoms, but they’re missing the most fundamental and obvious fact. A Constitutional Convention will not solve the problem. Accountability WORKS. Even if a Convention were perfectly safe (something it clearly will never be, as discussed below), all our current problems would continue unchecked.
Anti-freedom politicians and judges will not voluntarily start obeying the Constitution just because it’s been amended. The answer is to force them to obey the rule of law. This is something the National Association for Gun Rights does exceptionally well, thanks to members and supporters like you. There is NO guarantee a Convention can be “limited. ”Article V is the section of the Constitution that allows for a Convention. However it provides virtually no guidelines, nor does it limit the scope. It does not specify who will make critical decisions, or how they will be decided.
On top of that, there is no precedent to use as a guide. Not one single Article V activist, not one single constitutional scholar, has seen this process before. The last and only time was in 1787, when the original Constitutional Convention threw out the Articles of Confederation, an action which far exceeded the authority granted.
The truth is this: There is nothing stopping delegates from throwing out our Constitution to usher in more “time-appropriate” government systems and authority. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Berger agrees. Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig put it this way: The only requirement is that two-thirds of the states apply, and then begins the drama of an unscripted national Convention to debate questions of fundamental law.
It would be a grand circus of democracy at its best. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger said it even more clearly: I have repeatedly given my opinion that there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress may try to limit the Convention to one amendment or one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey.
After a Convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the Convention if we don’t like its agenda. The meeting in 1787 ignored the limit placed by the Confederation Congress “for the sole and express purpose.” In other words, NOBODY can claim they know how to control a Constitutional Convention.
Activist federal judges would govern the Convention. Because there are no existing rules governing the scope or process of a Convention, all these decisions will likely fall to the federal courts. The Convention supporters who claim they can control the process are snake-oil salesmen. Many of them point to activist judges who are re-writing the Constitution from the bench and claim a Convention is the only remedy. But these very same liberal activist judges would likely decide the outcome of a Convention.
Prominent leftists are loudly supporting a Convention. Even more alarming is the support for an Article V Convention from the radical left, including Code Pink, WOLF-PAC, MoveOn, the Sierra Club, the Move to Amend Coalition, and the Occupy Movement. On top of that, left-wing billionaire George Soros is pouring millions of dollars into the Article V Convention effort. Even Hillary Clinton has come out in favor.
Do we really want to stand side by side with such ENEMIES of liberty? Convention supporters are pushing to REPEAL the Second Amendment. Leftists like Soros and anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg know this is their best chance to rewrite — or even throw out — the Second Amendment. They are drooling all over the opportunity to strip law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment rights.
In fact, lawmakers in Hawaii have already proposed legislation (HCR 114, Apr. 5th 2012) calling for an Article V Convention for that very reason. This isn’t just the intention of one isolated group. Listen to the radical agenda of Democrat Virginia State Delegate Mark Sickles: “If we have [an Article V Convention], I want to be a delegate… There’s lot of problems with this Constitution. I’ll just get up to this Convention and start whacking away.” Clearly, there are individuals who will be delegates to an Article V Convention who are already out to take our firearms.
The answer: forcing politicians to follow the rule of law! Holding our public servants accountable is the key to restoring our nation! That’s why my staff and I work day in and day out to do just that. And thanks to the 4 million National Association for Gun Rights members and supporters, we have found solid success when it comes to defending the Second Amendment.
Over the last decade we have not only defeated every major gun control effort, we have also replaced numerous anti-gun politicians who tried to trample our Constitutional rights. And just this year we made historic advances in restoring the Constitution. We introduced Constitutional Carry legislation in nearly two dozen states, seeing it make advances in many. And you and I passed Constitutional Carry in TWO states! In both Kansas and Maine, politicians and bureaucrats alike have been FORCED to recognize the Constitutional restraints placed on them.
This is an outstanding win for gun rights, and for the rule of law! Take action now! All these facts are why it is imperative that we stop the Article V Constitutional Convention. The National Association for Gun Rights stands with our Founding Fathers in supporting the Constitution.
That’s why I’m asking for your URGENT help in stopping the misguided push for a Convention! Click here to sign your Pledge demanding that your Representatives oppose a Convention. And if you can, please chip in $10 or $20 to help defend the Second Amendment.
Please sign your Pledge TODAY! https://nagr.org/2015/DefendtheConstitution4.aspx?pid=1b
For Freedom, Dudley Brown President
P.S. Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg and George Soros are drooling all over the prospect of an Article V Constitutional Convention. Sadly, a few misguided conservative leaders are leading the crusade! They seem willfully oblivious of the danger their Convention poses to the bulwark of our freedoms, INCLUDING the Second Amendment. Consider the warning of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger: Congress may try to limit the Convention to one amendment or one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey. After a Convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the Convention if we don’t like its agenda. Leftists like Soros and Bloomberg know this is their best chance to rewrite — or even throw out — the Second Amendment. Lawmakers in Hawaii have already proposed legislation (HCR 114, Apr. 5th 2012) calling for an Article V Convention for that very reason. And check out the radical agenda of Democrat Virginia State Delegate Mark Sickles:“If we have [an Article V Convention], I want to be a delegate…There’s lot of problems with this Constitution. I’ll just get up to this Convention and start whacking away.”That’s why I’m asking for your URGENT help in stopping this misguided push for an Article V Constitutional Convention.
Three really qualified Conservative people that will be running for the 2016 GOP nomination, unlike the current Obama who isn’t qualified to run a pop stand. 23 more months of Obama, then he’s gone. To hell, I suspect!
PS: Don’t you just love Carly? Absolutely!
Where are the white residents of Ferguson, Missouri – people brandishing signs reading “Justice for Officer Jay Nixon”? There may be a need to bring whites in from other locations, as the blacks have done. Whatever it takes, but white people had better begin to show force and fight back against the ongoing destruction of all that has been achieved in the racial arena in America. Gains made over many decades by many Americans, both black and white. Conservative blacks cannot fight this fight for you. You must fight it.
Yes, I am black, descendant of slaves, reared under Jim Crow segregation, and all that minutiae, but I am also extremely tired of the “somebody else is the cause of my problems” mentality engrossing too many black people. A mentality that elitists Barack Obama and Eric Holder have preyed upon throughout their miserable careers.
Understand this, folks, if you glean nothing else from the madness going on in Missouri. Eric Holder was in Ferguson, at the behest of Obama, for the express purpose of subverting justice. That is what these two despicable men do – subvert justice, so as to perpetuate divisiveness and hatred among blacks and whites. I am not a psychologist, but a good reader of human nature, and I detect that Holder’s twisted ego is stroked mightily by all those non-elite blacks fawning over his presence. The “activist” Attorney General is their savior; he will see that the white man suffers, guilty or not.
I recently caught a glimpse of Holder on TV working a group of blacks as if he were one of them. He is not. He is elite and privileged, and these black masses mean nothing to him (or to Obama), other than in the furtherance of a leftist agenda. If these agitators can be coaxed to the poll booths, they will vote Democrat. Never mind that Obama and the Democrats are the reason for much of their economic and social woes.
I am becoming fed-up with the response (or lack thereof) that so many whites display in face of the criminal behavior of so many blacks. I have had it up to my brow with “political correctness” and “white guilt.” I am even becoming increasingly irritated by conservative spokespeople, such as Rush Limbaugh, who, although in satire, displays a defeatist attitude toward black racism.
Limbaugh will often say, “You cannot say that…” or “We will never be absolved of guilt…,” in what he characterizes as satire. I understand what he is doing, but I sense that as a white person, he may use this tactic out of fear. Genuine fear of taking on the racists. Or perhaps fear that without satire he might provoke real action on the part of his millions of listeners, and he does not want that responsibility. I am unclear about his motives, but I do know that it is time for oppositional clarity, no satire.
Circumstances are much more dire since Obama was foolishly placed into the Presidency and Congress foolishly accepted his nomination of Eric Holder for Attorney General. These two men are leading the destruction of this nation, and that reality is dead serious. All conservative spokespeople and people in positions of leadership should be rallying Americans to fight these men.
When blacks begin tearing down a city (any city), whites should be supportive of the police (in their full, military hand-me-down gear), encouraging them to overrun, apprehend, and detain everybody on the street. And for those committing crimes, treat them as criminals and stop the crime. If that means killing people, so be it. That is the way the police would treat a mob of marauding whites. Safety of the police force should be paramount.
Ignoring the bad-asses and criminals (because of perceived grievances) has done nothing but terrorize decent citizens of all races in large inner cities. That lunacy must stop.
Policing is a dangerous occupation and given the police officer’s task of confronting crime and protecting the rest of us from criminals, sometimes violence and killing is necessary. I will give any cop the benefit of the doubt over any suspected crook, whatever his color, until I am given evidence to think otherwise.
It behooves the rest of America to do the same. Or, I say police should refuse to work in areas where they are put upon by small-minded politicos, such as the Democrat governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, and race-mongering law officials like Eric Holder. Police officers have unions; they should demand that bosses support the boycotting of hell-holes such as Ferguson, if they are to be demeaned.
One final note, ignore the libertarian scare mongering about “militarized police.” Libertarians tend to be elites who live nowhere near inner-city communities. They are more likely to be in gated facilities or areas so financially set that crime is something they experience only in the news. They have the luxury of whining about how the police are equipped; the rest of us just want them equipped at their best, and armed to the teeth.
Sylvia Thompson is a black conservative writer whose aim is to counter the liberal spin on issues pertaining to race and culture.
Ms. Thompson is a copy editor by trade currently residing in Tennessee. She formerly wrote for the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley California Newsletter and the online conservative blog ChronWatch, also out of California.
She grew up in Southeast Texas during the waning years of Jim Crow-era legalized segregation, and she concludes that race relations in America will never improve, nor will we ever elevate our culture, as long as there are victims to be pandered to and villains to be vilified. America is better served without victims or villains.