George Will wrote: .... Vermeule is not the only American conservative feeling the allure of tyranny. Like the American leftists who made pilgrimages to Fidel Castroâ€™s Cuba, some self-styled conservatives today turn their lonely eyes to Viktor Orban, destroyer of Hungaryâ€™s democracy. The prime ministerâ€™s American enthusiasts probably are unfazed by his seizing upon COVID-19 as an excuse for taking the short step from the ethno-nationalist authoritarianism to which he gives the oxymoronic title â€śilliberal democracy,â€ť to dictatorship.
In 2009, Orban said, â€śWe have only to win once, but then properly.â€ť And in 2013, he said: â€śIn a crisis, you donâ€™t need governance by institutions.â€ť Elected to a third term in 2018, he has extended direct or indirect control over courts (the Constitutional Court has been enlarged and packed) and the media, replacing a semblance of intragovernmental checks-and-balances with what he calls the â€śsystem of national cooperation.â€ť During the COVID-19 crisis he will govern by decree, elections will be suspended, and he will decide when the crisis ends...
-- "The rise of conservative authoritarians" âť— đź‘Ž
Timothy, some Republican show good sense in this state âť— đź‘Ť
Don Walton wrote: Sen. John McCollister of Omaha said Friday he's joining a number of fellow Republicans in deciding to formally endorse Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in his bid to unseat Republican President Donald Trump.
Biden would be "a real president," McCollister said, "not the disaster" that occupies the White House today.....
excerpt from, "McCollister endorses Biden, invites other Nebraska Republicans to join"
Geo. F. Will wrote: ... Today, the European Unionâ€™s 27 nations include two authoritarian regimes, Polandâ€™s and especially Hungaryâ€™s, which has closed an entire university, and which operates, directly or through regime-linked companies, 90 percent of the nationâ€™s media....
excerpt from, "Authoritarianism and the politics of emotion"
Proverbs 17:4-5,7 An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker. He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished. Excellent speech isnâ€™t fitting for a fool, much less do lying lips fit a prince. ---WEB
QC, I must be falling down on my attack on authoritarians? I'll try to pick up my attack on such people!
ABC.net.au wrote: White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has announced she is leaving the administration of US President Donald Trump ahead of this year's presidential election. Key points:
â€˘ Ms Conway has worked with Mr Trump since August 2015 â€˘ She says she wants to spend more time with her four children, who are learning remotely â€˘ Her husband George has announced he is stepping back anti-Trump group, The Lincoln Project....
excerpt from, "Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway announces her resignation for 'family reasons' ahead of US election"
John 18:36-37 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world. Then Pilate said to him, So you are a king? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the worldâ€”to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice. ---ESV
https://tinyurl.com/y576t94tÂ (Should Christians try to force the kingdom on others?)
Are you inside your house when you step outside to go into a drugstore grocery store?
Joe Concha wrote: "You make a really good point that is the subject of a lot of debate," Fauci responded. "My recommendation, as you probably know because I've said it publicly so many times, is that absolutely we should have universal wearing of masks."
"The difficulty with mandates is that it tends to be a pushback about, 'do you have to waste time enforcing it, or can you really use the power of persuasion from the leadership, everybody doing it, because it's so important?' And there's a debate whether you get any extra mileage out of mandating it. Myself, personally, I would say everybody should have to use it," he continued.
July 26-27 Hill-HarrisX poll found that 82 percent of registered voters surveyed either strongly or somewhat support a national mask mandate, with just 18 percent of voters opposing the idea....
excerpt from, "Fauci tells Matthew McConaughey he backs 'universal wearing of masks' "
Gracie Bonds Staples wrote: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average one person with measles will infect 12 to 18 people in a susceptible population, which is a population without prior exposure to the measles virus either through vaccination or natural infection. Dr. Austin Chan, an assistant professor of infectious disease at the Morehouse School of Medicine, believes vaccines are one of the greatest preventive tools that have ever been developed against disease. The disease is highly contagious; infectious droplets can remain in the air for two hours, meaning that one can become infected during that time period even without skin-to-skin contact. Some 90 percent of susceptible individuals exposed to the airborne droplets will become infected.
Dr. Austin Chan, an assistant professor of infectious disease at the Morehouse School of Medicine, believes vaccines are one of the greatest preventive tools that have ever been developed against disease....
excerpts from, "There is no excuse. Anti-vaxxers put us all at risk"
An excellent article on how a teenager, when he got old enough, to ignore his parents silliness and got himself vaccinated
QUOTE][AUTHOR]Gracie Bonds Staples[/AUTHOR]According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average one person with measles will infect 12 to 18 people in a susceptible population, which is a population without prior exposure to the measles virus either through vaccination or natural infection. Dr. Austin Chan, an assistant professor of infectious disease at the Morehouse School of Medicine, believes vaccines are one of the greatest preventive tools that have ever been developed against disease. The disease is highly contagious; infectious droplets can remain in the air for two hours, meaning that one can become infected during that time period even without skin-to-skin contact. Some 90 percent of susceptible individuals exposed to the airborne droplets will become infected.
Dr. Austin Chan, an assistant professor of infectious disease at the Morehouse School of Medicine, believes vaccines are one of the greatest preventive tools that have ever been developed against disease....[/QUOTE]excerpts from, "There is no excuse. Anti-vaxxers put us all at risk"
An accident article on vaccinations. How one teenager, got over his Parents silliness and got himself vaccinated :thumbsup"
ISBE wrote: Practical atheism. It has nothing at all to do with belief. Indeed it accepts the affirmations of theism. It has reference wholly to the mode of life. It is to live as though there was no God. It takes the form often of complete indifference to the claims of the Divine Being or again of outbroken and defiant wickedness ( Ps 14:1 ). That this form of atheism is widely prevalent is well known. It is accompanied in many cases with some form of unbelief or prejudice or false opinion of the church or Christianity. Dogmatic atheism is no longer a menace or even a hindrance to the progress of Christianity, but practical atheism is widespread in its influence and a dangerous element in our modern life (compare Isa 31:1 ; Jer 2:13 , 17 , 18 ; 18:13-15 ). Whatever the form, whether it be that of religious agnosticism, denying that we can know that God exists, or critical atheism, denying that the evidence to prove His existence is sufficient, or dogmatic, or practical atheism, it is always a system of negation and as such tears down and destroys....
excerpts from, "Atheism"
Kamala probably doesn't believe in the Four Solas, but Trump is a "practical " atheist âť— đź‘Ž
Ena Alvarado-Esteller, David A. Graham, Cullen Murphy, and Amy Weiss-Meyer wrote: The story of the 2000 Florida recount offers a reminder of just how chaotic the electoral process can becomeâ€”and of how disarray in a single state can undermine faith in the democratic process nationwide. The U.S. Constitution gives individual states the responsibility for conducting elections. Rules and procedures vary widely. Today, at a time far more polarized than two decades ago, not just one but every state faces potential challenges to the integrity of its electoral process. In many states, the balloting technology is antiquated. And in many states, registering to vote has deliberately been made harder, especially for the poor and people of color. A continuing shift toward widespread voting by mailâ€”accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemicâ€”seems likely to provoke lawsuits based on discredited claims that the practice spurs voting fraud.
excerpts from, "The Bush-Gore Recount Is an Omen for 2020"
The Democrats and other honest voters had better be prepared for this election
"How to Defeat Trump's Plan to Overturn the Election | Opinion"
John Fea wrote: I could say a lot of things here about John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, but until yesterday I always thought he took a pretty consistent stand on passages like Romans 13 that require Christians to submit to governing authorities. Whether you agree or disagree with MacArthurâ€™s interpretation and application of Romans 13, his views have changed little over time. As I have noted before as this blog, MacArthur even believes that the American Revolution was staged in violation of this biblical passage....
What happened to the principled Romans 13 argument that MacArthur made back in May? He addresses this issue in an addendum posted....
This reads like some of the American patriots in the 1760s and 1770s trying to twist and contort their reading of Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 in order to justify the American Revolution against the arguments of Loyalists clergy like Samuel Seabury and Charles Inglis
excerpts from, "What is going on with John MacArthur and RomansÂ 13?"
Did I mention I still like John MacArthur's NKJV Study Bible.
by the way perhaps the only complaint I have about the study Bibles is that the print is smaller than it should be.