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Jokamura, you and others of your ilk like to point out what you perceive to be the hypocrisy of Conservatives—that is, what you perceive as the vast difference between what Conservatives preach and what they practice. On the contrary, how can people like you even deign to suggest that Conservatives are “preventing people who seek a better life from achieving their dream”? What greater hypocrisy can there be than that of running from your nation’s problems, as opposed to taking a stand for your nation’s future and fighting to solve those problems? If these people are serious about seeking a better life, then why aren't they, their parents, their relatives, and their neighbors willing to plan, to organize, to strategize, to struggle, and even to die to wrest their respective nations and their respective cultures from the ills that currently plague them? Where is the self-respect and self-dignity in fleeing to save your own life, instead of organizing, calling out your oppressors, and then calling upon your allies to come in and aid you when the need arises? These massive invasions across the U.S. southern border have nothing to do with people seeking a better life. Instead, these invasions have everything to do with people whose ethos and cultures encourage them to exploit perceived opportunities to become freeloaders, at the expense of others and the comparatively good lives which those others have responsibly built for themselves and their own descendants.
Your sentiments expressed here clearly indicate your sincerity with regard to confronting the challenges presented by Liberalism. The most important thing to understand is this: It’s not enough to state that: “’ALL’ Humans need Redemption - even Liberals and Libertarians.” If that statement is true, then you’ve got to explain WHY it’s true. You’ve got to offer a scientifically credible and logical definition of the term “redemption,” and you’ve got to scientifically and philosophically defend your belief as to why all people need it. Likewise, when you start talking about ancient, Judeo-Christian concepts such as “sin” and the “Human Fall,” which occurred in the “Garden of Eden,” then you need to be able to explain what you mean by “Fall.” And you’ve got to have a logical, scientifically respectable explanation of what the human race FELL FROM. The idea of “Fall” implies a descent from, or a drop down from, a higher position to a lower position. If all humans need “redemption” because of the First Human Ancestors’ “Fall,” then you must clarify Where/What those ancestors fell from and why that fall made necessary the idea of redemption. If you simply spout these doctrinal terms under the assumption that everyone knows what you’re talking about, then you’re making a big mistake, and you’ll be “tuned out” immediately.
Thanks for clarifying that. Any thinking person who hasn't been living under a rock for the past 40 years has no choice except to agree with your conclusion about the Christian Churches in present-day America. In addition, I totally understand (1) your sentiment as to how the Tea Party is currently doing the job that the Christian Churches have failed to do, and (2) your suggestion that the Tea Party may be the very last Christian Church in America. That is becoming an increasingly more popular sentiment. If the Churches can, somehow, yet figure out what needs to be done for the cause of this nation’s future, then perhaps they can avoid being left behind in this battle for America’s survival.
I think I’m following some of your argument—at least partially. But I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around your idea that “Not much can be done.” That sounds like “Defeatism.” Are you saying that we—the opponents of Liberalism—can’t do much? That’s not the mind-set we find on the pages of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, which teach that, in collaboration and cooperation with the living God, we humans can do the impossible. Liberalism is a philosophical system, and it mandates certain concomitant behaviors and actions. Am I hearing you say that the philosophical system found on the pages of the Scriptures is powerless in the face of Liberalism? And why is the Tea Party “the only group on the right willing to sacrifice today's ‘Win’ for tomorrow's Salvation”? Please explain.
While it’s important to know what Liberalism really is, it’s far more important to know how Liberalism can be ultimately conquered and eradicated. And that’s the one topic I never find anyone broaching here on Townhall.com, no matter how often I survey the plethora of commentaries. Over and over again, we hear the chorus of rehashed complaints, regarding the detriments of Liberalism as a system of thought. But somebody needs to talk about the reasons that the Left has been able to attain the astounding successes it has achieved during the course of the past 44 years. Somebody needs to ask why the system of Judeo-Christian Thought & Practice has been so inept at stemming the surging tide of Leftist Liberalism. Since Liberalism currently holds such a tight grip on our culture, then what questions has the Judeo-Christian/Western Value System failed to persuasively and coherently answer? And which socio-political problems has the Western Value System failed to adequately address? These concerns are of far greater importance than is the idea of knowing “What Liberalism Really Is.” And until the luminaries of the Conservatism Intelligentsia face this fact, conditions are not going to improve, no matter how much blogging we do.
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Facts and Factions

Specificus Wrote: Mar 20, 2014 2:24 AM
But as long as the Cultural Marxists continue to hold their currently advantageous grip on the ideas and institutions that are shaping present-day U.S. culture, then POLITICAL activism alone, will once again prove to be futile. The hour is late, and the clock of destiny is ticking out. The Conservative community had better figure out how to apply its time and energy, and how to allocate its material resources, to the task of recapturing the CULTURE. If that goal can be achieved, then the securing of POLITICAL power will come naturally.
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Facts and Factions

Specificus Wrote: Mar 20, 2014 2:23 AM
Dr. Sowell’s suggestion that America can turn back the surging tidal wave of sociopolitical and economic disaster by voting into political office the most qualified Republican candidates during “this year’s elections and in the 2016 presidential election,” is not anchored in reality. His faith in political-elections-based redemption is tragically misplaced. Sowell errs with his strategy of exalting POLITICS over CULTURE. The Conservative Thought System, which lies at the core of the Republican Party’s reason for being, has its roots planted deeply within Judeo-Christian Theism. There’s no way that you can separate American Conservatism from historical Western Christianism. From the late 1960s until today, Conservative Evangelical Christians have made the Republican Party their political home. The luminaries of the Evangelical intelligentsia are nearly unanimous in their self-identification as Republicans. And their congregants have been voting Republican since the Eisenhower years. In 1980, Conservatives who had thoughtfully and painstakingly constructed a new, relevant Conservative agenda saw their intellectual efforts rewarded with the election of President Ronald W. Reagan and Vice-President George H. W. Bush. The ensuing twelve years of Reagan-Bush governance did not result in a permanent realignment of the American electorate. Instead, the Cultural Marxists and other Far-Left operatives succeeded in dragging U.S. culture ever more deeply into the pit of anti-Christianism, even as the Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition labored to deliver more POLITICAL power into Christian Conservatives’ hands. Today’s American life trends, movies, television programs, failing public schools, and workplace trends all attest to the stagnation and inertia of the Conservative agenda, and to the intellectual lassitude that hallmarks Conservatism’s dearth of ideas. Conservatives invested boatloads of time and money into winning POLITICAL victories, while the Left was triumphant in capturing CULTURAL victories, one after another, after another. This is why the truth-claims and behavior-claims of Christianism are currently being ferociously attacked and driven out of the Public Square with ever-increasing rapidity. For certain people, the act of mobilizing politically, in order to elect Republicans to both the Congress and the White House, may provide some anesthetizing sense of “really doing something” to bring about a much-needed turnaround.
Mona Charen's analysis offers us a clear statement attesting to the fact that the United States of America has lost her way. In the same way that a wilderness trail hiker without a compass loses her way, a nation bereft of its moral compass becomes lost and incapable of figuring out which path it should take. Our moral compass is the thought system of truth-claims and behavior-claims found within the pages of the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian-Greek Scriptures. When our nation upholds the mores, codes, ethics found within these Scriptures, she prospers, advances, and exerts leaderful influence upon the rest of planet Earth. Conversely, when our nation flouts the creeds and directives found within the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, then the ideas, strategies of the intellectual Left proceed to move in and to gain traction. This leads to the type of geopolitical confusion, spinelessness, self-contradiction, and cravenness that we now witness from the Obama administration. This president's refusal to uphold the Scriptural principle of one-man-one-woman marriage, along with his disparagement of the Biblical laws of history and of the principles by which humans and nations advance, is the reason for his ineptness regarding world affairs. His adherence to, and his promotion of, an ideology/worldview that fosters secularism, materialism, and the denigration of Scriptural morality and ethics has brought our nation to this current scenario of weakness and profound uncertainty. Our culture is being dismantled right before our very eyes because of this separation from the foundational guidelines found in the Biblical worldview. If conservatives don't wake up and start proclaiming that CULTURE is more important than POLITICS, then we are destined to go the way of the Roman Empire. Religionists who know that our country's top priority must be that of a right relationship with the Original Being--and with that Being's requirements for human life and behavior--had better find a way to join forces and to craft the type of strategies and action plans that are needed to wrest our culture from the toxic grip of the far Left. And that needs to happen quickly, while there's still time to right the ship.
The question to ask is "Why is that agenda advancing as successfully and as rapidly as it is?" If Christian Conservatism does indeed have the antidote to this far-Left-wing, Cultural Marxist plan for America's destruction, then why are these answers not being proclaimed and implemented by the luminaries of Conservative Talk Radio, by the superstar-anchors of Fox News, and by the intellectual-powerhouse Columnists of Townhall.com? Accurate analysis of the problem is one thing, but cogent and coherent counterproposals to the overwhelming nonsense is something else altogether.
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Black People Duped

Specificus Wrote: Mar 17, 2014 12:51 AM
Darby, you are absolutely right. EssEffArr should not have accused you of "bigotry," but rather of LUNACY, since your remarks are fraught with a level of idiocy that only the profoundly intellectually incompetent would display. The idea that blacks such as Dr. Walter E. Williams, Dr. Thomas Sowell, Dr. Ben Carson, Rev. Harry Jackson, Dr. Glenn C. Loury, Dr. Anne Wortham, Justice Clarence Thomas, Professor Shelby Steele, Dr. Tony Brown, Mr. Robert Woodson, and myself, all "don't like being black, and would rather be white," lives in the minds of only those whites who are totally bereft of critical thinking skills, and whose intellects are incapable of accurately interpreting reality. Thus, they think with their emotions, and, thereby, reach conclusions that no logical, educated person would come to. In the workplace, 5 to 6 days a week, I labor alongside whites to make the business profitable and achieve my financial goals. I don't "dislike" any of my white co-workers. My Caucasian spouse and I have the type of relationship that has caused my side of the family to love and respect her, and has caused her side of the family to love and respect me. What is genuinely "sad indeed," Darby, is the inability of people who think as you do to offer to this Townhall.com post the type of comments that help to move the dialogue forward, rather than to drag the discussion ever more rapidly downward into the quagmire of trite, vapid, and emotional interjections. But you are correct, Darby, when you say that, "White people (i.e. those of your ilk) cannot help them (blacks)." Exactly. Because those whites haven't done the kind of thinking, researching, and reflecting that are required in order to have a correct grasp of the complex, present-day situation. Fortunately for our nation, there are whites who have done the necessary homework, and it's from these whites that we need to more often hear.
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