Trump communicated to Christians and silent majority

trump-obamaThe day after President Trump’s inauguration, Democratic organizers changed what they planned as a victory parade into a women’s demonstration to protest against Trump in many cities across America.  It was also a protest against the what they “think” are Trump’s ideology of anti-women, anti-racial inequality, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-this, and anti-that.   The anti-Trump side dumped a lot of cooked-up baloney on Trump. And what surprises me is that they were surprised he won the election.  Liberals were completely mesmerized by the results because they were not listening to Trump’s real message, but only at how he communicated.

What pro-Clinton liberals and the mainstream media refuse to acknowledge and accept the reasons why Trump won the election.  They are still reliving the election and are bitter against conservative populism being more popular than progressive liberalism.  But we can all agree on something: that Trump got elected for reasons other than his oratory skills, which is not the finest.  The hard-to-swallow truth is that Trump effectively spoke to the “silent majority” who felt their voices had not been heard, which included religious conservatives (Protestants, Catholics and evangelicals).  His message resonated with many other people within this silent majority including the working class, labor unions, classic Democrats and Republicans, educated professionals.   Trump’s message touched people of all stripes, even people of all color: white, black, Hispanics, Asian, (including disenchanted white supremacists which was unintentional).  Simply put, Trump had the right message, not Hillary Clinton. It was a masterful work of speaking to conservative populism in America.

franklingrahamHillary Clinton and Obama and the Democrats for many decades have totally ignored conservative populism and they chose to ignore them to their peril this election.  Despite the dishonest media’s gang-up on Trump in order to delegitimize his presidency even before he’s still barely getting started out the gate, Trump’s message is still getting out.  Good thing for Twitter.  Evangelicals were happy to see invited the Revs. Franklin Graham, Paula White, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, amongst others, invited to read scripture and pray at the Inauguration.  Hillary Clinton would have never given conservative evangelicals the time of day–except for scorn.  Trump has made religious conservatives (who had been treated like outsiders under Obama and Clinton) feel like insiders during this election.  It will continue in his nominations to key positions (incl. Mike Pence, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, Elaine Chao, Rick Perry, Ken Blackwell, etc.).  This is why Liberal Democrats are attacking Trump and his Administration.  It is a battle over ideology and message rather than fluff.  Despite what the biased media may be reporting, Trump does have a real message, and it carries deep meaning to millions of God-fearing, God-loving Americans.

Trump does not talk like an insider politician and polish orator but yet, he won.  How did this happen?  He speaks using simple language, not as an educated scholar with a post-graduate degree.  A person without a high school degree can totally understand his message–including immigrants who cannot speak perfect English like my parents.  His style resonates with regular common people and this is what made his message so effective. I dare to liken Trump to young David to defeated Goliath.  Yes, the Clinton-Democratic election machine was ready for a huge defeat over Trump but yet they lost.  It was a big fall and hence, they had to turn the planned victory parade into a women’s protest in Washington, DC and other cities.

Obama chooses his words carefully and includes all people and speaks like a polish orator.  He tries to please everyone by including the outsiders to make them feel heard and included. This is good and admirable, and it even makes an Asian dude like me feel included.  This contrasts with the hard-hitting style of Trump who is fashioned like a bulldog; he bites hard and doesn’t let go of his opponent.   Like a Doberman, Trump barked at the elitists and called-out their dishonesty, and it scared them, hence the strong reaction from people, including Republican insiders.  Beholden to his opponents, Trump’s simple message hit the right points in people’s hearts and made outsiders feel like they were being heard and supported. Note that these outsiders are different from Obama’s outsiders.  This was a key to why Trump was so successful in winning the election.  It was Trump’s message that won their support–not his oratory speaking abilities.

To President Obama’s credit, Obama has a wonderful gift of speaking, and he stands in my books as one of the best orators. He knows how to inspire and include the listeners in his speeches (even Christians to an extent), and I think this was the reason why Obama got elected back in 2008.  But whether he actually united people or not is another thing.  Just as President Reagan was known as “the communicator”, I would opine that Obama’s oration skills is up there along with Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. If this election were Obama vs Trump, it would make for an very interesting battle–two effective communicators in a war of words.

We wish outgoing President Obama and his family best wishes, happiness and security.  We also wish incoming President Trump and his family prosperity, peace, happiness and God’s protection in the coming term.  God bless you all, and may God bless America.

Conservatives re-elected to govern with a majority government in Canada

Congratulations to Canada’s Prime Minister re-elect, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, who has been entrusted to govern with a majority of seats in the House of Commons.  This is a big victory and a big change because it shifts the governing Conservatives from a minority government to a majority government.  They haven’t had a majority government for a couple decades.  Here are the final results from Elections Canada.

  1. Conservatives  167
  2. NDP   102
  3. Liberals   34
  4. Bloc Quebecois  4
  5. Green  1

A couple of other big changes happened in this election: 1) the Liberals lost big time and were decimated; and 2) the separistists Bloc Quebecois were wiped out in Quebec (which is good for federalism and a united Canada). People wanted to give a majority government to Harper’s Conservatives.  I think they’ve done a great job in government and deserve to be given “a strong, stable, national, majority Conservative government”, which is what he asked Canadians for. Way to go! P.M. Stephen Harper was a class act tonight because he honored his opponents and reached out to all Canadians in his Prime Ministerial victory speech (watch here).

The left-leaning NDP was one of the surprises of the night because this is the best showing ever in its party’s history.  My take is that the people in Quebec have rejected separatism and have chosen the NDP because they didn’t like the leadership of the Ignatieff Liberals.  Quebec’s swing away from the B.Q. toward the NDP is a protest vote.

Here’s a link to CTV‘s coverage of the election.

Preserving Democracy by Elgin Hushbeck Jr.

Preserving Democracy
Author: Elgin Hushbeck, Jr.
Publisher: Gonzalez, FL: Energion Publications, 2009
ISBN: 978-1893729537 (hardcover)

Recently, I have been doing more reading than blogging, and I am enjoying it. I have just finished reading a new book, Preserving Democracy, written by Elgin Hushbeck, Jr. It is published by a small but growing publisher, Energion Publications, and I wish to thank the publisher, Mr. Henry Neufeld, for a copy of this advanced edition.

I am a fan of the the U.S. Constitution because the Founding Fathers who designed the U.S. Constitution constructed the finest constitutional document, probably in the history of the world. To those who are critical of the United States, its ideals and its problems, I probably sound like I have been totally taken in or doofed by American propaganda (Note: I can say this because I am Canadian…and some of you know what it means to be Canadian). But to those who understand the history of the United States and who have read what James Madison and Alexander Hamilton reported in the Federalist Papers, one will appreciate the genius behind the framers of the Constitution. This document has become the model for many other national constitutions around the world. Americans should be very proud of the U.S. Constitution. If it wasn’t a great document and so intelligently put together, I highly doubt it would be held in such high regard by so many other nations.

Yes, America has not been perfect, and it still isn’t. Critics of the great American democratic experiment will be quick to point out the history of slavery and poverty; but this has existed in the histories of every country and I do not intend to condone any wrongs. However, I must ask: Is there any other country on earth where it has opened its doors to so many immigrants where so many have found freedom, equality and the liberty to pursue happiness, prosperity, and religious freedom?

In this book, the author defends the American democratic ideals. Hushbeck knows and understands the history of this nation from its Christian roots. He has helped to enlighten my eyes to what Thomas Jefferson really meant when he wrote to a Baptist group in Danbury, Conn.:

“I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State” (p.91).

Jefferson said this not to establish freedom from religion, but to establish freedom for religion. Today, the courts have twisted and corrupted the honorable intention of Jefferson such that many use this to mean that any public institution must be secular. This cannot be further from the truth. Anyone who doubts this piece of American history should read further into American history. Hushbeck has drawn his information from many sources and is well-informed about the history of the American Founding Fathers. I doubt that many history teachers know about this part of American history because many universities teach American history from a purely secularized perspective and is devoid of true “His-Story.” This is sad.

True freedom can only be experienced within the confines and protection of the Rule of Law, and when the laws of the law promote justice and equality. Freedom is not anarchy, nor do I believe it is libertarianism. Americans should never take freedom for granted because it is, and still remains, one of the freest countries on the face of the earth. It is so because of respect for Rule of Law. It is Rule of Law, and not laws, that give people protection and security under the law. However, these freedoms are being eroded today. I really like what Hushbeck says in the chapter on The Rule of Law. He defines what this concept is.

“The Rule of Law is not law. Laws have been around since before recorded history…. While laws are the rules of conduct of a society that are backed up by the authority of the state; the Rule of Law is a concept that deals with how law itself is to be understood and more importantly to whom it is applied. In its simplest form, the Rule of Law can be summed up in the statement: No one is above the law, not even the ruler” (p. 80-81).

In dictatorships, nations under Mao, Stalin or Hitler did not have Rule of Law because they dictated what the law should be according to how it best benefited them. This still happens today under tribal leadership and dictatorship, and it is abuse. However, they would not consider it abuse because they do not have a true understanding of Rule of Law.

What is truly important about Rule of Law is that it provides a basis for true democratic government. The author used an example of Saddam Hussein who acted as though he was above the law. He changed the way elections were conducted at his own whim. Therefore, democracy never actually existed under Hussein. This sort of thing still happens in other countries today. In false democracies, posed as democracies, their practices are underhanded, or even unashamedly open-handedly but corrupt.

Hushbeck says that the American democratic republic could fail if the U.S. Supreme Court continues in it dangerous trend of where court justices set dangerous precedents to define how new laws should be applied. Judges who see the Constitution as a fixed standard treat the Constitution as if it is a “living document” in the sense that it “can grow and be expanded to meet the needs of an ever-changing society.” Should it be able to be expanded? Should the American people ever change the Constitution? I mean, should one fix what is not broken? Some feel that rather than fixing it, it would be easier to reinterpret what it says. When judges base their ruling on their own personal views as to what is important or what ought to be, it can set a dangerous precedent; and it has. “In short, it makes the judge more of a ruler than a judge,” says Hushbeck. Undoubtedly, this weakens the public confidence in the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and respect for the laws of the land. It also allows for injustice.

There is so much more to say about this book that I would need more room and time to say it. If you have an interest in American history, the richness of American heritage, and are concerned about the state of the nation today, you should read Preserving Democracy. This book has just been released on April 15, 2009 and is now available for pre-purchase at Energion Publications and on Amazon.com. I am very glad to have read this informative and well-written book. Thanks.

Church and society: fusion or confusion of Christians?

Some of you may know that I’m a secret (actually not-so-secret) admirer of President Barack Obama, who I believe has a lot of admirable qualities. I believe that he will be known as one of the great political leaders of our day. But this article from the Catholic News Agency knocks some reality back into our consciousness. For those who are admirers (or even secret admirers) of Pres. Obama. We have to remember that he is not a messiah, but is only a man.

People packed St. Basil’s Church in Toronto on Monday listen to Archbishop Charles Chaput (Prelate of Denver) speak about how Catholics should live out their faith in the public square. This took place on the campus of the University of Toronto (St. Basil’s Church) and was attended by an overflow crowd of over 700 people. Here is what some of the article said:

“President Obama is a man of intelligence and some remarkable gifts. He has a great ability to inspire, as we saw from his very popular visit to Canada just this past week. But whatever his strengths, there’s no way to reinvent his record on abortion and related issues with rosy marketing about unity, hope and change. Of course, that can change. Some things really do change when a person reaches the White House. Power ennobles some men. It diminishes others. Bad policy ideas can be improved. Good policy ideas can find a way to flourish. But as Catholics, we at least need to be honest with ourselves and each other about the political facts we start with.”

Yet this will be “very hard for Catholics in the United States,” Chaput warned.
According to the archbishop, the political situation for Catholics is difficult to discern because a “spirit of adulation bordering on servility already exists among some of the same Democratic-friendly Catholic writers, scholars, editors and activists who once accused pro-lifers of being too cozy with Republicans. It turns out that Caesar is an equal opportunity employer.”

We have heard of conservative Christians and evangelicals cozying up with the Republicans (Conservatives); so much so that the two have almost become synonymous. Catholics and Protestants who lean left should also be aware of this fused identity of politics and church. It happens; and I have seen it amongst many mainline Christians who tend to lean left.

Here in Canada, the United Church of Canada (UCC), tend to lean toward the more liberal policies and politics of the New Democratic Party (NDP). I hear ramblings that the Saskatchewan NDP leader, and former Premier of Saskatchewan, Lorne Calvert, will become the next president of St. Andrew’s College (UCC) located here in Saskatoon, SK. Now if that’s not an example of fusion (or confusion) of politics and religion in a church, I don’t know what it is.

Click here to read the full article. It’s quite interesting.

Hat tip goes to Stan McCullars who just wrote a post based on this interesting article.

Call to politicians: honesty and fairness needed

I hope that Pres. Barack Obama and the Democratic-led Congress can do the right thing to set things in place to help stimulate the economy and get it back into gear. Hopefully a stimulus package can help but it should not be seen as a salvation for the economy; but who says lower taxes and wiser spending can’t help either? None of these can guarantee anything to stimulate the economy but we seem to put so much premium in our human ways and means.

No matter what political persuasion we align ourselves to, we do need to pray for President Obama, his Administration, and Congress to get through this economic downturn . Whether we admit it, or not, the fact is that other nations, including Canada, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world, are also relying on the success of the American economy because almost every nation around the world today is, in many ways, interconnected and interdependent upon one another. Whether we like it or not, we are living in a global economy; and when one nation “sneezes”, other nations will somehow be affected. Whether our economies are in an upturn or a downturn, we need to help one another within this community of nations. St. Paul says that we, as a church, are each interconnected and interdependent upon one another because we are all members in the body of Christ. If Christ calls us individually to live as a community of people within our immediate world, then Christ’s call to live in community also applies to our community of nations; and as a community of nations, Christ also calls us to genuinely care for other nations around the world. We must never allow ourselves to live as islands unto ourselves. To do so is to ignore the call of Christ to love and serve one another. Let us live and act justly while relying upon the power of the Holy Spirit to love God and love one another.

In the world of politics, this Christian principle can and should ideally be applied in the world of politics. Democrats need Republicans and Republican ideas, and Republicans need Democrats and Democratic ideas. Policies and ideas get hashed out in debate in both houses and committees but don’t often get done with much honor. I wish politicians played fairly and honestly. There are many people who haven’t given up on politicians but I think people do want to listen to politicians if they speak and act with fairness. We need politicians and political operatives who are committed to acting being honest, just and fair.

Now that President Barack Obama has been president for about one month, I whole-hearted wish him congratulations. I was happy to see his inauguration and was very impressed with his speech. However, we should not forget about the good things that the Bush administration has done either. I believe the press and Democratic political operatives have been overly harsh with Bush’s record. God bless former President George Bush. President Obama honoured him on Inauguration Day by seeing him off when they stood on those steps of Congress waiting for the helicopter to land . Despite Bush’s blunder on the Iraq War, some of his policies, overall, have done some good for America and for other nations around the world. Pro-Democrats have harked on and on about the Bush Administration’s mishandling of the economy. I’m tired of hearing this. It’s the Democrats’ turn now and they’ll be on the hot seat.

Many may disagree with me but I think the Republicans have actually handled the economy very well, or at least as well as anyone else could have done with what they had. The economy during the two terms under George Bush cranked into high gear and grew in strength since the Clinton Administration. More jobs were created during the Bush Administration and the economy got so hot that it overheated into a housing crisis. The housing crisis was not a result of George Bush’s policies because it was a direct result of the banks’ bad judgment for handing out too many loans to home buyers who could not afford to pay their mortgage payments when the economy overheated. I feel badly for the many millions of hardworking homeowners who saved up for their down payments only to lose it all in the end. If anything could have been done to prevent this housing crisis, it could have been done way back in 2003. The new RNC Chairperson, Michael Steele, reminded George Stephanopoulos, a Democratic advisor-turned-political commentator on ABC, that President George Bush introduced a bill back in 2003 to correct the dangers inherent in Fannie and Freddie. However, the Democratic-led committee refused to allow this bill to be addressed in Congress. Democrats also need to take responsibility and stop this blame game. Now they say they want cooperation but they refuse to take any responsibility for what happened back then?

People who can only complain, criticize, and are self-seeking are selfish and are blowing hot air and people recognize this when it happens. We are not blind and can’t be easily fooled. Talk-only doesn’t cut it. We need fair and honest people in government in all political parties who act fairly, honestly, and justly. Let’s hope and pray that the Obama Administration can do this. May God bless President Barack Obama and give him the strength to do the right thing.

Where many of today’s young evangelicals are at politically

I just bought my current issue of Relevant magazine from the local Christian bookstore this afternoon and read an interesting article about where many of today’s young evangelicals are at politically. Brett McCracken’s article: “A change we can believe in?” really hits the nail on the head as to how some young evangelicals feel about politics and how they vote. Even though I tend to be conservative on many issues, I can relate to some of what McCracken says concerning young evangelicals. I think his assessment is fairly realistic and open-minded because I feel there is a change in the undercurrent that many of us don’t see. Here’s a brief blurb:

….Even though young evangelicals veered farther to the left this election, their older counterpoints actually voted in higher percentages for McCain than they did for Bush.

“We’re seeing that younger generations are more and more concerned with living a life that is consistent with the teachings and ministry of Jesus Christ than they are with towing a particular party line,” Merritt told PBS.

Indeed, fewer and fewer young evangelicals are identifying with old-school Republicanism. They may side with Republicans because of issues like abortion, but when it comes to Reagan-style economic philosophies or Cold War-infused, us-vs.-the-world foreign policies, many young Christians are finding more in common with the left.

…Rather than tow a particular party line, young evangelicals are increasingly more concerned with simply living a life that is defined by and consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. That can mean Democrat or Republican, but most often it means both and neither. Two parties cannot contain the cause of Christ, many Christians would say. And as such, many of us feel trapped between a rock and a hard place.”

I don’t entirely relate to this but I do feel this is why some of our younger evangelicals really feel inspired by President Barack Obama’s speeches. I know he does inspire me.

Where do you stand as a younger or older Christian voter? Can you relate to feeling trapped between a rock and a hard place, or do you feel strongly one way or another?

You can read the entire article here (see p. 38).

Obama’s faith in Christ

The interest in President-elect Barack Obama has not simmered yet. I think we all want to learn more about the new President. The conversations around the blogosphere prove it. Peter Kirk at Gentle Wisdom found an interesting link through another blogger (hat tip: John Meunier) of an interview with Barack Obama at Belief.net.

The article is called “Obama’s Fascinating Interview with Cathleen Falsani.” Have a read. It’s very interesting.