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The Hughes Report
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Political Tools of the Left
Topic: Politics

Political Tools of the Right:

1. The U.S. Constitution
2. The Declaration of Independence
3. Representative Legislation
4. The Vote
5. Talk Radio
6. Grassroots protests

Political Tools of the Left:

1. The Race Card
2. The Nazi Card
3. The Fascist Card
4. Starving children
5. Other sob stories
6. The McCarthyism Card
7. Network news media
8. National Public Radio
9. Presidential Fiat
10. Government takeover
11. Union thugs
12. Trial lawyers
13. Special interests (ACLU, NAACP, MoveOn.org, Code Pink, etc.)
14. Professional protesters
15. Entitlements and the Welfare State

©2009 The Hughes Report Blog. Used by permission.
http://members.tripod.com/pneuma_music/hughesreport/


Posted by hughes at 12:39 PM CDT
Friday, May 1, 2009
Blair-Holt Bill HR-45 Threatens 2nd Amendment
Topic: Politics
Snopes confirms that current Bill HR-45 in Congress "would prohibit ownership of handguns by those who have not obtained firearm licenses":

http://snopes.com/politics/guns/blairholt.asp

Where there is licensing and other regulation there is control.  That is why, so far, the US government does not license newspapers or churches.  Licensing implies permission, and further that permission can be withdrawn.

While we are at it, let us remind ourselves of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.  Pay special attention to IX and X, as well as I and II.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Posted by hughes at 5:03 PM CDT
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Founding Fathers vs. Socialists Video
Topic: Politics
I accidentally discovered this little jewel of a video about the Founding Fathers, and how Christians need to counteract the movement of socialists into powerful positions by taking positions of influence themselves.  It stars Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Loretta Young, William Holden, and other movie stars.

In the 1951 film, Father Keller, founder of the Christopher Movement, presents to these stars the fact that our nation is based on faith in God, and the need stated above.  The film is also quite amusing.

I discovered the video on a DVD collection entitled, "The Best of Jack Benny," which I purchased at Wal-mart for $5.00.  However, I have also found the video available free on the Internet, for which I paste a link below, along with a link to Keller's book version on the Christopher Movement Web site.

I suggest you pass this information on to all your friends.

http://www.archive.org/details/You_Can_Change_The_World_-_1951-tv-documentary

http://www.christophers.org/Page.aspx?pid=299

Posted by hughes at 1:58 PM CST
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Crowd Dynamics and the Messiah Complex
Topic: Politics
Here is a great article in the Wall Street Journal by Fouad Ajami, entitled, "The Politics of Crowds."  He outlines an interesting "take" on the "messianic" view of Obama by his supporters:

Link:
http://www.careerjournal.com/article/SB122533157015082889.html

Excerpts:

"On the face of it, there is nothing overwhelmingly stirring about Sen. Obama. There is a cerebral quality to him, and an air of detachment. He has eloquence, but within bounds. After nearly two years on the trail, the audience can pretty much anticipate and recite his lines. The political genius of the man is that he is a blank slate. The devotees can project onto him what they wish. . . .  All [other considerations are] shelved. . . .

"A creature of universities and churches and nonprofit institutions. . . .  Ambiguity has been a powerful weapon of this gifted candidate: He has been different things to different people, and he was under no obligation to tell this coalition of a thousand discontents, and a thousand visions, the details of his political programs. . . .

"A younger man, "cool" and collected, carrying within his own biography the strands of the world beyond America's shores, was put forth as a herald of the change upon us. The crowd would risk the experiment. There was grudge and a desire for retribution in the crowd to begin with. . . .

". . . .  So a candidate pledged to good government and to ending the role of money in our political life opts out of public financing of presidential campaigns. What of it? The end justifies the means."

Posted by hughes at 3:18 PM CDT
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Obama's View of the Bible
Topic: Politics
Barack Obama teaches that Biblical Principles cannot be applied to government and public policy.

View Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_id=4FCNKwHRCQM&
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHoMlGudEq8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1hFwigq6lU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXcvbnzNIjg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiOpDAAd-c0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFc61fb-ZaU

Posted by hughes at 12:37 PM CDT
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
You Must Choose -- But Choose Wisely
Topic: Politics
If you are not tempted to vote for Obama, no doubt you know others who are.  Here are some links to information (or ammunition) so you or your friends may make an informed choice.  Also included is an enlightening recent article that calls the Obamas "Whine Connoisseurs."

Most liberal senator of 2007:
http://nj.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/

Obama on the issues:
http://www.ontheissues.org/Barack_Obama.htm

Obama's voting record:
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/o000167/

Obama on key votes:
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/o000167/key-votes/

Obama's missed votes:
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/o000167/votes/missed/

"Whine Connoisseurs"
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2028795/posts

Posted by hughes at 2:09 PM CDT
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Obama Promises Unilateral Disarmament
Topic: Politics
In 2007, Barack Obama spoke before the Caucus for Priorities, which proposes re-routing defense spending to social causes.  He promised,

"As president, I will end misguided defense policies and stand with Caucus for Priorities in fighting special interests in Washington.  First, I'll stop spending $9 billion a month in Iraq.  I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning -- and as president, I will end it.

"Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.  I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.  I will not weaponize space.  I will slow our development of future combat systems, and I will institute an independent defense priorities board to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.

"Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons.  To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material, and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.  You know where I stand."

Read more:
http://www.cnsnews.com/viewpolitics.asp?page=/politics/archive/-
200803/pol20080304d.html

See video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o84PE871BE

In other words, Obama plans to gut US defenses.  If the US ceases to defend itself, it will soon be overwhelmed; then who else would step up to defend the world against Totalitarianism?  France?

Posted by hughes at 2:06 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 9:24 PM CDT
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The Duplicity of Scott McClellan
Topic: Politics
Scott McClellan is the son of attorney Barr McClellan and politician Carole Keeton Strayhorn.  The couple's other sons include Mark and twins Brad and Dudley, all connected in state or national politics.  Mark McClellan was appointed head of the FDA by President Bush, and is now Medicare director.  Barr McClellan, an operative in the Lyndon Johnson campaign, was later disciplined by the bar association for improprieties, and published a book that alleged that President Johnson was behind the John Kennedy assassination.

Strayhorn is the ultimate Austin political insider, daughter of UT law school dean W. Page Keeton, a local legend in the state's most liberal city.  She was elected the first woman mayor of Austin, appointed to the Board of Insurance by Democrat governor Mark White, elected to the Texas Railroad Commission, and then elected Comptroller.  At some point, in a field cluttered with Democrats, seeing the political winds shifting toward Republicans, Strayhorn switched parties.  As Comptroller, she stirred controversy by revoking the tax-exempt status of a Unitarian church, a decision later reversed.

After divorcing McClellan, Strayhorn consecutively married Curtis H. Rylander and Ed Strayhorn.  While running for governor in 2006, she called the incumbent a "weak leadin', ethics ignorin', pointin' the finger at everyone blamin', special session callin', public school slashin', slush fund spendin', toll road buildin', special interest panderin', rainy day fund raidin', fee increasin', no property tax cuttin', promise breakin', do nothin' Rick Perry phony conservative," evoking memories of Ann Richards' 1988 "born with a silver spoon in his mouth" speech.  In contrast, she characterized herself a "common-sense conservative" and "one tough grandma."  With a reputation for working against the interests of the party, she is at best described as a maverick, and at worst a "stealth Democrat."

Knowing Scott McClellan's progeniture, it was a surprise in the first place that he gained a front-line post in the Bush Administration.  But then, one of President Bush's greatest vulnerabilities has proved to be his magnanimity toward Democrats and holdovers from the previous administration.  Bill Clinton fired government lawyers wholesale upon entering office; Attorney General Gonzales fired eight, and was skewered by the news media.  With the benefit of hindsight, it stands to reason that many members of the Administration, presumed to be loyal, would turn out to be moles and turncoats.

    "A scorpion and a frog met on the bank of a stream.  'Carry me across on your back,' the scorpion proposed.  'How do I know you will not sting me?' asked the frog.  'Because if I do, I will die, too,' asserted the scorpion.

    "They set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stung the frog.  The frog started to sink.  Knowing they would both drown, the frog had just enough time to gasp, 'But why?'

    "The scorpion replied, "I am a scorpion, and that is my nature.”

Posted by hughes at 4:30 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:38 PM CDT
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Before You Vote Third Party . . .
Topic: Politics
I wrote this reply to a guy who was tempted to vote Third Party.

Food for thought:  

In 1992 and 1996, a third-party candidate, Ross Perot, split the conservative vote and gave us 8 years of Bill and Hillary Clinton, elected on a mere plurality.

A president must have support in Congress to get anything done.  Look at how purposely obstructive Democrats in Congress have stonewalled Social Security reform, approval of judicial appointments, etc., throughout the Bush Administration.  No third party has exercised significant power in Congress in modern times.

Chances of electing a third-party president are infinitesimal.  A third-party or write-in vote would be wasted, and help elect a Liberal.

It is crucial, due to the history of liberal judicial activism in the Supreme Court, that all future appointments be conservative, or at least holding to the original understanding of the Constitution.

Two suggestions:

1.  Put pressure on McCain to commit to specific conservative positions, in spite of his own inclinations.

2.  If you cannot vote FOR McCain, then at least vote AGAINST a liberal, i.e., any and all Democrat candidates.

Paul

Posted by hughes at 10:41 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 10:44 AM CDT
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The Prophet Jeremiah (Wright)?
Topic: Politics
Barack Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright, recently canceled a spate of speaking engagements, including three sermons scheduled next Sunday at Houston's Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.  Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle published a letter by Rev. William Lawson, Pastor Emeritus of Wheeler Avenue, defending both Obama and Wright.

His letter begins with inflammatory accusations, saying that "Obama has been attacked below the belt, under the table, in the back.  Someone is attempting to lynch him politically."  All cast the lowest of aspersions all who would criticize Obama.

Lawson reiterates the mantra of Wright's defenders that his extremist statements are just "30-second sound bites" taken out of context.  He goes on to compare Wright to "the prophets" in that "he does chastise the government for its injustices and its mistreatment of the poor, the minority, the children in insufficiently supported schools, in the absence of decent health care, in unforgivably low wages.  God sent the prophets," Lawson writes, "to accuse the leaders of Israel for the mistreatment of the powerless.  And the Jesus of Christians taught us to praise God, but He spoke negatively to the government leaders of His day:  'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees ... hypocrites! ... Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of Hell?'"

Jeremiah Wright the prophet?  Rev. Wright's speech was rife with hyperbole, distortions, and outright lies, laced with venom and vitriole.  I would remind both Revs. Wright and Lawson that beyond God's general injunctions against lying and bearing false witness, the Old Testament prescribed that false, lying prophets were to be executed.  Period.  See, for instance, Deuteronomy 18:20-22 and Jeremiah 20:6.

Read Lawson's letter at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/5651689.html.

Paul

Posted by hughes at 6:18 PM CDT
Friday, March 14, 2008
Who Will the Candidates Be?
Topic: Politics
I do not claim clairvoyance, but would like to get my presidential campaign predictions on record, based on my observations of the political climate around the country.  Then in the aftermath, we can see how well I did, or not.

Hillary Clinton will be awarded the nomination, through either the undemocratic superdelegate system, or by making a deal with the Democratic National Convention.  She will accomplish this feat by working her deep party connections and making some very big promises to special interests.

Barack Obama will be her running mate, being assured that he will be guaranteed the nomination in 8 years.  His supporters will be mollified by even more promises, in this case of greatly expanded social programs.

John McCain will choose for his running mate -- this is the most daring prediction -- former Democrat Joseph Lieberman.

It is more difficult to predict who will ultimately win the presidency, but I am leaning toward McCain, and will predict that white male voters will be found to be fed up with group politics and political correctness, and rise up in record numbers.

Posted by hughes at 7:14 PM CDT
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Visit to Ron Paul's Hometown
Topic: Politics
I returned from Lake Jackson yesterday, and had promised friends to report what I heard there about Ron Paul.  I preached both services at a church in Lake Jackson on Sunday.  In the morning, my message concerned pastors (shepherds) who neglect or abuse the flock, and will be held responsible for not doing their job.  In the evening, I spoke on the text, "We have this treasure in earthen vessels," which refers to the Gospel message, entrusted to mere mortals, who nevertheless were willing to endure hardship and abuse for its sake.  I used an actual clay pottery vessel as an illustration.

After each service, I went out to eat and fellowship with members, and not being a big talker anyway, kept my ears open for comments on their "favorite son."  In one case, I asked them to tell me about him, but otherwise did not intrude myself with questions, preferring to garner an objective view.  Overall, they seemed to agree that he was a fine man with a reputable medical practice, who told people the truth as he saw it, without obfuscation.  On the other hand, they did not express  approval of his policies, in particular his anti-war stance, and apparently were not active supporters.  In general, they seemed more supportive of President Bush, especially his willingness to take on the terrorists -- in contrast to Bill Clinton, whose response to attacks during his administration had been token at best.

I did see some Ron Paul signs around town, but there did not seem to be much fanfare.  There are a lot of Hispanics in the area, who are likely Democrat voters.

Lake Jackson seems to be a very nice little city, forming a metropolitan area with adjacent Clute and Richwood.  It is located SSW of Houston, SW of Alvin (Nolan Ryan's hometown), and just a few miles inland from the popular Freeport resort area.  The trip by road was just about 100 miles for me, living as I do East of Houston.  The terrain to the immediate SW seems to be low-lying and swampy, so that the town is not expanding in that direction.  A local park I visited had a hike and bike trail going to the other side of a high levee, with "watch for alligators" warning signs.  There were a lot of large water birds around the area, including herons, egrets, and seagulls.

Nearby Brazoria was the headquarters of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colony.  He was originally buried there at his plantation, but was later moved to the state cemetery in Austin.  A 70-foot statue of Austin stands north of Lake Jackson near Angleton, like the statue of Sam Houston at Huntsville.  Brazoria was the first capitol of the Republic of Texas.  Unfortunately, the capitol and other historic buildings were destroyed in the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, in which an estimated 10,000 died.

Paul

Posted by hughes at 3:43 PM CST
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Red State Voter Bumper Sticker
Topic: Politics
Remember those famous Red/Blue state maps that revealed the voting distribution in the last two elections?  They clearly demonstrated that the heartland of America (red) voted for the conservative candidate, and only isolated but populous areas voted for the liberal candidate (blue).

Red State Voters are conservative values voters.  Now you can stand up for your voting values as candidates are still being chosen.  Download my Red State Voter bumper sticker free (click the link below).  It features the 2004 red/blue state map of the United States, with the words "Red State Voter."

The download is a Word file designed to print two bumper stickers per sheet on Office Depot bumper sticker stock, product no. 922-811.  It may be freely distributed for non-commercial, private use.  Copyright notice may not be removed.  Note that I have no deal with Office Depot, but have only made use of their product (not included) because it is readily available.

Paul
http://phugh.tripod.com

Posted by hughes at 6:21 PM CST

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