Telling It Like It Is

This CNS News article by Michael Chapman is more than food for thought. It is an indictment of American values as reflected in the twisted ideology of its President. Read the whole thing here. The article details the pronouncement of NYC (Brooklyn) Catholic Arch Bishop. ” Nicholas DiMarzio, the Catholic bishop of thediocese of Brooklyn, N.Y.,  says that in his zealous support for abortion, President Barack Obama has used his position not to help mothers and children in difficult circumstances but instead has been an advocate for that which “is shameful and criminal in the eyes of Almighty God.” Emphasis ours.

Catholic Archbishop Nicholas DiMarzo, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.

An Excellent Spirit has written on the culture of death at work in the world and specifically in America. Here Bishop DiMarzo, it seems would agree. “In his column for the diocesan newspaper The Tablet, entitled “Deeper Into the Culture of Death,” Bishop DiMarzio praises Abraham Lincoln, the abolition of slavery, and notes how far the nation has come in electing Obama as president. DiMarzio also notes the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s  Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy and how Obama has promoted that decision.”

We have also written on abortion and its roots in the race cleansing politics of the fanatic Margaret Sanger and the other anti-American, anti-Christ twisted, immoral thinkers that founded Planned Parenthood. Here BishopDiMarzo takes up that argument: “The so-called ‘pro-choice’ movement has its roots in the ideology of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, who understood her call to be one who would ‘assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit,’” states Bishop DiMarzio.  “Of course, a young Barack Obama was precisely the sort of unfit child that Sanger and her allies would want to eliminate.”

It is almost impossible to get a handle on exactly who our President is. Culturally he is close to Anti-American. Many have said he is anti-colonialist from his father’s influence. Others have said he is anti-Israeli and pro Muslim. We have even carried the story of his possible Muslim faith and the curious tale of his wedding ring. Here The bottom line is what a person does and those with whom they associate. DiMarzo correctly aligns President Obama and his policies against Judeo Christian values and the Word of God. “Tragically, the President has not been an advocate for those young children faced with similarly difficult circumstances,” says Bp. DiMarzio. “He has chosen to use the bully pulpit not to call upon us all to be nobler and to embrace each child, regardless of origins and circumstances; rather, he has been a proponent of an expediency that is shameful and criminal in the eyes of Almighty God.”

This nation is faced with hard, critical times. It is not because of any inherent weakness of our people or our system. Just look anywhere else to dispel those thoughts that the left foist on us through our far left lamestream media and academia. There is nothing better. There is no people more giving, compassionate, free and joyful than Americans. That includes those who have come here (even illegally) and bask in the freedom and all that means to a person’s psyche and quality of life.

Bishop DiMarzo, the leader of the largest borough of New York City, the diocese of Brooklyn, containing about 1.5 million Catholics, 206 parishes, and 119 Catholic schools is a spiritual leader of a city of faith and should be listened to, not only by Catholics, but by every American. That would include, first and foremost our newly re-elected President, no matter what his faith or roots. He is our President. It is time Barack Hussein Obama started acting like it, abroad and here at home. DiMarzo concludes, “I would have hoped that the first African-American president of the United States would have stood on the side of freedom for all,” says Bishop DiMarzio in conclusion.  “Instead, he stands on the side of political expediency. Mr. Lincoln, with great difficulty, put out into the deep and paid with his life. Would that our political leaders today would have some of the same courage.”

Americans must decide if this nation will continue down the path to cultivating this spirit of death. Until Americans see the connection between death by maniac in the schools and the devalued culture of death abortion inculcates in all of us, we risk falling prey to more and worse forms of that terrible spirit. Religious leaders like Bishop DiMarzo must speak up and their congregants must begin to do so as well and vote that conviction above all else. God is the author and giver of life. “Revelation 4:11 says, “You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created.” So God created all things, including man’s life. Genesis chapter 1 and 2 talks about creation, Gen 2:7 says, “Jehovah God proceeded to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life”.

In Deuteronomy 30:19 God says to all His creation, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” There were really only two trees in the Garden from which God banned Adam and Eve after they sinned. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil which God said would only lead to death and the Tree of Life. How many times does God have to tell us? We can either have life or death. We choose, but there is no third choice, no cop out, no way to evade His Truth. And no one can have it both ways. Emphasis ours.

America must ask the essential question: How can man, the creation say to God, the Creator, the choices that You gave to us between life and death (Deuteronomy 30:19)? We choose death! The prophet Isaiah wrote about this kind of reasoning. In Isaiah 45:9, he said, ““Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’?” That is what we are doing, America. Bishop DiMarzo is merely pointing that out in a civilized, calm manner. God will not be so calm about the death of what He has created.

Well said, Bishop! Your words ring loud here on earth and in Heaven. May God bless America.

Benghazi – Did It Ever Happen?

U. S. Consulate in Benghazi Libya under attack on September 11, 2012

An Excellent Spirit has followed the events that took place in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012 when a United States “Consulate” was bombed, fired upon and set ablaze and the U. S. Ambassador to Libya and three American soldiers assigned as security to the Ambassador were murdered. Go here and here for a complete round up of the stories that An Excellent Spirit has carried to date.

Now that the Election is over and the New Year has begun, Americans still do not know what happened in Libya on September 11th. The families of those murdered still have no explanation of why their loved ones died in the service of the United States of America. The President has promised to bring those who perpetrated the murders to justice and Congress has promised a full investigation to inform the American people. Little or nothing has been done to date.

General David Patraeus, CIA Director, resigned on November 9th 2012 after a scandal about his personal life was made public. He met with US Senators thereafter. Here  He testified before Congress on November 16th about Benghazi and his opinion that it was the result of terrorism, but the testimony was behind closed doors and sealed to keep secret the facts from our enemies and the American people from knowing what happened. That all was by Thanksgiving, last year.

4 Star General David Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

The Holidays are over and the New Year begun and still little has been revealed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has suffered a concussion and other injuries that prevent her, all these months later, from giving testimony. Republicans in the US Senate quite correctly have signaled that they will not vote to confirm her successor, US Senator John Kerry, unless and until Clinton gives that testimony. Brietbart has this story that a report lays the blame squarely at the feet of the State Department Clinton heads. “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department made a “grievous mistake” in keeping the U.S. mission in Benghazi open despite inadequate security and increasingly alarming threat assessments in the weeks before a deadly attack by militants, a Senate committee said on Monday. A report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the September 11 attacks on the U.S. mission and a nearby CIA annex, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died, faulted intelligence agencies for not focusing tightly enough on Libyan extremists. It also faulted the State Department for waiting for specific warnings instead of improving security. The committee’s assessment, “Flashing Red: A Special Report On The Terrorist Attack At Benghazi,” follows a scathing report by an independent State Department accountability review board that resulted in a top security official resigning and three others at the department being relieved of their duties.” Read the whole Brietbart story and learn how little we know and how much the President and Congress are doing to assure that we never learn the truth. Oh. yes. Hillary Clinton has been released from the hospital in New York, but with a new Congress about to be sworn in, a re-elected President who cared little for reveling his part in the Benghazi attack and aftermath and the families of the dead 2 Americans that much further from their grief and agony, what do you think the chances are that the promised investigation will ever take place?

The facts remain. Four US State Department officials died. A US Consular compound in Libya was over run by Al Qaeda terrorists and weapons stolen from that compound. The President and his advisors were provided with “real time” video of the attack that lasted over 7 hours and watched in the White House and State Department and at the CIA and other locations while our people were murdered.

The President of the United States, running for re-election, told the media that he gave orders that everything be done to secure our people within minutes of finding out of the attack. This October 26, 2012 story, by White House correspondent Jake Tapper details the President’s “orders”. “President Obama Begs Off Answering Whether Americans in Benghazi Were Denied Requests for Help”  In an interview with a Denver TV reporter Friday, President Obama twice refused to answer questions as to whether the Americans under siege in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, were denied requests for help, saying he’s waiting for the results of investigations before making any conclusions about what went wrong. After being asked about possible denials of requests for aid, and whether it’s fair to tell Americans that what happened is under investigation and won’t be released until after the election, the president said, “the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened. These are folks who served under me who I had sent to some very dangerous places. Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do.” President Obama told KUSA-TV’s Kyle Clarke large that “we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I have made a commitment to the families impacted as well as to the American people, we’re going to bring those folks to justice. So, we’re going to gather all the facts, find out exactly what happened, and make sure that it doesn’t happen again but we’re also going to make sure that we bring to justice those who carried out these attacks.” Clark pressed again. “Were they denied requests for help during the attack?” he asked.

“Well, we are finding out exactly what happened,” the president again said. “I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.” Here is one of but a few videos of President Obama responding to questions about what he did following the Benghazi attack. These videos of the President clearly saying that he gave instructions (orders?) about the Benghazi attack upon learning of it are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s as President and Commander in Chief of US military forces, gave “very clear directives” to secure our people.

There is also much that calls those statements into question. An Excellent Spirit wrote about this story by Matt Bracken, a retired SEAL that appeared in PJ Media. In our story, we referenced Bracken’s authoritative piece and the stunning information it contained. It seems to contradict the President’s words about “orders”. “The Benghazi debacle boils down to a single key factor — the granting or withholding of “cross-border authority.” This opinion is informed by my experience as a Navy SEAL officer who took a NavSpecWar Detachment to Beirut. Once the alarm is sent  – in this case, from the consulate in Benghazi — dozens of HQs are notified and are in the planning loop in real time, including AFRICOM and EURCOM, both located in Germany. Without waiting for specific orders from Washington, they begin planning and executing rescue operations, including moving personnel, ships, and aircraft forward toward the location of the crisis. However, there is one thing they can’t do without explicit orders from the president: cross an international border on a hostile mission.”

Former SEAL and author Matthew J. Bracken

An Excellent Spirit has had some contact with the author, Matt Bracken, and believes this hero has it right. All the way. But there is more. Once the attack was known by the President and his team on the night of September 11th, a few even more curious events took place that have never been explained or investigated, to our knowledge. We refer to the relieving of commands of two senior U. S. flag rank commanders who were on active duty and were in the process of coming to the aid of our Libyan people early in the 7 hour massacre.  The Washington Times reported that General Jack Ham, the commander of AFRICOM, the US military command for the Libyan region, was summarily relieved of his command because he was in the process of going to the aid of those in Libya in time to do them some good. Here The information I heard today was that General Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready. 

General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command. 

The story continues that now General Rodiguez would take General Ham’s place as the head of Africom.  This version of events contradicts Mr. Panetta’s October 25 statement that General Ham advised against intervention. But so far there is nothing solid to back it up. Maybe Ham attempted to send a reaction force against orders, or maybe he simply said the wrong thing to the wrong people. Perhaps he gave whomever he was talking to up the chain a piece of his mind about leaving Americans to die when there was a chance of saving them. At the very least U.S. forces might have made those who killed our people pay while they were still on the scene. The Obama White House is famously vindictive against perceived disloyalty – the administration would not let Ham get away with scolding them for failing to show the leadership necessary to save American lives. The Army’s ethos is to leave no man behind, but that is not shared by a president accustomed to leading from that location. The question remains why the repeated requests – which is to say desperate pleas – to send a relief force were refused. Perhaps Mr. Obama and his national security brain trust thought the terrorist assault would be a minor skirmish and quickly blow over. When it became clear that the attack was something more serious, they may have had visions of the rescue team getting involved in a Mogadishu-like firefight, a “Blackhawk Down 2.” This would have been too much for the risk-averse Mr. Obama, particularly in a Muslim country, and less than two months before the election. Instead they simply watched the live video hoped for the best. If there were American fatalities, they felt they could shift blame for the circumstance to the supposed Youtube video which they had already blamed for the riot at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo hours earlier. In fact the Embassy had sent out its “apology” tweets even before the Cairo riot commenced.”

Four Star U.S. General Carter Ham, Ret. Deposed AFRICOM commander over Benghazi Murders Response

It gets even “curiouser”.  An Excellent Spirit covered this story of the relief of Admiral Gaouette of his command. This strange incident even had some vague hints suggesting this naval hero had been mutinous against the President. Here There have been few follow up articles on either of these two commanders being replaced, so we do not know what actually happened. It is just part of the intentional confusion and obfuscation being systematically conducted by our government and the lamestream media. Still the American people have no facts or information being provided. How are we to understand what happened if no one testifies, no one follows stories up and no one gives answers to the questions that already linger?

America is in trouble. Things are going boom in the night and no one is doing anything about it. Worse, what is being done is to sweep everything under the rug as quickly as possible. The two main actors are our own government (the “most transparent” in our history) and the lamestream media, the see nothing, print nothing, know nothing media that is losing readers and watchers by the millions as “we” get what news we can from the Internet. Stay tuned. Maybe someday Hillary Clinton will recover and testify. Maybe someone will explain how two flag commanders were relieved and why. Maybe someone will get a copy of President Obama’s order to secure our folks. Maybe. But maybe not. My Grandmother used to say, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”

America is beginning to look like a beggar nation. God forbid!

A people who are in the dark as “we” are cannot expect to know the truth, get understanding or operate as those who understand the times and know what to do. It is up to the Body of Christ in America to lead the way back from darkness and ignorance by praying and by doing what God intended for each of us to do. That certainly must include becoming informed, involved and speaking up and speaking out. Think about it, America. Think about it. Christian. Then do something! Before it is too late. Benghazi is a tragedy that explains more than we think. It shows how deceived we are, not knowing what our government is doing. How helpless we are, not deserving of the truth or anything approaching the truth, such as a few facts here and there about our concerns. It shows how corrupt we have become when senior flag commanders are relieved on duty and seemingly disappear from our radar, never to be heard from or about again. It shows how useless Congress is, demanding facts, threatening investigations, receiving who know what behind closed doors and telling the American people that there will be more, only to fall silent and clueless upon the New Year.

It is time for Americans who know God and are disciples of Jesus Christ to act like it. We must pray about all this. We must hear from God what He wants each of us individually and all of us collectively, filled as we are with His Spirit of Truth, to do. We must pray with one another and plan to take action right where we are, in our neighborhoods, cities, counties and states. Begin with small actions. God’s Word tells us we are not to despise the day of small beginnings because “it is not by might, nor power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6, NKJV) The Word of God is awesome and it is completely and utterly able to accomplish what God intends for it and for us, when we act upon His Word, to accomplish. God is telling all of us that what is ahead may be daunting and the forces behind evil may be strong, but are not to oppose them by “might” (our own strength, guile and knowledge), nor power (guns, weapons of war and armies of men) but by God’s Spirit (The Holy Spirit, our comforter, guide, revelator of God’s truth to His people). Zechariah 4:6-b says, “the Lord of Hosts”. This designation is throughout the Bible. It means God, the Lord of Armies and Battles vastly greater than anything man has ever created. God’s “army” is “us”! We are those upon whom the God of Hosts, Armies and Battles will confer His Great Strength, but only if we enlist in His Army by showing up, ready for war and prayed up and pressed in for the battle that God will win for us. God told Zerubbabel that the “great mountain” would become a plain and that the hands of men and women of God (you and me) had laid the foundation of God’s Temple on Earth and would finish that Temple of God’s Habitation on the Earth!

2013. The “day of small beginnings”. Benghazi and the scandal that is yet uncovered may offer one of the “small beginnings”, but only to those who know that the battle is the Lord’s. Stay tuned. Stay alert and stay connected to God and one another. God bless America.

2013 – A Look Ahead

An Excellent Spirit looks at the year ahead on this first day of 2013 by doing one of our favorite, most informative things: reading Thomas Sowell. In this Townhall column (it is also posted in Jewish World Review and on other sites), Sowell looks at what is ahead for America. He begins by looking back at the recent Election. Here “The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back — and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future. If there are any awards to be given to anyone for what they did in 2012, one of those rewards should be for prophecy, if only because prophecies that turn out to be right are so rare. With that in mind, my choice for the prediction of the year award goes to Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal for his column of January 24, 2012 titled: “The GOP Deserves to Lose.” Despite reciting a litany of reasons why President Obama deserved to be booted out of the White House, Stephens said, “Let’s just say right now what voters will be saying in November, once Barack Obama has been re-elected: Republicans deserve to lose.” To me, the Republican establishment is the 8th wonder of the world. How they can keep repeating the same mistakes for decades on end is beyond my ability to explain.”

An Excellent Spirit has written much about this modern day phenomena. HereHere, Here  and Here  Please re-read these at your convenience.  Professor Sowell brings another, historical perspective to all this speculation about what is to come. “Bret Stephens said, back at the beginning of 2012, that Mitt Romney was one of the ‘hollow men,’ and that voters ‘usually prefer the man who stands for something.’ Yet this is not just about Mitt Romney. He is only the latest in a long series of presidential candidates backed by a Republican establishment that seems convinced that ad hoc ‘moderation’ is where it’s at — no matter how many of their ad hoc moderates get beaten by even vulnerable, unknown or discredited Democrats. Back in 1948, when the Democratic Party splintered into three parties, each one with its own competing presidential candidate, Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey was considered a shoo-in. Best-selling author David Halberstam described what happened: ‘Dewey’s chief campaign tactic was to make no mistakes, to offend no one. His major speeches, wrote the Louisville Courier Journal, could be boiled down ‘to these historic four sentences: Agriculture is important. Our rivers are full of fish. You cannot have freedom without liberty. The future lies ahead…’ Does this sound like a more recent Republican presidential candidate? Meanwhile, President Harry Truman was on the attack in 1948, with speeches that had many people saying, ‘Give ’em hell, Harry.’ He won, even with the Democrats’ vote split three ways. But, to this day, the Republican establishment still goes for pragmatic moderates who feed pablum to the public, instead of treating them like adults. It is not just Republican presidential candidates who cannot be bothered to articulate a coherent argument, instead of ad hoc talking points. Have you yet heard House Speaker John Boehner take the time to spell out why Barack Obama’s argument for taxing ‘millionaires and billionaires’ is wrong? It is not a complicated argument. Moreover, it is an argument that has been articulated many times in plain English by conservative talk show hosts and by others in print. It has nothing to do with being worried about the fate of millionaires or billionaires, who can undoubtedly take care of themselves.”

The fact that Thomas Sowell is one of the pre-eminent economists in America should cause a shiver or two to go down our collective spines, especially as Professor Sowell continues, “ What we all should be worried about are high tax rates driving American investments overseas, when there are millions of Americans who could use the jobs that those investments would create at home. Yet Obama has been allowed to get away with the emotional argument that the rich can easily afford to pay more, as if that is the issue.” Indeed Sowell is correct. It will be the issue because most Americans either do not know about it. Our lamestream media only reports issues and events that they deem “us” competent to understand.

Then, each American must realize that “we” are surrounded by “them”. What is “them”? A better question is “who are “they”? “They” are the large poly-political, academia, media and intelligentsia cabal. “They” simply do not want “us” to know, think about or understand what “they” are up to. Therefore, Professor Sowell is one hundred per cent right to conclude: “But it will be the issue if no one says otherwise. One of the recent sad reminders of the Republicans’ tendency to leave even lies and smears unanswered was a television replay of an old interview with the late Judge Robert Bork, whose nomination to the Supreme Court was destroyed by character assassination. Judge Bork said that he was advised not to answer Ted Kennedy’s wild accusations because those false accusations would discredit themselves. That supposedly sophisticated advice cost the country one of the great legal minds of our time — and left us with a wavering Anthony Kennedy in his place on the Supreme Court. Some people may take solace from the fact that there are some articulate Republicans like Marco Rubio who may come forward in 2016. But with Iran going nuclear and North Korea developing missiles that can hit California, it may be too late by then.”

It is really sad to read that a brilliant mind like Thomas Sowell has concluded that it may be too late for Americans to do anything about what is about to happen to us, our children, our grandchildren, and if we survive all that, whatever comes next. An Excellent Spirit was dedicated to informing the Body of Christ and all Americans of just these dangers. Sadly, to date, our efforts have had little success. We will keep at it. If America is brought down, it is hard to understand what possibly will follow. With the terror, Islamofacist’s nuclear intentions, economic winter for all but a few of the cronies of those in power and unthinkable cyber warfare and electro magnetic pulse technology loosed upon the innocent and weak, a reality of the near future, what the world faces is worst than all the past horrors combined.

An Excellent Spirit knows that men are incredibly wicked in their intentions and actions. In the time of the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord sent Jeremiah to Israel and Judah to make one last attempt to turn them from their wickedness and the coming calamities. He told Jeremiah that men were inherently evil without a secure connection to the God who had created them: “The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked;
who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
even to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his doings.” America must pray! America must repent! America must worship a good, merciful, loving God! That is our alternative. It is our only hope. An Excellent Spirit joins Thomas Sowell in looking ahead to a future that is in our hands if we do what God wants us to do. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 The King James version says that God “before ordained” good works for each person to do before He created us!

It is helpful to read the old King James version as it enables a visceral understanding of God’s Word. Ephesians 2 begins by Paul addressing the Ephesians about their origins. He tells them that they, prior to knowing God and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior,  And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” These Ephesians, were dead in their sins; having no knowledge of the God who created them. They were dead because of the works, the deeds they did as disobedient children.

Then Paul tells them (and us) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” Each of us is, therefore a child whom God has redeemed from the death of our sins, and raised each one of us up and seated each one of us in heavenly places together with Christ Jesus who sits at God’s Right Hand so God can reveal to each of us throughout the ages to come His exceeding rich grace and kindnesses. Wow! That is a wonderful promise to all of us!

But God is not through with the good promises to us. Our Father goes on to tell each one of us: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” This is the key scripture. You and I, everyone who is a disciple of Jesus Christ; everyone who acknowledges God, the Father as Creator, God and Father; we are, in this new, improved state, His workmanship. We are “created” (spiritually re-created) in Christ Jesus unto good works which God, before we were created, born or “re-created”, ordained for each one of us to do and walk in.

This is where is gets tough. If Americans have only a passing acquaintance with God or His Son, Jesus, how are “we” to know what we are supposed to do? We Christians are the worst offenders, supposedly knowing God, yet clearly not knowing the good works that God, before He created us, “before ordained” for us to do and walk in them.  How can we say that? Ask Thomas Sowell. Ask yourself. What am I supposed to do so that America will be a righteous nation and exalted by God?

An Excellent Spirit begins 2013 by asking ourselves and our readers, what are you and we created in Christ to do? We know that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-26) so we understand that there is some doing involved here. Doing means understanding what we are to do. Understanding means asking God, seeking His Word and hearing from Him what acts and actions we were created to do. It would help to read the entire passage of James about this critical subject as we begin 2013 and ask God, what is it that You want me to do in 2013?

Stay tuned. We will be back with more tomorrow. God bless America. God bless us, everyone.

 

 

Happy New Year – 2013!

An Excellent Spirit returns after a two-week hiatus to wish our readers a Happy, Blessed, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year. We do so sadly, knowing as we do that 2013 promises to bring America and the world few of the desirable qualities of peace, prosperity and life, given how 2012 is ending. The recent Election has done tragically little to resolve the polarization and the class warfare we experience daily. The so called Fiscal Cliff has produced yet another deal that kicks America’s can farther down the road into our grandchildren’s future. Here Those in Congress and our re-elected President have shown the world that they are interested only in their prosperity and not ours. The post Election climate has given almost no hope that issues like Benghazi, Iran’s march to acquire a nuclear weapon, the threat of cyber warfare or an Electro Magnetic Pulse induced nuclear winter can be met by America, much less the confused world we live in. America cannot even solve our debt and spending problems.

That is why we often turn to humor. God’s Word tells us that “A merry heart maketh like a medicine”. Proverbs 17:22 continues, “but a crushed spirit dries the bones”. We Americans have yet to realize that the Washington tango will do little more than dry America’s financial bones, so humor is all we have left to pass the time we have left before the bill comes due. This Jewish World Review piece by Deborah J. Saunders paraphrasing our beloved “national pastime” gives a hint of what we mean. It deals with the Romney campaign’s dashed hopes for a better future.

After reviewing the political year in a parody of “Casey At The Bat” Saunders concludes,

“Oh, somewhere in this welfare state, large crowds are having fun.

John Boehner isn’t crying as Obama crows, “I won.”

He’s racing toward the fiscal cliff — while voters scream and shout.

What D.C. pol can break the fall? Mitt Romney has struck out.”

At best, Ms. Saunders’ parody is an indication of the troubles America faces in 2013 and beyond. At worst, it is a chilling prophesy that our real problem is that few Americans really know what we face and still fewer Americans show signs of caring as we begin 2013.

An Excellent Spirit has taken the time to seek the Lord for His wisdom and His will for us in 2013. It gives us no joy whatsoever to report the ominous news that is everywhere we look as 2012 ends. We would prefer parody, but we lack the talent of Ms, Saunders, so we begin our tour of American prospects entering 2013 with the Fiscal Cliff. The deal that was struck hours ago proves that no one in our government has a shred of intention of taking any of the many necessary steps our government must take to prevent America from becoming a debtor nation, vulnerable to the predatory vultures to which all debtors are prey. We go from there to the Middle East where Israel, increasingly isolated by American foreign policies, could trigger Armageddon, as the only option it may have to being “wiped off the map”. From there try to get your head around the increasing violence in America as hundreds of children are killed, maimed and forever traumatized in Connecticut, even as our “just and humane” society prepares to kill another million or so children in the womb in 2013.

Fortunately, An Excellent Spirit has access to observers and sources much wiser than we. Thomas Sowell. has this latest Random Thoughts in Jewish World Review. Professor Sowell covers a few more items that do not bode well for America’s future. “The more I study the history of intellectuals, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit — replacing what works with what sounds good. Some people are wondering what takes so long for the negotiations about the “fiscal cliff.” Maybe both sides are waiting for supplies. Democrats may be waiting for more cans to kick down the road. Republicans may be waiting for more white flags to hold up in surrender.”

Professor Sowell a brilliant economist makes a point that no one else seems to be making: “Everybody is talking about how we are going to pay for the huge national debt, but nobody seems to be talking about the runaway spending which created that record-breaking debt. In other words, the big spenders get political benefits from handing out goodies, while those who resist giving them more money to spend will be blamed for sending the country off the “fiscal cliff.”

Finally, Sowell who is a great thinker and writer, takes on foreign policy and Israel, as an Angel going where fools tread with impunity, “When Barack Obama refused to agree to a requested meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — the leader of a country publicly and repeatedly threatened with annihilation by Iran’s leaders, as the Iranians move toward creating nuclear bombs — I thought of a line from the old movie classic “Citizen Kane”: “Charlie wasn’t cruel. He just did cruel things.” Read the whole thing. Here

Maybe it is because Americans no longer are paying attention. Perhaps analogies like Sowell’s to “Citizen Kane” and Saunders’ to “Casey at the Bat” are no longer relevant in a culture that has gone from being the world leader in educating our children to 18th or 20th. Maybe we, the People, have become so complacent and “entitled” that we no longer value liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We clearly do not value life, unless it is our own and no one else’s.

In the hiatus we have had since mid December, An Excellent Spirit has searched our hearts, minds and spirits for a positive sign that America would prosper and it’s people could rejoice in a nation that God Almighty exalts because of our righteousness. We have found little upon which to hang our hats in the news, the goings on in our nation’s capitol or the condition of the world. The only thing we can point to is But God!

Psalm 2 asks a question that men have asked for ages. Why do the nations rage,
and the people plot a vain thing? (Psalm 2:1) The Psalm continues, The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
 and cast away Their cords from us.” Reading Thomas Sowell is a lot like reading this Psalm. Professor Sowell knows that there is wisdom against which no prevarication nor denial will prevail. It is God’s wisdom in His Word. Psalm 2 continues:

“He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
and distress them in His deep displeasure: “Yet I have set My King
on My holy hill of Zion.”

 “I will declare the decree:
the Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You
 the nations for Your inheritance,
and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron;
 You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”

An Excellent Spirit has diligently looked and we have not liked what we have seen. It is as if the whole earth, even those in our churches, temples and mosques deny the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Son Jesus, and fail to heed His instruction to all of us:

Now therefore, be wise, O kings; 
be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear,
 and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
 and you perish in the way,
 when His wrath is kindled but a little. 
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” Emphasis ours.

We, at An Excellent Spirit pray for, wish and hope for a Happy 2013, a year that is blessed by the Most High God. We have faith in our God, in His Son our Savior, in His Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Guide and in His people who seek His Peace on Earth as it is in Heaven. Our families and our children and grandchildren can only be blessed by Our God Who blesses not by man nor government nor institution, but by His Grace, Mercy and Love!

As Aaron prayed for Israel, we pray for God’s people in America and in the world over:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His Peace”  (Numbers 6:24-26)

Shalom, brothers and sisters and let us all Bless the God who blesses America! Happy 2013!

America and The Spirit of Death – An Excellent Spirit Editorial

Mother running to safety with her children in Newtown at Sandy Lake Elementary School

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre that killed 20 innocent school children at the Sandy Lake Elementary School and six adults as well as the shooter, An Excellent Spirit is publishing this article on the Spirit of Death that is building in America. We began writing it two months ago and have been waiting for the Lord to release us to publish it. The time is now, unfortunately. We strongly recommend that our readers pray for the people of Newtown, Connecticut and for the people of America. The only remedy we know with which we can begin to deal with the terrible fear and emotions from events like these is to pray. Few of us know how those in Newtown feel and are coping with this tragedy. But we can pray to our God!

The Excellent Wife, in one of our recent conversations said, “America is living under a Spirit of Death”. Whenever The Excellent Wife speaks, we listen. Years ago, we heard from The Holy Spirit when, in exasperation, we complained to God, “why do You always talk to her and never to me?” God’s answer, like the answer of lot of men receive was, “I always talk more to those who listen than to those who do not. She listens. You do not. You are too busy doing and complaining to listen.”  Since then, when The Excellent Wife talks, we  listen.

When tragedy strikes America on a major scale, we are apt to look for reasons to help us understand and cope with it. We want to put it behind us as fast as possible and get back to our lives. Thus, there is the initial spate of stories, causes, culprits and details followed by silence. It is in that silence that the Spirit of Death finds permission to operate again and again. When 20 young elementary school children are killed, their lives snuffed out long before God intended, we must ask: exactly what is a Spirit of Death? We turned to 4God.net for answers. “The Spirit of Death seems to be one that we hear very little about, but one that is nevertheless, very active in the demise of people, both Christian and non-Christian. This spirit’s greatest weapon is in his lack of recognition. In other words, the Spirit of Death is able to go around destroying lives, for the most part unchallenged, simply because people overlook him.” Emphasis ours. The article is interesting and informative, to say the least. Read the whole thing here.

The Spirit of Death – Artist Rendering

Many Americans would ask, “How do we know? How can we recognize this spirit?” Many would deny its existence altogether, preferring to avoid the whole subject. The facts, however, provide more than enough tangible, competent evidence of the truth of what The Excellent Wife said. The horrible and tragic events of Newtown were easily recognizable as coming from this Spirit of Death. Last September’s Libyan Embassy murders were not simply a response to a policy and certainly were not motivated by a movie trailer no one over in Libya had seen. They were part and parcel of the works of a Spirit of Death. The planes that destroyed the World Trade Center on 9-11 and took almost 3000 lives were piloted by Islamofanatics that clearly were operating under a sinister, evil spirit of Death. The list goes on and on and we can debate it, but we cannot deny that there is ample proof that we are being attacked by a spirit of death. “This spirit is a single identity, so is not omnipresent as is God, but he is a leader in charge of many other spirits. He has under his command other spirits such as sickness, despair, suicide, torment, murder, and a whole host of others. The good news is that all of these spirits, including Death, are subject to the Name of Jesus!” Emphasis ours.

Agent leading children to safety in Newtown on day of massacre.

One such spirit is certainly a spirit of lying. “We” certainly know about that one. Our government, the lamestream media and a host of other sources have driven Americans to presume that “we” are being systematically lied to! “We” have even started to do “their” job of finding facts and truth for “ourselves”. An Excellent Spirit has provided our readers with some help in this. Here

In order to break the Spirit of Death, “we” must first acknowledge it is operating and then “call upon the Name of The Lord” because, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (Philippians 2:10) Jesus repeatedly confronted demonic spirits and vanquished them, every time! He has given “us” (His disciples) authority to defeat every spirit that is not His! The way this actually works is explained here. America does not have to remain the victim of a spirit of death. Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) The tragic, horrible deaths of our children that happened in Newtown and before that at Virginia Tech (2010) and Columbine, Colorado (2008) are not unconnected. We are always reminded of the movie Caddyshack http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caddyshack when considering how the spirits work. In that movie, the country club groundskeeper (played hilariously by Bill Murray) was fighting against gophers that were eating up his golf course. The movie showed that on the surface it looked like there were many holes each unconnected to the other, but beneath the surface it showed that they were all connected by a series of tunnels. This is how the spirits work to confuse and confound us. It looks like everything is a separate occurrence on the surface of things. Beneath the surface, however, the works of the spirits that oppose God and His children and come to steal, kill and destroy, are all connected and operate as one. (John 10:10)

Gopher holes on the surface look separate. Beneath, however, they are all connected by tunnels.

The Spirit of Death is at work wherever man maintains ignorance of it or wherever God’s children make place for it to operate. That is how spirits work. God’s Word says “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” (Proverbs 26:2) It should be certain that a Spirit of Death is a curse. It certainly is not a blessing and it either one or the other. (See; Deuteronomy 30:19)  So then, it is up to those of us who know their God and His Word to pray and to “do exploits” in the resistance of the horrible Spirit of Death that is at work in the country (and the world) today.

In the book of Daniel, one of the most accurate and significant prophets of God, Daniel was visited by an archangel. An archangel is one that comes directly from God, sent by God to his people to accomplish something that is God’s will. In Chapter 10 of Daniel, our story begins. Daniel had been praying, seeking God for how long the Jews would be captive in Babylon. God’s archangel Gabriel was sent to Daniel to tell him much more than that. “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” The Angel went on, “Now I have come to           come.” Daniel listened as the Angel revealed what God would do between that time and the first coming of Jesus Christ, yet hundreds of years away. Astounded, Daniel told the Angel, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I am helpless. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”

The Angel Gabriel speaking to the prophet Daniel in Babylon.

The archangel (Gabriel, by most accounts) then told Daniel in some detail the events that would precede the birth, ministry, even the death of Jesus. (Daniel 10:20 through Daniel 11:31) Then the Angel said the words that we, the people who know God must rely upon if we are to resist the Spirit of Death in America. “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32, NKJV) The enemy and his Spirit of Death, against the covenant of God Almighty will do wicked acts (Newtown) and corrupt in the aftermath of those acts, but the people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits.

An Excellent Spirit knows of no other way to oppose and defeat the Spirit of Death that is operating in America today. That is up to those of “us” who know our God and His Word. And to those who know that America is under God! While we pray for those who died or were injured in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, let us also pray that we, who know our God, will be empowered by Him to know and do the exploits necessary to oppose the Spirit of Death and defeat it. Amen.

The Hidden Cost of Living – The Blessings of The Season

An Excellent Spirit, in the spirit of Christmas, is bringing our readers perspectives that we believe will bless them. Knowledge is a blessing. Understanding is a blessing. Knowing the will of God, Creator and Father of Our Lord Jesus, the Christ is a blessing. Knowing Jesus as Savior and God as Father and the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of all Truth is the greatest blessing of all.

That brings us to this Jewish World Review column by Thomas Sowell. In it, Professor Sowell does what few economists and economic forecasters and absolutely no politicians or lamestream media do. He tells the truth. The title of the piece might give us a hint. Taxing the PoorProfessor Sowell is one of the foremost economists in America and when he talks, we listen. “With all the talk about taxing the rich, we hear very little talk about taxing the poor. Yet the marginal tax rate on someone living in poverty can sometimes be higher than the marginal tax rate on millionaires.”

Thomas Sowell, Stanford Professor, Economist, Author and American Icon

How is that, you ask? Sowell explains: “While it is true that nearly half the households in the country pay no income tax at all, the apparently simple word “tax” has many complications that can be a challenge for even professional economists to untangle. If you define a tax as only those things that the government chooses to call a tax, you get a radically different picture from what you get when you say, ‘If it looks like a tax, acts like a tax and takes away your resources like a tax, then it’s a tax.’ One of the biggest, and one of the oldest, taxes in this latter sense is inflation. Governments have stolen their people’s resources this way, not just for centuries, but for thousands of years.” Emphasis ours.

We all have heard the word inflation. We all have experienced the loss of purchasing power and the rise in prices. We are in such an extreme time now as the prices we pay for gasoline, electricity, food and all staples rise and then rise some more. Knowing, experiencing and enduring, however, do nothing to help us do something about inflation. That is where Thomas Sowell’s column comes in. He gives us understanding and that can lead to freedom!

Hyperinflation can take virtually your entire life’s savings, without the government having to bother raising the official tax rate at all. The Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1920s had thousands of printing presses turning out vast amounts of money, which the government could then spend to pay for whatever it wanted to pay for. Of course, prices skyrocketed with vastly more money in circulation. Many people’s life savings would not buy a loaf of bread. For all practical purposes, they had been robbed, big time.”  We are not accusing anyone, but are we not printing money, propping up our economy and spending our own wealth and that of our children and grandchildren today in the same manner.

An Excellent Spirit has reported on Quantitative Easing (QE 1, 2 &3) hereProfessor Sowell gives us an historical example of how this killer of wealth works. “Of course, prices skyrocketed with vastly more money in circulation. Many people’s life savings would not buy a loaf of bread. For all practical purposes, they had been robbed, big time.

A rising demagogue coined the phrase “starving billionaires,” because even a billion Deutschmarks was not enough to feed your family. That demagogue was Adolf Hitler, and the public’s loss of faith in their irresponsible government may well have contributed toward his Nazi movement’s growth.” Thank God there are no Adolph Hitler’s in America today, but the math is the same and the consequences on generations yet to come may yet spawn another maniac unless we do something to get this silent killer under control.

The real victims of inflation are our children, the elderly and the poor.

People putting up Christmas trees and wrapping presents; people struggling to buy those trees and presents; people who will not have many of either, all are the victims of inflation. Professor Sowell explains: “Most inflation does not reach that level, but the government can quietly steal a lot of your wealth with much lower rates of inflation. For example a $100 bill at the end of the 20th century would buy less than a $20 bill would buy in 1960. If you put $1,000 in your piggy bank in 1960 and took it out to spend in 2000, you would discover that your money had, over time, lost 80 percent of its value. Despite all the political rhetoric today about how nobody’s taxes will be raised, except for “the rich,” inflation transfers a percentage of everybody’s wealth to a government that expands the money supply. Moreover, inflation takes the same percentage from the poorest person in the country as it does from the richest. That’s not all. Income taxes only transfer money from your current income to the government, but it does not touch whatever money you may have saved over the years. With inflation, the government takes the same cut out of both.”

Last time we looked, that is exactly what QE 1, QE 2 and now, QE 3 are doing to everybody. We learned today that the Federal Reserve is doubling down on QE 3. Here  So what we have now is more government spending of more of our wealth, or worse, the money we are borrowing from China, to cure a problem that is of their own making. Spending. Professor Sowell continues, “It is bad enough when the poorest have to turn over the same share of their assets to the government as the richest do, but it is grotesque when the government puts a bigger bite on the poorest. This can happen because the rich can more easily convert their assets from money into things like real estate, gold or other assets whose value rises with inflation. But a welfare mother is unlikely to be able to buy real estate or gold. She can put a few dollars aside in a jar somewhere. But wherever she may hide it, inflation can steal value from it without having to lay a hand on it. No wonder the Federal Reserve uses fancy words like “quantitative easing,” instead of saying in plain English that they are essentially just printing more money. Emphasis ours.

In our Election coverage, An Excellent Spirit wrote on the changes that have come to our country. Here Most will recall the appellation “The Food Stamp President” hurled at President Obama. Sowell, no fan of the President, talks to the “takers” when he says, The biggest and most deadly “tax” rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits— food stamps, housing subsidies and the like— if their income goes up. Someone who is trying to climb out of poverty by working their way up can easily reach a point where a $10,000 increase in pay can cost them $15,000 in lost benefits that they no longer qualify for. That amounts to a marginal tax rate of 150 percent— far more than millionaires pay. Some government policies help some people at the expense of other people. But some policies can hurt welfare recipients, the taxpayers and others, all at the same time, even though in different ways. Why? Because we are too easily impressed by lofty political rhetoric and too little interested in the reality behind the words.” As usual, Thomas Sowell has given us the finest present we can get in this Christmas Season, understanding. It will last, not fade and it could even lead us to a better country, if enough of us get it.

God’s Word is our greatest present in any Season. Proverbs 4 says, “Hear, My children, the instruction of a Father,
And give attention to know understanding; for I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law. When I was my father’s son,
tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, He also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain My words;
Keep My commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of My mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.  She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” (Proverbs 4:1-9)

Wisdom and Understanding. God’s greatest gifts to His children in any Season. Seemingly in short supply these days, but thanks to Thomas Sowell and to God, America is blessed. Stay tuned.

Is the Republican Party Dead? Does It Matter?

The stories these last four weeks since the Election to end all Elections on November 6th are all about the end of the Republican Party. Here and Here There are almost no stories about the winning Democrat Party. That should tell us something.  An Excellent Spirit keeps close watch on these things and wants our readers to know what we know. Nothing. That is we know nothing about the state of the two political parties other than who won or lost the last Election. What we do know is about the people of America, “us”. “We” rejected the Republican candidate for President and in the states elected more Republicans Governors and state legislators. In the US Senate, however, “we” in those same states elected more Democrats US Senators, by a larger majority than before. Are we schizophrenic?

An Excellent Spirit has taken a close look at every post Election result and analysis we can find. This one, for instance, tells us that Republicans do not in any measurable way appeal to those termed “irreligious”. The recent resignation from the US Senate of South Carolina’s Jim DeMint from a safe seat is fueling speculation that the Grand Old Party (GOP, Republican Party-for those younger than 60) is disintegrating after crashing and burning in the November Election. The fact that Jim DeMint left the Democrat Senate that did absolutely nothing for four years under Obama One leads some to talk about the demise of the GOP, but others, noting that DeMint left to head the prestigious Heritage Foundation, bastion of the conservative right politics and policy, see a more active future for DeMint than another tour in the do nothing Senate.

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint. New Leader of the Heritage Foundation

Then, rounding up the usual suspects, we have this report from Tea Party denizen Judson Phillips about Newt Gingrich and James Carville, two unlikely peas in a pod, on the Republican prospects for 2012. Phillips, a Tea Party Nation founder says, “Carville says the Democrat Party base is enthused about Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016. Gingrich says the GOP has no one who is seriously thinking about running in 2016 that can beat Hillary. Gingrich is right about that and that is a disaster that we conservatives are going to have to prevent on our own.” The Tea Party, it seems, is also ready to throw the Republicans over the cliff with the rest of America.

Democrat and Clinton Strategist James Carville

Whether the Tea Party itself is relevant or not is another issue for another day. The facts are still out but the most recent Election does not seem to auger well for the organizational skills of the ground up, leaderless grass roots amorphous Tea Party. We reported on the Tea Party projections for the past Election. Here. As we said, there are miles to go before “we” even get the details on the performance of the Tea Party in the November 6th Election, but don’t hold your breath waiting for anything more than the usual excuses and explanations about why they were little better than the egregious Republicans and their Super Pacs. Here.

Perennial Republican Presidential Candidate and Tea Party Favorite Newt Gingrich

What is clear is that America has changed. The times when Theodore White wrote majestically about the “Making” of Presidents has faded, like the photographs of the Civil War. Today is a day of images, branding and, most importantly, narratives. Barack Obama has succeeded in mastering those disciplines. He is not as good as Ronald Reagan was, but close. That is what is working and everything else is failing.  For the Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party or even the Libertarians like Rand Paul and his father to dislodge the Democrats will not be impossible. If Barack Obama, like Ronald Reagan is content to ride off into the lucrative, world stage sunset of post Presidency, that is. If Obama is not, if he and Bill Clinton and a few of their progressive, world domination billionaires (Soros, Buffet, Gates and company) are intent on keeping power and expanding that power for decades, even generations, look out. They hold the winning hand right now and “we” are playing against a stacked deck. But God!

Tea Party demonstrators in Washington D.C.

The only thing that can defeat the enemy is a better strategy. This means better planning, better execution and better performance than the Republican Party has shown since Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower. It means new narratives that resonate with Hispanics, Asians and even Blacks. It means new relevance with women and young voters. It means focused and effective communication with seniors. It means competence that Republicans have not demonstrated in decades and the Tea Party has yet to even attempt.

Is the Republican Party dead? It does not matter! They have not and cannot bridge the gap between generations, ethnicities and a majority of Americans who, right now, are convinced that America can do what Europe is failing to do: provide for a majority of the people what they are unwilling to provide for themselves. It is called socialism. It has never worked, anywhere. The only places socialism has even lasted beyond a decade or so are the placed in which it descended into totalitarian dictatorships of government by the few who wielded power for their own selfish goals. The people, Marx’s proletariat, have never prospered under such a system and never will.    But God!

The principles that undergirded America for 236 years have eroded and faded. Most Americans do not know them, understand why they worked and whether they were even good! Our children are not taught them in schools our government runs. Our families, the real educators of healthy children, do not teach anymore. We have joined the new culture and new age of I’m OK, you’re OK, right? We have become ignorant and the saying that “ignorance is bliss” is a lie! That is unless by “bliss” you mean slavery, ruin and domination by the forces of evil of this world. But God!

The Republican Party, therefore, is about as irrelevant as last year’s football scores are to an avid Cowboy fan! What is relevant and the only thing that can “save” “us” from ourselves and the ignorance that we have espoused and passed on to our children is God! God is not who “we” say He is. God is not who priests, rabbi’s, imam’s, pastors or guru’s say He is. God is and God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. God is not easily entreated. God is to be found by “us” in our hearts and spirits if we seek Him. God has told “us” all what He wants “us” to do when it comes to government, nations and even politics. It is all there in black and white (and red, if you are Christian and read most modern Bibles). Americans are in the process of learning what happens when a people embrace ignorance. There are consequences and “we” are about to become acquainted with new things like the Fiscal Cliff, Taxmageddon and other even more ominous terms. Those who have more than a passing relationship with God know that ignorance of God, His Will and His Word are without excuse. God has created this world for “us”. He gave it to us and told us to take dominion and multiply. We did the second and decided we wanted an apple instead of dominion. He kicked us out of His Garden and gave us another way out, a Savior, His Son Jesus. For over 2000 years, we have played church and hung out with Jesus, as long as it did not cost us anything too dear. That has not worked and now, it seems, we have to choose.

Those who know God must step forth in every discipline. In politics, in health and healing, in relationships, in finance and in the Church. Everywhere. It is time for us to step up; it is time we stop caterwauling about whether Republicans, Tea Party, Democrats, Christians, Jews or Muslims are going to do something and save the day. It is time that God’s children do what God has said to do all along. Take dominion of the earth. It is ours! He gave it to us! Dominion means action. Dominion takes faith. Faith in God and faith in ourselves as His sons and daughters. Faith that we are who He said we are. Faith that He is who He said He is. Faith that Jesus is Lord and faith that He is coming again. Faith that “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7, NIV)

It is right there for America and for Believers in America. Whether the Republican Party is dead, dying or in the throes of some other fate is not the issue. The issue is whether “we” the people who know God will act as if He is and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. The full verse in Hebrews 11:6 is, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Americans of faith must thank God for His Grace and do His will for America or America will cease to exist.

Mind Your Own Beeswax! Good Advice!

An Excellent Spirit has written about Roger L. Simon and PJ Media on many occasions. Here. While An Excellent Spirit is unabashedly conservative, we are even more committed to Jesus Christ as the Lord of All. We do not know what beliefs Mr. Simon entertains or holds in the area of spiritual. We know he is a Jew and that is all. Nevertheless, Roger Simon is a thinker and writer of great influence, persuasiveness and a prophetic voice to America and Israel. His latest PJ Media piece, “Mind Your Own Beeswax!: How Social Conservatives Can Win By Losing” is a fine example of clear thinking and inspired writing. We highly recommend that you read it allSimon begins with this self-evident statement. “Hypocrisy is rife in American politics, particularly on the Left.” Then, he continues, stalking the “right” as well. “But the Right is guilty of its own kind of hypocrisy. It’s interesting how some of those who most vociferously object to government interference in our economic affairs are most desirous of government interference in our personal ones. I’m referring of course to social conservatives, who want to legislate our morals and values according to their views.” Emphasis ours. There, Simon has done it! He has offended the people that can brook no offense! He has criticized Our Lord and Savior. He has trashed the social conservatives or the religious right or the values voters or all of the above. For this offense, Mr. Simon will surely be consigned to hell or whatever he believes is the worst possible end. There will be boycotts, angry rebuttals and rage in response to Roger Simon’s intemperate diatribe. But not by An Excellent Spirit! An Excellent Spirit read a little further. “To be clear, I am quite sympathetic to the social conservative argument on abortion. Life, it appears to me, does begin at the moment of conception. (I can’t think of another time.) And at whatever phase of pregnancy an abortion occurs, a choice must be made between human lives, a horrible, and perforce immoral, situation.” Okay, that is a little better. We might not want to read Simon anymore, but hell might be a little much for his terrible offenses. The problem with Simon is revealed by reading a little farther, “I am less sympathetic to the social conservative position on same-sex marriage, which seems to me a civil rights issue. But hold your tongues (and you blog comments) for a moment. Arguing my positions on these issues is not my intention here. My point is: The social issues, whatever your position, are best dealt with outside the governmental realm.” That is heresy! Any Christian and most right thinking Jews will tell Simon that it is our way or the highway! We cannot and must not compromise with the secular world, the humanists and the demonized “progressives”! Right? Simon says, wrong! “I am less sympathetic to the social conservative position on same-sex marriage, which seems to me a civil rights issue. But hold your tongues (and you blog comments) for a moment. Arguing my positions on these issues is not my intention here. My point is: The social issues, whatever your position, are best dealt with outside the governmental realm.” The more Simon talks, the closer to hell he comes! This is not only heretical, it is false, legalistic and just plain prohibited by the Bible! To which, An Excellent Spirit asks, “where is it prohibited by the Bible?” The problem with “us” (we at An Excellent Spirit are “socially conservative”; we vote our values and we most certainly fall on the right and are religious) citing the Word of God as our justification for the condemnation of Roger Simon (or anyone, for that matter) is that The Word became flesh and dwelled among us (John 1:14) and when He, The Most High God, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked on the earth prior to His death, Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.  “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. (Matthew 7:1-6) Now that is cause for pause. I mean, the Word almost seems to be on Simon’s side! As Riley once said, “What a revolting development that is!”  The reality, as Simon notes, is that “we” are losing on these issues; “we” lost the Election and have, by so doing, unleashed a torrent of abhorrent socially conservative values and actions unlike anything seen on the earth to date; and “we” must do some things differently or be guilty of insanity (doing the same things and hoping for a different result). Oh! And we must remind “us” all that God never loses! He is Omnipotent (All Powerful) and Omniscient (All Knowing) and Omnipresent (Everywhere, at once and at the same time). So, Roger Simon or not, Billy Graham or Pat Robertson or not, God is the same to all men, yesterday, today and forever. An Excellent Spirit does not know if Roger Simon knows any of this. What we know is that Simon has some opinions and conclusions that “we” should consider, not condemn or consign him to eternal damnation for holding. God will not hold it against “us”! He might even speak to “us” if we question Him and ask Him for His answers. Perhaps “we” should put Simon’s words and advice to that text. “I realize this is an unattainable goal and that government will always intrude in our private lives to some degree, but we must fight against it as much as possible for several reasons. To begin with, social conservatives will be vastly more successful at having their views accepted if they make their case extrinsic of government. Don’t believe me? Well, most of us remember “Mind your own beeswax!” from grammar school. That made an impression for a reason. People resent intrusion in their private lives to the extent that they often will do just the opposite of what was sought or recommended.” It does not say that directly in the Bible, but it is most probably inherent in most of what Jesus said. He condemned cities, towns, doctrines, but rarely people. God’s children spend entirely too much time worried about the speck in others’ eyes and hardly any time dealing with the plank in their own eye. Simon has more. “Generally, people don’t want anonymous others, folks they barely know, the government most of all, telling them what to do about matters that are extremely personal. They would prefer to hear that from close friends, family, clergy and healthcare professionals they know and respect. Wouldn’t you? This is a great part of the explanation for why the Republican/conservative side lost in the election, although the popularity of the pro-life position has grown considerably since the 1970s. Democrats may hold the nanny state prize for our economic lives, but Republicans were given the nanny state prize for our private lives. We are the busybodies. Unfair? Sure, because we’re really not, at least not most of us. But the perception is real, especially among women. The rise of the bogus women’s issues during the campaign around such absurdities as free contraception (how about free cigars?) were made possible by this same perception. Republicans have been losing the (majority) women’s vote for years and it is only going to get worse if we don’t take the social issues off the table and put them back where they belong — at home.” Simon’s points have merit, but An Excellent Spirit sees something else: God does not need a single one of “us” to defend Him or take up His cause. Ezekiel 36 tells us: “Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!” While Simon has a mostly libertarian position on abortion, that is where “we” can help him. Issues of life and death are issues of God in the here and now. God is the author and giver of life and God puts life and death before “us” every day and tells us, “now, therefore choose life”. (Deuteronomy 30:19) Compromise or equivocation on the issues of life and death, therefore, can only result in God’s judgment and our condemnation by God. Where we believe that Simon is right is on the issue of gay marriage. No Christian can justify a redefinition of what God has defined as marriage. That said, God never said to codify marriage into laws giving permission or license to do what God ordained as the primary societal unit: a man and a woman becoming one and cleaving one to another to glorify God and raise up children as disciples of Jesus Christ. The fact that men make laws by which men agree to be governed (in the USA, for now) or men impose laws upon those not as powerful as them (almost everywhere else) cannot change the fact that the Earth is the Lord’s, all of it and every person and thing on it is His! Thus, God has no need of us, our laws or our opinions. He has spoken and He will not relent, take it back or change. He has no need of us to defend Him or His Words or His Will. He will do it. What “we” must do is know Him and know His will for each one of us and do that as well as we can. That means that we leave the things of the world to Caesar and to Caesar’s God and God will take it and “us” from there. Much simpler and a whole lot more peaceful. That is what we wish President Obama had done. Instead, looking at a close Election and betting that his approval of same-sex marriage would not hurt him in the black communities (he was right!), the President did what no one should: disagree with God!

President Barack Obama – The First “Gay” President

Nevertheless, An Excellent Spirit has some agreement with Simon. While we can never consent to vote for or support any marriage but between a man and a woman, and while we must remain free to oppose the breaking up of the family, the manner in which we do those things should be re-examined by us. As Simon says, “But even so, social conservatives would be well advised to approach this in the same manner as abortion — that is, take marriage away from the government. It’s a sacrament, after all. And, while no Christ Centered Christian can take Simon’s advice to “(l)obby for all adult couples, no matter the sex, to have one-on-one government civil unions with the same legal protections” each one of us, as our conscience directs should pray about our votes and our responses to the assault upon marriage. Our churches, synagogues, and other similar institutions could perform the marriages, according to the predispositions of those institutions. There would be no imposition of mandates or orders from the government about what the church or any Christian must do. It would be up to the institution and, where appropriate, to the individual. As Simon writes, “Some would be same-sex, others not. Individuals would be free to follow and acknowledge whichever of these institutions and ceremonies they wished. Marriage would be outside the government. I know this is a crazy libertarian idea that seems impossible to accomplish, but is it? Whatever the result, in a system like this, those opposed to same-sex marriage would have more fecund ground to make their case — the realm of the familiar, voluntary and private, the realm of the religious and spiritual.” An Excellent Spirit has said all this because what Roger Simon has said has more than a little merit. Held up against the Word of God, Roger Simon appears to be no more nor less pleasing to the God Who created all of “us”. That said, the fact is that Roger Simon is on God’s side in many of his political observations and positions. On Israel, on freedom, on truth and many more, Roger L. Simon has been tried in the balance of the words he has written and the works he has done and has not been found wanting by God!  Simon concludes his piece, “ Of course, my overall intent here, no matter what your attitude toward marriage or abortion, is winning in the larger scheme of things. The continued alienation of women — the largest voting bloc in our country — in the last election from the Republican Party has dangerous, even perilous, implications. It’s time to consider doing an end-around. I would like to see the social conservatives win at least one part of their argument. But they can help us win the larger economic and foreign policy arguments that seem particularly ominous at this moment, even threatening to end our country as we know it, by taking their issues off the political playing field. And, ironically, they can win friends and influence people, as the saying goes, in the process.” There is more than a little truth in these last thoughts of Simon and “we” Christian, social conservatives or whatever “we” are should at least pray about what Simon has written and ask God what He would have us do. One thing An Excellent Spirit knows, “we” were not created to lose, neither have “we” sinned so grievously as to be punished by God exalting those who hate God above “us”. “We” were created to win! God said for “us” to take dominion; to subdue the world under His peace and grace and to usher in the Millennial Rule of Jesus Christ. Nowhere does any of that mean “us” losing! Keep the faith! God will not be mocked. Man will reap what man sows!  (Galatians 6:7)

Give Thanks To God For All His Blessings!

Today is Thanksgiving, a national Holiday in America. We celebrate our good fortune in being brought by God to America and in enduring all that we faced as people and as a nation to establish this experiment in a democratic republic. To whom do we give thanks? To God! 

God is the one who the Pilgrims thanked back in the days of Miles Standish and Pocohantus. It was God then and it is God today to Whom Americans owe thanks, reverence, obedience and gratitude. It was God to Whom George Washington knelt and beseeched in Valley Forge. It was God that Benjamin Franklin invoked when the battle over a Constitution reached a crisis. It was God Whom Thomas Jefferson identified as the One who gave “us” the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence.

George Washington on his knees seeking God’s help at Valley Forge

It was God to Whom Jesus, the Son of God, gave thanks before He broke the bread at The Last Supper. It was God, it is God, it will ever be God! God created this world and every man and woman since Adam have been His sons and daughters, no matter what they have thought or think. God says so and we at An Excellent Spirit believe God! Always. About everything.

Jesus took the Bread and after he broke it He gave thanks to God.

Today, as you celebrate Thanksgiving, give thanks to the God of Heaven and Earth who created you and loves you with an everlasting love! We here at An Excellent Spirit will resume our efforts tonight. For today, we give thanks to God. Won’t you please join with us?

Here is one of the many Psalms, written by David and other anointed psalmists that are now Scripture, that celebrate God and give Him thanks. We can think of no better way to celebrate our holiday by praying, reciting out loud, singing or just reading this celebration that clearly shows that Thanksgiving did not originate with Americans. It originated with God!

Psalm 118

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord now say, “His mercy endures forever.” I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes. All nations surrounded me, But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.       They surrounded me, Yes, they surrounded me; But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They surrounded me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall, But the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord, Through which the righteous shall enter.  I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  We have blessed you from the house of the Lord. God is the Lord, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

An Excellent Spirit wishes and prays for a Happy, Blessed Thanksgiving to all of God’s Children in America and in the World!

Latin Americans Following An Old Path?

Latin Americans spoke loud and clear on Election Day and answered this question.

An Excellent Spirit has read the plethora of stories in the aftermath of the Election that lay President Obama’s victory at the feet of Hispanic voters. To be sure, the fact that Mitt Romney could get no more than one third of the Latino votes cast in the Election does seem to be significant. Obama’s Latino plurality, together with similar repetitions with women, youth and African Americans, was probably decisive. This was neither unforeseen, nor is it a new phenomenon. What it does seem to be is Latinos following a path blazed by African Americans with little success. The fact that most Latinos came to America of their own free will as opposed to Africans who did not, does little to change the fact that, once here, immigrants, no matter where they come from or how they arrived, must assimilate and choose their own way.

Latinos at campaign rally for Immigration reform.

The history of the African American vote in America, which, while similar to that of Hispanic voters in the last decades, did not start out as Democratic. Tragically, this monolithic affinity for a party and the ideology it represents cannot be said to have benefitted the African American people of America. These are facts easily proven and, despite the Democrat stranglehold on African American voters, there are some chinks beginning to appear in the armor. Black clergy, black leaders, black intellectuals and even more than a few black political figures are finally addressing the reality that, despite their loyalty and their delivery of crucial votes in election after election for the past 75 years, the plight of the African American has not changed for the better, except for the elite and those fortunate to be “leaders”. The stark reality today is that the vast majority of African Americans were arguably better off before the late 1960s “War on Poverty” and the decades of trillions of dollars that have been thrown at the problems no one really wanted to ameliorate.

The living conditions in the so-called “ghettos” of the 40s through 70s were arguably better than the conditions that exist in African American communities today. Then, people knew they had to work and pray and get help just to survive. And they did. Then, before the money trucks were turned on like summer fire hydrants in the cities to spray a lot of water so that very few could get relief, people understood that true relief came from self reliance and reliance on God and not on some bureaucratic miasma run by “poverty politicians” who got rich while nothing of any significance “trickled down” to their people. Those people knew that if anyone really wanted to bring relief to the neighborhoods during the heat of summer a cheaper, more efficient and better way would have been to build a pool or two. This would create j o b s, something valued by those people who did not have them. It would mean that more people would get relief from the heat than a few kids running to catch a few drops of mostly wasted water and the neighborhoods would have a sense of accomplishment, and so the people living there. But that did not and has not happened in America.

Today, four years after an event that was thought to signal the end of racial divides and politics in America, we find ourselves almost hopelessly divided. When Barack Obama was elected, those of us that had spent a lifetime working for civil rights and equality felt pride and a sense of a long journey almost over. An Excellent Spirit quickly noted that, to the contrary, the election revealed how little had been accomplished and how deep the wounding of African Americans had really been all along.

People in Times Square celebrate election of President Obama in 2008.

Without naming names, anyone in the African American community knows that things today are really much worse than they have ever been. People have lost hope in themselves and have little faith that anything can be done. Too many have instead found hope in militancy, demanding “things” and relying on a government that is soon to run out of money. People want, need, demand, are entitled and get! Someone else pays, or else!! Welcome to “or else”.

African American man crying out to God in despair.

An Excellent Spirit has other memories. We remember Indianapolis, Indiana on April 4, 1968. On that fateful night, Robert F. Kennedy, the United States senator from New York, was campaigning to earn the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination when he learned of Rev. Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. Earlier that day Kennedy had spoken at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend and at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Before boarding a plane to attend campaign rallies in Indianapolis, Kennedy learned that King had been shot. When he arrived, Kennedy was informed that King had died. Despite fears of riots and concerns for his safety, and against the advice of many of his advisors, Kennedy went ahead with plans to attend a rally at 17th and Broadway in the heart of Indianapolis’s African-American ghetto. That evening Kennedy addressed the crowd, many of whom had not heard about King’s assassination. Instead of the rousing campaign speech they expected, Kennedy offered brief, impassioned remarks for peace that is considered to be one of the great public addresses of the modern era.

Robert F. Kennedy telling crowd that Martin Luther King was assassinated in Indianapolis on April 4th, 1968.

That April night, by appealing to the best in a community and race of people, not the worst, RFK did something that was remarkable. “The Indianapolis chief of police warned Kennedy that the police could not provide adequate protection for the senator if the crowd were to riot, but Kennedy decided to go speak to the crowd regardless. Standing on a podium mounted on flatbed truck, Kennedy spoke for just four minutes and fifty-seven seconds.” See That cool, tragic evening in Indiana, instead of demands, violence, hatred and flames, Kennedy’s courage and wisdom produced a different result. “Kennedy was the first to publicly inform that audience of King’s assassination, causing members of the audience to scream and wail in disbelief. Several of Kennedy’s aides were worried that the delivery of this information would result in a riot. Once the audience quieted down, Kennedy spoke of the threat of disillusion and divisiveness at King’s death and reminded the audience of King’s efforts to “replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.” Kennedy acknowledged that many in the audience would be filled with anger, especially since the assassin was believed to be a white man. He empathized with the audience by referring to the assassination of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, by a white man. The remarks surprised Kennedy aides, who had never heard him speak of his brother’s death in public. Quoting the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, whom he had discovered through his brother’s widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, Kennedy said, “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

A deeply spiritual Robert Kennedy then spoke what Americans needed to hear and still need to hear. “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice towards those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black. To conclude, Kennedy reiterated his belief that the country needed and wanted unity between blacks and whites and encouraged the country to “dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and to make gentle the life of this world.” He finished by asking the audience members to pray for “our country and our people.” Rather than exploding in anger at the tragic news of King’s death, the crowd dispersed quietly.

Generations later, after trillions of dollars have been spent in those ghettos on those people, thousands of men and women have become rich, powerful and bloated with the success that is reserved for few while the masses are more in poverty than ever before and the waste and corruption that occupies those tragic neighborhoods is reaching epidemic proportions. African Americans are beginning to see that the ruins of their neighborhoods, the pervasive foreboding they have for their children and the contumacious greed and felony of their own who steal from them instead of helping them will never end no matter how much they demand and get. They are noticing things like Planned Parenthood Clinics predominating their neighborhoods and their grandchildren aborted and the lives of their daughters and sons marred by those trauma. They are beginning to see, in the falling birth rates that result, the prophecy fulfilled of Margaret Sanger’s “extermination” of their race in America. They are noticing that fewer of their children are being educated by an increasingly worse educational system than in 1954, when Brown vs Board of Education was decided and things were supposed to change forever. “Separate but equal” education was bad and wrong, but equally corrupt, inept and union and politician dominated education has failed, is failing and will forever fail. And this is the template for Latinos all laid out and ominously, being followed once again with the belief that it will succeed. Do we have to repeat our definition of insanity? That is what doing the same thing and expecting a different result will always bring.

African Americans know today that 14-20% black unemployment forces more of their people to become dependent on government. They know that an astounding 50-70% black youth unemployment dooms their youth to lives of despair, crime, drugs and worse. They see no way out through government, only a way to continue the cycle of dependency and entitlement that leads to greater poverty and misery. They want something different. Even though most have no memory of the 40s, 50s and 60s, some do recall those days and recall the hope and promise of those days as the last frontier for their people. People like Thomas Sowell, Col. Allen West, Mia Love, Lloyd Marcus, Armstrong Williams and Bishop Harry Jackson are beginning to make a dent in the lock step unanimity of African American thinking and culture. They give hope for the future, not the promise of more of the same hopelessness.

That is what has happened in African America and it is what will happen in Latino America. While Democrats and Republicans fight over who will vote for whom and what programs Latino’s will get, the numbers tell a vastly different and eerily prophetic story. Rich Lowry, National Review editor, in a recent Jewish World Review story provided some stats that opens the window to the Latino future just a little. “According to Census Bureau data, among native-born Hispanics, 50 percent of all households with children are headed by unmarried mothers. About 40 percent of all households receive benefits from a major welfare program.” “Latinos tend to have liberal attitudes toward government. Take health care. An ImpreMedia/Latino Decisions poll of Latinos conducted on the eve of the election found that 61 percent of Latinos supported leaving Obamacare in place. Sixty-six percent believed government should ensure access to health insurance. This might have something to do with the fact that 32 percent of nonelderly Latinos lack health insurance, about twice the national average. The question of who supports Obamacare and why is related to who has health care and who has some reason to look beyond their own nose to the ultimate effect and consequences of that awful law. Latinos are fiercely familial and, ultimately, when they experience the death panels, the skyrocketing costs and the bureaucratic mess that Washington turns everything it touches into, will know they were duped.”

Latin Americans demonstrate for immigration reform at Obama campaign rally in 2012.

As far as monolithic party loyalty, even this early in the Latino American saga, loyalty to party has been assured by the leadership they have to date. The Democrats know and the Republicans will eventually find out that buying their votes depends on much more than immigration. Immigration is the hot topic, the issue leader, but a close look at elections proves it never amounted to much for Republicans. Lowry tells us, “A recent editorial invoked the welcoming attitude of Ronald Reagan. How much of the Latino vote did Reagan get? In his landslide of 1980, 35 percent. In his landslide of 1984, 37 percent. That’s better than Romney, but still a wipeout. Reagan signed the amnesty of 1986. What did it do for the party’s standing among Latinos? George H.W. Bush only got 30 percent of the Latino vote in his own landslide of 1988.” All emphasis ours.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez in the pulpit.

Republicans are essentially lost in the woods on immigration. Their positions on border control, immigration enforcement, amnesty, path to citizenship and others that are of concern to every Latino are muddled; their messages mixed and ineffective and their real personal concern for these proud and passionate people lacking almost entirely. A smile on a fast food line or a hug at church will never replace talking with and listening to Latinos. We used to say that church on Sunday morning in America was the greatest demonstration of segregation that there was. It has gotten somewhat better, but we are repeating the history with Latinos. Even when they seek to join with us, we have a list of our own concerns and issues and we never listen to their issues. We never care about the Latino’s reactions to us and our attitudes. We are separate and unequal. It has not worked with African Americans and it will not work with Latin Americans. The reality is that most political whites (Republicans), “having a disproportionate influence in their party would be perfectly happy to jettison the cause of immigration enforcement. They are fine with a flood of low-skilled immigrants competing with low-skilled American workers. And why shouldn’t they be? These immigrants don’t suppress their wages; they care for their children and clean their pools. Whenever it is pointed out that illegal immigration tends to harm low-skill workers already here, the comeback is the scurrilous canard that there are “some jobs that no Americans will do.” But most hotel maids, construction workers, coal miners and workers in meatpacking — all tough, thankless jobs — are U.S.-born. If it is hard to entice legal workers into such positions, here is a radical concept: Pay them more. None of this is to deny that the GOP has a tonal problem on immigration, or that Latino voters care deeply about the issue. Absent a greater economic appeal to all working-class voters, though, it’s hard to see how a rapid, obviously opportunistic turnabout immigration will help the party much. Amnesty isn’t a quick fix for the GOP’s problems. Nor will it result in anything much different than emancipation did for blacks.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez

In the Election just past, Hispanic leaders are claiming a greater role in the re-election of President Obama. Even though immigration is but one of the issues that concern Latinos, these fiery Hispanics staked out their claims to the Obama largess that is expected to follow. “Latino leaders said on a press call Wednesday morning that the decisive factor in President Obama’s reelection was the Latino vote. Latino Decisions’ election night polling indicates that 75% of Latinos voted for President Obama and 23% voted for Mitt Romney. “For the first time in American history,” said Gary Segura, professor at Stanford University and founder of Latino Decisions, “the Latino vote can be said to be decisive. If the Latino vote had been split equally, Obama would have lost the popular vote.” According to the report by Latino Decisions, Obama’s share of the Latino vote would exceed the record set by Bill Clinton in the 1996 election, when he received 72% of support from Latinos. A projected 12.2 million Latinos participated in this election, according to leaders on the call. In 2008, a record number of 9.7 million participated. “The Latino giant is wide-awake, cranky, and it’s taking names,” said Eliseo Medina, a leader of the labor union SEIU. “Yesterday Latinos were the key vote in electing a president, and now we are a part of history.” “President Obama won Latino support the old-fashioned way — by supporting comprehensive immigration reform,” added Medina. “Romney really screwed up on the immigration issue. He sealed his fate in the primaries.” Citing Romney’s support of the Arizona immigration laws, as well as his pledge on the trail that he would veto the DREAM Act, Medina said, “We’re not stupid…There was nothing Romney could say to win the Latino vote.”

As far as leadership, it is beginning to appear that Latinos are following the same path that African Americans took 60+ years ago. When a national party features twin Marxist-socialist brothers, Juan and Julio Castro as the Latino stars of the future and when the Hispanic organizations are left to far left in political allegiance, they have decided to play on one side only.

Julian Castro, Democratic Latino Star

One can only look back at the early civil rights movement to see the beginnings of its one party dominance. As African Americans have learned, that decision is a fateful one, leaving them at the mercy of those who would pander to them without producing any real change or improvement in the lives of their people. To be sure, Latinos have promising, up and coming leaders who radiate all that is good and positive about this wonderful people. Marco Rubio, Susana Martinez, Rev. Samuel Rodriquez are a few. George P. Bush, the Latino son of Jeb Bush, nephew of George W. and grandson of George H. W Bush has indicated his interest in political service. There are many others in every field of endeavor. Latinos, like the African Americans and the nation of immigrants that founded and populated America before them have contributed massively to the American exceptionalism experience. These are hopeful signs, but only just that. Signs are good, but signs do not get the job done. What is taught, what is stood for and what is believed are what ultimately prevail.

George P. Bush, Latino grandson and nephew of Presidents, son of Governor of Florida

The only thing that works is dependance on God and the resultant self sufficiency that God’s grace and mercy produces! It is what always works. Not just in America, but in every country, everywhere. Latinos came here from nations that denied them the right to be self sufficient. They came to America for better, richer, fuller lives. They came here to better the lives of their families, not increasing poverty, degradation, and subjection to this government as opposed to the ones they left behind. When these proud people discover, generations from now, what the African Americans are discovering in increased numbers today, will it be too late?

America is and always has been “a melting pot”. When An Excellent Spirit’s predecessors came from Ireland and England and Sicily, no one helped them but family and faith in God. These were the generations that made America by hard work, nights up studying for an education that no one paid for and an enduring faith in a just, loving God. Today, in what we are told is a “post Christian” country, trust in God, faith in God and faith in our family, friends and neighbors has been replaced by dependence on government and reliance on politicians to give us enough to survive on. Success, the American Dream, “thinking out of the box” are all antiquated and not encouraged, taught or recommended.

Hispanic America

We have reported that there are more “takers than makers”. Here We have reported on entitlement being the opposite of gratitude to God for what for what we have and what He has blessed us with. Here  We have watched with great sadness while a great people in a great nation have made a terrible commitment to the worst in us. Division, class warfare, welfare are not the commonwealth yet they increase today. Socialism, where government is everything to everyone and God is nothing to anyone is the hallmark of the coming society. If this trend is not recognized and reversed, America will have apathy, depression and revolution worse than that of any “third world” nation and there will be no more “land of the free and home of the brave” for “takers” or for “makers” alike.

To all of this, An Excellent Spirit says, “But God!” The Old Testament is sometimes called the “schoolteacher”, a reference to its revelation of God and the sin that so easily besets everyone born of woman. Deuteronomy 30:10-20 provides every one of us with the answer to all of our problems. “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” The only thing An Excellent Spirit can add to that is “Vaya Con Dios, Mis Hermanos”

Israel: War Breaks Out In The Middle East

The Middle East is the hot spot in the world and has been for decades. Every war, bombing, genocide or other atrocity has been linked to this ancient land, one way or another. God, Himself has said what He wants to happen there. “Genesis 17:8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” Man has tried, since then, to argue with God. Not a good idea at all. Is it any wonder that there is no peace in a land that God has chosen for His people and deeded it to their descendants?  An Excellent Spirit has faithfully reported what we know to our readers since beginning publication. We were sure that the Islamofacist forces would not wait for Election results to do their worst, so when the bombing of Israel began before November 6th, we kept an eye on it, even as the Election sucked all the air out of the lamsetream media and the attention of all but a few.

An Excellent Spirit will be posting on what is not being reported in the lamestream media. First, however, we highly recommend to our readers this piece by PJ Media’s founder and CEO Roger L. Simon. It is entitled, An Open Letter to Netanyahu: I Want to Volunteer for the IDF. Despite the fact that brother Simon is over the age of serving in the military, he writes to PM Netanyahu as follows: “I’m an American citizen and over 60, so I am pretty much useless (though I still play a decent game of tennis), but I want to volunteer for the IDF. I understand you’re having some trouble on your southern border that seems to be creeping north with sirens wailing in Tel Aviv and, unlike a number of my fellow Jews in this country, I would do anything to help. I am perfectly clear that your cause is just and the time is now. In fact, unlike an even larger number of my fellow citizens — and quite probably our president — I am perfectly clear that your cause is also ours. You are fighting for freedom and democracy against the most reactionary forces in the world today: those that oppose the rights of women and gays, religious freedom, the separation of church and state, freedom of expression and assembly, etc., etc., and wish to impose theocratic totalitarianism.” Emphasis ours.

Roger L. Simon, Founder and CEO of PJ Media

Mr. Simon goes on to recount the history of the “progressive” media (we call them lamestream media) with respect to Israel, Jews and the Holocaust. “You would think everybody would be on your side. But no. Forces of “progressivism” like the New York Times are — even today, while Israel has endured 275 and counting missiles aimed at civilians — questioning your judgment. It’s hard to say why they do this. Perhaps their management — themselves Jewish — are embarrassed by their heritage. They were the same folks, you no doubt recall as the son of a historian, who took a “moderate approach” when reporting on the Holocaust. But I suspect it is more than that. After all, their vision of Israel is not unlike that of much of our elite media. The Europeans, for the most part, are even worse.”

It is time someone said what needed to be said in 1940 and acted upon to prevent the single largest slaughter of human beings in modern history. They did not and they do not like to be reminded of that fact. But God knows! The God, who keeps Israel, “neither slumbers nor sleeps.”

Roger L. Simon, in addition to being a Jew, is a man of letters, scripts and the media. He is in the truest sense, a citizen of the world. He concludes his letter, “But I want to say this — I urge my fellow Americans of all races and religions to join with me and stand with Israel now, no matter what our government does. As one Jewish sage famously asked, “If not now, when?” Or, in the more complete words of Hillel: “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?” I am not the first to say that that seems to sum it up. If you really think Western civilization is worth saving, you will do this.  Because the stakes are nothing less than that. If you think the Judeo-Christian tradition can survive the fall of Israel, you are, to be blunt, birdbrained.” Emphasis and boldface ours.

Mass murder of Jews in Holocaust by Nazi killing squads

An Excellent Spirit cannot agree more. We ask all of our readers to keep current on what is happening in the Middle East on our site and elsewhere. We have recommended many good, authoritative sources and we link to our post once again. Here

The only way that “we” can do what the Lord has called “us” to do is to be informed. Then, “we” can “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” with understanding of what God wants from “us” when He commands our prayers.

Psalm 122 is here: “I rejoiced with those who said to me,” Let us go to the house of the Lord.”Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. That is where the tribes go up— the tribes of the Lord—
to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel. There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. Every day, all day. God will be pleased with those who keep His Word and obey His Commandments.

The emphasis is ours; the Words are God’s Word over Israel, to guide all of “us”. Shalom Aleichem, Mishpakha (משפחה).

Billy Graham Targeted

Godfather Politics had this story today. “The Freedom From Religion Foundation is going after Billy Graham because the well respected evangelist encouraged Christians to “vote biblical values.” The folks at the anti-freedom group see this as a violation of some mythical constitutional prohibition. The First Amendment is clear: “Congress shall make no law” prohibiting people from exercising their religious beliefs by profession (speech), press, assembly, and petition. The Christian religion is based on the Bible. How can the government or a government agency like the Internal Revenue Service prohibit Christians from following the tenets of their religion?” That is a good question. However the Obama Administration has already paved the way for an answer that “we” won’t like. Remember the HHH Mandate? There is ample precedent for going after Christian groups and leaders like Billy Graham in the HHH Mandate.

On second thought, “we” just might want to encourage The Freedom From Religion Foundation to institute suit or get a government agency involved. Why, you ask?  Because in the courts is where “we” stand the best chance of defeating “them” and “their” anti-Christ agenda. With groups like Alliance Defending Freedom, the ACLJ (American Council For Law and Justice) and The Christian Legal Society, to name just a few, at the ready with brilliant leadership that has won decades of religious freedom and Constitutional battles in the federal and state courts, “we” are best protected from the socialist, Alinskyite, “progressive” assaults that are sure to follow the re-election of President Obama.

“We” are not looking for a fight, but “we” will not flee from one either, especially when “they” target a Christian icon and leader like Billy Graham. Our Lord Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” (New International Version; NIV). The clear meaning of that scripture is that Jesus identified who was on His side and who was not. An Excellent Spirit has no doubt whatsoever that Billy Graham has been gathering with the Lord for over 60 years. Psalm 5:12 “For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Psalm 68:35 “You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!” Psalm 68:28 “Summon your power, O God; show us your strength, O God, as you have done before.”

These are just three of thousands of scriptures that should deter any but the most arrogant, God-hating of “them” from attacking such a man of God. One More Thing: It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to confound the enemies of God in the earth. “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will convict the world of guilta in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 12“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”

Stay tuned. God never sleeps and the Holy Spirit rules in the affairs of all men, forever!

Election of 2012 – God’s Word, Prayers and America’s Future

November 6th, 2012: “We” Relied on Faith To Get It Done

November 6th of 2012. Mark it down. It was the last time that Americans of faith and those who have great concern for our country relied upon faith over action to restore America to its place of security and safety in the world. Americans tried once again to take the usual medicine of politics as usual and, once again, “we” failed. What medicine is that, Christians may ask? The medicine of relying on anyone other than “us” to do the works that God gave to each one of His children to do themselves. Each of “us” was “created in Christ Jesus unto good works that God before ordained for us to walk in.” This is a clear mandate, assignment or whatever “we” want to call it, but “we” can no longer sluff it off on anyone but ourselves. It is up to “us”. And it is getting late, perhaps too late. The only recourse “we” have is to cease taking the many medicines that are all too readily available to “us”, the kind of “over the counter”, politics as usual medications that dull the senses, while killing the patient, the United States of America.

The best part of all this is that God’s word is not vague, indefinite or obscure. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV) We means “us”, the people of God in America; those of “us” who know and live by the Word of God and His Grace, Mercy and Love. His Workmanship means that God created “us” and God had a specific purpose and plan in mind when He created “us”. We were created in Christ Jesus. That means that God created each one of us with His Son Jesus, our Lord and Savior, who was present at Creation, in mind. There is nothing God created that is or ever was or ever will be that is not entirely consistent with the life, deeds, Words and death of Jesus, the Christ. Unto Good works. This means that God created you and me with choices that we can make, but God also created “us” with a destiny in Him. That destiny is the “good works” that God has for each one of us to do, if we will to please Him. These “good works” are in opposite to “bad” works or sin and entirely consistent and affirming of God’s Word and His Will. Which He before ordained for us to walk in. This means that Almighty God, our Father, created you and me, but did not leave us to fend for ourselves. In addition to Christ Jesus, who paid the price for our sins and sanctified each one who comes to Him and confesses Him as Savior, and the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, who leads, guides, comforts, convicts and dwells in each one of “us”, God choose these “good works” specifically for each one of us! And, before He created any of us, God choose many good works for each one of us!

Americans of faith have tried it “theirway. “We” have taken every option and grabbed for every golden ring as we swung on the Merry Go Round. Unfortunately, the music has stopped and the amusement park ride has come to an end.  We also tried every self-medication available. In 2012, “we” took the Romney pill. Mitt Romney, like any candidate, was no better than his campaign, his vision and his performance. Mitt Romney, personally, did a pretty fair job. His campaign started off slowly and quickly slowed. Until the Republican National Convention, when signs of life began to manifest, the best thing that could be said about Romney’s campaign was “rope a dope”, the famous strategy of Mohammed Ali, when he laid on the ropes, covered up and let the challenger punch himself out until his arms became weary and heavy. The problem with that strategy is muscle memory may work that way, but voter memory does not!

It is now clear, voter fraud aside, that voter memory is what defeated Mitt Romney and re-elected Barack Obama.  The six plus months of negative ads that Obama ran in all of the battleground or swing states were targeted at the demographics that we knew would decide the Election. Women. Youth. African Americans. Hispanics. Independents. The 47 million on food stamps. The takers and not the makers. The Obama Campaign, once again, not quite as masterfully as in 2008, performed well enough to eek out a win. But the Obama campaign had help. They had the unions that donated hundreds of millions of dollars in actual money. Money that belongs to their members, not them. They had academia, also subsidized by “us”. They had the lamestream media. That is a lot of help, but they had more.

The Obama Campaign did not operate in a vacuum. They had even more help from the Republicans, the Romney Campaign and, most of all, those darlings, the right-wing media and pundits that preach only to the faithless among “us” and never convince a single human other that those who can stand their litanies of invective, sarcasm and rage in the first place. We could have told them so. Karl Rove is estimated to have spent 450 million to lose. Dick Morris probably spent his pundit career (he still has his burgeoning book author career to fall back on) by predicting a “landslide” for Romney. Sean Hannity, the purveyor of one boring litany after another, to the point of hitting the mute button, has finally convinced people that he, too, is a colossal waste of time and energy. Rush Limbaugh, the darling of the left (yes! The Left!) probably did as much for President Obama’s campaign with his stupid, senseless comment on Sandra Fluke as anyone. By himself, Limbaugh validated the Obama narrative that Romney was making a war on women. “We” took the Rove pill, the Morris, Hannity and Limbaugh pills. “We’ gagged on them and took more of the same. It was, as they say, all down hill after that. Little wonder that there are not enough “haters” to triumph over those who do not hate. It may also be that there are not enough makers to defeat all the takers in America any more.

What did “we” learn on November 6th? Did “we” learn enough” Was it too late for “us” to learn anything that will help “us” going forward? What can be done to save American and turn America back to God and prosperity? All these good questions. All these questions for which there are no readily available, easy answers. What answers that we can glean from all this will come slowly and only by the process of ordinary Americans realizing what “we” really did in re-electing Barack Obama. That will not happen overnight. There are many days of Fiscal Cliffs, Taxmageddons, BenghaziGates, Obamacare Diaries, and, at night, there will be the Kill the Tea Party Reality shows before the full realization of what has just happened to “us” will set in.

Whenever that hard, cold dawn comes and it will happen, it will take an army of Clint Eastwoods and Dirty Harrys and more, much more. It will take everything God has given us to equip us for the works He has ordained for us. On November 6th, the job became infinitely harder and longer, but it still can be done. As hero Todd Bremer said, going to his certain death, Americans of faith and love, Let’s Roll!

America: Has God’s Grace Shed Upon Thee Become A Thing of the Past?

“America! America! God shed His grace on thee. And crowned thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”  America the Beautiful

In the aftermath of the Election and in our examination of our mission and God’s will for America, we have meditated upon Scripture and thought about those things that God is seemingly saying to “us”.  As we have indicated, An Excellent Spirit will, for now, publish only what we are convinced that God approves.

An Excellent Spirit began publishing one hundred and twenty-five days ago, on July 9th. Today, as we re-examine our mission and grieve for a dear friend, we prayed and felt strongly we were to re-publish a piece we did on our first day. It was entitled “Israel Then, America Now”.  We have touched it up, bringing it up to date with the current realities four months into our effort. Many of you did not read it, having joined us after its publication. We are hearing more from our readers every day and would like your responses, suggestions and criticisms to this article.

When we began, we were learning our way and mission to bring America back to God. We wrote on the similarities that we saw in the America of that July day and Israel and Judah in Isaiah’s time. Here is what we wrote, updated where we believe appropriate.

“The power of the Word and the absolute truth of what God said to Israel and Judah in chapter 3 of Isaiah is so compelling that we asked, “is this what God is saying to America and we, the People of the United States of America today?”

Isaiah 3 is subtitled  “Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem” Do the prophetic words of Isaiah represent God’s judgment only on those alive in those days, or do they refer to and represent God’s Judgment on the United States and on the American People, today? Verse 1 says that the provision(s) of the people (stocks & stores) have been taken away. Their whole supply of bread and water, food and drink necessary to sustenance and survival, had disappeared. In America, in 2012, indeed, in the world today, this is precisely what has begun to occur, right before our eyes! The proof of our conclusion is demonstrated “by rising, out of control prices for gas, food and electricity and by the scarcity of food and water beginning to appear even in America. It is confirmed, over and over again by the curse of rampant unemployment and by the world wide economic meltdown that began in 2007 and continues today. It is seen by the trillions upon trillions of dollars in lost home equity and retirement benefits experienced by almost every American family, and by the catastrophic results this has had upon our children who cannot find work or prosper, despite doing all that we recommended in getting college educations. This is a partial list, but we are constrained to ask, Is there a better description of what we, the People are now experiencing in America today than the words of the prophet in Isaiah 3?

Verse 2 tells us that no one, no man, no woman, no earthly savior, leader or ruler, will be able to save us. “The mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet, and the diviner and the elder; the captain of fifty and the honorable man, the counselor and the skillful artisan, 
and the expert enchanter. I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.” Is God telling America that none of those upon whom we have traditionally depended will be able to help us? That is what we are increasingly experiencing today, with the mindless partisan rancor, the corruption and the utter failure of all we have come to depend upon, all around us. “The people will be oppressed, every one by another and every one by his neighbor;
 The child will be insolent toward the elder, and the base toward the honorable.” (verse 5) Do we not see this reflected in the riots, the burning of our cities and the agony of those who can no longer work or pay their bills? Is it not all around us, wherever we look? Can anyone say, “Occupy”?

The longer we live, the more we are convinced that the Bible is “reading our mail” and the Word of God merely confirming the signs of our times. Can you not see these conditions today in our cities and neighborhoods? “In that day he will protest, saying, “I cannot cure your ills, for in my house is neither food nor clothing; do not make me a ruler of the people.” Most of our so-called leaders would do well to just tell us the truth, as did the speaker of verse 7, but they do not. No one, on either side, is telling we, the People that:  “…. Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen. Because their tongue and their doings
 are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory.”

The Word convicts them: “The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves.” Even without reading verse 8, We the People know that America has stumbled!  Our words, our programs, our doings are not pleasing to God and we definitely are not prospering. To the contrary, almost everything we do is failing and leading us further into the worst times of our nation’s history. We must begin to realize that we have brought these evil days upon ourselves.

What then shall become of us? Upon what can we, the People rely and where do we turn?  An Excellent Spirit believes that there is only one place to turn. We can go there every morning, noon and night to get from God a word of direction: “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.” (verse 10) The question is what “fruit” will cause it to be well with America? If we keep reading in verse 11, we learn: “Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.  As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.”

Our reading concludes with an ominous warning in verse 12: “O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.” It is time for all Americans to begin to understand the wisdom of God’s Word and apply it to what we, the American people are going through today.

We are not pointing fingers at nor are we blaming anyone. Not our President or his party; not his opposition or any other leader, branch of government or organization. Each leader, every party and all those who are described in Isaiah 3 are clearly identifiable. We know them “by their fruit”. Or their lack of fruit.

The definition of the word insanity is to keep doing the same things, making the same choices and expecting a different result. Perhaps it is time for us to cease from our current futility and stumbling choices. America turned to God in the founding of this nation: “America, America, God shed His grace on thee”, and again in the Civil War, “Mine eyes have seen the Glory of the coming of the Lord.” Is it not time to return to the One who created this great nation once again for our national salvation? God is no respecter of parties, candidates or leaders. All of them work for Him, whether they know it or not. (See Romans 13:7).

Back in July, we said that “It would be a great mistake to interpret this piece as condemnation or as confirmation of what you already think or think you know. It is not the purpose of An Excellent Spirit to condemn or to accuse. It is our purpose to inform, inspire and encourage we, the People of this great nation.” We also said then and we say now “Neither is God accusing. God does not accuse anyone. He knows everything! He has no need to accuse. God is doing what He has always done. God is leading His people by His Word. An Excellent Spirit believes that God is telling us to stop looking to any man, party or program for a solution and start looking to Him! When we re-read and edited this piece we remained convinced that this is what we must publish today.

The Election that we have just concluded pleased a majority of Americans. It disappointed a solid minority of “us” as well. Sour grapes have always been our least favorite fruit, so we will eschew that fruit in favor of the fruit our Lord spoke of when He said, “You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:16) Matthew 7:20 “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” James 2:18 “But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” James 3:13 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

What is the fruit of the Election? What are “we” to do with all the post mortems and punditry that seems little more than excuses and justifications for what was written before the vote was counted. An Excellent Spirit will  endeavor to ignore all that in favor of what seems to be critical and true to the continuing effort to bring America back to God. In order to do that, An Excellent Spirit encourages all Americans to be led by the fruit of the Holy Spirit! “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law”. (Galatians 5:22,23)

We return to our initial question: Has God ceased to shed His Grace upon America? What are “we” to do, think and say in the wake of what is happening today in America? An Excellent Spirit believes that we have the answer. We believe that we are to have faith. In God. In His Word. In His Son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence (realization) of things not seen….. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:1-3)

Chapter 11 of Hebrews is called “the faith Chapter”. We commend the reading of the entire Chapter to all our readers now. Continuing, verse 6 says these critical words, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” This is central to Judaic/Christian theology. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. …… And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar…..”

Then comes the answer to all our questions, to every problem: “And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. (Heb.11:40) And in Chapter 12, God tells us what His “better” Provision is: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb.12:1-2)

There we have it faithful readers of An Excellent Spirit! Election or no, God has provided everything we need or could want for every circumstance or problem. We need only to do it His way and we will win! “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

We look forward to your comments. An Excellent Spirit will resume regular posts as we discern we are to do so. God bless you and God bless America!

An Election To End Elections?

An Excellent Spirit has been silent since the polls closed last night. We, like hundreds of millions of Americans watched and listened to the Election results and then we went to sleep. We decided that prayer and reflection was more necessary for all of “us” than our desire to rush in where fools fear to tread.

An Excellent Spirit will share more in future weeks about our take on the Election and what is coming to America in its wake. We have a book nearing publication that we will be telling you about and our favorite pundits, commentators and authors will assuredly have much to say and much for An Excellent Spirit to commend to our faithful readers.

As we went to sleep and awoke this morning, the one thing of which we were most aware is that God is still on His Throne! Our God still rules and reigns in and over the affairs of men. The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof! His Will shall be done “on Earth as it is (done) in Heaven”. If that sounds like excuses or revisionism, you are not one of our readers and probably not one of those who read His Word faithfully.

One such person who does follow God and read His Word (in English, Hebrew, Aramaic and several other languages) is our friend and mishpocheh Dr. Michael L. Brown. An Excellent Spirit brought our readers a post  on Dr. Mike’s Election Day Townhall column “A Warning To Moral Conservatives”. Our readers will tell anyone that An Excellent Spirit is an unabashed fan and follower of Dr. Brown. The reason for that is that we firmly believe that he brings a Godly perspective to worldly events and understands the times and knows what God’s children should do. Mike Brown is truly a man of Issachar.

When An Excellent Spirit read his latest column in One News Now today, we had to bring it to you. Go here. The column begins, “I believe Obama’s reelection could be exactly what is needed for the Church to be the Church, since we know we can’t look to the White House for change. I am not in the least bit discouraged with the outcome of the presidential elections, and I write these words with faith in the presence of God.” All Americans and all believers everywhere should take note! Dr. Brown continues, “Without a doubt, I have grave concerns about where our nation could be heading under four more years of President Obama and I grieve over the steady erosion of our liberties. I am burdened by the deepening division within our country and troubled over real questions about our relationship with Israel along with issues concerning our national security. And I am pained by the fact that, for the first time, Americans voted to redefine marriage and make it genderless (and we did in all four states where this was on the ballot).”

Many of “us” have similar grave concerns, burdens and pain. We all can do with more of what Dr. Brown says, “But I also believe that Obama’s reelection could be exactly what is needed for the Church to be the Church in our country, since we know we can’t look to the White House for change. And, as much as I hate to say it, it may take a serious national decline before the people of God awaken and arise. Unfortunately, as long as we pour so much of our time and energy and money and emotion into politics, we will fail to give ourselves fully to the Great Commission and to living as Jesus revolutionaries. (I certainly believe in the importance of politics; I’m talking here about a question of emphasis.)” Read the whole thing.

Then, as we read and pondered Mike Brown’s prescient words, it hit us. Faith, “we” need faith! America needs faith! On days like this it is difficult to find silver linings among the clouds that threaten Americans. Many Christians, even The Excellent Wife, the greatest woman of faith I have ever met, have had their faith challenged by these dark days. Many Christians are asking God what will the America of their children be like?

We have been praying and seeking and we have found “our” answer. Faith! Increased faith! Faith, in God! Faith first; faith last; faith always! Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not (yet) seen.” Emphasis ours. Many Americans hoped for a different result. Yet “we” got the result “we” deserved and voted for. Many of “us” are left wondering what to do now that what we had faith for has not come to pass. “We” have our answer. Have Faith!

Bill Johnson, prominent pastor and renowned biblical speaker (Bethel Church, Redding California; http://www.ibethel.org) says, faith believes! If we get what we have asked for, what we hope for, there is no need for faith, as Bill Johnson rightly tells us. Those who were praying for the Apostle Peter’s release from prison had so little faith in their prayers that they did not recognize that he had been released and was there at their door. Acts 12 reveals the story of a little girl who those praying for Peter “without ceasing” would not believe when she told them Peter had been freed. And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. (Acts 12:15) Peter’s intercessors had no belief; they had no faith!

As Bill Johnson says, our faith is necessary for us to get what we hope for. Hope is the environment in which faith grows and prospers. But faith does not limit God! It pleases God! And if “we” want to please God, we must get faith! “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Emphasis ours.

What all this means is that God, the creator and judge of all nations (See: Rom. 1:21,25)  God has “appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world.” (Acts 17:31), Psalms 93, 96, 97 and 99 are among the clearest Words God has given “us” that He created, He (by the Blood of Jesus) has redeemed and He will judge the earth!

Returning to Mike Brown, he wrote, quoting his Election Day article, “But I closed the article with these words: “And what if Barack Obama is re-elected? Then we would do well to avoid the trap of putting most of our energies into rebuking the president’s latest transgressions. Instead, we will have to focus our efforts like never before on fomenting a moral, cultural, and spiritual revolution. Come to think of it, that would be a sound course of action if Mitt Romney is our next president too. Can I count you in? “The time for this kind of revolution – not a violent one but an ideological, cultural one – is long overdue, and I for one am not waiting for the White House to make it happen. How about you?” Those words were more than prophetic, they were true! In today’s piece, Mike Brown continues, “Now, with the most radical pro-abortion, pro-gay-activist president in our history elected to a second term, we will not deceive ourselves into looking to the White House for help (although we should pray fervently for God to get hold of him and turn his heart). Instead, we must give ourselves to personal and corporate repentance, to faith-filled, persistent prayer for revival and awakening, to a renewed commitment to preach the gospel without shame and compromise, and to an unshakable resolve to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.” An Excellent Spirit highly recommends these two Mike Brown articles to our readers. We also highly recommend everything that Bill Johnson has written and his recordings.

Mike Brown continues, “And now we have reached the moment of truth: Either we wake up, stand up, speak up, and act up, or we run the risk of becoming a mere historic curiosity, an irrelevant religious sideshow, an entertaining, harmless spectacle. Something must change, and it must change now. There is no other choice.” He says, “this message is more urgent than ever, and that is the very thing that gives me hope. The charade is over. The curtain has been lifted. Lightweight “Christianity” has been exposed. Our watered-down, barely recognizable “gospel” has produced disastrous fruit and our pitiful attempt to become relevant to the world by becoming like the world (not in terms of cultural sensitivity but in terms of moral and spiritual compromise) has failed miserably. We must have a spiritual awakening coupled with the restoration of the real gospel message. It truly is a matter of revival or we die.”  Hard words, but true words; words “we” need to hear, NOW!

Brown references the great Evangelist, Charles Finney. Finney, he says, “ brought this strong charge back in 1873: “The error that lies at the foundation of this decay of individual and public conscience originates, no doubt, in the pulpit …. “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. “If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. “Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

Mike Brown finishes, as he always does, strong: “Let the awakening begin with each one of us, especially those of us who serves as leaders in the Body, and let the Jesus revolution arise in our midst until the nation is shaken with the gospel. On with it!

Mike Brown’s message to “us” is clear: “we”, you and I, can never change what God has promised. What “we” can do is believe. “We” can and must have faith. Faith in God. Faith  in Jesus and Faith in His promises to everyone, everywhere. Even in the United States of America on this day after Election Day.

An Excellent Spirit is neither finished posting nor reflecting on what has happened and what God wants “us” to do. We will be back! Count on it! God bless you and God bless America.

Two Views of The Same Result On November 6th

 An Excellent Spirit knows that if President Obama loses the Election, many African Americans will be devastated. As a veteran civil rights worker, attorney and election strategist, we can understand the passion and even the anger they will feel. It will be nothing like 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Georgia. It will never compare with going into a church with RFK that night in Ohio. Put in that perspective, it helps to see these two views of what will happen if the unthinkable happens.

First is this Jewish World Review article by Larry ElderMr. Elder asks a question that will have to be answered by millions of African American parents, “What do I tell my black child if Obama loses?” He recalls the scene in thousands of schools on the morning after President Obama’s win in 2008. “What do I tell my black child if Barack Obama, America’s first black president, loses his bid for re-election? This is a question many parents are asking themselves — especially those who would blame the loss on racism. Jubilant black parents on the front pages of newspapers, the day after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, said things like, “for the first time” they could “sincerely” say to their children that a black person could realistically aspire to become president of the United States. The New York Times wrote: “That a new day had dawned was immediately apparent at breakfast on Wednesday at Eagle Academy, a young public school in the spot where the often hard-edged Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville and Ocean Hill intersect: The sixth-grade boys sat in silence over their eggs, biscuits and apple juice. “They were too busy poring over the transcripts of President-elect Barack Obama’s speech that teachers had handed them as they walked in. Too tired, perhaps, from having been awoken at midnight to hear the news from their tearful mothers. …” Read the whole thing.

Larry Elder is an acutely accurate thinker and commentator and not only on things racial. He has been a critical observer of the plight of Americans under this President and lets nothing stand in the way of truth and honest reporting. He persuasively concludes, “If Obama loses, how many parents will tell their children that his race did him in? Already, The Associated Press published a poll supposedly showing that the negative “racial attitudes” people hold against blacks could likely cost Obama 2 points in the election. Really? Not only does Obama benefit from a near-unanimous black vote, but also from the many whites who voted for Obama because of his race. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, explained in 2008: “This is (their) chance to demonstrate that we have been able to get this boogeyman called race behind us. And so they are going to vote for him, whether he has credentials or not, whether he has any experience.” Hall of Famer Frank Robinson became the first black manager in the modern major leagues. There have been many since. Robinson’s hiring made a statement about the irrelevance of race. Years later, when his team underperformed, Robinson was fired. Obama can be fired, as well. Emphasis ours.

Next, An Excellent Spirit turns to Victor Davis Hanson. Like Larry Elder, Hanson is a straight thinking and writing commentator. In this Jewish World Review piece today, Hanson tackles the prospect of an Obama defeat next Tuesday from another perspective. In “The Uncool President”, he writes, “In 2008, Barack “No Drama” Obama was the coolest presidential candidate America had ever seen — young, hip, Ivy League, mellifluous and black, with a melodic and exotic name. Rock stars vied to perform at his massive rallies, where Obama often began his hope-and-change sermons by reminding the teary-eyed audience what to do in case of mass fainting. Money, like manna from heaven, seemed to drop spontaneously into his $1 billion campaign coffers. Ecstatic Hollywood stars were rendered near speechless at the thought of Obama’s promised Big Rock Candy Mountain to come — peace, harmony, prosperity and “5 million new jobs” in renewable energy alone.”

President-elect Barack Obama walks on stage at his victory celebration in Chicago with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha.

That was then. Today it is somewhat different as Professor Hanson relates. “Four years of governance later, the huge crowds have mostly melted away. Those still left do not faint. The columns are in storage. The Latinate “Vero Possumus” is not even voiced in English. Instead of “no red states or blue states” healing rhetoric, Obama has sown all sorts of needless divisions in hopes of cobbling together a thin us-versus-them coalition, as independents flee. The 99 percent claim oppression by the 1 percent. Young single female professionals are supposedly at war with Republican Neanderthals. Beleaguered gays apparently must fight the bigotry of the homophobic right wing. Greens should go on the offensive against conservative polluters who are OK with dirty air and water. Latinos must “punish our enemies” at the polls, and Attorney General Eric Holder’s “my people” are to be set against “a nation of cowards.” With all the advantages of incumbency and an obsequious media, why is Barack Obama reduced to stooping to save his campaign?” Read the whole thing.

What are “we” to make of all this? What if the unthinkable happens? Both columns get to the same place. “The greatest problem facing Obama, however, is not just his mediocre record of governance, but the growing public perception that he is as uncool in 2012 as he was cool in 2008. Voters no longer feel they’re square for voting against Obama. Instead, it’s becoming the “in” thing to shrug that enough is enough.” Hanson puts it this way, “In other words, it is not just the economy, foreign policy, poor debating skills or a so-so campaign that now plagues Obama, but the growing public perception that voters were had in 2008, and that it now is OK — even cool — to no longer believe in him.”

Dem turned Republican Rep. Artur Davis

Americans like Artur Davis, Herman Cain, Lloyd Marcus and Mia Love and millions of other African Americans have already reached that conclusion and spoken loudly of their rejection of this President and his policies. If and when our national referendum on Election Day should do the same, we all would do well to recall the words, “What goes up, must come down.”

We should also be put in remembrance of God’s Word: Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “My ways are not your ways, and my thoughts are not your thoughts; but just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” “(T)he biblical doctrine of election is that it is unconditional, irresistible, and irrevocable. All this to the glory of God–without in any way diminishing the dignity or responsibility of man.” An Excellent Spirit has said that God is no respecter of persons or candidates. (Deuteronomy 10:17, 2 Chronicles 19:7 and Acts 10:34) We are all directed to pray for those in authority. 1 Timothy 2:1-4) “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” And, we are told that those who serve in the public arena are as “deacons” to God. Romans 13:1-7 tells us, “ “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor” Emphasis ours.

We are a nation of laws; a nation Under God and a nation of an overwhelming majority of believers of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Son, Jesus Christ. All would do well to remember this when we vote and after that vote is counted. No matter who wins. God bless America!

One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice For All.

 

Drones, “Kill Lists” and the Word Of God

American Drone Strike

Nat Hentoff writing in Jewish World Review about civil liberties is no surprise. He has been doing so for decades, mostly on the “progressive” bent he holds, although, as a Jew, Hentoff has seemingly left his lock step “progressive-leftist” comrades on more than one occasion. His latest column entitled “U.S. targeted kill lists for next generations?” raises questions that An Excellent Spirit has been pondering for some time. It is one thing to target and attack known enemies who would kill innocent civilians, terrorists and Islamofacists. Is it not quite another to gorge ourselves on this terrible technology and misuse it and damn ourselves in the process? Go here to read the whole column.

Nat Hentoff at The Cato Institute

Hentoff writes “an explosive Oct. 23 investigative report by the Washington Post’s Greg Miller explains how President Barack Obama’s administration may sharply upend our laws and values for years ahead: “Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the ‘disposition matrix'” (“Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists,” The Washington Post, Oct. 23).” Hentoff points out that Mitt Romney has endorsed the policy as one he would continue. That said, Americans must weigh in. How can “we” speak out on something that the lamestream media (as usual) is not talking about? It seems civil liberties are only a frontline issue when the target is not “their” President or his policies.

A number of substantial news analysts, led by Glenn Greenwald, are following up on Miller’s revelation. For example, Greenwald points out that Miller, after interviewing “‘current and former officials from the White House and the Pentagon, as well as intelligence and counterterrorism agencies,'” comes to the significant conclusion that, as “‘the United States’ conventional wars are winding down,’ the Obama administration ‘expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists for years'” (“Obama moves to make the War on Terror permanent,” guardian.co.uk, Oct. 24). But Greenwald digs deeper: “The ‘capture’ part of that list is little more than symbolic, as the U.S. focus is overwhelmingly on the ‘kill’ part.” Keep in mind the ever-increasing use of CIA pilotless drone killings of suspected terrorists and their families who come to bury them. The Post’s Miller writes of a further sign of the deaths to come (without any of the corpses having first appeared in our courts): “CIA Director David H. Petraeus is pushing for an expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones.” When Petraeus was the head of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, I admiringly reported his having strongly commanded the troops that torture and any other brutal disregard of our values were forbidden. But now he is part of implementing this model for the next generation of kill lists.”

Anwar-Obama-drone kill

Before there is a “next generation” of “kill lists” this generation of American citizens must have all of the information, pro and con, and pray about whether this is what our country, “One Nation, Under God” should do and become. If the most important things we do are killing people, innocents among them, it is hard to see how policies like that track with The Most High God. In Exodus, Chapter 20, God, Himself set forth his Ten Commandments. The Sixth Commandment, famously is quoted “Thou shalt not kill”. It is widely held by almost every Biblical scholar that the Commandment really said, “Thou shall not murder”. Numerous translations and commentaries confirm that the Sixth Commandment really means that no one should be put to death by anyone without cause. (The Bible in Basic English and others.) The question then becomes whether the United States as a matter of national policy should engage in the targeting and killing of individuals who are enemies, real or perceived, by drones or other technology that is indiscriminate and lethal. To do so without some kind of national debate, after presenting pertinent facts to we, the People, is to risk the wrath of a loving, merciful God who loved each person he ever created so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ to be put to death on a Roman Cross. “We” need to get information. “We” need to think. “We need to pray!” God bless America and help “us” get the truth so that Americans can remain free! 

 

 

Prepare for Tonight’s Final Debate

Tonight, An Excellent Spirit will sit in front of our television and watch the final debate in the 2012 Presidential Debate series. We are sensing that more Americans will watch with us than watched the first or second debates. We believe that over 70 million will tune in and listen carefully. That will be extraordinary. The subject, prophetically, is foreign policy at a time when our policies are under the greatest attack in generations. In four short years, America has come from an easy, isolationist, we can’t afford this, close Gitmo narrative to an apparent collapse and a possible cover up, complete with the kind of lying and obfuscation not seen in America since 1973-74 and the Watergate scandals.

An Excellent Spirit sincerely hopes that we are not headed in that direction again. The divisiveness, fear and crimes that accompanied Watergate took our country down and backwards. With terrorism, jihad, militant Islamism and the increased proliferation of nuclear weapons, that might spell disaster for hundreds of millions of people in the United States.

Tonight will give both candidates the opportunity to present a vision and a purpose to Americans for “our” foreign policy. It should not descend into accusation and counter attack that only disgusts and confuses. If Americans see and hear that “politics as usual” circus, the Election may well be decided by the number of Americans who stay home, their senses dulled by men who should lead us, but who have failed us before they started. God bless America! Join 70 million+ Americans and An Excellent Spirit tonight and pray for our future and our nation as you watch and listen. God will hear our prayers. He will be watching. Even though God makes known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Emphais Ours. (Isaiah 46:10)

In these terrible times, we think of Psalm 2. Our preparation for tonight’s debate will be to pray for both candidates and to pray upon and meditate upon this relevant Scripture (New King James Version):

Why do the nations rage,                                                                                                    
And the people plot a vain thing?                                                                                        The kings of the earth set themselves,
                                                                                And the rulers take counsel together,
                                                                              Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,                                                           “Let us break Their bonds in pieces                                                                                   And cast away Their cords from us.”                                                                                   He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
                                                                               The Lord shall hold them in derision.                                                                                Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,                                                                         And distress them in His deep displeasure:                                                                       “Yet I have set My King
 On My holy hill of Zion.”                                                                     “I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,                                                          ‘You are My Son, 
Today I have begotten You.                                                                    Ask of Me, and I will give You 
The nations for Your inheritance,
                                         And the ends of the earth for Your possession.                                                                  You shall break them with a rod of iron;
                                                                             You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”                                                      Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
                                                                                         Be instructed, you judges of the earth.                                                                             Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.                                                          Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,                                             When His wrath is kindled but a little.
                                                                          Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. 

Obamacare: Opening the Floodgate of Death

An Excellent Spirit will not cease shouting from the rooftops, Repeal Obamacare! We have given our readers dozens of reasons, cited dozens of articles and authorities, but this latest, takes the prize. This article in Jewish World Review by Jeff Jacoby is the most compelling reason to repeal Obamacare we have yet seen. “If Hippocrates, the “Father of Western Medicine” were alive today, would he favor Question 2, the Massachusetts ballot initiative to authorize doctor-prescribed suicide? Presumably not: The celebrated code of medical ethics that bears his name, which physicians for centuries took an oath to uphold, flatly forbids assisted suicide. “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked,” the Hippocratic Oath avows, ‘nor will I advise such a plan.’” Yet that is exactly what is being proposed as law in Massachusetts. As Jacoby says, “Question 2’s supporters call their proposal the “Death with Dignity Act.” As a matter of compassion and respect, they argue, we should allow dying patients to choose an early death when they decide their suffering is more than they can endure. “People have control over their lives,” says Dr. Marcia Angell, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and lead petitioner of the Massachusetts ballot measure. “They ought to have control over their deaths.” “There is nothing new about this contention. The claim that assisted suicide can be an appropriate aspect of patient care, especially when the alternative is drawn-out misery inexorably ending in death, has been made since antiquity. Hippocrates heard the arguments too; then as now they exerted an undeniable emotional pull. There is a reason the Hippocratic Oath obliged new doctors to stand firm against it.” Read the whole compelling article. 

Not even the laws of the nation or a state can refute and remake the laws of God. Hippocrates knew this and An Excellent Spirit knows it too. That brings us back to Obamacare. The death panels, the cuts in care for our seniors already taking place, all make it clear that America is up against more than merely costly, Obamacare. The implications of any program, well-intended or not, are more than what is seen and argued. They are eternal when it comes to life and death and that is what Obamacare is coming to. America can bow its national knee to God or America can bow its knee to a spirit of death. 

God’s Word is clear: This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live! Obamacare is therefore more than an onerous law that needs to be repealed. Obamacare is the opening of the floodgates of death upon Americans. It is time to choose America. It is time to repeal Obamacare, to defeat the Massachusetts legislation! It is time to choose life and God’s blessing! God’s continued blessing on America may well depend upon “our” choice.

Highly Partisan – God, President Obama and the United States of America

 An Excellent Spirit saw this article in Freedom Outpost.  We know that we, as believers, cannot take upon ourselves to speak for our God. Nevertheless, the largest single minority in our nation is what the lamestream media terms “evangelicals. When you add the Catholics and Jewish faiths, we are an overwhelming majority. All of us, therefore, can and should pray about what is written and put on television and the Internet about God and the state of our nation. The article begins with the scripture, “The verse is John 10:10: “The thief is not coming except that he should be stealing and sacrificing and destroying.” Obama is in the process of stealing our birth right as children of God, sacrificing us to his Marxist, Darwinist, Cainite ideology, and destroying the very liberty that has made the unparalleled prosperity of America possible. Obama has openly boasted again and again that this is exactly what he is doing. All you have to do is pay attention to what he is saying.” The writer of the article, Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr., gives this account of the President’s spiritual beliefs, “In his 2012 prayer breakfast speech, Obama divulged without apology that he has “faith in the idea that I am my brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper.” This is the “precept” that, at a 2010 campaign barbecue in Albuquerque, Obama tried to deceitfully force into the mouth of Christ. Jesus never expressed any such precept. In all of Scripture, only the liar and murderer, Cain, used the term “brother’s keeper.” Never are we urged by the inspired Word of our Creator to be our “brother’s keeper.” The word keeper in the Hebrew has an imprisoning connotation; the apostle Paul teaches, “For freedom Christ frees us” (Galatians 5:1). He correctly observes that “Our republic is based on the light of truth from our Creator revealed in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.” The rest of his statements and conclusions about the President should not be gossiped about. They must be prayed about and the Holy Spirit entreated to lead all of “us” into all truth. Especially now and before “we” vote on November 6th

We, the people, have been blessed by God with “inalienable rights”. We are therefore accountable to God for what “we” do with those rights. Today, as never before, those rights are under attack and they suffer the greatest threat here, in America, not abroad. They are besieged by our own government and those we have elected and not by a sinister force from without. That is why An Excellent Spirit, albeit reluctantly, recommends every believer read the article and pray about what God is saying to Americans of faith. “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2) presupposes that the people are in right standing with God. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.When, as in America today, there is little or no exaltation, “we” must question why? Read the whole thing and pray! Pray! Pray!