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Tammany Hall as a ferocious tiger killing democracy by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly.

“We are Republicans, and don’t propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents have been rum, Romanism, and rebellion.  We are loyal to our flag.”

  • Dr. Samuel D. Burchard

Last week brought with it a couple of major events, neither one of them good for America.  In the first place, there was the passage of the comically, propagandistically names Inflation Reduction Act, an Act guaranteed to increase, not decrease inflation.  Not to mention an Act that sics 87,000 new IRS agents on the American people – more specifically, it sics them on the middle class and small businesses that don’t have the legions of tax lawyers and accountants to fight back against the IRS – an Act that implements parts of the liberty destroying, World Economic Forum, Vatican approved Green New Deal, and an Act that manages to extend Obamacare subsidies passed as part of Covid relief.   

In short, it’s another unconstitutional boondoggle that will do exactly the opposite of what it claims it will do. 

Then there’s the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago.  Many writers have rightly compared this raid to the sort of thing one would expect in a banana republic.  Given the disturbing trend of both the Democrats generally, and the Biden Regime in particular, to politicize justice, this raid must be seen as a continuation of their attempts to outlaw their political opponents. 

One can find many articles in the mainstream and even alternate conservative and libertarian press denouncing both the Inflation Reduction Act and the raid on Mar-a-Lago.  But none of them, in this writer’s opinion, get to the heart of the matter. 

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Vatican City, though small in size, has a worldwide footprint.

It’s been a while since I wrote an installment of Rome Watch, a series of posts designed to highlight the anti-Christian political beliefs and activities of the Roman Catholic Church-State. 

I titled this one “Grab Bag” due to it being a collection of short pieces all with the central theme of Rome’s ongoing attack on political and economic liberty throughout the world. 

Let The Eat Bugs!

Marie Antoinette is famously quoted as saying “Let them eat cake!”  This saying is often held up as a model of aristocratic arrogance directed against the poor.  But while Marie Antoinette is long gone, her spirit marches on.  The 21st century variant on her famous saying seems to be “Let them eat bugs.”  And it should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention that Pope Francis has joined in on the chorus of voices calling for all of us to “reimagine” our eating habits.   

And while Pope Francis didn’t come right out and tell his audience at the EU Youth Conference to eat bugs, he did lecture them to eat less meat

But the Pope’s message was right in line with the World Economic Forum (WEF) that famously put out a video a few years ago saying that by 2030 “You’ll own nothing and be happy.” While I’m entirely sure the Bond villain types that made up the WEF certainly would like it if ordinary people owned nothing by 2030, I’m not sure they’re going to get there. And if they do, of a truth none of us will be happy. 

But what’s often overlooked in that same video is at the 0:34 mark we are told by our “betters” that we’ll eat much less meat.  Further, we are lectured, it meat will be “an occasional treat,” kind of like when you give your dog a bone.  This will be “for the good of the environment and our health.” 

Interesting that the Pope, in his letter to the attendees of the EU Youth Forum, made this same argument.  He wrote, “it would be appropriate to consume less meat:  this too can help save the environment.”

So, what’s the connection to eating bugs?  It’s this.  This WEF has long pushed eating bugs as a solution to what it sees as an environmental problem caused by too many people.  To solve this “problem,” the WEF believes we all must eat less meat and more bugs.  Just take a look at the 2021 WEF video titled “Insects could soon be appearing on restaurant menus in Europe.”

Klaus Schwab really, really wants you to eat the bugs to save the planet.  So does the Pope, but he’s not honest enough to come out and say so.

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Adam Schiff and Liz Cheney of the J6 Committee.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

  • Exodus 20:16

As much as I try not to let it happen, the constant drumbeat of lies promoted 24/7 from every corner of our civilization gets to me from time to time. 

And I really find it is the constant lying about everything all the time by everyone in official positions of power that gets to me the most.

Politicians, CEOs, university presidents and professors, schoolteachers, school administrators, and school boards, federal government officials, state and local officials, legacy media outlets, churches, doctors, hospitals and medical officials, law enforcement, lawyers and judges, entertainers, athletes and professional sports leagues, bankers, and tax-exempt foundations.  In short, every institution in America has become a lie factory dedicated to deceiving us all and promoting a false view of the world.

But the Bible commands Christians not to lie and deceive others.  In the Ten Commandments, we are told, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”  Paul repeated this idea in his epistle to the Ephesians, writing, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour.”   The Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  The devil, Scripture tells us, is the father of lies.  And as imitators of Christ, his people are called to walk in the truth.  And no lie is of the truth.

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Died suddenly.

It’s remarkable how much those simple words have gained traction over the past year. 

So compact, yet so freighted with meaning.

They have, it would seem, become almost a rallying cry for those who oppose the mass poisoning of the world by big pharma’s deadly mRNA “vaccines.”

One courageous academic, Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, features a weekly roundup of “died suddenly” cases from around the world on his substack account, News from Underground.   

Here’s his latest collection of “died suddenlies” from the United States for the week of July 11-July 18. 

At the top of the list is a report about the death of Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife.  She was found dead at home at the bottom of a staircase.  To date, there has been no reported cause of death for her. 

And while I don’t claim to know what caused her, I admit that my first thought when I heard the report of her passing was to wonder if it was vaccine-related.  According to this ABC News report, “the medical examiner said her cause of death was blunt impact injuries to the torso sustained the result of a fall.” 

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Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 

  • Matthew 24:4

Has there ever been a more thoroughgoing con job than Covid?

Maybe.

But it certainly has to rank as one of the biggest frauds this author has witnessed.  And by biggest, I mean both in the senses of widespread, long-lasting, and destructive.

The Covid con job began in China in 2020 and quickly spread over the whole earth.  Early on, we were shown videos of people dropping dead in the streets and scary ER scenes full of masked and dying patients.  This set the stage for Covid lockdowns in nearly the entire industrialized world.   

I remember well hearing the first talk at work about Covid policies such as moving everyone out of the office and sending them to work from home.  I thought it was crazy.

Then it actually happened. 

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Title page of the Quebec Act of 1774

[W]here the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

            – 2 Corinthians 3:17

Writing as I am on this day, July 3, 2022, it’s hard for my thoughts not to turn to Independence Day as Americans celebrate the 246th anniversary of the founding of the American nation. 

I don’t remember a time when Independence Day was not one of my favorite days on the calendar.  Growing up in the 1970s, I recall the focus on the Bicentennial celebrations in 1976.  I was ten years old at the time.  Not old enough to understand or appreciate the full significance of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and the Constitution, but old enough to realize that the acts and the words of the founding fathers had created a new nation committed to the protection of individual liberty to an extent never before accomplished.

One lesson about the formation of the United States that I did not learn until years later was just how much it depended upon the Protestant Reformation kicked off by Martin Luther over 250 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

This idea – the notion that the United States and the history of limited government and economic liberty historically, if not presently, enjoyed by its citizens is a by-product of the Reformation – would likely come as a surprise to many Americans today, even those who attend churches that claim to be Reformed. 

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Thousands of abortion-rights activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the Court announced a ruling in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erases a federal right to an abortion. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Chip Somodevilla, 2022 Getty Images)

With the release of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision on Friday, June 24, 2022, the reign of the Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in all 50 states was overturned.

This was a decision Christians have long hoped for but one that at times seems far from ever coming to pass.

A great deal has been written on this topic over the past two days, and it is not my intention here to recap all of it.  But despite the volume of commentary about abortion, there are, I think, some important topics that are touched on but rarely, if they are discussed at all.  It is to these topics that I now turn.

Dobbs v. Jackson Does Not Outlaw Abortion

The Supreme Court’s decision does not outlaw abortion in America.  What it does is remove the Constitutionally guaranteed right to abortion, a right not found in the Constitution at all, but one invented by the Court in 1973. 

When the Constitution was written, the intention of the framers was to establish a federal government of enumerated powers.  That is, the Constitution spelled out in detail the powers of the federal government.  Apart from these enumerated powers, the federal government had no authority.  The 10th Amendment puts it this way, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” 

The logic here is the same as the logic behind the Regulative Principle of Worship.  God alone tells us in his Word how he is to be worshipped.  If the Bible does not specifically sanction a worship activity, that activity is prohibited.  In like fashion, if the Constitution does not specifically spell out a governmental function as belonging to the federal government, that function is prohibited to it, and is, “reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Following this line of thinking, we need to ask ourselves, does the Constitution have anything to say about abortion?  This answer is, no it does not. Writing in Liberty Defined, Ron Paul noted,

[T]he Constitution says nothing about abortion, murder, manslaughter, or any other acts of violence.  There are only four crimes listed in the Constitution: counterfeiting, piracy, treason, and slavery.  Criminal and civil laws were deliberately left to the states.

Paul, Liberty Defined, 2

Those who believe the Supreme Court should ban all abortion in America likely are disappointed by the Dobbs ruling.  For example, a tweet from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) read, “Following the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a patchwork of state laws means abortion access will vary widely depending on where someone lives.”  But what some would call a “patchwork” is simply the result of our federal system of government.  As much as Christians would like to see abortion banned in all 50 states, that is probably not a possibility at this time.  Some areas of the nation take a more biblical view of abortion, and some will be less Christian in their thinking. 

While Christians can pray and work for the day when abortion is banned in all 50 states, we can receive with thanks the Court’s ruling that holds out the promise that abortions will now be banned or severely restricted in some parts of the nation.

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell faces reporters at a press conference in Washington, DC., on June 15, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.

  • Proverbs 22:3

For most of us, few things are more boring than central banks and monetary policy.  Those who run our monetary system know this and are more than happy to make sure this situation persists, for it very much works to their advantage.

Take, for example, Friday’s announcement of a digital dollar by Jay Powell, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jay Powell.  According to Powell, a U.S. digital dollar, “could…potentially help maintain the dollar’s international standing.”

All this sounds innocent enough.  Even downright boring.  But there’s a lot going on here that is far more profound than a quick glance may suggest, and it’s worth taking a little time to unpack it. In short, Powell is proposing a new form of the US dollar he’s calling, “A U.S. CBDC (central bank digital currency). 

So, who is Jay Powell?  As mentioned earlier, he’s the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States.  This is an extraordinarily powerful position.  Some people argue that it’s the second most powerful position in America, following only that of the President. 

The Chairman of the Federal Reserve heads up an institution that essentially runs the entire US financial system via its control over the US dollar.  Set up in 1913, the Federal Reserve System is in charge of the issuance of the dollar, controlling how many dollars – i.e. currency units – are in existence.  And since the US dollar is not merely the currency of the United States, but functions as the world’s reserve currency, one could argue that the Federal Reserve System (hereafter “the Fed”), though its ability to issue dollars, oversees the financial system of the entire world. 

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A message for Americans” YouTube video by Gonzolo Lira, 6/18/2022

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