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MAGA

MAGA’s dead. Long live the empire.

Three years ago, during the last presidential election cycle, many Americans found in Donald Trump a candidate whose ideas resonated with them. Trump was an outsider, we were told. He cared about forgotten Americans. The sort of people who lived in unfashionable places and had unfashionable jobs. Who drove unfashionable cars, wore unfashionable clothes and held unfashionable opinions. He was, we were told, the antidote to the sort of scripted, empire building, establishment politician – the Jeb Bush’s of the world, for example – that many of us had come to loath.

My own take on Trump was that I didn’t know if he was for real of not. Hoping that a politician will keep his word is always a gamble, and generally a losing one. As the Bible warns us, “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” As Christians, we know where our help comes from. Our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. And it is him that we trust.

And yet knowing that, we also know that God not only determine the ends, but he also ordains the means by which he will accomplish those ends. And one of the institutions he has ordained for executing justice in this world and allowing his people to live peaceful lives is civil government. Paul calls the civil magistrate “God’s minister” and tells us he is put in his position to punish evil doers and praise the good. I mention this as a way of saying that, even though Christians look to God as our ultimate defender, there is nothing wrong with their supporting candidates for public office. In fact, one could argue that Christians have a duty before God to be involved in politics to help ensure that justice is done and evil avoided.

It had been my hope that Donald Trump would at least make some headway in restoring sanity to our republic. I didn’t expect him to be perfect. There is only one perfect man, and he wasn’t on the ballot in 2016. But it’s not unreasonable to hold a man accountable for his words. Donald Trump promised, among other things, to end the senseless foreign wars, to restore vitality to a hollowed out middle class and, most famously, to build that wall and to stop the flood of illegal immigrants, migrants and bogus refugees.

And if it’s fair to hold a man accountable for his words, we need to ask, So how is Donald Trump doing on his promises?

I’m afraid the answer is not very well.

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OLG On Border

In 2016, America Magazine, a Jesuit publication, quoted Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón of Tijuana, Mexico saying, “The last thing we need is another wall.”  To which one is tempted to respond, “That depends on who you mean by ‘we.’ “

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    – Ephesians 6:12

America is a dying nation. I tell the Mexicans when I am down there in Mexico to keep on having children, and then to take back what we took from them: California, Texas, Arizona, and then to take the rest of the country as well.

    – Roman Catholic Priest Paul Marx, the Wanderer, May 6, 1987

Unable to really to come to grips with the problems in the [Catholic] Church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches. It’s obvious on the face of it.

    – Former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon, the Washington Post, September 7, 2017

The news hardly came as a shock. It wasn’t even surprising. Yesterday, the Drudge Report linked to an article from Vatican News stating that the Pope was sending $500,000 in aid to migrants stranded at the US-Mexico border.

Ever since the migrant caravans first became news in the late summer and early fall of 2018, the question has been asked many times, but never satisfactorily answered, Who’s providing the funding for them? At this point, there should be no doubt that the answer to this question is, at least in large part, the Roman Catholic Church-State.

As has been covered in this space numerous times over the past two-plus years, it is the opinion of this writer that the single biggest driver of the migrant crisis in Europe and in the United States is the economic and political philosophy and the activities of the Antichrist papacy and of the Roman Catholic Church-State. Rome certainly has provided the theoretical framework for the migrant invasion in the form of her social teaching. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that she also has provided practical help in the form of funding to bring about the desired result.

Whether Protestants realize it or not, and most Protestants seem not to have a clue, a state of warfare exists between the globalist Roman Catholic Church-State and the independent nations of the world. This state of warfare has existed from at least the time of the Treaty Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Year’s War in 1648 and resulted in a Protestant international order of independent nation states, which greatly diminished the temporal power and prestige of the Roman Catholic Church-State (RCCS) and the Office of the Papacy.

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Migrants_San Ysidro_November 25 2018

Migrants charge the US border at San Ysidro, CA, November 2018.

Have you ever noticed that, no sooner does someone complain about the high cost of welfare for illegal immigrants, but cries of “Illegal immigrants aren’t eligible for welfare!” cascade from on high in an attempt to shame him into silence?

While it is correct to say that illegals are ineligible to receive federal welfare benefits, in practice many do.

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Census Citizenship

We’re often told that death and taxes are the only things certain in this life. Perhaps we should add a third item to this list: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) taking the wrong side on the immigration issue.

As the USCCB whines in its latest press release, “Bishops Urge That All People Count And Must Be Included In Census Efforts.” Now if all one knew about the upcoming 2020 census was taken from this headline, one may fairly suppose that there was some nefarious plot to exclude certain people from being counted. But this would be incorrect.

So just what’s driving the bishops’ concern? The Trump administration’s proposal to put a question on the 2020 census asking if the person is a citizen.

But contrary to the rhetoric from the USCCB, the question does not exclude anyone.

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More Than These_2

“It is my firm conviction that the pro-life movement has been a convenient, effective tool in the hands of the Roman Catholic Church leadership in their drive to desensitize the average Christian to Rome’s heresy, idolatry, and blasphemy.”

    – Pastor Ralph Ovadal

Last week’s post, devoted to a discussion of the movie Unplanned, was intended as a warning to Christians. Far from being the Christian film many have touted it to be, Unplanned would be better described as an effective recruitment tool for the Roman Church-State.

Although the movie was financed, at least in part, by Evangelical money, and presented to Evangelicals as a Christian movie, the screen play and the directing were done by two Roman Catholics. But more concerning is the central figure in the movie, Abby Johnson, who, having been raised Baptist, converted to Roman Catholicism after she was asked to leave her Episcopal Church upon leaving Planned Parenthood and becoming pro-life.

In that post on Unplananed, this reviewer quoted at some length from a book titled More Than These by Pastor Ralph Ovadal. When I cited the book, I was under the assumption that I had reviewed it some time ago. But to my surprise, after checking to confirm whether this was so, I found out that no such review had been posted on this blog. What is worse, a search of the internet revealed that, apparently, no review of the remarkable book has been written by anyone else either.

This post is intended as a partial remedy to this sorry state of affairs.

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Unplanned

Just to dispense with one item upfront, I have not seen the movie Unplanned, nor, despite the many encouragements from various conservatives to support the film, do I intend to.

To be clear, my lack of support for Unplanned is not because I’m pro-abortion. Far from it. I’m pro-life

I actually had considered going to see the film yesterday, but elected not to. So what stopped me? A little research on the internet.

Not knowing much about Unplanned other than snippets I’d see in the press, I decided to search the web for information on the central character in the movie, Abby Johnson. In just a few seconds, I’d found all I needed to know, a headline in the National Catholic Register that read “From Abortion Worker to Catholic Apostle.” As the subheadline went on to elaborate, “A former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, tells how an ultrasound of an unborn baby’s fight for life eventually let (sic) her to the Catholic Church and a new apostolate.”

A bit more searching led me to this interview on EWTN’s Facebook page – EWTN is a Roman Catholic organization that owns and operates the National Catholic Register – in which directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzleman speak openly of their Catholic faith. At one point, they even note that the “blessed mother” has promised to end abortion.

In short, it’s fair to call Unplanned a Catholic movie.

For Protestants, this represents an insuperable problem.

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Joe S Vasquez

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, is pictured in a 2017 photo. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Nothing is more permanent than Temporary Protected Status (TPS). If you doubt it, consider that over 200,000 Salvadorans still have temporary protected status in the US as a result of an earthquake that occurred in that country in, wait for it, January 2001.

Once in, never out is the basic rule when it comes to mass, taxpayer subsidized migration into the US. And the greatest advocate of this migration scam on the Americana people is the Roman Church-State (RCS).

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