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Russian Collusion

Posted by John Lindsay on 9th April 2017 in News, Op Ed

Russian and American flagIf you are wondering why Democrats are pressing the Russian collusion issue to the point of overselling, albeit without evidence, or if they will ever give it a rest, you may enjoy reverse engineering their story.

Every story needs is a good antagonist. No one would disagree Russia fits the bill. Establishing Russia as the ultimate villain gives the Democrats leverage against its enemies by using an ultimate evil to demonize anyone associated with them. Accusing President Trump of collusion is easy. Getting the American people to buy it is the challenge.

No one would believe the leader of the free world is in cahoots with Russia without a reliable source. At this point of the story I would have introduced the National Security Agency (NSA). Why the NSA? No one would buy into a story where the plot was held together by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). The CIA or FBI are the only other two U.S. intelligence agencies which compile and analyze data on behalf of the Intelligence Community (IC). But with all the questionable decisions made by former Director James Comey, I have to believe the Democrats regret giving the ball to the FBI.

One or two intelligence agencies which have already been proven ineffective in swaying opinion is no more than their word against the President’s. Flashback to one month before the previous administration was replaced. President Obama wrote an executive order which allowed classified information to be shared throughout the entire IC. Now the Democrats can freely accuse the President of Russian collusion with the weight of ALL seventeen intelligence agencies – but collusion of what? Undermining the American way of life, freedom, defunding PBS? What could they say the president did which the country would believe? – Something those on the left already want to believe: President Trump is not the legitimate president. Such an accusation could get traction by saying Russia tampered with the election in favor of the current administration. All the Democrats would need to do is accuse the Russians of hacking into the DNC.

Yes there are holes their story. For example, considering the timing, it is not unreasonable to think the Democrats had a hand in their own hacking. This would explain why the Democrats refused to allow the FBI access to their servers. Secondly, why would Vladimir Putin prefer Trump when the incumbent administration was already willing to sell him 20% of America’s uranium and flood the region with billions of dollars IN CASH? And hasn’t President Trump already taken steps toward energy independence as well as retaliated to Syria’s use of chemical weapons which would put him at odds with Russia and the Middle East?

The main objection with the narrative offered by the Democrats is if you have to manufacture an enemy to which to tie your opposition, it proves even if President Trump or his administration did something wrong, they are not guilty of anything with enough weight to bring them down. This answers why associates of the president are under investigation. The Democrats are using the Justice Department for both leverage and misdirection.

The beauty of this epic drama is it works on two fronts. It keeps the Trump administration on the defensive and serves as defense for their own malfeasance which is spying on the Trump administration. Outrageous? Your hockey team is defending against a power play (you are outnumbered) and the opposition is about to score. Your team’s defenseman has to trip the player before he shoots which will draw a penalty. It follows the philosophy two wrongs make a right, but this is how games are played when the only objective is to win at any cost. Unfortunately, in this game, it would appear there is no limit to the wrongs the left will use to get to what they perceive to be right.

The Democrats are outnumbered. They did everything including offered a ransom for anyone willing to present damning information about Donald Trump. Everything which was used against him was either refuted, debunked or failed to discredit him. Fighting back at this stage requires new intel. The Democrats do not have a choice. The only way to get potentially damaging information now is to spy while paying people to leak information to create a smokescreen.

How does one spy without getting caught? Better still, how does one protect oneself from legal ramification if and when evidence of impropriety is brought to light? Russian collusion legitimizes the surveillance. Once approval is granted for the unmasking of the names of the incidental players, the Democrats are free to observe any and all communication from President Trump, his staff, cabinet – even his family which could extend into their business dealings to any extent the DNC deems appropriate. This answers the question why the Democrat’s talking points have emphasized Russian collusion every day for the past year.

The perception of Russian collusion is the cornerstone on which the Democrat’s story is built upon. Because of this, any investigation which serves to discredit the Trump administration can never end. If it did, it would force a Democrat or intelligence official to answer specifically and to what extent President Trump, his staff, family or any person, however remotely associated with him, effected the election. If anyone had damning information nefariously linking Donald Trump with Russia they would have released it long ago. So, to underscore the Democrat’s story, we have a never-ending theme song played on a broken record on a turntable powered by American tax dollars.

Let’s change the details of the story to further reveal its lunacy. Instead of Russian interference with the U.S. election, let’s say a family accuses their neighbor’s dog of defecating in their yard but can’t produce any evidence. In order to appease the angry family, the police go to the neighbor’s home but cannot find a dog. Neither is there dog food or a brush in the house, but the angry family is relentless. The police question the rest of the community who all agree they have never seen a dog. The police bring in special equipment to make sure the neighbors did not bury a dog in the back yard. They bring in scientists to test the hair they collected to determine whether or not it is canine to no avail. Finally the angry family forces the city council to pay for satellite surveillance and infrared cameras to investigate. At some point one has to come to the realization you cannot investigate what is not there.

Why does the liberal left, the same folks who protest valiantly against hate and claim to support tolerance and equality, reject their chief tenets and despise Trump so, and use every means at their disposal to keep our country divided? Is it because they were humiliated in the last election cycle by someone who was not even in their league? No. Allow me to tell another story to explain.

There was a prominent man who married a woman who had a son. The wife got sick, but before she died the man had an affair which ended in marriage soon after his sick wife passed away. The son, who loved his stepfather, was hated by his stepparents not because he did anything wrong but because he reminded the self-righteous new couple of their infidelity. The stepfather’s hatred was so strong it caused him to lash out at strangers at the mere mention of his stepson’s name.

It is always easier to blame someone else for the undesirable situations in which we find ourselves than admit to any wrong doing. The defeated will never ask why they lost because they do not want to know. In a recent interview, Hillary Clinton gave reasons why she lost the election. She mentioned James Comey and WikiLeaks among the things which may have influenced voters. What she did not highlight was anything for which she may have been responsible.

Ultimately, the Democrat’s story will not last the test of time even when backed by a popular mainstream media for the simple reason the truth, more specifically, human nature, will not be marginalized. Human beings are not good or bad but a combination of both. If the left is unable to recognize or acknowledge a single praiseworthy act of President Trump or a single failing of President Obama, they cannot be trusted since such extreme levels of evil or good are inconsistent with human nature. If the source of news or opinion is all good or bad, it is misleading and dangerous since it neither shares the true nature of what is – only what some want it to be. Neither does such rhetoric inspire us to be any better – only to distrust anything contrary.

The mainstream media has been wrong about the poling. They have been wrong about the election. They have been wrong about all things Trump. At some point, considering the mainstream media’s track record of picking the wrong horse, viewers have to assume there is a far better chance of being right if they disagree with the opinion-laced unfavorable information they are being force fed.

Today’s Democratic Party, like the mainstream media, has found themselves in a pickle since they have helped create and continue to feed a hateful mob though they can never admit it. If they alter their position, the same unpredictable nature of the mob could quickly be turned toward them if they say anything contrary to what hate demands. By giving even one favorable acknowledgement to President Trump, the Democrats would effectively humanize their enemy which would make them appear soft, which is something hate will not tolerate.

The extent of a person’s ignorance, delusion, or faith for that matter, is equal to their resistance. Considering the left still cannot accept Donald Trump as president is proof the Democrats put together a good story, but what is the left resisting if not law and order? What the left is contesting is any form of authority which insists on responsibility and consequence. Unfortunately, what corruption will never find, through even the best of storytellers – not even in victory, is peace.

What Does It All Mean?

Posted by John Lindsay on 16th January 2017 in Christian Articles, News

TProfessor-NYU tirtadehe instant a person opens their mouth to communicate they reveal everything from their uttermost desire to whether they have the means to achieve it. There is a host of clues which expose strength and weakness, of which even the speaker may be unaware, ranging from what and how someone speaks to what they choose to call themselves. All you have to do is listen. Read the rest of this entry »

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Posted by John Lindsay on 6th December 2016 in Christian Articles, News, Op Ed

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I am Jerry Brainard, the radio announcer for KJOY in San Francisco. I also happen to be a fictional character in a story written by Deborah Craig-Claar and Mark Hayes entitled, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The actor who portrays me…isn’t important.

The story revolves around a functional family in a turbulent time, and begins Thanksgiving day amidst the anxiety preceding America’s involvement in the 2nd World War. The story shows how our faith was stretched as we inched our way through one of the worst days in American history. Read the rest of this entry »

Doctors Orders

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th October 2016 in Christian Articles, News, Op Ed

in_god_we_trust_hatWhat would a wise doctor suggest for an ailing America?…

Hey doc. For the longest time I haven’t felt like my old self. I thought it would pass. In the past I could bounce back from anything, but there’s been a lot of bruising and bleeding and it seems to be getting worse. I can’t afford to pay you. My health insurance got changed so you’re not even my doctor any more. Can you please just take a quick look and tell me if it’s serious or all in my head? Read the rest of this entry »

The Pursuit of Happiness

Posted by John Lindsay on 4th July 2016 in Christian Articles, News, Op Ed

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Relationships can be established for a host of reasons – attraction, convenience, obligation, mutual benefit, friendship, dominance, lust and the list goes on. Most people would place happiness high on their list of reasons to be in a relationship, but if happiness is contingent on a relationship, why are so many who enter into partnerships for even the best of reasons often so unhappy?

People are either givers or takers – or varying degrees of both. The nature of human relationships, therefore, falls somewhere between love and addiction, which is to say strong or weak based on the desires and maturity each individual brings to the table. It is customary to ask the bride and groom whether they are willing to forsake all others; to resist the erg of sending their affection elsewhere. If strength is based on how much a person is able to resist, then self-indulgence weakens an individual as well as any relationship to which they are associated. Read the rest of this entry »

Cost of Living

Posted by John Lindsay on 22nd March 2016 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, News, Op Ed

Running-UphillIf you are hoping for free college education this election season, you may have bigger problems than being uneducated. Graduates from the school of hard knocks understand whenever the word free is used there is sufficient cause for concern.

We all know not to feed the birds. Feeding wild animals makes them lazy and dependent on the source to the extent they are unable to fend for themselves. What is worse is when the free food is withheld, an animal will often cross boundaries putting itself at risk in order to receive the handout to which they have become accustomed.

Body builders, marathon runners or anyone at the top of their game know you do not achieve a noteworthy goal without sacrifice. The coach may take the team out for an ice cream after a game, which can be consumed in minutes, but only after hours of practice, exertion, pain and often defeat. Partial payment does not purchase the prize, and, if it does, you have to wonder what profit does it have if it may be obtained with limited or no effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Pre or Post

Posted by John Lindsay on 29th February 2016 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, News, Op Ed

RaptureWhen the church will be raptured has been a common topic of debate among Christians. Will the church be subject to the horrific events described in the book of Revelation? Will it live through it with divine insulation or be supernaturally lifted out of it before the wrath of God is spilled?

Many scholars believe in a pre tribulation rapture based on the fact nowhere in the book of Revelation is the church mentioned after the commencement of the seven year tribulation period. The other point of view (post tribulation rapture) is in part based on an all-encompassing overview of what God has previously done. For example: God left Jacob to work for Rachel’s hand an additional seven years. He left the Israelites to suffer in the desert forty years. He allowed David to be hunted by King Saul for over a decade after being anointed king of Israel. Israel endured hundreds of years of corrupt rulers. The remnant of Israel was allowed to be taken captive by the Babylonians and Assyrians. He did not spare his own son from the torment of excruciating pain, humiliation and death nor the persecution and martyrdom of the saints even to this day. So what makes the church think themselves exempt from mankind’s ultimate tribulation? Read the rest of this entry »

The Tithes That Bind

Posted by John Lindsay on 15th August 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, Op Ed

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An in-law recently asked my wife to do them a small favor. They offered to pay us. We said, “don’t be silly” then they insisted – you know the drill. When my wife told me she didn’t feel comfortable taking money from them, she couldn’t verbalize why which got me thinking. We see this couple at nearly every family event but we don’t consider each other family. They each make a good living so the money doesn’t mean anything. So why offer payment in a form which means so little to them and even less to us? They could have invited us over for dinner which would possibly draw us closer together. Such an act would honor the recipient. Making payment reduces someone to the status of an employee.

The couple had no intention of using the money to do anything but say thanks, but such disconnects are likely due to a matter of faith; when one embraces man’s economic system while the other trusts in God’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Model Behavior

Posted by John Lindsay on 5th July 2015 in Christian Arts and Entertainment, News, Op Ed

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I recently took on an art project which entailed recreating game boards to serve as visual aids for a sermon series. One of the games being referenced was Hasbro’s Sorry.

Most kids my age grew up playing board games. Our family, like most having little, didn’t experience the luxury of variety. My brothers and I would play the same game over and over. It wasn’t until years later at someone else’s house I discovered not everyone shared my family’s enthusiasm for playing the same game repeatedly. When our host packed up the board after a single game, I was sent into a state of confusion from withdrawals. I never played anything just once. Read the rest of this entry »

Identity Theft

Posted by John Lindsay on 4th July 2015 in Christian Arts and Entertainment, News

Bruce JennerIf you ask a group of ten-year-olds if thirty is old they would all say yes. If you ask teenagers whether they think their parents are cool they would all say no. The reason kids and teenagers answer these questions the way they do is because they lack perspective which comes only through maturity.

If you ask every woman in the world if a man should be allowed to dress and act like a woman, the majority would say yes. However, if you ask every woman who has gone through menopause or a menstrual cycle or given birth if any man knows what it is like to be a woman, you would be hard pressed to find anyone in good conscience to say yes.

No one can claim to be me but me. To be me you would have had to have been born me, then go through every trial and forge every relationship which contributed to who I am. You can say you are me. You can wear my clothes and change your appearance to look like me. You can even sing my songs, but the best you will ever be is a good counterfeit.

Some people might feel honored to have someone imitate them in such a way, but I’m sure that feeling would change when the counterfeit starts to spend the original’s money. What liberals call gender identity I call identity theft.

A true woman earns the right to be praised and honored by men and women alike for their strength and spirit which they purchased on the maturity road to womanhood. Someone attempting to spend what someone else has earned is thievery. Consequently, someone attempting to claim the rights, privileges and honor of women who has not entered the race from the starting point, but rather has paved a short cut for the sake of attention and praise is an affront to womanhood and an embarrassment to mankind.

Immaturity says, “But look at what he gave up.” The perspective of maturity says, “Look what he dishonors.”