One Of The Main Reasons Congress Is Getting So Little Done Is Because They Will Have 218 Days Off In 2017

Would you like to have a job that gave you 218 days off a year?  According to the official calendar put out by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the House of Representatives will only be in session for 147 days in 2017.  And that is actually an increase from last year.  In 2016, there were only 131 legislative days for the House.  So if you are wondering why Congress never seems to get anything done, this is one of the biggest reasons.  The sad truth is that members of Congress simply do not spend a lot of time doing what they were elected to do.

If you are an average American worker with a full-time job, you probably put in around 240 working days a year.  If you have to work that hard, why can’t Congress?

And actually things used to be even worse.  The New York Times looked back at 2013 once it was done, and they found that the House was only in session for 942 hours for the entire year.  When you break that down, it comes to about 18 hours a week.

If you go all the way back to 2006, there were just 104 legislative days in the House.  It is almost as if they just decided to take pretty much that whole year off.

This is what I am talking about when I say that we need to “flush the toilet”.  Those that are fortunate enough to be chosen to represent us in Washington should be some of the hardest working people in the entire country, and unfortunately we are getting just the exact opposite.

In the past there have been efforts to make members of Congress work full work weeks, but those efforts have always ended up failing

Some attempts have been made to force members of Congress to work full weeks. In 2015, for example, a Republican lawmaker from Florida, Rep. David Jolly, introduced legislation that would have required the House to be in session 40 hours a week when members of the House were in Washington, D.C.”A work week in Washington should be no different than a work week in every other town across the nation,” Jolly said at the time. Jolly’s measure failed to gain traction.

Congress gets especially lazy during the summer months.  Many Americans don’t realize that every year Congress takes the entire month of August off.  And actually, the House will be on vacation from July 29th all the way to September 4th in 2017.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had the entire month of August off every year?

This year, U.S. Senator David Perdue is proposing that the August vacation be canceled because there is so much for Congress to do.  According to Senator Perdue, there are five major tasks that need to be accomplished by September 30th

First, we have to complete the work on the first phase of repealing Obamacare and fixing our health care system.

Second, we have to pass a budget resolution that will work within the reconciliation process for changing the tax code.

Third, we have to use the appropriations process to fund the federal government by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Fourth, we have to deal with our debt limit. The Treasury Department has used extraordinary measures to buy time since the national debt hit its limit of $19.8 trillion in March.

Fifth, we have to finally act on our once-in-a-generation opportunity to change our archaic tax code, but we will only be able to do so if we achieve the first four priorities.

If those things don’t get done in time, members of Congress should not expect the voting public to have any sympathy for them.

Of course there are many that would argue that members of Congress actually work very hard and that they need all of that time off to “serve their constituents”.  The following comes from Snopes

Members of Congress have two jobs: represent their constituents and govern. These responsibilities do not always go hand in hand. Representing constituents means speaking with them in person, holding town hall meetings, organizing rallies, attending to casework, and otherwise being present in the district or state they represent. This is not easily done from a Washington office. Supporting or opposing legislation is an important part of a member’s’ job. However, it does not come close to capturing members’’ range of responsibilities. This is why even when Congress is out of session, members are at work. Most members of Congress work a five-to-six-day week. The representative aspect of Congress’’s job is almost completely ignored in these statistics.

Yes, without a doubt it is important for members of Congress to go back and interact with those that elected them.

But at the end of the day their main job is to do the work that they were elected to do.

And even when they are in Washington, many of these Congress critters are spending much of their time on activities that have nothing to do with legislation.  For example, in his new book entitled “Giant Of The Senate”, Senator Al Franken admits that he often spends much of his day on the phone raising money…

“It’s not uncommon to have three straight hours of call time scheduled as part of your day. … It’s brutal.”

This is why we need federal term limits.  If members of Congress were not so busy constantly raising money for their next elections maybe they would have time to actually get something done in Washington.

In November the American people gave the Republicans control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Enormous amounts of time, money and energy went into those campaigns, and now we want to see some results.

Instead of flying off for a month-long vacation in August, Congress should stay in town and get to work.  The Republicans have already wasted much of the first half of 2017, and the mid-term elections are right around the corner.

It is time to change the way that Washington works, because right now we have a system that is deeply broken.

Rush Limbaugh And Ann Coulter Are Right – America Is On The Verge Of Widespread Chaos And Civil Unrest

Things will never be the same in America from this moment forward.  When 66-year-old James Hodgkinson attempted to gun down as many Republican members of Congress as possible at a baseball field in Virginia, he permanently shattered the notion that we could go back to the way that things used to be in this country.  At one time, Republicans and Democrats may have strongly disagreed with one another over the issues, but there was always a certain code of civility that everyone understood and respected.  But now that is long gone, and if our politicians and the big media outlets continue to fuel the rising hatred in this country, it won’t be too long before we are dealing with widespread chaos and civil unrest from coast to coast.

Most of the anger and frustration that we are currently witnessing is being fueled by the left.  On his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh accused the left of openly promoting violence

“I have been worried for quite a while about the cumulative effect or impact of this constant anti-Trump hysteria everywhere in mainstream media: New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC,” Limbaugh told listeners.

“It’s hysteria. It’s lies. It’s things that are completely manufactured about Trump personally, about Trump and Russia, about climate change, about any number of things.

“I have been very concerned about what all of this is doing to the average, base Democrat voter. I have sensed them getting more and more fringe and imbalanced, and the evidence for it is everywhere in the things that they tweet. They openly promote violence, and advocate some of the most despicable things happening to their political enemies.”

Someone like James Hodgkinson is not produced in a vacuum.  There has been a steady pattern of threats and violence against Republicans since the election, and all that Hodgkinson did was take things to the next level.  Breitbart has put out an article entitled “15 Times Celebrities Envisioned Violence Against Trump and the GOP”, and WND published an even longer list entitled “20 times violence threatened, used, in wake of Dems’ political collapse”.  When celebrities, politicians and media personalities constantly use language that is seething with hatred, it shouldn’t surprise us when their followers engage in violent acts.

I have warned many times in the past about the civil unrest that is coming, and now many of my fellow conservative commentators are sounding the alarm as well.  For example, in the aftermath of the attack in Virginia radio host Michael Savage made the following chilling statement to his audience: “We are at a boiling point. There’s going to be a civil war.”

No American should ever want to see such a thing happen, but the left just keeps getting more and more radical.  And even Hillary Clinton recently stated that she has joined “the Resistance”.  The following comes from Ann Coulter

Recently, Hillary announced her steadfast opposition to the winning candidate using a military term, saying she’d joined the “Resistance.”

Imagine if Trump lost and then announced that he’d joined the “RESISTANCE.” He’d be accused of trying to activate right-wing militias. Every dyspeptic glance at an immigrant would be reported as fascistic violence.

But the media seem blithely unaware that the anti-Trump “Resistance” has been accompanied by nonstop militaristic violence from liberals.

In recent weeks, I have heard from so many people all over the nation that are extremely excited about the possibility of me running for Congress.  But anyone that is considering running for public office these days has to consider the fact that they will become potential targets for violence.  For example, just recently one very sick individual actually threatened to hang Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz…

“I feel very safe and secure at the Capitol,” Chaffetz said Wednesday. “We work in a fortress with literally thousands of people to protect us, but once we leave the Capitol, it’s a whole different equation.”

Chaffetz wants U.S. marshals to be charged with assessing threats against members of Congress and securing them in more high-profile and widely attended events.

Chaffetz was the focus of a March death threat in which a Florida man vowed in a voicemail to “hunt your a– down, wrap a rope around your neck and hang you from a lamppost,” according to court records.

Could you imagine if your wife found that voicemail before you did?

But this is what the left is becoming.  Because they don’t have any sort of a positive message to offer, they have to resort to threats, intimidation and violence.  I have been writing about this quite a bit lately, and it turns out that Rush Limbaugh very much feels the same way…

They don’t have an agenda that’s optimistic and upbeat that they can run on, and they don’t dare be honest about their real agenda. So all they can do is to continue to do what they’ve been doing, and it’s not healthy, it’s not uplifting, it’s not inspiring. It isn’t representative or reflective of any of the traditional American values that for so long have united us. A sense of optimism, a sense of can-do, a sense of unity, a sense of nationhood. All of these things are under assault.

If the left continues to go down this path, the anger and the frustration are going to continue to grow, and eventually cities all over America are going to burn.  This is the kind of a scenario that I laid out in The Beginning Of The End, and now it is actually starting to play out right in front of us.

Today, this nation is more divided than it has ever been in my entire lifetime, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  In fact, I expect even more anger and even more hatred as the divisions deepen.

Without each passing year, the left moves even farther to the left.  It has gotten to the point where many on the far left actually refer to Hillary Clinton as a “moderate”, which is funny because at one time she was a cutting edge liberal.

On the right, there is an emerging movement to return to the values and the principles that this country was founded upon.  So if the left doesn’t like current Republican leadership, then they really aren’t going to like the hardcore constitutional conservatives that are going to start replacing them.

We are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and the future of America is literally at stake.

It is a battle that we cannot afford to lose, because if the left wins there literally will be no viable future for our country at all.

A List Of 100 Things That Liberals Hate About America

Why do liberals seem to hate just about everything that is good and true and right about this country? Earlier today I was writing an article about Kathy Griffin and the hate-filled ideology that she represents, and it got me thinking about a lot of things. I truly believe that her now infamous photograph will turn out to be a defining moment in American politics. It has become exceedingly clear that Kathy Griffin and those like her have nothing to offer but anger, hate and violence, and that is not a message that most Americans are going to embrace. So if true conservatives can start communicating a message of love, peace, prosperity, liberty and freedom that is based on the principles and values that this nation was founded upon, there is no way that the left is going to be able to compete with that.

If we want to make America great again, we need to embrace the things that made us great in the first place. Unfortunately, the left tends to hate most of those things. In fact, many leftists will actually tell you that America was never great. These “progressives” want our nation to be fundamentally “transformed” into an entirely different place than our forefathers intended, and they plan to use big government as the tool to conduct that “transformation”.

If they ultimately win, the country that you and I love so much today will be gone forever. I want you to read the list below and imagine what the United States would be like if all of these things were eradicated. The following is a list of 100 things that liberals hate about America…

#1 The U.S. Constitution

#2 Liberty

#3 Freedom

#4 Success

#5 Big Trucks

#6 Capitalism

#7 Free Markets

#8 Wealthy People

#9 Economic Prosperity

#10 The Rule Of Law

#11 Traditional Values

#12 The American Flag

#13 The Founding Fathers

#14 Guns

#15 Limited Government

#16 Religious Freedom

#17 Homeschooling

#18 Private Schools

#19 Christian Schools

#20 Entrepreneurs

#21 Ronald Reagan

#22 Donald Trump

#23 Mike Pence

#24 Country Music

#25 Rush Limbaugh

#26 The Tea Party

#27 Lower Taxes

#28 Old-Fashioned Light Bulbs

#29 Jesus

#30 The Bible

#31 The Christian Faith

#32 The Drudge Report

#33 John Wayne

#34 Alex Jones

#35 NASCAR

#36 Tupperware

#37 Big Cheeseburgers

#38 Football

#39 Clint Eastwood

#40 The Army

#41 The Navy

#42 The Marines

#43 The Air Force

#44 Ron Paul

#45 Rand Paul

#46 Marriage

#47 Family

#48 Babies

#49 Wal-Mart

#50 Flag Pins

#51 Steakhouses

#52 Chuck Norris

#53 Bottled Water

#54 George Washington

#55 The 1st Amendment

#56 The 2nd Amendment

#57 The 10th Amendment

#58 The Pledge Of Allegiance

#59 McDonald’s

#60 Coca-Cola

#61 Fried Food

#62 Muscle Cars

#63 Charlie Daniels

#64 Dolly Parton

#65 Duck Dynasty

#66 Johnny Cash

#67 Sarah Palin

#68 Cheesesteaks

#69 Sean Hannity

#70 Rodeos

#71 Cadillacs

#72 Barbie Dolls

#73 Ted Cruz

#74 Fiscal Sanity

#75 Charlton Heston

#76 Israel

#77 Benjamin Netanyahu

#78 Miners

#79 Loggers

#80 The Coal Industry

#81 National Sovereignty

#82 National Borders

#83 Uncle Sam

#84 The Washington Redskins

#85 Small Businesses

#86 Self-Employment

#87 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

#88 Military Veterans

#89 The Phrase “Islamic Terror”

#90 Big Families

#91 The Bible Belt

#92 The Creation Museum

#93 The 10 Commandments

#94 Anyone That Is Pro-Life

#95 Anyone That Disagrees With Them

#96 Hard Work

#97 Patriotism

#98 Winning

#99 The Truth

#100 The American People

(Originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog)

Has Kathy Griffin Produced A Defining Moment That Will Cause America To Reject The Hate-Filled Ideology Of The Radical Left?

The image of Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody mock ‘decapitated’ head of Donald Trump will be burned into our memories forever, and she may have just produced the single most destructive moment for the radical left that this country has seen in decades.  It is perfectly fine to disagree with President Trump and his policies, but to hold up his ‘decapitated head’ like an ISIS executioner would goes far beyond anything that would ever be acceptable in a civilized society.  This is a moment that absolutely screams “too far”, and I believe that it will be this moment that causes many Americans to finally realize that the hate-filled ideology of the radical left is entirely bankrupt.

At this point the radical left doesn’t have any sort of positive message to offer the American people.  They hate that wealthy people have so much money and so they want to raise taxes.  They hate capitalism and use every opportunity that they can to try to destroy it.  They hate conservative Christians and so they mock Jesus and the Christian faith every chance they get.  They pander for money and votes by pitting one racial group against another.  They are all about killing liberty, killing freedom, killing babies, and killing the values that this nation was founded upon.  And they have demonstrated over and over again that they are willing to use violence to achieve their goals.

What Kathy Griffin was attempting to communicate was so horrible and so over the top that even CNN has decided to fire her

“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” spokesman Shimrit Sheetrit confirmed to USA TODAY in a statement Wednesday.

The network used even stronger language a day earlier: “We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” read a statement sent to USA TODAY Tuesday night by Sheetrit. “We are pleased to see she has apologized and asked that the photos be taken down.”

And even her old buddy Anderson Cooper denounced her on Twitter

For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.

It is hard to imagine that Kathy Griffin will have much of a career left after all of this, so hopefully she has been saving her money.  In fact, she has already lost a major endorsement deal

Squatty Potty, a Utah-based business that creates and sells bathroom products — including a popular toilet stool made famous by one of the company’s well-known viral videos — has decided to pull down a new ad that Griffin stars in.

“We were shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared today,” Squatty Potty CEO Bobby Edwards said in a statement issued to Faithwire. “It was deeply inappropriate and runs contrary to the core values our company stands for.”

I don’t know what she thought would happen.  If a conservative had done the same thing to Obama, we would probably be talking about prison time right about now.  Griffin went so far over the line that even the Church of Satan has disavowed her.

And of course this isn’t the first time that she has done something like this.  During a 2007 awards show, she openly mocked the name of Jesus.  What she said was so horrible that I do not want to repeat it.

Surprisingly, not everyone on the left is turning their backs on Griffin.  In fact, Democratic Senator Al Franken says that he is not going to cancel an appearance with Griffin that is scheduled for July.

Al Franken will be up for re-election in 2020, and I think that it is time for the people of Minnesota to find a new senator.

Of course I think that things are going to be very difficult for most liberal Democrats moving forward.  If anger and hate are the core of your message, and if you survive by constantly pitting one group against another, eventually the American people are going to see through the games and will start choosing another direction.

Whether she intended it or not, Kathy Griffin is now the poster child for the radical left in this country, and she just did Trump and the Republican Party a huge favor by showing the true face of her movement.  I really like how Mike Adams made this point…

There’s no other way to say it: Kathy Griffin and the deranged, lunatic Left are mentally ill and pose a very real danger to society. This wretched, terrorist-style beheading video posted by Griffin encourages deadly violence against Trump supporters and sends a message that murdering political opponents of the intolerant Left is a normal, acceptable activity.

That’s what the deranged Left already believes, of course. Fanned into flames by a wildly dishonest, discredited fakestream media, Trump Derangement Syndrome has now escalated into a left-wing murderous rage that now celebrates gruesome images of beheadings that were once the sole domain of fanatical terrorists. What’s even more disturbing about all this is that Kathy Griffin apparently thought posting a video showing a bloodied, decapitated Trump head in her fist would somehow be hilarious or inspiring in some twisted way.

So how should we respond to all of this?

Instead of responding to this kind of hate with even more hate, I propose that we respond with lots of love.

Let’s show the American people that there is a fundamental difference between the right and the left.  Let’s show them that true conservatives are all about loving everyone and doing everything that we can to promote life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Let’s show them that we believe in a positive, united future for our country based on the values and principles that are enshrined in the United States Constitution.

We don’t have to attack Kathy Griffin because she has already destroyed herself and done an immense amount of permanent damage to her political movement.

The American people are going to be looking elsewhere for inspiration, and we should be ready to supply it.  If we can clearly communicate a positive, uplifting message, we can start to clear out the cesspool that Washington D.C. has become and begin to build a brighter future for all Americans.

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Is there any way to unite our country once again?  We live at a time when our nation is deeply polarized and many people have chosen to completely give in to hate.  There are a lot of Democrats that deeply hate Donald Trump with everything that they have inside of them, even though they might not be able to clearly explain to anyone exactly why they hate him so much.  And the same thing could be said about many Republicans when it comes to top politicians among the Democrats.  Yes, there are very important issues that divide us, and there are certain things where compromise simply is not an option.  But just because we disagree with others politically does not mean that we have to hate them.  The following is another excerpt from my new book, and hopefully it will inspire people to start loving their enemies (even their political ones)…

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What do you think would happen to our society if we decided to just start loving one another?  I am writing this at a time when the United States is the most polarized that it has been in decades.  Democrats hate Republicans and Republicans hate Democrats, but all of this hate is not really getting us anywhere.  I think that most of us have forgotten that we are supposed to love our enemies.  If we only love those that agree with us and that are just like us, what is that going to accomplish?

Following the election in November, there were news reports about leftists that were being “triggered” simply by seeing the name of Trump somewhere.  I don’t know if I have ever seen so much rage directed at a new president, and some of the things that are being said and done by those on the left are absolutely frightening.  For example, Kathy Griffin made national headlines when she posed for photographs “with a ‘beheaded’ President Trump”

Kathy Griffin sent shockwaves through the internet when she posed with a “beheaded” President Trump.

The comedian looks somber in pictures that are reminiscent of ISIS beheading videos and photos. She holds a facsimile of Mr. Trump’s detached, bloodied head by the hair.

The photo was taken by Tyler Shields, who is known for controversial art, including a photo of Clint Eastwood’s daughter burning a $100,000 Hermes handbag.

(http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kathy-griffin-takes-photos-with-beheaded-trump/)

Why would someone do such a thing?

Many of those on the left have no idea why they are feeling so much rage.  They just know that Trump is on the “wrong team” and that he supposedly stands for things that they aren’t supposed to like.  But if you would ask many of them to put their feelings into words, most of them would not be able to do so in a cohesive manner.

Of course many on the right have heaped a tremendous amount of abuse on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in recent years.  Even though they stand for things that are truly appalling, does that justify the horrible mistreatment that they have received?

You can love people without agreeing with them.  In fact, you can deeply love someone and still disapprove of every single thing that they stand for.  And even though Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are both completely unfit to hold any political office anywhere in the country, that doesn’t mean that we should hate them.  Like so many other political leaders, Obama and Clinton have done some exceedingly terrible things, but that doesn’t mean that they are beyond all hope.  All of us have done things that we are now ashamed of, and all of us have needed some grace at various points in our lives.  We should always be willing to love our political enemies, to forgive them, to pray for them, and we should always want the very best for them and for their families.

As it stands, America is at a very dangerous place because of all of the anger and frustration that are boiling just under the surface.  According to a recent Reuters survey, only 25 percent of Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction, and the protests in our streets have turned increasingly violent in recent years.

Many on the left are using terms such as “Nazi”, “racist” and “dictator” to describe Donald Trump, and that is the kind of language that can spur people to take violent action.  There are some that believe that America is heading for a “civil war”, and there are others that believe that one has already started.  But none of us should ever want that to actually happen.

In my adult life, I have never seen America so divided, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

What if we decided to start loving one another no matter what we look like, where we are from or who our ancestors were?

What if we decided to start loving one another no matter who we voted for or what our particular political beliefs may be?

What if we decided to start loving one another no matter how much the mainstream media, our politicians and the entertainment community tried to stir up hate?

Not too long ago, a distant relative decided to cut off all communication with Meranda and I simply because of a pro-Trump article that I authored.  Apparently someone must be anti-Trump in order to be loved and accepted by this particular individual.

Of course similar things are happening all over the country because of animosity toward Trump.

But if we are not willing to talk with one another, how will we ever solve any of the problems that this nation is facing?

Don’t get me wrong.  I am certainly not suggesting that we should ever compromise our most cherished values and principles.  If the left is going to hate us because we refuse to move from the values and the principles that this nation was founded upon, there isn’t much we can do about that.

But even though they may hate us, we can choose to love them.  When we do good to those that hate us, it has a far more powerful effect than if we return hate with more hate.  The following is one of the most famous quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr…

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil —
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars —
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Those are very wise words.

We will never defeat the leftists that are trying to destroy our nation by hating them.  But if we shower them with light and love many of them will eventually come over to our side.

I am a big believer in the marketplace of ideas, because I also believe that truth always wins in the end.  If we can respectfully engage with those that disagree with us and show them that there is a better way, we will win many of them over.

One of the reasons why the left has made so much progress in recent decades is because most of the population has abandoned the core values that once made America so great.  If we rediscover those values, they can provide a basis for healing and reuniting our broken nation.

For example, in the Declaration of Independence our forefathers declared that “all men are created equal”.  We should all be able to agree that every single individual is of immense value, and that all of us should be treated equally under the law no matter where we came from, no matter what our skin color is and no matter how much money we have.

The Declaration of Independence also tells us that we have been endowed “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.  If you follow my work on a regular basis, you know that first one is absolutely huge for me.  Elsewhere in this book I am going to spend an entire chapter on that topic.  But for the moment I want to focus on Liberty.  In every human heart there is a desire to live free.  This is one of the reasons why big government liberalism is such a bankrupt philosophy.  Big government always ends in tyranny, and I don’t know any true American that actually wants tyranny.

There are so many things that both the left and the right should be able to agree upon.

One is that Congress has become a cesspool of filth and corruption.  Can’t we agree that the way that we run our elections needs to be greatly reformed and that special interests and big donors should have much less influence in Washington D.C.?

Another thing that we should be able to agree upon is that we should have a country where freedom and liberty are maximized.  Instinctively, most of us want to live our lives without someone else constantly telling us what to do.  We all proudly sing that we are “the land of the free”, and we need to start making that a reality once again.

We should all also be able to agree that terrorism is a growing problem, and that we should do all that we can to keep our communities safe.  Of course there are disagreements about how precisely to do that, but in the face of a common enemy that is intent on destroying us the American people should be able to come together.

In addition, we should all be able to agree that we need to strengthen the Social Security system so that it will always be there for retiring Americans that need it.  Unfortunately, our politicians raided the Social Security trust fund and have badly mismanaged the system, and so now the future of the program looks shaky.  But we should be able to work together to get it back on solid ground once again.

Of course all of us want an economy that is vibrant and growing, and that hasn’t been true for a very long time.  Barack Obama was the only president in U.S. history not to have a single year when the economy grew by at least three percent, and over the past ten years U.S. GDP growth has averaged just 1.33 percent per year.  If we would just take the shackles off of the economy we could do so much better.  The greatest era of economic growth in our history was when there was no Federal Reserve, no IRS and no income tax, and we can do it again.

We all want better lives for our families and our communities, and we can make America great again if we start doing the things that made America great in the first place.

Ultimately, much of this book is about restoring American values.  It is about restoring God, family and country to their proper places and getting our priorities back in order.  It is about learning to love others the way that we love ourselves.

It has been said that a house divided against itself will surely fall.  And if we continue down this road of hatred and division, America will surely fall no matter what ideology eventually triumphs.

There is nothing that says that we all have to hate one another.  It doesn’t have to be this way, and we need a new generation of leaders that are willing to take us in a different direction.

Because right now what we are getting from the corporate media and most of our politicians is a steady stream of strife, discord, bitterness, resentment and hatred.

The only way that we are going to become “a shining city upon a hill” again is if we learn to love one another truly and deeply and from the heart.  To close this chapter, let me share with you what President Ronald Reagan said about this shining city during his farewell address to the American people…

The past few days when I’ve been at that window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the “shining city upon a hill.” The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.

Reagan’s dream is still alive, but in order to live in harmony and peace we must reject hatred and division.

Just because America is deeply divided today does not mean that all hope is lost.

There is a better way, and we can get there.

It’s Time To Flush The Toilet

Is it fair to compare Congress to a toilet?  If there is one institution that embodies the corruption that permeates Washington D.C., it is the United States Congress.  Dominated by extremely selfish career politicians that are primarily interested in raising enough money to win the next election, Congress has become a cesspool of filth, fraud and malfeasance.  The American people are absolutely sick of this, and that is why approval ratings for Congress are consistently much lower than for any other political institution.  In fact, at this moment Congress has an average approval rating of just 18.3 percent according to Real Clear Politics.  Donald Trump captured the imagination of tens of millions of American voters when he pledged to “drain the swamp” during the last election, but I say that it is time to “flush the toilet” because the only way that we will ever be able to turn the federal government in a positive direction is by clearing out as many of these Congress critters as possible.

Getting Donald Trump into the White House was the biggest political miracle in American history, but now his agenda is almost completely stalled and it is Congress that is to blame.

For example, Trump repeatedly pledged that he was going to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border to combat illegal immigration, but at this point funding for that wall is being completely blocked.

What is the problem?

Congress.

Trump also pledged that Obamacare would be repealed very rapidly once he became president, but that obviously has not happened.

What is the problem?

Congress.

In fact, it is looking quite doubtful that a bill to repeal Obamacare will ever get through the U.S. Senate…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is tempering expectations that the Senate will pass an overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system, promising his colleagues a vote but not success.

McConnell in his public comments and private conversations about the ObamaCare repeal and replace bill is painting a more sober picture than Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who in March guaranteed passage through the House.

McConnell is stopping well short of any grand pronouncement.

Trump also promised all of us that our taxes would be going way down, but even though the Republicans control both houses of Congress this also seems to be going nowhere fast.  The following comes from the Wall Street Journal

The GOP’s dreams have collided with interest-group lobbying and the tax system’s reality. Politicians all profess to hate the tax code, but they don’t agree on exactly what they hate. Voters gripe about complexity but are wary of losing cherished breaks that are woven into the economy.

“Eventually you run out of ways to pay for your promises,” said Alan Cole, an economist at the Tax Foundation, which favors a simpler code with lower rates. “There aren’t any free obvious sources of money where you can just do the thing and nobody gets mad.”

I could bring up a whole bunch of other issues such as the national debt, trade with China, unconstitutional government surveillance, etc. but I think that you get the point.

Trump’s presidency is going to be mostly wasted if we do not get him some help.  And I am not just talking about clearing out more Democrats.  Right now the Republicans control the Senate and the House, but the problem is that most of them are “establishment Republicans”.  Career politicians from both parties have sold their souls to the special interests and big donors that fund their campaigns, and this is why such a dramatic political revolution is necessary.

Sadly, most Americans don’t realize just how deep the corruption goes in Washington these days.  To illustrate this, I would like to share just a few quotes from “The Confessions of Congressman X”.  It claims to have been written by an anonymous Democratic member of the House of Representatives, and the following quotes very much ring true to those of us that understand how things in D.C. really work in our day and age…

-“Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that’s lavished upon them.”

-“My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything.”

-“Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works.”

-“It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.”

-“Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don’t know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it’ll cost.”

-“We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation. It’s about getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election.”

And it isn’t just political corruption that is the problem.  When you start peeling back the onion, you find some of the most disturbing things imaginable in political circles.  For example, just consider what police just uncovered in New York City

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is hiring! There’s a vacancy in his administration for a computer programmer analyst, in the Department of Design and Construction. That’s because Jacob Schwartz, 29, a DNC staffer and former analyst, has been arrested and charged with being in possession of “kiddie porn” involving children as young as 6 months old.

Schwartz is also the president of the Manhattan Young Democrats and the downstate region vice president of the New York State Young Democrats. In other words, he was a “made” Democrat, part of the inner circle of budding influential NYC politicians, who was even friends with Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robbie Mook.

Schwartz was caught with 3,000 child pornography images and 89 videos on his laptop after he downloaded them from the Internet. He surrendered his laptop to police, signed a release granting them permission to do a search of his hard drive, and was subsequently arrested. He has since posted $7,500 bail.

Of course stories such as this are just the tip of the iceberg.  There is so much more out there, but we aren’t really supposed to talk about those things.

So what can be done?

Well, we can sit back and keep on complaining as our country deteriorates right in front of our eyes, or we can do something about it.

On Memorial Day back in 1982, President Ronald Reagan delivered a stirring address at Arlington National Cemetery.  The following is an excerpt from that address

I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.

Yet, we must try to honor them—not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we—in a less final, less heroic way—be willing to give of ourselves.

There is no war for us to fight, but let there be no doubt that we are in the midst of a great battle for the soul of our nation.

If this generation of Americans does not stand up and defend liberty and freedom, the forces that seek to destroy our country will win by default.

For years, many of us have been trying to persuade our leaders to do the right things, but by now it has become exceedingly clear that they simply are not listening.

So if we want the direction of our country to change, we have got to vote them out and replace them with others that will listen to the will of the people.

I am under no illusion that this will be easy.  The special interests and the big donors have a tremendous amount of money, and the mainstream media is very closely allied with the establishment.

But the election of Donald Trump showed us that anything is possible, and I choose to believe that it is possible for us to take our government back.

We just have to be willing to try.

Less Government. More Freedom.

What would America look like today if the dream of our Founding Fathers of a limited central government had actually been realized?  We have become so accustomed to big government that many of us simply assume that this is the only way that things can be done.  But the truth is that things don’t have to be this way.  We can have the kind of very limited federal government that our forefathers originally intended, but it is going to take a great deal of education and an enormous amount of political engagement in order to get there.  On this Memorial Day, we will remember those that have died for our country, but let it also be a call to action.  In every generation, Americans have had to stand up to defend the cause of liberty and freedom, and it will be no different in our generation.  Just like during the Revolutionary War, there is no guarantee that we will be able to save America from the forces that are trying to destroy it, but if we sit back and do nothing they will win by default.

Just because there is no war to fight does not mean that the threat that we are facing is any less serious than what other generations of Americans have had to face.  Over the last several decades, the U.S. Constitution has essentially been shredded, and at this point our republic is basically hanging by a thread.  If we surrender to the left in this generation, the country that our forefathers envisioned may be gone for good.

Today I would like to share with you an excerpt from my upcoming book.  It will be released about halfway through 2017, and when it is out you will be able to find it on my author page.  As you will see, limited government is something that I am quite passionate about…

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“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” (George Washington)

Big government tends to suck the life out of everything.  If you doubt this, just look around the globe.  In nations where a central government dominates every aspect of society, the people seem quite lifeless.  Of course an extreme example of this is North Korea.  Their entire culture is centered around a philosophy known as “Juche”, and in this philosophy the “leader” essentially becomes an object of worship.  Literally everything in North Korea revolves around the state and the “leader”, and as a result most of the population resembles a horde of mindless zombies.

On the other hand, the most dynamic societies throughout human history have always been the ones where people have had a tremendous amount of freedom to express their passions and creativity.  There is a reason why we saw an unprecedented explosion of remarkable inventions in early America, and there is a reason why so many millions of immigrants have risked their lives to get here.  Liberty has always been such a rare commodity in our world, and almost all governments eventually become tyrannical.  That is why it is so imperative that we defend the liberty that we still have in this nation.

Our Founding Fathers envisioned a country where freedom and liberty would be maximized.  Of course there always must be some sort of government, because otherwise you would have total anarchy.  We want potential thieves and murderers to be frightened of the power of the law, and we are thankful for those that protect us from them.  But way too often it is government that becomes the greatest threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that is the sort of tyranny that we desperately wish to avoid.

Today, there are literally hundreds of thousands of statutes, rules and regulations on the federal level, and when you throw in the state and local levels you get a total that is in the millions.  Virtually every aspect of our lives is very tightly regulated and controlled these days, and this has been going on for so long that most people have begun to accept it as normal.

But the way our society works today is definitely not “normal”.  Let me share with you an example from the state of California that makes my blood boil.  If you can believe it, government officials actually fined one farmer 2.8 million dollars for plowing his own field

The California farmer who became the poster child for EPA reform under President Donald Trump is being fined $2.8 million by state and federal regulators for plowing his own field in Tehama County.

According to a story in the Redding Record Searchlight:

“The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) permit to plow to grow crops,” said Anthony Francois, an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation.

“We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations,” he said.

However, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller agreed with the Army Corps in a judgment issued in June 2016. A penalty trial, in which the U.S. Attorney’s Office asks for $2.8 million in civil penalties, is set for August.

(http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/05/27/california-farmer-poster-child-for-trumps-epa-regulation-rollback-california-farmer-fined-2-8m-for-plowing-field/)

In early America, they would have howled with laughter if someone would have suggested that farmers should be required to get permission from the government in order to plow a field and grow food.

This is just one example that shows why I am proposing that the Environmental Protection Agency should be completely shut down.  I am very much in favor of protecting the environment, but I believe that the citizens of each state should decide how their own natural resources are managed.

And at this point it has become exceedingly clear that the EPA is wildly out of control.  Prior to the Trump administration, the EPA had been operating under Bill Clinton or Barack Obama for 16 of the previous 24 years, and it is absolutely packed with radical leftists that are obsessed with promoting their own political agendas.  Instead of trying to fire everyone, the easiest thing would be to just end the agency and start completely over.

If you are not with me yet, perhaps another outrageous example will persuade you.  The following comes from Fox News

A Wyoming man threatened with $16 million in fines over the building of a stock pond reached a settlement with the Environment Protection Agency, allowing him to keep the pond without a federal permit or hefty fine.

Andy Johnson, of Fort Bridger, Wyoming obtained a state permit before building the stock pond in 2012 on his sprawling nine-acre farm for a small herd of livestock.

Not long after contruction, the EPA threatened Johnson with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $37,500-a-day fine — claiming he needed the agency’s permission before building the 40-by-300 foot pond, which is filled by a natural stream.

(http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/10/wyoming-welder-facing-16m-in-fines-beats-epa-in-battle-over-stock-pond.html)

Could you imagine being threatened with 16 million dollars in fines for constructing a pond on your own property?

This isn’t how America is supposed to operate.

I really don’t understand how we can still claim to be “the land of the free” when we allow leftist control freaks to dominate our lives down to the minutest detail.

The left always wants government to become bigger and bigger and to get more and more control.  They want a government that is going to guide them safely through life and that will give them everything that they need.  But every time government grows, liberty and freedom are diminished.

Yes, liberty and freedom can be dangerous and messy sometimes.  But living free sure beats being told what to do every single moment of every single day.

One of the things that greatly troubles me is that progressives almost completely dominate our system of public education.  Our public schools have now become liberal indoctrination centers, and survey after survey has shown that each successive generation has moved to the left compared to the preceding generation.

That is why it is so imperative that we end federal interference in education and return control of our schools back to the local level.  I would shut down the Department of Education and I would cut off every penny of funding for Common Core.

Even though we spend far more on education than anyone else in the world, we are producing absolutely disastrous results.  The following comes from a CBS News report

Half of American Millennials score below the minimum standard of literacy proficiency. Only two countries scored worse by that measure: Italy (60 percent) and Spain (59 percent). The results were even worse for numeracy, with almost two-thirds of American Millennials failing to meet the minimum standard for understanding and working with numbers. That placed U.S. Millennials dead last for numeracy among the study’s 22 developed countries.

(http://www.cbsnews.com/news/americas-millennials-well-educated-but-unskilled/)

Our public schools are failing badly, and we need to get them fixed.  But we also need to greatly support parents that are pursuing other educational avenues such as homeschooling and private schools.  At this point I completely understand why any parent would want to keep their kids out of our horrific public schools, and ultimately our entire system of education needs to be completely rebuilt from the ground up.

Big government sucks the life out of the economy as well.  Over the past ten years, the U.S. economy has grown at an average yearly rate of just 1.33 percent, and the only other era in U.S. history when economic growth was so bad was during the 1930s.

The business community is being absolutely strangled by rules, regulations, red tape and excessive taxes, but the Democrats always want to pile on more.  Big corporations can hire lots of people to comply with all of the demands that government places on them, but small businesses and entrepreneurs are rapidly becoming an endangered species.

Today, there are less Americans that are self-employed than there were 27 years ago.  In April 1990, 8.7 million Americans worked for themselves, but in April 2017 only 8.4 million Americans were working for themselves.

That may not sound that bad until you realize how much our population grew over that time frame.  In 1990, the population of the United States was 249 million, but today the population is 321 million.

So the percentage of Americans that are working for themselves has gone way, way down.

The solution is to get the government off of our backs.  The greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history was between the Civil War and 1913.  During this era there was no income tax, no IRS and no Federal Reserve.  Many on the left would consider that to be a recipe for disaster, but instead there was an explosion of innovation and industry that was absolutely unprecedented.  The following is how Wikipedia describes the economic conditions during this period of time…

In the last third of the 19th century the United States entered a phase of rapid economic growth which doubled per capita income over the period. By 1895, the USA leaped ahead of Britain for first place in manufacturing output.[175] For the first time, exports of machinery and consumer goods became important. For example, Standard Oil led the way in exporting kerosene; Russia was its main rival in international trade.[176] Singer Corporation led the way in developing a global marketing strategy for its sewing machines.[177]

The greatly expanded railroad network, using inexpensive steel rails produced by new steel making processes, dramatically lowered transportation cost to areas without access to navigable waterways. Low freight rates allowed large manufacturing facilities with great economies of scale. Machinery became a large industry and many types of machines were developed. Businesses were able to operate over wide areas and chain stores arose. Mail order companies started operating.[119] Rural Free Delivery began being implemented in the early 1890s, but it was not widely implemented for a decade.[178]

Companies created a new management systems to carry out their operations on a large scale. Companies integrated processes to eliminate unnecessary steps and to eliminate middlemen.[119]

An explosion of new discoveries and inventions took place, a process called the Second Industrial Revolution. The electric light, telephone, steam turbine, internal combustion engine, automobile, phonograph, typewriter and tabulating machine were some of the many inventions of the period. New processes for making steel and chemicals such as dyes and explosives were invented. The pneumatic tire, improved ball bearings, machine tools and newly developed metal stamping techniques enabled the large scale production of bicycles in the 1890s. Another significant development was the widespread introduction of electric street railways (trams, trolleys or streetcars) in the 1890s.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_history_of_the_United_States#Late_19th_century)

But the progressives couldn’t leave a good thing alone, and in 1913 the Federal Reserve was established and a federal income tax was instituted.

Since that time there have been 18 distinct recessions or depressions, and now we are entering another one.

We are always asking our politicians to “fix the economy”, but the truth is that the best thing that they can do is to get out of the way.

If you take the shackles off, free enterprise works exceptionally well.

Those that follow my work on a regular basis already know that I believe that the Federal Reserve should be shut down, that the IRS should be phased out, and that the federal income tax should be reduced as much as possible with the eventual goal of eliminating it completely.

It has been said that nothing is inevitable except for death and taxes, but there is nothing that says that we must have an income tax.

We have had an income tax for so long that most people could not imagine life without one.  But the United States absolutely thrived without one during the decades prior to 1913, and today states such as Texas and Florida are doing quite nicely without a state income tax.

There are lots of other ways to fund the government that do not involve an income tax.  And actually only 46.2 percent of all federal revenue is brought in through taxing individual incomes.  If we cut the size of government in half, we might even have some money to spare.

Of course considering the fact that we are 20 trillion dollars in debt, the truth is that we don’t have a single penny to spare, but I think that you get my point.

I just hope that you are able to see that life is generally better when government is reduced to the proper size and scope.

We should be able to say what we want to say without fear of retribution.

We should be able to live out our convictions and worship as we please.

We should be able to protect our own homes and do what we want with our own property.

We should be able to raise our own children and make our own health decisions.

We should be able to be free from the fear that the government is watching, tracking and monitoring all of our electronic communications.

In every human heart there is a hunger to live free, and big government is the enemy of freedom.

The dreams that our forefathers once had for this nation may have faded, but they aren’t dead just yet.

A new generation of patriots is rising, and we are determined to take our country back.

No More Fake Conservatives

Do you want to know why President Trump can’t seem to get much done in Congress?  It is because many of the “Republicans” in Congress are actually fake conservatives.  For decades, conservative voters have allowed these RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) to use labels such as “Republican”, “conservative” and “Pro-Life” to get votes, but then once they get into office they govern like Democrats and we never seem to hold them accountable.  So even though we have given the Republicans control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, the government continues to function pretty much as it did when the Democrats were running things.

I was ten years old when Ronald Reagan won the 1980 election, and ever since that time I have regarded myself as a conservative.  But for a long time I could never understand why things never really seemed to change very much no matter which party had power.

Unfortunately, the truth is that “Republican” and “conservative” are not synonymous.  And a lot of politicians that use the word “conservative” while they are campaigning are actually quite liberal.  These con artists have fooled us over and over again, and it is time for that to stop.

Just look at what has happened to the national debt since we gave the Republicans control of the House of Representatives during the 2010 elections.  When the new session of Congress opened in January 2011, the U.S. national debt had just passed the 14 trillion dollar mark, and now we stand poised to blow past the 20 trillion dollar mark.

We sent Republicans to Washington to control government spending, and not a single dollar can be spent without the approval of the House, but somehow close to six trillion dollars has been added to the national debt since January 2011.

Are we supposed to believe that is “conservative”?

The solution is actually very simple.  The ridiculous spending demands of the Democrats need to be met with a resounding “NO” by Republicans in the Senate and the House each and every time.

During the Obama years, we added more than a trillion dollars a year to the national debt, and what we are doing to our children and our grandchildren is highly immoral.

Republicans also need to learn how to say “NO” when it comes to Planned Parenthood.

A politician cannot be “Pro-Life” and vote to give Planned Parenthood hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars year after year.  For a long time a lot of fake “Pro-Life” politicians have gotten away with doing this, but we aren’t going to put up with it any longer.

From now on, many of us in the Pro-Life community are going to require that any candidate asking for our support must make a pledge never to vote for any bill that gives even one penny of funding to Planned Parenthood.

If every Republican in the House took this pledge, Planned Parenthood would be defunded automatically.  The Republicans are expected to retain control of the House in 2018, and if that happens House Republicans would be able to block every single bill that attempts to allocate any money to Planned Parenthood.

This is a moral issue that goes way beyond politics.  The blood of 60 million dead children is crying out for justice, and if we do not stop killing babies on an industrial scale there is no hope and no future for our nation.

So let me be very clear.

I will not support any Republican that will not promise to vote against funding for Planned Parenthood every single time.

Not only that, I will do whatever I can to make sure that any such politician is defeated by an opponent that is willing to make such a pledge.

And I greatly applaud President Trump for proposing a budget that would strip every single penny of federal funding from Planned Parenthood…

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal together with the American Health Care Act, which Trump’s proposal embraces, would deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood through both discretionary Title X grants and Medicaid.

“The budget also follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood,” says a fact sheet published by the Office of Management and Budget. “This prohibition applies to all funds in the bill, including Medicaid.”

And it is about time that Republicans began to rediscover the importance of limited government.  During his first inaugural address, President Reagan famously said that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”.

In an article earlier today, I noted that President Trump is proposing the elimination of 66 federal programs.

That is a good start.

Our founders intended for the individual state governments to have much more power than the federal government, but instead things have been completely flipped around.  At this point, it is almost as if the 10th Amendment doesn’t even exist.

We need to start setting things in order, but for that to be possible we need to make a big move in 2018.

Unfortunately, President Trump is going to have a hard time accomplishing much of anything until we get him a lot more friends in Congress.  Even though the Republicans control the Senate, there doesn’t seem to be much hope of cobbling together enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare any time soon.  And there are Republican members of both the House and the Senate that are determined to block Trump on a border wall, on trade, on tax reform and on desperately needed regulatory reform.

I have heard from so many people out there that want Donald Trump’s presidency to be successful.  In order for that to happen, we need to send a very large wave of true conservatives to Washington in 2018.

It may seem quite early to start thinking about the 2018 elections, but the truth is that if true conservatives are going to win those races we need to start laying the groundwork now.

If you are a true conservative, and if you are willing to always vote against funding for Planned Parenthood, I would encourage you to think about running for office.  We are going to need good candidates on the federal, state and local levels.

If good men and women sit back and do nothing, the forces that are eating away at our republic like cancer are going to win by default.

If we are going to try to turn America around, now is the time.

Getting President Trump elected was the first step, and now we need to do our part.

It Is Time To Put The ‘Limited’ Back In Limited Government – And Abolishing The EPA Is A Good Place To Start

The constitutional republic that our founders intended to create has become a monster, and it is time to tame that monster and restore the federal government to its proper size and scope.  The left loves big government, because it allows them to impose their progressive vision of how the world should work on all the rest of us.  This is why so many control freaks are drawn to liberal politics like moths to a flame.  Power and control are very addicting drugs, and those that crave these things on the left are never satisfied.  That is one of the reasons why the federal government just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger.  If our constitutional republic is going to survive, we have got to start putting the “limited” back in limited government.

Our forefathers tried to guarantee that the federal government would always be less powerful than the states by making the Tenth Amendment abundantly clear…

“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.”

I don’t see how anyone could possibly misunderstand that, but over the decades the left has worked very hard to make the Tenth Amendment as meaningless as possible.

If we want to see the Tenth Amendment restored, we are going to have to be willing to fight hard in the court system, in statehouses all over America, and in the halls of Congress.

And a good place for Congress to start would be to abolish the EPA.  It is one of the federal agencies that is most wildly out of control, and fortunately there are a few good members of Congress that get this.

On February 3rd, U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz introduced a one sentence bill in the House of Representatives that would abolish the EPA at the end of next year

Introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL1), H.R. 861 totals a mere one sentence: “The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” That’s the same date of termination as another Republican bill to end the Education Department, which GovTrack Insider also recently covered. Gaetz is serving his first term in Congress and this is the first bill he’s ever introduced.

I would certainly vote for such a bill in a heartbeat, because as Gaetz has explained, the EPA is suffocating small businesses all over America

Gaetz, a freshman, took aim at the EPA in a leaked email, obtained by The Huffington Post, saying Americans are “drowning in regulations” enforced by the agency.

“Our small businesses cannot afford to cover the costs associated with compliance, too often leading to closed doors and unemployed Americans,” Gaetz wrote in the email, which was circulated among possible co-sponsors.

If enacted, the bill would will give power back to the states and local governments, Gaetz said.

“To better protect the environment we should abolish the EPA and downstream resources to states for more effective & efficient protection,” Gaetz said in a Facebook post Friday.

Today, the EPA is packed with leftists that love to promote their political agendas by constantly coming up with even more business-killing rules and regulations.  These unelected bureaucrats have been on a rampage in recent years, and most of what they are doing is unconstitutional according to the Tenth Amendment.

Here in Idaho, the EPA has been a thorn in the side of miners, loggers and small businesses for decades, and it is a problem that has grown worse over time.  At the moment, there appears to be little hope that the bill to shut down the EPA could get through both chambers of Congress, but that doesn’t mean that we will stop trying.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has taken some positive steps to try to rein in the EPA.  The following comes from Time Magazine

But that doesn’t mean that the EPA is safe. In fact, some of the agency’s defenders worry that it faces a far more stealthy threat of being hollowed out. President Trump’s choice to run the agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is known for targeting the agency with more than a dozen lawsuits.

Environmental groups and policymakers fear Pruitt will dismantle many of the agency’s core functions methodically over time rather than trying to knock out the agency with one fell swoop.

He will almost certainly try to unravel the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s primary regulation aimed at addressing climate change, a multi-year process that could require careful reconsideration of legal and scientific arguments. He might also weaken—or shutter altogether—the EPA’s enforcement office, according to an Inside EPA report.

Some of you may think that I don’t care about the environment since I want the EPA shut down.

That is not true at all.  I believe that we are facing some huge environmental problems and that we should all do more to take care of the planet that we share.

But I also believe that the people of all 50 states should be able to determine how their own natural resources should be managed.

The EPA has become a highly politicized organization, and it has become one of the favorite tools of the left for moving the “green agenda” forward.  And of course this “green agenda” is being promoted on a global scale by the United Nations.

Have you ever heard of Agenda 21?  Well, it has been given a makeover and it is now known as “Agenda 2030”.  When it was first launched in 2015, Agenda 2030 was being touted as a “new universal Agenda” for humanity.  The following information about Agenda 2030 comes from the official UN website

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

If you read over the 17 sustainable development goals which you can find right here, you will quickly notice that they cover virtually every form of human activity imaginable.

That is become the “green agenda” is really just a nice way of introducing “global governance” to an unsuspecting public.

The leftist control freaks at the UN literally want to closely regulate all human activity on the entire planet, and they are telling us that they need to do this in order “to save the world”.

But as I discussed yesterday, we aren’t going to allow the left to steal our country from us, and we are going to greatly resist all attempts to erode American sovereignty.

Charlie Daniels: We Need 1000 Paul Reveres, Because We Aren’t Going To Allow The Radical Left To Steal Our Country From Us

If America is going to survive, it is time for this generation of Americans to take a stand.  Edmund Burke once said that “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”, and if we sit back and do nothing now the radical left is going to win in America.  In a new documentary entitled “Revelation: Dawn Of Global Government”, country music legend Charlie Daniels is calling for “1000 Paul Reveres” to rise up and sound the alarm in this country.  Our constitutional republic is under serious attack from forces that are intent on transforming the United States into a fundamentally different nation than our forefathers intended.  Today we know them as “progressives”, “liberals” and “Democrats”, but in the old days they were known as “socialists”, “communists” and “Marxists”.  In the film, Charlie simply refers to them as “scumbags”.  So many brave Americans before us have bled and died for the cause of freedom and liberty, and there is no way that we are going to allow the radical left to take it away from us now.

And make no mistake – the leftists clearly view this struggle for our country as a war.  Their street protests have become increasingly violent in recent years, and it has gotten to the point where Republican members of Congress are actually fearing for their physical safety when they go back to their districts…

A growing number of House Republicans are facing physical threats from angry constituents in their districts, leading many to fear for their safety.

In the last few weeks alone, the FBI arrested a man threatening Rep. Martha McSally’s (R-Ariz.) life, a woman pursued Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) in her car, and Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) heightened security at a town hall event in response to death threats.

In fact, it is being reported that “at least $2 million” has been requested to increase security at congressional district offices around the nation because the threat of violence has become so alarming…

The U.S. House’s Sergeant-at-Arms is seeking at least $2 million to increase security at Congress members’ offices in their home districts, the News4 I-Team has learned.

The security upgrades include panic buttons for offices that don’t already have them and video surveillance equipment.

And of course just look at what they are trying to do to President Trump.  Instead of gearing up to win the next election, the left is trying to find any way possible to remove Trump from office.  Now a special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate whether or not Trump was trying to influence a nothingburger investigation into a nothingburger scandal.  Ultra-liberal lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley both agree with my legal opinion that Donald Trump hasn’t committed any crimes even if everything being alleged against him turns out to be true.

But the facts don’t really matter to the left, because they want Trump’s head on a platter, and they are going to achieve that goal any possible way that they can.

The seething hate many on the left feel for Trump and the Republican Party is almost palpable at times.  For example, check out what just happened at the California Democratic state convention

In a sign of the vigor of the party’s distaste for the president, outgoing party Chair John Burton, a longtime Democratic lawmaker and powerbroker known for his blunt and profane manner, extended two middle fingers in the air as the crowd cheered and joined him.

And of course the mainstream media is constantly fueling the hatred for Trump and the Republican Party too.  A brand new study that was conducted by Harvard researchers discovered that media coverage of Trump’s first 100 days was almost entirely negative

“Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days set a new standard for negativity,” a new Harvard study concludes.

“Of news reports with a clear tone, negative reports outpaced positive ones by 80 percent to 20 percent,” finds the report from Harvard University analyzing news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

As Charlie Daniels is urging, it is time for the next chapter in the American Revolution, because we aren’t going to take this sort of nonsense anymore.

We are going to resist the relentless march toward globalism and the growing power of international governing bodies such as the United Nations.

We are going to resist Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 and whatever other tyrannical programs that the radical environmentalists at the UN come up with.

We are going to resist the growing threats to religious freedom and the rise in Christian persecution that we are witnessing all over the globe.

We are going to resist the population control agenda of Planned Parenthood and other “pro-choice” organizations that seek to convince mothers that they should have their own children murdered.

We are going to resist unconstitutional power grabs by the federal government, and we are going to try to return as much power to the states as possible.

We are going to resist those that wish to see future generations of Americans enslaved by tens of trillions of dollars of debt.  What we are doing to our children and our grandchildren is beyond criminal, and that is why our debt-based financial system needs to be entirely restructured from the ground up starting with the Federal Reserve.

The American people are thirsty for a return to liberty, freedom and the values that this nation was founded upon.

Unfortunately, sometimes desperate thirst leads to tragic consequences.  Let me share an excerpt from a very sad story that I came across earlier today

A five-year-old boy was taken to hospital after he became so thirsty he was forced to drink mouthwash – in a horrific case of child abuse.

Tyriese Howard, 25, and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Breya Allen, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were arrested after Howard’s young son was found with a .2 blood alcohol level after drinking mouthwash.

The child also told investigators how he would get so thirsty he would even drink toilet water.

Many Americans are so thirsty for a restoration of our constitutional republic that they will vote for virtually anyone that uses labels such as “Republican”, “conservative” and even “Pro-Life”.  But once a lot of these guys and gals get into office, they end up governing like Democrats.

For truly conservative voters, this is something that has frustrated us for decades.  So in 2018, we aren’t going to put up with any more fake conservatives.  Real constitutional conservatives are going to run for office all across this land, and we are going to start taking over the Republican Party.

I am proud to stand with Charlie Daniels, and I hope to be one of the “thousand Paul Reveres” that he is calling for.

What about you?

Are you ready to do your part to help restore our constitutional republic?

The Deep State’s Political Coup: A Special Prosecutor Means The 2018 Elections Are Life Or Death For The Trump Presidency

The deep state is orchestrating a political coup against President Trump, and this latest move makes it clear that they are going for the jugular.  Now that former FBI director Robert Mueller has been appointed as “special counsel” to investigate the scandals swirling around the Trump administration, the mid-term elections in 2018 have become of the utmost importance.  There is a reason why most people refer to a “special counsel” as a “special prosecutor”.  Special prosecutors usually spend years digging around even if there is absolutely no evidence that any crimes have been committed, and in the end they are always going to find someone to prosecute to justify all of the time, money and energy that they have expended.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Mueller “will now have unlimited time and resources to investigate more or less anything and anyone he wants.”  So in the end someone is almost certainly going to get charged with something, and it could ultimately be Trump himself.

Fortunately, special prosecutors usually take a lot of time to complete their work, and that means that it is likely that Mueller will probably not complete his investigation before the mid-term elections in 2018 have taken place.

If an impeachment process moves forward, it is going to be really tough to stop it in the Senate.  No matter what the evidence shows, virtually every Democrat and many anti-Trump Republican senators would gleefully vote to impeach Trump.  It would be wonderful if we could get rid of the most anti-Trump members of the Senate such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, but neither of them is up for re-election in 2018.

However, every single seat in the House of Representatives will be up for grabs in 2018, and that is our best shot of stopping Trump from being impeached.  If we can pack the House with Trump supporters, we can stop impeachment before it ever gets to the Senate.

At this point, there is no evidence that Trump has done anything wrong, and even if everything in the Comey memo is 100% true it still would not amount to obstruction of justice.

But the establishment has seized on this as their opportunity to get rid of Trump, and so now a full-blown political coup is underway.  If we want to stop this witch hunt, we are going to have to take dramatic action.  I have previously called for an army of pro-Trump activists to run for Congress in 2018, and now there is far more at stake than when I first issued that call.

If the deep state is successful in taking Trump down, the entire political movement around Trump will be wiped out and our constitutional republic may never recover.  Trump is our last, best chance to dethrone the progressive globalist establishment, and that is why they hate him so much.

So they are using the law as a weapon to try to destroy him, and as Dick Morris has pointed out, special prosecutors always want to come up with something “to justify their own existence”…

The Trump Administration may never recover from the decision of Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to cave into Democratic pressure and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the totally fictitious “scandal” of Trump’s relationship with Putin.

The prosecutor, hired to investigate something that never happened, will not report Trump’s innocence. Special prosecutors never do. They justify their own existence, importance, budget, and staff by finding something to prosecute. Usually the “crime” they end up going after is one that his own investigation has created.

Ultimately, Mueller may pursue an angle that doesn’t even exist at the moment, because what the Democrats and establishment Republicans are currently pinning their hopes on is rather flimsy.  In congressional testimony earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey admitted under oath that nobody had told him to end any investigations for political reasons

Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something like that — without an appropriate purpose.

I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal.

It’s not happened in my experience.

You can watch Comey making these statements under oath on YouTube right here

But just because Comey is a dead end doesn’t matter now, because Mueller will be able to take his investigation in any direction that he would like.  There are thousands upon thousands of laws that apply to the executive branch, and by the end of his investigation he should be able to come up with something.

Meanwhile, the Trump agenda is likely to come to a grinding halt as the Trump administration constantly deals with this endless crisis.  Here is more from Dick Morris

In the meantime, they hobble the president, drain away his political credibility, separate him from his supporters, and paralyze his administration. No legislator is willing to lend his support for fear of what the prosecutor might find. Each one will run for cover rather than work with Trump to get something done.

In appointing a prosecutor, Rosenstein has killed this Administration’s ability to function. No health care overhaul. No tax cuts. No government reform. All while we await the results of a nothing investigation into a nothing scandal.

So what can we do?

I don’t buy into the talk of those that are saying that things are hopeless.  The promise of the Trump presidency can still be realized, but we are going to have to be willing to work together.

This is what I propose…

#1 We need pro-Trump activists to be willing to run for Congress in districts all over the nation.  Don’t just sit back and wait for someone else to do it.  If you live in a district where a Democrat or an anti-Trump Republican currently has a seat, you may want to consider if you should run in 2018.  And if you are planning to run, please contact me so that we can rally pro-Trump voters to support you.

#2 We need to be willing to support those that are willing to stand up and run.

This isn’t a lot to ask, and if Trump supporters are not willing to do these things then there really isn’t any hope for the future of this political movement.

But I believe that there is a future for this movement.  Against all odds, Trump convinced millions upon millions of Americans that we could turn this country in a positive direction, and he absolutely shocked the world when he defeated Hillary Clinton in November.

Now we have to fight for the future of this political revolution, and I believe that good men and good women all over America will rise up and answer the call.

The Trump Army Is Taking The Names Of The Treasonous Republicans That Are Suggesting Trump Should Be Impeached

Never before has a president had so many members of his own party so eager to stick a knife in his back.  Now that they smell blood, a number of treasonous Republicans are openly talking of impeaching Donald Trump even though there is no evidence that he has committed any crimes.  A New York Times article that reported that a memo exists in which FBI Director James Comey documented a conversation between himself and President Trump during which he was encouraged “to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn” sent shockwaves through Washington on Wednesday.  Almost immediately, members of both parties began suggesting that Trump could be impeached.  But as I detailed in another article earlier today, the elements for obstruction of justice simply are not there even if everything that Comey is claiming is true.

It may have been inappropriate for Trump to have such a discussion with Comey, but no laws were broken.

But of course those that want to destroy Trump think that this is their golden opportunity.  It has just been a matter of hours since we learned about Comey’s memo, and Democratic strategists are already conducting opinion polls to see if pushing for impeachment would be a good move…

Democratic strategists are racing to figure out whether it’s politically wise to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, as one bombshell revelation after another about his ties to Russia is forcing candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives to consider the question far sooner than anyone had expected.

In a significant development, party operatives say they expect Democrats to poll-test the public’s views on impeachment, trying to acquire hard data about an issue that until now has not been seriously analyzed. Other strategists say that candidates and party organizations will begin conducting focus groups on the question.

And Democratic Congressman Al Green has already delivered a “fiery speech” on the House floor in which he called for Trump to be impeached

“It’s a position of conscience for me,” the Texas Democrat said. “This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The president must be impeached.”

It would be nice if the Democrats didn’t rush to judgment like this, but this is the sort of behavior that we have come to expect from them.

However, what was not expected was the eagerness of so many of Trump’s fellow Republicans to suggest that impeachment could be warranted.  For example, anti-Trump Senator John McCain was one of the first to bring up impeachment when he told the press that the crisis surrounding Trump has reached “Watergate size and scale”

Former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, responding to multiple reports that President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to halt the bureau’s investigation into Michael Flynn, said Tuesday evening that Trump’s various scandals had reached a “Watergate size and scale”.

“I think we’ve seen this movie before. I think it appears at a point where it’s of Watergate size and scale… the shoes continue to drop, and every couple days there’s a new aspect,” McCain told Bob Schieffer, the retired former host of CBS’ Face the Nation, at a dinner where McCain was receiving the International Republican Institute’s Freedom Award.

In Washington, you never, ever bring up “Watergate” with regard to a sitting president from your own party.  It is one of those things that just isn’t done, and it shows that McCain clearly has impeachment on his mind.

McCain’s close buddy, Senator Lindsey Graham, says that he is ready to “follow the facts — wherever they may lead”

Sen. Lindsey Graham said in a statement Wednesday morning that, while he does “not believe in trial by newspaper article or investigations based on anonymous sources,” Congress must call on Comey to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to “obtain a full understanding of what President Trump may or may not have done regarding the Russian investigation, including General Michael Flynn.”

“The sooner Mr. Comey testifies publicly before the Judiciary Committee, the better for our nation,” the South Carolina Republican said. “For all practical purposes the political process will be ground to a halt by these allegations.”

“I will follow the facts — wherever they may lead,” he added.

For those of you that are not familiar with the code that many Washington politicians speak in, let me translate this for you.

In essence, Graham is signalling that he believes that the facts will show that Trump is guilty and that he is ready to move forward on impeachment.

Other members of Congress are not being so coy.  Just consider what Representative Justin Amash is saying

According to a memo written by Comey after the February meeting, the president told Comey “I hope you can let this go.”

Asked by The Hill if the details in the memo would merit impeachment if they’re true, Amash replied: “Yes.”

“But everybody gets a fair trial in this country,” Amash added as he left a House GOP conference meeting.

Asked by another reporter whether he trusted Comey’s word or Trump’s, Amash said: “I think it’s pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey.”

Wow.  I am so disappointed in Representative Amash.

And on Tuesday night, Representative Carlos Curbelo was openly talking about the possibility of impeachment on CNN

In an interview late Tuesday night with CNN’s Don Lemon, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) compared Trump allegedly pressuring Comey to drop the Flynn investigation to the obstruction of justice cases that led to impeachment proceedings for former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

“Obstruction of justice in the case of Nixon, in the case of Clinton in the late 90s, has been considered an impeachable offense,” Curbelo said.

Is there any loyalty left among Republicans at all?

Even if Trump had done something truly horrible, members of Congress should at least allow some time for the facts to come out.

But this is what the establishment has been waiting for.  They absolutely hate Trump and everything that he stands for, and they have been patiently waiting for him to slip up somehow.

If Trump is not very careful, there could be a wild feeding frenzy during the weeks ahead as both Democrats and Republicans ferociously try to destroy his administration.

Just yesterday, I wrote about the “gangster culture” in Washington D.C., and this is yet another example of how “the deep state” gets their revenge

Amidst all the frenzy however, CNN’s Dana Bash let slip the truth – that the memo is just the latest volley in the Hillary-aligned deep state’s revenge campaign against President Trump.

“If you just take a step back, Wolf, just in the past 24 hours, right or wrong, what this president has done, his first 100 plus days, even before he came into office is pick fights with the intelligence community and now the law enforcement community. Particularly the way, never mind he fired James Comey, but the way in which he did it, not giving him the respect of actually telling him in person or at least not having him find out from cable news,” said Bash.

“So we know that they talk about the deep state—well these are communities that have a lot of loyalty within and know how to get back, even if you’re the president of the United States,” she added.

Donald Trump has millions upon millions of supporters all across this land, and we are closely watching these developments as they take place.

We are taking the names of every Republican member of Congress that is suggesting that Trump could be impeached, and every single one of them should anticipate a vigorous challenge whenever they are up next for reelection.

And if Trump survives this crisis, how in the world do any of them possibly expect to have any political future without the support of the president?

During the mid-term elections in 2018, pro-Trump candidates are going to challenge the status quo in races all over America.  This week has shown that we desperately need to get Trump some friends in Congress, and that is precisely what we are going to do.

So it may end up being a good thing that so many Republican politicians have shown their true colors in recent days, because that will just make the coming conservative revolution that much easier.

No matter how they may feel personally about Trump, there is absolutely no excuse for betraying a president from your own party in this manner, and now those that have done so will pay a great political price.

The Dow Plunges 372 Points As Trump Impeachment Talk Reaches A Fever Pitch On Capitol Hill

The wolves are circling, and members of Congress from both political parties are now openly talking about impeaching President Trump. On Wednesday, speculation of a looming Trump impeachment sent stocks plunging. The Dow was down 372 points, and the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both experienced their largest declines in eight months. This downturn was sparked by a New York Times report that said that a memo that FBI Director James Comey wrote in February stated that Trump requested that Comey “end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn”. Democrats and Republicans are both jumping on this memo as potential evidence of “obstruction of justice”, but as I will explain below, even if everything that Comey is saying is true there is no evidence of obstruction of justice in this case. However, perception is often more important than reality, and at this moment Wall Street and many of Trump’s fellow Republicans in Washington believe that the Trump administration is coming apart at the seams. After the events of this week, it is clearer than ever that it is imperative that we get Trump some friends in Congress in 2018.

Following Trump’s surprise election victory in November, stocks surged as investors anticipated the implementation of a robust pro-business agenda.

But now that the Trump administration is deeply embroiled in controversy, many fear that Trump’s pro-business agenda will never become a reality

“A week ago, we were talking about the agenda grinding to a halt,” the Republican said. “Now, the train is going down the hill backwards.”

And even before Wednesday’s revelation about Comey’s memo, some top Republican leaders were already disavowing Trump’s agenda. For example, just check out what Bloomberg is reporting about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s prepared to block Trump on many of his proposed budget cuts and won’t support major tax cuts that add to the deficit. Nor would he commit to building Trump’s border wall.

The financial markets had already “priced in” big tax cuts, reduced regulations and a massive increase in infrastructure spending.

If the markets believe that none of those things are going to happen now, that is likely to result in a significant downturn for stocks.

Of course the Democrats are just thrilled by these latest developments. U.S. Representative Jim Himes told MSNBC that the Republican agenda is now “lying in ruins on the floor of this building”

Speaking earlier on Wednesday, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of the House intelligence committee, said the Republican legislative agenda “is lying in ruins on the floor of this building.”

“It was tenuous when they got through their so-called health care bill in the House. You can still see blood on the floor here for what it cost them to get that through the House,” Himes told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in an interview from the U.S. Capitol.

“Now, you know, things like tax reform , which is, you know, very, very difficult in the best of times — with that cloud, with this cloud, hanging over this building, that legislative agenda is all but gone.”

Previously, I have warned about the “gangster culture” in Washington D.C., and the truth is that the “Deep State” has been out to get Trump since the moment he was elected.

There are thousands upon thousands of laws that apply to the presidency, and the jackals among the establishment have been waiting for Trump to trip up just a little bit so that they can try to take him down for good.

And things are starting to move very quickly now.

Within hours of the revelation about the Comey memo, Democratic Representative Al Green called for Trump to be impeached from the House floor: “This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The president must be impeached.”

It isn’t much of a surprise to see this sort of rush to judgment from the Democrats, but the speed at which Republicans are turning on Trump is more than just a little bit alarming…

-Senator John McCain raised the specter of impeachment when he told the press that the crisis surrounding Trump has reached “Watergate size and scale”.

-McCain’s partner in crime, Senator Lindsey Graham, released a statement that said he “will follow the facts — wherever they may lead”. Graham has always been one of Trump’s biggest critics, and he clearly is ready to move forward with impeachment.

-According to the Hill, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash is saying that if Comey’s memo is true “it would merit impeachment”.

-Commenting on Trump’s troubles, U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) told reporters that obstruction of justice “has been considered an impeachable offense”.

But what none of them understand is that Trump has not committed any crime.

As a former lawyer with two law degrees (a JD and an LLM), it is my opinion that even if everything in Comey’s memo is true (and that is a big if), it still would not mean that President Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice.

And I am far from alone in this regard. Someone that agrees with me is ultra-liberal George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley

A good place to start would be with the federal law, specifically 18 U.S.C. 1503. The criminal code demands more than what Comey reportedly describes in his memo. There are dozens of different variations of obstruction charges ranging from threatening witnesses to influencing jurors. None would fit this case. That leaves the omnibus provision on attempts to interfere with the “due administration of justice.”

However, that still leaves the need to show that the effort was to influence “corruptly” when Trump could say that he did little but express concern for a longtime associate. The term “corruptly” is actually defined differently under the various obstruction provisions, but it often involves a showing that someone acted “with the intent to secure an unlawful benefit for oneself or another.” Encouraging leniency or advocating for an associate is improper but not necessarily seeking an unlawful benefit for him.

Then there is the question of corruptly influencing what? There is no indication of a grand jury proceeding at the time of the Valentine’s Day meeting between Trump and Comey. Obstruction cases generally are built around judicial proceedings — not Oval Office meetings.

You can’t charge someone with a crime just because you don’t like that person.

We are not supposed to be a nation that conducts witch hunts. The law is supposed to be applied equally to all of our citizens, and that includes the president of the United States.

I know that the left and the establishment Republicans that hate Trump would love to use the law as a weapon to remove Trump from office, but the truth is that there is no evidence that Trump has done anything wrong.

And if the law was actually applied objectively in our land, it is quite likely that Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton would all be in very hot water about now. The following comes from Mike Adams of Natural News

Keep in mind that these same discredited media outlets gave Obama a pass when he laundered $1.7 billion in cash and delivered it to Iran on a military cargo plane.

They are the same fake news media that looked the other way when Bill Clinton met with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in a private meeting to pressure Lynch to back off any potential criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s long list of crimes.

They are the same anti-American media that said nothing when Hillary Clinton cheated during the presidential debates by receiving the debate questions in advance from CNN. (She also pre-sold her anticipated presidency by collecting tens of millions of dollars in “donations” and “speaking fees” from foreign interests.)

They are the same media that stood silent when former President Obama weaponized the IRS to suppress the speech of conservative non-profits. Similarly, nobody in the media seems to be alarmed at all that Obama abused the state surveillance apparatus to spy on his political opponents such as Rand Paul.

For much more on the crimes of the Clintons in particular, I would commend a book by Edward Klein entitled “Guilty as Sin: Uncovering New Evidence of Corruption and How Hillary Clinton and the Democrats Derailed the FBI Investigation”. The fact that neither of the Clintons have ever been to prison says a lot about the state of criminal justice in America today.

It is literally going to take a miracle for Trump to survive the next couple of years. If he can do that, we can definitely greatly strengthen his hand by sending hordes of Trump supporters to D.C. during the mid-term elections in 2018.

If the impeachment process moves forward, there are a whole lot of Republicans that would gleefully plunge knives into Trump’s back. So Trump needs to be very careful, because he doesn’t have a lot of true friends in Congress at this point.

This is why we can no longer vote for someone just because they carry the label of “Republican”. What we really need is a conservative revolution in this country, and my hope is that we can start a movement that will turn Washington D.C. completely upside down.

(Originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog)

Should Conservative Activist Michael Snyder Run For Congress?

When the liberals find out about this, they are going to go absolutely nuts.  On Thursday, I announced that I am “very strongly considering” running for Congress in 2018.  Now that U.S. Representative Raul Labrador has announced that he is not going to run for another term so that he can run for governor instead, the race for his House seat in Idaho is going to be completely wide open.  Congressman Labrador has done such an excellent job all these years, and it is imperative that he is replaced with another very strong conservative.  The key to the race is going to be winning the Republican primary, because Republicans almost always win in general elections in Idaho.

If I run, I am going to need a lot of help, because I have never done anything like this before.  Earlier today, I shared my intentions publicly for the very first time on the Alex Jones Show

If you have been following my work for years, you already know who I am and what I believe.

For those that are not quite so familiar with me, below is my attempt to very briefly summarize some of my positions on the key issues…

Congress: If there is one institution that embodies the corruption that permeates Washington D.C., it is the United States Congress.  Dominated by extremely selfish career politicians that are primarily interested in raising enough money to win the next election, Congress has become a cesspool of filth, fraud and malfeasance.  The American people are absolutely sick of this, and that is why approval ratings for Congress are consistently much lower than for any other political institution.  Donald Trump captured the imagination of tens of millions of American voters when he pledged to “drain the swamp” during the last election, but I say that it is time to “flush the toilet” because the only way that we will ever be able to turn the federal government in a positive direction is if we clean out the halls of power in Washington.

Limited Government: Our founders intended to create a central government with very limited powers, but instead it has evolved into an absolute monster.  We need to tame that monster and restore the constitutional balance of power that our founders originally intended.

Globalism: President Trump’s “America First” message greatly resonated with conservative voters all over the country during the 2016 election.  I am proud to stand with President Trump, and we must greatly resist the efforts of the globalists to slowly but surely erode our national sovereignty through a series of interlocking international treaties and agreements.  Instead of merging America into a “global system”, we need to focus on “making America great again”.

The Federal Reserve: The Fed is at the very heart of our debt-based financial system.  Since it was created in 1913, the value of the U.S. dollar has fallen by about 98 percent and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.  Eliminating the Federal Reserve is one of the keys to a bright economic future for America.

National Debt: Barack Obama and his friends in Congress added 9.3 trillion dollars to the U.S. national debt over eight years, and so now we are nearly 20 trillion dollars in debt.  Thomas Jefferson was correct when he said that government debt was a way for one generation to steal money from another generation, and at this point we are stealing more than 100 million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day.  This is a major national crisis that must be addressed immediately.

Planned Parenthood: Activists have documented the horrible crimes against humanity that are being committed at Planned Parenthood clinics all over the nation.  Body parts are being harvested from dead babies and sold off to the highest bidder.  I will be Planned Parenthood’s number one enemy in Congress, and I will never vote for any bill that grants them even a single penny of federal funding.  Planned Parenthood must be defunded as soon as possible, and it will be a great day in America when every Planned Parenthood clinic in the entire country is finally shut down for good.

2nd Amendment: I steadfastly oppose any efforts to restrict the freedoms guaranteed to the American people by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.  Gun-related crime is the worst in cities such as Chicago that have implemented extremely strict gun control measures.  When criminals know that average citizens may be armed, they are less likely to break into homes.

The Economy: I have spent many years documenting America’s economic problems.  Barack Obama was the only president in U.S. history to never have a single year when the U.S. economy grew by at least 3 percent, and economic growth has slowed down even more so far in 2017.  If we want the U.S. economy to be great again, we desperately need to start returning to free market principles.

Reducing Taxes: Lowering tax rates is not nearly enough.  Eventually, I would like to completely abolish the individual income tax and shut down the Internal Revenue Service.  The greatest era of economic growth in all of U.S. history was when there was no individual income tax, and I believe that we can eventually return to those days.  In the short-term, I will work with other Republicans to lower tax rates as much as possible, especially on the middle class, entrepreneurs and small businesses.  And those tax cuts would be paid for by reducing the size and scale of the federal government to more appropriate levels.

Social Security: Tens of millions of American rely on Social Security today, and tens of millions more are counting on it being there as they rapidly approach their retirement years.  Unfortunately, due to decades of bad decisions the future of Social Security looks bleak right now, and it is imperative that we strengthen the program so that it will be there for all of us in the future.  I also believe that the federal government should stop taxing Social Security benefits immediately.

Trade: Over the past several decades, the United States has seen tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities shut down.  We have lost millions of good paying jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue.  We will always need to trade with other nations, but we cannot afford to keep running such huge trade deficits.  I agree with President Trump that our current trade deals are very bad deals for America, and we need to replace them with balanced deals that will bring factories and jobs back to the United States.

Education: I strongly believe in parental choice when it comes to education.  Our system of public education is a giant mess, and so many parents have chosen alternatives such as homeschooling and private schools.  I would abolish Common Core and the U.S. Department of Education, and I would return full control over education to the state level.

Hardening The Electrical Grid: A massive electromagnetic pulse that could take down our national power grid for an extended period of time could be produced by a nuclear weapon, but it could also be produced by solar activity.  We have had several near misses in recent years, and scientists assure us that it is only a matter of time before another “Carrington Event” happens.  It is absolutely imperative that we spend the few billion dollars that it would take to protect our electrical grid against such a disaster.

Homeland Security: I have great respect for those that work very hard to protect us every day, but without a doubt there have been many instances of abuse over the years.  It is imperative that our security officials protect the rights and dignity of ordinary Americans at the same time that they are protecting us from terror.

The Surveillance Society: I believe that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to be monitoring our communications.  I will push to have these unconstitutional programs shut down as quickly as possible.

Foreign Policy: I believe that the United States should have the most powerful military in the entire world, but that we should also be very hesitant to become entangled in foreign conflicts.  I strongly support the fight against ISIS, but I very strongly believe that it is not in the interest of the United States to become involved in the civil war in Syria.  Whenever possible we should pursue peace with our neighbors around the world, and having a strong, prepared and vibrant military is one of the keys to achieving a long and lasting peace.

Islamic Terrorism: In this politically-correct era, many politicians won’t even say the phrase “Islamic terrorism” anymore.  That is definitely not the case with me.  The number of Islamic terror attacks just keeps rising with each passing year, and the western world must strongly confront this rising threat.

Race Relations: The Declaration of Independence says that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Instead of allowing the color of our skin to divide us, we need to start learning how to love one another deeply and with sincerity.  Every precious life is of extraordinary value to God, and we should view each other the same way.

Abortion: Since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, nearly 60 million babies have been murdered in America.  I am 100% Pro-Life, and I will work tirelessly to fight the scourge of abortion in our country.  I greatly applaud President Trump for nominating judges that are Pro-Life, and any Republican politician that currently holds office in the entire nation that is not Pro-Life should be immediately challenged for their position by someone that is Pro-Life.

Health Care: I am for a 100% repeal of Obamacare.  But of course that won’t fix our rapidly failing health care system.  Ordinary families all over America are being financially crippled by rapidly rising health insurance premiums, and we need to rebuild the way that we approach health care from the ground up.  I believe that a return to true competition and free market principles would do much to lower costs and restore sanity to the system.

Health Freedom: I am a very strong advocate for health freedom.  I believe that the government should be encouraging natural health remedies instead of discouraging them, I believe that parents should always make the health decisions for their own children, and I believe that genetically-modified foods should be clearly labeled so that we can know what we are eating.

Immigration: America is a land of immigrants, but the way that we are approaching immigration today is entirely messed up.  We make it exceedingly difficult to come in legally through the front door, but meanwhile we are leaving the back door completely wide open for criminals, gang members, drug dealers and those that want to abuse the system.  So we are keeping out the hard working, law-abiding people that we should want to come to this country, and we are allowing in law breakers that are causing havoc in communities all over America.  We need to ensure that everyone comes in through the front door, and that is why I support President Trump’s call for a border wall and greatly increased border security along our southern border.

The Environment: I believe that we all have a duty to help care for the environment, but I also believe that the way that the federal government is approaching these issues is completely wrong.  The EPA has become a tool that the left has used to push a radical political agenda, and I believe that the agency should be completely abolished.  In Idaho, the EPA has done much harm to miners and loggers, and I believe that it should be up to the people of Idaho to determine how the natural resources in our state should be managed.

Agenda 21/Agenda 2030: I am very strongly against the UN’s Agenda 2030 and it’s predecessor Agenda 21.  We should not allow the UN to be setting environmental policy, and I will firmly resist any attempts to implement any UN environmental program inside the United States.

Jobs: One of the biggest problems that Idaho residents have to face is a lack of good paying jobs.  I will use the power of my office to promote economic growth and job creation in Idaho and for all Americans, and I believe that a return to free market principles will mean a more prosperous future for all of us.

Term Limits: America does not need a permanent ruling class of career politicians.  My long-term goal would be to limit all members of the House and all members of the Senate to just one term, but initially it will be a really tough fight to get members of Congress to agree to any sort of limits on their political careers.  But just because it will be tough does not mean that we shouldn’t try.

Principles & Values: I am a Bible-believing Christian.  Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, and the principles and values that I base my decisions upon come from the Word of God.  Our founders were men of faith, and they were not ashamed of this fact at all.  In fact, the second president of the United States, John Adams, once made the following statement…

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”

If we truly want to make America great again, we need to return to the values and the principles that made America great in the first place.  I know that many liberals believe that those values and principles should be completely discarded in our day and time, but that is something with which I completely disagree.

Michael Snyder Is Calling For An Army Of Pro-Trump Activists To Run For Office All Over America

It is really easy to sit back and complain about the direction of this country, but what America really needs at this hour are men and women that are willing to step into the fight to save our constitutional republic. As I have said before, getting Donald Trump elected was the greatest miracle in U.S. political history, but he should not have to wage this battle alone. Trump has very few friends in Congress at this point, and so it is absolutely critical that we get him some during the 2018 mid-term elections. So I am calling for an army of pro-Trump activists to run for national, state and local offices all over America in 2018. Donald Trump started this revolution, and now it is our job to continue it.

My father was in the U.S. Navy, and so sometimes I like to put things in military terms. When an amphibious invasion is being conducted, it is the troops that hit the beach first that take the most fire. To me, that is a perfect picture of what is happening to Donald Trump right now. He has established a beachhead, and now the rest of us need to rush to shore to back him up.

If we are not willing to try, what is going to happen? Our political system on the national, state and local levels will continue to be dominated by Democrats and “progressive Republicans”, and our once great nation will continue to fall apart all around us.

We need patriotic men and women to challenge every available seat in America in 2018. Some of us will win and others will lose, but at least we will have given the American people a choice.

We are never going to have a true political revolution if we don’t at least try, and this election cycle represents a tremendous opportunity. I really like how Rush Limbaugh made this point during one of his programs

Do you realize what a nothing burger the Democrat Party is? Do you realize the Democrat Party literally has nothing virtuous, positive, uplifting to run on? In all of this, the Democrat Party dares not ask people, “Hey, take a look at us. We got better ideas. Hey, take a look at us. We can fix this.” None of that. The only thing they’ve got is this insane, invisible, nonexistent, so-called connection between the Russians and our election. They have no ideas. They have no optimism. They have no leaders. They have no vision. They are ripe for being smoked for generations! This is the time to move in politically and wipe them out. …

Don’t misunderstand here, folks. I’m not saying the Democrats don’t pose a threat. I’m not… Look, two things here. The Democrats are in deep trouble, electorally. The Democrats are not running the left; the media is. And the media is clearly not inconsequential. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying that what’s happening here is obviously to everyone. I’m saying the Republican Party has a golden opportunity here to continue to hammer the nail into the coffin of the Democrat Party.

Our founders intended for us to have a constitutional republic with a limited central government, but the globalists have turned the federal government into an absolute monster. We need to tame that monster and restore the constitutional republic that our founders originally designed.

The easy route would be to sit back and wait for someone else to do something.

But I have decided not to do that.

Earlier today, I announced on the Alex Jones Show that I am “strongly considering” running for Congress in 2018…

On Tuesday, U.S. Representative Raul Labrador announced that he will not seek another term because he plans to run for governor in Idaho.

Labrador represents the district in which my wife and I live, and when I heard this news I realized that this represents a truly unique opportunity.

Congressman Labrador has been doing a wonderful job, and if he had run again he would have won by a landslide. But now that he is not running, there is no incumbent and the race is entirely wide open.

If I decide to run, and I am very strongly leaning in that direction, the key to the race will be to win the Republican primary. Hillary Clinton got only 27.5 percent of the vote in Idaho last November, and Labrador won his last election by more than 120,000 votes. So whoever wins the Republican primary will almost certainly win the general election.

Donald Trump has shown us that nothing is impossible in politics. When he first declared his candidacy, liberal pundits literally laughed at him on the air because they thought his candidacy was such a joke. But his bold message struck a chord with conservative voters all over the country, and now he is the president of the United States.

If he can do it, why can’t we?

If I run, I plan to continue the absolutely outstanding work that Congressman Labrador has been doing, and I plan to be a key ally for President Trump in Congress. Right now Trump has very few friends in Congress, and that desperately needs to change.

In recent years, the House has lost some tremendous conservative voices. I plan to continue the legacy of Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and so many others that stood strong for conservative causes at a time when it was not always popular to do so.

But if I am going to do this, I am going to need lots of assistance. If you have experience with campaigns on a state or local level, or if you just want to help out any way that you can, please feel free to drop me an email or contact me on Facebook. I have never run for office before, and so I have a lot to learn, and I greatly value the advice and counsel of others.

Also, if there are other pro-Trump activists out there that plan on running in 2018, we should definitely connect. If we all work to promote one another, we can create a giant groundswell of momentum which could sweep a whole bunch of pro-Trump activists into political positions all around the country.

For a long time I have been writing about the great problems that this nation is facing, and now I am trying to be part of the solution.

It has been said that life is like a coin. You can spend it any way that you want, but you can only spend it once.

As for me and my house, we are going to spend our lives doing things that really matter.

(Originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog)

Michael Snyder: 25 Things I Think That I Think About The Future Of America

Is there hope for the future of America?  Following the election of Donald Trump, such a question often evokes some extremely strong emotions from people.  And even more surprising, it can turn people that are supposedly on the same side viciously against one another.  Because of what I do, I spend an enormous amount of time on the Internet, and it greatly saddens me when I see people that should be working together attacking each other instead.  No matter what your perspective may be, and no matter how right you think you are, the truth is that this nation is not going to have any hope for the future unless we start to learn how to love one another.

One of my all-time favorite sportswriters is Peter King, and in his Monday Morning Quarterback column he always has a section entitled “Ten Things I Think I Think”.  I have always admired his writing style, and so I am taking some inspiration from him today as I share some thoughts about the future of our country.  The following are 25 things I think that I think about the future of America…

#1 So many people that are supposed to be standing up for what is right are turning their guns on each other.  A house that is divided will surely fall, and if we don’t figure out who are friends are we are going to get routed by an enemy that is coming against us in a thousand different directions.

#2 Love is supposed to be the distinguishing feature in all that we do.  We are to love people as much as we can, for as long as we can and in as many ways that we can.

#3 Donald Trump is not America’s Lord and Savior.  Donald Trump’s role is to be our lead blocker.  In other words, it is up to him to keep the pressure off of the rest of us so that we can do the job that we are intended to do.

#4 So many people are so bitterly divided about what Donald Trump’s presidency will bring.  Some believe that wonderful times are ahead, while others believe that things are about to get really bad.  But no matter what you believe, we should all be praying for Trump, supporting Trump and hoping for the best for his presidency.

#5 If you are on the winning end, try to show grace to those that didn’t, because someday you may find yourself in that exact same position.

#6 Political change does not equal spiritual change.

#7 If someone spends more time pointing fingers at others than they do proclaiming the truth, that is a major red flag.

#8 One of the keys to life is forgiveness.  So let us choose to forgive one another and to do what we can to work together to rebuild our once great nation.

#9 Many people seem to think that the war is over because Donald Trump won the election.  But the truth is that the battles are just beginning.

#10 Calling people names rarely leads to anything good.

#11 Donald Trump cannot change a single heart.  Only Jesus Christ can do that.

#12 If you feel hate for someone, you are on the wrong track.

#13 When you think that you know all the answers, it can be incredibly humbling when you finally realize that you really don’t.

#14 How much you love is far more important than how much you know.

#15 If the body of Christ in America cannot be united now, when will it ever be?

#16 Spiritual greatness does not come from winning arguments.

#17 The preaching of the gospel is far more important than any political agenda.

#18 All of the great revivalists throughout American history have preached against sin.  If you are not preaching against sin, you are not preaching revival.

#19 A great move of God is coming.  I have been relentlessly proclaiming this for years, often when it has been very unpopular to do so.

#20 Many are hoping for a great move of God instead of shaking.  But the truth is that we should be thankful for the shaking that is coming because it will shake many into the Kingdom.

#21 The period of time just before the return of Jesus Christ will be the most chaotic in all of human history.  Whether the events that Jesus describes in Matthew 24 and elsewhere are close at hand or not is certainly open for debate, but without a doubt those events are coming.

#22 God is raising up a Remnant in these last days.  We know that this Remnant will exist because Revelation 12:17 and Revelation 14:12 tell us that it will.  This Remnant will keep God’s commandments, it will bring in the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever seen, and it will move in the power of the Holy Spirit like we haven’t seen since the Book of Acts.

#23 Many people are quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14 these days, and Vice-President Mike Pence even had his hand on that portion of Scripture when he was inaugurated. But the promises in that verse are dependent on God’s people turning from their wicked ways…

14 if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Considering the fact that about two-thirds of all Christian men view pornography on a regular basis, we have a long way to go if we are to turn from our wicked ways.

#24 2 Chronicles 7:14 is part of a larger passage in which God has some very ominous warnings for those that will not keep His ways.  In verses 19 and 20, God warns of great disaster if His people abandon His statutes and commandments…

19 But if the people turn aside and abandon My statutes and commandments that I have given to you, and you walk after and serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot them from My land that I have given to them; and the house that I have consecrated for My name, I will throw it from before Me and set it as a proverb and taunt among the peoples.

#25 There is always hope if we will turn from our wicked ways and will do the things that God has instructed us to do.  There is hope for each of us individually, and there is hope for us as a nation.  But without Jesus, we have no hope at all.

Michael Snyder Tells Crush The Street That Chaos Is Coming In 2017

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Michael Snyder was interviewed by Crush The Street this week, and what he revealed was more than just a little bit alarming. Michael talked with Kenneth Ameduri about “fake news”, Turkey invading Syria, Trump and Russia, Trump and China, the Federal Reserve and coming economic chaos. You can check out the full interview right here…

TOPICS IN THIS INTERVIEW:
01:00 ‘Fake News’ Meme Propaganda Spreading
03:45 The Internet has Democratized Information
05:00 Is this WW3? Turkey declaring War on Syria
09:45 Trump wants to work with Russia fighting ISIS
13:30 Trade War with China & Asia after Trump in Office?
16:30 Electors may not vote Trump; against will of people
21:00 Jobs, Tariffs, Free Trade, China ripping us off
25:00 Markets pricing in US Economic recovery with Trump
25:50 Trump may get blame for US’ Largest Collapse
29:45 Post-WW2 Boom was due to Europe’s destruciton
31:30 We need fundamnetal changes in FED, Debt
33:40 Get more from Michael Snyder

Does The Bible Actually Say That The Antichrist Will Make A 7 Year Peace Treaty With Israel?

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In the latest episode of The Watch, Michael Snyder examines one of the most controversial passages in the entire Bible.  Many believe that a 7 year peace treaty between the Antichrist and Israel will start the Great Tribulation, but after Michael dug into the original language of Daniel chapter 9 he uncovered some extraordinary things…

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The Most Important News. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

Instead Of Black Friday Materialism, Thanksgiving Weekend Should Be A Time To Live, Laugh And Love

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On Friday, hordes of desperate zombies were spotted desperately trying to save a few dollars on toys, apparel and cheaply made electronic goods all over America. Seemingly oblivious to the fact that virtually all of these goods were made outside of the United States in nations where it is legal to pay slave labor wages, these zombies often clashed violently with one another over items such as soap, toilet paper and jumbo-sized televisions. Black Friday puts the worst excesses of American materialism on display for the whole world to see, but most Americans don’t seem to care how pathetic we appear to be to the rest of the planet. The only thing that most Americans know is that it is “the holiday season”, and so now it is time to spend, spend, spend even if it means going into crippling amounts of credit card debt.

Overall, it is being projected that Americans will spend an all-time record high of 650 billion dollars this holiday season. That is an amount of money roughly equivalent to the yearly GDP of the nation of Saudi Arabia.

But it would be one thing if we did all of this spending with some class. But instead, many Americans braved freezing cold temperatures and stood in very long lines on Thanksgiving evening so that they could have the opportunity to fight over “great deals” such as $1.60 towels

In video apparently recorded inside a Walmart in Bainbridge, Georgia, showed shoppers fighting over towels that were on sale for $1.60 during the Black Friday rush on Thursday.

At one point, one woman so eager to get her hands on a towels that she fell into the box.

Meanwhile, shoppers at a Walmart in Houston broke into an all-out melee on Black Friday, as customers battled it out for some $99 kiddie convertibles.

We have become a nation that is entirely consumed by greed. The average American has the television on approximately five hours a day, and that means that we are being endlessly exposed to commercials that are telling us to buy stuff. Sadly, all of this “programming” does cause many Americans to actually behave like zombies as filmmaker Mark Dice has so brilliantly illustrated

And unfortunately, the violence on Black Friday is often not limited to the ridiculous brawls over Chinese-made electronic goods. In fact, according to WND four people were shot around the country during the Black Friday “festivities”…

One shooting happened on Thanksgiving Day in a Walmart parking lot in Nevada, apparently as a result of a dispute over a parking spot.

In New Jersey early Friday, two people were shot, one fatally, in a parking lot outside a Macy’s store at the Hamilton Mall, the New York Post said.

Also early Friday, in Tennessee, a man was hit and injured when shots were fired at Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis.

Personally, I don’t understand why people would want to deal with all of this mayhem just to save a few bucks on mass-produced trinkets that they and their families probably don’t even need.

Fortunately, a lot of people are starting to reject Black Friday altogether. For example, one group is now promoting the day after Thanksgiving as “Buy Nothing Day”

International “Buy Nothing Day” falls on the day after American Thanksgiving each year. Celebrated since the 1990s, the day is meant to inspire worldwide action against mass consumerism, according to Adbusters, a not-for-profit anti-consumerism magazine.

“Buy Nothing Day isn’t just about changing your habits for one day it is about rediscovering what it means to live freely,” according to Adbusters. “Join millions of us in over 60 countries on November 25, 2016, for Buy Nothing Day and see what it feels like to take a stand against corporate domination.”

And I am a big proponent of buying nothing on the day after Thanksgiving as well, but for different reasons.

Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that virtually everyone can agree on, and it is one of the only times of the year when families all over the country gather together.

Ultimately, the experience of spending time with family and friends is far more valuable than any “deals” you may be able to pick up at the stores. If I was going to be the next president, I would strongly consider making the entire four-day period over the long Thanksgiving weekend a national holiday. But the only way that I would do that is if I could pass a law that the stores must shut down as well.

Because the truth is that the vast majority of us do not need any more stuff, but without a doubt we could all definitely use some more love in our lives.

It has been said that “he who dies with the most stuff wins”, but that is a total lie.

Some of the most miserable people in the world are also some of the most wealthy. And there are lots of people out there that “make a lot of money” that are some of the coldest, cruelest people that you would ever want to come across.

Success in life is not measured by how much money you make.

Rather, it is measured by how much love you give.

And the more love you spread to those around you, the more likely it is that you will be loved in return.

Sadly, in our day and age love has become heavily linked with sex. But having a sexual relationship with someone does not mean that you are loved. Just ask any prostitute.

Others feel like they aren’t loved because they are not in a romantic relationship at the moment. But that is not what love is all about either. In fact, some of the loneliest individuals on this holiday are people that are actually married.

And even if you don’t have any family at all this holiday, that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out. Some people have deeper and more meaningful relationships with close friends than they ever had with their family. And even though I am very thankful for my family, I have friendships that I have cultivated over the past couple of years that I consider to be on the same level because I love those individuals so dearly.

Look, you can run out and buy stuff at Wal-Mart any time.

But how many times a year do you get to spend concentrated time with those that you love in a quiet, peaceful environment?

The long Thanksgiving weekend should be a time to live, to laugh and to love.

Unfortunately, many Americans have become completely blinded by greed and they have forgotten what really matters…

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The Most Important News. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

We Are Being Set Up For Higher Interest Rates, A Major Recession And A Giant Stock Market Crash

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Since Donald Trump’s victory on election night we have seen the worst bond crash in 15 years. Global bond investors have seen trillions of dollars of wealth wiped out since November 8th, and analysts are warning of another tough week ahead. The general consensus in the investing community is that a Trump administration will mean much higher inflation, and as a result investors are already starting to demand higher interest rates. Unfortunately for all of us, history has shown that higher interest rates always cause an economic slowdown. And this makes perfect sense, because economic activity naturally slows down when it becomes more expensive to borrow money. The Obama administration had already set up the next president for a major recession anyway, but now this bond crash threatens to bring it on sooner rather than later.

For those that are not familiar with the bond market, when yields go up bond prices go down. And when bond prices go down, that is bad news for economic growth.

So we generally don’t want yields to go up.

Unfortunately, yields have been absolutely soaring over the past couple of weeks, and the yield on 10 year Treasury notes has now jumped “one full percentage point since July”

The 10-year Treasury yield jumped to 2.36% in late trading on Friday, the highest since December 2015, up 66 basis point since the election, and up one full percentage point since July!

The 10-year yield is at a critical juncture. In terms of reality, the first thing that might happen is a rate increase by the Fed in December, after a year of flip-flopping. A slew of post-election pronouncements by Fed heads – including Yellen’s “relatively soon” – have pushed the odds of a rate hike to 98%.

As I noted the other day, so many things in our financial system are tied to yields on U.S. Treasury notes. Just look at what is happening to mortgages. As Wolf Richter has noted, the average rate on 30 year mortgages is shooting into the stratosphere…

The carnage in bonds has consequences. The average interest rate of the a conforming 30-year fixed mortgage as of Friday was quoted at 4.125% for top credit scores. That’s up about 0.5 percentage point from just before the election, according to Mortgage News Daily. It put the month “on a short list of 4 worst months in more than a decade.”

If mortgage rates continue to shoot higher, there will be another housing crash.

Rates on auto loans, credit cards and student loans will also be affected. Throughout our economic system it will become much more costly to borrow money, and that will inevitably slow the overall economy down.

Why bond investors are so on edge these days is because of statements such as this one from Steve Bannon

In a nascent administration that seems, at best, random in its beliefs, Bannon can seem to be not just a focused voice, but almost a messianic one:

“Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement,” he says. “It’s everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Ship yards, iron works, get them all jacked up. We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.”

Steve Bannon is going to be one of the most influential voices in the new Trump administration, and he is absolutely determined to get this “trillion dollar infrastructure plan” through Congress.

And that is going to mean a lot more borrowing and a lot more spending for a government that is already on pace to add 2.4 trillion dollars to the national debt this fiscal year.

Sadly, all of this comes at a time when the U.S. economy is already starting to show significant signs of slowing down. It is being projected that we will see a sixth straight decline in year-over-year earnings for the S&P 500, and industrial production has now contracted for 14 months in a row.

The truth is that the economy has been barely treading water for quite some time now, and it isn’t going to take much to push us over the edge. The following comes from Lance Roberts

With an economy running at below 2%, consumers already heavily indebted, wage growth weak for the bulk of American’s, there is not a lot of wiggle room for policy mistakes.

Combine weak economics with higher interest rates, which negatively impacts consumption, and a stronger dollar, which weighs on exports, and you have a real potential of a recession occurring sooner rather than later.

Yes, the stock market soared immediately following Trump’s election, but it wasn’t because economic conditions actually improved.

If you look at history, a stock market crash almost always follows a major bond crash. So if bond prices keep declining rapidly that is going to be a very ominous sign for stock traders.

And history has also shown us that no bull market can survive a major recession. If the economy suffers a major downturn early in the Trump administration, it is inevitable that stock prices will follow.

The waning days of the Obama administration have set us up perfectly for higher interest rates, a major recession and a giant stock market crash.

Of course any problems that occur after January 20th, 2017 will be blamed on Trump, but the truth is that Obama will be far more responsible for what happens than Trump will be.

Right now so many people have been lulled into a sense of complacency because Donald Trump won the election.

That is an enormous mistake.

A shaking has already begun in the financial world, and this shaking could easily become an avalanche.

Now is not a time to party. Rather, it is time to batten down the hatches and to prepare for very rough seas ahead.

All of the things that so many experts warned were coming may have been delayed slightly, but without a doubt they are still on the way.

So get prepared while you still can, because time is running out.

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The Most Important News. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

A 40-Year-Old David Wilkerson Prophecy Is Being Fulfilled Right In Front Of Our Eyes

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David Wilkerson was a legendary preacher that truly did hear from God, and a remarkable prophecy that he gave about 40 years ago is coming to pass right now. After watching a video on our new YouTube channel, a viewer mentioned that something that my wife and I were talking about sounded exactly like something that David Wilkerson had said close to 40 years ago. I was skeptical at first, but I checked it out. And it turned out that this viewer was exactly correct. Without even knowing it, for years I have been preaching virtually the exact same message that David Wilkerson prophesied nearly four decades ago, and today this prophecy is being fulfilled right in front of our eyes.

In his vision, Wilkerson saw the rise of two “super churches” in the last days. The first “super church” would be deeply apostate, and it would include both Protestants and Catholics. It would prominently use the name of Jesus Christ, but it would be “antichrist and political in many of its activities”

I see the rise of a super world church. I see the formation of a super world church council consisting of a union between liberal, ecumenical Protestants, and the Roman Catholic Church joining politically hand-in-hand to create one of the most powerful religious forces on earth. This union is going to start as a cooperative charity program and it will end in a political union. This visible super world church is going to be spiritual in name only, freely using the name of Jesus Christ, but will in fact be antichrist and political in many of its activities. This powerful church union will be deeply involved in social action, tremendous charity programs, and ministries of compassion. Its leaders will make statements about meeting human needs. They will send out a call for social action, political intervention, and a greater voice in world affairs.

There is going to be a sudden mysterious chain of events. Just when it appears the ecumenical movement is nearly dead, a rather mysterious chain of events will bring about the framework for this union. Rome is going to insist on and receive concessions from the Protestant ecumenical leaders. The Pope will be considered more of a political than a spiritual leader of this church union.

And this is definitely what we are seeing today. The vast majority of the churches in the western world have already gone apostate, and we are seeing a major push for churches and religious organizations to work together to achieve political and social goals.

I believe that we are witnessing the early stages of the emergence of a one world religion. The Pope and other prominent religious leaders are speaking of the need to “come together” and to acknowledge that “all religions are different paths to the same God”. Unity has become a major theme, and the Pope in particular has been making a major ecumenical push. For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “One World Religion: Pope Francis Says All Major Religions Are ‘Meeting God In Different Ways’“.

But what really got my attention was the second part of Wilkerson’s prophecy.

He saw the rise of a “supernatural invisible church” that would include believers from all churches and all denominations and that would become “a kind of underground church” in the last days…

I see the rise of a super church, a supernatural invisible church, a union of deeply spiritual followers of Jesus Christ, bound together through the Holy Spirit and mutual confidence in Christ and in his word.

This supernatural church of true believers will become a kind of underground church. It will include Catholics and Protestants of all denominations, young and old, black and white, and people of all nations. While this visible super church gains political power this invisible body of believers will grow tremendously in spiritual power.

This power will come from persecution. The persecution madness that is coming upon this earth will drive these Christians closer together and closer to Jesus Christ. They will be less concerned about denominational ties and more concerned and emphasis on the coming of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will bring together as one people in all walks of life.

Without even knowing it, I have been preaching virtually the exact same message for the past couple of years. God burned this message into my heart, and even though I wasn’t sure that people were ready to receive it, I have been preaching this message wherever I go. God is raising up a Remnant in these last days, and this Remnant is going to shake the world. This Remnant is going to keep the commandments of God, it is going to bring in the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever seen, and it is going to move in the power of the Holy Spirit like we haven’t seen since the Book of Acts. It cuts across all churches and all denominations, and there is no individual or organization in charge of it. It is an organic move of God that is happening all over the planet, and even though we may know what is happening, there is no guarantee that any of us will get to be part of it. My wife and I are constantly praying that we could be part of this great move of God that is coming, because we very much want to fulfill the purpose for why God put us here.

Back in 2013, I gave the Remnant a very prominent role in my novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End“. I have talked about the Remnant in countless radio interviews, I have written about the Remnant in my articles, I preached about it on the DVDs that I did last year, and now my wife and I are proclaiming this message in our new television show.

A sleeping giant is rising, and it is primarily happening outside of the institutional church.

In fact, the institutional church is in danger of being completely left behind by this new move of God. I know that a lot of church leaders out there are not going to want to hear this, but it is true. Most of the institutional church has already gone apostate, and much of the rest of it is dead asleep.

Because I proclaim this message so much, I constantly hear from people all over the world that God is raising up to be part of this Remnant. Last month, I got the opportunity to preach about the Remnant at an evening service down at Morningside. Just hours before the service, I received an email from an assistant to a pastor in a Lutheran church in northwestern Pennsylvania, and this email is a perfect example of what God is doing. The following is an excerpt from that email…

I felt compelled to write to you. It sounds so similar to my own journey with Christ.

I presently live in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania and am serving as an assistant to the pastor in our Lutheran church. My wife and I were missionaries for 51/2 years in the east African nation of Tanzania before returning home in 2011 to take care of elderly parents. I’ve been an avid student of Bible prophecy for over 30 years and it was shortly after we came back from overseas that I experienced what my wife and I both consider an “angelic” visit. The conversation lasted about 10 minutes with the “messenger” urging me in the most forceful terms to “warn the people” of what is soon coming upon our nation and the world. I knew exactly what he meant and felt deeply convicted to reach others with a “last days” message.

All over the world people are having encounters with God, and they are being instructed to proclaim a “last days message” while there is still time.

Unfortunately, most churches today won’t receive this kind of message. Many pastors even know exactly what is coming, but they won’t warn the people. There is such a fear that if people get offended they won’t keep coming back and won’t keep putting money in the offering plate.

So a lot of these churches have adopted a “me-centered gospel” that features Jesus as a self-help coach. They purposely avoid using words like “sin” because they don’t ever want anyone to feel uncomfortable, and they only focus on select passages from the Bible that make people feel good.

Of course this watered-down gospel has turned out horribly for the church in America. People are leaving our dead churches in droves, and this is especially true of our young people.

If you go into most churches today, you will mostly find “the greys”, and I am not talking about aliens. I love my elderly friends, but where are all of the young people? Yes, there are a few of them around, but a whole host of surveys have shown that young adults in America are generally far, far less “Christian” than their parents were.

But that doesn’t mean that all is lost. There is tremendous spiritual hunger out there, and people are searching for something real. We are seeing believers all over America gather in home Bible studies and home churches, and the underground church that David Wilkerson prophesied is very much becoming a reality.

Just yesterday, I was contacted by a wonderful sister in Missouri that wants my wife and I to come down there and help teach a small group of believers. Unfortunately, we can’t be everywhere at once, and we very much feel called to stay at our current location for now. But I was so encouraged to hear from another member of the Remnant, and it turns out that what God is doing in her life is so similar to what God is doing in our lives.

Like I said, this is a supernatural thing. Just like we have seen throughout history, the institutional church has gotten old and stale, and God is doing an “end run” around the traditions of man as He brings in the next move.

Of course there are still some churches that are doing a great job, and if you have found one of those churches you should definitely appreciate it, because it is rare to find a church where God is really moving these days.

Earlier today, I got an email from a man of God that just spoke with a pastor that has suddenly seen God start to move tremendously in his ministry. The following is an excerpt from that email…

I was on the phone yesterday with a pastor, him being in total shock at the supernatural explosion in his ministry. Healing, deliverance, angelic visitations and the presence of God filling the church. The supernatural is totally off the scale. In Scripture is says in 1 Cor 2:9

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Now that the pastors eyes are opened this scripture takes on a new meaning. I am so excited to see this happening. I wanted you to know.

The Remnant is rising. The “supernatural invisible church” that David Wilkerson prophesied about close to 40 years ago has become a reality, and this is the primary topic of our latest television show. You can watch what my wife and I have to share right here

In addition, the Remnant is a major theme in my brand new book that was just released entitled “The Rapture Verdict“. A lot of people look forward to the last days with fear and trembling, but that should not be the case. We have so much to look forward to, and this Remnant was prophesied by the Apostle John nearly 2000 years ago in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 12:17; 14:12). The greatest hour of the people of God is coming, and so it is time for the church to wake up. We are going to write the end of the story, and we are going to bring in the greatest harvest of souls in all of history right before the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So do not fear the hard times and persecution that are coming. Yes, Jesus told us that the period of time just before He returns will be the worst period of time in all of human history, but it will also be a time of purification and maturing for His bride.

Without His help we can do nothing, but with His help we will experience the greatest move of God the church has ever known, and we can become the kind of bride that He deserves.

Jesus deserves a bride that is wildly and madly and passionately in love with Him, and we stand on the precipice of the most dramatic time in all of human history.

As far as my wife and I are concerned, there is no other place that we would rather be than right here, and there is no other time we would rather be alive than right now.

We have reached the culmination of all things, and the time of the greatest spiritual warfare in history is directly in front of us.

We will not bend, we will not bow and we will not break. In the midst of overwhelming odds, we will stand and fight for our Lord and Savior, and in the end we will receive the crown of life.

If the Holy Spirit is tugging at your heart right now, I encourage you to join the Remnant. You don’t have to join any organization or send your money anywhere. All you have to do is to surrender your entire heart to Jesus, and ask Him to make you into the person that He created you to be.

Darkness is rising, but so is the Remnant. And someday people will look back and they will remember the courageous men and women that refused to back down and that did not love their lives even unto death.

In the Book of Revelation, it talks about believers that will overcome the enemy in the last days by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.

Take up your sword, choose to be a light, and get ready for the greatest time that God’s people have ever known.

We are going to be the people that prepare the way for the glorious return of Jesus Christ, and you were born for such a time as this.

Michael And Meranda Snyder Announce The Launch Of Their New Television Show

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After an extraordinary amount of hard work, Michael and Meranda Snyder are pleased to announce that the very first episode of their television show has finally been released. Our show is called “The Watch”, because that is really what we are – we are watchmen on the wall trying to sound the alarm as loudly as we can. Many of you already know me as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and End Of The American Dream, and now this new program will allow you to get to know my wife as well. In this first episode we spend some time simply introducing ourselves, and future programs will focus much more heavily on news and information. But of course we do discuss some very interesting things in this episode such as the 13 dead bald eagles, Obama’s plan to divide the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem, and the terrible flooding down in Louisiana and Texas. Our shows will be airing on Christian television, but they will also be available on YouTube. You can watch the very first episode right here

This is something that is very new for both of us. A number of years ago I used to make some short YouTube videos that were very amateurish, but to do something that can go up on television is something else entirely.

So we had to go out and get some brand new equipment, and we had to learn Final Cut Pro from scratch. It has been a very humbling experience, but it is good to stretch our comfort zones.

You will be able to find future episodes on our YouTube channel right here. And if you enjoyed this first show, please hit the subscribe button on our channel page.

Just like on The Economic Collapse Blog and our other websites, we want to provide the very best news and information that we possibly can. If there is something that you would like us to discuss, please let us know.

This show will also be much more focused on Bible prophecy, the last days and the book of Revelation than my regular writing is. As I mentioned above, these programs will be airing on Christian television, and during future episodes I plan to address many of the topics that I discuss in my upcoming book about Bible prophecy.

I know that for a lot of people Bible prophecy is a very sensitive topic. Many people have very deep emotional attachments to the theories that they have been taught, and my wife and I are not here to upset people. Our goal is to very clearly explain what the Bible has to say about the days to come, and we hope to do so in a spirit of humility.

In the end, we all need to be good Bereans. No matter how much of an “expert” someone is, we all need to dig into the Scriptures for ourselves to see if what they are saying is actually true. And that is what I would encourage you to do with our material. Dig into the Bible for yourself and come to your own conclusions.

And what is far more important than who is “right” and who is “wrong” about Bible prophecy is that we all learn to love one another. When I was younger, I thought that knowledge was one of the key signs of spiritual maturity, but now I realize that spiritual maturity is far more about how much you love than it is about how much you know.

In these last days, we all need to learn to love, because there is no other way that we are going to make it through what is ahead. We are moving into the most tumultuous time in all of human history, and we need to understand who our friends are. There are some believers that seem to love strife and discord. Even though the world is attacking us from a thousand different directions, they seem to take glee in turning their guns on those that are standing in the trenches next to them.

In this new show, my wife and I will be sharing a message of warning, but we will also be sharing a message of hope.

Yes, the times ahead are going to be filled with chaos and darkness. In fact, many people do not even have the capacity to imagine how hard the years ahead are going to be. But in the midst of all of the chaos and all of the darkness God is going to be doing some extraordinary things.

My wife and I believe that God is raising up a Remnant in these last days that is going to look very much like the earliest followers of Jesus. This Remnant is going to keep God’s commandments, it is going to bring in the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever seen, and it is going to be greatly empowered by the Holy Spirit.

There is no individual, group, organization or denomination that is leading the Remnant. In fact, the Remnant is rising almost entirely outside of the institutional church. It is an organic move of God that is starting to flourish all over the world, and I hear from people literally all over the planet that are starting to wake up to these things.

We are going to go back and do things the way that they did them in the book of Acts, and we believe that this will be the generation that will see the greatest move of God in the history of the world.

So even though the world is entering a nightmare of epic proportions, there will be great hope even in the middle of that nightmare. My wife and I are convinced that the greatest chapters of our lives are ahead of us, and we are constantly asking God to allow us to be part of the great move of God that is coming.

Because even if we know what is coming, there is no guarantee that any of us automatically gets to be part of it.

We all need to be seeking God like never before and asking Him to purify us so that we can be used during the times ahead.

Now is not the time to dig a hole and try to hide from the world. As society crumbles all around us, people are going to be watching how you respond. Will you respond with fear and despair, or will you respond with strength, courage and hope?

As for my wife and I, we plan to spread a message of hope in the midst of the storm, and that is one of the primary reasons why we have started this new show.

Do Not Despise Small Beginnings – An Incredible True Story That You May Find Hard To Believe

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It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Well, I would like to share a little bit of my journey with you, and hopefully this will inspire someone out there. We live in a day and age when you don’t have to be a celebrity to make a difference. I know this is true because ten years ago I was about as anonymous as you could possibly get. I was newly married and working as a lawyer in the heart of Washington D.C. not too far from the White House. That may sound glamorous to you, but it definitely was not. Approximately one out of every 12 residents of D.C. is a lawyer according to some estimates, and so they are a dime a dozen. And my work was about as meaningless as you could get. If there was a lawyer version of a toilet scrubber, that would have been me. Nobody knew who I was, and nobody cared who I was. I was having no real measurable impact on the world around me, but I wanted to. I just didn’t know how.

In 2008, I started to look into something called blogging. I learned that there were more than a million blogs already on the Internet by that time, and so I had no idea why anyone would possibly want to read anything that I had to say, but I decided to try it. I began with a few free Blogger blogs, and my readership in those days could have been measured with a magnifying glass.

But I stuck with it.

And that is one of the keys to success in any area of life. So many people give up if they don’t have immediate success. And that is so sad, because all “overnight success stories” had to start somewhere.

So do not despise small beginnings – they can ultimately lead to something great.

Eventually my readership began to grow, and the real turning point for me came when I left the legal world at the end of 2009 and started The Economic Collapse Blog. Of course that had very humble beginnings as well. The first month the site was live I only had about 4,800 pageviews. But that was a whole lot more than I had before.

Very early on I decided that I was going to try to put out the highest quality articles that I could possibly write, and people really responded to that. They knew that they weren’t getting straight answers about the economy from the mainstream media, and they were seeking out alternative sources of information. We have seen the “alternative media” absolutely explode in recent years, and I am proud to be part of that revolution.

In early 2010, my wife and I decided to take a leap and move across the country to a little town outside of Seattle, Washington. We didn’t really have much money, so it was kind of a crazy thing to do. But we felt called to do it, so by faith we packed up our lives and moved all the way across the continent. We figured that I could make a little money writing and she could make a little money painting furniture and we could figure out a way to survive somehow.

We spent a little over a year out near Seattle, and during that time The Economic Collapse Blog started to grow by leaps and bounds. We also had other websites such as End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News that were really starting to grow as well, and so we felt secure enough to seek out a more permanent home. That was always the plan anyway, because we wanted to get away from the large population centers.

God eventually led us to a wonderful home in the mountains in a very isolated part of the northwest United States. And my wife and I both agree that this is the best place that either of us have ever lived. We absolutely love the peace and quiet, and the view that we have across the valley is priceless. I could have very easily sat up on that mountain living a very quiet life for the rest of my days and been very happy.

But God had other things in mind for us. When we moved up there, we believed that God was instructing us to prepare for what He wanted us to do. So we studied, and we prayed and we kept working on our websites. And then we studied, and we prayed and we worked some more. We never knew what kinds of doors God was going to open up for us. By faith we just tried to do what we believed that He was instructing us to do.

And of course many of you already know about the amazing doors that God has been opening up for us over the past few years. He is doing things that I never even would have imagined asking Him to do.

The reason why I am sharing all of this is to say that if someone like me can be used to make a difference, so can you.

If a completely anonymous Washington D.C. lawyer can move to the mountains in the middle of nowhere and be used to touch millions of lives all over the planet, that just shows that all things are possible with God.

Of course not everyone has a talent for writing. But we all have some way to make a difference. Individually, each one of us in limited, but collectively we can make a massive difference in this world if we are willing to work together.

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a rock star someday, but to this day I still don’t have any musical talent. However, there are people out there with amazing gifts in that area, and I often find myself in awe of their talents.

Other people can make a different in other areas. What some people are about to do with YouTube videos absolutely amazes me. Others write gripping novels or host amazing radio shows. And yet others organize street protests or get heavily involved in local politics.

We all have different gifts and abilities, and we all have ways that we can make a difference.

Part of my message is to warn people about the incredibly hard times that are coming, but part of my message is also to give hope to people so that they can come through those hard times.

You may choose to curse the darkness when it comes, but I plan on lighting a candle.

No matter how bad things get, I will not bend, I will not break and I will not fear. It is when times are the darkest that the greatest heroes are needed, and we need people that are going to be willing to face the great challenges that are coming with tremendous strength and courage.

Even in the midst of all of the chaos and all of the darkness, my wife and I believe that the greatest chapters of our lives are still ahead of us.

And we invite you to work with us to make a difference. God took the broken pieces of my life and turned them into a beautiful thing, and He can do the same thing for you.

No matter how hard things may seem right now, please do not give up.

It’s not over.

In fact, your future is only just beginning, and all things are possible…

(Originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog)

The Beast System Arises: The Largest Bank In Norway Calls For The Elimination Of Cash

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The biggest bank in Norway is calling for the complete and total elimination of cash.  Many local bank branches in Norway already don’t deal in cash, but that is not good enough for DNB.  They want a blanket ban on the use of cash, and they are selling this as a way to crack down on criminals and money launderers.  But in the end, the truth is that they want to be able to force everyone in society to use the banks and it would enable them to collect fees on almost every transaction.  It is an agenda that is being driven by greed, but it could also open the door for great tyranny.  Unfortunately, we are not just seeing aggressive movement toward a cashless society in Norway.  It is also happening in Sweden, in Denmark and in many other nations all around the globe.  The Beast system is rising, and yet very few people out there even seem alarmed by this.

When I first learned about what was happening in Norway, I was absolutely stunned.  I have ancestors that came over to America from over there, and I had no idea that this was happening.  The following comes from the International Business Times

The largest bank in Norway has called for the country to stop using cash, the Local reported Friday. This comes as the latest move in a country that has been leading the global charge toward electronic money in recent years, with several banks already not offering cash in their branch offices and some industries seeking to cut back on paper currency.

Of course this idea is being sold as something that will be really good for Norwegian society.  DNB promises that eliminating cash will help authorities crack down on criminal activity and money laundering.  Here is more from the International Business Times

“Today, there is approximately 50 billion kroner in circulation and [the country’s central bank] Norges Bank can only account for 40 percent of its use. That means that 60 percent of money usage is outside of any control. We believe that is due to under-the-table money and laundering,” Trond Bentestuen, a DNB executive, told Norwegian website VG, the Local reported.

There are so many dangers and disadvantages associated with cash, we have concluded that it should be phased out,” he added.

But in addition to catching more criminals, there are many other reasons why governments really like the idea of a cashless society.  It would also mean that no financial transaction would escape taxation, and it would also enable them to watch, track and monitor everything that we do much more closely.

And banks would be absolutely thrilled with a cashless society.  Every member of society would be forced to use the system, bank runs would be eliminated, and every time we swipe our cards they would collect a fee.

In addition, there would be absolutely no escaping the bank bail-ins that are coming in Europe.  If there was no way to pull your money out of the system, there would be no way to avoid the kind of theft that has now been institutionalized by European authorities.  I covered the brand new bail-in rules that went into effect in Europe on January 1st, 2016 in a previous article

If you have a bank account anywhere in Europe, you need to read this article.  On January 1st, 2016, a new bail-in system will go into effect for all European banks.  This new system is based on the Cyprus bank bail-ins that we witnessed a few years ago.  If you will remember, money was grabbed from anyone that had more than 100,000 euros in their bank accounts in order to bail out the banks.  Now the exact same principles that were used in Cyprus are going to apply to all of Europe.

Sadly, we are now witnessing a major push toward a cashless society all over the planet.

It is happening in China, in India, and all over Europe.  In fact, some nations in Europe have already banned cash transactions over a certain level.  Here are just a couple of examples

As I have written about previously, cash transactions of more than 2,500 euros have already been banned in Spain, and France and Italy have both banned all cash transactions of more than 1,000 euros.

Little by little, cash is being eradicated, and what we have seen so far is just the beginning.  417 billion cashless transactions were conducted in 2014, and the final number for 2015 is projected to be much higher.

Of course the epicenter for the transition to a cashless society continues to be northern Europe.

Denmark intends to entirely eradicate cash by the year 2030, and the transition to a cashless society in Sweden is now almost complete

Did you know that 95 percent of all retail sales in Sweden are cashless?  And did you know that the government of Denmark has a stated goal of “eradicating cash” by the year 2030?  All over the world, we are seeing a relentless march toward a cashless society, and nowhere is this more true than in northern Europe.  In Sweden, hundreds of bank branches no longer accept or dispense cash, and thousands of ATM machines have been permanently removed.  At this point, bills and coins only account for just 2 percent of the Swedish economy, and many stores no longer take cash at all.  The notion of a truly “cashless society” was once considered to be science fiction, but now we are being told that it is “inevitable”, and authorities insist that it will enable them to thwart criminals, terrorists, drug runners, money launderers and tax evaders.  But what will we give up in the process?

The potential for tyranny is what has me concerned more than anything.

Just imagine a world where you could not buy, sell, get a job or open a bank account without participating in “the system”.

If you chose to opt out, how would you and your family survive?

And it would be way too easy for the government to set requirements for participation in the system.  For example, they could make it illegal to sell to anyone without the proper government-issued form of identification, or they could require some form of loyalty oath as a pre-condition for enrollment.

The war on cash is a direct assault on the fundamental liberties and freedoms that we enjoy today.  They may promise us that a cashless society will make our lives better right now, but tomorrow I am afraid that it could open the door to tyranny on a level that most of us would have never even imagined.

The Economic Collapse Blog Has Issued A RED ALERT For The Second Half Of 2015

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I have never done anything like this before. Ever since I started The Economic Collapse Blog in late 2009, I have never issued any kind of “red alert” for any specific period of time. As an attorney, I was trained to be level-headed and to only come to conclusions that were warranted by the evidence. So this is not something that I am doing lightly. Based on information that I have received, things that I have been told, and thousands of hours of research that have gone into the publication of more than 1,300 articles about our ongoing economic collapse, I have come to the conclusion that a major financial collapse is imminent. Therefore, I am issuing a RED ALERT for the last six months of 2015.

To clarify, when I say “imminent” I do not mean that it will happen within the next 48 hours. And I am not saying that our problems will be “over” once we get to the end of 2015. In fact, I believe that the truth is that our problems will only be just beginning as we enter 2016.

What I am attempting to communicate is that we are right at the door of a major turning point. About this time of the year back in 2008, my wife and I went to visit her parents. As we sat in their living room, I explained to them that we were on the verge of a major financial crisis, and of course the events that happened a few months later showed that I was right on the money.

This time around, I wish that I could visit the living rooms of all of my readers and explain to them why we are on the verge of another major financial crisis. Unfortunately, that is not possible, but hopefully this article will suffice. Please share it with your friends, your family and anyone else that you want to warn about what is coming.

Let’s start with a little discussion about the U.S. economy. Most of the time, when I use the term “economic collapse” what most people are actually thinking of is a “financial collapse”. And we will talk about the imminent “financial collapse” later on in this article. But just because stocks have recently been hitting all-time record highs does not mean that the overall economy has been doing well. This is a theme that I have hammered on over and over again. It is my contention that we are in the midst of a long-term economic collapse that has been happening for many years, that is happening as you read this article, and that will greatly accelerate over the coming months.

Let me give you just one quick example. When an economy is healthy, money tends to circulate fairly rapidly. I buy something from you, then you take that money and buy something from someone else, etc. In a stable and growing economy, people generally feel good about things and they are not afraid to spend. But during hard times, the exact opposite happens. That is why the velocity of money almost always slows down during a recession. As you can see from the chart below, the velocity of money has indeed gone down during every recession since 1960. Once a recession is over, the velocity of money is supposed to go back up. But a funny thing happened after the last recession ended. The velocity of money continued to go down, and it has now hit an all-time record low…

Velocity Of Money M2

This is the kind of chart that you would expect from a very sick economy. And without a doubt, our economy is sick. Even the official government numbers paint a picture of an economy that is deeply troubled. Corporate profits have declined for two quarters in a row, U.S. exports plunged by 7.6 percent during the first quarter of 2015, U.S. GDP contracted by 0.7 percent during the first quarter, and factory orders have declined year over year for six months in a row.

If the stock market was connected to reality, it would be going down. But instead, it has just kept going up. As I discussed yesterday, this is a classic case of an irrational financial bubble. If I was writing an economic textbook and I wanted to include an example of what a run up to a major financial crash looks like, it would be hard to come up with anything more ideal than what we have watched unfold over the last six months. Just about every pattern that has popped up prior to previous stock markets crashes is happening again, and this is something that I have written about so much that many of my readers are sick of it.

And without a doubt, our financial markets are primed for a crash.

Only two times before has the S&P 500 been up by more than 200 percent over a six year time frame.

The first was in 1929, and the stock market subsequently crashed.

The second was in 2000, right before the dotcom bubble burst.

And by just about any measure that you can possibly imagine, stocks are massively overvalued right now.

For instance, just check out the chart posted below. It comes from Doug Short, and it shows that the ratio of corporate equity prices to GDP has only been higher one time since 1950. That was in 2000 just before the dotcom bubble burst…

The Buffett Indicator from Doug Short

Let’s take a look at another chart. This one comes from Phoenix Capital Research, and it shows that the CAPE ratio (cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio) has rarely been higher. In fact, the only times that it has been higher we have seen stock market crashes immediately afterwards…

CAPE - Phoenix Capital Research

Yale economics professor Robert Shiller is also deeply concerned about the CAPE ratio

I think that compared with history, US stocks are overvalued. One way to assess this is by looking at the CAPE (cyclically adjusted P/E) ratio that I created with John Campbell, now at Harvard, 25 years ago. The ratio is defined as the real stock price (using the S&P Composite Stock Price Index deflated by the CPI) divided by the ten-year average of real earnings per share. We have found this ratio to be a good predictor of subsequent stock market returns, especially over the long run. The CAPE ratio has recently been around 27, which is quite high by US historical standards. The only other times it has been that high or higher were in 1929, 2000, and 2007—all moments before market crashes.

But the CAPE ratio is not the only metric I watch. In my book Irrational Exuberance (3rd Ed., Princeton 2015) I discuss several metrics that help judge what’s going on in the market. These include my stock market confidence indices. One of the indicators in that series is based on a single question that I have asked individual and institutional investors over the years along the lines of, “Do you think the stock market is overvalued, undervalued, or about right?” Lately, what I call “valuation confidence” captured by this question has been on a downward trend, and for individual investors recently reached its lowest point since the stock market peak in 2000.

Other valuation indicators produce similar results. This next chart is another one from Doug Short, and it shows the average of four of his favorite valuation indicators. As you can see, there is only one other time when stocks have been more overvalued than they are today according to the average of his four favorite indicators, and that was just before the stock market crashed when the dotcom bubble burst…

Four Valuation Indicators - Doug Short

Another one of the things that indicates that a financial bubble is happening is the level of margin debt. Whenever margin debt has gone over 2.25% of GDP a stock market crash has always followed, and today it is far above that level. As you can see from the chart below, there have been three major peaks in margin debt in modern U.S. history. One was just before the dotcom bubble burst, one was just before the financial crisis of 2008, and the third is happening right now…

Margin Debt - Doug Short

Something else that we would expect to see prior to a major financial crisis is a decoupling of high yield debt and stocks. This is something that happened just prior to the stock market crash of 2008, and it is happening again right now. The following chart comes from Zero Hedge, and it demonstrates this brilliantly…

S&P 500 HY Credit

Are you starting to get the picture?

And as I discussed yesterday, the smart money is beginning to pull their money out of stocks while they still can. According to USA Today, mutual fund investors have pulled more money out of stocks than they have put into stocks for 16 weeks in a row

In a sign of stock market nervousness on Main Street, mutual fund investors have yanked more money out of U.S. stock funds than they put in for 16 straight weeks.

The last time domestic stock funds had positive net cash inflows was in the week ending Feb. 25, according to data from the Investment Company Institute, a mutual fund trade group.

In the week ended June 17, the most recent data available, mutual funds that invest in U.S. stocks suffered net outflows of $3.45 billion, according to the ICI.

Since late February, U.S. stock funds have suffered estimated outflows of nearly $55 billion. Those net withdrawals come despite the fact the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 hit a fresh record high of 2130.82 on May 21 and the Dow Jones industrial average notched a fresh record on May 19.

But it isn’t just stocks that are going to crash during the next financial crisis. Bonds are going to crash as well, but what I am concerned about most of all are derivatives.

Derivatives are going to play a starring role in the next major financial crisis. I cannot emphasize this enough. In fact, if you want to listen for just one word on the news that will let you know that things have started to really unravel, just listen for the word “derivatives”. This form of legalized gambling is going to crush “too big to fail” banks all over the planet during the next major financial downturn. The “too big to fail” banks in the U.S. alone have 278 trillion dollars of total exposure to derivatives, but they only have 9.8 trillion dollars in total assets. To say that they are being “reckless” is a massive understatement.

For much more on the coming derivatives crisis, please see my previous article entitled “Warren Buffett: Derivatives Are Still Weapons Of Mass Destruction And ‘Are Likely To Cause Big Trouble’“.

Of course I am not the only one that is sounding the alarm about what is coming. Just consider what some very prominent individuals have been saying recently…

Ron Paul has just released a new video in which he warned all of us to “prepare for a bear market in bonds“.

Carl Icahn says that financial markets are “extremely overheated—especially high-yield bonds“.

Max Keiser recently told Alex Jones that a great financial collapse is coming.

Martin Armstrong says that his Economic Confidence Model predicts that the “Big Bang” is coming in “2015.75“.

Jeff Berwick of the Dollar Vigilante says that “we’re getting very, very close to the next crisis collapse” and he has specifically pointed to the month of September.

James Howard Kunstler has predicted that stocks are going to “crater in Q3 as faith in paper and pixels erodes“.

Lindsey Williams recently sent out an email alert in which he warned that his elite friend has told him that “they have a World Wide Financial Collapse scheduled between September and the end of December 2015“.

Gerald Celente has warned about “the Great Panic of 2015“.

Bill Fleckenstein has said that 2015 could be the year of the “big accident“.

Ray Gano has stated that we will see a financial collapse “probably starting in the third quarter of 2015”.

Legendary investor Jim Rogers recently said that he believes that “we will see some kind of major, major problems in the world financial markets” within the next year or two.

Alex Jones recently released a video in which he explained that he recently received “two different calls” from “extremely prominent wealthy people” warning him about what is coming by the end of this year and asking him why he isn’t leaving the United States “before October”.

Bible prophecy expert Joel C. Rosenberg has posted an ominous message on his personal blog in which he warned that “something is coming” and that “we must be ready”…

I feel a tremendous sense of urgency about this column.

The United States is hurtling towards severe trouble, and the events of the past few months — and what may be coming over the next few months — grieves me a great deal.

Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we all must be ready in every possible way.

When I read what Rosenberg wrote, it struck me that it was precisely how I have been feeling too.

In my entire life, I have never had such an ominous feeling about any period of time as I have about the last six months of 2015. Like Rosenberg, I feel a “tremendous sense of urgency”, and I feel a great need to warn as many people as I can.

And it isn’t just a financial collapse that I am concerned about. In a previous article, I detailed seven key events that we are going to witness before the end of this September…

Late June/Early July – It is expected that this is when the U.S. Supreme Court will reveal their gay marriage decision. Most believe that the court will rule that gay marriage is a constitutional right in all 50 states. There are some that believe that this will be a major turning point for our nation.

July 15th to September 15th – A “realistic military training exercise” known as “Jade Helm” will be conducted by the U.S. Army. More than 1,000 members of the U.S. military will take part in this exercise. The list of states slated to be involved in these drills includes Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California, Mississippi and Florida.

July 28th – On May 28th, Reuters reported that countries in the European Union were being given a two month deadline to enact “bail-in” legislation. Any nation that does not have “bail-in” legislation in place by that time will face legal action from the European Commission. So why is the European Union in such a rush to get this done? Are the top dogs in the EU anticipating that another great financial crisis is about to erupt?

September 13th – This is Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar – the last day of the Shemitah year. Many are concerned about this date because we have seen giant stock market crashes on the last day of the previous two Shemitah cycles.

On September 17th, 2001 (which was Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), we witnessed the greatest one day stock market crash in U.S. history up until that time. The Dow plummeted 684 points, and it was a record that held for exactly seven years until the end of the next Shemitah cycle.

On September 29th, 2008 (which was also Elul 29 on the Biblical calendar), the Dow fell by an astounding 777 points, which still today remains the greatest one day stock market crash of all time.

Now we are approaching the end of another Shemitah year. So will the stock market crash on September 13th, 2015? Well, no, because that day is a Sunday. So I guarantee that the stock market will not crash on that particular day. But as Jonathan Cahn has pointed out in his book on the Shemitah, sometimes stock market crashes happen just before the end of the Shemitah year and sometimes they happen within just a few weeks after the end of the Shemitah. So we are not just looking at one particular date.

September 15th – The 70th session of the UN General Assembly begins on this date. It is being reported that France plans to introduce a resolution which would give formal UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state. Up until now, the United States has always been the one blocking such a resolution, but Barack Obama is indicating that things may be much different this time around.

September 25th to September 27th – The United Nations is going to launch a brand new sustainable development agenda for the entire planet. Some have called this “Agenda 21 on steroids”. But this new agenda is not just about the environment. It also includes provisions regarding economics, agriculture, education and gender equality. On September 25th, the Pope will travel to New York to give a major speech kicking off the UN conference where this new agenda will be unveiled.

September 28th – This is the date for the last of the four blood moons that fall on Biblical festival dates during 2014 and 2015. This blood moon falls on the very first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, it will be a “supermoon”, and it will actually be visible in the city of Jerusalem. There are many that dismiss the blood moon phenomenon, but we have seen similar patterns before. For example, a similar pattern of eclipses happened just before and just after the destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans in 70 AD.

In addition to everything above, quite a number of economic cycle theories that were developed by secular economists all point to big trouble for America between the years of 2015 and 2020. For more on this, please see my previous article entitled “If Economic Cycle Theorists Are Correct, 2015 To 2020 Will Be Pure Hell For The United States“.

Earlier today, I publicly announced that I was issuing a RED ALERT for the last six months of 2015 on the Alex Jones radio show. You can watch video of that interview right here. In this article (which is about three times as long as one of my normal articles) I have only shared a small fraction of the information that has led me to issue this red alert. But if you want to know more, and you are not afraid to really go down the rabbit hole, I would encourage you to check out a full two hour presentation that I did down in Dallas, Texas on the nightmarish years that are coming.

The period of relative stability that we have been enjoying is ending. What comes next is going to lead us into the worst period of time in modern American history. I wish that I was wrong about this.

But the goal is not to scare you. My wife and I live our lives with absolutely no fear, and that is my desire for all of my readers. There is hope in understanding what is happening and there is hope in getting prepared. Personally, my wife and I believe that the greatest chapters of our lives are ahead of us, and I hope that you have a similar outlook.

We need a generation of people that are willing to rise up and do great things even in the midst of all the chaos and darkness that is coming. It is when times are the darkest that the greatest heroes are needed.

So what will you choose to do when the next crisis comes?

Will you cower in fear, or will you rise up to meet the challenge?

Please feel free to tell us what you think by posting a comment below…

(Originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog)

Michael Snyder Is Coming To Texas, And What He Has To Say Will Shock America

Michael

What I am about to do next is going to shock a lot of people. I am about to get on a plane and fly down to Dallas, Texas where I am going to speak about some things that I have never spoken publicly about before. On Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th I am going to be speaking at the Prophecy Club, and I told Stan Johnson that I truly believe that these are the two most important presentations of my entire life. Over the past six years, I have written more than 1,200 articles about the coming economic collapse, and these articles have been read by millions of people all over the globe. Now we stand at the precipice of the greatest economic crash in the history of the United States, and what is going to follow that crash is going to absolutely shock the entire planet. In my presentation on Saturday night, I am going to lay out the most comprehensive warning about the future of America that I have ever come across. It is going to be a warning message unlike any other. The following Sunday morning I am going to shift gears. I am going to present the most hope-filled message that I have ever delivered. Even if you have been following my websites for years, you are going to be stunned by what I have to share in these two presentations.

If you live in Texas and would like to attend, here are the meeting details for Saturday night

Economic Collapse, World War III & The Death of America
Saturday, April 11th
7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Meeting location:
The Spirit of Prophecy Church
2540 Avenue K, #100
Plano, TX 75074

I have never been there before, but I am told that the Spirit of Prophecy Church is located right behind the Whataburger Restaurant.

These are some of the topics that I am going to cover on Saturday night…

-The Coming Economic Collapse

-The Great Damage That Has Already Been Done To The U.S. Economy

-Why Another Great Stock Market Crash Will Happen

-The Approaching Derivatives Nightmare

-Is It “Anti-Faith” To Prepare For The Coming Economic Crisis?

-Governmental Shaking

-Civil Unrest In U.S. Cities

-Martial Law

-The Propaganda Matrix

-The Shemitah

-Russian Preparations For World War III

-The EMP Threat

-East Coast Tsunami

-New Madrid Earthquake

-California Earthquake

-Islamic Terror

-The Coming War In The Middle East

-The Moral Collapse Of America

I am going to lay out a roadmap of what I believe is coming to America between right now and World War III. Like I said, it is going to be the most comprehensive warning that I have ever come across. It is a very hard message to deliver, and it will be a very hard message for many people to hear.

On Sunday, I am going to shift gears. Most of my readers know that I am a Christian, and on that Sunday morning I am going to share what the Bible has to say about the amazing things that God is going to do even in the midst of all the chaos that is coming.

It is going to be the most hope-filled message that I have ever shared. If I was to give the message a short title, I would call it “The Gathering”. I am going to talk about what the Bible has to say about the Remnant of the last days, and about the incredible things that are going to happen as this Remnant is gathered.

I believe that the greatest move of God and the greatest harvest of souls that the world has ever seen are coming. But this coming move of God is going to look very different from the way that we “play church” today. The era of the “Christian superstar” is ending, and God is going to restore things to the way that they worked during the early church. In this next move of God, we aren’t going to put “Christian superstars” up on a pedestal and rely on them to do all the ministering. Instead, it is the people that are going to be doing the ministering and the one that is going to get put up on a pedestal is Jesus Christ.

On Sunday morning I am also going to talk about Bible prophecies that are nearly 3,000 years old that are going to come to pass in this generation. These prophecies are seemingly so preposterous and so outrageous that most churches teach that they couldn’t possibly be literally true. If you want to read about them in advance, you can start by checking out Isaiah 11, Jeremiah 30 and 31, Zechariah 10, Jeremiah 23, Hosea 1 and Ezekiel 37.

When I am done, you are going to have a much, much better understanding of the entire second half of the Old Testament. You are also going to have a much clearer understanding of what God is actually planning to do in these last days.

Yes, dark days are coming. In Matthew 24, Jesus says that the times just before His return will be the worst times in all of human history. I believe that a similar thing can be said about the times that America is about to enter into. This is what I am going to talk about on Saturday night.

But just because America is heading for a fall doesn’t mean that life has to be over for you and your family. In the middle of all the chaos, God is going to do some things that are going to utterly shock the entire planet, and you and your family can be on the cutting edge of what God is doing.

Of course the choice is up to you. It is my job to deliver the warning and to explain about what God plans to do in these last days, and then it is up to you to decide how you will respond to that information. I have found that most people end up believing exactly what they want to believe, and so not everyone will respond to these messages in the same way.

If you cannot make it to the meetings in Dallas, I want you to know that DVDs are going to be made and will be available on my websites soon. The Prophecy Club has a long history of making high quality DVDs, and I am excited to be able to share this information with people all over the world.

If you have friends or family in the Dallas area, please share this with them on Facebook, Twitter or by email. I don’t travel much, and I would love to personally meet as many of my readers as possible.

I know that these talks go beyond the scope of the things that I normally write about. But I believe that we are at the greatest turning point in U.S. history, and people need to understand what is coming. I am just a “watchman on the wall”, and I am delivering the warning message the very best that I can. Please pray that when I go to Dallas that I will deliver it well.

(Originally posted on End of the American Dream)

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