After Billy Graham, one of the Christian leaders most admired by Americans is Dr. James Dobson. Time magazine called Dobson, "the nation's most influential evangelical leader."
I had the distinct privilege of conversing with Jim and Shirley, his beautiful wife of 55 years, at a recent gathering of over 1,000 evangelical leaders in New York. Speaking charitably but forthrightly, he shares his strong opposition to Hillary Clinton as president, which "scares me to death." He's said publicly, "The very thought of that haunts my nights and days."
You may strongly disagree. You may also reject any notion of viewing the highly successful documentary currently in theaters shedding light on this topic, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.
Although I didn't watch the Democratic convention, I heard the closing night was uncharacteristic of today's leftist-leaning Democratic Party where 43% of Democratic primary voters enthusiastically supported a socialist in the White House, Bernie Sanders.
Trusted analysts said Thursday's extravaganza was masterfully choreographed to project a more appealing image of a flag-waving, red, white and blue "lovin' America through and through" political party. The DNC trumpeted traditional values and the unmistakable imagery of glamorous celebrities, military generals and happy people of all stripes united in patriotism, optimism and absence of any cynicism, while almost 70% of people say we're going in the wrong direction!
Last week, USA TODAY featured a picture of a beaming Hillary holding a baby at Mother Theresa's orphanage in India. Respondents said of her:
"I'm excited because it is a defining moment in history ... we are on the cusp of electing a woman president."
"You try to think about what you want your child to inherit, and I see her vision as the one that I want my child to grow up in."
How about you?
Here's the deal: 2016 is much more than selecting Clinton or Trump. It's about a vision for the future of our nation.
Hillary Clinton's Vision for America
Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators ministry, said, "Vision is getting on your heart what is on His."
Paul the apostle said, "For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will ..." (Col. 1:9, MEV).
Read on and punch me in the nose softly if in the end you disagree with what I believe is on His heart. I beg you not to stay home because as Franklin Graham said, "There's no perfect candidate, only Jesus, and He's not running!"
Frankly, a major reason Obama was elected last time was because multitudes of Christians stayed home saying, "I could never vote for a Mormon."
We must be realistic, courageous, prayerful and take some righteous risks at this tipping point in history. If some of us need a spine-transplant, get it, but don't be passive pessimists uninvolved while America teeters on a precipice.
I am not endorsing a candidate. I am presenting, from a biblical point of view, five points on why Hillary's vision would bring a national catastrophe, an unmitigated disaster of incalculable damage to America.
Backdrop to the Candidate and Current Party
"See then that you walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise men, making the most of the time because the days are evil." (Eph.5:15-16).
Hillary's father was a conservative Republican. In high school she read Barry Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative" and wrote a term paper on the American conservative movement. She was an active "Young Republican," and served as an intern for Gerald Ford, Republican House leader.
She later shifted to a liberal Democrat and did her college thesis on Chicago community organizer and radical Marxist, Saul Alinsky, whose book "Rules for Radicals" (dedicated to Lucifer) promoted manipulating the masses to achieve goals.
The 2016 Democratic National Convention confirmed her candidacy. Delegates included many dedicated, sincere people wanting a better way of life. My parents were Democrats in the JFK era and would have identified until they saw the makeup of the gathering.
This year's DNC included the first transgender timekeeper, scores of pro-abortionists, LGBTQ advocates, Black Lives Matter proponents, "open borders"/ illegal immigrant supporters, Sharia law Muslims, Planned Parenthood leaders, sanctuary city endorsers, marijuana legalization crusaders, anti-Second Amendment backers, liberal Hollywood celebrities, anti-death penalty promoters, leniency for criminals defenders, socialists, secularists, global warming adherents, progressives for liberal sex education plus numbers of disgruntled individuals who feel they are victims in our capitalistic system.
With President Hillary, Maryland Senator, Barbara Mikulski promised, "You will have national security and economic security." (USA TODAY 7/28/16)
Democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, said, "it is not good enough just to elect Hillary Clinton." He wants "Democratic candidates to win the full ballot, from the Senate (4 seats and they control it!) and House to school boards and legislatures." "It's not just about electing candidates, it is about transforming America..." (USA TODAY 7/28/16)
Hillary is running for President of the United States, the most powerful position in the world. Her supporters promote a utopian vision of societal engineering and government programs that they purport will change America for the better.
Five Consequences of Clinton Claiming Commander-in-Chief
1. Abortion will become casual, commonplace and covered by tax dollars.
Hillary is supported by abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and aggressively promotes tax-funded dismemberment of children on-demand until the moment of birth (although 8 in 10 Americans would limit abortion to the first trimester). She admitted on Meet the Press that an unborn baby is a "person" and a "child" yet believes an unborn person doesn't have any constitutional rights".
Her vice-presidential candidate has a 100% abortion rating from NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League). Hillary's platform calls for overturning the Hyde Amendment—the law forbidding any tax-payer money for abortion passed by Congress in 1976.
2. She could appoint two or three liberal Supreme Court justices to shape America for decades.
No need to say much here as this is a terrifying prospect. The aging members of the court are waiting and she admits she'd love to appoint Obama as one of them!
3. Mrs. Clinton's misguided, reckless, socialistic spending spree could finally collapse our economy.
America's financial insolvency and its generational consequences spell out a disturbing reality: We are broke and living on borrowed time with an economic crash inevitable, unless we correct the trajectory NOW!
We are almost $20 trillion in debt as Obama increased the national debt more than all the previous administrations combined. He boasts of a robust recovery, jobs and prosperity, yet it's not true. Saturday's headline in the Wall Street Journal says it all, "US in weakest recovery since '49" (7/30/16). America's economy is dismal: 1 percent economic growth!
To one-up Bernie's giveaways and garner votes, Hilary has endorsed universal pre-K, free college tuition, paid family and medical leave, subsidized abortions and childcare; expanding, not trimming, Social Security (last year's Social Security ran a deficit of $70 billion!); raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour (which will force scores of small businesses to lay people off); and free medical care and entitlements in the trillions, drawing in illegal immigrants as well!
This is incredibly orchestrated political theater—a spectacle of seduction ignoring the storm warnings and luring in the unsuspecting, especially millennials, most of whom have no idea what socialism has done to destroy great nations. Even liberal leaning USA TODAY said of her free college tuition plan, "Clinton's costly college plan deserves a failing grade" (7/26/16).
Finally, Hillary will dramatically raise taxes (income, business, death, capital gains, etc.) not just on the rich but the middle class. Based on her own campaign figures, this amounts to a trillion dollars over ten years!
4. Hillary Clinton will dramatically exacerbate the immigration problem and threat to our national security.
America is in the midst of a simmering crisis regarding illegal immigration and growing Islamist terrorism. What's happening in Europe will be our experience unless we address the problem responsibly and immediately.
Hillary's Party pushes amnesty, open borders, full work permits, full benefits leading to voting rights, support for sanctuary cities and proposing a five hundred percent increase in Syrian refugees alone! Vigilant screening and vetting of these refugees isn't realistic or even possible at this time.
Addressing the immigration problem with the accompanying influx of drugs, criminals, terrorists and competition for jobs requires compassionate, competent leadership and responsible strategies to protect the homeland. Just as the DNC relied on a "wall" outside and around the platform inside, along with law-enforcement to keep out dangerous individuals, so must our country consider a temporary suspension of refugees entering from countries where terrorist activity is rampant. We must put in place a protective wall and proper border security before it's too late.
With radical jihadism on the increase in chilling ways, we must be proactive. Terrorist attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice and beyond have jolted Europe. Japan is installing surveillance in suspicious Islamic areas. Leaders in the formerly touristy Calais, France, are demolishing sections of what has become a crime-riddled "jungle" taken over by Muslims in Europe's out-of-control migrant crisis.
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair recently warned that millions of Muslims infiltrating localities hold beliefs fundamentally incompatible with the modern world.
We simply cannot afford to be naïve in this critical area.
5. Hillary's track record of dishonesty and deceit will further erode America's moral character at a time when we desperately need a spiritual turnaround.
"She will say anything and change nothing. Hillary can't be trusted and isn't qualified to be president."
Who spoke these brutal words about Hillary Clinton? Barack Obama in 2008.
Now with his legacy at stake, he's conveniently changed his tune.
Character matters and as far as Hillary Clinton goes, millions believe her grade is F. On USA Today's front page (8/1/16) it stated, "Regarding concerns many Americans have of her honesty and trustworthiness, she said, 'All of these caricatures come out of nowhere'."
* 68% of Americans believe she isn't honest and trustworthy.
* 56% have an unfavorable image of her.
* 57% believe she should have been indicted for her mishandling classified information.
Early on she claimed she was named for the famous conqueror of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, but later admitted it was untrue. She stated her four grandparents were immigrants; it was uncovered as only one. She said, "When we left the White House we were not only dead broke but in debt!" She later admitted it wasn't the case.
Remember when she said she landed in Bosnia and had to avoid sniper fire but then it was discovered untrue as footage revealed her greeted by a girl with flowers?
How about the Benghazi tragedy leaving four Americans dead where she claimed it was due to a video, yet we discovered she told the real story to her daughter, so she subsequently told the truth?
What about her jeopardizing United States national security by sending and receiving classified emails on her private server and lying to cover it up?
How about her deflecting repeated allegations from multiple women regarding Bill's adulterous activities yet she blamed it on a "vast right wing conspiracy?"
"You Will Know Them by Their Fruits" (Matt. 7:16)
After her first presidential campaign failed when she presented herself as a strong, assertive leader, Hillary underwent a makeover. Now she presents the image of an approachable and relatable grandmother who simply wants to help the poor, fight injustice and provide a better way for our children.
Millions of discerning people, who know her obsession with wealth and privileged background, roll their eyes in disbelief. Black activist and former Princeton professor Dr. Cornell West just excoriated her on Bill Maher's program as a "neoliberal disaster." He said of her authenticity in being a champion for the poor, "That's a lie! That's a lie!"
Sadly, masses of Americans still don't see it. Do you?
"It is up to us in our time to choose, and choose wisely, between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom, and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day." - President Ronald Reagan
Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 46 yrs, Intercessors for America board member, best-selling author and a public policy adviser with Liberty Counsel. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). and he has a variety of resources on his website (see www.larrytomczak.com). You can also hear his weekly podcast here.
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