Will America turn against Israel? Video of my address to the Values Voter Summit

FRC-VVS13-3(Washington, D.C.) — On Friday, I had the honor of addressing the Values Voter Summit in the nation’s capital. To watch the video of the speech — which runs about 22 minutes – please click here.

In my remarks, I noted that Americans increasingly fear for the future of our country. Today, nearly 8-in-10 Americans believe the country is on the “wrong track,” and they’re right. Families are imploding from adultery and divorce. We have chronically high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and skyrocketing national debt. We are facing high rates of crime and drug and alcohol abuse, tragically high suicide rates among our young people and armed forces. And then there is the most haunting number – 55 million babies who have been aborted in 1973. Soon, if this is not changed, we will reach 60 million babies murdered. For these and many other reasons, America is in grave danger. Unless we repent and plead with the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us — and give us a Third Great Awakening — we face not only the possibility of the Lord removing His hand of grace and favor on us, but bringing judgment to us, as well.

But I noted that we face another dangerous moment, as well. What if, on top of all of our other national sins, America turns against Israel and the Jewish people?

The Lord God Almighty said clearly in the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-3), “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse.” At this critical moment in American history, do we want God’s blessing, or will we invite His curse?

Unfortunately, U.S.-Israel ties have been more strained in recent years than at any other time since 1948. A large and growing number of Israelis feel like they are increasingly alone in the world, and that their long-time faithful ally the United States might not be there for them when the next big crisis hits.

  • A new poll published by the Jerusalem Post, for example, notes that “two-thirds of Jewish Israelis believe U.S. president Barack Obama will fail to  keep his promise to prevent Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.”
  • While the vast majority of the speakers at the Values Voter Summit are staunchly pro-Israel, one speaker — Sen. Rand Paul — has called for eliminating all U.S. military aid to Israel.
  • The situation has gotten so serious that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu felt compelled during his recent U.N. speech to say, “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.”

How serious is the possibility that America will eventually turn against Israel? What should Christians do?

I hope you will take some time to watch the address, share it with others, and then comment on our “Epicenter Team” page on Facebook, and/or send me a note on Twitter — @JoelCRosenberg.

To watch the video of the speech — which runs about 22 minutes – please click here.

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LEVIN: If you oppose Voter ID then you oppose fair elections

I happened to be “debating” a liberal at the gym the other day and the topic of voter ID came up. This crackpot believes that requiring voter ID is somehow “suppressing the vote” (his words).

When I asked whether the TSA is suppressing airline passengers, or the liquor stores are suppressing whiskey sales, or states are suppressing driving, his response was the typical Leftist gibberish.

He brought his heels together, did a mock Seig Heil, and affected: “Let me zee yore paperz” — with the obligatory Hitler accent.

Do they grow these coconuts at some kind of Alinsky farm?

Last night, Mark Levin addressed the issue of voter ID in his usual succinct and effective manner.

Why does the government issue photo IDs? It’s not the private sector issuing them, it’s not the [Ku Klux] Klan issuing them. The government is issuing voter ID so the government can know who you are. Now why does the government want to know who you are? Because they want to know who they are giving driver’s licenses to; if a police officer stops you they want to know who you are. They want to know if you have insurance. They want to know your age if you want to buy booze. And I can go on and on. There wouldn’t be government-issued photos IDs but for the government.

So my question is [this]: Is the government – are all state governments racist because they are requiring you to have a photo ID, that is a photo with your pigmentation on it? I mean, this is so asinine what the Left is up to in this administration.

You know what it is? Let’s just be honest, they want to defend fraud. They want to defend fraud. You can’t get on an airplane without a government issued ID. You can’t buy booze without a government issued ID. You can’t lease an apartment without a government issued ID. You can’t do damn near anything without a government issued ID.

Except vote! Anyone can vote without a photo ID at the polls!

Have you ever tried to check into a hotel without a government ID? Have you ever tried to rent a car without a government ID? Don’t we hold voting, like, at the top? Haven’t we fought the civil rights movement for people to have the right to vote? Why is it ipso facto discriminatory against minorities for people to show an ID? If you have a specific case in which a state, a town, a county or somebody has discriminated against you because of your race, you can bring a federal lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act, still today and a state lawsuit under state voting rights acts, still today!

But voter integrity is something the Democrat party rejects. Because they want multiple voting. Because they want dead people voting.

Who uses it? The big cities use it, among others. When LBJ was running for president or first, for the Senate, it was rural areas that were using it.

So this isn’t some civil rights issue. This is to promote fraud.

It’s just that simple: Why do governments issue IDs? Because they’re racist?

Of course not.

Those who object to IDs for voting, as opposed to everything else that requires an ID, are aiding and abetting criminals. They are trying to destroy the integrity of the ballot box in America.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Today’s Lesson in Political Philosophy, Helpfully Illustrated for the Low-Information Voter

Detroit filed for bankruptcy yesterday, representing the largest municipal insolvency in American history.

Socialism improves its perfect record to zero-for-840. Or, as Dave Blount puts it, Detroit just ran out of other people’s money.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

NO CONSPIRACY, NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: Voter Integrity Group targeted by IRS, FBI, OSHA, and ATF

There’s a word for a government using the force of law to target and harass its political opponents: fascism.

Such is the story of the non-partisan voter integrity group True the Vote, founded by business owner Catherine Engelbrecht. For the last three years, Engelbrecht and her business have been systematically harassed and intimidated by the Obama administration.

[In] February [2012], True the Vote received a third request for information from the IRS, which also sent its first questionnaire to King Street Patriots. Catherine says the IRS had “hundreds of questions — hundreds and hundreds of questions.” The IRS requested every Facebook post and Tweet she had ever written. She received questions about her family, whether she’d ever run for political office, and which organizations she had spoken to.

“It’s no great secret that the IRS is considered to be one of the more serious [federal agencies],” Catherine says. “When you get a call from the IRS, you don’t take it lightly. So when you’re asked questions that seem to imply a sense of disapproval, it has a very chilling effect.”

On the same day they received the questions from the IRS, Catherine says, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) launched an unscheduled audit of their machine shop, forcing the Engelbrechts to drop everything planned for that day. Though the Engelbrechts have a Class 7 license, which allows them to make component parts for guns, they do not manufacture firearms. Catherine said that while the ATF had a right to conduct the audit, “it was odd that they did it completely unannounced, and they took five, six hours. . . . It was so extensive. It just felt kind of weird.”

That was in February. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration paid a visit to Engelbrecht Manufacturing while Bryan, Catherine, and their children were out of town. The OSHA inspector talked with the managerial staff and employees, inspecting the premises minutely. But Bryan says the agent found only “little Mickey Mouse stuff, like, ‘You have safety glasses on, but not the right kind; the forklift has a seatbelt, but not the right kind.’” Yet Catherine and Bryan said the OSHA inspector complimented them on their tightly run shop and said she didn’t know why she had been sent to examine it.

Not long after, the tab arrived. OSHA was imposing $ 25,000 in fines on Engelbrecht Manufacturing. They eventually worked it down to $ 17,500, and Bryan says they may have tried to contest the fines to drive them even lower, but “we didn’t want to make any more waves, because we don’t know [how much further] OSHA could reach.”

There’s also a word for the coordinated targeting of a political opposition group by four different arms of the government: conspiracy.

I can assure you that when the entire history of this administration is written, we will discover that Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett and/or David Axelrod instigated these illegal and un-American attacks.

It’s time for a special prosecutor and, if the president won’t begin a legitimate inquiry, one can assume he’s guilty of coordinating the conspiracy.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal