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POLITICAL BUGS

By Karl Priest 11-4-08 (revised 10-1-16)

I wrote the following during the 2008 presidential campaign. Since at least 1972, one could substitute any of the candidates for those specific to 2008.

The political life of Obama is like that of a moth. Most of the time a moth is a colorful caterpillar causing damage the whole time it exists. Then the moth undergoes an amazing change growing more elegant, but mainly chasing artificial light while it seeks to satisfy the driving urge to leave its mark.

McCain is more like a bark beetle. That beetle is tough at all stages of life, but its damage is done out of sight. It is amazing how much damage is done to a mighty tree by this kind of insect. Whole forests can be destroyed.

Then there are the many small aphids (Nader, Baldwin, Paul et al.) that crawl around sucking the juice from their host plants.

Alan Keyes can be compared to a dragonfly. As an underwater larva the dragonfly helps to eliminate mosquitoes. When the dragonfly reaches maturity it becomes an exquisite and efficient flyer that continues to be beneficial to mankind.

Pest insects have their place, but should be kept under control—not given control.

Dragonflies should be admired and allowed to soar.

(End of that particular piece)

Here are the thoughts of a fellow named Teno that, I think, state the situation quite succinctly.

Settling for the lesser evil is exactly why we keep getting worse and worse candidates. If we will settle for someone who appears just one step to the right of liberal Democrats, that's all the Republicans will ever offer us. We will NEVER get any better if we continue to support lesser evils.

We're accountable for whom we vote, not for who wins. The results are up to God; our job is to DO RIGHT.

Every vote for a godly candidate is a vote for a godly candidate, no matter who wins.

If you vote for pseudo-conservative then YOU are responsible for purposely voting them into office. If you vote for a godly candidate you are responsible for supporting a godly candidate, no matter who wins.

We don't even have to have our candidate win to accomplish much importance. The last few presidential elections have been virtual dead heats. If we had even a 5% bloc of solid, principled, constitutional conservatives who would not compromise, the GOP would know they needed that 5% if they ever wanted to win. Then they'd HAVE to run a more conservative candidate to win back our votes.

All that's needed is for Christians to stop throwing away their votes on lukewarm frauds and vote only for godly candidates. That's what will make those parties viable. If Christians stop voting for moderate/liberal fakers, the 3rd party candidates would get enough votes to at least force the GOP to run honest conservatives if they want to win. That's all it takes. The problem is simply that Christians won't stand for righteousness. They want to support a "winner", even if that winner is 75% liberal. So long as the other guy is 90% liberal, they think they're doing well.

If Republicans were the answer, America should be a virtual Eden by now.

That's not to say Democrats are the answer, but they are at least honest about being liberals and socialistic. The GOP has had plenty of chances, but there are not enough truly conservative Republicans to enact their own platform. The "Big Tent" philosophy has done nothing but make the GOP more like the Democrats. If they cannot keep their own party conservative and constitutionally American, how could they possibly bring the country in the right direction?

If you vote for a pseudo-conservative you actually have voted for a loser. Christians have gotten so far away from God's word that they no longer have a clue of what winning and losing is. Winning is doing RIGHT, no matter what. Compromise is LOSING.

I'm not concerned with being a majority. I'm concerned with being RIGHT. I'd rather be in the minority and be RIGHT. I'd rather vote for a godly "loser" than an ungodly "winner".

We need to SPEAK UP and vote for politicians who will not compromise. I'd rather vote for a loser than vote for a winner who won't deliver on why I voted for him.

Democrats and Republicans are two wings of a bird flying the WRONG way!

(End of that particular piece)

Here is an edited version of a December 2007 Op-Ed I wrote and the Charleston Gazette published.

Locally, the “Vets for Bush” group was founded by a Democrat and an Independent.* They would have used “Vets Against Kerry” signs had they not reasoned that passing motorists would mistake them as being pro-Kerry.

Many evangelicals are easily hoodwinked and slick Democrat propaganda can easily pull them over to their side. Only the willingly ignorant conservative Christian would be influenced by the pulpit positions of the Democrats. Of course, there are quite a few Christian conservatives who vote pocket-book over principle, hence the success of Clinton in two elections.

If “Christian Democrat” is an oxymoron, then “Compromiser Republican” is redundant. Republicans claim to be righteous.

Christians have settled for the “lesser evil” not thinking that the outcome is still “evil”. Conservatives have settled for candidates slightly less liberal than a Democrat. Both voting blocs want a winner even if he is 90% liberal compared to the 99% liberal Democrat. Republicans controlled the white house and congress long enough to have ended abortion and blocked the threat to traditional marriage. Republicans failed. Electing Republican pseudo-conservative has been almost a total waste of votes.

There is a candidate who is not the lesser evil, is 0% liberal, and will not compromise his beliefs.

We should only vote for a candidate who is unequivocally pro-life, pro-family, and has not compromised in order to gain political advantage.

Everyone, even an ardent atheist, makes decisions based upon their individual religious point of view. The time has come for Christians, conservatives, and blacks (not that there is a separation of the three categories) to take a stand for a man that is 100% conservative, black, and Christian.

(End of that particular piece)

The following op-ed was published in the Charleston Gazette after the 2008 election.

Conservatives need to wake up and smell something besides the coffee - and the odor is not going to be pleasant. The stench of death is emanating from the Republicrat Party.

The death of the Republicrat Party began after Reagan, but was delayed when the Demoncrats stupidly nominated John Kerry in 2004. George W. Bush would not have been re-elected had not military veterans* (especially Vietnam-era vets-- That’s me on the right with the “Once we have a war…” sign.) determined to block a man they perceived as a traitor. Bush did what Demoncrats lie about doing - he tried to compromise. For Demoncrats, compromise only occurs when they lack power and convince foolish Republicrats to abandon conservative convictions. Except for minimal pro-life actions, Bush is a typical Republicrat.

Any Christian is guilty of sinning if they voted for Obama, Rockefeller or any politician who supports the murder of pre-born children. Although the voters may not hold the instrument that kills the child, they are guilty of providing the means for the slaughter to occur. Abortion is breaking the sixth commandment. The death caused by abortion stinks!

For the sake of born and pre-born children it is time for Christians and non-Christian conservatives to abandon the Republicrat party and let it die the painful death it has brought on itself. Don't rush to Limbaugh for a strategy to prop up the Republicrat corpse.

The first place to look is a brand-new party that is free from the fake conservatism spouted by Republicrats. America's Independent Party (Now “America’s Party") has some potential. Anyone wanting some fresh air should watch that party grow after springing to life a few months ago.

Putting aside any biblical reference to the end times, it is absolutely amazing that Americans would elect the likes of Barack Obama. Black folks have sold their souls to the Demoncrats and lost an opportunity to help stop the slippery-slope slide of America into its grave. It is understandable (not forgivable) that a black vote for Obama was based upon race. What is appalling is that non-blacks (guilt-ridden or not) could not perceive that (half black) Obama is a superficial savior. The votes that launched an Obama nation were based upon ignorance largely instilled by government schools.

The only hope, for people of all hues, is to overcome the brainwashing perpetuated by government schools and raise a generation of young people who understand American history and can think logically and independently. That can only be done in home and Christian schools.

If it is not done, beginning immediately, the death knell will soon sound for America as a nation.

The editor omitted the following sentences.

Are those who vote for Obama, simply because he claims to be black, racists?

Since Keyes is 100% black, does that make Obama supporters 50% more racist than Keyes supporters?*

Keyes is supported because of his character—not his color.

(End of that particular piece)

In my opinion the only difference in Demoncrats and Republicrites is that the former will destroy America faster. It's like pulling off a band aide quickly or slowly. Both open the sore.

If this article “bugs” you—I suggest some heavy praying and thinking.

The issue will be resolved some day—soon.

Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20b KJB)

*Be sure to see “Hold the Line”.

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If you are tired of Demoncrats and Republicrites see America’s Party.

ADDENDUM

Mixed Marriage

(posted 3-14-12)

Why is Obama considered “black”? Is it because his skin is of darker pigmentation than the average white person? The National Association of Black Social Workers wants children born to black and white parents to be called “black” because “in the eyes of American society, a biracial child is black.” (http://www.chicagonow.com/its-never-just-black-and-white/2011/11/im-a-white-man-and-my-child-will-be-black/)

At one time humans were classified by their number of black ancestors. The term “mulatto” (now it is politically correct to use “mixed” or “biracial”) is well known as describing a person who is ½ black, but at one time terms such as quadroon (1/4 black) and octoroon (1/8 black) were used. U.S. government guidelines for determining race have been in flux for several years, but in 1989 a child’s race was determined by the race of the mother. In 1994 the federal Office of Management and Budget issued a statement that “the category which most closely reflects the individual’s recognition in his community should be used for purposes of reporting on persons who are of mixed racial and/or ethnic origins."
(http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_determine_your_race_if_your_father_
is_black_and_your_mother_is_white)

Obama has the right to identify himself as “black,” but is he black because that was how he was raised (Steve Martin’s “The Jerk” made a hilarious commentary about that subject), or how he wants to identify himself (for his personal benefit)? Would black folks idolize Obama if he called himself “white”? Since it is genetically possible for the child of a mixed couple to be lily white or dark black, can those on either end of the color spectrum identify as either white or black? Would black folks vote for Obama if his skin was lighter? If black folks really wanted a black man as the first president why didn’t they support Alan Keyes? Is Obama president because of racism and liberalism intermarriage?

Also see “Anybody” is WORSE than Obama”.

Well Said by Others Who See

(posted 7-17-12)

“Republicans have said they'd be better many times, but then when it's time to deliver – they aren't. Instead they merely present a different set of excuses, lies, and arguments for compromise that lead to the same sort of corrupt policies, growth of government, and centralized control. The credibility problem has become critical, producing the pathetic difficulty they now face. In the hearts of voters: Fool me once, shame on me! Fool me a few hundred times … well … dude, you've got a serious problem.”

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/620/635/Republicans_Doubtful_About_2012:_What_to_do_What_to_do.html

Alan Keyes, explained why we are where we are even when the Republicrites (my word and not a typo) get elected. Dr. Keyes said, "You take the position that Obama is so evil you're just forced to vote for someone whom you assert is just a little less evil. With this reasoning you make evil the standard for office in America, guaranteeing that we will never again see good represented in office. In fact, it guarantees that we will get progressively greater evils (since by offering more and more extreme evil, the bad guys can guarantee that you and those like you will support more and more extreme, though supposedly somewhat "lesser," evils). Don't you realize that this is the repeated tragic error that produced Obama in the first place, and will produce others still worse than Obama?"  (http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/keyes/120611)

Our Allegiance
(posted 7-17-12)

We cannot put allegiance to country above allegiance to Christ!

Wasting a Vote

(posted 10-12-12)

A friend (in response to my statement that I fear God, not Obama) said, “Fearing God does not mean ignoring the Babylonians and pretending they can’t hurt you.”

I replied:

A Babylonian with a spear or a Babylonian with a knife is still a Babylonian.

I'll use Daniel's example and not defile my vote.

"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself." (Dan. 1:8)

Daniel 6:7 also applies:
"All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions."

Evil is evil--no matter the degree. Political compromise will only make matters worse for America.

Regarding Republicans: "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (I Timothy 3:5)

Regarding Christians compromising with Republicans: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)

Posted 16 October 2012

From Jay (a friend):

"A vote for Keyes in 2008 did a LOT more for America than a vote for McCain! A vote for McCain was a vote that was just thrown away with no good to come from it. On the other hand, a vote for Keyes was a vote “against” the standing Republican machine. The Republican machine looks at all those “conservative” votes that it loses and reevaluates its course for the next election. The problem is – There have not been enough Christians voting against the Republican machine to have any significant impact."

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My political journey is similar to my creation journey. I started out fervently fighting to get government schools to teach honest science. I even had pro school prayer and Bible reading sentiments. Reality revealed that government schools were not redeemable and, in fact, never belonged to Christians. The movers-and-shakers only used a semblance of Christianity to further their secular agenda. Christians have wasted a lot of time, talent, and treasure trying to save government schools.

The most difficult thing for me to absorb that America is not necessarily a Christian nation because of the Masonic roots of America.

To use a war analogy, Obama is Nazi Germany and Romney is Communist Russia. Both were enemies of America. Neither is a friend to Bible believing Christians. We all agree to vote for Obama is a sin. If you have any scripture to support voting for Romney, I’d like to see it.

All Christians will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ. I will answer for voting for a Christian man who stood for biblical values. Romney voters will answer for voting for a Mormon who is OK with killing babies for certain circumstances and allowing sodomites to marry. This is not to mention his own style of socialism.

As Christians we have a duty to be good citizens, but worship of our country (and I have done it wildly waving my flag) in the name of Christ is wrong! Or should I say “is sin”?

America is doomed. America is not in Bible prophecy. Romney, should he win, only provides a placebo that will permit parents to keep their children in government indoctrination centers until it is too late—not to save America, but too late to strongly proclaim the Gospel as we are ordered to do.

Our mission is the Great Commission and it is clear. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28: 19-20)

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In response to "Romney is moving in the right direction.":

We heard it all before with Reagan, Bush and Bush. Babies still died and sodomites still raved. At some point, Bible believing Christians must say "NO" to Republicrites. I arrived at that point several years ago. The only difference I see in Obamaination and Romrino is how fast America goes down the tubes. To repeat, EVIL IS EVIL no matter the degree.

Conservatives know the country is doomed if Obama is reelected. However,too many think that there is hope if Romney gets in. That is where we disagree. As a patriot, I hope they are right. As a Christian, I say "Come Lord Jesus!"

I hope I am wrong, but it appears that a section of the book of Amos (KJB) is applicable to America in the coming months. See Amos 4:6-13.

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I agree with those who say there may not be an America in 2016 if Obama wins. However, if Romney wins there may not be an America in 2020. I no longer worry about either scenario. I try to follow biblical guidelines.

"For our conversation* is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." (Philippians 3:20)

*Conversation (Greek):
1) the administration of civil affairs or of a commonwealth
2) the constitution of a commonwealth, form of government and
the laws by which it is administered
3) a state, commonwealth
3a) the commonwealth of citizens
http://www.apostolic-churches.net/bible/strongs/ref/?stgh=greek&stnm=4175

I love America, but I am an alien with a green card

I cast my lot with the saints of old. "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." (Hebrews 11:13)

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Christians who support libertarianism (especially Ron Paul) leave me dumbfounded because their arguments are so dumb. I cannot comprehend how a fundamentalist Christian could cling to such a candidate. Besides being fine with individual states legalizing abortion and illegal drug use Ron Paul clearly states that sodomy is not sin. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIeW0DY64bE&feature=related

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“Why is being true to one's conscience considered a high virtue in every other endeavor in life, but disparages in the voting booth? Why is the voting booth the one place where we are supposed to ignore our morals, our conscience, and our Bible?” (Teno)

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This old West Side street kid understands cowardice. Mix it with compromise and you have the GOP (Gutless Old Party).

The GOP was gutless in 1995-96: “In the end, after weeks of turmoil, the Republicans meekly gave up and eventually cut a deal with Clinton that was not much different than what they could have gotten before the shutdown.”
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2011/02/lessons_from_the_great_governm.html

The GOP was gutless in 2014: “President Obama said he wouldn't negotiate with Republicans over raising the debt limit and funding the government, and he never really needed to pick up the phone. The deal that passed both houses of Congress Wednesday achieves both goals, with minuscule concessions from the president's side. In the crude analogy of two cars playing chicken, the president's opponents pulled over.” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57607889/obama-defeats-the-republican-party-in-shutdown-showdown/

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"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good, so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws, intriguing men can never be safely trusted."
—Noah Webster quote from History of the United States, 1833, New Haven, Preface, p.v.

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Someone pointed out that not voting for Republicans gave us the likes of BObama. Yes, but not voting for Republicrites is all we did. That is not enough. We slapped their wrists and then kissed their butts in the next two elections. They continued to rub our noses in our pitiful performance as men (No slur on wonderful women is meant. I am old school and biblical based and expect men to lead.) Mix cowardice with compromise and you have the GOP (Gutless Old Party). I’ll take a whipping before I lick the feet of a man.

We complain about welfare recipients, but we accept the Republicrite welfare. Conservatives keep grabbing GOP crumbs when we should be growing our own wheat and baking our own bread.

The right-wing of the Demoncrat Party (Republicrites) needs to become a weak 2nd or 3rd party. We need a true conservative party. I am an Independent, but vote for a lot of Constitutional candidates in my home state. Also, America’s Party is organized, locked and loaded, and ready to roll.

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To the "Lessor of Two Evils Voter" I ask: Answer this in your heart (not to me):  If the Demoncrat scored at 0.50 on a righteous scale of 1-100 with 100 being perfect and the Republicrite scored 0.55 on the same scale, would you still be voting for him?  Let's slid him on down toward 0.50.  When will you say, “NO"?  How about 0.51?

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Also see “A Wolf by Any Name is Still a Wolf”, “Anybody is Worse than Obama”, “Karl Quits Conservatism”, "Liberalism is Evil", and the “Politicians” section of “Things That Bug Me”.