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Today on Conservative Christian Movement, I’ll go over what we know so far on the 2020 presidential trail of tears, Democrat style. I’ll talk about what we can learn from Frank Stephens, actor, speaker, writer and survivor of Downs Syndrome. I’ll go over a couple of liberal meltdowns from the past week. Links can be found at ccmpodcast.com. Thanks for joining me. I am Jeff Stipe, your host.
Let’s get started.
The verse of the Day:
Matthew 12:34 (NIV)
“You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
You don’t have to watch the news very long to see how this verse is so appropriate today. Honestly, even Fox News struggles at times to report “fair and balanced” news. When you look at CNN, MSNBC and other networks, the bias is amazing. We have many “Broods” of vipers in our nation and in our world. Even within the churches.
The verse of the day, at least to me and my podcast, means what is buried deep within your core will come out of your mouth. Hate for hate, love for love, your bias shows. Gone are the days when you would never guess someone’s political belief. It is put out on display every day, full screen which is sad. News should be rooted in fact.
Today’s political environment is no different. I talked last week about the train wreck of the Democrats sitting on their hands with disdain on their face as the president spoke. It’s really sad to see. The divisiveness is thick and growing thicker.
Den of Vipers
It’s President’s Day in the US. It’s only fitting to discuss the list of those who currently seek the nomination for president on the Democrat ticket for 2020. The list is long, familiar (in most cases) and unsurprising. Already the press is picking winners, yet pushing positive news for most of them. All, of course in the name of ridding our country of the 45th president.
Some are posting on Facebook (nameless of course), we celebrate 44 out of 45 presidents for obvious reasons. This might be true for me but the one left out isn’t President Trump. It’s sad as I said, the hatred for one man who beat out 16 others to become #45. That is some feat, yet defeating him is some major goal in most liberals, both in congress and in the public.
Since the State of the Union address, there have been 9 Democrats fully announce or explore the idea of running again. To date, the three missing names are perhaps the most expected; Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders (though he is an independent). I did not link to the article, but somewhere I saw up to 450 people have considered a run on the Democrat ticket in 2020. I’m not surprised as there is a feeling of hope to run in the face of hatred for the president.
The Hill listed the top 10 Democrats for 2020: Some have announced, others have not.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
There are many who are considering a run in 2020. Andrew Yang has thrown his hat in along with others. This will by no means be the final list. In fact, some have already considered and turned away from the challenge. I talked at length about using data which has been compiled for you in episode 7- Know your Hot Button Issue. Planned Parenthood is happy to tell you who shouldn’t be elected. Bad politicians receive a perfect 100% rating.
Incidentally, each and every member of the top 10 received 100% ratings from Planned Parenthood. Each also received very low ratings from the NRA, though I did not feel the need to find them for sure.
What I will say, following up from my last episode (#16), the Democrat Party Platform, if not the as I described, will build a socialist utopia. The candidate standing at the end of the bloody feud must embrace LGBTQ, must be pro “anything Planned Parenthood wants”, must give freebies to the underserved (including illegal immigrants), and be absolutely for gun control.
You and I are witnessing this on a daily basis. As time goes on and the field gets more clearly defined, I’ll take a deeper look at the candidates and call the shots as they march toward 2020.
It’s only February 2019, and with nearly two years to go, the rhetoric is priceless. Amy Klobuchar announced her candidacy in her home state of Minnesota, pitching climate change in a snow-storm. Elizabeth Warren told the crowd in her home state of Massachusetts, not only might President Trump not be in office in 2020, he might not be free in 2020.
I might add, the list above and the future of American politics will be heavily shaped by you! Christians have to vote. If you stay home in 2020, more of what happened in 2018 will occur. It’s already a down hill slope we’re on. That needs to change.
I’ve come to know of Frank Stephens through a tween recently crossing my news feed. Frank has made multiple speeches regarding his value to society as he survives Down Syndrome. Ashton Kutcher called attention to Frank’s address to congress in 2017. In this speech (as well as one to the United Nations) he talked about the extra chromosome and how his difference makes him special.
He made his impassioned goal to seek solutions to cancer, Alzheimer’s and downs syndrome. I admire his courage for driving change though I do not agree with everything he says. When would anyone agree 100% (except with Planned Parenthood of course?) But what, aside from abortion can we learn from his speech?
Early in his speech to the United Nations, he made this statement:
“I am a man, see me as a human being, not a birth defect, not a syndrome, I don’t need to be eradicated, I don’t need to be cured. I need to be loved, valued, educated and sometimes helped.”
On Fox News recently, he made an additional statement which I thought was uniquely simple, yet well said:
“I don’t want to make abortion illegal, I want to make it unthinkable. Politicians change laws, I want to change people’s hearts”.
Women make the choice for abortion for any number of reasons. Obviously, as a man, I do not know that feeling. Perhaps we should rethink what life means. Some people value life differently than others. Our nation has a problem with the definition of life. The left changes the definition to fit their needs while a social conservative like us see it deeper than they do. Life is a process. The process has a definite beginning and a definite end. We all will go through the entire cycle (unless God sees fit to take us home early).
Whether it is a healthy baby but inconvenient, or a baby with testing which shows a problem or a known and confirmed defect, women make the choice sometimes. They ignore the alternatives which are not talked about, not endorsed by government and are not nearly as publicized as they could be. With the number of couples who can not conceive, adoptions are an excellent alternative to abortion. After the recent vote in New York, a baby could be aborted one minute before being given for adoption. A clear example of a lack of value for human life. It’s only a matter of time, YOU will need to meet the requirements to remain alive. Just something to ponder.
Last Weeks Question of the week
I received a couple of comments about this question. First, it seems you as Christians tend to agree with my thinking. We are not interested in Theocracy in the least. However, my opinion on the matter is simple. Our leaders must be of a praying mindset. This prayer should be used to seek wisdom to make choices based on the data available. God can help anyone make better decisions. This is true in the face of those who will not like your decisions. You can’t make everyone happy, but you can make God happy.
Question of the week: Are you supportive of prayer for opening a session of congress?
It’s been a busy week this week. I haven’t formatted the plan for the next episode, but suspect it’s time to get into the Israel issue, the capitol- Jerusalem and why they are so hated. But, with the news environment, and my wish to remain relevant into the future, perhaps calling out next week’s episodes in advance is problematic. I’ll play it by ear and see how it goes. I sure missed in from last week. But I will be sure to include those meltdowns.
If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with like-minded friends and family. Until next time, BE BLESSED…
Verse of the Day:
The Hill- The Top Ten Democrats for 2020
Planned Parenthood Action Congressional Scorecard
Episode 0: The Conservative Christian Movement Podcast
Episode 7: Know Your Hot Button Issue
Frank Stephens- Ashton Kutcher
Frank Stephens Congress Testimony
Frank Stephens United Nations Testimony
Ben Shapiro- talks about life