[anzac] "AMERICA's CIVIL WAR" - Chuck Baldwin

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:38:08 +1200
NOTE:  A bit too "political" for my liking, but still pretty interesting 
from Christian commentator Chuck Baldwin this week...

by Chuck Baldwin

Make no mistake about it: America is already engaged in its 
second civil war. The decades-old left-right, conservative-liberal,
Democrat-Republican paradigm that had (before Donald Trump's 
election) almost evaporated is back-with a vengeance. In fact, it 
has turned into a full-fledged war. And it doesn't matter to a tinker's 
dam which side wins this war: Constitutional government and the 
Natural rights of man are the losers.

Take your pick. Maxine Waters or Donald Trump, Sean Hannity 
or Chris Matthews: Both sides are destroying the principles of 
federalism, constitutionalism and Natural Law. For all intents 
and purposes these principles are already dead. The American 
experiment in republicanism is over. From now on it's the survival 
of the strongest. Might makes right. Logic, reason and sensible 
debate are buried in the dustbin of history. America has entered 
the next Dark Ages. And, sadly, there are hardly any Reformation 
preachers left in America to lead the nation into the light of liberty.

By removing Alex Jones, Ron Paul's Institute For Peace And 
Prosperity executive director Daniel McAdams and Antiwar.com 
editorial director Scott Horton from their outlets, Silicon Valley-
complete with its poster establishments Facebook, Youtube, 
Spotify, etc.-have proven themselves to be nothing but Naziesque 
censors hell-bent on destroying public dissent. As Ron Paul 
rightly noted, "In an empire of lies the truth is treason." 

And lest conservatives whine about being the big, bad victims 
in this discussion, the Trumpites are as bad as the Clintonites. 
Neither group cares a flip about the Constitution, Bill of Rights 
or Natural Law. All either side wants is the POWER to have 
things done their way-freedom and liberty be damned.

A recent survey has discovered that nearly half of Republicans 
want to give President Trump the power to shut down whatever 
media outlets he chooses. According to The Daily Beast:

"Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution. But 
a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump the authority 
to close down certain news outlets, according to a new public 
opinion survey conducted by Ipsos and provided exclusively to 
The Daily Beast.

The findings present a sobering picture for the fourth estate, with 
respondents showing diminished trust in the media and increased 
support for punitive measures against its members. They also 
illustrate the extent to which Trump's anti-press drumbeat has 
shaped public opinion about the role the media plays in covering 
his administration.

All told, 43 percent of self-identified Republicans said that they 
believed "the president should have the authority to close news 
outlets engaged in bad behavior." Only 36 percent disagreed 
with that statement."

Ladies and gentlemen, this is getting ugly FAST. And I think 
that is exactly what the power elite had in mind when they 
handed the victory to Donald Trump in 2016. They knew Trump 
would incite a civil war; in fact, they intended that Trump would 
incite a civil war.

This is not to put all of the blame on Trump. Not at all. The left 
is just as culpable. Both sides are playing the game (wittingly 
or unwittingly) as scripted by the gamemakers. Donald Trump's 
rhetoric is as vitriolic as Maxine Waters'. And Maxine Waters' 
rhetoric is as vitriolic as Donald Trump's. Neither side knows 
how to reason. Neither side knows even a smidgen about the 
Constitution or Natural Law, much less decency and decorum. 
We are watching junkyard dogs have at each other. The problem 
is, both packs of dogs are chewing up the bones of liberty and 
constitutional government in the process.

Let me tell you folks straight out: Donald Trump is as much a 
usurper of constitutional government as Maxine Waters. The 
only difference is the brand of tyranny that you prefer.

Both Trump and Waters act like there are only two sides to this 
argument. They act like the whole country is divided between 
the fascists of the right and the socialists of the left. Not true! 
There are millions of Americans from a variety of backgrounds, 
theologies and philosophies that are sick and tired of BOTH 
SIDES. Count me as one of them.

It doesn't matter that everyone agrees with me (or you). What 
matters is that everyone respects the Constitution, Bill of Rights, 
the Declaration of Independence and God's Natural Law and is 
willing to grant to others the same Natural and civil rights as we 
assume for ourselves. Such a perspective is totally lost on both 
Donald Trump and Maxine Waters (and their ilk). And the result 
is a burgeoning civil war.

I'm telling you, any civil war taking shape in this country today 
is a net loss for freedom, no matter which side should prevail. 
I want no part of either...

~Chuck Baldwin
  August 9, 2018