Watchmen On the Wall - FRC

Prayer Targets: Dr. Larry Arnn; Trump Speech; Obama Warfare; Transgender Push; Israel

March 01, 2017

Jesus replied "You are in error because you do not know the Scripture or the power of God." Mt 22:29

Dear Praying Friends,

Dr. Larry P. Arnn,President of Hillsdale College, has had a stellar career as a conservative leader and academician (see bio). Arnn has written three books, and received many awards and recognitions for his service to our nation. Founder and for 15 years president of the Claremont Institute, he was offered the presidency of the Heritage Foundation in 2012, but he chose to remain at Hillsdale. The excerpt below is from his The Founders' Key: The Divine and Natural Connection between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It.

On October 22, 2009, a reporter asked speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, "Where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?" She replied, "Are you serious? Are you serious?"

Just a few months later, on March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which establishes that individual mandate in law. An hour before the vote, Speaker Pelosi spoke "with great pride and great humility." She said that by passing the act, the House would "honor the vows of our Founders, who, in the Declaration of Independence, said that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

It seems that Speaker Pelosi likes one of the two great pillars of our Founding, but not the other. The Declaration is a thing to be honored with pride and humility, but only by means that have no reference to the Constitution. The two great documents are disconnected in her mind. They are the two sides of a house divided, straining to pull it apart.

Nor is her reverence for the Declaration quite what it seems. No one who wrote that document defined the term "right" to mean free health care or to justify a law requiring all with money to purchase medical insurance so that those with none may have it for free. Just as the Speaker abandons the Constitution, so she alters the meaning of the Declaration. Nor is she alone. She stands in a long line of statesmen and academics who regard both documents in a very different light from those who wrote them. We Americans have today very mixed views about the meaning and merit of our major Founding documents. [F]ew of us are devoted to them both in the sense in which they are written...

Consider the Declaration... Universal in scope and divine in elevation, it is written in tones of majesty. It celebrates blessings that come directly from God and are known through the reason with which He created us. It proclaims the inclusion of every human being -- past, present, and future -- in its reach. No nation is left out. No era is excluded. People in the streets of Cairo or Havana, protesting the modern military despots who rule over them, may call upon it for justification. The Hungarians of 1956, crushed by Soviet tanks, uttered its phrases with their last gasps of freedom. The helots under the Spartan lash, the slave-rowers squandering their substance in the Roman galleys, are wrapped in its embracing principles...

And who are these Founders, anyway, to lecture us about right and wrong? Who are they to say that there is one truth for every age and time, one set of principles to command us today? We live in an age so modern as to make their quill pens and their bowing absurd...We have done so much more than those men in their powdered wigs. Why should they tell us the rules under which we must live? ... The proslavery statesman John Calhoun, offended by its proclamation of equality, called the Declaration "the most false and dangerous of all political errors." ... Woodrow Wilson said that it was obsolete, written for an age that believed in the theories of Isaac Newton and regarded government as a mechanism. That age, Wilson believed, was now superseded by Darwin and the theory of evolution, which allows us to see that government is a living organism, one that must change over time..." For John Dewey, the Constitution's view of liberty was "relative to the forces that at a given time and place are increasingly felt to be oppressive."

Arnn documents the beauties of and historic challenges to the Declaration and the Constitution. Most of the Founders held a biblical worldview, even those who ultimately were not orthodox Christians. The documents are under wholesale assault today. At the root of our national divide is ignorance and deception due to the biblical illiteracy of the people (37 percent of Americans see Socialism as better than Capitalism -- see ACFI Surveys: Ideology Gap Separating Americans; How Many Adults Have a Biblical Worldview).

President Trump's Speech to Congress -- The president's speech was well received, even by many leading Democrats, and could be a factor in bringing America a little closer together, even if only briefly (see video and Transcript HERE). Thanks be to God!

Obamacare Warfare -- Many hard working Americans are sick of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA), having born the pain of shockingly higher premiums, little choice of policies, no ability to keep their own doctors, high deductibles, and thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses before insurance benefits kick in. Then there are the fines assessed on American's annual tax returns for failing to purchase approved insurance. As if that weren't bad enough, Obamacare premiums and tax dollars are going to pay for abortions.

While the president and Republicans are working hard to repeal and replace this failed program, it is proving more difficult to do than it is to talk about it. FRC has favored repealing Obamacare through the reconciliation process, just as it was passed in the last session in both the House and Senate, have the President sign it, and then take the time (two years built in) to thoughtfully produce a healthcare plan that will succeed. Meanwhile, across the country, organized volunteer protestors have been high-jacking Republican Congressmen's town hall meetings. Their goal is to disrupt any meaningful dialogue between the members and their constituents, to defame President Trump, and demand that Congress keep Obamacare in place. President Trump, who seriously considered "just doing nothing for two years" so that the Democrats (who passed the ACA without a single GOP vote) "would come begging" for something to be done, ultimately decided: "we cannot do that to the American people," and called for it to be repealed and replaced simultaneously.

ACA was built upon a faulty ideological premise that the government has the responsibility to provide health care to everyone by taking money away from some and giving it to others. What we must not do is give the American people another program built on the same faulty foundation that has been untested and fraught with unintended consequences, with numbers that do not add up, or with even a hint of abortion or abortifacient drugs being part of the equation. There are many unanswered questions.

Unfortunately the only way this bill can be passed, with Democrats attempting to obstruct it, is through the budget reconciliation process. This is the strategy Republicans used in 2015 to pass a bill gutting Obamacare and largely ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood. President Obama vetoed it, of course, but Congress succeeded in showing that it could be done. Tony Perkins says, "The clock is running out on the most important decision for a generation: toppling Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood." Tell them to move on reconciliation -- before it's too late! (See Ill Will on Health Care, GOP's New Plan to Repeal Obamacare; Brady Bunch tries to hurry Obamacare)

  • May God help Congress build a truly workable bill that will fully resolve the problems Obamacare has created, and help the American people while maintaining the free market and rejecting socialist principles. May He give a spirit of excellence and wisdom to all who are involved in crafting the bill. (1 Kg 4:29-30; Dan 5:12; 6:3; 1 Cor 4:2; Gal 5:1)

Transgender Push Persists, but Common Sense is Prevailing -- President Trump recently issued an executive order rescinding the Obama DOJ and DOE's transgender "guidance" which required all U.S. public schools to allow boys and girls who self-identify as transgendered to use the school bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, etc., of their choice, on the threat of the school's losing federal funding. President Trump's order pushes the issue back to the states, so LGBT activists will be working overtime to advance their agenda in the states and localities. Some localities, like Fairfax, Va., succumbed to the Obama mandate even before it was issued, despite overwhelming opposition. LGBT activists hoping for a federal mandate are now focused on the U.S. Supreme Court and the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old Gloucester County, Va. girl who identifies as a boy and has won an appeals court ruling against her school board affirming her unlimited bathroom rights. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 28th. Meanwhile, the Department of Housing and Urban Development faces a last-minute Obama policy requiring public housing to provide gender-free, group housing and bathing facilities -- a matter that must yet be addressed (see Trump Rescinds Policy; 2/3 of Americans Praise Trump on Order; FRC on the Turnabout; Virginia Teen on National Stage; Texas Bill, like NC HB2 is still in Play; Arkansas Victory, Fairfax, VA?; Trump needs his HUD examined).

  • Thank God for the president's executive order stopping what has seemed to be a rolling freight train. May the Supreme Judge of the world move the Supreme Court to rule aright in the transgender case if they choose to hear it. May Americans continue to rise up in their localities and states to make sure their children and society are protected from this agenda. (Dt 28:all; Jdg 5: all; Ps 103:19; Ps 110:3; Pr 8:15-16; Mt 6:13; 18:16)

Finally, please pray: 1) FRC is urging the president to issue a religious liberty executive order to protect pastors, churches, and people of religious conviction from being forced to bow to such radical requirements as those outlined above (see Perkins' statement); 2) Because the president is receiving constant negative assaults from organized groups, the left-wing press, moneyed manipulators, and grass roots letter writing campaigns, it is essential that believers who helped get him elected send letters and make telephone calls to the White House to let him know how rank-and-file believers are thinking. We need to encourage the president on his actions with which we agree. Our prayers and words of encouragement will help amid the tense spiritual warfare taking place in Washington and across the nation. Contact the White House; 3) U.S./Israel relationship; 4) Sanctuary cities; 5) The spirit behind opposition & division. Thank you very much for praying!