Merry Christmas friends!
Today we celebrate God's gracious providence in the story of the redemption of the human race...
"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son..." -- Galatians 4:4
"And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." -- Luke 2:10-11
We pray that today would be a day of great joy for you regardless of your circumstances as we all intently focus on the intended impact of Jesus' birth for our lives. With that in mind we share the following message from R.J. Rushdoony, mentor of Constitution Party founder Howard Phillips.
Your fellow patriots at the
Constitution Party of Georgia
Photo: Carolers from the Constitution Party - Cherokee County and Canton TEA Party in downtown Holly Springs during the December 22 Christmas Celebration
In their effort to make a point, those who discuss law and government and politics for a living often miss the most crucial – the most critical point of all. So, as we celebrate Christmas, this is a good time to take a deep breath and revisit first principles.
We should remember the political significance of Christmas. Now don’t get distracted by arguments that early Christians latched onto a pre-existing pagan holiday to establish the date of Christmas. That may be true, but it is a distraction from what’s truly important. The important thing is the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
The birth of the Savior is the most significant political event in human history. This bears repeating. The birth of Jesus Christ is the most significant political event in the history of the universe.
This week marks a Christian holiday that figures prominently in America’s history – Thanksgiving Day. Celebrations typically include family gatherings and feasting. For some the day is bittersweet due to loved ones who have passed away since the last gathering. The past few weeks my heart has been filled with a familiar song of praise from King David of Israel:
Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
(1 Chronicles 16:8-10)
Let us follow the example of our nation’s forefathers and focus our Thanksgiving on the One who deserves our thanks and praise – God our Creator who has blessed us with life and liberty.
Prior to and immediately following the vote for Paul Ryan (R-Chamber of Commerce) to be the new Speaker of the House, I went on an Internet/social media rant fest decrying the shortsightedness of conservative House members, particularly members of the Freedom Caucus, who were willing to settle for Ryan, presumably for the sake of getting the Speaker selection over with. See here, here and here.
This has been a tumultuous month for Republican Party politics. Daniel Horowitz commented, “the GOP-led House passed a budget bill and debt ceiling increase that countermands every principle they campaigned on when pursuing majority control of that chamber in 2010. The policy and political outcomes of this vote will be far reaching and gravely consequential.” The subsequent vote by the Senate and election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House are the latest victories of the ruling American duopoly. And with this action the hemorrhaging of the GOP, which has been growing in the grassroots since G.W. Bush’s administration, has now publicly moved into the national leadership of the GOP itself.