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Netanyahu: “July 4 is a time to not take freedom for granted.”

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 4, 2012

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Prime Minister Netanyahu recorded an Independence Day greeting for America.  Netanyahu is a true statesman and carries himself with the dignity of the great man he is.  America is longing for another statesman President of his caliber.  In this address, Netanyahu actually sounds more American than our current President.  He expresses the ideals that have made America great, the ideals that are rooted in America’s JudeoChristian heritage.

Here is a transcript of Netanyahu’s address following a brief introduction.

Even though I can’t be there in person, I want to express my appreciation to President Obama and the American people as you celebrate Independence Day.  You see, because as Israel’s prime minister, I appreciate deeply all that America has done for Israel.  And as the leader of one of the world’s most vibrant democracies – you know how vibrant – I appreciate all the great sacrifices that America has made in order to advance liberty and democracy throughout the world.

America’s Revolution was founded on two very powerful ideas – first, that people should have the right to elect their own leaders and be sovereign over their own destiny.  And second, that the power of those leaders, the power of governments, must be checked so that individual rights will be protected.  I’m always moved, no matter how many years pass, I’m always moved when I read Thomas Jefferson’s words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Precisely.  The American Revolution brought these two powerful ideas together, and they made America a beacon of liberty for all humanity.  Now, you know that the Middle East is undergoing a profound and a stark transformation.   The question arises:  Will these twin ideas, will they become rooted in our region too?  All those who value freedom should remember that to be a real democracy, it is not enough to have a government that represents the majority of the people.  Real democracy also means having a government that respects the rights of each and every individual.  A real democracy is not really about holding popular election – it’s about what happens between elections.  It means ensuring that no one is above the law.  It means protecting free speech, freedom of the press,  freedom of religion.  It means upholding the rights of minorities, gays, women , children – everyone – by ensuring popular sovereignty and individual rights.

The nations of the region can join America and Israel in being genuine democracies.  Now, will this happen?  In the near term, I think we will all agree there is ample reason for skepticism. The forces throughout the region that are rising are not exactly  – how shall it put it – they’re not exactly Jeffersonians – but in the long term, in the long term, I believe there is reason for hope, because with the spread of information technology, it will become increasingly difficult to keep young minds closed, cloistered in darkness.

Ultimately, the power of freedom is bound to prevail.   Ultimately,  people throughout the Middle East will enjoy the rights that we in free societies too often take for granted.   Ladies and gentlemen, July 4 is a time to not take freedom for granted.  It’s a time to be thankful that history granted America the power to match its ideals with action.  It’s a time for free people everywhere to send their best wishes to the United States of America, to the country that has done so much to make the world a safer, freer, and more peaceful place.  So on behalf of the people of Israel, let me wish President Obama and all the American people a happy Independence Day – 0r as they say in small towns across America – Ha’atzmaut.

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What Does it Mean to Woman Up?

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 4, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Governor Palin recently tweeted a not-so-subtle message to President Obama in which she said it is “Time to #womanup and lead.” That, of course, begs the question, “What exactly does it mean to woman up?”

Who among us hasn’t looked at a particular woman, within our own families even, and seen something uniquely powerful about her? Even wrapped in her femininity, she towers above the hardships, the responsibilities, and certainly the pains she faces. In times of abundance, she spends wisely. In times of lack, she tightens the purse. She may be a housewife, a professional, a pregnant college student. Maybe she holds a household together, runs a business, or raises her children–sometimes with the help of a man and sometimes in less than ideal circumstances. Regardless, she’s had to woman up and lead.

Whether male or female, we can each come up with at least one woman we know who fits that description. We admire her tenacity, and we marvel at how she can take the bull by the horns, how she makes the tough decisions, how she commits to doing the right thing.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is credited with saying this about women and leadership:

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.

This isn’t an exercise in hyperbole. There’s definite truth in Thatcher’s observation. Women often manage a budget, feed a family, pay the bills, settle disputes, create a schedule, work a job, clean up other people’s messes, administer tough love, do five things at once, and still look good. This takes nothing away from a man. Certainly, we each know men who stand tall and work hard. I honor them, for I despise male emasculation almost as much as anything. But in my years of life, in my experience, I’ve found that women possess an inner strength that is second to none. We ladies know it, and secure men who know and respect us will admit it, too.

Governor Palin, as a wife, mother of five, first female governor of the state of Alaska, member of Feminists for Life, first female GOP vice presidential nominee, and, I feel confident, a soon-to-be declared 2012 presidential candidate, knows a thing or two about what it means to woman up.

Before I go further, let me make it clear that my desire to see a Palin presidential candidacy is driven not by her gender. Rather, it’s driven by clear evidence that she is the best person for the job. In other words, she’s my candidate of choice not because, as a woman, I simply want to see a fellow sister in that role. In fact, I find it hypocritical that some of the people who support Governor Palin simply because she’s a woman criticize Black people who support President Obama simply because he’s Black. Some people think their gender enthusiasm is somehow okay, while the race enthusiasm is unacceptable. The bottom line is people have their own reasons for getting excited about various candidates. However, wisdom dictates that our chief desire be to see someone in the White House who has the experience, common sense, and intestinal fortitude to do the job, whether it’s a sister or a brothah.

Governor Palin’s twenty years of public service have given her a resume that is both impressive and historic. Her background as a small business owner grants her an understanding of job creation. Her tenure as a mayor helped business boom in her hometown. Her expertise in energy ushered in the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history. And her role as Governor revealed her to be a true fiscal conservative–not when there was no money to spend, but when there was a surplus. Her credentials are indisputable irrespective of gender. Having said that, I submit that being a woman only serves to further qualify her for the most important job in the world. Her ability to woman up, so to speak, only adds to what she already offers the American people.

I draw a lot from my previous experience as a girls’ varsity basketball coach. It afforded me the opportunity to see up close the indomitable spirit possessed by women. Females still find themselves competing without receiving the respect, perks, and roaring applause their male counterparts enjoy. Advancements have been made, yes; however, for the most part, we participate, not out of a thirst for accolades, but out of sheer love for the game. We show up night after night and sacrifice our self-interests for the interests of the team. The ultimate goal is shared victory. While coaching girls is no easy task and presents a set of challenges not present in coaching boys, it also presents unique joys. Exceptions exist, of course, but women tend to be driven to compete because we deem the goal worth the effort. We prove this repeatedly when the applause is not forthcoming, the stands not full, and the big-time contracts not offered. To woman up, therefore, means to leave it all out on the floor, even when it costs you–because you’re driven by heart above all.

Now, think about childbearing. Have you ever wondered why God entrusted women, not men, with this? It’s a painful process, and if women were as weak as some men allege, surely He would have given that responsibility to men. Instead, in His infinite wisdom, He ordained that women would have that task. A simple Google search would reveal a plethora of quotations and jokes about how things would be different if men had to have babies. Some say humans would have long ago become extinct, and even Princess Diana is quoted as saying they’d only manage having one child each. The consensus of opinion seems to be that it takes a woman to tackle what is required to bring life into the world. This sentiment speaks to a woman’s ability to patiently endure the months of waiting, handle the pain of labor, and push–literally–through the resistance to bring forth the life she carries within her. Amazingly, despite all the pain involved, most mothers give birth to multiple children over time, so women are obviously not deterred by the task, even knowing it won’t be easy. I still remember my friend’s husband who, after witnessing the birth of their first child, said he had a newfound respect for women. They now have four. Indeed, to woman up means to not shirk the tough, grueling, and downright painful aspects of life. It involves possessing both the vision to see beyond the now to what is ahead and the courage to go for it.

Throughout history, women have demonstrated an ability to lead, not allowing the looming dangers to hinder them. Remember Harriet Tubman, a conductor of the Underground Railroad, abolitionist, Union spy during the Civil War, first woman to lead an armed assault during the war, women’s suffragist, and nurse. Commonly called the Moses of her People, she exemplified a passion that guided her actions and fortified her through what can only be described as about as close to hell as one can get. She deemed freedom worth the risks and sacrifices she faced. Having secured her own freedom, she made several trips back to the South to free others. Who would have blamed her if she had faded into obscurity and lived her own life, free of the pressures and life-threatening challenges she encountered each time? But nay. She put the “woman” in woman up. Interestingly enough, if Tubman–a Republican, of course–lived during our time, she would, no doubt, be called a sell-out, a terrorist, and a hostage taker. Her motives would be questioned, and surely she’d be labeled a media whore by those who don’t appreciate people who stand on principle.

Governor Palin has had everything thrown at her for simply taking on the task of serving the country she loves. She has often praised other women who have not fully shattered the glass ceiling but have managed to put some cracks in it. The onslaught of sexist, elitist, and revisionist attacks waged against her would have destoyed a much weaker vessel long ago. But she has chosen to woman up and remain in the fight.

Governor Palin epitomizes what it means to woman up and lead. Like that female athlete, she shows up night after night, sacrifices her own self-interests, and puts it all out there for the benefit of the team–for America. Even without a title, she has led on every major issue we’ve been facing. Like the woman entrusted with bringing life into the world, she is willing to be stretched, to push, to endure the current pain for the sake of future generations. It’s an uncomfortable process, but one she’s deemed worthwhile. Like Harriet Tubman, she refuses to sit back and do nothing when liberty is on the line. There’s a price to be paid so that our children and grandchildren can live and breathe free, and she’s paying that price. Unyieldingly, she takes a stand–hardships and all–with an army of people following, many of whom have found the courage, through her example, to take a stand as well.

Those who support Governor Palin are aware of her accomplishments. We know she has the executive experience to put this nation back on the right track. We trust her character, which has withstood scrutiny from every possible angle. And though she’s been leading on the national stage for three years already, we look forward to the day when she makes it official. Governor Palin is the only person in the field of candidates who has the complete package, and for that reason we continue to support her. Add to that the passion, courage, and strength often found in such abundant measure in women, and we’ve found the leader America needs at this crucial time in her history.

Governor Palin’s tweet was basically a challenge to President Obama to step it up, to lead as a qualified, disciplined, and principled woman would lead–as she herself leads. The problem is he simply doesn’t have it in him–not the experience, not the common sense, and not the ability, frankly, to “#womanup and lead.” Governor Palin, you’re going to have to take over from here. You’ve already been doing what you’ve asked the President to do, so we simply await your announcement to do so officially. A multitude of Americans are with you.

I am reminded of the famous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech by Sojourner Truth, another strong woman from whom we can draw inspiration. She delivered this at the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. A portion of her speech reads:

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!

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Sarah Palin: America’s Duct Tape

Posted by Karen Allen on May 20, 2010

I am sure over the next few days there will be far more eloquent and talented authors than myself who will be able to articulate the gargantuan of a canyon our president continues to carve in the middle of America’s heartland. What started as a crack has turned into a gorge of division that our nation has not experienced in a long time. Sometimes, a shake up is necessary….this however, is a shakedown.

I was horrified…yes, an appropriate word…to watch today as our president stood shoulder to shoulder with Mexican president Felipe Calderon and effectively became a turncoat against a part of our Union. When did it become acceptable for a president of the United States of America to join another country in tearing down and degrading one of our own member states? It just feels treasonous to me.

It’s been debated whether any of the critics of the Arizona immigration law SB1070 have even read it in full. It’s only fifteen pages…far less than the two thousand plus of the health reform bill. Why don’t some of our elected officials and their paid staff take a minute between tee times and extramarital affairs to find out what the heck is going on in America? I’d love to see a reality show where the citizens of Arizona take a DC hack to the field and let him or her experience the violence and fear of living beneath a reign of terror due to illegal invasions. This is not about preventing some poor Mexicans from working on farms…this is about national security with a gaping border allowing drug cartels and terrorists from other countries free access. Seriously, what is wrong with our president?!

When Governor Palin said, “Politically, if I die, I die,” it was with the understanding that even if she never ran for an office again, it wasn’t going to stop her from standing up on her soapbox, wherever it might be stationed. I’m thankful for that and how she has stood up for the state of Arizona and their right to protect themselves, with no apology. She isn’t alone. There are many in the same fight for our country, and she is quick to acknowledge them. One thing though that has been distinct in Governor Palin’s approach is how she has been a unifier among Americans from all walks of life.

Understand that while Sarah Palin has never backed down from pointing out the wrongs being done by President Obama and his administration, she has also never retreated from associations many, even in her own party, see as pariahs. Folks that are often categorized as rednecks, teabaggers, and Bible thumpers will find a friend in Governor Palin because she sees them as Americans just like any others, not freaks that liberals think necessary to make fun of and rant against. Not stopping there, she has strong supporters across all racial, religious, and social lines…Americans are Americans, and they all deserve Constitutional respect in her eyes.

This is a truth that the left has not figured out. Instead they constantly moan and ask, “Why does anyone listen to her?” Or my all time favorite, “Her kids are just being used as props.” Listen up! As a mother of four, I can tell you it is far easier to leave the kids at home. Far. Easier. Why does she do it? The same reason I drag mine around…I love them, and I want them to experience things they may never get another chance to do.

Anyway, lest even one politician think that these apparently delusional Palin supporters I speak of are far and few between, do allow me to point out that they make up workers from every marketplace and station in life you can name….from Wal-mart cashier to successful business owner to stay at home mom…and they all have votes. They are many. You are few. Don’t say you didn’t know. Just told ya. Right here.

According to an online dictionary, “Conflation occurs when the identities of two or more individuals, concepts, or places, sharing some characteristics of one another, become confused until there seems to be only a single identity — the differences appear to become lost.” In my opinion, conflation has occurred with the identity of President Obama. He is synonymous with a chisel and hammer, dividing and separating our country into sides so diametrically opposed to one another that it seems nearly impossible to overcome.

But what I can hold onto is that conflation has also occurred with the identity of Governor Palin. She has become synonymous with open arms, the heart of a giant, and the courage to be the mama grizzly that says to us, “Wait a sec, let me eat this intruder, and then we’ll move along.” Sarah Palin is not anti-immigrant, anti-people different than herself, or even anti-vegan. What she does promote is national security, common sense, and freedom based on our Constitution. What can possibly be wrong with those things?

I’ve decided I won’t fear President Obama’s continual digging at our nation’s unity because I will be shovel ready come election time, and as Governor Palin reminds us, “…we know that there is nothing wrong with America, that together we can’t fix as Americans.”

Find me on Twitter! @Karen_Allen

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The First Things First Mandate

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 30, 2009

By Adrienne Ross –

Before I get into the subject of this post, let me stop and warn those who don’t like to mix faith into, well, anything really, that this post does go down that road. I pray that you are totally comfortable with God, His place within our nation, and the urgency to seek Him at this time.

I was reminded over the last couple days of the battle that so many of us are engaged in. People today are doing their part–no matter how small it may seem–for the future of America. Clearly, we are living in a time that seems stressful and overwhelming, yet it’s also one of the most exciting times in our history. I say that because people who had never done anything before, maybe never even cared before, are standing up and speaking out. People have realized that this is not someone else’s country, but it’s their country and they have to rally the change they want to see. Like never before, housewives, businessmen, actors, and teachers, to name a few, are figuring out what they can do to make a difference. They’re going to TEA parties and knocking doors for candidates. They’re attending town halls and calling their legislators. They’re starting to blog and meeting with like-minded people. The bottom line is they are feeling the urgency of the hour. They are sensing a desperation and are discerning that it’s not enough to want more; they have to do more.

I agree. I, too, am trying to do my part to make a difference, to be a voice, to take a stand. But sometimes when we discern a problem, we miss the root of that problem. Not discerning that root is costly because it often causes us to bypass the first things first mandate.

In just the last two days, I’ve come to understand deeper what we’re dealing with. I sense within me that we are in the heat of a major battle, but it’s not a battle based solely in a “what-can-I-do?” movement. Yes, we must do. God forbid we do nothing. But I’m sensing the depth of this battle we are engaged in–and it’s a spiritual battle. It’s a fight for the hearts and minds of people. It’s a fight for God’s plan for America and Americans, which is under attack. I know, I know, some people would prefer to keep God out of it. That’s part of the problem. God cannot be kept out of anything without disaster ensuing!

In the midst of our blogging, our tea partying, and our rallying, God help us to understand that apart from Him we can do nothing. And when hell begins to break loose, as it seems to have done this week, we must understand what is going on–and we cannot have that understanding apart from Him. When we act apart from Him, we go off half-cocked trying to deal with every situation in our own strength, by our own means, and through our own wisdom. And the result of that? We get our own results. This may feel good, look good, and smell good for the moment, but it equals zero in the end.

I have, in the last couple days, seen people willing to embrace rumors rather than believe the best. I have seen people choose to quit rather than stand firm–simply because seeds of doubt were placed within them. I have seen people turn those doubts into accusation, insult, and all-out campaigning for others to join them in their deception. I have experienced mounting anger myself as I have watched it all unfold.

But last night God reminded me of what we’re dealing with. God does have a plan. However, His plan, as it draws closer and closer, is always met with opposition. Such opposition involves the very things I’ve mentioned: deception, severing of relationships, slander. It happens without fail, yet so often we fall into the same habit of responding in the flesh rather than walking in the Spirit. The former leads to frustration. The latter brings added wisdom and an understanding of what is really going on. It brings vision of the bigger picture and refocusing on what we’ve truly been called to do: intercede, walk by faith, and battle in the Spirit.

This message is urgent because the battle is intensifying, as many who are spiritually sensitive to what is going on will tell you.

Love of nation must be accompanied by dependency on God. America needs that, our leaders need that, and our future depends on that. Any actions taken, no matter how noble, are fruitless without our being “one nation under God.”

Many of us have found ourselves disappointed with politics and politicians, wondering where are those who are supposed to serve for the right reasons and do the right things. They may be few and far between, but they do exist. Let’s not be deceived. Those who have sacrificed and served in some way, those who paid a price for loving their nation and speaking up for her, those who have been called for this time are also the ones on whom the maligners, the defamers, and the mud-throwers have declared open season. They are those whose names and reputations have been given a beating by those who make a living feasting off them. They are those we need to be praying for. Sarah Palin is one of those people. I support her because she is one of those. And let me make it clear: Those, like Sarah, who have that call carry the weight of that call. Because they are at the center of the battle, they bear a burden most of us will never understand, much less experience ourselves.

Understand, the support of those who have committed themselves to answering God’s call is not a fan club or a rock concert. It’s spiritual warfare, and though we get out there and defend, and blog, and everything else we do, we must battle first on our knees. First things first. It’s necessary, it’s serious, it’s crucial–and it’s NOW.

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