THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

July 27, 2013

MSNBC Host and Her Pop Science Strike Again

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Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC weekend host, can’t make up her mind about parent power. First she states that AFTER a child is born it actually belongs more to the community than the parents to be raised properly. Now she is defending a woman’s right to choose abortion by saying that BEFORE the child is born, it is not the medical (or any other) community, but the parent who decides when that life actually began, or begins. In her thinking, the preborn has no inalienable right to life. The parents have absolute rights before the baby is born, but absolutely no rights afterward. See for yourself in her latest comments:

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HER FORMER DRIVEL

I hope pop psychology and sociology is getting less pop. Understand that postmodern thought doesn’t have to make sense or be consistent, it simply has to be unconventional in order to be popular. Common sense is really getting a workout these days. Remember that God’s natural law (“the laws of nature and nature’s God”) is always the same for all people in all cultures at all times. Truth will always be truth no matter what Ms. Harris-Perry says…or anyone else, for that matter.

Malachi 3:6a and Psalm 90

July 2, 2013

The Declaration of Independence: Our American Creed

IST-IS162RM-00000177-001As Americans, do we really know the importance of the Declaration of Independence? It is not simply a 237-year-old  list of grievances given to the King of England, although that is part of it, but it is a declaration “to a candid world” of what we believe about humanity and government. It is our unique American Creed. As Thomas Jefferson stated, “It was intended to be an expression of the American mind…to place before mankind the common sense of the subject.” (letter to Richard Henry Lee, May 8, 1825). Six years earlier, Jefferson wrote that the Declaration of Independence was a “Declaratory Charter of our rights, and of the rights of man.” (letter to Samuel Wells, May 12, 1819). Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “charter” as:

1. A written instrument, executed with usual forms, given as evidence of a grant, contract, or whatever is done between man and man. In its more usual sense, it is the instrument of a grant conferring powers, rights and privileges, either from a king or other sovereign power, or from a private person, as a charter of exemption, that no person shall be empannelled on a jury, a charter of pardon, &c. The charters under which most of the colonies in America were settled, were given by the king of England, and incorporated certain persons, with powers to hold the lands granted, to establish a government, and make laws for their own regulation. These were called charter-governments.

2. Any instrument, executed with form and solemnity, bestowing rights or privileges.

JeffersonJefferson understood the Declaration as a pronouncement of human rights conferred. I would submit to you that the “sovereign power” conferring these rights upon us is God Almighty. In fact, God is referenced at least four times in the document from Whom man receives endowments and entitlements and to Whom man makes his appeal: Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, Our Creator, The Supreme Judge of the World, and Divine Providence. These four acknowledgements reveal the legislative, judicial, and executive nature of the Almighty. (Sound familiar? See also Isaiah 33:22 and James 4:12)

If one would strive to categorize the 27 grievances listed in the Declaration, one would see that the issues taken with the British Crown dealt with the lack of what we would call a “separation of powers” (thus the King was dubbed tyrannical). The harshest words were reserved for grievances dealing with the lack of “limited government” power, and, of course, there was the lack of “representation.” These three concepts became central to our Constitution and the new government which it organized.

I have saved the most obvious for last. Besides the observations mentioned above, there are at least 12 principles mentioned outright in the text of the Declaration of Independence (before and after the list of grievances) that show us the “American mind” of 1776 and the charter of rights to which Jefferson referred. I challenge you to read the Declaration and find them in the text. Here are the 12 principles listed in the order in which they appear in the document:

1) National Sovereignty, 2) Natural Law, 3) Self-evident Truth, 4) Human Equality, 5) Inalienable Rights, 6) the Inalienable Right to Life, 7) the Inalienable Right to Liberty, 8) the Inalienable Right to Property (characterized as the Pursuit of Happiness), 9) the Primary Purpose of Government (to secure and protect our rights), 10) Popular Sovereignty, 11) Federalism and States’ Rights, and finally, the principle of  12) Divine Providence.

This is the American Creed. And these are the foundational principles upon which our U.S. Constitution is based. Our sixth President, John Quincy Adams, fluently and grandly spoke to this truth in an 1839 address:

Now the virtue which had been infused into the Constitution of the United States, and was to give to its vital existence, the stability and duration to which it was destined, was no other than the concretion of JQAdamsthose abstract principles which had been first proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence – namely, the self-evident truths of the natural and unalienable rights of man, of the indefeasible constituent and dissolvent sovereignty of the people, always subordinate to a rule of right and wrong, and always responsible to the Supreme Ruler of the universe for the rightful exercise of that sovereign, constituent, and dissolvent power.

This was the platform upon which the Constitution of the United States had been erected. Its VIRTUES, its republican character, consisted in its conformity to the principles proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, and as its administration must necessarily be always pliable to the fluctuating varieties of public opinion; its stability and duration by a like overruling and irresistible necessity, was to depend upon the stability and duration in the hearts and minds of the people of that virtue, or in other words, of those principles, proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, and embodied in the Constitution of the United States.  (Speech to The New York Historical Society, April 30, 1839)

Our beloved Constitution is based on the principles written into the Declaration of Independence. No wonder we celebrate July 4 and September 17! It is a celebration of what we hold dear as a nation. It is a celebration of our American Creed!

On July 4, remember our American Creed, the Declaration of Independence. Read it! Love it! Celebrate it! John Adams was our second President, father to John Quincy, and founding father to all Americans. I leave you with his reason for celebration–prophetic words which he penned in a letter to his wife, Abigail, the day following the vote on independence on July 2, 1776:

john_adamsThe second day of July, 1776, will be memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great Anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever.
You will think me transported with enthusiasm; but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of light and glory; I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph…

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. – Psalm 33:12

January 24, 2013

Hillary Clinton: “What difference does it make?”

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HClinton-what difference does it make(Lady Liberty 1885 – 2013)

January 1, 2013

Unhappy New Year–Thanks to Congress

Filed under: economics,lame duck,leadership — danielhite @ 11:12 pm
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What a way to start 2013. Americans must wake up to the cowardice that is leading us. This first legislation of  the new year (“Fiscal Cliff”) is symptomatic of the lack of courage and concern to protect our future. Years ago, we used to play “kick the can” in the alley behind our home in St. Louis. That was a game. What Congress has done is no game. They are simply trying to frantically manipulate a fragile economy rather than courageously make the tough decisions we need. These political games must stop. A two-month breather will only play further havoc with the economy, because there is no political will to do the right thing, the sane thing, the responsible thing…fix the real problem, not the symptoms. Americans must wake up and stand for the truth rather than fall for the rhetoric. I, for one, will do everything in my power to continue to educate myself and those around me regarding responsible citizenship: standing for truth and exposing the lies of relativism, pragmatism, and expediency.

November 12, 2012

A Reflection on the Election: America’s “New Society”

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Society in America has changed. Where the foundations of truth and goodness once stood, now is a mixture of pragmatism and pluralistic ethics. Our educational system, once the envy of the world, has abandoned the philosophy of our founding forebears and fully embraced the progressive agenda of its nineteenth and twentieth century reformers. The system has reared several generations in a sociology of growing antagonism toward the traditional family and church, and the propagation of a revisionist, postmodern worldview. Truth has become relative and goodness lost.

The election of 2012 proves the point. In what appears to be a fair and judicious process, the numerical results show a majority of pragmatic voters who do not know their history or the principles upon which America was founded. We voted our pocketbooks over our principles, and our devalued values over the historic, God-honored and time-tested virtues of Biblical morality. We have rejected the timeless truth and exchanged it for the lie of temporary comfort and safety. Our new society has bought into the oldest lie in the book, “Yea, hath God said…?” (Genesis 3:1)

Now, the church is to be the “pillar and ground of truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), its guardian and support. Just as our nation’s chief executive, legislators, and judges are to preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution, so the church is to preserve, protect, and defend God’s truth. Goodness and rightness are lost when the truth is compromised. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3) Not much. History and God’s truth tell us that certain judgment is just around the corner.

We believers, who are the church, must remember who we are, we must repent, and must repeat the good works of the past, or God will remove our position as light bearers and leave us in cultural darkness (Revelation 2:5), to be tread upon like savorless salt (Matthew 5:13).

In the long term, our educational system must be recovered and reclaimed to once again teach the truth of the ages. In the short term, we must pray and act; pray fervently without ceasing, and act wisely and decisively without hesitation. The age-old foundations must be repaired and the old paths restored. (Isaiah 58:12; Jeremiah 6:16) If not the church, then whom?

Finney said the church must take “right ground” in politics. I believe he is right on this point:

The Church must take right ground in regard to politics…The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics…God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation were becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you, he does see it, and God will bless or curse this nation according to the course they take.

                                     – Charles Finney, from Lecture XV, Lectures on Revivals of Religion

If there is no room for a third party in our current system and no time to change it, then the Republican party must be recovered, repopulated and reorganized before it is too late. Christians must enter the political arena with their message and a method to make America’s “new society” a renewed society.

October 1, 2012

Last Ounce of Courage

Filed under: Liberty — danielhite @ 8:58 am
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Here is my review of a fine traditional values film called “Last Ounce of Courage,” which I recommend heartily:

Lookout, your worldview is showing. The overwhelming negativity in the critic’s corner is a sure bet that there is something positive about traditional values in this flick. “Last Ounce of Courage” may not be a Hollywood-grade Oscar nominee, but it is far from the tripe that typically hails from Tinseltown. This movie reveals the content of an American’s heart–something that is either there or not there. That something is a faith-based patriotism, surely something that is unpopular inside and outside the Tinseltown city limits, and certainly not apparent in the critic’s corner. I look for the ring of truth in a movie. That ring cannot resonate in a vacuum. It needs something solid and of the same quality to reverberate off of. American exceptionalism and common sense are not dead. They just need a little stirring. I think “Last Ounce” does very well at stirring what hidden courage is still out there. I say, “bravo” to Rocky Mountain Pictures! Shout it from the mountaintops.

August 10, 2012

Why Akin Won

One word characterizes the MO Senate primary win – integrity. Todd Akin’s constituency has learned to trust and appreciate him.

Akin and grandsons at election night victory party

Why? Because he is an honest man of his word, by the grace of God. (The Congressman will be the first to admit that.) The Akin campaign staff and volunteers are not just in it for the money, the win, or anything else. They are in it for Todd and the conservative cause he characterizes. He is honest, trustworthy, and approachable. There’s no dirt or skeletons. He is a man of conviction and principle. That is why he can be trusted even if one may not always agree with a particular vote. You know he is voting wholesome, Godly, traditional values.

Some are uncomfortable with Akin’s frequent expression of his faith. I think there is absolutely nothing to fear. He knows his American history and that our founding fathers believed in personal faith and in public reliance on “Divine Providence,” yet without any establishment of a national religion. Acknowledgment and establishment are two completely different things. You will not see Todd Akin cross that line. Todd Akin is a proponent of everything that has made America great. He acknowledges our historic trust in God as well as the Divine endowment of our inalienable rights. He is a protector of the family, the cell of our civilization, as well as a defender of our personal, political, and economic liberties.

You cannot buy trust. You cannot purchase true loyalty. They are earned. And Todd Akin has earned this win with his life and service. May God multiply his tribe and may God continue to bless America!

August 4, 2012

Experience Counts in Desperate Times

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government,
our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
–Samuel Adams, Patriot (1780)

Now is that time, and the U.S. Senate race in Missouri is that battleground seat. Without proven and tested representation at the highest levels of leadership, it appears that the ruin of our republic is imminent. Let me make a few points:

  • The U.S. Senate is not the place to start an untested, inexperienced person in office. We need solid, conservative experience in this high office. (Look what inexperience got us in the Oval Office.)
  • Proven character is needed to avoid the landmines of indulgence, pride, and position.
  • Experience is needed to maneuver around high powered lobbying inside and outside the D.C. beltway.
  • A seasoned veteran is needed on “day one” to understand and use the convoluted rules of the legislative process.

TODD AKIN IS THE ONLY SENATE CANDIDATE WITH THIS EXPERIENCE.

Of the 435 Representatives in the House, Todd Akin is ranked 21st most conservative by a range of very conservative watchdog groups. (See Chart) Did you get that?? 21 out of 435! That’s in the top 5%–way above some of the most noted and popular conservatives.

Todd Akin is being maliciously maligned and mischaracterized by opponents who know he cannot be controlled by party, big money, establishment–anybody or anything other than bedrock Constitutional principle. They are twisting and misinterpreting his conservative record. They are impugning his motives and actions. They will do anything to win. But Todd will not go after them in the same manner. He will show respect even to the disrespectful. Todd Akin represents the values of God-fearing, Constitutional-loving patriots as one who will stand for faith, family, and freedom. Todd is a man of faith who loves God, who protects family, and who cherishes liberty. He will protect those values. His rhetoric and his record show this to be true. Todd does not simply aspire to high office, he aspires to serve his country, his constituents, and his Creator.

Todd Akin represents my values and he has my wholehearted endorsement and my vote.

TODD AKIN NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR VOTE ON AUGUST 7.

July 28, 2012

Real Leadership

Now this is real leadership…leadership for such a time as this. When opponents are out of ideas and things to say about themselves, they resort to personal and professional attacks. It is the publishing of those half-truths-turned-lies that show a genuine LACK of  leadership…a real character deficit–and certainly not U.S. Senate caliber. That is why I support Todd Akin for U.S. Senate from Missouri. He understands our times and knows what to do. He will represent Missouri well and help lead us through this present darkness back into the light. He represents my values and I am glad to unequivocally endorse him and lend my name wholeheartedly as his supporter. On August 7, please vote for Todd Akin for U.S. Senate. He has the full dimension of leadership we need. See for yourself:

40 Days to Save America

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Watch – Pray – Act

July 14, 2012

On Representation: Character is the Issue

When it comes to elections, voters and supporters use various yardsticks in choosing a candidate. Certainly issues, platforms and voting records are important, but one of the more recent and popular means is eyeing the individual campaign coffers. Deep pockets could mean out-advertising your opponents and saturating voters with your message, thus winning a media victory. Many campaign pundits and political junkies “follow the money” in this way, informing their predictions as well as their support. Be advised: Marshall McCluan’s 1960’s platitude, “Media is the message,” and his book, Media is the Massage, (not a typo) characterize this current political landscape perfectly. Massaging “the truth” with sound bites and mischaracterizations sells the uninformed electorate (as well as the politically savvy) a bill of goods. Whatever happened to character?

Instant internet information, sound bites and elevator version mission statements bespeak an electorate that does not take the time to get to know a candidate inside and out–to examine the character and constitution of a proposed public servant. What you see is what you get–be careful, looks can be deceiving. I don’t like what I hear–who are you listening to? Get rid of all incumbents–so the inexperienced can be manipulated by the DC insiders and bureaucrats? There is only one remedy for all this–character.

How do you know a candidate’s character? Be careful, this may get personal. Our culture has gotten so shallow in this area that many community candidate forums now disallow personal questions, and will only take issue-related questions. How sad. Our only public forums do not allow us to really get to know a candidate. Family, business, personal habits, religion, experience, should all be open season for individual and group settings. If a candidate can’t pass the smell test on these values-related issues, then how can I trust them with representing my values in the political arena? It takes time to develop solid character as well as to identify it. That is why homegrown, observed leadership is the best way, and then trusted endorsements and properly interpreted voting records are the next best. Hugo Grotius, 17th century Dutch philosopher and jurist wisely said,

He knows not how to rule a kingdom, that cannot manage a province; nor can he wield a province, that cannot order a city; nor he order a city, that knows not how to regulate a village; nor he a village, that cannot guide a family; nor can that man govern well a family that knows not how to govern himself; neither can any govern himself unless his reason be lord, will and appetite her vassals; nor can reason rule unless herself be ruled by God, and be obedient to Him.

There is no substitute for character–having it or observing it. Selecting representatives of proven character is the best way to insure solid representation. Even if a constituent may disagree with a particular issue, confidence is high in knowing that a reasoned and principled vote was offered by that representative. When character is not the baseline for choosing representatives, then voting records are subject to French revolution-style “mobocracy” (what our founding fathers called democracy)–the whim of the majority–and our historic republican/representative form of government is short-changed, cheapened, and eventually discarded.

By the way, Happy Bastille Day. (Certainly nothing to celebrate in America)

June 27, 2012

Evangelical Version of Popular Vote Video

Pass this video around to all your friends who love freedom:

 

June 23, 2012

Sage Advice for Voters from Noah Webster

Filed under: Constitution,history,leadership,Liberty,voting — danielhite @ 10:30 am
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Noah Webster in his 1832 “History of the United States,” Chapter XIX “Advice to the Young,” #49:

49. When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of the Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it my be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws. Intriguing men can never safely be trusted.

This is why I am supporting and voting for Todd Akin for U.S. Senator from Missouri.

I know the Congressman and his family personally. They are the real deal. I believe Todd Akin would qualify for an endorsement from Noah Webster! He is pro-family, pro-faith, pro-liberty, and pro-Constitution, pro-limited government, pro-balanced budget–a fiscal and social conservative. I couldn’t give anyone a higher recommendation. Todd’s conservative record proves his principled approach to government as well as his commitment to principle over party. He understands the difference between conviction and preference and I trust him to represent my values and the values of Missourians. Todd Akin has my unconditional support in this important primary and election and I ask all Missourians to consider supporting his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

June 17, 2012

Father’s Day

Everyone has been influenced by their father. Hopefully it has been a good influence. Even if the influences were negative, they can be turned around for good in your life, if you will let them.

My father passed on a strong work ethic and sense of right and wrong. He was opinionated. He was a strong provider–he brought home the bacon. Dad was not perfect, but he was still Dad–not just a biological father–and I love him for that. My dad passed away just three weeks before my 18th birthday. I suppose you could make a case for that being a critical time in my life, but I suppose every facet of childhood and young adulthood is critical. Anyway, everyone has their own father story, and they are all important…because fatherhood is important. I think God thinks it is important. God has made fathers the guardians and preservers of human life itself. Fathers bestow it, mothers nurture it. Dads and moms influence it.

The Bible makes an interesting prophetic statement in the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.  –Malachi 4:5,6

A culture will be blessed if its fathers are respected and responsible. God bless our fathers. They are worthy of a day of honor.

May 21, 2012

Which worldview will win?

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In America, three worldviews are on a collision course to dominate the culture. Two are collectively mandated, one is individually voluntary. Two violate freedom of conscience, one honors it. Americans need to know the differences; Christians need to know the differences. Everyone needs to be able to recognize the incremental signs that move us towards each of these worldviews. That is what this mini-worldview weekend is all about. America needs to wake up and this event can help sound the alarm.

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Pastors and their families attend for free. Call for details.

This is a great opportunity to hear three wonderful speakers:

  • Friday night, July 20, 7-9:30 pm – William  Federer:  Best-selling Author, Historian, Lecturer
  • Saturday morning, July 21, 9:30-noon – Michael Cordner:  Researcher, Author, Lecturer
  • Saturday afternoon, July 21, 1-3:30 pm – Daniel Ford:  Historian/Collector, Author, Lecturer
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