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Mother and child

by Marie Jon on Sunday, July 24th, 2011

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” — Matthew 24:11.

Thus is illustrated the injustice for a little girl named Caylee Anthony. While lawyers celebrated with champagne, there was behind-the-scenes spiritual action transpiring, I believe: “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

It is extremely difficult for compassionate, law-abiding Americans to understand how a young mother who had the support of family members to help raise her child could become a vile, cold-blooded murderer. But, as they say, there is “no new sin under the sun.” We read about senseless atrocities every day in the news, and our culture has become coarse and desensitized to them. These detached emotions are proving to be detrimental to our society.

There is absolutely no way to explain how the jury in the Anthony trial got it wrong when nearly two-thirds of Americans understand the facts. Casey Anthony is the person who committed the heinous act of putting duct tape over her daughter’s nose and mouth, and in doing so, caused her death. Casey Anthony then tossed her child’s lifeless body into the swamp just blocks away from her parent’s home where she lived. There were no intruders, nor accidents involved. Casey Anthony committed murder, by all indications.

Our judicial system only works when the accused has a jury of their peers who are fully committed to do their duty responsibly. They must be willing to keep an open mind regarding the evidence presented to them. Many believe the jurors in this case were too eager to appease their own consciences, having felt extremely inconvenienced while being sequestered.

Because of the outcome of this particular trial, it is imperative that every citizen take the time to educate themselves about our system of jurisprudence. One never knows when he or she might be called to serve as a juror in a murder trial. It is important to understand what constitutes circumstantial evidence, as opposed to direct evidence. Most murder cases are based on circumstantial evidence. It is a rare occasion when you find a camera near a murder scene that leads to an easy and foregone conclusion.

The outrage and sadness comes from the fact that the jurors did not deliberate long enough to reach an intelligent and responsible decision. They did not ask to review any of the prosecutor’s evidence. It appears that they merely shrugged off what was presented to them. During interviews, a few of the jurors merely parroted the words of the defense. There was clearly no critical thinking used in reaching their bizarre verdict.

As a result, their lack of common sense has allowed a murderer to walk out of jail. Their decision is binding and final, and the verdict can never be overturned. A little child is dead, and the woman who took her life will probably benefit financially, as will the defense lawyers, who openly celebrated within the hurting public’s view, sharing laughter and champagne.

We can only pray that Casey Anthony will someday find it within herself to come to The Almighty with a sorrowful and contrite heart and ask forgiveness for the sin she has committed.

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May God bless America and us all

by Marie Jon on Monday, May 23rd, 2011

This is article 14 of 246 in the topic Religion

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.” — Proverbs 11:10

Should God’s people consider mourning the death of Osama bin Laden? One wonders how people of faith should appropriately respond to his demise.

God’s love

Some Christians do not feel comfortable with the thought of their fellow Americans expressing jubilancy over another’s death. Even a wicked person is very special in God’s eyes. Christ came to the earth to save the sinners of this world.

Christ gave a demonstration to prove His love at Calvary. He died a cruel death on a cross. Jesus died to set free those captivated by evil. He died for the ungodly. He took their place and suffered the punishment they deserved.

By dying on the cross, God proved His supreme love for a world tainted with sin and rebelliousness. There was no other way to clearly demonstrate His love.

However, The Almighty will never force His love or plan of salvation upon humanity. And bin Laden, after all, if viewed biblically, was a lost soul, one who decided to take a wrong path. Bin Laden is now dead without any hope of eternal life. It was his choice to die. Ultimately, the wages of sin is eternal death.

Overcoming evil

But there is much to be said about the thousands of lives lost at the hands of this mastermind of terror.

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people perished, many of whom lost the opportunity to turn to their Maker. Because we are not promised our tomorrows, our eternal fate can be sealed at a moment’s notice.

Bin Laden inflicted great suffering upon the families of his victims. Without a life infused in God, many will live out the rest of their lives in sorrowful pain. However, in Christ they can be assured of the “Blessed Hope.”

Our country was violated by bin Laden’s wickedness. Yet there was the fortitude and resolution among the American people to move forward with heads held up high. We will never forget what took place as a result of the enormous tragedy and destruction.

Terrorism will haunt the American way of life for many more decades to come.

Child of God — or of Satan?

Who was bin Laden? Was he a child of God, or of the father of lies? What do the scriptures have to say about those who are considered “sons of God”?

In Matthew 5:9, we read, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Romans 8:14 says, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” And Galatians 3:26 declares: “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”

The above characteristics were definitely not possessed by bin Laden. So what is a Christian to feel or express in a time such as this?

Certainly, death should not be “celebrated” — but an end to evil should! You can rest assured, God’s Word promises that all that is evil will eventually cease to exist.

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Rejoice! Christ is not dead

by Marie Jon on Sunday, April 24th, 2011

“God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.”Acts 2:24

What started out as another beautiful weekend in May, exactly one week before Mother’s Day, would suddenly turn into a tragic loss of life. Who would ever expect that by the end of a bright and cheery spring day, a family’s happiness would be shattered forever, and a brother’s life would be taken away. It wasn’t just my own family who would feel the loss and devastating pain, but others involved in a senseless tragedy that should have never taken place.

As usual, my brother and I were up very early. We enjoyed taking walks together before the sun lit up the sky to warm the chill of a California morning. It was our habit to have our own devotions together as we read the scriptures before attending church services.

Both Mark and I were blessed with a similar sense of humor. Twins share a very unique relationship. He was the other part of me. We had been laughing and giggling while we chit-chatted about each other’s love life. Everything was light and breezy, and we were just two typical young people barely reaching our twenties.

I remember that very same day looking at my brother as he sat close together in church with the love of his life. Susie and Mark planned to marry after college. Susie was a delightful person, with the prettiest smile and with long, bouncy, strawberry blonde hair that graced her lovely face. The week before, she was baptized in front of the entire congregation. It was a celebration. Susie was a special gift, and we often thought how blest to have her become part of our immediate family.

Our church was in the midst of holding a Revival outreach to the outlying communities. Everyone was excited and pleased to see new people — young and old were attending the meetings. They wanted to learn about Jesus and His imminent Second Coming.

Mark was very devoted in doing God’s work. The day he died, many of his college buddies had been in church because he invited them to hear the presentation on the Book of Revelation. Some had never considered putting Jesus in their lives. But Mark’s witness was very compelling. My brother was a deacon. One of his jobs was to secure the doors after services. We waited for him before sitting down to a wonderful afternoon dinner. Mark and Susie decided to take a scenic drive right after they finished eating.

I was so very proud of all my brother’s accomplishments. He was an honor student. His outgoing personality touched the hearts of many young people with the love he felt for his Savior.

It was sadly ironic. Within that same week, our family would have to make final arrangements. My parents thought it best to have a closed casket at Mark’s service. His face was severely disfigured by the impact of the collision.

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God’s Ten Commandments stand for freedom

by Marie Jon on Sunday, April 17th, 2011

For those Americans who live where there are four distinct seasons, during the winter months you’re probably tuned into your local radio or television station so you’ll know the weather forecast.

Our meteorological forecasters have ways to determine if our days will be sunny and bright, blustering cold, or uncomfortably hot. With that thought in mind, how do most people gauge what is right or wrong? It’s apparent that we’re living in an age when almost anything goes.

Things as they are

It’s safe to say that barometers generally don’t lie. They don’t give opinions, but reveal only the facts. They clearly and accurately record the rise and fall of atmospheric pressure. They are not influenced by anyone’s ideas or opinions. They simply tell it as it is. To reject the barometer’s warning is to reject the state of things as they are.

In 1938, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the east coast of America slammed into Long Island and continued up the East Coast. The winds blew at 120 miles an hour, gusting up to 200. The salty spray was carried by the fierce winds from Long Island 250 miles north to Montpelier, Vermont. The property damage was more than $300 million. At today’s prices, the cost would be over 15 billion dollars. And tragically, hundreds of lives were lost.

I’m sad to have to be the pundit who points out that our generation seems to care very little about right and wrong. Let me give you some straight talk. America’s society is in danger for rejecting God’s moral barometer. We’re leading ourselves to self-destruct, even without the help of the present administration pushing us over the brink. It’s time we begin to toss out every cherished sin that makes us guilty before a loving Father. And to do that, we need to know the game rules.

Man-made “truth”

In 2009, an interesting survey came out by George Barna and his Barna Research group of Americans known as Gen-Xers. What were its findings? Most Gen-Xers (Americans born between 1960 and 1980) have tossed out the idea of absolute truth. This staggering reality does not bode well for our nation’s future. Seventy-five percent of adults and teens reject the concept of absolute moral truth. In other words, there is no right or wrong: right or wrong is what you think in your mind.

Joseph Fletcher wrote a book in 1966 titled Situation Ethics, which popularized this view among America’s university students. His view was simply this — adultery, stealing, bearing false witness, or breaking any one of the Ten Commandments “is not necessarily and always wrong. If the situation is right, the act may be right.”

Today, over half of all teenagers say that lying is sometimes necessary — not just convenient or common. To them, it’s acceptable. This leads me to address some basic and fundamental questions. Are we facing a clash of cultures? Is the moral barometer of the 21st century abandoned and broken? I believe it is. How do we fix the problem?

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The Obama administration is corrupt and evil

by Marie Jon on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

President Barack Obama exhibits very little to none of the biblical teachings of the Judeo-Christian faith. To this day, he has not become a member of any of the Christian churches in Washington, D.C.

I’m not going to stop reminding the American people about the fact that Obama sat in the Trinity United Church of Christ for 20 years because he liked what he heard coming out of the mouth of an anti-American, anti-Semitic, bigoted pastor named Jeremiah Wright.

Progressive Black Liberation Theology is a Marxist teaching. It explains the goals of this president as he continually works to destroy our country. For nearly a century, communists have sought to bring down the greatest nation in the world, and the current resident of the White House is no exception.

Treasonous insiders

Ronald Reagan emphasized that America is a shining city on a hill whose beacon guides freedom-loving people everywhere. He spoke of the tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace — a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. Where is that nation today?

America is being stolen from us by an administration that is riddled with communists and Czars who make laws and policies that do not pass through our Senate and the House.

Carol Browner — a member of Socialist International’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society — was but one of the radical czars who dominated the administration from the outset, and who served as part of a shadow cabinet to implement Obama’s ultraliberal agenda.

We can clearly see that disturbing agenda by taking a look at the work conducted within Browner’s office. She and her cohorts manipulated the scientific data regarding the British Petroleum oil spill, in their quest to stop off-shore drilling. The result was a job-killing moratorium on safe drilling in the Gulf. With the Middle East aflame and in chaos, we’re paying a price, as we continue to be beholden to unpredictable oil-rich countries. Whatever happened to the mantra “Drill, baby, drill?”

Browner resigned in January as Obama’s Director of Energy and Climate Change Policy, and the House of Representatives voted the following month to abolish her position altogether. These developments may help slow down this administration’s obsession with implementing “cap and trade” — with its energy tax — but we can’t count on it. Obama has shown himself oblivious to the will of the American people. Do we honestly believe Obama will be deterred from trying to shove his policies down our throats — policies like redistribution of wealth and Obamacare — by the loss of one of his leading czars?

Every single czar should be forced to resign. But until we remove the man in the White House, that is not likely to happen. We have a traitorous “fifth column” embedded in every facet of our government. Who has the president’s ears?

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Troubling indications emerging out of Egypt

by Marie Jon on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

From the outset of the escalating crisis in Egypt, we’ve seen indications President Barack Obama and his cohorts have been working behind the scenes to destabilize the country, in the hope of transforming the 30-year ally of the U.S. into a radical Islamist regime — and with it, other Middle Eastern allies of America as well.

The “sham democracy movement” being publicly pushed by the president and his fellow leftists in the Middle East is actually “a naked betrayal of our Middle Eastern allies, and by extension, our own country,” writes Jim Simpson at American Thinker.

The fact that the Obama administration favors a role for the extremist Muslim Brotherhood in running the post-Mubarak country is telling. The Muslim Brotherhood, created in 1928, is “behind practically every Muslim terrorist organization ever formed,” in Simpson’s words — and as such is likely to seize control of Egypt if given even limited opportunity.

“Obama uniformly sides with our enemies,” Simpson says, “but rarely, if ever, with our friends and allies. His administration is packed with far-left radicals and vicious anti-Semites. And therein lies the rub, because what we are witnessing in reality is this President’s un-American, anti-American, treasonous ideology in full play” over the last two weeks.

Obama and The Brotherhood

By all indications, the president’s agenda appears to include destroying not just America, but Western Civilization as well, as evidenced by his dictatorial handling of the Egyptian uprising and his throwing of support behind the dangerous Muslim Brotherhood.

That organization’s goal is global Islamic domination, imposition of Sharia law on all the world’s population, annihilation of Israel, and the collapse of all Western institutions. Linked to the Nazis during World War II, and fond of disseminating Hitler’s Mein Kampf, the Muslim Brotherhood has sought to “deepen and extend already existing hostile views about Jews and secular Western societies generally,” according to author Jeffrey Herf.

Long outlawed in Egypt, the Brotherhood is the largest opposition group in that country. Touted as “the world’s most influential Islamist movement” by Al Jazeera, the Brotherhood has spawned at least twelve Muslim terrorist groups, including al Qaeda and Hamas.

Its plan for America, discovered by the FBI, states that the Muslim Brotherhood seeks to “destroy the American civilization.”

In warning conservatives about this scheme last week at CPAC, David Horowitz said, “The plan called for building a secret leadership in America and for the creation of a series of Brotherhood front groups that would appear to be participants in America’s democracy until the time came when and where force would be necessary to accomplish the Brotherhood’s goals.”

And our usurping President wants to let the Muslim Brotherhood stick its “camel’s nose” — so to speak — in the door of Egypt’s governing tent and let all hell break loose in the Middle East?

When it was announced that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down Friday, a leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood declared that “the main goal of the revolution has been achieved,” signaling that the camel’s nose was already inside the tent.

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The president said nothing

by Marie Jon on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

From the moment the good citizens of this country heard what took place in Arizona, President Barack Obama said nothing to admonish the media or the investigating sheriff for openly defaming innocent people who had nothing to do with the deaths and life-threatening injuries perpetrated by a lone gunman.

Obama, who has repeatedly ignored the will of the people for two years now, looked the other way as his cohorts blamed the killings on outspoken conservatives who have voiced strong objection to the president’s policies.

The reasons for the mayhem — inflicted by the hands of an emotionally-imbalanced man who has needed psychiatric help for a very long time — were concocted and distorted by the extreme Left. This is most unfortunate for society, and for Jared Lee Loughner, who received little or no professional help prior to his violent rampage.

Launch of Obama’s 2012 campaign

I and others were offended at the disrespectful atmosphere we witnessed during a memorial service in which the president addressed the American public about “civility.” It was no shock to many of us when we learned that his speech and T-shirts were recycled from his 2008 “Organizing For America” campaign, along with the memorial service slogan “Together We Thrive.” (Read here)

To think that Obama used the tragedy as an opportunity for political gain is more than disgusting.

The screeching, yelping voices that reverberated with the words “I love you Obama” were reminiscent of his campaign days when people were supposedly passing out in his presence. What a ruse!

True ‘civility’

What does “civility” mean to Obama? Unfortunately, he will always ignore its true meaning — which centers in the kind of open, honest, passionate discourse displayed historically by ordinary citizens — while he and other elites emphasize instead the politically-correct notion that good citizens know their place.

Americans see right through Obama and his ilk. We’ve heard his ranting, accusatory words directed at us and others in the not-so-distant past. These vitriolic attacks have steadily come from the uber-Left since a Saul Alinsky community organizer deceived his way into the White House.

The time has come when we don’t want to hear one more word from the man who sits in the Oval Office, much less another lecture from him about civility. He must be voted out come 2012. Now, that would be an act of true civility — in line with the original meaning of the term!

Stand up to demagoguery

With that in mind, let me offer some advice to our new Republican legislators and the old guard within the Senate and House:

Do not collaborate with this immoral, corrupt, deceitful president. He has been taking every one of us for a destructive ride that has brought us to where we are today — on the verge of collapse materially and socially, not to mention militarily.

If any of you keep consorting with him, “We The People” will hold you just as accountable as Obama. It’s clear to informed, discerning Americans that the man’s purpose is to destroy our country and fundamentally transform it into a socialistic dictatorship.

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A spiritual shout out to my fellow Americans

by Marie Jon on Monday, January 10th, 2011

As you well know, I’m not timid when speaking about my concerns. I’m here to remind grassroots Americans of the undeniable “bottom line” truth that too many “conservatives,” and nearly all libertarians, seem to forget that America can be saved and preserved only by the grace of God.

Political action can help, to some extent, in getting needed changes accepted and instituted. However, America is crumbling materially and militarily because of its loss of moral decency — and this moral “sea change” cannot be undone solely by political means.

Moral freefall

Need I remind you that the family is disintegrating? Unmarried couples are now living together in unprecedented numbers — ten times the rate of 1970.

Abortion — largely the result of unmarried sex — continues unabated, killing 1.3 million unborn children each year. 83 percent of all abortions are by unmarried women, most of whom are under the age of 25.

There is a growing number of Americans who feel entitled to other people’s property — and this sense of entitlement fuels ever-expanding usurpation and theft by the government.

It’s appalling that our schools continue to be the most successful means of propagating atheism the world has ever known (as one Christian writer predicted over a century ago). Our children are being corrupted as never before by mandatory public education that increasingly supplants parental influence.

Unfortunately, to top it off, our elected leaders have approved openly gay behavior in the military, along with likely punishment for those who speak out against it.

And so on. What is going on here?

Jesus said, ‘Come, follow me’

Other similar social trends reveal a nation that is about to implode culturally and institutionally because of its rapid moral decline. And the root cause of this moral demise is disrespect for the existence and authority of God.

Whatever happened to the notion of embracing God’s Holy Ten Commandments? They represent His character and nature, and are a divine invitation for us to become like Him.

Why some pastors turn the scriptures inside-out and upside-down to push away God’s blueprint for living is beyond good sense. We are saved by grace, to be sure, but the Lord expects those who accept salvation to live a godly life. If we ignore His commandments, we’ve tossed the convert out with the baptism water, so to speak — and to prove what?

“If you love me, keep my commandments,” Jesus said, emphatically settling the matter (John 14:15, italics added). We show the depth of our conversion to Christ by behaving as the scriptures teach — beginning with putting God first.

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As our nation moves increasingly away from reliance upon God and from obeying His voice, we have no promise that He will intervene and protect our country from our enemies — foreign and domestic. Without the assurance of such divine Providence, we’re doomed as a people. We must return to God in large numbers and seek His will.

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The true meaning of Thanksgiving Day

by Marie Jon on Thursday, November 25th, 2010

This is article 15 of 45 in the topic US Holidays

“Two thousand miles westward from the rock where their fathers landed, may now be found the sons of the Pilgrims,…cherishing [the] blessings of wise institutions, of liberty, and religion. The world has seen nothing like this.”

    — Daniel Webster, 1820

Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time to personally reflect upon every reason one has to feel thankful.

As Americans, we’re most fortunate to have been born in our beautiful, scenic country. There is not one state that does not simply take your breath away with its special charm. From California all across the Midwest to the Southern states, God has blessed this land with His special touch of natural splendor.

Like most folks, I look forward to the holidays, a special time when family members will be together. At times, we have special guests who come from afar. This year, my uncle’s cousin will be visiting us from Sicily. It will be so enjoyable to see Michael and his wife Maria. Their youngest daughter is still a teenager. “Maria pia” speaks very good English, which simplifies things for us. Wouldn’t you know that none of us speaks Italian, with exception of a few words?

When my mother was alive, she spoke fluent Italian along with her own language, French. She was our in-house translator. The rest of us had fun trying to talk to our guests with our hands, while speaking loudly. Somehow speaking loudly makes us who are foreign-language-deficient feel better about ourselves, and a good time is had by all, as they say.

Fond family memories

Thanksgiving often fell on my mother’s birthday. We miss her very much. As time moves forward, it lessens the loss with the fondest memories of loved ones who once gathered together at the family’s festive table.

In our home, Thanksgiving is a time of happiness and traditions, which include a cornucopia of delicious foods. The menu provides a succulent roasted turkey, corn bread stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, and fresh vegetables. All the trimmings are presented on a beautifully decorated table in the formal dining room.

Emanating throughout the entire home are the sweet and comfortable aromas that take me back to my childhood, and I smile. Most every family has a certain dish that is prepared especially for these occasions. Creamed onions were mom’s prized recipe that was passed on through the generations. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without creamed onions, minced and pumpkin pie, and mom’s fruitcake. This year, there are no exceptions.

This year, I’m also baking a birthday cake to start a new tradition in remembrance of my mother’s special day.

God’s gifts

The holidays provide us with another reason to share our love. We attend worship services and celebrate with our church family. The season is a very good time to understand who we are as Americans, especially this year. We are good people with great big caring hearts who have rediscovered the importance of our country’s Constitution.

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As election day drew near, where was the president’s apology to the American people?

by Marie Jon on Monday, November 8th, 2010

As the Nov. 2 election drew near, I went over in my mind what it was that made me a Republican. Contrary to the way the mainstream media tries to portray Republicans, we do love our country and prize the American Dream.

Anyone — no matter what creed or color, whether male or female — can succeed if they try. Work hard and you’ll be able to make it happen. You too can wear the gold ring of success. Of course, some will gain more than others — depending on the definition of success, and of happiness — but your fellow conservative countrymen, beginning with Republicans, are cheering you on, encouraging you to grasp and take hold of this vision!

‘One nation…’

America is a melting pot of the teeming masses. We’ve come here from all over the world because the United States is the best country in which to live. People come to America mainly because they want to avail themselves of our freedoms and liberties. The words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” appeal to the hearts of all of mankind.

Every American has a family tree that points to their ancestors who originally came from distant lands. Mine came from Italy and France. When they arrived at Ellis Island, they wanted to be Americans wholeheartedly. They quickly learned the language and embraced their new surroundings. They were humble people who were ready to roll up their sleeves and become an asset to their new home and society. They did not possess today’s entitlement mentality, as seems to prevail in the minds of many new arrivals.

Unfortunately, too many who’ve been born here now take our country for granted. We should have had many more people voting in the mid-term election. When we consider what was at stake, it’s astounding that more citizens didn’t vote. As a nation, we’re not out of the woods by any means, despite the Tea Party’s successes Nov. 2. Everything that’s been perpetrated upon this nation in recent years must be undone in quick order by those we’ve sent to do the people’s will.

Subversion in high places

Within two years of President Barack Hussein Obama’s media-abetted rise of power, we’ve come very close to seeing our great nation transformed by him and his progressive cohorts and hand-picked Czars into an authoritarian socialist regime.

The Democratic Party is no longer your grandpa’s political brand. The party can best be described as Marxists, Socialists, and Communists. We saw everything needed to confirm this at the recent “One Nation, Working Together” rally, which was supported and promoted by the president’s political organizing group, Organizing for America.

As election day drew near, where was the president’s apology to the American people for such blatant promotion of unsustainable socialism? Nearly every hand-held sign and banner was un-American and demoralizing.

Excerpts from “Obama organizing group pushes liberal march next weekend,” published Sept. 25 by the Hill —

“President Obama’s political organizing group is throwing its hat in the ring of increasingly popular marches in Washington D.C.

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