America First

America first!  This proclamation has been touted significantly over the last couple of years.  As an American, having an attitude of America first is wonderful.  But, what exactly is America first?  How do we determine what is best for us?  These two questions are what I am going to try to answer.

 America first involves a strong economy, military, borders, and trade deals in favor of American interest.  I support these American first policies.  I would be a fool if I did not.  First, other countries would tear us down limb by limb until we were no better than them or worse; misery likes company.  I am not one who believes in American exceptionalism as we are all created equal.  America has been given this unique position as the wealthiest country in the world, we can use this to make our lives more comfortable and do our best to help our neighbors.

Strong Economy

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Every country desires a strong economy. Regardless if we like it or not.  Workers are divided up by income.  In America there are lower, middle, and upper classes.  Generally the majority of the population is in the lower to middle class structure with the smallest percentage being the upper class.  This will primarily always be the case, although in America we have great divides in wealth between the middle and upper class.  The middle class is becoming closer to the lower class as corporations look to cut cost and pass the savings on to new generations who are hired at a fraction of their predecessor’s wage.

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At the moment the jobless rates are at record lows. It is very easy to find a job although it is not so easy to find a middle or upper class job.  Most families are made up of two incomes with one or both income earners working two jobs.  Family life is cut, with providers living a life working and not much time being.  In my opinion this is not America first.  So what, I have a job, I have two jobs, but if I do not see my spouse or kids what does it matter?  Yet to provide shelter, clothes, and food you do what you must in order to survive.  Corporations understand that to squeeze as much productivity out of their employees they will work them more, and pay them less.  The price of living goes up, but wages stay the same.  This is not America first.

Powerful Military

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America is the wealthiest country with the most powerful military ever known to exist. A superpower as America needs a strong military in order to stay at the top; this is understandable.  Possessing a strong military is placing America first.  What is not placing America first is using this military for unjust causes.  In my opinion there has not been a just conflict since WWII.  Korea, Vietnam, both gulf wars, and Afghanistan simply were not needed to advance the country.  Currently we have thousands of troops at the Mexico border as a political stunt keeping us safe from migrants.  This is not placing America first.

Borders

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A country needs borders not a wall and razor wire. A country such as America was founded on the premise that this land is open for those who seek a better life.  This is America first.  Currently foreigners are not welcome in the country, especially if you are poor.  While we shake hands with Saudi murderers we spray tear gas at children.  This is not America first.  America first would be to stand up to outlaws such as the prince of Saudi Arabia.  Kindness and compassion are the footsteps of God, and this is America first.

A Deal Maker

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Currently America has a president that is supposedly an American first type of guy. He is supposedly a great deal maker.  This is up to interpretation.  There is no America first without putting the people first.  An unregulated market and high tariffs on goods only will hurt us.  Unfortunately people are too greedy not take advantage of deregulation.  If you want America first you protect the people from cheats and scammers.  This is not possible when you have someone who has always been a cheat and scammer running the show.  Donald Trump is not America first.

 

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Alert:Donald Trump to Suspend Habeas Corpus

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On March 3rd, 1863 then President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act. This gave the president unprecedented power over the Union States. Many of you readers who understand, know what I am writing is very dangerous as the same cabals active during the Civil War are active today. Many believe that this is the work of the Illuminati, no, it is the act of the powers of evil, fallen angels who have deceived mankind from time immemorial. The Illuminati seeks to fight back at these evil ones and bring light, love, and peace to humankind. I am among those who seek global awakening and the Kingdom of Heaven within the hearts of the people. The evil of this world, and worlds beyond have as in times past lifted a leader by blinding the hearts the people; exalting their egos. Today’s leader is Donald Trump, Mike pence, and many within his administration. Before you read further you must be warned that being caught in possession of this material can be very dangerous as the powers that be will seek to eliminate this information from the internet.

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Trump does not care about his followers. His agenda is the complete control of the United States to lead the United States into an oligarchy similar in formula to Putin’s Russia. As of today, November 4, 2018 there is a caravan of thousands of migrants who are planning to enter the United States seeking asylum. Warning: the caravan may be funded by the Republican Party to create a situation in which Trump is now sending 15,000 troops to the southern border. Trump calls the migrants an “invasion” if Trump can convince the public that the United States is being “invaded” Trump may have the power to use the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act. This would give Trump the power to use the military against civilians who do not follow his commands. This would also allow Trump to sign executive orders freely with no recourse from the courts. Just as the American people of the North submitted although grudgingly to Lincoln’s use of powers during the Civil War. Lincoln who has been created into a godlike president touted as the greatest president ever to school children, while during his day he was one of the most hated. The elimination of slavery was the only triumph of the Civil War, but rest assured that Lincoln had no concern for freeing slaves until it was to his advantage. Lincoln desired to eliminate state rights, Lincoln succeeded as of today States have the least amount of rights ever possessed since the formation of the Union.

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Trump also desires to eliminate State rights. Trump has a powerful following, a following who are willing to die for his cause. We see this in groups such as the Proud Boys, and other white nationalist organizations. The major threat to the Union is the radical Evangelical Church. These people truly believe that God has placed Trump into power, their eyes and hears have been so filled with deception that Trump acts with their unwavering support. To be fair I was once a deceived Evangelical Christian. I love my Evangelical Christian friends, it hurts me to see them so deceived.

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Trump is not a young man, as of today he is 72 years old. His Vice President Mike Pence is only 59 and will be the next to take charge of the future Oligarchy. You may think that this is not possible. Do you think that the people of this country years before the Civil War ever thought that a war between the States would be possible? It seems unrealistic, yet, the dark ones have created this scenario before. This time there will not be a War. This time, it will be complete government control. A theocracy set up in the name of Trump with Pence being groomed to take command. We will see violence take place from left wing groups although they will be routed out be the military imprisoned and executed. I will probably be arrested for writing this letter having diverged the secrets of the evil cabals. The Illuminati will do everything that we can to try to stop these actions from taking place or at best give comfort to those being persecuted. We will try to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth although it will only be found in the elect.

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Please be warned that these events are already taking place. The caravan is on the move creating Trump’s opportunity to send a division size element of troops to the border. He is calling this an “invasion” and is planting the seeds for the suspension of habeas corpus. The people of America will happily give up their rights for the cause of Trump’s nationalism. Although Trump is only one player in this global scheme. Trump will complete the deal with Russia to attack Europe. Seven Kings will eventually rule with Mike Pence and Vladimir Putin being two of the kings. They will rule the world and there is very little we can do about it. Let us encourage each other as we see the day draw near.
I write this with my own pen

The Unknown Philosopher

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #154 (Distorted)

Nate takes you once again off the beaten path of traditional Christianity into what some would call the heretic of the century. Please it is not that serious but do not get it distorted.

 

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Dude, Where is my Country?

As Christians where is the country? Are we a bunch of closed minded dominionist? People who have it my way or the highway? Absolutist who do not think for themselves? Nate does not have the answers but I do know how to talk about some possibilities. My only hope is that Christians in America are not so willing to sell their souls for political power.

The Backyard Preacher #102 (End the Hate)

In the wake of the Charlottesville, VA tragedy Nate takes a look at the hate behind why white people do what they do in this country.

The Backyard Preacher #101 (Let Us Reason Together)

Today many Evangelical churches have turned into a constant Trump rally.  We are on the verge of war and many leaders such as pastor Robert Jeffress who is encouraging the president to go to war a Old Testament warrior for God.  These churches as Isaiah puts it have become worthless assemblies whos worship is detestable to God.  Instead what does God tell Isaiah?  He tells the people to seek justice, to stop doing wrong, to defend the oppressed not to blow them up! to look after the widows and children.  Basically to be like Jesus!

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #99 (Civil War 2.0 Are We Ready?)

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Are we ready for another Civil War in this country?  In this heated and divided nation it is a very real possibility.  Jesus speaks of division, his own words caused division within homes and still do to this very day.  In some sense a non violent civil war has already started.  It is our duty as children of God to bring peace and love, fight with prayer and do our best to end the hate.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #94

What if anything does patriotism and church have in common?  There has been a lot of open patriotic activity within the church since the election.  Yet is this such a new phenomena? No, it isn’t we have seen it for thousands of years.  Buckle up and hold tight The Backyard Preacher Podcast is a click away!

All Hail the United States our True god

Many of my progressive Christian friends are probably use to seeing the many articles floating around denouncing nationalism within the church and for the most part I agree. For the most part. While I am not one on 4th of July church services, there is almost a natural link between church and state regardless of the constitution. From ancient times the King or Queen ruled by divine right called “The Divine Right of Kings.” If you go back to ancient Egypt we see the Pharaoh as the god-king, the high priest of the nation as well as political ruler. It just might be in our DNA to set off firecrackers and salute our nation’s flag, all the while saying a prayer to our deity for another day of freedom.

So while within the Christian faith I think it is important not to go so far as to force feed people a religious diet. We do live in the United States in which the founding fathers had a brilliant and beautiful idea of separation of church and state, we also do not want to leave God out of the government and act like he will not enter the chambers of congress because we will not invite him in, or within the courts because we take down the ten commandments or a statue of Baphomet, as if God was so inferior and able to be stopped by our human measures.

I believe a more centrist approach is needed. I personally think much of this backlash against celebration of the state within a religious context comes from the recent election of Donald Trump. I do not support Trump, but nonetheless I will not be one of those “He is not my President” people, because he is my president as a citizen of the United States. Both sides, liberal and conservative have an opportunity to allow what is going on in today’s government to bring us together. Let this be an opportunity to get back to the basics of Christianity. Let me remind you that Christianity is not a religion of any state, but rather faith in Jesus, unlike the religions of the ancients we do not allow the state control over us. Yet we kind of compromise as Jesus said, give unto Cesar what is Cesar’s.

I believe both liberal and conservative Christians are engaged in what amounts to rebellion. Conservatives want to create a government of the church and by the church, and liberals are moving so far away from the church into the realm of Unitarianism. As a progressive Christian I am not going to sell out my faith and bash everything churches around the country do. Just as I do not want them to bash me and my progressive theology. I believe we can unite once again and agree to disagree.

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #88 (Memorial Day Weekend Episode)

Happy Memorial Day, let us remember those who have since past on who served our country.  When was the last war in which our soldiers actually were sent to war to defend this nation?  1812?  WWII?  certainly not any of the modern conflicts in which rich white men sent our sons and daughters to die for their agenda.  Nate talks about this and much more.