Pray For The President
Reverend Franklin Graham is calling on Christians across the country to join together this Sunday, June 2, for a special day of prayer. Specifically, Graham is asking men and women of faith to pray for President Donald Trump.
We are urged to pray for "all those in authority," and I was honored to join Rev. Graham and hundreds of other faith leaders in endorsing this call to prayer for our president and our country. Below is an excerpt of Franklin Graham's statement:
"President Trump's enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. . . I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God.
"This is a critical time for America. We're on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the president. . .
"On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the president, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray, and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the president that day."
I share Reverend Graham's concerns for our country, as well as his conviction that God is our ultimate defense. It is the same belief held by our first president, George Washington, who in 1789 called on the new American nation to "acknowledge the providence of Almighty God. . . and [to] humbly implore His protection and favor."
You can learn more about Reverend Graham's call to prayer here. Please share this report with your like-minded friends and family.
It seems Reverend Graham's call to prayer was divinely inspired given yesterday's events. As expected, the leftist media and the progressive movement took former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's public statement as an invitation to double down on their efforts to drive Donald Trump from office.
There were repeated calls for the president's impeachment yesterday. Even Speaker Pelosi, who has resisted such demands, seemed to crack the door open a bit, saying, "Nothing is off the table."
Meanwhile, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, who would lead any impeachment effort, accused the president of lying about collusion with Russia, which was the one thing Mueller clearly ruled out.
Sadly, Mueller turned established principles of American justice inside out and upside down yesterday. He began by discussing Russia's efforts to interfere in the elections, and reminded the American people about the indictments that were issued. He then said this:
"These indictments contain allegations. And we are not commenting on the guilt or innocence of any specific defendant. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court."
Yet, as he continued to discuss his findings on obstruction, he said this:
"If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime."
Mueller was willing to give Russian agents the benefit of the doubt and reminded viewers that they are presumed innocent, but he then suggested to the American people that the president is guilty.
We have been told that Robert Mueller is extremely honorable, beyond reproach and above politics. What I saw yesterday was just another denizen of the deep state desperate to see Donald Trump driven from office. And I'm not the only one.
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz has steadfastly defended Mueller throughout this process. But yesterday he blasted Mueller for putting "his elbow on the scales of justice."
Who knows where all this will lead. Recent polling has found widespread opposition to impeachment. While Democrats are demanding it, Republicans and Independents are solidly against it.
Meanwhile, as this fake scandal and imaginary crisis consumes Washington, the real crisis at the border continues and the president is charging ahead as he confronts challenges from China, Iran and North Korea.
The American people should be furious with the left and their media enablers for distracting the country from the serious issues before us.
Equating Life With Racism
Up until the 1960s, there were various efforts in certain states to deny black Americans their right to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 not only struck down those efforts, it also put many of those states under the supervision of the Justice Department.
The reasoning was clear: To prevent civil rights abuses, any changes to voting laws would require "pre-clearance" from the federal government.
Sen. Kamala Harris made it clear this week that she and many on the left view pro-life Americans as equivalent to the KKK.
Using the Voting Rights Act as her model, Harris suggested states with a history of violating Roe v. Wade should be required to get "pre-clearance" from the Department of Justice before they can pass any new abortion laws.
So, if you believe unborn babies of all races should be protected by our Constitution, Harris sees you as George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door.
This is just the latest example of many (here, here and here) demonstrating how the Democrat Party has embraced pro-abortion extremism. Bill Clinton's rhetoric about abortion being "safe, legal and rare" is long gone.
By the way, if you're a Christian, Harris's proposal is aimed directly at you. It is no coincidence that the states with highest percentages of Christians are the states that are restricting abortion. We are, after all, followers of the God who said, "Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."
Back To The Voting Booths
Israelis are headed back to the voting booths. Just one month after they seemingly handed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an unprecedented fifth term, talks intended to form a coalition government broke down. Last night, members of the Knesset voted to dissolve the newly-elected parliament and to hold new elections on September 17th.
This is also an unprecedented situation as no winning party has ever failed to form a government following an election. But if you think our political situation is chaotic and confusing, Washington can be downright boring compared to Jerusalem!
Unlike the United States, which is generally governed by one of two political parties, Israel has many political parties. As a result, Israeli elections almost never result in an outright majority winner.
The party with the most seats in the 120-member Knesset gets the chance to form a coalition government that controls 61 votes in the Knesset. And the leader of that party becomes prime minister.
Center-right parties, led by Netanyahu's Likud, emerged from April's elections with a bloc of 65 votes. But disputes over conscription laws and other issues prevented Netanyahu from obtaining the support he needed to form a government before last night's deadline.
Faced with this impasse, Prime Minister Netanyahu and other members of the Knesset decided to give Israeli voters a chance to break the gridlock with new elections later this year.
This delay also presents complications for the rollout of the Trump Administration's Middle East peace plan. You can read more about that here.