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"The Illusions Of Hope"

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Patrick Henry may have said it best:

It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

Henry's observations of the nature of human nature are as true today as they were on March 23, 1775, when Henry spoke them. It is indeed "natural to indulge in the illusions of hope." It is equally natural for men to "shut [their] eyes against a painful truth." And Patrick Henry was not the only one to understand this human frailty—so do con men, charlatans, crooks and conspirators.

Dishonest, deceptive, duplicitous scoundrels know that most people are trusting by nature. They know that most people prefer comfort and are not quick to forsake it. Scoundrels know that people need hope, and the scoundrels are all too eager to give them hope—or at least the illusions of it. They also know that people such as Patrick Henry are an aberration of humanity: most are NOT willing "to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it." They know that most people "shut [their] eyes against a painful truth," that "having eyes, [they] see not, and, having ears, [they] hear not."

Pernicious predatory politicians constantly prey on this natural weakness of man. They tell people what they want to hear; they play to their wants and fears; and they cast themselves as the hero for which people yearn. And even though secularists seem to have no comprehension of it, many of these pretenders are assisted by a supernatural ability to bewitch (Galatians 3:1) trusting and unsuspecting souls. It is my studied opinion that Donald Trump is such a man.

Trump has given hope to those who were drowning in hopelessness. He has convinced them that he is their political savior. He plays to their wants and fears. He tells them what they want to hear. And he does it so masterfully, so perfectly, that he has brought millions of people (including Christians) under his spell.   

Before being elected, Trump said, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters." And he wasn't making that up. He knew he had mesmerized them.

For two years now, it hasn't mattered to a tinker's dam what Trump does or doesn't do. He has given people the "illusions of hope," and they dare not let go. Their hope is in Trump. This is more than support or appreciation—or even love; this is worship. The "always Trump" crowd literally worships Donald Trump. From a spiritual perspective, they have been bewitched. They are hypnotized. They are in a trance. And they dare not allow themselves to be awakened, for if they were, they would have "to know the worst, and to provide for it." This they are not willing to do.

For this reason they allow themselves to believe the pathetic propaganda of QAnon; they mindlessly believe the outlandish lie that there are 55,000 sealed indictments against members of the Deep State (and to these people, the definition of Deep State is anyone who does not agree with Donald Trump). I have even heard them speak in rapturous euphoria about Trump secretly colluding with military personnel to implement martial law, rounding up all of the bad guys (again, the people who oppose Trump) and taking them at gunpoint before military tribunals. (Can you imagine what these same people would have said had Obama's supporters said this?) In fact, many of these Trump toadies have written me to say that when this Trump/military coup begins, I am on the list to be taken away. I am telling you, folks, all of this is VERY REAL to these people. Again, these people are bewitched; they are victims of seducing spirits (I Timothy 4:1) that are empowering Donald Trump. And, as Patrick Henry said, many are being transformed into "beasts." Cheering for the rise of an American version of Germany's Brown Shirts or GESTAPO and the positive anticipation of a nation under martial law are truly BEASTLY concepts that come from BEASTLY hearts.

But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption. (II Peter 2:12)

Nevertheless man being in honour [having wealth and power] abideth not: he is like the beasts [in murderous brutality] that perish. (Psalms 49:12)

Not to mention that any kind of martial law, complete with roundups and military tribunals, totally destroys the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights and fractures the very foundation of a free American republic.

But it is pointless to discuss the Constitution with these people. It is pointless to discuss the way Trump has filled his administration with neocons, CFR and Bilderberg globalists or the way he panders to Zionist Israel or his lack of any action against abortion and even taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood or the way he increases deficit spending comparable to that of any Democrat or the way he continues to escalate the phony "War on Terror." These people are absolutely deaf to these things. They are deaf to truth, deaf to constitutional government, and they are blind to the evidence that stares them in the face every day.

I'm telling you, Donald Trump is not the enemy of the Deep State; he is a servant of the Deep State. The same elitists that controlled Trump's predecessors control Trump. For those who have the courage to watch, here is a sample of what I'm talking about. Watch this video, and you will see Trump reading from the same script (almost word for word) that Barack Obama read from when he announced his missile attacks against Syria. Watch it, and then tell me how Donald Trump is not controlled by the same neocon warmongers that have been taking this country to unjust foreign wars ever since the presidency of G.W. Bush.

Trump's maniacal sanctions against Iran are an incitement to war and are dooming the American economy to suffer the pangs of severe inflation. Experts are already predicting $100 per barrel oil prices. And when oil prices inflate, ALL prices inflate. Plus, Trump's Deep State operatives are destabilizing Venezuela, and Trump is threatening to send the U.S. military into that oil-rich country. Venezuela is one of the world's largest oil producers and has the world's second largest natural gas reserves. What a coincidence that most of the nations that neocons target in their perpetual war schemes are rich in oil. And tell me again what threat Venezuela poses to the United States.

Then we hear Trump's toady Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke put forth the threat that America could and might put a naval blockade around Russia in order to curtail its exports. Can you imagine?

My friends, it will be an absolute miracle if America is not in a global war, complete with crippling inflation and a collapsed economy, before the end of Trump's term in office. And if it doesn't happen, it won't be because Trump didn't do his best to make it happen.

Plus, everyone is praising Trump for fixing the economy, but top economists are warning that what we are seeing is merely another bubble, and when it bursts it will make the recession in 2008 and 2009 look mild by comparison.

And as I pointed out in this column last week, President Trump and the Republicans in Congress just passed a massive $854 billion spending bill that continues to fund virtually all of the left's radical social agendas, including fully funding Planned Parenthood and fetal tissue research.

And as the federal government just concluded its 2018 fiscal year, we read this report:

The federal debt increased by $1,271,158,167,126.72 in fiscal 2018, according to data released today by the Treasury.

The total federal debt started the fiscal year at $20,244,900,016,053.51 according to the Treasury, and finished the fiscal year at $21,516,058,183,180.23.

The federal fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30.

So, the GOP controls both houses of Congress and the White House (with Donald Trump as President), and not only can they NOT defund Planned Parenthood and fetal tissue research, they cannot defund the left's radical social agendas or keep from increasing the federal deficit by over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS.

In addition, Donald Trump and the GOP leadership are up to their eyeballs in facilitating the neocon/globalist/Zionist perpetual war agenda even to the point of protecting U.S. "allies" who are engaged in the most despicable forms of child sex slavery in the process. Here is the report:

"Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) last week tried to block billions in U.S. taxpayer funds from going to the Afghan military and police forces unless its units stopped sexually abusing young boys, but he was opposed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders.

During a committee business meeting last Wednesday considering the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, Paul proposed an amendment to withhold all U.S. funding for all Afghan security forces unless the U.S. government's watchdog in Afghanistan could verify those forces were not using children as child soldiers or sex slaves.

The U.S. is slated to provide Afghan security forces — military and police — with $4.92 billion in 2019 for equipment, training, supplies, services, infrastructure repair and other funding.

Paul told other members, according to a transcript of the business meeting first obtained by Breitbart News: "I think that the committee is right to be gravely concerned with sexual trafficking and abuse of young people around the world in a variety of countries. I think we shouldn't turn a blind eye towards when our allies are responsible for this, as well."

Specifically, Paul referred to the common Afghan practice of "bacha bazi" — or using boys as young as 10 years old for sex. Some U.S. troops who have deployed to Afghanistan have tried to stop instances of sexual abuse when they have come across it, but have been punished for doing so, according to reports.

However, Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) backed a counter-amendment to require the Departments of Defense and State to report on implementation of recommendations made by SIGAR on ending the practice [which means nothing will be done and the practice will continue].

Paul's amendment failed, while Corker's passed.

Tell me again how Donald Trump and the Republican Party are so "conservative."

Let me put this in perspective for you: Republicans have held the House of Representatives (that means the federal purse strings) for 20 of the last 24 years. The GOP has controlled the Senate for 11 of the last 19 congresses. In addition, the GOP has controlled the Supreme Court since before 1973 when Roe v Wade was decided. And going back to the election of 1968, Republicans have held 8 of 13 presidential administrations. But they need ONE MORE ELECTION to get something done. BALDERDASH! Donald Trump and the GOP are playing Christians and conservatives like a fiddle.

Before the American people can begin the process of restoring their constitutional republic, they MUST be willing to stop indulging in the illusions of hope and stop shutting their eyes to painful truth. And, like Patrick Henry, they must be willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.

Christians and conservatives think that all they have to do is vote for a Republican president and then spend the next four years blindly supporting him—no matter how unconstitutional, immoral or wrong he is—and all will be well with America. Oh! And, of course, they must get out and work like crazy for Republicans in the midterms, because, after all, as Trump said, "When you vote for Republicans in November, you are voting for ME."

But we Americans are supposed to be voting for the Constitution when we vote. This is not about liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans or left vs. right. And it is certainly not about building a government around one man: Donald Trump. This is supposed to be about electing men and women regardless of race, religion or party affiliation who will "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of The United States."

Donald Trump has turned not only the entire country but the entire world into a "you are either with ME or against ME" equation. And too many conservatives and Christians are absolutely blinded and bewitched by this man.

The tendency to "indulge in the illusions of hope" and to "shut [one's] eyes against a painful truth" may indeed be natural. But, ladies and gentlemen, blind bewitching worship of a political leader is not only the result of supernatural seducing spirits, it is downright dangerous to any nation's future.

We witnessed shades of this blind robotic fawning over a President during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and G.W. Bush (and the left fawned over Obama just as blindly), but nothing to this degree. This is surreal. And it seems to get worse by the hour.

I am thankful for the few times that Donald Trump has demonstrated fidelity to the Constitution. And I am not criticizing anyone who voted for Donald Trump over his opponent in 2016. But what I am trying to warn against is the way conservatives—and especially evangelical Christians—have practically turned Trump into an idol and are ascribing all kinds of praises and platitudes to him that are so out of proportion to the truth that it convinces me that these folks have given heed to seducing spirits and have set themselves up for a bigger fall than they could possibly imagine.

P.S. Not long ago, I brought a message on the subject of hope. Tragically, many Christians SAY they are trusting God, but in reality they have placed their hope and trust in politicians (especially Donald Trump) and political parties (especially the Republican Party). This is a recipe for disaster.

My message is entitled Looking For Hope In All The Wrong Places. I wish somehow that America's Christians and pastors could come to grips with the truths of this message.

I fear that when America's evangelicals wake up to the reality that Donald Trump has deceived them, their disappointment will be so great, the damage could be fatal to our country. Oh! If only Christians could awaken from the trance they are in and clearly see the hope that is found in the principles and truths of God's Natural and Revealed laws, it could doubtless restore a Biblical perspective of our proper duties and responsibilities—and maybe revive constitutional liberties in the process.

I urge readers to get this message DVD: Looking For Hope In All The Wrong Places.

Plus, during the month of October, when you order Looking For Hope In All The Wrong Places, I will also send you my DVD message entitled My Election Counsel. In this message, I review the six Biblical requirements for civil magistrates and the ONE American requirement for civil magistrates. If voters—especially Christian voters—would take heed to these seven requirements and would vote accordingly, our freedoms and liberties would never be at risk and hardly ever would we be at war.

Again, I am sending you both messages:

*Looking For Hope In All The Wrong Places

*My Election Counsel

Order here (and maybe order one for a friend before they go vote on November 6):

Looking For Hope In All The Wrong Places

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