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Rand Paul told Sean Hannity in an interview  on July 1, 2014, “One of the reason’s they’re (ISIS – Islamic terrorists) stronger is that we have been allied with them in Syria. We’ve been funding Islamic rebels who kill Christians. We’d be funding Islamic rebels to fight against Iranian proxies in Syria, but now, on the other side of the world, we’d be siding with the Iranian Guard. If we actually put troops in there we’d be siding with the Iranian Guard.”

One month later, the terror of ISIS has escalated to horrific proportions. Men, women and children are being murdered –some are beheaded and the heads of murdered children are put on display  as a symbol of the victorious Jihad in Iraq.

Thousands are fleeing for their lives to the surrounding mountains and some are starving in the mountains due to lack of provisions.

As this tragedy unfolds, I am reminded of the prophesy of the Great Tribulation that was foretold by Christ:

Mark 13:14 (NIV)

14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

My Spirit grieves over these events.  I am sickened by the fact that America has culpability in them, as Senator Rand explained.  I am even more sickened by the fact that our involvement in the Iraqi Freedom military action from 2003 set the stage for the current regime in Iraq.  I am sickened by the loss of American lives for a senseless war over non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction that were the reason for our involvement and the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

We left the country worse than before Iraqi Freedom.  Saddam Hussein in all his evil ways was not nearly the menace as is the group ISIS that has developed in the wake of the American involvement.  At least, Saddam Hussein left the Christians alone.

Evil has begotten evil as our government in its lust for power has created a greater evil than the one it sought to destroy.

I have not been too happy with much of President Obama’s activities during his reign, but was relieved when airstrikes were ordered on ISIS and aid delivered to the fleeing Christian refugees.

As a member of the Christian Church-the body of Christ- I pray for the suffering of my brothers and sisters and the souls of their enemies.

Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

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I saw Jersey Boys, a few days ago. It is the story of 60’s music group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  Frankie and his friend Tommey Devito were a couple of young hoodlums with mob ties who made it big in the music industry.  What struck me most about the story was that with the kind of trouble these guys got into-robbing jewelry stores, stealing safes, wrecking vehicles-they were given such light sentences. Frankie was given no sentence because the older Tommy was made responsible for his actions.  This would never happen today.

What has happened to our legal system in the last 50 years? From 1930 -1975 the prison population was 106 per 100,000 of the US  population   and  in 2012 it was 716 per 100,000.

According to a  2001 study

“The past 30 years have seen enormous changes in the philosophy and practice of sentencing and

corrections. The strong emphasis on rehabilitation that existed for the first seven decades of the 20th

century gave way in the 1970s to a focus on fairness and justice, by which sentences reflected “just

deserts” rather than a utilitarian motive. Sentencing practices later moved toward a crime-control model

that emphasized incarceration as a way to reduce crime in the community; this crime-control model

became increasingly popular during the 1980s and 1990s. Discussion of sentencing and corrections in

the 21st century must begin with a review of these changes and their impact on the criminal justice

system.”

In Jersey Boys the reaction of the cops to the trouble making of Frankie and Tommy was a “boys will be boys” attitude.  In today’s legal system the punitive nature of current sentencing would have ruined their young lives and they never would have had the chance to achieve the kind of success that they enjoyed.

I have often reflected on the craziness that I did in my youth.  Had today’s police force visited one of the many “busted” parties that I attended, I wonder if my life would have been different.  We were just told to go home.  There were no searches-no arrests. There were no laws to incriminate homeowners.  There was a “kids will be kids” –“no harm no foul” attitude.  Libertarians talk about crimes that are victimless and non-violent-like drug use and addiction-as laws that should have minimal to no sentencing.  When will our citizens stop paying the price for an unjust legal system?

Rehabilitation is not even part of today’s discussion on crime-incarceration is harsh and based on a punitive evaluation.  Criminals are no longer viewed as flawed human beings who may have been led into crime through an environment beyond their control in their upbringing or a medical condition like a drug addiction. There is a “punishment fits the crime” mentality with very little allowance for individual considerations.

Police forces are given more freedom to arrest under any circumstance  and police violence on innocents is growing. So the trend is getting worse not better.

How big does our prison population have to be before some change will happen?  It is time to rehabilitate America’s rehabilitation and incarceration system.  Who will lead the charge?

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There is a new Civil War in America.  It is a war between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.  There has always been some animosity between these two parties.  The tentacles of power of our bipartisan government now entangle and strangle our country with the mammoth growth they have seen in the last few years.

These are just a few of the statements made by our elected officials:

America will be far safer if we reduce the chances of a terrorist attack in one of our cities than if we diminish the civil liberties of our own people.

Nancy Pelosi

House Republicans want to pass a strong border security, illegal immigration bill. We want a bill. There is no ifs, ands or buts about it.

John Boehner

If the administration wants cooperation, it will have to begin to move in our direction.

Mitch McConnell

The laws they have passed have increased our National Debt, eliminated our privacy, and increased the cost of health care while reducing its quality.

In the midst of this battle of the behemoths there is a growing movement.  It is a movement toward a return to the inalienable rights of the people, and a government of the people and for the people-not controlling the people.  It is called the Liberty Movement.  It consists of the Libertarian Party, Independants and those members of the two larger parties who are pulling away from the established mores of their leaders.  They are returning to the Constitution and the laws that protect our freedom as Americans.

If we are in a Civil War, the Liberty Movement is the blockade runner.  Like Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, the blockade runners travel freely between the opposing factions keeping the country in motion while the battle attempts to lock it down from progress.

Rhett Butler and his fellow blockade runners insured that goods and services continued to pass between the North and the South to keep the South financially viable.  Great Britain had a vital role in the blockade running business in order to protect their investments in America.

The Liberty Movement has its own British representative in the person of Robin Koerner- a British born permanent resident of the US (and soon to be US citizen), who founded the Blue Republican Organization. As the name implies, the Blue Republicans seek to break the Blue-Red paradigm to promote liberty. www.facebook.com/BlueRepublican

As the blockade runners did during the Civil War, the Liberty Movement is able to communicate to both of the parties. They find allies of liberty and form coalitions with them for policy changes. They promote candidates that will be a pillar for the will of the people, not the agendas of the Red-Blue Leviathan.

And like them, they are able to keep the US government moving forward (or a return back) to freedom from the oppression that has overtaken America.

Rhett Butler had something else in common with the Liberty Movement-no reputation, as he describes:

“Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.”

Which reminds me of someone else:

5.Philippians 2:7

but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

May the Liberty Movement continue to grow to break the chains of Party Politics to build a stronger, freer America.  May we never face the consequences of the battle.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln