MOAB

When I saw the news report last night and saw that they called the bomb, “MOAB”,  I didn’t think of it as an acronym. I thought of the ancient nation of Moab and God’s great promise.  I found it most interesting that the bomb was called MOAB.

Israel and our great nation share the blessing of our creator God, who promised to bless those who bless His people. Moab an Israel are related, they share a great-grandfather in Terah, the father of Abraham (Gen 11:27), and Deut 2:9-12 gives Moab a similar history to Israel, displacing an indigenous race of giants in order to claim territory given to them by Yahweh (God).

In the Hebrew Bible, the relationship between Israel and Moab is an enigma. On one hand, Moab is the enemy. Moabite history begins with an ethnic joke that goes back to Lot’s incestuous relations with his daughters, implying that the similarity in Hebrew between Mo’abi (“Moabite”) and me’abi (“from my father”) was no coincidence (Gen 19:37). But Abraham counted Lot like a son and gave him preference and protection (Lot’s descendants founded Moab).

When Israel began taking back the Promised Land after they were released from slavery in Egypt and their 40 years in the wilderness, they fought every inhabitant of the land promised to Abraham (and Israel) except Moab. They were not even allowed to walk through it.

The Moabite king Balak hires Balaam to curse the Israelites but is foiled by a talking donkey (Num 22-24), and a later Moabite monarch, Eglon, oppresses Israel until he is assassinated by the clever Ehud from the tribe of Benjamin (Judg 3:12-30). The victorious King David was not allowed to destroy Moab. 

Other traditions present a more favorable view of Moabite-Israelite relations. The genealogy of David is traced to Ruth (and on to our Lord Jesus), that most worthy of Moabites (Ruth 4:17-18; and see Matt 1:5-6). Prior to murdering Moabite captives, David sent his father and mother to take refuge with the king of Moab while on the run from Saul (1Sam 22:3-4).

There are many in this nation and the world who curse the leaders The USA and Israel, but I have found a scripture that speaks straight from of God’s own mouth about these who stand against Him and His people: Isa. 44:23-29

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads broad the earth by Myself; Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, And drives diviners mad; (witches). Who turns wise men backward, And makes their knowledge foolishness; Who confirms the word of His servant, And performs the counsel of His messengers; Who says to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be inhabited,’ To the cities of Judah, ‘You shall be built,’ And I will raise up her waste places; Who says to the deep, ‘Be dry! And I will dry up your  rivers’; Who says of Cyrus,* ‘He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”’.

There is nothing new under the sun. I am not afraid by this, but I am watchful. God is always involved. He sees the end from the beginning.

Thoughts?

*President Trump has been called the “Cyrus” of our day.

Politics In My Life Time

Truman

[MY COMENTARY IN RED ITALICS]

Harry S. Truman (April 12, 1945—January 20, 1953). Democratic. Truman served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s third vice president and succeeded him on April 12, 1945 when he died less than three months of his fourth term. During his presidency Truman had to deal with many challenges in domestic affairs. He established the Truman Doctrine to contain communism and spoke out against racial discrimination in the armed forces.

 Mr. Truman was the ONLY Democratic LEADER we have had in my lifetime. He is also the only Democratic President with real integrity. He never cheated on his wife – a sight of a real man and a real leader. He took over in an extremely hard time in our history and rose to the occasion.

Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower (January 20, 1953—January 20, 1961). Republican. Before his service as the 34th U.S. President, Eisenhower was a five-star general in the U.S. Army. During WW2 he served as Supreme Commander of Allied forces with responsibility for leading the victorious invasion of France and Germany in 1944 to 1945. His focus as President was to reverse end U.S. neutrality and challenge Communism and corruption. He drafted NASA to compete with the Soviet Union in the space race.

This is another man of integrity and he led this country into one of our greatest domestic economic and social growths. He was also faithful to his wife and family.

JFK

John F. Kennedy (January 20, 1961—November 22, 1963). Democratic. Also known as JFK. At age 43 Kennedy was the second youngest president ever when elected, after Theodore Roosevelt. JFK was the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize and the only Catholic president. Events that happened during Kennedy’s presidency included the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the early Vietnam War, the Space Race, and the African American Civil Rights Movement.

This president was involved in or owned by the mafia. His father gained all his riches by smuggling vodka into the US from Russia. He did work on the Civil Rights changes, but only because he was forced to. He was close friends with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.  Mr. Sinatra invited Sammy Davis to a White House dinner and JFK told Sinatra to uninvite him. He was not a great leader although he did get us through the Cuban Crisis, but the US started that in motion by getting Castro into office in the first place. He also cheated on his wife. Real mean and real leaders are faithful.

Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson (November 22, 1963—January 20, 1969). Democratic. President Lyndon Johnson was one in four presidents to have served in all four federal offices of the U.S. government (President, Vice President, Representative, and Senator). He was well known for his domestic policies, including civil rights, Medicaid, Medicare, Public Broadcasting, the “War on Poverty,” educational aids, and environmental protection. However, his foreign strategy with the Vietnam War dragged his popularity. 

Lyndon Johnson was President by default and had no idea what he was doing. He was paranoid and never made a single decision on his own. He was also unfaithful.

Nixon

Richard Nixon (January 20, 1969—August 9, 1974). Republican. President Nixon was the only president to resign from office. His presidency involved improvement of relations with the People’s Republic of China, the ending of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, and the achievement of détente with the Soviet Union. Nixon’s second term was riddled with controversy of the Watergate scandal. 

He had the decency to resign when caught with his hand in the cookie jar, unlike Mr. Clinton. He opened trade with China, which in retrospect was a disaster economically for the US. He was a fairly good leader internationally, but poor domestically. He did end the war in Vietnam, but it had been lost years before we withdrew.

Ford

Gerald Ford (August 9, 1974—January 20, 1977). Republican. Ford was assigned vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned during Richard Nixon’s administration. When Nixon resigned, Ford became president. While in office Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, easing relations during the Cold War. Involvement in Vietnam essentially ended not long after he became president. The economy was the worst since the Great Depression while he was in office. He also granted a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for the Watergate scandal, which drew controversy towards his name. 

Gerald Ford was another President by default. He was probably a good man, but not a leader of any stature. He enjoyed Golf and was faithful to his family.

Carter

Jimmy Carter (January 20, 1977—January 20, 1981). Democratic. Carter was the 39th President of the U.S. and the only to receive a Nobel Peace Prize (in 2002) after leaving office. As president, he created two new cabinet departments: the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. The end of his term saw the Iran hostage crisis, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet, the 1979 energy crisis, and the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. 

This president faced some of the worst events of the decade during his Presidency. Unfortunately, he decided creating more regulations and cabinet posts would be the answer to all our problems. This is a typical Democratic position. He was a good man, a faithful man, but no leader. Probably the biggest disappointment to the presidency ever. That is a sad political legacy. Thankfully for him he has a great personal legacy and is doing many good works.

Regan

Ronald Reagan (January 20, 1981—January 20, 1989). Republican. Prior to becoming a politician Ronald Reagan had been a radio broadcaster and actor. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and economics. As president, Reagan implemented new economic policies that became known as “Reaganomics.” 

The best and only true leader we have had since Truman.

Bush 1

George H. W. Bush (January 20, 1989—January 20, 1993). Republican. Before becoming the 41st President of the U.S., George H. W. Bush served as the 43rd Vice President, an ambassador, a congressman, and Director of Central Intelligence. He served as a U.S. Navy aviator during World War II. After the war he attended and graduated from Yale in 1948. He went into the oil business and became a millionaire by age 40. 

Good man, but unwilling to finish what he started with Sadam Hussein. A good man, a good business man, a good family man, but he failed to totally step up to the plate. Because of this, I believe his son was left with the responsibility of the 9/11 mess.

Clinton

Bill Clinton (January 20, 1993—January 20, 2001). Democratic. Clinton was elected into office at 46, making him the 3rd youngest president. He was the first president of the baby boomer generation. He graduated from Yale Law School. Clinton was involved in a scandal with a White House intern, which nearly got him impeached. Despite that, his work as president earned him the highest approval rating of any president since World War II. 

The greatest black eye to our Presidency until President Obama. By now the majority of US was wanting more and more regulations and handouts because they were feeling the economic tragedy of trade with Asia… This and his infidelities will be his legacy.  He avoided going to war by leaving the country.  He was an insult as Commander and Chief to our men and women who had to serve under him.

Bush 2

George W. Bush (January 20, 2001—January 20, 2009). Republican. Bush graduated from Yale in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, working in oil businesses after. Bush advocated policies on health care, the economy, social security reform, and education. In 2005 Bush was criticized for his administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina. With the combination of dissatisfaction with the Iraq War and the longest post-World War II recession in December 2007, Bush’s popularity declined sharply. 

His inability to truly commit to actual leadership gave us Barack Obama – that is the simple truth. A good man, a good family man, a smart man, a patriot, but a poor leader.  I really like this man, but in the end he stopped short of actually leading.

Obama

Barack Obama (January 20, 2009—Incumbent). Democratic. Current President Obama is the first half-African American U.S. president. He was previously a U.S. Senator from Illinois. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School . . . 

. . . or so he says. I have nothing good to say about this man except that he likes golf and seems to be faithful to his wife.

He is proud of his “African”- American heritage, but not his white.  He is only half and half, but he claims the black half.

I truly believe of all the presidents we have had in my life time, this one really hates the United States of America.  Time will prove me right.

We have had 12 presidents so far in my life time. Six were Democratic and six were Republican. Only three were Leaders, Chief Executives and Commander and Chiefs. One was Truman, a Democrat, Eisenhower a Republican and Regan a Republican.  

During the Truman administration the Democratic Platform looked more like today’s Republican Platform, so if he were alive today and in politics, he would probably be a Republican, which really isn’t saying much.  

The Congress and the Senate, both Republican and Democratic have abandoned, “We The People” and are more interested in power and personal prosperity than the good of the nation. I trust few of them.

I am supporting Donald Trump because I do not believe he is personally or economically attached to either party. It is my hope he will turn over the apple cart and clean house (and the senate).  

Many states are petitioning for a Constitutional Convention to enact Term Limits. If this happens, that will be the beginning of the end of politics as usual. I pray this happens because my life time going forward is short compared to my children and grandchildren. They deserve a Great America…the one I used to know, united, prosperous and working on real civil rights.