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Written by: WALTERM | January 27, 2012

I continue to be amazed at the ignorance and neglect of philosophy, history and the Constitution that I encounter in most discussions with liberals. Liberals, who are by no means lacking in intellect, seem to have no philosophical moorings, and no desire to learn from history. Their arguments are driven by emotion, usually evoking a vague concept of “fairness” and what everyone has a “right” to receive. They have learned well from President Obama and the Democrats over the past three years.  Their solutions to society’s problems are generally centered around an existing government program or the desire to see a new one, without regard to liberty that is lost as government takes over more and more functions in everyday life. What is particularly troubling for me is how this liberalism, heightened with the advent of Obama, has so infiltrated the black community. This applies not only to the black population at large, but even to black Christians who should know better that big government is no savior to black America.

When I lived in Atlanta about twenty years ago, I attended a small black church that I thought was conservative in its leanings.  I moved away from Atlanta in 1993, eventually landing in Southern California in 1994 and have been here since. Thanks to the “magic” of Facebook, I have been able to reconnect with many of my friends and acquaintances from my past church, but over time I noticed quite a few of them began to shy away from me as my conservative political views became known. These friends, as you would guess, are huge fans of Obama. I had a similar experience with my high school friends as well, most all of whom are Christians, and almost all huge fans of Obama. They simply will not accept any criticism of Obama no matter how factually accurate the evidence presented. Regardless of the results of his policies, if they are not successful then the fault is placed on George Bush, Fox News, racist Tea Party goers, or Republican obstructionists. Never has Obama had to accept responsibility for any failed policy. That’s the way it is.

I can certainly see why my black Christian friends would be protective of Obama as the first black President, but what has alarmed me is the unusually high percentage of these well-educated and successful people who simply won’t listen when you try to make them understand that they have fallen for a socialist-leaning President with little respect for the Constitution. They are completely in concert with the class warfare rhetoric, the cries of racism by the media, and the belief that all of Wall Street and big business is made up of financial marauders who don’t pay their “fair share” in taxes (most do, except for those who cozy up to big government to get special privileges). They have no complaints that black unemployment is at historical highs (currently 15.8%), that we have over $15 trillion in debt that is now greater than GDP, or how the economy is limping along when it should be accelerating out of a deep recession. The only problem Obama has is that he needs “four more years” to finish the job since the recession was so deep and his policies simply cannot be what are keeping the economy from improving significantly. If he has to bankrupt the country in order to do it, no problem, he is Obama.

Where the Democrats have succeeded is to use Obama as a Trojan horse to import class envy, government dependence, and the notion of an all-encompassing federal government into the psyche of the American people, and especially so in the psyche of black America. Instead of accepting the conservative ideals of limited government, self-reliance, and economic opportunity, which best accord with the Christian worldview, blacks have been convinced that more government control, government entitlements, and redistribution of wealth are the keys to a better tomorrow. And they accept this view of America with virtually no objection, to everyone’s peril. What they don’t understand is that the socialist philosophy they have accepted is like a steely hand in a velvet glove. Until it’s too late, you won’t know what it is made of. Just ask the people of Cuba and Venezuela. The dire warnings of Italy, Greece, and Spain hold little influence over them as to what America will become if it continues in this direction. As long as they have Obama, their charismatic leader, they will continue in their faith in him, come what may.

About Me

Software architect and philosopher of science, religion, and ethics, with particular interests in Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science and Political Philosophy. On politics, I am a conservative, and on religion, I write from a Reformed perspective (well, mostly). I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the Talbot School of Theology on the Biola University campus, in La Mirada, CA. I have completed all requirements for a Master of Arts in Science and Religion at Biola.
Mon, Oct. 18 2010 08:59 AM EDT | By Lillian Kwon | Christian Post Reporter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Some 2,000 people from around the world convened at a Charlotte megachurch over the weekend to hear renowned apologists defend the Christian faith.

(Photo: The Christian Post) Some 2,000 people attend the National Conference on Christian Apologetics at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 15-16, 2010.

While the National Conference on Christian Apologetics addressed the usual topics of intelligent design, evidence of the resurrection and atheism, one of the highlights of this year’s event was a talk on President Barack Obama and his ideology.

“President Obama is in some ways a mystery man. He was perhaps the most unknown guy to come into the White House,” said bestselling author and renowned apologist Dinesh D’Souza.

D’Souza isn’t a stranger to the annual apologetics conference, organized by Southern Evangelical Seminary. As one of the most requested speakers, he has previously spoken on the evidence of Christianity, the existence of God, the topic of suffering and life after death.

But with the release of his new book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, the Indian-born scholar turned his attention to the man leading America.

Christians, he said, are called to understand the world so that they can be a positive influence in it.

“We need to be aware of how our leaders think and [be] active in our culture,” he told attendees Saturday at Northside Baptist Church as he stressed the importance of engaging the public debate.

So what motivates Obama? he posed.

It’s neither the American dream nor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. Rather, his dreams come from his Kenyan father who was an anticolonialist.

Obama did not follow his father as a man – his father had four wives and was often drunk. He also hardly knew his father since he left when the younger Obama was two years old.

But D’Souza concludes, mainly from reading Obama’s autobiography, that Obama has chosen to take on his father’s mission.

Obama Sr. was an economist. He wrote an article titled “Problems Facing Our Socialism” that was published in 1965 in the East Africa Journal. In the article, he proposes eliminating power structures and raising taxes with no upper limit.

The proposals are based on the anticolonial assumption that the rich got rich by ripping off the poor and thus whatever they have is undeserved.

This “helps us a little bit to understand our debates now,” D’Souza said.

If you plug in the anticolonial assumption, he noted, much of what Obama does makes sense.

D’Souza clarified that his argument is not that Obama is an anticolonialist, but that in some way, “he is frozen in the time machine of his father’s anticolonialism.”

“My fear is, in some sense, America today is being governed by the dreams of a Luo tribesman from the 1950s who was in a sense locked into a view of the world that is completely irrelevant in the world today,” he said.

D’Souza, who was recently named president of The King’s College in New York City, emphasized that he isn’t trying to bash Obama.

“I’m trying to understand him,” he said. “As Christians and as citizens, I think that we always have to look at our leaders and try to understand them.

“When you know a man’s compass, you can not only explain what he’s doing but you can help to predict what he’s going to do in the future.”

(Photo: The Christian Post) Alex McFarland, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, addresses thousands at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 15-16, 2010.

Alex McFarland, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, also sees the need for Christians to be involved in public life, especially as it relates to government. It’s what the Bible says, he underscored.

And to get involved, they must understand the worldview of the people they elect, he said.

“If we didn’t present this … they probably otherwise wouldn’t have heard it,” McFarland said of D’Souza’s talk.

The U.S. preamble starts with “We the people,” he added. “In the United States of America, we the people are the authority. So I believe that Christians who aren’t informed on the political issues of the day, not only are they not fulfilling their duty as an American, I really think that they’re leaving undone some of the responsibilities of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.”

The National Conference on Christian Apologetics was held Oct. 15-16. For 17 years, Christians have gathered in North Carolina every year to learn how to defend their faith philosophically, scientifically and evidentially.

But while providing the “intellectual tools” to help Christians engage the public sphere, McFarland provided believers with two important reminders: love and the Holy Spirit.

“I’ll tell you what apologetics is not: Apologetics is not a license to be abrasive or to be a jerk,” McFarland stated. “Can we blow the doors off an atheist in a debate? Absolutely. But in our walk and in our witness, we are to be winsome and Christ-like and an argument to be won is never more important than a person to be loved.”

And the key ingredient to it all is the Holy Spirit.

“All of the great apologetics, the arguments … would amount to nothing without the Holy Spirit,” he stressed.

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