President Trump made quite a stir during his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night February 6, 2019.
Trump put the entire political class on notice when he gave a scathing critique of socialism. The president started off with foundational principles stating that “America was founded on liberty, and independence; and not government coercion, domination, and control.”
Then he capped it off by saying that “America will never be a socialist country.”
The look of disbelief on the face of Bernie Sanders was priceless. And this should come as no surprise. Sanders believes in “democratic socialism”, a fancy re-branding of socialism. At the end of the day, it’s still a system that promotes a monstrous government that make property rights and basic freedoms an afterthought.
Sanders is not alone in his socialist advocacy. Freshmen Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has deep ties to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), is openly calling for a confiscatory income tax rate of 70% on the highest income earners and a “Green New Deal”. All these programs entail massive government intrusions on property rights and people’s ability to make a living. Sadly, many millennials are eating this up.
Another DSA darling Stacey Abrams delivered her response to the President’s SOTU. In eerie fashion, Abrams said “We are coming for America” and went on a tirade criticizing President Trump’s immigration policy.
Trump’s choice words for socialism during his State of the Union speech were indeed a breath of fresh air.
Yes, the U.S. has tons of work to do in taming its unsustainable entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. However, the Trump administration has shown great promise when it passed tax reform in 2017 and reversed Obama era regulatory policies via executive order.
All of this has been accomplished in spite of constant opposition from both obstructionist Democrats and insufferable Never Trump Republicans. The results have been great as black unemployment has reached historic lows and the economy continues to boom.
For once, America has a president who unapologetically lambasts a failed ideology like socialism. When countries like Venezuela are crumbling before our eyes, it’s incumbent upon our political leaders to call out these failures. For too long, America’s political elites have taken milquetoast stances in the face of destructive systems like socialism.
With socialism’s allure growing more powerful by the day, there must be political leadership to stand against it. President Trump made it clear in the 2019 State of the Union what side he’s on in the socialism debate.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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