Commentary – The US Presidential Campaign – Media Bias

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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The media is a player in the presidential campaign. Their bias is clearly evident in the stories they present and the questions they ask. To say the media is not influential in any campaign is naïve. However, they are not determinant for the outcome of a political race. Knowing what they’re up to helps voters decide who to vote for.

The media never represents itself as either Democrat or Republican. They typically present themselves as either neutral or independent. Thus, they are able to influence the independent voter who usually has the final say in any given race. With 1/3 of the nation voting Republican and 1/3 voting Democrat, neither Party commands 1/2 of the electorate. A majority (1/2 plus 1 vote) is needed for victory and that comes with a majority of the independent votes.

The media, however, is typically aligned philosophically with the liberal viewpoint. This leads to the liberal media bias that promotes candidates who share this political vision of government and demotes those who do not. Conservatives are not given advantage in the liberal media and their media bias is obvious to those who share a conservative political viewpoint.

When Donald Trump began his campaign for President, he had the favor of the Fox News Channel (FNC), a media outlet that is decidedly libertarian. Social liberal/fiscal conservatives prosper in this environment. This is a far cry from genuine conservative political philosophy and Donald Trump thrived in this environment. In fact, his entry into politics was furthered by his numerous appearances on FNC.

Trump is not a conservative candidate. He is grossly unprofessional and uniquely disqualified as a conservative candidate. However, he appeals to those who do not share a particular political vision for government (independent). And during the Republican primary, he opposed those conservatives who carried the torch of the GOP for conservative values.

The liberal media was happy to support Trump during the primaries due to his opposition to genuine conservative candidates. The media has been consistent in this election cycle as they oppose conservatives who threaten their vision of government. And when Trump won the primary and began his campaign against Hillary Clinton, the liberal Democrat, the media stopped giving Trump favorable earned media and started opposing him.

During the primaries, Trump opposed the conservative candidates. During the general election, Trump supported the conservative cause. In both instances, the liberal media has opposed the conservatives, once in the GOP primaries and again in the general election. There is no confusion to what they’re doing; although Trump complains that the media once supported him but now they’re not.

It is clear that the media seeks to make a difference in this election in favor of Hillary Clinton. We should learn a few things from this election cycle. The media typically supports the liberal view and opposes the conservative viewpoint. FNC typically supports the libertarian viewpoint and neglects the conservative view. This combination of media bias has led to a candidate, Donald Trump, who may be best described as a useful idiot. Useful to everyone but those who champion a conservative cause.

Commentary – The US Presidential Campaign

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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he US race for the White House has now sunk to new lows. Neither candidate represents the best of American values or ethics. And both continue to make headlines with new revelations of their past scandals. In this type of environment, it helps to review the political philosophy that supports them and consider which party to support instead of which candidate to vote for.

The Democrat Party, who’s logo is the kicking jackass (donkey or mule), was once supportive of conservative values. However, the Democrats also supported racism before the Civil Rights era. The changes to the Democrat Party have needlessly left it in the hands of left wing liberals who show no signs of moral or fiscal constraint in their pursuit of liberal policies. Hillary Clinton represents this aspect of America’s political culture.

The Republican Party, who’s logo is the elephant, was a bastian of conservatism before the influx of the moderate faction. From the challenges presented to the Party from left leaning moderates, libertarians, and the Tea Party, the Republican Party has slowly moved to the left poltiically. Now with the Trump campaign gaining the ascendency in the primaries, Donald Trump represents more of what is wrong with the Party than what is right. Instead of being either an elephant or a ‘rhino’ (Republican in name only), Trump’s campaign and lifestyle is better characterized as a jackass.

Most Americans find both candidates to be beyond consideration. It appears as though this is a campaign between two donkeys. With no clear choice to vote for, I plan on voting for my political affiliation with one Party. As such, I’ll vote a straight party ticket that includes all Republican candidates (including Trump) without voting for individual candidates. In this way, I can support the political culture I associate with while lodging a protest vote for candidates I find objectionable.

Our nation can suffer the temporary imbalance of individuals who run for office but the longer goal of building and restoring our Republic is the job of political parties. Vote your conscience as you deem best but consider who will shape the future of our nation more. Liberal Democrats or Libertarian Moderates. Not much of a choice there either but there are still some conservatives in the Republican Party.

Oh, and when I vote a straight party ticket, I always vote against the libertarian candidate when there is no one in my party running against them. I’d rather have a Democrat in office than a Libertarian who’s political philosophy of social liberalism and fiscal conservatism represents the worst of America’s political culture.

Fellowship with the Sacrifice of Jesus

© Original content written by James R. Carlson

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The crucifixion of Jesus was for all mankind the salvation of our souls. Jesus paid for the penalty of our sin and by faith in his work on the Cross, we gain God’s salvation for the forgiveness of our sin. The sacrifice of Jesus was foreshadowed in the sacrifices of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). And as the Jews had fellowship with God through their sacrifice, so too we have fellowship with God through the sacrifice of Jesus.

The sacrifices in the Old Testament (previous covenant) was not begun by Moses. The patriarchs all sacrificed as did Noah. The institution of the sacrifice may go as far back as when God killed an animal to make skins to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve. The institution of sacrifice began with God and not man to account for the sins of mankind.

The tradition of the sacrifice included the slaughter of an animal. Often the sacrifice was put on an alter and fire added. The sacrifice could either be cooked or wholly burned. The animals used could range from bulls to sheep to birds. These animals would have been processed and cooked over the 2000+ year history of sacrifices in the Old Testament. And those who sacrificed often ate of the sacrifice.

The meat that we eat in the modern world is not different from that used in ancient times. We have meat processed for us by butchers and we cook it, not as a sacrifice, but for a typcial meal. Steak is the meat of a butchered animal and often the juice in the meat is considered to be blood, when it is nothing more than myoglobin (the substance that appears red and is used in muscles to deliver oxygen). The Jews were forbidden to drink the blood and they had to kill any animal that would be eaten while draining out all the blood.

When the sacrifice was eaten, the meat and the juice (fat and myoglobin) that was consumed fill the stomach of the eater. The satisfaction derived from eating is universal and needs no explanation. But the satisfaction of having one’s sins covered by the animal sacrifice relieved the soul and the renewed fellowship one may have with God renewed one’s spirit. While eating the sacrifice might appear a pragmatic way of killing and butchering animals, eating the ‘body and the blood’ of the animal was one way of having fellowship with God.

Jesus would be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind. His sacrifice on the Cross would both kill him and spill all his blood. And as we believe in Jesus and what he did for us on the Cross, we have the forgiveness of sin and renewed fellowship with God.

It is interesting that Jesus once said that unless we eat of his body and his blood we cannot have eternal life (John 6:52-53). Jesus also said that his body was broken for us in the type of bread and his blood was spilt in the type of wine or grape juice.

35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.

42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?

43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

48 I am that bread of life.

49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

[John 6:35-59 (KJV)]

The Lord’s Supper at the upper room instituted the Lord’s Table or the Eucharist. From this we eat the bread and the wine (fruit of the vine) and have fellowship with the sacrifice of Jesus who died for us on the Cross. We don’t actually eat his body or drink his blood (medieval metaphysics says otherwise). We do have our sins forgiven at the Cross and a renewed soul and spirit as we celebrate the Lord’s Table and his sacrifice for our sins.

Please pray this prayer:

God of heaven, I believe in Jesus Christ who died on the Cross for me. I believe that he paid for the penalty of my sin, which I admit I have done. I ask for your forgiveness of my sin and thank you for your love. Please bring me closer to you so that I may know you. By your Holy Spirit, please make in me a clean heart, a renewed spirit, and a right mind that I may do those things that are pleasing to you. Thank you God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and now my Father in Heaven. Amen!