Listen to Senator Sanders

June 14, 2017

We are learning more about James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who has reportedly died of his wounds after opening fire on Congressional Republicans at a practice for a charity baseball game. His social media posts make it clear that he was a dedicated “progressive” who fed incessantly on the daily partisan venom and hateful, violent rhetoric against Republicans that the media have been churning out 24/7 at least since Election Day.

I never like to blame the actions of one person on what someone else said. You can’t revoke the First Amendment because words might be interpreted the wrong way by unstable people. But lately, the calls for violence against those of non-leftist political beliefs have become overt, unmistakable and constant, and are amplified by the 24/7 echo chamber of the Internet and partisan media outlets. And the excuses for it as "art" or "satire" are as pathetic as they are transparent. In terms of irresponsible, incendiary speech, we are now well past the point of yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater.


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To see the erosion it's causing to the souls and humanity of the people feeding on it, just look at some of the horrifically ugly reactions on Twitter and Facebook, from leftwing posters celebrating that innocent people are in the hospital from a would-be assassin’s bullets just because of political disagreements, and calling for even more violence. It’s enough to make any decent person feel sick, and it should prompt anyone who has allowed him/herself to fall victim to that level of mindless partisan hatred to take a good, long look in the mirror and ask, “How did I become like this?”

If you refuse to listen to me because I’m one of those evil Republicans, then how about listening to Bernie Sanders? He quite rightly said this after discovering one of his own supporters committed this heinous attack:


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“I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values. I know I speak for the entire country when in saying that my hopes and prayers are that Rep. Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol police officers that were wounded make a quick and full recovery.”

If everyone currently drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid would listen to Sen. Sanders, set it down and back away, that would represent genuine “progress” for America.

Comments 1-5 of 193

  • David Zehren

    08/17/2017 03:28 PM

    Direct your next sermon to Donald Trump. In the 1956 election I distributed campaign materials at age 12. I have seen a lot of candidates and office holders over the years. I have struggled and I have failed to understand how in 2016 and 2017 you can be a supporter, a booster, an apologist for the one person in American politics in the last 60 years who has the least knowledge of Jesus Christ and the least inclination to follow any of the guidance, values, and beliefs of Jesus. Trump is not a good man. He is not a good human. He is an interesting organism, but so are all the insects God created. Shame on you Mike Huckabee.

  • Jeff Milligan

    06/20/2017 02:41 PM

    I pray that the liberals come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and repent for their unGodly conduct. If our country does' wake up it will fall just like the Roman Empire because of the apostasy. I love this country and every article you put out is spot on. Keep on telling it like it is and I'll pray that it wakes this apathetic country up.

  • DeEtte Moon

    06/20/2017 01:58 PM

    After more than 20 years of violent solutions being shown in the media, I'm not surprised to see this happening in the United States. That's now what young people view as viable solutions to problems.

  • James A. Vaughn

    06/17/2017 07:12 PM

    AMEN!

  • E J Caraway

    06/17/2017 06:49 PM

    I believe I share the sentiments of the unheard Americans that our media mainstream exasperates a deadly violence that seems to be okay to haters of Republicans and anyone who has come to terms with the current Trump presidency. I feel sad that this hatred is known to the world at large and creates a picture of America that I do not want the world to see as true. I believe God will have the last word in all of this. At the same time, how do Christians react? How do we show that this media is evil and insights evil acts? I don't understand the push to such violence and even the killing of our president...you may know of the Huffington Post article calling to execute him... I find this horrifying. God help us.

Listen to Senator Sanders

June 14, 2017

We are learning more about James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who has reportedly died of his wounds after opening fire on Congressional Republicans at a practice for a charity baseball game. His social media posts make it clear that he was a dedicated “progressive” who fed incessantly on the daily partisan venom and hateful, violent rhetoric against Republicans that the media have been churning out 24/7 at least since Election Day.

I never like to blame the actions of one person on what someone else said. You can’t revoke the First Amendment because words might be interpreted the wrong way by unstable people. But lately, the calls for violence against those of non-leftist political beliefs have become overt, unmistakable and constant, and are amplified by the 24/7 echo chamber of the Internet and partisan media outlets. And the excuses for it as "art" or "satire" are as pathetic as they are transparent. In terms of irresponsible, incendiary speech, we are now well past the point of yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater.


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To see the erosion it's causing to the souls and humanity of the people feeding on it, just look at some of the horrifically ugly reactions on Twitter and Facebook, from leftwing posters celebrating that innocent people are in the hospital from a would-be assassin’s bullets just because of political disagreements, and calling for even more violence. It’s enough to make any decent person feel sick, and it should prompt anyone who has allowed him/herself to fall victim to that level of mindless partisan hatred to take a good, long look in the mirror and ask, “How did I become like this?”

If you refuse to listen to me because I’m one of those evil Republicans, then how about listening to Bernie Sanders? He quite rightly said this after discovering one of his own supporters committed this heinous attack:


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“I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values. I know I speak for the entire country when in saying that my hopes and prayers are that Rep. Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol police officers that were wounded make a quick and full recovery.”

If everyone currently drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid would listen to Sen. Sanders, set it down and back away, that would represent genuine “progress” for America.

Comments 1-5 of 193

  • David Zehren

    08/17/2017 03:28 PM

    Direct your next sermon to Donald Trump. In the 1956 election I distributed campaign materials at age 12. I have seen a lot of candidates and office holders over the years. I have struggled and I have failed to understand how in 2016 and 2017 you can be a supporter, a booster, an apologist for the one person in American politics in the last 60 years who has the least knowledge of Jesus Christ and the least inclination to follow any of the guidance, values, and beliefs of Jesus. Trump is not a good man. He is not a good human. He is an interesting organism, but so are all the insects God created. Shame on you Mike Huckabee.

  • Jeff Milligan

    06/20/2017 02:41 PM

    I pray that the liberals come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and repent for their unGodly conduct. If our country does' wake up it will fall just like the Roman Empire because of the apostasy. I love this country and every article you put out is spot on. Keep on telling it like it is and I'll pray that it wakes this apathetic country up.

  • DeEtte Moon

    06/20/2017 01:58 PM

    After more than 20 years of violent solutions being shown in the media, I'm not surprised to see this happening in the United States. That's now what young people view as viable solutions to problems.

  • James A. Vaughn

    06/17/2017 07:12 PM

    AMEN!

  • E J Caraway

    06/17/2017 06:49 PM

    I believe I share the sentiments of the unheard Americans that our media mainstream exasperates a deadly violence that seems to be okay to haters of Republicans and anyone who has come to terms with the current Trump presidency. I feel sad that this hatred is known to the world at large and creates a picture of America that I do not want the world to see as true. I believe God will have the last word in all of this. At the same time, how do Christians react? How do we show that this media is evil and insights evil acts? I don't understand the push to such violence and even the killing of our president...you may know of the Huffington Post article calling to execute him... I find this horrifying. God help us.