Exceptionally wise and pertinent words to overcome during these deceptive last days!
NOTES I TRANSCRIBED:
“The deception in these last days is overwhelming.”
“The enemy’s … primary weapon is subtle deception. He comes at us with carefully crafted arguments that stir up our emotions, and he often mixes in a little truth into the lies he promotes, causing us to question our God-given instinct. He comes back again and again until we are offended and angry. He knows that an offended person has compromised judgment.”
“The media has become the most powerful vehicle of lies, evil and confusion of our time. … And if you disagree with them you become ridiculed, hated, slandered.”
“We must stop and question the information being planted in our hearts and minds. We must each investigate the other side of the story.”
Romans 16:18 “By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” BSB
The Bible says numerous times “take heed that no one deceives you.”
“If we are moved by feelings and feed on lies how are we to discern the truth” as the delusion increases with more serious birth pain events?
We should ask ourselves in humility:
• Have I been siding with evil?
• Do I really want to know the truth?
• Am I offended?
• Has my heart been hardened?
• Has my love gone cold?
“Anything else should be questioned. This [lays his hand on the Bible] is God’s truth.”
We need to do a rethink: idolatry and ‘The Pledge. What happens when the nation disobeys God?
It’s dangerous to pledge allegiance to any manmade political power, since their dictates often become reverse-Christian, such as our post-9/11 regime-change wars and much of what the CIA does covertly.
Children should be taught to pledge allegiance to God instead, Who will always lead us into doing what is right.
Hitler replaced religious youth programs with the Hitler Youth (like the Boy Scouts, but on steroids), to teach children to obey him without question. Most German Lutherans then did obey Hitler instead of the Holy Spirit, when instead of defending Germany on German soil, Hitler immorally abused Germans’ loyalty by invading foreign countries unnecessarily, turning the world against Germany, which got Germany destroyed, exactly what Satan wanted. And this includes his invasions of Poland and Russia, which true history proves.
Hitler locked up the main Catholic leader in the Dachau prison who refused to shut down the Catholic youth program.
War should be last resort only:
[DISCLAIMER: I’m no fan of NPR, who did this video.]
World Affairs Brief, January 1, 2020 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.
Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com).
2020 IN REVIEW: THE BIG PICTURE
How did this false pandemic happen?
Let me assure you this phony pandemic didn’t destroy our liberty overnight. Its conditions were set decades ago when we allowed the lure of free public education to capture America’s children and systematically indoctrinate them in social justice, political correctness, evolution, and false promises of what government power can do to create equality and a more “just world,” without freedom and judgment. Continue reading “Skousen: How did this false pandemic happen? — Correct solutions have no appeal to morally corrupt citizens – chronic violators of conscience”
“Boondocks” Cartoon tells the TRUTH about Pagan Christmas!
Cartoons often reveal the truth in plain sight, but most people ignore it thinking its “jokes”….This one here explains how Christmas had nothing to do with Christ & how those lost in the world, blinded by satan, simply cant hear the truth, and always seem to only focus on what the TV says rather than their own family or friend with a sound mind, like the grandpa in this clip!!! PLEASE Stop celebrating wicked traditions of men that The Holy Bible says NOT to.
There isn’t a mask big enough to protect us from everything going on in the world today. We need to suit up with the whole armor of God.
JP red pilling many, brilliantly!
JP sings: “It’s beginning to look a lot like communism, everywhere you go.”
“This year, the holidays are just going to be different.Instead of getting together with your friends and family in person, and risking the transmission of joy, love and connection, you are to practice socialism distancing.”
“Tis the season….”
“In this Christmas video you’ll learn how you can enjoy a communist Christmas. It’s the new normal! Your holiday plans should include no plans, wearing a mask, staying in your home, social distancing, and poverty. Have a very merry communist Christmas!”
“For a number of years now, we’ve made it socially illegal for you to say ‘Merry Christmas.’ We’ve exchanged it with ‘Happy Holidays,’ and you went with it. Thank you for helping our efforts to erase religion, because you can’t have communism with freedom of religion. We wouldn’t people following the Lord’s guidance over our guidance.” “And all churches are closed for the foreseeable future. I love a good coincidence.”
PROBLEM > REACTION > SOLUTION: “They’ve [your government] scared you, so you’re scared, and now they’re protecting you from what they told you to be scared of.”
Dan Fagan: “Any party or movement that will fight for the right of an abortionist to kill a vulnerable, innocent baby while they’re living comfortably and peacefully in the sanctuary of their mother’s womb would certainly be capable of stealing an election.” “If they’re willing to support something that evil, certainly, fixing an election is nothing to them.”
[His Facebook post plus end of his statement on his show, 12/21/20]
WARNING: False salvation teaching at the end.
The US is not the most powerful nation in the world.
“What if Christianity actually teaches peace, and not ‘preventive’ wars of aggression?” – Ron Paul
51:47 “We talk about the demon that ran Persia. There is a demon running the United States.” Steven Anderson
59:40 Public obelisks: “the obelisk is a phallic symbol … the phallic of the great sun god. It’s his architecture that reigns.” – Texe Marrs
100:57 The obelisk in Las Vegas overseeing the massacre
1:16:27 The attitude of the United States…
1:22:50 Babylon destroyed in one hour
1:23:13 “Over and over again in Revelation 18, the Bible repeats the fact that Babylon will be destroyed in one hour. And it will be destroyed with fire…. A nuclear attack fits this description perfectly, and it would happen immediately…, within one hour’s time.” – Anderson
1:37:55 “The Bible Way To Heaven” — False salvation teaching from Steven Anderson, who believes all we have to do is say a prayer. We don’t actually have to abide in Christ to be “in Christ,” to be real Christians.
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Babylon USA | Documentary on Mystery Babylon in Revelation | KJV Bible
When someone smiles all the time, watch out!
2020 exposed a festering disease in America
This past winter the world began to change before our very eyes as the specter of an unknown global pandemic struck fear into the hearts of men. Lockdowns and closures – unthinkable in modern America – reshaped our lives overnight.
The events of this past year exposed a festering disease which has long-been weakening our body politic to the point that we now struggle to summon the necessary strength to restore our health. Things were not going well before 2020, but much of the country was oblivious.
One hundred and ninety years ago, a French writer sailed across the Atlantic to try and understand this bold new experiment called America. Alexis de Tocqueville wanted to see what sort of people could found and sustain a nation which was unlike any other in the history of the world.
He was not primarily interested in saving souls or defending any one particular church or denomination. But he, like our founding fathers, noted one fundamental reality about this new form of representative democracy. It would collapse, he said, if the people abandoned their Christian faith.
Christianity was the glue that held the nation together – the common set of values that justified the equality of all mankind under God. It provided a moral framework that protected individual liberties, while instilling a sense of moral duty to our fellow man. Without this foundation, Tocqueville predicted that a secular representative democracy would create citizens who were hyper individualist, preoccupied with material gain and willing to trample the Natural moral laws of the universe if they could only secure a tyrannical majority. Might would become right in the absence of a higher authority.
America’s religious institutions have been weakening for several generations now. Church attendance is falling, and many younger Americans know next to nothing about Christianity. We can no longer afford to neglect our churches and our prayers. Our children must be forged in faith and a deep love for God whose commands transcend all state and earthly powers.
Without this we cannot possibly save our souls, let alone the heart of this great nation.
1:10 U.S.’s Operation Warp Speed has already given $9 billion to vaccine companies as of mid-December, one not even U.S.!
$456M to Johnson & Johnson
$483M to Moderna
$472M to Moderna
$1.2B to AstraZeneca
$450M to Regeneron
$1.6B to Novavax
$2B to Pfizer
$2B to GlasoSmithKline (based in UK)
30:00 Approximately 99 abortions were used to make the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps & Rubella). Though, possibly the tissue from only one aborted baby is in the vaccine.
33:20 “These babies were often removed via C-section, still living, so then their tissue could be experimented on so it would be sufficiently fresh and undamaged. Sometimes they were dissected basically with their hearts still beating. This isn’t just immoral. This is utterly Satanic.”
48:00 “The chicken pox vaccine has more aborted fetal DNA in it has active ingredient for the chicken pox.” Which may be a factor in why they cause autism.
The Moderna and Pfizer covid vaccines are mRNA, which has never been tried before.
1:10:40 “This mRNA is basically to transform your cells, it’s to insert genetic information into your cells so your cells then produce this modified spike protein of the Corona virus. This modified spike protein that Moderna is using was developed in aborted fetal cell lines.” “…there’s no aborted fetal cells present in the Moderna vaccine; though, [there are? — unintelligible] in the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
1:23:15 “90% of people testing positive for SARS-Covid2 actually do not have the technical viral load in their body. … [They’re] not able to infect other people.”
1:26:10 Are there aborted cells in the Pfizer vaccine? “There’s no aborted cells in it. It was tested in aborted cells.”
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114:10 “The more vaccines you take, the higher probability of immune system damage.”
116:00 They’re producing the next pandemic in a lab as we speak. Bill Gates predicts the next pandemic will be much worse than this one. “Eventually, it’s going to get to be really deadly even to normal people.” Continue reading “(vid) Joel Skousen 2020 Year End Analysis”
Justice Gorsuch: Government not free to disregard free exercise of religion during Covid crisis
November 27, 2020
The following is a full text of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s concurring opinion in ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK v. ANDREW M. CUOMO, GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, in which the court struck down the governor’s Covid restrictions targeting church services
Government is not free to disregard the First Amendment in times of crisis. At a minimum, that Amendment prohibits government officials from treating religious exercises worse than comparable secular activities, unless they are pursuing a compelling interest and using the least restrictive means available. See Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. Hialeah, 508 U. S. 520, 546 (1993). Yet recently, during the COVID pandemic, certain States seem to have ignored these long-settled principles.
Today’s case supplies just the latest example. New York’s Governor has asserted the power to assign different color codes to different parts of the State and govern each by executive decree. In “red zones,” houses of worship are all but closed—limited to a maximum of 10 people. In the Orthodox Jewish community that limit might operate to exclude all women, considering 10 men are necessary to establish a minyan, or a quorum.
At the same time, the Governor has chosen to impose no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers “essential.” And it turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores. Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too. So, at least according to the Governor, it may be unsafe to go to church, but it is always fine to pick up another bottle of wine, shop for a new bike, or spend the afternoon exploring your distal points and meridians.In “orange zones,” it’s not much different. Churches and synagogues are limited to a maximum of 25 people. These restrictions apply even to the largest cathedrals and synagogues, which ordinarily hold hundreds. And the restrictions apply no matter the precautions taken, including social distancing, wearing masks, leaving doors and windows open, forgoing singing, and disinfecting spaces between services.
Who knew public health would so perfectly align with secular convenience?
As almost everyone on the Court today recognizes, squaring the Governor’s edicts with our traditional First Amendment rules is no easy task. People may gather inside for extended periods in bus stations and airports, in laundromats and banks, in hardware stores and liquor shops. No apparent reason exists why people may not gather, subject to identical restrictions, in churches or synagogues, especially when religious institutions have made plain that they stand ready, able, and willing to follow all the safety precautions required of “essential” businesses and perhaps more besides.
The only explanation for treating religious places differently seems to be a judgment that what happens there just isn’t as “essential” as what happens in secular spaces. Indeed, the Governor is remarkably frank about this: In his judgment laundry and liquor, travel and tools, are all “essential” while traditional religious exercises are not. That is exactly the kind of discrimination the First Amendment forbids.
Nor is the problem an isolated one. In recent months, certain other Governors have issued similar edicts. At the flick of a pen, they have asserted the right to privilege restaurants, marijuana dispensaries, and casinos over churches, mosques, and temples. See Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak, 591 U. S. ___, ___ (2020) (GORSUCH, J., dissenting).
In far too many places, for far too long, our first freedom has fallen on deaf ears.
What could justify so radical a departure from the First Amendment’s terms and long-settled rules about its application? Our colleagues offer two possible answers. Initially, some point to a solo concurrence in South Bay Pentecostal Church v. Newsom, 590 U. S. ___ (2020), in which THE CHIEF JUSTICE expressed willingness to defer to executive orders in the pandemic’s early stages based on the newness of the emergency and how little was then known about the disease. Post, at 5 (opinion of BREYER, J.). At that time, COVID had been with us, in earnest, for just three months. Now, as we round out 2020 and face the prospect of entering a second calendar year living in the pandemic’s shadow, that rationale has expired according to its own terms.
Even if the Constitution has taken a holiday during this pandemic, it cannot become a sabbatical. Rather than apply a nonbinding and expired concurrence from South Bay, courts must resume applying the Free Exercise Clause. Today, a majority of the Court makes this plain. Not only did the South Bay concurrence address different circumstances than we now face, that opinion was mistaken from the start.
To justify its result, the concurrence reached back 100 years in the U. S. Reports to grab hold of our decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U. S. 11 (1905). But Jacobson hardly supports cutting the Constitution loose during a pandemic. That decision involved an entirely different mode of analysis, an entirely different right, and an entirely different kind of restriction.
Start with the mode of analysis. Although Jacobson predated the modern tiers of scrutiny, this Court essentially applied rational basis review to Henning Jacobson’s challenge to a state law that, in light of an ongoing smallpox pandemic, required individuals to take a vaccine, pay a $5 fine, or establish that they qualified for an exemption. Id., at 25 (asking whether the State’s scheme was “reasonable”); id., at 27 (same); id., at 28 (same). Rational basis review is the test this Court normally applies to Fourteenth Amendment challenges, so long as they do not involve suspect classifications based on race or some other ground, or a claim of fundamental right.
Put differently, Jacobson didn’t seek to depart from normal legal rules during a pandemic, and it supplies no precedent for doing so. Instead, Jacobson applied what would become the traditional legal test associated with the right at issue—exactly what the Court does today. Here, that means strict scrutiny: The First Amendment traditionally requires a State to treat religious exercises at least as well as comparable secular activities unless it can meet the demands of strict scrutiny—showing it has employed the most narrowly tailored means available to satisfy a compelling state interest. Church of Lukumi, 508 U. S., at 546.
Next, consider the right asserted. Mr. Jacobson claimed that he possessed an implied “substantive due process” right to “bodily integrity” that emanated from the Fourteenth Amendment and allowed him to avoid not only the vaccine but also the $5 fine (about $140 today) and the need to show he qualified for an exemption. 197 U. S., at 13–14. This Court disagreed. But what does that have to do with our circumstances? Even if judges may impose emergency restrictions on rights that some of them have found hiding in the Constitution’s penumbras, it does not follow that the same fate should befall the textually explicit right to religious exercise.
Finally, consider the different nature of the restriction. In Jacobson, individuals could accept the vaccine, pay the fine, or identify a basis for exemption. Id., at 12, 14. The imposition on Mr. Jacobson’s claimed right to bodily integrity, thus, was avoidable and relatively modest. It easily survived rational basis review, and might even have survived strict scrutiny, given the opt-outs available to certain objectors. Id., at 36, 38–39.
Here, by contrast, the State has effectively sought to ban all traditional forms of worship in affected “zones” whenever the Governor decrees and for as long as he chooses. Nothing in Jacobson purported to address, let alone approve, such serious and long-lasting intrusions into settled constitutional rights. In fact, Jacobson explained that the challenged law survived only because it did not “contravene the Constitution of the United States” or “infringe any right granted or secured by that instrument.” Id., at 25.
Tellingly no Justice now disputes any of these points. Nor does any Justice seek to explain why anything other than our usual constitutional standards should apply during the current pandemic.
In fact, today the author of the South Bay concurrence even downplays the relevance of Jacobson for cases like the one before us. Post, at 2 (opinion of ROBERTS, C. J.). All this is surely a welcome development. But it would require a serious rewriting of history to suggest, as THE CHIEF JUSTICE does, that the South Bay concurrence never really relied in significant measure on Jacobson. That was the first case South Bay cited on the substantive legal question before the Court, it was the only case cited involving a pandemic, and many lower courts quite understandably read its invocation as inviting them to slacken their enforcement of constitutional liberties while COVID lingers. See, e.g., Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker, 962 F. 3d 341, 347 (CA7 2020); Legacy Church, Inc. v. Kunkel, ___ F. Supp. 3d ___, ___ (NM 2020).
Why have some mistaken this Court’s modest decision in Jacobson for a towering authority that overshadows the Constitution during a pandemic? In the end, I can only surmise that much of the answer lies in a particular judicial impulse to stay out of the way in times of crisis. But if that impulse may be understandable or even admirable in other circumstances, we may not shelter in place when the Constitution is under attack. Things never go well when we do.
That leaves my colleagues to their second line of argument. Maybe precedent does not support the Governor’s actions. Maybe those actions do violate the Constitution. But, they say, we should stay our hand all the same. Even if the churches and synagogues before us have been subject to unconstitutional restrictions for months, it is no matter because, just the other day, the Governor changed his color code for Brooklyn and Queens where the plaintiffs are located. Now those regions are “yellow zones” and the challenged restrictions on worship associated with “orange” and “red zones” do not apply. So, the reasoning goes, we should send the plaintiffs home with an invitation to return later if need be.
To my mind, this reply only advances the case for intervention. It has taken weeks for the plaintiffs to work their way through the judicial system and bring their case to us. During all this time, they were subject to unconstitutional restrictions. Now, just as this Court was preparing to act on their applications, the Governor loosened his restrictions, all while continuing to assert the power to tighten them again anytime as conditions warrant. So if we dismissed this case, nothing would prevent the Governor from reinstating the challenged restrictions tomorrow. And by the time a new challenge might work its way to us, he could just change them again.
The Governor has fought this case at every step of the way. To turn away religious leaders bringing meritorious claims just because the Governor decided to hit the “off ” switch in the shadow of our review would be, in my view, just another sacrifice of fundamental rights in the name of judicial modesty. Even our dissenting colleagues do not suggest this case is moot or otherwise outside our power to decide. They counsel delay only because “the disease-related circumstances [are] rapidly changing.” Post, at 5 (opinion of BREYER, J.).
But look at what those “rapidly changing” circumstances suggest. Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have “indicated it’s only a matter of time before [all] five boroughs” of New York City are flipped from yellow to orange. J. Skolnik, D. Goldiner, & D. Slattery, Staten Island Goes ‘Orange’ As Cuomo Urges Coronavirus ‘Reality Check’ Ahead of Thanksgiving, N. Y. Daily News (Nov. 23, 2020), https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronaviruscuomo-thanksgiving-20201123-yyhxfo3kzbdinbfbsqos3tvrk u-story-html.
On anyone’s account, then, it seems inevitable this dispute will require the Court’s attention. It is easy enough to say it would be a small thing to require the parties to “refile their applications” later. Post, at 3 (opinion of BREYER, J.). But none of us are rabbis wondering whether future services will be disrupted as the High Holy Days were, or priests preparing for Christmas. Nor may we discount the burden on the faithful who have lived for months under New York’s unconstitutional regime unable to attend religious services.
Whether this Court could decide a renewed application promptly is beside the point. The parties before us have already shown their entitlement to relief. Saying so now will establish clear legal rules and enable both sides to put their energy to productive use, rather than devoting it to endless emergency litigation. Saying so now will dispel, as well, misconceptions about the role of the Constitution in times of crisis, which have already been permitted to persist for too long. It is time—past time—to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques.
New makeup of U.S. Supreme Court values the Constitution, and so the City of Anchorage relaxed its stranglehold on church gatherings, says Kate Vogel, the Municipal Attorney. Dec. 8, 2020, Anchorage Assembly meeting.
51:25 Praising God when there is no way out!
128:00 “Lust is the appetite of demons expressed through humans.”
141:10 Dana Coverstone’s dream about December 17th, which has hopefully been prayed into not happening: saw a coffin with the Biden family around it.
Quayle is wrong about tithing. It doesn’t matter if it was done one time before the law was given. Now, in the new covenant, we are to be led by the Holy Spirit, Whom they didn’t have before and during the law. The Holy Spirit is to lead us into all truth, Jesus said.
The long list of demands from the Government of California is read by #JohnMacArthur during a Grace Community Church service held September 13, 2020, after a Judge ruled that Grace Church, specifically, could only have “services” outdoors (in the 100+ degree heat, with the ashes of nearby wildfires raining down, in a parking lot, that is owned by the State, a lease that the State has recently revoked). These demands are supposed to be related to #COVID19 but ultimately Christians and Constitutionalists know that #ChurchIsEssential
New Dana Coverstone dream — serious!
“A house divided against itself shall not stand.”
What may be coming this November especially unless some serious praying and repenting happens!
“Repentance is in this life. But to the unrepentant, eternal damnation is in the next.”
Ginsburg…The Death Of A Jew Continue reading “Nathanael (a Jew himself): Ginsburg Now Believes in the Afterlife”
MY NOTES – Steven Ben-Nun said:
22:40 “Through violence, the Jewish state is trying to make it look like these prophecies (which many have been fulfilled…), they’re trying to make it look as if they are coming to pass, but in fact they are not.”
23:30 “This is really not a ‘peace accord.’ It’s a war accord. They’re using this ‘peace initiative, or this Abrahamic accord in order to prepare their coalition to go against Iran.”
33:30 “The sad thing is that when it comes to the United States, they [Israel] is done with America. I was told that straight up by people I know in Israel. China will be the next superpower, and they [Israel] will work with China. And they will use Russia to bring down this nation down, along with China.”
54 Truth about Syria: Turkey brought in the Sarin gas to falsely blame Assad for gassing his own people.
Christians and Jews say Damascus must be destroyed according to Bible prophecy, but Isaiah 17 actually says God holds Christians and Jews responsible for the destruction of Damascus, because they armed a faction to destroy Syria.
59:00 GREATER ISRAEL PROJECT: “They [Israel] had to go a long way to instigate all America’s wars on the Middle East to create this scenario. As we know, General Wesley Clark said seven nations would be taken down in five years. Of course, the timeline is off, but not the nations. The United States has played a heavy role in bringing down these nations.”
Gets interesting, starting at 17:45
Jim Caviezel dramatizes this portion of Ronald Reagan’s ‘A Time for Choosing’ speech, making some key changes about pastors accommodating during Covid-19, noted here:
Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace — and you can have it in the next second — surrender.
Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning [Christian] liberal friends [our priests, biships and pastors] refuse to face — that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand — the ultimatum. And what then — when
Nikita Khrushchev has [Satanists] told his people [the people of this world] he knows what] our answer will be? He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of the [his] Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the [his] final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Red than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us.
You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin — just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all.
You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which
they [evil] must not advance.”
“In the words of Reagan, ‘evil is powerless if the good are not afraid.'”