Thursday, July 24, 2014
I know it may seem shocking to you but The Washington Post’s editorial board blasted Hamas for their, “tunnel vision.” Read below. It’s refreshing to see The Washington Post “intellectuals” understanding the real problem.
Washington Post Editorial
THE DISTINGUISHING feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is “offensive tunnels,” as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli officials. The tunnels are the reason that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu decided last weekend to launch a ground invasion of Gaza, and they explain why that operation has strong support from Israelis in spite of the relatively heavy casualties it has inflicted. Most significantly, the tunnels show why it has been difficult to reach a cease-fire and why any accord must forge a new political and security order in Gaza.
Hamas’s offensive tunnels should not be confused with the burrows it has dug under Gaza’s border with Egypt to smuggle money, consumer goods and military equipment. The newly discovered structures have only one conceivable purpose: to launch attacks inside Israel. Three times in recent days, Hamas fighters emerged from the tunnels in the vicinity of Israeli civilian communities, which they clearly aimed to attack. The ¬concrete-lined structures are stocked with materials, such as handcuffs and tranquilizers, that could be used on hostages. Other tunnels in northern Gaza are designed for the storage and firing of missiles at Israeli cities.
The resources devoted by Hamas to this project are staggering, particularly in view of Gaza’s extreme poverty. By one Israeli account, the typical tunnel cost $1 million to build over the course of several years, using tons of concrete desperately needed for civilian housing. By design, many of the tunnels have entrances in the heavily populated Shijaiyah district, where the Israeli offensive has been concentrated. One was found underneath al-Wafa hospital, where Hamas also located a command post and stored weapons, according to Israeli officials.
The depravity of Hamas’s strategy seems lost on much of the outside world, which — following the terrorists’ script — blames Israel for the civilian casualties it inflicts while attempting to destroy the tunnels. While children die in strikes against the military infrastructure that Hamas’s leaders deliberately placed in and among homes, those leaders remain safe in their own tunnels. There they continue to reject cease-fire proposals, instead outlining a long list of unacceptable demands.
One of those demands is for a full reopening of Gaza’s land and sea borders. While this would allow relief and economic development for the territory’s population, it would also allow Hamas to import more missiles and concrete for new tunnels. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, the Egyptian government and other would-be brokers are right to seek a cease-fire, but they should reject Hamas’s agenda. Instead, any political accord should come after a cease-fire and be negotiated with the Palestinian leadership of Mahmoud Abbas. It should link opening of the borders and other economic concessions to the return to Gaza of the security forces of the Palestinian Authority, the disarmament of Hamas and elections for a new government.
In setting such conditions, international mediators will likely have the quiet support of most of Gaza’s population. Polls show that they are fed up with Hamas’s rule and with its use of women and children as cannon fodder in unwinnable wars with Israel. The next government of Gaza should be one that invests in schools, health clinics and houses, not in tunnels.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Senator Marco Rubio didn’t hold back today at Catholic University when talking about traditional American values. Instead of shying away from the now controversial topic of marriage (ridiculous), Rubio had the following stern rebuke for homosexuals who seem to think anyone who is against gay marriage is a bigot.
Senator Marco Rubio: “This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage. And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election.” He just summarized what millions of evangelicals think on a daily basis. That’s called a homerun with the base.
Watch below at the 17:45 mark.
The Brody File says well done. Marco Rubio was bold enough to speak up on traditional marriage in a day and age when doing so can be hazardous to your political health. His speech today at Catholic University, where he talked about traditional values being the fabric of American society was eloquent and strong. It had the right mix of compassion, individual liberty, patriotism and limited government assistance. It put on display why he’s one of the best communicators in the Republican Party and why he would be formidable in a 2016 presidential election race.
Friday, July 18, 2014
This week on the Brody File we take a look at the political sparring over immigration reform as thousands of undocumented minors enter the United States.
We also explore the different ways evangelical Christians are responding to the border crisis.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Todd Akin, the former Congressman who angered the Republican establishment when he uttered the words, “legitimate rape” during his campaign for the Senate two years ago, tells The Brody File that during that time he felt a spiritual warfare battle going on saying, “I was protected but it seemed like there was this intense war between good and evil.”
Watch below and read the partial transcription below the video.
Todd Akin: I felt sort of peaceful, as though I was in a parachute. I sort of felt that on each side of me were these towering cumulus clouds. On the one side lightning and thunder of evil and the other side brilliant light of good and I sort of felt like I was literally on the front lines and evil and good were going at it all around me and I’m thinking, ‘how did I get here so fast? If you want a mental picture, sometimes you just have to think of a bizarre picture but that’s what it felt like. It was sort of I felt a sense of peace like I was protected but it seemed like there was this intense war between good and evil…
Akin stopped by our studios this afternoon to promote his new book out this week called, Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom.
More from the interview on our next Brody File show.
Friday, July 11, 2014
This week on the Brody File we look at how three presidential hopefuls plan to make their way from the Capitol building to the White House.
We're breaking down the views, strategies and potential stumbling blocks of Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
What should be done about the immigration crisis on the border with all these children flocking to it to escape their horrible lives in their Central American homes? It’s called a smart combination of compassion and the law.
My heart goes out to these children but we are a country that has laws. Granted, they haven’t been enforced too well from an immigration perspective but if America starts letting in everyone who has a bad circumstance in their international hometown, then what. The Brody File would suggest that we’d have a much larger problem than what’s going on now.
But there must be compassion. The Bible commands it. In Matthew it says, “[F]or I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Look, I think the answer is individual compassion. In other words, the government has to enforce our immigration laws but that doesn’t mean we have to be bystanders who don’t care about the individual. We need to help in whatever way we can. Help improve their Central American communities by going into those communities with our Bibles and the message of Jesus Christ, support families in need financially, pray for these children, get involved and active in some way to help provide a better life for these children. That’s compassion.
Glenn Beck is doing it. This from The Blaze:
Glenn Beck on Tuesday announced that he will be bringing tractor-trailers full of food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas on July 19 as a way to help care for some of the roughly 60,000 underage refugees who have crossed into America illegally in 2014
And read about the Reverend Samuel Rodriguez out in California:
A Hispanic evangelical leader says most of the unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border would be better off with their parents and should be sent home.
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez says those without parents in the U.S. could fall victim to the same drug gangs in American cities that threaten their lives in Central America.
Rodriguez is president of NHCLC/Conela, which represents more than 40,000 Hispanic evangelical churches in the U.S. and 500,000 worldwide.
NHCLC/Conela plans to broadcast public service announcements in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala discouraging parents from sending their children on the dangerous trek to the U.S. border, and is urging Central American pastors to spread that message throughout their communities.
Rodriguez says that while NHCLC/Conela opposes illegal immigration, its churches are offering temporary shelter, food and clothing to children packed into U.S. detention facilities while their cases are processed.
Hey folks, how about we not use all our energy complaining about the situation and instead use that energy to help people out. Let's go. We are America. We are compassionate.
The 2016 GOP presidential candidate list is long. It includes Rand Paul, Ted cruz, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Mike Pence, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson, Rick Perry, Paul Ryan, etc. Whew. That was exhausting. I have carpel tunnel!
There’s no way to accurately predict who will win the nomination. Heck, it’s hard enough to predict who will actually run. But here’s a little food for thought. Five guys stick out to me as candidates who could get through to the nomination.
Mike Huckabee is an ‘aw shucks’ type of guy who would be able to weave a conservative message in a compassionate way. Just recently he called President Obama’s immigration policy a “Minnie Pearl” philosophy of, “Y’all come!” Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has a solid record as governor and is a blue collar type guy who could win a lot of votes. Marco Rubio is a strong candidate and The Brody File is not convinced that immigration will be his undoing. Bobby Jindal is a guy to watch out for. He’s so smart and bursting at the seam with ideas that he’ll be refreshing. And also don’t forget about Rick Santorum. This would not be his first rodeo and he has a blue collar theme that plays well in key swing states.
Sure, other candidates could emerge. There’s plenty of time but right now, The Brody File thinks the five just mentioned above may just have the best shot.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
This week on The Brody File we go one-on-one with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. He gives us his prescription of what to do when it comes to the unsettling situation in Iraq.
Also, we talk with Australian-born author Nick Adams, who gives us his views on how America can be great again.
Plus, Hillary Clinton may be "dead broke," but The Brody File explains why the media may want to cut her some slack.
Friday, June 27, 2014
This week on the Brody File we're front and center at this year's Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to the Majority" conference.
We'll hear from potential GOP presidential candidates in the battle over evangelical Christian support.
Plus, we bring you an exclusive interview with the new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Remember these two words: religious freedom. These two words constitute one of the most important topics in the evangelical political world right now. And in 2016, the threat to religious freedom will become an integral part of every candidate trying to seriously court the evangelical vote during the presidential election.
Does that mean that the life and marriage issues don’t matter? No, of course not. The fact that our culture is morally deteriorating before our eyes is another subject for another blog. But when it comes to religious freedom, you can be sure that each presidential candidate will show why he (or she) is best qualified to lead on the issue.
The Brody File believes it will be THE main theme during the GOP Primary season in a quest to secure a majority of the evangelical vote.
The upcoming Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision will be a race to the microphones as well as a test for Capitol Hill press secretaries to come up with the most robust press release defending religious freedom among those politicians aspiring to be Republican presidential candidates in 2016. After all, this Hobby Lobby decision goes right to the religious freedom issue.
Sen. Ted Cruz is already championing his religious freedom credentials everywhere he goes. In front of evangelical crowds, he laments how religious freedom is under attack and how he has litigated cases on this issue all the way to the Supreme Court…and won. Just recently, he’s brought attention to the case of Meriam Ibrahim, the woman jailed for her faith in the Sudan.
Other candidates haven’t been shy about waxing poetic on this issue either. Sen. Rand Paul talks to anybody who will listen about the plight of persecuted Christians overseas. One of his biggest applause lines in front of evangelical crowds is when he says, “Our aid money, should never go to countries that persecute women or Christians, not one dime.”
Sen. Marco Rubio has also been talking up religious freedom, tying it instinctively to American values. He also has introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, which would repeal the Obamacare mandate that forces faith-based groups to offer employees insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Rick Santorum has been taking about religious freedom issues for much of his public life. So has Mike Huckabee. For both of them, talking about this issue reveals their true authenticity.
You see, the political ramifications of pushing the religious freedom agenda are significant for any candidate. First of all, it gives you an emotional issue that instantly connects you to the important evangelical voting block. This issue is near and dear to their hearts.
Secondly, religious freedom touches many important political topics: a candidate can weave in Obamacare (contraception mandate issue), the IRS scandal (a group’s prayers scrutinized by the IRS), liberal judges (choose your Ten Commandments/Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit), same-sex marriage (the religious freedom of Christian business owners to refuse to provide their services/products to same-sex couples), foreign policy (persecuting Christians around the world), and moral values (the deteriorating culture due to religious freedoms under attack by everyone and everything) into one fluid argument at the same time.
It touches so many different specific topics that are important to secure an evangelical vote.
The GOP Primary in 2016 is about to turn in to the Religious Freedom Primary. Get ready.