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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Magic Of Donald Trump On Display In Iowa

Hey Jorge Ramos: I’m sure the Trump campaign wants to send you a thank you card and a fruit basket. What’s the best address? At a press conference in Iowa Tuesday night, the Univision “reporter” (quotes intended) tried his best to put Donald Trump on the spot regarding his immigration policies but guess what? It totally backfired.

Look, by the now many of you have seen the video of Ramos being escorted out of the room by security after trying to ask his immigration question.  Some may say that approach was unnecessary but let’s look at the facts.

First of all, Ramos was not called upon at the press conference. Another reporter was chosen by Trump to ask a question and Ramos barged in like a media bully. Hey Jorge, that’s called bad journalistic etiquette.  Mainstream media reporters should be calling Ramos out on that bad move. But that’s not all. Once he started speaking, he didn’t ask a question, he made a political statement.  He essentially told Trump he couldn’t deport millions of illegal immigrants. There was no question and when he finally got to something resembling a question, it was rhetorical in nature. Ramos did not come to that press conference with a journalist’s curiosity. He came with a political agenda. That’s strike 2 and the mainstream media should call him out on that too. Finally, after being escorted back in Ramos and Trump go at it on immigration. Think about this. Ramos was literally escorted out of the room and then Trump looks like the good guy by bringing him back and having him ask his question/rant. That’s remarkable. Who does that? Most politicians wouldn’t ever try to engage with someone who clearly had an agenda but guess what? Trump doesn’t care. He can handle it. He’s man enough to deal with it (to quote the cover of Time Magazine this week). What Trump showed (once again) to voters is that he’s not afraid to back down from a fight. He lets it rip and loves to battle.

Politically, what makes this incident such a winning proposition for Trump is that anytime you take on the liberal, agenda-seeking mainstream media you win. Ramos tried to grandstand and hijack the press conference and Trump stood up to him. This is not an easy task. Many politicians wouldn’t have the stomach for the fight or if they did engage, they wouldn’t have turned the tables as deftly as Trump. That’s what voters want. They want a fighter. They want someone who is going to dish it back to agenda-setting reporters. You see, when it comes to the liberal mainstream media, conservative voters hold a true disdain for the lot of them but they don’t feel they have the power or bully pulpit to fight back against them. Trump is their bully pulpit. Trump is their voice. And that my friends, is the magic of Trump.  Jorge Ramos wanted to expose Trump on immigration. Instead, he exposed why Trump is growing in popularity across America. Trump turned the tables. He’s the maestro conductor of this 2016 presidential election. He leads. Others follow. Oh, and one more thing: where should the Trump campaign send the fruit basket?

posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:16 AM | Feedback (0)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott: America's Cultural Resurgence Must Be Lead By Pastors

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File in Austin, Texas Governor Greg Abbott says America will continue to deteriorate unless pastors get involved in the cultural issues of the day. “The people who attend these congregations or pastor these congregations do not turn out and vote and we are dealing with the consequences by the failure of Christians to go vote.”

Abbott spoke with The Brody File in Austin Monday afternoon after speaking to hundreds of pastors at the American Renewal Project event in Texas. Abbott has been very outspoken about his faith in the public square and made an impassioned plea for pastors to do the same.

ARP is holding these influential meetings in select cities around the country in an attempt to get pastors to reengage with the cultural issues of the day. The hope is that pastors will energize and encourage their flocks to actually vote their biblical values.

Watch the video below along with a partial transcription.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott: “The country deteriorates and that’s what we’ve seen over the past decade. Religious liberty from the Bible is in the issues that Christians believe in have become hostile in the mainstream politics and there is one key reason for it and that’s because the people who attend these congregations or pastor these congregations do not turn out and vote and we are dealing with the consequences by the failure of Christians to go vote.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott: “The most important thing anyone can ever do is to stand on their principles, stand on their values and that should be the guiding force in your life but second, it should be that the politically correct thing to do is to stand for the values that Christ preaches and if we do that those are the values and principles upon which this nation was founded upon and what needs to be replicated and it’s because we’ve been getting away from those values and principles that the United States of America has begun to erode.”

posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 6:10 AM | Feedback (0)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Brody File Interview: Mark Levin Calls For Civil Disobedience Against Federal Government

Author and popular Radio Show Host Mark Levin tells The Brody File that it’s time American citizens disobey and protest the out-of-control, immoral and deceitful federal government in a civil way. “Do you want to live with liberty? Do you want to live with prosperity or do you want to live in miserable, gloomy, bleak times because that’s where we’re headed if you don’t stir yourselves and rally and protest and in some cases disobey, not like the left where they burn down neighborhoods and administration buildings. I’m talking about civil, prudential protest and yes, every now and then when you have a professor who’s tearing down the country speak out and disobey and disagree.”

Levin made the comments to me in our interview about his new best-selling book called, “Plunder and Deceit.” The book focuses on how the federal government is destroying the moral order for the next generation and what we can do about it now. Watch the video below along with a partial transcription. A full television story on Levin’s book will air soon on The 700 Club.

Also, let me just say it’s so refreshing talking to Mark Levin and getting to know him. Many liberals think he just likes to rant and rave on the radio and as we all know, he does so fluently. But he does it with a purpose, a commitment to see this country great again. On a personal note, the guy has a HUGE heart and is one big teddy bear. But when it comes to defending liberty, he’s a grizzly bear.

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Mark Levin: “In the home, during the holidays, at the dinner table, at the breakfast table, when you are putting your kids to bed. Those are the circumstances. We as parents and grandparents have more influence on our children and grandchildren than we can possibly know.”

Mark Levin “Do you want to live with liberty? Do you want to live with prosperity or do you want to live in miserable, gloomy, bleak times because that’s where we’re headed if you don’t stir yourselves and rally and protest and in some cases disobey, not like the left where they burn down neighborhoods and administration buildings. I’m talking about civil, prudential protest and yes, every now and then when you have a professor who’s tearing down the country speak out and disobey and disagree. I know I’ve done that repeatedly and others can do it too.”

posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 4:14 PM | Feedback (0)

Mark Levin Tells Brody File: What The Federal Government Is Doing Is Immoral

Author and popular Radio Show Host Mark Levin tells The Brody File that what the federal government is doing to the next generation of Americans is “immoral” and it’s contingent upon liberty-seeking citizens to change course. Levin made the comments to me in our interview about his new best-selling book called, “Plunder and Deceit.” The book focuses on how the federal government is destroying the moral order for the next generation and what we can do about it now. Watch the video below along with a partial transcription. A full television story on Levin’s book will air soon on The 700 Club.

Also, let me just say it’s so refreshing talking to Mark Levin and getting to know him. Many liberals think he just likes to rant and rave on the radio and as we all know, he does so fluently. But he does it with a purpose, a commitment to see this country great again. On a personal note, the guy has a HUGE heart and is one big teddy bear. But when it comes to defending liberty, he’s a grizzly bear.

Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File





Mark Levin: “What our generation is doing is so destructive of the next generation and generations yet born, whether it is social issues, whether it is constitutional issues, whether it is economic issues, foreign policy issues you really have to wonder how they’re going to dig their way out.”

Mark Levin:  “I make the case that this is about destroying the moral order, that what we’re doing is immoral, what kind of generation does this to their children and grandchildren and we need to start taking responsibility for this.”

Mark Levin:  “Don’t you want to be a free people and a prosperous people because every indication is you’re not going to be, every indication is that we have a calamity that is looming.”

posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 4:12 PM | Feedback (0)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ted Cruz Teams With Pastors To Defund Planned Parenthood

Senator Ted Cruz will hold a nationwide conference call for tens of thousands of pastors this Tuesday August 25th in an attempt to begin the process to defund Planned Parenthood.  Working with the American Renewal Project, he’s recorded a video invitation for the event, which was sent out to an influential list of 100,000 evangelical pastors. Watch here.  Below is the specific invitation from Cruz:

Dear Pastor,

The recent exposure of Planned Parenthood's barbaric practices of harvesting the body parts of innocent babies and selling them to the highest bidder has brought about a pressing need to end tax payer support of this institution.
 
As the son of a pastor, I know you bear a high and holy calling on your lives. I am urging you to confront this evil in our nation by praying and preaching with an unbridled passion until funding for Planned Parenthood ends, and this barbaric practice is purged from the land.
 
Over the next two weeks, with the support of your prayers and the impact of your preaching, I intend to lead an effort to end taxpayer support of Planned Parenthood.

The battle we face is not political. It is spiritual. To enter this arena in a prayerless condition invites failure.  May I ask...

1.    Join me for a Pastors Conference Call on August 25th  to hear how you can be a part of this effort.

2. Preach a message on August 30th calling on your people to enter into this spiritual battle for the soul of their nation.

3. Lead your people in a "Day of Prayer and Fasting" on September 9th as thousands of churches call on God, during their Wednesday night services, to move in the hearts of men and women in government to vote to end the slaughter of the innocents.
 
These days are challenging. Those who have faced similar challenges did so with the courage of their convictions. When Esther was called to stand on behalf of her people, she was reminded that her life was not her own, and that God had placed her at a critical point in history do be an instrument for the protection of the innocent. May we be found as faithful as she, "For such a time as this."
 
God bless America and God bless America's pastors as they lead the way to the healing of this nation.
 
Senator Ted Cruz

Cruz also points pastors toward an outline they can use for specific sermon notes when preaching about this topic. Read here.

Look folks, these undercover Planned Parenthood videos have clearly woken people up to the horrors of the abortion industry. Still, defunding Planned Parenthood is no easy task. Cruz and leaders at the American Renewal Project strongly believe that pastors must take the lead on moral issues like this and many of the other cultural issues of the day. It’s a two-fold process: first, speaking out from the pulpit and second, getting those in the pews motivated enough to pick up the phone and call their local congressman. “We the people” must rise up before politicians will listen closely.

Cruz and ARP hope for a Christian onslaught of activity on this issue led by the pastors. They’ll have some help. That’s because major Christian media outlets will be promoting the message as well. They include the Bott Radio Network, the American Family Radio network and the National Religious Broadcasters.

On separate political note, let me just say that I have observed Cruz up close when he’s speaking to evangelical audiences. He captivates them with his substance and style. He really does have the perfect mix of both. And evangelical voters are telling me that they love his passion and conviction. He’s going to be a serious player in this presidential nominating contest way past Iowa. He has the money, street cred and resume to seriously compete. And you can be sure there will be plenty of pastors lifting him up in prayer.







posted @ Sunday, August 23, 2015 1:15 PM | Feedback (2)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Lesson Evangelicals Can Learn From Donald Trump

Don’t faint when I say this. Just in case, you may want to grab the smelling salts. Here goes: If Evangelical Christians want to be more effective at spreading the gospel, they should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Did you faint yet? No? Great. Read on.

You see folks, Trump is bold. Trump doesn’t hold back. Trump doesn’t care about political correctness and sure doesn’t worry about offending people if he believes he’s correct on an issue. Guess what evangelicals? We should approach our main issue the same way. Our issue is not political, it’s spiritual. Our issue centers on telling everyone about the saving power of Jesus Christ.  In the Bible, Jesus’s Great Commission commands us to do the following:


“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Folks, we are to share Jesus with people so they have the opportunity to be saved and go to Heaven. Should we do this timidly? Should we do this fearfully? No! We need to be bold (like Donald Trump). We need to not hold back (like Donald Trump). We need to not care so much about political correctness (like Donald Trump) and instead care more about the good news of the gospel. We need to not worry so much about offending people (like Donald Trump). Does it mean we shove the gospel in people’s faces in a rude, mean way? Of course not. That wouldn’t be very Christian of us. However, just like Trump, we need to proclaim the truth and not be shy about it!

posted @ Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:29 PM | Feedback (5)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Explaining Donald Trump

The Brody File was recently on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program. Watch below as I wax poetic on the 2016 presidential election including analysis on Donald Trump.

posted @ Wednesday, August 19, 2015 5:24 PM | Feedback (3)

Ted Cruz Tells Body Of Christ To Rise Up

Ted Cruz says it’s time for Christians to rise up and take America back.

Read below from Christianity Today:

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz believes that it is high time for the Body of Christ to lead America so as to save the country from the moral decline it is steadily going under.

"Nothing is more important in the next 18 months than that the Body of Christ rises up and that Christians stand up—that pastors stand up and lead," he said during an interview with the American Family Association.

His own father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, has always encouraged Christians and church leaders to be the salt and light that the nation needs, and he hopes to do the same thing now. "He will tell pastors, 'Listen, God really laid upon my heart that no one bears greater responsibility for the condition of this country today than the pastors,'" Cruz explained. "Because if the flock stumbles into a ditch, you don't blame the sheep; you blame the shepherd."

During the previous elections, 54 million evangelical Christians chose to stay at home, so it's no wonder that the country has unbelievers for its government leaders now, the senator from Texas said.

Cruz prays that more Christians would vote in next year's elections.

Cruz is right. While evangelicals may technically be the single biggest voter constituency block in the GOP Primaries and General Election, the reality is that tens of millions don’t vote. Imagine if they did? It’s called a different America.

posted @ Wednesday, August 19, 2015 5:21 PM | Feedback (0)

Ted Cruz Gets Important Iowa Endorsement

Ted Cruz just got a big endorsement in Iowa. Read below from Politico:

Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who is influential in the state’s conservative circles, is slated to endorse Ted Cruz on his show on Wednesday.

In a statement share with POLITICO and echoed on his show, Deace said that Cruz has demonstrated he can win the nomination through his fundraising haul and his campaign infrastructure, while remaining true to conservative values.

“Ted Cruz presents exactly what we’ve been waiting for, an end to the Washington Cartel’s false choice between our principles and electability,” the statement read. “No one can question Ted’s courage of conviction and his commitment to our principles. But he’s also raised the resources, and put the sort of national campaign together it takes to actually defeat the GOP establishment for the nomination. This makes him our best chance to offer the American people a real choice and not an echo for a change, and that’s why he has earned our support.”

Cruz is trailing in Iowa to Trump (who isn’t trailing Trump?). But it’s early and Cruz is making a major play for evangelicals in a state where evangelicals play a huge role. Deace is a major voice in conservative evangelical circles so we’ll see how it plays out.

posted @ Wednesday, August 19, 2015 5:17 PM | Feedback (0)

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Mike Huckabee Shouts It From The Rooftop: "This Is About Personhood"

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is making the case that as President of the United States he would use the bully pulpit to make the case that winning the “personhood” argument is the key to saving the lives of babies. He made the comments with The Brody File at the Red State Gathering down in Atlanta Saturday morning. “This is about personhood. This is about, ‘is that baby a human being?’ because if it is, then David we have a constitutional responsibility under the 5th amendment for due process, we have a responsibility under the 14th amendment for equal protection, to provide a protection and due process for that person.”

This is not a policy position for Huckabee. This is a heart issue. Plain and simple. He was so emphatic after this statement that I believe he dropped the mic and walked out by exclaiming, “Huckabee out!” (No, he didn’t do that) It’s my futile attempt at humor.

Watch below.

Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File

posted @ Saturday, August 08, 2015 4:13 PM | Feedback (3)