Lionel Rainey III

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – What would he say about America today?

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What would Dr. Martin Luther King have to say about the United Sates today:

I think he would see the steps we’ve taken as a Nation and be very impressed. In 1963 when he gave the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, many black people couldn’t even use the same restroom as white people. Today we have re-elected a black President. So, yea, I think he would be very pleased with the progress we’ve made.

I believe that Dr. King spoke as much about personal responsibility as he did equality. To be honest, they go hand in hand. In that regard I think there would be many aspects of the black and white community today that he would not be happy with.

He never spoke about entitlement. He just wanted the playing field to be equal. He dreamed of a time that we could “sit down together at a table of brotherhood”, “to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood”, “to make justice a reality for all of God’s children”.

Much of what comes from a small vocal leadership today in the black community and from the Democratic Party is exactly the opposite. It’s a divisive message by design. Leaders like Jessee Jackson & Al Sharpton along with many in the Democratic Party constantly promote separation by color. They, in my opinion, prey on the black community.

Would Dr. King be happy if a black person was awarded a job over a more qualified white person simply because of the color of his skin? I doubt it. I think he would be as appalled by it as he would if a white person got a job over a more qualified black person due to race.

I think the strides we have made are tremendous and I think we have a long way to go. It’s about us working together as “people” and as Americans… not as African Americans or Caucasian Americans or white people and black people. Just as people. “…to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of BROTHERHOOD”.


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Newtown Connecticut School Shooting. Why We Need Christ More Than Ever.

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I find no coincidence in the tragic events of today and the steady march by many in this nation to bring us as far removed from Christ as possible.

The more we move away from Christ, the more we concede to secularism, the more we move into the dark. The farther we march from the Prince of Peace the closer we come to hate. We are literally running in the wrong direction.

It is foolish to believe that we can survive as a nation without His light.

Hold your loved ones tight. Tell someone you love them today instead of just telling them goodbye. Wish someone Merry Christmas today instead of Happy Holidays.

My prayer is that Christ wraps his arms tightly around this community and never lets them go.

If things like this don’t bring you to your knees, I don’t know what will. And that, I believe, is the only way we will survive.


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Bob Costas Gun Control Halftime Speech: Just Talk About the Game, Please.

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I guess I’m going to have to add “Sports Announcers” to the ever growing list of professions that I do not want talking to me about politics or my moral duty.  The current list includes but is not limited to; Actors, Musicians, Athletes and Barack Obama (he might be the least qualified on this list.)  I can barely watch a movie or listen to a song without knowing how lame the artist’s political points of view are. Just shut-up and do what you do. Stop making me hate you. I’m running out of music and movies.

Bob Costas, discussing the murder-suicide of NFL’s Jovan Belcher, went on a gun rant during halftime of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Transcript of his remarks below.

BOB COSTAS:
Well, you knew it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again: Something like this really puts it all in perspective. Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf-life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. Please, those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective. You want some actual perspective on this? Well, a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock with whom I do not always agree, but who today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.

“Our current gun culture,”Whitlock wrote, “ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.”

“Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions, and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows?”

“But here,” wrote Jason Whitlock,” is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

 


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Did Voter Fraud in the 2012 Presidential Election Make a Difference?

Did voter fraud make the crucial difference in the 2012 election? No one knows for sure — and that’s just the way the Left likes it.

Pawing through the ashes of the Romney defeat, it’s clear that if the Republican Party wants to compete nationally, it has to do several things, such as re-message timeless traditional values, attract more young and minority voters, particularly Hispanics, and do a better job of getting out the vote.

But this will be moot if the integrity of the voting process is not restored.

From Republican Rep. Allen West’s improbable recount loss in South Florida, to reports of voting machine irregularities, to the hundreds of precincts in Ohio and Pennsylvania that reported a virtual 100-percent vote for Barack Obama and zero for Mitt Romney, something is clearly wrong.

“It’s kind of a weird coincidence that, in Philadelphia, where more than 50 precincts reported no votes for Romney, that Democratic officials kicked GOP poll watchers out of the polls,” Heritage Foundation scholar Hans von Spakovsky told me in a phone interview. “They went to court, and that took a couple of hours, so what happened while they were gone?”

One of the biggest problems is the increase in early voting and mail-in ballots without a photo ID requirement. As the leftwing Brennan Center points out, there are relatively few examples of vote fraud reported on Election Day itself. That’s partly because the media are not interested, and because it’s far easier to cheat during extended periods of mail-in balloting.

Ohio’s Wood County has a population of 126,355, with an estimated 21 percent younger than 18 who can’t vote. That means that only about 100,000 residents can legally vote. Yet the secretary of state reports that 104,461 people are registered to vote. To make a long mystery short, consider that Wood County is home to Bowling Green University, which has 20,000 students.

“When those students graduate or leave school, many don’t cancel their voter registration, which leaves the Wood County Board of Elections facing a bit of a conundrum: How can you tell when a voter is no longer a voter?” the Columbus Dispatch asks in an article, “Vote Fraud in Wood County?”

The director of the Wood County Board of Elections told the paper that the operating policy is to wait two national election cycles and then try to contact the voter to see whether they still live in the county. This means that students who voted in 2004 and 2008 and left campus long ago could have voted there anyway in 2012 as well as wherever they went.

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires states to purge their voter rolls, but not to remove names until two national election cycles have passed. Moreover, the states are not required to compare their lists against those of other states. This leaves a lot of room for fraud.

In the next two years, expect the Left to sponsor legislation to introduce early voting in the 18 states that don’t have it. They also will try to have more photo ID laws blocked by the U.S. Justice Department and weaken laws that require even minimal IDs for mail-in ballots.

At the same time, conservatives will make the case for requiring photo IDs for voting and for mail-in absentee ballots, expanding citizenship requirements, and ending or at least reducing early voting.

One of the main arguments for early voting is that it’s supposed to increase turnout. It doesn’t. With more states allowing it, turnout was significantly down, with about 5 million fewer people voting in 2012 than in 2008. In the 10 battleground states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin — turnout percentage decreased in all but one state, Iowa, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Early voting undermines the secret ballot, reduces the importance of the national election day, costs taxpayers far more than a single voting day, forces campaigns to spend more over a longer period of time, and, finally, prevents voters from exercising a change of heart if more information surfaces before Election Day (Benghazi, anyone?). “We don’t let jurors decide in a trial before all the evidence is heard,” says conservative activist attorney Andy Schlafly. “Elections are just as important.”

Help may be on the horizon. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in which Arizona is challenging the Ninth Circuit’s ruling overturning that state’s proof of U.S. citizenship requirement for voting. Only three states — Arizona, Georgia and Kansas — have enacted proof of citizenship laws, with the Kansas law taking effect in 2013, and Arizona’s in limbo until the Court rules.

In another important voting case, on Nov. 9, the Court agreed to revisit Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by hearing Shelby County, Ala. vs. Holder, Department of Justice, et al. The law requires the U.S. Justice Department or a three-judge federal panel in the District of Columbia to approve any changes in election laws or districting in nine Southern states and some local jurisdictions around the nation. Congress enacted the law to prevent racially-motivated voting violations.

In 1966, in South Carolina v. Katzenbach, the Court upheld the Act, citing the clear history of racial discrimination. But the Court also indicated that if conditions change, the constitutionality of the Act might be revisited.

That would be a good thing. Citing the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Justice Department under Eric H. Holder, Jr. blocked perfectly good photo ID voter laws in South Carolina and Texas despite a 2008 Supreme Court decision upholding a similar law in Indiana.

There’s no evidence that voter ID laws “suppress the minority vote.” There is evidence, however, that in some places where such laws have been neutralized (Pennsylvania), vote fraud occurred. If not for groups like Vote Guards and True the Vote, it would undoubtably  be more significant.

Did vote fraud make the crucial difference in the 2012 election? Maybe, maybe not. It’s difficult to account accurately for millions of ballots.

And that’s just the way the Left likes it.


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There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

 

“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

– Benjamin Franklin


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A Thanksgiving Message From Lincoln That We All Should Read

Several years ago I was searching for the first official recognition of Thanksgiving and I stumbled upon this. After reading it for the first time I immediately emailed it to hundreds of people. People must read this, I thought. How had I never read this before? Why was this not taught to me in school? Why was this not recited at every table before Thanksgiving dinner?  

In a time when our country seems to be torn apart by politics and war. When we are facing financial collapse. When we turn on the news and only see divisiveness and hate. In a time like this, I believe it is imperative that we stop and give thanks. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Take the time to read this. Share it with your friends and family. Reflect on what it say’s and when it was said. Our family reads this before our Thanksgiving dinner each year. I invite you and your family to do the same.

Lionel Rainey III

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

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