Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Obama And Religious Leaders Join In Opposition To President Trump
Organizing For Action, an organization founded by Barack Obama, is now featuring a new website and a training manual that advises the nearly 60,000 volunteers working out of about 250 offices across the country, how to "effectively" oppose the president, and how to bully Republicans who support the president.
The religious Left, including some well-known Christian authors and pastors, are buying full page ads in major newspapers to publicly oppose the president.
Last week I wrote about the shadow government Barack Obama has set up just 2 miles from the White House. Obama has established about 250 offices across the country, with more than 35,000 volunteers in place and another 20-30,000 waiting to go through training.
The shadow government is being run through Organizing for Action (OFA), an organization that was initially set up as Obama's campaign operation. It is now focused on defeating President Trump and all Republicans that support him. Tens of millions of dollars are pouring into the organization from the far Left.
Memo to John McCain and Lindsay Graham: Don't worry, they won't bother you.
OFA has now produced and is distributing a training manual as to exactly how Obama's army can inflict the most damage.
In a new Facebook post, OFA is calling on all their activists to mobilize against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, "when representatives are going to be in their home districts."
The activists disrupted town hall meetings already this month in several states, including Utah by House Oversite Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry demonstrators claiming to be his constituents.
The Manuel, called "Indivisible," advises protestors to go into hallways quietly so as not to raise alarms, and "grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together." Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host's positions.
"This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus," the manual instructs.
It also urges them to ask "hostile" questions--"while keeping a firm hold on the mic"---and "loudly boo the GOP politician if he isn't giving you 'real answers'."
It teaches the activists to make Republican politicians in "safe" districts to "second guess" their local support for the Trump agenda, and prime the ground for the 2018 midterms when "Democrats retake power."
The "manual" teaches that Republicans will be deeply alarmed by signs of organized opposition" and "Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating" for Republican lawmakers.
This is what they did with Chaffetz. After creating a confrontation with him, they gave the videos to CNN and MSNBC, who played them again and again and again on the news loops.
The manual teaches the foot soldiers to flood elected officials with angry phone calls making specific demands for the removal of various Trump staff, etc.
OFA plans to stage 400 rallies across 42 states this year to attack Trump and Republicans over Obamacare repeal.
Obama's OFA currently has more than 32,000 community organizers in place, with 25,000 more actively under training.
These demonstrations will appear to be spontaneous, and the press will report them as such, but there is nothing spontaneous about them
These foot soldiers are not your typical "Black Lives Matters" or "Occupy Wall Street" types who often, when asked, can not articulate why they are demonstrating or what they are demonstrating against.
These are highly trained community organizers, with memorized responses, and well-thought-out tactics.
Obama received his own training under the teaching of Saul Alinsky, who is often called "the father of community organizing," a discontent who taught people like Obama and others how to "rub raw the sores of discontent" and create the conditions for a revolution.
Also, keep in mind that Saul Alinsky dedicated his manual--"Rules for Radicals" to "Lucifer."
And Michelle Obama quoted from that manual when she helped her husband launch OFA in 2013.
Just prior to leaving office, President Obama told the organization, "Understand that I'm going to be restrained in what I can do with all of you until I am again a private citizen, but that's not far off."
He added, "I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we're going to be busy."
This is next year.
Although deeply disappointed, many of us are not surprised that Barack Obama would be the first president in the history of our country who would attempt to extend his power and influence in this way, beyond what the American voters gave him in his 8 years in office. It reminds me of what I have seen in third world countries.
But what is surprising, and equally disappointing, is the vigor in which 100 pastors, leaders and Christian authors have joined Barack Obama in opposing President Trump.
Jeff Bezos' Washington Post published this; "In a highly unusual move, several conservative evangelical leaders took out a full-page advertisement in Wednesday's Washington Post to denounce President Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees, saying they are 'deeply concerned'."
The Post said the list included some who rarely get involved in political debates, such as "Bill and Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church, Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Tim Keller, a New York City pastor and his wife, Southern Baptists Ed Stetzer and Daniel Akin" and "popular author Max Lucado."
The Post also reports that popular author Ann Voskamp also signed the letter, describing her as the lady who "traveled from her family pig farm in Canada to join about 200 other people last week to pray for refugees outside the Washington hotel where Trump was attending the National Prayer Breakfast."
The fact that Voskamp chose to stand outside and demonstrate rather than join her brothers and sisters in the Prayer Breakfast, probably says more to Christians than the Washington Post would understand.
Some of the others who signed the letter have consistently opposed Trump. And some of them are very strong advocates for the agenda of the religious Left, which most often includes support for abortion, same-sex marriage, and open borders.
Franklin Graham, who strongly supports the president---and secure borders, has attempted to bring some clarity to the matter.
He is trying to explain to those in the church who oppose the president's efforts to protect the country, that this is not a "ban on immigration," rather an effort to temporarily stop immigration from certain countries until the US can properly vet the refugees in the interest of our own safety.
This, from Graham, who is perhaps doing as much or more than any who signed the letter, to help the poor and disenfranchised of the world---including recently opening the only hospital in Mosul, Iraq to minister to all who have needs regardless of their religious affiliation or ethnicity.
May God give us understanding.
Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.