President Trump recently tweeted that continuing to bribe the “Palestinian Liberation Organization” with financial aid deserves a second look if they are not serious about a genuine peace process. The past four presidents have doled out liberal “foreign aid” to the PLO which is nothing but a terrorist group pretending to be a state. It has been widely known for decades that these funds are co-mingled with only a small percentage actually helping the people for which it was intended. We refer the reader to Einstein’s definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.” While Congress struggles with appropriating a sane budget, we continue to send billions to lunatics whose main aim is to kill innocents.
When the media is successful in popularizing an idea, it becomes increasingly difficult to oppose it even if it’s the right thing to do. Famous men of the past have bequeathed us statements that have become mottos. History declares that Henry Clay was about to introduce a certain bill in Congress when a friend said, “If you do, Clay, it will kill your chance for the presidency.” “But is the measure right?” Clay asked, and on being assured it was right, said, “I would rather be right than be president.” It takes character to push against the swamp, but the adversaries will always characterize it as insanity.
Giving a bunch of thugs money accomplishes nothing except whetting their appetites for more. It does not change their character, behavior or ambitions. As always, the Bible is spot on with an applicable illustration from history. Around the year 740 B.C. the ten northern tribes of Israel were overrun and taken captive by the Assyrians. The reason given is: “For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, and walked in the statutes of the heathen. (II Kings 17:7,8)
The southern tribes managed to survive for an extended period of time and were eventually blessed with a “do right” king named Hezekiah. “And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.” (II Kings 18:3) The next five verses list his efforts and procedures to drain the swamp, punctuated with: “and the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the King of Assyria, and served him not.” But as it has often been noted ---no good deed goes unpunished!
In due process of time the Assyrians were knocking at Hezekiah’s door demanding capitulation. As good as Dudley Do Right was, fear overwhelmed him, causing this response: “And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.” The key word here is “offended.” For centuries the Left has utilized this buzz word to bring opponents into submission. If Nancy Pelosi and friends stand before a microphone declaring that they are offended, all of us peasants are expected to forsake former thought and toe the line.
Hezekiah surrendered to the shakedown in such compliance that he even ordered the gold on the doors of the Temple to be cut off to appease the extortionists. The wagon train filled with loot barely disappeared over the mesa before the blackmailing bullies were back threatening war if further demands were not met. (II Kings 18:20) That total lack of integrity and war- like disposition has existed in this middle east bunch of gangsters for thousands of years…to expect a sudden change calls for the need to once again review Mr. Einstein’s hypothesis.
After exercising at length the old axiom “why pray when you can worry,” Hezekiah finally grabbed a clue and determined to see if God had any thoughts concerning the situation. When consulted, the prophet Isaiah gave assurances that the Lord was still in control, but as is often the case, the enemy sent messages disparaging the ability of the God of Israel. They claimed the superiority of their gods, proving that it is and always has been a religious war. Failure to acknowledge that is…well, check with Einstein!
The circumstances became so heavy the king went to his own prayer closet (last resort Christianity) and prayed a simple five verse petition. The Lord answered in triplicate, concluding fifteen verses with: “for I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.” (II Kings 19:34) This promise was not only evidenced in history but will be repeated in the near future in spite of the designs of the U.N. (see Zechariah 12)
The immediate aftermath of the 134 word prayer was:
“And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians and hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.”
The contest was over, the God of Israel was once again proven pre-eminent against the heathen deities. Washington would be wise to choose the right side; those who think that they are geniuses have ignored Einstein!