Prayers for Rush
Please join in me in prayer for my friend Rush Limbaugh. America’s top talker shocked his audience yesterday with the announcement that he has been diagnosed with “advanced lung cancer.” Limbaugh said he has every intention of being on the air as often as he can, but will be absent from his show from time to time as he undergoes treatment.
Godspeed, Rush. Millions of us will be praying for you every day!
After the Senate voted Friday afternoon to reject Democrat demands for additional witnesses, Sen. Chuck Schumer and his progressive gang forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to drag out the impeachment debate so that a final vote won’t happen until Wednesday.
The reason was obvious: Democrats wanted to force President Trump to deliver his State of the Union address with the cloud of impeachment still hanging over his head.
I think Leader McConnell has handled the impeachment process about as well as he could have, and I doubt there was much more he could have done to stop Schumer from delaying the final vote on the articles of impeachment.
Yesterday, senators heard four hours of closing arguments from the House managers and the president’s defense lawyers. Now senators will begin delivering speeches explaining their positions, followed by final votes on the articles of impeachment late Wednesday afternoon.
My prediction is that every Republican senator and as many as three Democrats will end up voting against impeachment. But as I wrote in Friday’s report, this won’t be the end of it. House progressives are vowing to press ahead with even more investigations of President Trump.
By the way, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) warned that Joe Biden, if he prevails this November, could be “immediately impeached” given the low bar set by House Democrats.
Politics and the Super Bowl
Former New York City mayor and billionaire political activist Michael Bloomberg ran an ad during Sunday’s Super Bowl game highlighting his desire to limit Second Amendment rights. It’s worth noting that Bloomberg paid at least $10 million for that ad. That speaks volumes about Michael Bloomberg’s priorities!
But the ad was terribly deceptive. It featured the mother of George Kemp talking about her son, who was shot to death in 2013. The ad claimed that “2,900 children die every year from gun violence.” But George Kemp was not a “child.” He was 20 years old.
The only way to get to the 2,900 figure is to grossly inflate it by including young adults up to 19 years old. Sadly, most gun deaths in urban areas are often teenaged gang members killing each other. When you exclude adults, the number of annual deaths is cut in half.
The ad’s only useful purpose was to prove just how deceptive the left is willing to be. Progressives can’t make arguments without gross distortions because they have no confidence they can win an argument based on facts.
In contrast to Bloomberg’s deceptive ad about limiting our constitutional rights, President Trump’s campaign ran an ad in the first quarter of the game promoting criminal-justice reform featuring Alice Johnson. The powerful ad shows just how serious Trump is about competing for black votes.
Also proving he’s a good businessman who knows how to save money, the president ran a second ad just after the game officially concluded, so it cost significantly less. That ad touted America’s economic success under President Trump’s policies and promised that “the best is yet to come!”
Unfortunately, there was one ad that Fox Sports refused to run. Click here to watch the pro-life ad featuring several survivors of abortion.
Congratulations, Kansas City!
I’m glad the heartland Kansas City Chiefs won over the 49ers from whacked-out San Francisco. Sadly, one of the low points of the game occurred when Beyonce and Jay-Z refused to stand for the national anthem.
I suppose I should take heart that they didn’t kneel. Instead, they just sat there in their seats. They and their entourage spent more for those seats than many Americans will make in a year.
What a contrast between the disrespect Beyonce and Jay-Z displayed and Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who was honored at the Super Bowl. McGee “stood up” for our country in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. There’s the decline in America.
McGee and other Tuskegee Airmen sacrificed for their country at a time when there was widespread discrimination and segregation. Thanks to their sacrifices, Beyonce and Jay-Z have more money than 99.9% of Americans, and yet they’re still complaining about America.
Christian Persecution in Nigeria
The persecution of Christians is getting significantly worse in Nigeria. At least 16 Christians were killed last month by militant Islamists. Among those killed was Pastor Lawan Andimi, who was beheaded by Boko Haram.
Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze, the president of Nigeria’s Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging western nations to take action because the Nigerian government is turning a blind eye to the Islamist atrocities.
As many of you know, I was appointed by President Trump to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). At USCIRF’s urging, the Trump administration added Nigeria to its “Special Watch List” of religious-liberty violators in December.
I assure you, my fellow commissioners and I will continue to do everything we can to expose the persecution of Christians in Nigeria. In the meantime, please pray for our Nigerian brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for their faith.