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The Power of Fear

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 7, 2020 by andelino

An insidious disease is spreading across the globe. Authorities are struggling to contain the invisible enemy. Highly contagious and extremely deadly, this plague is reshaping the lives of men and women around the planet. When you turn on the TV, it is there. In your office, in your neighborhood—it has left no community untouched.

That disease is not coronavirus. “It is fear.”

Fear of the pandemic has spread faster than the virus itself. Fear of job loss. Fear of the unknown. Fear of educations suspended, families segregated, holidays canceled, businesses shuttered, homes quarantined.

Though a deadly terror to many, this coronavirus has been a boon to those seeking to hold the reins of power.

Not to let a pandemic go to waste, authorities the world over have harnessed that fear to enact a massive power grab. Unelected officials have suddenly found themselves imbued with unprecedented authority. From local councils to congressmen, Covid-19 has provided both the excuse and the impetus to seize more power.

Tucker Carlson saw the new powers being wielded by unelected officials and asked, “When do we get our country back?”

As he pointed out, the original plan was for life to return to normal after the curve flattened. That curve has come—and gone.

Now it is all about a vaccine. Once a vaccine is found and implemented, normal life will be restored. Or so we are told. Mandatory vaccination has already been suggested, but even forced vaccination may not bring a return to normality.

Curves and vaccines mean nothing to the likes of World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom, who said: “We will not, we cannot, go back to the way things were.”

There will be no getting our country—or world—back. Certainly not if the elites have their say. Even if Covid-19 goes, the fear is here to stay. The political establishment has seen what fear can accomplish—what fear has given to them. And they will not relinquish it easily.

As George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel 1984, “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end.” It is power, not an effort to stop the coronavirus, that many authorities have seized.

And many have become drunk on it. Who in 2019 could have predicted the geopolitical climate of 2020? Never in their wildest dreams could politicians have imagined they could deploy 70,000 troops to enforce lockdown measures.

What unelected health official could have hoped to open or close national borders? What Governor would dare to lock down a state? What about police using drones to hunt those nefarious people not wearing masks? What about police requesting the use of a military spy plane to track lockdown violators?

This is the power grab happening right now under the pretext of stopping the spread of coronavirus. And too many are letting it happen. We are trading public freedom for public health.

It is shocking to see how many people go along with these restrictions. Nonessential businesses are shut down. Residents cannot leave home except to buy groceries and essential items, or exercise.

Who is protesting the expansion of the State Emergency Response Act? Who is reporting on the fact that police now have the power to remove children from homes? Notice the wording in the Covid-19 Emergency Response Act of 2020:

“Without derogating from Section 25, an authorized officer may, for the purpose of ensuring compliance with any direction under that section, remove a child from any premises, place, vehicle or vessel to a place of residence of the child or to a hospital or quarantine facility, as the authorized officer thinks fit, and may, in doing so, use such force as is reasonably necessary.”

There is even talks for authorities enforcing vaccination, medical examinations and treatments? In a “climate of fear”, these are the laws Americans and many others around the world are seemingly happy to allow.

In another dystopian novel, “A Brave New World”, author Aldous Huxley wrote, “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”

While many may not love the lockdowns, they certainly see it as a necessity. How tragic it is that free citizens openly or passively support government-mandated “house arrest!”

An environment of fear breeds conformity. Obviously nobody wants to die, or be sick. People want the pandemic to be over. And so, with the mainstream media screaming fear in one ear, and the medical prophets of doom in the other, it is little wonder people just accept the measures.

Fear encourages people to go along with the program. Just do as you are told. Don’t get in the way or kick up a fuss. Refusal will only make matters worse and drag the crisis out.

With few voices of dissent, who will check the power grab? It is in the best interest of the elites to keep people afraid. “A fearful population is a compliant one.” And what health officials would voluntarily be removed from the pedestal they now sit upon? Will they ever enact the sunset clauses built into these laws, or will the power grab be permanent?

What will prove to have the greater impact: coronavirus or the fear and panic it has spread? The fear is truly a “plague” of biblical proportions! And how ironic that the left—which disparages the Bible and religion—is promoting that climate of fear. They ought to read a few verses from those ancient texts. They might read a little about fear and why our nations seem stricken by it!

The Bible has a great deal to say about fear. In the book of Leviticus, God told Moses to record what would happen to Israel if they disobeyed Him. Among the curses found in Leviticus 26 is the following: “I will even appoint over you terror …” (verse 16). That word terror is defined in Strong’s Concordance as “panic, destruction.”

Isn’t it clear that terror is appointed over us? In verse 17, God warned that Israel would flee even when none pursues it! Covid-19 has the death-rate of a bad flu season. Yet we flee before it. We shut our economies and hide in our homes!

These verses are prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes right now. There is a state of unjustified terror permeating our world. The good news is that God provides the antidote to fear, “Replacing Fear With Hope.”

In ancient times, the Prophet Jeremiah received visions of terrible end-time events. It caused him some sleepless nights, but he found comfort by keeping the vision of what comes after! In Jeremiah 31:23-24, God’s prophet looks ahead to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. And the result?

“For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me.” Jeremiah had been losing sleep over the terrible prophecies, but looking beyond to Christ’s return was a great comfort. This gave him peace despite the fearful times and persecution he faced.

The Apostle Paul was inspired to write to the Hebrews of the “hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:18). Paul is talking about a living hope! Lay hold of that! Do everything you can to make sure you have that in your life. Get a grip on it. There is no reason for us going around discouraged and beaten down. God says we need to work, study and pray to lay hold on this wonderful hope. Hope replaces fear.

If only our nations had a small iota of that living hope. How differently we might respond to the calamities facing our nations! We need to stir up that living hope. We can have a relationship with our Maker and grasp the vision of where we are in His master plan. We can act on that hope!

We can live our lives as Proverbs 28:1 states: “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

 

To Fear God and Live

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2020 by andelino

Do you need “hope, encouragement and conviction” to do the right thing? Do you need to “grow” in your relationship with God, strengthen your faith, and be filled with the Spirit? Then this message is for you.

Take a listen now – don’t wait. Procrastination is the great killer of change:

Over and over in the Bible we are exhorted to fear God, to have the fear of the Lord, to live in godly fear. But why should we fear God? Isn’t God love? Yet, 1 John 4:18 clearly tells us that: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

How can we believe that God loves us, and at the same time, that we should fear Him? Godly fear isn’t the same as fear of a tyrant, or a dictator. We don’t need to fear His anger, unless we fear punishment due to a bad conscience and impenitent heart because of sin. (Romans 2:5-9)

To fear God is absolute reverence and awe for an Almighty God, the Creator of all things. In the Bible we get a few glimpses into heaven, and we see the heavenly creatures worship Him around His throne continually, crying out “Holy, holy, holy!” and covering their faces. This Almighty God has called me by name to serve Him, and He is working in me so that I can be saved to be with Him for eternity. This should cause an inexpressible love and gratitude and reverence to grow and increase in my heart!

This causes us to fear to sin. To commit sin is to consciously do something that you know goes against God’s will. This can be in word, deed, or even thought against Him, (James 1:14-15) because we want nothing else in this world than to be pleasing to Him, and to bring honor to His name. We fear to cause Him sorrow or grief, knowing how incredibly wretched sin is, how much God hates it, and how much it hurts Him when we sin.

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?” Deuteronomy 10:12-13.

Proverbs 8:13 admonishes us “To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”

To fear God is:

To have the proper reverence and awe for Him, so we do whatever is required of us to serve Him. (Psalm 89:7; Hebrews 12:28-29)
To stand before His face in all we do in order to be pleasing to Him, without allowing ourselves to be influenced by wanting the good opinion of people. (1 Peter 1:24-25)
To know that we don’t give account to anyone but God for our actions.
To fear to act against His will.
To fear to dishonor Him with our actions. This will make sure that we act righteously and with love and goodness to our fellow man.
To fear to misrepresent Him or His Word in the world.
To fear to take the weight and importance of what God has called us to, and the ministry He has given us lightly.

Romans 7:13 tells us “Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.”

“To love Him with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength, and to keep His commandments.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Matthew 22:36-38)

Without godly fear we will not take sin seriously enough. The consequences of sin are enormous. In God’s righteousness, even when we have been forgiven for our sins, we still have to reap the results of having committed sin (Galatians 6:7-8).

It is true that God is immeasurably full of grace and long-suffering for us, and that Jesus died for our salvation, so that our sins are forgiven when we repent of them. And we certainly need this, as sanctification and freedom from sin are a process that we are in.

But to use that as an excuse for sin would show a lack of godly fear; a lack of love for God. In fact, this is the very reason we fear and love God:

“If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.” Psalm 130:3-4.

When we weigh our words and actions on the scales of godly fear, then we gain wisdom and understanding and virtue, because then we learn and do God’s will. A lack of godly fear leads to us doing our own will. This disregard for God makes us foolish and does not lead to any kind of spiritual growth.

If we truly fear God, this brings us into a deep personal love relationship with God. It is written: “It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” (Luke 4:8) This relationship we have with Him will be carried on into eternity.

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” Hebrews 12:28.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”

Faith and Courage

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2020 by andelino

We are barely halfway through 2020. But from when we woke up on January 1 to now, the world has changed dramatically.

Sulemani, Netanyahu, Gantz, Johnson, Putin, Xi, the British royal family, the German far right. Escalation in Syria. Inferno in Australia. In the first months of the year, our world was already rapidly changing. Yet those events seem like distant memories. The world truly changed with the draconian government responses to coronavirus that crippled their own economies—and the rights their citizens thought they had.

But even the ongoing pandemic oppression seems strangely distant. Much more painfully immediate is the outbreak of “protests, rioting, looting, burning, violence and statue toppling” in dozens of American cities and the larger coordinated, sustained, direct attack on American “society, culture and history.” Activists are branding most of America, past and present, as “racist.”

This is obviously not a spontaneous, earnest protest about racial prejudice: “This is an ongoing revolution.” Many different people with different motivations are united in “hatred”, united not in what they want to build, but in what they want to tear down: “the American government and the system of American government itself.”

In fact, they are openly trying to destroy institutions even more foundational than American constitutional government. They are tearing down the principles of individual rights, rule of law, the police, male leadership, even the actual structure of family itself. What they are targeting are the last few remnants of America’s Bible-based heritage: “any lingering recognition of God, favorability toward the Bible, fundamental concepts of right and wrong, individual responsibility, the relationship between male and female, even the existence of male and female.”

It’s July 2020. You live in a “different” world. You can feel the “hate, fear and disgust” across the nation.

The surprising, almost synchronized reaction to this “socialist insurrection” has been journalists, actors, commentators, athletes, professors and even corporations falling all over themselves to show how “anti-racist” they are. Some people have tried to speak out. Within 24 hours or so they are retreating from one fearful, groveling apology to the next. I’m sorry I didn’t realize I was so racist. Some have been fired or silenced. Some have literally knelt before the mob. Most people are looking around and asking, “What in the world has happened?” They don’t understand where it came from, but they are beginning to realize that it is going to touch their cities, their families.

The state of the world gets a lot clearer, and a lot scarier, when you realize where this “raging wrath” comes from. It originates not with one person, one group, one political party, one nation or even one ideology. We are facing a “spirit of hate”, produced by a completely enraged spirit being: “Satan the devil!” (Revelation 12:9, verse12.)

Evil is real, hatred is real, and its spiritual source is very real. And what is coming will be far worse than people have ever imagined.  Satan is real, but so is God. And even as Satan’s tide of hatred rises, you can see God’s intervention. God is using the current president of the United States to fulfill this prophecy! People do not realize just how close the nation is to collapse.

Donald Trump has proved himself willing to take a stand where others have not. It is quite something to behold him resisting these anti-American forces! Think of it! Thousands of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, spymasters, professors, billionaires, media moguls, journalists, influencers and other enemies, foreign and domestic, swaying millions of followers. How could they possibly be held back? Only God could do it, and He does it not only through miracles but also by the hand of one man. Despite Trump’s flaws, there is something about this leader’s character that God is using.

King Jeroboam was flawed. The judge Joshua was flawed. The judge Gideon was flawed. The Prophet Ezekiel was flawed. The Apostle Paul was flawed. So was the Prophet Jonah, who took God’s message into the heart of the cruel Assyrian Empire and also prophesied to Jeroboam that God was with him. But God overcame enormous hostility by the hands of these men.

What quality did God use in these men? Courage. Winston Churchill said, “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”

You are flawed. You lack courage. So do we all. But without it, satanic “hatred and violence” will overwhelm you. How can you replace your fear with courage? Believe and fear and obey God. He commands true Christians who are doing His work to “be strong and of good courage” and “be not afraid” (Ezekiel 2-3; Deuteronomy 3). Follow the examples God gives you in the Bible, and trust Him for the courage. Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land, and conquering it took six or seven years of fighting one fortified city after another.

“It appears that the Joshua of Moses’s time had one outstanding strength, spiritual courage.” (Joshua 1:5-7) “God was instructing him to use this quality, showing him how much he would need it.” Among those true Christians who have turned away from God, “spiritual courage may be the greatest need. Without it, the other virtues are of little value!” 

Satan is raging. His “spirit of hate” is in the process of literally ending the world as we know it (Ephesians 6:12). And his greatest targets are those who have something to do with God, His work and His message. You will either succumb to him, or you will arm yourself with God’s power and overcome him (verses 13-18).

Joshua said to the Israelites then, and to us today: “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” (Joshua 10:25)

Without God, you are “helpless and hopeless.” But with God, you can be “fearless, brave, solid, courage’s and not afraid.”

Qur’an Burning

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2015 by andelino

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Immediately following her Interview, in which Miley Cyrus confessed to being “the least judgmental person in the world” and “understanding and accepting of everyone,” she started her next show by setting a “Qur’an” on fire.

In an opening act for her recent concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Cyrus walked out onto the stage and held the Qur’an out to the crowd saying, “Here is a tribute to all you Allah-lovers out there.”

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She then set the pages on fire and yelled “Hillary ’16!” before dropping the book to the ground. As the music started, Cyrus “stuck” out her tongue while “squatting” over the burning Qur’an and “performing” a sexually “provocative” dance with repetitive thrusting hip movements, called “twerking.”

Girls for Sale. The buyers are rich Sheiks.

A few moments later the stage went “dark,” lit up only by two large “red inverted crosses,” usually associated with “satanic” worship. Cyrus began to dance around a large “phallic” object, while removing parts of her clothing.

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At that point about “one fifth” of her audience got up and “left” the concert, telling MTV reporters in the lobby that the display was extremely “offensive” and they didn’t feel “comfortable” remaining in that environment.

After the concert, Cyrus told the journalists that her actions were meant to raise “awareness and understanding” of the downtrodden segments of our society.

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“Being a role model for millions of people, I know no better way to express the massive amount of love I have for the world, and if some crybabies are upset about it, they’re idiots and I hope they die,” Cyrus said before “sticking” up her middle finger and suggestively “spreading” her legs for the cameras.

President Obama and liberal members of the media called the concert an “act of bravery,” describing Cyrus’s artistic performance as “by far the greatest example of a new, enlightened culture, unhindered by the ancient rulebook that promotes bigotry, fear, and hate.”

A “conservative” reviewer who happened to be at the concert referred to it as “trash not fit for viewing.”

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Cyrus responded to this single “critical” review by complaining about the ongoing massive “oppression” of dissent on the part of “religious” conservatives, noting that “That’s exactly what I’m talking about when I say that Muslims are intolerant of opinions expressed by their betters. If those Allah-lovers were upset about what I did last night, just wait until they see what I have planned for my next show.”

Sexually, Cyrus said she is “down with” anything. She views her “sexuality” and even her “gender identity” as fluid.

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“I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me,” she said.

“I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”

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One has to feel bad for the “obese” pig she is choking. It appears to be in a state of “distress,” unusually “swollen,” lacking “oxygen,” and in need of a “bath.”

Fear and Loathing

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by andelino

Mitt Romney was right about one thing. He was secretly taped back in May telling fund-raisers that half the country would support Barack Obama because they “depend” on the government for “all or part” of their income.

He correctly identified America’s burgeoning “entitlement culture” as a major obstacle to a Republican winning back the White House.

“There are 47 per cent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what . . . who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it.”

Striking an almost defeatist note, he concluded: “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their own lives.”

Romney’s remarks caused a “predictable storm” of convected outrage, but his analysis was “bang on the money.”

Democrats deliberately drain the “public purse” to feed their supporters’ insatiable appetite for “handouts.” When 47 per cent of the “electorate” depends to a greater or lesser degree on “government largesse,” the Democrats have only to target another four or five  per cent of voters to secure a majority.

With the overall result pivoting on a handful of “battleground states,” Obama’s supporters concentrated successfully on turning out the Democratic base and convincing sufficient wavering “independents” that they  would be hurt financially by a Romney victory.

In a virtually unprecedented action that was totally at odds with our representative form of government, Congress in 2008 allocated hundreds of billions of dollars in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to be spent at the sole discretion of the president.

Obama doled out a $25 billion gift of taxpayers’ money to the United Auto Workers Union’s pension fund. With that money in hand, it was difficult for auto workers and retirees in Ohio, Michigan and Florida to vote against his re-election bid.

Obama also gave a gift of some $200 billion to fund the retention of teacher positions in the wake of the economic meltdown, making it hard for teachers union members, many of whom are single women, to vote against their benefactor.

Giving the president such a huge pot of money that could be used as a political slush fund was a huge mistake that certainly had an unwarranted effect on this election, and it should never have happen.

This wasn’t a “hope and change” election like 2008. Obama’s campaign this time it was based on “fear  and loathing.”

Romney was portrayed as a “ruthless predatory capitalist, hell-bent on grinding ordinary Americans into the dust, sending their jobs abroad and denying them even rudimentary healthcare provision.”

One advert showed Romney pushing an old lady in a “wheelchair over a cliff.” Another even accused him of causing a former employee’s wife to “die of cancer.” It was “garbage,” but it was “effective.”

By the time of the first televised debate, which Romney won convincingly, the damage had probably already been done — at least in the minds of enough voters to help Obama “belly-flop” over the line in the “swing states” that mattered.

Even so, it still went down to the wire, with Obama only just taking a “smidgen over 50 per cent” of the popular vote nationally. This was nobody’s idea of a landslide, despite the “electoral college system” giving the President an “impressive victory” on paper. Obama actually polled ten million fewer votes than he did in 2008.

Many voters told exit pollsters they had only made up their mind on the day of the election. Some pundits think Obama’s handling of the storm Sandy may have swung it for him.

The hurricane certainly allowed Obama to pull on his “bomber jacket,” visit the scene and look presidential. But the fact is that Sandy, which hit Atlantic City at a speed of 80mph, spent more time in New Jersey than Obama. And “five minutes” after the President had “tweeted pictures of himself” empathizing with storm victims, it was everybody back on Air Force One for another “election rally” in Nevada.

Meanwhile, the “devastation” visited upon parts of the North East remains every bit as awful as Katrina inflicted on New Orleans in 2005, and the clean-up just as “patchy and poorly” co-ordinated.

Romney wasn’t just “taking on the President,” he was “battling a hostile mainstream media” every bit as “biased” in favor of Obama.

On the basis of Obama’s record, he probably didn’t deserve to get re-elected. The deficit has soared to $1.3 trillion. Unemployment remains stubbornly high. The country is teetering on the edge of a fiscal precipice. The election result has changed nothing.

But Obama’s fortunate that more than half of voters still blame Bush for the financial crisis — and just enough of them are prepared to give the President another four years to put it right.

The worry is that the drift from a dynamic “can-do” nation to a dependent “something for nothing” society continues to stifle economic recovery. The world needs America’s red-in-tooth-and-claw capitalism to fuel global growth.

What’s of equal concern is that under Obama’s rampant hostility to private enterprise and “the rich” has flourished. That probably cost Romney the presidency. He may have had the credentials to kick-start the economy and prosperity. But he wasn’t a perfect candidate — simply the best of a deeply unimpressive bunch.

His self-made $200 million fortune — which should have been a source of admiration, not resentment — left him exposed to accusations of being “out of touch” and only caring about “the rich”.

It didn’t help that, despite his Mormon faith, Romney came across as one of those aloof, “born-to-rule” WASP’s who have dominated the Republican establishment since the days of Abraham Lincoln.

Obama’s victory wasn’t  entirely down to minority support, though. The swing states which took him over the line are predominantly white, which suggests whites are equally comfortable with the idea of “sucking on the government teat.”

Republican Rep. Steve King echoed Mitt Romney’s recent remark that President Barack Obama won the race by giving “gifts” to certain demographics.

“Well, he did,” King said when asked for his thoughts on Romney’s comment that Obama had promised gifts to Hispanics, African-Americans and young voters. “It was Santa Claus versus personal responsibility and fiscal responsibility.”

King said that, in his analysis, too much of the “electorate wants to rely on government.”

“I think that I’d characterize it a little bit differently. I think that the people who voted for dependency outnumbered the people who voted for personal responsibility,” King said. “Obama promised, and those promises resonated with people who decided that they would rather be dependent upon government, rather than have their freedom and their opportunity to have a real, vigorous economy. So that’s what I think was the dividing philosophy.”

Romney also struggled with turnout among conservative voters, King added, noting that on Election Day the Republicans lost ground with groups like Hispanics and African-Americans, relative to how the party normally polled.

Romney claimed that former president Bill Clinton phoned him after the election. “I spoke with Clinton the day before yesterday, he called and spent thirty minutes chatting with me.”

Clinton said, ”a week out I thought you were going to win but the hurricane happened, and it gave the president a chance to be presidential, and to look bipartisan, and you know he got a little more momentum.”

Clinton added that he had considered “joining the Republican Party after watching Ann Romney speak at the Republican convention. So he may have just been effusive with generous comments as he chatted,” Romney quipped.

It’s time for Americans to start asking what they can do for their country, not what their country can do for them.

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