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“The only thing that is life threatening is to lose your soul.”
"To condone sin is a sin."
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**Most Recent Newsletter***

“The Voice of the Common Man”

Issue #230 October 16, 2019

Impeach the President - And Then What?

Dear Pastors, Family, Friends, and Government Officials:

 

The Democrats are doing everything they can to impeach President Trump - and the mainstream news media is lending its full support to that effort.

 

Ninety-nine percent of the news reports coming out of CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and ABC are anti-Trump.  And even when some good news is reported about the nation’s economy, it is quickly followed by skepticism that “these may be short-term gains.”  The anti-Trump media seems to be hoping the economy will soon tank; proving that Trump is a failure.

 

Fox News is the only network who tries to report the news in a balanced way; but even some of the people on Fox News sometime let their liberal views slip out to the public.  Even Pat Robertson, the chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) was quick to criticize President Trump for pulling U.S. troops out of northern Syria, and not staying to protect the Kurds from Turkey’s planned military assault. 

 

While it’s true the Kurds helped the United States in the fight against ISIS, the Kurds primary reason for doing so was to protect the Kurdish territory in northern Syria – a territory that’s been under dispute with Turkey for many, many years.  Kurdish battles with the old Ottoman Empire go back to the 1500s. 

 

The United States military should never have even been there, except for the fact, that President Obama sent them there in a failed attempt to overthrow the Syrian government and remove President Assad from power.  Ironically, President Assad is still in power, and his Syrian government has now agreed to assist the Kurds in their territorial war with Turkey . . . and Russia has now agreed to “help” the Kurds.

 

Note:  In last night’s Democrat Debate on CNN, every one of the presidential contenders insisted that the United States should stay in northern Syria and assist the Kurds in protecting their border from Turkish intrusion.  And yet, these same Democrats are resisting the Trump administrations defense of the U.S. southern border.

 

But getting back to the subject of impeachment: Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has refused to follow the rules of impeachment as defined in the U.S. Constitution, which would require an “open” full-house vote by all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

 

Instead, Speaker Pelosi has classified this as an “Impeachment Inquiry” and assigned Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to conduct this investigation in secret behind closed doors – and the legislative participants are barred from speaking publically about any information being disclosed in these secret interrogations.  Although, selected information is being “leaked” to the media . . . and as you might expect . . . the “leaked” information is always critical of the president.

 

Please bear in mind, the investigation of Donald Trump began before he officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential campaign.  And then, after he was elected president in November 2016, the investigation shifted into impeachment mode.  However, the Russian investigation and the Mueller probe did not produce the result the Democrats were hoping for, so they’re now pursuing Trump’s Ukrainian involvement.

 

The Democrats latest round of investigations is related to President Trump’s telephone conversation on July 25, 2019 with Ukrainian President Zelensky.  President Trump is alleged to have asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for his involvement with Ukraine’s largest private gas company, Burisma Holdings. 

 

Rep. Adam Schiff publically announced these accusations against President Trump:

  1. Trump solicited a foreign nation (Ukraine) to get involved in a U.S. presidential election
  2. Trump demanded the President of Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, Trump’s political opponent in the upcoming 2020 election
  3. Trump threatened to withhold U.S. military aid money if Ukraine refused to participate.

Those accusation has been refuted by President Trump and President Zelensky, and the written transcripts of the telephone conversation, which were released by President Trump, show that Rep. Schiff’s accusations are untrue. 

 

However, Rep. Schiff claims two unidentified “whistle blowers” have now secretly come forward with information supporting Rep. Schiff’s accusations.  But neither of those “whistle blowers” were in the room when the telephone conversation took place – they both admit their information is not first-hand knowledge – they both admit they are only repeating what someone else told them.  In a court of law, “hearsay evidence” cannot be introduced because it is considered unreliable.

 

Any reasonable person would think the best way to get to the bottom of this would be to identify the “whistle blowers” and have them testify in public.  But no, Rep. Schiff says he wants to protect these individuals from possible “personal harm” as he proceeds with the Democrats agenda to destroy this presidency with daily leaks to the news media from unnamed government sources.

 

On October 10, 2019, the Washington Examiner reported attorneys representing one of the “whistle blowers” claim he’s a former CIA official who was detailed to the National Security Council at the White House, and that he worked with Joe Biden while Biden was Vice President. 

 

That disclosure prompted Rep. Schiff to announce yesterday, that he believes it will not be necessary to reveal the identity of the “whistle blowers”, nor will it be necessary for them to testify in public.  Schiff says he now believes the written transcript of the telephone conversation provides sufficient evidence for impeachment.

 

Note:  That’s a pretty good indication that releasing their names to the public would prove to be extremely embarrassing to the Democrats, and could cause the media frenzy on Impeachment to go away for lack of credibility.

 

But getting back to Hunter Biden:  In 2014, while Joe Biden was Vice President, his 49-year-old son, Hunter Biden, was given a position on the board of Burisma Holdings, the largest private gas company in Ukraine.  Both the New York Times and NPR have reported that Hunter Biden was paid “as much as $50,000 per month for his services” even though Hunter Biden had no experience in the energy business.

 

At that time, several people in Washington raised “conflict-of-interest” concerns about the Vice President’s son being involved with this Ukrainian company, especially since his father had been assigned by President Obama to be the “point man” for Ukraine. 

 

However, the U.S. State Department (under John Kerry) said there was no conflict, since Hunter Biden was a private citizen.  However, it is interesting to note:  At that time, John Kerry’s stepson, Christopher Heinz, was co-owner with Hunter Biden of a $2.4 billion private equity firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, and Heinz’s college roommate, Devon Archer, was the managing partner of the firm.

 

Hunter Biden and Devon Archer both joined the board of Burisma Holdings in the spring of 2014 . . . and the Washington Examiner reports that Burisma Holdings was at the center of a U.K. money laundering probe at that same time – and hours after it was publically announced that Biden and Archer had joined the board, Christopher Heinz sent an email on May 13, 2014 to Matt Summers and David Wade, two of his stepfather’s top aides at the State Department saying:

 

“Apparently Devon and Hunter both joined the board of Burisma and a press release went out today.  I can’t speak why they decided to, but there was no investment by our firm in their company.” 

 

The Washington Examiner reports that email was obtained through a public information request filed by the conservative nonprofit group Citizens United.  They also report that in 2014 and 2015, Burisma Holdings paid $3.4 million to a company called Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC, according to the New York Times, and that Burisma was paying Hunter Biden up to $50,000 a month.

 

In December 2015, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Ukraine and delivered an ultimatum to then – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: “Fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor that is investigating Burisma Holdings, or forget about getting the $1 billion in aid promised by the United States.”  And within hours, Viktor Shokin was fired.
 

Note:  In 2018, former Vice President Joe Biden attended a Council on Foreign Relations event, and was videotaped “bragging” about that 2015 conversation, and the quick dismissal of the Ukrainian prosecutor.  That videotape has been shown numerous time on TV and the Internet.

 

But this is not the first time Hunter Biden has benefitted from his father being the Vice President.  In December 2013, Hunter and his daughter Finnegan accompanied Vice President Biden onboard Air Force Two to Beijing, China.

 

While Vice President Biden was meeting with Chinese government officials, Hunter Biden was meeting with Jonathan Li, a Chinese banker . . . and ten days later the Bank of China invested $1.5 billion in Hunter Biden’s private equity fund.

 

All of this has now been publically disclosed, and both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden say “they did nothing wrong – these financial transactions were perfectly legal.”  Maybe they are right, but it’s a perfect illustration of how political power can be used to open doors of opportunity to certain politically-connected people – opportunities that a more qualified ordinary person might never see.  That how the Washington Swamp operates. 

 

Donald Trump promised voters he would “drain the swamp.”  That’s why Trump is being attacked from all sides.

 

Nancy Pelosi announced on CBS News this morning: “There’s no requirement that we have a vote [on impeachment], and so at this time, we will not be having a vote.  We’re not here to call bluffs.”  Some say Pelosi is unwilling to have the full house vote now, because she doesn’t have enough votes to support an official impeachment process.  Others say she wants to continue the “daily leaks” to the news media in order to inflict as much damage on President Trump as she can until Thanksgiving; then she may have enough votes to proceed.

 

What Is Really Going On?

Ten years ago conservative commentator Glenn Beck, Christian evangelist Grant Jeffrey, D. James Kennedy Ministries, and others warned us about the “Shadow Government” that was being built within the confines of our federal government.

 

The objective of this “Shadow Government” was to infiltrate the Department of Justice, the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with like-minded people in leadership position, with the goal of eventually accomplishing a silent coup, and overthrowing the will of the people. 

 

All of these massive federal government organizations are run by non-elected, presidentially appointed bureaucrats.  And their assigned task was to undermine the authority of the Executive Branch, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate, all of whom are elected by the citizens of the United States of America.

 

What started out to be a Shadow Government is now widely recognized as the “Deep State.”  And we are witnessing the silent coup in process with the lawless antics of the Democrat Party.  In essence, these Washington Elites are telling the American people: “You elected the wrong person to be president in 2016.  In order to protect this nation, we must remove Donald Trump from office, and replace him with a person we believe to be more qualified to lead this nation.”

 

Have you not noticed how Trump voters are being labeled?  Hillary Clinton called us “an unredeemable basket of deplorables.”  Barack Obama said “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”  FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who was one of Mueller’s investigators said “he could smell Trump supporters at a Wal-Mart store.”  And just two days ago, 85-year-old Sam Donaldson, a former ABC News anchor said Trump supporters “are ignorant, they don’t care about the facts, they don’t know about the facts.”

 

That is how the “Deep State” elites in Washington, D.C., feel about the 63 million people who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 – that’s how they view the people living in the 3,084 counties across America that voted for Trump versus the 57 that voted for Hillary – that’s how they feel about the 304 electoral votes Trump received in 2016 versus Hillary’s 227 and that’s how they feel about the people living in the 30 states that voted for Trump versus the 20 states that voted for Hillary.

 

God’s Word warns us about the times we are living in today.  It tells us that the secret power of lawlessness is already at work - but the one who now holds it back [the restrainer] will continue to do so until he is taken out of the way – once he is taken out of the way, the lawless one [the Antichrist] will be revealed – the coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works.  (see 2 Thessalonians 2:7-10)

 

The “restrainer” is the Holy Spirit that resides in every born-again follower of Jesus Christ.  But, right now, President Trump is also acting as a restrainer against the evilness that is trying to take over our nation.  If President Trump is removed from office, and if any one of the twenty Democrat presidential candidates becomes President, evilness will spread like wildfire all across this nation. 

 

Why you ask?  Because all twenty of them are committed to stopping “hate speech” – and in their minds, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a form of “hate speech” because many who hear it will be offended.  Therefore, Christians will be prevented from spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

 

In addition, they all stated last night that they want to codify Roe v. Wade.  That means they want to pass legislation making abortion a lawful right for every woman and every transgender.  And if they do that, every U.S. taxpayer will be obligated to pay for every abortion (whether they like it or not).

 

These are troubling times.  We must pray for President Trump.  Right now he is in the position of David fighting against Goliath.  A lesser man would have given up long ago.  And we need to pray that the people of this nation will come to their senses, turn from their sinful ways, and ask Jesus to come into their hearts and be their Lord and Savior.

 

Do You Know Jesus As Your Lord and Savior?

If not, you can invite Jesus into your heart right now and be saved (born again).  Believe in the Lord Jesus, and pray this simple prayer: “Jesus, I am a sinner, and I am sorry.  Please forgive my sins and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I repent (turn away) from sin and I commit my life to you.  I will study your word, follow your teachings, and obey your commands.  And Lord, show me what you want me to do; what part I can play in furthering your kingdom.  Thank you, Lord, for saving me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

 

Duane Collins

 

***News You May Have Missed***

Note: The inclusion of these news articles is to make sure you are aware of the illogical thinking in our world today. These articles bear evidence that people’s minds are being corrupted by demonic, perverted thinking; and this “thinking” is particularly pervasive in our younger generation. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope it will soon go away. No! We must take a stand and resist the evil-ones who are promoting this twisted thought process. God’s Word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee.”

U.S. Economy Soars 10/8/19

The U.S. Labor Department recently reported the unemployment rate in the United States has dropped to a 50-year low of 3.5%.  More than 6.1 million new jobs have been created (created not saved) since President Trump took office in January 2017. 

 

In addition, the stock market (Dow Jones Industrial Average) has grown from 18,142 on October 31, 2016 to 26,478 on October 8, 2019 . . . and increase of 46%.  That’s good news for every person enrolled in any type of investment or retirement plan.

 

Comment:  That’s quite an accomplishment, when you consider the Democrats have been trying to impeach President Trump from the very first day he took office.  It makes you wonder:  How much more could America have accomplished if the Democrats had chosen collaboration instead of resistance?
 

New York Wants to Silence You 10/2/19

New York City’s Commission on Human Rights issued a bulletin in September 2019 announcing: “The term ‘Illegal Alien’ when used with intent to demean, humiliate, or harass a person, is illegal under the law.”  And the 12-member commission of unsalaried persons, appointed by the mayor, has also determined that anyone who uses the term “Illegal Alien” could be subject to a fine as high as $250,000.

 

Many experts criticized the commission’s action as unconstitutional – and that criticism is strengthened by the fact that the Commission bypassed New York City’s elected lawmakers.  It will be interesting to see what happens next.

 

Bernie Sanders Heart Problem 10-2-19

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders underwent heart surgery yesterday after he experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event that same day.  Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Sander’s campaign, said a medical evaluation of the Vermont senator discovered blockage in one of his arteries, and two stents were successfully inserted.

 

“Senator Sanders is conversing and in good spirits.” Weaver said.  “He will be resting up over the next few days.  We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.” (www.thehill.com)

 

Drug Crazed 10/1/19

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) allowed drug makers to increase production of opioids even as overdose deaths were skyrocketing, according to a report released September 30th by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General.

 

While opioid overdose deaths grew by 71% per year between 2013 and 2017, the DEA authorized manufacturers to produce “substantially larger amounts of opioids.”  (www.thehill.com)

 

Also: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this week authorizing banks and financial institutions to provide basic banking services to marijuana businesses in states were marijuana has been legalized.  The bill is entitled “The SAFE Banking Act” and it passed by a vote of 321 to 103.

 

This bill was passed, even though growing marijuana, selling marijuana, and using marijuana is a violation of Federal Law. 

 

Comment: More and more people are exhibiting “abnormal” behavior and committing random acts of violence against innocent people, and even against themselves.  Mentally unstable people are living on the streets and in the public parks of our larger cities. 

 

Our political leaders tell us we have a mental health crisis, and most admit that “drug abuse” is one of the major causes.  And yet, they pass legislation to help finance the drug trade, lighten drug possession penalties, push for open borders, and try to tie the hands of drug enforcement officers . . . and look the other way while the DEA approves opioid production increases.

 

Follow the money trail . . . it surely must lead straight to the political swamp in Washington, D.C.

Democrat Wants To Take Away Your Automobile 9/19/19

Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang says the United States may have to eliminate private car ownership to combat climate change.

 

At a climate forum at Georgetown University hosted by MSNBC on September 19, 2019, Yang described private car ownership as “really inefficient and bad for the environment.”  He told the audience, “You guys all probably agree with this because you’re quiet young,” and then he went on to say that privately owned cars would be replaced by a “constant roving fleet of electric cars.”

 

Yang’s climate plan calls for nearly $5 Trillion in spending over the next 20 years and includes: “Zero emissions for all new cars by 2030” – and - “moving our people to higher ground” – and - “adapting our country to this new reality.”

 

Comment:  Democrats want to take away our guns, take away our automobiles, and now, move us out of our homes.  What’s next?

 

Presbyterian Church USA Attacks Israel 9/16/19

Presbyterians continue their boycott-divest-sanction (BDS) efforts against Israel by threatening companies who do business there.  Their latest effort was sending a letter to RE/MAX (a real estate company) telling them to stop operating in Judea, Samaria and sections of eastern Jerusalem.  The letter cited “reputational risks” the company would face if they continue to operate in those areas.

 

This is just one of many businesses Presbyterians have targeted in their BDS attacks on Israel.  In 2014, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA voted in favor of divesting from Caterpillar, Motorola, and Hewlett-Packard simply because they were selling products to Israel.

 

Presbyterians claim their attacks on Israel is a way of promoting a two-state solution and “peace” between the Palestinians and Jews.  But apparently they’re ignorant of the fact that targeting Jewish businesses is eerily similar to the 1933 Nuremberg Laws of Germany in which all Jewish-owned businesses were boycotted and ultimately put out of business.

 

The anti-Israel movement is being led by the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) operating from within the church.  And it should be noted that NGO Monitor, a watchdog site for non-governmental organizations, have uncovered overtly anti-Semitic posts on IPMN social media, and have called its Facebook page “a hate site operating under the protective wings of the Presbyterian church.”  

 

Yitzhak Santis, NGO Monitor’s Chief Programs Officer, said, “None of the anti-Semitic posting were repudiated by the IPMN leadership or other members of this Facebook group.  Several Presbyterian church senior staff members are also members of this group, and they’ve remained silent.”  (www.prophecynewswatch.com)

 

U.S. House Blocks Offshore Drilling 9/12/19

On September 11th the Democrat-controlled U.S. House voted to permanently block offshore drilling on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and part of the Gulf of Mexico.  Both bills were approved by an approximate 56% margin (45% of the House members are Republicans).

  

Ironically, the Democrats named the bills the “American Energy First Act.”  Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) said the bills should be renamed the “Russian Energy Reliance and U.S. Poverty Act.”

 

Then on September 12th the Democrat-controlled U.S. House voted to block drilling along the shoreline of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).  The vote was 225-193 in favor of the bill.

 

The House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz) said, “We’re striking back this week against the Trump administration and their agenda to drill everywhere, every time, with no exception.” 

 

Comment:  Have you noticed?  The Democrats always name a bill the opposite of what it really is; i.e., The Affordable Care Act, which caused healthcare insurance premiums to skyrocket . . . and the Equality Act (H.R. 5) passed in May 2019, which clearly discriminates against white, straight, Christians.

 

But on a more serious note: The Democrats have gone crazy in their effort to obtain “total” political power.  They say they’re trying to “save” the planet by pursuing the Green New Deal and eliminating the use of fossil fuels, etc. 

 

But the real truth is: Their unhinged illogical thinking, if implemented, will actually destroy this nation . . . The manufacturing capability of the United States will be wiped out because we will be unable to compete with China, India and others. 

 

The U.S. jobs market will be destroyed and unemployment will skyrocket.  The costs of heating and cooling our homes will skyrocket.  Families will not have enough money to buy food, pay their utility bills, and pay their rent and/or home mortgages. 

 

Ultimately, this will result in the financial collapse of this nation - we will be unable to defend ourselves - and our sovereignty and independence will be lost forever. 

 

Maybe that is exactly what the socialist/progressive/left-wing leaders of the Democrat Party are trying to accomplish.  Let’s pray that they do not succeed in this foolish endeavor.

 

Crazy Statements From Democrats 9/9/19

Socialist Bernie Sanders tells the CNN audience that his administration would feature population control provisions in order to combat climate change.  Yes, Bernie believes we have too many people on this earth, and that is why he favors U.S. tax payer funded abortion in America, and around the world (through foreign aid programs).

 

Bernie has not said what his plans are for older Americans who no longer work and do not pay federal income tax.  But if he is that unconcerned about protecting the lives of innocent unborn babies, can you imagine how he must feel about senior citizens, and disabled military veterans, many of whom are totally dependent upon the government for their care?
 

 

 

 

 

 Any comments or question?  E-Mail Address:  duane@commonmanministry.com    

 

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