DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE BEING SET UP?
“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Godfather, Don Vito Corleone
When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness he tried to seduce Him with tantalizing bait. He showed Him all the kingdoms of the world offering, I will give you all this…if You… (Luke 4:5-7). Satan was trying to set Him up.
Have you ever seen one of those late night commercials on TV with the grainy footage and well preserved singers of yesteryear hawking the classic hits of the past? Aligning with the voiceover announcer they nostalgically reference the era and reminisce to set you up for the sale.
“These are all the original hits not available in stores, all digitally remastered…what a time of peaceful vibes and love. You’ll relive what was such a wonderful time of carefree living and peace. Let all the memories from those years of love and peace be experienced again as you’re “’going to San Francisco with flowers in your hair.’”
For those of us who lived through those tumultuous times, some of us find ourselves talking to the TV set and wanting to smack them upside the head. “Hey buddy, that time was not all groovy, lovey, peaceful, flowing-haired girls in granny dresses twirling in the park amidst syrupy faced guys with tambourines and flutes!”
Using street smarts, we know they’re trying to set us up. It’s what Obama did when telling us, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, setting us up for Obamacare socialized medicine. PolitiFact gave him the “Lie of the Year” award!
Are we using the same discernment facing the power of the Progressives using sleight of hand to sell us a socialist bill of goods that will destroy our families and future in America? The bottom line with their nonstop “goody bags” is they are trying to buy us off with our own hard-earned tax dollars.
“It’ll Cost You Nothing!”
The radicalized, leftist Democratic party is making offers (like the above quote from Joe Biden) to hold us hostage to their socialist agenda. Exploiting Covid and climate fears to manipulate the masses, they’re trying to “get while the gettin’s good” with a befuddled president and bowed down media. They know the clock is ticking and will soon run out as people are wising up for next year’s midterms to throw them out.
Like sideshow barkers they’re pushing a wealth redistribution agenda through their misleading 2200 page $3.5 million “Infrastructure“ bill of giveaways that they say will be paid for by those “evil corporations and billionaires.” This impacts your livelihood and your children whose future is being sacrificed for political expediency.
Here’s their agenda:
- Forgiveness of college debts
- “Free” money ($25,000) for all lower-income, first-time home buyers (they never have to pay it back even though you may have saved a decade for such a purchase).
- “Free” government checks, child subsidies, universal childcare, pre-K coverage, college tuition, complete medical care, rent subsidies, basic guaranteed income, expanded Medicare (dental, vision and hearing), taxpayer funded abortions, increased food stamp provisions, amnesty for 12-15 million illegal immigrants with full entitlements and open borders for asylum-seekers (2-3 million this year alone) with full medical care.
Our Biblically Based Heritage
Our Founding Fathers and patriotic Americans throughout our history have demonstrated compassionate care for deserving needy individuals as a temporary “hand up,” not a permanent “hand out”. We’ve traditionally honored the biblical directive: We command you that if any will not work, neither shall he eat. (1Thess.3:10)
Big government has no right to take our money and savings earned over a lifetime and give it away for the sake of what they label “equity” and “reparations.” We must stand up to this attempted communist-style thievery and transfer of wealth establishing a culture of dependency in America. The Bible teaches that we have a responsibility to work, plan, and care for ourselves, our spouse, and children (1Tim. 5:8; Jam. 1:27; 2 Cor. 12:14); and we will one day give an account before God for this stewardship.
Ben Franklin stated, “I am for doing good to the poor but I think the best way to do good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading them or driving them out of it. I observed the more public provisions were made for the poor the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less that was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer!”
My disabled mother scrubbed floors on her knees three days a week and my father was a janitor. We had no car, vacations, or air conditioning; yet they worked for an honest living, not government giveaways.
We must be informed regarding this deceptive Democrat set up. The radical progressives have schemes up their sleeves!
Did you know that Biden just appointed a Comptroller of US Currency, Saule Omarova, a “progressive” (not free-market capitalist) who wants us to put our money in the Federal Reserve rather than private banks so the government can track all funds and penalize any non-compliance. This makes government confiscation of wealth upon someone’s death the next step, with private property coming under central government control as payback for “Nanny State” womb to tomb care. This is Communism!
How Do You Kill 11 Million People?
New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews wrote a book with this title. The figure represents the actual number of people killed by Adolf Hitler, not including ordinary civilians and military war dead.
In the book, he gave a simple answer to the inquiry: You lie to the people and set them up to be led like naive sheep to the slaughter. It’s happening today.
When Hitler wrote “Mein Kampf” he stated, “The great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one.”
His henchman, Adolph Eichmann, revealed in sworn statements during the Nuremberg trials their deception with the Jewish people. Here’s how they set them up.
“All Jews listen up! At last it can be reported to you that the Russians are advancing on our eastern front. I apologize for the hasty way we brought you into our protection. Unfortunately, there was little time to explain. You have nothing to worry about. We want only the best for you. You will leave here shortly and be sent to very fine places indeed. You will work there, your wives will stay at home, and your children will go to school. You will have wonderful lives. We will all be terribly crowded on the trains, but the journey is short. Men, please keep families together and board the rail cars in an orderly manner. Quickly now, my friends, we must hurry!”
Sound familiar? They were set up by the Democratic Socialist regime. We must speak up before it’s too late.
Here’s the deal: “Live not by lies” was the warning given us by Russian defector Alexander Solzhenitsyn concerning the dawning post-Christian, pre-totalitarian society he saw emerging in America. Jesus told us to watch (stay alert) and pray (Lk.21:36). Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Eph. 5:11 NIV)
To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Don’t take the bait when they make you an offer they think you can’t refuse.
Does this resonate? Do you feel like you’re being set up for something nefarious? Share a prayer in the comments below!
Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 46 yrs, Intercessors for America board member, best-selling author and a public policy advisor with Liberty Counsel. His innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Hear his weekly podcast here.
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