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I think Page needs to address the Tea Party and the national discussion on W.A. Criswell's successor Jeffress.
Jeffress is getting lot of ink or bytes at religiondispatches.org
And Page is hardwired to the Tea Party by virtue of his association with the politics of Jim Demint, bout five miles from his long pastorate in Taylors, S.C.
S.C. primary continues to choose the GOP candidate.
Page has his hands full with lot of issues.
Another one would be Robert Parham's scorching essay on the Alabama Baptist Convention and Immigration.
USA Today, NY Times: All have done stories on Bama and Immigration.
Where other than standby on SBC Resolution is Page on all that and is it his responsibility to make public statements to Bama Baptist Deacon Gov Bentley, and Albert Lee Smith's widow Eunie--google local news of al.com for last Sunday's scathing essay on Eunie's immigration guru Kris Kobach
Newt Gingrich waded into a stifling crowd at Tommy’s Ham House in Greenville this morning with promises to shore up Social Security and recenter the country on property rights and the Constitution instead of elite, European liberalism — hot themes for southern conservatives in attendance who responded repeatedly with raucous applause.
From the moment he took the microphone, Gingrich spoke to southern staples including religious liberty and American exceptionalism that he said comes from subordination to a supreme being.
And he missed few opportunities to rip President Obama as inept and a “Saul Alinsky radical.”
But Gingrich can’t win, he said, without South Carolina.
If Obama doesn’t agree to seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates of three hours each, Gingrich said he would follow him around the country, showing up four hours after his speeches to rebut them until he agrees to debate. He joked that he would let him use a teleprompter.
On the Obama administration’s decision to delay a decision on the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada, Gingrich said it was a mistake that has led to Canadians to discuss sending the oil to China instead.
“These guys not only can’t play chess, they can’t play tic-tac-toe,” Gingrich said.
He said the State Department has a “deep bias” against Israel, noting that it’s the only country where the U.S. embassy isn’t in the capital city, and he said that when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wished for its destruction liberal elites were looking for an underlying symbolism.
As a historian, Gingrich said, he understands what Ahmadinejad means.
The Justice Department’s lawsuit against South Carolina, and the administration’s willingness to allow other countries to file amicus briefs in the case, mark an “outrageous anti-Constitutional position,” he said.
He ripped the Texas judge who banned prayer at graduation as an “anti-religious bigot” whose office he would close. This received one of the morning’s most sustained periods of applause, and a partial standing ovation.
Asked to predict when the economy would recover, he said it would begin on election night when it becomes clear Obama is headed back to Chicago.
Gingrich said he intends to run a team campaign, picking up state legislative majorities, a majority in the Senate and 20 to 30 more seats in the House. He said he would ask the new Congress to stay in Washington when they’re sworn in in January to repeal “Obamacare,” the Dodd-Frank reforms and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act so he could sign the measures immediately upon his swearing in January 21st.
“We only get to the debates if I’m the nominee,” Gingrich told a packed house at about 9 a.m. And to be the nominee, he said, he has to win South Carolina.
GreenvilleOnline.com is developing this story.
Gene Scarborough wrote:Ed---
1. You know EXACTLY what I mean by "the right color." At present, welfare is considered an "entitlement." That means if anyone but a black president were to make changes, a riot would ensue---and you and everyone else knows it!
Ed: 1. I had an idea that is what you where saying, but I wanted you to spell it out. Thanks! I happen to think that is a crock of stuff.
You have nothing to support your biased opinion. And Gene How do you understand the meaning of entitlement as applied to state welfare programs. Basically they are Government program that requires payment to anyone who meets specific qualifications; those who qualify are thus “entitled” to the payments.
G.S. 2.This is in no way racist on my part. It is simple fact that most black churches here meet for the worship /break for lunch /resume the activities with a seminar on maximizing welfare payments.
Ed 2, If you want me to believe that you will have to show me some verifiable evidence. in the first place I don't think you know squat about "most black churches" in North Carolina or anywhere else.
G.S. 3. It's one thing to pick up a check when it is needed as a temporary aid. It's quite another to have been getting one since and 70's and now 5 generations have sucked the welfare tit without becoming more responsible citizens---and I, for one, have had enough!.
Ed3. More unsupportable hyperbole ! North Carolina has the 20th highest per capita income but also has the 15th greatest number of households with incomes under the poverty level.
G.S. 4.You will want to debate me and deny, but you have not tried to get them to come off the porch and do tree work either = it seldom happens. Now it is far more profitable in Rocky Mount to deal drugs and rob than work either. Sorry, but "that's the way it is," as Walter Cronkite famously said each evening.
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