Media Malfeasance, Choosing Chaos Over Order, Pray For America

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Media Malfeasance
I have reviewed more media accounts of the president's speech last week at Mount Rushmore. Next to the vile Charlottesville hoax, this has been one of worst examples of the media blatantly lying about what the president said. 
Not only did virtually every major media outlet, except for Fox News, twist the president's remarks, multiple politicians lied through their teeth without any interviewer factchecking them. 
For example, one progressive senator claimed that the president "spent more time worried about honoring dead Confederates" than anything else. Trump never mentioned Confederate generals in his speech!
Again, if you missed the president's address at Mount Rushmore, I encourage you to watch it here. It was a rousing defense of America, and nothing at all like what the media are describing.
Garden Of Heroes
Over the July 4th weekend, a statue of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglasswas torn down in Rochester, New York. This is just the latest example of the insanity the radical left has unleashed on America. 
President Trump has boldly spoken out against the destruction of our historical monuments and memorials. But he has also called for something else – building a "Garden of Heroes" featuring statues of some of our greatest citizens.
Among those to be included in the "Garden of Heroes" are: Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Billy Graham, Martin Luther King, Jr., Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, Douglas MacArthur, Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Tubman, and Booker T. Washington.
I would love to see this happen! Instead of tearing down memorials, let's build more of them honoring truly great Americans. Make it a new American shrine to teach our children who we really are. 
While the left is committed to attacking and denigrating America, the rest of us who love and cherish this country for the freedom and prosperity it offers should be dedicated to building up America and honoring those who made this such a great nation. 
Choosing Chaos 
It is hard to be a great nation when lawlessness prevails in your city streets. So I was pleased to see Georgia Governor Brian Kemp get serious yesterday about restoring order. In a bold and significant development, Kemp deployed the National Guard to get control of the violence in Atlanta. 
There's been an uptick of violence there, but it has not been nearly as bad as what is taking place in ChicagoNew York and Philadelphia, where the left dominates everything. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said that the federal government is ready to help states and cities restore law and order, but the progressive politicians must ask for help first because law enforcement is primarily a state and local issue. 
"I think that any city that is having increases in violence, burning, rioting, looting is [doing so] by choice at this point," Wolf said. "Those local elected officials are making a choice to keep their cities very unsafe and dangerous. The president has been very clear we're here to support and provide resources. We'll do that at their request."
But they are choosing not to ask for help. Instead, some progressive politicians are blaming the violence on the coronavirus. (Here and here.) 
Sadly, it's minority communities who are most victimized by such violence, and I believe they would welcome the deployment of more law enforcement and even the National Guard to provide safe streets.
Many Americans want schools to reopen in the fall since the virus presents little risk to children. But I would be worried about the danger to our kids from growing lawlessness, violence and drugs. If mayors and governors were serious about keeping our children safe, they would ask for additional support from the federal government to restore law and order.
Pray For America
The headlines of recent weeks have been disturbing. From the pandemic to protests, from economic stress to mass killings in our cities, millions of Americans are anxious and hurting. But I know that big government doesn't have the answer to every problem.
Many evangelical leaders are calling on men and women of faith to participate in a prayer campaign for America. Please join me in this crucial effort. 
From racial reconciliation and economic recovery to the preservation of religious liberty, there is so much to pray about. You can start by encouraging friends and family to consider the words of II Chronicles:
"If My people who are called by My name 
will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways, 
then I will hear from heaven, 
and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
Pray for a quick end to the coronavirus. Pray for an end to the divisions in our homes, our communities and our country. Pray for wisdom for our elected leaders and protection for the men and women of law enforcement. Pray that America would be restored and remain a shining city upon a hill.