We are regularly updated on the number of people who have died from the coronavirus. It is a sad tally. But it only tells us part of the carnage 2020 has been.
We don't get a daily tally on the number of people who gave up on a dream, whether a personal dream or a financial dream. We don't get a daily update on the number of small businesses that have closed, whether temporarily or permanently.
We don't get the daily number of children who are dropping out of school. We don't get the daily number of people who are suffering from mental anguish or other consequences of the lockdowns.
I know some of you have personally experienced some of these setbacks. Some of you have lost loved ones. Some of you have lost jobs or you are struggling to save a family business.
Here's a small Christmas present for you. I want to extend an offer for our staff to specifically pray for you. We are happy to pray for you by name or anonymously based on whatever message you send us. That is our gift to you in these uncertain times as we celebrate the Christmas season.
If you have a prayer request, please use this link to respond.
In the meantime, a heavenly phenomenon will take place tonight as Saturn and Jupiter align for the first time since 1623. But it will be the first time since 1226 that the alignment will be visible to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
Some scholars believe the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter, the two largest planets in our solar system, was the "Christmas star" that the wise men saw and followed. I'll let theologians and scholars debate that. I think our God is perfectly capable of putting a light in the sky that had nothing to do with stars and planets.
But I think it is a perfect reminder in what has been an anxious year of what the birth of our Savior means for the final salvation of mankind.
Late Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy finally got the briefing he has been demanding regarding what the FBI knew about Rep. Eric Swalwell's relationship with a Chinese communist spy, just one of thousands of Chinese agents sent to compromise American officials and institutions.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also attended Friday's briefing. McCarthy was stunned when he emerged from the briefing room and during later interviews with reporters.
Of course, the briefing was classified so McCarthy could not divulge details, such as the exact nature of Swalwell's relationship with Fang Fang. But he was absolutely clear that Swalwell should not be on the House Intelligence Committee. And McCarthy is now calling for all members of the Intelligence Committee to receive the same briefing so they can understand what they're dealing with.
McCarthy said the briefing raised unanswerable questions about why Speaker Pelosi has allowed Swalwell to remain on the Intelligence Committee.
"No one that was in that room could walk out and say Eric Swalwell should be on the Intellingence Committee," McCarthy said. "They had a briefing before in 2015, and I don't know what that briefing was like compared to this one, but it could not have been the same."
McCarthy compared Swalwell to the "Manchurian candidate," and added that out of 200 other House Democrats she could have selected, Pelosi chose the one she knew was most compromised.
That raises the odd question: Does Eric Swalwell have something on Nancy Pelosi?
By the way, according to Sen. John Kennedy, the House recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act, but not before Pelosi gutted a Senate provision to continue the Trump crackdown on Confucius Institutes that are spreading communist propaganda on our university campuses.
Why was that commonsense provision gutted by House progressives?
It had two purposes. First was to lie about the virus to make it more difficult for us and the rest of the world to combat the virus. Second, they wanted to make sure it did not end up being called the "Wuhan" or "Chinese" virus.
It has historically been very common for new diseases to be named after the areas where they originated, like the 1918 Spanish flu. There is tick-borne disease known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever. It's called that because the disease was first identified in the Rocky Mountains well over 100 years ago. There are plenty of other examples.
But the Chinese communists desperately wanted this disease to not become affiliated with China or Wuhan in any way. Donald Trump, particularly after he found out how Beijing's communists had lied, led the charge to call it "the Chinese virus."
Once again, it was the media and the progressive left who objected to that labeling and called Trump a racist for referring to it as "the Chinese virus." They suggested he would be responsible for any hate crimes committed against Chinese living in the United States. And they said the same things when he cut off travel from China.
Why is it that every time there is a dispute between the United States and China, the left takes the side of communist China? Why are progressives willing accomplices of Chinese propaganda?
Are progressives taking their cues from the Chinese Communist Party or is the Chinese Communist Party taking its narrative from the progressive left? Either way, the result is the same. Both are promoting anti-American narratives that benefit the Chinese communists!
The Fight Continues
Donald Trump continues to fight, and is once again asking Americans to stand with him.
Over the weekend, the president's lawyers filed a brief with the Supreme Court challenging the last-minute changes to Pennsylvania's election laws that were made by rogue bureaucrats and state judges.
The president also announced that he is holding a "big" and "wild" protest in Washington, D.C., on January 6th. As you may know, that is the day Congress is set to consider the Electoral College vote.
President Trump continues to fight for transparency and accountability in our elections, and we will continue to stand with him!
We Need You!
My friends, as I mentioned this morning, our year-end fundraising campaign is running way, way behind last year's totals.
Year-end fundraising makes up a huge part of our annual budget, and your generous support is the only thing that keeps us going.
We can't do this without you!
If things don't turn around significantly in the remaining 11 days of the year, we will begin 2021 with a severe budget crisis that could cripple our ability to confront the radical left.
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