fatter_disasterConservatives on Fire is now Asylum Watch.

Originally this  blog, which was started on September 20, 2010, was dedicated to the American conservative movement’s efforts to lead the country back to its founders ideals and operated under the name Conservatives on Fire with the tag line: Defending Conservative Ideas for America.  After the devastating results of the 2012 elections, many conservative bloggers went silent and others began posting less frequently. This humble defender of American conservatism, however, continued to write posts encouraging conservatives to not give up hope. I even wrote a six part series on how we could take America back one bit at a time. By January 2013, I began to question my resolve. After two weeks of introspection, I came to the conclusion that I had ignored thousands of years of human history. I had been living in a state of delusion. I was in love with idea. The beautiful idea of America our founders gave to us. I did not want to believe that such a beautiful idea could be lost.  As I reflected on the history of  mankind, I realized that the people with power will always act to increase their power. And, those whose power is to govern are no different; not in America or anywhere in the world. (from here)

The last election left a great many depressed. Like the author at Asylum Watch, I too contemplated our lost with a mixture of sorrow and horror (FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 5).  In retrospect, I should not have been surprised. I knew the United States cannot forever be a republic. I knew my country will not exist for eternity.

We may think ourselves mighty and important, but God did not bother to mention the United States in the Book of Revelation. Perhaps that is a good thing; I don’t know. I just know that with the election of Barack Obama the end of our republic no longer seems like a distant event in the future.

Should we give up? No. Jesus did not give us that luxury. We must fight for our republic. We must labor for the souls of our children, and we must spread the Gospel to our neighbors.

We must remember why the United States is unique. Ours is a nation founded in the belief that God rules. As our Declaration of Independence says:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,… (from here)

We do not need government to educate us, feed us, provide us medical care, give us money in retirement, protect us from poverty… We do not need government to give us things.  We need government to protect our right to spread the Gospel of our savior, Christ Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20 Good News Translation (GNT)

18 Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”



What’s my criteria for the best posts of 2012? These are posts I thought worth reading and think that others will also think worthy of their time.

Are these post my posts? No. I list what I think are my best posts down down at the bottom of this page (and will update the list for the New Year). What I list here are the posts I enjoyed reading on other blogs.

January 2012

FIREWALL:  The Vote Pump from Freedom, by the way: Bill Whittle explains how the Socialist Democrats buy votes.  Spend. Spend. Spend.

Independent Learning is Out – Group Think is In from PWC Education Reform Blog: Do our schools discourage individuality?

A New Term: Islamonausea from quotes and notes and opinions:  Pat Condell is godless comedian, but he does not find in Islam much to laugh at. What he really detests, however, are the apologists for evil.

February 2012

About Conscience, Not Contraceptives from Deo Vindice: Does freedom of religion involve more than hiding in a closet and praying?


March 2012

As Porky Pig would say, “Ble, ble, ble, that’s all folks!” from blogsense-by-barb: Barb goes over President Obama’s record.

Thank You, Kathleen Donnafield from To Be Right!: Harry answers a critic.

Kidron: the Death Valley of the Bible from Settled In Heaven: The “retired pastor” provides a Bible lesson. Check out Settled In Heaven. It is a first-rate place to learn about the Bible.

April 2012

The Four Failures of Macro Evolution from Thinking in Christ: Russ answers the arguments for the Theory of Evolution. Here is how he begins.

Science is observable, testable, and repeatable. If something is not all three of these things, then it is not science, but rather a collection of just so stories. Is evolutionary theory science, or a collection of just so stories?

Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up from bluebird of bitterness: Humor at Obama’s expense.

Early Church’s Understand of Genesis 1:26 from With All I Am: A little bit of Bible history.

May 2012

142 House Democrats Join Republicans In Vote to Keep Holder’s DOJ Honest from Thatmrgguy’s Blog: About an episode in the failed effort to hold the Obama administration accountable for Operation Fast and Furious.

The Grey-Haired Brigade from Voting American: A complaint against a true tale that is stranger-than-fiction. How do the Socialist Democrats get away with calling the Tea Party activists extremists?

Unfortunate juxtapositions from bluebird of bitterness: More humor.

“‘Boys, the old flag never touched the ground!” from pumabydesign001′s blog: A bit of history.

June 2012

The Presidency: The Root Of Our Problems from The Mason Conservative: One man’s idea of how to fix the problem.

Evil Disguised As Good from THE FAMILY FOUNDATION BLOG: Here what many probably think is a largely Protestant organization quotes Pope Benedict XVI.  The Family Foundation has a Christian mission, and Catholics contribute to fulfulling that mission.

Gunny & Glock – Wrong Diner – Extended Version – YouTube from partneringwitheagles: The lesson in the video is simple. Free men and women do not depend upon somebody else to defend them. Serfs and slaves do that.

July 2012

Obamacare: Biggest Middle Class Tax Hike in American History from Catholibertarian: There is much discussion of the Fiscal Cliff. Supposedly, to prevent going off the cliff, we need to reinstitute the Bush “tax cuts.” The corporate news media is playing a shell game.

The Peace Now of Economic and Social Policy from sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue: A Californian sitting on BART composes her thoughts. Here is how she concludes:

In this election year, our concern should be wealth creation and balanced budget along with family values.  I don’t think there is a sign anyone right of center (except for David Brooks, of course) is willing to give up our core principles and further restructure our economy in the direction of socialism if only the liberals will promise to behave.  Why would they?  The welfare state is design to replace the family.

July 20 1969 Neil Armstrong walks on moon from Craig Hill: Neil Armstrong died this year.

If There’s One Thing That Offends Me… from The RAP Sheet: Note Justin’s comment. I would like to see the answer.

From the Ruins of Empire from Shaun Kenney: A book review.

August 2012

Ecumenism or You-Come-In-Ism? from Biltrix: A Catholic priest explains the Catholic Church’s ecumenical mission. Here is an excerpt.

The true meaning behind the Church’s ecumenical mission is to bring about the fulfillment of Christ’s prayer to the Father: “Ut Sint Unum!” — That they may be one, as we are one (John 17:11).

Note that “Church” above is capitalized. There is only one Church.

Obama’s America 2012:  24+/- Hours in Chicago.  30 Shot.  7 Dead So Far.  But Gun Laws Live. from Disrupt The Narrative: P. Henry Saddleburr comments on the good works of the Socialist Democratic Party.

I’m A Totally Selfless Volunteer from NooneOfAnyImport’s Blog: Linda tells us about her work as a volunteer for Citizens United.

Democrats Claim McDonnell “Poisoned” Biden from Virginia Virtucon: Political humor.

September 2012

Ode to Empty Chairs from Stealth Magnolia: Political humor.

Blind and Deaf from My Blog: Because of the way the post is organized, I found it a bit difficult to separate the author’s own words from the Bible passages, but it is worth the effort.

Receiving Bad News from YOU DECIDE: When Nehemiah rebuilt Jerusalem’s wall, he struggled to persevere.

Four Year Anniversary as a Blogger from pumabydesign001′s blog: Here the blogger offers her own testimony.


October 2012

Why Starbucks should avoid sliding doors from bluebird of bitterness: The comics are my favorite part of a newspaper.

Conservative bloggers unite to defeat Obama from Conservatives on Fire: In the final days before the final vote.

Question for Obama Supporters from Right Hook: And we still don’t have an answer.

Sunday Verse 1 and Sunday Verse 2: Root of Evil from Level_Head: Level Head wrote a series of seven posts (really eight) in response to the Food For Thought Award.

Biden Brazenly Repeats Iraq Lie from Level-headed discussion of politics and science

SamHenry Discovers Life in a Wheelchair from ON MY WATCH – the writings of SamHenry

I’m Home From the Hospital from Catholibertarian

November 2012

Sunday Verse 3, Sunday Verse 4: Presidential Musings, and That last quote from Matthew 12 from Level_Head

Blog-A-Thon Award Time — I’m It from Phoebe’s Detention Room: Anybody who picks “Deuteronomy” as their favorite book of the Bible has at least read it.

Values. The Fact Is, We Need God. from Lyn Leahz: A couple of great videos.

An ObamaCare Parable from blogsense-by-barb: A commentary on the strings the “generous” Socialist Democrats attach when they “give” away the wealth of the “rich.”

The Dustbin of History from NooneOfAnyImport’s Blog: About a video that shows the misguided thoughts of a little boy.

December 2012

Sunday Verse 5: Mammon and Rewards, Sunday Verse 6: Two Worlds, and Sunday Verse 7: Christmas Rambles from Level_Head

Thoughts On Hell, Sin, Grace, Works from Notes from the Crossroads: What is Hell?

Newtown, Gun Laws, Peace & the Abortion Connection? from Courageous Priest: Believe it or not, the issues are related.

Where Was God at Newtown? from Deo Vindice: Yes.

On Marrying my Best Friend… from Crystal Clear Conservative: Congratulations!



Onward, Christian Soldiers

Here is the last part of FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION. I cannot offer a grand plan to defeat the Socialist Democrats, I have only two suggestions, that we read our Bibles and pray. What matters is God’s plan for you, not mine.

When we seek earthly guidance, we seek guidance that would pit us against earthly foes. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul points us to a spiritual enemy.

Ephesians 6:10-18 Good News Translation (GNT)

10 Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. 12 For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13 So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.

14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16 At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18 Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.

A spiritual enemy? Is our battle unearthly? Did Paul want us to remove ourselves from the world? Did Jesus tell us to do such a thing? No. Jesus sends us into the world; He tells us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (The Great Commission). To the best of our ability, we are to bring the Kingdom of God to the world. As Paul observed, although we are not saved by our own works, we have works to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10 Good News Translation (GNT)

8-9 For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. 10 God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

Therefore, to do that which Christ Jesus prepared us to do, we each must strive for a society that permits us to freely share the message of the Gospel and to live life of good deeds. When those who choose to serve evil abuse the power of government and try enslave our fellow citizens, as Christians we must act to stop them. As Christians we must work to preserve a free society.

How then do we find peace? We will find it in the knowledge we have done what we could, but the victory belongs to God.

Psalm 60:12 Good News Translation (GNT)

With God on our side we will win;
he will defeat our enemies.


This is the last post in a five-part series.


H/T to quotes and notes and opinions. See Bill Whittle Weighs In on a New Beginning.

Immediately after the 2012 election Bill Whittle experienced a catharsis. He produced a one and a half hour video he titled “A New Beginning.” Instead of allowing himself to lapse into a state of despair, Whittle looked ahead.

Whittle calls himself a journalist. In doing so, he helps to give what has become a dreadful profession some hope of restoring its reputation. What he does in the video below is use his skill as a teacher. He provides a cogent explanation of the results of the 2012 election. That includes explaining, without blaming anyone except the winners, why Conservatives lost. Then he offers hope for the future by charting a course for us.

Because it offers a realistic, imaginative, and virtuous path on the journey ahead, the video is both worth watching and worthy of high praise.

Unlike Whittle, I experienced my post-election catharsis more slowly, and I waited until late into the evening of the next day to post anything. Unlike Whittle, I had no ready-made plan of my own for a post-election lost. Instead, I have studied what others have offered, and I have taken refuge in the Bible. Therefore, when I give my comments on Whittle’s new beginning, I have the advantage of being a critic. Hopefully, because I like Whittle’s proposal, Conservatives view my criticism as constructive.

What Whittle hopes to do is to spur a movement to build structures that parallel and compete with what are currently government monopolies. That is, we pay twice. We pay to support the government monopolies, and then we pay again to buy something that actually does the job in the private market.

Actually, what Whittle proposes has happened before. Even though the USSR was a totalitarian state, because the government-run farms performed so poorly, much of the USSR’s high quality agricultural produce came from small farm plots the state suffered to exist (see Agriculture in the Soviet Union). The survival of those small farms show that Whittle proposes is possible. However, unless you listen to his whole presentation, you will not appreciate why his idea is so important. You will not understand what Whittle thinks our conflict is about, whether we will survive as a virtuous people.

As Whittle suggests himself, what he proposes still needs refinement. So I have offered a few refinements. Here is a comment I left at Bill Whittle Weighs In on a New Beginning.

Like Bill Whittle. Got about halfway through. Sounds excellent! Only problem so far is that I think he underestimates one problem and over estimates another.

As our economy continues to decline, we will have less disposable income. If it is already difficult to get people to pay twice (for parallel private structures), hard times will make it even more difficult. Nonetheless, we don’t have a choice.

We also have no choice except to fight the government tooth and nail. When we start setting up parallel private structures, government regulators will step in order to destroy the competition. Then we will have to fight ferociously to protect those parallel structures. That could easily involve civil disobedience. At the same time, we will have to fight to starve certain parts of the government of money to render it less dangerous.

What we may experience something the early church experienced, persecution. When Whittle talks of ignoring the government, he strikes me guilty of hoping to play it safe. In a sense, he is ignoring his own advice. When we stand for virtue, those without virtue will hate us because we have what they do not have. Will their government officials benignly neglect us, people they see as dangerous competitors? Whittle’s own experiences suggest otherwise; it’s not a realistic expectation.

If we fight for virtue, then we must do what virtue requires. That is, first we render unto God what God’s. Then we render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.

Anyway, those are early observations, and so perhaps unfair.  On the other hand, I like what I saw, and I will definitely watch the rest tomorrow evening. (from here)

My initial observations survived listening to the rest of Whittle’s interesting presentation. What else have I to add?

  •  Whittle’s definition of government is ambiguous. However, he only talks about replacing certain types of government institutions with parallel structures. Those are the Socialist institutions. When government is doing what it is suppose to do (and not engaging in Socialism), it exists to protect our rights. Protecting our rights requires judges, juries, policemen, and military forces. There is no practical way to build parallel structures to replace those government institutions. That is why Conservatives cannot simply abandon participation in the government. Therefore, we must take part in government. Otherwise, we will not able to protect the rights of our family, friends and neighbors.
  • In his video, Whittle speaks of what we deserve. Whittle intends no harm. Nonetheless, when someone tells me what I deserve, I find such presumption grating (See YOU DESERVE IT? WHY?). I know better! What I deserve is what God decides I deserve, and is that not true for everyone? Therefore, we must look to Him for guidance, and we must obey His commands.

With respect to the aftermath of the 2012 election, what does God require of us? In FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION — PART 5, I will offer what I think the Bible says about this matter.