Why Trump Will Win Again

September 7th, 2020

In 2016, I correctly predicted that Trump would win, against the odds and the polls: 2016 Prediction. I am now predicting that he will win reelection in 2020. Again (as in 2016), I’m simply using history as our example.

First of all, history shows that it’s very difficult to defeat an incumbent president. In modern times, Bush 43, Carter, and Ford are the only incumbents who lost reelection, and (unlike Trump) they were all weak candidates.

Also, as you know, Joe Biden is a former vice president. No former vice president has ever defeated an incumbent president. Walter Mondale is the only former vice president to run against an incumbent president in recent years, and he lost in a landslide in 1984. Three others lost against non-incumbents in the past 100 years: Al Gore, Hubert Humphrey, and Richard Nixon (in 1960).

We have had only 14 vice presidents that became president. Of those 14 that became president, 13 of them did so in the term immediately following the term where they served as vice president, when the president was leaving office. The only exception to the rule was Richard Nixon, who didn’t become president until eight years after his term as vice president.

So, what was so unusual about Nixon’s victory in 1968? Well, President Lyndon Johnson had lost control of the Democratic Party, which was splitting into four fighting factions. The first consisted primarily of Johnson; Vice President Hubert Humphrey; and, labor unions, led by Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. The second group consisted of anti-Vietnam war students and intellectuals, who rallied behind Eugene McCarthy. The third group was Catholics, Hispanics, and African Americans, who rallied behind Robert Kennedy. The fourth group was segregationist white Southerners, who rallied behind George C. Wallace and the American Independent Party.

We were deep into the Vietnam war, and it was one of many issues that splintered the party, and the nation. Johnson could see no way to win the war and no way to unite the party long enough for him to win re-election. Also, he had become more worried about his failing health, and was concerned that he might not live through another four-year term. In 1967, at the age of 59, he secretly commissioned an actuarial study that predicted he would die at 64 (which he did). Therefore, at the end of a speech on March 31, 1968, he shocked the nation when he announced he would not run for re-election.

So, logically (and statistically), Biden wouldn’t be able to unseat an incumbent president short of something shocking and historical. It would have to be something bad enough to make an incumbent president decide not to run — like the unpopular Vietnam War.

How Will He Do it?

Trump merely has to repeat his win in either Michigan or Pennsylvania.

Does Photosynthesis Contradict the Bible?

September 4th, 2020

Does the Bible Contradict Photosynthesis, Newton, and Snell? According to Genesis, Yahweh created the first light (Genesis 1:3); plants on day three (Genesis 1:11-13); the sun, moon, and stars on day 4 (Genesis 1:14-19); and, the rainbow as a sign of covenant with Noah after the Flood (Genesis 9:9-17). Does this not contradict the law of Snell (1621), the decomposition of light (Newton, 1671) and Photosynthesis?

You asked about a possible contradiction where God created plants on the third day, but he didn’t create the sun (required for photosynthesis) until the fourth day. We are not given the answer to this in the Bible, but I see a variety of possibilities:

– The Bible says that God created light on the first day, although He didn’t create the sun until the fourth day. However, it doesn’t explain what this light was on the first day. Perhaps it was simply the light of Jesus Christ illuminating the universe, or perhaps it was yet another source of light. Whatever it was, maybe it served (perhaps temporarily) in place of the sun in the photosynthesis process.

– Maybe we can view the Bible’s first reference to light as being a general reference, while the following verses give a more detailed explanation of the source of the light (the sun). In other words, perhaps the sun was actually created on the first day, but it is not named as the sun until the fourth day.

– The requirement of sunlight in the photosynthesis process is based upon how science currently understands this process. Perhaps the problem is our lack of understanding, and someday science will discover the (possibly simple) answer to this question. For example, perhaps there are, in fact, other alternative sources of energy (in place of sunlight) for the photosynthesis process, but our knowledge of science is still too limited to understand this.

– There is much debate on the use of the word “day” in Genesis 1. Some Bible scholars believe that it was a 24-hour day as we know it today, but others believe it was a longer amount of time. Perhaps this was simply a 24-hour day, so the plants were created only 72 hours before the sun was created, and the plants (and the entire ecosystem) were able to survive temporarily for those 72 hours without the photosynthesis process as we know it today (especially in a perfect ecosystem). In this scenario, maybe for a short time period: photoautotrophs survived without creating their own food; they were not using carbon dioxide, converting it into organic compounds such as sugars; they were not releasing oxygen for aerobic life; and, there was some other source of energy for nearly all life on earth.

– Expanding upon the above theory, perhaps the plants were initially created as seedlings, even buried underground, and able to do without the photosynthesis process for those 72 hours before they emerged from the ground. You also asked about possible contradictions between the Biblical account and the law of Snell and the decomposition of light (Newton). In particular, you asked about the rainbow as a sign of the covenant with Noah after the flood. However, the flood occurred some 1,600 years after creation. Because of this, I do not see a possible contradiction similar to that with the process of photosynthesis (where the order of creation within the first six days was a factor). Also, we cannot definitively say when and how the properties of light were created; i.e., decomposition, reflection, refraction, etc.

– Or, maybe they just survived for three days without sunlight.

Team Mascots

August 24th, 2020

Now that the left has destroyed the Washington Redskins mascot, I have an idea that will keep us from wasting time on future unending challenges to mascot names. While Washington is searching for an appropriate mascot, they’re just being called “The Washington Football Team.” We could do the same for all sports team: just the name of the city and the sport.

COVID-19 Stimulus Already Far Exceeds the Cost of WWII

July 29th, 2020

I recently re-watched Ken Burns’ DVD series, “The War,” which is a great documentary of World War II. I picked up on something significant since the last time I watched it.

It said that the U.S. spent $300 billion in fighting, and winning, World War II. It indicated that, in today’s dollars, that would be equivalent to $3 trillion.

How does that compare to all of the government stimulus programs for COVID-19? Well, so far, with the first three rounds of stimulus, Congress has spent $3.8 trillion, and they’re about to spend an additional $1.8 trillion on round four. Counting what the Federal Reserve has spent, that’s more than $12 trillion. That’s right: In four months, we have spent four times what World War II cost us in four years (in today’s dollars).

“I Reclaim my Time”

July 29th, 2020

Yesterday, I watched some of Attorney General William Barr’s hearing before the House of Representatives. I noticed a peculiar trend among the Democratic Representatives who asked him questions. They were given five minutes each. Usually, the first four minutes consisted of a diatribe against President Trump, and then they would ask a quick question. As Barr began to answer (with a disappointingly accurate reply), they would ring in with, “I reclaim my time.” Per House rules, this indicated that Barr should stop in the middle of his answer. Then, after talking over Barr for a few seconds, and complaining about Barr’s answer, the representative would finish his or her five minutes continuing with their diatribe. Then they would “considerately” yield their remaining five seconds back to the chairman.

First of all, as Barr noted, it was odd that he was called before Congress for a hearing, but they didn’t really want to hear him. They only wanted some free air time for a campaign ad, since they’re all running for re-election in three months.

Secondly, the tone in which they each used the phrase “I reclaim my time” indicated that what they really meant was “Shut up.” I suppose the next time your kids are too loud at the dinner table, parents should simply say, “I reclaim my time.”

Does the Bible Defy the Natural Law of Gravity (Miracles)?

July 3rd, 2020

Does the Bible defy the natural law of gravity (miracles)? According to the Bible, the orbits of the earth and moon can be stopped (Joshua 10: 12-13). This seems to completely ignore the Copernican Revolution (1543), Kepler’s Laws (1609), the observations that the Earth moves by Galileo (1632), and the Law of Universal Gravitation Newton (1687).

You have asked about a very interesting event in Joshua 10:12-13 when the sun and the moon stopped their orbits. This was a miracle. Please allow me to explain. God is more powerful than the laws of nature. In fact, He created all of the laws of the universe. As the creator, His creation belongs to Him, and he can do with it as He pleases.

On a limited number of occasions, He has chosen to intervene in our world by performing miracles; i.e., overruling the laws of nature. Please consider the following miracles in addition to the one you have already cited:

– 2 Chronicles 20:11 records a miracle where God reversed the orbit of the earth around the sun when he made the sundial back up ten steps.

– In 2 Kings 6:6, Elisha made an iron ax head float on water.

– Jesus performed many miracles, such as restoring sight to the blind and restoring speech to the mute (Matthew 12:22), and calming a raging sea (Matthew 8:26), which had to disrupt the current weather patterns at the time.

We must understand that God performs miracles for a specific purpose that He has in mind–not simply for the amusement of us who cannot similarly deny the laws of nature. When God stopped the orbits of the sun and the moon, this was done in order to prove that God was fighting for Israel (Joshua 10:14). When He made the sundial back up ten steps, this was done in order to prove that Isaiah was a true prophet, speaking with the authority of God.

Similarly, when the ax head floated, this proved that Elisha was a true prophet from God. Obviously, the miracles that Jesus performed proved that He is the Messiah, the very Son of God.

Now, it would be a very weak argument for a skeptic to point to these miracles in trying to prove that the Bible contains errors. On the other hand, for believers, these miracles serve to increase our faith–not to plant doubts in our minds. In fact, miracles could be another answer for some of the other questions that you have asked: i.e., the process of photosynthesis before the sun was created; the violation of the laws of thermodynamics; etc.

Are there Waters beyond the Abyss?

June 5th, 2020

Are There Waters Beyond the Abyss? Exodus 20:4 says, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” This could easily be explained by seas and oceans; i.e., waters below the “surface” of the earth. Again, science cannot prove that waters do not exist even further within the earth’s interior. Psalm 136:6 says that God “spread out the earth upon the waters…” Psalm 24:2 says that God founded the earth “on the seas and established it on the waters.”

It would appear that this is explained by Genesis 1:2, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Apparently, during His act of creation, God first created the waters. Then later, He created the “land” (“earth”) and the sky. Verses 6-7 say, “And God said, ‘Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.”

More Coronavirus Spending?

May 22nd, 2020

In the last two months, the federal government has spent about $4 trillion of taxpayer money on the Coronavirus pandemic, and the Federal reserve has added about $5 trillion in loans. Now the House has passed another $3.7 trillion. That’s about $13 trillion so far.

Soon we will exceed the $21 trillion GDP. I guess then we’ll try to top the (growing) $25 trillion national debt. How long will it be before we exceed the $125 trillion national debt that counts unfunded Social Security and Medicare promises? That number represents $806,000 per taxpayer.

California governor Gavin Newsom doesn’t think we’re spending enough. He wants the U.S. taxpayers to bail out the states. He requested another $1 trillion for Coronavirus 50-state aid.

Despite California’s $54 billion budget deficit and $1 trillion unfunded pension liability, it has 340,000 government employees making six-figure salaries and pension checks. Paying $45 billion for the 340,000 six-figure public employees costs every single household in California $2,500. That’s a full month of after-tax income for a worker making the magical $15 per hour.

Let’s slow down and take a breath on the spending. Why isn’t anyone worried about the debt?

Are There Waters Above the Sky?

May 6th, 2020

Are There Waters Above the Sky?  Genesis 7:11 says that in the time of the flood, “… the floodgates of the heavens were opened.”

Genesis 7:11 is easily explained in that the “heavens” there refer to the “first heaven,” the atmosphere including clouds and weather patterns from which we receive our rains.

2 Corinthians 12:2 speaks of the “third heaven.” This implies that there are three heavens, and these appear to be:

  1. The first heaven – the atmosphere of the earth, including the air immediately above our heads;
  2. Beyond that, the second heaven – outer space;
  3. Beyond that, the third heaven – where God abides.

Psalm 148:4 refers to the “waters” above the skies. Psalm 104:2-3 says that God “stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of His upper chambers on their waters.”

I cannot explain this, other than to say that perhaps there are indeed waters above the sky, perhaps even in the third heaven. Certainly, science has not disproved this.

Leading Causes of Death

May 6th, 2020

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it is interesting to look at the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the CDC website, as of May 4th, 2020:

  • Suicide:                                            47,173
  • Kidney Disease:                                 50,633
  • Influenza and Pneumonia:                  55,672
  • Covid-19                                           65,735
  • Diabetes:                                          83,564
  • Alzheimer’s:                                     121,404
  • Stroke:                                            146,383
  • Lung Disease:                                  160,201
  • Accidents:                                       169,936
  • Cancer:                                           599,108
  • Heart Disease:                                 647,457
  • Abortion:                                         862,320

So, we willingly kill about the same number of unborn babies as those who die of all other causes combine, excluding cancer and heart disease.