Graham: 2016 the Last Election to Save America

Franklin Graham was one of the speakers at Liberty Counsel’s Awakening conference last weekend and he delivered the usual fire and brimstone, America is going to hell and only Christians can save it, but we only have one election left to do it before all hope is lost message.

Now, some people say, ‘Franklin, you’re a lot more harsh than your father. Your father wouldn’t have done this’…When my father was born, the Ten Commandments were on the wall of every school in America. When my father was born, the teachers still led the class in the Lord’s Prayer. Our country is not that anymore. And I can tell you right now it ain’t coming back. But we’re going to lose everything if we don’t in this next election — and we only have this next election, I think, for our voice to be heard…

This attitude, if we stay home, or if someone says ‘I’m a Christian,’ ‘Oh, I’ll just vote for him without doing a little investigation,’ we’re going to lose everything. But let me tell you if the church speaks with the voice of Almighty God, let these candidates know you don’t take us Christians for granted. Don’t just think we’re going to show up and vote for you. You’ve got to convince us that what you say is correct and what you say is true.

When your father was born, there were no cars. Or radios. Or televisions. Or computers. And women had just been given the right to vote. And they were still lynching black people by the hundreds and enforcing the Jim Crow laws. So much for the good old days.

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  • birgerjohansson

    I think he has ripped of segments of Netanyahu’s spiel…

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    “let these candidates know you don’t take us Christians for granted”

    Most Republicans despise them as useful idiots.

    All they have to do is block access to abortions, and the christians will vote for them, ignoring the zillion ways republican policies go against alleged christian values.

    At CPAC one of the nutters was a business associate to a thug whose company in Ameican Samoa or wherever (Marshall Islands?) used forced abortions to keep the women more productive…but that is OK. because he is republican.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Are these the same people who said, in 2008, that Obama was the Antichrist and he’d bring about the End of Days in 2012?

    Funny how recent apocalyptic ravings have begun to center around presidential election years…

  • =8)-DX

    It’s still always going to be “One Erection to Save America” in my mind, since the whole speech is about how Americans should fuck over Lady Liberty in the name of Christianity.

  • matty1

    When your father was born, there were no cars. Or radios. Or televisions. Or computers. And women had just been given the right to vote. And they were still lynching black people by the hundreds and enforcing the Jim Crow laws.

    You pretty much listed the reasons he wants to go back. Ok he might be ready to accept radios.

  • raven

    Boring. And wrong.

    Bill Cliniton: It’s the economy stupid. It’s the economy stupid. It’s the economy stupid!!!

    Today’s headline:

    The Middle Class Is Struggling in All 50 States

    .By Rob Garver23 hours ago The Fiscal Times

    The middle class shrunk in all 50 states between 2000 and 2013, and median income, adjusted for inflation, was lower at the end of 2013 in the vast majority of states than it was in 2000, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trust’s Stateline.

    and

    Wisconsin was the single worst performer, with the percentage of residents in the middle class falling 5.7 percentage points, from 54.6 percent to 48.9 percent over the period studied. Inflation-adjusted median income in the Badger State plunged from $60,344 in 2000 to $51,467 in 2013. This isn’t good news for Gov. Scott Walker,

    1. We are getting poorer. The middle class is shrinking. This is due to economic inequality since the US economy is growing and corporate profits are at record levels.

    2. Some of the worst states have GOP governors. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin is at the very bottom.

    I’m guessing if the choice is between eating and paying bills or persecuting gay people and college students, most people would go for food and electricity. Admittedly, this is using logic, and that hasn’t worked well yet.

  • scottbelyea

    “When your father was born, there were no cars. Or radios. …”

    A little historical perspective, please. Both cars and radio had been around for some time. there were even (gasp) airplanes when Father Billy was born.

    No need to exaggerate to make your point …

  • raven

    But let me tell you if the church speaks with the voice of Almighty God, let these candidates know you don’t take us Christians for granted.

    Meaninglesss god babble.

    There isn’t one church. Xianity is split into 42,000 sects that disagree on everything.

    And Graham’s Oogedy Boogedy primitive superstition branch isn’t even close to a majority in the USA. He speaks only for his own weird cults.

    Oddly enough, out xian president, Obama, was elected by…mostly xian voters.

  • D. C. Sessions

    In one sense he may well be right. The next President is going to name at least one Supreme Court Justice, and odds are good that that Justice will replace either Ginsburg or Scalia (and quite possibly both.) Which would almost certainly change the way elections in the United States run for the next decade or three as well as potentially strengthening a “Justice” system where judges are more and more openly inclined to rule based on their partisan preferences.

  • John Pieret

    we only have this next election, I think, for our voice to be heard

    Does that mean if you don’t get what you want in 2016, you’ll shut up and go away?

    Damn! I didn’t think so.

  • Donnie

    @Ed Brayton:

    fire and brimstone, America is going to hell and only Christians can save it, but we only have one election left (2016) to do it before all hope is lost

    Ironically, I find this an actual true statement from the perspective of a Christian Theocrat. Come 2020, a Presidential election year, combined with a Census year, the gerrymanded districts have a chance to be overturned with strong democratic turnover on a Presidential cycle. With the waves of culture war victories, a more liberal (compared to Baby Boomers and Fox viewers demographic age) GenX age group coming into power, followed on the heals by even more liberal Millennials, and I do see a lot of change in the near future.

    The issue is how much damage will the GOP / Teabaggers / Theocrats cause before the 2020 elections. My concern is a Democratic Presidential victory may cause voters to go Republican President in 2020, and if so; hopefully Democratic Congress in both scenarios.

    I am very hopeful for the 2020 Presidential election. Hopefully, the President’s hypothesizing a 100% mandatory (Note: Yes, voting will never be made mandatory) voting is a signal for expanding voting to a full week instead of just one day, and increased absentee balloting by 2020.

    Also: ‘Save us Obi Won, you’re our only hope’

  • ppb

    It’s too late. Didn’t Obama already cancel the 2016 elections?

  • kenn

    Or radios. …”

    Graham was born in 1918. The first radio station in America began broadcasting in 1920. There was no radio in America when Graham was born, so therefore no one owned a radio.

  • theguy

    “When my father was born, the Ten Commandments were on the wall of every school in America. When my father was born, the teachers still led the class in the Lord’s Prayer.”

    Graham forgot to add that the students probably harassed the Jewish and other non-Christian students who didn’t follow along with school prayers. Or maybe he secretly wants students in minority religions to be harassed and bullied?

  • Friendly

    Oh, I’ll just vote for him without doing a little investigation…

    “[D]oing a little investigation” = “Tuning in to my favorite conservative and Christian ‘news’ sources receive the word from on high.” And that’s all the deeper of an investigation of any subject that Franklin and Friends believe is necessary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    In a way, he’s right. If a republican wins in 2016, we will almost certainly be invading Iran by 2019, which will ultimately bankrupt the nation and destroy our remaining credibility on the world stage for the remainder of this century.

  • busterggi

    Silly Franklin, everyone knows the bible says god chooses all earthly rulers

    Stop kicking against the goads.

  • http://sidhe3141.blogspot.com jy3, Social Justice Beguiler

    Theguy (13)

    Or maybe he secretly wants students in minority religions to be harassed and bullied?

    “Secretly”?

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Absolutely, jy3.

    Graham will tell you flat out that he doesn’t want to harass and bully, but dammit, God wants students in minority religions to be harassed & bullied, and who is he to stand in the way of God’s will?

    Personally, he has no feelings one way or the other about whether harassment and bullying are good, so long as they are used solely against other people. Because he’s a NiceGuy™.

  • Anri

    There’s a sort of desperate despair in people who live their lives afraid that the apocalypse might have the sheer effrontery to not happen while they are still alive. How dare it not recognize Their Special Place In History?!?

    (note to self: refrain from making childish jokes about someone’s “special place” )

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    (dammit.)

  • http://florilegia.wordpress.com Ibis3, These verbal jackboots were made for walking
  • dingojack

    Ibis3 – don’t tell me you’ve become a member of ‘The War Against The Mostest Important Election’ Naysayers!! (TWATMIEN) — oooh look over there – Ben Ghazi.

    :) Dingo

  • caseloweraz

    Kenn: Graham was born in 1918. The first radio station in America began broadcasting in 1920. There was no radio in America when Graham was born, so therefore no one owned a radio.

    If we’re going for precision, we need to be careful. Heinrich Hertz demonstrated radio transmission and reception in 1888. Guglielmo Marconi was working on applications in Italy soon after that, and achieved long-distance communication in 1901 or 1902.

    These “spark-gap” transmitters were quickly copied by amateurs and used to communicate via Morse Code, with reception accomplished by “crystal receivers” — commonly using a crystal of galena (lead sulfide). I built such a receiver myself, although of course transistor radios were available by then.

    Amplitude modulation was achieved by 1906 (not by Marconi) and the vacuum-tube detector soon replaced crystal receivers. After that it was “off to the races.”

    So Billy Graham might not have had access to radio equipment when he was growing up, but he certainly knew what that equipment could do.