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There Must Never Be Another Waco By Pastor Chuck Baldwin

Posted by soldierservant on May 20, 2008

Chuck confirms here what I have been saying about this case all along so
I know I am not alone on this topic. This is proof that there is no
difference from republican to democrat. I get so sick of all the
holier-than-thou self righteous neocon idiots that think they are better
than democrats or anyone else. Jesus said that unless your righteousness
surpasses that of the pharisees you will not enter the kingdom of God.
All these neocon phonies are the most hateful and unforgiving of
hypocrites. They are reserved for the blackest darkness (2 Peter 2:17).
They are also like brute beasts that are born to be caught and destroyed
(2 Peter 2:12). Those who are like these hateful evil hypocrites know
what you have coming to you. It would have been better if you had not
been born. Those who are silent about great injustices going on from our
government are cowards that will not inherit God’s kingdom. Sure, all
heathen and godless will pay the price for rebellion against God, but
all the religious neocon hypocrites will have it much worse. Jesus
defines the difference between the sheep and the goats in Matthew
chapter 25 as those who have compassion for the leasts of these. Those
who are for brutal government do not have any compassion and no mercy
will be shown to such. It is proven that republicans support abortion
(through TITLE X funding) more than anyone so you who still support them
know you will not escape. To be a neocon these days is no different than
being a nazi sympathizer in Hitler’s day. Blessed are those who have
mercy and compassion because they will be shown the same.

This column is archived at February 28, 1993, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF, now known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives or BATFE) began their assault on the home of the Branch Davidians outside Waco, Texas. An unarmed David Koresh was shot by the agents as he stepped onto his front porch. A shootout resulted with several deaths on both sides.

Shortly afterward, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took charge of the situation, and on April 19, 1993 agents from both departments (utilizing military hardware and both U.S. and foreign military advisers) assaulted the dwellings, which resulted in the deaths of 80 American citizens. Most of the victims were old men, women, and small children.

The events at Waco have contributed to the disdain of federal abuse of power like nothing since the Boston Massacre back in 1770. (By comparison, the British killed 5 Americans in that assault.) Moved by grassroots pressure, the Congress of the United States convened special hearings into the conduct of those federal agencies responsible for the Waco debacle. The result was less than satisfactory to many Americans.

The congressional hearings, along with eyewitness testimony and subsequent infrared video of the events at Waco led many to believe that federal agents were allowed to lie under oath with impunity. It is a fact that crucial evidence was conveniently “lost” by federal agents.  Worse still was the release of videotapes of the events by investigative reporters showing the utter absurdity and duplicity of the government’s account of the tragedy.

At the end of the hearings, questions remained unanswered, and no one within the federal government was held accountable. Davidians who survived the raid were tried for murder. A jury found them innocent, but no charges were ever brought against any federal agents.

Whatever one thinks of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, they had committed no capital crimes. Neither could the charges of child abuse, illegal weapons, or illegal drug activity (charges that were used by the feds to justify their raid) be substantiated.

Furthermore, it is unconscionable (not to mention a violation of U.S. law as prescribed in the Posse Comitatus Act–a law that President Bush recently had the audacity to expunge, by the way) that tanks and other military equipment would be used against mostly women and children within our own country. The bizarre tactics employed by the BATF and FBI at Waco are unfathomable and unforgivable! Our government has been more lenient and patient when dealing with many of America’s deadliest enemies than it was in dealing with those poor Davidians.

There must never be another Waco!

God-given, constitutional liberties apply to every American, even those who are considered strange or unconventional. Under no circumstances must we allow federal agencies (or any other agencies, for that matter) to circumvent the laws of our nation that protect individual life and liberty. And, unfortunately, with the advent of the Patriot Act, the federal government has far more power and authority–and individuals have far less freedom and protection–than in 1993. This portends an even more ominous future for liberty.

The demands of liberty and justice rest upon us all. Certainly, Congress plays a part. Their investigation into Waco was inept, to say the least. The media also plays an important role. They have the power to inform; they also have the power to sedate. Absent a love for truth and justice by a lackadaisical media and a cowardly Congress, the fires of Waco still burn in the heart of the American conscience.

Beyond that, under the Bush administration, we have watched the size and scope of the federal government burgeon to proportions never before seen. It seems clear that we have entered an era of unlimited and unbridled federal power and authority. Can we assume, therefore, that more Wacos are on the horizon?

It is incumbent upon each of us to seriously ponder our future. It is imperative that each of us be willing to study, once again, the great principles upon which this country was built. Such a study demands that we re-familiarize ourselves with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. We must re-read our Declaration of Independence. We must read the words of wisdom and warning delivered by our Founding Fathers. In short, we must be completely familiar with the principles of liberty, because those principles made us, and those principles will keep us. Without them, liberty’s future is about as permanent as the wooden buildings at Mt. Carmel. Without them, the fire of tyranny will reduce us to the cinders of obscurity as surely as did the fire outside Waco, Texas on April 19, 1993.



(c) Chuck Baldwin

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