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Obamacare’s Second Anniversary and its Negative Effects

Posted by FactReal on March 23, 2012

Obama did not throw one of his lavish parties to celebrate today’s two year anniversary of his beloved health care reform. Americans did not celebrate either. Obamacare’s far-reaching negative effects are coming into focus and the worst is yet to come. Many provisions of Obamacare will conveniently become effective after the 2012 election.

Here are some examples of Obamacare’s negative impact:

Obamacare adds to premium increases: “Americans are paying more for health insurance every year, a concerning trend that is already getting worse under Obamacare—even though the most costly provisions don’t kick in until 2014.”
See entire slideshow here.
The Impact of Obamacare:

It grows dependence on government. Obamacare expands government control over health care by expanding Medicaid and creating new government exchanges. By the year 2020, more than 50 percent of Americans will be enrolled in a government-run health care program.

It hurts jobs and the economy. Obamacare may be the cause of a slowed private-sector recovery. After it was signed into law, job growth in the private sector stalled. Also, Obamacare contains 17 new taxes on Americans that will total $502 billion between 2010 and 2019. Several of these will hit the middle class.

It threatens Americans’ existing coverage. Despite President Obama’s promise, “if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan,” there are many provisions in Obamacare that will cause Americans to lose existing coverage. Some estimates show the loss of employer coverage will be as high as 35 million people.

It undermines state authority. Obamacare pushes approximately 20 million additional people onto state Medicaid rolls…26 states have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare’s individual mandate and forced Medicaid expansion.

Obamacare Kills Jobs:

Employer mandate. Obamacare requires all businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health coverage for their workers or pay a $2,000 penalty for each employee after the first 30 workers. The employer mandate creates incentives for businesses to avoid higher costs by, for example, hiring part-time employees instead of full-time employees, since businesses will not be penalized for failing to provide health insurance to part-time employees…Businesses can also avoid penalties by keeping the number of employees under the mandate threshold of 50, which further discourages creating new jobs.

New taxes and regulations. Obamacare adds tons of taxes on employers. These additional costs reduce the ability to hire workers and could even prompt layoffs. One particularly damaging tax will be the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices…[which] could result in job losses in excess of 43,000 and employment compensation losses in excess of $3.5 billion…Taxing capital reduces economic growth and investment.

Future costs and regulations are unpredictable. A recent study found that 33 percent of business owners cited new requirements in Obamacare as either the biggest or second-biggest obstacle to hiring…

Obamacare Inflicts Harm on all that it Touches:

– Obamacare rips vast powers from the hands of individual patients and their families, and it vests control in Washington bureaucrats.

– The costs are far greater than the Administration claim — heading as high as $2.134 trillion with millions Americans dependent on government for their health care.

– 20 million Americans could lose their employer-sponsored health benefits [CBO]

– Individual and employer penalties related to the mandates could hit $221 billion [CBO]

– Seniors will suffer as Obamacare robs savings from Medicare in order to fund new government spending while threatening seniors’ access to care and ending Medicare as we know it.

– Obamacare makes extreme cuts to Medicare Advantage, which allows seniors to receive their Medicare benefits through a private health care plan of their choice. And it puts a group of 15 unelected officials in charge of finding cuts in Medicare to meet new spending limits.

– Young Americans will suffer as well…they ultimately will face higher premiums, perverse incentives to stay uninsured, and the burden of paying the extraordinary costs that the law brings with it.

– Families will pay higher taxes.

– Businesses will face new mandates and costs.

– Investment income will get hit with new taxes, discouraging investment and harming economic growth.

– Americans who purchase medicine with Health Savings Account or Flexible Savings Accounts will face new limitations.

– Those who purchase medical devices will face higher taxes.

– Marriage is penalized as a result of the new subsidy scheme.

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Obamacare’s Top 5 Broken Promises

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Sebelius to Kids: Don’t Call Others ‘Jerks’…Tell Them: You’re Being a Jerk

Posted by FactReal on March 19, 2012

BULLY SEBELIUS ADVISING KIDS AGAINST BULLYING
Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is helping Obama impose Obamacare on all Americans against their will, hosted a screening of the Cartoon Network’s new film, “Stop Bullying: Speak Out” at the Stuart-Hobson Middle School on March 15, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

(Click image for video)

CNSnews reported:

Immediately after showing middle-school students a new video from the Cartoon Network that admonishes children not to call people names like “stupid,” “fat,” and “jerk,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the students they could do a lot of good by telling some students they were “jerks.”It “can make a huge amount of difference,” she said.

Sebelius’ remarks came in response to a question from CNN’s Don Lemon, who served as moderator of a panel discussion following a screening of “Stop Bullying: Speak Up.”

[…]

Sebelius said: “I think, very important, is for kids to understand how powerful you really are. You might feel like you’re not big enough, not strong enough, not–don’t have enough tools. But just saying, ‘Stop it! You know, you’re being a jerk!’–walk away, get away from this person can make a huge amount of difference.”

FLASHBACKS
Obama: “Argue with Neighbors, Get in their Face”
Obama to Citizens: Send in all Fishy Emails Opposing Obamacare
Obama White House: “If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”
Obama Mocks Tea Party Protesters…and Lies

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MICHELLE OBAMA OBESITY ORDER: CUT BUTTER, CREAM, FRENCH FRIES (video, transcript, photos)

Posted by FactReal on September 20, 2010

THE LEFT LOVES TO CONTROL OTHERS
Michelle Obama to restaurant industry: Use less butter, less cream, more skim milk; hide the French fries; and make apple slices or carrots the default choice!

This past Monday, Michelle Obama unveiled her diktat agenda to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the industry’s main lobby. Masquerading her caustic manners that we saw during the 2008 campaign and wrapping herself with the laudable banner of “fighting childhood obesity”, Michelle Obama sanctimoniously stated the government’s demands:
Michelle Obama wants every restaurant to offer healthy menu options:
– Make fries something customers have to request
– Substitute wheat pasta for white pasta
– Cut the amount of butter or cream
– Serve 1 percent or skim milk
– Make healthy sides like apple slices or carrots the default choice in a menu
– Provide healthy choices up front
– Reduce portion sizes
– Reduce the number of empty calories
– Make this menu changes in “incremental” ways
She blames the restaurant industry for the obesity in America:
“And as America’s restaurant owners, you’re responsible for one-third of the calories our kids get on a daily basis. The choices you make determine what’s listed on the menus, what’s advertised on billboards, and what’s served on our plates. And your decisions about how a dish is prepared, what goes into it and where is it placed on the menu, that can have a real impact on the way people eat.”
Substituting wheat pasta for white pasta in your regular recipes, or taking…an existing dish and cutting the amount of butter or cream.” – Michelle Obama
Michelle O. wants advertisement to change:
– “[I]t doesn’t mean is providing just one token healthy option on the menu”
– “And it is not about finding creative ways to market unhealthy food products as healthy”
– “It’s also about how you market those products to our kids”
– “Parents are finding their best efforts undermined by an avalanche of advertisements aimed at our kids”
– “It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy”
– “It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy”
– “Use that knowledge and that power to our kids’ advantage. I’m asking you to actively promote healthy foods and healthy habits to our kids.”
Michelle O. speaks for the government:
– “We’ve started by requiring chain restaurants to provide calorie counts on their menus and menu boards”
– “I want to encourage restaurants that aren’t providing calorie counts to join us ”
– Obama controlling schools: “[W]e’re also working to get more nutritious food into our lunchrooms and our vending machines”
– “And we’re working with schools and food suppliers to offer more fruits and vegetables and to cut down on that fat, sugar and salt”
– Obama controlling cities: “We’re working with mayors and other local officials to make our cities and towns healthier”
The big worry of restaurants and other food companies “is that her push leads to federal regulation of children’s advertising – something the industry has held off with voluntary restrictions. NRA responded to the speech by pointing out that two-thirds of U.S. fast food operators and half of family sit-down outlets offer more healthful choices for children than they did two years ago.”

Will the media report on the fatcats behind Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign? No, that would reveal the Obamas true intentions. Leftists want control. Leftists are constantly telling us how to live our lives. Then, they turn around and accuse Conservatives and Christians of doing it.

Hint to Mrs. Dictator: “If I or anyone else wants to eat meals containing butter and/or cream, who the hell are you to tell the restaurant how to prepare their meals? What’s next?”

OBAMAS EATING AS THEY PLEASE…WHILE THEY LECTURE US ON HEALTHY EATING
FULL SPEECH OF FLOTUS TO THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION – 9/13/2010
If you can stomach it, here are the videos & transcript
TRANSCRIPT: REMARKS BY MICHELLE OBAMA TO THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION MEETING
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Washington, D.C., Sept 13, 2010, 10:36 A.M. EDT
MRS. OBAMA:
Thanks so much. (Applause.) Well, good morning. Let me start by thanking Michael for his work and for that kind introduction. And I want to also thank Dawn Sweeny and everyone at the National Restaurant Association for having me here. It is a pleasure for me to be with you all. So today I’m going to talk about food, which is something that all of you here today know a little bit about.

Together, you represent 40 percent of the nearly one million restaurants in the United States, from the biggest chains to the smallest diners. You know what Americans like to eat and what they don’t. You’ve seen how the ingredients we put in our bodies affect the way we feel and the way we feel about ourselves. And you also understand the unique role that food, and restaurants especially, play in our own lives and in the life of our nation. Restaurants have always been places to celebrate a special occasion or mark an important milestone, to bond with new friends and grow closer as a family. They provide a service to our communities unlike any other. And even as tastes and customs have changed over time, restaurants remain an incredibly dynamic part of our American story.

And today, one out of every two dollars spent on food in this country goes towards meals outside the home -– and that’s double what it was just 50 years ago. And one-third of all meals today are eaten in restaurants. So it’s clear that eating out has become part of our American way of life. And while restaurants are still places where we go to mark a special occasion -– to celebrate a good report card, an anniversary, a job well done –- restaurants aren’t just for those who can afford to splurge anymore. Instead, they’ve grown to fit every lifestyle and every budget. And our eating habits have evolved over time as well -– both in restaurants and at home -– but not always in ways that are good for our health. And that’s another reason I wanted to talk to you today –- about an issue that is near and dear to my heart not just as First Lady, but as a mother -– and that is the epidemic of childhood obesity in America today.

Now, I know you’re all familiar with the statistics: how one in three children in this country is overweight or obese. And you know the consequences for their health –- from hypertension and diabetes to heart disease and even cancer. And I know you’re all aware of the economic impact: the billions of dollars we spend every year treating obesity-related conditions -– costs that you pay in the form of rising health insurance premiums. So it’s clear that we’re facing a problem that is really big. And it’s also clear that this problem has a whole range of different causes. Our kids are spending less time outside and more time on the couch in front of the TV, video games, the Internet. At school, gym classes, recess, they’ve been eliminated or shortened. Portion sizes in this country have ballooned. In some areas, families are having a tougher time getting regular access to fresh produce. And kids these days are consuming more calories and eating more fat and sugar than ever before.

And that’s why, earlier this year, we launched “Let’s Move!” This is a nationwide campaign with a simple but ambitious goal: We want to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, so that kids born today can reach adulthood at a healthy weight. And “Let’s Move!” is about attacking this problem from all different angles. It’s about giving parents the information and the resources they need to make healthy decisions for their families. It’s about giving grocery stores — helping them to locate in underserved areas, so that every community has access to fresh and nutritious food. It’s about getting healthier food into our schools. It’s about helping our kids become more active, not just in school but at home.

But here’s the thing. Even if we give parents all the information they need and we improve school meals and build brand new supermarkets on every corner, none of that matters if when families step into a restaurant, they can’t make a healthy choice. And the truth is that while restaurants are offering more options and families take advantage of them more often, they aren’t always the healthiest choices. Research has shown that kids consume more saturated fat and less fiber and calcium when they eat out. And the meals they eat at restaurants have twice as many calories as the ones they eat at home. Now, as parents we know that many of our kids aren’t as healthy and active as they should be. And we desperately want to do things differently. But when stores and restaurants don’t offer healthy options, or when parents don’t have the information to make the best choices for their families, that’s easier said than done.

Obesity Campaing Food Police: Michelle Obama walks with Sarah Brown in the garden of 10 Downing Street, in London - June 2009 (AP)
And as America’s restaurant owners, you’re responsible for one-third of the calories our kids get on a daily basis. The choices you make determine what’s listed on the menus, what’s advertised on billboards, and what’s served on our plates. And your decisions about how a dish is prepared, what goes into it and where is it placed on the menu, that can have a real impact on the way people eat. And that’s why we need your help. And we need your help now, because when you see research showing that obese toddlers already display some warning signs for heart disease, it’s clear that we just don’t have the time to waste. And that’s why I’ve been so pleased to hear about what some of you are doing already both in working with us and on your own.
Here at the NRA, you’ve developed the Food and Healthy Living Initiative to give restaurants a strong foundation for making healthy changes. You’ve launched a website, Healthydiningfinder.com, to help consumers identify healthy menu options in their area. You’re keeping your members up to date with the latest information and statistics about efforts to address childhood obesity. And you’re working with other groups in the industry to meet the goal of doubling the amount of produce used in the food industry over the next 10 years. And across the country, individual restaurants and chains are also focusing on our children’s health — not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it also makes sense for their bottom line. Right now, many restaurants are making a point to offer fresh produce and healthy choices aimed at kids and adults. Others are serving more low-fat dishes, whole grain breads, fruit on the side. Some are even offering kid-size portions of the meals they serve on the main menu. And chefs across the country are partnering with local schools to help them make healthy choices. But as positive as these examples are, the reality is it’s just not enough. Together we have to do more. We have to go further. And we need your help to lead this effort.

Now, what I do know is that in the restaurant industry creativity is your lifeblood. It’s what sets you apart from the competition, and it keeps customers coming back for more. And today I am asking you to use that creativity to rethink the food you offer, especially dishes aimed at young people, and to help us make the healthier choice the easier choice. First, it’s important to reduce the number of empty calories that our families are consuming, calories that have no nutritional benefit whatsoever.

And believe me, I know this is easier said than done. After all, we as humans, we are programmed to crave sugary, fatty, salty foods. And as people who work to meet those needs, I know it’s tempting to respond by creating products that are sweeter, richer and saltier than ever before. But here’s the catch. See, feeding those cravings does just respond to people’s natural desires, it actually helps shape them. The more of these foods people eat, the more they’re accustomed to that taste, and after a while, those unhealthy foods become a permanent part of their eating habits.

But here’s the good news: It can work the other way around just as easily. Just as we can shape our children’s preferences for high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, with a little persistence and creativity we can also turn them on to higher quality, healthier foods. It starts with offering healthier options designed specifically for kids. And today, no matter what kind of restaurant you visit — whether it’s Italian, French, Mexican, American — most kids’ menus look pretty much the same. And trust me, we’ve seen a lot of them.

One local survey found that 90 percent of those menus includes mac and cheese — our children’s favorite; 80 percent includes chicken fingers; 60 includes burgers or cheeseburgers. Some options weigh in at over 1,000 calories, and that’s close to the recommended amount that a child should have for the entire day. And I think — and I know you all think — that our kids deserve better than that.

That’s why I want to challenge every restaurant to offer healthy menu options and then provide them up front so that parents don’t have to hunt around and read the small print to find an appropriately sized portion that doesn’t contain levels — high levels of fat, salt and sugar. These choices have to be easy to make and they have to give parents the confidence to know that they can go into any restaurant in this country and choose a genuinely healthy meal for their kids. Now, again, I know it’s easier said than done. It’s not easy to come up with choices that are both healthy and palatable for kids. And it may mean putting in some real effort and creativity to make this happen. But what it doesn’t mean is providing just one token healthy option on the menu, or taking out one problematic ingredient and replacing it with another. And it is not about finding creative ways to market unhealthy food products as healthy. Instead, it’s about producing products that actually are healthy; products that can help our children get into the habits that will last them a lifetime.

This philosophy also needs to apply to the rest of the food that you offer, because just as we eat out as a family, we also should be able to eat well as a family. And as a mother of two soon-to-be teenagers, I know that many kids, especially tweens and teens, eat off the same menu that their parents do. I’m not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business. But what I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love. That could mean substituting wheat pasta for white pasta in your regular recipes, or taking out an existing — taking an existing dish and cutting the amount of butter or cream — not enough to sacrifice flavor — we all like flavor — but just enough to make a meaningful difference in the amount of calories and fat. It could mean serving 1 percent or skim milk. Or you could make healthy sides like apple slices or carrots the default choice in a menu and make fries something customers have to request — which would hurt me deeply. (Laughter.) I’m a fry lover. And no matter what you do, it’s also important, truly important, to keep portion sizes in check, because we all know that the size of a meal is just as important as the ingredients it’s made of.
But your role in helping address childhood obesity isn’t limited to what you put on your menus and how you label them for parents. It’s also about how you market those products to our kids. Our kids don’t learn about the latest fast-food creations on their own. They hear about them on TV, advertisements, in the Internet, video games, and many other places. And as any parent knows, this marketing is highly effective. As a mom, I know it is my responsibility, and no one else’s, to raise my kids. But we have to ask ourselves, what does it mean when so many parents are finding their best efforts undermined by an avalanche of advertisements aimed at our kids. A study last year found that only a small percentage of advertising aimed at kids promoted healthy foods, while most promoted foods with a low nutritional value. And let’s be clear: It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy. It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.

And if there’s anyone who can sell healthy food to our kids, it’s all of you, because you know what gets their attention. You know what makes a lasting impression. You certainly know what gets them to drive their poor parents crazy because they just have to have something. So I’m here today to ask you to use that knowledge and that power to our kids’ advantage. I’m asking you to actively promote healthy foods and healthy habits to our kids. Again, I know many of you have said that you would offer and promote healthy options in a heartbeat if they were as popular as the healthy — unhealthy options, because that’s how business works, and I understand that. But I’ve yet to meet a single parent who doesn’t understand the threat of childhood obesity. I’ve yet to meet a single parent who’s not eager to buy healthier products. They just need more information. They need easier access to those products.

And I’ve heard from more companies over the year that the market is starting to move in a healthier direction. Folks are beginning to ask for more fruits and vegetables and for smaller portions. So when it comes right down to it, this is also about protecting your bottom lines and meeting the demands of your customers — customers who I know you want to keep coming back again and again. That’s why we’re committed to helping increase that demand and making it easier for you to do what’s right. And we’ve started by requiring chain restaurants to provide calorie counts on their menus and menu boards. And I am grateful for the support we’ve received from the NRA to get this done. And I want to encourage restaurants that aren’t providing calorie counts to join us in this effort.

And because so many of the calories our kids consume come from school, we’re also working to get more nutritious food into our lunchrooms and our vending machines. And, again, the NRA has been playing an important role in these efforts as well. As part of “Let’s Move,” we’re setting a goal of doubling the number of schools that participate in the Healthier US Schools Challenge by next year. And we’re working with schools and food suppliers to offer more fruits and vegetables and to cut down on that fat, sugar and salt. And, finally, we’re working with mayors and other local officials to make our cities and towns healthier and to highlight restaurants that agree to serve smaller portions and promote more nutritious options.

So I hope that all of you will join with us in these efforts. Together, we can help make sure that every family that walks into a restaurant can make an easy, healthy choice. We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu. We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity. And we can help create a culture — imagine this — where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them. See, after all, that’s one of the core ideals this industry was founded on. I recently learned that the term “restaurant” actually comes from the French word for “restore.” And when the idea of the restaurant business spread across the ocean, some of the first true restaurants in this country emphasized their ability to make people healthier and to cure what ailed them.

So today, you are all the heirs to that legacy. And you face a similar opportunity both as business owners — but also as parents, not just to fulfill your obligations to shareholders, but to fulfill the obligation we all have to the next generation. So I hope that each of you will do your part to give our kids the future that we all know they deserve. And I want to truly thank you for what you have done, because you have done so much, and for what you’re going to do.

I look forward to working with you all in the months and years ahead. Good luck to you all and God bless you and your families. Take care. Thank you. (Applause.)
—End of Transcript—

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NEXT MIAMI TEA PARTY: Protest Against Obamacare – 3/20/2010

Posted by FactReal on March 18, 2010

NEXT MIAMI TEA PARTY
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM
Address: Intersection of Coral Way & LeJeune Rd.
SW 24th Street and 42nd Avenue,
Miami, Florida
Maps: Google Map
Organizer:SflaConservative
Email: Marcos Sendon
editor@sflaconservative.com
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil…is for good men to do nothing.”
Irish Philosopher Edmund Burke
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HYPOCRISY: Democrats love the ‘Nuclear Option’ now, but hated it under Bush

Posted by FactReal on February 24, 2010

Obama & Democrats in 2005: 51 Vote ‘Nuclear Option’ Is Arrogant Power Grab Against the Founders’ Intent
In 2005, Bush and Republicans wanted to use a 51 simple majority to avoid filibusters (a.k.a. “The Nuclear Option”)…but Obama and Democrats fought against it.

Now Obama and Democrats love “The Nuclear Option” and plan to use it to pass Obamacare.

THIS WAS THEN IN 2005:
Via NakedEmperorNews/ Breitbart.tv:
Partial Transcript:
Then-Senator Obama, April 25, 2005: A change in the Senate rules that really, uh, I think would change the character of the Senate, uh, forever. [snip] Uhhh, and what I worry about would be th-th-that you essentially still have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply majoritarian, uhhh, absolute power on either side, and that’s just not what the Founders intended.

Then-Senator Joe Biden, May 23, 2005: I say to my friends on the Republican side: You may own the field right now, but you won’t own it forever, and I pray [to] God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.

Senator Harry Reid, May 18, 2005: Mr. President, the right to extended debate is never more important than the one party controls Congress and the White House. In these cases the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government.

…and Hillary Clinton, Schumer, Feinstein, Dodd, Baucus.

BUT THIS IS NOW IN 2010: (H/t: GatewayPundit, GOP.gov)
Administration Support: “‘This package is designed to help us [use reconciliation] if the Republican party decides to filibuster health care reform,’ said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer. ‘That was certainly a factor that went in to how we put this proposal together…’ The president expects, and thinks the American people deserve, an up or down vote on health care reform,’ Pfeiffer said.” (White House Communications Director, Dan Pfeiffer, Talking Points Memo, February 22, 2010)

Majority Leader Support: “If a decision is made to use reconciliation to advance health care, Senator Reid will work with the White House, the House, and members of his caucus in an effort to craft a public option that can overcome procedural obstacles and secure enough votes.” (Statement by Senator Reid Spokesman Rodell Mollineau, The Plum Line, 2/19/2010)

Feinstein Support: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) became the 11th Senator to sign on to a new effort by Democrats to press Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pass a public option for insurance coverage using reconciliation, her office confirmed to the Huffington Post on Wednesday.” (Huffington Post, 2/17/2010)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS: Ancient Writers Prove Jesus Is Not a Myth

Posted by FactReal on December 24, 2009

Evidence: Ancient writers (Non-Christians, enemies, and early Christians) wrote about the birth of Christ, His life, teachings, miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection.

They also wrote about the faith and lives of the disciples and early Christians. Here are the links to some of their writings (most translated).

ANCIENT WRITERS &
THEIR WORKS:

NATIVITY PAINTINGS:

FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS
(37-100 A.D.)
was a first century Jewish historian and soldier

He wrote about life and resurrection of Jesus.
Antiquities XVIII, 3:3

The Adoration of the Magi, Pieter Aertsen, c. 1560

CELSUS
was 2nd century Greek philosopher and opponent of Christianity

Celsus sought to ruthlessly ridicule and disprove Christianity. But in doing so, he left proof of the existence and life of Jesus. He wrote on the Virgin Birth, Jesus’ baptism, Jesus’ Divinity, Jesus’ Miracles, the Apostles, John the Baptist. He bears witness to the antiquity of the apostolic writings – he refers to the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John; and makes allusions to quotations from the New Testament.
True Discourse

by Franz Von Rhoden

CORNELIUS TACITUS
(55-120 A.D.)
was a Roman historian

Tacitus verifies the Biblical account of Jesus’ execution at the hands of Pontius Pilate who governed Judea from 26-36 A.D. during the reign of Tiberius:
Annals XV, 44
GAIUS SUETONIUS TRANQUILLUS
(69-130 A.D.)
was a Roman biographer

Suetonius records the expulsion of the Christian Jews from Rome (mentioned in Acts 18:2) and confirms the Christian faith being founded by Christ.
Life of Claudius, 25.4

The Nativity (fresco) by Giotto, c.1305-06

LUCIAN OF SAMOSATA
(120- ~180 A.D.)
was a Greek writer

Lucian was a noted satirist of the second century, spoke scornfully of Christ and the Christians.
The Death of Peregrinus 11-13
PLINY THE YOUNGER
(62?-113 A.D)
was a Roman magistrate

Pliny the Younger admits to torturing and executing Christians who refused to deny Christ. A recurring theme in the correspondence between Pliny and Trajan is the willingness of the true believer to die for Christ. This would hardly be reasonable if they knew He never existed!
Pliny’s letter to Emperor Trajan,
Epistulae, Vol X, No. 96

(in Latin here)

Nativity with Saints Francis and Lawrence by Caravaggio, 1609

CLEMENT OF ROME
(?-98? A.D.)
was a bishop of Rome

Clement confirms the ministry of the disciples and some of the basic tenets of early Christianity.
Corinthians 42
IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH
(? – ~100 A.D)
was the bishop of Antioch

He reinforces early Christian beliefs in the letters he penned while in prison. Even when execution was imminent, Ignatius refused to recant his faith.
Letter to the Trallians, 9:1
Letter to the Smyrneans, 1
Magnesians XI

The Adoration of the Magi by Peter Paul Rubens, 1634

QUADRATUS OF ATHENS
(126 A.D.)
was an Athenian bishop and direct disciple, 1634 of the Apostles

He is generally regarded as the first Christian apologist. Quadratus points out the fact that a few who were healed and resurrected by Jesus lived until modern times.
Eusebius IV III, 2

The Adoration of the Magi by Da Vinci, 1481-2

ARISTIDES THE ATHENIAN
(126 A.D.)
was a 2nd century Greek Christian author

Aristides describes the treatment of Jesus by His own people, the Jews, and contrasts their beliefs with those of the Christians.
Apology XIV-XV

Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

JUSTIN MARTYR
(~100 – 165 A.D.)
was possibly the most well-known early Christian apologist

He was an educated pagan philosopher who converted to Christianity around 130 A.D. Being a thoroughly educated man, Justin weighed the evidence carefully before accepting his new faith and explains to the reader he made his decision only after careful consideration and research.
First Apology, 34, 46, 50
Dialogue with Trypho, 77 97, 107-8

Mystic Nativity by Botticelli

HEGESIPPUS
(110 A.D. – 180 A.D.)
converted to Christianity from Judaism after extensively researching the Gospel story

Instead of accepting the Gospel story at the word of others, he traveled extensively throughout Rome and Corinth in an effort to collect evidence of the early Christian claims. Hegesippus provides important testimony that the stories being passed around were not watered down, embellished, or fabricated.
The History of the Church

Nativity (in an Antiphonary) by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, c. 1460

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