Bible Prophecy Foretold a Brexit!

Bible Prophecy Foretold a Brexit!

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Britain’s departure from Europe is a geopolitically significant event. But did you know Bible prophecy said it would happen?

Millions of people decided whether Britain would remain a member of the European Union on June 23. The British people have made their opinion clear.

Did you know that God had an opinion on this subject as well?

In choosing to leave the European Union, the Brits actually brought about an event Bible prophecy foretold was going to happen!

A Challenge in Scripture

“I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand.” That is the bold, politically incorrect, unwavering statement made by God in Isaiah 46:9-10. Could it be true? Could God be real? Could Bible prophecy be accurate?

God says He “brings to nothing what the nations plan; but the Eternal’s purpose stands for ever, and what he plans will last from age to age” (Psalm 33:10-11; Moffatt translation).

Bible prophecy explains what God’s plans are and the purpose He is working out. Some 2,500 years ago, biblical writers preserved prophecies describing what would happen in the 21st century. In fact, about one third of the entire Bible contains prophecy, and most of these are for our time now. In these prophecies, the Bible names every important city and nation on Earth and forecasts what will happen to them.

The best minds in the world are examining what will happen now that Britain is leaving Europe. But these great heads of state, business leaders, news analysts and policymakers do not know—and cannot know—the future. Yet the Bible boldly proclaims what the future holds.

To know what will happen next with Britain-EU ties, you need insight from a higher source. And the Bible specifically says that God gives exactly that kind of insight: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

Yet even those who are open to the existence of God, the authority of the Bible and Bible prophecy in general are confused about where this vote will lead—unless they know the specifics.

Even if you believe Bible prophecy is true, to unlock what it prophesies, you still have to know who the prophecies are about. The Bible does not use the names Britain, the United States, Russia or Germany. But it absolutely prophesies about these nations in this time period. To unlock the true significance of the Brexit vote—and what will happen next—you need to know how the Bible identifies these world powers.

So what is the United Kingdom’s biblical identity?

Britain’s Prophetic Identity

The Bible shows that the British people are descendants of the Israelite tribe of Ephraim. There is abundant proof that the British are modern-day Israelites—a book’s worth of proof, in fact. We would like to offer you a copy of that book—The United States and Britain in Prophecy by Herbert W. Armstrong—free of charge, with no cost, obligation or follow-up.

Following is a brief summary of the truth contained in this book. Ancient Israel divided into two nations after the death of King Solomon. Judah was the southern nation with its capital at Jerusalem—its people are known today as Jews. But the northern 10 tribes were called the house of Israel. It became a completely separate nation from the Jews. In fact, the word Jews first appears in the Bible within a report about Judah fighting Israel (2 Kings 16:5-6).

From 721 to 718 b.c., the nation of Israel was invaded, conquered and removed from its land by the Assyrian Empire (2 Kings 17:18). Its people were deported to the southern shores of the Caspian Sea (verse 6; 1 Chronicles 5:26). Meanwhile, the kingdom of Judah remained in its land for more than a century until it was later conquered and taken captive.

When the Assyrians were conquered by the Chaldean-Babylonian Empire, they migrated north and west to Europe. Ultimately, they became modern Germany. The “Lost 10 Tribes” migrated northwest as well, but they migrated even farther. Some tribes settled in France, Belgium, Holland and the Scandinavian countries where their descendants continue to today.

But two tribes in particular migrated even farther: Ephraim and Manasseh. The Bible prophesied that these two tribes in particular would inherit massive national wealth (Genesis 48:14-16).

Ephraim migrated to the British Isles. Manasseh settled in the United States.

Genesis 48 prophesies that Ephraim would become a great company of nations and that Manasseh would become a great nation (verses 18-20). Genesis also specifies that these descendants of Abraham would control the world’s most strategic mountain passes, ports, canals, capes and other choke points (Genesis 22:17-18).

Only two nations in history can fit God’s promises to these two tribes: the British Empire and the United States. These two peoples share a common ancestry. In the 19th and 20th centuries, both came into possession of the majority of the world’s wealth and all of its most important trade routes and sea gates. No other two nations have received these promises so abundantly.

But even if you prove the details of Britain’s biblical identity, how does that inform you about the what lies next in Britain’s relationship with Europe?

What Is Next for Britain

If you understand that the British people are called Ephraim in Bible prophecy, you will discover that the same Bible that prophesied modern Ephraim’s wealth and power also prophesies of its cataclysmic upheaval!

God prophesied that after Ephraim and Manasseh received their promised wealth and power, if they did not turn to the God who blessed them, He would remove those blessings and punish these nations with war and captivity.

Daniel 12:1 prophesies of “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.” Jesus Christ called it a period of “great tribulation,” that would annihilate mankind if He didn’t intervene! (Matthew 24:21-22).

God specifies that the U.S. and Britain will receive the worst of this punishment when He says: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it” (Jeremiah 30:7). The name Jacob refers to Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were given Jacob’s name. The next verse shows that the descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh will go into captivity!

And who does the Bible prophesy will take them into captivity? The very people from whom the British are trying to free themselves politically. Those prophecies are tied directly to what is going on between the United Kingdom and the EU!

God prophesied that the British people would, at some point, partner with Germany! “Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria” (Hosea 7:11). Assyria is the biblical name for modern-day Germany (read Germany and the Holy Roman Empire for proof). Britain went to Germany by joining the European Economic Community in 1973, the forerunner to the EU. The British lacked heart or understanding, and joined in hopes of saving their struggling economy. Instead of turning to God, they turned to Germany for help.

Because of that, God prophesied: “I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down … I will chastise them …. Woe unto them!” (verses 12-13). God brings great trouble on the British people for turning to Germany. He actually causes them to go into captivity by the very people they sought help from.

“Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. For they are gone up to Assyria …” (Hosea 8:8-9). Multiple scriptures reveal that God will use a German-led united Europe to punish Britain in this end time!

Passages in Isaiah 47 and Revelation 17-18 provide even more detail. These forecasts describe Germany heading a united European empire. That empire, influenced by a great false church, will take Israel captive. (For proof, request Who Or What Is the Prophetic Beast by Herbert W. Armstrong.)

Today, the foundation for that empire has already been laid in the European Union. It is dominated by Germany and influenced by the Catholic Church. The Bible prophesies that soon it will appoint a dictatorial leader who will forge an even closer union.

That is exactly why the British voted to leave the European Union. They know the EU will only continue to rob them of their rights and independence. Decades of regulation and increasingly intrusive policy have already eroded Britain’s sovereignty.

Yet still Britain has not turned to God for help. The “no” vote will not free the British from Europe’s control!

Bible Prophecy Is Sure

All of this comes as no surprise for those who are aware of these prophecies. For 25 years, God’s prophecies have led the Trumpet (and Herbert W. Armstrong for more than 60 years prior), to declare that Britain would not be part of the European Union. The Trumpet has boldly proclaimed it would either be kicked out or leave—and that prophesy was right!

Using Bible prophecy to explain and predict world events is unconventional, but it is a proven method. And the Brexit is not the only time the Trumpet or Herbert W. Armstrong have forecast the future based precisely on the prophecies of the Bible. Request our free booklet He Was Right to see how using Bible prophecy has led to more than 80 years of accurate forecasts.

If the great God fulfilled His plan and purpose by bringing tremendous wealth to the British and American people, then He will also fulfill His plan to bring them into captivity in a Great Tribulation! The British “no” vote will not help the British escape, but if you understand these prophecies and learn God’s purpose, you can escape the disaster approaching Britain. Most will ignore this warning, but you have a choice. Will you believe Bible prophecy?

Today’s Headline out of Britain Was Written Over 40 Years Ago!

Today’s Headline out of Britain Was Written Over 40 Years Ago!


Britons voted to leave the European Union. Brexit is now reality. Herbert W. Armstrong forecast it in 1973. How did he know?

Britain will look back on Thursday, June 23, 2016, as a historic date. It’s a tragically historic date fraught with ominous potential. That date marked the British citizens’ rejection of the European Union.

Despite inclement weather in many areas across the United Kingdom, voter turnout was very strong. Voting closed at 10 p.m., and the ballots were counted through the night. In the early hours of Friday morning, media outlets began to project the victory of the Leave campaign with nearly 52 percent of the vote.

For decades, almost no one thought this day would come. But one newscaster forecast the Brexit from the very day Britain first joined the European Community in 1973. His name was Herbert W. Armstrong.

“Britain is going to look back on Monday, Jan. 1, 1973, in all probability, as a most tragically historic date—a date fraught with ominous potentialities! For that date marked the United Kingdom’s entry into the European Community” (emphasis added throughout).

That statement by Mr. Armstrong was made in the March 1973 edition of the Plain Truth.

More than 40 years later, what do millions of Britons think about Jan. 1, 1973? Just ask the majority that elected a Conservative government on the promise of a referendum to leave the European Union. For them, Jan. 1, 1973, is a “tragically historic date.” It brought them into the European Economic Community and ultimately into the European Union, an experience that has leeched away Britain’s economic wealth, its military strength and its national sovereignty.

Today, the “ominous potentialities” Mr. Armstrong referred to have become alarming realities. But even more ominous realities lie ahead!

Britain and the EU

On Jan. 1, 2010, after decades of planning, the EU became an official global imperialist power, underpinned by a federal constitution that binds member countries to a supreme head in Brussels. For centuries, European rulers such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler had been unsuccessful in their goal of dominating Britain. But on that first day of 2010, when the EU presidency and foreign ministry came into force under the Lisbon Treaty, the United Kingdom finally became officially subservient to Europe.

Many Britons were deeply concerned. “Britain is no longer a sovereign nation,” wrote British politician Daniel Hannan in the Telegraph the morning the treaty was enacted. “At midnight last night, we ceased to be an independent state, bound by international treaties to other independent states, and became instead a subordinate unit within a European state.”

The Lisbon Treaty “tramples [Britain’s] Magna Carta into the dust,” Ambrose Evans-Pritchard lamented in the Telegraph. “The founding texts of the English constitution—charter, petition, bill of rights—have one theme in common: They create nothing. They assert old freedoms; they restore lost harmony. In this, they guided America’s Revolution, itself a codification of early colonial liberties,” he wrote (Dec. 6, 2009).

Contrast this with the Lisbon Treaty/EU constitution. Evans-Pritchard correctly asserted that “insiders hijacked the process” of its creation. These insiders were unelected elites who worked for years seeking to enforce their undemocratic constitution on Europeans by the most undemocratic of means. And the Lisbon Treaty was a key part of those efforts.

In these maneuvers, Germany and France obtained mechanisms that gave them greater sway over Europe, while Britain’s power was diminished. The Lisbon Treaty, according to global intelligence company Stratfor, placed Germany and France in “key positions they can use to increase their influence over the European Union’s inner workings and important policy areas” and allows them to “take charge of the European Union’s functions” (Dec. 1, 2009).

Britain Paying Out

Europe blamed the financial fiasco that began in 2008 on the Anglo-Saxon model, which relies heavily on free-flowing credit. In response, the EU intensified its creation of a regulatory regime replete with laws, regulations and red tape designed to undermine and destroy London as the financial heart of Europe.

“The English are the big losers in this business,” said Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France at the time. Economically, the people of Britain are indeed the big losers in the EU, but the losses are not limited to the banking sector. EU regulations now touch almost every level of every industry in Britain.

“If you want to build something, grow something, mince something, scrap something, recycle something, burn something, paint something, bake something, package something, or do a myriad of other things, there is a sheaf of densely typed regulations just for you,” said Matthew Elliott, coauthor of The Great European Rip-off. “In total, red tape from Brussels adds another £100 billion [us$166 billion] of lost income, extra expenditure and forfeited economic growth to the bill.”

Elliott and other economists estimate that Britain’s total cost to be in the EU—factoring in all the harmful impacts of all the policies and regulations—is almost $200 billion a year. That equals more than $3,000 for each man, woman and child.

Although EU cheerleaders try to discredit any data that casts Europe in a negative light, the evidence proves that membership in the EU is a net cost for the Brits. What remained to be seen was how long Britain would continue to fight what was already a lost sovereignty battle and whether it would leave the European Union or be kicked out.

The referendum was held, and Britain made its choice!

Herbert W. Armstrong Was Right!

Today, there is little doubt that the “ominous potentialities” that Mr. Armstrong warned about are coming to pass. Politically, economically and judicially, Britain has found itself weakened by decades of subservience to the EU.

This is what Mr. Armstrong said would happen—decades ago. Mr. Armstrong concluded that 1973 article by writing, “Britain’s entry into the European Community portends a tragic situation. Britain will be faced with a dilemma.”

Britain faced that dilemma, just as Mr. Armstrong predicted.

How Did Herbert W. Armstrong Know?

But how did he know? He saw it clearly revealed in the prophecies of the Holy Bible!

For anyone familiar with Mr. Armstrong’s teachings, one prophecy stands out above the others; it could be considered his keynote prophecy.

That is the prophecy about a religious-political superstate that would emerge from Europe as the central power in end-time events. This empire, explained Mr. Armstrong based on a passage in the book of Daniel, would include five nations, or “kings,” from Eastern Europe and five from Western Europe.

Revelation 17 shows how this European empire will comprise 10 nations working under the direction of a false pagan church. Combined they form a revived “Holy Roman Empire.”

Mr. Armstrong recognized the beginnings of this prophesied empire at the establishment of the European Economic Community, the forerunner of today’s European Union.

In numerous articles, Mr. Armstrong made clear that Britain’s alliance with Europe would end. “The stage is all set!” he wrote in 1956. “All that’s lacking now is the strong leader—the coming führer! The Germans are coming back from the destruction of World War ii in breathtaking manner. Germany is the economic and military heart of Europe. Probably Germany will lead and dominate the coming United States of Europe.”

“But Britain,” he wrote, “will be no part of it!”

Why not?

There are multiple reasons, including the fundamental differences—political, religious and cultural—between Britain and Europe. But ultimately, it gets down to God’s will. God does not want Britain to be a part of the developing European superpower!

In fact, Bible prophecy reveals that God is going to use this German-led European power to punish Britain.

As Mr. Armstrong foretold, Germany is going to lead a resurrected “Holy Roman Empire” that Britain will not be a part of. So what does the Bible prophesy now? These same prophecies that informed Mr. Armstrong’s bold writings forecast that this German-led “Holy Roman Empire” will conquer, invade and put the British people—as well as the American people—into captivity!

Revelation 17 has some of the most descriptive prophecies about this. The Apostle John recorded this vision: “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (verse 3).

An angel explained to John what the vision meant: “The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. … And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast” (verses 9-12).

In Bible prophecy, a woman symbolizes a church, and beasts represent governments. This vision shows a church-state combine that has risen and fallen repeatedly in history: the Holy Roman Empire. The last resurrection will be a confederation of 10 kingdoms, led by Germany and influenced by the Catholic Church. The European Union is already beginning to fulfill this prophecy.

Other related prophecies are found in Habakkuk 1 and Hosea 5 and 7. These show that this bloc of nations will attack the British and American people and put them into slavery.

Britain has now left the European Union, but it hasn’t turned back to God. Until Britain does repent and turn to God, its suffering will only escalate.

These prophecies will come to pass! This may be hard to believe, but it is true.

Mr. Armstrong explained from Scripture exactly what is in store for Britain in his most-requested book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. The publisher of the Trumpet newsmagazine prints this book, and we would like to offer you a free copy, totally without cost, obligation or follow-up. It will help you prove that these prophecies will happen as God has recorded.

Herbert W. Armstrong was right about Brexit, and the world will soon see he was right about what happens next!

Why Britain’s Vote on EU Membership Is So Momentous

Why Britain’s Vote on EU Membership Is So Momentous

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Watch the Brexit vote today. Whichever way it goes, it could mark a turning point for Europe and the world.

Britain’s referendum on its membership in the European Union is its most important decision in a generation. But regardless of which option the Brits choose, June 23 could mark a major turning point, both for Britain and for the EU. The referendum is forecast to be close.

The Fate of Europe

Even if Britain votes to stay, it will not deepen its ties with the European Union. Britain has no appetite for handing over more power to Brussels.

Remaining in the EU will be under the conditions that British Prime Minister David Cameron negotiated with EU leaders over the last year. While Britain received little in the way of practical concessions, it did secure a clear and legal opt out of “ever closer union.” Britain has drawn a line in the sand: It will accept no more European integration.

If Britain leaves, however, the brakes it applied to Europe’s push toward becoming a superstate will be lifted. It will no longer be able to slow Europe down.

Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and former prime minister of Belgium, expressed exactly this hope in an interview with the EU Observer on June 3. “The whole discussion and referendum around British membership is an opportunity,” he said. “Why? Because if it is a ‘No,’ we need to start negotiations. … If it is a ‘Yes,’ we agreed with Cameron to translate the special status for Britain into the treaty … and he promised not to make obstacles for the deepening of the union.”

Summarizing his comments, the EU Observer wrote, “No matter what the result of the British referendum on 23 June, it will lead to changes in the European architecture.”

German EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger also believes the EU could advance in the case of a Brexit. “My expectation would be that the European project would gather new dynamics,” he told Politico. The EU may have to wait until the next series of elections are finished in 2017, but then “I believe we will gather more power and strength,” he said.

Over the last few months, European leaders have been discussing, behind closed doors, a European Defense Union. Germany will publish a paper on it on June 24—the day after the referendum. It will be discussed at an EU meeting scheduled for June 28. Whichever way Britain votes, EU leaders plan to move forward with this radical step almost as soon as the vote is concluded. Britain would never sign up to such an army, but officials are talking about moving on without them.

Of course, there are those who believe that a Brexit vote would be the beginning of the end for the EU. They think other nations will follow suit, leaving the EU to unravel or fade into irrelevance.

To a certain extent this may be possible, but in the longer term, it doesn’t matter. Those who point to the fragility of the EU make good points. At the Trumpet, we have always forecast that this union will be short-lived and much smaller than it is now. Getting 28 nations—each with its own proud and separate history, in many cases a history largely comprised of fighting other European nations—to form a superstate was always a tall order. Practically speaking, it will only be possible with a smaller group of nations. And even then, they will only be able to stick together for a short time and in the face of a common enemy.

But if the EU falls apart in the wake of a Brexit, Germany will remain Europe’s richest and preeminent power. With Russia rising, Central and Eastern Europe will continue to look to Germany for defense. The prosperous, northern European nations immediately surrounding Germany will still have strong trade links with Germany, and there will be a strong incentive for Germany to form an open-border zone with these nations.

If Brexit does cause the EU to fall apart, then from its ashes, a union centered on Germany will rise.

The Decline of Britain

Both sides of the referendum disagree on how much the EU membership has helped or hurt the nation. But when it comes to Britain’s biggest problems, EU membership is irrelevant.

Britain has a huge debt problem. Householders are forecast to borrow at an “unprecedented” rate this year, higher than at any point since records began in 1987, the official for Budget Responsibility warned in March. Total household debt is at $2.17 trillion—an average of around $44,000 (£30,000) a person. Among the G-7 group of advanced economies, only Canada has higher debt-to-income ratios.

Last year, Britain’s government borrowed an equivalent of 4.4 percent of its gross domestic product. The only EU nations with a higher level of borrowing are Spain and Greece, both troubled economies that have required some form of bailout.

Britain’s trade is in a dire position. Its current account deficit is at 7 percent of gdp—the highest peacetime level since records began in 1772. At the heart of this problem is the simple fact that Britain is importing far more than it is exporting.

The state of a nation’s society is much harder to quantify than the state of its economy, but here too the situation is dire. In the Aug. 11, 2011, Australian, Theodore Dalrymple wrote:

British youth lead the Western world in almost all aspects of social pathology, from teenage pregnancy to drug taking, from drunkenness to violent criminality. … British children are much likelier to have a television in their bedroom than a father living at home. One third of them never eat a meal at a table with another member of their household—family is not the word for the social arrangements of the people in the areas from which the rioters mainly come.

Since then not much has changed. The nation leads Western Europe in teen pregnancies and a host of other societal ills.

These problems are all unconnected with the European Union. Many EU nations do not share them, and leaving the EU won’t fix any of Britain’s social problems.

The Outcome

This is not to say that today’s vote is unimportant. Both outcomes have the potential to be major turning points for the EU, while neither outcome can fix Britain’s fundamental problems.

The Trumpet and its predecessor the Plain Truth have forecast Britain’s break from the European Union since it joined in 1973.

Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in Mystery of the Ages:

[T]he soon-coming resurrected “Holy Roman Empire”—a sort of soon-coming “United States of Europe”—a union of 10 nations [will] rise up out of or following the Common Market of today (Revelation 17). Britain will not be in that empire soon to come.

In 1956, even before Britain joined the EU, he wrote:

Germany is the economic and military heart of Europe. Probably Germany will lead and dominate the coming United States of Europe. But Britain will be no part of it!

The Trumpet has consistently proclaimed the same message. “We have been prophesying for over 70 years that a strong dictator is about to rule over Europe,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in 2012. “We proclaimed that he would not be voted in by the public. We have also said for many years Britain would not be a part of the final European Union.”

These forecasts have already been proved right. No matter what the result of today’s vote, ultimately, Britain will not be part of a federal Europe. Just stay tuned.

Considering the accuracy of that longtime forecast, it makes sense to look to the same source that prophesied of this dramatic break to find out what is coming next. For more on what the Bible says about the future of the European Union, read The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy. And for more on the future of Britain, read The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

Russia’s Plan to Destroy American Prestige, and China’s Plan to Remake the World

Russia’s Plan to Destroy American Prestige, and China’s Plan to Remake the World


Listen to the Trumpet Daily radio program that aired on June 23, 2016.

Russia brazenly defied America in Syria last week, bombing American-backed forces despite the presence of American fighter jets. There have been no consequences. Trumpet staff writer Richard Palmer shows how the attack fits in with Russia’s strategy to destroy America’s credibility. Also on today’s show, he discusses why China is pouring billions into the creation of a new trade route in central Asia. The demise of the Silk Road in Central Asia and the rise of ocean-bound trade revolutionized the world. It is the reason we speak English today. China’s efforts to re-create the Silk Road with modern railways could be just as revolutionary.

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America Needs to Change the Way It Views Child Care

America Needs to Change the Way It Views Child Care

But not the way the experts recommend

The United States Department of Education released a report this month titled “High-Quality Early Learning Settings Depend on a High-Quality Workforce.” The authors decried the low earnings of child-care workers in contrast to the important role they play in society.

The report, along with the journalists who picked up the story, were clear in their analysis: Child-care workers are extremely important to a child’s development, and the government should make sure they’re paid enough to encourage high-quality workers.

But there is another way to look at the problem.

Marcy Whitebook, director of the Center for the Study of Child-Care Employment at the University of California–Berkeley, has been studying early childhood for four decades. On May 6, she wrote, “[T]he lived experiences of early educators and the families they serve underscore the case for a national solution that fundamentally shifts the way we think about early childhood jobs and how we prioritize working with young children.” Whitebook said it is ironic that child-care workers “often cannot afford child care for their own children.”

A number of topics continue to underpin the child-care discussion.

First, the earliest years of a child’s life are crucial to his or her later development. As one journalist noted, “[T]he belief that good early-childhood education can help prevent later gaps in test scores and graduation rates from emerging between poor and well-off children is widely shared.”

Second, child-care work is not something to be viewed as rudimentary. “People tend to think of this as unskilled work,” Whitebook said, “when in fact the work of facilitating the education and development of babies is every bit as complex as working with kindergartners.” Not many parents are likely to tell you their job is easy.

Third, small teacher-to-student ratios are beneficial for overall academic achievement, language development and thought processes. The greatest benefits come from those ratios in the early years of schooling.

These benefits could be maximized if children were taught by a parent in their own home. The child could be educated from the youngest age, given the attention from someone whose primary goal is the child’s best interest, and offered the smallest teacher-to-student ratio possible: one to one. Yet the government-planned incentives are not about having the fewest possible children involved in child care, but having the greatest amount of adults.

In 2014, President Barack Obama set the goal of enrolling 6 million children in “high-quality preschool.” He then laid out the agenda in his 2015 State of the Union Address:

In today’s economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality child care more than ever. It’s not a nice-to-have—it’s a must-have. It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.

Besides the misnomer of an economic “necessity” (rather than an economic “want”), President Obama is right. America, and all countries, need high-quality child care. The real question is whether that care comes from the child’s parents or someone else. Single parents often have very little choice but to put their young children into a child-care institution. As of 2015, 58 percent of mothers with infants under age 1 were in the workforce. But for those families who have some leeway to choose, shouldn’t we incentivize parental child care rather than institutional care?

The question for Americans, especially during the crucial early years of their child’s development is whether strengthening the family or the workforce is more important. In this, it seems Washington has cast its vote.

As one editor at the Atlantic explained:

One factor that helps explain why the country doesn’t have enough quality programs is, as this new report suggests, its failure to effectively cultivate or compensate a cadre of early-childhood educators who are prepared to offer quality instruction.

That is true on more than one level. With the prevalence of single-motherhood, working toward improving the quality of institutional child care is a worthy goal. But we cannot forget the more important role highlighted by Trumpet executive editor Stephen Flurry in “Wanted: Good Mothers.”

Attorney General: America’s Most Effective Weapon Against Terror is Compassion and Love

Attorney General: America’s Most Effective Weapon Against Terror is Compassion and Love

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Listen to the Trumpet Daily radio program that aired on June 22, 2016.

America’s weapon of choice when it comes the war against radical Islam is compassion and love. You see this strategy in Orlando, with the U.S. is doing its best to cover up the real motive behind the recent terrorist attack. And you see it with Iran, as the U.S. stands behind Boeing’s multi-billion dollar deal to supply Iran Air with a new fleet of jetliners. For that and more, tune into today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show, with Stephen Flurry.

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