Truth In Front of Ours Eyes

Recently my wife has begun writing, from a Christian perspective, about popular culture – music, books, movies, etc.  Her premise has been that the soul cries out to God even if the person doesn’t yet realize it.  We have long talked about how, if you listen carefully, you can hear the questions, the pains, the need for the Creator within the secular words and stories told as the author, performer, or director as they try to put the cries of the soul into their work.  It’s a wonderful way to speak with people about God and the longing of their hearts and souls, via questions that often can be broken down into “I wonder why…” or “I wonder how…” that open the door from concepts that are easier to speak about with nonbelievers to concepts of God that are harder to explain and even harder to understand without a baseline understanding that believers are blessed, hopefully, to have already.

Applying this to another part of life is the application of popular culture to understand current events.  With that said, the event I want to talk about is the Donald Trump phenomenon.  Donald Trump is a businessman who decided to run for President.  He’s running as a Republican and has entranced many conservatives to his bandwagon, yet the concepts he talks about and the words he uses are those of a liberal demagogue.  He identified a yearning in the American public and he is playing to it perfectly.

What yearning?

Anger.

Americans are angry at the government, at politicians, at men and women who promise the moon and then either fail to deliver, or turn around and do exactly the op opposite of what they promised in the first place.

Americans are angry at a lack of justice.

  • Justice under the law (Trump’s initial rise can be directly attributed to the hard line he took on illegal immigration and the promise to punish law breakers and “send them back” and promises of building a wall that another country will finance – never mind that we would have to declare war on Mexico in order to force them to pay for it.)  Also, the criminality of actions by politicians such as Hillary Clinton – lying about the contents of a private, unpermitted, unsecured, and unprotected email server in her home during her time as Secretary of State in order to avoid the documentation preservation rules for all Federal government appointees and employees – used to be called what they are under the color of law – espionage and fraud.  When oaths and laws mean nothing, the law-abiding grow angry.
  • Social justice (the intolerance of the tolerance movement is something I’ve written about before as there are “activists” that aren’t just happy with being permitted to do what they please, but rather want you to celebrate their behavior and their uniqueness as superior to your own – gay marriage/adoption movements, Black Lives Matter, and other such movements fall into this camp squarely.  It has even got so absurd that “All Lives Matter” has been called a racist phrase because Black Lives are apparently more equal than yours.  When you are told that you are worth less and someone else is worth more for any reason is racism whether you are black, white, yellow, red, or green.  There is no justice when ANYONE is elevated above another and the aggrieved grow angry.
  • Economic justice (When banks deemed “too big to fail” are given money via the Federal Reserve, which increases the volume of money thus decreasing the value of money and robbing everyone of stored wealth and income, there is a growing feeling of a economic aristocracy.  When businesses, with politicians beholden to them for campaign contributions and future employment as lobbyists, have laws and taxes written on their behalf to squash competition in the open market or to have the economic advantage of a decreased tax burden comparatively to others in the same market – the government is seen as picking winners and losers.  When good hard-working people lose their jobs because their businesses are regulated out of existence due to profitability problems, when good hard-working people lose their homes because banks deemed “too big to fail” and given money freely to avoid their seemingly inevitable bankruptcies won’t rewrite the terms of their mortgages and force a family into destitution how can there be anything other than a growing anger.

I’m sure you sense a theme now.  Anger is growing in this country.  It is palatable now.  There’s no sense of courtesy anymore.  No consideration of the other person.  No compassion.  What is your first reaction when someone does something unexpected on the road while you’re driving?  Cursing, yelling, honking, aggressively driving with a vendetta toward the other person?  Are these symptoms of love or anger?  I think the answer is obvious.

With this in mind, consider this quote from the great sage of film, Yoda.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger.  Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

We have passed the point of fear.  The fear is there, but it is deeper, it is foundational.  The fear that our country, our way of life, is changing permanently.  That the freedoms, rights, and privileges we hold as Americans are lessening, not growing.  This is true whether you politically are left or right of center.  There is fear that our jobs are not secure.  There is fear that an economic wall is not just being built, but has been built by those in the highest tier to prevent anyone that they don’t want from joining their ranks.  There is fear that everything that has been accepted as given for so long is simply not so, and the fear is that if the givens are no longer constant, than how can we function without playing “the game.”

Fear leads to anger.

History can be our guide here because the world has seen rises to power like this in the past.  The circumstances of today closely mirror the circumstances of another time and the leaders that can spring out of times like these can restore us or drag us down into darkness.

  • Long-term bitterness makes brazen, bully-like tactics appealing as they see the candidate, in this case Trump, as their champion.
  • Ineffective government and laws give the perception of dual justice systems where certain crimes are excused for those deemed “worthy.”  Equal justice demands equal enforcement, so when selective enforcement is practiced openly faith in the government, police, legislators, and courts is eroded.
  • The usage of money by bureaucrats and politicians to enact personal policy via businesses, lobbying groups, and induced behavior (such as enforced purchases under pain of penalty – The Affordable Care Act mandates ALL people buy health insurance because they were born) reeks of corruption and tyranny.
  • The 24/7 news cycle and unmitigated lying and misleading by politicians (answering one question they want to answer instead of the question asked for instance) has lead to a soundbite culture that hinges not on ideas, but on emotions. It is not a far leap from there to attaching those negative emotions to a race of people, or a political belief, in order to ratchet up anger specifically directed.
  • The Cult of Personality around Mr. Trump is one in which his most ardent supporters don’t care what he says, does, or could do.  They support him fully, leading them to attack those that disagree verbally and, in some cases, physically.

Anger Leads to Hate

The time-period that I referenced above is the 1920s and 1930s in what was then called the Wiemar Republic.  We know it now as Pre-Nazi Germany.  The same conditions and cultural conditions were in place then as now.  I’m not claiming Donald Trump is the new Adolf Hitler, but the comparisons are worth considering.  At what point does he, or his bandwagon turn from expressions of anger to expressions of hate.  At what point do the long knives come out?

Hate Leads to Suffering

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

Galatians 5:22-23

I don’t sense any of the these attributes in Donald Trump, or anyone I’ve met who truly believes he is the best candidate for President this year.

I don’t argue to change your vote, your preference, or anything like that, but I do ask that you, regardless of who you support this year, to examine WHY you support them.

Are you making a decision out of fear? Anger?  Hate?  Suffering?  Do decisions made in the heat of passion or despair ever work out well?

What’s in a Word

One of mine and my wife’s biggest grievances is the redefinition or misuse of words and phrases.

Whether these redefinitions or misusage is intentional or accidental is aside from the point.  The fact of the matter is that meaning and understanding are not possible when the terms used for meaning and understanding are constantly shifting.

2 + 2 always equals 4, unless you redefine 2 to mean 2.1.  It’s not really that different after all, but 2.1 + 2.1 doesn’t equal 4.  It equals 4.2.  It’s a rounding error really.  Get over it.  Just because words aren’t mathematical absolutes doesn’t alter the process and endgame of all this redefining.

Today I read this:

“Medicare-for-all is civilization. Campaign finance reform is civilization. Funding education is civilization. Progressive taxation is civilization. Dialing back the use of war is civilization”

What is civilization?

According to Merriam-Webster civilization is defined as follows:   a relatively high level of cultural and technological development;   the stage of cultural development at which writing and the keeping of written records is attained   the culture characteristic of a particular time or place

  1. 1a :  a relatively high level of cultural and technological development;specifically :  the stage of cultural development at which writing and the keeping of written records is attainedb :  the culture characteristic of a particular time or place

  2. 2:  the process of becoming civilized

  3. 3a :  refinement of thought, manners, or tasteb :  a situation of urban comfort

Oxford says:

The stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced:they equated the railroad with progress and civilization

The process by which a society or place reaches an advanced stage of social development and organization.

The society, culture, and way of life of a particular area:the great books of Western civilization the early civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt

The comfort and convenience of modern life, regarded as available only in towns and cities:the fur traders moved further and further from civilization

Writers, philosophers, lawyers, and cultural icons for millenia have used word redefinition to bring about cultural shifts and change opinions.

Redefinition doesn’t change the original meaning of a word or term, it just changes how you use it and how others hear or read it.  Culturally everyone usually is on the same page, but the problem really begins to rear it’s head when cultural schisms happen.

Conservatives believe one thing.  Liberals another.

Urbanites speak one way and countryfolk another.

Everyone speaks the same language, but with diverging philosophies and understandings of the world at large.  Words become very important to maintain a common

When the words we use are redefined or misused, that disconnect becomes increasingly more difficult to bridge because the meanings that both sides of that divide also differ.

Let’s go back to the civilization definition that I read today.  That definition is not what you find in the dictionary, but it is the understanding of the liberal left in America today.  The problem arises in that I, as a libertarian-leaning conservative, do not agree with the statement in whole or in part.

Medicare-for-all is civilization – forcing me to pay for someone else’s poor health decisions throughout life or lack of motivation to find an economically viable job in order to afford their own cost of care is slavery by taxation.  You, via the government, are forcing me to work and use the money I earn from that work to pay for someone else who chooses not to work or chose to destroy their body by smoking, banging, drugging, or drinking their life away.  Simply no.  That isn’t civilization.  That is barbarism, not unlike Vikings raiding prosperous farming communities because they didn’t want to work as hard and could “take” rather than “make.”  

Campaign finance reform is civilization – Really?  Legislating how someone spends their money (and yes, corporations are made up of people) is the opposite of civilization.  It is no different from the King “permitting” someone to petition the king knowing full well that that permission can be withdrawn ex post facto (after the fact) and the subject being fully subservient of the king and his life and speech are not free.

Funding education is civilization – I’ll admit that this one I can at least somewhat understand, but education though takes many forms.  Apprenticeships gave us some of the most brilliant thinkers in the world and many modern conveniences.  Higher education today has brought us runaway student loan debt and educational outcomes that aren’t reliant on the number of dollars spent per student.  Further, the question of where that funding comes from and who controls it is the real crux of this issue?  Is it really the best education if it comes from the top down (Common Core) and all students are to be taught to the exact same standards without deviation for talent in one field or another?  

Progressive taxation is civilization. Is it?  Punishing one group in order to reward the other?  How is this different from feudal lords requiring a percentage of the serfs crops for “protection”?  Using law to punish high wage earners is no different than economic slavery.  Progressive taxation is the exact opposite of due process when you really think about it.  All are not equal in the eyes of the law if progressive taxation is the law of the land because then some are “more” equal than others.  True equality would be a tax burden not divided proportionately, but rather levied as a percentage of income equal regardless of how much you make (the millionaire and the pensioner alike pay 10% of their income – a flat tax).

Dialing back the use of war is civilization.  This summary statement is just too broad to agree or disagree with.  Is war overused?  Yes.  Are some wars necessary?  Yes.  Can there be diplomatic peace between one nation and another that has sworn the destruction of the first?  Not a lasting one because there is no middle ground between the two.   This is no different morally than a woman telling her raper to only rape her halfway so they can go their separate ways.  It’s not going to work that way… it never does.  The only recourse for the “victim” nation or woman is to shoot their attacker in the face – to exert the ultimate deterrent force through the best, most effective, and most economic means at their disposal.  To do any less is to tell the offender that their life or nation is superior to one’s own.

So the statement made completely added to what is known as civilization.  Is civilization not dependent on steadfast standards, definitions, laws, and justice?

Is not the veneer of civilization threatened when the laws are twisted to allow what was once illegal?

Is not the veneer of civilization threatened when justice is denied or unequal based on who you are, what you are worth, or who you know?

You can’t redefine words, because the underlying truths remain unchanged.  Redefining the words alone does not make anything true, rather it denies the truth much like Orwell’s opus 1984 states

War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deepest Darkness

By now everyone in America is aware of the tragic events in Charleston the other day.  Since and in the coming days we as a nation have choices to make.  We will choose to judge, hate, fear, legislate, and either draw closer to or push away others.  We will either fall victim to the fear of similar events in our own communities.  Churchgoers will look over their shoulders more often and watch outsiders critically out of fear.

fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41;10

We have already seen politicians trying to leverage the blood of these men and women for their own particular myopic view of what’s wrong with this country – namely what they think is the over-proliferation of guns despite the statistics that demonstrably have proven that more guns has not led to more crime, but rather the marked decrease in violent crime.

Others will grab on to the killer’s racial motives and say that this is an example of the extreme racism prevalent within society.  They will say that this is a more common problem and that this particular tragedy is just the latest example of it.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28

These knee-jerk reactions don’t capture the problem though, and it is the problem we all have.  We live in a world of darkness, of hate, of violence, of evil, and sin.  But, the good news is for all of us, and that is that the brightest light is possible from the deepest darkness.  It is in fact not only possible, for God uses evil for ultimate good.

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
    and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74     that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us[h] from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 1:68-79

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

Psalm 139:11-12

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

The righteous man perishes,
    and no one lays it to heart;
devout men are taken away,
    while no one understands.
For the righteous man is taken away from calamity;
    he enters into peace

Isaiah 57:1-2

While it is tragic that people had to lose their lives, we should rest assured that they died at peace righteous and redeemed.  What an evil men wrought God will turn into something beautiful – and I suspect that it will begin today, with love, not hate, politics, or legislation, in Charleston.  From deepest darkness the light of Christ shines brightest.

Pray for those left behind, thank God for the grace that covers us all, and praise Jesus for reaching though time and gathering all sin to himself so that all men, women, and children of all ages and all nations are redeemed in the Father’s sight – even the man holding the gun the other night.

No Justice, No Peace

I have not written in a while.  It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, just ask my wife, but more because I felt the pull of the Spirit on my heart and wanted to let Him work in me and put my focus on listening rather than speaking. 

The lesson that I learned is one that is crystallizing in front of the entire world right at this moment.

When justice is not done, mercy is forgotten.  When laws and standards are not applied universally, a thirst for justice grows in us and buries our ability to extend mercy and compassion.  We grow angry.  That anger can do one of two things – it can drive us to righteous anger and a willingness to restore justice, or it can drive us to hate.  In Star Wars, Yoda says that fear leads to hate and hate leads to anger.  There is much truth in that statement.

We fear a world without justice because we were made to live in a world ruled by a Just and Merciful God.  When justice is not done, that fear grows because the right nature of the world has been upset and deep in our being we know that we are ultimately powerless by ourselves.  We fear anarchy and lawlessness, because when everything becomes permissible, there are no longer any limits and safeguards to protect our lives, fortunes, and families. 

That fear can galvanize as anger and then hate.  We begin to coldly shut off compassion in our hearts and blame others for the lawlessness that we feel exists when justice is unequally applied.  Without the safety that justice provides, love wanes and we are deprived of one of the things that provides hope in this life.  We begin to blame individuals who seem better off than we are.  We begin to blame groups and focusing on hatred on them because they are not us.  We fail to see that the problem is in our own hearts and we misdiagnose the illness.  We seek men’s justice rather than God’s justice in an order to quench this thirst.

Just look around you at the world today.

Children pour across the American border – sent by their parents from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and various other Central American countries to escape poverty, injustice, and violence.  Those parents hope for better lives for their children in the one beacon of hope and freedom in the world.  I empathize with this desire as any parent should.  There are calls for justice amongst many Americans – “Send them home,” “Deport them.”  We call for justice and our government does nothing.   It is difficult to show mercy on their plight when justice for their action is lacking.

Hamas rockets Israel and digs tunnels to conduct a massive surprise attack in the near future.  Israel defends itself by going after the missile launchers, stocks of rockets, and the commanders and troops attacking them while they work to discover and destroy each tunnel.  Across Europe and around the world, people condemn Israel for doing something that they would DEMAND if it were happening to their country. In America we are not immune from this as pro-Hamas demonstrations occurred over the weekend in Chicago, Miami, and elsewhere.  Jews around the world fear for their lives as anti-semitism is rapidly on the rise.

A man in Arizona suffers an excruciatingly long execution for murders committed over a decade ago.  He lay silently in agony for hours as the lethal drugs finally ended his life.  The murderer’s victims’ family certainly felt justice, but the feeling by many that this excruciating death doesn’t matter because justice was done is vile and hate-filled. 

Iraqi Christians, or Nazarenes, flee their homes or go into hiding as the Islamic State in the Levant and Syria (ISIS) marks them and their houses.  If they do not convert to Islam, pay an on-going monetary penalty for their faith, or flee, they will be killed.  Their homes and businesses are being marked for destruction.

Mercy in the absence of justice will lead to dependency and entitlement.  Amnesty, welfare, food stamps.  We can be merciful, but if we are not just, we fail to solve the root problems of the human condition.  The giver of mercy exercises their power over the recipient and the recipient becomes no better than a slave.

Justice without mercy is cold.  It is without compassion and focused on correcting wrongs.  Justice without mercy is tyranny. 

For it is true that we all have sinned.  We all are condemned to death and alienation from God.  We have justly earned that punishment, but out of mercy He sent His Son, the Word through which all have been created and for whom all will ultimately kneel.  We are recipients of mercy AND justice, for without the latter we would not need the former.  They must be joined and applied together in balance.
 
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

 

 

 

 

Ancient History and Cold War Thinking

If you read these sorts of blogs you are aware that Ukraine is having some civil instability at the moment.  Russia has put troops into the Crimea – an Ukraine province that is heavily ethnic Russian.  The rationale that the Russians have used to justify this are a 1994 agreement that allows the government to request Russian intervention for civil disturbances such as a coup d’etat, and the need to protect the large population of ethnic Russians in Crimea.

Back in 2008, Sarah Palin pondered aloud that then-Senator Obama would have no idea how to handle a Russian invasion of the Ukraine.  In 2012, Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney argued that Russia was still our largest geopolitical foe and would remain so for the foreseeable future for which he was ridiculed as being stuck in Cold War thinking.  Funny, yes?

What’s not funny is that Russian troops now have full control of the Crimea and have set a deadline of tonight for the Ukraine forces surrounded on the Ukrainian military bases in the Crimea to withdraw or surrender.

We have a Secretary of State that thinks this is 19th century military strategy, a President that hesitated when that 3AM phone call came (AGAIN mind you… Remember Benghazi), and a citizenry that has not looked Russian aggression in the eye since 1989 when the Berlin Wall was toppled.

How the hell is this different from the Sudetenland again?

And they want to draw down the military to the smallest size since the end of World War 2… the war that came soon after Adolf Hitler and the German War Machine occupied the Sudetenland of Czechslovakia in order to protect ethnic Germans.

History folks… it is repeating.

This must be stopped now.  NATO needs to grow some balls or we will be facing a revitalized Red Bear or worse.

I have no confidence that President Obama will have the mental or character fortitude to stare down Vladimir Putin and end this aggression here and now.  Angela Merkel, Steven Harper, and David Cameron will need to take the lead… because after all, this is an European issue…. not a global one…. at least, not yet.

 

 

 

 

The Mexican – Starring Senator Ted Cruz?

Wow

If I were a Mexican or Cuban, I would never be able to support the viewpoints (those of the liberal variety) this windbag espouses on the air.  He’s a mouthpiece for the American Left.

Latinos, Latinas, listen up – THIS IS WHAT THE LEFT THINKS OF YOU.

Senator Cruz is of Cuban dissent. His father fled Castro’s Cuba, not Mexico.

Benghazi… as it really happened

Benghazi… as it really happened.

The Slavery of Now

Consider this your warning – today I am going to put something out there that needs to be said.  I have wrestled with this and have been reluctant in the past to say something on the issue and have provided a limited discourse on the topic because frankly I have been told that I lack the necessary anatomy from some peoples’ points of view to have a valid and legitimate opinion on the matter.

When I started this whole experiment at shining the truth on life, culture, society, government, and current events, I promised myself that I would not hesitate to speak the truth and I’ve had a revelation on this topic.  So, with that said… off we go.

The rancor over abortion today and the debate on whether a fetus is a human being or just a mass of biological material is the exact same argument we had as a country from the moment we were founded.

In 1787 abolitionists existed, but in order to get the Constitution assembled and passed by the states, they compromised in order to fully incorporate the United States as we now know them.  The compromise that was worked into the Constitution was that blacks were not fully human – they were only considered to be three-fifths human.

It wasn’t until decades later that those abolitionists broke with the Whig party and formed what is known today as the Grand Ole Party, GOP, or Republican Party.  The first Republican President was an abolitionist – Abraham Lincoln, but that is not the point of this text today.

James Stewart eloquently puts the beliefs of abolitionists regarding the institution of slavery; “All people were equal in God’s sight; the souls of black folks were as valuable as those of whites; for one of God’s children to enslave another was a violation of the Higher Law, even if it was sanctioned by the Constitution,” (Holy Warriors: The Abolitionists and American Slavery, 1976).

How is this notably different than the very debate over abortion today?

Pro-Choice/Pro-Abortion advocates tout personal liberty, choice, reproductive freedom, and reproductive rights of the mother.

Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion advocates tout the rights of the unborn child.

A pro-choice advocate would heartily agree with the statement that a fetus is biologically unequal and genetically inferior to it’s mother until the point of becoming viable outside of the womb. This is no different than the argument of vehement slaveholders in the South that argued that blacks were biologically unequal and genetically inferior in defense of slavery (Igranick).  The same exact argument that justified slavery of an entire race of people and rationalized it because they believed that they were subhuman is the same exact argument that allows for the moral flexibility required to justify the destruction of an unborn child because of inconvenience on the part of the mother.

In our past, in the Dred Scott arguments before the Supreme Court, it was said that “Although he may have a heart and a brain, and he may be human life biologically, a slave is not a legal person,” (Vulgata Magazine).

A Wisconsin appellate court stated in an opinion that “the term ‘human being’ was not intended to refer to the unborn child,” (John Whitehead).

These two statements at their cores are not philosophically different as they assign a human qualification “score” to each which does not equate the slave (i.e. baby/fetus) with the slaveholder (i.e. mother).

The same comparisons can be drawn between the legal rights of slaves before emancipation (none) to that of unborn children prior to birth (none) amongst many others.

What this all comes down to is this – that men, despite our lack of the necessary anatomy, definitely have a dog in this fight, just as non-slaveholders had a dog in the fight over slavery over a century ago.  The argument over abortion has long been made one of choice rather than one of equality before the law, but when that choice is most definitely morally wrong and devoid of legal and rational consistency, then we must make our voices heard.

Everyone makes mistakes in life for which we can seek forgiveness, mercy, and grace, but we should not compound our mistakes willingly.  We need to recognize this present-day slavery for what it is and change not law, but rather the very heart of this nation and world.

 

Government Shutdown: Day 8

With the debt ceiling fight looming and now taking over the focus of this shutdown, I personally don’t believe there is an end in sight as long as the President and Senate Majority Leader (Harry Reid (D) of Nevada) refuse to negotiate despite their protestations to the press that they are trying to negotiate.  When one side refuses to budge in a fight of this magnitude, the other side digs in more as well… we’re seeing the political equivalent of trench warfare at this point.

As part of my ongoing public service, allow me to highlight an agency that I did not know existed until this morning – the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

Who the heck knew we had an IMLS?

So what is it that this wholly essential branch of the government actually does?

The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.

IMLS Mission

Okay… I can’t take it this time.  Seriously?  Our taxes go to fund this…. crap?!?

Museums have traditionally run on endowments from wealthy people that leave large sums of money or property from their estate.  Libraries used to run on endowments as well such as those made by Andrew Carnegie and others.

Seriously though – where in Sam Hill can you find ANY constitutional mandate for the IMLS?

This shutdown started over Obamacare. I firmly agree with the conservative position of defund or repeal.  I think we have a few more sections of public expense that need defunded and dismantled and the IMLS is one of those.

Government Shutdown: Day 7

One week.

Take a look around you. The world has not ended. Life as it is goes on mostly as it usually has been despite the furlough of 13% of the federal government.  For most of the business world, a 13% staff reduction is something that happens every now and then – it’s called trimming the fat.

Today I want to take a look at the National Park Service as part of my ongoing public service to help you, Mr. Joe Citizen, survive this nasty government shutdown.  National parks from Atlantic to Pacific have been closed off by order of the executive branch (read: President Obama) in order to “make life as difficult for people as we can.”

I’ve had the inclination since the beginning of this that there are those in government that are fearful that this shutdown will be enlightening to the majority of Americans.

How will it be enlightening?

Let me serve you an example to demonstrate.

You pull up to your local national park to go for a hike and find the parking lot barricaded with a sign saying it is closed due to the shutdown.  You decide to park on the side of the road, take your hike anyway, and then leave.

Aside from bolting the parking lot gate, what role in that hike did the National Park Service play?

Well, they cut the trail.

Sure and so could a troop of boy scouts.

They clean up the park.

So can volunteers, again – boy scouts, prisoners on work release, people on community service, etc.

They protect me while I’m in the park through the park rangers.

Do they now?  When a coyote pack attacks your pet dachshund is there a park ranger walking next to you?  When the wolf pack was stalking you during your three mile jog, was there a ranger running beside you the entire circuit?

Well, they investigate crimes.

So, they’re basically just police that wear tan and olive green instead of black or blue?  You realize that police don’t have a legal obligation to protect you from anything and that ultimately you and you alone are responsible for your self-preservation.

What I’m trying to get at is that the government, and by the government, I mean the bureaucratic chiefs that are trying to protect their power and authority, and the executive branch all the way up to the President himself are deathly afraid that through the dramatics, or lack thereof except when artificially constructed (especially concerning the parks since they’re the most visible of the examples in the media), Mr. Joe Citizen will finally realize how little the federal government does for him in his daily life and how bloated it has become and ensconced in extra-constitutional “duties” it has deemed for itself.

It’s time to wake up America.  Look around you and realize the truth that this shutdown is the best thing for this country in the long term.

 

 

 

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