Lust and Power

If you’ve ever watched or read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the lust for power is well imagined in the lust for the One Ring.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

The lust for the ring of power was great.  It was known to contain great power and endowed the bearer with magical abilities such as invisibility, unusually long life, and others, but at a great price.  It was a corrupting force.  Regardless of the intent of the person who possessed the ring, no matter how it was used, the ring only answered to the one who made it.

Let’s unpack the concept that Tolkien was trying to convey.  The first and most obvious layer is that power corrupts.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton

“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.”

William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1778

The lure of the power in the ring was impossible to resist.  Men would do anything to gain possession of that power – lie, cheat, steal, kill.

Take a look around at all disconcerting tyrannies that I have written extensively about to date.  Those tyrannies are either aimed at obtaining, preserving, or strengthening power.

Yesterday, May 30th, the NSA’s Utah Data Center went live.  The center has the capability to capture, record, and analyze every form of electronic communication in the domestic United States every single day.

The Department of Homeland Security has expanded it’s mission from just protecting modes of travel to protecting and actively policing within the United States.

The warrantless wiretaps on the AP, the targeting of individual reporters such as James Rosen, the IRS’ unequal treatment of conservative, Tea Party, and Jewish groups are all methods being used to silence opposition and whistleblowers through intimidation.

More than 70 percent of federal spending goes to dependency programs.  The threat of removal of these programs ensures that dissension is unthinkable lest the life support that 128 million Americans rely on for subsistence be taken away.  These people have become serfs of the new feudal masters within the government (both elected and unelected).

Schools in Florida, under the guise of an insidious program called Common Core, scanned and retained the irises of school children for their “safety” and “security.”

These are just a few instances of huge power grabs, shows of naked force.  Each one by itself could be written off as nothing, an overreaction or overreach by overzealous bureaucrats, but together in concert they are much more.  They take on the mantle of a full blown tightening of the vise of tyranny on the citizens of the United States.

Now you might even be saying that I’m overreacting because I disagree with President Obama politically on nearly every issue, but it goes far beyond that.  I would disagree with these steps regardless of which party or President was in power at the time because I see these for the lure of power that they are and will be going forward.  That power becomes a drug for the person who wields it – they need it, and not to know that they have it, but they will need to exercise it in growing frequency in order to fulfill their craving for it.  The power will corrupt them.  Even if they began with the best of intentions, that power will destroy them.

The bureaucrats and politicians that come next will see the One Ring before them.  It will call to them, not with the clarion call of liberty, but with the sinister whisper of influence, authority, power, and strength, but those powers can only be wielded by the creator of the ring.

Who is the creator of the ring?

In Tolkien’s tale, Sauron, the Dark Lord, is the creator of the ring, but even he can be destroyed by it because he is ultimately dependent on it as well.  So did Sauron create the authority, power, and strength that were endowed into the ring or did he simply channel them there?  Let’s back this up to theology now… did Satan create the power that he yields?

The short answer is no.

God created Satan as Lucifer the angel.  Satan is dependent on God for his very existence.

One day the angelscame to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them.

Job 1:6

The authority, power, and strength that Satan holds were benefits of his created nature and were gifts of his position in the hierarchy of heaven.  It is Satan’s intent to disobey and rebel against God that corrupts those gifts.  Just as Satan rebels and corrupts those great and mighty gifts that God bestowed on him at his creation, the government – the politicians and bureaucrats, the authorities, the individual branches and big players have intents and purposes that run counter to the Constitutionally-directed role of the government and it’s relationship with the people altogether.  The small tyrannies summed together will corrupt even the best intended of those men and women because they will beg to be used… the temptation is too great.

THAT is why we rail against these overreaches.  THAT is why we sound the watchman’s call as the abuses and usurpations mount.

The enemy is not just at the gates.

The enemy is now within the city walls.

If we do not stand and fight and defeat these self-obtained powers, then we will lose whatever scrap of liberty that we have left on this Earth except for the hope that we have in Christ.

If power corrupts, we must rid ourselves of it.  If we do not want a corrupt government controlling every step we take in our lives, we must disrupt and dismantle it’s power to do so or we will find ourselves prisoners in our own country.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

Something Wicked This Way Comes

And the President claims that he knew nothing…

I call bull.  The President was involved DIRECTLY in the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, conservative PACs, and Jewish PACs.

The President claims that he went to bed.  While that may in fact be true, it is a complete dereliction of duty regarding the Americans left to die in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.  In this case, I call bull also.  The truth is far more damaging – either the President willfully elected to deny support to sovereign US territory and US citizens under an active military attack, or was incapable of making a decision in the face of a live crisis.  The question that will be answered eventually is why.  Was the US State Department running guns via Benghazi and Turkey to the Syrian Islamist rebels against international law, a handful of treaties, and without the consent of Congress?

And now the Attorney General, Eric Holder, has committed perjury.  He either lied to Congress about his involvement with the search warrants he signed regarding James Rosen of Fox News or he lied to a judge (or rather three).  The search warrants listed Rosen as a co-conspirator or co-participant in the leak of classified information, but Holder testified to Congress that there was never the intent to prosecute.  Then why argue for a search warrant?  Why waste your time if you don’t intend to prosecute?  I call bull.  This Rosen issue follows the warrantless wiretapping of hundreds of members of the media.

Which narratives are left?

Benghazi – gun-running coverup?  Presidential incompetence and dereliction of duty?  Both are impeachable.

IRS – “punishing enemies” of the President? Top-to-bottom corruption of the tax-collection arm of the Federal government?  If Obama is indeed complicit, and having the IRS commissioner visiting the White House more often than three of the most common visitors who hold Cabinet-level positions combined looks terribly suspicious, then that is 100% Nixonian and impeachable.

Wiretapping – Fourth Amendment violation folks?  Justice Department corruption?  Holder has already proven a liar (as I outlined above), so we can not trust him to properly investigate himself.

Rosen – Political targeting again?  Anti-Fox News vendetta in the Administration?

The problem with each scandal is that it requires more than a modicum of civics knowledge to understand the underlying issues, motives, and precedents that will be set if such scandals are not pursued.

If we do not start seeing the connections between each scandal and drawing out the political motivations of EACH and EVERY scandal, then we will never fully expose the absolute threat to liberty and freedom that this administration has been and will be going forward if they are not stopped here and now.

 

Whence comes the straw?

Fast and Furious.

Benghazi.

The IRS targeting conservative and Jewish groups requesting tax-exempt status.

The DoJ tapping the phones of hundreds of reporters and editors in the media.

The DoJ tapping the House of Representatives cloak room to catch the same leak that they claimed they were hunting for when tapping the reporters’ and editors’ phones above.

That’s now five significant scandals directly tied to Cabinet-level departments.

The President has claimed ignorance of any of these scandals.

With Fast and Furious, the program involved proactively encouraging and enabling weapons smuggling across a foreign border without notifying Mexico of the program so that tracking could be established on the “other side.”

With Benghazi, the President claims that he went to bed and left it to then-Secretaries Panetta and Clinton to handle the ongoing attack and subsequent assassination of an US Ambassador and the deaths of three other American citizens on sovereign US territory.

With the IRS, those responsible keep coming in as higher and higher up – first a few “rogue” employees in Cincinnati, then supervisors in DC, etc with everyone pointing up to the person above them in the chain of operations.  The President claims he was not aware despite an inspector general’s investigation underway for years at this point.

The Department of Justice wiretap of media members and Congressmen brings serious questions up regarding freedom of the press, government intimidation of the press, violations of privacy, not to mention serious executive branch overreach by directly monitoring Congress.

The President is claiming ignorance of federal gun-running, the minutiae of the assassination of his ambassador to Libya, the specific politically-based targeting conducted by the IRS, the sledgehammer-to-catch-a-fly approach condoned by the Department of Justice with the media wiretaps, and the invasion of privacy and flat-out violation of the co-equal branches of government principle spelled out in the Constitution.

Mr. President, as a former attorney, you should be aware of the principle of law that ignorance of the law is not a valid defense for violation of it.  That aside, I am not the first to assert this, but I think it is extremely evident that the President is lying, because the only other excuse he has is that he truly is unaware of what is going on within his own Cabinet.

Dereliction of duty is a specific offense under United States Code Title 10,892. Article 92 and applies to all branches of the US military (UP TO AND INCLUDING THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF). A service member who is derelict has willfully refused to perform his duties (or follow a given order) or has incapacitated himself in such a way that he cannot perform his duties. Such incapacitation includes the person falling asleep while on duty requiring wakefulness, his getting drunk or otherwise intoxicated and consequently being unable to perform his duties, or his vacating his post contrary to regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

Crisis of Faith

Have you ever suffered a crisis of faith?

Your whole perspective is under attack.  You are no longer sure of what you believe.  You doubt nearly everything you know as true or hold as certain.

I believe there are patriots around this country suffering from this malaise of spirit right now.  They look at the political direction of the country, the economic certainties facing us, the moral degradation of society and cry out in anguish.  Thoughts begin to form such as those of secession.  Labels of tyranny and despotism get added to the vitriolic mix.  They begin to draw inward and insulate themselves from those unlike themselves as a self-protective measure.  They look to their families, their neighbors, and their friends for some semblance of stability in the turbulent world we live in.

These spirited and passionate men and women are discouraged by the reelection of a President contrary to so much that they hold dear and thought that their fellow citizens held dear.  They are discouraged by the sense that the each election is just more of the same.  They are discouraged at the lack of difference between major party political candidates and the lesser-of-two-evils approach to governing this great nation.

They have every right to suffer a crisis of faith at this point.  Their view of America has been shaken at it’s core.  Why a crisis of faith?  Aren’t these principles concrete over history?

Absolutely not.  Governments and societies rise and fall.  Man lives and dies.  There is only one concrete absolute in all of the universe and that is the preeminence and authority of God Himself.  Everything else is just a ripple in time.

I recall hearing once that anyone who does not suffer a crisis of faith at some point was never truly a believer in the first place.  A person at peace with the world, who does not feel like a stranger in a strange land, has never truly separated from it.

Do you, patriot, feel like a stranger in a strange land?  Do you look out at the American landscape and ask yourself “what happened?”

To you, all I can say is to stand firm. I refuse to become cynical, nor do I cling to false hope.  These trouble times, this adversity we will soon face as we go over the “fiscal cliff” will ultimately prove to be a good thing.

How can I believe this?  Because adversity causes us to realize that real value is not of this Earth.  There is nothing here for us because the Kingdom of God is infinitely more valuable than anything in this world.  All of the things that we cherish, even our very freedoms, can become idols to us to distract us from this fact.  We are tempted to put more value in life here on Earth than on life with God.  This adversity to come will be good for us as a people, like a forest fire – destructive at the onset, but clearing the dead wood and old growth for new fresh growth to occur.  Adversity leads us to search our souls, and renews our faith, because when you’re at the very bottom, you have nowhere to look but up.

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Anne Bradstreet

When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.

“Stray Birds,” Rabindranath Tagore

Let us pray not to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless when facing them.

Rabindranath Tagore

 

 

 

Threats

One of my favorite talk radio hosts has a phrase he often uses: liberals love democracy until the vote doesn’t go their way.  To add substance to this quote, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s debate, a number of tweets flooded Twitter calling for assassinations of Governor Romney or riots should he win the general election come November.

While I take these threats with a grain of salt, I refuse to walk through life with blinders on.  There will be violence in that event.  It may not visit my neighborhood, or even my county, but I would rather be prepared for such an eventuality and not need to rely on my preparations.  I love to wade into the cultural war going on between right and left, good and evil, capitalism and communism, etc… and I sense a palatable amount of vitriol on both sides over this upcoming election.  This country is being divided into two camps.

There is little middle ground between the two, so the culture of animosity has grown since roughly the halfway point of the Clinton presidency by my personal estimation to what you see today.  I don’t believe that the conservatives will riot as they are… you know… conservative.  That usually means that they are more restrained (this is a generality and there are sure to be some examples where it is not true).

At this point you probably wonder why this matters.  If the chance is fairly low in your estimation, why bother talking about it?  Because I love my wife and my kids and I would be negligent in my duties as a husband, father, and protector of my family if I didn’t constantly have a keen eye watching the borders of my personal kingdom.

Whoa whoa whoa… kingdom?

 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Genesis 1:26

Man was made in the image of God.  God is the King of all creation, therefore we are charged with being kings as well.  We are kings over all of creation by design.  We have more specifically been charged to protect our wives and children though.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Ephesians 5:25

One of the attributes of a good king is that they constantly are on guard against an invasion or an attack.  Those that submit to the king rely on the king to guard their lives and to protect them from all aggressors.  So you can say that I am being paranoid, or you can think hard about your role within your family.  You can be a loving father and husband, but failing at one of your principal duties to your wife and children in that they are protected by you.

The next question you might be asking about now is: how can one man protect his family from a riot?

You took seriously this instruction from Jesus right?

“But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”

Luke 22:36

There is one other thing to consider though… even armed, against a riot, I don’t stand a chance alone, but if I ally myself with other similarly minded men… kings… then together we can defend our families.

Image Credit: Oleg Volk

Vice Presidential Debate: Post-Mortem

Last night was about as expected.  Joe Biden’s mouth managed to get him in trouble again though… as usual the Word of God says it best:

If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
    the fool only rages and laughs

Proverbs 29:9

Politico

Business Insider

CNN

Fox News

Breitbart

Associated Press

It appears that I am not alone in this impression.  Biden did better than Obama a week ago, but in the process he managed to shoot himself in the foot, as usual.

Pulpit Freedom

This upcoming Sunday, October 7th, is Pulpit-Freedom Sunday.  This day has been chosen by the clergy across these United States as a day to defy the Internal Revenue Code and to speak the Truth from the pulpit in terms of government policy, politics, and political issues of the moment.

The website above describes the point of the day as one where the clergy “explore what Scripture says about the selection of our national, state, or local leaders and applies Scripture and/or church doctrine to candidates and the issues held by the candidates such as life, marriage, and family,” (What happens on Pulpit-Freedom Sunday?).

Most people do not know that this is a violation of the Internal Revenue Code that classifies churches as tax-exempt.  This tax-exempt status is dependent on the church not advocating any particular politics or political philosophies though.  So the church, in order to avoid taxes, has for the most part stayed out of political messages from the pulpit, but at what cost? 

Simply, the moral decay of our entire country.  How can men called to serve the Truth and the Word stand by as men fall victim to sin and fall away from His Glory every day?  Christ came to save the lost, He came for the sinner.  If the church is unwilling to interject itself in the public conscience, then it is failing at one important aspect of it’s role in the world.  But how can we rectify the church being civilly disobedient when the Scriptures tell us to obey the governing authorities?

As a corollary to the proposition that all institutions must be subordinated to the law of equal freedom, we cannot choose but admit the right of the citizen to adopt a condition of voluntary outlawry. If every man has freedom to do all that he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man, then he is free to drop connection with the state—to relinquish its protection, and to refuse paying towards its support. It is self-evident that in so behaving he in no way trenches upon the liberty of others; for his position is a passive one; and whilst passive he cannot become an aggressor. It is equally self evident that he cannot be compelled to continue one of a political corporation, without a breach of the moral law, seeing that citizenship involves payment of taxes; and the taking away of a man’s property against his will, is an infringement of his rights.

Herbert Spencer

As long as by being civilly disobedient, we do not impair someone else’s God-given rights, then we are justified to be disobedient to the civil authority if that authority is threatening to violate what Spencer calls the Moral Law.

Politicians and bureaucrats, in service to themselves, have written into law that it is illegal for churches to be used for political purposes or they would forfeit their tax exempt status.

In a country where the seeds of revolution and liberty were planted and nurtured from the pulpit, this is an abomination.  I have written before (here and here) how this is a Christian country, despite calls and arguments against that statement.  The Founders own words, actions, and deeds prove otherwise.  I hardly think it reasonable that men of faith would approve of the inability of other men of faith from speaking about politics from the pulpit.

IN most Countries, they who blind and enslave the People, are popular, and reverenced; they who would enlighten and free them, hated and persecuted… It is with Measures as with Men; they are praised, or condemned, not because they are Right or Wrong, Beneficial or Hurtful, but because they come from this Party, or the other. Evil is turned into Good, and Good into Evil: Truth passes for Falsehood; Falsehood is dressed up in the Guise of Truth: The best Actions are decried as the worst, if they arise from one Quarter; the worst Actions adored as the best, if from the other. The Resisting of lawless Tyrants, is, at one time, Rebellion and Damnation: To rebel against the most lawful Authority, is, at another time, Duty and Glory… When we have taken a Fancy to a Man, and choose or consider him as our Chief and Leader, we are disposed to see all Excellency and no Fault in him, to think him every way able to serve and support us, and quite uncapable of betraying or hurting us, or of ill serving us. We represent him to ourselves, just like ourselves, full of warm Zeal for Us and our Cause, without any Views to himself, or any Motives that are personal… Party Principles are therefore substituted for moral Principles; the sure way to destroy all Morality, and to confound the Characters of Men, and even those of Good and Evil. In truth, Morality, with Sense, is the only true Standard of Popularity, and the only just Recommendation to it. A virtuous Man can never endanger Liberty, nor hurt Society; nor is a wicked Man ever to be trusted with the Support of either. Yet from this Spirit, this baneful and pestilent Spirit of Party, the ablest and best Men are often precluded from the Service of their Country; the weakest, the worst, and most contemptible, employed in its Service; and the best Men often forced from that Service, to make room for the worst.

Thomas Gordon

If those that we trust with explaining and exposing us to the Truth and the Word of God are not allowed to speak about the contemporary issues facing us today without fear of persecution via taxation, then we must force the issue.  Without this moral compass projected on to the national stage from our churches, then we are adrift in an amoral sea of opinion and vicissitude.  This is why each election seems like the choice between the lesser of two evils.  Our own civil laws are insulating us from the Truth and it’s role in our political fate.   By not advocating God’s Word openly about everything in the world today including political issues, we are offering a pinch of incense for Caesar rather than giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

I stand with these clergy, and I hope more and more say “ENOUGH. I will not stand silently by as my country descends into moral darkness.”  I hope that they will stop hiding from persecution and embrace it as edification of a job well done and the friction of a fallen world to the Truth and Glory of the Risen Lord.

Maybe one day we will be able to say we have the choice between the greater of two good men rather than choice between the lesser of two evils.  If only we would shine the light of Truth on all candidates and policies advocated from the pulpit, where the origins of this country’s freedoms and liberties were first planted.  Then we could see the end of the indulgences, of bondage to the state as the arbiter of good and evil, and see the restoration of Liberty and Freedom.

Debate Questions – Tuesday Edition

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 is the first Presidential debate of the 2012 campaign.  This first debate is one regarding domestic policy. The announced topics will be the economy, health care, the role of government, and governing.

Will they be worthwhile topics to explore each candidate’s philosophies or will they be so obscure as to leave both candidates enough wiggle room to answer however they choose based on the most recent opinion polling?  Will we really get a significant debate or just more rehearsed lines?  Will the moderator ask tough questions or toss softballs?

So in honor of this, let’s take a look at ten questions that I would like to see asked at the debate.  There are in no particular order.

1. Both of you claim to have the answer in terms of job creation within the economy.  What is the role of government in terms of job creation?  Where in the U S Constitution is that role specified?

2.  Explain in detail how you will eliminate first the deficit and then pay down the national debt.  What programs will need to be cut, what departments will be shut down, and what austerity measures do you think we need to take as a nation in order to avoid following down the path of Greece, Spain, and all of the other nearly-failing states?

3.  What is your understanding of the role of government?  What are the most crucial things that government does for the citizens?

4.  Explain how you think deficit spending helps or hurts the economy?  Is deficit spending necessary to “prime the pump” or is it a form of taxation that drains the energy from the economy at large?

5.  How do you propose to fund the hundreds of trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities that previous administrations have incurred by massively increasing social welfare programs?  Can they be funded or do we need to seriously curtail these programs in order to save the Republic from bankruptcy?

6.  What is the role of government in healthcare?  Can you cite in the Constitution where that role is indicated?  With the rapid growth of healthcare costs in the last few decades, explain how your administration would lower costs within Constitutional limits.

7.  Explain your personal beliefs of where the rights codified in the Bill of Rights originate.  Do you believe that they are absolute or not?  What modifications would you personally like to make?

8.  When you speak about job creation, each of you promises lofty job growth numbers that seem impossible given the current economic climate.  Explain what the typical job your plan would help generate would be.  Would it be a temporary job, such as road construction, or a permanent job such as inside a machine shop?

9.  Tell me who is a good leader in your mind.  Why?  Which of their characteristics do you want to emulate when governing?

10.  Do you agree with the following statement. Why or why not? “To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, “the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it.’” (Thomas Jefferson)

Dominion belongs to the Lord
    and he rules over the nations.

Psalm 22:28

What questions do you want answered?

53%

Governor Romney, in a video secretly captured during a moment during a fundraiser back in May, spoke something that has enlivened the week politically.  He dared mention how people benefiting from government largesse are more prone to elect politicians who promise to increase their particular take.

How brazen!

How shocking!

How dare he state something so true?!?

My preschooler understands that if he acts like we want him to he will be rewarded with special food, privileges, et cetera.  If I want a citizen to vote for me ad nauseum, why not give him something for nothing, and then threaten him constantly of taking it away.  What an amazing leash to control someone by in order to ensure that his votes keep coming in my favor.

What the citizen fails to recognize though is that the chain has already been placed around him and the shackles are bolted on.  He has been convinced, without need of firing a shot or committing violence that he is subservient and incapable of life without that politician’s continuance of his means of livelihood.  This is the fundamental essence of the welfare state.  This “benefit” is the crushing boot of tyranny, of slavery, of oppression.

Now how can it be oppression if it is for the downtrodden and unfortunate?  Have you no heart?

I am more concerned for the long term survival of my country and our innate freedoms and liberties, however temporal they may be when measured against eternity.

The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.

Samuel Adams

While the chains of bondage in this case are meant to be benevolent, they are anything but as they further dependency.  This isn’t about being your brother’s keeper, or helping widows and orphans.  This is about destroying the ability to live joyfully.  This benevolence replaces God as the bearer of all of your needs and supplants Him with government and politicians.

The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave…

Samuel Adams

If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson

So how was Mitt Romney wrong in any way?

He spoke the truth.  A large portion of this country’s populace is dependent on the government.  This portion also tends to vote in what it has been conditioned is it’s own self-interests rather than the country’s as a whole.  This is not how this country was designed to function. If things continue as they are and then accelerate with Obamacare being fully implemented, the republic will fall.

What happens when the 53% of taxpayers who don’t ask anything of the government other than equal protection under the law and defense of hearth and home decide to stop playing the game and elect liberty or death over tyranny, over the chains of servitude, over the slavery of government benevolence?

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry

Slavery once was defended as a benevolent institution that kept them fed, clothed, and occupied (Source).  How is the modern entitlement state any different?  If you support such institutions, recognize that you are supporting slavery of the soul and spirit.

What Governor Romney was implying was that it is up to the remainder of us, the 53%, to stand up for our fellow citizens, to point to their chains and their shackles and say “ENOUGH.”  In this way, we will be our brother’s keeper to free them from the curse of liberal progressive bondage.

Speech

The leader of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, said recently that speech that does not contribute to the common good should not be protected and is in fact abuse if otherwise done.

I imagine that liberals and conservatives alike can come together on this issue.  Both sides agree that the freedom to speak your mind, no matter how hate-filled or wrong you might be factually, is a protected right and absolutely crucial to the maintenance of democracies, republics, and representative government.

However hurtful or inaccurate that film that “outraged” the Muslim world recently is at it’s core, it does not justify the outpouring of violence that has been a result.  However, the incident does serve as a magnifying glass on the middle east.  Can a people who get so incensed by a poorly made video truly be partners in peace or are they waiting for the next rage-justifying moment in their perpetual war against the West?

 

 

 

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