Thursday, June 30, 2011
Many conservatives want to conserve true religion. I won't say they hate God. The aspects of true religion which conservatives want to conserve are precisely what liberals want to exterminate.
But too many conservatives are neo-conservatives, and are therefore like the Pharisees in Jesus' day, who wanted to conserve their traditions but hated God when He walked among them.
The link to "neoconservatives" above gives evidence that many conservatives also hate God, in that they hate "the least of these" -- which is to hate Jesus Himself -- and do not extend hospitality toward them. Hatred of foreigners is a hatred of the God who created them all, and a denial of pure religion (James 1:27).
Conservatives err when they seek to conserve a past which was based on the traditions of men, instead of advancing forward in the direction charted by the commandments of God:
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
Too many Conservatives also seem to be united in their support of the wars of the U.S. federal government, whereas God wants us to beat our swords into plowshares.
Overall, the differences between "conservative" and "liberal," and "left" and "right" are smoke and mirrors, designed to keep people divided and unable to resist the federal leviathan.
Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.
That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
2 Kings 22:2
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Mankind has certainly made progress toward "liberty under God," and then at times rebelled against that progress. It is not inappropriate during times of cultural rebellion to look back with fondness on that prior progress. But our goal should not be to conserve the past, or return to the past, but to advance ever boldly against evil and toward the City of God.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I just tried to send the following letter to Congressman Todd Aiken:
I just heard that you apologized for saying that "liberals hate God."
In 1923, Princeton Seminary Professor J. Gresham Machen wrote a book entitled Christianity and Liberalism, in which he presented a very scholarly proof that liberals hate God.
Liberals may love a god they created, or they may be their own god and love themselves, but liberals hate the God of the Bible.
Machen was de-frocked by the liberal Presbyterian Church. You can expect to be treated with greater intolerance by the "tolerant" liberals.
Don't back down.
I am not one of your constituents. I have been the Libertarian Party nominee for Congress in the last 4 elections, running against Roy Blunt and Billy Long. I plan to run again in 2012. Maybe I'll meet you on Capitol Hill in 2013!
Would be honored to hear back from you, but it's not necessary.
When I clicked "submit," I received this response:
Your zip code indicates that you are outside of the 2nd District of Missouri.
Regrettably, I am unable to reply to any email from constituents outside of the 2nd District of Missouri.
Click Here to return to my home page.
I can't tell if the letter was destroyed by the Congressman's website and won't be read, or if it will be read but not replied to. I had clicked the box that indicated I did not need a reply.
Monday, June 13, 2011
I took a class in Political Philosophy from Hospers at USC -- just about the only glimmer of light in that 4-year sentence. The class text was his book, Libertarianism: A Political Philosophy for Tomorrow. I think he also introduced me to Rothbard's For a New Liberty. His goal was to impart ideas, not flunk anyone. He passed out a list of questions for his own book which was a checklist of the important ideas every student should take away. I have always liked that way of teaching. George Reisman uses the same technique.
The Reason obit says Hospers was "openly gay." This is the first I have ever heard that.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
Maybe we could call it a "sobering" article, except that nobody is going to get sober after reading it. An article detailing all the problems caused by getting drunk all the time won't cause an alcoholic to stay sober. Root's article will not bring economic sobriety.
Isn't that why Root went to the trouble to write this article? Doesn't he believe on some level that his article will spur action and prevent the next depression?
As a political candidate, I'm always looking for the "silver bullet" -- the sound bite that will cause voters to wake up and vote the right way.
Root's article is not the silver bullet.
First of all, the title of Root's article is wrong. He only proves THAT "the Greatest Depression of All Time Has Begun," but he does not explain WHY it has begun.
Perhaps this line is the first clue:
> America has always been a land of boom and bust.
> It's just part of business cycle.
Boom-bust has been exacerbated by the Fed since it was founded in 1913. Before 1913, "cycles" were not "cyclical." They only happened as discrete and individual incidents when banks created money out of thin air, inevitably in collusion with the government.
But WHY did banks create money out of thin air?
Was it a technical accounting error?
An impersonal mistake?
An unavoidable, inevitable economic "cycle?"
No, it was a moral problem.
People wanted "something for nothing."
Borrowers wanted free money.
Banks wanted the interest.
Nobody wanted to work and save, earning wealth the old fashioned way.
In an introduction to his notes on the Constitutional Convention's deliberations in Philadelphia, James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," noted that one of the defects the Convention was assembled to remedy was that
In the internal administration of the States, a violation of contracts had become familiar, in the form of depreciated paper made a legal tender.Most Americans could not explain this statement.
They could not explain why paper money helps violate contracts.
Art. 1, § 10, ¶ 1 of the Constitution was written to remedy this problem:
No State shall ... make any thing but gold and silver a legal tender in payment of debts;
In Federalist Paper No. 44, possibly the most authoritative source for constitutional interpretation, Madison explained the provision:
The extension of the prohibition to bills of credit must give pleasure to every citizen, in proportion to his love of justice and his knowledge of the true springs of public prosperity. The loss which America has sustained since the peace, from the pestilent effects of paper money on the necessary confidence between man and man, on the necessary confidence in the public councils, on the industry and morals of the people, and on the character of republican government, constitutes an enormous debt against the States chargeable with this unadvised measure, which must long remain unsatisfied; or rather an accumulation of guilt, which can be expiated no otherwise than by a voluntary sacrifice on the altar of justice, of the power which has been the instrument of it. ... No one of these mischiefs is less incident to a power in the States to emit paper money, than to coin gold or silver. The power to make any thing but gold and silver a tender in payment of debts, is withdrawn from the States, on the same principle with that of issuing a paper currency.Madison says paper money has "pestilent effects" on "the industry and morals of the people." This means people have come to want "something for nothing."
All of the problems listed by Root are fundamentally MORAL problems. They are not the effects of impersonal economic cycles. They are not imposed on a God-fearing, moral America by devious atheistic socialist conspirators.
I guess I'm more pessimistic and depressing than Wayne Allyn Root. He must assume that Americans are educated enough to read and understand his article. I don't.
But WHY are Americans largely illiterate?
Because being educated takes work, and Americans want something for nothing. They want degrees and certificates that LABEL them as being educated, but they don't want to WORK at actually being educated.
Government-run schools no longer teach students that there is a God. "Public" schools no longer teach the duty to obey "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." Every student is taught that he is his own god. He does not have to obey teachers. He does not have to respect the learning environment of other students. He does not have to work at being informed. He will get his diploma no matter how stupid he is. He is entitled to it. All gods are entitled to everything they want. These students will grow up to be "voters," voting to get "something for nothing." They will destroy the economy.
All of these "impersonal economic problems" are actually personal immoral actions committed by people who reject God and His Commandments.
The only solution to Big Government is religious revival.
Voters must confess, "God is God; I am not."
The State must confess, "God is God; I am not."
This is the silver bullet.