Political Manifesto for the 21st Century

January 7, 2010 by

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (Declaration of Independence, 1776)

We affirm these self-evident truths, and declare that it is time to abolish our form of government, not by armed revolution, but by the election of representatives who will change it.

The Constitution of the United States allows for the people to elect their representatives every two years, and to elect every senator every six, and to elect the president every four. Each state constitution allows the citizens of that state a similar power to choose their government. Through electing representatives that represent our desire to preserve our government solely to protect the individual rights of everyone, we propose the following changes be made.

  1. Limited government. Our governments are limited by the constitutions that form them. We need to enact a common understanding among the people of what those limits are and impose them on our governments. We need also to strengthen the already existing limits, overturning bad interpretations by our courts, legislators, and executives, and impose new and stronger limits on our governments which will forever ensure our individual liberty.
  2. Dramatic cuts to spending. Our governments should spend our money procuring only those goods and services that will protect our rights.
  3. An end to government charity. It is the role of our churches and the individual to supply charity to the poor, not the state. If the individual and churches cannot supply the charity, government could only do worse. Having government provide charity absolved the conscience and duty of the people from their proper role to love their neighbor.
  4. An end to unfunded legislation. Any program that congress enacts must be completely and fully funded at the time of its creation. We will not enslave future generations to programs that we create but do not fully fund. Existing programs that are unfunded should be canceled or modified until they can be funded.
  5. Dramatic cuts to taxation. Our governments should collect far less taxes than the people can bear. The people should be free to pursue whatever economic matter they wish without burden or undue influence due to taxes. Taxes should not be used to punish the rich or to mold society’s behavior. They should only be used to raise the necessary money to meet the spending requirements of a government that protects the rights of the individual. Any surpluses should be immediately refunded to the people in proportion to taxes paid, or used to pay off debts. Taxes should never be raised to meet spending; rather, spending should be cut to meet tax revenue.
  6. An end to government debt. Our people have become more prosperous than any other people in the world. We do not need to borrow money anymore to provide for the needs of government. Paying interest on our government debts is slavery, not freedom. We are not free until we have paid off all of our debts. Any debt that we must incur should be paid off within a very short time frame, so that our debts are not repaid by our children.
  7. An end to bureaucratic regulation. Any kind of regulation must be debated and passed by the legislatures of our governments, and no other way. No public official should be allowed to set policy that governs the life of anyone but their own employees. No court should dictate legislation. No executive should issue orders except to his troops and employees. Anyone exceeding these limits should immediately be removed from office by impeachment because they are a threat to our liberty.
  8. An end to over-litigation. The laws of our country are unjust, in that they are used to punish those who have done no wrong with tort laws and allow the criminal to go free. Let our laws be simple and just so that we no longer have need of lawyers. Do not allow our constitution to be interpreted as giving shelter to the guilty or limiting the freedoms of the individual.

We boldly declare that freedom and liberty are dramatically different than tyranny and slavery. In a free society, government works differently than in an enslaved society. Our governments should be eternally fearful of the will of the people, forever locked in by the limits of the constitution which creates them, and ever subservient to the people, both the individual and as a whole.

We emphatically reject the tenets of communism, socialism, fascism, totalitarianism, colonialism, and every other form of government or political idea that sets one person above another, that limits the freedom of the individual for the “greater good”, or attempts to convince any individual that they have no rights or fewer rights than the rights man is endowed with by their Creator.

We boldly declare that in our society, the checks and balances in our government includes the individual, private organizations such as businesses or churches or political groups, and federated governments such as the local, state, and federal governments. By distributing the power to govern among these people, organizations, and governments, no one person or group of people is able to obtain much power over the rest.

We also declare that there is enough in this world, and to spare, if the individual is freed from the constraints of government to seek his own fortune in life. We also declare that the man who has obtained wealth is capable of providing charity to the poor, jobs to those who want them, and also to pursue the critical role of participating in politics to keep government constrained. We encourage all men, everywhere, to embrace their freedom, seek their own fortunes, and once having obtained it, spend their time and resources as they see fit in service to their fellowman, without the entanglement of government.

Corruption: So what?

October 19, 2016 by

Hillary Clinton famously said, concerning the dead Americans in Benghazi, “What difference does it make?”

I want to tell you what difference it makes. What you choose to do with your time is immensely important.

I am busy with Machine Learning nowadays. It’s a hot topic in computer science, one that mega-corporations are willing to pay top dollar for development in. In Machine Learning, we take large quantities of data and try to make sense of it. If we can understand the data with algorithms, then we can do things like speech recognition and image recognition. We can even predict the future. It’s quite amazing what is possible in this field.

But it’s not really magic. It all depends on the data. And sometimes, you have a lot less data than you realize.

You might think that since you are one in seven billion, what you click on in your browser, which YouTube videos you watch, or what brand of soap you buy has little impact. That might have been true thirty years ago, but it is not true today. Everyone is watching you. We are collecting data you can barely conceive of. And the data you generate is powering algorithms that magnify your choices a billion fold.

Let’s get to politics.

When I came back from Korea in 1998, having served 2 years as a missionary, I was genuinely culture-shocked. It wasn’t the way people talked to each other or how they treated each other so much as what had changed in those two short years. Our society had gone from barely mentioning sex during primetime to broadcasting that the sitting president had oral sex with his intern. I had to listen to countless pundits try to justify Bill Clinton’s lies and deceptions and corruption, and worse, they thought I actually believed what they were feeding me. Memorably, Bob Dole, failed presidential contender, did an ad with Brittany Spears, who could barely understand the concept of clothing and didn’t seem to mind that she was prostituting her body to millions of young minds.

You might laugh at how prudish I sound, but ask yourself: Have things not changed in the past ten, twenty, thirty years? What kinds of things do you see everyday that would be unthinkable back then?

Our culture is corrupt. When Muslims declare Jihad against our corrupt Western Society, I have to agree that our Western Society is corrupt. (Obviously, I disagree that killing people indiscriminately will solve anything.)

Hillary Clinton, according to FBI testimony, is hopelessly corrupt. She lied about basically everything, and then lied about those lies. The wikileaks, the Guccifer 2.0, the O’Keefe videos, all point to an organization of people who have decided that corruption simply doesn’t matter anymore. If they fear getting caught, they don’t fear any consequences of it.

During Bill Clinton’s presidency, it seemed every week we were greeted with a new scandal that made Watergate appear as child’s play. The Clinton strategy, I surmised, was to have so many scandals and have them be so extraordinary that no one could keep track of them or even believe them. Hillary Clinton seems to have perfected the art.

So they’re corrupt.

But it’s not just Hillary. When you look at politics in general, or really, anything, you see signs of corruption everywhere. It is in our human DNA to corrupt things, to selfishly take what we have control over and direct it towards our own ends. It is terribly naive to think that there is such a thing as unselfish people. As an example, let me speak of one of the most selfish people on the planet: Mother Theresa. She sacrificed her time, money, and potentially any kids she could have had had she got married, for something she wanted more. Now, we don’t call Mother Theresa selfish because her interest was caring for others, but if we are honest with ourselves, we must see that she did, indeed, sacrifice a lot of things she could’ve done that may have been even more beneficial to society for those things she thought was most important.

So in reality, we’re all corrupt.

What do you do about it? “What difference does it make?”

Hillary subscribes to the philosophy that it doesn’t make a difference. That you’re too unimportant, that whatever you think about her doesn’t really matter.

That’s where she is wrong.

As I told you earlier, we are living in an age where any small action anyone takes is amplified many, many times, thanks to machines that can find trends and patterns faster than any human can. Your decisions do make a difference. They do have an effect.

As a missionary, I knew what difference a young, 20-year-old boy who could barely speak a language could have. I saw people change, dramatically, for the better. I saw things I can barely describe here, and I experienced things I don’t even know how to begin to put into words.

As an individual, you have extraordinary potential. The small choices you make every day have a huge impact.

This November, when you vote, you can vote for Hillary, or Donald, or someone else. No matter who you vote for, your vote will matter. Maybe Hillary’s people will steal the election like they’ve admitted to doing for 50 years, but at least they’ll have to work a little harder, and hire a few more mentally disabled and homeless people. So you’re doing at least a little good by giving them a little pocket change from Hillary’s multi-billion dollar slush fund.

More importantly, the things you do online, the things you buy and the things you say, these are all being watched and monitored. Maybe not by computers, but by the people around you. When you tell them what you think, it has a real effect, for good or ill.

Now, you have a choice to make. What is your ultimate good, your ultimate goal? You can choose to be like Mother Theresa today if you really wanted to. You could choose to be like Donald Trump. Or you could choose to be like Hillary Clinton. It’s up to you where you go and what you do. The only limits are limits you impose on yourself due to your lack of imagination. Why don’t you spend a little time each day teaching my algorithms that humans have a better imagination than the computer scientists who invented these algorithms?

Why are leftists endorsing Trump?

October 16, 2016 by

Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Part, which gets about 4% of the vote, recently said that she’d rather have Trump than Clinton, because Clinton will bring nuclear war with Russia.

Tezlyn Figaro, a Bernie Sanders campaign director, also had kind words for Trump recently.

What’s going on?

What’s going on is the Democratic Party is made up of several factions. There are two big factions, one the war-mongers and the other the peaceniks.

The war-mongers have used bellicose language and warfare and have been responsible for most of the wars the US has ever fought in. You might remember people like LBJ who ramped up action in Vietnam. These people wear the mask of peace and friendliness and openness, but inwardly, that is a mere cover for what they truly want: war.

Why do they want war? It is exactly what President Eisenhower warned us about. There is a lot of money to be made in war. And when the government spends a lot of money, some of that money ends up helping the people who decide how to spend it through graft.

The democrats who support war are far worse than the republicans who support war, since they really don’t care who we fight or why, and they certainly don’t want the wars to end. Republicans fight moral wars, wars that have a reason, and generally that reason is only ever the security of the US. Take, for instance, Bush and war. Did he start off promising war to his people? No, he wanted to see 8 years of peace. However, after the 9/11 attacks, it became clear that we can’t live in this world with terrorists, and so he launched and all-out offensive against them, and literally drove them into the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and then called them out to the fields of Iraq to be mowed down by our troops. Thousand and thousand and thousands of young terrorists were killed during his presidency.

Look at other republican presidents. We have Nixon who practically ended the Vietnam War, securing a peace deal with the Vietcong that was subverted by the democrats who came into office on the coattails of the Nixon watergate scandal, turning our victory into a loss. Or George HW Bush who fought a brief, fierce war against Saddam Hussein with clear goals and international support. President Reagan’s “wars” were always short and specific, quick decisive victories.

Democrats like to think of themselves as peace-lovers, which I believe the vast majority of democrats are. The problem is they are being manipulated by people like Hillary Clinton who has yet to find a war she didn’t want our young men and women in uniform to die in.

Pay attention to what Hillary Clinton says and does. Everything she is doing is calculated to bring us closer back to the Cold War than we’ve been in the past 30 years. Everything she has done as Secretary of State has destabilized the Middle East and dragged Russia to becoming a leader in the military actions there.

The dirty secret of socialism is communism is that they are not peaceful. Socialists gain power by integrating the economy into the government, and there’s no better excuse to do that than a painful and quixotic war. Communists believe that if they can get the people to rise up in open rebellion against government, they can replace it with a peaceful communist totalitarian environment where people won’t fight anymore. Both of these philosophies see war as the answer to almost every problem they have in achieving their political ends.

Vote against war, vote against Hillary, and vote for Trump.

Trump knows how to prevent war. One thing women don’t understand about men is that we have a need to be “macho”. We need to exert ourselves and make ourselves seen and heard. Trump know this. He does it himself. But the other thing is we know we need to know where the lines are. If there’s a line, and behind it is someone who will fight tooth and nail to preserve it, we are going to leave it alone. If there’s a line, and behind it is someone who is wishy-washy and flexible, we’re going to push it. Trump’s approach to Russia is spot on. He presents a clear line, he defends that line, and he merely asks Russia to respect it. He doesn’t want to take anything from Russia, he just wants to have that line clearly marked. And by having those secure borders, people know where the line is and they won’t push us into war.

Vote “No!” – Vote Trump

October 16, 2016 by

This election season, heading in, my feelings were that it’s time to get rid of the federal government, shut the whole damn thing down, and let us start over again from scratch. Any candidate that would propose a $0 budget for the entire fiscal year, that would end social security and welfare and medicare and every program would not only get my vote, but I would donate the maximum allowable under law, and then get all my friends to do it too. And I would quit my job to campaign non-stop, even if it meant putting myself in poverty. I would rather be poor and truly free than rich and enslaved like I am today.

I want to see the Federal Government burn down to ashes, to return back to hell from whence it came, and to end all the greed and corruption that inhabit Washington DC. I want to see a new government rise from the ashes, one which carefully iterates what its limits are and lives by them, and pronounces its first and last duty is to secure individual rights and individual rights alone.

I am not alone in this sentiment. There are a lot of us out there, and it’s liberating to be able to say publicly that that’s what I truly want.

Donald Trump isn’t saying that’s what he’ll do. In fact, he’s proposing a larger, more invasive government. Granted, he wants to rearrange some deck chairs, and some of the rearrangements sound slightly appealing. However, he simply isn’t going to go nearly far enough.

What Donald J. Trump will do, however, is end the political elite as a powerful faction. By electing a populist, we send a message to DC that it had better understand there are a lot more of us than them, and we vote, a lot. A Trump presidency would send the corrupt elements of our government into CYA mode. They would have to actually try a little bit to not appear so obviously corrupt.

Trump may do “irrational” things like Andrew Jackson. I can see several things he might do that he doesn’t need congressional approval for. Let me list a few:

  • Unshackling our troops so they can finish the wars we are in, wars that Obama desperately tried to make us lose.
  • Unshackling the CIA, FBI, and other investigative bureaus to seek out and unmask the massive corruption in our system.
  • Sending all of the IRS agents and staff on permanent, paid vacation.
  • Sending all of the veteran’s affairs agents and staff on permanent, paid vacation, so that veterans can get actual help from the private sector rather than being used as pawns to generate favors and votes for sitting politicians.
  • Calling out the inept and incompetent republicans who refuse to do their job and hold the executive branch accountable. Having someone like Trump in charge of the executive means that no one will feel shame for actually looking into the executive branch.
  • Calling out world leaders for their idiocy. A good example of this is the kinds of things the president of the Philipines has been saying. A little truth, shouting that the emperor has no clothes, is a good thing.

So if you want to vote ‘NO!’ this year, vote Trump. It will get you as close as possible to the actual results you want to see.

4 years from now, there’ll be another election. We’ll have a lot better chance convincing people that the federal government should have limited, enumerated powers when someone like Trump is in charge.

You Simply Can’t Understand the Depth of Hillary’s Corruption

October 16, 2016 by

The latest to come from the email dump by wikileaks: Hillary Clinton is accepting money from foreign governments and entities knowing it is illegal.

Wikileaks email: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/11915

Image of the entire exchange: https://i.sli.mg/Y3cBg5.png

If you don’t understand why this is wrong: Accepting money from foreigners to influence our elections is not only illegal, it’s very unethical and shows that she doesn’t really represent us at all.

Additional information: Foreign agents have to register under FARA. The Hillary Clinton campaign is asking foreigners to deregister so that the donations can’t be tracked.

There’s a lot more like this.

Bottom line: Hillary Clinton is bought and paid for by foreign countries. She engaged in pay-for-play as secretary of state, and there is no reason to believe she won’t auction off her time as president to the highest bidder.

Do I endorse Trump?

October 15, 2016 by

There is a lot of nerve-wracking on the right, particular the Christian right, about whether it is OK to support someone like Trump who is clearly a flawed man that is not a good example for our children.

Let me try to clarify some things for our Christian friends.

One, NONE of us qualify as worthy of being examples to anyone. Whatever righteousness we think we have, it is nothing compared to what it should be. All of us have a reason to feel shame for one reason or another, and all of use are going to get into heaven because of nothing we’ve done.

Two, we are to be wise like serpents. That means we are to use our brains. And our brains tell us that like diplomacy, politics is what you do before you end up killing each other. It’s how we prevent things from getting so bad that shooting your neighbors is preferable to not shooting them. Do you not understand this? Do you not see how there are powerful forces at work, one which is dragging us closer to internal unrest and civil war, and the other trying to settle the temperature of the nation? Who is the peacemaker in this race? Who is saying they will hunt and kill their political opponents, and bend the law to benefit their allies and punish their enemies? The answer is clear: Hillary is going to split our nation, while only Trump has a chance of bringing equality back into play.

When I think about the fact that I am called upon to join worldly forces, I have to think of Christ’s simple advice which could be summed up as follows:

  • Forgive others.
  • Render unto Caesar what is his. Bow to the king, submit to the rulers. There’s no point in fighting them, because you’ll end up dead and that’s not good.
  • Be a good example.
  • Love one another.

I can’t see on that list where it says you can’t join forces with people who are obviously not Christian. In fact, it sounds a whole lot like we’re supposed to integrate and assimilate in whatever country we find ourselves in! Indeed, Christ told his disciples to carry the Roman soldiers packs two miles instead of just the required one mile. If Christ can have his people ally themselves with Rome, which was doing things unimaginable in our day, then I can ally with Trump.

Three, what does it mean when I endorse a candidate for president? It means I simply think he’s the best guy to vote for, and nothing more. In the case of Trump, I am not voting for him as bishop of my ward, or president of the church, or even choir director. I am voting for him for president. No matter how badly I wish we had someone of indisputable character like Romney running, that’s not an option. So I choose the best option. We say things like “Choosing the lesser of two evils”, but really, that’s what we do every day of our lives. We choose the better part. We do what is right as opposed to what is wrong.

Really, at the end of the day, if you are older than 18 in our country, you have three choices. Vote for no one (or a third- or fourth-party candidate), vote for Hillary, or vote for Trump. I rule out “vote for no one” because that simply means the powers that be have absolutely no interest in what I think. I rule out “vote for Hillary” because she is obviously the worse candidate in every aspect I can imagine. So I vote for Trump.

Those of you who are concerned that Trump is not Jesus: Wake up! You’re a lot more like Trump than Jesus yourself, and Jesus told you that you’d better pull that beam out of your own eye before you can start picking motes out of Trump’s eye. Forgive, love, move on, and be the best example you can. But don’t think that standing off on the sidelines is going to prevent a civil war in our country.

Lesson #1 of Politics: Socialism is Corruption

October 13, 2016 by

I have often thought how I would teach my peers or people slightly younger than myself the fundamentals of government. I suppose the first thing that needs to be done is to de-program all of the socialist and communist lies they have been programmed with since birth, and replace it with a bit of truth that can set them on the right path.

The first lesson, then, is to attack the very essence of these murderous and tyrannical philosophies.

Before I explain why socialism is corruption, let me first explain what those two words mean.

The word “socialism” describes a political movement where the state (the government) interacts closely with the economy. Now, a large number of people have a large number of ideas about what form this interaction should take, but to sum up, the government is asked to participate in the economy and to influence how the economy works. Anything that asks this is socialism in my book.

“Communism” is a sort of socialism amplified to its greatest extent. Communism demands that the state and the state alone be the economy, that the people themselves control the state and the state controls all economic activity.

Obviously, I’m missing a lot of subtleties with these definitions, but I think the essence is there. I’m happy to be shown to be wrong.

“Corruption” is another word that means taking something and using it for what it is not intended to be used for. Or rather, taking something that was useful and making it not useful. Similar words are “rot” and “decay”. Corruption is inevitable. As long as we are mortal humans, as long as we have flawed ideas, as long as we cannot trust our senses 100%, there will be a gradual decay in our institutions, which includes our political institutions.

Now, let me explain why corruption and socialism are the same thing.

For starters, there is no such thing as an actually socialist government. That is, every government which tries to implement socialism inevitably implements corruption instead.

Let me explain why that is, as well as how that is.

Suppose you want to spend government’s money to help the poor buy food so they don’t starve. That is a noble cause. That is socialism. The question is, how do we get the money, how do we spend the money, and how do we ensure that the money is not misappropriated? (Misappropriated is a fancy word for “spending it on something else”.)

The most naive approach is simply to give people money. Here, we are instantly confronted with an awful truth: Maybe some honest people will step forward and volunteer to receive the money, but we all know that a large number of people will be dishonest and gratefully accept the money.

So we immediately begin introducing some kind of test to see who deserves the money and who doesn’t. Perhaps you have them fill out a form. Or perhaps you hire investigators to see that the money isn’t ending up in the wrong hands. In either case, you’re already spending the money that was supposed to feed the poor on paperwork, bureaucrats, and investigations.

But it doesn’t end there. How do you know that the people you entrusted to spend the money aren’t setting some aside for themselves? As we saw Hillary Clinton and other democrats do with the $475 billion TARP bailout, we know that politicians inevitably dip their hand into the pot. So you need even more oversight and overseers, and then another level or two just to be sure.

Because the money is coming from the government, you know for a fact a large chunk of it is going to be spent on administration. That’s a fancy word for “everything the money is not intended to be spent on.”

This is the problem with socialism. It simply cannot work, not as long as there are dishonest people in the world.

Well then, how do you spend the money if you’re a private charity? See, that’s a huge differentiator. When the government is involved, you have mandates and laws and people end up in jail or worse. When it’s private entities, there’s no such thing as mandates and laws and people going to jail when they commit fraud against each other. They simply police themselves.

Oftentimes, what ends up happening is the giver and receiver come together and actually meet on another and form friendships that last a lifetime.

Moral of the story: When government sets out to spend money, it will always involved considerable overhead that will employ a lot of people whose job it is to make sure the money isn’t spent inappropriately.

Bonus fact: The people who tend to advocate socialism the loudest are also those who will get the richest off of it.

What do I think of the candidate’s plans?

October 13, 2016 by

I think an interesting feature has come to light this election. In short, I don’t believe Hillary or the Donald. So I don’t really see why we should consider their plans for the country since I doubt either of them are going to do anything they promise to do.

What I do consider is what the plans and motives are behind the factions they represent.

In the corner of Hillary Clinton is all the establishment politicians, the bureaucrats, the bankers, the plutocrats, the elite of every sector. I think we all know what they want and what they intend to do with their power should their candidate get elected. In short, good-bye to individual rights and economic freedom.

In the corner of Donald Trump is pretty much everyone else. What do they intend to do? I don’t think it really matters. Whatever it is, it’s not what the elite want. Maybe he’ll end up protecting individual rights and economic liberty, maybe not. I know I’ll have a better chance with him though.

So I’m voting for Trump.

What is Hypocrisy, Really, And Why Did Jesus Hate It So Much?

October 12, 2016 by

There are very few things that got Jesus angry or caused him to speak out in bold terms.

One of those things was the money changers in the temple. When people use religion to make money, he gets really upset about that, so much so that he picked up a whip and drove them out of the temple. See, the temple wasn’t a place to buy and sell things. The whole bit about allowing people to buy stuff for a fixed amount of money was there so that the poor could get access to the same sacrifices the rich could get access to. Instead, a class of businessmen arose which existed to profit off of people’s desire to connect with God. If you’re the type of person who thinks God doesn’t mind if you make a buck or two off of people’s desire to do good and worship God, Jesus will have a few words with you.

The other thing he really didn’t like was hypocrisy. That word is very popular in the Bible, both the old and new testaments. It’s made its way into our language, though we forget its original meaning and now have substituted something entirely different.

In our day, hypocrisy means saying one thing and doing another. In Jesus’ parables, the man who said one thing and did another got what was coming to him, but it wasn’t as big of a deal as hypocrisy.

The hypocrites Jesus accused where typically the Pharisees. The Pharisees were a group of men who obtained religious and political power in Judaism because they knew the scriptures inside and out. They were well-versed in all of the writings and even the interpretations of the writings. Now, Pharisees weren’t the sort of people who went out and said one thing and did something else. They were quite capable at keeping the law, and Jesus even comments several times about their obvious ability to keep the laws of God and their non-violations of most of them. So he isn’t accusing them of preaching one thing and doing another. That’s not what bothered him.

The word “hypocrite” literally meant “actor”, as in theater. He was calling the Pharisees and others actors. Why is this bad? It’s not easy to understand, but a few verses will explain.

One, Jesus said that those who merely confess his name and perform miracles in his name will not have enough to go to heaven. Simply doing righteousness is not enough. If you’re not very well-versed in Christianity, this might be surprising to you. You probably assumed that the reason why Christians world-wide spend so much of their time being nice to people is because it earns them salvation. This is utterly and foolishly wrong. Let me be clear: There is nothing anyone can do to earn salvation in Christianity. It is a free gift. There is no price. All you have to do is accept it. That’s all it takes.

Two, Jesus pointed out that the people who helped the helpless were really helping him all along and thus rewarded with eternal life. That is, when you are nice to someone who doesn’t deserve it, that’s like being nice to God. And by doing so, you show that you “get it”, and thus, you’re ready for heaven.

So what does acting have to do with the above?

For starters, what is an actor? An actor shows up on stage and plays a role. Maybe they chose the role, maybe it was assigned to them, it doesn’t matter. Merely acting in the role doesn’t make you the character, however. If I played King Lear in one of Shakespeare’s plays, would that make me a king, let alone King Lear? Of course not.

Jesus is really saying don’t be actors. That means we don’t play a role, we don’t take upon ourselves the job that someone else has.

That’s what the Pharisees were doing. They were not like the Sadducees. The Sadducees were a group of Jews who actually had the right to pronounce judgment through their birthright and job, which was given them by God. Their Levite blood and descent from Aaron entitled them to actually be religious authorities in the land. It’s important that you note that the Sadducees were far from perfect. I can think of a few things they believed which directly contradict what I believe, but unless I have authority from God to contradict them, I can’t contradict them.

This sounds absurd, almost. But think of the various epithets that Jesus hurled at the Pharisees. “Whited sepulchres”, for instance. Meaning, they were boxes of stone holding dead men’s bones but painted white to look new and fresh.

Jesus was really preaching against the absence of authority. The lack of being true. Trying to be something you’re not, or rather, acting like something you really aren’t.

Now, granted, people challenged Jesus authority countless times. The Pharisees wondered what books Jesus had studied, but he was able to explain to them that his learning didn’t come from books, but from God himself. The Sadducees wondered what authority he had from his descent or lineage, and he explained to them that as Son of God, he was actually the author of their authority.

When you read the New Testament gospels in this light, you’ll see some of the things Jesus said make a lot more sense. He was trying to point people to God through his life and words, and he only could do that because he came directly from God.

So next time you hear the word “hypocrite”, think actor. Think of who we really are versus who we pretend to be. And ask yourself, just because someone dresses up and speaks like someone who they are not — does that make them that person?

And finally, consider this. If you’re going to go to heaven, don’t you have to stop acting like someone who deserves heaven and actually become someone who deserves heaven? Every Christian should be seeking a fundamental change in character, a rebirth from old to new. They should be seeking the Holy Spirit to enlighten their minds and change their very essence so that they can not just pretend to be Christian but in every respect be a real Christian.

Also, remember this: When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, every time he offered a way out for them, an invitation to come and change and repent. The door closes on no one, not even the Pharisees.

And finally, if we are to understand Jesus’ distrust and antipathy toward acting, why do we pay attention to what celebrities on TV even think?

My Thoughts on the Election

October 12, 2016 by

It’s October 2016, and it’s about time I give my perspective as things really start heating up.

First, historical perspective: What you see flying around in the media, what you hear the candidates and the people around the candidates saying and doing — this isn’t new. It’s not even as extreme as it has been in the past. Back in the 1700s and 1800s, people said and did far worse. So don’t pay too much attention to that.

Second, I like to look behind the scenes and see what is really going on. Here’s the way I see it.

There are two factions at play here. Keep in mind, there are lots and lots of little factions throughout the US. Some of the factions are better organized or have better resources, and others are just disorganized movements that don’t even know they exist. But in a presidential election, two factions and two factions alone come head-to-head in a battle to the “death”, so to speak. If you are part of a faction, and you ever have the rare opportunity to have a presidential candidate that is a part of that faction occupy the nomination of one of the two major parties, you either win or your faction has to go into the background for decades or more until it can get another chance. So these factions are fighting to the death, more or less.

Hillary Clinton represents, as far as I can tell, the democratic party establishment as well as the political establishment. Everyone who has a job in the government, everyone who depends on the government continuing more or less the way it has for the past hundred years, all of them are firmly in the Hillary camp.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, represents the faction that wants none of that. His faction is the opposition faction. It is full of everyone who doesn’t like Hillary, and that’s about it. But at the head of the Donald Trump faction is the, how to say, retarded populist faction. This is a faction of people who are too ignorant to govern themselves let alone the entire country. They are the people who don’t even understand that they want contradictory things. They don’t know what wealth is, where it comes from, or how to get more of it. They don’t understand the first thing about the American system of government and why it is different from every other system in the world. I can go on. But there are other factions that have glommed onto this faction, sometimes only because they oppose Hillary but also sometimes because they think they can take advantage of Trump’s populist powers. I include myself among these people. When I go down the list of things Donald Trump wants, there is very little I agree with, but I don’t care. I am very certain that Donald Trump will not make good on even a fraction of his promises. And even if he does, it means the end of the establishment faction which is good for me.

My friends at work are mostly foreign nationals working on visas, or new citizens or people who just have a green card. They don’t understand the first thing about American politics and government. Some of them come from countries which are very low on my list of Countries I’ll Take Political Advice From. Some of them come from countries you’d be amazed to learn we have immigrants from. They are dominated by immigrants from China, a country where the political system works best as long as you agree with whoever stands tallest. These people don’t understand why Donald Trump made it so far and don’t even understand that there is a real chance he can win. They don’t understand what the big deal with Hillary Clinton is. I mean, she seems professional and capable and the newspapers say good things about her.

This is important, so I’ll repeat myself here. For starters, all of the news media is biased. All of it. It is hilarious to think that anyone can be unbiased in the news media, and I honestly feel pity for those people who think it can ever be so. There is no such thing as unbiased news reporting. It simply can’t exist. I mean, I deal with technical things all day long at work, and I know for a fact that it is impossible to be unbiased about technical things. When I like a particular piece of technology, I instantly become biased for it, and when I don’t like something, I become biased against it, and there’s nothing anyone can do to change that.

The trick is not to be unbiased, but to see the bias for yourself.

When someone tells me about some technology or a concept, I ask myself, “I know I am biased about everything. Can I spot the bias in this person’s message?” And sure enough, I can find it every time. When I point it out to people, they get upset, but it’s important they know how they are biased, and we are honest about our bias. Only when we acknowledge and admit to our biases can we even begin to communicate.

That said, it’s clear how the news media is biased. Maybe Fox News leans a little more towards Donald Trump than anyone else, but that hardly means that Fox News doesn’t lean more for Hillary. So, my friends, the first thing to understand is that all the news media is biased. Understand their bias, then you can start to hear what they are really saying.

The second bit I explained to my friends is because the news media is so heavily biased against Trump and for Hillary, you have no idea what Hillary has done and the extent of her corruption. I don’t have to make up conspiracy theories here: They are documented as fact. The FBI stated her conspiracy as fact. Let me list the key findings of the FBI:

  • Hillary Clinton illegally and intentionally maintained an insecure server with classified secrets on it.
  • Hillary Clinton did this to hide her business from Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Hillary Clinton directed staff at the state department to illegally copy classified information to her insecure server.
  • As far as we can tell, the server was intentionally kept insecure, and we know for a fact that foreign countries had access to the classified information on the server. It was so insecure that the FBI could not find out who accessed the machines and what information they accessed, so as far as we know, it could be anyone and everyone.
  • Hillary Clinton lied about everything when questioned.
  • When congress, who has constitutional oversight over Hillary Clinton’s business as secretary of state demanded information, she knowingly directed people to destroy evidence.
  • The FBI is all but an accomplice in this, granting immunity to people who had no business getting immunity and destroying computers that had incriminating evidence on it.
  • The White House also helped in hiding the corruption and evidence of corruption.

Any ONE of these things would instantly qualify a person as incapable of holding any kind of office for the crime of being hopelessly corrupt. With Hillary Clinton, the corruption is so bad I don’t even know who we can possibly compare it with in the entire world. Literally, I think of her as the most corrupt person on planet earth, throughout earth’s history.

Moving on, the other thing they need to know about Hillary Clinton is the role she played in the Bill Clinton Rape Saga. I say saga, because the list of people Bill Clinton sexually abused and raped is long, long, long and the number of people who have been willing to come forward despite what Hillary Clinton has told them is few and far between. Hillary Clinton actively persecuted people who accused Bill Clinton of rape, destroyed their lives and their careers, and mocked them in public when they were unwilling to hide. Hillary Clinton is the very thing wrong with our rape culture in America! If you hate rape, then Hillary Clinton must die for the crimes she has committed against rape victims. When it comes to criminal behavior, regarding rape, I cannot imagine anyone worse than her other than the actual rapist. Being an enabler like she is, willing to sacrifice everyone else’s life but her own for her rapist husband, she is an accomplice and worse to the rapes Bill Clinton committed.

I could stop here. There’s really no point in continuing, but I shall anyway.

The Clinton Foundation is, obviously, the processing house for graft and bribes. “Graft” is a word we throw about but we don’t really explain what it means. Graft is when someone who holds authority abuses their authority for personal gain. For instance, let’s say I am a powerful executive in a company and I use company resources for my personal business. That’s graft. It doesn’t sound so bad, because when you are a company executive, it’s kind of expected that that’s one of the perks of being in charge. When you own the company, this is true, but as an executive who doesn’t own the company, this is pretty bad stuff and if you’re caught doing it, you could lose your job.

In the political context, it’s much more tricky and devious. Let me explain how it might work. Let’s say I am a politician and I’m voting for a massive project that is going to cost billions of dollars. I arrange it so that some of the contracts go to companies who happen to make donations to my favorite charity which is run by my wife. Thus, I know that I’m really voting for more money in my charity. If I were completely honest in my charity and none of the money ended up in my household, then this might be fine, but if even a tiny fraction of it were appropriated for my own purposes, this is graft.

Now, graft is bad, but it’s kind of expected that that’s what’s going to happen when you have powerful people making decisions. Of course some of the money is going to end up helping the people who voted for it.

What happens when the project we voted for is so important that people’s lives at stake? Well, here things get a bit more dicey. When you’re taking money that was intended to, for instance, keep soldiers alive or treat veterans, that’s pretty bad stuff. I’d be much more angry if Hillary Clinton were dipping into that pot.

What if the project were designed to save the entire economy from collapse? Maybe you see where I’m going here. TARP was passed in 2008 and it was nearly a half trillion dollars in relief for people who couldn’t pay their home mortgages. It was supposed to save our economy from certain collapse and doom. Now, I didn’t believe we needed it, and I thought it would be better to let the economy burn and rebuild on firmer ground. But Hillary Clinton and others said that we were all going to die and we had to spend that insane amount of money otherwise we’d be worse off than Cambodia!

But here’s the thing: She LIED to you. See, she, among a whole long list of other democrats, took a large chunk of that money for themselves. That’s right, they knew it wasn’t necessary, and they used the financial collapse to get even richer. Or, worse, they thought it was necessary but didn’t care enough to use it the right way! When people play with your emotions like that just to get a little richer: What should we do with them? I tell you, if life were fair, they would rather die than live another day with that scarlet letter.

Bribes are another thing, and it is clear now that the Clinton Foundation, hosted in Canada, is there to receive bribes from countries where they kill homosexuals and torture their wives. It’s how Clinton can get “help” from a few of her friends, friends who stand for everything she says she is against. And then she uses the money to bribe others. It’s an important tool for getting business “done” in the world for Hillary Clinton, conveniently kept out of the reach of US oversight.

Which is funny, because now we know some of the things Hillary Clinton has been saying in those secret meetings with Wall Street bankers. She has been saying, the entire time, “Whatever I say in public is a lie. I am saying those things to get elected. The truth is I love you guys and I am going to help you get richer and even more powerful.” If you love what the bankers have done with our country and want them to be even more wealthy and powerful, vote for Hillary!

All of these things are out there and available for anyone who wants to see it. Wikileaks and others like Guccifer 2.0 have been very effective at getting these secrets out and about. And the sad part is, they haven’t even begun to start to launch all the stuff they have on her. There’s so much, we can’t even process it as fast as it is being released. Everything we read is even more damning than the last stuff.

Which brings me to a little more history lesson. Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton were hopelessly corrupt in the 90s. It turns out that Yahoo.com, the internet bubble, was inflated and burst by the Clintons. The Clintons had a clear pattern of abuse of power, graft, and bribes, and they also had a long list of people who disappeared or ended up dead by shooting themselves in the back of the head. The most famous of these are Vince Foster. Remember that the reason why Drudge Report even became a thing was because he released the news that the news media hid: Bill Clinton was being investigated for having sexual intercourse with an intern and then lying about it in front of a judge. Bill Clinton got disbarred for that little act of perjury, but we learned something else in the 90s: The news media hasn’t found anything yet on the Clinton’s that isn’t worth burying. Just now, CNN has ordered that the story on Bill Clinton’s illegitimate son be buried. So there is a whole lot more about the Clintons we may never know, mountains and mountains of things that have been buried by the news media.

I could go on. I could talk about whitewater, or how the Clintons got right through cattle trading, or the white house travel bureau, or any number of things. The Clinton strategy when it comes to their corruption is to do so much of it that their critics can’t keep up. I mean, I could spend my entire life trying to document everything on them, but it would be a waste of my life and they’d be long dead before I even made it a fraction of the way through it all. And that would just be published news stories on them.

With all that said about Hillary Clinton, what can we possibly say about Donald Trump that would make him at least comparable to her? He’d have to cover up and persecute a very large number of rape victims. He’d have to corrupt an entire state and the federal government to such a remarkable degree that we could have dumptrucks dumping information all day long. He’d have to have corrupt business deal upon corrupt business deal, along with a long list of missing and dead people associated with him. He has such a high bar to climb, that I can literally say that if we found out Trump murdered and raped 20 people tomorrow, I’d still vote for him as the lesser of two evils.

But think of this: The entire news media hates Trump and loves Clinton. And what do they have on Trump? Oh, he talked crudely about women one time.

It’s like the old Kennedy machine. When Mitt Romney ran against Kennedy, Kennedy was famous for coverups and scandals and finding dirt on his opponents. So the joke is that Kennedy dug through all of Romney’s life and found the worst things he could, and came up with this: He once lied to his mother. Now, keep in mind the “scandals” we heard about Romney, about the dog on the top of the car with diarrhea, about shutting down failed companies, about this and that. That’s the worst they could find. Trump is closer to Romney, who is practically a saint, than Clinton, and I’ll be honest, if Trump came to visit me, I’d hide the kids.

This is the state of the election. It’s up to you to decide what to do with this information.

Why the Alt-Right Will Eventually Fail

October 2, 2016 by

Spurred on by this article about 8 things conservatives need to understand about the alt-right, I want to lay down a few points that the alt-right doesn’t quite understand. Maybe they’re playing 4D chess or something. I don’t play those games because I know I am not smart enough. I do know what’s important though.

First, group identities are not set by the color of your skin or the color of your hair or even language or culture. If that were true, then Europe would’ve always been united, there never would’ve been a Western Roman Empire and an Eastern Roman Empire, and China would still be on the Xia dynasty.

Let me help you understand what I mean.

Story one: My ancestors were Scottish (among other things, of course, but I identify more with my father’s side and they were pretty much Scottish.) I had an opportunity to get to know a real Scotsman along with his wife. They explained to me carefully how things really worked and what the situation was for my ancestors and why our family records don’t include much elaboration on why we left other than “As soon as father got out of prison, we packed our things and decided America couldn’t be much worse.”

The Scottish are jerks. Royal pains in the rear end. If I were living in Scotland, I’d be looking for some other place to live rather quick. Add to that the fact that the English just couldn’t seem to keep their hands out of Scottish affairs. I mean, we have the Illuminati or the Bildebergers and such that we fear, but the Scots feared the English king and his Machiavellian schemes. You name it, they actually did it. Entire towns are gone because they decided to side with the English an the English returned the favor by committing genocide against their clan. Other towns are gone for who knows what reason.

You have two peoples living on an island for thousands of years, and after all that time, they still found reasons to hate each other and hate themselves.

Europe never was united like it is today. Not even close! The best we have is Emperor Charlemagne and his re-re-re-establishment of the Roman Empire, but even then, it was what, like 10 years and they were back to fighting each other.

You can actually follow the history of towns that share the same ancestry. I mean, you really can’t get closer kinship than among some of these European places that have fancy names but represent rotten holes in the ground where people lived in filth at the time. And yet, look at their history and you’ll see they were constantly fighting each other.

Put simply, mankind has never been united among racial lines. Never. Ever.

What we have in America is unique in the world. We’ve had over 200 years of history and we’ve only tried to kill each other once, and even with all the atrocities that we committed against ourselves, it wasn’t as bad as what happened elsewhere.

My point is this: The White People will never unite. The Black people and the Yellow people will never unite. Sure, they may have some affinity for people that look like them, but this is literally only skin deep. I work with Chinese co-workers and I used to work with Indian co-workers. They don’t like each other. Sometimes they really, really dislike each other, and sometimes it is because of history and sometimes it is because of real differences in regional dialects and culture. The better you get to know a race, the more you realize it’s pretty much same no matter where you go.

If you truly want to understand what I mean, go visit the people who are in your alt-right movement. Go find out who they really are and what makes them tick, and I guarantee you’ll probably question why you are aligning with them.

Second point: My comments about 4D chess are probably lost on you. As an actual genius (I’m not talking MENSA garbage, I’m talking I-actually-earned-a-BS-in-physics-with-a-good-grade type genius), I know how much not like geniuses even the smartest among us are. Socrates said, roughly, “The only thing I know is I know nothing.” The higher you go up in intellectual capacity, the less intelligent people think they are.

The reason why some guy like Einstein could come along and school the entire discipline of physics not just once or twice but several times is because Einstein knew the limits of human reason. Einstein is remarkable in the simplicity and clarity of his thinking. If you want to truly understand Einstein’s genius, go read his paper on Special Relativity. It’s kindergarten-type stuff. I honestly believe that anyone can grasp all the concepts of Special Relativity if they have a rudimentary understanding of algebra and read his paper carefully. Now, it won’t come overnight, and will take at least a week if not more of careful thought and reading, but anyone can do it.

The thing about geniuses like Magnus Karlsen is not that they think faster or better, but that they think with more clarity and precision. I guarantee you that if you were to peek into Magnus’s mind during a chess match, you would see that he’s playing a much simpler, easier game than you think. I bet he has everything in there sorted and organized and tagged, and he’s just looking for one specific kind of thing among all the things in there. He’s remarkable when he plays because he doesn’t always pull out the computer-defined best move, but the moves that make his opponent do more work to keep up.

Let me put it another way. When you make a move in chess, you have to consider all the possibilities. That means taking a 2D board and turning it into a list of possible move candidates. Then you have to sort through that list, trying to find the best move, quickly. Computers define the best move as “the move that will give me the best position” and so they don’t really consider how hard their opponent works. Magnus seems to not only understand the “best” move in that light, but he also includes how hard his opponent has to work to not make a mistake and so he prioritizes other moves that the computer would not. It takes chess enthusiasts days and days to catch up to what Magnus does in his games. Imagine what his opponents feel when they realize they have to work 10 times harder than Magnus to not screw it up.

Finally: Populism is a terrible ally. The problem with populism is it is popular, and the problem with popularity is it doesn’t stay popular for very long. If you think you can maintain a power base by a green frog and memes, then you are just like the guys who thought they could get elected by playing rock music at their rallies in the 70s. How did that work out for them? Or do you think you are going to be able to stay ahead of the curve and maintain your popularity? Can you name one celebrity who hasn’t faded over time, one company that has always been the most popular for a very long time?

The people don’t know what they want, and they certainly don’t know what they need. If they did, we wouldn’t need governments in the first place, and we could just let everyone play 4D chess in their minds as they worked out how it’s more advantageous in the long run to not kill your competitors. But that’s not what people are like. If you find your politics to be popular, it’s probably because you’ve messed up somehow and haven’t communicated the ideas very clearly, or worse, your ideas are bad. It’s rare indeed that the people get things right.

All that said, we’re playing politics here. Whoever gets the most votes makes the laws. And the alt-right seems to be getting some votes. So I don’t mind being their friend and ally for the foreseeable future. They’re not preaching hate, they’re not out there to kill anyone, and they’re not going to deprive people of their God-given rights. At worst, they’re going to say unkind things about people who they don’t like, including me, but I can live with that. I welcome my green-toad pepe overseers and will tolerate their worship of the mighty Kek. But I’m not going to stop telling them why they’re wrong.