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.

Where did my job go?

December 6, 2016 by

As Amazon rolls out their cashier-less store, you might be wondering where your job is going to go as the world becomes increasingly more automated. Let me tell you where it is going to go by telling you where your job comes from.

There are only 2 kinds of jobs in the world.

  • Jobs where you keep a system that works running so that the owners can keep making money on it.
  • Jobs where you create new systems to make the owners money.

To us, the worker, these jobs seem awfully similar, but they are not.

  • Jobs that keep a system running are offered to the least qualified and lowest paid workers, and ultimately, machines.
  • Jobs that create new systems are created when new systems are being created, and go to those capable of thinking in new ways. Generally, they are paid more and require more qualifications.

Now, if you’re like me, you can’t say that 100% of your job is one or the other. Generally, we maintain systems as we build them, and we build new systems as we maintain them.

What is happening in our economy is more and more jobs are moving into the system development realm and away from the maintenance realm. Your boring, 9-5 job where you do the same thing every day and get paid the same wage is going to be replaced with computers and machines. No one is immune to this, not even doctors, teachers, or lawyers.

However, the jobs where you create new systems will forever expand, as long as there is investment money going into the economy to build new systems to make more money. These jobs require people with experience, insight, and understanding.

The job skills of the 21st Century won’t include the same set of skills of the 20th Century. It’s not a simple substitution, like “typewriter skills” is translated into “word processing”. It’s a fundamental shift. We don’t want factory workers, we want factory designers. We don’t want computer techs, we want computer designers and programmers. We don’t want friendly social skills, we want people who understand how people think and feel and behave.

Unfortunately, unlike the system maintenance jobs, the system building jobs appear and disappear overnight. They appear when people who have lots of money and resources think that there are opportunities to be had, and disappear when they think those opportunities vanish.

The question is not, “How can we bring the system maintenance jobs back?” but “How can we make it more lucrative for rich people to create new systems?”

If you’re stuck in one of those system maintenance jobs, you need to wake up. Start studying your workplace, asking why things are done the way they are and seeing if you can come up with better ideas. Don’t let your boss or your co-workers drag you down. See yourself as an experienced worker who knows exactly what it takes to do the job you do and who will design the robot or computer program that will replace you. Treat your time in system maintenance as a learning experience where you can understand why systems work and why they don’t.

And when you get an opportunity to work on a project to build a new system or upgrade it, jump on it! If you are a cashier, ask your manager today when they are going to replace you with a machine and what kinds of workers he will need to setup and manage those machines. Volunteer to help them design and implement those systems. Pay attention to the people who come to your store to measure and to analyze, and ask them how you can get their job. It will take work, it will take doing things that seem unfamiliar and even uncomfortable, but it will be absolutely worth it.

When it comes to making more of those jobs available, do everything you can to make business even more lucrative in America. When the rich get richer, they have to spend that money somewhere. Why can’t it be hiring you to build the system that will replace yourself?

On a tangential note, let me tell you what is happening as jobs shift from menial labor to system designers.

For starters, the cost of things will drop. Having a machine do a job means that that job is now a lot cheaper to get done. That means the fruits of that job cost less. Prices will fall and the value of the dollar will go up as it can buy more and more. To see an example of this, think of what happens in the computer hardware sector. Nvidia releases a brand new video card and sells it for $500. By next year, you can get it for $200, and a year after that, it’s in the bargain bin for $50, and then a year after that, people are giving them away for free and extracting the gold and silver from them to recycle them. Imagine how much you spend on groceries, and then cut that in half and half again. That is where we are going as we automate things. *With no workers to pay, costs will fall and continue to fall until they are practically zero.* We are rapidly approaching “post-scarcity”, an economy where there is no lack of any of the things people need or want.

Secondly, more and more people will become wealthy as they invest their income into part-ownership of these companies and systems. Remember what happened when Yahoo! started taking off in the late 90’s? A lot of people got rich, and a lot of grandmas could afford a nice vacation in Florida. You should be saving your money and investing it carefully so that when the rich get rich, you get rich too. Never underestimate the power of part-ownership of these companies.

That said, be very, very careful, Yahoo! was a scam fueled by the Clinton administration. Amazon has proven it is not. Companies like Amazon that actually deliver and actually create things people want and need for cheaper are all over the place, but you have to dig around for them. Hint: If it’s on the front page on the newspaper or featured on the nightly news, it’s probably a scam, bought and paid for by a professional PR person.

As time goes on, our economy will shift from service to ownership. Those who own will have money. Those who do not will not. Become an owner, because one day, no one will need any services anymore.

Get Based: Understand the Culture War

December 5, 2016 by

There’s a lot of liberals supporting Trump. They understand something is horribly wrong on the left but they can’t quite put their finger on it. All they know is that if they disagree with anything the left stands for, they are immediately vilified by the left. So they support Trump.

Now that they find themselves among the herd of red “Make America Great Again” hats, they are exposed to new ideas and things are rather confusing.

Let me help explain something that many people haven’t understood.

A long time ago, the Romans ruled the Mediterranean and most of Europe and built the largest empire with the most populous city. China would later grow far larger, but at this time, 1/5th of the world’s population lived in the Roman Empire. In those days, in a tiny little town in a remote province on the edge of the empire, a baby was born. About thirty years later, that baby was a man and he was executed for treason and rebellion or something like that. It wasn’t long until the empire was in chaos as the things this man taught began to permeate every level of the Roman Empire, and it wasn’t long after that the the Roman Empire had fully adopted this man’s teachings.

What happened? How did a baby born in the most humble circumstances overthrow the most powerful empire in the world?

If you don’t know, this baby was Jesus Christ, and the things he taught are called Christianity.

If you trace history, you see a common pattern. Empires rise, empires fall, and empires rise in their stead. In between is a whole lot of fighting. For thousands of years, history repeated itself. Then the Roman Empire came, then Jesus Christ, and then something started to change.

The world you live in, with its cars and planes and skyscrapers and democracy and civil rights, didn’t exist before Roman times. It didn’t exist during Roman times. It wouldn’t exist for a very long time until people started to understand more about what it was Jesus taught and they more fully applied it in their lives. If you had to put your finger on the one thing that made our modern world and life possible, it would have to be Jesus Christ.

I’m not talking religion here. There is nothing I’m asking for you to put your faith in. This is a matter of history. Go look at every revolutionary thought that gave rise to the modern world, and you will see a devout follower of Jesus Christ trying to apply the principles Jesus taught. As a Christian living in this modern world, I can testify that we’re still trying to figure out what he taught and we’re still trying to put it into practice.

Christianity is the key to understanding the modern world. It’s why no matter how hard the Chinese try, they cannot replicate what was built in the West. They cannot seem to get people to behave in the right way to make modern life possible. They can get close, but with the increase in wealth, they see an increase in corruption, and they cannot figure out how it is that America could be so wealthy and yet not totally corrupted.

Christianity teaches that there is Satan, the great evil one, whose job it is to stand opposite to everything good. Satan tries everything he can to stop Christianity from spreading, but he hasn’t had much success. He’s killed millions of Christians, he’s infiltrated the churches and taught false doctrines, he’s corrupted leaders of the church, but Christianity always pulls through.

After World War II, the communist leaders of Russia decided they wanted to fight the United States. They felt threatened by us and our inexplicable ability to create vast fortunes of wealth. They knew that their people, should they learn the truth about America, would abandon communism.

As they made plans to destroy the US, they realized that they could not win a military victory against us. They would build one atomic bomb, we would build ten. They would build one tank, we would build twenty. They would train one scientist, we would train a hundred. Their victory could not come through physical or economic or scientific means. So they turned their attention to the one place they could get us. They tried to destroy our soul.

In the 40s and 50s, America was steeped in Christianity. Christianity was the very essence of life. By the 60s, 70s, 80s, you could see that begin to crumble as our old style of Christianity was replaced with a new one that was entirely different, and as atheism began to rise. In the 90s and 2000s, it seemed atheism would be the dominant religion in the US, but here in the 2010s, something strange is happening: People are rediscovering Christianity. No, not the type of Christianity you read about in the newspapers or see on TV, but the real kind of Christianity.

The Soviets waged war on Christianity on a number of fronts. The most effective method they found was shaming Christians because they were Christians. This is not unlike how whites are shamed because they are white, or males are shamed because they are male. This is the essence of Cultural Marxism. (Go look it up.)

Let’s take a case in point: Homosexual marriage. Marriage has been an integral part of the Christian faith, something so extraordinarily important that I can’t imagine Christianity without it. Some of the first words in the Bible are about how God created us male and female and commanded us to leave our families and marry. Much of the Bible deals with how you are supposed to raise your children and such as well. For instance, when Christ said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, he wasn’t just talking about business deals or how you deal with strangers. He was talking also about how you treat your wife.

Marriage creates families, independent families that rely on themselves and not the government. The sole key determining factor for wealth is simply this: Did you get married and stay married before having kids? If you did, then you are guaranteed to get wealthy. Or, in other words, the sure way to poverty is to have kids outside of marriage.

Families that don’t rely on government don’t vote for socialist programs. Why have social security when grandpa is being taken care of by his children who all have careers and jobs and are productive members of society? Why have health insurance when you can all pool your resources to buy doctors and medicine when one of you gets sick?

Family men are not easily corrupted. What can you give a man who has a loving wife and kids that will convince him to betray his country? Why would a business man violate his conscious to make a few more bucks when he has a home where he is always welcomed and always loved?

If you’re going to overthrow the Americans, you have got to destroy the family and make people independent from one another. Divide and conquer, as they say.

So the shaming began. First, we were told that it’s OK to have kids if you’re not married. Then, we’re told that if we have parents who love us, that we are somehow bad because we have something most kids don’t. Or, we’re told that we shouldn’t be romantically interested in our wives our whole lives because that’s suppressing your natural sexual desires. Or we tell the women that it’s more important that they leave their kids to strangers so that they can work in an office building just like a man. You can see in our culture how we are being programmed to think marrying young, having a lot of kids, and settling down is a bad thing, an undesirable thing, when the truth is there is no greater happiness than to have your first love be your last love and your life to revolve around the raising of the next generation. And the reward for doing a good job is you get to have babies around you all the time, babies whose diapers you don’t have to change.

But this wasn’t enough. There needed to be something more.

Despite the fact that for thousands of years, gay men decided to get married and have children despite their sexual attractions, despite the fact that everyone knows that following your lusts are the only sure way to find unhappiness, we were told that somehow, our marriages were a violation of some imagined right. See, unless we make our marriages the same as two gay men cohabitating, we were somehow evil and sick and racist or something. A lot of people fell for this, but not enough, so the Supreme Court had to impose their will upon our federal republic by unconstitutional fiat. See, the Supreme Court has no power to change a word of law, despite what you were told on TV. The Supreme Court hears cases and appeals, that’s it. It is up to Congress to change laws, and the constitution explicitly forbids congress from making any such law on marriage except in how marriages transfer between the states.

Now we live in a world where if a woman decides she doesn’t want to bake a cake for a gay marriage, she must be evil and we have to throw her in prison. Or if someone says, “Marriage is between a man and a woman”, they are labeled a bigot (which apparently, according to Reddit’s CEO, is a form of harassment). Or worse, if someone says, “Even though you feel attraction to members of the same sex, if you act on those feelings, you will never be happy. True happiness lies only in exercising self-control”, they are subject to all sorts of abuse.

This example should help you understand the depth and severity of the culture war.

See, Christianity is the driving force behind Western Civilization. The strong Christian is an unconquerable spirit, able to overthrow the mightiest of empires. The last thing your real or would-by oppressors want is for you to find true joy and happiness and lead a life that changes the world through Christianity. So they do whatever they can to discredit and disenfranchise it, and when that fails, they try to make it illegal.

If you are one of those sorts who wants to stay on the sidelines, at least understand this. We Christians do not want any laws to make non-believers illegitimate. We are just as happy living next door to atheists, hindus, and muslims as we were living in Rome next to pagans. We know that through our quiet actions, our simple expressions of love, we will change hearts and minds. We don’t need the government to validate us, and indeed, when the government turns its foot against us, we know who will win that fight because we’ve already fought it countless times on countless battle-fields. Kill us if you must, but know that you cannot kill Christianity.

Instead, we beg you to consider which side of the culture war you want to be on. Do you want to fight against history and progress, and turn us back to the age before Christianity, when war was common and illegitimate emperors imposing their will on the powerless people the norm? Or do you like Western Civilization, with its individual liberties and freedoms and democracy? You choose. Stand with the Christians, or stand against us.

As for the enemy: Let them spread their lies and their perversions far and wide. It makes no difference to us. But let us also explain to you why they are lies and why they are perversions, and give us a chance to explain ourselves.

Dog Farming

December 5, 2016 by

If you’re the sort that makes knee-jerk emotional reactions you may not want to read any further.

It seems the Korean dog meat trade has come to light again.

I lived in Korea for 2 years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1995-1997. I lived there for another year as an English teacher. My wife is from Korea.

I’ve eaten dog meat. It is really, really good. Imagine a spectrum of meat flavor from chicken to pork to beef. Beyond beef is dog meat. It is a beefier beef. It is so beefy you can’t eat it like a steak, but only little strips in a strong soup. It’s also incredibly tough.

Koreans believe food is medicine, and they believe that dog meat helps in the healing process after surgery. It also helps for other things, such as surviving the heat of their humid summers and more. Elderly people eat dog meat to live longer and be healthier. They don’t eat it every day, maybe once or twice a year, and not everyone does, but those who do swear by it.

I volunteered to work on a dog farm. The owner was a member of the church. He kept the dog breed that Koreans use for meat. This is a breed you have never seen before unless you are reading articles about Korean dog meat. He kept at least a hundred of these dogs in large cages. The reason why is the dogs fight with each other and they will kill each another if you don’t. Dogs are not cows. Every day, he cleans the cages, feeds the dogs leftover meat trimmings and such, and otherwise pampers them as much as you’d expect a cow or a pig or a chicken to be pampered.  Since I grew up with dogs, I could tell whether they were being abused or whether they were happy. The dogs were always happy to see the farmer, and he treated them as you’d expect a dog to be treated. No, he didn’t have time to play catch with them, but they weren’t trained to fight or hurt humans or anything like that.

Seeing other Koreans raise dogs as pets, I can state unequivocally that the dogs on his farm had it pretty lucky. As a culture, Koreans really don’t understand dogs. My father-in-law kept a pet dog as a guard dog on his farm and he kept it tied to a 10′ rope. I’m not even sure he built a shed for it, and the dog certainly wasn’t trained except to bark at strangers. I’ve seen Korean women in the cities treat toy dogs even worse. Those poor things are so frightened living in a purse that they snap at anything.

Koreans also don’t overfeed dogs. Their dogs are generally skinnier than American dogs. They know that dogs will eat themselves to death if given the chance, and that dogs are healthier when they have only a little fat on them. American dogs are overfed and fat by comparison.

Americans have a completely different dog culture. Maybe it’s our German heritage, I don’t know. We treat dogs like people. We elevate them way above other animals, using them in ways we wouldn’t imagine using other animals. But let’s be honest with ourselves: Dogs are not people. Dogs are animals, pack animals that if you leave in the wild are just miniature wolves. I had to explain to my kids who knew dogs what wolves were and why we don’t call wolves dogs, even though they are the same species. Basically, imagine a sick, evil dog on steroids that will kill you without warning. That’s a wolf. As Americans, we don’t understand that dogs are animals. Koreans do. Dogs are like pigs are like chickens are like bears are like cows are like all animals: non-human creatures who would eat you if they had the chance.

The people who want to ban dog meat come from two varieties.

One variety is horribly misinformed. They are told all sorts of stories and imagine Koreans eating chihuahuas or poodles. If you’re this sort, you should get informed on the issue before you jump to conclusions.

The other variety are against the meat trade, period. “Cows are people too!” types. These people are just plain idiotic, but for a different reason.

Anyway, before you go knocking another culture, you owe it to them to first understand that culture. You may not like what they do, but at least you should understand what they do and why they do it.

Dog meat saves lives. It helps elderly people live longer. It helps people recover from blood loss and surgery. Food is medicine to Koreans, and they have a very long history of being really good with medicine.

Tacoma Police Officer Killed: My thoughts

December 1, 2016 by

I don’t have any first-hand accounts of this, but here is my current understanding:

  • An officer responded to a domestic violence call on Wednesday evening 2016-11-30.
  • The officer attempted to negotiate with the suspect but was shot.
  • He was rushed to the hospital but died.
  • The police honored him with an honor guard and such. Bravo to the Tacoma Police for showing honor and dignity. We need more of those kinds of things in this world, to show everyone how valuable every life is.
  • The woman was able to escape, but two young children were in the house.
  • A police officer rescued one of the children.
  • At 3 in the morning or so the police shot and killed the suspect because he was a threat.
  • Police are still trying to put together the entire story.

My thoughts:

  • I don’t hate the suspect. As a man, I know how hard it is to keep control of my own emotions and I know how difficult it is to be the man of the house. I don’t know what happened, but I hope it was simply he was not mentally healthy. I don’t wish that it turns out he is just a sick, sick man who likes to kill people.
  • My condolences to the police officer and his family. When I lived in Federal Way, there was a police officer who was killed and it affected all of us. Let’s remember that cops wake up in the morning with the intention of helping someone. Certainly, this police officer did not deserve to die for the actions he took. Even if he were the most corrupt cop who ever walked on planet earth, we deserve to honor the fact that he put on a uniform, responded to a domestic violence call, and attempted to negotiate for the safety of others. For that and that alone, he is a hero. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of people who wake up every day, put on a uniform, put their lives in danger just to help people we’ll never meet. The fact that they do not get shot or killed doesn’t mean they are any less of a hero. As a community, we owe it to that man and his family to remember him for what he did.
  • To all the other cops out there who acted with dignity and respect, thank you for setting a wonderful example to me, my family, and my community, and the world. Our generation doesn’t really consider how important it is to show respect, but you doing so has stirred our souls and hopefully has awakened us to a sense of our duty to remember and revere those who have done so much for us.
  • My condolences to the family and friends and community as well. Again, I don’t know why the man did what he did, but whether it was malice or illness, something very sad happened to day. Two lives were taken. Yes, it was justice that the man is now dead, and frankly, for the suspect and everyone else, a very good resolution that will minimize the pain and so I cannot say that I wish his life ended differently or that he had lived to face trial, but still, two lives were lost. Let us not forget what might have been. He could’ve been a loving father committed to his wife and kids. He could’ve worked another 30 or 40 years in his church, in his community, in his business, and made a positive impact on those around him. But because of the decisions he made, that is not to be. And that is sad.

Finally, the woman who was saved said, “All lives matter.” This touched me deeply and profoundly, because she is black and because she could’ve easily said something else. I consider her my sister in a very real sense, now more than ever. If she ever calls on me for help, I will be there. Hopefully, her simple words will change people’s hearts and help us realize that we are more human than black or white.

The area where the event occurred is not known for posh houses and clean streets. Quite the contrary. However, that area is filled with families and children and people who are trying to live right. Let us not forget that on Sunday, the people who live there take some time to go to church and hear the gospel. Let us not forget the preachers who preach peace and love and kindness and forgiveness. When this all blows over, I want to visit this area and get to know some of the people there and perhaps sit in the pews to hear what is being said so that I can witness that good things are happening there.

I am proud to live in Tacoma. I am proud to live in Washington. (The governor’s words were timely and respectful as well.) I am proud to live in America. I am proud to live in this world.

I often wonder if God is going to pour out his wrath on the people because they are beyond hope for salvation, but things like this remind me that God is good for holding back. Each day we live on this earth, we can find more examples of heroes being heroes and more reasons why we should try harder to be better. This is the gospel message: Even though we seem to be programmed to hate and to kill, within each of us stirs a Spirit that tells us to love and honor and respect and do what is right, and we can see people who act on that Spirit all around us.

To our new liberal allies

December 1, 2016 by

It’s come to my attention that a lot of people who considered themselves moderate or even liberal voted for Trump and proudly wear that as a badge of honor.

Now that you have abandoned the Democratic Party, I think it’s time to let you in on the deepest, darkest secrets of the American Right.

Lesson 1: There are a lot of different ideas over here, and we don’t agree with each other, and we probably never will. And that’s OK. See, I align with conservatives, and I think everyone should be conservatives and I am going to try to persuade everyone to be conservatives. But I acknowledge and respect the fact that there are many people on the American Right who are not conservative and probably never will be.  Rather than shouting at them and calling them names and shaming them, I respect them and debate them and try to persuade them, and they tend to return the favor. So, on the American Right, we welcome debate and disagreement. It is in our lifeblood, and we love it. Bring your liberal or moderate ideas and let them stand against our ideas and let us both grow together to develop superior ideas.

Lesson 2: We have all been lied to. The idea that the media tells the truth is such an absurd one I don’t know how it can possibly stand on its own. The genius who thought of this lie and first propagated it deserves credit for being one incredibly evil genius. See, some people lie, and those lies get told and retold as truths, until in the end it’s really hard to distinguish lies from truth. Science is not about building up a set of facts and truths so much as finding out which things we believe in are really lies. So you’re going to have to put on a big-boy scientist hat and use logic and reason if you want to find a way out of the lies. It’s not fun, and it hurts sometimes to realize that something you’ve always believed in may not be true, but after a while you find the journey of discovering lies exhilarating and fun. If you don’t, then you just end up surrounded by lies.

I’m going to list a few lies you’ve probably been exposed to. I won’t attempt to discredit them, you’ll find plenty of ways to do that on your own.

  • The American Right is racist.
  • The American Right is misogynist. (That’s a fancy word for “we hate women.”)
  • The American Right hates poor people.
  • The American Right controls the government, the banks, the economy, the rich, etc…
  • The American Right hates individual liberties and rights.
  • The American Right has a bunch of Christian whack-jobs who just want to kill the infidel and teach only Christian theology in school.
  • The American Right is made up of uneducated neanderthals who don’t understand the first thing about science. (And we somehow control the world at the same time?)
  • The American Left thinks everyone is equal.
  • The American Left loves the poor and disadvantaged and wants to empower them.
  • The American Left is a reactionary and revolutionary movement designed to put people in power rather than corporations.
  • The American Left loves individual liberties and rights and respects everyone’s freedoms.
  • The American Left is made up of tolerant, rational, logical people who see the world as it really is.

These are just a few lies out there. As you get exposed to more and more people and ideas on the American Right, you’ll see why these things are lies.

Lesson 3: Religion is really, really important. Religion is defined in two ways. The first way is as a group of people who all happen to share a similar set of beliefs. This is “religion” as in the “Catholic Religion”. The second definition is a common set of beliefs shared by many people. The second definition is what I am referring to. Fundamentally, what you believe in ultimately determines what you will do and what you will think and what will happen to you. For instance, if you believe you are powerless and other people control you and make decisions for you, guess what? You will be powerless and other people will control you and make decisions for you. On the other hand, if you believe that you are the captain of your ship and you can change the course of history, guess what? You will be in control of your own fate and you will change the course of history.

This really isn’t a hard concept, but it’s an incredibly important one. Beliefs shape our thoughts and feelings. Thoughts and feelings motivate us to action. And actions determine our future.

You have two choices: Believe in nonsense, or believe in things that are actually true. If you believe in nonsense, then, well, you might as well leave your life and the lives of everyone you care about up to the fates, because your actions will not bring about the intended results. On the other hand, if you are very careful and find the truth and insist on believing in those things which actually work, you’re going to find that you are in control of your own life and fate or chance has little or nothing to do with anything.

Now that you are on the American Right, you’re going to rub shoulders with people who understand this and take religion very seriously. Christians have, for nearly 2,000 years, shaped the course of history. I think that alone is witness to the fact that there is something in Christianity worth pursuing. If you’re going to rub shoulders with sincere true-blue believers in Christ, you ought to spend some time studying what these people actually believe in. That means you have to learn all about Christianity, whether you intend to follow or not. Think of it this way: If you were a soldier sent to Iraq, wouldn’t you like to know about Islam so that you understand what the people around you are thinking and feeling? I definitely would. Well, on the American Right, you are going to be surrounded by Christians, so whether you like Christianity or not, you’re best off if you learn all about it.

Lesson 4: It all boils down to rights. In today’s world, we have confused the word “right” with “freedom”. “Freedom” are simply those things you can choose to do with your own body. For instance, I can choose to write this article or to eat a bowl of ice cream or to do something evil. We all have plenty of freedom despite what the government would have us believe. In fact, there are certain things that no one can stop us from doing unless they kill us first. IE, you are free to believe whatever you like. Obviously, just because you have a freedom doesn’t mean government would or should leave you alone. If you decide you want to blow yourself up in a shopping mall, I think we all agree that government should stop you from doing that, killing you if necessary.

Rights, on the other hand, are things you should do. Like freedoms, government really has no say in what rights you have. It really boils down to your beliefs and what those beliefs say about what is good and what is evil.

Where does government enter in? The American Left tells us that our rights and freedoms come from government. And so, when they feel like we don’t have a right or a freedom, they petition government to give it to them. But, even the simplest understanding of what a right and a freedom is leads the logical person to understand government cannot grant or revoke a single right or freedom, no matter what it does. All government can do is acknowledge them.

In the Declaration of Independence, the foundation of all law in the United States of America, it says simply that governments exist to protect the rights of individuals. That is, to make it possible so people can do the things they should do without being molested. An example of this would be the right to worship. Government should protect congregations from violence so that they can meet together and they don’t need to have a militia to protect that right. Understand this concept, and you’ll start to understand some of the things we are talking about. You’ll understand why, when I say, “Marriage is between a man and a woman”, I am not saying I hate the gays or I think government should put them into concentration camps. I am merely admitting a fact that two same-sex people are incapable of creating the same kind of relationship a heterosexual couple can create, and whatever relationship they do create will never compare to marriage. In fact, by acknowledging this fact early on, I am saving homosexual people from a lot of heartache and sorrow as they try and fail to recreate marriage with someone of the same-sex.

Lesson 5: Government is evil.

This lesson is perhaps the hardest lesson for a newly born American Right to understand. See, you were told that government is full of people who just want to help and who are capable of performing miracles similar to Jesus, but the corporations and private charities are a bunch of evil and sick idiots who want to destroy the world. A little logic exposes why this idea is fundamentally flawed. Are not humans all pretty much the same? What causes a human to become an angel when they enter government? Won’t they treat their government job the same way as everyone else who has a job will?

When you look at what makes government different and special, you uncover a core fact. Government is the place where we, the people, put all those nasty things we’d like to do evil people. Government has guns and people willing to shoot them. They have prisons and people willing to beat prisoners into submission. Government has cops ready to blow a bad guy’s brains out. We, the people, could’ve said “We’d like to do those things on our own”, but we instead chose to let government do those things for us.

Now, if we had some way of knowing that government would always use this power to do good, I would have no problem with government. But the simple fact is we know from science that people will do amazingly evil things if there is someone in authority that tells them to do it. And we know that government has the exact amount of authority to give that kind of order. We are naive if we think that government never, ever abuses that power and we are naive if we think government isn’t doing that right now.

Instead, we must treat government with the proper respect it deserves. We must treat it as if it is evil, because it is likely evil. And we must question every order we are given by government, and think whether it is in our best interests, whether it is something we would do if government weren’t there.

Now, some people say government is good when it does things like feed the poor or shelters the homeless. Let me explain why this is erroneous.

First, government does nothing. Government has people, individuals, do things for it, just like corporations can’t do anything except someone does something in its behalf. So, only individuals do anything, but government is that thing that people give almost god-like authority to.

Second, when government orders someone to do something, it always has the threat of “or else”. “Pay your taxes, or else you will go to jail.” “Don’t murder, or else we will find you and kill you.” “Don’t rob, or we will find you and throw you in prison.” The “or else” bit is something that regular people don’t have to do. For instance, when I go to the store to by food with my money, I don’t say, “Give me that food, or else!” Instead, I say, “Give me that food, and I will give you this money.” That’s called trade and when it is free, everyone benefits. But government doesn’t trade. Well, they might trade, but they are always trading with things they got by saying “or else”. Those homeless who are sheltered, the hungry who are fed, are not fed and sheltered by someone giving it away freely, but by something collected at the point of a gun by government.

So, keep telling yourself and others that government is evil. Remind yourself that when you ask government to do something good, it is always because it has done something evil first.

Now, having government around is not a bad thing. As long as you keep government under control, within tight limits, the evil of government can do amazing things, such as making sure you are free to go to whichever church you want on Sunday. Or Saturday if you prefer. That’s what the constitution is all about: Putting the evil of government in chains and keeping it within limits. Now you see why we think the constitution is so important, and why people who don’t feel like the constitution is important scare us when they get into government. The last thing we want is an unlimited government, because that would mean unlimited evil with no way to restrain it.

Hopefully these 5 lessons will help you understand your new neighbors on the American Right. Over time, you may find your ideas and beliefs changing, and I’ll be honest, that’s a good think. “Flip-flopper” isn’t a pejorative to me. So if you decide you don’t believe in something you used to believe in anymore, I’m fine with that. I change my beliefs all the time too.

Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead

November 26, 2016 by

Fidel Castro is a special sort of evil. The kind of evil who has no scruples against killing people because they disagree or they are out past 8PM or up before 5AM or because they just want to leave the hellhole he has created for them.

The Pope prays for the soul of Fidel Castro. Unfortunately, the fate of Fidel’s soul is not in our hands anymore. We had our chance to preach the gospel to him, and he had his chance to hear it. As a mormon, I hope Fidel will embrace the salvation of Christ in the next life. But at the same time, I know that the people he and his brutal regime murdered are there waiting to welcome him and ask him why he did what he did. The scriptures tell us that the blood of the innocent cries to God for justice, and the earth itself groans with sin.

Nevertheless, Fidel Castro is the sort of evil tyrannical dictator we don’t want running America. He is the kind of person we don’t want anywhere near any levers of power. The fact that he was a communist means he got a free pass in the popular media (the same media that congratulated the New York Times for sending a reporter to the Ukraine during the Holodomor only to report everything was fine.) We know where the loyalties of that media lie. I have no problem calling people who praise Castro a communist, and I have no problem saying that blood is on their hands.

I often wonder what passes through the minds of the people who wear Che Guevera T-Shirts and emblems. Do they know that the only reason Che is popular is because if you spoke out in Cuba about what Che actually did you would be killed?

You can google for the Fidel Castro body count. Very conservative estimates are in the thousands. More reasonable estimates put him in the hundreds of thousands. His connection to murderous regimes both in the American and African Continents link him with the death of millions of innocent people. If only Hitler had the same PR firm that communists had, we would be wearing Hitler T-Shirts and wondering why people get so upset when you shout “Sieg Heil!”

The Book of Mormon has stories of brutal dictators. We call them Gadianton Robbers. They work by colluding to hide their crimes from the people and presumably from God. On one such occasion, their numbers had grown so great that the people who actually kept the law had to come altogether in the center of the land to defend their flocks and fields. When the Gadianton Robbers ran out of food to feed themselves (because they don’t know how to work), they besieged the city and eventually were overthrown. Their leader was among those slain as they were cut down running from the law-keepers. They took his body and hung him from a tree and shouted “Hosannas” to God!

The communist movement is the Gadianton Robber movement. With no conception of where wealth comes from, they exist by stealing and promising their stolen goods to their supporters. They hide their crimes and collude and distort the truth about what they and others like them do. If only the world could see clearly, we might round up all those who profess communism and ask them to recant or else face the death penalty. Certainly, killing all the communists who refuse to recant would save more lives net sum, because communism already has beaten all the other evil ideologies in terms of sheer numbers of dead by many orders of magnitude. Hitler was a girl scout compared to Stalin, and Mao was Stalin evolved.

If anyone asks why I hate communism and communists, let me list the reasons here.

  • Communism has killed an extraordinarily large number of people, more than any other philosophy.
  • Communism is built on the lie that if we simply all shared (because we were forced to), we would be happy. The truth is that happiness comes from sharing voluntarily.
  • Communism is the exact opposite of Christianity. Christianity says share with the poor because you love God and you love Man. Communism says people won’t share naturally and so they need to be forced, thus depriving them of their right to worship.
  • Communism is a cover for all sorts of evil people. Think of any sort of deviancy and it’s trivial to find a large number of communists who actually do those things. This whole deal with Pizzagate — ask yourself, would a member of the Third Reich ever do such things? Sure, they murdered Jews and such, but seriously — child sex trafficking?

McCarthy was right. We, our society, has been inflitrated by the communists for a very long time. Except for a few institutions (and I wish I could say the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was totally immune to its siren song, but I can’t!) communists run the show. Hollywood is communist central. The democratic party and the majority of the republican leadership are open communists. They don’t even bother hiding anymore and they aren’t ashamed to talk openly about what they believe and think.

Make no mistake: Communism is synonymous with evil. Dig down into what your communist friend or neighbor thinks and believes, and you will find death and destruction and evil at the heart of it.

Remember: God commanded us not to covet, not to steal, not to bear false witness, and not to worship any other gods before Him. Is it hard to see how communism violates all of these commandments?

Fidel Castro is dead. And with him, dies his legacy. What will come in the aftermath? I suppose if we gave the people of Cuba, including the exiles, a chance to make a choice, they would choose something different. After all, Castro rose to power by force, he kept power by force, and he was happy to use his power by force. The people never willingly chose him.

Let all the communist leadership die a similar fate. Let them face their Creator and give an accounting of how they spent their time on earth, and let them face the people they thought they could eliminate by killing. Let them know.

By the way, the Clintons have a long body count list. When they finally die, I’ll celebrate their deaths too.

And if you’re wondering: The Cuban health care system was far inferior to ours, and their social services sucked. Their entire economy has been in shambles to such a degree you can barely imagine. People may blame the embargoes, but if you do that, let it be known you’re saying that only the USA is a source of wealth, and communism is incapable of sustaining itself.

Also: The Castros practically invented modern terrorism. They wanted to launch nuclear missiles against us. They hated Americans and had no qualms about killing innocent people.

I sincerely praise God that Fidel Castro is dead. Why it took him so long to do it, I don’t know and I can’t question, but I can praise the fact that it is now done.

Christmas Is Here

November 25, 2016 by

There has been a lot of hay thrown around Christmas and whether it should be called Christmas or whatever. I’m not one of those people who get offended by people who don’t agree with me, so frankly, I don’t care. But I do care when people try to tell me how to celebrate my holidays.

For starters, if saying “Merry Christmas” offends you, that’s your problem, not mine. Go talk to your therapist. But don’t pretend I’m evil because I want to share with you the joy of the Christmas season.

Secondly, the First Amendment doesn’t protect you from religion. No one is free from religion. We are free to believe what we choose to believe. And read it carefully: The first amendment says that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, meaning a church. Christianity is not a church. So Congress and the president are free to tell you Christ is rad and Satan sucks. And you can’t stop them.

Thirdly, I know that Christmas is a made-up holiday and related to some pagan ritual. I get that. What I think you are missing is why that’s important. See, when the Christians took over Europe, they didn’t do it by waving scimitars above their head and shouting “Jesus is Awesome!” No, the mass conversions happened as lowly monks would move into a town and start helping people. And when people asked why they were so nice they would say “Because Jesus told me to be nice”. And they’d ask who Jesus was and so the monk would try to explain it in ways that they could understand. So Christians took the symbols and holidays that the pagans celebrated and converted them to Christianity and in so doing converted people to Christianity. This is how over the span of a few hundred years there were no Christians in Europe to practically everyone being Christian. Yes, there were wars and fighting and raids and all kinds of nastiness in between, but at the end of the day, it was a quiet man who showed people who Christ was and explained it in terms they could understand that changed hearts and minds.

So let me tell you what Christmas is all about, or rather, what Christ is all about, using the pagan holiday we call Christmas.

Christmas is all about presents. It’s about what you can buy with your money, but not just for yourself. The ultimate goal is to find someone you care about and to get them something they want or need so you can get warm fuzzies that make you feel good, and they can get warm fuzzies and we can all have warm fuzzies because we know that there’s someone out there who cares for us.

Let me tell you about the best Christmas present ever. See, God is far away from us. (Let’s not focus on why he’s far away from us, just accept the fact that you probably haven’t spoken to him for a long time.) But God really, really cares about you. He created an entire universe just for you, and an earth, and he put people on the earth and told them to be nice to each other and have children and that’s where you came from.

But God wants to really explain his love for you in a way you can understand, and so he gave us Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ didn’t come to earth to rule. He wasn’t born a prince like you would normally think of a prince. He was born in a manger. That’s where you feed animals. His mother and father weren’t poor but they weren’t rich either. And Jesus grew up amid all sorts of problems. For instance, when he was very young the king sent out soldiers to kill all the children his age. But Jesus didn’t let that phase him. He had a job to do: He had to show people what God really thought about them. And so, when he was old enough, he started ministering to the people. That means he helped the poor and the sick. He healed many people. He raised some people from the dead. But most especially he taught people how they should act. He took the Law of Moses, a strict set of commandments about who you should kill and for what, and showed how it was really a message of hope and love. When the pious Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in the very act of adultery to be condemned by the law to death, he defended her and when her accusers had left he told her to go her way and sin no more. That was it.

At the end of his life, he was tried for rebellion and blasphemy. Blasphemy means he spoke against God or rather pretended to speak for God even though he had no such authority. He was found guilty of both counts by a kangaroo courts made up to the elite in society, and even though the king offered to be merciful to Jesus because he could find nothing wrong, the people demanded he be crucified. So the king, rather than sticking up for what is right, relented. He was failed by government, by the king, by the councils, by the people, and so he was sentenced to die by crucifixion. Crucifixion was a horrible way to die. They would hang you from a cross until you didn’t have the strength to breath anymore and you suffocated. Or, if they were especially cruel, they would drive nails into the palms of your hands and into your wrists and hang you that way. People who were crucified would hang for days on the cross before they would die. Thank God that there is no culture that practices this anymore.

Jesus, while hanging on the cross, begged forgiveness for his persecutors because they were acting in ignorance. He pleaded for one of his disciples to look after his mother. And then he put his spirit into the hands of God, and he died. They buried him in a sepulchre where he laid for three days. See, he died on a a Friday and on Saturday the Jews celebrated the Sabbath so they could not do any work. On Sunday morning, his disciples came back to finish preparing his body with herbs and ointments but there were angels there, declaring that Christ was not dead by living. In a miraculous event, his body and spirit were reunited in perfect form. He spent quite a while with his disciples but in the end, he had to ascend to heaven. As he ascended, angels proclaimed that in the same way he went up, he would return one day.

The message that Christ shared with the world, the gift that his life and his sacrifice were, are simply this. God loves you, so much that he sent his Son. And his Son didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save it. All Christ asks is that we put our trust in Him, turn away from our sins, and try to live better each and every day. If we can simply manage that, he promises us a position on his throne, the very throne of God, to be heirs to God like him.

So as you buy that gift for your friend or acquaintance of loved one, think of the gift that was bought for you with the life blood of God’s own son. Think of how you feel about that person you are sharing that gift with, and then consider how God feels about you. And as you receive a gift, think about how you feel if you simply accept the gift, and how good it must feel to accept such a wonderful gift such as Christ that is freely given.

So when I say “Merry Christmas”, I am telling you the good news. This is not the end. You can change. We can all change. And the most important thing is that we love one another.

Response to Vi Hart

November 24, 2016 by

I won’t link to the video because I found it boring and badly misinformed. There are some good ideas, but the bad ideas are too numerous to make it worth it.

Vi Hart is a popular YouTuber mathematician. Her schtick is she narrates a video of her drawing in her notebooks. The ideas she presents aren’t new but are interesting because math itself is interesting. She’s one of the few that understands that math is simply a game, and mathematicians enjoy playing that game.

Vi Hart has abandoned her schtick many years ago. The few uploads she makes are weird and cryptic and exposes her obvious bias towards liberalism and the current fads in politics enjoyed by them.

Her latest video is an attempt to understand why Trump won the election.

She starts off by showing her ignorance. It took her a very long time to realize that people think differently from her, and it seems like she is saying something taboo as she tries to tell people that that’s ok. What she doesn’t understand is that our ideals are not genetic. It doesn’t matter who we are born to, it matters what we are taught. The differences between Red America and Blue America is not genetic. It is cultural. She grew up never being told certain things that I tell my kids all the time.

For instance, I tell my little kids, “Everyone dies.” They know that they will die, I will die, their mom will die, and everyone they care about will die one day. This is a sobering thought, one that I don’t think liberals truly understand or appreciate. Our mortality means there is a clock ticking, and one day it will stop. Whether you think your life is in the hands of the Fates or God, knowing that you only have so much time wakes you up to an important second truth. That second truth is how you spend your time is the only real question you can answer in this life.

Liberals have eliminated God from almost all of their thoughts. I remember watching the DNC convention when it was proposed to remove God from their platform. Even though the people loudly protested in support, they chose to keep it and ignore what their delegates wanted. Not only was this a terrible example of their complete disregard for other’s opinions, but a witness to the fact that whatever the DNC says about God it is a sham and a fake, because their people don’t care about God at all.

I have been vocal in trying to explain why the first commandment is so important, and why the first great commandment is before the second great commandment. The first commandment, is of course, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” The first great commandment is “Love God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength.” The reason why these commands come first is because if you don’t get these right, nothing else matters. Once you let other gods stand before the true and living God, the God who gives you freedom and who grants you life, you start down a terrible path. That terrible path is the path of nihilism, where you succumb to the lie that life is meaningless and you don’t matter and so your actions don’t count and you might as well spend your life pursuing pleasure and ignoring morality.

I think this is the first great divide between Trump and Clinton. Clinton is the party of “We don’t care.” Trump is the party of “It matters a whole lot more than you realize.”

Her argument isn’t focused here. It’s merely a prelude to her conclusion, which is, “Old people voted for Trump, young people voted for Clinton.” That’s where the math ends and the philosophizing begins. She tries to walk down a path of trying to explain why old people are racist nazis who hate everything good like puppies and kittens and wants to send storm troopers to kill all the flowers and trees and burn the world down, while the young people understand that humans are humans and we have all just got to love each other and the planet is going to die unless you stop eating beef. (I’m exaggerating, of course, but you’ve all heard this song before so I won’t bore you with the words.)

Here, she misses a powerful point. The point is this: Old people are a lot smarter than young people. I say this as I sit at age 40, halfway between the beginning of my life and its end. Or maybe I’ll live to 100 and my half-way point is in 10 years. Regardless, my generation stopped having kids and now we are looking forward to grandkids and we care deeply about maybe having great grandkids and seeing us not be the weak link between the thousands of years before and the thousands of years to come. We don’t want our name to be remembered as the people responsible for destroying all that used to be good in the world and replacing it with something worse.

She also misses another powerful point. As old people, we’ve seen a lot of stuff. We’ve seen humans at their best and their worst. We don’t have to read history books to know what people are capable of, both for good and evil. We’ve seen it with our own eyes. You young people, you don’t know what evil is. You can’t fathom how deep evil can go and what it is capable of. We tell you stories of the Holodomor and the Holocaust and you wonder, “How can that happen?” and you don’t understand that we’re watching is happen all over again and we are trying to explain to you how you can prevent a very real Hitler or Stalin take power when your kids are turning into adults.

Let me spell it out for you in plain English so you don’t forget.

  • What you believe in is terribly important, because that and that alone will tell me what you will do.
  • There is a great evil in this world, and it doesn’t wear a black mask and it doesn’t kick puppies. This evil is far greater than you can possibly imagine.
  • The evil is really, really good at what it does, which is being evil. The way it works is it deceives you into thinking good is evil and evil is good.
  • However, if you pay attention to some warning signs, you can see that evil and call it out long before it becomes entrenched and in control.
  • Evil hates good. Evil hates it when people are self-sufficient and when they share with others and when they are kind. Hint: The people who want to ban you from sharing your food with the homeless are evil.
  • Evil hates freedom, real freedom, the freedom to say, “I refuse to participate in this” or “I think what you are doing is evil.” Hint: The people who want to ban people from saying certain things because those thing are mean are evil.
  • Evil needs support. It cannot stand on its own. Evil uses force, not persuasion. Hint: When people say you must give something up or else the planet will die are evil.
  • Evil talks a good game, but in reality, they are rotten to the core. It’s very important to look into people’s private lives to see if they walk the walk or just talk the talk. Hint: If people cannot keep their thingamabobs in their pants, they are evil.
  • Finally, the last thing evil wants you to do is get a classical education in what our Founding Fathers knew and understood. No, evil wants you to have a superficial knowledge about a large number of unimportant things rather than a deep knowledge of things that are actually important.

I wish I could write a book that will help you understand evil but also understand good. Since I can’t, I’ll just recommend a single book for you to deeply study and ponder the rest of your life. That book is, of course, the Bible. In it, you will find every preconceived notion you have challenged, and you will find a way to think about things you haven’t even considered yet.

Finally, I’ll close with this. Good is free, Good is fun, Good is easy. Accept Christ into your life, turn your life around to align with his, and enjoy the bountiful blessings of trying to walk a higher path despite your weaknesses.

Where does wealth come from?

November 24, 2016 by

This story cannot be told enough times.

After Christ died, in the New Testament, we read that the believers formed a church and they held things in common. We don’t know all the details of how they operated the church and such but a few stories in the Acts and elsewhere suggest that one of the major roles of the church was to accept and distribute property and food and to care for the needy.

When the pilgrims first came to America, they wanted to build that same system. They held the property in common trust, and people worked the land. This is not unlike communism that is often proposed as a superior model to capitalism.

This worked for a year. And then they ran out of food and almost starved to death.

The next year they tried something different. Each family was assigned a parcel of land and allowed to keep whatever they grew on that land.

That worked for a year, and in the end of the year, they had so much surplus that they had a huge feast.

Since that time, abundance hasn’t really left America’s shores because in our very national essence we have this idea encoded. The idea is simply this: Keep what you make.

Now, communists will try to tell you that the factory owners are somehow bilking the factory workers out of their hard-earned money and such. Yet it is these same communists who say some great injustice is committed when the factories are closed down. If the factory jobs are actually stealing from the workers, wouldn’t it be a good thing to close the factory down? I mean, who can complain when we shut down a network of thieves?

The core essence of capitalism (a name not chosen for itself but given by communists to ridicule it) is that people own things. They get to decide what to do with their time, their energy, their assets. And they keep what they do with their things. In the case of the factory, communists ignore the vast effort that went in to planning the factory and acquiring the right machines and the right people and tools to keep the machines running. The actual factory workers are a small part of the entire enterprise, and rewarded according to their value. The owner of the factory doesn’t really care about them anymore than they care about the land or the building or the machines in the building. They are just another thing that are “owned” that requires maintenance but produces some value. The moment workers or machines or factories no longer deliver value or cost more than they produce, they get shut down or turned away or sold, or even melted down for scrap metal to be recast in a new machine that is useful.

The story I like to tell is when I gave all of my kids an equal share of popsicles. The youngest kids quickly ate theirs up but my eldest put his in the freezer because he wanted to save it for later. Next thing you know, the younger kids see some kind of injustice in the fact that there is only one popsicle and my oldest son has it while they have none. It’s hard for a little mind to understand that connected to all actions is a consequence, but more importantly, once you undertake that action, you own the consequence, good or bad. If you chose to eat the popsicle, that means you have no popsicle. If you saved it, you get to keep it.

Please share the story of the first Thanksgiving with all you know. It’s important to realize that the food that fed the pilgrims didn’t come from an Indian showing them how to fertilize their crops but from the work that actually fertilized the crops and built fences and tilled and weeded the fields. Knowing how to do something is never as valuable as actually doing it.

And keep in mind. The reason why we have factories and things are because someone, somewhere, decided to save what they earned for later, and then wisely invested their surplus. If we behave like little children and take from those who have more because they have more we are no better than thieves ourselves.

The End of Reddit

November 24, 2016 by

I’ve been lurking in the background watching a set of events unfold on Reddit that spells its doom.

Reddit started off as a competitor to Digg. The appeal of Reddit was you could form your own communities and be your own moderator. And it was pretty cool. Reddit in the old days was the Wild Wild West. When they introduced draconian measures to put porn in the background and eliminate child pornography, some people warned that this was the beginning of the end, but hardly anyone protested because if there’s anyone we all agree on to hate, it’s child molesters.

Reddit saw the rise of the SJW (social justice warrior). These are the people who scream at you and berate you for having different thoughts. They are the ones who shout “Racist!” “Sexist!” “Homophobe!” and all sorts of nonsense, and who pretend that one who was simply born with the misfortune of being a white and a male and heir to a history of Western Civilization is the ultimate evil in the world. Reddit was a platform they could indulge themselves in, and for a time, it seemed like they had gained control of the entire platform.

However, in the corners of Reddit there were forums of conservatives and others who held on. Over time, their numbers grew, and their members became desensitized to the nonsense of the SJW and even engaged in addressing it with sick memes and mad pranks.

Then came The_Donald. One thing we conservatives do not understand nor will we ever is the power of popular appeal, the importance of political victories and things like that. We are content to sit in our homes and read philosophical works and engage in debate on the finer points of free trade and such, but it takes men of action who are willing to actually fight the fight and win the wars. (Since I am hardly a voice of effective persuasion, I can merely throw my thoughts at there and sail with the wind when it blows in a semi-correct direction.)

The_Donald dwarfed all of Reddit. See, The_Donald appealed to everyone everywhere who hated the SJWs and what politics had become. And in The_Donald, they got to learn from the best.

The_Donald dominated Reddit. New users of Reddit see a set of default communities and some of the top posts across Reddit, and The_Donald was regularly finding themselves on that top spot. Despite all the complaints of the SJWs, nothing could be done to make The_Donald any less popular.

Then came the emails. And in the emails, we learned all about how corrupt Hillary was, and nobody seemed to care. We even found out that Hillary’s people undulge themselves from time to time with good old-fashioned Satan worshiping and worse (and there is worse!).

Then came Pizzagate. See, in those emails, we learned that Hillary’s people have a fascination for pizza and some other foods. And we couldn’t understand the cryptic messages. As members of The_Donald started putting pieces together, they realized they were on to something huge because now Hillary was saying, “Don’t believe the emails! It’s all lies!” and other mysterious things. So the community for pizzagate was built.

Pizzagate took off. I refused to look at it (because it was closely related to child molestation) but I could read the reports coming from the community, the links made and all the mysterious things. The Clinton blood trail got longer and they seemed to be ready to link all the pieces together when you noticed things like massive arrests of child molestation rings in the US and Norway and all sorts of whisperings from the NYPD and FBI.

But it was not to be. On false pretenses, Pizzagate was shut down by the “Admins”. Who are the admins? These are the employees of the Reddit company, and whatever they want, they do. They were supposed to make sure that child pornography didn’t exist and pornography was put into its corner and people weren’t too mean to each other, but now the Admins, under a user named Spez (the current CEO of Reddit), Pizzagate was shut down. On Reddit. But Pizzagate did not end with them shutting down one of the forums. No, there are many forums for people interested in helping expose the largest child molestation ring in the world that includes Hillary Clinton and most of the leaders of the democratic party.

This isn’t the end. I think many people can understand why hosting something like Pizzagate on Reddit would be problematic, even if Spez wasn’t involved. The problem with investigating child molestation is there are things that are said and evidences presented that you don’t want the FBI to find on your hard drive. And if Reddit hosted such things, why, that would be deeply problematic. And besides, things were getting out of hand. One of the tactics the Clinton camp uses is to plant false flags. For instance, they’ll put someone wearing a Cruz T-shirt at a Trump rally and then that guy will start pushing people around hoping he gets beat up by some Trump fan. The next day, they can post pictures of how Trump fans beat up a Cruz supporter at their rally, or whatnot. The moderators of Pizzagate (who are not paid) were overwhelmed and they had a very difficult time maintaining an open community that adheres to all the community guidelines, particularly with obviously false flags being planted.

But what happened next is truly astonishing. After Pizzagate was shut down, people on The_Donald starting hurling insults towards Spez. And Spez, in a moment of drunken moderating (that’s what we call it when moderators let their emotions get the best of them) hacked his own database to change the comments. This, in and of itself, would be news and worthy of a large number of people leaving Reddit.

But it gets worse. There is a chat forum where moderators of the top communities (besides The_Donald, of course) and the admins can get together and chat. Now, the people most active in this small community are, of course, the SJWs. But not all of them. One of them took the transcript of the admins and mods celebrating Spez’s “drunken moderating”, and begging him to let them “accidentally” delete The_Donald and worse (such as making their votes count opposite, or letting people outside of The_Donald’s votes count more) and posted it for the world to see.

This transcript is as damning as it sounds.

SJWs are not interested in free speech, not even a little bit. They are as bad as any communist I have ever heard of, willing to use force if necessary to keep people who disagree with them from speaking.

What they don’t realize is we already knew this. But now we have documented evidence.

And now, Reddit is done.

Reddit is not a place for free speech anymore than Twitter or Facebook or YouTube are. It is just another forum heavily moderated by SJWs for SJWs where they can take out their frustrations on innocent people who simply have an opinion different from theirs.

I still browse Reddit for the opinions and views of people, and also to watch how SJWs act and what the next great social movement is.

If you’re wondering, they want to legitimize child molestation. I wish I was kidding, but I’m not smiling.