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.

Who is God, Really?

August 23, 2015 by

The fascinating story of the conversion of King Lamoni in the Book of Mormon explains a lot about our culture today.

To summarize, Ammon, the oldest son of the king of the Nephites, experiences and witnesses dramatic conversions, being born again with a new understanding of what life is really all about. Filled with the love of God and hopeful that the Lamanites, a group of people who separated themselves from the Nephites hundreds of years ago by trying to kill Nephi, might experience the same kind of conversion, head into the land of the Lamanites, following the Spirit of God. There, Ammon volunteers to be nothing more than a common servant to King Lamoni, one of several rulers among the Lamanites. He shows remarkable loyalty and devotion to the king, as well as seemingly infinite power through Christ, and wins an opportunity to teach King Lamoni the gospel.

He lays out the gospel by first explaining what and who God is, what the heavens and earth are, and God’s relation to it as Creator. He then continues by relaying the history of mankind, including the history of the Nephites and the Lamanites, carefully emphasizing all the troubles that their ancestors experienced and even the trouble that they brought on themselves. Then he explains the Plan of Redemption, which is God’s plan to save us from ourselves, and how the only thing we need to do is to ask for mercy from God and follow his Spirit to win eternal life.

This knowledge is obviously all new to the king, and so, after he prays to God for the first time, begging for mercy, he is overcome and reborn as a new individual, along with several members of his household. Thus begins the missionary work among the Lamanites, where many thousands come to understand God, receive his mercy, and begin a new life, laying aside their old grudges and embracing both Lamanites and Nephites as brothers.

In this experience, we learn several things. First among them is that our own ignorance is to blame for our separation from God. This ignorance can be of our own will and choice, but it is usually the fault of our ancestors, who failed to teach us the most important things. Regardless, just as (true) knowledge of God is eternal life, one and the same, ignorance of God is eternal damnation, one and the same.

King Lamoni’s beliefs about God were first that he was a Great Spirit. The second misconception was that it didn’t matter what you did, you were justified. The third misconception was an idea that slipped into his head at the beginning, that perhaps the Great Spirit did care what you did, and that he would punish you in this life for your bad behavior, even if you don’t know what that bad behavior is. These ideas all seem contradictory, but it is the exact philosophy we live under in popular culture.

The Great Spirit is called many things. In Star Wars, it is called “The Force.” In Kung-Fu movies, it is called Qi or Ki or Chi, the life energy that flows through all of us. We might also call it Karma or luck or any number of things. The important thing is that it doesn’t care about you. Either it doesn’t care what you do with it or it does care and rains down justice with nary a thought or care. We find the former ideas in philosophies that tell us that we should do whatever we think is best, with no regard to morality except the moral compass inside each of us, and even then, sometimes we have to bend the rules to get what we really want. We find the latter philosophy in the “School of Hard Knocks.” If you don’t know how something works scientifically, it doesn’t matter: It will either bless you or curse you regardless of what you think you are doing, and it doesn’t care. Call this Murphy’s Law. Call it Reality. Call it what you will, whatever you’ve come up with is hardly different than anything the Romans or Ancient Greeks came up with. You’re just using different names for the same things.

Is it hard to see why this philosophy is harmful to everyone involved? Where is there any teaching of kindness or compassion? Where is it required that we love and serve one another? No, this philosophy teaches us to treat the world and the people around us like animals, or rather, like machines to exploit.

Ammon was facing impossible odds when he took upon himself the task to educate King Lamoni. Or rather, it seemed God, working through Ammon, had taken an impossible bet putting Ammon in this situation that no mortal man can see a resolution to. However, God has a few secrets of his own, and among them are those that will erase the ignorance of King Lamoni and our modern culture. First, by making Ammon a servant, he taught King Lamoni something about who God really is. When the king told his servants that he thought Ammon, whom he assumed to be the Great Spirit, was here to punish him for his bad deeds, they reassured him that whatever Ammon was, he was a friend to the king. Ammon emphasized by word and deed that whatever King Lamoni asked him to do he would do, with the limitation that the action be right. This is the exact same promise God gives us in scripture. One, he is on our side, and not our enemy or adversary. Two, that whatever we ask God, as long as it is right, he will do it.

Once the king recognized these two facts about Ammon’s nature, he began a journey to understanding God’s nature. If someone who is your friend and who will do anything you want (that is right) makes an entire universe, complete with earth and heaven, you have to wonder, at least a little, what he is thinking. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we teach that the earth and the heavens are here for a purpose: our eternal salvation. Indeed, we teach that God’s entire purpose is our eternal life and exaltation, to allow us to grow to become like him, so that we can live with him in perfect unity for all time, and enjoy the limitless happiness only he knows how to unlock.

Now, looking around at the universe around us, at the people God placed us with, it is apparent that something must’ve gone horribly wrong. We see all kinds of evil things. We see horrible things that happen, horrible things we do. We look at our own history, and we should be shocked at who we really are. It seems there is no limit to the evil that we can create for ourselves. Ammon’s close friend Alma experienced a face-to-face interview with God in this state. He described the experience as so horrible that he wished he could be erased from existence, never having been born. This is the reality of reality: It is horrible. Anyway you look at it, there is nothing good about it. Our ultimate end is death. The only description we can apply to ourselves is evil. I mean, if a person does one evil thing and a hundred good things, that still makes him an evil-doer. There is no hope for us in this situation. Why would God, who wants to be our servant and who will do anything we want that is right put us in this situation? What is the point?

The point is revealed in the critical element always missing from ignorance. The bit of knowledge that King Lamoni didn’t have was that there is a way prepared for all of us to become like God, despite our circumstances. That way is commonly referred to as the Gospel, meaning “Good word”. That word is Christ, Savior, Redeemer, the Hope of All Mankind.

To understand, first, Christ bought us by paying for our sins. All we have to do is accept that fact.

Second, Christ is our link to God. Except when we face God through Christ, we can have all memory of our sins wiped away, so we need not fear as Alma did in his experience. Indeed, he isn’t just covering our sins, he has the power to change our very nature to be like God’s. (However, he won’t do that fully in this life, for an important reason.)

Third, Christ laid forward a simple plan we can all actually follow. The plan is summarized by the words “faith”, “repentance” and “obedience”. “Faith” is the “Fidelis” in the Marine Corps “Semper Fidelis”. Christ is like a Marine who we can trust with our very lives. When we trust Christ, we are turning over all of our worries and sins and cares and letting him shoulder the burden. In exchange, we behave differently. We let him change us. We welcome the changes he wants to bring. This is the process of repentance. We acknowledge and confess our sins, we stop sinning, and we try to do right. If we sin again, we repent again. Repentance is the getting up part of falling down. As long as we get up more times than we fall, we will be standing. As we repent, and we will all be repenting for the rest of our lives, we promise to obey God’s Law and the gospel Christ gave us. Will we do it perfectly? Of course not. But we never had any hope in our own obedience anyway. We move forward with faith, trusting that as we try to do what’s right, as we align ourselves with God’s will, then things will go according to his plan.

The Gospel teaches us to pray to God. It teaches us to read history and ponder on God’s interactions with mankind. It encourages us to hope out of despair. It encourages us to see things as they really are, rather than hide the truth of things from ourselves for fear of their awful consequences. It teaches us to forgive and accept forgiveness. It teaches us to love and serve each other, to strive to build a peaceful society where every member, rich or poor, smart or dumb, can all enjoy the blessings of sociality among friends.

Somewhere along the line, we have let this simple gospel escape us. We rely too much or too little on our own intellects, on the arguments of others. We let other voices crowd out the whisperings of the Spirit, the Still Small Voice Christ promised to send us after he left this world. Just when we think we’ve stumbled on to a good philosophy, we discover it has some fatal flaws that either prevent us from behaving more fully according to it, or receiving the promised blessings. However, as Ammon demonstrated, and as King Lamoni experienced, the simple gospel is powerful to save and change hearts. It is enough for today’s world, just like it was enough for King Lamoni.

As a postlude to the story, King Lamoni’s people received God into their hearts. Their love for their fellowman was so great that they would rather die than lift a hand to stop someone trying to kill them. They formed a society of equals based on gospel principles. When the Nephites were in trouble, they opened their hearts and helped, feeding and sheltering the homeless and dispossessed. When the Lamanites were in trouble, they did the same, giving land and jobs to thousands of former warriors. They renamed themselves “Anti-Nephi Lehies”, probably a reference to the father of both Laman and Nephi, Lehi. They focused on the fact that they were descendants of the great patriarch and seer Lehi, a call to both Nephites and Lamanites to reconcile their differences and remember the family that should have been.

On Begging

August 3, 2015 by

On a forum I frequent, I shared my honest views on how to handle poverty. My solution is rather simple. The government does nothing but protect the free market so that poor people can participate too. If the poor don’t have enough resources to provide their needs, they either work harder or beg or both,

Some people accuse me of being cruel and heartless for suggesting that people should beg when they need something they don’t have. I don’t understand why. Perhaps it is because they have turned away so many beggars that they think it is a fruitless pursuit. They think turning someone out to beg is a condemnation to death by poverty.

In my experience, begging works extraordinarily well. It is, in fact, the grease that keeps our economy running.

Let me share some examples of begging.

One day I was waiting in the parking lot of our church for my son to finish his scouting activity. A man walked up to me and asked for a dollar for the bus. I gave it to him. He rode the bus. To me, the dollar was meaningless. To him, it meant a ride. What was nice is he didn’t even have to walk up to an ATM. All he had to do was open his mouth. We both had a good feeling, and he shared with me some of his thoughts and experiences of the day.

Second experience. I sent my wife with one small child in tow to Korea to be with her mom. She really wanted to, and because of morning sickness, she felt like she would be better off in Korea where she was more familiar with the food. I told her, “As you get off the plane, and get your luggage, just grab a random guy and tell him to help you. Don’t ask, just tell him.” She was puzzled by this, but I put explained it this way. “Suppose I were in an airport, and there was a young mother with a toddler who was pregnant. All she needs to do is look at me and I will help her, and be happy to do so.” Korean men sometimes appear rough and insensitive in public, but I knew that you would have a hard time finding a man who wouldn’t help a young mother. I was right. She found someone who even carried her luggage all the way to the train.

I have had countless experiences in my life, both as a beggar and a giver. I know that it works. It works really well. In fact, I spend a great deal of time begging as part of my day-to-day job. I ask my co-workers for things. I also give them things when they beg. You’d think that in a startup maybe the CEO or something tells everyone what to do, but usually, we have no one in charge and we just find a need and take care of it. It’s much like the real world inside the walls of my company.

When I tried my own hand at starting a company, I was overwhelmed by the community of start up entrepreneurs. I commented once, “You guys are more charitable than the most religious people I know.” They responded, “We know it works. We help each other out. We care for each other. We survive. When one of us wins, we all win.”

Those of you who think telling poor people to beg for the things they need is inhumane need to look around you. That’s how industry works. That’s how companies work. That’s how families work. That’s how our entire society works. The richest men in the world beg. Begging is a valid way to fulfill your needs. We beg. We give. We help each other out. I can’t imagine living in a society where people didn’t beg.

Leaving a sick elderly person to beg for their health care is not inhumane. I recall the story in Acts of the lame old man in front of the temple. Every day, someone carried him to the temple to beg. Every day someone carried him back. Every moment of his life was sustained by people meeting his begging pleas. It was his final plea to Peter that finally cured him. It sounds like God wanted that man to beg. He wanted him to keep on begging until he had enough that he could stand on his own two feet. What’s noteworthy is once that man stood, he stood and defended Peter.

Compare what his life would be like if he foolishly and proudly tried to make do on his own. Would he have simply been one of the countless thousands that Peter walked by? Would he have even survived until that day when he met Peter in front of the temple?

If there were someone who didn’t have enough money for proper medical care, I would hope they beg. I would hope they beg for money, beg for alternatives. I’ve been to more than one fundraisers for people needing money for medicine or treatment. I’ll go to more. The louder they beg, the better chance they have of finding the person who has what they need.

Beggars are also some of the most charitable people I know. I know of a family who barely has enough money to pay their rent let alone buy food. They beg for food and our church gives it to them. But even though they have just enough to sustain themselves, they are sharing their food with their neighbors, who are in similar positions. I don’t live in apartments, but if I knew my neighbor was short on food, you’d bet I wouldn’t give it a second thought to open my pantry.

This isn’t to say that being poor is noble. It’s not. Being poor is horrible, and I hope that we will one day live in a world where poverty is as distant memory to us as hunger is to myself. (It’s been 3 generations since my family has seen real hunger.)

What is most ignoble is the demands. The demands that you help, whether you’d like to or not. The use of government to extract money for the poor, then cutting a large sum off the top and keeping only scraps for the poor. Then claiming moral superiority for your theft and mismanagement. This has got to stop. This is corruption, pure and simple, and like all forms of corruption, it spreads and sickens everything. This disease of government “charity” turns the poor into entitled brats. It turns the givers into Scrooge-like greedy wealth mongers. It drives a wedge between rich and poor. It is a horrible cancer that is tearing us up from the inside.

The Future of Education

July 29, 2015 by

Those of us familiar with internet technologies discovered something very early on about human nature. That thing we discovered surprised many of us, but it really shouldn’t have been a surprise at all.

Before I share that secret, let me explain what education has to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

After Christ was crucified, he spent a considerable time with this disciples, showing hundreds his resurrected body. He was teaching them and preparing them for the “Dark Ages” that were to follow in his absence, the period of time when his church (the body of believers) would have to learn to live by the Spirit, the same way he did.

Shortly after this period began, the events recorded in Acts occurred. First was the pouring out of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Then came the healing of the lame man and also an outpouring of the Spirit as Peter taught the Jews and invited them to embrace Christ who was ready to forgive them for whatever sins they had committed just a few months earlier when they demanded Pilate crucify Jesus. These events lead to the conversion and baptism of thousands of people.

What followed next only earns a few verses in the Bible, but they donated all of their property to the church and began to live a life of sharing. We don’t have a lot of details about how this worked, but this idea of a society where all things are shared common has been with us ever since.

Do we have to count how many times we, collectively, have tried to build that society again? And how many times have we failed?

The closest thing we have to it that I know if is found in the suburbs of America. My neighbor’s lawn is growing too long — he’s working long hours and his wife has been ill. So I mow his lawn while I mow mine. Someone needs someone to watch their kids while they take one of them to the hospital. Our house is open. This attitude of sharing is part of suburban life. It is part of who we are as Americans. We will gladly share our things and time with those who stand in need.

Are Americans special? No, of course not. It isn’t hard to find sharing throughout humanity’s history. We all know it is a great idea, and we all wish we could do it better. True progress is made when people open their hearts and minds and share what they have with others.

The modern university is the descendant of the universities found in the Middle Ages in Europe. These hearken back to a time when people gathered together to educate and be educated. Whatever money was involved was simply living expenses. Oftentimes, in European society and elsewhere, the price of admission was a willingness to work together to obtain the means necessary to sustain life.

Universities formed because people wanted to share. They wanted to share their experiences, their insight, their questions, their ideas. They wanted to hear what others had to share as well. Over time, we became really good at sharing, and it became clear that a new breed of scholar was developing. We called these “scientists” because unlike philosophers (lovers of wisdom) or scholars (people familiar with things), they actually knew what was going on and could make predictions that came true.

Modern science is built on the pillar of sharing. Now, researchers share for different reasons, but ultimately, it is their love of learning and discovering that compels them to share their research with the world. Whatever price is charged is there to sustain the process. Countless professors and scientists live on a modest wage because they would rather share than be wealthy. We should salute them for their sacrifice. As for myself, I decided I’d rather be wealthy and have many children than become part of this club. (Besides, I had doubts I could become one of the best.)

With this in mind, the roadmap to education in the 21st and 22nd Centuries become crystal clear. We should encourage and even support the sharing of information and ideas that we all seem to possess. The internet makes this sharing possible.

Unfortunately, in many people’s minds, education has become associated with the trappings and the essences has been forgotten. The idea that schools or teachers or books or internet access can create or produce education is silly. Education is a process whereby individuals seek out and embrace change. It is an individual pursuit. Schools and teachers and books and internet access can help, of course, but they are hardly necessary. I mean, modern science developed without the internet. People were learning before words were even written in books. And who taught the first teacher?

We need to move the concept of education away from things and people and back where it belongs: a spiritual, even religious, pursuit of knowledge. That’s why I led with the story of the apostles in the Acts. It was first a change of heart that lead people to embrace sharing. That’s where we should be focused at a government, society, culture, and family.

Once that spirit has been instilled, there is nothing we can do to stop education from occurring. People will naturally form societies and groups and start sharing with each other. Now, they need food and water and clothing and shelter just like anyone else, but there is no need to tell people to quit their jobs and become full-time educators. We don’t need to separate people out by how educated they are, as if you could measure it, or by what role they play in the education process, as if anyone can’t be a teacher or a learner or author or researcher.

Education might take the form of the following.

First, we’d shut down all the schools and universities. This would take some time as our culture and society adapt, of course, but it is a necessary step.

Second, we will focus education in the home. Each family will be solely responsible for their children’s education. We can do this with government laws and policies, but we also need to engage the culture and society to reinforce this. Imagine if hip-hop stars were saying, “Kids, listen to your moms and dads. They’re the ones who will prepare you for life.” I wonder if hip-hop could even exist in an environment where the center of children’s lives were parents.

While the idea of wiring every family into the internet sounds grand, the sad truth is that we can’t trust government to do it. Involving government will only stop progress. However, an internet connection is not very expensive nowadays, and it consumes only a fraction of family budgets across the country. Perhaps we might subsidize internet connectivity, similar to how the USPS is subsidizing the package service, but I don’t want government to do anything more than throw money at the problem. I firmly believe that without subsidization, we’ll still discover a cheap way to wire everyone together.

Without schools and universities, who will produce materials to educate each other? This is the key part: It will happen on its own. People who know, people like myself, happily produce education materials for free. See, for instance, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGCHznSfCnQ.

These kinds of reforms sounds like a lot of backwards thinking, but really, were we making progress doing things the way we are now? Was it ever a good idea to lock kids in a classroom and have their only source for learning be a teacher or two and a couple of old textbooks? Why don’t we expose the children to the vast world of education? Why don’t we trust parents to navigate the way forward, or in other words, why do we think we will be better at educating kids than their own parents can be?

Regarding universities, I can only imagine what will happen if  the whole world becomes one giant university campus.

Why we need to stop voting for Presidents of the United States

July 29, 2015 by

Donald Trump appears to be leading the pack of republicans with an overwhelming 20% or so. Of course, a plurality is not a majority, so the race is far from over.

But why are we having a race at all? Why do we have nincompoops running for the executive seat? It’s all because democracy is a horrible form of government.

It isn’t hard to see why we have these kinds of people running for president. Some seem to be experienced and qualified, but that is hardly their most appealing trait to the masses. Instead, they are looking for someone who will divide our country, who will put their political faction over the top, and rain down horror on their political foes.

How can we believe that a presidential election will ever unify our country under these conditions? No matter who wins, almost half of our country will be a loser in this winner-takes-all high-stakes game of political power.

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that we elected our presidents in the way outlined in the constitution and rather than having each state legislature delegate its responsibility to its people, it held on to it. Every 4 years, each of the legislatures would nominate and elect electors from the legislature. The governor would have little or no input in this process, except perhaps to cede some of his power to the state legislatures in negotiating for his people to get in.

Would this process be corrupt? Absolutely! This is the genius of the Founding Fathers. They knew we would corrupt and distort every aspect of the constitution, and in fact, they were counting on it.

Look what happens when legislatures corrupt their power. Either one faction rises to secure majority power, in which case, the minority is completely shut out of the process. The majority negotiates with themselves to put their people forward in the seat. They will likely give direction to the electors on what type of president they want or even who they want. If the former, then the corruptly elected electors will try to fulfill the wishes of the legislature. If the latter, then the determination on who should be president occurred in private conferences among the political elite of the state. If the legislature is divided, or the majority party fractured, then more people can get involved in this process.

Who can influence the legislators? The people who see to it that they get elected in the first place, people with political and economic power in that state.

All across the country, this drama will unfold. Somewhere, a group of people will meet and decide who their state should vote for in the next Electoral College. If they’re smart, they will be negotiating across state lines. All the powerful and influential people will be in on this, and eventually, they’ll settle on their man.

Now, let’s look at the man, whoever they choose. He will be made president because they made him so. He will owe them in a big way. But what happens when he becomes president? He becomes his own man. His mortal foes in his political battles will not be the state legislatures and the state elite, but the congress and the supreme court, along with the international forces at work. If he decides to totally acquiesce his authority to the people who put him in office, at worst, there are only regional effects and distortions. He still has to make up his mind how to deal with the federal government.

And this is the genius of the Founder’s plan. Supposing a corrupt person is put in charge of the country, his position means he will still be a decent president. If he is a corrupt person, he will be the person who the corrupt elite decide is the most suitable for the job.

But suppose, for a moment, that corruption is practically non-existent. What would the state legislatures do? I daresay they would nominate experienced and trusted electors, and give them direction to carefully consider each of the possible presidential picks. They would  obviously have to take time to review and even interview possible candidates, just like boards of directors do all across our country when they look for CEOs. After a period of time, they meet all on the same day to render their decisions. The House of Representatives reads the votes and handles any edge cases. The House of Representatives is uniquely qualified to be that body to review and sustain or fix this process because they are elected by the people and they understand better than the states the federal issues facing the nation.

Now, I want you to consider this. Let’s suppose there was a corrupt corporation out there. The corruption goes all the way to the top, even the board of directors. When these cigar-smoking evil geniuses meet together to decide who to make their next CEO, what kind of person will they choose? They could choose someone just as corrupt as them, someone they can control. But really, that’s not the kind of CEO that will earn massive profits. Smart, corrupt evil geniuses will choose someone who is capable, independent, and accountable. The closer he is to being a Boy Scout, the better, because that means they can trust him to do the right thing.

And that’s the memo.

If we leave the people in charge of this process, we get what we have today: a shallow popularity contest where he who can raise the most advertising dollars wins. If, instead, we leave the state legislatures in charge, we have a great deal more hope that we’ll elect someone who is fit for the job.

A Sane Monetary Policy

July 15, 2015 by

Whatever the Fed is doing, it is hurting us badly. We have to stop the Fed.

The Fed is, of course, the Federal Reserve. It is a private corporation chartered by the United States. It prints money and provides the cash through loans to banks and sometimes (but lately, increasingly) to the Federal Government.

Why does the Fed have the special honor and privilege of printing our money? Why can we only obtain said money by borrowing it? This is, of course, an absurd arrangement and it needs to stop.

Let’s pause a moment to discuss what money is and what money is not. Money is an idea. Anything can be money, literally anything. Money is something that each person chooses for themselves to put value in. Because a lot of people put value in money, other people do the same. For instance, I would like dollars because other people want dollars and I can use those dollars to do things like give me food or fix my car. That makes dollars money. But suppose one day everyone stopped wanting dollars. What good would dollars be? They would be no good at all. A good example of this is the pieces of paper in the game of Monopoly. No one considers that money except for the purposes of playing the game.

Money exists because we, the people, say it does. A dollar has value because there is someone out there who gives it value. This is the basis of money. Money is really something created by and sustained by us. It is our own invention.

The Constitution of the United States gives explicit power to Congress to print money. Up until the Federal Reserve was formed, Congress held on to that power. During times of trouble, when more money was needed, Congress printed more money. When there was too much money, Congress could tax it back. In this way, Congress could control the money supply. It is the truth that for much of our history Congress was very conservative with its power, insisting on using a gold and silver standard for our money. While gold and silver are a good form of money, they are money as much as pieces of paper are money. In the ’70s, the Federal Reserve took us off of the precious metal standard and just printed as much money as it wanted.

A sane monetary policy this is not. Why do we trust a small group of people to make decisions that affects everyone? Shouldn’t everyone have a say in how much money we print and what we use to back our currency? That’s what the Founding Fathers thought, and so they kept monetary policy in the hands of Congress. If there was too little currency, the people would demand that Congress print more, or change what backed it. If there were too much money, then the people could demand that Congress limit its supply. How would the people know if there was too much or too little? They can look at the prices of the things they buy. If they are going up, we have too much money. If they are going down, too little. Prices going up are a problem in and of itself, but prices falling is the worst problem imaginable. It compels poor people to spend their money too early, and pushes all the money into the hands of those who can wait the longest. Manufacturers shut down, retailers close their doors, and the economy goes desolate. This is called deflation, and is the worst possible thing that can happen in an economy. Inflation, on the other hand, is problematic because it discourages investment and saving. It gives an advantage to those who are good at math, and leaves poor people wondering why they are earning more money but not living a better life.

I propose the following resolutions to our current economic problems.

First, abolish the Fed. Have the Federal Government take over the Fed and assume all of its assets. This is perfectly moral in my mind because the Fed is using the power of Congress to create whatever assets it has. It is, and should’ve been, a creature of the Federal Government from the beginning. In so doing, a large chunk of the Federal Debt will disappear.

Second, end fractional reserve banking. This allows banks to effectively print their own money. They do so by loaning out money they have more than once. While this should have the effect of helping the economy, it does so by making debtors out of the American people. Banks should have no more power to print money than anyone else.

Third, have congress print all the money the country needs to keep our currency stable. What should congress do with this money? Spend it, of course. What is the fairest way of all to spend it? I would say it is simply writing a check to each citizen of our country. I would perhaps expand that to each resident of our country. This can appear as a refund for taxes. How much money to create? It’s pretty easy to calculate: Take the rate of growth times our economy’s size and print that much money.

Fourth, eliminate taxes. All of them. Where will congress get money to spend? See step 3 above! Taxes have the effect of diminishing the money supply. It also diverts economic action from its most productive to its least productive. If we were living in an age where productivity didn’t increase every year, then taxes would make a lot of sense. But we aren’t. Taxes are hindering progress. It is shutting down ideas before they even start. We don’t need taxes to pay a debt we don’t have. We don’t need taxes to print money.

Some people want taxes to “hurt” the rich. Seriously consider that sentiment. Why do you want to hurt someone else? In what universe does using government’s power to hurt someone who is doing something legally and lawfully moral? You may think it is immoral to be rich, but consider yourself. You’re likely in a category of wealth that the world has never seen before, and so you suffer from whatever moral failing as any of the rich do.

Note that the net effect of the above is that the only way the money supply can increase to keep up with demand (economic growth) is to have congress print more money. Congress must print this money, and they must spend it, otherwise, our economy will experience deflation. If congress messes up and prints too much money, then we get inflation. Suppose we do get inflation. What does congress need to do? Print less money, or stop printing it altogether for a little while. If they print too little, what happens? Prices fall, and spending slows. What should congress do then? Print more money. How simple can it get?

Also note that by eliminating taxes and eliminating fractional reserve banking, the full economic power of our nation can be unleashed. If we take the additional step of reducing regulations to almost non-existence, we get the added bonus of eliminating the requirements for countless bureaucrats along with the problems they cause. This will also further unleash our full economic growth potential, which demands that congress print even more money to keep up with growth.

With the economy booming, and congress frantically looking for ways to spend the money to prevent deflation, they’re going to settle on the one obvious solution: Simply cut people checks. Whether they give the money only to the poor or the elderly or the young or all people together, it hardly matters. As long as the money gets out among the people, it will be spent, it will further boost economic growth, and it will keep the people happy, and help where it is needed the most. This is why the House of Representatives was deemed to be the one that writes budgets. Since they are elected every 2 years by the people, they are careful to consider the immediate political impact on their district. What member of the house doesn’t wish they could simply write checks to their constituents?

Imagine living in this kind of society. There are no taxes. There is little regulation. Whatever you want to do to make money, as long as it is legal, you can do. If you mess up, that’s OK, congress is going to write you a check, and maybe a handsome one.

Suppose we reach a point where we can’t print and spend money fast enough to keep up with growth. I would say we would have reached to singularity where we no longer need money at all. Anyone who wants to spend money can get a hold of as much as they need. Anyone who wants anything can get a hold of that as well. We’ll be living in an era of unprecedented wealth and growth, where words like “poor” will lose their meaning.

Zo is right: Whites aren’t to blame, democrats are

July 10, 2015 by

Zo brings up a really good point: Liberals aren’t consistent. They talk all about giving every child a future, but abort babies, which pretty much eliminates any future the child had.

He also points out that the democrats are trying to get America to pay for the sins of their past. For instance, with slavery, the Republican Party was formed for the very purpose of abolishing it, and the Democratic Party was there for the very purpose of preserving it. The KKK was the terrorist wing of the Democratic Party, used to kill republican “carpetbaggers” and blacks alike. The Stars and Bars are a flag flown by democrats and has nothing to do with the republicans, except that republicans will defend the liberty of their enemies to say things they don’t like.

It got me to thinking about why people are even poor in this country. Why, in this land of freedom and prosperity, can’t everyone rise up from poverty into wealth? The answer lies in democrat policies.

Why Object Morality Can’t Exist

July 7, 2015 by

The only political argument is really a religious argument. It is, “What is right?” This question is at the heart of statements such as, “The government should not perform marriages at all.” The word “should” implies that there is something good and something bad, and also implies that we should do the good thing. All of this is based in morality. The speaker of that statement is simply stating what his morality is, as much as someone who says a statement to the contrary.

In arguing morality, it really comes down to one’s preference. There is no way we will ever agree on a system of morality unless we all choose to do so. Even the idea that we should use logic in our moral system is, itself, a moral assumption. (Did you see the word ‘should’ there?)

When I state that my moral system is God’s moral system, I am looked down upon by Atheists. They think I am just making things up, saying that is what God says, and then adopting it because I like it. In short, my idea of God’s morality is really subjective and not logical or objective at all. The funny thing is they are doing the same thing with their moral system, whatever it may be.

The difference between saying, “I think this is moral therefore it is moral” and “I think whatever God says is moral, therefore it is moral” is I am actually relying on something that could be objective and shared. This isn’t much different than people who think that morality should be defined by what the majority thinks or morality should be defined by logical conclusions from a set of initial assumptions such as “freedom is the ultimate good”. If we rely only on our own personal selves to define morality, then we are at risk of adopting a bad morality because of the limitations of our mortal, ignorant, irrational selves. But if we rely on something external to ourselves, then we at least have  a chance to get things right, or a better chance at getting more things right. The common morality of a million people is more likely to be better than the individual morality of one person. But this, again, is a moral statement. (Did you see the word “better”, “right”, “bad”, etc…?)

So really, it all starts with an individual decision. What morality do you choose for yourself? Then you expand from there.

One person might say, “I choose whatever I think is right, independent of what others say.”

Another might say, “I choose whatever I think is right based on what popular opinion says.”

Another might say, “I choose whatever I think is right based on a set of assumptions and the logical conclusions of them.”

Another might say, “I choose whatever I think is right based on whatever I think God says.”

Really, who is to say that one decision is better than another? Based on the morality you choose, you choose which of those is best.

So Atheists and others who look down on me for making my own decision based on what I think is right are really denying me the same freedom they wish they could have: the ability to choose what is right. Surely they think that treating someone else differently than the way they expect to be treated is fundamentally wrong. (A moral statement.) If not, then I think we can tell a lot about what they think of other people and their rights and freedoms, and what their morality really is. And that is simply that they think they are better than others.

So if you don’t afford others the freedom to choose their morality, really, you believe that you are better than others. This is, I think, a logical statement about morality independent of morality.

An interesting logical fallacy that I have seen used to attack my moral system is that I wouldn’t believe that murder is wrong unless God said so. This is true. Since I have handed my freedom to choose what is right to God, he determines what is right and wrong. And if he said murder is not wrong, I would not think it wrong. But God does say murder is wrong, so I think it is wrong. So really, this argument is absurd. I do think that murder is wrong. I think so because God says it is wrong. So really, if you’re measuring the value of a moral system based on whether it deems murder is wrong, my moral system is just as good as any other that deems murder wrong.

Of note, I also believe that God is unchanging. He will never, ever change his stance on murder. It will always be wrong. No exceptions. Nowhere does he ever excuse murder, except where he forgives the murderer their sins. But this act of forgiveness does not erase or change the fact that murder is wrong in God’s eyes. Does your moral system have a similar mechanism? On the one hand, is it unchanging? On the other, does it allow for forgiveness of moral wrongs?

If you arrived at the conclusion that murder is wrong based upon your own choice, then who is to say that you will not choose differently tomorrow? That makes your moral system inferior than mine, because you have no guarantee that murder will forever be wrong.

If you arrived at the conclusion that murder is wrong based upon popular opinion, then who is to say that popular opinion will not shift one day? We know from history cultures and societies where murder was not only tolerated but demanded. This makes your moral system inferior to mine, because there is no guarantee that murder will always be wrong.

If you arrives at the conclusion that murder is wrong because of your logical reasoning based upon a set of assumptions, who’s to say that your logic will stand forever? After all, we have used logic in the past, only to find we made an error. I know from my own experience that I am more likely to make a mistake with logic than not. I am no computer. I am an irrational being, just like all of us. So there is no guarantee that murder will always be wrong in your system either.

In fact, the only moral system that demands that murder always be wrong is a system that relies on unchanging facts and tenets which can never be revoked. Only an unchanging God who has spoken on the matter can do such a thing.

Now, our understanding of God’s moral system is flawed. I say this because I know from experience. However, the way you correct someone’s flawed understanding is to bring them closer to God. You have to educate and enlighten them. When necessary, you need to get answers from God himself. However, if we can come to agree on what is and isn’t God’s word, or at least a subset of it, we should be able to do pretty well on the big things like murder, even though we get minor things wrong. And I think that is most important.

The Truth

July 3, 2015 by

Last time I posted about love. That is, real love, the only kind of love we can learn from the Source, God Himself. That’s what our country needs and doesn’t have. It’s the critical element in bringing us to where we all wish we could be.

This time I will post about Truth.

Truth and God’s unalterable commandments are intimately intertwined. They are one and the same. Truth is reality the way it really is, and God’s commandments are a description of it.

As we begin to investigate truth, our first discovery is how little of it we really have. We may think we know something, but do we really? Investigating the truth of anything we know reveals how little about it we really know. For instance, as I studied physics and earned my BS, I was astounded at how often professors would reply “I don’t know” to questions that lay people think had been answered long ago. “What is really happening in Quantum Mechanics?” “I don’t know.” “Where does mass come from?” “These things contribute, but ultimately, I don’t know.” Etc, etc, etc…

It was Socrates who observed, “The only thing I know is that I know nothing.” This is a good thought to ponder on for more than a few moments.

An investigation of the truth of things ultimately drives us to humility. In the state of humility, we begin to see how insignificant and unimportant we are to the universe. We begin to see the pointlessness of our actions and the futility of our plans. It is difficult to accept this kind of truth, oftentimes driving people to embrace the philosophy of nihilism. But it is something we must accept and must resolve for ourselves.

I wrote a few paragraphs back that God’s commandments are a description of truth. If you think of the commandments as arbitrary decisions made by an incompetent being, then this is obviously contrary to what you think about the commandments. However, if you accept that there is a divine being who surpasses all limits of the material universe, and you accept that he is really on our side, then you accept that his commandments are a communication to us about something important and true.

Namely, his commandments describe to us what we are likely to do, what we shouldn’t do about it, and what we should do about it. We do not always understand his commandments when they are first given to us, but my experience is that over time we grow to understand them and appreciate them.

Among the category of true things, the most important truth to consider are questions about real human nature and our own personalities. The most important truth we would like to know is, “What should I do?” This is why God gave us commandments in the first place. Without them, we, in our ignorance, have no hope of doing anything right. We have no way of connecting “here” to “there”, “here” being our current state of existence, and “there” being the state of existence we would like to achieve. And so, the first steps in our journey towards truth is accepting the commandments and learning to live by them.

Once we begin that journey, we quickly discover that not only are we living contrary to the commandments, but we have little or no hope of ever living according to them. On top of that, the fruit of our disobedience catches up to us, and we suffer from the terrible burden of our own wrongdoing. Thus, the moment we set out on the journey of obedience, truth is there to stop us and remind us of our pathetic situation. In addition, as we ponder the commandments, we realize that the most important ones regard something that we can never hope to keep. Thus, like Socrates, we are left to cry out, “The only commandment I keep is none of them.”

This on its own would discourage anyone, were it not for an element of God’s character we call grace in the Christian world. In the Jewish system, there was a series of performances and sacrifices the people of Israel could do to free themselves from the consequences of their disobedience and bring their intent into alignment with God’s. In the Christian system, that sacrifice has already been paid with the blood of Christ. All we have to do is accept the free gift which he offers.

Turning our lives around to align ourselves with the commandments is thus a necessity. It requires that we accept the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ himself. It requires that we confess to him with our own mouth the many wrong things we have done and beg him for forgiveness. It requires that we confirm with him that we intend to keep all of the commandments, and that we demonstrate this with good works. We do not understand why this works, but it does. People who follows these steps find the burden of disobedience and error lifted. In many cases, they see the consequences of their bad choices evaporate, sometimes being replaced with blessings as if they had kept the law in the first place.

We begin to feel more of God’s love as we do this. This is love that we can share with the people around us.

We also begin to see people in their immoral, fallen state as peers, not enemies. The commandment that Jesus gave us to love our enemies, and do good to those who hurt us begins to be ingrained in our hearts. We genuinely seek for the salvation of those who consider us their enemies.

Thus, the pursuit of truth is not without purpose. In the end, we can find it, align ourselves with it, and live life the way God intended it to be lived, in joy and happiness and peace.

This is also what America needs. It seems today’s culture is so busy on living in the virtual, or changing reality, or rewriting the rules of human nature, rather than understanding what is real and what is not, and understanding the truth about our mortal state. We don’t need people trying to deceive each other about the way we are. We need people searching for truth in their daily lives.

For those of you who are confused about why God’s commandments are so important, let me summarize them with the following two statements. God’s commandments all hinge on showing our love for God, and showing our love for ourselves and our neighbors. In order to show love for God and people, we need to have love for God and people. Or perhaps I should summarize the commandments with a single phrase: Love one another.

If that is the case, if every commandment is ultimately an expression of love for God and love for each other, then none of the commandments are a bad idea unless you think love is a bad idea. Thus, you cannot be “pro-love” and “anti-commandments”. The two are intertwined.

For those of you who think you know better than God what the universe is all about and what human nature really is, you have yet to study history enough to know the truth about who we are and what we will do. The only times in history when we have done any good at all is when we have been obedient to the commandments. In every other case, bad things have occurred.


Christians, Jews, and others: We need not fear God’s commandments. We shouldn’t hide what they are. Each is a letter of love from God to man. Each is a recipe for love. It is ignorance of God’s commandments that make people hate them, not the truth. If we could all see the truth, we would all conclude that the commandments are correct. So do not give up trying to teach one another the commandments. None of us can keep them all, but we still need to know what they are, measure ourselves against them, and turn from our faults when we realize we have them.

Let’s Start at the Beginning

June 30, 2015 by

I’ve often pondered how I can help our community, our state, our country progress towards true liberty and freedom, true happiness and fulfillment. I don’t consider myself separate from others, no matter what they think of me. I see everyone as my brother and sister. I feel compelled to help them. What little resources I have I try to find the best way to spend it for their service.

I won’t recount all the things I’ve tried and all the successes and failures I’ve had. Suffice it to say, there have been successes and there have been failures. I have seen that I have been a help, but other times I have hindered. Nevertheless, I will keep on trying.

What is ailing us? We need to be careful to separate cause and effect. We can talk about all the effects, but to do so we may miss the cause. We cannot do anything about the effects anyway, if we do not discover the cause and change it. And so I’ve pondered and thought and prayed for many years to understand the cause. I think I have finally found the answer.

It is love.

We are failing as a country because we have forgotten how to love. We don’t even know what that word means anymore. In our culture, it has been transformed and perverted such that it doesn’t mean what it used to mean. I would use another word, charity, to describe the idea, but even then that has lost its original meaning and now means something that it inspired others to do, but no longer the inspiration of it.

If I were to use three words, I would call it the “love of God” or the “love of Christ”. Either way, it is the same.

Even then, how many understand the true depth and capacity of God’s love? I have barely scratched the surface, and I am continually amazed at how deep it goes. We cannot know God’s mind nor can we even feel what is in his heart to a fraction of what it truly is, but from what we do know, it is enough to give us more than what we need.

Love doesn’t begin. It is a gift. It is given. A child that shows love shows it because his parents gave it to him. If his parents didn’t give it to him, he receives it from some other source. Woe to the child that never had love, that never experienced it! How can he learn it? It cannot be done.

Love is more than a feeling. It is an action, a choice. It is a motivation to action, and the action itself, and the results of the action. Love is a lifestyle. Love encompasses all.

If we knew what that love was, and felt it and experienced it and shared it and lived it — all of our society’s problems would disappear. But how?

There is no other way to learn that love than through the examplar of God’s love, Jesus Christ. Only be studying and following Him can we hope to approach that love. There really is no other way. We cannot gain love through intellectual pursuits. We cannot gain it through shouting or fighting or meditation. We can’t gain it any way except through Him and Him alone.

And so we begin.

The first lesson in love is our very lives. The fact that we draw breath is a sign of God’s love for us. He is giving us another chance to do something good. If we have done something wrong, he tells us we can change and try again. Every moment you are alive, allow yourself to feel God’s love for you, no matter what circumstances you are in.

See, this life is a gift. From what I understand, we are here on this earth because God wants us to experience it for ourselves. He knew we would come down here and do terrible things to each other, and experience those terrible things. He knew eventually we would die. He knew this yet he sent us down here anyway. For what purpose exactly, God only knows. What little hints he has given me has been assurance enough that what we are experiencing is worth it.

What does he ask us in exchange? He tells us to enjoy the things he gave us. He asks us to learn to love each other. He asks us to keep his commandments. He asks us to trust in Him. And when we screw it all up, He asks us to turn back and try again.

Regarding his commandments, we have been lied to. We were told that these were arbitrary restrictions. But they are not. They are a sign of a loving God who cares deeply about us. Let’s say you were walking along and you saw a father strapping his child tightly with thick belts, and attaching him to some kind of rope. At first thought, you would say, “Hey! Let your child go! They deserve to run around and be free!” But a bit of context changes everything. See, the father was preparing his child to do some rock climbing. Those straps and ropes are there to protect the child, so that the child can enjoy rock climbing without the threat of harm or death. The father is binding the child and carefully because he loves his child.

Another example: We see signs along the road, and they say things like “Speed Limit”, “Falling Rocks”, “No Shoulder”, and we might think that it is quite rude to tell <i>us</i> how to drive. But in reality, those signs are there to protect us from dangerous things. We can drive across the country safely if we heed them. If we ignore just one, our lives are in peril.

God’s commandments are the same. We ignore them to our peril. We keep them and find even more freedom and liberty. But this isn’t about the commandments. This is about love.

And as I said above, if you don’t feel His love, you have no love to share.

There are those who wonder whether God exists or whether he gave those particular commandments. The answer is simple: Ask God. He tells us to seek, knock, and ask. He promises us that we will find, the door will open, and answers.

So, the first step in the rebirth of our county is not changing our government. It is finding God’s love for ourselves. Once we feel that love, then we can start rebuilding our country. Without that love, we have nothing.

Go find God’s love. Right now.

On Gay Marriage: I will not submit

June 26, 2015 by

Today the Supreme Court announced that the Founding Fathers had hidden Same-Sex Marriage in the constitution.

However, today I announce that the Supreme Court is stupid. This is the same court that gave us Kelo. This is the same court that said a tax is not a tax. It is the same court that said yesterday that laws cannot mean what they say.

The Supreme Court, for those who do not know, has a wonderful track record on human rights. They recognized the right of white people to own black people, despite some of the white people saying that black people could not be owned. They also decided to make that ruling in such a war as to cause the Civil War. Thanks, Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court also recognized the right of women to murder their children — as long as they are still in the womb. We are racking up a body count higher than Hitler and Stalin and Mao. How long do you think God will ignore us?

The Supreme Court has also recognized its right to trump all other branches of government and even the people. Apparently, it feels it and only it has the power to read and understand the constitution, which it feels means whatever they wish it to mean.

I state, equivocally, that marriage is ordained of God. It is a gift from Him to mankind, designed to protect the rights of us and our children, provide greater economic stability even wealth, along with all the blessings of liberty. Stable marriages erase almost all of our society’s ills. It is the foundation upon which our country was built, but now 5 men and a group of well-funded people think they know better than their ancestors. They’re reforming our country in their image, not God’s, and taking for themselves the power and authority of God.

Our insult and mockery to God and common sense, as a country, is not going to be ignored. We’re already paying the price in our broken homes and communities. It’s only going to get worse as we dive deeper into the abyss of sin and ignorance.

I wish there was something good to say about this situation, but there isn’t. We are the very people the prophets and apostles warned us about. We are the very people the saints throughout history looked forward the Lord wiping off the face of the earth with fire. They celebrated our death and destruction. We were the same as the people who made fun of Noah for building a boat. The Lord is giving us every opportunity to turn back to him, but his patience does eventually wear thin as our hearts grow harder and harder.

The clarion call has already been issued to the righteous of this generation: Come out of Babylon, touch no unclean thing, and be ye clean. All those who hear that voice, follow. Let’s take up our crosses and help each other bear them. Let’s walk the quiet path that our Lord walked, through the mocking crowds and up that hill. We offer the world our love, compassion, and service, and they spit on us and mock us for it. The world will never accept us, will never like us, because the world has always chosen evil over good. It could be no other way.

Do not hope for salvation or redemption to come from man or government. They have no power to save. Pray that God will give us the power to endure, and perhaps even to overcome.


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