Archive for March, 2010

I refuse ALL federal charity, now and forever!

March 22, 2010

Just in case you are wondering if I am consistent, let me be clear. I am never going to accept a social security check. I am never going to pay for my medical care with anything but my own money. I am never going to use food stamps, and so on and so forth. I want out of all federal programs that are extra-constitutional, now and forever.

As far as the highways are concerned, those should be built with private monies or by the states, not the federal government.

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What now?

March 22, 2010

In other countries, liberty dies much like it did yesterday. Thanks to the Democrat’s bill, you now have fewer freedoms today than you did yesterday. Bit by bit, chunk by chunk, you wake up each day to discover the box you are consigned to live in is closing in on you.

In our system of government, the people are king. We really have a tremendous amount of power. Now, we don’t get our way every single time, and that’s a really good thing because the people are not always right. But if we are consistent and unwavering, we will get what we really want. If we are reasonable and patient, we are all but guaranteed to win.

In our case, the people of the United States have, for a very long time, wanted a larger and more intrusive government. They’ve asked for it in the polls. An entire political party, and more than half of the other, have been working diligently to deliver it. Between the bookends of Coolidge to Reagan, the national discussion wasn’t whether the federal government should control our lives, but in what form that control should appear.

Today, we have to realize what our real enemy is. It’s not the democrats or liberal republicans, although these are the physical manifestation of the enemy and the political head. Our enemy isn’t even really the idea of medical care for everyone or guaranteed retirement benefits.

Our enemy is simply the idea that the federal government should be involved, in any way, shape, or form, in the lives of the private citizen in an intrusive way.

We must recognize this fact. Our rights exist when government doesn’t infringe upon them, but protects them. Thing is true, universally: When government is too strong, the people have no liberty.

Now, there are some things we really, really need a federal government for. We need such a government to unify us in wartime. We need such a system to represent us with a clear and unified voice overseas. We need such a system to ensure that free trade exists between the states of our union. We need such a system to ensure that we have a stable yet adaptive money supply. And we need such a system to ensure that contracts written in Maine are enforced in Washington State.

But that’s really the limit and scope of such a government. Outside of these things, and a few other things like that, the federal government really has no business in our lives.

We, as a people, must change. We must stop demanding the federal government to do things for it that it was not intended to do. We must stop looking for checks or services. We must stop looking for the federal government to feed us when we are hungry, clothe us when we are naked, watch over us when we are sick, or give us money when we are poor.

There are other people and other institutions we can, and indeed, should turn to when we are hungry, naked, sick, or poor. The people of the United States are by leaps and bounds the most charitable people on the face of the earth. If you stick your hand out in need, you will be filled. I promise you that.

If we are sick, if we are hungry, if we have any physical need that we cannot meet ourselves, not only can we turn to our fellow citizens, but we must. We must remind ourselves that we don’t work to get rich. We work to benefit ourselves and others. Our lives and fortunes are meant to be spent helping others. The cost of admittance through the pearly gates is to help those around us. By depriving us of the opportunity to serve our neighbors, we are condemning ourselves to forever live outside those gates.

So, tonight, promise that you will stop turning to the federal government for charity, and start turning to your neighbors. If you have something you want to share with the poor around you, why don’t you turn to the poor rather than the government to help distribute it?

Is America now a Dictatorship?

March 22, 2010

In a free country:

I decide what doctor I will see
I decide if I buy health insurance
I decide what kind of health insurance I buy
I decide what kind of light bulbs I buy
Private businesses decide who runs their company
I decide who I hire and who I fire

The difference between freedom and a dictatorship is who makes the decisions. (more…)

Please, Arrest Me!

March 21, 2010

Dear President Obama,

1918 Lighthouse LN NE
Tacoma, WA 98422

That’s my address. I have no intention of adhering to any of the so-called “laws” of the Obamacare bill that just passed. You cannot name one word from the Constitution of the United States that gives you or congress any power to do what you just did. As far as I am concerned, I do not live in a banana republic despite the fact the federal government disagrees with me.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Gardner

PS. I just hosted a fundraiser at my house for a republican candidate who has actually read the constitution: Dick Muri. I plan on spending many, many dollars and encouraging many, many people to do the same.

PPS. President Carter loves you for some reason. Oh yeah, it’s because he’s no longer the worst president in our history.

All Of Them—In College!

March 17, 2010

The Urban Prep Academy in Englewood in Chicago graduated 100% of its seniors, and all of them have been accepted into college. (link)

Urban prep is special for five reasons.

One, it is a public school. That means, you don’t have to pay extra money to go there. The state and city pay the bills.

Two, it’s a charter school, meaning it isn’t bound by the normal union and school rules.

Three, it’s 100% black. It’s an unfortunate testament to the United States education system that black males tend to do far worse than whites or asians.

Four, it’s 100% male. It’s also an unfortunate testament to the US education system that males tend to do worse than females.

Five, it’s in a tough neighborhood, where most of the kids can’t even dream of college.

I don’t believe for one second that our teachers, administrators, parents, students, legislators, congressmen, governor or president are to blame for the terrible performance in our school, particularly in tough neighborhoods and especially with blacks, hispanics, and native americans.

The problem isn’t the people. It’s the system.

Charter schools are one step out of that broken system. It puts these actors together in a better relationship, making success not only possible, but guaranteed with the right leadership and teachers.

We Need to Put the Brakes on Congress

March 17, 2010

By: Frosty E Hardison

In a recent Gallup Poll (March 12, 2010 – Click Here) Congress’s approval rating is 16. That means on the average of 100 Americans only 16 folks think that Congress is still doing a swell job of representing them. That in itself should be another story being followed up on by the national media.

So, my question to you John & Jane Q Public: Who IS Congress representing?

I mean if the devil is in the details and government is going to get involved even more in heath care – You do know your costs are going to go up – right? That is a given any time government and the waste that goes along with anything government controlled, takes over anything in the private sector.

Do you work in the health care field? Do your doctors like what is coming? Are they whispering about moving to Australia, New Zealand, Japan or Texas? Will this bill limit a doctors’ ability to make a living? When and if the doctors leave, will health care still be all it is? Do you think Congress should have the ability to mandate limitations on such things while at the same time raise their own income on demand? Seems a bit self serving doesn’t it – to be able to raise your own salary and dictate how much others can/cannot make? What is that called? Is it a conflict of interest?

Again, Congress isn’t representing me or our country when they raise their own salaries when their approval rating is so low. So just who is it they are representing?

God help us.
Frosty E Hardison

Frosty E. Hardison is a graduate of Colorado Technical University with a degree in Business Administration. An MBA honors student with a 3.83 GPA, Frosty is most recognized for standing up against the Al Gore film “An Inconvenient Truth” being shown as a stand alone “science film” in his daughter’s science class in January 2007. Frosty is a Senior Business Analyst and Consultant to small to medium businesses across the nation. He specializes in data research and business analysis as well as work flow/production efficiency – to increase profits. For questions, see his website.

Political Fight Night!

March 11, 2010

In this corner, President of the United States Barack Obama.

In this corner, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts.

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen the legislative or executive branch openly fight with the judiciary. See, the way our people have come to understand the government, the judiciary has the final say on what is and is not constitutional. Of course, this wasn’t ever the intention of the Founding Fathers, who wanted three co-equal but separate branches of government.

If President Obama wants to set an adversarial tone with the judicial, I would encourage him to do so. There needs to be a national discussion on how far the Supreme Court is allowed to go and who really decides what is and is not constitutional.

The way I see it, every branch of government, the people, and the states individually, should each have their own interpretation of the constitution. Each should exercise whatever power they believe they have to the full extent. That means:

  • The president should only enforce laws he believes are constitutional.
  • The legislature should only pass laws they believe are constitutional.
  • The judiciary should only judge individual cases according to their interpretation of the constitution.
  • The people should elect representatives according to what they believe is constitutional, and openly challenge the government’s interpretation of the constitution and go as far as exercising jury nullification to nullify unconstitutional laws.
  • The states, as well, should write their own laws and judge their own cases and raise their own armies according to their interpretation of the constitution.

So I say, Bravo, President Obama! Go ahead and challenge the judiciary! Please, we need the executive branch to stand up and openly reject court decisions from time to time.

Of course, in this particular case, President Obama and the democrats are dead wrong. When the first amendment was written, it was written in such a way that laws that even hinted at obstructing the freedom of speech, or of the press were outright forbidden. Congress cannot legislate what we say, and how we distribute that message! If a foreign national wants to spend a billion dollars to run a political ad the day before our presidential election, it is his God-given RIGHT to do so! Let people speak and be heard! Let them use whatever resources they have available to influence the people in whatever ways they deem necessary!

I’m glad the Supreme Court recognized my right to gather a few friends together and speak, LOUDLY, about the political issues and candidates of the day.

I’m also glad that the president is not acting deferential to the judiciary and the legislature. Let them fight, fight, fight! The more they fight, the more liberties we will have!

I’m extremely glad that Obama now realizes how dangerous our government is to bad ideas. No, you cannot use bargaining or bribes or threats of violence to move ahead in our political system. You have to build consensus and campaign endlessly just to move the smallest issue ahead.

Why Christians “Don’t Care”

March 11, 2010

John Hinderaker at Power Line asks, “Why don’t Christians care?

This Christian, at least, cares very deeply. It bothers me intensely that any Christian would be murdered in cold blood for their religion. It bothers me just as much as seeing anyone murdered in cold blood.

What could we do about it? What does our Christian Lord and Savior demand we do about it? He preaches a gospel of peace. Let us turn the other cheek, and pray that the Lord will exact justice quickly, or that the oppressors will embrace Christ and find mercy.

Until we, as a nation, decide that the rights we wrote in our Declaration of Independence apply beyond our borders, all we can do is watch from afar and use whatever little influence we have to end the violence.

Health Care Bill Seems Dead as a Doornail

March 10, 2010

23 Dem Yes Votes on Obamacare Switch to Undecided

House Dems Try to Pass Obamacare Without a Vote

If the house tries to pass the bill without a vote (which it may!) then we’ll have an unconstitutional law begging for someone to bring it to the Supreme Court. There, the Supreme Court can throw it out and issue some sort of nasty ruling telling congress not to try that business again.

Of course, if the bill passed at all, there would be a massive fight in the courts regarding how the 13th Amendment applies to the law.

Scurvy, Scientists and Economics

March 10, 2010

The fatal flaw in our human nature is not our mortality and all the errors inherent with that. It is, instead, our hubris or pride that prevents us from seeing us for what we truly are.

Those familiar with the Bible’s teachings will quickly identify this as the leading trait among all villains. The exact opposite of pride is humility, a trait shared by all the heroes of that book and even perfected in Christ Jesus. Oh how wonderful our lives would be if we allowed this lesson, above all others, to infect ourselves, our society, and every institution we create!

Scurvy was a disease that afflicted sailors in times past. It’s a terrible disease with tremendous suffering and eventual death. Every school-child today knows that scurvy is easily prevented with lemons. Older school children will identify Vitamin C as the single element required to eliminate the disease. Nutritionists and chemists understand how easily Vitamin C breaks down and so understand how to treat fruits and vegetables with Vitamin C to maximize its effectiveness.

Over at Idle Words, the author explains a curious phenomena with regards to scurvy and its well-known cure. Despite the fact that scurvy had been all but eliminated after its cure was definitively discovered in 1747, by the time explorers ventured south to the Antarctic, its cure had become forgotten. Children of the rich were suffering from it, as well as explorers who neglected to bring the essential cure—fresh lemons—with them.

The article is well worth the read, in particular, the bits about how human pride and hubris gradually led people away from the real cure for scurvy to one that was no cure at all. Well-meaning scientists convince themselves that they know what’s really happening, and well-meaning researchers fail to follow strict experimental guidelines. Well-meaning bureaucrats dictate policies with disastrous results, and the next thing you know, your kids are dying of a mysterious disease with no known cure—that was eliminated a hundred years earlier with fruit hanging from branches outside your child’s window.

As a scientist, I understand very well what Socrates meant when he said, “The only thing I know is that I know nothing.” We can never know for certain anything, except that we can never know for certain.

As a believer in Christ, I understand very well what the Savior meant when he said, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” There is no hope in understanding who we are or understanding what this earth and universe really is. Those things don’t give us life or understanding. Instead, we should focus on the one thing in this universe with real meaning and perfection.

I know why physicists say, “perhaps”, “maybe”, “apparently”, and even “possibly” all the time, even in answer to the most absurd questions. Physicists, who know more about the universe than any other profession, know that they know the least about the universe than anyone else.

I look at the Global Warming fiasco and I can see what the problem was. It had nothing to do with the earth warming or catastrophic climate change or carbon dioxide or evil oil companies. It had a whole lot to do with people who thought they knew something, when in reality, they knew even less than a school child would know.

In politics, government, and economics, the wisest answer is “I don’t know.” In writing government policy, the best policy is no policy. In writing taxes and regulations, the best tax and the best regulation is no tax and no regulation. We simply don’t know, and all the scientists in the world cannot change that fact.

When bureaucrats, unions, politicians, and businesses conspire to bring order and wisdom to the unwashed masses, I know that their efforts will fail. It simply doesn’t work that way. You can’t direct market forces any more than you can dictate where the rain should fall. You, who can’t even manage your own life properly, cannot hope to manage anyone else’s life any better.

As the Savior said, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

This is why I can say, definitively, that socialism, progressivism, communism, liberalism, and any other -ism that involves smart people making decisions for anyone else will always fail. It assumes what is not true—that humans are not fallible, mortal, error-prone creatures in every aspect. That is the one thing, and the only thing that I know—that we do not know, and cannot know.

After all, if we can doom our children to death by scurvy because we are following the latest scientific knowledge, we can do a whole lot worse.