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Solution to the Problem of Politics

June 27, 2009

Frank at IMAO has a proposed solution to the problem of politics: politicians. He proposes chloroform and chaining people to office, much like jury duty, except jury duty involves jail and not chloroform.

Of course he’s joking, somewhat.

Our Founding Fathers had already identified the problem of politics and government long ago. They came to the same conclusion we do today: it’s politicians that muck everything up. Get rid of them, or replace them with statesmen, then things won’t be so bad. They thought that leaving the power in the hands of the people was the best solution since the people will inevitably get fed up with their politicians and remove them from office.

Of course, they realized a problem with their system. What happens if a politician changes the law to stay in power? Or what if he uses his office to buy enough votes to get re-elected every year? Both of those things are happening and have been happening in our country for some time now. Campaign finance laws exist to keep people from throwing their money against incumbents. And the bailout and other policies are designed to make certain people rich, certain people who can be counted on to vote a certain way and have countless others vote the same way.

The solution that the Founding Fathers had was actually quite simply: Limits. Put a limit on what politicians can do once elected, and there won’t be many people seeking office for gain.

Of course, we live in a day when no limits exist on the federal government. Why, just yesterday, they passed a bill regulating what we are allowed to do with every economic aspect of our lives, and charging us for it. I can not find any section of the constitution granting such broad powers to the federal government. Yet, I fear, this bill will carry as much weight as a declaration of war or a federal budget for wartime activities.

I propose one simple change to the system: restoring the limits.

Today, when the federal government acts beyonds its powers, there is no recourse for the people. We are counted on to elect representatives and senators who will restore the government to its limits.

It would be nice to imagine some government body or vote of the people or grand jury that determines whether the action of the congress or the courts is within the limtis of the constitution. However, the problem is that all of these are just as corruptible as any other system. That is, get the right people on the constitutional review board, or on the constitutional review jury, and suddenly the government can do whatever it wants.

Of all governments, the least corruptible is the vote of the people. This requires a massive fraud or a massive system of bribery, or both at the same time. Corrupting a handful of senators is a relatively easy task to corrupting half of the voting population. This is why the Founding Fathers put their ultimate trust in the people to hold the government within the bounds of the constitution.

There are two things you can do to help reduce the corruption of the people. The first is simple: vote. Two more voters means one more that needs to be deceived or bribed to succeed in corruption. If 4 million Washington State citizens voted, then 2 million would need to be deceived and bribed to fix the election. If only 2 million voted, then only 1 million would need to be corrupted and deceived. This is simple arithmetic.

The second is the hardest part, because it relies on your personal intellect and ability to see things for what they are. You must first educate yourself on what the Constitution actually says. Do not allow someone else to interpret it for you! Then, with your understanding of the Constitution, you must hold the candidates accountable for their actions. In the case where none of the candidates support the Constitution according to your personal interpretation, it is your duty to find a candidate you can support, or run yourself for office. You must be wise, though, careful not to throw the election to the most corrupted elements just to spit the less corrupted elements.

This is the only formula which will protect your personal and individual liberties. There is no other way that will work.


Does God Exist?

March 8, 2009

What if there is a God? What if Jesus, you know the guy you can’t talk about in a public school, really does exist? What if God had some of His best people write down a few things, so that we could have a better understanding of how to fully live life, get along with each other and live a prosperous life without having to have a job and be dependent upon anyone else but Him for our living? What if a few of the things written down in this book, we need a snazzy name for the book… let’s call it something really cool…. How about Scripture? That sounds like an important name for a book doesn’t it? Ok so we have this book, we call Scripture and what if a few of these writers were really connected to this God? What if the writers of this book went out of their way to write down what God predicted as future events? Would that add some credibility? Granted, God couldn’t go around on tour to promote His book like Oprah, but the fact that those things God spoke about and the writers quoted God as saying… have come true over the past 60 years – pretty cool.

Ok so we have set the stage for the next great event. This guy, Jesus, used to walk around the land of Israel giving motivational speeches like Anthony Robbins. Jesus would talk hope for the future, he’d talk about loving each other, he would talk about what God wanted to see for us. Unlike the 60’s movement though, Jesus didn’t need drugs, LSD or a bunch of sex toys or a harem of women to get his message across and live one way and talk another. Jesus was genuine in his message. Top that off with the accounts and testimony of the people who’s lives he changed. This Jesus guy did all kinds of things that even today seem pretty out there. He feed 5,000 people at a public luncheon using only a child’s lunch, he allegedly brought several people back to life… and I don’t mean like they had fallen in a frozen lake and he gave them CPR, I mean, these people were dead for days, rigor mortis had set in, they were buried and they were starting to stink – That is DEAD. He reanimated them like some zombie film you’d watch on fright night only these people were fine, like they had been given a chance at a better life. Cool stuff.

Now, suppose this Jesus guy that did all these great things, was a control freak? What if he commanded us to follow him rather than give us a choice? Would you follow him? I don’t know about you but I am not really a follower of an ego centric guy that feels he has to command me to obey – or kill me. Every tyrant in history has had that modis-operandi of follow me or die. I mean look at what is going on in the Middle East and Asia today. Convert of die! Nope not this guy.

Jesus was cool, he was subtle, he embodied his message of love. He helped the injured, cured the sick and asked for nothing in return really. He did say that God was a great God and there was more to Him than met the eye. Jesus also said that this God guy wanted to know us. God wanted a personal relationship with us. No one had ever heard that before, and to deliver this message Jesus said this God had sent His own son. This was too much for the townsfolk of the time to hear, so they killed this guy. You know what though? The story didn’t end there, this guy Jesus didn’t really care what the townsfolk said or did, he just went on about his mission. The local authorities killed this guy in a horrible death and to spite them, this Jesus guy had one of the angels of God come back for him after he too was stinking from being dead for three days. He just went about his business again. I’ll tell you something, had it been me? I don’t know if I wouldn’t go hunt down the guys that set me up, beat me with a cat of nine tails and then killed me – if for nothing else than to say “See, told you I’d be back!”

Back to our book called Scripture. O.K. so this Jesus guy tells everyone he has to go back to heaven again, God is missing him, but he gives his followers of the time a few signs of things to happen before he comes back again. What do we do? This guy Jesus walked the earth 2000 years ago, said he was the Son of God, did some pretty spectacular things, then gave us these signs to look for, now they have all occurred, now what? Does hell freeze over or what? You know what, I would do? If Jesus really was the Son of God, as he claimed to be, wouldn’t he be like God? So, what I would do if I had a doubt about this Jesus guy? I would find an empty room and put him to the ultimate test by saying something audacious like: “You know God, my life sucks, if you really do exist and you had a son named Jesus – prove it. If you exist and you are the one true God I have heard about, do something great for me as a gesture of good will. If you exist, yeah I would like to have a genuine real relationship with you and get to know you as a best friend. I give you permission to make a difference in my life as any best friend would. Jesus said you would do this for me. I ask you to honor that commitment in Jesus’ name. Done.

Now what if your life was changed? What if that little voice in your heart began to speak more clearly to you? What if you found an unexplained joy and hope? What if… Jesus came tomorrow? Would you be ready?

Something tells me time is very short. No longer a matter of years but days away.