I was reading “Unplanned” by Abby Johnson, the movie had popped up a number of times in my social sphere, but I like books better, and came across the curious statement that “My heart was in the right place, but I made bad choices.” What shocked me, was Abby’s assertion that she was a moral person because she had gone to church and had a close family. Neither family or church makes a person moral. A person’s choices define their morality.
In the end, I couldn’t get past the third chapter. Abby didn’t, at least at that point, understand that principle. She had an abortion and she fully supported abortion. That’s her morality. Can people change? Surely.
Private unemployment during the China Flu rocketed over 18% to 21% total. It is realistic to expect that Public unemployment rockets over 18% to 21% total. Set an expectation of massive furloughs of Federal, State, and Local employees with your representatives. But don’t expect that it will actually happen.
And that’s because politicians and bureaucrats who believe they are saving lives are the most dangerous people. They believe in their cause, despite the reality around them. They do not have a firm grasp of history, nor do they understand the principles that enable liberty. Rather, they feel we need more government spending on health care, suffering industries, unemployment insurance, social security, etc. If only the military was adequately funded… then what? Would that keep the Chinese from unleashing pandemics on the world?
(Statistics as of 5/3/2020, and I’m sure it’ll be worse by the time this goes live)
The United States is founded on two principles. First, people must govern themselves. Second, people must choose their own direction. The China Flu response by International, US, State, and Local governments opposes those principals.
However, liberty is a curious thing. How do you guarantee your individual liberty isn’t restricted? Can you reasonably sue your government? Do you wait until the issue is past and then try to get recourse? Does China need to pay you? Can you win at the ballot box?
One thing I have learned is that I’m impatient. Just because I can see liberty lost, doesn’t mean that there is enough of a ground swell to do anything about it.
I must be getting old. I recall being told that “we’re flattening the curve so that health care providers have time to respond.” Now the narrative is “we put all these measures in place and they were so effective there wasn’t a curve.” I deeply distrust both narratives. So let’s take a brief look.
To make the numbers nice and easy, an 80 year old human has lived 960 months. If you waste one month of that person’s life, you’ve wasted about 0.1% of their life. That means, out of a world population of 7.8 billion, the approximately one month response to the China Flu, not the China Flu itself, killed 7.8 million people.
They said farewell to sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers, too young or old or fearful or frail to leave the Old World
On Fire Christian Center, Inc. v. Greg Fischer, et al.
It takes a courageous person to look out into the world every day, and coolly calculate what must be done. That person must be armed with a good grasp of history, a rock solid set of principles and morals, the ability to build consensus, and have a proven track record of performing under pressure.
10Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.
American Standard Version. 1995 (Eph 6:10). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Today we are again faced with the necessity of believing that life can and must be better. That liberty is a requirement of happiness and life. Our rights have been trampled by 9/11 and the Patriot Act, which allowed the aggressive and overbearing infringement of privacy by the federal government. The China Flu has stripped away all remaining belief that we can live a life governed by our God and following our sincere and deep belief in God’s justice. The famous scripture in John backs up this principle.
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.
American Standard Version. 1995 (Jn 3:16). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
Stand united. Believe in God. Demand your right to worship Him. If that right is infringed, it is our duty to ignore the restrictions and continue to obey the one true God. Notice that the “fearful” do not inherit the Kingdon.
7He that overcometh shall inherit these things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
American Standard Version. 1995 (Re 21:7). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
It’s what we’ve always known, if the model doesn’t account for easing social distancing, and the impact model with social distancing changes wildly, the experts have been clueless from day one. Why was the country shut down, if the model doesn’t show what would happen without social distancing? Undoubtedly that’s a different model…
The United States is becoming more and more polar. The root cause of this divide is simply the over-reach of government. When the government regulates everything from what you eat, see, breathe, can achieve, where you live, the cost of living, when you can legally kill a baby, or even the response to a government labeled pandemic, the citizens are forced to have very strong “political” views. However, those views are only “political” in the sense that they determine which party a person typically associates with.
Classically, political views had to do with liberalism versus conservatism, or maybe state’s rights versus federal rights. That is why individuals in their daily lives don’t have knock-down-drag-out fights and Democrats and Republicans generally get along. Working with many Democrats, I find we often see issues the same way. Recently a colleague and I found common ground over burning food in our cars. We both agree that it’s a silly practice, and if the Iowa caucus wasn’t so early, then neither of us believe we would be burning our food in our cars. We also agree that we need to take care of the environment and there is a need to continually innovate how we live to enable a more productive society. However he voted for Hillary while I voted for Trump. In an honest moment, we both admit we held our noses and pulled the lever.
What does that mean for the future of the United States? If we want political stability, we have to drastically cut government regulation, and we have to drastically change the expectations of government. We do not want the government to regulate so much of our lives. Our success is based on self-determination and self-governance.
Some people asked why I’m doing this. It’s because I don’t trust the model. This shows that the model is changing wildly on a almost daily basis. Also note that the narrative is changing from “we’re flattening the curve so hospitals can respond” to “our actions are justified because it’s stopped the spread of the China Flu.” That’s a drastic shift in narrative.
Finally notice that this is the Gate’s Foundation model; that’s an important footnote.
An efficient and just system of judgement is required for national stability. In the recent past, the United States’ Department of Justice has requested the ability to suspend the right to a trial indefinitely during times of social upheaval and national emergencies. The cause of this disastrous initiative, however, is that the judicial system has long ago abrogated it’s charter of justice for a policy of legalism and activism. Other people have stated the same thing using a phrase like “the justice system has been weaponized.”
Chistopher Caldwell spoke about this at Hillsdale College. While he is tracing the partisan divide, one of his premises is that the courts have started using legislation to define morals and standards. For example, if schools must be desegregated and culturally diverse, then the courts are issuing orders to bus children, and have created a definition for what is acceptable integration. Hopefully the folly of a court trying to set standards for cultural integration in a school system is readily apparent.
In such a case, the court has no authority, and has inverted the role of the court. The court should be using case and common law to promote justice. The court should not be using the guise of social justice to promote case and common law.
In addition, the courts changing their purpose from justice to social justice, has been advocated by Democrats for many years. By using the courts, Democrats are distancing themselves politically from the unexpected, unintended, and calamitous impacts of their policies. It becomes the courts’ failure, and politicians blame the courts instead of accepting accountability and responsibility for creating horrible laws and programs.
The Democrats are not alone in creating legislation that is unsustainable. Republicans are also trying to legislate morality, and that’s how you get ridiculous programs and institutions like the FISA courts. To get an efficient and just judicial system in America, we have to repeal all the “laws” that attempt to legislate morality, and return the responsibility for moral decisions to individuals and their churches.