“Justice” Roberts

It’s going to be interesting to see how the balance of power between Church and State plays out. Justice Roberts has agreed that safety as defined (or maybe declared is a better word) by state government, overrides the right of US Citizens to freely attend religious services. He’s completely wrong. Your right to commune with the Creator cannot be denied by any man or entity. Obviously neither Justice Roberts, nor the other four consenting judges, understand the results of attempting to limit individual’s access to their Creator.

The God of the Old Testament, in my opinion, was also the being that became the man we call the Messiah. That Being became a man because it takes a true God to experience our pain, and do it perfectly, so that a standard can be set. With that singular expression of perfection, mankind was placed on notice that worldly governments, desires, etc., have no power over God. Except for, of course, Justice Roberts and the four other ding-dongs who claim to be members of the so-called supreme court.

Hogwash. Blackstone is perfectly clear, and perfectly correct, that the immutable body of law is natural law: God’s law. The rest of “law,” common and case, are simply rules made by men to try shape society in a way that makes sense to them.

Fact Checking

So many great books have been written about censorship, and the evil that quickly grows out of it. This week, let’s remember that no-one of sound mind, good health, and not under duress, should blindly believe anything anyone else says. It is our duty to be well educated, and always apply our personal experience and knowledge to decide if we’re being told the truth, or if it’s a packet of lies.

Prager University lost a lawsuit trying to get uncensored on YouTube. Their legal complaint was that YouTube can’t be both a “public forum” and also a “private platform”. I admit the legalese is pretty difficult for me to understand, but I think they contended that a company can’t cherry-pick between the conflicting rights. YouTube claims to be a public forum, so they don’t need to have any liability for what’s posted on their site. They also claim to be a private platform so they can censor any content they deem appropriate. Who’s right?

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Efficient Spending

I think this is from Milton Friedman, but it’s definitely from the Austrian-School of economics:

The most efficient way to spend money, is for someone to spend their own money on something they need. The second most efficient way to spend money is for someone to spend their own money on something that someone else needs. The least efficient way to spend money is for someone to spend someone else’s money on something someone else needs.

It is Milton Friedman, but my memory is a paraphrase.

One principle from this quote is that all government spending is the least efficient way to spend money. That’s why it cost $6,200 to distribute $1,200 to each U.S. citizen. My guess is that the China Flu response will go down as the worst decision ever made by the U.S. government, but our government may only be getting started…

Rioters

The narrative from rioters as well as media covering the riots is closing in on “if you don’t acknowledge your white guilt, you’re responsible for the riots.” To be clear, by definition no conservative person can possibly be a rioter, or the instigator of a riot. The definition of conservative won’t allow it: the belief in individual liberty that doesn’t impinge on others, the belief in personal responsibility, the belief in self-governance, and the belief in self-direction. Those beliefs are completely incompatible with riots.

President Trump is correct, it is the radical left-wing – groups like Antifa – who are rioting, and are responsible for the riots.

Basic Belief

Everyone believes in something, however many people haven’t taken the time to identify why they hold their beliefs.

The most important belief is believing in something bigger than yourself. If you’re a Christian, that bigger belief is probably the sacrifice of Christ – right or wrong. And of all the things that are bigger than one’s self, God is certainly the best belief.

Once a person admits that there is something larger than their life, civilized society follows.

Morality

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.

Unemployment

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)

Two Principles

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.

The Fearful

This is largely based on Judge Walker’s Temporary Restraining Order file by On Fire Christian Center, Inc. against Mayor Greg Fischer and the City of Louisville. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend reading it in it’s entirety.

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.

Political Stability

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.