King Solomon, Wise or Foolish Manipulation?

Citizen Tom:

Here scatterwisdom provides an excellent argument for term limits, and he is right. Term limits would help, but consider how he defines the issue.

“The reason being, especially in local politics, is that incumbent has an inherent power to influence hiring and government purchase contracts. The result is that unless an incumbent really screws up, he will always have thousands of assured votes “in the bag” over a new candidate because of voter support by the job or contract holders, and their relatives and friends, who benefit as a result of the incumbent influence.”

Actually, the Federal Government spends almost twice as much as state and local governments combined. Combined with all the tax laws and regulations they control, Federal office holders have an enormous capacity to buy our votes.

The Federal Government has powers far beyond what the Founder’s intended. Therfore, if we think our local government corrupt, the Federal Government should horrify us.

What would term limits accomplish? Term limits would limit an incumbent’s ability to buy our votes, but term limits cannot solve the basic problem. So long as we are willing to be bought, candidates for public office will buy our votes.

We, not the people we elect, have corrupted our government. Because we are to blame for the people we elect, if we want save our republic, we must first reform our own behavior.

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Are we being manipulated by politicians and news media?

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sick with feverOn the 17th of October I posted a suggestion by Senator Dick Black, Delegate Mark Berg, MD, and Delegate Bob Marshall (HAVE OUR STATE GOVERNMENTS BECOME WIMPY?). Black, Berg, and Marshall urged Virginia’s governor, Governor Terry McAuliffe, to implement “travel bans similar to those that have been implemented in thirteen African nations which have banned travel from Ebola prevalent areas to their countries.” Unfortunately, McAuliffe ignored them. It appears, however, governors in other states cocked an ear and listened.

Bloomberg reports the following in New York, New Jersey to Quarantine Ebola-Risk Fliers.

New York and New Jersey will quarantine on arrival at the area’s airports anyone who had direct contact with Ebola patients, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie said.

The stricter rules came shortly after a top U.S. health official said the federal government also was considering tighter measures nationwide that may put anyone returning from Ebola zones into quarantine or under strict monitoring. (continued here)

The New York Times has something similar in Mandatory Ebola quarantines ordered in New York, New Jersey.

New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine all medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries for 21 days, and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday.

State health officials will extensively interview all travelers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

“Increasing the screening process is necessary. I think it reduces the risk to New Yorkers and the residents of New Jersey,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (continued here)

Does that means that anyone who wants to escape being quarantined in New York or New Jersey will come through Virginia instead? I don’t know, but we may wish to ask Governor McAuliffe what he thinks.

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King Solomon Upside Down

Citizen Tom:

Here we have a post about the rich. Every healthy society needs “rich” people. However, not every society does a good job of choosing who should be rich, and this post explains why it is important to have the right sort of “rich” people in charge.

Does that sound like a strange thing to say? Having the right sort of “rich” people in charge? That’s because of us don’t realize how we actually vote or how important our vote actually is. Of course, when we go to the polls, we vote, but we also vote in many other ways.

When we donate our money to a church, a charity or to political a campaign, we vote for the type of nongovernmental institutions we want to see and the type of people we want to see running those institutions. When we spend our money on the goods and services we want, we vote, and if we are careful and ethical ourselves, we spend our money on ethical businesses and people who run ethical businesses. When we choose our entertainment, we vote, and if we choose to fill our minds with good and healthy entertainment, we favor the spread of good and healthy entertainment by helping the people who provide it to prosper.

Thus, with our choices, we choose the character of the rich people who run our society.

Originally posted on Rudy u Martinka:

Three thousand years ago, King Solomon wrote to describe what occurs when fools rule over the wise. What becomes evident when this occurs? Read on if you are interested.

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fatter_disasterIt is awkward fact of life. Whenever we engage in a complex activity, we will make mistakes. When we go to our doctor or dentist, our doctor or dentist will make mistakes. When we buy a home or a car, we will find flaws in that home or car. When we drive, we accept the risk of an accident, one that even we as the driver might make. We may not like the idea, but due to a lapse of attention or circumstances we did not properly anticipate, we could accidentally kill someone. Therefore, when we err, we should try to do so on the side of caution.

The story is in the headlines daily. The key word is “Ebola.” The argument is over whether enough is being done. Some demand that we quarantine those nations where the disease is epidemic. Others have their own ideas.

Here are a couple of stories typical of the day.

  • How the microscopic Ebola virus kills thousands ( – This story attempts to calm us more panicky souls.  So it begins.

    The fear of Ebola has spread faster in America than the virus itself. Ebola has infected the American psyche, forcing us to do risk analysis of a pathogen we know little about. This is different from the flu scares of recent years, because this virus is novel here, and we have no cultural memory of what we are supposed to do, or think, or believe, when Ebola is on the loose.

  • CHARLES: Ebola: do the math, Mr. President ( – This editorial, on the other hand, urges action. So it begins.

    Big facts and basic math, tell the whole story. We have only begun to see the potential effects of Ebola nationwide. We still have a chance to get this right, but the President needs to get active.

I have spent this last weekend with family, one of my children, her husband, and my grandchildren. I do not wish to experience the horror of seeing them sick with a deadly disease, and I consider myself blessed to live in a nation with the knowledge and the wealth to keep the dangerous diseases that so afflicted our ancestors at bay. Do we have the same ability to control the spread of the Ebola virus? I don’t know, and the experts seem uncertain. Therefore, I am one of those souls feeling the panic and baffled.

Baffled. Why? Here we have an instance where our leaders have clearly not erred on the side of caution. More and more often our leaders have made decisions designed to further their own personal interests instead of the good of our people, but their reaction to the potential spread of the Ebola virus has been especially revealing. What makes them think they will be immune? What makes them think members of their families will not get the disease? Is it pride that keeps them from admitting their humanity and erring on the side of caution? I wish I knew, but I find it difficult to have confidence in leaders who do not exercise sufficient caution with the lives of others.

Meanwhile, our nation continues to slowly unravel.


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sick with feverThese days I am not very excited about politics. I still see the issues as extremely important, but I don’t have any genuine Conservatives running locally that I can support.

I still support the Republican Party, but the Republican Party is not doing anything meaningful. They are just waiting for disgust with President Barack Obama and anyone they can associate with him to win the election for them. It is hard to generate enthusiasm for a political party that is so fearful of standing for and fighting for anything.

To illustrate, let’s consider the following. Here is an email I got from Delegate Bob Marshall on Wednesday.

Marshall, Black and Berg Request Travel Ban from
Ebola Prevalent Areas

Dear Friends,

Yesterday Senator Dick Black, Delegate Mark Berg, MD and I sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe urging him to seek travel bans similar to those that have been implemented in thirteen African nations which have banned travel from Ebola prevalent areas to their countries.

We urged Governor McAuliffe to use the police powers of Virginia to protect our citizens and residents from exposure to Ebola even if it means a timely court challenge against passenger airlines or the federal government if they continue to permit entry into Virginia of passengers flying from Ebola affected areas.  We also asked him to take similar measures to protect our seaports.   We reminded him that similar Government travel restrictions were used to limit Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Please check out the letter and contact Governor Terry McAuliffe to urge him to:

Use your gubernatorial powers to protect me and the other residents of Virginia from exposure to Ebola.  Please take the necessary steps to ban travel from the affected nations to Virginia, both through our airports and through our seaports.

Thank you for your help!


Delegate Bob Marshall

Three members of our General Assembly wrote and signed a letter.  Just three.

Will our Democrat governor do anything? Probably not.  McAuliffe fights for taxes, special privileges for victim groups, and big spending, but he does not seem much interested in protecting our God-given rights.

What is astonishing is why our leaders have not imposed travel restrictions to protect themselves and their own families? Do they think themselves somehow immune from the plagues that afflict the rest of humanity. It seems that is the case, but we should know better.

I wonder if we live too much in an unreal world. Do we regard real life as something akin to reality TV? I doubt we are so foolish. Nevertheless, we have a tendency to regard death as too distant to touch us.

I remember reading a story about Union soldiers, their first brush with combat during the Civil War. When they came fire, ambushed, they just stood there too startled to move. What was running through their minds? Was it disbelief that someone could actually shoot at them? Only after they got over the shock of seeing the bodies falling around them did the remainder seek cover.

The Union soldiers were young; they had never experienced combat or been under fire. They had not been trained to react appropriately, and they had no time to react. What is our excuse? Contained in a backward region of distant Africa, the Ebola epidemic has been going on for months, growing.

Do we have an irrational sense of invulnerability? What will happen if Ebola starts to spread here? When we realize we too can suffer the same plagues that afflict the rest of humanity, will we panic or will we turn to God? Will we repent for our foolish hubris? How many of us have to die before that happens?

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