THE SOURCE OF HOMEGROWN ISLAMIC TERRORISM

The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1880) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it. (from here)
The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1880) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.
The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it.  (from here)

Why are the United States and Western Europe having so much trouble assimilating new immigrants? When I read this article, it occurred to me that here was part of the answer, at least.

Muslims around the world know that America is a Judeo-Christian country and its Constitution has been based on those canons. They also know that this Constitution respects all faiths, does not force Christianity on the citizens and allows freedom of worship.

It is also a fact that like all others, the Muslims who have immigrated to the United States came knowing in advance that this country was founded by Europeans with Western values, traditions and culture. Yet they stood in long lines, filled out long forms and waited, some for years, to get the green light to come to America. They all took the oath of allegiance to become a citizen and all they expected was freedom and opportunity for a better life.

Many of these Muslims, including Iranians, are secular and fled to America because the Islamic rulers mistreated them and took away their freedoms, equality and human dignity. They came to live in democracy free from Shariah law in a country where religion is separated from the state.

Others came because they were condemned to live in poverty, ignorance and hopelessness. The corrupt Islamic homeland did not provide them with economic security, jobs and a better future for their children. They came to have the opportunity to work and feel proud as a sovereign human being, providing their children a future to grow and prosper. They are grateful for the opportunity that they would have never had in the Islamic homeland.

However, as time goes on, they become indoctrinated by Americans to hate America, they are told that this is not the great country they had envisioned. They listen to National Public Radio and MSNBC and are told by their new compatriots, how unjust this country is. At work they learn from the ideologues that the 1 percent is in charge of this country. They are taught that white people are racists and discriminate against every non-white, and they are now living under the unjust privileged white. (continued here)

This article raised two questions in my mind.

  • Why would anyone want to become part of (adopt the character and beliefs) a nation of people who loath themselves?
  • Why do parents choose to put people who loath themselves in charge of their children? Don’t they realize these people will teach their children to loath themselves?

Finally, one other observation. It is common for those ignorant of Christianity to teach that Christians loath themselves. While it is true that Christians admit they are sinners, Christians also have reason for hope and joy that far outweighs any sense of shame. We know that God loves us. We know that Jesus died for us, that because of His sacrifice our sins are forgiven. We know that because He is worthy, and He loves us, we each have inestimable worth.

DON’T FEED THE TROLLS!

Don't feed the trolls sign, near Fløyen, Bergen, Norway.
Don’t feed the trolls sign, near Fløyen, Bergen, Norway. (from here)

This post is a sequel to CHRISTMAS AND THE GIFT OF A CIVIL SOCIETY and another post I wrote years ago, THE ADVANTAGE OF A REPUBLIC OVER A DEMOCRACY. Actually, James Madison wrote most of THE ADVANTAGE OF A REPUBLIC OVER A DEMOCRACY. That is, I quoted him. And the best material in CHRISTMAS AND THE GIFT OF A CIVIL SOCIETY came from the Bible. So you could say that to find my best material I troll the writings of others. However, that is not the kind of trolling we will talk about here.

The Problem With Trolls

“Don’t feed the trolls.” Don’t we all know what that means? Isn’t it a cute expression? It makes us think about feeding the wildlife, and until the wildlife starts biting and clawing, that’s fun.

Here is an example. I once had a friend with a cat who liked being petted. That sounds innocuous, and until I decided to withdraw my hand, the cat was quite friendly. Then the cat made it known that she was not yet done with being petted. My friend should have had that savage little beast declawed.

We are all like that cat. We are all trolls. We are all part of the wildlife, and we can all turn vicious. We don’t even have to be fed. We just have to be petted.

A Proper Troll? (from here)
A Proper Troll? (from here)

How does that relate to a republic? To maintain a republic, we must maintain a civil society. Can you imagine a civil troll? Therein lies the problem with a republic.

To have a civil society, we must obey the Golden Rule. On our own we cannot do that. Being what we are, we cannot even be honest about the meaning of the Golden Rule. We will bend it to suit the occasion. Somehow, someway we will make doing unto others all about what we want to do unto others, not treating others the way we want to be treated. We will hunt for nuances, craft exceptions, and most “useful” of all, use the ends to justify the means. We will lie to ourselves and to others and do what we want.

It is not that we do not know better. We create laws. We write them down. We try to fix their meaning, but laws are just words on paper. Because we lack integrity with a bit of sophistry we can make our laws say whatever we want them to say. We don’t even have to amend what is written on paper. That is why few nations have ever come close to achieving a civil society, and that is why few republics have lasted very long. Sigh.

So What Is The Point Of A Republic?

In a nation with millions of trolls, no troll by himself or herself can be a grave danger to the peace of the nation. As James Madison observed in The Federalist, Paper # 10, (see THE ADVANTAGE OF A REPUBLIC OVER A DEMOCRACY) the problem resides in our ability to form gangs of trolls, that is, factions. Hence, as Madison observed, we have a choice.

There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects.

There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests. (from here)

Since Madison could envision no method of curing the mischiefs of faction that were not worst than the disease, he argued for controlling its effects. Madison advocated a constitutional republic, a limited government designed with checks and balances to check the passions we associate with factional politics.

Even so, we remain trolls. Of what use is a constitution for trolls? Unless we each have the personal integrity to obey a law as those who wrote it meant it to be obeyed, how can the rule of law provide a solid foundation for our government? Is it not like building a house upon shifting sand?

Because most men cannot control their trollish character, most societies opt to control the passions of factions by using tyrannical force to stamp it out. To maintain their own power — their own faction — powerful, tyrannical leaders insist that every citizen voice the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests.

Because we are what we are, we have no personal integrity of our own. So what else can we do? How can we avoid joining a faction and abusing the rights of our neighbors? How can we avoid the necessity of condemning our family, friends and neighbors to an ironfisted tyranny? Where can we each find a rock upon which to build a foundation for our character? A proper foundation for our government?

Long ago Jesus spoke to us, and the fathers and the mothers of this nation listened.

Matthew 7:24-27 English Standard Version (ESV)

Build Your House on the Rock

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Jesus is the rock upon which they built.

Why I’m Supporting Ted Cruz for President… and Why You Should Too

Whilst the last members were signing it Doctor Franklin looking towards the President's Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. “I have,” said he, “often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.” -- Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the United States Constitution, Journal of the Constitutional Convention (17 September 1787) (from here) (picture from here)
Whilst the last members were signing it Doctor Franklin looking towards the President’s Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. “I have,” said he, “often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.” — Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the United States Constitution, Journal of the Constitutional Convention (17 September 1787) (from here) (picture from here)

Yesterday I got an email from Ken Cuccinelli. He has endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for President. I have been considering the Republican field, and I had decided to support either Cruz or Ben Carson. I have been surprised by Donald Trump‘s performance. He has turned out to be a far stronger candidate than anyone expected. However, of the three, only Cruz is a life-long committed Conservative. Only Cruz has record that says he will fight and knows how to fight for Conservative political values. So I had planned to write a post extolling Cruz’s virtues. However, since Cuccinelli writes better than I do……

Cuccinelli CompassMy Fellow Virginians,

I am one of countless Republicans exasperated with how the Washington Republican “leadership” has failed to even try to advance our basic principles, to say nothing how they continue to violate their own campaign promises.  Like many others, I believe Washington is a politically incestuous den of crony government – and that’s bi-partisan.  We have many challenges as a country, but we will never confront most of those challenges unless we elect a President who is willing to swim against the current of corruption of Washington.

While many Presidential candidates are trying to make the case that they won’t be captured by Washington, only Senator Ted Cruz has the consistent track record to prove it.  Does that make him appear to not get along with the Washington leadership?  Yes.  Does the leadership dislike him?  Yes.  In the mainstream media, this conflict is portrayed as a bad thing.  I think it’s a good thing.  The folks that don’t like Senator Cruz in Washington don’t like him because he’s an unapologetic Constitutional Conservative that doesn’t back down.  I can live with that… in fact, I can get pretty excited about that!

The intensity of the Republican grassroots’ anger at the GOP leadership is THE major reason that Donald Trump continues to perform well in polling.  It was also part of the successful launch of Dr. Ben Carson.  That anger isn’t just a reaction to President Obama’s destructive policies; it is a reaction to the Republican leadership’s unwillingness to lead like Republicans.  While I respect Donald Trump and Ben Carson, only Ted Cruz has had a consistent record (after getting elected) of challenging the Republican leadership and President Obama’s disastrous policies.  Lots of people talk about fighting Washington, Senator Cruz has done it.

On foreign policy, the GOP seems to have three groups: the “neocons” on one end, the “Paulites” on the other end, and then a group in the middle.  Most of the GOP candidates are neocons.  I used to be a neocon too… until I figured out that neocon polices don’t work and cost far too much in lives and treasure.  I would also note that the neocons are the most willing to “conveniently” read the constitution in ways that dramatically tip the balance between liberty and security…away from liberty.  This tendency is particularly true with regard to their willingness to trample the Fourth Amendment (requiring government to get a warrant based on probable cause to search or seize your property).

I have come to believe that we cannot have a knee-jerk reaction to enter every armed conflict, but should preserve our strength and political capital to be aggressive where it matters most to American interests.  Examples poor foreign policy actions include working to remove Muammar Gaddafi in Libya (in 2011) and Bashar Assad in Syria (which has not yet occurred).  Although they may be loathsome human beings, our efforts to remove national leaders we don’t like in the Middle East often brings much more catastrophic circumstances with regard to America’s security, as we have seen in Libya where ISIS and Al Qaeda have greatly grown in strength since 2011.

Over the last 15 years, America has spent trillions of dollars that we don’t have on foreign policy ventures, most of which have proven bad investments.  We need a President frugal enough to actually count the monetary cost our foreign policy.  Ted Cruz is in the middle group of Republicans on foreign policy issues.  While it may be rousing to hear emotional, warlike rhetoric from some candidates, I believe such strategies are proven failures and I want my next President to break the cycle of foreign policy failures of the current and past Presidents.

One of the reasons the GOP establishment and big corporate interests dislike Ted Cruz is because he has fought amnesty in immigration.  The threat of terrorism and the debilitating drain on our resources from unfettered immigration show clearly that we must have a President who will stand strong for American sovereignty on immigration and against the big corporate interests that control the congressional leadership of both parties.

Ted Cruz’s consistent resistance to the growth of Washington power has also extended to the budget.  The Fed just raised interest rates ¼ of 1%.  That equates to almost $50 billion more dollars of interest payments on our national debt every year.  And the Fed has signaled that it expects a full 1% increase through 2016.  That means that our nearly $20 trillion national debt will squeeze out almost $200 billion of money from our national budget in 2017 just to pay interest on the debt!  Wow, that’s a big number!

Obama has already eviscerated our military.  The increased debt payments will make it much, much harder to find the money we need to repair Obama’s damage to our military.  Among the top Presidential candidates, only Ted Cruz has shown the commitment to cutting the federal budget in the aggressive way necessary to attack our federal debt.  That debt is one of the greatest threats to our children’s future that the next President will face.

One way Ted Cruz has demonstrated his commitment to conservative principles is by the type of people he has hired in his Senate office.  He believes ‘personnel is policy.’ Many of the people Senator Cruz hired for his Senate office came out of former Senator Jim DeMint’s staff.  Compare his hiring history to others in the top tier of the nomination contest and it’s no contest.  This is part of Cruz’s consistent, conservative track record.  He will bring in to his administration dedicated, patriotic conservatives to help shrink the power of government in our lives and in our economy.

And while I could go on to other reasons why Ted Cruz should be our next President, I will end with this:  Ted Cruz has shown – starting long before he ever ran for the U.S. Senate – that he is committed to the first principles of this country.  He is a full spectrum conservative who knows and has fought to protect our Constitution.  He doesn’t protect the parts of the Constitution he likes, and he doesn’t protect the Constitution only when it’s convenient.  Ted Cruz fights for our whole Constitution – all the time.  This commitment to our Constitution will be reflected in how he uses the executive power of the President and the judges he nominates.

Ted Cruz has been a consistent, full-spectrum conservative who has a strong track record of fighting for -and bleeding for – our first principles.  Many candidates “talk conservative” during campaigns, but their actions don’t match their campaign rhetoric.  No other candidate can match Senator Ted Cruz’s strong conservative track record.

America is at a tipping point.  It is not enough for us to get a Republican President in 2016 – someone who will simply preside over the decline of America.  We need a Republican President who will undo the damage done by President Obama and who will take on his own party leadership to finally reign in the power and reckless spending of Washington.

That candidate is Senator Ted Cruz.

For liberty,

Ken Cuccinelli, II

Here is the same endorsement on Cuccinelli’s facebook page => https://www.facebook.com/KenCuccinelli/posts/10153494942398692. If you are on facebook and want to indicate your approval, please do so.

Note: If we Conservatives want a Conservative in the White House, we have to get out and support our guy. Cruz is that guy.

Note: If we Conservatives want an effective Conservative in the White, we have to do something about the Liberal Democrats and the Big Spending RINOs in Congress. We must run candidates against them, and we must relentlessly replace any of our candidates who fail to deliver on their promises. In particular, we must insist that they cut Federal spending.

Note: If we Conservatives want to save our republic — to save our country for the sake of our children and grandchildren — we cannot give up. Failure is not an acceptable option.

We must constantly keep in our minds what Ronald Reagan once said.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. — Ronald Reagan (from here)

Too few of us have fought for our freedom. With no effort on our part, we gained our freedom from our parents just as they gained it from their parents. Too few of us have protected our freedom. Instead, we have protected our “rights,” and too few of us have yet to discern the difference between our rights and our privileges.

What is the difference between a right and a privilege? Too few of us care. Perhaps that is why too few of us have handed onto our children the true meaning of freedom. Perhaps that is why we now risk spending our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.

Day Two Of The 3 Day Quote Challenge: WHAT IS THE AMERICAN DREAM?

school.pngDay Two Of The 3 Day Quote Challenge

lafayetteangel got me started on this. She posted these rules, and she asked for volunteers.

  • Thank the person nominating you for the challenge.
  • Post a quote on your blog for 3 consecutive days.
  • Invite 3 of your favorite Bloggers to join the challenge.

Again, I thank . Here is what she put up as her second post: Day Two Of The 3 Day Quote Challenge: Eleanor Roosevelt. In it she provides simple, but excellent advice.

Are you interested in the challenge, then please leave a comment indicating your interest.

Do you understand and share the American dream?

Politicians, with their extravagant promises long ago corrupted the “American Dream.” Where did the expression “American Dream” come from? It seems that historian and writer James Truslow Adams coined the expression “American Dream” in his 1931 book Epic of America:.

“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”  (from here)

Was Truslow right? Well, perhaps, but those who made America in 1776 may have had something more bold in mind.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (from here)

In 1776, Americans did not worry merely about their material stature before other men. True, they opposed taxation without representation. Yet when the people of America declared their independence, they dreamed of a society that had not heretofore existed. The dreamed of a nation which recognized each citizen’s God-given rights.

Even the Constitution, carefully crafted by thoughtful men shepherded by the likes of George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin did not satisfy the Americans who had fought the American Revolution. In addition to a Constitution that prescribed strictly limited powers for the Federal Government, that People demanded a Bill of Rights that specifically limited the power of the Federal Government.

Consider the First Amendment. Consider what they listed first.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Many people came to America seeking their fortunes, but many risked their lives seeking religious freedom, the right to follow the dictates of their conscience without the interference of arrogant and powerful men. Ronald Reagan expressed that belief clearly.

A few people have even objected to prayers being said in the Congress. That’s just plain wrong. The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.  — from President Ronald Reagan‘s Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer, September 18, 1982

The years, however, have allowed those who would twist the words of the Constitution some success. Now instead of protecting the free exercise of religion, those in power are using the First Amendment to create a wall of separation between church and state, forcing the exercise of religion out of the public square.

How do the arrogant and powerful get away with such schemes, slowly twisting the understanding of their fellow men? Consider what a tyrant once said.

He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future. — Adolf Hitler, speech at the Reichsparteitag, 1935 (from here)

Hitler made no great secret of his designs. People just looked away, half admiring — entirely fearing the man. They should have feared God more.

Don’t Proverbs tell us what we should do.

Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

As parents, the Bible tells us to help our children find the way God has called them to go. We cannot do that by handing what is a personal responsibility over to a costly administrative nightmare designed by greedy, power hungry politicians, our public school system. When politicians want us to believe that the American dream is about material things, things they can “give” us, how can we trust them with the responsibility for educating our children? Has it been working, or is not each successive generation getting a worse education?

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. — Ronald Reagan (from here)

Which generation shall be the one that loses its freedom. Will it be our children?

If we want our children to understand and experience the American dream, as parents we must make certain we understand it. We must read our Federal and state constitutions and study important documents written by the founders, like The Federalist Papers. We must do our best to understand how our government is suppose to work. Then we each must do our part.

Do we all have to become lawyers or historians? No, our government was never suppose to be that complicated. When someone tries to equate freedom of religion with freedom from religion, we just need to know enough to pity such ridiculous idiocy. Instead, someone is teaching our children to take such blithering nonsense seriously, and we are letting it happen.