What is the point of this post? It’s a response to a portion of a comment from scout (here). scout disagreed with my “summing up bullets” at VIRGINIA’S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEBATE: E.W. Jackson Versus Ralph Northam.
At VIRGINIA’S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEBATE: E.W. Jackson Versus Ralph Northam, I identified four issues where Democrats have taken extreme positions. So scout endeavored to explain away what he called my errors or misapprehensions. Instead of trying to answer scout’s challenges directly, I think it better to first address the cause of the problem.
Ours has the misfortune of being a nation run by a legal aristocracy (see Why Lawyer Rule). What’s the problem with that? We have put the people who live off the rules in charge of making the rules. Therefore, we keep getting and more rules. Of course, if people were good as we like to think we are, that really would not be much of a problem. The lawyers would see their mistake, laugh at themselves, and get rid of the unneeded rules. As it is, that will only happen in our dreams.
Because of our pride, we want to see ourselves as important — indispensable! Therefore, energetic lawyers like knowing the system (the rules) and knowing how to operate the rules. Those obsessed with the rules, The System, make The System their god. That is, The System becomes their idol.
Definition of Terms
Before we proceed further, let’s define some terms.
- What is The System? The System is the government. The government consists of the people, property, laws and regulations that cause that thing we call government to fulfill its functions. Supposedly lawyers provide the expertise that helps public officials to obey laws and regulations.
- What is an idol? Check the dictionary, and you will find that an idol is an object of worship. What the dictionary does not explain is why anyone would bother worshiping an idol. We worship idols because we think we can get something important to us from our idols.
Oddly, the dictionary also neglects one more important aspect of idol worship. Idols require sacrifices.
What do we sacrifice to our idols? We sacrifice what we should give the one true God. Instead loving God and our neighbors, we disobey God’s commandments, and we sacrifice our neighbors to our idols. Thus, those who adore The System feed The System their neighbor’s Rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Worship of The System
Have you ever considered that much of the Bible involves stories about kings and government officials? In fact, the ancient Jews called the Bible the Law, and parts of the Old Testament form the core of the Mosaic Code. Why would God have inspired the writers of the Bible to write so much about government? With respect to Him, I suspect He wants us to keep The System in its proper place.
What do lawyers get from The System? They get power, prestige, and wealth. Are those things important to people? Of course, they are, and because we are taught to respect our leaders we imitate them. Therefore, all of us from time-to-time try to work The System to get what we want from it, and if we are not careful, we can start rendering unto government what we owe to God. That is, to get whatever we want from The System, we may become willing sacrifice anyone and anything, including our honor.
So what about those four “summing up bullets” that scout complained about (here) at the end of VIRGINIA’S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEBATE: E.W. Jackson Versus Ralph Northam?
- Same-sex marriage. In his comment, scout brought up civil unions and said a civil union is not the same as a marriage. Supposedly Democrats want civil unions, not same-sex marriage. In practice, a civil union is just another name for a same-sex “marriage.” Is not a rose by any other name still a rose? Is it honest to pretend otherwise? When given the opportunity, haven’t Democrats declared same-sex “marriage” legal, even saying various state constitutions make same-sex marriage a right? What is honorable about such duplicity?
- Abortion. Curiously, scout skips this one.
- Gun control. Here scout quibbles about what everyone knows. Consider how that bullet begins: “The 2nd Amendment says what it says, but Democrats have no problem ignoring what it says.” In the absence of any substantive evidence that violating the 2nd Amendment would do any good, Democrats still want to ignore the 2nd Amendment. scout even offered up that argument about the militia clause, not realizing that the founders saw it as the obligation of every able-bodied man to be ready and willing to fight.
Amendment II (from here)
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
1580s, “system of military discipline,” from Latin militia “military service, warfare,” from miles “soldier” (see military). Sense of “citizen army” (as distinct from professional soldiers) is first recorded 1690s, perhaps from a sense in French cognate milice. In U.S. history, “the whole body of men declared by law amenable to military service, without enlistment, whether armed and drilled or not” (1777).
- Living Constitution. Here scout offers several arguments all at once. His arguments include: (1) the everyone does argument (i.e., both Democrats and Republicans sin), (2) on some parts of the Constitution Democrats are actually more Conservative than Republicans, and (3) it is inappropriate to call judges liars. To deal with that hodgepodge, let’s add one more section.
The Constitution And The Welfare State
Check out the Constitution. Article 1, Section 8 lists the powers of Congress. Look carefully at how Article 1, Section 8 begins.
The Congress shall have Power To
Consider also the Tenth Amendment.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The Constitution does not mention setting up a welfare state, not even in the most general terms. Because Article 1, Section 8 says what Congress can do, not what it cannot do, Article 1, Section 8 does not empower Congress to set up a massive welfare state. The Founders obviously did not want the Federal Government to run welfare programs. Yet Democrats — and yes, some Republicans — have promoted such programs.
Our leaders just began setting up a welfare state because we let them. If that is how the Constitution is suppose to work, then the document serves no purpose. When we allow our laws to become just a matter of self-serving interpretation (i.e., a living constitution), then we have fallen back from the rule of law to the rule of powerful men.
Why didn’t the Supreme Court stop Congress? Why didn’t the Supreme Court rule Obamacare unconstitutional, for example? Why do men do that which they should not do? The Apostle Paul considered that question better than I (Romans 7:14-25). When we do not put our faith in God, when we take our eyes off Christ, we sin.
So Does scout Worship The System?
I doubt scout thinks he worships The System, and I have nothing to gain by saying anyone in particular worships The System. Besides, is scout saying anything that unusual?
I think it more important to observe that many of us have to chosen to compartmentalize our private and public lives. In private, we believe in and worship God. In public, we live secular lives. Because our religious beliefs help us to live as God would have us live, we should never set them aside. With respect to love of God and neighbor, there is no private religion. God is everywhere. In both our private and public lives, we live and work with our fellow human beings. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we must set love of God and neighbor as our highest priorities.