Conflict in narrative comes in many forms. "Man versus man", such as is depicted here in the battle between King Arthur and Mordred, is particularly common in traditional literature, fairy tales and myths. (from here)
Conflict in narrative comes in many forms. “Man versus man”, such as is depicted here in the battle between King Arthur and Mordred, is particularly common in traditional literature, fairy tales and myths. (from here)

In PART 1 of this series, I spoke of a personal goal for government, a stable and efficient government that allows us to fulfill The Great Commission Jesus gave us, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In PART 2, we considered the fundamental obstacle to such a goal, we are sinners. We need a government to protect our rights from each other. Yet, we cannot be trusted not to abuse the powers of our government. Therefore, to protect our family, friends, neighbors and countrymen, each of us must take part as citizens in the governing of this nation as best we can.  How? We need a strategy.

Whether that strategy is of God or not depends upon how much each of us prays and the God we praise. Yet as I am not a prophet, I make no claims to divine guidance. I just propose what I hope God would approve.

The Components Of A Strategy For Good Government:  The Defensive Components

Any good strategy must have both offensive and defensive components.  We must identify and counter the threats that could defeat us, and we must determine how to carry the war to the enemy and defeat him.

War? Enemy? This is just about politics, right? Unfortunately, politics is a blood sport.  When We the People allow them to seize the opportunity, the winners of political contests can, have, and will arrest their political opponents and kill them.  The Nazis and the Communists did just that in the last century, and we have no reason to believe it could not happen here today, particularly if we do not actively work to prevent it. Therefore, we must defend ourselves.

Refuse Indoctrination

We are the citizens of a great constitutional republic. At its best, our government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. That is, the quality of our government depends upon the quality of our participation. What does the quality of our participation depend upon? To participate appropriately in our government, we must know how the framers of our government expected it to work, we must have up-to-date and accurate information on the activities that relate to our government, and we must each figure out how we can and want to participate. We must both learn what it means to be a good citizen and how to behave as a good citizen. Instead, most of us just stand and watch on the sidelines. At best we are just a fan of some politician we think great.

Why are we such poor citizens? Instead of receiving the instruction and the information we need to be good citizens, we have allowed ourselves to be indoctrinated.

  • The public school system is the primary culprit.  When we raise our children, don’t we want them to learn how to be good, responsible people? Doesn’t that include being a good citizen in a constitutional republic. Even at its best, the public school system cannot teach children how to be good citizens, much less good, responsible people.  That’s because our public school system provides a secular education, an education that is either devoid of values or supportive of only those values those in power deem politically correct.
  • The mass media is the secondary culprit. When we listen to the mass media, we generally expect to be entertained or informed. We expect the owners of the mass media to give us the information we need because we have a choice, and they want to make a profit.  We overlook the fact we are not always wise consumers of the mass media. We also forget that most of the mass media is owned by about six corporations, and the owners have their own agendas.  If we were wise, we would watch and listen to only those programs we think are good in God’s eyes. We would inform ourselves to help our family, friends, and neighbors. More often we are foolish; we watch only what looks good in our own eyes. Moreover, the people who own the mass media are no wiser. They cater to our tastes, and they also seek to manipulate us, to shape our views so that we believe what they want us to believe.

How do we counter these threats. We must fight for school choice by refusing to send our children to the public schools. We must let parents, the people who most love them, choose who educates children. We must also fight to keep media ownership as diverse as possible by seeking, using, and supporting alternative sources. We cannot control how our neighbors choose to inform themselves, but we can at least strive for a meaningful choice of information sources.

Don’t Appease The Enemy: Rebuild America’s Defenses

Look around the world. Then consider the national rivalries that existed  just before World War II.  What was going on just before the German Nazis and the Russian Communists invaded Poland? Did we not see an array of belligerent powers arming themselves and bullying their neighbors? Were the United States, the United Kingdom, and France prepared for war when it began? Had not the nations most responsible for maintaining peace let their military forces atrophy. Did they not try to appease the belligerent powers?

Russia has invaded Georgia and the Ukraine. Russia has taken Syria’s side in the Middle East and allied itself with Iran. China has seized the China Sea, refusing to acknowledge the boundaries long set by International law. Islamic terrorists, including those backed by terrorist states such as Iran, threaten innocents around the world. Gangster-like governments of all sizes have acquired the technology to build and mass produce nuclear arms, chemical munitions, and biological weapons. And what has the United Nations done? Why it has passed a resolution condemning Israel.

War is on the horizon; it is striding our way. Can we avoid conflict? If we cannot, can we protect our family, friends, and neighbors? God only knows, but for the sake of our children, we must pray and prepare.

End The Purchase Of Your Vote

Look at The United States Constitution. Does it authorize the Federal Government to redistribute the wealth of the “rich” to the “poor”? Does it give Congress the power to set up health, education, and welfare programs? The Federal Government spends most of the money it takes from us on Social Security, Medicare (now Obamacare), education programs, Food Stamps, and so forth. Have you read The Federalist Papers? Do you know why the original 13 colonies voted for the Constitution? Can you read the Constitution, point to anything in it that authorizes most of the programs that our elected officials use as excuses to spends our money, and still keep a straight face?

Then why do our elected officials spend all that money on health, education, and welfare programs? The answer is simple. They are using our own money to buy our votes. If we want a government that we can control, then we each have to make the correct personal choice. We each have to refuse to vote for politicians who seek to bribe us with “other people’s money”.

Each of us must make a choice. Will we refuse the cocoon offered by the welfare state? Will we open our eyes? Will we accept God’s offer to be His children? Will we choose a government that exists — that empowers each citizen — to protect the rights of his family, friends, and neighbors? Or will we worship the lords of the welfare state and help human masters bind our family, friends and neighbors into submission?

To Be Continued

What will Part 4 be about? The Components Of A Strategy For Good Government: The Offensive Components.


  1. Obama is right about ‘someone’ helped ‘everyone.’

    What he is confused about is the ‘something he overlooked’ in his message. That is the common bond of everyone ever born.

    King Solomon gave two wise proverbial messages to everyone ever born.

    The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all. (Proverb 22:2)

    Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. (Proverb 14:31)

    Christians believe Jesus Christ’s message about giving and helping.

    Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s.

    What is missing in Obama’s message is the morality of giving. When Government acts like a God to decide what is moral giving, rather than becoming a common bond, government becomes a Caesar. We know from history what happened to Caesar when he decided he was a God.

    What is lacking in Obama’s message is the message from our Creator rather than our Government ‘Caesars.’

    In other words, morality is what helps people want to give help, rather than receive help from government.

    In My Opinion

    The problem with secular schooling is government has interpreted in error the real message of the first amendment. The first amendment was intended to allow people to choose what they want to morally teach their children.

    I know, who or what decides what is moral? It Is simple to answer if someone chooses to discern. The seven deadly sins are not moral. If you avoid these sins in your life, you are more than likely to be moral. Another guide is the Ten Commandments. If you follow those guidelines, you will be more likely to avoid the seven deadly sins.

    Neither the seven deadly sins nor the Ten Commandments are allowed to be taught in public secular schools

    Taxation Oppression

    Because of government taxation, most people can no longer afford, a form of oppression, to send their kids to schools of their choice to be taught morality of religion.

    Why, because voters allowed a nanny government of leaders to think they are Caesars that believe common people can no longer discern what is best to teach their children.

    What is the Remedy?

    School Vouchers, in my opinion.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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  2. “That’s because our public school system provides a secular education, an education that is either devoid of values or supportive of only those values those in power deem politically correct.”

    In My Opinion

    Children in secular schools are not being taught, ‘The Lord Helps Those Who Help Themselves.’.

    Instead, they are being indoctrinated to believe, ‘The Government will help them regardless whether or not they help themselves. ‘

    The result being the current problem of no one wanting to, or being able to afford, to help pay back 20 trillion dollars of debt run up by a helping government.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. @scatterwisdom

      That’s putting it more harshly than I did, but, given some of the things our leaders have said and done, I cannot say I disagree.

      If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. — Barack Obama (from => https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_didn't_build_that)

      What Obama and the redistributionists would have us believe is that they have the right — an obligation to do what they think best for us — because nobody really earns anything on their own anyway.

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  3. Reblogged this on Freedom Through Empowerment and commented:
    Some very good words here by Citizen Tom on the importance of being a good citizen and what key traits are necessary to prevent a country’s inevitable slide in to tyranny as history suggests will happen if not continually fought against.

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  4. your snippet on public education spoke and speaks to me Tom..as a former educator, I often felt as if my hands were tied or that I was muzzled as to holding my students accountable while attempting to ensure the building up of my young charges to be moralistic and responsible citizens…being drilled that such was not my place….as educators we were to teach subject matter and subject matter only…
    Students spend the majority of their day’s at school with their teachers…I always saw my responsibility as a surrogate parent…one who protects and nurtures…soothes and disciplines—I am who I am today due in great part to those teachers who took an interest and extra time with me as not only their student…but more as a young person in their care….I entrusted my child to my colleagues and expected nothing less….
    and as you say Tom…it is sadly a system devoid of common sense which hangs on desperately to the overtly politically correct idiocy of our time….in constant fear of being sued or losing federal funding….
    as no one stands up anymore due to fear of a lack of that oh so precious federal funding….
    and the list only grows from there Tom…as we are a people on a freight train waiting for the inevitable train wreck

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    1. @Julie (aka Cookie)

      Thank you very much for your comment. I can speak as an old man who once attended many different public school, as parent who children graduated over a decade ago, and as a grandparent; but I cannot speak from the viewpoint of a frustrated educator. I only wish more teachers did.

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  5. Very good and informative post as usual Tom. As time passes by, technology and quality of life may improve but human nature always remains the same.

    It’s my position that inheritent in man’s makeup are the dueling traits of the desire to control and for freedom. Those in power always take advantage of the positions we entrust them with to amass more power. It may take decades, or centuries but sooner or later tyranny will reign unless the government is set up with concrete mechanisms to prevent this.

    Our Constitution of course was designed to protect against this and for many years America was a beacon; the symbol of freedom to a world ruled by monarchy and dictatorship, where citizens controlled their leaders instead of vice versa.

    Now, not so much and I agree we are the verge of war. It will be interesting to see what happens, but think there are enough freedom oriented people around to steer our ship back to its proper course. At least I hope and pray so.

    Oh, it is no small coincidence that a key strategy for power hungry leaders is to abolish religion and destroy families. Controlling healthcare and gun confiscation soon follow for obvious reasons……

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    1. @Tricia

      Thank you for your comment. All excellent points.

      Those who support a living Constitution don’t understand the problems: (1) we cannot be trusted with power over each other, not even the majority over the minority, and (2) if we do not believe the Constitution does not mean what it says, then it says nothing that will restrain us.

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