Here is an update to IMPORTANT SCHOOL BOARD UPDATES FOR SEPTEMBER 21st MEETING. It is another email from the Chairman of the PWC Republican Committee. Continue reading “LATEST ON THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 21st”
When I started to write this post, it occurred to me that I would not likely be the first to call to make America America again. So I wondered what others might have said.
Perhaps the most recent call came in a speech at the Republican National Convention by Scott Baio.
Did Baio say anything wonderfully profound? Not really, at least not apparently. Yet consider these words.
But for you first-time voters, it’s important for you to know what it means to be an American. It doesn’t mean getting free stuff. It means sacrificing. Winning. Losing. Failing. Succeeding. And sometimes doing the things you don’t want to do — including the hard work — in order to get where you want to be. And that’s what it means to be an American. (from here)
Why would Baio say this is what it means to be an American? Well, America has never been what it promised to be and yet…
In his Essays on Political Economy, speaks of the Unites States (or America) as a good example. Nevertheless, even in his day Bastiat (1801 – 1850) had to admit that Americans perverted the Law and used it to engage in legal plunder. Continue reading “WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO MAKE AMERICA AMERICA AGAIN?”
What is Donald Trump’s signature issue? He wants to control our border. Hence it is no surprise PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL LAW: ‘Borderless’ or ‘Open Society’ = Lawless Or Tyranny produced a bunch of argumentative comments. My “favorite” began thus:
In response to your last to me Tom, Immigration policy IS federal government policy. Whether that policy is to open the flood gates and grant amnesty, or instead to build some hugely expensive giant wall down the (middle? our side? their side?) of the Reo Grande and over a thousand miles of rugged border and then set up a jackbooted deportation force to round up 11 or 12 million illegal families and send them on some sort of modern trail of tears south, either way, it has to be paid for by taxpayers and OUR federal government has to do it.
You expect the President to somehow solve the structural issues that are causing refugee problems in other countries, but wouldn’t that call for us to send taxpayer resources and/or the American people’s kids and grandkids to fight in these other countries? (continued here)
Tony, who wrote the comment above, demands that we must solve all the problems of the world before we send a “jackbooted deportation force” to control our border. Yes, Tony and other Democrats will tell you they are in favor of controlling the border; it is just that we must solve all the world’s problems of the first. Therefore, only Nazis and Indian-haters would demand that we control our borders.
Do we have to solve all the problems of the world first? Consider again The Parable of the Good Samaritan. What did that kind man do when he got home and went to bed? Don’t you suppose he did what most of us do at night? He barred the door to his home. If he lived in a city or village, didn’t watchmen stay up at night to patrol the wall? Don’t policemen cruise through our neighborhoods all hours of the day? And what about those dreaded Roman legions? Did they not keep the barbarians at a distance? Didn’t those legions make a great effort to patrol the Mediterranean Sea and their vast network of roads to keep them safe for travel?
Should we try to solve all the problems in the world anyway? Seems like a nice thing to do, right? Not exactly. You and I have a responsibility to help our neighbor, but saving the world is not our government’s job. Why is giving all our problems — all the problems of the world — to one of our great leaders a fruitless endeavor? Who would we elect? No one is wise enough, good enough, or powerful enough to take on such a task. That is true even if he or she leads the government of the most powerful nation in the world.
Our government is not God. Our government is just composed of corruptible flesh and blood men and women. In fact, the more we expect from our government — the more we idolize it — the more we corrupt ourselves and our government, the more we deliver ourselves and our government into the hands of Satan.
Consider how Satan once tempted Jesus.
Matthew 4:8-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; 9 and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”
Did Jesus say Satan could not do as he said? No, but He knew Satan lied, boasting he could give what only God has the power to give.
What does the Bible say about government? The Bible says government exists to punish evildoers (Romans 13:1-7). We, on the other hand, if we turn to Jesus, were made to glorify God by doing good works.
Ephesians 2:4-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Like Satan himself, boastful politicians will promise great things, but look to the past. Which times do we remember as being best, when we had men and women boasting of the great things they could do or when we had leaders who just sought to maintain law and order? What was the difference?
- The boaster thinks charity consists of forcing people to obey their “generous” supreme leader.
- Wiser leaders understand that charity requires a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7), not a taxpayer.
Now compare the candidates. Which is most likely to respect and accept the limitations of government power?
|ISSUE||Donald Trump||Hillary Clinton|
|Limited Government: Government grows at the expense of our rights.||Advocates tax simplification, getting rid of Obama’s numerous executive orders. Would repeal Obamacare.||Approves of what Obama has done. Duh!|
|Immigration Control: Democrats are using immigration policy to import voters, voters who will vote themselves government benefits.||Ending illegal immigration is his signature issue. Favors voter ID.||Hillary Clinton declares war on Voter ID|
|Freedom of Religion: Religious freedom involves both the freedom to worship and the right to exercise our religious beliefs.||Would fight to revoke legislation that prevents churches from participating in the political process.|
|Gun Rights: the right of self-defense.||Trump wins NRA endorsement, blasts Clinton on gun stance at forum||NRA exec says it is ‘a lie’ Clinton won’t take your guns|
|Judicial Restraint: the intent to appoint judges who strive to abide by the original intent expressed in the Constitution.||Donald J. Trump Releases List of Potential United States Supreme Court Justices. Trump’s Supreme Court list: all conservative, some provocative||Clinton’s court shortlist emerges. Her first pick would be someone Obama picked.|
|School Choice: the right of parents to control who educates their children and what their children are taught.||Donald Trump Jr. Hits Home Run On Education. End Common Core.||Nation’s largest teachers union endorses Clinton for president. The NEA is dead set against school choice (see here).|
- Solomon, Bill of Rights or Wrongs? Post Three (rudymartinka.wordpress.com): Here the author considers how the Bill of Rights might be rewritten with an eye to keeping the Supreme Court from fouling up our rights with their own personal ideologies.
- Ephesians 2:1-10 – “But God”(settledinheaven.wordpress.com) and Alive! (lifereference.wordpress.com): Discussion of Ephesians 2:1-10.
- Jesus in the Wilderness (lifereference.wordpress.com): Discussion of Matthew 4:1-11.
- (altruistico.wordpress.com): Here we have a discussion of the nature of temptation. What are the things that tempt us?
Continued from: What Are God-Given Rights?
OF A POST TO COME promised to compare the governing approaches of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with respect to two issues.
- The growth of the power of government.
- The protection of our rights.
The Growth Of The Power Of Government
Why is it a problem when government is powerful? Government exists to protect our rights. Yet the power we give our government makes government itself a threat to our rights. Therefore, we must choose between giving the government just enough power and giving it too much.
- To give our government the resources it needs to defend our rights, we must give our leaders the authority to tax us and spend our money. Nevertheless, the more we allow our government to tax and spend, the more we work for government instead of ourselves. At some point, we risk slavery.
- Some decisions which effect a people must be made jointly. Thus, government must sometimes make decisions we would otherwise make for ourselves. So it is that in a nation of free men and women, we have laws that restrict us from harming each other (traffic laws, for example). In a nation of slaves, however, the laws just list a few trivial decisions that the leaders permit the people to make for themselves.
Here is a table that summarizes where the candidates stand. Not certain the information is correct? Then check their web sites. I have only provided links where their positions are not available on their own websites.
|ISSUE||Donald Trump||Hillary Clinton|
|Taxing and Spending||Favors tax simplification and reduction||Favors increased taxation and spending (inferred from lengthy list of proposals)|
|Healthcare||Private market solution||Doubling down on Obamacare|
|School Choice||For School Choice. Will end Common Core||Against School Choice. Favors Common Core.|
|Immigration||Favors extreme vetting||Open borders/put new immigrants on the dole|
|Government Regulations||Committed to reducing regulations||Defends the current regulatory regime|
|Free Trade||Opponent of the big trade bills||Helped to craft TPP|
To be continued: The Protection Of Our Rights