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How Could A Christian Vote Democrat, Part 4

Continued from part 3.

Professor Drury continues his arguments outlining why he believes Christian ideas support a Democrat ideology. The last several parts of his argument are smaller, secondary points that I do not generally consider as essential to a particular belief system. For the most part they come down to meddling. An annoyance, but a secondary issue.

But a few of them aren’t.

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Nationalism & The Military

With the caveat that Christians ought always to consider any earthly allegiance secondary to their heavenly allegiance, that secondary allegiance to earthly powers-that-beĀ  is an important part of being involved and engaged in our culture, our communities. It is said that Christians make the best of citizens, but a requirement of citizenship is some sort of allegiance to that of which we are citizens.

Regarding military involvement, the Professor argues, fallaciously, that God’s leadership of the Israelites is of secondary importance to Christ’s words of peace. However, he never notes which of Chris’s words of peace are against any and all war. This is one point the Professor is sure of, to be Christian is to be against any and all war.

The fallacy of this argument is found in the fact it denies the more realistic view of human nature Christians hold, that of original and inescapable sin permeating the entirety of the human experience. When power corrupts or the corrupt achieve power and enslave entire peoples in their evil vision of some personal utopia, it is the responsibility of free people everywhere and especially Christian people, to liberate them. War is hell, and to save some from hell on earth while giving them a better chance of escaping Hell to come, hell can be justified.

And stemming from that, due to the wisdom and foresight of the Founding Fathers of our nation, the grace and mercy of the Eternal Father in allowing this once in all human history nation that, while far from perfect and heading quickly further from where it was first destined towards, and the hells we’ve been through, internally and externally, the United States of America is the last and best hope of oppressed people everywhere.

In the government and social systems and structures of the United States of America you find the climate best suited to allowing people to live according to the dictates of their own conscience, to freely choose for or against God.

That is the basis for my allegiance to the United States of America.

Other Issues

Capital punishment: I believe it ought to be rare but possible. To preclude the chance of the ultimate punishment for certain heinous crimes is to remove a powerful deterrent and expose more innocents to the horrors which earn evil people their date with God. Thankfully the Professor is too sensible to get into that ugly argument mixing objections to abortion with objections to capital punishment. Regrettably, he does get into the racial argument, claiming, by inference, that racial minorities are more likely to be given the death penalty than white people. And his jealousy gets the best of him when, tongue in cheek, he comments that he’d still be against the death penalty if all we executed were rich white men. If you wanted to be rich, Professor, you chose the wrong profession or place to practice it.

States rights and the size of government: The whole point of states rights is that the federal government can and should only create and maintain those laws that are best applied to all people in the entirety of the United States. The states are capable of creating a system of government within the broader framework of the U.S. Constitution that fits best the people and resources of their particular geographical responsibility. This is the same reason that a one-world government would fail. It would be top heavy and unwieldy, incapable of addressing properly the vast array of different cultures and nations for which it would be responsible.

Alcohol and tobacco: I believe cigarettes are unhealthy, dirty, a nuisance, and making people smoke them outside has made entering any building an exercise in holding my breath longer than I’d like. They are a typically American excess, and one which is being copied all over the world by people who idolize America and it’s Americana. Cigars and pipes are not so. Being an example of moderation and maturity, with their few health risks far outweighed by the health benefits of lower blood pressure and stress levels in their adherents. Until someone stands up and actually says that cigarettes ought to be illegal, I will accept no claim for reparations. Until there is courage found to actually stand up and accept the obvious end result of your views and not stop at some convenient and popular point, I find “sin taxes” and calls for increased regulation to be at best cowardly, and at worst, despicable. Alcohol is the same. And in both cases to prevent the one who indulges in excess is to punish the one who enjoys in moderation. A central point of conservatism is that in any such case where some use to excess where others enjoy responsibly, the error is made towards those who moderate, protecting their rights while allowing reasonable legal or social systems to punish those who damage with their excess. For example, drunk drivers ought to have no excuse or moderated punishment in cases where they harm others.

Corporations: Corporations are currently a handy scape-goat. Few people seem to grasp that corporations employ people, allow them to make money, produce higher standards of living, more accessible technology, longer life through medical progress. They are not all white knights, and most are more of a dappled grey, to be honest. But before we demonize, we must understand. Too often, people seem only to see as far as the vast piles of money corporations are believed to have. In all likelihood, you are employed by a corporation. In fact, if you’re self-employed you probably ARE a corporation. And the United States of America already taxes corporations at one of the highest levels of any of the industrialized nations. 35% of net profits (that is, profits after expenses) are taken from the businesses that create jobs and progress by a government that kills jobs and revels in backwardness. To argue that corporations find loopholes to lower their burdens is to miss the point. Loopholes are written into law to further the collusion of government and business. Businesses, acting in self-preservation, have found they can as easily legislate themselves a profit as they can innovate themselves a profit. And the solution to this is not to demonize the corporation. A corporation will do what is necessary preserve itself. To break this collusion we must cast out the fat-cats, the porkers and grubreaucrats who ask for and accept these bribes, and then enact tax law that is not confiscatory and has no special considerations or loopholes. The problem is the government, not the corporations.

Emissions standards: Should we ban cows too? Not that I’m against cleaner cars. But to focus on one small source of emissions for the sake of global warming, a questionable tale championed by questionable people of questionable morals with, you got it, questionable intent, is to show yourself the pawn of a lobby whose goal is not the cleaning of the air, but the chaining of the people. It has been said that marxists, after their initial reasons for existence stood up and told them “no thank you, 70 years of communism to achieve your wet dream isn’t something we asked for” searched for a victim that could not protest their offer of protection, and found the environment.

Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA): The Professor’s argument is that the rich ought to be compelled to act in accordance with God’s word. The Professor really is one jealous, mean-spirited individual. Wasn’t it those mean nasty rich who make and sell wheel chairs and walkers and canes and all sorts of mobility devices that aid the old and infirm in participating in lifestyles a hundred times more active than if they’d not had those devices? So should we compel the mean and nasty rich to give those devices away for free? Oh wait, many already do. No, Professor, the Christian will never compel Christian habits from another. God wants people who have freely chosen Him, not slaves or automatons. The Christian thing to do is to allow people to freely choose how they will run their businesses. Then those who want to live in Christian love will do so, and those who don’t, wont’. Yes, it won’t be as convenient, and if I were in a wheel chair I’d roundly curse that store which did not put a ramp up for me. But it would be honest and obvious. And further, this is another case of punishing many for the wrong attitudes of a few. For if I am starting a business, perhaps I had to choose between employing three staff and paying for the ramp and the larger bathroom. And now, because the government compels me to make certain accommodations, I can’t employ those nice people after all. Or maybe I won’t be in business at all because all these regulations and costs raise the bar of entry too high. Rather, let those who can and will freely choose to act in a moral way, and allow society to punish those who don’t.

Education: Considering the Professor does not want to government specifying the prayers that are to be said, I find it odd that he wants the government to specify how children ought to be trained, and that he uses for his argument God’s command that we are to bring children up… Oh, wait, how does that verse go? …in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Let’s see here, God’s command is that we train children in His way. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. It’s a regular mantra throughout the Bible. If the government can’t (and I believe it oughtn’t) include God in their “bring(ing) up the children” then they oughtn’t be responsible for the children at all.

Immigration: Immigration is great and amazing and our system ought to be revised, heavily. It should be easier to get into the United States and to be a citizen. And it ought to be harder to do that illegally. Red tape and quotas and preferential treatment for particular groups or education types are all wrong. The United States of America should accept, as it has, the dregs of the earth, the cast outs, the feeble and the poor, anyone wishing to come should be allowed to come. And the only requirement is that they must become Americans. To leave their home country is to forswear their allegiance there, and to transfer that allegiance to their new home. Make legal entry easy and those law-abiding yet persecuted people fleeing their own nations will come here legally. And those who insist on subverting the laws of the nation they would seek to take advantage of should not benefit from the largesse of that nation.

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The Wisdom Of Tom Clancy

Big Plans: Obama and Pelosi
Big Plans: Obama and Pelosi

Jack Ryan, hero of most of the books penned by author Tom Clancy, is given words which President Obama and most, if not all, of the leadership in Washington DC and state capitols across this great nation would do well to hear and heed.

In The Sum Of All Fears Jack Ryan encounters a powerful member of the current administration and gives them a reality check on what they’d been considering:

(T)he most dangerous trap in government service. You start to think that your wishes to make the world a better place supersede the principles under which our government is support to operate.

The government of the United States of America operates under the constraints and the controls of the Constitution of the United States of America.

The strength of the United States of America is that we believe that no man is above the law. No member of the government, no matter how high or powerful, can escape this.

That’s why former President Clinton was impeached, he broke the law by lying before a Grand Jury.

That’s why there are governors and legislators and mayors and bureaucrats of all types in prison, because their position does not free them from the constraints of the law.

The Constitution, a document of purpose and power, is the real strength behind this American Experiment. And to the extent we ignore the conditions of the Constitution, we weaken it. And to the extent we weaken it, we weaken our nation. And to the extent we weaken our nation, we’re traitors.

Dreamers can be leaders, but we remain a strong nation only when our leaders stay within the bounds of their responsibility.

Speak Softly…

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Consistent discipline works for both recalcitrant children and rogue nations.

With children, letting them know their options and the consequences of their choices and allowing them to choose and accept their consequences is the bedrock of discipline.

Growing up, all of us children knew that for standard disobedience, the punishment was three swats from the Red bud rod. For lying, it was “triples” or 9 swats.

Some infractions had stronger or different punishments: when I tried burning the house down by inserting foreign objects into our old furnace, Dad grounded me for 6 months (I think I was out after 3 months on good behavior). For throwing nuts and dirt over my friend’s neighbors fence into their pool, we had to go to their front door and apologize. When I yelled at mom ( a few times), dad “tanned my hide” until he felt I’d learned that wasn’t an approved method of communication.

But the consistency was that we knew when we did something, there were expected and consistent consequences.

Now what if my parents were elected every 4 years, and they could only get 2 terms consecutively?

That wouldn’t work for child-rearing, obviously. But it is the best bet for a Republican form of government.

And yet, many of the weaknesses that make a constantly changing head of state such a bad idea for a family continue into the structure of the Presidency of the United States.

Right now, there is a nuclear-armed North Korea threatening severe retaliation to any attempts to curtail their missile-rattling. They are publicly stating their intention of shooting a missile towards Hawaii. None of their current arsenal will reach that far, but it’s no light thing to shoot a missile in the direction of the United States of America.

It’s my country.

The organization which likes to think it is the supreme chancellor of the entire world has already laid out sanctions against North Korea explicitly stating that country is not allowed to export any weapons or weapons materials.

North Korea has their number: now shipping to Myanmar/Burma is a shipload of weapons origination from North Korea.

So the cheeky brat has toed the line. It’s the recalcitrant child acting up and testing how far he can push against the rules.

The UN is in high dander over this and is threatening… wait for it… more sanctions! Yea, that’ll stop ’em.

The United States of America is not the mother of the world, nor the father. We’re the big brother. We’re not responsible for controlling the internal workings of other nations, but as the largest and most moral (I did not say perfect, I said “most moral”) we bear a responsibility to the rest of the world that is not shared by any other nation right now.

In the Reagan and Bush days, our President would be standing tall and calling the leadership of North Korea on the carpet for the systematic denial of basic human rights even to their own citizens. Shame would be called upon the leadership of that nation for it’s repression of dissent backward, anti-liberty policies. And for it’s missile-rattling, North Korea would be facing an insurmountable and effectively devastating result to it’s brutish and bullying behavior.

In the Obama era we sit, and wait. And send a single ship to babysit the weapons-carrying vessel as it plies the waters heading towards the despotic dictatorship destroying Burma/Myanmar.

We aren’t allowed to board or hinder the vessel in any way.

We can ask them to stop.

Perhaps these people just feel they are misunderstood by the rest of the world. And if we just ask them how they’re feeling they’ll open up to us.

A word of advice, completely free: Don’t let psychologists run the police department and don’t let them run foreign policy.

“How do you feel” is not a valid question in foreign policy. Particularly when the one you’re asking is holding the trigger on a nuclear device and when his history shows mental instability on the part of the entire government.

You hold up a bigger hammer that he has and you let him know that if he takes one more step, you’ll whack him.

And when he takes that step?

Whack him.

As an expectant father, I’m none too interested in raising my child in a new round of fall0ut shelters and nuclear attack drills.

MADD is not peace. MADD is fear. (Nothing against Mothers Against Drunk Driving).

I don’t live in fear.

I choose to live in peace brought about by the appropriate and effective use of threat and fact of force.

President Obama apparently plans to achieve peace through the shrinking violet method.

Something the American populace needs to understand, and quickly, is that every election is a foreign-policy election.

The less our government does internally to America, the better off we’ll be. The more our government is involved in protecting American interests off-shore, the better off we’ll be.

And because, right now, we’re still the most moral nation in the world. It can be generally said that when America operates in it’s own best interest, the world benefits from it.

Not that we are so full of ourselves that we believe goods things for us are good things for all.

But a strong United States of America means petty tyrants the world over will know they can trust the actions and will of America will be continually against their petty tyranny. And that if they attempt to export either their pettiness or their tyranny, we’ll be there with a big stick, a mop, and a bucket to beat them into submission again and clean up their mess.

A strong United States would be calling steadily and constantly for freedom of the election in Iran, and working actively in support of the open and democratic process in that nation. And the world would safer.

A strong United States would be responding to North Korea’s insane and idoitic ambitions as it would to a petulant and rebellious child. We would state the consequences of their continued stupidity, and if they continued, we would give them the consequences they were promised. And the world would be safer.

It’s not really a difficult or complex idea, from this side. Which is probably why the hyper intelligent President Obama, who, along with his leadership team insist on seeing everything in so many shades of grey it would make a color blind person swear they could differentiate green and blue.

But unless there is a consistent, strong, and swift exercise of our own (and all others on this globe’s) rights to life and liberty ensured through the appropriate show and use of force, there will be consequences…

For us.

Obama: The Man And The Idea

(A)s we revel in this gush of happy feelings it is important to recognize that not all change is good. It is important to recognize that we need to pin our hopes on solid ideas or our hopes will be quite hopeless.

On that depressing note I beg your pardon for having the audacity to hope that we can peer through his lovely rhetoric to see the ideas beneath as they truly are, warts and all. At the same time we must sincerely hope for his great success.

Monte Solberg in the Edmonton Sun, January 19th, 2009.

In the Bible we’re told that all authority is in God, and those that exist on earth, do so at His ordination and continue at His pleasure (Romans 13). Therefore I pray that Obama will find God’s blessing leading him on throughout his life and especially and particularly while he is President of the United States of America. Who am I to withstand God and withold my prayers from a man who will bear one of the greatest burdens known to man at this present time?

I make that statement unqualified. Barack Obama needs the prayers of each and every Christian.

But what do we pray for?

From a Christian perspective, we see the goals and aspirations, ideas and philosophies Obama espouses are diametrically opposed to God’s ideals and lofty standards. Obama has stated his unequivocal support for many of the most heinous forms of abortion/infanticide.

As an American, I see many of his goals will be to the detriment of this great nation and it’s Constitution. Obama supports and plans to implement some of the most sweeping tax hikes across the board in a long time. His social policies are in favor of taking away individual liberty, removing the Christian ideal of individual and community responsibility.

His philosophies are neither new nor are his proposals novel. They are tired and failed relics of a century lost to the dust of history. FDRoosevelt-style government interventionism which prolonged and deepened the Great (Government-caused) Depression. Soveit-style big government nannyism with the grasp of government-controlled means of production expanding.

How can we then pray for this man who will lead our nation?

In our own lives, when our parents, friends, spiritual leaders and mentors pray for our benefit and blessing, God is in no way constrained to bless our faults and sins. God’s blessing is always administered with the goal of bringing Him glory through us. In the life of Christian, his blessing may often go against our own goals and cause grief and pain as it tears us away from those things which are not pleasing to Him.

God’s blessing is not purposed for our good from our own perspective necessarily. It is instead always purposed for our own good from His perspective, and when we have been heading against His will, His blessing goes against our own will.

So it should be in our prayers for Barack Obama. He will need our prayers for the salvation and redemption of his eternal soul. He will need our prayers for God’s grace in his life, God’s wisdom in his decisions, God’s forceful and purifying love in every aspect of his life.

As politics cannot neither redeem man nor save him from himself, so the politician can no more give us our real needs than he can bring water from a rock for his own thirst.

Barack Obama, especially, will need our fervent prayers on his behalf because the real true change necessary to bring about his true alignment with God’s will and ways will require such a deep and tearing change in himself, his history, his understanding, his very soul. Such change, freeing his eternal soul and physical body from the ideas and philosophies which so enslave him right now, will be drastic and uprooting for him.

At the same time as I pray for Barack, his presidency, his salvation, and our Nation, I will, in the interest of fulfilling my obligation to God, to Barack as a fellow human, and to America, do my utmost to thwart any of the ideas or proposals which he may propose that threaten real progress and growth.

Both prayer and protection are my duty and they do not conflict.