Monthly Archives: June 2013

Rogue Government

It’s been a busy year or so for questionable activities within the US government. Just in the past few weeks we have had breaking stories about the IRS deliberately persecuting certain types of political organizations and the NSA engaging in massive surveillance of the American people, the 4th amendment not withstanding. A growing, but still relatively small, number of Americans are deeply concerned about the state of affairs in Washington DC. Many have taken to blaming their elected officials for this mess that we find ourselves in.

Let me be clear. This is not President Obama’s fault. This is not Congress’s fault. This is our fault. Speaker Boehner tried to blow off the NSA spying program as no big deal, because there is supposedly plenty of congressional oversight in place to protect us.

Get real Mr Speaker! The NSA is estimated to have around 30,000 employees, and that is not counting this new trend Mr Snowden uncovered of using government contractors to engage in surveillance work. The IRS is even more bloated with over 100,000 employees. Let’s look at a few more agencies: USDA 105,000; FDA nearly 10,000; CIA around 100,000. You get the point.

The problem we are facing today is not that our President or Congress are actively engaged in these kinds of unconstitutional behavior, although they certainly condone them. The real problem is that we have developed a giant bureaucracy that is far to large, just in terms of manpower, to actually be overseen by our elected officials.

When we put these kinds of systems in place, most people believed that our government was just looking out for our best interest and that our elected officials would keep things from getting out of hand. The reality is these kinds of departments get far to big, and far to powerful for Congress or the President to remotely keep in check. In fact, in many ways these agencies have far more power and influence over the decisions of our elected officials than the other way around.

As if that wasn’t enough, a multitude of the people controlling these agencies are former employees of organizations they are supposed to regulate. Monsanto for example has a plethora of people at the USDA. If you think lobbying is a bad thing, imagine free lobbying by loyal ex-employees who are now supposed to give key advice on issues that affect your company. These agencies aren’t looking out for us, they are looking out for themselves. Why should we really be surprised when the IRS persecutes political groups, many of which have sought to abolish the IRS. They are just seeking to protect their own paychecks.

There is no amount of oversight possible that can reign back in these rogue agencies. They have accumulated a vast amount of power, often under the cloak of secrecy; and as the NSA leaks reveal, will use it as they see fit whether Constitutional or not.

The only answer is to return to our Founding Principles and begin abolishing the myriad of Federal agencies we’ve created. The NSA has served to strongly prove that our Founding Father’s were right, and that we can’t compromise our liberties in the least to the Federal Government. Supposedly we were trading liberty for safety, in the end it looks like we’ll have neither. The only way forward through this mess, is to return back to principles that have always been there to protect us.

Liberty and limited government cannot be halfway done. Once we begin to compromise the bureaucracy takes over and the steady march towards tyranny cannot be stopped unless the bureaucracy is first abolished.

Daily Scripture Meditation

In reading through the Old Testament, particularly the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, and 1st and 2nd Chronicles; one of the first things we notice is that there is a constant fluctuation between the worship of God and the worship of idols in Israel. In many cases this change took place in rather extreme ways within a single generation. One minute there would be a good king and the people would pursue God and then the next minute that leader would be gone and it would be right back to idolatry. Now obviously we know that God preserved for himself a remnant of those who were faithful to Him (1st Kings 19:18 for example0, but have you ever wondered why the people were so quick to switch back and forth between the worship of God and the worship of idols?

2 Chronicles 15:3-4 provides an explanation that has some important truth for us today as well.

“For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law; but when in their trouble they turned to The Lord God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them.”

Like most people, Israel turned back to God when the futility of their idolatry became clear and they had no where else to turn; and God, being gracious and abounding in mercy, responded to their repentance and prayer. That they had a long tradition of idolatrous ways (as does all post-Eden humanity) partially explains there constant back and forth, but the 2nd half of verse 3 shines some additional light on the subject. They had been a long time without a teaching priest and without law.

When the law departs from a people, when the priests fail to keep in constantly before them. They have no solid foundation on which to resist idolatry and wicked behavior. There commitment to The Lord is based on emotion, and upon what they need to receive from The Lord in that hour. When a political or cultural leader stands as the driving force to follow God, then they will. When that leader is gone, they won’t anymore. Without the sound teaching of scripture to provide a moral backbone, nations flounder in idolatry and sin.

We live in a day and age where idolatry is running rampant. Obviously we don’t put our trust in little statues of made up gods anymore, but instead we have turned to insurance policies, to political leaders, to economic systems, to money, television, and others. In the midst of all this idolatry, the Church, the “kingdom of priests” has allowed herself to be silenced by the need for “tolerance”. In an age of moral relativism, holding forth a bright light of absolute truth, right and wrong, is unpopular. People are more comfortable lurking in the gray haze of “it doesn’t really matter”, “don’t judge”, and “no one is really right”.

If this is allowed to continue that the pattern from Scripture is clear, we will see a back and forth vacillation between worship of God and worship of idols based solely on emotion. As that vacillation continues idolatry will become worse, up until the point that God chooses to pour out His wrath on our nation and punish the idolatry for the sake of His name, which on our account is now slandered among the nations. Ultimately responsibility for this will fall on the Church in this nation for failing to hold up the Scriptural commands as absolute and essential.

If you don’t want the blood of others on your hands, then don’t participate in this deliberate watering down of Scripture. Cling to the whole Word and beg others to do so as well.

I’m Still Glad Obama Beat Romney: An Open Letter to My Republican Friends

I’ve been a pretty staunch opponent of the actions of the Obama administration since day one. I even tend to get vocal when actions are taken that need to be addressed loudly by the American people, and I have more than once contacted my congressman and Senator to encourage opposition to legislation this administration backed heavily. So it came as a great surprise to many of my conservative friends when I announced that I would rather keep President Obama rather than see Mitt Romney elected. Most called me idealistic, and many said I didn’t know what I was asking for. I was even told that a vote for a 3rd party candidate was a vote for Obama. One of the Tea Party leaders in our area even came out and whined about all the third party voters who made it easier to get Obama re-elected.

The truth is, I knew exactly what I was asking for, and thus far this second term has proved me right. A dangerous candidate, who is recognized as dangerous and is well opposed is much safer than a bad fix who is just as dangerous as the incumbent. This is precisely what we had in the 2012 election cycle. Barak Obama’s agenda is well known and fairly well understood, although most people need to look further up the rabbit hole to see who really runs this country. On key policy issues, Mitt Romney stood for almost all of the same things as the President, except for a couple of issues where he changed his mind just in time to run for President.

This bears serious consequences. Organizations like the 10th Amendment Center have fought this administration tooth and nail at the State and Local level with a great deal of support. There have been court battles, Republicans have been forced to oppose legislation they might support if it they didn’t have to “stop Obama”. Does anyone think a gun grabber like Mitt Romney couldn’t have engineered a bi-partisan plan to restrict magazine capacity or end private sales of firearms? His record indicates he’d try it, but unlike Barak Obama he might have actually succeeded. What’s more, with the national debt spiraling out of control we are headed towards an inflationary collapse. At least under a socialist policy like that of Barak Obama we know what to expect. Based on the USSR we should go down fairly slowly. Get a fake budget hawk like Paul Ryan up there and all bets are off. There is no way to anticipate what will happen in a system where a repair has literally been faked. So yes, I knew what I was getting, and given the choice I’m pretty happy about it.

It’s time we had a serious discussion about the Republican Party. Many members of the liberty movement think they can retake the party, but lets be real. Do we really believe that can happen after the shameful treatment of Dr. Paul’s supporters at the RNC last year and the recent events in Alaska?

We have reached the point where a vote for the Republicans is a vote for statism, just like a vote for the Democrats. There are a handful of high quality candidates fighting it out for control of the party, but like their democratic colleagues there isn’t much chance they’ll win. It’s time for all lovers of liberty, everyone who cares about our Constitution, anyone who wants to see this country move back to its founding principles, to leave the Republican Party to rot.

We have other solid choices. The Constitution Party resonates more clearly with the values of most American’s than either of the two main parties today. Stop propping up a dying party by voting along party lines.

As for myself, with a handful of exceptions for men I personally admire, I will not vote for another Republican again. We’re way passed that point folks, it’s time to actually get serious about who we elect to office because at the end of the day we are morally responsible for their actions.

UN Small Arms Treaty is Back

According to the NRA ILA the Obama administration could sign the UN Small arms treaty as early as Monday. This should come as no real surprise, and while I appreciate people’s jealous defense of their liberty, I feel compelled to address this every time it comes up, due to confusion over this issue.

1. All treaties MUST have a resolution approving ratification passed by the 2/3 of the US Senators present to go into effect. The President cannot unilaterally enter a treaty.

2. No treaty can be entered into that violates the US Constitution. This stems from the nature of the Constitution, as a compact made by the people of these United States that explicitly defines the limitations of Federal authority, the Constitution can only be altered or abolished by the American people. Any treaty that contradicts all or part of the Constitution is null and void in passing it the President and Senate voted directly against the very authority that empowered them to enter a treaty in the first place.

This doesn’t mean don’t contact your Senator, but make sure they know they do not have Constitutional power to approve this treaty.

For more good reading on the now popular topic of magazine capacity also read my post “why would anyone need a high capacity rifle or pistol magazine?”