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IS IT TIME TO PUT THE GOP OUT OF ITS MISERY? MAYBE – MAYBE NOT

November 14, 2012

IS IT TIME TO PUT THE GOP OUT OF ITS MISERY? MAYBE – MAYBE NOT

Social and Fiscal Conservatives May Want to Take a Second Look at the Libertarian Party.

Well, on November 6, the American people went to the polls to select a Santa – hmmm – President. It turned out to be a very sad day for both America and Israel. The outcome deeply disappointed many millions of voters because it became crystal clear that there are sufficient numbers of takers to overcome reason regarding economics, sustainability, the rule of law, the Constitution, and the negative impacts of big government.  They, the takers, seem completely at ease with subjugating the rights and liberties of everyone else in order get their stuff. Welcome to higher taxes, fewer jobs, death panels, more government control, longer lines, etc.

However, it’s now time to get back up, dust ourselves off and get back to work.

Emerging from this election were several lessons that the GOP must learn. First, the media will always aid the Democrat candidate’s effort to get elected, will twist the Republican candidate’s beliefs and record into something extreme regardless of what the truth actually is and will even go so far as to ignore and shape news that might negatively impact their candidate.  Second, election fraud is alive and well in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Minnesota and other battleground states in sufficient degree to overcome the will of the people.  And third, the GOP must keep its principles or disband.  (I suppose one first has to define its principles, which might be different for the big government establishment of the Party.)

If the GOP elite are willing to toss away the principles of the majority of the Party (limited Constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, helping those in need get to their feet without creating dependency/enslavement) then they can count on many social conservatives, fiscal ‘Tea Party’ conservatives and many in between staying home.  Principles must not only be important to the GOP, but also to a sufficient majority (enough to overcome voter fraud) if the nation has any chance to survive and avert becoming an authoritarian state.

Principles are not something to run away from. This is the argument the GOP must make to conservative Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians.  Unfortunately right now, it appears that the vast majority of minorities are either completely brainwashed by the media and the Democrat Party or simply more interested in voting for what they misperceive as being in their best interest.  That’s a real tragedy because what they are really voting for is allowing their potential lives to pass them by, being told where to go, when to go and why to go.  Sad.

However, there might be another option disenfranchised GOP voters might take. They (as individuals) might decide that for the good of the nation they can reach an understanding, accommodation, and/or alliance with the Libertarian Party and put the GOP out of its misery unless it wakes up.

If one really thinks about it, the Libertarian Party might be a much better philosophical match for many people of faith and fiscal conservatives.  There’s a quiz on the website that might surprise you.  Before you take the quiz, I hope you read 3 articles I wrote concerning marriage, abortion, and drug legalization. Marriage is the Domain of the Church and God proposes that government should not be in the business of marriage at all. Obama Would Evidently Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater looks at Obama’s position and balancing interests along the timeline of pregnancy. A Step Towards Respect of Our Laws and The Social Mores by Legalizing Drugs is self-explainatory.

But first an admission – I was a bit angry with Gov. Gary Johnson for not throwing his support behind Gov. Romney to prevent Obama from further damaging the nation and the economy. However, after a few days, with reflection, I am now able to recognize (admit) that it is a principled act to vote for the person with whom you most agreed with.  But for me, even though I almost always self-identify as a Libertarian, I vote mainly Republican because they are the most likely to slow down the train on its journey to collapse of the economy and liberty.

So how can Social Conservatives possibly come to support a Party that could support legalization of drugs, prostitution and gay marriage without sacrificing their principles?

The answer goes back the very foundation of Christianity. Freewill, faith, and living a Christ like (spirit focused) life.  (Note – my personal beliefs have been shaped by family, study in college, and my own experiences through living, succeeding, failing, reflecting. It’s not my intention to endorse any particular path over any other here.)

Freewill is the essence of being a human being – the ability and right coming from God to make choices. Freewill applies to everyone (with the ability to make informed decisions, i.e. adults); even when we do stupid, self-destructive acts.  It’s what Obama and his supporters would like to remove from those with whom they disagree.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

Whatever your interpretation of these passages, they certainly involve choices freely made and carry consequences expressed and implied.  Even though different thoughts comes to each person’s mind when reading the words and phrases ‘love’, ‘soul’, ‘Lord your God’, ‘eternal life’, ‘your neighbor as yourself’, and ‘you will live’; I do hope they don’t involve giving the government power to limit your conscience and dictate what beliefs are acceptable.  (Even for the non-believer, these passages describe a process that could lead to a deep level of self-discovery.)

The above passages might also explain why the Bible says, “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  Can’t the same be said for all of us – we’re all damaged goods to some degree? We all struggle separated from our lives’ potential and/or the spirit by our own attachments (money, drugs, alcohol, jealousy, envy, power, wants, porn, politics, video games, iPhone 5,the Internet, dependency on government).

However, I do believe that one person’s problematic attachments can’t be universally applied to everyone else. Do you?

Separation is the issue and that which causes separation is the problem for the individual.  Those of faith can’t bring others to understanding or conformity simply by enacting laws forbidding objectionable conduct. It’s their journey and their decisions. You only make criminals of them and make it harder for them leave it behind when they come to their senses.  People of faith can only act as examples, live honestly, live with principles, raise strong families, voice their opinions, help their neighbors, find support in like minded people and vote. (We can rightly strengthen laws aimed at preventing the injurious consequences of bad decisions like drunk or drugged driving to the innocent.)

Those of every faith trying to live spiritual, reflective, loving lives are important because they act as examples of stability, responsibility, love and principle. They serve as models (for those caught up in the satisfy and serve me, me, me of today’s world) of thousands of years of understanding of what works, even today. Recognizing something bigger than yourself, raising a responsible family, redemption and achievement are not bad things.

Personal salvation (religious or otherwise) is not achieved through government action implementing its version of ‘social justice’ (code for socialism).  It is not social justice when the government steals from those who have struggled to be successful to ‘help’ thoseit chooses (creating dependency in exchange for dependable votes).  In fact, most times it makes it more difficult for those called (love your neighbor as yourself) to help the poor, the innocent, and those in need.  Take for example, the attack on the ‘religious liberty’ rights of employers (Catholic Church) by forcing them to pay for abortions and contraceptives vis-à-vis providing health insurance that must cover contraception and abortions.  To be true to Catholic beliefs about life beginning at conception, they will need to stop providing any health insurance to their employees, possibly close their hospitals.  This is actually what Obama wants. He wants to destroy the private insurance market so the government (while blaming believers and secular employers who can’t afford Obamacare) will be ‘forced’ to go to a single payer system with them (death panels) saying who is worthy of life and medical resources.

I’m sure the Libertarian Party would support the Religious Liberty rights of those (seeking to contract for appropriate health insurance) with deeply held beliefs struggling against intrusive government.

Thankfully, the Catholic Church is saying there’s a 100% chance of civil disobedience if the feds don’t back off.  I’ll be there with them, will you?

The current path the government is on (dominated by socialists and leftists) is one of dictating what people must believe, how they must act, how they must think, what choices they have available, what recourse (lack of recourse, i.e. guns) they have available to stand up against unjust, dishonest, authoritarian government today and in the future.

The proper role of our federal government is intentionally limited and is meant to protect the space around the individual for him or her to make their choices and reach their potential (or not).  The path of Obama’s government can only lead to mediocrity and dependency for the masses.  It’s one with no real future or choices for anyone, especially the very old and the very young.  Surely people of faith must find such a future where freewill plays such a minimal role abhorrent.  It’s the Story of the Tower of Babel being repeated – turning Americans into uniform bricks.

It’s not a course for those who truly want to be free.

The Conflict of Mind, Heart, Politics and Obama

June 9, 2008

When looking at someone in need, many questions arise. What need do I see? What is the real need? What can I do? What should I do? How will what I do help? Does it really help the person, or just me? Here appears the conflict of mind and heart. I want to help, but what really is of help? Do I give of my wallet or do I give of my time and experience, or both? Giving of my wallet appeases my guilt but may in effect do very little to change the person’s situation. I would suggest that most of us realize that small handouts alone do little to better any serious situation that people sometimes find themselves in. What does work usually requires that someone focus on the person’s life, listens to their story, becomes available and helps him or her assess their resources. This kind of helping requires real commitment. Here again appears the conflict of mind and heart. Few of us are willing or can’t make this kind of commitment, so we rely on churches and other organizations to take our financial support and add the commitment part.

Committed people are the key to this kind of change. So what happens when the government and politicians get involved? Are the governmental bureaucrats the kind of committed individuals that can encourage positive change? The answer unfortunately is probably not, and definitely not in terms of being effective with our financial contributions (taxes) towards helping those in need. This is especially true regarding the federal level of government. I would guess that every dollar that is collected by the state or federal government goes half as far for each level of government that you get away from the local level. (County, State, Federal) And I know of no government program that is as efficient as a well organized church, business or Not-for-Profit run endeavor.[i] Government is not as responsive. Most bureaucrats are just doing a job, crunching numbers, covering their butts and after a while they begin to see the people in need as numbers or problems.

So why do we have so much effort and desire being put forth to get the federal government involved in areas that it is ill-suited? For the taxpayer, one reason might be appeasement of personal guilt -the guilt that comes from not being able to do more to solve the problems. If the government is primarily responsible, then we are not responsible and our guilt is lessened. If one is suspect of organized religion or private organizations, then government offers such a person the option of not giving support to such groups. Even though government is the least effective, it still appeases some amount of guilt.[ii] [iii]

All decent politicians, of all parties, go through the same questions the individual asks when they see people in need; they have the same desire to help, and compassion. The conflict of mind and heart is fully present. But laid upon this conflict is a bigger conflict, the conflict that arises by courting voters.

It is my belief that most politicians fully realize that the federal government is ill-suited to deal effectively with most matters of personal need. It can be done, but to be truly helpful the assistance must be a hand up, at the same time encouraging the person to become more responsible and self reliant. One only needs to remember how dysfunctional and subject to fraud the old welfare system was. The system did not offer a hand-up; instead it relied primarily on giving out checks. There was little or no incentive for the person to better his or her situation by taking steps to find work – and this in turn led to fraud.[iv] Unfortunately, many politicians have seen the voters’ appeasement needs relating to solving such problems and the desires of those who are in need (wanting relief immediately) as opportunities to build a strong dependence on the politician. If those in need are dependent upon the politician, then the politician can count on their votes.

Therefore, we should all be suspect of the motivations for big government federal programs.[v] We should not turn this power over lightly to politicians, who more and more seem to be primarily interested in their own self-interests. Local problems are many times unique, possibly involving cultural issues, and as such lend themselves to unique local solutions. We need people committed to real solutions, solutions we can believe in.

Politicians today have been promoting government as the answer to all of our problems.[vi] It is not and should not be. Whatever your beliefs about global warming, what the politicians are talking about as solutions will not work. They will most likely collapse our economy, cost millions of jobs, increase prices across the board and we will lose any global competitive advantage that we may have. The answer to CO2 in the atmosphere will come from technologies that will remove it, possibly converting it into carbon fiber products, or something else like that. Carbon credits, cap and trade, taxes, etc. all go back to that notion of appeasing our guilt, creating dependence and giving the illusion of being in charge.

Once again, what it will take is people with real commitment to solutions, not commitment to regulations and their own power. If we give up our duties and responsibilities – and elect politicians who see themselves as our saviors, elite, our Shepard, all knowing – we will be left with a Nanny State that will control every aspect of our lives. If that is what we want, we should vote for Senator Obama.

To date, Senator Obama has not exhibited commitment to solutions that are thoughtful, innovative, realistic and sustainable. He has exploited, enhanced, manipulated our concerns and raised them to the level of fear. What he is offering the masses is to alleviate our guilt and inherited blame for not doing enough- and millions of young voters have fallen for it hook, line and sinker. He has done this with the help of the media who have been swooning over him. Sen. Obama’s supporters are increasing becoming a cult that does not tolerate opposition.[vii] It appears that the radical left is rising and adopting a fascist/elitist view for the rest of us.

Please America. Remember that one’s character IS reflected in those whose company he or she keeps. Who has been sought out to be in Sen. Obama’s company? In his circle are Rev. Wright, pentagon bomber William Ayers, Rezko, and many others.[viii] There are those in Senator Obama’s circle who are terrorists, a convicted criminal, racists, hateful, anti-Semitic, socialists. It also appears clear that most of these people hate America and its military; and/or blame America and Americans for all of the world’s problems. For this you can again thank the media.

With the help of the Democratic leadership, Sen. Obama has repeatedly engaged in the vilification of companies (oil companies in particular), business, President Bush, Sen. McCain (who he refers to as Bush’s third term) as scapegoats for their own shortsightedness and lack of resolve to solve problems in a realistic, compassionate manner. They have become so beholding to the extreme left wing of the party and its investment in defeat in Iraq and their hatred for the President that it shapes all of their words and actions.[ix] It’s easier to make everyone else the cause, the villain. Had we been drilling, encouraging the building of refineries, and jump starting our nuclear energy production, while at the same time encouraging investment in alternatives, we would not be in this mess with $4 a gallon gas.

The energy problems have not been solved to date because politicians are more concerned about preserving their own power or acquiring more power. They want to keep us (the voters) dependent, misled and fearful so that we will be too scared and ignorant to make them do what is right and responsible for America.

Please America, overcome your guilt and/or media influence and vote responsibly.


[i] The Senate passed legislation this week that will allow the Senate restaurant to become privatized because it is losing so much money.

[ii] There was a recent report that of self identified conservatives and self identified liberals, conservatives gave much more to charities.

[iii] Other reasons might be fear that I might be in that situation and one else would help me. So something is better than nothing.

[iv] President Clinton and the Republican led Congress make major improvements to the welfare system (tougher and more responsible love).

[v] Let’s not forget the Ethanol disaster. Food prices are rising worldwide because of this ill conceived solution to a problem that has been of the politicians own making.

[vi] Thomas Jefferson definitely favored a limited federal government.

[vii] Larry Sinclair has alleged that he did crack and had repeated gay sex with the Senator in 1999 and other issues. Mr. Sinclair, his family, and supporters have been threatened, intimidated, and abused for daring to raise a legitimate issue which reflects upon his lack of good character. See http://larrysinclair0926.wordpress.com/ See http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/

[viii] See http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/ for a close look at Sen. Obama’s Rezko connections.

[ix] I have not even touched on the possibility that Israel’s existence will be in greater jeopardy if Sen. Obama is elected, given his policies of appeasing people that are always looking to kill us.