"Everybody loves to say how much we’ve evolved, but the real measure of
whether or not a species has evolved is if they can look their DNA in
the eyes and say, ‘Fuck you, I can do better than you think I can.’ "
"During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks.
We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany.
So it's worth noting, and is somewhat frightening, that during the same amount of time our current administration couldn't build a freakin’ web site."
What is called The Law, came to the chosen people from God in the form of the Ten Commandments.
But that's not an accurate name for them.
Because really, they could be published in a modern magazine column titled, “Ten Things That Will Improve Your Life”.
(Can't you just see that in bold type next to the sexy starlet on the cover of Glamour?)
Every so-called “Commandment” is an expression of an attitude and/or behavior that will enhance your life, the life of your family, and that of your whole community.
They are not directions on how to “please God”, or “get to heaven”. They're guidelines to make your earthly life a good one, a happy one, a prosperous one.
But being middle eastern people who just got out of generations of slavery in Egypt, where “loving” gods weren’t thick on the ground, but despotic pharaohs and blood-thirsty, arbitrary pagan gods were, they soon came to see these as “COMMANDMENTS”; rules that you better not disobey for fear of God's wrath.
And, naturally, there were men more than willing to use and abuse this propitious development for their own advancement and power.
And so, as the Law progressed, as law is wont to do, it became less a guide for a happy life, and more a demand for strict adherence to complicated, demanding, rules in order to be approved of by a stern Taskmaster God - and his rich, important, self-righteous Priests.
It’s a lot like our own situation.
We have a simple, easy to understand, clear, concise Constitution that has become, through the agency of foolish, greedy and power-mad men, millions of pages of laws, regulations, centralized power, agencies, principalities, groups, committees, and a special class of ruling Priests that make the entire edifice unstable, abusive, rigid and inhumane.
Which is exactly what happened to the lovely Ten Guidelines for a Happy Life.
Until we find ourselves in Jerusalem in the time of Jesus, where the Law had become so oppressive that it imprisoned people’s spirits and declared them guilty before a Judging King God rather than free and beloved in relationship with a Loving Father God.
THIS is what God sent Jesus to deal with.
And there is not a better metaphor for it, than Jesus clearing out that Temple.
Remember, it was often the Pharisees that Jesus preached at/about and condemned—those faces of The Law as it had become, that shut the people out and claimed the approval of God only for themselves.
Jesus was sent to us to tell us that it is not our obedience to THE LAW that makes God love us. He came to give us the Good News that God loves us no matter what. That we are His children, and He loves us like a father loves his children…and while we could be better sometimes—okay, a lot of the time—He loves us nevertheless, and will never forsake us. He promises, through Jesus, that He will always be there for us. All we have to do is realize it.
God didn’t send Jesus to change or overturn or supersede the Ten Ways to Improve Your Life. He just wanted all the man-made dross and detritus that had accreted to them scraped off and thrown away—and a lot more love added.
He just wanted to Set Us Free.
And that’s the Gospel of Grace.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
As I've mentioned a few times here, I am not a believing Christian. However, I am a cultural Christian, and a "defender of the faith", in that I see that the tenets and followers of Christianity have built the most free, most prosperous, most decent civilization in the history of mankind.
Whatever its faults...by any adversary's measure (including mine)...that is simply the bald truth.
The American Constitution is the direct result of the influence of the Christian concept of "Equality before God".
And seriously, short of heaven, it just doesn't get better than that.
That being said...
I have some problems with the whole Christian story. I don't understand what appear to me to be unnecessary complexities and contradictions and what appear to be logic fallacies.
Except as they reinforce the divinity of the Christ and his mission, without which there wouldn't be much holding Traditional Christianity together, I don't see their point.
Of course, the problem with asking Christians, Christian clergy, Christian apologists and Christian historians and Christian Biblical scholars about the veracity or logic or likelihood of the correctness of the story, is that they, naturally, have a vested interest in it being true as the world currently understands it.
But if you approach it from (what I hope is) a disinterested point of view, it just doesn't hang together.
I don't want to insult any Christians....which is why I opened this post with my honest admiration of all the good wrought by their beliefs...but I just can't quite buy those beliefs as they are presented and seemingly understood by the Christian community of the World.
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Here are a few of my observations.
Fundamental to Christianity is the need for ATONEMENT for the grave sin of Adam (and Eve?)
Without Adam's (and Eve's?) monstrous, horrifying, shocking, appalling, heinous, vile, hateful, abominable disobedience of God, Jesus doesn't have to "Die. For. Our. Sins".
But...what is this foul SIN of Adam (and Eve)?
From where I stand, it looks like evolution.
I know that some people believe that the entire Bible is literal truth. But many others understand it to be figurative in part, historical in part, and metaphoric in part.
I submit that Genesis is figurative.
Genesis seems to be telling us that Adam and Eve were living in an innocent time of pre-humanity. They lived like animals (in a good way) and ate like animals, and ran around naked, like animals. And just enjoyed being alive, generally hung out eating and sleeping and never worrying about much of anything, especially the future...like animals.
It was, kind of like, you know, Paradise!
But then, one day, they "ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." Which I think is a figurative way of saying they reached the stage of evolution (or the moment God touched them on the forehead and "poof!") when they developed the ability to REASON, think abstractly, think creatively, developed free-will and self-agency.
Now, Christians says that through Adam (and Eve?), Sin entered the world.
Give man free-will, the ability to scheme - I mean "reason" - and some of things he thinks up are going to be bad, selfish, greedy, mean, cruel, thoughtless...
don't think Adam (and Eve?) sinned. I think they just grew up. And
growing up into Self-Awareness Self-Motivation, Self-Agency and
Creative/Abstract thought...leads to a lot of possibilities for bad
ideas and bad behavior - as well as Good ones.
And don't we just know it.
The Bible also says that God told them that if they ate of the Tree, they would surely die*. But it's obvious that they did not die, at least not right then. So, more figurative language. I think it means that when they became able to REASON, they became aware of their own mortality.
This would make you sad. This would be a major drag. So it sort of ruined the perfect happiness they had before.
So. (Still according to the Traditional Christian Dogma) We are mortal because Adam (and Eve?) sinned by eating an apple.
So. We are destined to suffer eternal torture in hell because Adam (and Eve?) sinned by eating an apple after God said "Don't Eat It!)
AND...so the story goes, God loves us so much....(?)...that he sent his only begotten (on whom? just wondering) Son to die for our sins, and redeem our souls from this sickening, gruesome, sadistic, punishment unearned by every single human being who has ever existed on planet earth...except Adam (and Eve?)
Just a reminder, for centuries, Catholic Dogma had it that un-baptized babies who died, and all the people in lands where the Word of God was never heard—so they couldn't be 'saved'—went straight to Hell. Forever. Eternal punishment. Amen. Praise the Lord.
Now that just pisses me off. I find it hard to stay "nice" about it. When I think of all the horrors, terror, dread, distress, and nightmares this so-called Truth has given true believers, (Think of the terrified children! And mothers of still-born children, And parents whose children fall away from the Church, and husbands and wives and friends who are not believers that Christians must believe will be consigned to eternal fires of Hell.
Think of the kind of person you become if you believe that most of the people you will ever meet, like, befriend, even love, will spend eternity suffering in the eternal fires of hell being tortured by the Devil and his demons.
Personally, I'd rather have my beating heart cut out by an Aztec priest...and be done with it.
It's a shorter and kinder end.
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So, in my Post-Christianity Christianity all of this is bunkum.
There was no Original Sin by Adam (and Eve?) that brought Death and Sin into the world. There is no Original Sin to taint every new soul born into the world.
There was just Adam and Eve gaining Reason. The Genesis story is sort of: "Evolution in a Bite"
So...there is no need for The Atonement.
Jesus of Nazareth does not have to "Die. For. Our. Sins".
Doesn't mean he wasn't born on Earth.
Doesn't mean he wasn't crucified
Doesn't mean he wasn't resurrected.
Doesn't mean he isn't God's Son.
Doesn't mean his life and death and resurrection are not the most amazing things in the history of mankind.
It's just a different story.
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What if we consider all creatures God's children?
Is it plausible to imagine that there were some creatures created before Man?
Is it plausible to imagine that they were spiritual beings rather than corporeal beings?
Might we, just for convenience, call them "angels" ?
Might we assume, because they are spiritual, therefore have no material bodies, that they are what we would call "immortal" ?
Might we call them the older siblings of Mankind...who are also God's children?
Might we assume that there is a "birth" order among the angels. That some were created before others?
Might we assume, say, that there was a First Born and a Second Born....the two oldest brothers to the rest of the Children of God?
What if they were Lucifer and Jesus respectively? (of course those are not their real names...but just for identification purposes...I'll call them that)
What if after all the Old Testament relationship with the Chosen People, God decided it was time to send a representative to His People to lead them to the next stage in their relationship; to send them not just a human prophet, but a real, actual messenger from Heaven?
Now, what if God said to Jesus..."Listen, Son, I need you to be born on Earth as human and teach the Good News about Me to my people. It might be dangerous, because your body will be mortal, and people can be dangerous. But I really feel like a direct emissary from Heaven is what they need to grow in their relationship with Me and each other."
And Jesus, being a good son, said, "Sure, Dad. I'll do it."
...What if Lucifer, the actual Firstborn. Beautiful, strong, righteous, mighty, shining Lucifer, the Light Bearer of God, and older brother of Jesus...
...went, "What the...? He's choosing the Kid to go on this important mission? What am I, chopped liver?"
And let jealousy and anger overtake him?
(Oh...did I mention that the first creatures of God - those angels - had free-will too?)
What if Jesus was born as a natural child to Mary and Joseph Carpenter and grew up in beauty and grace - being the Son of God and all...as well as being a human, and when he was about 30, knew it was time for him to begin his ministry to God's people.
And what if Lucifer, who was watching and waiting and biding his time, began his campaign at the same time.
What if, in his jealousy, envy and anger, he got the idea that if Jesus failed...if he got more followers than Jesus, his Father would see that He should have picked him for this historic mission, instead of his little brother, and all would be right with the world again. So he went to work.
He whispered, he slandered, he tempted, he promised...he poured his poison into the ears of anyone who would listen, and it was often those who were also disposed to feel threatened by and jealous of Jesus because of the multitudes who were hungry for his Good News that God was a loving Father who wanted nothing but the best for his children, that He was not a distant King of Rules and Punishment and Law...but a Loving Father God of Mercy and Forgiveness.
All those who lived and prospered under the old ideas which gave them power and made them feared and important...hated the new guy and his blasphemous "Everyone is Equal in the Eyes of God" crap that was threatening to knock the pedestal of special status and privilege right from under their feet.
Well, you know what happened next.
And when Jesus died, and went to heaven sorrowful that he had failed his Father because he didn't live long enough to reach everyone with the Good News, and Lucifer delighted by his success, joined him to gloat over his victory and get the appreciation of his Father for his success in the contest...got rather the surprise of his life when God told him to, "Get the Hell out of Heaven!"
Which He meant quite literally...
And he had to find new digs...and it ended up being known as Hell.
(God knew what he was talking about.)
With Lucifer banished, God sat Jesus down and told him that he was a good Son, and not to feel bad about not being able to finish the job. He had a great idea that was going to blow everybody's mind and they'd NEVER forget either Jesus or his message of Good News about a loving Father God.
God was gonna resurrect Jesus' human body, and Jesus could go back and inhabit it just long enough to prove to his grief-stricken loyal followers...and thence to the rest of the world... that Jesus really was God's true messenger, and that what he told them was the undisputed Truth.
So, Jesus returns to Earth, showing up in what should be his dead body, but is alive and well...and scares the shit out of his friends (wouldn't it just!) until they are convinced it's really him, and he tells them that THIS...this immortality...this rising from the dead...is what God has in store for everyone. That death isn't the end. That hope is alive. That God wants to hang out with his kids, and for the family to be happy.
Everyone will be saved. (There is no eternal punishment of any kind). Amen. Praise the Lord.
People, DOES IT GET BETTER THAN THAT??? Talk about happiness, and hope, and love, and peace and joy!
And that's what they were supposed to say. And most of them did. But it got a little mixed up in the translations and the cultural references, and we got a story that's a little heavy on guilt and punishment, death and torture and eternity...instead of hope and life.
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Okay. I know some will say, "Wow, Gun, nice story. But what about all the criminals and killers and evil people. What happens to them? Are they gonna just waltz right into heaven. If so, why be good? What's the point, if what you do doesn't matter to salvation?
Well, of course what you do matters. In a lot of respects. First, you'll feel good. Being good has that effect. You'll be in touch with God right here and now. That's a plus. And you can really call Jesus, "Brother"...with all the respect and love and benefits thereof.
But I didn't say there wouldn't be a price to pay for being evil. I just said there was no eternal Hell. Big difference.
Remember the description of Hell is eternal fire?
Here's what that really is.
The pure light and truth of God shining into your soul.
If you've lived in the light your whole life, it'll be a sort of strong, warm hug from the Lord.
But if you'd lived in the darkness of sin, it will be a searing, blinding, blowtorch of a light, that will show every corner of your nasty little soul in a way that you will not be able to deny what's there.
And THAT will feel just like Hell. The heat will not be physical, of course, but psychic. And because, first and foremost, you are a Child of God, you will not be able to stand what you see there, the knowledge and awareness of it will burn you with shame and sorrow and you will want it gone. That is called "repentance"...and when the process is done...you'll be ready to enter the pearly gates.
I'd say the duration of the process will depend on just how wide and deep and labyrinthine the darkness is, and how stubbornly the individual remains in denial.
But hey, do you think you, no matter how cool and evil you think you are, can stand up to the cleansing light of God? Yeah, good luck with that.
So, yeah....everyone will be "saved."
Remember, God's pure light and truth is eternal. An eternal fire. And it will
shine eternally on His children. But it won't burn and hurt forever.
Just until the process of cleaning up that nasty, dark little soul of yours is
The Fire is eternal. The pain and suffering is not.
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Oh, one last thought. Lucifer will be saved too.
Yep. In the end he will repent too. He will miss his Father, and his Brother and all of the goodness they represent more than he loves his anger, and his pride.
And he may be the very last. I like that scene: We'll all be in heaven, looking over the wall, watching him approach the gate, horns in hand.
Witnesses to the Last Act of Deliverance.
He's standing there. Wanting to come home, but knowing how evil he has been, and what horrors he has instigated, worried that he might be even beyond the forgiveness of God.
The Gate opens, the light shines out, and Jesus walks out and says, "Hello, brother."
Lucifer falls to his knees in the silence of despair, until Jesus speaks the next words, "Welcome home."
He remains kneeling, head down in submission...and the Father comes out to join them. He puts out his hand and touches Lucifer's forehead...and there plays the eons of evil, like a movie in fast motion that Lucifer has done - for all and himself to see.
And he burns like a star in the righteous light of Truth.
And when it's over. Lucifer, too, cleansed by repentance, is delivered.
So, that's my story. It's a Christianity that makes sense.‡
And I like a happy ending.
*"The Wages of Sin is Death" is a familiar warning. And, of course, the
reference is to Adam's (and Eve's?) sin, through which all succeeding
generations suffer the consequences of whatever it was they supposedly
did that was worse than Hitler's murder of millions of Jews, or Stalin's
murder of millions upon millions of people...or Mao's murder of
hundreds of millions of people...
...because, after all, their sins were NOT visited upon any subsequent generations. Just sayin'.
‡ "Making sense" can have, for me, elements of the supernatural. The story just has to hang together.
You can't have a loving God that damns people to eternal torment for anything. At all. Ever. Creatures who live in "time" can only commit "temporal" sins. So "eternal" punishment would be the product of a vicious sadist—neither just nor loving. You can have that God. I don't want him.
And one more important logical fail: In the story of Genesis, God supposedly tells Adam and Eve not to eat of the Tree in the center of the garden. We find out later that this is the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil".
If they ate the apple, before they ate the apple how would they know it was wrong? If you see what I mean...
If they ate the apple, before they knew the difference between Good and Evil...
...how could they be accused of doing Evil?
How could they have known that's what they were doing, if they hadn't yet eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
See what I mean? It's circular reasoning. According to the Catholic Church (at least when I was in it), you can't commit a sin before you are 7 years old. (That's when you can receive First Holy Communion) It is considered the "age of reason". Until then, you are unable to distinguish good from evil. You're still just living within your appetites.
Wouldn't that be the same for Adam and Eve, before they reached the age of Reason, i.e., ate the apple from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
So how can what they did be a "sin"?
Doesn't hang together.
And without the "Fall"...there is no requirement for "Atonement".
And everything unravels.
Take it or leave it. It's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.
And it turns out many of the "liberal" churches are too.
Be careful what brand of Christianity you embrace. Many of churches that are emptying are cheerleaders (whores?) for Progressivism; for "Peace" (at any price); for environmentalism; for class warfare; for collectivism.
The idea of a Christian Soldier and your INDIVIDUAL soul has been entirely lost to these emasculated eunuchs afraid of their own shadow, who believe in turning the other cheek while your country/wife/daughter/son is being raped.
Yeah, I'm a child of the 60's. I knew some of those in College. One of them was my boyfriend until I found out.
Even then, I wanted a actual man.
Beware of Christophobes. They're everywhere. And some of them are running the Main Line Christian churches in America and the rest of the Anglophere.
There's one thing to say about Mooslims. Even if their so-called "religion" is actually a Satanic Death Cult: They take their religion seriously, and they're passionate about it.
Of course, they're also peanut-dicked. Especially anybody in ISIS.
left never accepts responsibility for anything. Weaned on the sour
milk of thuggish, tenured academicians and marinated in the surreal stew
of lawyer-land, the odd creatures that infest our White House have no
notion of work or honor or duty. This manifests itself in different
has been elevated almost to a secular religion. Obama, his officials,
his armies of minor minions prevaricate with such aplomb that one
wonders if they truly know when they are lying or telling the truth.
The disgraceful trail of obfuscations, dissimulations, and
quarter-truths are invariably defended by the administration’s flacks
with the mantra “we have seen no evidence.” Of course we have not! The
evidence has been destroyed or hidden or lied about.
lie, of course, and have as long as government has been around, but the
sheer audacity of fabrications (the video that “caused” the Benghazi
attack) rise to the level of Orwellian thought control, compounded by
the utter indifference of the establishment media to calling out these
isolation from the governed is also a hallmark of our pathetic
president and his hapless helpers. How could Obama, with a straight
face, adopt Reagan’s “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
line and assume that ordinary folk would yip for joy?
the starkest manifestation is the culture of incompetence that pervades
everything surrounding Obama and his friends. The botched rollout of
Obamacare, for example, led naturally to more noisy activity and more
hilarious promises – but these are precisely the sorts of things Obama
considers real work. The hideous crimes of the Veterans Administration,
carbuncles that even candidate Obama noted when he ran for president,
suit him better unchanged, because that allows him to claim future
victories against malfeasance and maliciousness in the VA.
and the left desperately need intolerable incompetence to infest every
crevice of American life. When things work well, who needs these
people? This is transparently clear and well understood, at least by
sensible people, but a more opaque truth is the nasty fact that when
leftists produce competent and honest governance, the demand for
leftists drops just as much.
misery, despair, confusion, hopelessness, and fear are the only
sustenance of leftists. All but the most diabolical leftists refuse to
chant the old black magic of Bolshevism. And here are the precise
linguistic formulations of those Marxist spells: “The worse, the
better” and “The more innocent, the more guilty.”
Obama and his cabal instead graciously embrace a slovenly, casual, and
dismissive incompetence. They plow, they seed, and they sow a culture
of incompetence. Obama has surrounded himself with the most
breathtakingly banal and ignorant and dull-witted caste of retainers of
any president in our nation’s history. His own utter lack of any
executive experience – or, indeed, any experience at all in any
productive work for which he could be held accountable by anyone –
simply blesses the inevitable incompetence, errors, idiocies, and
boneheaded blunders that seem to follow every step he takes.
Frankenstein quilt-work of his presidency, a haphazard glop of minor
disasters and serial deceptions, has now become a true monster. As
Prime Minister Netanyahu has tried to tell him, a nuclear Iran may mean
our end, or at least great cities in radioactive smolders. As doctors
have doubtless told him privately, pandemics can slaughter huge chunks
of mankind and dissolve civilization. As even a Democrat stalwart like
Panetta seems to have told him, radical Islam on the march is another
frantic Democrats may even now be trying to end his sleepwalking, at
least in time to preserve their chance at electing his successor.
Surely none of this really matters to him at all. The worship of
failure, the culture of incompetence, is deeply rooted in the sort of
transcendent nihilism that is the lightless soul of leftism today.
Obama is simply its present avatar.
"The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works, and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have not's, it’s the dos and the don'ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society, and others don't. That’s the divide in America .
It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country.
That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.
The politics of envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago when President Obama pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.” He noted that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s not just. That is the rationale of thievery.
The other guy has it, you want it, Obama will take it for you. Vote Democrat. That is the philosophy that produced Detroit.
It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying America. It conceals a fundamental deviation from American values and common sense because it ends up not benefiting the people who support it, but a betrayal.
The Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victim-hood and anger instead of ability and hope. The president’s premise – that you reduce income inequality by debasing the successful–seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices. Because, by and large, income variations in society are a result of different choices leading to different consequences.
Those who choose wisely and responsibly have a far greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood of failure.
Success and failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income. You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college – and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education. You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course; you have them within a marriage and life is apt to take another course. Most often in life our destination is determined by the course we take .
My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but, our lives also have had an in equality of effort. While my doctor went to college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and residency, I got a job in a restaurant. He made a choice, I made a choice, and our choices led us to different outcomes. His outcome pays a lot better than mine. Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama needs to take away his wealth? No, it means we are both free men in a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes .
It is not inequality Barack Obama intends to take away, it is freedom. The freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail. There is no true option for success if there is no true option for failure. The pursuit of happiness means a whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy. Even if the other guy sat on his arse and did nothing. Even if the other guy made a lifetime’s worth of asinine and short sighted decisions.
Barack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort.
The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get."
Obama would turn that upside down. Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society. Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in American society if Barack Obama gets his way. He seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to foster equality through mediocrity. He and his party speak of two Americas, and their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to sap the productivity of the other. America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts.
It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.
What Obama offered was not a solution, but a separatism. He fomented division and strife, pitted one set of Americans against another for his own political benefit. That’s what socialists offer. Marxist class warfare wrapped up with a bow. Two Americas, coming closer each day to proving the truth to Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot stand."
Leo "Lou" Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a retired American football coach, and active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker.
"Dear Washington DC:
It’s over. We’re leaving. We aren't asking your permission to leave.
We aren’t asking for a legal divorce.
We’re just ending this relationship right here and now.
We’re rescinding the authority we gave you in 1788.
Leave us alone.
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom,go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or yourarms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." -Samuel Adams