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Our politicians, purveyers of inequality

"The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to
the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most
erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection,
rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled
to, and ought to enjoy."

-- Benjamin Franklin (Emblematical Representations, Circa 1774)

Reference: The Works of Benjamin Franklin, Sparks, ed. (457)

This is an interesting quote to consider when billions of our dollars (our as taxpayers) are going to bail out failing companies. Why are we propping up Freddy and Fanny and AIG? Why are we letting the Federal Reserve devalue our money (thus stealing from us via inflation) to prop up public companies? This is welfare of the highest order. This is money coming from joe blow American taxpayer to make good the bonds and stock owned by any number of people or institutions world wide.

Why is it that politicians on one side are willing to steal out of my pocket to give tax breaks and "incentives" to big businesses (while my little biz never gets a break or a dime) and politicians on the other side will steal out of my pocket to give health care, education and tax cuts to the poor?

What happened to all people and businesses being equal before the law? What happened to "thou shalt not steal"?

Fredric Bastiat wrote "Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else." This seems to sum up a great amount of the politics of today. While each of us as Christians has a responsibility individually to other Christians and then to reach out to others in need (Ja 1:27, Deut 27:19, Deut 15:11), can anyone point out to me where the Bible says I can take money from my neighbor to give to those in need? Why then will we vote for politicians who take money from some to give to others? This is a blatant violation of "thou shalt not steal" no matter how good the cause!

This election, lets make sure we let our politicians know that taxing and redistributing is nothing but the majoring stealing from the minority and we have had enough of it!

Our politicians, warmongers

Often today we hear debate over whether it was right or good for the USA to invade Iraq. Similar to the Vietnam war, those on the left largely oppose the US occupation of Iraq and those on the right generally support it. In keeping with this divide, our major party candidates for president fall down these same lines. But are they really that much different when it comes down to it? Are the Democrats really less interventionist? Do we have Obama and McCain running for office or just J McBama and B McBama?

While it is clear that J McBama is quite willing to entertain a new cold war with Russia and confrontation with Iran, B McBama’s views aren’t quite as well known. Let’s consider a statement in a speech B McBama gave in Chicago 6 years ago. He said "I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances." To back up this statement he has supported or proposed US intervention in Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Sudan (Darfur). B McBama’s running mate voted for US military intervention in Bosnia, Serbia and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

What we find is that those on the left are generally liberal interventionists (willing to use war to make “peace”) and those on the right are generally either neo-cons or “American interest” interventionists (willing to use war to protect the business interests of Americans).

Whatever the first word, the second word is still interventionist. These politicians think that we are so much better or smarter than the rest of the world that we can solve their problems by force or deserve to solve ours by forcing them. These politicians will send our soldiers into other countries to fight other people’s wars. These politicians will send out soldiers into other countries to protect American investments. None of these things are right.

We need to tell our politicians to bring our boys home and keep them home. We don’t need to spend our blood keeping oil prices low. And we don’t need to spend it stopping some foreign civil war. It’s about time we minded our own business and let the rest of the world grow up enough to care for their own. So lets let the McBama's (and all the rest of our politicians) know that we don't want 4 more years of the same.

Truth and the Press

I ran across a quote by Thomas Jefferson today on the Quote of The Day site. Jefferson said I read no newspaper now but Ritchie's, and in that chiefly the advertisements, for they contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. I feel a much greater interest in knowing what has passed two or three thousand years ago, than in what is now passing. I read nothing, therefore, but of the heroes of Troy, of the wars of Lacedaemon and Athens, of Pompey and Caesar, and of Augustus too, the Bonaparte and parricide scoundrel of that day. The full letter to Nathaniel Monticello can be found here.

In some ways it is comforting to know that press was as biased 230 years ago as it is today. While advertisements must hold to a level of truth or be sued for false advertising (or libel against another product or service), nothing keeps the reporters, columnists or editorialists from making what ever statements they please. I often find it curious that statements buried several paragraphs into an article often say the opposite of the headline. Read half a dozen news pieces in a paper of your choice. Can you find one which reports only the facts of the subject without either omitting relevant information or including biased information? How many of those articles contain some kind of value statement supporting or opposing the topic being discussed? So much for an objective press.

All people have biases, reporters included. So they should quit trying to call the press objective and acknowledge the inherent slant. Leave the editorializing for the editorial page and teach reporters to report without spouting opinions. At least then we might get most sides of the story and be able to form our own opinion.

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