The Consuming Beast

2/27/10 at 10:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I was going to put up a rant on how the US needs to get back to the Constitution by following the Tenth Amendment, where federal powers/programs are eliminated and the states have to pick up the slack, but I was disheartened by a little research.  My hope was that with a President elected by the will of the people to reduce the federal government, the Supreme Court could support the President by using the Tenth Amendment.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

According to past rulings, the Tenth Amendment is regarded as a “truism”, more of a rhetorical device or opinion than a bedrock principle.  If the 10th was followed closely, then the federal government has no business in health care, social security or education, to name a few.  The fear of the Founding Fathers was a federal government running roughshod over the states, and eventually tumbling into despotism/totalitarianism where people would be controlled by one (or a few).  The concept of the three branches of government and regular public elections was their best attempt at checks and balances.

Would they reel in horror if brought back now, seeing a federal government growing out of control and clamping down on an individual’s freedom and liberty?  It’s this outrage that the supposed “tea party” has tapped into, yet it is a difficult battle.  Cal Thomas wrote recently about a Republican second coming:

A Republican majority must teach us again that “you can do it,” like so many of our fathers did when the training wheels came off and we learned we could fly down the sidewalk without assistance.   America doesn’t need restructuring. It needs revival; revival of the principles that made us strong and great; revival of the moral foundation that proved to be our real strength and allowed us to conquer our demons and become independent, not dependent on government.

This is the message most Americans want to hear and need to hear. Will the Republicans deliver it? Is there a leader who can articulate our hopes and in the process withstand the Left’s onslaught that such people are “uncaring”? In fact, liberty is the highest form of caring. It is why we marvel at a bald eagle in flight. It is why we once yearned to breathe free and might yet again.

The answers to society’s problems are not to be solved by the federal government.  They start with the community.  Let each state decide how communities will rule themselves, help people and spend their money on the things they agree on.  Let each state administer health care, education and provisions for elderly care.  We have let the size of federal government fool us into thinking there is a limitless reservoir of funds to right wrongs and show we really “care”.  Instead we have let the federal government take care of things, but it has turned out to be a black hole.  Congressmen and Senators promise the world when people think they have a right to own a house, “free” medical care and a luxurious retirement.

The bill has come due, and we’re getting to the point where we can’t even afford the interest on the debt created by the Free-Ice-Cream feds, let alone get back to a balanced budget.  The only way we have a hope to balance the budget is to cut spending.  Increasing taxes may scare up a few dollars but in the end it crushes freedom, where people either find a way to avoid taxes or don’t even bother doing whatever was being taxed.  Do we really want to give more money to people who have mismanaged it to the point of yearly trillion dollar deficits?  Let people loose to innovate and create – the liberty foundation that got the US to be the most prosperous country in the world, and our best hope of a promising future.  Get the federal leeches back to a focus on their Constitutional duties:  national defense, interstate commerce regulation and arbiter of complaints between states.

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Loving and Serving God

2/27/10 at 7:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For the last serveral weeks, as my 3rd grade SS class has started Discipleland, I have started the class reviewing what we went over the first session:  what is most important in life?  After about 4 weeks I think they’re getting to the point of being able to say “loving and serving God” without me giving most of the answer.  After that point we review what the two “new” commandments Jesus gave us (loving God with heart-mind-soul and loving our neighbor) and who is our neighbor (one who needs help/mercy).  What I have not given them is the answer to “Why do it?”

With these young minds of mush, you need to repeat stuff and shape them until they start getting the hang of it, particularly if you only get them for an hour a week.  Lately I have been getting a feeling that I’m doing more brainwashing than teaching.  Asking “why”, though, opens up its own can of worms.  We can talk about serving God, worship, going to church and following all sorts of “religious” customs, but if we do not do it with a heart of love then we end up not serving willingly.  God does not want us to serve him out of a sense of guilt or duty, but a desire born of love.  I suppose there are some that serve out of a sense of penance or sacrifice for atonement.

It has taken me a long time to come to the realization that I beat myself up over my sins and misbehavior, that God is not whacking me upside the head with his holy 2×4.  He has patience (and I suppose He is disappointed) as He continues to hold out His hand if we reach out to Him.  I cannot expect to have victory over sin until I yield to the Lord – I cannot do it on my own.  When I reach out in love He is ready with a firm/gentle grasp, and I pray that he Lord allows me to serve Him in spite of my disobedience.

Well, I write this to help get my own thoughts in order before standing in front of a jury of my students.  I hope to undo any inclination that what we’re doing in Sunday school is brainwashing (they probably don’t have that idea but anyways…) so I can get them to think of the reasons we do the things we do, the choices we make in life and establishing a foundation for responsible/good decision making.  Tough to do in an hour/week.

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