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Harvey is a test of private charity

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Hurricane Harvey has wreaked utter devastation in Houston and surrounding areas, and the damage is expected to rival that caused by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago.

Thousands of people have been affected by the storm and are in need of some sort of assistance. Indeed, there are well over 350,000 people who have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Coast Guard has been absolutely instrumental in the impact they’ve made in rescuing people and bringing them to shelter. It is quite clear that the government should be intervening in a situation like this to provide immediate relief.

What comes next is not quite so clear.

Over 185,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed and many people will now face serious hardships in rebuilding their lives. A significant number of them will not be able to do so on their own, and will need some sort of outside help. The question now is where that help will come from.

The left will say that Hurricane Harvey victims should receive government aid to help get them back on their feet, just as they advocate for government intervention in any problem. But there is another way. For years small government advocates have criticized the expansive welfare state, and argued in favor of allowing private charities and religious institutions to provide a social safety net to those in need.

Before people relied on the government to receive aid, they relied on their local communities, oftentimes through their church or synagogue. A large part of the argument against federal welfare is the dependency that it creates among its recipients. Local communities don’t have this problem to the same extent because when someone receives money from their neighbors and fellow churchgoers, they feel indebted them and motivated to pick themselves up off their feet and pay back their debts. People don’t feel the same way when they receive welfare from the government because they don’t connect government money to individual nameless taxpayers the same way they do charity from one’s neighbors.

Even in a situation like this, where national charities will be providing a large amount of aid to the hurricane victims, people still feel somewhat indebted. Many people who receive government aid feel entitled to the money as they themselves are a taxpayer, but when a private organization comes in and provides unsolicited charity the feeling of indebtedness somewhat resembles that of local charity.

Many on the left agree that private charity is better in theory, but they don’t believe the private sector does enough to help the needy when they need it the most. That is why Hurricane Harvey is a test, and an opportunity, for all conservatives, small government advocates, and religious people who want to return to a private sector based social safety net to prove that Americans are more than willing to give aid voluntarily in times of crisis.

There will be no shortage of needy people who want to rebuild their lives after the storm dies down. Will we all put our money where our mouth is and give these people the help they so desperately need?

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Are Men Economically Obsolete?

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Technological advances and globalization are prime reasons why over seven million middle-aged men aged 25-54 are not in the American “labor force.”

It may get even worse. A new report from a Federal Reserve official suggests these men are “unlikely to return to the labor force” based on current trends.

Demographic factors drive their nonparticipation, argues Fed economist Didem Tuzemen, who found that disability or illness was the most common cause of no participation.

However, the economist also pointed to “job polarization,” meaning the decline in demand for “middle-skill” workers caused by technological advances and globalization. The fed economist argues that if it weren’t for these economic and technological shifts, nearly two million more men would have been employed in 2016, or 3.6% more employment of men in this age group.


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Why Are Prime-Age Men Vanishing from the Labor Force? by Diden Tuzemen

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Mass Murders, Mass Shootings, Who are we going to allow to influence us?

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Neil Degrasse Tyson is not only one of the new darlings of the mainstream progressive media, he is basically the new Carl Sagan. I can say that because he was the presenter of the updated version of Sagan’s 1980 television series “Cosmos” which become one of the most watched science documentaries of the 20th century and set the standard for other shows like it to follow, including the recent follow-up. A second Cosmos series with Tyson is currently in the pipeline.

With the Parkland, Fla. school shooting added to the list of many other school shootings, Tyson decided to present his remedy on his Twitter feed to help the human race heal and better themselves.

“Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.”

Harvard psychologist and outspoken humanist Stephen Pinker chimed in on MSNBC’s “Hugh Hewitt”: “What was the benevolent shepherd doing while the teenager was massacring his classmates? If you’re counting on God to make the world a better place you are probably going to make the world a worse place because he is not listening and we saw that yesterday.”

He’s not alone. The Freedom From Religion Foundation likes to remind those who pray daily that “Nothing Fails Like Prayer.” While certain elements of the so-called enlightenment coupled with scientific advances might have debunked certain superstitions, they moved us away from God’s law and embraced evil ideals.

I am sure that most if not all Big “A” Atheists embrace and admire the ideals and philosophies of Charles Darwin. Darwin’s ideals of natural selection and evolution were taken to heart by several different men over the years. Jeffrey Dahmer in an interview with NBC News said that he believed in Darwinian evolution and that led him to become a serial killer and sex offender. He received a life sentence but along the way, he renounced his belief in Darwin and embraced creationism. Dahmer was murdered by another prisoner in Nov. 1994.

Adolf Hitler’s vision of a new Germany only came on the world stage not only because of the of the theories of Darwin but also from the notions of Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche believed that those who are stronger in the world must attack, conquer and eventually murder those who are weaker than they are. Did you know that Nietzsche admitted that his conclusions came from Lucifer himself? He actually said it. Nietzsche’s “might makes right” view coupled with Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” proved to be a toxic cocktail for the human race.

Eric Harris drank this toxin via his education in the public education system. Many at Columbine High School in Denver, Colo. would pay the price. This included Cassie Bernall who was immortalized by many evangelical Christians in the Michael W. Smith song “This Is Your Time.”

Just another consequence of forbidding the existence of God in the public school classroom in the name of “separation of church and state.” You can’t honor God for they say He does not exist. We act astonished when another school shooting happens or a would-be tyrant tries to play God, and yet these humanists want us to be better ourselves without God’s help. They are true fools, or they know God exists and they are trying to weasel out of accountability for their sinful actions.

Harris and Dahmer were men with little to no power and it did not end well for either of them. The masterminds like Tyson and Pinker who have money and are well-off are in high places, can seek to use their leverage to empower people and advance causes that fit with their visions of what they think will be a better world. They will fail as well.

Trouble is, it will likely lead to another tyrant who demands that the human race renounces God. Jeffrey Dahmer believed in Darwinian evolution, took ideas of creationism that turned him around before he was murdered by another prisoner. Eric Harris took Darwin’s doctrine of Natural Selection no differently than Hitler. He paid attention to the “teacher rap” and took it to heart. Friedrich Nietzsche admitted being influenced by the devil himself. His views influenced Harris and Hitler.

Who are we going to allow to influence us? Neil Degrasse Tyson? Stephen Pinker? The mainstream media? There are consequences for kicking God out of schools and breaking His laws-we are seeing it today.


This article was originally published in The Christian Post
https://www.christianpost.com/voice/mass-murders-mass-shootings-and-the-need-to-return-to-god-and-his-holy-law.html

Other references
https://www.dailywire.com/news/27320/americas-leading-scientists-degrasse-tyson-and-ben-shapiro

https://www.generations.org/programs/869

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In a violent world, it’s time to do the right thing “for the children”

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In the never-ending assault on liberty, Progressive Democrats and Republicans often resort to using children as a type of political cover for their otherwise unpopular agenda. We are witnessing this right now as they work to dismantle the Second Amendment following the Florida high school shooting.

But let’s face it; who can say “no” to an agenda when it’s “for the children?”

Clearly, this ploy has paid huge dividends for big-government Progressives. One need look no further than the recent budget negotiations where the obsolete Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was renewed for 6 years. Or the recent suggestion to use Social Security to finance big-government’s newest entitlement—Ivanka Trump’s Paid Family Leave.

Quite honestly “for the children” has been so successful that I’ve decided to adopt it myself. While Progressives use it to destroy freedom, I will use it to defend the Constitution.

For example, as I mentioned earlier, Progressives are using the Florida tragedy to void the Second Amendment to keep children safe. But I will defend gun rights because it’s the only way we can keep them safe. Unarmed Americans in gun-free zones will only lead to more tragedies like Florida, not fewer.

Additionally, I will defend the First Amendment “for the children.” What future awaits the next generation if liberty is destroyed due to being raised on political correctness and spending their time in safe-spaces?

In fact, I will defend the entire Constitution “for the children.” What future will the next generation have if tyranny replaces freedom?

I will also fight for the Convention of States‘ goal for a balanced budget amendment “for the children.” What kind of future will they have if they are forced to pay for our fiscal irresponsibility? And I will fight to end abortion “for the (unborn) children,” because they are deprived of even having a future when they are deprived their right to life.

While there will certainly be more issues to fight for, it’s time to get ready America. The Strident Conservative is going to be more strident than ever because, after all, it’s “for the children.”

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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