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Hanging by a thread

Consider the horrifying implications for Liberty in the Kavanaugh confirmation process.

One can predict future events by considering the initial conditions at present coupled with the overall trends. This time around the event is primarily an accusation bereft of any circumstantial facts. The trend is the Left’s use of the axiom ‘The Ends Justifies the means’.  If successful, this trend will only expand in scope, with fewer and fewer facts being necessary to destroy anyone that raises the ire of the Left. Add to this the crass double standard rewarding those on the Left with special privileges, while punishing those on the right for the unpardonable crime of existence while being Conservative.

This is not on the issue of whether the accusation is true or not. There are so few facts here that it’s difficult to even begin to assess the veracity of the claims. This about the trend itself, not the specific circumstances of this case, this is about what the Left is doing to the cause of Liberty and the rule of law. Consider what will happen if this trend continues. Soon enough, anyone on the Pro-Liberty Right running for office or up for a government appointment will have this virtual sword of Damocles hanging over their head.

At any point, an accuser can sally forth issuing some charge of criminal activity or some other impropriety without any evidence or facts for that matter. It can simply be something along the lines that the target of the insinuation committed some crime in the distant past, disqualifying them from political office. Harry Reid, helped this process along with his false charge that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes. When confronted later on, Mr. Reid proudly asserted the end results of his means with the words ‘he didn’t win’. Meanwhile, it can be easily envisioned that those on the Left will be granted immunity from such charges for simply being on that side of the political spectrum.

The more indiscriminate the allegation the better.

For the Left, the lack of factual basis for an accusation will be a feature, not a bug. This will have multiple advantages for them. It will make it that much harder to investigate, insuring delays in the clearing of one’s name. It will also makes it far easier to fabricate a damming narrative.

The 5th and 6th amendments are now on the chopping block.

It should also be patently obvious that people who supposedly cherish Liberty are assaulting the government limiting power of the bill of rights. They’ve had the 1st amendment in their sights for quite some time, with ever more overt attacks coming forth with each passing day. It should also go without saying that the 2nd amendment is undergoing the same treatment, it’s almost a cottage industry for the Left to dream up new infringements.

They’ve also been going after the country’s culture of Liberty, working to steady undermine the 4th amendment encouraging everyone to belch forth word of every life event. Rendering personal privacy a thing of the past. The common refrain of ‘none of your business’ has been replaced with ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about’. Never mind that the standard for doing something wrong is incessantly changing thanks to the Socialist-Left.

What happened to due process?

Now with people who laughably label themselves as ‘Liberal’ working overtime to sweep away any and all constraints on government, they have a new way of destroying personal Liberty. We are witness to the present case where man’s career and reputation are being destroyed before our very eyes without any form of due process or evidence for that matter. Couple this with the latest trend in tyranny, the ‘Extreme Risk Protective Order‘ in which a person’s property can be seized and Life destroyed based on the slightest allegation that something is wrong.

Confronting witnesses.

Now in their ‘two for one’ liberty destroying special, the Left would like the 6th amendment to go by the wayside. The implications of what is taking place are akin to a ‘criminal prosecution’ so this aspect of the case has to be considered.

For those who are unfamiliar with the latest vestige of Liberty the Left would like to eviscerate:

6th Amendment
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

One has to hand it to the Left in their shotgun approach to attacking everyone’s basic human rights. One can almost envision their plan of attack based on a reading of these two amendments. Not only are they stalling to violate the first portions, but they are also only vaguely asserting the charge and playing games with the presentation of witnesses. Of course, in their continuous efforts against that which they pretend to support, they also are making a two fold effort. Not only are they going after basic Liberties but they are also working to lay the foundation for even future degradations.

Leftist propaganda has it that the accuser is making the supreme sacrifice in this instance. Never mind that people in these cases are forever lauded by the Left. This is supposed to somehow prove the veracity of the allegation while setting the future precedent of validity of anonymous accusations. The founding fathers knew that would be a death knell for justice and the reason it is spelled out in the Bill of Rights.

The Takeaway.

It should be obvious that if this abomination is allowed to fester and grow the trends seen today will continue to the point that anyone not in the orbit of the socialist-Left will be subjected to this kind of abuse. In many ways this is but a vestige of Left’s ideology of unlimited government. For them, government is a Swiss army knife that solves all of their problems, this weaponizes justice to be used against any and all opponents, we should take pause in letting them continue down this dead end road.

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Church administrator and wife, David and Connie Reiter, accused of stealing $1.2 million for personal gain

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Church administrator and wife David and Connie Reiter accused of stealing 12 million for personal ga

The former church administrator for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair township in Pennsylvania has been arrested along with his wife for allegedly stealing $1.2 million of church funds over a 17-year period.

David Reiter, 50, has been charged with theft, forgery and receiving stolen property, while his wife Connie, 44, faces two counts of receiving stolen property, according to Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office. The couple allegedly faked an auditor and manipulated church accounting records in order to have money for vacations, sporting events, and other personal benefits.

My Take

Churches and other religious institutions have a hard enough time fighting corruption outside of their congregations. When the corruption is happening from within, it not only stings even more for the church body but also adds to the fodder for anti-Christian voices to use in their calls for changes.

Already on social media, the story is getting attention as another example of why churches should be taxed. Mixed into the discussion are calls of hypocrisy and bad faith within the faith itself.

In these times, it’s important to expose those who use their positions in church or their claimed faith as reasons to commit crimes. Whether it’s simple stealing, sex abuse, or any number of other crimes associated with “religious” people, the necessity to live as an example to the world has never been greater.

The scoffers will scoff whether they’re given reason to or not. But when the attacks are unjustified, their scoffing is less effective. This is why we need to cleanse the church of people like the Reiters if they did, indeed, do as charged.

 


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Returning to sanity, the greatest benefit of limited government

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Returning to sanity the greatest benefit of limited government

The ever-expansive government born of collectivism results in power for the elite and insanity for everyone else.

How did we get to this point? How did we get to a situation where reading the news is akin to trying to drink from a fire hose in attempting to take in the events of the day?

There were times in the not so distant past were this wasn’t the case, when we could go about our business not having to waste time with such concerns. This is clearly a vestige of a political movement that wants to impose expansive government on every aspect of our lives. The elite of the collectivist Left would prefer a society driven to distraction intimately involved in everyone’s private life. The only way we can survive this is by reversing course back to a point where government and society doesn’t control every aspect of our lives.

Colleague JD Rucker started this conversation with his article on limited government in continuation to the insane situation we find ourselves. Two important points being that we need dispense with tribalism and that Liberty can only survive when the government is limited.

Individualism vs. Collectivism, Limited vs. Expansive government, Liberty vs. Tyranny

In the engineering field, any analysis of a situation begins with basic equations and principles. In this case we begin with the two primary sides of politics, the individual and collectivist mindsets corresponding to Limited and Expansive government models.

  • Those trying to conserve Liberty: Libertarians, Conservatives and true Liberals are on the political Right of the individualist mindset.
  • Those trying to expand government for their own benefit in property and power: Leftists, socialists, communists, fascists, Statists, etc. are of the collectivist mindset.

To be sure, there are those who would prefer to keep these discussions in a far more complicated realm. Their motivation showing a desire to confuse the issue and obscure their actions. One cannot analyse any form of technology without delving down to the underlying equations and the same holds true for politics. If the examination shows one side is motivated by a desire for power, then this is the conclusion, no matter how certain factions would like this to be concealed.

Liberty is maximized when government is minimized

The critical point in this analysis is that expansive government is antithetical to freedom.

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”
Thomas Jefferson

This theoretical expression is borne out by practical reality. Authoritarian systems are clearly bereft of freedom. One would be hard pressed to demonstrate that national socialist worker’s party Germany or the old USSR were paragons of Liberty and human rights. Even the present day examples of socialist Venezuela or communist North Korea are more akin to open air penitentiaries than places of freedom.

Supposedly the argument is that free college, free housing, free health care, free food, free childcare and even free money is ‘freeing’ to some – but not all. The problem is that all of this is funded at some point by other people’s money, with the bite hitting ‘progressively’ lower and lower as people of the higher classes figure out methods to stop their property from being stolen. None the less, there will be those who will effectively be reduced to involuntary servitude, the opposite of being ‘Liberated’.

The problem has always been one of those who wish to get something for nothing and those who desire power no matter how it’s obtained. Without strict limitations on government, such people will always find a way to empower themselves at the expense of everyone else. Therefore, those people have to be constantly monitored, else they implement some new program here or a new tax there.

It becomes a rhetorical law of attrition, were people just become worn out trying to keep the power hungry in check. They may get upset at one issue, only to overlook another that crops up somewhere else.

Do you trust the government?

This is the critical questions of our time. Most people will answer that they don’t, albeit for differing reasons. However the central theme still remains.

  • If one does not trust the government, then why would anyone want it larger with expanded power?
  • If one does not trust the government, then why would anyone want it in control of one’s health care?
  • If one does not trust the government, then why would anyone want it to have a monopoly on the use of force?

We could go on and on, but the point is clear, a government that is inherently untrustworthy should only have limited power. This is why the strict limitations on government reveal the sheer genius of the founding fathers and the superiority of the American system of limited government.

The preservation of sanity by limited government

A government with strict limitations as to it’s proper functions [such as formulating and imposing budgetary restraints on itself] as well as what it cannot do doesn’t have to be watched 24/7. The citizens can be assured that they can go about their business without worrying that the government will grow out of control.

This is why we need to get back to a government that lives within its bounds and budget. This is why politicians of all stripes should have limited power in a limited governmental system. That is the only way to conserve Liberty and our sanity.

 


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A look at modern-day Capernaum

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A look at modern-day Capernaum

Much of what is written about Jesus Christ in the New Testament took place in the city of Capernaum on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is here where Peter’s mother-in-law lived and was healed by Jesus. It is also here where our Lord and Savior performed many miracles.

Today, the ruins of ancient Capernaum can be visited by tourists, though it’s really not a major attraction. You won’t find the standard touristy amenities here such as hotels or large-scale guided tours. Instead, you will find a pair of churches and a park that acts as an information center for the people who visit this beautiful land.

A YouTube channel I recently found takes us on a brief but lovely tour of modern day Capernaum. Those who are blessed to visit Israel should consider making a stop in this important city in Biblical history.

 


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