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Why true liberals should embrace limited government

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Why true liberals should embrace limited government

Those who truly advocate for freedom should abhor the expansion of government into our personal lives and Liberty.

This is the second in a series inspired by JD Rucker’s article on What classical liberalism is, briefly. As a basis for this discussion, these are the relevant parts of the definition of the term Liberal from the Oxford English Dictionary:

Definition of liberal in English:
adjective

1 Willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one’s own; open to new ideas.
1.1 Favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms.

1.2 (in a political context) favouring individual liberty, free trade, and moderate political and social reform.
noun
1A person of liberal views.
Origin
Middle English: via Old French from Latin liberalis, from liber ‘free (man)’.

Despite the post modernist mentality of some, the terms Liberal and Liberty haven’t changed in meaning. Both have the same roots in the ‘female personification of liberty and personal freedom’: Libertas. A true Liberal values ‘individual rights and freedoms’ along with free trade, in other words: Liberty.

Expansive or Limited government: Which is the best condition for the cause of Liberty?

It should be intuitively understood that as government grows, individual Liberty is diminished. Or as one of the founding fathers so eloquently stated it:

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

Most people understand this to be true, that as governmental power expands, individual Liberty decreases. The worst examples of totalitarian governance stem from socialist, fascist or communist regimes of the Collectivist-Left. Can anyone argue that the cause of Liberty even had a chance in the ‘Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik’? Or the country tight in the totalitarian grip of the had the ‘Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiter-Partei’? Or at present the nation under the complete control of the ‘Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela’?

We will dispense with the typical leftist folderol that those regimes of the past and present weren’t socialist or communist. This is a logical discussion of basic ideological constructs, it is pointless to rehash the ad hoc rescues of the Left.

There are those who make the false claim that wealth redistribution somehow ‘frees’ people since they no longer have to strive to make a living. The error with this point of view is the severe lack of Liberty on the part of those who have to supply this ‘largess’. Not to mention that being dependent on the government is also antithetical to Liberty.

Moving to the Left results in diminished Liberty.

Any decent model of the political spectrum will have one scale with the proper metric of governmental power as it’s standard of measurement. These properly situate minimal government control on the Right and place total government control on the Left. This aligns perfectly with ideological definitions, despite the assertions of those who prefer to muddy the waters as to who belongs on the Right or the Left. A logical construct of the political spectrum enables someone to quickly and easily determine where they are situated on the scale instead of making the determination more opaque.

Thus it should be obvious that minimal government equates to maximum freedom on the Right end of the political spectrum. The Left end of the political spectrum has the opposite condition with maximum government equating to minimal freedom. This is why the Right is properly labelled as the Pro-Liberty side of the political spectrum.

The Takeaway

The national Socialist-Left would clearly like to deprive the people of a number of human rights and Liberties. On top of their now incessant attacks against the Commonsense human Right of Self-defence, they would like stricter controls on speech. The have also expanded their ire against freedom with assaults against due process and the presumption of innocence.

Not only have they revealed their true nature as being hostile to freedom, but they have proven the point that unlimited government is the death of Liberty. It’s only by keeping government in check that we can keep our freedom. True Liberals innately know this to be the case and the reason the ‘resist’ its expansion.


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Acts 17:11 – ‘searched the scriptures daily’

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Acts 17:11 searched the scriptures daily

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. – Acts 17:11 (KJV)

We’ve talked before about doing daily Bible study, then we made sure to expand on what we were promoting by reminding people that Christianity itself should not be a task. Now, we’ll go to the source (as we should have done from the beginning) and point to scriptural backing that we are not only supposed to read the Bible, but to search it and use at as the ultimate reference.

This verse is often quoted out of contest. It points to the Bereans as true students of the Word. There are even ministries today who herald to the Bereans and continue in the works that were alluded to in this chapter. The reality is this: the Bereans were Jews who studied fervently and as a result they were easily converted to belief in Yeshua as the Messiah.

If there’s any one takeaway from this (other than the call to continuously study and find truth in the Bible by applying the teachings of the Bible itself), it’s that those who are the most steadfast in their studies, whether it’s of the Bible or of this world, are the ones who are easiest to bring to the truth. Christianity and all religions have gained an unfortunate label of being only for the “weak of mind” or gullible people. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s not necessarily about intelligence. It’s about discernment. Those who see the world through the lens of common sense and an unbiased intellect are the most likely to come to the faith. They simply need a little Biblical worldview prompting.

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Matthew 22:37 – ‘love the Lord thy God’

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Matthew 2237 love the Lord thy God

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. – Matthew 22:37 (KJV)

We’ve all heard this verse, but have we really contemplated it? This is a verse that sits in the middle of many different things happening. The Pharisees and Sadducees were questioning Him. His answers were profound and defining.

This important portion of this message is echoed three times: all. Love thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all they mind. This is the most important Commandment according to Yeshua.

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Scouts BSA: Proof that moral leadership matters in life

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Scouts BSA Proof that moral leadership matters in life

In the Age of Trump, where the Fellowship of the Pharisees and their so-called evangelical followers have given “God’s chosen president” a “mulligan” for his sexually immoral past in exchange for a seat at his table, the damage being done to the Gospel of Christ is obvious.

Another consequence of this kind of hypocrisy has been the destruction of moral leadership in nearly every area of American life. For example, let’s take a look at Scouts BSA, formerly known as the Boy Scouts of America.

In a report by NBC New York yesterday, we learned that nearly 8,000 adults are suspected of sexually abusing more than 12,000 children in the Boy Scouts over the years, and that these incidents have been kept secret according to victim’s rights attorney Jeff Anderson.

“For many, many years there’s been an excavation of what are called the ‘perversion files’—those are files held and hoarded at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters.

“Those ‘perversion files’ that they’ve had reflect that they have removed thousands of offenders of childhood sexual abuse over the years and they’ve kept that in files secretly.”

While the abuse appears to have been going on since the 1940s, recent decisions by the Boy Scouts created an environment that essentially guaranteed it would happen with greater frequency, thanks to the institution of LGBT-friendly changes to their leadership requirements.

In the summer of 2015, then-president of the Boy Scouts and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates abandoned the organization’s commitment to develop moral character by lifting the ban on homosexuals serving as leaders due to fears of possible lawsuits.

The lawsuit excuse was a lie as the Supreme Court had already upheld the BSA’s right to exclude homosexuals. In reality, Gates, the guy responsible for ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, simply wanted to open scouting to the LGBT community, regardless of any consequences. Moral considerations be damned.

Here’s an irony for you. Scouts BSA announced a few months ago it may go bankrupt due to the lawsuits over sexual abuse and declining membership. I guess Gates missed that one.

By the way, Scouts BSA also made a policy change in February 2017 to recognize children by their “gender identity,” and the reason Boy Scouts of America changed the name to Scouts BSA is because it’s now open to girls. How long will it be before we hear about a “straight” leader sexually molesting these new additions to the Boy Scouts?

In the end, however, it’s not an LGBT or straight issue; it’s a moral leadership issue. Unfortunately, morality no longer exists in the Boy Scouts because their first duty to God no longer exists, due in no small part to the rise of the lukewarm church and cheap grace theology.

Moral leadership matters in life; and in politics as well. But we’ll never see it again in America unless something changes in the heart of the church.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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