Monday, November 26, 2018

 

A Brief Look Back to a Few Fundamentals


  Where do we go from here?

 We are born and raised. How we are raised, that is the nurture following nature, has a great influence on our mental, physical, and spiritual growth.

In our society, we grow up surrounded with existing ideologies that until some time in our teens or even later we begin to think for ourselves and to evaluate just what ideology suits us.  Our first ideology is quite likely to lean towards idealistic tenets, such as free college, free health, and well-paying jobs for everyone.

Despite being brought up in a Christian environment, we toy with the rejection of religion and God, and then turn our attention to governance, again toying with the idea of rejection of our Republic in favor of some form of collectivism, assuming that we would be one of the chosen few to lead, as we think of ourselves as quite worthy of being  elite.

Our envy of the rich is a great motivator to figure out how we can do the same thing in life, and when we find it isn't going to happen for us, we tend to stew upon the fate that seems to be imposed on us to be rather ordinary, and then to find a niche in life that may or may not allow us to be comfortable and secure. We may never lose that envy of the rich.

There are two basic ways to attain that position of wealth if you don't inherit it: 1) to earn it by being talented, skilled, lucky and dedicated to making money; and 2) to support requiring the government to give it you, or at least some fair portion of the wealth of the nation to you. Of course there is a 3rd way, to gain wealth, by becoming a crook, and we do have our share of them at all levels of society.

At some point we get married and begin to raise a family, which is a monumental change in perspective for most of us. We are obliged to earn a living to support the family, unless we are so narcissistic that our own way of life must prevail, whatever it is, or we just happen to be on a bountiful track such as major sportsmen can have while they still perform well.

Later on we begin to reflect on what we have observed in our lifetime. Many of us embrace the ideals of the nation: freedom; liberty; free speech; freedom of religion; freedom to assemble; freedom to do business and contract; the rule of law; and a fuller appreciation of our Constitution and its unique checks and balances that forestall tyranny.

Many others see the Constitution as a straight jacket that prevents them from attaining their version of a world view, and they work very hard to force their ideas of change onto the nation. More often than not, they realize that their changes would never be accepted through the Constitutional process for change, because most of the population opposes the change, so they try to subvert the Constitution by way of fiats from like-thinking judges, presidents, governors, or mayors, or even within the private sector of powerful corporations.

On the edges of our society lurk others who would like to effect very radical changes; those who are from either the far left or the far right. Many of the leftist changes from the past have been realized (as well as some rightist changes), which has resulted in a large set of Entitlements to be enacted amounting to nearly 70% of the tax revenue per year.

Out of the remaining 30% comes the operations of the government, defense spending, health spending, environmental spending, and so on. That such a division of revenue seems to be inviolate, causes the government to go into debt when such events as war or the real threat of war breaks out, or natural catastrophes occur costing billions and billions of dollars. Some portion of these debts are due to waste, mismanagement, fraud, or really bad decision-making at high levels of the government.

The fact is we are 20+ Trillion dollars in debt and it is growing daily from our spending decisions. This is unsustainable, and a day of reckoning will come, if not in our time, in the time of our children's future. Not everyone concerns themselves with that far into the future, nor do they feel terribly obligated to find ways to mitigate the oncoming disaster. It is business as usual, nott frugality.

Through the years we have been cursed with racism, and the suppression of people of color. That has diminished over time, and it will continue to do so. The government has legislated against prejudicial decisions in common life, However, it must be said that many people have a hidden social prejudice against people of color that will take many years to erase.

Today we are faced with a schism between those who believe in God as the arbiter of all things, and those who believe that man is the measure of all things. This schism has the potential to rent our nation apart. This time it isn't geographical aspects that divides us, but rather it is between one man and his neighbor all across the nation, almost 50-50, one side favoring free-wheeling spending to solve all the problems of society right now (and there are problems to be addressed!), and the other side favoring frugality and prudence to solve problems at a much more measured pace.

It must be brought out that there are some problems that seem to have no acceptable solutions. Abortion is one of them, as are all of the LGBTQ matters that cause a furor, and so is the latent danger of Islam subverting our nation. Envy of the rich and powerful exists, and there is no rational or acceptable solution to that envy in sight, except to adopt the Christian view against coveting. Seemingly, we will be forever in conflicts large and small. (War or conflict seems to be the natural state of mankind. I forget who said this.)

We each thread our own way through these matters, and most of us want a measure of stability in the nation. We want to pass on to our children a vibrant and healthy society, not a society torn by conflicts of many dimensions.

Allegiance to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Common Law appears to be the one sure set of stabilizers we have, each of which can be modified, yes with difficulty, as the majority of our people must accept the ideas behind the changes.











  







 


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

 

My Basic Philosophy














God the Trinity
Country
Family



Old & New Testament
Freedom & Liberty
Wife and Children
Agape
Ten Commandments
Constitution
Bill of Rights
Kinships  
Friendships
Prayer, Worship, Ethics
Patriotism
Responsibilities
Confession of Sins
Duty
Earn, Food, Shelter
Salvation by Jesus
Conservatism
Clothing, Education
Natural Law,
Rights, & Duties
Subsidiarity of
Governance
Security  
Defense
Body, Mind, and Soul
Common Law
Christian Morality
Christian Morality
Defense
Philosophy
Religious
History
Free Market
Capitalism
Observe
the Law
Walking With God
History
Unity of Virtues
Unity of Virtues
Psychology
Psychology                            
Philosophy
Sovereignty
Conservatism
Creation
Sociology
Duty to Country
Psychology
Service

Ethics, Morality
Service
Family History
Service
Prudence
Fortitude
Temperance
Justice

Faith
Love
Hope
Charity








































Tuesday, July 31, 2018

 

So You Want Democratic Socialism?


Where Does It Stop?

Today, we have a Republic that has stood the test of time. But a number of citizens are not satisfied with our government, and are supporting the ideas of what they call Democratic Socialism. It does not seem to matter that within our form of Republicanism, we are currently devoting each year about 70% of our Gross National Product to welfare ("Entitlements"), or as it should be known---charity.

No, in the end they want the entire means of production, pricing, all property, wages or other income, the media, and all of the financial institutions to be controlled by the government, and the profits devoted to the citizens. This is what Socialism demands, sooner or later. The Military-Industrial Complex would also be owned and controlled by the government, as, of course, so would the military itself, adding the corporations and thousands of smaller companies that support military products to the long list of private industry companies they would own and control.

Among the many questions this form of socialism raises, perhaps the most telling is: who would run the government? To answer this, first we must find out exactly how the nation would transition from a Republic to a form of Socialism of any kind. We do have a tripartite organization of a Judiciary, Legislature and Administration (which is headed by an  elected President). Any change to the Law of the Land (stated in abbreviated form), is supposed to be passed by the National Legislature and approved by three-fourths of the State Legislatures.

Since passage of such an extraordinary act as conversion to a form of atheistic Socialism in 3/4th of all Legislatures in the US is inconceivable to most rational people, it is quite obvious that instituting even the mildest form of Socialism would in fact have to be accomplished by a forceful revolution--one that would tear this nation apart.

Leadership, then, would fall to the elite revolutionaries, hence some form of atheistic totalitarianism would quickly evolve, as we have observed elsewhere. The next Stalin or Mao will inevitably arise to take full charge.

On the other hand, our current Legislature might find a way to pass bills and have them signed into law that would implement such institutions as free education (either university or vocational), free healthcare for life, and more subsidized housing, subsidized utilities, as well as forms of make-work employment. This could only happen under an authoritative Socialist Democratic-controlled Congress and a Socialist for a President.

Realistically, especially with these new institutions added to the burden, the nation would be put in dire straits financially, since we are today so far in debt to other nations that we will very soon be able to pay from revenue only the entitlements currently in place, plus the interest on the debts we have. Further, we have unfunded liabilities of about $114 Trillion. Debts we would incur to afford these additions would most likely bankrupt the nation. The States are collectively far worse off, with a total indebtedness of some $200 Trillion.

From these considerations, it is easy to conclude that going in the direction of Democratic Socialism is truly the utmost folly.

But it doesn't stop there. The next step in this ruthless revolt is to repudiate the National Debt of $15 Trillion insofar as in-country debts are concerned, leaving only the $6 Trillion in international debt to pay off. Since this rogue government is taking over ownership of all means of production and finance, the debt is then owned as well, so they can write paid to it. The devastation to owners large and small  when their Treasury Notes are voided will be complete and final. This puts paid to the faith and trust of the US government throughout the world.

And then...and then the economy as a whole will react.  All sense of entrepreneurship will have been canceled out, perhaps in favor of production quotas, as the Socialist government attempts to resurrect the economy and grow the GNP. What the new government doesn't account for is that there are almost no New Socialist Men available to selflessly work hard for a small wage in the hope of future gains that never occur. The labor force will react by slow-rolling just about every job, since their stake in the outcome is nothing but more work.

 Mastering the vast array of products and services and coordinating their goals, even with a huge array of computers to help, will be overwhelming, and, of course, the software to aid management at this level hasn't been written, much less tested and proven in trials. Economic planning by hand will take over instead of the former capitalist system and its millions of small decisions and choices that add up to managing the economy, and the inefficiencies will soon overtake the benefits, such as they are. This initial period of chaos will probably last for some years, ten or more at least, until many of the wrinkles have been smoothed out, and the computers do a better job: that is, if they ever do. The GNP will suffer tremendous losses.

The seeds of counter-revolution would undoubtedly grow and flower into active opposition to this social catastrophe, which would force the government to open up some form of gulag system to eliminate the leadership of the opposition by apprehending them and stashing them away in some place like Alaska, emulating the late Soviet Union's tactics. For policing the nation, the FBI would become our version of the secret police. The labor force's slow rollers would also find incentive to avoid the gulag by working just hard enough. Wholesale slaughter of opposing groups could well be resorted to finally in order to preserve the government, again, emulating the Soviets and Maoists.

So, in the end we would have an elitist and socialist government, evolving towards a Communist dictatorship, a subservient military, a fractured economy, a gulag,  and the rest of us peons to get by the best we can.




Saturday, June 23, 2018

 

Historical Foibles


Some Uses of History



An example of a clear use of history is afforded by the game of chess. As most know, the chess game is divided into three stages: the opening; the middle game; and the end game. Chess master openings have been recorded for over a hundred years, which means that the first 15 or 20 moves of any real use have been stored away for players to study. This recorded history of thousands and thousands of games and their evaluations(plus or minus for the last position) is a must read and hard study for ambitious players all the way up to grandmasters. It is typical for masters and grandmasters to rip off these 15 or 20 moves inside of four or five minutes on their game clocks, since they have usually committed to memory several hundred of the best opening sequences of moves.

Then comes a deviation from the record (or "book" as they call it) by one player, which launches them into the middle game, and beyond the help of "book". They are now dependent on their own mental ability to diagnose the position on the board and to decide their every move, but they now draw upon their knowledge of well-known general principles of middle game strategy and tactics developed over the years by grandmasters to guide their move selection.

Although many games are decided before the end of the middle game by the extraordinary play of one player, much of the time the game progresses to the end game, where there are many fewer pieces left on the board. End-game strategy and tactics have been developed also and it behooves the aspiring player to commit them to memory also, or he will lose or draw a game in what might have been a winning situation.

So far, we have shown how perfect knowledge of past games, that is, perfect knowledge of history, can be of great benefit, since we needn't expend a lot of energy to analyze the early moves, and we know when the opponent deviates from "book" it may be an error we can exploit. This is obviously true in real life as well.

We have also stated that knowledge of guiding principles of good play in both the middle and end games are vital to succeed, and this, too, holds up very well in real life gaming and decision-making situations. We do use historical information to derive lessons of good use or good play going forward.  

Huge differences from real life exist in this game: 1) in chess we have perfect "Intelligence" of the position of the opposition forces, which is not often the case in real world situations; and, 2) The perfect knowledge of past play in chess must be replaced in real life by the historical accounts of our past, which are just about never perfect renderings of long ago events, although they may well suffice to carry forward a lesson, a message, or a warning of value.

But there are problems with assessing historical lessons in real life. Some authors have spent their lives extracting lessons from the past for all to use, but at times they are simply not directly applicable to the current situation. The lessons drawn may be riddled with the bias of the historian, making it rather problematical to apply. Major events in the past may well be decided by pure luck, or a fortunate or unfortunate accident of fate, despite the semblance of a grander lesson from the event. Waiting around for a repeat accident of fate is not recommended.

Often, events overtake the situation making the search for historical guidance irrelevant. Many times there simply isn't any historical guidance at all. Searching through "history space" for an analogous situation to find guidance can be lengthy and exhausting, with no guarantees of finding a thing.

More often than not, we must rely on our own intelligence, knowledge, experience and a gut feel for the right path to follow, just as the chess player is cast onto his own abilities when the "book" has been exhausted.

There is a real payoff for studying the history of a specified area of activity, where the situations, players, decisions and events have been well documented, such as modern warfare, or chess, but even then some doubts remain as to whether all the facts were known, all the variables were accounted for, and hence were the proper lessons of history drawn by the historians.

The intelligent thing to do is to study the history of your field of activity and extract what lessons you can in the moment, but never let your innate intelligence and wisdom be lost in searching too long and too hard for relevant historical lessons.




Friday, June 01, 2018

 

Today


A Sad State of Affairs



What I see, what I read, and what I sense about our society is very hard to identify.  It is composed of many facets, including:

              1.           Order on one side, but Chaos on the other side

              2.           Godliness on one side, but Atheism on the other side

              3.           Good Will on one side, but Will-Busting on the other side

              4.           Reason and Common Sense on one side, but Anti-Reason and Negation on the other

              5.           Virtues on one side, but Denial of Virtues on the other side

              6.           The Common Man on one side, but Self-Centered Elites on the other side

              7.           Morality on one side, but Amorality and Immorality on the other side

              8.           A Pleasant Life on one side, but Arguments Galore on the other

              9.           A Desire for Peace and Tranquility on one side, but Strife, Condemnation, Lies, and False Premises on the other side

        10.           Our Constitution on one side, but some sort of Flexible Set of Changing Words for Law on the other side

        11.           Reverence for Our Founders on one side, but Character Assassination on the other

        12.           Faith in Our Customs, Traditions and Institutions on one side, but Deliberate Destruction of them on the other side

        13.           Men of Good Will, Common Sense, and Morality can add to this list...






Monday, May 14, 2018

 

                         A Worldview in 72 Phrases                      



After outlining my worldview, and writing well over 200 pages on the subject matter, It occurred to me that I could convey much of the same set of ideas using a set of short phrases drawn from the effort.

While it turned out to be 72 phrases, not a simple few, I believe these phrases do the job. Many of the phrases are mere introductions to quite complex subjects that ordinarily would take extensive development to do them justice; such development I will reserve for my full worldview, and will use the phrases as placeholders for the ultimate treatment. An amusing thought occurred to me: this list treats much of what President Trump faces and appears to agree with.



Worldview72



    1.           Belief in God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and The Bible (KJV)

    2.           Big Bang Cosmology, 14.7 Billion Years Ago

    3.           The Multiverse is an Abstraction and Unobservable Non-Science

    4.           Believe that Relativity and Quantum Mechanics Will Be Joined

    5.           Earth is 4.5 Billion Years Old

    6.           Belief in Christianity and Thomism

    7.           Intelligent Design, Creation, and not Neo-Darwinian Evolution

    8.           The First Cell Had Enormous Information Content---Where From?

    9.           Believe in American Can-Do Spirit; Treasure Our Patriots

10.           Natural Law Should be Fully Recognized

11.           Freedom and Liberty are Our Legacy and Must be Our Destiny

12.           The Constitution is the Law of the Land

13.           Follow the Rule of Law; Law and Order is the American Way

14.           The American Republic Must be Defended; Love of Country

15.           Strong Belief in Constitutional Property Rights

16.           Unity of Virtues; Integrity Sums Up All Virtues

17.           Practice Fiscal, Social and Political Conservatism

18.           A K12 Comprehensive Education is Essential

19.           Many Students are Not College Material: Vocational Training

20.           Learn the Use of Right Reason, Logic and Tradeoffs

21.           Reject Collectivist and Utopian Ideas

22.           Support a Strong Christian Work Ethic

23.           Keep American Customs, Traditions, and Institutions

24.           Maintain Majority Rule With Minority Rights

25.            Show Your Patriotism Proudly!

26.           Support State's Rights and Sovereignty

27.           National Sovereignty Must be Inviolate

28.           Refuse Entry of Islamic Jihadists Into the US

29.           Continue the Global War on Terror(GWOT or GWOIT)

30.           Always Seek the Truth

31.           Maintain Free Markets with Constraints

32.           Create Fair Trade Policies

33.           Deemphasize the UN and Pay Less

34.           Promote Alliances With Other Democracies

35.           Conserve the Environment

36.           Investigate Climate Changes, AGW is Not Settled Science

37.           We Must Fix Our Infrastructure

38.           Emphasize Businesses Large and Small

39.           Media, Sports and Entertainment Bias Needs Correction

40.           Proper Provision of Healthcare

41.           Support a Flat Tax and no Other Taxes at All

42.           Reject Government Unions

43.           Give Public Employees a Fair Livelihood

44.           Peace Through Overwhelming Military Strength

45.           Maintain the Capability of the Military-Industrial Complex

46.           Maintain and Improve Nuclear War Capability; MAD

47.           Subsidiarity: Make Decisions at the Lowest Level Possible

48.           Believe in Just War and Just Death Penalty

49.           Education is a State Responsibility, Not a Federal Responsibility

50.           Practice the Golden Rule

51.           Pass a Comprehensive Immigration Law

52.           Counter Elitists and Elitist Ideas Forcefully

53.           Make Prudent and Beneficial Changes to Policies and Procedures

54.           Promote Science and Engineering

55.           Guard Against a Deep State Arising Once More

56.           Manage the National Debt Effectively

57.           Manage the Yearly Debit Prudently: The Goal is a Balanced Budget

58.           Reject All Attempts to Establish a Global Government

59.           Promote a National Service Corps for Ages 18-25

60.           Maintain an Aggressive Space Program

61.           It is Probable that Extraterrestrials Exist

62.           Physical Security of Schools Must be Enhanced

63.           Cyber Security and Countercyber Must be Enhanced

64.           Trump is Making America Great Again(MAGA)!

65.           Support the 2nd Amendment

66.           Grieve That US Auto Production Becomes Solely Truck-Based

67.           Continue the War on Drugs

68.           Create Problem State Policies: Russia, China, Iran, Korea

69.           Confirm Israeli and Mid East Policy

70.           Continue Friendly Nations Policies

71.           Work on Other Key Nations Policies

72.           Work on Developing Nations Policies

Bibliography

1. The King James Bible
2. Understanding Our Time
s, by Jeff Myers and David Noebel
3. How Now Shall We Live, by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearsey
4. What We Can't Not Know, by J, Budziszewski
5. Mind Siege, by Tim LaHaye and David Noebel
6. The Complete C.S. Lewis, a Signature Classic
7. Written on the Heart, by J. Budziszewski
8. The 5000 Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen
9. The Big Questions, by Nils Ch. Rauhut
10. Natural Law and Human Nature, by Father J. Koterski, S.J.
11. Intellectuals and Society, by Thomas Sowell
12.The World is Curved by David M. Smick
13.Signature in the Cell, by Stephen C. Meyer
14.The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene
15.The Liberal Mind, by Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr. M.D
16. Darwin's Doubt, by Stephen C. Meyer
17  The World Order, by Henry Kissinger
18.  The Conservative Mind, by Russell Kirk
19.  The Liberty Amendments, by Mark R. Levin
20.  The Concise Conservative Encyclopedia, Brad Minor, Editor
21.  The Snapping of the American Mind, by David Kupelian







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