Saturday, March 09, 2019

 

My Creed:



                                                               March 9, 2019

A Short List of What I Believe In:

God the Trinity

Man's Fallen Nature

Salvation through Jesus Christ

Moral Absolutes

Natural Law

Right Reason; Truth; Facts; and Objectivity

The Constitution, Read Plainly and in Conformance to Natural Law

The Rule of Law

Freedom and Liberty for All

Specifically, Freedom of Speech, Religion, Association, and Movement

The Right to Property

Family Responsibility

Strong Defense of the Nation

Limited Government

Equal Justice Under the Law

Trial by Jury

Capitalism and Fair Markets

Freedom of Enterprise

Equal Opportunity for All

Fiscal and Social Conservatism

International Cooperation, Mutual Defense, and Trade

Aid to Those in Need: Especially Veterans; the Disabled; Old; and Ill




Wednesday, February 20, 2019

 

Some Thoughts on Immigration and Border Control




1. Some immigration is a good thing, such as by highly skilled people that we need, allowing migrant workers to help with harvests, allowing students to study in our schools and universities, diplomatic needs, cultural group tours, international corporation needs, technician support for foreign products, tourism, and so on.

2. There are two basic kinds of legal immigration: permanent and temporary, and then there is the illegal kind. Legal immigration is controlled by issuing visas that spell out the conditions of entry and exit,

3. There are two kinds of illegal entry: sneaking over the border, and overstaying a legal visa that has an entry and leaving time specified.

4. Illegal entry is the biggest problem. Control of the border to prevent illegal entry is necessary, using border agents, sensors, boats, aircraft, cars and trucks, walls and strong surveillance at major entry points---whatever is needed. An estimate of our illegal population is around 20 million people.

5. A major issue that must be solved is how many legal visas we should issue yearly? This includes the number of  illegal immigrants granted a stay of departure at a court hearing to determine whether they can remain or not, and under what conditions.

6. A second major issue is how many foreign citizens we should allow to become naturalized citizens per year, and what qualifications they must have. Of all the qualifications, assimilation and learning English are vital.

7. How we apportion the number of visas between nations is a contentious issue, as is how we apportion visas among skill types regardless of nation.

8. Virtually no tracking of aliens with temporary visas or with a court date for illegals is a very serious shortfall, and it must be corrected.

9. The most vexing problem of all is what to do about the 20 million illegals currently living and working in the nation? Amnesty and eventual citizenship is one idea, and  at the other pole of thought is taking, say, a ten-year period to ship all illegals we can find back to their home country.

There are significant problems with these ideas, not the least of which is that either idea, if attempted, has a massive cost to our taxpayers, and also our industries. This assumes that the current cost of the existing illegals to the taxpayer outweighs by far their contribution to the tax base, primarily because the majority of illegals pay little or no taxes since they earn so little, and they take full advantage of our schools and hospitals for years.

The cost of finding, feeding, and supporting 20 million illegal aliens while they are being processed and eventually transported to their country of origin is massive as well, and the idea presents numerous serious legal and humanitarian problems.

10. Two other vexing problems are the Anchor Baby, where those born in the US by illegal aliens are automatically US citizens, then Chain Migration allows them to pull their relatives into the US legally, an act that can be used by naturalized citizens as well.

11. Illegal entry by gangsters such as MS-13 members is yet another problem, and it is worse than most people realize. Over 400,000 criminal illegals were caught and sent back across the border in 2018. We are not sure how many made it into the US and are living somewhere and practicing their criminal acts. This is tantamount to an invasion!

12. President Trump has vowed to build a wall of sufficient length and height to act as a barrier to large scale group entry of illegals, which would make patrolling the border much more efficient, and make surveillance systems more effective as well. Parallel efforts to increase the number of Immigration Judges, and Border Patrol Officers are included.

13. My own view concerning the existing illegals is to set up the means to determine which illegal aliens are law-abiding, productive, and assimilating well over a defined period of time and give them a route to citizenship, while those who do not meet these and other requirements should be considered for immediate deportation.

14. Pleading their case for asylum based on hearsay evidence should result in denial of entry. There must be concrete rules developed for allowing entry of asylum seekers. It is obvious that we cannot accept all asylum seekers in the world.



  


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.




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