Posts Tagged ‘Life’

Walking the Talk

August 2, 2010

I am continually amazed at the attempts of political candidates across the country to co-opt issues in which they have no experience.  Years ago, the Christian Right encouraged numerous politicians to have a “come to Jesus” experience and advocate platforms they neither agreed with nor could validate.  If one could say something enough times and get his/her picture made with the right people, then… voila! you’re automatically an expert.

I have thought about this in relation to my lifetime of experience in socially conservative issues.  Though these matters will always form the basis for strength in our republic, they do not currently rise to the top of the national discussion, except during Supreme Court nominee hearings before the U.S. Senate.  The nation’s attention is clearly focused on overly big government, runaway spending, excessive debt, unsustainable entitlements, an open border, energy dependence, an unfair tax system, and two wars against enemies that wear no discernible uniform.

To make the record clear, let me describe my walk compared to my talk.

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An endangered species – Part I

April 7, 2010

There has been a serious effort over the past 40 years to preserve endangered animal and plant species. The Bald Eagle, American Alligator and many others have been returned to proper numbers in their respective habitats. With only a few exceptions, this has been a worthwhile venture.

However, we are now faced with the prospect of an endangered species that could spell the end of American liberty as we know it. That endangered species is the entrepreneur. For centuries, this species has been responsible for generating employment, providing goods and services, supporting the tax base, and moving the creative spirit forward.

However, the Progressives have mounted a relentless campaign through the media, churches, and government to vilify these small engines of prosperity. They have been responsible for the greatest leaps ahead in technology and standard of living in history. They take risks, borrow money against personal assets, hire and pay individuals, supply benefits, innovate, and assist others as they move on to become business owners in their own right.

What have they gotten for this? They have been called greedy, selfish, racists, hoarders, insensitive, immoral, privileged, etc. Government has sought to over-regulate them, over-tax them, over-burden them, and paint a socialist target on their backs so those among us who make poor decisions, misbehave, or are just plain lazy know whom to wag our finger at in front of the TV cameras. This is immoral.

Never mind that Scripture says that a person who refuses to care for his own family is cursed. Never mind that Scripture states that a man who does not work should not eat. Never mind that it is written into the code of our own behavior that things are mine unless I choose to give them to you. Never mind that Jefferson articulated in the Declaration that God had granted men the right to property. (He was later overruled in favor of “pursuit of happiness”.)

Here’s the bottom line, folks. Entrepreneurs are the people who pull the wagon that many Americans ride in. For a time they have been willing to allow those with handicaps, with no caregiver, the elderly, the infirm, the sick, and the mentally challenged to ride in the wagon without complaint, actually, with a sense of pride that they were being good citizens. These are also the people who lead charitable organizations, give generously to them and support their local churches.

During the past eighty years, we have allowed more and more capable citizens to climb up in the wagon. (Currently, 47% of all Americans pay no income tax.) We have added insult to injury by looking the other way as millions of illegals broke our laws and climbed into the wagon as well.

The producers of society have reached a tipping point. They have decided that they do not intend to pull this wagon one more foot. Policy-makers may think they can force them to keep pulling at the threat of the IRS or jail or worse. They are wrong. The people who make this country work have had enough! The commandment, “You shall not steal” does not exclude government.

Policy makers can either encourage those who are able to climb out of the wagon and start pulling, or those pulling the wagon will stop pulling and leave the capable individuals in the wagon to fend for themselves and carry those really in need with them. The first option comes with a price of discipline on the part of the citizenry. The second option comes with a much heavier price that none of us wants to pay.

It is time to get entrepreneurs off the Endangered Species List and put them back at the place of honor they deserve. See the next post for steps that can be taken to reverse these trends.

The Sanctity of Life

January 21, 2010

How Could Jefferson Have Known?

In our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson drew upon the life experiences and scholarship of the ages by declaring “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” inalienable rights granted to man by their creator. His words were actually wiser than he was since he never freed his own slaves. His words have stood the test of time for no document since has been able to lay out the case for the rights granted to man that no man may take away.

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