BLOG POST 1 - Legislate Morality

Some may automatically reject my argument because it is rooted deeply in my Christian Faith.  Others will likely embrace it completely because it resonates with their beliefs.  I make those statements to highlight that each of us has an opinion.  I would argue that some opinions are more deeply rooted in fact, truth, and reality than others BUT each of us has the right to form our own opinions and defend them as best we can.

We have tried for decades to FIX AMERICA via the legislative, judicial, or executive branches passing legislation, making legal rulings, or issuing executive fiats and IT HAS NOT WORKED!  I have long contended that it is IMPOSSIBLE to legislate morality and it is IMPOSSIBLE to legislate racial, ethnic, religious, social, or political harmony.  We are individual human beings and each of us responds differently to attempts to mandate that we act, speak, think, or live in a certain manner.  The political correctness of our day is one of the most divisive and destructive forces existing in America. 

Legislation will not resolve our societal differences and no amount of new laws will prevent the evil, criminal, and deranged from committing acts of violence against other human beings.  You can pass the most stringent “gun laws” ever witnessed and find the effect similar to those of Chicago and other cities with incredibly strict gun laws.  The violence escalates because, as with all laws the people who obey those laws are not the ones perpetrating crimes.  Also, by taking guns out of the hands of the law-abiding you place them in harm’s way with no means of defending themselves.  The idea as presented by one illustrious Senator was that if we passed gun laws banning guns, the criminals would realize that citizens did not have guns and would lay theirs down as well.  HOW’S THAT WORKING OUT IN CHICAGO, SENATOR?  The lunacy of that is akin to making a pedophile the caretaker of a Day Care Center or giving the fox guard duty at the hen house.  IT IS INSANE!  Yet, we have background checks, and due to the failure of various entities and organizations, people fall through the cracks.  NO SYSTEM IS FOOL-PROOF and the sooner we understand that the better off we are.  Criminals, terrorist, the deranged, and diabolical will get guns or other weapons of destruction regardless of the Laws passed by Congress and signed into Law by the President.  Evil is Evil, and legislation will not change the heart.

There are some things that Legislation would help if not fix that have nothing to do with the human heart or the depravity of man.  Congress could offer an amendment to the Constitution that would repeal the Personal Income Tax and eliminate the Internal Revenue Service in its present form.  They could move toward a Flat or Fair Tax and offer a plan that would result in everyone having skin in the game and eliminate the powerful political weapon the IRS has become. That would strip Congress and Power-Hungry Legislators of a tool or weapon to coerce compliance with their agenda in order to survive in the economic world.  Will that happen?  NOT IN OUR LIFETIMES, unless we completely change the culture of Washington, D.C. while those advancing that culture are in power.  That is a hill that I’m not sure we can climb without Divine Intervention.

Congress has passed legislation that would secure our borders but the infighting and political wrangling present today as well as the way the previous administration hamstrung our Border Law Enforcement Agencies and Agents makes our borders as porous as a sieve.  Congress could offer a term-limit amendment preventing the professional career politician from establishing a beachhead in Washington, D.C. and possibly restore the idea of Citizen Representation returning control of government to WE THE PEOPLE.  Will they?  NOT LIKELY because that would upset their playhouse and make them subject to the same laws as the rest of us.  Congress could overhaul the Entitlement and Welfare System and take a biblical approach limiting the persons qualified for assistance and follow the counsel of the Apostle Paul.  Paul said, “Any man that WILL NOT WORK, should not eat.”  The key words are WOULD NOT or WILL NOT rather than COULD NOT.  The Democrats accuse those of us who advocate a limiting of Entitlement and Welfare as heartless and uncaring.  However, I like many of our founding fathers believe as expressed by Benjamin Franklin, “I am for doing good to the poor, but… I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it.  I observed… that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer.  And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”  What a concept!  If Franklin could see our Entitlement and Welfare System today he would condemn it immediately.

The Democrats want people poor.  Keeping people poor opens a door for them to enslave those voters making them beholding to the Party of Poverty.  Nobody wants to bite the hand that is feeding them or looks the gift horse in the mouth.  You never kill your golden goose.  Our present system of Entitlement and Welfare entraps people in a condition that kills their entrepreneurial spirit and stifles all ingenuity and desire to fight their way out of their economic condition.  It is easier to hate those who have than to labor so you can have.  It is easier to blame another race for your situation than take advantage of any and all open doors no matter how small or remote they might be.  Some have said, “God helps those who help themselves.”  This is not a quote from a biblical passage but was offered by Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard’s Almanac 1757, but it likely originated from Algernon Sydney in 1698 in an article titled “Discourses Concerning Government.”  God does help the helpless as can be discerned in passages such as Isaiah 25.4, Romans 6:23, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Proverbs 28:26, and Jeremiah 17:5.  God expects us to do what we can and has promised to NEVER leave us nor forsake us.  There are some things we cannot do for ourselves and need divine help, so the idea presented of “doing all we can” and not simply “waiting for a handout” is valid.

America, if we are going to fix what is wrong in this country morally, racially, and socially, legislation is not the answer.  If we are going to address the economy, national security, and national sovereignty there are legislative actions that will help.  I have contended and contend that the problem in the mass shootings, terrorism, and the many other atrocities in our society can only be resolved by a change in the human heart.  THAT is something Legislation cannot fix.  If one hates, legislation will not dissipate their hatred, only a change in the heart and attitude will.  I pray that we, in America, will somehow find a way to realize that skin color or preferences are not a justifiable basis for dividing the nation and causing it to crumble as the Constitutional Republic our Framers and Founders established.

God bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire!

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