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The more things change, the more they stay the same. A new Congress will be sworn in tomorrow under the Republican leadership of John Boner. Yes, you read that right, I said Boner. Let me be clear...this will not change anything. The Republicans have pledged to cut 100 billion dollars out of a 3 trillion dollar budget.
Here is a pie chart of 100 billion and 3 trillion.
The experience of political awakening is very much akin to the stages of grief experienced when a loved one dies. The stages of grief are known as the Kübler-Ross model and they are as follows: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. By looking at the volume of posts from month to month on this blog, you can actually track my progress on the model. Most of the high volume posting was anger, and I think I skipped depression altogether. Maybe not all the way, there have been times I have been really down about the state of things and wished more people cared or could see what is right in front of their faces. Oh well, I am at the acceptance phase now, and that is when a person can finally
move forward and start actually making progress in their future.
The short version of what I believe is as follows: I believe in Agorism otherwise known as Market Anarchism or Political Atheism. I believe that all of the problems we have as a society are either caused by or made worse by government. If government would leave people alone to live their own lives as they see fit, we would be in a much better place today.
Humans are a flawed race of beings. God's punishment for original sin in the garden was to make us ignorant. This is why we disagree with each other. If we were all able to get along, we would no longer need God. No form of government set up by man to govern man can work, because man is inherently flawed and sinful in nature. The only form of government that will ever work will be after the return of Jesus Christ. Man cannot govern man, because he was not made for that purpose. Only God can rule man, and he is not doing that right now because this is still an evil world.
God has given us a good groundwork on how to live and get along with each other. Here a few pertinent passages:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. --Matthew 7:12
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. --Romans 12:2
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. --1 John 2:15-16
Fighting does no good. Armed revolution is doomed to failure. The only way forward is to start setting the example by living the life you want, not the life you are forced to live by those so-called-legitimate politicians. Yes, I will probably be viewed as that crazy old codger living outside of town, but I am okay with that. And when the poop hits the fan, I will be able to take care of myself and my family. When those around me see that I am making it without the current systems or a failing government, I will be making my biggest impact on this world. This is true leadership. Neither telling people how to live, nor voting for someone to tell people how to live; but by living a good life and setting the example for others to follow.
See you at Galt's Gulch!