Pour Some Sugar On Me

Quick!  Buy the sodas!  Stock up on the doughnuts!  Save the ice cream!  The government is coming for your sugar!

The article discusses how politicians in the UK are looking to restrict and regulate the amount of sugar children are able to consume as well as the free markets’ ability to regulate it.  Under the premise that children eat too much sugar, freedom is taking a backseat.

5 year old sugar
Average 5 year old eats weight in sugar | Image: telegraph.co.uk

War Provides Government Power

Why do I quip in the opening about freedom taking a backseat?  Because the more government intervenes in regulating what they deem “bad behavior” the more that they intrude on freedom.  In the United States, the Declaration of Independence declared that we all had the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  If my happiness is rooted in ice cream then I should be free to pursue it.  This attack of freedom is akin to the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty — any of the “wars” purported by Government.  How so?  Instead of reforming behavior the Government aims to disincentivise participation in the regulated behavior.

Why?  Because disincentivising participation requires government resources.  This means the government needs money to spend on people, advertising, laws, enforcement, taxes, etc.  Whatever disincentive mechanism chosen the government needs power to enforce it.  Power is the sole aim of government.  However, freedom is the sole aim of man.  This can have disastrous consequences let there be no mistake.  But it also can lead to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  The difference is in the aim of the individual.  Reforming the individual provides the individual power at the expense of the government.  Governments don’t like to lose power.

Options Other Than War

So, what, to use the term de jour, options other than war exist?

First, individuals need to take responsibility.  Period.

Second, religion provides benefits.  I believe that the decline of Christian influence in out culture with it being pushed out hostilely the last 60 years is directly proportional to the declination of personal responsibility.

Third, get involved.  Yes, you may vote.  If you don’t vote, do!  But also we need to hold our local, state and federal representatives and government accountable by letting them know constantly where we stand on issues.  It will make a difference.

Like Matthew West says, “do something.”

In the Crosshairs

Just for the record: I’m not a conspiracy theorist.  I simply don’t believe in coincidences.  But I promise, I don’t buy a copy of Catcher in the Rye every time I pass a bookstore.  However, it looks like another victory for the anti-gun Obama Administration.

stag arms
Stag Arms logo (Credit: Bigcommerce.com)

The Crosshairs of What We Know

  • In 2007, Stag Arms was audited by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF);
  • ATF found shoddy record-keeping;
  • ATF helped the straighten-out or at least advise them to do so;
  • In July 2014, the ATF began an investigation of Stag Arms;
  • Stag Arms is pleading guilty to a felony, paying a $500,000 fine and having its firearms manufacturers license revoked; and
  • The owner and CEO, Mark Malkowski, is pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and has
    • agreed to sell the company,
    • pay a $100,000 fine, and
    • not own or manage a firearms business.

The Crosshairs of Thoughts to Ponder

Now what is interesting about the media reports the investigation began in July 2014 began

after a routine ATF compliance inspection turned up a variety of record- keeping violations, missing firearms and unregistered machine guns, the government said.

However, no where in the articles I’ve seen does it say this was a recent compliance inspection earlier in the year.  So, it is possible this is still from the original 2007 infractions.  But this is unclear.

In 2013, Malkowski was quoted relating to the stricter gun laws enacted in Connecticut and he said that his goal was to ensure politicians

heard from our side as well.

I do find it ironic that these inspections come after those comments.  I mean just listen to the words of the U.S. District Attorney who seems almost gleeful about the decision yesterday

For the first time in Connecticut, and there have only been a few of these prosecutions throughout the nation, a large manufacturer is pleading guilty to a felony charge relating to record-keeping violations.

Hopefully Stag can be sold and their products continue to provide freedom to Americans!

solidarity against terrorism

Al Shbaab map
Al Shabaab locations in yellow.

A no I don’t mean a group looking to impose Communist rule.  This is solidarity against terrorism.

This is a heart warming story about the solidarity of humans in the face of brutal attacks from terrorists.  Nice to see these Kenyan Muslims stand up to their attackers who were demanding to slaughter only the Christians.  More evidence of the incompatibility between radical Islam and Christians and what we’ve seen before regarding Christian persecution.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/22/africa/kenya-bus-attack-al-shabaab-muslim-christians/index.html

The Threat from Islam is Real

Here is a chilling exchange between a Muslim student and David Horowitz.  We have to give her points for being honest!

But if this doesn’t demonstrate the threat urgency of the threat we face from Islamic terror, nothing will.  When a Muslim (a self-proclaimed religion of peace) is able to stand up and agree with another Muslim that all Jews need to congregate in Israel to make it easy for Muslims to kill them all without batting an eye—that is a sad day.  However, this video also demonstrates the greatness of our country where this exchange can take place!

Islamic State flag Image credit Wikimedia Commons.
Islamic State Flag

Changing the Variables

For the sake of argument, lets change the variables.

Lets say that a Muslim speaker was speaking on a topic and during the question and answer session a Christian stood up and asked the Muslim why they wanted to kill all Christians.

And in so doing the Muslim responded by asking a follow-up question: Do you believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven or Paradise and that all other religions are wrong?

And the Christian answers yes.

Political Correctness Run Amok

Can you imagine the outrage that would be levied at the “intolerant” Christian that was simply answering a question posed to him/her by another.  Those who claim to be “tolerant” of other views would show their true colors and demand the Christian apologize for “imposing” their beliefs on another, when that is exactly what Muslims want to do.  They want to conquer the world by force.

The fact that this does not get media play is not surprising.

The fact that there was no outrage in the audience when she answered coldly and simply, “Yes.” is surprising.

First, this non-response by the audience is political correctness run amok.  Like the neighbor in San Bernardino who saw something suspicious but was afraid to report it due to not wanting to be called “racist.”

Second, wanting to see all Jews killed means that it shows the lie to their mantra that Islam is a religion of peace.

King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

MLK Jr. I have a dream speech
Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking on National Mall

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” needs to be more emphasized today, especially by those who claim to walk in his vision.  The video is below.  If you want to read the transcript, click here.

The key point that I want emphasize is from a conversation that I had with a coworker a couple of years ago.  He (as a black man) was bemoaning the demise and downfall of black culture including the rise of single moms, lack of fathers and the increase of hatred of white people from his discussions inside the black community.  He then mentioned that he believed the reason society had all these problems was that those who were pushing for Civil Rights in America today had deviated from the path laid out by Martin Luther King, Jr.  He believed that MLK, Jr. was so successful because he was espousing the equality of blacks and whites as God sees people—equally created in His Image and His Likeness through His Son.

We see a great example of this in King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Lets take a look at a few of these.

God-language in King’s Speech

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

Here King is making it clear that in the struggle for Civil Rights, blacks need to rise above the protests and win on the conviction of their arguments rather than the projection of force.  The force is the force of their ideas, which King makes clear comes from God and is expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.

Interestingly enough this is exactly what has happened with the implementation by Democrats/Liberals. The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan forsaw this and predicted where we stand in the black community today. Exactly what King was speaking against here.  In fact, the Moynihan Report has been mentioned by Washington Post Opinion writer George Will a few days ago.

… when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Martin Luther King, Jr. pins the Civil Rights on religious texts and the equality of all people under God.  He appeals to all Jews and Christians for the cause.  Clearly, for Martin Luther King, Jr. it is a moral issue stemming from a higher moral authority.  Not an issue of power or money.  But what is right in the eyes of God.  Today’s civil rights movement has lost that.

The Christian Response

The best Christian response is to get involved.  To be active against injustice.  Not for the sake of social justice which is a buzzword of social activism and liberalism masked in the disguise of tolerance.  But Christianity has provided great equality and enhancement for all classes and all races.  Jesus himself does the unthinkable in his day and speaks to a Samaritan woman.  Christianity breaks the barriers imposed upon society with the force of God’s culture.  Like Martin Luther King, Jr., Christians should use the might of Jesus to fight for equality and not impose it.  We should move forward as a nation on race, not backwards as we have been doing.