Rand Paul The Only Non-Dystopian Candidate

Rand Paul The Only Non-Dystopian Candidate

Have you seen or read The Giver? The people don’t see color. Everyone is all the same. The have no choices. Bernie Sanders is The Giver. He seeks to limit choice. To make everyone the same. He believes that he has the wisdom to decide for you.

On that note, have you seen or read Divergent? Bernie Sanders is an Erudite. He believes he knows what is best what for you. What you should do. How you should live. How much things should cost etc, etc.

How about the Hunger Games? He is part of the Capitol. He believes that all monies and goods should be distributed through Washington DC. The Capitol decides who gets grants for education, farm subsidies, taxation levels etc. Everything the people make and produce goes there and the scraps are divided up among those who please and entertain the Capitol.

Bernie is not the only dystopian bad guy running this election season. Almost all of them fit the mold one way or another. I am just surprised that a group of people who have grown up reading dystopian novels and watching dystopian movies have not learned the moral lessons contained in them.

There is only one real candidate that is trying to end our 1984 like perpetual wars. Only one candidate trying end our 1984 like “Big Brother” domestic spying. Only one candidate committed to ending our massive over spending and debt problem. Only one candidate trying to end the “Pigs” (see Animal Farm) ability to change the rules and live differently from the other animals (citizens) on the farm. Only one candidate that has a consistent close to 100% Constitutional rating. Only one candidate that believes you are the answer to what ails this nation. Who wants plans by the many across this great land not plans by the few in Washington. One. There is no refuting that. There is only one non-dystopian candidate. So if you are a Millennial, Gen X’er or Boomer, vote for the Hero of the books. The one trying to take down the Capitol. The one trying to bring peace. The one trying to give liberty back to the people. That is Rand Paul and only Rand Paul.

Why the French Lost North America and Why Washington Eventually Will Too

Why the French Lost North America and Why Washington Eventually Will Too

My kids aren’t in the State Indoctrination Camps, we homeschool. I teach world history to homeschoolers every Friday as part of a local tutorial. I love history and firmly believe that even though history doesn’t repeat, it certainly rhymes. Which brings me to my point. Today I was teaching the future leaders of the free world about The French and Indian War. The book I use as a guide doesn’t give the real reason why the French lost that war, and were driven from the continent. It wasn’t because they were bad soldiers or bad military tacticians. They lost because their leaders were out of touch with reality. Louis XIV was a hard-working, brilliant dictator. Even though he began to sow the seeds of France’s destruction with the construction of Versailles by the blood and wealth of his subjects, nevertheless, he was available and attentive to the state of his country. He may not have cared much about his people, but he at least knew of their suffering.

In contrast, Louis XV was a lazy man. His father did not care for him much. As the leader of France he was hated. He died fairly young, but not until he had squandered most of what his father had built in the New World. When he died of small pox, they covered him in lyme, and chucked him in a hole in the middle of the night. While alive, he was suppose to be leading his people in The French and Indian War. Instead, he was absent, aloof, and uncaring concerning the plight of his people. While William Pitt, the Prime Minister of England, with whom he was at war, was making sure his men had money, weapons, food, and supplies to fight the costly war, Louis was lying in the lap of luxury disconnected from the reality of the day to day existence of his citizenry and soldiers. French soldiers didn’t lose because they were cowards, but because they were cold and hungry. French citizens weren’t hungry because they were lazy, but because they were being legally plundered. The French lost North America in the end because of corrupt and aloof leadership

Does this situation sound familiar? While I am thinking of the broader political class, President Obama is a great modern example of this type of clueless, aloof leadership. Many have called him “Vacationer and Chief”. While our soldiers have shed their blood in unjust foreign wars, he appears regularly to be playing more golf than governing. And when he is governing he is busy catering to lobbyists for green energy, attempting to destroy coal power plants and vetoing oil pipelines knowing full well that in the end these actions will drive up the cost of energy for his citizens. Like Louis XV, he doesn’t really care.. Republican leaders are just as aloof and clueless, just on a whole host of different big business lobby driven issues. Republicans are at war with their own conservative and libertarian base, choosing rather to cozy up to the Wall Street and the Country Club wing of their party. Passing omnibus spending bills, fully funding Amnesty, refusing to audit the Federal Reserve, bailing out “to big to fail” banks and car companies, etc. The political class is aloof and out of touch. While food prices go up and wages go down, they publish phony jobs numbers, knowing full well that the jobs being created are either lower wage, or part time, or both. While companies like Hewlett Packard fire 50,000 employees in order to create reserve cash to buy back their own stocks, driving the stock price up, and amassing huge bonuses for their executives. Congress and the President turn a blind eye to such unethical practices because, of course, this pushes up the stock market and allows them to take credit for a fake “economic recovery” so they can get re-elected and continue plundering the American people. Meanwhile, the rich get richer, misguided youth join Occupy Wall Street. Mandatory Minimum Wage movements gain steam. Tea Parties erupt. Libertarians start having a moment. What do all these things have in common? They are all anti-elite-political class movements. Let’s go back to France and Louis XV for a moment.

What happened after his death? The Enlightenment, “The Bloody Revolution”, and the end of Aristocracy in France. What fills the void when elitist, corrupt leaders lose legitimacy in the eyes of their citizens? Before we answer that, we need to ask, “What causes elitist, corrupt leaders to lose legitimacy?” Economic disruption, brought on by the actions and policies of those leaders usually does the trick. When Marie Antoinette supposedly said, “Let them eat cake”, France was in the middle of a desperate economic disruption caused by the constant wars, taxation, and luxuries enjoyed by the Aristocracy. What fills the void left by elitist, corrupt political leaders? Usually populist movements that claim the noble goal of returning the nation to it’s former glory, and promising never to allow a corrupt elitists political class to rule again. Think of Germany pre-World War II. The Treaty of Versailles had stripped Germany of her former glory. Years of punitive damages inflicted by the victors of World War I stunted Germany’s ability to economically recover. An unjust peace left hundreds of thousands of hungry, unemployed, Germans. This major economic disruption toppled the Weidmar Democracy, and led to the rise of the Nazi Party.

Russia at the turn of the 20th century was in a similar state. Years of aloof, corrupt leadership led to constant foreign wars, high taxation, a virtual caste system that was impossible to break out of, and an extremely prejudicial justice system where the poor simply could not get justice. What filled this gap? A populist movement known as the Bolsheviks came to power through revolution, and every member of the aristocracy that didn’t run was summarily executed. This began 70 plus years of rule by communism, which featured millions of deaths, via starvation, execution, Gulags, etc. Russia today is in the middle of such a movement. What is Vladmir Putin trying to accomplish? He is trying to return Russia to its former glory. This Ukrainian business and the Crimean secession is exactly the type of movement I have been describing. Russia needed a leader. A strong, charismatic figure arises and wins the hearts and imaginations of many Russians. Especially older Russians that remember, with nostalgia, Russia’s former place on the world stage. Russia is currently eyeing their former Baltic states as “economic partners”. But the Baltic nations know this partnership is an “offer they can’t refuse”, to quote Vito Corleone.

The U.S. is now showing signs of this process as well. We’ve had one major economic disruption after another since the 1970’s. All caused by the policies of a corrupt and aloof leadership that promise more than they can deliver and then print more money to cover their spending habits. Because we are the reserve currency holder in the world, we are able to print up a fresh batch of cash and infuse it into our economy. But all we are doing is kicking the can down the road a bit. Debt does not build wealth. The debtor is always a slave to the lender. The piper will be paid. Economic disruption is coming in the near future. With interest rates at zero and quantitative easing not working anymore, what’s the plan this time around? We have painted ourselves into a corner with no way out. These populist movements will gain strength. Eventually, Washington, because of aloof, corrupt leadership will lose it’s legitimacy. It is the way of history. Sure as rain, as we say in the south. What kind of movement will fill the void? This question remains unanswered. I just hope the Libertarian moment, becomes a Libertarian day. Of course, as the Evangelical Libertarian, I know that, “the king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1) My prayer is that the people of this wonderful land will peacefully return to the God of their fathers, not through government coercion, but because of the great love that He has shown to us in sending His own Son to die in our place. It is only the Gospel that can bring real peace. It must start between God and man. But when internal peace takes hold in the hearts of men, and the Holy Spirit permeates our homes and hearths, national peace will soon follow. That’s a populist movement to get excited about!

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Chuck Schumer Endorses the Persecution of Religious Americans

“You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,”

 

“When we wrote RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] back in 1993 we did so to protect individuals with strong religious beliefs and give them the presumption they have always enjoyed; that they should be able to exercise their religious beliefs without interference from the government…. The court took that and applied it – misapplied it – to for-profit companies who exist for the purpose of benefitting from the open market, working in the marketplace under our laws.”

 

Chuck Schumer U.S. Senator, NY

 

I watched Mr. Schumer’s press conference in response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. (Here’s a clip) The more I listened to him speak the more I was offended. As a former business owner I have first hand experience running a business. First, “You don’t have to open a corporation?” You do if you don’t want to be personally liable for a fall on your property or an injury to an employee. You do if you don’t want to pay the highest possible tax rate. Not forming a corporation for business purposes would be foolish, difficult if not impossible, and economically clumsy. Could you imagine Hobby Lobby as a sole proprietorship? Basically Chuck is saying, “sure you can live according to your faith if you want to, but if you do, you will not be able to have the legal protections afforded to other Americans who own businesses.” Unless you worship at the altar of Atheism, the established church in America, you become a second-class citizen, and the doors to prosperity are closed to you. This is nothing more than a U.S. Senator endorsing state sponsored persecution against people of faith.

 

Second, corporations are owned and operated by individuals. You cannot remove the moral and ethical components of life merely because you opened a corporation. In business if you defraud someone, you must repay them. If you contribute to the death of someone through the corporation’s actions you can be sued in civil court, and employees and officers can even be charged as negligent criminals. You are expected to operate your business based on moral principles as individuals. No one lives life in a vacuum. You cannot separate your religious life from your secular life completely, because you are a singular person, an individual. It is a fool’s errand to try and eradicate religious beliefs from public life.

 

Third, the market is “open”, but the government didn’t open it. The market exists in the private realm. Mr. Schumer, as well as most other nice government men believe it is their job to build the economy, set wages, decide benefits such as insurance coverage, etc., etc. But the reality is: the open market exists with out the state. Tomorrow, if the U.S. government collapsed and became part of the annals of history, people would still trade goods, find a medium of trade (money), and provide for their living. Government, for the most part, stifles the open market and creates problems by making arbitrary decisions, like this one. The attempt to force people against their conscience to provide a benefit (birth control) is absurd. Hobby Lobby’s wage and benefit contracts are private arrangements between the company and the individual. If the employee wants birth control as part of their benefits package, then let them search out new employment in the “open” market. Individuals “should be able to exercise their religious beliefs without interference from the government.” No one should be forced through the State’s monopoly on violence to live contrary to their religious beliefs, even if they own corporations. The opening words to our Bill of Rights are, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Atheism has become nothing more than the Established Church of the American State. Mr. Schumer and those of his ilk wish to make people of faith in America second-class citizens with fewer rights and protections merely because we don’t believe as they do. I’ll say it again because it bears repeating: this is nothing more than a U.S. Senator endorsing state sponsored persecution against people of faith.

 

The Evangelical Libertarian

 

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The Death of America: Its Real Cause, and How We Can Stop It from Happening

Why do the political, and economic structures seem to be hurdling towards death in America?  The answer, in a nut shell is, “we have a theft problem”, and God has said, “You shall not steal.”  We allow the government (through income tax manipulation), corporations (through bank and business bailouts), and the poor (through entitlements) to plunder and parasitically exist off the produce of others.  The more we allow and encourage this behavior through public policies, the more we contribute to the death of our economy, and our way of life.  The protection of the rights, and property of the individual is the only way we can live together peacefully, justly, and fairly as a nation.  As long as theft is enshrined in our political structures, lasting prosperity will elude us.  Liberty is the key to prosperity. God made men free. God tasked us to till the ground, to work, and to be productive. When we force others to take care of us, and to bare the burdens of our mistakes, we violate the natural law that God established in creation. Murray Rothbard explains it this way in his book, “The Ethics of Liberty”,

 

“Now the man who seizes another’s property is living in basic contradiction to his own nature as a man… he lives parasitically off the labor of others… he is a parasite who feeds unilaterally by exploiting the labor and energy of other men… he fails to add to the social total of goods and services, he depends completely on the production of the host body. And yet, any increase in the coercive parasitism decreases ipso facto the quantity and the output of the producers, until finally, if the producers die out, the parasites will quickly follow suit.

 

Any way that it may be considered, parasitic predation and robbery violate not only the nature of the victim whose self and product are violated, but also the nature of the aggressor himself, who abandons the natural way of production- of using his mind to transform nature (natural resources) and exchange (his products) with other producers- for the way of parasitic expropriation of the work and product of others. In the deepest sense, the aggressor injures himself as well as his unfortunate victim.” (pg 50)

 

The death of the American State, Corporate System, and Entitlement programs will come from their own parasitic nature that embraces theft. Like the physical laws of God such as gravity, so the Moral Law of God is immutable. While the rich do get richer for a time, and the poor do get to reap some benefits using the dogma of “income equality” for a season. Parasitic theft will destroy them both, as well as the middle class with them. The poor soul that works hard, saves, invests, and does the right thing day in and day out is being bled dry by government, corporations, and the poor. Together they are sucking the economic life-blood out of hard working American people. They are killing this great nation.  They are destroying the economic engine that has brought unprecedented prosperity and innovation to the world.  They are stealing, and that theft is destroying us all together, as a parasite does its host.

 

It is imperative then that we consider taking deliberate peaceful action to end this evil being perpetrated against the American people.  If I may, I would like to suggest the following actions be taken. First and foremost, we need to respect the rights and property of our neighbors personally, and take responsibility for our lives and families. Second, we need to elect officials in our local communities that believe in voluntary association, and will abandon political theft as a viable form of government policy. Third, we need to elect officials in our state and federal institutions that respect and honor our founding documents in their historical-grammatical context. Fourth, we need to educate our children in the beauty of true Religion, liberty, logic, economics, and history. Which means a wholesale abandonment of the public education system. Home education, online learning, and un-schooling are important tools in the reclamation of our nation. Ron Paul is producing a great home school education curriculum that is free up to the 5th grade. Tom Woods’ “Liberty Classroom” is an extremely cheap way to get high school level, and above education options for history, economics, and other subjects.   The Mises Institue is also a treasure trove of knowledge.  The Libertarian Homeschooler is also a great facebook resource as well. Never in history has there been so much information available for free, or nearly free. Fifth, we need to shape our language in order to become better able to explain why others, outside of our movement, should embrace liberty rather than to live under the tyranny of State benefactors. Sixth, we need to reach out to paleo-conservatives, sometimes called classic liberals, in order to build a broader coalition so that we might move liberty forward in the significant amount of areas in which we agree.  Publications like the American Conservative, and pundits like Charles Hugh Smith, and Pat Buchanan, often have brilliant insights on current events. Seventh, we should abandon all political parties so that we might become a unifying grassroots movement from within the American people rather than from within a Washington power structure.  Stay decentralized, embrace multiple leaders, defy labels and false media narratives, bewildering the government and media elites in the process. Eighth, embrace black swans. There are all kinds of events that the government and media just don’t see coming, that we in the Liberty Movement often predict. Monetary problems, stock market bubbles, and war are their creations, yet they rarely see how these things come about. We need to share and share alike, using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and every other social media site that exists or comes into existence. If we take these steps, and work together, I feel confident, by the grace of God, that we will succeed in our efforts to save our great nation from the hands of parasitic men; men that deny their own nature and are intent on destroying us all, even if accidentally.

The Law of God: To Love Me Is To Leave Me Alone

What is the defining principle of Libertarianism? No, it is not approving of homosexuality and pot smoking, despite what many believe. The defining principle of Libertarianism is the “non-aggression principle.”  Simply stated, this principle means that we Libertarians do not believe that an individual should ever be forced through either violence or the threat of violence to do a thing. We believe individuals are created free, and the only way a society can be organized morally is through voluntary associations, not forced ones. When we say we believe individuals should be free from violence or the threat of violence, we include freedom from State violence as well. Wear your seat belt, or we’ll forcibly remove your financial property (fine you), is violence. Pay us a portion of your financial property (taxes), or we will send the police to arrest you, is a violent threat. Don’t sell raw milk to other individuals in a private transaction, or we’ll send a swarm of government agents (which may include an FDA SWAT Team), is violence. We believe that all violence, except that done to repel an aggressor, is wrong, and beneath the dignity of mankind.  And guess what? God agrees with us.

 

There are two great commandments found in Scripture. The first and greatest is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is like it, you shall love you neighbor as your self.” (Matthew 22:37-40) How does the Bible define loving your neighbor? The best answer to this question is found in the second table of the Law of God, where we are instructed in our duties to our fellow man.

law of God

  1. Honor your father and your mother
  2. You shall not kill
  3. You shall not commit adultery
  4. You shall not steal
  5. You shall not bear false witness
  6. You shall not covet

 

First, when we look at the fifth commandment, we do see implied respect for those in governing authority. I am a limited statist Libertarian, which means I see a role for the state to play, but it is a very small role. We should honor those in authority over us. I want to expand on this more fully, but I will wait to do so in another article.  It’s important that Christians Libertarians learn to integrate Libertarian theory with the presence of governing Biblical authorities. It will suffice for me to say at this point, that the huge, regulatory, all encompassing state we currently live in, is not the “servant of God,” described in Romans 13 as, “an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” Governments do not create right and wrong. Someone who is a “wrongdoer”, is someone who has violated a moral law, hence they have murdered, broken up a home, stolen, defrauded, or conspired to do those things. The State doesn’t have the power to make up morality, and wherever the State violates or goes beyond the bounds of natural Law (moral law) its authority evaporates, then and there, in the eyes of Almighty God.

What about the rest of the commands in the second table of the Law? Notice there is something very distinct about them. What do they all prohibit? They all prohibit aggression and violence. You shall not kill. Don’t do anything to violate the sacred possession of a person’s body. Mankind possesses life, that which animates the body, it is a precious gift from God, and it shall not be taken.

 

You shall not commit adultery. Sexuality is also a gift from God, but we are not to use and manipulate one another for pleasure’s sake. Don’t damage families by stealing the affections of a mate. Adultery extends to fornication, and fornication is sex outside of sacred covenant. In other words, sons and daughters (unmarried) are not to try and sexually manipulate one another. Adultery and fornication are violent acts against the family, which is the basic building block of any society.  So much poverty and violence are the result of adultery and sexual license.  Prisons are filled with fatherless children, who are now men, with fatherless children themselves.

 

You shall not steal. God is in favor of private property. How can there be a prohibition against theft, unless there is the prior existence of the right of ownership? Once a man has mixed his labor with the natural resources found in the world, those resources, and the medium of exchange (money) gained from the sale of his labor, or the resources he creates with his labor, are his alone, no one else has a right to them. You shall not use violence or manipulation to remove a man’s property, it is his, and it is sacred and inviolable.

 

You shall not lie. You cannot aggress against someone to defraud, or to slander their character. A person’s integrity is also a sacred and inviolable possession. “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches”, and we shall not do any thing with our words to detract from a person’s good name and reputation.

 

Finally, we shall not covet. Restated, we shall not even nurse a desire in our heart to take what belongs to another. Whether we are the State, a private institution, or an individual, the Law of God is the perfect Law of Liberty (James 1:25). In order to obey it and love others, we must leave them alone. That includes the State. The State has no more right to violence and threats of violence than any other institution or individual. The only Biblically moral society, will be a Libertarian one, based on the principle of non-aggression, a non-aggression that is rooted firmly, as we have seen, in the Law of God.

 

The Evangelical Libertarian

leave me alone

Peaceful Resistance Is Fruitful

There are many Americans today wondering, “How can we stop the endless state and federal intrusions into our lives?” There has been at least one event in the media recently that I believe proves very instructive for us liberty-minded folks as we seek an answer to this important question. The short answer is, “Peaceful resistance and/or Non-compliance. But before we delve into a modern American example of peaceful resistance and non-compliance, I think there are some important historical examples for us to consider first.

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus was instructed by the state to not heal on the Sabbath day. Yet, what did He do?

Mark 3:1-6 ESV

[1] Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. [2] And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. [3] And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” [4] And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. [5] And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. [6] The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Jesus peacefully and morally resisted the legitimate authorities because their legal requirements were immoral. Men are only required to honor the legal claims of the State so far as the claim is moral. When the State exceeds the bounds of the Law of God (or natural law), it possesses only brute force, but no moral obligation exists for the citizen.

 

The Apostles

After Jesus’ resurrection the Apostles are instructed to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) They almost immediately began to do as He commanded. After healing a lame beggar in Acts 3, and delivering a Gospel sermon to the crowd that gathered because of the miracle, Peter and John were imprisoned for a day, and then called in to give an account of their actions by the very state that participated in Jesus’ crucifixion. After being forbidden to preach Jesus as Savior by their legitimate rulers, they responded, “whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you (the State) rather than God (and His Law), you must judge. (Acts 4:19) The obvious answer is that we are to obey God rather than men when we are either, commanded by the State to do something immoral, or forbidden by the State from doing something moral.

 

The Early Church

The first eight persecutions of the church by the Roman State occurred for various reasons. Some persecutions happened because of weather phenomenon or battle losses that the Romans blamed on Christians because they wouldn’t sacrifice to their gods. One persecution happened because the head of the Roman State, Nero, blamed the burning of a large portion of Rome on the Christian people. He set the blaze course. One persecution came upon the Christian people because of their reluctance to utter a simple phrase, “Caesar is Lord”. They believed that to call Caesar Lord would be cosmic treason against Jesus Christ, and so they refused. Because of that refusal they were fed to lions, publicly executed, and in some cases their children were executed before their eyes in order to try and get them to obey the State and participate in Roman idolatry. Many a godly saint’s last vision on the earth was the eradication of his earthly seed at the hands of the State. It was this courage of conviction, this commitment to peaceful resistance, that many point to as the down-fall of one of the mightiest, if not the mightiest empire to every rule on the earth. In fact a phrase was developed out of this period that many still know today, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” It was the blood of non-complying martyrs that not only caused the ranks of the church to swell, it caused support for the State to diminish. In the end Christianity destroyed Rome, not with violence, but with peace resistance.

 

Other More Modern Examples

Who could forget Ben Kingsly’s masterful portrayal of Mahatma Ghandi. If you know nothing of Ghandi, then know this, he brought the British Empire to it’s knees and practically ended colonialism in India. How did he do this? The answer is, peaceful resistance and non-compliance. What about Martin Luther King? How did King lead the Civil Rights Movement? What was his tactic for ending segregation and racism in the South? It wasn’t through the force of law (as our Public Schools teach us through the Civil Rights Act). No, it was through peaceful resistance and non-compliance. Television screens were filled with young, well dressed African Americans being beaten, and water hosed, while offering no violence in return. They repaid “no one evil for evil” (Romans 12:17). What about the Vietnam war? How was it finally brought to an end? Peaceful resistance and protest, combined with media outlets showing young American men being brought home in flag draped coffins for reasons no one could comprehend, but those in the halls of State. Peaceful protest, non-compliance, iphones, and youtube accounts should be the preferred tools of Christians, indeed all Americans, to push back the tide of federal and state intrusion into the lives, and homes of ordinary law abiding citizens. Which brings us to the recent story I alluded to in the beginning of this article.

 

Recent Peaceful Resistance

The story comes to us out of Connecticut (Blue State Resistance), where thousands of law-abiding gun owners have refused to register either their weapons, or their magazines, that exceed what the State has recently made illegal. Only about 15% of gun owners there have complied, making 85% of the lawful gun owners in Connecticut felons. Indeed this is one of the largest peaceful resistance and non-compliance cases we have seen in the U.S. in many years.

 

The Evangelical Libertarian hopes that this is indeed the wave of the future. I hope that Christians as a whole, will wake up from the slumber we have lazed under for far too long, as the liberties secured by our forefathers, through an unwanted and costly war with England, are being taken away by a new group, claiming Divine Right, and absolute obedience to them. I am speaking of both Republicans and Democrats here. While our ruling masters in Washington spend like drunken sailors, fettering our children, and grand children with massive debt, and regulations, they are also printing money and manipulating interests rates that destroy, and de-incentivize savings as well. If peaceful resistance, and non-compliance do not begin to mount now, not only will our nation be economically destroyed by a feckless, uncaring, distant ruling class, but it will become more likely that Americans will die in the future resisting power with violence. Which is unnecessary since, “We the people” have “the right…peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (1st Amendment) And if those grievances are not properly addressed, “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it (the government), and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)

 

So arm yourselves with the truth, and a camera, and begin to peacefully resist, or non-comply with immoral power whenever you get the chance. May the Lord richly bless you all in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

The Evangelical Libertarian