The recent numbers that are being reported by the government of those who have enrolled in health-care.gov, is for the most part a barometer showing the fear the people have of being harassed by the IRS, the government’s enforcement arm of tyranny. “All voluntary acts are caused by motives. All motives may be placed in one of two categories – hope and fear, pleasure and pain. Voluntary acts of which hope is the motive are said to be free. Voluntary acts of which fear is the motive are said to be done under compulsion, or omitted under restraint. . . . No one is ever justified in trying to affect any one’s conduct by exciting his fears, . . .” (James Fitzjames Stephen, rely to Mill, On Liberty) In passing this legislation, the majority in Congress or the Court do not understand this, or if they do, they have completely ignored this fundamental principle of human conduct.
This fear is not a character that is born in man. Our first parents in the garden, had no fear. In the natural state, such is the man, innocent as a little child. When the man learns to exercise his agency and make choices, then character is developed, however; “He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties. He must use observation to see, reasoning and judgement to foresee, activity to gather materials for decision, discrimination to decide, firmness and self-control to hold to his deliberate decision. And these qualities he requires and exercises exactly in proportion as the part of his conduct which he determines according to his own judgement and feelings is a large one. It is possible that he might be guided in some good path, and kept out of harm’s way, without any of these things. But what will be his comparative worth as a human being? It really is of importance, not only what men do, but what manner of men they are that do it.” (John Stuart Mill, On Liberty)
Man was given the gift of agency, however, this agency has a partner, and this is responsibility. As the Lord, in teaching our “first parents” said; “But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given thee; . . .” (Moses 3:17) Such is the Natural law, agency, responsibility and reward or punishment. It is called the law of justice. There is another ingredient in this plan, and that is the law of mercy. Now the law of mercy cannot rob justice and the final saving ingredient in the Christian plan of salvation is in the atonement of Christ, who alone can offer that fix and make right upon conditions. I will leave it at that; you get enough in church.
For our mortal experience or schooling, the atonement doesn’t come into play until we cross over Jordan. While here, we were to live under a Republican form of government, protected by the Common Law, we reap what we sow by the choices we make. There is a system of government that stands in opposition to the Republican system and the Common Law of individual choice and responsibility, and that is Socialism enforced by Admiralty Law. This is not new as it has been with the earth experience since the dawn of time. It was introduced by Christ’s opposite, Lucifer, who would rob justice by compelling man in the right direction, of course, as he saw it. He wouldn’t be a “savior” because his plan was based upon compulsion, much like what we are experiencing. Admiralty Law recognizing the “master of the ship”.
Socialism has been ingrained into our thinking by the government schools and those who, in their own mind are convinced that it is the purpose of government to watch over, guide and direct the populous in the “right” direction. The people are taught that government is the “safety net” to bring all the people home safely. That we should be “good” Christians, and government is the “arm” of the people to see that is accomplished. The majority are the best judges of right and wrong. Our government friends, from both sides, don’t think very highly of the people they are elected to represent and protect. Do we need direction from time to time? Most assuredly, however, in formulating this direction, the “guides” must understand that in the end the people must make that choice. Mill points out that, the individual”cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil in case he do otherwise.” (supra; On Liberty) “There is little reason why the government should not also play some role, or even take the initiative, in such areas as social insurance and education, or temporarily subsidize certain experimental developments. Our problem here is not so much the aims as the methods of governmental action.” [Friedrich A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, p. 258]
“. . . The best character can only be that which is freely chosen. God’s will for men cannot be accomplished by compulsion. Conduct created by willed decision can alone constitute the best character that is God’s object.
But if men are thus to accomplish the object of God by choosing the good and rejecting the bad, the freedom to choose or reject must be conferred upon them, and they must be at liberty to choose or reject the good, and to reject or choose the bad. The inescapable condition of the power to choose the bad. The inescapable condition of the power to choose the right is the power to choose the wrong. Without this freedom, therefore, the will of God cannot be done. Yet with this freedom it many be thwarted. But freedom must be given.” (The Challenge of Liberty, by Robert V. Jones, p. 50) The “shared responsibility tax” eliminates that freedom.
Is health care a good thing? Certainly, and it should be made available, and to a certain extent it is. The problem is that the insurance industry has made it expensive. This expense is driven by costly judgements handed down by our courts, and the people, us, looking for every opportunity get rich and attorneys doing the same. There are other avenues to adjust this problem, but here again I go off point.
The Socialist among us, see the cure as everybody paying “their fair share”, and this through the “shared responsibility payment.” It is not essential to completely expel socialism from among us, as it is an essential part in making choices. Without it we could not make a choice, for there would be none. “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. if not so, . . . righteousness could not be brought to pass, . . . neither good or bad.” (2 Nephi 2: 11) So we appreciate the Obama’s, they do have a place in government, so we can make intelligent choices between right and wrong.
Our difficulty and challenge is to take the initiative by education and advertising the choices that are before us. As of now, the majority are educated into the acceptance of the various social programs, sold to us as “necessary and proper” for the success of the “general welfare” of society, it becomes “all down hill” for those in power to pass legislation, such as, social security, Obamacare and medicare. To create departments for education, land management, labor, agriculture, etc. On the government’s directory, I counted just thirty-four departments and agencies under ‘A’. (www.usa.gov/directory/federal/index.shtml) Did you know that we had an agency called, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee? Wonder how much of our taxes this agency consumes?
As these Federal departments and agencies are created, the funds necessary to support the expenses must come out of the labors of the people in the form of increased taxes. Thus the chains of slavery are made harder and longer, as the people are compelled to divide a larger portion of property to support the government. This is the evil of Socialism, this government represents the grave we are digging for our Constitution and our Natural Rights entrusted to us by our Creator. We all have a soft spot in our hearts for those in need. Justice McReynolds, in dissent in Steward Machine Co. v. Davis, (301 U.S. 548 (1937) makes a valid point in his dissenting opinion. This case was decided under pressure from Franklin D. Roosevelt, threatening to pack the court with judges who would decide his way on the program. “That portion of the Social Security legislation here under consideration, I think, exceeds the power granted to Congress. It unduly interferes with the orderly government of the state by her own people and otherwise offends the Federal Constitution.” (p. 598)
In Justice McReynolds’ opinion, he quotes the veto message of President Pierce; “I readily and, I trust, feelingly acknowledge the duty incumbent on us all as men and citizens, and as among the highest and holiest of our duties, to provide for those who, in the mysterious order of Providence, are subject to want and to disease of body or mind; but I can not find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would, in my judgment, be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” (veto message sent to the Senate May 3, 1854) Mr. Obama and Mr. Roberts, and others of like mind, your aims are honorable, however, the means, ACA, is evil. And to you Justice Roberts, you cannot pass the blame on to the people, even though you are right in that the people elected these people. The Supreme Court has a constitutional duty to veto all legislation that is repugnant to the Constitution, no matter which channel it came down. And yes, the people are the final, unfortunately, when it comes back to us, it can be nasty.
Socialism is Slavery
“You tell me that Socialism does not involve slavery? Let us see about that. You say you wish to nationalize capital; all right, we assume you have done that. You say you wish to nationalize land and we will assume you have done that. How in the name of all that is sacred or profane can you nationalize two of the factors of production, land and capital, unless you also nationalize the third factor of production, labor? . . .
. . . . You say the state can guarantee you and every other man a job at good wages, a steady job all the time. You draw up a contract of this character with the state. In the first place, the state could not possibly fulfill the terms of this contract. Fire, flood, famine, disasters by land and sea, all these spell nature’s insecurity, and any attempt to realize a legal and artificial security in defiance of Nature’s insecurity will result in failure. Any farmer will tell you that nature does not guarantee her crops, and if a state undertakes to guarantee security of income that state is a fraud and a liar, but even if it could guarantee your wages at a steady job, on what terms could such a contract be drawn up? It is as plain as day that no person and no set of persons could undertake to be such a father unless at the same time it reserved absolute control of your life, your expenses as well as your income, your actions to the minutest detail. I have just described a condition of slavery.” (Indictment of Socialism, No. 1, by John Basil Barnhill; From a debate published by Rip-Saw Publishing, 1914; Henry M. Tichenor against John Basil Bamhill)
Henry Tichenor took the position supporting socialism. In his four essays from the debate, he admits his affection for a communistic society. (Defense of Socialism, No. 2) I will never understand that in an era where we are concerned with being “politically” correct, that we do not call Socialism and the socialists, communists! “If it walks like a duck . . . .” What is the problem with the news media? Especially the conservative Fox network! We all lean a little to the left, but my goodness, the democratic party, led by Mr. Obama, are taking this country down a dead-end road. Why are you people afraid to use the “C” word? Communism! Call it what it is!!!
Ever since the founding of this Nation and instituting principles protected by the Constitution. The ideals of Communism have ever so slowly found their way into our life. They boldly surfaced especially during the New Deal era and FDR. They exposed more of their intent with the progressive tax, then the Great Society and LBJ. Each administration, republican and democrat, are responsible for the end-roads into our freedoms by increased government and with the Obama administration we are finally seeing the “duck”. “It is high time we realize the dangerous threat to America of creeping socialism as the ruthless comrade to atheistic communism.” Ezra Taft Benson
By appealing to our sympathies, the communist ideology that government is the answer has been ingrained into our thinking and we have fallen asleep on our post. We no longer understand the purpose of law in a free society. We are confused by legal terms whose definitions are known only by lawyers who are very capable of spinning them to fit the occasion. We hear the term “the rule of law”; a term that is supposed to guide us, yet we don’t know what that means.
We don’t teach each other about the law, depending upon the legal profession to do that. We don’t learn from history and about where governmental authority has its roots. By doing a little genealogy we see that the authority is founded in each of us as individuals, citizens in common guided by christian principles, such as; “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” We need to understand the republican principle of “delegation of authority”, that collectively we can only give or take that which we, in nature, have a right to delegate. I have no right to your property, therefore, I can not give, or delegate any authority to the legislature to take your property.
Some of these principles on the nature of law have been espoused for generations. One such writer, Frederic Bastiat (The Law, 1850) looked at the law and its operation this way; “See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” Going back a little further; John Locke, (1689) “… Nobody can transfer to another more power than he has in himself,. . . .” Friedrich A. Hayek (1990), “. . . the power of the majority is limited by those commonly held principles and that there is no legitimate power beyond them.” We have forgotten these principles!
The unConstitutional foundation for the Affordable Care Act, best know as Obamacare, is in the “shared responsibility payment”. Phrasing the tax (penalty) in such a way, makes it sound safe. However when you apply this to the people, it, attacks the pocket book. Passing this legislation, and the Roberts Court approving it under the taxing powers of Congress is an affront to the principles of this Republic and its’ Constitution.
Except for Chief Justice John Roberts and the others on his side, several justices of the Supreme Court have understood this contest and commented; “For the very idea that one man may be compelled to hold his life, or the means of living, or any material right essential to the enjoyment of life, at the mere will of another, seems to be intolerable in any country where freedom prevails, as being the essence of slavery itself.” (Justice Matthews, Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356, 370)
“Property, per se, has no rights, but the individual– the man — has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference; the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to property. The three rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give man his life, but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes life worth living. To give him liberty but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave.” (Justice George Sutherland, address to the New York Bar Association, Jan. 21, 1921)
To repeat John Barnhill, Socialism (communism) is slavery. For Christians, this earth life was granted by God, for the purpose of development of character.
As I reading over this essay, (about the fifth time), thoughts and quotes from others come to mind. That which comes to mind is about the parable of the talents (Matthew 25) and the one servant who received one talent and buried it in the ground. “For every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: . . .” (v. 29-30)
What I take from this parable, is that we are all blessed with abilities, skills; there are none without. The important factor in developing these talents is found in the arena of freedom, freedom as the individual see’s it for himself, not how others see it. “If liberty is to be preserved in society, it must be deeply believed in, and if there is to be belief, there must be under-standing. … When (the) basic truths have been learned, then the proper application of the principles of liberty to all areas of human life can be correctly comprehended.”
An explanation as to the essential need for free agency has been given by many authors. Quoting again from Robert Jones, he centers on the importance of the individual developing a Christ like character. In doing so it is necessary for the human spirit to grow in an atmosphere of liberty. In this development of the human spirit, he stresses the importance of gaining a knowledge of truth. He points out that; “The growth of the human spirit in its experience of truth is accordingly toward identity with the truth contained in (the) universal spirit. . . . This growth in knowledge is possible only because human spirit is of the same essence as universal spirit.
. . . The human experience of truth is . . . the experience of liberty.
. . . Freedom does not of itself assure acquaintance with truth; . . . The essence of the freedom is self direction (free agency), . . . it is only when the self-imposed direction of development is toward identity (with God) that truth is experienced. Thus truth consists in liberty, and liberty is truth; . . . in the sense that liberty directed to self realization in integration with universal spirit is the sole experience of the knowledge of truth. . . .
. . . Without liberty therefore truth cannot enter into the human experience.” (supra: The Challenge of Liberty, by Robert V. Jones)
The Christ like character cannot be forced. It can not be legislated. Like wise a person’s increase in truth or identity with the Spirit of God cannot be forced. Only when free agency is nourished in freedom and liberty does the individual have the opportunity to have a closer identity with the Spirit of God and acquire truth. Without freedom and liberty we can not hope to experience truth nor to become like God, worlds without end.
This hypothesis put forth by Mr. Jones is supported also by David O. McKay, when he stated that; “Free agency is the impelling source of the soul’s progress. It is the purpose of the Lord that man become like Him. In order for man to achieve this it was necessary for the Creators first to make him free. ‘Personal liberty,’ says Bulwer-Lytton, ‘is the paramount essential to human dignity and human happiness.'”
We learn about free agency by using it in the self-determination process. We will never learn by reading about it from books or having some government direct us in the “proper” path, no matter how well meaning they are. The experience of liberty and the use of free agency made it necessary for this life experience, “so we may know the good from the evil.” The goal is not in the success of the community, it is the development of the individual. Let’s not get the cart before the horse.
We must be allowed to make decisions and be responsible for that choice. Many will fail, yet even with the sorrow of that knowledge, the opportunity must be there, for without it no one would excel to the goal. An interesting analogy was made by James Madison when writing one of his letters; “There are two methods of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects.
There are again two methods of removing the causes of faction: the one, by destroying the liberty which is essential to its existence; the other, by giving to every citizen the same opinions, the same passions, and the same interests.
It could never be more truly said than of the first remedy, that it was worse than the disease. Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.” Federalist, No. 10
The success of any social community is in the development of the character of the citizens. Only then will we have a society that will “do unto others as you will have others do unto you.” Any other path will, as history has shown, end in failure. Let those who have eyes, let them see. Those have ears, let them hear.