Friday, September 23, 2011

Country Class Forever!

A new book The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It' by Angelo M. Codevilla and Rush Limbaugh is reportedly based on this excellent earlier article by retired Boston University professor Codevilla.

Here's a sample quote from the article:
"Today, few speak well of the ruling class. Not only has it burgeoned in size and pretense, but it also has undertaken wars it has not won, presided over a declining economy and mushrooming debt, made life more expensive, raised taxes, and talked down to the American people. Americans' conviction that the ruling class is as hostile as it is incompetent has solidified."

I consider myself part of the Country Class, and urge anyone tired of the serial incompetence of our self-appointed betters in the Democratic and Republican parties to read Codevilla's article.

Monday, September 19, 2011

How much do I deserve to keep?

"Out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think I deserve to keep?" was for me the most interesting question asked at last week's TEA Party Express debate.

Conservative blog "Hot Air" posted this interesting answer:
"If any of us doesn’t deserve to keep everything he has earned, then that man is a slave. Alternatively, he is less than human; he has no moral standing, and no unalienable rights inhere in him.
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The question of what we “deserve” boils down to which came first, the individual human with rights, or the state. America was founded on the principle that the individual human with rights comes first."

And yet, Jesus' view of the matter seemed different in Mark 12:17:
"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

Nothing in Jesus' words about deserving to keep anything for ourselves.

All that we have and are is a gift from a loving Creator. In response, we too love and share with others - but the sharing must be voluntary, or Hot Air's point applies.