January 28, 2015

Dear Liberty,

     In the recent State of the Union address, Pres. Barack Obama once again planted the seeds of disunity, watering disdain in one group of Americans for another group of Americans.  He pitted blacks against whites, rich against poor, everyone against conservatives.  This sort of division is in direct contrast to God's will for us.  The 10 Commandments, or the Law, are well summed up by the two directives from Jesus Christ; "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

     The 10 Commandments tell us how to do that.  For example, do not steal, do not commit adultery, do not covet.  God tells us in these commandments that we should not be envious or want what others have.  It is wrong to desire someone’s wealth, property, or spouse.  It is equally wrong to then take those items because you feel entitled.  Someone who promotes such thoughts are playing upon immoral desires.  They are actively convincing people to sin.  When this sort of rhetoric is being used we must not only condemn it, we must expose its dangers to the world.

     When Barack Obama proposes more taxes on the rich, he is condoning people to covet what others earned.  He intends to steal from the “haves” to give to the “have nots”.  He does this all in the name of social justice, which claims to make things equal for everyone.  God made it perfectly clear that it is His job to administer justice the way He sees fit, not the government’s.  When anyone, regardless the political party, tries to tell you it is their responsibility to make things fair and equal and that they will give you something for free, it is Satan in the garden telling Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit and you will be as wise as God.  (see Fruit Of The Forbidden Tree)

     It is obvious politicians wish to be God, a concept you must vehemently reject.  We lost the privilege of the world being fair and equal when Adam first brought sin into it.  You cannot fall into the envious and covetous belief that someone is evil or has done something wrong if they have more money or possessions than you.  To do so would be to believe the false witness that is being presented to you, especially since many of those in government who profess the rich stole their wealth from you, are in fact, the wealthiest in America.

     Many politicians use the story of Robin Hood to support their desire for redistribution of wealth, or socialism.  They champion anyone who professes to make things "fair".  Unfortunately, just like their view of fairness, their view of Robin Hood is completely false.

     The story of Robin Hood begins while he was away at war with King Richard. During that time, the king’s brother, John, declared himself King of England. King John, with the help of the Sheriff of Nottingham, took Robin’s family property and declared it and all the animals on it as the king’s.  When Robin Hood returned to England and killed a deer on his family land, the sheriff branded him an outlaw for violating the king’s laws.  As the story goes Robin Hood gathers with others who were also oppressed by the king in Sherwood Forest.  He begins robbing and giving the bounty to the poor.  

     What Barack Obama wants you to believe is that he is the good-natured Robin, robbing from the evil rich.  The truth is, Robin robbed from the false king, returning to the poor what the corrupt government stole from the people.  Barack Obama and other politicians are not Robin Hood in this story. They are the sheriff.  They use the power of government to take from hard-working people, claiming they are making things equal.  In truth, they line their own pockets and their rich donors with middle-class tax money.

     For Obama to present himself as Robin Hood is outright deceitful.  The government uses legislation to create laws to steal from everyone who works and produces to give to those who don’t work and some who aren’t even here legally!  This is the most egregious fairy tale of all.  

     The truth is that tax increases never hurt the top 1% as claimed.  These taxes are imposed on those who earn a wage.  The top 1% are not employees working for a wage, instead they’re  businesses and investments, earning royalties, interest, and dividends.  The taxes on such income is significantly less than the income of working Americans. So, where does Obama’s money come from?  Simple: the middle class.  

     Furthermore, Republicans claim to be against big government while Democrats profess to be against big business.  But both parties have grown government to bail out banks, car companies and other businesses, taking tax money from the working class to pay the bill.   For their efforts the government takes a little more control over the saved industry, thus killing capitalism one business at a time.

     Throughout history, this little socialist charade has been played by every powerful dictator.   The result is always the same, the wealthy and powerful shut the door for success behind them and decrease the opportunity for others to excel.  This ultimately leads to a reduction or elimination of the middle class.  As we have seen under Obama’s watch the rich continue to get  richer while the lower class continues to become more dependent on the workingman.  This only causes the middle class to fall further into the pit of poverty thus shrinking the tax pool supporting the government.  

     Margaret Thatcher summed it up best when she said, “Socialism works only until you run out of other people’s money.”  Obama boldly claims to represent the middle class in the fight against the wealthy.  In reality, he has proven to do just the opposite.

     For generations people flocked to America because it was the only place where people had a chance to pull their way out of the lower class.  We use to have one of the largest and strongest middle classes.  Thanks to a rapidly growing government by both Democrats and Republicans, we are quickly loosing that distinction.  

     God tells us that we as Christians will be persecuted.  We will have tough times but to want what somebody has is a sin.  To support the government in taking from individuals or a business, so either you can have it or just so they can't, is again a sin.  The cornerstone of America is not taking from the rich to give to the poor, that is socialism.  America was born on a strong foundation that allows everyone the opportunity to achieve their desires and dreams by their own effort.  It is then through your faith and trust in Jesus Christ that you willing help those less fortunate.

     Jesus told a parable of the workers wages in Matthew 20:1-16.  While Jesus used the parable to demonstrate God’s mercy in the Kingdom of Heaven, the real life story is also pertinent.  Jesus describes how throughout the day a landowner hires workers to work in his vineyard.  They all agree to do so for the wage offered.  At the end of the day, whether they worked from early morning or were there for just an hour, the landowner paid each person the same.  The first workers then complained, feeling they should be paid more than the ones there for just a short time.  The landowner points out that he paid them what they agreed to.  They have no grievance.  This lesson holds true even today.  

     Politicians are provoking people into demanding higher minimum wages.  Fast food employees agreed to work for the wage they were offered and now picket the restaurant because they feel they are not paid enough.  The claim is the minimum wage needs to be a living wage.  The truth is that less than 2% of minimum wage earners are the primary breadwinners.  They have been convinced flipping burgers is a career, extinguishing any desire to actually make something of themselves.  This is again a false argument used by politicians, which inevitably results in sin for anyone who falls for the scam.

     Liberty, there are periods when everyone needs a helping hand.  But it should only be for a short time until they are back on their feet.  We now have people who are generational welfare recipients because they have been enslaved by the government’s social programs.  The chains of dependency have confined them to a life of no direction, no productivity and no self-respect.  

     The system has structured itself that anyone who tries to free themselves from the bonds of dependency and make it on their own lose so many benefits that they are at an even lower poverty level than if they remained in the government care.  This is in no uncertain terms slavery.  It not only robs individuals of their freedoms and liberties, it eventually eradicates their dignity and self-esteem.  Instead of working hard, being productive, and becoming independent, they are forced to stay reliant on the government with no hope of rising out of their economic status. The same forces of government are used to push down on working Americans, making them work ever harder for less pay.

     The government is not our Savior.  It is not the government’s responsibility to pick the winners and losers.  And it is not the government’s job to steal from the rich to give to the poor.  This is a myth and a legend as much as Robin Hood is.  You, Liberty, are charged by God to be compassionate and charitable as a result of the love and grace we received from Him.  To be forced by government, that cannot monitor its own morality, to be moral is insanity.  It is a  false theology that God has warned us about again and again.  It must be rejected and defeated.

     That’s my 2 cents.