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Archive for September, 2010

The Re-Unification of Germany 20 Years later – This piece from the Acton Institute takes a a look back at the reuinification of East and West Germany.  The author is quick to point out that history did not end with the defeat of communism in Eastern Europe.  All of us are left with a choice between good and evil.  We as people make up the socities we live in that make choices between good and evil societal structures and governance.  Will we choose life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and embrace the personal responsibility that is welded to those inalienable rights?  Or, will we succumb to the false security that the despotism of socialism and communism offers?

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Will these elections matter?  Most people have probably read about the probable change in majority in the House of Representatives after these mid-term elections.  This is not uncommon.  However, it does seem that rather than just a Party change the American people want a philisophical change in governance.  Obviously, the struggle for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will be forever ongoing, rising and falling with the tides of public opinion.  The problem stems, as this article points out, if the elctions are fraudulent and the will of the people is not heard.

On a completely seperate note, Brad Crockett, recommended the supremecourt.gov website for all of the recently decided US Supreme Court cases.  While some are very long this recently decided Supreme Court Case actually overturned a GA State Supreme Court ruling, is pretty brief, and has an interesting footnote (#9).  Thanks Brad.

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The Gold Rush – Click here for everyone’s favorite Federal Reserve watchdog, Ron Paul\’s assesment of what the spike in gold should tell us, and Thomas Sowell\’s thoughts on the Gold Standard and inflation.  It is easy to dismiss those who champion for a return to a “real currency” as backwards thinking or stuck in the past, but maybe it is yet another instace where something labled as progress by politicians and economic advisors (did you know FDR personally set the price of gold each morning when he woke up?) did not really improve the standard of living for the people of this country.  Rather, it was another move to usurp additional liberties and consolidate power in the state.

Special thanks to our friend from over the mountain, Trent, for pointing us in the direction of the Ron Paul commentary.

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Are We Called to be Patriots? – The author presents several historical and biblical references in regards to the importance of patiotism but warns of the oversimplification of supporting one’s country “no matter what”.  In many ways this can relate back this reading from Eccl 1:2-11.  While the details each civilization encounters are different, all faced the same general moral delimmas with the ability for the citizenry and public officials to choose between right and wrong.  In our pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, do we pause to think back upon how this relates to our past as the human race and how it might fit into God’s eternal plan?  Do we pursue the good over the evil despite what might be seen as patiotic or unpatriotic?

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Small Town Big Corruption – Most of you have probably hear this remarkable case of government largesse.  In the end, there may or may not have been any actual laws violated.  Regardless, as people such as ourselves clamor to make government decisions closer to home in city, county, and state governments, do we know how much the officials are making?  Do we know where are local tax dollars are being spent?  As we pursue the idea of subsidiarity, we need to uphold our resoponsibility to be well informed local citizens as well as national citizens; the responsibility that is vital to a society that values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Working for the Man –  Can anyone justify how Britain’s plan to have all paychecks come through the tax department before going to the worker as a good idea?  For those who think this could never happen in the United States need to look on their paystub and notice how the employer already takes out a portion for Uncle Sam before you even get it.  Minimal taxation is a necessary evil, just like the government it funds.  However, we have long passed the tipping point of the taxation trampling upon our ability to pursue life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Thanks to all who were able to attend last week’s meeting.  As announced at the meeting, we will convene again on October 22, 2010 at 7pm.  The book of choice is Faiths of our Fathers suggested by Brad Crockett.  We will be in touch closer to the event with a reminder.  Until then, happy reading.

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