Question: When is a country a democracy?

Answer: When it’s ruled by the majority

Point:  Some people missed the most important point about my recent republic/democracy conundrum post. If you want to protect the rights of minority groups, then a republic is a much better choice than a democracy.

A finer point: If you already had a republic and you didn’t want minority interests to be hard-coded into a Constitution, how could you get rid of it?  By convincing people to change to a democracy.  That way, the majority could rule (unencumbered).

Follow-up question: But if you changed from a republic to a democracy, what happens to the Constitution?

Answer: It’s then referred to as a “living document.” In other words, it would be reinterpreted for the benefit of the majority.

 

All this discussion about “our democracy” is just a smokescreen.  It’s just so much talk amongst politicians, liars and thieves.  Nobody wants a democracy unless they will be “the majority.”

 

 

“The end of the Republic has never looked better.”  – Barack Obama, the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, April 30,2016.

 

A recent poll says that most people are very upset with government (and even more so with the media). So, here’s the latest news from Washington, none of which is really fit to print:

 

Headline:

A DNC resolution states that “religiously unaffiliated Americans overwhelmingly share the Democratic Party’s values.”

Comment:

This infers, of course, that the Democratic Party values do not match with religious voters.  So, why is the Democratic Party trying to alienate their base? First Jews, now Catholics. What’s a loyal Democrat to do?

 

Headline:

A Washington Post columnist, on a MSNBC show, said that the U. S. must burn down the Republican Party.

Comment:

Is violence in media an important issue? Why do they make movies like “The Hunt”?

 

Headline:

Ilhan Omar called for the occupation of the U.S. by the United Nations.

Comment:

Doesn’t Omar already have enough problems without committing what amounts to treason in broad daylight?

 

Give me a headline (that’s unfit to print).  I’d be happy to comment on it.

 

I used the term “republic” in a recent post and it apparently confused some people.  The United States of America is a republic, not a democracy as so many of our elected legislators  seem to believe.  In fact, the word “democracy” does not appear in either the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence.

First of all, what is a democracy? It’s essentially majority rule. Then, what is a republic? A republic is a form of government which has constitutionally protected rights.  No matter how great the majority, elected officials must still uphold the constitutionally protected rights of the minority.  Republics actually protect the rights of minority groups whereas democracies may not.

While we are a nation, we are also a group of individual states. These states voluntarily came together with the proviso that each state gets representation in the federal government.  It’s a system of checks and balances with different representation rules for presidential elections, the House of Representatives and the Senate. That’s how we got the Electoral College which is used in presidential elections.

The Electoral College has come under fire recently because it is deemed by some to be undemocratic. Well if we were a democracy, then I would absolutely agree.  Of course, we’re not…we’re a republic.  Under our representative form of government, which was established by the founding fathers, each state gets to vote in the presidential election based on the voting results within their respective states.

It’s intentional that a candidate may not win the presidential election even if they win the popular vote.  Of course, this can only happen if they win the popular vote by a very slim margin. Otherwise, the results of the Electoral College and the popular vote will always be the same.  The reason that this possibility was built into the Electoral College is to provide representation for each state and to keep the country from being governed by someone who may have gotten just one more vote than someone else.

Yes, we are not a democracy. However, keep in mind that if we were a democracy, then the majority could pass any law with the slimmest of margins and minority groups would have no say.  Perhaps, you might even be in that minority.  What then?

 

 

If we have a strong message, if we’re speaking to what the American people care about, typically the popular vote and the Electoral College vote will align.”  – Barack Obama

 

 

 

 

If A Tree Falls

08/28/2019

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound? This is one of the riddles of modern science.

The answer is that it depends on what you mean by “sound.” Philosophers argue that sound is a quality which exists only in our minds. Sir John Eccles, a neurophysiologist and Nobel Prize winner, put it this way:”I want you to realize that there exists no color in the natural world, and no sound – nothing of this kind; no textures, no patterns, no beauty, no scent.” What Eccles is saying is that the world is contained within the mind and not the other way around.

More confused?  Welcome to the world of quantum physics.  In quantum physics, quantum particles exist in all possible states simultaneously. They have distinct properties only after they are measured/observed (by human consciousness). So, science can never know where an electron (the basic building block of reality) is until they measure it because the electron, itself, is everywhere at once.

Human consciousness is the key. In that regard, physicist Bernard d’Espagnat said that, “The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment.” We live in a world that is affected and changed by our very existence. As physicist John Wheeler put it, “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.”

The native peoples of ancient times were much more in touch with nature (the universe) than we are today. For example, the Australian aboriginals have a saying which goes like this: “We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home.” Notice the first thing that they say about our purpose in life.  It’s to observe.

One could make the argument then, based on quantum physics, that we are observers (of the universe).  In actuality, we are an integral part of a conscious universe, a universe that is alive and evolving, a universe that is an all-pervasive sea of quantum energy which is constantly creating reality. Thank you to Bernaud d’Espagnat, John Wheeler and the Australian aboriginals for illuminating this matter for us.

 

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Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe that was created out of nothing and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.” –  Arno Penzias, physicist and Nobel laureate

 

 

 

 

I’ve seen a number of people on both sides of the political aisle comment about a negative change in American cultural values.  Since both sides can’t be right about the cause, perhaps we’re talking about a difference in definitions. So, here’s my definition of American cultural values.

 

American cultural values

Traditional American cultural values refers to values that the country was founded on, cultural values that the founding fathers incorporated into things like the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

 

Freedom in America

We owe our very freedom to certain inalienable rights and the laws which are embedded in the country’s founding documents. What distinguishes America from other free countries is that it’s a “republic” as opposed to a “democracy.” Because we are a republic, we’re a nation of laws as set out in the Constitution.  Furthermore, citizens have rights, (e.g. as set out in the Bill of Rights) that were not given to them by the State. These are rights are inalienable (i.e. they can not be taken away by the State).

 

Core values

The details of what those cultural values are varies from person to person. The definition that I like the best comes from Vintage American Ways.com. Here’s what they said:

“Historically, the United States has been viewed as ‘the land of opportunity,’ a place where immigrants could have individual freedom, an equal chance for success, and the ability to have a better standard of living.”

Based on this concept, they identified three core values as follows:

  • Individual freedom
  • Equality of opportunity
  • The American Dream

 

Epilogue

The Declaration of Independence begins this way, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….” That’s what the founding fathers intended when they first created the American Republic, a country where people could be free and pursue their dreams.  It’s what makes America great and what is the driving force behind immigrants who still flock to our shores.

 

“We all share a common set of values that make us American… We are defined by the rights we have. . . Our rights are our history, why the first European settlers came here and why millions more have come here since.”  – John Zogby

 

 

 

 

“The far Left has totally hijacked the Democratic Party. The socialist message will resonate with some naïve, far-left voters, many of whom are economically ignorant. A big part of this problem is that colleges today are more interested in teaching kids how to become professional protesters than they are teaching them anything about economics or finance.”  – Kristin Tate

 

A recent series of Gallup polls show that for the first time in recent memory the Republicans outnumber the Democrats. It’s not too hard to see what may be causing this movement out of the Democratic Party. For starters, there’s BLEXIT and #WalkAway. All the identity politics is turning people off. Yet, the Democrats continue the racist diatribe and talk up impeaching Trump.  All the while, Trump’s ratings continue to climb (and CNN’s ratings continue to plummet).  Perhaps, there’s a lesson to be learned here.

There’s an important place in America for the Democratic Party.  Unfortunately, party leaders have taken the party left – far left, in fact. They no longer truly represent the interests of labor unions, Blacks, Hispanics or moderate Democrats.  Instead they support open borders, healthcare for all, reparations and the Green New Deal.

This radical swing in American politics is no longer about liberals vs. conservatives.  It’s about the future of that great experiment in freedom which is the American Republic. The Democratic Party is no longer the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt or John F. Kennedy.  Rather, it’s become the party for people who want to radically transform this country and to destroy traditional American values.  Welcome to the Second Civil War.

 

“I was not the first to leave the Democratic Party as a result of this moral absolutism, which appears dangerously similar to the dogmatic nature of religious zealotry, and I surely will not be the last.”  – Michael J. Hout

 

 

Funny thing how so very few people tend to take homelessness seriously. It must be that they don’t have a tent city across the street from their home (yet).

For sure, the socialists could care less about the homeless.  The reason I say that is that socialist cities, like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City, have tons of money and yet they’re the ones that have the worst problems.  Yes, I’m ragging on the socialists again but it certainly seems like they deserve it. We hear all about how they want to give free medical care to the people who are in the country illegally, but nothing about taking care of the homeless who are generally U.S. citizens.

You see, we have to choose.  Do we take care of U.S. citizens first or illegal aliens.  Which is it?

Welfare benefits, alone, paid to households headed by immigrants total over $100 billion annually. In addition, there’s any number of other significant costs related to illegal immigration.  I’ll name just a few:

  • Free education for the children of illegal immigrants
  • The cost of preventing illegal immigration.
  • The cost of deporting illegal immigrants
  • The cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants convicted of crimes.

One of the hidden effects of illegal immigration is that it drives down hourly wages and increases unemployment of unskilled workers.  This is why a majority of Blacks and Hispanics are against illegal immigration. They know that the new immigrants will supplant them in the workforce. Of course, the cost of the governments’ unemployment benefits paid to U.S. citizens naturally goes up.  Yet another cost.

And, perhaps, the biggest issue of all that is connected with illegal immigration is… the social cost of crime, drugs and human trafficking.

So, here’s a proposed solution: Eliminate illegal immigration. Completely. Illegal aliens are a drain on the economy.  Free up the money spent on them and on things associated with illegal immigration and use that to permanently solve the homelessness problem.  I’m sure even Cher would applaud that.

 

Epilogue

Our current situation is unsustainable. Unfortunately, certain people want to fundamentally transform our nation into a country where cheap labor is plentiful and the State dictates all things big and small. Elites and cheap labor.  No middle class. It’s a dirty little secret that you’re not supposed to know about… but, of course, now you know.

 

“I understand helping struggling immigrants, but my city (Los Angeles) isn’t taking care of its own. What about the 50,000+ citizens who live on the streets. Ppl who live below the poverty line & hungry? If my state can’t take care of Its own (many are vets), how can it take care of more?”  – Cher

By some accounts, there are 1.7 million homeless people in America.  Wikipedia lists 27 tent cities in the country. That doesn’t even include major tent cities in places like Santa Ana, California (just down the street from Disneyland), Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, St. Louis, Las Cruces (New Mexico) and even Honolulu.  Of these 34 tent cities, 31 are in states that have Democratic Party governors and the cities have almost exclusively Democratic Party mayors.  One has to ask the question why.

While people will no doubt debate the causes of homelessness, I have little doubt that the lack of government response to the problem has political overtones.  For example, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has said that the problem in New York City can be laid at the feet of Mayor Bill de Blasio. He recently warned that Mr. de Blasio’s policies were causing a “homeless epidemic.”

With places like California and New York City collecting such inordinately high taxes, you have to wonder if Scarborough isn’t right.  This is especially true since the cities with the biggest homeless problem are Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. The money, obviously, is there but it is being spent elsewhere.  One of the places the money is going is that it is being spent on illegal aliens as all three of the aforementioned cities are also sanctuary cities and the tent city phenomenon has only come to the forefront since these cities established themselves as sanctuary cities.  Cher admitted as much saying, “I understand helping struggling immigrants, but my city (Los Angeles) isn’t taking care of its own. What about the 50,000+ citizens who live on the streets. Ppl who live below the poverty line & hungry? If my state can’t take care of Its own (many are vets), how can it take care of more?”

When people (politicians) have the resources to solve a problem but don’t, it’s because they don’t really want to regardless of what they might say publicly.  As the homeless crisis deepens, keep in mind that the politicians can fix this problem if they want to or if they are forced to because the public is holding their feet to the fire.  That’s why Rahm Emanuel is no longer the mayor in Chicago.

Four of the worst run cities in America are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.  I guess you could lump Baltimore in with those four as well.  What they all have in common is that they are governed by people with a far-left political ideology.  Welcome to socialism in action in America.

Politics is like a circus – it’s life under the big tent (city).

 

Epilogue

Kay Coles James is the President of the Heritage Foundation, the first African-American woman to hold that post.  She’s written an article entitled, “America’s Past Shows Why Socialism Won’t Work.” It’s well worth the read. Here’s the link to the article: https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/04/02/americas-past-shows-why-socialism-wont-work/

Question of the day

What do extramarital sex, lies and politicians have in common? Answer: They’re all immoral. Especially damning are the videotapes of politicians in the Epstein library.

 

Politics of the day

Are you getting as tired of all the name-calling in Washington as I am? Every day somebody is calling out somebody else.  Seems like everyone in Washington must be a racist. What is the average person to make of it?

The latest is all the fuss over Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar not going to Israel. Tlaib and Omar started the fireworks by holding a press conference to tell the world that they were being treated unfairly. Tlaib said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s move to bar her and Omar from entering Israel was unprecedented.  Never mind that Obama, himself, once banned a member of Israel’s Knesset from entering the U.S.

Note: Of course, Tlaib and Omar never mentioned that they are supporters of the anti-Semtic, anti-Israel BDS movement which was condemned by Congress and that their trip to Israel was organized by a Palestinian group which is also a supporter of BDS.

HBO host Bill Maher, a progressive Democrat himself, responded by saying that “BDS is a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.” Maher continued: “Let me read Omar Barghouti, one of the cofounders of the [BDS] movement. His quote: ‘No rational Palestinian … would ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.’ So that’s where that comes from, this movement. Someone who doesn’t even want a Jewish state at all. Somehow, this side never gets presented in the American media.”

Tlaib responded by suggesting a boycott of HBO.

Maher fired back that, “But here’s the thing, the house voted 318 to 17 to condemn the #BDS movement, including 93% of Dems.  Does Tlaib want to boycott 93% of her own party?”

 

Commentary

At the press conference, Omar said that Israel was not a democracy.  Slight correction.  Arabs living in Israel are considered Israeli citizens with rights equal to Jewish citizens. Arabs vote in Israeli elections and are represented in the Israeli Knesset and on the Israeli Supreme Court, just like in a democracy. Omar also said that Israel is occupying Palestinian lands.  This lie has been repeated by others ad nauseum over the years.  You need to understand that there is no such thing as a country of Palestine.  Never has been.  The lands that Omar is referring to were ceded by Jordan to Israel as a result of the peace treaty which ended the 1967 Six Days War.  The lands have been in Israeli hands ever since.

However, I think that Dr. Qanta Ahmed, a Muslim scholar, made the defining statement with respect to this issue. It took a lot of guts because her statement is politically incorrect in today’s political climate. This is what she had to say about Tlaib and Omar:  “What you are seeing is full-blown Islamist propaganda. These are professionals victim-mongering women who unfortunately have been elected to Congress but are using every tool in the playbook of the Muslim Brotherhood … they are using Islamic tactic to invert reality….”

 

Epilogue

The one thing about Tlaib and Omar that Dr. Ahmed didn’t mention is that they are also agents of the Deep State (along with many other members of Congress).  It’s a dirty little secret that you’re not supposed to know about…but, of course, now you know.

 

 

 

Dark matter (and dark energy) is missing.  At least, scientists haven’t been able to find it yet.  It’s the elephant in the room (space), but we don’t even know where the room is, or even if it is a room for that matter.

Dark matter supposedly makes up some 90% of creation.  We, on the other hand, exist in the other 10% (the known physical universe). From that perspective, you could say that we are the tail wagging the dog.  Of course when I say that 90% of creation is missing, it’s probably much worse than that.  The 90% figure is calculated by scientists based on known matter in this universe.  However, we don’t know how big the universe is and on top of that there are no doubt other universes and other dimensions.  It’s very probable, therefore, that we exist in an extremely miniscule part of creation.

I know.  You’re probably asking what does any of this have to do with Jesus.  Well, according to the Bible, there were times when Jesus could not even be recognized by his closest associates, the disciples and Mary Magdalene. Further, Jesus apparently had the ability to disappear through walls.  It’s fair to say, then, that whoever, or whatever, Jesus was defies all logic.  He’s beyond our ability to comprehend, just like the universe.  To wit, an understanding of the real Jesus is “missing,” just like dark matter.

The Bible says that Joseph was the father of Jesus. However, Joseph is not even mentioned in the Gospel of Mark, which is the oldest of the gospels. In Mark 6:3, Jesus is referred to simply as the “son of Mary.” Besides, why would a 12 year-old marry an old man?

I’ll tell you why, although you might not like it. The Gospel of Matthew (1:18) says that, “His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” So, Jesus was an illegitimate child. The Talmud says as much (see also John 8:39).  Further, Matthew 1:25 says that Joseph “…did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus.” In any event, then, Joseph was not the biological father.

Therefore, we don’t know who the real father of Jesus was.  However, I can tell you this about the ”virgin birth.”  It was accomplished by artificial insemination. Just ask the “angel” Gabriel. Gabriel was no angel yet he somehow predicted that Mary would give birth to Jesus.

What’s missing from the story of Jesus is just about his entire life; for example, his biological father, the “missing years” from Jesus’ life which were approximately from age 12 to age 29, his marriage to Mary Magdalene (although their marriage ceremony is in the Bible disguised as the Wedding at Cana), his children, in effect the Holy Grail, and most importantly his body after the crucifixion. Much of his life is like dark matter. It’s simply missing.