Of cults and Christians
This religious right Southern Baptist Christian gamecock from South Carolina now perched atop his Stone Mountain of Georgia roost was an early supporter of Mitt Romney in 2008 and thinks he would be a great president beginning in 2013.
Yet, Romney’s Mormon Church was founded precisely because its adherents disagreed with Protestants and Catholics on the doctrine of the nature of Christ (among many other doctrines) and specifically rejected being identified as part of traditional “Christianity”.
Moreover, one of the traditional definitions of a “cult”, before its modern day association with extreme and usually violent behavior after the Jim Jones group suicide, is that it adds to the canon. The Book of Mormon adds to the canon of traditional Christianity.
How could a Southern Baptist support a “non-Christian” for President of the United States?
Could it be because Mitt famously declared in 2007 that Jesus Christ is his “personal Savior”? No.
Many Democratic Party candidates make such declarations and attend churches that don’t add to the canon. Yet, many don’t share traditional Judeo-Christian values and/or most don’t favor conservative principles and support such policies based on same that work.
I don’t read hearts. That’s God’s job. I accept the word of Mitt Romney that he responded to John 3:16 like I have. To be a Christian in the sense of sharing eternal life, I accept him as my brother in Christ. One need not agree on theology to be saved. That is an individual matter.
But for an organized church to be lumped in with “Christian” churches, one has to look at the confession of the church and on that score, the Mormon Church is not Christian. And it is only in recent years that some lay Mormons have wanted to be labeled as such. Simply venerating Jesus “in some way” does not make up for adding to the canon and taking a radically different view of the nature of Christ. After all, Islam venerates Jesus in their texts. Must Muslims also be called Christians? Of course not.
Obama’s latest “jobs” proposals in context
Democrats, as evidenced by their policy pursuits of the past 40 years, are simply not committed to the notion of maximizing happiness pursuits as defined by individual exercises of Liberty. Rather, they envision imposing their vision of happiness on individuals they deem to be too ignorant to discern what ought make them happy.
We’re just too “soft” to get it I guess.
Meanwhile, the best jobs plan in history has been the U.S. Constitution, yet President Barack Obama, in his own words (and has sought and achieved much), promised “fundamental change”. Hence, any notions of “stimulus” or jobs plans must be understood in that context.
ObamaDems created and saved only those jobs that advance their vision, not the general welfare
The 2009-10 stimulus and its ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank progeny created jobs. It funded federal government jobs that “regulate”, i.e. restrict, the liberty of entrepreneurs to create private sector jobs that meet the needs and desires of We the People.
The ObamaDem stimulus also saved jobs. It funded state and local government union dues-paying jobs, which dues end up in Democratic Party campaign coffers. But the jobs killed by their policies so inflamed the electorate that the result was the biggest Republican election landslide since 1948 in the mid-terms of 2010.
The Miracle at Philadelphia that produced the greatest stimulus for Liberty, happiness and jobs in history was dubbed so many years after its 1798 ratification due to the positive results of the Framers’ version of self government in producing so much wealth that not only did America achieve the greatest standard of living for the greatest number in world history by far, but also an “excess” that could fund a military superior to all the would-be despots that use slavery to pursue megalomaniacal dreams, which tyrannical circumstance had defined most of world history.
Best jobs and re-election plan: Say no to ObamaDems
So, what are we to make of Obama’s current tax-hikes-for-the rich proposal he dubs a jobs bill? Except for the trade agreements with Columbia, South Korea and Panama that he should have signed three years ago, not much. Rather, the best jobs plan today would be repeal of Democrats’ agenda have enacted since they re-took Congress in 2007. The best jobs plan in the foreseeable future is Election Day 2012 when the Democratic Party president and senate can be fired and their job-killing intimidator factions can be neutralized if only the GOP leadership would have the courage and will to do so.
Prohibition, border crossings, adultery and the Rule of Law in practice
The attacks against Governor Rick Perry’s support for in-state college tuition for illegals in Texas by his rivals for the Republican Party presidential nomination reveals a need for clarity on the issue of illegal immigration writ large.
Most conservatives, including yours truly, opposed the Bush-McCain amnesty plan in the Summer of 2007 because it failed to ensure border security before any amnesty for those non-felon illegals already here. We believe that it is inherent in nationhood that its people must control who may enter its country and under what circumstances for reasons of public health and safety, as well as economic concerns.
We can’t have another 20 million illegals enter at their whim. We should revise the late 1960’s legal immigration law changes that socialized our policy. And we must secure the border.
But what of those already here, and especially those that have been here illegally for many years?
Some conservatives oppose any amnesty, even after the border is secured. I am not in that camp. I have long agreed with Charles Krauthammer that amnesty on all but voting rights would be the best course AFTER we build an actual and/or virtual fence between us and failed nation of Mexico.
But the internal GOP debate between tea partiers, conservatives, moderates and elites as a seminal election approaches reminds that we also need to be clear on what policies we favor now, BEFORE the border is secured. The debate sparked by Perry’s entry into the race has revealed some lazy thinking on the issue to my mind, of which I had unknowingly contributed.