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If we call ourselves Christian, how can we not be CARING and build a caring society?
Democratic socialism would be a way for this, but any form will do
ideology is pernicious, and we are far from that….
I trust Donald Trump but then I’m deplorable.
March 10, 2017
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Political Ideology versus Caring
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The Daily Walk with Miracles, Updated March 10, 2017, from original of February 20, 2016, by Paul Evans, video courtesy of Peter, Paul and Mary and YouTube. See Donald Trump at CPAC 2017: Bringing Together Conservatives in the Big Tent, The Daily Walk with Miracles, February 25, 2017, by Paul Evans. (Note: link here, are links to the Home page, which is the Start page for all the blog articles.)
Ultimately, if America or any nation is to prosper, it must embrace a more caring, sharing society. It isn’t rocket science: too many people, too few resources, therefore share the resources more intelligently. Workers of America unite! Support Donald Trump for President for smaller, more responsive, responsible government! Donald will clean up the worst of the Wall Street corruption, and make sure that everyone has a decent job with decent pay in a “system” where everyone can afford a decent life. Donald Trump doesn’t really owe ANYBODY (even though he was bankrolled by Arthur Bloomberg and is a true friend of Israel), he’ll be his own man, and he’ll do the right thing. And Donald won’t take any crap from anyone, either. We’ve done the whole “Keynesian” economic thing for 75 years now and look where we are! Let’s give hyper-capitalism a chance, it couldn’t be any worse. Donald Trump is doing exactly what is possible now and what must be done to reform and adjust America’s economy and national political scene. Here is what Donald is doing in the first 100 days, making crucial reforms and doing exactly NOT what is politically ideological, but exactly what is “right” to do, and what will really help America.
Under President Obama, there was a 78 to 18 vote in the Senate under Rand Paul to end the NSA spying which was thus illegal for 5 days…. I am NOT saying that — I Support the Patriot Act… I am SAYING Donald Trump should USE this… the Satanic Left and the Christian right, UNITED against injustice, working TOGETHER in support of Donald Trump… OK?
Politics News Headlines: See Donald Trump outlines policy plan for first 100 days, CNN Politics, November 22, 2016, by Tom LoBianco: End TPP negotiations, Ban Lobbyists, assure infrastructure security:
Trump promised to withdraw from negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, cancel environmental restrictions put in place by President Barack Obama, ask his national security team to buttress against infrastructure attacks, have the Labor Department investigate federal worker visas and impose broad new bans on lobbying by government employees.
The six items Trump detailed Monday are all somewhat easy lifts inside Washington — because they can be done with a simple signature by Trump and do not require congressional approval.
Donald Trump, I believe, is the ONLY CHANCE we have to avoid a depression worse than the Great Depression. I am so very glad as an America patriot that we elected Donald Trump in election 2016. For workers, for the Faith, and for “America first!”
A new “hybrid” economic and pragmatic
series of reforms and adjustments
Christian Political Forms & Caring
My main personally conceived idea is this: What if we distributed the entitlement money, after necessary reductions (austerity), through the individual churches? THIS IS the essence of caring, politically and economically. Yes, we have been living beyond our means and the budget must be reduced, and so some degree of economic austerity IS necessary.
If we took, say, 90 percent of the entitlement money and distributed it through the churches, wouldn’t that be a better way? The individual churches are already caring, sharing societies which are run, yes, fairly top down, but with a full (and usually democratically organized) sharing of resources. And if they could take, say, 30 percent of the money they receive and donate it to the charity of their choice? Can you imagine People to People and Habitat for Humanity with THREE – FOUR TIMES the money to work with? Wouldn’t that help A LOT? This is the future for charity, for welfare, for the churches, and for America!
Both on the basis of pure materialistic (philosophical) arguments and from philosophical idealism and the world of faith, it is strongly apparent to me that we need a more caring, sharing society. Here we will explore arguments from the Christian faith supporting a much more caring and more sharing society.
Here at The Daily Walk with Miracles, we believe that the Bible, while the closest approach to the Holiness of God, and basically all “true,” must be interpreted spiritually, (just as Jesus taught in parables which are not directly straightforward). However much the “Pharisees” change it around, it’s still the Holy Word of God. At any rate, some quotes from the Bible are troubling to those of us who are conservative. Take “…and they held their goods in common,” from Acts, which seems almost to be a Christian proof that a more sharing society (with more charity) are in any survivable future for the world. This is something, I think, which is NOT in the immediate future, nor is it anything Donald Trump has planned. There is little or no evidence of that. But it IS what makes sense, long term, for America as a Christian nation, and just naturally in terms of our flourishing once again as a society (but maybe in 200 years).
Various Political Systems & Caring
First, however, here a few definitions the political scientists use. “Socialism” is an economic system where the government owns the “means of production” or infrastructure. Leninism, Stalinism and Maoism are variants on this where the government is a dictatorship and there is a police state, usually with political prisons (as in the Soviet “gulags” (concentration camps), in which 60 million political prisoners died).
Defining our (political) terms, first: “Fascism”, as defined in political science is, unfortunately, the basis of any political system which has two primary characteristics. First, a corporate-government partnership (and in the U.S. more than half of all Federal employees actually work first and foremost for private companies and corporations), and secondly, what is referred to (in a self-explanatory way) as “the security state,” as in Homeland Security. So the United States under any political consideration IS a fascist government. ((Let me be the first to say that there IS NO direct comparison with Nazi Germany, or Mussolini’s Italy. The U.S. retains its democratic forms (Congress and the Supreme Court, for example), it has “checks and balances,” Americas does include certain rather socialistic sorts of redistributionist forms too, the whole entitlement system, and that American fascism is largely an equal opportunity employer)).
Socialism & The Early Church
What About Christian
That the early Christian church existed under a communal, though “top down,” economic regime is undeniable. For example, consider, “and there was no poverty in the church, because whenever the church had need, a rich, pious landowner would sell off a piece of his property and give the proceeds to the church” (paraphrase). Thus, in this relatively small association, economics was handled in a fully communal, but also somewhat “top down” manner. And churches remain somewhat sharing or community-governed organizations, don’t they? (The degree to which church “government” was fully top down, or governed by an oligarchy or a few people, served as one of the main motivations in the Protestant reformation.)
In larger social groups, or almost all large nations, the experience has thus far been somewhat unsuccessful. The only exception I might point at would be China, but here notice that China has a mixed or “economically pragmatic” economy. As Deng Xiaoping said, “I don’t care whether a cat is black or white as long as it catches mice,” and, overthrowing the aged economic purist Mao, introduced capitalism into Red China. And the introduction of of capitalistic enterprises into Red China has appealed to the Chinese peasants selfish but VERY understandable wish to better their status and enter the 21st century in matters of consumerism and technology. Communalism or socialism in large societies has thus far always needed to be coerced from somewhat unwilling citizens. This is because people are mostly “fallen” and selfish. Beyond that however, individuals deserve and need to prosper and benefit from their hard work and also from their entrepreneurship. Thus, also for that reason, capitalistic forms make sense. But somehow (as in distributing entitlement money through the churches), there must be some sort of economic redistribution. The Federal government and nameless, anonymous bureaucrats are NOT how to do this. The churches know the local conditions and the churches at the local level know who needs what and how much.
Capitalism appeals to people’s desire to better their situation. Man is mostly fallen and selfish and a capitalist system appeals to them. Moreover, capitalism is the correct economic engine in any “social Darwinist” consideration. Competition drives the engine in society for growth, for increasing IQ and for educational fitness, and is good medicine for the future human genome. The time for purely sharing arrangements such as socialism and pure (small “c”) communism may come someday, but it is not, realistically speaking, in humanity’s near future, in any arrangement which does not involve some sort of coercion or dictatorship.
There is another, very vital consideration. Jesus gave Christians only two commandments, to love God, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. What could be more of a straightforwardly loving way to base a society than a society based on sharing of resources and the means of production, too? But I have explained that sharing the means of production just doesn’t work and isn’t suited for people as they are. Of course, “the devil is in the details,” and any socialistic government struggles against the fact that people are inherently selfish, which appeals to capitalist forms. Probably a rich, died-in-the-wool hypercapitalist CEO would declare otherwise, but, to me, socialism, or some kind of communalism, is the very essence of a Christian way to base a society, in terms of economic theory. So far in history, due to competition with other purely capitalist regimes and people’s selfishness, as well as their attachment to the “old order” of things, communalistic regimes have had to be top down or dictatorial. In some ways this does exist, even in the United States, but it is “disguised,” and suffers from a lot of attacks on it from those on the right. Nonetheless a sharing society seems to me to be very Christian in some ways. But now in American history, it just isn’t realistic.
What if the Individual Churches
Distributed the Entitlement Money?
If humanity is to survive, ultimately we must embrace a more sharing sort of economic system. There are just too many people and too few resources to continue as we have been. One website which provides ideas and concrete help on how to base our own lives on sharing (things as simple as carpooling) is Shareable, which I highly recommend. Another resource is a really useful book called Share or die (Amazon.com, Kindle, $9.99).
I cannot emphasize it enough: there are now too many people and too few resources left for things to just go on as they have been forever. The corruption and lobbying in America make reforms and adjustments difficult in our system. The plan Trump has outlined for his first 100 days are about the best he can do. Please support the President! And I believe the world is ripe for change in this direction. Let me make clear that I believe that even capitalist forms can be much more caring towards its people than ours is today. And remember, sharing starts with each one of us, individually. For example, did you know that all of the starving people in the world could readily be fed with the left-over or “left on the plate” food which Americans simply discard?
Again, my main idea is this: What if we distributed the entitlement money (a somewhat lesser amount, because austerity IS necessary), through the individual churches. Yes, we have been living beyond our means and the budget must be reduced, and so some degree of economic austerity IS necessary. But if we took, say, 90 percent of the entitlement money and distributed it through the churches, wouldn’t that be a better way? The individual churches are already caring, sharing societies which are run, yes, fairly top down, but with a full sharing of resources. And if they could take, say, 30 percent of the money they receive and donate it to the charity of their choice? Can you imagine People to People and Habitat for Humanity with THREE – FOUR TIMES the money to work with? Wouldn’t that help A LOT? This is the future for charity, for welfare, for the churches, and for America!
Quo Vadis, United States?
The United States, with our obsession about money, is far (perhaps a couple of hundred years?) away from popularly embracing any sort of caring socialism or anything like it. This is a FACT that America’s left must face. ((Speaking of materialism, aren’t the only “things” that matter in our lives not actually these “things” at all — not our fancy houses and cars — but our good friends and lovers: isn’t that outside of money and free for everyone? “They can’t take that away from me.”)) How I wish those with wealth and power could perceive this deeply enough. Bill Gates “gets it,” and so gave half of his billions to a charity. So did the former CEO of my own website host, GoDaddy. Over a hundred rich folks have done this. In this regard, the consumerist and Presidential candidate Ralph Nader recently published a book, “Only the Super Rich Can Save Us,” if only they have a change of heart.
The United States, like the Roman Empire in Jesus’ time, has become almost fully a New World Order empire. Did you know that, currently, the United States spends ten times what China AND Russia spend together on “defense?” We retain, however, some semblance of a democratic government, and many Americans in fact would die to preserve this. But to me, if you study the history of the Roman Empire, it was actually DOOMED the moment the Senate lost its real power and Rome became an Empire at all! This the reason why we must end the whole “New World Order” approach to things and embrace “America First,” Donald Trumps new vision for American foreign policy, which at the same time envisions us with a stronger defense. There were seven centuries of strong growth for Rome leading up to Julius Caesar. Then it took only about three centuries of empire before western Rome fell. “History teaches us that we don’t learn from history.” Well, it appears the U.S. is committed to empire, to a certain extent. But really not so much with Trump’s approach. I only wish to enter a plaintive plea here: Take care of your citizens! The “misery index” sits at 32, yet was only 28.5 in 1929, just as the economy crashed. So you take away half our food stamps? The misery index is an excellent predictor of the economic future. Ron Paul warned you, America. Either this iteration of the Roman Empire we have become either gets it right, or we realize that an overseas empire is NOT a successful strategy for the United States, or else we are looking at nuclear winter, I tell you prophetically. Failing now is not an option.
So these are some thoughts about all this political ideology, and the not-widely-appreciated fact that the outward economic forms don’t actually matter that much, that all that matters is that we Be CARING in thought and in word and in deed. If we call ourselves Christian, how can we not be CARING and build a caring society? Any economic system will do, and America’s political forms are the best the world has seen, so far as I am concerned. We need to stop killing and hurting each other over these ideologies. All this does is cause the whole world pain. Why not take a close look at “economic pragmatism,” where we retain a basically capitalist system but have some features which are more national, and the reforms Donald Trump is enacting are the right kind of “medicine” for America. The outward form of government is nowhere near as important as are the people who serve it, the degree of corruption, and whether fair, caring laws are passed. Did the Nazi “solution” accomplish much for Germany? Is Russia better off today than it was before WWI and revolution? No. The outward form of government is OK the way we have it now, with reforms.
Yes, a corporate-government partnership COULD actually be a good thing, but “the tail is wagging the dog” now in America. We need to take back our government from the big corporations which control it. The answer for me seems to be publicly funded elections. But Trump IS limiting the lobbying, and this is a good start. The politicians are mostly good Christians but end up selling their souls politically to get the money from corporate America they need to be re-elected. Publicly funded elections take influence and lobbyists out of the picture, in large part. WHAT MATTERS IS THAT WE PASS CARING LAWS, laws that help and encourage the People. Right now, the tax laws in particular need a complete revision. NO revolution is going to fix us, any more than Nazi Germans fixed things for the German people or the Soviet revolution “fixed” Russia. As the democratically elected Prime Minister of Burma said, “the only true revolution is a revolution of the heart.”
Let me say this another way, the same message which is the main thing I want to get across. I don’t really care about political “forms,” or ideology. I think the whole conception of “political ideology,” aside from having some kind of democratic form, is basically evil, thus the conception of this whole article, “political ideology versus caring.” I support Donald Trump, I feel he is basically uncorrupt, and I am glad he supports Israel. God Bless you Donald!
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