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If we call ourselves Christian, how can we not be CARING and build
a caring society? A Christian Democratic socialism would be a way for this,
but any political “form” will do. Ideology is pernicious, and we are
far from any socialism… I trust Donald Trump to do the right
thing, but then I’m deplorable.
March 200, 2020
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Political Ideology versus Caring
Most wars and most deaths
during the last 400 to 500 years (and more) had
ideological causes, particularly religious disagreements
and need never have been fought.
The Daily Walk with Love (Link to Home page and Blog), repubished March 20, 2020, rewritten 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 Love, February 25, 2017, by Paul Evans. A lot in this article is pretty theoretical. (Note: the link here, points to the Home page, which is the Start page for all the blog articles.)
A Bible verse for this article (from The Official King Jame Bible Online) on the centrality of Jesus’ words would be John 5:24 — “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.“
It has come to my attention that there is a Jezebel spirit, neo-Nazi plot in America and that this is actually a strong political movement. To some extent this is tied into the globalists and the EU. I DO understand anger at the Jewish bankers who have ruined this country with their greed. However the Jewish people are mostly fine people who, it must be remembered, are only three of the 12 tribes of Israel. They have done a lot that’s wrong, but the mass of Jews themselves, I believe, should not be blamed, they are the children of God. (Also See The Lord God YWH is angry at the Jewish Bankers, The Daily Walk with Love, July 3, 2017. Trust President Trump to somehow retrieve this situation and make it right. Maybe we’ll have a 40 (or more) percent market correction and maybe it’ll take another depression, it is such a shame that the common man must suffer because of the rapacious greed of these elite, rich people. I have said again and again that right now it is in the interest of the rich to help the poor (and it IS!!). All they can think or is more and more money for themselves. I can say to the common man is that it will not always be so. I love you all.
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 in 2020, for smaller, more responsive, responsible government and jobs in America for American workers! Donald will clean up the worst of the Wall Street corruption (although, so far, this has not showed itself much of a tendency in Trump’s presidency, has it? Keep in mind that Trump is under tremendous pressure to feed the rapacious appetite of our monied elite. For example, if it can be done, corrections in our tax code must be made if any kind of fair and flat tax is too succeed. The very rich know this and so, so far have had little movement in that direction. Trump very much will try to make sure that everyone has a decent job with decent pay in a “system” where everyone can afford a decent (if no longer “middle class” life).
Before I understood exactly what’s going on, my support for Trump was wavering, but now I “get it” at a deep level. 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! 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 parts of the NSA spying which was thus illegal for 5 days…(Mitch McConell then came up with a compromise). I am NOT saying that I want the surveillance gone — I Support the Patriot Act and have for several years… I am SAYING Donald Trump should USE this… the Left wing in politics and the Christian right, UNITED against injustice, working TOGETHER in support of Donald Trump’s ideas, when they combat injustice and for example, when they fight real poverty with pragmatic, innovative ideas and legislation. In other words the right and left should work together when they have common cause … OK?
The six items Trump detailed 100 days into his Presidency 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 (and from what I see, a depression is headed our way completely outside of anyone’s control. Here’s one thing that might help: The Fed MUST significantly raise the discount rate enough to cause a (hopefully mild) recession with some attendant inflation. With stocks 70 to 80 percent overvalued and we are facing a really bad depression, unless the Fed acts very soon. Don’t blame Trump, but rather all the three presidents before them. Those presidencies had exactly the same economic advisers: Larry Summers, Ben Bernanke Tim Geithner. And they tried to basically do the same thing with the economy. Obama has said he is a pragmatist, but what he was, faced with the aftermath of 2007-2008, was to double our national debt. 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 Very necessary.
If we took, say, 90 percent of the entitlement money (outside of Social Security, which is not part of the budget but rather independent of it, and which just needs a couple of minor reforms and it will do fine) and distributed the rest of the entitlement money 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, 20-30 percent of that money they receive and donate it to the charity of their choice? Can you imagine People to People and Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children with THREE – FOUR TIMES the money to work with? Wouldn’t that help A LOT? There could could also be money for job retraining. 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 Love, we believe that the Bible, while the closest approach to the Holiness of God, and basically all “true,” must be interpreted spiritually (in some places, just as Jesus often taught in parables, 2 Corinthians Chapter 3 which is not directly straightforward). However much the “Pharisees” change it around (and, sadly, the Bible does get edited), 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 a hundred years).
I dunno, maybe it is just too late for things to go on anything like we have been living as a society in America. Maybe we should adopt many of the ideas Bernie Sanders has put out there, whether we like the poisonous word “socialism” or not…or maybe some kind of an even stronger way of rooting out corruption and greed in America. So it seems to me. There has been a terrible tendency for utterly unacceptable Illuminati ideas in partnership with those would might call themselves neo-nazis. This “deep state” must be combatted in any and every way possible.
Various Political Systems & Caring
Here are a few definitions the political scientists use. “Socialism” is an economic system where the government owns he “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”) which are concentration camps, in which 60 million political prisoners died under Stalin alone). Socialism can be democratic, Communism is a dictatorship with political prisons.
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 our 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 from Acts, “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 most 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. This year China is expected to have their GDP grow by seven percent, eight percent in the tech sector. 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. Even Adam Smith, founder of modern capitalist economic policy (Wealth of Nations, 1776), believed that. 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 (absent some disaster such as the failure of America’s entire electrical grid, say from cyber-terrorism), in any arrangement which does not involve some sort of coercion or dictatorship unless perhaps, either the people had a revolution or if the whole of entitlements were run via the churches, a new idea.
There is another, very vital consideration. Jesus gave Christians only two commandments, to love God, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. (In Galations it says loving your neighbor as yourself is “the sum of the Law and the prophets.”) What could be more of a straightforwardly loving way to base a society than a society based on sharing of resources and (somewhat) 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 probably 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 could 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 available 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 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 with a king or “ceasar” 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 and peace through strength. Well, there’s a lot of control and corruption from the defense industries, too. 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, that is, to American exceptionalism, 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 REAL “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, and elect a legislature which is not corrupt, too. 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. Like doctrine among the churches, all ideology does is divide us. 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. Although there IS more equality of opportunity in today’s Russia, and that’s good. 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. Make all federal elections be funded by the government, along with term limits. 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 un-corrupt, and I am glad he supports Israel. God Bless you Donald!
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