12 March 2015

Rand Paul's Secret Mission?



No two lovers of liberty view every political issue and strategy in the same way. But there does seem to be emerging these days among libertarians two broad general ways of seeing the world. Both start with the same libertarian axiom and corollary, but human beings choose what they want to perceive and axiom-focused libertarians see a different world than corollary-focused libertarians.

All libertarians want to "live and let live," with "living life to the fullest" being the axiomatic principle and "letting live" (the Non-Aggression Principle) being an important corollary. But what happens if the corollary gains more importance in one's mind than the axiom? In other words, what if someone measures everything by "letting live," neglecting to first measure by "living life to the fullest?"

It's tempting to say, "Nothing happens because the two are so interdependent. One cannot live life to the fullest without letting live, and one cannot let live without...." Oops! It doesn't work in reverse, does it? One can indeed let live and yet not live life to the fullest. So the question still waits an answer. What happens if one tries to reverse the corollary and the axiom?

If your answer is, "Well, it's kind of like burying your head in the sand. Self-imposed blindness starts occurring" ... then you might be one whose head is not in the sand.

Another answer might be something like, "Well, if you reverse the two you start seeing a fantasy world of your own making instead of the real world." And therein lies the difference between these two libertarian world views: the real world libertarians, and the make believe world libertarians; which in the current election cycle might have some libertarians arguing, "Better sand than Rand!" while others counter with, "Better Rand than sand!"

The most obvious difference occurs in the area of foreign policy. How many times have you heard friends or neighbors say something like, "Libertarians have a lot of good ideas and I would support them ... except they have their heads in the sand when it comes to foreign policy!" These friends and neighbors are not blind.

Libertarians who place "let live" on a pedestal in their minds above "live" have a vested interest in looking at belligerents in foreign countries and saying something like, "Let them fight it out. They are no threat to us." 99% of the time this is probably good policy. But what about the other 1%? Corollary-focused libertarians blind themselves to real world threats in order to remain loyal to their pedestal god of "let live."

Rand Paul doesn't blind himself in this respect. Although he would surely honor the corollary "let live" in 99 out of 100 foreign policy circumstances, he is open-eyed enough to recognize real threats in the real world. It might be said that Rand is 99% a non-interventionist, yet he is willing to rationally weigh the clearly stated threats of the most ideological insane foreign aggressors ... and willing to take reasonable action accordingly. He doesn't say, "What are they to us? They haven't attacked us yet."

To see this difference in a hypothetical illustration from history, imagine Rand Paul had been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1938 instead of Neville Chamberlain. Rand would have recognized Hitler's intentions for what they were and taken appropriate action so that World War II might well have been averted, or if not prevented altogether at least its horrible effects of pain, suffering, death and destruction vastly reduced. On the other hand, if a head-in-the-sand libertarian had been Prime Minister, Hitler would have been allowed to build strength and take over weaker countries as he pleased. After all, "let them fight it out."

De facto appeasement in the guise of honoring the corollary "let live" leads to horrible sabotage of the much more fundamental axiom "live."

But then worsening the damage ... habits, once formed in mind in one area of thought tend to expand to other areas of thought. The habit of refusing to see real foreign threats can easily morph into a habit of refusing to see reality in domestic affairs.

Recently there has been an argument circulating which goes something like this: "Rand Paul tries to win support of Republican establishment types! Therefore, using the finest guilt by association reasoning, he is one of them!" Or the lazy man's generic version: "All Republicans are alike!" Do you see the self-induced blindness required to make such arguments?

Wouldn't it be amazing if Rand Paul's calling on earth was far beyond winning a presidential nomination or influencing the the overall mind-set of the public? Wouldn't it be amazing if Rand Paul also had a secret mission: help libertarians pull their heads out of the sand.

What if head-in-sand libertarians, sensing the value of Rand's efforts, decide they have had enough of their uncomfortable stiff-neck posture? We can imagine Rand lending them a hand to help them straighten into an upright bearing. We can envision them stretching happily with newly felt freedom, inhaling a deep breath of healthy fresh air, and then suddenly blurting out with a laugh as it dawns on them:

"Out of the sand,
With Rand I stand!"





The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

11 February 2015

Did Abraham Lincoln Sell His Soul?

(U.S. Congressman Abraham Lincoln -Whig, Illinois)

"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right—a right which, we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit." --Abraham Lincoln (Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives January 12, 1848)

Steve Berry prefaces his intriguing and provocative novel, The Lincoln Myth, with the above actual words of Abraham Lincoln spoken when Lincoln was a young congressman as yet untainted politically. One villain in the novel is a modern U.S. Senator who has come to a conclusion: "Reformism did not work. Elections offered no real choices, and third-party alternatives had no chance to succeed. Revolt? Revolution? The federal government would crush either. The only logical way to effect a lasting change was secession." The novel makes compelling, truly irrefutable arguments justifying secession, which all liberty lovers should study well.

Steve Berry is an internationally best-selling author whose novels radiate with long-buried historical information. He and his wife founded History Matters, a foundation which raises money to help communities preserve historical heritage. His goal in life is to not let history die.

Did the American Founding Fathers ever intend for secession to be illegal? In leading a war against secession, did Abraham Lincoln merely sell his soul to Northern political interests which made up his political base? Was the one and only Supreme Court decision upon which all subsequent secession cases have been decided, Texas vs White, nothing more than a post Civil War political expediency? Berry answers all these questions and more in his novel.

In the story, the Senator leading the secessionist movement fervently believes in the words of the Declaration of Independence: "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." (quoted by Berry in Chapter 26)

Chapter 9 of Berry's story begins with the President of the United States explaining: 'The American revolution was not a revolution at all. At no time was its goal the overthrow of the British government. None of its stated aims included conquering London and replacing the monarchy with a democracy. No. The American Revolution was a war of secession. The Declaration of Independence was a statement of secession. The United States of America was founded by secessionists."

Very much like Abraham Lincoln, the fictional U.S. President in Berry's story totally understands the moral justification for secession, but for political reasons feels he must not let it happen. The secession-minded Senator and his followers must be stopped. But....

Okay, no more about the story so it is not ruined for you.

If you want to learn about secession, its justifications and logistics, while at the same time learning something of the true story of Abraham Lincoln (different than the myths taught in public schools), while also at the same time enjoying a potpourri of little-known historical facts, this eye-opening fictional adventure might be fun for you.





The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

12 January 2015

2015: The Year Liberty Is Born Again?

("Tytler Cycle" Alexander Fraser-Tytler 1747-1813)

The cycle depicted above is probably somewhat inaccurate and misleading, but as certain as Newton's three laws of motion, cultures do move through political cycles. When liberty is generally taken for granted, deep in the womb of a culture the acceptance of dictatorship grows as an embryo. When dictatorship is widely acceptable as the order of things, liberty in utero starts causing morning sickness. Political cycles can be resisted or flowed along with, but they cannot be stopped any more than Al Gore can stop the periodic climatic changes of the planet earth.

Insightful political observers can foresee changes in a culture's political climate just as astute investors can predict with decent approximation the cyclical highs and lows of stock and bond markets. At market bottoms there is a time when not a lot seems to be happening, yet underlying strength is being built which will form a base for a rally. Such has been the last 40 years of the liberty movement. The actual birth comes with a burst.

As we head into 2015, apologists for dictatorship can no longer abort the liberty pregnancy. The labor pains are increasing in strength and occurring every minute now.

How will the liberty birth show itself to the world? Will there be a brand new Liberty Party like there was in 1840, only this time to advocate the abolition of today's more disguised slavery? Will the Libertarian Party grow into a new maturity and quit sabotaging their cause? Will the Republican Party cleanse itself of sycophants and become a solid and dependable scaffolding for building liberty?

Our guess is "none of the above." But it will happen. Liberty will be born again.

There is one possibility we can watch for during 2015. Great political turning points happen when one unique man or woman says to himself or herself, "I feel the spirit! I cannot resist! I surrender my ego and let myself be used as an instrument!" Suddenly there are no more sterile intellectualized arguments, but fiery inspiring speeches which reach inside of people and awaken their spirit as never before. Suddenly there are no more "careful political considerations," but rather "I'm being moved by the spirit of liberty ... so I trust." Suddenly there is no more "what will happen to me?" or "what's in it for me," but only "this is what I must do, no matter what." Suddenly there is no more doubt or hesitation, only certainty and action.

Such a true champion of liberty may or may not be guided to use a political party label, but will certainly not be bound by any party rules or party peer pressure. To the willfully blind observer, it might seem like such a champion stands alone. But inside himself or herself this champion will be far beyond standing alone, moved by the power of every human being's liberty impulse, feeling the deepest heart and soul desire of all of us radiating in one body.

Such a champion will not burden listeners with gloomy grumbling about marijuana being illegal, or gay marriages being unrecognized, or the evils of corporations, or the brutality of police, or about interfering in the affairs of other countries. Instead, his or her talk will be luminous and uplifting, about the possibility of people achieving a fullness of life never before possible, a level of joy and peace only possible when government's "progressiveness" is ended.

Our champion will speak of one and only one solution to the one issue: "Do you want abundant prosperity? Do you want goodwill among all? Do you want peace? Do you want to live in a world of radiant love and joy? Then get your politicians out of our way and let us be!"

Newton's third law of motion is sometimes stated, "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." The dictatorship tendency of Democrats has found a champion. Their attitude is: "It has become too tedious to wait for majority votes to disguise our dictatorship. We have a President who can rule by executive orders and memos!" Perhaps an equal and opposite reaction would be the rising of a champion of liberty such as has never been seen since Patrick Henry or Samuel Adams.

The spirit of liberty always laughs and says, "Ye of little faith! Just wait and see!" Some of us feel we've waited long enough. Now in 2015 maybe we will see.




The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles

09 December 2014

The Only Way To Wake Up Your Liberal Neighbor

("Wake Up America" painting by Jon McNaughton)

We've all known friends, neighbors, relatives, or acquaintances who as if sleep-talking while dreaming rattle off a litany of seemingly good accomplishments by government, but never open their eyes to the chains of slavery we are being wrapped in by political solutions. How can we wake up these dear people?

Most of the subjugation is caused by liberal-progressive programs. Liberal-progressives mean well. Their aspirations inevitably sound appealing and are seen by many people as worthy objectives. Their political success is always in proportion to the number of voters who see their intentions as worthy, and the strength of voters' feelings about their aims. Since liberal-progressive end goals are so attractive to most people, fighting their schemes makes liberty lovers look "mean spirited," or at best "obstructionist."

If that wasn't bad enough, liberty advocates have often focused on one or another of the seemingly endless number of liberal-progressive programs and tried to fight it on its merits. Fighting individual liberal-progressive projects is like trying to defeat a many-headed hydra. Cut off one, and two more (or ten more) grow.  The number of schemes liberal-progressives can come up with is infinite. And because they invent new causes far faster than anyone can keep up with, they will always be ahead of liberty defenders who would like to slow them down.

It would seem that trying to defend against liberal-progressives is a losing battle. But it need not be. There is a wake-up-call way to answer your friends and neighbors who support liberal-progressive causes.

In the old way of arguing politics we would announce that we disagree, and then attempt to argue our case. In other words, we would set ourselves up as adversaries. The adversarial relationship is felt by the other as resistance. Resistance invites the liberal-progressive supporter to put up defenses and resist back. Due to his defenses, even if our arguments are heard by his ears they do not settle into his mind. Not only do our arguments fail to reach inside him, but his need to reflect resistance back to us only serves to reinforce his inner mindset.

There is a better way. Since we want to reach him, his defenses must first be forestalled. This is accomplished by agreeing with him at first. "I agree with the result you would like to achieve. It would be good if your dream came to pass." In most situations, our agreement will be easy because the causes of liberal-progressives are usually worthy. In some cases, our agreement will feel more like "walking for a moment in the other's shoes" in order to neutralize his defenses.

With defenses down, he is in rapport with us and the next part of our answer will reach him. But the next part of our answer will also shock him and wake him up: "But it's very nasty of you to try to reach your goal by dictatorship."

This will not change the Karl Marx marionettes who believe their ends justify their means. These are the ones who justify dictatorship by blocking out of their minds the nonsensical nature of their self-contradictory announcements: "It's dictatorship by the people." "It's dictatorship for everyone's good."

But the vast majority of people who support liberal-progressive causes simply have never given thought to the deleterious evil of the dictatorship of liberal-progressive programs.

Liberal-progressives constantly throw in our face all the "good" their dictatorship has accomplished. For example, the below quote from a liberal television series:

Here's the way liberty lovers must answer in principle:

"The Civil Rights Act has opened many doors for people. A wonderful cause, increasing possibilities, providing opportunities! But why did you feel the need to sell your soul to the devil by becoming a dictator? Wouldn't there have been a better way?"

"Social Security is a marvelous program with sometimes lifesaving results. Too bad you couldn't have worked out voluntary implementation. You've destroyed your honor by using dictatorship."

"Medicare is really helping many people, which is a great outcome. It's just unfortunate you have become no better than a highway robber by funding it through dictatorship."

"Clean air is so healthy for people! Clean air is a worthwhile achievement to rejoice about. But now you've sabotaged your own integrity by becoming a dictator. Wouldn't there have been a moral way to achieve the same goal?"

Maybe the wording of these examples isn't the best, but there are many, many ways to word an answer which first disarms the defenses of liberal-progressive supporters and then points out how depraved they have made themselves with their dictatorship. In fact, if we held a contest for the most powerfully effective wording, we could probably create some truly eye-opening phrases.

But you get the idea. First agree.... then shake them awake.

"I'm with you, respecting your dream.... 
your dictatorship is evil!"





The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.




Also available free of charge online:
Course in Relationship Miracles