The Right to Healthcare

Take us back some 400 years to a time when the world was just beginning to move away from the acceptance of a “right” that had existed since the beginning of recorded history. That period of time covered at least 6000 years. The practice could be called a “right” because there were no laws against it.

The “right” was, by the strength of arms, one man could require the fruits of another man’s labor. It is probable that some who were not involved with either end of that evil situation were always sensible of its injustice, but that is just the way things were. That particular injustice is no longer considered to be a “right”, and has come to be recognized as a crime throughout the world.

Today, a more insidious form of that practice is, by the strength of arms, being accepted as a “right” through the belief in a certain type of political philosophy.

For example, in the case of the “right” to healthcare, one must assume that he is entitled to the effort, knowledge, skill, time (all to be considered labor, if you will) and products of the persons who provide those services and or goods.

If the providers are to be compensated at all, then such compensation must again be taken from others who have used their own labor to acquire that means of compensation.

So, what we see here, is the expectation that a person has the “right” to the labors of others.

In our country, private individuals cannot use force to compel others to submit their labor or property so that goods or services will be provided. That would be a crime punishable by law. The US government can use that force… and does.

Just as in the case of the original historical unjust and evil practice, there are certain perceptions that must prevail in order to allow it to be perpetuated.

  1. A sizable group of folks must imagine themselves to be the ones who are to receive the benefits of the labor of other people.
  2. Another large group of people must believe that they will not be negatively affected by the practice. This latter perception is true especially if the situation can be, somehow, couched in terms that seem to be benevolent and sympathetic toward those who are to receive the benefits.

In the case of our current situation, the danger lies in the fact that submission to the philosophy of this new right means that the ultimate decisions would be made by some central authority. That authority would determine who is to be the recipient of the labor, who is to provide the labor, who is to provide the compensation and its amount.

Some will say, “If you are really a Christian you will not object to helping others”. One retort might be, “Yes, but Jesus did not exhort us to give our alms to Caesar (the government), from which he may take a portion for himself and help others of his choosing”.

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Trump vs. The Media

Are you really, really angry because Pres. Trump chastises the media’s right of freedom of the press?… Should articles of impeachment be initiated because he is violating the U.S. Constitution?

Well… try this on for size:

Executive Order – Arrest and Imprisonment of Irresponsible Newspaper Reporters and Editors

Major-General John A. Drx,

Commanding at New York:

Whereas there has been wickedly and traitorously printed and published this morning in the New York World and New York Journal of Commerce, newspapers printed and published in the city of New York, a false and spurious proclamation purporting to be signed by the President and to be countersigned by the Secretary of State, which publication is of a treasonable nature, designed to give aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States and to the rebels now at war against the Government and their aiders and abettors, you are therefore hereby commanded forthwith to arrest and imprison in any fort or military prison in your command the editors, proprietors, and publishers of the aforesaid newspapers, and all such persons as, after public notice has been given of the falsehood of said publication, print and publish the same with intent to give aid and comfort to the enemy; and you will hold the persons so arrested in close custody until they can be brought to trial before a military commission for their offense. You will also take possession by military force of the printing establishments of the New York World and Journal of Commerce, and hold the same until further orders, and prohibit any further publication therefrom.

A. LINCOLN.

If  you believe this to be bogus, look it up at American Presidency Project  –  Messages and Papers of the President

This document can probably also be located at the Avalon Project, Yale Law School.

By the way, those wicked reporters and editors mentioned above were only a small number of the media people who ran afoul of the Lincoln administration.

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Constitutional Destruction – Brick By Brick

History has shown us there will always be people who lust for control of others and desire to shape events to their own will. In the USA, they find the door open when lack of understanding of the US Constitution is coupled with a real or perceived crisis. Even in recent times, it was reported that the expression, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, has been the basis for expansion of governmental control.

One of the historical examples that can arguably be cited as gross disregard for the words of the US Constitution is the creation of the state of West Virginia.

Let’s begin with the words of Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution:

“New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union, but no State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State … without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States Concerned as well as of the Congress”.

Please reread that Quotation.

Timeline for West Virginia:

West Virginia became a state during the conflict between the Union and the Confederacy.

  • March 11, 1861… Seven states had seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America.
  • April 12, 1861… Hostilities began.
  • May 24, 1861… Virginia voted to secede and then joined the Confederate States of America.
  • June 11, 1861… Representatives of 50 of the 160 Virginia counties met, calling themselves the Restored State of Virginia, and remained loyal to the Union.
  • October 24, 1861… The voters of the 50 counties declared themselves to be the legitimate state of Virginia.
  • June 20, 1863… The US Congress approved statehood for the area as the state of West Virginia.

During the Congressional debate to approve the new state, the measure was not without opposition.

Representative James Blaine of Maine noted the obvious fact that the government of West Virginia was granting itself approval to be formed within the jurisdiction of Virginia.

Representative Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania confessed that there was no constitutional process by which the state could be admitted, but only by the absolute powers of war.

Even after West Virginia was admitted, Senator Davis of Kentucky stated, “I hold that there is legally and constitutionally no such state in existence as the state of West Virginia…”

Here we have had an exercise in mental gymnastics.

  • The US government went to war to prove that Virginia was still a state in the US.
  • The US government then recognized the Restored State of Virginia as the real Virginia, thus authorizing itself permission to become the new state of West Virginia.
  • Thereafter, the war continued in order to prove that the government in Richmond was still that of the state of Virginia with no right to secede.

If that reasoning seems illogical, we could just agree with Thaddeus Stevens that superior military force had taken precedence over the US Constitution, and the members of Congress were free to violate their oath of office.

Did any of your history teachers ever touch on this little episode?

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Comey: The Manchuri… OOPS!… The Chappaquaian Candidate

There was once a US government official who lived in Chappaqua, NY. She had a problem.

Disregarding a directive from her boss, she conducted professional and personal communications through an email server located in her home. As it became public knowledge, she staunchly defended the practice and denigrated those who objected.

When ordered to produce all work related email, she claimed to have done so, but she had taken the liberty to delete the information that she had determined to be personal in nature.

The FBI initiated an inquiry (that’s the definition of “investigation”, in case you were wondering) into the “matter”.

Upon concluding the inquiry, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that numerous offenses had been committed. He proclaimed that the official had been “extremely careless”, and, to everyone’s surprise, he announced that no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges because he could not prove “intent”. Thus, essentially due to the difficulty of proving intent, the exoneration was effected.

BUT WAIT! …

Upon a simple examination of US Code 18, Section 2071 (a copy is provided below), under which the inquiry was made, several points are notable.

  1. The word “or” precedes the only appearance of the word “intent” in the entirety of Section 2071. Therefore, proving intent is only one of the alternatives for prosecution found in subsection (a). No other alternative needs be dependent upon it, and it has nothing to do with documents already in the custody of a person, which is obviously the case in question. That situation is addressed in subsection (b).
  2. A brief summary of subsection (b) of Section 2071 is all that is exigent. Therein you will see that a person who is in custody of such records “shall be (not may be) fined or imprisoned or both if they willfully and unlawfully conceal, remove, mutilate, obliterate, falsifies, or destroys any such records.
  3. Since custody was obvious, and the infractions had already been confirmed, there remained only two valid paths for Director Comey to exculpate the subject. One was to find that the official’s infractions were performed against her will. The second was to discover that the actions were actually not against the law. Either of those would have been a tough sell.

What Director Comey did do, while banking on an uninformed public and a complicit Washington establishment, was to misdirect attention by the insertion of the irrelevant “intent” and the inapplicable expression “extremely careless”.

Should anyone be unfamiliar with the tale of The Manchurian Candidate, a hero type character was used in a scheme designed to deceive the people and take control of our government.

18 U.S. Code § 2071 – Concealment, removal, or mutilation

(a)

Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

(b)

Whoever having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

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“US”

Humm… Interesting… This was sent to Old Bill… Just thought I would post it.

“US” by Paul Genova

(Mr. Paul Genova has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Wireless Telecom Group Inc. since June 30, 2016.

 I haven’t said too much about this election since the start…but this is how I feel…

I’m noticing that a lot of people aren’t graciously accepting the fact that their candidate lost.

In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those who voted for Trump

Some are apparently “triggered” because they are posting how “sick” you feel about the results.

How did this happen you ask? Well here is how it happened!

You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.

You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.

You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.

You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists.

You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic.

 You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.

You created “us” when you attacked our flag

You created “us” when you took God out of our schools.

You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.

You created “us” when you began to emasculate men.

You created “us” when you decided to make our children soft.

You created “us” when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.

You created “us” when you attacked our way of life.

You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.

You created “us” the silent majority

You created “us” when you began murdering innocent law enforcement officers.

You created “us” when you lied and said we could keep our insurance plans and our doctors.

You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.

You created “us” when you took a knee, or stayed seated or didn’t remove your hat during our National Anthem.

You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.

And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.

And we did it with ballots, not bullets.
With ballots, not riots.
With ballots, not looting.
With ballots, not blocking traffic.
With ballots, not fires, except the one you started inside of “us”

“YOU” created “US”.

It really is just that simple.

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Evolution of the Spirit

What if Darwin and later modifications have been right? That is to say, nothing became something, some of the something was able to become electrically charged, amino acids were formed … and here we are. Of course, all of this required billions of years to develop.

Natural conditions and the course of events on the planet have been very unfriendly to the progress of life. Meteor impacts, solar flares, earth crust displacement, volcanoes, ice ages, gigantic floods, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, diseases, famines, wars and mankind’s seemingly underlying predisposition for cruelty and violent behavior have all served as some of the hurdles and pitfalls in the path of advancement of life on Earth…

As Darwin’s premise of “natural selection” would have it, only organisms that developed characteristics necessary to persevere through all the hazards would continue to survive and improve. The ability of our ancestors to navigate through such hazards has allowed us to reach the pinnacle of evolution we now occupy…

If the evolutionary premises be correct, there seems to be no Darwinian basis to assume anything other than the expectation of an even more advanced stage of development yet to appear… unless we are arrogant enough to insist that we are the ones we have been waiting for and therefore beyond improvement over the next million years.

Leaving the intelligentsia to deal with that thought, perhaps they have hit upon a theory that has validity in another area of “life”.

There are folks who believe there will someday be some kind of eternal union between some people and a supernatural, superintending entity. Let’s call that supernatural thing ”God”.

Now let’s think about who a “person” is. The individual person who might one day come into the presence of the aforementioned entity will quite probably not appear in the form now seen as his or her current physical body.

The real person would be whatever that untouchable thing is that directs every conscious action of the body and houses every belief of the mind. Let’s call it the human spirit. The essence of every person would then be the spirit that inhabits that tent of human flesh.

Just maybe God is in the process of developing a more perfect spiritual being. A characteristic necessary for advancement to that next level appears to be the ability and willingness to believe in certain specified things that cannot be seen, any and all natural events not withstanding. We call that characteristic, “faith”… the evidence of things not seen.

In the beginning of the gospel of John, we read that all things were created by Jesus. Those things created would obviously have to include the human spirit. Later in that book, Jesus tells his disciples, “I go to prepare a place for you…”. This would at least suggest that the Word of God that began the creation had not, at that time, completed the project.

Further, the Bible records that there is yet to be a “new heavens and a new earth”. Even Steven Hawking, arguably the world’s most brilliant atheistic mind, has determined that the existence of multiple universes is probable. He continues to go so far as to accept that these other universes may not be subject to the same laws of physics as is ours.

At this point we posit a similarity between the book of Darwin and the book of God. The former notes the necessity for the species to navigate and persevere through the aforementioned experiences of hurdles and pitfalls of planetary history. The major requirement for the evolution or advancement of the spirit in the latter book seems to be unshakable faith. That faith must be maintained while also experiencing the same difficulties as are the Darwinian subjects plus the buffeting of a spiritual adversary.

Some Darwinian species made it to this stage… humans, for example. Others did not… the dinosaurs.

Some human spirits will make it. Others will not.

Here one might raise a point of curiosity.

Did God envelop all these human spirits (since Creation) in fallible and deteriorating flesh and bone in order to refine multitudes of spirits who would spend eternity praising Him?

Praise be to Yahweh if that indeed be the sole purpose…. But he had already made it clear that he could cause even the rocks to do that.

Therefore, it is likely that the mind of man can not yet imagine the activity of the spirit at the next level of consciousness.

It should be with a bit of excited anticipation that the answer is to be apprehended.

A “parable” from a Fellowship of Christian Athletes publication long, long ago:

Jesus was coaching a football team in the Game of Life. This was a continuing game with each player given an amount of playing time. A certain player was nearing the end of his fourth quarter. He had experienced many successful plays, but he had also been knocked down many times and had suffered many physical and emotional losses. Through all of this, good times and bad, the player had clung to the promises of Jesus. Once more the player had been knocked down and, from the fatigue of the experiences, did not think he could pull himself up again. Suddenly, The Coach was there beside him and said,

“Son, look. Look at the scoreboard. The final score is there, and you have won. Just get up and finish your game.”

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“Good Friday” Was Not The Day

Not that it is of any great concern, but most folks don’t know that Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday, not Friday. The important thing is that we recognize the significance of His sacrifice and resurrection. That significance is, I trust, expounded from the pulpits of all Christendom and will not be addressed here.

If you are interested in the Wednesday thing, you have to begin with the understanding of how the Jews (Hebrews or Israelites) have counted their days for thousands of years. As described in Genesis, evening was first and then morning. Therefore, their days begin and end at sunset. They still retain that tradition.

The Passover itself is a one day memorial feast to be observed throughout all generations symbolizing the final plague that freed the children of Israel from their bondage in Egypt. The obedience of marking their homes with the blood of a sacrificial lamb had delivered them from the death plague that punished the Egyptians.

Next, you need to go to Leviticus to look at the descriptions of the feast days that were given to Moses. Those special feasts to God were given names like the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of first fruits and the feast of trumpets.

In that 23rd chapter of Leviticus, the Passover is to be observed on the fourteenth day of a certain month with no regard as to what day of the week that may be.

The very next day is to be the first day of a seven day feast of unleavened bread…. That day and the last day of the feast are to be special sabbaths in which no servile work is to be done. With the fifteenth day being a sabbath, the Passover day must also be the day for preparation of food.

Here we have a time line.

Tuesday at sunset (our terminology, but the beginning of the fourteenth day of that particular Passover month for the children of Israel)

Since this began the fourteenth day of that particular month for Jesus and the disciples, they participated in the Passover meal after dark.

Following the meal and a time of sharing, they went to the garden from whence Jesus was eventually carried away to be interrogated by the religious leaders.

The course of events through the night and into the morning hours led to the beating of Jesus and a Roman death sentence.

The waning hours of that fourteenth day of the month for the Jews (Wednesday afternoon for us)

Jesus died on the cross, and Joseph of Arimathaea placed the body in the tomb at sunset.

Jesus had participated in the Passover meal and had become the ultimate Passover sacrifice in one twenty four period of time.

Thursday, daylight hours for us…

The women would be unable to obtain and prepare spices for Jesus’ body because that day would be a day of no servile work. Only the gospel of John makes note of that day being a special sabbath. This is probably because the other writers knew it would have been common knowledge among the Jews for centuries.

The daylight hours of our Friday….

It was permissible for the women to obtain and prepare the spices, but apparently they did not have time to visit the tomb and return before sunset. At that time the regular sabbath of the seventh day of the week would begin.

The daylight hours of our Saturday….

The women were restricted from their task of anointing Jesus’ body.

Sunset on our Saturday….

Jesus left the tomb….

So:

Wednesday sunset… Jesus was placed in the tomb.

Thursday sunset…… Day One

Friday sunset……….. Day Two

Saturday sunset……. Day Three… He Is Alive

One thing is certain……… Since John made a point to emphasize the day following the crucifixion was not the regular seventh day sabbath……… “Good Friday” could not have been the day.

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