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The Mystery of the Rotary Phone

These two 17-year-olds are smart enough to be engineering students: but can they figure out how to use a rotary phone?

We’re not making fun of them. They’ve never seen, let alone used, one of these before. And yet it wasn’t so long ago that a rotary phone was found in every American household.

This is how knowledge gets lost. And it can happen quickly.

All right, rotary phones are obsolete, we don’t need them anymore, few people still have one. The rotary phone has been replaced by more advanced technology. But much more important knowledge can get lost, without being replaced: a knowledge of history, for instance, or a grasp of civics. Thanks to our laughably inadequate “education” system, knowledge of history and civics is all but extinct. That’s why there are millions of young people who literally do not know that the law of the land, the Constitution, limits what the government is allowed to do.

We don’t need the rotary phone anymore, but we still need history and civics. And we’re quickly losing that knowledge.

We could wind up paying a very heavy penalty for that.


Facebook Honcho: More Regulation Means More Freedom!

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In Nothing Studies you learn that “Wet wood burns the best.” Has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got a degree in Nothing Studies?

In the wake of the Christchurch, New Zealand, massacre, and the governments of New Zealand and Australia threatening to clamp down on social media content, Zuckerberg has called for “more active” government regulation of all social media, including Facebook (https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8756876/mark-zuckerberg-social-network-regulation-christchurch-watchdog/).

Ya see, more regulation means more freedom. Somehow. And Zuckerberg only wants government to come down on “harmful content”–wonder who gets to decide what content is harmful–“election integrity” (so The Russians can’t steal another one from another anointed Democrat candidate), privacy (they just can’t help themselves, when it comes to collecting and selling users’ private information!), and “data portability,” whatever that is. One can almost hear Sessue Hayakawa telling Alec Guinness, “Be happy in your work.”

Meaning, the government in the United Kingdom has promised to stifle Twitter and Instagram if they don’t consent to stricter regulation.

No one has asked this question: Is government any more fit to regulate the social media than the social media themselves? Is it any more honest, any more wise, any more benevolent? Do the personnel of government even obey the government’s own laws–or just ignore or circumvent them every time?

Freedom is not natural to sinners living in a fallen world. God has given us laws which, if followed, would bless us with both liberty and security. The world hates God’s laws and refuses to abide by them. The state of the world is testimony to how good an idea that is.

There is an important role for civil government in God’s scheme of things–to keep the peace, to protect us from those who would do us harm, and to punish evildoers (see Romans Chapter 13). In our Constitution, powers not specifically granted to the central government are reserved to the states and to the people.

You won’t find today’s theories of government in either the Bible or the Constitution.


We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Civics!

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Friday’s “Youth Climate Strike” in America, which was supposed to feature gazillions of kids walking out of high school classes to “protest” Climbit Change Etc., mostly fizzled out; but it was a big Thing in Europe, and you can bet the house they’ll try again next year, if not sooner.

Meanwhile, we have 13-year-olds demanding “immediate action” by “our leaders,” enact the Green New Deal, ’cause “people are dying!” and the world’s gonna end in just 12 years unless Government is given absolute power over everything (https://www.ecowatch.com/youth-climate-strike-2627959531.html).

You know what scares me? These children have learned no civics at all, and precious little history. They literally do not know that our law, the Constitution, places strict limits on what any government can do. They do not know that there are limits; and because they have been terrified into believing that Doomsday really is just twelve years away, they are willing to accept a dictatorship that will be strong enough to “stop” Climate Change.

If that doesn’t scare you–well, buckaroo, it should. But it should also make you more than just a little bit irate. Those kids are ignorant and terrified because that’s how the teachers’ unions, the Democrat Party, and Hollywood want them–makes it easier, don’t you know, to manipulate them and get them to obey you. And the schools are doing it on your dime!

If these kids haven’t been set straight by the time they come of voting age–which, of course, Democrats want to lower to 16–there’s going to be the devil to pay.

There are people out there actively working to damage our country, doing it in plain sight with the active assistance and blessing of the Democrat Party. And they need to be stopped. Protect America while it’s still America.


Are All Our Leaders Crazy?

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I heard Newt Gingrich the other day, on my car radio, discussing the failure of the country-club Republicans’ bill to replace Obamacare–the bill that was pulled without a vote. And what he said astounded me. I may not have it 100% verbatim, but I can give it to you close enough.

“What we [he means the government] have to do is provide for everyone to live as long as possible, with the highest quality of life as possible, at the lowest cost as possible.”

Whoa! Hit the brakes! What constitution did that come out of? The federal government is now charged with maximizing our individual life-spans?

Or, to put it another way, do you really, truly want to be dependent upon a lot of slimy pols and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., for how long you live?

Gingrich, formerly Speaker of the House–why does that post always go to some kind of reptile?–is supposed to be some kind of conservative. I don’t know what kind. The kind with a total humanist mind-set that expects sinful, deluded, not all that intelligent human beings to do the things that only God can do. But then that’s no conservative at all, but a mere D.C. dyed-in-the-wool statist.

Where is it written that the federal government is to take charge of healthcare, anyway?

How’s about the government try something really revolutionary, and leave us alone?

 

 

 


The Truth Matters

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(They’re all dead and gone by now–the perfect opportunity for liberals to attack them.)

This is all I’m going to write about this fallen world’s news today; my soul can’t take anymore. Instead, I will blog animal videos and prayer requests (if I get any) today.

I’m not prepared to say whose lives “matter” and whose lives don’t. I don’t what Loretta Lunch–er, Lynch–trying to jail me for microaggression.

Suffice it to say that the Obama regime has poisoned race relations in this country, on purpose, creating a climate of rage and injustice-collecting among people who ought to have good will toward one another. And you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll see more of it, a lot more, at the Democrat National Convention.

This race-hustling, this whipping-up of anger and resentment, has gone so far as to make war on the past, a war against the dead. A war against history.

One thing I am prepared to say is that the truth matters. Let history here defend the dead, in the words of Robert Selph Henry in his The Story of the Confederacy, first published in 1931, when there were a few Confederate veterans still living:

“The Confederacy was a belated attempt to exercise the right of a state to withdraw from the United States of America.

“Because it was belated, because it opposed a mere right in the abstract to the concrete forms of economics and the inevitable trend of history, because it was burdened with the defense of the anachronism of slavery, it failed…

“With its failure, the United States of America that we know was born… The old union of states federated together for specific and limited purposes died, to be succeeded by a new nation in which the states, North and South alike, have contentedly sunk from the sovereignty they so jealously maintained in 1787 to become little more than convenient administrative subdivisions of government.”

This is truth: and demonizing the dead, to serve the current political purposes of immoral and power-hungry individuals, can’t change it.


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