Republicans and the middle class...

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For Biblical reasons, I am neither a Democrat nor a Libertarian. Not a Democrat because Democrats run every campaign on envy, sexual perversion, and bloodlust. Thus a vote for the Democratic ticket is the open denial of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And not a Libertarian because I've noticed their commitment to freedom causes them to cower before the druggie, sexual pervert, and bloodlust lobby. Liberty trumps God's Moral Law, turning upside down what the Holy Spirit reveals concerning the purpose of all civil authority (what we call "government"): is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. (Romans 13:4-6)

God ordains governors and the taxes we pay to the end that...

police, mayors, and judges are free to devote themselves to bearing the sword against those doing evil while rewarding those doing good. This revelation from God is antithetical to the libertarian project. Their basic orientation is not to reestablish our Tenth Amendment (states) rights, but to remove fear of the civil magistrate from our nation. God does not approve. At the center of His purposes for the civil magistrate is the magistrate's subjects fearing his sword.

Libertarians oppose this. They have not yet learned that freedom is a great servant, but a terrible master. 

What about Republicans? As my longtime hero, the late Joe Sobran, used to say, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, I'm a Republican!"

Most of my life I've watched and listened to Republicans claiming high principles against evil, but when they get in office it's clear it was all making-themselves-electable bunk. Republican appointees sitting on the Supreme Court have kept our nation enthralled to abortion's bloodlust for decades, now. The Republican appointee John Roberts was responsible for savaging our Tenth Amendment freedoms by approving nationalized medicine. He brought one-fifth of our economy under the authority of our President and his apparatchiks, and he had the audacity to tell us his rebellion was submission to our Constitution!

He takes us for fools.

Beyond the "social issues," though, what about economics?

Here we find that Democrats' accusation against Republicans is true. Republicans are rich and the Republican party is the party of the rich. As Democrats have been bribed by unions and the poor, Republicans have been bribed by corporations, hedge fund managers, and the rich.

Greed is to Republicans as envy is to Democrats.

The above by way of introducing the latest oped piece by my friend Bob Patterson. To agree with Bob requires a certain fatalism about the Tenth Amendment and the nationlization of government President Lincoln bequeathed us, but with that caveat, here's a teaser:

Mr. (Paul) Ryan needs to conduct a “working-class tour” of the Rust Belt to experience the angst reflected in the songs of Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. Both popular musicians are liberal Democrats, yet Mr. Joel’s “Allentown” and Mr. Springsteen’s “My Hometown” profoundly capture the devastation of Middle America by the willful globalization of the U.S. economy by policy elites in cahoots with Wall Street investment banks and multinational corporations...

Defending the heartland against foreign predators means more than holding the 2016 party convention in Cleveland. It requires developing effective policies that invest in domestic manufacturing and energy production, measures that would create millions of high family-wage jobs for fathers without college degrees — not more professional social-welfare caseworkers or boosts in the low-wage-enabling Earned Income Tax Credit per the Ryan plan...

If Mr. Ryan would direct his prodigious energy and intellect toward a nation-building agenda that re-engineers the economy to serve the broad working middle class once again...

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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