The U.S. Constitution states: “No State shall enter into any ….. Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts,” Marriage is, among many other things, a contract. A typical set of Wedding Vows includes: “I, (my name), take you, (the name of someone else), for my lawful wife/husband. That’s only one example of a contract between two people. So far, everyone agrees those words, that contract, binds two people together. If the two people are a man and a woman everyone accepts the contract.
Gay marriage is a contract between two people where each person is of the same sex, … kinda. If one person is like Bruce Jenner, a woman in a man’s body and the other is a woman, no one has a problem with them getting married. All of the items of a traditional marriage contract are in evidence.
But Bruce tells us he’s been a woman in a man’s body who married three different women. Were they married? Everyone answers yes. So what’s the problem with two women in women’s bodies getting married? It’s the same as when Bruce did it with the slight difference of the man’s body. But a man’s body isn’t necessarily what makes a contract. Neither sex nor gender matters for contracts. It’s the offer; the consideration; and the mutual acceptance between two adults that creates the contract.
So if two gay people enter into a contract to be married, the law must protect that contract. That doesn’t sit well with some people. They seek to prevent LGBT people from entering into a marriage contract.
Many people have taken the position that marriage was defined by God. OK, but the bible doesn’t go into the idea of contracts as the U/S. Constitution did.
Some people object to the use of the word, marriage when it comes to two same sex individuals. That’s OK too since they have no standing to interfere with someone else s contract. They can object on religious grounds. Fine. Their objection can be noted but they have no standing under the law to interfere.
Religious people can speak for themselves. If they want to define marriage a contract between a man and a woman. fine but legally they can only speak for for themselves. They have no business interfering with someone else’s contract. They lack standing to interfere.
They can argue all they want. They just can’t get what they want if they want to interfere with someone else’s contract.
If someone want’s to declare marriage is between a man and a women, what do they call Bruce Jenner’s three marriages? At the very least those marriages were legal. Bruce confuses the issue because he’s something different than a man. He’s a physical male but an intellectual woman. No problem for the contract crowd. Big problem for the ecclesiastics but they need to realize they lack standing to actually take one side or the other about the validity or invalidity of his three marriages.
But the law of the land goes further than not standing in the way of two people making contracts. The law must protect contracts, regardless of the sex or gender of the contractees.
Of course it would be simple to settle gay marriage by relying on the laws of contracts. That won’t settle the issue with the Ecclesiastics. They will just have to keep fighting until they get the contract distinction; the idea that they lack standing and the further idea that the law actually protects contracts.
Time to move on. This battle is over.
America’s first Dictator, Barack Obama was duly elected by the people. For now, he’s the President of the United States, but he’s not defending and protecting the Constitution. He’s using it as cover to destroy the American culture from within. This is serious. As David Limbaugh wrote in two books, Obama is a danger to America and a man intent on destroying the values and virtues of the United States.
A leader needs people to trust and to fear him. They must trust him to keep his promises and they must fear him or they will not obey his laws. President Obama has been making and enforcing his own versions of many laws. He studied and taught Constitutional Law at Harvard so he has a large constitutional tool kit to use to force the American culture to change as he was taught by his parents. Change to what?
Why does President Obama want to change America? Because he begins with the premise that America is bigoted against minorities; has been Imperialistic; has used the military to impose unwanted values on other countries and cultures and has been a poor member of the United Nations. Arguing from his premises he has paid the United Nations all that he could. Previous American Presidents knew the U.N. did not always act according to Democratic principles so he decided, single-handedly, (the Senate does not have to approve his International actions), so they decided not to pay the huge amounts of money demanded by the United Nations. President Obama paid those monies.
It’s blatantly unfair for the President to have a new air wing created for him to campaign against Mitt Romney.
Word coming out of a military web site is revealing that a new back-up aviation wing has been created to support President Obama’s Air Force One air fleet for the upcoming election year campaign flights.
This new air wing includes 5 C-130 H medium transport with 8 full sets of air crew, plus 60 maintenance personnel and 12 operations employees to constitute the 305th division out of Delaware. The 306th wing out of Andrews AFB includes 4 C-17 heavy lift transports, 7 full air crew, 60 maintenance personnel, and 10 more operations employees.
Look at that again. 9 C-130 H aircraft. the C-130 is a four engine turboprop, (A jet engine connected to a propeller), with 18,000 prop shaft horsepower per aircraft. Each of the nine C-130’s can lift 21 tons and weighs 73 tons. That’s one huge carbon footprint as well a a huge dollar footprint. See: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2857591/posts and http://www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=92
The exercise of Rights is most important when government power is at it’s zenith. In the case of the First Amendment Right to Free Speech, when the government wants to censor ideas, the expression of ideas or to restrict the exercise of speech against the government, the exercise of the Right to Free Speech becomes most important. One would hope that the need to invoke the Right to Free Speech against the government would be rare. For obvious reasons the most rare of the Rights should be the exercise of the Right to one’s life against the powers of government. That’s a Right that can only be oppressed by government once.
“Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law”, wrote Ayn Rand in the Appendix of her amazing book: CAPITALISM THE UNKNOWN IDEAL. http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ari_ayn_rand_man_rights Rand also explained other aspects of the idea of Rights, for example:
“The concept of individual rights is so new in human history that most men have not grasped it fully to this day. In accordance with the two theories of ethics, the mystical or the social, some men assert that rights are a gift of God—others, that rights are a gift of society. But, in fact, the source of rights is man’s nature.
The Declaration of Independence stated that men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Whether one believes that man is the product of a Creator or of nature, the issue of man’s origin does not alter the fact that he is an entity of a specific kind—a rational being—that he cannot function successfully under coercion, and that rights are a necessary condition of his particular mode of survival.
“The source of man’s rights is not divine law or congressional law, but the law of identity. A is A—and Man is Man. Rights are conditions of existence required by man’s nature for his proper survival. If man is to live on earth, it is right for him to use his mind, it is right to act on his own free judgment, it is right to work for his values and to keep the product of his work. If life on earth is his purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being: nature forbids him the irrational.” (Atlas Shrugged)”.
I believe that the descriptions and definitions of the elements of Rights and Individual Freedom have become so submerged within the psyche of Americans and so oppressed by most cultures outside of America that meaningful discussion is difficult. It’s why I found it necessary to take Northampton and three other townships to Federal Court for violation of the First Amendment and even though I’m not a lawyer I wrote up all of the brief’s and successfully answered all of the defenses of the defendants for over two years before winning.
The Right to Free Speech is a key difference between America and every dictatorship. For that and many other reasons America is an exceptionl culture. Even though I would hope that the exercise of the Right to Free Speech should be rare because that would mean it is respected by government, it is not. Like many other Rights it is neither respected nor understood by countries and cultures outside of America.
Unfortunately it is not understood by some of America’s sub-cultures either.
Multiculturalism is watching it’s destruction. In Holland, Geert Wilders said: “we do not deserve to become strangers in our own land”. In Germany Chancellor Merkel told us “immigrants are welcome — they must learn the language and accept the countries cultural norms”. She was explicit: “the multicultural approach saying we live side by side and happpily with each other has failed….. utterly failed”.
The new thinking is more about what binds societies together rather than the multikulti what makes them different. Turkish President Abdullah Gulapoke of the need for German migrants to “speak German without an accent”.
Immigration is second in importance to the economy as an election issue and mainstream politicians are starting to pay attention.
What is Important to me?
Explaining some of my core values will show some of the ideas that have caused me to try to help make things better.
- “Ignorance doesn’t fix problems, only knowledge does that”.
Everyone has a set of values, a mental list of the things that are important to them, things they act to get or to keep.
Reality: Seeing things as they exist. The Principle of Honesty is conforming to reality. Fantasy is the opposite of reality. Honesty is wanting to pay for what you get. Integrity is being true to your principles.
Reason: As a way to understand reality and as the basis to figure out what to do.The tools of reason are the tools of the intellect: Logic, especially the Aristotelean Law of Non-Contradiction; Deduction, Induction, Perceptions; Memory/Recall; Experiences; and the discoveries that contain the knowledge and wisdom achieved by the scientists, inventors and philosophers. You trained your mind from infancy. Your individual mind has astounding attriutes and you can constantly train it to higher levels.
Philosophers, as a group have muddled-up things so bad that philosophy is generally useless as an intellectual guide however the outlines of a general philosophy shows that Metaphysics ia general view of everything and Epistemology includes the rules regarding how to think.
Government: Government is certainly necessary. Every culture has some type of Government.
Excessive government intervention causes problems. Keeping government under control is the solution. Voting for real independent candidates – like me – can help get more control over government.
American Government ~ Began with the Declaration of Independence. A written Constitution identifies and limits the powers of government. The Bill of Rights further limits government. The Preamble to the Bill of Rights. limits power even more. Sadly,all that has been effectively overcome. Big Brother Government overhangs just about everything.
Government is supposed to protect Liberty. There is no other purpose.
Liberty is personal, not cultural. Majority Rule eliminates the protection of the minority. The smallest minority is the individual.
Proper, Moral Government exists to Protect the Liberty of each citizen. America is the only moral nation in history. America was based on a set of values, Morality is a set of values so America, founded on values ibased in Liberty is moral.
Government Legislation should be Limited to the “Enumerated Powers” and the doctrine of Individual Rights. Economically and Politically that’s not Socialism but Capitalism. Capitalism is the only moral sytem because it’s based on Individual Freedom, is Limited by Rights and a set of Laws designed to protect Individual Rights, not some bastardized list of privileges and entitlements disguised as Rights.
Everything has a nature, a list of attributes unique to similar things. An Eagle for example has the nature of an Eagle but nothing useful to people can be identified by observing Eagles. The nature of people has a definition.
The identification of a proper set of values for a system of government requires a set of values proper to people which is why the nature of people is important. People are what is Governed.
The first question for goverment is not what is a proper system of government for people? The first question is “do people need government and why”?
The answer is people need government to protect them from holtile groups, gangs and Government. there is no danger from other individuals. It is when individuals form groups, gangs and governments that individuals need protection.
People have free will as part of their nature so they need to make choices.
They must be free to make those choices. If there is no freedom to make choices there is no need for a set of rules to make sure people make the right choices. There needs to be a place where people can make choices. That’s why individuals, not government should own and control property. Government owned property is an element of communism or communilism disguised as freedom. Government Control of land is Counterfeit Freedom.
This is where the idea of Rights comes in. The choices people make is a very wide subject but the idea of Rights limits the choices to those which affect no one else. Rights are the way to subject Government to moral law.
The nature of individual judgment means people are free to make wrong as well as right choices. How can a person be sure to make the correct choice?
By basing it on evidence. That defines Objectivity. Objective Judgment defines the idea of Justice. The purpose of government is to provide Justice based on Individual Rights and in accord with Objective Laws which provide clear bright lines between right and wrong behavior.
The government that governs best is the government that governs least. Small government that protects Liberty and provides Objective Judgment is proper for people according to their nature.
The opposite values, opposite to Reality, to Reason and Capitalism are values based in Mysticism, Altruism and Communalism. Mysticism is a committment to a universe of unknowable things with rules that are not rules at all but whims to be decided by no rules at all. Altruism, a deadly vice that has been wrongly turned into a virtue preaches Sacrifice as a value. Sacrifice is giving up something of value for something of lesser value. Paying a dollar for something worth a penny is a sacrifice. Living for the expectation of something greater than living is not a sacrifice but a negotiation to get something in exchange for something less. Communalism is putting the group, tribe or race above the individual. Socialism; Fascism; Communism; Social Democracy; Progressivism; Social Justice; are systems that value the group higher than the individual. History shows the dangers of government based on the false value of some group. The smallest minority needs protection from groups and the smallest minority is the individual, – you.
Mysticism, Altruism and Communalism (MAC) are the counterfeiting of the values of this world, this time, your life as important and to be protected by government over the majority, are not the values that wrote the American Declaration of Independence or the Constiuttion. MAC is clearly Un-American yet it is the reigning philosophy of many people who accepted MAC as valid because of faulty information.
Reason begins with Axioms: Existence, Identity and Consciousness. All intellectual effort begins with evidence provided by the senses, sub-totaled into Perceptions; isolated into Concepts and used as Language. Concepts and Language are learned, not innate. Grammar organizes Language. Each word is an abstraction, a “Concept” that identifies the essence of something. See Ayn Rands: “Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology”, page 10.
Concepts refer to reality. Negative, mystical, fanciful and imagined concepts are based on real things that exist and it’s necessary to identify what exists before imagining the negative. A negative universe rests on the reality of the universe with the imagination changing it to a dream.
The sub-conscious totals all the decisions one makes and uses them as the basis for future decisions. The sub-conscious is a relentless totalizer, sort of like the judge on judgment day except the sub-conscious exists in the real world. It’s just not possible to find out what the sub-conscious has totaled. If a person constiantly makes wrong decisions, the sub-conscious will advise the consciousness to make another wrong decision when the same facts appear. That’s why most criminals cannot be rehabilitated. They have been criminals for so long their sub-conscious doesn’t know any other set of values to guide them. That’s why it’s important to make the right choices even alone on a desert island because one’s own mind is being programmed..
Existence is what exists. Nothing is outside existence. If something exists, has existed or will exist, it is part of the universe. There is no other universe because there is nothing that exists that’s not in the Universe. Fantasy is Imagination. Imagination exists as thoughts in one mind. Intellectual Creations. The mind needs and uses reason to separate Real from Imagined. The misuse of reason is a betrayal of an individual mind.
A persons sum of everything they understand is their Sense of Life; their feeling of self; their inner image; their sub-conscious evaluations; their attitude towards everything. It identifies their Spirit; their soul; their personality, their identification of who they are; their self-worth; their approach to living and to people. At the point where they can identify themselves, ~ when their experiences are sufficient for them to actually be; to understand they exist and are unique , they have reached their personal “Age of Reason”. Some people never fully achieve a sense of self; of their own life but most do. With still more experience they become Independent; truly unique; capable, and that feeling; their own Sense of Life, guides their soul. They are mature.
Reason based people are happy, productive, Independent, proud of their achievements and normal. Individual Rights protects their ability to develop to their biggest potential. Overbearing, Big Brother types of intrusive, total government that make thoughts crimes and pose as the protectors of society but not of individuals are the greatest danger to each person.
Be alert for the instinct to collaborate, the marker of a dependent being which eventually is the basis of Big Brother Government.
You probably discovered that I’m talking of my own experiences as I’ve moved through life. It seemed easier to make my experiences part of a bigger picture so the above is presented as a set of rules but they are just my rules for myself. Maybe you recognized some of your rules or you see a different way to look at things. That’s important to me because by protecting the ideas above, my ideas, I’m working to protect yours too.
Why try to change Government?
No reason if government is right. Every reason when it’s wrong.
Who decides between Right and Wrong? Anybody who knows right from wrong.
See “What I’ve Done” for a list of some of the results of my attempts to change things for the better.
America deserves better than it’s been getting, mostly because, I believe, the politicians and the people who use them to get favors; the people who use pull rather than achievement to succeed make thing worse for the people. Politicians hsve made a hash of things because they have been promoting the values of Socialism. Why is Socialism so popular despite the evidence that Socialism fails wherever government uses it to re-distribute wealth? Bad information. Manipulated information. Ignorance because of purposeful misdirection.
My philosophy has emourmous respect for individuals. Consequently, I understand that Individuals need the protection of government and they also need protection from government itself. When things go wrong, in the political issues that appear every dau=y here and abroad, “the people” are better left alone to solve problems with market based resources. Unfortunately government types get in the way of people instead of getting out of the way.
Shakesphere asked: “whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outragouus fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles?”
My answer is No. No to suffering and No to suffering in silence when government goes off the rails. No to sitting back when a neighbor is a victim of local politicians. No when the zoning board oversteps the bounds of proper law. No when the township Supervisors pass Unconstitional Ordinances. No when the Federal Government takes over many areas of life.
My approach is to attempt to change things; to get then to go right; and in many cases to get the boot of government off the necks of the people. OK. That sounds a bit over the top but a violation of the Constitution is about as wrong as government can get. That’s why I have sued four townships in Federal Court, including Northampton that had to be sued twice and I won all five times. They eliminated the Unconstitional Ordinances. That’s the way I’ve helped to rescue Liberty. Getting rid of one bad law passed by bad people who use it to do bad things to good people.
That’s what I work for. That’s why I do whatever I can. You can help.
When you see my name on a ballot, vote for me.