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Twenty-Six Political Theses for Your Consideration

Twenty-Six Political Theses

1).  If you pay no federal income tax, you have no right to demand that the top 1% of earners pay more in federal taxes.

2).  If you are not registered to vote, you forfeit all right to complain or pontificate about anything which goes on in the political arena.

3).  If you choose not to vote in any given election, then you must remain silent about politics until the next election rolls around (and you do vote).

4).  Every registered voter should take at least one course, or read at least one book on the US Constitution–its history, and/or the debates about its ratification.  Listening to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, or NPR doesn’t count.

5).  Do not vote for any political candidate until you have actually read their political (or professional) resume, carefully reviewed their legislative/administrative accomplishments, and considered any scandals and controversies they have generated, or of which they have been a part.

6).  If you choose a candidate merely because they are telegenic, witty, or capable of a good sound bite, you are part of the problem.

7).  Our current presidential “debates” have more in common with the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show than they do with real “debate.”

8).  The less cable news you watch, the better equipped you’ll be to make a sane choice when voting.

9).  If any politician wants to reach deeper into my wallet, they better have a darn good reason and an established reputation for finding government waste and cutting government spending.

10).  Every household in America knows what to do in economic hard-times–cut household spending across the board and then earn additional monies to pay down debt (i.e, add a temporary part-time job).  This solution is completely unthinkable to politicians, who, apparently, have never tried it and do not know that such practices actually exist.   

11).  Our government solves its economic woes by turning on the printing press and adding to the money supply, and then (figuratively speaking) opens 10 new credit card accounts to pay existing credit card debt.  John Maynard Keynes is turning over in his grave.

12).  The massive and rapidly growing debt is the greatest threat to our national and economic security, as well as to the American way of life.  Any candidate for political office unwilling to address this crisis head-on will not get my vote.

13).   If any political candidate thinks he or she can manage my life and my family better than I can, they will never get my vote.

14).  Cutting the rate of a proposed increase in spending is not a budget cut!

15).  Do not robo-call me.

16).  Professing Christians are often far-too partisan, and embarrassingly ill-informed about history of the political ideologies they espouse.

17).  Furthermore, professing Christians rarely evaluate those political ideologies to see if they are compatible with their Christian profession.  

18).  Instead of serving as the “world’s greatest deliberative body” the US Senate has become the epitome of partisan politics.  If these people spent half of their time back in the legislatures of their home states (as the founding fathers intended), they would do far less damage to the country because of their partisan factionalism.  Repeal the seventeenth amendment!

19).  The better presidents in our history have had the rare ability to do what was best for the nation without any sacrifice of their personal governing principles.  At the same time, the better presidents were usually willing, when necessary, to depart from their political party’s “sacred” platform.

20).  As defined constitutionally, the office of the President of the United States is that of commander in chief, and therefore is the “President” to all Americans–not just those of his own political party.

21).   The intangible but essential skills of leadership are a requirement for a President as the chief executive–not so much for a senator or a congressperson (who are legislators).  This is why governors (i.e., those with executive experience) are much better candidates for President than Senators.

22).  I don’t want to hear (although I know I will) another clueless celebrity blame mass shootings and acts of terrorism solely upon the 2nd Amendment, especially when these same people frequently utilize hired (and armed) security to protect them from their adoring and/or crazy fans.

23).  There is something terribly wrong with a society which humanizes pets and dehumanizes the unborn human fetus.

24).  You may claim your pet has rights and is a “member” of your family, but if Fido bites me, I’m suing you, not Fido, and I’ll win.

25).  Because far too many of our contemporaries think that sexual gratification is the most important activity in life, our culture is increasingly unwilling to address the havoc brought about by pornography, prostitution, and other deviant sexual behaviors (incest and sexual abuse of children).

26).  Bruce Jenner may change his name to “Caitlyn,” alter his appearance with long hair, make-up, and woman’s clothes, he even may alter his physique with hormones and surgery.  But every cell in his body has a “y” chromosome.  He is and always will be a man in a dress.  Technically, he’s a transvestite, not a “transsexual.”

Reader Comments (12)

Nice. Do you think we could nail these to the Capitol and/or the Whitehouse door?
April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick
Great stuff! A couple of quick thoughts: In this silly system we now have (relativism as the norm) I'm not so sure that you would beat Fido in court.

Sex is so over rated. I tell folks that if they are seeking porn on the computer, throw the computer in the trash. If a person has a well formed conscience, they should have no problem at all in putting sex out of their minds and not even thinking about it. Easily done. And, I have a pretty wife!

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Cadle
It has long bothered me that people who pay no federal taxes are able to vote for the rest of us to pay more. All should have to pay some taxes so that their votes affect their own pockets.
April 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentershirohniichan
I can't follow you on number 3; I will still express my opinions. At the moment I am only interested in participating in the primaries and defeating that abomination that contributes to the destruction of a common morality and decency among Americans; I find it illuminating that it is from the party that considers itself as pro-life and supportive of family values. The current Republican candidates have ALL contributed to the propping up of that despicable man, and conservative talk radio and pundits have done the same. Excusing with such ease the stupidity, indecency, and bigotry shown is too much to bare. I think the past year has confirmed and brought to light that many of the criticisms from the Left about the Right/Republican party/conservatism have actually been true all along.

I don't plan to vote in Nov unless that abomination is still around, and if he is, I will have the easiest time voting Democrat. I'm actually in the process of writing a morally conscious case for such an action to fight off Christians that attempt to question my Christian faith; I will need to have a prepared defense to fight Christians that attack me for voting for a pro-choice and pro-homosexual rights candidate. I look forward to fighting Christians that are contributing to the immense foolishness if it comes to that because unbelievers need to know that some among us care about sanity.
April 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlberto

That was a bit cryptic. I assume you are referring to Trump?
April 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterKim Riddlebarger
Yes sir. I'm going to call him The Abomination from now on, like the character from Marvel; some call him The Donald, well I'll call him The Abomination. I think it wonderfully captures my immense dislike of the man, yet it remains devoid of foul language.
April 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlberto

Never thought I'd live to see the day when one of the two main political parties would spawn a candidate who brags about his sexual conquests, the size of his junk, mocks the looks of another candidate's wife, and call his rivals childish names (much of this on live TV during the so-called "debates"). He changed his view on abortion four times in one day!

Trump terrifies me because he has none of the personal qualities or integrity we should demand from a presidential candidate, and I think he's shown himself to be a narcissist of the first order--its all about him. A lot of similarities exist between Trump and post WW1 Fascism: the desire for revenge against those who have wronged us (the liberal left, immigrants and Muslims), the redeemer-Hero mythology (he's a "savior"); nationalism (America is always right and does the will of God); and a good ole dose of American populism (which is unique to the American political context).

Reality is setting in at the RNC. Larry Sabato (whose blog "The Crystal Ball" is must reading) has shown that a Trump candidacy will be an electoral college disaster, even against the ever-growing in unpopularity HRC. Trump will suppress the Republican vote--about 1/3 will refuse to vote for him (I'm among them, but whether I stay a Republican is an open question), and he'll rally the left (especially women) to vote against him. It is a double-whammy. He can't win (God, be praised!).

But the RNC created the "Zombie Trump" as I call him (he's dead--i.e., he can't win the election [and shouldn't], but the RNC can't seem to stop him).

But please don't stay home on any election day--there are a lot of down ballot candidates and issues which require attention, regardless of whether you can vote for either one of the likely presidential nominees.
April 7, 2016 | Registered CommenterKim Riddlebarger
I no longer vote by party. I will vote for a candidate that is against these five non-negotiable principles: 1. Abortion. 2. Euthanasia. 3. Embryonic Stem Cell Research. 4. Human Cloning. 5. Homosexual marriage.

As a Christian, a person can vote to limit harm. I did vote for Cruz, although I wonder if his dispensational viewpoint could play a role in his foreign policy. Or, for conscience sake, if it came down to Hillary and Trump, I may just write Rick Santorum in.

I really believe that if I voted for a pro-abortion candidate, I would be a participant in abortion. For me, that would be a hard pill to swallow.

I worry about the lack of action by the Obama administration on terrorism and the tremendous moral decline into relativism that has taken hold during the last eight years. I still have young children, and I don't want them to have an America (under eight years of Hillary), where a group that is less than 0.2% of the population is running the country (transgender).

The transgender perverts are now allowed into women's fitting rooms and women's restrooms. This is absolutely pathetic and a violation of privacy guaranteed under the constitution. Christians need to rise up and put a stop to this. Our children deserve better!
April 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Cadle
We are all perverts(sin). We are all degenerates(sin). Stop picking a few sins to care about for politics, If you care about sinful positions pick the main ten and go with all of them. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. Politics is for both Kingdoms. Justice is for both the redeemed and the unredeemed. Justic is for both the adulterer in act and adulterer in thought.

1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You shall not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”
April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDarrell
Darrell - If you are a pervert, you should turn yourself in. I have a family and I don't want sickos watching my wife and children dress and go to the bathroom. I don't want that type of America for folks to live in.

I don't know if you are a Christian or not, but if killing human life is just another day at the office and is no more important than voting for ones own pocket book you are pretty selfish.

How sad!
April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd Cadle
Lloyd, are you saying you are not perverted by sin in every fabric of you human existence? What part of your thought or action is not perverted by sin? Please tell me. While you are at, why not tell why you are better than such and such person.

Btw, I am a professing Christian that believes in the three forms of unity and highly respect Kim's intellect. And when it comes to theological matters I have the utmost respect for him. Thanks to Kim, Modern Reformation, the White Horse Inn and others I came to fully embrace Reformed theology. I just differ with him on political matters.

There is a prevalent viewpoint among Christians that you first have to vote for someone that is anti- abortion and anti-gay marriage. If a candidate is not clearly against those two you positions you cannot vote for them.

There is a reason that Trump says he is Pro-Life and then wavered 4 times on what he means by that. The reason he was just pandering to get a certain vote. There is a reason why Trump held up the Bible and says it is the best book every. Pandering. He knows that politicans have coopted that vote and the way you get that vote is just say you are anti abortion. Then if you run against someone that is not anit-abortion you can just say, "Remember Christian, you have to vote for the candidate that is anti-abortion, so candidate X, who isnt anti-abortion, isnt an option for you"
April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDarrell
A presidential election year is a good time for voters (plus candidates and party officials) to review Articles 1, 2 and 3 of the United States Constitution -- outlining the powers and power-limitations of each of the three equal branches of the federal government.
And it's well to remember -- with profound appreciation -- that the Founding Fathers crafted those Articles, not by slogans and sound-bites in air-conditioned halls, but by intellectually rigorous consideration and argumentation in a stuffy room throughout an oppressively hot and humid Philadelphia summer in the pre-air conditioning, pre-electric fan age.
June 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

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