My Debate with A Christian Warmonger

Recently, one of my family members shared a post I had on my Facebook page called “I’m Not Voting”. You can read it here. A great philosopher of freedom, David Gordon, brings forth just a quick, ethical reason on why he’s not voting in the presidential race in a few days. He hits on some moral issues on why I too, am not voting in this race. Well, this didn’t go over to good with, what I like to call, a Disciple of Democracy. This is the debate that followed between myself and a woman whose name I’ve changed.

DOROTHY: If you don’t vote you have no right to complain.

ME: If you do vote you have no right to complain. The non-voters have used Reason to consciously decide not to choose between puppet A and puppet B which are both evil. If you love liberty, the constitution, the free-market and peace, I don’t know how anyone can endorse any of these two so-called candidates, who represent everything opposite of what our Founding Fathers tried to establish.

DOROTHY: Not to vote is to vote. It’s a vote for the current socialist administration.

ME: I agree with you 100 percent Dorothy, about this horrible administration. But my disdain for Obama doesn’t fuel my enthusiasm for the socialist Romney either (who promises not to cut anything and won’t balance the budget until 2030). Anyway, our government is the most powerful, corrupt, imperial entity on the planet, they’re not going to let “elections” get in the way on their agenda. That’s why our choices are between these two fascist clowns. The only option is to withdrawal our consent to be governed by those who’ve exceeded their constitutional allotted power. Change is not going to happen via the political process; like the American Revolution, it has to come from the hearts and minds of the people.

DOROTHY: Totally disagree with you and think you have your facts wrong on Romney but you won’t change my mind and I won’t change yours. I know I will answer to God for what I did with the freedom He gave me to vote so not to vote is not an option for me.

ME: I don’t mean to go back and forth, but I like these conversations! Do you honestly think Jesus Christ, the Man of Peace, would really want you to vote for someone who utilizes force for desired purposes? Don’t you think a lot of Christians these days have replace their faith in God with that of American democracy? A few months ago, an American Drone strike killed innocent civilians during their wedding. Kids were killed. This happens all the time, but you don’t hear about it. Can we morally justify these murders just because it’s our “side” that has done it? I believe Jesus wants his followers to evade evil, not participate in it. I think the government is beyond repair and it’s up to the people to use the great Christian principles of Peace, Honesty and Love to transform our own little communities.

DOROTHY: God ordained government. And I’m not sure where you get Jesus is the man of peace. That’s no where in scripture. Read Revelation. He’s coming back as a lion to destroy the earth. He is the Son of God and if you read the OT you will see God commanded war of his people. Until Christ returns we all have to do what our consciences tell us to do knowing we will stand before God in the end. I’m not a one issue person. To me the war to be concerned about is the war against unborn innocent babies. The war against our freedom of speech. The war against marriage between a man and a woman. The war against our economy. The war against small businesses and the class warfare being waged. These are the many issues we face as a country and these are the issues God is going to hold us accountable for.

ME: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

DOROTHY: Is Jesus really a man of peace? Wait till he comes back! –he fights the Anti-christ and conquers the whole world. Also, he wasn’t so peaceful when he cleared the Temple that one day. Nevertheless, it is true when he was on the earth that he taught his disciples to ‘turn the cheek’. He never lead an army or even resisted his own arrest–but went willingly to his death.
But he also said in Luke 22:36
“But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag, and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”
Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for war and a time for peace. You have chosen to be a one issue voter and that is your decision. I think that is extremely short sided but that is why our freedom is so important. We can have different opinions. But that freedom could be taken away because of your short sidedness.

ME: Oh Dorothy, your perverted view of the scripture is why Christianity is in such decline. Your comments are very disturbing, illogical and almost sounds Jihadi like. “Flipping the table over” is not mass murder. It seems like your hatred for anyone who thinks outside of what you’ve been conditioned to think overpowers your ability to decipher between good and evil. Am I really a “one-sided” voter. I have about as many reasons for not voting for the lesser of two evils as you have for voting for it. I think you went off the rails a little bit with these comments and I truly believe these unsound thoughts that you and some people harbor is why America is in such massive decay.

DOROTHY: Wow. Superior you.

ME: Not superior, just awake.

Now, you can see that some of her arguments are very elementary. Unable to have a thought of her own, she’s forced to the regurgitation of talking points from Glenn Beck or Fox News.  You can tell she is set in her ways and no amount of evidence, facts or ideas will ever change her worldview. She has completed her intellectual growth process and will block out all other logical explanations that doesn’t mesh with her set outlook. And she will be smug and self-satisfied with this lack of knowledge for the rest of her life.

One of the most startling things in America today is some of the distorted ideas that are peddled by some Christians. This woman embodies the self-righteous nationalism that fuels the divisiveness in our country. Unable to have peace in her soul, this woman snags a few verses from scripture to substantiate her appetite for bloodshed on anyone who is not like her or thinks like her. She is a hypocrite in the worse way. She claims she cares about “the war on babies” here in this country, but doesn’t have a care in the world for them in another. For some reason I don’t think Jesus views the world with geographical boundaries. But unfortunately, humans do, especially Americans.

Anthony Gregory eloquently points out in a great article that “attempting to reach people on the merits of peace and the perils of war is not always easy, particularly when they hold tightly to what they believe are teachings of their religious faith that validate or even endorse war. With millions of Christian Americans drawing their attitudes toward war from the bloodthirsty lessons of pro-war clergymen, it is not too surprising, but nevertheless disappointing, to see so many replace faith in God with faith in the state, and respect for the teachings of the Prince of Peace with the calls for blood coming from the god of war.”

If Christians are to save the country, they’d be wise to start emulating their Savior instead of acting like the Roman soldiers who crucified him.

For further reading on Christianity and war, I highly recommend a book by Laurence Vance called Christianity and War; And Other Essays against the Warfare State. (Click here for it)

Also, I highly recommend a phenomenal essay about Christianity and war which you can read here.

 

5 Reasons Why I Don’t Vote

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” 

~Emma Goldman

The main reason I don’t vote anymore is because it doesn’t matter. It’s futile and a waste of precious time. When the media, politicians or academia tell you that your voice matters, they’re lying to you. Your voice is useless. They know that, but you don’t.

I bet some of you right now reading this think that I’m either a wacko or just pure wrong. But I’d also bet that you can’t tell me one example when voting really impacted your life. Let’s be honest with ourselves, voting in a democracy amplified by imperialism and  controlled by financial vultures and military interests is a charade. It’s just a manufactured illusion to get the masses to assume that they’re being governed with their own approval. Voting is consenting to be ruled by unlawful men. I stopped consenting. And you should too. Butler Shaffer put it perfectly when he wrote “If I am of the view that politics is destroying our world – and let us not forget that politics managed to kill off some 200,000,000 of our fellow humans in the 20th century alone – am I prepared to direct my energies into such a destructive system?”

Here are the top 5 reasons why I don’t vote…

  1. There is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. This should be the most obvious and apparent reason not to vote. But most folks actually believe there is a difference.  Both parties believe in deficits, debt, endless wars, loose monetary policy, corporate-welfare and coercion. Both parties want to obliterate our civil liberties. Obama ran his campaign as a polar opposite of G. Bush. Amazingly, his presidency is like Bush on steroids. They both have over 90% of the same policies. And what’s crazy is, Obama has actually extended the Bush wars and illegally invaded a few more countries unconstitutionally. He has actually been worse than Bush on Wars. Who would’ve thunk it? And the Republicans think he’s weak on Foreign Policy? What? I’d hate to see who else they would’ve bombed. Obama also raved against,with good reason, the Patriot Act implemented by Bush that allows the government to wiretap phones, spy on emails and conduct warrantless searches. Everything opposite of a so-called free country. So when Obama took office, not only did he not abolish this horrific law, but he signed something extremely worse. The NDAA bill gives the president the power to assassinate American citizens who he deems a threat without due process. Democrats are supposed to stand for civil liberties. Obama has obliterated the Bill of Rights. For more on this, click for my blog here.  The two-party system is set up for the people to blame the other side rather than government as a whole. It also restricts and isolates anyone who might think outside the boundaries of the Republican or Democrat chain of thought.
  2. Voting is unethical. All American politicians abide by the principal of using force to alter behavior. They believe in spreading they’re ideas-whether domestic or foreign- through coercion and compulsion. So by voting, you indirectly endorse the use of physical force and violence to correct behavior on people who harm no one. I don’t believe that the state should be allowed to kidnap an individual and throw them in a cage for smoking a plant. I do not believe the notion that the government should have first dibs on the fruits of my labor. I don’t believe the government has the right to invade other countries without a declaration of war. I don’t believe in the pentagon using massive drone strikes around the globe that is resulting in the murder of innocent children. All politicians endorse these criminal acts and so voting for them is to be complicit to their crimes.                                                                            
  3. Voting is theft. Most people vote, not for the candidate, but for what they offer.  Poor people vote for Democrats, because they promise them welfare checks. Defense contractors vote for Republicans, because they promise them wars. Farmers vote for whoever is going subsidize them the most. Christians vote for Republicans because they support religious programs and fund a family values agenda. The unemployed vote for whoever’s going to extend unemployment benefits. Senior citizens vote for whoever funds Medicare and social security. So the whole voting scheme is picking someone on a ballot who promises to steal money from productive people and give it to them or they’re institution. Or they vote to restrain by law other people’s action they don’t agree with. Whether its money or freedom…its theft. As William Graham Sumner once wrote, “The history of the human races is one long story of attempts by certain persons and classes to obtain control of the power of the State, so as to win earthly gratifications at the expense of others.”
  4. Democracy is a horrible form of government…so I refuse to participate in the whole system. Democracy is a cute little professional name for mob rule. It’s when 51% of the people have their way over the remaining 49%. I don’t vote because I don’t want to impose my views or system on you as I would not like for you to impose your views or system on me. The founders of our Nation thought democracy a harmful form of government. They realized it always led to despotism, which we are witnessing now, and then strangles itself to death in the end. John Adams understood this when he stated that “democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Finally, in the great words of H.L Menken, “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
  5. Voting makes you think politically instead of economically or individually to fix problems in society. When we vote, we are giving the approval to some self-serving politician to fix the troubles in our community. When a crisis stirs the community or the nation, we tend to look for someone to rule over us and tell us what to do instead of choosing to deal with it ourselves. Instead of looking to the state for a remedy, we should start looking to ourselves to improve our own way of life and the lives of others. Politics and central planning is the problem we have to overcome.

In truth, America is run by a few elite. We’ve evolved into an oligarchy in the worse way. Every four years these elite put on a show called elections. The masses participate in this show falsely believing they’ve inherited the opportunity to change their country’s destiny. Unfortunately they play right into the oligarchy’s hands.  This false impression is what leads us down the same road decade after decade. And just as Goethe said, “none are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” So if you cherish individual freedom and self-sovereignty…don’t vote. Revolutionary change always begins with the withdrawal of the people’s consent to be ruled over.