20, 000 Thanks


20,000 times somebody has opened a page here. Wow! I’m pretty amazed that anybody wants to know what a broken down old lineman thinks but, there you are. Over 3600 times somebody has had something to say about something here. Thank you so much.

We are moving into the home stretch of the presidential campaign, as I write this the aftermath to the Democratic convention is on my TV, you all know how important I think this election is. Not to belabor the point, this election will decide if America remains America, or becomes just another European slave state. It’s that important. The election won’t be the final answer of course, we will have to stay awake for years and continue the mission. This is one of our quests, the restoration of the American Dream. It’s one but it’s not a stand alone dream.

If you’ve been reading here any amount of time, you know what I believe but maybe this would be a good place to summarize.

First I believe in the power and responsibility of the smallest of minorities, the individual. In our system the individual is the sovereign unit of the electorate, not Christians, not atheists, not democrats, not republicans, not any group at all. The Individual. Every thing else flows from that, the mission of the government is to protect the individual. That’s what liberty is all about. From this come several things.

  • The underpinning of the United States (in fact, the free world) is the Judeao-Christian heritage of the God of the individual. We each and every one of us is created in the image of our God. That doesn’t mean that you can’t be a good American if you are an atheist, a Buddhist, a Moslem or anything else. It means that you must have a morality that recognizes that objective good and evil exists, and that the individual is sovereign with non-revocable (God-given is the usual term) rights, until you infringe on the rights of others.
  • Only capitalism (real free-market capitalism) is consistent with Liberty. It’s my responsibility to provide for mine and it’s yours to provide for yours. The major point about this is that it not a zero sum game, the economy will grow, I can remember when super high tech in the consumer market meant color TV, look at the tech field now. If you are growing your business by lobbying the government for grants, or doing favor for politicians, or trying to regulate your competitors out of business, you are my enemy, because you are not a capitalist. Remember, you can get rich, you can also starve, it’s up to you, not me, not the government. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look out for the unfortunate, or the unlucky. As a Christian it is my duty to do good works both individually and as a church. I believe it’s also my duty as a human being, but it is not my duty, in either case, to have the government take my money to support you because you are too lazy or self important to work.. Get a job.
  • The very first right is the Right to Life. I don’t care who you are you do not have the right to take a life except to save a life. There can be no justification for that. I hear a lot about abortion in case of rape, sorry, no. I’m sorry you were raped and the animal that committed the crime is beneath contempt but, the child that was conceived from it is not at fault, that child has a much right to his life as you do. Incest, is the same thing, different verse. Abortion to save the life of the mother, maybe, if, and only if, that is truly the case, it can be proper to take a life to save a life but, we can do amazing things for premature fetuses these days, think long and hard. By the way, the father has interest in the child as well, the decision is not all about you, it’s about all three of you. In a related matter, if you don’t want to have a child, don’t have sex. It works every time, ok, for us Christians there is one exception.
  • I have a right to my property, whether I earned it or someone gave it to me. It’s mine, if you want it, go earn your own, you do not have the right to steal it nor do you have the right to delegate the government to steal it for you. The government has legitimate powers, which we have delegated to them, in the Constitution, as written and amended. As an American, I have consented to be taxed for these things, and only these things, I have not consented to be taxed to support the lazy, or educate the world. When it goes beyond its enumerated powers the government is a thief, stealing my time, stealing my money, stealing my property.
  • I believe it is our responsibility as the leader of the free world to defend liberty. Where we can, especially with allies, but without if necessary. We are incomparably the most powerful nation in the history of the world, many in the world derive their living by depending on our market. As has been said, we are the indispensable nation for nearly the entire world, we have the duty to make sure trade continues world-wide, both for our benefit and for the worlds. The Chinese are much better off than were 20 years ago because of us, and if you read history, you will find that freedom follows a free market and so does peace. That does not mean we should engage in mission creep or nation building, we cannot make people free, they are going to have to do the heavy lifting of taking the risks and suffering the pain to make themselves free, even as we did.

You’ve read a good deal lately about what I believe as a Christian, so I’m not going to reiterate it here, today. I will note that it forms the basis of my belief structure. Which could be summed up as: You get what you have earned.

Life is hard. Sometimes life is unfair, get over it and continue the mission.


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Lineman, Electrician, Industrial Control technician, Staking Engineer, Inspector, Quality Assurance Manager, Chief Operations Officer

36 Responses to 20, 000 Thanks

  1. JessicaHof says:

    Whoop, whoop :) Many congratulations my friend – 20,000 thanks to you xx :)

    Yes, the defence of our common heritage is something which matters, and I am sure that many of us come here because we know we will find good company and sound common sense, as well as fun and insights – ‘broken down’ indeed – as if (and if you were, I bet you’d be a whizz at repairing yourself) Congratulations :)

    • Thanks Jess, coming from you it means a lot. I like your phrasing a lot on the defense of our common heritage-that’s the main thing and far more important than i am.

      For the rest, i try, it’s easy to get to serious sometimes, and commonsense tell us that fun and insights are important, so I try. As to the rest, at least the brain still works tolerably well, the rest, I occasionally wonder ;-).

      Thanks again, if I’m lucky maybe I’ll beat you to 25K but I doubt and also doubt that I deserve to. You have a great site. :-)

      • JessicaHof says:

        I like to think they work in synergy – I have nothing like your range of reference and experience, and learn so much from you, and from your friends – it is a great pleasure :)

        • I do agree with that, we, and our blogs, are a good match, much the same basis, some what different emphasis, and a different slant, which I think is especially evident in our comments on each other.

          And the joy of having you and your friends join me and yours is wonderful :-)

        • JessicaHof says:

          Yes, it really is a great joy – and like all joys, best shared :) xx Thank you for being here.

        • I couldn’t have said it half as well, and indeed, sharing is the best part. :-) Thank you for being there as well!

        • JessicaHof says:

          What is so lovely is the community which build up – a real joy, and something which only the Internet could do, pulling us all from all parts together :)

        • It is a very lovely community indeed, wise, kind, courteous, fun-loving, serious and every other good adjective one good think of. I love them all. And your right, how would we have met without it, and what a loss that would have been in my life, never knowing who the girl in one of my favorite videos is!! :-) xx

        • JessicaHof says:

          Indeed, my friend – that was such an amazing coincidence :)

        • It surely was, one I will never forget. :-)

        • JessicaHof says:

          Me neither :) x

        • That pleases me greatly, dearest friend. :-) x

        • JessicaHof says:

          And to think we are, once again, nearly at the anniversary of that tragedy.

        • I know, and it doesn’t help that Fox is running their timeline of the day all weekend, so I put BBC4 on the computer last night and they were doing the same thing, with their version. Still we need to remember.

        • JessicaHof says:

          Indeed, we do.

        • When I think about it too much it still makes my screen a bit blurry, I’m forced to admit. Guess I need an allergy shot.

        • JessicaHof says:

          It is one if the greatest tragedies of our time, and certainly of my life time, so it is not surprising, my dear friend. :)

        • I know, and I can’t say i’m ashamed of my reaction although I would have been when I was younger. I’ve become far more sentimental over the years as well, and I think it’s a good thing. :-)

        • JessicaHof says:

          Tears are an appropriate reaction to such a needless tragedy. How people cannot believe in Original Sin after such wickedness, I don’t know.

        • Nor I, but, some have a problem believing in evil itself which is even more bizarre to me given the evidence all around us.

        • JessicaHof says:

          Evil is a problem, but that is where I have never had a problem believing that Satan is real.

        • Nor have I, and I cannot understand those who do.

  2. Good job congratulations!!!

    • Thanks, David.

  3. Congrats!

    • Thanks

  4. mstrmac711 says:

    Congrats on the 20K my friend. Every click means that we have another chance to tell a good story. People need to hear the things you have been saying and I believe they become more informed when they step outside of their normal comfort zones and challenge the status quo. God Bless and keep your powder dry.
    Mister Mac

    • Thanks, Mac. we indeed are the heralds of what people need to hear and more hear it every day, thanks to all of us.

      Bless you, and check your magazine roof as well.

  5. Bravo! Well done neo. I like the synergy you spoke about with Jess. Between the 2 of you I get my quotient of rational dialog with rational people. Tired of the irrational and the immoral — this is a breath of fresh air. Thank you my friend. :-)

    • Thanks, SF. I think Jess and I pair well, and she does religion far better than I.

      and yes, I try my best to remain rational, mostly :-)

      • Except when responding to Jabba! :-)

        • Ha: Knights carry swords for a reason :-)

        • And shotguns too from what I hear. :-)

        • Of course, knight have to keep up with the times, after all :-)

        • Indeed NEO. I’d hate for you to limit yourself to the past. :-)

        • Quite :-)

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