Wednesday, July 17, 2019

More Wisdom Of Solomon

Proverbs 18

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Finished The Yard!

I kept asking the Lord to hold off the rain until I was done. It began an hour after I finished. Thank you Lord.

Wednesday Night Memes

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Gas company takes over owners land, owner sues (a link)


My main concern it that the company is probably STEALING most of the gas they're getting.

Wednesday Evening Memes

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The Two Things That Ruined America

Most freedom lovers around the world will deny with their dying breath one simple truth: democracy, like socialism, has miserably FAILED every place it has ever been tried. The cause is simple, BOTH refuse to acknowledge the inherent selfishness of mankind, preferring to believe the lie that man is at heart a noble creature, with each person willing to accept limitations on his own life for the good of his neighbors.

As humans, we may have nothing against our neighbor, yet given the chance, we will give ourselves the advantage every time. That’s why our founding fathers gave us a republic, NOT a democracy. The idea was to give the individual as much freedom as possible, while protecting him from the mob rule of democracy. Ben Franklin, when leaving the Constitutional Convention, is quoted as saying, “You have a republic, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT.” (emphasis mine) Our congress was basically set up like Parliament, with it’s House of Lords and House of Commons--one to represent the more informed movers and shakers (the Senate)and the other to represent the generally less informed and poorer people (the House).

At that time, only landowners could vote. To my understanding, this was not a national mandate, but was still the case in every state. Since women and slaves couldn’t own land, that seemed to deliberately exclude them and the poor. The purpose, though, was to only allow input from those who “had skin in the game,” as we call it today. All taxes of the day were based on property, so it would not have been wise to allow those without property to decide the taxes on those who do. The rights of the poor were the same as the rights of the better off, except when it came to the right to vote. Probably more than anything else, this was why the founding fathers chose a republic over a democracy.

A quote of the day came from Alexander Tyler (Scottish judge and historian) in 1787: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

And so we now have people who are descended from multiple generations of free-loaders voting for politicians who promise them ever more “free stuff” that is anything but free. It ultimately costs everyone, including them, their freedom.

There is also a different, but related reason for our nations ongoing demise--the way that we choose our senators. Until 1913, senators were elected by their state legislators. The idea was that this would make them more likely to concerned with the overall best interest of their home state. Unfortunately, as happens in all governments, there was enough corruption and favoritism that many states began demanding direct election. This was pushed, in part, by the populists who were already taking advantage of the gradual passing of “landowner only” voting to demand more and varied “help” from the government. Sadly, once direct election of senators was put into being, the corruption simply switched sides from the powerful to the folks wanting more stuff. Naturally, the politicians pandered to whoever had the most votes, so the poor people gradually got their hands more and more into the money of the government and the rich, thus today’s welfare state.

1913 was a bad year on another front, too, since it’s the year that the Federal Reserve came into being, which has destroyed our money the same as “democracy” has destroyed our freedom. I guess that’s a subject for some other day, though.

Wednesday Morning Memes

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