Thideology news of the day

Education

thidshieldcolorreflect.jpgThe abuses perpetrated by American governments on citizens are becoming more and more tyrannical by the day. California is attempting to outlaw homeschooling. That homeschooling represents a better brand of education is not the issue. The fact that homeschooling parents are the kinds of parents who take an active interest in the education and development of their kids — and professional government “educators” profess to want more of those kinds of parents — is not the issue. The issue for California is that the state has reserved for itself the right to shape the minds of young people and anyone who tries to shape a young mind in a fashion not deemed appropriate by the state is to be strictly forbidden (this approach to education is identical to the approach of Nazi Germany). This is a remarkably frightening development and should scare every liberty-loving American to some form of action.

Healthcare

Massachusetts is considering fines for anyone who does not purchase health insurance, a concept that flies in the face of liberty. Every individual should have the right to decide whether or not they will purchase health insurance — and they alone should bear the responsibility of that decision. Individual liberty and individual responsibility: Once cornerstones of American society. No more.

The “drug war”

Chicago is considering banning self-sealing baggies less than 2 inches square because drug dealers use them to sell illegal drugs. Never mind millions of American have legitimate uses for such baggies. Oh no, government overreaction is a mighty “tool” in the fight against (insert your favorite government-invented crisis here). I’m sure once small baggies are outlawed Chicago will never again have a problem with illegal drugs. Yep, I’m sure getting rid of the little baggies is the solution.

Devaluing human life

Minnesota is considering cloning human embryos for research and then destroying the embryos when they are finished. All paid for with taxpayer money, of course. Enough said.

All of this represents a collectivist mindset run amok in America — a far, far cry from what the founders had in mind. In fact, Thomas Paine, the author of “Common Sense” (and a few other influential pamphlets) characterized society as a blessing but government as evil. I especially appreciate his insight toward the end of the piece where he said…

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.

When considering the current crop of presidential contenders I have to agree. We’ve digressed to a point where this may be our only solution.

Bumper sticker of the day:

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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