Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Faith, without Works [in politics] Is Dead

Voting alone is not enough.

I'm a little disappointed as a Mormon towards my fellow Mormons in the following way. Many have the tendency to believe that since the LDS church stays out of politics, the members themselves should also remain apolitical. And that is in spite of the church leadership’s repeated encouragement to get involved. Oh, yeah. They'll vote. But that's about it.

Further, many will say, “It is in God’s hands. So I don’t have to worry about that.” But this is a classic example of “faith without works, is dead.” Can you imagine how disappointed God would be if we had that attitude toward our fellow man's needs? "Have faith my brother, I think I'll stay my hand in helping you in your time of need because God will take care of you." Nope. It doesn't work that way. We are the instruments in God's hands to further his work.

Take the current attempt for state legislatures to call a Convention of States to propose much needed amendments to the Constitution that the US Congress will never propose. Article V spells out that process clearly. And it will only work if the citizenry is engaged.

The Constitution was inspired to be USED, not hung on a wall.

One of the best loved LDS scriptures on the subject is Doctrine & Covenants 101:80
And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.

Many stop reading there, but look at these nuggets in the following verses, Doctrine & Covenants 101:85 to 90.
Thus will I liken the children of Zion.
Let them importune at the feet of the judge;
And if he heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the governor;
And if the governor heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the president;
And if the president heed them not, then will the Lord arise and come forth out of his hiding place, and in his fury vex the nation;
And in his hot displeasure, and in his fierce anger, in his time, will cut off those wicked, unfaithful, and unjust stewards, and appoint them their portion among hypocrites, and unbelievers;

God will bless our nation AFTER we have exhausted our efforts.

This is clear to me. God won’t bless our nation and restore our self-governing principles, until AFTER we do the work. The Lord will not “come forth out of his hiding place” and “vex the nation” until we have exhausted all of our own efforts. The silent majority has to wake up and DO something!

Politics can get dirty. But like farming, you have to get your hands dirty if you want to reap the harvest. And the harvest I speak of is the restoration of the Constitution's original intent that has been lost by the Federal government’s unchecked usurpations.

What if Washington, Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson and the other founders decided to leave the politics of their day entirely in the hands of God? What if they never lifted a finger to fight the uphill battle for freedom and self-governance. Were would we be today?

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's Getting Better All the Time: Global Cooling?

I have a darn good memory. And one thing that has stuck in my mind is the fear we had during grade school of the pending disaster of a coming man-made Ice Age in our lifetime.

We heard predictions like, "By 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half." and "Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will affect the earth's temperature, leading to mass flooding or a new ice age." Life magazine

Well, 1985 came and went and that never happened. What really happened is that human ingenuity found ways to make our water and air cleaner. And our standard of living much, much better and environmentally friendly - in spite of population growth and increased levels of CO2 being released worldwide.

(Some history revisionists online are tying real hard to convince us that the scientific community and the media never warned of an ice age. Bah!)

Earth's climate has been been warmer during most of written history than it is today. Our climate today is similar to the worst of the "Little Ice Age" in the middle ages. That dip in temperature wreaked havoc on farming. So, I can understand the fear in the 70s of an ice age with that steady downward trend. But the current global warming hysteria makes no sense to me. Today's temperatures are still relatively cold.

 We are not perfect and we have room for improvement, but I think I'll tune out the strident voices that tell us we need to make unreasonable and drastic changes, NOW - OR ELSE! I think you should, too. They are obviously profiting from it somehow and don't want their cash cow to dry up.

Don't let the current predictions of doom keep you from investing in your future. Use the trends of the past to predict the future. Not computer models. The past shows us that things usually get better.

Wikipedia: Global Cooling
Science 09 Jul 1971: Vol. 173, Issue 3992, pp. 138-141

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Friday, November 4, 2016

It's Getting Better All the Time.

More and more people today are developing a sense of dread for the future. Did you know that every person in every age felt the same way? For some reason human nature tends to think the present seems worse than the "good old days" and the future looks even worse.

But I feel it a duty to point out to all reasonable, thinking adults that there is no reason to fear the future. And I have the facts to prove it. Please ignore all the negative news and doomsday predictions. You are old enough to remember, if you take the time, that there have been dire predictions for as long as you can remember. Right?

And did those predictions come true? Absolutely not.

In fact, things got better. And that is exactly what will happen again. The end of the world predictions will not occur and things will again get better. So rejoice! The future looks bright.

Julian Simon changed my life.

I think I began my life of optimism after learning about Julian Simon around the early 1990s. We were starting a mail order business so I read his book,  How to Start and Operate a Mail Order Business. It turned out that this book was a one-off for him. He was an economist and most of his books where about the historically optimistic side of economics. He used his years of data research to try and plead with the people to not listen to the doomsayers because the Ultimate Resource as he put it was human ingenuity. Which historically ALWAYS solved man's problems and made things better for EVERYONE.

Think back to the 70s. The pessimists in the media were predicting ecological catastrophe, overpopulation, a coming man-made ice age, running out of resources, drought, famine, etc. - yet amid all that bluster, the cool mind of Julian Simon argued the opposite.

He even put his money where his mouth was. In 1980, he challenged any and all of these doomsayers to a bet. Choose any number of precious resources that you think would be depleted in a ten years time and he would bet them that they would be wrong. Simon was so sure he would win, he even let them choose which resources.

So Paul Ehrlich, the media's darling go-to for ratings-boosting scary predictions, took up the bet. Ehrlich chose 5 resources that he thought for sure would go up in price due to high demand and scarcity in the industry. 10 years later he lost the bet. All 5 went down in price (adjusted for inflation). The negative thinkers are still arguing that Simon was just lucky. But he wasn't. History has shown repeatedly that, overall, we as a human race consistently progress and make things better. And the more minds at work, the better. So bring on the population! There is room for all of us on this beautiful planet.

Think of all failed predictions we've seen in our lifetime. Examples include overpopulation, running out of resources, the end of civilization, man-made ice age and other catastrophic climate events, mass starvation, mass extinctions, and more. Julian Simon understood our world better than the prophets of doom. And every one of these scary predictions have not even come close to coming to pass - the world is consistently becoming a BETTER place in which to live. Thanks to the human race coming together and solving problems.

So have faith in the future. Make plans. Invest in yours and your children's future. Things are getting better all the time.

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