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Random thoughts on politics, life and society
I heard the president say this morning that we should take some of the money we are spending on wars that we are engaged in and spend it on some project he favors.
Does this mean he thinks the wars are unjustified or that they are not necessary? If that is true, why are we fighting them in the first place? Why has this president not stopped the wars if they are not just wars? Or if they are unnecessary wars? I have often heard politicians claim that the Iraq War was started by President Bush and is not necessary. However, President Bush did not start the war by himself. He presented it to congress and they approved it. At the same time the current president has taken military action without the constitutionally required approval of congress. We have not had a formal declaration of war for a long time, but we have had congressional approval of some wars.
How can the current president say we should take money from a war approved by congress?
If the war were necessary and just than there would be no sense to taking the funds away from it. If it is not necessary and just, I think the President is negligent of his duties to allow it to continue.
A religious belief I have that is not pushed enough, I think, is the idea that we are all given abilities, talents and gifts of one sort or another. As such I think we entail a religious obligation to develop and use those abilities. The extent to which we use our gifts and talents may be what we are judged on.
Have you ever noticed how often the Bible is referenced and the references are wrong? I always hear about the apple Adam and eve ate. But where does the bible mention apples? A forbidden fruit is mentioned. The Apple reference originated I think with the narrative poem “Paradise Lost” by John Milton. Other people, including our president talks about he Bible saying we are our brother’s keepers. That is not in the Bible either.
Be always a seeker of truth. If religious beliefs conflict with scientific beliefs, I think both should be examined to resolve the conflicts.Democracy
Some people complain about Democracy because is messy, not neatly structured like other forms of government. All these folks voting. Very unpredictable. It is true of political freedom and it is true of “free will.” People may sin, or commit crimes. There is that danger but the alternative is to have no freedom. Who, in that case, will do our thinking for us? Yes, it has been said that the perfect government is a “Benevolent dictatorship.” However, how do we make sure the dictator is benevolent? Power tends to corrupt, so even the most benevolent could become corrupt and probably will.
The primary purpose of any government is to maintain an orderly society. The question is how much order will we sacrifice for how much freedom.
Battle of Perryville from Harpers weekly
I think to understand history it is necessary to try to understand the culture of the place and time under study. It is not realistic to judge event and people of another time by the standards of our times. May I say that the same is true of works such as the Bible? Be cautious to pass judgment on things of the past because values were different and you may have been misinformed by previous interpretations.
We always have a tendency to present history the way we want it to be, but than we learn nothing from it.
These, as I said, are random thoughts that I share with those who car on politics, life, and societyto read them. Feel free to add to them, comment or I am sure; some of you will disagree with some of all of them.