Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

November 4, 2012

Rape Pregnancy NOT God’s Intention

Filed under: Biblical/spiritual, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — tkweber @ 11:11 pm

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock recently said that pregnancy resulting from rape is “what God intended.” Baloney! To believe such nonsense is naive, at best. To speak such nonsense while running for Senate is idiotic and will likely result in a lost race. Unfortunately, many Christians agree with him.

Let’s consider this position. Mourdock’s belief implies that God is intimately involved in the conception of every human embryo, and without this divine involvement, conception would not occur. Therefore, every human child is a direct result of divine causation. If this is so, then every child born with a disease or birth defects or fetal alcohol syndrome or HIV or cancer was made so by God himself. Also, every still-born child is so by the will of God, as is every miscarriage, etc. What a cruel and sadistic God this would be.

Let’s also consider that, if Mourdock’s belief is true, then God – whom the Bible says is a “jealous God” – also purposely gives billions of children to people who have little or no faith or who believe in other gods and hold beliefs that are diametrically opposed to Judeo/Christian doctrine.

Moreover, it follows that such a God purposely gives children to parents who have no means (and sometimes no desire) to provide or care for them. Other children are given by divine will to sick, demented, evil people who will eventually abuse and molest them or allow others to do so.

Regardless of which faith one holds, it is difficult to believe that any deity would willfully and purposely create human beings under such circumstances. It is much more reasonable to recognize human reproduction as a natural process of physical and chemical reactions that were set in motion in the beginning (by God, of you’re so inclined), and which runs on without any further intervention. Therefore, pregnancies resulting from rape or affected by disease are merely unfortunate consequences of the human condition, not the cruel intentions of a careless deity.

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September 14, 2012

Humane Response to Anti-U.S. Violence

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — tkweber @ 6:29 pm

Enough with the endless mid-east conflict.  It’s long past time to get out.  Completely out.

Forget retaliating for the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of U.S. soil and murder of U.S. citizens.  We should immediately sever diplomatic ties with hostile nations, withdraw all military and official personnel, and terminate all forms of aid – economic, food, medical, defense, and everything else…and stop buying their oil. The billions of dollars saved by ending the international welfare program could be used to temporarily subsidize the price of oil purchased from friendly nations (which would surely rise with increased demand) until we are able to increase oil production within our own borders to sufficient levels. Of course, this must go hand-in-hand with immediately opening our own oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and elsewhere.

 

March 7, 2011

Keep U.S. Military Out of Libya

Filed under: Politics — tkweber @ 1:37 pm

The U.S. military should not be used as the world’s police force. Let the Libyan’s sort out their own affairs. 

The U.S. should also stop all foreign aid, except for humanitarian assistance in extreme crises such as natural disasters. We simply cannot afford to continue wasting American tax dollars on foreign give-aways.

January 19, 2011

What Congress Should Cut

Filed under: Politics — tkweber @ 9:52 am

Excellent article in the Wall Street Journal about ways to reduce the deficit by reducing the size of government:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703779704576073750780454850.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

December 11, 2010

Democracy Threatened

Filed under: Politics — tkweber @ 8:40 am

“The inability of democratic assemblies to carry out  what seems to be a clear mandate of the people will inevitably cause dissatisfaction with democratic institutions…The conviction grows that if effective planning is to be done, the direction must be ‘taken out of politics’ and placed in the hands of experts – permanent officials or independent autonomous bodies.”

“The belief is becoming more and more widespread that, if things are to get done, the responsible authorities must be freed from the fetters of democratic procedure…Hitler did not have to destroy democracy; he merely took advantage of the decay of democracy and at the critical moment obtained the support of many to whom, though they detested Hitler, he yet seemed the only man strong enough to get things done.” (F.A. Hayek, “The Road to Serfdom,” pp. 104, 108)

I fear that such conditions are imminent in the U.S. and, if realized, will result in revolution and the loss of liberty. We must return to the core principles of the Constitution, reduce the size, scope and authority of government, and restore individual liberty and responsibility if we are to remain a free society.

November 18, 2010

There is Hope for the Republic!

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — tkweber @ 1:15 pm

There may be hope for the United States after all. Hope, that is, that we can avert the seemingly inevitable plunge into full-blown socialism and its frightening consequences. This hope is the result of the “new media,” the internet, social networking, twitter, and more enabling the free-flow of information and ready access by virtually anyone anywhere. Of course, this can be and is abused, and there is a lot of misinformation and deception floating around; nevertheless, “the truth is out there.”

Among other things, the tremendous opposition to Obama-care, the rise of the Tea Party and the conservative sweep of the 2010 mid-term election, and the growing protest against Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing are all indicative. Just a few years ago, liberal progressives could have pushed their socialist agenda upon us without anyone really noticing. Since there is no objective, critical investigation and reporting from the mainstream media – unless of course it is about the evils of conservatives and their agenda – much of what has been happening in Washington D.C. would pass under the radar of the average American until it is too late. The watchful few who did notice had little, if any, ability to warn and educate significant portions of the populace.

With the advent of cable news, talk radio, internet bloggers, facebook, etcetera, Americans are able to get their hands on more information than ever before and many are waking up to the facts and not liking what they see. It is possible (and I hope it is so) that the more people realize what is happening in the White House and Congress, and the more they learn about the real threats and consequences of what is being pushed upon the nation, they will rise up en masse to turn things around. I am hopeful that the latest election results are the first wave of that turn-around.

Jesus said, “The truth will make you free.” There seems to be something to that.

Quantitative Easing Explained

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — tkweber @ 12:27 pm

Check out this funny video that explains the latest not-so-funny boondoggle of the Federal Reserve. Enjoy! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTUY16CkS-k

November 17, 2010

Lisa Murkowski = LOSER

Filed under: Politics — tkweber @ 1:46 pm

Lisa Murkowski may have won the Senate race in Alaska, but she is still a LOSER for circumventing the primary system and behaving like a sore loser and a spoiled child. Shame on her! And shame on the Alaskans that voted for her!

November 14, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I am so very happy that Washingtonians rejected the initiative to implement a state income tax on November 2nd. Also good was the repeal of a recently enacted tax on bottled water, candy, etc. Disappointing was the failure of initiatives to end the state’s liquor monopoly, which I think was due to fear-based ads that convinced non-thinking lemmings that hard liquor is somehow more dangerous than other alcoholic beverages, and that it is better for the state to have exclusive selling rights. It assaults my libertarian sensibilities.

Even more disappointing was the re-election of Senator Patty Murray. Ugh! No surprise, really, in this very left-leaning state, but so frustrating. My sympathies to Dino Rossi for striking out in his third run for high office (two prior attempts at the governorship). Six more years of Super-Spender-Socker-Mom will do no good for the nation.

On another note, if you like inflation you’ll love the Federal Reserve’s plan to pump $600-billion new dollars into the national economy, which they deceptively call “Quantitative Easing.” This increase of the money supply will de-value the dollar (to which many foreign governments have vehemently objected) and cause the price of everything to go up, up and away. So, if you haven’t noticed increases in the price of groceries and gas so far, start paying attention. As you do, you will see them continue to rise indefinitely, and if the predictions of some inflation experts are correct, it will have drastic effects on our daily lives.  Whatever cash we have will be worth less and less, meaning the products we want to purchase will cost more and more. What we pay $5 dollars for today may cost $10, $15, or more in a very short time. 

For this, we have to thank Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and ultimately President Barak Obama, who determines the nation’s monetary policy. Of course, Obama supports this Qualitative Easing because it moves us further toward his Socialist vision for America by exacerbating the present economic crisis, which he and his Progressive cohorts believe will create the opportunity for them to rush to the rescue with still more Socialist solutions. Remember the words of Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

We can only hope that the recent election of many conservatives to Congress will be the beginning of the end of our nation’s mad dash toward Socialism. I am cautiously and skeptically optimistic.

October 31, 2010

No Shame in Being the Party of No

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — tkweber @ 3:22 pm

Change is not always a good thing. Democrats often call Republicans “the Party of No” and accuse them of having no vision for the future of America because they oppose the progressive agenda. However, Republicans – or more accurately, Conservatives – do in fact have a vision for America and are equally passionate about it as the liberal progressives are about theirs. The Conservative vision for America does not involve changing the nation into something new, but rather changing it back to what it once was. The Conservative vision involves returning our nation to the principles upon which it was founded, and includes reducing the size and power of government and realigning it with the limited powers enumerated in the Constitution.

While some may argue that looking back is no way to lead the country into the future, the facts suggest otherwise. America is great because of the wise principles upon which it was founded. It is the strongest, wealthiest, and most free nation in the history of humanity because of its emphasis on individual liberty and limited government. The American system of government was designed to serve the people, not vice versa, and this has resulted in unprecedented freedom and prosperity for its citizens, as well as the spread of freedom and prosperity around the world.

However, the forces of progressive liberalism (proto-socialism) have been eating away at the American system for most of the last 100-years. Those who hold and espouse such views desire to change America into something it has never been, nor was ever intended to be, but which has existed and failed in many other parts of the world.  Liberal progressives want to turn America into a European-style socialist/communist state where the citizens serve the government and the government reigns supreme.

Conservatives are passionately opposed to this vision and will continue to vigorously oppose it. “No!” should be the continual refrain when it comes to progressive/socialist policies and laws, not because we lack vision or concern for the good of the nation, but because we believe in the wisdom of the Constitution of the United States of America and trust it to ensure the continued success of the nation for ourselves and for posterity.

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