Monday, April 18, 2011

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The New World Order

          You may wonder why I titled this “The New World Order” instead of ‘The Coming New World Order’.  As you read, you will understand; we may already have been done in.  The loss of our “Unalienable Rights” over the past few decades in the areas of our privacy[1], gun control[2], hate crime laws[3], environmental regulations and others are leading us into a Socialist state and “The New World Order”.  Several of the books I have read lately have opened my eyes to things I would have sworn were impossible to become law in America. 

          In the early sixties an executive of the Commercial Credit Corporation told me that we were headed toward a cashless society.  He said we would all have something like a credit card, which we would use for all financial transactions.  The major problem would be if your card was lost, stolen or revoked.  Without the card, you couldn’t buy, sell or trade anything.  Can anyone say “mark of the beast”?  Your social Security number seems to be the basis of this system.  In Canada they have a Social Insurance Number, otherwise known as their sin number.  Just as a side thought; how could some of my friends buy their ‘pot’ if all they had was the card, and records were kept and maintained of all transactions?  I’m just saying! 

          One of the biggest crimes today, if not the biggest, is identity theft.  What is being done in your name without your knowledge?  If it’s criminal activity, will you be arrested?  How much will it cost, in time and treasure, for you to clear yourself, if even possible?  This all may seem paranoid, but you have to keep in mind, if someone really is after you it’s not paranoia.  Put your name in Google and see what you come up with.  Keep in mind that you don’t have access to government files, and everything you find on the internet is “public” information.  Ever wonder what information is contained in the “magic strip” on the back of your credit cards, and who can access it?  How would your life be effected if a mistake was made in your computerized information, and how would you know it?  Hello 1984![4] 

          Since through computerized files your financial transactions, medical records and others can be tracked, what could happen if someone wanted to mess with you?  If called on to do so, could you pay off your credit cards, car loans and even your mortgage if so demanded?  I’m just asking!

          In 1981 our country was the world largest creditor nation (they owed us).  Now we are the world’s largest debtor nation, owing over 14 trillion to other countries.  How long can our nation survive this debt?  If the government guarantees your deposits and doesn’t have the ability to back it up, where do you stand?  By the way, Chicken Little was right, the sky is falling.  It just took longer than expected. 

          As Glenn Beck has pointed out, the “spontaneous development of revolution throughout the world, including our own country, is the result of the collusion of the Marxist and Muslim groups.  You see the same organizations involved and the same symbols used.  Labor unions and other leftist organizations, as well as radical Muslim organizations, are often working together in their attempts to overthrow the capitalistic and Judeo/Christian countries and organizations under the guises of social justice, democracy and wealth redistribution.  If you are a Jewish or Christian businessman, be afraid, very afraid.  While you have been living your life and obeying the rules, they have been plotting against you and organizing for many years.

          Although the recent joining together of the leftists and radical Islam is often misunderstood, unknown or even laughed off, they are nonetheless joining together against the western way of life.  It is my opinion that the leftists believe they can control the Islamists after the overthrow of western civilization.  The radical Muslims don’t seem to realize that when the Marxists take over, they eliminate all religion; anyone they can’t control, they eliminate.

          The good news is that if you are a member of the body of Christ, you have nothing to fear.  All we are seeing develop is foretold in the Bible.  The more I read in non-biblical sources, the more confidence I gain in the truth of the Bible.  I have known for a long time that the Bible is the Word of God.  What I have read, and seen, simply confirms that fact. 

[1] Second Amendment
[2] Fourth Amendment
[3] First Amendment
[4] George Orwell  1984

Saturday, April 16, 2011

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Business And Labor

Michael Barone, in his book “Hard America Soft America”, explains how ‘incentive and striving for excellence, by doing the best job he could, was removed from employees by unions and government regulation’. There must be a balance between business and labor, and also government oversight of them both. An industry, if it is crushed by the controls of government and labor unions, cannot survive any more than a worker can look toward a better future from his own industriousness under the same restraints. If incentive is removed from both industry and labor the result is mediocre production with inadequate results and low quality. A worker’s incentive and satisfaction is directly tied to the employer’s recognition of his efforts. Industries’ incentive and satisfaction are directly tied to the production of the employee. When either entity gets the upper hand, the result is distraction and destruction.

Generally speaking, entrepreneurs will not invest their time, treasure and effort if they know that labor and government will control their destiny to the point where they cannot make a just return. Workers would not, and should not, work for employers who do not respect their efforts with just reward. As I have said in the past, you should not be in business if you are not willing and able to pay your employees an adequate and livable wage. A head of household should make enough to supply his family with their basic needs. Based on his increased production, the ‘wants’ of his family should be supplied out of the amount of that increased production and its compensation. In other words, the more and harder he works, the more he makes and the family can have those extras.

Prosperity is the answer. Employers and employees, that work in harmony, for the betterment of all involved, leads to increased income for both. My grandfather started a delivery business similar to what UPS does today. He started with one horse and wagon in Baltimore, in 1915, and built what eventually became “Consolidated Delivery Co.” into a large fleet of delivery vehicles. It was the first to home deliver for Montgomery Wards and The Hecht Company. He treated his employees well, and they in turn worked hard for him. When the teamsters tried to organize in his business, both he and his employees were against it. He treated his employees better and paid them better than similar businesses. Because of this, he was respected and admired by those employees and they were loyal to him. When union tactics were employed, such as threats, intimidation and even being shot at, his employees protected him. In the end the union failed because his company was run like a family, each helping out the other. Today, due to government regulations and the fact that Maryland is not a right to work state, this joint effort of employer and employees probably couldn’t happen.

Employers who supply the least amount possible in wage and benefits to their employees do so at the detriment of their company. Employees that operate at less than optimum efficiency do so at the risk of their employment. Thus we see the rise of the labor unions, and the adversarial atmosphere in the workplace. When a business is run the way my grandfather ran his company (like a family) both sides win. “A workman is worthy of his hire” and “those who will not work, should not eat” .

Businesses, whose employees are less than satisfactory in their duties, will look for better employees. Employees who are not treated well by their employers look for better employment. I once worked for an auto parts company that had set a limit of $10.00 per hour for their countermen (the people who service the customers). Their theory, as stated to me, was that they wanted only those workers who wanted to be promoted and needed that incentive of limited income as the stimulus. The result was a generalized lack of good countermen. Professional countermen were appreciated by some of their competitors, and thus hindered their expansion into the commercial end of the business.

Both the employer and employee should be able to look on the other as “good and faithful servant” . Those organizations in which respect is supplied by both sides are normally and rightfully prosperous.

Rick Rahn

Saturday, April 2, 2011

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Caesar Or God

          Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's.”[1]  Since it can be proven that this is indeed a Christian nation, we must render it (as the founders did) to the Lord-God. 

          I can only think of one reason why there are some people who want the Bible and Christianity silenced in the political arena.  They are afraid of the truth as “the truth will set you free”[2].  Exposed by their lack of Bible knowledge and understanding; lack of respect for the Bible and founding documents, they would necessarily be set free from working in a government they don’t understand.  We can easily see, therefore, those who would separate church from state are only attempting to secure their own employment. 

          The Bible and the United States government are truly inseparable.  This could be why many of the founders recommended that only Christians serve in political positions.  Since the Bible is the major source on which our founding documents are based, it should be the basis for our understanding of those documents (the Bible was quoted more than any other source).  Caesar did not form America, God did! 

          Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe, 530 U.S. 290 (2000), was a case heard before the United States Supreme Court. It ruled that a policy permitting student-led, student-initiated prayer at high school football games violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”[3]  This decision, of March 29, 2000, is just another example of the court inventing additional Constitutional restrictions.  Since the words separation, wall, church, state and between appear no where in the first amendment, I can only believe that someone has an agenda.  Obviously this was an unconstitutional decision and a usurpation of our rights by the court.  Had the judges been vetted as Christians, in the manner recommended by many of the founding fathers, this case would have been tossed out as ridiculous. 

          In 1954, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson stuck a rider into an appropriations bill, that all 501(C)(3) organizations such as churches must stay out of the political arena.  As I have said in the past; if we don’t take the tax deductions, we will be free to fully participate in the American system.  In 2002, H.R. 2357 the “Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act” was presented to congress.  "In 1954, then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson offered an amendment to a revenue bill that would permanently extend the stranglehold of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into our nation's churches, synagogues and mosques. Since that time, the IRS has turned the 501(c)(3) code-section on its head in an attempt to punish pastors, priests and rabbis for nothing more than communicating the principles of faith during an election period,"[4]  The following statement by Rep. Henry Waxman is indicative of why it was defeated.  “If this ill-conceived bill became law, congregants may have to begin checking the political leanings of their rabbi or preacher before joining congregations.  Is that what we want?  Do we want annual membership dues ending up in campaign coffers?  Are we so greedy for campaign cash that we’re willing to violate sacred houses of worship and threaten the integrity of religion?”  To obey a law, that is so obviously unconstitutional, restricting the rights guaranteed to us is a sin against both man and God.  Where are the champions of our rights and freedoms? 

          If we do not vote, and especially do not vote for people of good “Christian character”[5]we are abdicating our responsibility.  What we have gotten is what we disserve based on our past inaction.  The anti-Christian forces in our country have been, and are, chipping away at our Christian foundation because we have let it happen. 

          This is the clarion call Christians!  Wake up or you have only yourselves to blame.  Today, 78 percent of our population are professing Christians but how many vote or are even registered to vote?  Our churches need to be the ones pushing for voter registration.  If they are afraid of the tax consequences, don’t mention candidates by name. If on the other hand, you wish to serve God rather than Caesar, teach the Bible for the benefit of the country. 

          “Does America really have a godly heritage?  It definitely does, and abundant proof of this fact is available in tens of thousands of historical documents.”[6] 

“, few today know that virtually every one of the fifty-five founding fathers who framed the Constitution were members of orthodox Christian Churches and that they were outspoken evangelicals.”[7]

          “We have forgotten where we have come from and what we have been about, and this is especially true when it comes to the role of the church – of ministers and Christians – in the civil arena.”[8]

          “Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns to this day (the 4th. of July)?  Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior?  That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation?  Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the redeemer’s mission on earth?  That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the precepts of Christianity?”[9]

          “It is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation you select and prefer Christians for their rulers” and that “this is a Christian nation”[10].

          “Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament…be read and taught as a divine revelation in the (schools)- it’s general precepts explained…and it’s glorious principles of morality inculcated?...where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”[11]

          “Whatsoever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government.”[12]

          “As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this.  By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”[13]

          Patrick Henry said that “this country was not founded by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” 

          Charles Hodge, who was the principal of the Princeton Theological Seminary between 1851 and 1878 said, “The proposition that the United States of America is a Christian and Protestant nation is not so much the assertion of a principle, as the statement of a fact.”

          After exhaustive study and review of our history, in 1892, the Supreme Court declared that we are a Christian Nation.[14] 

          Congress, 1854 – “The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

          Daniel Webster said, “The Christian religion – its general principles – must ever be regarded among us as the foundation of civil society. Whatever makes men good Christian’s makes them good citizens.”

          Joseph Story, the Father of American Jurisprudence and Supreme Court justice said, “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations.”

          In 1986, U.S. District Court Judge Frank McGarr said - “The truth is that America’s origins are Christian and that our founding fathers intended and achieved full religious freedom for all within the context of a Christian nation in the first Amendment as it was adopted rather than as we have rewritten it.” 

          President Obama said, One of the great strengths of the United States is... we have a very large Christian population - we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

          I wonder why or present president doesn’t know the county he is serving.  The wrong questions were asked before the election.  I wonder where he would say we got our ideals and values.  “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”[15] Amen

[1] Luke 20:21
[2] John 8:32
[3] Wikipedia
[4] Congressman Walter B. Jones, NC 2002
[5] George Washington
[6] David Barton, America’s Godly Heritage 1993
[7] M.E. Bradford, A Worthy Company 1982
[8] David Barton, The Role of Pastors & Christians in Civil Government 2003
[9] John Quincy Adams  July 4, 1837
[10] John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court
[11] Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story 1844 court ruling
[12] New York Supreme Court 1811 the Supreme Court of the U.S. agreed.
[13] George Mason ‘The father of the Bills of Rights. 1787
[14] Trinity case
[15] Joshua 24:15