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Nov062018

The Civil War of Ideologies

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

 

I do believe that we are in a civil war of ideas. Just think back on all the political ads you’ve had to endure over the past few months. 

Yesterday was Election Day and the polls were full of people voting for candidates who share their ideology on government. That is what happens you know; you are voting for ideas and your choice is for the person who has the ideas that will best serve our personal interest. This works for both sides of the political spectrum. 

Over the years the gap between the two political parties has widened and some, like myself, believe it will never come back to a civil agreement to just disagree. The ideologies are so different and entrenched that there is no room for compromise. In past generations there was always the attitude that working on a compromise best for all people in America was their goal. Today that is all gone, it is an attitude of ‘my ideology or nothing’. 

One of these ideologies wants the liberty to live life without restrictions of any moral code or government regulations that restricts human freedom. It means abortion on demand, no borders, larger more controlling government, rewriting some parts of the Constitution, and restrictions on the freedom of speech. 

This ideology is a pervasive bullying of ideas. In a recent discussion with someone from this ideology, I was shouted down by being told I wasn’t informed enough on the issues to have an opinion. In other words, “your ideas are no longer welcomed in America”.  How’s that for America being a place of free speech? Sounds a little like the ideology of Representative Maxine Waters telling her supporters to tell the opposition they are no longer welcome in public places. Now is that the America of free speech and the free exchange of ideas?

Doesn’t this bother anyone? Can we not see that the end game in this ideology is to restrict freedom by more government control in our lives? Wasn’t this the kind of control that those who fled Europe’s oppressive governments were trying to escape? Government control over all areas of our lives turns into socialism, where the state makes all the decisions, and the people just abide by it. 

As you can tell, I am not a fan of this ideology. It makes me fear for the future of America’s children who have to face a world where hard work and incentive is exchanged for programs of welfare and socialism. 

Forbes magazine featured an article about Denmark’s economic state:

Denmark has the highest total tax pressure in the world and is towering far above the European average. Add to that a generous entitlement system allowing unemployed and unemployable citizens an income well above that achieved by full time employees in the private sector in many European countries, and you will observe a need for tax revenues nearly unmatched anywhere else in the world.

This is not surprising, since more than half of the adult population is either working in the public sector or living on some form of social transfer payment. Out of a total population of 5.6 million, a little more than 2 million are pensioners, unemployed, sick or on social transfer payments for other reasons. Around 800,000 are employed in the public sector.”

The biggest detriment of the ideology in question today is this entitlement mentality. Everyone has a right to everything, no need to study, work hard, or excel at performance; all you need is a card from the government that entitles you to all the advantages of those who want to succeed in life. Placing everyone on an equal basis in an economy is not the wisest thing to do, because 80% will do nothing to get their equality, while 20% are working to support them. Now how is that fair? This equal basis works great for theology, because before God we are all equal, but it does not work for economics. It works that same way with taxes here in America. 

In 2014, the top 50 percent of all taxpayers paid 97.3 percent of all individual income taxes while the bottom 50 percent paid the remaining 2.7 percent.

Incentive and motivation is important in any economy and when that is removed you won’t have anyone to pay for everyone else. 

Apr 19, 2018 - Of the nation's 82.0 million families, 80.5 percent had at least one employed member in 2017

So in general, 41 million families pay the taxes for the other 41 million people. Now take away the incentive of capitalism for those 41 million families who are paying those taxes, and what will happen? I don’t want to find out.

So what’s my point in all of this? Ideology plays an important role in living, and your ideology will determine what you will become. As a man thinks, so is he. 

Don’t try to Christianize your political views. Scripture is clear, what is God’s is God’s and what is Caesar’s is Caesar’s. However, we have to choose our ideology not based upon a political model, but on a scriptural model based upon God’s ideas and not ours.

I have tried to point out the wrong ideology in only one of our political parties today, but their opposition has some real flaws as well. I didn’t have time to unpack the other side…perhaps tomorrow.  

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

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