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From the Federalist, on Christian charity and what it has become thanks to postmodernism.

The Christian creed of caring for the poor often morphs into a call for government to take the reins from industry and private individuals to ensure proper care for the poor. In reality, this is an abdication of responsibility toward that very creed. In effect, it says, “Someone else should do this.”

Obviously, the Catholic Church and various Christian charities have done wonderful work in helping the poor, weak, and downtrodden, as they should. However, the communist and socialist tendency puts the administration of that care into the hands of an all-powerful state bureaucracy, which is not beholden to any higher set of principles or to God. It replaces the priest or the nun with a wage earner at a cubicle desk who is just trying to get through a 40-hour week so he or she can catch the game on Sunday morning rather than crying into a confessional.

Giving into this temptation marks a confusion in Christian heritage between society and the state. The two are not synonymous. Society exists wherever an aggregate of humanity interacts in commerce, culture, shared values, and social interaction. Society is created out of human want and need, and is where individuals pursue those ends in a common arena.

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It is easy to see why [state-mandated charity] is so tempting for Christians and do-gooders in general. Individuals often become frustrated in the limitations of individual or small-group action, and they see the state as having the power to affect the entire population of a country rather than just the few in their immediate area. And, of course, everyone believes he has the best intentions when embarking on his will to power.

In doing so, however, such people fail to grasp the realities and complexities of human life; namely, that not everyone may agree with you. To use the apparatus of the state to trample dissenting viewpoints cannot be seen as anything but immoral.

My favorite part of this phenomenon is when non-Christians try to shame Christians who are against government-mandate charity using a Bible they don’t read as the shame-cudgel.

And I don’t ascribe such altruistic motives for government-mandated charity. Its proponents’ true purpose is simply to multiply plain-old graft opportunities.

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Tonight’s debate is going to go like this.

Moderator to Mike Pence: Donald Trump said x Will you denounce him?

Moderate to Tim Kaine Gov Kaine, Can you explain why Gov Pence should have denounced Donald Trump?

Moderator to Tim Kaine: Gov Kaine are the attacks on Hillary Clinton sexist?

Moderator to Mike Pence: Gov Pence, will you denounce your sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton?

Tonight debate is going to be like the old joke about the Soviets from the cold war, where an American is speaking to a Russian saying:

“Our country is free, we can criticize and protest our government and president, without fear of retaliation.”

and the Russian turns back to him and says: Our country is free too, we an criticize an protest your government an president without fear of retaliation too!”

Of course as any tea party member or contributor who has suddenly found themselves audited by the IRS will tell you that’s no longer the case in the Obama years and such behavior if rewarded by Hillary Clinton’s election will become the norm.

The Terracotta Warriors from the creation of China
The Terracotta Warriors from the third century B.C. underscore the longstanding power of China. (Photo by Chris Harper)

For the United States to have an effective policy with China, Americans have to stop buying iPhones. Or Apple has to move some of its production facilities from China. And a whole lot more.

The trade imbalance between the two countries is so out of whack, amounting to a deficit of more than $300 billion a year for the United States, that the American government cannot put any significant pressure on China. Moreover, the Beijing government owns more than 7 percent of the U.S. debt. China has a lot of leverage.

Sanctions and tariffs usually don’t work. It would help if Apple would move its production plants from China to South Korea, for example, but educating consumers about the implications of buying Chinese products might also work.

After visiting and teaching in China during the past two years, I offer a few insights:

–President Xi Jinping is the most powerful, politically savvy and intelligent leader in recent history.
–The pivot toward Asia under the Obama administration has been laughable, including alliances with some dreadful regimes in Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines.
–China’s so-called “belt-and-road” program to build infrastructure from mainland Asia to Europe has been a resounding success despite U.S. naysayers. For more about the economic plan, see https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/asia/china-s-infrastructure-play
–The presidential election has made the United States a laughingstock among Chinese.

President Obama’s recent Asian excursion underlines how poorly the United States is doing. The Chinese made him disembark from the back of the plane. The government restricted his access to the media, and officials got into a shouting match with his aides. The president then got dissed by the government of Laos and the Philippines.

These incidents don’t bode well for any resolution to China’s desire to control economic and military sway over the South China Sea—an issue that does matter. That route controls access to billions of dollars in fishing, minerals and petroleum for a range of Asian countries.

The most recent U.S. policy has been to confront Chinese vessels—an approach that is likely to heighten tensions rather than lessen them.

Neither presidential candidate offers much hope in dealing effectively with China. Clinton is likely to continue gunboat diplomacy, while Trump wants tariffs against Chinese products. These inept approaches are troubling because China is the leading competitor of the United States for the hearts, minds and pocketbooks of the rest of the world.


Christopher Harper, a recovering journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law.

 

 

 

 

It really stinks when you’re drawing a blank on what to write about but over the course of 8 years it’s bound to happen once in a while so here are 10 more quick thought that twitter won’t get but you will.

Toronto holding Ortiz hitless in his final games demonstrates the difference between a beloved players last game not mattering in the standings and a players last game being against a team in a must win situation.

I’ve predicted that the media’s bias in the last month of this election is going to be so bad that even the cynical will be shocked. I think I’ve vastly understated the matter.

There are elderly catholics who because of JFK still think the Democrats love the church despite all the evidence otherwise. It’s very frustrating.

If Wikileaks brings down Hillary it’s a good thing for the nation but it doesn’t change the fact that they are bad people doing bad things, their battle vs Hillary is like a war between ISIS & Iran, we can only hope that both sides lose.

I’ve seen a lot of people say Hillary corrupted the FBI, that’s not true, the bottom line is the FBI was given a choice between doing their duty or protecting Hillary and choose the latter. So if you are an FBI agent and a person like me looks on you with distrust and scorn, blame the guy in the mirror.

I’ve said it many times an it’s worth repeating. If our enemies were looking to do us the maximum harm both domestically and internationally and installed their own leader, how would their actions over the last 8 years vary from what this president has done?

I’m sorry but a priest who sees a person heading toward Hell and doesn’t tell them so is being the opposite of loving, just like a doctor who tells a patient a comforting lie to avoid telling him they’re in danger of death should be fired. Incidentally I’ve been reading a chapter of the gospels every day for 2 1/2 years now and Jesus talked a lot about people going to hell, that being the case you think it would come up more often in the pulpit.

What’s the point of even having BBC America if they don’t have Doctor Who available on demand?

Now that Tom Brady is back suddenly my argument about an older quarterback getting four extra weeks rest as a plus is being repeated all over.

Unless you are willing to define what a person’s “fair share” is I think demanding someone pay it is a load of BS.


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