Thursday, February 7, 2013

Important concepts lacking in government today

Painting with a broad brush, one can describe the government as significantly lacking in these two qualities: rectitude and verisimilitude.
The Merriam-Webster defines rectitude as:
  1. the quality or state of being straight
  2. moral integrity : righteousness
  3. the quality or state of being correct in judgment or procedure

The Random House Dictionary defines rectitude as
  1. rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue: the rectitude of her motives.
  2. correctness: rectitude of judgment.
  3. straightness.

Synonyms for rectitude include:
  • Righteousness
  • Morality
  • Goodness
  • Correctness
  • Decency
  • Integrity
  • Uprightness

Merriam-Webster defines versimilitude as:
  1. the quality or state of being verisimilar
  2. something verisimilar

Random House Dictionary defines versimilitude as
  1. the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude.
  2. something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.

Synonyms for rectitude include:
  • Truth
  • Credibility
  • Authenticity
  • Reliability
  • Plausibility
  • Likelihood

When we have a senator like Diane Feinstein telling us that gun control will stop gun violence and that the amorphously-named assault weapons are solely responsible for gun violence, it is clear that the government in Washington D.C does not get it!
Statistics and narrative evidence clearly illustrate the idiocy of the assumptions being proffered by legislators in the nation’s capital.
Australia, Great Britain, and Chicago are exigent examples whose crime statistics show not a decrease but rather an increase in gun violence upon implementation of gun control through disarming law-abiding citizens and requiring registration of firearms.
Criminals do not comply with laws and are thus empowered to continue or even escalate their gun violence.
Common sense is sadly lacking in our elected legislators. If a nation disarms its citizens, tyranny and increased criminal activity will result as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow!
Focusing on the size of semi-automatic firearm magazines shows an abject ignorance of equipping to accomplish the evil intent of those bent on intentionally doing harm to others. If the size of gun magazines is limited, all it means is that the shooter will bring more of them to the event. It only takes a second or two of time to change out an expended magazine with a full one.
So, the question should be: Are our legislators just stupid or do they have another agenda? What benefit do they get out of passing legislation that restricts the Constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms? Are they benefitting in some other way from high jacking the Constitution? Are they yielding to lobbyists and special interest groups that have an agenda intended to emasculate our country and prepare it for takeover by foreign powers?
Are they buying in to the incipient ethos of the global society that wants to drain our national resources for the benefit of those who never developed or earned them?
The one thing our nation has done since its inception is to share our resources and ideology with the rest of the world. We have not tried to conquer the world, but rather have tried to work with the citizens of those countries to improve their own ability to prosper by teaching them to use their own resources more efficiently.
From the beginning of the formation of the thirteen original colonies into the United States of America, God’s blessing was evident because of the covenant relationship of its citizens to God and adherence to biblical principles of government. Overall as a nation, we have shared those blessings with the world. Today, just as the Israelites did, we have veered from that course and have become tolerant of the pagan principles of the nations of the world. Without repentance and turning back to Bible values, we are moving out from God’s canopy of protection. Rectitude is no longer a value we cling to.
Yes, mankind has veered from God’s intent since the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, but when returning to obedience, blessings have returned to those who make the bold choice to do life God’s way.
American philosopher George Santayana once made a chilling comment about those who forget the lessons of history, saying: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
This describes out nation today. The apostle Paul wrote to his disciple Timothy:
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV).
The apostle Paul also wrote:
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV).
As we, like the Jews and the early Christians, turned irrevocably away from our core values? Are we in the end times? World events that I discussed in my book, Spiritual Tsunami: Bible Prophecy and World Events are Converging, may indicate that we are in times that are drawing near to Christ’s return. However, scripture clearly says that no man can know the time. (See Mathew 24:36-39). All we can do it remain on watch for the signs and not be like the five virgins who let their lamps dim prior to the arrival of the bridegroom. (See Matthew 25:1-10).

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