Abuse of Power

From 1977 to 1997 a man often called B1 Bob (Robert Dornan) held seats in the House of Representatives in three districts, first Los Angeles then Orange County.  I was actually brought up in a city in Orange County and I am very familiar with the area.

I can remember watching him speak on C-Span for five minutes a night.  Though he was Republican, he angered some from both sides of the aisle.  It was considered one of the most conservative parts in California.  Indeed, it was one of the most conservative districts in the country.

The Democrats got tired of hearing his remarks each night so they moved a bunch of Hispanics into the district.  Some might argue the point, but they can’t argue the facts.  Among other facts, the year he was voted out of office there were 624 illegal Hispanic votes that they were able to find.  Knowing the area, I would suspect that it was far worse.

So, the Dems pushed him out of office and silenced his voice.  No matter what anyone may say, I believe it to be illegal and an abuse of power.  It is the way the Dems and media work.  If someone raises a voice against them, they silence them.  It is something they learned from the communists.  Now, people are reluctant to say anything that is not politically correct, lest they lose their job, position or political standing.

On or about 1996, I sat down and started writing my first book, “The Ring.”  My motive was to sell a million copies and stop thousands from using drugs.  Hopefully, it would stop some from starting to use them and get others to stop using them.

It never happened.  Mostly, it was because it wasn’t a very good book.  The grammar was bad and the story wasn’t any good.  Over the years, I have made corrections and enhancements to it.  One of my readers was a technical writer and provided a very good grammar correction.

Someone else decided to use my title in their book.  I didn’t like their book, though it was commercially successful.  To keep my book from being confused with the other, as well as the movie that followed, I changed the name of my book to “The Secret of the Ring.”  I decided it was a much better title and I am very glad I made the change.

It brought out an aspect of the book I hadn’t considered, the concept of power.  While Scott Williams, the main character of the book gained a great deal of power; though he had the desire to use the power only for good, in the end, he realized he didn’t use the power properly.  Hence, though he learned the secret of the ring, he had not yet learned the secret of the use of the ring.

Now, it is not just a book about drugs, but also about the use of power.

It brings a question to my mind.  If I were given a great deal of power, would I use it properly?  I certainly would like to think I would.  I would certainly want to use it properly, but would I have the wisdom to go along with the power.  I would like to think that I would use it to help others, but I wonder if I would do something stupid and use the power to hurt others.

I look around me and I see people misuse power all the time.  To be sure, many of them might actually think they are doing good.  On the other hand, there are some that obviously use their power for themselves and to hurt others.  Certainly Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and their bunch did not have the well-being of others in mind.  They obviously abused their power intentionally.

I look at people like Rep. Pelosi and quickly form an opinion.  I try to give her a little consideration, but the woman seems to be full of egotism.  What good can she ever hope to accomplish when she used her power to devise a healthcare system that currently costs me over a thousand dollars a month, more than half my social security?  Apparently, she thinks of a thousand dollars as crumbs, but I don’t.  Moreover the vast majority of us don’t share her values.

Nonetheless, I wonder, does she abuse her power because she wants to or does she really want to accomplish something good?  Regardless, her damage is great and widespread.  Sometimes well-meaning people can do more damage than those whose intention is destruction.  They do more damage through ignorance than intent.  Then again, she might really intend to do the damage.  Is she really that ignorant or is her abuse on purpose?

I have no doubts about the Clintons.  Both of them have made it clear that they intend to abuse power and you dare not get in their way.  If you doubt it, ask the women who were dealt with as “bimbo eruptions.”

I heard Mrs. Clinton say that she was Methodist and that she believes in faith and works.  I don’t share her beliefs, but if what she said is true, she is some very serious danger.  Actually, if she maintains that belief, the Bible makes it very clear that she is in deep trouble anyway.  She is accusing Jesus telling a lie.

Either way, they certainly did their share of power abuse.  If she had won the election, she would have done far more.  (Sort of scary to think how close she came to it.)

I looked overseas and saw doctors refusing to let a child go to another country in hopes of helping the child.  This is at least the second time it has happened.  The only reason I can think of such a mindset is so that the doctors will not be proven inept.  Then, what really scares me is that the doctor’s word is final.  There was no intervention from the government.  I am sure that one word from the prime minister would have been enough to put the child in a plane to Italy, but Prime Minister May did not let out so much as a peep.  Tell me that is a proper use of power, please.

Money is often the source of abuse of power.  (If you do as I say, I will make you rich.)  Then again, sometimes it is a trade.  (As the saying goes, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.  It is, so to speak, a trade in favors.)  The problem is, they trade, we suffer.

The Bible speaks of bribes once or twice.  It causes those in authority to make poor decisions.  You don’t believe the Bible.  Look at the example.  Obama care was passed because of a multi-million dollar bribe made to a Louisiana senator.  (maybe representative, can’t remember for sure, same difference)

I’m told there are thousands of people who have offices on K Street who have legal jobs of bribing government representatives.  That’s right.  It’s legal.  In banana republics, they might bribe public officials, but at least it isn’t legal.  We permit the bribery.  We just call it lobbying.  (I don’t know where that word came from.  What does a lobby have to do with bribery?)

And, of course, the end result is abuse of power.  Indeed, it is the way our government works.  Not only is it accepted.  No national government representative can succeed without it.  Once I finished studying The Constitution and found out how our government really works, I wonder how the US has survived as long as it has.

The worst part about it is that nothing can be done to stop it.  I am not sure that even an amendment will stop it.  I suspect that such an amendment would be impossible.  Even if such an amendment was passed, it would not take long to find a way around it.

As I said, if I was given great power, I would hope I would not abuse it.  The problem is that the abuse of power has become so common place that it has become the norm.  No one who gets into government has any hope of avoiding abuse of power.  No one in government has any ethics.  If anyone with ethics does try to wiggle his way in, he gets trampled by those who don’t.

Pelosi said we need to pass Obama Care so we can find out what is in it.  It is not the statement of an honest person.  It leads me to believe that she is certainly one of those who like to abuse her power, along with most of the Dems.  Moreover, she and they seem to also like to abuse people.  They are hungry for power.  They want to tell us what to do and what to think.

It seems to me that someone wrote a book about that.  Oh, yes.  It was called 1984.  Well, maybe the prophecy was a little late, but certainly accurate.  Given a few years, and people like me will no longer be able to express my opinion.  A few years more and there will no longer be people like me.  Opinions like mine will no longer be allowed.  We will be told what to think and what not to think.  Those who step outside the boundary will quickly be penalized by the thought police.

Thou Shalt Not Steal

I know there are all kinds of illegal robbery going around.  I even had a would be thief walk into my house one night with a .45.  Fortunately,  he decided to leave when our two big dogs confronted him.

However, I would suspect, maybe, a bigger problem might be legal robbery.  It happens all the time.  We read about it in the papers and we hear about it on the radio.  From time to time, a story is even on the TV.  Someone robs someone and no one can do a thing.  The theft is completely within the law.

I can’t prove it, but I have heard that legal theft is not new.  In the day that our Savior walked this earth, there were lawyers who accepted fees from widows in the hope they would receive help.  The lawyer provided very little help and abandoned her the moment her money ran out.

The priests refused to accept a sheep for sacrifices because of defects.  However, they did accept the lamb and money in exchange for a lamb that was acceptable.  Of course, everyone knew that the acceptable sheep was acquired from a man, maybe the day before, and the sheep the priest received in payment would be sold to a man in a day or two.

Only Temple currency was permitted for offering at the Temple.  Naturally, there were money changers at the Temple that could take in any form of currency, in exchange for Temple currency.  Naturally, for this, they took exorbitant fees.

The only time I know of where Jesus became somewhat violent was when he chased the thieves from His Temple, as he said, “You have made My Father’s House a den of thieves.”  Because of this, regardless of anything else, we know that there were thieves in the Temple.  We also know that it was likely legal thievery.  Otherwise, they would have been tossed in prison.  Instead they stole right out in open sight.

In the story of The Good Samaritan, Jesus also spoke of thieves that used force.  However, I get the impression he hated the legal thieves more than those who used force.  This is especially true for those who stole in His Father’s Name.

In the operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, “The Pirates of Penzance,” the pirate king says he is more honest than the businessman.  When he hoists The Jolly Roger, everyone knows what he is about.  The businessman hides behind his nice suit and respectability and steals even more than the pirate.

Indeed, history is full of those who have used their offices or businesses to steal.  Unfortunately, most of these have succeeded.  They never went to prison.  To this day, some are still respected.  I am not going to go through all I know.  It would take a book.

Let me just mention a few.  Jackson stole land from the Indians.  His picture is on the twenty-dollar bill.  Many, after The Civil War, went down into the south to plunder.  Lincoln tried to stop this but was assassinated.  The pole tax and literacy laws grew from this.  The KKK was not formed to kill the Blacks, but to stop the carpetbaggers.  Eventually, the ransacking resulted in the “Solid South.”

Speaker of the House Hastert made a really great land deal because of inside info.  Most of us would have gone to jail for that, or at least paid a big fine.  There is no telling how much thievery the Clintons were involved in.  Many congressional members made millions off of books that were never read.  It is a left-handed method of bribery.  The Bible has much to say about that (bribery) as well.  Maybe, a few of you remember the house post office and banking system.  (Eventually, that did end in the incarceration of one man, though hundreds were guilty.)

Perhaps the most prevalent form of legal thievery is welfare.  This is where perfectly healthy man or woman draws money under the guise of inability to earn money.  In truth they steal, not only from the feds, but, in truth, from people who really need welfare.  This they with clear conscience because, by George, it’s legal.  Moreover, there are some in the federal government that encourage such activity.  Indeed, the bureaucracy depends on the welfare system; so they encourage the robbery, knowing it is dishonest.  They are all members of a den of thieves and they know it.

May I use my imagination for just a moment?  What would happen if all of a sudden the Lord took all those who actually work for living from this country.  I think, possibly, we are talking major panic.  However, if one day, people in this country get tired of working so that others can sit on their tails doing nothing, they, those who do the work, just might stop working.  The effect would be the same.

The fact is thievery is thievery no matter what euphemisms you put on it.  Those that steal are thieves and those that encourage them are just as guilty.  Whether it is done at the point of a knife or as the result of some land grab, the thieves will answer for their sins.  After all, the Lord did say, “Thou shalt not steal.”  I don’t think he made any exceptions for those who hide behind the law.  Those of you who practice law should take note of this.  (I wonder how many have become multimillionaires because of the tobacco judgement.  I wonder how many are now living in mansions because of asbestos… or baby powder.  What percentage of our doctor bills are for paying lawyer’s fees?  How many useful products will never make it to the marketplace because someone is afraid of the lawyers?

By the way, Jesus’ story of The Good Samaritan was a reply to a Lawyer’s question, “Who is our neighbor?”  Even back then, they were looking for loopholes.  The fact is that sometimes the law gets in the way of doing things that are good.  Sometimes the law encourages those who do things that are bad.

The question is, what do we do about it?  Let’s start by electing good honest people to public office.  Personally, I think it would be a good idea to make sure they are Christian.  Personally, I think it would be a good idea to elect people who have the courage and conviction to be publicly pro-life.  I think maybe it would be a good idea if our representatives are not thieves or encourage thievery, regardless of the form it takes.  If we would occasionally throw thieves in public office in jail, it would help.  If we don’t, this nation is headed for a train wreck.

The Lord has blessed this nation from its birth.  Why should He continue His blessings on a nation that treats Him and his people so badly?  He doesn’t need to pronounce judgement on a crooked nation.  It is a natural result.  No nation can survive when its citizens look the other way while legal murder and robbery abound.  This is true even for atheist nations.  Why should we be better?

Thou shalt not murder

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.  The death of those kids in Florida is horrible.  Moreover, the killer in this case almost got away.  Had it not been for one observant police officer, the killer might have remained free for hours, if not days more.  Conceivably, he might have even left the country.  The mass murderer was already miles away from the school when he was taken.

I have, however noticed a pattern.  Every time there is a mass killing with a gun, the media goes nuts, “We must get rid of guns, and right now.  Never mind the second amendment.”  Never mind that the next killer likely already has his gun or will find a way of getting one.

The fact is that killers don’t need guns.  There’s no telling how many boys were killed by Rock Hudson, and he is upheld by society as a hero.  (By the way, I refuse to see any of his movies because of it.  Anyone who has a brain and really feels badly for murder victims should do the same.)  He contracted AIDS and continued to practice his homosexual lifestyle, knowing he might infect the young men.

During the outbreak of AIDS, homosexuals, some who knew they might have AIDS, insisted on giving blood.  Arthur Ashe (a prominent tennis player) became one of their victims when he was given a transfusion.  The federal government was complicit when the CDC refused to believe that the disease could be transferred through the blood.  To this day, there is no attempt to isolate people who are infected, though they finally figured out that they should do what they can to keep infected blood out of our supplies.

If they had adopted the proper infection procedures as soon as the disease was detected, it would have saved thousands, if not millions of lives.  Well, they did get one thing they were after, billions of dollars on research.  To a small degree, they have had some success.  However, for most that contract it, AIDS is a death sentence.  …and, by the way, I have not heard one homosexual apologize.  (Lest someone remind me, drug abusers deserve some of the blame.  In many cases, though, the drug users and the homosexuals were and are the same.)

Those doctors who perform abortions, especially late term abortions commit murder on a regular basis.  Sometimes, the mother suffers physical damage as a result.  Planned Parenthood likely has as much or more blood on their hands as Hitler.  In defiance, they claim they are helping the mother.  In truth, all they want is the money.  If you doubt me, remove the money and see how long the practice continues.  Abortion is a multi-million dollar industry that heavily lobbies congress, especially Dems.

Then, of course there is Obama.  He withdrew the troops from Iraq and hundreds of thousands of people died.  He is held in high esteem by many.  Then there is Hillary.  She killed four men by doing nothing.  She just stood by and blamed it on a film.  (Now that’s dumb.)  I don’t understand.  Why are they not in prison?  The killer in Florida was a mass killer.  Obama and his friends are wholesale killers.

Then again, their killings might not have been so bad.  Their crime was different.  They didn’t use a gun.  Then to, they are democrats.  They can get away with anything.  Teddy and Jack Kennedy got away with murder, literally.

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Equal Justice?

As I listened to the news lately, I heard that President Obama did some spying on some people that was illegally.  It prompted a question in my mind, one that I wonder if any others have considered.

If he, or any former president is convicted of a crime and is sentenced to prison, would that mean that the Secret Service agents would have to continue to guard him while he is within the prison walls?

As I pondered the thought, I realized that it would be impractical, if not impossible.  A prison cell is too small for an ex-president and four secret service men.  Moreover, they would not be able to take weapons into the prison as there is too much chance of another prisoner getting his hands on one.

I would guess that the most practical way would be a house arrest arrangement.  He would have to stay in his house with all phone calls monitored.  I would suggest that he Should have to eat the same food as the other prisoners, but I don’t think that would happen.  My suspicion is that he would eat far better than most of us.  He would probably also have maid and laundry service, maybe even a butler.  Mostly he would be able to live about like he does now, except he’d have to stay in the house.

Somehow, I don’t think that would be equal justice.  Oh well.  Who am I kidding.  No matter the crime, Obama would never be convicted of anything.  Even if someone charged him with anything, there is no way that they would be able to assemble a jury to convict him.

So the question will never be more than a mental exercise.  The question will never have any more than a theoretical answer.

 

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