by Lou Binninger
A long-time meth user and frequent speaker at parole and probation meetings liked to tell a story depicting the moral deprivation of addicts. He said an addict would steal his friends stash and then spend the rest of the night empathetically searching for it with his victim. The speaker’s willingness to be vulnerable always got a laugh from a mix of parolees, their overseers and agency workers.
Eighteenth century philosopher Adam Smith explained in “A Theory of Moral Sentiments” and in “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” that for the market place to function and grow there must be a “moral sympathy” or we would say today moral empathy between buyer and seller. Though all participants are driven to do business out of self-interest to better their lot in life, it would only work successfully to benefit society if there were a morality or fairness existing in the interaction.
In the drug trade the person that fronts money is thought to be stupid or foolish. However, in much of mainstream America money is often fronted or partially so in deals, down payments and such. Money is deposited in banks or investment companies expecting there is a mutual trust and benefit involved.
The Bernie Madoff’s and the Charles Ponzi’s of the world are the outliers. Others scheme to rip-off Medi-Cal, Medi-Care, ATMS, the EBT system etc. The nation uses law enforcement agents to reign in abuses as hundreds of millions of transactions occur daily.
However, what happens when the government is the con, the shyster, the fraud? What is the recourse of the citizens when the government can no longer be trusted? It steals from the people, files frivolous suits, removes money from personal accounts, and comes to your home with CNN reporters and dozens of agents for an arrest and publicity.
The top people in the FBI, the IRS, the CIA and the DOJ have been proven to be involved in the highest level conspiracy in the land. They are liars and cheats, common sleazes and have committed treason. But rather than go to jail or be shot, they leave with their retirement and a book deal in hand.
Americans need no longer mock Banana Republics for lawlessness but just look at any level of US government. Transparency is obtained legally about as easily as extracting an impacted tooth. Citizens are treated with contempt and disdain.
Proverbs 29:2 says “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Ecclesiastes 5:8-9 says, “If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.”
Micah 7:3 reads, “They've all become experts in evil. Corrupt leaders demand bribes. The powerful rich make sure they get what they want.” Genesis 6:5 “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Leaders compete to be touted as the most aggressive baby killer. Tax dollars are forcefully taken to kill in the womb and on the way out. Neither political party is sickened by it. Even church pastors pitifully look the other way.
The most trusted in the country conspire to destroy a duly elected President of the United States. Conservative groups and religious nonprofits are targeted and harassed by the IRS for having the wrong political bent.
Californians are lied to by the government about the road tax repeal (Prop 6) to defeat it and preserve SB1’s massive tax increases. And now, as the billions of dollars are rolling in, the governor forbids using the funds for roads unless socialist housing program goals are met.
Transsexuals and other sexual deviants are used as role models in our government education system. In fact, the entire curriculum has been corrupted by scuttling the Biblical and Constitutional bedrock the nation was established on.
Elections are stolen using illegal voters. Good people are abused by the powerful as the Fake Media propagates deception. Businesses are harassed and extorted by politicians.
Our founding fathers encouraged taking-up arms against such oppressors. However, most Americans have been subdued. May God help us expose the sins of leaders in government, corporate America, education and the media.