Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What would Jesus's position be as a candidate for US Congress, on fundamental issues like liberty and freedom?

This is a very hard question for me. I need divine intervention to answer what would Jesus's position be related to an individual's rights on liberty and freedom. So first, I am going to start with John Locke's position since his position was very fundamental to our founding fathers.

"The NATURAL liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the law of nature for his rule.

The liberty of man in society is to be under no other legislative power but that established by consent in the commonwealth; nor under the dominion of any will or restraint of any law, but what that legislative power shall enact according to the trust put in it.

Freedom then is not what Sir R. R. Tells us, O. A. 55, “ a liberty for every one to do what he lists, to live as he pleases, and not to be tied by any laws.” But freedom of men under government is to have a standing rule to live by, common to every one of that society, and made by the legislative power where that rule prescribes not; and not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man; as freedom of nature is to be under no other restraint but the law of nature."

This leads me to believe Jesus would also be a lot like John Locke. But Jesus would be more supportive of God's laws coupled with Jesus also being very supportive of natural law.

Jesus would actively support freedom and liberty, along with personal restraint based on what the Bible suggests. For starters, the 10 Commandments. Which is very similar to the Golden Rule as suggested and written about by Confuscious a long time before Jesus was here.

So basically, Jesus would want all of us to have freedom and liberty, provided it did not infringe on the rights of another. So, in a civil society like the United States, there is a delicate balancing act required of national politicans that govern, which would include Jesus's best efforts to maximize one's liberties and freedoms; while still ensuring only the minimal amount of federal legislation is passed, that would restrain an individual's right to the exercise of that freedom and liberty, only with the rare exception to prevent one's exercise of that freedom and liberty, contrary to, and infringing upon the freedoms and liberties of another individual, or group of individuals.

So let us apply Locke and what I am thinking Jesus's postion would be on freedom and liberty on a controversial issue like Roe v. Wade. Jesus would not limit narrowly, a women's protected liberty interest, contrary to the fetus, the father and everyone else impacted when someone has an abortion. Since Roe v. Wade, I heard on CNN, the socialist comedy news network, since Roe. v. Wade, there have been 55 million abortions performed.

Jesus would not like Roe v. Wade. Therefore, I do not like Roe v. Wade either. If the Supreme Court is going to address one's protected liberty interest, the Supreme Court clearly erred by focusing on only one person's liberty interest, the mother of the fetus, contrary to every one's else's equal protected liberty interests, including all of a nation's society.

Then, Jesus would have to address the libertarians viewpoint of the limited and narrow enumerated powers of the federal governemnt. This would get a bit tricky even for Jesus. Where would Jesus draw the line politically?

Once again, Jesus would have to do a balancing act on what is, and is not the function of a congressman, and a limited national goverment. Jesus would look very carefully to the wisdom of the founding fathers focus on the rights of the individual, along with a very limited function of a federal government to balance the right of the individual to what is best to all individuals in a nation collectively.

Jesus would do this to ensure and do one's best as a congresman that as a civil nation, focused on the individual being the most important criteria, Jesus would also want to ensure the people remain civil to each other to the greatest extent possible, that would best promote peace, prosperity, harmony, love and morality for all.

Therefore, I am pretty certain Jesus would want to make our nation return to being more moral and ethical on issues related to marriage, gay rights and the mass media including morality issues like pornography.

On issues like the environment, I am pretty certain Jesus wants our earth protected based on natural law as much as possible. However, Jesus would be realistic and not some environmental nut job.

Jesus would be very conservative on moral and ethical issues based on both nature and God's laws. An individaul should have lots of freedom and liberty, free as much as possible from a national governmenent's coercion and concurrently, also be free from undue constraint and regulation, provided by doing so, people of a nation are moral and ethical more consistent with what God wants.

Furthermore, we alk know what Jesus's position is on tax policy. Render unto the IRS that which is owned, and render unto God, those things that belong to God. Naturally, God owns everything. Jesus would want all persons to pay something into supporting their national government. Naturally, Jesus would already understand there are many federal taxes, not just income taxes. And that the poor are paying some form of federal consumption taxes.

However, Jesus would be pretty mad about huge mega-corporations like General Electric paying nothing. Jesus would also be mad at these huge and greeedy corporations outsourcing jobs anywhere in the world as unethical abuse of the poor. Further, Jesus would not like SuperPacs, or the lobbyists for huge corporations controlling and dictating the entire nation's legislative agenda based on an insane lust and greed of money.

Finally, would Jesus be an Obama socialist? I doubt it. Jesus would be more pragmatic and want a balanced federal budget, opposed to massive deficit spending a nation cannot afford. Jesus would also vehemently oppose ObamaCare as not being in the best interests of a nation.

Jesus would oppose the federal government takeover of any industry group as being counterproductive to any nation's best interests including the individuals of that nation. Jesus would clearly see the takeover of health care as contrary to the best interest of a nation. All a national health regulated industry would do is ensure more and more dollars would fall into the hands of the privlidged few, that want to lock in and increase their profits from health care.

Jesus would actively support fair trade-not unfettered free trade so evil and greedy corporations could do anything they wanted. Jesus would also be quite mad at Obama and his socialist agenda for several reasons; although he would still love any misguided person named Obama.

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