Dinner Topics for Monday
History Contains Keys to Survival
I will give you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations— Doctrine and Covenants 52:14
If you read history looking for patterns, it can be a window to the future. ~C.A. Davidson
National peace and success reflects the character of its people.
Typological patterns in history.
a person, thing, or event believed to foreshadow another … Another word for “type” in historical context is “pattern”. Yes, history does repeat itself, because human nature is the same in all ages, and choices, good and bad, have consequences. Find the heroes (who promote liberty), and the villains (who destroy freedom). Compare the consequences of choices by individuals from each era, then do an analysis based on the causes and effects of the events given. If you read history looking for patterns, it can be a window to the future.
1500 B.C. 10 Commandments given to Moses
Commandment # 10: Thou shalt not covet
This is the last of the great laws forming the bedrock of our moral code, but it is by no means the least important. When you think about it, almost all other violations—i.e., adultery, stealing, lying, murder—are caused by envy and coveting. On a national level, this envy develops into class warfare.
A Native American civilization which developed at the Meridian of Time enjoyed a golden age that lasted about two hundred years. Then at that time there arose some who were “lifted up in pride. And they began to be divided into classes.” The once great civilization declined and finally destroyed itself by war.
The French Revolution was a very bloody example of class warfare. Abuse of the poor by the aristocracy was a prevalent pattern in Europe. The Americans established laws based on the Biblical moral code that over time freed the citizens from the fetters of classes. In contrast, the French sought to solve their grievances, not by law, but by rejecting God and simply murdering the aristocrats, their families, and their servants.
In the name of “equality,” the Russians replaced their monarchy with a different upper class—the Communist bureaucracy. Those in political power are more “equal” than others. Communism is founded on class warfare: the political party vs. the religious and any other dissidents. The Communist regime “solved” their class struggle through the murder of at least 25 million during the Stalin era alone. This continued throughout the Cold War.
Hitler’s (National Socialism)class warfare was based on race. The Jews, many of whom were educated and successful, were considered subhuman and blamed for Germany’s political woes. This class struggle was “solved” by the murder of more than six million Jews and sympathizers.
Today—Class Warfare Is Still about Envy
Pattern 1: Russian Leader seeks to bring back Communist Soviet Union
In today’s Russian regime, the socialist form of income equality is firmly entrenched. Garbage collectors and doctors are paid the same amount. Goal of Vladimir Putin, current Leader of Russia and unreformed KGB agent, is to restore the former Soviet Union. First objective: crush Ukrainian citizens who seek liberty.
Pattern 2: Obama’s State of the Union address promotes Class Warfare
Obama: “And what I believe unites the people of this nation regardless of race or religion or region or party, young, old, rich, or poor…” He’s trying to divide everybody on that basis. He’s got women versus men, blacks versus whites, rich versus poor, religious versus agnostics. The whole country is roiled because this is an administration which pits groups of people against each other. Class warfare, class envy, demonize achievement, demonize success — which he denied last night, but he does it.
Here again, “the notion if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.” He doesn’t believe that be with but he knows you should have been and that’s why he platitudes it. But he doesn’t believe it. He thinks… Folks, don’t doubt me on this. I know you think this is a really strange thing to say. Most people cannot possibly imagine a president that doesn’t believe that. That’s as American as anything else is. But I am telling you, he doesn’t. ~Rush Limbaugh
Pattern 3: Media promotes Class Warfare
Karen Paperno, the owner of Park Slope baby boutique Boing Boing, who raged in a Huffington Post piece about the growing affluence of her neighborhood and her difficulty in keeping up with the Joneses. In this example of off-line jealousy, The New York Times picked up the story and detailed the difficult life of a middle-class woman in a rich neighborhood.”
And, see, that just validates the envy. The New York Times comes along and does a story (sobbing), “Oh, look at how unfair! Look how unfortunate,” and it validates/justifies the person who’s feeling jealous and envious. Oh, “It’s easy to feel sympathetic to Paperno, who works hard at a neighborhood business and whose husband’s illness forced her to close a second business location. At least, it is until she admits to stealing ‘spices, honey, coconut oil, granola; expensive things that I wanted’ from a store near her home, even as she derides the materialism of others.
“The Times called the market ‘one of the many emblems of the new, consumerist Park Slope’ but it’s most likely a small business just like Paperno’s. Should its owners be allowed to steal from her shop, too? … Never before have so many had so much while still wanting more. There’s nothing new about jealousy and envy, of course,” the story says. “What’s new is our cultural acceptance of it. In a world where we talk about ‘inequality’…” Hello, President Obama and the Democrat Party! ~Rush Limbaugh
Pattern 4: Some State Policies Worsen Class Warfare
“President Obama has made it clear that he has one political goal this December: raise taxes on the rich. Last December, in Osawatomie, Kan., Obama explained why. ‘In the last few decades, the average income of the top 1% has gone up by more than 250% to $1.2 million per year,’ Obama said. ‘Now, this kind of inequality — a level that we haven’t seen since the Great Depression — hurts us all.’”
That’s Obama a year ago. So the question: “But do higher taxes on the rich reduce income inequality?” No! They do not! And all you need to do is make a quick comparison of state inequality data and their corresponding tax codes. “Just take a look at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ recently released report ‘Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends.’ The CBPP used Census Bureau data to determine which states had the largest gap between the bottom fifth of income earners and the top 5% of earners. According to CBPP, the states with highest levels of income inequality are: 1) Arizona, 2) New Mexico, 3) California, 4) Georgia and 5) New York.”
California now has a top marginal rate of 13%. California and New York tax the rich like nobody’s business, and they are in the top five states with the greatest/highest levels of income inequality. Now, if raising taxes on the rich was fair — if raising taxes on the rich somehow elevated the people at the bottom — then California and New York would not be in the top five states with the highest level of income inequality.
How to Have the Least Income Inequality
They have the highest income inequality states in the country. So high taxes on the rich, and forced unionization do not matter a whit to reducing income inequality. “Meanwhile the three states with the least income inequality, 1) Iowa, 2) Utah and 3) Wyoming, are all right-to-work states, meaning where workers have the right to choose whether or not they want to join a union. So if low taxes and weak unions aren’t causing income inequality, what is?”
Well, “The three states with the highest income inequality also all share a border with Mexico.” All of those states have huge illegal immigration populations. “According to the Pew Hispanic Center, every one of the top five unequal states also is among the top 10 states with high illegal immigrant populations.” Income inequality, according to the data, highest levels of it in states: High taxes, forced unionization, and huge immigration. So what’s the solution? Ending all three, and you can’t talk about it and survive. ~Rush Limbaugh