Nuremberg revisited

My family and I recently watched a movie that was based on the Nuremberg trials, named “Judgement at Nuremberg.”  This particular movie followed the trials of the Nazi judges, and one in particular named, Dr. Ernst Janning (pronounced, yah-ning).  It was a very good movie, and was very captivating.  I found myself going back and forth in my judgement of the Nazi judges with every speech.   Throughout the whole movie, the defending lawyer was saying that Dr. Janning had only stayed a judge to keep things from getting worse.  That he shouldn’t be punished, because he was only doing what he was made to do.  On both sides, the speeches were so impassioned.  I was often moved to tears. But, my favorite part of the movie came in the last conversation at the end of the movie.  The American judge, named Judge Haywood, had a private conversation with Dr. Janning, in which Dr. Janning said, “Judge Haywood… the reason I asked you to come:  Those people, those millions of people… I never knew it would come to that.  You must believe it, You must believe it!”  Judge Haywood’s response was amazing.  He said, “Herr Janning, it came to that the first time you sentenced a man to death that you knew to be innocent.”

Many people wonder how people could come to do such horrible things, such as what occurred in Germany under Hitler.  But what they fail to realize is that most of those who were involved in the Holocaust didn’t start off that way.  In general, when we fall into great sin, we don’t do it in one giant leap.  It comes slowly, unassumingly at first.  It comes with the small compromises we make everyday.  We don’t even realize the full impact of those compromises, and eventually, as with the Nazis, we can become desensitized to the evil we are committing.  Before you know it, all of the little compromises, the little tiny steps, have led us to that place, the end where we fall into “great sin.”  But, in reality, there is no such thing as a “great sin.”  Each of those small compromises were just as wrong, and just as condemning.  Just as Judge Haywood said in the movie, “It came to that (the “great sin” or compromise) the first time you sentenced a man to death you knew to be innocent.”

We can see examples of such small compromises in all areas of life.  But, the major one that comes to mind is called the Holocaust of modern times.  It is… abortion.  But, this vastly committed sin didn’t not become legal all at once.  Before Roe v. Wade, there was another decision, or small compromise, that paved the way for the full legalization of this brutal form of murder.  In this law that was passed, abortion became legal in cases of rape and incest.  Thus, the proverbial camel’s nose came under the tent.  Many people rationalize these compromises to murder by saying that the baby is unwanted, it came about from a sin, etc.   In the cases of the life of the mother being in danger, they say that the unborn must be killed to save the mother’s life.  But, the fact is, that it is still murder of an innocent, unarmed human being.  Back in the old days, it was considered cowardly to kill someone who could not defend themselves.  Now, this same act is done in staggering numbers on a minute by minute basis.

Even a little compromise in this area is devastating.  It led to the over 50 million lives that have been snuffed out so far.  People can rationalize their compromises away however they want, but that doesn’t change the truth.  It is still murder, and it is still wrong.  Those who supported the first law being past might plead, “All those millions of children.  We didn’t know it would come to that.”  But the fact is, it came to that the first time, for any reason, an innocent baby was killed.

Here is a very good speech to watch on this subject.


The new stimulus package

Recently there has been much debate over the new stimulus package that just passed congress.  But, as the debate has gone back and forth, it seems that few people have actually sat down to try to comprehend just how much money this stimulus bill is talking about.  The number $787 billion has been thrown around like a nerf ball.  We have heard numbers this big for so long, I think some of us have been desensitized to the enormous amount this is.  So I set out to make a point of how much more our government is going to put us in debt.

This morning I measured a dollar bill, and it is basically 6 inches long.  This means, right off the bat, that the 787,000,000,000 dollar stimulus package, if each dollar bill was laid end to end, would be 393,500,000,000 feet long.  The earth is 24,902 miles around at the equator, which is 131,482,560 in feet.  This means then, that the stimulus package which will be signed into law this morning, if each dollar were laid end to end around the equator, it would circle the earth 2992.7924 times!  Let that sink in.  2992.7924 times.  This is not child’s play.  Our government is wanting to put us into more debt, that by itself circle’s the earth 2992.7924 times!

What about the moon?  It is roughly 239,000 miles from the earth.  This means that we could travel to the moon 311.83 times!

Next question, where is this ginormous amount coming from?  The Federal Reserve is going to print it.  It does not exist.  In other words, it is coming out of thin air.  Even before this bill, a twenty dollar bill has as much backing as a twenty from a Monopoly game.  When we were on the gold standard in the 1930s, our dollar was worth a dollar of gold.  Now, in comparison it is worth 4 cents.  After this bill is signed today, our dollars will be worth 2 cents each compared to the 1930s gold standard.  Where did the all of the gold go to?  The government sold it to the Federal Reserve (which by the way, is not a government entity.  It is privately owned and is not under government control.)  Where did the Federal Reserve get the money to pay for the gold?  They printed it.  Just like the do for Monopoly games.  They got our gold for nothing.  And now, we don’t even know what has become of it.  The government is not allowed to see it, so they don’t even know if it exists anymore.  All of this information on the Federal Reserve came from U.S. Representative Ron Paul by the way.

And yet, after all this, people look to the government to save them?

The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am an Enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but Coin. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered. ~Thomas Jefferson

Just as a side note, nobody owns property in the U.S. anymore.  We have to pay rent to the government on stuff we’ve already paid for, otherwise they can come and take it away.  But this is a topic for another time. 🙂


The right to bear arms

Most of you have probably heard about the Second Amendment, and the right that it supposed to protect.  But how many of you understand the extreme importance of it?

Guns are seen by liberals as something very dangerous that should be kept out of the hands of the populace.  That is why we have had all of the gun laws passed in somewhat recent years.  Laws set up by the government that regulate who can have guns and who can’t.  (If any of you haven’t taken the questionnaire to get gun, I’ll let you know it’s pretty ridiculous.  Asking questions like, “Do you plan to use this gun to commit a grievous crime?” LOL!  Like they think a criminal is going to be stupid enough to say yes?!)

Yet, in their great “wisdom,” they have overlooked a major flaw in their regulations.  In general, out of whose hands is the government trying to keep guns?  Murderers and other lawbreakers.  However, by setting up regulations, do you think that is going to stop criminals from breaking just one more rule?  Instead by keeping guns from being available to everyone, those of us who are peaceable now have no way of defending ourselves.

Yet the government doesn’t seem to care about this right being taken away from us.  They continue to pass more laws prohibiting and regulating who can have guns.  We continue to let our rights be stripped from us and the ability to protect ourselves we are giving away.

In the draft of Virginia’s Constitution, Thomas Jefferson said, “No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”  He understood the need from people to have the ability to protect themselves.  If we aren’t allowed to do so, just who do we think is going to protect us every second of the day?

On our trip through the South last April, we stopped off in Georgia to visit some friends.  While there we were going to visit a museum which was in a different county.  Our friends warned us that a law had been passed in that county concerning guns that we should be aware of.  In this particular county, is is ILLEGAL not to have a concealed carry!  The government would have people believe that such a law, or similarly a lack of regulations, would cause havoc and mass killings.  But just what are the statistics from this little county?  There are virtually no crimes committed there!  Why is this?  Well, say a robber goes to rob a bank.  He won’t know who in that bank has a weapon concealed on them.  Even if it was slow in the bank at that time, the chances are, there are more good people in that bank carrying a gun than that lone robber.

If us Americans were allowed to carry guns as we pleased, as we were in the old days, what do you think would happen?  Criminals would never know who has else out there has a gun.  I imagine this would cause them to rethink committing a crime at least once.

But even more than that, by principle, we should never have to go to the government and ask permission to have gun.  All the regulations and laws are unconstitutional and should be removed.  But do you think anyone in the government is going to want to give up their control on this part of our lives?   :sarcastic laugh: No one who is currently there, I can assure you.

On this issue, among many others, I am very pleased with the Constitution Party.  The desire of the Constitution Party is to get the government out of gun control as it was in the past.  They understand that the people deserve the right to protect themselves.

[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans posses above almost every other nation… (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.  ~James Madison

It is our duty to take back the rights that have been taken from us.  One of the ways to do that is to elect a leader that will give them back to us.