Politcs = Integrity + Economics

5 11 2007

Filed under: Politics, Christianity, Worldview, Economics

The following is a written summary of a DVD presentation by former Congressman Bob McEwen.

Something to keep in mind for the upcoming elections: Politics = Integrity + Economics.

To be successful in politics, you must master both. Hitler helped Germany’s economy but lagged in the integrity department. Jimmy Carter was a good man, but his economic policies were horrendous. Bill Clinton was not good in either area. He was charming and a good liar. Bush has been excellent in the integrity field and decent in economics.

Integrity is comprised of two components:

1.) Morality (don’t do wrong)
2.) Character (do what is right)

Economics is more complex, but can be drawn on a scale:

0 (Slave) 100 (Free)

Only two groups of people can cause you to digress from Free towards Slave:

1.) Thieves
2.) Government

Either way, you are left with less choices and a lower standard of living. Two conditions must be satisfactory in order for us to make a purchase:

1.) Price
2.) Quality

All government purchases are third party purchases – They are using money that is not theirs to buy something they won’t consume. They don’t care about price or quality. This is why Lincoln emphasized that government should only exist to do those things that we cannot do for ourselves, namely defense and security.

In our free market, people are rewarded for good behavior and punished for bad behavior. By definition, government operates on the opposite scale. Government interferes with free enterprise by punishing (taxing) success and rewarding (welfare, gov’t programs) failure. America is the wealthiest nation in the world because we do the least amount of interfering of all the governments in the world.

Why does government interfere? And why are liberal (regardless of party) politicians in America trying to destroy our wealth? Because they think it’s luck. They don’t understand it takes freedom, risk, and reward to develop and maintain a free market.

Socialism Free Enterprise

– More gov’t ……………………………………………-Less gov’t
– More taxes …………………………………………..-Less taxes
– Weak defense ……………………………………….-Strong defense
– Diverse lifestyles …………………………………….-Traditional family values
– Group: right, enlightened, fairness …………………-Individual: risk, responsibility, reward

Now, let’s look at the tie-in to Christianity and voting. Two worldviews dictate how we vote:

1.) Man
2.) God

Man (Humanism):

  1. Man is good. The goal of the French Revolution was the same as today’s liberals: Equality. To arrive at equality, you must take from here to give it there. Forced equality means someone loses liberty. This will undoubtedly be met with opposition. The French solution was the guillotine. America was founded on the premise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – in that order.
  2. Environment responsible for behavior. What does it mean if a significant number of children are born out of wedlock? It’s not anyone’s fault. The government didn’t pass out a sufficient number of condemns. What does it mean if someone commits a shooting? It’s not their fault. The government didn’t pass ample gun laws. The goal is to pass laws directed at altering behavior. This is the heart of turning moral issues into political and vice versa – a staple tactic of a liberal.

God (Christianity):

  1. Man is in need of a savior.
  2. Individual responsible for behavior.

The political cycle:

Bondage > Spiritual truth > Great courage > Liberty > Abundance > Selfishness > Complacency > Apathy > Dependence > Bondage.

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