Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Mormon Double Standard

Being the son of a devout mormon that held rank in the priesthood, I think I'm qualified to at least point this out.  Mitt Romney has been put under attack for his mormonism, as people have an uncanny ability to insult and denegrate than which they don't understand.  Many christians have called the mormon religion a cult, ironic since they are decendants of christians who faced the same accusations.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has holy texts that are supposedly another testament of Jesus Christ.  Many christians believe that adding to The Bible is in itself blasphemy. 

These jackasses can argue all they want, but their religious beliefs are no less far-fetched.  After all, Christians believe in a Bible that has been edited and re-tranlated by the most powerful among us (King James comes to mind).  Most small children are able to tell that the stories held within these sacred texts have a few holes.

A great example is the story of Noah.  Basically God pulled an Andrea Yates on all of his children, drowning all of them save Noah and his wife, and whatever animals happened to fit on that mythical boat of his.  He flooded the lands, to accomplish this, and apparently Noah was the only guy with a boat.  Every animal we have today was represented on that Ark of his?  Even the tasmanian devil, giraffe, eagle, chicken, fox, wolf, polar bear, lion, tiger, bear, elk, deer, rabbit, bobcat, were on this boat.  How did Noah keep them from eating each other?  40 days is a long time for these animals to survive without food, don't you agree?  As of 2010 we've found over 1.3 million species of animals on earth.  That comes to 2.6 million animals on a wooden ark that Noah built himself. 

Many Christians are reading this and screaming "You're missing the point!"  On the contrary, I'm making a point.  The story of Noah was to let the faithful know that if they got out of control, God would just smite them and start over.  More so, the story is an affirmation of God's power and that you should worship Him.  Without faith in God, this story is little more than an obvious fabrication.  My point is that Mormons and Christians of other Denominations all believe in something an agnostic like myself can only be skeptical of.  It's amazing that these guys are at the throats of Mormons, who by personal experience are more pious than any of the other denominations of the Christian faith.  As an agnostic, I myself believe anyone who claims to have all of the answers is either incredibly arrogant, or taking you for a ride.  I chose to be an agnostic because it's the only belief humble enough to admit ignorance. I don't know for sure there's a God, because I can't prove his existence.  I can't disprove the existence of a higher power either, so I simply say:  "I don't know."

Now that I've addressed the idiocy of attacking religion, it's time to explore the double standard our media has for Mormon politicians.  Mitt Romney has a target on his back for his mormon faith, as anyone who is paying attention would know.  The mainstream media is painfully unaware that one of their champions, their golden boy from Nevada Harry Reid is a mormon.  Why is Reid not under constant attack for his faith?  Because Reid is a Democrat, and Democrats can do no wrong in the mainstream media's eyes.

This double standard on the faith of politicians is just one of the many ways our media has kept us uninformed and uneducated.  By the way, Thomas Jefferson knew how dangerous a nation of dumbasses was. 

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson

We can't be expected to hold the media accountable, when all we care about is how our sports teams are doing.  We are no different than the citizens of Rome who were distracted from the corruption of their government by the violent games of death in the coliseum.  That's life in the decline of a great empire.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Plan to Save America

What's your plan to save America?  Mine's to run it just like we run things on the state level here in Texas.

One thing I've noticed, people keep saying a national sales tax will be unfair, but none seem to want to explain their position.  The only valid point I've read is that seniors will be double taxed on their Roth IRA retirement.  That's a problem easily fixed with an exemption, we just need a way to let retirees prove to merchants the money they're using is from a retirement fund.  A checkbook or debit card would be easy enough of a fix for me. 

I live in Texas, and I'm proud of my state for having no income tax.  Income taxes are the enemy, they punish success and reward failure, as well as lead us down a dangerous path to communism.  Now, Texas doesn't tax income, but we make up for it by taxing everything else.  Fortunately, almost all of these taxes seem necessary.  Common sense stuff like $0.20 per gallon of gasoline to maintain the roads, $1 per 300 pound barrel of oysters taken from Texas waters, etc.
Texas is hurting less than every other state right now, and it's because our government has the good sense to trim the fat when we have budget shortfalls.  As a matter of fact, for 2011 we were facing a $27 billion shortfall.  By the end of our very short legislative session which only meets every two years, we ended up with a $4 billion surplus, without touching our $9 billion rainy day fund.

Not bad for a state with no income tax revenue.  The best part about living here in Texas is when tax season comes around and the federal government is raping your wallet, the state government leaves you alone.