Fairness vs. Justice

Fair?? I sometimes experience a gag reflex when I hear this word in a political context.

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One dictionary provides TEN definitions of the word ‘fair’; only one definition worth considering: free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice

I suggest we narrow the focus a bit from the broad-spectrum definitions of ‘fair’ and think instead on a very precise definition, the definition of ‘justice’.

Now, this focus on ‘justice’ is not to be misconstrued as the brand of justice witnessed in courts of law where justice and courts-of-law tend to be oxymoronic. Is my viewpoint Biblical? Read for yourself Matthew 5:25-26.

So, what is justice? Justice defined: the quality of being just;
righteousness, fairness, or moral rightness

In the 21st century lexicon, fairness is a socialist ideal that demands everyone receive the same rewards and benefits, regardless personal productivity.

Modern English Bibles like the NLT and the TLB use the words fair and fairness, but such translations do not put forth the Biblical concept of ‘just’ and ‘justice’.

Because God is just, he never shows partiality or favoritism and therefore does not practice fairness.

Fairness is an expression of equality or inequality among persons. Justice is an expression of merit or demerit of a person with respect to God himself. This is why courtroom justice which is based on human opinions is not the same as God’s just nature which is immutable and eternal.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Now John McCain Lambastes Nationalism?

Headline in The Hill: McCain blasts ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism‘ in emotional speech

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Image: screenshot of The Hill 10/16/2017

The Arizona senator said “we live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil” and said Americans “are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.” – The Hill

Correction, Senator John McCain: Our great nation was based on Biblical principles. The 1,196,554 military personnel who died in defense of our nation shed 1,495,692 gallons, paid the price of our freedoms.

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Image: PBS News Hour 5/24/2015

Nationalism defined: devotion and loyalty to one’s own nation; patriotism

It was former Vice President Joe Biden who presented the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal to Senator McCain. How significant is this award? Previous recipients include the Dalai Lama, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former Democratic presidential nominee what-does-it-matter-now Hillary Clinton and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai.

Yes, John McCain, a new spirit of nationalism arises throughout the land and for this I thank God. It’s not spurious and yes, it is half-baked, but I can smell the finished product that’s coming out of the oven.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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A Headline Begs for a Constitutional Briefing

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Let’s start with order and word counts in the first three articles of the Constitution, as amended.

The order of the three branches of federal government and the word counts are thus:

Legislative Branch, Article One, has ten sections and 2,268 words.

Executive Branch, Article Two, has four sections and 1,025 words.

Judicial Branch, Article Three, has three sections and 377 words.

Do you see a pattern?

Think in terms of a board game.

The Legislative Branch makes the rules.
The Executive Branch moves the pieces on the board.
In the case of disagreement among the players, the Judicial Branch resolves the conflict.

I ask again. Do you see a pattern?

The three are not ‘co-equal’; they do not have equal powers (authority).

A former pastor used to say, “Anything with two heads is a monster.” He was referring to those old Japanese Godzilla movies featuring huge multi-headed creatures. If we surrender ourselves to the myth of three co-equal branches of government, we submit ourselves to a tyrannical monster.

Have you not the time to read and study the U.S. Constitution?

Here is a link to the official document, updated by amendments. https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

The Judicial Branch has no authority to either grant or to deny our natural rights.

Jesus Christ is the highest authority, our lawgiver, executor of the Will of God, and our ultimate Judge. As He said on the Mount of Olives, “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Racism – Birth of a Notion

What is race, in the anthropological sense?

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines The Human Race:

:all people :human beings as a group the history of the human race destructive weapons that could wipe out the (whole) human race

Can race be defined through analysis of DNA?

According to a Harvard University scientific report on race and origins,

…there is no evidence that the groups we commonly call “races” have distinct, unifying genetic identities. In fact, there is ample variation within races.

All the scientific papers I read on this subject uniformly say human beings are 99.9 BloodPoster-ItsAllTheSameToHimpercent identical genetically. African-American blood is fully compatible with a same-type blood of a blond-haired Swede or a black-haired Sioux Indian. Our organs are interchangeable. Between ethnic groups, the DNA molecule that defines the color and texture of our skin or eyes is identical, except for allenes, an infinitesimally tiny component of that gene.

So, the question of where the notion that one ethnic group is inferior to another must be answered and the answer can be found in a non-scientific theoretical book written by Charles Darwin titled:

1861_THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES by MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION, or the PRESERVATION OF FAVOURED RACES IN THE STRUGGLE FOR LIFE

The essence of Darwin’s theory, with respect to humanity, is there are superior races and inferior races. This idea spawned and published by Charles Darwin was an important element of support for the Nazi persecution of people groups whom the Nazis thought inferior: Slavs, Jews, Gypsies, mentally defectives, etc.

American slave owners used Darwin’s theory of the origin of the species to justify slavery.

So the question must be asked: how many races of mankind are there? The answer: there is only one race of men. Ethnic backgrounds do not a man define. It is the culture that defines a man.

Slavs, Jews, African-Americans, orientals, Europeans and Hispanics/Latinos are all one race. Period.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

 

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Venezuela struggling through a Cuban-style “Special Period”

Headline: Venezuelans Eating Dogs, Zoo Animals as Economy Collapses

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After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cubans suffered greatly through what Fidel Castro called “The Special Period“. Collectively, the collapse of the USSR and the subsequent Cuban “Special Period” (my Cuban friends always make quotation marks when they mention this phrase) demonstrate the inevitable end of a socialist economy.

This is the result of 18 years of misery and socialis[m], and we have the responsibility to denounce it, but above all to do what is necessary to change it. To wait another year is to prolong hunger, allow more deaths, it is pain. How much more will we ask the people to withstand?” – Vente Venezuela Coordinator Javier Chirinos

What’s next? I foresee a violent and bloody civil war in Venezuela’s future. A Civil war in Venezuela could (and probably will) ignite rebellions in Columbia and Ecuador. I can even imagine anti-government uprisings in Mexico.

There are communists in all western hemisphere countries who hate Americans as they oppose civil freedoms.

Nicolás Maduro is without a doubt attempting to establish a communist government in his country of Venezuela. His adoration of Fidel Castro and his use of Cuban bureaucrats to run Venezuelan government is all the evidence you need.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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What’s happening in the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave?

What’s happening in the Land of the Free, the Home of the
Brave? How is it law enforcement officers and prosecutors have become common targets? Who or what is behind well-organized mobs disrupting town hall meetings with the obvious intent to silence our elected representatives?

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Source: CBS Los Angeles

A San Bernardino County prosecutor in the midst of a gang-murder trial was bloodied and beaten into unconsciousness Thursday while on a morning jog in Newport Beach. She wasn’t robbed or raped. She is a prosecutor in a gang-related murder trial. You guess the motive.

San Bernardino is the most dangerous city in California, according to LA Weekly.san bernardino most dangerous city in california.PNG
Why is San Bernardino the most dangerous California city?

Important factors: a very high degree of poverty, a very high cost of living, and FIVE criminal gangs (4 black, 1 Hispanic).

What are common factors associated with gang violence?
1-Poverty
2-Metropolitan residency
3-High cost of living
4-Democrat government
5-Generous welfare program
6-Metropolitan residents believe government can solve all their problems

You can understand how it is that a cluster of poor people who believe government can solve all their problems (hunger, housing, health), will naturally assume that the municipal government that does not solve their problems is responsible for their problems.

From Forbes: Welfare Offers Short-Term Help And Long-Term Poverty, Thanks To Asset Tests 

The bottom line: Government welfare programs strive to make welfare recipients comfortable instead of striving to make them capable of independent living.

How do we change this downward spiral toward anarchy and public disorder? Founding Father Benjamin Franklin knew the answer to this question:

“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

Even earlier in history, almost 2,000 years ago, in fact, the Apostle Paul said, “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.

How do we move poor people from government dependency to joining the independent living?

Hunger is a time-proven incentive to work for a living.

Do you know that the labor participation rate (a pleasant alternative to unemployment rate) is 62.9%? 100-62.9=37.1% actual unemployment. FYI – at the peak of the Great Depression unemployment was 25%. (BLS stats http://bit.ly/2jn32Nw)

Where do all the millions of illegal immigrants work? Do I have to tell you the answer? Illegal immigrants do in fact work millions of jobs left open by the welfare system.

If government welfare programs have worked against the people for whom the government is the problemgovernment programs were created, does it not stand to reason that it’s time to change from business-as-usual to common sense alternatives?

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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SB4 – Fears and Facts

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Addressing Fear

Many Hispanics dread being stopped by police officers for fear of being profiled. SB 1074 specifically outlaws racial profiling. Read the full text: 2012 Texas Law on Racial Profiling

Specific to law enforcement officers: Art. 2.131. RACIAL PROFILING PROHIBITED. A peace officer may not engage in racial profiling.

Does racial profiling happen? Indeed, it does. Why? My best answer: human nature.

Unjust and unlawful profiling by some police officers affects people of all skin colors and all ages.

The vast majority of law enforcement officers are good citizens. They are not superhumans. Some – a few – are incarcerated in Texas prisons for murder, sex crimes, and other felonies. Some, thinking they are doing us all a favor, willfully disregard the prohibition against racial profiling.

I appreciate the fear. Over six decades of operating motor vehicles, a few police officers have unjustly stopped me on the pretext of alleged traffic violations. After checking my identity against lists of wanted persons, I’ve gone on my way without a ticket. An obvious conclusion is the officers profiled me because my vehicle or appearance closely matched another person.

Twice in my life, loaded handguns have been pointed my way.

The first time, it was when an angry Native American man in Minneapolis threatened to blow my brains out. He expressed his anger toward all white people. Obviously, he didn’t pull the trigger and this is a story for another day.

The second time, a police officer right here in Rockwall pulled his handgun on me in an attempt to cower me into giving him permission to search my place of business in downtown Rockwall. The rest of this story will also be for another time.

Born and raised in South Texas, I also knew Hispanics that were grossly mistreated by cops.

The fear of profiling is rational, if not necessarily realistic. Supporters of SB4 should respect the fear. Gun owners also have stories, well-documented stories, on incidences of unlawful profiling by police officers. I’ve been profiled by ICE solely because my name is one of 12,669 John Whites in this country.

Deleterious Dichotomy

On August 30, 2017, Orlando L. Garcia of United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, an activist federal judge, issued a temporary injunction to pause enforcement of the law. NY Times: Federal Judge Blocks Texas’ Ban on ‘Sanctuary Cities’. (Grammarians will see right away the irony of the article’s title.)

Of note is the parallel between so-called sanctuary cities in Texas whose leaders claim to uphold civil rights and the hostile, un-civil behavior of local law enforcement in those cities toward lawful gun owners. For the record, the arrest and conviction rate of licensed Texas gun owners is less than the rate for law enforcement officers. It’s not a huge difference, but one that should teach uncivil chiefs of police like Art Acevedo (Houston), Brian Manley (Austin), and Dr. Joel Fitzgerald (Fort Worth) that their irrational profiling of gun owners actually violates state law.

The Bottom Line

The stated, legislated object of SB4 is to get criminals off the streets and into the hands of ICE.  As all law enforcement officers in Rockwall County have publicly stated, undocumented immigrants can freely report crimes without fear of deportation.

Action

  • LEARN – Know the law.
  • RESPECT – Be respectful of the opinions of SB4 opponents.
  • LISTEN – Dignify opponents of SB4 by listening with an intent to understand them.
  • SPEAK – Contact your State Senator and your Representative in the Texas Legislature to express your view of SB4.
  • PEACE – Be a peacemaker. Don’t set up lines of confrontation. Reason flies out the window when confrontation displaces peaceful debate.

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:9

  • PRAY – The Bible says we are to pray FOR, not AGAINST, all who are in authority.

Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:2

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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