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Radio Interview on ‘Consent of the Governed’

Today (August 31) at 5 p.m. CST I will be on KFUO radio discussing “the consent of the governed.”  I am reasonably certain this interview request was inspired by a recent post of mine on the same topic.  Radio link.

When I get the mp3 of the interview I will try to make it available here. UPDATE, here it is: 

Christianity and Libertarians, the Republic, and the Consent of the Governed

Excerpt:

I don’t feel like merely calling myself a Constitutionalist is sufficient.  I add the ‘libertarian’ modifier in order to make clear the principle that I believe was shared … continue reading...

Christianity and Libertarians, the Republic, and the Consent of the Governed

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed Declaration of Independence


The last few months I’ve seen some strident statements of opposition against libertarians by conservatives.  I’m on several … continue reading...

A Warning to the Tea Party to Resist the Urge to Tinker

Obama has been on a tear, raging against the Republicans that they are the ‘party of no.’  From a recent speech:

“There were no new policies from Mr. Boehner. There were no new ideas. There was just the same philosophy that we had already tried during the decade that they were in power — the same philosophy that led to this mess in the first place: Cut more taxes for millionaires and cut more rules for corporations.”

If only this were true!  If only the GOP were eschewing new ideas and holding tenaciously to the perfectly good old ones!  … continue reading...

The Current Enslavement of America by Taxation

Please see my previous posts on this topic for more important background.  In the course of those posts I have tried to lay out a couple of important principles.  My audience was strictly Christian in those cases.  In this post, nonChristians are potentially included, too.  Here are the earlier posts in sum:

  • Taxation always has some impact on the liberty of those taxed.
  • Using government/taxation to provide important and necessary social programs differs from using private individuals, organizations, or churches to do so on a very important point:  the funds that the private entities use are freely given within the
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Principles for proper and moral legislation: in America, abandoned

I am a libertarian-constitutionalist.  By that I basically mean that the government should mind its business at almost every level but when it does become involved it should follow the letter of the law- and the highest law should provide for significant checks and balances to make sure that the government doesn’t overstep its bounds.

I’m pretty sure that the founders of this country had a similar view.  They wouldn’t recognize the bloated thing we have today.  One can guess what they’d say or do.  (I have some guesses).  Let us just assume that no one even tries anymore to … continue reading...

The Economy and the Christian- reflections on a limited government and the Church and abortion

I haven’t posted much on the current economic crisis.  A friend asked me what I thought.  I told him that I was unconcerned about the ‘cost’ to the taxpayers since the truth is that the government will just be printing the money anyway… the dirty little secret is that the government hasn’t needed taxpayer dollars beneath its spending for who knows how long.  The real issue here is confidence… in the market and in government.

The idea that the government will be able to solve a problem which it in fact created seems to me to be absurd on its … continue reading...

The Train Wreck that was Ron Paul at the GOP Debate Sponsored by Fox News

I don’t put much weight on political debates.   When I see one I don’t expect my position or views to change and I am always surprised to hear that other people’s views are effected.  I think the debate format has limited value.  There is usually no way you can elucidate your position in a short span of time, the moreso when you are talking about complex and complicated issues such as illegal immigration, foreign policy, and economics.  It is hard enough in the written format I prefer (www.sntjohnny.com/smf).  In fact, if you take the time to lay out your position … continue reading...

In Conformance to Reality: What does Virginia Tech ‘show’ us?

I’ve had quite a few things on my plate this last week so I didn’t have much of an opportunity to comment on the V-tech massacre, even if I had wanted to.  Having listened to some of the media coverage, I’m frankly glad that I wasn’t able to hear more.  The run to make political hay out of the event was atrocious in my view but I noticed that my own comments could have been percieved as more of the same.  I spent some time reflecting on what was different in my reaction and commentary and this post is part … continue reading...