Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Addresses US Congress

"In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us."

"I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without," 

"Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family."

"The Golden Rule reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of development."

I apprciate Pope Francis' great leadership in calling the US Congress to defend the principles of peace, compassion, life, and family. We will see if the Congress finds motivation to effect any changes.  So, far Representative Boehner has decided to step down as Speaker of the House and retire from politics. 

Yet, at the same time I applaud Pope Francis stand on life and family, I hope we in America do not forget the "captivity of our fathers" and the hard-fought political and religious freedom won by the Moravians, Lutherans, and Huguenots in the 30-Years War and the Peace of Westphalia. I hope we do not forget the cause of the American Revolution (control of our currency and credit) and the Civil War (tariffs). 

The UN with their new Agenda for 2030, together with Pope Francis and many other smart people are calling for an end to world poverty through political means and world government control of economics.  In the past, international deligations have met together and signed  agreements.  But these deligations haven't had the power to enforce their policies.  Many people think these policies and organizations should be given enforcement power.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a different solution for global poverty. Poverty and welfare are not a political problem, and the solution is not political but spiritual.  According to James 1:27, Pure Religion is to "visit the  fatherless and the widow", not pure politics. Welfare is the business of religion and not politics.  And the answer to poverty is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not global government. Governments can redistribute wealth but cannot address the virtue issues at the heart.

LDS Missionaries combat poverty throughout the world by teaching the Christian principles of sobriety, health and nutrition in the Word of Wisdom and the Law of Chastity which are at the root cause of poverty.  Not that everyone who is poor is guilty of drunkeness and fornication, but oft times the poor are directly and indirectly affected by the sins of others.

Roman and Greek Democracy were destroyed by demoralization in the same way America is being destroyed.  The first step is demoralization by drug abuse (Silk Road) and immorality (Pompeii) which leads to greater poverty and social injustice.  Then corrupt socialist leaders (Caesars) come to power promising to end poverty if they were given all the power.  The Ceasers implemented  government welfare and the redistribution of wealth (free bread and circus) but did not stop the flow of illicit drugs and the great moral perversions. Rome became bankrupt to support its welfare programs while sending all its gold to Asia.  This led to Rome conquering its neighbors for their gold and hiring Barbarians to serve in the Roman Legions to keep the Ponzi scheme going until everything finally collapsed.  But it all started with demoralization.

In addition to encouraging a world-wide "return to virtue", the world does need economic reform.  We already have a global private central banking system (G20) that has caused much of the political and economic exploitation in the world. I can't see how turning over more political and economic control to globalists is the answer. (power corrupts). 

Instead the God-inspired US Constitution calls for a simple, free-market, non-capitalistic, economic system that was never effectively implemented. What we got in the US was another European Fractional Reserve Banking system which  allowed the rise of the Robber Barons.   This is because after the US Treasury lends big banks $1000 at prime interest, the big banks via fractional reserve principles are permitted to lend out $10,000 and collect usury on that $10,000 which becomes $20,000 or $30,000 or more. With this system and the US Dollar as the world reserve currency, the central bankers, and capitalists who can borrow directly from the FED have been enabled to buy up and exploit the world (labor and resources).

So, in the end, instead of the Congress "coining" the money and regulating its value, the big banks end up effectively creating most of the "virual currency" via fractional reserve lending and usury. Instead, of the complicated system we have now, every country on Earth can implement their own national full-reserve currency and credit system.

1. National currency prevents currency wars
2. US Treasury creates 100% money
3. Local Safety Society System Banks serve as agents for loan approval.  Safety Societies are non-profit and collect loan-origination fees only.
4. Full Reserve loans are qualified for and money created on-demand as an individual or community or group is credit worthy.
5. Money comes from the US Treasury via local non-profit SSS Bank that serves as an agent of the US Treasury. 
6. US Treasury charges a simple prime interest rate: a. regulates value of currency b. prevents inflation, c. voluntary tax/generates revenue d. incentivizes saving over borrowing e. incentivizes paying off debt early.
7. Full Reserve loans can only be made 
for real assets like land, infrastructure, and buildings. You cannot borrow for speculative securities.  This way the SSS Bank has something of value to repossess if the borrower defaults.
8. There can be venture capitalist and speculative investing but not by SSS (restores Glass-Steagall).
9. Land, Infrastructure, all proven natural resources, development, houses and buildings are themselves the backing for the national currency.
10. Value of things is calculated based upon the quantity and quality of labor needed to produce the item or service.
11. Borrowers repay loans monthly and earn equity from first paymeny. No amortization schedule.
12. Missed payments are deducted from equity serve as loan insurrance (instant reverse mortgage). 
13. Loan default only occurs when borrower has lost all equity and property is repossessed by bank who can then manage or resell real asset to prevent losses. 
14. US Government ends the income tax and generates revenue via prime interest collection and tariffs and other fees.
15. 100% of deposits are kept at the SSS Bank at all times and never lent out Deposits are ready for immediate withdrawal at any time.  There can never be a run on a Safety Society.  SSS Banks never have to borrow from other banks.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Freedom of Religion

The First Ammendment in the Bill of Rights preserves the Freedom of Religion. But what does that mean.  If we let the opposition redefine freedom, we soon could be trapped in a corner with no freedom. Freedom of Religion preserves 4 things.

1. freedom to believe, free exercise of conscious
2. freedom to share belief, proselyte
3. freedom to form church and association
4. freedom to live (practice or exercize) faith in public and public, to pray privately and let light shine publicly

The immoral demand tolerance of their  immoral behavior. Righteousness should expect equal tolerance for our righteous behavior.   The immoral criticize the moral by claiming we are trying to legislate morality.  In reality, all laws legislate morality. However, government jurisdiction should only cover those who cause harm to other.  This is why alcohol prohibition made the distribution and sale of beverage alcohol illegal and not its consumption. 

The immoral complain that the moral majority are trying to impose their morality on them. Yes, the righteous moral majority has the right, duty, and sacred obligation to decide and impose morality on the immoral minority.  Unfortunately, the complete opposite has happened in America over the last 100.  Instead of the moral majority deciding what is moral, the immoral minority has been imposing their immorality on the moral majority.  

Morality is that behavior which is best for everyone.  Can you trust a government by the majority?  Does the "voice of the people" constitute the "tyranny of the majority?"  Is Democracy two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner?  God says, No. In a just society, there is no such thing as a tryanny of the majority. 

While Representative government is important because many administrative issues are not practical for the general public to decide.  When moral issues arise, the people not only can but must determine what is moral and the decision of the majority should be respected by the courts. 

"Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people"(Book of Mormon, Mosiah 29:26)

I have faith in America; that an informed, moral majority can choose the right.  The adversaries of the American System do not have faith in people and believe that "the unwashed masses" cannot be trusted to govern themselves.  Instead, our adversaries believe that the world can best be governed by an enlightened elite.
Quotes by Founding Fathers expressing the need of moral and virtuous prople to preserve Constitutiinal government. 

Saturday, September 05, 2015

The Bitter Fruits of Apostasy

Heber C. Kimball, while serving as a counselor to President Brigham Young, reported: “I will give you a key which Brother Joseph Smith used to give in Nauvoo. He said that the very step of apostasy commenced with losing confidence in the leaders of this church and kingdom, and that whenever you discerned that spirit you might know that it would lead the possessor of it on the road to apostasy.” -TOTPC:JS, Ch 27

 “I will give you a key that will never rust, if you will stay with the majority of the Twelve Apostles, and the records of the Church, you will never be led astray." Joseph Smith Jr. via William G Nelson

I was listening to President Ezra Taft  Benson's talk on the Book of Mormon entitled "The Keystone of Our Religion". I am also reading in 3 Nephi with my children and I was impresses by Pres. Benson's promise that it was Mormon's desire via the Book of Mormon to instruct the Saints on how me could make sure we were standing with Nephi the Lords prophet and the other disciples at the Temple in Bountiful witnessing the coming if Jesus Christ instead of being one of the many otgers that were killed in one of the many other cities that were destroyed in the calamities attendant to Christ's first visitation to America.

I am also reminded of Isaiah's words when he prophecies that the Lord will see "eye to eye" with his watchmen (pleural) when he comes to "bring again Zion".(Isa 52:8)

Also, Isaiah says that the Lord will see eye to eye with His "watchmen". Watchmen is plural and not singular.  So, this seems to clearly suggest we should not be led astray by some individual no matter how "mighty and strong" he may seem by him or herself.  

The Lord has His watchmen and He will be seeing "eye to eye" at His coming. Maybe there is some improvements that can be made, but when the time comes, the Lord will be looking for His watchmen.  The wise were with Nephi at the Temple Bountiful at Christ's visitation to America. Nephi had to be corrected of a few things like on the prophecy of Samuel the Lamanite on the graves being opened. Nephi immediately made those corrections. (3 Nephi 23:11-13)