The View From 1776

Liberal Czars Order Cars

The New York Times wants to force you to buy the automobiles they prefer.  It’s what is known as state-planning.

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  1. Consider:
    The missing element in every human 'solution' is
    an accurate definition of the creature.

    The way we define 'human' determines our view
    of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
    future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
    in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.
    Choose wisely...there are results.

    Many problems in human experience are the result of
    false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
    in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

    In an effort to diminish the multiple and persistent
    dangers and abuses which have characterized the
    affairs of man in his every Age, and to assist in the
    requisite search for human identity, it is essential to
    perceive and specify that distinction which naturally
    and most uniquely defines the human being. Because
    definitions rule in the minds, behaviors, and institutions
    of men, we can be confident that delineating and com-
    municating that quality will assist the process of resolu-
    tion and the courageous ascension to which man is
    called. As Americans of the 21st Century, we are oblig-
    ed and privileged to join our forebears and participate
    in this continuing paradigm proclamation.

    "WHAT IS MAN...?" God asks - and answers:

    - from The HUMAN PARADIGM
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    Posted by Choicemaker  on  05/16  at  09:13 AM
    Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son
    of man that You visit him?" Psalm 8:4
    A: "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against
    you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing
    and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and
    your descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30:19

    Q: "Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
    Or the son of man, that you are mindful of him?" Psalm
    A: "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose
    for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the
    gods which your fathers served that were on the other
    side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose
    land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will
    serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

    Q: "What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is
    born of a woman, that he could be righteous?" Job 15:14
    A: "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He
    teach in the way he chooses." Psalm 25:12

    Q: "What is man, that You should magnify him, that You
    should set Your heart on him?" Job 7:17
    A: "Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his
    ways." Proverbs 3:31

    Q: "What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son
    of man that You take care of him?" Hebrews 2:6
    A: "I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have
    laid before me." Psalm 119:30 "Let Your hand become my
    help, for I have chosen Your precepts."Psalm 119:173

    Genesis 3:3,6 Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 30:19 Job 5:23
    Isaiah 7:14-15; 13:12; 61:1 Amos 7:8 Joel 3:14
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
    Posted by Choicemaker  on  05/16  at  09:19 AM
    "I should think that if there is one thing that man has
    learned about himself it is that he is a creature of
    choice." Richard M. Weaver

    "Man is a being capable of subduing his emotions and
    impulses; he can rationalize his behavior. He arranges
    his wishes into a scale, he chooses; in short, he acts.
    What distinguishes man from beasts is precisely that he
    adjusts his behavior deliberately." Ludwig von Mises

    "To make any sense of the idea of morality, it must be
    presumed that the human being is responsible for his
    actions and responsibility cannot be understood apart
    from the presumption of freedom of choice."
    John Chamberlain

    "The advocate of liberty believes that it is complementary
    of the orderly laws of cause and effect, of probability
    and of chance, of which man is not completely informed.
    It is complementary of them because it rests in part upon
    the faith that each individual is endowed by his Creator
    with the power of individual choice."
    Wendell J. Brown

    "These examples demonstrate a basic truth -- that human
    dignity is embodied in the free choice of individuals."
    Condoleeza Rice

    "Our Founding Fathers believed that we live in an ordered
    universe. They believed themselves to be a part of the
    universal order of things. Stated another way, they
    believed in God. They believed that every man must find
    his own place in a world where a place has been made for
    him. They sought independence for their nation but, more
    importantly, they sought freedom for individuals to think
    and act for themselves. They established a republic
    dedicated to one purpose above all others - the preserva-
    tion of individual liberty..." Ralph W. Husted

    "We have the gift of an inner liberty so far-reaching
    that we can choose either to accept or reject the God
    who gave it to us, and it would seem to follow that the
    Author of a liberty so radical wills that we should be
    equally free in our relationships with other men.
    Spiritual liberty logically demands conditions of outer
    and social freedom for its completion." Edmund A. Opitz

    "Above all I see an ability to choose the better from the
    worse that has made possible life's progress."
    Charles Lindbergh

    "Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for
    oneself the alternatives of Choice. Without the possibil-
    ity of Choice, and the exercise of Choice, a man is not
    a man but a member, an instrument, a thing."
    Thomas Jefferson
    Posted by Choicemaker  on  05/16  at  09:22 AM
  4. This blog gives the NYT too much credit. All the NYT is offering is an opinion, not dictating, about what future car habits should represent. The car companies have themselves to blame for their sad state, not the NYT.

    Imagine blaming the NYT for destroying a car company. It is like blaming the press for Bush's poor rating. Balderdash!
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/16  at  03:21 PM
  5. Anyway, to follow Choicemaker's logic, theses car companies chose for themselves to make a mess of themselves. The car companies are not victims. Well, they are, of themselves. They are their own worst enemy.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/16  at  03:34 PM
  6. Re: "Anyway, to follow Choicemaker
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/17  at  08:00 AM
  7. I'm not offended or surprised.

    Those of you who make choices based on humanistic value systems cannot understand the Creator's values and priorities. Cannot. Since man cannot invent a standard, criterion, or definition of value greater than himself, he is grounded in an ego-centric self and man-made criteria that goes no higher than his eyebrows.

    The standards of the Creator not only are higher than man's - they literally "go through the ceiling of the universe." They are 'over your head' and mine. Thank goodness! (Check Isaac Newton.)

    Since the Creator created us in His own image, wouldn't it be unfair if He didn't furnish us with what we cannot invent - criteria for making successful choices - greater than we can invent?

    Human 'logic' is no better than its criteria. Man-made criteria is thus doomed to mediocrity and worse. Heads up.

    Ryan, I see your statement to be more nearly an admission of shortcoming. Nothing more.

    I'll e-mail you the full message if you will thoughtfully read and critique it.

    As a former humanist, believe me, I understand.

    Semper Fidelis
    Jim Baxter

    "The true God is a living, intelligent, and powerful Being. His duration reaches from eternity to eternity. His presence from infinity to infinity. He governs all things." Isaac Newton

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    Posted by Choicemaker  on  05/17  at  07:26 PM
  8. We all have a choice. Some are more appealing to others. To place the burden of choice on another for one's own inability to choose wisely is irresponsible and childish. That's like saying, "he made me do it." Nobody makes you do anything. There are certainly compelling reasons to make one choice over another, but it's ultimately up to you to make the final decision.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/24  at  04:31 PM
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