Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Opus 2014-155: Traffic Tickets for Greed

My friendly neighborhood philanthropist shared that the highway patrol was being told to write more tickets.  At the same time the fines have been raised.  I joked about it being a two-fer.  It brings up an important question.

What is the purpose of our law enforcement system?

We have fines and imprisonment.  The government can take your money or your freedom.  That doesn’t answer the question.  Are fines and imprisonment for punishment or rehabilitation.  Is the purpose to protect the public or are they just to balance the budget?  Why do we have fines on traffic tickets?  Why do we punish drivers and rehabilitate criminals?  In regard to drivers, think of rehabilitation in the sense of behavior modification through the pocket book.

The government can take your money or your freedom.  Often it comes down to the whim or mood of one officer or one judge.  That is one reason why I am more afraid of the government than big business.  All the greedy capitalists can take is my money.  I have to get a permit to modify my house.  I have only one place to buy that permit.  I then have to pay a government inspector to check that I did it right.  Exxon, Ford Motor Company and General Electric have never put me in that position.

I am not afraid of Big Business.  I am afraid of my government.  Don’t get distracted from the real source of our problems.  Remember that the socialists (Democrats, liberals, communists, progressives, elites, Rinos) are always trying to distract us so we miss the slight of hand tricks that pick our pockets.  They want you to think that the guy who runs a multi-million dollar business is more greedy than the government official who runs a multi-billion dollar agency.

Don’t count on it and don’t call the judge that levies the fine greedy.  Contempt of court may be deserved but it is not allowed.

homo unius libri


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.