Down with Empire, restore the Republic. Rand Paul 2016 !!!
Any American reading this needs to be doing what our Founders knew would be difficult for most: think for yourself, challenge your government, speak out and stand against tyranny, matter. Your voice makes a difference, whether you use it or keep silent. You have a brain - use it. Beware the pitfalls of affiliating yourself with one political party or another, for there is little substantive difference between them.
We the People need to unite and reclaim the nation our Founders fought and died to grant us. Liberty and Freedom are not free. If you do not choose to stand for something, then you stand for nothing. Now stand and be part of the revolution in whatever way you can.
Same story with parking tickets. Why charge an individual $20-100 for a so-called parking violation? BECAUSE THEY CAN! How many will take off work on three separate occasions or higher an attorney to fight the ticket?
Except for the rare small town who is controlled by individuals who actually care about their neighbors, government is greedy and abusive. The bigger the government, the more abusive.
As a non-believer in any religion, which includes the religion of Atheism (yes, it is a religion), it seems to me that the real question is "WHAT is God?" and not whether "God" exists, because "God" to one individual is not the same as to another.
As a True Skeptic, I find St. Thomas Aquinas' five ways to prove the existence of God to be perfectly obvious. Allow me to explain...
In most simplistic terms, it is not possible that Everything came from Nothing without first there being Something ...and that "something" is what I call "God." Does that mean that it proves that "the old, gray-bearded man atop clouds" is "up there" looking down on us, answering prayers, destroying crops, interacting in our material existence in ANY way? NO. It simply means what it means: that Something exists that has Everything coming from Nothing.
To be a True Atheist is no different than to be a True Christian - both require adherence to dogma and not evidence and Truth. So, "Amazing Atheist," while you are free to worship your belief in nothing, you are not free to just make shit up in order to suit your own religious beliefs ...or, if you are, then your beliefs are mere wishful superstitions ...just like any other religious beliefs.
If you want to make a compelling argument, base it on intellectual honesty and not merely your own flavor of religiosity. Try Skepticism. Sure it's not as easy as claiming that you have all the answers, but at least you won't close doors that would otherwise lead you to a more enlightened understanding and a fuller intellectual existence ...if you have the courage to live in the 'gray' instead of the black and white.
I could not agree more about the "God" Christians claim to know. Still, I must say, I know many who call themselves Christian yet are intellectually honest enough to admit that their beliefs are a matter of Faith and not necessarily Fact. I have no problem with such individuals ...provided they refrain from engaging in an intellectual discussion by employing mysticism - "If we are going to have an intellectually honest discussion," I will say, "then we must be intellectually honest." Some Christians are able to do that; many are not ...yet claim they can.
You seem to be a fair and intellectually honest individual, so I genuinely appreciate your thoughts. If more humans could be so honorable and unbiased, the world would be a better place.
Thank You again for adding something of substance and worth to the discussion. All of your points have been well received.
And to all you liberals who think it's cool for the President to usurp the Constitution in order to "get things done," don't whine or bitch when there is a Republican in the Executive (that means President, to all you fucking idiots who probably can't figure it out), just remember how cool you thought it was when your boy Obama did it.
Tyranny is wrong, no matter which party is committing it.
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