Thursday, January 19, 2006

10 Easy Questions About Money

Watch out for a tsumani of inflated Federal Reserve currency starting about springtime.

As the fixed-income crowd shells out more and more paper dollars for the same goods and services, some might actually start looking at what the Constitution says about money. (The quick course is my little book "The Miracle On Main Street," if you can find a copy. It's almost out of print.)

Thinking that in the original edition there had been a section of ten questions to ask any judge, James, a 6th-edition MOMS reader, asked me to reiterate them. Well, there were no ten questions, but I sat down and thought about it, and they just wrote themselves.

I don't envision posing these in a courtroom, but rather in a fireside chat with a friend who happens to be a judge (or maybe practices law). Judges resent surly questions, and can ignore them with impunity. So be careful with these things.

1. Can Congress pass a law that would cause a State to violate the Constitution?

2. Can a State declare anything whatsoever to be a legal tender for all debts public and private?

3. Can Congress declare anything whatsoever to be a legal tender for all debts public and private?

4. Does the Constitution declare anything but gold and silver coin to be a legal tender for all debts public and private?

5. Does Congress have any power not given it by the Constitution?

6. Can a State do something the Constitution denies it power to do?

7. Has Article I Section 10 of the Constitution been amended?

8. Has any Supreme Court decision rendered null and void the provisions of Article I Section 10 of the Constitution?

9. If Congress cannot cause a State to violate the Constitution, and if neither a State nor Congress can make any thing but gold and silver coin a legal tender for the payment of all debts public and private, and if the Constitution does not empower Congress to employ a monetary system other than consists of gold and silver coin, then why does Congress provide, and State and federal courts enforce payment of debts in, a monetary system which the Constitution prohibits?

10. How should a United States citizen exercise the civil right to the monetary system already provided by the Constitution but denied by Congress and the States?

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Christmas Litmus

I have numerous friends who rant at secular humanists for trying to remove "Merry Christmas" from the American vernacular. They charge that certain Jewish powers would eradicate Christ from our national heritage by doing away with Christmas verbiage and iconography. I think perhaps the charge has substance, but I also think changing "Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays" might be a good thing. Before you call me infidel, please hear me out.

The Bible tells us that to deny Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah is to be his enemy. David, under God's inspiration, tells us that God converts Christ's enemies into footstools for him, low seats for resting the feet. In other words, God drafts Christ's enemies into Christ's service. Therefore, we can expect Christ-deniers ~ regardless of whatever personal motives may be driving them ~ to serve the will of God. Remember: it was Christ-deniers that made the crucifixion succeed as the mechanism by which all repentant sinners have been brought into the family of God. God uses the ignorance and hatred of his enemies to carry out his purposes.

Christian historians are now fairly certain that Christ was not born in winter, but indeed in the fall, and that Christmas is nothing more than the delightful pagan Saturnalia repackaged in Christian imagery. If this is so, then the institution of Christmas is the work of lying tongues, which God despises.

Persuaded of this, and also that scripture discourages commemorating birthdays at all (in fact, the only two birthday celebrations reported in the Bible are associated with grisly death), I became convinced a dozen years ago that Christmas-keeping was paying homage to a lie. An enquiry into biblical languages informed me that the very term "Christmas" in Greek signifies "Christ-detester" (Christ-miseo); in Hebrew (Christ-m'ss') gives us "Christ-trial" in the sense of "Christ-testing of men" or "the Christ test." Christmas litmus. The word seems to be telling us that if we buy into the messiah's birth on December 25, we buy into haters of Christ and sing and preach and pray with a lying tongue. By our own demeanor we prove the Christ we adore is the fake one. And this would be a sin to confess and repent of.

So I approve of efforts to expunge Christ from the season of winter solstice. I consider separating Christ from Christmas a work of God preached and administered, like the crucifixion, by his enemies.

And how do I observe the season? Well, I enjoy the Saturnalian tradition of partying, decorating, and gift-giving ~ let one and all take respite from an otherwise dark and dreary time of year. But the baby Jesus stuff I regard with benign disdain, in the spirit of "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

I look very carefully at how people handle the above information. Do they seek validation with a willingness to repent? Or do they crucify the messenger? That's the real Christmas litmus.