“Gay Marriage” amendment?

I’ve gotten a slew of emails today about SJR 7.  I may as well post what I’d said to some in reply:

Unfortunately, what SJR 7 really does is formalize the thinking that marriage is between a man, a woman, and Caesar.  Christians should define marriage as a Holy covenant between a man, a woman, and God – not as a state contract with all sorts of bennies.  But with Social Security, bereavement pay, visitation rights, property rights, work rules, tax rules and more rules, rules rules from the Great Golden Calf of State, we’ve desecrated the Holy covenant, and have put self-acclaimed Christians in the preposterous role of advocating legal disparity in matters of simple justice.

If SJR 7 advocates get their way with this resolution, then politicians, not church officials, will have all authority in the matter of “marriage,” and a new crop of politicians may someday declare that marriage can be only between a man and a goat.

I say we should get the state out of marriage entirely.  Take from Caesar what is God’s.

Post script: Since when have politicians cared about the constitution?  Why amend what they will not obey?  Obey what we’ve got, and then we’ll just see if we need to amend anything…

The Tax Contracts are Broken

I wrote a piece for the Winter Journal of the Indiana Policy Revew Foundation.  You may need to register (for free) in order to read it, but here it is.

It starts on page 17.

Please, start writing yourself.  Send letters to the editor; they’re usually much more powerful than the letters your public servants throw away.  It’s better to let politicians learn about protests in the newspaper, if you know what I mean…

It’s time to hold more than just their feet to the fire.  If they don’t obey the laws that protect us from them, why should we honor the laws that protect them from us?

Constitutions forbid!

The Indy Star printed this letter from me in the Sunday, Jan 20 “Voices” section:
Constitutions forbid
Article I, Section 22, of the Indiana Constitution forbids the seizure and sale of homes for payment of taxes. Article 8 taxes only corporate property, not personal property, for public schools. Actually, most of what Indiana government now does is clearly forbidden by both the Indiana and federal constitutions our politicians swear to uphold and defend.
So the bottom line is that we’ve worried enough about the methods and degrees of taxation. It’s time to wonder why we pay any taxes at all to our lawbreaking lawmakers.
Our money goes to mall developers and foreign corporations, yet we have to pay extra for our day in court. School taxes pay for sports stadiums and half-million-dollar-a-year college coaches, but not for books.
Our police don’t investigate property crimes anymore, yet they have time for speed traps and road blocks. They make parents drug their kids, yet they kick in your door if you don’t “Just Say No.” And your home or business will be taken from you if a campaign contributor wants it. All of this is unconstitutional, not just immoral.
So it’s frustrating to see how many of us have become convinced that abolishing the property tax would, by itself, solve anything. It would only make the other taxes worse, while filling the coffers of the dangerously corrupt.
The problem is that our government is ungoverned. We must either demand that politicians obey written laws as written, or quit whining about the anarchy we permit.

Speak Your Mind

Some time ago I’d promised to post a link to the “Speak Your Mind” segment I did for WFIU. 

Here it is.

Oh, just quit it.

This isn’t a blog.  It is just a quick note; so I’m not going back on my promise not to blog anymore:

Presidents do not “age” any more than anybody else does.  In fact it’s typically the opposite to the degree that wealth and power make for better healthcare.

Since GWB started leading us over the precipice, I’ve aged a whole lot more than he has.  Everybody I know has aged at least 8 years in the last 8 years, and GWB looks just fine.

He’s a little more gray; I’m a lot more gray.

So quit feeling sorry about the stress and pressure of presidency.  You should worry more about your neighbor.

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…Action?

I knew that it’d be hard for me to be in downtown Indy on Tuesday afternoon.  I’ve got a busy work week, and it’s just awful timing.

But do you wanna guess who got Jury Duty?  …For the first time in my 50 years?!?!

If I were a conspiracy theorist…

Anyway, why fight it?  There will be a crowd there on Tuesday.  I’ve already heard from a lot of people who intend to be there, so I’ll leave this one in capable hands once again. 

Please note:  Be there at 1pm, not 2pm as I’d previously written.

Lights, camera…

Senator Mike Delph is a good man.  And he’s got a much cooler head than I do.  The letter he hand carried to the governor today is much more politically prudent than was my cold-burning December dithyramb. 

I started my letter with an “I don’t blame you…” while he started his with “I want to congratulate you…”

 

Dang.  When will I learn?

Anyway, for some time now, Mike has been a friend of smaller, more governed government, and today’s press release confirms that he’s on our side. 

But I don’t suppose I need to tell you that such people are not in the majority; not in the GOP, certainly.

So here’s what we need to do:

Next Tuesday, 8 January 2008, we need to descend upon the Statehouse.  I don’t know for sure when they’ll adjourn (maybe around 2pm?), but immediately thereafter, Senator Long is holding a committee meeting to consider Senate Joint Resolution 8 authored by Brent Waltz; a constitutional amendment to eliminate Article 10, Section 1…Indiana’s Property Tax.  This public hearing (public comments possible) will be in Room 431.

Nuff said?

Special Addendum January 3:  Yes, I’ve already heard from some people that Eric Miller will be there, and that they do not care for that man.  Get over it.  You may disagree with Eric on some things (so do I), but he’s been honestly against Indiana’s property tax scheme for many years.  He’s shown no duplicity or wavering in this at all.  If we can’t drop our prejudices and join with hardworking, effective people like Eric at times like this when it really matters, then we’re a bunch of nitwits who deserve what our politicians do to us.

Besides, you don’t want him to get all the credit if Article 10:1 gets killed, do you?  C’mon, let’s do this.