What I Do Believe

I believe in market-based solutions — where they are effective, don’t infringe on rights that We the People would have if the same job were done by government, and don’t increase the costs to the taxpayer. 

I believe in a robust role for government in performing core functions (law enforcement, courts, prisons, rule-making for the market & otherwise, national defense, infrastructure) and functions that are necessary but not profitable for the market to deliver (disaster assistance, basic scientific research, general education, mail delivery). 

I believe that an oath to preserve, protect & defend the Constitution means something & those who obviously violate it should be tried by We the People and, if convicted, removed from office & given the statutory penalty for treason and/or perjury. 

I believe that corporations are a fiction given status by law so that people can accumulate wealth and other resources without paying the cost of the consequences of their actions. Corporations are not people & pretending that they have rights is a violation of common sense and statutory law. Judges who rule otherwise have violated their oaths and should be treated accordingly. 

I believe that money is not speech. Only speech is speech. Allowing unlimited spending by the people who own or control corporations means bribery, propaganda, corruption, and the end of even an appearance of a free society. 

I believe that the most basic and core values of Christianity are love and compassion for others, self-discipline and control for yourself. If the way you show the Good News is to preach hatred, you’re doing it wrong. If the way you show the world the Love that IS God is using money or power to control other people or limit their choices, you’re doing it wrong. What you believe is important to you & to God. What you do is all the rest of us know & that’s all that matters to us. Your actions tell us what you truly believe and, for far too many Christians, it seems to be a mistaken belief that God is an angry tyrant. 

I believe that America has not drifted into its’ current “Christian Capitalist” fascism, but rather was steered here by various conspiracies, some cooperating and some contending. On conspiracies, unless you’re in it, if you’ve heard of it, either it’s no longer that important — or it is closing in on the end game. In the case of the Koch Brothers, I suspect it’s the latter, but there are likely larger conspiracies behind them that we’ve not yet heard about. 

I believe that We the People have been taught to divide ourselves into a plethora of false choices and to hate and fear those on the other “side” — and unless we wake up and do something effective about this soon, the New Aristocracy & the growing worldwide fascism (one and the same thing, probably) that others have written about will become even more blatant, destructive, and deadly to human and other life on Earth. 


About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed. Mobile Notary Public and Signing Agent, Freelance Writer, and Ordained Minister. Willing servant to cats. Science fiction and fantasy fan, avid reader, Founder of the Darrell Awards. Author of _Getting Started As A Notary Signing Agent_ (available from https://notarymemphis.wordpress.com/books). Please be kind to one another.
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