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It was only a few days ago that 1 Bitcoin cost more than 1 ounce of gold, but volatility continues to pick up in the digital currency markets as many “coins” move off from their all time highs. In this article, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash will be discussed. Even with the ongoing volatile swings, the overall market cap of cryptocurrencies is relatively small, and digital currencies will be a player for the foreseeable future. Now, what to do about it?

Bitcoin

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Just over 2 months ago, the MASSIVE 50% cryptocurrency gain in 2 weeks was noted on this site, and at that same time, Bitcoin gained 21% in 1 week. Since then, there was a build-up in price to the all-time high of about $1,270 per bitcoin, as the SEC was to rule on the approval of a Bitcoin ETF. An ETF would have given investors easier access to ‘trade’ Bitcoin, and it was speculated that an approval would immediately add several hundred dollars to the price of Bitcoin.

As it turns out, the SEC rejected the ETF, and so Bitcoin trading is yet relegated to alternative platforms, and not easily accessible to institutional traders. (Personally, I think this is better for Bitcoin in the long run, as paper trading has manipulated assets such as gold and silver) However, the price didn’t crash as was expected by some, but was fairly stable for several days…..until now.

Over the last few days, Bitcoin has dropped nearly $300!  This drop is likely attributed to the “forking” of Bitcoin. If you care to learn more, here is a forking op-edAlso, here are 3 ‘forking proposals.’ 

It is doubtful that this spells the end for Bitcoin, but more likely could present a buying opportunity once the price bottoms.  Especially when considering the market capitalization of Bitcoin, compared to other assets. It has realized only a fraction of it’s potential growth, even at $1,000+ per Bitcoin. Keep an eye to see if the 100-day moving average (blue line on chart) acts as support as it did a few months ago.

What is notably actionable now, though, is that this forking issue has increased the desirability of alt-coins like Ethereum and Dash.Cryptocurrency Volatility | The Latest Digital Currency News of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash

 

Ethereum

Some speculate that Ethereum will catch and exceed the size of Bitcoin in time! This is partly due to it’s ‘smart contract’ functionality. Per wikipedia, smart contracts, are computer protocols that facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract, or that make a contractual clause unnecessary. Ethereum also uses an expanded blockchain technology than that of bitcoin, rendering it as ‘better’ to many people. For example, being able to correct the issues of Bitcoin, Ethereum is believed to have better scalability as more and more digital transactions take place globally.

Other differences to Bitcoin, are that Ethereum:

  • has a faster block time, quicker transactions
  • has more coins yet to be mined
  • encourages decentralized mining
  • has it’s own Turing complete internal code

Ethereum’s smart contract technology is enabling other companies to develop blockchain based applications. As the National Inflation Association reports, Augur (decentralized prediction market) and BTL Group (TSXV:BTL), are among those utilizing the Ethereum blockchain. BTL Group is currently testing their Interbit platform with VISA, among others.

These advances in Ethereum easily explain the drastic price moves of late. The cryptocurrency volatility was evident in March 2017, as in a span of 9 days, the value of Ethereum went from about $17 to $55! A 224% gain in only 9 days! 

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Dash

Dash coin has quite a few desirable characteristics that make it more appealing to various users. It boasts a quicker transaction, a better future forking transition, and the transactions are truly anonymous. See the infographic at the right for a Dash vs Bitcoin comparison chart.

One of the leaders in cryptocurrency volatility as of late, it’s current price sits at about $109. On Feb. 20, it was nearly $21 per Dash. That is a 420% gain in only 1 month!

 

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Bitcoin vs Ethereum vs Dash

All things considered, each type of cryptocurrency has it’s own goal. Really, it is not fully accurate to say one is ‘better’ than the other, because each is developed to achieve different ends, and each user has their own needs. Bitcoin aspires to be more of a stable currency, Ethereum provides the system on which many companies can develop and operate, and Dash points to it’s anonymity and quickness.

They all are susceptible to governments making laws, regulating their use, and the resulting cryptocurrency volatility. But then they all are immune to government central banking. So it’s just like investing in any asset, there are risks and rewards.

Personally, I recommend acquiring some Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dash. Even look into companies like BTL Group (TSXV:BTL) who are utilizing the technology. The market capitalization of all crypto currencies combined is a mere $24 billionThat is comparable to the size of Hershey’s (NYSE:HSY) or Kellogg (NYSE:K).

These digital currencies are still relatively new, and they are open to global inflows of capital. Plus, while we can measure them against companies, they are actual currencies, and cryptocurrency volatility will probably never go away. $24 billion is not that much when the entire world has a GDP of $120 trillion. While not without risk, the potential is astronomical.

 

Hopefully this info was of use to you. Below, I will include links from our last 2 cryptocurrecy articles to do your own research, if you are interested. And with any gains you may realize, please be a good steward.

JMJ – IOGD

Travis

 

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Are we one step closer to mandatory vaccines in Pennsylvania?

Currently, Pennsylvania law requires that children receive certain vaccinations before they may attend school, and the law allows for three exemptions. Exemptions that parents and children may use in exercising their rights and liberty are:

  • a pre-existing health issue
  • a religious objection
  • a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief

 

But now, the rights of the residents of Pennsylvania are under attack. SB217 is a bill that would eliminate the exemption for “a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief.”

 

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This is dangerous as it moves Pennsylvania one step closer to outright mandatory vaccinations, as we have no guarantee that the other two exemptions are immune from attack. (pun intended)

No matter your position on vaccines, this bill should be opposed as the government has NO right to take over the duties and rights a family has in governing itself. This would be a grave injustice.

There is much information available which is for and against vaccines, and it is the duty of parents and individuals to be informed. Based on their beliefs, their rights must be respected, even if not everybody agrees with them. Governments have no right to take over this duty.

If you live in Pennsylvania, contact your representative and voice your opposition to this intrusion of mandatory vaccines in Pennsylvania.

God Bless.

 

For information on How to Legally Opt out of Vaccinations for a Religious Objection

For the National Vaccine Information Center to be informed

To connect with the Pennsylvania Coalition for Informed Consent

Regardless of the generation in which we live, the definitions of modesty, chastity, and purity do not change. Lust is as much of a sin now as it was 2,000 years ago. Leading others into the occasion of sin, is as much of a sin, as the sin it promotes. Sins of lust and desire of flesh are mortal sins, and their punishment is that of eternal hell. Dressing in such a way, that undermines modesty and chastity are grievous sins against God.

Marylike Standards - Accepting the Holy Ghost's Fruits of Modesty and ChastityChrist Himself said (Matthew 5:28) “….that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

This reality does not ‘change with the times’. It doesn’t care about the latest fashions. It doesn’t pay any heed to what the world thinks is socially acceptable. It doesn’t care how ‘comfortable’ leggings (as pants!) feel. Mortal sin is mortal sin.

Fortunately, modesty and chastity are 2 of the 12 fruits of the Holy Ghost. We can preserve our souls, and honor God, by adhering to the Marylike Standards of Modesty in Dress. The following are the Marylike Standards as were understood in the 1950’s.  While the everyday wear of ‘dresses’ has waned since that time, simply replace the word ‘dresses’ with ‘clothing. The Marylike Standards of concealing the figure, as opposed to revealing the figure, are timeless ideals to strive for in attaining salvation.

 

Marylike Standards

  1. Marylike is modest without compromise, “like Mary,” Christ’s Mother.
  2. Marylike dresses have sleeves extending at least to the elbows, and skirts reaching below the knees.
  3. Marylike dresses require full coverage for the bodice, chest, shoulders and back; except for a cut-out about the neck not exceeding two inches below the neckline in front and in the back, and a corresponding two inches on the shoulders.
  4. Marylike dresses do not admit as modest coverage transparent fabrics – laces, nets, organdy, nylons, etc. – unless sufficient backing is added. However, their moderate use as trimming is acceptable.
  5. Marylike dresses avoid the improper use of flesh-colored fabrics.
  6. Marylike dresses conceal rather than reveal the figure of the wearer; they do not emphasize, unduly, parts of the body.
  7. Marylike dresses provide full coverage, even after jacket, cape, or stole are removed.

 

“Marylike” fashions are designed to conceal as much of the body as possible, rather than reveal. This would automatically eliminate such fashions as tight slacks, jeans, sweaters, shorts; shorts which do not reach down to the knees; sheer blouses and sleeveless dresses; etc. The Marylike Standards are a guide to instill a “sense of modesty.” A girl who follows these, and looks up to Mary as her ideal and model, will have no problem with modesty in dress. She will not be an occasion of sin or a source of embarrassment or shame to others.

 

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Purity

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Virgin Most Pure, mindful of the terrible moral dangers threatening on all sides, and aware of my own human weakness, I voluntarily place myself, body and soul, this day and always, under thy loving maternal care and protection.

I consecrate to thee my body, with all its members, asking thee to help me never to use it as an occasion of sin to others. Help me to remember that my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and to use it according to God’s Holy Will, for my own personal salvation, and the salvation of others.

I consecrate to thee my soul, asking thee to watch over it, and bring it home safe to thee and to Jesus in Heaven for all eternity.

O Mary, my Mother, all that I am, all that I have is thine. Keep me and guard me under thy mantle of mercy as thy property and possession.

“Jesus, Mary, I love Thee, save souls!”

 

Acknowledging first that Christ is the King of all nations, we need Donald J. Trump to win the presidency of the United States of America. I believe the survival of the country rests on this election.

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While I do not agree with everything Trump espouses, I agree with a large majority of it. On the contrary, Hillary Clinton seems to be for everything I am against.

I understand that Donald Trump has done immoral things in the past, and said things that were not Godly. But you know, over the last two elections, I’ve held my nose voting for the lesser of two evils. I can say, this election, I am proud to cast my vote for Donald J. Trump. There are so many reasons that it’s hard to know where to start, Here are some reasons why….

 

Principle of Subsidiarity

As a traditional catholic, I subscribe to the the principle of subsidiarity, which means that the higher government entity can not, and has no right to take over duties which can be adequately performed by local governments, or by private enterprises. Our way of life has been sovietized by a paternalistic, overreaching, bureaucracy emanating from Washington D.C. While Donald Trump has advocated for quite a few big government programs (infrastructure, immigration, military spending, etc), Hillary Clinton advocates for that which intrudes into our very home (mandatory vaccines, mandatory health insurance, etc). This can go on and on, but I’ll just say the choice is obvious, Donald J. Trump.

 

Rights of Private Property

It is destructive to take from the rich and give to the poor. This is stealing. Private ownership of property must be respected. Further, this forced distribution of wealth destroys the incentive of the individual. The poor realize that everything will be given to them without effort, so their initiative is destroyed. The rich realize they no longer have rights over their private property, and their desire to continue is hampered.

It is clear that Donald Trump proposes tax cuts across the board and even into capital gains and dividends, thereby giving the individual the ability to spend his wealth as he chooses. Hillary Clinton wants even more taxes, and advocates paying for things like peoples student loan debt as an example of distribution on wealth. Plus, bureaucrats do not spend other peoples money efficiently.

 

Establishment vs Anti-establishment

Donald J. Trump for President of the United States drain the swamp #DrainTheSwampDonald Trump used to be allies of the ‘establishment,’ but he switched sides and is the outsider in the presidential race. Hillary Clinton has been around government for decades. Her finger prints are on many crimes which have damaged our country, and she is in the pocket of the globalists who control the world. A vote for Trump is a vote against the George Soros types who live like leeches, sucking blood from nations.

Washington needs an upheaval. Too many become career politicians for the purpose of getting rich while/because they ‘serve’ in the government.

#DrainTheSwamp

 

Media

Another part of the power structure is big media. While the mainstream media has long been a propaganda arm, and arguably a terrorist organization, we have seen proof of such from the Wikileaks releases. Through hacked e-mails, Wikileaks proves that the Hillary Clinton ilk have been working in collusion with media outlets. We have proof of debate questions being leaked to Hillary, CNN asking the DNC what questions to ask, a CNBC correspondent acting like a Clinton lapdog, and much more.

Donald Trump calls out the dishonest, corrupt, lying media for what they are. The bias in the media is finally being called out by someone who can, giving us all somewhat of a voice.

 

Abortion

Donald J. Trump for President of the United States AbortionWhile Donald Trump supported legalized abortion in his past, he is now clearly pro-life. He even described the evil practice of partial birth abortion in the final debate, and vowed to nominate pro-life minded individuals to the Supreme Court.

Hillary Clinton supports the evil of abortion at any and every stage of the pregnancy.

 

Obamacare

Donald Trump has a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. By scrapping and just opening a marketplace across state lines, we can have a better health insurance system than Obamacare. Speaking personally, my health insurance more than doubled with the onset of Obamacare, so I was one of those who LOST coverage from Obamacare. I have since joined a health share ministry.

Hillary Clinton wants to expand Obamacare. She ultimately wants a single-payer system which runs directly against the principle of subsidiarity. Government has no right to tell us what what insurance we must or must not have, and what immoral procedures we must pay for.

 

Illegal Immigration

A nation is defined by it’s borders. If that border is loosely defined and porous, then the nation erodes.

As Donald Trump says, problems, crime, rapists, and probably some good people flow across the border. Trump proposes to build a wall on the Mexican border, halting the flow. Also, he vowed to deport every criminal person here illegally.

Hillary supports a path to citizenship of people here illegally. This is unfair to the people who wait in line for years to enter the US legally. It also would act as a stealth takeover of the country, as people who don’t necessarily adhere to the nation’s constitution, are absorbed into it, thereby changing the demographics immediately. It would be the End of America as you know it, especially since many illegal immigrants come from places even more socialistic than the US is now.

 

Refugees

It can be shown that the Syrian refugee crisis originates to the failed foreign policy of the Obama Administration of which Hillary Clinton was a part. Refugees have streamed into Europe, resulting in major problems with terrorism and non assimilation. Hillary Clinton supports a 550% increase in the resettling of Syrian refugees in the US, even though they can not be totally properly vetted.

Donald Trump wants to end the resettling of Syrian refugees into the United States. Further, he wants to halt all immigration from countries in which there is a proven history of terrorism against the US.

 

Supreme Court

There may be up to 4 new justices to the Supreme Court under the next president. When you have the Obamacare mandate decided by one vote, and the Heller (gun rights) case decided by one vote……the make-up of the court could fundamentally change the country.

Donald Trump believes the Constitution should be interpreted as the Founding Fathers wrote it. Hillary Clinton believes the Constitution is a living document which can be twisted and changed with the times.

 

Black Lives Matter

I believe that All Lives Matter, and don’t differentiate based on someone’s race. Black Lives Matter is of itself racist, by it’s very nature and intent. Donald Trump is the Law and Order candidate. If a police officer acts beyond the letter of the law, then he should surely see justice. But when police are reluctant to enforce the law, for fear of being portrayed as racist, then society breaks down.

Hillary Clinton supports Black Lives Matter. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have even espoused rhetoric that has escalated tensions on a premise that was made up to begin with.

 

Second Amendment

Donald J. Trump for President of the United States 2nd AmendmentDonald Trump supports the Second Amendment in it’s strongest form.

Hillary Clinton is hostile towards the Second Amendment, and publicly disagreed with the Heller Supreme Court decision. There would be a constant assault on the Second Amendment and it’s true intent if she were president. Further, WikiLeaks revealed that Clinton plans to use executive action to circumvent Congress to push gun control.

 

Wikileaks

Where to begin….Bernie Sanders sabatoge…Mainstream media collusion…Spirit Cooking….disdain for Catholics…Wikileaks has unleashed a barrage of e-mails hacked from the DNC and John Podesta. Knock yourself out at WIKILEAKS.

 

Secretary of State Tenure

While Trump has no experience in government, Hillary Clinton has an abysmal performance as the Secretary of State.

  • Botched Russian reset
  • Influence on the destabilization in Egypt
  • Position on the Arab Spring
  • Association with the Internation Crisis Group and Council of Foreign Relations
  • There for misguided withdrawal of troops from Iraq
  • Involvment in murder of Muammar Gaddafi by supporting ‘rebels’
  • Lies and mishandling of attack in Benghazi
  • Flourishing of ISIS
  • Clinton Foundation pay-to-play
  • Shady Uranium deal, linked to $2.35 million in Clinton Foundation donations
  • Use of Private E-mail Server for Classified documents
  • Carelessness with Classified information
  • $6 billion misplaced

Her tenure as Secretary of State may be under investigation for years to come.

 

Private Server Use For State Dept. E-mails

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LIAR

“FBI Director James Comey identified 110 emails as containing information that was classified at the time it was sent, including 65 emails deemed “Secret” and 22 deemed “Top Secret”. None of these had classification markings…..An additional three email chains contained “portion markings”, simply a “(C)” indicating “Confidential” in front of one or more paragraphs. These were not included in Comey’s list of 110 because the State Department failed to confirm they were classified at the time they were sent. Clinton told the FBI she did not know the meaning of “(C)”. Nearly 2,100 emails on the server were retroactively marked as classified by the State Department.”

“In May 2016, the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General released an 83-page report about the State Department’s email practices, including Clinton’s. On July 5, 2016, Comey announced that the FBI’s investigation had concluded that Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling her email system but recommended that no charges be filed against her.”

Hillary Clinton broke the law, and yet Hillary Clinton seems to be above the law. This is one reason why Donald Trump alleges that the system is ‘rigged.’

 

Clinton Foundation

Donald J. Trump for President of the United States Clinton Foundation

There have been questions surrounding the Trump Foundation, but the Clinton Foundation is still under investigation by the FBI. Again, the Wikileaks releases have shown many instances where a ‘pay-to-play’ environment was employed through the Clinton Foundation. Large donors, even foreign, were able to gain access to the government and State Department through Clinton Foundation connections. This also leads to a possible blackmail situation under a Clinton presidency.

 

War with Russia

Donald J. Trump for President of the United States World War ThreeDonald Trump and Vladimir Putin have shown a mutual respect of each other.

Hillary Clinton has shown an unhinged disrespect towards Russia, even likening Putin to Adolf Hitler. She is also a puppet of George Soros who has been involved in the destabilizing of Ukraine, on Russia’s doorstep. She has accused Russia of being behind Wikileaks, armed with only speculation. She has proposed enforcing a no-fly zone over Syria, and her presidency could very well ignite War with Russia.

 

Conclusion

Donald J. Trump for President of the United States Trump HouseThe next four years is likely going to be tumultuous regardless who wins. The stock market and the social mood are in a topping pattern, and decades of a cycle is coming to an end. Some even label it a fourth turning. If it all goes down, who do you want there to start the rebuilding process? What should the Supreme Court look like? Should we still be a nation which kills its babies at any stage of pregnancy? Will there be a pro growth environment when the system resets? Will global or civil unrest be instigated? Do we want a president under constant criminal investigation? Will we be a nation that respects God, or one that tries to omit Him? All these questions and more we must consider.

Donald Trump is not perfect, but he is the best hope the United States of America has had in a very long time. Unfortunately, he may now be the last hope for America by the grace of God. I’m not sure what definition we should use for ‘great’, or when exactly America lived up to that ideal….however, I must say, let’s Make America Great Again and Vote for Mike Pence and Donald J. Trump for President of the United States of America.

God Bless

-Travis

Note: you can see more content at NOT Voting is a SIN and Guiding Principles on How to Vote.

While we have seen proof of collusion between Hillary Clinton and the mainstream media, we have had to turn to internet journalists to report unshackled news….and what they have just revealed may be Earth shattering.

child sex pedophilia ringWith the Clinton Foundation ethics, pay-to-play schemes, arming of al-Qaeda, Benghazi blunder, failed Russian reset, using a private server for state emails, ongoing FBI investigation, mainstream media collusion, Weinergate, and on and on……could there be any more scandal associated with Hillary Clinton? How about a child sex pedophilia ring!

I’m not intending to peddle a conspiracy theory, so you can make up your own mind. But the accusations portray such a diabolical outfit, that I had to share. This Reddit post connects the dots between Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Jeffry Epstein, John Podesta, Laura Silsby, and others… which exposes Child trafficking and satanic rituals such as “Spirit Cooking.” (Please don’t delve into investigating ‘spirit cooking’, just know it’s of evil)

Wikileaks twitter feed took a screen shot of the page:

We have written about the “Illuminatti” and other occultist symbolism which infects pop culture and how their sounds and pictures actually change our brain. So these kind of sick rituals that the Clinton’s are alleged to be a part of do happen. But even though we know how crooked the Clintons are, it is beyond unsettling to know that their crookedness leads to them actually taking part in these evil rituals.

Fortunately, we know who wins the ultimate ‘presidency’, and that is Christ the King. So call out the evil when you see it, and pray for the conversion of souls. God Bless.

-Travis

note: Regarding the upcoming election, don’t forget to check out our recent Militant Monday’s Not voting is a Sin, and Guiding Principles on How to Vote.

This week’s Militant Monday continues with the topic of the upcoming United States election. We will explore How to Vote using some of the guiding principles on just government that the Catholic Church teaches.

Last week’s Militant Monday highlighted why NOT Voting is a Sin, and detailed why every Catholic must vote. We now come to some of the guiding principles for a Catholic to use in casting the ballot. We can further our knowledge and understanding by taking time to reference the Papal Encyclicals of the past to learn How to Vote. So what are some of the guiding principles?

Christ is King

Militant Monday | Guiding Principles on How to VoteYesterday, we celebrated the Feast of Christ the King. Pope Pius XI established the feast day at a time when the world was forgetting the Kingship of Christ over governments. This brings us to the principle that guides all other principles of a just government, and one to consider when deciding How to Vote.

Principle: Governments and people as a whole can not do whatever they want. They are subject to a higher law of God, the Law of Christ.

You won’t find this teaching featured on the ‘news’ networks today, but this is where we should start. It is not enough just to fight for what is good. Politicians must recognize Christ’s Kingship over all nations. Likewise, it is wrong to just vote, and whatever is popular becomes law, we must prefer Christ instead of popularity when determining How to Vote.

When Christ’s authority is rejected, government becomes tyranny. There has to be some basis of law, and if that basis is not God’s law, then it simply becomes the tyrannical will of the majority. If the majority is evil, wants evil, votes for evil, then you have an evil tyranny of the majority.

G.K. Chesterson said:

“…it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticize the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.”

If you believe in God and you believe there is a higher law than the government, then you have a right to criticize the government for not acting in accordance with that higher law, God’s law. But for one who has no belief in God, there is no higher law above government, so they have no basis on which to criticize the government. The government becomes the highest authority. Only when one believes that government has a duty to submit to higher laws, can they criticize. When discussing political issues, this is one of the central problems of the vast majority of people in this country.

Reiterating Catholic teaching, Pope Pius XI wrote encyclicals addressing the foundation of society which was and is being destroyed. He wrote on the Kingship of Christ, on Christian Marriage, education, etc. And he established the Feast of the Holy Family.

The church has explicitly addressed all these things. So it is not permitted for a Catholic to read the encyclicals of the popes and to say, “Well, I don’t agree with that….” or “I think the government should follow other principles in regard to welfare and other government programs.”

Pertaining to economics and social teaching, Just how far should a government go in welfare programs?

Rights of the Family

The popes have continually reiterated that the government has no right to take over the rights of the family. The communists and socialists promote the idea that people are made for the government. The church teaches the opposite, that the government is made for the sake of the people. The rights of education rests with the parents. A family has priority over the government. The government’s only duty, is to step in when necessary for the common good. But otherwise not to interfere and this is what Pope Pius XI talked about on the question in his encyclical on Christian marriage.

Pope Pius XI wrote in Casti Connubii:

“Wherefore, those who have the care of the State and of the public good cannot neglect the needs of married people and their families, without bringing great harm upon the State and on the common welfare. Hence, in making the laws and in disposing of public funds they must do their utmost to relieve the needs of the poor, considering such a task as one of the most important of their administrative duties.”

Pope Leo XIII wrote in Rerum Novarum:

“”The contention, then, that the civil government should at its option intrude into and exercise intimate control over the family and the household is a great and pernicious error. True, if a family finds itself in exceeding distress, utterly deprived of the counsel of friends, and without any prospect of extricating itself, it is right that extreme necessity be met by public aid, since each family is a part of the commonwealth.””

The church teaching is clear. It is a duty of the government to assist those in need who have no other way of obtaining assistance. But to take hold of the rights of the family to intrude into the family and to make decisions for the family, is totally outside of the bounds of the right of government.

This is also in the case of working people. The church has indeed acknowledged the right of working people to organize unions, to ensure their rights. The church also recognizes, that the communists and socialists have founded well organized unions with the sole purpose of creating turmoil, thus promoting the communist and socialist agendas.

Right of Private Property

A foundational error today is the idea that we should take from the rich and give to the poor. This is theft! Some say that just because someone is wealthy, the poor have a right to that person’s wealth. That is utterly false. The church has always upheld the principle of private ownership of property.

That said, there is a duty of charity for those who are blessed with financial wealth, Wealthy persons have an obligation to use their blessings for the good of others. But to say that their belongings should be taken from them and given to those who have less, simply because they have less, that is unjust. And any politician who would promote that, would be acting in a way that is destructive to the principles the Catholic Church teaches

Pope Leo XIII wrote in Rerum Novarum:

“”And in addition to injustice, it is only too evident what an upset and disturbance there would be in all classes, and to how intolerable and hateful a slavery citizens would be subjected. The door would be thrown open to envy, to mutual invective, and to discord; the sources of wealth themselves would run dry, for no one would have any interest in exerting his talents or his industry; and that ideal equality about which they entertain pleasant dreams would be in reality the leveling down of all to a like condition of misery and degradation. Hence, it is clear that the main tenet of socialism, community of goods, must be utterly rejected, since it only injures those whom it would seem meant to benefit, is directly contrary to the natural rights of mankind, and would introduce confusion and disorder into the commonweal. The first and most fundamental principle, therefore, if one would undertake to alleviate the condition of the masses, must be the inviolability of private property.””

It is the wrong idea that, just because people are poor, that we have a right to take from the wealthy and give to them. This is a misconceived idea of equality, which only leads to destroying the initiative of everyone in society.

The poor realize then, that everything will be given to them, without effort. Thus the initiative of the poor to work is destroyed.

The rich realize then, that they no longer have rights over their private property, but that it would be taken from them. Thus their desire to continue working is destroyed.

Pope Leo XIII continued:

“It must be first of all recognized that the condition of things inherent in human affairs must be borne with, for it is impossible to reduce civil society to one dead level. Socialists may in that intent do their utmost, but all striving against nature is in vain. There naturally exist among mankind manifold differences of the most important kind; people differ in capacity, skill, health, strength; and unequal fortune is a necessary result of unequal condition. Such unequality is far from being disadvantageous either to individuals or to the community.”

The socialist idea that everybody should be equal in all respects, is contrary to human nature. They are even more so contrary to guiding principles of the faith. Of course everyone is equal as human beings, but that does not mean that we all have to be equal in wealth or position.
This does not mean that capitalists should be totally free from all government and control. Another error is the anarchistic idea that government should have no say whatsoever in economics. That also is condemned by the church.

Though Pope Pius XI says it is an even worse evil to give government so much control, that they dictate everything. This leads to the last point we should all understand, the crucial Principle of Subsidiarity.

Principle of Subsidiarity

The church teaches that the higher government entity can not, and has no right to take over duties which can be adequately performed by local governments, or by private enterprises.

Pope Pius XI wrote in Quadragesimo Anno:

“It is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do. For every social activity ought of its very nature to furnish help to the members of the body social, and never destroy and absorb them.
The supreme authority of the State ought, therefore, to let subordinate groups handle matters and concerns of lesser importance, which would otherwise dissipate its efforts greatly. Thereby the State will more freely, powerfully, and effectively do all those things that belong to it alone because it alone can do them: directing, watching, urging, restraining, as occasion requires and necessity demands.””

Today, we see the opposite of Church teaching. You see a consolidation of power with so many departments in the federal government. Many career politicians believe that the government is the only one capable of doing everything, and that everything should be handled on a national level. This is false.

The Church teaches that the local governments should handle those things that local governments can handle, and individuals/organizations should be allowed to handle those things that can be handled by them. The Church clearly teaches that it is WRONG to centralize power, and it is utterly destructive in the order that God wills in a society.

In a prophetic decree from The United States Bishops in year 1922:

“1. The growth of bureaucracy in the United States is one of the most significant aftereffects of the war. This growth must be resolutely checked. Federal assistance and federal direction are in some cases beneficial and even necessary; but extreme bureaucracy is foreign to everything American. It is unconstitutional and undemocratic. It means officialism, red tape, and prodigal waste of public money. It spells hordes of so-called experts and self-perpetuating cliques of politicians to regulate every detail of daily life. It would eventually sovietize our form of government.
“2. The forward-looking forces in our national life must resolutely stand against further encroachments on individual and state liberty. The press, the home, the school, and the Church have no greater enemy at the present time than the paternalistic and bureaucratic government which certain self-seeking elements are attempting to foist upon us.” (Administrative Council of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, January 26, 1922)

Militant Monday | Guiding Principles on How to Vote

All that the bishops warned in 1922 has come to pass.

By now, the importance of following these principles in voting is evident. We didn’t even address the obvious non-negotiable church positions on the prohibition of abortion, sanctity of traditional marriage, prohibition of euthanasia, etc. So we must vote, and vote using our Catholic guiding principles to save our souls. Above all, we must add prayer. We should not forget our greater duty of praying very much before our country holds elections.

If we truly believe in the value of prayer, then praying for our country and it’s conversion will be paramount. Even if we can not accomplish all of the good we desire, it is incumbent upon us to prevent worse evils from befalling the country. May this Militant Monday guide you in deciding How to Vote. May we all pray often, even utilizing the prayer of the Rosary, and Vote using these Catholic guiding principles. God Bless.

-Travis

 

Last week’s Militant Monday – Not Voting is a Sin