Springfield Reformer
Since Jul 27, 2009

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Well, I don’t really have much to say about myself (riiight). But seeing as how some of my fellow FReepers tend to FReak out if a person doesn’t have *something* on this page, I’ve decided to go ahead and try.

First, sometimes I will write a post that references my law background, and other times I will write a post that reflects my software background. Don’t FReak out. Both are true. I’ve worked as a software guy for most of my life, but I had a midlife crisis and decided to hedge my bets by getting a law degree. I got my license to practice in Illinois just a few years ago, so I am an active lawyer. But my income from software still dominates, so there’s that too.

As for my positioning on the many issues that define FReeperdom, here’s a quick summary, so you don’t have to guess where I’m coming from. I reserve the right to add to this list as I think of more topic areas Freepers fight about.

First, I am a Christian. And yes, I’m one of those. Only Jesus can save your soul. Not you, not me, not some self-made deity (Mittens are you listening?), and not some human-run earthly organization either. My background is a weird synthesis of Baptist and Reformed theologies. That’s where my name comes in. Kind of a double meaning. I’m reformed theologically, so I’m a reformer in that sense. But also politically. And there is a connection. But that belongs in a thread discussion of its own. As to authority, I will listen to anything once, measure it against the plain meaning of Scripture, and always take the side of Scripture. I have a preference for the KJV, but I’m not an Onlyist. Greek and Hebrew are just fine with me. But I do lean hard towards the Byzantine text.

Second, and in consequence of the first, I believe in the natural law approach to human governance, of which the finest expression in modern times is our own constitutional republic.

On the life issue I am prolife, both in theory and in practice. But that is not enough, because here on FR we get into ugly fights about what outsiders would probably not even see as real differences. So I’ll be more specific. Our Constitution is the law of the land. God set this law over us in his providence. This law requires us to recognize the limitations of the federal government solely to the powers enumerated to it, leaving the unspecified powers for us to exert in the several states. Under our system, it is the police power of the individual state that can and should establish the framework for preventing all murders, including abortion. Federal impositions on private citizens based on unwarranted expansions of federal power into areas reserved to the states are detrimental to the whole nation, and will never be as effective in actually stopping the killing as the creation and enforcement of state laws protecting the unborn.

On fiscal issues I am, once again, a constitutionalist. Our federal government should have a very limited role in promoting the national well-being, but it has accumulated to itself more and more power, through many abuses of our Constitution. We are obligated as a people to hold our leaders accountable for those abuses and the grotesque expansions of federal spending entailed in those abuses.

On Romney, I’m sorry, can’t vote for a man who literally believes he is a “god in embryo.” All the corruptions of the left are based on them having a god-complex, a view of their own superiority that rationalizes for them all the harm they must inflict on others to bring about “utopia.” But at least they deny any official aspiration to deity. But not Mitt. It’s who he is, so he thinks. I wanted Palin to run, but in the end, I could have voted for any of the others. All except for Mitt. If I give him power through my vote, I become a partaker of his evil deeds. It makes me ill, because I do know how important it is to defeat Obama, but I refuse to sell my soul to the GOPe, just to get through one more manufactured crisis.

Well, there’s more I could say, but most likely no one read this far anyway, so I’ll quit for now. If you did read this far, thanks for your interest. Perhaps we’ll meet some day in the forums.