The Pursuit of a Just Society in the District of Columbia
There are a litany of areas that one must consider before launching into the depths of reformation. One is to recognize to whom much is given. The other is to acknowledge to them much is required. When that is defined fully, it is the resolve of the pursuer to identify the characteristics of what is just, applying the whole denotations without the biases of connotations. Identifying what is just in a society or culture allows men to separate out the injustices of their desires and outline the essentials of their needs. Examining our folly allows us to stand upon reason and advance our wisest virtues. The District of Columbia, eternally assigned the honor of a federal city, is not a just city. After years of renewal, DC continues to return to the place where brokenness is repaired by breach and humility is assailed by vain noble intentions. We are at a place where only significant reform will save us from the ever-encroaching fear that our citizens have lost faith in their power to rightly govern themselves and that an unrelenting few seek to bind the many to the chains of tyranny and angst.
Throughout Western culture, mankind has exulted in reformation over the ills of misjudgement. Reformation is visible in the annals of history in all of the branches of culture–the individual and the family, the economy, the educational system, the government and the Faithful. Reformation is a process or action that is necessary to change, with the intent to improve a system, practice or institution. It is the humblest and most sincere acknowledgment of the imperfection of mankind and the illumination of God as Creator, Sovereign and Wise Counsul. It is an acceptance that our efforts have not garnered the most productive outcomes. It is a revelation that the process has an irreparable error. It is the full throated pronouncement that we are not willing to repeat misfortuned mistakes, but instead to build correctly on the foundational principles of what is morally right and equitable for all. Reformation is not an effortless or leisurely repentance. It requires that we eliminate that which we have emotionally truthed and journey onward to that which is reasonable truth. Each man has been given a responsibility to execute dominion over His creation whether we believe that He exist or not. As such, it would be unwise for men to seek that which is fair over that which is just. In an archaic expression, fairness is often beautiful, attractive and appealing to the eye and ear. Yet, its fruits are often only false words, speeches or promises.
Admitting that God is no longer equitable, men of Faith willingly open their storehouses, not given or made by men, to the wolves of the State, using the standards and laws of the fallen, to ravage those with itching ears. Modern day money-changers, their hearts have been taken by the dogma of men rather than subjugated to the doctrine of Faith. It is His will that the just shall rule. Not subject to the vanities of men but the freedom with which every man was conceived. Even the Scriptures confess that the “just shall live by Faith.” Who are the just? They are those that subscribe to a moral order, a natural Bill of Rights and a system that does not balance by tipping the scales. Fairness feeds a man for merely a day. Justice assures that a man may feed himself eternally in spite of his condition or circumstance. Fairness requires a civil right from men. Justice is the awareness that every man is subject to the Natural Laws of God.
The District of Columbia is a more fair city than it is just. Its many standards and laws are built on the foundations of wealth redistribution, reparations, racial disharmony, cronyism and nepotism. Exploring each and every area will be difficult in this short respite. However, there are three areas that I believe should be sincerely reformed in the DC culture that we might begin a journey to a more just society. They are the individual and family, education and economics.
The Individual and Family
The first and most powerful request for a just DC is to get the State out of the homes of Washington. Government’s purpose is to protect the rights of individuals and families, not to produce their poverty. The whole idea of social experimentation programs being sold to the community is that political leaders are showing serious attention or consideration to doing something to improve the lives of their constituency, but they are actually doing is attempting to provide what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of the individual and family. This circumvents the role of the parent and makes individuals and families children of the State. While citizens in the District are more acquainted with the Second Bill of Rights than the First, they should well know that the first takes precedence.
The Father is absent from the home in the District of Columbia. Designed by social experimenters by government decree, our system penalizes families and induces women to select homes undergirded by bureaucrats with the fair intentions of the State, in lieu of sound, covenant homes. Even worse, men, forced apart from their natural functions and duties, are made comfortable by the State’s promise to meet the needs of women and children. The District has saddled the noble intention of temporal assistance with the spiny charms of dependence and unprofitable behavior.
In the area of social experimentation, at the federal and state levels, the government does not submit themselves to the same requirements that it seeks to impose on private employers. For example, federal employees are not subject to ACA (Affordable Care Act) requirements, the District government does not apply living wage laws to itself. The State has no problem holding businesses, individuals and families responsible, yet it fails to hold itself accountable to the laws that it creates. A staid and corrupt economy is created and many private business leave to seek less cumbersome economic risks. We must repeal and limit the expanse of these social experimentation programs that are not only unjust, but stifle wealth creation, and reduce the opportunity for many, whose circumstances and conditions relegate them to impoverished outcomes. Allowing the free market to decide initial incomes and outcomes gives individuals opportunities to gain marketable experience and thus, provide for their families.
Public housing creates an environment for generational poverty. There are families in DC who have been in public housing for 25-30 years. At inception they may have had a temporal need, but the dependence on a settled place to stay quickly desensitized them from the sacrifice required to obtain economic freedom. As a result, the whole concept of public housing reduces the opportunity for individuals to participate in home ownership. Public housing must be capped to a lifetime limit of four years.
The free market should be the champion of health care choices in the District. In order to maximize choices, it is necessary to alleviate the influence of major hospital and other large health care provider organizations on the siting of private individual providers and urgent care centers in low income communities. Literally, as it stands today, the sick have to travel all the way across the city to receive the medical attention that could save their life, not because of a lack of resources or “coverage” but because of licensing and certificates which stifle supply of medical resources in their neighborhoods. Less restrictions, and more options yield less risk and greater freedom for the individual, especially the least, the last, and the lost.
It should never come to the point that the mayor of the nation’s capital must beg the Senate Majority Leader for access to his own credit card. The reason is simple: the borrower is the slave always to the lender. And since more choices are as critical to educational outcomes as they are health outcomes, the DC should eliminate any restraints caused by Federal Government mandates on our schools. This will allow parents and teachers to be more involved in the education of their children and the State less involved in the family. We should eliminate the conversation about charters schools versus public schools. The State does not have a just reason to involve itself in the choice of a child’s school. The State should be reduced to providing children scholarships, equitably distributing equal shares of collected tax dollars to each child, to attend the school choice of their parent.
Finally, we should concern ourselves with economics, as defined by the lack of a resource that creates a need. While we have a need for economic development, it should not come at the price of corporate welfare, or the corruption of religious institutions. Specific tax breaks for certain developers and tech entrepreneurs creates an atmosphere where favoritism is the garnishment of the feast served by the State. Taxpayers become the servant and the indebted. Meanwhile, churches are being used by the State by being “awarded” non-profit status. This status exists for the purpose of picking and choosing who is able and who is not able to express their political views. By natural law and American precedent, churches have been tax-free institutions since the days of the Colonies. Those that argue for a sacred “separation of Church and State” should not use that mantra for the purpose of rewarding political allies and silencing political opponents. A call for a flat tax for individuals and businesses will provide stability for individual and corporate planning, increase profitability for businesses to avert corruption and favoritism. The tax burden should be so low that any business would want to come to DC.
The greatest crime committed against humanity is to tell a man that he cannot defend himself, his family or his business. The false hope of the State being ultimate arbiters of safety leaves all in depair and unjustly violates natural law. For years, minorities were subjected to Jim Crow laws, which forbade them ownership of a gun. In spite of our Constitution enshrining liberty to all men to defend themselves, today, citizens of the district are still bound by regulations, promulgated by pious statists, which preclude them from enjoying our inalienable rights. The highest form of racial bigotry is to convince free men that a Progressive will be there to protect them during their greatest distress. This belief ignores the reality that the State has no civil right to protect the lives of the citizens, but rather to safeguard and bolster the rights of citizens to defend themselves. For these reasons, the Second Amendment must be embraced fully, and the right and the opportunity to conceal and carry a gun in the district should not be limited.
Where there is freedom of expression, freedom of worship, and personal security, people are more able to exercise their God-given rights. The individual and its primary institution, the family, serve as the most important denominators in keeping a city safe, prosperous, and free. A more free person is willing to take greater risk to build wealth. Religious and civic associations, educational institutions, and economic producers function better when its members and contributors act as sovereign and creative forces. This allows individuals and businesses to attract investment, produce capital, create jobs and, in short, to thrive justly.
Call to Action
Real and substantive reformation requires a sacrifice of political correctness, a fundamental understanding of what it means to be free and a sincere commitment to achieving each. Before we mislead impressionable minions into statehood protests, we must first recognize that all men are free. We must champion the righteousness of personal success and economic freedom, while making sure that we do not reward political graft in the name of economic equality. We must acknowledge the realities that political power is no more noble than financial power and government is not a tool of vengeance, special favors, or redistribution of wealth. Government is a servant; the governed is the master. Any reversal of that in the name of fairness is an immoral usurpation of our rights and privileges as citizens and rulers.
It is not enough to read these words and put them away in our hearts, for the kindle of a latter day recitation. Words without deeds tend us to poverty. It is an impoverishment of the spirt, of our minds, and the hopes that our legacy shall inherit even greater things. This is the season in which men rise above the doldrums of reading and reciting the principles of liberty. Men of wisdom should come together and reason how we might institutionalize a reform that improves the lives of every man, woman, and child in Washington, DC. We must convene a body to discuss what is just and true, then we must fashion those strengths into a mechanism of righteous reformation. I declare that this season we must come together and assemble our own just society congress.