The end of our Weimar Republic? (1 Samuel 8.10-22)

The news broke and is rebreaking after the end of the Hurricane Sandy coverage… that Mitt Romney actually paid no taxes for ten years — as Henry Reid said.

In this instance, Romney used the tax-exempt status of a charity — the Mormon Church, according to a 2007 filing — to defer taxes for more than 15 years. At the same time he is benefiting, the trust will probably leave the church with less than what current law requires, according to tax returns obtained by Bloomberg this month through a Freedom of Information Act request. (you must, must read all of it here)

You have a man who is running for President of this country who doesn’t like to pay taxes, and uses his Church to hide it. As President, however, he will collect taxes in the form of his pay. He will wages wars with tax payers’s children and money. This he will do without paying taxes himself. Only dictators do this.

On another front, two Republican Governors and Secretary of States are doing their level best to deny the most essential American sacramental rightthe right to Vote. One Governor, Rick Scott, is denying the right to vote. In Ohio, the same. We are entering a phase in which depraved, unethical, and near-criminal behavior in the “defense of America” is seen as a virtue.

Again, I can understand why you do not want to vote the President, but how can you vote for Mitt Romney? If you vote for the lesser evil, you are still voting for evil.

Good luck, America.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on “The end of our Weimar Republic? (1 Samuel 8.10-22)

  1. Remember the Ferengi (and Romney) rules of acquisition (from wiki):
    1. Once you have their money, you never give it back.
    2. The best deal is the one that brings the most profit.
    3. Never pay/spend more for an acquisition than you have to.
    5. If you can’t break a contract, bend it.
    6. Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity.
    6. A man is only worth the sum of his possessions. (From Enterprise, episode “Acquisition”; sloppy script-writing, as rule 6 (see above) was already given in DS9)
    7. Keep your ears open.
    8. Small print leads to large risk.
    9. Opportunity plus instinct equals profit.
    10. Greed is eternal.
    11. Latinum isn’t the only thing that shines.
    12. Anything worth selling is worth selling twice.
    13. Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.
    14. Anything stolen is pure profit.
    15. Acting stupid is often smart.
    16. A deal is a deal…until a better one comes along.
    17. A contract is a contract is a contract…but only between Ferengi.
    18. A Ferengi without profit is no Ferengi at all.
    19. Satisfaction is not guaranteed.
    20. When the customer is sweating, turn up the heat.
    21. Never place friendship above profit.
    22. A wise man can hear profit in the wind.
    23. Nothing is more important than your health, except for your money.
    24. Latinum can’t buy happiness, but you can sure have a blast renting it.
    25. You can’t make a deal if you’re dead.
    27. There’s nothing more dangerous than an honest businessman.
    31. Never insult a Ferengi’s mother…insult something he cares about instead.
    33. It never hurts to suck up to the boss.
    34. War is good for business.
    35. Peace is good for business.
    40. She can touch your lobes, but never your latinum.
    41. Profit is its own reward.
    44. Never confuse wisdom with luck.
    45. Expand or die
    47. Never trust a man wearing a better suit than your own.
    48. The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
    52. Never ask when you can take.
    57. Good customers are as rare as latinum–treasure them.
    58. There is no substitute for success.
    59. Free advice is seldom cheap.
    60. Keep your lies consistent.
    62. The riskier the road, the greater the profit.
    65. Win or lose, there’s always Hupyrian beetle snuff.
    69. When she discusses money for “favors”, charge her what she’ll pay.
    74. Knowledge equals profit.
    75. Home is where the heart is…but the stars are made of latinum.
    76. Every once in a while, declare peace….it confuses the hell out of your enemies.
    77. If you break it, i’ll charge you for it.(ST:O)
    79. Beware of the Vulcan greed for knowledge.
    82. The flimsier the product, the higher the price.
    85. Never let the competition know what you’re thinking.
    89. Ask not what your profits can do for you, but what you can do for your profits.
    94. Females and finances don’t mix.
    95. Expand…or die.
    97. Enough…is never enough.
    98. Every man has his price.
    99. Trust is the biggest liability of all.
    102. Nature decays, but latinum is/lasts forever.
    103. Sleep can interfere with opportunity.
    104. Faith moves mountains…of inventory.
    106. There is no honor in poverty.
    109. Dignity and an empty sack…is worth the sack.
    111. Treat people in your debt like family…exploit them.
    112. Never have sex with the boss’s sister.
    113. Always have sex with the boss.
    121. Everything is for sale, even friendship.
    123. Even a blind man can recognize the glow of latinum.
    125. You can’t make a deal if you’re dead. [6]
    139. Wives serve, brothers inherit.
    141. Only fools pay retail.
    144. There’s nothing wrong with charity…as long as it winds up in your pocket.
    162. Even in the worst of times, someone makes a profit.
    168. Whisper your way to success.
    177. Know your enemies…but do business with them always.
    181. Not even dishonesty can tarnish the shine of profit.
    189. Let others keep their reputation…you keep their latinum.
    190. Hear all, trust nothing.
    192. Never cheat a Klingon…unless you can get away with it.
    194. It’s always good business to know your customers before they walk in the door.
    202. The justification for profit is profit.
    203. New customers are like razor-toothed greeworms. They can be succulent, but sometimes they bite back.
    208. Sometimes the only thing more dangerous than a question is an answer.
    211. Employees are the rungs on the ladder of success. Don’t hesitate to step on them.
    214. Never begin a business negotiation on an empty stomach.
    217. You can’t free a fish from water.
    218. Always know what you’re buying.
    223. Beware the man who doesn’t make time for oo-mox.
    229. Latinum lasts longer than lust.
    236. You can’t buy fate.
    239. Never be afraid to mislabel a product.
    242. More is good…all is better.
    255. A wife is a luxury…a smart accountant a necessity.
    261. A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience.
    263. Never allow doubt to tarnish your lust for latinum.
    266. When in doubt, lie.
    284. Deep down, everyone’s a Ferengi.
    285. No good deed ever goes unpunished.
    286. When Morn leaves, it’s all over. (made up by Quark—season 3, episode 3, this is representative of the idea that all things may be adjusted should it serve to make a profit)
    299. Whenever you exploit someone, it never hurts to thank them. In that way, it is easier to exploit them next time.

    1. The two that strike me as outstanding,
      139. Wives serve, brothers inherit. (appropriate for Mormons)
      255. A wife is a luxury…a smart accountant a necessity. (appropriate for CEO’s)
      Too many more to list.

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