Big President on campus. A biblical perspective on AIG. Thank you, Mr. Hillyer. Plus more.
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Step 2 — The Scrutiny of Witnesses: Deuteronomy 19:16-18: 16 “If a malicious witness rises up against a man to accuse him of wrongdoing, 17 then both the men who have the dispute shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who will be in office in those days. 18 “The judges shall investigate thoroughly…”
The O.T. and the N.T. Scriptures invest a great deal of ink and parchment in dealing with this problem of refuting false accusers. To be sure, the matter of resolving the innocence/guilt of the accused is important by itself; however, it is only half of the overall picture of Scriptural jurisprudence. Dealing with talebearers (Proverbs 11:13), gossips (Proverbs 20:19), and liars (even those who listen to them, Proverbs 17:4) is just as important when applying the law in a meaningful way (1 Timothy 1:10). But this then leads us to the query regarding what one should do if an accuser is found to be malicious. The answer is quite simple:
Step 3 — Judgment of Malicious Witnesses: Deuteronomy 19:16-18: 16 “If a malicious witness rises up against a man to accuse him of wrongdoing, 17 then both the men who have the dispute shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who will be in office in those days. 18 “The judges shall investigate thoroughly, and if the witness is a false witness and he has accused his brother falsely, 19 then you shall do to him just as he had intended to do to his brother. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.”
Step 3 is perhaps one of the most neglected elements in biblical jurisprudence, and yet it is crucial for this matter of purging the practitioners of evil (1 Cor. 5:9-13). Without it, we ensure that false accusers can repeat their offenses, time and time again — with impunity. But can you imagine if this standard were to be applied rigorously in our nation? All frivolous lawsuits would dry up instantly if every false accuser was compelled to pay the very penalty that he sought against the accused. Now let’s apply this standard to the AIG debacle:
1. Congress has accused AIG of impropriety concerning their use of TARP funds. The penalty which they seek is the repayment of all bonus payments given to top executives.
2. What has become evident over the recent days is that the stimulus bill, which was passed and signed with little or no scrutiny by Congress, actually gave full license to AIG to pay the aforementioned bonuses.
Based upon these truths I would suggest that the very purveyors of the stimulus bill (which gave legal authority to AIG to pay their bonuses) be adjudged as malicious witnesses in this case. All those who voted for the bill should therefore pay back the bonus monies themselves — dividing the debt evenly among them (or perhaps making increase-adjustments for those who are receiving campaign contributions from TARP supported industries). Failure to do this will result in the nullification of the 4th and final step of this important process:
Step 4 — Sending the Message of True Justice: Deuteronomy 19:20: 20 “The rest will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such an evil thing among you.”
Can you imagine what our government would be like if men resolved
never again to engage in the practice of deception, lying, and
bearing false witness? Of course, my offer of the law (by itself)
is not the chief end here, for the law cannot change the human
heart. But it would be a helpful tutor in the right
— Mike Beasley
Re: The Prowler’s Screening Obama:
Please, somebody put this guy back on a teleprompter now. Five minutes into his 60 Minutes interview, he talked about digging our country out of a hole. I think the appropriate metaphor should be climbing out of the hole, not digging deeper. Liberals will write Obama’s statement off as a misplaced metaphor, but I think Obama’s dig-out-of-a-hole is true insight into his administration’s strategy. Yes, the rest of us know that the more you dig, the deeper the hole gets, and many of us think Obama and his administration is good at “make-work” policy where they are digging holes that they will later attempt to fill in and take credit for doing something right.
Keep digging, Mr. Obama. Maybe you’ll make the hole big enough
for all of those who voted for you to jump in like political
lemmings during a presidential campaign.
— Bill Attinger
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