Our Threatened Freedom

Is Our Bureaucracy Becoming A Bad Joke? (03:50)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:02 Is our bureaucracy becoming a bad joke? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:09 Every now and then, I read about some bureaucratic edict which makes me wonder the sanity of our uncivil service. Sometime ago, I reported on a case involving a California ski resort and a chalet on top of the mountain accessible only by skis. The owners or required at special toilets for the physically handicapped. Now, I have heard of a case topping even that. I won’t mention the city because the many fine people who live there are not responsible for this piece of bureaucratic insanity. A club featuring striptease acts was required to build a ramp onto the stage in case any physically handicapped strippers are hired. Well, I have never attended a striptease show, and I certainly never shall. In any case, I most assuredly would not go to see a physically handicapped stripper. How stupid and insane do our regulators have to get before we put a stop to this kind of nonsense?

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:16 How about some common sense regulations? Why not require a seeing-eye dogs for all our legislators, public officials, and bureaucrats because they obviously cannot see which end is up, nor what is ahead of them? Why not require, by law, every politician to wear a hearing aid so they can hear us better? Also, why not ban pensions for all officials, legislators, and bureaucrats, except those who lower taxes? Cut the cost of civil government, and eliminate civil service jobs. Why not a bounty on performance instead of incompetence?

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:58 But, but back to the two ramps required by State Officials of a striptease club. Perhaps I have misjudged those fine public servants. Perhaps requiring the ramps is the prelude to requiring handicapped striptease dancers. Will the club be forced to be an equal opportunity employer hiring the handicapped, the aged, and the ugly for its striptease acts?

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:28 I have a suggestion to make these bureaucrats. How can they dare to claim that they are for equal opportunity and fair employment practice when no deaf and dumb persons are hired as radio announcers? Why are no criminals appointed to any Supreme Court vacancies? Why are the romantic and glamorous parts in films given only to younger women? Do women over 80 have no rights? If all this sounds crazy, it is simply because what started as a demand for fairness is becoming a bad joke. Facilities for the handicapped makes sense in their place, but this does not include a ski lodge nor a striptease stage. How do these bureaucrats get hired anyway? By flunking a sanity test or by giving certifiable evidence of stupidity? It seems that no good law can be passed without being converted into a bad one by the bureaucracy, nor a bad law that they cannot succeed in making even worse. What are they trying to do? To use every law of any kind to increase their power, and to limit our freedom?

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:44 This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder