A Short Philosophic Investigation into “Mandates”

Diagram, Morton’s Fork

Morton’s Fork: A fork with only one tine, a knife to stick in this back of mine.

The Religious “[Non-]Exemption”

Non-exemption
The Mandate’s Tyranny: The Religious “[Non-]Exemption”.

One thing that is disturbing about these mandates is the so-called “religious exemption” — for two reasons: (1) that the ‘exemption’ is impotent and ineffectual, and (2) that implicit in the system is the subordinating of religious rights to the adjudication of some administrator or bureaucrat — and everyone advising to take the ‘exemption’ seems unable to realize this.

The arrogation of this power to judge what is and is not acceptable religious thought is downright insane. On the one hand, you have people who likely wouldn’t have even the philosophical tools to understand the consequences of the stated beliefs, much less the theological grounding to understand anything but the most direct quotations and constructions from a belief-set — do you think, for example, they would consider what the implications of claiming the body as Temple of the Holy Spirit are? (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)

Moreover, the consequences of the ‘exemption’ have no effect. (At least insofar as NM’s EO is concerned.) …if you take the ‘exemption’ you are still subject to the periodic testing that was always the ‘alternative’, even though we know this ‘alternative’ is really a threat along the lines of the old mafia-threat: “Nice shop ya have ‘ere, it’d be a shame if something were to happen to it…”

Thus it must be asked “then what is the real point of the ‘exemption’?”

Codification of the Appeal to Self-Authority

The obvious answer lies in both the subordination of religious belief to bureaucracy and the useless impotence of the ‘exemption’ in policy, tying them both together: a sort of moral cowardice (giving ‘legal’ excuses, allowing for avoiding accountability) galvanized with an arrogant refusal to abide by (or even acknowledge) the limits of authority.

This refusal to acknowledge the limits of authority is the consequence of a sort of circular-reference logic termed as “appeal to self-authority” which is essentially: (1) Those in authority are good; (2) I am the authority; (3) If I was not good I would not be the authority; (4) Therefore, since I am the authority, I am good; (5) To oppose me is to oppose my authority; (6) To oppose my authority is to be evil, because I am good, as proved by my authority.
— Thus we see why, on the philosophical level, asserting that there is no such authority as they claim provokes such an emotional response: to even question the limits and boundaries is equivalent to denying their goodness and calling them evil… to their emotional-attachment this is the equivalent of declaring your intent to kill them.

And this brings us to “policy” — this is their great scapegoat: by simply saying ‘It’s policy!” they protect themselves from cretinism (after all, they’re following The Rues!) While simultaneously divesting themselves of accountability (“WE didn’t make The Rules!”) — again another circular-logic trap: (1) The rules are good; (2) I enforce the rules, so I am good; (3) any objection to the rules is proof of your evil. And just as above, any dissent or disagreement marks you as a horrible person who wants to destroy all goodness.

If this all seems familiar, that’s because the Courts have been using this for decades: they invented ‘Absolute Legal Immunity’ for themselves, then use that as a shield from any criticism of their judgements or overstepping their authority, especially any Constitutional limits despite the Constitution being the origin of their authority.

Normalization of Coercion & Extortion

“The incarceration of free thinking healthy people in madhouses is spiritual murder, it is a variation of the gas chamber, even more cruel; the torture of the people being killed is more malicious and more prolonged. Like the gas chambers, these crimes will never be forgotten and those involved in them will be condemned for all time during their life and after their death.”
A letter from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

All this leads to a natural consequence: these ‘policies’ institute a system which is coercive and extortionate, with any dissent being summarily discarded — dissenters obviously being demonized as at least troublemakers, if not ‘lawbreakers’ — in other words: Welcome to Tyranny.

But, even worse, this is exactly what happens in Communism; consider the Soviet Union’s abuses of psychological incarceration: detractors were labeled as having mental illness, such as “sluggish schizophrenia”, removed from society via ‘institutionalization’, and God only knows how many were tortured. — All of this because such a system, established without real accountability, simply cannot exist in the presence of objections of conscience, or the opposition of good men, or true Justice and so must act against them all. In a sick way, the system acknowledges these and works to swiftly undermine, capture, isolate, and neutralize exactly such persons.

China-prohibits-mandates
When, exactly, did China become more free than the US? (Archive)

It is precisely this system which is being pushed on us, under the guise of ‘rules’ and ‘policies’, which bureaucrats and administrators can virtue-signal as being ‘good guys’ to the system by adhering thereunto rather than making the possibly-risky move of opposing these evil schemes which will be the normalization of coercion and extortion. Just look at the ‘mandates’ and how common it is to see or hear “I have to take the vaccine or lose my job.” — and the ‘alternative’ of “periodic testing”? It’s quite obvious that using a test with such high rates of false-positives, and which cannot distinguish between the various variants, is in-place only for the theater and inconvenience… and this says nothing at all about the invasiveness, discomfort, or possible malicious uses of these tests. (Imagine, if you will, infecting the tests so that the healthy would be contaminated in order to spread the narrative that simply testing does not work, and that the ‘unvaccinated’ are intrinsically a danger to themselves and others as a means to end the ‘alternative’ of testing.)

If these ‘policies’ and ‘rules’ and ‘mandates’ are allowed to stand, then we are as-a-people declaring that the normalization of coercion and extortion are acceptable in our society.

Demoralization

That our government, institutions, and corporations seem dead-set on implementing all of these — especially with the above sections in mind — there is a temptation towards demoralization: after all, who exactly are we?
That is what these people want you to perceive: they want you to think that you are alone, or part of a group too small to make a difference, and certainly not capable of simply saying ‘no’ or, even worse to their mindset, going on the offensive. — This is why they have been trying to control the narrative, via censorship and deplatforming and shadow-banning: they have very little real power, a lot of ‘influence’, and very real actual authority. This is why they have to set up illusions, to make you ‘agree’ to their deceptions, and to keep you ‘controlled’.

So, instead of being demoralized, or angry, pray. Even if it’s only a few friends, family, or neighbors: pray — turn to Jesus — ask for wisdom, and then act.

I guarantee you that such is not the response that the evil powers want: they do not want you to have a community, they do not want you to have emotional or social support, they do not want you to appeal to the Judge about the injustices being pushed, they do not want your voice heard in Heaven (either now or in the hereafter) — I can’t promise you that God will miraculously act to remove these evils, I can’t promise you that you will be either comfortable or well-fed, but I can promise you that for the sake of Jesus, God will hear.

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And the Rubber Hits the Road…

 

On-track to Destroy Liberty

MLG
Behold the mercy of Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The Governor’s unlawful Executive Order is being implemented, the vaccine mandate is being pushed, with the aid of lies and false dealing and a cowardly refusal to stand against evil by the leaders in government. As we can plainly see, the “periodic testing” alternative is really just there to say “well, technically you aren’t required to get a vaccine”… just like technically you don’t have to pay your taxes.

The so-called “religious exemption” is false-dealing at its worst: by taking them at their word, allowing them to accept or reject your application, you are submitting to a religious test. You are literally agreeing to allow them to judge your beliefs as legitimate or illegitimate, and to allow or disallow [continued] employment based thereon. — What madness is this!? How can no-one see it?

NMSU is Dead-set on this Unlawful Activity

Let me stick this in you
Our hands are tied, it’s our policy!

My place of employment is NMSU, and the administration there has been particularly unresponsive to any concerns, as in literally no response:

I am quite disappointed and frustrated with the leadership, especially as there has been no real feedback, discussion, or debate on the issues I raised before. (See this post.) — As I said in the last e-mail, I refuse to comply with this lawlessness — so, now what?

Attack!

I am not going to merely sit back and watch as these people destroy my State, my University, and my people. While I may no longer be enlisted, I still love New Mexico and the United States, and the oath of enlistment still rings true: I am going to defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of New Mexico against these evil tyrants.

These administrators are either actively evil, or are so cowardly as to be functionally evil; they want us to simply roll over, to simply quit, to collapse in fawning obeisance over their every pronouncement. — It is quite obvious that they intend to push people who do not comply to either quitting or to committing an act of violence, so that they can run crying and screaming to mommy gov., but I have a better idea: as mentioned in my e-mail, the New Mexico Constitution allows for the collection of signatures of registered voters (per county) to compel the convening of a Grand Jury — if you’re in New Mexico, the required number of signatures are as follows:

County Voters Needed Signatures
Bernalillo 451,903 9,039
Catron 3,029 200
Chaves 35,344 707
Cibola 14,890 298
Colfax 8,979 200
Curry 25,270 506
De Baca 1,343 200
Doña Ana 130,067 2,602
Eddy 34,789 696
Grant 20,658 414
Guadalupe 3,407 200
Harding 681 200
Hidalgo 3,077 200
Lea 37,723 755
Lincoln 14,856 298
Los Alamos 15,232 305
Luna 12,901 259
Mckinley 44,717 895
Mora 3,743 200
Otero 37,004 741
Quay 6,076 200
Rio Arriba 25,529 511
Roosevelt 10,879 218
San Juan 78,342 1,567
San Miguel 19,618 393
Sandoval 106,589 2,132
Santa Fe 108,449 2,169
Sierra 8,190 200
Socorro 11,505 231
Taos 25,998 520
Torrance 10,386 208
Union 2,602 200
Valencia 46,332 927
Total 1,360,108 28,391

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