THE ELECTION OF 2012 MUST BE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION


In talking to a lot of people about the 2012 Elections (all of them), I find that the interest of many are only the issues that they feel have directly impacted them. With that philosophy we will be a party, a people, and a nation divided and faced with the real potential of four more years of what we have and worse. It is my contention that we either make the 2012 election about the Constitution or we are in danger of losing America as a Free Democratic Republic and live under Tyranny even if it’s not called that. Few people, it seems, have studied the Constitution understand the role of God in the establishment and perpetuation of this nation, and the value of morality and integrity at all levels including those elected to public office. We have become a nation looking out for “number one” and that “number one” being ourselves and that will lead to the demise of any society.

Peter Marshall made a profound statement, “The choice before us is plain, Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time is come, it now is, when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship. America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.” (Peter Marshall, The Rebirth of America, page 205, 1986, Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation) That is the foundation upon which we must return if we are to see this country restored to what our founders and I believe God intended.

Our founders did not view things from “Left Wing” or “Right Wing” but from ANARCHY or TYRANNY and wanted to prevent both extremes in the writing of the Constitution and establishing this great nation. They wanted to avoid TYRANNY by insuring that the government would not be in the hands of a single person or a selected few. They also wanted to avoid ANARCHY by insuring that we had some government but limited and based on biblical and moral values. James Madison addressed this by saying, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. These powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects, which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.” (Federalist Papers, No. 45, pp. 292-293)

They continually warned against creation of a “Welfare State” where the government endeavored to take care of everyone from cradle to grave. Jefferson wrote: “If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.” (Bergh, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:342) They warned about taxes that was equivalent to confiscation of people’s money and or property and believed it was IMMORAL for one generation to pass on its debt to the next generation. He makes this clear by writing, “… we shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life [expectancy] of the majority.” (Ibid. 13:358)

They believed that it was imperative that the electorate be “enlightened” and “informed”. Jefferson again wrote, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and will never be.” (Ford, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:4) Samuel Adams went so far as to say that public officials should NOT be chosen if they were lacking experience, training, proven virtue, and demonstrated wisdom. Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Washington and others believed that public office should only be sought out of honor rather than profit or power. In fact Franklin prophesied that failing to follow this would result in an America that had a monarchy though it would not be called such it would be an executive with monarchial powers.

The founders believed that without religion and the overriding recognition of God the Government of a free people could not be maintained and they wove that principle into the Constitution. Although many have attempted to malign Franklin for his religious beliefs he laid out some principles that provided foundational ideas for the Constitution and the basis for the continued success of this nation. He wrote: “Here is my creed: I believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. That He governs it by His providence. That He ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable service we render to Him is in doing good to His other children. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this. These I take to be the fundamental points of sound religion.” (Smyth, Writings of Benjamin Franklin, 10:84)

The framers believed that these truths should uniformly be taught in the public schools:
1. There exists a Creator who made all things, and mankind should recognize and worship Him.
2. The Creator has revealed a moral code of behavior for happy living which distinguishes right from wrong.
3. The Creator holds mankind responsible for the way they treat each other.
4. All mankind live beyond this life.
5. Mankind will be judged In the next life for their conduct in this one.

They came from vastly different beliefs or Sects but agreed on the basic principles and wove them into the Constitution. They encouraged use of public facilities for worship services, sought to establish schools in the newly settled western areas to insure that these principles would not be lost. They believed it was vital that every person be schooled in the Constitution, Religion and Morality. The idea of separation of Church and State was to insure that the Federal Government did not establish a State Religion and otherwise should stay out of religious affairs. They desired freedom of religion and speech for every person. They wanted the federal government extremely limited in its powers and that each branch of government would serve with integrity balancing out the other branches. They never envisioned the Supreme Court or any judiciary as touching the Constitution. They basically established a principle of Government patterned after that of Moses through the advice of his father-in-law Jethro. Each group beginning with the smallest and their selected leader would resolve the problems and issues of the group and if need be appeal to the next larger group, up to the highest authority. This new government they envisioned as of the people, by the people and for the people. We have turned it into government of the government and the people ignored, spurned, ridiculed, manipulated and mistreated.

Today, we have violated so many basic principles laid down by the founders the federal government is nothing like what they envisioned. We have elected officials including the President who ignore or hold disdain for the Constitution and seek to circumvent it. The founders warned that if any branch was ever occupied by people not holding to the principles of God, morality and integrity and failed in their duties to provide the proper checks and balances we would lose our Republic. We are at that place today, that is why I say that the Election of 2012 is about the Constitution.

If we do not get back to the Constitution we have lost this country. My search is for candidates who will support and defend the Constitution of these United States of America. However, first I have to find one that understands the Constitution. I continue my quest to intercede for this nation and elicit the help of all who will dare to become involved. May God Bless this country and may He bless each of you in your struggle for His purposes on this earth!

WHEN INTEGRITY COLLIDES WITH IDEOLOGY…..


The Book of Proverbs offers a beautiful picture of “integrity”, which we would all be well served to not only read but practice. That applies to the individual on the street, the member on the pew in church, the ministers in the pulpit, law officers, all professions and most definitely POLITICIANS!

Proverbs 4:23-27 – “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. 26 Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. 27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.” NASU

As a society and a nation we are in deep trouble when “integrity” and “ideology” collide and ideology wins. Sadly, in my view, that is where we are today in America and much of the world. Too many are willing to say or do whatever is expedient to receive whatever benefit or reward they are seeking. I say that with regard to churches, businesses, professions and politicians. We are facing difficult times and if there was ever a time when INTEGRITY needs to become the cornerstone of our actions, thought processes, and relationships, it is today. People are hurting, fear is welling up inside hearts, families are falling apart, and as a nation we need our moral compass reestablished. There are many things that trouble me regarding the political scene but one of the latest things that bothers me deeply, is the seeming disregard for our moral values coming from the President. I disagree with his ideology and make no secret of that. I disagree with his political agenda and make no secret of that. I do not want him reelected to a second term and make no secret of that. However, when our Navy Seals took out Osama bin Laden I was willing to give him due credit for signing off on the mission. I don’t know if he was, coerced as some have suggested. I don’t know if he did it only for political expediency or because he genuinely considered Osama bin Laden a threat to our National Security. Either way, he had to sign off on the mission for it to take place and I give him credit for that. Many things regarding the incident trouble me, including his unwillingness to give any credit to former President Bush for putting the mechanics in place for the ten years of intelligence gathering to result in this success. It is troubling to me that on his watch, the ceremony for Osama bin Laden included prayers that effectively validated the heinous actions of this terrorist murderer. Additionally, his victory laps, while saying that we don’t need to spike the football, are difficult for me. Yet, I still say “Good Work” on getting Osama bin Laden.

The most recent thing that troubles me is inviting the rapper “Common” to the Whitehouse and saying that he appreciates the way this individual gets kids to focus on poetry. What? What is it that he gets them to focus on and what message does he send? He has rapped praising the cop killer Shakur who has now escaped prison and fled to Cuba is that the poetry that we want our kids focusing on? He rapped, “Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button/Killing over oil and grease/no weapons of destruction.” Is that what we want them focusing on? Totally disrespecting his predecessor and suggesting that he be burned. This rapper has defended the Rev. Jeremiah Wright who called for God to damn America or was using his liberty to curse from the pulpit. Rev. Wright, a man who has expressed racial hatred and called for the complete annihilation of Israel. Is that what we want our kids to focus on? For me, this is a case of “integrity” meeting “ideology” and integrity losing! Unless this “music artist” recants the statements I have alluded to, he should not be promoted by the Whitehouse as someone our kids can look up to. Mr. President when you allow someone of questionable character, who has openly voiced approval of a “cop killer”, suggested “burning” a former President and defended a preacher who has openly been anti-American, anti-Semitic, and engaged in racist activities you say to our kids, “this is okay and acceptable.” IT IS NOT!

I know that on the scale of life this could be considered a minor point, but it is not with regard to our moral values as a people. I look at this in light of the fact that Mr. Obama has declared that this nation is no longer a “Christian Nation” and that troubles me as a follower of Christ. However, he is not alone in this matter of “integrity” vs. “ideology”. Sadly, there are some on both sides that are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their ideological aspirations even if it means putting integrity in the closet or behind locked doors. Reverend Wright, God may indeed damn America if we don’t wake up, repent, and return to Him, but it won’t be for the ideology you promote it will be because of SIN.

I have posted before that I have committed to interceding for the nation and am doing that. When I see someone in the public arena who demonstrates “integrity”, I immediately begin to follow their activities and actions to see if it is, in my limited view, genuine. Today, I do not know who I will support during the campaigning season, that is way too long, but I will be closely watching for signs of “integrity”. I have seen some signs of it but hold back from naming names until I have opportunity to watch more carefully. Personally, I have not seen it from the President. You may totally disagree with me and that is your Constitutional right to do so. I long for someone to stand up and display integrity, honesty, and forthrightness. I want a leader who will not sacrifice integrity for expediency and will stand resolutely on the side of God and right. Have no fear, if I determine that a candidate exhibits those qualities, I will become very vocal in my support and be willing to offer my time and whatever funds I can afford to his/her campaign.

I am Christian in my core principles and values and conservative in my political views. For me, it is God first and that cannot be lip service but a demonstrated walk that matches the talk. Americans are more educated today than ever and yet we become so passionately involved in ideology that we often diminish or dismiss the importance of facts and the historical record. We dare not allow that to become our compass or we perish as a nation and a people. I would urge everyone who prays, to pray for salvation for our politicians and the forgiveness of God for our nation. I would plead that we all follow the prescription in the passage from Proverbs that I began this blog with. If we do that, we will see the hand of God move and “integrity” will win in the battle with “ideology.” It is my desire and prayer that God bless each of you and that He bless this nation.