LET’S TALK ABOUT SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE…


BLOG POST 1 - Church and State

I want to address this issue from a Constitutional perspective and from the Original Intent of the Framers and Founders.  Through the past several decades over 4,000 times the phrase “Separation of Church and State” has been invoked in legal cases.  The flawed understanding of the Original Intent of the Framers of the American Constitution has allowed for removing prayer from schools, invocations at public school sporting events, removing of the Ten Commandments from public or government buildings, and the removal of Nativity scenes from public parks and events.  Beyond that, it has been used to remove or ban several types of popular religious expressions such as “Merry Christmas.”

The Founding Father most associated with the “Separation of Church and State” is none other than Thomas Jefferson.  The phrase is well-known but its history is obscure to most.  Most people today, believe that the Constitution bans all things religious from public buildings, courtrooms, schools, and government.  If we understood the history we would come to a very different understanding of the “Original Intent” and possibly realize the damage we have done to our foundational principles as the Constitutional Republic of our Framers and Founders.

Historically the phrase was introduced in the 1500s by prominent ministers in England was present in the 1600s long before Jefferson uttered any mention of it.  If you go to the Bible, you will find that when God established the nation of Israel, He placed Moses over the civil government and Aaron over the spiritual.  2 Chronicles 26 provides an understanding of how God insisted that the two jurisdictions be kept separate.  King Uzziah’s reign lasted 52 years which was unheard of in that era for a regime to last that long.  Then in verse 16 of that chapter, we find something dramatic happening that changed everything.  The King, unlawfully entered the temple to burn incense on the altar of incense.  He decided that since he was king he had the authority and right to reign over both aspects of government, the civil and the religious.  He crossed the line, a line drawn by God Himself.  The priests in a daring act of courage withstood him but the king used his kingship to overrule them.  It was at that point that God struck him with leprosy and Uzziah fled the temple in horror and humiliation.

This precedent led to heads of State also declaring themselves as heads of the Church as well and the church was “secularized” to the hurt of its purpose and function.  The widespread atrocities that ensued were some of the most horrific in human history, often in the name of the Church and wrongly claiming to be doing God’s bidding and service.  Due to the corruption of the Church’s purpose, we find in the 1500s Bible-based ministers began to stand up to the Crown, often to their own destruction.  It was Englishman Richard Hooker who used the phrase as a call to sanity and order.  King Henry VIII wanted a divorce, but the Church refused to grant one.  The King promptly established his own National Church with him as the head and granted his own divorce.  The English Parliament passed laws as to who could or could not take the sacraments and defined the qualifications for being a minister.

Other ministers joined that cause including Reverend John Greenwood, who pioneered the church attended by many of the Pilgrims when they were still in England.  At that time Queen Elizabeth was head over both the State and the Church, and Greenwood famously declared, “there could be but one head of the church and that head was not the Queen, but Christ.”  He was executed for denying Her Majesty’s ecclesiastical supremacy, simply to the Crown he was a traitor and his acts treasonous.   The Pilgrims fled England to Holland then to America and boldly advocated for “Separation of Church and State.”  They believed, rightly, that the government had no right or authority to “compel religion, to plant churches by power, and to force a submission to ecclesiastical government by laws and penalties.”  Many of the Christian colonists had endured persecution at the hands of State leaders who had commandeered the Church.

In the American colonies ministers such as Roger Williams, John Wise, William Penn and more were strong advocates of “Separation of Church and State.”  In the development of the American colonies, we find that the SEPARATION DOCTRINE was never used to secularize the public square but quite the opposite.  They believed in SEPARATION to protect rather than ban voluntary public religious practices.  Quaker leader, Will Wood declared: “The separation of Church and State does not mean the exclusion of God, righteousness, morality, from the State.”  American Bishop Charles Galloway agreed stating: “The separation of the Church from the State did not mean the severance of the State from God or the nation from Christianity.”  Neither did Thomas Jefferson’s uses of the phrase, “Separation of Church and State.”  His letter where the phrase is used was to the Danbury Baptist: “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”  His argument was that the Government should be prevented from establishing a national church as existed in England and elsewhere.  He was a strong advocate for our inalienable rights not the banning of all things Christian and biblical or religious from the public sector.

Eventually, our Framers and Founders placed within the First Amendment these words: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the Free Exercise thereof.”   Unfortunately, the first portion called the “Establishment Clause” is used to ban religion from all public or government properties, functions, and agencies.  The “Free Exercise Clause” is largely ignored.  If you read the wording carefully and honestly, you will realize that both clauses were pointed solely and directly at the State, not the Church.  The State is prohibited from enforcing religious conformity, and this amendment also seeks to ensure that the State would protect, not suppress, citizen’s rights of conscience and religious expression.  Jefferson reaffirmed that position repeatedly in his writings.  We have allowed the secularist to steal an inalienable right and foundational principle from us and that has led to much of the difficulty we now face in our America government and society.

I do not expect everyone to agree with me but if we want to see America Restored we MUST return to our founding principles and return to interpreting the Constitution under the light of Original Intent.

God bless you and God bless America!

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CAN WE TALK CORRUPTION and POLITICAL CHARACTER ASSASSINATIONS???


BLOG POST 2 - Corruption

I dream of a world where everyone uses the gray matter housed in the appendage on top of their shoulders for something other than a hat rack, but dreams are dreams.  I dream of an America where politicians are not vicious predators using every tool possible to destroy their opponents and advance a particular ideology or agenda, but then dreams are dreams.  I dream of an America where reason, personal responsibility, and accountability are the norm rather than entitlements and political correctness, but then dreams are dreams.  Like the song by the Everly Brothers, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”, I guess if I want that world the only viable solution is become a Rip Van Winkle and sleep it off, dreaming my life away.  However, that is not an option for me because I want more than fantasy.

If the Robert Mueller Investigation is not a ‘witch-hunt’ or ‘fishing expedition’ designed solely to find something to use against President Donald Trump then many questions need to be answered.  Why did the FBI plant a mole inside the Trump Campaign to spy on Donald Trump and his surrogates then funnel any and all information that might be useful to the Bureau?  He met with Trump advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos in the summer of 2016.  He had served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations so what was it about Trump that prompted him to become a secret informant for the FBI?  He was part of a campaign embraced by the Democrats, Clintons, the DNC, the Obama Administration, and the Never Trump Republicans to ENTRAP Trump and quash his campaign and later his presidency.

I cannot say with 100% certainty that Stephen Halper, the secret informant was doing so to help Clinton but it was assuredly to hurt Trump and if he was not directly trying to help Hillary he was doing so indirectly.  For the FBI or the CIA to infiltrate a political campaign for the benefit of another campaign is both diabolical, unethical, if not illegal.  The Obama administration’s FBI began to pry into Trump long before the election was decided and from texts, memos, and emails it is clear they wanted to prevent him from winning and “just in case” they wanted a secondary plan to STOP TRUMP.  It was Halper who contacted Papadopoulos and offered the young and inexperienced campaign aide $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to London supposedly to write a paper about energy in the eastern Mediterranean.  He then, suggested that he look into the Russian hacking of the Clinton e-mails prodding him to meet with anyone who might offer information.  That would then be used as an attempt to taint Donald Trump and inspire Russian collusion theories.  I find it most interesting that Halper was paid by the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessments $282,000 in 2016 and $129,000 in 2017.  WHY?  If you want a new word to describe political corruption it would be HALPER.

Then, the incredible collusion by the FBI with regard to the Clinton e-mail investigations and the “free passes” issued to her subordinates screams corruption and attempted political character assassination by the bureau and the DOJ.  The former FBI Director James Comey famously explained the reason no indictments were forthcoming on Hillary saying, “no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute the case.”  He said, basically, that Hillary was excused because she did not have criminal intent.  Seriously?  The Espionage Act does not require proof of mental state or intent only the act is to be considered.  He ignored the statute in order to protect Hillary, whom he fully believed would be the next president.  But, when it came to Donald Trump and Michael Flynn the Logan Act was raised and General Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI.  Hillary lied, as was documented by Comey.  Also, we know that Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills both testified to the FBI that they were UNAWARE of Hillary’s Private e-mail server.  Seriously?  They communicated with her via that mode of document transmission.  They lied, but no indictments were or are in the works.  John Podesta lied, as did most if not all the Clinton team, but no indictments.  However, with regard to anyone connected to President Trump, if they can find a charge to indict you with, they will.  Sounds like corruption, partisanship, and attempted political character assassination to me, but I’m just a lover of Freedom and want to keep America as the Free Constitutional Republic of our Founders and Framers.

I have hope that this blatant corruption and the never-ending drivel by Hillary, the finger pointing, and blame game while ignoring the failures is wearing thin with many Americans.  I am hopeful that the millennials are being turned off by the rhetoric, spin, and diatribe and want a lot less talk and a little more action.  I am hopeful that many Americans are seeing through the 90% negative coverage of the president and the flawed claims of the Democrats.  Like I said, it may be a dream but if you don’t dream it you will never pursue that prize.  I have seen reports that the generic ballot lead that the Democrats have reportedly held in the polls has virtually vanished.  Recently, the RCP “poll of polls” reported a high-water mark on the generic ballots for Republicans and the Democrats held their smallest advantage to date.  The Democrats were listed at 45% almost matching their lowest at the beginning of the Trump presidency.  People are seeing the positives of the Trump administration in terms of accomplishments, many of which are either not reported or under-reported, but becoming visible and realized by many average Americans.

Someone said, “Polls only tell you how people choose when they’re forced to choose.  They do not tell you who’ll get off their duffs or couches and wait in line to vote.”  The generic polls indicate the overall mood of the country and it is not a massive anti-Trump sentiment as the Democrats, MSM, Hollywood, and Never Trumpers would want you to believe.  Last year Donald Trump was at 37% approval and now he is at 43.6% or higher depending on which poll you read.  Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were both in the mid-40’s approval before their own mid-term elections and the Republican wave soaked both of them.  Will this be the reverse or will it be that the Republicans, at least hold their own in the elections?  I hope it is a Republican landslide but would be thrilled with the Republicans defeating enough Democrats to hold their own.

Corruption needs to be exposed and those guilty need to be held accountable.  America, it is time that we wake up and demand that our country and the bureaucracies and agencies of the federal government be returned to non-partisan and ethical moorings acting in an unbiased manner in all things.  It is time that we demand our country back from the oligarchical politicians and once again have a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”  Will you join me in November in preserving America?

God bless you and God bless America!

 

WHAT IS AT STAKE IN NOVEMBER 2018???


BLOG POST 1 - MID-TERMS

If you make the mid-term elections this year simply a referendum on President Donald Trump you allow a narrow focus to become your reality rather than viewing the Big Picture.  It is a referendum on the president but it is also a referendum on the Constitution and our Representative Democracy of Representative Government as designed and established by the Framers and Founders.  There is far more at stake than Donald J. Trump’s presidency.  In a very real sense, this is about America, our liberties and freedoms as a people, and which road we take in 2019 and beyond.

If a person allows hatred for Donald Trump to inspire them to vote in a way that allows the Democrats to win or they withhold their vote, that action damages our Republic.  It may or may not be the last nail in the coffin of Freedom but it will severely damage our secured inalienable rights under the Constitution.  The Second Amendment is in the cross-hairs of the Liberal Leftists, especially those in the Democratic Party.  They have openly vowed they will seek to pass more stringent and restrictive “gun control” laws and some of them are making that a key plank in their campaigns.  Some of the Democrats have announced they will see not only a “gun ban” of certain types of firearms but will try to find ways to strip us of our Second Amendment Rights.  They will seek to use the courts to rewrite and/or reinterpret the wording of the Constitution moving away from ORIGINAL INTENT to a modernized version to their liking.  They have already begun waging war on our First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech through censorship.  One of the ways they seek to achieve that goal is via political correctness in labeling everything not liberal as HATE SPEECH.  Universities and Colleges, the media, Hollywood, businesses, and more are willing participants in that activism as are social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google.  That is what is at stake in November 2018.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have announced their desire to repeal the Trump Tax Cuts and return us to the exorbitantly high personal income tax percentages especially for those who are higher wage earners.  They have vowed to make Obamacare virtually untouchable and continue the systematic destruction of both our healthcare and health insurance industries.  They are staunchly devoted to OPEN BORDERS and defending illegals even those who have committed crimes and gangs such as MS13 have received their defense wat the expense of the rights of the baby in the womb and the American citizen who are endangered by those terrorists.  They seek to force us to accept Sharia Law in various sectors of cities claiming that to do otherwise would be unconstitutional and Islamophobic.  If you disagree with them you are deemed RACIST and they are comfortable using whatever governmental agency to destroy the offenders of their ideological stances.  That is what is at stake in November 2018.

The Supreme Court and all the lower Federal Courts are in play for we will assuredly have one-three retirements from the SCOTUS or due to age the possible deaths of some current members.  If the Leftist Liberal Democrats regain control of the Senate, any conservative or constitutional nominee that the President names would be doomed to failure.  His or her qualifications would be a moot point for the Democrats would block them at every turn.  They would be seeking to force the president to concede defeat and nominate a liberal judicial activist to solidify their hold on the Republic and enhance their pursuit of “fundamental transformation.”  That is what is at stake in November 2018.

Any progress made with regard to North Korea would be wiped out because Kim Jong-Un would know that we have returned to the squiggly red line and milquetoast Congressional leadership.  That would embolden him to aggressively pursue his nuclear program and embolden terrorist around the world to escalate their activities.  Would the president try to stem that tide?  Of course, but without Congressional support, he would be extremely limited in what he is able to achieve.  Iran would continue their pursuit of nuclear weapons and the climate of the Middle-East would be made much more dangerous.  Israel who is virtually our only ally in the region would be even more in the cross-hairs of those desiring to annihilate them and remove all trace of Israel from the face of the earth.  That would not only make the Middle-East more volatile but would endanger the entire world, bring the prospects of WWIII into view.  That is what is at stake in November 2018.

State’s Rights would become endangered as the Leftist Liberal Democrats seek to neuter the States and empower the Federal Government to the point that it is effectively an oligarchy or tyranny by political party.  Our system of elections would become an endangered species as the Leftist would seek to destroy our Electoral College system and replace it with one where California and New York literally determine the outcome of all national elections.  The presidency would be severely damaged for they would immediately take action using real, or fabricated material to IMPEACH if not INDICT the President.  That would jeopardize all future presidents and make it unlikely that many would be able to complete their terms of office.  America as the Free Constitutional Republic is what this election is all about.  That is what is at stake in November 2018.

The question I have for you and me, is WHAT ARE WE WILLING TO RISK?  If you believe that the Democrats returning to power would simply be a temporary bump in the road, you will likely vote in a way that enhances their chances of returning to power.  If you see, as I believe I do, the real danger to the Republic, our Constitution, and National Security and Sovereignty then you will VOTE NO on the Leftist and VOTE in a manner that ensures their defeat.  If you value your Constitutional and Inalienable Rights you have only one choice in November.  I pray that enough Americans will become energized and awakened to see a massive turnout of conservative and constitutionalist casting ballots in November.  If that transpires we will continue our window of opportunity to LIMIT the government’s size and scope, have a chance to do some swamp draining and deep state dismantling.  IT IS UP TO US!  What is your choice?

God bless you and God bless America!

 

DEMANDING LEGISLATION TO SOLVE A HEART PROBLEM IS A TRAGIC MISTAKE…


BLOG POST 2 - Heart

I wish I could say that the school shootings, violence, terrorism, and mass murders were simply evil or the result of a mental or emotional disorder.  They are but the matter is much more complicated than that, in my view.  I wish we could take the simplistic approach and pass some piece of legislation that would rectify the problem, keep those with the propensity to do those kinds of acts from obtaining a firearm or any weapon of choice to perpetuate their evil, but we cannot.  It is not that simple.  Benjamin Franklin’s warning resonates with me in today’s troubling times and in light of the continued atrocities that we are witnessing and enduring in today’s troubled world.  He warned, “Those who give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty or Safety.”  That flies in the face of the increasing demand that those in Congress pass some new law restricting, banning, or confiscating firearms.  The claims of the less informed and those who do not seem to be using any cognitive reason that we can “Legislate Safety or Sanity” are misguided at best and diabolical or devious at worst.  Simply, they are wrong!  You can attack me for that statement if you choose but if you carefully and thoroughly think this through you will realize that Morality Cannot Be Legislated.

Some take offense when I use the Bible to present my thoughts regarding the situations we now face in America and much of the world.  If you do, then you may want to skip past the next paragraph or two because I believe the Bible gives a clear understanding of what is happening in today’s society.  In 2 Timothy 3, we are told that in the “last days” and I believe these are those days, there will be difficult, perilous, and/or troubling and dangerous times.  Some would argue that we have always had dangerous times but I must argue, not to the degree we see it today with the mass-murders becoming more and more numerous.  There is a reason that these times are perilous and dangerous as well as difficult on that front and that is a conditioned attitude and mindset that we have been generating for at least two or three generations.  The “ME” Generation rooted in the ideology of Entitlement is a major problem.

Recently, another situation occurred in my home state where a man came from another state to the home of his estranged wife, their children, and her boyfriend and murdered them all.  That is beyond evil and cannot be adequately addressed as a mental or emotional disorder.  It is evil.  It does express a problem emotionally and even mentally but it goes beyond that.  I believe that the root cause is evil or sin but the conditioned mindset pervasive in our society today is “ME” or “What I want and what I believe I am Entitled.”  When a person believes they are the center of their universe and become as 2 Timothy 3 declares, “lovers of self” to the point they devalue the lives of anyone not fulfilling their demands, we are in dangerous and perilous times.  When people can become driven by addiction, money, and their lives morph into treachery becoming irreconcilable, we are in dangerous times.  That cannot be solved with legislation, banning, restricting, or confiscating guns.  It is a heart, moral, soulish problem that can only be rectified by a change of heart, mind, and attitude.  We must deal with the root of the problem not the superficial, as is being clamored for in the demand for new and more stringent “gun control” laws to be enacted.

The Bible warns in 2 Timothy 3 that “evil men will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”  That is a condition quite visible today, evil is becoming more bold and blatant and deception is more pronounced with each passing day in our society.  What is the root of the problem?  You may totally disagree with my assessment but I believe it can be found in the condition revealed in our “snowflake” and “politically correct” society being promoted.  When you teach the young that they must be given “safe spaces” lest they are offended you engender this type of mentality and attitude that spawns the murderous outbursts we have seen.  NO, I am not saying each “snowflake” will become a mass murder but that is the breeding ground from which this tree grows.  When you teach people and allow them to become enamored with the idea that they have a RIGHT not to be OFFENDED you create a condition that breeds an intolerant and intolerable world.

The lack of DISCIPLINE in our society is a breeding ground for this type of lawlessness.  Coupled that with the failure to discipline, hold accountable, teach that any ideas, thoughts or actions contrary to the desire of the “snowflake” prevents them from growing up and becoming responsible adults.  Adults who understand that everything is not FAIR and everyone will not AGREE with them or cater to their wishes and desires.  The fruition of that type of the mentality of ENTITLEMENT and ME, ME, ME produces conditions where a man can seemingly without hesitation murder an estranged wife, their children, and her new boyfriend, then kill himself.  Why?  Because he believes that it is wrong for anyone to withhold from him what he desires.  Just because you desire something does not mean that you deserve it, can demand it, or expect it.  Your rights end where another’s rights begin.  The damage we are doing to the next generation and many of the present generation in allowing academia to cater to the idea that anyone can or should demand a world free of disagreement or offense is dangerous and shares much of the blame for the current condition in our society, not the gun or our 2nd Amendment Rights.  The increase in this kind of murderous behavior should reveal that it is not the gun that is the problem but the individual and something in society.  Turn back the clock to previous generations and realize that we had guns in virtually every home but did not see the type of evil murderous activity we see today.  Again, 2 Timothy 3 speaks to that issue and reveals that is it a condition of the last days, but before someone blames God it is a condition that has arisen out of our failure to exercise discipline and insist upon personal responsibility and accountability.

I raised my children to understand that not everyone would agree with them.  I taught them, as I was taught that you do not have to be offended but you can choose to allow something to offend you.  I taught them, as I was taught, that you must be personally responsible and accountable and if you break the rules or laws you have to pay the penalty for that action.  I taught them, as I was taught, that there are no free rides and no one is entitled to anything they did not earn.  I taught them, as I was taught, to respect women and other people and be understanding of differences of opinion as much as is possible.  I also taught them that they had a God-given and Constitutional Right to protect and defend their own lives, property, and their families.  If we were to return to an Academia that taught the core principles of education rather than being indoctrination factories we could take great strides in rectifying this condition prevalent in today’s society.  Additionally, we must restore the FAMILY for as the family deteriorates and the influence of the father is reduced the more likely this type of activity becomes.  We also, need to follow the prescription of 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Patriots, we MUST prevent the Leftist Liberal Democrats from advancing their “toxic liberalism” and erode our Constitutional and Inalienable Rights.  We MUST NOT allow them to regain control of Congress or the White House if we hope to preserve our Republic and make any strides in dealing with this type of problem in our troubled and dangerous world.  You may say, “Well the Republicans and Democrats are the same.”  In many ways you are correct but there is enough difference to inspire me to VOTE NO on the Democrats and VOTE YES on the Republicans as an effort to preserve our Republic and have any hope of Restoration.

God bless you and God bless America!

 

REMEMBERING ON MEMORIAL DAY…


MEMORIAL DAY

I remember 1967 as if it were yesterday when I served my tour of duty in Vietnam.  When I think of my brothers in arms who did not come back home, my heart breaks and when I think of the people of South Vietnam and the brutal slaughter they endured at the hands of the Viet Cong and NVA while we were there as well as after we withdrew my heart breaks.  When I think of all the Wars and Conflicts in which American servicemen and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice I am saddened and a sense of gratitude floods my heart.  They paid the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I could enjoy Freedom.  That is something that must never be forgotten!

I’ve had people ask about Vietnam and wonder why I don’t talk about it other than in generalities.  I have had people tell me their loved ones would never talk about the War, whichever war they had been in and wondered why.  I believe I can answer that, although I make no pretense that I can speak for everyone.  One of the reasons that those who have been in War do not like to talk about their experiences is PAIN.  If they talked about it they would have to relive the experience and most want to forget not to remember.  Although those who served knew and know they were fighting for Freedom, the pain of knowing you took another human being’s life is there.  Most would do it again because of their love for Family and Country and believe that Freedom is worth whatever sacrifice that must be made.

When I was a young and those coming back from Korea were silent about what they saw and did, I wondered why?  Some of them had quirks about their personality and demeanor that was not there before they went to war.  The term to describe it then was, “shell shock”, whereas today most call it “PTSD”.  Those men lived with the memory of the war day and night and could not shake it and it made everything thing in life difficult for them.  In my own experience, I was headed to potential alcoholism and the unsettledness I was experiencing was tormenting but few knew my pain.  About a year and a half after I came home, I received Jesus as my personal savior and that transformed my life and brought a healing and peace I did not think was possible.  I don’t talk about Vietnam other than that I was there and only generalized tidbits of that time not that I am ashamed that I served but see no redeeming purpose in my reliving those times.  I have found that most who saw combat do not want to talk about their experience.  Some do, and that is therapeutic for them.

Today, Memorial Day, I ask that everyone take a moment to Remember the Fallen and to allow Gratitude to rise within your heart for their sacrifice.  They were not afforded the privilege of living and enjoying the Freedom that we have today.  They did not get to see their children grow up and hold their grandchildren in their arms.  They did not get to build a life after the War as we have been allowed to do.  THEY DIED that we might LIVE.  No, they cannot save our souls but they fought to preserve our liberty and freedom.  I am THANKFUL for their sacrifice and all who fought and served in any capacity.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! 

I will not say Happy Memorial Day but THANK YOU to those who served and died and pray that everyone will never fail to REMEMBER on this day.  Enjoy the remainder of your long weekend and know that you have that privilege because of those who paid with their lives to purchase and preserve your Freedom.

God bless you and God bless America!

THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION HAD ITS SHARE OF DIFFICULTIES…


BLOG POST 5 - Convention

The more I study history the more I am amazed and inspired by the reality that the men who hammered out the agreement to formulate our Constitution and then the Bill of Rights were ordinary men with problems, quirks, and difficulties, not supermen as some make them.  They were men of like passions, problems, idiosyncrasies and personal failures.  Yet, they were men who listened, studied, prayed and found solutions through intelligence and determination.  They inspire me because they were not all super-brains but men who saw a problem and wanted to fix it and leave to posterity a nation that could survive the test of time and remain a limited government and free as a Republic.  They inspire me because they were DETERMINED and REFUSED TO GIVE UP!

However, there were some little known and surprising facts about the delegates. Some of what I share could cause some to question their wisdom and for others, it will be a comfort knowing that they had kinks in the armor like the rest of us, yet prevailed in establishing the best system of government modern man has known.  Due to the fact that several of them met untimely deaths some have suggested that there was a “curse of the Constitution” at work.  I heard a sermon years ago about the Kennedy curse and the preacher attempted to take Joseph Kennedy’s trafficking in alcohol the basis of that curse.  I do not believe there was a “Constitutional Curse” because of the hand of God I see in the finished product.

Alexander Hamilton was killed by Aaron Burr in 1804 in a duel but he was not the first to have a duel with a political rival.  In 1802, North Carolina delegate Richard Spaight was mortally wounded in a duel with Congressman John Stanly.  Pennsylvania delegate Gouverneur Morris died in 1816 after a ghastly self-surgery where he unsuccessfully attempted to dislodge a urinary tract blockage with a piece of whalebone.  There were others but anger and lack of good judgment cost them their lives.  Yet, those men were key players in the formation of our new Republic. 

The smallest state, Rhode Island was possibly the most independent of the thirteen original states and boycotted the convention because of their distrust of a powerful federal government.  That is Amazing, because today, that Democrat stronghold supports a massive federal bureaucracy which limits state’s power and authority.  That rankled even the incredibly temperate and diplomatic George Washington and he wrote in 1787, “Rhode Island… still perseveres in that impolitic, unjust, and one might add without much impropriety scandalous conduct, which seems to have marked all her public councils of late.”  It was only after the promise that the Bill of Rights would be included did Rhode Island become the thirteenth state to ratify the Constitution on May 29, 1790, more than a year after George Washington was sworn in as president.

Some of the biggest names of the Revolutionary War were absent from the convention, yet their influence was felt in a very significant manner.  Thomas Jefferson called the Constitutional Convention delegates “an assembly of demigods.”  Was he just being full of himself?  Not really for Jefferson was in Paris serving as minister to France and longed for our Republic to be secure and viable. John Adams was also abroad, serving as minister to Great Britain.  Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Patrick Henry were absent as well.  Yet, those men ultimately supported the formulation of a federal constitution but contended for some modifications.  Jefferson, Hancock, and Henry all were staunch limited government advocates and Adams distrusted Big Government but felt that a federal government was necessary to preserve the unity and allow the new republic to survive.

It took weeks to achieve a quorum.  Attendance was not much better than some in Congress today and although James Madison boasted that he never left the proceedings from more than a casual fraction of an hour the others were not so punctual.  Nineteen of the seventy-four delegates never attended a single session and of the 55 delegates who did show up in Philadelphia, only 30 stayed the full four months.  New Hampshire’s delegates arrived two months late and by that time two of New York’s three delegates had left in opposition to the proceedings.  That left Alexander Hamilton behind as the state’s only representative and prompted George Washington to write that the Constitution was signed by “Eleven states and Colonel Hamilton.”

Not all the delegates that attended the convention signed the Constitution.  There were 55 delegates who participated in the proceedings there were only 39 that signed the document.  Fourteen had already left Philadelphia and were not present at the signing and only the delegate from Delaware, John Dickinson had a proxy sign for him.  Three delegates – Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, Edmond Randolph and George Mason of Virginia were sufficiently dissatisfied with the document they refused to put their names on the document.

The iconic opening of the Constitution, “We the People of the United States” was not included in the early drafts.  It read, “We the people of the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts…” and so forth.  A five-person Committee of Style offered this present wording. Those men were Hamilton, Madison, Morris, William Samuel Johnson, and Rufus King.  Morris is believed to be responsible for composing much of the final text including the preamble.

The man who handwrote the Constitution was not a delegate.  That was none other than Jacob Shallus, the assistant clerk of the Pennsylvania State Assembly and was paid the sum of $30 and given just two days to write most of the documents 4,543 words on four sheets of vellum parchment.  His handwriting was exquisite, Shallum wasn’t totally flawless.  Between the first article and the delegate signatures on the Constitution’s final page is an “errata” paragraph listing some of the minor errors he had made along with their corrections.

Those me were not without flaw but the work they produced has proven to be one of the most inspiring systems of government known to man.  Our Constitution has demonstrated a timelessness that is nothing short of amazing and if we allow it to be altered without going through the proper process of Amendments ratified by the States we do it, the Framers, ourselves, and our posterity a disservice.  That is another reason that I oppose the Leftist Liberal Progressive Socialist Agenda and work diligently to defeat the Liberal Democrats in every election.  Freedom is too precious to allow it to be trampled underfoot by those who do not treasure and appreciate what we have in our Republic. 

God bless you and God bless America!

CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG???


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The glaringly obvious answer, politically, is NO WE CANNOT!   I, like most Freedom Loving American’s, am fed-up with the never-ending assault on our system of government fueled by the Mueller Russian Investigation.  The investigation has morphed into anything but a Russian Collusion Investigation and exposed itself as a GET TRUMP Fishing Expedition.  It has violated virtually every tenet of our criminal justice system where a person is “innocent until proven guilty” and the crime is investigated to find who might be involved.  This is visibly an investigation of a person trying to find a crime and with regard to President Trump, he is “guilty until proven innocent” and even then, the left would never acknowledge his innocence.  It is a GET TRUMP at all costs.  As far as the Leftist are concerned this is a “damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead” mantra and facts are often brushed asked because they fail to corroborate the rhetoric and planned objective of ousting the president.

We have endured about 1 ½ years of activities fueled by Obama loyalist as has been revealed in some of the Congressional Investigations into the “Russia Did It” matter.  There were secret anti-Trump meetings and maneuvers by Obama loyalist in the State Department, DOJ, FBI, MSM, and Congress to shipwreck the Trump Presidency before it began.  The House Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee have exposed the failures of the attempts to connect Trump to Russia in collusion or even obstruction of justice.  Their investigation, fought by the Democrats, has revealed the depth and extent of the Obama loyalist to use the fake dossier to disseminate misinformation against Donald Trump in hopes of securing a groundswell of public sentiment against him and open the door to his ouster.

From the unmasking of General Flynn by the Obama administration to the leaking of classified information to the Press and the dissemination of false information to the public making the transition from one president to another the most difficult in our history.  The names of Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, James Comey, Christopher Steele, Bruce Ohr, Daniel Jones, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, James Clapper, Evelyn Farkas, David Ignatius, Sally Q. Yates, Harry Reid, John Brennan, Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, and even Barack Obama surface in the plethora of information regarding the destructive efforts to overturn a legitimate election.  HOW IS THAT NOT PRODUCING INDICTMENTS?  One reason is the spinelessness of the Republicans in Washington and their complicity with the Democrats in seeking to damage or destroy this President.  Yet, the GOP continues to ask for us to keep them in power.  I want to do that, but not because of their support but to prevent the Democrats from having the power to destroy.

Recently Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat was a guest on the New Yorker Radio Hour.  I had never heard of that program but then I am finite and limited in what I can discover and uncover.  He is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and he was asked about the work of that committee.  He said, “I am not going to weigh in on the Russian Collusion until we see everyone.”  Then he was asked by David Remnick whether he believed that members of the Trump campaign directly coordinated with the Russians or were simply “duped” by them.  He said, “This may all be simply a set of coincidences or it may be… it was not the sophistication to realize what was happening.”  He seems to be saying several things here including NO COLLUSION and then could not help but take a shot at the Trump team and infer that they were so politically naïve and stupid they didn’t realize what was happening.  Yep, the Left thinks the only intelligent people smart enough to orchestrate that kind of deception and fraud are Democrats.  NO, he did use those exact word but when we check the ingredients in the pudding that is the only conclusion at which we can arrive.

There is a plethora of evidence that reveals that as early as July 2016, the Obama administration was using the FBI and other governmental agencies to spy on Donald Trump, JUST IN CASE.  They did not believe he would win but as Peter Strzok declared they needed an “insurance policy” just in case.  When Obama opened the FBI investigation into Trump it effectively put to bed the MYE “Mid-Year Exam” of Hillary Clinton and her email scandal.  They believed that Hillary Clinton was going to be the next president, a Democrat, a liberal, and they did not want anything hanging over her head.  Therefore, they had to squash the investigation and Obama effectively opened that door for them.  The fabrications and lackadaisicalness of the FBI’s probe into the Clinton scandal allowed the DOJ to declare that the Bureau had done a thorough job and nothing to see, so MOVE ON.

The fact that House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is pressing for limited disclosure of information from the government’s closely kept secrets in their files is good news for America.  If we truly want our nation to be the Constitutional Republic that our Framers and Founders established we must DEMAND that it NEVER evolve beyond the purview of the public.  No government should reach the point or amass such power that they are beyond investigation.  The Obama administration took extraordinary measures and overstepped their constitutional, moral, and ethical bounds in trying to hurt the new president and that must be exposed, if not to hold the guilty accountable then to preserve our system of government from such future overreaches by an outgoing administration.

If the DOJ had not blacked out all or most of the hundreds of pages of the Peter Strzok and Lisa Pages emails and texts we would see clearly what the plan was and how it violates so many laws and rules indictments would be immediate and the Mueller investigation would be over.  Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has doggedly worked to expose the unethical and even criminal activities of the previous administration and the Clinton team.  I suggest you read the article by Andrew C. McCarthy in the National Review entitled, “The Strzok-Page Texts and the Origins of the Trump-Russia Investigation.”  I believe it will be eye-opening and give you an abundance of ammunition in defense and offense against the Leftist Lies and the Oust Trump Campaign being conducted.

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Can’t we all just get along?  NO, because of the deep roots of political ideology and the War being waged on Constitutionalism, Conservativism, and Christianity.  The Left seems to be hell-bent on fulfilling the desire of Barack Obama to “fundamentally transform” America and their Toxic Liberalism is fanning the flames of distrust, discord, and hate to the point that full-scale violence in the streets would not be surprising.  It would come as no surprise if some of the Leftist Groups such as ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter, or New Black Panthers were to call for open war against those, not of their ilk or ideology.  Yes, I acknowledge that there are groups on the Right or Groups that are Anti those groups that are nearing that same kind of declaration, from what I can discern in various reports I have read.  AMERICA, we are on the brink of a cataclysmic eruption of violence we need to all tap the brakes and try to find solutions with civility and allow our political process and system of government to work as designed.  Keep America Free and Keep her Constitutional is my prayer and desire.

I stand firmly on the side of Faith, Family, and Freedom and pray that God will bless you and that He will bless America!