Friday, July 30, 2010

Ronald Reagan - Yes We Can

An Inconvenient Tax

States Attempt End Run Around Constitutional Amendment Process : New Patriot Journal

States Attempt End Run Around Constitutional Amendment Process : New Patriot Journal

Morning Bell: The Quiet Education Overhaul | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

Morning Bell: The Quiet Education Overhaul | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

Morning Bell: Surviving the Obama Assault on the Rule of Law | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

Morning Bell: Surviving the Obama Assault on the Rule of Law | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

Oh What a Tangled Web Obamacare Weaves! | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

Oh What a Tangled Web Obamacare Weaves! | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

Miracle in Philly

"We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart." ~ George Washington

It has been called the Miracle in Philadelphia and it began with General Washington uttering the proclamation, "Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God". (George Washington, as quoted by Gouverneur Morris in Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, March 25, 1787)

A group of men from various regions, professions, incomes and religions came together to join efforts in an undertaking which would change the world. Their purpose-to form a government for the people and by the people. Freedom was their message and securing it was their goal. It began in May of 1787 and would be the first time in history where men would join together to freely write a new constitution for their own government.

Ideas, concerns and strategies were traded and after a few weeks it was apparent that the meeting was turning into a battle of wills. Quarrels between the states became the format of each meeting. Arguments ensued, tempers flared and historians believe that if it were not for the dignity and demeanor of Washington's presence, the convention would have disbanded altogether. George Washington remained scrupulously impartial as he presided at the convention, and only shared his personal beliefs between sessions. He was respected and revered but it was not enough to hold the convention together, for it soon became apparent to all present that the convention, and the union, was about to break up.

At this crucial moment in history a lone voice spoke out. Quietly the respected elder statesmen, Ben Franklin, then 81 years of age, stood and addressed the convention.

...."In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor…And have we now forgotten this powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?
....I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
....We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel…and what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, or conquest.
....I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business." (In God We Trust, edited by Norman Cousins p. 42)

The words of this humble man became the turning point of the convention. The delegates, who were all believers of some kind or another, rearranged their priorities and commenced in the task of crafting a new constitution and assuring the freedom and security of this new nation.

Our founding fathers spoke of the divine hand that guided the forming of this country on numerous occasions. In James Madison's own words he states, "It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it [The Constitution] a finger of that almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution."(James Madison, Federalist No. 37, January 11, 1788)

Our founding fathers made every effort to ensure that all citizens of this great nation had the freedom to worship according to the dictates of their own conscience. Other nations and societies used the government to dictate which church their citizens would join and how they would worship. Our founding fathers realized this was a flawed practice and was at the helm of wars and contentions for centuries. They knew that the way an individual worships is a very personal thing and should be respected as such. As James Madison stated, "We are teaching the world the great truth that Governments do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion Flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government." (James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822)

Our country was not founded on Religion. It was founded on the freedom to live it. There were no bounds created in the constitution that made one religion partial over the other. There were no preferences mentioned, no right and wrong choices. It was complete indifference, which is why the Framers of our Constitution found the need to include the religious test clause that "no religious test shall ever be required, as a" qualification to any office or public trust, under the "United States."

They realized it was not the place of government but the people to decide. It was a means by which they could ensure avoiding any entanglement between church and state, or involving the government in any way as a determiner of religious beliefs or practices. It was an historical event. It was the freedom of religion.

It is the purpose of the constitution to sustain our freedom of religion and not to regulate it. It was not at all the intention of the Framers of the Constitution to eliminate the power and importance of God in the process of creating it. They knew the importance of God but they also recognized the right of each person to worship Him as they saw fit. George Washington stated, "I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience."(George Washington, letter to the General Committee of the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, May, 1789)

Thomas Jefferson reiterates this statement. "I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises…no power to prescribe any religious exercise or to assume authority in any religious discipline has been delegated to the General Government. It must then rest with the States." (Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Miller, January 23, 1808)

In a now infamous letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, Thomas Jefferson made the following statement. "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and 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 and State." (Thomas Jefferson, letter to a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, Connecticut, January 1, 1802)

This statement is often used as a means to do the very thing the founding fathers worked so hard to avoid, that being the regulation of religion. The Constitution preserves our rights as citizens to worship God. It in no way prohibits the mention of God or the right of citizens and elected officials to recognize him. John Adam's confirms this. "It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship." (John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776)

As the war for independence came to an end, George Washington declared, "The establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the Motive which induced me to the Field - the object is attained" He then continued, "it now remains to be my earnest wish & prayer, that the Citizens of the United States could make a wise and virtuous use of the blessings placed before them." (George Washington, letter to the Reformed German Congregation of New York City, November 27, 1783) I don't think Mr. Washington would be so pleased with our stewardship. God must remain in our society for as John Adams stated, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." (John Adams, Address to the Military, October 11, 1798)

And George Washington reminds us, "The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights." (George Washington, to the Annual meeting of Quakers, September 1789)

As George Washington resigned his commission as general of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783 he issued a powerful and emotional statement. "I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into His holy keeping."

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Cincinnati 9/12 Project | Do we care?

Cincinnati 9/12 Project | Do we care?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Out of the Mouth of Babes

So, as we were driving along yesterday, my daughter asked me what the word racism meant. I attempted to explain that it was when one group of people with a common genetic characteristic, such as skin color, felt that they were superior to another group of people with a different genetic characteristic. As I was giving examples, she turned to me with a perplexed look on her face and said, "I thought we were all just a part of one race...the human race." I said, "Exactly, my dear. Exactly."

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The following link introduces Liberation Theology as the reason the president dislikes and is attempting to transform and destroy America.

Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - Glenn Beck: You don't need to be a Weatherman...

Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - Glenn Beck: You don't need to be a Weatherman...

I'm thinkin'....

I'm beginning to think that our president doesn't even like America. It seems like he and his czars are intentionally trying to sabatoge the USA, and the success of its citizens. Could this really be the case?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dr. Seuss Philisophical?

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss

Friday, July 16, 2010

Why Lie?

I think there is a real deficiency in America. Not of vitamins and minerals, but of honor and integrity. Of giving your word, and your word actually meaning something. Of saying what you mean and meaning what you say. And, in the end, doing what you said you'd do.

As I ponder the dire state of America, political corruption, shady business practices, dishonest personal relationships, I realize something. Honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness begin here, with me. If a difference is to be made, I have to look inward. If necessary, I must change myself before attempting to change my family, neighbor, friends, community, and country.

One of my pet peeves is Lying. You can do alot of things to me, but don't lie! I have no tolerance for it. It disgusts me. To me, lying is the root of almost every problem in the world. Big lies, little lies, tiny white lies, dancing around the truth lies, out and out deceit lies, half truth lies, even lies we tell ourselves. Lies cover the truth, clouding it, disguising it, making the truth difficult to find, and at times, lost forever.

I have always thought of myself as an honest person. But as I reflect, I wonder if I am as honest as I would like to believe. How many times have I said I was going to do something, but never followed through? Like, when I told my friend I'd call her later today, but didn't. Or told my kids we'd get ice cream, but never made it to the ice cream parlor. Some would say those aren't really lies, or are so minor, they don't matter. But, if we're going to be honest, we have to realize that a lie, is a lie, is a lie. No sugar coating it. Placing conditions on it won't make it go away, or make it any less of a lie. It's time to get honest with ourselves.

Now, there are valid reasons that make it impossible to follow through on everything. I realize that. But, in my opinion, it has gotten far too easy for people to fall into the pattern of saying they'll do one thing, and then doing quite another. Have you ever met a Forgetter? You know, the person who repeatedly uses the words, "I forgot," as an excuse? Doesn't it make you wonder if she actually did forget or just chose to do something else? Even more concerning is the abuse of the words that usually follow right before or behind them... "I'm sorry".

The phrase, "I'm sorry", is incredibly beautiful and holds the potential to actually mend and heal. But when used redundantly, the words lose their effectiveness and meaning. So, why do people abuse the words, "I'm sorry"? Could it be to take the pressure off of the person apologizing, and place it onto the person receiving? In other words, to get someone "off your back". Or to cover an awkward moment?

To me, an apology is only real if it is offered sincerely, expresses true remorse, is followed by a positive action, and does not have to be repeated down the road. Have you ever noticed that a true apology has an almost magical effect? More often than not, the apology is accepted. Sometimes an apology is even offered in return. It is really quite amazing and miraculous! And, I believe, it just goes to show that people are truly forgiving, kind, compassionate, and understanding by nature.

Which leads me to my question, "Why lie in the first place?"

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Character IS Important

Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. ~ Helen Gahagan Douglas

Civic Duty and Responsibilty

"But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man." ~ Samuel Adams

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I received the novel, An Echo in the Bone, by Diana Gabaldon, from my children and husband for Mother's Day. This was the latest installment of the Outlander series...a collection of books that I have read over the past fifteen years, and in which I hold very near and dear to my heart.

I accidentally discovered Outlander, an absolute treasure of historical fiction, right before I moved from Phoenix, Arizona back to my roots in Ohio. On a quest to find something "good" to read, the librarian suggested I try a local author, Diana Gabaldon. Apparently her novels were doing very well at the time, and seemed to fit the bill for what I was looking for. Little did I know that upon completing Mrs. Gabaldon's first novel, Outlander, I would run back to the library to check out the next two books in the series. The only problem I had with reading her books, was that I had to wait several years for her to write each subsequent novel.

Ironically, as I got busy having babies, raising kids, and basically building a life of my own, I pretty much forgot about Outlander. I have had four children over the past thirteen years, and have been pregnant or nursing for nine and a half them. ('nough said.) Add to that undiagnosed Fibromyalgia and the notorious Fibro-fog that goes along with it, and I am lucky to have had even the briefest of episodes of clarity; when I would remember and manage to acquire and read the latest book. I have to admit that I honestly do not recall actually reading each book, but know that I did; and was able to absorb and enjoy the story from one novel to the next. And, of course, the love story of Claire and Jamie has continued to retain a special place in my heart.

So, in honor of weaning my fourth child, finally being able to see clearly again, and making it through some of life's infamous but life-growing hurdles, I committed to re-read the entire Outlander series before I began Diana's latest book, Echo in the Bone. And, I am happy to say, that over the past year, I have accomplished just that.


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.