Sunday, February 26, 2006

Stand, and give an answer. (2)

"Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world." - Daniel Webster

Is anybody there? Does anybody care? Does anybody see what I see?

How soon does the anarchy come?

Mixing Religion & Politics

The infamous "They" say that the most dangerous topics to discuss are religion and politics and that you should never mix the two... boy... am I in trouble. These are at the top of my list, and for two very good reasons... If you get your religion wrong, you go to hell, and if you get your politics wrong, your country goes to hell.

Many tell me that the religious aspect of my politics will turn-off and alienate others towards any possible candidacy of mine. So be it. That level of intolerance, ignorance and bigotry is unfortunate, but understandable and expected. There is a constant tension between the God-ly and the worldly... and there always will be. For those who find a living faith... uncomfortable, but are still willing to try and understand, I would like to offer the following explanation, which you might even find interesting. Christians may also find the explanation interesting, and I hope a bit challenging.

I can no more divorce myself from my faith and the role it plays in every aspect of my life than I could stop breathing. The reason is that my faith is much more than a mere man-made "belief", it is my very Life. When I was born physically I was given by Almighty God, physical life, when I was born again by Almighty God, I was given spiritual Life. It should be noted that I sought out the second birth to the same extent I sought out the first. To deny the second would be as ridiculous as denying the first. Just as I had no control over being born physically, I had no control over being born again. Both births... were miraculous gifts, given by a loving, gracious and merciful Heavenly Father. For both, I will praise and thank Him for eternity. When I was born the first time, I was created. The Bible teaches that when I was born again, I was recreated. There is no going back and no undoing what Almighty God Himself alone has done.

Now... I hope those who have not been born again will fight the temptation to argue that being born again is not a real, verifiable and bonafide occurrence. Because you haven't experienced something or are not immediately able to understand it, does not make it false, fabricated or nonexistent. It is just unknown to you. Any sincere seeker of God, will come to know its reality.

I know what I have just said is a bit unsettling to some, but it is the absolute truth, which I cannot deny... and actually greatly enjoy sharing with others.

One of the most interesting aspects of my life as a Christian is observing the sense of humor of my Heavenly Father. Slowly, yet consistently, He has and is transforming me, molding me into the very image of the Christian I once thought unreasonable and " radical". I can now say with absolute conviction that I was wrong then, and they were right. What I saw as radical was in essence their proper recognition of the truths found in the Bible that I would not accept at that time, or had been too lazy to search out. Some might take warning... I am still a work under progress...(tic)

What I want people to understand is that we, all of us, talk about and with others on subjects that mean the most to us. For some it is sports; for others it is television shows, cars, guns, boats, quilting, food... the list is nearly endless. For me it is God, His Word and the application in one's life. Yet just as others have, I also have many other interests (such as politics), pursuits and concerns, but because of being born again, all things... I repeat, all things, are examined in the light of Scripture. Some would say this is very dangerous and not compatible with the laws of our nation (with respect to politics)... referring to that so called "separation of church and state" thing. I maintain that they are as wrong as can be... and I can say so with great authority; not of myself but from those who founded our country and wrote and ratified the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

A basic principle embraced by the Founders of the United States was that no man- made law should ever contradict the Word of God. This principle and nearly universally held belief was commonly quoted and is best expressed in the writings of Sir William Blackstone in his Commentaries On The Law: Blackstone was a jurist, political philosopher, professor of law at Oxford and author. He was studied and referenced by many of the Founders. On this matter he said:

"Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator, for he is entirely a dependent being... And consequently, as man depends absolutely upon his Maker for every thing, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his Maker's will. This will of his Maker is called the law of nature... This law of nature, being coeval with mankind and dictated by God Himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times; no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original... The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law and they are to be found only in the holy Scriptures. These precepts, when revealed, are found upon comparison to be really a part of the original law of nature... Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these." - (emphasis added)

This legal principle was in part the legal and moral foundation behind the American Revolution and a driving force in structuring the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. People can accept or reject this fact, but the fact cannot be changed. I fully subscribe to it.

Now, back to my individual faith.

Does my faith call me to want to force my beliefs on others? Absolutely not. (please re- read paragraph 3) Even if I wanted to, I know that belief in Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ does not come through any venue except the direct intervention in a life, by God, through His grace, mercy and love, imparting faith to believe. My faith is however, and rightly so, engaged in every thought and action I take. For centuries this was recognized as being a very good thing; men's words and actions were tempered by the counsel and wisdom found in Scripture and not given over completely to the inconsistencies and varieties of secular humanistic thought and rationalizations.

Does my faith and accompanying love for God and Scripture mean I want to tell others about God and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? Absolutely, yes. Just as you desire to tell others about what you enjoy and/or feel is important, I cannot be silent about the greatest experience a man, woman or child can have - being born again... knowing and being known by Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ... being translated from death (spiritual) to Life! Going from wandering around wondering what the meaning of life is and who I am, why I am here... to knowing the Answer and answers.

Proper religious belief cannot, under any circumstances, be forced upon anyone and no man should even try. What is unfortunate is that many see just being exposed to religious thought and action, as someone trying to force them to believe. It is most interesting that those who evidently see no problem in bombarding others with trivia and the frivolous nonessential and petty, are usually the ones most offended when conversation turns to that of substance and eternal immutable truth.

Because I have absolute confidence in my Christian faith, does that mean I have absolute confidence in my perceptions of all things? Of course, not. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Many interpret the confidence a believer has in his/her Christian faith as a "self-righteousness" attitude. Again, a Christian's faith and right standing before God is something that is done for the Christian by Almighty God and not done by the Christian for himself/herself. The righteousness a Christian possesses is solely the Righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ; therefore there is absolutely no claim to " self-righteousness". Such a claim, if made, would be of the darkest and most offensive of heresies.

Another popular misconception of a person of faith is one of a "know-it-all". I submit that this errant perception comes from observing Christians applying of the Word of God (Bible) to everyday living and circumstances. The confidence a Christian has in the judgements made in Scripture make other individuals very uncomfortable. For instance: A Christian can say with confidence that living together (in the popular use of the phrase), outside of the bonds of matrimony is a sin, therefore, under all circumstances it is wrong. Or: Homosexuality, lesbianism and "same sex marriages" are grossly perverse, deviant and inherently immoral, therefore, these sins are under all circumstances wrong. These clear Biblical judgements, and many others, make many in America today uncomfortable, and since they are not willing to accept Biblical truths, they lash out and slander the messenger(s).

If the real truth were to be known, the vast majority of the time a charge of "self- righteousness" or "know-it-all" is levied, it is done by someone possessed by bigotry and hatred of most, if not all things Holy.

A specifically guaranteed and enumerated Constitutional right is the right to freely exercise one's faith. As a good citizen of these United States of America, I choose to exercise that right - even if I choose to run for political office. If people don't like that, their quarrel is first with the Word of God, and then the U.S. Constitution.

The level of intolerance and lack of understanding in our country today regarding the Christian faith is as greatly amazing as it is tragic, especially given that every good aspect of American culture today has its roots in Biblical Christian doctrine and every bad aspect of American culture today is rooted in the rebellion against that doctrine. Further, every wrong that has been righted in the United States finds its demise in the correct application of Biblical Christian doctrine, and every wrong that is loosed or gains strength, finds its existence and survival in the rebellion to Biblical doctrine and principles.

Only in a Christian society will you find a consistent and proper reverence and respect for human life, a respect of property, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, decency, propriety, correct moral standards and a tolerance of diversity. A little acknowledged truth today is that the blessings America has had and still does to some extent enjoy today, are the results of the blessings of Almighty God, not the industry of man. Those blessings have come by His hand of favor, extended, by grace, to the faithful, and yet benefit all, even the secular part of society. For this reason it is imperative, for all, that Christians wake up and be more faithful to their calling; or those remaining blessings may altogether be removed.

Even the so called "deists" in American history recognized this principle. The man often referred to as being the least religious of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, in trying to promote harmony at the Constitutional Convention, gave the following address on June 28, 1787. His comments were directed towards the President of the Convention, George Washington.

"Mr. President: The small progress we have made after four or five weeks close attendance and continual reasonings with each other-our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ayes is, methinks, a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the human understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom since we have been running about in search of it. . . .
In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights, to illuminate our understanding? In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the 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. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that 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 men. 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; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel: we shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and byword down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, and 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, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service." - Benjamin Franklin

Franklin's plea was heard and complied with. Our Constitution was born. Today, the ACLU and groups like the People For The Separation Of Church And State would seek a lawsuit to have Franklin drawn and quartered for what he said, and Washington banished from the country for allowing Franklin to say it! These current "politically correct" God haters are far, far removed from historical reality and the actual relationship between the Church and State.

I fear that America today has lost sight of the principle behind Franklin's message and is totally unaware of the remainder of that verse: "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." - Psalm 127:1 Franklin and his peers understood the absolute necessity of the Lord being intimately involved in the formation and the sustaining of their Country, along with the need for them to properly acknowledge Him. We desperately need this understanding today, before it becomes too late.

If Christians abandon their individual responsibility under God to such things as political party affiliation or complacent and apathetic behavior, they are sinning against God and there will be consequences. This is not just an observation of mine or an opinion, but an important message and principle found in the Bible. The degradation and corruption of American society is evidence of those already mounting consequences, and it will only get worse unless Christians stand up to be counted.

Christians should not be lending their name and support to any of the current major political parties, period. Believers, whether they are now Democrat or Republican, are called by Scripture to shun the very appearance of evil. You cannot do that by subscribing to party politics. Both parties willingly and openly accommodate outright evil, solely for the sake of their party's success. The Democrats have become the power base for evil in America today through their open endorsement of such things as abortion, sexual deviancy (homosexuality and lesbianism) and secular humanistic philosophies. The Republicans are increasingly accepting of the same evils and will not discriminate against them because of their "Big Tent" philosophy. Both parties openly run candidates that are pro-abortion, pro-sexual deviancy and anti-God. Both should now be shunned.

Being independent and voting independently is a Scriptural calling and as American as George Washington, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, mom and apple pie. By not aligning with a political party you not only are free to vote for the best candidate, you are demonstrating another quality that has made America great - rugged individualism. Christians in America are not to be part of the group think, group speak crowd but are called to stand and be willing to fight for what is right (as defined by the Bible) - all the time. Put another way, it is time for Christians to stop singing in their congregations "Bless the Name of Jesus" unless they are willing to live in a manner worthy of those words.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Homosexuality and Lesbianism

It was not so long ago that discussions about homosexuality and lesbianism were considered impolite. I pray that, once again, that will be the case.

The most disturbing aspect of debate on this issue is the apparent unwillingness of those who know better, to stand against sexual deviancy for the right reason – it is immoral.

Contrary to the politically correct notions of this day, persons are in fact capable of morally disqualifying themselves from normal societal considerations. Practicing, open homosexuals and lesbians, like open adulterers and pedophiles, are morally disqualified from acceptance in any civilized, polite and correct thinking society.

Homosexuality is a clear abomination before Almighty God and mankind alike. It is a detestable, degenerate and depraved crime of such magnitude, no civilized society dare claim it as being "normal", except to hazard total ruination.

In America's first law book, author Zephaniah Swift sounded this warning: "This crime, tho repugnant to every sentiment of decency and delicacy, is very prevalent in corrupt and debauched countries where the low pleasures of sensuality and luxury have depraved the mind and degraded the appetite below the brutal creation."

How would Swift rate this country today?

Base, debauched, reprobate and thoroughly immoral lifestyles and practices must be opposed strenuously, consistently and courageously. That is the only right thing to do.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Domestic Enemies Abound

In America today, the inmates are ruling and running the asylum.

Tyranny... conceived, executed and exercised by the judiciary, enforced and condoned by the executive and legislative branches, is a constitutional perversion of such great magnitude... it calls for a Second American Revolution. Can you hear it…?

Elected officials, local, state and federal, have taken oaths to support and defend the federal and state constitutions against all enemies, both foreign and domestic and to faithfully discharge the duties of their office. These oaths are NOT symbolic, meaningless gestures to be pompously acted out in front of the cameras with your hand on the Bible… and then forgotten! An oath of office is a sacred public trust. To violate that trust should be just cause for impeachment and/or recall and removal from office.

There are real foreign and DOMESTIC enemies of our constitutions, the freedoms, liberties and American way of life they protect. There are also many who aid and abet those enemies... making themselves complicit... and culpable as enemies themselves – accomplices if you will. Shamefully, many are unaware of their offense, and more condemningly, when made aware... they ignore it.

I must now question the actual, substantive, patriotism, competence and trustworthiness of most of our current political leadership, as well as their basic character, suitableness and ability to lead.

While you may be in almost every respect a likeable and “nice person”, and claim great patriotism, you are no patriot if you consciously and willingly (actively or tacitly) condone or permit clearly un-constitutional practices. Your basic core character is in question if through incompetence, or unwillingness, you fail to boldly stand against the deliberate and calculated usurpation and erosion of legitimate constitutional authority and exercise.

In politics “going along, to get along” is today’s mark of a political coward, not a leader, and certainly should not enhance a politicians image. Going about the business of government, maintaining the current status quo, all the while knowing there are those who are corrupting our very system itself, and doing nothing about it... is at best, derelict incompetence, and at worst, outright treason.

It is time to identify and deal decisively with these domestic enemies, no matter where we find them.

Our failing to do so will result in our children and their children’s children suffering directly from our negligence and most probably reducing the United States of America to a Third-World status.

Sacred Responsibility To Vote

Regarding the sacred responsibility and duty of American citizens to vote, Founding Father Noah Webster said, “… let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, 'just men who will rule in the fear of God.' The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws."

Welcome to present day America! Welcome to present day Arkansas! Our elected representatives, Federal and State, with nearly no exception, Republican and Democrat alike, neglect their responsibilities and oaths of office daily and habitually violate the trust placed in them by the citizens of this Country and State.

The Constitution is no longer the highest law of the land; being replaced by the whimsical fancies of 5 members of the Supreme Court and other inferior courts, along with their executive and legislative accomplices. The United States is no longer a land of law, liberty and justice; but now a land of Executive, Legislative and Judicial lawlessness, tyranny and injustice.

And who is responsible? We are, for our rulers are certainly not “just men who will rule in the fear of God” but consist entirely of the unprincipled, corrupt and/or incompetent.

And why is this…? - Because WE have placed political party allegiances over our duty to elect courageous and principled representatives “who will rule in the fear of God”.

Is the coming election going to be just more of the same…?

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Stand, and give an answer. (1)

"It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people." -- Richard Henry Lee

So where does that leave the United States of America today…?

And just exactly what are YOU doing about it…?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Censorship - Not a dirty word.

The premise supporting the idea of censorship is the (r)epublican principle that local communities, through their representatives, have the right, responsibility and authority, under the Constitution of these United States, to establish the standards of conduct (laws) of their respective communities and the right to enforce them. While there are specific areas immune to censorship, specifically those unalienable rights endowed by our Creator mentioned in the Declaration of Independence and those specifically enumerated in the Constitution, those areas do NOT, nor have they ever, legitimately included that which is lewd and lascivious, profane, obscene, libelous, immoral and/or base.

While government should not be in the business of trying to impose virtue and morality upon it's citizens, it should not be hostile to the virtuous and moral standards desired and sought by them. Encouraging and fostering virtue within the American people has from the beginning of this Republic been recognized as a legitimate role of the American government. Providing safe haven for the base elements of a community has never been recognized as a proper function of government, yet today is lauded as being the more "enlightened". The liberal and libertarian elements of the United States confuse the improper abuse of government in imposing values with the legitimate encouraging, fostering and protecting element of government of those values chosen by its citizens.

"A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering." - Thomas Jefferson 1816

The usurpation of the Constitution, primarily by the American judiciary, has created a cancerous representation of what the government of the United States is suppose to be, and that civic/political sickness caused by the judiciary may in reality be that which kills this once great "Nation under God", America. Through judicial whim and abuse, our laws, legal precedent, form of government and the peoples will have been laid waste.

A simple exercise will confirm the above immediate statements. List the top three social issues facing the American people today. While these lists may vary slightly from person to person, as many times as I have asked this be done, 100% of those issues listed were those created by judicial misconduct and abuse - judicial activism - without exception.

The fear mongering over the issue of censorship, while understandable, is disheartening because it shows the abject deterioration of reason and the working, functioning intellect of the American people. The public school educrats, the ACLU types and big government advocates, in league with the illegitimate judiciary, have succeeded in convincing the American people that by controlling their own communities standards of decency, THEY are somehow the fascists! Politically correct thought, politically correct brainwashing, has been so effectively inculcated into the American society by these groups that specious and fabricated argument now has the same, if not more, credibility than Law, History, Precedent and Reason.

Local control of community standards has in the past been a bulwark of American civic practice and community. That apparently is no more. The most base and immoral now enjoy the protections that traditionally were afforded the virtuous, morally upright and upstanding. Those who desire a community that is not openly hostile to God with traditional morals and virtue, now apparently must aid and abet those moral reprobates who despise long standing traditional values. And why? Because if they don't, an elitist and immoral judiciary will illegally force them to do so, all the while condemning them for " forcing their morality" upon others in violation of some conjured principle they subscribe to, and have "found" hidden between the words of the Constitution.

While some agree that something must be done to restore virtue and morality to our American society, the means by which that restoration takes place is a matter of contention. Whatever the means, this restoration must be encouraged and permitted to take place within communities desiring to establish community standards of conduct and morality.

Liberals and libertarians advocate what is best described as an "isolationist" solution. Everyone retreats within their own lives (or families), exercises what they call "personal censorship", and leaves everyone else to do their own thing, to the detriment of the community as a whole. The liberals and libertarians sometimes voice concern over what is happening, but in actual practice, are unwilling to do anything of a corrective nature. In addressing what I see as the epitome of the "isolationist" solution (the " If it offends you, don't buy it" philosophy), Robert H. Bork in his book "Slouching Towards Gomorrah" (ReganBooks, HarperCollins Publishers, pg.151) makes this observation, "[If it offends you, don't buy it]-is both lulling and destructive. Whether you buy it or not, you will be greatly affected by those who do. The aesthetic and moral environment in which you and your family live will be coarsened and degraded. Economists call the effects an activity has on others 'externalities'; why so many of them (liberals and libertarians) do not understand the externalities here is a mystery." I differ with Mr. Bork on his last comment. I believe liberals and libertarians DO understand, they just don't care.

"Self-love... is the sole antagonist of virtue, leading us constantly by our propensities to self-gratification in violation of our moral duties to others. ... Take from man his selfish propensities, and he can have nothing to seduce him from the practice of virtue. Or subdue those propensities by education, instruction or restraint, and virtue remains without a competitor." - Thomas Jefferson 1814

The willingness of both liberals and libertarians to not only tolerate, but in some cases defend base licentiousness, equating that licentiousness with legitimate liberty, makes them a part of the problem. One can only hope and pray that one day enough Americans will have the courage to "Just Say NO" to these things, and these people, who are destroying our once great nation.

Reasonable and circumspect censorship, based upon traditional Judeo/Christian principles, faithfully served the American society for many generations, and could again. Without enforceable action or strict adherence to voluntary censorship, the morally reprobate will continue thumbing their noses at the rest of society, laughing at their impotence and lack
of will.

Monday, February 06, 2006

America’s Culture War

There is a culture war raging in America today, for the very heart and soul of what the United States has represented from our very beginning. Being aware of all the enemies seeking the destruction of America, both external and internal, not the least of which is the expansionist and violet pursuits of Islam (through Jihad) against all non-Islamic people, a proper response is required - demanded.

My challenge to Christians is simple: Act now, boldly and courageously, not out of Party loyalty or pragmatism, but strictly from a principled Biblical perspective. This will enable America to return to its Biblical foundation and heritage and to once again secure the blessings and protection of Almighty God upon our nation and families.

If your Christian faith is not the determining factor in what (or who) you stand for and/or against - Your faith is a fraud.

Many battles are being fought in this war, on many fronts, but the one battle that will tip the balance is the current battle against Almighty God and the ability to rightly acknowledge Him and our total dependence upon Him. From our founding the United States has been recognized, and rightfully so, to be a Christian nation. As John Quincy Adams put it "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this: "We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, "The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."

In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."

Many today, history revisionists, would call Mr. Adams, Mr. Madison and Mr. Coolidge liars. They are appalled by the action of the 1782 Congress and decry, condemn and disparage Congress’s endorsement of the Holy Bible. To their shame the revisionists are living examples of Proverbs 18:2 "A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself." They reveal themselves to be God hating, God mocking, anti-Christian bigots bent on removing any meaningful reference to Almighty God or the Lord Jesus Christ from within our civil government, despite that still remaining "indissoluble bond" referred to by John Quincy Adams and many other of our nation's Founders.

That bond has most recently been under attack in the State of Alabama where a display of the Ten Commandments was ordered to be removed from the State Supreme Court Building. I had hoped, and prayed that with the courageous leadership being provided by the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Judge Roy Moore in defending that proper display, that other political leaders would also step forward. To their great shame, they did not. Instead, they were exposed as the hypocritical, politically correct, get re-elected at all cost, cowardly politicians they are.

The shear magnitude of this single issue escapes the Christian multitudes.

Christian complacency, neglect and hypocrisy must stop, or our children, grandchildren and their children's children will live in a un-blessed, Godless, excrementitious shadow of what America once was.

In founding this nation "...with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence," courageous Christian men pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Many others throughout our history have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve for us that which was first founded. It is now our time to step forward.

Will we be faithful? Will YOU be faithful?

Is Almighty God real? Is the Bible the written Word of God? Does the Bible reveal timeless and absolute truths about mans responsibility and accountability before Almighty God? Is there an obligation to openly and freely acknowledge Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ contained in the laws of the United States? Is the obligation to obey Almighty God greater than that to obey government? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes!

I am now willing to fight for, not just talk about, these things. Are you?

"Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." - Alexis de Tocqueville

Would (could) Tocqueville make the same statement (observation) today? Ask your pastor.

Huckabee and Hutchinson Need Honest Work

People who know me know my commitment to good government founded on the Biblical Judeo/Christian principles espoused by America’s Founders.

When I saw that Mike Huckabee was endorsing Asa Hutchinson for Governor, as a past very strong supporter of both, I could not escape that inward sinking feeling associated with bad news.

Both men unfortunately exemplify how political ambition can corrupt even the best of men if they are not of unimpeachable character, ethics, integrity and honor, and firmly grounded in the principles of republicanism… not (R)epublican Party-ism.

While being masters of current day political doublespeak, party chicanery, and personal hypocrisy, neither Huckabee nor Hutchinson have shown any concern over the foundational aspects of good government or the upholding of their personal solemn oaths of office and the Constitutions they likewise have sworn to uphold, protect and defend. They, instead, have become domestic enemies of those Constitutions, repeatedly and consistently serving their political party and elective aspirations first and foremost, over their country and constituents.

Neither have shown a meaningful concern over matters of justice and have operated as though they consider themselves personally above the law, with it perfectly proper for the government to operate outside of the law.

Legitimate conservatives, and especially Christian conservatives, need to end their political party affiliations, stop settling for the lesser of two evils (which is still evil), speak the truth, and end the political careers of such as Huckabee and Hutchinson. Our State and Country will not survive if they are the best we can do.

How long do YOU intend to settle for the lesser evil?

Tax Time

Tax time is upon us. Hooray! My favorite time to celebrate being an American!... (Say what?)

Have you been brainwashed into believing, or even guilty of saying to another “I count it a privilege to pay my taxes.”…?

It is no secret that the reason we suffer under such high taxes, is that nearly all elected representatives today, and the bureaucracies they create, do not understand what good and lawful government is about. Our current political leadership, Democrats and Republicans alike, should be properly labeled as Socialists and Socialists-Lite, or in other words – the very Domestic Enemies of the Constitution they are sworn to preserve, protect and defend against. The Parties enjoy, to our Country’s destruction, the purchasing of constituent groups with money that is not theirs, and to which they are NOT entitled… at least if you are using the U.S. Constitution as your standard.

Those whose political and economic philosophies fashioned and crafted these United States need to be heard TODAY… and those idiotic enough to enjoy giving away the fruit of their labor need to PAY ATTENTION! And maybe just learn something.

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds... [we will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers... And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for [another]... till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery... And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train, wretchedness and oppression." - Thomas Jefferson - July 12, 1816

Truth - is timeless.

What do you think?

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Beware Party Spirit

To encourage Independent political thought in NW Arkansas, this blog is committed.

In his Farewell Address, George Washington addressed many points of political interest relevant to this day.

Washington held that the Constitution must always be held as the ultimate law of the land in preserving the union, and that the responsibility for its adherence rests squarely upon the people, for it is their Constitution. He emphasized that great zeal and diligence should be exercised in its protection and preservation and that the usurpation of rightful authority and jurisdiction would be a constant threat from the enemies of America, primarily, domestic. Changes, if needed, should be deliberative, consistent...and actually needed, not founded upon man's whim or ever changing opinions.

Washington also warned extensively of the dangers associated with political parties and other such associations. These warnings...are of such accuracy, extent and importance, one can only marvel at his insight and propheticalness.

Had I been instructed in his wisdom as a child, or more relevantly as a young adult, I would never have aligned myself with any political party. I can only encourage those interested, to read Washington's Farewell Address, slowly, deliberatively...and prayerfully, to determine your future course of action...and association or affiliation.

As an Independent I stand with no group or organization, save those who choose to freely and temporarily affiliate with me for my candidacy. I trust, and expect, that our affiliation will only be maintained so long as I represent their concerns and desires for this country better and more faithfully than another. Their and my allegiance is not, nor should it be, to a party; but to ideas, standards, values and yearnings that are held in common. If I were to depart from those things jointly held, I would expect no further support from them, and would justly deserve none. Their and my obligation is not to a party or person, but only to what is right.

Imagine if you can, races with no political party affiliation; candidates running on issues and having to stand solely on their individual merits.

While some dismiss the idea as being something akin to political anarchy, they need to be identified for who they are; Political party operatives with vested interests in the preservation of party identity and power. They are fearful and warn of massive ballots and the political platforms given to the "unqualified"...yet, does not the Constitution set the qualifications for candidates? Are the political parties the sole, or even best, guardians of our political process? Could they, and their exclusivity, be responsible for the problems we now have? Do they not trust the American people to be able to weed out the crazies? With proper education, and the free press we enjoy in America, the public will make short work of the crackpots, thereby allowing the political cream to rise to the top - which is the real fear of our current political parties.

Please note that I make my comments fully aware of the political realities of today, and the resistance from most to these ideas... But have you read Washington? You will find our current political troubles identified, defined and with solutions someone intimately acquainted with how our government is actually supposed to be run.

Loose associations, for limited time and scope will always occur, and rightfully so; but the continued allegiance afforded someone with a particular "brand" should not be a part of our political system.

Washington also rightly held that religion, most specifically Christianity, along with its accompanying morality, were indispensable supports of the political prosperity of a country. He even went so far as to say "In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens."

I fully concur and would expand only by adding these words of John Adams - "Religion and virtue are the only foundations...of republicanism and of all free governments." - "The idea of [religious] infidelity cannot be treated with too much resentment or too much horror. The man who can think of it with patience is a traitor in his heart and ought to be execrated (detested) as one who adds the deepest hypocrisy to the blackest treason." - "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Now, does this mean I am calling those who would eliminate prayer and the Ten Commandments from the civic process and public display, along with those who oppose prayer and Bible classes in public schools, unpatriotic traitors? Yes! - and I am in good company.

What about you?