Tuesday, April 25, 2017

THE MYTH OF A "RUNAWAY" CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IN 1787

I am a supporter of the Convention of States ("COS") which is in the process of becoming a reality at this moment in time.

One of the arguments against such a COS is that in 1787 the states gathered to simply fix the Article of Confederation but then it turned into a "runaway" constitutional convention, which then gave us the U.S. Constitution.

From the Convention of States website:

"Ever been told the Constitutional Convention in 1787 "ran away"?

"If so, you're not alone. The myth has been circulating for decades, but it's just that -- a myth.

"Now George Soros is trying to undermine the Convention of States effort by spreading that myth to state legislatures around the country.

"Watch the video below to learn about the new research that shows why the 1787 did not run away."

Please take time to watch and read THIS. Take the time to educate yourself on the truth. I promise, it's worth it.

 You may also download the document by Michael Farris HERE.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SETTING UP A NEW GOVERNMENT

I lead/teach a class for people ages 14+ on the Constitution and Founding Fathers. It is a three-year class which first teaches in-depth the foundation upon which the United States of America and it Supreme Law of the Land is founded upon, followed a two year period worth of "dissecting" the Constitution, provision by provision. It is my passion! I feel a great calling and desire to reach young people and teach them the truths of these matters, which they do not get in any other way, since our government schools and all Universities teach falsehoods as a matter of fact and in the majority of their content.

It is especially exciting for me to lead this class during a Presidential Election year! I've done this twice now, and I just love it. Namely because we get to see so much of our federal government "in play" as it were, during the entire election process. It makes it more REAL for the students. 

This week, and not a minute too soon, we will be studying how, once the Constitution was ratified by all the states, our exceptional and near-perfect form of Government began to be set up.  After reading the assigned material and watching the assigned video that goes along with it, the students answer a few questions regarding what they learned. This is just one more small way to help drive the information deeper into the mind. 

Well, this week one of the questions is: 

Describe the major developments in the organization of the new government in 1789.

Considering that President-elect Donald Trump happens to be doing the very same thing, I think it is fun to look and think back on what it might have been like to be there when President-elect George Washington was organizing that "first new government". So here are a few highlights: 
 
  • Presidential electors chosen by each state on January 7, 1789
  • Congress was organized: House of Representatives on April 1, 1789 with 59 elected Representatives and the Senate on April 6, 1789
  • A joint session of Congress convened on April 6, 1789 to see who would be President
  • The person who received the most votes wins the presidency and the person with the next most votes wins the vice presidency (it's important to appreciate there were no political parties and therefore everyone anticipated that there would be many candidates for these offices - at least a favorite son from each state!)
  • George Washington was elected unanimously as President (69 electoral votes) and John Adams came in next highest with 34 votes, so he became Vice President
  • The Gazette or Annals of Congress began its publication on April 15, 1789
  • George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789
  • President Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton as his Secretary of the Treasury on September 11, 1789
  • President Washington appointed General Henry Knox to be Secretary of War on September 11, 1789
  • The Federal Court System was set up with the Supreme Court at the head, one federal district court in each state and three federal circuit courts of appeal on September 24, 1789
  • Of the 189 suggested amendments, James Madison reduced them to 17, and 12 of these were approved by Congress on September 25, 1789. Later 10 of them were ratified by the states.
  • John Jaw was appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court on September 26, 1789
  • Edmund Randolph, former Governor of Virginia, was appointed Attorney General of the United States on September 26, 1789
  • Thomas Jefferson was appointed Secretary of State on September 26, 1789
  • President Washington created the United States Army on September 29, 1789. However, he was allowed to enroll only 1,000 soldiers. The Congress was taking no chance on a "large standing army in peacetime"!
What are your thoughts on this? 

These are some of the greatest men and greatest minds this nation has ever seen. They are not the philandering, drunken, atheist, deist, money-seeking, and slave-loving men that today's public (aka: government) schools and universities teach us about. Those teachings are, in great part, fallacies. These are men of the highest moral standard, with integrity that we only dream about today. Men whose word were their bond, and men who knew God intimately and relied on Him throughout the entire process of setting up this nation. In fact, they all gave Him the honor and glory and several times mentioned the miracle that was America and the miracle that occurred in Philadelphia when they agreed upon the Constitution. 

And today, we have a new President-elect who will be sworn in within 2 days' time, electing his own cabinet and setting up "a new government" that will lead this nation for the next four years. There is much infighting, cursing, arguing, and just down-right mean-spirited talk out there by those who stand "on the other side" of President-elect Trump, and who have sworn to "never" agree with him and even try to stop his inauguration. Shame on them! I really hated the fact that Barack Obama won the presidency 8 years ago, but that is no call to become such an ugly person doing such ugly uncontrollable things as we see people doing today. Once the president is elected, we must plug our nose and bear through it as best we can for 4 years. THIS is the reason the Founders gave the President only 4 years in office! So that if We The People really dislike him and his policies, we can CHANGE things by VOTING him out of office!

I call upon all Americans everywhere, whether you are happy, angry, disgusted, or neutral regarding President-elect Trump's inauguration, to come together and hold out faith and hope for the next 4 years. Trump IS going to be our President. PRAY FOR HIM! (He and We NEED those prayers!) Give him a chance to prove himself right or wrong. In four years we can then do something about it. Until then, hold your peace and respect our form of Constitutional Representative Government. It is still the best the world has ever seen! 



If you are interested in learning what I call "True Civics", many wise and important people and leaders of our nation agree that the best place to start is by reading The 5,000 Year Leap followed by The Making of America. These are the textbooks we use in our Constitution class. I highly recommend them to be read, taking turns, every other year! Your jaw will drop when you realize how much you DON'T know right now! 

You can find them HERE.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

IS THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER RACIST?

There is a current concerted effort to trash The Star-Spangled Banner & thereby become ashamed of it, and as a side note ashamed of being American. They are wrongly claiming that our national anthem is racist. DO NOT LISTEN TO THOSE WHO SAY SUCH THINGS. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Please read this and arm yourself with the truth:

The Star-Spangled Banner is NOT a racist anthem, and it is NOT speaking of the stereotypical “black slave”.  Do not believe such claims and please, do your own studying and researching of first-hand or second-hand sources. On average, anything written after 1900 cannot be trusted (it is mostly revised, rewritten History after that point, whether by design or by oversight). 


First of all - While the the Star-Spangled Banner did not become “officially proclaimed” as the national anthem until 1931, it certainly began to be sung right away for all patriotic events as the “unofficial” anthem. That is WHY they made it the national anthem, because no other song was so popular and loved and sung at every patriotic event. 

 "The Star-Spangled Banner” was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C §301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover. 

Secondly, the "hiring and slave" is NOT referring AT ALL so slavery. The 'hireling' refers to the Germans whom the British hired to come help them fight against the colonies, as many of the British naval midshipmen were tied up in France fighting that war. The 'slave' was in reference to the AMERICAN NAVAL MIDSHIPMEN (not the slaves!) who were captured and then forced to work on the British naval ships/frigates, as slaves, to fight against their own nation!!

No, most emphatically The Star-Spangled Banner has not one iota of “racism” or “slave hater” to it. Far from it! Key was sad that even though the German hirelings and the American (patriotic) “slaves” were still on the ships/frigates, there was nothing the Americans could do about it. The war must go on, even though by bombing the British fleet the Americans knew they were also bombing their own patriots. Thus, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave”. How sad and heart-wrenching is THAT!? THAT is what Francis Scott Key was MOURNING. Not “celebrating slavery”. Let us set our minds back on true history please, and stop today’s “racism alarmism” which is becoming all too epidemic. Stop believing that racism is such a big problem still. It’s not, unless we make it so. Yes, it a serious problem, and yes it will FOREVER exist (so long as human nature and Earth exists) but it NO WHERE NEAR the numbers/percentages that the media is trying to make your believe it is. Do not trust the media. Do your own study. Trust me, it will take years of serious digging before a person starts to see the real truth come together like a long-forgotten puzzle, as well as to finally understand how very truly that there are forces out there trying to bring us down by feeding us lies. Don’t swallow them! It’s worth the time you put into the research. Start today!




Here is the real meaning of all four original and patriotic verses:
(found at this source


VERSE 1
 
Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 1
  • The flag that flew over the fort was enormous. The commander of Fort Henry, Important George Armistead had commissioned Mary Pickersgill to make "a flag so large that the British would have no difficulty seeing it from a distance"
  • The flag could be seen from several miles away and Francis Scott Key was saying that it could be seen in the last light before nightfall and the first light at dawn
  • The 'perilous fight' was the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812
  • The Star Spangled Banner was streaming over the ramparts (battlements) of the fort
  • The "rocket's red glare" and the "bombs bursting" used alliteration to describe the cannon fire pounding from the British navy and the cannons firing from the fort (one of the ships was armed with a rocket launcher)
  • The angry red glow from the cannon fire enabled Americans to see their Star Spangled Banner was still flying - the British had not captured the fort and hoisted the Union Jack
  • The Star Spangled Banner was waving over the 'land of the free' - a reference to the fight for Independence that had resulted in freedom from the tyranny of the British
  • The 'home of the brave' lyrics reflect the heroic exploits of Americans to defend their country
  • The War of 1812 was popularly known as the 'Second War for Independence'
 
VERSE 2
 
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 2
  • Francis Scott Key was describing the perspective from the land as American looked out to hazy images of the British ships
  • The 'foe's haughty host' lyrics describe the vessels of the arrogant British
  • The lyrics 'dread silence reposes' express the view of the ships that look quiet and still as if resting, but are actually a hive of terrifying activity
  • Francis Scott Key describes the high vertical position of the flag over Fort Henry in the lyrics 'o'er the towering steep' and the movement of the flag blowing in the wind, concealing then revealing the Star Spangled Banner
  • The sun comes out and clearly shines on the Star Spangled Banner, 'in full glory' lyrics express the grandeur of the flag and a religious connotation
  • Francis Scott Key almost makes the Star Spangled Banner lyrics 'cheer' using the patriotic words "Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave. O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"
 
VERSE 3
 
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion, A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 3
  • Francis Scott Key describes the British as arrogant and boastful in the lyrics 'that band who so vauntingly swore'
  • He is venting his anger at the British with the "foul footsteps' pollution" lyrics inferring that the British poisoned the ground on which they walked
  • But the poison and corruption had been washed away by the blood of the British
  • The Star Spangled Banner lyrics "the hireling " refers to the British use of Mercenaries (German Hessians) in the American War of Independence
  • The Star Spangled Banner lyrics "...and slave" is a direct reference to the British practice of Impressment (kidnapping American seamen and forcing them into service on British man-of war ships). This was a Important cause of the War of 1812
  • Francis Scott Key then describes the Star Spangled Banner as a symbol of triumph over all adversity
  • Most times today, verse 3 is replaced by a 5th verse written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. that goes:
When our land is illumined with liberty's smile, If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory, Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile The flag of the stars, and the page of her story! By the millions unchained, Who their birthright have gained We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained; And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave, While the land of the free is the home of the brave.
The reason most people replace it is because verse 3 has “slaves” in it, and today’s average person does not understand History nor the English language enough to know what it really means. So they assume it is referring somehow to the idea that slavery was a positive thing back then (which it was not) and that the lyrics mean the hireling (which they don’t know who that is) and the slave cannot run away and hide, but that they will be found and killed. (ignorant, I know, but people today actually think that.)
 
 
VERSE 4
 
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Meaning of Star Spangled Banner Lyrics Verse 4
  • Pride and Patriotism is the theme of the last verse
  • Francis Scott Key uses emotive words such as 'freeman', 'home', 'blest', 'victory', 'triumph', 'conquer' and 'peace' in the Star Spangled Banner lyrics
  • He was a deeply religious man and his words reflect his belief that God was on the side of the Americans
  • He refers to the American nation and fighting for a just cause
  • The words "In God is our trust" combines the concepts of religion and patriotism and are believed to be the origin of the official motto of the United States "In God we trust". The unofficial motto of 'E pluribus unum' which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created in 1782

Thursday, July 14, 2016

THE FALSE CHRISTS AMONG US & FINDING PEACE

As we see continued fall-out from the Ferguson, MO, fiasco, supposedly about race, cops, murders, injustice, equality, hatred, and oh-so-many-other-things, we all are feeling the incredulous atmosphere that continues to build up around us and the hard-to-explain emotions and thoughts that accompany that.  (I say "supposedly" because I believe there is something more going on here than meets the eye.)

The latest part of the fall-out has been the killing of two black men by police officers, one in Louisiana and one in Minnesota, and now the horrific massacre of the five Dallas police officers. I can't be the only one that is finding it hard to express something I'm feeling in relation to all this. Something that is not easily identified. Something that I can't quite put my finger on. Do you feel it too? 

I can't tell you how many times I've gone to post something on Facebook about this, to try to reach out to others and just "connect" in some way, you know?  And although I've made feeble attempts, I feel very much that what I'm truly feeling still hasn't found voice. It still hasn't been fully identified. So I have continued to struggle with wanting to say something, but not able to say it in just the right way. 

Until today.

Lately, I have felt an increased desire to put God first in my life. More than usual, I mean. I am convinced that it only by drawing closer to Him that this world has any hope - that we, as individuals, have any hope - for a better world, a better life. So I have chosen to start my days off with a devotional. Nothing fancy, or pre-planned. 

Well, today's devotional included the following: 



This really struck me. I realized, perhaps for the first time really, that "false Christs" are not just people, but theologies. How many theologies are out there right now? And so many people seem incapable today of being tolerant of those who think or feel differently than they do - all their screaming for tolerance aside. Today, it seems, if you don't see the world through the same paradigm as a group of people, be they blacks, LGBTs, Heterosexuals, Christians, Muslims, etc., then you must be killed. KILLED.  Not just "agree to disagree" and go your own ways. No. KILLED. Incredible!

We are surrounded by false Christs today. So where do we turn? We are also surrounded by books, politicians, doctors, theorists, theologians, educations, and so many others who claim to have the answers. It reminds me of 2 Timothy chapter 3 verse 7: "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." A sign of the end-times. Yes. That is what our society has come to. 

So where can we turn for peace and truth? How do we know what is true? There is only one source of truth that I know of without a doubt. Only source of truth. And that is Jesus Christ. 

You see I have come to learn and understand that our politics are eternally intertwined with religion. They are two sides of the same coin, and they are inseparable. The U.S. Constitution is the Gospel of Jesus Christ for civil governance. And the only antidote to the ills of our republic today is the Gospel of Christ. If and when we follow Him to the very best and honest of our power, He blesses us and we remain free.  That is a fact that has been proven time and time again over the History of the world. 

Let's pretend for a second that the reader does not believe in God. Then my reply would be: What have you against trying something that will do zero harm and that has the potential to increase your peace, safety, and joy? What harm is there in restraining from telling any lie? What harm is there in not committing adultery? Or in not taking the Lord's name in vain? What harm is there in attending church once a week and listening carefully to learn and see what you can do that week that will bring you joy? There is zero harm. In fact, by doing those things, and putting God to the test, you can only do one thing: Bring blessings upon yourself - even if you're an atheist.  So why not try it? Go ahead! Try it!

Yes, Christ is the answer to the ills of the world. He always has been. We are the ones that lost sight of that a long time ago. He is our only true source for true and lasting peace and joy. Key words being "true" and "lasting". 

I bear my own testimony of this truth: Jesus Christ is where we can turn for true and lasting peace - as well as for the answers of life. 

We are all brothers and sisters. Black skin is not important. White skin is not important. Righteous or sinner is not important. What is important is that we love others. That doesn't mean we don't have boundaries. That doesn't mean we enable someone even though it hurts them. It doesn't mean we allow others to abuse us. It means, even if we have to put up boundaries, even if we have to put distance between us and another person, even if we can't be friends or family any more with someone, we can still love them from where we are. We can still pray for them. We can still hold no grudges. We can still forgive. We can still do our best to help those around us. Turn to Him if you want this world to be a safe and happy place. TURN TO HIM.



Thursday, March 31, 2016

LIFE.... LIBERTY.... & THE MOA CLASS

Another MOA class gone well! I am in love with teaching people about our nation's foundational Principles and leading this class of youth/young adults (ages 14+). It is truly an amazing experience to share in all this with them.
Each week the students are asked to bring a "Current Event" which entails: 
(1) Find a news article of your choice of a federal government issue/event taking place this year (share the source of the article)
(2) Share the main paragraph or two which tell the point of the story
(3) Tell which Principle of Freedom it support or violates and how, and also write out the principle (one Principle per week, and the Principles cannot be duplicated; each week a new Principle, so that ideally we have a total of 28 by the end of the year. These principles are then shared with the class each week or during our "Current Events" class period).
(4)  If the issue violates the Principle, tell how you think it should be solved (according to your current understanding)
(5)  Share a scripture that is related to this Principle.
Here is last week's Current Event by one of the youngest in our class - a 14 yr old:

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March 24, 2016
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/05/politics/obama­executive­action­gun­control/
Principle 16 v.s. Obama’s Executives Actions
The government should be separated into three branches­ Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
"I believe in the Second Amendment, there written on paper, that guarantees the right to bear arms," Obama said. "No matter how many times people try to twist my words around, I taught constitutional law. I know a little bit about this. But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment." [He then said he was going to have congress pass it] “But we also can't wait," Obama added. "Until we have the Congress that's in line with the majority of Americans, there are actions within my legal authority that we can take to help reduce gun violence and save more lives [emphasis added].” ­ - CNN
No matter how nice that may sound, the way he is proposing to bring this around, is wrong; an executive order. This goes against the 16th principle because in the principle it talks about not allowing powers to be mixed; but when you have the executive branch make those orders “within” their “legal authority” they are making laws, which is legislative action.
Baron Charles de Montesquieu commented on the mixing of the two powers. He said: “When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or Senate should enact tyrannical laws,  to execute them in a tyrannical manner.  ( The Spirit of Laws, Great Books of the Western World, vol. 38 [Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 1952], p. 70). Basically, it is not safe to have the same person who creates the laws to execute them, because then, you can come up with them, and go through with them, almost like a monarch.
I think, the correct thing to do (I’m not going to talk about the controlling of the guns so much, as the way he is carrying it out, because I don't feel I know enough yet to make a good judgement on the correctness of the background checks), is to use the correct way of passing laws and acts, using congress to make them, and the judiciary to pass them, and keep the legislative power away from the president, because as the quote below states, when men are given power they often want more, and who knows what they will do with it, and that is why our constitution is built to protect us from the human frailties of our leaders.
“We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, [that] as soon as the get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise
unrighteousness dominion. Hence, many are called but few are chosen” ­ - Doctrine and Covenants, 121:39, 40 (emphasis added).
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I'm so proud of these youth/young adult who turn these in and are working hard to really understand what our Founding Fathers gave us and not just what the Constitution is about, but even more importantly, what eternal, non-changing PRINCIPLES that Constitution and our Republic are built upon!  I'm especially happy and hopeful that more and more youth and young adults are choosing to school themselves in the truths of our nation, our Founders, and the Supreme Laws of our land!
I pray that God might still bless America!  I pray enough of us will choose to turn back to Him, honor Him, and uphold the Constitution He inspired, written by men He chose and guided as they wrote it.