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. 

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