Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Three: Limited Government and Bill of Rights

Senator Kerry looks at copy of Bill of Rights

by Oletta Branstiter Now that we have laid a solid foundation of Unalienable Rights and Rule of Law, we can start building our government with more detail. But we need to agree on the most important ideas and priorities. These will be ideals or principles that never change. Unchanging Principles Immediately following the Constitutional Convention in 1787, a citizen named Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Without hesitating, Franklin responded,  “A republic, if you can keep it.” Laws and policies and…

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Nothing Good Comes From Trading Patriotism For Nationalism – “Alt-Right” Is Wrong On Every Level

by Oletta Branstiter The Shocking Reality of Nationalism No one should be surprised at the mayhem that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday. Shocked? Yes. Horrified? Yes. Disgusted? Yes. After the eight years of racial tension and provocation by the Obama administration, Americans without a firm moral compass, historical perspective, and Constitutional understanding chose to endorse a man who campaigned on the premise of vengeful Nationalism. Donald Trump never represented Patriotism. As a demagogue, he used powerful populism to whip up the reactionary emotions of his followers to accept a type…

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President Trump Channels King Richard III With Ego-Driven War Mongering

Portrait painting of King Richard III

by Oletta Branstiter Schoolyard Bullies The U.S. President and the North Korean President are engaging in a playground competition to compare the size of their respective “missiles”, endangering the entire globe. Did we expect anything less? In his usual style, Trump tweeted a threat to Kim Jong Un: Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017 When confronted by media for the bombastic tone, the Commander-in-Chief doubled down by…

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Texas University Reverses Politically Correct Ruling – SMU Allows 9-11 Display On Main Lawn

photo of Southern Methodist University

by Oletta Branstiter Application Denied for Traditional Display The Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Southern Methodist University followed the proper procedures needed to apply for their annual Never Forget display on the Dallas Hall Lawn, formally requesting the space for nearly 3,000 American flags covering the open area as part of their 9-11 commemoration and remembrance of those killed in the historic attack. In a late July reply, the group received a dramatic change in venue in which administrators cited that the University “respects the right of all members…

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Check It Out: Library Blog – Who Needs School Libraries?

Empty Library Bookcases

by Oletta Branstiter Libraries & Books One of the saddest things you’ll ever imagine is a Library that might have been. To this day, historians lament the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, believed to have been destroyed by fire around 2,000 years ago. It is believed that around 295 BCE, the scholar and orator Demetrius of Phalerum, an exiled governor of Athens, convinced Ptolemy I Soter to establish the Library. Demetrius envisioned a library that would house a copy of every book in the world, an institution to…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – The Constitution Lesson Two: Rule of Law

gavel and block

by Oletta Branstiter Rule of Law Once the bedrock is found, a builder will lay a solid foundation.  Our Founders and Framers of the Constitution called it the Rule of Law.  They were sick and tired of the whims of the selfish and power-hungry King George.   The government of the new United States of America would have laws for everyone to follow- the rich, the poor, the powerful, and the weak.  They insisted on a Constitutional Republic – one that had written laws that guaranteed justice for all. Democracy…

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Leaky Trump Syndrome – The President’s Bad News Continues Into August

Donald Trump

by Oletta Branstiter     Quotes “Even the President of Mexico called me. Their southern border, they said very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get to our border, which is the ultimate compliment.” “I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful.” Lies After bragging that both the President of Mexico and the head of the Boy Scouts organization had made calls to praise him, President…

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Revolution Through Education – Trading the Institution of Schooling for the Inspiration of Learning

School Bus

by Oletta Branstiter A New Secretary of Education The nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education caught many by surprise. Candidate Donald Trump had included the Department of Education in his wish list of cuts during his efforts to prove his Republican bona fides. Some Conservatives, who were otherwise turned off by his personality and lack of Constitutional knowledge were encouraged by his promises to reduce the role of government in their daily lives. Instead of dismantling the extra-Constitutional tax-funded money pits, former Democrat President Trump opted to nominate…

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President Trump Manufactured Adoption Story as Cover for Russian Meetings

by Oletta Branstiter   While President Trump was attending the G-20 Summit in Germany on July 7-8, information was leaking about his son’s June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, presumed to be a lawyer connected with the Russian government. At the time, this story was being promoted by many in the media as a “nothing burger”. In fact, White House advisers agreed with Donald Trump Jr. to release a transparent and truthful statement to get ahead of the story repeatedly defined as “innocuous”. Instead, President Trump vetoed that idea. Instead,…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson One: Bedrock of the Constitution

a stretch of granite bedrock on the Aland Islands

by Oletta Branstiter The representatives of United States citizens take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”. We can’t hold them accountable to this oath unless we know Constitutional principles. Abolitionist Wendell Phillips is correctly attributed with the quote: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few.” After teaching my Intermediate public school students that they are born with unlimited Liberty, I ask them, “How much liberty would you like to keep?” They all answer enthusiastically, “All of it!”….

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