“At Least He’s Not”…is the Big Compromise in Republican Elections

By Janice Barlow Compromise has been the number one descriptive word surrounding the Republican Party in since the GOP Convention last July. Principles, values, morals, the Constitution, and even the wisdom of candidates in the political arena were compromised in exchange for winning at all costs. Donald Trump won the presidency in spite of his philandering, adultery, cussing, arrogance, relentless lies, trashing of the other candidates and extreme stupidity regarding what the presidency entailed. And in response, all his supporters can continue to offer up is, “At least he’s not…

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You Are The Judge and Jury In The Court of Public Opinion

by Oletta Branstiter “Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” This quote, by Founding Patriot James Madison, needs to be shouted from the rooftops today. Social media is all atwitter with allegations, apologies, and reports of settlement payments by men who forget that pride goes before a fall. In the otherwise laudable speech by former President George W. Bush, in which he rebuked leaders who would divide the nation with dissentious pronouncements and policies, I’m afraid he went too far by referring…

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Senator Ted Cruz Campaigns On Term Limits Amendment

by Oletta Branstiter Senator Cruz seeks reelection while proposing term limits. Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently sent out a donation request to help fund his 2018 campaign, touting his Constitutional amendment for mandatory term limits co-sponsored by Florida Representative Ron DeSantis early this year. According to a January 3, 2017, press release, “The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.” The statement continued: “D.C. is broken. The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald…

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Trump A.G. Jeff Sessions’ Obsessions With Marijuana And Disdain Of The 10th Amendment

montage of Atty General Jeff Sessions on the image left and verdant Cannabis Sativa plant to his right

by Richard Cameron Sessions’ Marijuana  Obsessions Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided to use the legal muscle of the Justice Department to pursue his longstanding personal agenda – some would call it a vendetta, against Marijuana. While this has not been a secret, and he has made numerous statements since settling into his position, nothing illustrates the extent of his determination to bring the hammer down on other’s personal choices regarding the much maligned substance than when the subject came up once again recently during a visit with far…

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Roe V. Wade is Here to Stay, Education is a Better Way

By Janice Barlow The focus of conservatives, Christians, and Christian conservatives (which are not always one in the same), has at least been somewhat unified in a pro-life stance for decades. The dividing that has resulted is based on how to approach it. Roe V. Wade was a court case decided in 1973. It is not law and it certainly is not “the law of the land”, contrary to what now-sitting Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch stated during his confirmation hearings. It was a court decision on a case and it was entered into…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Eleven: Executive Branch

by Oletta Branstiter Executive Branch Place this information about the Executive Branch in the remaining third of the roof of your graphic. The Executive Branch consists of the President, Vice President, and 15 Cabinet-level executive departments: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs. Most of these departments are not mentioned in the Constitution. This branch of government is defined in Article II of the Constitution. It also describes how the President is elected through an…

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Trump And Bannon Are Changing The Way We Think – Is It For The Better?

photo montage of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon

by Tony Wyman Steve Bannon, one-time adviser to President Trump and current editor of Breitbart News – a far-right political website that mixes hard news with tabloid sensationalism, has perfected a method of dialogue that is changing the way people think. What Mr. Bannon does is he takes an extremist position and hopes his readers will follow him at least 75% of the way. Let’s look at immigration, as an example. Immigrants to this country are substantially less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. Legal immigrants, for example, are 69%…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Ten: Judicial Branch

by Oletta Branstiter One of the three equal but separate branches of our government is the Judicial Branch. Its purpose is inscribed above the entrance to the Supreme Court Building: “Equal Justice Under the Law.” Add summaries of the following information to a second third of the roof of your graphic. The Judicial Branch of our government currently consists of nine Supreme Court Justices and many federal court judges that are nominated by the President and approved by the Senate. These justices and judges may serve for life. The number of…

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Two Paths That You Can Go By – Senator Jeff Flake Points To The High Road

photo of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake at town hall meeting

by Tony Wyman Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called us all out on the carpet last night with a speech that will go down in history as one of the greatest ever given by an American politician.                                                                                                             …

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National Unity Rests On Pillars Of Principle

Pillars representing five styles of architecture

by Oletta Branstiter Unity rests on the strength of our Principles. When I teach Our Nation’s Foundations to 5th and 6th graders, I create a huge graphic on a Library wall that includes metaphorical representations of our Republic. My purpose is to portray our nation’s government founded on solid ground and strong ideological support. My hope is that these lessons will inspire unity on those principles so that the next generation will work to restore our Constitutional Republic.   The bottom layer of Bedrock represents the Natural Law of our…

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