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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Trump Has Trapped Himself In A Corner Over North Korea

by Tony Wyman When President Trump told the world that any further threatening acts by North Korea would be met by “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he backed himself into a corner from which he has no escape without either losing credibility or engaging in a war that the American people don’t want to fight. The North Koreans, recognizing President Trump’s blunder, immediately responded with detailed plans to launch four missiles over Japan to strike American military bases in Guam, a U.S. territory. “As already clarified,…

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A Violent Circle: Where Socialism Meets Nationalism and the Two Become One

By Janice Barlow  It’s well established that Hitler’s Germany was a socialist Germany. For those who did not study that era, the term socialism means to: surrender ownership and control of private capitalism (such as factories and industry, enterprise and commercial ventures), and land, as well as some personal privacy and wealth, in order to benefit the common good. This is mostly done through taxation and redistribution of wealth. The difference between socialism and communism is that communism reverts control of ALL ownership of all properties to the State. The citizens have no rights, including no right to religious…

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Colin Kaepernick And Now Marshawn Lynch. Is Patriotism A Pre-Requisite For Professional Sports?

by Richard Cameron This summer, as former San Francisco 49er, Colin Kaepernick was looking for a place to land in the NFL and there were a few signs of interest and some tugs on the line (Baltimore Ravens) but as of yet, no solid interest  – a lot of discussion centered around whether the non-signings had more to do with  Kaepernick’s controversial behavior, kneeling during the National Anthem in San Francisco, or with his arguably sub-par performance on the field. Now, while the pot is still boiling on that debate, along…

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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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The Impact Of Marijuana Laws In America In The Post Colorado Amendment 64 Era

budding Marijuana plants in seed starter box

by Richard Cameron Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), earlier this week submitted a bill that would legalize marijuana on the federal level and not only that,  but allow states to form their own policies on Cannabis, plus target states that have arrests and incarceration rates that are disproportionately affecting the poor and minorities. In a statement introducing the legislation, Booker said: “For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders — especially for marijuana-related offenses — at an incredible cost of lost human potential, torn-apart…

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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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Trump’s Battle of Words With Jong Un Escalates into More Division Among Conservatives

By Janice Barlow China has announced it will remain neutral regarding its position with North Korea (DPRK) unless the United States preemptively attacks. This, the culmination of a long week’s battle of words flying back and forth between President Trump and Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s threat to launch missiles with nuclear warheads near Guam, a U.S. territory with approximately 300,000 occupants, both citizens and military. What has changed in recent history regarding the power of North Korea? George W. Bush referred to the relatively small nation as one…

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Trump Retweets Classified Information From An Intelligence Leak Regarding North Korea

by Richard Cameron Donald Trump and his galaxy of defenders have been hammering a consistent narrative about how improper the leaks regarding internal administration matters have been. They have called for an internal investigation to discover who is behind them and to subject them to criminal prosecution. There is just one flaw in the narrative. Donald Trump himself, really does not believe in it. As additional proof, Trump was on Twitter again this morning, in the midst of his “working vacation”, re-tweeting an article published today on the “Fox and…

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Vlad’s Vacations Trump Donald’s Jersey Twitter Travels – Putin Asserts Presidential Vacation Superiority

By Janice Barlow Donald Trump likes to compete with Vladmir Putin in any way possible and Putin seems to enjoy the attention. True to form, both leaders are taking their vacations at the same time. Putin, in great physical shape, has already taken in fishing, horseback riding, scuba diving, mushroom hunting and soaking in some rays in Siberia. Trump has taken in some golf and his favorite pastime, tweeting. A shirtless Putin, rarely smiling, was photographed by Kremlin photographer Alexey Nikolsky, engaging in various activities. Often shown without a hat,…

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