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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Did Russian President Vladimir Putin Order The Murder Of The Founder of Russia Today?

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On November 5, 2015, Mikhail Yuriyevich Lesin, close confidante of Russian President Vladimir Putin and founder of the website Russia Today, which the Columbia Journalism Review called, “The Kremlin’s propaganda outlet,” was found dead in his Washington D.C. Dupont Circle hotel room. Despite multiple bruises on Mr. Lesin’s head, neck and upper-body, including signs of blunt force trauma that would indicate he died a violent death, initial reports indicated the 57-year-old Russian died of a simple heart attack. “Mikhail Lesin, a prominent Russian political figure and mass media expert credited with…

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1950’s America – Dreaming Of Simpler Times

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by J. Lee Simpler times of days gone by! Who wouldn’t want to revisit the past when times were simple, considering all the turmoil in our daily lives and throughout our world? Many were not around to experience it. We can dream about it as we watch television re-runs. Merriam Webster – Yesteryear; time gone by; especially: the recent past I long for simple times such as in the days of  I love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Father Knows Best, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Rifleman. TV shows like those…

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Be the Change You Seek – We’re All Missionaries

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by Oletta Branstiter I first met Joe Ragan in 1999, after my nine-year-old homeschooled daughter said she wanted to adopt some local grandparents. After a few exploratory phone calls, we were invited to participate in a local ESL program. That’s how we started our seven-year relationship with Jewish Family Services, meeting in the two nearby synagogues, that welcomed Christian volunteers. There was Joe, a valuable American translator who took the opportunity to practice his Ukrainian language skills while he attended Seminary. After college and a career in newspaper advertising, he decided to…

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Supreme Court’s Review Of Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Could Lead To More Balanced Governance

visual depictions of strangely constructed congressional districts

by Tony Wyman The U.S. Supreme Court is about to take up a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin that could have an enormous impact on American political elections for decades to come. The case, Gill vs Whitford, is under appeal after a lower court decided Wisconsin’s 2016 redistricting plan constituted an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” and gave the GOP an unfair advantage in future political races. What is gerrymandering? Wiki defines gerrymandering as, “in the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a…

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History is Racist! It Must Be Rewritten!

by Oletta Branstiter The Confederate flag was retired from the South Carolina Capitol following the murder of prayer group attendees at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina by Dylan Roof in June 2015. Not to be outdone in knee-jerk reactions, the New Orleans, Louisiana city council voted later that year to “take down statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. An obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place will also go.” What began with vehement protests on both sides of…

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Every American Should Be a Constitutionalist

by Oletta Branstiter Americans are routinely pigeonholed as Conservative, Moderate or Liberal. Terms like “Far Right” and “Progressive” are tossed about freely. In the past decade, our political labels have expanded to include Socialist, Populist, and Nationalist. The more options we have for competing ideological associations, the more divided and weakened our nation becomes. Let’s keep it simple. One is either a Constitutionalist, or one is not. If you don’t agree with parts of the U.S. Constitution, you may work to amend it, as has been done 27 times since…

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The Civil Rights Struggle Of The 50’s And 60’s And Black Gun Ownership

by Richard Cameron Nothing illustrates that black political opinion is not monolithic, better than questions having to do with social issues that have a moral framework or touch on civil liberties. It just so happens, that for a lot of blacks, the question of the 2nd Amendment and the right to own a firearm for self defense and other contingencies, are civil liberties issues. The video you are about to see not only references this, but provides some other historical details that the gun control obsessed progressives are loath to include…

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Dr. Akçam Uncovers Smoking Gun Evidence Proving Turkey’s Liability For The Armenian Holocaust

by Richard Cameron Most folks are reasonably knowledgeable, or at least familiar with the Nazi Holocaust in Germany, Poland and elsewhere throughout Europe.  And that is as it should be.  But mention the Armenian Holocaust perpetrated by the Turkish government (Ottoman Empire) during World War I and you might get a few blank stares. Why? Partially because Jews are very adept at storytelling and their plight at the hands of Hitler’s regime is very compelling in many dimensions, including the fact that it happened within the last 70 years, not over…

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