The Speech That Brought Down Richard Nixon

screen capture of C-Span coverage of House Member Barbara Jordan's speech during impeachment proceedings of Richard M. Nixon

by Tony Wyman “My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total.  I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution.” Those words were spoken by the daughter of a Baptist minister and warehouseman, a woman whose mother cleaned the homes of wealthy families in Houston, Texas, the place she was born in 1936, twenty-eight years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forever ended legally enforceable racial segregation in the United States…

Read More

How Functioning Conservatism Can Point The Way To Needed Reform

By Janice Barlow What is Functioning Conservatism? ACCORDING TO PHIL WILLIAMS, man of many hats who coined the term, Functioning Conservatism is: “Doing conservative things instead of just sounding conservative. It is actually producing an outcome instead of just stating that one holds to conservative values.” Functioning conservatism shows how the Constitution protects We the People and gives us religious liberty, instead of being problematic. It illustrates how the Bill of Rights creates equality for everyone instead of being unfair and racist. And it proves that the Rule of Law…

Read More

Second Amendment Isn’t About Guns

Second Amendment graphic

By Lynda Bryant-Work   “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” Mass, Rep. Elbridge Gerry, I Annals of Congress 750, August 17, 1789. “The Second Amendment.” For those who grew up in America, they have heard those words spoken with feeling – forceful and direct. Both advocates…

Read More

Second Amendment: Once Gone, There Is No Turning Back

By Lynda Bryant-Work Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin, 1755.  Every student of American history knows the words. And every lover of liberty has heard them and known that they speak to that great truth about the constitution of civilized government – that governments are empowered to protect its citizens in a devil’s bargain from which they will lose in the long run. Through the history of the world, tyrants have sought power under the guise…

Read More

Dena vs. Dena: Two Sides Of Sanctuary Cities

image of highway signs saying "Welcome Illegal Immigrants, Sanctuary City" and downtown silhouette backdrop

By Dena Leichnitz   This is Dena Takruri (video below), and this is her take on why we should keep sanctuary cities.  All I have to say to her comments are, “Dena, you are wrong!”  And believe me that is not a sentence I utter very often.  So lets go over her comments and see why sanctuary cities are a bad thing and not helpful to society.  In order to avoid confusion when I am referring to Ms. Takruri, I will use the initials DT and when referring to myself, I…

Read More

Are Evangelicals And The Religious Right Damaging Christianity With Their Trump Worship?

by Richard Cameron   A friend and colleague, alerted me to an interesting article published in the online site, Baptist News Global, entitled, “The death of Christianity in the U.S.”,  written by Miguel De La Torre.  The title seemed a bit hyperventilated, but as I began reading his column, it was clear that he had a point.  From the first paragraph: Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals.  Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Restoring National Unity Under The Rule Of Law

Courtroom gavel and law book

by Oletta Branstiter How do we restore National Unity? We the People must agree on is honoring the Rule of Law above the Rule of Man. Contrary to popular misconceptions, the United States is not a Democracy. Democracy is a system of government ruled by the majority. As we know from history (and our most recent primary Presidential election) the opinions of the general populace can often be wrong. Slavery was once accepted by the majority. That didn’t make it right. The advent and popularity of instant polls are disturbing. Citizens…

Read More

Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Nine: Legislative Branch

by Oletta Branstiter   Place highlights of this information in one-third of the roof area of your graphic structure. In Article I, the framers of our Constitution described the powers and limitations to the powers of the Legislative Branch of our Republic. It contains ten sections.  Section 1 creates and grants power to a bicameral legislature – a House of Representatives and a Senate. Section 2 establishes specific rules for the House of Representatives, elected for two-year terms by the citizens of state districts. This section also includes the 3/5th…

Read More