Up In Flames – The Impact Of Party Politics

by Paul Hamlin Our system is broken.  The way we do elections, our political party system and the expectations placed on our congress people is so flawed that we need to make considerations about, not just how we fix it, but who should be permitted to fix it. Congress has become a divisive and divided group of people with an eye on the next election and the other on harming their “enemy”.  Remember that elected officials are the employees of the people, not the other way around.  We do not…

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Power Of Impeachment And The Trump Presidency

illustration of the Andrew Johnson impeachment proceedings in Congress

by Paul Hamlin Impeachment talk is on the rise in national politics.  Our nation is divided deeply by the words, actions and policies of the current administration.  We recently had a group of (58) from the House of Representatives bring forward articles of impeachment against President Trump and it was quickly tabled. The division in the nation has many scrambling to simply vote for the candidates that are most likely to bring forward articles of impeachment. Maybe, we should slow down and look a little deeper into impeachment before we base our entire…

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Self-Pardon: Trump’s Get Out of Jail Free Card

Trump Get out Jail Free

By Lynda Bryant-Work Contrary to the Constitution, President Donald Trump has the idea he can commit federal crimes – and pardon himself, giving him a wide-open field for law breaking and corruption. Trump made the assertion in a recent tweet, where he cited several “legal scholars” for the basis of his declaration – though he made no reference to Constitutional law.  In the tweet, Trump claimed that “numerous legal scholars” were the basis for his declaration. “But why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” Trump quipped.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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