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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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Five: Personal Responsibility

Faith, Hope, Charity stones

by Oletta Branstiter Personal Responsibility Now, it’s time to consider Personal Responsibility. This is our third pillar of principle. Duplicate your pillars to make a third. Let students add note cards with summarized information from this lesson. Our Founders and Framers knew that no government ruled by We the People could be successful unless every person took responsibility for his or her own actions. Be accountable for your own decisions. Have family rules that benefit the entire family unit. Be a good neighbor – a valuable citizen in your local…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – The Constitution Lesson Two: Rule of Law

gavel and block

by Oletta Branstiter Rule of Law Once the bedrock is found, a builder will lay a solid foundation.  Our Founders and Framers of the Constitution called it the Rule of Law.  They were sick and tired of the whims of the selfish and power-hungry King George.   The government of the new United States of America would have laws for everyone to follow- the rich, the poor, the powerful, and the weak.  They insisted on a Constitutional Republic – one that had written laws that guaranteed justice for all. Democracy…

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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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