“WE THE PEOPLE” – What It Meant, What It Should And Where We Lost Our Way

by Paul Hamlin   “We The People” In modern political history there has rarely been three more radical, more revolutionary words spoken or written.  “We the people” represents an idea far bigger, far greater than the simple everyday petty politics.  The Constitution is the idea that all people should focus on first, arguments about policy and process should be wrapped in the founding document. The dream of America, of representative governments, was and is that people, ordinary people, would see a need, a gap or a void and that out…

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Democracies Don’t Disappear With A Bang, They Go Out With A Whimper

cartoon style image in which professor asks student "What's Democracy" and student answers, "Democracy is the freedom to elect your own dictators"

by Tony Wyman To learn all we need to know about the death of a democracy, all we need to do is look at what dictator Daniel Ortega did to Nicaraguan democracy after his election as president in 2006 with just 37.99% of the vote. His party, the Sandanista National Liberation Front (FSLN), failed to gain a majority in the legislature, but allied with the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) to form a coalition that held more than two-thirds of the seats in the National Assembly.  With allies in the legislature, Mr.…

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Spend Your Tax Day Remembering Thomas Paine

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org [A] by-stander, not blinded by prejudice… would declare, that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.” – Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man Thomas Paine, whose name sadly few Americans will even recognize, is undeniably as central a hero of the American Revolution as any of the Founding Fathers. Without Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, there isn’t Paul Revere‘s midnight ride, Thomas Jefferson‘s Declaration of Independence, or George Washington‘s ultimate victory at Yorktown. Without Paine, the American Revolution dies stillborn…

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Senator Ted Cruz Campaigns On Term Limits Amendment

by Oletta Branstiter Senator Cruz seeks reelection while proposing term limits. Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently sent out a donation request to help fund his 2018 campaign, touting his Constitutional amendment for mandatory term limits co-sponsored by Florida Representative Ron DeSantis early this year. According to a January 3, 2017, press release, “The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.” The statement continued: “D.C. is broken. The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald…

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Renewing National Unity By Restoring Reliance On Providence

George Washington in prayer

by Oletta Branstiter What happened To National Unity? Remember how united we were after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001? What happened? In sixteen short years – less than a generation – we’ve lost our fundamental fellowship. The first blow to our unity in the aftermath of this tragedy was the administration of Barrack Hussein Obama. He spent too much time and effort sowing and nurturing seeds of racial division. His negative pronouncements denied the very cultural achievements that procured the election of a President with African-American heritage. As…

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Restoring Unity Through Patriotism – The Values That Can Bring Us Together

graphic image combining the American flag and the Declaration of Independance

by Oletta Branstiter Facts + Principles = Opinions I teach my students that forming a strong opinion consists of filtering facts through personal principles to make an ideological conclusion. They learn that if our opinions differ, it’s because our valid personal principles differ. I impress upon my students that opinions cannot be wrong, and should be shared and accepted with respect. It has occurred to me, especially in light of recent divisive statements and protests in current events, that while opinions cannot be “wrong”, they can foment disunity. Diversity at the…

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Compulsory Patriotism – Why I Don’t Insist You Salute Or Observe Anything

1930s era photo of Nazi women saluting Swastika

by Richard Cameron   I’ve seen a lot of angry people expressing their outrage about football players kneeling during the anthem. I respect their right to their viewpoint, while at the same time, I don’t share it.  Donald Trump, predictably, got in the middle of this, seeing in it another opportunity to exploit the anger of his remaining base voters.  At a rally in Alabama, Trump juiced up the crowd with, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that…

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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson One: Bedrock of the Constitution

a stretch of granite bedrock on the Aland Islands

by Oletta Branstiter The representatives of United States citizens take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”. We can’t hold them accountable to this oath unless we know Constitutional principles. Abolitionist Wendell Phillips is correctly attributed with the quote: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few.” After teaching my Intermediate public school students that they are born with unlimited Liberty, I ask them, “How much liberty would you like to keep?” They all answer enthusiastically, “All of it!”.…

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Social Justice – The Latest Impossible Dream

by Oletta Branstiter To dream … the impossible dream … To fight … the unbeatable foe … To bear … with unbearable sorrow … To run … where the brave dare not go … To right … the unrightable wrong … To love … pure and chaste from afar … To try … when your arms are too weary … To reach … the unreachable star … This is my quest, to follow that star … No matter how hopeless, no matter how far … To fight for the right,…

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You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide: Security vs. Freedom

by Oletta Branstiter Big Brother is watching, and apparently, we’re okay with it. Steve Stevens’ Facebook video promoting his own act of murder went viral on Easter Sunday. Virtually everyone who has access to mass media knew his face. A craving for a chicken nuggets meal did him in when a McDonald’s employee recognized him and called the police. His resulting suicide was not broadcast to the public, but odds are, it was picked up by a security camera mounted nearby. Former and current TV shows like Person of Interest, APB, and Hunted demonstrate…

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