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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I Just Propositioned My State Representatives – Feel Free To Do The Same

by Oletta Branstiter Voting Day! November 7, 2017, is a voting day all across our nation. Citizens in a few states will be electing their state representatives, and voters in numerous states will be participating in direct democracy by voting for changes and additions to their state constitutions during this midterm election cycle. Wait, what?  In the words of John Matsusaka, the author of “For the Many or the Few: The Initiative, Public Policy, and American Democracy”,  “Some might wonder how direct democracy squares with the U.S. Constitution guarantee to each…

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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…

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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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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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The Art Of The Deal – President Trump Rewrites the Constitution During Poland Visit

photo of Trump and Polish President and entourage on steps of government building

by Oletta Branstiter Trump tries to perform the Art Of The Deal on the fly in Poland and gets schooled by Polish President on the Polish Constitution I didn’t watch every one of candidate Trump’s rallies during the campaign, so I may have missed this chant: “What do we want? An autocrat! When do we want it? Now!” Apparently, Donald Trump thinks he was elected to rule our nation like a CEO, blissfully unaware that our Constitutional Republic prohibits Presidents from making private business deals. In the midst of an…

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A Copy of the Declaration of Independence Foments Controversy

by Oletta Branstiter A copy of the Declaration of Independence has been discovered by two Harvard researchers in Chichester, England. After two years of study and verification, they have released their findings to the public. The copy, found at the West Sussex Record Office, is believed to have been created in the 1800s. The researchers, Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen, were surprised to find that the names of the signatories were not displayed in the same way as the original document. While all the names of the representatives of the existing…

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Atheism is an Existential Threat to Our Republic

by Oletta Branstiter Earth Day 2017 fell on a Friday, so some Americans decided to “celebrate” by protesting all weekend. Thousands made time to participate in the March for Science rallies, instead of planting or tending gardens in their backyards or communities, apparently. Mother Earth may have preferred some agronomy activities to all the stomping and yelling. It was another great excuse to protest President Trump and his campaign position denying human-caused Climate Change. Too bad no one informed the marchers that Trump has since softened his stand on this…

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Prepare the Ground

by Oletta Branstiter It’s like Christmas for gardeners. The seed catalogs began arriving in February! We can’t wait to get our hands dirty again. We’ve been pacing our gardens since the last harvest in late summer, covering our plots with cardboard, paper bags, leaves, grass clippings- anything and everything to minimize weed growth. I was most worried about the proliferation of dollar weed flourishing under a generous layer of leaves I swept up from my neighbor’s pin oak that stretches its limbs far into my backyard. I had mixed results…

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