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 Six: National Security

Service Members salute flag

by Oletta Branstiter Second Purpose of Government After protecting our rights, what is the most important thing a government should do? The Constitution says that our Federal Government should spend money from taxpayers to protect our nation – especially its borders. They realized that our land has vast resources that other countries might want to take by force. So, an Army, Navy, National Guard, Air Force, and any other armed services should be well-funded to protect us and our national interests. Our fourth pillar of principle is National Security. Add…

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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 – 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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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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