Wednesday, January 21, 2015
“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” - John Adams
It cannot be said enough: America is not, should not be, a democracy. This needs to be realized before citizens can determine the goals and ambitions of those they vote into office. A case in point is Barack Obama who dwells on a democracy, fights for one and the sad point is that the majority of voters realize too late what he means as he promotes it. When he was campaigning in 2008 he did not hide his intentions.
“… we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” (Emphasis added) - Barack Obama October 30, 2008 campaign rally in Columbia, Missouri
And six plus years later he has veered little from his vision as stated in the final words of his 2015 state of the union address.
“Fifteen years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and begun again the work of remaking America. We have laid a new foundation. A brighter future is ours to write.” (Emphasis added) - Barack Obama State of the Union Jan 20th 2015
America has a foundation. We don’t need a new one. We don’t need to remake America, we need to restore it. Again, we are not a democracy but that is what Obama and the secular progressive left is driving for, even if they don’t or won’t recognize it. Our founding fathers were dead set against this avenue of government as John Adams said in the quote above. All his partners agreed.
“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.” - Thomas Jefferson
“The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.” - John Quincy Adams
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” - Benjamin Franklin (maybe)
“Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.” - John Marshall
“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” - Benjamin Franklin
Those who abhor a republic realize a democracy is the path to another form of government.
“Democracy is the road to socialism.” - Karl Marx
Obama has a vision, but it’s the wrong vision for America. I hope the majority of Americans have come to learn the difference and in our next voting cycle choose a president who will use the sense our founders instilled within our republic. Not that change is bad, it is not. But change by a way that supports and enhances the principles this nation was formed upon and has served us so well for so long. We should seek to change when our principles lead us to understand we are at odds with them. Slavery is wrong and though it took too long, our values helped us recognize and change that. The same thing goes for women’s rights. Our foundational values and principles directed us to do the right thing and it always will when we don’t abandon them.
But we need to put in office people, who understand our republic, our founding moralities, the original vision so well established in the Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights. There are many people who understand this and we need to focus on these people to take offices for us. Just one great example is Dr. Ben Carson and I hope we might elect him as president in 2016.
“Our founders did not believe that our society could thrive without this kind of moral social structure. In fact, it was our second president, John Adams, who said of our thoroughly researched and developed governing document, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“We the People” need to learn, spread the knowledge and then elect people who will restore this nation, not remake it, to the republic it was intended to be.
“Perhaps instead of screaming at each other, it is time to engage in intelligent conversation about our desire to preserve the rights granted by our Constitution.” - Dr. Ben Carson
I leave you with James Madison’s definition of a republic.
“We may define a republic to be - a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion or a favored class of it: otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.”
Thursday, January 8, 2015
"The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable."
Political correctness that conceals controversial opinions is nothing other than dictatorial cowardice and completely contrary to American free speech. How the general populace of the USA has allowed such a concept to take root in our culture is only a pure socialist draconian success story that most Americans should be ashamed to sanction. Our founding fathers would be aghast about the current state of the first amendment and how easily free loving people cowered to intellectual ignorance over common sense and resign ourselves to the concept of political correctness.
This angst surfaced over a story Todd Starnes published about a fire chief in Atlanta (Kelvin J. Cochran) who was fired for simply publishing his opinion, his Christian view, on marriage; the key word here being, Christian. This poison (political correctness) to American based free speech is well defined by Dr. Ben Carson’s view and similar patriots of our constitutional rights. This is not to say there are some things that should not be proclaimed when it violates safety or contributes to vicious damaging slander. Screaming “FIRE” falsely in a building or lying about a rape is not an inviolable or an inalienable right. But an opinion based on refutable information only contributes to constructive discourse for truth, knowledge and respect for the common wellbeing of everyone. Political correctness is merely an ill used weapon for those who know not, or cannot defend an idea with an acceptable, valid or truthful premise.
Kelvin J. Cochran said it well in the aforementioned article above. “The LGBT members of our community have a right to be able to express their views and convictions about sexuality and deserve to be respected for their position without hate or discrimination. But Christians also have a right to express our belief regarding our faith and be respected for our position without hate and without discrimination. In the United States, no one should be vilified, hated or discriminated against for expressing their beliefs.” - Kelvin Cochran, former fire chief of Atlanta, GA.
Right on Kelvin! Our founding fathers agree.
“Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.”
Samuel Johnson, as quoted in James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 1 (1791), p. 335.
“Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”
“Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”
Benjamin Franklin, writing as Silence Dogood, No. 8, July 9, 1722
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
1 James Madison (1751–1836), U.S. president. First draft of what became the First Amendment, June 8, 1789. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 12, p. 201, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
Saturday, September 13, 2014
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
Samuel Adams, in the Boston Gazette, April 16, 1781
Privilege is often the blinding barrier to realizing life’s greatest treasures. The world is jealous of the American’s right to say who speaks for us and we don’t even notice. We can easily squander that right, to not use it or worse, elect those who work to strip us of that freedom. Voting is not just a right but something that deserves our greatest attentions to detail. Ronald Reagan wisely said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction”, and voting is one of the roads that leads’ us to either the American dream, or a deceased America. The choice is always ours … until we give it away or ignore it.
All voters are important but the informed voter is the republics’ asset. Samuel Adams and the other founding fathers knew this and warned often not to disregard this right. We need to heed the advice and always elect others who respect all the foundations this country was found on. It is the greatest reason why I respect and promote Dr. Ben Carson for president.
“I would love it if party labels were not allowed on ballots and people were forced to actually know who they were voting for. Blind loyalty to a party platform is tantamount to relinquishing the important duties of intelligent voting.” Ben Carson with Candy Carson, One Nation
Each one of us needs to decide that we are responsible for our country’s condition and use the vote we have to voice who we believe speaks for us. The temptation is to think, “It’s only one vote so what good does it do?” Mine alone does little but without it there is not "ours" that, collectively, is a booming sound that cannot be disregarded. And when we agree on someone who leaves no doubt that America is great because of our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other founding documents, it becomes a wave that washes over and heals our land.
Let us voice real change; change that returns us to the America that made us great, and tell people like Ben Carson he has our vote and then use it.
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"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."
John Quincy Adams
Sunday, August 31, 2014
“… guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; …”
George Washington - Farewell Address September 19, 1796
The question becomes, what did George Washington mean by “pretended patriotism”? It takes no leap to understand that he meant American patriotism that is focused on the principles and values of the Constitution of the United States that culminated after years of fighting for freedom and liberty penned in the Declaration of Independence (read the rest of his farewell address). John Quincy Adams frames best what his friend Washington may have been alluding to.
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected, in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
John Quincy Adams
I know, those on the far left read this and immediately shutdown because it triggers the separation of state and religion button programmed by their sacred principles of socialism. But it is undeniable that our nation was formed with ethical principles based in Christian morality. That does not automatically presume all involved in the building of our nation were Christians but rather they all agreed that the principles were the glue that make it work.
No, you don’t need to be a Christian to live in this great nation. No more than you need to be a Christian to attend church. You don’t even need to be a Christian to call yourself a Christian. What makes you a Christian is more than any of these things. It is as a follower of Christ, with the intent and the goal to represent Him as best as you can. Many have determined to make that distinction obvious by calling themselves born-again Christians.
Guess what. You don’t need to be an American to live in America. You don’t have to vote to be an American or even be an American to call yourself one. No, to be an American you follow the principles, as best as you can, that embodies the intentions laid out in the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and Bill of rights.
So, to help others understand what I mean when I say I’m an American, I’m going to qualify it by saying I’m a born-again American. I was born here, brought up in America and taught very basic principles about being an American. But I didn’t really become one until I decided to study and understand what it means to live in America and keep it as our founding fathers intended.1 A time came when I decided to become an American and not just wear the title.
In America we have politicians who make a career out of handling the mechanics of government. It is a necessary function of our national system and it can be a noble endeavor. It has developed into a something the founders had not expected and warned about. George Washington discussed this also in the farewell address mentioned above. Their idea was a person would serve their country for a short time and then go home to their business. George Washington despised the idea of parties, one vying against the other. I think they would be upset to see what has happened. The framers saw government as a means to serve the common good not to serve individuals good. Abraham Lincoln later addressed the issue.
“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts–not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
A politician is no more than an American serving his country, whether his original profession is a farmer, lawyer, businessman or doctor. The career politician is a dirty word only when the people neglect to make sure he serves them like Abraham Lincoln suggests. We might call them a politician but the effective ones are the born-again Americans. One doctor recently sums up well what the people expect as someone who serves them.
“I will tell you that I’m not a politician, and I don’t believe in political correctness. So I may say something that will offend someone. And I frankly never plan on becoming a politician. It doesn't mean that I won’t do something in public office, but I won’t be a politician in the process.”
Dr. Ben Carson at the Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit 8/29/2014
Dr. Ben Carson is one of the best examples, in our time, of someone who embodies what an American wishing to serve our republic talks about with a sense of patriotism equal to our founding fathers. Ben Carson is someone with knowledge and integrity equal to Washington and other founding fathers who, with reluctance but same sense of calling, will step up to make sure America is and continues to be the nation the rest of the world looks to.
Every American, but especially all born-again Americans needs to step up now and let Dr. Ben Carson know that we feel his calling and back him up 100%. You can go here to sign the petition in support. http://bit.ly/carsondraft
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
1 A small sample of readings I suggest. The Road to Serfdom - F.A Hayek, A Patriot’s History of the United States- Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, The Jefferson Lies - David Barton, What Works – Cal Thomas, The American Boomerang – Nick Adams, America the Beautiful – Ben Carson with Candy Carson, One Nation – Ben Carson with Candy Carson, The Five Thousand Year Leap – W. Cleon Skousen, The Federalist Papers
Saturday, July 12, 2014
"However combinations or associations of the above description [factions or today what we call a political party] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
George Washington, Farewell Address 1796
Read that quote by George Washington closely. Now answer me if his concerns are valid compared to today’s political environment?
With a Facebook post I shared on one of Dr. Ben Carson’s group pages dealing with Dr. Carson answering if he was a Republican, I received a very cleaver question regarding the subject. “So would you run on a Democan or Republicrat ticket, or maybe a Redemopendant one?” It led me to graciously answer the thought provoking query, which I expand upon here.
An interesting and clever question Joe. Thanks. Are Americans Engish, Indeses or Chinaxicans? Of course the answer is all of these but none these. It makes the point that we are all an odd mixture and can extend it to our philosophies rooted in our experiences.
What I love about Ben Carson is that he was once a liberal Democrat, changed to a Republican but now realizes neither party fully represents his ideas because each party has such a wide range within the platforms. That is just inherent in our party systems. Today, the two main parties have slid further away from their proverbial centers so it polarizes our politics, revealing the extremes from our foundation. The liberal progressives are the more extreme and off base, far that is from outside of the American form of republic this nation was founded on. But the far right can be as misleading if allowed driving to the excessive. Ben Carson will say that conservative Republican come closes to his belief but he is willing to keep common sense in the formula so labels himself politically as Independent.
Our founding fathers warned against “factions”, what we call political parties, because they could be so dividing for our republic (if you want to know more about factions, click here). But they also came to comprehend that it was almost unavoidable so continually pointed back to our founding documents to anchor the process.
This is what Dr. Carson has come to understand and strives to embrace using the common sense approach that our republic works best under; the American republic foundation with Biblical values. The founding fathers used republican thoughts (little r here, not the party) embracing the idea of the common good, which expressed itself within different “factions” (parties today). They wanted what was best for all using Christian values as the gauge. Not so in much in today's environment and actually opposing those values. That is not to mean every American has to be a Christian, but rather the republic uses that value system. That is why modern America is heading in the wrong direction and needs correction.
Dr. Ben Carson could be an ideologue who represents what America is all about and get us back on track if we were to convince to him run for President.
“On a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority, trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other.”
James Madison 1788
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
2nd Amendment, US Constitution
All the US Amendments are crucial to our Republic and the 2nd one gives us a focus to understand our founder’s intentions. Let’s take a look at it.
Short, concise and to the point. When written there seemed to be little discussion, probably because the founders lived the reality of the peoples’ fate, if the simple truth of the statement was ignored. Today we feel generally safe from our neighboring countries and we have armed civil servants who can come to our aide when called. We have been lulled into a false sense of security, unlike that of the first generations in this nation. It is easy for us to believe that our founders needed something that we no longer need the same way today.
It would be a huge mistake to suppose such and make that assumption. The founding fathers had plenty to say about the reasons for this amendment, which we can gleam to make a common sense analysis.
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
George Mason - Co-author of the Second Amendment 1788
"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
It was obvious to these men that the right to bear arms was to protect ourselves from anyone, within or without, who would overreach to take or limit our liberties as defined in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of rights, whether invaded from outside our borders or somehow by the newly tri-partite government with a bi-cameral legislature if it failed us.
As I alluded to above, sometimes we forget our founding fathers took time to consider all these facts and wrote our founding documents, rules and government framework with a vision that includes thoughts for future generations. We can miss it when current events “seem” too elaborate and conclude our current governance is deficient for solutions. But that thinking only leads to arrogant, convoluted, ill-placed conclusions in opposition to the intent of our nation’s founding. Common sense will direct us, teach us and support our founders’ intentions if we apply it.
Dr. Ben Carson is a good example that supports this conclusion. He is recognized as a man with unpretentious common sense. Bought up in the ghettos’ of Detroit definitely gave him a sense to the dangers of violent groups who demonstrated weapons as power to control communities and disregard the liberties of others in contrast to their rights of liberty. I assume he had no other context growing up for the purpose of guns other than the negative example he witnessed. He knew if the wrong people had guns it could be a disaster for the community. Until his famous speak given at a prayer breakfast in front of president Obama in 2013, he had no reason to seriously consider the 2nd amendment until asked about it by Glen Beck in February 2013. Many radical right wing conservatives hailed his answer inadequate for a presidential run based only on this before Ben considered other opinions about the issue. I understand the concern but have seen Dr. Carson seriously consider other opinions and weighed them against the intentions our founders had for the second amendment. He has recently published some of these thoughts as an opinion piece in the Washington Times, April 22nd 2014. I’ll let you read it, but Dr. Carson has shown he is capable of understanding others viewpoints and consider them against our founding fathers objectives. This common sense approached is outlined in his book, One Nation, which you need to read. He has decided that the 2nd amendment, drafted by our founders, is critical to keeping our republic stable and safe.
“The Second Amendment was crafted by wise citizens who recognized how quickly an enemy invasion could occur or how our own government could be deceived into thinking it had the right to dominate the people.”
Dr. Ben Carson, 4/22/2014
For those, who at one time, considered Dr. Ben Carson might fail us on the second amendment, rest assured that he will up hold our constitution wholly and completely (in contrast to our current president) if we convince him to run for president in 2016.
"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
“The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People (emphasis added), in a great Measure, than they have it now. They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.”
John Adams: letter to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776
“Do we agree with the vision of the founding fathers? Or have we become much wiser than they were and feel the need to adopt a different vision?”
Dr. Ben Carson asks the question of the century. One that hasn’t been asked nearly as often or vocal as needed. But that is about to change. “We the People”, collectively, are waking up with the help of the Tea Party and people like Ben Carson. And it is scaring the pants off the progressive liberals. You want proof? Check out an opinion piece by progressive Nick Rudnik in Valdosta Today titled “VALDOSTASTATE UNIVERSITY SHOULD CANCEL THEIR ‘EVENING WITH DR. BEN CARSON” published June 11, 2014. Go ahead and read it to notice the fear through veiled partisan prejudice. But please scroll down to the bottom and read the over hundred comments on his piece. Most of them are a searing rejection of his stand and support Ben Carson.
You may not agree with every point Ben Carson makes but the thing that scares the progressives most is that Ben’s position is not one of just Democrat or Republican but rather either can have a good idea and both can work together to advancement of American values. And those values will be determined by our founding documents and all parties working to find those meanings. I love what Ben once said, “Why is it that the eagle is able to fly high, forward, because it has two wings; a left wing and a right wing.” This is the kind of people we need running our country. That is why others like Nick Rudnik don’t like someone like Ben, because it means socialistic ideas are in trouble. But if we want our nation to be as our founding father envisioned it then we must come back to the foundations.
I believe Ben Carson should run for president because he is a healer, a realist who knows American politics without being a politician (as our recent history has defined it) and shares the vision of our founding fathers. If you investigate and agree please go to RunBenRun.org and sign the petition to convince Ben “We the People” want him.
“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” — Benjamin Franklin