Saturday, July 12, 2014

Factions, Political Parties and Americans

"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.”

John Adams

“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.” 
John Adams

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

US Amendments and the Founders Intent

“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."
George Washington

"Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
Thomas Jefferson

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."
Patrick Henry

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Restoring Our Foundation – A Healer is Needed

“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 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

“It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.”  — Alexander Hamilton

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Who Spoke in Eric Cantor’s Primary Loss?

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble opinion, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." -- John Adams

My simple answer to the header question is “We the People”.  But obviously there is much more to it. Our two party system can be a detriment to our politics, as John Adams suggests in the opening quote, but it doesn’t have to be if Americans pay attention. In a surprise upset Eric Cantor lost his primary bid, after seven terms in congress and the current House Majority Leader, to a virtual unknown, David Brat. There are those who will claim that Cantor's loss was about immigration but though there is an element of truth to that claim, it only points as an indicator to a more fundamental truth. Our republic works best when the people understand their duty to vote for those who work for our interests and then make sure to hold them accountable to that trust.

David Brat makes an interesting statement on Hannity. “Although I had tremendous Tea Party support and just wonderful people in the Tea Party grass roots helping me out, and they're clearly responsible for the win, but I ran on the Republican principles.” People are beginning to understand we need to vote politicians in office that hold our principles. It may be Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or other, then defined by how we stand in it; such as conservative, liberal, progressive or constitutionalist. Many of us will find ourselves an odd concoction of a few or all of these labels. The point being, we need to know who we are before we can elect those who can do what we need and want. A majority in Virginia managed to do that and changed how they are represented in Congress and maybe what Congress may decide to do in the near future.

Can it be done on a larger scale? Ben Carson is man who is not a politician or tightly affiliated with any one party. But he is a man of great principals and integrity. He is a man who believes in One Nation and would lead America back to its roots and founding to again be a great nation and envy to the rest of the world. But we need to decide if “We the People” is who we are and hopefully convince Ben Carson that we believe he represents us no matter what political party we associate with.

“However [political parties] 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, Sep. 17, 1796

Friday, May 23, 2014

One Nation – A Vision Defined by Dr. Ben Carson

“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.” - Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Ben Carson has effectively outlined the path Americans need to take to preserve the United State of America as the nation in which every individual is free to peruse liberty and happiness to the enrichment of self and our fellow man. It is the goal of our founding fathers. Every American should read his work, One Nation, and know how we can all work together to bring this country back to the mission our founders envisioned.

If anyone other than my Lord Jesus has entered my mind, read my thoughts and then said what I believe our great nation needs to get back on track, it is Ben Carson. And I know I’m not alone. There is millions of other who have the same vision and now it has been thoroughly defined. I would hope that all my other posts in this blog would only emulate the same passion and position as Ben has effectively outlined. I’m not shy to proclaim that if Dr. Ben Carson feels led to run for President of this nation, I and millions of others would vote for and support such a bold and arduous commitment.

I will not belabor the point with lengthy verbal quotes from Ben Carson but will encourage and if I had the power (but no one does, thankfully), command you to read the heart and vision of Ben Carson through his written work, One Nation and other works penned by him. You will find his vision, the vision most Americans want to or do hold as our founding fathers did. Not necessarily that this is a nation for Christian only, but rather a nation based on Christian values so anyone and everyone is free to pursue life as they find it good and beneficial for all people. A republic such as this great experiment known as the USA can only survive when we all work together, not always agreeing but deciding the best path directed by our constitution, bill of rights and declaration of independence.

“Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift from God?”
Thomas Jefferson

“This is a Christian nation” - United States Supreme Court Decision in Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 1892

“The Scriptures tell us righteousness exalteth a Nation.” - Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams

“This nation under God” - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysberg Address and inscribed on Lincoln Memorial

“[The Bible] is the rock on which our Republic rests.” - Andrew Jackson

“The only foundation for . . . a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” 
Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence 

Monday, January 20, 2014

America – Who Are We and Why

Andrew Cuomo, the New York Governor, is a prime example of any bias political intolerant opinion but surely demonstrated the liberal lefts’ modern embrace of their common narcissistic prejudice and inability to debate the issues; e.g. “I’m right so you have to be wrong”.

If you haven’t heard yet, Mr. Cuomo believes conservatives who oppose abortion and gay rights and favor traditional gun ownership “have no place in the state of New York.’’ With this said I’m almost reluctant to admit that I am from, was born in, New York State. But I’m not reluctant because I know many people and have family from that great state and they will disagree with any such ignorant intolerance publicly demonstrated. At least in my new home state of Arkansas, both sides of the political arena (at least from the area I reside) normally will debate the issues until, at the very least, we can “agree to disagree”. I have yet heard a public official declare someone was not welcomed because of a difference of opinion.

The issue with such demonstrated liberal intolerance is they cannot comprehend there is a worldview held by most conservatives that drives their moral compass and hold it as the truth.  The rub is liberals do not believe this conservative worldview is right and draw their conclusions from other values. The debate should revolve around this point but rarely is and most times because those values are not understood or recognized to begin the debate. Both opposing sides argue their values are the truth … but neither can prove beyond any facts learned through experiments and observation their “truth” is absolute. This is the reason the liberal left drives to silence a different viewpoint, because it’s easier, faster, less messy and ignores the problem that conservatives could convince others there might be valid reasons for their opinion, changing the direction of public opinion. God forbid people find an alternative reason to keep America within its proven success based on its founding principles. No, liberals want to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” as promised by our current president.

The debate revolves around the founding of America and whether those values are still valid for today or will we become another declining nation like all the others that tried socialist type values and fail. This is where the people of this nation should be focusing any debate and all the rest will become moot.

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
   - George Washington

"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."
   - Charles Carroll signer of the Declaration of Independence

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Color of Character

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
Abraham Lincoln

We have become a nation blinded to, or ignorant of the color of character. I use that analogy simply to help showcase my argument. Back when our nation was young and developing, the leaders and writers of our foundation were people whom the common citizen recognized as individuals that drove for individual liberty, freedom and common good because they could see the color of character in the ones serving them.

This ability was nurtured by common values founded in the struggle for freedom from an overbearing government and society that stole the common man’s property, liberty and religious independence so as to control the masses for the purpose of wealth and power at their expense. The color of character was learned and appreciated because the individual needed it to fight and keep the truth that all men are created equal and deserve the right to pursue happiness by guaranteeing the opportunity to strive to be the best person he considered was good, right, and truthful to the advantage of all.

So you’re asking, what is the color of character? Character is something needing discernment and not obvious by mere physical observation. It can only be evaluated through values and standards of the one making the appraisal by observing someone’s choices, reactions and consistency that forms their integrity. This is not always easy and requires knowledge and personal discipline found only in one’s own developing integrity, which can be shallow or growing.

The “color” depends on the values and philosophies someone uses to determine the integrity of people and the measure used for that “color”.  Again, this is not always easy and people will readily make their opinions based on someone else’s work without questioning the color. Definitely different from telling if someone’s skin is red, black, white, yellow or brown and any various in between. This takes little to no effort to determine, but has been used to label people as privileged, rich, poor, ignorant, intelligent, bad, good, et. No one would argue this is wrong.

But it seems today we the people have become blind to the color of character. That our last president was elected more based on the color of his skin rather the color of his character is a sad commentary to where we have gone. Don’t get me wrong, I can think of a dozen other people that share our current president’s skin color but have a complete opposite color of character that I would have been proud to support whether they are a man or a woman. I find it ironic that the president who fought so hard to free people from the prejudice of their skin color and quoted by this president as a role model for his presidency has a character color in complete opposition to Lincoln’s for America.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln 

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

Abraham Lincoln