Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Note: The analogies used in this article are intended only to clarify or support an idea of marriage and is not intended to be applied otherwise, anywhere or upon anyone in a demeaning manner. It would not be accepted by this author.
"In forming and settling my belief relative to the doctrines of Christianity, I adopted no articles from creeds but such only as, on careful examination, I found to be confirmed by the Bible."
John Jay 1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
"Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System."
John Adams 2nd U.S. President
You don’t say golfing is tennis.
You don’t call a rabbit a duck.
It just makes common sense in our culture and way of life to keep certain main beliefs and actions defined so we can accurately respond to the needs involved across those varying principles. See, it wouldn’t be good to house a rabbit on a pond or compete at golf with a racket instead of a club. They are different. Not one better than the other or extraordinary from the additional, but rather just handled differently based on facts. It would be unfair to everyone involved if the duck was cultured as the rabbit or if tennis was scored the same as golf.
That is not to say when things are very similar or they respond in like ways or are biblical, we treat them with comparable reactions.
"In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. … The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just - a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless." (emphasis added)
Lincoln's Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.
An individual is a person whether he is black, white, red, brown, has two arms or one and we know this because in America we base our individual values found by inalienable rights defined on the cultural initial principals the founding father used for our governmental structure. Yes, Judeo-Christian values found in God’s word, which the founders believed was the only way our government can work.
Under these facts, marriage is a union between a man and a woman for the purposes defined within the context of values this republic was founded on (outlined above). Does that mean American’s ignore the beliefs of others who want to play a different game then how our government has been established to work on? No. But you don’t call golf tennis when it is not. Marriage is between a man and a woman but if others believe differently than give them similar advantages but don’t call it marriage. It is a different union. Maybe it should have the same advantages as a marriage but that doesn’t mean it is one. People can play golf or tennis, but it is just too confusing to call them both the same thing and keep score or even finish with winning results. Ducks can live in wooded areas with the rabbits but they do better if we give them a pond to play and feed from. I will gladly give my gay friends support for the same type advantages I get in my marriage with my wife, but just don’t call it something it’s not. You need to come up with a name for your new game and then we can talk about the rules.
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
George Washington 1st U.S. President
Friday, June 29, 2012
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their (citizens of USA) right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” - The Declaration of Independence (italics added)
The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independent determined that in order for a free people to obtain and keep freedom and liberty, drastic measures were needed. Then, it was Boston Tea Party and a military revolution. Now, after decades with similar feelings of “long train of abuses and usurpations” we feel the beating back of modern citizens’ liberties and a small government that focuses on the original tenants our founders established. We find ourselves at a similar crossroads of an intrusive and overbearing “king”.
The Declarations goes on to say, “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.” Read and see if some of these “facts” seem to be repeated today?”
"He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."
"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance."
"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation."
"For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent."
"For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments."
I believe we are at the same defining moment but with a greater advantage. There are those that might shout, “BEAR OUR ARMS” but we have a greater weapon, supplied by our founding fathers and those who fought to obtain and keep them. All we need is for “the people” to educate themselves and others on the mechanism of our American Republic and then vote for those who understand them and support the intent of liberties it is all found on. I’m encouraged that some movement has be made in this direction the last few years but there is much, much more work to be done.
It is the duty of every American citizen to learn and understand what our founding fathers envisioned, entertain cultural and philosophical ideas (which are more than less) that fit the republic framework as founded by the framers and vote to encourage those that support these percepts. Complaining is useless without vision that repairs it
You may have read some of my blog and notice I refer to the American Republic often as opposed to a democracy. Americans need to understand this difference. I leave you with several quotes the founding father said about a democracy and hope you are intrigued enough to find out why.
Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence - “a simple democracy ... is one of the greatest of evils."
James Madison, U.S. President "Democracies, in general, have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."
John Adams, signer and U.S. President- "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
John Quincy Adams, U.S. President "The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived."
Friday, January 13, 2012
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed (italics added).
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
"The experiment is made, and has completely succeeded: it can no longer be called in question, whether authority in magistrates, and obedience of citizens, can be grounded on reason, morality, and the Christian religion, without the monkery of priests, or the knavery of politicians." (Italics added)
John Adams 1788, "A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America"
It’s a new year and by the end of it I hope a new direction for our government.
There are those of the Liberal left who have, over the years, been promoting a perverted or ignorant form of patriotism that ignores the roots of a true American patriot. They use familiar arguments such as the following about our Pledge of Allegiance.
“The Pledge in use today, written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, was modified by the U.S. congress in 1954 by adding the words “under God” and in effect turning it into an unconstitutional public prayer. There are millions of Americans who believe in God but do not believe they are "under" God.”
I’m not in total disagreement with the premise but I don’t think public prayer is unconstitutional (another blog for another time) and the reason for the modification was for the purpose of amplifying the intent of the founding fathers. Americans don’t have to believe they are “under” God or even need to believe in God but rather, all need to understand our nations’ working principals and philosophies are based and work only in the context of religious Judea-Christian teachings that our founding fathers used to establish our government. Until the early twentieth century it didn’t need to be highlighted because it was implied by all our major founding documents and understood by every American because it was taught as such. Today those principals are ignored or purposely obscured using perverted liberal philosophy that the liberals of the Abraham Lincoln era would not recognize or agree with.
As for “In God We Trust” on our money, yes, it was not on our paper currency until 1956 but has been on our coins since 1863 largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase instructed James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, to prepare a motto, in a letter dated November 20, 1861. This was largely in part because of liberal thought of the time, something liberals of today would not understand. It was liberal thought of the pre-civil war that blacks were equal under the constitution who wanted “In God We Trust” on our money. This is something “conservatives” of today understand but progressive liberal want to discourage for their own perverted American idea. Again, we need to amplify the intent of our founding because it is not taught as the truth it still is today.
“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation (italics added).”
Samuel Adams, letter to Elbridge Gerry, November 27, 1780