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It is October 2013 and the federal government of the USA has been “shut down” due to arguments over budgets and funding Obamacare. Well, the Fed really is not shut down. The only things “closed” by the Obama administration are things that would make others lives inconvenient or painful; everyone who is not an Obama-friend that is.
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On September 10th, the #POTUS, Barack Obama, mentioned Syria did not abide by international law. What governing body edicted this law that is required to be internationally obeyed? My short research on the subject could not find any such dictating and enforcing entity. It is not the UN. So, who?
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I finally watched Spielberg’s Lincoln. I must say the movie deserves every recognition it received. The writing, direction, production, and performances were all very well done. I believe the men and women portrayed were justly honored. It left me wondering and in tears.
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Part 2 in the series “Why You Should Not Elect Me President”
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Have Congress and POTUS lost their senses? I keep seeing texts and articles on the subject of debt ceiling increases and proposed tax increases. I have to question the sanity of our elected officials. How sane is it to look into an empty sack and say there is more in there? Yet that is exactly what Congress has been doing since the surplus of the early 00’s.
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Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war – for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted – for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us – and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington, POTUS

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60 backpatting Senators have forgotten the 300,000,000+ other people of the USA. They voted forward a bill that multiplies the national debtload, they forgot financial responsibility to the nation, and they wish to impose a minority opinion on the majority of Americans. Merry Christmas from WDC. They will be after your presents next.

While healthcare for all people of the USA is a nice thing and a lofty purpose, it cannot come at an expense of trillion dollars of debtload. If utimately passed to the POTUS to sign [and he will] the only logical way to pay for this exorbitance is to increase the taxload on the citizenry.

Some might now say, well that is how civics works. They would be right and wrong. Yes on the process, no on whether it is the right thing to do for the nation.

A short lesson in economic filtering. You the citizen have only so much. Several get together and form a government. The government needs stuff. You and others give stuff for the managing of the government. The government provides oversight and care but does not run your affairs. Now the government says it wants to add X to what it is already doing at ??? cost. Since the government is not a producer but a consumer, it goes to the producers and asks for this ??? cost increase. The government should ask its citizens if it is willing to pay the additional ??? cost. If not, the ??? cost is assayed and spent without input from the citizens. The citizens are now told they have to pay for ??? costs whether they were asked their opinion or not. The government has become non-representative and a parasite, not just a consumer but a hoarder.

Average USA family bringing in 52,000 a year. He works. She works. They have kids, pets, house, cars. Ballpark tax, FICA, SS, etc 30% on their $1,000 per week. They keep $700 per week or $1400 every two weeks payday or 2 paydays per month on average or $2800 per month.

House 2800 – 1000 [loan + insurance] = 1800
Cars 1800 – 800 [loan + insurance] = 1000
Utilities 1000 – 400 [electricity, water, gas, telephone] = 600
Groceries 600 – 300 [conservative with kids] = 300
School lunches for kids 300 – 200 = 100
Miscellaneous spending: $100

@WDC, just where are you going to get the additional tax income?

Let’s follow a chain of events …
– Congress and POTUS increase taxation on those who cannot shelter income
– 95% of citizens have less discretionary spending $$
– 95% of citizens spend less
– Consumer goods companies projected sales and production based on 95% of citizens spending more not less
– Consumer goods companies do not sell at expected levels and cut back production
– Consumer goods companies do not need as much staffing at lower production levels
– Consumer goods companies layoff employees
– 10% of 95% now find they have no viable sources of income
– 95% of citizens spend less
– Tax base for Federal and State income decreases
– Tax base to fund programs were based on X taxable revenue and income
– Fed/State programs still spend money but more is needed so those in government vote themselves a raise and increase taxation to fund current programs, new programs, and their raises.
– Go to top and start over …

It could be just one man’s opinion but our form of government is supposed to be representative oversight to ensure all citizens have the freedom and capacity to work well together and have a process for settling grievences or disputes; our government is supposed to provide singular voice for the State or National government; our government is supposed to provice congressional representation of localities to ensure localities are represented and heard at the State or National levels; our government is supposed to provide judicial experts or persons of learning and wisdom to preside over disputes and provide arbitration or direction in adjudication at local, State, and National levels.

Somewhere those principles of sound governance were bypassed for a restatement of Eurasian aristocracy and oligarchy. [Look up those words if you do not know them. They are worth the education.] And those that are not a part of this aristocracy and oligarchy have become the new serf or peasant class.

The USA is now rife with ‘politicians for life’ … not pro-life necessarily, just in office for life. Having somehow convinced those in their constituency that they know best how to govern for those represented. Rather than requiring accountability or validation of representation, the aristocratic oligarch continues in office until health or death removes him/her.

The danger in an aristocratic oligarchy is the AO’s begin to believe they are the only ones that know best what is good for the ‘common’ citizen so the AO’s no longer seek input for governance from those who vote to keep them in office. Instead, the sycophants, the courtiers, and influencers of power are heard, because they tell the AO’s what they want to hear and fund the AO lifestyle or the next media campaign in election clothing.

To those who might be reading this, we of the USA are currently in that state of governance wherein we are governed by aristocratic oligarchs who no longer feel it is right, proper, or fitting to respond to, be accountable to, or fairly represent those who voted them into office.

It is no surprise to me that based on the prevailing sentiment of current governance that sycophants, courtiers, and influencers are looking to Eurasia for governance modeling, because under that modeling power is retained in the hands of the few over the masses, input into governance of the masses is not sought or required, and those elevated to the status of AO have become the neo-noblesse of the modern era and will remain such until deposed by the highest eschelons.

All is not lost yet. While still a representative form of government it is the duty and responsibility of every USA citizen of 18 years or older to vote, to speak up in council, to vocalize appropriately, to require accountability, to demand a response from your representative on how they have governed in your stead, or be your own Oliver Cromwell and vote them out of office. [Oliver Cromwell deposed the English government for a season]

The evil you know is not better than the evil you do not know. They are both evil.

If you do not see a good candidate for office out of those who are running or hinting at running, go find one and support that person wholeheartedly. If you can’t find one that states all you need stated, you just may be your own best candidate for office.

Many in our current US Congress do not have our best interests at heart; as evidenced by their mishandling of government trust and misspending of our taxes.

You have the opportunity to address that in 2010.

Find the candidates in your area, your locality, your State, that are going to be fiscally responsible and chiefly responsble and accountable to you.

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Essays: Church and State … There Can Be No Separation

by Dave “Doc” Rogers

 

There has arisen in recent years a resurgence of ‘anti’ Church rhetoric and that mainly surrounds the oft misquoted sources for the term ‘Separation of Church and State.’ That misquoting most notably starts with the US Supreme Court in their 1878 decision Reynolds v. United States whereby they misquote President Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists Association of Connecticut.

 

Litigants are typically not historians nor are they English majors. Preferentially, they will choose those bits of English stated commentary that best support their position rather than looking at the content and intent as a whole. The onus is upon the hearer or reader to validate intent and use rather than present their stated arguments in validation and contextual truth. It’s not lying if it is omission and it’s not lying if you don’t tell the whole story. It is deception through omission but that doesn’t get prosecuted too heavily.

 

What they do not tell you is the why things were written. What other missives were penned or pressed or lived that lead to the decisions made, voiced, penned, pressed. Sadly, American education seriously lacks in this area. Okay, caveat. Maybe it was just my educational experience that was sadly lacking through the institutions in whose classrooms I sat for instruction. But, I seriously do not think so. I have observed too many and discussed the processes with too many “students” to accept my experience as unique.

 

In this essay, I will explore what are Church, State, separations, why, and why it cannot be. It will be perspectives based but more broadly than most protagonists would like it to be. A chasing of truths rather than personal agenda, if you would allow.

 

Let us build a foundation, shall we? Let us start with Jefferson since most arguments like to use his statements as a head of state and co-penner of things constitutional or otherwise around the formative years of the United States of America.

 

Thomas Jefferson, the third POTUS, was an integral instrument in the language of the founding ideals of this country. He served Virginia, the Continental Congress, the Federation, and the United States well and in several roles. One of his roles was as Secretary of State under the Washington administration. This role was influential upon him as it had him traveling to Europe to interface with the kingdoms there to gain their support and recognition of the fledgling USA.

 

The state of Jefferson’s Europe was one divided by kingdoms, principalities, and churches. In some cases, the king and kingdom were subservient to the church and church leaders; in others, the king was titular head of the church. This is the world to which Jefferson was thrust and lived for a span of time. He saw first hand the effects of a ‘state’ that controlled the ‘church’ and a ‘church’ that controlled the ‘state.’ Neither situation was desirable.

 

At this point in human history, there really had not been a form of government like unto what was being put forward by the USA. Certainly, there had been forms of democracy but nothing to the order of the “Grand Experiment,” as the US’s government was being referred. Rather than having a singular sovereign or even a patron class, all citizens were considered equal. Yes, even in the original documents it was inferred all Man; however, economics and politics changed the verbiage to what would be acceptable for the fledgling nation to stay together. That last bit is a different argument for a different time.

 

Jefferson returned home more fully convinced our constitutional government was a correct form of government. His efforts as a statesman, governmental minister, Governor, Secretary of State, Vice President, and President bear that out.

 

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution, famously known as one of the amendments within the Bill of Rights, states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

 

We will key on the phrase ‘shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ This statement was included in the US Constitution due to the influence of the State in religious matters elsewhere in the world. Basically, in other countries if you were not of the ‘approved’ religion then you could be jailed or sentenced to death. And, that happened frequently in Europe, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. So having the freedom of religion in the USA was keenly important to the people who lived within the fledgling nation. Burning or imprisoning heretics became illegal.

 

In the Treaty of Tripoli, 1797, there is mentioned in Article 11 the statement that the USA “…is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen…” This statement was made due to the climate of the times. In recent memory of the Muslim people, the ‘christian nations’ of Europe declared holy war against the Muslim people, so the Muslim people were getting even. The ‘christian nations’ were those governed by the christian church that ordered them to go. The USA argument was it was not a ‘christian nation’ governed as those others were. It didn’t help. There was still war until Jefferson’s term as POTUS. But, the term ‘christian nation’ does not apply to the USA. Its government is not ‘christian.’ Its population is.

 

The treatment of individuals by a government is a concern for the citizens of the USA. Their relatives still in Europe are still being persecuted for their particular brand of religious belief; oddly enough, for variations in Christianity too. So, at the time of penning, the letter to the Danbury Baptists Association, there was still concern that the government would forego the commitments of the Constitution and institute a State religion as with most countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America outside of the US. This Jefferson addresses in the main paragraph of his letter.

 

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”

 

Reference:

Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists, source Library of Congress

http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

 

The ‘separation’ so mentioned was to keep the State out of the Church; not keep the Church out of the State. You would never be able to convince a bunch of Baptists that they have no part and parcel in their government, but Jefferson could convince them as POTUS that the government would have no part or parcel in the directing and controlling of the Church; or in their case, Baptists in Connecticut.

 

That has sense been misinterpreted.

 

There is a well funded, vocal, vociferous, minority segment of the US that opposes in the strongest terms possible Christianity. I am not certain of the sources of these animosities, in majority. They probably predate me anyways. Suffice it to say that they do not like the Judeo-Christian god and they think it is ‘cool’ to bash, naysay, negatively prey upon, and generally deride anything that has to do with this Judeo-Christian god. I really think it has a lot to do with the basic tenants as stated in the Judeo-Christian Bible more than anything else. That is a different argument for a different time.

 

The vocal minority would have everyone believe that most of the founding fathers of the USA were atheists, agnostics, deists … anything but Christians. They are actually wrong, but believe by volume they can shout down their opposition and rewrite history to their versions. I have discovered that those who protest too much are compensating. Me? I just refuse to be shut up anymore. You are going to have to deal with that, not me.

 

David Barton and his partners at Wall Builders [http://www.wallbuilders.com] are working to clarify some of those misinformed, partially mentioned, or completely overlooked statements.

 

Now we get to the Church and why there can be no separation from government … no separation of the Church in government but yes to separation from Government in the Church.

 

First, what is the Church? At the outset, it is not an international organization headed from a far with oversight of earthly governments. That doesn’t play so well in the USA. What it is is people. Bad English but it clarifies.

 

When we as a people forget that the Church is the people, we fail. There is a parallel and I think therein lies part of the confusion.

 

The Government is the people. The Church is the people. But … this is important … the Church is not the Government and the Government is not the Church. Whew… chew on that for a bit.

 

To better understand the Christian concept of Church, you have to look at the sources of the etymology … word usage. The word ‘church’ shows up in the New Testament of the Judeo-Christian Bible. It is the word ekklesia. This word denotes a called out or called up group of equals who sit in decision and nominate/elect their leaders. Without this turning into a Bible Study, one of the aspects of the Messiah was that the government would be on his shoulders; hence he had an ekklesia of his own. As Jesus said, his government was not of this world, so his ekklesia was not for this world either. There is another aspect to Judeo-Christian theology. They were given a mandate at the outset of Man to rule, reign, and have dominion over this world. If you get enough of these people together, they will need earthly organization or government.

 

For the purposes of this essay, the Church is one body of people whose membership can also be within the body of people who provide oversight and governance. Therefore, I argue there can be no separation of Church & State. The State has no right or authority over the Church by the mandates of its constitutional amendments. The authority of the Church consists and is limited to the rights of its individual membership to seek out and pursue governance for themselves; and within the USA that governance is in accordance with the Constitution, its individual and entirety Amendments; and the Constitutions and or Charters of individual States within the entirety of the USA, its municipalities, frontiers, territories, and commonwealths.

 

As Abraham Lincoln famously closed his Gettysburg Address, “…; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” 

 

Source:

Library of Congress Online

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits.gadd/gadrft.html

 

For establishments of argument, the Church is a body of believers of a religious practice and not an alien governmental body influenced by an external, earthly head of an alien state or governing body. In like manner, the Government is not an instrument unto itself but is respondent, accountable, and consistent of its legal citizenry regardless of race, creed, color, religion, or national origin. The dictates of governmental documents hold those many and individual citizenry serving within the Government at the same liberty and constraint that it provides and withholds to all its citizenry. The Church can be in the Government. The Government cannot be in the Church. The Church does not have rule over the Government except by those individual and severally members exercising their due processes as ordained to them through this Constitution of the USA; and the Constitutions and or Charters of individual States within the entirety of the USA, its municipalities, frontiers, territories, and commonwealths.

 

With that said, the Church is not, cannot be, separate from the Government of these United States of America. Anything contrary to this position is actually unconstitutional by USA constitutional standards.

 

Accept it.

 

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