Dinner Topics Newsletter: Moral Standard

March 2015 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Moral Standard

 

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Moral Standards chart_8032_image009A teacher in our Sunday School class told us that he and his teenage son had a discussion about morality. “Don’t worry, Dad,” his son said, “I’ll always make sure my standards are above the standards of the world.

The teacher explained his answer by drawing this simple graph. “Suppose,” he said, “that our standards are defined by keeping the Ten Commandments, so we’ll call righteous behavior a ’10.’ This is the Christian moral standard—it stays at 10, it doesn’t change.

“Let’s say that today the world’s standard is at 9.5. So you’re at 10, and you’re above their standard. Good job. Now, as time goes on, say, 10, 20 years from now—you may stay above the world standards, but where is the world now, and where are you?”

bible1This was many years ago, but I have never forgotten that image. It’s what it means to hold to moral absolutes. When I was growing up, character training was kind of a natural part of our education, although even then it was slipping out of the schools. Now, in the 50 years since the infamous ruling that banned the Bible and prayer from schools (1963), we have seen the standards of the world plunge into an abyss.

What is to be done about it? You guessed it! The Bible has been banned from the schools, but not from our homes. The Ten Commandments are absolute—and we can depend on them as a guide to our families—absolutely.

It has been my experience that children generally crave guidance. As the song goes, “Keep the Commandments, in this there is safety and peace.”

Highlights

This leads us to our stress relief tip for this month: Keep the Commandments. It is not always easy, but in the long run, as one Christian leader said, it is easier to Prepare and Prevent than to Repair and Repent.

Defining Moment this month will include Standards for Children and Youth. Actually, the Bible is the best character education guide of all time. Bible Stories this month will include: Joseph’s rejection of Potiphar’s wife, Samson and Delilah, the integrity of Job, and the parable of the empty house.

 

truth2momentIn today’s world, Truth is under assault, and has been for many years. Articles this month will dispel many false perceptions. For example, the current admission by “experts” that after all these years of scare-mongering, cholesterol is now declared a false issue; also—the truth about stem cell therapy. In Science, Media, Academia, and Government—the “Four Corners of Deceit”—it is important to learn to distinguish truth from error; our lives and liberty depend on it.

 

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Theme Quotes for March: Moral Standard

Moses and 10 cropFor thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. ~Psalm 5:12

 

We believe in absolute truth, including the existence of God and the right and wrong established by His commandments. We know that the existence of God and the existence of absolute truth are fundamental to life on this earth, whether they are believed in or not. We also know that evil exists and that some things are simply, seriously, and everlastingly wrong. ~ Dallin H. Oaks

Tolerance for behavior is like a two-sided coin. Tolerance or respect is on one side of the coin, but truth is always on the other. ~ Dallin H. Oaks

“It is impossible to stand upright when one plants his roots in the shifting sands of popular opinion and approval. … We will all face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us—all of us—have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle.” ~ Thomas S. Monson

Regardless of what civil legislation may be enacted, the doctrine of the Lord regarding marriage and morality cannot be changed.37 Remember: sin, even if legalized by man, is still sin in the eyes of God! ~Russell M. Nelson

Even if “everyone is doing it,” wrong is never right. Evil, error, and darkness will never be truth, even if popular. In fact, 50 million people can be wrong—totally wrong. Immorality is still immorality in the eyes of God. ~Russell M. Nelson

right-wrongsignNever grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be. 

 

The opposite of Courage: “Most of the world fears the raised fist while we in America fear the raised eyebrow.” ~Mack Stiles

Spencer W. Kimball : Love people, not things; use things, not people.

 

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” ~John Adams

“The face of sin today often wears the mask of tolerance. Do not be deceived; behind that facade is heartache, unhappiness, and pain. … If your so-called friends urge you to do anything you know to be wrong, you be the one to make a stand for right, even if you stand alone.” ~Thomas S. Monson

“Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”
William Penn

“Education is useless without the Bible.”
Noah Webster

 

Let not that which I have appointed be polluted by mine enemies, by the consent of those who call themselves after my name. ~Doctrine and Covenants 101:97

 

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Keep the Commandments

dangerThe Commandments of God are like warning signs along the road of life—they keep us out of the danger zones. Keep the Commandments. It is not always easy, but in the long run, as one Christian leader said, it is easier to Prepare and Prevent than to Repair and Repent.

 

Classical Music stress relief this month provided by Chopin, Vivaldi, and Haydn

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The Dinner Topic Theme for March: Moral Standard

Defining Moments

“Defining Moments” is a monthly feature. Kind of a fancy name for a glossary. When I was growing up, we had a huge dictionary on a tall, narrow, rolling table. Whenever we asked the meaning of a word, we were told to “look it up.” We still do that. You’d be surprised at some of the interesting things you find in the dictionary, especially the 1828 American Dictionary. Now, with all the twists and spins that politicians and the media do to common words, it’s valuable to go back to the original meaning. It can make for interesting conversation, too.

 

This month:

Standards for Children and Youth

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Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Charity

Famous Birthdays: Michelangelo, Frederic Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi, James Madison, Louis L’Amour, and Joseph Haydn

 

Joseph resists TBible Stories: Joseph refuses Potiphar’s wife

Samson and Delilah

The Integrity of Job

Parable of the Empty House

Culture: To Read—Print or Digital?

God’s Moral Standard vs. Judicial Activism

Faith: Choose Wisely—Refuse the Evil and Choose the Good

coinedgeTrifle not with Sacred Things

Tolerance—a Two-Sided Coin

Health: Assyrian Christian tells the truth about Socialized Medicine

Hillsdale Imprimis: The Case against Liberal Compassion

History: Ronald Reagan warns against Socialized Medicine

Science: After all these years, is Cholesterol just another Hoax?

The Truth about Stem Cell Therapy

World: Is America turning against long-time ally Israel?

constitutionUS Constitution Series 15: Free Market Economy brings greatest Prosperity

Moral Repair Plan—always looking for reasons for optimism:

What can be done about Obamacare—Sensible steps for Congress              

 

Truth Detectors: Reality Updates

Who or what is “Allah”? View a poll on this topic, and see a  video that compares the Quran and the Bible

In these days when Truth is endangered by political expediency, it is important that we learn to discern Truth from Error, fraud, or downright deception. To find other articles on this topic, type Truth Detectors (hyphenated, to filter) in the search bar of this site.

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YouTube Music: Classic Segovia

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Segovia plays Leyenda, by Albeñiz on acoustic guitar

keyNothing is difficult to those who have the will.

From Wikipedia

SEGOVIA, ANDRES 1963       © ERLING MANDELMANNAndrés Segovia Torres, 1st Marquis of Salobreña (Spanish: [anˈdɾes seˈɣoβja ˈtores]) (21 February 1893 – 2 June 1987),[1] known as Andrés Segovia, was a virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist from Linares, Spain. He is the father of modern classical guitar and has been regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Practically all professional classical guitarists today are students of Segovia, or students of his students.[2][3]

Segovia’s contribution to the modern-romantic repertoire not only included commissions but also his own transcriptions of classical or baroque works. He is remembered for his expressive performances: his wide palette of tone, and his distinctive musical personality, phrasing and style.

Segovia was born in Linares, Jaén, Spain. He was sent at a very young age to live with his uncle Eduardo and his wife Maria. Eduardo arranged for Segovia’s first music lessons with a violin teacher after recognizing that Segovia had an aptitude for music. This proved to be an unhappy introduction to music for the young Segovia because of the teacher’s strict methods, and Eduardo stopped the lessons. His uncle decided to move to Granada to allow Segovia to obtain a better education; after arriving in Granada Segovia recommenced his musical studies. Segovia was aware of flamenco during his formative years as a musician but stated that he “did not have a taste” for the form and chose instead the works of Sor, Tárrega and other classical composers.[4] Tárrega agreed to give the self-taught Segovia some lessons but died before they could meet and Segovia states that his early musical education involved the “double function of professor and pupil in the same body”.[5]

Career

Segovia’s first public performance was in Granada[6] at the age of 16 in 1909.[7] A few years later he played his first professional concert in Madrid which included works by Francisco Tárrega and his own guitar transcriptions of J.S. Bach. Despite the discouragement of his family, who wanted him to become a lawyer, and criticism by some of Tárrega’s pupils for his idiosyncratic technique,[8] he continued to diligently pursue his studies of the guitar.

He played again in Madrid in 1912, at the Paris Conservatory in 1915, in Barcelona in 1916, and made a successful tour of South America in 1919.[1] Segovia’s arrival on the international stage coincided with a time when the guitar’s fortunes as a concert instrument were being revived, largely through the efforts of Miguel Llobet.[9] It was in this changing milieu that Segovia, whose strength of personality and artistry coupled with new technological advances such as recording, radio, and air travel, succeeded in making the guitar more popular again.

In 1921 in Paris, Segovia met Alexandre Tansman,[10] who later wrote a number of guitar works for Segovia, among them Cavatina, which won a prize at the Siena International Composition contest in 1952.[11]

At Granada in 1922 he became associated with the Concurso de Cante Jondo promoted by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. The aim of the “classicizing” Concurso was to preserve flamenco in its purity from being distorted by modern popular music.[12] Segovia had already developed as a fine tocador of flamenco guitar, yet his direction was now classical.[13] Invited to open the Concurso held at the Alhambra, he played Homenaje a Debussy by Falla.[14]

In 1923 Segovia was in Mexico for the first time. There Manuel Ponce was so impressed with the concert that he wrote a review in El Universal.[15] Later Ponce went on to write many works for Segovia, including numerous sonatas.

In 1924, Segovia visited the German luthier Hermann Hauser Sr. after hearing some of his instruments played in a concert in Munich. In 1928 Hauser provided Segovia with one of his personal guitars for use during his United States tour and in his concerts through to 1933. When Hauser delivered the new instrument Segovia had ordered, Segovia passed his 1928 Hauser to his U.S. representative and close friend Sophocles Papas, who gave it to his classical guitar student, the famous jazz and classical guitarist Charlie Byrd, who used it on several records.

Segovia’s first American tour was arranged in 1928 when Fritz Kreisler, the Viennese violinist who privately played the guitar,[16] persuaded F. C. Coppicus from the Metropolitan Musical Bureau to present the guitarist in New York.[17][18]

After Segovia’s debut tour in the U.S. in 1928, the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos composed his now well-known Twelve Études (Douze études) and later dedicated them to Segovia. Their relationship proved to be lasting as Villa-Lobos continued to write for Segovia. He also transcribed numerous classical pieces himself and revived the pieces transcribed by predecessors like Tárrega.

More about Segovia from Wikipedia

YouTube Music: Classic Rossini

Dinner Topics for Friday

Opera, the Barber of Seville, by Rossini

keyNothing is difficult to those who have the will.

From Wikipedia

Rossini1Gioachino Antonio Rossini [1] (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music.

His best-known operas include the Italian comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and La cenerentola and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell (William Tell). A tendency for inspired, song-like melodies is evident throughout his scores, which led to the nickname “The Italian Mozart.” Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history.[2] During his Paris years, between 1824 and 1829, Rossini created the comic opera Le Comte Ory and Guillaume Tell (William Tell). The production of his Guillaume Tell in 1829 brought his career as a writer of opera to a close. He was thirty-eight years old and had already composed thirty-eight operas.

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Moral Report Item: Race, Repair, and Repentance

Dinner Topics for Thursday

keyToday’s Moral Report items include several that can repair our damaged race relations. One frequently underestimated but very powerful solution—suggested by Martin Luther King’s niece, Alveda King—is Repentance. Unfortunately, everyone in the world seems to “get it” except our current leaders and the American media.~C.D.

1. How our Congress can prevent future Fergusons

Starr Parker

starr-parker-no-more-fergusonsFounder and president of Center for Urban Renewal and Education, (urbancure.org), a nonprofit think tank promoting public policy to fight poverty. Before emerging as a powerful conservative voice, Parker lived seven years in the grip of welfare dependency. Her books include Uncle Sam’s Plantation and White Ghetto. This commentary is reprinted from ONeNewsNow.com

Pain is part of life as is, hopefully, joy. As we read in the Book of Ecclesiastes, there is “a time to cry and a time to laugh.”

But real tragedy is disaster we bring on ourselves – disaster that comes from refusal to learn from mistakes.

How many of us know someone clearly on the path to destruction, but who refuses to listen, to learn? Then the inevitable happens.

This is what we’ve got on our hands with the Ferguson, Missouri, debacle that dominated the news last last year.

Pick your side. From one point of view, a black youth, Michael Brown, is now dead because a white police officer was just doing his job. The problem, in this view, is not about law enforcement, but with outsize and disproportionate black crime and homicide.

Or, no, says the other side, this is about racism. Black citizens are victimized, not protected, by police, and serially abused through racial profiling.

Regardless of where you stand, about one thing we can be sure: racially charged incidents, where death occurs, did not start in Ferguson and will not end there. We’ve been here before and for sure, without change in the conditions that guarantee these sorts of incidents, we’ll be there again.

Bookshelves sag with research that demonstrates, with crystal clarity, the relationship of crime to poverty and of poverty to lack of education, lack of work, and lack of family structure.

Don’t want to be poor in America? Get educated, get a job, get married, and have children after you are married. Do this and your chances of being poor in America are miniscule.

In poor black communities across America, these behavioral checkpoints for a decent life remain overwhelmingly unchecked. We then get crime, particularly among the youth – filled with the energy of life but no way to productively channel it – and we get Ferguson.

Can this change? It sure can. But solving any problem requires honesty and sincerity in defining the problem correctly and total commitment to do what it takes to implement the remedy.

It is no accident that black children today are three times more likely to have been born out of wedlock, and to be living in a single-parent home, than was the case before the War on Poverty launched in 1965.

The post-civil rights movement answer to the black struggle in America – pour government money into these communities – simply subsidized and encouraged destructive behavior.

Government money, government schools, labor and minimum wage laws, create all the conditions to guarantee future Fergusons – lack of education, lack of family, lack of work.

Democrats and black political leadership, because of their vested interest in the status quo, won’t lead change. So it’s up to Republicans. Here are five reforms the new Republican Congress can pass to guarantee no more Fergusons:

1) Pass Welfare Reform 2.0, Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Opportunity Grant program. This takes almost $1 trillion in annual spending on 11 anti-poverty programs and grants the money to states, allowing them to decide how to use it effectively.

2) Replace HUD housing projects and Section 8 housing with housing vouchers that low-income individuals can use wherever they want.

3) Pass legislation enabling school choice, so low-income parents can get their kids out of union-controlled, failing public schools and into church schools.

4) Allow all citizens age 30 or under and earning $30,000/year (or less) the choice to opt out of Social Security, stop paying the payroll tax, and use those funds to invest in their own private retirement account.

5) Allow for dollar-for-dollar income tax write-off of all charitable contributions that go into designated low income zip code areas.

These reforms will transition chronically poor, poverty-ridden, crime-ridden, mostly minority communities into a new era of education, family, savings, and work. It’s the only way to avoid future Fergusons.

http://www.afajournal.org/recent-issues/2015/february/how-our-congress-can-prevent-future-fergusons/

2. AFA Journal Interviews Martin Luther King’s Niece

The path to easing racial discord must lead to Jesus, says the niece of MLK.

AlvedaKing-repentanceAlveda King: There is a verse in the Bible, “My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). That is in the King James Version. If you look in the New Living Translation, God says, “My people are dying because they don’t know me.” We know we are perishing for a lack of knowledge. We know that people are dying because they don’t know God.

AK: We can overcome evil by doing good deeds and good works. We are all called as Christians to care for the least of these, to obey and serve God, and to love one another. And we are called to serve. How can we serve? We can serve in prayer. We can serve by giving. We can serve by being activists. Some Christians will be called, for example, to go out and stand in front of an abortion mill and say, “Don’t abort your baby. God loves you.” Some Christians may be called to start a pregnancy care center. Is every Christian required to be a social activist? No. But if God gives you a calling to do that, then you should do that. We cannot require others to take up the exact same banners that we take up, and I cannot condemn those who do not do what I do.

 

American Family Association Journal: What does reconciliation look like? How do we get there?

AK: What has to occur for there to be racial reconciliation – that means the human race comes together as brothers and sisters – there must first be repentance: “Father, we believed a lie, that we are separate races. We’re sorry. We know we’re of one race. You made all people, of one blood. You made all people to dwell on the face of the earth. So we repent for thinking that we are separate races. We all just need to be Your children.”

God made that clear in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name – ” We’re God’s people. So these separate people groups don’t line up with 2 Chronicles 7:14. We need to realign with the word of God. In the New Testament it says, “Beloved, let us love one another.”

Now, if we are brothers and sisters, we are going to be a little more gracious and kind to one another. We’re not only going to give our brothers and sisters opportunity, we’re going to give brothers and sisters access – to the same jobs we have, the same type of housing we have, the same type of education we have. So when we begin to see each other as broth- ers and sisters, then we are going to find ourselves reconciled.

That reconciliation will impact society. People really need the Lord. We must share the light of Christ. I think that’s very important. That is just the most essential Christian responsibility and obligation. Let that light be very bright. One light can appear to be little, but when all the lights shine, it’s a really bright light – it’s almost like a bonfire. So I think we should just become part of the bonfire.

Read More about Healing Racial Discord

http://www.afajournal.org/recent-issues/2015/february/he-shall-overcome/

3. Round I in Iowa: Scott Walker Emerges

scottwalkerin-iowaWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s rousing speech  at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday has early speculation favoring his “go big and go bold” call to Republicans.

Walker received multiple standing ovations during his speech, with news outlets reporting that the crowd was more receptive to him than to other potential GOP 2016 hopefuls including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“If you’re not afraid to go big and go bold, you can actually get results,” Walker told the enthusiastic crowd.

“There’s a reason we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April,” said Walker, pacing the stage in rolled up shirtsleeves. “Because in America we value our independence from the government, not our dependence on it.”

“In every fight for conservative principles Gov. Scott Walker has stood firm,” David Bossie, president of the conservative group Citizens United, said when he introduced Walker. “This country is a better place because Scott Walker answered the call to lead.”
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Walker is a “proven vote-getter” after he survived a recall election, then was re-elected to a second term in 2014. “I think he will relate well [in Iowa],” Time quoted him as saying.

Walker highlighted his conservative bonafides on abortion and immigration, among other subjects, but he also sees himself as having a better ability to reach voters outside the conservative base.
Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.Newsmax.com/Headline/Scott-Walker-presidential-race-appeals/2015/01/25/id/620596/#ixzz3PygN9Zvd

4. Exclusive — Under New Leadership, CPAC Heads in a More Conservative Direction

Matthew Boyle

 

Mike-Lee-AP-ConstitutionThe American Conservative Union (ACU), and its signature annual event the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), are heading in a more conservative direction after previous years when they drifted away from the core values of conservatism.

ACU’s new chairman Matt Schlapp, new executive director Dan Schneider and other staff sat down with Breitbart News for a lengthy interview at the ACU’s headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., last week—an interview in which they walked through the themes of this year’s conference. A large focus will be discussing how to apply Ronald Reagan’s three legged stool of conservatism–social conservatism, national security conservatism, and fiscal conservatism–to the problems ahead. Reagan’s “Peace Through Strength” doctrine, they say, applies to the entire cultural and political debate, not just in fighting off foreign enemies.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who has been described by the Weekly Standard as the “most important Republican not running for president” because of the ideas and solutions he’s pushing with his Conservative Reform Agenda, will be kicking off the conference with the first major speech on Thursday morning of that week.

“It’s not an accident that he is speaking at the start of CPAC,” Schneider said. “He has a comprehensive approach to conservatism that we think can launch the conference in the right direction.”

Schlapp added that Lee’s vision—which he is now pushing as chairman of the Senate Steering Committee—is “uniquely important” to conservatism.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/02/16/exclusive-under-new-leadership-cpac-heads-in-a-more-conservative-direction/?utm_source=e_breitbart_com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+January+17%2C+2014&utm_campaign=20150217_m124464944_Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+January+17%2C+2014&utm_term=More

 

5. Ugandan president leads African nation to repent, resolve, rebuild

Despite Western criticism, President Museveni and his administration continue the work begun at the dedication of the nation, as they seek the best course by which they may honor God, their people and their nation’s future. 

 Stacy Long

AFA Journal staff writer

“At the door the student turned suddenly and his face was no longer empty but furious.

“‘Our whole country is in desolation,’ he cried. ‘Amin’s victims are everywhere. They are lying unburied in the streets and in the forests, and they are rotting before heaven.’

“In a few short years Uganda’s death toll would stand at over 300,000. … From the beginning, the primary target of Amin’s brutality was the Christian church. All of his victims suffered unspeakably. They were tortured and humiliated in front of their families and friends. They were dismembered, decapitated, made to eat their own flesh. … I became convinced that the regime of Idi Amin was not merely tyrannical but demonic.”

So F. Kefa Sempangi, Ugandan professor and pastor, writes in A Distant Grief as he tells of surviving the horrifying massacres that occurred throughout the 1970s.

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Troy Smith went to Uganda in 2012 on behalf of Kabum Coffee and found a land healing from the bloody interlude between its independence from Britain in 1962 and its current administration under President Yoweri Museveni, begun in 1986.

National repentance

uganda_pres-repentSmith’s frequent trips – 11 in 30 months – between Uganda and his home in Sisters, Oregon, took him on an interesting road that ended at the Ugandan president’s Kisozi Ranch and dinner with President Museveni. As a result of that meeting, Smith began to give close attention to events surrounding the president. Most significant was Museveni’s public repentance and dedication of the nation to God in October 2012.

“This was in Uganda’s Year of Jubilee, celebrating 50 years of independence from British rule,” Smith said. “They wanted this Year of Jubilee to be filled with an intentional sequence of solemn prayer and fasting, organized through the different regions by the leaders of the nation. And it all culminated with Museveni’s public prayer.”

The president’s leadership in publicly confessing and repenting of specific sins as a nation represented a clean break from the evil committed by past leaders.

President Museveni’s speech read, “I stand here today to close the evil past.” He went on to name specific sins ranging from corruption and sexual immorality to the shedding of innocent blood and witchcraft, saying, “These sins and many others have characterized our past leadership, especially the last 50 years of our history.”

As Smith explained, witchcraft is prevalent in Africa and was likely embedded in the administrations of earlier leaders.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people that witchcraft had been brought into Uganda’s earlier government administrations,” he said. “I believe those ceremonies included human sacrifice. So the president felt that because of that past covenanting with darkness, and because the evil had been so serious and so deep, there needed to be a public repentance and dedication.”

The president’s speech finished with dedicating the nation to God:

We want to dedicate this nation to You so that You will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfill what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, a people You have chosen as Your own.”

I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft. I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation. And I hereby covenant Uganda to You, to walk in Your ways and experience all Your blessings forever.

Dedication at work

Since declaring the public dedication of the nation to God, the president and his wife, Janet Museveni, have been spearheading initiatives that particularly focus on strengthening family and moral values.

“They have a population where 50% are under the age of 15,” Smith said. “Addressing the current generation will, of course, impact Uganda’s future. Twenty-two years ago, First Lady Janet Museveni started the Uganda Youth Forum, the purpose of which is to encourage positive development of youth and teach them how to stay away from things that would destroy their lives with disease or corruption.

“One of the primary goals was to address the impact of HIV/AIDS, which has killed 30% of their population,” Smith said. “Her program used the ABC method, which focuses on abstinence and being faithful in marriage, using condoms only as a last precaution.”

That campaign began in the 1990s after more than 6,000 AIDS cases had been reported in Uganda. According to Uganda’s Ministry of Health, the prevalence of AIDS cases dropped from 18% in 1992 to 6% by 2001. Uganda’s program was “one of the world’s earliest and most compelling AIDS prevention successes,” according to research from the National Institutes of Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The same study notes that this program also dramatically affected sexual behavior, with premarital sex among males aged 15-24 decreasing from 60% in 1989 to 23% in 1995.

Unfortunately, in more recent years the program drew criticism for its emphasis on reducing extramarital sexual activity, and Western involvement has somewhat handicapped the success of the program as it had been initially implemented.

Nevertheless, Uganda’s First Family continues working to protect their youth and their future. Specifically, sexual violence is one problem before them.

“Uganda frequently follows the British custom of sending children to live in a boarding school situation,” Smith explained. “There, a sexual offender could intimidate youth into sexual acts through threats, coercion or force. Specific incidents have happened. AIDS is also spread through what they call aggravated homosexuality.

“The president is now exploring options for addressing both of those issues,” he said. “But I believe most people would agree that offending someone sexually through a nonconsensual act – as well as spreading AIDS – should be punished, regardless of the gender of offender or victim and especially if the victim is under 18.”

Despite Western criticism, President Museveni and his administration continue the work begun at the dedication of the nation, as they seek the best course by which they may honor God, their people and their nation’s future. 

http://afajournal.org/recent-issues/2014/december/ugandan-president-leads-african-nation-to-repent-resolve-rebuild/

Clear History: Plumber saves Children in Nazi Germany

Clear History, Lest we Forget—

Lady Plumber rescues Jewish children in Nazi Germany

Remember this lady?

   Irena  Sendler

 Irena-sendler-jew-rescuer

Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw,  Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.
She had an ulterior motive.

 
Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom  of
The tool box she  carried.
   She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger  kids.
Irena-sendler-2Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the  ghetto.

The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking  covered the kids/infants  noises.
During her time of doing this, she managed to
Smuggle  out and save 2500 kids/infants.

Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs  and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a  record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out,   in a glass jar that she buried under a tree  in her back yard..  After the war,  she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried  to reunite the family.Most had been gassed.    Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.

Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Later another politician,
Barack Obama, won for his work as a community  organizer for ACORN.

 

In MEMORIAM – 65 YEARS LATER
I’m doing my small part by sharing this  message.
  I hope you’ll consider  doing the same.  It is now more than 65 years since the  Second World War in Europe ended.

Irena-sendler-jew-rescuer-memorial

This message is being  sent as a memorial chain,  In memory of the six million  Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900  Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned,  starved and humiliated! 

Now, more than ever, with Iran , and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be ‘a myth’,  it’s imperative to make sure the world never  forgets,   because  there are others who would like to do it  again.

This message is intended to reach 40 million people
Worldwide! Please share it.

Action Update: Barack Obama vs. Liberty, Internet Services

Dinner Topics for Wednesday

What does “Net Neutrality” mean? It means:

  • If you have a website, you will have to get a license for it. If government bureaucrats disagree with your content, they will freedomofspeechcontrol people’s access to your site.
  • In the name of “neutrality, safety, and fairness”, the government will regulate traffic and access to sites, based on content. For example, if Fox or Rush Limbaugh get more traffic, and MSNBC gets Zero traffic, access to conservative sites will be regulated, to be more “fair” to liberal ideologies.
  • FRAUD: “Net Neutrality” is as honest a title as the “Affordable Care Act” is .  How are all the other hoaxes working out for you? Like “global warming”, Government control of school lunches, the veterans, the military, foreign policy, national security, etc. etc.
  • Speaking of honesty, Barack Obama will not even let anyone read this 330-page bill to control the Internet, before it is passed.

keyBeware! The Public is being misled on “Net Neutrality”.  You can count on Liberals using “nice” sounding names for their not-nice actions. “Net Neutrality” talks about keeping us “safe”, when in reality it is aboutcontrolling the Internet and stifling our liberty. Do not be fooled by “Net Neutrality”, even though FireFox is pushing it. Mozilla FireFox is not for liberty if they can fire their own CEO and the very designer of FireFox because they disagree with his pro-family position. Instead, please sign the petition below today. Don’t Delay! and please tell all your friends. Congress votes on this Thursday, February 26.

Action Update—

Stop Barack Obama from taking over the Internet!

protect-internet-freedomPlease, join me and go sign the petition to keep the Internet free.

 

Dear Friends,

keyObamaCare. The VA scandal. The IRS scandal–these are just a few examples of what happens when we give Government huge power without oversight.

Who do you want in charge of the direction of the Internet? People at dot com startups that brought us game changing companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon and Uber? Or nameless, faceless, unelected bureaucrats in our nation’s capitol?

obama-internet-control-lieIt’s about to happen again–the Obama Administration is fighting for a government takeover of the Internet and the Federal Communications Commission is going to vote on it February 26th. That’s why I am writing you today–I need your help to stop this.

President Obama came out a few weeks ago urging the FCC to vote to regulate the Internet the same way that it regulates public utilities under Title II. What this means is that for the first time, billions of dollars in fees will be attached to Internet service just like they are to telephone service.

You see, under Title II if someone wants to own a telephone company, there are fees baked into the law–fees companies pass on to customers.

Now, under this new regulatory regime, Internet service providers will be subject to these fees as well, and then pass them on to you, the consumer.

This is essentially a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on.

The Internet is built on speed and dynamism, it’s always changing, there are always new and better ideas that are exploding onto the scene, and part of the reason for that is that innovators are not having to go ask Washington DC for permission every time they want to do something new.

What this really comes down to is a fundamental question:

Who do you want in charge of the direction of the Internet? People at dot com startups that brought us game changing companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon and Uber? Or nameless, faceless, unelected bureaucrats in our nation’s capitol?

obama-internet-censorThere is another aspect of this that gets overlooked: the Internet is an incredibly important force for freedom, for liberty, and the rights of free speech that we hold dear. It is an existential threat to tyrants in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia that seek to keep information from their people.

We must preserve the high ground for the United States to stand up to these countries and tell them to keep the Internet free and preserve free speech on the Internet throughout the world. We cannot do that if we are regulating the Internet in a similar manner ourselves.

I am not accusing anyone of sinister motives here, but I am deeply concerned about the idea of any Government bureaucrat having the power to tell companies what they can and cannot do. In the long term, this could have a chilling effect in political speech, in ways that today we could not even begin to imagine.

We do not have much time left to stop this gigantic government takeover of the Internet. The FCC is voting on February 26th and the Left is mobilizing to support their effort to do so. We cannot let the conversation be totally one-sided. The FCC needs to hear from us today–not tomorrow or next week or next month. Today.

Please, join me and go sign the petition to keep the Internet free.

We must stand for liberty and preserve the Internet free of government interference.

Thank you for standing for Internet freedom.

Sincerely,

Senator Mike Lee
Republican-Utah

Political Corruption Report Items: Barack Obama, ISIS vs. Christians, Americans

Political Corruption Report Items:

 Our allies—The king of Jordan vows to wipe out ISIS, Egypt responds with bombs. Everyone gets it, except you-know-who. I truly regret having to report these ugly items of political corruption and abuse of power, but evil will not go away if we ignore it, like Barack Obama is doing. Truth is still our most powerful weapon.~C.D.

1. ISIS beheads, pope condemns, Barack Obama golfs

Bob Unruh

OBAMA-golfMuslim terrorists released a video of their mass execution of Christians, Egypt responded with jet fighters carrying bombs, the pope condemned the destruction of life and President Obama went golfing.

That’s even though the ISIS killers, in their video release of details of their beheading of 21 Coptic Christians dressed in orange prison jumpsuits, referenced the language Obama used just a week ago in his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast.

ISIS uses Barack Obama’s words to justify massacre

ObamaPrayerHighHorseThe ISIS killers described their victims as “crusaders” after Obama took a jab at Christians when he said: “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. And in our home country, slavery, and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

obama-defend-prophet-of-islamObama’s prayer-breakfast remarks drew a rebuke from Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, who reminded the president that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for the guilty, while Islam’s Muhammad killed the “innocent.”

Over the weekend, Obama’s golfing was uninterrupted by the savagery in Libya, prompting criticism of his priorities.

The Weekly Standard quoted Middle East scholar Bassam Tawil, “Does Obama really want his legacy to be, ‘The president who was an even bigger fool than Neville Chamberlain’?”

http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/isis-beheads-pope-condemns-obama-golfs/

 

2. Warning: Muslim political party gaining momentum in U.S.

Chad Groening

obama-muslim-brotherhood-infiltrateA conservative Christian activist says a new political party formed by the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States is moving forward with its ultimate agenda: the destruction of America from within. He credits President Obama with at least some of the group’s success thus far.

Matt Barber is a constitutional attorney and the founder of BarbWire.com. He says last year radical Muslims decided to flex their political muscles by organizing a new political party, which is now in full swing.

“The Muslim Brotherhood, while it’s being shut down in Egypt, is gaining momentum in the United States – and that is in large part due to President Obama’s support for this organization,” he tells OneNewsNow. obama-muslim-brotherhood2“A Muslim Brotherhood front group, the United Council of Muslim Organizations, has been working in Obama’s stomping grounds in Chicago to develop a political party.”

As far back as April 2014, a commentary at Investors.com warned about the groups behind the formation of the political party – among them the Washington, DC-based Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society, both of which have been linked to the Muslim Brotherhood in federal court documents.

That same commentary pointed out that the chairman of new party is “none other than Oussama Jammal, who once headed the notorious Bridgeview Mosque in Chicago.”

http://onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2015/02/05/muslim-political-party-gaining-momentum-in-us#.VOT4kSz4Hkc

3. Retired school teacher faces decade in prison over an authentic antique unloaded flintlock pistol!

gun-300-year-old-american-revolutionThe police can arrest you and throw you in prison for a decade for having an unloaded musket in your car.
Do the math. For a seventy-two-year-old, a decade in a cage is almost certainly a death sentence. The animals who run New Jersey—the beasts posing as law enforcement, as prosecutors, as legislators—are that disgusting and bloodthirsty.

You can find the story several places. Here is how the Blaze’s report begins:
He had an unloaded antique 300-year-old flintlock pistol in his glove compartment, and he told a sheriff’s deputy about it.
So this man is being threatened with effectively life in prison or a deal that involves the robbery of his pension. And there is no sign among anyone with authority in the state government that they have any twinge of conscience over what they are doing.

The willingness to do this to an innocent man represents a far greater threat to society than an unloaded flintlock that was intended as nothing more than to be part of a collection of antique artifacts. The cops who made the arrest and the prosecutor and perhaps many of the legislators are the ones who need to be re-educated through a decade in captivity!
Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2015/02/nj-second-amendment-doesnt-even-cover-musket/#RJD4579VlO7KqP8y.99

 

4. Small Business Owner Questions Why Justice Department Would Threaten His Livelihood

Kelsey Harkness

of Heritage Foundation

A third-generation veteran says the government is choking him from his livelihood, blocking his access to bank accounts and forcing him to pay exorbitant fees for basic financial services.

small-business“I’m an American, and when the government does something like this to its own citizens, it has to be stopped,” said Andy Kramer, owner of Discount Check Casher of Georgia.

Kramer supports his wife, who is a public school teacher, and three children by running a small check-cashing service in Savannah, Ga.

But over the past year, he has struggled to make ends meet, finding himself subject to the Justice Department’s covert program Operation Choke Point.

Business in Jeopardy

Kramer is aware that his industry, check cashing, is often criticized for charging exorbitant fees and thereby subject to complex regulations.

“I’m the poster boy for compliance,” he said. “I don’t mind going through all the hoops—it’s hard, it’s expensive, but I do it.”

In the early 2000s, Kramer said national banks like SunTrust, Wells Fargo and Bank of America went on a campaign to eliminate money-service businesses from their customer base.

But because local banks still supported his service, decisions made by “the big boys” never posed a significant threat.

Until Operation Choke Point kicked into gear.

The program, Kramer believes, caused a series of local banks to drop his accounts, putting Discount Check Casher of Georgia and its nine full-time employees in jeopardy.

American Action Update: Education, Truth in Political Campaign

The Tea Party is all about Education and Truth in Action

 The Yellow Card Project will give “We the People” the chance to weed out the phonies and pick a true conservative fighter to be our next President.

We are about to do something HUGE.

teapartyresults6We call it the Yellow Card Project, and it will help conservative voters weed out the squishes, the panderers, and the RINOs and select a true conservative fighter as the GOP presidential nominee for 2016.

It will revolutionize the Presidential primary process. It will give ordinary Americans more say than ever in choosing our next President.

Now, I can’t spill all the beans about this effort – yet.

But I can tell you this: The Yellow Card Project is going to be a coordinated, multi-state effort to force this year’s presidential candidates to put their policy positions on the record – and then take action to make them keep their promises!

 

Our goal is to have Tea Party volunteers attend every single campaign stop in this year’s early primary and caucus states.

There, our activists will be armed with yellow cards bearing carefully worded questions on the most important issues facing our country.

They’ll press the candidates to take a firm stand on issues like Common Core, spending, Obamacare, our national debt, tax reform, and our energy future.

We are going to force every single candidate to go on the record on the most pressing issues of our day. We are not going to allow them to “spin” their positions or dodge our questions.

We are going to create a massive record of what these candidates believe and what they are promising to do.

And then, we are going to hold them to account like never before.

This will be a major effort. And unfortunately, we’re still short of the funding we need to execute it to its full potential.

The Tea Party was founded six years ago precisely because our politicians are unaccountable to the everyday Americans like you and me.

But now, with this multi-state Yellow Card Project, that’s all about to change.

teapartypatriotslogoBecause of the Yellow Card Project, no political candidate will be able to make it through this campaign without answering to “We the People” every single day!

However, at this point this project is still in its infancy. We have the strategy in place, but we don’t yet have the funds on hand to recruit and train volunteers on such a massive scale.

The professional politicians and their high-paid consultants are tailoring their messages to skirt our core issues and “spin” their way through this campaign.

If we don’t pin them down on the issues WE want them to focus on, we may end up with yet another washed-up “moderate” candidate.

And we all remember how that turned out in the past two election cycles!

We can’t afford to nominate a candidate for President who doesn’t truly believe in cutting government down to size.

And we certainly can’t afford to elect a President who will betray us once he gets to the White House!

constitution2The Yellow Card Project will give “We the People” the chance to weed out the phonies and pick a true conservative fighter to be our next President.

But in order to accomplish that mission, we still need your help to get this massive project off the ground.

Just click here to make a generous gift right now.

Thank you in advance for all your help and support.

Sincerely,

Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund

Action Update: Don’t let Barack Obama control Internet Services!

Public being misled about “Net Neutrality”

It’s just another government power grab to stifle our liberty.

Congress Votes Thursday February 26

Please,  sign the petition to keep the Internet free.

Rush Limbaugh

RUSH:  I think, since you’ve asked, that there’s nothing wrong with the Internet that needs federal intervention.

CALLER:  I agree.

obama-internet-control-lieRUSH:  I don’t think there’s anything wrong that requires federal fixing, and I don’t think that net neutrality is net neutrality.  All they want to do is, under Title Two, regulate the Internet the way they regulate the phone companies.

CALLER:  Absolutely.  They’re trying to use a 1930s FCC law. They did it with Ma Bell, and no technology ever came out until we broke up Ma Bell. Both sides are wrong.  Now, the only thing I’ve seen that’s of any value is an article in Forbes Magazine last year. They updated it just recently. February 19th was the last day to put in your opinion.  I’ve put in mine.  But everything is secret.  Everything is secret until the new rules come out.

RUSH:  Here’s the thing.  I don’t want to make this simplistic.  I’m going to be accused of being simplistic. But who is it that wants to fix this?  Who is it that wants to “reform” this?  Who is it that’s running around saying it’s broken?  Who is it that’s running around saying it’s broken so he can get his fingerprints on it?  Who is doing this?  Barack Hussein O.  The One.  That’s all you need to know.  As far as I’m concerned, that’s all anybody needs to know.

Leave it alone.  Obama does not intend to improve it, not in the way you and I would think the Internet needs to be improved.  Obama wants to control it for a host of different reasons, not excluding money.  The control over the Internet will result in less access for more people.  It will result in more expensive access for more people.  If you don’t believe this, let me take you back to the ’90s. 

Each and every time there was a new bill that came out of Congress that was going to really fix the cable TV system — because they were ripping people off; they were overcharging everybody — Senator McCain, sitting on the commerce committee, would come out with legislation after legislation designed to lower cable rates and spread it more around equally.  And what happened?  Everybody’s rates went up.  The federal government has no business in this. The Internet is the essence of openness now.

People want everything to be FREE …

“Just because somebody has more money, it doesn’t mean they should get better speeds and better coverage!”  But, of course it does.  If you want to spend the money on 200-gigabytes down fiber coming into your house to have those kinds of speeds, you should be able to do it.  Under net neutrality, you won’t be able to.  Net neutrality, the people that are in favor of it, believe that Obama is going to punish all of these Internet service providers that are overcharging young millennials.  They also believe…

I’ll tell you something else. If you love Netflix… I happen to know a lot of the young millennial liberals love Netflix.  If you get net neutrality, you’re going to lose this open access to Netflix that you’ve got that you think is going to expand.  There’s a thing… I don’t know quite how to use the terminology here.  But some of these Internet service providers have been accused of throttling speeds and coverage based on the prices people are paying.

freedomofspeechThe more people pay, the less throttling and the more open and access the speed is. If you buy a Ferrari you get a Ferrari.  If you buy a Prius you get a Prius.  A Prius is not a Ferrari.  Net neutrality wants to turn the Ferrari into the Prius on the Internet, is basically what it does, under the guise of fairness and equality. And more importantly, as far as these young millennials are concerned, they think Obama is really going to get even with all these cable providers that these young liberal millennials hate.

That’s not what’s going to be the case.

The problem is, there’s nothing wrong with it now.  It’s as open and free as anything in this country is, and that’s the “problem.” That’s why they want their mitts on it.  It’s as open and free… How many things on the Internet can you access for nothing?  It’s incredible. If you look at an app that you buy for your smart phone or your iPad, it’s nothing. I can’t believe when I see people on these tech blogs I read complaining:  “Don’t buy this app! It’s way over priced at $1.99.”

So $1.99 is overpriced is because so many are free? Only $1.99 is overpriced?  It’s a testament to the relativity of things and how people end up being shaped not by reality but by perceptions.  The Internet is as wide open as anything is, and that’s why Obama wants his hands on it.  It’s a threat, the openness and the freedom that exists there.  They also are trying to sell net neutrality on the basis of content.

But they don’t want to pay the price for FREEDOM …

obama-internet-censor“Yeah, well, we’re not going to allow all these conservative sites to have free access to people.  We’re going to make sure the liberal sites get just as much access and have just as much access to high-speed delivery and all that!” It’s not going to happen.  That’s what they’re using and telling people that they’ll make happen.  That’s what the “neutrality” part means. Look it, all you need to know is Obama wants it; you should oppose it.  It’s that simple.  

RUSH:  If you like your Internet provider, if you do, you ought to be able to keep it.  You won’t be under net neutrality.  Try music streaming.  You have no idea how that’s going to be screwed up if they implement net neutrality.  Yup, streaming music to your device is going to become an absolute mess.  There’s no need for it.  And it’s not neutral.  And it’s not fair and it isn’t equal and it’s not going to punish anybody but the user.

Please,  sign the petition to keep the Internet free.

 

George Washington Facts, Character Education

Dinner Topics for Monday

Glenn Beck: Being George Washington, Part 2

George WashingtonkeyWithout the high regard that the French had for Washington, would they ever have agreed to fund the effort? And, if they hadn’t, what might have become of the revolution? It’s hard to say, but it goes to show you just how much character matters. In the end, it might not have been Washington’s leadership, intelligence, or military skills that actually won the war—it might have been his honor. It’s something so simple, yet so many people today dismiss it was outmoded or unnecessary. ~Glenn Beck, Being George Washington, p.79

Character Education was important to George Washington; he worked hard on it himself.

Try this award-winning Epic Stories for Character Education in “Byte-size” Dinner Topics. Keep our precious Judeo-Christian traditions alive! It’s as easy as eating dinner.

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Character Matters

Without the high regard that the French had for Washington, would they ever have agreed to fund the effort? And, if they hadn’t, what might have become of the revolution? It’s hard to say, but it goes to show you just how much character matters. In the end, it might not have been Washington’s leadership, intelligence, or military skills that actually won the war—it might have been his honor. It’s something so simple, yet so many people today dismiss it was outmoded or unnecessary. ~Glenn Beck, Being George Washington, p.79

Everything that we do in life—every battle that we fight and every mountain that we climb, no matter how many times that we may fall—may be for no other purpose than to prepare us for that moment when we are called upon to make a difference in this world.

In fact, every decision that we make, even those that seem small and perhaps irrelevant—perhaps especially those that seem small and irrelevant—may be moving us toward that moment when we can change a life for the better.

We may only get one chance to make a difference. But there is no doubt that such a moment in each of our lives is going to come.

The only question that really matters is, Will we be ready for it? ~Glenn Beck, Being George Washington, p.177

Compromise … But Not Your Principles

My point is that you should never surrender your core principles. Never—ever—never. But don’t try to get 100 percent of what you want from an ally, while giving up zero percent.

And don’t expect to get everything you want this instant; this is going to be a long fight. It won’t be decided in the next election. It may not be decided ever. The key is to continually push the needle in your direction and lay the foundation for the next group of people to push it a bit further. ~Glenn Beck, Being George Washington, p.212

Judeo-Christian Religion and the Founders

When the Continental Congress learned of the British surrender to Washington at Yorktown, representatives walked together to a Philadelphia church and prayed. Nearly a thousand other people joined America’s leaders in worship around the city. In fact, Congress recommended that the entire nation might want to observe a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” to celebrate the victory.

How times have changed. Can you imagine if Congress declared a national day of prayer after a military victory these days? The ACLU would file a lawsuit before you could say “God bless you.” On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg even banned all clergy from the Ground Zero ceremonies. ~Glenn Beck, Being George Washington, p.152

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?

I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of the City be requested to officiate in that service. ~Benjamin Franklin to Constitutional Convention (The motion did not pass, because the group did not have funds to pay the clergy.)

Leadership

The Rules of Civility let Washington display poise in the small moments and thus gravitas in the big ones. He applied these prescriptions to everyday life and they became second nature. The lesson for us is that leadership and vision don’t exist in a vacuum—or spring to life all at once. They must be practiced, and they can grow within you until they become a part of you. ~Glenn Beck, Being George Washington, p.243

Morality

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, relation and morality are indispensable supports … And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. ~George Washington, farewell address

Slavery

No section on the Constitution is complete without revisiting the topic of slavery. It’s become accepted fact that the Founders believed that blacks were worth only “three-fifths” of a human. That, however, is simply wrong.

The “three-fifths” clause was really about the census and, consequently, state representation in Congress. Slave populations in the southern states were huge at that time. If slaves were counted on a one-for-one basis then southern states would have far larger populations, and therefore, far more federal representation than the northern ones. As a result, slavery would have been nearly impossible to abolish.

Some revisionists would have you believe that those slaves were not going to be counted at all and that the three-fifths clause actually gave the southern states more power than they otherwise would have. (This allegation is, I think, supposed to “prove” just how racist and hateful our Founders really were.) But think about that logically: would the South really have been that willing to give up so much federal representation right off the bat? Of course not—they would have fought to have slaves counted as full people along with everyone else. The three-fifths compromise was just that, a compromise. It appeased the South, got the Constitution ratified, and paved the way for slavery to eventually end. ~Glenn Beck, Being George Washington, p.210

Dinner Talk

1. Why is it important, even vital, that a leader be accountable to a Being (Judeo-Christian) higher than himself?

2. Select a politician in today’s society who has made corrupt choices. Compare him or her to the standard of George Washington’s character, and discuss how the choices of the corrupt politician are affecting our nation.

3. Why is the study of history important?

Character Education was important to George Washington; he worked hard on it himself.