Character Education, Behavior Repair, and Charles Dickens

Dinner Topics for Thursday

Character Education, Behavior Repair—“By Any Other Name. . .”

key“It is easier  to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

Dickens_dream<—Charles Dickens and his characters

In Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations, the young boy Pip started out in difficult circumstances, being raised by his older sister, who was very harsh. When he came of age, he was blessed with a considerable fortune from an unknown benefactor. His money caused him to be rather prideful and vain, but his conscience always bothered him. When at length he discovered the source of that fortune, he was humbled. In due time, Pip overcame his pride and vanity, because he ultimately heeded his conscience, felt compassion for many he had once disliked, and developed a sincere desire to do what was right.

Another story from great literature is in the Bible, where Jesus Christ met the woman taken in adultery. After He shamed her accusers, there was no one left to condemn her or throw stones at her. The Savior told her to “go and sin no more.” Although Jesus did not condemn her, neither did He forgive her at that time. There is something she needed to do first, in order to obtain that forgiveness. She needed time to repent. (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p.68)

The dictionary defines repent—“to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life.”

Character education, behavior repair—what have you—implies the choosing of right over wrong, and making an effort to change for the better, or in other words, repentance. Repentance, by any other name, is still repentance.

People often have negative feelings about repentance. However, honest observations of our current culture compel us to acknowledge that good character leads to a more peaceful, orderly, and happy society. The truth of this principle cannot be ignored.

Parents need not be afraid of holding their children to high moral standards. The atonement of Christ is a safety net in the times of falling short, but it is fastened to repentance. Repentance is not easy, but it is easier in the long run. Still, “it is easier [yet] to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

After His suffering was over, Jesus said that if we would repent, or turn from sin, we would not have to suffer for those sins, because He already paid the price. So, at the end of the day, we see that “repentance” is really a message of love, because it is the key to mercy, and ultimately saves us from a lot of unhappiness.

Copyright © 2011 by C.A. Davidson

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Charles John Huffam Dickens; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.[1] During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular.[2][3]

Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens was forced to leave school to work in a factory when his father was thrown into debtors’ prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms.

Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly installments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication.[4][5] The installment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience’s reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback.[5] For example, when his wife’s chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens went on to improve the character with positive features.[6] Fagin in Oliver Twist apparently mirrors the famous fence Ikey Solomon;[7] His caricature of Leigh Hunt in the figure of Mr Skimpole in Bleak House was likewise toned down on advice from some of his friends, as they read episodes.[8] In the same novel, both Lawrence Boythorne and Mooney the beadle are drawn from real life—Boythorne from Walter Savage Landor and Mooney from ‘Looney’, a beadle at Salisbury Square.[9] His plots were carefully constructed, and Dickens often wove in elements from topical events into his narratives.[10] Masses of the illiterate poor chipped in ha’pennies to have each new monthly episode read to them, opening up and inspiring a new class of readers.[11]

Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age.[12] His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, is one of the most influential works ever written, and it remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. His creative genius has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to G. K. Chesterton and George Orwell—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand Oscar Wilde, Henry James and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.[13]

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Political Repair: Undo Barack Obama Actions; Undo Common Core

Dinner Topics for Thursday

Political Repair: Undo Barack Obama Actions; Undo Common Core

1. Ted Cruz: My First Act As President Will Be……

Undo Barack Obama Unconstitutional Executive Actions

Well it sounds good….
Check it out:

TedCruzSen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells Breitbart News that if he’s elected President, one of his first actions will be to undo all of President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders.

“Absolutely,” Cruz replied when asked if one of the first things he would do if elected would be to undo all of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in Houston.

The next 20 months are going to be very dangerous because President Obama, unfortunately, seems to have decided to disregard the United States Congress and disregard the American people and instead is trying to force through as much of his extreme agenda as possible via unilateral executive action—and I think we’re going to see that only accelerate through the end of 2016 with more and more unconstitutional executive orders, more regulatory abuse and more and more efforts to go to the United Nations and foreign war tribunals in an effort to end run Congress.
Read more at http://cowboybyte.com/37614/ted-cruz-my-first-act-as-president-will-be/

 

 

2. Parents taught how to get kids out of Common Core

Teaching standards called ‘threat to personal liberty’

Bob Unruh

Note this example (below) of a Common Core math problem: Total Nonsense

 

Common-Core-MathThe Common Core school standards imposed on teachers by Washington bureaucrats have been rejected by multiple states, targeted by lawsuits and criticized as more indoctrination than education.

Now parents are being given a turn to take a whack at the one-size-fits-all program that relegates George Washington to a half a sentence and compares the Declaration of Independence to a high-school romance breakup letter.

The Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center is urging parents to opt their children out of the restrictive regulations and requirements, providing forms to make the process easier.

“The opt-out form is based on the constitutionally recognized fundamental right of parents to direct the education of their children and on federal statutes which were designed to protect student privacy,” said Richard Thompson, the chief counsel for the organization.

“Our Founding Fathers recognized the dangers to our freedoms posed by centralized control over public education. However, today, all but a handful of state governments, enticed by millions of dollars in federal grants, are voluntarily inviting the federal government to take control of our public schools, imposing untested educational standards and obtaining personal information on children and their parents which would make any totalitarian government blush with envy,” he continued.

Say-No-To-Common-Core-Pins“We must ever keep in mind, ‘The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will become the philosophy of the government in the next.’ Clearly, Common Core is a threat to individual privacy and liberty, and to our constitutional republic,” he said.

His group has posted online a sample form to help parents meet the requirements of Michigan state law, where Thomas More is located. The group suggests it can be used as a template by attorneys preparing similar forms in other states.

The form, above a line for a parent’s signature, states “in accordance with the fundamental constitutional rights of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching and education of their children, and the relevant state and federal statutes, I hereby request my child … be exempted and excused for the school year … from the following check marked activities.”

There are options to exempt a student from “any and all standardized testing or activities required by law, under which individual student data are collected and/or shared with the federal government or other entities outside of the local school district; or are used for the purposes of school, student, or teacher accountability, including but not by way of limitation to, academic, achievement and annual tests, state-wide performance assessments and Common Core State Standards aligned assessments and pilots, computer adaptive testing and assessments designed by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).”

There’s also an exemption from “tests, assessments, or surveys not limited solely to proficiency in core academic subjects.”

Other checkbox options include tests that measure “values, attitudes or beliefs” as well as “any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning my child, myself or other members of my family.”

Such information could relate to “political affiliations or beliefs,” “mental or psychological problems,” “sex behavior or attitudes,” “legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers,” “religious practices” or “income.”

It forbids: “The collection, tracking, housing, reporting, selling, or sharing with any party outside of the local school district, of non-educational related information on my child or my family, including, but not limited to: religion, political affiliations, biometric data, psychometric data, and medical information. Biometric data includes fingerprints, retina and iris (eye) patterns, voiceprint, DNA sequence, facial characteristics, handwriting, and any other unique physical identifying traits. Psychometric data includes, but is not limited to: personality traits, attitudes, abilities, aptitude, social and emotional development, tendencies, inclinations, interests, and motivations. ”

See the form.

Thomas More noted the flood of criticism against the federal administrative program.

Common-core-protestFLFor example, the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization promoting “faithful Catholic education,” said Common Core is “nothing short of a revolution in how education is provided, relying on a technocratic, top-down approach to setting national standards that, despite claims to the contrary, will drive curricula, teaching texts, and the content of standardized tests.”

“At its heart, the Common Core is a woefully inadequate set of standards in that it limits the understanding of education to a utilitarian ‘readiness for work’ mentality,” the Cardinal Newman Society said.

The standards were created under the sponsorship of the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

While the stated goal is to make educational standards consistent across the nation, problems include political and “inappropriate assignments,” links to for-profit corporations, advertising inside of tests and the elimination of input from local school boards.

A major concern is the development of a database detailing private information on every student. The 400 individual data points for each student include health conditions, religion, voting status, income, likes and dislikes.

The information,”through a complicated network of contracts and agreements, can then be shared with the federal government, contractors, researchers and other outside agencies.”

“Testing corporations can then analyze the test data, produce recommendations for how to ‘remediate’ student weaknesses, and then sell that information back to states and school districts,” the law firm said.

The Truth in American Education blog is endorsing the opt-out effort.

Common_Core_opponentsGa“Now is the time for parents to protest this intrusion by opting their child out of Common Core for the 2014-2015 school year,” the blog said. “Congress did NOT pass legislation requiring Common Core standards to be implemented nor did Congress require that standards, curriculum, and tests be aligned.

“If parents allow the U.S. Department of Education to force policy upon the public as if that policy were law, the parents will be surrendering more than parental involvement to the federal government. How soon will it be before all parental rights are ceded to the federal government?”

Opposition to the federal mandates has come from the Heartland Institute, the Home School Legal Defense Association, Eagle Forum and others.

Fox News has reported Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in federal court over the issue.

The allegations are that the Department of Education illegally manipulated grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core standards.

WND reported this week one of North Carolina’s largest school districts condemned the College Board’s new Advanced Placement history curriculum, which has direct ties to Common Core, calling it a deeply biased, inaccurate and revisionist version of American history.

The New Hanover County Schools Board of Education adopted a resolution Aug. 19 that calls for a one-year delay in the course‘s implementation.

David Coleman, known as the architect of the Common Core national standards and its chief pitchman, is the president of the College Board, a private company based in New York that owns the SAT and ACT exams as well as the Advanced Placement, or AP, exams and curriculum.

“Coleman is now re-writing every College Board product to align with Common Core,” said Meg Norris, a retired public-school teacher in Hall County, Georgia, and an anti-Common Core activist in that state.

The College Board not only owns the AP curriculum but it administers the AP standardized tests nationwide to K-12 students, measuring their readiness to attend college. Coleman’s ties to the controversial Common Core national education standards and the AP course’s new take on American history has come under fierce criticism.

National Review reported the College Board under Coleman is “politicizing” the teaching of American history.

Officials in North Carolina reported last week that in light of the Common Core influence, home schools in the state rose 14.3 percent. The state reports there are 98,172 homeschoolers in the state.

Governors in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Indiana and Louisiana have taken steps to distance themselves from Common Core, either by working with their state legislatures or by taking unilateral action.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/heres-your-ticket-out-of-common-core/#WelFzRTy5fW3uhBZ.99

 

 

Political Repair: Health Insurance Plans; Simple Plan for Victory

1. Simple Plan for Victory

Quotes by Scott Walker from interview in the March 2015 Limbaugh Letter

key“I Simply Lead with the Truth” ~Scott Walker

 

Pushing Back

push-backNEA, AFL-CIO, and AFSCME all said I was their No. 1 target in America. They poured more money in against me per capita than against anybody else in the country.

One of my favorite tweets somebody posted recently was, “Scott Walker wins without caving.”

 

Iowa Freedom Summit

The protestors forced people to know about [the summit} because of all the attention. So many people thought we’d cave. So many people thought we’d back down. After we didn’t so many people thought we would lose. Time magazine had a headline calling me “DEAD MAN WALKER” four years ago. They all thought I was toast. They were all writing my obituary, and in the end we kept winning.

Once I came and actually spoke to them, I purposely set aside the podium. I didn’t want a teleprompter. I took my jacket off, rolled up my sleeves, because I wanted to talk to people and show them that the fighter they had heard about was for real.

There were very few “red meat” lines, if you will. There weren’t a lot of bumper sticker headlines in my speech. It was me just telling our story, why we did what we did, and how thought it transfers to Washington: that if you go big and bold, not only will you win the day in terms of the policy, you actually can win the vote, because people want more than anything people who are willing to lead. I think voters heard that and said, “Man, this guy can win.”

 

Challenge to Walker’s Education

Time magazine found Walker’s high school teacher, who told him, to “man up” about evolution.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel actually interviewed my third grade teacher. You know what that says to me? It says the left is afraid of us. Because they can see that we won, without caving, and we won in a way that reaches out to everyday people, not just the conservatives, not just the Republicans. So I think they’re desperately going to be looking for ways to try and undermine, and criticize, and bring us down, because in the end they can’t win on issues.

These things … are all personality driven. They’re about personal attacks. They’re not at all about whether they agree or disagree with our reforms. They can’t undermine the fact that not only has our state cut taxes, and the economy is better, but heck, our schools are better. They can’t undermine those reforms, so what do they do? They’re going to try and do it on a personal level. And we’ve got to be prepared to fight back.

On Evolution

creationhandsThe media tried to get him to answer the question on evolution to trip him up and have him tied to the notion of being anti-science.

I just flat-out say, “Hey, both science and faith dictate to me that God created us.” We were created by God. I don’t think that’s incompatible.

 

 

Press Conference

“I Simply Lead with the Truth”

ScottWalker2In March 2011, every night, I was doing a press conference at 5 p.m. Central Time. Because I realized if I talked at 5 o’clock, all the local TV stations in Wisconsin—and it eventually got picked up on cable, Fox and others would show it—about ten minutes of their news a t the top of the hour would be me talking and taking some questions.

There was no filter, so the people would hear me directly. The protestors started to realize this, and so they would start yelling a couple minutes before 5, even louder than before. There were 100,000 protestors there.

My conference room has windows, and the first question I took was from I think NBC. The reporter said, “Well, Governor, what do you think about all those voices? You can hear those voices out there yelling right now. Don’t you think they have a right to be heard?”

I looked out at the crowd and said, “They have every right to be heard. That’s what’s great about America. in America you can speak out against your government no matter who’s in charge, and you have every right to be heard.” I said, “But there are about 100,000 protestors out there right now, and I’m in a state of 5.7 million people, and the majority of the people in this state elected me to do exactly what I’m doing right now, and I’m not going to let their voices be drowned out by a bunch of protestors around my Capitol. I’m going to do what they elected me to do.”

 

illegal_alien_borderAmnesty

I am a hundred percent opposed to amnesty. I’ve talked about us being a land of immigrants, but being a land of rules. I was one or the first states to join with Greg Abbott, the new governor of Texas, in the lawsuit challenging the president after his actions this past November.

I think we have to secure our borders, not just because of immigration, but because it’s a national security threat. We spent all this money trying to secure our water ports, and our airports, and our customs, and yet we have our Southern border, in particular, wide open. We need to put major resources and bodies along our physical land borders, because with ISIS and these radical Islamic terrorists that are causing havoc around the world, it’s only a matter of time—it’s not if, it’s when they attempt to penetrate into the United states. So we’ve got to secure the border, and I don’t mane just talk about it.

 

Foreign Policy

ISIS

swordpirateThese are radical Islamic terrorists with ISIL and others affiliated with them. We just saw it again with another round of beheadings. We’ve seen it in other places around the world. These are people who aren’t just disagreeing with us. They want to eradicate our way of life and our freedom-loving allies around the world.

We need to be prepared to take action with our allies, which would be, obviously, Israel, the United kingdom, Germany, France, Poland, Japan, others. I think there’s a growing ability, with the right leadership, to bring I countries like Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and others to join us in these efforts to put down these radical Islamic terrorists. If we don’t do it now, if we don’t take the fight to them, they will bring it to us.

 

Why do you think the President is so reluctant to even identify ISIS as what it is? Why is the President so reluctant to even recognize the scope of the threat?

I think this is a larger fundamental flaw with this President and his Presidency: he makes decisions largely concentrated with his political team in the White House. It’s a fundamental flaw of electing someone, not just whose beliefs are wrong, which I believe they are, but who has never had executive experience. That’s why there are so many practical problems, not just philosophical problems, with things like Obamacare. In this case, the same thing holds true. Instead of relying on your Department of Defense, your Joint Chiefs, your National Security Advisor, your Secretary of State and others, decisions are driven more by politics than they are by strict policy determinations.

This is not a political circumstance. This is not something a couple good speeches can deal with. You have to have a concentrated effort. You can’t say, “I’m going to draw a red line in the sand,” and not be prepared to follow through on it. That’s the problem with this President. He keeps saying things, hoping if he says it, it will go away. Maybe he was driven to that by getting a Noble Peace Prize before taking any real actions as President.

 

Hillary Clinton

benghazihillaryIn one regard she is a third term of a failed President. I think to beat Hillary Clinton, and I believe we can, I would argue you need a fresh new face with big bold ideas from outside of Washington, and the courage and the track record to show the American people that you can actually do that.

Hillary Clinton represents Washington, Washington is outdated, it’s top-down, it’s government knows best, and that has failed.

The American people know that, not just Republicans or conservatives. The majority of Americans know and believe that. It’s what transformed the elections this past fall. People were tired of Washington, not just of Obama, but of Washington. And if you counter that with saying we’ve got new, fresh, dynamic, exciting ideas from the states, it’s precisely why we formed this initial committee called OurAmericanRevival.com.

You’ve got to take the power and the money out of Washington, and send it back to the states, and ultimately to the people, where you can have more effective, more efficient, more accountable government, the kind of government the people deserve.

 

2. Moral and Political Repair for Obamacare Health Insurance Plans

first-aidObamacare Solutions

Jane M. Orient, M.D.

It’s a long way to constitutionally limited government, fiscal solvency and an atmosphere of freedom in which all Americans can thrive and prosper. But we need to take these small steps to begin the journey now.

With every day that passes, Obamacare thus becomes more deeply rooted, like kudzu, and harder to extirpate.

Congress needs to start now and pass well-publicized bills to mitigate damages, pending repeal. Measures should include:

  • Grandfather all existing health insurance policies indefinitely.
  • Suspend all federal coverage mandates for new and renewing policies.
  • Provide that insurers may price policies fairly, based on actuarial risk.
  • Eliminate restrictions on health savings accounts and self-insured plans, especially re-insurance.
  • Make the individual mandate/tax “shared responsibility” payment truly voluntary, like the contribution for elections.
  • Delay the employer mandate indefinitely.
  • Suspend the medical device tax and other Obamacare taxes until and unless they are specifically re-enacted.
  • Clarify that the law really means what it says about subsidies being available only through state exchanges.
  • Abolish the Independent Advisory Board (IPAB) and deny any agency the power to constrain prices or spending in the private marketplace.

 

What these provisions have in common is six features Republicans should demand of all legislation:

 

  • They return control of medical spending and decisions to individual Americans, instead of forcing them to subsidize insurance companies and social engineering schemes. They stop the extortion of money from all Americans to funnel through devious pathways to people behind the curtain who do nothing to provide care.
  • They remove barriers to private enterprises instead of erecting new ones.
  • They impose no selective stealth taxes. If Congress is to tax people, it must do so through transparent, constitutional means.
  • They do not expand the reach of government into areas in which it has no constitutional authority.
  • They create no new agencies through which Congress can further abdicate its authority to the Executive.
  • They reduce the governmental footprint on the necks of Americans.

 

It’s a long way to constitutionally limited government, fiscal solvency and an atmosphere of freedom in which all Americans can thrive and prosper. But we need to take these small steps to begin the journey now.

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.
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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/

State Governments defend Land, Liberty vs. Barack Obama Executive Action

Moral Repair update—

State Governors are taking action that Congress won’t

keyThe way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

1. Multi-state coalition sues over Barack Obama immigration executive action

AUSTIN, Texas (December 4, 2014) – Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama’s recently announced executive actions on immigration, arguing in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the move tramples key portions of the U.S. Constitution.

AP

bordersheriffMany top Republicans have denounced Obama’s order, which was designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation. But Texas Gov.-elect and current Attorney General Greg Abbott took it a step further, filing a formal legal challenge in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.

His state is joined by 16 other mostly conservative ones, largely in the south and Midwest, such as Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana and the Carolinas. They aren’t seeking monetary damages, but instead want the courts to block Obama’s actions.
While Abbott had pledged for weeks that his state would sue, the span of the coalition Texas put together surprised both proponents and opponents of the executive order.

Announced Nov. 20, Obama’s order extends protection from deportation and the right to work to an estimated 4.1 million parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the country for at least five years and to hundreds of thousands more young people.

The lawsuit raises two major objections: that Obama violated the “Take Care Clause” of the U.S. Constitution — which Abbott said limits the scope of presidential power — and that the order will “exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along the southern border, which will affect increased state investment in law enforcement, health care and education.”

“We joined this lawsuit to stand up once again with other state attorneys general and governors against an out-of-control executive branch,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a statement.

flag1Here are the 17 States—Write a letter to your Governor and thank them for fighting for your liberty!

STATE OF TEXAS; )

STATE OF ALABAMA; )

STATE OF GEORGIA; )

STATE OF IDAHO; )

STATE OF INDIANA; )

STATE OF KANSAS; )

STATE OF LOUISIANA; )

STATE OF MONTANA; )

STATE OF NEBRASKA; )

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA; )

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA; )

STATE OF UTAH; )

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA; )

STATE OF WISCONSIN; )

GOVERNOR PHIL BRYANT, State of Mississippi; )

GOVERNOR PAUL R. LEPAGE, State of Maine; )

GOVERNOR PATRICK L. MCCRORY, State of North )

Carolina; and )

GOVERNOR C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER, State of Idaho, )

http://onenewsnow.com/ap/politics/multistate-coalition-sues-over-immigration-order#.VIDnE8n4Hkc

 

2. Utah to Seize Own Land from Government, Challenge Federal Dominance of Western States

Time to put the federal government in their place.

Utah-300x204In three weeks, Utah intends to seize control of 31.2 million acres of its own land now under the control of the federal government. At least, that’s the plan.

In an unprecedented challenge to federal dominance of Western state lands, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012 signed the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” which demands that Washington relinquish its hold on the land, which represents more than half of the state’s 54.3 million acres, by Dec. 31.

So far, however, the federal government hasn’t given any indication that it plans to cooperate. Still, state Rep. Ken Ivory, who sponsored the legislation, isn’t deterred.

“That’s what you do any time you’re negotiating with a partner. You set a date,” said Mr. Ivory. “Unfortunately, our federal partner has decided they don’t want to negotiate in good faith. So we’ll move forward with the four-step plan that the governor laid out.”

In other words, there won’t be any escorting of federal officials by state troopers to the eastern border. Instead, he said, state officials will proceed with a program of education, negotiation, legislation and litigation.
Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2014/12/utah-seize-land-government-challenge-federal-dominance-western-states/

 

3. Barron’s: North Dakota Ranks Best in Debt Quality as Illinois Struggles

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 11:01 AM

By Rob Williams
moneyfreemarketNorth Dakota, Wyoming and Utah rank as the best states for investors who want secure municipal bond holdings, while Illinois and New Jersey are two of the worst.

Those states represent the broad range of investments among the $518 billion of state-supported debt that is “probably the best slice of the $3.7 trillion municipal-bond market,” according to a report in Barron’s this week.

“U.S. states represent one of the most secure areas of the global bond market, typically benefiting from low debt levels relative to the size of their economies, and the ability to cut spending and raise taxes during tough times,” the newspaper said.

North Dakota has a solid credit rating with high economic growth, a large cash pile and the lowest unemployment rate in the country, 2.7 percent, because of the energy boom.

Utah has a low jobless rate, little debt and the second-highest median household income, adjusted for the cost of living, behind Virginia. Wyoming’s economy is healthy while its cash pile is large enough to support its budget for four years, even as the state has no income tax.
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4. Your Action Can Help Solve the Conservative Leadership Problem

John Biver

economicfreedommoneyA good friend of mine said something the other day that struck me because I have not heard anyone else say it so simply: “We have a leadership crisis.”

It’s not a lack of leadership — it’s a lack of leadership for the right cause.

We know there are plenty of people championing the fundamental transformation of America — in fact, the guy in the Oval Office is all about that.

We know there are plenty of Republicans and Democrats that work hard to get elected and reelected, but not much else.

And we know there are plenty of people filling the media, educational, and cultural airwaves with left-wing propaganda aimed at convincing people that the direction we’re headed in is the right one.

The void exists when it comes to leadership that seeks to re-establish limited and Constitutional government — including the protection of our God-given rights like freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Despair is rampant in conservative circles because of what we’ve witnessed from our elected Republicans at all levels for the past twenty years. Nevertheless there is plenty of good news to be found.

First, the antidote for pessimism is purposeful action.

Second, leadership doesn’t start in Congress, or the White House, or in any elected office for that matter. Leadership starts with those individuals that engage the process.

Third, there’s more of us than you think — I’ve called it an idle army — and in Illinois a call to action is being sounded by the Land of Reagan project. Its purpose is to create a network of citizens willing to help organize in advance of the 2016 presidential primaries.

Ronald-Reagan-APEffective voter contact is the key to winning elections, and we can’t wait for the party or the politicians to get the job done. The Land of Reagan project seeks to work with team leaders around that state that support the Republican candidates for president. Few people pay attention to the delegate process during the primary season, making those races an untapped resource for inviting motivated people into the arena.

It’s all about getting a lot more information to American voters. In order for conservative policy solutions to win enough public support, conservatives will have to be involved in political action in greater numbers than ever before.

Land of Reagan invites you to take their straw poll and keep in touch via email. The political left never stops working — and the political right must not either.

Even if you were happy with the last two Republican presidential nominees, you couldn’t have been happy with the campaigns they ran. Visit LandOfReagan.com and join in the work to elect another Reagan.
Read more at http://barbwire.com/2014/12/04/0700-action-can-help-solve-conservative-leadership-problem/

 

Heritage: Can Congress Use Spending Bills to Address President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration?

Moral Repair: Republican Party Victory about Character, not Race

1. Beyond Congress: GOP tsunami rips through states

At last, there is hope for true moral repair in our beloved country—

Democrats left at lowest point in nearly 100 years

keyVoters “are aligning their votes with their values and they’re voting for candidates who are simply not their own complexion”. ~Senator-elect Tim Scott
Jerome R. Corsi

NEW YORK – The GOP “wave” Tuesday was not limited to Congress alone.

wave2gopvictory“This was a wave election victory for Republicans in state legislatures across the country, leaving Democrats at their lowest point in state legislatures in nearly a century,” Morgan Cullen, senior policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Colorado, told WND.

“Even though the GOP was already at a high-water point in state legislative control, last night was a big night for Republicans in that the 2014 midterm election saw the GOP make important additional gains in legislative control.”

Voters Tuesday were deciding 6,049 state legislative seats in 46 states, nearly 82 percent of all seats.

State legislatures typically are the place where both Republicans and Democrats groom future candidates to run for governor, as well as for Congress.

Cullen noted Republicans have gained a net total of 332 seats in state legislatures nationwide out of the 649 seats up for election, with some outstanding races still too close to call.

Moreover, the GOP added majority control of 10 state legislative chambers, including the Colorado Senate, the Maine Senate, the Maine House, the Nevada Assembly, the Nevada Senate, the New Hampshire House, the New York Senate, the New Mexico House, the Washington Senate and the West Virginia House. The West Virginia Senate is now deadlocked and two chambers still undecided are the Colorado House and the Washington House.

In addition, Democrats lost their super-majorities in the California Senate, the Vermont House and the Maryland House of Delegates.

Republicans now control 67 state chambers while the Democrats control 28. Prior to Tuesday, Republicans had a 57-41 advantage.

Republicans have complete state control – both chambers and the governor’s mansion – in 23 states, compared to six states for the Democrats.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/gop-wave-more-massive-than-anyone-realized/#w8DJIQbFh23OABXA.99

 

It’s about Character …

2. Tim Scott: People Are Voting Based on Values, Not Race

TimScottSenator Tim Scott (R-SC) argued that voters “are aligning their votes with their values and they’re voting for candidates who are simply not their own complexion” in an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s “OutFront” on CNN.

Scott talked about his experience last night becoming the first African-American elected to the US Senate since Reconstruction, saying “I’m blessed to have a grandfather that is 94 years old. He’s seen a different America growing up than I have, and here is a fella who was a youngster picking cotton and in his lifetime he’s seen his grandson get elected to Congress and now the Senate. For me, looking at him last night, watching me give a speech was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life.”

He added, “Well I think, if you look around the country and you look at some of the most successful campaigns, you talk about [Rep.] Mia Love from Utah, the first African-American female [Republican] winning in the history of Congress. You look at [Rep.] Will Hurd in Texas or the new Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, Mr. Rutherford. Here is what we see happening throughout the country, is that people are aligning their votes with their values and they’re voting for candidates who are simply not of their own complexion.”

Scott also addressed the issue of mistreatment faced by African-American Republicans, he stated “one of the challenges I do see in the future is this culture of low expectations that are driven by some folks who seem to profit from keeping some folks down and unfortunately sometimes it’s your peers.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/11/05/Tim-Scott-People-Are-Voting-Based-on-Values-Not-Race/

3. Mia Love: ‘I Wasn’t Elected Because of the Color of My Skin’

Character, not Race…

mia-loveLiberals will be saying all kinds of things about her, but we know that truth. Conservatism is what matters.
Check it out:

Congressman elect Mia Love celebrated her surprise victory in Idaho as the first black Republican woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.

But during an interview with CNN this morning, Love was quick to explain that she was not elected because of her race or gender.

“I wasn’t elected because of the color of my skin. I wasn’t elected because of my gender,” she said during the interview. “I was elected because of the solutions that I put at the table because I promised I would run a positive issues-oriented campaign and that’s what resonated.”

According to the Associated Press, Love earned 50 percent of the vote against her Democratic opponent Doug Owens who earned nearly 47 percent.

Love said it was clear that Utah citizens were “not interested in dividing Americans based on race or gender,” but electing people who had integrity.
Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2014/11/mia-love-wasnt-elected-color-skin/

 

4. GOP wave could turn spigot on Keystone XL pipeline

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Cowboy Byte

The Republican wave Tuesday could bring a gusher of oil down from Canada, as GOP gains in the Senate appeared to give backers of the Keystone XL pipeline a filibuster-proof majority.
Check it out:

pipelineThe long-delayed final phase of the tube, envisioned as bringing oil from Alberta’s tar sands and North Dakota’s Bakken formation oil fields to Gulf Coast refineries, moved a major step forward as Republicans took control of the Senate. While Canadian oil is already piped into the U.S. via the existing, circuitous portion of the pipeline, the final phase would create a nearly straight shot from Alberta to Houston.
“I think you’re going to see us bring up energy legislation right away and Keystone will be one of the first things we pass,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said late Tuesday.
Read more at http://cowboybyte.com/34588/gop-wave-turn-spigot-keystone-xl-pipeline/

Moral Repair Plan: American Character, Law, Health News

1. Reagan’s Timeless ‘A Time for Choosing’ Speech Still Making an Impact

keyThe Time for Choosing speech was a critical moment in Reagan’s career that brought his name and message to a generation looking for answers. Though Goldwater would go on to lose in a landslide defeat, the power or Reagan’s message ignited a spark in Americans. His message would resonate after the failure of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” and the malaise of Jimmy Carter’s administration in the 1970s. Fortunately, YAF is bringing Reagan’s message to a new generation, 50 years later.

Moral Repair Plan: The Reagan clip is the most positive here. It is becoming more and more difficult to find simply positive solutions. It is important to note that the way we can repair our country is to keep pushing back and restore good American character. Following clips show courageous people involved in the ongoing freedom fight, taking a stand for what is morally right.

Jarrett Stepman

Breitbart News

Ronald-Reagan-APThis October 27 marks the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech, which launched the “Great Communicator” on his incredible political career. This oration on behalf of conservative Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964, put Reagan on the political map and eventually launched him to the presidency.

In order to bring Reagan’s timeless speech to a new generation Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is launching A Time for Choosing: The Next Generation project. YAF will also be releasing a number of short videos this week, juxtaposing present day events with the timeless wisdom of conservatism, in Reagan’s own words. These videos include: national security, limited government, entitlement reform, the importance of the private sector, and self-determination.

YAF is commemorating the anniversary of what is sometimes simply called “The Speech,” with special initiatives reaching young people on college campuses, through conferences and seminars across the country, in the media, and through programs at the Reagan Ranch and Reagan Ranch Center.

Historian Craig Shirley wrote about how Reagan appealed to young voters in his book about the 1980 presidential election, Rendezvous With Destiny. Shirley wrote, “Reagan, the oldest candidate, knew what was on the minds of young Americans: they had been robbed of their future and didn’t like it one bit.” The newest generation, living with the burden of having less prosperity than their parents, needs to hear this message.

Reagan’s half-hour performance in front of a live audience drew from American history–speeches of Abraham Lincoln, John Winthrop, and Franklin Roosevelt in particular–and laid out the deep principles that would become the cornerstone of the conservative movement for the next half century. Channeling the American tradition and ideas stemming from the founding, Reagan proposed to set out a bold, new course for American governance that departed from the mantras of a calcified twentieth century progressivism.

By appealing to patriotism, the American dream, and simple, common-sense ideas Reagan helped lay the groundwork for a resurgent conservative movement. Reagan energized young people, many of whom would help put him in the White House.

Ultimately, Reagan proposed that Americans should have a clear cut choice when they went to the ballot box, one that he believed was clear. Reagan said, “You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down.”

According to Reagan every generation has an opportunity to make a choice; embrace freedom and individual liberty as passed down from the founders, or not. Reagan hit this theme again in his 1967 California gubernatorial inauguration speech. “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction,” Reagan continued. “It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”

In giving voters a choice, Goldwater and Reagan departed from the “me-too conservatism” that defined the post-New Deal Republican Party. Reagan was asking Americans to do more than vote their interest or simply pick between two “personalities.” Using stirring rhetoric, sunny optimism, and deeply held belief in the American people—reminiscent of a Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson—Reagan inspired a new generation to fight for ideals that had made the nation truly great.

Stephen F. Hayward wrote in The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order:

…Reagan exuded a forward-looking optimism rooted in the latent greatness of America. This was not the non-ideological Chamber of Commerce kind of conservatism, the kind of conservatism that led Richard Nixon to say in the 1960 campaign, “It’s the millions of people that are buying new cars that have faith in America.” That kind of conservatism won’t stir anyone’s soul. For Reagan, faith in America transcended its material accomplishments.

The Time for Choosing speech was a critical moment in Reagan’s career that brought his name and message to a generation looking for answers. Though Goldwater would go on to lose in a landslide defeat, the power or Reagan’s message ignited a spark in Americans. His message would resonate after the failure of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” and the malaise of Jimmy Carter’s administration in the 1970s. Fortunately, YAF is bringing Reagan’s message to a new generation, 50 years later.

 

2. Ted Cruz to Introduce Constitutional Amendment Defending Traditional Marriage

Tony Lee

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Monday that he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment barring the federal government or the courts from overturning state marriage laws.

TedCruzCiting the Supreme Court’s “tragic and indefensible” refusal to take up same-sex marriage cases—essentially legalizing same-sex marriage in another 11 states—Cruz announced the proposal in a statement. He said he has already introduced legislation in the Senate to “protect the authority of state legislatures to define marriage,” because “marriage is a question for the states.”

“And that is why, when Congress returns to session, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws,” the potential 2016 GOP presidential contender announced.

Cruz also accused the Supreme Court of enabling “judicial activism at its worst” by letting rulings by lower court judges that “redefine marriage” stand. He said the “Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution” and declared that “the fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing.”

Cruz said that the Constitution “entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens,” and “unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures.” 

He also blasted the Supreme Court for twisting the original meaning of the 14th Amendment.

“The Court is making the preposterous assumption that the People of the United States somehow silently redefined marriage in 1868 when they ratified the 14th Amendment,” he continued. “Nothing in the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the 14th Amendment or any other constitutional provision authorizes judges to redefine marriage for the nation. It is for the elected representatives of the People to make the laws of marriage, acting on the basis of their own constitutional authority, and protecting it, if necessary, from usurpation by the courts.”

judicialtyrannyCruz declared that because of the Supreme Court’s refusal to take up the gay marriage cases, 11 states–Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming–will likely legalize same-sex marriage. He said this action also “paves the way for laws prohibiting same-sex marriage to be overturned in any state.”

“Traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society,” Cruz said. “We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/10/06/Ted-Cruz-to-Introduce-Constitutional-Amendment-Defending-Traditional-Marriage?utm_source=e_breitbart_com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+October+7%2C+2014&utm_campaign=20141007_m122483553_Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+October+7%2C+2014&utm_term=More

 

3. Health News: Private, For-Profit, Company Fighting Ebola Successfully

Mark Horne

Does it surprise me that Firestone Corporation earned this headline for their work fighting Ebola successfully in Liberia?

Yes and no.

I am surprised that the tire-making company is still in Liberia. I was there as a missionary-child and remember the fields of rubber trees that were harvested by the company. I assumed that they were driven out during the coup and then the ensuing years of chaos and bloodshed.

My assumption was wrong. Rubber was still needed by the world market and Firestone managed to stay in the country.

So, now that I know that… of course I am not surprised at all. To still be in Liberia requires amazing survival abilities. Naturally, these same abilities would be available to combat Ebola.

And that is exactly what is happening.

According to Newser.com: “How Firestone Shut Ebola Down.”

ebola-hose-down-apYou know all the gnashing of teeth about how terrible the global response to the Ebola outbreak has been? Maybe someone should check with Firestone. As NPR reports, the tiremaker runs a rubber plantation and basically the entire town of Harbel, outside Monrovia, Liberia. And when an employee’s wife turned up with the virus on March 30, Firestone Liberia’s managing director says they “went into crisis mode”: Upon discovering that there was nowhere to treat her, the company turned to the Internet for help in treating Ebola itself. Within a day, they had an Ebola ward. Within two, the woman was quarantined. They handed medical workers hazmat suits to prevent the virus’ spread.

“None of us had any Ebola experience,” says the director, but NPR notes that they did have what everywhere else in the region did not: The muscle and resources that a major corporation can harness. The woman died, but not one of Firestone’s roughly 8,500 employees and 71,500 family members contracted the virus. Months passed, and when the virus rampaged through the area in August, Firestone stepped up to the plate: It expanded the isolation ward, built an annex and quarantine centers, and sent out-of-work teachers (schools had been shut down) to go door-to-door and educate. Janitors were taught how to properly bury the dead, notes the Wall Street Journal.

There are some heroic people at Firestone, and there are heroic people working in “public health” for various governments. But if you want to know why Firestone has such success, you only need to think about the difference in motivation and culture. Firestone exists because they make a product that people want. They hire people who can be useful to that end and those people in turn know that their livelihood depends on productive labor.

That is simply not the culture that develops in a government bureaucracy.

So when it comes to dealing with a health crisis, the people of Firestone know they have to do their best to save lives and, in so doing, their livelihoods.

Private companies get things done. The best governments can do is try to imitate them.
Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2014/10/private-profit-company-fighting-ebola-successfully/#fRlWLBHoLLyahqV8.99

 

4. Judge sides with student punished for criticizing lesbians

‘Controversy built right into the syllabus’

Bob Unruh

family3-silhouetteThe University of New Mexico and one of its professors will face trial on a charge of violating the constitutional rights of a student punished for expressing her opinions  about lesbianism in a class described by the instructor as having “controversy built right into the syllabus.”
“The court questions whether a university can have a legitimate pedagogical interest in inviting students to engage in ‘incendiary’ and provocative speech on a topic and then punishing a a student because he or she did just that. Simply because plaintiff expressed views about homosexuality that some people may deem offensive does not deprive her views of First Amendment protection. Plaintiff has made out a plausible case that Hinkley ostracized her because of Hinkley’s personal disagreement with plaintiff’s ideology, and not for legitimate pedogogical purpose.”

The judge concluded that “views opposing homosexuality are protected by the First Amendment and that the government is not free to interfere with speech for no better reason than promoting an approved message or discouraging a disfavored one.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/judge-rules-on-student-punished-for-criticizing-lesbians/#YLJpsSh3YTwjdKqY.99

 

5. Crowd Walks Out On Obama

obamayearsPresident Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.

Not so Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland, who is running for governor, and Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, who is running for re-election. Obama plans to appear at an event for Quinn later in the evening.

“You’ve got to vote,” Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington.

Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.
Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2014/10/crowd-walks-obama/

 

Moral Repair: Independent Schools, American Safety Plan

Dinner Topics for Thursday

keyIt flies in the face of God’s plan of agency that knowledge should be attained by coercion or mandate of government. ~Darla Isackson

1. Heritage: More States Are Rejecting Common Core

More and more states are becoming independent and withdrawing from participation in Common Core, the one-size-fits-all education scheme pushed by the federal government.

Widespread frustration with Common Core–parents, teachers, and students alike are pushing back–is leading more states to take back their education autonomy.

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Heritage education expert Lindsey Burke explains that Ohio could be the latest state to buck the standards.

What do you think of this push back against Common Core?

 

2. School District Quits Michelle Obama Lunch Program

The state’s second largest school district has started the school year with a new look for its lunch menu, after opting out of the National School Lunch Program and forfeiting nearly $1 million in federal funding, to gain more freedom in the food it serves students.

In May, the board for Township High School District 214 voted to drop out of the federal program, after deciding its guidelines were too restrictive. For instance, kids would not have been able to buy hard-boiled eggs or certain types of yogurt. School officials also have noted new guidelines consider hummus to be too high in fat, and pretzels to be too high in salt; non-fat milk containers larger than 12 ounces could not be sold either.

I know it is slightly off topic but I have to wonder: is current nutritional science really this hateful and hurtful? Is it really impossible to eat good food that is healthy for you and that satisfies you? Reading about these guidelines gives one the impression they are designed to produce malnourished teens that are constantly distracted by hunger. (But what do I know? I drink my coffee with butter and coconut oil.)

In any case, the school district is “rebelling.” That is how I have described other schools doing the same thing, as have many other conservatives. But some of the details in this story make me realize it is not so much about them rebelling as that they are financially forced to opt out of the Federal program. While the story claims that the school district “forfeit[ed] nearly $1 million in federal funding to gain more freedom,” it later becomes clear that they did not forfeit anything. The program effectively ended the reimbursement program.

School-lunchesHere’s how it worked.

Schools that serve the lunches can get a certain amount reimbursed. But in order to get reimbursed, the students must actually purchase the food. But the students stopped buying the food. So rather than get money the school district was losing money. It was spending money to acquire and prepare food that no one would buy. So the school was stuck with food and no way to cover their costs.
Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2014/09/school-district-quits-michelle-obama-lunch-program/#zdQPEU0gPPFY6MvB.99

 

3. Ted Cruz Introduces the Expatriate Terrorist Act

A plan for American Safety

 

Daniel Doherty | Sep 08, 2014

TedCruzIn an effort to prevent traitorous Americans from joining ISIS, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation on Monday that would revoke their U.S. citizenships if they do.

Speaking on the Senate floor this afternoon, he explained why such legislation is finally necessary.

“ISIS is a study in oppression and brutality that is conducting ethnic cleansing against religious minorities in the region, that is targeting and persecuting Christians, and that is attempting to subject the local population to the strictest forms of Sharia Law,” he said. “And ISIS has gruesomely murdered U.S. civilians and, indeed, journalists on the public stage.”

Washington lawmakers must therefore take two forms of action to protect Americans. First, he argued, securing all U.S. borders.

“It is beyond time for us to secure our borders,” he declared. “Representing the state of Texas, which has a border nearly 2,000 miles long, I know firsthand just how unsecure the border is right now.”

“This week of all weeks with the anniversary of the September 11th attacks upon us, we can have no illusions that terrorists won’t try to make good on their specific threats to attack America,” he continued. “And as long as our border isn’t secure, we’re making it far too easy for the terrorists to carry through on those promises.”

Secondly, he said, Washington lawmakers “should take commonsense steps to make fighting for or supporting ISIS a [citizenship-stripping offense].

“That is why I have today filed legislation which would amend the existing statute governing renunciation of United States citizenship,” he announced.

“[Defeating ISIS] requires clear, decisive, unified action,” he continued. “And it is my hope that all of us will come together supporting such action.”

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/danieldoherty/2014/09/08/ted-cruz-introduces-the-expatriate-terrorist-act-eta-n1888894

 

4. God-Centered Comic Book

 

GodcomicWhen most people think about God, they picture a grumpy old man in the sky handing out impossible rules and smiting people. It’s not often that we have the opportunity to see God as the inventor of humor and a connoisseur of friendship. Knocking on Heaven’s Door explores the relationship between a little boy named Spencer and his best friend‐God. This collection of comic strips (with behind-the-scenes notes from writer/comedian Tommy Blaze and artist Nate Fakes), is equally whimsical and profound.

As author Tommy Blaze puts it,

If Knocking on Heaven’s Door is about anything, it’s about our relationship with God and the understanding that He wants to be included in our everyday lives, no matter how seemingly trivial or insipid…How could Spencer truly have a personal relationship with an omnipotent being so clearly superior to him? The answer is in the question. God can do anything He wants, which includes empathizing with a little kid and really getting down on his level.

 

Moral Plan that Works: Fence, Immigration Control, and Vote System Repair

 

Repair National Moral Damage with a Plan that Works

1. Immigration Control and Border Fence Work

Representative Steve Stockman, R-Texas

key“The president says the fence won’t work. I would challenge him to remove the fence from around the White House, if it doesn’t work. Fences work. It works in Israel. It would work here.”

illegal_alien_borderStockman said it would be much more humane to stop the flow than to allowit to continue, with so many left vulnerable to kidnapping, rape and murder during 30-day, thousand-mile-long trips.

“We need to return the families back home so we send a message, ‘You come up here, you’re going to be sent home quickly.’”

American History, 2005

The U.S. faced a similar crisis in 2005 when a large number of immigrants from Brazil started streaming into the country, but President George W. Bush solved the problem and deported them by using one of Obama’s favorite tools, the executive order.

(Garth Kant, “Congressman: Why a Million Border Guards wouldn’t help”; August 2014 Whistle Blower, 16-17)

 

2. American History: Immigration shutdown 35-40 years

1925-1965

old fashioned family dinnerRush Limbaugh

How many of you remember that we shut down immigration from 1924 or ’25 to 1965?  There was none.  Zip, zero, nada!  Every time I mention that, people are stunned.  They think immigration is something that happens all year, every year, throughout the year. From 1925 to 1960, 35 years we suspended legal immigration.  You know why?  So that the people who came here post-Civil War up to post-World War I could assimilate and become Americans.

They could learn our holidays, learn English, and become part of the American fabric and culture — which, by the way, they wanted to do.  That’s not even a component anymore.  Talk about assimilation and you get laughed out of the room.  “Who are we to make people want to live like us?”  Well, it’s our country! 

3. Major nation has zero illegals coming in: Here’s how

Exclusive: Nick Adams explains that in 7 months, new leader ended aliens’ boat trips

Nick Adams

australiamapAustralia had a problem with illegal immigration.

It doesn’t anymore.

Compare this to the preceding four year period: Over 50,000 illegal immigrants arrived on Australian shores. More than 800 boats. Upwards of 1,000 people drowned at sea. A budget blowout of more than $10.3 billion.

Those that arrived were given welcome hampers, mobile phones, plasma TVs, housing, medical and other household items — all at a cost to the taxpayer.

And the overwhelming majority of those that came were not genuine refugees; many of them turned up in designer clothes and with mobile phones. They weren’t fleeing persecution; they just wanted a piece of Australia’s generous welfare state.

Frighteningly, some of them appeared to be Western haters, with one incident captured on video: One illegal immigrant, upset to have been intercepted by the Australian military, told the military to “”F–- Australia. … If later on you said why they do that to America on September 11, you should know the cause of it is your very deeds. Remember 9/11 for United States. All the world should know why.”

It was a mess.

It happened because a center-left government (the equivalent of the Democrats), elected in late 2007, decided to dismantle the existing tough and effective border security policy. They made the usual self-righteous left-wing claims that the existing policies were inhumane, immoral and sent the wrong message. While never brave enough to say it, their actions said it all: They believed in open borders.

And so they presided over more than 1,000 deaths at sea and were a boon to the evil people-smugglers all over Southeast Asia. Not only did their policy fail; it killed people.


The Australian people silently revolted.

australiaseaThey saw them, rightly, as “queue-jumpers” and believed it was unfair to genuine refugees (Australia already has a generous refugee intake) and those seeking to come the right way. They were devastated at the deaths of men, women and children on the high seas, who had been encouraged to take the perilous journey. And they were concerned about how much money this fiasco was costing. Not to mention the fact we didn’t know who these people were. Were they compatible with our way of life?

So, they threw out the government at the national election in September 2013. One of the incoming government’s core election promises was to “stop the boats.” Immediately, Prime Minister Tony Abbott got to work.

As he couldn’t stop the boats overnight, in those first few months, his government gave the illegal immigrants arriving to Australia two options: “You’ve arrived in Australia illegally. As a result, you will never get to stay here. You will never get to be an Australian. So, you have two options – we will take you to a processing center, and you will wait in detention for your asylum application to be processed. Or we will fly you home for free.”

In addition to this, the Abbott government got the Australian military to enforce its border protection, intercepting boats, turning them around, and even towing them back. And it applied pressure on Indonesia, by demanding it secure its own border.

Soon, the message got out, and the boats have stopped. It’s an ongoing issue that requires vigilance, but it has been achieved. Australia’s policy has been exceptionally effective in saving lives. It’s been done amid incessant howling from the left and the mainstream media.

The successful Australian model is one America must learn from. It shows what can happen when you develop a policy and adhere to it strictly, with no exceptions.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/australia-has-zero-illegals-coming-in-heres-how/#LKpOBULyxVEqe35i.99

 

4. Repair the Vote System

Minority Vote Turnout Up After Election Integrity Measures Implemented

voter placing ballotWe’ve all heard the left’s (especially the Obama administration’s) tired “race-baiting” argument against voter integrity measures — ad nauseum. For example, if measures are put into place to require identification before casting a vote, the story goes, minority voters will be shut out of the voting process.

But what if I told you that the evidence shows the precise opposite result occurred in North Carolina – that the number of minority voters actually increased after election integrity measures were implemented in the state? Because that’s exactly what took place, as we pointed out in court earlier this month.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/04/Minority-Vote-Turnout-Up-After-Election-Integrity-Measures-Implemented

Exclusive: Read Chris McDaniel Official Election Challenge, Alleged Voter Fraud Evidence

Breitbart News has obtained the first digital copy of State Sen. Chris McDaniel’s official challenge of Mississippi’s election results, filled with hundreds of pages of signed affidavits naming people alleged to have ineligibly voted in the June 24 GOP primary runoff.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/04/Exclusive-Read-Chris-McDaniel-Official-Election-Challenge-Alleged-Voter-Fraud-Evidence?utm_source=e_breitbart_com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+August+5%2C+2014&utm_campaign=20140805_m121616629_Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+August+5%2C+2014&utm_term=More

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Building on the Rock

Dinner Topics Newsletter: Building on the Rock

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Theme Quotes for August: Building on the Rock

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Be still, and know that I am God. ~Psalms 46:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help the; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. ~ Isaiah 41:10

Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that the devil …shall have no power over you …because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. ~Helaman 5:12

Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone. ~Ephesians 2:20

Therefore, whoso heareth these sayings of mind and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock—and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand—and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fall, and great was the fall of it. ~Matthew 7:24-27

 

It is better to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent. ~Ezra Taft Benson

Louis L’Amour

buildingrocksandIf it is treated well, it will last many, many years! If you build, build well. No job must be slackly done, no good material used badly. There is beauty in building, but build to last, so that generations yet to come will see the pride with which you worked.

Do not let yourself be bothered by the inconsequential. One has only so much time in this world, so devote it to the work and the people most important to you, to those you love and things that matter. One can waste half a lifetime with people one doesn’t really like, or doing things when one would be better off somewhere else.”

Every man could leave something, or should. Well, maybe it wasn’t in me to build much, but I surely could keep the work of other men from being destroyed. Nobody had the right to take from them what they had built.

These were the sort of men who had been the backbone of the early American armies.

They were God-fearing, stern, and fierce to resent any intrusion on their personal liberty

You’ve got to make a stand somewhere. We are making a decision here today whether this community is to be ruled by justice and by law or by force and crime.

You will have in this world just what you earn … and save. Remember that. Do not waste your life in a vain search for treasure that may not exist.

One could not yield to the lawless and the ruthless, or soon there would be no freedom. It was among men as it was among nations.

You cannot submit to evil without allowing evil to grow. Each time the good are defeated, or each time they yield, they only cause the forces of evil to grow stronger.

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As time goes on, and our traditional values become increasingly at risk, I look forward to working with you to restore Judeo-Christian values for our families and our posterity. Our theme for August: Building on the Rock

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Stay on Course

Safety found in living the gospel with exactness

airplaneflyingA large passenger jet crashed, killing all 257 people on board, because someone had modified the flight coordinates by a mere two degrees. This placed the aircraft 28 miles to the east of where the pilots assumed they were, and put it directly in the path of Mount Erebus, an active volcano in Antarctica.

“It was a terrible tragedy brought on by a minor error — a matter of only a few degrees,” he remarked. “Through years of serving the Lord and in countless interviews, I have learned that the difference between happiness and misery in individuals, in marriages and families often comes down to an error of only a few degrees.” Dieter Uchtdorf

It is better to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent. ~Ezra Taft Benson

compasschoosewhotofollowSometimes we need to check our direction and make sure we stay on course. Today, in an age of distractions, David Kupelian notes, “living in a corrupt culture addicted to celebrating pride and rebellion against basic moral values, these influences can make things immeasurably worse for us. As always, the only way out of the great maze of life on earth is upward—by yearning for the Living God and His influence and direction in our lives. Faith and hope come, as the Good Book tells us, on the heels of genuine, sincere repentance.”

“‘We came to know of the constancy of that star. … As the earth turned, the others appeared to move through the night. But the North Star held its position in line with the axis of the earth. Because of those boyhood musings, the polar star came to mean something to me. I recognized it as a constant in the midst of change. It was something that could always be counted on, something that was dependable, an anchor in what otherwise appeared to me a moving and unstable firmament.” ~Gordon B. Hinckley

 

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The Dinner Topic Theme for August: Building on the Rock

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’s Defining Moment : What do Egalitarianism and a legendary Greek robber have in common?

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Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Courage

Famous Birthdays: Georges Enesco, Jedediah Morse, Claude Debussy, William Wilberforce, Mother Theresa, and John Locke.

US. Constitution Series 10: Sovereignty of the People

Christian Story: The Wise Man built his House upon the Rock

Hillsdale College Imprimis: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass

Real History: Elian Gonzalez was a true refugee; why couldn’t he stay in America?

Exposing Media bias [actually—lies] in reporting on Israel, Hamas, and Hitler

Health: the surging epidemic of bedbugs and what to do about it

Nation: 2 Americas, a comment on “income inequality”

Obama, Coyote-in-Chief

Culture: Observations on today’s “Bread and Circuses”

Did Christianity give us Gay Marriage?

Abuse Report—There are so many government and other abuses now that there is not room to report them all, so they will be summarized and listed in one report, with links to the complete article.

Moral Repair Plan—always looking for reasons for optimism

New! Truth Detectors: 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 in the search bar of this site.

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

Alert!

Traditional Bible-believing parents may have to consider withdrawing their children from public schools to protect your family spiritually and financially from the rising tide of persecution and ruinous lawsuits by anti-Christian fascists.

 

Seeing the widespread injury done in one week this spring,(many incidents go unreported) be aware of what might have transpired by next fall.

 

If it is not possible for you to home school, try to teach your children Judeo-Christian values at home. The easiest way to do this is to tell stories and discuss principles at the family dinner table. I hope these dinner topics help you with this vital effort. Just don’t give up! Our precious children are worth fighting for.

 

Ongoing

 

1. New! Tea Party Update listed each month.

 It is important to understand that the Tea Party is not a third political party. Nor does it represent all the slanderous falsehoods hurled upon them by those who hate America and her Founders. It is organized to restore Constitutional principles to the government of America. If you love the USA with good, old-fashioned patriotism, then the Tea Party is the best organization to work for the principles and values you cherish.

Every month we will keep you informed on the latest projects and progress of the Tea Party, with an updated link to our monthly newsletter; most recent updates at top of the list.

August 2014: American Update: Work for Victory; Obama Ego; Teaching Children

July2014 Update: Tea Party Defined—the Voice of Real Americans

June 2014 Update: Tea Party Update: Health and Election Victory

  1. Obamacare: Let’s do all we can to support the worthy grass roots efforts that are growing nationwide. Remember, 85% of the American people do not want Obamacare.
  2. Nullification. States can choose to ignore an unconstitutional national law by passing a bill banning implementation. The Supreme Court did rule that the states cannot be forced to implement Obamacare on a state level. This can be used, not only for Obamacare, but any other unconstitutional law. South Carolina has nullified Obamacare!
  3. Study the U.S. Constitution! It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms! A good way to do this is to study the monthly Constitution series from The 5,000 Year Leap. To access this series of posts, type US Constitution Series in this site’s search bar.

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Enjoy the rest of the summer,

C.A. Davidson