THE NEW RACISM IN AMERICA

When the Democratic Party was real, not what it is today, “Progressive”, it fought desegregation tooth and nail up until the administration of JFK and LBJ. The liberal state of Massachusetts and the great liberal city of Boston was the last state and one of the last cities to integrate. Lawsuits were filed against the federal government, demonstrations and protests held, threats were made and everything humanly possible was done to stop black kids from stepping foot in a white school. This was long after the South had successfully integrated. But today the Progressives will tell you a far different story.

On the other hand Republicans, before they became Republicans, fought against slavery and for equal rights for blacks. They were in the forefront of the abolitionist movement.  They created the first schools for former slaves and fought for their right to vote and to earn decent wages. They fought for equal education opportunities. That is why Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. I can remember when there were all white schools and all black schools. The black schools got the hand-me-down books and supplies from white schools. The white schools got everything new, including school houses, while the “Negros” got the old ramshackle buildings. When blacks, or should I be politically correct and say, Afro-Americans, were allowed to vote, the Democrats instituted a Poll Tax to make it harder for blacks, who were economically depressed, to vote. Even tests were administered so uneducated blacks could not vote.

I can remember parades in my hometown where men donned KKK hoods and marched down main street. Bands played and people cheered. It was a big event, city and county officials, members of the police and sheriff’s department donned their pointed hats and hoods and marched with pride. They were Democrats. The Republican party was non-existent in Florida, in fact the whole South was solid Democratic. To be a Republican was to be a “nigger”lover.

Today none of the things I mentioned are recognized by the Democratic/Progressive/Socialist Party. They will tell you otherwise. They will tell you that the Republicans are the racist, that cops are racist, that veterans and military personnel are racist and that whites in general are racist. If you disagree politically or socially you are a racist. If you believe in the original intent of the Constitution, then you are a racist. If you believe that marriage should be between a man and a women, then you are a racist. If you believe in separate restrooms and showers for little boys and girls, then you are a racist. If you believe in protecting our borders, then you are a racist. If you voted for Trump you are absolutely a racist, at the least you are a deplorable person. Of course they use other names like Homophobic, Islamophobic, and Misogynist to belittle and create a false narrative. All of the above names do apply to some people regardless of political persuasion, even Democratic/Progressives, but the left would have you believe they only apply to the Republicans, especially the Conservative side of the party. Many on the far right are racist, just like many on the far left are anarchist.

Today there is a new racism in America. Racism is now accepted on college campuses, although it is not called racism, but that is exactly what it is. Many colleges and universities are holding separate graduation ceremonies for black students, including Harvard. Some are holding separate commencements for blacks, Hispanics, and other minority groups so they wont have to share the stage with white students. According to the Boston Globe Columbia University holds six separate events, one for Whites, one for Blacks, one for Asian, one for LGBT, one for Latinos and one for “First Generation” students, whatever the heck that is. Virginia’s Emory and Henry College is holding “Year-end Ceremonies” with designated events for LGBT students.

This is neo-segregation. It is the new racism! They do not embrace the teaching of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the more radical Malcolm X who both proclaimed that we should respect each other’s cultures and beliefs, that we should integrate and live together as Americans instead of separating ourselves into categories. They believed in assimilation. It is now just the opposite. Young people today are being taught that diversity is bad, that it is wrong, that everyone should be classified into different groups. A new caste system has emerged. The definition of civil rights is being re-written to mean something completely different than what Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders taught. It is not about diversity at all. It is not about inclusion, it is not about coming together as Americans for the greater good and cause. It is about rejecting the white race and making anything white a symbol of oppression. To be white is to be shameful for the wrongs committed in the past. With that kind of thinking I suppose that today’s German citizens should be held accountable for the murder of 6 million Jews by Hitler 75 years ago. Jews, therefore should be treated differently, they should have more privileges.

Racism is more prominent now than it was eight years ago. Although not perfect, black/white relations was at an all time high before Obama took office, although the left would have you to believe it started with the emergence of Donald Trump. Now, today, it has regressed, and it started during the Obama era  with the tall tale that Michael Brown, the bully and thief, was shot and killed by a racist cop while Brown was holding his hands up in surrender. It escalated from there. Even members of the House and Senate raised their arms high in solidarity with the misinformed and ignorant saying that Brown had been killed intentionally by a white Missouri racist cop. This, after the truth was well known. The truth after all should not get in the way of an agenda.

And then Obama took the side of a black university professor against a white cop who was called to his home to investigate a break-in. Obama accused him of racial profiling without knowing the circumstances. The mainstream media helped to advance this and the Michael Brown lie over and over, even after the truth came out. Even before Michael Brown Obama started dividing Americans by pitting the haves against the have-nots with his Social Justice and wealth redistribution doctrine, the Christians and First Amendment advocates with his “Clinging to their guns and religion” comment, and comparing radicals and terrorist with members of the conservative Tea Party movement, who were actually peaceful. On the other hand he later embraced Black Lives Matter and the radical Occupy Wall Street protesters who destroyed property and advocated violence.

White people in America have done plenty to suppress the black man. The Supreme Court ruled that “Separate but Equal” was Constitutional. Jim Crow was acceptable, even in the North. The Supreme Court also ruled that a slave was property, like cattle, and was not a man with Constitutional rights. Afro-Americans have been treated unfairly there is no question about it. They have been made to walk through the back door, sit in separate sections in the movie theater, sit in different waiting rooms, drink out of different water fountains, barred from restaurants, barred from attending white schools and universities, unfairly kept out of good jobs, and paid a portion of what whites earned. In other words they were discriminated against. White folks should not try to deny it ever happened, they should not try to cover it up or dismiss it.

On the other hand Confederate dead should not be dishonored. Statues should not be torn down and history rewritten. It should be remembered for what it is. It should be recognized as a part of our history to show how wrong it was to enslave fellow human beings. Slavery happened, lynching happened, discrimination happened in all forms. Things were unfair for the black man for a very long time. That cannot be changed, but the future can be. Great progress has been made to make things equal for all, but we still have some improvements to be made in all areas. Neo-segregation is pushing that progress backward. There has not been this much racial division since the days of the riots in the 1960s.

If the example set by Martin Luther King, Jr. was followed today, racial disparity would be at its lowest point in history. I have no doubt about that whatsoever. Unfortunately it will not improve as long as this new social order is preached and is allowed to fester and become an acceptable part of our society. If it is accepted as the norm then we are right back where we started.

 

The Electoral College

I have heard celebrities, politicians, electors and the uninformed shout about how the purpose of the Electoral College is to make sure someone unqualified becomes president. They neither understand the Constitution or the purpose of having electors. The Constitution does not say anything about preventing a person from becoming president if they, meaning a handful of oligarchs, should decide who is fit and who is not. That is up to the American people.

Last night I heard one of the electors say that it is his job and duty, along with the other 537 electors, to decide who is and who is not fit to be president.  He went on to say that in a democracy Hillary should be president because she got the most votes. I agree, if we lived in a democracy, but we do not. We live in a republic. If that person is too ignorant to know that, then he should not be an elector.
If you look at the electoral map you will see that it is around 95% red and only about 5% blue. That’s because Hillary won the large populist cities and Trump won rural America. Just about every county in the United States voted for Trump. Because we are a republic and not a democracy, the founders set the electoral college up so the most populated states could not decide who the president would be while disenfranchising the smaller less populated states. Otherwise all the candidates would have to do at election time is to visit those states, promise them the moon and forget the other states even existed. The founders knew this, so in their wisdom they set up a system to prevent this from happening.

It is the duty of the electors to represent the states equally, it is not their duty to ignore the will of the people. To do otherwise would be a coup, and nothing else. We would be a dictatorship.

I have heard people cry about Russia influencing the election, and that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president-elect. If the Russians, or any other country did interfere in our republican process, then certainly it should not be tolerated. Until proof is given to the American people that Russia caused Trump to be elected, and Hillary defeated, then the hysteria should stop. People, especially elected officials, should stop dividing the nation more than it already is.
It is up to the House of Representatives to bring impeachment charges against a sitting president, and it is the duty of the senate to try the president and remove that person from office. They are the only people, according to the Constitution, to determine whether a president should be brought up on charges, impeached and removed.
The Constitution is very clear. The Threshold for qualifications to be president is simple. A person needs to be a natural born citizen who has reached the age of 35 and resided in the United States for 14 years (Article. ll, Section 1) It gives no other qualification. It says nothing about what is fit and what is not. The American people decide that.

For a person who is already president, the 25th Amendment provides for a process for removal. “If the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”  That means physically and mentally. One example where a president should have been removed is when Woodrow Wilson had a stroke in 1919 and was incapacitated until the end of his term in 1921. For two months the First Lady determined who could and who could not see the president. After Wilson was able to get out of bed, the paralyzed and partially blind president was unable to discharge his duties because his mind wandered and he was not lucid enough to make a decision. During the remainder of Wilson’s term his wife unofficially acted as president without the public’s knowledge. This is when the 25th Amendment should have been invoked, but was not.
The electoral college does not have the authority to determine whether a person is fit to serve. I hear people quoting Hamilton from the Federalist papers, but the Federalist papers, although written by the founders, is not the Constitution. Only the Constitution stands as the law of the land, no other writings. We are not an oligarchy (in principal), and 538 people do not get to decide against the will of the several states whom they represent, will be the president.

Stop listening to celebrities and politicians who do not have a clue. If Donald J. Trump, regardless of how you feel about him, is prevented from taking office, not thousands, but millions will fill the streets of Washington and every city and hamlet in America. This is not going to happen of course, because our Constitution (for the most part) is intact and the Republic will stand against tyranny.  That will be proven on December 19, 2016 when the Electors in their appointed states meet, and again on January 6, 2017 when the House and Senate meet in a joint session to formally declare the winner.

Death threats to the electors will not change the outcome of the election. True patriots will not be dissuaded by such tactics. Those that would ignore the Constitution and place in power a person who was not elected, is not a lover of freedom. They will not prevail. Those who are hoping they will are no better than people who burn the flag, and stifle free speech. They are worse, in my opinion, because they are usurping the Constitution of the United States, the greatest document ever written in the history of the world, a document that has brought more peace and prosperity to more people anywhere and at any time, than any other nation in the world that has existed in any period since the beginning of history. The only nation that could come close is Israel under the leadership of Moses.

Until Russia’s involvement has been substantiated and proof presented to the American people, then what we hear are simply opinions, lies and innuendos by people who would destroy our republican process. Make no mistake, it is deliberate. The whole world knows it, and so do the American people.

If we are to judge Russia for the same thing we have done, then it is a double standard for sure. We have interfered in the affairs of other nations since we became a Republic. We have assassinated leaders we deemed to be dangerous or not acting in our interest. We have toppled governments both small and great. Just recently the United States tried to influence Israel’s election. We tried to tell England how they should vote on the European Union. We are not pure., not by a long-shot.

 

The Charters Of Freedom Under Attack

 

You cannot have a socialistic society where the government rules the people unless it becomes a total humanistic society. You cannot rule a people who believe in a higher being … not for long. The moral conscience of a nation must be completely destroyed. This has been going on in the public school system for years and years. When a person’s own belief system has been destroyed, that person, can then marginalize someone else’s beliefs by branding them as raciest, homophobic or as being non-inclusive. These are the watchwords of today’s humanistic believers. They preach tolerance while practicing intolerance.

I personally believe you can disagree with a gay lifestyle, for instance, while still loving the individual who practices it. I also believe it is the right of a person to teach that a gay lifestyle is wrong as a matter of personal belief. I also believe a person can protest and speak against such a practice openly, in public, without being made out to be someone who is pushing his or her beliefs on another. In today’s world to be against something on moral grounds is to be evil, censored, and to be an outcast. Even the President of the United States brands his own citizens who have a moral objection to gay marriage, unisex restrooms, shower and locker rooms, to be someone who should be shunned and shouted down. We have truly lost our way.

Our orderly world is crumbling beneath our feet. Our government is being changed from a government which is ruled least, to an all powerful government centrally ruled. This is being accomplished by people who believe the Constitution has been a failure and is a document that gets in the way in today’s society. They say it is an evolving document that changes with the times,with the whims of men and the fads of the day.

Who is this monstrous person that has allowed this change? Look in the mirror and you will see that person. It is our fault for not paying attention and for allowing the people we elect to make laws contrary to the writings and principals of the Founders. Laws that are against everything we have been taught as being right and just. We have become complacent and our nation has strayed because of it.

If you will look you will see that the economic and political problems plaguing America are the direct result of the Federal Government indulging in practices which are entirely socialistic in their objective and completely opposite to the success formula of the American Founding Fathers.

Many are responsible, including the multinational corporations, the big banks, the Federal Reserve System, organized labor and special interest groups, all trying to get something which the free enterprise system and the Constitution strictly forbids. The gradual replacement of People’s Law with Ruler’s Law – or who ever controls the money, rules, has been going on since the early part of the 20th century.

The doctrine of “soaking the rich” has been encouraged beginning with the populous movement of the 1890s  and ending with the adoption of the 16th Amendment which provides for direct taxation of incomes on a graduated scale. Next, the states were weakened by passing the 17th Amendment which provided for the direct election of U.S. Senators. This took away home rule. Now Senators are no longer responsible to the people of the states whom they represent. We foolishly allowed private financial houses to get control of the monetary system so they could issue the people’s money, fix the value, and print at will. The Federal Reserve is neither Federal nor a reserve, but a private corporation that pays no taxes and controls the wealth of the United States, and much of the world.

We have set up a welfare state where the citizenry is becoming more and more dependent on the government. The more dependency, the more control over our lives, like heroine. Finally we get mixed up in foreign wars, Iraq is a perfect example, to speed up the process of centralizing power on a permanent basis. It has become more than a centralizing of power in Washington, it has now become a centralizing of power on a global basis. The United Nations is now looked upon by governments of the world, including the United States, as the ultimate authority. It is now international law we must abide by instead of the Constitution. We are no longer sovereign.

The Founders believed the continuance of the Constitution depended on two principles:

  1. The Constitution must be interpreted precisely as it was written.
  2. To be very deliberate about any fundamental changes which would weaken or destroy the “chains” of the Constitution allowing the government to invade the rights reserved for the people.

If we would take the shades off of our eyes we would see that this is exactly what has happened. We now have a president that said with exactness, that we would see a “fundamental change” in America once he took the oath of office. This president learned from one of his admitted heroes, Saul Alinsky, who wrote the “Rules for Radicals”. One of the first rules he lists is that you cannot have any morals, you must lie and not have a conscience about it. You must not be afraid to take an oath and not abide by it. This is what has happened. The oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic has been totally abandoned.

Here is what Senator Joseph Clark of Pennsylvania said when denouncing the legislative function as provided by the Founders. “We have inherited from our forefathers a government structure which so divides power that effective dealing with economic problems is cumbersome… Of course, inaction is what the Founding Fathers intended – inaction until such time as overwhelming consensus was prepared for action… They were right in their day, But they are wrong in ours. I have no hesitation in stating my deep conviction that the legislature of America, local, state, and national, are presently the greatest menace to the successful operation of a democratic process… The Executive should be strengthened at the expense of the Legislative. Surely we have reached the point where we can say that Jefferson was wrong: that government is not best which governs least.” (The Elite and the Electorate, 1963, pp. 11-14)

Is this not the Socialistic cry of the day? I had rather adhere to the words of the Great George Washington as he warned, “If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in our instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.” (George Washington’s Farewell Address) 

The Constitution is and always will be about separation of powers and preserving the unalienable rights of the people it was written for. It never goes out of style.

The Charters of Freedom are under attack as never before. It will be up to us to turn the tide, to save the Constitution by electing good men and women that are Constitutionally principled. We must hold them accountable by being ever watchful of their actions, and when they stray from the principals the Founders put in place, we must demand they repent or be replaced.

May the Lord bless you and me as we work together to preserve what has been given us by the provident hand of God.

Wear your cowboy hat proudly!

 

ASSAULT ON THE CHARTER OF FREEDOM

“If you stand on the shoulders of a giant, you can see further than the giant.” Sir Isaac Newton

People in the United States have come to understand that most of the economic and political problems plaguing this country are the direct result of the Federal Government establishing programs and passing laws that are socialistic in their objectives and completely opposite to the success formula of the Founding Fathers.

Some people are offended, or they act offended, when they are identified  as those who are guilty of leading us down the path of disaster we are currently travelling. It has been said that “If you want to find the devil who is responsible for our becoming more socialist, go home and look in the mirror. We are all responsible! If we have become a socialist nation it is because we have allowed Washington to do it. Not only have we allowed it, we have demanded it.

We as Americans work through our own special interest groups to put pressure on our politicians in order to gain special privileges or unconstitutional advantages.

You and I are responsible, multinational corporations, unions, big banks, the Federal Reserve and various lobbying groups are equally trying to get something which the Constitution and the free enterprise system strictly forbids.

The gradual replacement of People’s Law, or “We the people” with the principals of Ruler’s Law, or whomever controls the big bucks rules, has been going on for the past 100 years. How was this done? This may sound familiar:

  1. Encouraging the doctrine of “soaking the rich”. This began with the populous movement in the 1890s and culminated with the 16th Amendment to the Constitution which provided for direct taxes on a gradual scale against the private citizen’s income. This is called a Progressive income tax.
  2. Weakening the state legislatures and the protection of states’ rights through the passage of the 17th Amendment. This allows the direct election of a senator by the people instead of by state legislatures. This resulted in a loss of home rule. Senators are no longer beholden to the people of the state they represent.
  3. Creating and allowing the Federal Reserve to gain control of our financial system so they could print and issue currency and fix the value.  It is neither Federal nor a reserve, but rather a private entity designed to control the economy the way the banks desire. The F. R. pays no taxes and is beholden to no one. Because of the Federal Reserve we are no longer on the gold standard.
  4. Setting up a welfare state with Federal Social Security as the heart of the Socialist system. Now that America is dependent on Social Security we are beholden to the government’s demands. It is used as a whipping boy to keep us in line. That is the way the government works under a socialistic society. The government gets us hooked by taking care of our needs by giving us “free” stuff, and then threatens to take it away if we don’t comply to their demands. When the government gets enough people on board the socialist train, there will only be one political party, the one that takes care of our needs from cradle to grave.
  5. Purposefully involving the United States in foreign wars to expedite the process of centralizing power on a permanent basis. When we look in the mirror it is obvious that the majority of the problems we face in America have come about by our willfully abandoning the Founders’ Charter of Freedom and principals of righteous government that it advocates.

WE MUST BECOME INFORMED, GAIN KNOWLEDGE, AND WISDOM

We as parents and grandparents must teach our children and grandchildren fundamental religious principals that will instill faith in God, faith in their family, and faith in their country. We must create and foster strong family units if we are to survive as a nation.

Even college students do not know the difference between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, or who authored them. Nor do they care. We have allowed schools to punish students if they talk about God out loud. If a child sticks a finger out with a thumb up, they are arrested or expelled for imitating a gun. Schools, especially colleges and universities, teach our kids how to be intolerant of other’s views if they differ from their own and then teach them to call those who disagree intolerant. They teach that America is the cause of all the wrongs in the world. They teach that the Constitution is outdated and must be done away with so socialism can sweep them up and give them all the things they have been cheated out of. We have leaders that glorify Marxism and call it social justice.

We no longer have rights. We are told they are only privileges, unless they are illegal aliens, then they become rights again. In fact illegals have more rights and privileges than American citizens do.

The prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” We must not let that happen here.

We must study and learn for ourselves the principals laid down in the Constitution which have preserved our freedoms for the last 200 years. If we do not understand the role of government and how our rights are protected by the Constitution, we may accept programs or organizations that help erode our freedoms. An informed citizenry is the first line of defense against anarchy and tyranny.

We must teach our children about the spiritual roots of this great nation. We must become actively involved in supporting programs and textbooks in the public schools that teach the greatness of the early patriots who helped forge our liberties. We must teach our children that the Constitution was inspired by God by people who were placed on this earth for this very purpose.

Edmund Burke said. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We have to do more than complain and wring our hands. We must educate ourselves. We must support good constitutionalist for public office. We must work in our communities and make our voices heard.

Even if one does not believe in God, we must stand together, believers and non believers, to preserve our freedom. All voices are important.

We live in a great, even a chosen land. We have received great blessings from heaven. Me must never forget that, and we must instill that in the up and coming generation, starting in the crib. This must be a standard in every God believing, freedom loving home. We must counteract what society is teaching.

“I testify to you that the foundations of this country are spiritual. I testify that God has watched over us and blessed us greatly. I witness to you that those who keep the commandments of God will continue to be blessed in this land, for ‘righteousness exalteth a nation.’ God bless us all to be faithful. And may our Heavenly Father bless this land and preserve our divine Constitution and the Republic which it established…” (Ezra Taft Benson, Provo Freedom Festival, Marriott Center, June 29, 1986).

I am confident God will save our nation, but only if we fight for it. May God bless all you great patriots out there who are fighting the good fight. For it is you who will, with God’s help, save this great nation inspired by heaven and brought forth by good men.

Well, it’s time for me to put my boots and cowboy hat on and go to bed. After all, real men and real women sleep in their boots and are never far away from their hats.

Adios Amigo!

 

 

Does Congress Have to Vote For A President’s Choice For The SCOTUS?

Is it Congress’ duty to approve a president’s nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States?

The answer is yes…eventually, if that person is to take a permanent seat on the bench. The Congress of the United States does not, however, have to approve a nomination, nor does it have to set a time limit to call for a vote just because the President prefers it.

What will happen to the Supreme Court if nine Justices are not sitting? Something, or nothing, is the answer. Nowhere in the Constitution does it give direction on how many judges are required to sit on the Supreme Court or to rule on pending cases. The size is not specified. Over the years we have had as little as six judges and as many as ten at one time.

In Article III, Section I, it reads, “The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the Supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their office during good Behaviour, (behavior) and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.”

As far as appointments and confirmations, Article II, Section 2 states in the second paragraph, “He [the President] shall have power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate shall appoint Ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States , whose Appointments are not herein provided for, and which shall be provided by law…”

In Article III Section 2 it talks about Judicial power, and that is it! It does not say anywhere that the Senate has to hold hearings, it does not establish a timeline for what constitutes a quorum, or whether a justice can be confirmed by an absolute majority of those voting, or even a super majority, which the Constitution does require for other purposes, such as the two-thirds majority that is necessary to convict a president of an impeachable offense.

The Constitution does not give direction for senators on whether or not to ratify  a presidential nominee for the Supreme Court. If a senator does not like a nominee because that person likes cats instead of dogs, he does not have to vote for that nominee. If a senator does not like a person’s personal beliefs, or their political persuasion, he does not have to vote to confirm. The Supreme Court confirmation process is limited to issues of character (good Behaviour), or legal judgement.

Also, the Constitution does not specifically create the office of Chief Justice, nor does it say how one might be chosen. It only says that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is to preside over the senate trial of a president who is up on charges of High Crimes and Misdemeanors. As a matter of precedent the President names a Chief Justice. As far as that goes, the nominee does not have to be a lawyer. The nominee can be a barber or an office manager.

So, a President can rant and rave all he or she wants to about the Senate not considering his or her nomination to the Supreme Court. The Senate does not have to consider nor approve a candidate just because he or she is nominated. A justice may not sit permanently until approved by the senate. That is clear. The President does, however, according to Article II, Section 2, have the authority to fill a vacancy temporarily when the Senate is in Recess, and that appointee may serve until the end of the next congressional session.

I’m sure we will hear a lot about how the Senate is not following their Constitutional duties by not confirming the president’s nominee, and how the Republic and justice will suffer.

It isn’t, and it will not.

So there!

Well good people, it’s time for me to put my hat and boots on and go to bed. I’m serious!

Adios Amigo

 

 

The Old Man Wept

When Jefferson served as Ambassador to France the Constitution was being written by James Madison, but that doesn’t mean that Jefferson had no influence on the greatest document ever drawn up by the hands of men.

All of the founders were well read. They studied all of the great civilizations of the world and found two things in common with the most successful ones. Two of the most successful nations were the Anglo Saxons, and the Israelites. The two things they had in common was their belief in a divine creator, and a representative form of government.

The Anglo Saxons inhabited the British Isles. They were direct descendants of Shem. Alfred the Great, a son of Isaac, traced his genealogy all the way back to Adam. The Israelites were the descendants of Israel, who were remnants of the 12 tribes. Do you see the relation?  Do you see why they were so successful?

The founders knew what made them successful and happy. Thomas Jefferson sent Madison hundreds of books during his time in France. Books on philosophy, religion, literature and ancient history. History of the Peloponnesian War,the Roman Republic, the writings of Socrates, Thucydides, Xenophon, Josephus, Romulus and Herodotus, the ‘Founder of History’. He purchased over 2,000 books while in France and shared them with Madison and the other founders.  He sent letters sharing his thoughts and feelings. No one in the 13 colonies, or in Europe, were as well read as Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington, Adams, John Jay, Franklin or any of the other fathers of this Great Experiment called Democracy. Jefferson, even though thousands of miles away, had a profound effect on the Constitution.

As my friend, GK Mangleson, one of the premier Constitutional scholar in America, likes to say, “Thomas Jefferson was the genius of all geniuses.

President Kennedy remarked to a group of learned men gathered at the White House, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

The way this nation came about was nothing short of a miracle. People of different backgrounds, beliefs and opinions met for months in a small room in a place that came to be known as Independence Hall. They argued as intelligent and opinionated people will do, and at times almost coming to blows. Their disagreements became so heated that it appeared they would never agree on a government at all.

It was during this crisis period that the 81 year old Benjamin Franklin made his famous plea for prayer.

“Gentleman, gentlemen, , the little progress we have made in the last weeks is a melancholy proof of the imperfections of the human understanding; groping as it were in the dark, how has it happened that we have not sought the Father of Lights to illuminate our understanding? In the beginning of the war with Briton we had daily prayer in this (very) room, and asked for divine protection. Our prayers were heard; and they were graciously answered. And have we forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance?

“I have lived, sir, a long time; and the longer I live the more convincing proof … that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, in the sacred writings, that except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.

“I therefore, beg leave to move, that hereafter prayers, imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”

Franklin’s plea changed the attitude of those who gathered in that great hall of freedom. It had a sobering effect on the delegates, and they set about their task with great determination. (The Miracle of America: The Birth of a Nation, Brian P. Trotter and William S. Norton, Captured Miracles Production)

Within weeks they had a Constitution like no other ever created before or since. Is the Constitution divinely inspired? You bet it is!

When it came time to sign the parchment on which the Constitution was written, Benjamin Franklin, old and eat up with arthritis, had to be carried in because he could not walk for the excruciating pain throughout his body. It is said that when he leaned over to sign the Constitution, the old man wept.

Today we would be horrified at the thought of these men having prayer…in a public building. Scandalous! We would be shouting at the top of our lungs, “Separation of Church and State!” Ban prayer in public places! These men would be called bigots, offenders of men, and a call for them to be banned would flow across the nation with the intensity of a great storm.

Our founders always recognized God in all of their deliberations, and gave praise to Him in all of their writings, with few exceptions.

Benjamin Franklin would surly weep today, but for a different reason.

One afternoon as Franklin was walking down the street, a woman asked, and I paraphrase, “Mr. Franklin what have you given us today?”

He replied, “A Republic Madam, if you can keep it.”

 

 

 

 

Stealing The West A Million Acres At A Time

 

The federal government has stolen 260 million acres of surface land and 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the United States. Most of this land is in the 12 western states and Alaska. In an attempt to control all mineral rights, the Bureau of Land Management has declared sand to be a mineral. In that case every 3.8 million sq. miles of United States soil is under BLM control.

In Nevada a man built a swimming pool in his back yard. The BLM arrested him. “But, it’s my land,” he said.

“Yes”. They countered. “But, the soil underneath is ours.”

Now I’m sure there is more to it than that, the BLM is probably trying to get his land through hook or crook. That’s the way they work. They harass, they bully, they intimidate they break their pocketbooks and their spirits.

Teddy Roosevelt and Congress passed the Antiquities Act of 1906. This act says that archeological sites on public lands are important public resources. The law gives the President of the United States the authority to, by proclamation (Executive Order), create national monuments from public lands to protect significant natural, cultural, or scientific features.

It was never meant to be used as a land grab of millions of acres, which includes often times private land. The powers of the president were to be limited. The act requires that the amount of federal land embraced within a national monument consist of, “the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” Two examples are Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty. It also gives the president power to proclaim historic structures (think the Alamo), and other objects of historic or scientific interest as national monuments. All of this is to be done on small portions of land, not millions of acres. This is all against the Constitution. We’ll go into that another time.

The Malheur Bird Refuge in Harney County Oregon, the one that has been in the news, was established by President T. Roosevelt as an Indian reservation … with no Indians. It covers 293.37 sq. miles. The Hammond ranch is surrounded by the refuge and the BLM has been after the ranch for over 20 years. That’s why Dwight and Steven Hammond are in prison … for the second time; more on this in a future blog, as well.

Presidents have usurped the law by giving it a broad definition. In order to take the land they want, they just create a “National Monument”. Just to give you an idea what has and is being done through Executive Order, let’s look at what Bill Clinton did during the last few days of his administration. He created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah consisting of 1.7 million acres, the largest monument outside of Alaska. The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument with 1,104,000 acres. He also made the entire California coast from Mexico to Oregon on 327,769 acres of public land. Clinton also established Grand sequoia Monument in California on 327, 769 acres, the 164,000 acres Canyons of the Ancients in southern Colorado, Cascade Siskiyou Monument consisting of 52,000 acres, the 195,000 acre Hanford Reach, and many, many more. I don’t have time to list all of the national monuments Clinton created, but the total acreage came to 5,686,767. He also stopped all logging and road building on 60 million acres of national forest.

President Obama created 5 new national monuments: Rio Grande de Norte in new Mexico; San Juan Islands National Monument, Washington state; Harriett Tubman National monument, Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; Delaware Historic Sites, Delaware. This takes in about 240,000 acres. He created four more recently covering over one million acres of public land. At least four new national monuments are in the process of being created now.

Do you remember the Bundy Ranch stand-off in Bunkerville, Nevada?  Obama made about 1.2 million acres an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern, and Cliven Bundy’s ranch is a part of it. Obama and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proclaimed the Desert Tortoise an endangered species as an excuse to stop grazing on the land.

The BLM rounded up so many tortoises that they had to euthanize about 2,000 of them. They just may be endangered now, you think?

President Obama has “protected” more than 260 million acres of public land and water (water is another subject we will explore). A recent Executive Order gave the BLM and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service even more power to take land that they deem “environmentally sensitive”. This means private land as well as rancher’s grazing and water rights. All of this is against Article 1, section 8, clause 16 of the Constitution.

There is nothing wrong with protecting endangered species, when they are really endangered.There is nothing wrong with creating parks and recreational areas, but it should be created and managed by the states. The federal government has no Constitutional authority over any land except what the states grant them through acts of the state legislatures.

Adios’ Amigo

Why I Wear A Cowboy Hat

This is my first attempt to write a blog. I hope in the coming days I can say something that will get you to thinking, get you riled up, get you to act and, well, to keep you coming back, and make comments. It’s okay to disagree with me 100%. I welcome anything you have to say, but I just ask one thing, be kind. Disagreements are good, but people can disagree without using insults and filthy language. Agreed?

Great, let’s get started.

I chose the name,”I Wear A Cowboy Hat” because I have always been a cowboy at heart. The west, to me, represents freedom, hard work, expansion of our nation, courage, sacrifice, and so many other things.

Although I’m not a real cowboy, I do wear a cowboy hat. I seem to walk a little taller when I put it on. I also wear boots.

The west is experiencing some dramatic changes that actually started when territories were admitted into the union as states. In 1901 more changes came about when Teddy Roosevelt used executive orders to push aside the Constitution and steal more land. This began the Progressive movement that escalated in 1913 under Woodrow Wilson, and came to a head when the White House was taken over in 2008 by Obama. Under the current progressive, he has stolen millions of acres of land from the people of the Western United States under false pretenses. Thousands upon thousands of jobs have been lost, ranchers been put out of business, communities destroyed, people jailed and even killed due to the progressive policies of the anti-Constitutionalist.

In the coming days I will discuss this in detail, so stay tuned.

Words that always bring tears to my eyes, makes my chest puff out in pride, and runs chills all over my body, are the words written by James Madison and approved by great and gallant men known as our Founding Fathers.

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Those words, I believe with all of my heart, are inspired by providence. In fact I believe every word and precept in the Constitution was brought about by divine intervention. I believe we are blessed beyond measure to be an American. However, other people, including many of our leaders do not believe that.

Think about it!

I have to go and work on my book, so until next time, happy trails.