I recently read the story of the “An Appeal to Heaven” flag, its history and the important philosophical concept behind it. Most of us don’t even know there was such a flag and even fewer understand its significance. You really cannot correctly understand our nation’s history, or our Declaration of Independence, without understanding the concept behind “An Appeal to Heaven.”
The concept comes from English philosopher, John Locke. In his Second Treatise of Government, Locke explains that once all human avenues for seeking justice (judges, legislatures, executives, etc), or relief from tyranny, have been exhausted, only an appeal to Heaven remains. At that point, men become justified to seek relief by their own actions, appealing to the God of Heaven to sustain their endeavor, as no earthly mediator is left to them.
“…where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment.” (John Locke) Continue reading
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Today I heard a Christian radio program talking about the case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with same sex “mock” marriage (there is no such thing as same sex marriage, only an imitating of marriage by members of the same sex). It grieved me to hear the host state numerous times that through this case the Court might make same sex marriage “national law.”
While our current public office holders may be sufficiently duped and cowed so as to treat the Court’s decisions as law, the fact is that the Supreme Court cannot make law and its decisions are not law, they are merely “opinions” applicable only to the parties to the case at hand. It’s bad enough that the courts think they have the power to make law, but we don’t need Christian radio hosts reinforcing that falsehood in people’s minds. No offense to the commentator, I’m just asking all of us to stop, think and understand how our system of government is actually designed to work under the supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution.
Attorney and Constitutional scholar, Dr. Herb Titus, gives a good explanation of the matter in an article addressing Roe v. Wade and stating why “Abortion is NOT Legal.”
As Pastor Chuck Baldwin explains in this week’s column, “anyone who would want to see a Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton presidential race in 2016 has a death wish for America.” On the grounds of Biblical worldview, strict Constitutional limits and principles of liberty, either of these media proclaimed front-runners represent “The Worst of Evils,” according to Pastor Baldwin. Nevertheless, the establishment powers-that-be are even now busily lining up Americans to support one candidate, or party, over the other, with no real regard given to the crucial importance of the actual policies or guiding philosophies of the candidates.
Nancy Pelosi, ostensibly speaking for the political left, has informed us that the fact that Hillary Clinton is a woman is reason enough why liberals everywhere should support her.
On the other side of the coin, my state’s Republican Party chair recently sent out a message begging all good conservatives to start supporting the Republican Party now so we can “Stop Hillary Clinton.” Never mind who the Republican nominee might actually turn out to be, what’s important is not to let the other party’s socialist, new world order, power elite, establishment lackey get in.
All of this reminded me of my friend Randy Stufflebeam’s article on “The Wrong Lizard.” If you’re still caught up in the feigned fight of the Republican lizard vs the Democrat lizard and think it really matters which establishment party wins the White House in 2016, then the lizards have you right where they want you. That kind of thinking only feeds and helps perpetuate the two-lizard system by giving it our time, attention or money. Please read Randy’s article, and please, don’t feed the lizards!
A Look at Principles of Government and Just Taxation
It’s special election time again here in Washington, that time when we waste even more taxpayer dollars to hold elections that have only one or two items on the ballot – items that likely would fail if placed on a general election ballot where the will of the greater population is more accurately reflected. Here in Spokane County, the two ballot issues are the renewal of an expiring sales tax for juvenile detention facilities and a 3/10% sales tax increase to fund public transportation.
The specific ballot issues may be unique to my county, but the principles of government and just taxation that are guiding my vote are applicable everywhere and should be applied at every election.
JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITIES
I will be saying “NO!” to renewing the expiring juvenile detention sales tax because we as a society are Taxed Enough Already! Continue reading
On two different occasions I’ve been contacted by people who have received the American Community Survey (formerly known as the long form census). These people felt their privacy was being violated by the intrusive questions in the survey and that the federal government did not have the right to demand such information of them. They were being hounded by census bureau workers, threatened with fines and in one case even had a bureau employee show up at their church to serve them with papers. These people turned to me, as a Constitution Party state chairman, wanting to know if the survey really is mandatory and whether they would indeed be fined for not complying. Knowing that millions of other Americans are being confronted with this same dilemma, I decided to compile my findings as a public resource on the matter.
It all began in 1787 with the drafting of the United States Constitution where Article I, Section 2 calls for an “enumeration” to be made once every ten years for the apportioning of representatives and direct taxes among the several states.
The nation’s first census was conducted in 1790 and consisted of only the name of the head of household and the number of other residents – just what you’d expect for a simple enumeration. However, by as early as 1810 the census had added inquiries regarding U.S. manufacturing capabilities with questions about social matters coming in 1850. In 1940 the dual long form/short form system was put into play with most households receiving the short form census with questions more appropriate to a simple enumeration and a portion of households receiving the long form census seeking detailed demographic information. Continue reading
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I don’t mean to be a negative nitpicker, determined to shoot down the best hopes of traditional conservatives, but before everyone jumps on the Ted Cruz for President bandwagon, it seems that those who champion the cause of “The Rule of Law” should first address the question of Senator Cruz’s Constitutional eligibility to be President of the United States. It’s either that or publicly admit to being hypocrites who only use the rule of law argument when it suites our purposes.
The question is, what is a “natural born citizen,” which Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution requires the President to be. If it means having at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, then both Cruz and Obama are equally eligible. If it means that both parents must be U.S. citizens, then neither Cruz nor Obama is eligible. If it means being born on U.S. soil, then we know that Cruz was not while Obama’s actual place of birth has been disputed for the better part of a decade now.
Attorney, professor of law, Constitutional scholar and Constitution Party 1996 Vice Presidential nominee, Dr. Herb Titus, holds that a natural born citizen is one whose parents are both U.S. citizens. Dr. Titus refers to Biblical precedent, something which our nation’s founders relied upon heavily in the framing of our form of government. I encourage everyone, especially Ted Cruz supporters, to consider Dr. Titus’ comments on the matter beginning at the 7:00 minute mark in this interview http://www.cynthiadavis.net/what-is-a-natural-born-citizen/.
Whichever view one might hold with regard to the definition of a natural born citizen, what seems apparent is that conservatives need to either ask Senator Curz to recuse himself from seeking the Presidency or apologize to Barack Obama for years of harassment over his birth certificate and the question of his actual place of birth.
For more thoughts on the Ted Cruz candidacy, listen to the March 25 edition of “The Castle Report” and read “Ted Cruz: Pros And Cons” by 2008 Constitution Party Presidential candidate, Pastor Chuck Baldwin.
The following was written on behalf of the Constitution Party National Committee to address a question that has often been posed regarding the fielding of a Presidential candidate.
The question has been raised in the past, and I’m sure it will come up again, as to what the Constitution Party would do should the Republican Party choose a “true conservative” (ie, constitutional) Presidential nominee. Would the Constitution Party still field a Presidential candidate, and if so, why?
The Constitution Party does not have an official policy on this matter, i.e. a resolution or a clause in the party constitution or bylaws. So far this has not been a problem and with each passing election cycle it appears less likely to ever be a problem.
As a state party chairman, I can say that it has been the practice of our state affiliate to avoid running a Constitution Party candidate in opposition to a constitutionally sound incumbent whose performance in office comports with our platform. However, in cases of a constitutionally sound candidate who is not an incumbent, we view the ballot as belonging equally to all candidates and parties. We feel no compulsion to drop out of a race just because some people think that a candidate with a different party initial after his name is more likely to win. Continue reading
Letter to the editor submitted to the Spokesman Review in regard to Washington’s February 10, 2015 special election
It’s special election time again – that time of year when we waste taxpayer dollars to print, mail and process ballots with only one or two items on them – usually a school bond or levy. Ostensibly, these are issues that could not be foreseen at the last regular election and which cannot wait until the next. Hence, school district officials appeal to county commissioners for a “special” election as provided in state law for dealing with such emergencies as school administrators not being able to project revenues and expenses far enough in advance to place these matters on a regular election ballot. But do these issues appear on special election ballots merely because school boards are incapable of planning ahead, or is it because voter participation is notoriously low at these elections, making it easier for the education establishment and its associated special interests to carry the vote? I would be curious to see the outcome of such bond/levy issues if county commissioners were to stand up to school districts, refuse to waste taxpayer dollars on special elections and tell the education establishment they’ll just have to place their bond issues on a regular election ballot like everyone else.
A friend recently pointed out a passage of scripture to me that she found comforting with regard to the fears that some people have about the end times, judgment and the things coming upon the earth. As someone who is engaged in political activism, I found the passage particularly relevant as I so often hear Christians expressing fear of their political adversaries, expectations of judgment on the land and general dread for what appears to be coming upon the nation. Many are so fearful that they are willing to compromise values, principles and sound policies in order to “win” at the polls. I have long contended that I would rather be found honoring God, upholding an uncompromisingly right standard and trusting Him to honor and care for me. I think this passage makes my case particularly well, especially in the Message translation.
“Then those whose lives honored GOD got together and talked it over. GOD saw what they were doing and listened in. A book was opened in God’s presence and minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the GOD-fearers written down, all the names of those who honored GOD’s name. GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies said, “They’re mine, all mine. They’ll get special treatment when I go into action. I treat them with the same consideration and kindness that parents give the child who honors them. Once more you’ll see the difference it makes between being a person who does the right thing and one who doesn’t, between serving God and not serving him.” (Malachi 3:16-18 MSG)
This passage is talking about a time when many of God’s covenant people – Israel – were not fully honoring, trusting and obeying Him. Yet God was paying attention and took special note of the remnant among His people who did truly honor Him and did not compromise His right standards.
I implore my fellow believers to remember this the next time you’re confronted with a ballot featuring a godless candidate, a compromised candidate and an overtly God-honoring, Constitution-upholding candidate whom, you’re told, “can’t win,” leaving you convinced you must “vote for the guy who can beat the evil candidate.” Do not be fooled. We are in a time of great deception! Instead, take note of the favor that God shows to those who honor Him, then determine to be numbered among them!