The following are some of the resources that have helped inform my political understanding and shape my views. Some of my greatest influences have come from personal acquaintances that I cannot share with the rest of the world. Nevertheless, the resources below should be enough to help you find a solid Biblical and Constitutional understanding of law and government and the political policies that correspond.
#1 – God’s Word
The Lord Jesus Christ must be the foundation of every political endeavor and governmental policy (1 Cor 3:11). Anything that is not built in accordance with God’s word is built in vain (Psa 127:1).
Institute on the Constitution
The Institute on the Constitution (IOTC) is the premiere study course for rediscovering both America’s founding documents and the philosophical worldview behind them. The course is designed for either individual or group study and can be completed in 12 weeks with just a few hours of study each week.
News and Commentary
- The Castle Report – Weekly podcast by past Constitution Party Presidential candidate, Darrell Castle.
- The American View – Weekly message from Jake MacAulay of the Institute on the Constitution.
- Ron Paul Liberty Report – Daily podcast.
- The New American – Online news magazine.
- Constitution Minute – A very insightful series of 2 minute audio commentaries by my friend, Randall Yearout. The recordings are a few years old now, but the principles presented are timeless.
Nearly every election year, people ask me who to vote for. I’m reluctant to simply provide a list of names, neither am I willing to tell people who is the “better” of the candidates, as better does not necessarily mean “right.” What I prefer to do is direct people to sound, principled instructions on how to vote, as in, what considerations should guide our thought process as we select persons to govern over us, our families, and our neighbor’s families. I recommend the following resources for your consideration before casting your vote.
Remember, your vote is the currency of your virtue.
How Should We Vote? – 3 Minute video (or transcript) by Jake MacAulay, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on the Constitution: https://www.theamericanview.com/how-should-vote-2/
Questions to Ask a Candidate – By past Constitution Party Presidential candidate, Michael Anthony Peroutka: Article http://newswithviews.com/Peroutka/michael115.htm / Video https://youtu.be/xOd6dNceZBY
Questions for Candidates – Flyer provided by the Constitution Party of Washington that you can download and print to share with others: http://cpofwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Questions-For-Candidates.pdf
How Then Shall We Vote? – DVD of a panel discussion presented by the Institute on the Constitution ($15): https://www.theamericanview.com/store/products/how-then-shall-we-vote-iotc-panel-october-2010/
Intro to Legislative Policy Review – 4 Minute video by Michael Anthony Peroutka sharing a 10 point outline for assessing legislation. Michael designed this video to help citizens assess items coming before the Anne Arundel County Council, which he serves as a member of, but it can easily be applied to any city council, county council, state legislature, or Congress. It is important that citizens know how to assess legislation so we can know whether our legislators are voting correctly and are worthy of our vote: https://youtu.be/xliBGIBNi54
The Patriot Collection
An audio collection of speeches by some of the people who imparted my early understanding of Christian Constitutionalism. This is what I understood to be mainstream conservatism back in the 1990s.
Books, DVDs, and More
Some online stores with more resources for the studious.