Though the South Dakota Legislature tabled a measure to move the state from the electoral college to a popular presidential vote, NationalPopularVote.com has just sent out an email to a Hillary Clinton mailing list, urging South Dakotans to call their legislators in support of the bill. Just looking at the liberal groups that support this measure is enough to warn most good people away from it.
A new study has found that the states are spending far more money on incarcerating criminals than they are on educating students. Could there be a correlation between education and incarceration? Signer of the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Rush and his contemporaries had an answer for this problem over 200 years ago…but we are much smarter than the men who founded this country, aren’t we?
Ideas and principles seldom come into being spontaneously with no previous or external influence. The same is true of the principles that birthed the United States and founded our government. Where did these principles come from? Did they come from the same origin as the French Revolution? The Bolshevik Revolution? No, they came from several sources, but mostly they came from the Bible.
What American founder trained and molded the greatest number of his fellow founders? Minister John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and early leader in our government. What was his take on religion in government? “He is the best friend of American liberty who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion, and who sets himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind.”
Founder James McHenry served as a military surgeon who was taken POW by the British. He was later released in a prisoner exchange, became an aide to General Washington, served in the Maryland Senate and the Continental Congress. He was a signer of the U.S. Constitution, and declared that the Bible is the best defense for a peaceful society and a secure country.
In this clip from his American Heritage Series, historian David Barton points out that much has changed over the course of America’s history. While today many in our culture shun open displays of Christian faith, our founders expressed their Christian faith very publicly. The founders made it very clear that the public acknowledgment of God is foundational to the health and survival not only of our liberties, but of our entire republic.
The best of the best at Dakota Voice last week, including: O Canada, You That Censors the Christians; University Specifically Excludes Christians from Anti-Discrimination Policy; Liberalism on Parade In Wisconsin, Reveals More Than Anticipated; Republican Legislators Again Shoot Down Illegal Alien Bill; Churches Under Attack; Why Does America Have So Many Problems?; Democrat Distortion Poll Taints the Tea Party; and more!
Why do we have a $15 TRILLION national debt with no way in sight of ever being able to pay it? Why do we have a $1.6 TRILLION annual budget deficit, and no one in our government seems to be willing to shave off more than a few tiny crumbs? Why have we slaughtered some 50 million innocent children in the womb in the past 40 years? Why do so many people in a nation with more affluence than in all of human history spend so much time and money on antidepressants and therapists? There is an answer, and we received it 215 years ago.
SB 138 promoting a National Popular Vote approach to presidential elections was heard in the Senate State Affairs Committee today, and it went down hard 9-0 in favor of killing it. The bill sought to bypass the Electoral College method of presidential elections that has been in place in our Constitution since 1787.
In 1787 the founders met for weeks with little progress on how to form our new government. Benjamin Franklin, one of the least religious of the founders, reminded congress that since the beginning of the Revolution the American people and their government had called on God for provision and protection, and that they should continue doing so. Today, with our $15 trillion debt, our $1.6 trillion budget deficit, our double-digit unemployment, a growing military threat from countries like China and Iran, is America now so smart and so powerful that we no longer need to ask God for help?
On Monday Feb. 14 the South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee will consider SB 138, a bill to “enact the agreement among the states to elect the president by national popular vote.” This bill would have South Dakota join a movement of others in the United States to abolish the Electoral College method of selecting the president of the United States. The founders set up this system to give smaller states more consideration in presidential elections, and also to safeguard against the fires of direct democracy being manipulated…as Electoral College opponent George Soros would love to do.
This is another great excerpt from historian David Barton’s “American Heritage Series,” a set of DVDs which provides phenomenal insight into our nation’s history. This clip deals with Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville and his book “Democracy in America,” a book instrumental to understanding why America is the nation it is, and what makes it so uniquely successful in all of history.
After the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee shot down the Health Care Freedom Act last week, I received some replies from committee members to my earlier email urging passage of the bill. Without fail, each and every one of the responses from committee members contained expressions of seeming desire to shield South Dakotans from ObamaCare, but a uniform expression of powerlessness to do so. Why are our leaders so ignorant of our bold heritage of freedom, and so unwilling to go to the mat for liberty as our ancestors were?
There is a lot of disagreement between Democrats and Republicans about what the United States government should be doing. But what would the founders–the men who gave birth to our nation, who set up its government and who led it in the early days of our republic–say about what government should be doing? After all, they should know better than anyone what the American government stands for and should be doing, right?
One was slammed as an atheist and a “mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.” And another as a “monarchist who sought to become a king; he was also branded as a fool and a hypocrite.” Who are they? The presidential candidates of the 1796 race: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
I continue to be astonished as I watch the race hustlers in the black activist community continue to stoke the fires of racial division. One sad case in point is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally that was held at the State House in Columbia, South Carolina. The South Carolina NAACP, which organized the rally, went so far at to construct a plywood box, cover it with black cloth, and place it around a statue of George Washington so the statue was out of sight of the rally attendees.
I salute the Republicans of the 112th Congress for their initiative to restore the U.S. Constitution to its legitimate place of prominence in our public discourse. Reading it aloud at Congress’s opening session and requiring members to cite constitutional authority when introducing new legislation are great ideas. It will help highlight that the real debate is about the underlying defining principles of our nation that the constitution exists to protect.
The best of the best at Dakota Voice during the final week of 2010, including: Why Are Democrats Smarter Than Republicans?; The U.S. Constitution: The Source of ALL Authority; ‘Like Hell Frozen Over’; State budget is the biggie, but other issues await in Pierre as well; Obama: Getting Around the Constitution One Way or Another; Last Congress Outspends First 100 Congresses; Wash. Post Blogger: Constitution Not Binding, Too Confusing; and more!
The U.S. House of Representatives, under new Republican leadership, will not only begin the 112th Congress by reading the entire U.S. Constitution (which specifies how our government will be formed and operate, enumerates the limited powers the federal government has, and is the standard by which all potential laws are measured) on the floor, the new House rules will require that the constitutional authority for any introduced bills
From the protection of George Washington in battle, to the appeals to Divine Providence in our founding document, to the myriad of statements from the founders of America, to a Supreme Court review a hundred years later, we find just what those justices found regarding America’s Christian heritage: “a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”
John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams and America’s sixth president, had no qualms whatsoever about an imaginary “separation of church and state” and bringing his religious convictions about slavery into the public arena. His Christian faith shone brightly in his family life, and in the U.S. House of Representatives where he worked tirelessly for years to end the immoral blight of slavery.
For several decades, certain elements within America have been trying to rewrite our history, attempting to sanitize from it the recognition that our country was settled and founded by committed Christians on Christian principle. Yet the historical record paints a picture overwhelming with evidence that our country, while never a theocracy, has always been Christian in character and principle, with founders who took that faith seriously
It’s time for men of the cloth – as they did during the first American Revolution – to exercise true leadership, return to the pulpit and call for national revival, both spiritual and political. As George Washington so astutely observed, the notion that political issues, and those of “religion and morality,” are somehow mutually exclusive, is patently absurd. They are one in the same.
“Karen in the Northeast” called the Rush Limbaugh show today and said she is a teacher in the same school her son attends. Her son’s teacher gave students an assignment to write an essay on how to help President Barack Obama advance his agenda. If I were that student, rather than openly contest the contention that a student should help President Obama turn the United States into a third-rate socialist nation as he clearly intends, I would outline in clear detail the best avenue by which Obama might actually achieve this.
On Constitution day 2010, it’s ironic that the part of the Constitution that Americans are most familiar with is the Bill of Rights along with the rest of the amendments to the original Constitution. So important is the Bill of Rights, that without them, the Constitution would not have been ratified by the states.