Civics Literacy Exam

The majority of Americans have failed this basic civics exam.  It was created by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.  Take the exam (click here) and let me know how you do.  Leave your results in the comments section.  For the record I scored 81.82% (27 out of 33 correct).  Of the 6 I missed, I should have gotten 3 more correct but I didn’t.

Constitution Party Platform Preamble

The Constitution Party gratefully acknowledges the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe and of these United States. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Providence as we work to restore and preserve these United States.

This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been and are afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.

The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries.

The Constitution of these United States provides that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” The Constitution Party supports the original intent of this language. Therefore, the Constitution Party calls on all those who love liberty and value their inherent rights to join with us in the pursuit of these goals and in the restoration of these founding principles.

The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law, administered by representatives who are Constitutionally elected by the citizens. In such a Republic all Life, Liberty and Property are protected because law rules.

We affirm the principles of inherent individual rights upon which these United States of America were founded:

  • That each individual is endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are the rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness;
  • That the freedom to own, use, exchange, control, protect, and freely dispose of property is a natural, necessary and inseparable extension of the individual’s unalienable rights;
  • That the legitimate function of government is to secure these rights through the preservation of domestic tranquility, the maintenance of a strong national defense, and the promotion of equal justice for all;
  • That history makes clear that left unchecked, it is the nature of government to usurp the liberty of its citizens and eventually become a major violator of the people’s rights; and
  • That, therefore, it is essential to bind government with the chains of the Constitution and carefully divide and jealously limit government powers to those assigned by the consent of the governed.

Source:  Constitution Party Website

What The RINOs Are Doing Now

cartoon - get on board

RINO = Republican In Name Only  (a.k.a.  Democrats in disguise)

Last-minute Bush Abortion Ruling Causes Furor

A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job-discrimination laws.

The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”

It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to “assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity” financed by the Department of Health and Human Services.  (click here to read the full International Herald Tribune article)

And this is bad how?  Many of the people quoted in the article seem to say that this is an unnecessary regulation.  I can remember hearing stories of pharmacists being fired for not filling prescriptions for the “morning after pill”.  Click here and here to read about a couple such incidences.  So, it seems that this regulation may indeed be necessary. Sadly, Obama’s aides have already said they will try to rescind the regulation.  I hope they will be unsuccessful in that effort but I fear they will succeed.

You can make the argument that the pharmacists, doctors, etc. should have chosen another profession or discussed their beliefs on such issues with their employers prior to accepting the job and I would not dispute that as a valid point.  At the same time, we already have many protections in our country for various religious beliefs.  This regulation, on the face of it, seems to be basic commen sense.  Read the article and give me your opinion.

Washington “Bailout Syndrome” Explained in Cartoon Format

Capitol South  11-18-08

New Blogging Opportunity

I have been invited, and have agreed, to contribute to a local political blog.  My local newspaper has started a blog called All Politics is Local.  I found it one day when checking out the online version of my paper and saw a link to it.  I visited and found some posts of interest to me.  They were all written from a liberal perspective so I commented on a couple.  Then, I got an email from the author telling me that the paper had been wanting to find someone to contribute to the blog from a conservative perspective to balance out his entries.  He asked me if I would be interested in “going public” with my views.  I thought about it and the more I thought the more fun it sounded.  After exchanging some emails with the author of the posts, he sent an email to the editor of the paper recommending me.  After speaking with the editor, I am now a contributor to the blog.  I will still be blogging here but will be posting some articles there as well.

The blog in very new and I am not a trained writer but I do like to argue politics.  I look forward to the opportunity to share with those who agree with me and with those who don’t.  If you get a change, visit the blog sometime….not much there yet but there will be more soon.

Blog Milestone – 50,000 page views

I have been watching the stats closely lately knowing that this milestone was approaching.  Today it happened.  Some how, some way this blog has been viewed (page views) more than 50,000 times.  The blog is now 17 months old.  My first post was July 3, 2007.  I am humbled by the fact that people would take the time to read, and sometimes comment, on what I have shared here. I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog and share your thoughts with me and others.  I have enjoyed blogging more than I anticipated and, as time allows, I plan to continue.

Thanks again.

Obama’s Plans Refuted In “Wizard of Id” Cartoon

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Is that question above his pay-grade also?

John MacArthur & Jeff Noblit Teaching Through Ephesians Via Podcasts

It is awesome to live in a day where we have so many great preachers available to us no matter where we live.  Through the use of the internet and podcasts we can hear just about any preacher that we desire to.  John MacArthur and Jeff Noblit are two of my favorites to listen to.  I listen to both via podcast.  Currently both are teaching through the book of Ephesians.  I don’t know when the sermons were originally delivered but they are being released now.  I use iTunes to subscribe to these (and many others).  Ephesians is on of my favorite books and so far I have not been disappointed by either series.  If you are interesed you can listen to them as well.  Click here to subscribe to MacArthur’s podcasts and click here to subscribe to Noblit’s podcasts.

The Constitution Party Makes Inroads

I received this party update today via email.  It seems that the Constitution Party is becoming more and more viable.  If you are a true Christian conservative you owe it to yourself to investigate the Constitution Party to see if it may be a better fit for your beliefs.  It is for mine.  I would urge you to check out your state and local chapters of the Constitution Party and to get involved in building the next great political party.  But always remember that politics and political parties are not the answer.  The only answer is found in Jesus Christ.  Our faith must be in Him first and foremost.

Dear Constitution Party Friends and Supporters,

Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin and his running mate Darrell Castle wound up with close to 179,000 votes, showing even with no ads and comparatively little media attention, the message of liberty resonated with many. The tally was a 24% increase over the party’s vote total in 2004. However, this year we were not on the ballot in California or Pennsylvania, and in 2004 those states accounted for 33,000 votes. The Baldwin/Castle ticket even grabbed 3,418 write-in votes in Texas, the highest for any write-in candidate in that state. Despite the disappointing result of the race for the White House, we have reason to look on the bright side. We may not have elected a Constitution Party president or captured seats in Congress, but we have made very encouraging inroads. CP candidates have made huge strides and some can even be credited with ousting liberal incumbents from office simply because they decided to run against them. Take the three term U.S. Senator from Oregon, Gordon Smith, for instance, who actually lost his bid for re-election because of our candidate Dave Brownlow! Brownlow spent no money, did no advertising and wound up with 6% of the vote – more than double the number of votes Senator Smith lost by. In a tight race such as this we see that our presence can really have an effect and show the liberal Republicans that we are here and ready to challenge them. In the end, the GOP and the Smith campaign spent millions on an ad campaign that included TV and direct mail hit pieces smearing the Constitution Party candidate and mentioning him by name. It’s good news for the Constitution Party when a liberal incumbent US Senator and his major party spend money directly attacking one of our candidates. It shows our significance, that their polls are showing we are taking votes from them, and it results in many more people hearing of the Constitution Party alternative. David went up against Goliath and showed that liberal Republicans have seen their last days. We saw it with McCain and we’re seeing it state by state as well. Janine Hansen, a candidate from the Independent American Party of Nevada – which is the name of the Constitution Party in that state – was is in a two-way race for state senate with incumbent Dean Rhodes, a moderate Republican. Hansen pulled in more than 30% of the vote in that race. There are a number of Constitution Party candidates with impressive percentages well into the 20% range, which is exceptional given the media blackout on third party candidates and lack of funding. In addition to larger percentages of votes, 20 states will remain ballot qualified meaning fewer time-consuming and costly ballot-access campaigns will be necessary going forward. This is a 33% increase over 2004. Those gains give us a head start on building the party and gaining momentum. By working now at the state and local levels we can get a jump start on the very real possibility that we can see Constitution Party candidates elected to state and yes, even national offices during the next election cycle. The choice is clear. We can hand the keys to this republic over to globalists or we can fight them every step of the way! Are you ready to rumble?

Yours for Liberty,

James N. Clymer National Chairman

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