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November 21, 2008 8 Comments
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.
November 19, 2008 1 Comment
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
November 19, 2008 4 Comments
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.
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November 17, 2008 1 Comment
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.