N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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FORMS and a GLASS OF WATER

It occurred to me that we are constantly being asked something about ourselves on paperwork or in person. In an age when no one is supposed to ask anything about your religion, race, family background or political persuasion, I find it interesting that we continue to be asked personal things, regardless. This is quite disturbing to some and others go along with it because they feel there is nothing that can be done about it…so why bother to complain. Why worry?…for it is just one more exasperating part of life. Bureaucracy has always been a pain.

How we deal with our everyday stresses greatly effects our own emotional welfare. From from buying a house, applying for a job, filing out the income tax forms, medical questions and much more, we all feel the pinch…and are glad when it is completed.

Lets look at this more deeply at putting our information on the tiny, little line provided on a form. Actually, what does it matter what race we are, for aren’t we all from the “HUMAN race?” Who really needs to know? If we decided to put “human” next to that line, they probably would reject it…as if they didn’t know what a “human” is.

As for politics, I just go vote for the person I think will be most likely to do the job…and do it when things get tough for all people. Yet, when I vote, I have to tell them that I’m one party or another. If I register in my state as an “Independent,” I have only the national election in which to vote because it is considered a “closed primary” for other local elections. That doesn’t seem fair.

Did I say the word, “FAIR?” The possibility of the unfairness of any election to be a problem is not a new problem. Somehow when the election rolls around, we wade through it because it is the American thing to do. Usually, however, I also have to show some identification that I am an indeed an American, not a dog or cat or illegal immigrant…unless that changes. I know who I plan to have my Golden Retriever vote for in that case. Don’t ask me though, for privacy is an important part of who I am. I would hate to have “protesters”…or worse, outside my house! Unfortunately, violence has become such a part of our nation that simply holding up a sign for any candidate can become deadly. God help us!

You look at the medical records, that are supposed to be private. Does it matter to the doctor that I am male or female…well, maybe… if he is concerned about my ovaries. What does a person do that is not certain if he is female or male in his own thinking? I also suppose that when the form asks “male” or “female”… that there should be a box saying “other” …or “trying to decide.” That might be confusing to the medics unless they have to check.

Yet, “other” might appear on some applications. This is true if you just can’t fit into the category provided. Oh, yes, I jest a bit about things that may not be a laughing matter to some. My apology is in order, for we must not offend or even joke about any serious matter! I do have real concerns about a child that is growing up being told that they can “choose” what sex they want to be. This is happening, as I know you are aware. At least, let them grow up as male or female and then they can decide on this issue…if that is important to them.

This leads me to wonder, who exactly makes out these forms? They must stay up nights trying to figure out what to put down just in case someone might not know how to answer! Correctness is important to those who need to know. It is the RESPONSIBILITY of those who hold the pen or click the key on the internet. Someone on the other side will decide for you IF you have to reapply…so get it right!!

Therefore, I looked up: FORMS Don’t ask me why. It is just one of those quirks I get when I’m laying awake at night thinking. Sometimes the things that pop into my head actually makes me laugh. Laughter is a good thing because it is at a premium these days…unless someone just gets hysterical from worry.

Back to FORMS. Is “form” a noun or a verb? If it is a form you fill out, it is a noun. If it is “form” in making something…like forming a round cookie ball, it is actually to form, which is a verb. That is just extra information in case you just couldn’t live without knowing. The teacher in me comes out.

One of the forms that I came across was from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. I never realized it could get so complicated and sometimes expensive. Tough luck for those who come with almost no money to apply.

Reader,don’t get bored. Stick with me. This part is for those readers who may be thinking of doing it the right way. These are a few, but NOT ALL:

  1. Job offer Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) Through a Job Offer Form filing fee: 
  2. Granted an Asylee status: Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) Through Asylee Status An asylee is a person who meets the definition of refugee and is already present in the United States or is seeking admission at a port of entry.
  3. Refugee: Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) Through Refugee Status
  4. Naturalization: Becoming a U.S. Citizen Through Naturalization Form filing fee: $640 Naturalization is the process to become a U.S. citizen if you were born outside of the United States. If you meet certain requirements, you may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth.
  5. Citizenship through Parents. Citizenship Through Parents Form filing fee: $1,170 Congress has enacted laws that determine how U.S. citizen parents convey citizenship to children born outside of the United States. Generally, you may obtain citizenship through your U.S. citizen parents when you are born, or after your birth but before you turn 18.
  6. Temporary Workers Visa E Visas (E-1, E-2, and E-3) for Temporary Workers Form filing fee: $460 The E visa category includes treaty traders and investors who come to the United States under a treaty of commerce and navigation between the United States and the country of which they are a citizen or national.
  7. SMART PERSON: You may be eligible for an employment-based, first-preference visa if you have an extraordinary ability, are an outstanding professor or researcher, or are a multinational executive or manager. EB-2: Employment-Based Immigration– Advanced Degree or Exceptional Ability Form filing fee: $460 You may be eligible for an employment-based, second preference (EB-2) permanent worker visa if you are a member of a profession and you have an advanced degree or its equivalent, or if you have an exceptional ability.

Well, that was fun. I bet it won’t be fun filling out those forms. If you are busy thinking which category you fall under, just know they will document everything about you. However, because you are willing to be honest, open and agreeable to doing things the “American Way,” you may be able to be an American citizen…but the time of waiting is unknown. A wall won’t be long enough for those who ignore the correct method, but those people will be looking over their shoulder their entire life.

As far as forms go, we, Americans have it all figured out. You can fill out your forms online, in Braille, or various other methods. Don’t forget to read the fine print. It usually tells you “under penalty of law” which means that they will take you away from your family or your firstborn…which ever they can get. I’m teasing, of course. I’m not certain who they will send to get you since the police force might be minimized by the time they read your incorrect form. Oh, bureaucracy, it is the dream…or nightmare… of all who live in this wonderful world!

Perhaps I have been too hard on the ups and downs of filling out forms in our democracy. There are many other forms of government control that would not even ask you to fill out a form…because they don’t care who you are, what you think or why you want something that calls for a form,…for it doesn’t matter to them. You will simply be a speck…without rights or privileges. There are a few governments that incorporate a form of democracy with some form of socialism, such as in Sweden or Norway. Each has inherit dangers to how much control is actually given to the government hierarchy.

Next time I have to fill out a form, I will remember to thank God that I have the opportunity to participate in my own needs that require a form. What if we lived under the tyranny of most of the governments listed below.

Have you ever thought of how many different FORMS of GOVERNMENTS there are? You might want to look up some of these when you have an extra hour or two. Here is the list that I came up with…in alphabetical order.. certainly not in order of the most important to the rights of the average citizen.

Since we have an election coming up, it might be good to see if any of our candidates are leaning toward any one of these forms of government. No person is freer than in a democracy. and it is why we sing…. “I am glad to be an American….where I know I’m free…” Now, if only the American anarchist could learn that song!

Life and all its complications may be difficult to manage IF we try to hold on to them. So much of life, especially now, is filled with personal and national stress. Furthermore, there is not much we can do about most of it. We can’t totally control the virus. We can vote in the election and who will win will be up to the nation as a whole. The police are trying to control the rioting and looting as much as they are given support by local governments. Young Americans need to be taught by family, clergy and teachers the basics of right and wrong. Where this failure happens, the young people will not learn. This should certainly keep us up at night.

Let’s look at the Holy Scripture because there is a lesson here and also in the video below about our stresses and concerns.

To the Samaritan Woman at the well, Jesus said,  “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  John 4

We, most of all, have to learn to put all things in God’s hands. He knows the beginning from the end. He is all powerful and we must look to Him…personally and nationally. Whether it is filling out a simple form, or a not so simple form…or something much more stressful…we would do well to learn a lesson about A GLASS OF WATER.


Defending America From Anarchists

What does the word ANARCHIST mean? According to the dictionary, it is “One who uses violent means to overthrow the established order.” (Merriam Webster)

No one I know wants to see the “established order” overthrown. It is horrifying to see businesses burned to the ground when we can only imagine how hard the people worked to finally hang a sign “OPEN” on their doors!

Burning and looting of businesses

To even consider that people can run loose in our American neighborhoods shooting at little children, as happens in Chicago and some other places, is beyond what the average person can hardly believe is happening. Yet, over 100 people were killed in that city over one night. Call it gang violence or anything else…it is a form of “anarchy” when law and order is allowed by those in charge to disappear and call it a “new normal.” That indicates that we “just have to put up with it.”

Police are now being told by some local governments to “stay out of it.” Some places have designated zones where the police are off bounds. When a man was shot and another was critical, the police tried to go to their aid, but was attacked by the mob and they never reached the victims. In these cases, there is no control at all. No peace-loving person is safe…nor is any child.

A child’s sign says it all…for Chicago, New York and many cities

Even if there are people who believe that protesting is their right, which it is as long as it is peaceful, those anarchists who use that protest to strike at the very heart of our country should be called out for what they really are.

Written on St. John Church …BHAZ in today’s meaning… has to do with a place taken by force

200 year old, historic, St. John’s Church, known as the “Church of the Presidents,” was damaged as D.C. Firefighters found a fire in the basement of the church. A large fire also burned outside the church. Unfortunately, the people who set these fires call themselves “Protesters,” but in truth once they become violent to property or persons, they have become anarchists. Every president since James Madison has attended a service at St. John’s. It is a historic site to be protected as is any other American piece of history.

(Photo credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Because Boyer Writes is a Christian blog, I most often would not post a video that some would feel is centered on a political position. However, regardless of who my readers think should be the next President of the United States, I believe it is time to speak out about whoever is elected to the highest office in our land, MUST restore law and order. We cannot have domestic terrorism in America any more than we can have the terrorists from other countries.

I think that every American has the privilege to vote for the person whom they believe to be best qualified to not tolerate the anarchists who would destroy our country. Will that person be perfect in all decisions? Of course not.

However, it will be his or her job, Democrat or Republican, to see that our country is safe from this kind of violence. Voting our beliefs is still one of our greatest freedoms. Let’s pray that it will be the right choice in November. Our future lives depend on it!

Don’t forget those who died to keep our freedom and democracy

So why speak out about anarchists through this blog?

I could not sit with hands folded when I saw the anarchists had spray painted on the beautiful Christian cathedral in Washington, D.C. or were tearing down Christian statues.

In San Francisco, at the Golden Gate Park, the statue of the Christian missionary, St. Junipero Serra was torn down. During the 1800’s there were instances of mistreatment of Native Americans, which gave the anarchists their reasoning for tearing down the statue. We should be learning from the history that we abhor, not destroying it.

Archbishop Gomez of LA had this statement about the priest:

“He preached God’s compassion, fought for the dignity of women and the rights of America’s native peoples, and he was probably the first person in the Americas to make a moral case against capital punishment.”

St Junipero Serra stands tall before being torn down

A vandalized statue of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco is seen June 19, 2020. The Spanish Franciscan founded several missions in what is now California. (CNS photo/David Zandman via Reuters) 

At the risk of being accused of something I don’t intend, I believe it is my duty to share with you, the reader, one of the most precise, well-thought through videos on this subject. As I write or as you watch your TV to the unfolding of events, the anarchists are planning their next move.

You may not agree to all that is said in this video and that is your privilege and mine. Thank God for free speech in America…while we still have it.

VIDEO: Turn up your sound and click this link: (please note, if you are not commercial free …give it a minute to move passed the commercials..as it will soon load.)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-polls-republican-gop-operatives-possible-drop-out


LIFE IS FRAGILE

My Mother made a beautiful stitched picture that hangs on my wall. Every time I look at it, I think of her fingers carefully pulling the needle and thread. The message was important to her and it should be for all of us today.

 

stictching by Alta

History also is most important to us because it teaches us so much.  We can look at what has happened in the past and in some ways project the future…unless we refuse to learn. Most present-day issues are sensitive and hard to discuss, but we must think about these things.

What kind of “fragile” times are we going through and what has history taught our last generations?

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Let’s take a hard look at now and then.

  • Everyone has become fearful of the possibility of becoming sick or dying from our recent virus.
  • Governments have taken control world-wide more than we can remember in our modern history.
  • Life and travel has completely changed.
  • Tragedies have led people to respond with demonstrations as they let their concerns be known. This is the democratic way, according to our Constitution, and should be respected.

    Protests 2020 3

    A mostly peaceful demonstration in the U.S.

  • More tragedies have occurred for business owners, of every race and creed, whose livelihood has been ruined by the breaking and looting, which should have never been connected with those wanting peaceful demonstrations. Some organizations have as their goal to bring down democracy and pit our citizens against one another.

    protest looting broken windows 2020

    Small business store fronts smashed and looted.

(Let’s look at those in other parts of the world who are fighting to keep their democratic way of life.)

  • People in Hong Kong are facing further governmental crack-downs from mainland China as Beijing proposes new legislation. ( “China stunned Hong Kong when it announced it would impose a national security law on the city. Many worry this could spell the end of Hong Kong’s unique freedoms…”whole story on BBC News

Hong Kong

After 156 years of British rule, Hong Kong exists as a Special Administrative Region controlled by The People’s Republic of China with its own limited autonomy as defined by the principle of “one country, two systems.” (Wikipedia)

 

Why even mention the present day problems?  It is because these are only a few of the world’s problems that makes “Life Fragile” for all of us, in this country and around the world today.

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What can we, the present generations, learn from history?

  • The slave owners and slave ship captains were the ones responsible for the sins of the past…not people living today. By making slavery the sin of those living today only makes our society more fragile. Unfortunately, history cannot be relived, as much as we would like to correct the wrongs of the past.  Looking at and condemning the actions of the past by individuals or governments is one thing…to place it on the shoulders of those not responsible is another.

We talk of the need for “being together and unified” and  for everyone to work together to rid all injustices in society.  Yes, the present and future are our responsibilities. To rectify present problems is an honorable goal that most would want to see accomplished, but talk is cheap if we continue to blame those who are not responsible for past injustices.

Slave ships

Slave ship

Mass blame only leads to disruption and a society sickness within groups of people, leadership, the media, and our communities in general.

( Let’s think also about German history.)

  • The Nazi regime blamed an entire group of people. They were the builders of the death camps, designed to eliminate the Jews from their culture.  I had the honor of taking young Americans to Auschwitz to remember this tragic time during World War II.  It is an experience one never forgets. Even the Jews, themselves, could not believe that their businesses were being destroyed and that they would be rounded up to die, simply because they were a particular group of people.  Society has a way, through the evils of leadership, to turn against one another.  Interestingly enough, Hitler continued to use the expertise of his Jewish doctors and dentist.  How could he not have known the value of the individual?  Mass hysteria became the weapon of choice, as well as propaganda through the German media, leaflets, and posters against people as a whole.

 

Nazi death camp

Nazi death camp2

Jewish women in a Nazi death camp

The German youth today, or their parents, are not responsible.  We will make life more fragile if we try to pin on innocent people what tragedies were espoused when they were either tiny children or not even born.

  • Past generations of Native Americans had the horror of walking to their death on the Trail of Tears, which is a despicable part of our own history of governmental policies. The white, mostly of European descent, who rode their wagons through the tribal territory to settle the West were often murdered and scalped.  No living Native American had anything to do with this tragedy. 

     

  • We must not forget the hundreds of Japanese Americans, who were placed by our government leaders during World War II in the U.S.Internment Camps because of being Japanese.  The generations today of U.S. Government officials had no part in this. 

    Japanese internment

    American interment camp for Japanese in WWII

  • Because some policemen have acted in evil ways against defenseless people, ALL men and women wearing the badge can not be blamed or demonized for the acts of others… for many have dedicated their lives to helping safe-guard our communities.  Without them, those who mean harm will be let loose on those who will see a greater need to protect themselves. In this case, those wishing for more gun control may find their proposals will fall on deaf ears.

     

Are we getting the picture?

Blaming ALL people for the actions of some only leads  to an extremely fragile society. It leads to the persecution of the innocent and instability of our nation and the world today. 

Our last question:  Can destroying the representations of history remove it from memory?

the destruction of statue of Buddah in Afghanistan

180-foot-high Buddha statue in Bamian, central Afghanistan on Dec. 18, 1997, left, and after its destruction on March 26, 2001. (Muzammil Pasha, Sayed Salahuddin/Reuters)

tearing down of confederate statue at UNC

Police stand guard after protesters tore down the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, which was considered destruction of state property.

 

Condoleeza Rice

 

Condoleezza Rice, former 66th Secretary of State, explained her view about destroying history to the Washington Examiner. She believes that the Confederate statues and associated names of schools and universities should be used as teaching tools. It is as a way to understand history even as we learn not to celebrate it.

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This is why we, the Believers in Christ and of the dignity of all people who were created in the image of God, must not forget to pray.  We must pray for each other, all mankind of every nationality and the government leaders around the world, who have the power to turn our world upside down.

We are a fragile world.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”  Nelson Mandela, former Pres. of South Africa

If my people will humble themselves

 

Video: Turn up sound

 

 

 

 


A Visiting Professor’s Observation

statue of liberty

It is interesting how someone can come to the United States and have a completely different perspective on the word “democracy.”  We, who live here, become used to how things work in our free society.  The thoughts of a foreign visitor, who is used to a much different society,  brings a new dimension to the very meaning of the word…democracy.  We ask the question then…

“How much does religious freedom play as an encompassing part of democracy?”

 A visiting Chinese professor may have great words of wisdom concerning this matter. Clay Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School, found friendship with this visitor, who was on a Fulbright Scholarship to the United States, and shares with us his words.   Pay close attention to his final statement.  It is quite chilling.

Short Video:  Please turn up your sound and click the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_p opup?v=YjntXYDPw44&sns=em 


Are we SICK yet?

Frustrated Businesswoman Tearing Out Hair

Enough! Enough! Enough!

 

Most Americans are saying they are sick of everything being said before we actually get to vote for the President of the United States.  Some wonder where did the decency go…the honor of the office?  The word “FIT” to be President is being batted around like we can judge who actually is fit.  Who knew that former presidents would be committing “un-presidently” acts…even in the Oval Office? (Democrat)   Has anyone ever listened to the Nixon tapes?(Republican)  Unless you are used to “locker room” talk, Nixon’s words may make many blush and say, “Yiks…did that come out of a President’s mouth?”  It is fair to say we are not electing  a Pope…or even a Billy Graham.  We might want someone with those high ideals, religious faith and leadership…but we most likely won’t get all of what we want in either case.  We hope we won’t have someone so weak that they will not stand up for us and against those who would like to destroy us…. or so “bullish” that we pick a fight with everyone around the globe.  We’d like to have someone with wisdom and a regard for the Constitution of the U.S., but even that is in question. Who actually can know?  It is a slim choice. Through our system for electing candidates, we usually go on what we don’t know. We are then stuck with whom we have and do not have the ones we left behind.  In our world of mass communication, the ability to look at what is being said to the American public as truth, lies, or slanted is a full-time job!  Some have stopped looking at the “news” completely.  Can we blame them for the slant is steeper than the highest roller coaster in the world. (My son should know about that since he rides and sells roller coasters internationally.)

The candidates for President  say anything and everything to get you to push the right button or color in the little circle on your ballot.  If they win, they will then do and say whatever they want to do for there is power in the almighty pen.   It is also true with most state and local politicians.  Sometimes they don’t even try to appeal to their own supporters…just talk…talk…talk… and let the chips fall where they will. (A well written article on this subject may be of interest.)

All of the this may sound too pessimistic to some readers, but many will agree…that we are about to float a ship whose Captain does not know the destination…let alone the crew elected by the people.  Hopefully they will depend on a crew that is well versed in the ways of the world and the homeland…and have some who will pray, as did our forefathers.   If they don’t, we may all be in a sinking ship with no one out there in the storm to come to our rescue. Do the best you can when making your choice.  Think about the bigger picture…than the Oval Office…”deciders” for us in choosing our Supreme Court Justices…our Military Leaders …and many more important positions.

Our politicians, in the past, may have accomplished much in building this nation, but their ways of resolving disagreements was less than agreeable.  (We certainly don’t think this “gentlemanly standoff,” as with Alexander Hamilton, is the way for our politicians  to resolve their differences…or yours with your neighbor who votes differently.  Hamilton was, however, the first person in our country to balance the budget.     Now, that is a novel idea for the next President who is elected!)

HAPPY VOTING…or you may look like this guy in your voting booth!


A Special Privilege for ALL AMERICANS…the ability to CHOOSE

Americans know that voting is a special privilege and vote they did in 2014…making the Republicans the majority in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate! 

For those who do not take this privilege for granted, the line can not be too long or the place too challenging. They will get out and vote. Others leave the privilege to someone else. I think there are some great reasons for voting and some great pictures to prove the point just given:

  • We can vote because we are free!
  • We will most likely not be shot at the polls…as in some countries.
  • Americans have died on the coasts of Normandy and places around the world, to see that we can keep this privilege.
  • If we voted and things did not work out the way we hoped, we can vote again in another election, and see if we can get it right.

We can debate the issues…agree to disagree…but the FINAL VOTE IS OUR OWN.

Enjoy these pictures of American voters:

Cowboy voter in Nebraska

Family voting

Always a voter

Voters in New Mexico get ready

The horse knows the way

Voters in Kentucky

Everyone can vote

Religion does not matter…just vote

Whatever language, voters come in California

Voting booth in Alaska

Voting in a store in Ohio

Just waiting to vote in Vermont

 

  Thank you to all of you  who used this privilege on voting day!


THE CONSTITUTION – THE BILL OF RIGHTS

constitution and feather penBen Franklin

Does the average person understand or know anything about the document that lays out the very freedoms and rights that he or she enjoys?   NOT LIKELY!    When the average person on the street sometimes cannot tell us who  the Vice President of the United States is or what happened in  Benghazi  on September 11, 2012, we cannot expect much.   The frightening thing is that so many may be our voters.

This blog is for all   people who would like to learn more or those who slept through their civics courses in high school.   It is also for the intelligent and  educated who would like to remind yourselves how difficult  it was to draft and ratify our Constitution.   I do know that there are also those who will see this blog title and say to themselves..”No, I , don’t care and I don’t plan to be bored.  There is no real action here! ”    Therefore, we exclude those persons and hope that their freedoms are not gone when the Constitutional rights of all of us are ignored.

Maybe someone will pass this guide, The Constitution,  and the book from which I share facts and ideas along to those trying to set up order and freedom in their countries and to those people left in the USA who care about this subject as much as they care about cell phones, emails, Facebook, Twitter and other conveniences of the day.

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My information briefly provided here is taken primarily from a fine book,  The Framing & The Fathers of the U.S. Constitution by Max Farrand  with an introduction by Wayne LaPierre (Privately printed for the members of The Library of American Freedoms)

  • WHO WAS THE AUTHOR, MAX FARRAND?

Max Farran lived from 1869-1945 and was a distinguished historian.  He taught history at Yale, Wesleyan, and Stanford.  Several of his books are known as classics.   He tried to make history come to life by retelling in detail  the exciting story of the Framers, Debaters, and rugged people who wrote and ratified the Constitution of the United States of America.

  • WHAT IS SOME OF THE BACKGROUND LEADING UP TO THE RATIFICATION?

In 1781, the Revolutionary War was mostly over with the surrender of British  General Cornwallis to General George Washington at Yorktown.   The 13 original colonies, now states,  no longer had any allegiance to England, but had their own political freedom.  Now the challenge began to see if they were able to establish and maintain  an effective government.

Founding Fathers

(From time to time, we will quote and highlight words from the Constitution even though we may be jumping ahead in a time-frame before it is actually written.)    Some of these words referred to the challenge that lay ahead and what it would mean to those who had fought and struggled for this new independence.     “…to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”

Constitution drafting

  • WHAT WERE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS FACING THE NEW STATES?

In many ways, each state was acting on its own…taxing each other…without concern for the another state.  When problems arose, they even considered military action.  Each tried to write out some laws to help in governing themselves. The Revolutionary Declarations, or Bill of Rights, were adopted between 1776-1780.   The Bill of Rights was Ratified in 1791.

HAVE YOU EVER READ THE BILL OF RIGHTS?   READ THESE ARTICLES CAREFULLY FOR THEY ARE YOUR LIBERTY AND PERSONAL RIGHTS!

(Some of these ARTICLES need to be emphasized here in the light of problems in our own government agencies today, and in other countries, especially in the Middle East, that are moving toward a theocracy and not a democracy even though  they have taken to the streets and shed their blood to try achieve democracy.  They simply do not have the leadership that is willing to look at a plan that worked and continues to work after hundreds of years.   One lady who testified before  Congress recently said, ” I am terrified that the rights I knew as a child are slipping away.”   We pray our leaders will not let this happen. )

THE ARTICLES IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS:

  •  Government shall not establish a national religion. (We may worship or not worship in any way that we wish to do so.)
  •   Also in the light of recent possible stifling  the press…“abridging the freedom of speech or the press…”
  • The right to assemble   (Where do we think we got the privilege without fear to have town hall meetings; go to church, synagogue, temples and mosques; demonstrate for a particular cause…political or non-political?)
  • Search warrants and acquiring permission from the owner to enter a home or property
  •  Due process of law when accused and a speedy trial with witnesses
  • No cruel or excessive punishment.…(We struggle with the issue of water-boarding and interrogation  tactics of non-citizens enemies and terrorists since the USA was attacked as well as many other countries around the world. The recent movie, Zero Dark Thirty gives a graphic view of this disturbing problem. )
  • States Rights. which is a separation from the Federal Government.

ALL of which are important to personal liberties that are spelled out in the Articles below.   I did not repeat everything…so read it for yourself.   Be informed.  You may need it someday.

Bill-of-Rights Articles   The Continental Congress was formed in 1774 (seven months before the Revolutionary War began)   This had been established to protest the British in their “Intolerable Acts”.

  • WHAT WERE THE RESULTS OF THE  SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS?

In May, 1775, the Second Continental Congress met and drafted the Declaration of Independence and The Articles of Confederation.   Thomas Jefferson was the author and his purpose was not only to declare freedom but to reach further into the future with what we today would need to govern ourselves. He had great wisdom and fore-sight.  It may be mentioned here also that these men were men of faith and prayers were led and said during this time of searching for the right form of government. They looked not to establish a religion but to acknowledge the God of the universe by Whom they believed they were being led.    One might call the Constitution a  guide-book  or a map to keep us on the right path.  bill-of-rights

Two extremely important principles to the establishing of a democracy were laid out:

  •    Government exists for the well-being of the people and not to be their rulers.   If a government becomes dictatorial, the people have a right to resist and overturn that government.  (Today, we would say “vote them out” since we frown on anarchy.)
  •   All men are created equal.    (Basically  this says that “all members of society  have full protection under the law and a right to participate in public affairs.”   As we know, it was a long time for our nation to catch up to this true meaning… as we waited for the freedom of the slaves; civil rights; women to vote…and now we struggle with the morals of society and what rights people have under the Constitution in the areas of  gay rights, gun owner’s rights (Article II of Bill of Rights), privacy rights  and more.)
  • WHY WAS THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION TROUBLESOME AND DEFICIENT?

The Articles of Confederation was a way for the thirteen colonies to establish what we know as the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.     Some difficulties were that it did not give  Congress the power to collect taxes; make a military; enforce treaties or laws or regulate commerce.

A delegation came to Philadelphia in 1787 and it was not an easy job to design a government with regulations and rules that gave the freedom that they wished for after leaving an oppressive government in Great Britain.. They spent time in serious debate and compromise (unlike, it seems, that our government today is able to do) and they were successful in agreeing on the adoption of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, which was formally  signed and ratified by the required nine states on June 21, 1788.

When you hear someone say, “That is not Constitutional!”, you may now have some idea of what they are talking about from this brief introduction to the making of one of the world’s greatest documents….if not the greatest.    Was it perfect?   No, and the Founding Fathers knew that there would need to be changes as times changed.  That is why they provided for  AMENDMENTS.

THE NEXT WRITING WILL BE SOME DETAILS CONCERNING THE DRAFTING OF THE CONSTITUTION  AND THE MEN WHO MADE IT HAPPEN.   

In the mean time, you may want to look at some of these links.  Pass them on to your families and especially urge your children and grandchildren to learn about their country’s  liberties and stress that it will some day be in their hands….to protect and honor this great document and those who brought it into existence.  Liberty was and is not free and it came at a great cost….in war and loss of life.  The young people of today will keep it or lose it.  In my title, I asked if most people even “give a flip”?  I believe they do, but being vigilant is part of maintaining the freedoms we have.  It will not be enough to vote with our emotions, but vote to be certain the ones who run our branches of the government are put there and appointed there with the dedication to preserving  freedom and our Constitution.

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TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION    branches of government


Have you seen the LINE by LINE info on the Health Bill proposal?

It is extremely important to know what has been written in any bill or proposal being considered for law. Take your time and read this. It may be your future unless those who vote tell the public the truth and vote what the people want.  That is supposed to be the democratic way.

If you do not believe what you are hearing in the video provided below, we suggust you read a copy of the proposed bill and do your own research.  Here is the site to review the bill personally after you have heard the video below.

http://docs.house.gov/edlabor/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf

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