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Limited Government and Accountability

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

The contrast between United States Constitutional Law and Biblical Law are striking.  The US Constitution places limits on government.  The Bible grants absolute power to kings and fathers. Let’s look, for example, at one of the most famous stories in the Bible.  The Bible tells this story to illustrate the wisdom of Solomon. We, however, […]

Original Intent to Suppress the Vote

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

People who scream about the “original intent” of the Constitution too often don’t know the “original intent”.  Or if they do understand the “original intent”, they want to use it to restrict their neighbors’ hard won freedoms. Voting rights clearly fall into the second category.  The Constitution originally intended voting restrictions.  States had the right […]

Act of Terrorism in Grayson County

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Studying history shouldn’t take a profile in courage.  Too many people want history to be a safe space for ancestor worship. History is part of the humanities.  We study humans.  Humans can be beautiful.  They can be ugly.  We should try to replicate the beauty and avoid the ugly. We can’t do either if we […]

Progressive America

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

I am proud to live in Modern America.  America is a progressive country.  Our democracy allows us to create laws to improve our lives.  Over the past 230 years much has changed for the better. The progress has been slow but steady.  In the 1820s white laborers won the right to vote.  In the 1870s […]

The Pretender

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

America has never had a pretender before.  Pretenders were regular features of European monarchies.  In monarchies the government, called the Crown, was the personal property of the king.  It passed from father to son or, rarely, to his daughter. In America, we have a Republic.  The term “republic” derives from the Latin phrase “res publica.” […]

Proud American

Friday, October 30th, 2020

I am proud to live in America.   I am even prouder to live in Modern America.  Unlike the divine right monarchies and theocracies of the Bible, our constitution empowers people to create and improve a government. Unfortunately, the original intent of those early voters limited participation to white, male property owners.  They looked out for […]

Make Your Voice Heard.

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Let’s talk voting.  Vote by mail is safe and effective.  Don’t be afraid to exercise you lawful right by mail or in person.  Voting is important to our democracy.   Return you vote by mail as soon as possible.  Don’t forget to include the appropriate postage.  The United States Postal Service is one of the […]

Original Intent…to Discriminate

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

The “original intent” of the 14th Amendment never included “all persons” even though the text say “all persons.” Courts have slowly expanded “all” to mean “all.” Judge Barrett will follow the “original intent”, not evolved precedent, or what the English called common law. Conservatives have already said they will pass law allowing employers to discriminate […]

1933, 1954, 2020 SCOTUS

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

1954 was a pivotal year in the history of the United States.  Since 1933, a coalition of representatives from Northern cities and rural Southern states had worked to improve the lives of average Americans. Franklin Delano Roosevelt built that coalition.  The fruits of the coalition were collectively known as the New Deal, or the welfare […]

Faith, Reason, Justice

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

The Gospel that I learned as a child centered on the Gold Rule.  Jesus said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  The principle is found in cultures around the world. Immanuel Kant, coming at the end of the […]

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