Monday, November 5, 2012

On the Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…



On the Twelfth Day …Bayonets!
On the Eleventh Day ...The Star Spangled Banner!
On the Tenth Day …Old Glory, Our Flag!
On the Ninth Day …Sacred Rights!
On the Eighth Day …Patriots!
On the Seventh Day …The Declaration of Independence!
On the Sixth Day …The Armed Forces, Our Defense!
On the Fifth Day …The Principles of Liberty!
On the Fourth Day …Our Founding Fathers!
On the Third Day …Our Constitution!
On the Second Day …Trust in God, In God We Trust!

On the Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…
A VOTE – A Voice!

In the State of Washington there are 39 Counties.  In the Governor’s election in 2004, Christine Gregoire took the election from Dino Rossi in a third and final hand recount by 129 VOTES.

IF each county in Washington State had found just four more Republican votes, equaling 156 votes, Dino Rossi would have been Governor by 27 votes.

Voting is our civic duty, a constitutional right, a privilege that was fought for and defended by brave Soldiers, past and present.

But, can your vote really make a difference? The answer is yes.

Here are 20 elections won by one or few votes:

In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.

One vote cost King Charles I of England his head in 1649.

1800 – ONE VOTE in the Electoral College made Thomas Jefferson President over Aaron Burr.

In 1844 a farmer named Freeman Clark lay seriously ill in bed. He begged his sons to carry him to the county seat so he could vote for David Kelso to become a state senator. The old farmer got to vote for Kelso but Clark died on his way back home. Kelso won the election by one vote.

1847 – ONE VOTE elected Whig candidate George G. Dunn over Democratic candidate David M. Dobson for the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana.

1867 – ONE VOTE decided on the purchase of Alaskan territory.

In 1868, one vote in the U.S. Senate saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.

In 1889, by a one vote margin, Washington was admitted to statehood with the union.

In 1916, if presidential hopeful Charles E. Hughes had received one additional vote in each of California’s precincts, he would have defeated President Woodrow Wilson’s re-election bid.

In 1941, the Selective Service Act (the draft) was saved by a one vote margin — just weeks before Pearl Harbor was attacked.

1948 – 87 VOTES elected Lyndon B. Johnson to the Senate.

1960 – ONE VOTE per precinct in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas, made John F. Kennedy the President over contender Richard Nixon.

1962 – ONE VOTE per precinct determined the winners for Governor in the states of Maine, Rhode Island, and North Dakota.

A 1968 state House race in Wisconsin in which the victor won 6,522 votes to the loser’s 6,521 votes; a subsequent recount found the margin to be two votes, not one.

A 1970 state House race in Rhode Island in which the victor won 1,760 votes to the loser’s 1,759 – ONE VOTE!

A 1970 state House race in Missouri in which the victor won 4,819 votes to the loser’s 4,818 votes – ONE VOTE!

A 1980 state House race in Utah in which the victor won 1,931 votes to the loser’s 1,930 votes – ONE VOTE!

A 1982 state House election in Maine in which the victor won 1,387 votes to the loser’s 1,386 votes – ONE VOTE!

1984 – ONE VOTE elected a Monroe County, Florida commissioner.

2000 – 237 VOTES in Florida resulted in the election of George W. Bush to the Presidency.

IF YOU THINK ONE VOTE DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE, THINK AGAIN!

One vote can make a difference.  The difference may be a 1 in 60 million chance for a presidential race, but your one vote could be the difference in a State race, or more so, can change the course of a local election – or it can even change history!

Get your friends fired up and get them out to the polls!

A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan
(Oct 27, 1964) – 29:33

A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan
(Oct 27, 1964) – Excerpt - 4:18


Sunday, November 4, 2012

On the Second Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…



On the Twelfth Day …Bayonets!
On the Eleventh Day ...The Star Spangled Banner!
On the Tenth Day …Old Glory, Our Flag!
On the Ninth Day …Sacred Rights!
On the Eighth Day …Patriots!
On the Seventh Day …The Declaration of Independence!
On the Sixth Day …The Armed Forces, Our Defense!
On the Fifth Day …The Principles of Liberty!
On the Fourth Day …Our Founding Fathers!
On the Third Day …Our Constitution!

On the Second Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…
Trust in God, In God we Trust!

Our forefathers recognized the separate and distinct roles of the state the church and the family, and they gave us a limited system that minimized reliance on the state while maximizing reliance on the more organic spheres of the church and of the family. When man trusts in God, he looks beyond government for his needs. A self governing society results with strong families, churches, communities, and charitable institutions. The need for civil government is minimized and personal liberty is maximized. This was the thinking and worldview that gave us our national motto: “In God we trust.”

Singer/Songwriter Eric Horner sings his song "In God We Trust"


Saturday, November 3, 2012

On the Third Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…



On the Twelfth Day …Bayonets!
On the Eleventh Day ...The Star Spangled Banner!
On the Tenth Day …Old Glory, Our Flag!
On the Ninth Day …Sacred Rights!
On the Eighth Day …Patriots!
On the Seventh Day …The Declaration of Independence!
On the Sixth Day …The Armed Forces, Our Defense!
On the Fifth Day …The Principles of Liberty!
On the Fourth Day …Our Founding Fathers!

On the Third Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…
Our Constitution

WHY DO WE NEED A CONSTITUTION?
Excerpts by Lorne Blackman

Every aspect and institution of human civilization requires some form of government to prevent injustice and maintain order. People need boundaries. The healthiest, happiest children are those with clear boundaries. Citizens are subject to the laws of the land in which they reside. Property is secured with boundaries. Armies and business organizations are subject to internal and external rules of order and discipline.

Madison said “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, no controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government of men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself” Just as we have civil laws to restrain men in society, so we have constitutional laws to restrain men in power

Flawed human nature and unrestrained power are a dangerous combination. Just this century while 34,000,000 have been tragically killed by wars, 120,000,000 have been killed by their own oppressive governments.

Prov. 27.12A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

Our founders were prudent men who foresaw the evils of unrestrained government. They were students of world history and civil affairs; they searched the annals of history for the answers that would keep America from experiencing the snares and pitfalls that had claimed all other great civilizations. They called America the great experiment.

They gave us the Constitution as the fundamental law for our national government and the written authorization, by the people, for its existence. They gave us an extensive system of checks and balances, separation of powers and a Bill of Rights. They gave us an Electoral College to help protect small and rural states against the power of the big states and population centers and the democratic rule of the mob. It still comes in handy from time to time.

They gave us a federal system that is a limited central government responsible for a mere handful of functions involving defense, and interstate and international affairs such as trade and foreign relations. They both implicitly and explicitly reserved the all other areas to the states and to the people. They saw centralized one size fits all policies as oppressive, dangerous and contrary to the love of liberty and the genius of the American people.

In George Washington's Farewell Address the political dialogue focused on national security, foreign policy, constitutional integrity, government frugality, duty and national morality: Today the national political dialogue focuses of social security, health care, prescription drug benefits, education, product safety and government daycare. America has undergone a fundamental transformation: Americans love of liberty has been replaced by the love of security.

But Jefferson said: “He, who trades liberty for security, deserves neither and will lose both.” Likewise, Benjamin Franklin said “He who gives up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.”

Liberty and risk are two sides of the same coin. Security and servitude are the two sides of another coin.

One cannot enjoy the blessings of liberty without enduring risk; likewise one cannot enjoy the comforts of government provided security without giving up liberty. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Thomas Jefferson said “Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction”. On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifest in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it; conform to the probable one in which it was passed.

A man’s attitude toward the constitution reveals much about his attitudes toward government, authority, human history and even human nature itself. Many liberal-minded individuals say that we have a “living” constitution, that each generation must breathe new meaning into it.  What they are really saying is “we make it into whatever suits us at the time”; another translation is “We will not be bound by its limitations.” Their attitudes reveal the same spirit of lawlessness and contempt for boundaries that has plagued mankind throughout history. Their attitudes are precisely why our forefathers wrote the Constitution in the first place.

In the Biblical time of the judges, the people brought misery on themselves because they would not respect boundaries; “Every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Just as it was in the time of the judges, so it is today in America: Every politician does what is right in his own eyes, ignoring the experience of past generations,  ignoring their constitutional grants of authority and reducing government to a relativistic do as you please approach.

The approach of Jefferson and the founders is clearly not evolutionary but fixed and conservative. The Constitution is inherently a conservative document designed to maintain a conservative government. It's the conservative’s best friend, if he will learn to use it and if he is willing to apply it consistently and impartially.

Without the anchor of absolutes there is no stability for society. Flexible boundaries are no boundaries. If you can take a single step over the line, there's nothing to keep you from taking two steps or a thousand. Thomas Jefferson: “To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus… drawn… is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer [subject] to any definition.”

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES
Article 1 Sec 32 of the Washington State Constitution declares: “A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual right and the perpetuity of free government.”

America has lost its perspective. Materialism, affluence, and the dumbing down of the electorate have led to a fundamental shift in political philosophy. We are forgetting what set us apart and made us free, prosperous and a light to the world. We desperately need to begin talking about fundamental principles if we are going to preserve liberty and free government. Just as we need to restore basics to education so we need to restore basics to the political dialogue. We ourselves must become advocates and spokesmen for Constitutional principles.

We must decide as a people: whether we are a republic or democracy; is our system national or federal; do we want liberty or security?  Are constitutional boundaries firm or flexible and evolutionary; or is it a “living evolving document” that must be interpreted by the courts, or does our Constitution mean what it says?

Karl Marx said: “A nation without a heritage is easily persuaded.”

Any genuine solution must involve helping the American people rediscover who they are and what set them apart as a people and as a nation. Our goal must be nothing less than to generate another great awakening in America, much like the first one, as remembered in the poem, AWAKEN.

AWAKEN, A 1700's Poem by Lawrence Tribble

One man awake,
Awakens another.
The second awakens
His next door brother.
The three awake can rouse a town
By turning
The whole place
Upside down
The many awake
Can cause such a fuss
It finally awakens the rest of us.
One man up,
With dawn in his eyes
Surely then
Multiplies


Friday, November 2, 2012

On the Fourth Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…



On the Twelfth Day …Bayonets!
On the Eleventh Day ...The Star Spangled Banner!
On the Tenth Day …Old Glory, Our Flag!
On the Ninth Day …Sacred Rights!
On the Eighth Day …Patriots!
On the Seventh Day …The Declaration of Independence!
On the Sixth Day …The Armed Forces, Our Defense!
On the Fifth Day …The Principles of Liberty

On the Fourth Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…
Our Founding Fathers

To: THE CURRENT GENERATION OF AMERICANS
From: THE FOUNDING FATHERS

Those of us whom you call the Founding Fathers have assembled in Continental heaven to assess the condition of the republic we bequeathed to you.  Its true America has become the wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth.  But so was the British Empire in 1776.

Before we get specific, we must confess that we are annoyed by your habit of misinterpreting our words.  Take the First Amendment, where we said Congress shall make no law "respecting an establishment of religion." You usually neglect the other half of the injunction, "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

As anyone in the first Congress, which passed the amendment, could have told you, "establishment of religion" means an established church, which all is forced to support.  We never intended to create a virtue less republic, by prohibiting public expressions of faith.

In the Declaration of Independence, we acknowledged that rights are endowed by our Creator.  Absent a Creator, there are no inalienable rights.

In the Second Amendment, we said the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.  In our day, if private citizens hadn't owned guns there would have been no Lexington and Concord.

Why would we bother guaranteeing a collective right to arm state militias? The rights enumerated in the first 10 amendments are restraints on government, not grants of power to it.  If you ever wake up to what's going on, your leaders will have cause to fear an armed citizenry.

We viewed elective office as a sacrifice.  For your politicians, it's an opportunity.  We rid America of a monarchy.  You've established an elected aristocracy.  We were farmers, merchants and professionals who resumed our careers after a brief term of service and never lost touch with our constituents.

You are governed by an elite electorate so different from you as to almost constitute a separate species.  Your elected rulers hold office for 20 or 30 years, becoming increasingly detached from their roots, while rewarding themselves lavish emoluments and pensions.

We revolted over a modest tax on tea.  Your tax burden is staggering. Despite the enormous expenditures of your prodigal politicians, even they can't spend it all.  And still, many resist returning the federal surplus to its rightful owners.  We rejected taxation without representation.   You condone your own serfdom.

In the Declaration, we complained that King George III had "sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance."  You complacently tolerate a bureaucracy that resembles all Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Eat out their substance?  Today, almost one in 13 Americans works for a branch of government. Harass our people?  There are bureaucrats to tell you how to run your business, build on your property and raise your children. Government makes decisions for you regarding your health, safety and welfare.

We envisioned the judiciary as a coequal branch of government that interprets laws based on the clear meaning of language. Your courts have become a law unto themselves -- raising taxes, ordering private relationships and substituting their will for that of legislators.

We warned you against entangling alliances.  You are eager to form defensive pacts with postage-stamp countries whose security couldn't conceivably be related to your own. This will only serve to drag you into their petty quarrels, sapping your strength.

We recognized that government and society must rest on divine wisdom. George Washington observed, "Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

You cultivate national immorality; in the apparent belief that compulsory acceptance of perversion will somehow lead to a society whose citizens have the self-discipline to sacrifice for the common good.

Benjamin Franklin said we gave you a republic "if you can keep it."  From our vantage point, it does not look promising.  Were we alive today, we'd raise another rebellion.

Note: Upon confirming the source of this article on Google, I could not verify the writer.  The source I had was from the Creators Syndicate, Inc. 2001