Constitution, Federalism, Just musing

What freedom is not

Happy birthday, America! It's been 238 years since the Declaration of Independence put a series of events in motion that forever changed the face of the world and redefined how government could be structured around the concept that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights and chief… Continue reading What freedom is not

Constitution, Just musing

ICYMI: Why we looked back while keeping eye on midterms

The holidays have come and gone. College football has a new BCS champion. The NFL wildcard games lived up to their name and the Superbowl is just around the corner. 2014 is underway and this will be a huge year in terms of politics in our nation with the midterms elections set for November. Many… Continue reading ICYMI: Why we looked back while keeping eye on midterms

Constitution, Federalism

Will the real Messiah please stand up?

"Abolish God, and the Government becomes God...Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world. But, above all, they will worship the strongest thing in the world." -- G.K. Chesterton "Well, you've touched on it to a degree. He made so many promises. We thought that he was… Continue reading Will the real Messiah please stand up?

Constitution, Current Events, Federalism, Just musing

Straddling the Walls of Versailles

Henry the VIII, unhappy with the rules of the Catholic Church regarding divorce, simply usurped the commands of the Vatican, instituted the Church of England and called himself Supreme Head of the new agency. There, all better. No more threats of excommunication from Rome. When one in power doesn't get his way, he may change… Continue reading Straddling the Walls of Versailles

Constitution, Current Events

ObamaCare: Gives You The Right To Mandatory HealthCare

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – George Washington This morning I woke up to a beautiful wife, a warm shower and a screaming baby. And you know why? - Because of my own choices. I strapped my son… Continue reading ObamaCare: Gives You The Right To Mandatory HealthCare

Capitalism, Constitution, Current Events, Just musing

Taking Out The Trash (Before the Party is Over)

Every great party starts with great guests. Inevitably, if the party goes on too long or happens too often, those guests invite friends. Those friends bring bottles and disposal what-nots. And those friends invite other friends who bring more cans and dishes to wash. And by the end of its life, said party isn't what… Continue reading Taking Out The Trash (Before the Party is Over)

Capitalism, Constitution, Current Events

We remind you: healthcare is not a right

With the problems surrounding both the launch of the Healthcare.gov website and all of the unintended consequences surrounding the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), it is important to remember that healthcare, in and of itself is not a right. Just because we "want" something or feel we are "owed" something, does not make is… Continue reading We remind you: healthcare is not a right

Constitution, Current Events, Just musing

Some Required House Cleaning

The other day, a dear colleague of mine noted that I was a conservative. I was dumbfounded. I don't consider myself one. Why? Because the term doesn't mean to me what it means to the public at large. The term carries the stigma of Christian principled, stuffy rich white guy. That isn’t me. I guess… Continue reading Some Required House Cleaning

Constitution, Federalism, Just musing

Healthcare is not a right

To delve into this topic, we first need to understand and agree upon the definition of "rights" as used and implemented by the Founding Fathers and the framers of our Constitution.  The first stop is the philosopher, John Locke, who put forth the theory of natural rights, which states everyone is born with an equality of certain rights,… Continue reading Healthcare is not a right

Constitution, Current Events, Federalism, Just musing

All or Nothing?

Rand Paul said, "I'm not a Libertarian." Rand Paul said, "I'm a Libertarian Republican." Rand Paul said, "I'm a Constitutional Conservative." He said all these things on May 10, 2013 at a luncheon with several evangelical pastors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He made it rather clear he wasn't a Libertarian when he advised he was… Continue reading All or Nothing?

Constitution, Current Events, Just musing

The IRS: A Henchman, By Design

On April 13, 1999, one day before I'd turn twenty-nine-years-old, the following letter was emailed to then sitting Senator, William V. Roth, Jr. of Delaware. It also went out to various newspapers and periodicals. Senator William V. Roth, Jr. 104 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Dear Senator Roth, I recently finished reading your… Continue reading The IRS: A Henchman, By Design

Constitution, Current Events

Look! Is That A Squirrel, Or a Gay Marriage Protest?

Average Americans are earning $8,000 - $10,000 a year less now than they were in 2007.  The value of the average home (where members of the middle class hold most of their wealth) is $35,000 less now than in 2007.  Record numbers of Americans depend on government handouts just to get by.   Unemployment is still… Continue reading Look! Is That A Squirrel, Or a Gay Marriage Protest?

Constitution, Federalism, Federalist Papers

On the subject of Federalism – Federalist No. 45

James Madison The Federalist Papers Federalist No. 45 Date: January 26, 1788 "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined.  Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.  The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign… Continue reading On the subject of Federalism – Federalist No. 45