April 08, 2009

Wallbuilders- Join a TEA Party Today


Being a Wise Economic Steward 

Next week there will be thousands of TEA parties (Taxed Enough Already) across the nation.

In a relatively short period of time, we have seen an explosive increase in government spending and national debt.

Previous generations avoided these unhealthy practices, being guided by wise political leaders who understood the blessings of frugality and the dangers of debt.

For example, Alexander Hamilton -- America's first Secretary of the Treasury and also a signer of the Constitution -- wisely declared:

Allow a government to decline paying its debts and you overthrow all public morality -- you unhinge all the principles that preserve the limits of free constitutions.

Nothing can more affect national prosperity than a constant and systematic attention to extinguish the present debt and to avoid as much as possibly the incurring of any new debt.
George Washington similarly warned:
Avoid occasions of expense. . . and avoid likewise the accumulation of debt not only by shunning occasions of expense but by vigorous exertions to discharge the debts, not throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.
Perhaps no Founding Father was as forthright on this topic as Thomas Jefferson:
If the debt should be swelled to a formidable size, we shall be committed to the career of debt, corruption, and rottenness. . . . The discharge of the debt, therefore, is vital to the destinies of our government.

The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

I. . . place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.
Jefferson even wisely foresaw where America generally finds itself today:
I am not among those who fear the people. . . . [A]nd to preserve their independence we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy [frugality] and liberty, or profusion [excess spending] and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, our people must come to labor sixteen hours in twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these hours to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread. The [forerunner] of this is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.
Millions of citizens, following the example of America's early residents, have finally decided to draw a line and raise their voice against the government's exorbitant spending and exploding debt. On April 15, citizens at more than 1,000 locations across the country will be sponsoring TEA parties.

If you want to participate with your fellow citizens, go to http://www.teapartyday.com/ to find a location near you.

Remember to encourage your friends to join you; also bring your cell phone and call Congress and the president while attending the TEA party (switchboard for Representative and Senators, 202-224-3121; President, 202-456-1414).

God bless!

David Barton

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Is or was America a Christian Nation-Chuck Baldwin says it well




By Chuck Baldwin
April 7, 2009

As we approach Resurrection Sunday, it behooves us to remind ourselves (Christians should need no reminder) of the significance of this season. Along with the virgin birth, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ form the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Indeed, the resurrection of Jesus separates Christianity from all the world's religions.

Furthermore, the overwhelming number of America's founders understood the connection between the Christian faith and the rise of these United States. John Quincy Adams said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

Adams also said, "From the day of the Declaration . . . They [the American people] were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledged as the rules of their conduct."

Then, on July 4, 1837, Adams said these words, "Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? . . . Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?"

Daniel Webster also acknowledged the relationship between our founders' Christian faith and America's creation. He said, "Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary."...


my comment:

Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 8:50 PM
Subject: RE: [ronpaul-39] What are we if NOT a Christian Nation?

The President is limited by the Constitution. What does the Constitution direct the President to perform in regards to theology? I would say it is left to the States or to the People.
We've got a Constitution to enforce.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 9:05 PM
Subject:  What are we if NOT a Christian Nation?

Very true, and the principles and values of this Nation make up the path to which we are led and are willing to be led.  One of Respect for the freedom and liberty given by God through the Constitution or ignoring it and going straight into the valley.  Heard today they have plans for another 4 trillion dollars.  Must be one world currency.

Forbes: card-check is 'Soviet-style' (coming to town)

April 8, 2009

Forbes: card-check is 'Soviet-style'

@ 2:45 pm by Eric Zimmermann

Publisher and former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes said Tuesday that the Employee Free Choice Act–also known as "card check"–represents a "a Soviet-style way of doing union elections" that "goes against the grain of American tradition."

According to CNS News, Forbes called the legislation the "Employee Forced Choice Act," adding that the provisions regarding government arbitration would be inefficient and cumbersome. "You would have arbitrators who have no real understanding of small business making decisions on wages, benefits and workplace conditions," Forbes said.

Mark McKinnon, a former media strategist ...


my comment:

Well clarified and add to it, dangerous.  Look at how disrespecting we have become to voter fraud in Government elections.  How corrupt will this Nation become as it says to itself, oh we can ignore this law or that law as it will be better.  FOR WHO? 

Now shall we have the conduct of our workplace become the leading edge for our failing Government?  HELLOOOO????

R. George Dunn

What are we if NOT a Christian Nation?

What are we if NOT a Christian Nation?

Posted: 08 Apr 2009 03:04 AM PDT

As President Obama engaged in his "America Stinks" tour of Europe this week he told audiences in Turkey that the U.S. is not a Christian nation. "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation," he said on April 6. This echoes his statement in 2007 when Obama told CBN, "whatever we once were, we're no longer just a Christian nation."

The subtle difference between those two statements just over a year apart is interesting. Candidate Obama seemed to admit that we might have "once" been a Christian nation but are no longer "just" a Christian nation. But, suddenly as president, he seems to be saying squarely that we "don't" consider ourselves Christian. Interesting that he seemed to feel obligated to mitigate as a candidate his now openly admitted belief that we just aren't a Christian nation.

In any case, it is obvious that this is Obama's way of ingratiating himself with Muslim audiences. But whatever his immediate goal, his sentiment is a popular one with Americans that sport left-wing, anti-religious ideology, people who look to Obama as their leader.

But is he right? Is it true that we aren't a Christian nation? Did the Founding Fathers choose the Christian ethic as the one upon which they based this country, or not? The answer would appear to be an emphatic yes once the historical record is reviewed. It would also appear that we are straying far afield from that grounding.

As Ronald Reagan reminded us in 1988: "The First Continental Congress made its first act a prayer — the beginning of a great tradition. We have then, a lesson from the founders of our land, those giants of soul and intellect who¹s courageous pledge of life and fortune and sacred honor, and whose 'firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,' have ever guided and inspired Americans and all who would fan freedom's mighty flames and live in 'freedom's holy light.' That lesson is clear: That in the winning of freedom and in the living of life, the first step is prayer." Reagan was ever so right to guide us toward an understanding that the Founders of this country nearly to a man were steeped in religion — and that of the Protestant, Christian variety, at that. Even the ones against organized religion believed in a God, one that put us here and gave us certain rights as espoused in the Declaration of Independence from Britain.

But let us not use just the Declaration, as the Constitution is supreme law that guides this country. We must strive to remain strict constructionists of that document and hew closely to what the founder's intended in all their wisdom. It is well considered proper, then, that we look to what the Founders and their contemporaries wrote to construe what they "meant" concerning the principles and ethics to which they hoped we'd remain forever faithful.

Let us begin with a quote from James Madison, the Father of the Constitution. "The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it." That sounds rather ominous, does it not? Of course Madison means that Christian concept of morality that he learned from the Anglican Church which was a required state religion in his home state, Virginia when he was a child.

Another stalwart driving force of the revolutionary days was Samuel Adams who, echoing James Madison's idea, said, "Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals."

George Washington who can be quoted bestowing Christian religious principles on many of his thoughts and actions he took on the battlefield and in government is very quotable on the subject. Here are a few quotes from the Father of our country.

  • "Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
  • "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."
  • "And now, Almighty Father, if it is Thy holy will that we shall obtain a place and name among the nations of the earth, grant that we may be enabled to show our gratitude for Thy goodness by our endeavors to fear and obey Thee."

Pretty straight forward, I believe.

How about Ben Franklin? Old Poor Richard himself was never considered the biggest religious fanatic of his day. In fact he is one of the few Founders that actually considered himself a Deist. But even he once said, "It is the duty of mankind on all suitable occasions to acknowledge their dependence on the Divine being." Hardly sounds like he was against the morality of Christian ethics, does it?

John Adams, second president and indispensable founding father who was well known to be extremely pious both in religion and opinion said, "Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service, when it is violating all His laws."

He sure did not say Allah's service. Nor did he couple God and THEY. Adams said HIS laws. An obvious recognition of the Christian God of heaven and earth.

These quotes are all well and good but what did the early American theorists intend to pass on to the youth of America? As an answer to this I point to Benjamin Rush of Pennsylvania. Rush was a respected Doctor and was closely tied to most of the great figures of the early Republic and its national politics. He wrote,"I proceed…to enquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of youth; and here I beg leave to remark, that the only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments."

Well, we could quote dozens upon dozens of such phrases from men like Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Henry Lee, George Clinton and a host of other revolutionary notables but that would tend to over burden the point.

Speaking of Thomas Jefferson, as a riposte to Christians, many half-informed secularists claim that Jefferson was a Deist that hated Christianity. But this is garbled history. Like many of the Founders, Jefferson disliked organized religion but was not in any way against religious sentiment, training and ideals. In fact, the older he got, the more religious he became. But even as our third president he regularly attended Bible class right in the the halls of Congress and never once scolded the classes from meeting on federal property. He was not against Christianity in government at all.*

The point is that the men of the revolution, those very men that created our country, its mores and conventions based their ruminations upon the Christian God and his ethics and principles. They felt this base to be entirely indispensable to the stability of republican government. They warned that to dispense with them would be our undoing and we followed those predications faithfully up until the civil war and half heatedly until the presidency of FDR.

But today, civil Libertarians strive to remake the U.S.A. into a Godless and moraless society based upon an if-it-feels-right mode of thinking. The Democrat Party tries to replace religion with statism and socialism. Even Republicans all too often shy away from the question of the religious ethics of Christianity as if it is a backward ideal that would best be forgotten.

No, Benjamin Rush had it right when he said that without religion "… there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments."

Whether critics and secularists like it or not, we are at heart a Christian nation and if we cast off that ethic we will no longer be the United States, we will no longer have in us what made us great.

*For an in depth discussion of Jefferson's misinterpreted Danbury Letter from which the phrase "wall of separation between church and state" was derived, visit: http://www.publiusforum.com/oldopeds/hustonstoryseparation.html.

Fw: Marriage Takes Another Hit-help rally support for a constitutional amendment.

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Today the Vermont legislature attacked traditional marriage by voting (by only one vote) to override Governor Douglas' veto. Vermont becomes the fourth state to legalize same sex marriage. The other three states, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa did so by judicial rulings. Now the Vermont legislature has joined in the assault on the most critical foundation in our society - the American family.

Governor Douglas, when he vetoed the original legislation on Monday, said "I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman." I agree with Governor Douglas. We must not continue to undermine the traditional American family. Once again, the right to decide an issue of such importance has been taken out of the hands of the voter.

The actions of the Vermont Legislature, coming on the heels of the judicial ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court, should make it apparent to each of us that conservative values and conservative principles are under attack as never before. We must take action now.

It is up to each of us who believe in traditional marriage to increase our efforts to protect the foundation of our society. I continue to support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. It is now an absolute necessity. We must stop the liberal legislatures and activist judges from undermining the moral fabric of our society. Fighting for passage of a constitutional amendment is critical to conservative principles.

Join me in waging the battle for the protection of the family - help rally support for a constitutional amendment. 

Fighting for our principles

Mike Huckabee

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