One of the Saddest things about holidays is families who will spend the days without loved ones.
Each year we read about tragedy or we experience the loss or have friends going though it: Families losing someone near or on the holiday and it’s heartbreaking.
No amount of money can replace the loss of life, no gift can make up for it.
A couple weeks-ago, one of my dearest friends passed away suddenly. She was only 28 years-old. It’s hard to comprehend, it’s a strange feeling. It’s surreal, but the loss is much harder for her family: Jessie’s not here, she’s not calling her mother and grandparents to tell them about the bears that break into her Aspen home at night.
The pain is indescribable, that empty chair at their table is too empty. That smile, that fun and hilarious personality that was always happy, encouraged everyone, always laughing at something truly hilarious she did, is not here.
How do people get through that? You never get over that loss.
The only answer is Jesus, but that doesn’t make the loss easier, and He knows that, which is why He came to earth and died and rose for all: Suffering our pain through His death: Jesus had to take it all upon himself and replace the grave with eternal life and Salvation so we have eternal hope.
Jessie had hope in Jesus beyond many. She always talked about Jesus, from the time she was little, until the day she died. She always knew that one day she would be with Jesus and because of that, Jessie never feared death, she saw it as being in eternal glory with God and all of her loved ones. Her outlook was amazing.
I will never forget Jessie or her life and how deep her faith in Jesus was. I knew her from the time she was only two years-old and her mother and I became the best of friends and our families as well.
I was Jessie’s babysitter when she was young and what struck me was that by age of two Jess loved Jesus so deeply, He was her friend, and that love and faith grew stronger as she grew up: She always wanted to give everyone she met Jesus.
As a child Jessie loved to draw and she loved drawing pictures of Jesus holding both our hands, Jesus as our friend: “This is me and you and Jesus,” she said one summer when she was seven, showing me a drawing of the two of us hanging out with Jesus.
How could a child so young have such faith, such love for God? Her mother and grandparents. Jessie was raised with deep love: Love from her mother, who was Jessie’s life-long best friend, and her grandparents, also her best friends, all of whom instilled in her the deep love Jesus had for her. They taught her the scriptures and what Jesus did at the Cross and why.
Many children are raised with a strong belief in Christ, but not all know Him, I mean really know Him. Jessie did know Jesus.
Our families have always spent holidays, birthdays, any day, together. One night, when Jessie was about five or six, Jessie sat down on her dining chair and moved over to the edge and looked up at something and smiled. Her grandfather asked her what she was doing and who she was smiling at: “I’m making room for Jesus, He’s sitting with me.” When asked where, Jessie looked at the space next to her and said, “Here, right next to me.” “What does Jesus look like Jess?” Jessie answered: “He is bright, shining bright, He’s wearing a shining white robe and a gold belt.”
Many readers will say this was a typical childhood invisible friend, but this was different. I can’t describe it, but Jessie was telling us the truth: She saw Jesus, she knew Him. You could see it on her face, in her eyes. This was real.
Jessie’s closeness to Jesus made those who met her want to be around her, to have what she had, they saw and felt she had something not of this world. She did: She had a miraculous experience: She met Jesus.
This love and friendship with Jesus made Jessie the person she grew up to be: A caregiver.
I asked Jessie what she wanted to be when she grew up: “A doctor, a nurse, and paramedic, a veterinarian,….oh, and a spy!” Jessie didn’t become a spy, but she became a nurse and paramedic and intended to go further in the field of healing people.
Most of all Jessie wanted to share Jesus with everyone.
I remember about ten years-ago, Jessie told her mother and grandmother she was saddened that not all of her friends knew Jesus: “I don’t want to be in heaven without them. I want us all to be with Jesus when our time comes.” But she never forced Jesus on anyone, all Jessie had to do was be the loving, joyful self that made her friends want to know what she had, what was it that made her so happy, so sure about everything in life? She was never ashamed to say, “Jesus.” And her friends did accept Jesus as their Savior.
Two weeks-ago, at her funeral, one of her friends spoke about how Jessie led her to Jesus: It was Jessie’s inward joy that made this young woman want to know Jesus: “If I hadn’t known Jessie, I would not know Jesus today. She gave me the gift of Jesus.”
That was the constant spoken by all her friends, all who knew her in her home state and in Aspen where she lived and worked: Because of Jessie, many said they knew Jesus, she changed their lives for the best.
My life is better for having known Jessie. She always made me smile, she always made me laugh, and as a child, she knew how to put childlike joy back into an adult heart.
At her funeral, I realized that she had left us at 28: It was on my 28th birthday, when Jessie was seven, she threw me a surprise party. I didn’t want to celebrate, as many nearing 30 do, thinking we’re suddenly 82!
What bunk! And seven year-old Jess was not going to let my birthday go by!
The afternoon of my 28th birthday, I was sitting in my room wallowing about what I had not done now that I was nearing the big 3-0. I told my mother, “No celebrating!” My mother came to my room at 5 PM and said I needed to come to the dining room: “I told you no birthday celebration. I don’t feel like it.” “You need to. Jessie has thrown you a surprise party. She planned this all week. She asked me and her grandmother and mother to get you a birthday cake and she decorated the dining room while you’ve been sulking. You know how much she loves you, so don’t disappoint her.”
As if I could ever disappoint Jess, and my mother and Jessie’s mother and grandmother knew I couldn’t and never would.
As I walked to the dining room, Jessie jumped out from the dining room entry, yelling “SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” and grabbed my hand and ran with me into the dining room decorated with party favors and balloons and a cake lit with candles and our two families singing happy birthday. My heart softened, I was humbled out of my pity party. I sat down stunned at what a seven year-old child did for me. After everyone sang, Jessie hugged me and said “I love you Lisa!” and handed me a wrapped bundle of cards, stickers, playing cards, and glitter.” Somewhere I still have those gifts in my keepsake trunks.
I looked up at her mother, who was glowing and smiling at the incredible little girl she raised so well: “Jess did all of this,” Jane whispered.
A child learns from example and that sets the stage for how they will live their life. Jessie, like her mother and her grandparents, lived her life to serve others through Jesus.
As a paramedic and nurse, she saved many who would not be with their families had Jessie never been born.
Jessie turned into an amazing adult as told in her obituary by her family:
Every man on that transporter died because you weren’t there to save Harry…Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he? …You really had a wonderful life George.
America’s forefathers believed it was worth risking all to attain liberty. Sadly most Americans today do not feel that way or they would never allow government to trample the Constitution and remove individual rights.
Complacency is today’s conventional American standard: Put up, tolerate and don’t argue, because you might appear intolerant and racist. Well, at least when you suffer due to your lack of rights, you can miserably state you are a tolerant slave…if you’re even allowed to say that!
If any of you don’t think today’s government control of our lives cannot lead to another revolution, you’re quite mistaken, or simply to absorbed with the latest updates on Bruce Jenner’s bizarrely feminine face and his Kardashian daughter’s enormous ass.
When too many liberties are robbed, and they are being robbed through our compliance, the American people will rise up and the demise of this modern progressive government will begin and the government will not be able to stop the course of human events.
Americans are fed up with every government abuse. The IRS is the worst because it robs income and property ownership. Just because the 16th Amendment is in the Constitution, does not make it constitutional. Article I, Section 8 still stands and demands a reasonable across the board flat tax only on consumption with no income and property tax. When enough people read that Article, study the Constitution, the pork will hit the fan. Remember: Two centuries-ago, things were pretty bad and angry Americans rose up, tarred and feathered leaders, dumped British tea, and after that, the Declaration of Independence and a group of armed church ministers stood on the green in Concord and faced down the Red Coats and the battle began.
I don’t want to dump Winston/Salem, but I defiantly want to tar and feather John Boehner….and then light his cigarette.
I don’t know what kind of revolution is coming, but we who love liberty have to take a stand and fight one way or another to restore this country and destroy big government if we want our stolen liberty and freedoms back and preserved.
We must ask ourselves: What good is liberty, or anything we want out of life, if individuals are not willing to stand up for the basic rights of man that uphold liberty?
If men before us were willing to risk their lives by writing the Declaration of Independence, and many were executed because they signed their names to the Declaration (Thomas Jefferson became a hunted fugitive forced to flee his home and hide in barns), shouldn’t we who inherited the freedom they fought and died for take a stand to restore this nation and preserve liberty for posterity?
Don’t we feel liberty is worth fighting for, or do we like being controlled by an ever-expanding and abusive government that assumes full rights to our earnings and our property, while spying on our private lives?
Our forefathers did not believe such abuses should continue, that’s why they took a stand against the King and parliament: To uphold the Rights of Man and Nature’s Laws and ensure the future of this nation would have just that.
The Founders struggled for many years, pleading with King George III to uphold individual liberty (as we are doing with deaf-turned ears in Washington) and the Rights of Man upheld in the Magna Carta. The choice to rebel against king was not as simple as it sounds, nor was it the Founder’s initial desire to dissolve the parliamentary government from these shores. The original effort was to uphold our natural rights, stop overtaxing us, stop unlawfully arresting Americans and provide fair trials to those arrested on the whims of loyalist governors and troops who sent Americans to England to be tried and hanged.
Rebellion and war were far from the Founders minds, but after years of rejection and abuses by the King and parliament, their pleading was in vain and they had to take matters into their own hands by inspiring the people to stand for liberty and freedom, to fight for the opportunity to live as self-governing individuals.
Everything about the Declaration of Independence was a slap in the face, a defiant refusal to bow down to a king who was not divinely placed in power by God.
The Founders made the distinction between an earthly king and God: Only God was divine, not King George III, a mere human being.
The Founders understood God had placed men in power as kings—Saul and King David—but only because the Israelites no longer wanted God as their only king and demanded an earthly king to rule over them and the nation. Even then, God was not pleased with that and told His people that He–God/Jesus–is the only King (1 Samuel 9-12) man needs. because people suffer at the hands of men who abuse power.
James Madison warned us in the Federalist Papers that men are not angels and must be reined in because men abuse power and those who do must be removed.
These words are not for one time, but all times:
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and 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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
Are we not created equal in liberty? Don’t we have unalienable rights given by God?
God says we are the image of Him, therefore our rights come directly from God, not government and Hollywood elites who assume they are our betters.
God said He instituted governments and rulers under His power. He gave us dominion over the earth and everything in it, He gave us rights to lead, but not as tyrants. God destroyed tyrants, more reason we must destroy government tyranny: It’s an abuse that violates God’s Laws.
The words of the Declaration broke Parliamentary laws, but not God’s Laws.
Talk of replacing government and king with new government, encouraging people to seek freedom from the king and parliament through rebellion, was treason. If the Founders failed at making their case, all would be lost and the Founders hanged. If they made their case, the end result would be a fight for liberty, but charges of treason against king and country would result and the Declaration Framers would face hangings.
Considering that more than half the country was loyalist meant threats of death to everyone who supported the document and spoke out against the Parliament and the King. Many signers were executed, others lost everything, but gained liberty and independence.
The decision to rebel against King and country was not as easy as it is today. We can only imagine the task through our present circumstances that are Marxist collectivism taking over our nation, but we forget we still have our Constitution and Bill of Rights, our founders had neither.
The Left wants us to believe the Declaration is useless, they don’t want us reading the preamble, only the grievances directed at the King so we believe we’ve been perfected by government and well-educated elites and do not have, unalienable rights by God, our rights depend on government.
These words cause fear in the heart of every Progressive:
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and 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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We have every right to dissolve the present system of progressive government and restore the Constitutional Republic.
We are at the point where it’s necessary to dissolve the political bands of the two incestuous parties merged into one progressive party consolidating power for self-enrichment by robbing liberty from the people.
Does our government respect our God-given rights or is it removing the rights of free exercise of religion and speech?
Just try saying “Jesus” in a public school or displaying a nativity or cross in public and see how far you get before you’re First Amendment rights are crucified.
Our government has expanded into a monarchy of life-termed aristocrats, determined to merge their one party mindset with the world. If this were not true, our government and progressives would not fight so hard against American nationalism and constitutionality.
But that doesn’t mean those who love liberty cannot change the present course of events.
Because abusive men will always exist, there must be people willing to fight tyrants with any means possible, even if that means becoming a pariah, as our Founders were considered until we won the War of Independence.
There must be people willing to speak out against tyranny, the truth must not stay silent if America is to continue.
We who love liberty and believe our rights come from God and not government must accept the charge left to us by those who risked their lives for our liberty.
We must stand up strong against those tearing down the foundations this country was built upon. If we do not, we are cowards helping trample our history and freedom.
Are we going to let America’s history rot under a filthy white-washed rag scrubbing away the truth in order to create government slaves?
Without liberty we are slaves and government our master.
Yes, our country is split between those who prefer government control and those who want the Constitutional Republic to stand and people independent, that’s why it will take the strength of the few to overcome the powerful.
The question is, are we few willing to take this task upon ourselves knowing many of our countrymen are against us? God is for and with us.
Are we willing to be despised by many, laughed at, cast off, in order to restore our country? God will never cast us out.
Are we willing to speak up for truth, for restoration, for the Constitution and Declaration, for our rights that government is supposed to uphold but crushed, and speak out without backing down?
How can any of us have an ounce of self-respect if we do not have liberty? We cannot.
How can we look at ourselves in the mirror if we do not defend liberty and trample tyranny?
If we remain silent for fear of what others think, government will silence every aspect of our lives and we will never have anything to fight for.
Truth upholds liberty, silence kills liberty.
Are you willing to fight for liberty?
Christmas is about one gift, the greatest gift we can ever receive: Jesus
The birth of Jesus Christ led the way to the ultimate gift at the Cross: Salvation:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die (John 11:25)
I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me (John 14:6).
We can buy each other every gadget, do-dad, and pricey dicey one-upper out there and not one, single object will buy us life:
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).
Am I saying you must never give anyone another gift for Christmas? No, I’m not one of those Scroogafied Jehovah Witnesses or a collectivized communist, but ask yourself, does Christmas hold a deeper meaning than shiny wrapped things under your tree?
What is Christmas to you? Is it the celebration of a king who came to serve mankind, a king who came to earth, born lowly in a stable instead of the magnificent palace of Herod, and who lived the poor life as a carpenter’s son and walked among sinners so all would be rich in the hope of eternal life, or a 72 inch HD TV?
When you turn on the Christmas lights, do you realize who Jesus said He is:
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness (John 12:46).
THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.” From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand ( Matthew 4:16-17).”
Christmas is about the ultimate life-giver who came to earth in human form to destroy evil by offering Himself as the atoning sacrifice for all sin that the Law could not save us from:
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Christmas is the Kingdom of God that came to earth to save mankind:
The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news (Mark 1:15)
There is no greater gift than Jesus: God’s power indwelling within us, being with us no matter what:
I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20)
Jesus came to earth so we would live in Him and Him in us—“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”—, provide our needs—“Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 5)”—and promise that “I will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6),” because, “I am with you always, even to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).”
We celebrate the Christ Mass every year, but what meaning does it hold for us? Do we understand His birth led to His suffering and death on the Cross in order to crush Satan, who, though he roams the earth still, lost the battle against our lives and our separation from heaven at Calvary when Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death:
But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Jesus is the king who was despised and rejected for our transgressions: He was arrested for preaching the Kingdom of Heaven: Hope in this life on earth and Eternal life with Him.
Jesus is the king who was arrested and killed because He forgave sins, healed the sick and raised the dead. He was whipped and beaten bloody and crucified as a criminal so we would be redeemed, past, present, and future.
Jesus is the only king, the only person, who took the entire wrath of God upon His body, and was separated from His Father God as He hung on the Cross so we would not be eternally separated from God:
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46).
Jesus fulfilled the prophecy to the world spoken by King David in Psalm 22:1:
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
Jesus wore a crown of thorns upon His head so we would receive a starry crown in heaven.
Jesus is the king buried without honor so we would be given a place in Heaven as His heirs to the Kingdom.
The gift of life was sealed forever and cannot be robbed from us; even when we lose loved ones, they are not dead, they are alive in Christ and with Christ.
When we celebrate Christmas, do we consider how much God loves us?
God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the World through Him (John 3:16-18).
“Whoever believes in Him is not condemned (John 3:18),” because Jesus took that condemnation to the Cross.
There is no greater gift than the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus or money would be able to buy hope and exterminate despair and Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection would be in vain.
Whatever gifts we receive, the greatest gift is the Life that humbly came to us in a barn so we would inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
This Christmas let us each celebrate Jesus and give thanks for the life He gave us and the greater life He prepared for us.
May God bless each and every one you this Christmas!
Blessings and Merry Christmas,
Democrats are suddenly giving a flip about values, and Diane Feinstein is flipping her out-of-style wig because the CIA used “enhanced interrogation” procedures on terrorists!
The CIA forced violent slaughterers go without sleep in order to make them talk and prevent more 9/11 attacks.
Senate Democrats and President Obama are so horrified that our “American values” allow the CIA to deprive terrorists of sleep…and slap the thugs, Senate Democrats (without any Republicans, of course) released a 6,700 page document report on CIA enhanced interrogation procedures Democrats and left wing outlets like The Washington Post depict as “levels of brutality, dishonesty and seemingly arbitrary violence that at times brought even agency employees to moments of anguish.”
As opposed to the brutal anguish Americans suffered at the hands of Islam on 9/11.
Congratulation’s Hitler, you just got your Get Out Of Hell Free Card!
CNN says the report “contains grisly details of detainees held in secret overseas facilities,” and Huffington Post makes sure you view the pages they know will sicken you into believing America tortures, but Islam loves.
Never mind that releasing interrogation procedures provides the enemy an inside to our intelligence, but isn’t that the point with Democrats: Make Americans hate their country and pity the enemy?
President Obama calls the Senate report documents a “troubling program,” promising the world “we [will] never resort to those methods again…” Obama went on to declare:
[W]e [the government and you the people] will rely on all elements of our national power, including the power and example of our founding ideals. That is why I have consistently supported the declassification of today’s report. No nation is perfect. But one of the strengths that makes America exceptional is our willingness to openly confront our past, face our imperfections, make changes and do better.
Imagine Harry Truman making such claim concerning Japan and Germany. Now imagine that scenario in German.
The CIA responded to the Senate’s claims, saying there have been times when mistakes were made, but the CIA detention and interrogation program has stopped attacks on this nation: “Our review indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom [enhanced interrogations] were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives,” including finding Osama bin Laden, whose local was provided by a detainee subjected to enhanced interrogation, which consists of water-boarding (simulated drowning no one dies from), weeks of sleep deprivation, keeping some detainees awake for 180 hours “usually standing or in stress positions” (new mothers call that life), slapping and slamming detainees against walls, confined in small boxes, extended periods of isolation, and threatening terrorists with death.
So far I haven’t read anything that comes close to what the Japanese did to our American POWs, or the values Japan treated China to during the 1930s, or those founding ideals Hitler shared with Jews under the Reich’s troubling methods.
The interrogations produced results, but the Senate report claims nothing was accomplished other than faulty information by depriving terrorists of sleep.
Our CIA found bin Laden through interrogation, now that’s been diminished, but isn’t that the idea?
According to one CIA psychologist hired to design the interrogation program that prevented more attacks:
What they [Senate Democrats] are asking you to believe is that multiple directors of the CIA and analysts who made their living for years doing this lied to the federal government, or were too stupid to know that the intelligence they were getting wasn’t useful.
Let’s be honest, the report is purposely designed so we become sickened by the idea that terrorists, who rape, torture, and behead human beings, were forced to stay awake for weeks while being slapped by those rotten American thugs.
We should at least feign repulsion over such techniques as water-boarding, not Islam’s raping and beheading technique against our journalists or torturing and burning the bodies of American military and contractors working in the Middle East.
Forget that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s detainment under enhanced interrogation cracked the terrorist’s strength of will and he gave up more than 2,000 intelligence leads.
This scathing Senate report is intended to turn the CIA into bullies who victimize terrorists, because that’s who we really are.
President Obama is pretending to be shocked and appalled over something Democrats claim are legitimate accounts from imprisoned terrorists who massacred American civilians on 9/11 and our military on the battlefield, because Obama wants this Senate report to allege everything negative about the United States that can be conjured so that ignorant-minded Americans bleed-out their hearts with shock and awe against this nation.
Hate the military, despise America, she’s a brutal thug nation that oppresses and victimizes the world!
Who cares that the goal of terrorists is to murder every, single non-Muslim so Islam conquers the planet through violence, all that matters is you believe the United States is bad and terrorists are innocent victims who react to our Satanic imperialism.
That’s how we won the War of Independence: We apologized to General Cornwallis for our low-class, ill-bred indecency that caused us to lose our British values.
That’s how we won World War II and ended Nazi Germany and Japan’s violent reign that mass murdered millions across the globe: We apologized instead of dropping bombs.
I’m clutching my throat so I don’t vomit! Now we apologize with zero value to a brutal, murderous enemy we’re empowering.
One more thing: I suggest the next time the Senate writes up a report on interrogation procedures, they not invoke Kathy Bates’ rendition of Misery.
I am revising this piece with links to education sites such as Hillsdale College for more information on how our government is structured and why. I realize some feel I am preaching to the choir with these pieces, but sadly, half the choir is tone deaf and the Fat Lady hasn’t hit a high C in so long, the audience is under the assumption the Soprano is leading a musical crime syndicate.
Until we educate ourselves, the Left will always be ten paces ahead of our lives.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The Left has always despised federalism, because the role of federalism is structured to limit central government power and empower the people to make decisions concerning their country, states and local communities.
To understand just how big a threat federalism is to the Left, we need to understand the true structure of our government and why the three branches are limited.
Articles I, II, and III vest the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial separately inside individual departments of the Federal Government. The Framers did this in order to squash tyranny, and in doing so, set up a government that checks itself, while held accountable by the people the government serves.
The branches are forbidden under Articles I, II, and II from becoming a syndicated power that controls the people. Syndicates are organized crime and royal families around the world, all interrelated for world power over countries and people, and yet, we are witnessing our government turn into a syndicate of tyrannical power abusing the rights of the people.
The demanded the branches must be separate. They argued for this throughout the Federalist Papers and Constitutional Debates, because when one branch gains extraconstitutional supremacy, which does not exist and is prohibited under constitutional law, that branch will trample the other branches and remove the rights of the people according to its unchecked whims.
As Hillsdale College points out, the Left–the Progressives, do not want federalism and the Constitution, because it prohibits them from enforcing their own ideologies on the people:
The Progressive idea of historical progress is tied to the idea of historical contingency, which means that each period of history is guided by different and unique values that change over time. The “self-evident truths” that the Founders upheld in the Declaration of Independence, including natural rights, are no longer applicable. Circumstances, not eternal principles, ultimately dictate justice.
If human nature is improving, and fixed principles do not exist, government must be updated according to the new reality. The Constitution’s arrangement of government, based upon the separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism, only impeded effective government, according to Progressives. The limited government of the Founding is rejected in favor of a “living Constitution.”
We are witnessing the rejection of the Founders Constitution and the natural rights of the people upheld in the document for extraconstitutional supremacy that removes limits placed on government and the president (see Hillsdale lecture series Constitution 201: The Progressive Rejection of the Founding and the Rise of Bureaucratic Despotism).
President Obama illegally executes laws by fiat, he enforces laws without consent, and often without Congressional knowledge. This is a complete violation of the Constitution’s limited federalism and exactly what the Left has been pushing for since Woodrow Wilson’s enactment of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve. Neither belong to any governmental branch, they are separate, secretive and old full power to execute what they do. (See Woodrow Wilson and the Rejection of the Founders’ Principles by Ronald J. Pestritto).
Separation of powers means each branch is permitted to exercise their limited constitutional powers and no more. Again: The role of limited government confines each branch to a limited roles, fully accountable to the people.
Each branch must remain confined within its separate power that only permits expression of themselves within their branch or the three branches are no longer separate and limited.
The Enumerated Powers in Article I, Section 8 impose laws and neither the President nor the Judicial has any lawmaking power. Furthermore, Article I prohibits Congress from executing law by statute, i.e., decree. Such powers are those of the British Parliament that makes laws by statue (Devolution-By-Way-Of-Evolution) and has sole authority over all other powers and cannot be questioned or checked-the type of government Progressives are reshaping us under.
Is it any wonder the Left wants the Constitutional Republic reversed and returned to Parliamentary Supremacy?
The role of Congress proclaims:
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
The role of Congress prohibits Congress from creating lawmakers, except in the case of the Enclave Clause and the Property Clause that permits Congress essentially plenary, i.e., unlimited powers. This also extends to foreign affairs, because the President’s fundamental Executive Power is insufficient, thus, allocation is not worrisome, or at least it was until Congress allocated its powers to the Executive. Such unlawful authority has worsened with the Obama Administration.
Articles II and III state the powers of the President and Federal Courts are separately delegated with the Executive and Judicial. One cannot rule over the other, but the Executive is doing just that today.
The President’s power is limited in order to rein him in and prevent executive legislating. The Constitution only permits presidents to influence laws he wants, not enact laws. All legislative decisions are legislative only.
If the President has full power to enact laws and do as he pleases, as actress Gwyneth Paltrow said President Obama should be allowed to do, that renders the Constitution useless and makes the President a dictator.
Has the Executive been given power by the Court? From time-to-time yes: Some justices have allowed Congress to confer with the President and bestow the Executive unauthorized legislative power, at other times, the Court expressly denied that right.
Too often the Court permits unelected government agencies (the IRS, the EPA are two examples) power to make and enforce laws. These agencies are unconstitutional, extended arms of the President misusing the Executive for legislative activism.
Too often the Judicial upholds clear Constitution violations, i.e., Obamacare, which was falsely drafted and blatantly obscured from public knowledge by telling the people that Congress was ignorant of the Bill’s wording and had “to pass the Bill to know what was in it.”
Congress purposely ignored Obama and the Democrat’s true intentions that placed the people’s healthcare and private Fourth Amendment rights under the centralized control of the Internal Revenue Service.
The Supreme Court, whose job is to interpret the Constitution and determine if laws are constitutional, falsely declared that the Bill was not a tax, when in fact the Bill is a tax.
The Supreme Court is supposed to prevent allocation of authority.
No branch is permitted to share or give away power. By not enforcing the Constitution, the Judicial broke down the Constitution’s structure of limited government. The Judicial violated the Constitution that prohibits lawmakers from delegating power to the Executive, as well as unelected, unaccountable administrative agencies granted more power than the Legislative, excusing themselves of power in favor of the IRS that will enforce Obamacare.
The Court’s diminished political and governmental accountability to the people, who, under Federalism, have power not only to elect and remove leaders, but individual State’s Rights, upheld under the 10th Amendment and the 17 Enumerated Powers prohibits trampling by the Congress, the Supreme Court, and President.
The framework of the Central Government is set up to prevent overreaching individual states and the people. The American Constitution is the real safety net for the people, not government. Our government was structured to operate in such a way that those in power are restrained. Government must uphold our rights, not abolish rights.
The branches must uphold and protect the Constitution, not unleash extraconstituional power, but modern government is doing exactly that with its progressive force bearing down hard to rewrite the Constitution and remake the Federal Government into a Parliamentary Supremacy.
Is it any wonder the Left despises the Constitution and federalism?
Federalism limits the Central Government and the Three Branches, forbidding them from extending their limits to violate the States and people’s individual rights.
Federalism places the power in the hands of the people the government must be accountable to at all times.
The Left despises that philosophy!
The philosophy and structure of federalism keep us safe from tyranny, but for to long We the People have ignored the government and focused only on our wants, rather than the country and those in power destroying our rights.
When we lose our rights, we will not have anything we want. We must fight to keep the structure of federalism and remove progressivism from our government.
The United States government has been off course from Constitutional Republicanism for so long, it reverted backward to sovereign control by government over the people
Why? Americans forgot history. We’ve forgotten our Constitution, what it actually says, and why it was written:
in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…
The more we forgot the more Progressives rewrote our history.
Americans today believe socialism is better than Free Market Capitalism and ruling elites are better at running individual lives than individuals.
When liberty is suppressed through ignorance (in America’s case, slowly), eventually individual sovereignty is eliminated.
Remove one constitutional clause from the First Amendment (religious freedom, free speech to say Jesus in public) or Second Amendment (the right of the people to bear arms) and the rest of the amendment, as well as the entire Constitution, slowly terminates.
President Obama is shredding the Constitution and invoking unauthorized laws and regulations against this nation through Executive Fiat and he has the backing of the people, because the people forgot America’s monarchical past, as well as our Constitution.
We now have an Executive with Extraconstitutional Powers, and that power is nowhere to found in the Constitution. It’s a twentieth century power grab modern presidents granted themselves to remove the restraint enforced by the Founders against tyranny.
Alexander Hamilton hints at broad powers in the Constitution, however, he never states presidents have supreme parliamentary-like power. The Founders confined the presidency to a nonaggressive role that could not restrict the other limited branches. The checks placed upon all three branches gave the people the power to curb the government to prevent abuses, not the government control the people.
Alexander Hamilton wanted a strong centralized government with a strong banking system and currency, but Thomas Jefferson and others wanted a limited federal government with power resting in the people’s hands, including banks, with one currency under a federal Treasury, not a secretive, leviathan reserve.
The Constitution places the people control of government to elect and remove those in power.
If Hamilton could see today’s presidency and central government of life-termed leaders enriching themselves off the taxpayers, Hamilton would not be pleased. Strong government is necessary, not presidents with unlimited power overriding Congress and the Court and vice versa.
The modern presidency escaped limited confines and misused Hamilton’s hint at broad inferred powers in order to manipulate the Constitution’s foundations that permit a strong presidency, but rein in the Executive to prevent abuse.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt overstepped the limited confines to take full advantage of Hamilton’s obscure and broad powers interpretation of the Executive: FDR expanded the government with so many programs, his unlimited government created the Great Depression in 1933.
Rather than govern accordingly, modern presidents made themselves constitutional analysts, rewording the document with disguised and roundabout construal that provides them Executive Exraconstitutional devices to exploit the Constitution as needed. Modern presidents forged an overreaching presidency to trample the Constitution and the people and protect themselves.
The modern presidency is an invented presidency, it’s our monarchical past. Presidents are sworn to uphold, defend and protect the Constitution, they do not have absolute power.
Modern presidents have become progressively secretive, the Obama presidency being the most secretive.
Yes, early presidents abused power that affected the future: Jefferson throwing away John Adams’ Midnight Appointments led to Marbury v Madison and Judicial Review, but early presidents worked to uphold the Constitution, because they wrote and signed it.
Of course in those days, dueling was legal.
We can’t say we were never warned about abuse of power. James Madison wrote,
Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.
How much privacy do we have left? How much of our lives is watched and regulated by government?
Do you know that:
1. Constitutional Republicanism is the process through which Americans implement political choice. The United States government is not a regime, nor is our government set up for self-seeking power-mongers working toward their own interests as we see today.
The Federalist says the Constitution’s Republicanism checks all contentious ideologies in order that the Branches promote the general welfare of the people, not the government and moneyed special interest groups.
The Constitution objects to unlimited power.
2. The Separation of Powers is a vaccination against unlimited powers and abusive leaders: It inoculates the people like a Small Pox vaccine against political abuse by dividing power between three branches of federal government—The Legislative (lawmakers), Executive (not a lawmaker, but must enforce laws made and passed by the House, uphold, defend and protect Constitution, leader of the Armed Forces), and Judicial (Defend and uphold the Constitution it is to interpret as written, not make assumptions to change laws, no activism allowed).
3. The Constitution’s Federalism provides State’s Rights the Executive, Congress and Senate, and Supreme Court cannot overstep.
We are not a monarchy or parliamentary system.
One would surmise the opposite by the way modern presidents and lawmakers infected the Constitution with non-existent laws and regulations and elevated leaders to a House of Lords.
Twentieth century presidents paved the course for Executive Supremacy by enacting laws through Executive Fiat.
Presidents cannot use the Executive Order to make unconstitutional laws, they’re not lawmaker, presidents must go before Congress, but they stopped behaving constitutionally with FDR’s enacting government programs in excess, designed to drive people under government control, preventing people from taking care of themselves and their earnings.
That is not the Constitution. But presidents got away with it while we ignored.
Modern presidents assert Executive Privilege like thugs playing the “Knock-out Game.” They bully with unwritten, unconstitutional supremacy, knocking us into submission.
Government only gets away with what we allow. Congress is responsible for presidents getting way with unconstitutional acts, because Congress allows presidents to claim absolute power against Congress and the people, but who elected those despots? The people.
Because we forgot our monarchical past we have an unlimited, expansive, parliamentary-style government of despots who assume they are divinely righted, sovereign beings, above us all, and they are usurping our Constitutional Republic.
No doubt if Hamilton lived today, he would tell Burr to save the bullet; Hamilton would shoot himself!
The American people are losing liberty so quick, we don’t even realize our role in government is not to be controlled by government and leaders, but the opposite: The government stems from the people:
The genius of republican liberty seems to demand on one side, not only that all power should be derived from the people, but that those intrusted with it should be kept in independence on the people, by a short duration of their appointments; and that even during this short period the trust should be placed not in a few, but a number of hands. Stability, on the contrary, requires that the hands in which power is lodged should continue for a length of time the same. A frequent change of men will result from a frequent return of elections; and a frequent change of measures from a frequent change of men: whilst energy in government requires not only a certain duration of power, but the execution of it by a single hand.–James Madison, Concerning the Difficulties of the Convention in Devising a Proper Form of Government, From the Daily Advertiser. Friday, January 11, 1788. Federalist No. 37.
Today we risk losing everything to a progressive force bent on returning us to a parliamentary-style law and order. We risk losing liberty to power-hungry despots who despise stability, because a stable government is limited with an unchanging Constitution that keeps liberty constant. Big, expansive government is unpredictable, erratic, it lacks security, because leaders have unlimited power.
The end result is always abuse.
Our founders pulled away from a controlling force that withheld liberty and the pursuit of it, and not solely by the King, but England’s parliament as well, a governing system the Left seeks to return us to.
Americans are being duped by drunk-on-power leaders running roughshod over our rights through falsely-assumed, complete sovereignty over this nation and the people.
People need to know the truth concerning parliamentary rule versus the Constitutional Republican form of government and why the latter structure not only works, it sustains liberty and freedom.
Americans must read the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers to understand we have a modern government abusing power no different than King George did against early Americans.
If the American government is drunk on power, it’s because we the people allowed leaders to quench themselves on unlimited supremacy.
We reelect political alcoholics, and when they fall off the constitutional wagon, we don’t vote them out, we demand they reform their ways.
No wonder the Left has a strong foothold against our nation and Constitution.
Liberty is only lost when ignorance pervades and the people follow false assumptions that government must be more powerful than the people, that the American government is an administrative state that must regulate the people under lofty leaders, that the Constitution must evolve with time and presidents, that leaders have rights to serve for life and leave office feet first.
Our compliance with unconstitutional lawmaking is robbing us of liberty. We need to wake up and gain knowledge of our Constitution and how the United States government is set up.
The Constitution is not an ever-changing document that evolves with every president and party in power. That is the British Parliamentary unwritten Constitution style of law—Devolution By-Way-Of Evolution—a form of government that restrains liberty and does not provide any working Bill of Rights to the people.
British Parliamentary Law, known as Parliamentary Supremacy, is the opposite of the American Constitutional Republic: The British Parliament has broad and extensive powers to create laws affecting anything, and all future parliaments are not bound to any previous parliamentary laws, MPs have unlimited authority to reverse and change any and all laws.
Because parliament is supreme, a Valid Act of Parliament cannot be questioned by the court. Furthermore, MPs in the prime minister’s party are forbidden from criticizing the prime minister’s policies.
Haven’t we come to that point where it is almost illegal to question or criticize the unlawful Obama?
Because the UK does has no written Constitution or a working bill of rights, the people may question and dislike laws, but they cannot get laws changed. The British government is not a government of, by, or for the people, the Constitutional Republic is.
Unfortunately, too many Americans assume the Constitution is an evolving document our leaders and president can supremely change as often as Liz Taylor changed husbands.
No wonder inflated leadership has overstepped its 17 Enumerated limits and we have a president who exalted himself to lawmaker and justice.
The limited powers allowed to the three branches still stands. Nothing expanded except egos.
Read the Constitution, you will not see a different Executive, Legislative, and Judicial from the government that elected Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, all the way to Barack Obama.
The Constitution still stands, the Legislative Branch’s rules are no different today than when James Madison drafted the Constitution.
It is our modern-day, permanent life-term fixtures that leave Washington feet first, who are supposed to evolve.
Go back to Madison’s words in Federalist 37:
Stability, on the contrary, requires that the hands in which power is lodged should continue for a length of time the same. A frequent change of men will result from a frequent return of elections; and a frequent change of measures from a frequent change of men: whilst energy in government requires not only a certain duration of power, but the execution of it by a single hand.
If the Constitution is a living document that evolves with each president, why did the Founders draft a new document and dissolve the Articles of Confederation? Madison answers that in Federalist 38:
The Confederation gives to Congress [an unlimited power]… Is it improper and unsafe to intermix the different powers of government in the same body of men? Congress, a single body of men, are the sole depositary of all the federal powers. Is it particularly dangerous to give the keys of the treasury, and the command of the army, into the same hands?
That is Parliamentary Supremacy.
Madison further asks:
The Confederation places them both in the hands of Congress. Is a bill of rights essential to liberty? The Confederation has no bill of rights.”
That is the British Parliamentary Supremacy with no working Bill of Rights.
Madison furthers his question:
Is it an objection against the new Constitution, that it empowers the Senate, with the concurrence of the Executive, to make treaties which are to be the laws of the land? The existing Congress, without any such control, can make treaties which they themselves have declared, and most of the States have recognized, to be the supreme law of the land. Is the importation of slaves permitted by the new Constitution for twenty years? By the old it is permitted forever.
That is the complete absence of liberty and freedom, something the Constitution does not evolve from, rather upholds for posterity.
That is what the Left wants to destroy and are getting away with it because they know the Constitution better than most Americans.
The question is, will we allow liberty to continue, or will we permit the government to rule over us supreme?