Today would be a great day to pull out your pocket U.S. Constitution, read it, and educate your children and grandchildren as to why it must be restored, then adhered to as written, not interpreted as a “living and breathing document” that can be twisted into meaning whatever power-hungry politician or judge desires it to mean, depending on which way the political winds are blowing.
I believe some people confuse conservatism with Constitutionalism and the conservative movement with the current efforts of Constitutionists. The two tend to be treated as synonymous and lumped together under one title. I admit that some who are called conservatives are Constitutionists, though not all, and Constitutionalism is what conservatism once was, or sought to be. However, Constitutionalism and modern conservatism are quite different entities...
Conservatism began as an attempt to “conserve” or “preserve” our Constitutional form of government and its accompanying liberty. Conservatism also came to include endeavors to preserve the traditional Christian morals of our society. Conservatism has been failing for a half century now as everything that it sought to preserve has been continually slipping through the fingers of the Christian-conservative-right. With each defeat, the banner of conservatism moves a little to the left and finds itself planted on a new piece of ground from which it attempts to preserve the new state of affairs. Much of what is being called conservatism today would actually have been fought against by the founders of conservatism...
The Constitution, and the Biblically aligned principles that the founders based it upon, are still relevant, still right and still hold the answers for what ails government and society today. The Constitutional principles have not been defeated nor disproved any more than the Word of God has been defeated or disproved, they simply haven’t been practiced in awhile, and that to the detriment of society.
Government may not currently be following the precepts of the Constitution, but the document and the principles upon which it was established are still true, are still sound, are still the law of the land and would still produce liberty, peace and prosperity if observed. Like with the Bible, it is when men are not following sound principles that those principles are in the greatest need of being taught, preached and proclaimed so that a wayward nation can find its way back by following the voice of the American founders crying out to us through our founding documents and through those who are still contending for the principles that they embody.
Constitutionalism has not been defeated nor disproved, it simply hasn’t been practiced, but that doesn’t mean we should stop contending for it.
Here is an interesting story.
The state of North Carolina adopted building code requirements for the use of low-E windows as a green, energy-saving measure.
Unbeknownst to anyone in state government, the Consumer Safety Products Commission recalled the windows.
It was apparently being discovered that the windows were reflecting heat-- as they are designed to do-- and were damaging the vinyl siding on nearby houses. In addition, there were even reports of damage to vehicles, and fires being caused in connection with the intense heat reflected.
Now, the North Carolina Rules Review Commission is considering a proposed temporary rule from the state Building Code Council to reduce the code requirements for low-E windows.
How about that.
Nearly all of us are going to need to rely on Medicare at some point. At the medical meeting I attended in Charleston a week ago, Dr. Larry Huntoon gave an outstanding presentation that explains the nuts and bolts of Medicare and its future. He demonstrates how the financial pressures on the system are going to create major problems from the standpoint of cost, access to care and quality of care. Furthermore, he reveals the broken promises; the widespread misconceptions; and the Ponzi-like scheme that has emerged. The main part of his presentation runs approximately 35 minutes, but is well worth the time invested:
Red State is reporting that the Washington Republican establishment is running out of money. That could mean trouble for Tillis' campaign if true.
I am sensing that there is much concern and angst among North Carolina Republicans over Thom Tillis' recent poor showing in the polls. A great post at the Daily Haymaker sums it up:
Kay Hagan is an accidental senator who SHOULD have been easy pickings this year. The GOP establishment told us Thom Tillis was THE big gun to take out Senator Sock Puppet...
This should have been a piece of cake.
Conservatives and constitutionalists within the state of North Carolina are divided over Tillis' candidacy. Some of us have had a difficult time getting behind Tillis' candidacy. Others feel that the overriding consideration is to defeat Kay Hagan, even if we have to elect a moderate. The media/left complex is undoubtedly overjoyed that Tillis is not getting unequivocal support at the grassroots level.
Obviously, Tillis can still win this race. There is plenty of time.
I think back at the 2004 Senate race when Richard Burr ran against Erskine Bowles for John Edwards' seat. During the early campaign season, Burr was running behind. A decision was finally made that he had to "go negative"; and then the tide began to turn. It was a huge pick-up for the Republicans.
Recall that Burr ran as a pro-life conservative.
Erskine Bowles was widely loved by those within the regional media. But long after the election, we learned that Richard Burr and Bowles had become fast friends. They apparently discovered that they had much in common.
In any event, Burr was able to turn it around in spite of the media being behind Bowles. For those of us who had invested of our personal time and/or treasure on Burr's behalf, however, the passage of time brought increasing disappointment.
We won. But had we really?
Thom Tillis obtained the Republican nomination this spring because of massive financial support from the national GOP's donor base. The Washington DC Republican establishment tapped him on the shoulder and designated him to be their candidate. His nomination was not because of a huge groundswell of support that developed organically within the state. He did not develop a huge cadre of activist supporters throughout North Carolina. In fact, he willfully and roundly ignored them.
If Tillis wins this election, it will be because of the financial support he receives through his GOP establishment backers in Washington. It will be because of all the doors they open for him. That is, after all, how he won the primary. The grassroots are conflicted, at best, regarding his candidacy.
This is really a shame. Kay Hagan is a contemptible, detestable political figure who is Satan's tool in the United States Senate. With her vigorous pro-abortion stand, she revels in the taking of tens of millions of human lives without justification. She utterly needs to be replaced.
But it is unclear at this point whether that will happen this year.
I received the following e-mail advisory today from the Senate Conservatives Fund:
I'm writing today to make you aware of something very concerning that U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) did earlier this year.
According to recently released FEC documents, Senator Burr gave $30,000 of campaign money to support Senator Thad Cochran's shameful race-baiting attacks against conservative Chris McDaniel in Mississippi.
It's been almost three months since these disgraceful tactics came to light and Senator Burr still has said nothing to condemn them.
SEND HIM A MESSAGE
It's important for conservatives in North Carolina to take action to send Senator Burr a clear message that supporting attacks on conservatives is unacceptable.
Here are several things you can do:
Thank you for supporting the principles of freedom that make America great and thank you for doing your part to hold Washington accountable.
Ken Cuccinelli II
Senate Conservatives Fund
@KenCuccinelli / @SCF
David Waddell, the write-in candidate for U.S. Senate who has been endorsed by the Constitution Party of North Carolina, spoke at the party's convention earlier today.
He structured his remarks around seven key principles that align with the party's core values.
1. Right to Life
Waddell cited the Declaration of Independence language that asserts life to be an unalienable right. He further cited its claim that the main purpose of government is to protect the rights to life and liberty.
Waddell said that we need to resist the Roe vs. Wade decision; and wants to work to overturn it. He further maintained that Congress needs to take away the Supreme Court's jurisdiction on the abortion issue. He discussed the biology of unborn human life. He said that any right to privacy does not justify the slaughter of innocent human life. Waddell expressed astonishment that a "right to privacy" is used to protect abortion; but that privacy rights have not prevented warrantless searches such as those initiated by the NSA.
2. National Sovereignty
Waddell observed that the notion of the "borderless nation" fits perfectly with the Agenda 21 objective of a global community. He pointed out that, as a member of the Indian Trail town council, he opposed initiatives that were driven by Agenda 21 or that were consistent with its objectives.
He asserted that we need to uphold and enforce the laws we already have on the matter of immigration; but that we need to fix the law if necessary so that it can be enforced. He felt that the open border issue justifies the impeachment of Barack Obama-- and should have justified the impeachment of George W. Bush before him. He indicated his suspicion that uncontrolled immigration is being used to provide workers who will support future massive entitlement spending; and that it is also being used to compensate for the huge number of American lives lost due to abortion.
He said he wants to stand for national sovereignty. But he also wants to stand for the sovereignty of our states and families and churches and individuals. He said the federal government has limited jurisdiction in these areas.
3. Second Amendment
He indicates that the Constitution does not support limiting the kind of arms the American people can bear; or the capacity of those arms. He opposes concealed carry requirements; registration requirements; and permitting. He states that he opposes the NRA/Republican version of second amendment rights.
4. Private Property
He said that free men and women should not have to obtain permission to own things, as is currently required in our society. He feels private property and religious conscience are the cornerstones of liberty.
5. Religious Freedom
He said that fears of theocracy on the cultural left should be alleviated by the fact that religious conscience protects against it. He further stated that preventing prayer in schools is an attempt to regulate conscience and interfere with the free exercise of religion. He once again emphasized the importance of religious conscience rights.
He expressed concern that churches with tax-exempt status are effectively placed under the jurisdiction of the government; and that tax-exempt status is used to control and manipulate churches.
His literature states he wants to uphold the United States Constitution; and that he opposes the powers and tenets of socialism. He expresses particular concern about the communal nature of Agenda 21.
On the minimum wage issue, he said it is not the job of government to set wages and prices.
7. Traditional Family
Waddell pointed out that, because it is often necessary for government to define marriage, he feels that it should be defined in accordance with God's principles.
Mr. Waddell is a plumber by trade, and owns his own business. He said that he resigned from the Indian Trail town council seat because he was planning to run for U.S. Senate.
During the time he served on the town council, he was quite unhappy with the crony capitalism and developer-driven political system. He was opposed to the secretive way public records requests were being handled by town staff. (In fact, the corruption he faced in Indian Trail is fairly similar to the corruption we have here in Greensboro.)
At the convention today, he expressed his opposition to any Article V Convention of the States. He is concerned that, given the nature of American society and the powerful forces on the left, any such effort will likely be hijacked to worsen significantly the U.S. Constitution we already have.
Waddell said that his objectives for the U.S. Senate candidacy are "to teach and educate and inspire". He wants to engage citizens on the issues as much as he can.
He discussed the candidacy of Thom Tillis. He stated his belief that Tillis, within the confines of the usual national Republican framework, will not turn out to be sufficiently different from Kay Hagan to make a real difference. He said the two are not as different from each other as they would each like to represent. He is very concerned that Tillis is essentially running with the message that he is Not Kay Hagan.
Waddell further stated that his objective is to take as many votes away from Kay Hagan as he takes from Tillis. He said he is interested in engaging Democratic and unaffiliated voters who otherwise might vote for Hagan.
He urges voters not to choose between the lesser of two evils. He asks them not to stay home if Hagan and Tillis do not reflect their values.
He indicated two key ways to help his campaign are financial donations; and also discussion and promotion of his candidacy on social media.
At the conclusion of his speech, Al Pisano, the chairman of the Constitution Party of NC, addressed concerns often voiced that a write-in vote would "split the vote"; or that it would represent a vote for Kay Hagan. He said that it is YOUR vote; and you should feel free to vote according to your conscience. He further maintained you should vote for anyone you regard as best fit to hold the office.
The great Obama's newfound plan to deal with ISIS includes an affirmative effort to assist the "moderate" Syrian rebels. And Greensboro's own Senator Kay Hagan-- affectionately known as "Elder Kay"--has also believed that we should be aiding these same "moderate" Islamic rebels.
The media's use of the term "moderate" in connection with these forces seeking to overthrow the Syrian regime is fascinating. Why? Because it is precisely the same term they use to describe Elder Kay!
Rob Christensen of the Raleigh News and Observer is the most recent MSM figure who has tried to help Elder Kay by calling her a moderate. Mark Binker of WRAL is also known to make this type of representation. And of course, Binker's former employer-- the Greensboro News and Record-- probably originated the practice.
"Moderate" must be a very interesting word if it can be simultaneously applied to Elder Kay and the Syrian rebels.
According to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, some definitions of "moderate" are as follows:
1. Avoiding extremes of behavior or expression: observing reasonable limits;
2. Professing or characterized by political or social beliefs that are not extreme; and
3. One who holds moderate views or who belongs to a group favoring a moderate course or program.
Let's see how these definitions apply to Elder Kay.
She is rabidly pro-abortion; and also favors gay marriage. She is a democratic socialist as evidenced by her casting the deciding vote in favor of Obamacare. She also believes the federal government should force devout Christian employers to pay for their employees' prescription contraceptives.
What specific undercurrents inform and animate her cultural and political worldview? Radical feminism, secularism, sexual liberationism, socialism and cultural relativism.
This is the mainstream media's conception of a "moderate". Why? Because the media shares this worldview, for the most part.
But we are forced to consider precisely how their depiction of Hagan as a "moderate" dovetails with their characterization of the Syrian rebels as "moderate" also. For instance, what do we know about the Syrian rebels?
One of the groups working with them is "fighting in Syria to topple the regime and establish Shariah law but while shunning extremism and respecting the rights of minorities."
You see, they are middle of the road, just like Elder Kay. They are merely trying to establish Shariah law. Al-Qaeda also influenced and infliltrated the leadership.
It is also being reported that the moderate Syrian rebels sold one of the American journalists to ISIS. No big deal, right?
Don't worry, fellow North Carolina voters. Our state's impeccably reliable mainstream media assures us that dear Kay would never drag us to the extreme end of the political spectrum.