Constitutional Insights

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Yes Really! Religious liberty- protected by the 1st Amendment

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsReligious Liberty requires government stay out of our churches, but it is Christians who have the hardest time making that happen. Because Christians have forgotten Matthew 6:24, No man can serve two masters, it is Christians who have invited government to destroy separation of church and state. Our forefathers…

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Why does the United States have three branches of government?

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsThrough history if a single person made the law, enforced the law and judged the law, there was no law, only the opinion of that person. The Framers believed that separating making law (legislative) from enforcing law (executive) and interpreting the law (judicial) would best protect the freedom of…

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Are your children your responsibility or do they belong to the “STATE”? (2)

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights“Necessity is the plea for every human infringement. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt the Younger 1783 The government claims ownership of our children because we have bought into the lie that in certain circumstances that power is necessary for the…

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What is the “Law of Nature and Nature’s God”? (2)

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsThere exist in the world things that no government has the power to change. No government can repeal the Law of Gravity. No government can extinguish the desire of human beings to be free. These are natural laws. The Law of Nature is observable in a scientific sense. The…

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SCOTUS is NOT the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution, the STATES hold that power!

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsThe Supreme Court of the United States is NOT the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution, the STATES hold that power. How does it make any sense that part of the federal government holds the authority to determine the power of the whole? It makes NO SENSE and as a…

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How are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution connected?

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsThe “self-evident” truths in the Declaration of Independence grow out of “the Law of Nature and of Nature’s God…” The Natural Law referred to is recognized by the Constitution. This recognition was critical to balance the need for an organized society and every individual’s natural desire for freedom. The…

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Are We Really in the Middle of a Constitutional Crisis?

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsMany of us have a growing awareness that the federal government is overstepping the bounds of its constitutional authority. Charles Murray, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, recently published a Cato Letter, “Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission.” It should leave all freedom loving Americans shaken. His introduction begins “The…

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This week’s Point To Ponder: What is the Role of Government in the lives of free people?

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsWe 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…

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Why study the Declaration of Independence to understand the Constitution?

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insightsby David Shestokas ,Constitutional Sound Bites Study of the Declaration of Independence is crucial to understanding the Constitution. The Declaration told England’s King George and the world why the colonies were separating from England. Importantly it also explained to the American people the philosophy of the new nation. Without…

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This week’s Point To Ponder: The 1st Amendment Contains 5 Individual Liberties. Can you name them without looking?

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsThe 1st Amendment Contains 5 Individual Liberties. Can you name them without looking? If you can’t HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THEY ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY? Freedom of Religion: You have a right to practice any religion that you happen to choose and the government can do nothing to…

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Do You Know What the U.S. Constitution Really Is?

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsIs the Constitution of the United States, as some believe, a contract between the people and the federal government? You may be surprised at the answer. In 1776, thirteen individual colonies declared their independence as “Independent Nation States.” In 1783, the Treaty of Paris, signed by the thirteen, plus…

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The Founding of a Nation on Ideas

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsIn 1787 the American experiment in self-government was in danger. The country had been founded just 11 years earlier based on ideas that had never before served as principles to guide a nation. In 1776 The Declaration of Independence summarized these ideas. The principles revolved around beliefs in the…

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This week’s Point to Ponder: Are We a Democracy?

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsWhen we understand what a Constitutional Republic really is we become aware of our own responsibilities. We need to know WHY our framers chose a Constitutional Republic. So let me take a shot at explaining. Our framers knew that they wanted to preserve Liberty. They wanted to choose a…

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Constitutional Insights (introduction to this weekly series)

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Constitutional InsightsQuestion: Is the U.S. Constitution relevant today? Some argue that it cannot possibly be relevant because our founders could never have foreseen the complex, interconnected world we live in. In addition, some claim it was created by fallible men, and therefore must be imperfect. Others argue that it affirms…

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