Tale of Two Cities.

Well you might of guessed it, in this article I am going to compare two cites. The city of Detroit and my home town of Provo Utah, which by the way I am a candidate for the Provo City Mayor position. I know what you may be saying “well I do not live in Provo”. Well you can still apply what you learn in this article and this comparison to your own city, because if you look deep enough I am sure that there is a a good majority of other cities out there in the same predicament as Provo and or Detroit.

Before I get started let me first state what the proper role of governance is to protect ones Liberty and to Promote the general happiness. With such areas like police, fire, infrastructure. Infrastructure such as roads, sewage, water, etc. Another proper role that government should be involved with is not only providing a transparent republican form of governance, but one that performs routine audits of all the city programs so that the city is running lean and mean.

Think back to the 1950’s when Detroit was up 2 million in population, 6 auto manufacturers,   an extremely hustle and bustle time for the once great metropolitan cities. Now Detroit is bankrupt, ruined and looking to rebuild. Why and how could such a travesty occur in an American city that fostered such wonderful ideas using the free enterprise system?! America’s heart land?! Well I will tell you briefly. In the fifties politicians started “and had been” wasting money in areas that they had no right to. Areas such as the Fords Theater, Resonance Center, The People Mover, etc. Encouraging this tax and spend scam promoting their version of government ran business and or government ran welfare system. Funding these areas first before they funded the necessities allowing the crime to sky rocket the debt to sky rocket and the roads to waste away. Now they have about 40 billion dollar debt, a 1-2 month response time for the police, etc. Heck from time to time they even had rioting with in the city in the late sixties and seventies.

My home town of Provo Utah has many of the similar situations. Currently we have an Art’s Center with about 500,000 in tax subsidies. A 53 million dollar after interest Recreation Center that we will be paying on for the next 19 years. An 80 million dollar IProvo debt after interest “internet company”, and no Google is not paying a cent of that debt. Two past road bond debts totaling 15 million dollars after interest. A Library that will finally be getting paid off in February. A Golf course that sometimes loses money or breaks even. The city has seen over 240 different fee increases and or creation of new fees. There is talk of creating a separate road fund fee to add to the Utility bill, when the bill is supposed to be used for the power company which the city also owns. The city is still in threat of seeing property tax increase. In the year 2014 there will be discussions to implement a RAP Tax. According to the most recent proposal for the bicycle trail city wide project. The first phase will cost the city 5.5 million, and one can only assume that the other two phases will cost the same per phase totaling an estimate 17 million before interest. Which may I add the city just barely got done with a “truth in taxation” hearing looking for ways to fund the roads and at no time was this bicycle plan was mentioned as being apart of the road reconstruction. Which by the way that bicycle plan also eludes to a CARE Tax. The city has passed a mandatory opt out not in recycling program raising that those fees as well. The city has created a Poverty Fund declaring war on poverty. The city continues to reauthorize the HUD program. Which mandates the city to match any level of private donation to housing projects while keeping the addiction to the federal funds which I like to call crack cocaine. That program also forces the city to stay up on maintenance costs of the projects. In central/west provo in the area where the Boulders Apartment complex resides “federal government housing” crime is through the roof, I suspect it is because of that federal subsidized housing. The city has welcome UTA’s front runner with open arms and continues to do so with UTA’s rapid transit system. The citizens continue to be ignored while the corporations get their way, and over 30% property rights violations with in the city “violations of the Constitution”.   To top it off the Mayor took a 20 thousand pay raise from 100k to 120k per year.

Now if we look at what has gone on nation wide since the fifties, and what is coming down the pipe line. Looking at our currency since we first started going off the gold standard in the thirties and finally off of the gold standard under the Nixon years in the seventies.  We have seen an inflationary rate of our dollar since 1970 of 4.29% annually, and 3.22% annually since the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank in 1913. We have seen this flawed Boom and Bust cycle thanks to Keynesian economics instituted since the turn of the century. Making the span of the busts between the booms closer and closer together. The last boom that we saw because of this form of Keynesian policy was President Obama’s Stimulus plan in 2009. Which lasted about a year is all.  Right now currently our nation is faced with yes the currency bubble that is expected to burst soon, the student loan bubble to burst soon. The Housing/derivative bubble that we still have not seen the bottom of, and over 100 trillion dollars unaccounted for world wide. Traditionally speaking it only takes one major event to get the ball rolling with all of these bubbles bursting.

What can we do now? Well it is simple get out of debt as a city and as individuals, build ones food storage from an individual level, build that relationship closer with God and his Laws, get involved now at your city and local government levels. Keep them in check! With that in mind we must awaken as a people to take the bare basic step and vote in our local elections. Situations like Provo’s 9% voting participation rate in the primary is not only pitiful and sad. We can do much much better. I know that we can and I have hope that we can.

Federal Government involvement in marriage?

 

 

A Review of the Proposed Amendment

to the

United States Constitution

Regarding

Marriage

by

Scott N. Bradley

July 2004

 

 

I believe that an amendment at the State level in support of “traditional” marriage is appropriate and sound, but hold grave concerns in regards to an amendment at the national level.  Further, I believe that the United States Constitution currently contains a solution to the polluted perspectives on marriage and the family (and many other topics) which have been emanating from various sources in recent years, and that the existing “constitutional” solution may be implemented more surely and immediately than what could be hoped for by following the Article V amendment process which is defined in the United States Constitution.  In addition, I am convinced that the amendment approach which is suggested at the national level is fraught with dangers which will ultimately place at even greater risk many of our most cherished institutions—especially the family—and our individual liberties which were vouched safe within the Constitution as originally brought forth under the inspiration of God.

 

From my perspective, the train of logic in recent months which has led to the conclusion that a national “Marriage Amendment” is necessary is sowing seeds which will lead to undermining  the Constitution, because the people will come to believe that our Constitution is filled with flaws which must be corrected by amendment or by constitutional convention.

 

Perhaps a brief review of the perspective from which I view this matter would help set the framework for my concerns, and for the solution which I believe is embodied within the Constitution.  I have taken President Ezra Taft Benson’s advice to seek to uphold the United States Constitution “in the tradition of the Founding Fathers” (“Our Divine Constitution,” November 1987 Ensign, p. 7), so it is from that perspective that I approach this issue.

 

The United States Constitution is The Charter of the Nation.  It defines the framework of the government which it establishes.  It delegates authority to act in specific areas.  It establishes the boundaries within which our national government may act.  It is not a grant of unlimited power to act carte blanch (with unrestricted discretion).  The primary purpose of our Constitution is to protect the people in their God-given unalienable rights, while delegating to the national government the powers necessary to perform that which is appropriate to that level of government, and no more.

 

The value of a written constitution is beyond measure.  Words have meaning, and those meanings may be known.  They are not open to arbitrary and unilateral interpretation or redefinition by those who would modify the Constitution to meet their whims.  The words and the intended scope of the government was clearly established by those who framed the Constitution.

 

In his 1828 dictionary, Noah Webster, one of the Founding Fathers, defined constitution thus:

 

“In  free states, the constitution is paramount to the statutes or laws enacted by the legislature, limiting and controlling its power; and in the United States, the legislature is created, and its powers designated, by the constitution.”

 

The word paramount means: “Of chief rank or importance; primary; foremost; superior.”  In other words, the Constitution is superior to and takes precedence over all enactments of any legislature.  No act of the government may legally override the Constitution.  Only those laws which are enacted under the terms defined by the Constitution are enforceable as legal.  Every section of the established government is empowered to act only within the scope of power allowed within the charter of the Constitution.  If an act of the legislature contradicts the Constitution, or if the legislature or any another department or agency of the government (such as the courts) attempts to enact a “law,” or exercise a power which goes beyond the powers defined and granted within the Constitution, the act is unconstitutional, and therefore illegal, null, and void.  Numerous statements by the Founders of the Nation confirm that this was their position.

 

In recent years a gross misunderstanding has become popular: that the Constitution may be modified upon the whim of the Supreme Court (some have called the Supreme Court a “constantly sitting constitutional convention”), or by the decree of a President, or by the vote of Congress.  These philosophies defy all logic, reason, and firmly established constitutional principle.  And yet, this position is fostered today by those whom the Founders of the Nation warned against.

 

Those who founded the United States understood well the concepts and inherent safety embodied in a written constitution, and promoted their understanding eloquently.  Following is a review of a few brief excerpts which clarify the position of the Nation’s Founders in these matters.  Their “original intent” is clearly stated, and so may be well understood by us today if we are willing to do our research and think of the wisdom which the Nation’s Founders offered to us.

 

In Federalist Paper No. 45, James Madison, “The Father of the Constitution,” eloquently and succinctly captured the concept of the scope of the national government which was defined in the U.S. Constitution:

 

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

 

United States Constitution Ninth Amendment (Americans—the people—retain all of their individual God-given rights, whether or not they are specifically enumerated in this Constitution):

 

“The enumeration, in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

 

United States Constitution Tenth Amendment (if power was not specifically assigned in the Constitution to the national government, those powers are retained by the states or the people):

 

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states, respectively, or to the people.”

 

In a speech delivered on the floor of the U.S. House on 07 February 1792, James Madison further clarified the dangers of modifying the Constitution by “interpretation.”  Today it would seem that his concerns were almost prophetic:

 

“….I, sir, have always conceived—I believe those who proposed the Constitution conceived—it is still more fully known, and more material to observe, that those who ratified the Constitution conceived—that this is not an indefinite government, deriving its powers from the general terms prefixed to the specified powers—but a limited government, tied down to the specified powers, which explain and define the general terms….”

 

In 1803, Thomas Jefferson expressed his concerns with the suggestion that new meanings be incorporated into the Constitution by “re-construction” and interpretation:

 

“When an instrument admits two constructions, the one safe, the other dangerous, the one precise, the other indefinite, I prefer that which is safe and precise. I had rather ask an enlargement of power from the nation, where it is found necessary, than to assume it by a construction which would make our powers boundless. Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.” [The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Bergh 10:418. (1803.)]

 

Without belaboring the point with additional quotations from the Founding Fathers, perhaps it will suffice to say that those who framed the government of this Nation intended the bounds of the national government to be limited to the specific powers which were delegated to that government within the Constitution.  The point in the case we are considering herein is that under the United States Constitution, the national government was never intended to exercise jurisdiction over the family unit.  Marriage is not currently within the purview of the national government.  An amendment at the national level would unequivocally result in a constitutional avenue by which the national government could claim some measure of jurisdiction within the family unit, and almost certainly would result, over time, in a growing influence and interference within the home by the national government.

 

I believe that change would ultimately result in grievous danger to the sacred and eternal family unit.  I do not believe that it is possible for mortal man to fully measure the risk of such a development.

 

The Constitution was the work of men who were raised up and placed on earth by God for the very purpose of creating this marvelous document, which captures God’s intent for proper mortal government.  The Founders of the Nation who were there-present during the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 recognized the hand of God in the effort, and understood that their accomplishments were beyond their natural abilities!

 

George Washington later wrote his feelings about this, saying that he felt he observed “the finger of Providence” in the effort to frame the Constitution. [letter to the Marquis de Lafayette.  The Writings of George Washington.  Edited by Fitzpatrick 29:507. (1788.)]

 

Washington also said that he could “trace the fingers of Providence through those dark and mysterious events which first induced the states to appoint a general convention, and then led them one after another…into an adoption of the system recommended by that general convention…” [letter to Jonathan Trumbull. Fitzpatrick 30:22. (1788.)]

 

And in his First Inaugural Address George Washington said he recognized the “great Author,” and “invisible hand,” and “providential agency” that brought this new system of government into being.

 

And in Federalist Number 37, in speaking of the outcome of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison stated:

 

“The real wonder is that so many difficulties should have been surmounted, and surmounted with a unanimity almost as unprecedented as it must have been unexpected. It is impossible for any man of candor to reflect on this circumstance without partaking of the astonishment. It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty handwhich has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.” (Emphasis added).

And, of course, modern-day revelation states unequivocally the Lord’s position on this matter:

 

In August, 1833, in Doctrine and Covenants 98:4-7 the Lord stated:

 

4 And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.

 

5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

 

6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;

 

7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.

 

Of course, we know that the Lord, in His wisdom, establishes the bounds of all things proper, and that wisdom dictates we abide within those bounds.  Has the Lord set the bounds in this matter of proper government by stating that whatsoever is more or less than the Constitution would violate His established bounds?

 

In December, 1833, the Lord revealed the following in Doctrine and Covenants 101:77-80:

 

77 According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;

 

78 That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.

 

79 Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.

 

80 And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I have raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.

 

The Prophet Joseph Smith testified that the Savior revealed to him the dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple.  That dedicatory prayer is recorded as Doctrine and Covenants section 109.  Verse 54 of that section reads:

 

54 Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth; have mercy upon the rulers of our land; may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever. (Emphasis added)

 

Among his many statements on the Constitution, Joseph Smith declared:

 

“We say that God is true, that the Constitution of the United States is true, that the Bible is true, the Book of Mormon is true, that Christ is true…”  (Times and Seasons vol. 1, page 134; also,Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 148)

 

It is of interest and note to me the close association which Joseph Smith makes with these great and important truths!

 

Among the many testimonies of Brigham Young regarding the United States Constitution is his following statement:

 

“I want to say to every man, the Constitution of the United States, as formed by our fathers, was dictated, was revealed, was put into their hearts by the Almighty, who sits enthroned in the midst of the heavens; although unknown to them, it was dictated by the revelations of Jesus Christ, and I tell you in the name of Jesus Christ, it is as good as I could ask for.” [Henry, D. “The Prophets on the Christ.”  Liahona: The Elders’ Journal (26 Dec 1908) 6:678; also in Roberts, B. H.Mormonism, 27-28]

 

What an incredible endorsement!

 

In addition, several of the latter-day prophets have asserted that the United States Constitution is part of their religion, and that “its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed His stamp of approval upon it.”  (See Ezra Taft Benson’s “Our Divine Constitution,” October 1987 Conference Report, and November 1987 Ensign magazine, p. 7)

 

Were space and time permitting, we could review many hundreds of statements by latter-day prophets which endorse the United States Constitution.  This has been a major theme by the Lord’s anointed–from the Prophet Joseph Smith to our current prophet.  They have expressed their love of the document and the principles upon which this Nation was founded.

 

It is interesting to note that even the charter establishing the city of Nauvoo mentions the United States Constitution seven times.

 

In over 30 years of diligent searching, I have never discovered a shred of evidence that the Lord, through His latter-day prophets, has endorsed any other form of government.  Only in-so-far as other governments have emulated the United States Constitution has there been a measure of acceptance.

 

And those the Lord has called to be His mouthpiece on the earth have spoken many eloquent and powerful words of warning against false forms of government which flourish both here at home andabroad.

 

Perhaps I may quote only one relatively recent statement which President Gordon B. Hinckley made regarding his views of this Nation’s Founders and their principles:

 

“A news magazine writer asked me the other day during an interview concerning my belief in the Constitution of our country.  I replied that I felt it was inspired.  That both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were brought forth under the inspiration of God, to establish and sustain the freedom of the people of this Nation.  I told him that I looked upon the Founding Fathers as men who believed in God, as men who prayed to God, as men who recognized God, and wished to do His will.  What a singular and remarkable group they were.  As I look across the world today I search in vain for such a group as walked together across the stage of history, when this Nation was born….

 

Just think for a moment of George Washington, of Franklin, of Madison, of the Adams, of Thomas Jefferson and their associates who signed the Declaration of Independence, or participated in the Constitutional Convention.  Where in all the world today can even one or two such men be found, let alone the great aggregation who participated in the birth of America?  Can anyone deny that they were raised up unto this very purpose?  That working together they brought forth on this continent an independent nation, at the risk of their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.  It is my conviction that while we’ve had a few great leaders since then, there has not been before or since so large a group of talented, able and dedicated men, as those who we call the Founding Fathers of this Nation.  For as long as they lived they acknowledged the hand of the Almighty in the affairs of this Republic.”  (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Fireside Address, BYU Marriott Center, 29 June 1997; also Standing for Something, pg xv)

 

So said President Hinckley.

 

By-the-way, President Benson warned us that those who cast doubt about the character of the Founding Fathers of this Nation will, in his words, “have to answer to the God of Heaven.”  (This Nation Shall Endure.  Deseret Book Co. 1977.  pg.18) Do we denigrate the Founders when we cast such doubts upon their words and works that we cause a movement to flourish which would undermine their inspired words and works and replace them with modern philosophies which are not endorsed by God?

 

It is my firm conviction that we do not have the wisdom to improve upon the dictates of God.  As noted above, President Hinckley said, “It is my conviction that while we’ve had a few great leaders since then, there has not been before or since so large a group of talented, able and dedicated men, as those who we call the Founding Fathers of this Nation.”  Dare we risk losing the delicate delegation of powers and authority (and inferred proscriptions of interference and involvement) by modifying the Constitution in such a manner as has been proposed?

 

Additionally, it is my firm conviction that, whether the Founders were aware of the exact purposes of God or not in the writing of the Constitution, God planted within the Constitution the tools and processes for its preservation and defense.  (See verses 3-7 of The Words of Mormon in The Book of Mormon, with particular emphasis on verse 7, for a review of how the Lord’s foresight preserved the message of The Book of Mormon in spite of the loss of the 116 page manuscript.)

 

Certainly Article III, Section 2 Clause 2 of the United States Constitution could fall into this category.  It states specifically:

 

“In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.”

 

Regardless of opinions to the contrary, the United States Constitution actually states: “…with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.”  We often speak of the “checks and balances” that were so wisely written into the document to prevent power from being consolidated into tyranny, but almost no one recognizes this “check” which may be exercised to balance against a usurping court.

 

And, of course, elsewhere the Constitution delegates to the Congress authority over the existence of all federal courts inferior to the Supreme Court (see Article I Section 8 clause 9 and Article III Section 1).  While Article III Section 2 of the United States Constitution delegates specific authority for Supreme Court involvement in certain specified instances, it seems certain that in cases not specifically enumerated within the Constitution that the United States Congress has the authority to rein in the rogue court system which currently exists by simple majority vote in both the House and Senate.  By exercising this rarely-used authority, the United States Congress could remove all cases involving the marriage issue from the purview of the federal court system.

 

 

An example of how this could be accomplished is found in the 1868 Exparte McCardle case, which was taken to the Supreme Court by an individual seeking relief from an onerous act of Congress (but which act Congress had, under authority of Article III Section 2 clause 2, prohibited from being reviewed by the Supreme Court).  Following is the relevant excerpt from the declaration the Supreme Court made when McCardle sought to bring the case to them for redress:

 

​”We are not at liberty to inquire into the motives of the legislature.

We can only examine into its power under the Constitution; and the power to

make exceptions to the appellate jurisdiction of this court is given by

express words…. It is quite clear, therefore, that this court cannot proceed

to pronounce judgment in this case, for it has no longer jurisdiction of

the appeal; and judicial duty is not less fitly performed by declining

ungranted jurisdiction than in exercising firmly that which the Constitution and

the laws confer.”

 

 

The irony is that this unanimous1868 Supreme Court decision is a good decision upholding a perfectly repellent act of Congress.

 

While this approach has been rarely used, and some would deny that the authority of Congress to act in such a manner is granted within the Constitution, it is there for all to read, and only awaits a courageous Congress to act upon it.

 

It is interesting to note that even among those who deny the effectiveness of such an approach, there is a grudging admission that this safety valve exists.  An example may be found in a recent article which was written by BYU law professor Richard Wilkins, one of the most ardent advocates of a federal “Marriage Amendment”:

 

“Article III of the Constitution indeed provides that

Congress can eliminate the jurisdiction of lower federal

courts (and the Supreme Court) over marriage.”  (Richard Wilkins

March 5, 2004, World Net Daily)

 

While professor Wilkins continues in his article (see comments in enclosed attachment) to expound upon problems he perceives with this approach, and to promote the “Marriage Amendment,” I believe that those concerns could be fully and satisfactorily addressed—allowing us to keep the family and marriage matters out of the hands of the national government.

 

Logic, reason, and historical precedent testify that the task of obtaining a simple majority in Congress is much easier than getting two-thirds of both houses and three-fourths of all the States to bring amendments forth that aren’t needed to begin with.  And the danger of seeking the amendment is magnified by huge orders of magnitude if the “good and well-meaning people” of the land become so frustrated and angry with a Congress that can’t bring them an amendment they wish to pass that they demand a constitutional convention be called.  Remember, Article V of the Constitution requires Congress to convene a convention if two-thirds of the States call for one (the Constitution says they “shall call” a convention, not that they “may call” a convention).  We are already dangerously close to that event, within only a few States.

 

Of course, the only national constitutional convention we have had in the entire history of the United States resulted in what we would call today a “runaway convention.”  While those who attended the Convention of 1787 had been called together to correct a few perceived flaws in the existing Constitution, The Articles of Confederation, they immediately saw within the purview of their authority as duly elected representatives of the people and States to set aside the existing constitution and write another one.  That is exactly what they did, and they even changed the unanimous consent required by the Articles of Confederation to a lesser level to assure easier ratification of the new constitution.  Fortunately, God had raised up men for this very purpose, and the results were endorsed by God.  Where are such men today?  Again, it is my strongly held conviction that among the prominent leaders of this Nation there is not one found who could hold a candle to the inspired works of those whom we call the Founding Fathers of this Nation.  The risk for such an action today cannot be measured.

 

The solution is to raise up a people who will uphold the document and philosophy endorsed by God and His prophets.  The solution is not to plant seeds of doubt about the form of government God inspired the Founders to establish.

 

Perhaps we are in a time which parallels the experience of the Nephites in which the lawyers and judges sought to destroy the great constitutional republic which God had inspired Mosiah to establish (see Alma chapter 10 verses 15, 17-18, 27, 32, and III Nephi 6:20-30 for examples).  It would seem timely to make known the fact that God, in His wisdom, inspired the Founders to write into the Constitution a solution to this scourge.

 

And in spite of contrary opinions, not only has Article III, Section 2, clause 2 been successfully applied in the past by the United States Congress, it may easily be applied today if Congress could be brought to exercise it by the outcry of an informed electorate.  The enclosed attachment suggests how such an act may be worded.

 

It is currently in vogue to suggest that the Constitution is somehow flawed, and that recent court cases demonstrate the truth of that position.  The real truth about “flaws” which are supposedly in the current United States Constitution is this:  Every single one of these so-called flaws have been brought about by usurpation of authority not granted by the Constitution.  The flaw is not in the Constitution—it is in those who seek power, and those who allow them to hold power.  The key to stopping this is in a courageous Congress, not in scrapping the Constitution, or in modifying it every time some tyrant seeks to usurp power not granted in God’s inspired document.  If we changed it for every whim of false philosophy which came along, we would have many thousands of amendments, and not a real Constitution.

In regards to the issue of who has the responsibility (Courts? Executive? Legislature?) to assure that all things are kept within the bounds set by the Constitution: Not withstanding opinions to the contrary, the Constitution requires all elected officials to abide by it (see article VI), and the President takes a specific oath that appears to me to have grave implications for one who would not do everything in his power to uphold it:

 

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (United States Constitution Article II, Section 1) (emphasis added)

 

“…preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  That sounds like a specific charge to keep all things within the bounds set by the Constitution, so the President certainly has the authority (and responsibility) to act to keep all actions of the government within constitutional bounds!  The responsibility does not reside solely within the purview of the courts, as some would have us believe.

 

In addition, as you know, George Washington promoted the idea that the people were the keepers of the Constitution, and therefore an informed electorate is the key to keeping all of their representatives in line with the proper constitutional principle.  The people have a responsibility to be “constitutionalists,” and it is a tragedy when those who so many look to for help in this responsibility are sowing the seeds of misunderstanding which will ultimately result in the destruction of this marvelous God-ordained document.

 

In brief summary of this matter of the “Marriage Amendment,” I believe the following concepts are worthy of consideration:

 

* The Founding Fathers (and, in my opinion, God) did not place any jurisdiction over the family in the hands of the National government.  There is grave danger in this today.  If this amendment is enacted I can see a cabinet level position within the Executive Branch being created to give government oversight of the family if we open the door.  The original constitutional concepts of “separation of powers” and “checks and balances” considered the authority of the States, and the God-given rights of the individual.  The proposed amendment encroaches upon those essential principles.

 

* What will the proposed amendment say?  Marriage is between only a man and a woman?  At some time in the future, could some judge twist that to mean that even if a spouse died, or a divorce occurred, there could not be another marriage?  Ridiculous? Hopefully, but other court decisions are equally inane.

 

* What justification do we have in assuming that a marriage amendment would be held inviolate by courts and legislatures?  To date, the only amendment which seems to be upheld in this land is the III Amendment (quartering of troops).  Extreme and almost countless violations of every single one of the rest of the Bill of Rights could be cited.  The Tenth Amendment is probably the most violated amendment currently in existence.  Why should we expect the “Marriage Amendment” to suffer a different fate?

 

* Proper and timely application of Article III, Section 2, clause 2 of the United States Constitution could preclude the federal judiciary from ever involving themselves in the matter, including the Article IV Sections 1 and 2 issues.  The marriage issue could be kept entirely out of the jurisdiction of the federal judges, or federal agencies which would surely evolve.

* No impossible dream of obtaining approval of two-thirds of both houses of Congress, and three-fourths of all States to enact the proposed “Marriage Amendment” would be necessary.

 

* No danger would be created for the “good and well-meaning people” to cry out for a constitutional convention in which we would surely destroy our existing Constitution.

 

The Prophet Joseph Smith said: “It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound.  ‘Tis right, politically, for a man who has influence to use it….From henceforth I will maintain all the influence I can get.”  (History of the Church, 5:286).  Perhaps this marriage issue has a “sound and good” approach, and an “unsound” approach.  If it does, let us work to make the “sound and good” approach popular, and the “unsound” approach unpopular.

 

Perhaps you recall the scene from “A Man for All Seasons” in which Thomas More rebukes his son-in-law for wanting to cut down the laws to get to the Devil.  I believe that modifying the Constitution in the manner suggested will, in a very real way, apply to Thomas More’s warning remark.  It would seem that we need to consider the very real prospect of what will happen to our families, and even the Church, once we’ve cut down what remains of our constitutional protections, and we have a national government which would have constitutional authority to encroach into the very hearts of our families.  What will we do when the last vestiges of the delicate checks and balances have been abolished, and all power is accrued to Washington?  Thomas Jefferson’s eloquent warning should awaken within us grave concerns:

 

“When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” [Bergh 15:332. (1821.)]

There is so much more that could be said, but suffice it to say, I am very concerned that efforts to legitimize federal intrusion into the family circle by way of a federal amendment to the United States Constitution could ultimately have grave consequences for the effort to preserve the United States Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers and, most assuredly, for the family itself.

Enclosure: Marriage Amendment Details and Solution

 

 

 

Enclosure

Marriage Amendment Details and Solution

 

Wording of Proposed Amendment:

 

“Marriage in the United States shall consist only of a man and a woman.  Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

 

Re-wording Sought by Key Backers of the Amendment to Expand Congressional Support for the Proposal (as reported in the Washington Post 23 March 2004):

 

While the exact re-wording has not been agreed upon, the intent of the re-wording would be to allow states to establish civil unions or other partnerships for same-sex couples.  It has been reported that President Bush has indicated that he would not oppose such a change in order to broaden support for the amendment.

 

The article by BYU law professor Richard Wilkins which was referred to in the body of the enclosed document deemed national uniformity so critical to this issue that it was proposed that only a national amendment would suffice.  The proposed language change would absolutely result in non-uniformity from state to state, and therefore defeat the stated purpose of the proposed amendment.

 

If the re-wording were adopted as the accepted amendment wording, each state would ultimately be faced with Article IV Section 1 and Article IV Section 2 clause 1 (“Full Faith and Credit”) challenges—due to the fact that some states would unquestionably pass laws allowing same-sex unions which have the endorsement of that particular state, and those couples would most likely take on states which did not recognize their union.  What will we have gained but more confusion that will most assuredly (and absurdly) be endorsed by twisted court rulings?

 

The “Marriage Amendment” which is currently proposed to the Constitution of The State of Utah could be open to challenge, and could ultimately be ruled “unconstitutional” if challenged in a federal court if the proposed re-wording were adopted.

 

Possible Wording of Congressional Act Which Would Remove All Cases Involving Marriage From the Jurisdiction of Federal Courts:

 

“The appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the jurisdictions of the inferior federal courts shall not extend to hearing or determining the power of a state to define and regulate marriage.  Such jurisdictions shall not extend to hearing nor determining the refusal of any state to give full faith and credit to any marriage or other civil union performed or recognized under the law of any other state.”

 

This approach applies the U.S. Constitution “in the tradition of the Founding Fathers.”  It recognizes and applies the Congressional authority over the courts as allowed and found in Article I Section 8 clause 9, Article III Section 2 clause 2, and Article IV Section 1.

 

No “Full Faith and Credit” complaints could be taken to the federal courts, and the power to encroach into the family would be kept out of the hands of the federal government.  Each State would be responsible before God for their actions.

 

Some states would probably foolishly go forward with laws allowing same-sex unions, but they would not be forced upon other states which kept the God-ordained family sacred.

 

John Adams (the principle author of the Massachusetts Constitution, the first Vice President of the United States, and the second President) said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  (The Works of John Adams, ed. C.F. Adams, Boston: Little, Brown Co., 1851, 4:31).  True words, and essential to the survival of the Nation!

 

 

 

 

 

These are the times that tried men’s souls.

These are the times that tried men’s souls, a famous and historic line that Thomas Paine used in his famous poem “The Crises”. Where he also reference the terminology the Summer Soldier and Sunshine Patriot. The reason being is that during the Crisis which we know  as the Revolutionary War, men would often shrink from their duties fighting for the cause of liberty and freedom, because of the extraordinary pain anguish, continuous defeat, and yes deserted their posts from the army and went back home to be with their families. Was it a bad thing that these brave soldiers wanted to be with their families and go back to their daily lives earning a living? Of course not, but at specific times and places it becomes necessary to  rise above our temporal concerns, needs and to think about the future or the problems at hand. I am here to testify to you that the Founders did think of the problems at hand hence the phase from the Declaration of Independence.

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.

 

My fellow Americans we are living in a similar Times that Tried Mens souls today. Either if it is Martial law being declared in Boston, legislation such as Amnesty, gun bans, Obamacare, or the continuous drones over our heads, threats such as the National internet tax, and National Biometric ID Cards. Or our States legislatures and Governors “going along with” and are refusing to stand up and protect our inalienable rights. Both the Republican and Democrat parties are too interested in rhetoric and fighting against each other instead of where their focus should be, which is adhering to their Sacred Oaths of Office. Which is to Uphold and Defend the Constitution of the United States of America against enemies foreign and Domestic, so help me God.

Now is the time for one party to Unite all other independents, other parties, and conservatives from all fields of life to not just educate, but to WIN in 2014. Yes, I did say win in 2014. See Constitutionally, legally the State legislature has far more power than the federal government. We can bind the hands of a tyrant in the Governor’s Mansion, or we can bind the hands of the federal government. It simply takes the fortitude to shrug off federal funds and to fully utilize and Stand with our Sheriffs to Nullify unconstitutional laws. My plan if you elect me is lead our party to have one candidate in every State House seat, every State Senate seat, and to be that man that leader to Unite our party with other independents in our state such as the Libertarian Party, and to Unite our party to go door to door preaching federalism to our neighbors friends and family, and to ultimately  WIN IN 2014!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declaration of Rights.

“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.”  This statement is more than just a warning shot to both the Republican Parties and the Democrat Parties. This statement is a promise that we as Americans are looking for your jobs starting in 2014.

The reasons being that you have served yourselves with special favors off of the backs of the American Citizens. The national two parties have violated their own rules at their own conventions for the candidates of their liking, instead of the candidates that the people supported. The National government still will not adhere to the US Constitution and their own laws that they created in order to balance their books. They spew propaganda as if sequester is this all and terrible thing, when in reality it is only cutting approximately 10% of what they are spending. Only in Washington they can spend and claim that they are cutting. The National government continues sending our brave men and women to fight these illegal wars, but now receiving less funds and direction to fight those wars. The National government is still watching what we do online, and with over head drones, and grievous unconstitutional acts such as USA Patriot Act and NDAA of 2013 is still on the books, allowing the violations of our fourth and fifth amendment rights. The Federal government is still in the airports groping our genitals and viewing pornographic material of our children. Obamacare is still on the books and yes taxes have started to rapidly increase as of the new year. The National government is and has been buying up all the ammunition and guns that they can buy and yes even sell off guns and ammo to the illegal drug cartels south of the border. While on the other hand talk about gun control and gun seizure. The line in the sand is and always has been the Second Amendment, to which they have crossed over it similar to and or worse than King George of the late 18th century. Similar to the National level at the States, the State Republican and Democrat Parties have also violated the rules of their own conventions for the candidates of their choice instead of the candidates that the people wanted. Here in Utah the Republican Party establishment cheated by violating the rules of their conventions as well as their caucuses to ensure the victory of whom I consider to be traitors to the Republic and  to the US Constitution, candidates like Orrin Hatch and Gary Herbert. Through this cheating we ended up with a majority of Hatch/Herbert type republicans. In fact it’s so bad here that in this year’s legislature it was bad to talk about a completely legal and constitutional terms such as Nullification. This year the republican legislature substituted the text of the Nullification of Obamacare seven different times, watering it down each time to where the final passage of the bill left Obamacare on the books but also tied our federal funds to the expansion of medicaid. By doing so now the national government will dictate to us to expand medicaid or not using those strings that federal money is attached to.  The State legislature here in Utah also watered down another Nullification bill on any future gun laws that the national government may or may not pass, despite the support of our good County Sheriffs and populous. The provisions that were eliminated from the bill were the third degree felony charges to any federal agent that enforces any law contrary to the Second amendment, while in the process securing any regulation of arms to the State. Making this bill a statement bill ONLY, and yes did pass the House. However thanks to Republican obstructionists like Senate Majority leader Wayne Neiderhouser and our Republican Governor Herbert. They made this bill dead on the last day of the Senate floor with out a vote on the resolution, and only after it sat on the docket of the Senate for about two weeks. Our Republican Governor Herbert and Legislature has also allowed the health care exchanges into our state which Obamacare calls for. They have allowed Obama’s newest educational curriculum with out passing the congress known as Common Core into the State. They passed a resolution that spends 2.5 million dollars to study moving the State Prison, while back in 2005 we already know that it would have cost the tax payers a minimum of 5 billion dollars to move it. The governor is currently seeking for another 20 million dollars from the federal government for education while spending 20 million here off the backs of the tax payers. Lastly the gun bill known as Constitutional Carry, would have allowed all citizens with out permit to conceal carry, yes was watered down to not allowing a round in the chamber but allowing the fully loaded clip to be in the gun. Unanimously passed both the House and the Senate, only to face a strong veto by our governor despite the will of the people who wanted it. Legally the House and Senate could override the governor’s veto, but will they? The simple answer is no, because of the no back bone with in the majority of the House, Senate, as well as the leaders.

We, therefore, the people of the United States of America, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these States, solemnly publish and declare, that these United States are, and of right ought to be free and independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to their respective political parties, and that all political connection between them and the two great political parties, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent States, they have full power to enforce the US Constitution through completely peaceful means such as Nullification,  establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent States may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor.

The Evils of Pride.

This is probably the most difficult lesson I am about ready to share with you about Humility and the dangers of Pride. For I am just as flawed as the next man, and the natural man is an enemy towards God. I simply felt that I needed to share this particular lesson at this particular time, and at this particular place for what ever reasons may be. We learn in Mosiah 3:19 regarding the natural man.

19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

President Ezra Taft Benson in his 1989 Beware of Pride speech stated this concerning Pride.

Pride is a very misunderstood sin, and many are sinning in ignorance. (SeeMosiah 3:113 Ne. 6:18.) In the scriptures there is no such thing as righteous pride—it is always considered a sin. Therefore, no matter how the world uses the term, we must understand how God uses the term so we can understand the language of holy writ and profit thereby. (See 2 Ne. 4:15Mosiah 1:3–7Alma 5:61.)

Interesting statement, but in order to understand this statement so that we may reverse course in our own lives we must look at what is pride. Pride is according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary

1. Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.

Or

With the reciprocal pronoun, to pride one’s self, to indulge pride; to take pride; to value one’s self; to gratify self-esteem. They pride themselves in their wealth, dress or equipage. He prides himself in his achievements.

One of the dangers of  pride that I would like to focus on today, is enmity. Merriam-Webster’s definition of enmity is.

1. The quality of being an enemy; the opposite of friendship; ill will; hatred; unfriendly dispositions; malevolence. It expresses more than aversion and less than malice,and differs from displeasure in denoting a fixed or rooted hatred, whereas displeasure is more transient.

I will put enmity between thee and the woman. Gen.3.

The carnal mind is enmity against God.Rom. 8.

2. A state of opposition.

The friendship of the world is enmity with God. James 4.

Think to yourself of how often have you seeked for favor with your fellow man? How often have you seeked for wages for self-fish desires, instead of honest wages for yours and your families basic needs? How often have you coveted over what your neighbor has had, instead of being simply happy for them and their accomplishments? How often have you used your own lives accomplishments and education over someone else?  Pride creates contention and through that contention leads to  arguments, fights, unrighteous dominion, generation gaps, divorces, spouse abuse, riots, and disturbances. Through the power structure of pride we become disobedient towards employers, religious leaders and God. Basically anyone that has stewardship over us. Pride breeds what is known as secret combinations in every civilization that leaves their pride unchecked. Secret Combinations are known to seek power, gain riches and to gain control over the minds of men. As we learn in Hel. 7:5

Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills—

Let us all remember this statement by President Benson in this talk, which reads. Pride is a sin that can readily be seen in others but is rarely admitted in ourselves. Most of us consider pride to be a sin of those on the top, such as the rich and the learned, looking down at the rest of us. (See 2 Ne. 9:42.) There is, however, a far more common ailment among us—and that is pride from the bottom looking up. It is manifest in so many ways, such as faultfinding, gossiping, backbiting, murmuring, living beyond our means, envying, coveting, withholding gratitude and praise that might lift another, and being unforgiving and jealous.

I could go on and on with the evils of pride, but for the interest in time I will encourage you to watch the full speech by Ezra Taft Benson on this subject.

Beware of Pride

Now I wish to speak to you concerning the opposite of pride, which is Humility. For humility is of God and pride is of Lucifer. We read in Alma 32:16

Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe.

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary has this to say regarding Humility.

1. In ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth. In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.

Before honor is humility. Prov.15.

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind. Acts.20.

2. Act of submission.

Think towards all the great leaders of history spiritual or otherwise. Either George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, President Monson, President Hinkley, President Benson and others. What major similarities did they all have as leaders? They exercised the Christlike attributes  of meekness, humility, and prayer nearly flawlessly. Let us all choose to be Humble.

Choose to humble ourselves by conquering enmity toward our brothers and sisters, esteeming them as ourselves, and lifting them as high or higher than we are. (See D&C 38:24D&C 81:5D&C 84:106.)

Choose to humble ourselves by receiving counsel and chastisement. (See Jacob 4:10Hel. 15:3D&C 63:55D&C 101:4–5D&C 108:1D&C 124:61, 84D&C 136:31Prov. 9:8.)

Choose to humble ourselves by forgiving those who have offended us. (See 3 Ne. 13:11, 14D&C 64:10.)

Choose to humble ourselves by rendering selfless service. (SeeMosiah 2:16–17.)

Choose to humble ourselves by going on missions and preaching the word that can humble others. (See Alma 4:19Alma 31:5Alma 48:20.)

Choose to humble ourselves by getting to the temple more frequently.

Choose to humble ourselves by confessing and forsaking our sins and being born of God. (See D&C 58:43Mosiah 27:25–26Alma 5:7–14, 49.)

Choose to humble ourselves by loving God, submitting our will to His, and putting Him first in our lives. (See 3 Ne. 11:113 Ne. 13:33;Moro. 10:32.)

I say this important message in His name, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The case for Federalism.

Thank you Committee members for this opportunity to speak before you today in support of this act. I also thank you for taking this time out of your busy lives to serve the citizens of this great Sovereign State of Utah. My comments here today are designed to hopefully correct what has been said and what may be of concern for you regarding this piece of legislation.

It may be a common belief that our three branches of government are the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive, but what would you say if this common belief is more of a partial truth? The fulness of the truth concerning our system of governance actually consists of the federal government, the States, and the People. Hence Articles 1,2 and 3 of the US Constitution as well as the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. Then in the individual State governments we also see the Legislative, Executive and the Judicial republican system of governance. Then through the people they have the right to utilize the electoral system to choose their government. All of which creates the perfect system of checks and balances to protect the people’s inalienable rights so perfectly described in the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the State of Utah Constitution. James Madison “the father of the Constitution” had this to say about our US Constitution in his Report of 1800 to the Virginia State legislature.

The resolution, having taken this view of the federal compact, proceeds to infer, “that, in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states, who are parties thereto, have the right and are in duty bound to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights, and liberties appertaining to them.”

It appears to your committee to be a plain principle, founded in common sense, illustrated by common practice, and essential to the nature of compacts, that, where resort can be had to no tribunal, superior to the authority of the parties, the parties themselves must be the rightful judges in the last resort, whether the bargain made has been pursued or violated. The Constitution of the United States was formed by the sanction of the states, given by each in its sovereign capacity. It adds to the stability and dignity, as well as to the authority of the Constitution, that it rests on this legitimate and solid foundation. The states, then, being the parties to the constitutional compact, and in their sovereign capacity, it follows of necessity, that there can be no tribunal above their authority, to decide in the last resort, whether the compact made by them be violated; and, consequently, that, as the. parties to it, they must themselves decide, in the last resort, such questions as may be of sufficient magnitude to require their interposition.

Madison clearly states that the US Constitution is a Charter that each independent State agreed to upon their respective ratification of the US Constitution in their individual States for the sole purpose of uniting the States under one Supreme Law, Article 6 Section 2 of the US Constitution. In this quote he also stated that the States when the federal government violates the Charter “the US Constitution” are duty bound to enforce the Charter where the Federal government is lacking thereof. Making the terms Nullification completely constitutional, under the Ninth, Tenth, eleventh, and even twelfth amendments in the US Constitution.

Some critics of this bill may use Article 1 Section 8 in opposition to the said bill stating that it violates the Commerce Clause. Well lets once again turn to what James Madison “the father of the Constitution had to say regarding Article 1 Section 8.

In the existing Constitution, they make the following part of Sec. 8, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and to provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States.”

This similarity in the use of these phrases in the two great federal charters, might well be considered, as rendering their meaning less liable to be misconstrued in the latter; because it will scarcely be said, that in the former they were ever understood to be either a general grant of power, or to authorize the requisition or application of money by the old Congress to the common defence and general welfare, except in the cases afterwards enumerated, which explained and limited their meaning; and if such was the limited meaning attached to these phrases in the very instrument revised and remodelled by the present Constitution, it can never be supposed that when copied into this Constitution, a different meaning ought to be attached to them.

He goes on to say.

The paragraph in Art. I. sect. 8, which contains the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excise; to pay the debts, and provide for the common defence and general welfare, having been already examined, will also require no particular attention in this place. It will have been seen that in its fair and consistent meaning, it cannot enlarge the enumerated powers vested in Congress.

James Madison continues with the of the Necessary and Proper Clause Article 1 Section 8 Clause 18, stating.

The plain import of this clause is, that Congress shall have all the incidental or instrumental powers necessary and proper for carrying into execution all the express powers; whether they be vested in the government of the United States, more collectively, or in the several departments or officers thereof. It is not a grant of new powers to Congress, but merely a declaration, for the removal of all uncertainty, that the means of carrying into execution, those otherwise granted, are included in the grant.

Whenever, therefore, a question arises concerning the constitutionality of a particular power, the first question is, whether the power be expressed in the Constitution. If it be, the question is decided. If it be not expressed, the next inquiry must be, whether it is properly an incident to an express power, and necessary to its execution. If it be, it may be exercised by Congress. If it be not. Congress cannot exercise it.

Now lets look at the matter of Judicial review, and or Marbury vs. Madison. In a brief historical context of the case. The sole reasoning for the case was to settle the dispute of presidential appointments and how they are to be treated. It was never over any particular bill and or law. If we read the actual words from the case itself, in many circumstances it perfectly lays out that it is imperative for the Courts to use the Constitution as a guide to interpret certain laws and or cases. Not to interpret the Charter itself. Lets look at what this case actually says in order to verify this fact shall we?

Certainly all those who have framed written constitutions contemplate them as forming the fundamental and paramount law of the nation, and consequently, the theory of every such government must be, that an act of the legislature, repugnant to the constitution, is void.

Then with Marbury’s closing statement of this opinion he states so perfectly clear.

It is also not entirely unworthy of observation that in declaring what shall be the supreme law of the land, the constitution itself is first mentioned; and not the laws of the United States generally, but those only which shall be made in pursuance of the constitution, have that rank.

Thus, the particular phraseology of the constitution of the United States confirms and strengthens the principle, supposed to be essential to all written constitutions, that a law repugnant to the constitution is void; and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument.

The rule must be discharged.

Now I know what you may be thinking why would I use this quote when it uses the term discharged? Well if we look at the 1828 Merriam Webster’s dictionary it says that the execution means either to perform or executed.

In closing I would like you to remember your individual oaths of office, which is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America as well as the Constitution of the State of Utah, and pass this excellent bill. To enforce the Constitution of the United States America where the federal government is clearly lacking in this regard. Thank you for your time.

Tale of two presidents.

As you may know by now President Obama gave his fifth State of the Union Address. Many of you choose not to watch it nor pay any attention to it. I however do not have that pleasure, and have read that speech. For I have found that it is much easier to learn what someone’s agenda is by simply reading the speech instead of listening to the speech. Instead of focusing on the negatives here like so many people may be doing or else may be flaunting over the speech as if he is some sort of god. I intend to offer you the reader with an alternative here. My plan is to not only post the complete unedited version of the President’s speech for your reading displeasure, but a speech from my personal favorite President George Washington. So that you the reader can point out the difference between the politician president Mr. Obama’s speech/agenda and the Statesman president Mr. Washington. President Washington was a meek man, a humble man, a God fearing man, which all three of these are Christlike attributes. President Washington always put God, Family, Country before his own will. President Washington was the type of man that decided that this new nation, was best to be governed by a Republican form of government and through his Humility he declined the invitation from the masses to become King. At the close of the Revolutionary War he through his Humility resigned his post as Commander of the Continental Army and relieved all that followed him in that army of their duty to serve. He prayed in agony nightly and every morning for guidance from God during the war and in his presidency. He Honored his oath of office and Honored the need to serve at all facets of his life. George Washington was the indispensable man and the considered to be the Father of this vary Nation.

As you read President Obama’s speech, I exhort you to fully investigate every single thing he speaks of as well as pay attention to his agenda.
“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:
Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.”
(WATCH LIVE: POLITICO’s coverage of the SOTU)
Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty. Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.
Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.
But we gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been rewarded. Our economy is adding jobs – but too many people still can’t find full-time employment. Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs – but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.
It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.
(PHOTOS: Scenes from Obama State of the Union 2013)
It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.
It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.
The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.
Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget – decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery.
(Also on POLITICO: Rubio response: Obama bad for middle class)
Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.
Now we need to finish the job. And the question is, how?
In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the sequester,” are a really bad idea. Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security benefits.
That idea is even worse. Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms – otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations.
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But we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and most powerful. We won’t grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost of health care or college onto families that are already struggling, or by forcing communities to lay off more teachers, cops, and firefighters. Most Americans – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – understand that we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. They know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share. And that’s the approach I offer tonight.
On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission. Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs. The reforms I’m proposing go even further. We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors. We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive. And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.
To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected. After all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and Medicare just to protect special interest tax breaks? How is that fair? How does that promote growth?
Now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit. The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms, and more time expanding and hiring; a tax code that ensures billionaires with high-powered accountants can’t pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries; a tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America. That’s what tax reform can deliver. That’s what we can do together.
I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform won’t be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, and visit hardship on millions of hardworking Americans. So let’s set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let’s do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another. Now, most of us agree that a plan to reduce the deficit must be part of our agenda. But let’s be clear: deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan. A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?
A year and a half ago, I put forward an American Jobs Act that independent economists said would create more than one million new jobs. I thank the last Congress for passing some of that agenda, and I urge this Congress to pass the rest. Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.
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Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.
After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.
There are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns. So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of fifteen of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is Made in America.
If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy. Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s; developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs; devising new material to make batteries ten times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. And today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy.
After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. And over the last four years, our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen. But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.
The good news is, we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth. I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.
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Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. We’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year – so let’s drive costs down even further. As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.
In the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. That’s why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water.
Indeed, much of our new-found energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together. So tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good. If a non-partisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we. Let’s take their advice and free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long. I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years. The states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen.
America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair. Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and internet; high-tech schools and self-healing power grids. The CEO of Siemens America – a company that brought hundreds of new jobs to North Carolina – has said that if we upgrade our infrastructure, they’ll bring even more jobs. And I know that you want these job-creating projects in your districts. I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings.
Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country. And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most: modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children. Let’s prove that there is no better place to do business than the United States of America. And let’s start right away. Part of our rebuilding effort must also involve our housing sector. Today, our housing market is finally healing from the collapse of 2007. Home prices are rising at the fastest pace in six years, home purchases are up nearly 50 percent, and construction is expanding again.
But even with mortgage rates near a 50-year low, too many families with solid credit who want to buy a home are being rejected. Too many families who have never missed a payment and want to refinance are being told no. That’s holding our entire economy back, and we need to fix it. Right now, there’s a bill in this Congress that would give every responsible homeowner in America the chance to save $3,000 a year by refinancing at today’s rates. Democrats and Republicans have supported it before. What are we waiting for? Take a vote, and send me that bill. Right now, overlapping regulations keep responsible young families from buying their first home. What’s holding us back? Let’s streamline the process, and help our economy grow.
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These initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and housing will help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs. But none of it will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs. And that has to start at the earliest possible age.
Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives.
Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own. So let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind. Let’s give our kids that chance.
Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.
We need to give every American student opportunities like this. Four years ago, we started Race to the Top – a competition that convinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula and higher standards, for about 1 percent of what we spend on education each year. Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future. Now, even with better high schools, most young people will need some higher education. It’s a simple fact: the more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job and work your way into the middle class. But today, skyrocketing costs price way too many young people out of a higher education, or saddle them with unsustainable debt.
Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we have made college more affordable for millions of students and families over the last few years. But taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize the soaring cost of higher education. Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and it’s our job to make sure they do. Tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act, so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid. And tomorrow, my Administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.
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To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead.
Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.
Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship – a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.
And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.
In other words, we know what needs to be done. As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now let’s get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away.
But we can’t stop there. We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence. Today, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act that Joe Biden originally wrote almost 20 years ago. I urge the House to do the same. And I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year.
We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, nineteen states have chosen to bump theirs even higher. Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.
Tonight, let’s also recognize that there are communities in this country where no matter how hard you work, it’s virtually impossible to get ahead. Factory towns decimated from years of plants packing up. Inescapable pockets of poverty, urban and rural, where young adults are still fighting for their first job. America is not a place where chance of birth or circumstance should decide our destiny. And that is why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them.
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Let’s offer incentives to companies that hire Americans who’ve got what it takes to fill that job opening, but have been out of work so long that no one will give them a chance. Let’s put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods. And this year, my Administration will begin to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet. We’ll work with local leaders to target resources at public safety, education, and housing. We’ll give new tax credits to businesses that hire and invest. And we’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.
Stronger families. Stronger communities. A stronger America. It is this kind of prosperity – broad, shared, and built on a thriving middle class – that has always been the source of our progress at home. It is also the foundation of our power and influence throughout the world.
Tonight, we stand united in saluting the troops and civilians who sacrifice every day to protect us. Because of them, we can say with confidence that America will complete its mission in Afghanistan, and achieve our objective of defeating the core of al Qaeda. Already, we have brought home 33,000 of our brave servicemen and women. This spring, our forces will move into a support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead. Tonight, I can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan. This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over.
Beyond 2014, America’s commitment to a unified and sovereign Afghanistan will endure, but the nature of our commitment will change. We are negotiating an agreement with the Afghan government that focuses on two missions: training and equipping Afghan forces so that the country does not again slip into chaos, and counter-terrorism efforts that allow us to pursue the remnants of al Qaeda and their affiliates.
Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self. Different al Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups have emerged – from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa. The threat these groups pose is evolving. But to meet this threat, we don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad, or occupy other nations. Instead, we will need to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security, and help allies who take the fight to terrorists, as we have in Mali. And, where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans. As we do, we must enlist our values in the fight. That is why my Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts. I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.
Of course, our challenges don’t end with al Qaeda. America will continue to lead the effort to prevent the spread of the world’s most dangerous weapons. The regime in North Korea must know that they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations. Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further, as we stand by our allies, strengthen our own missile defense, and lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats.
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Likewise, the leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations, and we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon. At the same time, we will engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals, and continue leading the global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands – because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead.
America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.
That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.
Even as we protect our people, we should remember that today’s world presents not only dangers, but opportunities. To boost American exports, support American jobs, and level the playing field in the growing markets of Asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership. And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union – because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs.
We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all. In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades: by connecting more people to the global economy and empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve and helping communities to feed, power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation. Above all, America must remain a beacon to all who seek freedom during this period of historic change. I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home where she had been imprisoned for years; when thousands of Burmese lined the streets, waving American flags, including a man who said, “There is justice and law in the United States. I want our country to be like that.”
In defense of freedom, we will remain the anchor of strong alliances from the Americas to Africa; from Europe to Asia. In the Middle East, we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy. The process will be messy, and we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt; but we can – and will – insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people. We will keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian. And we will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace. These are the messages I will deliver when I travel to the Middle East next month.
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All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk – our diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad, and we will maintain the best military in the world. We will invest in new capabilities, even as we reduce waste and wartime spending. We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight. We will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat. We will keep faith with our veterans – investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors; supporting our military families; and giving our veterans the benefits, education, and job opportunities they have earned. And I want to thank my wife Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden for their continued dedication to serving our military families as well as they serve us.
But defending our freedom is not the job of our military alone. We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I’m asking two long-time experts in the field, who’ve recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign, to lead it. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy.
Of course, what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children. It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.
Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.
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One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.
Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.
Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.
The families of Newtown deserve a vote.
The families of Aurora deserve a vote.
The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.
Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.
We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should follow their example.
We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.
We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read “I Voted.”
We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside – even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds.
When asked how he did that, Brian said, “That’s just the way we’re made.”
That’s just the way we’re made.
We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and hold different views than the person beside us. But as Americans, we all share the same proud title:
We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”

Now after you get done with that novel of a political campaign speech. Lets lets hear from our Esteemed former President the first President of these States united, President George Washington.

FELLOW CITIZENS Of the SENATE, and HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES,

I EMBRACE with great satisfaction the opportunity, which now presents itself, of congratulating you on the present favourable prospects of our public affairs. The recent accession of the important state of Northcarolina to the Constitution of the United States (of which official information has been received) & the ruling credit and respectability of our country & the general and increasing good will towards the government of the union, and the concord, peace and plenty, with which we are blessed, are circumstances auspicious, in an excellent degree, to our national prosperity.

In reforming your consultations for the general good, you cannot but derive encouragement from the reflection, the measures of the last session have been as satisfactory to your constituents as the novelty and difficulty of the work allowed you to hope.– Still further to realize their expectations, and to secure the blessings which a gracious Providence has placed within our reach, will in the course of the present important session, call for the cool and deliberate exertion of your patriotism, firmness and wisdom.

Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.

The proper establishment of the troops which may be deemed indispensable, will be entitled to mature consideration. In the arrangement which will be made respecting it, it will be of importance to conciliate the comfortable support of the officers and soldiers with a due regard to economy.

There was reason to hope, the pacifick measures adopted with regard to certain hostile tribes of Indians, would have relieved the inhabitants of our southern and western frontiers from their depredations. But you will perceive, from the information contained in the papers, which I shall direct to be laid before you, (comprehending a communication from the Commonwealth of Virginia) that we ought to be prepared to afford protection to those parts of the Union; and, if necessary, to punish aggressors.

The interests of the United States require, that our intercourse with other nations should be facilitated by such provisions as will enable me to fulfill my duty, in that respect, in the manner which circumstances may render most conducive to the publick good: And to this end, that the compensations to be made to the persons who may be employed, should, according to the nature of their appointments, be defined by law; and a competent fund designated for defraying the expenses incident to the conduct of our foreign affairs.

Various considerations also render it expedient, that the terms on which foreigners may be admitted to the rights of Citizens, should be speedily ascertained by a uniform rule of naturalization.

Uniformity in the currency, weights and measures of the United States, is an object of great importance, and will, I am persuaded, be duly attended to.

The advancement of agriculture, commerce and manufactures, by all proper means, will not, I trust, need recommendation. But I cannot forbear intimating to you the expediency of giving effectual encouragement as well to the introduction of new and useful inventions from abroad, as to the exertions of skill and genius in producing them at home; and of facilitating the intercourse between the distant parts of our country by a due attention to the Post Office and Post Roads.

Nor am I less persuaded, that you will agree with me in opinion, that there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of Science and Literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of publick happiness. In one, in which the measures of government receive their impression so immediately from the sense of the community, as in our’s, it is proportionately essential. To the security of a free Constitution it contributes in various ways: By convincing those who are entrusted with the publick administration, that every valuable end of government is best answered by the enlightened confidence of the people: And by teaching the people themselves to know, and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of lawful authority; between burthens proceeding from a disregard to their convenience, and those resulting from the inevitable exigencies of society; to discriminate the spirit of liberty from that of licentiousness, cherishing the first, avoiding the last, and uniting a speedy, but temperate vigilance against encroachments, with an inviolable respect to the laws.

Whether this desirable object will be best promoted by affording aids to seminaries of learning already established, by the institution of a national university, or by any other expedients, will be well worthy of a place in the deliberations of the Legislature.

Gentlemen of the House of Representatives,

I SAW with peculiar pleasure, at the close of the last session, the resolution entered into by you, expressive of your opinion, that an adequate provision for the support of the publick credit, is a matter of high importance to the national honour and prosperity.– In this sentiment, I entirely concur.– And to a perfect confidence in your best endeavors to devise such a provision as will be truly consistent with the end, I add an equal reliance on the cheerful cooperation of the other branch of the Legislature.– It would be superfluous to specify inducements to a measure in which the character and permanent interests of the United States so obviously and so deeply concerned; and which has received so explicit a sanction from your declaration.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and House of Representatives,

I HAVE directed the proper officers to lay before you respectively such papers and estimates as regards the affairs particularly recommended to your consideration, and necessary to convey to you that information of the state of the union, which it is my duty to afford.

The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed.– And I shall derive great satisfaction from a cooperation with you, in the pleasing though arduous task of ensuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect, from a free and equal government.

G. WASHINGTON United States, January 8, 1790

Religious Liberty given in Sacrament Meeting July of 2012.

Now I am truly Honored by this opportunity to speak to you today concerning
freedom, the Constitution, and the correlation that it has to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many
of you know by know that I tend to be a little politically involved, and yes it is an interest of
mine. However I feel that it is much much more than that. I feel that it is part of my faith in
Jesus Christ and his gospel here on earth today. Over the course of this speech I plan to
enlighten you as to the words of our founders themselves. As well as the words of the
prophets dating back to Joesph Smith and the ancient prophets from our own scriptures.
After today I hope and strongly encourage you to seek out even more research on this subject
for there is so much of it to be sought out for.
I would like to first begin with this promised land to which the Lord has set apart for the
cause of liberty so that men might be free to choose right from wrong. Nephi backs me up on
this comment with this prophetic vision for his people as well as future generations in 2
Nephi first chaper fifth verse which reads: “But, said he, notwithstanding our
afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands;
a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of
my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and
also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.”
Nephi foresaw the travels of Christopher Colombus to this land for the purpose of religous
liberty in
1 Nephi Ch. 13 Verse 12 which reads:
“And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles,
who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit
of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many
waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.”
Nephi also foresaw the miraculous events that took place during our just and miraculous
revolution and separation from Great Britain in that same chapter verses 17-19 which reads:
“And I beheld that their mother Gentiles were gathered together upon the waters, and upon
the land also, to battle against them. 18 And I beheld that the power of God was with them,
and also that the wrath of God was upon all those that were gathered together against them
to battle. 19 And I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles that had gone out of captivity were
delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations.”
I will now have the pleasure of talking to you regarding our founding fathers, the very men
that Christ rose up to establish this nation and the Law so that we might be free. In this area
of discussion there are many great and wonderous verses to choose from, but in the interest
of time I would like to share my personal favorites in.
Doc & Cov 98:4-11
4 And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people
should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.
5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in
maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law
which is the constitutional law of the land;
7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.
8 I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.
9 Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn.
10 Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and
wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of
evil.
11 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good,
that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God
And D&C 101 verse 77-80 reads this concerning the founders and the US Constitution:
77 According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be
established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to
just and holy principles;
78 That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the
moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own
sins in the day of judgment.
79 Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.
80 And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise
men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.
Here is a well known fact that dispite the fact that the founders died before having a chance
to hear of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that they are in deed members of this very church.
I say this because in the year 1877 the Prophet at that time, President
Wilford Woodruff while sitting in the Saint George Temple had all the signers of the
Declaration of Independence along with John Wesley Columbus and fifty others appear to
him and asked why their by curious work had not been done for them. Here is that quote
from President Woodruff as he shares that experience, which reads:
“These were the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and they waited on me for two
days and two nights. I thought it very singular, that notwithstanding so much work had been
done, and yet nothing had been done for them. The thought never entered my heart, from
the fact, I suppose, that heretofore our minds were reaching after our more immediate
friends and relatives.”I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother
McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other
eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others.” – Elder Wilford Woodruff, in a discourse given Sept. 16, 1877, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. (Journal of Discourses, 19:229.)”
I find it interesting that in the speach that Elder Glen L. Rudd of the first quorum of the
Seventy in a BYU/Idaho Devotional talk stated this regarding the Angel Moroni.
“The ninth man to see Moroni was a man named Zera Pulsipher. He was a minister of another
church. He had a vision in his barn. While he was out in the barn one day, a light descended
upon him in the middle of this barn, and he looked up and saw Moroni. And Moroni blessed
his life and showed him the plates. He became a Seventy in the Church. He became a high
priest and became a patriarch. He’s the man who converted and baptized Wilford Woodruff
into the Church in 1833.”
While on the subject of Moroni. In the early days of the Church one of the original quorum of
the twelve apostals Elder Orsen Hyde mentioned in a speech in the old Salt Lake Tabinacle in the year 1854. Here is just a small excerp from that speech:
“This same angel presides over the destinies of America, and feels a lively interest in all our
doings. He was in the camp of Washington; and, by an invisible hand, led on our fathers to
conquest and victory; and all this to open and prepare the way for the Church and kingdom of
God to be established on the western hemisphere, for the redemption of Israel and the salvation of the world.
This same angel was with Columbus, and gave him deep impressions, by dreams and by
visions, respecting this New World. Trammeled by poverty and by an unpopular cause, yet his
persevering and unyielding heart would not allow an obstacle in his way too great for him to
overcome; and the angel of God helped him—was with him on the stormy deep, calmed the
troubled elements, and guided his frail vessel to the desired haven. Under the guardianship
of this same angel, or Prince of America, have the United States grown, increased, and
flourished, like the sturdy oak by the rivers of water. ”
What a great correlation between the gospel of Jesus Christ and the founders that fought and died for our freedoms!
I will cover only two instances of the founder’s spirtual experiences, for the interest of time.
The first experience is George Washington in a letter to his good friend Marquis De Lafayette
on May 28th 1788 as he is talking about the soon to be ratified US Constitution he recognizes
in that letter the finger of God in the process of the drafting of and the ratification of the US
Constitution. Then if you jump a head a few years in a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to
John Adams on Oct. 12th 1813 in this letter Jefferson complained about the current churches
of their day not preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ, seeking for influences and yes even
riches. In the latter part of that same letter he literally says that they must prepare their
generation and the rising generation for the complete restoration of Christ’s gospel, and
regretted that he would not live to see this day when Christ’s true gospel would be restored
upon this earth. I find it interesting to point out that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
died just 13 years later on July 4 1826. Joesph Smith’s first vision with God the father and his
Son Jesus Christ was seven years later after this letter, and the church was established and
restored 17 years after this letter and only four years after the death of both Thomas
Jefferson and John Adams. Now in closing I want to quickly share four quotes that I
absolutely love from our own prophets and Apostles concerning the US Constitution, our freedoms.
The first one being from Rueban J. Clark in his address to the brethren in the 1942 General Conference.
“I have said to you before, brethren, that to me the Constitution is a part of my religion. In its
place it is just as much a part of my religion as any other part. It is a part of my religion
because it is one of those institutions which God has set up for His own purposes, and, as one
of the brethren said today, set up so that this Church might be established, because under no
other government in the world could the Church have been established as it has been
established under this Government.
“I think I would be safe in saying that my fellowship with you in the Church depends upon
whether or not I accept the revelations and the principles which God has revealed. If I am not
willing to do that, then I am not entitled to fellowship. Anyone else who fails to accept the
revelations and the principles which God has revealed stands in precisely the same situation.
“I suppose you brethren will all know, but I will recall it to your attention, that the
Constitution of the United States is the basic law for all of the Americas, or Zion, as it has
been defined by the Lord.
“So, brethren, I wish you to understand that when we begin to tamper with the Constitution
we begin to tamper with the law of Zion which God Himself set up, and no one may trifle
with the word of God with impunity.” (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Conference Report, October 1942, p.58-59)
The next one I feel is an excellent and glorious endorsement by the Prophet Joesph Smith which reads:
“Hence we say, that the Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard, it is founded
in wisdom, it is a heavenly banner, and is to all those who are privileged with the sweets of
its liberty, like the cooling shade and refreshing water of a great rock in a thirsty and weary
land: it is like a great tree under whose branches, men from every clime, can be shielded
from the burning rays of an inclement sun….
“We say that God is true, that the Constitution of the United States is true, that the Bible is
true, the Book of Mormon is true, that Christ is true.” (Times and Seasons vol. 1, page 134; also, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 147-148)
“I am the greatest advocate of the Constitution of the United States there is on the earth.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843–44, p.326; also, History of the Church 6:56-57)
In our generation President Gordon B. Hinkley said this:
“A news magazine writer asked me the other day during an interview concerning my belief in
the Constitution of our country. I replied that I felt it was inspired. That both the Declaration
of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were brought forth under the
inspiration of God, to establish and sustain the freedom of the people of this Nation. I told
him that I looked upon the Founding Fathers as men who believed in God, as men who
prayed to God, as men who recognized God, and wished to do His will. What a singular and
remarkable group they were. As I look across the world today I search in vain for such a group
as walked together across the stage of history, when this Nation was born….
“Just think for a moment of George Washington, of Franklin, of Madison, of the Adams, of
Thomas Jefferson and their associates who signed the Declaration of Independence, or
participated in the Constitutional Convention. Where in all the world today can even one or
two such men be found, let alone the great aggregation who participated in the birth of
America? Can anyone deny that they were raised up unto this very purpose? That working
together they brought forth on this continent an independent nation, at the risk of their
lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. It is my conviction that while we’ve had a few
great leaders since then, there has not been before or since so large a group of talented, able
and dedicated men, as those who we call the Founding Fathers of this Nation.” (President
Gordon B. Hinckley, Fireside Address, BYU Marriott Center, 29 June 1997; also Standing for
Something, pg xv)

As well as in talk that he gave in Oct. 2001 he stated this:
“Great are the promises concerning this land of America. We are told unequivocally that it “is
a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from
captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land,
who is Jesus Christ” (Ether 2:12). This is the crux of the entire matter—obedience to the
commandments of God.

“The Constitution under which we live, and which has not only blessed us but has become a
model for other constitutions, is our God-inspired national safeguard ensuring freedom and
liberty, justice and equality before the law.”
As you see my dear brothers and sisters because of the Gospel in my life like our founders
and our Prophets and Apostles of old as well as our Prophets and Apostles currently. To live
the United States Constitution is part of our faith. I strongly encourage all to do your research
concerning these things, because like I have stated before this is only the cream of the 5% of
the knowledge that is out there concerning these principles. I would like also to publicly
thank my dear father in Heaven and his Son Jesus Christ for this dear and charished
opportunity and I say these things in his name our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, Amen.

How to be a true conservative

Since the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 and his re-election in 2012 many Americans are being awaken to America’s sicknesses and problems and claim that they are conservative. Many listen to different talk show radio hosts and claim that they are conservative.  What does it mean to be a conservative? Well lets diagnose what a conservative is and should be. If we look at what the 1828 Merriam-Webster’s dictionary says, it reads. “CONSERVATIVE, a. Preservative; having power to preserve in a safe or entire state, or from loss, waste or injury.” Which coincides perfectly with what this blogger believes. I believe that as a conservative we all should uphold this key phase, God Family and Country in that order. Over the course of this article I plan on going into this simple phase in greater detail, because if we as a society are lacking in any one of these great terms of God Family and Country we can not expect to be successful in our goal to Restore the US Constitution and our Great country.

God– Since the very early days of our country till approximately the fifties of the twentieth century God and the belief there in has been a huge factor in our country’s belief system,  our goodness, and greatness. Now look at where we are at in 2013 with abortions, murders, homosexuality, and other sins/crimes running ramped. We have approximately over 70-80% of the American public dependent on government for one thing or another, and at least 50% of the American public in complete dependency. In fact last year during the Republican presidential debates candidate Ron Paul was booed after he mention that we should live the Golden Rule.
“12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7 Verse 12
Or last year when the Democrat Party attempted to add God back into their party platform. Notice that it was clearly not a 3/4’s vote and more like a 50-50% split in the vote.Or you have so many groups of people whom are pushing for gay marriage legalization and special rights to be created by government, or else you have a certain percentage of  “conservatives” pushing for a marriage amendment to the US Constitution between one man and one woman “which is not a good idea”. You have some segments of society pushing for anarchy, because of how intrusive the government has become, and you have others asking for more government to fix our woes.  It is amazing how far we as a society have drifted away from God. I can spend all day long pointing out our problems as society, but what I would much rather do is discuss the solutions of how we can return to God and Restore one aspect of God Family Country.

We first must constantly build Charity for those around us in our lives. Either our family, friends, neighbors, or any person you bump into on the street. Care for their concerns, trials, and hardships. Seek out ways how you can benefit their lives. For Charity is the true love of Christ. It was Christ that stated in Matthew 22 Verse 37-40

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

 38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

If we also turn to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary for the word Charity it reads.
“1. In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men to think favorably of their fellow men, and to do them good. In a theological sense, it includes supreme love to God, and universal good will to men.”

Another term that we must utilize is Humility and the dangers of Pride. Websters Dictionary says that Humility is.:
“1. In ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth. In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.” and Pride is :
“1. Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.”
Christ taught us this about Humility the Book of Doctrine and Covenants chapter 23 verse 1 which reads. :  “1 Behold, I speak unto you, Oliver, a few words. Behold, thou art blessed, and art under no condemnation. But beware of pride, lest thou shouldst enter into temptation.” Or Peter in Chapter 2 Verse 21 21 “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.”
Now look at how many times we have been strictly warned about pride? Look around you at the pride with in our society? Then look at what and how you may become more Humble in your day to day  life? We should anxiously seek the Lord with what else we could be doing to serve him and others. Then go and do. As we do this I can personally testify that this builds Charity, Hope, Humility, Faith, and we then are blessed as to the things that we may need in our lives at the particular time. For only the Lord knows what we need.

Family- In this section we will focus on the family, and like the segment above this too has been the foundation for American society since the early founding of our once great nation till about the fifties sixties of the century. The leading problems to this radical change with in our society are as follows. :
1. The feminine movement promoting that the woman’s place is in the work place instead of the Home. The woman’s rightful place is in the home and raising the children and the next generation.
2. The creation of the United States Board of Education, overstepping the local and states jurisdiction.
3. The laziness of the parent to expect the school to teach their children, instead of the parent taking charge in the education of their children.
4. The fact that Men have been and continue to grow up to be children and not Men. The responsibility of the Man is to provide a Honest Hard days wages in order to provide for his family. As well as setting a strong father figure in the home.
I could go on but we need to remember that education first and foremost starts in the home and should never be controlled by the federal government. Constitutionally they have no right to be in that business. We should also focus on self reliance and being able to raise the family. We should be wise to never allow our families to go to waste either because of work, debt, lack of unity and trust, and lack of love and Charity. We should make sure first and foremost that the financial, educational, spiritual needs are met. Then focus on the focus on other activities best served to unite the family unit. Forget the TV, forget all other distractions in your life, and focus solely and unequivocally on the family and the home.

Country- What does it mean to love one’s country? I personally view my love and devotion for America by looking at her past, and her rule of law the US Constitution. America used to be strong in defense. She used to promote free market principles and frugality. Used to promote the Honor of not just serving the country, but doing so with the goal of 100% fidelity to the US Constitution. In fact I remember a story of Congressman Davy Crockett who served in the House of Representatives in the 1820’s, started off okay but then through his conscience  repented and turned into a strong defender of the US Constitution.   James Madison stated in his Report of 1800 given in 1799 to the State legislature of Kentucky. “Whenever, therefore, a question arises concerning the constitutionality of a particular power, the first question is, whether the power be expressed in the Constitution. If it be, the question is decided. If it be not expressed, the next inquiry must be, whether it is properly an incident to an express power, and necessary to its execution. If it be, it may be exercised by Congress. If it be not. Congress cannot exercise it.”
-James Madison
Or you have this statement by George Washington  in a letter to the Marquis De Lafayette on May, 28, 1788 regarding the divine influence of God above and his participation in drafting the US Constitution.  “Since I had the pleasure of writing to you by the last Packet, the Convention of Maryland has ratified the federal Constitution by a majority of 63 to 11 voices. That makes the seventh State which has adopted it, next Monday the Convention in Virginia will assemble; we have still good hopes of its adoption here: though by no great plurality of votes. South Carolina has probably decided favourably before this time. The plot thickens fast. A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America for the present generation and probably produce no small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come. Should every thing proceed with harmony and consent according to our actual wishes and expectations; I will confess to you sincerely, my dear Marquis; it will be so much beyond any thing we had a right to imagine or expect eighteen months ago, that it will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence, as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it. It is impracticable for you or any one who has not been on the spot, to realise the change in men’s minds and the progress towards rectitude in thinking and acting which will then have been made.”

-George Washington
Yes, under God’s watchful eye he gave unto us the US Constitution. One could even read in the Doctrine and Covenants Chapter 98 Verses 4-11

4 And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.

 5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

 6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;

 7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.

 8 I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.

 9 Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn.

 10 Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.

 11 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.

Or else one could point out the angel that appeared to George Washington in Valley Forge?  So you can see the upmost importance for all of us to not just learn the US Constitution, but to live it. So that we as Americans can look past the party lines and elect those that will adhere to their sacred oaths of office.
Now what types of issues should we be fighting against you may ask? We could be fighting against our numerous illegal wars that are currently going on world wide. Since one one has been legally declared according to Article 1 Section 8 Clause 11. We could fight for the rule of law and be outraged as the president of the United States acts like the judge jury and executioner. We should be outraged by the passage of the most recent NDAA by Obama and the Democrats and the USA Patriot Act passed by Bush and the Republicans. Then there is the principle of legalized plunder. Forced taxation by the point of a gun by government, just to give it to someone else. Either if that may be the student loan program, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, foreign aid, subsidies, etc. All of which is unconstitutional. We should be constantly questioning what the media tells us and constantly involved at the State and local levels. For it is at the local levels that we will truly save and restore the country and her rule of law, the US Constitution.
Let us take inventory of where we stand in these sacred principles. Let us strive to live this sacred phrase of God, Family, Country.