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"Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares.." Proverbs 1:20

Thursday, November 18, 2004

The Arnold Amendment

The Arnold Amendment
By George Neumayr

Democrats and liberal Republicans dismiss the constitutional amendment to protect marriage against judicial redefinition as hasty fiddling with the Constitution. But it turns out that they would like to fiddle with the Constitution this year themselves. Barney Frank and others in Congress are advancing a constitutional amendment that would permit foreign-born presidents. The constitutional prohibition tells immigrants "that they are somehow flawed," says Frank.The left's mania for concocted rights and egalitarian leveling is unremitting. Democrats in California made news earlier this year by demanding that the franchise be extended to children at elementary schools. Can minors, criminals, the insane, foreigners vote and run for office? Sure, why not? Let's take egalitarian democracy all the way -- that's basically the attitude on the left, and it drives everything from abolishing the electoral college to provisional balloting to Frank's amendment. For the purposes of stalling the marriage amendment, Frank and his liberal friends faked up an interest in "federalism" earlier in the year -- arguing that the people's use of a constitutional amendment was somehow unconstitutional even though the Constitution gives them that amendment power -- but normally they have contempt for the republican concepts underlying the Constitution and seek to erase any distinction, no matter how rational, that interferes with their egalitarian vision. The United Nations hasn't enumerated a right to run for the U.S. presidency as a universal human right, but give it time.Let's not change the Constitution for light and transient reasons, say the critics of the marriage amendment. But the "Arnold amendment" satisfies their search for constitutional gravity. Journalists who reject the marriage amendment as election-year hackery are listening respectfully to the creators of amendus.org, a website where you can learn about the need to amend the Constitution "for Arnold" Schwarzenegger as well as "join Arnold's team" and "get Arnold stuff."Fortunately, Barney Frank's amendment and the others floating around aren't likely to go anywhere. As John Kerry learned, the egalitarian internationalist impulse -- of which these amendments are effects -- is political poison at this point: the American people didn't care for Kerry's vacation homes abroad; imagine if he had had a childhood one. Moreover, the framers' reasons for prohibiting foreign-born presidents remain perfectly valid. Perhaps they are even stronger in post-9/11 America. Has the threat of "undue foreign influence," as they put it, passed? No, it has probably intensified in the American people's mind. Alexander Hamilton wrote of the "desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?" It is clear that foreign powers, as illustrated by Clinton's White House coffees with Chinese spies and dubious Middle Eastern money sloshing through American politics, still seek an improper ascendant in our councils. But the risk goes beyond the potential of foreign powers planting someone in the presidency or influencing a president born and raised abroad. Even a foreign-born president not subject to malign foreign influence is a risk not worth taking, given that unavoidably divided loyalties (due to an attachment to a country in which the president was born and raised, has fond memories of, family in, and so on) could make him either dangerous or ineffectual. Would an American president, born and raised in the Middle East, with extensive friends and family there, have bombed Kabul? Fought the war on terrorism aggressively in the Middle East? Invaded Iraq? Or would conflicted feelings have made him hesitant and dithering? Could he identify wholly with the American interest? The framers' concern about divided loyalties wasn't nativist caprice but a realistic recognition that a president needs to have an extremely deep attachment to America in order to serve it effectively in times of crisis. Why are the eligibility requirements for the presidency devised more strictly than they are for other offices? Because it is much more important than other offices. The founders wanted to be certain that the most powerful official in government –- the official with the fewest restraints on him in time of crisis -- had complete identification with the United States. Disallowing foreign-born presidents was an obvious proposition to the delegates at the Constitutional Convention. The importance of the safeguard was so obvious to them it was barely even discussed, which is why it is difficult to find very much on what they actually said about it. Historians note that nobody voted against the prohibition, and nobody even felt the need to articulate much of a justification for it since it was such a clearly bad idea to everyone there. Historians do note the comment of Charles Pinckney, a constitutional delegate from South Carolina. He warned that what had happened in Poland fifteen years before the convention -- Poland was carved up after Austria, Prussia, and Russia planted a puppet in its election -- might happen in America: "we shall soon have the scenes of the Polish Diets and elections reenacted here, and in not many years the fate of Poland may be that of United America." And they also note John Jay's comment that it would be "wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Commander in chief of the army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born citizen."It is not hard to imagine the delegates of the Constitutional Convention endorsing the people's use of their amendment power to secure marriage from judicial despots. It is impossible to imagine them endorsing it to expose the presidency to foreign ones.
**** George Neumayr is executive editor of The American Spectator.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Condi Rice

Condi Rice~ A most excellent choice


Thank you President Bush nominating Condi Rice as our Secretary of State, you have made a most excellent choice. I have always had deep admiration and respect for Dr.Rice and consider her a glorious example of what one can achieve with family support, determination, strength of will, moral excellence and God's guiding Hand. The President said it well~
"The secretary of state is America's face to the world, and in Dr. Rice the world will see the strength, the grace and the decency of our country".

We should be very pleased that the face of America will be so represented.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

~Prayer for Dick Cheney~

Vice President is undergoing tests for difficulty breathing which may be related to a recent cold, but with his history of heart problems in mind may this prayer be raised up on his behalf:

Father~
We thank You that You love Dick Cheney, You made him and You have allowed him in the position in this life that he holds, we thank You that You are working in his life. We ask that You will bring healing to his body, we ask that You will work through the medications he receives from the doctors, we ask that You give him rest after the past grueling year of campaigning that was hard and a strain on all involved. We ask that Your purposes and will would be done in his life. We ask that if he does not know You that You will draw him to Yourself, even using his health issues to do so. I ask that You will flood his heart with the knowledge of how much You love him. We ask for Your continued covering upon this administration, that those in this administration will continue to seek You and the good of this nation and the good of the nations we are involved with. Thank You that You hear us when we talk to You in prayer, that You bend Your ear to all who call upon You.... Amen.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Happy Veteran's Day

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15-13

We thank from the bottom of our hearts all the brave soldiers who have laid down their lives for the cause of justice and freedom. Who have laid down their lives in sacrifice of their time, their skills, time away from their families, physical assaults and mental bruisings. And the ultimate sacrifice, their very lives. We cannot thank enough the men and women who have taken up the call of their country and their valiant efforts in doing their jobs.

Zell Miller http://miller.senate.gov/ said it well :

“For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.”

But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,Is their monument to-day, and for aye.~Thomas Dunn English

Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown

Soldiers, we thank you !
May God Bless you and keep you.


Monday, November 08, 2004

Why President Bush won

"No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD , and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD ".


The attacks against George W. Bush came from all sides. The Media, the “Global” community, hatemongering folks who spent multimillions of dollars and endless hours of time and energy throwing bombs and poisonous darts of lie after lie after lie at him, yet they could not defeat him. George W. Bush is a good man and his purposes are noble and they are driven by his desire to do that which is right and good. The American people know this. They trust him because~ he is trustworthy.

Believing that the Almighty God is involved in the affairs of men we know that He raises up leaders and He brings them down, for His good purposes. Sometimes we cannot see His purposes and other times His purposes are clear as a bell. God placed George W. Bush as the leader of the United States at this time in history “for such a time as this” back in 2000 and here in 2004 it is still “for such a time as this”. It is clear as a bell. I believe the President knows this and this is where he gains his strength and unwavering resolve to serve this nation as he serves the One who desires to use him as a tool in His Hand in the affairs of men.

I believe there was much prayer that was covering George W .Bush in this election, the gates of heaven were stormed on his behalf and on behalf of this country, that goodness and righteousness would prevail in this election. I myself have battled in prayer for him for over a year-and the mandate I felt placed upon me by the Lord to pray for Bush was a task I felt as a high privilege and honor and one I felt compelled to not neglect. There have only been three people in my life that I have felt so strongly driven to pray for and George W. Bush is one of the three.

Nothing could defeat him in this election because as my opening Scripture states, “No weapon forged against him would prevail”…in other words, “if God be for you , who can be against you”…God’s will and purposes will not be hindered or stopped. I believe the enemy was determined to defeat Bush, but the battle was won for this administration on our knee’s.

May God bless our President, may He strengthen him with all good Power from on high. May He use George W. Bush for His own purposes and may He use the President as a tool in His Hand for the nations . May the President be salt , that preserving element that slows the decay of the moral drift. May God protect him physically and spiritually.

It is an awesome feeling to know I played a part in history, even if my name is never known or should I perish tomorrow. I believe my prayers along with the prayers of many , many others made a difference in this time in history. For this nation, for this President. We prayed that God would stir up His people and get them out to vote, we prayed for His Hand on this President…and He answered.

I will continue to pray for President Bush~ for …4 more years.