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What Does It Mean To Vote?

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With the choice of presidential candidates before us tomorrow, none of which are leaders I would have chosen to be in authority over me, I am perplexed with the question of what to do. Trump has led a life of immorality, is disrespectful in his language, is pridefully self-confident, and lacks the experience and integrity […]

Ought I to Vote?

Yes. Taking the liberty to vote, especially in light of conscience, is much more than taking advantage of an option, right, or privilege. It is the duty of civility, a responsibility that reflects the fear of the Lord and love for fellow citizens, bestowed by responsible men upon responsible men to limit irresponsible men. In […]

The Constitution, Part XI

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more will you Father in heaven give good things to them that [claim them from] Him.

AMENDMENT 9 The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparge others retained by the people. What a provision! Even in listing our rights, our Constitution itself acknowledges that not every right can fit in a list. Lists can never replace common sense, the fear of God and […]

The Constitution, Part X

Continuing with the theme of criminal justice, Amendment 8, like the laws of the Old Testament, reminds us that justice has, at its heart, the reclamation of a soul. Note the underlying role of conscience. AMENDMENT 8 Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

The Constitution, Part IX

Settling disputes has always required objective justice. (No, thankfully this wasn't a real one.)

AMENDMENT 7 In Suits in common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

The Constitution, Part VII

Liberty is not another word for freedom or license. It is the just and noble balance of rights and responsibility. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there will be found undying liberty.

The 5th Amendment directs conduct in court. Along with the 6th Amendment it is a harder one to memorize due to its length. However, as with any other challenge, it can still be done by breaking the whole into its parts (notice the punctuation!), pondering each part until it is understood, and then putting them […]

The Constitution, Part VI

Distant relatives such as these exchanged their home in Europe for the security and freedom outlined in the Fourth Amendment.

AMENDMENT 4 The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be […]

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