These authorities thought we were Christian

Are we a Christian nation? We are, as in 1892, a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court in the Holy Trinity Church vs U.S. declared that we are a Christian nation, as Christianity shaped and molded us; 300 court cases and 87 examples were cited.

Our very foundation is based on Judeo-Christian principals of which are exemplified through the following examples:

• The 1647 Massachusetts Colony’s Old Deluder Satan Law for public education.

• 29 out of the 57 signers of the Declaration of Independence were ordained ministers of the Gospel.

• Benjamin Franklin instituted chaplains in Congress.

• Benjamin Rush (father of American medicine): “If you take religion out of education, education becomes a negative force.”

• Robert Winthrop (Speaker of the House): “All societies of men must be governed in some way or other ... Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the Word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet”

• President George Washington: “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” And, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

• President John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

What’s happened to our America and our Judeo-Christian principles along with respect for our heritage? Why has Congress along with Presidents, past and present, in one way or another, negated our Constitution?

Most laws are made from some moral viewpoint with every law having moral implications. If people refuse to be or act moral, well, we can’t help that. What we can do is not be such cowards and to stand against bills and laws that are not moral and to oust those who are prohibiting our Judeo-Christian beliefs.

It’s reasonable to assume that if you can’t make laws based on morality, you can’t prohibit them based on morality either. People who make these irrational statements are trying to prohibit our heritage in Judeo-Christian morals and replace it with their own.

Think about it, you can’t negotiate morality. I won’t go into examples of ill morals here as I do expect readers to know what this means. So, that is why laws need to have this foundation, based on what our Founding Fathers produced with the great Constitution.

It provides America the confidence to do the right thing, again, based on our Judeo-Christian heritage. The Bible has been the good book of Western civilization. Following these principles has provided us with great prosperity along with our freedoms. The Constitution is our Bible and we must protect it! The question again is, why are politicians trying to negate it?

I don’t understand the controversy of passing laws that are based on a moral code. It stands to reason that those who impose their own moral code should not be voted into the United States government.

This is a question to ask any candidate; will you uphold the Constitution? Our Founding Fathers had such foresight for the next generations of American citizens. Living now in the 21st century, just turn your TV on and watch the current events.

What is happening to my America? What will life be like for today’s children and their children’s future? I leave you to ponder and reflect on this quote from President James Garfield: “... the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption ... If the next centennial does not find us a great nation ... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”

Cherie Werginz
Fayetteville, Ga.

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Thank you for sharing your concern for the future of our country. I send sincere prayers to you and your family

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Heartfelt concerns for Ms. Werginz' Son

A friend informed me that Ms. Werginz' son has some serious health concerns. Interesting how political differences become so insignificant when humanity enters the equation.

I offer my heartfelt thoughts and concerns to the Werginz family and hope for a speedy recovery for their son. I welcome other CITIZEN bloggers to join me these sentiments.

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STF: I don't understand bringing up her son in this

She doesn't mention anything about her son in this letter and I don't know how it is relevant to anything she wrote. Agree or disagree with her comments, but you're dragging her family into this and what she wrote does not at all.

If she has a son with major health issues, I certainly express my prayers and sympathy, however, that wasn't anything to do with what you wrote. She wasn't writing about her son and so why is this now being drug into the public eye?

I think you stepped over the line here; you probably had nothing but good intentions but Ms. Werginz is not asking for anyone's sympathy or talking about the ordeal they are going through right now in this letter. Why even bring it up in a public forum?

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STF-Ms Werginz' son

I too offer heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Werginz family.

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Christian Nation - Ms. Werginz

I suggest you study a little more American history Ms. Werginz, in particular you may wish to read the Virgina Act for Religious Freedom. Our rights are given by God and God is Universal to our lives and the lives of our forefathers.

"Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo (sic) and Infidel of every denomination."

-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

Before his death, Thomas Jefferson left explicit instructions regarding the monument to be erected over his grave. In this document (undated), Jefferson supplied a sketch of the shape of the marker, and the epitaph with which he wanted it to be inscribed:

"...on the faces of the Obelisk the following inscription, & not a word more:

Here was buried
Thomas Jefferson
Author of the Declaration of American Independence
of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom
Father of the University of Virginia

"because by these," he explained, "as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.

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Entitlements of Tyrone

GOP entitlement values and policy: Billions for farmers, many of whom are agro-businesses, and ten of whom are GOP Congressmen who have collected millions in farm subsidies but NOTHING for poor and hungry Americans.

The rich are the entitled and the poor get lectures.

Real Christian values that Jesus would applaud.

By the way, who decided that "Government of the people, by the people and for the people" cannot help the less fortunate among its citizens?

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GOP entitlement values and policy: Billions for farmers, many of whom are agro-businesses, and ten of whom are GOP Congressmen who have collected millions in farm subsidies but NOTHING for poor and hungry Americans.

The rich are the entitled and the poor get lectures.

Real Christian values that Jesus would applaud.

By the way, who decided that "Government of the people, by the people and for the people" cannot help the less fortunate among its citizens?

when it comes to the entitlement.

LION and STF,you both missed my point about the entitlements. There are an over abundance of people that have the mentality that "hey, the GOVT will give me FOODSTAMPS (S.N.A.P. is way too polically correct), so why shouldn't I get them)". I'm not opposed to the government “helping” people that truly need it , but they won’t even try and weed out the ones that don’t.

Where in my reply did you see ANYWHERE that, I said that I wanted this country to adhere to Christian Principles? Do I think we could benefit from a good dose of morality...You dang right I do. Before you go saying “Who are you to judge morality?”, I’m nobody. Hell lets get away from the religion period, go to the “Golden Rule”...”Do Unto others, as you would have them do Unto you”. It covers pretty much everything, and doesn’t invoke Christianity as its guiding principle.

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the “Golden Rule”...”Do Unto others, as you would have them do Unto you”. It covers pretty much everything, and doesn’t invoke Christianity as its guiding principle.

This 'Truth' is found in all religions, philosophies. etc. We get so hung up on labels - that we fail to recognize principle of good.

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We have no social programs, lion?

We should all see what we can get!

http://www.benefits.gov/

I'm sure I can find something I'm entitled to! I'd like to see the Zambian or Guatemalan website; bet ours beats theirs!

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Americans need a refresher course

The lack of understanding America's foundation is what’s wrong with our country today. Men err and it seems the higher up the political ladder one climbs, or the amount of time one stays, the more they err. God’s principles through time stand correct and it is only God who will bless us and only when we honor him by following those principles. The constitution along with the Bill of Rights is a living document that has survived the act of time; the only other survival of time is the Bible.

The American Heritage Series by Historian David Barton is a great start to refresh or better understand our American heritage that tied into Christian principles. Barton explains, “I understand that we have become a more secular nation. The more secular you become, the more limited you become. These natural rights, at some point, become more attributed to government than they do God. Thus, limiting government in its truest form requires exploring what does and does not belong to it.”

As the curriculum is developed about our very own history, and the making of the Constitution, I have to wonder how many pages will be alloted to this very topic.

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The American Heritage Series by Historian David Barton is a great start to refresh or better understand our American heritage that tied into Christian principles. Barton explains, “I understand that we have become a more secular nation. The more secular you become, the more limited you become. These natural rights, at some point, become more attributed to government than they do God. Thus, limiting government in its truest form requires exploring what does and does not belong to it.”

There isn't a single historian that thinks Bartow's BS is in any way accurate. His rambling lies about Thomas Jefferson was such a laughable bit that his own publisher yanked the book due to how laughably bad and totally wrong it was.

I'm sure you can do better than someone besides a fundie nut-job like Barton. If you believe his depiction of American history and the Founding Fathers....well, don't know what to say about that except God Bless You and break out some real history books that weren't written by a very dishonest kook to make some more money off the ignorant.

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Courageous Letter - Return to Christian Moral Principles!

Ms. Werginz proffers a historical argument for returning to moral principles founded upon Christian teachings that guided the Founding Fathers who created the Constitution. I congratulate her for her courage to make such a strident condemnation of the religious right and the tea party who so routinely ignore moral principles based on Christian teachings in favor of economic aggrandizement.

As I read her letter, I was reminded of the greatest Christian prophet and Messiah, Jesus Christ, who repeatedly called for assistance to the poor. Now conservatives, the religious right, and the tea party want to cut S.N.A.P. funding, ignoring his direct moral imperative. At last, these groups harp relentlessly about homosexuals (a group that Jesus never even mentions) while ignoring his directives to feed the poor. I suppose this is a case of pharisaical conservatives “straining at gnats while swallowing camels.”

Again, Ms. Werginz, you are very courageous in this county to chide your fellow conservatives for ignoring the moral principles upon which our Constitution was based. I hope you aren’t denied communion this Sunday.

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Ms. Werginz proffers a historical argument for returning to moral principles founded upon Christian teachings that guided the Founding Fathers who created the Constitution. I congratulate her for her courage to make such a strident condemnation of the religious right and the tea party who so routinely ignore moral principles based on Christian teachings in favor of economic aggrandizement.

As I read her letter, I was reminded of the greatest Christian prophet and Messiah, Jesus Christ, who repeatedly called for assistance to the poor. Now conservatives, the religious right, and the tea party want to cut S.N.A.P. funding, ignoring his direct moral imperative. At last, these groups harp relentlessly about homosexuals (a group that Jesus never even mentions) while ignoring his directives to feed the poor. I suppose this is a case of pharisaical conservatives “straining at gnats while swallowing camels.”

Again, Ms. Werginz, you are very courageous in this county to chide your fellow conservatives for ignoring the moral principles upon which our Constitution was based. I hope you aren’t denied communion this Sunday.

You know that's not who she's chiding, YOU and YOUR type are exactly what is wrong with this country. Take a moment and pull your head out of your, well I'll be nice. Jesus Christ never expected the GOVERNMENT to provide for the poor so nobody is ignoring his direct moral imperative. Our Government shouldn't be in the role of a charity provider, charity should come from the people out of the goodness of their hearts. If S.N.A.P. funds hadn't long ago been hijacked by those that feel "Entitled" to it, no one would be looking to cut funding. But what is the alternative since the government won't police it and make sure the people getting the funds really need it? It wouldn't be hard to police. All they have to do is go to Walmart or Kroger at the beginning of the month and watch. They can see the people buying food with their EBT cards, dressed to the nines, fresh manicured nails, loading the groceries into their Escalade, Mercedes, BMW, or Lexus while talking on their Obama Phone!

I'm tired of being taken adavantage of by an ever increasing entitlement society.

Yes Ms. Werginz is courageous, not for condeming the religious right or tea party, but for having her religous views and expressing them in a public forum. Its doubtful she'll be denied communion, but she could be labeled a religiuos zealot, a biggot, or a racist. Ya know, whatever the Left, the Dems,the Progressives,or your comrades "Buzzword"is this week!

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The Christian Moral Principle Dilemma

Let’s take a rational look at the Tyrone Terror argument. TT & Ms. Werginz want a nation that adheres to Christian principles. The most revered leader of Christianity constantly tells his followers to assist the poor, but he never told the Roman government to assist the poor. The U.S. government is “We the People” (not a Roman government), and it was based on Christian moral principles. Hence, a Christian principled government must adhere to Jesus’ oft cited moral imperative toward the poor.

A conservative, tea party government is primarily concerned with lowering taxes and allowing capitalism to guide the marketplace without government interference. Jesus told the rich young ruler who claimed to keep all biblical commandments to sell all of his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. This directive is at strong odds with the tea party. Likewise, opposing abortion while also opposing aid to 1,000,000 additional unwanted births each year (many to financially challenged mothers) is totally inconsistent. The list goes on and on.

The point: Adherence to Jesus’ teachings conflicts with unrestricted capitalism, ignoring the poor, and setting incompatible moral vs. financial goals. Be consistent. Admit that you are a fiscal conservative and that God’s principles are secondary to income security and hatred of the federal government. Stop playing the “Christian moral principle” card. That is a hard card to play because it denies you the right to be selective in the biblical moral principles you will follow. I surely will not condemn you for being honest with yourself and the rest of us. Best of all, it has the added bonus of retaining your hatred of the entitled poor!

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Poor stf, you don't understand...

Proverbs 17:16 -
Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?

1 Timothy 6:10 -
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Hebrews 13:5 -
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

1 Timothy 6:17-19 -
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

The guidance is there, and you are not the judge of a man's soul; such rests with the Lord, our God. Judge not, lest you be judged. Btw, what's your account & PIN #'s? I want to make sure you're giving enough of your income to the poor.

I love it when people point out flaws in Christians, with the assumption that they're perfect or such; it's so stupidly condescending as to be laughable. I wonder if they judge the Jews, Muslims, or such others in the same light? I believe they have moral guidance on these topics, too.

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Good Points KC - Thanks for advancing my argument!

Let's be clear. I am so pleased that America is NOT a Christian nation, but rather a secular one. One must look no further than any country in the Middle East to see what havoc emanates from basing your government on a religious dogma. However, many on this blog return to the notion that we are somehow a Christian nation and that this has some value. Instead of arguing from logic (which is quickly dismissed by the religious if it differs from their dogma), I simply argue from their religious tradition and the "holy writings" of their faith. Christians stumble out of the starting block on aid to the poor, so I merely use this low-hanging fruit when showing Christians their inconsistencies. Believe me, there are many other areas in which most do not live up to their holy ideals.

For people who believe in the Christian Bible, your cited verses above are excellent arguments AGAINST the tea party crowd who seek constantly to guard their money from anyone who would dare ask them to share it. I personally believe that one has the right to do what one will with his money - that's a logical argument, not a religious one.

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I don't really know, stf...

...what the Tea Party's agenda is, other than demanding responsible government spending & representation; I don't follow them that closely. Apparently you believe there are no Christian-based charities or aid to the poor from the government; on this I believe you are very wrong. You proffer the idea Americans are greedy, selfish bastards, but I disagree:

Individual and Family Philanthropy

88% of households give to charity
The average annual household contribution is $2,213 while the mean is $870.1
Americans gave $298.3 billion in 2011. This reflects a 3.9% increase from 2010
Corporate giving held steady in 2011 at $14.55 billion
Foundation giving increased in 2011 to $41.67 billion--a 1.8% increase from 2010
In 2011, the largest source of charitable giving came from individuals at $217.79 billion, or 73% of total giving; followed by foundations ($41.67 billion/14%), bequests ($24.41 billion/8%), and corporations ($14.55 billion/5%)
In 2011, the majority of charitable dollars went to religion (32%), education (13%), human services (12%), and grantmaking foundations (9%)
International Affairs organizations experienced the largest giving increase in 2011, receiving 7.6% more than the previous year, making the two-year increase more than 15%
Charitable giving accounted for 2% of gross domestic product in 2010
Historically, charitable giving rises about one-third as fast as the stock market

Source: http://www.nptrust.org/philanthropic-resources/charitable-giving-statistics

Add to this the BILLIONS our country gives away in foreign aid; given, ulterior motives might exist, but often not.

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Scary stuff indeed.

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STF Thinker, "Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies"

Your "rational" argument leaves the logical tracks beginning with

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The most revered leader of Christianity constantly tells his followers to assist the poor, but he never told the Roman government to assist the poor. The U.S. government is “We the People” (not a Roman government), and it was based on Christian moral principles. Hence, a Christian principled government must adhere to Jesus’ oft cited moral imperative toward the poor.

It goes completely into the river below the trestle beginning with "Hence ..."

Your logical sin is "black or white": Where two alternative states are presented as the only possibilities, when in fact more possibilities exist.

The remainder of your rejoinder wanders off into the fallacy of cherry-picking data clusters to suit an argument, or finding a pattern to fit a presumption.

And the snappy last word ("added bonus of retaining your hatred of the entitled poor!") is just unvarnished ad hominem.

Come on, Thinker, respond to the argument presented instead of resorting to the fourth sin, the strawman fallacy.

The argument presented was itself an appeal to authority, quoting various worthies who allegedly asserted that the US was indeed a nation founded on "Christian principles." Did the presenter misrepresent those authorities or misuse them?

You could attempt to argue a case that those ancient worthies were wrong, or misguided, etc. But your purported rebuttal raised an entirely new argument that is based on -- if not a misunderstanding of Jesus and His teachings in total -- then a selective use of what He said about the poor and with whom responsibility for the poor resides.

As an aside, a likely plagiarist of an unknown source, I have said often that government is what liberals have instead of God. Indeed, I may boldly assert with a broad brush, government is what liberals WANT instead of God, especially if they get to run it.

And please, if you assert Jesus as the authority for a governmental mandate to assist the "poor," however they might be defined these days, what other portions of His sovereign requirements are you likewise willing to personally bear the burden for?

Not others and their faults -- but what are YOU liable for if His finger is pointing at YOU?

But, come on, Thinker -- Do you really care what Jesus requires of you — or of anybody — so long as His sayings can be cherry-picked to prove your pet point?

If you do care what Jesus requires of YOU and YOUR moral principles— not of government, not of hypocrites, not of Christians, not of anybody but YOU — then we can have a substantive, non-fallacious exchange of opinions.

If, however, you are simply using Jesus as a tool to win your point, then you need to step up your logic game ... perhaps to rise to the level of that old wily Logician, "Did God REALLY say that?"

Because the answer to that question comes before all other answers and answers all other questions, doesn't it?

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Then let’s reason together, Cal

Cal, thank you for a reasoned response and the questions that you raise. You are indeed correct that I am turning Jesus’ words back on the “moral majority” because of their inconsistent appeals to biblical mandates (e.g., opposing homosexuality while spewing vitriol – rather than love - for the defined heathen, opposing both abortion and aid to “entitled” mothers, and a seemingly eternal hatred of the poor). Indeed, I am not proffering a personal adherence to Jesus’ teachings. However, I disagree that I am cherry-picking Jesus’ teachings about the poor because besides his claim to be the Messiah, his association with and concern for the poor is the most reported social action in the gospel accounts or his life.

Ms. Werginz’ original letter appears to be offering a general review of the Founding Fathers’ honor of biblically-based morals, but these would largely be unrecognizable to 21st Century evangelicals and fundamentalists. The revered southern founders like Madison, Jefferson, and Washington held slaves and denied women the vote. They were largely Deists rather than strict adherents to literal Christian principles. Indeed, Jefferson cut all of Jesus’ miracles and allusions to divinity out of his personal bible.

I view fiscal conservatism as antithetical to mainstream evangelical beliefs because “you can’t serve God and money.” I am not opposed to conservative fiscal policy per se, but painting it as some glorified religious mandate is disingenuous.

Also, if you read Tyrone Terror’s response to my initial (admitted very provocative response to Werginz), you will see very logical responses to his/her arguments. Re-read TT's description of food stamp recipients, and I will stand my "snappy" retort as a true representation of his/her sentiments instead of an ad hominem attack.

Anyway, thank you for thinking with me even if you disagree. As a pragmatist, I am much more interested in empirically tested strategies that have demonstrated efficaciousness than in these moral underpinnings endlessly advanced as the reason for any ineffective strategy offered on this blog.

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The Beatitudes

Christians should study these words of Jesus. . . .and then demonstrate them according to their understanding of The Word. We can 'love' our neighbor without enabling him. It is difficult to 'love' and 'denigrate' at the same time.
We all learn from one another's contributions in this discussion. Those who follow Jesus work daily to demonstrate the love he had for all mankind - but none of us has walked the water yet. Being a 'good Christian' is not easy - and we each will make our own demonstration here on earth. Denigrating the poor or denying a fellow human being opportunity is not the Christian way, IMO.

In the Bible - there are references in both the old and new testaments that guide us in our acknowledgement of the poor in our midst.

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Ps 41:1
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

Matt 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Prov 22:9
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

There are many, many more references to the poor in The Bible.
Jesus provided assistance/love to the poor, the sick, and the sinner. That love proved to be very healing for all mankind.

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Bring back our constitution

I’ve haven’t been on this site in a very long time, however, after reading Ms. Werginz article, I had to comment.

Our country needs more true Constitutionalists in Congress including a 2016 candidate for President. Look at what we have today; a President who ignores the Constitution to by-pass Congress to implement 139 Executive Orders to date of his administration.

If our US government would be true to our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, there really wouldn’t be all these current scandals, abuse of power, big government and everything else that is going tremendously wrong in our America today.

I found this article to be very encouraging and enlightening.

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a President who ignores the Constitution to by-pass Congress to implement 139 Executive Orders to date of his administration.

Please share with us what this Congress has done to keep our country running efficiently. Thank God we have a President who has a knowledge of our Constitution which enables him to work for the citizens of this country since we have a Congress who appears to be proud of sitting on their hands. It appears that I have the same opinion as 90% of the country. (Only 10% approval rating) Sad. After this mess - we should have leaders who are working together to reform our tax code. It appears that there may be some progress with immigration. To add to the expense of a college education as a 'solution' to the economic crisis is pure idiocy in my opinion.

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Knowledge of the Constitution is not enough DM, understanding its meaning and its intent is much more important. It is clear that our current President does not understand either its meaning or its intent. However, he's not the first to have these traits.

One of the first precepts of the foundation of our government is personal responsibility for our actions. This seems to be lost on most but especially our President. Most government social reformers detest individualism and personal responsibility. There's a reason for this DM, can you figure it out?

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It is clear that our current President does not understand either its meaning or its intent. However, he's not the first to have these traits. One of the first precepts of the foundation of our government is personal responsibility for our actions. This seems to be lost on most but especially our President. Most government social reformers detest individualism and personal responsibility. There's a reason for this DM, can you figure it out?

I won't presume to understand your reasons for your evaluation of our current president. I do appreciate that you have recognized that he is not the first president who has not lived up to your expectations of the implementation of our Constitution. My understanding of any governing guideline is to assist a group of people to cooperate towards a common goal. Personal responsibility is certainly important in the success of individuals involved in a cooperative effort. I don't agree with your statement that most social reformers detest individualism AND personal responsibility. But, we have disagreed before. Can I figure it out? Well, from my experience, there is resistance to social reform in this country when perceived opportunities/privileges may have to be shared. What is your experience?

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It was a rhetorical question, that the answer is so obvious as to not need an answer apparently escapes DM.

You, of course, need not answer it either.

I will add this for our readers, that the core of our divisions reside in our inability to recognize the central reason our government exists. That by straying from this mandate we have and will give up what we say we hold to be our birthright, freedom.

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

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Executive Orders

President Reagan 246 Executive Orders in first five years, President Bush 120 in five years. Did they ignore the Constitution?
For further enlightenment read the following- http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/01/obama-executive-orders-guns...