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2017-07-14 Healthcare

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July 14, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Healthcare

The word, “healthcare” was not in the English language at the time our nation was founded.

Rather, it was understood that “life” was given by God, not granted by government. Further, “liberty” was necessary in order to obtain things to sustain life. Such things could not support an individual life until they were exclusively private “property.”

To explain – By virtue of being given life you are entitled to the things necessary to support it. The apple in the woods belongs to everyone in common. That apple cannot nourish you until you remove it from the state nature left it in (you pick it up). Just looking at it doesn’t nourish you. Only when it is exclusively yours can it nourish you.

Our declaration says, All men, “… are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable 1 Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — …”

The meaning and intent if the phrase, “Pursuit of Happiness”, has prompted lots of debate. Obviously, it means pursuit within, “the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” The founders were familiar with John Locke’s frequent phrase, “life, liberty, and property.” I have heard that was the phrase in the original draft. Because of the slavery issue “property” would create more discord.

If good health is part of your “pursuit” – have at it. I do not find anything in America’s founding documents that promise or entitle you to a successful “pursuit” at everyone’s expense. Thus public financed healthcare is outside the authority “We the people” granted our government.

The current healthcare debate was lost the first time “repeal Obamacare” was amended to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Politicians who want to buy votes with other people’s money can bicker on and on. The only true solution to the healthcare debate is “repeal Obamacare.”

“BUT” – say those who want to bicker, “That leaves millions without healthcare. They will die!” Few even remember the days when there was no public involvement in healthcare. We no longer even think about the market for insurance those millions will create! Nor do we remember the charities that stepped in to help the helpless. All at a far more reasonable price!

Uprooting the pure evil embedded in the “swamp” will take a lot more than one election cycle. Establishment Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Mitch McConnell were just reelected for 6 years! I predict next year’s election will purge several Democrat and a few RINO Republicans from the Senate. The House races, I believe, will be a GOP landslide. House and Senate leadership will likely move significantly right. The voting public’s level of awareness has shifted well beyond that of the TV pundits.

Some may ask why not change leadership now? There is a simple answer in the mechanics. Unless the Republicans can all agree on a single candidate they will split their vote and the Democrats with a single candidate can win leadership offices. RINO legislators would rather lose than move to the right. Their Democrat friends take care of them. They must be purged in Republican primaries next spring.

1 “unalienable” or (?) “inalienable” – an unresolved debate!

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2017–07-04 I couldn’t say it better

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

July 14, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Healthcare

The word, “healthcare” was not in the English language at the time our nation was founded.

Rather, it was understood that “life” was given by God, not granted by government. Further, “liberty” was necessary in order to obtain things to sustain life. Such things could not support an individual life until they were exclusively private “property.”

To explain – By virtue of being given life you are entitled to the things necessary to support it. The apple in the woods belongs to everyone in common. That apple cannot nourish you until you remove it from the state nature left it in (you pick it up). Just looking at it doesn’t nourish you. Only when it is exclusively yours can it nourish you.

Our declaration says, All men, “… are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable 1 Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — …”

The meaning and intent if the phrase, “Pursuit of Happiness”, has prompted lots of debate. Obviously, it means pursuit within, “the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” The founders were familiar with John Locke’s frequent phrase, “life, liberty, and property.” I have heard that was the phrase in the original draft. Because of the slavery issue “property” would create more discord.

If good health is part of your “pursuit” – have at it. I do not find anything in America’s founding documents that promise or entitle you to a successful “pursuit” at everyone’s expense. Thus public financed healthcare is outside the authority “We the people” granted our government.

The current healthcare debate was lost the first time “repeal Obamacare” was amended to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Politicians who want to buy votes with other people’s money can bicker on and on. The only true solution to the healthcare debate is “repeal Obamacare.”

“BUT” – say those who want to bicker, “That leaves millions without healthcare. They will die!” Few even remember the days when there was no public involvement in healthcare. We no longer even think about the market for insurance those millions will create! Nor do we remember the charities that stepped in to help the helpless. All at a far more reasonable price!

Uprooting the pure evil embedded in the “swamp” will take a lot more than one election cycle. Establishment Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Mitch McConnell were just reelected for 6 years! I predict next year’s election will purge several Democrat and a few RINO Republicans from the Senate. The House races, I believe, will be a GOP landslide. House and Senate leadership will likely move significantly right. The voting public’s level of awareness has shifted well beyond that of the TV pundits.

Some may ask why not change leadership now? There is a simple answer in the mechanics. Unless the Republicans can all agree on a single candidate they will split their vote and the Democrats with a single candidate can win leadership offices. RINO legislators would rather lose than move to the right. Their Democrat friends take care of them. They must be purged in Republican primaries next spring.

1 “unalienable” or (?) “inalienable” – an unresolved debate!

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2017-06-22 Not half-full but overflowing

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June 22, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Not half-full but overflowing

A major battle in the global war of the ages is taking place in America. The good news – The “good guys” are winning. Not “just” winning. They are winning big time!

Think about it. David is in the middle of the battlefield with a borrowed sword and his foot on Goliath’s chest. He is shouting to the army of the living God (as opposed to the dead ones), “C’mon men. They are running away.”

If the Hebrew troops had had their heads buried in Philistine newspapers and Philistine TV they would have missed seeing what is in plain sight. They would have worried about Goliath’s four brothers, also giants. (BTW – David had four stones left in his pouch!)

Instead – The army of the living God chased the Philistines all over the map and proceeded to drain the swampy battlefield! I see a movement of citizens who have reached a tipping point. For years they have just wanted to be left alone. They chose to let shady leaders be shady. It was easier than fighting city hall alone and making a fuss.

Trump had the personal resources and personality to represent the things we wanted to see. We have all seen patterns of dominos each knocking down its neighbor. Well, in society it works in reverse also. Stand up one domino and that pulls up the neighbor and momentum builds.

Unless you listen to those interested in reporting on the good things you are likely to miss them. BUT evidence of the righteous movement is all around us if we will but look for it.

The problem is not political. Next year, we will vote on every congressman and a third of the senators plus all levels of state and local offices. Hypothetically – Suppose we elect perfectly qualified, glow in the dark, good guys to every single office. In only a few years the swamp would be back in business! “Why?”, you ask. Because we truly have a representative government. We have (collectively) voted for those with whom we identify!

The answer is to raise the standards of the voter. That is a lot harder than replacing politicians! That has been my passion for four decades. I wanted to shout from the housetops. I expected to be teaching sound (Biblical) principles to hundreds at a time! God patiently spoke to me, “Just teach the ones I put in front of you.” Others have been doing the same. Now a movement appears to be gaining momentum.

If you have not yet visited the web site – please do!

HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

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2017-06-03 Bragging on s friend

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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June 3, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Bragging on a friend

I would like to tell you about a dear friend – Desta Garrett.

It must have been around 1975. We were heavily involved with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Some of the leaders, knowing we were near San Francisco, asked me to meet their flight and drive them to the headquarters of the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE). I met Miss Hall and Miss Slater there, because I was carrying the brief cases.

It was immediate awe and respect. These two ladies were on a mission to restore knowledge about America by documenting the Christian principles behind the movement that became America. They lived in a house in the Sunset District of San Francisco. It was FACE headquarters.

Miss Slater left a Stanford doctoral program to join Miss Hall in cofounding FACE. Miss Hall left a business career to follow her vision. Miss Slater was a teacher. Miss Hall was a historian. Both were avid readers. Christian school and home school industries were just beginning to blossom. FACE publications were spreading across America.

FACE headquarters was painted in colonial motif. Inside the home were areas representing north, central, and southern colonial furniture, and style. Everything could be used as an historical object lesson. The house was filled with precious books. I particularly enjoyed browsing the microfiche copies of colonial newspapers covering several centuries.

All that to introduce the ladies’ irreplaceable “girl Friday,” Desta Garrett. Desta was always busy on a project for the ladies. She learned to use computers and fought through the start-up battles that always seem to happen with computers. Desta became a professional book editor. She read and type-set the FACE books.

Desta’s daughter, Katheryn, and our Susan were blessed to be in the right place at the right time. Miss Slater missed the classroom and offered to teach the girls a course in Literature. Susan, now having completed homeschooling her own two kids cherishes her memories of that course.

Later, after Miss Hall passed in 1987, FACE headquarters and Miss Slater moved to Chesapeake, Virginia. Desta launched her own book editing business. I never knew her not to have several books that needed her expertise. Fran and I visited Desta’s family a number of times. Desta is a researcher as well. Her home was a treasure trove.

The Garrett’s have had their share of tragedies. Their adult son died, then Desta was widowed. She was a trooper. Always meticulous in her editing. We watched as one pressure after another built upon her. God is faithful! He will always make a way to escape so that we can bear it.

Katheryn, now married with a family of her own was able to couple her home and Desta’s into a larger one and move her mom into her own room in the larger southern California home.

We are so looking forward to thanking Desta for her work and sacrifices in behalf of the FACE vision come the big “Honoring The Vision” event on September 23rd in Rocklin, California. All the “old timers” will be there plus the next generation of vision restorers.

Come join us! HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

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2017-05-18 Honoting The Vision update

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

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May 18, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Honoring The Vision update

HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

The organizing committee members are grateful for the $1650 contributions toward the targeted $10K we have budgeted. We are using it to purchase the first air fares for honored guests. Yet to be covered – TV crew, caterer, hotel, venue, honoraria. If you plan to join us please register soon. If you care to help us share news of this event and help us raise funds -Please do so.

Please – everyone who reads this – Pray for the success of this significant event. Pray for our committee. Pray for America!

Those who were active in the 1960’s when this restoration movement was beginning are beginning to age (smile). We want to gather their memories and preserve them for future researchers. If you are among them we want you included.

Those of you who are younger need to be there to learn and be inspired (living history). Understanding God’s hand in human history and what He has done and is doing in America is vital in today’s society. Come network with master teachers and browse their books.

Remember this please – The unrighteous want to do everything they can to convince you that God and His ways are unproductive and unreliable. We must respond in the opposite spirit – one of faith and optimism.

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2017-05-13 It grieves my heart

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May 13, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

It grieves my heart

We enjoy watching “Survivor” on television. It is a study in human nature. Often such “studies” tempt me to do away with the TV set! Such was the case the other day. We watched as a homosexual couple (two men) were united after a separation. The demonstrated affection was accepted as normal by the participants and the program producers. My heart was grieved,

To begin with – There is a creator God. To the degree we depend upon Him – We are obliged to obey His rules. Have you heard, “If you live in my house, you obey our house rules!” or, “If you ride in our car-pool you don’t smoke!”

Since mankind is in every way dependent upon God, each of us is obliged in every way to obey His rules. Fortunately He is a loving, gracious, tolerant, and forgiving God. Were that not so I would long since been turned into a frog! (Apologies to the frogs.) His stated goal for each of us is for us to learn to love Him and to love one another.

The best definition I have for “Love” – Unselfishly willing the very best for the loved one. [John 3:16] Brotherly love and Christian care are Godly attributes. They produce positive results. Homosexual affection is selfish. It produces discord and chaos. Such results grieve the heart of the One who loves them most.

Beyond wanting to love the things God loves and hate the things God hates, I am grieved over the way our society is “teaching”, as in this “Survivor” program. How many young people will believe homosexuality is normal and acceptable as a result of this episode?

I have heard the counter, “Yes, but God loves the homosexual.” God also loves the murderer, the bank robber, the wife beater, and the child molester, but we do not tell the viewer these things are normal and acceptable. We need a fixed standard by which to measure right and wrong. Nothing exists without a set of rules to govern it – even human nature. We need to warn those violating those rules else we are giving tacit consent.

I have learned from personal experience. When we obey God’s rules the results are positive. When we step outside His rules there is discord and chaos.

Those in rebellion will strike back in an effort to justify their actions. I respond in love for them, “Take it up with the One who loves you more than I do and who made the rules to help us learn to love Him and others unselfishly.”

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2017-05-03 ‘Principles of American Government’

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May 3, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Principles of American Government (PAG)

The next 3-month online course begins in just 6 weeks. Twenty-four 75 minute classes, Monday and Wednesday, at 6PM California time, starting on Monday, June 12th.

Join students online in a live virtual classroom using Skype. Classes are interactive, usually half adults and half teens. This is neither a civics class nor a Constitution course. Rather – This is a course in the history and reasoning that produced the concepts that became American liberty.

Students learn proven principles by which to evaluate alternative choices. They learn to reason from cause to effect. The final part of the course focuses upon how to use what they have learned in the marketplace of ideas.

Tuition is $195. Those with an interest should read the course syllabus and student comments in our web site (above).

Please contact me to register for the class (again above).

For His-story & Government

Ben Gilmore

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2017-04-26 Help Honor the Vision

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April 26, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

Help Honor the Vision

www.HonoringTheVision.weebly.com

A movement to restore knowledge of America’s wonderful Christian heritage began in the 1960’s. Many of the pioneer patriots of that movement have passed on. The rest are ageing. The “Honoring the Vision” event in Rocklin, California, a suburb of Sacramento, on Saturday, September 23rd is designed to honor those pioneers. (Patriot hero’s to many of us!)

In doing so, we hope to once again stimulate interest in learning what we don’t know that we don’t know.

“ For over one hundred years Americans have not known or learned of America’s Christian History. Five generations of Americans have produced a national ignorance concerning the Providential founding of this nation and of God’s hand in preserving, defending, and leading the Colonists to victory in 1775–1781—the seven long years of the American Christian Revolution. Today we have no proud heroes—no models of character, or leadership, to inspire our youth. We have no identity for courage, conscience or compassion, to cherish as part of the proud fabric which a people weaves into its character and tradition. The reason is not that we do not possess such a treasury of greatness and heroism. The reason is that we have allowed our treasury to be robbed and pillaged of its gold—the gold of Christian character. In so doing we have lost our vision of the destiny and purpose of God’s America.” [Rosalie Slater – 1973]

If you have not yet surfed the event’s web site I invite you to do so now (see above). We are featuring the faculty of the first pilot school using the Principle Approach to education. Everyone is invited to honor and learn from these master teachers.

Further – The whole event is to be video recorded in order to archive for future researchers the history of this part of the movement to restore our heritage. If you have studied under Principle Approach teachers, or have memories of the early days of the movement, we hope you will come to the event and add your comments to the video recording.

The organizing committee believes there will be two hundred or more attendees. We have many expenses – Speakers’ air fares and hotel as well as video and meal staff. To encourage early registration we have set a sliding scale: Registration is $50; After July 15th registration is $55; After August 31st registration is $60. Registration for those under 16 is $30. (Lunch and closing banquet are included.)

Over and above all that we must raise almost $10,000 from those willing to support this event and its purpose. If you know of such individuals or organizations please share this appeal. Make checks payable to, “Honoring the Vision”. Send them to P.O. Box 661975, Sacramento, California 95866. For information – HonoringTheVision or 916-722-2501.

Pray for America’s restoration.

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2017-204-23 The nature of things

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April 24, 2017

This is a letter to our friends –

The nature of things

I know of only three human organizations that God created in the Bible: Family; Church; State. The family is the building block of every society, Christian and non-Christian. Every society has a vertical relationship with some sort of higher power. We call that relationship between families and God (or a god) Church. We call the horizontal relationship between families and families State.

Jesus Christ was asked about the most important commandment. “And he answering said, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.’” [Luke 10:27]

Again – The vertical and the horizontal relationship. Throughout human history the quality of the vertical relationship in a society has always determined the quality of the horizontal relationship. Never the other way around. This holds true in families, churches and civil governments.

Family, church and state are governmental organizations. That is – They need direction regulation, control, and restraint. The best set of rules by which to govern families, churches, and civil governments are found in the Bible. I agree in advance to accept a better more proven and reliable set of rules when they are found. Not to do so would be foolish and absurd.

But what rules governed before the Bible? They are called, “The laws of nature.” Things were “good” or “bad” long before the books of the Bible were written. Further – something is not good or bad because the Bible says so. The Bible says something is good or bad because it has always been so.

The founding fathers understood that, when they referred to “the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” in our Declaration of Independence. The laws of nature are called, “Natural Law”. The laws of nature’s God are called, “Revealed Law” and are found only in the Holy Scriptures.

Natural laws are discovered by observation and reason. “Even a dumb dog don’t kiss a hot stove twice!” Revealed law is learned by study and prayer. Natural and Revealed Law will never be in conflict because they were both created by God. However, Revealed Law is infinitely more authoritative than Natural Law. Revealed law was “dictated” by revelation by God. Natural Law is discovered by human observation and human reason, both of which are imperfect.

Natural Law predated Revealed Law by thousands of years. Sir William Blackstone speculated that because man was too dumb (my words) to reason it out, God in His benevolence gave us the Bible to help us understand how to love Him and love one another.

It is so simple it becomes profound – Our whole purpose is to learn to love God and to love one another. God even took the form of a man, Jesus Christ, to demonstrate how it is done. Then He came again as the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Think about it. The infinite first cause of everything wants to teach you to love Him and others. He has done and continues doing everything possible, short of violating your will, to get your attention.

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2017-03-25 OOPS!

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March 25, 2017

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OOPS!

My previous post said Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary was 1928! Please correct my mistake.

Ben Gilmore

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