Month: August 2015

2015-08-31 President of what

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

August 31, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

President of what?

Have you thought about it? The President is the President of what?

Members of my last Principles of American Government (PAG) class stumbled over the obvious answer –

He is the President of the United States. He is not President of the people!

In the coming months we will often hear complaints about the “Electoral College”. It is important for Americans to understand what that is and why it exists.

Delegates from the 50 states meet every four years, according to the Constitution, to elect the President of the states. “We the people” don’t elect the President. We vote in our respective states to elect delegates to the Electoral College. The delegates to the Electoral College elect the President. This is a good thing!

A nation as large and as diverse as ours exhibits unity with diversity. We must respect and honor our differences. Were we to have a national election where a majority of all the voters elected the President of the United States, votes by citizens of the smaller states would count for little. Further, votes by rural and suburban areas would count for little. Votes cast in the largest cities would determine the national election.

The system may not suit everyone, but I suggest, the system has served us well for two centuries. Let’s not change it unless we are confident it is replaced with something better.

BTW – The next online PAG course begins Wednesday, September 9th at 9am PT. Phone me if you want in.

2015-08-21 PAG online course begins

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

August 21, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Principles of American Government

Online course begins

9am, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This course is guaranteed to be “inconvenient”! You will be expected to set aside 75 minutes every Monday and Wednesday morning for online class time for three months – plus – 4 or 5 hours of personal reading and study each week.

In return you will receive in depth exposure to the principles that lead America’s founders to create the first nation in human history based upon the laws of nature and of nature’s God. You will learn and understand the Biblical, historical, and logical developments that lead to the Declaration and Constitution.

More importantly – You will learn and understand the providential hand of God, over 6,000 years, in teaching man to love God and others. You will learn critical thinking and how to use what you have learned in the marketplace of ideas.

The next course begins at 9am, Wednesday, September 9th. We use Skype (free) software as a virtual classroom. The classes are interactive (you can see and hear one another). Interruptions for questions and discussion are encouraged. Classes are usually half teen and half adult.

Those with interest are encouraged to surf the “Students Comments” tab on our web site (above). Enroll by phoning 916-722-2501.

By the way – All times mentioned above are California time.

2015-08-16 Small thing – BIG SIGNIVICANCE

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

August 16, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Small thing – BIG SIGNIFICANCE

I believe it was the Lord who prompted me – Whenever I speak with someone about abortion I must also speak about forgiveness and salvation. Otherwise, I may succeed in showing that abortion is murder without showing the way out of guilt.

A friend of mine had an idea a few years ago about a memorial garden as a place to grieve and gain closure after losing an unborn. Fran and I walked the proposed site and sensed the peace of God. I told my friend that we felt we were to help when the project began to take shape.

Today he brought the plan and the web site for “New Hope Memorial Garden” www.SacUnbornMemorial.org

The timing for this project seems to synchronize with the present full court press attack upon the Planned Parenthood organization. God’s hand appears to be at work!

By the way, next Saturday, August 22nd, Pro-life groups have scheduled a national protest against Planned Parenthood centers across the country. Those in the Sacramento area may call 916-993-8673. Those outside the area may call their local pro-life activist for information.

Those of you who have never participated in public demonstrations are missing an opportunity. Good people have been passive for far too long. Such demonstrations have been part of American culture since colonial days.

I hope you will surf the New Hope Memorial Garden web site (above). Read the text, enlarge and contemplate the pictures (artist’s conceptions). Pray about sending $ for this project. By comparison with other national projects it is small potatoes. In terms of its potential healing power, it is huge!

This column has long reminded readers that God’s hand is at work. This is not a time for inaction. This is the first time this column has been used as a fund raiser. The reason? – Because I believe in the project and I believe the Lord is prompting me to do so. Please open the web site and contribute what you can.

In Christian love

Ben & Fran Gilmore

2015-08-01 Organizations

ACH Study Groups

Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders

7659 Gingerblossom Drive

Citrus Heights, CA 95621

916-722-2501 histbuff@garlic.com

www.ACHStudyGroups.com

August 1, 2015

This is a letter to our friends –

Organizations

Nothing exists without a set of rules to govern it (i.e. direct, regulate, control, restrain). Every

human organization is governed. There are three types of organizational rule (that is

“polity”): Rule of one; Rule of a few; Rule of many. Human organizations are a mixture of

these elements of polity.

Rule of one is called, “Monarchy.” Rule of a few is called, “Aristocracy.” Rule of many is called, “Democracy.” Think about it – Rule of one, few, many are the only possibilities. Sir William Blackstone (1723 – 1780), father of the legal profession, wrote about the good and bad attributes of each.

I summarize what Blackstone wrote in “Commentaries”:

Democracies (think, “majority rule”) – public virtue and good intention, want what is right and just, patriotic and public spirited. Often foolish (unwise) and weak in getting things done. Democracies are usually the best for making laws.

Aristocracies (rule of a few) – wiser than the other two, but less honest than a democracy and less powerful than a monarchy. Aristocracies are fitted to judge the laws.

Monarchy (rule of one) – More powerful than the other two, can get things done, BUT, is most vulnerable to misusing that power. Monarchies are best for executing the laws.

To quote Governor William Penn (1682), “…any government is free to the people under it (whatever be the frame) where the laws rule and the people are a party to those laws:” But what happens if the government steps outside those laws?

A democracy becomes an “Anarchy.” An aristocracy becomes an “Oligharchy.” A monarchy becomes a “Tyranny.”

I find all three forms of polity in the Bible. Human nature is such that we are tempted to say, “Since our form is Biblical, yours must not be!” God appears to have endorsed each at different times. I will speculate upon why that is. –

It is a law of nature – The quality of an organization’s government is determined by the over-all self-government of its members.

God loves and wants the best for everyone. Suppose He is considering an organization whose members have poor self-government: Because He wants the best for them, He gives them a top-down (rule of one) polity. If He gave them majority rule, they would likely turn it into anarchy.

On the other hand, consider an organization made up honest law-abiding members. They would chafe under top-down rule. I see a spectrum that morphs from rule of one, through rule of a few, to rule of many – depending upon the corporate quality of self-government at the time.

Another law of nature – Every society has a dominant corporate relationship with a “higher power” of some sort. That vertical (church) relationship will always determine the horizontal (civil) relationship. Never the other way around.

A parting thought – If America’s civil government has shifted from liberty toward monarchy (even tyranny), what does that say about the corporate character of our vertical (church) relationship with God?

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