Month: February 2020

2020-02-26 Socialism & Republicanism

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
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February 26, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Socialism & Republicanism

U.D. Roberts of Columbus, Georgia is an accomplished political historian.

Recently he circulated an article discussing party differences in 1908.

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2020-02-13 Term Limits

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
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Citrus Heights, CA 95621
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February 13, 2020

This is a letter to our friends –

Term Limits

The first time I recall hearing about term limits was after Franklin D. Roosevelt had just won his 3rd term as President. Congress set a Constitutional Amendment and the people ratified it. A President may now only serve 2 terms.

George Washington created a tradition by choosing to serve only two terms. All others followed it until Roosevelt. BTW – He died in his 3rd term.

Why do people want term limits? Most, I believe, would respond, “Once in office, the incumbent has advantages over challengers. Often, it is the only way to get them out of office!” In other words, “The voters are voting dumb!”

We have term limits now and (apparently) people are still voting dumb! Just look at California state politics!

Think about this – Do you want someone telling you who you may not vote for in the next election? That is what term limits do. Suppose you have a gifted legislator who is doing a great job and is term limited out.

Unintended consequences – When a new man arrives in office he must find a staff that can show him the ropes. About the time he is experienced he is termed out. By default, a corps of experienced, unelected staffers end up making most of the decisions!

If “voting dumb” is the problem, then raising the standards of the voters is the solution. “Oh”, you respond, “but that is too hard.” We have a lot more support going for us than the colonials in the 1800’s. We have the Declaration, the Constitution and 200 years of experience in “self-governing”.

What we need, that the colonials had, is a better understanding of how reliable Biblical principles apply to all aspects of life; government, education, sports, economics, family, …. .

Adult education is important for today. There are hundreds of groups shouting from the housetops (like this one). Youth education in reliable principles is vital if there is ever to be a corps of leaders to guide our ship of state in future years. I hope every reader will watch for opportunities to support principle approach schools.

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2020-02-05 What just happened

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Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
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February 5, 2020

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What just happened?

Fifty-one of 100 U.S. Senators voted that President Trump is not guilty of Nancy Pelosi’s
First Article of Impeachment.

Fifty two of 100 U.S. Senators voted that President Trump is not guilty of Nancy Pelosi’s Second Article of Impeachment.

Please answer this question for yourself. Should any one of the 435 Representatives in the House of Representatives (House) be allowed to bring Impeachment charges against the President of the United States to the Senate for trial? How about the Speaker of the House alone? How about the Speaker and one or two of her many House Committees?

NO ! – The sole power of Impeachment belongs to the whole House. The whole House has yet to vote on Impeachment! When a House Committee demanded documents and testimony from the President and his staff he said, “No”. Then he sent a letter stating that the House must vote as a whole to give that authority to someone before he would honor their requests.

Ms Pelosi claimed he used his office to impede the House’s Impeachment investigation (Second Impeachment Article). I never heard the House Managers answer that point. Thus – It appears to me that everything that followed was without Constitutional authority. The majority of the House members (all Democrats) gave it false credibility by their silence. The U. S. Senate gave it false credibility by accepting the articles as valid. The Chief Justice gave it false credibility by presiding.

The President had no choice but to send his defense team. (Who featured the false credibility as their very first defense.)
The other (First) Impeachment Article is answered in like manner. Is a possibly corrupt candidate automatically immune from investigation because he is a candidate? The Democrats have consistently avoided that question by twisting the issue to claim Trump is self-serving by investigating corruption.

A good man, President Trump, has been and is being terribly slandered.
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