Monthly Archives: June 2013

Gay Marriage

The US Constitution is silent about gay marriage. As a matter of fact it is silent on a vast majority of issues encountered by humans. The idea behind the Constitution was not to “protect” we citizens, but rather to grant certain very limited powers to the new Federal government in order that it might conduct our business. The Bill of Rights were enumerated to assure a more limited form of government…a deep concern of many at the time.

The 10th amendment specifically says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Under these circumstances, gay issues are clearly within the domain of the people. Should the citizens of a particular state wish they may regulate these and other items of human behavior they can do so at the state (or local) level. They are also free to simply ignore the issue.

In the end it is, “We the people,” who determine how actively our various governments intrude upon our lives through our vote. The majority dictate the course of our legislative involvement upon the minority.

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North Rim of the Grand Canyon

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is arguably the most beautiful place in America. On a higher plane there exists a spirituality here that I have found nowhere else. Poised upon this sanctorium so empowered in God’s majestic grandeur I feel at once alone and at home. In the overwhelming void within the chasm’s depth and breadth abides a near perfect communion with our Father’s Grace.

Squandering the Precious

We each have one life to live. From birth to death the minutes, hours or years are finite. It is amazing to me how few realize that accepting a job is literally selling a portion of our life. Of course, “making a living”, by one means or another, is mandatory. Yet so many sell their lives much too cheaply and spend the balance in frivolous trivia.

Afghanistan: Bane of Empire

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
-Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (George Santayana)

Why do we elect so many politicians who are functionally illiterate in the study of history? Afghanistan historically the bane of empires. The only times in which the country has been held in subjugation a sustained length of time were those in which the Mongol Khans invaded and virtually eliminated the tribal population. All Afghan invaders watched the blood of thier warriors soak into the desert sands until they too withdrew in defeat.

Judicial Impeachment

There are currently several legislative “cures” proposed to address the many political crisis which have arisen of late. I seriously doubt that attempting to create a cure through the same process which spawned the existing abomination will work.

Perhaps we would be better advised to focus upon the judiciary. Federal judges are charged with ensuring that government activities remain within proscribed limits of the Constitution. If they are not doing their sworn duty than they should be replaced. Impeachment is an alternative which is rarely used within the judicial branch of government except in cases of blatant moral promiscuity.

All elected and non-elected public officials who swear to uphold the Constitution and then fail to do so should be replaced. I doubt if legislation limiting legislation will have much effect upon this current mess nor any future one. Rather, more legislation simply produces more “loopholes” through which advocates of plethora of unconstitutional programs can be instituted.

I support hiring people who are true to their sworn word. In the end it we the people who must send those servants to Washington who represent, support and pocess the moral character to maintain the values we cherish. And, perhaps, the previous sentence accuratly describes why we are in the current political/social situation.