Once again Progressives are talking about ridding our country of the Electoral College. They hate it because their candidate lost the election, but won the popular vote. Instead of having a candidate that appeals to citizens from across the country, the left wants states with large populations to decide who’ll become President. 

This call to change our system to ‘pure democracy’ is not surprising. Instead of winning within our checks and balances system, the left tries to subvert our institutions to forcibly get their way. We see this all the time. Today there are protests in large cities because ‘their’ candidate didn’t win. They think that the rest of America will now kowtow to their demands due to their belief in mob rule

Knowing that subversives existed; our Founding Fathers had to make the difficult decision on how our new country would elect its President. The first choice they had was pure democracy, which is a popular vote by the citizens. All that would be needed is a plurality to win. 

Christianity has flourished in the United States since its founding. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution restrains the government from abridging the religious rights of its citizens so that people may worship as they see fit, with or without like-minded people, and that they may live their lives in accordance with their faith, without restriction. 

The underpinning of this religious liberty is a general freedom that every citizen possesses as a right granted from God that cannot be taken away by the government. Our Constitution protects our freedom so that each person may pursue God’s plans or happiness for their life without government forcing upon them its own plans.

If we had a government forcing its own plans we would be subjects to a king or other sovereign ruler or state. Then the government, without restraint, could prohibit freedom by decreeing what is an acceptable belief, vocation, or public expression, and what is not acceptable. A person who violates these decrees would face some punishment that could include imprisonment or death.

It’s a Saturday morning and you decide to go to the mall. Instead of jumping in to a $25,000 automobile that most of the time just sits idly in your garage, you take out your smartphone app and punch a few buttons to dial a ride. Within minutes you’re on your way in the comfy area of the backseat with no annoying driver making small talk. You arrive safely at your destination, curb side, all for a few bucks that were automatically charged to your account. You don’t even have to say goodbye.

When you want to be picked back up, you just dial a ride again. The problem is that you need to run many errands and have many stops. All of them will require you to dial a ride.

Not only are ordering rides a hassle, but not owning your own car will leave you dependent on a system that’s controlled by big corporations and big government. This is not freedom. Americans love their cars and ought to be able to drive wherever they want and whenever they want, without restriction and without relying on a service.

Declaration of Independence

In this election year, we are once again called to make a decision on what kind of country we want to have. Do we want to have a big government system that is quasi socialist or do we still value limited government and personal freedom that has been the hallmark of our republic since its founding.

Although we need to know what the candidates believe, we first need to decide what type of government philosophy we identify with. This will guide us on Election Day.  When we know what our philosophy is, we become principled in our beliefs and we’ll know exactly where we stand on nearly every issue and with every candidate.

Our founders had to make that choice as well. They lived in a world that was ruled by monarchs and other forms of dictatorships, but were able to use democracy successfully in the colonies for 150 years, even while they were still under British rule. It was through that success that our Founding Fathers began the great ‘American experiment’ as it has been called. 

Colin Kaepernick’s type of protest is not used by others to represent many worthy grievances in our society because our flag, our national anthem, our government and our freedoms represent what’s great about this country.

You don’t see athletes sitting during the national anthem because people are losing their jobs to global competition or influxes of illegal immigrants.  If they did protest the flag in this way, they would be labeled as haters of other countries and not the brave souls sitting for displaced American families.  Why is it that certain grievances are okay to protest in this fashion while others are not?


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