Direction in an Age of Confusion
20 Years of Prophecy Fulfilled
Introduction to Chapter 3
U.S. Constitution: Law & Order
Our government is based on a BELIEF in something larger than our individual selves, and a cooperative whole, and in truth the message has held us fast to the core values basic human rights and tenets, but we needed more substantive ‘rules’ and broader inclusion than the ‘Old & New Testaments’ specifically stated for the society that we lived in three hundred years ago, to sustain us for centuries to come.
The Declaration of Independence birthed a nation. It’s precepts parallel to fundamental wisdom of the ages, flexible enough to be inclusive of 56 men, from 13 Colonies, ages 26 (Thomas Lynch Jr & Edward Rutledge) to 70 (Benjamin Franklin), occupations 12 ‘Plantation Owners’, 24 Lawyers, 4 Physicians, 10 Merchants, 2 Ministers, 1 Printer/Scientist, 2 Land Owners, and 1 Farmer.
Significantly, lawyers were 42.8% of the total “Founders” and Ministers were .037% of the 56. I can only wonder: How many lawyers are elected members of our Congress for the last twenty years or more? Yet, even though there are no women included as the Founders of our country, all but two of the men were married, and all but two had children. Though the women were not ‘legally’ allowed to vote or serve, I would like to believe, these brave colonial women, were respected and loved, and likely wise in advice given to their husbands, for the sake of their children’s futures.
The last ‘Founder’ Charles Carrollton, of Annapolis MD died in 1834, serving his new country for 58 years and his progeny, Daniel Carroll was instrumental along with most of the other patriots, forming our U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution of the United States of America
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.
This seems to be a reasonable basis for the goals and objectives of a nation founded by a group of idealists, who had declared independence separation from the’ King of Great Britain who has a history of repeated injuries and usurpations’, and ‘absolute Tyranny over these States’ among 27 grievances.
The U.S. Constitution (September 17, 1787) was established to ensure the liberties we fought so valiantly to achieve in the Revolutionary War, as successfully launched us into our desired form of government by a consensus creation of thirty-nine (39) men.
The structure of the government ‘Republic’ is three branches (divisions):
1) Legislative, 2) Judiciary, & 3) Executive Branch.
I’m providing an overview, from its text a summary of the branches purpose and missions):
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in the Congress of the United States which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives. House of Representatives are composed of Members elected from every state (by its residents) shall choose their Speaker of the House, and other officers and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, elected by their residents; the Vice-President of the United States shall be the President of the Senate. The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside, and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
The Senators and Representatives shall in all cases, except Treason, Felony, and Breach of Peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, that shall not be questioned any other place.
Among other powers,( in Section 8), to raise Armies, to raise and maintain a Navy, To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces, to provide for a calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions; to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed for the Service of the United States, reserving to the State’s respectively the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
EXECUTIVE (BRANCH) POWER.
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during a term of Four Years, and together with the Vice-President, chosen for the same term, be elected.
No person except a natural born citizen or a Citizen of the United States, (at the time of the original Constitution) shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office..
In case of the removal of the President from Office, or his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice-President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Office shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly until the disability be removed OR, a President shall be elected.
Before he entered as the Executive of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”(The oath may be sworn or affirmed and although not present in the text of the Constitution, it has become a standard practice for modern presidents to add “so help me God” at the end of the oath.)
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing of the principal of office in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States, except in cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power by, and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, (2/3 of Senators present concur), and he shall nominate and by advice and consent of Senate, appoint Ambassadors, other public ministers, consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law, but Congress may by Law vest the appointment of such inferior officers as they think proper, but the President alone, in the Courts of Law or in Heads of Departments.
He shall from time to time, give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures he shall judge necessary and expedient, he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both House and Senate, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may re-journ them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take care that Laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission the officers of the United States.
The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior and shall receive for their services, compensation.
The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, Treaties made; cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; to controversies to which the United States shall be a party, to all controversies between a State and Citizens of another State; between citizens of different States, between Citizens of the same State claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a State of the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
Section 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each one of them against Invasion, and on application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of Our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven and of the Independents of the United State of America, the Twelfth in Witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Name.
Scripturally, the Bible in Jeremiah Chapter 51, verses 15-19 states:
“He made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the Heavens by His understanding. When He thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from His storehouses. Every man is senseless without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols; his images are a fraud; they have no breath in them. They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgement comes, they will perish. He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for He is the Maker of all things, including the tribe of His inheritance – the Lord Almighty is His Name.
There is a movement, a momentous shift that has been happening for over twenty years, in the hearts and minds of those who depart from the original basis of our country’s founding, established ‘IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. – Endowed by a Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
When I was born (68 years ago), my father was in the U.S. Army, stationed in Puerto Rico, and I lived there for the first three years of my life. Studies have proven that from ages Infant to 5 years old, we learn lessons having the most impact in social and intellectual development in anyone’s life. Family, stability, nourishment, and culture are part of what we learn for life skills, for better or worse.
The Army life atmosphere was and is, highly structured; the basic military mind-set is duty, service, mission, teamwork, and chain of command. Rules and regulations for the common good and survival of all, in country or out-of-country. Military serves to protect people, quality of life, and sustainability for independence and freedoms. They are wounded or die on battlefields to do so.
For fourteen years, we were duty assignment relocated to various military posts: Kansas, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. One thing remained constant, everywhere we lived, on installations or within the local community, we loved our country, so did the others around us, neighbors, civilian or military, young or old, all colors, cultures faith, nationalities. Somehow, we all celebrated our holidays peacefully and respectfully, honorably.
In schools, children were expected to learn not only education reading, writing and arithmetic, but social skills, friendship, loyalty, kindness, respect, compassion, sharing, negotiating, leadership, proper language, and life skills. When lessons weren’t available at home, school was the safe place, a teacher who cared, helping you to succeed. Citizenship, manners, paying attention, obeying rules, completing work on time, reflecting behavior and values considered necessary in our society; my grand-children have similar today. However, overall, we’re experiencing escalating violence in homes, schools, homes, sports events, entertainment venues, even churches, synagogues and mosques, across all cultures and nationalities.
That’s what we have in common now. Maybe it starts with a few, a minority, influencing our government officials and elects, and a serpent with seven schemes slithers its way down into our lives and communities, seeding discord and division.
Scheme # 1 to change the Republic.......
Study Guide: 1) Areas of Change, 2) Basis, 3) Methods of Change, and 4) Intended Results
Law & Order
• Congress (Legislative Branch)
• Supreme Court (Judiciary)
• President & Vice-President (Executive Branch)
Method of Change:
• Congress consistently alters or
• Refuses to pass laws or
• Votes by Allegiance to their Political Party
• Instead of Public Good (Nationalism)
• Judiciary inconsistency
• Definitions of law & interpretation
• Changing law from the bench with a new definition of law
Political Partisanship Agendas
• Not Voted Majority: by the People for the People
• Electoral & Districting Voted by Two Main Party Divisiveness (Republicans/Democrats)
• Ergo Voters & Other Political Parties not fairly represented
• Consistently challenged by Congressional ‘Filibusters & Funding Campaigns’
• State’s Rights vs Federal Rights often clash
Diminished Public Confidence in Our Governance
• Federal vs States Rights
• States vs States Laws (Conflict)
• Special Interest Groups
& Lobbyists Empowered Laws
• Confusion over Personal Rights vs Government Rights
• False Labeling Political Parties as ‘Conservative vs Liberal’
• Distrust of Equal & Fair Law Enforcement
• Distrust of Equal Justice & Punishment
• Distrust of Political Agendas & Polls
• Lack of True Citizen Voter Representation
• Lack of True Citizen Voter Participation
• Disintegration of the Voting Process/System
• Disengagement of the Public
• Confusion &
Experiencing Voter Helplessness
Now, it is time to decide for your answers to these questions:
What was your life like twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Five?
Is your life better or worse? Quality of life, peace, stability, health, in what ways….
Is society and community around you is as a whole, better or worse?
If your life and the lives of your children or family, in the future is to be determined by your decisions and actions of ‘today’, --what are you going to change? Or do?
• “We are Citizens of a Republic, not an Anarchy (that by definition is a state of a society being without authoritarians or a governing body. Anarchists have a political theory that a government is regarded as being coercive by nature.)
If we have not been voting, our Republic and our Rights --based on the US Constitution to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity are being threatened in an Age of Confusion,
and it doesn’t have to be this way…. Vote for Them