Since his impressive first place finish in the first stage of the GOP primary for the Alabama Senate seat formerly held by now U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Judge Roy Moore has received strong support from grassroots conservatives in Alabama, including the pro-Trump Great America Alliance. The third-place finisher in that first round of balloting, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks, has also endorsed Judge Moore.
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For a long while Alan Keyes has been involved in government, politics and citizen activism. He did service in government as a Foreign Service Officer, and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council, and later served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. He has been involved in politics, twice as a candidate for the United States Senate, and also as a participant in the GOP primaries for President of the United States. He is Christian, Catholic, Pro-life and pro-liberty. He is sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and dedicated to preserving the the republican form of government it establishes. He upholds and seeks to reinvigorate the now beleaguered sovereignty of the American people, and to restore respect for the principles set forth in the American Declaration of Independence. In light of those principles, he believes that the top priority of our political life is to restore respect for the existence and authority of the Creator, God and on the basis of that respect rebuild the moral conscience and character without which the American people cannot hope to preserve their liberty.
If Hillary Clinton had won the White House in the last election, and the Democrats had won control of both Houses of Congress, there would be no fuss and bother about the raising the “debt ceiling.” The Democrats have long taken the position that “there are ‘a lot of good reasons’ to eliminate the U.SD. debt ceiling.” So, Clinton, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have “agreed on a plan to eliminate regular votes on the borrowing limit. And, in the interim, they would have forced through a ‘clean’ debt ceiling increase, for the time being, by attaching that action to some politically mandatory measure, like providing money to fund relief efforts for the states hard hit by the uncommonly furious onset of the hurricane season this year.
Is Kim Jong-un an unscrupulous, cold-blooded despot, or a mad dog? Either way, his threats to make aggressive use of nuclear weapons are not just a danger to those he directly threatens. They are a danger to the peace and security of the entire world.
"No state shall…engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay" (US Constitution, Article I.10)
Slaves have been owned in black Africa throughout recorded history. In many areas, there were large-scale slave societies, while in others there were slave-owning societies. Slavery was practiced everywhere even before the rise of Islam, and black slaves exported from Africa were widely traded throughout the Islamic world. Approximately 18 million Africans were delivered into the Islamic trans-Saharan and Indian Ocean slave trades between 650 and 1905. In the second half of the 15th century Europeans began to trade along the west coast of Africa, and by 1867 between 7 million and 10 million Africans had been shipped as slaves to the New World. Although some areas of Africa were depleted by slave raiding, on balance the African population grew after the establishment of the transatlantic slave trade because of new food crops introduced from the New World, particularly manioc, corn (maize), and possibly peanuts (groundnuts). The relationship between African and New World slavery was highly complementary. African slave owners demanded primarily women and children for labour and lineage incorporation and tended to kill males because they were troublesome and likely to flee. The transatlantic trade, on the other hand, demanded primarily adult males for labour and thus saved from certain death many adult males who otherwise would have been slaughtered outright by their African captors. After the end of the transatlantic trade, a few African societies at the end of the 19th century put captured males to productive work as slaves, but this usually was not the case before that time. (Online Encyclopedia Britannica- Slavery-Sociology)
Last week I wrote two columns in support of Judge Roy Moore’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate in the ongoing Alabama GOP special primary election, one at barbwire.com and a related piece for wnd.com. Judge Moore came first past the post in the vote on Tuesday. Alabama GOP voters will be asked to decide whether Moore or second-place finisher Luther Strange will face Democrat Doug Jones in the special general election balloting in November.
“The king can do no wrong.” Since the United State came into existence as the result of a Declaration of Independence that charged various grave wrongs against the King of Great Britain, it should surprise no one that this legal maxim doesn’t weigh heavily on the public mind in the United States. It helps a bit to recast it in terms of national sovereignty— “The sovereign of a state can do no wrong”—but even then, our sense of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States makes it problematic.
The United States views human rights as fundamental, absolutely fundamental to our relationship with the Soviet Union and all nations. (President Ronald Reagan, Remarks to Soviet Dissidents)
Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally be expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant [sic] in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union? (Federalist #68)
When our Constitutional government is implemented according to its terms, political leaders have to develop the habit of thinking in terms of principles and common purposes, instead of just reacting to happenstance. Thanks to the elitist faction’s war against God (which includes the absurd doctrine of a “living constitution” written in rootless terms with no reliable meaning), the good citizens, and those whom they elect as their representatives, are not compelled to justify their views and proposals in terms of the common understanding of justice, right and rights that forms the common ground of their existence as a people.
Rachel Dolezal was dubbed a “race-faker” after “she was exposed as a white woman who had been representing herself as black.” That latter description, found in a CNN report, leaves out the fact that, as an NAACP leader in Spokane, Washington, she not only represented herself, but other people of color. A story in the British press back in February, reported that “Dolezal is jobless, and feeding her family with food stamps…next month she expects to be homeless.”
In public life, the first prerequisite of responsible judgment is to take account of the common good. This does not mean the goods most, or even all people value or possess. It refers, rather, to the substance without which the whole community is moved to extinction, in principle or in fact. In human terms, the common good is never simply a material thing. As material objects, human beings are bodies. But though we all have a body, it is also one thing we cannot actually share with another, except it be in some metaphorical sense. So, when Christ says (Mark 10:8) “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh….”, we are immediately tempted to assume that he must be speaking metaphorically. After all, as a material fact, after coition the man and woman continue to inhabit separate bodies.
I would see you unwearied in activity, aglow with the Spirit, waiting like slaves upon the Lord; buoyed up by hope, patient in affliction, persevering in prayer; providing generously for the needs of the saints, striving to show friendliness to strangers. Bestow a blessing on those who persecute you; a blessing not a curse…. Repay no one evil for evil, having in mind what is noble in the sight of all humanity; if it is in your power, be at peace with all people; do not avenge yourselves, brethren, rather give wrath the place for which it is written: “Retribution is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” But if it be that your enemy hungers, feed him. If he thirsts, give him drink. For by doing this, you will heap fire upon his head. Do not let evil win over you; but with good win over evil. (Romans 11-14, 17-21)
James Hodgkinson’s murderous attack on members of Congress last week makes it impossible to deny what has, in other respects, been apparent for some time: that a pall of vengeful violence hangs over the political union of the people of the United States. Who is responsible? GOP partisans quite understandably point to the demonstratively violent tenor of the frenzied antagonism that has characterized organized opposition to Donald Trump since the moment it became clear he would be the GOP’s nominee for President.
Though it is altogether forgotten these days, the health insurance concept was originally intended to help working people (by which I mean all those who depend on income derived from their own personal labor, rather than their wealth, however invested) aggregate resources, so that, by spreading the cost of occasional health emergencies over a large enough pool of relatively small contributions, it would be more than adequate to help individuals cope with health crises without having to disgorge all their savings and/or destroy their livelihood. This is an assurance the wealthy can enjoy as a matter of course, provided they do not spend their substance on carnal dissipation, fruitless or physically injurious luxuries, or inordinate ambitious undertakings.
And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. (Mark 4:14)
We should see the Trump budget as a cultural as well as fiscal initiative.
“Pope slams conservative ‘fanatics’ who make doctrine an ‘ideology.’” When I saw this headline recently, I found myself wondering what Pope Francis meant to convey by the word “fanatic.” The Latin roots of the word referred to people caught up in a frenzy of religious fervor while worshipping in the temple of their god. That meaning still has something to do with the curtailed version of the word “fan”, as it brings to mind enraptured teenagers at a concert for their favorite pop idol: moving to the beat of the music, and mouthing lyrics as religiously as ancient worshippers sung the canticles of praise to their idols. Of course, this week it also brings to mind religious enthusiasts of a different sort, like the jihadist suicide bomber who murdered just such concert goers after pop idol Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester.
Yesterday I published an article that focused, among other things, on the significance of the fact that, according to Article V of the U.S. Constitution, it takes fewer states (a lower supermajority) to propose changes in the U.S. Constitution than it does actually to change it. More often than not people note the difference without bothering to think about what it means. Simply put, it suggests an intent to make it easier to propose Constitutional changes than to make them. Obviously, so-called “originalists” (people who profess to interpret the Constitution’s provisions in light of their original purpose or intent) should take this difference seriously.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth King Duncan reports the execution of the traitorous Thane of Cawdor with words that epitomize the meaning of the phrase “a backhanded compliment”: