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How Many rEVOLutions Does It Take to Screw In a Lightbulb?

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‘For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.’  ~ Psalm 139:13  

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This article discusses a ‘loophole’ that would ‘allow’ the unborn to be defined as ‘persons.’ (My apologies for all of the quotation marks in the previous ‘sentence’.) The extra-legal maneuvering is really unnecessary; the Constitution of the United States currently mentions the unborn in the Preamble:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

I have often wondered why Pro-Life legal foundations don’t use that phrase as the beachhead for a final assault on Roe v. Wade. To whom were the Framers referring?—to the generations of their descendants yet to be born. It seems self-evident to me. (But then again, so does Genesis 1.)

Still, it seems perverse in the extreme to me that the judiciary of a civilised society would require proof that an unborn baby is … well, a baby.

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Member of Congress and Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul is the premier advocate for political and religious liberty in politics today. He is the most pro-life, pro-family, pro-property, pro-Constitution politician in history. If it is possible to be more Jeffersonian than Jefferson, then Ron Paul is the man.’

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‘Cousin America has run off with a Presbyterian parson.’ ~ Prime Minister Horace Walpole

 

It seems strange to me now, having arrived at a point in which I stand diametrically opposed to a position which I held in excess of 30 years, yet here I stand. The more I mature in the Christian faith–and, all praise be to God, I have matured (though maybe not at the pace I would desire)–the more I find myself jettisoning deeply held beliefs. Such is the case with the Spirit of ’76. Owing to the biblical mandate to obey the government save for calls to violate God’s Law, I can no longer justify the (first) American Revolution.

 

To be sure, taxes were exceedingly confiscatory, regulation oppressive, and the American Colonies were certainly exploited by the Crown and Parliament. However undesirable and outright infuriating that may have been, it falls quite short of violating God’s Law. As strange as it may seem, and if the choice were mine to make now, I would see no other course than to cast my lot with the Crown. At least Brian Franklin and I could have thrown a killer Tory Party!

 

With that in mind, the study of the Colonial/ Revolutionary period is made all the more interesting for the Reformed among us when we discover that contemporaries labelled it ‘The Presbyterian War’ and insisted that, were it not for Calvinists, the current U.S. would by many accounts be a member of the British Commonwealth to this day.

 

By the way, if you are interested, I ferreted out and downloaded a free .pdf of a rare book entitled, ‘Presbyterians and the Revolution.’ Let me know if you would like me to e-mail you a ‘copy.’ (It is not under copyright restrictions.)

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This may sound weird, but the last few times I have checked the number of hits on my blog, the numbers have always matched a year in which the United States and/ or Texas were at war: 1776, 1836, 1916, 1942, and 1950. Hmmm.

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At this writing, sixteen politicians are competing nationally to replace President Bush; there are eight Democrats and eight Republicans. With the exception of Ron Paul (R-TX), in terms of fidelity to the Constitution, it does not matter which one of them wins. Except for Congressman Paul, they all love power for its own sake, believe that Big Government should redistribute wealth, regard the Constitution as a quaint obstacle, and would enforce or disregard laws as they saw fit; all this, without regard to our history, our values, or our natural rights.’  ~ Fox Commentator and former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Andrew Napolitano, ‘A Nation of Sheep’ 

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I should state from the outset that I have absolutely no problem with a group of this sort. I think it is healthy, well within the confines of sound biblical teaching, and should be mirrored by other peoples. However, I can’t help but wonder why, in to-day’s uber-PC society, it is not subject to the inflammatory charge of being ‘racist‘?

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Wow! You know you’re making headway as a conservative when ‘Rolling Stone’ and MTV treat you with a degree of legitimacy!

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As an Aggie, the saying, ‘If you do something twice, it’s a tradition’ means more to me than you can imagine. Maybe it’s because I am such a creature of habit and I loathe change but I love tradition–I love it! One of the strange–yet funny–traditions in my family is for me to call my mama and oldest sister on their birthdays and sing the Marilyn Monroe ‘Happy Birthday, Mr President’ song for them. (I don’t remember how it got started but I have been doing it for over 15 years now.) This past Saturday marked Teri’s completion of her third decade–can you hear 40 knockin’?–so I dusted off the Marilyn impression and sang to her over my cell phone as I drove down Wellborn Road. (I hope no one was watching.)

I just thought y’all might find that amusing.

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Written by ninepoundhammer

November 14, 2007 at 11:05 pm

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  1. OK Matt, the thought of you singing Happy Birthday like Marilyn Monroe is scary to me. . .Why don’t you post a video of that?

    Hannah

    November 15, 2007 at 10:47 am

  2. I’ll take a copy of that pdf file Matt. By the way, your Tory party would have had to include an invitation for me. I’d have happily brought a box or two of tea.

    The taxes may have felt oppressive, but given the comparison to the other colonies, the North American colonies were getting the best end of the deal. But Parliament was at least, if not more foolish than the colonists. They did not take the threats seriously enough, and they knew the colonies were not a very important economic interest. Once the French-Indian war had been one, Parliament dropped the ball in recompensing the colonists.

    Enough to revolt? No, but certainly enough to demand a few concessions, which, by the way, were gaining some ground in Parliament before all the “tyranny” rhetoric began to fly.

    Joshua

    November 15, 2007 at 10:48 am

  3. I do find that amusing. Very amusing. So amusing I might have to exploit that. 😉

    Patricia Calderon

    November 15, 2007 at 6:30 pm

  4. Oh, also, I love Phil Collins and Philip Bailey’s Easy Lover. It was one of my favorite videos when I was in high school. I think it came out my junior year.

    Hannah

    November 15, 2007 at 10:32 pm

  5. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

    Idetrorce

    December 15, 2007 at 6:50 pm


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