Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Reaching Perfection

            I finished studying the writings of the Apostle Paul and moved into the writings of the Apostle James. One of the first things that I learned – or possibly relearned – is that this James is the half-brother to Jesus Christ and may possibly be the oldest son of Mary and Joseph. (See Matthew 13:55.)

            It took some time for James to accept that his brother was the Son of God. I think that I might have the same problem if one of my brothers started claiming to be divine. However, like James, I would be totally convinced if the resurrected Christ appeared to me!  We know that James was converted because he later became an Apostle of Jesus Christ and the first bishop of the Church in Jerusalem. (See Acts 12:17.)

            The writings of James show that he was a humble man. He could have been prideful and had the attitude, “I am the brother of Christ.” However, he began his epistle with the words, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1). This simple sentence shows his humility even though he most likely had great influence as the brother of Christ as well as the held high offices that he held in the His church.

            Since James was the bishop in Jerusalem, he most likely wrote his epistle from Jerusalem. Unlike Paul, he wrote his epistle to the general church members rather than to members in specific locations. He addressed his epistle “to the twelve tribes which are scattered aboard” (James 1:1). This means that he was addressing people in all ages and not just those of his own day.

            James, the brother of Christ, was most likely stoned to death in A.D. 62 by order of the Sanhedrin. Therefore, he wrote his epistle prior to that time and most likely sometime between A.D. 45 and 60.

            As I read the book of James, I was impressed with his teachings. He covered a variety of topics, which may mean that his writings were taken from numerous sermons. The thing that stands out to me is his emphasis on living the principles of the Gospel. In fact, he emphasized the importance of not only knowing the gospel but on living it. Here are just a few of his teachings that emphasize works as well as faith.

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works (James 1:17-18).

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22).

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:26).

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin (James 4:17).

            James throws into the mix some teachings about speech. He compares the tongue to a bit in the mouth of a horse or the helm of a ship. He explains that we put a bit in the mouth of a horse in order to control the animal, and we use a fairly small helm to control the direction of a large ship. He says that the tongue is able to control the body even though it is so small.

For in many things we offend [meaning stumble or err] all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body (James 3:2).

            I understand from this verse that we must learn to control our tongues – meaning the words that we say – in order to become perfect. Many of us may be frightened by the commandment to become perfect, but there is no reason why we should. This morning I listened to a talk given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the October 2017 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He titled his talk, “Be Ye Therefore Perfect – Eventually.” 

            Elder Holland reminds his listeners that the New Testament meaning for the word perfection is to be finished or complete in our refinement. Jesus Christ is the only perfect person to ever walk the earth, but He made it possible for all of us to become perfect some time in eternity. No mere mortal will reach perfection in this life, but we can move in that direction by living Christian principles. Elder Holland counsels us to refrain from tearing ourselves or others down in the process.

What I now say in no way denies or diminishes any commandment God has ever given us. I believe in His perfection, and I know we are His spiritual sons and daughters with divine potential to become as He is. I also know that, as children of God, we should not demean or vilify ourselves, as if beating up on ourselves is somehow going to make us the person God wants us to become. No! With a willingness to repent and a desire for increased righteousness always in our hearts, I would hope we could pursue personal improvement in a way that doesn’t include getting ulcers or anorexia, feeling depressed or demolishing our self-esteem. That is not what the Lord wants for Primary children or anyone else who honestly sings, “I’m trying to be like Jesus.”

To put this issue in context, may I remind all of us that we live in a fallen world and for now we are a fallen people. We are in the telestial kingdom; that is spelled with a t, not a c. As President Russell M. Nelson has taught, here in mortality perfection is still “pending.”

So I believe that Jesus did not intend His sermon on this subject to be a verbal hammer for battering us about our shortcomings. No, I believe He intended it to be a tribute to who and what God the Eternal Father is and what we can achieve with Him in eternity….

            Elder Holland continues by counseling us to focus on the achievements of the Father and the Son and stop dwelling on our own failures. We should recognize the magnificence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We should love them, admire them, and seek to become like them. “Our only hope for true perfection is in receiving it as a gift from heaven – we can’t `earn’ it. Thus, the grace of Christ offers us not only salvation from sorrow and sin and death but also salvation from our own persistent self-criticism….”

My brothers and sisters, except for Jesus, there have been no flawless performances on this earthly journey we are pursuing, so while in mortality let’s strive for steady improvement without obsessing over what behavioral scientists call “toxic perfectionism.” We should avoid that latter excessive expectation of ourselves and of others….

Brothers and sisters, every one of us aspires to a more Christlike life than we often succeed in living. If we admit that honestly and are trying to improve, we are not hypocrites; we are human. May we refuse to let our own mortal follies, and the inevitable shortcomings of even the best men and women around us, make us cynical about the truths of the gospel, the truthfulness of the Church, our hope for our future, or the possibility of godliness. If we persevere, then somewhere in eternity our refinement will be finished and complete – which is the New Testament meaning of perfection.

            James and Elder Holland encourage us to live the teachings of Jesus Christ to the best of our ability. However, we must not let our human failings discourage us and cause us to waiver or leave the straight and narrow path. We must continue to move toward the eventual goal of perfection as we cling to the word of God, exercise our faith, and show our faith by our works. In other words, we must live the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Teach the Second Amendment

            Families, communities, and nations are strengthened when the rising generation is taught the importance of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment acknowledges the right of We the People to protect ourselves from all dangers, including a rogue government. If parents want to protect their children from the indoctrination of leftists, then they must teach correct principles, with the right to self-protection being one of the most important.

            This week we saw and/or experienced what happens when people with an agenda is able to convince the rising generation to act. The same people who organized and implemented the Women’s March – think pink pussy hats – are the ones who convinced students to walk out of class in support of gun control. I have to give these organizers credit because they are apparently ditching the pink hats for the 2018 Women’s March.

            It seems that some of the rising generation was able to resist the indoctrination and stood firm on their principles. However, they were few, and some of them were punished. An unidentified student at the New Prague High School in Minnesota walked out of his high school with a sign that read, “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People.” He was escorted off the school grounds by the principal because he did not have the required permission 24 hours in advance.

            A student in Washington State had the courage to address the students who walked out of her high school. She told her peers that they should use their energy to make a positive change. She expressed her belief that they should shun bullying and be more kind and accepting in order to make less popular students feel accepted and love.

            We can learn much from these two examples, but we must understand that they do not stand alone. However, we must recognize that they stand because they have courage. They have courage to stand alone because they have been taught correct principles and, therefore, are immune to the indoctrination of the left. Leftist have no concern for student safety but merely want to use this crisis to forward their agenda.

            This article by John G. Malcolm may be useful in teaching children about the Second Amendment. The article lists eight facts about gun violence in the United States.

1. Violent crime is down and has been on the decline for decades.

2. The principal (should be principle) public safety concerns with respect to guns are suicides and illegally owned handguns, not mass shootings.

3. A small number of factors significantly increase the likelihood that a person will be a victim of a gun-related homicide.

4. Gun-related murders are carried out by a predictable pool of people.

5. Higher-rates of gun ownership are not associated with higher rates of violent crime.

6. There is no clear relationship between strict gun control legislation and homicide or violent crime rates.

7. Legally owned firearms are used for lawful purposes much more often than they are used to commit crimes or suicide.

8. Concealed carry permit holders are not the problem, but they may be part of the solution.

            Malcolm continues his article by explaining each of the facts and sharing information to prove the truthfulness of the fact. I particularly like this statistic under Fact #1: “The number of nonfatal firearm crimes committed in 2011 was one-sixth the number committed in 1993.” This is an interesting statistic because gun ownership continually increased over the period of time when Barack Obama was in office, yet the crimes decreased.

            These two states are found under Fact #2: “Almost two-thirds of America’s annual gun deaths are suicides,” and “Most gun-related crimes are carried out with illegally owned firearms – as much as 80 percent according to some estimates.” How would more gun control laws lower this percentage?

            This statement is found under Fact #4: “According to studies, almost all mass public shooters have extensive histories of mental health issues (whether delusional/psychiatric or depression/anger), disturbing behaviors, or interpersonal violence.” More gun control laws will not solve this problem, but better enforcement of the laws on the books could help. Helping people to feel more included could also help.

            This statement is found under Fact #5: “Switzerland and Israel have much higher gun ownership rates than the United States but experience far fewer homicides and have much lower violent crime rates than many European nations with strict gun control laws.” Citizens in the two countries openly carry rifles on the streets and guard their schools.

            This statement is under Fact #6: “`Gun freedom’ states that score poorly, like New Hampshire, Vermont, Idaho, and Oregon, have some of the lowest homicide rates. Conversely, `gun control-loving’ states that received high scores, like Maryland and Illinois, experience some of the nation’s highest homicide rates.” How can this statistic be true if gun control laws decrease shootings?

            Under Fact #7 we learn that “Barack Obama ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess existing research on gun violence.” The following information was in the compiled reports: “… firearms are used defensively hundreds of thousands of times every year.” This is an important acknowledgement! The reports also “acknowledge that studies directly assessing the effect of actual defensive uses of guns have found `consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.” Crime victims who protect themselves are injured less often. 

           This statement in the report deserves its own paragraph: “Semi-automatic rifles (such as the AR-15) are commonly used as self-defense weapons in the homes of law-abiding citizens because they are easier to control than handguns, are more versatile than handguns, and offer the advantage of up to 30 rounds of protection.” Imagine that! People who buy rifles for self-protection have good reasons for preferring the AR-15! The author then lists seven different instances when a good guy with a gun stopped a crime.

            The rising generation is being influenced by the information that is shared in their communities. Parents and other leaders should insure that they receive correct information in order to resist the indoctrination by half-truths and non-truths. We can protect the Second Amendment, but we must teach the importance of it to the rising generation. When individuals understand the value of the right to keep and bear arms, they strengthen their families, communities, and nations.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Are We Free from Obama?

            The topic of discussion for this Freedom Friday concerns an article - really just the headline - that stated the Barack Obama is campaigning for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations. I did not actually read the article because I decided to do a fact check first. However, I have to admit that the headline stabbed me in the heart! According to Snopes, the article is untrue.

            I do not know whether or not Snopes is completely trustworthy, but I will take them at their word for the present. This is part of Snopes’ report on the article. 

This story was false. President Obama has announced no plans to seek the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations….

Moreover, the position of U.N. Secretary-General is not exactly one that can be gained through campaigning for it, nor is President Obama a likely choice for it. First off, the Secretary General has to be nominated by the U.N. Security Council, and any one of the council’s permanent members (China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States) could veto that selection – meaning that the Trump administration (and/or the Russian government) could unilaterally block any attempt by President Obama to become U.N. Secretary-General.

Additionally, the Secretary-General has to be appointed by the General Assembly (which comprises all 193 member states), many of whom would likely reject the thought of an American’s leading that global organization. Finally, President Obama would be an unlikely choice for the role of U.N. chief administrative officer because, as Wikipedia notes, “most Secretaries-General are compromise candidates from middle powers and have little prior fame” (but Barack Obama hails from a major power and has achieved international fame). The U.N. has never selected a Secretary-General from North America, and only once in United Nations history has a candidate from anywhere in the Americas been appointed to that position (Peruvian diplomat Javier Perez de Cuellar, who served from 1982 to 1991).

            If the above information can be believed, we may be free of Obama – unless another recently reported idea comes to fruition. Someone reminded us that it would be perfectly legal for Joe Biden to run for President of the United States with Barack Obama as his Vice President. How is that for a nightmare scenario? We may or may not be free from the leadership of Obama. For now, I think that I will breathe a sigh of relief and hope that my fellow Americans are not dumb enough to elect Biden to anything!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Walk Out or Walk Up

            Today is National School Walkout Day, and students across the country walked out of class at 10:00 this morning to protest against gun violence. This demonstration is the students’ answer to yet another school massacre exactly one month ago on Valentine’s Day in Florida.

            The Daily Signal was with approximately one thousand students who sat in silence in front of the White House, one minute for each of the victims at Parkland, Florida. The seventeen minutes of silence started at 10:00 this morning. At the end of the silent time, the mostly high school-age students walked peacefully to the Capitol Building. Similar protests took place across the nation.

            I was curious to know if any of my grandchildren walked out of their classes, so I sent a text to their parents. I have three grandchildren in high school, and two of them were out of school on spring break. I have not heard from the third. I have three granddaughters in middle school. One of them was out on spring break, one walked out, and one is unreported. I do not suppose that any of the elementary schools allowed their students to walk out. About 95% of the students at my granddaughter’s school walked out of class and went to the football field to sit for 17 minutes of silence.

            The students are supposedly protesting gun violence at the schools and are calling for more gun control. I cannot condemn them for wanting to do something about the violence that has sprung up all over the nation, but I do feel remorse that so many of the rising generation do not understand the need for the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They most likely do not even know what laws they are protesting but marched because of peer pressure. I think that many of them walked out simply because they did not want to be in school! They definitely do not understand that they have been used as pawns in a very wicked game.

            David Hogg, a student at the Florida high school, is the face that everyone has seen for the past month. He has been interviewed many times – and has had his fifteen minutes of glory. However, high school students did not plan a national school walk out. It was planned and set up by the same people who organized the Women’s March, and the planning started two days after the Valentine’s Day massacre. These community organizers do not care about school safety and are simply pushing their own agenda. They used children as pawns just as other Communists have done in the past: Hitler and his Hitler Youth in Germany, Castro and his Popular Socialist Youth in Cuba, and Mao Zedong and his Red Guard in China!

            According to an article posted at The Blaze, the co-chairs for both the Women’s March and the school walk out protest are Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Tamika Mallory. Their special friend is none other than Louis Farrakhan. This is the same man who closed his recent speech at the annual Nation of Islam gathering with these words, “White folks are going down, and Satan is going down, and Farrakhan by God’s grace has pulled the cover off of the Satanic Jew – and I’m here to say, your time is up.”

            Are these the type of leaders that you want your children to follow? I do not think that you do. However, it gets worse. According to the above referenced article, the honorary co-chairs of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. are a bunch of radicals: Angela Davis (leader in the Communist Party USA during the 1960s), Dolores Huerta (radical socialist that is a big fan of Hugo Chavez), and Harry Belafonte (called Colin Powell a “house slave” and compared Powell and Condoleezza Rice to Jews working for Nazis). These people were directly involved in the march out of school, or they were associated with it.

            Many students – some with the help of their schools - found better ways to protest. One school in Utah encouraged its students to “walk up, not out” and show an act of kindness in an effort to do some healing and to help others to feel more included. This group of students used the hashtag #WalkUpNotOut to promote their idea. Instead of walking out of class, students were asked to reach out to their peers by sitting by someone who usually sits alone or approaching someone who may be having a bad day.

            These students used great wisdom in trying to prevent violence with student-to-student outreach. At least one of them knew this quote from Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” I hope that our future leaders come from this type of students rather than the ones who follow evil leaders and/or yield to peer pressure.

            Other schools had discussion groups where students could voice their concerns. At least one school handed out seventeen sticky notes to each student and asked them to write a nice note to each of seventeen other students. All of these students and/or school put a positive spin on the need for students to share their thoughts and feelings – and any one of the ideas was much better than simply walking out in protest!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hatred for Trump

            The economy has improved by leaps and bounds and the stock market is booming. Retirement accounts are much larger than they were eighteen months ago. Employment rates for Blacks and Latinos are the lowest ever. Allies are friendly with us, and enemies are scared. Even “Rocket Man” in North Korea wants to talk! Despite all these incredibly wonderful events, Donald Trump continues to get bashed daily by leftists in the media, in children’s cartoons, and every way possible. Everything is Trump’s fault – or so they think.

            Common sense says that Americans should be loving Trump and praising him for all the improvements that are happening, but they are not. Why is there so much hatred for Trump?
Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American, wondered the same thing, so he decided to ask some conservatives and prominent people in the Republican Party. He includes many of the replies in his article entitled “Why Trump Is So Hated by Leftists.” I do not know who Victoria Jackson is – or any of the other responders, but I like these statements because I believe them to be the truth.

I think Trump is hated by the left because his ideology, his words and actions, are the exact opposite of the left’s ideology. He is not a “globalist,” but loves America, our homeland; he knows that we can’t continue being the world’s number-one giver if we are not safe and successful ourselves. He knows that capitalism, not communism, will feed the poor; capitalism makes everyone richer, while communism makes everyone equally poor. He knows that free enterprise and less government regulation will provide jobs and boost our economy, not socialist handouts and overregulation.
He knows that less unemployment and getting out of debt will save our nation much more than wasting time and money on things like the scientifically unproven climate change hoax and its hidden goal of controlling the masses. He believes in individual freedom and responsibility, not government control. He’s not a secularist (new word for atheist, according to Julia Sweeney’s TED talk), but a defender of religious liberty, including Christianity. He is protective of Americans and not protective of our enemies, some of whom sneak into our midst through unenforced immigration law.
He thinks all lives matter, not just black lives; he respects the police, firefighters, and military instead of fanning the Saul Alinsky Rules for Radicals flames of violent civil unrest and class and racial warfare. He is not a saint, and he doesn’t pretend to be. He believes in free speech, not political correctness. The left is confused; leftists don’t know how to respond to a politician who speaks from the heart, not from talking points. The left hates Trump because the Tea Party loves him.

            I think that Jackson’s comments fairly well cover the reasons why leftists hate Trump. However, I will share a few other comments: “Donald Trump is the Real Deal…. the president is his own man” (Joe Miller). “He fights” (Larry Pratt). “Trump is hated not only by the left, but by the RINOs for the exact same reason: they can’t control him. They can’t intimidate or shame him…” (Nina May).

            I believe that leftists and RINOs hate Donald Trump because they were convinced that they would be able to carry on with their planned destruction of America with Hillary Clinton in the White House. Trump was not supposed to be able to win the election, and they were positive that he would not. However, he did win, and their plans were thwarted. They act like spoiled children who have gotten everything that they ever wanted and are suddenly told “no.” Their excuses, tantrums, and hate show that they are immature in their thinking.

            Conservatives stood up to the Obama administration and did their best to slow down his fundamental transformation of America. However, I did not see any riots in the streets or the venomous hatred that is spewed daily at Trump. Leftist college students cannot even listen to a conservative speaker without rioting, and they need their “safe spaces” where they will feel safe from anything that will offend them.

            It is obviously time for the leftists and their supporters to grow up and become adults. We need them to come to the table for honest conversations and discussions that will move this country forward. Their unwillingness to do so seems to say that they are not interested in moving the nation anywhere but backward.

            Meanwhile, Trump is moving his agenda forward to Make America Great Again. He does not appear to even hear the crying of the leftists, while he goes forward in making life better for all Americans and fulfilling the oath he took as President of the United States.

Monday, March 12, 2018

George Orwell

            My VIP for this week is George Orwell because I am studying his novel 1984. The first thing that you should know is that George Orwell is the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair! He was born on June 25, 1903, in Motihari, Bihar, in British India. His great-grandfather Charles Blair was a “wealthy country gentleman in Dorset” who received income from his plantations in Jamaica. He married Lady Mary Fane, daughter of the Earl of Westmorland. His grandfather, Thomas Richard Arthur Blair was a clergyman, and his father, Richard Walmesley Blair, worked for the Indian Civil Service. His mother, Ida Mabel Limouzin Blair grew up in Burma, and she had a French grandfather. He has two sisters, one five years older and one five years younger. When he was one year old, his mother her children took to England where his father joined them a few years later. “His birthplace and ancestral house in [India] has been declared a protected monument of historical importance.”

            Blair attended school at St Cyprian’s School, a boarding school, for five years. He wrote some of his first poems there, but he hated the school. He earned scholarships to Wellington and Eton, but there were no spots available at Eton. He attended Wellington for a few months and then moved to Eton.

            Even though Blair’s great-grandparents were wealthy, the money did not pass down through the generations. His parents could not afford to send him to university, and his family decided that he should join the Imperial Police (later the Indian Police Service). He took the entrance exam and had the seventh highest score out of twenty-six candidates who passed. He accepted a post in Burma because his maternal grandmother lived at Moulmein.

            Blair returned to England when he left the service, lived a few years in Paris, and returned to England. He was a teacher at a private school for boys and later worked at a book store, all the while attempting to establish himself as a writer.

            Blair was married twice. He first married Eileen O-Shaughnessy (m. 1936; d. 1945) and then married Sonia Brownell (m. 1949). He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in December 1947. He courted Sonia Brownell, but he went to the hospital in London soon after they announced their engagement. They were married in the hospital on October 13, 1949. Early in the morning of January 21, 1950, an artery burst in his lungs. He died at age 46 in the University College Hospital in London, England. He was buried in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England.

            Blair, under the pen name of George Orwell became an English novelist, poet, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work shows his interest in social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and support for democratic socialism. He is best known for his allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-four or 1984 (1949). He was ranked as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945 by The Times in 2008.

Orwell’s work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian – descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices – has entered the language together with many of his neologisms, including Big Brother, Thought Police, Room 101, memory hole, newspeak, doublethink, proles, unperson, and thoughtcrime.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Concerns for the Constitution

            The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday concerns the Constitution itself. There are so many attacks against the Constitution that one wonders if there will be any Constitution left.

            The First Amendment is constantly being attacked. There is persecution against Christians in many places in the U.S., such as on college campuses where Christian students are forbidden to share their beliefs. There are cases about free speech currently being considered in the Supreme Court. There are encroaches on freedom to assemble, also mostly on college campuses where conservatives can only speak about their issues in “free speech zones.”

            The Second Amendment is constantly under attack. A social worker was recently fired because she owns a concealed carry permit. She does not yet have a gun, but the fact that she has a permit as enough for her employer. The right to buy rifles has recently been taken from 18-20 years old by Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

            Rogue judges continually legislate from the bench against anything that Donald Trump wants to do that would protect Americans – such as stop entry of anyone from terrorist-producing nations which happen to also be Muslim nations. We no longer have freedom of the press because the leftist media prints only the talking points given to it by the leftists.

            As I was searching about something to post tonight, I came across the following question on Google: “What is the difference between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence?” In case you do not know, here is Google’s answer: “Though connected in spirit, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are separate, distinct documents. The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776. It was a list of grievances against the king of England intended to justify separation from British rule.”

            The first question is bad enough, but this one is even worse: “Is the Constitution a part of the Declaration of Independence?” The answer is a big NO! Google says, “The Declaration of Independence, which officially broke all political ties between the American colonies and Great Britain, set forth the ideas and principles behind a just and fair government, and the Constitution outlined how this government would function.”

            The third question is a little more understandable – for grade school children! “What is the difference between the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? In terms of definitions, the difference is that the Constitution was ratified first and the Bill of Rights are the first 10 amendments that were added to the Constitution. In terms of their content, the major difference is that the Constitution as a whole sets up our system of government” and the Bill of Rights protects Americans from their government.   

            I often wonder how long the Constitution can withstand all the attacks on it. Now I marvel that it has stood for as long as it has. The ignorance and apathy in this nation about the Constitution should have destroyed it long ago!