The Coming Millennium, Part 2

September 6, 2017

Theological Foundations of Christian Optimism: Faith, the Vision, Voluntary Self-Government The Faith of Abraham Abraham leaves his tent.  And behold, the word of the Lord came to Abraham, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then he brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And he said to him, “So shall your descendants […]

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The Coming Millenium

August 14, 2017

The Coming Millenium Christian Optimism and the Law  Non in legendo sed in intelligendo leges consistent. (The law consists, not in being read, but in being understood.) Introduction In a pessimistic world, I have an alternative to present. God created this world – it is unreasonable to despair of it. This is not a political program, but a spiritual destination. It is a vision which now invokes law, both in its religious and secular aspect, but in a different way, […]

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If you raised Thomas Jefferson from the dead.

July 14, 2015

To say that we have strayed from our original beliefs and intentions with respect to self-government, is an understatement.  To say that the jurisdiction of the United States federal courts is broader than originally envisioned, is so meekly put as to suggest the hesitant objection of a vassal to his superior, at the time the superior asserted his rights to everything of value the vassal possessed.  If you raised Thomas Jefferson from the dead, and told him that marriage between […]

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PROPOSED PENNSYLVANIA AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

July 11, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION   The people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, being a calm and rational people, worthy and capable of self-government, hereby assert their right to such self-government. a.         Hence, the United States Supreme Court and all inferior federal courts are deprived of any subject-matter jurisdiction in matters pertinent to abortion, to marriage, to gun ownership, to political contributions.  In each of these areas, broadly construed, the citizens of Pennsylvania shall be exclusively vested with […]

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Selling a Shell Game called Property Tax Reform – School Funding in Pennsylvania

April 9, 2014

Why Pennsylvania Property Tax Reforms Never Go Anywhere I have been involved in public education as a volunteer Board Member for many years.  I served on the West Chester School Board for four years, and for almost fifteen years I have been on either the Chester County Intermediate Unit Board (about two years) or the Chester County School Authority Board (the last role, as Chair, for over ten years).   During the entire time, there has been constant political rumblings […]

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McCarthyism with a Politically Correct Smile

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich, resigned under pressure as CEO of Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, after two weeks because of a political donation in 2008 in support of a California Proposition to ban same-sex marriage. Perhaps I should begin this piece with a loyalty oath.  “I am not now, and never have been, a member of any group that seeks to impose its political viewpoints on anyone else who is now politically correct or fashionable.”  Hopefully my quarters in […]

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James Madison and the Bill of Rights

March 1, 2014

I recently finished reading James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, by Richard Labunski.  It is generally not well-known that the Bill of Rights was enacted separately, and later than the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, and that opinions were deeply divided over whether or not a Bill of Rights was even necessary.  Many people, including initially James Madison, thought that there was no need to restrain the new federal government from intervening with individual rights, because […]

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Estate Administration in Pennsylvania for ‘Dummies’

February 15, 2014

The death of a loved one or family member often means that, after the remembrances of a funeral are completed, there is an estate to administer.  You may be picked for this job.  You may have little idea of what is involved.  Fear not – when you are done reading this, you will at least have a few clues.  The “estate” of a deceased person is a legal entity, much like a corporation, which exists with a separate legal existence. […]

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