Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Treaty Of Versailles
On June 28, 1919, the First World War officially came to an end when France and Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles with the Allies. The German delegation, which had been forced to sign the punitive agreement, signaled their attitude by breaking the ceremonial pen.
The treaty required Germany to pay such onerous reparations to the victors that the country was impoverished for the next two decades. The terms were regarded with such bitterness in Germany that many historians believe they were directly responsible for the rise of Nazism and World War II.
One little footnote that has been almost forgotten: President Woodrow Wilson, the most powerful person at that conference, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1920 for his efforts there. As Henry Kissinger could testify, it would not be the last time the 'peace' prize had very little to do with achieving a just and lasting peace.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
"In all lawful governments, the designation of the persons who are to bear rule being an natural and necessary a part as the form of the government itself, and that which had its establishment ORIGINALLY FROM THE PEOPLE...all commonwealths, therefore, with the form of government established, have rules also of appointing and conveying the right to those who are to have any share in the public authority; and whoever into the exercise of any part of the power by other ways than what the laws of the community have prescribed hath no right to be obeyed, though the form of the commonwealth be still preserved, since he is not the person THE PEOPLE HAVE CONSENTED TO. Nor can such an usurper, or any deriving from him, ever have a title till the PEOPLE ARE BOTH AT LIBERTY TO CONSENT, AND HAVE ACTUALLY CONSENTED, to allow and confirm in him the power he hath till then usurped." (Locke, Second Essay Concerning Civil Government, pp. 70-71, par. 198; emphasis added.)
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
It was thought and hoped by the Founding Fathers that the Senators appointed by state legislatures would be representing the states as sovereign entities. Senators would then not have to be compelled to involve themselves in the popular sometimes frivolous issues of the electorate and could concentrate on protection of states' rights, maintaining the established order, balancing the budget, and keeping taxes low as possible. It was also hoped they could keep the tempestuousness of the House at a more moderate level. They were to be the deliberate more long term "thinkers" of the Congress, our elder more wise statesmen. I think that the Founding Fathers had the right idea especially after viewing what a circus like atmosphere we have now in both the House and Senate.
For those of you who may not be up on the Amendments to the
US Constitution I will state the two provisions of the Seventeenth Amendment.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, elected to a six-year term by the people thereof; and each Senator shall have one vote.
When a Senate seat becomes vacant for any reason, the governor of that state shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancy; however, the legislature of any state may empower the governor to make a temporary appointment until the people fill the vacancy by an election as the legislature shall direct.
We shall discuss the implications of this amendment in my next blog as to how it diminishes the states rights and balance with the federal government.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of
danger, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection. Our prayers,
sir, were heard; and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged
in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending
Providence in our favor. To that kind of Providence we owe this happy
opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future
national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we
imagine that we no longer need (His) assistance?
God's Providence was certainly in evidence at the beginning of this nation and it is certainly needed at this time of peril.
" I, therefore, beg leave to move:
"That hereafter prayers, imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberations, held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service."
Revisionist historians have painted the Founding Fathers as best Deists and at worse self-serving selfish beings concerned with their own welfare. Do the above statements sound like the Founding Fathers were Godless, non God fearing men...by no means. Read your original sources...not commentary by revisionist historians who are working towards their own agenda. They wound up not having daily prayers in the AM at the beginning of business not because they did not want to but because the colonies had not considered it in the budget....clergymen in Philadelphia were paid for their services daily. Things turned out pretty well...I guess God did not consider paid for prayers necessary but only the goodness in the hearts and souls of the founders.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The disclaimer read:
This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss how views on race, gender, sexuality, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.
If you disagree with this UN-American point of view send your comments to:
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Only in America!!!!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Perhaps it was not on your required reading list at law school but I invite you to stroll over to the Library of Congress, if you were able to get a library card in light of the sparsity of your identification documents, and pick up a copy of The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States, by Benjamin F. Morris, and published by American Vision Press, Powder Springs, Georgia. This 1060 page tome, which took over 12 years to research and write, gives original sources of proof that establishes the Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States dating back to the first settlements in the 1600s. Indirectly since much of the reasoning used in establishing these early civil institutions and codes and behavior were taken from the Christian bible which I am sure you must know includes the Old Testament, Judaic elements were also included in the earliest civil life and settlements of this country.
It is true that we are a nation of many religions but our Founders and the leaders who formulated civil life and institutions in the 1600s used Judeo-Christian values in doing so. Do yourself a favor and read it; I believe it will broaden your vision of the United States and give you and more realistic perspective of who we are.
Richard W. Gorski, M.D.