I just read a book that challenged me. Not that it was a difficult read, but rather what I read caused me to wonder where I have been all these years. I graduated high school, went on to college, took all the required classes to graduate and never once was I exposed at least to my memory the information in this book. At least never exposed in a way that made me angry. Angry by realizing that our country has been losing the foundations that were set in place to keep it free. It helped me understand how a few changes could so jeopardize our American freedoms. The book you ask….. 1913 by Oliver DeMille, a history of a “Turning Point of Freedom” in our United States.

The Four key Turning Points that have made a huge impact on our freedom as Americans are:

  1. The Sixteenth Amendment which allowed Congress to get money directly from the people without consent of the States. Prior to this the federal government received a large portion of its tax money from the State government.
  2. The Seventeenth Amendment changed the way Senators were selected. Originally they were selected by the State and with the 17th Amendment they are now elected by popular vote. As a result Senators are much less likely to look out for the States interests over the interests of the Federal government.
  3. The establishment of the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve is really a privately owned business that prints money and loans it to the Federal Government.
  4. The Butler Case which gave the Supreme Court the ability to decide what its own powers are by interpreting the Constitution and putting itself  above the other branches of government.

The Four Turning Points have taken away the system originally designed by our Founding Fathers in framing the Constitution to create a system of checks and balances by a separation of powers. As a result the Federal government now has the ability to go beyond the powers as outlined in the Constitution when it comes to spending and power. It is now a National Government.

This book which I highly recommend reading will outline in much greater detail, but in an easy to read manner, to help the reader clearly understand the changes that were made in 1913 and 1936, and how those changes impact each and every American today. DeMille also lays out how we as Americans can return to the founding principles that created a fair and equitable opportunity for all.

If you care about America’s future this is a must read.


Stand on Principle

Societies have always had division among it’s citizens. America is no different. Recently over the last few years we have become increasingly divided on a number of fronts; politics, race, religion, gender, class division of the middle class, and most recently marriage.

The result of so much division has been a rapid cultural decline in America.

It’s time American Citizens take a stand, for the decline of our country hurts everyone of its people. But rather than take a stand by political party, or gender, race, etc. It’s time to take a stand on principle.

This video is one that takes a stand based on principle not politics. (Turn up your volume for max effect)

I am not a Catholic, but I applaud the Catholic Church for standing on their foundational principles. It seems we live in a day when many leaders have lost the courage of their convictions and in the case of religious leaders, many have done so in favor of protecting their tax free status or concern of government oversight (sounds like a socialist concern).

After watching this video ask yourself these few questions:

1. What basis is the foundation of my beliefs; principle or media/public opinion?

2. Do I fulfill my responsibility as an American citizen and vote?

2. Do I vote politics or principle?

3. What kind of America do I want to leave for my children or grandchildren?

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

I challenge us all to Stand on Principle and to be that Courageous American to keep our country free. America has always had those who were Resolved to better themselves so they could have a better nation. The Founders of this great nation were men who had the courage of their convictions to put their families, their success, and their lives on the line so they could build a free nation. Will WE Stand on Principle?

The Power of 7 Billion

In an article posted by LIFE founder Orrin Woodward on the power of Social Capital where he discusses the potential of human interaction and its relative ability to affect change is staggering. Given the fact that the world population is growing and the power of that social capital is multiplying demonstrates that possibilities are endless, IF we come together and utilize that power.

Noted economist Paul Zane Pilzer in his book Unlimited Wealth brings his discussion on the Theory of Economic Alchemy to light. Mr Pilzer has long professed that the ingenuity of the human mind creates a never ending supply of new inventions and innovation of resources that can replace those that either have been depleted due to limited supply or societal demand. This thought process of endless versus limited resources coupled with an ever expanding population gives us more possibilities to solve problems and meet the needs of growth than most can imagine. How do you view our ability to solve the myriad of challenges we face, with optimism and belief, or with doubt and concern? GOD has created us with the unique ability to imagine and then decide. Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand while imagination embraces the entire world” If we can embrace the power of Social Capital by expanding our Networks, and Norms and sharing our Values as described by Jon Tyson in Renewing Cities Through Missional Tribes perhaps change is closer than we think.

In our communities there is concern, a concern noted in every country and on every side of the political spectrum of the direction of our world cultures. Europe is financial chaos, the Middle East is in constant armed unrest, and America is facing both financial debt and class division. People destroying the very people and societies they live in and love. There is a cry for truth. We have become a world population of educated children screaming for our rights and for sane direction.

Never before has there been such a need for leadership, and truth in LIFE principles. Can we come together and harness this Social Capital for the good of all mankind? What could happen if we were to embrace the Social Capital of 7 billion people for the good of all mankind sharing truth and principle based leadership? If there was a plan to go to 1 million people in 5 years could we eventually change the world? ………..why not try?