October 3, 2008

We The People Have A Choice

I apologize in advance for how long this post is and I thank you for taking some of your valuable time to visit and to read what I have to say on this subject. Last night many television sets across America were turned on and tuned in to the Vice Presidential Debate between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin. There was one phrase that she uttered - "We have a choice" - in reference to the coming election, and that got me thinking.

Some of you might be wondering why there's been a greater focus on politics here on what's blatantly and purposefully described as a Christian Prophecy Blog. Well, for starters, there's no question about the role that national and international politics plays in these end times.

We also know from what God tells us in His Holy Bible that it will only become more profound and pernicious. As time goes by, the impact from both upon the prophetic timeline will become greater and greater. That being said, I feel it is necessary to call attention to the parties, people, and policies that will negatively impact life as we know it if allowed to. That is what I've tried to do these past couple of weeks - highlight the importance of each and every type of election in a republic and impress upon people the importance of not only voting, but of taking your civic duty seriously.

When the current election cycle began almost a year ago, I was an ardent supporter of
Mike Huckabee. The guy had an impressive record of results, was an excellent public speaker, and seemed to connect with everyone he came into contact with. However, he was a Republican and a former Minister and the media had a field day with him despite the fact that he fared quite well in the first few Republican primaries, and aside from the fact that he even finished second overall in the primary race to McCain.

Once he was eliminated from the process I found myself lost and looking for a place to call home. Thats when I realized that I already have a home - an estate, a mansion, waiting for me in Heaven. I was reminded of the Scripture that talks about us being "in this world," but not "of this world" (
John 18:36). That distinction was all I needed to remind myself that I must vote my conscience, my principles, and my core beliefs.

Lately, I've been battling with my conscience over the right course of action to take when it comes to casting a vote for President this November.

While it's clear that I'm definitely not an Obama supporter I also can't see myself holding my nose and pulling the lever for John McCain either. Palin aside, I believe that a McCain presidency would be "Obama-lite" and I've been struggling with what to do with that knowledge because the prospect of President Barack Obama is less than thrilling to me.

Do I risk an Obama presidency all because I decided not to vote for McCain or do I pick who I think is "the lesser of two evils" so to speak?

Many people tell me that there are only two teams playing on Election Day and that you can only pick one to support.

They suggest that if I don't vote at all that day and stay home (as a form of protest) or, cast a vote for anyone other than one of the two front-runners, I'm doing a great disservice and "wasting" my vote.

Really? I disagree. We the people have a choice.

So, while I could probably live with a McCain administration more than an Obama administration I found myself recently looking into the credentials and beliefs of
the Constitution Party and its presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin.

First of all, what does the Constitution Party believe and how does it differ from the Republican and Democratic wings of government?
You can check out a printer-friendly document that discusses the Constitution Party National Platform here, but here's a quick look at their "Preamble" section, which I feel sums up their core foundation quite nicely and tells you all you need to know:

"The Constitution Party gratefully acknowledges the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as Creator, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe and of these United States. We hereby appeal to Him for mercy, aid, comfort, guidance and the protection of His Providence as we work to restore and preserve these United States.

This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been and are afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.

The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries.

The Constitution of these United States provides that 'no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.' The Constitution Party supports the original intent of this language. Therefore, the Constitution Party calls on all those who love liberty and value their inherent rights to join with us in the pursuit of these goals and in the restoration of these founding principles.

The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law, administered by representatives who are Constitutionally elected by the citizens. In such a Republic all Life, Liberty and Property are protected because law rules.

We affirm the principles of inherent individual rights upon which these United States of America were founded."

A political party that acknowledges our nation's Christian roots and our Lord and Creator? No, it can't be! The audacity! Of course, I write that with heavy sarcasm.

Quite frankly, I find it REFRESHING that there are politicians running for the highest political office in the country - let alone a major political party - that are willing to put their faith on public display. More importantly, when these politicans and this party talk about God and religion you can clearly tell that they hold those views and beliefs as the most cherished in their lives, and they're not just giving lip service in an attempt to steal some votes from a particularly valuable demographic.

Ok, but who is Chuck Baldwin and why is he worthy let alone qualified to be President of the United States of America? Good question.
You can read his complete biography and credentials by clicking here and by also clicking here. Here's a brief snapshot. Make your own conclusions.

"My personal philosophy regarding social/political issues is quite simple. I believe abortion is America's national holocaust. It is the deliberate killing of innocent human life. Furthermore, it is absolutely disgraceful that while the so-called "pro-life" Republican Party controlled the entire federal government from 2000 to 2006, they did nothing to overturn Roe v. Wade and end legalized abortion. If I were President, I would use the bully pulpit of the White House to encourage Congress to pass Congressman Ron Paul's Sanctity of Life Act. In short, this bill would do two things: First, it would declare that unborn babies are persons under the law. Second, under the authority of Article. III. Section. 2. of the U.S. Constitution, it would remove abortion from the jurisdiction of the Court. In essence, this bill would immediately overturn Roe v. Wade and end legalized abortion."

"On the home front, if I were President, I would end corporate welfare. I would also work to disband the Department of Energy (along with the Department of Education and many other federal departments). There is absolutely no reason for us to be dependent upon OPEC. There is enough gas and oil under the soil of Alaska (not to mention the Dakotas and the Gulf of Mexico) to meet the energy needs of the United States for the next 150-200 years. There is also no reason that gas should cost more than $1.50 a gallon (which is about what it was before Bush became President).We must begin drilling for the domestic oil that we know exists; we must build more refineries and nuclear power plants. There is no reason why the United States cannot be mostly energy independent. It is time we started putting the people and interests of the United States ahead of the CEOs and interests of international corporations."

"If I were President, I would work feverishly to overturn the Sixteenth Amendment, which would repeal the Income Tax. And, no, I would not promote a national sales tax. That would be disastrous! Can you imagine what a 30% sales tax would do to the cost of EVERYTHING? Plus, give politicians a national sales tax to increase and just imagine what kind of percent that would grow into!I would also work to repeal the "death tax," inheritance taxes, and property taxes. The American people are already paying somewhere between 30% and 40% of their income to Uncle Sam. It must stop. We are bankrupting our country with this incessant and burdensome tax system. In addition, I would work to expunge the Federal Reserve and to restore the American economy to sound money."

"I believe the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, is the greatest civil document ever devised by man. I steadfastly support the principles contained in the Declaration of Independence. I believe America's Founding Fathers to be the greatest generation of Christian philosophers and patriots to ever live.I believe the current attempts by politicians from both parties to ignore and violate the Constitution are unconscionable and draconian attacks against the liberties of the American people and should be vehemently resisted. I believe in the right of the people to keep and bear arms."

"I believe there is a conspiracy by elitists within government and big business to steal America's independence. I believe many, if not most, pastors today have become little more than glorified politicians, and I am very disappointed in the way today's national Christian leaders seem to have sold out to political and commercial powers."

"I further believe that the current effort to merge the United States into a North American Community, along with the sister-issues of the NAFTA superhighway and the push to provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, comprises the greatest threat to America's independence and national sovereignty we have seen since our country's inception. In this regard, I especially appreciate investigative journalist and author Dr. Jerome Corsi, and CNN broadcaster Lou Dobbs. I encourage every American to read and watch carefully what these two men are saying. I believe the United Nations is a sinister organization from which the United States should withdraw. I believe the federal government taxes too much, spends too much, lies too much, and snoops too much into the personal lives of the American people. On the subject of foreign policy, as President, I would end foreign aid. I would also end the current infatuation with nation-building, empire-building, and interventionism. America is not the world's policeman. Neither are our military personnel the personal militia of the United Nations. Speaking of the United Nations, as President, I would withhold funds from the support of the United Nations. In other words, I would get the U.S. out of the U.N. Beyond that, when I move into the White House, the U.N.'s rent is up! They move out of New York City post haste. Furthermore, as President, I would take the preservation of our nation's sovereignty and independence extremely seriously. This means that the burgeoning North American Union is dead on arrival the day I am sworn in as President. Gone, too, is the NAFTA superhighway. And for that matter, I would lead the United States out of NAFTA and CAFTA altogether. And any prospect for the FTAA would be dead as well."

"The vast majority of our politicos (from both major parties) do not even seem to know what kind of country the United States was designed to be. Virtually every reference made to the United States by our civil magistrates is that we are a 'democracy.' That's odd; someone should have told our Founding Fathers, because they emphatically rejected the concept of creating a "democracy" in favor of creating a constitutional republic. Has anyone quoted the Pledge of Allegiance lately? Does it say, 'And to the democracy for which it stands?' Or does it say, 'And to the republic for which it stands?' Of course it says 'republic.' At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, a passerby asked Benjamin Franklin, 'Well, Doctor, what have we got - a republic or monarchy?' Franklin replied, 'A republic - if you can keep it.' Ladies and Gentlemen, that is the sixty-four million dollar question: Can we keep our republic? Can we keep our constitutional form of government? Can we keep our constitutionally protected liberties? The fear of what happens to freedom and liberty under democratic rule is what prompted Madison and the rest of America's founders to labor so hard to create what they did: a constitutional republic. Under God, it is allegiance to the Constitution that has preserved our liberties, our peace and happiness, our security, and our very way of life. Furthermore, it is the repudiation and rejection of constitutional government that is responsible for the manner in which these very same blessings are currently being lost. someone needs to remind Senators Barack Obama and John McCain that they are not campaigning to be President of the World, but President of the United States.What every elected officeholder is expected and required to do is very simple: they are required to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Period. End of story. Our public servants are not charged with saving the snail darter or the Spotted Owl, or saving the profits of the international bankers, or saving Wall Street in general, or saving the perks of corporate lobbyists, or saving Freddie and Fannie, or saving the peoples of the world from all the bogeymen, or even saving humankind or the planet itself. What our public servants are charged with, however, is preserving (saving) our constitutional republic."








As mentioned, Chuck Baldwin is a former Pastor himself.
The only President who was once an Preacher first was President James Garfield. Does this disqualify him from running for the nation's highest and most powerful political office? If you believe that it does or, you cringe at the thought, I suggest you take a good hard look in the mirror because that response says more about you as a so-called Christian than anything else.

Surely, there will be those who will argue "separation of church and state" although many people who argue this point present the argument as separation FROM church and state as opposed to what it really is - separation OF church and state. And yes, there's a fundamental difference.

So, what to do with my vote this November?

At the end of the day, it is the responsibility of the people to govern themselves. We must be willing to hold our civil magistrates accountable to the contract they made with us, which is to uphold constitutional government. It is our duty to "throw off" any system of government that does not secure our liberties and protect our constitution. And this we have not done.

Baldwin once quipped, "Worrying about which major party wins a general election is like worrying about whether Coke or Pepsi sold more soft drinks last month. Pick your poison. One is just as bad as the other. Neither has any fidelity to the Constitution or to the principles of liberty, which it represents. Both John McCain and Barack Obama are enemies to constitutional government. Both are in the process of sacrificing our national sovereignty to global entities. Both men lied when they took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution. So, why should we care which impostor wins the election? It is up to the American people to enforce constitutional government. From a Christian perspective, it is 'We the people' who are the 'powers that be' in
Romans 13. Under our form of government, the source of authority and the source of legitimacy reside with 'We the people.' We are not the slaves of any king or despot. Our elected leaders are public servants, not private masters. In a nutshell, they work for us. They are contracted to preserve our liberties and our way of life. When they fail, they must answer to us."

Thus, I believe that as Christians who care about this blessed nation of ours the only responsible thing to do is to vote our conscience, our morals, our principles and leave the rest in God's hands because we know he will give us exactly the type of leader we deserve as evidenced by Daniel 2:21 which says, "He establishes kings and influences their decisions."

Plus, it was
John Quincy Adams who reminded us, "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."

Where does that leave us? Well, it's worth noting that the only national party that is 100% pro-life, that is committed to securing our borders against illegal immigration, and that is dedicated to preserving our nation's sovereignty and independence by opposing NAFTA, CAFTA, and the burgeoning North American Union is the Constitution Party. That's a fact.

I'm still not sure how I will actually vote on Election Day, but I can tell you that I'm beginning to strongly reconsider my position and will continue to pray about that, and a lot of that has to do with what I see being offered to this country by the Constitution Party and their candidate for President - Chuck Baldwin.

Stay tuned. In the meantime, keep looking up.


Jubilee on Earth said...

Wow, that's an awesome article! I'm just now catching up and missed your article on Chuck Baldwin earlier. I'll definitely watch those videos and dig deeper when I get home tonight. With your permission, may I link to you and quote some things in a blog post?

Thanks! I appreciate you "keeping it real" based on Christ!

JRed said...

Thanks Maria! By all means, please feel free to quote and link anytime - no need to ask for my permission - because I know that we're both dedicated to getting the message out and always "keeping it real" in the process no matter what.

JRed (Jeff)

[email protected](Thomas) said...

I was like you with Huckabee. God's will be done...and that may be Obama. However, I will do what I can to defeat him. God is watching, no matter what his plans are. We are in the last days and a strong delusion has begun. God has chosen the next Pres. already. But my spirit hates evil and I have no control over my decision to stop Obama. I would love to see an admitting Born Again Pres. but it ain't happening. Some might say stay home and let God handle it. I can no more do that than I can say I will not witness to others as God will get it done through someone else. You have a real good site here. I don't have to tell you to keep it up as you can't stop.We are in this for the long haul. Father,Son and Holy Spirit-One God, the only God.

In Christ,
Thomas Brown

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