Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XI and XII

In the last post, I discussed how the Congress passed and submitted to the States in 1789 twelve Amendments to the Constitution for the United States. Ten of these Amendments were ratified effective December 15, 1791 and became known as the Bill of Rights. The next two Amendments came relatively shortly thereafter: the Eleventh Amendment… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XI and XII

Diving into the Constitution: Bill of Rights

The past three posts have covered the text of the Constitution for the United States of America as originally signed. The Constitution lays out a framework for how the various branches of the Federal government work and how the Federal and State governments interact. As with any new organization, various issues came up as the… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Bill of Rights

Diving into the Constitution: Articles III through VII

In this post, we will be covering Articles III through VII of the Constitution for the United States. Despite the brief text of each Article, there are many important principles and limits that affect our everyday lives laid out here. If you haven’t read the blog posts on Article I and Article II, please start… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Articles III through VII

Diving into the Constitution: Article II

The Federal government of the United States has three branches as laid out in the Constitution. Last week, we reviewed what the Constitution says about the Legislative branch (Congress, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives). This week, we review the Executive branch (represented by the President and Vice President). AN OVERVIEW In… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Article II

Diving into the Constitution: Article I

This week, we’ll start looking at our country’s fundamental document, the Constitution for the United States of America. It starts with a preamble, naming its creators (We the People) and its goals. This first and longest article outlines the powers delegated to the two bodies of the Legislative Branch/Congress, the House of Representatives and the… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Article I

Declaration of Independence

It is my great honor to post the full text of our Declaration of Independence as written on parchment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776. The autographs (not signatures) were given by sovereign individual human beings (not citizens under rule) who possessed (as we continue to possess) rights given by the Laws of Nature… Continue reading Declaration of Independence

Overcoming Negativity

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full person? Do you feel that life happens to you (stuck under the circumstances) or that you create life results by your actions (going forward: over, under, around, or through)? Do you see obstacles or opportunities? In this post, I want to share a few… Continue reading Overcoming Negativity

Vote!

Voting is a high privilege. It is the fundamental way in which citizens of a country (where it is allowed) express their preferences for representatives and initiatives. In the United States, we have primary, general, and special elections, so there are usually opportunities to vote for someone or something at least once a year! For… Continue reading Vote!

Love

Even in this dark and hurting world, the bright light of love can always prevail. The author of the following words says that we have tremendous human limitations in this life but that the undimmed light of love is always present and available for us. Further, he assures us that love even overcomes the grave… Continue reading Love

Bananas

Ever since I was a very young child, I have loved bananas above any other fruit. Because my mom usually bought one bunch of bananas per week for our big family, I never got more than one per week. At some point, I remember making a firm pledge to myself that I would eat at… Continue reading Bananas