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The last article questioned if principles matter any longer within our country? Well, the election is over. We have some results that indicate whether we even understand what principles are any longer. No, I am not talking about the Presidential election, those of the Senate or House, the governorships, or even the state legislatures.  Virginia had two constitutional ballot initiatives this election. The first proposed an amendment supporting Virginia’s right to work law.  Its purpose was to make it more difficult for a governor or other elected official from undermining present law. The second provided localities the option of creating property tax exemptions for the surviving spouse of certain emergency services providers who die in the line of duty.

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We’re all familiar with this year’s election issues.  They include: the economy, jobs, taxes, the regulatory burden (all internal), and national security, the terrorism threat, border integrity, and rebuilding our military (all external).  While all these, and more, are valid issues; there is something more fundamental at stake that supports all the above.  The principles which underlie these issues.

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Did you know your freedom is dependent on your faith?  I believe that it is; please allow me to explain.

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Ms. Clinton started her campaign discussing the Founders and comparing her vision of the future to her opponents at a July 29 Philadelphia rally.  She mentioned that our Founders created a constitution that has supported the world’s longest-running democracy.  Second, they did not want one man to have all of the power.  George Washington served as the example as he willingly stepped away from power when his term ended.  Third, they created a single nation because they were stronger together.  Additionally, while we have made progress today, there is still much work to do.  We need more good jobs, have to raise wages, tackle inequality, and make the economy work for everyone - not just those at the top.  We need to invest in good paying jobs.  In other words these are things that government must do to create equality.

 

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Our President interjected himself into this year’s campaign again earlier this week.  While it was an act beneath the office he holds, the comment that one of the candidates is unfit for office is much more troubling, and its being passed over by our society at large is even more telling yet.  I must admit that I do not agree with Mr. Trump on some issues, and agree even less with Ms. Clinton, but both have been nominated by their respective party as this year’s candidates.

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It was only last summer that the unity among the Democratic Party was being contrasted against the division within the Republican Party.  However, in recent weeks we are seeing an increased divisiveness between the Democratic frontrunners.  We are going to look at these phenomena within the context of the principles noted on this site as they are prominently on display in this year’s race, and we are at a critical juncture in our history when these principles are increasingly more important.

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Today’s post will take a look at the upcoming election.  It is not meant to be either an endorsement or criticism of any particular candidate(s).  Instead, its purpose is to look at some of the current characteristics of this race in the light of this site’s topics.

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We’ll continue the last post by looking at the supreme court in relation to acting on the truth.  As previously stated the primary purpose of government is to protect its citizen’s rights.  To that end three separate branches of federal government were established, each with limited powers, and each with the incentives and ability to provide a check on the advance of power by the others.

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I must take a brief break from our present topic to say a few words about the passage of last week’s spending bill.  At first it seems like such polar opposites as Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Ted Cruz, and Tom Coburn would not agree on much of anything given their differing political and policy views.  However, like minded individuals on both sides opposed the passage of the proposed CROmnibus bill.  I think that there is a simple explanation.  The individuals mentioned, and others like them, have principles that they allow to guide their actions – and they act upon those principles in their actions.  There are two points to be made from this event.

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Dan WolfMy goal is that my writing will help you to get started on your own journey of discovery, or help you along the way on a journey you may have already begun. Our Founders considered education, religion, morality, and virtue to be the cornerstones for any successful society. Being successful requires understanding both the languages of reason and faith; reason alone is insufficient.