MinuteMom July 2012â€˘ Volume 1 Issue 11
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State Sovereignty & Arizona
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Welcome July 4th Celebrations Cancelled! This is an all too familiar sight in dry and burning western states. But even if you don’t live in the west you may feel like cancelling the local celebrations. With the very recent Supreme Court ruling on the Health Care Act we all feel as if we have been struck by lightening and our hearts are on fire. We feel like we have been betrayed by our system of justice. Where else do we turn? With most caucuses and many primaries over we are moving quickly to November. We must with increasing haste beat the bushes and drum up support for candidates who will work to do what the justice department did not. We must walk with godliness in our characters and appeal to God in our prayers. We must plead as never before for the justice of God to once again intervene to establish His nation. Despite the literal and figurative fires burning, this is a wonderful time of the year. It is a time to remember sacrifices made by our founding fathers who pledged their all when they signed their names to the Declaration of Independence and fought against the King and the strongest powers on Earth. It is a time to thank God for His repeated interventions which provided victory to the small struggling would-be nation. It is time to thank God for our freedoms and dedicate ourselves to working a little harder to preserve them. Let US celebrate our opportunity to work together . Happy Independence Day! Our hearts and prayers go out to the many friends, families, and fellow citizens who have suffered losses in the recent wildfires. Prepare your Blankets, Books and Buddies Bundles for shipment as we will soon be posting an address for the youngest victims of the Colorado fires.
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Believe it or not, embedded in this ruling, are the instructions for righting the ship, and bringing this nation back to where we need to be. By KrisAnne Hall
12 Arizona Immigration Ruling~Direct Assault on State Sovereignty The majority opinion is not a legal explanation on the Constitutionality of Arizona’s laws, but is an ideological dissertation on this current administration’s view of immigration. By KrisAnne Hall
20 The US Constitution: A PrimerPart three
This month we delve into the meat of the Constitution; we begin with Article 1 – Legislative Branch. By Catherine G. White
24 IN DEFENSE OF MOTHERHOOD 28
You may have helped the Progressives to destroy the essence of being a woman – through the mockery of motherhood. By susan payson
28 72-HOUR Basics Clothes, food & water By Auntie Anne
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Justice Roberts Gives Some Good Advice In their ruling of the Arizona Immigration laws, the Supreme Court declared the “discretion of the federal agents” to be sovereign over the states. In the ruling on the Affordable Healthcare Act, the Supreme Court declared the federal government to be sovereign over the citizens. These rulings have served a nearly fatal blow to the 9th and 10th Amendments of the Constitution. Now, more so than ever, or at least since 1830, the citizens of this nation must stand together in defense of the Constitution, as the ultimate protectors of our God given rights. Our founders did not make the federal government sovereign over the people or the states. The 9th Amendment makes it perfectly clear that all rights belong to the people, enumerated or not. The 10th Amendment makes it clear that aside from the power “delegated” to the federal 6
government, EVERYTHING ELSE belongs to the people through their states. And the Federal government was only delegated very limited powers. James Madison said those powers were limited primarily to external objects and named them specifically as war, peace, foreign commerce and negotiations. What that means for us, is that the federal government has no business what so ever in our health care, or in our businesses, our schools, or any other aspect of daily life, whatsoever! Over the years, through an absolute dearth of true Constitutional teaching in the government schools, especially our law schools and through the replacement of precedent over the intent of the founders, we have allowed our courts to stray far from the original limitations and purpose of the Constitution. Our founders never intended for www.AsAMom.org
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the “general welfare” clause to mean the “everything welfare” clause. Madison explains in his 1792 argument against federal subsidies that the general welfare clause was not meant to expand the power of the government beyond its limitations, but to describe the purpose of the power delegated within strict confinement of those boundaries. This was not just his opinion, but the opinion of ALL who drafted the Constitution. “I, sir, have always conceived – I believe those who proposed the Constitution conceived – it is still more fully known, and more material to observe, that those who ratified the Constitution conceived – that this is not an indefinite government, deriving its powers from the general terms prefixed to the specific powers –but a limited government, tied down to the specified powers, which explain and define the general terms.” James Madison On the Cod Fishery Bill, granting Bounties 1792 (emphasis added) I dare say, James Madison himself would barely recognize the government we have today. Actually, maybe he would, because it looks identical to the one he and his patriot brothers and sisters pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to declare independence FROM and ultimately defeat in the name of Liberty. Apart from the twisted logic and contortions Chief Justice Roberts uses to justify this tyranny under the tax and spending clause, there are some fascinating and instructive statements in this ruling. Believe it or not, embedded in this ruling, are the instructions for righting the ship, and bringing this nation back to where we need to be. There are three things that we as a nation must do now. We no longer have the luxury of waiting until November and seeing what will happen. If we do not do these three things, if we fail in our attempts, we will fully establish the totalitarian government our Supreme Court has supported. First, we must keep the proper perspective. The Supreme Court is NOT the ultimate arbiter of the Constitutionality of a law. The Supreme Court is 1/3 of the federal government, with no more or less power than the other two branches. It is the Constitution that is the Supreme law of the land, not the Justices of the Supreme Court, and all decisions, even ones made by the court must stand before the ultimate judge - the rule of law in the Constitution. The Constitution was written and ratified by “an act of the whole As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
American People” as Thomas Jefferson declared in 1802. Its purpose is to “secure the blessings of Liberty…to our posterity”. To secure that Liberty, “governments were instituted among men”, not over them, and “derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Our founders gave us a government dependent upon OUR consent, not the will of the Supreme Court. They knew that since Liberty belonged to us, we would be the only ones suited to determine when “any form of government became destructive to those ends.” Hamilton articulated this responsibility very well in Federalist Paper #33. “If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution…” Believe it or not, Justice Roberts also gives us this directive in the healthcare ruling. He plainly tells the people of this nation, get off your backsides, stop complaining, accept the consequences of your decisions and do something about it! “Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” (emphasis added,) -Justice Roberts. Therefore, we have a job to do, since WE THE PEOPLE are the ultimate arbiters and guarantors of Liberty.
He plainly tells the people of this nation, get off your backsides, stop complaining, accept the consequences of your decisions and do something about it!
The next thing that must be done is the states must do their jobs. Madison declared our state legislators to be the “sure guardians of our Liberty.” How many of our state legislators really understand that their primary job description is to protect the people from federal encroachment? Listen to the power in Madison’s exact words. “the State Legislatures will jealously and closely watch the operations of this Government, and be able to resist with more effect every assumption of power, than any other power on earth can do; and the greatest opponents to a Federal Government admit the State Legislatures to be sure guardians of the people’s liberty.” Our states, especially those who thought it important enough to file a lawsuit, must stand now and say, this law is unconstitutional, this ruling is unconstitutional and we are not bound by it! Basically, our states must have the courage to say, “WE WILL NOT COMPLY”. It is our states that must “redress the injury done to the Constitution.” Once again, Justice Roberts in the very ruling that dealt such a devastating blow to the Republic, points the way. “In the typical case we look to the States to defend their prerogatives by adopting “the simple expedient of not yielding” to federal blandishments when they do not want to embrace the federal policies as their own. Massachusetts v. Mellon, 262 U. S. 447, 482 (1923). The States are separate and independent sovereigns. Sometimes they have to act like it.” (emphasis added) -Justice Roberts. Not only did he give the directive, but he gave the pathway as well. “Instead, we determine, first, that §1396c is unconstitutional when applied to withdraw existing Medicaid funds from States that decline to comply with the expansion… As a practical matter, that means States may now choose to reject the expansion; that is the whole point.” -Justice Roberts Anytime an addict withdraws from a drug, especially with long term use, it will be a painful withdrawal. It is time the people of this nation
Not only did he give the directive, but he gave the pathway as well.
withdraw from the federal funding drug and discover once again how to function as a normal and healthy republic. The states must have the courage, the strength, and the resolve to lead their people through this process. If they fail to do so, the death of Liberty and enslavement of our children will be on their hands. Press your governors and state legislators to stand against this tyranny. Demand that they do as Justice Roberts has said – DO NOT COMPLY. Finally, we must do everything necessary to replace our members of the House and the Senate with true Constitutionally-minded patriots that will repeal this law. We must especially fight for the seats in the Senate and then hit the streets like we did in 2010 to pressure them to vote the right way. I am begging; do not to put all faith in one man. Do not lay the burden of repealing this law on the President. He does not have the power to overturn or set aside ANY law. We will be giving permission to the President to set aside the Constitution to achieve an end that we desire. This “ends justify the means” style of government is what got us in this mess. No man can resist the temptation of ultimate power. It is time that we limit the executive branch of government once and for all. The ONLY way we will do that is to have a properly functioning Congress. That does NOT mean a Congress full of men and women who bare the sacred “R”. That means, whatever their letter designation, they are sold out, 100% dedicated to the Constitution and the principle of LIBERTY FIRST! We must require them to become proficiently trained in the principles of the Constitution and then hold them immediately accountable when they fail to protect it. We cannot “like” a politician so much that we give them a pass. Many will say that Thomas Jefferson was a great patriot. If he were here today, he assuredly would have a sizeable ���cult” following. Yet Jefferson himself warned that the people have a duty to ALWAYS keep their politicians in check and accountable. “If once [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, judges and governors shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions;” No more cult following of politicians. No more passes for personality or past employment or service. Our hired representatives must do their job, the one they took an oath to or they will be fired! www.AsAMom.org
No more trading Liberty for Security. No more compromising of Constitutional principles. No more legislation born out of fear or the dreaded “necessity”. We will allow only laws that limit the government and comply with the original intent of our founders. And if they do not know what that means, they are NOT QUALIFIED to do their job. These Supreme Court rulings are absolutely unconstitutional. There is NO victory within in them. The Constitution and Liberty may have been dealt a nearly fatal blow this week, but Liberty is not dead. This God-given gift burns within our very souls and we must revive it. To whom much is given, much is required. WE must right this ship. WE must rebuild on a firm foundation. WE must take the steps necessary to overcome the consequences of our own negligence…even if it is to the point where we have to exert that ultimate Right of the people, to alter or to abolish a government destructive to those ends, and to institute new one. Independence is our right and our heritage! This will take courage, this will take resolve, but
we are guaranteed by history and experience that if we stand for this noble cause, we will win. Do not falter. Do not retreat. We will not wake up one day and apologize to our children for not doing everything we could humanly and superhumanly do to avoid their chains and slavery. Look these young people in the eye TODAY and Stand. Stand strong. Stand with courage and resolve. Stand together for the holy cause of Liberty for the sake of our posterity. In the immortal words of Daniel Webster, “Hold onto the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands…for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” Reprinted by permission from http://krisannehall.com
KrisAnne Hall travels the country teaching groups the truth about the history of our great founding documents and the government that our founders really wanted us to have. She is a Constitutional attorney and former state prosecutor. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. Author of several books.
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This month’s value is GODLINESS. Most of us have our own personal view of what this means, taught to us via our family or our preferred doctrinal scholars. For the purpose of this article putting this value into the perspective of our founders is the goal. We know our founders did not all share the same doctrine but they could all agree that we have a ‘higher being’ as they referenced “our Creator” on more than one instance. They recognized that our natural rights did not come from man but from our Creator and they were unalienable, meaning since they were not granted by man or some political entity, they may not be restricted or denied by those same human entities. Along with these rights come rules and responsibilities. Our Creator is perfect, but man is flawed. To embrace the value of Godliness is to seek His will and direction, in our personal lives as well as the way our political leaders guide their decisions in directing our country. While our founders did not want a State mandated or endorsed official religion (like the one they fought to get away from in England) they also did not want God removed from the guidance He gives man in leading, in our personal lives, and in our families and country. Our founders knew if left to man’s whims alone, we, as a country, would fail. Godly traits, rules, morals and ethics never waiver and are absolute. 10 MinuteMom Magazine
Man, however, tends towards selfishness and left to his own devices will become utterly corrupt over time.
“When you speak of God or His attributes, let it be seriously and with reverence.”
~ George Washington’s rule # 108,
Consider the 10 Commandments. They appear above the main doors to the Supreme Court Chambers. The first four have to do with our relationship with God; the last 6 pertain to how we interact with other humans. Most of us believe they are very easy to follow but consider the following in your own life or by observing our political leaders: 1. Thou shall have no Gods above me or worship any other idol. How often do we, or our elected officials worship the power, bank account or personal accomplishments in place of the true worship of God? 2. Thou shall not kill. The Greek and Hebrew text differentiate between war and killing / eating animals. This should be an easy one, right? How many of us, even fleetingly, get a cold heart and wish someone were of no consequence in our daily lives? Have you ever thought evil of those running our country? Ever lose your temper at a rude driver? Then I would suggest we have
all broken this commandment at one time or another. 3. Honor thy Father and Mother. Here again, how often have we ignored our forefathers, whether blood relative or not? 4. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s belongings. Do we envy (even slightly) our neighbor’s new car, fancy house or lifestyle of others? I suggest that our political leaders are often greedy for more power, wealth or control. Many are just not humble in the way God has directed us to be. I would close with this reminder. There are those who are trying very hard, one step at a time, to remove God from anything having to do with our government, and if they can, even our daily public lives. For only when our country becomes Godless will man be able to dominate and re-write the rules we are to live by. Godliness is perhaps the most important value we have in our personal lives, in our family and in keeping our country under His blessings and will. Seeking His will and direction is a daily choice, often hourly or even minute by minute. I will suggest there are only two countries ever to be blessed by our Creator. Israel and the USA. Both are under severe attack from those who seek to eliminate Godliness. —jeff Krump * -George Washington Challenge http://www.beinggeorgewashington.com © 2012, Mercury Inc
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Arizona Immigration Ruling~
Direct Assault on State Sovereignty
Never has a ruling by the Supreme Court been more aptly titled as an “Opinion,” because that is exactly what Justice Kennedy and his cohorts have delivered in Arizona v. United States. It is nothing more than an open display of judicial activism. The majority opinion is not a legal explanation on the Constitutionality of Arizona’s laws, but is an ideological dissertation on this current administration’s view of immigration. Not only is this ruling devoid of any appeal to the Constitution, it is very dangerous. It is an aberration of fundamental Constitutional principles and a brazen assault on state sovereignty! Chiefly, Kennedy takes the Supremacy clause of the Constitution, which declares that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and translates that principle into the supremacy of the Federal government over the states. There couldn’t be anything more contrary to our founders’ intent. Let me repeat: this opinion is 12 MinuteMom Magazine
a monumental assault on the sovereignty of the states. Article I section 8 clause 4 of the Constitution states that Congress has the power [t]o establish an uniform rule of naturalization. The purpose of the federal government in the case of immigration, as Justice Kennedy appropriately acknowledges is “to be a single voice of the nation for foreign relations.” This external focus is in line with James Madison’s directive that: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State Governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace negotiation, and foreign commerce…” Indeed, we must have a single rule of law regarding immigration, else foreign nations will never know what to expect from state to state. However, www.AsAMom.org
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this is where Kennedy’s constitutional understanding ends. He continually remarks throughout this opinion, that the states are not only not allowed, but not capable of enforcing the laws that the federal government codifies. What is his authority for this opinion? Not the Constitution itself and certainly not the founders. Kennedy does not appeal to the Constitution as the standard, but rather the “broad discretion of immigration officers” as the determining factor of how immigration policy should be devised and carried out. He says, “Removal is a civil matter, and one of its principal features is the broad discretion exercised by immigration officials, who must decide whether to pursue removal at all.” The standard for deportation of an illegal immigrant is NOT the law, according to Kennedy, but an arbitrary determination of the Department of Homeland Security, which we all know will reflect Obama’s recent declaration. Kennedy suggests that the states must submit to lawlessness based upon the whim of federal officials, declaring,“Were §3 to come into force, the State would have the power to bring criminal charges against individuals for violating a federal law even in circumstances where federal officials in charge of the comprehensive scheme determine that prosecution would frustrate federal policies.” How does Kennedy justify this arbitrary determination? “This state authority could be exercised without any input from the Federal Government about whether an arrest is warranted in a particular case. This would allow the State to achieve its own immigration policy. The result could be unnecessary harassment of some aliens (for instance, a veteran, college student, or someone assisting with a criminal investigation) whom federal officials determine should not be removed.” According to Kennedy, enforcement of immigration laws are nothing more than a tool to harass illegal aliens. This is a direct reflection of the policies of the President and not the law established by Congress through the powers delegated by the Constitution. Simply put, the states must accept violations of the law if the whim of the sovereign decides it is not in their comprehensive scheme to enforce the law. It is the whim of the sovereign to decide who gets the privilege of citizenship, not the supreme law of the land. As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
Kennedy further opines that the states are apparently not smart enough to know when to deport and not to deport: “There are significant complexities involved in enforcing federal immigration law, including the determination whether a person is removable… By authorizing state officers to decide whether an alien should be detained for being removable, §6 violates the principle that the removal process is entrusted to the discretion of the Federal Government.” It should be apparent by the Federal Government’s refusal to enforce the law, that it is, in fact, the states that have better sense about immigration laws. The federal government is not interested in following the law of the land, they are only interested in circumventing it to achieve their ideology and now the Supreme Court is aiding and abetting this lawless assault upon Liberty. I will repeat it, if you have to circumvent the Constitution to do your job, YOU are the criminal. In true judicial activist form, Kennedy couldn’t resist giving the liberal agenda for immigration as justification for arbitrary enforcement of federal law. Nearly quoting the president’s position on this law, Kennedy states: “Immigration policy shapes the destiny of the Nation. These naturalization ceremonies bring together men and women of different origins who now share a common destiny. They swear a common oath to renounce fidelity to foreign princes, to defend the Constitution, and to bear arms on behalf of the country when required by law. The history of the United States is in part made of the stories, talents, and lasting contributions of those who crossed oceans and deserts to come here.”
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I ask you, what does this have to do with the Constitutionality of these laws? I believe the key to understanding this opinion lies in knowing the President’s recent determination that DHS will not be enforcing immigration laws and for the court to rule otherwise would allow the states themselves to nullify the president’s order. Here it
is, in Kennedy’s own words: “If §3 of the Arizona statute were valid, every State could give itself independent authority to prosecute federal registration violations, “diminish[ing] the [Federal Government]’s control over enforcement” Ignoring nearly two centuries of the individual state’s role in making these decisions (as outlined cogently in Scalia’s dissent), Kennedy cuts through one of the pillars of the Republic, state sovereignty, like a buzzsaw. He tramples the separation of powers and wholeheartedly supports just one more example of the executive branch stealing power from Congress. Any hopes that Congress will do anything about it? In a statement that can only be classified as patronizing, Kennedy throws the final salt in the wound, by declaring, in spite of the states “frustrations” with enforcement, the federal government is the King, and the states must subject themselves to its authority. “Arizona may have understandable frustrations with the problems caused by illegal immigration while that process continues, but the State may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.”
The “victory” claimed by some is no victory at all. The Supreme Court did uphold the ability of law enforcement officers to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when they have pulled over someone to verify whether that person is an illegal alien. Big deal! Justice Kennedy has informed us: “As a general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain present in the United States. See INS v. LopezMendoza, 468 U. S. 1032, 1038 (1984).” It’s not illegal to be illegal. Really? Since being here illegally is not a crime according to the federal government, even if law enforcement is informed that a person is illegally present, that officer will still have to let them go. The Supreme Court has said any other action by the state is an infringement upon the federal government’s power. According to Kennedy, state officers are not even allowed to detain illegal aliens: “By authorizing state officers to decide whether an alien should be detained for being removable, §6 violates the principle that the removal process is entrusted to the discretion of the Federal Government.” According to Kennedy, the sole authority to determine whether an illegal alien is to be detained or deported rests in the Attorney General: “[T] he Attorney General can exercise discretion to issue a warrant for an alien’s arrest and detention “pending a decision on whether the alien is to be removed from the United States…the Attorney General will issue a warrant.” Kennedy then reminds everyone that all who are enforcing these laws are “subject to the Attorney General’s direction and supervision.” In what version of the Constitution did he find this? Once again, it is NOT about the law, it’s about the discretion of the Federal Government and the Federal Government is King. This court has not only taken the precedent and placed it above the founders’ understanding of the Constitution, but now regulation applied by arbitrary discretion is also elevated above our foundational principles. This supports the hopes of this current administration to further create a totalitarian government led by King Barry I. In one decision, the Supreme Court has told every state, they do not have the authority to protect themselves; they must submit to the supervisory authority of the Federal Government and the Supreme Court supports the president’s recent directive to DHS. As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
Let’s be clear. The Constitution says the federal government is supposed to establish standards so that foreign nations will not have to deal with 50 different rules. Yes, the states are bound by these standards pursuant to the supremacy clause. However, the power to create standards does not infer the ability to be the sole enforcer. Once the standards are set, then the states are bound to enforce those laws pursuant to those standards. The only time the federal government is allowed to be involved is when the states are not following those standards! This power has now been expanded from the power to create regulations to the power of sole enforcer, and Justice Kennedy has now declared that the sovereign states have no ability to enforce these laws, and therefore have no right to protect their own territories. It’s as if the US government, via the Supreme Court, has practically expelled Arizona from the Union – since, if the Federal government will not enforce the law and Arizona is NOT ALLOWED to enforce the law – then Arizona is bare and unprotected. One need only read Justice Scalia’s dissent to discover the correct interpretation. “ The most important point is that, as we have discussed, Arizona is entitled to have “its own immigration policy”—including a more rigorous enforcement policy—so long as that does not conflict with federal law. Today’s opinion, approving virtually all of the Ninth Circuit’s injunction against enforcement of the four challenged provisions of Arizona’s law, deprives States of what most would consider the defining characteristic of sovereignty: the power to exclude from the sovereign’s territory people who have no right to be there. Neither the Constitution itself nor even any law passed by Congress supports this result. I dissent.” As do I, Justice Scalia. As do I. Reprinted by permission from http://krisannehall.com
KrisAnne Hall travels the country teaching groups the truth about the history of our great founding documents and the government that our founders really wanted us to have. She is a Constitutional attorney and former state prosecutor. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. Author of several books. July 2012 15
What about storing barley? Leslie asks: Barley is so uniquely delicious, and storing a little adds variety to the grains in my pantry. Do some of you moms store barley and how do you use it? Grainlady says: I would suggest storing whole barley (aka Scotched or pot barley which has its bran intact but the hull removed) along with pearled barley. Whole grains are always your best choice when it comes to nutrition and fiber. I have also begun using Ethiopian black barley as one more of the ancient grains I store (which haven’t been hybridized) and is “one of the most nutritious whole grains available on earth”. The majority of the foods I keep in storage are nutrient-dense. There are a number of uses for barley in my kitchen. I like to run whole barley through my flaker and use them as a substitute for rolled oats in hot cereal, granola and muesli. Chopped into grits it becomes a quick-cooking cereal. You can substitute barley grits for cornmeal in polenta. It’s just a little more sticky than using corn. Sprout barley (or wheat will also work) to make your own diastatic and
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non-diastatic malt powder to add to yeast and naturally-leavened breads and you can make it for pennies. Sprouted barley can also be grown into grass and juiced (just like wheat and other grains). Barley grass juice is high in calcium, iron and protein - a real super food!!! Sprouts and grasses will be your emergency fresh foods when a garden isn’t possible. You can’t thrive without fresh foods that have live enzymes in them. This is why seeds for sprouting are on the list of the “Seven Survival Foods” (grains, legumes, seeds for sprouting, sweetener/s, salt, oil and powdered milk). You can mill pearled barley or whole barley to make barley flour. Pearled barley will be much lighter in color because the bran has been removed, and whole barley flour will be much darker because of the bran (much like processed bleached/unbleached flour and whole wheat flour). A great place to use this low-gluten grain flour it is in cookies and quick breads, where you don’t want a lot of gluten-development. If you are adding barley flour to your favorite yeast bread recipe, keep it to 15-20 percent of the flour amount due to it’s low-gluten content.
To make one cup of barley flour, grind approx. 3/4 c. lightly pearled barley (or 3/4 c. minus 1 T. highly pearled barley or 3/4 c. PLUS 1 T. whole barley). Barley flour is one of those oddities because it is light and airy after it’s milled. That 3/4 c. of grain will initially measure approximately 1-1/2 cups flour, but after setting for several days, it compresses to 1-cup. Before measuring freshly-milled barley flour, tap the container on the counter for a few seconds to settle the flour in order to get an accurate measure. Barley water has been used for eons by many cultures. Barley water with lemon or other fruit, barley water with mint.... You can find lots of recipes for making barley water. In Japan they make mugicha, which is roasted barley tea. Barley is often used as a cereal for babies or young children. I suggest sprouting, drying, then grinding it for cereal. Unprocessed whole grains are difficult for babies and young children to digest, and by sprouting them first, it now becomes a pre-digested food which is easier to digest and has more nutrients available to the body. This is true of most grains/seeds/beans/nuts (See: Nourishing Traditions - by Sally Fallon for more information). Once sprouted and dried, you can coarsely chop barley in a blender and use it like you would wheat bulgur. Just make sure you sift out any small flour particles or you will get bulgur “paste”. Although you will find lots of untested and unsafe home-canned soup recipes with all kinds of ingredients in them, including barley, it’s suggested you NOT add any thickeners which would include rice, pasta, barley, flour, etc. For more information: http://tinyurl.com/897qxwc www.AsAMom.org
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Kefir? Anyone familiar with Kefir? I purchased it for its probiotic qualities, but have a few questions. Kami asks: Last week I received my milk kefir grains and began the process of making it. I am on day 6. I now have the wonderful luxury of a kefir supply. For those of you familiar with milk kefir grains could you shed some light on this matter. Here are a few of my questions: 1. What consistency should the kefir be to be called kefir and ready for other uses? 2. My husband is worried about consuming this product, is there any issue with bacteria (bad)? 3. Can it be frozen? 4. Do you have any tried and true recipes that you would like to share? Is there a standard measurement for adding it to things like smoothies, pancakes, etc...? And, are the good bacteria destroyed when its heated in baking? As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
Grainlady says: 1. Ferment your kefir to be the consistency you like - thin or thick. No matter how thick it gets, once you shake it, it will liquefy. If I’m going to use it for a substitute for cream cheese, sour cream, or plain yogurt and drain the whey from the curd, I’ll let it ferment longer than if I use it in our daily smoothie or as a substitute for buttermilk. I’ll take the grains out after it thickens and then let it do a secondary fermentation without the grains in it (always remove the grains after 24-hours). You can even make a cottage cheese-like texture with your kefir curd. 2. Fermentation has been used safely and successfully as a method for food preservation for eons by people that didn’t have refrigeration at all. If hubby eats cheese, does he have a problem with the potential for “bad” bacteria in it? The list of fermented foods we consume is really rather long: naturally-leavened bread
(sourdough), sauerkraut, pickles, vinegar, beer, wine. I’m the food safety “queen” and I’ve been using kefir nearly every day for over a decade. Just use common sense like you should handling any kind of food. Make sure your kefir-making container and lid is clean - scald your jar out with boiling water. I never run my container/ lid through the dishwasher, but wash them in hot soapy water by hand and scald with boiling water. I’ve understood the sheeting chemicals in dishwasher products can kill your kefir grains. As soon as I type that, there will be someone else who does the exact opposite. (This same subject is a similar discussion people enter when they talk about keeping their sourdough starters - the old NEVER and ALWAYS rules that are often broken.) Make sure you wash your hands and thoroughly rinsed to make sure any soap residue is gone before touching your grains. I pull my grains apart with my fingers to divide them; July 2012 17
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resistant starch, 1-2 T. flaxmeal, 1-2 t. Chardonnay Grape Seed Flour and 1 T. of a nutritional supplement we take. We have this everyday. Use some kefir mixed with grape juice for a “Purple Cow”. Use orange juice or pineapple/orange juice for an “Orange Cow”. Cold Cucumber Soup: Blend a quart of homemade kefir, one cup of raw diced cucumber, handful of watercress, sprig of fresh parsley. Chill and serve. Kefir Dessert: Fold one cup of kefir curd (drained) into one cup of applesauce (make your own applesauce with dehydrated apples). Pour into serving dishes and refrigerate. Serve topped with homemade granola. Top baked apples with kefir curd. Use drained kefir in any recipe calling for plain yogurt. Drain it longer to the consistency of cream cheese or sour cream and use in recipes calling for them. Use drained kefir curd instead of yogurt in frozen yogurt recipes. Multi-grain mix for pancakes: 1-1/2 c. freshly-milled spelt or einkorn flour 1 c. freshly-milled whole wheat flour 1/2 c. whole grain multi-grain cereal blend (5-grain, 7-grain - etc. - looks like chopped grain - I mill my own mixtures) 1/2 c. freshly-milled cornmeal 2-1/2 T. baking powder 2 T. freshly-milled flaxmeal
1-1/2 t. baking soda 3/4 t. salt 1 T. sugar (I use palm sugar) Mix all ingredients together. Store the mixture in an airtight container in the freezer. To make 6 small pancakes: Lightly beat one egg with 1/2 c. of one of the following (your choice) kefir, yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream, sour milk, milk, nut milk, coconut milk.... (Optional: add 1 T. melted butter or coconut oil to this mixture.) Stir in 1/2 c. of the pancake mix and only lightly mix until mixed together. Do not over-mix. Ladle out onto a preheated griddle and fry over medium heat, turning once. Morning Moo 4Good asks: Can you use Morning Moo or powdered milk? Grainlady says: I use Morning Moo’s when I want a lot of whey. I use the whey to make whey-lemonade as a thirst quencher during this horribly hot weather (you can also add whey to watermelon juice, or tomato juice, etc.). Otherwise, I generally use Country Cream Instant for making into milk for kefir. Country Cream (Grandma’s Country Foods) is more expensive, but I get more curd. You can find out more about this thread by going to: http://tinyurl.com/aambarley http://tinyurl.com/aamkefir www.AsAMom.org
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if you use a pair of kitchen scissors for the task, make sure they are washed and scalded before cutting your grains to prevent any cross-contamination of potential “bad” bacteria. If you do notice your grains are getting “funky”, you’ll know there was a “bad” bacteria introduced via the container, lid, or you. Personally, I’ve never had this happen. 3. Can the kefir grains be frozen? Yes, BUT.... It is my understanding there is about a 40% chance they won’t survive a deep freeze and be reactivated. I’ve frozen them and they have reactivated just fine.... You can dry grains and store them in paper at room temperature for about a year and expect a higher rate of reactivation than if you freeze them. Can you freeze the curd? Yes, and it will still maintain the health benefits. The texture will probably change if it had a thick curd. The liquid whey will melt first and the curd won’t hold up, so shake it to make it into a liquid again. Even after more than a decade of using kefir, the only way I have frozen kefir is in the form of ice cream I’ve made with kefir curd instead of yogurt - YUMMM. 4. Yes, the good bacteria is destroyed when heated. But, using kefir in recipes calling for buttermilk, plain yogurt, cream cheese or sour cream means I have a food item I can make at home with powdered milk and use it instead. Heating destroys the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt as well. If a recipe calls for buttermilk or milk - use liquid (shaken) kefir in equal amounts. We eat a “strange” assortment of “health” foods, so these recipes may only work as an example of what I do with kefir. Feel free to adapt it to your own recipes. Smoothie:We make ours in a Hamilton Beech Malt Maker. There are three lines dividing the blending container and we use 1 part kefir to 2 parts 100% fruit juice, 2 T. high-maize
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The US Constitution: A Primer Part Three-Legislative Branch
Welcome back! This month we delve into the meat of the Constitution; we begin with Article 1 – Legislative Branch. This article almost stopped the Constitution before it even got started. Our much-vaunted bicameral (two house) legislative branch grew out of HUGE disagreements, and was actually one of the last items finalized. The big-population states wanted representation by population – and the small states figured (rightly) that they would get lost in the shuffle. The small-population states wanted representation by state – and the large states thought that was unfair to their larger populations! After discussions degenerated to fistfights on the debate floor, the entire issue was tabled until near the end of the Constitutional Convention. We’ll see the end result shortly – and the final structure was both brilliant and inspired. Section 1. “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” (Bold Italics mine.) The very 20 MinuteMom Magazine
FIRST statement of the Constitution is that powers are GRANTED to the legislature. We, the People, retain sovereignty and grant the legislature PRIVILEGES (see first article of this series for a discussion of rights versus privileges; they are opposites) in order to carry out the tasks with which we have charged those two bodies. The House of Representatives is the first house mentioned (in Section 2). This body represents the interests of WE the PEOPLE. It is the CLOSEST to the people and this is why Representatives are elected every two years – to KEEP them close to the opinions, interests, and needs of their constituents. The Senate (discussed in Section 3) was, until passage of the 17th Amendment, the meeting house for the representatives or, more accurately, Ambassadors from the Sovereign States to the Federal government. They were chosen by the State legislatures, to ADVISE the Executive branch, to represent the interests of the states as sovereign entities, and to prevent the encroachment of federal power into areas intended for www.AsAMom.org
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state jurisdiction (remember this Federal government structure is a dual-sovereignty structure; the states and the Federal government SHARE power and have SEPARATE duties). Senators are elected every SIX years; they were to take the “long” view on the effects of the governments’ work. Their term of office, spanning three terms in the House and more than one Presidential term, was designed to give them that longer-term outlook and underscores the importance of the STATE interests in the Federal discourse. “The dreaded three-fifths clause” in Article 1, Section 2 is part of the clause requiring a census every ten years. “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.” It was designed to limit the number of representatives AND thereby the political power of the Southern, slave-holding states, so that slavery could be ended after 1808 (Art. 1 Sec. 9 promises no action will be taken on slavery before that year). The southern, slave-holding states wanted ALL slaves to count for number of representatives, while the northern states wanted NO slaves to count. This compromise appeased the South without giving them so much power in the House that they could prevent future actions against slavery. It also established the legal precedent for slaves to be considered PERSONS – before this clause, there was no established basis in law to do so. ALL legislation that needs money starts in House. Here is the true power!! The House could and SHOULD zero-fund any un-Constitutional act, law, or agency. There is NO requirement for Senatorial or Executive branch agreement; like it or lump it, the House is in charge of the money they must take, for government needs, from their constituents/neighbors. Article 1 Section 10 lists the items the states are NOT allowed to do: make independent treaties with other nations, issue money that is not backed by gold or silver, impose tariffs on goods from other states, armies, stop contracts from being enforced, and grant titles of nobility. Article 1 Section 8 lists the enumerated powers of Congress, which are the ONLY items As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
Congress has ANY jurisdiction over. Chief Justice John Marshall, writing in the Marbury v. Madison decision of 1803, said, “The powers of the legislature are defined and limited; and that those limits may not be mistaken, or forgotten, the Constitution is written.” This is an extremely important sentence – it states plainly that the powers of Congress are limited, and that Congress MUST stay within those powers. Interpretation of the Constitution by original intent is demanded by this statement by Justice Marshall, dated a short SIX years after the ratification of the Constitution. What are those “enumerated powers?” Article 1, Section 8. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence [sic] and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow Money on the credit of the United States; To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States; To establish Post Offices and post Roads; To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries; To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court; To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; July 2012 21
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings;—And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof. That’s it! NOTHING about education, oil drilling, health care, wind farms, food safety, farmers’ kids working on the family farm, fuel efficiency standards, or any of the other gazillion areas where the Federal government is now unConstitutionally meddling in and interfering with our lives.
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provides an unlimited power is an absurdity.” (Excerpted from the last four paragraphs of Fed #41.) Art. 1 Sec. 8 Clause 3 uses the term “regulate Commerce,” which has been misused to regulate just about everything under the sun. The Founders addressed this clause in several of the Federalist papers (see #22, #42, #44, and #56, specifically). In these various papers, they explain that there are two purposes to this clause. The first purpose is to prohibit a practice widespread under the Articles of Confederation: the imposition of tariffs on goods from other states – basically New York treating Virginia as though it were a foreign country, and making commerce extremely difficult and goods amongst the states far more expensive than they should have been. The second purpose was to permit the Federal government to impose duties on imports from and exports to other countries. Article 1 Section 8 has several other items that warrant some explanation for modern eyes. A “Letter of Marque & Reprisal” is a government license authorizing the crossing of international borders, attack or other action against enemy forces, and the taking of “prizes” by nonmilitary personnel (this last refers to capture of sea-going vessels). The tactic was widely used by Britain and France (among others). Privateers held such letters, as did “Corsairs” (the term comes from the French term “lettre de course”). Today’s equivalent might be the company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide, a private military and security company. The limitation on funding for the Army – funds must be renewed every two years – but there is no such limitation on funding for the navy. The Founders were still very chary of a standing army, and wanted any land forces to be under close supervision of Congress and the civil government, with the purse-strings ready to rein them in. A strong navy was considered crucial to national security – as well as safer for the populace, as the navy was out patrolling the coasts and seas, not wandering through towns under full sail. “Bill of Attainder” is another holdover from the days of rule by Britain. One of the techniques used to ruin persons the King (with the agreement and/or collusion of Parliament, in Colonial times) considered enemies, or dangerous, was to put them under a “writ (or bill) of attainder.” www.AsAMom.org
Under such a writ, you were considered convicted of a serious crime against the Crown, your civil rights were permanently nullified, and you could no longer own property or leave it to your family by will. Your property escheated to the Crown, and your family and heirs were left destitute. The US Constitution specifically prohibits this practice. Each state also specifically prohibits attainder. No titles of nobility may be granted by either the Federal or State governments. The last item to discuss in Article 1 is the “necessary & proper” clause (last clause of Section 8). This is yet another clause misused by Congress to assume powers that were not delegated to it. However, Federalist #29 (plus notations in #33 and #44) clearly explains that this clause was to delegate to Congress the power to pass laws necessary and proper to fulfill its declared powers. Madison, in Federalist #44, says, “The clause merely permits the execution of powers already delegated and enumerated in the federal Constitution. No additional substantive powers are granted by this clause” (emphasis added). Additionally, Federalist #45 states, “The powers... will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce... The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which... concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people.” This first Article of the Constitution carefully and clearly delineates the very few areas of federal jurisdiction, and reserves all else to the states and the people. It establishes representation for the people as well as the states as sovereign entities. It shows that the areas of federal control are mainly areas involving interactions with other countries, with a very few areas of inter-state jurisdiction. Next month, we will look at Article 2, the Executive Branch. Primary References: “Good To Be King” Michael Badnarik, 2004, The Writer’s Collective “The 5,000 Year Leap” W. Cleon Skousen, 1981, National Center for Constitutional Studies “The Federalist Papers” (available online) PubliusHuldah.wordpress.com (attorney and Constitutional scholar) Catherine White grew up in Massachusetts where she also graduated from M.I.T. She is has two terrific daughters and a wonderful husband. She became involved early on in the 912 Project. Catherine has given several presentations on the Constitution in the past year. The most recent talk was at Brandeis University (sponsored by the Brandeis Tea Party) this past March, and it should be available on YouTube in the near future. As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
In Defense Of
by susan payson There is much talk these days about the ‘war on women’ – but does it exist? Conservatives are under fire by Progressives for not wanting to pay for abortions and contraceptives with tax-payer dollars, which somehow means they hate women or want to put them back in the Dark Ages. Of course, that’s predictable rhetoric meant to a) pander to a particular voting block and b) continue to force a change in the culture. For those who are interested in truth, as conservatives typically are, it is in the latter where we find the real war on women – a war waged by Progressives to be sure, but with our help. WHAT?! Here is how you may have helped the Progressives to destroy the essence of being a woman – through the mockery of motherhood: 24 MinuteMom Magazine
Parents: In an attempt to help their daughters to become ‘all they can be’ in life, and to help ensure that she can provide for herself in the event of tragedy or disaster in her adult life, some parents unwittingly send the message to their girls that higher education and professional achievement are more important than anything else. Practically speaking, the pursuit of diplomas and degrees becomes the occupying thought and primary activity in the girl’s life. Though there may be talk of her later role as wife and mother, these parents drive home, through their pre-occupation with schooling, that those roles clearly are of lesser importance. The confusing message received by these www.AsAMom.org
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girls causes many reject those traditional roles altogether. In my own experience attending a private college prep school for girls, I am shocked at how many in my graduating class never married and of those who did, how many did not have children. In addition, these well meaning parents make matters worse if they insist that their daughters get on birth control pills. What else could one do to give a developing young woman the impression that motherhood should be avoided at all costs? The answer – to reject their daughters if they do become pregnant prior to attaining whatever level of achievement that the parents deem necessary to be ‘worthy’ – or worse yet, coerce their girl to abort/kill their own baby by threatening to throw her out of the house, etc. God created human beings to go through puberty at a certain age for a reason; His reason. What reason could that be? Years ago it was considered normal to marry at a young age. Now young adults are raised in such a way as to be psychologically incapable of marrying at a young age, perpetually infantilized into their 30’s. The irony is undeniable – more and more higher education in the name of being able to provide for one’s self and to be a well rounded mature adult that in the end robs that same person of the ability to truly mature. It is through marriage and motherhood (and fatherhood too, let us not forget the war on men!) that one becomes well rounded and mature, getting the best out of life by learning how to live unselfishly and giving love unconditionally. Degrees, etc, are nice and can be helpful in the job market (though ask those on unemployment these days and you will find a surprising percentage have graduate degrees) but they should not be made into idols/strange gods to center one’s life on and to sacrifice all that is good in life for its pursuit. Girl Scouts: Once a wholesome piece of Americana where girls had fun and practiced leadership skills, this beast has morphed into an obscene peddler of pornography, gratuitous sex, and male bashing. How about this, from the ‘play’ Simply Maria http://speaknowgirlscouts.com/web_documents/ simply_maria_excerpts.pdf ; a diabolical creation that mocks marriage, motherhood, and God. http://speaknowgirlscouts.com/web_documents/ girltopia.pdf ‘The Gate to Women’s Country’ is the name of the book in this link – please do not As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
read if you are offended by vulgarity and 4 letter words. Remember, however, that young girls are required to read it. And this, for 9 year olds, that tells them in comic strip form about… well read it for yourself because it’s pretty disgusting: http://speaknowgirlscouts.com/web_documents/persepolis_gswn.pdf . For more on the radical Progressive anti woman agenda of the Girls Scouts to indoctrinate your daughters, click here http://speaknowgirlscouts.com/index. php?p=1_4_The-latest-Journeys-more . I personally know moms who do not want to hear these things. They insist that the leadership opportunities outweigh the negatives, and that their girls only read these things in order to get badges and that they do not really believe or agree with the opinions expressed. Here is a news flash – people believe what they read. And the fact that you encourage them to join the club and to stay in it only teaches your daughters that you agree with what they are reading – nothing you say to the contrary will convince them otherwise. Avoid the Girl Scouts as if your life depended on it. Physicians: When you choose an obstetrician to help take care of you and your baby during your pregnancy, do you ask this question – “doctor, what do you recommend if you diagnose a genetic or physical condition in my baby?” I bet the thought does not occur to you. It should – or you will likely be pressured to abort/kill your baby if anything abnormal is found on prenatal testing. This should matter to you, because in recommending abortion for ‘imperfections,’ even for conditions that may make your baby’s life very short after his or her birth, that doctor is robbing you of your motherhood for that particular person (not to mention the horrible unnatural death your July 2012 25
Women: Are you one of these gals who gossip about the neighbor’s unwed pregnant daughter, or who make comments to young married pregnant women that they can get their lives ‘back on track’ (work or school) after the baby is old enough to go to school or better yet daycare? Do you look at a pregnant woman tending to her other 6 children and think to yourself (or say to someone else, or worse yet – say to her) that she is irresponsible for 26 MinuteMom Magazine
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child would experience through an abortion). Motherhood is worth doing even if it only lasts 5 minutes after your baby is born. And do not forget the months of pregnancy that you mothered that child too! That is an experience that should not be rejected by you, or taken from you by a doctor. Take responsibility and weed out the bad doctors before they have a chance to destroy your motherhood. Here is a real life story that may convince you that I am speaking the truth – I treated a young gal who came to me thinking she was pregnant (I am a doctor, too). She seemed hopeful. In talking with her, I discovered that several years ago her obstetrician had recommended that she abort her 2nd trimester baby due to some sort of ‘defect.’ She had real difficulty discussing it, and I could tell from the way she described her ‘choice’ that she had been somewhat coerced by her doctor. Apparently it wasn’t long after the incident that she requested a tubal ligation, sterilizing herself. And here she was, hoping to be pregnant. My heart broke for her – a young woman who had allowed herself to be convinced that it was humane to kill her imperfect baby, became so distraught by the experience that she made sure she could no longer go through that again. only to want it with all her heart. ‘It’ being motherhood; to be someone’s mother. Don’t let this happen to you or to anyone you love. Defend motherhood and defend your child.
having so many kids? Didn’t she want more out of life for herself? Do you look with disdain at older (40’s) pregnant ladies? The toughest critics a woman will ever face are other women. Check your own opinions – have you been influenced by the Progressive culture? Are you polluting your sphere of influence with words and deeds that are toxic to motherhood in general and harmful in particular to those around you? I recently found out that I am expecting another baby (yay!) and the response from one woman was interesting. You see, I am about to turn 44 years old. When I told this gal the news, she said “Well that’s ok” in a consoling tone, as if the news was a negative. Was it because I am the age she was when her kids were grown and out of the house, when she was able to ‘finally enjoy her life again’, and she saw me as losing out? Or, did she think ‘poor girl, she’s so old how could that baby possibly be healthy’? I don’t know, and I decided that it mattered not to me. I defend my child, and my motherhood of him or her no matter what anyone else thinks or says to me. “As a Mom” what do you teach your children about motherhood, or fatherhood for that matter? It is up to us to determine the culture of family, marriage, and parenthood – not someone else. Motherhood should be defended – it is what makes us different from men, it is special, it is blessed, it is the most important profession. Do you really believe that, or is it relegated to something you like to say only on Mother’s Day to make your own mom feel good about how she spent her life? Do you think it is important to prepare your sons and daughters for married life throughout their growing-up years, or do you leave them to their own devices and the influence of their peers and media in their young adulthood to figure that out? Defend motherhood, defend marriage, defend the family, defend the children. Take a good look at yourself and see if you have contributed to the assault on motherhood – you may not even have realized that you were cooperating with the enemy (Progressive agenda) to destroy our nation. The enemy is cunning and deceptive. We must win this battle!
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The mental pictures I have of the terrorist attack on September 11th and the sacrifices of so many that came together afterwards will forever remain vivid and fresh in my memory. For days I spent every evening watching TV unable to stop crying and unable to stop watching. I particularly remember a scene showing a rescue worker and his German Shepherd sleeping on the sidewalk in the doorway of a dust covered store -front nearby, exhausted from their efforts and sleeping soundly the man’s arm draped over the dog protectively, the dog’s head on his master’s leg… equally protective. And how many days did I watch as Katrina wreaked havoc upon the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast – leaving thousands homeless, destitute and at the mercy of local gangs and looters? Yet there were so many heroic and Christian acts of love… After Katrina, I thought long and hard about what kind of emergencies might require me to leave my home. I live in a small town in northern Indiana – there are no high-rise buildings, no nearby big rivers that could flood, no ocean shores
to swell and destroy my home…..even the possibility of severe earthquake damage is historically remote. For me, the most probable emergencies would involve things like fire, tornado, severe ice or snow or severe wind storms. Manmade disasters like chemical spills, pandemic and other problems are certainly possible too. I don’t worry so much about things like dirty bombs but, we do have several nuclear plants within 200 miles of where I live which could experience major accidents. Some situations would require I leave my home and others would not. Well, regardless of how remote the possibility, several years ago I decided that 72-hour emergency kits were probably a good idea. I now keep my personal 72-hour kit (plus one for the cats) in the closet by the front door. I also have a 72-hr kit in my car and used to keep a pared down version of a 72-hr kit in my desk at work before I retired. Finally, I have several 72-hr “add-on” kits in my front closet, that could be loaded into my car if I believe my evacuation is anything other than a temporary measure and if I have the time. www.AsAMom.org
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I recommend one kit for each member of your family, including children and pets, plus one for each car you have. In addition, consider keeping a pared down version of your kit at work. And don’t be afraid to contact the school your child attends and ask about their emergency preparedness level. Some schools will have well developed plans with adequate emergency supplies, others will not. If the school has made no arrangements, why not volunteer to help organize the effort? Also, if your child has a locker or personal space, how about putting together a mini-kit for them, just in case.
Remember, the purpose of a 72-hour emergency kit is to provide you with the items you need to help you survive the first three days when evacuating from a disaster or unsafe situation. It can be as big or as small as you see fit – but it should be something you can carry. Add-on kits are great, but only if you can use your vehicle when bugging out. The contents should cover the following necessities: Water, Food, Warmth, Shelter and First Aid – at minimum. After that, consider adding things like Clothing, Medication, Tools, Light, Sanitation Supplies and Communications Equipment.
Emergency Kit Checklist: NIOSH-N95 masks water filtering straw and/or portable water filter water purification tablets coffee filters unscented bleach food – a minimum of 6,000 calories worth per person (3 x 2,000); see suggestion list below emergency rain poncho emergency tube tent & 25’ parachute cord emergency space blanket •leece or wool blanket 8’ x 10’ or 9’ x 12’ tarp w/tent stakes & 25-50’ parachute cord camping tent, patch kit, spare tent stakes, spare rope clear plastic sheeting, trash bags, duct tape hand warmers foot warmers hiking stove & fuel, candles wind resistant matches in waterproof container magnesium fire starter hand-held fan with batteries first aid kit As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
flashlight(s), light sticks headlamp extra batteries extra shoes and clothing for each person (see clothing discussion) personal medications anti-diarrhea, antacid, laxative, sleeping pills; aspirin, acetaminophen or other pain relievers; antibiotics, vitamins multi-tool, pocket knife, folding shovel, camp axe mini fishing kit (see below) maps (local and other), compass, whistle, signal mirror toilet paper, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products Kleenex, cloth hankie travel size deodorant soap, towel, washcloth, body powder, lotion, baby oil; disposable razors and shaving soap/ cream for men toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash •sun block, chapstick, sunglasses, bug repellent, shampoo, comb, brush dishwashing liquid, laundry soap, clothesline & clothes pins
small sewing kit, scissors hand-crank weather radio emergency phone numbers, bank information, copies of driver licenses, id cards & credit cards; copy of mortgage, birth certificates, wedding license, passport, death certificates and other important papers – probably best in a ziploc bag mess kit, camp cup, hiker’s pot, plastic or metal plates, cups, bowls, flatware, napkins, paper towels, cooking utensils, variety of ziploc bags, can opener, bottle opener, cash, in small bills personal radio w/ear buds & batteries, paperback books, spare reading glasses, playing cards, bible, journal, paper & pen/pencil, portable CD player and CD’s, portable DVD player and DVD’s, extra batteries coloring books, crayons, drawing paper, color pencils, games, puzzles, books for children pepper spray, gun, ammunition
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Water 1. Experts advise a minimum of two or three gallons of water per person per day; but, there’s no way a family of four can carry 24 gallons of water! Commercial kits usually only come with barely enough water to survive. So, most homemade emergency kits aim for a minimum of 1 gallon of water per person per day for those age 12 and over, and 1/2 gallon per person per day for children. Still, that’s going to be a lot of water to carry – one gallon of water weighs 8.35 lbs….but do the best you can. 2. If you’re going to have access to your car, you might want to store a few 1.5-gallon collapsible water containers that can be filled with tap water at the last minute, then loaded into the car. Camping supply stores will have 3-1/2 or 5-gallon plastic water jugs with handles that can also be filled and put into the car at the last minute, but remember how much water weighs and choose containers you will be able to handle. 3. There are a variety of ways you can include water in your personal or car kits: • Purchase special cans, boxes or pouches of water that are made to last up to 10-20 years. • Purchase a 12-pack of 16-ounce bottles of water; replace them every 6-12 months. • Purchase large bottles of water (1 or 2 liters each); replace them every 6-12 months. • Save your soda and/or juice bottles (especially the green tinted ones), fill them with water and treat them with regular, unscented chlorine bleach (4-5 drops per quart/liter); check them annually to see if they need to be replaced. Note: Commercial bottles of water and the water you bottle yourself will last longer if it is kept in a dark, cool place. Water that is kept in your car in the heat and temperature changes may need to be replaced more often – except, of course for the special cans, pouches or boxes that are made to last for years.. 4. There are special filtering straws and bottles that will allow you to properly filter any water you may be able to locate during your time away from home. There are 30 MinuteMom Magazine
also portable water filters you might consider adding to your car kit. These straws, bottles and filters are capable of filtering between 100 and 1,000 of gallons of water – depending upon what you choose – and could play an important role, especially in an extended emergency. Check for them at hiking, camping or preparedness stores and web sites. Water purification tablets are also available from hiking, camping or preparedness stores and web sites. Carrying coffee filters will help you filter debris out of “found” water, but without special filters and/or chemical additives, any water you may “find” will not be fit for consumption. So consider packing some sort of water filter and/or chemical purification treatment. Of course, you can always boil it rapidly for one minute and allow it to cool before drinking; but, this takes both fuel and time. In addition to or in coordination with your other choices, you may also want to carry a small supply of plain, unscented chlorine bleach for treating water (again, 4-5 drops of bleach per quart/liter container). This, too, should be replaced every 6-12 months.
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Additional Items to Consider for the Car Kit: General road flares or reflectors windshield screen, aluminum foil & duct tape extra car fuses tire chains fix-a-flat brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid windshield wiper fluid antifreeze oil, extra fuel bulbs for headlamps and brake lights jumper cables assortment of screwdrivers & screws claw hammer & assortment of nails pliers & wire cutters utility knife with extra blades wood saw, hack saw crescent wrenches bungee cords Pets one week’s food ( or more) extra water lightweight food and water bowls collar/harness and leash pet crate/carrier kitty litter with small litter pan & scoop and ziploc bags (cats) flea powder and/or spray medications, thermometer comb, brush, flea comb plastic baggies and pooper scooper (dogs) a box of baking soda copy of immunization papers, vet information toys sweater, if applicable spare blanket vitamins, treats yard stake & chain (for dogs)
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Babies enough diapers for one week (disposableyou don’t need the added hassle of cloth during an emergency) cloth diapers with diaper pins and covers or waterproof pants (just in case) diaper rash cream disposable bottles and liners with nipples formula. instant cereal powdered juices and extra water jars of baby food small containers of fruit and/or applesauce baby bowl & spoons sling or carrier teething gel powder, lotion, oil extra baby clothes vitamins extra baby blankets bags for dirty clothes and diapers sippy cup toys hand sanitizer (for you) teething ring and/or biscuits and/or pacifier any special medications Children foods they will eat and/or special comfort foods extra clothing (similar to what you pack for yourself) sufficient water books, games, coloring books & crayons small stuffed animals Pedialyte, and extra water any medications that might be needed extra blanket and/or travel pillow
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of peanut butter or cheese and crackers…seal these items in a Mylar bag with oxygen absorber; or, make your own packets: • For example, place a half cup of instant rice in a ziploc bag along with 1 tsp bouillon powder, a few pieces of dehydrated celery slices, and a little freeze dried chicken (or TVP) and close it up – you’ve just made your own soup packet! Put some dried fruit in a second ziploc, three sandwich cookies in another, and one serving of powdered drink mix in still another. Fold or roll each bag and place them all inside a small Mylar bag with an oxygen absorber and iron it shut – or use a vacuum sealer. Be sure to label its contents and put a date on it. • Or, put 1/3 cup instant oatmeal, some dried fruit, a teaspoon of sugar and 3 tablespoons of dried milk in a bag, roll it to get out as much air as possible, place several of them in a Mylar bag with an oxygen absorber and seal that shut. When you’re ready to eat them, pour the contents of one of the bags into a large cup or a bowl, add hot water, stir, allow to sit a couple minutes, stir again – breakfast! • Use your imagination and long-term food storage supplies to create meals you know your family will eat and even enjoy – just seal them in a Mylar bag with oxygen absorbers. • However, be mindful of the temperature your packets are exposed to – high temperatures will degrade the quality of the foods. Home packaged foods should probably be rotated out at least every 3-4 months. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to pack a few good multi-vitamins. • And… some options are going to require more water than others, so make sure you take this into consideration too.
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Food 1. Allow for a minimum of 2000 calories per day for adults and 1500 calories per day for children under 12. These amounts are satisfactory for three days, but if you pack for extra days or utilize an “add-on” Food Kit, allow for higher daily calorie amounts, especially for very active adults and children. A highly active, young adult male, for example, could burn through 3000 calories daily. An active female could require 2500 calories per day. In an emergency situation, what you definitely do NOT need is to go on a diet – willingly or otherwise. Be generous when planning what to include in your kits. 2. Camping/Hiking/Preparedness stores and websites offer a wide variety of pre-packaged, dehydrated or freeze dried meals for sale. They can be expensive and not everyone is going to like them. Check the label for expiration dates and any restrictions. Also, they usually require the addition of water. 3. Preparedness sites offer special MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) which have an extended shelf life – although high temperatures will cause food quality to degrade rapidly. These meals can also be expensive and will not be liked by everyone. Check expiration dates and follow recommendations for replacement and/or rotation on these also. MRE’s do not usually require the addition of water, which means they are heavier to carry, but you also do not need to use your limited water resources to rehydrate them. 4. Military ration bars provide plenty of calories, come in several flavors and will keep you alive. They are designed to have a lengthy shelf life and would only need to be rotated or replaced about once every 10 years; however, they don’t provide much in the way of variety. In addition, they cause constipation in some people and may cause diarrhea in others. They may be OK for the first couple days, but I would not recommend them for long-term consumption. 5. Or, you may decide to put together your own meals based on family preferences. Consider things like envelopes of instant oatmeal or cream of wheat, packets of hot cocoa, individually sealed tea bags or coffee bags, packages of gum, small cans of tuna, breakfast bars, dried trail mix, individual servings of canned items (pork & beans, ravioli, stew, chili), envelopes of soup for one person (Cup of Soup), jerky meats, packages
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from the clothes you already have. After all, they’re going to be rolled or folded up and spend the rest of their lives wrinkled and possibly never used again. 2. You’re going to be primarily concerned with comfort and usefulness. If you do need to buy things, try thrift shops, yard sales or inexpensive department stores (especially for kid’s clothing). Look for clearance bargains during end or out-of-season sales too. The only thing I had to buy was the long underwear and I got that online during a clearance special from a company I deal with regularly….everything else came from my closet and dressers. 3. Generally speaking, choose clothing that is loose-fitting and on the large side – it is more useful when layering for warmth, and more “flowing” when dealing with hot temperatures, so that breezes cool the perspiration from your skin. It also allows for any temporary weight gain you may have experienced since you initially put your kits together…BTW, check the clothing you put into the kits for infants and children regularly – they grow so fast their www.AsAMom.org
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72 hour Kit Continued Clothing 1. If you’re taking your emergency kit and heading for parts unknown, you may want to have some clean clothes in that bag too. Remember, they need to be clean – not necessarily fashion-forward. There’s no need to go out and buy a special emergency kit wardrobe. Instead, choose older pieces
emergency clothes could be useless in just a few months time. 4. What you pack is up to you – some of us require more maintenance than others - but make sure you cover all your bases. For example, I know of one person who only packs 1 pair of underwear, 1 pair of socks and a red bandana. She says, those three items plus the clothes on her back is all she’ll be needing for 3 days to a full week. (I am, however, relieved she’ll also be carrying some soap…) I, on the other hand, choose to pack the following cotton/ cotton polyester knit (unless otherwise noted) items in my personal kit: (see box) I have all the same things duplicated in my car kit, plus I added 2 more bras, 6 more pairs of underwear, a second pair of pants, 2 more tee shirts, 2 more tank tops, a flat-knit cardigan sweater, a set of cotton polyester knit pajamas, a heavy-duty vinyl poncho and a pair of rubber rain boots. Yes, that is quite a lot of clothing, but let me explain. First, I live in northwestern Indiana and the weather can go either way at any time, day or night, regardless of what month it is. Several layers of clothing – combined with a blanket for warmth and a couple large trash bags for taking the sting out of the air – would go a long way toward getting me through some pretty cold weather. And, if it’s really warm outside, I have some summer pieces that will help keep me cool. Second, I only check my kits once each year to see if anything needs replacing or changed – therefore I can’t worry about seasonal changes in clothing. Third, I put extra clothing in my car because there’s always the chance I’ll be leaving home in a hurry – possibly for a long time – and won’t have time to go through closets and drawers to gather things I might need. Admittedly, especially if you have children, you might want to whittle your list down significantly and check/update/change the contents of your kits several times each year. Perhaps you could put extra pieces in your car kit instead; but, you’ll still need to check for sizing….kids grow sooooo fast, don’t they? If you’re packing clothing for children, consider packing items a size or two larger than what they currently wear. As to what to pack, I would suggest a similar wardrobe to what you are packing for yourself.
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My Clothing list: 1 bra 2 underpants 2 pairs light-weight socks 1 pair heavy socks 2 short sleeve tee shirts 1 tank top 1 pair long pants 1 pair Capri pants 1 cardigan-style jacket 1 set long underwear (pants, long sleeve shirt and undershirt) 2 pairs 1long-sleeve, high neck tee shirt 1 pair sweatpants
1 cotton flannel shirt 1 hooded sweatshirt 1 fleece hat, scarf, gloves 1 pair knit gloves 1 sleeveless shift-dress 1 pair folding knit slippers 1 front-snap duster 1 pair flip-flops 1 red woven bandana, 1 white woven bandana 3 white cotton men’s hankies 1 pair walking shoes
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72 hour Kit Continued First Aid Kits It’ll be stuffed full, but it’ll have everything but the doctor – LOL !! Or, pick and choose from the suggestions given here (or add your own items) and try using a make-up bag or a child’s school supplies box to put your choices in. Like the clothing, you can make this part of your kit as large or as small as you prefer. Or, simply purchase a kit that’s ready to go. I carry two large duffle bags in the back of my mini-van that hold a great deal of supplies and equipment. And don’t forget, I also have one large duffle bag (personal kit), one small duffle bag (cat kit) and two soft-sided cat carriers in my front closet where it can be quickly grabbed. That closet also holds my “add-on” kits[featured in next month’s issue].
Make sure you keep your kits somewhere they can easily be reached…. storing them in the bottom of an extra closet in the back bedroom – buried under sports equipment or something – is not going to be expedient when you’re in a hurry. Make sure you know how to turn off your gas, electric and water service – as needed – in an emergency situation. This includes having any needed tools readily available and within easy grasp. If you are forced to leave your home, make sure you unplug major appliances, shut all windows and interior doors and lock all outside doors. Whatever kind of kit(s) you decide are best, do take the time and money to obtain them – the sooner, the better. Look for More 72-hour Kits in August
First Aid Kit Checklist:
a small first aid booklet 6 cough and cold pills 30 acetaminophen 30 aspirin 20 sleep aid tablets 20 antacid tablets 10 laxative tablets 10 anti-diarrhea pills a tube of triple antibiotic ointment a small bottle of syrup of ipecac 2 oz. bottle of rubbing alcohol small tube of burn ointment small container of lip balm 1instant cold pack 4 hand & 4 foot hot warmers small variety of adhesive bandages elastic bandage triangular bandage 12 butterfly closures small assortment of gauze pads small roll of first aid tape 12 cotton balls 25 cotton swabs pair of small scissors Tweezers oral thermometer
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2 sanitary napkins (good for stopping wounds from bleeding) 4 popsicle sticks (small splints) Small spool dental floss container of 30 waterproof matches 6 safety pins small sewing kit (the travel size) plus a couple curved needles & a small pair of forceps to hold needle pocket knife penlight flashlight with batteries 2 space blankets a small bottle of iodine 12 alcohol swabs 2 pkts of powdered electrolytes (sports drinks) 3 pairs disposable latex gloves 3 disposable surgeon’s masks Tourniquet eye dropper eye cup small bottle of distilled water (4 oz) small jar of Vaseline
Faith of Our Fathers Gisela Dieter
Faith of Our Fathers The Fourth of July, a day of remembrance and celebration, should also be a day of reflection. As our nation suffers through another summer of poor economic performance and a negative presidential election season gets underway, sometimes our hopes for promised change seem lost. Although recovery and shared prosperity seem remote, the time has come for Americans to decide how to get from here to there and to act on it. It would be a mistake to measure our progress using the GDP, the unemployment rate, or whether our favored candidates are leading in the polls. Our fate does not rest in the events that drive these statistics. No, our fate rests in the hands of the Most High, God Almighty and in the resolve of those who He calls by name. As we rejoice and enjoy another anniversary of our founding, let’s take a look back at what we are all about. What better place to start our reflection than in the words of those who shaped the foundation of our nation. These were the words of our first President, George Washington, on the day of his first inauguration. Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge . Celebrating Independence Day in our current struggle makes the words that Washington uttered on April 30, 1789 resound even more strongly in the heart and soul of every freedomloving and God honoring American. The man who had led our young nation to victory in so many ways knew who really was in charge. The man who the people wanted to proclaim king was able to discern who the king is indeed. Humbly, he gave thanks to the Almighty and in doing so, he invited us all to do the same as he proclaimed that, “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.” George Washington acknowledged that true leadership and guidance throughout the endeavors of liberty had actually come from the Lord as he pronounced that, “Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.” This larger-than-life figure didn’t forget who holds tomorrow and did not “suppress” his deeply held believes in the God who deserves all praise, honor and gratitude. It is appropriate for us to reflect on the costly lessons taught by our founders through their willingness to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes and their
sacred honor. They understood that America was destined to be different. They trusted in the favor of the Most High. They knew the truth; and they were not shaken. Neither should we be shaken. Armed with the knowledge of our heritage and guarded by the eternal principles that declared this to be a nation under God, we will succeed in our quest to restore our country to new splendor – one of spiritual revival whether or not housing prices begin rising again or jobless claims drop. Our nation is only successful if we measure ourselves by a true standard with eternal meaning. Are we living like we belong to the King of Kings? Let us remember who we, as Americans and Christians, are – His adopted children. This identity is our gift from God and our inheritance. May the colorful sparks of this Fourth of July fire works inspire us to seek the light. As we nervously approach a course-altering presidential election in a few months, a new dawn awaits. Let us seek the light and climb back onto the solid rock of our founding. Let us go back to the faith of our fathers and answer George Washington’s call when he extended his invitation to “Join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciously commence.” May the “Great Author of every public and private good” continue to rest His merciful hand upon the United States now and forever. —Gisela Dieter
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Rights and Liberties “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Rights, according to classical theory, are affirmative obligations by government, while liberty is a freedom from control or restrictions. The framework used in the Constitution presumes an emphasis on liberty rather than rights. If you have liberty, then, the founders would argue the rights generally take care of themselves. Just so we’re all on the same page: Liberty means that a person is free to make choices. A primary purpose of constitutional government in the United States is to make the liberty of individuals secure. The preamble to the Constitution proclaims that a principal reason for establishing the federal government is to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Notice there is no mention of rights. Over the years, the line between rights and liberties has become blurred. Note: When we look at the Constitution we need to remember that its original intent and the Bill of Rights was to protect property of white men over the age of 21, and then only in terms of their relationship with the national government. It wasn’t until the 14th amendment in the mid-1800s that the ‘rights and liberties’ were extended to people regardless of the government (e.g., state and local as well.) In order to ratify the Constitution, the founding fathers found it necessary 38 MinuteMom Magazine
to promise a Bill of Rights the first of which is an assertion of freedoms/liberties rather than rights. As a writer, I know the power and confusion of words. Therefore, definitions are appropriate here. There is a big difference between a right and a
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practice, have decided we’re due. That is potentially dangerous. What can be given can be taken away - never to be restored. The primary purpose of our Constitution is to make the liberty of individuals secure. In the preamble to the Constitution, we see that the principal reason for establishing a federal government is to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” We are bestowed with the liberty, not the right, to be free. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution protects the individual’s rights to liberty free from the power of government. The recent assault on the Catholic churches liberty to practice their beliefs is under assault by the new health care bill. Freedom of speech and of the press are two of our liberties that are expanding. With the development of the internet, free speech is taking root all over the world. In the United States, we are used to being allowed to speak the truth. Some are abusing the liberty by cyber-bullying and committing cyber attacks. The printed press is declining with the rise of the internet and news networks devoted to 24-hour reporting. Our only problem now is to sort out what is truth and what isn’t. This has become a full time job. We have the freedom to peaceably assemble. With the recent “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, some are wondering if there should be limits (for example – a ban on overnight camping). As long as the group is on public property and not causing property damage, they have the perfect liberty to assemble, even if most have no idea what the goal of the protest is. But they still have the freedom to be dumb. We have the freedome to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Recently, I’ve heard cries to limit lobbyists. But aren’t they citizens, too? Are these not our businesses and farmers? Do they not have the right to petition the government As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
as citizens? The answer is simply, yes. To every upside there is a downside. Just as it is their liberty to petition it is ours to counter their lobby with one of our own. The 4th Amendment, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” This is an emerging problem with the EPA using Drones to spy on cattle ranchers in the name of water quality, and Google taking aerial photos and putting them on-line to be used as maps. Again, this is not something the founding fathers could have foreseen. I’m less concerned about an erosion of rights than I am about an erosion of our liberty. Think about this the next time you travel through an airport. Is it more or less a loss of liberty to search everyone who goes through an airport or to scientifically profile? They tell us it’s for our security when, without a warrant, they take our “too large” toothpaste, or bottle of water. What’s next a permit to travel? Remember we never regain something once it’s lost. If we are to retain our liberty, we must act. We can no longer drift along hoping or believing that those we elect in good faith are worthy of our trust. The social structure in Washington D.C. is vastly different than what most of us are used to dealing with. I’m one who believes that Washington has grabbed way too many services that should have remained at the local level. It would seem that there was less fraud when social services were handled within each governmental community. Education was more manageable when no one had to report to someone (in our case) nearly 2,500 miles away. Life has become exponentially more
complicated since our founding. We have passed laws and patched them until they are no longer recognizable. In the past, we held our elected officials in almost idol status. We must remember we’ve elected human men and women and that, “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” John Emerich Edward Dalberg. It is up to us to make sure that those we trust are worthy of that trust. With the advent of the internet and 24 hour news, the men and women we have put into office are under more scrutiny. We need to be sure they are good stewards of our Liberty and that they are not in office for their own glory. The founding fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career lawmakers who continue to vote themselves lavish retirements and all-encompassing healthcare, while cutting the retirement and healthcare of our military and citizens. We must remember as citizens of the United States, we are free and have liberties that our ancestors fought and died for. Now it is up to us to keep them. Remember, liberals will not always be in power and neither will conservatives. So, if we limit liberty to one citizen, we limit freedom to all. —Peggy Staggs Sources: The Declaration of Independence, second paragraph. http://www.Constitution.org/powright.htm The Amendments to Constitution of the United States of America Boise State University Professor, Elizabeth Fredericksen, PhD http://www.answers.com/ topic/liberty-under-theConstitution#ixzz1xh9M6p14
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YYAs a Family The Declaration of Independence make decisions on taxes and laws that affected their daily lives. The Second Continental Congress was a meeting of men who came from all of the thirteen colonies. Each colony picked several of their most respected leaders to represent the people of the colony. The colonies’ representatives traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in order to decide what to do about all their problems with England. After the Declaration was written and signed, they sent it to King George III in England. Then for the next seven years, the American colonists fought and finally won the Revolutionary War against England.
Who: Thomas Jefferson When: June, 1776 Where: Philadelphia, Pa The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson (though he had some help from John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman), and he wrote it in June of 1776, right after the Second Continental Congress finally decided that declaring independence from England was necessary and couldn’t be avoided any longer. Up to that time, the people of the American colonies tried and tried to find a way to stay loyal subjects of the King, but they also wanted the freedom to run their own affairs. They didn’t want a King or a Parliament located on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean to 42 MinuteMom Magazine
What: America’s greatest founding document! This one little document--this particular collection of words--has helped to guide Americans since 1776 when it was first published. It’s America’s most important document, because the ideas it expresses so clearly are the reason America developed into the
country it is today. Let’s think about the country we are today for a minute. You may have been taught in school about some of our country’s mistakes, some of the not so nice things that Americans have done since we became an independent nation. You’ve probably learned about how early Americans treated the Native American Indians, and of course, slavery was legal in parts of America until 1863, when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in the midst of our Civil War. These and many other problems are part of our country’s history, just as they are part of the history of every country in the world. In fact, when compared to what human beings have done in every other part of the world and in every time in history right up to a minute ago, America’s history has fewer black spots and many, many more bright and good points than anywhere else in the world. Why? Now that is the most important question of all! Why: To proclaim to the rest of the world our Natural right to govern ourselves and to list our reasons for separating from England. The American colonies had many good reasons to be annoyed with King George III and his Parliament. The Declaration of Independence lists 27 different complaints. Some of the biggest reasons included keeping the English army in the colonies when there was no war going on, forcing Americans to let English soldiers live in their homes (called “quartering”), taxing the people without getting their approval (called taxation without representation), and making war on the colonists (“He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our www.AsAMom.org
Who, What, Where, When, and Why: What’s it all about? Everyone’s heard of it, but how much do you really know about the Declaration of Independence? You might have a copy of it rolled up in the closet or lost in the back of your drawer at home, or you might even have your copy on your bedroom wall. Its spidery, old fashioned script is difficult for us to read today, but the ideas found in the Declaration of Independence have changed the world! If you do have a copy, you are part of a small minority of American kids who have a copy of this world famous document, and that’s a sad fact of the America we live in today. Many parents and schools just don’t teach America’s children about what the Declaration of Independence is all about and why it is so very important to us even today, 236 years after it was first published. Here are a few facts and ideas to help you learn more about America’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence.
towns, and destroyed the lives of our people”). But the list of complaints in the Declaration is not the most important part. The most important part of the Declaration of Independence can be found in one sentence near the beginning of the document: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Until 1776, which was only 236 years ago (just a little while ago compared to the whole story of human history), the idea that “all men are created equal” was simply NOT a common one. For much, much more of history, people thought that certain types of people were better than other types. Kings and “noble” people were better than peasants; warriors were better than farmers; rich people were better than poor people. The idea that some people are better than others led to the idea that the “better” people could tell the “common” people what they had to do in their lives. Kings, emperors, and other aristocrats (called the ruling class) could make peasants, slaves, and farmers work for them, force them to give up money and food, and even take their homes if the king needed the land. These ruling class people made all the laws, and the common people had no choice but to obey. Common people were usually very poor, and they often did not have enough to eat. But Americans were different. The American colonists were mostly farmers. They were “common” people. By working hard and trying to be good Christian people, they had become prosperous, meaning they had plenty to eat and often had money to buy other comforts, like nice clothes and houses. Some colonists were richer and harder working than others, but people knew they had a chance to As a Mom... A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots®
follow their dreams, if they worked hard, and that they were free to control their own lives. In America, common people could own land, run businesses, help their neighbors, and most importantly, help to make their own laws. It is this chance to pursue happiness which has made America so successful. It is the idea of each person’s individual control over his or her own life, known as freedom, or liberty, which has given American people the freedom to dream and make those dreams real. Inventions like the sewing machine, the automobile, the airplane, television, computers, spaceships, and nearly all of modern medicine have made everyone’s lives easier and healthier. From 1776 until today, Americans have helped to change the world. Is America perfect? Of course not. At the time the Declaration of Independence was written, some Americans owned slaves. But even at that time, the ideas of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were working to help solve the problem. Americans understood that the words “all men are created equal” should apply to slaves, too. Slavery was a very old human idea that had existed in every country in the world for thousands of years. Americans got rid of the ancient practice of slavery after being a country for only 87 years. The people of America thought liberty was such an important idea that even after slavery had been gone for almost a hundred years, they made new laws, called civil rights laws, to help make sure that the grandchildren and great grandchildren of people who had once been slaves would be just as free as everyone else in America. The ideas found in the Declaration of Independence have helped America become a better country ever since Thomas Jefferson wrote them down on parchment in Philadelphia in 1776. These ideas grew from the
Fun Facts! By Erin Reichard, age 13 1. The Declaration of Independence is written on parchment, which is a type of specially treated animal skins (usually calf or lamb skins). In the colonial days, parchment was always used for important documents. 2. The Declaration is kept in dimly lit room in the National Archives to protect it from fading even more than it is now. 3. Some of the Founders didn’t want independence. A few, like John Dickinson, wanted reconciliation with England. 4. The Declaration that we know today is very different from Thomas Jefferson’s original draft. It used to be three times longer! legal traditions in England, but the Declaration of Independence was the first place where the ideas were written down as the foundation of a new government in a new country. Why was the Declaration of Independence written? Thomas Jefferson said the Declaration “was intended to be an expression of the American mind.” Why is the Declaration America’s greatest founding document? For the same reason. It expressed the ideas of Americans in 1776, and it has helped Americans to remember the ideas that made us a good and generous country then and now. All people have unalienable rights--rights that come from God and cannot be taken away by other men--and the most important of those rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. —Darcy Reichard
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