NewsWatch Dec. 29, 2011: Saving Us From Ourselves


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Why Forage When You Can Freeload?
If this bear fellow could talk, I think he would say, “I’m here, I have needs, and I can make a lot of trouble if the handouts stop.” He, like so many people in America, is on the take in the Federal Redistribution System.
Is it wrong? If you are a Christian, consider that the Ten Commandments forbid taking what belongs to another, “You shall not steal,” and even wanting what belongs to another, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s…” in other words, his stuff.
Did our Founding Fathers fail to anticipate and deal with this, or are we just ignoring the rules they put down?
James Madison seemed to be pretty solid in his thinking. He said, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
Read more on The 1789 Project Blog here.

Bill Would Ban Race-Based and Gender-Based Abortions
Our nation’s Founding Fathers understood that the role of the national government was only to protect the rights of the people, and thus wrote a Constitution giving the federal government few and enumerated powers. Its primary role was to protect the American people from attack. This role was expanded somewhat with the 13th-15th Amendments when some of the states refused to protect the rights of some of their citizens.
The Americans who have their rights violated most often today are babies who are killed by abortion. Without any due process, their right to life is snatched away in a brutal, painful procedure.
Read more, and watch the video here.

Saving Us from Ourselves
“…These days, there is a lot of talk about religion – Christianity in particular – and its role in public life. Whether it is protesting nativities, the debate over “In God We Trust” as our country’s motto or the controversy surrounding the public faith of football star Tim Tebow, a national discussion is taking place on what the present and future role of Christianity in America should be. The consensus among the secular elites seems to be that it is a bit like smoking: It is harmful, so if you must do it, do it in the designated areas only. Richard Dawkins, the Oxford scientist and atheist provocateur, calls Christianity a “mental virus” that should be eradicated…. Christian influence goes well beyond benevolence: Our laws, art, literature and institutions find meaning in a rich Christian heritage…. the decline of the West can, in part, be attributed to the decline of a robust Christian presence in Western culture.”
Read more in the 1789 Project’s opinion section here.
1789 Newsfeed Top Picks

Spending and Debt:
House GOP Relents on Payroll Tax-cut Deal: Some good provisions included, but still a bad bill
House Signs Senate Plan Tax Extension: Hiding costs is the wrong way to under-fund entitlements
Net liabilities Hit $14.8 Trillion in FY11: Treasury says Fed. Gov. is spending more than it brings in
Government Dependency:
Balancing the Budget: It’s Entitlements Stupid: Political “third rails” must be addressed, and soon
Obama’s Not-So-Great Fairness Society: Our road to Socialism is not going to a good destination
Entitlement, Not Just a Fiscal Threat: How dependency on government is destroying society
The EPA’s Unconscionable War on Fracking: Faked evidence leads to environmental folly
New EPA Rule Threatens Up to 1.65M Jobs: This is what “Hope and Change” is really about
Obamacare’s Lousy, No Good, Really Bad Year: Executive, judicial, and legislative failures abound
Obamacare Abominations: The law that gets worse every month, as we learn more about it
Fundamental Rights:
Our Founders Were Forthright About Faith: No silencing of religious expression in their day
National Defense and Foreign Policy:
National Guard at Border Cut to Fewer than 300: Obama administration lack of enforcement
Constitutional Guardians: The Judiciary:
Gingrich Vs. Judicial ActivismHis proposals, widely dismissed as unconstitutional, aren’t
Constitutional Solutions:
U.S. Regains Top Spot as World’s Most Charitable Nation: Would be higher if government taxed less
A National Education Standards Exit Strategy for States: Push-back against Obama’s takeover
Ignoring Constitutional Limits:
Risk and the Government’s Destruction of the Rule of Law: Refusal to prosecute powerful criminals
Eric Holder Blocks SC Voter ID, Texas Next: Voter-integrity protections under attack
America as a Totalitarian Dictatorship: Unless we elect constitutionally-adherent leaders, here we go
Stories to Watch

The Week Ahead
We hope you and your family and friends had a great Christmas. With less than a week until the presidential election process begins in Iowa, and many critical congressional elections this year, The 1789 Project will start vetting congressional candidates soon, and let you know which Constitutional Conservative candidates most need your support.
God bless you in this important year ahead!

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